"Don't bother me, I'm introverting". Camping at the base of an active volcano on a full moon is... magical and weird things happen.
While hiking, we were playing a game of Which-Super-Hero-Would-You-Pick, and she said: "Mom, I think it's ok. I will allow it." "What?" "You can date now." "Really? Well... ok...So are you going to help me pick?" "Ya. I can do that." Pardon me while I "manifest" my future partner (Sorry... but the boyfriend/husband labels don't work for me. "Boyfriend" seems like I am still in school and "husband" implies traditional gender roles. So...no.) Dear future partner, ahem... I am pretty sure I don't know you at this point in my life, but I am going to show you this somewhere down the line. Or maybe you will see this when we finally meet and you are stalking me on my feed to do a background check. (It's ok. I probably already did that myself.) You will be happy to know, we can take care of ourselves. We don't need saving. We won't need you, but we will want you around.
You are not a requirement in my life, but a definite bonus. I hope you see it that way as well.
Endangered Jade Vine native to damp Philippine forests and ravines. Locally called "tayabak", it is a legume with a striking butterfly-like flower.
The wasps, bats, birds and butterflies that help pollinate it and the forests where it grows have been greatly reduced due to deforestation. Cuttings were given to countries like Japan and Singapore in an attempt to proliferate the species. They found that the plant needed an ecosystem of pollinators and plants to thrive. (Source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2000/09/27/environment/the-jade-vines-home-away-from-home/ #.XJgeBLcRUwA)
Did you know that many Philippine indigenous tribes draw inspiration for their arts & crafts from nature and hold ancient knowledge about preserving native plants? Saving endangered species like this may rely on preserving indigenous practices that take into consideration the intricacies of biodiversity passed down both orally and through the process of producing their crafts.