Little Wonders Series’ Fourth Episode

The date was 06 March 2011 when I captured all the featured photos during our climb to the abundant Mount Cristobal in the home of one of the most well-known festivals (Pahiyas Festival) in the country during summer, Quezon Province. Undoubtedly, Mount Cristobal swaggers an array of small wonders.




“Little Wonders” are photos of small organisms from plant (and, at times, animal) kingdom which were all captured during my travels to different places particularly mountains in the Philippines. They are creatures that are often neglected yet each of them raises a striking beauty upon closer look. I still want to improve my photography skills so I’d be really happy to see comments and suggestions from fellow bloggers and non-bloggers on each of my posts for this series, especially pros in this craft.

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49 thoughts on “Little Wonders Series’ Fourth Episode

    • What an honor to be visited by one of the well known internet stores of top-of-the-line products and machines for coffee stores. Thank you very much for the time!

      I am so glad I toured your website because I learned so much more about coffee particularly one of the top 5 sellers — Kopi Alamid (Philippines) or Kopi Luwak (Puerto Rico and Indonesia). I’d like to share what I got from your site here for the information of my friends and readers in the blogosphere:

      The Palm Civet or marsupial luwak of Indonesia a tree climbing animal that ranges in weight from three to ten pounds uses it’s sense of smell and eyesight to seek out it’s favorite treat the ripest coffee cherries. The Palm Civet or Luwak passes the cherry through the digestive track where the beans exit the animal basically intact. The beans are then patiently harvested from the forest floor near coffee plantations carefully cleaned and roasted.

      The beans are usually given a light to dark roast to avoid destruction of the complex flavors which have developed through the process. This unique processing is said to give the resulting coffee a rich, heavy flavor with some hints of caramel or chocolate. Some other words used to describe this cup of joe by those fortunate enough to try it have been earthy, musty and exotic with syrupy body and smooth flavor. The University of Guelph did a study in which they examined the chemical and physical properties of the Kopi Luwak coffee bean and compared them to that of a regular coffee bean. Their results are quite interesting. They found the unroasted Kopi Luwak coffee beans had more red and yellow tones than a Columbian coffee bean. They also found the Kopi Luwak gourmet coffee bean to have less total protein, less bacterial count, some pitting on the surface of the coffee bean and different compounds. This may explain why the Kopi Luwak coffee is said to be less bitter and have a different aroma than other gourmet coffee.

      Although this gourmet coffe’s exact date of discovery is not known. The strange origins of this rare gourmet coffee make it labor-intensive and time-consuming to produce. Gourmet coffee lovers are willing to pay a premium for this rare and exotic blend and consider it worth the effort and trouble involved. Here is your chance to be among the few who have tried Kopi Luwak coffee. We have been able to secure a small quantity of Kopi Luwak coffee at a substantial discount and once sold out we do not know when we will be able to procure more.


    • It is, Eric, especially when it’s added with a bit of salt or when you let these berries sit on the salt for a few minutes. The reason is that, the salt penetrating through its TEXTURED skin brings out more of that berry juices, slowly.


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  6. Sony I so enjoy your Little Wonders Series! It was a great idea to make that a regular subject on your blog. And as I have said before, you live in a beautiful place. I hope the “highbrows” find that your pictured plant is a new plant species~how cool would that be? Take care Sony!

    Oh, I am not a coffee drinker. And if I was I would have to do some big thinking about the coffee made from the Civet Cat’s droppings. 🙂 Very interesting though at Wiki from your link.


  7. Now I can relate to the movie The Bucket List as they mentioned the most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, as a very funny moment in the movie. I love your beautiful images . . . 🙂


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  10. Bro, just magical! Wonderful, bright images that reminds me of the stories I used to hear as a child, places of enchantment, places of adventures. I copied my response to your comment about you leaving soon to another country. I wish you all the best. I pray for your happiness and so with your family.
    I feel both sad and happy for you. Sad cause you need to leave your homeland for a better future. Happy because perhaps it is a part of your dream and now it’s coming true. Always carry your family with you, their love , their memories i your heart and mind. Never forget to pray. Never forget that real friends are there to help you. All these will give you strength when loneliness kicks in. God bless you and your family. Be safe my friend.


    • That’s actually one of my biggest regrets now, Ivan. Had I known that being a biologist CAN open doors to traveling, I would have contently pursued the course.

      Biology is my third favorite subject when I was in high school. English is my first and History comes second. I love memorizing names, places, historical events, and dates.


  11. Kuya Sony, your pictures are so great! In case you decide to leave teaching, you can be the photographer of National Geographic. 🙂

    Sorry for not being able to visit this sooner. Been busy working on graduate school papers. 🙂


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