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Woke up at 3am. Son left for work at 5am. I watered the plants and swept the yard a few minutes ago. It seems the clock’s hands are moving too slow, it’s not even 6am. I wanted to go back to bed but I love the feel of the cold February morning on my face. Maybe it is another perfect time to write a few words here.
I’m cleaning my document files of unwanted downloads and pictures that I have already saved to my hard drive, then I saw this, a shot I took of our place the last time I went home more than four years ago. A nostalgic longing, a trip down memory lane. It’s actually a narrow road leading to our place in the province, a single lane for cars.
I miss this place. Several years ago, this was just a dirt road which was not accessible to cars but it is now cemented. We live in a higher place than the town proper. It is actually overlooking the whole town but what I love most about it is the vast expanse of green, bamboos gently swaying on the roadside and when you reach the top, the green rice fields are a feast for the eyes. I grew up here and it was my home until I graduated from grade school. The house is old and small but the garden is vast.
The countryside brings you back to old but not forgotten days of childhood. You smile at the thought of visiting it again, once more to commune with nature, to see old folks at home and to renew acquaintance with the place where the sun rises early and bright and the night holds a certain magic because back there, the stars are brighter. If only for the quiet and peaceful feel of the place, I would love to go back.
I am having a second cup of coffee while watching our three dogs frolicking in the garden. It’s a simple life but happiness abounds.
A few days ago, I blogged about the new buds of my pink Mokara orchids. Here they are in full bloom now. The red blooms are just as pretty as the pink ones.
What a lovely way to greet the morning!
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, home garden, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, home garden, orchids, photography, pink Mokara orchids on October 29, 2014 | 10 Comments »
I noticed it a few days ago, just a bud and I was curious if it would turn out to be an orange-red bloom just like the rest. I waited years to see if it would produce flowers just like my other orchids. This morning was a nice surprise. I looked out of the window and there it was, my pretty pink Mokara orchids. Can’t really wait to see the petals open one by one. It was a joy seeing this at last :)
I would definitely take more shots and add them to my Colors album.
Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, inspirational, Philippines, place of worship, silence speaks, tagged Calayan Island, Nature Tripping, Philippines, photography on October 26, 2014 | 8 Comments »
Lovell sent me this picture a while ago, a dramatic shot of a sunset in Calayan. He said it is his birthday gift to me. Calayan, when will I see your shore?
You watch -
as the grey dawn turns into gold
as the silver rain droplets stubbornly cling
to the taro leaves creating jewel-like dots
as the colony of ants meet and kiss
storing food for the rainy day.
Then a little sparrow perched on top
of the dried trunk of your avocado tree.
To your surprise, it started singing
and it made your day.
You can’t help the smile on your face.
to make that hot cup of coffee.
Posted in Calayan Island, Close to Nature, inspiration, It's More Fun In the Philippines, journeys, Philippine beaches, Philippines, tagged Calayan Island, Close to Nature, discovering places, journeys, life, Philippines on October 7, 2014 | 8 Comments »
“Come over and experience the peace and quiet, see the pristine beaches, just be”, he enthused.
And I said, “I wish, I wish, I wish.” I wish I have wings to fly and visit this wonderful place and enjoy what nature has to offer.
My priest son and I were in a long, long chat a few nights ago and he reiterated his invitation that we go visit him and see Calayan Island while he is assigned there in one of their Dominican Missions in the North. I am writing this from memory, from what he shared during our occasional but lengthy phone conversations. You’re right, I spent a few nights searching for videos on Calayan and visiting some blogs written by travel bloggers who’ve been to the place. I still dream of visiting Batanes of course but Calayan offers the same lovely, unexplored places which make my soul dream of it more.
“We’ve just harvested corn”, he continued and “enjoying the cold weather now”. I jokingly answered “Send some via LBC”.
Unfortunately, they don’t have LBC there. Every day, they only have electricity from 12pm to 12am but they don’t complain, they are used to it. I love the idea of fishing when you need food to eat, growing vegetables on one’s backyard and they come fresh everyday, planting rice the traditional way (and Lovell tells me that he will try using it – the plough hooked at the back of a carabao), breeding chicken and pigs for meat. I was so surprised when he said that they don’t have a public market in Calayan. The people peddle their produce from house to house. Sometimes, the parishioners give lobster, fresh veggies or live chicken to the parish.
Children walk to school and they have the luxury of time to just admire the sunrise and the endless blue sea an hour before classes start. You could never do that here in the city. Tricycles and motorcycles are the popular means of transport. The best time to go there is during the summer months of April or early May. Twelve-hour bus ride, (unless you take a plane to Cagayan) and four to six hours boat trip to the island.
Here is a Wiki description of the place.
Calayan (Ibanag language, meaning “where laya (ginger) abounded”) is a municipality in the province of Cagayan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 16,200 people in an area of 49,453 hectares (122,200 acres).
It is located in the South China Sea, in Luzon Strait north of Luzon Island. The town is composed of four of the five major islands of the Babuyan Islands namely: Calayan, Camiguin, Dalupiri and Babuyan Island. Calayan Island is the largest of the Babuyan Islands. Fuga Island, the fifth island within the Babuyan Islands, is part of Aparri municipality.Calayan is home to the Calayan Rail, a flightless bird identified as a separate species in 2004 and endemic to Calayan Island.
Lovell says, you cannot appreciate it enough through pictures. The best thing is to go there and see the island for real.