Master Yuyung LaO is a well-known, famous and respected master landscape artist in the country. The group were given a sneak peek at his garden last sunday,despite being a busy person.
several Buddha statues
One of the few landscape artists which drew his inspiration from mother nature, planting materials, natural contour of the land.
Despite his stature, Master Yuyung LaO is a respected member of plant societies, a simple down to earth person with a lot of ideas and full of artistry.
Master Landscape Projects
Mr. Yuyung LaO together with the group
Some of his project includes the Tropical Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle, private garden within Forbes park, well-known personalities, resorts, venue places in many parts of the country. His contemporaries in Southeast Asia is Mr. Wade Wijaya of Bali, An Australian -Indonesian who had several popular resorts projects.
Another recent landscape project was the recent APEC and ASEAN meet in the country.
staircases going up
I have seen a lot of variegated plants within the property. The landscape is compact with a lot of beautiful plants. Every nook and cranny of the property is very photogenic.
According to the master landscaper, It took him over 20 years landscaping in phases within the 1 hectare of property. He harness the natural creek flowing within the property and natural sloping landscape.
He was able to construct two layers of pond in which giant gouramis and kois lives. The pond also had a a filter system built on the side of the pond.
concrete staircase with landscape accents
Another nice feature were the tall tree ferns and epiphytes. The key to his success were irrigation, misting system and right media.
Buddha statues potteries, owls figurine, turtle figurine are located within the pavilion area
There were at least 1,000 known plant species, cultivar varieties, ferns, begonia, bromeliads,water plants, palms which are cultivated. He also had a small greenhouse in which is cultivates Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids, ferns and other plants.
Our group had a fun time at his garden, enjoyed the hearty lunch of grilled tilapia, grilled green mussels, lechong manok, tuna, brownies, orange juice and soft drink.
Yuyung LaO garden, water features and accents
It was a fun filled day of adventure, sight seeing and learning experience. The private garden is located within San Mateo,Rizal province. It is not open to the general public and thus the author cannot reveal the exact location and other contact details.
Note: Maraming Salamat po, for the warm hospitality and sharing your great knowledge
PostcrossingPH FB members and enthusiasts had a memorable eyeball, meet-up that was held at the Luna Room in Museo ng Sining in Pasay City.
Ms. Arlene Collado
The eyeball and meet-up is much anticipated by the members. There were over 30 members who attended the meeting. These also include PHLPOST Business Line manager Mr. Maximo Santa Maria and some Philatelic section employees.
A short program was held past 2:00 pm where a short introduction of each members.
postcards, stamps, postcard holders, key chains, ball pen were some of the items raffled-off to the participants
There was the regular swapping of local postcards, gotochi or shaped postcards, mini-raffle and meet-up autograph signing was held.
postcards printed on photo paper
There are also some self made PostcrossingPH meet-up postcards made by some individuals.
There was many familiar faces at the meet-up since some of the members also participate at the local stamp club meeting and auction.
We decided to leave the place past 3:30pm and head for the food review held somewhere in Quezon City.
Sweet Bulakenya food had a lot of innovative products to offer, One of their product is their halo-halo with kesong puti as topping.
Sweet Bulakenya with topped kesong puti
Halo-halo had all the usual ingredients like the minatamis na saba among others, the shave ice is comparable to other commercial halo-halo restaurants in Metro Manila. What makes this special is the ingenious way of adding their kesong puti as topping.
Ms. Lani Buencamino at the 1st Pista ng San Miguel de Mayumo tiangge ( photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating)
Ms. Lani Buencamino is also a science teacher and proprietor of Sweet Bulakeny Among the well-known products includes their empanada with kesong puti, macaroons, chicharon among others.
empanada with kesong puti
San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan province welcome arch
They also tried to produce Native Pork Sitsaron/ Chicharon which made its best at different class- A restaurants and hotels.
Ms. Lani Buencamino together with media, bloggers and industry practitioners
Some of their clientele included Chateau (1771 Group of Restaurants) City of Dreams in Parañaque, Macau, Serye, Robinsons Supermarkets (selected outlets like Galleria, Ermita, Eastwood, Metro East, Magnolia ) and True Deli in Quezon City.
When you visit San Miguel, Bulacan, do not forget to visit this place !
Store and Restaurant: Maharlika Hi-way, Sta. Rita,San Miguel, Bulacan
Address: Sampaguita St, San Miguel, Bulacan
Contact : 0915 939 3526
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SweetBulakenyaFoods/
Tita Thess or Aunt Thess Felix is not your typical house wife, She started her online business at home about 3 years ago selling tibok-tibok, sapin-sapin and other well-loved delicacies thru Facebook and via word of mouth.
Tita Thess pours freshly made tibok-tibok in plastic containers
She was born in the province of Pampanga and learned the art of making delicious rice based delicacies.
stylish wooden frame greets visitors
Her loyal band of customers would keep Tita Thess busy for much of the day and sometimes through the night. The group had a privilege to be able to visit her home and see a demonstration of her famous “tibok-tibok” and “sapin-sapin”. But these two “kakanins” are not the only native delicacies that her loyal clients keep coming back for. Aside from these mouthwatering delicacies, she also makes “pichi-pichi”, “palitaw”, “puto flan” (rice cake) with custard, “pansit” (noodles), “kalamay”, “biko”, “maja blanca”, fish “lumpia”. As the holiday season nears, she only accepts an advance order. generous with the quantity and quality of the ingredients, her products are truly worth a repeat order.
tibok-tibok and sapin-sapin
Customers can also pre-order- her well known tibok-tibok and sapin-sapin in 1 bilao. One can also request that 1 bilao have 50% tibok-tibok and 50% sapin-sapin.
Some of the orders are from the parents and teachers at the nearby school and government offices.
“Tibok-tibok” is also called carabao milk pudding which originated from Pampanga. It is the Kampampangan’s version of “maja blanca”.
preparation of tibok-tibok
“Tibok” refers to the heartbeat and as Tita Thess demonstrated to us, we can tell the “tibok-tibok” is cooked when the little bubbles on top start to pulsate slowly and makes little sounds like the beating of the heart.
Tita Thess showed the group on how she put latik over the tibok-tibok
She purchases about 20 to 30 bottles of fresh carabao milk in the market in the morning to fulfill her orders for the day.
She would also order 30 to 35 coconuts (niyog ) in order to make toasted coconut meat, toasting the gata as early as 4:00 am and would take about 2 hours to made it reduce consistency called “latik”.
Tita Thess pours glutinous rice mixture
She uses commercially available glutinous rice powder mixed with non-glutinous in a fix proportion.
sapin-sapin in steamer
sapin-sapin with jackfruit and latik as toppings
“Sapin-sapin” is another native kakanin she demonstrated to us, is a layered glutinous rice ( ube and green) The colors have corresponding taste and Ate Thess’ version has no red because she doesn’t know what flavor to give it. She also does not have a yellow colored layer which is traditionally a jackfruit flavor.
Tita Thess’ white layer is coconut milk, the blue layer is ube, and the green layer is pandan. Unlike “tibok-tibok”, The sapn-sapin is soft and chewy. Her sapin-sapin version is topped with latik and sweetened jackfruit.
Tita Thess and Mr. Ervin Garcia together with industry practitioners, bloggers, media
Most of her products can be pre-ordered via their FB page and for pick-up.
Special mention : Sir Ervin Garcia and Tita Thess Felix for the warm accommodation.
Tita Thess Espesyal Kakanin atpb.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/titathesskakaninatbp/
Contact : 0917 540 3188