Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here Is a True Story of What Life is Living in One of the Many Coconut Plantations.
For me, coconut plantation is one of the nicest places to live in the world. The place has a very exotic view. When you look at the coconut trees you will think they are immortal especially when you look at the very tall ones. High above, you can still see it is bearing fruits even after more than half of a century. There was a coconut farmer and his family who owned about 2 parcels of coconut lands at first. That was not enough to support the family so he worked hard to make ends meet, at the same time saving more money as days passed by and bought more coconut land. These are the things the family did in order to succeed:
Raising chickens on the farm was easy. The farmer just fed them with rice-in-husk or corn kernels in the morning and off they go. The chickens had no cage. They were free to roam around anywhere they liked and come back home in the afternoon. There was a tree close to the house that had many branches. When the chickens come back, they would fly up to the tree branches and sleep there. Every morning the chickens would come down from the tree, makes noises and gather around in front of the house waiting for their food. If there was no food in the morning, they would just slowly disperse away and look for food in the grass and bushes. The family would plant corn so they wouldn't need to buy chicken feed. It was very easy to raise wild chickens because you don't really take care of them like caged chickens.
The Hen Lays Eggs.
While raising chickens, the family also let some of the female chickens lay eggs. There was always a rooster in the group to breed the hens. They never used any chicken feed or hormones so their chickens were organic. When the hens were about to lay eggs, the farmer would build a shack for the hens and build nests out of coconut leaves. He cut the coconut leaves in half lengthwise, removing the thick spine of the leaves, and weaved the leaflets. After weaving, he rolled them to form a nest and tied the end of the nest with string. He then hung the nests inside the shack. He would lead the hens into the nests once or twice until they laid the first egg. Once they laid an egg, they would know where to come back to lay their second egg. After hatching the eggs, the hen will stay with the brand new chicks to keep them warm all the time. The hen can't fly to the tree branch without the chicks, so the hen stays with the chicks on the ground inside the shack. The family would sell some of the chickens and eggs in the market but keep some for food.
The farmer and his family didn't raise many pigs because of the manure problem. Just two pigs at a time; one for food and one for sale. Raising pigs was easy as well. Just put a leash on them and tie the leash around a tree under the shade and away from the house. During hot days the farmer would bring the pigs to the creek so they could take their bath. They like to bathe themselves just like elephants do. Unleashing the pigs once in a while was good. That way they can walk around. They always come back home for more food. The farmer's wife didn't spend much money to buy feed for the pigs because she didn't have to. They would cut down a banana tree and peel off the outer layer of the bark then slice the trunk finely and cut it into small pieces. It was then mixed with fine rice husk and water or any left over soup and fed to the pigs.
Buying more Coconut and Vegetable Lands
Once the family saved some money, they bought more coconut land in the nearby area. Some of the lands were already planted with taro or "gaway". Taro grows and multiplies in the wetland. The leaves and stalk are usually cooked in coconut milk. Aside from the leaves, stalk and root, (taro) there is a sprout that grows up to about 16 inches long and this can be harvested before it grows to a new plant. This sprout is a delicious vegetable and nutritious too. I haven't seen many of these sprouts in the market today. If you leave the sprout alone it will grow into a new taro plant. Taro didn't need care; it just grows and multiplies on its own.
One of the coconut lands is also planted with giant elephant ear plants, (member of the elephant ear family) which the natives call it "palawan". The root is edible and looks like a giant taro, but the taste is different. One root is so big it can feed a whole big family. Both taro and palawan didn't need extra care.
Coconut Land with a Creek
The family also bought a coconut land with a creek full of fish. If you want to catch some fish while you're sleeping all you have to do is prepare bamboo poles attached to fishing line with bait on it and leaves the bamboo poles standing in the mud overnight. Early in the morning you collect the fish. Sometimes the family would go fishing on the creek with their fishing rod and bait.
Sweet Potatoes under the Coconut Trees
During the coconut harvest season, the whole family was busy for about a week. After that, there was really not much to do except plant more vegetables and take care of the animals. The carabaos have to be moved to a shaded area and to a grassy location so it can eat. The family planted one of the coconut lands with sweet potatoes. This is a very hardy plant and grows under partial sun or shade. The leaves are delicious and the root itself is very nutritious. Nothing is wasted in this plant.
There were not many people living on this coconut plantation, only about 6 houses far apart from each other. The family, however, continued to buy more land when they could afford it. I would say that they had a great life even if they didn't have enough money. The farmer and his wife continued to live and work on the coconut farm. The children grew up, got married and moved. Later on, when they became older, both the farmer and his wife had to move to the nearby town. One reason was that the road going to the coconut farm was not accessible by vehicles, and it would be impossible to travel fast in case of emergency. Another reason is they wanted to be close to their children. Some of the children of the family moved far away and all they can remember now is how beautiful life was on the coconut farm in the Philippines
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The word blog is derived from two words: Web and Log. A blog is just like a diary on the Web which we can update anytime we have something new to write or display. There are many legitimate Internet businesses as well as many scams. Sometimes it's difficult to know which is which. Today's economy is hard and to be parted from your hard earned cash is not an option. It's better to be safe rather than sorry. It is confusing when you surf the Internet and find so many sales pitches, claiming that they are the best business opportunity.
My recommendation is to start with a free blog site.
Blogging is also a legitimate Internet business. You can start building a business from a free blog site. This doesn't require money to start, but it does require creativity, hard work, and writing ability. There are many articles that you can read about writing and how to write. One place to search for these articles is hubpages. You will find many articles about writing at hubpages. People nowadays are sharing almost all that they know on the Web.
Choose a free blog site.
If you don't have a blog website yet, it is easy to start one. I would suggest either Wordpress.com or Blogger.com which is my website. It is very easy to set up a blog at blogger.com, even if you don't have many computer skills. If there is something you don't understand you can always go to Google forum and ask questions and some experts will try to help answer your questions.
Earn Money from your free blog
Blogger.com lets you earn money from your free blog site. Blogger offers monitization of your website through Google Adsense and Amazon Associate program. You will earn income depending on how you advertise your site or drive traffic to your new blog site. The more traffic your website gets, the higher your income.
In order to use Google Adsense you will have to apply and once approved you will receive your publisher ID. You will have to apply for an Amazon Associate ID as well. The application can be done right inside inside the blogger's website. After you set up your free website you will be taken to the control panel. Inside you will see a "Monetize" button and if you click that you will see Google Adsense and Amazon buttons. If you have no Adsense and Amazon ID yet, just click the buttons to apply. Just follow their step by step instructions. Your website needs a lot of traffic for you to earn money, so you will have to advertise your website by creating backlinks, joining forums and use your URL as signature when you post in the forum. Joining social media like facebook and twitter will be a good help also. Submit your blogs to blog directories and subscribe in RSS feeds.
Creating a free blogger website
Using Google Account:
- Go to Blogger homepage and click "create you blog now" button. Type your Google account password and check the "Acceptance of Terms" box. Read the Terms of Service.
- Display Name field- this is where you fill a name that you want to use for display on your blog profile. If you don't want to use your real name, you can make up a name that you want to use.
- Click continue- next is "Naming your blog."
- In the "Blog Title" field type the name of your blog. This name will appear on the very top of your website. This should consist of your main keywords, so your website will be easy to find by the search engine.
- In the "Blog Address" field you will type the URL for your website. (example: yoursitename.blogspot.com) Then click the "Check Availability" link. If it's not available, try another domain name and check again until you come up with the available URL.
- Click continue.
Think of a good topic to write that is related, to your website title and domain name. You could start with about 400 words but, if you can, make it longer. You need to use keywords in the title of your post, in the first sentence and in the last sentence of your article. It is better for the search engine if you type the keywords in bold print. Do not use many keywords in one article as it will sounds like spam to the search engines. Now that you have created a blog you need to concentrate on writing good contents, so it will be indexed by Google as soon as possible. It is also good to start promoting your website and create backlinks to place in other sites.