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Tagalog Word of the Week: Bulaklak

Posted on May 31, 2010 by under Life, Tagalog.    

I thought I’d start something new on the blog because frankly the blog is starting to get a little boring. I woke up this morning and had this idea of sharing a new Tagalog word each week. Brian and I have been into planting and flowers lately so I thought I’d teach you all the Tagalog word for flower: bulaklak.

The funny thing is that when I busted out the Tagalog-English English-Tagalog dictionary that I’d bought Brian several years ago, I thought that it was messed up because when I was looking for bulaklak I could not find it. I was thinking that L would follow K. The word I was looking for was not where I expected it to appear. I was confused until it dawned on me that K is followed by D in the Tagalog alphabet because it replaces the letter C. Therefore, the word buhok (hair) comes after buko (young coconut) and before bulaklak. I thought the L was missing, but I just didn’t continue looking for the word far enough.

I’ve got flowers on the brain because Brian and I have gotten into planting stuff lately. Nothing elaborate or on the ground, just potted plants. Brian and I decided to buy some more this weekend.

We normally steer clear of live plants because we just wind up killing them. It might not be right away, but they all eventually die. However, we got a couple of geraniums from the apartment complex over a month ago and they’re still thriving. Even after we replanted them in nicer ceramic pots that we bought at Dillons, they survived. I thought they’d surely die from the manhandling. The blooms look really pretty so I thought we should get some more plants to put on our patio. We figured since the geraniums haven’t died, maybe we can take care of real plants after all.

Yesterday we stopped by Nature’s Way and got a ceramic pot that is larger than the pots that the geraniums were in. We moved the geraniums and planted them together in the larger pot. We got a couple of celosia plants to put in place of the geraniums in the original pots. They actually look great.

Today we picked up a hibiscus plant at Home Depot, a ceramic pot to put it in and some aqua globes. The hibiscus was actually an impulse buy. We intended to get only the aqua globes. We went to Walgreens, but they didn’t have any. So we ended up at Home Depot. That’s where we found the hibiscus plant. It reminds me of the Philippines where hibiscus plants are everywhere. Except we called them gumamela. I couldn’t leave the store without it. Brian fell in love with it too. We carried the hibiscus plant around with us while we looked for the stuff that we actually came for. LOL.

Check out our hibiscus plant, Chi-Chi.

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We named it after John Leguizamo’s character in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar. Why? Because as pretty as it is, it’s got balls. =P

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