Saturday, March 10, 2012

Community Awareness - Lake Seeding and Tree Planting

Yesterday, I (together with my batchmates from work), woke up early in the morning to do something worthy for the environment. We participated in the Lake Seeding and Tree Planting Program spearheaded by the City of Muntinlupa. This is part of our company's Community Awareness Program.

We we're all prepped to working under the sun planting trees but we were all clueless what Lake Seeding means. It appeared that Lake Seeding meant releasing Tilapia fingerlings at the Laguna de Bay. I didn't understand at first how this could help the fishermen seeing all the fish cages installed in many parts of the bay until the person from the Laguna Lake Development Authority explained it to us.

The fish cages or fish pens are all owned by private individuals. Private individuals are the fish pen operators who more or less have the means financially to breed, raise and farm Tilapia.With the many fish pens installed along Laguna de Bay, this leaves just a small area for the humble fishermen to fish which means less catch and income for our lowly "mangingisdas".

When I understood the greatness and the long term effect of what the program is aiming for, I felt truly honored to have been chosen to participate in something as life-changing as this. In my own little way, I am able to help others and that feels really good.

All companies truly should have a community awareness program and be active in their own community activities that would benefit the environment and our fellow Filipinos.

Here are some photos from yesterday:

The early morning sun greets us warmly

The rickety bamboo bridge that we had to pass to go to the floating bahay kubo
where we were briefed and had breakfast and lunch.

Our very filling meal - hardboiled eggs, rice, tuyo, indian mango ensalada,
hotdogs, pork adobo and inihaw na talong

The Tilapia fingerlings

Our "port" - ladder made of bamboo

Boarding time

Our 30-minute banca ride. I just had to say that this is the scariest part of the activity
because we had to ride a banca without "katigs" on either side and we were standing up
because the banca has no seats.

Fish pens

Releasing the Tilapia fingerlings

Tree planting

Me and my awesome batchmates

It truly was a great experience and I will be very happy to do it again.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Madness

As I boarded the passenger van I usually ride on my way to the office, I saw this unique but very ridiculous car. Or maybe it's just me.

Sorry for the blurred photo, I was just using my BB camera and the CRV's already moving

Why would anybody want to have their cars repainted and put the Louis Vuitton logo all over. It's not as if the car was designed by LV or something. Same thing goes for those customized pillowcases and bedsheets and curtains bearing the LV logo. I just don't get it. Or again, maybe it's just me.

Monday's already over, just four more days to go and it'll be weekend again. I hope you all had a productive first-day-of-the-week as I did.

Here's another Monday madness photo, me stealing a quick photo op inside the office comfort room. Hehe.

Sleeveless Blouse: Marks and Spencer

Goodnight everyone!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Holiday at the Hospital

Holiday announcement posted on the elevator door

Yesterday was Muntinlupa Day and since I am now working in Muntinlupa City, I, together with the rest of the employees, were given an off day from work.

I was so excited not to wake up early to cook my baon and to spend the day with Johan but I remembered I had so many errands to do - like pay the bills and do a bit of grocery - plus Johan's been coughing for a week and yesterday was the only time we'll be able to visit his pedia.

We were already at the hospital at 9:30am, his pedia's clinic starts at 9am and ends at 2pm. But, the pedia's secretary informed  me that Dr. Caparas won't arrive until 11am. Now, that's a really, long wait and with an active toddler, "really long wait" is such an understatement.

I could have went out first and paid the bills but it will too much of a hassle to go out and return to the hospital, add to that the extreme heat outside. It's been so hot these past few days it's like we're already in the middle of summer.

Anyway, since we have to wait for his pedia to arrive, I allowed Johan to run around the hospital because I cannot carry his entire 12-kilo weight the entire time. Here are some photos:

Up and down he went on the waiting area chairs

From one row to the other

Turning the bars on the window grills

Trying to open the glass window...

Trying again and again...

...and kicked it out of frustration. Hee hee!

Even if you're super kulit, you are still a cutie, anak!

I was able to finish everything I planned on doing yesterday and  was able to spend some quality time with my son as well.

I only hope he gets well soon, drink his meds and agree to his nebulizer treatments without putting up too much of a fight. 

Yay for Friday!

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