Saturday, January 23, 2016

Eucalyptus Marvelus!

You know I think it would really be nice if I always have fresh cut flowers in my room. But that means I will have to replace them after a few days when they wither, and that would be expensive
(especially if you don't have a field of roses and lilies in your back yard). Well there are artificial flowers, but I'm no fan of such no matter how amazingly realistic they are.

   Cut foliage can also be used to decorate your home and it's quite in. Of course not all leafy stalk you find in your garden has a long vase life and you can't keep cutting from that poor plant hehe. Then I remember there's a kind of tree with leaves that doesn't wilt, turn brown, or fall off even when it dries up. And it's fragrant too. Yup, eucalyptus! I don't think they grow here in the Philippines but they're available.

   The other day I went to Dangwa, Manila's cut-flower center to get me some of them leaves. If you buy from a flower shop in a mall, a small branch will cost you Php 195. At Dangwa, 2 or 3 lush branches is only Php 150. You can also buy dried eucalyptus for Php 100.  I bought Php 500 worth of dried eucalyptus hehe yeah I want to make a statement with it. Now my room smells like a spa.

   Dried eucalyptus can last for many many years! Even if the fragrance fades you can revive it by pouring hot water through it to release the oils that are packed inside each leaf. The scent that these leaves emit can increase brain activity and counter physical and mental fatigue. In fact sniffing eucalyptus leaves can increase your energy. Surely you've read about what other awesome things you can do with eucalyptus leaves and it's oil.

   Anyway, I'm really loving this new addition to my room. A simple arrangement that's not just aesthetic but holistic. Why, it's so bohemian!  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

El Bohemio Visits the Aguinaldo Shrine

    Happy New Year, dear readers! The long vacation is over and we're back to our regular working-class lives *sigh* haha! Well let's just be thankful that New Year's Day fell on a Friday and that gave us 2 days off to either relax at home or go out for an adventure.

    Last Saturday, I went road/food trippin' with some friends. We can also consider it a history/culture trip because our primary destination is the Aguinaldo Mansion in Kawit, Cavite.

     I don't even remember if I've been here before during the educational field trips I had during grade school or high school. Maybe never. All I remember is seeing the beautiful old house, with a towering spire, in the few times our family travels to Cavite to visit a relative. My parents would point at the spire and tell me and my sister that that's where Emilio Aguinaldo lived.  "Who is He?" we would ask. I was just 6 or 7, my sister a year older. Two kids with no clue about the who's who in Philippine history.

   Now that I'm 40, seeing the mansion up-close and walking into it is a travel back in time. Beyond high school history classes or childhood memories trips to Cavite. I felt I was brought back to the 19th Century.

   The Aguinaldo Mansion was built in 1849. Forty nine years later on June 12, in this balcony, General Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Republic of the Philippines, waved the Philippine flag for the first time and declared Independence.

      Today the mansion is open to the public and the ground floor was made into a small museum. There you will find in display some of the General's personal belongings, some interactive info-graphics about Heneral Miong (his nickname), the Katipuneros and the war against Spain and America.