Hybrid Macopa?

Mom got a surprise for us today. She brought home some fresh fruits from a makeshift market nearby — a bunch of bananas, green mangoes and some unusual looking apples. On closer look, the red fruits  are Malay Apples (Syzygium malaccense) or  Macopas about 3 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches in length. However, these fruits do not seem to conform…

Red on white

A white crochet doily serves as a backdrop for a red Amaryllis flower on a vase…

Scenes at the Panguil Bay

Stratocumulus clouds hover over Ozamiz City and on Mount Malindang … no need to worry on rain for somehow the Panguil Bay seems calm. I don’t know if some passengers of the barge ever bother to admire the beauty of this area… I do. Most people living in the coastal towns surrounding this bay don’t…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

Nothing is more colorful and attractive in the eyes of a child than chocolates encased in colorful metallic foil wrappers. Take a look at Inday, the one year old daughter of my sister-in-law Joy. The child settled down and put her cuddly toy aside as she oriented on the goodies spread before her. Gold, red, blue,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot

I never imagined getting stuck in a sea of sand but it did happen… not once or twice but dozen times. Well, I guess that is inevitable when working in a site office at the outskirts of Manama, Bahrain. Although the weather forecast says that the temperature is 39°C, it feels more like 45°C and…

I’m Posting every day in 2011!

For the past weeks, I’ve been thinking about participating  on the post a day/post a week challenge. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011. I know it won’t be easy, but it might…

Grape vines

John 15:1-8 King James Version (KJV)  1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken…

Sugar apple

Psalm 1:1-3 King James Version (KJV)   1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  3And…

Morning Raindrops

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. KJV

Chile pepper flower

Chile pepper (Capsicum frutescens) is on the list of the herbal plants found in the Philippines. I experienced scalp itchiness lately; so when I consulted my mom about what herb I should use as a remedy, she recommended the siling kolikot or chile pepper. She told me that I need to apply the extract from the leaves to ease…

Kahpeh

These fruits caught my eye as I entered the colorful booth of  Nunungan during the Araw ng Lanao Agri-Fair 2011 last July 4th. When I asked a teacher if these are longan fruits — she simply replied no. Locally known as Kahpeh, (pronounced with a prolonged “a”) these are the fruits from rattan plants. “Really?”…

To crawl the world with a hundred legs

It was a damp day when I found this rusty millipede (Diplopoda) with orange legs at the side of a dish garden. It’s about four inches long and has a rounded body with alternating light and dark brown hues. Despite having hundreds of legs, this worm-like crawler moves slowly as it makes its way from the…