Remit2Home Trivia Time

1. The coldest place in our solar system is not Pluto, it’s Triton, one of Neptune’s moons.

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Trivia on Triton

2. A strand from the web of a golden spider is as strong as a steel wire of the same size.

3. The early Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D., when the games were banned for being a pagan festival (the Olympics celebrated the Greek god Zeus). In 1894, a French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, proposed a revival of the ancient tradition, and thus the modern-day Olympic Summer Games were born.

4. Football (soccer) is the most attended and watched (on TV) sport in the world.

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Football – Sports Trivia

5. Pearls melt in vinegar.

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Boracay Island, Philippines

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Boracay Island, Philippines

Spending summer in Philippines is simply awesome. If you love the beach, one of the famous islands worth visiting is Boracay. Famous for its white sand, Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies because apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging as among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife. Also, the locals are very friendly and hospitable.

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Boracay Island

As of 2010, Boracay has in excess of 350 beach resorts offering more than 2,000 rooms ranging in quality from five-star to budget accommodation. In 2012, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine. Leisure activities available on or near Boracay include scuba diving, helmet diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, cliff diving, golfing, and beach relaxation. In addition, Boracay offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs. There are countless beach bars and nightclubs serving drinks that stay open until very late at night until the wee hours of the morning.

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Travel in Philippines, Boracay Island

Origin of the Name “Boracay”

The name Boracay is attributed to different origins. One story says that it is derived from the local word “borac” which means white cotton with characteristics close to the color and texture of Boracay’s white sugary and powdery sand. Another credits the name to local words “bora,” meaning bubbles, and “bocay,” meaning white. Yet another version dating back to the Spanish era says the name is derived from “sagay,” the word for shell, and “boray,” the word for seed. Every summer, thousands of foreigners and locals go to Boracay and enjoy the sun, the beach, and the food.

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Influenza (Flu)

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Health Corner – Influenza (Flu)

The word Influenza comes from the Italian language meaning “influence” and refers to the cause of the disease; initially, this ascribed illness to unfavorable astrological influences. Changes in medical thought led to its modification to influenza del freddo, meaning “influence of the cold”. Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza viruses. Although it is often confused with other influenza-like illnesses, especially the common cold, influenza is a more severe disease caused by a different type of virus.

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Health Corner – Influenza (Flu)

Influenza can be spread in three main ways:
* By direct transmission (when an infected person sneezes mucus directly into the eyes, nose or mouth of another person)
* the airborne route (when someone inhales the aerosols produced by an infected person coughing, sneezing or spitting) and
* Through hand-to-eye, hand-to-nose, or hand-to-mouth transmission, either from contaminated surfaces or from direct personal contact such as a hand-shake.

Airborne aerosols have been thought to cause most infections, although which means of transmission is most important is not absolutely clear. Influenza viruses can be inactivated by sunlight, disinfectants and detergents. As the virus can be inactivated by soap, frequent hand washing reduces the risk of infection. Flu can occasionally lead to pneumonia, either direct viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia, even for persons who are usually very healthy. In particular it is a warning sign if a child (or presumably an adult) seems to be getting better and then relapses with a high fever as this relapse may be bacterial pneumonia. Another warning sign is if the person starts to have trouble breathing.

People with the flu are advised to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of liquids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco and, if necessary, take medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) to relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with the flu. Children and teenagers with flu symptoms (particularly fever) should avoid taking aspirin during an influenza infection (especially influenza type B), because doing so can lead to Reye’s syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal disease of the liver. Since influenza is caused by a virus, antibiotics have no effect on the infection; unless prescribed for secondary infections such as bacterial pneumonia. Antiviral medication may be effective, but some strains of influenza can show resistance to the standard antiviral drugs and there is concern about the quality of the research.

Symptoms of influenza may include:

1. Fever and extreme coldness (chills shivering, shaking (rigor)
2. Cough
3. Nasal congestion
4. Runny nose
5. Body aches, especially joints and throat
6. Fatigue
7. Headache
8. Irritated, watering eyes
9. Reddened eyes, skin (especially face), mouth, throat and nose
10. Petechial rash In children
11. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain

Health Corner - Influenza (Flu)

Health Corner – Influenza (Flu)

Effective ways to reduce the transmission of influenza:

1. Good personal health and hygiene habits such as: not touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
2. Frequent hand washing (with soap and water, or with alcohol-based hand rubs)
3. Covering coughs and sneezes
4. Avoiding close contact with sick people
5. Staying home yourself if you are sick
6. Avoiding spitting is also recommended
7. Face masks might help prevent transmission when caring for the sick

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Reduce the transmission of influenza


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Pinoy Grilled Chicken (Inasal na Manok)

In Philippines, Grilled chicken or inasal is a very popular street-food and available everywhere. This dish originated in Negros Occidental and very popular in Bacolod City. This food consists of chicken parts or entire chickens that are grilled or smoked. The chicken is often marinated overnight. There are different unique ingredients and mixes to make this food extra tasty which caters to Filipinos and foreigners.


Chicken cuts
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
1/2 tbsp salt
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon juice or calamansi juice
1 tsp ginger, chopped
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
Bamboo skewers (optional for outdoor grill)

For annatto oil to be used for basting:
6 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
2 tsp annatto (atsuete) powder
3 cloves garlic, minced

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Pinoy Grilled Chicken

Cooking Procedure:
Combine garlic, crushed peppercorns, calamansi or lemon juice, ginger, vinegar, lemon grass, and salt and marinate the chicken overnight. Keep inside the fridge until ready to cook. Put the meat on skewers if desired.

Pre-heat grill to 350 degrees. Make sure your grill is cleaned and oiled well. Cook over indirect heat for 20 minutes, basting with the achuete oil. Turn and cook for 10-15 minutes more, or until thickest parts of chicken exude clear juices when pierced. Can also be made in a grill pan on the stove if no outside barbecue is available.

Serve alone or with rice, along with dipping sauce such as soya sauce, spicy vinegar, or ketchup.

For Basting:
Heat oil in a pan, add annatto powder and stir until the oil becomes red orange in color; turn off heat and set aside to cool. Strain oil by using a piece of cloth to remove annatto powder residue. In the same pan, heat annatto oil and saute minced garlic until lightly browned.

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Pinoy Corner – March 2014

Fil-am, Kauna-unahang Piloto na walang mga kamay

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Fil-am, Kauna-unahang Piloto na walang mga kamay

Si Jessica Cox, isang Fil-am na piloto ang kauna-unahang walang kamay sa buong mundo na nakatanggap ng lisensya bilang piloto ng eroplano. Sya ay nabigyan ng maraming parangal sa kanyang tagumpay. Sya ay nagbigay ng napakalaking inspirasyon sa kapwa mga Pilipino na kahit ano man ang kakulangan at kapansanan, kapag merong determinasyon, ito ay maaring makamtan.

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Remit2Home Blog – Philippines – Tagalog – Pinoy Corner

Ipinanganak na walang mga kamay, natutunan ni Jessica na mabuhay nang normal gamit ang kanyang mga paa. Bukod sa eroplano, sya ay nagmamaneho gamit ang mga paa, scuba diving, surfing, mag type sa keyboard at magtugtug ng piano na talaga namang kahanga-hanga. Sa edad na 14 , siya ay nagkamit ng kanyang black belt sa International Taekwondo Federation . Dahil sa kanyang mga angking kakayahan, sya ay naging Guinness World Record holder noog 2011 para sa pagiging unang walang kamay na tao sa mundo upang makakuha ng lisensya ng piloto.
Noong 2009, si Cox ay pinangalanan bilang isa sa mga “100 pinaka-maimpluwensyang Pilipinong Babae sa US”. Siya rin ay nanalo bilang “Most Watched Female Aviator” sa AOPA Live Pilots Choice Award. Ang kanyang ina ay nagmula sa Guian , Eastern Samar.

Pinoy na Doktor – First Winner sa “America Meet World” video contest

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“America Meet World” video contest winner

Isang Pinoy na doktor-komedyante ang kauna-unahang nagwagi sa “America Meet World” video contest, isang pandaigdigang paligsahan sa komedya na sinalihan ng mahigit sa isandaaang mga kalahok mula sa 21 bansa sa buong mundo. Si Nathaniel ‘NACE’ Cruz ay nagwagi sa kanyang entry na “Junjun ang Pulubing Aktibo Sa Social Network episode 1 Gutom. Ang nasabing video ay nagpapakita ng isang pulubi na gutom ngunit marunong, mahilig, at aktibo sa mga social sites.

Makati at Pasig, ‘Selfie Capital ng Mundo’ ayon sa TIME

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Remit2Home Blog – The selfie phenomenon

Ayon sa isang pagsusuri ng daan-daang libo-libong mga selfies, low-fi at mga self-shot na mga litrato ng mga social media users – ang lungsod ng Makati at Pasig ang nangunguna sa pagkuha ng mga “selfie” na larawan mahigit pa man sa anumang bansa sa mundo “sabi ni Chris Wilson ng TIME Magazine hinggil sa Makati, business center sa bansa.

Ayon pa sa ulat, ang sinabing pag-aaral ng TIMe ay sumakop sa 459 mga lungsod sa buong mundo at binuo gamit ang isang database ng higit sa 400,000 Instagram na mga larawan na may tag na terminong “selfie” at kasama rin ang mga geographic coordinates, at dahil dito inihayag na ang lungsod ng Makati at Pasig ay merong 258 selfie-takers bawat 100,000 tao. Pasok din ang Cebu na pumuwesto sa ika no. 9 na merong 99 selfie-takers bawat 100,000 tao.

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Remit2Home – Group Selfie

Tubong Igorot – may mataas na tungkulin sa UN

Si Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, tubong Igorot mula sa tribu ng Kankana-ey sa Besao, Mountain Province ang syang kauna-unahang babae at “indigenous person” mula sa Pilipinas ang uupo sa pwesto sa UN na dati ay ginagampanan lamang ng kalalakihan. Sya ay hinirang at napili noong ika-3 ng Marso sa pwesto bilang United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People. Kahit napakarami at napakalakas ng kanyang mga kalaban sa nasabing posisyon, sya ang napili bilang isang espesyal na rapporteur. Si Corpuz ay mag-uulat sa mga itwasyon ng iba’t-ibang indigenous people (IP) sa buong mundo , tatalakayin ang mga karapatang pantao, tugunan ang mga paglabag sa kanilang mga karapatan sa pamamagitan ng komunikasyon sa mga pamahalaan, at magsulong ng magandang mga kasanayan sa proteksyon para sa karapatan ng mga katutubo.

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Tubong Igorot – may mataas na tungkulin sa UN

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Recipe – Fish Shami Kebab

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Recipe – Fish Shami Kabab


• Chana dal- 1 cup (soaked in water overnight)
• Tuna fish (142g/5oz can)- 4 (same amount of any other fish fillet can be used)
• Bay leaf – 2 pieces
• Cloves – 2 pieces
• Cinnamon – 2 pieces
• Cardamom – 2 pieces
• Turmeric powder – 1/4 ts + 1/4 ts
• Cumin powder – 1/2 ts + 1/2 ts
• Red chili powder – 1/2 ts + 1/2 ts
• Garam masala powder – 1 ts
• Salt – 1/2 ts + 1/2 ts
• Chopped onion – 1 cup
• Chopped green chili – 3 Tbs
• Ginger paste – 1 Tbs
• Garlic paste – 1 Tbs
• Chopped coriander – 2 Tbs
• Egg – 2 + 1 (separated)
• Shan Lahori fish masala – 2 Tbs (optional)
• Oil – 2 Tbs


• Wash the soaked dal. Then put in a pan, add 3 cups of water and put the pan on the burner to boil. Add the whole masala (bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom) half of the turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt. Boil it until the dal becomes soft and no water remains in it.
• Now grind the dal to make a fine paste and keep it aside.
• Heat 2 Tbs oil in a pan add the chopped onion in the oil and fry them until the onion starts to become light brown in color.
• Then add the ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chili, and fry them for a few seconds. Now add the mashed fish in the pan and add all the remaining masala (add remaining turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt). Keep stirring the fish and fry the fish until it dries up (around 5-6 minutes).
• Now take the mashed dal and fried mashed fish in a large bowl. Add the whole 2 egg and 1 egg yolk (save the egg white in a bowl), Shan lahori fish masala, chopped coriander and mix them well.
• Make small round flattened ball from the mixture and keep them aside to fry.
• Pour the oil in a deep pan and heat it on medium heat. Now take one flattened ball, dip it in the egg white (which we saved earlier) and carefully put it in the oil. Put another 4 or 5 balls in the oil in the same way and fry the both sides of them until a nice brown color comes out. (Remember not to hurry during frying).
• Now take out the kebabs on a paper towel to soak the excess oil. Fry the remaining kebabs and serve them hot.

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Shadhinata Dibôsh

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Shadhinata Dibôsh


Festival: Shadhinata Dibosh (Independence Day)
City: All across the country
Event Type: Parades, political speeches, fairs, concerts, various public / private events and ceremonies
Venue: Throughout Bangladesh
Date & Time: 26th March 2014 Wednesday-Entire Day

United States Of America

Event: 8th Annual Bangladesh Day
City: Cultural Festival & Bangladesh Day Parade 2014
Event Type: Celebrating 43rd Independence Day Of Bangladesh
Venue: Music, dance and cultural programs on 29th March, Parade on 30th March
Date: 29th March, Saturday- Virgil Middle School Field, 152 N Vermont Avenue, CA 90004.
30th March- Parade starts from Eastbound on 3rd street at Normandie & it will continue up to Vermont Avenue (along the little Bangladesh area) & then continue to Northbound on Vermont Avenue up to Virgil Middle School in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Parade Assembly: 2pm sharp on 3rd street at Normandie Ave.

United Kingdom

Event: Bangladeshi Independence Day Celebration
City: London
Event Type: Festive Cultural Event
Venue: Grosvenor Russell, Square Casino, Russell Square, near Holborn station London WC1B5JS
Date & Time: 30th March 2014, Sunday – 11.00pm to 3.00am. (Free event)

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Shadhinata Dibôsh – Independence Day of Bangladesh

Sonargaon: The Golden Village

Sonargaon, also known as The Golden Village, is a historic township situated about 25 kms south east of Dhaka. Sonargaon was the administrative centre of Eastern Bengal under the Muslim rulers of Bengal. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom ruled by Isha Khan of Bengal. Today, old Sonargaon is home to some of the oldest buildings in Bangladesh and it is the name of an upazila of Narayanganj district. Historians and travellers had always referred to this great township as a result hundreds of tourists from home and abroad visit this place everyday making it to be a famous tourist destination of Bangladesh.

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Sonargaon: The Golden Village

Places of interests

There are a number of old relics and architectural remains such as the tomb of Sultan Giasuddin Azam Shah, the single domed mosque of Mograpara, Goladi mosque, tomb of Munna Shah Darwesh, tomb of Ponakai Diwana, Panch Pir Dargah & the single domes square mosque built by Sultan Jalauddin Fateh Shah. The Khasnagar Dighi pond is also a very famous place of attraction here as this large pond was used by the weavers to wash their cotton threads to produce the fine Muslin fabrics that earned fame across the world.

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Sonargaon: The Golden Village

Panam Nagar

This ancient place in Sonargaon on the north of Dhaka – Chittagong highway at Mograpara point is said to have been the site of Hindu capital city of Sonargaon. The Panam area also formed part of a Muslim township developed on the south which was perhaps used as the residence of the early Muslim Governors. Panam Nagar appears to be well protected by artificially built canals all around the place. The pattern of architecture here was developed during the pre-mughal periods and at a later stage during the British rule in this part of Bangladesh.

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Sonargaon – Panam Nagar

Neel-Kuthi in Sonargaon

This building was constructed by the English East India Company at Dalalpur in the vicinity of Panam of Sonargaon & is situated a few yards north of Dalalpur bridge on the eastern side of the road. It was initially meant for the purchase of Muslin and subsequently used for trading in Indigo. Indigo Kuthis were mostly built in the latter part of the 18th century and some of them still survive in different conditions across Bangladesh. The original structure has almost vanished with the passage of time. Today, only records tell us about the architectural design and character of the original building, about how the decorative treatments expressed the transposition from European architecture & blended with local motifs influenced by the Mughal architecture. The original structure had a flat front facade with regular arched recesses for windows and door openings.

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Neel-Kuthi in Sonargaon

Folk Art Museum

The Folk Art Museum which was established in 1975 to fulfill the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, has a very rich collection of folk objects of different materials and forms of aesthetic values, these undoubtedly reflects the sentiments, impulse, temperament, mood, idiosyncrasy, skills & expertise of the artisans. It is a national institution which represents traditional art & heritage of Bangladesh, exhibiting objects of exceptional designs & skills. There are two galleries in the museum, one as wood cutting gallery, another embroidered quilt & Jamdani gallery.

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Folk Art Museum, Sonargaon

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