These photos were taken when we went to Manila Ocean park. The corals are beautiful and so are the fishes.


yellow fishesI am wondering if after 10 years there will still be as much and as beautiful corals in seas and oceans. Just recently there were about 375 tons of milk fish seen afloat around Taal Lake. One of the towns affected is San Nicolas, my hometown.

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RJ’s First Encounter with Cows

Most parents say kids today are much luckier. Because of the media and technology kids’ life are simpler and easier. But are they really luckier than the kids 30 or 40 years ago?

When we went to Cavite for a family outing and reunion last week, I was glad that we finally breathe fresh air. There were rice fields and greeneries along the way to the beach. RJ was glad to see cows and goats. She even counted the cows and proudly said she saw 21 of them.


Poor RJ, she seldom sees farm animals because there are only cats and dogs in our neighborhood. So when we pulled over near the field with cows, we grabbed the chance and asked me to take pictures. It was RJ’s first encounter with cows.

girl with cows
When I was a kid, there were greens everywhere. We rode cows and carabaos.  We even drink fresh milk. We climbed trees, got out of the house, made our own games, got along with other children and had fun. How I miss my childhood!

Maybe kids’ life now are much simpler and easier but life then was cooler and healthier.

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The Belmonte Underpasses

If you have been to Quezon Memorial Circle or Elliptical Road then most probably you’ve passed the Belmonte Underpasses that are named after the former Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte. They connect major government offices to Quezon Memorial Circle on Elliptical Road and the City Hall.

Unlike most underpasses that are full of vendors, pungent, dark and scary, the Belmonte underpasses are well-guarded 24/7, well-lit and clean. Both feature granite flooring and cove-type ceilings. It is also a great idea to post the historical transformation of the city through old photo exhibits and descriptions posted on the bulletin boards. It is like visiting a mini-museum while making your way to Quezon Memorial Circle. How I wish all underpasses in the country are as hygienic as the Belmonte underpasses to ensure the safety and protection of the pedestrians.

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Where Did the Trees Go

I heard RJ recite this poem. It is the same poem taught to us when we were in the 4th grade.

~Joyce Kilmer~

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray,
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair
Upon whose blossom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems were made by fools like me
But only God can make a tree.

Where did the trees go? I wonder where they are now. The only trees we have in the neighborhood are Malunggay trees (Moringa Oleifera). It is sad that RJ seldom sees big trees and whenever we want her to see big trees just like the one above we have to go to Quezon City Memorial circle.

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Away From the City Life

This is a perfect place to have a dream house, a hill with beautiful overlooking view… a great place to have a cup of coffee while waiting for the sunrise or have a bottle of champagne to enjoy with your loved ones just after the sunset.

A place like this is one of the best places to unwind and commune with nature, feeling and enjoying the mountain breeze, peaceful and tranquil surroundings away from the busy city life. That is if you are into things like that. Yes, I can live here as long as there is internet connection and cell phone signal. 🙂

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