The Pursuit of Mr. Frog Fish

The Wanderlust Keeper

The Pursuit of Mr. Frog Fish

          This is not a fairy tale where a girl kissed a frog that turned into her Prince Charming but rather this is a different story (because that was a frog but my story is a fish, a FROG FISH. Lol!). Kidding aside, this is a story which has an essential element as we move forward in our daily lives. So here it goes…

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Woody, Beep & Feathered Friends~

Woody Woodpecker is so shy!
He sits on the roof and watches the wild birds on the feeders but will never eat, so I have bought a special woodpecker nut mix in hopes of drawing him in. For now though, he just watches from afar.
Beep-Beep spends much of his days snooping at us through windows. Here he is watching me at my desk as I blog. This was shot through the window so there is some distortion. He was about a foot from my face.
The baby house finches are still caging meals from their parents.
Grosbeaks are new Holler residents.
Hawks always watch over everything, and have never yet gone after any of the birds.
Although they certainly like to watch them closely!
Cheers to you from The Holler’s Audubon garden.

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The Holler Flaunts it’s Feathers~

Ahhh, home at The Holler!

I’ve told you before, The Holler is ‘for the birds.’

And this is just how we like it!
Check out the cheeky, chirpy ones.
The beep-beep felt like a photo-op today,
and even forgot to run away!
He actually posed and beeped, vain meeper!
The mocking bird was in modeling mode, although still a very coy boy.
Cheers to you from The Holler and the world’s best neighbors~

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Painful Love

 Painful Love

By: Kevin Norbert G. Lopez


Thy melancholic eyes tore my heart asunder,

While thy life endures the raging storm and thunder.

I pity thee for thy misery,

Come tomorrow t’will be history…


The future remains a mystery,

Who knows? Might as well ask thee to marry me.


All men were given freedom to love,

Love freely like a flying dove.

Mind not the obstacles ahead of us,

Our fate decides, the future is just.


Cease thine eyes from pouring rain,

Pain in this world is mundane.

Hurt me, Hurt thee!

Come and see!

I shall stay by thy side,

Even gods would abide.


Obey! I say, obey!

They’ll realize someday,

My world would subside

Without thee by my side.


Thy pleasing smile heals my wounded heart,

Makes me forget my bitter past.

I hope, indeed, that we will last,

Lest this might be just another painful art.


After the raging storm and thunder,

Rainbow above, chaotic under.

Does it ever make you wonder?

Why is it when you love me now my heart would grow fonder?


The Need to Downsize our Lifestyle as we Advance in Age



By Cristina Valeriano



At a young age, many of us have been carefree, especially, those who belong to the upper echelon of the society. For the working class, the 15/30 wage is nothing but loose change compared to their family’s affluence. Also, for them, the job is just a reason for socializing and the jobsite, a venue for meeting friends.


But anything can happen, as what a popular adage says, “what goes up must come down”. Seriously now, rich or otherwise, there is a need to prepare ourselves in downsizing our lifestyle as we approach the threshold of our retirement. And for this writer, the situation is where I am now.


Retirement opportunity comes in many ways: one is in a package offered by the employer with the end objective of giving way to younger blood; two, is upon reaching the age of 60 which is an optional; three, is at the age of 65 which is the point of no turning back; and four, is when the company is in financial distress.


Retirees in the Philippines have lifetime securities, such as the pension from either the SSS or GSIS, aside from the “plans” that have been purchased while employed. With the soaring of the cost of living, the big chunk of the retiree population, though, has become helpless with their meager pension which is not even enough to buy two health maintenance drugs and a regular check up.


Downsizing of lifestyle needs a lot sacrifice on the part of the retirees, especially, if retirement came early due to uncontrolled circumstances. Worst is the situation wherein their children refuse to cooperate by maintaining their idle status despite having earned college degrees. Many retirees are found to be still supporting their idle “graduate” children whose alibi in failure to find a job is the distance of the workplace from home or the pittance wage which for them is not worth the sacrifice of waking up early in the morning.


Despite the aforementioned disheartening situations, it is worthy to note that many retirees find solace in their church and community volunteer service in place of the frequent partying with “amigas” or drinking sprees in beerhouses with “kumpares” before. Some venture into home-based business such as making bead jewelries and baking. But to keep them abreast with the happening in the world, many are into cyber-socialization, a laudable effort, for it does not only divert the attention of the retirees from the cafes and expensive restos, but keeps the brain working. However, it is important that leg muscles are stretched occasionally, so that, a weekly trip to the mall with the grandchildren is still very necessary for a grab of sandwich and juice!