October 4, 2012

Jail time

With all the fireworks and nuisances this new Philippine law [Republic Act No. 10175 a.k.a. Cybercrime Law] been hounding ‘netizens’ alike, I was immediately thrown to the badlands of questions that rather relate or not regarding the subject matter.

This is applicable to all. Lawmakers hear me out. Stupid my idea may but, is it possible that for every law passed or made, there should be adjustments or renovations on our prisons? Of course, the presence of violators is inevitable. Tendency is the roaring call for improvement in the penal system will rise. Prison cells will be overpopulated. Then, where does the rehabilitation of an inmate reside? Do our lawmakers give a fuss and notice about these things?

My perception is that laws are made so that people may abide. Breaking the law can land you in jail. It is through in there that you are renewed or rehabilitated. But how is it possible if you land in hell instead of jail? Penal authorities say that it is meant to be that way to pave for the remorse of the inmate. Human rights advocates may call this foul as it dehumanizes one.

The latter group may be right. Let us treat one another as human beings, not animals. To lawmakers, open your eyes to reality. More laws maybe isn’t just the answer.

October 3, 2012



Fats supply energy to the body in highly concentrated form. Also, some fatty acids are necessary for regulating certain body functions. Third, fats act as carriers of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K). Because of these important functions, it is necessary to have some fats in the diet.

Fats may be classified as saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated. These terms reflect chemical differences in the composition of fats. Cooks do not need to know the chemical structure of fats, but they should understand their nutritional characteristics and the foods in which they are found. Many foods contain a combination of these three types, with one type predominating.

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature. Animal products—meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products—and solid shortenings are the major source of saturated fats. Tropical oils such as coconut oil and palm kernel oil are also rich in saturated fats. Health experts believe these fats contribute significantly to heart disease and other health problems. Polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature.

[source: professional cooking sixth edition]

October 2, 2012



Carbohydrates are compounds consisting of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms bound together in chains of varying lengths.

Sugars are simple carbohydrates. Simple sugars, such as glucose, are small compounds containing 6 carbon atoms. Table sugar, or sucrose, is a larger sugar molecule with 12 carbon atoms. Sugars are found in sweets and, to a lesser extent, in fruits and vegetables.

Starches are complex carbohydrates consisting of long chains of simple sugars bound together. They are found in such foods as grains, bread, peas and beans, and many  vegetables and fruits.

Carbohydrates are the body’s most important source of food energy. Fats and proteins can also be burned for energy, but the body uses carbohydrates first. If no carbohydrates are available, the body then burns fat. However, if fats are burned with no carbohydrates present, toxic compounds called ketone bodies are produced. If too many ketone bodies accumulate, a condition called ketosis develops, and the blood becomes unable to carry oxygen properly. The result can be fatal. Thus, one of the important functions of carbohydrates is to help the body burn fat properly. About 50 to 100 grams of
carbohydrates are needed every day to prevent ketosis.

Most authorities believe that complex carbohydrates, especially those from whole grains and unrefined foods, are better for you than simple carbohydrates. This is partly because starchy foods also have many other nutrients, while sweets have few other nutrients.

Also, there is some evidence that a lot of sugar in the diet may contribute to heart and circulatory diseases. Simple sugars and refined starches are primary sources of empty calories.

Another reason that carbohydrates from whole grains and unrefined foods are preferable to those from refined sugars and starches is that these unrefined foods are sources of fiber. The term fiber refers to a group of carbohydrates that cannot be absorbed and used by the body. Therefore, fiber supplies no food energy. However, it is important for the proper functioning of the intestinal tract and the elimination of body waste. In addition, there is evidence that sufficient dietary fiber helps prevent some
kinds of cancers and helps decrease cholesterol in the blood. Fruits and vegetables, especially raw, and whole grains supply dietary fiber.

Fiber can be classified as either soluble or insoluble. Soluble fiber absorbs water and forms a kind of gel. It is found inside and between plant cells. Insoluble fiber also absorbs water, but less, and forms bulk in the intestines. It is found in cell walls and other structural parts of plants.

[source: professional cooking sixth edition]

October 1, 2012


Time to wake up....


Accepting the reality and it truthfulness is hard to honestly fathom. The pit that I am currently in to is much likened into a nightmare. It’s more of an unimaginable occurrence that possibilities of escaping it are close to oblivion.

Some of you share the same dilemmas in life. Our right to be free from worries and heavy burdens are sometimes pose as our alter egos. Problems upon problems make our journeys towards a certain goal harder and heavier to reach. We, sometimes, admit the cause but acceptance makes it worst when it or they aren’t your fault.

Just put in mind that these worries are just temporary and that we should not lose hope. Hold on to something that is positive. It’s just a test of how tough in life we are. It further enables us to show our determination and strength in those trying times. Caused by us or not, we must handle it positively.

Coffee, please - III

Another doze of coffee recipes....

Alpine Carnival


2 tb Instant coffee
1 ts Vanilla
2 tb Brown sugar
1 ts Water
1 ½ c Boiling water
½ c Whipping cream, whipped

How To:

Divide instant coffee and vanilla evenly between two Spanish coffee glasses. In a small heavy saucepan, dissolve sugar in the teaspoon of water. Over medium heat, stir dissolved sugar until it reaches a full boil. Immediately remove from heat and stir in boiling water. Divide sugar mixture between coffee glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Makes 2 x 6 oz servings.

Buttered Rum Coffee


1/3 c Ground coffee
1/4 ts Freshly ground nutmeg
1 1/4 ts Rum extract
1/8 ts Liquid butter flavouring

How To:

Place coffee and nutmeg in a blender or food processor fitted with a steel blade. In a cup, combine remaining ingredients. With processor running, add flavorings. Stop processor and scrape sides of container with a spatula. Process 10 seconds longer. Store in a refrigerator. Yields: Mix for eight 6-ounce servings.

Cafe De Ola


8 c Water
2 sm Cinnamon sticks
3 Whole cloves
4 oz Dark brown sugar
1 Square semisweet chocolate or Mexican chocolate
4 oz Ground coffee

How To:

Bring the water to a boil, then add the cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and chocolate. When the liquid comes to a boil again, skim off any foam. Reduce the heat to low and make sure the liquid does not boil. Add the coffee, and let it steep for 5 minutes. Serve the coffee in an earthenware pot with a ladle.



I have rummaged and certainly been entertained by some old and up-to-date TV series with the help of Torrents, of course. The ‘behind the scene’ guys focused on the obviously bought up frame of involving or had something to do with the family. It is clear in reality that issues arise, conflicts are grown and complex of things happen in the family in a modern technologically-driven world of today.

There is always the family where you can go home to. A family that is available to even our most mundane needs. One that is with arms wide open to receive, blindly to love and care for us no matter what and can act as our ‘wind beneath our wings’.

We must be thankful for whatever kind of family we have. It may not be perfect as you or some perceive but making them worth your time and energy is actually a blessing.


I believe that love alone might do these things for you
I believe in love alone
Take the power to set you free
Kick down the door and throw away the key
Give up your needs
Your poisoned seeds
Find yourself elected to a different kind of creed

I believe in the power of creation
I believe in the good vibration
I believe in love alone

Won't somebody tell me what we're coming to?
It might take forever till we watch those dreams come true
All the money in the world won't buy you peace of mind
You can have it all but you still won't be satisfied...

Now, hear this
Pay attention to me
Because I'm a rich white girl and it's plain to see,
I got every kind of thing that the money can buy
Let me tell you all about it
Let me amplify, I got diamonds?
You heard about those
I got so many that I can't close my safe at night in the dark
Lying awake in a sick dream....

Money can't buy it.
Sex can't buy it.
Drugs can't buy it.
You can't buy it..

          - T3


The term "Cocoa," a corruption of "Cacao," is almost universally used in English−speaking countries to designate the seeds of the small tropical tree known to botanists as THEOBROMA CACAO, from which a great variety of preparations under the name of cocoa and chocolate for eating and drinking are made.

The name "Chocolatl" is nearly the same in most European languages, and is taken from the Mexican name of the drink, "Chocolate" or "Cacahuatl." The Spaniards found chocolate in common use among the Mexicans at the time of the invasion under Cortez in 1519, and it was introduced into Spain immediately after. The Mexicans not only used chocolate as a staple article of food, but they used the seeds of the cacao tree as a medium of exchange.

No better evidence could be offered of the great advance which has been made in recent years in the knowledge of dietetics than the remarkable increase in the consumption of cocoa and chocolate in this country. The amount retained for home consumption in 1860 was only 1,181,054 pounds−−about 3−5 of an ounce for each inhabitant. The amount retained for home consumption for the year ending Dec. 31, 1908, was 93,956,721 pounds−−over 16 ounces for each inhabitant.

Although there was a marked increase in the consumption of tea and coffee during the same period, the ratio of increase fell far below that of cocoa. It is evident that the coming American is going to be less of a tea and coffee drinker, and more of a cocoa and chocolate drinker. This is the natural result of a better knowledge of the laws of health, and of the food value of a beverage which nourishes the body while it also stimulates the brain.

[source: Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes and Home Made Candy Recipes]

September 30, 2012

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9:38-43.45.47-48. 

John said to Jesus, ''Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.''

Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. 

For whoever is not against us is for us. 

Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. 

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. 

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, 
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'