Joke of the Day: Gotcha Mama


An 11-year-old boy catches a butterfly and pulls out its wings and then kills it. His father tell him:

“As punishment, you can’t have butter for two weeks.”

The next day, the son catches a honeybee and drives a needle through it’s tiny heart. His father tells him,

“As punishment, you can’t have honey for two weeks.

That night, his mother steps on a cockroach and squishes it dead. The son asks his father,

“Do you tell her should or should I?”

Source: Pulp Magazine

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Starbucks Planner 2009: Selling Like Hotcakes!!!


starbucksStarbucks usually starts its promo sticker cards during November of every year. As part of the promo, you have to collect 16 stickers by purchasing a beverage and other products, and get a Starbucks planner for free upon the completion. I was not able to get the planner in 2008 because I gave my sticker card to Kat’s cousin. I have seen the Starbucks planner 2008 and I loved the design. I decided to collect stickers last November to get the Starbucks planner for 2009 because I know that Starbucks will be producing a well-designed planner again. I have completed my sticker card last year with the help of some friends and office mates. My office mate asked me a favor to buy a tumbler as an exchange gift for our Christmas party, so I went to Starbucks in Trinoma where I also saw the Starbucks planner for 2009 for the first time:

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I didn’t like the design that much but it’s okay. I loved the idea of it having 3 colors: red, black blue. Starbucks planner for this year looks more simple and professional compared to the Starbucks planner in 2008 which is more artsy and stylish:

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I completed my sticker card in Starbucks, SM Fairview last December 25, 2008. I rushed to Starbucks the next day only to find out that there’s no more planner left for me. Out-of-stock!!! So I tried other Starbucks branches: SM Megamall, Shangrila, Podium, Trinoma – still haven’t got one. Starbucks informed their customers that the next arrival of planners is January 16, 2009. Me and my family went to Robinson’s Manila last January 18, 2009, to eat and relax a bit. I passed by a Starbucks there to get my planner but it’s out-of-stock again!!! So the attendant told me that if I really want to get the planner, I should make a reservation and give my contact no. for them to inform me the availability of the planner. I was also able to get the free drink coupon on that day where you can get a free drink of any beverage of any size.

I received a text from Starbucks, Robinson’s Manila, last January 20, 2009:

“Dear Sir/Maam. Thank you for making this year’s planner promotion a success. Due to the overwhelming response, we have unexpectedly experienced a shortage of planners. We have placed another order to arrive by March 20. We apologize for the delay and as a token of our appreciation and your understanding, we will be including a Starbucks bag with your reserved planner. We sincerely apologize and thank you for your continued patronage and understanding. – Starbucks Robinson’s Place”

From January 16 to March 20?? I availed my free drink, Chocolate Cream Chip (Venti), that day.

FYI: I found out from the attendant that the kind of bag that Starbucks will be giving with the planner is a body bag.

Honestly, it’s okay with me to get the planner late and not use it since I’m enjoying using my Cosmo’s 2009 Date Book now, but for others…it’s not. What if they really want to use the planner but still haven’t got one up to now? This might irritate others because they will be using their Starbucks planner in March if they get one. =) Don’t worry guys, there’s another freebie included, be one of those who will be using the Starbucks body bag exclusively.

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Are You Crazy About Nuts?


I love eating nuts. I used to eat nuts during reviews when I was in high school and college because I can bring it along with me easily and eat it anytime and anywhere. Nuts is also considered as food for the brain, that’s what I believed.

I have read in Reader’s Digest:

“Nuts is also a health food for the heart. There was a study made in Harvard Medical School showing that men who ate a couple of handfuls of nuts each week have a lower risk of sudden death due to cardiac arrest compared to those who ate less often.”

Do you know why nuts is so healthy for the heart? Because of its high saturated fats, magnesium and vitamin E.

TRIVIA: Munching nuts may also help protect against dementia.

Dementia is a non-specific illness syndrome where higher mental functions are affected. Affected persons may not know what day of the week, month or year, not know where they are or even not know who they are. (Wikipedia)

Scientists even found out that people with a diet rich in foods containing vitamin E has less chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, also a form of dementia.

That what nuts can do!

I still continue eating nuts but the weird thing about me: I don’t eat nuts when mixed in chocolates, ice-creams, even brownies. I don’t buy chocolate bars with nuts. It should be plain chocolate. I don’t buy ice-cream with nuts because I don’t feel like separating the nuts from the ice-cream. I love eating brownies from KFC, the one with chocolate bits and nuts. Since it’s small, I find it tolerable to separate the nuts then eat the brownies afterwards. =)

Crazy about nuts?

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Chowking Halu-Halo & Razon’s Halu-Halo


Chowking’s Halu-Halo

I love eating halu-halo because it’s very delicious and refreshing. I always eat halu-halo in Chowking. I really love the taste of their halu-halo. Try their Half Dozen halu-halo for the price of P29.

Since I love trying something new to eat, I tried eating halu-halo in Razon’s Robinson’s Manila. Razon’s is the pride of Guagua, Pampanga. It is known for it’s halu-halo and pansit luglug.

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Razon’s Halu-Halo

Razon’s halu-halo really taste the same as Chowking’s halu-halo. Is Chowking getting their halu-halo from Razon’s? Even though both have the same taste, I can say that Chowking’s halu-halo taste even creamier and better than Razon’s because Chowking put more milk and other ingredients (nata de coco, banana, leche plan, ube, buko, etc.) making it more delicious. You can buy Razon’s halu-halo for P73.

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DON’T EAT TOO MUCH RICE


The human body was never meant to consume rice! You see, our genes have hardly changed in more than 30,000 years. However, our food choices and lifestyle have changed dramatically. The caveman would hardly recognize our food or way of life.

Caveman food was never cooked as fire was not yet tamed. Thus, he ate only those foods that you can eat without treatment with or by fire. He ate fruits, vegetables, fish (sushi anyone?), eggs, nuts and meat. Yes, even meat. You can even eat meat raw if you were starving in the forest. You have the necessary enzymes to digest meat.

However, rice, like wheat and corn, cannot be eaten raw. It must be cooked. Even if you were starving i n the desert, you cannot eat rice in the raw form. This is because we do not have the system of enzymes to break rice down. You were never meant to eat rice. To make matters worse, you not only eat rice, but also make it the bulk of your food.

In some parts of Asia , rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Even if you take rice, keep it to a minimum. Remember, it is only for your tongue – not your body. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar. There are many reasons:

>>> Rice becomes sugar – lots of it.

This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny: rice is chemically no different from sugar. One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This does not matter whether it is white, brown or herbal rice. Brown rice is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, you need to consume lots of kangkong – 10 bowls of it.


>>> Rice is digested to become sugar.

Rice cannot be digested before it is thoroughly cooked. However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour – almost as quickly as it would if you took a sugar candy. Rice is very low in the “rainbow of anti-oxidants”

This complete anti-oxidant rainbow is necessary for the effective and safe utilization of sugar. Fruits come with a sugar called fructose. However, they are not empty calories as the fruit is packed with a whole host of other nutrients that help its proper assimilation and digestion.

  

 

>>> Rice has no fibre.

The fibre of the kangkong fills you up long before your blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up your stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, you end up eating lots of “calorie dense” food before you get filled up. Brown rice has more fibre but still the same amount of sugar.

>>> Rice is tasteless.

Sugar is sweet. There is only so much that you can eat at one sitting. How many teaspoons of sugar can you eat before you feel like throwing up? Could you imagine eating 10 teaspoons of sugar in one seating?

>>> Rice is always the main part of the meal.

While sugar may fill your dessert or sweeten your coffee, it will never be the main part of any meal. You could eat maybe two to three teaspoons of sugar at one meal. However, you could easily eat the equal value of two to three bowls (20 – 30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal. I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks for tea tarik kurang manis! Are you a rice addict? Going rice-less may not be easy but you can go rice-less. Eating less rice could be lot easier than you think. Here are some strategies that you can pursue in your quest to eat less rice:

There is no real “built in” mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice
How much kangkong can you eat? How much fried chicken can you eat? How much steamed fish can you eat? Think about that! In one seating, you cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but you can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes you to eat more salt.

  

 

You tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt.

Eating rice causes you to drink less water. The more rice you eat, the less water you will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice. Rice, wheat and corn come hidden in our daily food. As rice is tasteless, it tends to end up in other foods that substitute rice like rice flour, noodles and bread. We tend to eat the hidden forms which still get digested into sugar. Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest

Can’t eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is “heavy stuff”. If you have problems with digestion, try skipping rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away.  

Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals. Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins.

Eat less rice – Cut your rice by half. Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet, advises “eating rice like spice”.

>>> Instead, increase your fruits and vegetables.

>>> Take more lean meats and fish.

You can even take more eggs and nuts. Have “riceless” meals. Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast. Go for eggs instead.

>>> Go on “riceless” days.

Go “western” once a week. Take no rice and breads for one day every week. That can’t be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colors and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavors.

 

 

 

>>> Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup.

You will automatically eat less rice. Eat your fruit dessert before your meals. The fibre rich fruits will “bulk up” in your stomach. Thus, you will eat less rice and more fruits.

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Discounts, Dining Deals, Raffle, Promos, Entertainment Shows, Etc.!!!


Interested in discounts, dining deals, raffle, promos, entertainment shows, etc.? Check these out:

* SM Department Store – 50% off Men’s sale until June 30

– instant P100 cash back for every P1,000 single receipt purchase (men’s wear, accessories, shoes or luggage department) until June 22

– buy in World Traveller bags and luggages and get a chance to win a unique gyroplane ride and overnight accommodations at the Taal Vista Hotel

* SM Megamall – new FILA boutique in upper ground floor Bldg. A

* Ayala Malls – win tickets of Lea Salonga’s Cinderella on June 13-July 15 for every pair of shoes in participating stores

Shoe Sale on June 13-20

– watch a movie and get P100 bonus in your Timezone Powercard, load P200 and get P300 Powercard load

* Makro – win the daily raffle with every P1,000 purchase and a visit to 5 participating booths

– save 30% with every Makro Value Pak (MVP)

* Shopwise – get big discounts on its “Make the Grade with Big Savings”, all branches nationwide

* National Book Store – get the chance to win motorcycles, gaming consoles,laptops and gift certificates if you buy a P300 purchase of “N” items, promo is until June30

* TrinomaNBA Madness on June 14-15 (Activity Center)
– launch of Folded and Hung

* Greenbelt Malls“Pleasures at Greenbelt on Fathers’ Day”, June 15 (12-1 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.)

* Market! Market!“Asian Tropical Living” interior design exhibit until June 30 (Home Market, 3re level)

* Cebu Pacific – All-Domestic Fares, get really low ticket prices until June 17 for travel between July 1 and October 15

* Slimmer’s World International – buy 1 month, get 1 month free and no monthly dues on lifetime membership on its world-class slimming and fitness programs
– avail 15 skin or face treatments and get 15 more treatments for free

* Mang Inasal – get endless rice for every rice meal purchase, all branches nationwide

* Taco BellFiest Platter for only P129/platter available in Gateway Mall, Araneta Coliseum and Trinoma

Meal A: fiesta rice, chunky pork bbq, fiesta salsa salad, churros with chocolate dip
Meal B: 1/2 pound beef combo burrito, potato bites with cheese sauce, cinnamon twists

Meal C: fiesta rice, seasoned ground beef, fiesta salsa salad, potato bites with cheese sauce 

* Italianni – use your BPI Express Credit and get 20% off on any Italianni’s Tower of your choice on your next visit

* Music Museum Pooh…kwang! on June 14, 20-21, 27-29 (9 p.m.)
* Robinson’s Place Manila
– Love Radio’s Tambalang Balahura at Balasubas (June 14, 5 p.m.)

* Araneta Coliseum“From the Heart” concert of Air Supply

* Shang Cineplex13th French Film Festival in Manila until June 22, admission is free (Cinema 1)

* Brillante Mendoza’s Serbis – showing on local cinemas on June 18

* Philippine Cultural Center of the Philippines – Lea Salonga in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on July 29-August 24

SOURCE: Libre

 

EGG PIRACY in CHINA


 

During a recent raid on a wholesale centre in Guangzhou city, the capital of China ‘s Guangdong province, a large quantity of fake eggs was seized.

Their wholesale price is 0.15 yuan (S$0.03) each – half the price of a real egg.

Consumers have a hard time telling a genuine egg from a fake one. This is good news for unscrupulous entrepreneurs, who are even conducting three-day courses in the production of artificial eggs for less than S$150. A reporter with Hong Kong-based Chinese magazine East Week enrolled in one such course.

To create egg white, the instructor – a woman in her 20s – used assorted ingredients such as gelatin, an unknown powder, benzoic acid, coagulating material and even alum, which is normally used for industrial processes.

For egg yolk, some lemon-yellow colouring powder is mixed to a liquid and the concoction stirred. The liquid is then poured into a round-shaped plastic mould and mixed with so-called ‘magic water‘, which contains calcium chloride.

This gives the ‘yolk’ a thin outer membrane, firming it up. The egg is then shaped with a mould. The shell is not forgotten. Paraffin wax and an unidentified white liquid are poured onto the fake egg, which is then left to dry.

The artificial egg can be fried sunny-side up or steamed. Although bubbles appear on the white of the egg, those who have tasted it say the fake stuff tastes very much like the real thing.

But experts warn of the danger of eating fake eggs. Not only do they not contain any nutrients, a Hong Kong Chinese University professor warned that long-term consumption of alum could cause dementia.


To make the egg white, various ingredients, including a powder and alum, are mixed together.

The ‘yolk’ is shaped in the round mould. ‘Magic water’ containing calcium chloride is used.

Hardy shells are formed by pouring paraffin wax and a liquid onto the egg, which are then left to dry.