Monday, August 7, 2017

Goodsprings Pioneer Cemetery

I came across this article and, since I love photographing cemeteries, I decided to go hunt down one of the cemeteries in the article which is pretty close to Las Vegas.  We had been to Goodsprings before but I didn't even remember seeing the cemetery.  Today when we went to find it, we passed right by it; it was that easy to miss.  But the graves were interesting--some very old, some very new--and I got a few good photographs (but for the 100 degree weather and watching out for rattlesnakes I probably could have got better pictures!).  I have no idea what Fallout: New Vegas is but it has a Goodsprings Cemetery wiki and if it hadn't already been cataloged in Find A Grave I would have done it myself!

Here's some pictures...







Sunday, July 30, 2017

100 Tips for New Las Vegas Locals


So you have finally moved to Las Vegas and are deciding how to get settled in.  Here are some quick tips to get you started...
  1. Get your Nevada license, get a smog check, and register your car.  Now you are an official local!
  2. Tint your car windows, get one of those reflective window covers, and put a towel in your car to cover your steering wheel when you park...all of these things will help keep your car cool during the heat of summer.
  3. Get a dashcam for your car (people drive like lunatics here and the police don't respond to fender benders).
  4. Head over to one of our fabulous library branches and get a library card.  Our library system is amazing!
  5. Register to vote.  Turn out is usually pretty low but we need active, involved voters to make their voices heard at the local, state, and federal level.
  6. Be patient when it comes to government services (the DMV and post office are excruciatingly slow here with long lines and indifferent customer service providers).
  7. Real estate is crazy in Las Vegas--high prices, low prices, bidding wars, flipping, where to live, where not to live...a good realtor is worth their weight in gold when navigating the Las Vegas housing market!
  8. See if you qualify for any tax exemption programs and sign up.
  9. Sign up for electricity, water, sewer, gas, and garbage.  Don't forget to check these websites for rebates, freebies, and other programs they have for locals.
  10. Pick up an indoor over-the-air antenna and see what stations you pick up.  We get so many free stations in Vegas you might not even need cable!
  11. Alas you will probably need internet (your choices are basically Cox and Century Link).
  12. Of course there are A LOT of places to find free wifi hotspots around Las Vegas.
  13. Check out all of these emergency resources for Las Vegas and add them to your favorites list.
  14. You should also download Vegas-related apps to your phone (I have Bravo for poker, a weather app, MyVegas, and several news apps).
  15. If you have kids, register them for school.  You might want to also check out CCSD magnet schools and private schools as our school system has a overall dismal rating.
  16. For adults, our local university is UNLV and local college is CSN.
  17. If you are military, head over to Nellis AFB to change your DEERS info, sign up for Tri Care, renew your ID, etc.  While you are here check out the commissary, BX, gym, Space A terminal, etc.
  18. Ditto for the local VA Hospital.
  19. Sign up for players cards for all of the casinos you go to.  These cards can get you discounts on restaurant meals, comps when you play, discounts on movies, etc.
  20. Get a National Parks Pass.  We have a couple of dozen National Parks within driving distance of Las Vegas.
  21. Also get a Nevada Parks Pass (don't forget to check out their passport program).  Our local state parks have all kinds of cool activities going on each weekend.
  22. Sign up for House Seats or Fill A Seat.  This is an excellent way to see all kinds of entertaining Las Vegas shows and events for one super low price.
  23. Figure out where you can still find free parking on the Strip.
  24. Find out what is happening, community event-wise, each week here, here, and here.
  25. Get a concealed carry license if you intend to carry in Las Vegas.
  26. If you have a gun you will need to practice so find both indoor and outdoor ranges here.
  27. Check out many Las Vegas news sites including: News3, Fox, 8 News Now, PBS, News 13, and the LVRJ.
  28. Also check out Las Vegas' unofficial news and social media sites including: Reddit, LVA, Eater Vegas, LVW, Vital Vegas, and Vegas4Locals.
  29. Monsoon season runs from July to September and is one of our most common type of natural disasters.  Prepare for monsoon/flood season ahead of time!
  30. The seasons here run from excruciatingly hot (June, July, August--air conditioning is your friend) to perfect (late February to late May and late September to late November) to cold (December and January--you will definitely need a coat during these months).
  31. Your always-have-with-you bag should include: a hat or umbrella (for the sun), sunscreen, a light jacket, a bottle of water, snacks, and comfy shoes (people do a lot of walking in Las Vegas...heels will only get you so far).
  32. You will have a new appreciation for lotion, moisturizer, and sunscreen after living in Las Vegas for a few months.  It is hot and dry and keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the sun is a necessity.
  33. If you don't have a car, know your options which include: Uber, Lyft, cabs (blech), LV RTC, free shuttles, and the Monorail.
  34. Just a note, cabs are notorious for "long hauling" people in Las Vegas thus the recommendation to use Lyft or Uber.
  35. Always ask for a locals discount on attractions and at other tourist activities.
  36. Many places offer military, veteran, and senior discounts just for asking.
  37. Military members also get free buffets at several casinos (Southpoint, Boyd Properties, etc) on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day...check casino property websites for details).
  38. We also have so many chains here that you should definitely sign up for birthday freebies too.
  39. Don't forget to check out coupons and discounts at Las Vegas Groupon.
  40. For deeply discounted show tickets, check the closest Tx4Tonight kiosk.
  41. The Las Vegas Entertainment Book also has a bunch of 2 for 1 deals (these books tend to go on sale quite often).
  42. You can stock your house and fridge for cheap at: the Goodwill, Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Store, Walmart, local grocery store's (Albertsons, Smiths) loss leaders, and Asian/Hispanic markets.
  43. We have a dental school in Las Vegas which means locals can sign up for low-cost dental care (done by students but supervised by professors).
  44. We also have the only Level 1 trauma center in Nevada right in Vegas at UMC.
  45. Vice: marijuana is legal in Las Vegas and dispensaries are everywhere, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas (but legal 45 minutes away in Pahrump), there are a few sex clubs in Las Vegas and several strip clubs (more info here).
  46. Obviously driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or marijuana is illegal--and dangerous--so save yourself the money and hassle of getting a DUI and take Uber or Lyft.  On most holidays AAA offers free Tipsy Tows for you and your vehicle.
  47. Taxes are quite reasonable in Las Vegas.  There is no state income tax, "vice taxes" on alcohol and cigarettes are pretty low, gas tax is reasonable, sales tax is a bit high (8%), there is no tax on food, and property tax is reasonable (we have a tax cap which is good).  Insuring and registering your vehicle is expensive :(
  48. Prepare to have guests!  When you live in the middle of nowhere you will rarely have guests (except the ones that feel like they HAVE to visit).  When people hear you have moved to Las Vegas you will need a calendar to keep track of everyone coming to visit you.
  49. Plastic things don't do well in the Las Vegas heat.  Plastic outdoor chairs will crumble after a few years, parts on your car--from batteries to wiper blades--will have a short lifespan in Vegas, the sun will fade your car paint/make your BBQ grill look older than it is/dry out everything.  And if you leave produce on your counter for a week it will end up petrified.
  50. Many people do garden here, however.  And several plants do exceptionally well here (we have lemons and apricots).  Here are some gardening tips and if you really want to see an amazing garden check out the Gilcrease Orchard.
  51. An irrigation system is a must if you have plants in your yard.  Even better, try xeriscaping your yard with drought-tolerant plants.
  52. Creatures to watch out for: bees (the Africanized kind; bees around here tend to swarm in the spring), rattle snakes (I've seen very few and then only at Red Rock; the closer you live to the desert the more likely you are to see them), bugs and scorpions (again, depending on where you live you may have some, none, or have your exterminator on speed dial), coyotes (they actually do come in kind of close to the city and are known for carrying off small pets), goats (you will see them out at Lake Mead, give them a wide berth), wild horses and donkeys (out at Red Rock, don't bother them).
  53. On the other hand, if you want a pet, check out the Animal Foundation (unfortunately your choice will usually be a pit bull or a pit bull), the Nevada SPCA, and various breed-specific rescue organizations.
  54. Squatters are an issue in Las Vegas.  Examples here, here, and here.
  55. And scams are a thing too so beware.  Examples here, here, and here.
  56. On a happier note, there are A LOT of cool things to do in Las Vegas.
  57. And for family activity ideas, check here.
  58. If there is a place you or your family like to visit often, consider getting an annual pass (examples here and here).
  59. Whatever your hobby, you are bound to find a group that shares your interests.  Examples here, here, here, here, and here.
  60. There are also plenty of sports clubs in Las Vegas.  Examples here, here, here, and here.
  61. We are also fortunate that getting away from the city is super easy.  We have cheap prices on flights, Mega Bus, Bolt Bus, Gray Line, and Greyhound.
  62. Most homes in Las Vegas are part of HOAs.  Blech.
  63. And crime is a thing here so take steps to prevent becoming a victim.
  64. You can always tell what major events are happening in Vegas by looking at the tourists...cowboys (NFR in November), cheerleaders (Cheer Nationals in the summer), poker players in droves (WSOP in June)...you get the idea.
  65. For your pets...dog parks abound, but be sure to take extra precautions with them in the summer.
  66. Traffic in Las Vegas is actually pretty great!  It's nothing like LA/DC/NYC/ATL traffic and there is seldom any "rush hour" mess.  This is probably mostly due to side streets that look like highways (most major streets in Las Vegas are six lanes).  Become familiar with alternative roads to get to your destination.
  67. Things to carry in your car: bottled water, snacks, sun screen, blanket, first aid kit, spare jacket, a road atlas (when you get out in the desert your phone GPS may not work).
  68. If you get in a car wreck: have a dash cam (as noted above), don't call 911 unless there are injuries/drunk driver/etc (they won't come for fender benders), pull as far off the road as possible, get the other person's info (license, insurance, etc), take photos of everything (cars, license plate, intersection, etc).  If you feel unsafe at the scene or feel it is an accident scam then by all means call 911.  If you pull someone out of a wreck during the summer, don't lay them on the pavement or they will get severely burned.
  69. Pedestrians: DON'T JAYWALK (dozens of jaywalkers are killed off each year in Las Vegas).  Always cross with the light and/or in a cross walk when possible and even then keep your head on a swivel and be ready to jump out of the way since Vegas drivers are notorious for running red lights and stop signs.
  70. Plan your outdoor activities for early in the day during the summer, bring/drink plenty of water, keep some electrolyte packets in your backpack, be aware that some places (like the Arizona Hot Springs) are closed during the summer so people won't hike out there and die of heat stroke.
  71. NEVER leave kids or pets or anyone else in your car.  Even at 70 degrees, cars can turn into ovens and people die here each year (mostly babies) from being left in a vehicle.
  72. One more warning--Lake Mead is considered one of the deadliest National Parks simply because people who can't swim the length of a pool decide to go boating, hop off the boat to go swimming without a life jacket, and drown.  Usually alcohol is also a contributing factor.  Bottom line, swim close to shore and/or wear a life jacket when in open water.
  73. Speaking of water, while our tap water may be officially safe to drink, it tastes terrible.  Get a water filter system or drink bottled water.
  74. Speaking of swimming, your choices are either public pools (of which there are many around the Las Vegas Valley), the pool in your HOA, or having your own pool (some homes come with pools which require regular maintenance).
  75. Five Las Vegas nuisances: panhandlers (they are on every corner, I usually give them a bottle of water if I have it but not money), time share sales people (they are aggressive, I just say I'm a local and they head off in search of tourists), door-to-door sales people (I have a no soliciting sign on my door and don't answer the door if I don't know the person), people touting "a great deal!" (whether on Craigslist or someone coming up to you on the street, if it is too good to be true it probably is), the Strip (we rarely go there, local casinos are much less hassle).
  76. On the other hand, there are many ways to interact with people and help those in need by volunteering at one of the numerous non-profit organizations in Las Vegas.
  77. Our favorite day trips from Las Vegas: Laughlin, Boulder City, Mesquite, Valley of Fire, Cathedral Gorge.  Going to LA or the Grand Canyon are also doable in one (very long) day.
  78. Each winter many locals make the trek up to Mt Charleston to enjoy the snow and/or go skiing (it's only a half hour from Vegas!).
  79. Stuff not to do in Las Vegas: act like anyone you've seen on Vegas-related movies, get rolled by a hooker (it happens), get a tattoo while drunk, sex in public, feed your addictions, move to Vegas to be a professional gambler...some people think that if they move to Vegas life will be one uninterrupted party.  It doesn't work like that (at least not for long).
  80. And there are some interesting things you can do/can not do once you do live in Vegas such as online gambling for real money (legal in only Nevada and New Jersey), however we don't have the lottery here (you need to drive to Primm for that), you can visit nearby Boulder City (but it is one of two towns in Nevada where gambling is illegal), also don't steal or cheat at a casino (a big no no, especially if your job in any way requires a gaming license).
  81. Remember that even though you are now a local, tipping is still a thing.  Restaurants, valet parking, your Uber driver, casino dealers...tipping is pretty much a way of life here even if you are a local.
  82. Some things locals should avoid: using ATMs in casinos (huge fees!), eating at buffets regularly (huge weight gain!), fall for the 'swipe your card and win every day this month' commercials (huge chance of not winning but still dropping money in the casino while you are there).
  83. Staycations are a thing here.  While 40 million people come to Las Vegas each year for vacation, you are lucky enough to live here!  Many locals opt for a "staycation" by staying at a nice hotel on the Strip or downtown, enjoying their spa services, eating out at a top restaurant...basically living it up as a tourist without the hassle of traveling somewhere else.
  84. Working tips: be able to pass a drug test (often required for many jobs here), you may need a gaming license (your employer will let you know), getting a high-profile job on the Strip (bartender, pit boss, etc) is often more difficult than it sounds; most people start out on the extra board.  There are all kinds of unusual job options too such as busking on Fremont, temp gigs at national events that come to Vegas, driving for Uber, Air BnB host, etc. 
  85. Of course Las Vegas still needs "regular" employees for off-Strip, "normal" businesses such as doctors, lawyers, nurses, accountants, realtors, secretaries, IT folks, etc.  CCSD and LVMPD seem to always be hiring.
  86. A couple of caveats about our airport: while the weather in Las Vegas may be perfect, flights can be delayed or cancelled because the weather where you are going is bad.  Also, when it is really really hot here (120+) planes can't fly.
  87. And some driving caveats: when it rains the oil on the roads will rise to the surface and the slick roads cause numerous accidents; drive with extra caution when it is raining.  Don't drive through rushing flash flood water (you can't tell if the road is washed away under the water and even several inches of rushing flood water can carry your car away).  Also, make sure your tires are in good condition, blow outs are common when it is very hot outside and people's tires are in poor condition.
  88. Some wind caveats: the worst weather you might find in Las Vegas is wind.  Strong winds can bring down trees and power lines, the wind stirs up dust causing breathing problems, working or exercising outside when it is really windy is a misery.
  89. And did you know Las Vegas has an allergy season?  It usually takes a few years of living here before full-fledged allergies hit but they can be miserable in the spring when everything is blooming.
  90. Las Vegas offers locals some unusual and interesting opportunities: you can try out for the circus, be in a TV show audience, audition for acting and other positions, work at a famous restaurant, you can even apply to 'scare the hell out of people'.
  91. My favorite restaurants: dim sum (Ping Pang Pong), Indian buffet (Delhi), Filipino food (Island Pacific on Silverado Ranch), late night special (Southpoint Cafe $4.99 steak and eggs), old-time Las Vegas $1.99 breakfast (Rainbow Casino Cafe), breakfast spot (Blueberry Hill). inexpensive buffet (Rampart), Mexican restaurant (Lindo Michoacan).
  92. My favorite outdoor activities: hiking at Lake Mead, hiking with this group at Red Rock, watching rodeo events at Southpoint, running the Strip in the early morning, walking around Sunset Park (it's green and has ducks!).
  93. Everyone should: watch a sunrise at the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, watch a sunset at Red Rock Canyon, wander the Grand Canal Shoppes (be sure to stop in at Bauman's Rare Books), take photos downtown (see photo at top of this post for an example).
  94. Everyone should also: do something amazing in Vegas (attend DEFCON, play poker at the WSOP, jump off the Strat, Scale the Strat, race a lambo...)
  95. My favorite deals: $4 movies for seniors at Southpoint ($5.25 for everyone on Tuesdays there), $5 senior lunch buffet at Rampart, bingo (a basic hour's worth of games is less than $10 and comes with free drinks), $1 entry to the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, $1 bowling after midnight at Orleans and Southpoint.
  96. Finding your tribe: artsy people tend to congregate at First Friday, the bars on Fremont tend to draw more of a local crowd than bars on the Strip, there are numerous meet up groups in Vegas depending on your interests.
  97. Some of our holiday traditions: looking at the Ethel M Christmas lights, checking out the Bellagio Conservatory seasonal displays, picking pumpkins at Gilcrease Orchard, watching fireworks on the Strip.
  98. Famous people: I've never met so many famous people (actually before I moved to Vegas I had never met ANY famous people) than I have since moving to Las Vegas.  I've met famous writers at a library event, bumped into an American Ninja Warrior, listened to internationally renowned lecturers at UNLV, hung out with famous folks in the running world.  
  99. After living in Vegas for a while it won't even seem odd to see Elvis walking by you on the street, driving past a mid six figure Aston Martin, seeing slot machines at the gas station, buying hard liquor 24/7/365, or any other shocking thing that is extremely normal in Las Vegas.
  100. Finally, everyone is welcome in Las Vegas.  There doesn't seem to be much racism here, every day you can hear dozens of languages being spoken, LGBTQ people are part of the social fabric of the city, there are poor poor people and rich rich people and everyone in between, you will see people of all ages everywhere you go.  Overall Las Vegas is a very welcoming city for everyone!

Friday, July 28, 2017

100 Things to Do With Kids in Las Vegas


One of the most common questions tourist ask is what can families do while they are in Las Vegas.  Of course there are plenty of things for adults to do in Las Vegas--it's Sin City after all--but there are also plenty of hidden things for kids to enjoy while they are on vacation here as well...

  1. Go roller skating.
  2. Go ice skating.
  3. Go swimming.
  4. Check out the events list at our fabulous library.
  5. Go to a water park, either Cowabunga Bay or Wet N Wild.
  6. Play mini golf.
  7. Watch circus acts at Circus Circus.
  8. Go to SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park.
  9. Check out the Children's Discovery Museum.
  10. Go to a community event (listed weekly on this bulletin board).
  11. Watch a magic show, Mac King and Nathan Burton are very popular day time shows.
  12. Take a ride on the High Roller.
  13. Check out the Circus Circus Adventuredome.
  14. Watch a movie.
  15. Go bowling.
  16. Watch a rodeo event (many are free at Southpoint on weekends).
  17. Hike or climb the rocks at Red Rock Canyon.
  18. Visit the Springs Preserve.
  19. Participate in an event at a local State Park.
  20. Do a zip line ride at the Fremont or Bootleg Canyon.
  21. Ride the New York, New York Roller Coaster.
  22. Do the scary rides at the top of the Stratosphere.
  23. Watch a Cirque du Soleil show.
  24. Take a day trip to Oatman.
  25. Check out the Bonnie Springs Ranch.
  26. Visit the Anderson Dairy.
  27. Tour the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and see their cactus garden.
  28. Watch the Tournament of Kings Show.
  29. Go indoor skydiving.
  30. Go to Top Golf.
  31. Visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.
  32. Go horseback riding.
  33. Play pinball at the Pinball Hall of Fame.
  34. Play games at one of the many arcades in Vegas.
  35. Check out the rocks at the 7 Magic Mountains exhibit.
  36. Go go carting at the Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix or at Fast Lap.
  37. Check out the fish at the Silverton and the Golden Nugget.
  38. Visit the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.
  39. Play laser tag at Laser Quest.
  40. Visit one of the many escape room game places.
  41. Play at one of the many kids areas such as at the Container Park or Town Square.
  42. Play and feed the ducks, even go fishing, at Sunset Park.
  43. Visit the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
  44. Check out Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum.
  45. Check out the bird habitat at the Flamingo.
  46. Visit the Hoover Dam.
  47. Visit the Coke, M & M, and Hershey stores on The Strip.
  48. Check out the Bellagio Fountain Show and Conservatory.
  49. Go boating on Lake Mead.
  50. Take a train ride on the Nevada Southern Railway.
  51. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian.
  52. Go jet skiing in Laughlin.
  53. Check out the Seaquest Aquarium.
  54. Take a day trip to Mt Charleston for hiking, skiing, and other activities.
  55. Visit the CSN Planetarium.
  56. Visit Adventure Canyon at Buffalo Bills in Primm.
  57. Visit one of the many ghost towns near Las Vegas.
  58. Check out a Strip show including the Fall of Atlantis, the Mirage Volcano, and the Rainstorm.
  59. Watch the light show at Fremont.
  60. Watch live music (or just the weird buskers) on Fremont.
  61. Go to an old fashioned drive in movie at the West Wind.
  62. Visit the Neon Museum.
  63. Take a stroll in the outdoors at either Wetlands Park, Floyd Lamb Park, or the Henderson Bird Preserve.
  64. Go shooting.
  65. Watch the Sunset Stampede at Sam's Town.
  66. Watch a family-oriented Las Vegas Show such as Carrot Top, Penn & Teller, or the Blue Man Group.
  67. Check out one of the many indoor kid's play gyms in Las Vegas.
  68. Check out the Marvel Avenger's S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at TI.
  69. Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon.
  70. Eat unusual food at an unusual restaurant such as dim sum, Ethiopian, or an Indian buffet.
  71. Visit the National Atomic Testing Museum.
  72. Do a family fun run together.
  73. Take a photo in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
  74. Go off-roading in an ATV, dune buggie, dirt bike, etc.
  75. Watch a local Vegas sports team: Las Vegas 51s, the Golden Knights, and eventually the Raiders.
  76. Visit the Gilcrease Orchard.
  77. If you are here during the holidays, visit a haunted house, see Christmas light exhibits, or watch the fireworks.
  78. Go sand dune sledding.
  79. Take a day trip to Zion National Park.
  80. Check out Valley of Fire State Park.
  81. Go indoor rock climbing.
  82. Visit Las Vegas's Chinatown.
  83. Play at Exploration Park and climb to the top of the "peak".
  84. Watch a family-oriented event at the Smith Center.
  85. Go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  86. Watch a free outdoor movie.
  87. Watch the minstrels and street performers at the Grand Canal Shops.
  88. Make some ceramics here, here, or here.
  89. Visit one of the many hot springs near Las Vegas.
  90. Visit the Mob Museum.
  91. Enjoy a free guided hike (or children's activity) at Red Rock Canyon.
  92. Check out the Henderson Parks and Rec calendar for family-friendly activities.
  93. Participate in family-centered activities including Pokemon Gogeocaching, collecting squashed pennies, and volksmarching.
  94. Visit the 30-acre Clark County Museum.
  95. Take a free tour of the Shelby Car Museum.
  96. Buy some souvenirs at the World's Largest Gift Shop.
  97. Enjoy one of the many family-friendly resort pools in Vegas.
  98. Older kids might be interested in the Bodies Exhibit, Titanic Exhibit, or the CSI Experience.
  99. Watch the airplanes either at McCarran or during training exercises at Nellis AFB.
  100. Check out any of the numerous activities held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
**During the summer it can be dangerous to do many of the outdoor activities listed here due to high heat.  For activities that have a fee, always check Groupon and Google for coupons.  Always carry water and sunscreen with you.  Wear comfy shoes as there is A LOT of walking to be done in Las Vegas.  Kid's can walk though casinos but are not allowed to linger in the gaming areas.  Both the drinking and gambling age in Nevada is 21.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Monsoon Season in Las Vegas

Monsoon season in Las Vegas starts in early July and ends in late August but for those couple of months the desert can see storms, flooding, thunder and lightning, as well as some some amazing photos...





Saturday, July 15, 2017

Some More Borbon Family History

In the photo: Governor Pablo Borbon, wife Manuela Dinglasan Luna, and two of their children (unnamed).

After my last post on Borbon family genealogy, I came across a few more interesting things about the family, including:

  • Did you know that the Borbon family has an ancestral house that is still standing? It is called the Borbon-Rosales House and is located in Batangas City.  Here is the description of the house: The Borbon-Rosales house has been the home of Don Felipe Borbon’s family since the 1870’s inherited by Don Pablo Borbon husband of Rufina Mayo then to daughter Remedios who was married to Dr. Godofredo Rosales. Located along P. Panganiban St., it is also the ancestral home of Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, the former archbishop of Manila.  Source: https://www.batangascity.gov.ph/web/tourism/local-heritage/houses-and-landmarks
  • One of our illustrious Borbon relatives was the Archbishop of Manila!  Pablo Borbon's grandson Gaudencio Rosales (from daughter Remedio Mayo Borbon) is a Roman Catholic Cardinal and the former Archbishop of Manila.  Here is more about him on the Vatican blog.
  • There is a Borbon city in Cebu.  No idea if is actually related in any way to the Borbon clan.
  • Someone has started to do the family genealogy on Geni but it is lacking in many details.
  • There are several Borbon Family groups on Facebook.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The History of Pablo Zamora Borbon


I found this fascinating poster at Tito Nonoy's house in Davao, Philippines and it gives more genealogy of the Borbon family than I have ever been able to find online.  Here's what it says (note that I added paragraphs to make it easier to read):

Pablo Borbon Zamora (I think those last two names were transposed...) was born on January 24, 1874 in the prinicipa city of Batangas, Province of Batangas (now Batangas City) to spouses Felipe Borbon and Alfonsa Zamora of Quiapo, Manila.  Pablo had two brothers and two sisters namely: Domingo, Moises, Andrea, and Benita.

Pablo's father was a "captain" during the Spanish regime.  His mother Alfonsa was a colegiala at the time of their marriage.  They were reported to be very rich.  Pablo started schooling at the age of four at the school of the Padre Valerio Malabanan known molder of Filipino nationalists and patriots in Lipa, Batangas.  He attended high school and college at the Ateneo de Manila and Colegio de San Juan de Latran, graduating Bachelor of Arts and skilled agronomist from the latter.  He then transferred to the University of Santo Tomas where he studied law.  He attained his Licenciate in Law from the same university in 1898.  Among his classmates were President Manuel Luis Quezon and Senator Osmena.  He was admitted to the bar in 1902.

After his admission to the bar, Pablo Borbon engaged in extensive practice of law where he was successful, coupled with his ability as a lawyer was his personality, his good nature, and his democratic disposition.  He was a good conversationalist and a brilliant orator.  These qualities endeared him to the masses.  He was twice elected Governor for the Province of Batangas and later elected Representative for the Second District of Batangas.  On the expiration of his term as representative, he was appointed Judge of First Instance, which position he occupied until he died on June 11, 1927 in Lucena, Bayabas (now Lucena City) while presiding at a court hearing at the Court of First Instance.  Among the best friends of Judge Pablo Borbon were President Manuel Quezon and Senator Osmena.

Judge Pablo Borbon traveled extensively in the archipelago.  He also visited Japan and China.  Judge Pablo Borbon's first wife was Rufina Mayo of Lipa, Batangas.  They were married July 25, 1894.  Several children were born to them.  Among whom were Mercedes, Teresita, Alfredo, and Remidios.  Remedios studied in Sta Scholastica College, while Alfredo was pursuing his studies in the United States.  Rufina, the mother, was educated at the Collegio de Concordia.  She later became interested in business.  She helped in the education of her poor relatives.

Judge Pablo Borbon was married to Manuela Dinglasan Luna on May 1, 1918 after Rufina died.  Manuela Luna was born on January 1, 1898.  Her father Remigio Luna, was a native of Malabon, Rizal.  Her mother was Rafaela Dinglasan of Batangas.  Manuela attended Batangas Primary School, Intermediate, and High School.  She studied pharmacy at the University of the Philippines.  She was fond of music and played piano.  Once in a while she went to social gatherings, but most of her time was dedicated to her pawn shop business and attending to her children.  They had five children namely Tomas (Tommy).  He finished her commerce course at the University of Sto Tomas.  Virginia (unredable) finished Bacholr course in Commerce (cum laude) at the University of Sto. Tomas.  Dolores (Lolit) studied high school and got married at the age of sixteen.  Manuel (Nonoy) took up Associates in Arts in Ateneo de Manila 1939-1941, finished Bachelor of Law in University of Sto Tomas in 1950, and passed the bar the same year.  Leonor (Ilene) studied in St Bridgit's College.

Although his government functions required much of his time, Pablo was basically a family man.  He saw to it he had sufficient time to see his children grow and chose the best schools to send them to.  Sundays were devoted to attending mass together as a family.  Manuela Dinglasan Luna died on October 11, 1978 in Manila.

Public Life of Judge Pablo Borbon
  • Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippines Revolutionary Forces and as such was imprisoned by the Americans in Fort Santiago
  • Municipal Councilor of Lipa City (1900-1901)
  • Noted criminologist and lawyer
  • Advocated for education, peace, and order
  • Philanthropist
  • Admired for his kindness and generosity
  • Representative to Congress of the Second District of the Province
  • Judge at the Court of First Instant of the District comprising the provinces of Albay, Laguna, and Bayabas (now Quezon)
  • A Batangueno and a public servant who served as Governor of Batangas, twice elected
  • Served as right hand to President Manuel L Quezon
Upon his death, Batangas Trade School presently known as Pablo Borbon Memorial Institute of Technology, was renamed by an Act of Congress, in recognition of his distingushed public service.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stamp Collecting


There are so many stamp collecting clubs which have nothing to do with actual postage stamps.  Rather, these club members collect stamps for everything from state and national parks to walks and counties and countries.  Some of my favorite clubs:

  • American Volksmarching Association members collect stamps for each walk they do.  Local clubs map walks, host group walks, and hold special walk challenges (walking in each state, walking each state capital, walking A-Z cities, walking 100 walks within a year, etc) for members from all over the country and the world.
  • The Freewalkers host walking events--from short 10 mile group walks to 50-miles-in-a-day walks--and while they don't provide completion stamps, they are a very active and very challenging group.
  • National Park Travelers Club members seek to collect stamps at each of the 400+ national parks and monuments around the US.  This is another very active, very fascinating, group of people.
  • One of my current hobbies is collecting park stamps for all of the Nevada State Parks for their passport program.  Many states offer this sort of program, complete with a "passport" to get stamped, and reward participants with prizes for visiting all of the parks in the state.
  • Travelers Century Club members collect visits to every country and territory in the world.  The list currently sits at 325 locations and members are quite active in their quest to visit every one of these places.
  • The Most Traveled People collect visits to the 875 unique parts of the world.  There may or may not be stamps involved (some people stamp books with immigration stamps or the like to prove their visits) but achieving the feat of visiting every one of these locations can take a lifetime!
  • If 875 unique parts of the world isn't enough, the Best Traveled Club (their new name is Nomad Mania) has outlined 1281 unique locations around the world which their members seek to visit.
  • The Marathon Maniacs collect runs.  Or marathons to be exact.  Members of this club are dedicated to collecting as many marathons as possible (no stamps here but lots and lots of cool finisher medals).
  • If you aren't up to marathons, the Half Fanatics are similar to the Maniacs but they collect half marathons.
  • The Mob Rule group collects county visits as does the Extra Miler Club.  Both of these groups encourage their members to visit all 3142 counties and county equivalents in the US.  That's a lot of places to visit!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

20 Emergency Resources for Las Vegas


A lot of scary stuff happens in Las Vegas, from crimes to car wrecks to fires and other emergency situations.  Here's a list of emergency resources for the city...

  1. Las Vegas Crime Map.  This site is useful to find out what sort of crime is happening in your neighborhood, determining where the "better" neighborhoods are if you are moving here, and for gathering data for projects and reports.
  2. LVMPD Current Traffic Incidents.  Current car accidents and other traffic incidents that Metro is being dispatched to are listed in chronological order here.
  3. NV Energy Outage List.  Find out where the power is out around the city and the estimated time that it will be restored at this website.
  4. SW Gas Outage Map.  Similar to the NV Energy site, check here to see where gas outages and incidents are in the city.
  5. Cox Cable Outage Report.  Ditto but for internet and cable outages.
  6. Las Vegas Emergency Incidents Facebook Group.  This FB group reports emergencies as they happen around Vegas via member reports and pictures as well as scanner reports.
  7. Nevada Highway Patrol Current Road Conditions and Incidents.  The NHP keeps this site updated with everything from road closures to accidents to anything else affecting Nevada highways.
  8. Nevada Sex Offender Website.  This site lists registered sex offenders in Nevada.
  9. Red Rock Search and Rescue.  This Las Vegas-area search and rescue organization does both wilderness and urban search and rescue operations.
  10. American Red Cross.  The SN ARC provides disaster assistance, preparedness training, military assistance, and help in the community when people are displaced by fires and other disasters.
  11. University Medical Center.  This is the only level 1 trauma center in the state; if someone is rushed to the hospital for serious trauma this is probably where they will be.
  12. Nevada 211.  This phone center (call 211) and website aggregate social service and emergency information in one location including domestic violence help, food aid, emergency housing, mental health, and other services.
  13. Nellis AFB Flying Operations.  Before you call 911 because your house was just buzzed by an F-22, check and see what kind of exercises are happening at our local air force base.
  14. Reddit.  This local bulletin board allows anyone to post questions about anything Las Vegas-related and get answers from the locals.
  15. Clark County Office of Emergency Management.  This county department focuses on preparedness, disaster mitigation, and recovery efforts.
  16. Nevada Division of Emergency Management.  Similar to the county office, this site provides a state-wide list of disaster and preparedness links.
  17. Nevada Earthquake Activity Map.  Feel rumbling?  Check this site and see if it was an earthquake.
  18. CCDC Inmate List.  If someone has been arrested in Clark County, check here to see if they are in the detention center.  If they are in the city jail, this is the inmate search link. Henderson Inmate Search link here.  And North Las Vegas detention list here.
  19. Apps.  Many apps have been developed to keep you up to date on local emergencies including Broadcastify, Scanner Radio, and Waze.  Local news apps are: Fox 5, News 3 LV, KTNV 13, 8 News Now, LVRJ Newspaper
  20. National Disaster Alerts: InciWeb (fire), Pacific Disaster Center (all disaster incidents), NOAA (weather)
And here are some more resources...
  • CCFR Bee Safety.  We have Africanized bees in Las Vegas and early summer is when they tend to swarm.  Unlike regular honey bees, these bees can be deadly.
  • Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).  This site provides up-to-date road way information for Las Vegas and the entire state.
  • Tipsy Tow.  AAA provides a free ride home for you and your vehicle in Las Vegas during many holidays.  Call their 800 number at any time to inquire about this program.
  • Clark County Fire and Rescue.  The fire department provides a wide variety of safety services in Las Vegas.  Check out the great list of links on the right hand side of their webpage.
  • Nevada Amber Alert.  See how to prevent child abduction and check the latest Amber Alerts for the area at this website.
  • We Care Booklet.  Check out this excellent booklet put out by LVMPD with pages and pages of assistance information.
  • LVMPD Missing Persons.  People go missing in Las Vegas literally every day.  Here is what to do if you are missing an adult or if you are missing a child in the city.
  • LVMPD Sexual Assault Resources.  Unfortunately sexual assaults happen as often as people go missing here.  Check this link for what to do if you are a victim of sexual assault in Las Vegas.
  • Be Flood Safe.  A website and app to help you prepare for flash flood season.

Friday, May 26, 2017

100 Cool Things to Do in Las Vegas (Part 10 of 10)

And finally the rest...

91.  Check out the Heart Attack Grill.  You can weight yourself in front of the restaurant which is located on Fremont (if the scale tip 350+ pounds you get to eat free) and then the waitresses will dress you in a hospital gown before showing you to your table and serving up food that may literally cause a heart attack(!).


92.  Visit the Fashion Show Mall.  Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this is a popular place for shopping and on the weekends you can watch fashion show models on the cat walk.


93.  Visit the Las Vegas Art Museum.   It's a small art museum co-housed with the Sahara West Library and although it isn't the Met, it is a nice display space and it's free to visit!


94.  Watch a circus act at Circus Circus.   The midway at this casino hosts a variety of circus acts all day long from clowns and jugglers to trapeze artists and acrobats.  Best of all it is free to watch!


95.  Visit the Gilcrease Orchard.   It's hard to believe that there is a 60 acre u-pick farm and orchard in Las Vegas but there is and it is a very busy place!  It's a wonderful place to pick your own produce as it comes into season and enjoy a real farm in the middle of the desert.


96.  Eat at the Road Kill Grill.   This is the best barbecue restaurant I've ever been to!  Oddly enough it is located away from the city in a residential area but people seem to be able to find it because there are always lines (super long lines on the weekend) but the food is well worth the wait.


97.  Visit the Nellis Air Force Base.  Those with military ID can go on base any time and check out the Thunderbird Museum or watch the arial acrobatics of the jet fighter pilots.  For those without military ID you can still watch the pilots train by parking in any nearby parking lot and/or visiting the base on days that they have events that are open to the public.


98.  Go to the movies.  Las Vegas has so many movie options--a drive in (West Wind), luxury theaters where you get your own recliner seat (Galaxy Luxury +), free movies (Cosmo Dive In Movies, Container Park, The District, etc), cheap movies (matinees, $5.25 Tuesdays at Southpoint, etc), a monthly Rocky Horror Movie (the Sci Fi Center)...the list of movie options is huge!


99.  Visit Chinatown.  Las Vegas has an actual Chinatown.  It isn't very big and it isn't very walkable but there are plenty of grocery stores, restaurants, and the occasional big event during Chinese New Year to enjoy.  Also fun, in the alley behind Lee's Sandwich Shop, you can find a ping pong place where you pay $5 and can play all day!


100.  Take the Banger Brewery Tour.  This fun little bar/brewery offers free daily tours of their brewing operations.  While it isn't a big brewery, the tour is really informative and the guy who does the tours is very knowledgeable (and patiently answered all of my questions!).


Saturday, May 20, 2017

100 Cool Things to Do in Las Vegas (Part 9 of 10)

...and there is more to do...

81.  Visit Boulder City.  This quaint, historic city is the perfect place for a day trip.  There are plenty of cafes, public art, antique shops and more to see here.  Fun fact: this is one of only two cities in Nevada where gambling is illegal.


82.  Gamble.  Most of the rest of Nevada and specifically Las Vegas relies on gambling for much of its revenue so be sure to do a bit of gambling--slots, roulette, table games, etc--when you are here.


83.  Eat at a buffet.  Again, there are a handful of things that Las Vegas is famous for and giant, all-you-can-eat buffets are one of those things.  My favorite cheaper buffets are Sun Coast, Southpoint, and Green Valley while my favorite expensive buffets are Bellagio and Caesars.


84.  Go on a free guided hike.  The Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association offers free guided hikes each week which is a great way to become introduced to desert hiking and see some great views at the same time.


85.  Check out the International Marketplace.  This huge grocery store brings food from all corners of the world.  Whether you are looking for recipe ingredients from Germany or Russia, Japan or Korea, you are bound to find it here.


86.  Visit the tiny town of Blue Diamond.  This is a cute little town just outside of Las Vegas that is particularly popular with bicyclists and runners on the weekends.


87.  Watch a Las Vegas show.  Las Vegas is famous for its over-the-top shows.  Cirque du Soleil shows are especially extravagant (and expensive), but there are plenty of other shows to see as well ranging from magicians and singers to hypnotists and dancers.  Note that Tix4Tonite kiosks sell same-day, half-price tickets for many shows in Las Vegas.


88.  Play Kiss Mini Golf.  Everyone loves mini golf and playing here is an added level of fun because of the rock-inspired decor.  You can even get married here if you are so inclined!


89.  Find all of the medallions and stars embedded into the sidewalks of Las Vegas.  The medallions commemorate various historical events in downtown Las Vegas while the stars found along the Las Vegas Strip commemorate famous people who have performed in Las Vegas.


90.  Collect park stamps.  Nevada State Parks has a cool program where you visit at least 15 of the 23 state parks, get your park "passport" stamped, and then you get a free annual pass for the next year!  Note that many people also collect National Park stamps too (there are 16 of these parks within driving distance of Las Vegas).


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Friday, May 19, 2017

100 Cool Things to Do in Las Vegas (Part 8 of 10)

Moving right along...

71.  Visit the LDS Genealogy Library.  Las Vegas has one of the best genealogy libraries in the country (and the volunteers there are amazing!).  If you have any interest in your family history at all, this is the place to go.


72.  Go swimming.  There are many public pools--both indoor and outdoor--in Las Vegas as well as casino resort pools which range from free (for guests and sometimes locals) to expensive (when there are special DJs and other events).


73.  Go for a walk with the volksmarchers.  The LVHRS walking club has nearly a dozen walks (self guided direction sheets and Saturday group walks) that highlight popular areas of Las Vegas.


74.  Try dim sum.  You can find the best dim sum (small Chinese dishes) in Las Vegas!  Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast is my favorite but there are many places to choose from.


75.  Go shopping at the premium outlet malls.  There are two premium outlet malls, one at the north end of the Strip and one at the south end of the Strip, and tourists flock to these places.  The North Premium Outlet Mall is an outdoor mall and the South Premium Outlet mall is indoors.


76.  Check out the aquarium at the Silverton Casino.  Filled with all kinds of pretty fish, this aquarium is free and located right inside the casino.  Next door, at the Bass Pro Shop, you will find even more tanks of fish.


77.  Visit the Brahma Shrine on the Las Vegas Strip.  This is the only Brahma Shrine in the western hemisphere and is an unusual find in the heart of Las Vegas.


78.  Check out our outdoor malls.  From Town Square near the Strip to Downtown Summerlin to the District at Green Valley, our outdoor malls are nice places to walk, shop, and enjoy community events.


79.  Watch airplanes take off and land.  For people fascinated by aviation this is a fun, free activity at the very busy McCarran airport.


80.  Come watch and/or participate in an annual event in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas is famous for its annual events that bring hundreds of thousands of people to Vegas for a weekend or a week.  The Electronic Daisy Carnival, the National Finals Rodeo, SEMA, NASCAR Weekend, DEFCON, Helldorado Days...every month features annual events that people look forward to each year.


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