Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Why We Shout in Anger

This was shared in my yahoogroups and since 2013 just started I think that it would be a good idea to post this in my blog and share it to everyone else as a reminder and to control our emotions (anger management). We don't want our loved ones to get farther and farther apart from us just by shouting.

I promise you that this is worth your time to read.

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Why We Shout In Anger

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled 'n asked.

'Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?'

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, 'Because we lose our calm, we shout.'

'But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.' asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained, .

'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small...'

The saint continued, 'When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper 'n they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other 'n that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.'

He looked at his disciples and said.

'So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.'

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Purple Dish Grand Food Tasting + Vatel Manila

My sister who is a soon-to-be bride wants me to go here....
(click to enlarge) which I declined because Mango Farm is in Rizal province and I'll be coming from Cavite. Totally insane right? What's more we don't have our own transportation thus I'll be commuting. Sorry to disappoint her but I won't give in to her request this time.

I know she wanted me to check out the setup of Purple Dish as she won the dessert buffet they offered for bidding in W@W Auction by WeddingsatWork. I'll tell you more about the auction on a separate entry as she made a "career" out of last year's auction. What's more she recently booked Vatel Manila for her entourage flowers.

During my time when I was preparing for my wedding, Purple Dish and Vatel Manila are unknown entity. Well at least for me as I haven't heard their names in 2006-2008. Back then they are not creating a buzz. But today is different, Vatel Manila is becoming the go-to flower supplier by the soon-to-wed couples. Of course, the ever reliable shops in Dangwa are the cheaper alternative and mind you, this is also the place where caterers get their flowers for their reception setup.

So me being the curious person (sometimes), I decided to check Purple Dish and Vatel Manila's history.

Purple Dish is owned by Chef Velmor who discovered his true passion in cooking during his stay in California & New York. He earned his culinary experience at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California by attending weekend cooking, baking and wine classes.

Then, in 2008 he decided to come home and became a caterer and private chef for corporate institutions. He is currently the Executive Chef and Managing Director of Purpledish Catering and Metro Chef Canteen Concessionaire.

Vatel Manila is owned by Dylan Yap Gozum. Her mother grew up orchids then the flower collection grew to daisies, wild roses, Dahlias, etc. The flower business was an idea born at The Mango Farm in late 2005. It was inspired by the 2000 film, VATEL, starring Gérard Depardieu & Uma Thurman. Depardieu plays François Vatel, the Master of Festivities and Pleasures in the court of Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé. 

At the beginning, we Dylan and her crew were just there to assist the Farm in conceptualizing booth designs whenever it attends bridal fairs. Their first wedding was in November 2005 and the second in June of 2006. The rate has risen since then and as of today, they have done more than 400 weddings since theye started. 

Interesting beginnings of these two companies who successfully made it big in the wedding industry. Both of the owners ventured into their respective business simply because they love what they do and I think that is the most important ingredient for any entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Natural Sea Salt

I'm waiting for weekend to come! If only everyday is a Saturday (wishful thinking) but that would be impossible.

Anyways, I'm not sure if you heard about this salt but my husband told me days before salt are all the same. It's still a salt but I beg to defer. Here's the difference of a natural sea salt versus the table salt, rock salt and iodized salt that we are all using in our household.

Regular Table Salt and Sea Salt - What's the Difference?

For starters, table salt is highly refined.
* It goes through a process that removes the magnesium and trace minerals.
* In order to keep the salt dried out, various additives are included, such as aluminum compounds.
* The natural iodine is also destroyed during the refining process, so it is usually added back in the form of potassium iodide.
* Dextrose is added as a stabilizer, which affects the color, and so a bleaching agent is used to finish it off.

In contrast a good quality sea salt is sun dried. It will still contain microscopic amounts of sea life, which provides natural iodine. It will be gray in color and even slightly moist. This means there is a large mineral content.

So turns out that the table salt/ rock salt that my mother is purchasing in the market is not good as it seems, even the iodized salt! I know that too much salt is bad for your health but my idea when I was a child was the salt that's being sold to the market came from a salt field directly where sea water is placed in a field and sun dried then eventually salt comes out and you need to scrape it off (there's this one field in Paranaque, in Sto. Nino that I remember the most but today it's no longer there).

In one of my FB groups they are discussing this natural sea salt which they are giving as gifts! The gift of healthy living is promising! Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to bought 6 packs as Christmas gifts and for our personal use.
Cost Php 30 per pack
Instant Christmas Gift! All you need is creativity for the packaging :)
Special thanks goes to Carmelyn (aka Aiai) for sharing the label she created for the "re-packing" of the natural sea salt. At present, I still have 2 packs that I need to give away. I needed another jars for these.

I'd be honest that we haven't used yet the salt in our home but next week, hopefully I'd be able to transfer the salt into the container in the kitchen (you're probably wondering why next week, why not now). I'm letting them finish off the salt they have in stock before I replenish it with my salt.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hooray for Mondays

I know it's Wednesday but this is one cup of good news is worth sharing on any given day ;)

What is it?..... 

Enjoy a free cup of McCafe Premium Roast Every Monday!
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back of the coupon
From Nuffnang PH blog - Every Monday, McDonald’s will make you say “Hooray for Mondays” by giving customers a free cup of McCafe Premium Roast Coffee at ALL McDonald’s breakfast stores nationwide!

All you have to do is visit any McDonald’s store nationwide every Friday to Sunday to get your free coffee coupons. Present your coupons at any McDonald’s breakfast store on all Mondays of January and February from 4:00am to 10:30am to enjoy your free cup either dine-in, take out, or drive thru.

So if you’re a coffee lover, and you dread Mondays, start your day with the smooth and full-bodied taste of 100% premium Arabica beans in every cup of McCafe Premium Roast Coffee.

Oh, and don’t forget to like McDonald’s on Facebook or follow them via Twitter for more updates! #HoorayForMondays
Please take not that the picture of the coupons posted above are not for printing meaning you will need to get the actual coupons on any McDonald branches for the free roast coffee this Friday. If you're a loyal customer of McDonald's that won't be so much of a problem, right? 

So have a Hooray Monday with McDonald's free cup of McCafe Premium Roast :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The District Cavite

For the South peeps, especially in Cavite (Imus) area you probably chance upon seeing the new mall along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway (if your from Baclaran going to Tagaytay or vice versa). On our case since we're from Molino, we took a colored orange multicab from SM Molino terminal (it costs us Php 15 per person) that has a signage of Waltermart Dasma. The multicab will travel along Daanghari then upon reaching the Aguinaldo Highway, it will make a left turn and voila! You will see the mall. But it's not just a mall you regularly see in Cavite like SM or Robinson. This time, it's an Ayala Mall named The District!
The First Ayala Mall in the province of Cavite
It is situated on the crossroads of Emilio Aguinaldo Highway and Daang Hari. 
My brother and I decided to check the place out yesterday and see what stores/shops/restaurants are open. As much as I can remember I saw Vans, Adidas, Toby's, National Bookstore, Pink Box, Human, Comic Alley, Artwork, Freeway, Burgoo, Starbucks, Savory, McDonalds, Jollibee, YellowCab, Time Zone and Let's Face It. And of course, I was ecstatic to see this....
Finally a branch near us!
More pictures of the mall to give you an idea how it looks like at present...
Front Lawn of the Mall
Bread Talk space is in front...lucky for them to score a good spot.
A fountain will be good for this area
Another building of the mall is under construction
I will definitely visit this place again once all the stores are open. I'm looking forward to check out Faceshop, Saizen, Toms, Crocs and J.CO Donuts.
Up and Coming Stores!

To cap off our malling we decided to grab a bite in McDonalds but look who's the neighbor of Ronald McDonald...oh hello there Jolllibee!
Face Off?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

MMDA's New Bus Segregation Scheme

The 18th day of last month, MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority)  started implementing the new Bus Segregation along EDSA. For locals, they are very much aware on how crazy the traffic is along this road. I was one of them.

I was not aware of the new scheme when it was implemented and was annoyed that I have to be asked by the barker on where's my destination. I didn't even noticed the letters ABC on the bus. Everyone was in frenzy during that day, passengers and drivers alike. Unfortunately, I rode a Bus C which stops at all points along EDSA that time, I was not a happy camper. 

The second day, everything is better. A lot of the passengers are still confused of the scheme. Some are irritated but at least the bus drivers and the conductors are following the scheme implemented by MMDA. Furthermore, they are very patient with the commuters who keep on asking them if the bus will pass by Ayala or Boni or Ortigas. By the way, I'm taking the bus marked A and alight in Buendia. 

The following day, my travel is smoother. I don't have to worry being stuck in Ayala thus I end up being on time for work. Yes! But then again I was doubtful if the scheme is really working since it's nearing Christmas and I was thinking that most of the commuters are probably on leaves thus the better flow of traffic.

So I waited for Monday to come, that is January 7 because vacation is finally over and everyone will be back to work and school so traffic is expected. Well, turns out that the scheme actually works! I arrived at work earlier than usual and even if I get stuck in the traffic in Alabang, the improved traffic in EDSA (that is minus the bus stop in Ayala) does wonders! 

For those who are still confuse with the scheme, here's the bus segregation system:
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I just hope that this scheme will be followed strictly by the implementing officers, drivers and commuters alike.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Latest Cancer Information

Since it's the start of a new year, most of us wanted to have a healthy lifestyle. I'm one of those people who wish for a health living as I don't want to regret the things I've done today when I get older.

So, I found this piece of information in an FB page and it was being shared from peers to peers. Maybe some of you come across this article while some don't. I decided to post it here in my blog for my reference as well for the others.

from Johns Hopkins


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.

What cancer cells feed on:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become purified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Spread this article if you care.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas in Nuvali

While my sister is having her yearly vacation here in Manila last December,  we decided to check out Nuvali in Sta. Rosa Laguna together with my aunt, my sister's fiance and my two siblings. Since my two younger siblings have never been in that area before it will be a treat for them to see a different environment apart from the usual malls they're so used to.
Solenad Nuvali
Man-made lake with loads of Koi
The Balikbayans - my sister and her fiance
When we arrived in Nuvali, there's a drizzle of rain every once in awhile so we were not able to really explore the place. We checked out a few shops but we never really bought anything. The main agenda is to simply get out of the house and maximize the holiday vacation!

at the bridge with me behind the lens
At Solenad 2

Crowne Asia properties which is handled by Vista Land (aka Manny Villar) makes an effort to spread the Christmas spirit to everyone via setting up a Santa House or a Reindeer Barn in each subdivision/village they owned. Proof are the pictures below:
Welcome to Santa's House
Newly Recruit Helpers of Santa
Santa's House
My Bodyguard! Lol!

Look who's here! Rudolph!
This is one huge White Christmas Tree!
It's now wonder why Filipinos abroad would like to come home in Manila to celebrate Christmas. There's a different vibe and aura when celebrating the birth of Jesus here in the Philippines versus other countries. Christmas Carols, Simbang Gabi, Lanterns, Puto Bumbong, Bibingka, Exchange gifts, Noche Buena, etc.Truly it's MORE FUN in the Philippines!