In many neighborhoods, bamboo fences are common fare. The use of bamboo as material for fence is most affordable for Filipinos especially in rural and sub-urban areas.
There is a proper way to cut the poles – near the nodes. A wrong way of cutting, however, exposes us to risk. If cut too far away from the nodes, the open bamboo cylinders are receptacles of water and — possible mosquito breeding sites. Dengue fever is one common condition not only in poor communities in the tropics. Even developed city-states like Singapore have to deal with it.
Let us not host mosquitoes in our homes. Often, we are reminded that receptacles or catchments should be turned upside down, be emptied to help drive away mosquitoes.
Receptacles on bamboo poles in fences, however, could never be turned upside down like pails or canisters. Instead, we must put a hole at the bottom of the receptacle to drain water. This will rid us from breeding sites for mosquitoes and possibly mosquito-borne diseases like dengue.
With a hole as drain, you may also cover the bamboo receptacle with anything clean to block entry of liquid.
We know this is an old practice for many. I got reminded of this by a family member. It’s time to share this practice to others so they can also do it in their neighborhoods.
Things needed: A hammer or any hard object like a rock to be used to pound. A steel bar or any pointed concrete object.
Time needed: Five minutes only.
Apil na sa Buslot Buntong Anti Dengue Challenge!
What can be done? Include anti-dengue measures as an item in the agenda of meeting in the purok/zone or barangay. Invite a health advocate to speak on dengue and what can be done against it. During community work or pahina, include the checking and draining of bamboo poles used in fencing the neighborhood as part of the many anti-dengue measures. If you are already doing it, you may post the photo/video of you taking the challenge in your neighborhood (Optional).
One simple safety act a day, keeps the danger away.
Waltzib of Kalasungay, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines
Sometimes, we are in a hurry. And in the course, we make mistakes.
Yes, we can race with time and run (or drive) faster than we used to just to catch up. Yes, sometimes, we can be there and beat the deadline. But sometimes the problem is we forget some other aspects.
I drove from home to work to catch an interview. I made it. But in the rush, I inadvertently turned the park lights on. I learned about it hours later. So, car battery went drained. What a waste. I’m glad the car electrician was on call. To the rescue he takes the battery to his shop. After an hour, I get it back. He gets some bucks in return.
That’s the cost. That’s the Pxxx.xx mistake. I hated the incident. I promised to learn from this.
Lesson: try not to be in a rush situation so the case will not be repeated. In case it is inevitable/ unavoidable try to be more watchful. After the rush, review, go back to the way and check.
Lastly, maybe take out MSG or ‘instant seasoning from Lunch or dinner.
But really, we cant blame substances all the time.
After a blog hiatus, I am tempted to key in a few
sentences. For several weeks and nights I’ve toiled the night for this research. I’m happy to be able to do this.
It might have meant a number of sleepless nights.I am, however, looking at the end of this.
I am taking one step at a time. I know I am too delayed already.
But I surmised that if I run this more than I could handle, I might burn out.
So, while I’m stuck in the methodology and the review of related literature; I could not miss playing my role as the organizer of the children’s Easter Egg Hunt!
In between the transcripts of my 12 interviews and the search for my research limitations, and the problem of filing news reports in a dry Holy week, I try to squeeze in my schedule the complete screening of the “3 Idiots.”
Superb movie. Got me into laughter, tears, and action.
Perhaps, also a renewed positive and cheerful attitude towards life’s challenges.
“All is well!”
- Come to the race to compete only with yourself.
- Expect to be laughed at; laugh with them, it’s another exercise.
- Stretch your body before running and your limits, too; but do not be suicidal
- Prepare for the race and your needs after it, including one more item at the drug store: muscle pain ointment.
- Listen to encouragements from friends, ignore negative remarks from ‘friends’
- Use water and food to keep you going, not to slow you down
- If you can’t run faster, go slow, or walk; but don’t stop.
- Dress light and feel light.
- Smile, don’t talk, to an acquaintance while running to save breath
- Thank God, family, friends before and after running, it counts to be grateful of the gift of the human life.
- Run even if there is no race or competition; if you feel good about stepping on the finish line; be aware that the best is yet to come.
- Help keep our community peaceful and free so we still have fields, trails, and streets where we can still run.
I made it!
I got these points printed in my mind from the starting line of the 4.2 km. Panahik night run on January 22 up to dinner tonight.
Finally, I was able to write it down.
I’m sure there will be more I can remember later on.
To those who have other thoughts to add, please key it in as a comment. (or make your own list.)
We don’t know, maybe in the future we can write a book about the gift of running in the free streets of our communities!
Stall No. 04
Pikit Public Market
For coffee drinkers, a natural choice for a stop over in between Cotabato and Davao cities aside from rest room visits and road side meals, is the Pikit Public Market.
Aside from it being a vibrant and busy market place, it offers Pikit’s famous Pamogon “excelsa” coffee.
We scoured for that ‘aromatic’ redemption and found it for sale in many stalls at P130 per kilo.
I had been curious about what makes the humble native Pamogon coffee unique. I’ve been drinking this coffee for a while and I wanted to know more about how this was made.
And in this recent trip to Central Mindanao I wanted to know the answers. Read More…