Sunday, July 31, 2011

Torenia Fournieri/Today's Flowers #47

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Torenia fournieri also known as Wishbone flower.  They were blooming in my aunt's garden when I visited her in late April.

Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Ground Beef Torta/Frittata

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Bought half a kilo of ground beef for a pasta dish that I planned to cook for the weekend.  But I got lazy (not surprising :p), and forgot about the ground beef 'till my mother discovered it while stacking some old bread in the freezer. And look what she made---*drum roll* ground beef torta (or frittata), my favorite, made more delicious with sweet chili sauce.

Its got a mixture of diced potatoes, carrots, corn kernels, green peas, red bell pepper, raisins, flour and eggs. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Midweek Blues: At the Baywalk

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A crowded Saturday afternoon at the MoA-Baywalk before the monsoon rains came.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Glass-fillers

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An unexpected, eye-catching flower centerpiece---a bouquet of red roses as glass filler.  The pink shell-filled glass vases also add a romantic and artistic touch to this table.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday # 29: Decorative plates

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These are decorative plates from a showroom in Cebu.  Not sure if this is a grape leaf but the leaf design was debossed and hand-painted on crushed capiz shell.  The black leaf on the right has cracked egg shells background.  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis/Today's Flowers #46

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Phalaenopsis, Moth orchids
An orchid genus of approximately 60 species.  The flowers of some species resemble moths in flight, the reason why the species are sometimes called Moth orchids.

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."  ~Rachel Carson
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Phalaenopsis aphrodite, Moon Orchid

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Pan-grilled Cream Dory

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I was in the mood for fish, and remembered I had some frozen cream dory in the fridge.  Thawed the fish fillet and marinated it with salt, pepper and chopped cilantro.  Pan-grilled the fillet after two hours, sprinkled some chopped cilantro, and served it with lemon-butter sauce.  Light and easy.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Signs: Worth of a Tree

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A sign at Eden Nature Park in Davao City.  Let's plant more trees!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Midweek Blues: Fontana bridge

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An afternoon stroll at the park behind Fontana Hotel and Casino. This is one of  the few bridges around the park built over a man-made pond. Fontana is located inside Clark Ecozone, a former American Airbase.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday # 28: Safety First

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 Don't value comfort over safety.  There's no excuse not to wear a life vest on the water.
My friend with his kids jet-skiing in Mactan, Cebu.  The wife and I were the designated photographers while having a girl-talk at the beach.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Yellow Cymbidium/Today's Flowers #45

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Yellow cymbidium orchid from my aunt's garden.

"I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty."
Georgia O'Keeffe 
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Crab with coconut milk

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We had this for dinner at home a few nights ago---crabs with squash, string beans and chili peppers cooked in coconut milk.  The crabs were not huge but they were fat and succulent!:p

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Signs: Fiesta!

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It says, Thank you very much.  Please come again.

Spent a few days in Camotes Island.  The streets were decorated with colorful banners, with bamboo and anahaw arches for the town fiesta.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Midweek Blues: Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon, a beach resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.  Behind the sign and vegetation is a gorgeous beach.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Alumni Hall

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The Alumni Hall of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.  Silliman University was established in 1901 by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, the first American private school in the Philippines.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #27: Pilgrim Center

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This is the Pilgrim Center right in front of the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, a 16th century church in Cebu.  This is where masses are held to accommodate devotees of the Santo Nino. I'm not sure if the yellow panels are doors or wall design.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Golden Shower Tree/Today's Flowers #44

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Golden Shower Tree, Cassia Fistula, Amaltas, Kanya Pistula
It was a perfect time to take photos of the golden shower tree--after a heavy downpour, rain drops still clinging to the blossoms.  This spectacular flowering tree was right in front of the Silay Cathedral, a cheerful sight on a rainy afternoon.

Golden shower tree is used in folk medicine.  Leaves are used to treat ringworm and other fungal skin infections, while pulp of the ripe fruit is a laxative.  Roots are given as a tonic and to reduce fever, flowers are demulcent and laxative.  It is also considered as antitumor, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, and antidiabetic.

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease." ~ Voltaire

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grilled Tuna Belly

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Grilled tuna belly at the Harbor View Bistro in MoA-Baywalk.

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Signs: Safety tip

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Don't touch the spoons, you can lick it later.:p
Sign at a gelato counter.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Midweek Blues: Glass chandelier

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An elaborately hand-painted glass chandelier I saw in an antique shop.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #26: Fully-loaded

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 A fully-loaded breakfast of Spanish omelet, toasted bread and hash browns.  Perfect to kick off your Monday morning.  

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kamantigue/Today's Flowers #43

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Kamantigue, Touch Me Not, Rose balsam

Impatiens balsamina
Poultice of kamantigue flowers is known to treat warts, snake bites, fingernail inflammation and athlete's foot.  Extract from mature seeds/fruits is also effective as botanical fungicide against Phytophthora palmivora, an organism causing disease in durian.  
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I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
~ Robert Bridges

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