The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

09 February 2012


No garden will be complete without insects, small reptiles, and a whole lot of frogs! They are part of the natural ecosystem and their existence is better managed and recognized than denied or worse, obliterated.

I'm fairly sure that most people know lizards and frogs help control insects but it's different just knowing it than actually experiencing it. Skinks, what locals call bubúlî are among the more elegant-looking small reptiles (think skinny and pale house lizards or the large and creepy monitor lizards).


  1. Bangkalang daw tawag sa Lipa dyan.

    - Kokoy

    (anonymous daw. hehehe.)

  2. I thought it's bubuli? Ipagtatanong ko nga...

  3. we call it "Bangkalang" also in Tanauan, Batangas back in the days. as kids, we would try to kill it because we were ignorant. if we knew that this bangkalang were not harmful, we might have chosen it's different path.