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Friday, December 25, 2009

Big Hair from the 80s ... Walmart Signage

Here is a pic of me when I was 16, standing on the beach in Ocean City, MD. Yeah...I had a sort of hybrid mullet thing going on. I miss the extremely low body fat that I sported in those days but I definitely don't miss the hair.

If you haven't been to Ocean City, I highly recommend it. The beaches are really nice, there are quite a few attractions, and if you like eating crab or salt-water taffy, this is your place.
My wife took this photo below when we went to Macy's the other night. She is always ready for photo shoot for our entries to weekly memes.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Younger Years

Here is a pic of me shortly after joining the Navy. I can't, for the life of me, remember where or when this was taken or the name of the fellow standing beside me. Now I'm really showing my age.

One thing I do remember, I weighed considerably less in those days. If you happen to recognize the guy I'm standing with, please let me know his name. It will bother me until I remember. Thanks.
Merry Christmas everyone...and have a Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Relaxin on the shade


Taken during our island hopping in Jeju Island in South Korea last April 2009.


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Looking Back

I am looking back to another grade school era for photo flashback. It is very easy to spot me among the bunch because I was always the smallest one.

I am back. I been absent for a couple of weeks.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Red, White, & Blue Hat

I miss those chubby cheeks, cute little toes, and the arms reaching  out for you  to be held.

Our daughter Rylie when she was four months old.

Wish they could stay that cute...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Trees on the side of the road and the fish parade

Watching the Kois in the pond is one of the fondest memories of our kids  during our  stay in South Korea.



The shots of these two photos were not very clear as it was taken while the car is running. My wife is addicted to taking photos hehehe and I am glad because I can post some of them.

A little bit blurry here.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Anchor of a Sailor



This big anchor was one of the displays inside the   Navy base in Chinhae Korea.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Shadowy Smiles

I took this photo of my darlings one Sunday after we attended a mass at the chapel inside the base.
Enjoy chasing shadows everyone and have a blessed Sunday!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

29 years ago..

Oh boy, the days are passing by so quick now. We only have 18 days left and we will be flying back to the mainland. It would be a long and arduous flight of approximately 16 hours. But anyhow, this photo was taken when I was a 5th grader. Can you tell which one is me? I think it is obvious hehehe.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

How to become tall

My wife's height is only 4'11" and she wants to be taller, so she got creative by taking a photo of her shadow.


Happy shadow hunting everyone and have a blessed Sunday!

In our blood

Serving the nation is in our blood because my father served the military and so was one of his brothers who died in Germany. And now I am about to retire from 20 years of service in the navy.

Below are some photos of my father and his friends during his military life.


My father left home at an early age to serve in the three C's (Civilian Conservation Corps) in which he traveled throughout West Virginia and other states providing plant and wildlife conservation efforts as well as assisting in the national efforts towards economic recovery. He was drafted into the U.S. Army as he ended his duty with the three C's and headed off to WWII. He was assigned to the Pacific Theatre under the command of General Douglas MacArthur in which he fought against the Japanese throughout many islands of the pacific such as Guam, Saipan, and the Philippines. He returned from the war and started a family and a new career with Weirton Steel Corp.

I'm very proud of my father because he is a true survivor in life. He was born in the Roaring Twenties, lived through the Great Depression, contributed to the liberation of the Philippines as well as victory in WWII, and he managed to make it back to his home state and raise a family. He has a strong moral character and if he believes in something, he always sticks to his guns. I still recall, during my teenage years while on a hunting expedition, he was able to out-climb and out-run me up the hills of West Virginia and he was already in his 60s.

In my lifetime, I would be happy to say that I accomplished at least half of what my father has during his. He is a Great American Hero in my eyes and I love him dearly.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Smoke gets in your Eyes

The song "Smokes gets in your Eyes" reminds me of my dear mother. She used to smoke like a train, which eventually led to lung cancer. It wasn't until I got older that I figured out why I always had sinus infections and colds when I was growing up. I always seemed to be sick more often than my friends but never knew why. Yep, it was the second-hand smoke. After I moved away from home, I seldom ever got sick and to this day, I seldom ever get sick. I avoid people that smoke, especially when my kids are with me. I don't want to expose them to this unnecessary evil.
Aside from her chain smoking, she was a great mother to all of us kids. She would wake up every morning really early and make breakfast and send us all off to school. She never missed a day, even when she was sick. She was really awesome and I miss the long talks we'd have and the time spent together.
Should I title this Smoke gets in your lungs?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Shaolin Hair

My entry for this week's Wordless Wednesday is my wife's creativity on my daughter's hair while she was taking giving her a bath at my dad's sink. Rylie was only 7 months old in this photo, I think..

Monday, November 2, 2009

In the Library

When we first arrived here in Korea, the cable connection was free but after a couple of months, they wanted us to pay for it. My wife and I decided to just cut it because we seldom watch Tv anyways. Besides there are movies and TV shows that we can rent for free in the library for us to watch. So we go to the library three to four times a week to borrow books and movies.
Here's our daughter and son enjoying their time at the library.

Happy Mellow Yellow everyone. Welcome to my first entry!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Shadow inside the Busan Airport

My wife took this photo of my daughter at Busan airport when we we're going to our island hopping in Jeju Korea last May. Can you see my daughter standing there? 



Have a good start of the month everyone! Thanks to all the ones who have casted their votes on the smile contest. She won!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Mr. Smiles, A blast from the past

My loving wife dug up these old photos of me this afternoon. I had doubts that it was me until she showed me the writing on the back of the pics. If you look closely, you can see the dates on the pics (just 4 months after my birthday). Yep....it's me alright. Boy was I a cheerful little guy.
Here I am at 6 months just smiling it up again for the camera. My mom told me that whenever they would try to photograph me as a child, I would usually cry or get really mad. This is proof that mom wasn't joking.
Wow, hard to believe this was 40 years ago. What a blast from the past.


Happy Halloween! BOO!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

One month old EJ


EJ was one month old in this photo.  Look at him, he already know how to wink lol.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Childhood Shadows

So here's some shadowy shots of my kids while enjoying the nature here in Chinhae South Korea.

They love throwing rocks on this little stream of water.

Especially our little guy, EJ.

Our four year old daughter, Rylie.
Fun times!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My First Time

Here is a pic of me (age 10) in Ocean City, MD. This was my very first experience in the ocean. Being from the mountain state, I had never seen the ocean (except on television). I played so long in the water that I got sick and lost my voice (worst sore throat I had ever had). My mother was worried but the next morning, I was well and back at it again.

Until this day, I've always been very fond of the ocean. I enjoy the mountains too, but I find the ocean more intriguing. Maybe that's why I became a sailor.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Childhood Photo Flashback

My entry for this week's Flashback Photo is one of my childhood photograph which I am not sure how old I was when this was taken. My Mom probably forgot to put the date at the back. So here it is.
 Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Please Vote for our Princess, thanks!

Hello there guys, can I ask a favor from all of you please? I entered our daughter into a Smile Contest, so if you can please vote for (just once) till October 31st it would be so much appreciated. 

Thank you very much for all your help!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Old photos bring back memories

We only have 70 days to go till we go back to the good ol' U.S. of A and each day seems to drag by so slowly. It reminds me of my childhood just weeks before Christmas, the wait was unbearable. Speaking of Christmas, we are really looking forward to being home in time for Christmas and being with our family and friends. My Dad is also very excited to see our kids again. Below is a picture of Dad in a carefree and happy-go-lucky mood.
Here is a pic of the women in our family. My niece Jen, my sister Crystal (Jen's mom) and my mom a few years before she passed away. This picture was taken when Crystal won "Mom of the Year" in our region. She got a limo ride to dinner and all of the special treatment that goes with it. Jen submitted an entry and that entry won. My mom joined them for the celebration.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

3 Generations

My Dad is celebrating his 87th birthday on the 14th of this month, so to honor him, I snagged these photos from my Lovely Wife's blog. On the left is my Dad, I'm in the middle, and on the right is my son EJ. Three generations together.

My father left home at an early age to serve in the three C's (Civilian Conservation Corps) in which he travelled throughout West Virginia and other states providing plant and wildlife conservation efforts as well as assisting in the national efforts towards economic recovery. He was drafted into the U.S. Army as he ended his duty with the three C's and headed off to WWII. He was assigned to the Pacific Theatre under the command of General Douglas MacArthur in which he fought against the Japanese throughout many islands of the pacific such as Guam, Saipan, and the Philippines. He returned from the war and started a family and a new career with Weirton Steel Corp.

I'm very proud of my father because he is a true survivor in life. He was born in the Roaring Twenties, lived through the Great Depression, contributed to the liberation of the Philippines as well as victory in WWII, and he managed to make it back to his home state and raise a family. He has a strong moral character and if he believes in something, he always sticks to his guns. I still recall, during my teenage years while on a hunting expedition, he was able to out-climb and out-run me up the hills of West Virginia and he was already in his 60s.

In my lifetime, I would be happy to say that I accomplished at least half of what my father has during his. He is a Great American Hero in my eyes and I love him dearly.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wedding Bells

I was watching a movie with my daughter this evening and the funniest thing happened. She looks over at me and says, "Daddy, when I get older do you know who I want to marry?" I replied, "Not a clue, who do you you want to marry?" She then replied, "I want to marry you." I then told her that I would be honored to marry her and she laughed. It was very cute.
It reminded me of a conversation I had with my mother years ago. She told me that I had asked her to marry me when I was little and she told me that she said yes. She said that all of her sons had asked her the same question during their childhood. I wondered at what age I would get this question and now I know. I'm curious to know when my son is going to propose to his mother and I'm curious if any of you parents out there have been confronted with the "BIG QUESTION"?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sailor of the Year award

Hello there folks, I am a guest postie here. My name is Rose and I am the sailor's mistress and ex-girlfriend... in short I am his wife (for those who don't know yet) lol. My husband does not want to post his award in here because of a wrong notion that some people might think.

He does not want you guys to think that he is showing off his award. He was chosen as a "Sailor of the Year" awardee in their command and I am so proud of it. You deserve it Hon, with all your hard work and dedication, I think you deserve all the awards in the world. Am I exaggerating? No, because my husband really is a hard worker and a very dedicated one to his job!
I took these photos when he arrived and said "I got something for you."
I am glad that in six months, he will be completely out of the Navy. He will start his terminal leave in December and that's when we will go back to the mainland. Can't wait for that day!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Deep Blue Sea

This is a photo of the USS Frank Cable and an oiler in the process of an underway replenishment. I really enjoyed sailing the Pacific Ocean and surrounding seas, the water was so blue in certain areas that it was absolutely mesmerizing. I really developed an appreciation for the sea and I fully understand why the old school sailors, hundreds of years ago, were driven by the sea. It's mysterious, magnificient, and dangerous and it's something that gets into your soul.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Welcome!

Hi there, I am trying to make a new creation here, please bear with me while the url of my blog is still in transition with Google. For those who would like to be included in my blogroll, please leave your URL's in the comment section. Thank you!

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Victorious Smile!

She won an international smile contest for the month of October 2009. This contest was sponsored by Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada.

God bless y'all!