The David B Katague Clan, Walnut Creek, California, 2009
This year will be our 55th year residing in the US. We have resided in the West Coast ( Northern California), Midwest( Chicago, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri) and the East Coast( suburbs of Washington, DC.). During these years we have adapted the American ways of living having raised four children through out their college years and beyond. We are blessed with six good-looking and talented grand children and for these we thank Thee Lord!
During the five decades and five years, my wife and I have gotten rid of the Pinoy bad traits of bahala na, filipino time, being so materialistic and the crab mentality of putting down other Filipinos.
We have maintained the good Pinoy traits of being religious, hospitable, hardworking and still enjoy Pinoy foods and delicacies.
Although we no longer eat filipino food and rice daily, we still set the table with a spoon and used our hands to partake Dungeness crabs and seafoods. We still have the wood carving picture frame of the Last Supper hanging in our dining room wall that we purchased in Baguio City several decades ago. What could be more Filipino than that.
We try to go to Catholic mass every Sunday and Holiday of Obligation. However, since my wife was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, we attend mass in the TV most of the time.
My wife enjoy watching Pinoy soap operas and Philippine news daily. She tries to keep in touch with relatives in the Philippines through FaceTime. In my case, I try to keep in touch with relatives via FaceBook and my blogs. Here is a video of some Philippine culture and tradition for your viewing pleasure.
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