Posts Tagged ‘Close to Nature’

We attended the early morning mass at 6:30 am.  Since Pope Francis’ directive came out a  couple of weeks ago, we were treated with brief but meaningful homilies since then.  Oh yes, “no more than ten minutes please”.  Before, a priest would deliver his sermon  for almost thirty minutes and when the content is not that inspiring, the churchgoers get bored.  Their attention is lost in the middle of  it.

Dropped by the supermarket after the mass and we bought something for breakfast. There is a new product by Oishi which some of my friends were raving about when it came out in the market.

Gourmet Picks – Salted Egg

I am not really a fan of junk food but now and then, the craving is there. Wow, salted egg flavor. Gosh, it is better than your more popular Pringles. Salted egg is one of those easy things to prepare for breakfast or during the season of Lent when we are required to abstain from eating meat every Friday. You just have to add fresh diced tomatoes and bingo, you have a tasty breakfast.

Going back to Gourmet Picks, the chips were not really salty but the flavor of salted egg was there.  No wonder, it has become a hit when it comes to junk food.

Nissa and Obet bought a new bike (his old one is now a  bit small) for Nate as his prize for being an honors student. They went jogging at Roxas Blvd.  very early this morning before going to mass at 10am.

The joy of seeing the sunrise and spending time with the family.  The joy of putting your feet on the pedals of a bike and let the world go by for a while. The joy of having a new bike.


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It’s the third day that the weather is quite erratic. We experienced the first rain in March two days ago.  Yesterday afternoon, there was a short downpour but enough to water the plants and clean the streets of  dust. We went back to a cold morning today with a drizzle. And here I thought it is already summer because the past days have been a little  humid and sultry.  Lucky me, I don’t have to water the plants at  least for two days or more if this weather holds.

I went out for a while to take a few shots of my garden blooms. As it is not yet summer, there are only  a few of them. I planted bleeding hearts yesterday and my amazon lily is  in bloom again.

My Pandakaki. I just trimmed some of them.

We call this kangkong.

I was quite surprised when I saw these lovely flowers in one of the pots where I planted  the water spinach. It is also called swamp cabbage in southeast Asia and kangkong in the vernacular.

Wandering Jew

Easy to propagate.  they  are called  wandering jew (Tradescantia pallid).   They need bright  but indirect light.

Adenium Obesum

The only pot I have of this. It is flowering again. Locally we call it dwarf kalachuci.

Shrimp plant

Shrimp plants are also easy to propagate. This variety though is more delicate than its sister, the golden shrimp plant in yellow blooms. Those  light pink to rusty-red bracts  hold tiny white flowers at the tip.

The garden always looks lovely after the rain.

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I miss the flowers in my garden.

Ever since we had it landscaped  eight years ago, some  flowering plants  were replaced  by greens – Fukien tea, gold dust plant, Tagaytay cherries (Bonsai when they were planted but now they have grown). Our lone Gardenia died on us last year. I didn’t think  of propagating it when it was alive.

Crossandra blooms and shrimp plants though are flowering all over the garden and my Amazon Lily gives its occasional bloom twice or thrice a year. My Shamrocks (oxalis) produce  tiny white flowers non-stop.  I have them in green and purple.

A portion of my carabao grass is dying.  I don’t know why, maybe the soil is no longer that conducive for the grass.  I am thinking of having it replaced  bu then the Thai bamboo which we put on top of our concrete fence needs replacement too.  It is quite expensive to replace them.

I water them now twice a day since it is already just like summer. The sun is so hot during the day while it is still cold at night.  Yes, the summer wind is blowing our way.

I am waiting for my Vinca to start blooming soon. Vincas are perennial plants  and they love the sun.  All that is left of my Bromeliad are two pots. Gone are those lovely foliage that I had before.

Gardening is hard and maintaining one is even harder but I just love it.


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One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen was that of the Manila Bay. Unhampered by electric lines, the sun gleams, scattering its golden rays along the bay.

Manila Bay sunset view from Wikipedia

The most beautiful moments, cotton candy clouds  that make the sunset even more  mesmerizing. You watch from your own little world and you think of life. You think of beauty and the loveliness that Nature brings. It’s a promise that a new day is coming, something to look forward to, something to appreciate. We think of so many things, our own journey in life – the good times, the troubled moments, the lovely memories.

Taken in Albay where Mayon Volcano is located.

Have you ever wondered about our own sunsets in life? Going on in  years, molded by lots of experiences?  And we learn, we learn through the years.   And just as a sunrise brings joy,  sunset brings a bit more.




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Dirty nails.

Aching fingers.


One gets engrossed gardening but before you know it the sun is hot on your back.  This morning though, the sun didn’t show up  and the sky is still cloudy until now. Perfect time to garden.

Since I became a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan, I was inspired to plant more and  try planting veggies.  My sweet potatoes are making a show-off, my Thai Chili  is bearing fruits. I used some of it to make a dipping sauce with vinegar, garlic and a little salt.  This could last for more than a month even without refrigeration. The okra  I planted haven’t shown their faces yet. The water spinach in pots are sprouting new leaves.   My pink angel cuttings and Ti plants are ready for replanting. What a thrill!

This morning I planted my deep pink Vinca. One packet is good enough. I tried mixing it with the growing light pink Vinca  direct to the soil.  I will look for the white ones and group them together.  Oh, the joy of thinking what they will look like once they grow.

It seems like gardening would not be such if I have to wear gloves while preparing the soil bed for planting. I love to feel the  earth in my hands, feel its texture, mix  it with finely chopped eggshells.  The latter serve as organic fertilizer for my plants.  We have a compost pit in a little corner of the garden. It is where we put fallen leaves from our jackfruit trees, the cut carabao grass  and other  veggie peelings. They become rich soil after a while. Just perfect for  several pots I have to fill.

Like everything else, growing a garden is a hit and miss thing. They say you have a “green thumb” if you  are  successful  in tending one.





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I am a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan on Facebook.  Tambayan is a Tagalog word  which means a place where you hang out.  I am quite elated to find this group since I am learning a lot about propagating plants, knowing what and when to plant in a small space like mine, learning the names of ornamental and some fruit-bearing trees  which are new to my eyes.

Gardening is a fun thing to do. Although it is quite hard to maintain a garden, it is always a thrill to see new shoots, new blooms and flowers and fruits. Lately, I’ve added more  water spinach in pots.

We went to the market yesterday  and I was surprised how costly a kilo of eggplant is. I thought of planting it too in pots. There are so many gardeners who grow  robust eggplant in pots.  I searched for seeds at Handyman hardware store in one of the malls near our place and I was lucky to find them  there. I bought two packets (just to be sure of replacement later) and a packet of brilliant pink Vinca seeds.  I have Vinca here but they are light pink. They are sun-loving plants so it would be easy to take care of them. Ramgo Int’l. Corp. which provides  them is a local company with so many varieties of seeds in the market, from vegetables to flowering plants.

I can’t wait to see seedlings of my eggplants.


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Son has called me twice already since they left this morning for the airport going to Boracay. It’ll be his second time to take a short break there.  He called me up again  less than an hour ago, they are now  at their hotel in Station One.  We just had heavy rains here due to thunderstorms but Boracay is sunny, the weather there is perfect for all the activities they plan to do. Five days of bliss  and exploration.

Got this photo from Wikipedia.

I think I need to trim our carabao grass again.  It is growing by leaps and bounds because of the rain. I just  feel lazy  because I am trying to finish a historical novel set during WWI and two years after WWII.  I always visit the garden though since our small vacant pond is always inundated with rain water.  We’ve lost the Koi fish years ago when it got flooded and it overflowed.

I chanced upon this insect  atop my pink-striped lily that I could not identify. Do you know what it is?

I haven’t harvested calamansi since  my daughter’s family came over for a visit two weeks ago. Some are ready for picking.  I don’t store them in the ref, I just pick some when I need to marinate something or use them as juice  instead of  drinking soda.   That’s  the  good thing about having some fruits and veggies in the garden aside from the ornamental plants  that I have. I noticed some Jutes growing side by side with our chilli peppers.  Perfect.

May you have the nicest week ever.




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