Buko Pandan Dessert

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Recipe Round up – Buko Pandan Dessert

BUKO PANDAN is a favorite Filipino dessert served in almost every kind of party and on every special occasions in the Philippines. It is made using young coconut, gelatin, and buko pandan flavor and aroma. The green gelatin gives the sweet dish its distinction because it is enhanced by the aroma and flavor of pandan leaves. This pandan is a tropical plant which grows abundantly in the Philippines and its blade-like leaves are used for cooking and gives a very fragrant aroma to most Asian cuisines.


1 and a 1/2 cup young coconut strips (Buko)
5 ounces condensed milk
8 ounces table cream or all-purpose cream
3 ounces powdered gelatin
1 and 1/4 cups water
6 drops Buko Pandan flavoring (available in Asian Stores)
2 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
1/2 cup small tapioca pearls, cooked (optional)

Cooking Procedure:

1. Combine water and powdered gelatin then stir using a spoon.
2. Add Buko Pandan flavoring then stir until everything is evenly distributed.
3. Heat a saucepan and pour-in the mixture. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring.
4. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mold. Allow the temperature to cool. The texture of the mixture should be firm once cooled. You may also place this inside the refrigerator for faster results (allow the temperature to go down before putting it in the refrigerator).
5. Combine condensed milk, table cream, tapioca pearls, and young coconut then mix well. Allow the texture to thicken by chilling in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours.
6. Slice the firm gelatin into 1 inch cubes then combine with the condensed milk-cream-young coconut-tapioca mixture.
7. Transfer to individual serving platters or cups then top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (optional)
8. Serve chilled, share and enjoy!

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Pinoy Corner – May Highlights

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Remit2Home Pinoy Corner Ms. Earth 2014

19 Taong gulang na Cebuana, Kandidata ng Pilipinas sa Ms. Earth 2014

Isang 19-taong gulang na si Jamie Herrell mula sa Lungsod ng Cebu ang pinangalanang Miss Philippines Earth 2014 sa ginanap na beauty pageant sa SM Mall of Asia Arena noong Mayo 11. Tinalo ni Herrell ang 49 iba pang mga kalahok sa naturang pageant at sya ang magiging kinatawan ng bansa sa International Ms. Earth pageant na gaganapin ngayong taon. Ang Pilipinas ay nanalo sa Miss Earth ng isang beses noong taong 2008. Ang Miss Earth na nagsimula noong 2001, ay itinuturing na kabilang sa apat na pinakamalaking beauty Pageant sa buong mundo, kasama ang mga Miss Universe, Miss World, at Miss International.

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Remit2Home Blog – Pinoy Corner – Pinay Chef sa Whitehouse

Pinay Chef sa Whitehouse, pinasasalamatan ni Pres. Obama

Sa ginanap na State Dinner sa Malacañang sa karangalan ng US President na si Barack Obama, pinasalamatan nya ang pinay chef sa Whitehouse na si Cris Comerford na nagtatrabaho sa White House mula pa noong 1995. Ayon kay US President Obama, paminsan minsan ay nakakain sila at ang kanyang pamilya sa White House ng lumpia at adobo,” mga pagkaing Pilipino na inihanda ni Cris sa kanila, mga pagkaing pinoy na nag-uugnay sa Amerika at Pilipinas. Si Cris ay ang kauna-unahang babae upang maging White House executive chef. Sya ay lumaki sa Sampaloc, Maynila. Bilang chef sa Head of State, si Cris Comerford ay miyembro ng Le Club des Chefs des Chefs.

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Remit2Home Blog – Pinoy Corner – E-pasaporte

E-pasaporte na may detached covers, papalitan ng DFA

Ang mga taong may hawak na e-passports at natatanggal ang mga cover ay maaaring papalitan ang kanilang e-passports ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Ayon sa pahayag ng DFA, ang mga e-passports na may mga serial number EB0000001 hanggang EB1267350 na may mga detached covers ay maaaring ipakita ang kanilang mga pasaporte sa Opisina ng Konsul o DFA-Aseana, o sa pinakamalapit na Satellite o Consular Regional Office. Ayon sa ulat ni DFA spokesman Charles Jose, sa mahigit na 10 milyong pasaporte na inisyu simula noong Agosto 2009 hanggang Marso 2014, hindi aabot sa 10,000 nasirang pasaporte ang dinala sa atensyon ng DFA.

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Remit2Home Blog – Pinoy Corner – Mga Jobless sa Pinas bumaba

Mga Jobless sa Pinas bumaba sa 25.7 % mula sa 27.5%

Ayon sa pinakahuling survey kamakailan ng Social Weather Stations ang bilang ng mga walang trabaho na mga Pilipino sa bansa ay bumaba noong 4th quarter noong nakaraang taon. Ang survey na unang inilathala sa BusinessWorld, ipinapakita na ang kawalang trabaho ay bumaba sa 25.7 porsyento, katumbas ng 11,500,000 mga Pilipino, kumpara sa nakaraang 4th quarter na 12,000,000 (27.5 porsyento). Ipinapakita din sa survey na ang mga taong walang pinapasukan ay pinangungunahan ng mga taong kusang-loob na iniwan ang kanilang mga trabaho (11.4 porsyento o 5,100,000), habang ang ilan ay retrenched (10.7 porsyento o 4,800,000). Ang nasabing survey ay sinagot ng 1,200 na mga respondents. Ayon pa sa nasabing ulat, 36% ay umaasang may darating na mga job openings sa loob ng 12 na buwan, at 23% naman ay nagsasabi na kakaunti lamang ang mga bakanteng trabaho.

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Health Corner – MERS-COV

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Health Corner – MERS-COV

MERS-COV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus)

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a disease caused by a new virus that causes a rapid onset of severe respiratory disease in people. It is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and first called as Novel coronavirus 2012 or simply novel coronavirus, after genome sequencing of a virus isolated from sputum samples from patients who fell ill in a 2012 outbreak of a new flu. MERS-CoV has caused outbreaks in the Middle East and sporadic cases around the world. Just recently, international health experts started getting alarmed over the surge in infections and deaths in Saudi Arabia.

In April 2014, the Ministry of Health in Malaysia and the Ministry of Health of Greece have each reported their first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in travellers who returned from Saudi Arabia. The official WHO MERS count is 238, with 92 deaths. As of 27 Apr 2014 there are 339 confirmed cases in Saudi Arabia, with 102 deaths. All cases have lived in or travelled to the Middle East, or have had close contact with people who acquired the infection in the Middle East. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died. As of May 9 – 2014, MERS-CoV cases have been reported in several countries Arab Emirates, and Yemen (Middle East); France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom (Europe); Tunisia and Egypt (Africa); Malaysia and the Philippines (Asia); and the United States of America (Americas).

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Health Corner – Virus MERS COV

This virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact. However, the virus has not shown to spread in a sustained way in communities. There is growing evidence that direct or indirect contact with camels play a significant role in the virus transmission. Some of the infections have occurred in clusters between individuals in close contact with one another and an increasing number of infections have occurred among health care workers in health care settings, indicating the importance of following strict infection control practices. This suggests that the virus can spread between humans, however, there has been no sustained person-to-person transmission and the risk of contracting this infection is still considered to be low.

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Health Corner MERS COV


There is no vaccine yet but the cure or vaccine for the MERS-CoV may already be near. Two studies published in different leading scientific journals said scientists have identified antibodies that could potentially be used towards the development of a cure or vaccine treatment against the novel virus.

Symptoms of the MERS-CoV:

• Sudden and serious respiratory illness
• Influenza-like illness
• Symptoms of pneumonia
• Chest pain and cough
• Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties
• Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea

How to Protect Yourself from MERS-CoV?

• Avoid close contact with animals when visiting farms or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating
• Regularly wash hands before and after touching animals
• Avoid contact with sick animals
• Follow food hygiene practices
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs

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Health Corner – MERS COV spreading worldwide

The following countries have reported cases of MERS:
Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States


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Proudly Pinoy – Study in Philippines

Why you should study in Philippines?

Philippines has one of the best education systems in Asia. It is one of the best places for students to study completely in English. The education system is just so fantastic that Philippines has sent hundreds of doctors and engineers to work in United States of America, United Kingdom , Middle East, etc. along with other professionals. The country is home to a number of ISO-certified universities and more than 200 higher educational institutions identified as ‘Centers of Excellence’ and ‘Centers of Development’. There are also several international schools in the Philippines which are on American, British, German, Chinese, French, and Japanese educational tracks.

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Proudly Pinoy – Study in Philippines

Thousands of foreigners are flocking to the Philippines to study because it is more affordable in terms of the costs of education in the country compared to other countries. At the same time Philippines offers:
a) A high quality education
b) A peaceful and friendly environment
c) An established education system
d) Accredited and high quality programs
e) Low cost of living and tuition fees
f) Modern infrastructure
g) An efficient transportation system.
Life is more easy and fun because the Philippines is known for its people’s hospitality and joyfulness.

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Proudly Pinoy – All about studying in Philippines

Foreign students do not only get the chance of earning excellent education, but they also find ways of enjoying their stay in the Philippines because the country is composed of thousands of islands and the students can relax by swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling in numerous pristine beaches anywhere, or unwind in some of the island’s heritage sites like the man-made rice terraces, marine parks, mountains, underground rivers, and other tourist spots. If these are not the places for them, they can still enjoy hanging out in countless five-star hotels and restaurants, entertainment shows, shopping malls, and cafes. It is no wonder then that the Philippines is host to an ever increasing number of international students each year.

Student Visa Requirements for Study in Philippines

1. Visa application duly filled and legibly completed. (The form needs to be completed in English).
2. Original passport valid for at least six months beyond the duration of stay in the country.
3. Photocopy of the data and the amendment page of passport.
4. IELTS and TOEFL scores (academic requirements)
5. Copy of travel (usually e-ticket).
6. Payment of processing fee.
7. In case of temporary visiting visa and transit visitor – The return or onward journey ticket must be presented to the Philippines immigration officer on entry in the country.
8. Upon submitting the application candidates are also required to submit a copy of their passport.

Original passports would only be required for authentication. The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other authentication. Incomplete applications would not be accepted. Visa processing depends upon the nationality of the candidate. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.

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Recipe Round-up – Badami Chicken


• 1 whole chicken, cut into small pieces
• 10 cashew nuts
• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 6 onions chopped
• 1/2 cup oil
• 1 tsp ginger
• 1 tsp turmeric powder
• 10 cloves of garlic
• Cilantro for garnishing
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• Salt & Chilli powder to taste
• 10 Almonds
• 4 Cardamoms


• Make a paste of ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cashews & almonds
• Heat oil in a big vessel, add the chopped onions and fry till it turns golden
• Then add the ground masala & fry very well. While frying the paste add 3 tbs to 4 tbs of water, you will notice that oil will float on the top.
• Now add yogurt & the chicken. Season it well with salt, turmeric and chilly powder, cook for 10 mins
• Add coconut milk and cook till done
• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot

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Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh

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Shab-e-Barat in Bangladesh

For people living in Bangladesh
Festival: Shab-e-Barat
City: Celebrated all across the country
Event Type: Prayers offered entire night followed by fasting the next day
Venue: Everywhere in Bangladesh
Date and Time: Thursday, night of 12th June, 2014

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Offering Prayers for Shab-e-Barat in Bangladesh

For Bangladeshi’s living in United States of America (USA)
City: Manhattan, New York
Event Type: Food, Live Music & DJ
Venue: Orchard Street between East Houston & Delancey Streets
Date and Time: 1st June 2014, Sunday, 12.00pm to 5.00pm

For Bangladeshi’s living in United Kingdom
City: London
Event Type: Public
Venue: Olympia Grand, London
Date & Time: 5th June 2014 to 15th June 2014
Opening: Thursday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm, Fri-Wed 11.00 am to 7.00 pm, Sun 11.00 am to 5.00 pm

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial

(জাতীয় স্মৃতি সৌধ Jatio Sriti Shoudho)

Jatio Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs’ Memorial is a historical monument in Bangladesh. It symbolizes the valour & the sacrifice of those who were killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, which brought the Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistani rule. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka & was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – The National Martyrs’ Memorial

Soon after Bangladesh gained Independence in the year 1972, plans for the monumental structure were initiated. In June 1978, a nation-wide design competition was held for the site selection, road & land development, out of the evaluation of 57 submissions, Syed Mainul Hossain’s design was chosen. In the year 1982, the main structure, the artificial lake and other facilities were completed.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

The monument is composed of 7 isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest. The tallest one has the smallest base while the broadest base has the lowest height. The highest point of the monument is 150 feet. The pyramids shaped isosceles are folded at the middle and are placed one after the another. This unique arrangement of the pyramid shaped isosceles had created a structure that seems to change its configuration when viewed from the different angles. There is an artificial lake, and several mass graves in front of the main monument. The architect has used concrete for the monument while all the other structures and pavements of the complex are made of red bricks. Use of different materials has added to the gravity of the monument.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

The entire complex is spread over an area of 34 hectares (84 acres) which is again wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares (24.7 acre). Several mass-graves and a reflection water body are placed in front of the monument. Once one enters the complex through the main gate he or she can see the monument axially but to reach it, one has to walk through different ups and downs of pavements and cross an artificial lake by a bridge. The entire set of the complex is unique as it represents the struggle for Independence by the great Martyrs’ of the country.

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Remit2Home Blog – Bangladesh – The National Martyrs’ Memorial

The complete project was executed in three phases. The first phase began in the year 1972, involved in acquiring the land and constructing the road for the project at a cost of Tk 26 lacs. During the second phase in the year 1974 – 1982, Tk 3.77 crores were spent in order to build the mass-graves, heli-pad, parking space, pavements etc. Finally the third phase, began in August in the year 1982, when the main structure was built apart from the artificial lake, green belt, cafeteria, housing etc. The third phase expenses were around Tk 848.65 lacs.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial represents the struggle for Independence

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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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