Tagged: Germany

Schachbrettblume or Chess Flower

  • Schachbrettblume
    Chess flower or Schachbrettblume is endangered species.
  • Chess flower of Schabrettblume
    Schachbrettblume is
  • Bumble bee at work.
    The bumble bee at work.
  • Fritillaria meleagris
    Fritillaria meleagris is a Eurasian species of flowering plant in the lily family.
  • Endangered species.
    Fritillaria meleagris is the scientific name of Schachbrettblume or chess flower.
  • Schachblume
    Schachbrettblume in white.
  • Schachblume in weiss.
    Rare and beautiful.

We’ve been residing here for almost seven years now, but it is just today that I got the chance to visit the field where chess flowers or Schachbrettblumen grows. I am glad that Mrs. S. reminded me about it again. Schachbrettblume (Fritillaria meleagris) is an endangered species that grows wild in grasslands in damp soils and river meadows. If you want to know more about thhis rare flower, please visit Fritillaria Meleagris on Wikipedia.

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A Pet

It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.

Sweet sweet Coco

Sweet sweet Coco

Philippine Vehicle Innovation

Last Friday, on our way to Ulm…while flipping Auto Bild magazine, I found a picture which looks so familiar to me. The image was featured under Leserfoto ((reader’s photograph)) column. Underneath was written “Please count: One (!) bicycle with twelve (!) passengers discovered by our reader Dennis Schoof in Manila (Philippines)”.

I want to ride a bicycle…I want to ride a bike.

I can imagine how amused the photographer was as he saw it. O siguro laking mangha niya nang makita niya ito dahil walang ganyang sasakyan dito sa Germany. It can’t be possible too dahil hindi ito lulusot sa TÜV (Technische Überwachungs Verein) ((Technical Monitoring Association)).

Hehehe, hindi lang nila alam tayong mga Pilipino ay super innovative in different fields. But let us stick to the topic “vehicle innovation”.

What about this one here? Well I think the image below is very common to us. Yon bang may isa o dalawang taong aangkas sa motorsiklo. But you know, in the most outback part of Butuan or maybe some parts of other provinces, where jeepneys only travel once a day…a single motorbike as public transportation is a hit for locals and day-trippers.

Get your motor runnin’ head out on the highway, lookin’ for adventure, and whatever comes our way…

Last but not least, this is something you might have not seen yet. A skylab. Or sky love? I am not really sure of the name, but what the heck. I saw this one on our way to Butuan City last May 2008. I was wondering how passengers got on to it.

The driver needs or requires great balancing act. Di ba? Haven’t experienced riding a vehicle such as this one yet. But I think I’d rather walk than catch a ride on a Skylab. Not because I am maarte, pero natatakot ako na baka ito ay bumalintong. Paano nalang ang aking high heel shoes (charing), my false eyelashes, my whatevah? Ay basta’t akoy maglalakad nalang.

O, anong say niyo sa mga sasakyan sa probinsiya???