Saturday, September 24, 2011

puerta real gardens, intramuros manila

we walked from Luneta Park to Intramuros, Manila. we stopped at Puerta Real Gardens just outside the gates of Intramuros.

this mossy wall serves as the entrance to Puerta Real garden. there's a wooden drawbridge. just like any old drawbridge, this one is movable. we even tried to draw the strings, but to no avail, we failed.

we passed through this channel. it is a short walk from the drawbridge to the main garden.

this is just a part of the garden near the wall of intramuros. it's green everywhere. we didn't try to visit the wall because we were a bit of antisocial then. (there are many students practicing a dance up the wall)

do these places look familiar? if i remember it right, these places resemble the garden setting of toni gonzaga's birthday celebration in the hit film My Amnesia Girl. isn't it?

this pathway leads to another gate into the walled city. unfortunately, the gates were closed then, so we entered Intramuros using another gate outside of Puerta Real garden.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

casa manila at the heart of intramuros

casa manila, intramuros.

the last stop of our Intramuros tour last saturday was Casa Manila. from the Manila cathedral, we walked to San Agustin Church. Casa Manila is located just across this famous church.

this casa was converted into a "colonial lifestyle" museum. as seen from the external facade, the house followed the colonial designs of houses around Intramuros during the Spanish regime . the casa houses different antique, art and souvenir shops on the first floor, while the main house was located in its upper floors.

unfortunately, the museum was strict about the prohibition of taking pictures of the main house.

when we first stepped in, we were greeted with antique furnitures, fine artworks, and colonial architectures. the house has several notable sections which are characteristics of houses of novelties in the Spanish regime.

1. entresuelo- literally means" between floors"
this area houses several wooden furnitures and seats where clients or tenants wait to be entertained by the owner of the house at his office.
2. despacio or opisina
large wooden tables and chairs (locally made), and bookshelves  with stored old books and other reading  materials ornamented  the opisina.

3. cuartos 
cuartos in the entresuelo are allotted mostly for extended families (aunt, uncle, cousins)  who are living with the family or staying with them during vacations.

after the second floor, we walked to the next floor of the house. large open windows (made of capiz shells) greeted us with cool breeze.
4. caida or antesala - (anteroom)
the owner of the house entertains small set of visitors in this area. they play games (they have a chess table), they eat their merienda (small tables with chairs are available), and they entertain close friends here.

5. sala
after the antesala, a very wide room comes next. this room is well adorned with expensive furnitures and materials ( piano, harp, one or two settees, cabinets, etc). these furnitures show off the social status of the family.

6. oratorio - prayer room
next to the sala is a prayer room. big statues of santos (saints) and the holy family adorn this room. the family pray the Angelus together, followed by novenas to saints at 6 PM.

7. cuarto principal
this is the principal room where the owners of the house stay. it contains aparator de tres lunas (armoire with three sections), tremor (dresser with singing full-length mirror) and lavabo (washstand). the rooms have connecting doors from one room to another. privacy is not that imporatant then.

9. comedor
the comedor's wall were lined with old cabinets showing off expensive porcelain, silver and glassware and ceramic plates. a large wooded table with 10-12 seats is found at the center of the comedor.

10. cocina
this is the kitchen of the house. it has a stovetop made of ash and water. A paminggalan contains preserves and leftovers. dishes and cooking utensils are washed and dried in the banggera.

11. letrina -toilet room
the toilet room is made for two people. it is really cute. i didn't think that it is possible to do the act with someone at the same time. (it is designed like a sofa with armrest)

12. bano
it contains two large baneras (bathtubs). it was said that the master of the house just lie in the tub while servants (many in this case) pours water into the tub.

this photograph was taken from the azotea of the house. t comes after the cocina. all activities requiring water are done here.

this is the end of the tour.

it was a short tour but very meaningful. even without a guide, we learned a lot just by looking around and discussing things around.

have you seen casa manila? if not, i suggest you take a tour.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


photos taken by iyaA.

the picture shows a kalatsutsi (kalachuchi) flowers. its scientific names are Plumeria rubra, Plumeria acuminata, and Plumeria alba.miniature versions of the tree are now grown as ornamental plants. the corolla of the flower may vary, and may show white or red petals. their flowers can be used as aromatic ingredient in a perfume called Frangipiani. in the philippines, these flowers are associated to death or might cause difficulties in personal relationships.

baston ni san jose

photo taken by Thomas Ponce Reyes

this photo shows baston ni san jose plants. they are also locally known as tungkod-pare. they are local shrubs that can grow up to 3 meters. they are characterized by their green to violet colored leaves that are crowded / arranged together towards the upper part of the stem. they are also considered as medicinal plants. in superstitions, locals believe that they can ward off evil spirits from their fields or houses. at present time, they are grown as ornamental plants.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011



photos taken by iya A.

these photos of a beautiful gravel-colored beach were taken at Stella Mariz beach resort at Bagac, Bataan. To reach this place, you need to take an hour ride from the city of Mariveles. the place is serene and peaceful. you can take your friends for a camping or night-out bonding. the waves are also good for surfing begginers. try to visit the place in the future. :) 

concept cakes

DNA cake




Friday, September 2, 2011

why does hair become positively charged when it is combed with a hard rubber comb?


the comb removes electrons from the hair.
electrons and protons are charged particles and they are transferred from one surface to another upon contact. electrons are negatively charged particles while protons are positively charged.
the hard comb removes electrons from the hair. since there is lost of electrons in the hair, its surface becomes positively charged.


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