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Rare friendship

Rare friendship

  FRIENDSHIP between animals belonging to different species do happen. I chanced upon an old issue of Reader’s Digest that captured in wonderful photographs rare friendships between a giraffe and a goat, a tiger and a pig, an elephant and a sheep. Friendship can also strike between a lion and a meerkat, a hippopotamus and […]

Missing ‘Santacruzan’

      JUST A THOUGHT: “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard * NONE THIS TIME: One of the casualties of COVID-19 is the Maytime celebration of Flores de Mayo, a month-long series of events in hon­or of the Blessed Mother. The occasion is usually marked by afternoon prayer novenas in […]

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Ang camachile, bow

    SUMMER is once more time for camachile (kamatsile), also known as damortis in Ilocano, or monkeypod or blackbead in English. Today’s millennials may not be familiar with this old, old fruit, a favorite snack among people of an older generation. It has a nice, sweet taste, yet not too sweet to keep off […]

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Keeping cool

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Keeping cool

    WHAT should we eat on hot days to cool the body? Well, there are fruits like watermelon and honeydew. Add to them, singkamas. These are traditional treatment for heat exhaustion. Sipping green tea could also help. Green spices like basil, cilantro and mint and other green leafy spices could also help the body […]

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Sa malamig!

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Sa malamig!

  TEMPERATURE has been rising as we are getting more heated up this summer and the coming months. Last May 4, Pag-asa recorded a high 36.5 C in Metro Manila, reason why people had been complaining of so much heat. Under normal times without COVID-19, people would have been going to cool places. Example: Tagaytay […]

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A new snake

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A new snake

  ON Facebook recently, I introduced a friend of mine, Albee. He’s 21, a captive bred, 18-foot long albino reticulated python. He has been under my care for many years now, dating back to the time I was still single. He still lives with us at home in Manila. I was reminded of Albee when […]

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