Marcela Caparas Encarnacion – Viewing and Funeral

Lola (97th Birthday)

Marcela Caparas Encarnacion
January 31, 1912 – July 9, 2011

Viewing and Rosary
Viewing: Wednesday, July 13, 3pm to 9pm
Viewing: Thursday, July 14, 11am to 9pm
Rosary: Thursday, July 14, 7pm
Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary
466 North Winchester Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Funeral Mass
Friday, July 15, 10am
St. Justin Catholic Church
2655 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Goodbye Lola Celay…

Lola (97th Birthday)

Marcela Caparas Encarnacion
January 31, 1912 – July 9, 2011

Lola Celay, we love you… may you rest in peace…


This evening when me and Nanay were at the laundromat, we got a call from Auntie. She told us that Lola Celay is in the hospital and the doctors only gave her about 24 hours to live. Of course Nanay was shaken and we rushed home to eat dinner and head over to Santa Clara to visit Lola.

When we got there Lola was on the bed, she was asleep and Uncle says that she doesn’t respond anymore although she did respond a bit when Uncle asked her if she wanted to eat. They said she had a routine checkup today, but when the test results came in, the doctors said she had a heart attack on Friday and that her body is shutting down. Auntie said that when they were getting her ready to go to the hospital, she hardly could walk anymore like before and her legs were swollen and heavy.

It’s so sad to see Lola having a hard time breathing and I admire Uncle and Auntie for taking care of her since she was diagnosed with Dementia.

Lola is no longer on any medications and although they rehydrated her with I.V., she’s no longer eating. Uncle says that once her body starts shutting down, the doctors will give her Morphine to help with her pain, but that’s pretty much it.

We love you Lola and may God bless you!

Party Rock is in the House Tonight…

Earlier today, I played this video for my friend Janet, since we kept singing it throughout the day. It’s one of those songs that just makes you want to move. In fact, I got up and started shuffling like they did… and I was WINDED about 1/3 of the way… which reminded me how out of shape I was…

Anticipating the Flight…

So after frantically getting everything set for this upcoming month long trip to the Philippines. I’m here at D’s house in Hayward waiting for him to get out of his half-day at work and finish up packing and get all the last minute things done before we have to leave for the airport at 9pm.

My friend D asked me a few months ago if I would like to accompany him to his family get together/vacation in the Philippines. I’ve been wanting to go a while now, but just haven’t worked out… but since I no longer have a job (just freelancing), I figured that it would be the perfect time to go.

This will be my first time back to the Philippines in 41 years (since 1970)!!! We left when I was 1.5 years old, so I don’t have any recollection of my birth place. I’ve just seen the few family photos when I was a baby.

I’m a bit nervous and of course excited… Excited to finally see my homeland and the people, the culture, the food, fruits, plants and all things Philippines. I’m a bit worried, because people have been telling me about pick-pocketer and thieves who will steal things from your hand, but I hope that is exaggerated… but even then, I’m not planning on bringing my DSLR camera to congested places like Metro Manila and the malls…

Oh, I’m, really excited to take lots of photos

I don’t think I will be able to see any of my relatives during this trip, which I’m bummed about, because D’s family has a set itinerary and it’ll be difficult to stray from that, but I hope that I’ll at least see my Uncle Dave when we are in Manila… Hopefully, I can return soon to Philippines like when my Aunties take a vacation. It’ll be much easier to see all my relatives, plus I’ll have more experience with how things work there.

So… any tips or pointers from anyone for this upcoming trip to Philippines?

2011 Pacific Orchid Exposition…

Oncidium macrathum

Today was really nice day. My Mom and I went to the Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco. We set out around 9am and stopped by Subway to get a footlong sandwich for lunch.

When we got to Fort Mason—where the venue was—it was difficult to find parking. There were tons of empty parking spaces, but because it was the weekend, around 40% of the spaces where reserved for people with marina license… which was annoying, because there were like a hundred spaces that was empty. I had to circle twice and park about a mile walking distance.

I was worried that my Mom would have a difficult time walking, but luckily the weather was nice—nice enough to remove my jacket—and we enjoyed looking at all the plants along the sidewalk and parking lot.

Pacific Orchid Exposition 2011

The Expo was really nice as always, but because it was Saturday (we normally go on Fridays), there were a lot of people… so I found it hard to snap photos right away. I had to wait patiently for people in front of me to finish looking at the display, before I can move closer. Dispite all the people, it was nice seeing a lot of amazed looks, especially from people who I assumed were first timers. It was hard not to smile a lot.

There were die-hard photographers who had expensive cameras, tripods and remote flashes. I noticed that there were a lot more people who had DSLRs (with varying degrees of experience). There were also a lot of point-and-shooters. I heard a few people saying things like “I didn’t get that shot” or “It was blurry”. I actually offered to show a couple people how to turn on the macro setting. I was rewarding hearing them tell me that their photos looked a lot better.

I initially thought I would use my macro lens, but I found that it was easier to use my zoom lens, since I had to stand back a lot of times. I took quite a few photos, and hopefully they turned out well. I’ll post the photos in a separate blog entry and most likely a slideshow.

After seeing the exhibits, my Mom and I went out to a bench, sat and had our lunch, before we embarked on the sales area.

My Mom commented a lot that there were more exhibits and more orchids. To me, it seemed like there were the same amount, or even slightly less, but I think the increased number of people, maybe it made it seem bigger.

When we walked through the sales area, I found that I didn’t find much Orchids that I wanted to buy and was content on soaking in all the varieties and trying to pick up what will do well outdoors in our area. I wanted to get more Masdevallias, but I didn’t see any that caught my eye… well, I should say… I didn’t find any that caught my eye at an affordable price. There was one I really liked, but I didn’t want to pay $85 for it.

My Mom was really enjoying seeing all the Orchids and I could tell that she wanted to get a couple, so she was scoping for cheap ones. I encouraged her to get an Epidendrum Wedding Valley “Sakura” (I think that’s was it was) that she was eyeing because it was only $15 (cheap, compared to all the other Orchids at the show). We nicknamed this the Lollipop Orchid, because the flowers were in a cluster at the very tip of the tall plant. It was said to be easy to grow indoors and out… and “grows like a weed“.

We also stopped by the area where they cut and divide big plants (mostly Cymbidiums) and sell them as bare roots. My Mom wanted a green one, but we didn’t find a true green variety, so she settled for a yellow-green one call Cymbidium Sleeping Beauty ‘Inca Gold’.

We then watched a demo on how to divide a large Cymbidium and I actually learned a lot. One thing was that it’s better to use a smaller pot than one that too big for the Orchid. This way there is less medium and it can drain and dry out easier. If the pot was too big, it may have the tendency to retain too much moisture, especially in the center and lead to root rot, which he showed us on a big pot where there were no roots in the middle and all the healthy roots on the outside where they were able to dry out a bit between watering.

I also discovered that when you divide an old Cymbidium, you can save the old pseudo bulbs if it’s firm and plant it and get another plant. With all my rooting-various-plants experience, I don’t know why this never came to mind. Duh?

So this summer, my Mom suggest we divide our existing Cymbidiums to smaller pots, which we we planning even before the show.

After visiting all the booths, and not purchasing any Orchids for myself, I returned to one vendor where I eyed a couple cheap Orchids. I got a Epidendrum Wedding Valley “Yukimai” (“Excellent Patio Orchid”) which I think I will plant with the Epidendrum my Mom bought. I also got a Dendrobium White Grace “Sato”, which the sign says was a “good beginner’s choice” and “cool growing”… although it also said “warm growing” on another sign. Finally, I got a “Ultra-Mini Cymbidium” that I knew my Mom wanted to get call Cymbidium Sweetheart “Elegance”.

We finally got out of the Expo around 5pm… Dang! We spent almost 6 hours there!… It was still nice out and we headed back to the car, walking slowly (aching feet). My Mom liked the exercise, but I think she was getting tired, so I told her to sit and rest a couple times on our walk to the car.

Breaking into a Lock…

My Brother locked our storage cabinet with a combination lock that we didn’t have a combination to… so I tried several ways of opening it.

I tried jimmying it with a little piece of aluminum, cut from a can, like in this YouTube video… but I couldn’t get it to work.

Failed Combination Code

So I tried the magic combination code trick, like in this YouTube video… and tried all 100 combinations that I calculated, but that didn’t work.

Cutting a Combination Lock

So, I finally gave up and got the Dremel out and used cutting disc…

It worked!


Sick :(


I’m sick and my Mom made me some chicken noodle soup for dinner :) aww