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Emergency Hotlines for Typhoons, and other Calamities

We have another typhoon approaching, keeping an easily accessible list of emergency contact numbers stored in your mobile phone and/or on post a note on your refrigerator could help save your life or the life of someone else.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Sponsored Post Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – NovemberDeep Green Permaculture

It’s November, the last month of spring, the weather is moderate, deciduous trees are in leaf again, days are warm and there’s lots of green growth in the garden. The changeable and windy weather from October continues, but now there’s also the possibility of very sudden hot weather striking without warning so it’s important to protect plants from sun and wind. Also, regularly water newly planted trees and shrubs as the hot weather and strong winds can quickly dry out the soil.

Things to Do This Month:

  • Mulch around fruit trees and plants to retain moisture in the soil and prevent water loss from evaporation (keep mulch away from plant stems and trunks as this can cause stem rot/collar rot).
  • Mulch strawberries by placing straw underneath to keep the berries off the soil.
  • Propagate strawberries from runners.
  • Plant potted fruit trees and vines (having roots, can be planted anytime, best in spring & autumn).
  • Tie growing vines back to supports or wires.
  • Propagate plants by taking softwood (green) cuttings from now till January (after which they harden off).
  • Last chance to plant evergreen shrubs and trees (this includes citrus trees).
  • In ponds and water gardens, thin out existing aquatic plants, continue planting new ones, fertilise aquatic plants and feed fish regularly.

Vegetables and Herbs to Sow:

Sow in November Harvest (weeks)
Amaranth ds 7-8
Angelica ds 18 months
Asparagus d 2-3 years
Asparagus Pea d 8-11
Beetroot ds 7-10
Borage ds 8-10
Burdock d 17-18
Cape Gooseberry ds 14-16
Carrot d 12-18
Chicory d 16-24
Chinese cabbage ds 8-10
Chives ds 7-11
Climbing beans d 9-11
Coriander d 30-45
Cucumber d 8-10
Dwarf beans d 7-10
French tarragon d 30-40 days
Globe Artichokes s 42-57
Horseradish d 16-24
Jerusalem Artichokes d 15-20
Kohlrabi d 7-10
Lemon balm s 8-10
Lettuce ds 8-12
Mustard greens d 5-8
Okra ds 11-14
Oregano s 6-8
Parsley ds 9-19
Pumpkin ds 15-20
Radish d 5-7
Rhubarb d 12 months
Rocket d 21-35 days
Rosella s 21-25
Rosemary d 12 months
Sage d 18 months
Salsify d 14-21
Silverbeet ds 7-12
Summer savory d 6-10
Sunflower ds 10-11
Sweet corn ds 11-14
Turnip d 6-9
Yacon d 25

Key:
d = sow directly into ground
s = sow in seed tray
ds = sow directly into ground or seed tray
*= frost tender
**= sow after frost

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Metro Manila, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Quezon City

10 Eerily Beautiful Abandoned Places in Metro Manila

Metro Manila is an underrated hub for art and culture, with a unique legacy of Spanish, and American influences specially in architecture. Sadly, some of the most beautiful buildings from decades ago are no longer in use – few are deemed to be demolished. Here are 10 eerily beautiful abandoned places in the metro.

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Metro Manila, Muntinlupa

Trick or treat at Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa

One of the many things that I enjoy since we moved here at AAV, Muntinlupa over a decade ago is how the residents celebrate Halloween. I grew up in Davao City and Trick or Treating isn’t a thing back then, then I moved back to Metro Manila and lived in a gated village somewhere in Pasig City. It was awfully quiet save for the the cars driving by. Here’s a glimpse of how we celebrate Halloween at Ayala Alabang Village!

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Baguio, Benguet, Cavite, Laguna, Luzon, Metro Manila, Negros Occidental, Pampanga, Philippines

Travel Guide: 15 Most Haunted Places in the Philippines

Halloween is just around the corner. The air is getting colder. The nights are getting longer. This is the best time to curl up with some scary stories. And what better way to count down to Halloween than reading a spooky stories right before going to sleep? There’s no shortage of scary stories specially here in the Philippines and the places considered to be haunted, but these are the ones I found most bone-chilling!

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Cafes & Restaurants, Foodventure

Ooma Japanese Rice Bar | Foodventure

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I am not a fan of fusion cuisine (as it is so often done poorly). I do enjoy it once in a while, but given a choice between authentic cooking or fusion cuisine, I would much rather have the authentic one, the way the locals eat it. Given, I didn’t had a choice that day since most restaurants were full and my friend was insistent to try Ooma.

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