Category Archives: Nature

Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. 🙂

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me 🙂 *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity.  We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? 🙂

 

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Happy birthday, Trees!

My colleague once said that women can leave three lasting legacies: write a book, give birth, and plant a tree.

Today, the trees I planted turned 6 years old. 🙂

Yes, I brought Doraemon with me 🙂 *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)

When I was still working for IBM in 2008, I joined a company-wide tree planting activity.  We all hiked to Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines. It took us hours to get to the tree planting site and it just felt great to give back to Mother Nature. At the time, there is an alarming rate of deforestation in the area and several mountaineers also did their part in planting trees.

It is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The trees are now 6 years old and I couldn’t imagine how tall they are. Anytime is the best time to plant a tree. In this ever-changing world, where only a small portion of the world are caring about trees, it doesn’t hurt to take the initiative to plant even just one tree. You can start leaving a legacy and making your mark in saving the Earth.

When will you start? 🙂

 

Shorter Than Trees

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” -― Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Location: Casa San Pablo, Philippines (January 2012)

Camera: iPhone4

Food: None

Thoughts: If I were taller than trees, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate how majestic they are.

Clouds. Lamp Post. Dogs.

“Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs”. -John Osborne

Location: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: Lay’s

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  “I love the fall. I love it because of the smells that you speak of; and also because things are dying, things that you don’t have to take care of anymore, and the grass stops growing.” -Mark Van Doren

Location: Millenium Park, Chicago, IL (October 2010)

Camera: Canon Ixus

If I Could Fly

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  -Leonardo da Vinci

Location: Planet Earth, on my way to Cebu City Philippines via Cebu Pacific Air (March 2010)

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: Nuts

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“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Location: Indianapolis, IN (September 2010)

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: None

Mobile Love Affair

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“So the heart of the problem is, smartphones have issues.” -Steve Jobs

 

So the iPhone 5 was unveiled a couple of days ago and today I got an email invite  from Apple and Best Buy so I can order online. But really, I have like a few more months left so I can upgrade my 4 to a 5 so I’ll just have to wait…wait for raves/rants regarding the new iPhone 5.

Come to think of it, the evolution of the phone is quite amazing. I’m an 80′s baby and I’ve seen them all. Rotary phones, cordless phones (you were considered well-off if you had one) – then the mobile thing hit us just like that. My first mobile phone was a bulky Motorola phone with a retractable antenna. It looks like four iPhone 4s stacked together and it was just the “in” thing. Then I opted for something slimmer so I opted for a Nokia 909. Believe me, it was considered slim in the 90s phone standards. My next phone was a Mitsubishi Trium Astral. I love it because it’s a gift from my brother and thought it was cooler than my first two phones even if in reality, it looks like a remote control.

Then the unbelievable of the unbelievable came true, a mobile phone without an antenna! Come on! Hahaha.. Yes, it’s true! That was my next phone – a Nokia 3210. It is still one of my favorite phones. It’s just so simple and so user-friendly. Quality is just topnotch. But then, I decided to settle for a smaller phone and bought a Nokia 8250. It’s selling point is the blue backlight feature. Smaller phone, smaller keypad. I wished I had a smaller thumb.

I had no plans of buying another phone but then I lost my Nokia 8250. It was in the bag that was snatched from me :( … Because I needed a phone and I love music so I wanted one with more ringtones. Lol. Next toy was a Sony Ericsson K700i. I loved it! More features and I can take pictures, videos and I’m no longer stuck with Nokia Snake games.

Next in line is a Motorola Razr V3 Pink. That was absolutely one of my favorites. So thin and cute. I love the color, screen is wide, keypad is cool, sound is clear and I was able to save a song. Yes. Not songs. That phone can only hold ONE freakin song.

I still decided to get another Motorola. The next one was  a Motorola V3x. Pretty much the same as the Razr but memory-wise, the V3x can hold more music. Maximum of 10 full songs. Seriously. That made me so happy because I can shuffle all 10 songs.

Now, my pre-iPhone phone is a Motorola Rokr. I considered the phone as my dream phone because of it’s memory and because it just looks so cool and it can hold tons of music! You wouldn’t know it’s a phone especially when it’s turned off or locked because the surface is just flat. No visible keypad. The screen is smaller but I was really after the music. I admit it kinda looks like your modern day stove top.

And then I had the 3GS and the 4 which I currently have. I don’t want to blog about its features because everybody knows what the iPhone is capable of and this blog is getting too lengthy and I’m tired of typing.

Five to ten years from now, I predict that the iPhone era will be considered as a Jurassic era. I wonder what’s the mobile technology gonna be like in 10 years? I hope it’s a phone that we no longer have to charge.

And I seriously hope that when I blog in the next ten years or so, I no longer have to type.

 

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN (May 2011)

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: Oatmeal cookies and lemonade!

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“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. ” -E. E. Cummings

Autumn is my favorite season. Hands down. There’s something about falling leaves that I like. I love hearing the crunching sound dried leaves make whenever I step on them. Simple things like that really makes me happy. I remember my friend saying that she loves Spring more and that she hates Fall because leaves are scattered, trees are dry…yada-yada-yada… It’s true! But it is such a beautiful mess! 🙂 Nature is definitely the greatest work of art ever.

Can’t wait for autumn and take photos of all these fabulous colors!

Location: Victory Drive, Indianapolis, IN (October 2010)

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: None