Remit2Home Trivia Time

1. The name cappuccino comes from the resemblance of the drink to the clothing of the Capuchin monks. Cappuccino literally means ‘little hood’ or ‘little monk’s cowl.

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Did you Know?

2. You can beat brain freeze by pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

3. You can buy insurance that cover alien abductions.

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Insurance for Alien abductions

4. Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All are invented by women.

5. Camels are called “ships of the desert” because of the way they move, not because of their transport capabilities. A Dromedary camel has one hump and a Bactrian camel two humps. The humps are used as fat storage. Thus, an undernourished camel will not have a hump.

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Camels – The Ships of the Dessert

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Health Corner – Heart Attack (MI)

Myocardial infarction (from Latin: Infarctus myocardii, MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is the medical term for an event commonly known as a “HEART ATTACK”. It happens when blood stops flowing properly to part of the heart and the heart muscle is injured due to not receiving enough oxygen. Usually this is because one of the coronary arteries that supplies blood to the heart develops a blockage due to an unstable buildup of white blood cells, cholesterol and fat. The event is called “acute” if it is sudden and serious.

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Learn about heart attacks

Heart attacks most often occur as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD), also called coronary artery disease. CHD is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis (ath-er-o-skler-O-sis). The buildup of plaque occurs over many years. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture (break open) inside of an artery. This causes a blood clot to form on the plaque’s surface. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery. If the blockage isn’t treated quickly, the portion of heart muscle fed by the artery begins to die. Healthy heart tissue is replaced with scar tissue. This heart damage may not be obvious, or it may cause severe or long-lasting problems.

Heart Attack Symptoms

• Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
• Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
• Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
• Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
• Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
• Rapid or irregular heartbeats
• During a heart attack, symptoms last 30 minutes or longer and are not relieved by rest or nitroglycerin under the tongue.
• Some people have a heart attack without having any symptoms (a “silent” myocardial infarction). A silent MI can occur in anyone, but it is more common among people with diabetes.

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Symptoms of Heart Attacks

Risk factors

• Smoking appears to be the cause at about 36 %
• Obesity the cause of 20 % of coronary artery disease
• Lack of exercise has been linked to 7 – 12 % of cases
• Job stress appears to play a minor role, about 3 % of cases
• Chronic high stress levels may cause some cases
• Low socio-economic status such as shorter education, lower income, social isolation
• Negative emotions increase the risk
• Unmarried cohabitation are also correlated with a higher risk of MI
• Alcohol – prolonged exposure to high quantities of alcohol can increase the risk of heart attack
• Trans fats do appear to increase risk

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First aid

Heart attack is a medical emergency. Call 911 or your local emergency number if you think you or someone else is having a heart attack.

The average person waits 3 hours before seeking help for symptoms of a heart attack. Many heart attack patients die before they reach a hospital. The sooner the person gets to the emergency room, the better the chance of survival. Prompt medical treatment reduces the amount of heart damage. If you think someone is having a heart attack:

• Have the person sit down, rest, and try to keep calm.
• Loosen any tight clothing.
• Ask if the person takes any chest pain medication for a known heart condition, such as nitroglycerin, and help them take it.
• If the pain does not go away promptly with rest or within 3 minutes of taking nitroglycerin, call for emergency medical help.
• If the person is unconscious and unresponsive, call your local emergency number then begin CPR.
• If an infant or child is unconscious and unresponsive, perform 1 minute of CPR, then call emergency number.


• Do NOT leave the person alone except to call for help, if necessary.
• Do NOT allow the person to deny the symptoms and convince you not to call for emergency help.
• Do NOT wait to see if the symptoms go away.
• Do NOT give the person anything by mouth unless a heart medication (such as nitroglycerin) has been prescribed.

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Do’s and Don’ts during a heart attack


• If you smoke, quit. Smoking more than doubles the chance of developing heart disease.
• Keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes in good control and follow your doctor’s orders.
• Lose weight if obese or overweight.
• Get regular exercise to improve heart health. (Talk to your doctor before starting any new fitness program.)
• Eat a heart-healthy diet. Limit saturated fats, red meat, and sugars. Increase your intake of chicken, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Your health care provider can help you tailor a diet specific to your needs.
• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. One drink a day is associated with reducing the rate of heart attacks, but two or more drinks a day can damage the heart and cause other medical problems.

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If you like Pinoy sweet meat dishes then have to try out Pochero. It is a classic tomato-based Filipino dish and a well-loved stew for all occasions. Pochero has lots of variations such as pork, chicken, or beef. In this dish the meat is cooked with tomato sauce together with mix vegetables. One of the factors that make this dish taste great is the banana (plantain) which provides a unique sweet flavor to the dish, a delightful comfort food that is of Spanish origin and adapted by Filipinos. The name comes from the Spanish word “puchero” which means “stewpot”.

Filipino Food Recipe - Pochero

Recipe – Pochero


1 lb meat cubed (chicken, beef, or pork optional)
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 – 2.5 tablespoons patis (fish-sauce)
1 tablespoon whole pepper corn
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup chick peas (garbanzos)
1 large plantain banana (ripe), chopped
1 medium sized potato, cubed (sweet potato optional)
1 small cabbage, quartered
1/4 lb long green beans
1 bunch bok choy (pechay)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Salt and Pepper
Sugar to taste

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Recipe for Puchero

Cooking Procedure:

1. Heat cooking oil in a cooking pot.
2. Sauté garlic, onions, and tomatoes
3. Add meat and cook until the color turns light brown.
4. Put-in fish sauce, whole pepper corn, and tomato sauce. Stir.
5. Add water and let boil. Simmer until meat is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes).
6. Put-in sweet potato, plantain, and chick peas. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
7. Add cabbage and long green beans. Cook for 5 minutes.
8. Stir-in the bok choy. Cover the pot and turn off the heat.
9. Let the residual heat cook the bok choy (about 5 minutes).
10. Season with salt, pepper and sugar according to desired taste.
11. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice, eat the Filipino way and enjoy!

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Jeepney – Mode of Transport in Philippines

Philippine Jeepney

As public mode of transport, Jeepneys are the most basic, popular, and economical means of public transportation in the Philippines. Jeepneys are known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art. Since almost 90% of Filipinos are Catholics, most designs and arts reflected in their jepneys are of religious symbols and names. The jeepney is the cheapest way to commute in the Philippines and it is easy to spot one too. Because of its open rear door design, picking up and dropping off is easy for both passengers and drivers, they can stop anywhere. In provinces, roofs of jeepneys are also useful to accommodate more passengers and luggage. Jeepneys can be flagged down much like taxis by holding out or waving an arm at the approaching vehicle and it will stop. The usual signal for asking a driver to stop is “para” in Filipino.

Also known as “king of the roads”, most Jeepneys can be found at designated jeepney stands with dispatcher / barker present usually calling out the destination to usher in passengers. The routes are painted on the sides and below the windshield of the vehicles. They are often manned by two people, the driver and the conductor (the person collecting fares from passengers), and helps people with their luggage. In cities, like in Metro Manila, only the driver is present, and passengers have to ask the adjacent passengers to pass on the fare to the driver. The driver in this case, relies on the honesty of the passengers in paying their fare. In cities, passengers are limited only to seating capacity, unlike in provinces where even the roof-tops are loaded with passengers as well as the front seats.

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Jeepney with people on board


Jeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II. The word jeepney came from the combination of the words “jeep” and “jitney”, a franchised small bus that carries passengers on a regular route with flexible schedule. Some entrepreneurial Filipinos took those US Jeeps and modified them, adding features to make them roadworthy, and creating a new form of mass transit. One of those entrepreneurs was Leonardo Sarao, who at the time drove a kalesa, or horse-drawn cart. The brand name that has actually come to mean jeepney is Sarao, the company that first started making them in 1953 and became famous worldwide for doing so. Before the growth of backyard builders, Sarao Motors and Francisco Motors — both in Las Piñas — were the largest manufacturers of jeepneys. Sarao Jeepneys alone reached a number of 7:1 in Philippine roads during the 1970s.

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Jeepneys in Manila, Philippines

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Pinoy Corner – April Highlights

Pilipinas, no. 8 sa pinaka “smiliest” sa mundo

Hindi lamang ang Pilipinas ay tahanan ng mga “selfiest ” ito rin ay kabilang sa mga “smiliest” na bansa ayon sa ulat ng social media-based travel app. Ang Pilipinas ay pasok sa ika-8 sa listahan ng Jetpac na “Pinakamasayang Bansa sa Mundo “. Ang ulat ay batay sa aktwal na mga ngiti ng mahigit sa 150,000,000 larawang ibinahagi ng mga tao sa Instagram. Ang Pilipinas ay nakapuntos ng 44.8 puntos at tanging bansa sa labas ng America na pasok sa nangungunang sampung bansa. Ang Brazil ang numero uno sa listahan na may iskor na 60.8 puntos.

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Top 10 Smiley-est Countries in the World

Top Ten na Smiliest Na Bansa

1. Brazil  -60.8
2. Nicaragua – 59.4
3. Colombia – 49.8
4. Bolivia – 48.1
5. Costa Rica – 47.4
6. Honduras – 47.2
7. Venezuela – 45.2
8. Pilipinas – 44.8
9. Guatemala – 42.0
10. Mexico – 40.1

Tubong North Cotabato ang kandidata sa Miss Universe 2014

Taga-North Cotabato ang magiging pambato ng Pilipinas sa darating na paligsahan – ang Miss Universe 2014. Si Mary Jean Lastimosa, dalawampung anim na taong gulang ay syang napili mula sa 39 na iba pang mga kandidato ng Binibining Pilipinas upang kumatawan sa bansang Pilipinas sa darating na Miss Universe sa taong ito. “Third time a charm” nga raw para kay Lastimosa dahil sya ay dati nang sumali sa pageant. Sya ay runner-up noong 2011 at pasok sa Top 12 noong 2012. Ang kanyang pinakahuling pagsali ay nitong 2014 kung saan sya ay tinanghal na Ms. Universe-Philippines.

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Miss Universe 2014 Contestant – Mary Jean Lastimosa

Michael Martinez nanalo ng Gold sa Triglav Trophy tournament

Ang pinoy na figure skater na si Michael Martinez ay nakakuha ng gintong medalya sa Senior Men’s Division ng Triglav Trophy international figure skating tournament sa Slovenia. Sya ay naka-iskor ng 195.13 puntos mula sa mga hukom ng nasabing paligsahan noong ika-6 ng Abril. Ayon sa ulat, sya ay nagtapos ng kanyang performance na may halos perpektong routine sa kanyang pagganap sa saliw ng “Malaguena” na binuo ni Ernesto Lecuona na taga Cuba. Tinalo ni Martinez ang iba pang mga pambansang kalahok mula sa Japan , Great Britain , Korea, Austria at Norway.

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Michael Martinez wins Gold in Figure Skating

Pacquiao, tinalo si Bradley sa Boxing

Sa isang napakagaling at matatag na pagganap ni Pacquiao, kanyang nakamit muli ang titulo na WBO welter weight championship sa harap ng 15,601 mga tagahanga sa MGM Grand Garden. Ang 8th division world champ ay hindi binigo ang pro-Pacquiao na mga fans sa matagumpay na laban nito kay Bradley. Iyon ay ang ikawalong straight na laban para kay Pacquiao na nagtapos sa isang desisyon at hindi sa knockout, pero siya ay mas agresibo kaysa sa kanyang mga dating laban. Si Manny ay nagkamit ng $ 20M sa naturang laban. Ang kanyang puntos ay 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.

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Pacquiao – WBO Welter Weight Champion

Iloilo City, nagkamit ng Guiness World Record

Ang Pilipinas ay nagkaroon ng panibagong Guinness world record, ito ay para sa may pinakamaraming nag-aalab na torches o kandila sa Oton, sa lalawigan ng Iloilo. Kahit na maulan hindi huminto ang mga Ilonggo at iba pang mgga participants sa pag-iilaw ng halos 57,000 torches upang bumuo ng higanteng imahe, ayon sa ulat. Habang 100,000 torches ang inihanda, 56,680 ay talagang sumindi. Ipinakita sa isang panghimpapawid na camera ang imahe ng Philippine map na nabuo sa pamamagitan ng maliwanag na mga kandila at may mensaheng “World Peace Through Inner Peace”. Tinalo ng Pilipinas ang bansang Pakistan sa Guiness Record kung saan ang Pakistan ay nagkaroon ng titulo noong 2009 bilang may pinakamaraming sinding kandila na umabot sa 35,478.

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Guinness World Record in Iloilo City

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Recipe – Bhapa Ilish

Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa)

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Recipe – Bhapa Ilish

• Hilsa (ilish) 1/2 kilogram
• Salt to taste
• Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
• Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
• Green chillies 2 – 3 in number
• Ginger 1 inch piece
• Mustard oil 3 tablespoons

• Sprinkle fish slices with salt and half teaspoon turmeric powder.
• Make a smooth paste of yellow mustard seeds, black mustard seeds, green chilies, ginger, salt & the remaining turmeric powder.
• Take a pan and place the fish in it and place the pan on the ring in the pressure cooker.
• Spread paste liberally on fish.
• Pour mustard oil on top.
• Place ring in the pressure cooker.
• Pour three cups of water into the cooker and place the pan with the fish on the ring.
• Cover with lid and steam the fish for eight to ten minutes.
• Serve hot.

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Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh


Festival: Pohela Boishakh (Bangla New Year)
City: All cities throughout the country
Event Type: Bangla New Year Celebrations
Venue: Through-out Bangladesh
Date & Time: 14th April 2014 Monday – Entire Day

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Festivals in Bangladesh

United States Of America

Event: COBCA (Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Organization) 2014 Spring festival
City: Worthington, OH
Event Type: Cultural program
Venue: McConnell Arts Centre of Worthington, 777 Evening street, Worthington, OH 43085.
Date & Time: 11th May 2014, Sunday, 4 pm onwards.

United Kingdom

Event: Trinity Folk Festival 2014
City: Surrey
Event Type: Folk music event
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, Surrey
Date & Time: 3rd May 2014, Saturday – 2 sessions, 1 pm to 6 pm and evening 7 pm onwards.

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Festivals in Bangladesh

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Nijhum Dwip – The quiet island of Bangladesh

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The quiet island of Bangladesh – Nijhum Dwip

The virgin island of “Nijhum Dwip” is enriched with plants, animals and natural beauty. It is raised on the estuary on the channel of the Meghna River on the mouth of the mighty Bay of Bengal. The geographical location of Nijhum Dwip has been identified just two kilometres south west of Hatia Upazila and directed under the jurisdiction of the Noakhali District of Bangladesh. Nijhum Dwip consists of more than 4 / 5 small islands like Char Kamla, Char Osman, Corner of Char Osman and isolated from the mainland by Hatia channel.

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Bangladesh Island – Nijhum Dwip

Four decades ago, the island was submerged under deep water. But, the alluvial island surfaced over the period in 1972 as a discovery by the people of the forest department. This second mangrove forest of the country was designated as the Nijhum Dwip National Park in 2001 by the government of Bangladesh. Now this island has been declared as the unique eco-tourist spot for its ideal natural setup with the rich bio diversification factors and the perennial mangrove forest of Bangladesh.

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Nijhum Dwip

The forestry department of Noakhali District created lush mangrove forests in Nijhum Dwip as part of preservation efforts for the area. One of the major attractions in these mangrove forests is the herd of Spotted Deer, whose numbers have increased to over 20,000 as per a recent update. The Keora tree was planted here for its fast growing root system; it is known to anchor itself into the soft sandy ground. The leaves of this tree are the favorite food of spotted deer’s, but most of the leaves of this tree are too high for the deer. This is an excellent example of how animals help one another; the resident monkeys of the forest shake or pluck the leaves from the trees and then they drop leaves where the deer can pick them up. The wood of the trees is used in the construction of local housing, and also as raw material for building boats. It is also used as the fuel for domestic use.

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The Keora Trees in Nijhum Dwip

Wild animals, the spotted deer, monkey, buffalo, snakes and 35 species of birds are the major attractions for the tourists. Every year nearly thousands of guest birds migrate to this island to add more glamour to its beauty. Oysters and snails of different types can be easily seen in the island. The tourists can enjoy breathtaking sunrises and awesome sunsets from the island.

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Remit2Home Blog – A herd of Spotted Deer

Besides this Nijhum Dwip presently has six big bazaars with mainly the grocery shops, small restaurants and drug stores. These bazaars are the only places in the islands to have electricity from generators. The uniqueness of this silent island is considered as a piece of heavenly beauty in winter and is bit adventurous and enjoyable for the tourists visiting this island. Tourists from Dhaka can board a steamer plying between Sadarghat to Monpura, then by motor boat. It takes only two hours to reach the island from the capital.

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Sunset from the Nijhum island

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