Archive for May, 2013


May 2013 Trivia Time

1. Three of the worlds’ top ten largest malls are located in the Philippines; SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, 4.74 million sq ft, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with an area of 4.67million sq ft and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City with an area of 3.75 million sq ft.  SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall.

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

2. Philippines is considered the “text capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million mobile subscribers in the country are sending about 450 million short text messages (SMS). This is more than the total number of daily text messages sent in the United States and Europe together.

3. In parts of Germany and Poland, when a couple marries, guests break a whole lot of porcelain and leave it to the couple to clean up. They do this right in front of the bride’s home, usually the night before the wedding. It’s called “Polterabend” and it’s meant to symbolize the struggles the new couple will face as they build a home together, with an emphasis on working together through those struggles.
4. Lake Baikal in Russia is the deepest lake in the world, and holds as much water as all the five Great Lakes of the U.S. combined!
5. Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts.

5.	Philippines - Largest producer of coconuts

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Cycling

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and since then they were employed for many reasons such as for transportrecreation, work, sport, shows, and for exercise.  The number of cycles is estimated at around one billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles.  Persons engaged in cycling are referred to as “cyclists”, or “bicyclists”.  In USA, people use bikes for slimming and for burning down calories. Cycles are very popular in some countries like China, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Japan & Norway because people use the bicycles for transportation needs on short trips as an alternative to automobilles, for going to work, transport of goods, and for recreation purposes.

Road side cycling

In Philippines, cycling is also called as biking.  Filipinos use cycles mainly for recreation, for exercise, for transport, and of course, for sports.  As a sport, the Filipino people love cycling and they organize local cycling events each year.  In 1955, The Le Tour de Filipinas was organized and won by Antonio Arzala, a Filipino cyclist.  It is a professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Luzon, Philippines held annually as part of the UCI Asia Tour, the first and only local road race sanctioned by the Swiss-based Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Tour

 

Le Tour De Filipinas is held in April every year.  While the course changes every year, the tour traditionally ends at Rizal Park, Manila. Its previous names included the Tour of Luzon, Marlboro Tour, Tour of CALABARZON, Tour Pilipinas and Padyak Pinoy, before carrying the current name. The 2013 edition of the race was won by Iranian cyclist, Ghader Mizbani held last April 13-16, 2013.  Mr. Bert Lina, considered as the messiah of Philippine cycling, conceived the Le Tour as a vehicle for sports tourism and welcomed international entries. It was also his way of upgrading the quality of cycling in the country and challenging Filipino riders to defend the home turf.

 

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Text Messaging

Bakit mahilig sa text ang mga Pinoy?  Bakit kaya tinaguraing text Capital of the world ang bansang Pilipinas?  Ang Text messaging o SMS ay isang napakalaking bagay sa mga Pilipino.  Ito ang pangunahing paraan upang magkaroon ng komunikasyon ang bawat isa sa napakamurang halaga lamang kumpara sa phone call at sympre pa, mas naipapadama ng mga texters ang kanilang saloobin sa pamamagitan ng mga letra na hindi nila kayang gawin kung personal na tatawag talaga.  Bukod sa matipid, ang text ay kaagad na nase-save sa sim card kung kaya’t ang mga mahahalagang mensahe ay tumatagal hangga’t hindi binubura ng texter.  Ang text ay malinaw na nakakarating kahit anumang klase ng panahon, kahit mahina ang signal, at kahit huli man dumating ay tyak na maipaparating ang mensahe sa pinapadalhan.  Buokod pa dito, ang iisang text ay pwedeng ipadala sa maraming tao o sa grupo sa napakamurang halaga lamang.

Ang SMS ay ginamit para sa promotional gimmick sa bansa noong taon 1995 ngunit agad na naging popular sa mga Pinoy.  Noong 1998, ang mga Telecom companies sa bansa ay naglunsad ng SMS service kung saan pwedeng magpadala ng mensahe ang mga subscribers ng libre lamang sa alinmang network sa bansa, ang mahalaga, meron kang cellphone, marunong kang magbasa at mag-compose ng mensahe.  Ang serbisyong ito ay naging isang napakalaking bagay sa sambayanan.  Dulot na rin ng kahirapan at sobrang mahal ng presyo ng lokal na tawag ang mga pinoy ay nagsimulang gamitin ang sms para sa araw araw na komunikasyon.  Sa kalaunan, ang mga Pilipino ay hindi na ginagamit ang kanilang mga cellphone sa pagtawag ngunit ito ay kanilang ginagamit sa pag-tetext.  Dahil sa dami ng nagpapalitan ng text sa buong bansa, nagkaroon ng bayad ang pagpapadala ng sms sa napakamurang halaga lamang.  Dahil sa text, ang mga mamamayan ay nakakausap at nakokontak ang kanilang mga kaibigan at mahal sa buhay sa alinmang panig ng bansa sa tulong ng sms.  Ika nga, ang sms ay bahagi na nang buhay Pilipino.

Messages sent per mobile subscriber per month

Messages sent per mobile subscriber per month

Ayon sa ulat, mahigit sa limang milyong pinoy ang nagkaroon ng cellphone noong 2001 at naging uso ang text sa bansa.  Noong 2009, mahigit sa 72 milyong pinoy ang merong celphone at mahigit sa 1.39 bilyong sms ang napapadala araw araw.  Dahil sa dami ng text messages ang ipinapadala araw araw, naging sikat ang Pilipinas bilang Text capital of the world mula 1990 hanggang sa pagpasok ng taong 2000.

Dahil sa pag-uso ng text o sms sa bansa, nagkaroon ng sariling paraan ng pag-tetext ang mga pinoy o ang tinatawag nating pinoy text codes na maiintindihan lamang ng mga kababayan.  Mapa english man o tagalog o bisaya na text ay kayang paliitin ng texter.  Naging uso ang ganitong paraan ng pag tetext upang masasabi lahat ng mensahe sa isang text lamang.  Ito ay upang makatipid sa pag-tetext lalo na at ang ordinaryong cellphone ay meron lamang 160 characters.  Kung kaya, kailangang maiksi ang mga salita, shortcut, at upang mapadali ang pagpadala ng mensahe.  Bukod sa pagtitipid, kailangang paliitin at putulin ang mga salita dahil napakahaba ang mga lokal na salitang pinoy.  Yan ang pinoy texters, napakagaling at mabilis pa sa kisapmata kung magpadala ng text kung kaya’t umabot ng isang bilyon ang mga napapadalang text araw araw sa buong bansa.  Ngunit minsan, nakakaloka at nakakairita dahil sa sobrang iksi ng mga salita ay hindi na kayang intindihin ang ibig sabihin ng ordinaryong mensahe, mas lalo na yong mga taong hindi sanay sa pinoy text ay mababaliw sa pagbabasa.

Pinoy Text Lingo

 Text Message – 3ow, mZtah n?

Tagalog & English (Taglish) – Hello, kumusta na?

English – Hello, how are you?

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 Text Message –  wr u?

Tagalog – Nasaan ka?

English – Where are you?

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Text Message – d2 mE haus

Tagalog & English (Taglish) – dito ako house

English – I am here in the house

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Text Message – gus2 q m2log

Tagalog – Gusto ko matulog

English – I want to sleep

Nokia Text Message

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‘Tortang Talong’ is a simple but tasty, budget friendly Filipino dish.  It is made of grilled eggplant and then dipped in eggs mixture and deep fried.  It is always accompanied by white rice and can be enjoyed during breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tortang Talong (Eggplant Omellete) - a tasty, budget friendly Filipino dish

Tasty Filipino Dish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 4 talong (eggplants), average size
  • 2 to 3 eggs, beaten
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • oil, for frying

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Grill the eggplants until tender (the skin is charred and blister appear)
  2. Once cool, peel off the skins of the eggplant and retain the crown and the stem. Gently flatten its meat by  using the back of a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and season with salt and pepper, put the chopped garlic and onions, and mix well.
  4. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Dip each eggplant, one at a time into the egg mixture. Gently bring the bowl near the skillet and tip, lowering the eggplant onto the heated oil.
  5. Fry until golden brown on one side, then turn and brown the other side. Keep warm and serve.
  6. Serve it with steamed white rice and sweet chili sauce.

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