Betty White, an accomplished American comedic icon had just passed away this past New Year’s Eve. She was just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday for this month of January 2022.

I will always remember her witty smile and optimistic disposition.

To Miss Betty, wherever you are, I am very sure that you are now with your beloved husband up there in Heaven.

Thank you for entertaining us with your great comedic timing as well as giving us valuable life lessons.

You are the last Golden Girl who finally had finished your life’s work here and now is also entertaining up there in the Great Beyond with your other fellow Golden Girls who departed before you.

To paraphrase a byline from your show, on behalf of me and the rest of your fans, we thank you for being our friend!!!!

We give you a toast though I am sure you would prefer vodka, 1 hotdog on the side and 1 licorice stick to boot.


Where I live, they started implementing the use of COVID-19 vaccination cards which would ensure entry into places that provide non-essential services. Call it whatever—vaccination passports, apps for proof of vaccination records as the case may be, etc. I even heard stories of people on online dating sites stating that they are COVID-19 free. Even applying for a new job or even keeping a current one would require proof of vaccination pending any medical exemptions.

It s now, I guess the new normal until COVID-19 is fully eradicated. What a lifestyle change, indeed!

One practically has to bring it every time just in case someone at the door(aka “Vac ID bouncer”) wants to see it. It makes one feel as a teenager or baby-faced adult being carded at the pub entrance. I heard stores of probably unvaccinated folks being rude to the staffer screening them.

There is no need for rudeness, guys. The staffer is just doing his job. Nothing personal about that. What you can all do is get a doctor’s certificate stating why you cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine. Problem solved!

My local Staples store ,I heard had been having a heavy lineup lately because a lot of the local folks have been having their COVID-19 vaccination cards be laminated.

You really cannot leave home without that card, my apologies to American Express!


My brother recently texted me (July 26) regarding the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal finally won after a 97 year drought of no-wins since joining the Olympics.

It happened in Tokyo this year labelled as Tokyo 2020 Olympics because of the COVID-19 delay.

It was won by 30 year old Zamboanga City native Hidilyn Diaz in the weightlifting division. She won it in the 55 kg division in weightlifting specifically in the clean and jerk. She also achieved an Olympic record lift of 127 kg at that moment.

She now has the status now equal to that of a Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio.

She plans to continue her weightlifting career and to be an inspiration to all Filipinos —that nothing is impossible in this life.

.I was born and raised in the Philippines so I am fully aware that the Philippine sports programs there need more improvement and funding so as to be able to support its athletes. With such support comes great chances of achieving excellence in any sports competition –local or worldwide. Hopefully, this Olympic gold medal win will serve as a catalyst for sports program reform there in the very near future.

Even though I now live in Canada, I still have a soft spot for that country in Southeast Asia.

I also heard that Hidilyn is also a member of the military and because of her win, has just been promoted to Sergeant.


Your initials are HD—for me, it will mean High Definition win!


Yesterday was June 24,2021Quebec Day in the Canadian province of Quebec. It was also the Feast Day of ST. John the Baptist.

As Quebecers were celebrating their provincial holiday, it became a double celebration when their beloved hockey team–the Montreal Canadiens won the semifinal playoffs in the National Hockey League(NHL) to become a contender for the biggest hockey prize- Lord Stanley’s Cup.

It cannot get any better than this—considering that hockey is a revered sport in Canadian sport culture. Anywhere in the world, anybody knows that hockey is king here in Canada.

The Montreal Canadiens from the get-go in this series had gone through a lot of setbacks on their Stanley Cup journey but was able to survive it and even became much stronger in the process. Add to this the reality of adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic as well. They are practically the underdogs. Most of the sports analysts and critics have not even given them a rat’s chance of pulling through this entire series.

I guess the team’s never-say-die attitude cannot be discounted nor underrated.

Suddenly, they are back in the NHL finals since their last win in 1993. They become the only Canadian professional hockey team to compete against an American team for this series. They will be representing Canada in this exciting series.

Good luck to them. Irregardless of the outcome in the finals, they did themselves and the rest of Canada very proud.

As one twitter handle named Lord Stanley says: Bonjour , Montreal Canadiens!

I am very sure,Lord Stanley, that the Montreal Canadiens are now ready for their closeup.

Bring the game on! Let the puck drop! I will be waving the Maple Leaf flag as well as bringing the popcorn ,of course ! Others especially in Quebec will wave the fleur de lis flag.

Your fellow Canuck,


As the world is now slowly starting to go through the routine of everyday living in this COVID-19 era, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine implementation as well as gradual easing of the restrictions and maneuvers against COVID-19 , I personally could not help but reflect on the importance of the 4F’s which were needed in this COVID-19 era.

The 4F’s consists of the following– Faith, Family, Friends and Food. The last one is a no-brainer–we all still need to eat and seriously, it gives us joy , sustenance and good health to combat COVID-19.

Just my two cents’ worth on the matter.

Continue to stay safe, folks!


Growing up in a Catholic household, the letters B. C. means Before Christ and A.C. means After Christ. This is manifested in the Bible with 2 parts: The Old and the New Testament.

However in 2021 with reference to 2020 as well, the letters B.C. & A.C. mean to me now as B.C.(Before Covid-19) and A.C.(After Covid-19).

With disease incidence rates still going up and down in many parts of the world as well as an ongoing worldwide recruitment and implementation of vaccinations, we are now seeing many countries already starting some degree of normalcy in everyday living in a graduated fashion. Plans for a regular post-pandemic life has targeted starting dates ranging from this coming summer season to the end of this year.

The light at the end of the tunnel is there. Until we do reach the finish line, only time can tell. Be patient. We have already come this far already. What a difference a year makes. Who knew?

In the meantime, please keep the faith, continue to mask up, keep the social distance, sanitize your hands, self-isolate if need be and stay safe!

We are all in this together!


It is amazing how a year passes by so quickly yet so painfully memorable for everybody on planet Earth.

2020 is definitely a pandemic year with COVID-19 finally recognized as it is and its presence since exactly a year ago today (March 11,2020).

Hopefully, it will not live long enough to go into a 2nd anniversary a year from now today.

We have had enough grief , destruction , prolonged suffering and defensive lifestyle coping just to survive its deadly potency.

To contribute to its eventual demise, the onslaught of COVID-19 vaccine shipments and innocculations have been going on now for about a month worldwide.

I was able to get my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today. 2nd dose to follow in a few weeks time.

I see freedom on the horizon!

Spring season is coming—a season of hope, renewal and new beginnings.

Hopefully, COVID-19 is already gone by then. I wish!

My thoughts and prayers to all those who died from COVID-19 and my salute to all frontline workers in fighting this deadly virus!



After going over the news yesterday of golf legend Tiger Woods’ miraculous survival of that horrendous vehicular accident in California, I felt that Tiger once again was resurrected from almost imminent death.

I wrote a blog on April 15,2019–The Return of Tiger Woods–after he won the Masters Golf Tournament in that year.

Once again, folks are wondering and talking whether Tiger can ever make a comeback to golf.

In my opinion, considering the extent of his physical injuries which has yet to be determined as the days go by as well as his subsequent rehabilitation and recovery, the golf comeback will be answered eventually.

One should also observe how Tiger ‘s mindset would be by that time . Based on all the previous reports that I have read about his tenacity and resilience, frankly, I would not count him out yet.

One thing’s for sure. He already made a comeback right now—from the jaws of apparent death. It is a sign that his work here in life is still not done yet. Whether it is golf-related or not, I feel that he has nothing else to prove. His golf legacy is already secure.

Perhaps, it is a sign that after this accident, he has to work on another legacy for everybody—golf -related or not–but definitely to show everyone that life goes on, as long as there is life ,there is hope.

I am cheering Tiger on! Resurrection 2.0 has just been turbocharged. YAY!!!


Christopher Plummer, the Canadian-born actor both in movies(Hollywood) and in theatre(Broadway) has died today at age 91.

His talent was immense, versatile and diversified. He was very adaptable in getting into roles ,taking each character as his own and becoming each character as well.

He holds the record of being the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar(Academy Award).

He exudes an aura of being debonair, dapper,elegant and handsome on and off the screen, even as he gets older through the years. He is like wine which gets better with age.

I will always remember him as Captain Georg Von Trapp, the stiff, temperamental widower of a brood of 7 offsprings in the movie—The Sound of Music –-wherein he finally met his match with the novice turned governess/nanny named Maria(played by Julie Andrews ,another entertainment icon) to whom he finally opened and gave his heart to.

Adieu, Sir as you travel on to the great beyond. I will always remember you as I hear the song lyrics to Edelweiss.

So long, farewell!

Captain Von Trapp has left the building!

From a fellow Canuck,


American TV and radio host Larry King died yesterday at age 87. He had been a fixture particularly on TV for at least half a century.

He’s well-known for his laid back demeanor in interviewing guests with simple yet open-ended questions as well as making the guests feel comfortable to the point of revealing themselves easily.

He always believed that the guests are the focus and not him.

He had survived many personal as well as medical setbacks which made me think at times that he is either invincible or immortal.

I will always remember him with his wide forehead, pipe ,eyeglasses and suspenders.

I can see his suspenders hung up now in his memory.

Thank you ,Mr. King for enlightening as well as entertaining us through the years.