Category Archives: Philippines

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Yes, I brought Doraemon with me 🙂 *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)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Yes, I brought Doraemon with me 🙂 *Some of the photos were taken by buhaykalsada.multiply.com (website no longer active)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

 

Asian Haul 2!!!

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So this is the continuing saga of my random trips to Asia Mart :p

Choco Mallows – This is my favorite! This is kinda like the Phillipine version of s’mores. This box has 6 choco mallows (biscuit topped with mallows and coated with chocolate). Really really good.

Knorr Cubes – I bought chicken and pork. These are very common add-ons to Filipino dishes to make chickens and pork even tastier.

Boiled Salted Duck Eggs – In the Philippines, we call this “itlog na pula” (red egg) or “itlog na maalat” (salty egg). They typically dye the shells red to distinguish it from fresh duck eggs. The ones sold here in the US are in boxes and are not dyed. So how do you eat this? Just break the shell and mix it with tomatoes and soy sauce or fish sauce. This is the best side dish for fried fish. It’s not as nasty as “balut”, trust me. What’s balut? Google it and thank the heavens you weren’t born a duck.

Yan Yan – My childhood favorite! This is a Japanese snack and it has bread sticks inside with a little cup full of chocolatey goodness for your dip.

That’s all for now. ‘Til next trip to Asia Mart! 🙂

 

Asian Haul!

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One of the Asian dilemmas when you move to and live in a different country for good is finding a restaurant or supermarket where you can buy Asian food. For Filipinos like me, the first thing we google is the closest Filipino store/grocery. Why? Because no matter where we are, we still cook Filipino food and crave for Filipino chocolates/junk food. Not all Asian ingredients are available in a typical local market here so finding an Asian market where we can buy everything we need is like finding Mecca.

From top to bottom, my haul from Asia Mart are as follows: Magic Rabbit candy (my childhood favorite!), Pocky, SkyFlakes, Martin Purefoods Hotdogs (as good as Tender Juicy Hotdogs!), Pork Tocino, Star Margarine, and Reno Liver Spread.

More Asian haul next time!

Ber Months!

In the Philippines, September 1 signifies the start of “ber” months or months ending in “ber”. If ever you are in the Philippines or if you know someone who is Filipino, do not be surprised if you will now start to see Christmas greetings on Facebook as early as September 1st. Some Filipinos put up their Christmas trees and decors. Radio stations will start playing Christmas songs. People will start doing countdowns til Christmas. People will start to buy Christmas gifts. Streets are lit up with lanterns. Kids will start to behave so they can receive a gift from Santa.. And gifts too from their “ninangs” and “ninongs” (godfathers and godmothers).

I really miss spending Christmas back home.

I still feel a little homesick sometimes. :/

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned”. – Maya Angelou

And So I Sing

And So I Sing

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” -Maya Angelou

 

Location: Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Philippines (January 2012)

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: None

 

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.

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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““Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ~Erma Bombeck

Location: Eskimo Bob, SM Megamall, Philippines (2010)

Camera: Canon Ixus

Food: Hugs n’ Kisses (yummeeeehhh)

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”.  -Martin Luther King Jr.

Very memorable shot for two things:

It was my first time to get a closer look at a Balete tree, which according to Philippine folklore, is a haunted tree and is believed to be where supernatural beings and spirits dwell. So it was pretty scary but I had no other choice because the pathway leading to the farm was surrounded by Balete trees. This photo also marks the very first day (okay..night) that I fell in love with photography. 🙂

Location: BluRoze Farms, Lipa City, Philippines, March 2007

Camera: Motorola V3X

Food: None