Wordless Wednesday: Struggling with water-droplets

This resident stingless bee (Trigona biroi) was at work despite the drizzle early this morning. When the weather finally cleared, I found him moving oddly on a red petal of a Gumamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis). As I looked closer, I saw the poor drone struggled to get rid of the water-droplets on his wings; I just hope he’ll made it…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

While most kids in this town spend their time playing RPG online on weekends, my nephew Kenji is somewhat a throwback of his peers. Though he enjoys ‘Plants and Zombies’, he prefers to climb up into poles or trees or ladders any day; he reminds me of me when I was a kid. Climbing up at least…

Wordless Wednesday: Altocumulus undulatus clouds

To rain or not to rain?  I seemed to forgot what I learned about clouds from Earth Science in High School. Still, I just ended up admiring the ripple-like patterns covering the Tubod-sky while weeding some pots of cacti…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

Patience is a virtue, they say. So, it took me tons of patience and more than a day to respond to this week’s photo challenge.  After sifting through a thousand flower-photographs,  I finally decided to post the flowers of the orchid called Vanda Madame Rattana x Vanda Rung Roeng. This plant is a testimony of…

A doctor’s private garden in Abaga, Lala, LDN

August 17 — “Come and see my garden…it’s very nice… I have time this morning so let’s go, now,” said  Dr. Opay-Villarmino, an obstetrician- gynecologist. This busy lady had a scheduled operation that afternoon but when it comes to garden matters, she sure had time. With all that plant talk with her friends, it’s easy…

Sunset at Tubod

August  19, 2011 — We seldom see a golden sunset over Panguil Bay and here in Tubod during the wet season. I was on the balcony weeding cacti pots (since 5 o’clock pm) so I eventually saw the sky changed color by 6 p.m.  I grabbed my Kodak EasyShare M531 and took photos on sunset….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

During the 1990’s, the faculty of Rufo dela Cruz Memorial School (RCMS) solicited funds to put up the gates and concrete fence of this elementary school  from various sources — charity groups, politicians, alumni, etc. To show their gratitude, they engrave the names of the donors. The gate in the photos is at the east side…

Blue crabs from Panguil Bay

Calinectes sapidus or more locally known as lambay in Cebuano has a distinct blue-green hue. Our seafood dealer Sarita often delivered some of this type of crab to our home fresh and alive. To enjoy its white meat, I often boiled it with water or with Seven-Up for a just few minutes.

My version of Fiddlehead salad

I haven’t had Paku salad in more than four years so I was eyeing the fiddlehead ferns at my mom’s garden for months. However, she said no; she planted the ferns for an ornamental purpose and not for a gastronomic whim. Awww…. When market day came, she bought two bundles of fiddleheads from her “suki” greengrocer. Though there are…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

“Only in La Castellana you could get a perfect view of Mount Kanlaon,” declared my hubby Harry. “If you photograph it in other towns, you wouldn’t be able to capture it at its best.” “…and you don’t have to climb it to commune with nature,” he added. “Besides, no one goes up there without a permit.” “Why?” I…

The white caterpillar

We (I, Kenji, and my dog Princess) went out for a late afternoon walk at the RCMS grounds last Saturday. When we passed by an Ylang-ylang tree, my inquisitive nephew spotted some caterpillar on the Santan shrub. Kenji suggested that I took photos on the little crawlers. They all looked the same to me so…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

The other day after school, my nephew and four of his second-grader classmates dropped by at the house to play some of the toys we’ve accumulated throughout the years.  They laughed and made happy noises upstairs as they played with toy robots, cars, green soldiers, Picachu, etc. Most of these were complementary toys from Jollibee and …