Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fusion - The Other Path of Evolution

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Sargassum fish cleverly intertwined and camouflaged, exhibiting combined  characteristics of plant, animal, and protist, the natural landscape under the sea, notwithstanding.   Paintings in acrylic on glass panel by the author, c. 2003

Evolution is when the simple becomes complex,
      and the complex into intricate;
yet the intricate to complex, reverting into simple,
      when fail the process to replicate.

Evolution is forward and backward through time,
      simultaneous, spontaneous;
an explosion of diversity of all kinds imagined,
      in chains, webs and continuous. 

Evolution is untrodden, unguided, by chance
      in a million possibilities beyond
the eye or lens, and probing mind and will,
      in the depth of sea, or just around. 

Evolution is de-volution, shrinking, thinning -
      extinction by nature and by man - 
plant-animal fusing, moneran-protist pooling;
      prelude to a living world gone. ~

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Simple food preparation for enjoyment, health and economy - and other advantages

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
1.  Edible fern salad (Plus red egg, tomato, onion rings and vinegar)


Simplify Food Preparation

1. FRESHNESS: There's no substitute to freshness - fruits picked from the tree, newly harvested vegetables, newly dressed chicken and slaughtered meat. 
2. CLEANLINESS: free from contamination, healthy source of crops and animals, strict sanitation and quarantine, free from radiation.
3. SIMPLE PREPARATION: broiled, steamed, boiled, blanched, and the like.
4. AVOID PROCESSED PRODUCTS: canned, hammed, pureed, and the like.
5. HOMEMADE: direct choice and preference of recipes, others
6. ECONOMICAL: less handling, less processing, less advertising.
7. EDUCATIONAL: to children, members of the household and immediate community.
8. PEACE O)F MIND: food security from vetsin (MSG), aspartame, olestra or fatless fat, decaf, enhancers and preservatives, toxin.
9. HEALTH: investment and legacy to children and future generations.
10 PRODUCTIVITY: enjoyment in life and good health = high productivity. 
11. BONDING: with family, friends and neighbors
12: VALUES: free from guilt and fear, fulfillment, and confidence,        



 2. Twin fried eggs over brown rice (onion leaves topping)


 3. Halaan shell soup with sili (pepper) tops (thickened with corn starch)


4. Green corn on the cob (Serve with buko or young coconut juice or just water)
5. Nangka served whole  
6. Empanada and ukoy (Eating while cooking)
7. Broiled tilapia cum scales (Burnt scale removes fishy taste and smell)
  
8. Tamales (fish steamed in banana leaves, add tomato, ginger,onion and a dash of salt)


9. Paksiw sapatero fish (Just don't overcook)


10. Arusip or lato (Caulerpa) most popular sea vegetable. (You may add red
tomato and onion)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Lamp: Symbol of Enlightenment, Righteousness and Wisdom

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
 I feel honored to be here in St. Paul University Surigao, because it is a sister university of SPU QC where I presently teach. Second, the subject which I am going to take up with you is a favorite subject of mine. It is a revival of an old art – the art of teaching.


Greek philosopher Diogenes holding a lamp at daytime. 

It is a revival of the teaching methods of Aristotle, Plato - and the Renaissance when the world realized how important it is to look back in the past. It is looking back at the lamp that enabled our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, to write his last masterpiece, the lamp Florence Nightingale held over her patients at the warfront, the lamp that made Scheherazade’s “one thousand and one nights” stories, the lamp a Greek philosopher held high at daylight “searching for an honest man.” Or the lamp fireflies make and glow with the spirit of joy and adventure to a child.

But why do we look back and ponder on a tiny light when the world basks in the sunshine of progress and development, of huge networks of learning, of high technologies in practically all fields of endeavor? I’ll tell you why – and why we teachers must.

But first let me tell a story of a computer enthusiast, who like the modern student today relies greatly on this electronic gadget, doing his school work so conveniently like downloading data for his assignment. So one day he worked on his assigned topic – love.


Florence Nightingale

He printed the word and set the computer to define for him L-O-V-E. Pronto the computer came up with a hundred definitions and in different languages. Remembering his teacher’s instruction to ask, “How does it feel to be in love?” again he set the computer to respond. And you know what?

After several attempts, the computer printed on its screen in big letters, “Sorry, I can not feel.”

Where is that main ingredient of human relations – feeling – today?



• Where is the true feeling between teacher and student?
• Where is the feeling of joy at the end of a teaching day, in spite of how hard the day had been?

Lamp of Aladdin 

• Where is that tingling feeling of the student for having recited well in class?
• Where is that feeling in singing the National Anthem, the St. Paul Hymn?
• Where is that feeling Rizal felt when a moth circled the lamp in his prison cell while he wrote, Mi Ultimo Adios?
• Where is that burning desire that drove Michaelangelo to finish single-handedly the mega mural of the Sistine Chapel?
• That drove Vincent Van Gogh to madness – madness the world learned a grave lesson years after?
• That kept Florence Nightingale, the founder of the nursing profession, make her rounds in the hospital in the wee hours of the morning?
• The lamp that strengthened Plato’s resolve to change the way people should think in the light of truth and justice.

Feeling.

There is a song Feelin, and the lyrics ask a lot of questions about human nature changing with the times. I do not think human nature has changed. It is as stable as Nature herself and the natural laws that govern the universe.

What we are saying is that our ways are changing. The conformity of our actions is more with the rules we set rather than the philosophies on which they are founded. It is our quest for want above our needs that has blinded us and benumbed our feelings, that has taken us to the so-called fast lane so that we no longer see objects as they are, but abstracts, that has made us half-humans in the sense that we spend half of our lives dealing with machines – who have no feelings.

What then is modern man? I am afraid we have to review some of our references on the Janus-like character of man, like -

• Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
• The Prince and the Pauper
• The Princess and the Frog
• The movies Mask, Superman, Batman, Spiderman
• Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter
• Cartoon and animae

The doubling of characters in man has led him away from permanence. Today, the biggest crisis in man is his impermanence. Impermanence in his domicile, nay, his nationality, political party. Affiliation in business and social organizations, and most disturbingly with his marriage and family.

When was the last time you said to yourself – or experienced, the following.

• It’s a weekday for my family and nothing else.
• How I wish I can help my child of his math assignment.
• I’ll teach only this year and will find a more rewarding job after.
• I think it’s time to settle down.
• I want to go to a concert and enjoy the fine art of music.
• Can’t I put all my ideas in a book?
• Panay meeting – can’t we just talk?
• This dizziness, it must be the pressure of my work.
• Maybe I can concentrate on my thesis this time.
• I have not finished reading “Da Vinci Code”.
• This summer I’ll be with my parents.

Here are ways by which we can brighten up our lamp amidst the factors that test our dedication of our profession as teachers.

1. Be yourself. Be natural.
2. Keep on learning
3. Be a model of your family and community
4. Relax
5. Use you faculties fully and wisely

Be Natural

Naturalness is a key to teaching. I saw a film, Natural with then young award-winning Robert Redford as the principal actor. It is a story of a baseball player who became famous. The central theme of his success is his naturalness. Naturalness in pitching, batting - in the sport itself, above all, in his relationship with his team and fans.

Our students can easily sense our sincerity. They shun from us if we are not. They cannot fully express themselves, unless we show our genuine love and care for them. Develop that aura that attracts them, that keeps relationship easy to adapt or adjust.
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“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
- John Cotton Dana
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Be a Model

What I am saying is that a teacher must have more time for himself and for his family. Teaching is an extension of family life. And this is the primordial stimulus that makes your family a model family and you as a model teacher – because you cause the light of the lamp to radiate to others. And it is not only the school that you bring in the light. It is the community because you are also lighting the lamp of others, including the tiny glow in your young students. When they get home, when they interact with their community in whatever capacity they can, even only among their playmates, relatives and neighbors, they are in effect transmitting that light which is also the light of understanding and unity.

Relax

Great achievements are usually products of relaxed minds. Relaxation allows the incubation of thoughts and ideas. Churchill found time to paint during the Second World War. In his relaxed mind he made great decisions saved Great Britain and countless lives. Or take Einstein for instance. His formula which explains the relationship of energy and matter in E=mc2 was drawn out from casually observing moving objects - train, heavenly bodies, marbles. Galileo watched a huge chandelier in a church sway with the breeze and later came up with the principles of pendulum movement.

Darwin studied biology around the world as if he were on a leisure cruise, and summed up his findings that founded the most controversial Theory of Evolution by means of natural selection. An apple fell on Newton’s head when everything was still. Examine closely the parables of Christ. How relaxed the Great Teacher was in telling these stories to the faithful. The lamp shines the brightest when there is no wind. When held high with steady hands and given time to examine things around, views become clearer, and the more certain we are along our way.

Use Your Faculties Fully and Wisely

Our brain is made up of the left hemisphere, the thinking and reasoning part, and the right hemisphere, the seat of creativity and imagination. Together they reveal an enormous capacity of intelligence, which are pictured in eight realms. These are

1. Logic
2. Languages
3. Music
4. Spatial
5. Interpersonal
6. Intrapersonal
7. Kinesthetics
8. Naturalism

From these realms the teacher draws out his best qualities. He explores, decides, adapts, entertains, leads, and stands courageously to lead the young.

Here he sows the seed of knowledge. And in the young the seed grows, and grows, which the educator Henry Adams expresses in this line.

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Keynote to a Seminar-Workshop on Multiple Intelligence in Effective Teaching at St. Paul University, Surigao, April 5-8, 2005.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Disciplinarian

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

We were met by a fellow in T-shirt bearing the name of the retreat center in Tagaytay where we were going to spend a three-day spiritual retreat. 

"You are late." he muttered.

View of Tagaytay Ridge Philippines.  Photo by the author 

It was a gloomy morning. Our laughter in the bus coming from Manila fizzled out, and Lady Silence, the guardian of hollowed ground took over.
   
"Come with me, everybody."  He looked at his watch glinting, knotted his forehead and signaled the way.

We started taking out our things from the bus.

"Leave your things.  You can get them later... after the orientation."

We were led to a conference hall. 

"Don't sit at the back.  Occupy the front seats."

Hush, hush. We cautioned each other.

"During your stay here, observe our house rules." He read each rule slowly and painstakingly.  
The fellow must be a disciplinarian, I said in whisper. He stressed the "Don'ts"  and cited cases of violations and punishments. He reviewed his "kodigo" with moving finger, then looked at us in the eye.  

"If you have questions write them down."  He pointed at a suggestion box, "and drop them there."

Just then a kindly lady entered, bowed and greeted us.  "Good morning. I hope you had a pleasant trip. Welcome to Heaven's Hill."

The sun was shining through the window.  I heard birds in the trees. We returned her greeting courteously and smilingly.

"Thank you, Pedro.  Please attend to the things of our guests." ~    

Fishing Village - Sketch from a Bridge

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Fishing Village in Catbalogan pastel, by Mario Relampagos, Samar 1986

The art of on-the-spot sketching
lives not in the lens;
artists create, the photographer 
loses that divine sense. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Health and Values: Key to a Happy Love Life

“When we do not give or receive love in a balanced, harmonious, natural way, deficiencies occur in our innermost being. These deficiencies reveal themselves through many symptoms – depression, loneliness, destructive relationships, weight problems, bitterness, inferiority feelings, workaholism, alcoholism, drug abuse, a critical spirit, violence, sexual abnormalities, and many other forms. I believe we must treat the person on the other end of the symptoms.”
- Dr. Bernard Jensen, Love, Sex and Nutrition
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday


Here is a practical guide to attain a happy love life.

1. Avoid stress and fatigue, and avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs, and food additives, as these accumulate toxic wastes in the body thus interfering with the body physiology. Avoid exposure to pollutants and chemicals. Poor diet, lack of exercise and nervousness, also interfere with the  proper functioning of our brain which diminish sexual vitality. Condition your mind before love making by affirming happy, loving, and caring thoughts. Maintain trust and confidence with your partner. Be calm, patient and kind. Remember that the body responds with what the mind dictates.

2. It is a fact that married people live longer and happier than single or divorced people. Single and divorced people are hospitalized more often, their death rate is twice, and they are more prone to nervous breakdown. Sex stimulates and rejuvenates our glands, particularly the hypothalamus of the brain which is the sex center. Active sex life helps prevent diseases and illnesses, by enhancing natural immunity. Since every part of our body is exercised during lovemaking- from the heart to the nerve endings. Sex is perhaps the best test of vitality and health.

3. There are people who are highly sexual, while others have very little interest in sex. This is human nature and there is no “norm” in this regard. However, good sexual attitudes can be developed. For example, proper advice can help a person overcome an experience that may be the cause of lack of interest in sex. Improvement in health leads to a more positive sex attitude. Recognize that lovemaking is teamwork, that the satisfaction of one can lead to satisfaction of the other. Age is another factor to sexuality. Although younger people are generally more aggressive, there are people in their middle or late age who can maintain the same level of sexual activity. Others become more aggressive in their middle age.

4. Keep your body healthy and attractive. This is the key to natural sexuality. Grooming cultivates natural beauty, irrespective of the color of the skin, shape of nose or eyes, height and built, etc. good health gives the gait in your movement, twinkle in your eyes, shine and flow in your hair, firmness of your muscles. It contributes to good posture. It makes your skin glow and lovable to be touched. It helps develop your personality to become likable and attractive. Magnetic personality, napapalingon, nakakapansin, pogi, sexy, are all related to body beautiful. Remember that natural beauty is a holistic expression, not only external attributes, but of qualities that emanate from within. It is an expression of “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, plus good character and fine culture.

5. Freedom and responsibility are inseparable in the defining sex. This is a simple guideline that governs human sexual behavior.

CONSENTING ADULTS, IN PRIVACY, WITHOUT COERCION OR HARM TO ANYONE, CAN ENGAGE IN ANY KIND OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR THEY DESIRE.

6. Be aware of the other attendant responsibilities in sex, such as the subject of pregnancy of sexually transmitted diseases. Sex education gives emphasis to responsibility in sex and marriage, particularly among young people.

7. A natural clock governs every person in his system. This is often referred to as biological rhythm. Although there is a general plan on how this internal clocks works, no two persons are tuned in to the same pattern - not even husband and wife. Try to live by your own biorhythms and learn to adjust with those of our partner. Recognize your moods and energies that change with the time of the day and night, with months and seasons. Lovemaking is mutually fulfilling when both partners have synchronized biorhythms. Generally human body is dynamic that it can reset itself daily and adapt to the changes in the environment.

8.Sex can become monotonous especially with modern life. Many people find little time to express tender love with sex. They employ a number of ways to vary their sexual expression as not merely satisfying a desire, feeling relieved and exhausted afterward - or just for the sake of giving in to their partner. Many more miss the spiritual element of lovemaking, whereby the act is a means to sustain a passionate emotion from which follow exhilaration, and a great feeling of satisfaction. Mantra yoga and Karezza are two Oriental lovemaking techniques that help transform an ordinary sex- oriented relationship into a loving, tender and harmonious one, enhancing a love-oriented relationship that bring together body, mind and spirit.


9.Food, Rest, Exercise and sunlight = Health (FRESH). This formula is easy to remember. Watch out for the food that you take. Eat health foods, and avoid those in the list of Don’t Eat which your family doctor gave you. A vegetarian is healthier and lives longer. Remember there is no substitute to adequate sleep. Maintain a healthy sleeping habit. Take a rest between heavy schedules, and avoid buildup of tension. Relax. Exercise regularly within your natural capacity. Do not over exercise. You need sunlight, more so if your are an office worker. Sunlight perks you up, breaks monotony, and takes out the blues in your life. It makes us closer to nature, and takes us to outdoor adventure. All these make a happy love life with your partner.

10.Be aware that of all creatures on earth only humans are endowed with sexual freedom which can be summarized as follows:

1. Sexual expression is not restricted to estrus periods or seasons of the year.
2. Humans have the ability to match their sexual desires with their moods and feelings. Hormones influence, but not dictate, sex life.
3. Humans can choose various sexual positions, instead of being restricted to one as in the case of animals.
4. Meaningful spiritual love and emotional feelings multiply the ecstasy of physical pleasure.

11.Learn to read and understand the sexual cycle. A woman’s menstrual cycle dictates her sexual moods. They feel sexiest at the midpoint of their menstrual cycle. There are people who are sexier in the morning than at night. There are also those who feel sexier in summer than during cool months, or vice versa. There are also times when men become sexier and this is indicated by rapid growth of their beard. Studies show that the most active time for sexual activity is in the evening, but lovemaking at this time is poor since the androgens (love hormones) are low. (They are highest between 8 to 12 a.m., and lowest at 6p.m.) Evening is convenient to most working people. If this is not enough, make up for it during weekends.

12.Reduce meal size as the day progresses and avoid high calorie snacks in the evening. But do not skip breakfast or lunch. Carbohydrates help calm and focus the mind. Protein food boosts mental energy, but avoid fatty foods when you want to be mentally alert. When planning out an active evening, like going to a concert, holding a party, or having a date, reduce your dinner, with protein food preferred over fatty and carbohydrates food. Coffee makes you awake, and drinking may delay your regular bedtime or makes you fall asleep. If you want to wake up refreshed and alert do not take alcohol in the evening before.

13.An enduring and fulfilling love life is one that shared together by husband and wife. Here are the basic elements essential to a lifelong relationship: trust and confidence, empathy (feeling with the older person), marriage (sex outside marriage cannot remain meaningful and does not usually last). Then there are seven virtues of married life, which a couple must mutually uphold at  all times.

The seven virtues of married life

• tenderness
• courtesy
• sociability
• understanding
• fairness
• loyalty
• honesty

14.One must free his or her mind from fallacies and myths about sex.

One thousand-and-one myths

• A woman never forgets her first lover.
• Big lips and abundant pubic hair indicates sensuality.
• A woman’s interest in sex is more emotional than physical.
• All women grow to look like their mothers.
• Beautiful women are too narcissistic to enjoy sex.
• Baldness indicates sensuality.
• The size of fingers indicates the size of the sex organ.
• Colored people perform better in bed than white people.
• Small breast indicates less sex desire.
• Religious people do not permit cunnilingus.
. Drugs increase intensity of physical desire and fulfillment.

These and a thousand-and-one myth can effect, and even destroy love life. This is where sex education and counseling comes in.

The foundation of a full and sustained sex life is made up of proper diet, avoidance of toxic materials and vices, a regular physical exercise regime, positive attitude, adherence to morals and culture norms. Love and sex is a celebration on top of a pyramid built on this foundation.~

Tragedy of the Commons: The case of the shrinking and disappearing "dilis" (anchovies) and "espada" fish.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday


Considered "poor man's food" in the rank of galunggong, pork and beans, and pandesal - this prolific marine fish once the main source of fishmeal for feeds, has spiraled beyond the  means of ordinary people. 


Espada (bulong-unas Ilk) is another marine fish that is fished in its juvenile stage, similarly with many other species that are over harvested, usually with close-knit fishnets - and without let-up in the absence of strict regulations.   

Tragedy of the Commons*

Tragedy of the commons, a term scholarly phrased,
     means simply shrinking resources
in the midst of open competition to all in the name 
     of freedom with whatever process
of acquisition in social Darwinism falsely applied;
     at the end, the winner neither the best
nor the vanquished, the passive nor meek, but all -
     victims swept by the current of unrest 
where the old Malthus' ghost once more roam,
     where lost the essence of progress,
and Toffler's ecospasm of economics and ecology 
    clash and fall from their lofty crest. ~   
    
* The tragedy of the commons is an economics theory by Garrett Hardin, according to which individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, behave contrary to the whole group's long-term best interests by depleting some common resource. The concept is often cited in connection with sustainable development, meshing economic growth and environmental protection, as well as in the debate over global warming. "Commons" can include the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, fish stocks, national parks, the office refrigerator, and any other shared resource. The tragedy of the commons has particular relevance in analyzing behavior in the fields of economics, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, game theory, politics, taxation, and sociology. Some also see the "tragedy" as an example of emergent behavior, the outcome of individual interactions in a complex system. (Wikipedia)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Many Worlds of the Willow Tree

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

The weeping willow (Salyx sp) looks sad and in mourning, its leaves droop and are pointed downward, extending to the ground or water where it grows on river banks and pool sides. Like a Narcissus, its reflection is an illusion of awe and wonder, and fear. 

The drooping branches though makes a perfect promenade shade and shelter; it is a favorite subject of art and poetry. 

At the slightest breeze, the tree "weeps" in whispers, and sways daintily without any apparent effort. Few dare to plant willow by the window - it transforms into a spiritual being to the superstitious, and courts bad luck to the pessimist. 

Author under a willow tree (Salyx sp). UST campus, Manila

But the willow is an important tree. Where it grows it creates an ambiance of mixed feelings, and to many cultures it is a tree that is much revered - and feared. Overall all, the world is not what it is without the willow - weeping to the sorrowful, hissing and vibrant to the hopeful, romantic to the lover, sacred to the religious, miracle cure to the healer.   
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Direct crude extract (ground fresh leaves) repels mosquitoes and flies. It also serves as fresh deodorant in the bathroom and kitchen.  Dilute with tap water at 1:4, filter with ordinary cloth, and spray (atomizer) on garden plants and in dark corners. Another preparation is by dissolving the fresh extract with ethyl alcohol 1:2 ratio, air dry, and add Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly to the powder residue. This serves as ointment of minor wounds and skin problems.    
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The Importance of the willow tree
Medicine -

  • The leaves and bark of the willow tree contain Salicin which is metabolized into salicylic acid in the human body. 
  • Precursor of aspirin. 
  • Salicin is isolated in crystalline form and formulated as acetylsalicylic acid, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. 
  • Provides temporary relief. 
  • Ancient remedy for common ailments to the Sumerians, Greeks and Native Americans 
  • Claimed to be effective in cure of diseases including cancer. 
Agriculture - as source of nectar and pollen for bees. 
Energy - biomass and biofuel, 
Art 
  • Charcoal for drawing, wood for sculptures 
  • Garden features and landscaping 
  • Pen and ink paintings in China and Japan
Environment - 
  • Hedges and landscaping 
  • Land reclamation, soil building and soil reclamation
  • Phytoremediation,(bioengineering) 
  • Slope stabilisation and soil erosion control 
  • Biofiltration, shelterbelt and windbreak 
  • Wildlife habitat
Religion - 
  • Ritual in Jewish holiday of Sukkot, and Buddhism
  • Christian churches in northwestern Europe and Ukraine use willow branches in place of palms on Palm Sunday. 
  • In China, some people carry willow branches on the day of their Tomb Sweeping or Qingming Festival
  • Willow branches are put up on gates and/or front doors, to ward off the evil spirits. 
  • The Goddess of Mercy Guanyin is shown seated on a rock with a willow branch. 
Literature - 
  • Ancient Korean poem goes, "By the willow in the rain in the evening." The poet Hongrang to her parting lover wrote, "...I will be the willow on your bedside."
  • In Japanese tradition, the willow is associated with ghosts. It is popularly supposed that a ghost will appear where a willow grows. Willow trees are also quite prevalent in folklore and myths.
  • In English folklore, a willow tree is believed to be quite sinister, capable of uprooting itself and stalking travelers.
  • Hans Christian Andersen wrote a story called "Under the Willow Tree" (1853) in which children ask questions of a tree they call "willow-father", paired with another entity called "elder-mother"
  • Old Man Willow in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, appearing in The Lord of the Rings.
  • "Green Willow" is a Japanese ghost story. Other stories: "The Willow Wife" and "Wisdom of the Willow Tree."
  • Remember "The Willow in the Wind?" ~
Excerpt from The Willow in the Wind 
Kathy Matthea 1989 

"So we gotta learn to bend
Like a willow in the wind
Like a willow in the wind."
Some hearts are brittle
Won't give one little."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Child's Symphony of a Fantasy Garden

Dr Abe V Rotor 
 Mackie on her first birthday

A garden of the finest art on stage
of fairy tale and  fragments of a garden lost,
where nature to fantasy land transposed.
How short, how far nature lies!
From here the task begins to know
that roses have thorns. 

  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Update: Living with Nature School on Blog linked with Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid as of July 23, 2014

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
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738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday




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Yes! I love nature - I miss it as I live in NYC. I visit it often but I wish to move back but hard to find work nowadays in the countryside. Peace & Prosperity on Pond - a place for quiet and meditation on the meaning of transience
Sto-ology on 7/11/14

Its very nice to read your blog which is related to my searches.Thanks for posting this sap recruiting details here. I also got more details from this topic , have a view on this also please...! Used Motorcycles Sale in Chennai Mrjalebi is one of the most popular free classifieds site in India, you can also directly contact the sellers and sell your old goods as per the cost you like. on Classification and Taxonomy of Local Vegetables
pravien raj
on 7/4/14


Just apply vinegar and the urticaria will disappear in seconds. I am a nurse and I know this for a fact. on Beware of the Higad! (Tussock Moth Caterpillar)
Mon on 6/30/14

I am really interested in what you wrote here. This looks absolutely perfect. All these tiny details are give me a lot of knowledge. Religious food on Religious Humor and Wit
meigancam01
on 6/25/14

True. Food coloring contain harmful chemicals and one should avoid because of this it may cause behavioral problem in children. Thanks for sharing. on Avoid artificial food coloring: it can cause cancer and behavioral problems in children
ehealth city
on 6/3/14

Earn while you enjoy time with your Family & Loved ones! For more details, kindly visit http://www.unemployedpinoys.com/ on Cat - Evolution through Domestication
Tiradauno on 5/21/14

Dear Dr. Rotor; I suspect that anacardic acids would kill Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria. I have found that the anacardic acids in raw cashew nuts and maybe mangoes do an excellent job of curing an abscess from gram positive bacteria, which are the most prevalent cause of tooth decay and tooth aches You may see my article on this subject at; http://charles_w.tripod.com/tooth.html . It is also discussed briefly in the 2005 edition of Medical Hypotheses, 65; 289-292. Wikipedia discusses anacardic acids in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacardic_acid . I would like to urge you to explore making these medicines available in the pure form from pharmacies for a Streptococcus medicine or in tooth paste. This would have several advantages; 1. a variety of application methods would be possible, needles, brushes, swabs, sprays, and etc. 2. It would probably on Glycerol Monolaurate (GML) in Virgin Coconut Oil destroys tuberculosis bacteria
Charles Weber
on 4/29/14

Good day, sir! I'm from the petition class of Dev Comm in AB. I was not able to attend the one-on-one session last time. I was trying to reach you through text but I do not know if you have received it. I was wondering if you could please give me a chance to take the exam or you could assign me another work. Thank you for the consideration, Sir. on UST-AB DevCom Meeting: Course and Performance Assessment
Arianne Tomacruz
on 3/17/14

With the diversity that comprises our heritage, many often wonder what our real identity is. But isn’t it more fun to think that aside from the blood of our ancestors, we also are mixed with the legacy of the Spanish, the strategic minds of the Americans, the-rich culture of the Chinese and even the technology and creativity of the Japanese? What matters most is that we, as Filipinos, have hearts which could not be matched by any race—and that is something that will always be ours, originally. -Khristiana Jacinto, AB Communication Arts on Significant Influences of Foreign Countries on the Philippines
Khristiana Jacinto
on 2/17/14

Philippine literature makes us better appreciate our heritage. Through the study of our literature, we can trace the rich heritage of ideas handed down to us from our forefathers. Then we can understand ourselves better and take pride in being a Filipino. -Khristiana Jacinto, AB Communication Arts on Twelve Reasons I Love Philippine Literature
Khristiana Jacinto
on 2/17/14

We Filipinos are really superstitious in nature. I'd like to assume three reasons as to why we act in such way. I believe many of our superstitious beliefs hark back to the pagan beliefs before Roman Catholicism was introduced by the Spanish conquistadors half a millennium ago. It was during that time when we believed in almost anything. We assumed that when a particular thing happens, it is a sign or a warning even if it was only coincidence. Maybe it was also the influence of the ethnic Chinese starting with our immigrant ancestors who traditionally practiced so many colorful, superstitious beliefs. Many Chinese beliefs are harmless and delightful. For example, if a parent of a boyfriend or girlfriend dies, the couple has to rush marriage within 100 days or wait two years after to do so. Perhaps another reason could be the ruling political and social elite of the Philippines (whether Spanish or the local datus and later the ilustrados) invented and spread all sorts of on A Portfolio of Superstitious beliefs (Part 3) Don’t give your loved one a necklace; otherwise your relationship will not last. And pearls mean tears.
Khristiana Jacinto
on 2/17/14

im experiencing this one a lot of times now, 2 months to be exact and im really scare to sleep coz i may not wake up my last attack was near death, someone hand is covering my nose then when i was about to take my last breath God i woke up. I was so scare.. on Bangongot! Sleep paralysis - wiggle your toes, move your fingers – don’t give up!
Lorie Jean Hawan
on 2/12/14
]=\do LIKE, Watch and Share, Enjoy! CLCICK ME on UST-AB DevCom Lesson: Typhoon Yolanda tops Philippine News 2013
salvatoremeeks
on 1/21/14

What strain of yeast are use for tapuy rice wine sir, can I used yeast use in baking to make rice wine? thanks in advance on Part 3 Basi: Preparation of Bubod – Yeast Complex
rush
on 1/17/14

Ka Abe, Ka Mely, magandang gabi po, Ive got the message. meron dito samin Cainta , karinderia ang tawag "Kalabawan". Main ingredient meat of carabao as bulalo,tapa and papaitan.Sad to say kumakain ako dito. Meron din tinda sa Marikina.To this day if i had a chance sasabihan ko na ang mga kakilala ko dont patronize or "eat no more carabao meat" baka drawing at picture na lang makita ng anak mo at susunod na lahi sa yo. Happy Listening po Crisanto S. on The Stone Carabao
crisanto sarino
on 1/15/14

Magandang gabi po Ka Abe, Napapanahon ang inyong topic ngayong gabi. Ako rin po ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno.And Im proud truly to be a Pilipino. Im happy listening to you and Ka mely tonight. Crisanto S. on Where are we going, humans?
crisanto sarino
on 1/9/14

Thanks for great information you write it very clean. I am very lucky to get this tips from you. blow one on From cigarette to pipe smoking – then I stopped. A personal saga
blow Hookah
on 1/7/14

Great Post. Which are consumed the most? Any Kamote tops or young, and specific variety? -Eric from Hawaii on Kamote Tops Beauty
Chaminade University of Honolulu Community Garden Project
on 1/7/14

I have seen this portrait in a lawyer's office. The coincidence i was also looking for the maker of this beautiful portrait. This portrait was made by: "Nikolai Bogdana-Belsky" "At the Doors of a School" on A poor boy begs for a seat in school
Haider Ali
on 12/26/13

Hi Dok, There's a story of genuine strad in Vigan. I met his parents but unlucky i haven't seen him alive during my visit, he was encarcerated for thirty years at his home cage due to insanity. He became insane after the Strad was taken due to a robbery that poked his back head that left him unaware for about 2 hours. He was a former PPO Orchestra player, his violin was borrowed by Foreign soloist and then he was offered money for the selling of Strad violin. He refused to sell it, that's a sad story that is still a warning to all! :) Josef Suson from Cavite on The Violin - the Soulful Musical Instrument
Josef
on 12/23/13

Hello! The sword bean is a vine and needs a trellis or pole to climb on. It needs a moderate climate, well-drained soil, and good sunlight. In two months you will be harvesting the very young pods. Slice diagonally and thinly, and cook like any vegetable with meat or fish. Thanks for visiting my blog. on Saving the Endangered Sword Bean
Abe V. Rotor
on 11/26/13

Hi, I'm living in South Africa and my mother-in-laws friend gave the seeds to her, when she moved to australia, I love gardening and would like to know how to care for the plants, the seeds look exactaly like the one's in the picture I'm not sure how much space the plants needs to grow and if they can be eaten and how do I prepare them. on Saving the Endangered Sword Bean
sonel
on 11/26/13

Hi Dr Abe I am from Lapog and I know the epidemic happened from the scars that was evident from the people the people and relatives that I know. Thanks for the worthy recognition of my hometown and the epidemic that made it worth mentioning. I listen to your program everyday on my way to work (morning here in Toronto Canada). More power to you and Ka Mely. on UST GS: Growing Threats of Biological Warfare
Rodel Purugganan
on 10/26/13

How do you prepare the 10% sugar solution? As well as the 200 ppm of 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate and 100 ppm citric acid. Can you but these locally? Thank you. on Sugar solution extends the life of cut flowers.
Victor Lopez
on 10/22/13

ok be sure your respondents represent well the values of tradition. on UST AB Photography PowerPoint Topics 3CA1
Abe V. Rotor
on 10/3/13

Sir I am Jazmine Fernandez from 3CA3. My topic is about Thomasians still rooted to tradition despite the emergence of globalization. I will be focusing on two specific students. on UST AB Photography PowerPoint Topics 3CA1
Jazmine Fernandez
on 10/2/13

Wonderful blog checkout my latest post at http://togetherfornature.blogspot.com/2013/09/ecosystem.html don't be shy to leave a comment and like us on facebook on UST AB Photography PowerPoint Topics 3CA1
Steve
on 10/1/13

These are beautiful. Which gallery sells your work? Do you license your images? on Two Faces of Nature in Postmodern Art
Annie Madison
on 9/25/13

Nice blog checkout my latest post http://togetherfornature.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-is-rhino-horn.html don't be shy to leave a comment and like us on facebook on While time away
Steve
on 9/24/13

This is so essential post. This information helps them who are new gardeners. Thanks for helpful post for us. Bromeliads on Bromeliads form a unique aerial ecosystem
Alex Alen
on 8/13/13

visiting here with a smile~ =) Regards, www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) on Vietnamese Pinawa or Brown Rice Hand Mill
Mr Lonely
on 8/12/13

Excellent post. I used to be hecking constantly this weblog and I'm impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the remaining part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a very lengthy time. Thank you and best of luck. best Pipes on From cigarette to pipe smoking – then I stopped. A personal saga
Larry Wells
on 8/10/13

Thank you for the history lesson sir! My grandfathers produced basi since the 20s but their product did not have a brand or packaging and was only sold in local marketplaces. Now we are planning to get it out in the market to give basi some attention. https://www.facebook.com/sugarcanejosebenito?fref=ts on Basi Revolt of 1807
Sigrid Salucop
on 8/1/13

Ka Abe , Gandang gabi po tatlong gabi na po wala sa aere ang inyong programa sa radyo. Ako po si Crisanto Sarino masugid na taga subaybay ng Paaralan sa Himpapawid ay umaasa na muling mai babalik ang inyong programa. Uma asa at naki kiusap. Crisanto Sarino ng Cainta Rizal 09194072056/6554620 on UST-AB Photography: Living World under the Microscope
crisanto sarino
on 7/26/13

Ka Abe gandang gabi po, dalawang araw na po wala kayo sa aere ni Ka Mely. ano po nang yari at napalitan ng mga old music? ako po si Crisanto , masugid ninyong taga subaybay ng inyong programa. Salamat po. on Malunggay: Most popular and nutritious vegetable in the tropic. You can make your own mineral water with its seeds, too.
crisanto sarino
on 7/24/13

Hi, I like your article except in no.1... did you mean borrowing instead of burrowing? on 2010 - Year of Heroes. Are you one of them?
Lita Nobleza
on 6/21/13

You've got a cute apo na pala! First apo? I have 6 already - 4 girls and 2 boys. My eldest is currently pursuing her second course (law) while the second one will soon be a father. Look how time past, imagine I'll be a Lola's lola na... on The Lighter Side of Life
Lita Nobleza
on 6/20/13

I think we need to consider some major consequences if we would like to create or take some supplements and other herbal drinks. According to what I've read, some supplement might have a negative effect but not much just like an organic spirulina is much better than an ordinary spirulina. on Make your Environment Allergy-Free
hanna
on 5/31/13

Fertilizer is very important element for plants but environment is also important for us. So we should use biofertilizer because it very friendly to our environment. Thanks for share it. inorganic fertilizer definition on Biofertilizer is friendly to farmers and environment (Dissertation panel with doctoral graduate, Precy Delima,3rd from left) .hanizosk herner
on 5/29/13

Most orchid seeds are hard to propagate but the seeds of this Cymbidium finlaysonianum easily germinate in the pot/soil of some terrestrial plants I had which was located below the coconut tree where the mother Cymbidium was mounted. The soil are loamy and semi-dry because I don't water the plants regularly. Maybe the soil had just contained the symbiotic fungi the orchid seeds need to grow with. on Cymbidium Finlaysonianum, Philippine Indigenous Orchid
CITA
on 5/27/13

After reading this, I love my dogs more. I have 3 golden ret. 1 jack terrier, 1 poodle and 3 native dogs. Sometimes, when I feel lonely, I talk with my dog name "smeggy". I feel like he understands me more than anybody. I love him so much and we always celebrate his birthdays. :) on Pet Therapy
Janine Pascual
on 5/24/13

please refer to Useful Plants of the Phil by WH Brown; Medicinal Plants of the Philippines E Quisumbing; internet references. There's not much I can add scientifically. Thanks for your interest. AVR on Secret of the betel (Areca) nut
Abe V. Rotor
on 5/15/13

Sir, I'd like to contact you, I have several questions regarding areca nut. Thanks! on Secret of the betel (Areca) nut
alechi91
on 5/14/13

Tambuli is the local name for the Indo-Pacific trumpet shell. the other picture shown is that of the ventral part of the Cassis cornuta which endemic to the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region and not the strombus goliath which is endemic to the Atlantic region. on Museum: Skeletons of the Sea
Kalippulako
on 5/11/13

JJ Reyes: You may use this article as requested for educational purposes, which is the purpose of this blog. I am sorry for the delayed response. Thank you.AVR Kristina Mauricio: Tampoy was very popular in Ilocos when I was a kid. The last time I saw a fruiting tampoy tree was in the late fifties in Malabon. I have not seen one since then, not even the fruit in the market or stand. Which leads me to think that Tampoy is now a threatened species. It offers a good subject for research. Thank you. AVR on Less Popular Fruits in the Philippines
Abe V. Rotor
on 4/27/13

Dear Dr. Rotor, May I know where you found the Tampoy Fruit here in the Philippines. Thank you Kristina Mauricio on Less Popular Fruits in the Philippines
Kristina Mauricio
on 4/26/13

Thanks for the info. Permission to copy :D on Integrated Production of Basi and Sukang Iloko (In celebration of the 205th Anniversary of the Basi Revolt (September 29, 1806- 2012)
Shizuku Yoshida
on 4/24/13

I always like your blog post because you always comes with different ideas and information. I always shared your site post with my friends. Keep posting and i will follow you. Commodity Tips on Folk Wisdom for Growing up Practical Tips (Lagro-Laha Summer Workshop Lesson No 1, April 17, 2013)
Commodity tips
on 4/17/13

I'm happy to find numerous useful info here in the post. I would really like to come back again right here for likewise good articles or blog posts. Thanks for sharing... Top MBA Colleges in Bhopal MBA Colleges in Bhopal on Filipino Literary Giants
way2 college
on 4/10/13

Hi doc. Do you mind giving the contact info of the sampaguita planter in the article? I need a lot of sampaguita for an event. Thank you very much. i on Part 1 - Sampaguita Farming is Profitable
Lea Santos
on 4/4/13

this is really a great poem ! Yes where have all thos wonderful fruittrees gone? The farmers chopped them all - for the empty promises of the politics, by their pressures to their folks and tribes... in order to raise the hot spices, coffee and tea and animal farm growing all around the world - for the really poorest people in this world - the rhich! Their hearts are so poor, so they do not see, what they created - may the time come and show them, when there will be nothing to eat but money and denaturated deadly factory food. You may say I am a dreamer ... but I am not the only one! May our love be strong enough to lift this planet up again to it's natural state - and to help people come back to the center of their hearts, where trust in our divine creation, true love and compassion for all beings lead the humans to a vegan lifestyle - and the world will be as one ! on Where have all the native fruits gone?
Renja-Aurea
on 3/25/13

Good day! I would like to know where exactly in Lipa, Batangas can you find those Pine Tree Saplings where Dr. Cabigan visited? Are they Benguet Pine Trees? I am interested in planting that kind of Pine Tree. Thank you on Angels Just Pass By
regie comrade
on 3/21/13

Where exactly in Lipa Batangas can you find those Pine Tree Saplings? Are they Benguet Pine Trees? Where did those pine trees come from? Thank you... on Angels Just Pass By
regie comrade
on 3/21/13

This was explained and illustrated so well that I think even a kid will understand :) - Marither on
Ju
on 2/27/13

Dr. Abercio V. Rotor, Gusto ko pong kumuha ng permission sa inyo para gamitin ko yun isang picture na binabalatan ang pinya na parang bulaklak naka spread yun balat para sa flier na ginagawa ko para iexplain ang steps ng pagbalat ng pinya. My email is noriofromjap@gmail.com on Wonderful Pineapple - the only edible Bromeliad
Norio Matayoshi
on 1/23/13

Hi! I am very impressed with your story. I am also a student of UST and currently taking up BS Chemistry. My father is also an Ilocano and we are in the pursuit of knowing the production of Basi. I am very much interested in the science of it and how to further improve the product. Suntok sa buwan, but I would like to ask if I can somehow get in touch with you and if I can get a piece of information on how to produce one. I would really be happy if I can have a visit or a simple chat with you. I think it's time that our local wines be known to the world. We have great resources, we just don't have that spirit to pull one up. Hope to get in touch with you. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!Here's my e-mail edsubala@gmail.com on
eddiesohn
on 12/26/12

Great Post. Its the best blog and a quality source to get updated by some of the greatest facts, thanks.....Philippines Fruit on Discovering the less popular Philippine fruits
Fabafruit
on 12/25/12

Noted! I am reminded again that our dogs have feelings too. It's not all the time they are happy and enthusiastically wagging their tails. on How do you make your pet dog happy?
JoeJimGee
on 12/4/12

Thanks to Mr. Benito Rulloda for saving your life. I he didn't save you, we won't have an intelligent and dedicated professor like you. on Defying the Sweet Call of Death
Janine Pascual
on 12/1/12

Sir, I found a short film about this short story. The film was made by William Youngclass based on the works of Anton Chekhov. on The Bet: short story model
Janine Pascual
on 12/1/12

Dear Dr. Rotor, I would like to request permission to use your list of less common Philippine fruits for a new website, www.veganretirement.com (under construction). My website promotes affordable retirement in the Philippines for American vegans, vegetarians and organic consumers. As a group, they would be interested in consuming fruits not found in supermarkets and fruit stands. Aloha - J.J. Reyes veganretirement@yahoo.com on Less Popular Fruits in the Philippines
J.J. Reyes
on 11/27/12

I got 20. What does that mean sir? on How happy are you? A self-administered test.
Jaja
on 11/22/12

Hi Sir! Do you know any fruits that can cure pimples? on Do you believe in the Doctrine of Signatures?
Jaja
on 11/22/12

Can you tell me how to get this tool, its look so easy to use. Please tell me how much and how to buy this tool. my email: buyandgetfree@gmail.com on Wonderful Pineapple - the only edible Bromeliad
Mr Shop
on 11/14/12

Can i know how to buy this tool, and how much? on Wonderful Pineapple - the only edible Bromeliad
Mr Shop
on 11/13/12

Very nice and informative blog posting. Among all the fish, tilapia fish is Awesome! Farming this fish is very profitable and easy. I like this fish very much for it's unique taste and value. Tilapia Fish Farming on
Monika Borua
on 11/13/12

Sir Rotor, I saw you on Failon Ngayon! :) Good to see you! I miss studying. :( on Do you believe in the Doctrine of Signatures?
charlene mae poblete
on 11/10/12

Hi Sir, I didn't know that you smoke. But this article helped me because sometimes I do smoke in social gatherings. Thank you on Environment and Health: From cigarette to pipe smoking – then I stopped. A personal saga
vi
on 11/5/12

Sir, thank you for the wonderful semester in our Environmental Science class. I have learned so much. I will do my share in taking care of Mother Nature. God bless you sir! - Frederick Roy A. Manubay (UST High School Faculty member) on Live Naturally in your Home
Professor M
on 10/31/12

I never thought these things can take a lot of help when it comes to sickness and stuff. Especially this one Gulat ang gamut sa sinok. To stop hiccup, jolt the person. Now and then anyone may fall into a pit of hiccup for reasons not well understood even in the medical field. But as sudden and unpredictable it came, just by jolting the person is enough to terminate hiccup. I only see this on tv i thought this is not true. But now that you posted it on your blog and considered as a remedy for 'sinok' might as well use this when a friend of mine is suffering 'sinok'. Thank You. Aina Dawang on 10 Home Remedies
Aina Dawang
on 10/18/12

This statement caught me. Motorist: "Your honor, I was not drunk. I was only drinking." Judge: "Well, in that case I an not going to send you to jail for one month - only for 30 days." I am deeply amused how people think of this witty tricks just to get out of a situation unfortunately he met a person who thinks just like him. It is fun to live life to its fullest with having people around you that are fun and witty to be with. AINA DAWANG on Brighten your life with wit and humor
Aina Dawang
on 10/18/12
Just like the cat in the picture i encountered this fright when my dad came back from dominican republic. He was an OFW. It took him 9 years before we get the chance to see each other again and come home. The cat felt frightened with her master due to a couple of days she didn't see her master. Like me i felt it too with my father but despite that long years of not being together our bond of love will never be withered. He is my father and i love him. As to the cat "I love him he is my master" AINA DAWANG on Fright - Bond of Loving
Aina Dawang
on 10/18/12

"Alam mo kapag nasa kalagitnaan ka na ng pagsasgip hindi mo na maiisip na kabayanihan iyon "-Marionito Tiempo The famous fire fighter who rescued many people when 'habagat' came to our country. To these people may it be big or small help we are all born heroes. We are incapable to help our fellow men in times of crisis. So say a little prayer and thank everyone for being all out support in every tragedy we face through. AINA DAWANG on Flood Heroes
Aina Dawang
on 10/18/12

Just like in the picture where these kids play without hesitation. The beauty of nature can be compared to an old woman. When she was young she was loved by all. Taken care by the ones she loves. But through the years of endless battles through the fast changing world our woman aged up and now is suffering through loneliness and sickness. Only few people are taking care of her, only few are playing with her. Is it because she's not young enough and beautiful just like before? What happened to the people who loves her? Where are they now? Where are we now for our mother nature? Where the children who will play alongside her and enjoy her beauty. Poor children they will not make it in time to see grandma at its beauty. Soon these rivers and trees we loved and played with before will be gone and decay just like our old woman resting back under the grave. AINA DAWANG on Frolic
Aina Dawang
on 10/17/12

Longing for someone even though it will never be there. Keeps on appearing and haunting ourselves. Memories it makes ourselves even stronger. It keeps us to move on forward. When at times we feel like to quit and end these powerful apparitions keep on reminding us of how beautiful it is to live and continue to have faith on whats yet to come. Life is a splendid thing we cannot fully define. AINA DAWANG on Apparition
Aina Dawang
on 10/17/12
It has been an endless battle for humanity to think of a solution against these plastics. Ways to segregate, the 3Rs and the like. But the truth is practicality and discipline is the only answer. The 3r's wont be that of effective if we, users doesn't have the discipline to do so and the guided information on how to do it. Many municipalities are doing a 'no plastic city drive'and in fact even teaches its citizens on how to recycle plastics. This blog is a good eye opener to all that could help people realize how it would greatly effect our future if we recycle things in our home. AINA DAWANG on Recycle plastic for good reasons
Aina Dawang
on 10/17/12

It is very disappointing to see children nowadays for they didn't experience life outside. Their playgrounds are now the social networking sites. Their robots and barbies are the ipods, cellphone and dslrs. I hope there are still kids out there and parents too who still give their kids time to explore outside and learn what it is to live on our world AINA DAWANG on Scenarios of our children living in a Postmodern World
Aina Dawang
on 10/17/12

As to what Albert Schweitzer said about happiness. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success . if you love what you are doing, you will be successful." I begin to fully grasp what happiness is. Nowadays, people especially in my generation wants to be happy. If you ask them want they want they'll answer "I want to be happy". We try to search for it, ask for it or even try to have it but we don't succeed. Maybe because we don't know how. We don't know what happiness really is or we don't get contented anymore. We expect high of ourselves to the point that we cannot even attain it. We live in a society wherein people work their butts off just to be successful because they think that in order to be happy you must attain success well in fact happiness is just around the corner. Learn to be contented of what we have and try to learn and find what we truly love to do. Then success will come in, along with happiness. Before i thought that in order to be happy on
Aina Dawang
on 10/17/12

As to what Albert Schweitzer said about happiness. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success . if you love what you are doing, you will be successful." I begin to fully grasp what happiness is. Nowadays, people especially in my generation wants to be happy. If you ask them want they want they'll answer "I want to be happy". We try to search for it, ask for it or even try to have it but we don't succeed. Maybe because we don't know how. We don't know what happiness really is or we don't get contented anymore. We expect high of ourselves to the point that we cannot even attain it. We live in a society wherein people work their butts off just to be successful because they think that in order to be happy you must attain success well in fact happiness is just around the corner. Learn to be contented of what we have and try to learn and find what we truly love to do. Then success will come in, along with happiness. Before i thought that in order to be happy on
Aina Dawang
on 10/17/12

This post is very timely for children nowadays tend to lock themselves with their own social sites. This is a great way to remind them of what they really are in essence. on Scenarios of our children living in a Postmodern World
Cay Cabotage
on 10/11/12

Let us now praise not so famous men, the unsung wet heroes of this week’s torrential flooding. We refer to the rescue teams and hospital workers who logged long hours and went beyond the call of duty to come to the aid of those trapped in the worst flooding since “Ondoy.” We especially refer to the ordinary citizens who set aside their own comforts and even their own safety in order to come to the help of others. on Flood Heroes
Cay Cabotage
on 10/11/12

Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time. Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Recycling is essential to cities around the world and to the people living in them. on Recycle plastic for good reasons
Cay Cabotage
on 10/11/12

i rememebered when i was a child we usually played touching,, we used a laruan o tao tauhan as panaya,, other binabalot ng alambre na made sa tanso o nilalagyan turnilyo yung pamato para madulas at magalin makata.. the game is usually meron kayung firsan kung may linya at magpapalapitan kayo kung sinung malapit sia unang titira sa nakatayang laruan n nsa loob ng nakaguhit na square sa kalsada using chalk o uling o bato.. on Part 3: Indigenous Games and Sports (pabitin, palo de sebo) sankaunyo on 9/26/12

Thank you for using my photo sir! :) on Whose shoes are these?
Alyssa Beltran
on 9/21/12

Hi sir! Alyssa Beltran of 4ca5 po! xD Wow, you found this video on youtube! I uploaded it since last year i think? xD Please play the violin for the class again! please? We'd love to hear you play it for 4ca5! :D on Violin Demo: Gavotte and Ma-ala-ala Mo Kaya
Alyssa Beltran
on 9/21/12

Wow!~ xD Sir nakita niyo po yung youtube upload ko sa net! xD Hehehe! xD Last year pa po ito ah. Play the violin again for our class please? 4ca5 would love to hear you play again! :D on Violin Demo: Gavotte and Ma-ala-ala Mo Kaya
Alyssa Beltran
on 9/21/12

I wanna learn how to play violin too...but i guess, it's so hard :( on Violin Demo: Gavotte and Ma-ala-ala Mo Kaya
Jaja
on 9/13/12

Very nice poem Sir. Thanks for sharing my photo. :), on Our ancestors were vegetarians and were much healthier than us.
Jaja
on 9/13/12

masarap and considered a heavy meal po yung Patupat. It makes me miss the province on Rice cake: Suman et al
micah pascual
on 8/29/12

Very Nice!!!!!!!!!! This is very useful information regarding of making of antifungal cream from Calamansi fruit.Thanks for sharing such information.Pharmacy Wholesaler on Make your own antifungal cream from Calamansi fruit pulp
Jessica Dark
on 7/3/12

This is good info, Thanks! To learn more info on how to survive a food crisis visit my blog at ; http://www.SurviveSHTF.blogspot.com on Environment and Agriculture: People's Green Revolution in the seventies saved us from Food Crisis
Russ
on 5/18/12

Dear Jacky, Receiving such an inspiring comment makes me feel more of the need to write, to paint and to compose, above all, to share - but how little is time left in my golden years. I begin to realize though, of the meaning of life's last bend with the setting sun - golden before it sleeps on the horizon of rest and peace. Be then my disciple, I request, and touch more lives, with this blog, a little companion. AVR on Environment: Global trends that are changing the way we live
Abe V. Rotor
on 4/18/12

I'm with you all the way. We should not be taking animals and killing them so we can sell their shells to tourists as souvenirs. It is very sad. No different than killing animals to make fur coats. I volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we have lots of beautiful live animals, and the shops right across the street sell shells and dead sea stars (starfish) that don't even come from this area; I think that many come from the Phillipines. on Endangered Seashells
Robi

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