About my blog

Hello!  Thank you for visiting my blog, which reflects topics important in my world.

This proverb captures the essence of my blog…and is the short “about” version:

Ancient Proverb

1st read this proverb on “The Human Cost of Climate Change”, from the UN Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Human Development Report


And the long version below explains the variety of topics I cover…

SF Strybing Arboreturm photo web

Blog is my garden…photo at San Francisco (Golden Gate Park) Strybing Arboretum in post “Paragon of Patience”

— Nature, conservation, and living in an environmentally sustainable way, because… I am a grandmother concerned about the future and the world I / we leave behind for our grandchildren and future inhabitants of our planet.

Tropical Philippines web

Tropical Philippines, photo used for post “Chameleons” on why I think Filipinos work all over the globe

The Philippines, population, poverty, developing world topics, because I grew up in the Philippines, love my home country, and want to understand more about developing nations. I also want to create a record of my childhood memories especially on Filipino food and culture for my American grandchildren.

Big Sur 1

Big Sur Coast, California at Andrew Molera State Park

The Central Coast, the Monterey Bay area and California in general, because I lam thankful to live in this part of the world, and have lived in this State for over 30 years (first in the high desert of Southern California while in the Air Force, the San Francisco Bay area, and now in the Monterey Peninsula).

California is the most populous and diverse state in the US,  making it a wonderful and unique melting pot of people and cultures.  There are 200 languages read and spoken here!

The beautiful geography and strong environmental mindset (the first state to ban the use of single-use plastic bags) makes me happy to live here.

Veterans and the Military, because I am a U.S. Air Force veteran, and like many Filipino immigrants who join the U.S.military, grateful for the opportunity and responsibilities given to me, and to young people (and wouldn’t it be wonderful if someday, the focus is on PEACE and we can better spend the money and resources nations spend for their military towards our shared world problems?)

Fair Trade businesses and ideals, and promoting cottage industry products, because I share in the Green America Vision to “to work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come”.

Photography, because I love photographs and have been taking photos (mostly of my family) since I was a teen.

But despite spending my first paycheck from my first job (at 16,as a waitress when we immigrated to the U.S.) on a Minolta 35mm SLR camera, I’ve yet o learn the technical aspects of photography.

And so I join in the WordPress Photo Challenges to continue to learn how to take better photos — angles, composition — and in the process, I get a glimpse of life / amazing creativity / moments captured by professional and amateur photographers from around the world.

Mostly….the photographs I take relate to posting articles on my blog and once in a while, I get lucky and snap a gorgeous shot, like this surfer at sunset).California surfer at sunset webWhen I retire, I’ll learn the more technical aspects of photography and have a really fancy camera, and study the instructions!

In the meantime, I am happy to click away primarily using my phone camera (currently a HTC One, before that the EVO and a Blackberry), which is almost always where I am.

My blog is a place for me to digitally collect and curate information / images important to me… and helps to improve my writing skills.

Lola and Gabriel hands

Hands — the digits of Lola Jane and grandson Gabriel, who was about 3 1/2 years old when this photograph was taken. The origin of the word digital is the Latin “digitus” meaning finger / toe. Photo for post about a library with no books.

And as I update this page — 300 350 posts later — a blog is perfect for curious people and a fun way to continually learn something new, explore ideas, and share information!

So…if you made it down this far, thank for reading the long version of my “About” page.

Please don’t be shy, and do comment on topics that you find of interest especially on what article brought you to my blog.

If a post answered a question you were curious about, I’d love to know about it 🙂 !  I get enough spam comments on a daily basis, and appreciate getting comments from real visitors — and real people.

Looking forward to connecting,

“Lola” Jane

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Photo of my grandsons near the Moss Landing Marine Labs, for the WordPress Photo Challenge theme “Dreamy”

Note: The “Lola” part of my blog name means grandmother. 

In the Philippines, grandmothers are called “lola” and grandfathers “lolo”, but our grandkids call me Lola and their grandfather “Opa” even though he is an American, as a connection to his German heritage as well as our much-loved time living in Germany

Plus, Lola and Opa reflects our multi-cultural family 🙂 !

Like any typical grandmother, I take many gazillions of pictures of my grandchildren and these are sometimes woven into my blog posts and on my photos for WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges. What can I say, I love the little guys so much. And then I see how fast they grow up!

The boys at Elkhorn Slough Viewing Bridge

45 thoughts on “About my blog

  1. Hi Jane,
    I am writing in response to your curiousity about the lost Moss Landing Pier.

    The pier was originally put in place by the town’s namesake, Captain Charles Moss in the Mid-1800s. It was used by him for loading shipping for many years in the mid1800s, there were first tall sailing ships and later steamships. Moss sold to the Pacific Coast Steamship Co in the late 1880s. They shipped from the pier for about 50 years. This was followed by whaling and landing whales at the pier and its beach. Then it became a fishing pier 1960s (you paid for access to use it) and then used by the marine research station starting in about 1980s. The harbor originally used it to hold its dredging pipes.

    The pier was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and then further ripped to sea in the ealy 90s storms. Sometimes the ML Labs still talks about replacing the pier. All that is left is the bottom of the piers and the shoreside bulkhead, bulkhead belongs to the property owned by San Jose State Univ.. Watch the waves during the next really big storm, the pier location will be the quietest portion of the waters.

    If you come by the Captain’s Inn bed and breakfast mid-day, I can show you a few photos of the old pier with tall sailing ships docked.

  2. Thank you for the detailed information Melanie!

    Readers, the blog post with my photos of the lost Moss Landing Pier is on “What Low Tide Reveals” http://lolako.com/?p=1894 .

    I’ll definitely stop by the Captain’s Inn to check out the historical photos. More Moss Landing history is available on the site http://www.captainsinn.com/history.html. Melanie and her husband run this local bed and breakfast.

    I love having a blog for this very reason. Between your reply Melanie — as well as the tip to visit the Moss Landing Post office from my friend Jean at http://localnomad.wordpress.com/ — my questions about the structure that was once there…is answered.

  3. Hi Lola Jane,

    It was a pleasure to meet you at Treasure Island this morning. I showed my mom the pandan bag, and she loved it. I look forward to purchasing more from you in the future.

    Would you mind emailing me the sea salt website you mentioned? My dad is interested.

    I hope to see you soon.

    Kind regards,
    Gia Aspiras-Wunderlich

  4. Hi Auntie Jane,

    My Ate and I talked to you for a while about the Philippines and the US (not to mention that we learned how much bananas are shipped to the US from all over the world!!) Anyway, I finally got the chance to sit down and check out your site. Awesome stuff I might say. I wanted to let you know about the lupus site that I was telling you about. It is http://www.lfnc.org. If I remember correctly, on the right hand panel there’s a section that is for the 5k Run/Walk it has an orange and black butterfly. Feel free to browse the site. I will update you on more information. Sadly, my team has not met together yet to discuss who is participating this year. Oh! — Marielle

  5. Hi Lola, thanks for visiting my blog. I bookmarked yours, as there is probably a lot to learn from someone who had the courage for a better living 🙂
    Take care!
    – Pierre

  6. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-18E – All the best!

  7. Hi Jane – I really enjoyed your blog. We have connections…I too have an Australian Shepherd, Missy. She is mixed with Malamute. She is such a sweetheart. I see you visited Cebu, where my Mom is from. Your grandkids are so handsome!

    I learned something new. Had no idea there was a Philippine Eagle. I will be back to read more and especially to check out the beautiful bags! I’ll be sure to share with my sister who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Thanks for liking my blog! Sally

  8. Hi Lola:

    Hope you are well. I’m researching some of the blogs I follow and was wondering if you are self-hosted? I am currently trying to move my blog over to self-hosting and want to put the wordpress “like” button on it. My developer says you can’t but I see you have it on your blog and it shows up in my reader looking like you are self-hosted. Can you please let me know. I’m trying to clarify this with my developer who is driving me crazy!


    • Hi Nicole,

      Yes, my blog is self-hosted, and your question is an easy one — that is if you / your developer decide to continue to use a self-hosted site using WordPress.

      If you continue to use WordPress for your website, then bloggers or visitors with WordPress accounts can “like” your post or pages too (finally)! You do have to have the Jetpack option, and activate this feature through Jetpack.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      Visitors to Lola Jane’s blog — check out Nicole’s wonderful blog covering topics near and dear to me, especially global poverty reduction at Third Eye Mom – traveling and experiencing the world with a third-eye.

  9. I like your blog pages -its very nice. I am getting some tilapia pretty soon, thanks for the info. I am a Filipina, too. (I am in North Carolina, it is cold over here!).

    • Thank you, Fe. I heard about the super cold (polar vortex related) weather there in the Carolinas! Hopefully, hindi na masyadong malamig ngayon 🙂

      I’m glad to see that my post on the most popular farmed fish, tilapia, is helpful to my blog visitors.

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  11. Hi Lola,
    What a wonderful blog you have and what an interesting life you have lived with roots in Philippines and a career in Air Force and health industry. I enjoyed reading your blog posts. I just happened to run into your blog looking for fresh banana leaves in San Francisco bay area. All the best!


    • I’m glad you happened upon my blog, Anupama. Though many Filipinos and Southeast Asians use banana leaves in their cooking, it was not common here in the U.S.

      That is changing, and it is now quite easy to find banana leaves in Asian supermarkets, and some are lucky enough to be able to grow bananas in their backyards in certain regions of California.

      Lately, we’ve used banana leaves to line cupcake pans to make snack size biko (Philippine sticky rice and coconut milk dessert). Article at http://lolako.com/banana-leaves-and-sweets/

  12. Greetings from the Antipopdes, Lola Jane. I am so glad I found you. I kept getting “Site under construction” messages when I clicked on your comments on J.A.N.E. There’s no escape now 🙂 Peace, Ken

  13. I’m so glad you found me too! 🙂 I will have to figure out how to get that link to come HERE instead of an empty website. 🙂 Which means I have to devote a morning to researching, akkk! I hope it is a simple fix.

  14. Hi, Lola Jane! i’m new here! thoroughly enjoying your beautiful blogs! i’m here in the Phils., had a chance to live in Massachusetts but stayed for only 1.5 years, cuz i got so homesick! i laughed at that episode of the shattered bagoong jar in your mom’s luggage 🙂

    • So glad to see your comment, Josh…the bagoong post was one of my first ( http://lolako.com/luggage-with-a-special-kind-of-stinky/ ) and I swear if I close my eyes, I can smell that unique aroma — that oh so special amoy — as I hear the luggage carousel circling round and round in my head 🙂 .

      Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks to for your thoughts on the Champorado post and also the post about rattan. A lot of people think rattan and bamboo are the same, or unsure what “wicker” means.

      Hope you come back and visit again, I’ll be posting more Philippine culture related articles over the next few months…

      BTW, siguro masyadong malamig sa Massachusetts, that is why you were homesick, lol.

    • Nothing like Christmas in the Philippines! We celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world (I mention this for my leche flan post), so no wonder you were homesick if you were in Massachusetts for winter AND Krismas natin. Ay nako!

      I love seeing the beautiful parols and town decorations, and most especially the food, of course.

      You should think about starting your own blog, Josh… We all have stories to tell, and information to share about the area we live — and it’s fun to play tourist in our own hometowns and find out about our history too! You can do it free, check https://wordpress.com/ .

      At maramiong salamat talaga for your support 🙂 .

  15. Oh thank you, Bebs…maybe the 2nd language is an excuse. I admire/envy people who whip out beautifully written blog posts. It is getting easier for me, but certainly does not feel natural.

    Thank you for the grandchildren comment 🙂

    I just visited your blog, and confirming, kababayan! Like you, I did not watch the Manny P. fight…

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