Goodnight, for Now, My Dearest TumTum
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3w ago
It came as a surprise to us see the passing of our youngest canine, TumTum (actually, my sister's dogs but I consider them my co-adoptees). Although I must say, I had inklings for days leading to his transition as I kept experiencing phanom paws begging me for attention while seated and working on my worktable. TumTum was 6. His birthday approximated the passing of our Mom, which makes it doubly sad for my sis and myself. While he may be temperamental and moody at times, he was a sweet dog who loves nothing better than a belly rub, hence his name. I've said it many times before but as a foste ..read more
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Transitions: Going Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian
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1M ago
Produce from the nearest palengke It took much thought and a lot of years to have arrived at a decision to transition to a lacto-ovo diet. It's both a physical and spiritual health decision. I'm not getting any younger and also, meat is expensive on many levels -- the true economic and environmental costs are high; same with the suffering of other sentient beings who are in a lot of ways, not our inferiors. I guess it also stems from my soul searching for the past decade or so when I moved from one extreme to the other -- fundamentalism to atheism. Yes, I entertained the thought of a ..read more
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Fermenting Journal: On to My 4th Batch of Kombucha
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1M ago
Lava lamp or alien brew? I'm getting the hang of brewing and fermenting my own Kombucha tea. I've already experimenting with proportions of the tea, sugar, and even the brewing period. It's very much like the way I cook, no real measurements, just oido and intuitively putting in the ingredients.  Oh, I do have challenges, of course, like the proliferation of fruit flies that wouldn't leave my abode years after getting a batch of fruits and veggies from my landlord and their progeny deciding to stay for good :) I'm learning to leave them be and just be vigilant in quickly covering ..read more
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Phantom Paws and Feeding my Foster Strays
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1M ago
Mama Tortie Lately, I've been experiencing incidents when paws would seem to gently scratch at my back to call my attention when I'm working on my desktop. I would always assume it's Alvin, my rescue cat, trying to wean me away from the computer. Time and again, I would turn around and see Alvin, peacefully sleeping in one of his napping spots away from where I sit. Mama Cali I smile and acknowledge these. I have yet to know or see who's trying to get my attention (I've had a lot of foster strays I've lost in the past 3-4 years) but I have my suspicions. It's a bitter ..read more
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Why Garden: Co-creating With Nature Is A Step Towards Less Consumerism
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1M ago
  Moringa Oleifera (Malunggay in Filipino) One of my favorite non-fiction author, Michael Pollan, whose books include "Botany of Desire," "Cooked," and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," posed the question, "Why make your own bread or beer when you can buy them for only how much at the store?" to paraphrase him. Indeed.  The answer is that we've lost touched with how our food is grown and produced. We've left the growing and production (also over-processing) to faceless workers and corporations who make us laboratory rats of their sinister recipes. Maybe, we shouldn't be surprised i ..read more
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Remembering Kunig, My Original Maligcong Soul Dog (2008-2024)
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3M ago
Spending a lazy day with then 7-year old Kunig It was 2013 when I first heard of Kunig and Maligcong. My best buddy, Ironwulf, decided to take a detour and spend the holidays in this part of Mountain Province after a trip to Buscalan. When he told me of this wonderful dog who loves to hike up Mt Kupapey, I instinctively knew he was special.  The following year, I got to visit with friends, Ironwulf, Erick, Rocel, and Norbel, and meet Kunig and Suzette, the owner of the homestay and his primary human. Up to that time, I was adamant about getting bonded to dogs (and cats) as I wan ..read more
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DIY Cat Grass
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4M ago
Alvin, my almost 2-year-old rescue cat, has a liking for tasting my plants. Though she's off limits to the balcony garden (she once almost gave me a heart attack for jumping on the ledge; good thing she jumped back the right way instead of 30 floors down), she may at time, bite into my aroids. I know they're potential p9isons but after repeated conditioning, she has learned to steer clear of my indoor plants. I once gave her a pot of cat grass, which, at P200 is expensive. I've grown millet seedlings before from feeding the sparrows on my old ledge garden so I know it's feasible to grow my o ..read more
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Tweaking My Bontoc Art Map
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5M ago
Copyright 2024 Og Ramos • Art + Illustration After 6-7 years, I found the time to update my Bontoc, Mountain Province Map for printing on tarapaulin as the Maligcong Homestay girds up for 2024. • Copyright 2024 Og Ramos • Note: Sharing is okay as long as proper attribution is done • No AI-generated content here, map manually drawn using Adobe Illustrator • #bontoc #maligcong #maligcongriceterraces #philippines #mountainprovince ..read more
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Birding in Maligcong
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6M ago
 2024 Og Ramos Art + Illustration I'm glad that birding and nature watching/bathing is getting to be a bit popular in my second home in the boondocks. With more birders eager to see beyond the rice terraces, I did a standalone poster for Maligcong and sharing it here. Note: Sharing is okay but please attribute it to yours truly • No AI-generated content here, art done in Adobe Illustrator •. #birding #birdwatching #maligcong #maligcongriceterraces #bontocmountainprovince #mountainprovince #philippines ..read more
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The Grey Cat Who Consoled Me at the Crematorium
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6M ago
That my late brother loved cats all his adult life isn't lost on me when I befriended a grey cat I found at the Uncle John's at the back of the St. Peter's crematorium in QC, days into the new year. It takes at least two hours before the cremation is completed so instead of staying in the waiting room, I spent time feeding and petting "Jimboy," the name I gave to the grey tomcat. I wasn't expecting to meet a cat on this day so I wasn't able to bring any kibble with me. I consider myself part-humanist, part-agnostic, but I would like to think there's a mystical connection to all these. Having ..read more
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