Beautiful Bats

Would you believe that I haven’t seen bats as many as these in real life? I remember seeing a flying bat when I was a child and was so afraid. I believed then that bat is one of the wide ranges of vampire’s appearance. Maybe if I saw these bats then, I would die of fear. Lol! Of course as I get older, I learned that vampires are just mythological or folkloric beings but I also learned that there are real vampire bats whose food source is blood.



The bats in pictures above are Megabats (taken by hubby when he went to Bacolod) that primarily eat fruits or nectar so nothing to worry about. Bats may look scary because of their appearance but for me they are just like other animals that are just beautiful.

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Millionaires Vine (Cissus Sicyoides)

The unknown plant is unknown no more. Thanks to Ate Vangie, hubby’s officemate, for ending my wondering. Now I know whom to ask whenever I have questions about plants. I searched for this plant’s name yesterday for hours but found no answers because I did not know what I was looking for (click HERE for the story). Now I know that this amazing plant is called Millionaire’s Vine with scientific name Cissus Sicyoides under Vitaceae family. It is also known as Princess Vine, Bali Curtain and Curtain Ivy.

When you cut the vines’ tips, pink parts will sprout so it will look like this…

(photo courtesy of Google Images)

Millionaire’s Vine has the ability to clean up pollution. Also, an aqueous extract from this plant was found to have hypoglycemic and anti-lipemic effects. (source) Amazing, is it not?

 

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Manila Floating Hotel and Restaurant

If you will have your vacation in Manila, Philippines and tired of checking-in to traditional hotels, then you might want to unwind and relax at the Manila Floating Hotel and Restaurant.

The ship is known as MS Augustus, a 27,090 GRT, luxurious ocean liner built in 1950 for Italian Line. Wondering how it ended up docked at Pier 15, Port Area Manila, just near the Manila Hotel? You may click HERE for its history.

I haven’t been to Manila Floating Hotel and Restaurant yet but I was able to take a picture of it from the Manila Ocean Park. They say that the foods there are great. I am wondering how it is like to stay there for three days and two nights.

My entry for Watery Wednesday.

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Why Pigs are Pink

Every time RJ draws a pig, she colors it pink. Then one time she asked me, “Mommy, why are pigs pink?” My little girl believes that Mommy knows everything so as not be embarrassed from my daughter I did some research.

Except of course from the wild pigs and boars, pigs are commonly white. But because of the blood vessels under their skin, they appear to be pink in color. The newly born piglets are more pinkish because they have thinner skin so blood vessels are more visible.

My in-laws pink pig tissue holder.

Seems like my daughter is not the only one who believes that pigs are pink.

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Some Facts About Perfume

I love collecting colognes and perfumes. It gives me satisfaction for no apparent reason. I started collecting them because my friends and relatives gave me perfumes as gifts. Among my collections my favorites are Eternity by Calvin Klein because of its romantic, floral scent and the CK One Summer also by Calvin Klein because of its light and fresh fragrance with some orange notes.

Almost all people like wearing perfumes, from students, workers, housewives, even the old ones. Perfume came from a Latin word “per fumus” meaning through smoke. In ancient times they used to burn herbs, resins, etc. and this produced different smells. It was not only used to smell good but also for healing purposes. The French later gave the name parfum to the pleasant smells that drift through the air from burning incense. Before perfume was a single flower fragrance. Today perfumes are becoming more complex and bottling became more important. We are very lucky because we have plenty perfume brands and scents to choose from.

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