To Apply or Not To Apply

I made a “teaser” post in my Facebook account and it seems that this publication is a legit one. In the said post, there is a button that states if I want to “Allow” a Direct Message to my Messenger for the feedback on this Publication. We will see if the people administering this publication will send me a message within 48 hours as stated.

At this time, I am thinking of sending an application to the President BBM Administration. However, I have yet to prepare my CV and my Personal Letter of Application. Having served in his father’s administration for 9 years in the military and civilian positions, it is worth a try. We will see.

I will update you through this blog.


Unique Gift To BBM

The US Charge d’Affaires to the Philippines Heather Variava gave a unique gift to the newly-elected President Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos Jr during her Courtesy Call. This picture was taken from the Facebook Page of BBM.

There are two colors (dark blue and white) of this kind of Basketball Jersey which was the Official Uniform of the “Dream Team” of the US Basketball Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics which was held in Barcelona, Spain. This particular Jersey was the uniform of Michael Jordan.

There are so many meanings and symbols or interpretations of this unique gift from the US Government Representative based in Manila (US Embassy). If you know something about the US Basketball “Dream Team” and how they played in the Olympic Games to become the Gold Medal in Basketball, specifically about Michael Jordan, then you will know what I mean. I just leave the picture in here.

(Note: The picture was taken from Bongbong Marcos Facebook Page post dated May 24, 2022)

Rigoberto Tiglao’s Opinion

Last May 20, 2022, Rigoberto Tiglao, one of the Political Opinion Columnists of the The Manila Times wrote this article:

I have just made a research on the age of Rigoberto Tiglao and I found out that we were born on the same year, 1952. He was born in the month of August and I was born in the month of May. Almost, we have the same age. Knowing his age, I can safely conclude that he personally observed what had happened before the late Senator Ferdinand Marcos became the President and had observed maturely and objectively on the Marcos Administration from 1965 to 1986. I will not go on the details about his background but I would like to get an emphasis on the article that he wrote.

He is right! The newly elected Former Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr, is the “nail” to the coffin of the Opposition and ultimately put this group in the grave and soon the people will forget them.

May They Rest In Peace!

Hello! I am back!

It has been almost one year when I posted my last article or story in this blog. And I have decided to write again whatever I could think of on a daily basis. As I proceed on this post, I am thinking of writing any story or article that I can think of aside from running, my interest in fashion (denims and heritage boots), and my daily activities. I have been thinking also making my story or opinion on current events and politics. However, I will concentrate on the things that I can comprehend or have an idea about the said subject. What is important is to have something to do on a daily basis and have my brain working.

I just turned 70 years old last May 17 and it is a milestone in my life to reach this age. For the past two years, there had been not much activity on my part except for my daily hikes, cleaning the backyard, watering my vegetable garden, reading stories and articles in the Internet, and updating my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts. Not much movement outside the place where I am now residing. However, I am happy and healthy. Enjoying the simplicity in life in the rural or provincial area.

Since November 2021, the Presidential Election in the Philippines leading to May 9, 2022, politics and campaigning were the daily topics in the News and in Social Media. Having served as a military officer during the Marcos Administration from the 70s to the 1986, I have seen with my own eyes how the Marcos Administration had governed my country and from my personal observation, the country was then above average as compared with other neighboring countries. I might be bias but I knew how the country was being administered at that time, most specially, on matters of peace and security. I will deal more on this topic while my blog progresses from day to day. I plan to mix some posts about politics and prevailing News in this blog in the days to come. So, there will be no specific topic on the content of this blog. The bottomline, I will be posting anything I could think of to let my brain and mind working. Writing will be my brain’s daily exercise.

In the Social Media, I make it a point to make a Post at least one per day, whether it is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. My Facebook posts for the past two years (during the Covid-19 Pandemic) were about my daily activities and observations. Sometimes, I would share some News or Information about the country’s status on the Pandemic. On Instagram, I would post my pictures which were concentrated mostly on the things that I wear on a daily basis. It was during the Pandemic/Covid-19 period that I was introduced to Selvedge Denims and Heritage Boots. One thing led to another and I can say that I have a considerable collection of these items. I hope I will make a post of each of the items in this blog.

So, please bear with me on this blog. I will write and post whatever I would think of relating to my life and to all those things happening around me. Finally, I am back!

How To Shrink Your Levi’s 501 Jeans

Repost From LEVI’S USA Website:

A good pair of jeans can last you decades. And we’ll bet, somewhere along the way, you’ll need to shrink them. We’ve all been there: Maybe you find the perfect pair of jeans in the perfect wash that are just a bit too long. Maybe your big sister, close friend, or your mom (who was cool once?) is passing a pair down. Maybe you accidentally bought a pair in the wrong size, but didn’t feel like going back to the store. Or maybe you’ve been wearing the same pair of jeans every day for the past five years (asking for a friend). The longer you wear denim, the more it stretches, primarily in high-stress places like around your knees and at your waist.

Life is a winding road — but a little denim maintenance from time to time ensures you’ll look good no matter where you end up. If you’re looking for how to shrink jeans, you’ve come to the right place.

A pair of jeans spread out on the ground, two different angles of the jeans are shown.


Do jeans shrink? Yes. Do jeans shrink in the dryer? Heck yea! Most people — or their parents, or their partners, or their roommates — have stumbled upon this happy-accident-turned-consistent-lifehack. For those who haven’t, it’s simple: just toss your jeans in the washing machine using hot water, and then the dryer until they’re completely dry. The heat from the dryer will shrink them well.

A few notes, though: First, machine washing damages your jeans, so they won’t last or retain their color as long. Drying them damages more, and wastes a lot of energy. We think you should only wash your jeans once every 10 wears at most. Levi’s® staffers often go months without washing our jeans, and some of us have jeans that have never been washed. (Don’t worry, we don’t smell.) Second, machine washing uses up a lot of water, so for an alternative, you may want to…


Hear us out: This ain’t the most conventional way to shrink your jeans, or even the quirkiest. But it might be the most fun. Like we said, part of the problem with machine washing your denim is that it uses a lot of water. Well we’ve got a hack for that.

First, find a pot large enough to fit your jeans. Better yet, just grab the biggest pot you have. Next, mostly fill it with water, and bring said water to a boil. (Save the salt for the pasta.) Last, drop in your jeans, and leave them for 30 minutes.

When they’re done (get it), very carefully take the pants out of the pot using tongs or, like, a stick, perhaps, and then throw them in your dryer. Once they’re completely dry, style and serve (looks).


This is the “quirky” method we were talking about. But it’s got a purpose.

As we said before, you don’t want to wash your jeans very often. But when you do, you should make it count. Enter our Levi’s® 501® Shrink-To-Fit™ jeans. They’re crafted from raw denim, which means the denim is untouched after it’s dyed. These jeans are also more durable than others you’ll buy, because they’re not pre-shrunk at any point while they’re being produced. But that doesn’t mean they won’t shrink. If you throw them in the wash, they’ll shrink. But if you wear them in the tub (our favorite method), they’ll shrink and break in just right.

When buying our raw denim, make sure to purchase jeans that are true to size in your waist, but two or three sizes up in length. Put the jeans on, fill up the tub with warm water, and then hop on in. Feel free to take a book, or your phone, or even a nap, because you should soak in there for a half an hour or so. Then get out, but keep your jeans on until they’re completely dry. (We do not recommend this method if you’re rushing out the door.) The denim will soften and contour around your body. When they’re completely dry, you’ll be the proud owner of some of the best-fitting jeans ever, without even needing a tailor.

(Learn more about 501® Shrink-To-Fit™ care.)


If you’re looking for a quick and dirty shrink job, we’ve got that, too. And like throwing your jeans in the wash, many of us may have discovered this trick by accident. For those who haven’t, this tactic is best deployed for “spot shrinking” in high-stress areas like your waistband, knees and bum.

All you need to do is find the part of your jeans you’d like to tighten up a bit, dampen it a little with water, and run an iron over it until completely dry. We don’t recommend this for more than dealing with shrinking in small patches; if you need to more, try one of these other tried-and-true methods.

The window of a Levi's tailor shop with an electric sign saying, "The Levi's Tailor Shop"


There can be an art to shrinking jeans, which means that, sometimes, it’s a job that’s best left to an artist. If your jeans are a little too big to handle at home, or you just need a more precise and permanent solution, you could do worse than dropping your jeans off at our Levi’s® Tailor Shop. Our tailors will work with you until they’re just right — and you can also use the visit to repair or further customize your denim. We all go to the Tailor Shop, so we know firsthand that one visit is the quickest way to turn a pair of jeans into your favorite pair of jeans.

Now that you know how to shrink and maintain your favorite denim, find your perfect pair of jeans here.#LIVEINLEVIS

First Panda Express Restaurant In Manila

I was surprised to see a picture of some of my running friends eating at the Panda Express Restaurant/Fast Food on Facebook and I have to immediately research on the exact location of the place. I found out later that the Fast Food Branch is located at the SM Megamall Shopping Center. At the first chance that I went to Metro Manila to have a meeting and transact some business with my financial investment offices, I had to make a schedule to actually see and dine with the said restaurant.

For the past years that I have been visiting the United States, it was always Panda Express where I would eat a fast Chinese cuisine. Actually, I was in the United States for the first time when I went on a military schooling in Fort Benning, Georgia that I was able to find out and ate at the first branch of the said restaurant in Glendale, California. After my schooling, I stayed for almost a year in Los Angeles, California as part of my academic leave. During this brief period, I have seen how the franchise grew in Los Angeles and most parts of California. Since then, Panda Express is my first choice for a fast Chinese Cuisine whenever I would stay and visit the United States. And it is so funny that whenever I leave Los Angeles Airport for my trip back to Manila, Panda Express would be my last meal before boarding the plane. However, it is not necessary that I would crave for the said restaurant as soon as I arrive in Los Angeles.

Intrigue if their first branch in the Philippines have the same taste as the food they serve after 38 years that they had been in the United States since it was founded, I would not let my next opportunity to visit Manila to pass without having my meal at the Panda Express at SM Megamall. And so, on February 26, 2021, I had my lunch with my favorite Panda Express Meal consisting of Fried Noodles (Chow Mein)/Half, Friend Rice/Half, Orange Chicken (Small), Beef Broccoli (Small), and Coke. The whole Panda Plate Meal was priced at P 275.00 (less 20% of my Senior Citizen’s Discount which is P 50.00). So, I paid P 225.00 for the Plate Meal. Not bad! As far as I can remember, this Panda Plate Meal would cost me $ 11-12.00 to include the Softdrinks based from my experience on my last visit to the United States last November 2019. From the pricing alone, the serving is very cheap.

Now let us go to the taste of each of the food I have ordered. They got the taste of the Orange Chicken at 100% the same as what is the taste in the US. For the Fried Rice, Chow Mein, and Beef Broccoli, they need more some soy sauce for a more salty taste. Maybe, it is just me but my taste prefer more of the salty side. When I asked from the waitress for some sachet of soy sauce and hot sauce which are normally present and readily available as condiment in the US, the waitress said that they don’t have any. So, those are two things that the restaurant should improve on: tastier fried rice/chow mein/beef broccoli and the availability of soy sauce and hot sauce or any condiments in sachets. Overall, the service is very fast! Lastly, the restaurant don’t have a trash bin where the customers could bring their used trays and styro packs/plates. It is always my practice to throw the styro pack/plate to the trash bins and leave the serving tray on top of the trash bin. McDonald’s Fastfood outlets have this kind trash bins where each customer are encouraged to clean their table after eating.

For those who have not experienced eating at Panda Express, it is highly recommended for you to experience how the food is served and how their food taste as a Chinese Cuisine. Finally, I am glad that Panda Express is already in the Philippines. Will it prosper or be successful here for the locals? Only time will tell!

Covid-19 Vaccine Arrived In The Philippines

February 28, 2021

Few minutes before 5:00 PM of February 28, 2021, a military cargo plane of the People’s Republic of China arrived at the Manila International Airport carrying 600,000 dosages of the SINOVAC vaccine from China. Government officials led by President Rodrigo Duterte and the Ambassador of China witnessed the arrival of the cargo plane and the vaccines. In an interview by the media in the said event, the President announced that the vaccines were donated by the Government of China to the Philippines and the Philippines is the only country where the vaccines were delivered among the 51 countries that were given with the same vaccine.

March 1, 2021

In the morning of Monday, March 1, 2021, the vaccination of SINOVAC had started in key places in Metro Manila to include the UP Philippine General Hospital; Veterans Memorial Center; Lung Center of the Philippines; V. Luna Medical Center; and Ceremonial Vaccination held at Camp Crame Hospital for the PNP. The immediate and almost “real-time” news of key officials of the Department of Health, UP PGH, and the government had brought confidence on the public to erase doubts on the effectiveness and efficacy of the said vaccine. These vaccines will be administered to the health workers in the hospitals with Covid-19 cases as patients as they are the first priority to receive such.

In a “Live” Meeting with the President in the evening, it was announced that there will be immediate delivery of vaccines to the South in the cities of Cebu and Davao and other key cities where there are new cases of the Covid-19 within the week.

The arrival of the initial batch of Covid-19 vaccines from the Republic of China is a good news and development for the country. There is also an indication from the statements of the President that more vaccines will arrive in the Philippines in the coming days and weeks. Personally, it is my assessment that the Philippines is not among the last nations that have started its Covid-19 vaccination program. We are on the top one-thirds of the total number of countries that had implemented this program. In the days ahead, more vaccines will be produced by these popular pharmaceutical companies and new vaccines will be available in the market, these Covid-19 will be manageable in due time. At the rate we are going, the Philippines vulnerable population to the virus (ages 18-80) will be vaccinated by the end of 2022. That is my personal prediction.