Posted in blogging, food, gardening, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, tagged blogging, flowers and blooms, food, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, photography on June 28, 2016 |
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Oh my, it seems like months since I last posted here. Thank you for those visits even if there is nothing new to read. No valid reason though except the same old one, been busy the past few days. Blogging took a back seat for a while.
Gardening has been a priority of course. It rains almost every day now so those unwanted weeds sprout like crazy too. Every two weeks, I need to trim our carabao grass, a tall order for aching backs and sore muscles. The reward though is more than enough to make me smile. All the Portulaca I planted three weeks ago are blooming now in different colors of yellow, white, orange and pink. They are the most easy to grow annual plants.
Saw this white rain lily in early bloom. Flowers only appear during rainy season but they are nice ground cover.
Yesterday, I attempted to cook my version of Bicol Express for our lunch. It’s that popular dish from the Bicol region where coconut seems to be the main ingredient in lots of their local dishes. And know what, the main ingredient here is not the pork but the sliced green Thai chili peppers that we have plenty of. The dish is really hot and it requires a lot of rice to go with it. I omitted the shrimp paste since Josef is allergic to shrimp, used ordinary rock salt instead. It was yummy.
Some of my friends are urging me to cook another dish in coconut cream which we call Ginataang Santol. I asked my favorite vendor yesterday if they have the Bangkok variety but she told me it is not yet in season. Would love to cook this again when I find those sweet Bangkok santol in the market.
I was able to transfer all the photos I took on my tab at Photobucket and to my hard drive. Better be safe than sorry. One more thing I need to do and it is a hard and dusty undertaking – to clean our book shelves and separate books, the favorites and most important ones from those we just bought on a whim. There are some authors that I have never known before but surprisingly delivers a good piece of a story.
Eight books in advance for my 2016 Reading Challenge in Goodreads. Hooray!
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Posted in home garden, journeys, life, thoughts, tagged blessings, Close to Nature, home garden, journeys, life, nature, thoughts on May 18, 2016 |
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The garden is bathed in soft light and glistening with raindrops while the sun is slowly showing its face.
I could smell the delicate scent of the Calamansi flowers (they seemed to have blossomed overnight) mingled with the aroma of basil and oregano. It’s one of those times when you want to linger with a hot cup of coffee on the side. It’s one of those times when nature seems to say, “it’s a beautiful day, enjoy it”. It’s a big YES.
We experienced a worse thunderstorm yesterday afternoon causing massive brownouts in our area. Just imagine four hours of fanning yourself like crazy and not even knowing what to do because even reading felt so uncomfortable. It was an agony alright. The whole street had lights on but each house had none. Mom repeatedly asked if it has different connection and I said yes.
I received a big surprise this morning when Josef gave me my Intellicare card from JP Morgan and Chase. It’s part of the benefits that they have as regular employees. I am glad since going to the doctor or to the hospital for check-up is now covered by this medical health care. Thank God for blessings.
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Posted in blog update, blogging, city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, home garden, nature, tagged a blogger's life, blogging, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden on February 6, 2016 |
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Gosh, the sudden morning rain prevented me again from finishing my garden chores but I am glad I don’t have to water the plants. Everything looks so green and fresh. Gone are the dusts clinging to the leaves of the plants.
I’ve focused my time and efforts just updating this site that I forgot I have to visit and post a thing or two to my other blogs. I must admit it is quite hard to maintain several blogs. The thing is, years ago I have decided to separate my gardening blog, photos, my blog posts on Nate and lately a new platform which I could use when I fully consume my allowed limits here. Got 29% more to go before it ends. Hopefully, without posting so many photos, I could still use this in the next year or two.
This morning (finally) I updated my gardening blog called Gardens and Empty Spaces, I really hope you’ll find time to visit it too. My intro page is quite long but you can find it on the widget sidebar, an easier way to know the gardener behind the garden I also included some excerpts on my latest blog posts at my other sites.
Hop in, you are welcome to visit my backyard garden.
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Posted in city gardening, family life, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, tagged family life, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, home garden, life, morning in the garden, music, The Beatles on August 26, 2015 |
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Ah yes, color me pink for the day.
I spent the early morning in the garden weeding a bit. I don’t know, our carabao grass needs trimming again, it seems to grow by leaps and bounds. The rainy days last week contributed to the rapid growth of everything. I had a lovely time picking some Calamansi (Philippine lime) from our two fruit trees in the yard. They are almost ripe, just perfect for a pitcher of fresh Calamansi juice. Our Bougainvillea planted at the corner outside our perimeter wall is blooming again, those lovely clustered pink flowers are a sight to behold. The shrub serves as a protection to our concrete corner wall where there is busy traffic every day. Even my pink rain lilies are showing flowers in every tip. My pink and yellow Portulaca are blooming too so are my pink angels. How lovely to see different shade of pink in the garden. I call it a pink Wednesday.
My son and I had a good laugh a while ago when I heard the Beatles playing on his tab while he was having a late breakfast. I asked him, “since when have you learned listening to that kind of music?” He said, “don’t you remember, we used to watch them when I was in grade school”. Oh, senior moments again. I laughed. Of course, I remember now, there was this new tv station (on test broadcast for a few days) and they played those old movies by the Beatles and some clips of their concerts worldwide. You bet, I am now listening to their music on YouTube while blogging Those were the days and the good thing about the 60’s and 70’s music is that you always have the option to listen to them even just on YouTube.
Do you find pleasure in listening to old music, that kind that resonates with you, that kind of music that was a part of your growing up years? I do.
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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, journeys, photography, tagged flowers and blooms, gardenia, home garden, photography, silence speaks on August 13, 2015 |
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It rains every day now
and seeing these late Gardenia blooms reminds me of summer,
those days of lovely sunrise and sunset.
Life is good.
Life is wonderful.
And I always remind myself to take time and appreciate what nature brings.
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Posted in Faith, journeys, life, thoughts, tagged Closer to God, Faith, home garden, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts on April 24, 2015 |
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The wind whispers a sad song you haven’t heard for so long.
There are no rules in finding happiness. There are just those moments that shine – they make you laugh, they make you smile and sometimes, just sometimes, they make you cry.
You write your own story as you struggle through. The dash seems a little too long and the comma seems misplaced. The chapters are not synchronized.
Life is hard, you say?
It is – the difference lies between a smile and a frown. Live life the way it’s meant to be. go on and make your own journey. Questions have no answers at times but when you learn to let go, everything falls into place.
Then you’ll find peace.
Listen to the whispers of the wind. It has changed course and is now singing a different tune.
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Posted in city gardening, flowers and blooms, food, fruits, home garden, life, tagged Amazon lily, family life, flowers and blooms, food, gardenia, home garden, Jackfruit, journeys, photography, summer fruits in the Philippines on April 20, 2015 |
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It was a busy weekend but days before that I was so lazy even to go out because of the summer heat. I finished three books in one week.
Fancy an early morning breathing in the heavenly fragrance of Gardenia and Amazon Lily flowers mixed with the lemony scent of Calamansi (Philippine lime) flower buds. It’s a perfect excuse to stay in the garden for a while. My Gardenia shrub is flowering again, a bit early for the month of May when it shows its blooms almost in every tip of the branches. I didn’t know that Gardenia symbolizes love, harmony and grace and it was named after Dr. Alexander Garden, an American botanist, until now. I just love Gardenia and when it is in bloom , I always take shots of the lovely white flowers. Our two Calamansi trees are on their flowering stage too but the fruits are there all year-long.
Finally, one of our jackfruits was ready for harvest. I was as excited as Josef when we finally harvested it the other day and this morning, I sliced it with a sharp knife and separated the pulp from the rind. Josef just wants it fresh and cold from the ref. One can cook it as “langka preserve” or marmalade, the way you cook other fruits in season.
The young green one is cooked as a yummy vegetable dish, either sautéed in pork or cooked in coconut cream with lots of chilis. Try it, it is best served a little hot and spicy.
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