Remit2Home Trivia Time Feb 2014

1. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.

Tea Trivia

2. Many sharks lay eggs, but hammerheads give birth to live babies that look like very small duplicates of their parents. Young hammerheads are usually born head-first, with the tip of their hammer-shaped head folded backward to make them more streamlined for birth.

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Hammer head sharks

3. Erin Ate Nine Sticky Apricots At Aprils. If you can remember this mnemonic device called an acrostic then it is easy to remember all Continents names as the first letter of each word corresponds with the first letter of a continent. These continents are: Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica, Africa!

4. Penguins will give their mate a pebble as a way of proposing.

5. The refuelers used in F1 can supply 12 liters of fuel per second. This means it would take just 4 seconds to fill the tank of an average 50 liter family car. F1 car engines last only for about 2 hours of racing mostly before blowing.

Car refeulers

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Baguio City – (City of Pines)

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Baguio City in Philippines

The City of Baguio is a highly urbanized city located in the province of Benguet in northern Luzon island of the Philippines. The city is the center of business and commerce and also the center of education in the entire Northern Luzon. Baguio is one of the most famous cities in the Philippines and has been celebrated as the Summer Capital of the country for the past 99 years. Filipinos from all over the country escape the heat of summer and flock to this region whole year round. During the year end holidays some people from the lowlands prefer spending their vacation in Baguio, to experience cold temperatures they rarely have in their home provinces.

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Baguio Botanical Garden

The economy of Baguio is centered on tourism and its educational institutions, of which it has at least eight colleges and universities, as well as a plethora of trade and technical schools. Almost half of the city’s population are students, many of whom come from nearby provinces, with numerous foreign students to add to the diversity. During summer, especially during Holy Week, tourists from all over the world flock to the city to witness local festivities and also to participate in the month-long Panagbenga Festival, a flower festival in Baguio. There are more than 80 hotels and inns available in Baguio that caters to clients from all walks of life. Special dishes and local favorites can be found anywhere in the city which attracts everyone who visit the city.

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Panagbenga Festival

The city is home to many immigrants from other parts of the country. A significant population of foreigners also contributed to the diversity of the city’s colorful culture. The languages commonly spoken in Baguio are Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Ifugao, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Tagalog, English, Chinese. Several establishments were founded to accommodate their needs. Several restaurants also serve different types of local and foreign cuisine.

Don’t Miss While in Baguio!

1. Strawberries
2. Delicious Native Delicacies
3. Fresh Vegetables
4. Handicrafts
5. Ukay-ukay
6. Horseback Riding
7. Click photos
7. Have fun !

Places in Philippines

Places in Philippines

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Pinoy Corner – Feb 2014

Hi-tech na pasaporte “E-passport” para sa mga Pinoy

Ang lumang pasaporte ng Pilipinas na may kulay berde o kaya’y maroon na pasaporte ay nakatakdang papalitan ng hi-tech na pasaporte o E-pasport sa pagsapit ng taong 2015. Ayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs, ang tanging E-passport lamang ang tatanggapin simula sa buwan ng Oktubre sa taong 2015. Ang E-passport ay pasaporte na merong micro-chip sa mga pahina nito kung saan naroroon ang record ng may-ari katulad ng biometrics nito, unique chip identification number, at digital signature na nagpapatunay sa katotohanan ng mga detalye na nakapaloob sa micro-chip.

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Hi-tech na pasaporte “E-passport” para sa mga Pinoy

OFW na may work contracts, pwede na bumalik sa Yemen

Ayon sa pahayag ng DFA, ang mga manggagawang umuwi sa Pilipinas dahil sa nangyaring politkal na krisis noon sa Yemen ay maaari na ngayong bumalik at magtrabaho ulit sa Yemen. Mula sa alert level 3 ay ibinaba ng DFA sa level 2 ang sitwasyong nangyayari sa bansang Yemen. Subalit ang maari lamang pumunta sa Yemen ay yaong mga OFWS na dati nang nagtatrabaho doon na hindi pa natatapos ang kontrata. Hindi maaring mag deploy ng mga bagong OFWS sa naturang bansa. Ayon sa ulat ng DFA, may mahigit sa 1,300 na OFWS ang nagtatrabaho sa Yemen sa kasalukuyan.

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OFW work contracts

OFW Household Service Workers, In-demand sa abroad

Ayon sa ulat ng POEA, pinakamaraming OFWS ang lumabas ng bansa bilang household service workers noong nakaraang taon 2013. Umabot ang bilang ng deployment sa 145,447. Ang mga pangunahing destinasyon ng mga ito ay Hongkong, Singapore, at Saudi Arabia. Pumapangalawa dito ay ang mga waiters at bartenders na may bilang na 13,063, sinusundan ito ng mga nurse na may bilang na 12,656, at mga cleaners at iba pa na may bilang na 10,455. Ayon sa tala, mayroong 419,257 na mga bagong manggawawa ang lumabas ng bansa noong nakaraang taon.

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OFW household workers are in demand

Batang Pinay sa Netherlands – finalist sa ‘The Voice”

Napahanga ng isang 12 taong gulang na Pinay sa Netherlands and mga judges ng isang sikat na singing contest, ang “The Voice” sa blind auditions ng naturang show ng kanyang inawit ang “I have nothing” ni Whitmey Houston. Si Katrina Manaog ay syang naging pambato ng mga mamamayang Pinoy dahil sa kanyang napakagaling na performance at sya ay nakapasok sa pangalawang round ng eliminations noong Pebrero 7. Si Katrina ang napiling kumatawan sa koponan nina Nick at Simon matapos nitong matalo ang dalawang ibang mga contestants sa naturang programa. Ayon sa kanya, nag-umpisa sya sa kanyang pag-aawit sa pamamagitan ng karaoke, na syang pinakahiligan ng mga pilipino. Bukod sa magandang boses, siya ay marunong ding mag piano.

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Finalist in – The Voice

“Let It Go” ng Frozen Movie- likha ng Fil-am composer

Kung napanood ninyo ang animated movie na “Frozen” at nagustuhan nyo ito, dapat ninyong malaman na nagwagi bilang Best Song sa katatapos lamang na Critics’ Choice Awards ang awiting “Let It Go” na nilikha ng isang Filipino-American composer at kaniyang asawa na sina Robert Lopez at Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Ang “Let It Go” na ginawa nila ay ginamit sa theme song sa patok na animated movie na “Frozen.” Ito ay inawit ng actress at singer-songwriter na si Idina Menzel.

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Frozen Movie

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Obesity & Overweight

What is Obesity ?

Overweight and obesity are the result of an energy imbalance where too many calories are eaten and not enough physical activity takes place. Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person’s weight is greater than what’s considered healthy for his or her height. Obesity and overweight have in the last decade become a global problem – according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

The scale of the obesity problem has a number of serious consequences for individuals and government health systems. An obese person accumulates so much body fat that it has a negative effect on their health. If a person’s body-weight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. Most cases of obesity are caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy from your diet but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy is turned into fat.

What are the consequences of overweight and obesity ?

• Coronary heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• Cancer (endometrial, breast, and colon)
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
• Stroke
• Liver and Gallbladder disease
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
• Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

Measures to prevent Obesity

Measures to prevent Obesity

How to prevent Obesity ?

• Follow a healthy eating plan. Make healthy food choices, keep your calorie needs and your family’s calorie needs in mind, and focus on the balance of energy IN and energy OUT.
• Focus on portion size. Watch the portion sizes in fast food and other restaurants. The portions served often are enough for two or three people. Children’s portion sizes should be smaller than those for adults. Cutting back on portion size will help you balance energy IN and energy OUT.
• Be active. Make personal and family time active. Find activities that everyone will enjoy. For example, go for a brisk walk, bike or roller-blade, or train together for a walk or run.
• Reduce screen time. Limit the use of TVs, computers, DVDs, and video-games because they limit time for physical activity. Health experts recommend 2 hours or less a day of screen time that’s not work or homework-related.
• Keep track of your weight, body mass index, and waist circumference. Also, keep track of your children’s growth.

Eat healthy and exercise regularly

Eat healthy and exercise regularly

References:

http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Obesity.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/obesity/
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/prevention.html
http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes/index.html

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Siomai (Dimsum)

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Siomai – Dimsum

Siomai (shiomai) is a dimsum Chinese dish made with wonton wrapper, meat and vegetable filling. Also called as dumpling or dimsum, it is a very tasty dish that is now popular for many Filipinos. Because of its unique taste and one of the easiest to cook recipes, Siomai has a lot of variations and anyone can make it by using fish, chicken, or beef among others as fillings. The secret in having a soft, tasty siomai is that the ground meat should have some fat otherwise the cooked siomai will be too tough. Prawns or shrimps can be substituted for part of the pork if desired. Siomai is commonly eaten with a dip composed of a mix of soy sauce, calamansi extract, and chili sauce. Siomai is a very versatile dish since it can be eaten solo as a snack, or served with rice to make a full meal.

Ingredients:

1 kg ground meat (pork, chicken,beef, or prawns)
1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts or turnips (singkamas)
3/4 cup chopped carrots
2 tbsp or 4 cloves minced garlic
2 medium or 1 large minced onion(s)
bunch of spring onions or leeks
1 egg
5 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
5 g seasonings
50 pcs. large or 100 pcs. small wanton or siomai wrapper

Dipping Sauce:
Soy sauce
Lemon
Sesame oil
Chilli paste

Siomai Cooking Instructions:
1. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl
2. Arrange wrappers in a tray and place 2 tsp of meat in each wrapper until nothing is left unfilled
3. To enclose, gather up the edges of the wrapper and gently fold it so that it forms a basket shape, with the top of the filling exposed. Press lightly as you pleat each side. Or, if you don’t want to expose the filling, use a bigger wrapper. Do the same to the remaining meat mixture.
4. Meanwhile, boil water and brush steamer with oil.
5. When the water gets to a rolling boil, arrange the siomai in the steamer and let stand for 15-20 minutes, longer for larger pieces.
6. Serve with a dipping sauce mixture of soy sauce, lemon and sesame oil. Add chilli paste for spicy sauce.

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Lal Tikka – Recipe

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Recipe for lal tikka

Ingredients:

• Boneless Chicken ½ kg
• Yogurt ½ cup
• Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
• Chilli powder 2 tbsp
• Kashmiri red chillies (soaked) 4
• Chat masala 1 tsp
• Salt 1tsp
• Corn flour 1 tbsp
• Lemon juice 2 tbsp
• Oil ¼ cup

Method:

• Ground red kashmiri chillies finely and put in a bowl
• Mix together boneless chicken, yogurt, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, ground kashmiri red chilli paste, chat masala, salt, corn flour, lemon juice & oil
• Leave it aside for 2 hours to marinate
• Put a burning coal with marinated chicken cubes, drop some oil on coal & cover for 1 min
• Remove coal and put chicken cubes on skewers, grill over open flame for BBQ.

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Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Festival: Shadhinota Dibosh
City: All Cities
Event Type: Flag hoisting & cultural programmes
Venue: Entire Country
Date & Time: 26th March 2014 Wednesday – entire day

United States Of America

Event: Ultra Music Festival
City: Florida
Event Type: DJ & Live Stage Shows
Venue: Bayfront Park, 309 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Date & Time: Fri. 28th March 2014 to Sun 30th March 2014 – 12.00 pm to 23.59 pm

United Kingdom

Event: Bugged Out Weekender 2014
City: Southport
Event Type: DJ & Live Acts
Venue: Pontins, Southport, Shore Road, Southport PR8 2PZ
Date & Time: Fri 7th March 2014 to Sun 9th March 2014 – 16.00 pm to 23.59 pm

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SHADHINOTA DIBOSH (INDEPENDENCE DAY OF BANGLADESH)

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Historic Sites in Bangladesh

Lets catch up on some of the famous historic sites in Bangladesh.

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Archaeological sites in Bangladesh

Traditionally, Bangladesh had retained its standing for an individual at the traffic circle of many cultures. The remains of wonderful cities and monuments gone following in a variety of parts of the country by the departure dynasties of rulers still bear evidence to the richness of its artistic tradition. Spread throughout the country are numerous historical places that have survived the natural calamities. These days they offer the tourists a glance into the history of this country and its rich inheritance. Listed below are some of the renowned historical places in Bangladesh.

Historical places in Bangladesh:

• Shaheed Minar
• Tajrat Rajbari
• Ahsan Manzil
• Lalbagh Fort
• National Memorial
• National Museum
• National Parliament Complex
• Chhota Sona Masjid
• Mainamati
• Baitul Mukarram – The National Mosque
• Star Mosque
• Paharpur
• Hussaini Dalan
• Mahasthangar
• Gandhi Ashram

Shaheed Minar:

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The Shaheed Minar

The Shaheed Minar is a national monument in Dhaka. It was designed, built & established by Hamidur Rahman, a Bangladeshi sculptor to commemorate those killed during the Language Movement demonstrations of 1952 when Bangla was given equal status as Urdu. The monument stood until the Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971, when it was demolished completely during ‘Operation Searchlight’. After Bangladesh gained Independence, it was rebuilt. Today the Shaheed Minar is the centre of cultural activities in Dhaka. Every year the language movement is remembered at the monument.

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People gathered at Shaheed Minar

Tajhat Rajbari:

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Tajhat Rajbari, Rangpur

Tajhat is a historical place of Bangladesh, located near Lalbagh, Rangpur. It has a nice Jamidarbari (Palace) which in 2005 was turned into a museum. The palace in Tajhat, commonly known as Tajhat Rajbari was built by Maharaja Kumar Gopal Lal Roy in the beginning of the 20th century. He was a descendent of a Hindu khatari who emigrated from Punjab. He was a jeweler by profession. It is believed that from the conspicuous appearance of his Taj or jeweled crown his estate derived the name of Tajhat.

Palace in Tajhat

Palace in Tajhat

Ahsan Manzil:

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The Ahsan Manzil

Ahsan Manzil is considered to be one of the most noteworthy architectural monuments in Bangladesh. This magnificent building is situated on the banks of the Buriganga River that flows beside Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Ahsan Manzil was previously the official palace of the Dhaka Nawab family and is currently a museum preserving the culture and history of the area.

Lalbaugh Fort

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Lalbaugh Fort

Lalbaugh Fort is an incomplete Mughal palace fortress at the Buriganga River in the south western part of Dhaka. Construction was commenced in 1678 by Prince Muhammad Azam during his 15-month long vice-royalty of Bengal, but before the work could complete, he was recalled by Aurangzeb. His successor, Shaista Khan, did not complete the work, though he stayed in Dhaka up to 1688. His daughter bibi pari (Lady Fairy) died here in 1684 and this led him to consider the fort to be ominous.

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Lalbaugh Fort

National Memorial:

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The National Memorial at Savar

The National Memorial is located at Savar, about 35 km from Dhaka, designed by architect Moinul Hossain. It is considered to be a symbol of the nation’s respect for the martyrs of the war of Liberation in 1971. It was built with Concrete, but made of blood. It stands on a base measuring 130 feet wide and it stands 150 feet tall upright for the millions of martyrs who laid their lives.

National Museum:

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The National Museum

This museum was established as Dhaka National Museum in 1913. It has been renamed as the National Museum and was shifted to its new building at Shahbag in 1983. It is a four storied building and has forty galleries under four departments, namely:
(1) Natural History
(2) History and Classical Art
(3) Ethnography and Decorative Art and
(4) Contemporary Art and world Civilization

National Parliament Complex:

It is one of the most majestic public buildings in Bangladesh. The National Parliament complex is located at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar of Dhaka city. The National Parliament Building is an architectural masterpiece for which the nation can be said to be justifiably proud. Louis. I. Kahn, one of the greatest architects was initially selected for designing the complex which would include the National Parliament Building, Hostels for members of parliament, Ministers and Secretaries, hospitality halls and communally buildings.

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the National Parliament Complex

Chhota Sona Masjid:

One of the most graceful monuments of the Sultanate period is the Chhota Sona Masjid or Small Golden Mosque at Gaur in Rajshahi Built by one Wali Muhammad during the reign of Sultan Alauddin Husain Shah (1493-1519). Originally it was roofed over with 15 gold-gilded domes including the 3 Chauchala domes in the middle row, from which it derives its curious name.

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Chhota Sona Masjid

Mainamati:

It is called the Seat of Lost Dynasties. About 8 km to the west of Comilla town, situated 114 km southeast of Dhaka, lies a range of low hills known as the Mainamati-Lalmai ridge, which was an extensive centre of Buddhist culture. On the slopes or these hills lie scattered a treasure of information about the early Buddhist civilization (7th-12th Century AD.). At Salban in the middle or the ridge, excavations have laid bare a large Buddhist Vihara (monastery) with an imposing central shrine. It has revealed valuable information about the rule of the Chandra and Deva dynasties which flourished here from the 7th to the 12th century AD. The whole range of hillocks runs for about 18 km and is studded with more than 50 sites.

Mainamati - The seat of lost dynasties

Mainamati – The seat of lost dynasties

Baitul Mukkram – The National Mosque:

Baitul Mukarram Mosque is situated at Purana Paltan, east of Bangladesh Secretariat and north of Dhaka Stadium. It’s the largest Mosque in the city, three storied and built after the pattern of the Kaba Sharif. It has a vast veranda which is also used for prayers and Eid congregation.

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Baitul Mukarram Mosque

Star Mosque:

A very beautiful mosque of the city is situated at Mahuttuly on Abul Khairat Road. Architecturally faultless (Mughal style) is a five-dome mosque with hundreds of big and small twinkling stars as surface decorations. The stars have been created by setting pieces of chinaware on white cement. Seen from the front and from far it looks as if shining above the surface of the earth. The inside is even more beautiful than the outside, lovely mosaic floor and excellent tiles with many floral patterns set on the walls.

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Sitara Masjid – The star mosque

Pharpur:

Paharpur is treated as the largest Buddhist Seat of Learning of South Asia. It is a small village, 5 km west of Jamalganj in the greater Rajshahi district, where the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery south of the Himalayas has been excavated.The entire establishment, occupying a Quadrangular court, measures more than 300 m and varies from 3.5 to 4.5 m in height with an elaborate gateway complex on the north, there are 45 cells on the north and 44 in each of the other three sides, with a total number of 177 rooms.

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Paharpur – The Largest Buddhist Seat of Learning of South Asia

Hussaini Dalan:

Hussaini Dalan a Shiite shrine in the old part of the city of Dhaka is attributed to the Mughal Period. It is a common practice among the Shia community to build edifices to commemorate the martyrdom of al-Husain, at the battle of Karbala in Iraq on the tenth day of Muharram 61 AH (10 October 680 AD). The building seems to have been originally erected by one Sayyid Murad during the governorship of Shah Shuja, who although himself a Sunni, was eager to preserve and patronise Shiite institutions.

Mahasthangar:

Mahasthangar is considered as the oldest archaeological site of the country. It is located at a distance of 18 km north or Bogra town on the western bank of the Karatoa River. The spectacular site is an imposing landmark in the area having a long fortified enclosure. Beyond the fortified area, other ancient ruins fan out within a semicircle of about 8 km radius. This 3rd century B.C. archaeological site is still held to be of great sanctity by the Hindus. Every year (mid-April) and once every 12 years (in December) thousands of Hindu devotees join the bathing ceremony on the bank of the Karatoa River.

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Mahasthangar – Archaeological site

Gandhi Ashram:

Gandhi Ashram is situated at Jayag in Noakhali district. This ashram was established in the memory of historic visit of the Mahatma Gandhi to Noakhali and devoted to his ideology. In 1946-47 Mahatma the protagonist of Ahimsa ideology visited this region with a view to preach peace. Historical Charka and other valuables used by Mahatma are preserved in this ashram which evokes deep respect to the unique memories of the great soul.

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Gandhi Ashram in Choumuhani

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