Archive for October, 2010

Spiritual Family for Pinoys Overseas

Being away from home is never an excuse for spiritual dryness. In my experience, staying in touch with my spiritual life and having a spiritual family help me get through moments of homesickness (which is fairly common no matter how independent you are and no matter how regular skype dates with family are). My spiritual family here in Sg has become my support group in ways I have never imagined.

I joined the Light of Jesus Family Singapore pretty much as soon as I landed here in Sg. I’ve been attending the regular Feast every Sunday (and pretty much all the food trips, movie dates, surprise parties, beach picnics, chats over coffee, and even clubbing on other days). So far, so good!

Lately, we have received a confirmation that Bro. Arun Gogna of The Alabang Feast will be flying here to talk about relevant issues on “being away from home” and “family life in a foreign land.” I believe this is very timely and will be truly beneficial to the overstressed pinoys here in Sg.

I am soOo looking forward to this one..

October 30, 2010 at 7:11 AM Leave a comment

Why getting sick in Sg may be good/bad for you

I had been on medical leave this week and I had to see three doctors just to figure out that all I needed was retail therapy.

A repartee, you may say but in reality, that was what the doctor prescribed (among all other things). The week long temperature hikes and light-headedness were caused by the good ‘ol stress and anxiety due to environment change. Yes, apparently despite the cleaner surroundings, my body had a hard time adjusting to a new territory.. to a new life.

If I may, I hope to raise a concern on how the doctors here are treating sick employees. As if they have already been programmed to treat patients in “3 easy steps!” [tone: TV infomercial]

  1. Ask 3 basic questions (without much interest to the responses) such as “what’s wrong with you?”
  2. Shove a ton of meds down your throat (really, a TON of meds as if I were already terminal when all I needed was Biogesic , Vitamin B, and sleep)
  3. Issue a medical certificate (to legalize the sick leave)

Doctor 1 even had a nice chat with another patient over his mobile phone while taking my blood pressure.  Generally Singapore is a busy country, but come on, are the doctors also required to multi-task?

October 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM Leave a comment

Fine City Fines Product Launch

Thanks to a creative publicity stunt to launch their new shaver, Philips Electronics may be slammed with S$ 1,000 fine for allegedly causing neighbourhood disturbance.

A video of a creature resembling a black bear “scavenging” at a bus stop roused the public–causing the government to deploy at least 19 personnel from Singapore Zoo, nature group, and the police.

Whether or not this is an offense of public nuisance, I’d say this guerrilla marketing tactic is a classic.. Totally worthy of fine and/or public apology.

Do I hear Clio?

October 14, 2010 at 10:30 AM Leave a comment

Love Your HEART. Have it Checked for FREE. Here’s How..

FIFTEEN people die from cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke in Singapore every day. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include high cholesterol, blood pressure levels and obesity.

In partnership with the People’s Association and Singapore Heart Foundation, Nestle Nesvita Omega Plus Acticol will be offering free health checks this month. Participants will be tested on their cholesterol level, blood pressure, BMI and body fat percentage.

Schedule:

Oct 16 and 17 (White Sands Shopping Centre)

Oct 30 and 31 (Tiong Bahru Plaza)

Time: 11am to 9pm

Free. No registration required.

 

October 12, 2010 at 4:37 PM Leave a comment

Top 10 Most Expensive Food

[In no particular order. Drinks not included, yet]

 

1. Almas caviar

$25,000 /  32 ounces

‘Almas caviar’ is the creme de la creme of caviars. The word Almas means diamond, and this Beluga caviar is a whitish color.

 

2. Saffron

$5,000 / pound

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice because it takes about 75,000 saffron crocus blossoms to make a single pound of saffron. The spice, which has a slightly bitter taste, appears in many Moorish, Asian and Mediterranean dishes.

 

3. Samundari Khazana (Curry)

$3,200

 Devon crab and white truffle and a half tomato filled with Beluga caviar and dressed with gold leaf are just the start of this lavish dish. A Scottish lobster, also coated with gold, four abalone and four shelled and hollowed quails’ eggs filled with even more caviar round out the dish.

 

 4. Dansuke Watermelon  

$6, 100

 

Densuke watermelons, a type of black watermelon grown only on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, are usually given as gifts due to their extraordinary rarity. There were only sixty-five of the fruits among the first harvest this season. They are harder and crisper than the watermelons we Americans are used to and, according to Tohma Agricultural Cooperative’s spokesman, they “have a different sweetness level.”

 

5. Chocopologie truffle

$2,600 / pound

For the chocolate lover, this is the ultimate treat. So what’s in this $2,600-per-pound morsel? Quite a few things. including “decadent 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla,” which form the base. Then “a rare French Perigord truffle is then surrounded by this rich decadent ganache; it is enrobed in Valrhona dark chocolate and then rolled in fine cocoa powder,”

 

6. White truffle mushroom

$2,700 / pound

These fancy fungi have their origins in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007, when casino owner Stanley Ho shelled out $330,000 for a truffle weighing just over three pounds.

 

7. Serendipity sundae

$25,000

The Frrozen Haute Chocolate mixes top-grade cocoa from 14 countries, spiced with 5 grams of edible gold and shavings of a multithousand-dollar truffle.”

 

8. Domenico Crolla’s “Pizza Royale 007″

$4,200

The 12 inch pizza pie is densely packed with an assortment of some of the world’s most expensive food ingredients, such as lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. In addition to all these fine ingredients, it’s topped with a significant amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes.

 

9. Le Parker Meridien Omelette

$1,000

The most expensive omelette in the world consists of 10 ounces of sevruga caviar, a whole lobster, and six eggs.

 

10. Westin Hotel Bagel

$1,000

This bagel is topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves. The bagel’s price is justified when you consider that white truffles happen to be the second most expensive food by weight, eclipsed only by caviar. The underground fungus grows only under specific oak trees in Alba, Italy. Their pheromone-like odor is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is the reason dogs and female pigs are used to hunt the precious truffle.

 

 

Sources:

Wacky Archives, Most-Expensive.net, QualityHealth.com

October 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM Leave a comment

There is a reason the loo is called “comfort” room and “rest” room

One thing I love about Singapore is that most of its restrooms are well-maintained and well-equipped. Something that you can expect from a highly developed country. However, I can’t seem to comprehend why there are still individuals who live in a civilized society yet lack the basic toilet etiquette. It is as if they have been brought forth into this world to annoy us all with their nasty toilet habits..?

To my darling office neighbour, I hope you get to ponder on these..

What public restrooms are not:

Photosource: thatsweird.net

1. It is never meant to turn tummies upside down

Flush! If you have to do number two and don’t want to unleash the stink, flush as soon as the “thing” disengages from its source. When you’re done, flush away! And make sure you don’t leave any souvenir for the world to see. I agree that achieving such may have taken a long and tedious process, but trust me, we don’t need your proof of business.

2. It is never a choice between sitting and squatting

Although in very rare occasions (here in Singapore), you may be faced with squat-type ones, but for obvious reasons, the toilet seat is meant for sitting and not to set your foot prints on. If disinfectant and seat liners are not available, you can use the tissue to wipe and line the toilet seat. Point and shoot! When done, flush! And make sure you don’t leave any splatter un-wiped.

3. It is never a skid mark gallery

If we want to see artistic strokes and green-brown-black color gradation, we’ll go to an art gallery or an art museum. Again, we don’t need your proof of business.

4. It is never a smoking area

I know of a few people who like to smoke while relieving themselves. But not everyone can tolerate the smell of cigarette smoke, especially on hair and clothes. So please, give due respect and read the “NO SMOKING” sign.

I haven’t met anyone who is fond of cleaning after another person’s mess so please be an angel and respect everyone’s right to a clean and comfy loo. There is a reason why it is called “comfort” room and “rest” room. Let us all be considerate and let everyone experience a moment comfort and rest when we need them the most.

October 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM Leave a comment

Discomfort Zone

I have always believed that I’m the “happy-go-lucky” type. This theory has been proven by a series of personality tests I took over the years. I am the type who would easily get bored with routine and comfortable (term to be qualified) situations. I thrive in highly stressful environments. Maybe that’s precisely why every time I planned on slowing down; I end up jaded and depressed.

But now as I contemplate on the decisions I’ve made and the actions I took, I have realized that I have been responsible for all the complications I went through. Yes, I have always been the type who mapped her whole lifetime out but I am also the same person who has always been attracted by spontaneity.. by uncertainties.. by unexplainable situations.. and by the innermost desire to surpass them.

Hence, the big move.

Now I am again within my discomfort zone. I am working for an industry that is completely new to me in a place that is relatively new to me. I have accepted my current job with my knowledge and long years of experience as arsenal. My self-esteem came from believing that since I have done great in my previous assignments, no matter how new they were at first, I can as well be successful in this highly technical industry.

So far so good.

As expected, there are days that I seriously don’t know what to do but collect all the guts to ask my boss (keeping my fingers crossed that he wouldn’t think of me as an idiot) a lot of questions about a project or about the nitty gritty details of a product. There are days that I would just bury my head in prayer for the much needed divine intervention as to how to perform an assignment. Some days I just sit, sigh, and savor the unknown.

I am stressed, like everybody else. But my current stress is not because of the deadlines, nor the pile of tasks to be completed. I am stressed because of a deep desire to earn the respect of the people who hired me. My core is deeply motivated by accomplishment, which I can only envision in my mind as of the moment. But I guess before that vision becomes tangible, I must endure/enjoy the discomfort zone I am in now.

And still, as long as I don’t let what I do define who I am, I am safe.

Well, let’s see what happens.

Where God guides, He provides.        – Vance Havner

October 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM Leave a comment

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