Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fun Friday: Me from A to Z

Having Fun @ Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA
This is supposed to be yesterday's post for our Blogging For Fun Friday. However, quite obviously, I am late. Our theme yesterday was the A to Z quiz, and here goes mine.

A - Available - Married and make ourselves available for simple joys in life.
Partners in Enjoying The Great Outdoors
Partners in Outdoor Photography
B - Best Friend - my hubby

C - Crush - Indiana Jones ( Harrison Ford ), and my husband goes with me to watch his every movie :)

D - Dad’s Name - Marcelino

E - Easiest Person To Talk To - my late mother, there was no one like her.

F - Favorite Band - U2 ( The Joshua Tree)
The Joshua Tree

G - Gummy Bears Or Worms - Neither! I can have them, but I don't necessarily enjoy them.

H - Hometown - Bacolod City, Philippines

I - Instrument - Graphing Calculator, :)

J - Job - previously, a College Chemistry Instructor; now, striving to become a High School Math teacher :) . The reason I hardly can blog here these days since I have to balance my full time job and my studies as a Single Subject Math teacher intern.

K - Kids - my students.

L - Longest Car Ride - from Chicago to Los Angeles, but with stops at Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and Las Vegas.

M - Milk Flavor - Soy Milk?

N - Number Of Siblings - Four.

O - One Wish - I have many wishes, mostly not for myself, for myself, I guess to stay healthy to enjoy the simple things in life such as TEACHING, BOOGIE BOARDING, TAKING PICTURES AND HIKING!

P - Phobias - speeding cars.

Q - Favorite Quote - "Everything works for the good for those who love God."

R - Reason To Smile - Everything.

S - Song You Last Heard - Who Are You?

T - Time You Woke Up - 5:55 am on weekdays, 7:00 am on weekends

U - Unknown Fact About Me - I smile and laugh alone when I reminisce happy moments

V - Vegetable - Kangkong ( or ong choy ), Bamboo Shoots cooked in coconut milk with "saluyot" , Taro ( la-ing ) , malunggay, ampalaya ( bittermelon) , eggplant, actually, I eat almost all kinds of vegetables, but my favorite vegetables have to be Filipino and Asian vegetables.

W - Worst Habits - Procrastination

X - X-Rays You’ve Had - Chest, head, sinus, abdomen, actually, lots, maybe only my hands and feet have not been X-rayed.

Y - Your Favorite Food - Many, such as "ukoy", "palabok", "arroz valenciana", okay, I am more into Filipino foods and Asian foods.

Z - Zodiac Sign - Capricorn

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Is It the Lion Inside the Cage or the Man?

In my last post, fellow blogger Vanilla Seven had this question: Is it the lion inside the Cage or the Man?
Izu @ Lion Camp, San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park
And Mei had this to ask: That lion in the first photo is placed in a glass enclosure? 
Let me answer these questions first with pictures,
Lion Camp
In the picture above of Lion's Camp, we can see the open space that the lion can roam around, and play around. Men are not contained in a closed space either, both man and lion are in their own safe open spaces.
Izu and his yard
Mina or Oshana on top of a truck 
Resting Lions on top of Truck
Oshana and Her Little Lion
The lions are in an open space exhibit, and they do take advantage of their roomy camp exhibit by running around and playing.
Lion Camp Field
Izu Moving Around
Baby and Mom Play
How about the man? Is he inside the cage?
Lion  Camp Viewing Area
The structure you see has thick glass panels that separates the lions and men, to keep them all safe. They all are outside. 
Man and Lion
Rochelle further asked, if the glass walls are strong enough, yes, they are! Kids, among many others love to get closer to the glass so they get a chance to see the lions up close, since it is through the glass walls where viewing is as close as it can be. However, not all the time the lions are near the glass, they usually go there when a trainor is there to give us a talk, and calls them. Otherwise, I believe their favorite place is at the top of the truck, or simply lazying on grass somewhere.
Mom and 2 babies
This picture was not shot through the glass, but in other viewing points where there is no glass that separates men and lion, but then, the lion can not cross towards men because of the design of the exhibit, the lions are smart, they do not want to jump on a man-made cliff that separates them from the men. 
Dad, Mom and Baby
There are a lot more exhibits at Wild Animal Park, but you can probably only really get close to them by joining a caravan or other activities in the park.
Photo Caravan Safari
As for me, I am content enough with the "Journey into Africa" tram ride, since it comes with my membership fee,
Journey Into Africa Cart
this is the only tour I do since I do not have to pay extra :) 
the rest, I have to pay extra, and since I live in San Diego, I always tell myself, "next time, there will be many more tomorrows to do it". But there is one thing for sure, despite the many safari tours at Wild Animal Park, no one can get really up close with a lion, without a glass wall.
In my next posts, I will share the other exhibits I have photographed at Wild Animal Park.