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Monday, March 31, 2014

3 important things I could say about fatherhood


Becoming a father is one of the best of things that ever happened to me. I know the majority of dads out there feel the same way, too, while there are only perhaps a very few of those who would think otherwise. It’s been 1 year and 8 months since I embraced, for the first time in my life, about such a challenge: Fatherhood. Nathaniel Harris was born healthy after almost 24 hours of labor by my wife, Emelliana. I know my life has since changed but, if there’s anything to make it all like never the same again, only for the better. Allow me then to share to you the following; about the 3 important things I could say about fatherhood which, of course, I would like to base from personal experience:


Fatherhood is a gift of responsibility
No matter where you came from or who you are, you can be a good father. A good father, I would like to say, is a responsible family man. It has been said that it’s easy to become a father, but becoming a dad is a different thing. A good father takes full responsibility for the preservation of the family he is building up, making the foundation strong to the best of his ability.

Fatherhood is what we can be so successful at
You may fail in other fields of human endeavor or already tried almost everything in vain, but that’s okay. You can still be good at something. You can make up all of it by becoming a good family man; because failure to become one is, for me, man’s greatest failure.

Fatherhood is a source of all the potentially good things
Yes, that’s true. Fatherhood is something that will encourage you to do not only the good, but as well the right things for your children. The Holy Bible has this to say: (Luke 11:11-13) “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Raising kids who will excel in schools always start at home


Education is not limited to school classrooms; it is a continuous learning process for as long as we live. We get our first education through our parents or guardians at home. But while there are exceptionally smart kids who excel at schools, by which we can agree as the product of lots of factors, the way they are taught at such a very young age at home is crucial to the foundation of what will be the blueprint of their intellectual capacity to learn. Schools only help these kids to learn a little more, especially in the academic aspects, but learning is a built-in program stored in a child’s memory developed during the formative years of his or her first education; he or she has the common sense to deal with every problem as a result of that. I have listed down below and in random some of the key points that will most probably contribute to making a child reach his or her full intellectual potential:

Nobody knows the child better than the parents do; whatever a child is so curious at or love to explore, the parents must be there to nurture, guide, and protect such a gift of keen observing.

Kids must be taught by the parents on how to become effective, law-abiding citizens, and workers in the future.

The primary purpose of education is intellectual; high quality pre-schooling program should be introduced starting from the child’s first school: Home.

Parents and other members of the family should encourage or show a child (or every child) how to take responsibility for his or her own learning.

There should be a cooperative effort between the teachers, parents, and other people directly involve for the child’s continuous learning and in a positive way when the child starts to go to school.

It must be a parent’s goal to teach their children on how to learn to learn; to think, and solve problems.

Proper nutrition is important.

Help the child builds self-confidence.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fish paksiw a la Bongga


Fish paksiw is a favorite Filipino dish by which to cook the fish with vinegar, vegetables, onions, ginger, chili, and other spices. If you’re cutting on red meat and has considered going after a healthy diet without sacrificing the taste of the food, then I suggest you try on this one. You can also experiment on the way it is being cooked by adding or substituting some healthier ingredients. I have my own version of Fish paksiw and I call it Fish paksiw a la Bongga.


Ingredients

1 whole (about half to ¾ a kilo) fish of choice (you may cut or slice it into four or five pieces)
1 eggplant (sliced into four or six pieces)
1 bitter melon (also called ampalaya sliced into smaller pieces)
4 long green peppers (locally called sili na espada)
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons of honey
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup vinegar (preferably vinegar from coconut or also locally called as suka sa tuba)
1 piece crushed ginger root
2 heads of crushed garlic
2 pieces bell pepper sliced half each
Pineapple tidbits
1 whole onion sliced into four or more parts
Salt


How to cook

Arrange the fish in a flat-bottomed cooking pan and top it with garlic, onion, bell pepper, ginger root, and green pepper. Add the vinegar and allow it to reach boiling point. You may now add the olive oil, salt, water, and honey. Cover it and allow it to simmer for a few minutes until you’re sure that the fish is cooked. Add pineapple tidbits, eggplant, and bitter melon. Remember to only half-cook the vegetables so as to retain the nutrients that might be lost due to overcooking. You now have a not only delicious, but also nutritious sweet and sour Fish paksiw a la Bongga.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Life is like crossing towards the other side of the road


Whoever thinks that life is like crossing towards the other side of the street, shares the same belief as I am. I’ve been crossing the streets so many times already, and thousand things flashed in my mind each time I walked along with people from all walks of life to reach the other side of the road. I can see the metaphor, in real time, of life unfolding; the interspersed prose in its poetic accent wanting to be expressed.

The intersection at Colon Street (fronting Gaisano Metro mall) in Metro Cebu, central Philippines was one of the city’s busiest streets.  A crowd of people waiting for their turn to cross towards the other side of the road is a daily picture longing to be captured. It has become a part of the whole, whether we like it or not, in the urban jungle we created for ourselves.

I had to accept that life is something to be like this, at some point; it has become a gauge by which, in the long run, to expose us as a person. How we cross the street reveal our inner frame, our substance.  

Some people are just plain followers of the majority. They follow what the majority of people are doing; when they see that everyone’s already crossing the street even if the green light is not yet on and cars are coming. While most of them may end up on the other side of the road safely (probably because not all drivers had the guts to intentionally hurt people and automatically hit on the break), they are not really making a sound decision for their own selves; their minds are conditioned to depend much or side with the majority.

Other people are simply just law-abiding citizens. They wait at the walk sign and only start walking when the green light is on. In real life, if we simply just follow the rules and do our part, then everything will be okay.

Then there’s this type of people who cross the street with reckless abandon. They’re just inclined to be indifferent with their surroundings; most of them are self-centered people. They don’t care about the law or of what will happen to them or everyone as long as they get what they want.

Lastly, there’s this type of people who will observe first and when they saw that there’s nothing on the street (no cars passing), even when the traffic light says stop, take a step forward and start crossing. A calculated risk is what they will take realizing that it’s stupid to wait for the go signal when the street is empty.

To live, yes that’s true, is to cross towards the other side of the road. We’re all like pilgrims, and aside from crossing streets, walking in the pedestrians of life.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

5 refreshing drinks to keep you hydrated this summer in the Philippines


In tropical countries like the Philippines, summertime weather is always extremely hot. If you’re not careful enough and expose yourself under the blistering heat of the sun for a long time, you could get dehydrated in addition to sunburn. And dehydration, aside from heat stroke, by the way, can kill.

It is important to see to it that you drink enough fluids or juices before wading out into the summer heat. Keeping yourself hydrated is just as important as applying sunblock lotion to your skin; you will get protection while, at the same time, enjoying. The following are 5 of the refreshing of drinks that can be found locally to keep you hydrated (in addition to plain water or H2O) this summer:

Coconut water. Coconut water is by far one of the most refreshing natural drinks to consider. It contains the compound called cytokinins, aside from being considered as the best in replacing fluid loss to someone suffering from diarrhea, responsible for anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.  

Calamansi juice. Known for its strong antibacerial, antiviral, a very good liver tonic, and immune-boosting properties, calamansi juice tastes great when served chilled and sweetened with honey.

Cucumber shake. Aside from the many nutrients you can get from cucumber like Vitamin A, folate, manganese, potassium, sulfur, silica, calcium, B-complex, and many more, its distilled 96% water content will make this little fruit of the melon family superior to ordinary water.

Watermelon juice. Simply cut the watermelon fruit into smaller pieces with the seeds removed and put them in a blender or a juicer. In a minute or two, you’ll have a thirst-quencher packed with lots of health benefits.

Camote or sweet potato tops juice. It is made by simply boiling the clean camote tops (leaves) for 4 to 6 minutes. Then, after removing the boiled leaves, you can pour on a pitcher or glasses and add honey. You can add ice cubes. Now, you’ll have not only nutritious, but one of the most unique refreshing drinks for the summer.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bradley-Pacquiao 2 is a fight of stamina vs. power


8 division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will be squaring it off against the undefeated American boxer in Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley for the second time around on April 12, 2014. The two great prizefighters will be fighting at welterweight scheduled for 12 rounds of boxing. Bradley is coming off a decision win over Pacquiao nemesis Juan “Dinamita” Marquez while the Pacman, on the other hand, gave Brandon Rios a boxing lesson in what was a one-sided boxing match last November of 2013.

Bradley-Pacquiao rematch is a fight of stamina vs. power. Pacquiao has the power; Bradley has a bottomless stamina. As for the speed, it’s almost even; although the fighting congressman from the Philippines has the slightest advantage. But while Bradley is younger than the Pacman, Pacquiao has never showed any signs of slowing down at 35. In a brutal sport where meat is king, the undefeated American nicknamed the “Desert Storm” stick to his strict vegan diet. The Pacman will always have a “tinolang manok” or chicken stew peppered with Moringa leaves as part of his diet during training.

Pacquiao suffered back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and a brutal knockout to the Dinamita before bouncing back with a Rios win in Macau. The loss to Bradley is highly controversial; a fight many considered Pacquiao have won. Prior to the sixth round one punch KO from Marquez, Pacquiao is dominating. Marquez was beaten to the punch in a corner, nursing a broken nose, until he found an opening by capitalizing on a Pacman mistake. That same right hand from Marquez that has hit the fighting pride of the Philippines numerous times already during their previous three encounters turned the lights out from the Filipino. It’s quite obvious Marquez has become the Hulk in that fight thanks, maybe, to his alchemist in Angel “Memo” Heredia. Against Bradley, who requested a stricter random drug testing for the fight, the Dinamita looked slow and old; the big muscles he has had during the fourth fight with Pacquiao as well never showed up.

Pacquiao will have to start unleashing his power shots at Bradley in early rounds. The fight must be short, brutal, and quick. Bradley is not known for power punching so the Pacman can walk through his punches to land some of his own, or he can even make it an all-out assault towards Bradley. Pacquiao’s power is the key for him to win the fight convincingly and impressively. Otherwise, Bradley’s stamina builds up as the fight lingers on and will box his way towards victory again (this time not because the judges favor him) because he would become the better boxer than the Pacman.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The flight that never arrived


Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, so I’m going to stick to my own observation (from day one) concerning the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 carrying 239 persons on board a little over a week ago. The Beijing-bound flight never arrived to its destination as it disappeared without a trace in less than an hour after take-off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Chinese nationals composed the most number of passengers followed by Malaysians, Indonesians, and other nationalities.  

A combined multi-national search and rescue team was formed to look for any sign or debris of the lost aircraft but to no avail as until now flight 370 remains a mystery. There were speculations that it has been hijacked or commandeered and brought to a secret location. Still, the world and, most especially, the families and friends of those who were inside flight 370 need to know the truth and nothing but the truth. But how can a modern aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art aviation technology suddenly just disappeared mysteriously?

Would this lead to the notion that a Bermuda Triangle-like spot has been discovered somewhere in the South China Sea? That flight 370 may have accidentally entered a portal of intensified cosmic energy bringing it to another place, another time? I’m not discounting the fact that it probably might be the case. But I hope all passengers on board including the crews were still alive and come back home safely and intact.

In this age of advanced technology, imaginations are just as important as facts. The people should know about the truth that’s been kept secret. From Bermuda Triangle, to Philadelphia Experiment, to Mystery Flights cited even before the airplane was invented, Malaysian Airlines flight 370 might be just one of them.

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