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Throwback Thursday-Feline Friday: Decade of ASIA

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/24/2016 at 14:00

Happy BiG 1-0, Grad Cat ASIA!!! 🎈🎁😻😹🎆🎇

Happy 10th Birthday, ASIA!!!

#DecadeOfAsia #DeepBlueNeedYouEyes #WhiskerGirl #BabyBlue #GradCat #BigSis #AteAsia #ManangAsia #BlueEyes #BeautifulBlueEyes #CalendarCat #WaterCat #LiloAndStitch #Halloween #Howloween #SnowWhiteCat #SnowDay #MeowyCHRISTmas #StPattys #StPatricksDay #LuckyCat #BlessedCat #EasterBunnyCat #TreeHugger #GardenDigger #HBD #Happy10thBirthday #Asia #324andManyMore #DrDISPObustAFlow 😻😺😸😹😽🙀🐱🐯🦁🐈🐆🐅🎈🎁🎆🎇🎁🎉📅📆🎃🎅🏽🎄🌳🌴☘🐇🌎🌍🌏💝

Happy Belated St. Patty’s Day a week ago! ☘

Good Luck Cats

#HappyStPattys & sneak #peep to #Easter ♥love♥ & #luck♣ from #DoubleATeam #ShamRockStar #ShamrockersGatherHere #KeepCalmAndShamrockOn #GoodLuckCharm #GradCat #DecadeOfAsia (1wk from today) #CareBears #GoodLuckBear #TMNT #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles #DeepBlueNeedYouEyes #GreenEyes #GoGreen #GOP #GoodLuckElephant #LuckyBamboo #LuckOfTheIrish #KissMeImIrish #shamrock #4leafClover #lucky #LuckyCat #BirthdayCat #ThrowbackCat #ThrowbackThursday #TBT ☘🌈🏆🐱🐯🦁🐰🐻🐼🐨🐸🐢🐣🐤🐥🐇🐘🐈🐆🐅🎄🌳🌿🎈🎂🎁💝💋💐🇺🇸

 Remember JESUS CHRIS†, †Crucified† & Risen, on this Holy Thursday & always! 🙏🏽

 

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#HappyEaster to my #Peeps this #JubileeYearOfMercy #Easter2016 love from #DoubleATeam #RememberTheCross #JesusChristCrucified #MaryMostSorrowful #HolyMedals #flowers #crucifix #OurLadyOfGuadalupe #PopeFrancis #cross #mercy #PeterCottontail #EasterBunny #NewLife #DecadeOfAsia TODAY #BirthdayCat #EasterBunnyCats #HolyCowCats #ThrowbackCat #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #HolyThursday #Easter #YearOfMercy #ElaineDispoPhotography: original photos including medals on the petals #DrDISPObustAFlow 🐰🐱🐯🦁🐤🐣🐥🐇🕊🐈🐆🐅💐🌺🌻🌹🌷🌼💝💒

Throwback Thursday: Double A-Team

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/29/2015 at 08:30

Happy National Cat Day!

PURRfect Moment to PAWS

Asia Lick

Cat Nap-ReadyBig Asia cues me to break from my dissertation

CATch of the Day

Annie Fridge

Caught Pink PawedSweet Annie leaped up to the top of the fridge!

Grad Cat‘s First Halloween

Asia as Stitch

Throwback Thursday: Asia in her Elvis jumpsuit so she & I could be Lilo & Stitch! {Halloween 2006}

Stats Cat‘s Elizabethan Collar

Annie Spay

Throwback Thursdsay: My Loyal Royal Feline Annie in her Elizabethan collar! {March 2010}

Bath Time ~ Baby Me & Mini Me

Bath Cats

Throwback Thursday: Asia faces Annie through the bath tub screen door! {May 2010}

Speaking of cat bath time, here’s to hyping up my students‘ upcoming Demonstration Speeches!

The same cat parent also shows the benefits of having our feline fam …

Happy Howl-o-ween! Trick or Treat?

Throwback Thursday: Hi-Tone 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Musical Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/14/2015 at 08:30

Happy Belated 🎈🎁Birthday🎂🍰, Ritchie Valens!

When we visited the Selena🌺 shrine🌴 in Corpus a couple of months ago in commemoration of her 2-decade anniversary, I mentioned how Selena is my cousin’s fave 🎬film🎥, and my buddy pointed out how his is La Bamba.

Trivia: Did you know that the *star* of La Bamba, Lou Diamond💎 Phillips, is Pinoy, like yours truly?

Along with this classic, I got a package💽 that included The Buddy Holly Story, about one of the legends📀 who perished with “Hi-Tone”🎤 in that fatal flight✈️ crash.

 
My favorite 🎼jingles🎵 for RV, who achieved the 🇺🇸American 🌈Dream, include:

  • Donna (who doesn’t like a song tribute to your true 💝love?)
  • We Belong Together (which Selena sang a rendition as a child)

Recently, my student (tomorrow’s birthday boy) actually starred in his ’50s📻 school play as Ritchie!

R.I.P.✌️ Richard Valenzuela👼 (May 13, 1941-February 3, 1959)

Throwback Thursday: NBA Playoff Hype 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Technology, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/01/2015 at 07:00

Happy 2015 🏈NFL🏉 Draft Day 1!

While I’m disappointed that my main NBA🏀 team, the Dallas Mavericks, aren’t advancing to Round 2 of the Playoffs, I must point out a few fun facts about the other Texas🏇 team who eliminated them…

  • The Houston 🚀Rockets’ D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley 🐍Vipers, won the 2010 NBA-DL championship🏆 under my watch!

 

  • The Vipers head coach📢 back then, Chris Finch, now is assistant coach of the Rockets!

 

  • I was a faithful ☝️fan, as you can see on the bench, backing los Vipers (check out my close-up in my black Vipers tee behind the team in ⏰seconds :32-37)!

 

Throwback Thursday: ¡Feliz Cumplé Selena!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Musical Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/16/2015 at 08:00

🎈Happy🎁 🎂Birthday🍰 to the late and great Selena ~ the sweet and soulful Tejano 🎼songstress🎤 who was 👼slain💐 20 years ago.

Spanish Fly

Throwback Thursday: My H.S. 💃Spanish🎋 📗textbook📖 cover, in which I sketched my favorite Latinas ~ including 🎼Selena🎤 (bottom right)

I visited her shrine when it was new and again recently, plus have the 💽film📺 about her life saved on my 📳iPhone 6+📲 ~ so I watched it again on my latest 🎬Movie Day🎥

  • One thing that I caught this time that I didn’t observe the first few times I watched it several years ago was a scene portraying the young 🎸Selena y los Dinos’🎹 struggle in Harlingen ~ the last city where I lived when I taught en el Valle!

J-Lo as ♫Selena♪



            ♥Selena♥ Candle Vigil & Montage                          

                  

        

Throwback Thursday Tags: Lifestyle & Fitness + Procrastinating Beauty

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/14/2014 at 04:11

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, after going Tuesday Beauty happy and adding the 2 for Tuesday *bonus* Sweater Weather Tag, I’m accepting these 2013 truth challenges for full disclosure. Enjoy, and if you’ve done either of these tags, please feel free to comment with the link to your answers!

 * Lifestyle & Fitness Tag ~ from GetFitWithLeyla‘s Lifestyle & Fitness TAG video [Questions are in bold; my answers are in italics.]

  1. How fit do you consider yourself to be? Are you happy with the shape you’re in? On a scale from 1-10, I’d say an 8. While I know that I’m fab, I still can stand to lose some flab. 
  2. Do you play any sports? I did back in the day ~ as in basketball & tennis 2 decades ago in jr. high ~ then discovered that I’m a much better spectator @ my fave sport: basketball, than I am as a baller… Competitions in which I’ve participated as a grown-up have been races, but I’ve mainly run them to benefit their worthy causes. Now I’m proud to say that I’m part of the 26.2 (full marathon) club & have run in several smaller events (e.g., 5Ks) since then! 
    Fiesta Marathon

    Shot Gun Bang! Fiesta Marathon‘s my chance to run like a Mustang!

    STC 5K

    South Texas College 5K (where I used to teach) ~ I should’ve done more high knees!

  3. Besides those, do you exercise as well? That’s exactly what I do to stay fit nowadays! Please check out my recommendations on the Pretty Fit Way blog & the Pretty Fit iOS app
  4. Do you have any fitness or health related goals? I work out to stay healthy, relieve stress & reduce my risk for disease in the long run. 
  5. Which celebrity’s body would you like to have? Does Elaine Dispo count? I’d like to say I’m my own celeb… But if I had to choose someone other than yours truly, I really dig on Jessica Alba’s bod! Plus, I must give myself props on mocking other folks pretty well for Halloween. 
    DCC

    *TRUE BLUE* Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

    Princess Leia Wannabe

    I love the Princess Leia hair from Episode IV, but it’s her goddess bod from VI that screams SEXY!

  6. What’s your favorite and/or least favorite exercise? My #1 fave is dancing because I can do it anywhere & everywhere; as a matter of fact, I most recently caught myself just grooving to the chores without even planning to burn calories that way today! My least fave may have to be burpees (jump to plank to squat) because they kick my boot-ay, but they’re definitely effective for my boot-ay! 
  7. How important is leading an active and healthy lifestyle for you? Extremely; this is THE way of life, not just for the sake of taking care of our bodies, but also our minds & our souls ~ not to mention our hearts (both literally & figuratively) ~ all the way inside & out! 
  8. How much attention to a healthy diet do you pay? On a scale from 1-10, I’d go with a 7. Although I keep track of my calorie consumption & burn, I don’t always pass up my weakness: sweets (e.g., cupcakes)! 
  9. What’s your biggest diet secret? I don’t diet. Since I don’t believe in depriving myself from what brings me joy, I’ll at least control my portions & eat in moderation. 
  10. Do you smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past? Never ever. I don’t have the desire to mess up my lungs, heart, teeth or skin… So no, thanks! 

* Procrastinating Beauty Tag [from FrmHeadToToe Jen‘s Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG]

  1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do? I’ve never applied primer to my face. I’m not into caking on a mask, as I’m completely content with my concealer, foundation & powder (I don’t always use ALL of the above @ the same time). 
  2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly? I don’t wash them too frequently because I want them to last, so I don’t use the same ones too often. When I do wash them, I use my M•A•C Brush Cleanser (pictured below). 
  3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish? I plead the 5th… on going past the 5th day. 
    Spring forward

    Spring forward means…

    Sports Watches

    … that it’s time to change my nail color!

  4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it? I seldom ever need a new beauty product because I usually have a backup supply to replenish once I run out of something. 
  5. What is your worst beauty habit? Admittedly, I’ve gone to sleep without removing my makeup & washing my face on more than a few occasions ~ not something I’m proud of, for which there aren’t any legit excuses. 
  6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time? Decluttering ~ which I’m actually doing during this Spring Break on breaks from my dissertation! Since I’m not that much of a cosmetics hoarder, I don’t have much to purge, but I did get rid of loads of Bath & Body Works nail polish 1½ years ago, way past due. 
  7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute? Not always; I usually spare 2-3h before I’m supposed to leave for a planned event, so I can devote a little more time on my studies, a project or pleasure-______ (-reading, -surfing ~ as in channel- or net-surfing, etc.) before I take off. If I go the other way around & keep working then have minimal time to shower, hair & makeup + nails, then I don’t do myself justice. 
  8. Can you commit to spending bans? I haven’t made any, but I suppose that it’s worth a shot. Now if I only I had before my cosmetics sprees! How lame that my hometown just closed down our only M•A•C shop yesterday after being open for a short while. 
  9. How organized are your make-up and nail polish collections? On a scale from 1-10, this should be a solid 9. Check out my acrylic organizer on my dresser here, where I can find everything in place, arranged according to color & category (nails on the left, makeup on the right). The red & clear beads that help keep my eye liners, lip balms & gloss straight in the front right compartment are from the centerpiece of my table at the Sweetheart Ball to celebrate this past Valentine’s Day

    Nails & Makeup

    Acrylic Organizer keeps my RTW Nail Care & Makeup out in View for Open Concept

LOVE

Red + Clear Beads = LOVE Ambiance

♥ Warmest Kisses, Tightest Hugs & Much LOVE to my Dearest Darling Lola Rosing (March 5, 1910-March 14, 2014) in Heaven above!!! 

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: We #celebrate my #LolaRosa‘s #birthday on March 5th & #commemorate her #life on March 14th, so as her 6th #anniversaryapproaches, I share this #fond #memory of these 3 #generations: my #dearest#darling #LolaRosing, my #beautiful #Nanay Estrella Dispo & yours truly on that#spring day in The Philippines  ♥♣☼ As my #cousin Ignaz Philip Reyes said about our #maternal #grandmother: our #grandma led through #struggles up until her last #breath! We #love you, #Lola #Rosa in #Heaven above  fellow #teacher my#PenPal who instilled in me #FaithHopeLove … Request to my family & friends: please pray for the repose of her soul, thank you Uncles Antero Tavernero Art ReyesDrs. Robert Reyes & Yolanda Hernandez-Reyes Titas Mildred Abalos Joy Gomez Jessie Quebral Rosseana De Dios Titos Momoy Lachica Isaac Lachica Sr. Ate Rose Razon-Basinillo Kuya Arnel Basinillo Drs. Vee Luna & June Luna Kuya Mark Anthony Razon Ate Sonia Pahayo Kuya Rod Dallape sister Joanne Dispo cousins Eeno Ki Juan Raymundo Abalos Guizano Andrew Abalos Guizano Lowell Gomez Donnabelle Gomez-Parfan Boie Parfan Gomez Parfan Pamela Abalos-Carranza Kristine Abalos De Casa Clod Lachica Cinense Naomi Lachica Diane De Dios + cousins’ children/4th genArielle Royse R Basinillo Arthur Basinillo Antonio Gomez ***Maraming Salamat*** (3.5.1910-3.14.2008)
Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations – Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly – the day after Lola’s 96th Birthday (3/6/2006) — with Estrella Dispo.
Photo: Remembering Lola Rosa on her 101st Birthday: 3 generations -  Lola Rosing, Nanay, & yours truly - the day after Lola's 96th Birthday (3/6/2006)

CHEERS as we Ring in Spring & Get Lucky on St. Patty’s Day!!! ♣ 

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

Throwback Thirsty Thursday: Call to the Poor

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/10/2015 at 08:00

My first order of business as Dr. Dispo:

Give to the poor.

This is GOD‘s calling, not just to me, but also from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and my spiritual mentor, Bishop Mike, through Him, to the people.

How will you help?

For the past few CHRISTmases, to follow in the example of the blessed birthday celebrant, JESUS, my family and I have contributed to those in need instead of each other. I’ve offered gifts to my Angel Tree children and am donating more to the Salvation Army today after my Holy Hour.

And if we really are poor ~ in health, spirit, or otherwise ~ let us seek the LORD for strength to overcome.

Prayers of …

TBT X'mas '11

Throwback Thursday: This JUST-IN … My fave ✌CHRISTmas✌ memory was when my lil’ nephew ~ him decked out in *Dallas Cowboys* Santa hat & yours truly in *Dallas Mavericks* ~ helped me decorate the natural tree that I picked up & actually kept up ’til past ♣St. Patty’s♣ (while also decorating it for more ☼cheer☼ through ☼New Year’s, ♥Valentine’s, ♠Mardi Gras, ♣St. P’s & †Easter)!

Throwback Thirsty Thursday: Prayer Books 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/18/2015 at 13:15

As a cradle 💒Catholic, I grew up with prayer🙏🏽 📖books, including the 💐Rosary🌹 📒guide …

 

During 🍀spring🌺 cleaning, I came across some of my religious childhood👧🏻 📚literature, including these pocket booklets!

May GOD☝🏽 bless you as we celebrate 👨🏻Father’s Day👔 & enter the 🌅summer🌼

Throwback Beauty Tuesday: Hair Share

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/19/2016 at 13:00

♪YES (not Oops) ~ I did it again♫

Hair Donate 2008

Catch of the Day: Right after I interviewed for my Ph.D. & performed in our Opera, I went to my hometown hairdresser!

We’ll call this the Dr. Dispo makeover

Post-Doctorate Graduate Donate

New Year, Fresh Look: transitioning from 2015 ~ the Year of Finishing ~ to 2016 ~ the Year of Mercy ~ thanks to Mama Maggie!

before I return to my So-Tex teaching assignment!

Hair-spiration:

Thirsty Thursday: Pro-Life Prays & Praise

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/15/2015 at 08:00

Happy Feast Day of St. Gerard, Protector and Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers!

Holy Father

After ♥Bishop Mike♥ sent me the beautiful †cross† blessed✌ by ♥Pope Francis♥ he mailed me this sweet photo of our pontiff!

For all of you mommies-to-be ~ including a few of my own ♥loves♥ (who we celebrated this past weekend) ~ who are adding to your families, this prayer’s for you and your little miracles in the womb that they’ll be born and baptized plus survive and thrive

St. Gerard Prayer

St. Gerard †Prayer† for Protection * Expectant Mothers | Courtesy Straight from the ♥Heart♥ from Vince for my blessed birthday

My prayers are for ALL moms ~ so here’s another to St. Joseph that I pray before my work and for unwed mothers

St. Joseph Prayer

St. Joseph †Prayer† for: GOD’s will * unwed mothers * peaceful✌ death | Courtesy Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

GOD bless all mamas and their babies-to-be!

RIP Abortion Victims

Throwback Thursday (2/22/2009): Pro-Life for my Profile, taken the last time I visited my motherland, the P.I. … Rest in ✌Peace, Unborn Babies whose Lives were terminated too soon