Trivia Time – August 2013

1. Dogs ears are very sensitive, full of sensory nerves that help to preserve hearing. Never blow into a dogs ear, even gently, it can hurt a dog. It’s not the actual act of wind, but the frequency at which you blow. It’s like running your fingers on a blackboard, amplified hundreds of times.

Dogs ears are very sensitive

Dogs ears are super sensitive

2. The building of the Panama Canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, was one of the most difficult engineering projects ever. It is estimated that over 25,000 workers lost their lives during the long and dangerous project, with most dying from disease and landslides.

The Panama Canal being constructed.

Panama Canal (under construction) 1907

3. Bluetooth is named after King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark. The idea of this name was proposed by Jim Kardach who developed a system that would allow mobile phones to communicate with computers, mobiles, printers, etc. (at the time he was reading Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s historical novel The Long Ships about Vikings and king Harald Bluetooth).

King Harold Bluetooth of Denmark

King Harold Bluetooth of Denmark

4. In the 1830’s ketchup was sold as medicine.

5. During the Roman Era some dreams were submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the GODS. Dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battles and campaigns!

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Ano ang PDOS?

Overseas Workers Welfare Adminidtrstion

Sa mga nagbabalak lumabas ng bansa upang maghanap ng trabaho, dapat na inyong alamin, sundin at tuparin ang mga hakbang at patakaran na ipinatutupad ng gobyerno para sa mga OFWS upang maging matiwasay ang inyong pangingibang-bansa. Bago kayo sumakay sa eroplano, isa sa mga kailangang kumpletuhin ay ang pagdalo sa isang seminar na isinasagawa ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) na kung tawagin ay Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS). Ito ay nagsisilbing gabay sa mga OFW upang maging maayos at maging madali ang kanilang pag-adjust sa bagong kultura sa bansang pupuntahan . Ang PDOS ay isang paraan ng pamahalaan para maihanda ang mga papaalis na OFW patungo sa ibang bansa sa pamamagitang ng pagbibigay ng mga sapat na kaalaman sa mga OFWs para maihanda ang kanilang sarili sa haharaping hamon sa ibang bansa. Kanilang malalaman sa pamamagitang ng PDOS ang mga mahahalagang impormasyon na sadyang makakatulong sa mga OFWS lalo na yaong mga wala pang karanasan sa abroad. Ang seminar na ito ay magsisilbing gabay upang ang mga OFWS ay maging matatag at listo, hindi matatakot,at maging mabuting manggagawa sa abroad, at tinatalakay din ang mga karapatan ng mga manggagawa. Ito ay obligadong seminar upang matugunan ang pangunahing pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan sa ibang bansa at upang maprotektahan ang kanilang mga sarili lalo na’t sila ay mapapalayo sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay ng matagal. Ang sinumang mayroong working visa at rehistrado sa POEA ay sasailalim sa seminar. Ang seminar ay nag-iiba base sa bansang pagta-trabahuhan at ito ay libre lamang.

Overseas Filipono Workers

Iilan sa mga paksa na tinatalakay sa PDOS ay ang mga sumusunod:1. Kung paano ang mga babae at lalake kumilos sa ibang bansa
2. Kaibahan ng relihiyon at pag-uugali ng iba’t ibang bansa
3. Kung ano ang gagawin sa mga kritikal na kondisyon
4. Kung saan pupunta o tumawag kung sakaling magkaproblema sa abroad
5. Kaligtasan sa pupuntahang bansa
6. Mga patakaran ng gobyerno sa pupuntahang bansa
7. Mga Karapatan bilang empleyado o manggagawa
8. Regulasyon sa immigration
9. Mga hakbang na gagawin pagdating sa ibang bansa
10. Klima o mga panahon at pananamit

Ginisang Bagoong Alamang (Sautéed Shrimp Paste)

“Bagoong Alamang” refers to Filipino shrimp paste made from minute shrimp or krill called “alamang”. It is essentially a shrimp and salt mixture left to marinate and ferment for several days until the salty and earthy flavor develops. Shrimp paste is usually sautéed with select spices and vegetables, even mixed with pork. Pinoys make the dish sweeter by adding sugar, while others prefer the original salty taste, while some people loved it very hot and spicy by adding chillies.


2 cups shrimp paste
5 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 tomato
2 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 pc chilli pepper (optional)
1 cup pork meat, cut into small pcs (optional)
1/3 cup brown sugar (optional)
1/3 cup water
1 Tablespoon vinegar
Seasoning – Msg

Gincisang Bagoong Alamang - Sauteed Shrimp Paste

Gincisang Bagoong Alamang – Sauteed Shrimp Paste

Cooking Procedure:

1. Heat a pan and sear the pork until the oil comes out.
2. Add garlic, onion, and tomato then sauté for 3 minutes.
3. Put the raw shrimp paste, sugar, and vinegar then stir. Cover and cook in low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir once in a while.
4. Serve it with steamy white rice, or pair it with raw mango for a truly pinoy experience!

Peñafrancia Festival

Fluvial procession taking the Lady of Peñafrancia image down the Bicol River.

The Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Philippines

Each September, Bicolanos celebrate the Peñafrancia Festival, a religious festival held in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the most revered patroness highlighted by the fluvial procession of the Lady’s image down the Bicol River. This week-long-celebration includes civic-military parade, sports festivals, exhibits, cultural shows, beauty pageants and colorful competitions. Peñafrancia Festival is the grandest Marian Celebration in the Philippines. Marian devotees and Bicolanos from different parts of the world unite in faith to manifest their great devotion to the beloved “Ina” or “Mother” – the Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

Our Lady of Peñafrancia is a wooden statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary copied from the one in Peña de Francia (Salamanca, Spain). Tens of thousands of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists come to Naga City – also known as the Pilgrim City and the Queen City of the Bicol region – in the Philippines every September for a nine-day festivity. The shrine in Naga gathers more than two million devotees every year and is also one of the biggest Marian Pilgrimage Sites in Asia. The Peñafrancia fiesta starts on the second Friday of September when the miraculous Ina (Mother) is transferred from her shrine to the centuries-old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral where a nine-day novena and prayers are held in her honor. The image is carried in a pagoda (similar to a boat) accompanied by Bicolano faithful men going back to its basilica while people shout “Viva La Virgen!”. After that, a Pontifical Mass is followed. The weight of the image is moved through the help of male devotees or “voyadores” and they walk on the pavement, shoeless and with colored banners on their heads or arms. On the side of the streets and river, they say the novenas and pray the rosary. Only faithful male devotees are on board the pagoda because there’s a superstitious belief (others call it coincidence but any Bicolano will swear to high heavens) that the presence of a woman, Filipina or foreigner aboard the decorated pagoda will surely spell disaster.

The devotion started three hundred years ago, in 1710, when Fr. Miguel Robles de Covarrubias had an image carved, a chapel built and processions held in honor of the miraculous image. The devotion has grew and has even reached abroad. Devotees’ accounts of healing and favors received through Her intercession are a reason for the spread of the devotion. Many have come to Naga as curious visitors and left as devotees of the Virgin.

Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Recipe of the Month – Chingri Dopayeza (Prawns Dopiaza)

Bangladeshi Dish - Chingri Dopayeza as known as Prawns Dopiaza

Prawns Dopiaza – Chingri Dopayeza


1 tbsp oil
2 large onions, 1/2 chopped finely, rest sliced length-ways into thick slices
4 large tomatoes; blanched, and chopped finely
2 tbsp yogurt
4 cloves garlic; minced
2 inch ginger; grated
2 green chillies; minced
1/2spn turmeric
2 heaped tbsp coriander/cumin powder
1/4 tbsp garam masala
1/3 cup chopped coriander


Heat the oil in a pan, add the finely chopped onions and fry until golden brown.
Add tomatoes, garlic, ginger and chilies. Stir and fry for 5 minutes, add the yogurt, mix and cook for a few minutes.
Add turmeric and coriander/cumin mixture fry for another 5-7 minutes, until it is homogeneous.
Add rest of the onions, mix and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Add prawns and salt, stir until they are coated with the tomato mix. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add garam masala and coriander.

Serve hot

Krishna Janmashtami

The festival of Krishna Janmashtami

Festival – Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami -Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh
City: All Cities
Event: get-to-gathers & Puja, dancing & singing all over Bangladesh
Venue: All temples of Bangladesh
Date & Time: 28th August 2013 – Entire Day

UK-Bangladesh e-Commerce Fair 2013-United Kingdom
Country: United Kingdom
City: London
Event: UK – Bangladesh e-Commerce Fair 2013
Event Type:  Seminar, Fair, e-Commerce, Exhibition
Venue: Gloucester Millennium
Date: 7th, 8th & 9th September
Tickets: Contact

FOBANA 2013 Convention-United States Of America
Country: United States Of America
City: Atlanta
Event Type: Cultural event
Venue: Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, United States
Date & Time: August 30th – September 1, 2013.

Group of men getting ready for Dahi Handi

Group of men getting ready for Dahi Handi

Bangladesh National Museum

Museum in Bangladesh - in Shahbag, the heart of the city, Dhaka

The Bangladesh National Museum

There are about 150 museums in Bangladesh. Each of them has its distinctive features amongst which Bangladesh National Museum is the most famous and the largest museum in south Asia. It is the successor to the Dhaka Museum established in 1913. In 1983 the government through an Ordinance converted the Dhaka Museum into the Bangladesh National Museum which is now run by the ministry of Cultural affairs and a board of trustees. The Bangladesh national Museum is a multi-disciplinary one, situated at Shahbag, the heart of the city of Dhaka. It has a collection of over 86,000 objects in its four curatorial departments. The museum displays its objects in 44 galleries (including 4 for the Great Liberation War artifacts) within a floor space of nearly 20,000 square meters.


The Dept. of History and Classical Art

The Museum’s curatorial departments are:

(a) The Department of History and Classical Art with little over 67,000 objects. The objects are of different periods beginning from Palaeolithic Age (Stone Axe), 1000 BC (Iron Axe) and 4-5th century BC (Punch Mark Coin)


(b) The Department of Ethnography and Decorative Art with little over 11,700 objects mostly with art crafts beginning from 18th century

(c) The Department of Natural History with 2,300 objects relating to geology, zoology and botanical objects and specimens

(d) The Department of Contemporary Arts and World Civilisation with about 5,000 objects. Under this Department there are seven galleries and four corners named as Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Gallery, Contemporary ArtGallery-1, Contemporary Art Gallery-2, Portraits of National Heroes, World Civilisation, Western Art, and Portraits of World Intellectuals

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The National Museum also has two service departments namely Conservation Laboratory and the Public Education.

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The Bangladesh National Museum has a large collection of ancient and medieval stone sculptures, architectural pieces and inscriptions, terracotta plaques, bronze, earthen and brass images and vases, gold and silver ornaments, coins, copper plates, arms and weapons, wooden sculptures, musical instruments, textiles, paintings, ivory object, porcelain and glass items, dolls, tribal aesthetic objects, manuscripts and documents. There are also galleries for ethnographic objects, folk art, and boats of Bangladesh, embroidered quilts, potteries and specimens relating to natural history. The museum maintains a proud collection of Language Movement and the Liberation War remembrances.

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There are four branch museums under the administrative control and management of Bangladesh National Museum. These are Zia Smriti Museum in Chittagong (1993), Ahsan Manzil Museum in Dhaka (1992), Osmani Museum in Sylhet (1987) and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahasala in Mymensingh (1975). Bangladesh National Museum frequently helps all other museums, private or public, with expertise and other supports as and when requested for.

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It is worth mentioning that the Bangladesh National Museum has been able to create a neutral ground of gathering for the community people. The museum houses three auditoriums and two temporary exhibition halls. Various cultural programmes and activities such as music, dance, recital, drama, magic shows, fashion shows, conferences, discussions, seminars, exhibition of paintings, calligraphy, and sculpture are being held round the year. It also plays a pioneer role in children’s education programme by organising handwriting competition, painting competition, and exhibition of their creative works. The museum also arranges weekly documentary film shows, guide lecture service for museum visitors, school bus service, besides there being a good reference library for study and research. Special service for senior citizens and handicapped visitors is also provided by the museum.

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The Bangladesh National Museum publishes a good number of research books, journals, newsletters, catalogues and periodicals. Museum publications, CD etc related to the museum and view cards are available in the sale centre at a cheap price. The National Museum has thus been fulfilling the expectations of the nation to a large extent by being responsive to the needs and aspirations of the community. Likewise, it is aware of the needs of the foreign friends who do often come to visit the National Museum. The Bangladesh National Museum does not make any difference in charging entry fee, which is Tk 10 only, for visitors both from home and abroad. Every special exhibition on art arranged by the museum is always free of charge for all visitors. The museum welcomes visitors to meet the glorious heritage. bondhu 12

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

ST. Martin

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.

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.