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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.
    MoreStichting Bayanihan (Netherlands) Celebrates International Women’s Day 2017
    Myra Colis and Yukari Shiozaki

    Filipinas, Dare to Use Your Strength!
    Every year, Stichting Bayanihan celebrates the International Women’s Day in line with the mission of The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (also known as UN Women) to advance gender equality and women empowerment.
    Edwin C. Mercurio

    For the 4th year in a row, Singapore is top on the list for the most expensive city to live beating Hong Kong, Zurich, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Geneva, Paris, New York and Copenhagen, according to a biannual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
    MoreFirst Golden Balangay Awards For Filipino Canadian Achievers Launched
    Tony A. San Juan

    Truly meeting the long-cherished desire of recognizing purposefully  the "remarkable achievements of  Filipino Canadians across Canada",  the 1st Golden Balangay Awards was significantly  launched on...
    Jorge D. Lomboy

    There is a reason and there must be a purpose for anyone to keep a miniature private diary of names,...
    MoreReagan Tila wagi sa FBAR Masters/Elite Event League
    Marlon Baris Vicente

    RIYADH: Mula sa 40 kalahok sa Masters/Elite Event, tagumpay na naiuwi ni Reagan Tila ang kampiyonato sa katatapos lamang na...
    MoreFBL donates $5000 to Team Canada SMART NBTC
    Dindo Orbeso

    The Filipino Basketball League headed by FBL Commissioner Wallie Landicho has donated $5000 to help finance the trip of Team...
    MorePinoy Radio(Ontario) has a New Home, Expands Programming
    Tony A. San Juan

    The significantly popular Filipino Canadian - managed broadcast station Pinoy Radio has recently moved to a new site in the City of...
    MoreDOLE CONFERS “Parangal sa mga Natatanging Kababaihan” award to the Outstanding Overseas Filipina Workers
    Gerry S. Rubio

    DOLE SECRETARY WITH OUTSTANDING FILIPINAS. DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III (center) confers the “Parangal sa mga Natatanging...
    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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