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Monday Mellow Yellows 052: Firefighters

My boy and his younger cousin, Chappi, riding on a fire truck. This is still in the playground at San Antonio Resorts. It really is a great place to bring your kids.

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The two were role-playing. They said they’re off to save Bopbop, Chappi’s elder sister, who was “trapped inside a burning house”, or so they pretended. The role-playing was completed with Bop’s cries for help and a loud siren/alarm that, of course, came from the “firefighters” own mouths, hahaha.

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Monday Mellow Yellows 051: Hi-ho, hi-ho!

Still at the San Antonio Resorts in Brgy. Baybay in Roxas City…

I was surprised at how nice is the children’s playground there. Filled with the usual see-saws, slides, monkeybars and swings, it is large enough for kids to play and run around. There are lots of trees and flowering plants, and the grass are wonderfully trimmed. There are benches/chairs, too, that you’d normally see in parks where the oldies can relax, read a book or watch the kids and while away the time. There also pockets of areas like this, where you see duwendes (dwarves or gnomes) that don’t look spooky at all.

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The kids – Joshua, Beebop and Chappi – lovingly named these gnomes after them!

After the initial chaos of assigning which one is whom, they all agreed that the gnome with the green hat is Joshua,  the one in yellow, on the left, is Beebop, and on the right is Chappi.

And the three began singing … hi-ho, hi-ho.. it’s off to work we go…

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Monday Mellow Yellows 050: The diminutive burrito

Look who’s wrapped like a burrito!

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My niece, Chappi, the striped-burrito. The other kids scampered away when I aimed the camera at them, lol.

In December last year, the whole family stayed at San Antonio Resort, one of the popular resorts in Roxas City, days before my younger brother’s wedding. Everyone was having a great time there.  The place is well-kept and they have a great playground for the kids. The oldies in the family enjoyed the drinks and karaoke, while the kids were in the swimming pool.

The only problem was getting the kids out of the pool when it’s time for bed. They would not not get out of the pool even if we told them that it was already closing time. The thing with the kids, especially with this one that you see on the photo, is that they have the power to make you wait for five minutes. I tell you, that was the longest five minutes I had experienced in my life, lol.

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Feels great to be home

Touch down, Roxas City!!

Wooot! I’m in my hometown since Wednesday. This is the seafood capital of the Philippines and I am alreading having a binge of fresh seafoods that I long have missed while we are in Angeles City. Of course, I also missed my parents and my payag (nipa hut) in Ivisan! My parents are getting older (and crankier, hahaha) everytime I see them but I love them both nonetheless. The little boy also missed his Grandpa and Grandma and his younger cousins, Beebop and Chappy. They have been playing non-stop but the girls noted the little boy speaks funny and demanded they speak in Hiligaynon (our dialect) instead, rather than Tagalog (the dialect he now learned to speak while in Angeles City). Oh how funny these cousins are!

We flew via Cebu Pacific’s discounted fares, that’s me, my husband, and our little boy. Thanks to my Ate (elder sister) who booked the ticket for us using my younger sistah’s credit card, lol. That’s how I call outsourcing. Imagine, we saved more than P5K (about $150) because of the really HUUUGE combined discount from the three round-trip tickets.

Anyhoo, I can only write a short post today as we are busy in the preparations for the coming wedding of my younger brother. The ceremony will take place this coming Monday (Dec 17). Thankfully we already had our dresses done so it’s less task in the list. I’ll be busy running around errands for the bro.

Also, one more thing. I heard about the Fairy Hobmother visiting blogs these days. When I read about it at my friend’s blog I could not believe it. A Fairy Hobmother spreading good intentions all over the world? Too good to be true, right? But, really, the Fairy Hobmother is for real. I know because he already visited a friend and my sister.  I’ll have to go and visit my sister’s blog and see how I can get the Fairy Hobmother to visit me, too.

 And lastly, I have some good news but it is too soon to tell, I think. I’ll wait a few more weeks to see how it goes and then I’ll announce it! hahaha. This is all for now, ta-ta!

Mellow Yellow Monday 016: Some yellow stuff from the past

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Here’s something yellow that I found while tidying up my laptop. This picture was taken from long ago when I was facilitating a workshop for farmers as an NGO staff in my hometown of Roxas City.

Colored paper and yellow post-it notes illustrating a farmer’s groups dreams

Shadow Shot Sunday 008: Virgin Beach

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Went to Virgin Beach in my hometown of Capiz for my son’s birthday. White sand, blue waters (yellow tint is actually a result of enhanced saturation level after editing), very few people… that’s how we wanted it to be. We had Virgin beach all to ourselves and my son had a blast!

shadows on the beach Love the shadow of the coconut tree… it is as if extending towards my son (left) to give him shade. On the shore and under that comforting shade, we shared a hearty lunch of seafood freshly caught from the same waters and peddled to us by the fishermen.

It was a good day!

Mellow Yellow Monday 001: Children’s school presentation

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Looks like I’m in a (blogging) roll these days.  I’m trying 😀

I missed blogging. It’s a wonderful outlet but my mama duties have kept me away for awhile.

Since I am making a comeback, I decided to join memes this time. They’re fun and so much easy to do compared to writing a blog post. So, for my first entry for the Mellow Yellow Monday, I’m sharing a photo of my son’s school presentation during their Christmas party.

The children wore different shirt colors to categorize their grade level – nursery (red), kinder 1 (green) and kinder 2 (yellow). My son’s in kinder 1 and his cousin, my niece, is in nursery.

Wordless Wednesday #53: Summertime

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Virgin Beach
Basiao, Ivisan
Capiz, Philippines

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Wordless Wednesday #46: Giant fish

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Hey, hey.
That’s one of the giant fish (representing the seafood delights our city produces) that joined the parade in the recently concluded Sinadya sa Halaran festival in Roxas City just last week. Our city is dubbed as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines – and because of the bounty from our seas – we don’t/didn’t disappoint!

Wordless Wednesday #42: Capiz Cabs

In a place where tricycles are the kings of the road, the first taxi cabs in Roxas City was introduced. Called the Capiz Cabs, the five cabs started plying the streets of Roxas last month. What’s more, the cabs are fitted with receipt-issuing meters! This is the first time ever that taxi-cabs operate in the city. More units will be added soon.

Now I ask, what will happen to the tricycle operators and drivers who will, in not so distant future, be affected by this sudden resurgence of competition? Right now I hear varying feedbacks from tricycle drivers when I asked them about this, but I have to say that there are more unhappy drivers.

For more of the Capiz Cabs, please click here.

Furry Friday #001: Ducky-ducks

This is my first time to join Furry Friday and my entry is, er, not that furry but they are feathery!

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These ducks are raised in one of our demo-farms in the province of Capiz. Ducks are raised for food (eggs and meat) and their wastes are collected and used as organic fertilizers for rice and vegetable farmers. Demo-farms like this is one of our ways of reaching out marginals farmers in the remotest towns of Capiz and to show them how new farming and animal-raising techniques can help increase their productivity. A number of poultry and livestock animals are also found in the demo farms, and, apart from ducks, it includes chickens, cows, pigs, buffaloes, goats. A farm technician assists the farmers.

In one aspect of our project, we give a pair of poultry or livestock animals to our farmer-beneficiaries (who are victims of the recent Typhoon Frank) as a start-up and with the use of recommended techniques, make it grow. Once they have successfully raised the animals, they will pay back the organization the same number of animals given to them.

Wordless Wednesday #30: Typhoon Frank Aftermath

Here are some photos I took of the houses flattened by Typhoon Frank:

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We just finished our relief operations recently but donations, in cash or in kind, are still pouring in thanks to the kind people out there. We will collect them and schedule another relief operations as soon as we have sufficient supplies for our project beneficiaries on the other side of the province. So many people out there, project beneficiaries or not, needing food supplies and they could not go to markets as water level is reportedly still high.

More Wordless photos are found here.