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:
And the long version below explains the variety of topics I cover…
— 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.
— 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.
— 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).When 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.
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,
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!