Hanging garden lamps and citronella candles

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When I saw these lamps in Dapitan the other weekend, I was instantly smitten by the design. I liked the colors, the shape, the star-shaped vents… But because they’re made of metal, buying a piece or more than one piece never really entered my mind. I am not a fan of metal. Not the kind that rusts anyway. In fact, I never really liked Transformers (it’s sequel, even less) because I just couldn’t see what was so exciting about seeing all that metal on screen. Neither could I be bothered to watch Real Steel.

But I digress. Speedy says that our friend (and sort of sister-in-law), Laura, adores this kind of lamps. She’s a garden person, that one, more than we are. She likes to arrange cut flowers too, something I was never really good at. So, when Speedy told me that Laura would be interested in these lamps, I made a mental note that I could get them in Dapitan if any gift-giving occasion involving Laura comes along.

That mental note grew longer as I mused if it would be a good idea to hang a few of those lamps in our garden. I asked Speedy what metal the lamps are made of; he said iron. I asked what kind of candles could be put inside; he said tea candles. I smirked and commented that the candles would require changing often and who wants to do that if everyone’s drinking and having a good time? I mean, who wants to bother about candles on such occasions?

But Speedy said the tea candles can last for a few hours. And — here’s the best part — there are citronella candles. Whoa. So the pretty hanging garden lamps can serve as mosquito repellers? Wow, I can almost ignore the fact that they’re made of hatable metal.

So, if I buy a few of those hanging lamps next time I’m in Dapitan, you can be darn sure that they won’t be for Laura.


  1. Steven Cruz says

    Hi Connie,

    I’m not sure if this will work with citronella candles as well, but I freeze candles (sperma and tea) in the ref overnight. This makes them last longer, have lesser drips, and doesn’t emit smoke as much as the regular ones . :-)