Philippine Pitviper - Trimeresurus flavomaculatus 

Trimeresurus flavomaculatus (Viperidae) is a venomous species of pitviper native to Philippines. These vipers are arboreal and oviparous, occurring almost exclusively in undisturbed rainforests. Its venom is not well known, but it is mainly hemotoxic causing generally mild symptoms.

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Photo credit: ©Olle Albinsson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | Locality: captive, Lunnarp, Skane, Sweden (2007)

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Baker’s Hill, Palawan : Day 1

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The owners home is behind the horse and carriage wooden statue. It is off limits to the public. The park is free to roam in. “Please don’t litter so the owners won’t get annoyed and start charging for entrance to cover all the cleaning fees!” HAHA.

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I was surprised to find out that this place has a lot to offer. I thought it’s just a bakery on top of a hill. 

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The place is also full of food stalls and restaurants.

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The Baker’s Hill sits in a big compound with a sort of disney theme.There are many life size statues all over the place. There are Disney characters, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Lola Bunny, Pirates, Marilyn Monroe, Baker, Tiger, and Dinosaurs.

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Here’s a sculpture on display in one section of the garden.

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Baker’s Hill is a popular stop on the City Tour of Puerto Princesa.

And the peacocks are its most popular attractions.

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Here’s a Golden Peasant in one of the bird cages.

There are several other bird cages with beautiful birds on display.

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Here’s a group of beautiful dogs in one of the houses.

They’re very cute and lovely. 
You will also see well designed gardens, bonsai plants and several bird cages. 

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There are beautiful landscapes that are picture perfect. As I noticed, the landscape artist is fond of Bonsai plants.

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Here’s a another bonsai plant!

This bonsai could be more than 15 years old! 

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Here’s another side of Baker’s Hill with another set os bonsai plants on display!

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This is one of the beautiful flower arrangements at the Baker’s Hill.

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What is at stake in Hong Kong is not just the future of democracy in this compact, wealthy territory. It could be the future of China itself, whose leaders dread the same fate as the Soviet Union, which no longer exists. Try as it might to impose its will, China is wrestling with an empire whose peripheral peoples do not share its values and even its culture.
—  Howie Severino, Ghost and angels over Hong Kong protests
Oct. 1, 1975 - Ali TKOs Frazier after the 14th round in ‘Thrilla in Manila’

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The bout is often ranked as one of the greatest fights of 20th century boxing, and is the climax to the bitter rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. When Ali was stripped of the title in 1967 over his refusal to join the armed forces when drafted during the Vietnam War, Frazier had petitioned President Nixon to restore Ali’s right to box and even lent Ali money. When Ali finally got his license back, they met in the so-called Fight of the Century, the first time that two undisputed heavyweight champions had met in the ring. The mutual enmity emerged in the build up to the fight, when Ali turned on Frazier, describing him as an “Uncle Tom”, a “white man’s champion” and later, a “gorilla”. Frazier in turn riled Ali by referring to him by his birth name, Clay.

Afterwards the pair continued to trade insults, but by the time they met in a rematch, neither was a champion; Frazier had lost his title to George Foreman and Ali had recently been beaten by Ken Norton. In the build-up to the fight, the two had an infamous brawl in a TV studio while being interviewed by Howard Cosell. The fight itself was largely uneventful and Ali won on points. By 1975, Ali was champion again having unexpectedly regained the title by beating Foreman, whereas Frazier was thought to be washed up. Ali’s camp decided to give Frazier a title shot as a final payday for Joe before he retired. However, the fight proved to be a brutal, give and take affair, with each man taking a lot of punishment. The fight finally ended when Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch refused to let Frazier come out for the 15th round, meaning Ali won by TKO.

Thanks for sharing the #TalaLunaLove, @dangerindesign !! You’re the very first person to own our new brown boots with our Bontoc textile, as they haven’t even been published on our end yet! :) These babies will make their first public appearance at #MuniMarketDay by @Muni_PH on Oct.25 at Capitol Commons! Hope to see you there! :)
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Update: Guess where I am!

Update: Guess where I am!

That’s right, I’m in the Philippines :)

From my Aunt’s farm in Pampanga

My series of recaps on my EIA excursions is on hold for now.  I will continue soon enough, no doubt about that.  For now though, I’m going to try to recap my journey through the Philippines a little differently (and hopefully a little more frequently).

Different how, you ask?

Stay tuned!

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