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แœŒแœ“แœƒแœ’ (Yuki)
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In the National Capital Region, a highly urbanised metropolitan, seeing flowers randomly is almost impossible for decades now. Thus, when we went to Ilocos Norte, Philippines a few years back, I had the opportunity to see these beautiful Yellow Bell flowers growing in the home that we went to. This was the first time I saw a Yellow Bell up close, I’ve only seen this in school textbooks.

Here are a few photos I took.

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What is a Yellow Bell flower?

A Yellow Bell flower, or its Scientific classification Allamanda cathartica, is a species of the genus Allamanda. A. cathartica is a yellow flower like most species of the genus Allamanda. It is also known as “golden trumpet” and “yellow allamanda”. The genus name Allamanda was given in honour of the Swiss botanist and physician Frรฉdรฉric-Louis Allamand (1736-1809).1

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แœŒแœ“แœƒแœ’ (Yuki ใƒป ้›ชไบฎ)If this is not the end of oblivion, then I shall live everyday as if my life were to end this very day.

The YOOki (ๆŸณ็ด€ ใƒป ์œ  ๊ธฐ) Chronicles

The YOOki (ๆŸณ็ด€ ใƒป ์œ  ๊ธฐ) Chronicles is แœŒแœ“แœƒแœ’ (Yuki ใƒป ้›ชไบฎ)’s return into casual and personal blogging. The name “YOOki” is a mash-up of the acronym of YourOnly.One and my nickname แœŒแœ“แœƒแœ’ (Yuki ใƒป ้›ชไบฎ).

Interestingly, according to Chinese legend, ใ€ŒๆŸณใ€ (YOO) is an ancient Chinese surname. The ancestors of the surname were closely linked with the ancient sage-king named Yu Shun. In Korea, the ใ€Œ์œ ใ€ (YOO) lineage traces to the Xia, Han, and Joseon dynasties. Holders of the surname Yu or Yoo had a reputation for charity and diligence.1

It is also the word for “willow” or the “willow tree” which means graceful or slender; and a tree growing near a body of water which provide continuous nourishment and resources for everyone. It can also mean to exist, an oil (anointment(?)), and simply as “U” (you).

The hanzi ใ€Œ็ด€ใ€ (ki) character means to record, be disciplined, provide order. While the hangul equivalent, ใ€Œ๊ธฐใ€ (ki; gi), means energy, spirit, a banner, and a period of time; and is also a suffix used to make a gerund or an infinitive.

Can you guess what I mean by ใ€ŒๆŸณ็ด€ใ€ and ใ€Œ์œ  ๊ธฐใ€ as the Chinese and Korean for “YOOki”?

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