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Princess Junea of the Philippines Nikon D 70 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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PRINCSS JUNEA OF THE PHILIPPINES

Princess Junea

of the Philippines

 

Jun Jun Tanahale places the tiara crown on his daughter, Junea to celebrate her birthday. My philosophy of life states that every person who has ever lived, who is alive now, and who will be born is future years is a unique person. Every person should always celebrate their birthday – the anniversary of the day of their birth. Every girl should always feel like a princess on her birthday. Every boy should feel like a prince on his birthday. In the adult world, a woman should always feel like “Queen For A Day” on her birthday. A man should always feel like “King For A Day” on his birthday. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at One Warren Way in Barangay Baras, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines, Junea Tanahale celebrated her birthday with family and friends. Her Uncle Sam in observing the long standing tradition of women worldwide and is NOT publishing her age. And, a birthday party on the weekend is a Real World acceptance that it is easier for family and friends to be able to attend family events like birthday parties on the weekend, thus, her actual birthday is in the days ahead.Happy Birthday, Junea ! Nikon D 70 Photo by “Uncle Sam”uel E. Warren Jr.

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Party Time ! by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Party

Time !

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2013 Waits In The Wings

The Year 2013 is only a matter of hours away on December 30, 2012. At One Warren Way, Barangay Baras, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines, the black strobe light disco ball needs a dusting before it is plugged in to

“Welcome The New Year.”

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The clock is ticking off the minutes until the Year 2012 becomes history.

 

At One Warren Way, Barangay Baras, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines, the procedure to see the Year 2012 into history suggests a party is needed. The black disco ball probably could use a dusting before it gets plugged in for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

 

Ranilo and Christy spent most of the day performing “Sound Technician” duties to check the speaker set up and make sure the karaoke functions are ready, Ranilo invited his friends to this New Year’s Eve Party.

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Ranilo Saldana and Christy Warren work on speaker system connections.

This evening, December 30, 2012, we did the “Mike Check” and the “Sound Check.” All systems are go. Ranyiel took pleasure in checking out the microphone and crooning away at the lyrics as they appeared on the screen.

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Ranyiel Saldana croons out some lyrics to check the microphone, while Ranilo watches the video feed on the monitor.

I took the microphone and tried the lyrics of “I Shot The Sheriff.” The microphone worked perfectly. My singing style is the reason I usually only “sing in the shower.” Somethings in life, apparently, do not always improve with age.Tomorrow, December 31, 2012, of course, “Aunt Christy” will wake up the rooster as she begins her cooking itinerary. Christy is really a chef at heart with the passion of a caterer.

 

As the countdown to the New Year continues, it is “Party Time” and the plans are underway to welcome Ranilo’s classmates to a New Year’s Party of their own.

Sam

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA ! FOURTH OF JULY 2012 !

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Happy Birthday, America !

Fourth Of July 2012 !

Joe Boyer of Nixa, Missouri, rides the horse and proudly displays the American flag, during the Stone County, Missouri 150th Anniversary Parade, in Galena, Missouri. Samuel E. Warren Jr., I shot this photo. It is one of my favorite, “What It Means To Be An American Photos.” The smile on Mr. Boyer’s face shows his pride and confidence, which is the birthright of every American.
The cowboy hat is symbolic of the American West and The Lone Star State – Texas. Stephen F. Austin, a Missouri boy, who went to Texas and did alright for himself – he ended up with the Capitol Of The Lone Star State named after him – Austin, Texas.
And, Texas is a living symbol of Independence – because when Americans were reluctant to go up against Mexico – General Samuel Houston, and the Texicans went it “alone” to do what had to be done for “Independence.”
Mr. Boyer’s western attire reminds Americans that “In The Beginning” in America it was the farmers and the cowboys, who took up their pitchforks and their muskets to answer the call of “Freedom, Justice, Liberty and Independence” against an old British King, who demanded “economic slavery of his subjects.”
From the “Minutemen” to Modern Day Americans, farm boys, farm girls, cowboys, cowgirls, they always “saddle up” and “ride for freedom” joined by the city boys and city girls, who always answer the call to Freedom, regardless, if the battlefield is at their front door as in the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War to the foreign shores of World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and any crisis in between where Freedom, Justice and Liberty is at stake.
The flag Mr. Boyer carries is a Public Global Ultimatum to the dictators and terrorists of the World that proclaims – “Bring It On, Scumbags ! Freedom, Justice, Liberty, and Independence Are The Chromosomes Of American DNA.”
Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

(Leyte, Republic of the Philippines) – Today, is the Fourth of July 2012.

In the Philippines, it is just another summer day.

In the United States of America, it is actually only July 3, 2012.

Thanks to the mythic International Date Line that exists out in the Pacific Ocean, the calendars and clocks of the Philippines are actually 12 hours ahead of the Good Ole’ USA. And, if you live in one of the US States that plays “The Daylight Savings Game”, then, the Philippines is actually 13 hours ahead.

Young, single Americans, who are International Date Line Scholars or Time and Space Continuum Scholars, if you are aboard a vessel sailing along the International Date Line, then, you realize at sunrise today, you could of began your on board “Fourth Of July Independence Day Party,” which lasts until midnight. Then, you simply stroll a couple of steps across the deck to the other side of the ship, which would be on “that side of the International Date Line, which means it is now the Fourth of July in the United States” and keep your party going until midnight. Thus, your 24-hour “Fourth of July Independence Day Party” is now, “officially” a 48-hour “Fourth of July Independence Day Party.” Who is it that says, “There are not enough hours in the day to get things done ?”

The 48-Hour Day – Welcome To The International Date Line – Of course, The International Date Line is somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean. The Zodiac Alarm Clocks were set up on a table for a photo shoot in Galena, Missouri. One nice thing about the International Date Line perspective is it gives you 48 hours to celebrate “America’s Independence Day” by observing the time difference on both sides of the line. If you get sea sick, you might want to consider having your celebration on dry land. The time factor is a great idea to celebrate a “Long Independence Day”, it also comes in handy when you decide to celebrate your “Happy Birthday.” Ladies, if you hesitate about the “Big 3-Oh Birthday,” then, you might want the “Big 2-9 Birthday” to last a little longer. “America’s Day” “officially” begins in the island of Guam in the Pacific closer to the International Date Line than the mainland United States, thus, trivia buffs take note that before the first rays of sunshine bask Washington D.C., Guamanians and Americans are already on the beaches of Guam under the palm trees. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

A 48-hour day can come in handy. Of course, you probably still want to schedule a “catnap” somewhere along the way.

After more than 200 years of Democracy, some Americans have forgotten the reason that we celebrate the day. Thus, let me refresh your memory with a quick history lesson.

There was an old arrogant, sit on his jowls, British King, who in order to live his life of ease and splendor, needed the colonists of America to work their fingers to the bone and their lives to an early grave, so he could sit on his jowls and enjoy “HIS” life. While the colonists struggled to survive in a strange new land trying to raise crops and kids, the British King sits on his jowls enjoy the fruits of court – “Wine, Women and Song.”

Meanwhile, American colonists struggle against weather and disease in their strange new homeland praying that the crops will grow to feed their families. The British King sits on his jowls and does not care. He only cares that the American colonists pay their “tribute” in the form of “taxes”, so he can continue to sit on his jowls and enjoy his life of ease – “Wine, Women and Song” at court.

Of course, Wine and Women costs money and even singers expect to get paid, thus the old British King, who sits on his jowls, must raise taxes because prices always rise. Thus, it is time to “Tax The Tea Without Representation.” The British Citizens, i.e., the American Colonists finally realized that the British King sits on his jowls enjoying “The Good Life Of Court” – “Wine, Women and Song” while they work like oxen to raise crops to pay his taxes.

Enough. One day the British Citizens had had enough – that day they became American colonists.

They picked up their pitchforks, axes, garden hoes, muskets, cap and ball flintlock pistols and decided it was time for a new way of life and a new government. That day, they decided to tell the British King, who sits on his jowls – “Stick It Where The Sun Don’t Shine !”

The American Revolutionary War began.

When the smoke had cleared the colonists – were now Americans.

The British King, who sat on his jowls. Still sat on his jowls. But, the Americans no longer “paid” him to sit on his jowls and enjoy the good life of court of wine, women and song.

The American colonists had beaten the odds. They stood up for what they believed in.

The American Colonists Convictions brought forth a new nation.

A nation that decided they did not need a King to sit on his jowls and enjoy the good life of court of wine, women and song.

America is born. Americans realize Freedom and Justice give life meaning.

Thus, Independence Day served noticed to the kings, queens, monarchs and dictators of the world.

When the day comes that Citizens rise up for Independence, Freedom and Justice – it is always a Day Of National Celebration that should be celebrated, honored, remembered and celebrated each and every year there after until the end of time.

Unfurl that flag – display that flag proudly – the message is immortal and eternal – “Freedom, Justice, Dignity Is The Universal Blessing And Right Of All Humans”

God Bless The United States Of America !

God Bless The Men And Women Who Have Died Defending The United States Of America !

God Bless The Men And Women Of The United States Armed Forces, who defend the human rights of Liberty, Freedom, Justice, Independence, And The Pursuit Of Happiness !

God Bless The Men And Women Of The United States Of America’s Armed Forces ! Through the ages, American Men and Women in Uniform have always answered Freedom’s call. In peacetime, “The Eagles Of Liberty” soar through the skies. In War, Americans “go down singing and swinging” that the universal birthrights of Freedom, Justice, Liberty and Independence do not perish for humanity. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

God Bless The Citizens Of The World, who seek an Independence Day !

The American Flag Waves Over The South Lawn Of The Stone County, Missouri Courthouse, July 4, 2011.

Happy Birthday, America !

On the Fourth of July, fire up that barbeque for the hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks. Turn up the stereo, put on the Lee Greenwood, “Proud To Be An American” Break out those Bic and Zippo cigarette lighters and “flick them for Freedom.”

 

Party, America ! Party Down America !

Have an ice cold Lone Star beer or Miller High Life for me. Time to celebrate, Freedom, Justice, Liberty and Independence! July 5, when the sun rises again, of course, the duties of “The Defenders Of Liberty” continue and the American flag promises “Americans are always ready ‘to go down singing and swinging’ that Freedom, Justice, Liberty and Independence are universal rights that will not perish for humanity!”

“Uncle Sam”uel E. Warren Jr,, in the photo as, “Sergeant Sam”uel E. Warren Jr., United States Air Force.

“Uncle Sam”uel E. Warren Jr.

 

Happy Birthday, America !

July 4, 2012

 

“Click For Freedom” — Remember to post your “Fourth of July” celebration photos to your blogs and Facebook !

Life On Fast Forward

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LIFE ON FAST FORWARD
by Samuel E. Warren Jr

Coconut Commando Cruisers On Station On A Leyte Beach — Give a retired American G.I. a camera and the simplest moments in life become a Pentagon picture. Actually, these fishing boats reside on a Leyte beach, near Tacloban City, in the Republic of the Philippines. Canon EOS 40 D Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

When a man and a woman retire to a tropical island in the South Pacific to sit under the coconut trees, they look forward to laying back on the beach and feeling the warm sunshine on their faces. They want to stare up at an azure sky with cotton ball clouds and feel the cool breeze sweep over the waves of the sapphire ocean. Wiggle their toes in the gold dust sand. “Ah. Retirement. Umm. Hallelujah. Thank you, God.”

That maybe what we wanted. Welcome to life and reality.

China calls the waves of water – the South China Sea. The Republic of the Philippines calls the waves of water – the Western Philippine Sea. A piece of land in this part of the Pacific is called Scarborough Shoals.

The Republic of the Philippines and China have both laid claim to the small area of real estate in the ocean. Diplomats are working on the issue.

Meanwhile, in Leyte, in the Republic of the Philippines, at One Warren Way – it is “Summer.” The 23 nieces and nephews are out of school. Most of the nieces and nephews are spending their summer with Tita Christy and Tito Sam.

May is Fiesta Month in the Republic of the Philippines. This motorcyclist travels under the banner announcing the fiesta for Barangay Cameri, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E Warren Jr.

The household goods packed up on December 16, 2011 in Galena, Missouri, actually were put on board an ocean-going vessel. It should have been a cargo ship, but, based on the condition of the furniture that arrived, the vessel might have been a Soviet fishing trawler from the days of the Cold War that tried to run a naval blockade somewhere on the high seas. At any rate, the beaten, bruised, battered boxes did arrive in the Port of Manila and where eventually trucked to Tacloban City, where a local shipping company, did carry the goods to our front door.

Even before, we began unpacking, the fact that May is Fiesta month in the Republic of the Philippines took hold. April 20, 2012, Christy opened the CSW Cafe at 128 Independencia Street in Tacloban City, so she has kept busy making sure her Filipino buffet style cafe has delicious food to offer her customers.

Meanwhile, back home, in Barangay Baras, at One Warren Way, the nieces and nephews were in a dance mode. The Patrick Swazye, “Dirty Dancing” movie and the Kevin Bacon, “Footloose” movie gave them some ideas for a dance routine to the Barangay Cameri Fiesta. I have done my best to keep double A batteries in a compact digital camera and to keep my Nikon charged because kids are “Non-stop Photo Opportunities.”

Rice farmers and coconut farmers in Barangay Cameri, Leyte, Republic of the Philippines, take a break for a few days to host what Americans would call a county fair to meet, socialize and party with family,friends, neighbors and visitors at the Barangay Cameri Fiesta. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Unfortunately, my blogs, the Sam I Am Blog, and the Samuel Warren The Writer blog have collected dust in the electronic archives of the Internet since Life in the Real World seems to have gone to Fast Forward, during the month of May.

And, just when, I think, I can finally set down at the keyboard and pound out some poetic prose, the Internet connection drops out. The tall bamboo pole still stands with the waffle device pointed up into the sky. But, before the electronic bits reconnect the system, a couple of squads of costumed she males parade along the barangay road and the barangay hosts the 2012 Miss Gay beauty pageant.

Plus, the nieces and nephews take center stage and dance their way into the hearts of fiesta attendees. Keep the faith, dear readers, “Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” and hopefully in a day or so I should have some poignant prose to publish to my blogs. “Now, where did I put that compact flash card with the fiesta photos ?” Got it.

People line the road going to and from the Barangay Cameri Fiesta. The pervasive heat of the Republic of the Philippines gives the day an Ozarks flavor or sauntering along and taking your time to enjoy the day and company of family and friends. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Happy Fiesta ! While these two Filipino men smile at the American photographer strolling down the road, some others sip “Tuba,” Filipino coconut wine and chat with friends, family and neighbors. Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Sam

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