Archive for July, 2018

My Ancestry from 23andME






Have you heard of 23 and Me ? It is an Ancestry DNA testing company  that can tell you what regions in the world  your DNA came from. My brother ( for fun and out of curiosity ) used this company’s services (  for a fee of about $110 ) and learned  ancestral stuff  that we already know,  except one. DNA testing is fairly accurate ,  and this company takes pride in being    99.99 % accurate.  ( I hope it’s well-deserved ) Anyway,  my brother has not sent me  the email  with details of  his ancestry DNA results yet, but basically, the result says   we come from  South East Asia,  DUH !, (  Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,)     and Europe ….. , though  we have more of Europe  ( Iberian, / Southern Europe  ) than Asia in our genes ..   What we ourselves know is, in fact,  even more accurate because we know exactly where our ancestors came from ( paternal side )….. my great , great grandfather Antonio ( my grandmother’s name was Antonia ) came from   Sta. Maria de la Nueva , Segovia, Spain. My grandmother even attended a reunion in Spain many  years ago.  As  per 23andMe’s geneology database, one’s ancestry can be traced as far back as 600 years ago with almost 100% accuracy.


What  surprised us most , actually, is a variant in my family’s DNA   that is common in   ….. drum roll…… Middle East, most particularly , in Palestine/Israel region.  The word that  23 & Me  used is , specifically, Jewish.   I guess this comes from   my mother’s side of the family,  and  we’re excited to know that what my mother’s   been telling us,(  as  we, her children,  listen with eye-rolling skepticism )  has been confirmed to be true , as per 23and Me’s  DNA analysis )  This is Mom’s   story…… ……. when she was a kid  , her grandmother used to tell her ( over and over, lest she forgets )  they had Jewish blood. Of course , it was  in Filipino language ,which was ” dugong Hudyo “.  Hudyo is Filipino for Jew, and dugo means blood.  It  was only a few years ago when my mother finally understood its  significance.


So, why were there Jews living in a small, rural town 300 km.  from the capital city of Manila ?  From our research, we learned that Spanish Jews  were either  forced  to convert to Catholicism  by the Spanish monarchy  or face persecution.  Some fled  ( Jewish Spanish soldiers ) and went to the Philippines  and settled far away from the prying eyes of  the government. My mother’s town was a Spanish military town ,with fortress, complete with cannons ,  to defend the area from Chinese pirates.   Also, there was also a high concentration of  Turkish Jews  in that small town.  My Mom  still remembers the Adads who lived right across from their house.  She had a humungous crush on one of  the Adad boys for a long time.  We also learned that  ” Adad ” is a common Turkish last name.




San Diego de Alcala fort in my mom’s town. (  Hmmm, not well – maintained )


I guess they finally converted to Catholicism at one point,  but saw to it generations of descendants were reminded of their heritage.   It was just recently when  my mother finally understood why they had to be told of their ancestry.  It didn’t make sense to an 8  year old kid then  . ( Her grandma died in 1964 )  It was so random.  I mean, where did that come from ?  Out of nowhere, out of the blue ? She didn’t even know what a Jew was .   This reminds me of an article about a Filipina girl having her hair done at a Lousianna  beauty salon when a blond, blue -eyed  woman approached her and asked if she was a Filipina .  When she said yes,  the woman’s eyes lit up and told her she had Filipino blood too. Her ancestors were Filipinos who settled in Saint Malo and Manila Village ,  Louisiana in the 1700’s .   (  they were sailors who deserted the Manila – Acapulco  galleon ships ) . They  pioneered the  dried shrimp industry  in Louiasiana.



We’re not sure though if the company’s database is accurate.  Does a particular  race have a variant unique only to that race ?  I did study DNA analysis  extensively at school and I can affirm with 100% certainty results are super accurate. However,   if the result of the test  is 99.97 % East Asian (  Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese ) , but has a 0.10 %  of  DNA   originating from  Sub- Sahara , you can  consider yourself pure East Asian.  Here’s the thing….. my teacher in genetics told us all human beings have a certain percentage of African DNA in their genes. Current science tells us humanity’s origin  is Africa . That  is a fact, unless proven otherwise.


Whoa !  733 words now !   Gotta break this with  pics of yours truly in Spain.










This is all for now . Thank you for reading , and peace.


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Living it up…. LA Rose Café and a trip to Sta. Cruz, California


This is a record for me….. 12 days of  zero [ 0 ] blog reading.  And,  I can’t believe I have not seen , heard  nor  read any news about  that man living in the White House for 12 days, as well.   That’s amazing !  I’m sooo happy.


So , what have I been doing the past 12 days ?   Well, I went to Long Beach, California to visit my brother ( well, he insisted and paid for my plane fare…. otherwise , I wouldn’t go, he he ) …….that was on July 3 and 4, and came back home on the 5th at 10 AM, rested a bit at home, and went straight to work at 12 PM.  I thought I could swim at the beach , but it was cold, around 70 F ( ~ 22 C ) . Bro’s house is just a  15 minute walk from the beach. From Long Beach airport , we drove about an hour  to LA  to have lunch at LA Rose Café , an authentic Filipino restaurant  somewhere in East Hollywood.  This is my second time to eat there. My brother goes there at least 3 x a month so the owner , Lem, knows him already.  He’s a very friendly guy who talks to customers.  The area is a bit , well, ghetto-ish,  and the outside of the restaurant is kind of old and unpolished…. (  don’t judge a book by its cover, y’know ? ) but inside, it’s Old Manila  interior , with rattan chairs , chandeliers and elaborately designed mirrors, things one wouldn’t expect to see in that place.

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. They had a violinist playing filipino love songs

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. cafe 3rd room

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. The pianist

Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. Sunday brunch: live music mellow & soothing


Don’t think it’s pretentious to have live music  in this  Philippine restaurant.  It’s actually in their culture.  In the Philippines, some serenaders  are called combancheros , and they usually sing old  Spanish songs… * sings * Besame , besame mucho….. Good thing there’s no karaoke… thank God for small mercies, because Filipinos = karaoke.  I didn’t want to listen to some random guy singing, ” I , I who have nothing…” while I was eating grilled tocino, 2 sunny side ups and fried garlic rice.


Photo of LA Rose Cafe - Los Angeles, CA, United States. tocilog with easter eggs over easy... :P


My dessert of bread pudding was heavenly. oTNK9M05H


Lem, the owner , even gave us the secret ingredient for his pudding. They don’t use old , stale bread…. they use freshly baked croissant.  By the way, bread pudding is a staple in all bakeries in the Philippines.  ( for obvious reasons… all that old, unsold bread, y’know )  I always cook bread pudding from old bread. This time I’ll use croissant.  Oh, I know he has other secrets, ha ha !


So , am I promoting LA Rose Café ?  Yes, I guess so.  Filipino restaurants are few and far between, and most of them are cafeteria/carinderia style…. definitely the lowest in the totem pole of classic dining.  LA Rose Cafe has been existing for 35 years, and that says something about the place. ( By the way, it catered for the Grammy Awards 2x. )


This week, too, my co-workers and I went to Sta. Cruz, California for a 2 day R & R.  It’s a 3 hour drive from our city.  Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11. It’s a quaint, old  beach town . We had fun at the boardwalk and rode on one of the oldest rollercoaster ( called Big Dipper )  in the US ( circa 1926 ). It was a scary ride… sounded like it would fall apart at any moment ( while we were on it )


So what else did I  do the rest of the week ? I finished God of War 4 ! ! !   Holy mother of pink ! ! ! Woo ! That was an amazing game  …. insanely difficult, too.  The Valkyries… oh, goodness gracious !  I  posted about this video game on my manga/anime/video games blogsite @


This is all for now. Gonna start reading your blogs now…. bye, and see you on your blogs !