Planning to Retire Soon!
If you are planning to retire in the Philippines soon, I suggest you visit several excellent websites on pro's and cons of retiring in the Philippines. However if you want to retire in the provinces, where life is simple, standard of living cheaper, less traffic congestion and pollution, availability of fresh seafood and vegetables compared to the big cities, my island province is the place for you! If this is your first time in my site, welcome. Please do not forget to read the latest national and international news in the right side bar of this blog. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights. The photo above is the front yard of Chateau Du Mer-Our Retirement Home in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
My Baby is Turning 50 in Two Weeks
Time does fly when you are having a Good Time! Next week my youngest daughter Ditas Macrine is turning half a century. It feels only like yesterday, when on the snowy day in March 23, 1965, I have to drive my wife Macrine (married for almost 58 years), to the Kansas City North Memorial Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri with labor pains. I still remember how scared I was because of the slippery road on the way to the hospital. A few hours later I saw Ditas in the baby nursery room. She gave me a smile showing her dimples that I will never forget. A few months later we had her baptism party which was in the news in the Kansas City Star.
Before I could winked my eye, she was in elementary school in Modesto California. A few years later she was in high school in Pinole Valley, California and then her College years at UC Berkeley. Later on she took her Masters degree in Southern California and in Washington DC. In between these years she occasionally traveled with us to Southern Spain and Cancun, Mexico. Then her marriage to Nick Thompson, her birth to Carenna and her widowhood years. For details of her accomplishments and career I am reposting this article from the Internet.
Ditas Katague was appointed by Governor Brown in March 2011 as Commissioner Sandoval’s Chief of Staff.
Ditas has more than 20 years of experience at federal, state and local government agencies as well as in private and non-profit sectors. Prior to coming to the CPUC, Ditas was Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corporations.
She also served in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research as Director of Census 2010 and is an expert in civic engagement and public participation. She was also Assistant Secretary for Transportation at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
In the private sector, she was First Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs for Countrywide Financial where she managed and maintained legislative coverage and activities in the top tier western states (20 states), analyzed state and local laws and regulations that impact the corporation’s priority business objectives. Ditas was also a manager for Deloitte Consulting’s Public Sector practice in New Jersey and Sacramento where she provided project management, business process improvement, reorganization and transition management, change leadership, and communications and public relations consulting services.
In the non-profit sector, Ditas was the Program Director for the non-profit California Telemedicine & eHealth Center.
Ditas has a B.A. in Social Sciences and Practice of Art (double major) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Public Administration (Intergovernmental Management and Organization Development) from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Ditas is based in Sacramento. Oct. 12, 2012: Census Bureau Names Ditas Katague to National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations! Read the press release.
Happy Birthday, our beloved Daughter!!Your Mom and I wish you a hundred more birthdays to come.