Category: Animals & Plants

Trivia about the Year of the Tiger

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 14, 2010 and ends on February 2, 2011.   The Tiger is the third sign in the cycle of  Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs.  It is a sign of courage. This fearless and fiery fighter is revered by the ancient Chinese as the sign that wards off the three main disasters of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts.

Trivia about the Year of the Ox

According to the Chinese Zodiac Signs, people born in the Year of the Ox are emotionally well balanced and serene, which makes for stable relationship. They are completely dependable, extremely hardworking, resolute individuals who can overcome difficulties and achieve the goals that they have set for themselves. They show great judgment in choosing their friends. Once they decide to trust you, they become firm friends whose help and sound advise are much appreciated. However, don’;t ever take advantage of an ox, or you’ll find yourself with a sworn enemy.

Trivia about the Rats and Mice found in Luzon Island

Rats are various medium sized rodents and have an average life span of 2 to 3 years. Domestic rats differ from wild rats in many ways. They are calmer and less likely to bite. They can tolerate greater crowding. They breed earlier and produce more offsprings.

1. Luzon furry-tailed rat (Batomys granti)
This rat is from the cloud rat group. It feeds on fruits and leaves but unlike its closest relatives it lives mostly on the ground.

2. Cordillera striped earth-rat (Chrotomys whiteheadi)
There are striped earth-rats that occur in the mountains over most of Luzon Island, and on Mindoro and Sibuyan. This species lives in the Central Cordillera of Luzon. Like its relatives, this species feeds primarily on earthworms, which it finds by burrowing through the soil and thick layers of humus high in the mountains. This species is useful in controlling the alien earthworms that are damaging the famous rice terraces of Ifugao.


Trivia about the Various Species of Pigeon

1. Mindanao Bleeding – Heart Doves (Galllcolumba criniger)
The Mindanao bleeding-heart doves are rare and found in the forest running on the ground, singly or in pairs. Distinctive on their three grey wing bars, chestnut back and secondary wing features, white throat extending around large deep orange red patch on breast and cinnamon belly and undertail coverts. They call soft co-co-ooot lasting 1.5 seconds and repeated every 5 seconds.

2. Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
Nicobar pigeons are rare and local on small, forested inhabited island, hardly ever on larger ones and they are usually along the coast. Walks and feeds on the ground but will flush up into the canopy. They call deep growl gwwooow lasting.5 seconds, often given in pairs with 4 seconds pause between notes.


Trivia about the Year of the Rat

The Chinese astrological cycle begins with the year of the Rat. The rat possesses attributes ranging from charming and humorous to honest and meticulous. The Chinese say, those born in these years make good and wise advisors, yet they can never decide for themselves and they Change direction constantly.

Trivia about the Year of the Pig

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2007 is a Year of the Pig (Fire) which begins on February 18, 2007 and ends on February 6, 2008. The Chinese New Year does not begin on 1st of January, but on a date, which corresponds with the second New Moon after the winter equinox, so it varies from year to year.

Trivia about the Various Breeds of Domestic Cat

The cat (or domestic cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. It is valued by humans for its companionship and its ability to destroy vermin. A skilled predator, the cat is known to hunt over 1,000 species for food. Intelligent, the cat can be trained to obey simple commands, and has been known to teach itself to manipulate simple mechanisms.

Trivia about the Year of the Dog

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the year. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the western linear concept. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the month, and is constructed in a different fashion than the western solar calendar. It is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600 B.C., when Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac.

Trivia about Native Philippine Orchids II

Phalaenopsis fuscataPhalaenopsis fuscata has short, erect stems. The leaves are slender, ovobate, up to 30 cm long, 6 cm wide, greyish green. The few-flowered inflorescence is spreading, bent to nearly pendent, up to 40 cm long, longer than the leaves. The flowers are fleshy, shiny wax-like, about 30 mm in diameter. The margins of the sepals and petals are bent backward. The lip is three-lobed; the middle part has a central keel; the front part is shell-formed. The pollinarium has two cleft pollinia.