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pigeon army

Sharing with you a very common sighting at our home.

the pigeon company

the morning group of the pigeon army in our neighbor’s roof

Those are some of the pigeons that regularly visits our place. We are now at peace with them -because they already know that our patio is not for (dive bombing) pooping. However they still nibble on our plants once in a while. Sometimes they also fly real close to our windows and even hang out on top of the air conditioning unit making those loud flapping noises and sometimes scratching (sounds by moving) their talons on the thin steel surface. All that is now normal to us.

It has been months since we moved in, I find it funny that before I used to dislike the pigeons. Now, I look for them and can sort of distinguish one from the other and the group (they have a morning and afternoon group) they belong with.

Sometimes they do some weird antics that includes lying down on the roof, flying from one roof to another then purposely “pushing” another pigeon to fly with them. Making a pigeon totem pole-then they fall and try doing it all over again. *the highest I saw was 4 pigeons stacked together then they toppled over. They can be awkward, amusing and hilarious.

And we have grown to accept and love them. -This actually happened for a few weeks.

  • Update: But unfortunately, the pigeons are back to their disruptive, inquisitive nature that we had no option than to block them out with plastic mesh.

 

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balai indang

Last Aug 25, 2013 my fellowship went to Balai Indang. I was so glad to get away from work and home stress!

After all the stormy days, work issues, I want a piece of quiet.

entrance to balai

entrance to balai

I liked the place a lot. Feels homey and there were a lot of greenery to soothe tired eyes. I also loved their whimsical decor and the mismatched chairs added to the old world charm.

Inside the Balai are more interesting stuff!

inside balai

inside balai

there are old clocks, Thai figures, Chinese vases, a daybed, toy boat, and lots of stuff loaded with character.

Thai figures

thai figures

balai boat

I was fascinated by this floating side table.

floating side table

floating side table

After a bit of milling around, We had lunch. The lunch was so good! I didn’t even know I was already eating vegetable omelette! I dont have any photos, because I was hungry and ate everything right away we were pressed for time!  We then had games then proceeded to caregroup bible study and a praise and worship session.

Along the way to the worship session, I spotted this.

My wallpaper as of the moment

my wallpaper as of the moment

I sort of realized that we were blessed with good weather, since the past few days  has been a stormy. We can have sunshine!

I then, promptly rejoined the others for our next activities. Sorry for the lack of photos. Its been a blur of activities for me that I didn’t get the chance to take many photos, besides, I went there for quiet time and worship, so for now, I leave you with the colorful flowers found at Balai Indang.

flowers at Balai Indang

flowers at Balai Indang

Given the chance I would like to visit this place again without the rush.

 

Balai Indang 

88 Mahabang Kahoy, Indang, Cavite


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rainy days

I have a love hate relationship with rain.

Back when I was a child I used to welcome the rain, I would wear my raincoat and boots and dance till I’m soaked and my nanny would just let me bathe in the rain. I am more than happy when the school declares no classes, I would gather used paper and make paper boats to float in the puddle/flood waters outside our window. Add to that is the thought that the plants getting their supply of water (although at times too much) being the little gardener of the house I am happy as could be knowing that my kalamansi/corn/whatever seed(s) I got from the kitchen and planted on the soil, would grow.

Tropical Rain

Tropical Rain image from whatwallpaper.com

A few years more I still love the rain, although I don’t play outside anymore.  I would cozy myself with a book by the window and have a bowl of ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate, and some cookies and I am all set to enjoy the cool wind and the splashy noises of drizzling water.

Now, I still like the cool wind that comes with the rain but, I am now more aware of the hassles/damages the rain and the rainy season brings. A few years back my family had our share of the damage/s it brings our house was flooded (half of the first floor), no electricity, no water, our car got water damaged due to the flood (we had to sell it and buy a new one), we ran out of vegetables and our pet rabbits have to eat bread to get by, we got stuck in the house without drinking water and my sister and I have to wade through thigh deep waters to get a few bottles of water. Going to and back home from the office is also a real challenge since it easily floods in the area, I have to wade through knee deep flood waters to get to work. I sometimes go to work wearing a rain boots or worse,  beach slippers!

After the flooded house/car experience, I am now wary every time it rains. I worry about how will we get home? Are my loved ones safe and dry? Do we need to move the car to a higher place? Is the supply of food and water enough for us? Did we have means of communication with others?

It became more tedious as I grow up. Maybe because I can now understand better.

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Melting Point

global warming  photo from the Fancy

Global Warming

As I write this, I feel delirious from the summer’s sweltering heat.

Philippines being a tropical country is hot enough, but every summer the heat goes for 33-36 degrees Celsius, that could rise up to 37 degrees Celsius depending on the weather. It is as if my brain is being fried, I feel hot and sticky one minute, and the other feeling like a chick being hatched in the incubator the heat is pushing me to sleep. I hate going outdoors because the heat can be too much. I also stay right in front of the electric fan or air conditioner the whole day to feel better but that causes the electricity bills to soar. Its either I stew in my own sweat or pay the electricity bill that is always outrageous every summer. And I feel lazy, I wont bother getting my ass up to exercise, because I hate being sweaty all the more when the weather is this hot! Plus, sweat mixed with bacteria is equivalent to clogged pores and clogged pores is equivalent to acne. I don’t want that so, yeah I will just get fat. Whatever.

Before, I used to take a bath a day and wash my face, and arms before I sleep, now I have been taking two baths everyday to cool myself. One in the morning and one in the evening, and that will also reflects on the water bill. *facepalm*

There is also a cause of concern on hydration. Before the norm was 8 glasses of water or 1.5 liters a day. The new normal is now 2.5 liters a day. What a difference.

I am used to drinking water in room temperature but now it just wont do. I need ice in my water to feel refreshed. I get a lot of juices whenever I go grocery shopping, and now going out across the street to buy carbonated drinks is a legitimate excuse to give to my mum even if it is 8:00 pm. We still use the computer sparingly, close to never watch tv, continue with our usual electric fan and air conditioning schedule yet my parents complain of all the heightened bills every summer.

My pet rabbits also feels the same, they are lethargic due to the heat. They drink and pee like no tomorrow just to cool themselves. I feel sorry for them, but what can I do? I can only just give them more watery fruits/veggies and more water. At times I place ice on their pet bottle, and mist their ears with water to help cool them a bit, it works but just for a while and its back to the uncomfortable heat again.

I can only wonder, how about others, how do they fare with the climate? I mean where I live is in the Tropics, what about those who live in the deserts? I can only imagine. Climate change is strongly felt year by year, and with the polar ice caps melting fast there is a looming possibility that the north and south pole will be ice free. Poor penguins and polar bears, they don’t stand a chance.