A Plantito with Black Thumb

I have always recognized that I do not have a green thumb.  Though I love plants and have taken cared quite a number of them in the past, plants don’t love me back.  My relatives can attest that I have purchased countless number of plants in the past, but all chose to breathe their last breath and declined to settle with me in my condo unit.  I sometimes correlate my relations to plants as a form of unrequited love! 

When I and my family would go out of town, I would often suggest to stop at a garden store by a roadside before heading back to Manila for I want to acquire new greens.  “Are you looking for a new victim?” or “You’re just wasting some bucks” are the usual remarks of my relatives when I would suggest my buying new plants.

the recent garden shop where i purchased my succulents… i can hear these greens saying… “no! not me!!!” LOL!

I have always thought that I would make a good gardener because I had an A+ grade in my Botany subjects during my old school days and would even had the time and fortitude of talking to these plants.  But all these photosynthetic members of the Kingdom Plantae refuse to live with me.  My relatives has even tagged me as having the black thumb or even worse the black-kiss-of-death thumb!

Owning and taking care of plants here in Manila is the new craze.  Like me, this has been some of people’s emotional outlet or thing to do and be busy of indoors during this time of quarantining and pandemic. 

This has been evidenced by the steady increase in the number of social media posts of people posing behind, in front or beside their happy and healthy plants!  People call these plant-fanatics and shrub-obsessed folks as Plantitas (for female) and Plantitos (for male) of Manila.

In my recent out of town adventure, I again purchased a new batch of plants to enjoy and take care of.  I hope these creatures are as glad as I am.  I am really hoping that this new batch will live a long life and would finally erase my being a black thumb.

if those trees can run, i’m pretty sure they’ve moved way way farther! hahaha!

my not-so-happy green companions! please don’t die…(my recent purchases)

But if these plants chose to reject me and die instead, I will still care for one and would just have to melodramatically remind myself that old warriors may have to fight a long battle more than once to win it.  And if one zany plant would finally decide to settle it out with me, I will call myself a Plantito who would be smiling while sharing social media pictures with it.

Looking forward to having photos with these new plants!

Enjoying the Garden City of Singapore

In each of the time that I visited Singapore in the past, going to the famous and tourist-infested Night Zafari has always been part of the itinerary. And in each time of such visit, this planned route never transpired and took place.

Maybe it is because I am not a fan and not fond of visiting animals in cages. Maybe it has dawned in me somewhere in my nutty unconscious that I really don’t enjoy seeing animals in asylums. Maybe for me, the experience of going to a zoo is like witnessing fauna as refugees. Yeah, I have been fascinated and been to lots of natural history museums around the planet that feature primates and other zoological beings but these I presumed died prior to being preserved or taxidermy-ied.

In my most recent visit to captivating Singapore with Nengkoy and few members of my family, I again failed to visit the Night Zafari (I really don’t know if such a place still runs and exists). And ironically, my foremost reason why I wanted to visit Singapura this time was because I wanted to see not the animals but the P.L.A.N.T.S!

something to marvel about! look at how small those people above!

don’t go chasing waterfalls… 🙂

magnificent dome!

pleasant!


Gardens By The Bay is a 100-hectare botanical garden located right in the heart of the city. It is so huge, we basically stayed in the area to marvel about the beauty of the plant kingdom the whole day yet still (and of course) failed to see and smell the entire nature park. Something awesome about this place is that it is so fresh and modern-day. I guess ultra-modern people of the planet now no longer wants to see creatures of the animal kingdom inside a cage!

I never had appreciated plants this way before! The eco-domes called Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest were like fantastic paradises on earth! Getting around the area was so pleasant. The best part is that there is no guilt feelings building up inside your inner being because there is no person or animal that has been hurt during such a fun and marvelous experience.

Good thing I failed to bring a bowl and a salad dressing during our visit, otherwise, I would have made a scrumptious green & blossom salad out of those plants!

lovely!

posing…

At hindi lang ako ang presko sa lugar… alam na!