2017 Week 19: Garden Hopping and Other Stuff

May 1-7, 2017

I traveled back to Manila on May 1. But before that, super quick dinner muna with the BF sa tabi-tabi (aka Rufo’s) because it’s in the terminal.

Matic na sa kanya to take pictures of us bago pa ako magrequest hehehe.

By Friday, my internet has been installed. Yehey! I have separate posts about my application here and here.

Then the rest of the week was work work work work work until weekend again hahaha!

Weekend

My friend and I went out on Saturday for several reasons.

We wanted to visit National Planetarium but failed to get in. Bakit? Kasi we arrived there almost 12 PM na ata. Mahaba na ang pila. Buti na lang, the staff gave us an estimated hour na potentially makakapasok kami. Potentially lang because that still depends on how long people will stay inside. 4 PM na raw kami. We don’t want to wait that long so we aborted the plan. Some other time maybe.

Our next stop was Cedarhills Garden Center in Mo. Ignacia, Quezion City. I read about it somewhere and got interested. They sell mostly herbs, some flowers, fertilizers, and tools for the garden. I was a little sad though because some of the plants were wilting because of the summer heat!

Forget-me-not which I bought from Cedarhills. I hope I can grow them.

I like this bike-inspired plant stand for my own yard.

This too.

My friend remembered that Quezon City Memorial Circle also has shops that sell plants. So off we went. And we were happy with all the stuff we saw and wanted to buy! But we were a little frustrated because for some reason, both of us were not cash ready! Hehehe. But that’s fine. We can go back another day, and we’ll make sure we are ready!

One of the many giant trees at the QC Circle. I wonder how old this tree is. Sarap tumambay dito sabay tingala sabay muni-muni.

Ay there’s Max’s and other restaurants in QC Circle. We had lunch at Max’s.

Halo-halo for a super hot summer!

And I later on learned that there were food stalls near Circle Fun. We’ll check that out when we go back.

I was able to buy small Jade plants at 3 for Php 100.00. It’s Php 50.00 if you’ll only buy 1. I hope to be able to propagate those that I bought for my future orchidarium-type small yard in Baguio 🙂 🙂 🙂 . Yep, because of the visits to the Orchidarium last week, I got an idea on what I want to do with my small yard. I’ll start with collecting plants for now hehe.

My Jade plants. Please don’t die!

We also bought loam soil. Ang yabang namin nung unang hindi naman ganon kabigat pero nung bitbit na namin, aba mabigat pala hahaha. But we were able to sting bring it home, thanks to Uber.

We went to SM Megamall after, because there was a wedding expo. Unfortunately, most stalls were already closing for the night! Grabe di man lang kami sinabihang pasara na sila. Sayang ang Ph 50.00 na entrance fee namin. Anyway, lesson learned.

I was so tired on Saturday so I just stayed home to rest and do laundry on Sunday.

The end.

Hope you all are having a great week.

How Can They Do That?

Cu-current events lang ako dahil may hugot ako.

Few times in the past, I have read about the plight of workers of Hacienda Luisita. These workers were recruited from far-flung regions and were promised fair wages and a generally
better opportunity but experienced the opposite. Those promises were not followed. The worst that I read today was that they are locked up so that they cannot leave the premises. What the heck was that?!

This hurts me because my parent’s livelihood was tending to our small garden. And gardening is no joke. Totoo yung magtanim ay di biro. You start work before daybreak. You end work past dinner time with no overtime pay. No day off even. When I was young, we were required to help in the garden after classes and on Saturdays and Sundays. The only chance we get to study is at night after garden work is done. If work extended, then study hours will be delayed. Several times especially during the summer, we work as late as 8 or 9 PM just to finish watering the plants because we just borrowed the water from the neighbor who has more money to buy longer hose so that he can position his water source kilometers away from their property. We are lucky if there is full moon because we have instant light, but if there’s none, then we’d have to make do with flashlights. Or a lighted fire pitch/torch if the flashlight ran out of battery.

If there’s harvest, you need to pack until you’re done even if it means until late night because the harvest needs to be picked up early the next morning to be brought to the market. A few minutes late from schedule means you’ll be stuck in traffic and all the lowland buyers would be gone and you won’t be able to dispose your harvest until the next day where by that time, the quality has already declined, hence you have to sell it at a cheaper price.

We do all these works as a family because money was hard and hiring help was expensive. But on the rare times that our parents hired some help for specific tasks, they did not haggle. We paid them with the onging wage rates at that time. We did not shortchange them. Because doing so would mean depriving their families of a decent meal or worse, the opportunity to send their kids to school.

And today, I saw a post by the assistant secretary of DSWD about the Hacienda Luisita workers who were able to escape the farm and somehow foudn their way to DSWD. Darn!!! Their WEEKLY wages was even less than the daily wage we paid in the ’90s. If this is a joke, it’s not funny. WHY can’t you not fairly pay your workers? Is that too much to do? I’m sure their wages won’t have a massive effect on your overall net worth. Why be so selfish? I don’t understand. This is seriously disturbing.

One item in my bucket list is to be able to put up an agriculture-related business and while my main goal is to make it stable enough to support my family, the other side of the coin is that I want to provide job opportunities even to just a few people.

Sana ako rin may-ari ng ekta-ektaryang lupain. Sana ako rin maraming perang pwedendg ipamuhunan para mabigyan ng trabaho ang iba kahit mangilan-ngilan lang sila. Sana.

Hay. Unayen aya.

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Pine torch. Source

From the Backyard to the Dining Table: Camote Tops

Thanks to APEC, Manila has 2 additional special holidays, November 18-19, 2015. I took advantage of it and decided to spend it at my sayote kingdom a.k.a home.

Yesterday’s viand for lunch was camote tops, which I got from the yard (thanks to my brother who planted it). One of my goals is to someday serve food at the dining table harvested from the yard, just like the old times. Yes, old times, because my family’s main source of income was planting vegetables. And if you are a farmer, it’s basically what you plant is what you eat. While I didn’t appreciate it very much back then, I realized years later that I was lucky to have that kind of setup. Now, how I wish I could do it in Manila but space is limited, plus the weather is different. But urban gardening is also encouraged these days so might as well look into that option.
camotetops1 camotetops2Funny thing was, since I know my brother is not at home, I dropped by the grocery to pick up some stuff to sustain me while there. My siblings have their own lives, I have my own home, and since my mother died, there’s no one to ensure I have food at home, courtesy of her sari-sari store hehehe. Anyway, I picked up some canned goods, and I grimaced while doing so and again while typing this hahaha (I’m trying as much as I can to avoid all things processed now, that’s why). But since the camote tops are I think enough for the meals that I have to take at home, looks like the canned goods will be for my brother hahaha. Swap kami 😛 . Plus, tita and her family is visiting this weekend so they will bring more vegetables.

Note: While the camote tops in the picture doesn’t look appetizing enough to some, it’s how I want my vegetables cooked-plain and just sauteed in little oil with a dash of salt.

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