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Of Shrooms and Weeds…

I have been into a good number of agriculture and fisheries enterprises in the country and with every farm I visited is a new trade idea I wanted to venture in. Be it vegetables or fruit production… poultry or livestock raising… even mariculture! I have taken all that into consideration. And now, I’m all on organic farming (thanks to my exposure in various organic farms!).

Agriculture Gives Life

Well, hello there.

It’s been a while since I wrote here, for a number of unavoidable reasons – preparing for and making that life-changing decision, retirement.

It seems only a day ago when I was submitting my application letter for a job with my first employer, the Department of Science and Technology in Legazpi City. I remember pretty well what I said there – I wanted to know the dynamics of working in the government. My parents both were working in the government as far back as I can remember. It was an extension of my respect for what they do that I chose to do it too.

Facing Danger in the Line of Duty

As dawn breaks, amidst the pounding rain, my Boss (fondly called Doc Lit) and I stepped in the waiting van that will take us to the lair of the 4 rebel commanders who have returned to the folds of law: Kumander Ismael, Kumander Benjie, Kumander Saidumar and Kumander Limbona. We are going there to assess their farms which ATI is funding as a Learning site for organic production of rice and vegetables. As if by coincidence, we never informed our wives of our destination for the place is known as a “no man's land”.

Up Close and Personal

I am just being reminded to have this blog title with the book that I’ve read written by Fern Michaels, where she explored the dynamics of one extraordinary family, the complex bond between mother and daughter, and the transforming power of the loves we find, the loves we lose, and the ones we carry with us always--no matter where life takes us.

Of course, I will not be talking about the book here, instead; I am just borrowing the title for her credits because I am amazed with it – just that!

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