Trivia – July 2013

1.The Olympic Flame is a symbol of the fire stolen from the Greek God Zeus. Months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic games the torch is lit at the ancient site of the Olympics in Olympia. A ceremony is performed by Eleven women called priestesses in which the torch is lit by a parabolic mirror which concentrates the rays of the sun.

A ceremony is performed by Eleven women called priestesses in which the torch is lit by a parabolic mirror which concentrates the rays of the sun.

2. There are an average of 70,000 reported UFO sightings every year, worldwide. That’s an average of 192 per day.

70,000 reported UFO sightings every year - Worldwide

3. Yo-Yo was started as a weapon in the Philippine Islands in the 16th century. It weighed four pounds and had a 20 foot cord. It was introduced to the United States as a toy in 1929.

4. Cucumber seeds give you heartburn and cucumbers give you gas.

5. Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are building a 27-hole golf course on the border between the three countries, with nine holes in each country. Much of the area proposed for the golf course is currently a minefield.

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The Filipino Amerasians

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In Philippines, an estimated 52,000 Amerasians are scattered throughout the 7,107 islands. “Amerasians in Philippines” is the term used for the American children born to Filipino mothers and American fathers. These children are born when the US bases are stationed in the Philippines from 1898 till 1991. The Amerasian phenomenon is concentrated in localities where U.S. naval and Air Force bases were prominent before they closed down such as the Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, the United States’ two largest overseas bases at the time. Many were born out of committed relationships, 90% of them were born out of wedlock. Soldiers’ limited tours of duty, hard to get licenses and permit to marry a foreigner, consents from their respective captains, the abrupt closures of the bases — tore the American-Filipino couples apart.

Amerisans

Due to the Amerasian phenomenon, several Charity organizations were formed by various groups and communities to help the Filipino Amerasians find their American fathers. One of them is The Philippine Children’s Fund of America (PCFA), a non-profit organization to assist impoverished Filipino children of American ancestry by providing educational scholarships, employment and working visas to the United States. March 4 has been designated as Amerasian Day in the Philippines by The Amerasian Foundation, an organization in which the mission is to help develop an “Amerasian Voice” for Amerasians in the U.S. and Asia in an effort to unite all Amerasians and inform the public around the world on their plight.

Many Filipino Amerasians long to be recognized by the U.S. government. In their hearts, they long to meet their American fathers, to know them and to connect to their American roots. The only way for Filipino Amerasian children to gain U.S. citizenship is if their American fathers claim them when they turn 18. Children born out of wedlock to an American father and a Filipino mother are entitled to United States citizenship and they must file paternity certifications no later than their 18th birthday to get it. Some Amerasians were fortunate and able to trace their fathers through internet and social networking sites, some with the aid of charity organizations, they were re-united. Those who are granted American citizenship are truly fortunate because their American fathers acknowledged them, took them to USA and provided for them and their lives changed a lot. There are also success stories of Filipino Amerasians being sponsored by Americans other than their fathers and their plights are truly inspiring which gives hope to those who are left behind… Americans in Philippines

Batchoy (La Paz Batchoy)

Filipino Food - Batchoy (La Paz Batchoy)

Filipino Food – Batchoy (La Paz Batchoy)

If you happen to visit Iloilo City then check out the most popular food of the Ilonggos. Rainy or sunny days Batchoy is enjoyed till the last drop and would prompt you to ask for more of that hearty, tasty, delicious noodle soup. Batchoy is made with pork, crushed pork cracklings or chicharon, chicken stock, beef loin and round noodles or miki. The noodles are similar to spaghetti, but are generally a bit finer. It is usually served hot and paired with puto or pandesal. Taste can be enhanced by adding fried garlic, pepper, and soya sauce. Pinoys used spoon and fork to eat Batchoy, it is served piping hot with a cold drink on the side.

Ingredients:
1 kg- mami noodles (egg noodles)
1 medium ( quartered) size onion
1/2 head crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. Bagoong (shrimp paste)
1 tbsp. peppercorns, crushed
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
10-12 c. beef/pork stock
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. soy sauce
salt

Toppings Ingredients:
250 g. pork
150 g. pork liver
150 g. shrimps
1 pc. chicken breast

Garnishing ingridients:
crushed chicharon (cracklings)
chopped fried garlic
chopped spring onionCooking Procedure:
1. In a large pot, pour in 10-12 c. of stock (from boiled beef and pork bones) and add all broth ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and blanch shrimp until cooked.
2. Remove shrimp from the pot, remove shell and head each shrimp, set aside.
3. Add in pork, chicken and liver in the pot, let simmer for 20–25 minutes or until pork, chicken and liver are tender add more stock if necessary.
4. Remove pork, chicken and liver from the pot, drain and let cool. Continue simmering the broth in low heat until ready to serve, season with salt to taste.
5. Slice the pork, chicken and liver into thin strips and set aside.
8. Place noodles in serving bowl and pour strained boiling stock over the noodles. Top with pork, chicken, liver, shrimp. Garnish with chicharon, spring onion and fried garlic.

Kadayawan Sa Davao

Noong unang panahon, sinasabing ang mga katutubong naninirahan sa paanan ng bundok Apo sa Dabaw ay nagtitipon at nagsasagawa ng seremonyas at ritwal sa kanilang mga Bathala lalo na sa kay “Manama” na syang pinakamataas Na Bathala sa lahat. Ito ay upang magpasalamat sa masaganang ani na kanilang natatamasa. Sila ay nagsasayawan at nag-aawitan upang ipagdiwang ang kanilang kasiyahan sa mga biyayang natanggap. Iba’t ibang mga produkto sa pagsasaka tulad ng mga prutas, bulaklak, mga gulay, bigas at butil ng mais ay nakalatag sa banig habang ang mga katutubo ay nagbibigay pugay at paggalang at pasasalamat o” pahinungod” para sa kasaganaan ng taon.

Festival in Philippines - Kadayawan Sa Davao

Festival in Philippines

Lumipas ang maraming taon, kahit naging moderno ang lahat, ang mga Dabawenyo ay nananatiling nagsasagawa ng seremonya ng pasasalamat. Ang tradisyong ito ay naging isang taunang kapistan na tanyag sa buong bansa at sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo. Ito ay ang “Kadayawan sa Davao”. Ang “Kadayawan” ay nanggaling sa salitang Mandaya na “Madayaw” upang ipaliwanag ang isang bagay katulad ng “ maganda, mahalaga, mabuti, at magaling. Ang kapistahang ito ay nagsisimbulo ng pagdiriwang sa buhay, pasasalamat sa mga yaman at biyayang natatamasa, masaganang ani ng mga pananim, at kapayapaan sa buhay. Noong una, ang kapistahang ito ay tinawag na “Apo Duwaling” na nanggaling sa pinakatanyag na mga simbolo ng Dabaw, ang Bundok Apo, prutas na Durian, at bulaklak na Waling-waling. Noong 1988, ang kapistahang ito ay pinalitan ng “Kadayawan” upang ipagdiwang ang masaganang ani ng Davao. Hanggang ngayon ang “Kadayawan” ay patuloy na ipinagdiriwang upang parangalan ang lungsod na mayaman sa iba’t ibang artistikong kultural at makasaysayang pamana sa isang enggrandeng pagdiriwang ng pasasalamat. Ang kapistahang ito ay dinadayo ng mga Pilipino mula sa iba’t ibang sulok ng Pilipinas at dinadayo rin mga dayuhan upang makisaya sa napakalaking selebrasyon na ginaganap tuwing buwan ng Agosto.

Festival in Philippines - Kadayawan Sa Davao

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Festival Of the Month – Eid-Ul-Fitr

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Eid-UL-Fitr -Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh, City: All Cities
Event: Get to gathers & Prayers all over Bangladesh
Venue: All mosques of Bangladesh
Date & Time: 8th/9th August 2013(subject to moon)-Entire Day
80th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair-United Kingdom
Country: United Kingdom, City: Berkshire
Event: 80th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair
Venue: Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, New Hemisphere
Date & Time: 3rd August-11th August 2013 at 10:00 am to 5.00pm daily
Tickets: Adults-$10, Seniors (62 & over)- $8, Students(all students, high school & college)- $8, Children 12 & under – freeRumble On The River-United States Of America
Country: United States Of America, City: New York
Event Type: Spectator sports
Venue: At the Hudson River, W 44th Street, Hudsun Yards New York.
Date & Time: Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: Free event

RECIPE OF THE MONTH – Murg Adraki

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Ingredients:
• 500 gm Boneless chicken pieces
• 50 gm Dry ginger powder
• 50gm Garlic ginger paste
• 4 Onions (chopped)
• 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
• 1 Lemon
• 3 tsp Coriander leaves
• 1/2 Cup mint leaves (chopped)
• Salt to taste
• 4 tbsp Cooking oil
• 2 tsp Chili powder Method
• Heat oil add onion and sauté till it turns golden brown.
• Add ginger garlic paste and chicken pieces.
• Sauté for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, chili powder, salt to taste.
• Cook for 3 min.
• Garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves.
• Serve hot.

St.Martins Island (Narical Jinjira)-The Coral Island Of Bangladesh

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ST. Martin island is the only coral island in Bangladesh, located near the largest beach in the world,Cox’s Bazaar situated in Chittagong. This island is locally called “Narikal Jinjira” which means coconut island in Bangla. Its about 8.5 km. south of Teknaf. Being one of the leading destinations in Bangladesh for people who love to search for pleasure in different places and peace in the depths of the sea, St. Martin’s Island is a perfect place to be live on.

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It takes about 2 hours to reach Teknaf by road from the Sea Beach at Cox’s Bazar.One would pass through beautiful roads with hills at left and sea view at the right of the road. Not to forget two fantastic destinations on the way, “Himchori” & “Inani Beach”. Inani Beach is a famous place in Bangladesh where one can enjoy the beautiful view of sunset from beach.

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One has to travel by ship or speedboat to reach St. Martins Island from Teknaf. This journey with ship takes around 2 hours but the fantastic greenish view of the sea with a view of Myanmar border washes all tiredness away. Sea Birds flying around the ship accompany you through the entire trip. St. Martin’s Island is also considered one of the most refreshing places in the world.

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Its a heavenly feeling for the one on the beach to view the beauty of the bluish green water surrounded by people marketing dry fish with a few of the motels and cottages around. On St. Martins Island, one can find fresh coconut water to drink, best cottage sea view, facility to organize Barbecue parties with assistance of the local hotel & motels. One can really enjoy the delicious Rup chanda (Butter Fish) or Coral fish and the mouth watering lobsters easily available at St. Martins Island as lunch or dinner at any of the hotels located there.

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The hotels and motels over there are quite cheap in off peak seasons, but it rises during the
Tourist season from December to April. A sea view cottage named “Shomudro Bilash” is a centre of attraction for the tourists walking over the beach. That cottage is owned by the famous Bangladeshi writer “Humayun Ahmed”. Its recommended for the tourists to visit another beautiful island named “Chera Dip”. The name means “Torn Island” because the connector path between St. Martin’s Island and the Chera Dip goes under water during the high tide when water level rises. “Chera Dip” again is another part of the St. Martin”s Island where there is no facility of Motel but a few hotels can be found there where fresh coral fish is being served every day.

Bondhu - 6Whoever wishes to visit Bangladesh should visit Chittagong to have a life time memory of being on the world’s largest sea beach, to have the best view of sunset at “Inani Beach” and the pride of Bangladesh, the beautiful coral beach St. Martin’s beach