I'm just a small fish in a small corner of this big Laguna, and this is how I've been swimming it

20 February, 2017


A pineapple grows! Of course. Right before our move.
I can't even remember when I planted this-I'm sure it's a grocery-bought Dole Gold--in a pot. It is definitely more than three years ago.  
How nature amazes...The five point star here present

Two summers ago my Pomelo's blooms went on to become fruit, for the first time in ten years.  I had brought it with me from Makati in a metal drum.  I probably bought that seedling from the Manila Seedling Bank.

That same summer saw our first Mango from the seed I planted, from our neighbor's tree...some Guyabano from the tree that was already here before we moved in, a measly Rambutan, lots of Atis, and of course the prolific Golden Coconut which actually produces year-round.  Large Saba Bananas are also almost ripe for the picking again.

11 February, 2017

The Original Buko Pie

     So my good Korean friend/neighbor surprised me again tonight with her favorite Buko Pie after a trip to hot springs in Los Banos... This is the second time.
     The box was still warm.  I know when she has the opportunity she buys several boxes. How generous of her to give one to me!  She has many other friends to share this with.   

     When it comes to Buko Pie, close as our location is to the brands towards Tagaytay, we prefer this, Orient.  I love how the packaging is the simplest plainest, kraft box, and has not changed.  They do not need to brighten up their packaging---their pies are the best!

     Just look at it--Full of supple flesh, just the right sweetness, a thin, flaky light crust.  The rest of the offerings especially by the big chain going up to Tagaytay have crusts too thick and sweetened for our liking.  


Road to Camp N

   So I met the same Canlubang herd (I'd like to think) again this past week... The same herd in my Venare post, and most likely the same herd outside Nuvali, on the road to Casile. 

    This time on the road behind (beside?) Elaro (which I am attracted to for its hills and trees), toward Camp N.

     It has been sunny and bright here, and by 4:30 pm cool and windy. Temp read 25 but it felt more like 20. Tonight the moon appeared, full, bright yet diffused.

Note the Egret

Note the peak up ahead...Palace in the Sky (People's Park) and Tagaytay Highlands

29 January, 2017

That "Marcos Mansion", Canlubang

Zigzag down the ridge...

 Bouganvilla used to bloom here...

Down at Canlubang...

out to Nuvali

 Incredibly large crowds along the lake...

Cafe Voi*La Tagaytay

 One of those cozy, yummy places whose location I want to keep to myself...

31 December, 2016

Scenes from Two Shopping Malls

    Even my own mom shushed me...when I continued to rant about the artificiality (artificialness?) of the latest developments this side of town. Can't blame her...I've been so negative of late.  Wasn't too excited to go see it and then did not totally enjoy the lights...the laser lights, the led lights..the beautiful accompanying music (the music did a lot)...on the once grassy lot.

   The killer was when a flock of birds flew over the lights--were they real?--their wings and bodies glistening white above the field of twinkling wires and bulbs.

   So now we do not see as many stars as we did just a few years ago.

    From up the Silang Hills, the Light Show's music is heard loud and clear, carried by the wind.  The search lights have been, again, diminishing views of stars.  If you turn the volume up really high, you can hear the music.

     Also in the same direction,  a surreal scene...a retailer's nightmare...
I mean, these were peak hours, DECEMBER 16!

    So why are there many cars parked out front and in the expansive rear? They are all dining...in The Legend, Denny's, or the All Day Supermarket "Paluto".  At one point I stepped out of the supermarket, heard some ''office people" obviously from out of town, asking the guard where the "Dampa in Vista Mall" was.  Ha ha.  Guard had no idea.  Well it's the PALUTO, I butted in.  The visitors were grateful...yes! The Paluto! They said.  Paluto means "to have cook", and there, one can buy the fresh produce and have it cooked many ways according to their menu.

   Apparently, this Vista Mall has been referred to as "Nuvali" by visitors. I guess they refer to this general location as Nuvali....as if it is now a town's name.   

    (The escalators are moving continuously!)

 This was the Paseo Market this morning... sounds of torotots, and the usual morning weekend marketing scene...with maybe a little bit more shoppers.

So my last post for the year ends with a view and sounds of fireworks over Paseo de Santa Rosa, as seen from the hills of Silang, Cavite.

   Happy New Year! In my selfish way, I hope 2017 leaves me with still enough clear views of the sky.  Because really, it is quickly getting crowded up here.

Paving paradise part nth

  So we chose to move up to the hills...far from the highway now regularly jammed on weekends...away from the commercial areas...never mind their convenience...

  But now the two big developers have joined together to create even more of the same up there too.   

  Saw the forest bulldozed...very very very sad.

  And yet in the future, I know I will patronize it. Or even be a tenant. 

  Surely, an asthma attack after twenty years of clear lungs...may be related to the construction around.  And what about EVERYONE now having respiratory problems.  It's not just the pollen, I say.  For former Manila residents maybe it's even being used to the cement dust and THEN experiencing pollen.

  I used to hear about "Green Lungs" in the city of Kuala Lumpur every day. Not once have I heard it here.  Just because we are not prone to the smog from Indonesia, or are not in a valley like KL is, does not mean we do not need the "green lungs" too.

  Bye bye birdies.