A really neat place to visit within an hour from where we live is the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary.
The Philippine Eagle is a beautiful bird.
It is one of the rarest, largest and most powerful birds in the world. This bird of prey belongs to the family Accipitridae. It is also known as Haribon or Haring Ibon, meaning "Bird King."
This eagle's head is adorned with long brown feathers that give it the appearance of a lion's mane. It's upperside is brown, the underside white.
An average female is about 1 meter (3.3 feet) long, weighs about 7 kg (15.5 lb), and has a wingspan of 2 meters (6.7 feet). This makes the Philippine Eagle one of the world's largest eagles with the largest wing surface area.
An adult male is about 10-20% smaller and averages at about 5 kg (11 lbs). The life expectancy for the Philippine Eagle is around 30-60 years.
The Philippine Eagle can be found in rainforests of four major Philippine islands - Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.
A really interesting fact is that most eagles are monogamous! A couple remains together for a lifetime.
More on how living in the tropics is different than living in Michigan.
It's hot here and not unusual to be sweaty all day!
It is not quiet here. There are dogs barking, roosters crowing, cars honking, loud motors, loud music.
The malls are noisy, too.
For the kusina (kitchen) the heat and humidity translates into this:
Stove top cooking or microwaving is preferred to turning on the oven.
Dried spices like to cake together.
Store bread in ref or it will mold really fast.
There are lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies here. And they are not expensive!
Shopping at the market is a lot of fun but with white skin the prices go up so it's helpful to know enough Cebuano to barter with them!!!!
Medical care here is great.
The stores set up Christmas displays and start playing Christmas music as soon as the 'ber' months arrive!
The beaches are great.
Come visit us and check it out! Life here is pretty good!!!!!!
Ben wanted to share some pictures of animals he saw this summer at a local Crocodile Park!
Kirsten and Ben in a croc!!!!
I've heard that Christmas starts early in the Philippines and now I know it does.....
The other day as I entered a store I was greeted by the sight of at least 12 Chrsitmas trees set up, Christmas music blaring on the loud speakers, and racks and racks of Christmas decorations!!!!!
Mikayla and Kurt enjoy eating squid.
So, one day we are at the market and see this big squid.
"O yum," Mikayla pipes up! "Can we buy it?"
So in a moment of temporary insanity on my part we decide to buy it.
We bring it home, look up on line how to clean and cook squid,
and try it for supper. Of course, the Mom ends up cleaning this thing!
The black oil that comes out of one of those things is amazing!!!!
So is the plastic looking spinal thingy! (How do you like that for scientific definitions!!!!!)
Mikayla breading the squid
Mikayla and Kurt thought it was okay.
Kirsten, Ben, and I decided it was not our favourite!
Bear enjoyed the leftovers!
Bear chewing on a bone prior to his squid dinner!