Monthly Archives: March 2014

Waste segregation advocate

In the early part of 2000, I had the opportunity to meet and interview ecological artist and writer Odette Alcantara in her home in Blue Ridge. She was the convenor of Artists for the Environment and founding member of Earth Philippines, a non government organization. It was a very inspiring day meeting someone so motivated by her cause to make something useful out of waste materials – recyclables.

She converted a lot of waste materials found in her old house in Quezon City to an extraordinary and functional home décor. She said that segregation of waste according to its type is one of the simple steps to deal with waste at home.

Here’s my favorite quote from that interview. “Environmental protection is everybody’s job; unfortunately not everyone loves the environment. I think its ignorance that keeps us detach from this precious planet, which is our entire life support’s system.”

If Ms. Alcantara were alive today she would be glad to find out that more and more organizations locally and overseas are promoting renewable energy and programs that deals with converting waste to energy, opportunity fuels and clean coal.

Rabies Awareness Month

Raising a puppy or kitten entails lots of responsibilities. It’s not enough that you feed it every day. Family pet should be protected from life-threatening diseases such as parvovirus and rabies. Both diseases can be prevented through vaccination at appropriate age of pet. Rabies vaccine does not only protect the pet from the rabid virus but its owners and the people who may come in contact with the pup or kitten.


Our dog’s vaccination record

Our pets deserve the best care that we can give them. They are part of our family so it is important to keep them happy and healthy.

Be a responsible pet owner. Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.

Painted rocks

I found this book from a book sale when my kids were just beginning to explore the wonders of crayons and color paints.


This book features a lot of things to do with rocks – from the smooth to the rough type – where you can color it, embellish it all you want, and turn it into a pet. Yes, a pet! My son happened to create one but wasn’t able to color it. He just added a goggly eyes and mouth to the rock. Being young, my boy eventually lost interest to his pet rock.


Besides the tips on how to properly color a rock, the book also shared some words of wisdom, something that we can apply to everyday life.


As you wander down the (occasionally rocky) road of life, make it a rule to pick up and keep any heart-shaped rocks. You’ll find it smooths the way.