Category Archives: Creature

Wasp Nest Cavities

Birds have dug holes in the wasp nest for their accommodation. Must be safe in there as no predator will dare to disturb a wasp nest.

Rooster Carrier

He looks humiliated

Pulilan Carabao Festival

A commercial float carried by a painted carabao

Last Sunday (May 14, 2017), I went to Pulilan Kneeling Carabao Festival so I could see my favorite creature. The parade was scheduled to start at 2:00 in the afternoon. I was already there by the road near the simbahan at around 1:30 PM. It was hot and umbrellas were out. By 2:00 PM I could hear the emcees blabbering and commenting in the same manner as the hosts of noontime TV shows. It exacerbated the heat. Then and there the parade started with humans and several band groups. It went on and on for 1.5 hours while the crowd waited patiently under the sun for the handsome beasts.

The pride of the farmers

At last, it was the carabaos’ turn and the crowd became alive. First set of carabaos paraded bearing their corresponding float representing the barangays of Pulilan. Some carabaos paused now and then to kneel. Yes, kneel, at the prodding of their masters and to the delight of most spectators. Next set of carabao-float combination were from the commercial establishments. Because you’re not there, just imagine Jollibee riding a carabao. Finally, the last set was the most exciting and dangerous segment of the parade. Hundreds of carabaos paraded in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of the farmers.

Ms. Emcee announced earlier that 800 carabaos will participate. I was relieved that only one went a bit wild but it was enough to make the frightened crowd dispersed at that moment.

Hundreds of handsome beasts scrubbed clean and polished for this occasion

See how majestic they are

Parked carabao after the parade. He grinned at me (I think)

Mural at Petron Service Station in Pulilan

Sari-sari store with kneeling carabao wall painting

Natural Incubation

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Shachihoko

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One can’t help but notice this fish-like creature illustration with human legs at the subway stations of Nagoya, usually reminding you not to smoke. When I visited the iconic Nagoya Castle and saw its peculiar rooftop adornment, I then realize where the idea of the subway mascot came from.

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One of the many replicas of Shachihoko on display inside the Nagoya Castle

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Shachihoko on the castle’s roof (times two)

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A Shachihoko replica to sit on for a snapshot, for posterity’s sake

Taal Volcano Horses

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Horse carrying its keeper and its food, or maybe food for the working horses

Taal volcano is a regular tourist destination for visitors in Manila. But this post is not about it. Rather this is dedicated to those poor horses employed by the tourists. The horse’s job is to carry visitors who prefer not to walk to the top of Taal volcano and back. That’s their routine the whole day every day. Folks living in the volcano make money from these creatures by asking 500 pesos for the ride.

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Another horse carrying horse food

I think you don’t need to be extraordinarily fit to tread the same path as that of the horses. The trail is unchallenging. It took me just an hour of roundtrip walk with summit view appreciation. I heard a local says it’s about 4 kilometers to the top but I think he meant the roundtrip distance. It’s so easy. Too short for running though. So unless you consider horse riding an experience, walking is better especially on a just rained ground.

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Child tourist on a horse

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A grazing horse seen along the trail

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Loading dock for tourists riding a horse

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Obviously not a horse but this creature is welcome in this post too. See you can take a pause and appreciate a goat if you walk instead

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Another creature sighted at Taal Lake, the beginning and end of the Taal volcano walking tour

Kuhol Eggs

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On returning to Lake Caliraya for a weekend escape from the urban noise (e.g. car engine noise), I noticed plenty of kuhol (snail) egg clusters in plants, tree trunks, boulders, boat dock, and boats this month. So apart from sitting crossed-leg on the dock waiting and watching for the occasional jump of fish in the water, birdwatching sans binoculars, reading Robert Parker’s Spenser novel, and other “doing nothing” activities, I thought about keeping stock photos of kuhol eggs.

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A pair of kuhol picked from the water

Seeing those pink eggs very close while taking pictures, I wondered if there is some kind of pattern in the count of eggs per elongated mass. Right now, I also wonder if the egg adhesive can be used as household adhesive. Seems like the substance can bond on a variety of surfaces and is even water resistant.

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In demand real estate for laying eggs

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I guess any surface will do

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Even on mother-in-laws tongue (plant)

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Perhaps any leaf will do

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Some on boulders

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I wonder if they all laid eggs at the same time in this trunk

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Snail still laying eggs

Old World Monkeys at Mount Arashiyama

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Almost at the summit of Mt Arashiyama

Mount Arashiyama in Kyoto is one such location for seeing Japanese macaques. Referred to as the monkey park, this place is a great way for fellow primates to bond (humans and non-humans).

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Macaques roam freely while the humans are caged

These red-faced old world monkeys that reminded me of Borneo’s Proboscis monkeys are native to Japan, hence my interest in visiting them. The walk up the mountain at winter, though chilly, is generally a short and pleasant hike as long as you’re fit.

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Caged cabin for human primates to rest, warm themselves or feed the non-human primates

Interacting with the macaques can be brought to an intimate level wherein visitors are allowed to feed them by hand, provided that you are inside the cabin. The idea is that the macaques can roam freely while the humans are caged.

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The proper way to feed by hand is to put food in one's palm for the monkey to reach out for it

Other than meeting these relatively good looking fellows, the top view of Kyoto City from here which is as tall as the Kyoto Tower is my kind of high altitude sightseeing, that is, hiking up in a natural setting rather than riding up an elevator towards the roof of a skyscraper, or steel tower. Generally, no matter how grand those steel towers or glass skyscrapers are, and no matter where they are, I feel nothing for them. No fresh air, vegetation, earth, exercise and sometimes red-faced primates.

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Path on the way up to the monkey park

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View of Kyoto at Mt Arashiyama

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My daughter wrote those and insisted I do this

Cats of Melaka

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By the church ruins on the hill

 

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Cafeteria of the pasar at Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

 

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At the back of a traditional Malay house in Kampung Morten

 

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Kampung Morten cat is pregnant

 

Of Canine and Sunning

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How dogs use the solarization furniture of humans

Cat Chronicle: The Curious Cat

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She is a very curious cat, a female Rum Tum Tugger, a resident of Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Live Ornamentation

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Looks like the aquarium fish vendor found a way to make his seating theft proof

Goldfish and other aquarium fish for sale on a sidewalk in downtown Iloilo.

The Convoy

White cow as beast of burden

White cow as beast of burden

Carabao is a beautiful creature

Carabao is a beautiful creature

Young carabao

Young carabao

The slow moving convoy

The slow moving convoy of corn stalks cargo

Carabao Cart

Carabao-drawn cart empty of sugarcane crop cargo as seen in Barangay Granada highway. 
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Cat Casita

I always pass by the guard post at the loading dock for trucks of Landmark Department Store/Supermarket building and have noticed a couple of stray cats hanging out in there having some kind of friendship with the security guard.

Recently the cats have already a boardinghouse built from carton complete with roof, loft with bedding and windows and presumably constructed by the security guard who became too attached with these felines.
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“TOM & JERY HOUSE!!” says exactly the writing at the roof truss.
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Four-legged Lawn Mowers

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Goats maintaining the lawn

The Carabao

These carabaos are being utilized to lug wood used to make furnitures in Real, Quezon.
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Carabao lugging wood

beast of burden

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