Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cucumber Tips and Tricks

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1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2.For a pick me up in the afternoon… Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. Slice some and put in your water bottle.

3. If you rub a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.


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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


Sauteed Baguio Beans (Green Beans)

Gininisang Baguio Beans (Sauteed Green Bean)
Pinoy Style

1 ½ Lbs. of Baguio beans (green beans)
1 Lb. of Ground beef
1 Small tomato sliced in small wedges
1 Small onion cut in half and sliced crosswise
4 Cloves of garlic peeled and smashed
1 Tbs. of Patis (fish sauce)
4 Tbs. of Soy Sauce

Salt and Pepper
Oil for sauteing

Begin by slicing the Baguio beans about an inch long and then rinsing them well.
Heat and coat wok with a tablespoon of corn oil.
Then saute ground beef for 4 minutes and add the garlic.
Let it cook for 2 minutes while stirring.
Add the tomato and onion slices, stir, and then add the patis.
Cover and cook it for 2 minutes.
Add soy sauce, Baguio beans, and ground black pepper. Stir, cover, and let simmer for 6 minutes on medium low heat.
Remove cover and stir.
Add salt and pepper if needed, then replace cover, and cook for 6 more minutes or until the beans are tender.



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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Obando, Bulacan Dance Rites…

Philipppine Culture.
Bulacan is my mother’s home province. Obando, Bulacan is near her town.
Obando is known to its festivities for childless couples. 
The childless couples are adviced to dance in Obando believing that their behalf will conceive a child. It is painless, economical and fun.



Townsfolk, visiting devotees dance alongside with costume. Kasilonawan dance, an ancient fertility dance was performed so that spirit of life enter the woman’s womb.



The Procession is a 2 day activities accompanied the Local Musikong Bumbong (Musicians using bamboo instruments) to play certain song Santang Clarang Pinung Pino as they dance while they are walking.



The celebration lasted for 3 days. 
Everyone is relaxed and happy. 
Tourists are having fun dancing with the town folks.





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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Sauteed String Beans

Ginisang Sitaw (Sauteed String Beans) Pinoy Style
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/4 lb tofu, strips or cut into cubes
1/4 lb shrimp, shelled
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
1 shrimp cubes
string beans cut into 2 inch strips
1/2 head squash, peeled and cubed
3 cups water
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce

In a pan fried tofu then cut into strips or cubes. Set aside.
In the same pan, saute garlic and onion until transparent.
Add the shrimp. Cook for few minutes.
Add string beans and squash. Stir fry for few minutes.
Add water and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add shrimp cubes.
Cook until vegetables are tender.
Then add the tofu.
Serve with rice. Enjoy.



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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


GINISANG TOGUE (Sauteed Sprouted Mung Beans)

GINISANG TOGUE (Sauteed sprouted Mung Beans)
1/2 kilo sprouted mung beans(toge)
1/2 cup fried tofu(tokwa), diced
1/4 kilo pork, cut into small pieces
1 small-sized bell pepper, cut into strips
1 small-sized carrot, cut into strips
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
fish sauce(patis) or salt and pepper to taste

vegetable oil

1. In a frying pan, heat oil and fry pork until golden brown. Set aside.
2. Saute garlic, onions and tomatoes.
3. Add fried tofu and pork then a little water and pork broth cubes. Cook for 1 minute.
5. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. Add sprouted mung beans, carrots and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are half-cooked.



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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized



The Festival is celebrated every first week of May. 
The travel time from Manila, my place to Vigan Ilocos is 6 to 7 hours by BUS.




The street dancing which started in front of the Cathedral and ended in Crisologo Street. Where old houses were decorated for the competition.
The dance was inpired  by the weaving process and Folk dance.



The painting contest where the lumbering beasts of burden become living canvasses. It Honor and celebrate the Filipino farmer’s best friend. The carabao (water buffalo). The paint use is safe and water base.





It is a celebration which includes street dancing.
The dancing is connected to Iloco Craft. The dance depict how cotton pods are beaten with bamboo sticks to release the cotton fluff called batbat from its seed.




Activities are lined up for the whole week celebration.
Street dancing, Horse Carriage parade, fishing competition, House decor contest, carabao painting, traditional games.





Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


Cabbage in Sardines (Lutong Pinoy)

I cooked Ginisang Sardinas or Sauteed Sardines with Cabbage. I am not a fan of eating sardines from the can. I find it too fishy so I sautee sardines in garlic and onion to remove the fishy smell.
2 tbps. cooking oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove onion, peeled and minced
1 small cabbage, touch core removed, cut into 1 inch strips
1 can sardines in tomato sauce (I used hot)
Heat oil in a wok. Sautee garlic until golden brown. Add onion, stirring often until softened, about 2 minutes. Add sardines. Cook until sauce thickens. Add salt according to taste. Add sliced cabbage. Stir often until cabbage is half-cooked. Remove from fire. Remaining heat will allow the cabbage to be fully cooked. Serve with white rice.



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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Uncategorized