Bonsai is a form of Art that originated in Japan. The literal meaning of Bonsai is “tree in a pot”. Bonsai looks like so complex but many did not know that Bonsai is so easy to make. With lot of patience, passion and appreciation you can create your own Bonsai. Here are some few step to create your own magnificent Bonsai
1. STUDY! STUDY! STUDY!!! Bonsai is not just a shrub or a tree inside a pot. You need to achieve the look of an aged tree. With this you need to observe pictures of real aged trees. You need to learn how the tree grows and how can you achieve the aged look. You can attend seminars that teach you how to create a beautiful bonsai. 2. SELECT A BONSAI MATERIAL Selecting a Bonsai material is the next step to apply what you have learned in your study. You can get a Bonsai Material from your backyard such as your lovely Santan plant, your Bougainvillea Shrub or your Fukien Tea shrub and turn it into a lovely Bonsai. Just carefully ball out the plant and put it into the Bonsai Pot. Place it in a shady part of your backyard while the tree is recovering from the shock. You can also buy from Bonsai Nurseries, here in the Philippines UP Diliman Bonsai Society is selling Bonsai materials that you can work on. Or you can start from a seed, like Sampaloc Tree but this would take more than 10 years just to develop into a tree.
3. START WIRING YOUR BONSAI Bonsai needs to be wired to achieve its aged look and to shape the branches and achieve the style you want. Bonsai Hobbyists use 2 kinds of wires, Aluminum wire or Copper wire. Aluminum wire is more flexible but copper wire retains its shape. If you are a beginner I recommend you to use aluminum wire. Wiring Bonsai is a skill and you need the help of somebody who knows how to do it so that you can properly wire your bonsai.
4. REPOT YOUR BONSAI After Training you Bonsai in a large pot you can repot the Bonsai in a beautiful Pot. Different Bonsai Pot compliments different Bonsai Styles. You can use Bonsai Pot imported from Japan or you can use pots made out of cement made here in the Philippines.
That’s it! It is so easy to start this Hobby! Give us feedback about you bonsai and we are happy to help you out! Thanks for reading!
Entrance going to Before I Do Bridal Fair 2014, an entrance fee of Php 50.00 is required.
Some girls have been planning and dreaming of their wedding ever since they were little. (Thanks to the Disney princesses and their prince charmings, I think.) In a year, almost 2000 couples get married! But little do they know, that planning a wedding can take up enormous time, money and effort. As a solution for this, Before I Do Bridal Fair was offered. It has been organized since 2006 and recently it was held last July 25 – 27, 2014 at SM Megatrade Hall 1.
Bridal Fair Series official website is http://www.mybridalfair.com which serves as an online resource for wedding suppliers and soon to wed couples. This event website contains contact information, pictures, and write ups of different suppliers who joined the Before I Do Bridal Fair Series from the day it started up to the present. Articles related to weddings and relationships are also included in order to address the concerns of both visitors and suppliers. (http://mybridalfair.com/content/view/9/86/)
This is a one stop shop for soon to be married couples to meet suppliers and planners for their dream wedding. Here are some of the suppliers.
Here are some websites for soon to be couples where you can find suppliers’ contact numbers, email address and website;
And here’s the link for the Bridal Fair exhibitors.
Have fun planning your wedding!!
The Filipino Culture is very rich with majestic traditions that we can be proud of! Culture of Bayanihan, po at Opo and the culture of hospitality. But I think we have a culture that has a great effect on the way we think about money. Many famous Filipinos are giving advice on personal finance. Some of them give their insights through blogs, others in form of a book and others are in part of seminars. But even though many are “informed” in the dos and don’ts of finance still many people are struggling to be financially free. Here are some of the cultures of Filipinos that make us struggle financially:
- Our “Crab” mentality
“Crab” mentality is attributed to the motions of the crab in a basket that wants to strive just to reach the top while pushing others in the bottom. The Filipinos often get the characteristics of a crab also in the world of finance. We want to put others down by boasting things we have. As Filipinos we grew up in the culture with very unwise spending habits. Our culture taught us that being rich means having extravagant houses, nice collection of cars, nice set of clothes and very high tech gadgets. We know that this is not the true essence of being “rich” but we do it anyway because of our notion that this would make me happy and contented and just to impress others with our lifestyle. We wanted people to notice our things just to look more superior with others.
- My piece of advice, do not but things you don’t need just to impress people you don’t like especially using the money you don’t have. Keep away from credit cards because the interest rate of it is a whopping 36% per annum. This would bury you alive in debt!!!
- Our “Ningas Kugon” mentality
“Ningas Kugon” mentality means that we are only performing excellent at the start. We apply this mentality in our finances. We are great in saving for two months but after we see a sale in the mall or see a promo fare in our dream tourist destination or seeing our dream cellphone in the store we would spend our savings just to get what we wanted. We are also good in having “New Year Resolutions” and one of that is to save and invest regularly but we cannot lived it up for the whole year.
- My piece of advice, save and invest on a regular basis. Have a force saving or investing that cannot be withdrawn easily like having a VUL insurance or Mutual fund that is automatically debited on your payroll account.
- Our “Colonial” Mentality
“Colonial Mentality” let us think that Filipinos are inferior that others especially Americans. Americans conquered us not just physically but intellectually that resulted in our great admiration for their country. Because of this Filipinos are brainwashed that we can be prosperous in our nation. This resulted in Braindrain that resulted in slow growth of our economy. Talented minds served other nations rather that serving our Filipino nation.
- My piece of advice, search for opportunities to grow be wealthy in your own nation. There are so many things that we could do together just to lift up our nation. Do business here in the Philippines, other nations are going here just to build up their business but we Filipinos cannot see the goldmines in our backyard.
- Our “Bahala na” mentality
“Bahala na” is a phrase that literally means “Bathala na” or God will provide. This phrase shows our faith and assurance of the blessings of God but this phrase also leads in laziness of Filipinos and lack of preparedness in our retirement. God did not want us to be lazy nor rely on him alone. It is written in the book of Hebrews that Faith without action is dead. This means that as we trust on him let us do our part. Learn to prepare for the rainy season, work as if serving the Lord and live simply. Do not rely on your family members that they will provide for your needs when you get old because the truth is they won’t because at that time they will also have a family to care for.
- My piece of advice, understand the relying on God means doing your part. Let Him show his mightiness by blessing the works of your hands. Learn to earn, save and invest in a Godly way and I’m sure that He will provide richly according to His glorious riches. But don’t forget to be a channel of His blessings when He already blessed you.
Yes, you!! You can be financially intelligent. Start practicing these tips now.
Rose, tulips, carnation, calla lily… These are flowers we often see in weddings and commonly seen in gardens. There is one beautiful flower with blooms that are often colorful and often fragrant, known as orchid.
Orchids are epiphytes, it is a plant that grows non-parasitically upon another plant, and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris accumulating around it instead of the structure it is fastened to. Naturally, they grow in the jungle clinging to different trees and driftwood. It can be fastened to posts, walls and home railings.
Many are collecting orchids for their scent. Also, most people cultivate orchids for the enjoyment of the flowers. Here in the Philippines, Philippines Horticultural Society, Inc. a non profit organization for orchid lovers. They advocate conservation of orchids through conducting seminars and training. This is their Facebook page for more information.
Here are some of the beautiful orchids you can collect. We are an events management company offering you the chance to discover and experience the pleasure of learning to growing orchids! Join now! Call or contact us on the details below.
Last summer, our group decided to explore the wonderful island of Caramoan. Caramoan Island is located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippine archipelago.It’s a first-class municipality, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the north and east and Lagonoy Gulf on the south. It has a 4,000- hectare limestone forest well endowed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. It boasts of having perfect white sand beaches, tranquil lakes, deep caves, coves and rich marine life.
It became intensely popular due to the famed american reality show Survivor series, which tapes their episodes in this beautiful island.
Great ocean adventures for kayakers, snorkle and scuba dive to experience the diverse marine life, trek and search for the enigmatic lagoon, rock climb the limestone cliffs, explore the caves or just star gaze at night.
Going there, we rode a van from Naga Terminal going to Port Sabang. From the port, we rode a 2 hour trigger boat ride for Php 120.00 to Guijalo Port. Then, we rode a 30 minute tricycle ride to Paniman Beach. We stayed in Kuya Ramil’s house for Php 350.00 per night for an airconditioned room.
You can contact them here: Ramil and Myrna Cruel: 0907 435 1962 This is their facebook page, but its better to text them because this account was set up by people who have visited them and wanted to help them promote their livelihood (like us!!). They are very accommodating and gracious.
During our three day stay, we roamed Paniman beach, and then went on an island hopping tour. We went to different beautiful islands at Caramoan such as Lahus, Matukad, Tinago, Minalahos and Catanhawan.
#ItsMoreFuninthePhilippines Include Caramoan Island in your list of vacation!!
There is a new craze in town! It is Spotify. I downloaded this and tried this and it was very cool. I love the design and colors used. Spotify can give access to millions of songs and stream any music. There’s lot of music genre to choose from, you can browse or search your favorite song or artist and hit play!
Here’s the link to download Spotify.
Try this song, this is a song I listen to when I want to relax. Enjoy!!
Congratulations Batch 1 attendees! The seminar commenced in a cold afternoon. It was headed by the speaker Mr. Bodhi Coba, a longtime bonsai enthusiast and cultivator. He is a graduate of Fine Arts from Philippine Women’s University, Manila. Also, he is an animator by profession, knowledgeable in Philippine arnis and acupuncture.
He shared a brief history of bonsai propagation in ancient Japan and here in the Philippines. He talked about the different tools and pots. Proper branch selection, proper bonsai soil and correct way of wiring were also discussed.
Next, the speaker showed proper re-potting and proper wiring of plants.
Then, the speaker demonstrated the different bonsai styles and entertained various questions from our enthusiastic attendees.
It was a very productive day! Congratulations Batch 1 attendees! You’re now on your way to becoming the next bonsai experts!
For our next batch of seminar, pls contact us.
Bonsai propagation was introduced to us by the Japanese. In their country, the word bonsai literally means tree in a tray. In making bonsai, special methods is used to control its growth.
One of the main purposes of propagating bonsai trees is for aesthetics and recreational purposes. It can be displayed inside the house for a natural feel. It can be a good source of income because it is one of the most expensive collections with prices up to millions of pesos.
In the Philippines, the most commonly used species for propagation are kamuning, camachile, bantigue, mulawin, aguho, bougainvillea, argao, bayabas, santan and ficus.
The Japanese tradition describes different commonly used styles.These include formal upright, informal upright, slanting, semi-cascade, cascade, raft, literati, and group/forest.
Our company offers a seminar workshop on bonsai propagation for beginners and experts alike. You will be taught first hand on the art of bonsai propagation!! Sign up for our next batch now!