What Happened to Our Online Cooking Shows?

Facebook has become our personal diary for years. By just checking your wall, people can already determine your personality, what you typically do on weekends, where you go after work, and even what you cook.

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There are hundreds of Facebook pages related to creative cooking recently. Almost all of them uploads easy creative cooking with recipes that you probably haven’t heard of, daily. Mostly snacks and pizzas, these recipes seem so easy to make and looks tasty on the videos that makes you wanna try them as soon as you get home. But upon watching them under good music, lighting, foreign ingredients and all, you’ll begin to realize that something’s missing. Where’s the passion in cooking them?

That’s the reason why people like Gordon Ramsay is born. Maybe the God of cooking sent him to deliver discouraging words so you can try to cook with passion next time.

1. Every food is microwavable. In their videos, you will notice that the cooking lesson is not complete without the magic microwave. They basically bake almost everything from bread to marinated bacon.

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2. They put too much Cheese. Most of these videos will make you feel like every dish should have a touch of cheese. There’s even a Swiss dish called Raclette where a wheel of cheese is melted and scraped on top of a dish. What did you order there? -the cheese, of course! In case you didn’t know, cheese is rich with cholesterol and fat. You can gain weight by just adding extra cheese on your burger.

3. Misinformation. Gordon Ramsay made it clear that pineapples don’t go on pizza. Yet every pizza-making video in these Facebook pages are always topped with pizza. They are slowly changing the proper way of cooking by making them easier and sweeter. No, don’t put pineapple on your pizza.

4. And speaking of pizza, you can make any version of pizza now. Vegetable Pizza, sweet pizza, fruity pizza, meaty pizza, etc pizza, and even cake pizza. By just mentioning them, you already know it turned my stomach a bit but some of them do taste good. I tried making the meaty overload pizza, and goodness! It made my nape hurt the whole night.

5. Bacon is the universal meat. Because they say everyone loves bacon -The same “everyone” who loves baked mac. They will either weave or wrap anything with bacon to deep fry or bake.

I don’t know with you but I think cooking videos are getting more absurd everyday.

Oh well. I’m baking Pizza. (sounds so wrong)

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By: “Cinderella”

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And How About Peter?

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It’s almost Holy Week and Catholics are preparing to commemorate the Holy Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. A time we remember His journey together with his apostles. And when we say apostles, the most iconic of them all is probably Judas Iscariot also known as “Judas the Traitor”.

Surely, our parents nor preachers didn’t taught us to hate Judas but somehow, we ended up hating the man. Filipinos even uses his name for cursing when someone broke their trust.

“HUDAS ka talaga!!” 

Seriously, what does Judas got to do with your problem anyway?

And what about Peter? Unfortunately, we’re not here to add fuel on the fire of roasting Judas. We’re gonna have a small talk about how Peter should be in the same place as the traitor Judas.

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Both Peter and Judas forsake Jesus but in different ways. You see, Jesus already told Judas that he would betray him from the start simply because it’s part of the plan. It is to make sure Jesus will reach the point of Crucifixion and cleanse the world with his blood. Judas successfully finished the job in exchange of 30 silver coins.

Now let’s go Peter. Like Judas, Peter was also told by Jesus of how he will forsake Him. It is clear Jesus told Peter “This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” and then Peter replied “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” But on the night when Jesus was captured and beaten, Peter denied Jesus for three times in front of Him. Isn’t that rather rough, don’t you think?

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Judas hanged himself for what he have done. And as for Peter? After fleeing away and set apart from other disciplines, he was crucified upside-down in Rome in Rome at his own request since he saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus.

What do you think? We all know Judas’s betrayal is unpleasant but how about Peter? Isn’t what he did much unacceptable and considered as betrayal? I’m not siding with Judas here but I really think it’s wrong to involve Judas’s name when cursing a traitor especially if we all know, Peter did much worst.

“Isa kang PEDRO!!” (nah~)

By: “Snow White”

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The Indestructable EDSA Commuter

Life is an Adventure.

Yeah, when you’re in EDSA, I doubt you’ll miss the challenges in life. Because that highway is the very manifestation of all danger you will ever encounter in the road.

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If you’re a commuter like me who rides over EDSA everyday, you know what I’m talking about. Car crashes, police checkpoints, thieves, authority bribery, flying buses off the sky ways, and every single bad luck you can experience when you commute. Just boarding on a cruising transport along EDSA highway is already a daily exercise for us, be it physically or mentally.

Here are the 7 proofs that you are a true Unbreakable EDSA Warrior:

1. You know the 13 MRT stations – It took me nearly a dozen of times riding the train just to remember the 13 MRT stations in correct order. I remember it was the days when all stations have free news paper stands beside every stairs, and O’Sullivan’s friends haven’t thought of bringing the Public Wi-Fi idea to the Philippines. And since we have that pact of not sharing the secret to true greatness, I will not tell you the 13 stations so that you’ll google it or see them for yourself.

2. You know your trademark – You know the logos of each establishment, you know the proper pronunciation of Pruegot, you know that it was called Blas F. Ople Building and not PEOA building, you know how many times ‘Shangri La Plaza’ changed their trademark, and you know how many SM malls are in standing beside EDSA.

3. You will avoid MRT Ayala Station on rush hour if you have the chance – You know the hellish experience of this particuar MRT station on 5 pm onward. After the first and hopefully the last time of getting lost in that labyrinth of a station, you will witness the real life “train to Busan” action as the desperate hundred commuters force their way inside the small train from a narrow platform. Believe me, you don’t wanna get off the train to Ayala station on that hour. And speaking of “rush hour”…

4. 7am and 5pm onward means trouble – If you’re riding the MRT, ‘Train to Busan’ experience. If you’re riding a bus or PUVs, it’s ‘300’. You can even imagine people yelling “SPARTAAA!” as they charge towards a bus that can only take two passengers.

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5. You have spare coins – You have spare coins ready to avoid bus tickets of returning the wrong amount of change. You stop the jeepney driver before asking “may barya ka?” because you throw the coins on his face like a flying shuriken (at least in your imagination). Coins are also for sneaky Badjaos climbing on-board and ask for a share. And lastly, because the tempting smell of freshly roasted nuts even if you don’t know where exactly they’re roasting them. Just sayin’.

6. You know the ‘Modus’ – You know every trick, every style, every distraction-strategy of a thief. They will do their best to rob or snatch your bag. And you immediately grab your pocket to make sure your phone is in there whenever you get off the bus. And you don’t trust the police for that.

7. Your bag defines you – There are materials that found in your bag but not all of them together. You have shoes glue ready to fix your shoe, pepper spray when you fight back, taser if you’re a bit sadist, ‘skyflakes’ because “baon sa bulsa, handa ang sikmura.”, and the vanishing umbrella because suddenly it wasn’t there when you need it most. Seriously, if a bus company sale all of the umbrellas left by the passengers, I bet they will get the equal boundary of one trip.

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8. No seat, no problem – Jeeps are always full on rush hours. So what we commuters do is to grab on those bars at the end of the jeepney’s roof and hang on tight. Literally. Ain’t no sun or rain can back us down. Besides if you haven’t tried it, you’re life in the Philippines will not be complete. Even girls on Nursing uniforms do it. Chivalry? Nah. We prefer the extreme!

9. The PNP logo – This is a good challenge for your friends. If you always ride in EDSA and have an observant eye, you probably noticed that one of Camp Crame’s wall logos facing EDSA highway is not embossed. For the challenge; What is the number of the wall with flat logo if you count all the logos starting from the camp’s EDSA gate going to Annapolis Avenue? Just ask for it.

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10. When in doubt, 123 your way out – We don’t want to use this last part but let’s admit it, sometimes we unconsciously or simply forgot to pay the fare. Consider that a blessing. Never do it on a daily basis.

Did you got all of these? I’m sure you do.

By: “Snow White”

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10 Temporary Remedies for your Body Problems

When we feel sick, sometimes medicines just not simply work. Well, not all sickness have medicines, right? Like chocking and hiccups. These kind of irritating situations may only be for a moment but real causes a lot of trouble in our daily routine. And since we don’t really have medicines for them, I gathered 9 simple remedies to cure some body problems.

  1. Hiccup solution 1
    Hiccups are burst of inhalation. Most simple cases of hiccups come after drinking or eating too much or too quickly. Normally, people would grab a glass of water. But there’s another way to relieve hiccups. You can treat hiccups by simply holding your breath and covering both of your ear hole with a finger. The pressure on the nerve endings in your ear will cut off hiccups and stop them in their tracks.
  2. Hiccup solution 2
    Hiccup solution 2 is a bit tricky and proven by the magazine Readers Digest. First, try to swallow three balls of air and exhale it with your nose. I know it’s a bit difficult to do but it worked to me dozens of times.
  3. Clogged nose nasal blockages
    Nasal Congestion occurs when nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels becomes swollen with excess fluid, causing a “stuffy” feeling. To treat your stuffy nose problems, press your tongue in the roof of your mouth while applying pressure on the bridge of your eye brows between eye brows for 20 seconds.
  4. Brain Freeze
    Everybody loves ice cream and there’s nothing an ice cream can solve. Well, there’s one. Brain freeze! To solve this sweet headache, press your thumb to the roof of your mouth. It will warm your palate and relieve the pain.
  5. Pee
    I know sometimes you want to stop the need to pee feeling. Especially when you’re in the peak of your productivity or in the middle of an important meeting. Worry no more. Coz apparently, there is a way to stop it for awhile. Relieve the tension by scratching the back of your calf. This will preoccupy your brain until you can pee. There’s another way but I don’t wanna say it here. This is a family-friendly blog.
  6. Toothache
    The body pain that will make you believe in two religions at the same time. To be honest, tooth pain doesn’t really come from your tooth, but from the gums under that tooth. And what’s more aggravating with this pain is it always happen on your most vulnerable and unprepared time. rub ice on back of your hand and the skin in the middle of thumb and point finger. This area contains nerve path ways that block pain signals from the face and hands.
  7. Anxiety
    I doubt you will remember this when you’re nervous but I will tell you. By blowing on your thumb, the nerve that controls heart rate will send out messages to your heart, telling it to slow down.
  8. Headache by Dehydration
    There are many causes of headaches, one in particular is dehydration. A jolly professor once told me that our body is forever be depending on water and when you fail to achieve the average water drinking necessity of your body, one of the signals your body will give you is headache. You really don’t have to drink medicine on this one, you can just drink more water and your headache will be surely gone.
  9. Dead Skin
    Dead skin is real problem especially for people with white complexion. Sun Burns and dark spots counts as well. If you love brewed coffee, don’t throw those used coffee grounds away. Rub it the area with dead skin. The coffee’s acidity level will help to remove dead skin cells and also serves as anti-oxidant and skin aging.
  10. Chocking
    This is my favorite of them all. When you get chocked while eating and there’s no water, raise your right arm as high as you can. By doing this, your rib cage and other parts within it will miss-align thus widening your esophagus which will make it easy for you to swallow the food. If this don’t work, it’s still easy to run on the nearest fridge and drink water. Never fails me.

 

Aaah~! So that’s how it works!

No. Seriously. Have you noticed things and asked yourself “since when did that thing get there?” or “how did that thing work anyway?”

There are many things in this world that we can’t understand. Things we commonly see but not fully understand. Things that you wish you should’ve listened to your science teacher when she’s doing the lesson. So complex, you thought only professionals can explain to you how it works. Well it’s not really hard though. At least 5 of them.

 

  1. How the crane get there? – Tower cranes are necessary in order to finish massive and high structures. These tall arms of steel can lift heavy loads to assist builders on the highest point of the construction. The question is, with its size, how did it get there and be gone after the construction? Or rather, how does a tower crane works? The secret is the crane itself. You see, cranes are not a one whole giant equipment. Like LEGO blocks, tower cranes can be assembled and extend itself piece by piece. By reversing the process, it can disassemble itself.komedi_1488280152914_538.gif
  2. Hydro-what? – Hydraulic system are also commonly found in construction equipment. Those tubes on tubes called hydraulic cylinders isn’t as tricky as they look. The system works when fluid enters in an air-tight cylinder filling the tube with pressure to pushing out the slimmer rod inside of it thus extending its reach. When their ends are connected in a jointed arm, it will bend the arm by pushing and pulling the fluid. Hydraulic system can also rotate objects by simply applying the same principle.komedi_1490687563911_533.gif
  3. Water Flush Direction – Apparently, flushing the toilet can tell your location in the world. Or at least the hemisphere of your current spot. Hey, did you know that earth’s rotation can accelerate drainage? And depending where you’re standing, the direction of the drainage rotation varies. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, drainage goes counter clockwise. And if you’re in southern hemisphere, drainage goes clockwise.Cities like Quito are one of the few cities located at the world’s equator in Ecuador. and because of that, the city is partly northern and southern hemisphere. And do you know what happens of you do the same draining process between north and south? Well, the drainage will not rotate and simply go down straight.To be honest, I don’t know how can this information help you. Just think of it as a cool knowledge. hehe

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  4. How do athletes curve the ball? – Actually, they don’t curve the ball. They only curve it’s direction by adding spin to it. Now how is it possible? When the ball flies with a spin, one side of the ball drags the air along with it while the air at the opposite side of the ball isn’t deflected. As the ball pushes the air to its back, it also pushes the air on the other side upfront thus gives its action to look like rolling on the air. This is called The Magnus Effect. Now that’s a cooler way to explain your “shooting tactics” when you add spin to your ball.komedi_1490708843748_661.gif
  5. Different but same – Because we ride transportation vehicles like bus and taxi cabs, understanding how wheels work is essential. Two wheels going on the same direction have the same speed. But did you know as the vehicle take turns, one of the wheels slows down? No, it doesn’t slide. When turning, one of the wheels must slowdown while the other maintains the speed. The device that enables this action is called the differential. It’s a device on the rear axle that can drive both wheels on different speeds without the other wheel sliding or slipping on turns.[navigate to 2:22]

 

Congratulations. You have successfully fed your mind with knowledge. After understanding how these 5 things work, my only expression is “aaah~! so that’s how it works!”

By “Rapunzel”

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Operation Yellow Ribbon

Simula nang mahalal ang pangulo sa kanyang posisyon, marami nang naging hakbang ang kampo ng mga Aquino para pabagsakin ang kanyang administrasyon. Kaya naman ngayon, kukuha tayo ng sampung taktika na talaga namang masasabi mong TATAK DILAW.

Tila nagiging obvious at desperado ang mga hakbang ng kampo ng mga Aquino at kanilang mga kakampi laban sa kasalukuyang administrasyon. Bagamat kapansin-pansin rin ang pagbabalewala ng pangulo sa kabila ng paninira ng kayang mga katunggali, tiwala siya na ang taong bayan ang sa huli’y lalaban para sa katotohanan.

Ika nga e nagiging “Sambayanang Pilipino laban sa mga PULPOL-itiko”

Kaya’t heto ang sampu sa mga Yellow Tactics na maaring di mo pa nasaksihan:

  1. Plan B – matapos ang matagumpay (nga ba?) na panalo ng Partido Liberal para sa pagka-Vice President na posisyon, marami na kaagad ang kumunot-noo kay Vice President Leni Robredo. Noong una, tahimik at tila “neutral” si Leni, ngunit matapos ang ilang buwan, sinimulan na rin niya ang paglabas ng kanyang tunay na kulay.
  2.  Blame it to the president – “so ano, kasalanan ko nanaman?” Noong nakaraang termino, natatawa ako kung paano isinisisi ng lahat sa pangulo ang problema ng bansa. Tumirik ang MRT, kasalanan ni PNoy; SAF 44, kasalanan ni PNoy; Bumara ang Toilet, kasalanan ni PNoy. Marahil naisip ng kanyang kampo, “kung ginawa nila ito kay PNoy, baka sakaling gumana rin kay Du30.”
  3. EJK – At eto nga. Sinimulan nga nilang isisi sa kasalukuyang pangulo ang lahat ng Extra-Judicial Killings sa bansa. Ginamit nila ang sinabi ng pangulo na papatayin niya ang lahat ng adik sa daan.
  4. De Lima Strategy – Maganda ang ipinakita ni De Lima sa kanyang TV Electoral Campaign, ikukulong niya raw ang mga abuso sa kapangyarian. Tamang-tama para sa hakbang na ito. Usigin ang pangulo at ungkatin ang kanyang mga nakaraan.
  5. DDSatbp – Davao Death Squad at iba pa. Ungkatin ang mga issues ng pangulo para magalit at matakot ang taong bayan. Mas effective at kapanipaniwala kapag kasalukuyang nagaganap ang EJK at Oplan Tokhang.
  6. Hired Witnesses – Kabilang ang mga witnesses na madalas mong naririnig sa balita gaya nila SPO3 Lascañas and sikat na sikat na si Matobato. Medyo narindi na rin ang mga Senador sa paulit-ulit na kwentong hatid ng mga False Witnesses na ito kaya’t sa huli, bumaliktad na ang sitwasyon at si De Lima naman ang inusig at napatunayang may sala at ikinulong.
  7. Bias Media Strategy – Maraming beses nang tinitira ng bias media ang pangulo. Mga kilalang Philippine tabloids, news channels, at maging ang international media ang walang sawang sumisira sa matibay na paniniwala ng mga Pilipino sa Presidente ng bansa. Ngunit kabaliktaran ang nangyari dahil ngayon, pati mga Pilipino sa ibang bansa mas lalo lumakas ang paniniwala kay Pangulong Duterte.
  8. Trillanes for Distraction – Si Senator Trillanes ang isa sa mga maiingay na kakampi ni De Lima ngunit ngayong nakakulong na si De Lima, naipasa na ang bola kay Trillanes na walang sawang humahanap ng dahilan upang mapatalsik ang pangulo. Ang nakakatawa lang, the more na naghahain siya ng reklamo laban sa pangulo, ay the more din na lumalabas ang kanyang kapalpakan na nagpapatunay na siya ay under ng mga Dilaw.
  9. Social Media Strategy – Epektibo sana ang estratehiyang ito upang magpakalat ng maling balita at magpalakas ang Partidong Liberal sa mga tao ngunit mukhang kahit sa Social Media ay mas marami parin ang taga-suporta ng Pangulo. Mas pinalakas pa ng mga kilalang tagapag-balita ng bansa na naghahatid ng totoong balita tungkol sa mga nangyayari.
  10. VP move – Pinaka-latest. Nauubusan na kasi ng maita-topic si Senator Trillanes. Halos marindi na ang taong bayan sa pagiingay ni Trillanes kaya’t this time, si VP Leni naman na tila humihingi ng tulong sa ibang bansa upang mapatalsik sa pwesto ang pangulo. Sa halip, mas nagalit ang sambayanang Pilipino kay VP Leni sa kaniyang hakbang at nagsamasama upang mapatalsik siya sa pwesto. At ang Pangulo? Naging gentleman parin at denepensahan ang kanyang Vice-President. Sampal ulit ito sa kampo ng Partidong Liberal.

Nakakatawa na lang tignan kung gaano ka-desperado nang kanilang kampo Liberal na pabagsakin ang administrasyong Duterte. Mga totoong sakim sa kapangyarihan. Marahil alam nila ang kasalukuyang administrasyon ang makakapagpabagsak sa kanila kaya’t gayon nalamang ang kanilang pagpupursigi na matalo ito.

Nakakatuwa rin na sa likod ng mga ito ay nananatili paring matatag ang pangulo at hindi pinapansin ang mga estratihiyang ito ng kanyang mga katunggali. Sa huli, kapwa Pilipino, tanging ikaw ang makakapag-sabi kung sino ang dapat paniwalaan at suportahan.

By “Cinderella”

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5 Visual Arts that have been Replaced by Technology

Art has been a part of humanity since the early ages. We used art to express feelings, emotions, or even messages in a form of artistic visual form like sculptures and paintings. But as technology dominates everything, some of these arts and creative skills are slowly fading in our practices.

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I remember how my classmates used to envy my hands for its artistic talents in school. How I normally write the lessons as if it was the Old Testament. How my teachers calls my name whenever they’re having trouble illustrating on the board. And how I vandalized the school wall and got praised by the Dean. It’s a skill that I learned from years of practice but after a decade, everyone can do it now with the help of technology. I don’t know if feeling bad about it is a bit childish, but the fact that arts are now being replaced by technology is just too much.

Here are 5 arts that are now being replaced by technology:

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  1. PhotographyPhotography is the art or practice of taking pictures of places, people, events, or objects. The beauty of a particular photograph is defined by the photographers skill of capturing the particular shot. But ever since the people learned the capabilities of Photoshop and other photo editing applications, everyone is suddenly a skilled photographer. Editing various shots, changing scenery and colors, and even making your own photograph from your own imagination.
  2. Freehand SketchingOne of the most amazing hand skills is the ability to draw. Freehand Sketching is skill of which the artist uses tools like pencils or charcoal to create a visual masterpiece in a canvas. Freehand drawings are often the base for other arts such as architecture, visual novels, and even paintings. But like photography, Freehand sketching can now be done in devices like computers and even mobile phones. In this way, artists don’t have to buy every coloring tool and papers to make a good sketch and saves them to the trouble of uploading them online.
  3. AnimationWould you believe me if tell you that the animation before was done manually? Well the animation before isn’t easy. It is done by putting images or scenes in a running sequence to make a smooth animation like phenakistoscope, praxinoscope, and zoetrope. Each page is carefully drawn by hand with a slightly movement on the next page. Today, cartoons and animes are made easy by computers by their animators to the extent that they can even put 3-Dimensional movements and places to make the scene more realistic. I’m an anime fan myself so for me, this one is okay.

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  4. CarvingCarving is another branch of art that uses tools to shape something from a material by scraping away portions of that material. People on the earliest days often uses wax, wood, and stones to make a sculpture. Today, with the modern technology, people can 3D print an object straight from their computers. The object is carefully drafted in 3D in the computer and the 3D printer machine will print it using materials like plastic.
  5. CalligraphyThe most recent type of art that has been replaced by technology, the Calligraphy is one of the most oldest types of art that most artists thought was irreplaceable with technology. Calligraphy is the art of hand writing of letters and lines with a broad tip instrument. A Penman is a master of handwriting using different kinds of pens and tip. Few months ago, people felt in-need of this rare art and started reviving it by making the Calligraphy machine that can hold a writing instrument with precision and copy signatures. Anyone may now do a hand-written work without using their hands.

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And those are the 5 visual arts that have been defeated by technology. Do you think technology is taking it too far, or these type of arts should be preserved with practice? Did I missed other visual arts that are in the technology’s replacement list? Tell me in the comments below.

As a disciple of Art, I’m not in favor with replacing art with technology. If you’re with me, we can raise awareness by sharing this blog on our social media accounts. Thank you.

By “Rapunzel”

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