“Dagko kaayo’g lusok ang uwan kagabii,” shared Ate Beth, a TM staff. Last night, there were thousands of feet stomping and running on Traveller’s Palm’s roof.
I originally planned to take a dip after an hour or so of writing but the gloomy weather seemed discouraging for snorkeling by the platform. So I took a leisure walk around the garden instead.
Despite visiting this personal refuge every month, it is still surprising to see something new. It must be the weather or the soft light. It felt that I have not seen these ornaments before.
From Traveller’s Palm, there are several flowers along the walkway. It is very soothing to see morning dew intact on the flowers yet ready to fall, to let go.
These glamorous clusters of small wild lilies grow on top of the rock. Their fragile stalks are pregnant with dews. Wild, they can be found anywhere. I found a bigger variety in Sagada and brought and planted some bulbs back in Tuburan. I saw the smaller ones by the elementary school. I’ll domesticate some in my lirio section of the garden. So far, I have four varieties.
These eggplants were just about a finger span last month. Rain and time made them grow healthily. I picked two eggplants and deep-fried them for lunch. It was very, very delicious! Behind the ornaments is my favorite tree at Terra Manna. Its coiling trunks, a character common among acacia trees but not with camachiles, are rather appealing. They are like longings coiling. Nah. It is just me overreading its beautiful branches.These flowers seem to bloom all throughout the year. I once yanked out a branch somewhere Tuburan because I fell for its red blooms. Sadly, it didn’t survive. I’ll try it again. Despite my regular visit at TM, I have not tried their bonfire area! I usually travel alone here, and it is sad to have a bonfire for one, isn’t it? I might ask the staff to have a bonfire kind of fun with me or travel with a group sometimes. The branches of nymph trees are very Serengeti’s-like. Nymph trees are natural insecticide, warding off mosquitoes. During starry nights, guests can camp out without the scare of mosquito bites. These deck chairs are on the ground. Sometimes they are by Lantawan, but today they are in the middle of the garden. I love them. They blend with everything. TM has recently added three bahay kubos for the budget travelers. Instead of camping, it is very comfortable to stay in a bahay kubo during rainy days. I know it can be really frustrating to stay in the tent during a heavy downpour. Believe me, I have experienced it a lot, and not in a posh camping site like TM’s. I’m talking about raw camping here. On a mountaintop. They are big! Last month, okra, tomatoes, ampalaya, and eggplants were a ruler-tall. Look at them now! The gardeners used chicken’s droppings for fertilizers. Yes, they are very organic. Guests can harvest and buy these organic produce for an affordable price. Tomatoes are “just bent, not broken.” They could hardly carry their bounties.
Can this be counted as a selfie? Reader—silent or otherwise, meet, my hardworking feet. 🙂
Love, Laugh, and Eat a lot,