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A Senior Moment on a Son’s 21st Birthday
William Realon
April 11, 2009

On time, we all have our own many ways of marking it. As a former soldier, I used to measure time by the number of tours of duty, which usually run from 2-3 years at a time and each tour reminds me of personal significant events. My son was born towards the end of my first overseas assignment in 1988, as the cold war was winding down. Our daughter, a generation from Desert Storm homecoming, came along four years later on my second tour of duty in Germany. My wife seems to have programmed herself to lay her eggs in the same nest.

After 23+ years of counting military assignments, somehow I have lost track of time. Time has caught me by surprise as I first realized it when Kevin left for college three years ago after he turned 18.
Hooked on Fishing
William Realon
March 8, 2009

Give a man a fish and he will live for a day; teach a man in Alaska how to fish and he will drink beer and fish all day,” a bumper sticker that makes a mockery of an old adage, done in humor but rings a bit of truth among diehard fishermen in Alaska.

In a place where more than half of the year is cold dark winter and spring and fall are just ephemeral intervals of the seasons, people eagerly look forward to the long days of a rather very short summer. But summer seems to have skipped in 2008. Marked with mostly wet and chilly days, this year’s summer maybe one of the coldest ever recorded. Yet, for the diehard outdoorsmen
MoreCity under the Midnight Sun
William Realon

When Elton John belted out his rendition of his famous 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me,' at the...
MoreFond Memories of the Holy Week in Magsingal
William Realon

Candlelights flicker from every window and sometimes on the fences as they faintly brighten the unpaved dusty streets where people...

    William Realon

    William Realon
    Hometown: Magsingal, Ilocos Sur

    We immigrated to the US in 1981 and settled in Kauai, Hawaii where I joined the United States Army the same year. I retired from the Army after 23+ years, 11 years of which were spent in Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, and Stuttgart, Germany - my best times in the Army.

    The rest of my tours were in New York, Maryland, Hawaii, the Middle East, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Alaska, where my family and I settled, at least for the time being.

    After retirement, I was hired by the same organization, US Army Alaska, that I worked for as a soldier.

    I now work as the budget analyst for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (Light). I have been married to the former Milagros Sajor from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur for 22 years. Kids - Kevin, 20, who's a chemical engineering major at University of Washington, and Kristine, 16, a junior at East High School.
    MoreGeorge Poblete Receives Queen's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers award
    Fe Paca-Taduran

    OTTAWA, CANADA --- Scarborough, Ontario resident George R. Poblete,  received the Queen's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston, during a formal presentation ceremony made at  the Rideau Hall at 1 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, on April  24, 2017. (in photo: Queen’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers awardee George R. Poblete(left) with Right Honourable Governor General...
    MoreThe Giant Sleeps, While Wild Rumours Made Tourists Restless
    Edwin Mercurio

    Coron, Palawan – The “Sleeping Giant” of Palawan looms large over the islands of Coron. Atop the elevated Mt. Batyas an estimated 1,500 steps uphill climb and downhill descent  combined, the islands of Coron are visible.
    MoreECC NSW and APCO march to muzzle hate speech
    Richard J. Ford

    On the 31 March 2017 a celebration of the defeat of the 2nd attempt of the Liberal Government to introduce...
    MoreAPCO’s Charity Ball 2017 to celebrate 119th Declaration of Philippine Independence set on June 10, 2017
    Richard J. Ford

    “Respect and Harmony for a Progressive Multicultural Society”. 
    This is the theme of the much-awaited...
    MoreMaking traffic jams bearable
    Willie Jose

    If you’re thinking of visiting our homeland, there’s one good advice:  brace yourselves both physically and mentally for the heavy...
    MoreDOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac meet Repatriated Workers from Saudi Arabia
    Department of Labor and Employment

    PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Undersecretary Joel B.Maglunsod  and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, together International Labor Affairs Bureau OIC Director Mary Sol...
    MoreLong live Mother Earth!
    Julia Carreon-Lagoc

    I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.


    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...

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