Friday, December 7, 2012

Cyclone Bhopa and the amazing Philippine government

More than 400 Filipinos dead, hundreds still missing from cyclone Bhopa. I have a few people and agencies to thank for this amazingly tragic accident. They were exceptionally efficient in carrying out their duties and responsibilities to the Filipino people.

1. To PAGASA for having the science, technology and skills to use for the maximum efficiency in forecasting the weather and creating a disaster preventation or preparedness mechanism. It seems they know that such amount of rain falling in such denuded forest would create mud and log flow in geographically static low lying villages. Thank you PAGASA, your amazing performance have resulted in reducing the population in New Bataan. The count is rising.

‎2. Kudos to the Department of Interior and Logal Government or DILG for having anticipated the disaster through their close coordination and highly professional relation with PAGASA. The warning seems to have been efficiently cascaded down to the lowest level of leadership... through to the baranggay captains in the low lying villages and barrios. Thank you for using all necessary tools to warn the public and for what seems to have been your absolute preparedness by sending rescue teams complete with the latest gadgets and equipments to save victims of the flash flood. Your efficiency have also contributed to the grief of thousands of families who will not be celebrating the holidays with their father, mother, children, brother or sister.

‎3. BIG Shout-out to all local government officials. The Senators, Congressmen, Governors and Mayors. During election time, they spend millions of pesos in ensuring all nook and crannies are reached with their message of candidacy, that they are the savior and helper of the poor, that they are the super heroes their town, province, district or baranggay needs. They go house to house knocking on people's doors to shake hands and get the impression of a true leaders. They were all too present this time. They may or may not have rented jeepneys with loud speakers warning people to leave and vacate their homes because of the impending catastrophe. They may or may not have used local media to bring their message accross pleading people to save their lives. They may or may have not print even photo copies warning notes and dropped them in choppers to inform civilians of their impending possible death. Mr. Politician, Ms. Politician, we now know that we can rely on you. That you are and will always be here to protect us and allow us to have peaceful safe environment. We salute you

‎4. To the media and the telephone companies like GLOBE and SMART and PLDT, for using their facilities in spreading the news and possibility of the impending doom that could result in death and destruction. These companies does not fail to use our numbers in spreading advertisement and infomercials, letting us know their offers and promos. This time, they may or may have not used the same to tell people within the geographical path of the cyclone that they could be burried alive and that they may not see 2013 in one piece or alive. Thank you because we now know for a fact that we are not just statistics in your annual reports, rather we are human beings who could benefit from your operations, not just when we use them to get connected to our love ones, but also for us to get connected to our future. Salute, high five and admiration to you!


Finally to the President, NoyNoy Aquino for having shown pride and confidence in the amount of success his government has achieved in terms of disaster response but failed to address the issue of disaster preparedness. 

10 kgs of rice and few cans of sardines will not bring back the lives of the more than 400 dead Filipinos nor the thousands whose tears will silently flow because their mother, father, brother, sister or child will not be with them to celebrate the holidays.

I am not sure if condolences will suffice instead of warnings and evacuation plans prior to disaster. 

It is more FUN in the PHILIPPINES, and what makes it funnier is not the people but its leaders.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Osama and Omar's Trip to my farm.. I mean my balcony garden

No! This is not actually a "harvest" from my Aquaponics system. They are accidental casualties when me, Omar and Osama bought new Tilapia for our Aquaponics system and they ended up aggressively attacking each other. To save them from further pain, I fried them and ended up with a healthy and tasty lunch for me and my friend Usman.
Osama presenting the Kerela in the Aquaponics system, he and Omar have been helping me with.

Above is Osama showing some fruits of the Kerela plant and just at the background is the Aquaponics system 2 with sweet potato, kangkon, swiss chard seedlings, pepper seedling, tomatoe seedling and lady finger.

Osama enjoying the smell of freshly picked Jasmine (Sampaguita) in my self watering container garden.

Above is, you may not believe it, but a shot of Osama taken by Omar in my Kodak digital camera. I love it because Omar captured it perfectly. Actually, Osama was just watching TV, but I really liked the emotion, he looks like thinking deeply.

Osama overlooking the self watering container garden.

Mashallah, two healthy boys... adding fresh vegetables to their diet would be a good idea!

Osama and Omar.. happy and healthy! Mashallah, visiting "our" self watering container garden and aquaponics systems. Below is Omar showing Jasmine (Sampaguita) flowers, which he later picked.

Just standing by the kerela-sweet potato-kangkong jungle!

Below, Omar fooling around with Jasmine, I mean the flower (sampaguita)

Omar below, shot taken by Osama.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Self Watering Container Garden 25Aug 2011 part II

Part II of my Self Watering Container Garden update 25 August 2011

Self Watering Container Garden 25Aug2011

Updating on my self watering container garden - pots are made of recycled 6L water bottles. Growing media is a mixture of potting soil/mix and hydroton.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

WARNING to Aquapons....Tilapia could be a heartless killer of other fish!!!

Hi there.
About 3 nights ago me and Osama finally decided to go get some Tilapia for our Aquaponics system. At first I was hesistant, worried how on earth we can bring them home....and the thought of telling the salesman that I need them alive... is something weird.. so we decided we will tell him its for a school project.. which is actually true..because we are preparing one Aquaponics system for his science fair 2 months from now.

We got to Marhaba supermarket along Hail street in Ruwais and got 4 healthy and active looking tilapias for only ... 10SAR.. yes... all of them for 10SAR... whatta bargain... it took 3 plastic bags becuase their fins kept poking holes on the bag... finally we had to rush back home with 4 tilapias in a plastic bag.... the taxi driver gave us that strange look when the tilapias flapped.. from the bag...

Upon reaching home, we put them in one small container and soon enough we realized we may need to separate them as ... because of hormone treatments in the farm..all of them seemed to be males and were fighting. That same night I put two of them separately in two of my other aquaponics systems, with already established goldfish groups.

Friday morning.... i found two goldfish dead..obviously attacked because their tummies showed nipping or bites... scales were gone....skins were bruised... ay yayayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy... immediately i had to come to the rescue... we put some 4" pvc pipes in the container they were in to give each one some sort of territorial feeling.... but not after 4 goldfish dead 2 more dying... and they were not just goldfish... they were with me since i started aquaponics in january of this year.. so they are almost 8 months old... they have grown happy, healthy and they have been with me on this journey.... what a bummer.... it as a bad way to go......

now.. i am thinking of getting a bigger tank for these 4 tilapias...and maybe come up with a better system for the school fair.... inshallah

so lesson learned! ------- don't mix tilapia with goldfish..... it will be ugly!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My indoor and outdoor aquaponics systems... Aug 2011

six goldfish in the indoor aquaponics system growing ornamental flowering plants with brocolli, okra, tomatoe and swiss chards... grow lights are tube light blue and red, fluorescent bulb
trying to root some rosemary stems i got from the supermarket the other day
ornamental flowering plant seedlings
swiss chard in the center and left is an ornamental flowering plant seedling
more ornamental flowering plant seedlings
outdoor balcony aquaponics systems with ampalaya, basil, tomatoe seedlings, sweet potatoe, swiss chard, celery, spinach and some ornamentals
a view to the right side of my small balcony... aquaponic systems..

and here is a quick video upload on my growing garden planted in self watering container pots made out of used 6liter water bottles.. and one or two bigger ones...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Aquaponics Update 25July 2011 - Death of a Pangasius

Bad news.....another one of my Pangasius died. It's the 2nd one in less than a month.

The first casualty was the smalled one. I noticed it was swimming afloat and not on the bottom as they usually do.... after 48 hours in quarantine, its dead.

The 2nd one is the bigger one, it's almost 10" and like the smaller one, has been with me for more or less 3 months.

The same symptoms but in this one, there was more. I noticed the usual color (albino) became more pale and there were small lesions on the skin in the stomach area. It also appeared bloated or like the food it has eaten were not digested and were bulging. Immediately I put it in quarantine, bottled water, a lot of aeration and a little sea salt.

One day, two days, finally it died this morning. It looked gruesome. I don't know what it is and why it happened and I will not stop searching for information.