Archive for March, 2013


Trivia Time March 2013

  1. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

  2. Dom Perignon is the name of the monk credited with making the discovery of the bubbled wine, now called champagne.
  3. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.They would give their happy thoughts and well wishes to ward off the evil spirits.
  4. Sunglasses were invented in China in 1200 to conceal the eyes of judges while sitting in court.
  5. A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.Diamonds

 

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sports

If you love extreme adventures and adrenaline rush, then white water rafting is for you. White water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity where you use inflatable rafts to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white waters or different degrees of rough waters, in order to generate thrill and excitement for the rafters. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970s. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.

Rafts in white water are very different vehicles than canoes or kayaks and have their own specific techniques to maneuver through whitewater obstacles. White water rafting can be a dangerous sport, especially if basic safety precautions are not observed. White water rafting is often played for the adrenaline rush and this can become a problem for participants’ safety.

Adventure Sports in Philippines

Adventure Sports in Philippines

Thrilling and exciting, the Philippine white water rafting experience offers so much more. The Philippines’ wonderful scenery, majestic mountains, and beautiful waterfalls have made the Philippines a prime destination for adventurous whitewater enthusiasts, with around five river trails to choose from.  Whitewater rafting is one of the newest extreme adventure sports to hit the Philippines and the famous place is Cagayan de Oro. In fact, it is already called as the water rafting capital of the country because Cagayan De Oro river has breathtaking rapids that provide the more adventurous traveler with thrills and challenges of rapids intervals not less than 10–15 minutes of each other. The Cagayan de Oro River has everything that makes for a memorable experience with the awesome roar and power of water cascading over rocks and boulders.

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Bakasyon na naman, excited na ang lahat dahil umpisa na nang tag-araw.  Sa mga mag-aaral at sa mga kabataan ang panahon ng summer ang pinakamasaya sa lahat dahil walang iiisipin kundi lakwatsa, bakasyon, kain, tulog, nood ng telebisyon at gala kung saan saan.  Malaking bagay ang pasok ng tag-init o tag-araw sa bansa dahil ang mga tao ay nagbabakasyon sa kani-kanilang probinsya pagkatapos ng mahabang panahon na ginugol sa pag-aaral.  Ang mga dayuhan naman ay talagang sinasadya ang buwan ng Abril at Mayo upang pumunta sa Pilipinas dahil sa napakaraming mga islands at resorts sa Pilipinas na talaga namang patok na patok tuwing summer.  Masarap maglakbay sa ibat ibang sulok at panig ng bansa dahil walang sagabal katulad ng pagbagyo, ulan, at pagbaha  habang nagbabyahe sa mga napakaraming magagandang destinasyon sa bansa.

Perfect tropical white sand beach in Boracay, Philippines

Mga Dapat Gawin Ngayong Summer

  1. Island Hopping – dahil tag-init na napakadaling bisitahin o puntahan ang mahigit na pitong libong isla sa bansa
  2. Swimming – napakasarap maligo at lumangoy sa swimming pool, sa dagat, at kahit na ang mga ilog, talon, at mga sapa
  3. Scuba Diving – matutong mag scuba diving dahil napakalinaw ng ating karagatan at makikita ang iba’t ibang uri ng mga isda, korals, at halamang dagat sa bansa.
  4. Mall Shopping – sa mga mahihilig mag shopping at ayaw umitim sa init ng panahon napakaraming shopping malls sa bansa lalo na sa Maynila ang pwedeng puntahan ngayong summer.
  5. Road Trip / Travelling  – mag-enjoy sa napakagandang mga tanawin sa buong kapaligiran lalo na na’t kung kasama ang barkada o pamilya habang nagbabyahe patungo sa probinsya
  6. Camping – dahil walang ulan at bihira ang bagyo, masarap mag camping kasama ang tropa
  7. Mountain Climbing – para sa mahihilig umakyat sa bundok, maraming matataas na bundok sa bansa na pwedeng akyatin ngayong summer
  8. White water Rafting – para lamang sa malalakas ang loob at mahilig sa adventure, meron mga piling lugar sa bansa kung saan merong water rafting.
  9. Fishing – napakalinaw at napakalawak ng ating karagatan kaya’t pwedeng mangisda lalo’t na at tag-araw dahil ang tubig ay napakalinaw at walang ulan o bagyo kaya’t hind maalon ang karagatan
  10. Sailing – sa mga mahihilig sa sailboat, bangka, at paraw, ito ang magandang gawin sa summer.

Scuba Diving

Napakaraming mga pwedeng gawin tuwing summer sa Pilipinas.  Dahil napakaganda ng panahon at napakasaya ng kapaligiran, hindi natin maitanggi na ang mga pilipino ay napakaswerte dahil ang ating bansang Pilipinas ay paboritong pasyalan ng mga dayuhan upang magbakasyon at bisitahin ang iba’t ibang tanawin, libo-libong isla, at maligo sa napakalinis nating karagatan.  Ang bansa ay binbuo ng napakaraming mga likas na yaman at likas na kagandahan na tunay nga namang maipagmamalaki sa buong mundo.  Bukod pa rito, ang mga Pilipino ay sadya ring masayahin ar marunong makisama kahit kaninuman.

Island Hoping

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An all time Filipino favorite, a Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish that makes a satisfying one-pot meal.  Being the staple food of Filipinos, rice is cooked several ways and Arroz Valenciana is just one of the most favored because you don’t have to think of any other dishes to pair it with.  Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella.  The Valenciana is basically stove-top cooking whereas, paella is more of baking and uses more seafood ingredients.

Arroz Valenciana is great for Christmas, Fiestas, weddings, birthdays, and available in restaurants in Philippines.  It’s a complete meal, and is healthy, too.  Recipes vary for each and every household and some people add shrimp, soda, or coconut milk as water substitute which enhances the taste of this dish.

 

Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella

A Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cup glutinous rice (malagkit)
  • 1/4 kilo pork liver
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 kilo chicken
  • 1/2 kg pork loin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 small can green peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 pcs dried bayleaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
  • salt to taste
  • Onion leaves

Instructions

1. Boil the pork & chicken in 6 cups of water – with onions, bayleaf and peppercorns, add 1 teaspoon of salt

2. Once the pork & chicken are cooked, separate the stock and set aside

3. Slice pork and chicken to bite sizes

4. Mix glutinous rice with white rice then boil the rice mixture with 3 1/2 cups of pork & chicken stock. Stir once in a while to prevent burning

5. Fry Pork liver and set aside

6. Fry in hot oil, Saute garlic, and the remaining onions. Season with salt and pepper.  Add the cooked pork meat & chicken, bell pepper, green peas and simmer for a few minutes

7. Add the cooked rice mixture; blend well, then add the rest of the ingredients and combine lightly

8. Arrange on a platter and garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs, strips of onion leaves

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