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This is not a political post, promise


If you ‘re not into politics, don’t worry,  this is not a political post, promise . But, please,  let me vent a little.     I have been hoping  THAT guy ( whose name I shall not utter )  will not  start a nuclear  war . That’s all.  Other than that, I can live a blissful life despite the nefarious existence of  this man     After all,  I believe  I’ve become inured to all the shenanigans that are going on at the White House. Regarding this man’s  remarks about  those immigrants who come from SHITHOLE  COUNTRIES ( and further said he’d rather get immigrants from Norway   ) I  am neither surprised nor outraged . This man is a gadawful racist, we all know that, but   I don’t blame him. I blame those who had enabled this man to be elected, and I’m not even referring to those who directly voted for him, mind you.  They love him.     You know whom I’m referring to, and you know who you are.  Your incomprehensible hatred ( and irrational contempt , and because it’s cool and hip to hate )  of a rival candidate  trumped the potential destruction of everything that we hold dear in America by this man.  I hope you’re satisfied and happy now.


Moving along…….


As the title says, this is not a political post. This is actually a post  acknowledging   @Planet Simon’s Mystery Blogger Award nomination  to yours truly .  Although I’m not nominating bloggers, I’m going to answer interesting  questions he has for his nominees. Here they are:


a) What do you hope to better yourself in this year ?

I hope to better myself in my eating habits. I did eat binge during this past holiday season, ( as expected, of course ), mostly sweet desserts, cakes, heavy meat dishes, etc.  I hope to change that this year and for years to come.


b)  What was your favorite Christmas yummy ?

Oh, dear.  I guess, pork bbq ? (._.”)


c) What in the world now worries you more or want to see changed ?

I worry about pollution of land, air and water resources and the amount of garbage  that humans throw out every second.


d) What’s your favorite biscuit ?

Does this refer to UK biscuit which is actually a cookie here in the US ? If it’s a cookie, I love Macademia nuts//white chocolate cookie.  By the way, in the Philippines ,   snack Filipinos call biscuits is like ” Saltines ” here in the US.  I just bought  ” Skyflakes ” biscuits at the Filipino supermarket  last Saturday.  Filipino girls usually eat ” Skyflakes ” biscuits when they’re dieting, or, according to my mother,  that was her lunch when she’d run out of lunch money  at school.   ” cough ” I’m also on diet, hence , Skyflakes .  So good with coffee or  soda.



e) What s on Netflix right now that you can’t help watching ?


Two…… Planet 2 and  The Charisma of Adolf Hitler.  About the latter…. don’t judge. I just want to know what makes dictators and authoritarians tick.


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












It’s backkkk ! !


I know, I know. I’m whining .  In my previous post, I did say ,” problem solved … WordPress , take care of me. ”  Well, folks, it’s back.


The only solution now is to get a new email address . WordPress’s Reader is very unreliable.  Sometimes I see new posts, ( just 2x these past 2 weeks ), sometimes I don’t.


My old email  server doesn’t or can’t accept new posts from blogs that I follow on WordPress.  I still get email notications of LIKES and FOLLOWS, though.



I’ve actually never used Reader to read new posts from bloggers.  It’s so cluttered.  But I had to, after this email debacle.  And then this happened, and have been happening for 2 weeks now.




I thought renewing my Premium would solve the problem.  I was a happy camper for a few hours, then it came back.  No Reader. ( the photo above was taken an hour ago )


I solved it temporarily by clicking on the avatars of the bloggers who LIKED my posts.  However, some of the bloggers’ avatars do not have links to their websites, like @Gardencity’s .  ( I like to read posts on gardening )


So, yeah, this is what I’m dealing now.


I’m going to sign up with gmail, as per the majority’s recommendation.


That’s all.   Bye and peace.



WordPress, seriously ?


Okay, this is my 4th attempt to post today.  First one was fail. The second one went through , because I did something…..  3rd one just disappeared as I was putting a category and tag on my post. ( that post didn’t get automatically saved ….. for some reason, there was no ” draft saved ” I could fall back on ) . This one is my fourth .  I swear I’m going to leave WordPress  if this doesn’t  get published. ! !


So, wassup, Wordpre$$  ? ?  You okay ?


Here’s the sleazy story.




I posted about my email problem and WordPress a while back.  I found out it was my email server’s problem.  Microsoft doesn’t support anymore, and I guess doesn’t have the capability to accept new posts from WordPress anymore…. although I still get email notifications of LIKES and FOLLOWS form WP and from other sources.  I’m supposed to get a new email provider, like gmail, but , I haven’t done that. I ‘m too lazy to notify my credit card companies, bank, etc.  My fault, my bad.


I’m using READER now to read blogs.


Here’s the problem.


I tried posting pictures of  our Christmas Day dinner the day after Christmas as per my own tradition…… WordPress failed to publish it, and worse,  while I was writing,  I kept on getting a notification that ” saving the post failed.”  I ignored it, and tried to publish my post immediately without saving.  Epic Fail ! !   I spent hours to write that post, darn it.  ( posting pics on WordPress sucks , by the way . )


I tried reading blogs , too, but guess what,  NO posts on READER ! Completely blank !  That was 2 weeks ago and to date.


Here’s the thing .




I’ve been getting notification from WordPress that my annual  Premium Plan is expiring.


And guess what the date of expiration is…. Jan.8, 2018.  Today !


Apparently,  American Express had declined my payment of  US $99.00 to WordPress.  WP notified me it was American Express ‘ anti-fraud  action on WP.  ” Please use another card ” . So I used another card…. and my transaction was successful.  ( apparently , American Express does not trust WP’s security system ).  I use American Express all the time, and only use the other card on stores that don’t accept American Express.




Lo and behold !


The short post got published !  ( minutes after paying …. ) And the Reader appears again !


So, what’s up, Wordpre$$$$$$ ?  Is that a new policy now ? Pay up , or else ????


Wordpre$$, seriously ?


That’s all.










It’s telling me something



I’m having issues with WordPress.  It failed to publish my last post.  While writing the post, saving failed. And I’m not getting anything from Reader. It’s blank.


Before this, I wrote a long post, but I couldn’t get it published..  I’m not in the mood to write down thoughts again.


That’s all.




To those celebrating Christmas…..




Here’s a happy Philippine Christmas song, Kampana ng Simbahan  ( Church Bell ) to celebrate the holiest holiday in the country.  Peace to all !


Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in the Philippines




And to everyone


Whoa ! I didn’t know ! Damn ! !



Check out these videos.  I didn’t know the situation was that bad in the Philippines !


But before that,  let me tell you a few facts.


a)  The Philippines is  90% Christian,  about 85% are Roman Catholics. Only 3%  are Muslims.


b)  These 3% Muslims are confined in Mindanao, the 3rd largest island in the Philippines,  ( the country is comprised of 7, 600 islands ) .  The Muslims  want to  dismember the country by trying to separate Mindanao  from the rest of the country……. the Philippines  is even smaller than California in terms of area.  The fact is , even Mindanao is 90%  Christian.  However,  in the 70’s ,  they were given  an Autonamous  political concession in 5 regions,  Jolo, Basilan,  Lanao del Sur, and 2 others.  They can have their own holydays there, but  they cannot kill a family member for marrying a non-Muslim or worse, converting to another religion.  Their laws are still under the laws of the land.


c)  The world doesn’t know this, but the longest Muslim-Christian civil war  that is  on-going  is in the Philippines,  more than 40 years, going on 50.  It started in 1970 when a group of rebels and terrorists started their reign of terror.  Since then , there have been  thousands of clashes between the rebels and government forces .  Fortunately, the clashes are confined  in their area, the 5 autonomous regions.  The Philippine soldiers  , though ill – equipped compared to other coutries’,  are  hardened  soldiers.


In May, 2017,  a group of terrorists, Abu Sayaff (  rebel/criminal/ terrorist / bandit group that  kidnap for ransom  )  and the Maute group  combined their forces and tried to take over Marawi City (  a city in Mindanao  that is 98% Muslim, with a population of 200,000 )  and establish a Caliphate, or an Islamic State.    Filipinos are like, seriously?

The Philippine soldiers,  however , are trained in jungle warfare ,not urban warfare.  The terrorists  are  highly equipped, with seemingly endless ammunitions.  This is the soldiers ‘ first time to fight room to room, house to house, alley to narrow alley , building to building, one structure at a time.  It is an urban warfare, and a war between snipers.  Though the government forces are careful  not to involve civilians and hostages (   the terrorists and bandits use women and children  as shields ) the government forces   finally decided  on air firepower to flush the terrorists out .  Ground firefight without firepower from above , you see,  is painfully slow.


Here’s the video from Philippine Special Forces Command.  The government won, of course,  but to be honest, nobody won.  Marawi  City lay in ruins,  more than 150 soldiers died, thousands more wounded,  more than a thousand  terrorists killed (  including foreign terrorists from Indonesia and Malaysia ) and   civilians. Guys, I’ve never seen  an urban warfare before, not even of videos from    Iraq and Syria.  I’m sure you haven’t either, so please watch this.  Just 8 minutes of your precious time.  I’m sure the US Armed Forces and other countries have watched this too. How to, or not how to.


Another one from the embedded media. ( HBO’s Vice ) I find this one more interesting.



I’m speechless.


( ._. “)


What else can I say ?  Merry Christmas, folks.  Peace to all of you.







I’m so busy, but I still have time for some random thinking



Before anything else,  I hope you can listen to a cute Philippine Christmas carol.  I love listening to this one, though I myself    cannot even pronounce the title of this song. Ha ha ha …… Well,  Just 2. 08 minutes, folks.




I have  been hideously busy,  guys, so sorry for not reading any blog for the past few weeks.  My work schedule is brutal, and though I am well compensated,  working extra hours  and going home everyday at 12 midnight  can be exhausting..  I work at  a dairy company, so you can just imagine the demands for our products during the holiday.  And you know,  we not only produce for our  own company  brand, we make for 54 other brands, such as for supermarkets and fast food restaurants. For example , we supply the creamer for McDonalds, even if you see their brand McDonalds on their creamers. It’s the same for other well known stores that have their own ” house brands” .  We don’t really expect these massive stores to have their own dairy company, right ?  We supply their dairy stuff with their brand, such as …. well, I don’t know if I have to divulge it. Having said that, rest assured we in the laboratory make them safe for you,  from raw materials to finished ones…. just pay attention to expiration dates, okay ?


So, what’s going on in the world ?  I just saw the news about this North Korean soldier who managed to escape from the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) to South Korea. He was shot 5 times by his North Korean fellow soldiers. Fortunately, he  survived. The irony in this is , though he survived from 5 bullet wounds, he might die from malnutrition.  The doctors who operated on his stomach were  shocked  to find massive number of  parasites in his stomach, one as long as 11 inches.


Sanctions  have been placed on North Korea, and that included  supply of fertilizers.  China could have supplied their fertilizer needs, but I assume N. Korea  decided on ” organic ” fertilizers  , such as feces and urine. Cheaper and ” better”, right ? As long as there are people, there will be an endless supply of  natural fertilizers.  Well, here’s an advice from yours truly, a microbiologist.  If you don’t know where that organic lettuce  comes from,  you better scrub each and every leaf  of that lettuce and wash it well.  (._.”) Remember Chipotle ? Don’t get me wrong.  I fully approve of sustainable organic farming, but it should be disease – free.


And while I’m at it, I advise you to have your kids properly vaccinated.


And please  have a water bottle refilled , instead of buying bottled water.


Cleaning up Trash Island: One Man's Waste is Another Woman's Bikini |...

Carefully unwrap the gifts you receive and reuse the wrapper, and keep the boxes and  those fancy , glittery  gift paper bags for next year.  Recycle, recycle, recycle.


California has a very good recycling system.  My brother’s engineering company has already built 3 water recycling plants here in California, and the company is presently building a green waste ( from plants , leaves, etc ) recycling plant in Southern California that will provide energy from green wastes.


However, I wish  California would lower the cost of  solar  energy  materials.  We had a solar water heater installed in our house, and it cost us $ 6,000 for that one .


Remaining water in our drinking glass is poured into a potted plant.  We have discarded our sprinkling system a long time ago.  We use  garden hose .to water the lawn.


Before I say goodbye, please check out  my anime/manga / video games blogsite  at




PS        I’ll start reading your blogs now. Cya !