On this day, I wasn’t able to really strike a pose worthy of a Wardrobe Diary entry. I actually attempted to but the photos left much to be desired. Thus, I’m posting candid photos, mala-taken-by-the-paps kuno.
- Gray top with white fringes from ukay (and I didn’t have to sweat to look for this! One of my Bible studymates brings her selection goodies over!)
- Stretch denims from Gap
I guess I need not mention my footwear and bag, as these photos don’t show any of them anyway.
So where exactly did we go that day?
Fauna 1: Kennel with about 60 dogs
Our toy poodle, Itsy was in-heat. Since I badly want her to produce chocolate-brown puppies, I searched high and low for a chocolate-brown, small and compact, curly-haired stud. And so I ended up choosing this kennel (with soooo many dogs! My head ached just listening to the cacophony of barks!) in Valenzuela City. It was a long drive from home, yes, but we wanted the best sperm cells to swim around our Itsy’s egg cells. To make trip worth it, Randy decided that after we leave Itsy behind we should go to…
Fauna 2: Malabon Zoo
Randy, who took up BS Zoology and MS Zoology and taught zoology at UP used to round up the zoos in the Metro. He has long wanted to revisit Malabon Zoo again, but it was just so far. But because we were in the vicinity anyway and because Raviv loves animals soooooo much, Randy was so excited to set foot in Malabon Zoo once more.
thing animal I loved the most about Malabon Zoo was its huge grizzly bear! As a kid, I kept hearing about grizzlies in fairy tales and fables, but it was the first time I saw a huge one (saw one in Tagaytay before, but it was small). I was so impressed by it!
The caretaker even called us as he fed Justin the Grizzly Bear.
The caretaker also called us when he fed the orangutans. Oh yeah, I too loved the orangutans and tigers! Malabon Zoo has two big orangutans! Too bad the photos of the orangutans I took were bad. 🙁 But here’s a photo of one of Malabon Zoo’s many tigers:
When Raviv went near the tigers’ cage, he let out the loudest and fiercest “Grrr!” that his barely two-year old sound box could muster. It all made us smile.
The other animals in the zoo were the usual: monkeys, snakes, peafowls, etc. Randy said it used to be grander, and used to have more animals years ago. It’s a pity that it doesn’t look well-maintained. It has way too many unnecessary posters.
And, worst of all for us who haven’t had lunch yet, its canteen only sells junk food. We were actually lucky because I got the last four hotdogs on stick; the other tourists just settled on chips.
But what would have made our Malabon Zoo visit more exciting were if we had stayed longer and waited when the caretaker would bring out an orangutan, a tiger, and a snake. And yes, we could have our pictures taken with them!!! Too bad we finished our tour before 1 p.m. when the schedule for these animals to be taken out was 2:30 p.m.
And so Raviv bid these animals goodbye, and went on to…
Fauna 3, and Flora: Cartimar
…Cartimar to see even more animals! This time, it was pets galore! We went here because Randy was itching to set up a marine aquarium, under the guise of doing it for Raviv (wushu! Raviv ka diyan Babe!). Randy was elated when he saw there were synthetic corals that look just like the real thing. See, what used to hinder him from setting up a marine aquarium was the need to put live corals in it to prettify it–something that’s against his principles.
Anyway, moving forward, my son almost went crazy as his eyes feasted on the sight he beheld: fish here, birds there, cats and dogs there–animals everywhere! He could not keep still! The noise the animals made I’m sure was music to his ears!
As we were about to leave, I noticed the plants for sale just across the parking lot.
They were just so pretty and I remembered that our garden was just so boring green–it needs a pop of color from flowering plants (I wonder why landscape artists veer away from flowering plants! Is it because they’re male?), just like the one at Sonya’s. Because I’m naturally kuripot and because I heard the marine aquarium set-up quotation, I decided to take the high road and choose to buy the least expensive flowering plants, plus some herbs and spices.
Actually, aside from that these plants are cheapest ones, I also chose them because they bring back memories of my childhood. As a preteen, I used to have a flower garden which I rush to as soon as I reach home after school. Still in my school uniform, I used to remove the weeds that surround my daisies, prune my mini-roses, and wonder when my baby’s breaths would bloom. And these plants that I bought? I used to consider them as weeds–something that just pops up even when I keep on uprooting them. And now, I’m buying them. Dang, I miss the province.
It is ironic but nice that our going to the city often made us commune with nature. Not that our beloved Los Banos cannot offer that, too. 🙂
Before I call it a night, let me share with you a quotable quote by John Sawhill, former president/CEO of The Nature Conservancy:
“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”
Tell me what you think!
Powered by Facebook Comments