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Friday, December 28, 2007

Paskong Pinoy

Christmas is always extraordinary here in the Philippines but according to my brother-in-law in Seattle Christmas there is not a big deal. "Paskong Pinoy, the Filipino unique way of marking Advent, is associated with culture and religiosity such as caroling, the Belen, Simbang Gabi, pastores and panunuluyan, family reunions and Pinoy delicacies such as bibingka, puto, biko and a lot more.
When we say Christmas season, it is usually means lots of partying, wining and dining.Although the season is wonderful, one of its unfortunate tradition has always been associated with hgh -calorie and high-cholesterol foods - from appetizers to desserts.The season also makes people skip their exercises, so, the result is predictable:weight gain! So watch out!
But for me as a true believer of Jesus Christmas I never celebrate December 25 as His birthday coz there was'nt an exact date and month when Jesus actually born. I'm thankful enough everyday that He was born to save mankind and myself. His life was the special gift that is beyond compare.

Loboc Children's Choir at 'Sing for Me'

Loboc is a town located at Bohol Philippines where this famous Children's Choir originated.
It is said that children are the hope of our nation. Yet, almost everyday, we read, hear or see in the television news stories about children being abused, exploited, neglected or abandoned. Something needs to be done to help these unfortunate children, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to do its part by implementing programs ang projects to improve the lives of these children.The DSWD conceptualized a special project dubbed as Sing for Me , A Call for Peace and Unity wherein the pride of Bohol 'The Loboc Children's Choir will be there as one of their guests.Seeing the Loboc Children's Choir in a project like this even makes me prouder as Boholano.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Marriage Is God's Idea

I'm delighted to write about marriage because my younger sister is soon to tie the knot.I knew that trying to understand God's will is difficult but biblical guidance is a lifesaver.

You may feel reluctant to turn to the story of Isaac and Rebekah for guidance, but it contains priciples that can really direct the Christian. Consequently, these principles take a lot of stress and worry out of wondering if one is on the right track. Genesis 24 presents it: 1. God clear the way ahead. 2. Entrust the choosing to God. 3. Wait until you see the harmonization principle. 4. You will recognize that God has chosen. 5. Handle signs carefully-watch for God's guidance to be confirmed. 6. Others will witness and follow the right things in life too.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Fruited Sticky Rice With Coco Jam

2 cups glutinous rice (malagkit)
1 can(439 g) DEL MONTE Fiesta Fruit Cocktail, drained (reserve syrup)
1 tsp iodized fine salt (or
1 tbsp iodized rock salt)
1/3 cup thin coconut milk (second extraction)
2/3 cup thick coconut milk (first extraction)
25 drops green food color
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup ready made coco jam
banana leaves

1. In a bowl, soak rice overnight in the refrigerator. Drain then combine fruit cocktail syrup, half of salt and coconut milk. Mix well. Transfer into an 8”x8”x2” pan or glass dish. Cover and steam for 25 minutes.

2. Stir remaining salt into the thick coconut milk. Divide mixture into 2 portions. Add food color to one portion. Set aside.

3. Scrape the steamed rice and divide into 2 portions. Mix one portion with the plain coconut milk and DEL MONTE Fiesta Fruit Cocktail and sugar. Mix the other rice portion with the colored coconut milk. Place rice side by side back to the container. Cover and steam for another 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.

4. Line square pan with banana leaves. Transfer the cooked rice into the pan. Alternate the white and green rice to create a marbled effect. Press rice down to compact it evenly.

5. Line with banana leaves. Press with a heavy object. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut and serve with coconut jam when firm.