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Filipinos take top prizes in Japan soy sauce cook fest

Two Japan-based Filipinos bagged top prizes in a soy sauce cooking competition. The Japan Times reported that Clair Ocampo, a Filipina based in Saitama Prefecture, won first prize for her "pork back ribs adobo and banana with burned brown sugar" at the eighth Soy Sauce Recipe & Story Contest. The competition was held at the Royal Park Hotel In Tokyo. “I have loved adobo since my childhood. I used soy sauce and brown sugar to better bring out the pork’s flavor. Also, to give it an interesting taste, I used hakkaku spice and laurel leaves. My dish is unique and original,” Ocampo told The Japan Times. Another Saitama-based Filipino, Justin De Jesus, tied for the second prize with his “Philippine beef steak, with a yuzu citrus and soy sauce flavor.” De Jesus said …

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A green step at a time for a healthier environment

From heat temperature indices that rise every summer to increasingly heavier rains during monsoon season, people are feeling and contending with the effects of climate change every day. With every person making small, practical changes that minimize their own environmental footprints, we can still help in minimizing the impact of climate change. Staying and living green may seem overwhelming at first, but by choosing eco-friendly choices that are already available, it becomes easier to do. In the long term, small steps provide doable ways to make meaningful contributions to minimizing human impact on the environment. “We believe that if given the chance, people would like to do their part to help save the environment,” said Raul Joseph Concepcion, Chairman of Concepcion Industrial Corporation (CIC) and President of Concepcion-Carrier Air Conditioning Company (CCAC), …

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He Stars in a Spanish-Language soap. Why is he driving for Uber?

By  Lizette Alvarez, NYT Miami — It was a scene right out of a juicy telenovela, one of those Spanish-language soap operas that unfold one betrayal and love affair at a time on television screens all over the world. Pablo Azar, the green-eyed Mexican telenovela star, stepped out of a limousine and walked down the red carpet at an awards show here last year amid the usual celebrity mayhem. Cameras flashed. Fans shouted. Azar, 34, smiled broadly and walked inside. But after the awards show, Azar did something his army of admirers would never have imagined: He changed out of his suit, climbed behind the wheel of his car and started his shift as an Uber driver, a job he relies on when he’s between acting gigs to pay his bills. “At first, I …

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Bathroom call

Is the bathroom your sanctuary at home? People can spend hours in it from answering Nature’s call, or even reading books or browsing their social networks. More spacious ones have become extensions of our bedroom – a place to pamper ourselves and relax in. Truly, when kept clutter-free, the bathroom can be a restful haven from the hustle and bustle of the world, according to The Organized Life author Stephanie Denton. “Just because others don’t see (it), doesn’t mean it’s okay to neglect (your bathroom). In a sense, (it) is more important to organize well because (it is one of the) first places you see in the morning and last you see at night.” Denton continues that some simple actions to maintain its orderliness include putting away clothes or returning the …

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Internet trolls and how they can ruin your day

My first memories of trolls were delightful and endearingly innocent. I was 12, going out of my wits thinking of a gift for my crush’s upcoming birthday. I already bought a gaudy pink teddy bear and some overly fragrant stationery when my father pulled through and saved me from pubescent mediocrity. He brought home a Troll – the furry, up-combed hair doll beloved by many kids – and encouraged me to give that to her instead. It was different, it was unexpected, and it was a hit with my crush. With one gift, my father taught me not only to think creatively but also to inject humor into romance, which would be very useful in my life later on. Nowadays, no one would associate innocence, fondness, and goodwill with the term …

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Guests for the Holidays

By Samantha Nicole Alarilla There’s less than sixty days before Christmas and for most people that means blasting Mariah Carey’s rendition of Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town twenty-four-seven, early gift shopping, and planning outings and parties with friends and loved ones. But for some, it means counting the days until family members and friends from all over the world return home for the holidays. For this coming season, those who are expecting guests may already be busy decluttering and decorating their homes, giving it a warm, festive atmosphere fit for the Yuletide season. But when we think of our friends and loved ones walking through our doors, stepping inside for the first time in what feels like forever, we instantly want to make sure their stay with us is as happy …

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Durian overflow

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Abundant harvest

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Unatttended candle

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Prepared for buyers

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