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Consumer Info: Bird Flu, from Causes to Prevention

UPDATE (As of 2017 August 18): Bird Flu has spread from San Luis, Pampanga to Jaen and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija.

The deadly Bird Flu has become one of the most dangerous diseases in the world; yet did you know that this H5N1 strain has already killed 60% of the people who have been infected with the disease since it first appeared in 1997?

This viral infection which first appeared in HK in fact spreads from bird to bird and does not easily spread from person to person rather it does so from infected birds to humans. And as of 2011, bird flu which has been established in China, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam would be difficult to eradicate mainly because it has spread from birds to pigs and even donkeys.

CAUSES 

Humans could catch Bird Flu through:

  1. Close contact with infected birds or bird droppings.
  2. Cleaning or plucking infected birds.
  3. Inhalation of aerosolized materials in live bird markets.
  4. Swimming or bathing in water contaminated with droppings of infected birds.
  5. Handling of fighting cocks.
  6. Infected birds’ saliva, discharges like faeces and urine, as well as feed and secretions from the nose, mouth or eyes especially from hens, geese, turkeys and ducks.
  7. Exceptionally close contact with infected people.

NOTE: Eating meat and eggs from infected birds is not dangerous provided that it’s well-cooked as the heat kills most of its harmful agents. 

RISKS

  • Highest possibility of infection comes from poultry farm workers, animal control workers, wildlife biologists, and ornithologists who handle birds.

SYMPTOMS

  • Cough, diarrhea, respiratory difficulties, fever (over 100.4 °F), headache, muscle pain or weakness, malaise, runny nose, sore throat, colds, headache, swollen neck, dehydration, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, eye infection, lung congestion, pneumonia, could infect the brain and digestive track.

TREATMENT 

  • Antiviral drugs like Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), Zanamivir (Relenza) or Peramivir (Rapivab) can help reduce severity of the disease as it prevents the virus from growing. These should be given soon after diagnosis have been verified.

NOTE: If bird flu is not immediately treated, this could lead to complications like pneumonia, respiratory or kidney failure, and some cardiovascular problems.

BASIC HOME REMEDIES 

  1. Drink Green Tea. It helps inhibit the release of an enzyme known as neuraminidase in bird flu and so it controls the growth and reproduction of it. Take 6-7 cups daily.
  2. Strengthen your Immune System. Take vitamin C or even add lemon juice to your green tea. Citrus fruits and juices are good in boosting immunity. Eat fresh veggies and salads, too.
  3. Do Steam Inhalation. This is to ease mucous accumulation and liquidate secretions for it to easily come out of your nose. Steam inhalation plus a few drops of tea tree oil could serve as an expectorant.
  4. Stay Hydrated. Especially for those who are vomiting or has diarrhea, drink at least 10 glasses of water a day — include servings of warm soups as well.
  5. Consume Garlic. With its powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, this is one of the best home remedies for bird flu. Eat at least 2 cloves of raw garlic 2 times a day.

PREVENTION 

Aside from having a healthy diet with lots of liquid on your part, we would say “regularly monitoring and understanding your fowls’ condition” is the best preventive measure against the spread of this disease. In short, just stop this Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) right from the roots.

In Pictures: Hidden Valley Wave Pool (Pinamungahan, Cebu)

Have you been to Pinamungahan? How about to their Wave Pool? Well, it is said to be Cebu’s first wave pool, you know the kind of ‘wavy’ stuff you normally see at the beach — so it must be some place that would interest many — yes, in spite of the distance.

To Get Here. With your starting point at the South Bus Terminal, take a bus going to Lutopan, Toledo City. Then ride a ‘habal-habal’ which is P60 per head — and that’s just one way, so imagine how far it is from the highway. Yes, 7.8 kilometers. Do not worry though, there are already motorbikes waiting over there as well that is for those who are done with their experience.

The signage where you should stop: Brgy. Bunga
Opposite the signage is the start of the 7.8 kilometer road to Hidden Valley

Still, the distance is about 58 kilometers from Cebu City with buses taking the Naga-Uling road, however, if you got your own vehicle — you could take the Toledo wharf road. This is to the right of Tabunok proper, or the road going to Jaclupan. Either way, it would still take at least around 2 hours of travel — but for your gasoline’s sake, of course, the shorter distance would be preferable.

The main entrance and to the left is the reception area
Just inside the resort and the parking area as well

Well, parking would not be a problem here as you can see.

The actual resort entrance

Meanwhile, the wave pool fee is P150 for adults and P125 for kids.

To the right upon entering
To the left upon entering

As of this writing, they are planning to put up a zip line and sky bike.

Directions

The area is about 2,000 square meters and has 2 resorts actually, so you might get confused. Just ask. The one we are featuring is the Wave Pool Resort while the other one is the Mountain Resort.

Full-length view
Near the wave machine
Opposite end of the pool
Another angle of the opposite end
The opposite sidelines
The waves
Waves from the sidelines

Cottages are nicely located and pretty affordable though.

Tables and Chairs: P350
Umbrella Cottage: P500
Inside the native cottage: P600
Mushroom cottage: P800

However, what’s not really nice here is the corkage. Imagine paying P50 per menu or kilo for food?? How about P100 per case on drinks, or P250 per one whole lechon? It’s like you’re being forced to buy.

Like, short orders ranging from P105 to P180 on single round buffet.

Accommodation

Meantime, accommodation is from P2,500 to P8,750 per room and though you would have free use of pools, that depends on the type.

The resort’s top view

In the end, coming over for the day tho would be a nice experience.

Food Review: Lamb Adobo (Brique)

If you’ve just been eating the same old meat like pork, beef and chicken for a lengthy period now, many times, it would be a welcome respite to have something else..

Not just goat meat, or carabeef but say ‘lamb’ — the favorite food in the Bible. And so we did when we dined at Brique in Ayala Center.

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This was the lamb adobo that we had. Ok, t’was reasonably priced.

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Looking closely tho, all it really had were some leeks and garlic — not even the usual oiliness of adobo could be found which was good, at least in regards to the oil as it became sort of healthy..

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Other than that, well. Frankly, the dish was bland — even with some renown sauce added to it — it was still bland. While the meat could have something to do with its taste, guess it was just a poor recipe.

Brique could have improved on it by adding some herbs and spices, yeah, along with some garnishings — like spinach, lettuce or even tomatoes. Even if it may look like a burger, at least its got flavor.

More so, missing out on so many of their drinks listed on their menu was just a little too upsetting, that it was kinda funny already.

Anyway, if only for the ambiance, t’was okay — yes, the service, too.

Top Fruits in the Philippines during Summer

While most all kinds of fruits are available anywhere in the globe, these are likely imported — for there is this thing called ‘seasonal’ availability in fruits. And here in PI, while bananas, papayas and coconuts are available all year round, it’s good to take advantage of seasonal fruits during the summer..

Of course it’s cheaper, at least in many areas, and we need them to fight off colds while quenching our thirst! So, here.

Watermelon or ‘pakwan’ in the vernacular

WATERMELON. What is more thirst-quenching than the succulent ‘pakwan’! And during summer, it’s been neck-and-neck in popularity versus the mango as you don’t even need to make a juice out of it!

Mango, probably the sweetest is in Guimaras

MANGO. The national fruit. Summer or not, ripe or not — it’s just always sought after in the country! Young or old.

Melon is the Filipino term for this type of cantaloupe

CANTALOUPE. While you could eat ‘melon’ upon slicing  them, it is especially delicious when juiced. Yeah, ice-cold and with some milk!

Pineapple, got a plantation over at South Cotabato

PINEAPPLE. Either in juice or not, at the beach or at home — the pineapple has proven to be a favorite among Filipinos!

Bananas are just everywhere and all year round

BANANA. Probably one of the cheapest fruit anywhere — and as a bonus, it’s healthy and  satiates your hunger even if it ain’t summer!

Chico, sometimes you’re like eating sand but it tastes good and sweet

Meanwhile, other popular summer fruits include avocado, star apple (kaimito), jackfruit (langka), Spanish plum (sineguelas), cottonfruit (santol), Java plum (duhat), and the ‘chico’.

Top 10 Beach Activities in the Philippines

Know what, there are actually many things we could do in beaches — yeah, not just swimming, eating and chitchatting. We could do yoga, read a book, fly a kite and more! Unfortunately, many of us just leaves such activities at home. Hmm…

And so, what do we normally see in Philippine beaches?

Singing (Music): The universal language

VIDEOKE. In almost any beach you go to, and even from afar, you could already hear this thunderous sound — Singing!!

Selfie: The way of life

SELFIE OR PHOTOGRAPHING VIEWS. What is having fun without having memories of it? Besides, picture-taking has simply become part of our lifestyle already!

Playing Cards: The national past time??

PLAYING CARDS OR MAHJONG. Especially for those who does not want to swim yet, playing cards or mahjong is one past time many just could not live without. Really.

Drinking: The amnesiatic solution??

DRINKING. Though you could see people ‘drinking’ even without playing cards, in most cases, these two activities go hand-in-hand.

Sand Games: The path to re-energizing

SAND CASTLES OR BURYING A FRIEND. Even for many adults, playing with sand is a sure thing especially when it’s white sand where one could also bury a friend.

Beach Volleyball: Bonding and exercise in one

BALL GAMES. Beach volleyball and soccer, these are the most popular ball games one could see on beaches. And oh, incidentally, athleticism is reduced dramatically when on sand making almost everybody equal — thus, more fun and excitement!

Playing Frisbee: Fun and personal training in one

FRISBEE OR PLAYING CATCH. For those who doesn’t have a Frisbee, one could see beach goers playing catch instead that is by using a beach ball — however, only few moves on to play dodgeball since it requires more energy and athleticism to play it.

Relaxing or Taking a Nap: Just ‘enjoying’ the moment

TAKING A NAP. Yeah, we could see more than a handful actually taking a nap or relaxing on beaches — what with the time they spent in preparing food or even just talking onto the wee hours of the night in excitement of going to the beach!

Playing Tag: A simple way of making friends

PLAYING TAG. Either on sand or at sea, there are still those who plays tag or even race — then again, the numbers has fallen since this requires energy; and these days, energy has become a commodity that they’d rather swim leisurely than try to tag someone else.

Boating: Enjoying while exploring the sea

BOATING. While many would want to go boating, only a few would actually go for it. Ey, you have to spend to do so! Good if their group is just about 6-8 people, that with some extra cash, they would most likely rent and take the paddle. Thus, if the majority could not ride then the minority would not force it. So, jetskiing, parasailing, and alike — obviously, they’re not for the majority.

Banana Boat Ride: Adding excitement to a wonderful summer

As for playing musical instruments, most would rather sing at the videoke bar. Board games? Most would rather play cards. Dance the limbo or learning new sports? Most would rather roam around for ‘selfies’. Watching movies on a portable CD player? Most would rather, well, sleep; of course, watching movies among others is sedentary as well but the point is — many have become idle!?

Collect seashells or play tug-of-war? My, it’s almost a forgotten art!

In Pictures: Compostela Boardwalk Beach Resort (Cebu)

One of the smallest beach resorts one could ever go to is the Boardwalk at Compostela, Cebu — that is 26 kilometers north of the city!

T’is easy to find though since it’s just right after the municipal hall and the town’s public market; however, just before the Green Lagoon Park which is also in Compostela. Okay, got it!?

Compostela Municipal Hall is to the left when coming from Cebu City
From Cebu City, the Boardwalk is to the right

Anyway, smallish as it is, the Boardwalk’s got a handful of signages?!

Signage #1: Just after the reception
Signage #2: After the kiddie pool and the cottages
Signage #3: In front of the main pool

We are not even counting the resort’s ID! Well, it’s just noticeable since the place is clearly just a few hundred (??) square meters in area. And so, everything is just on a rectangular landscape.

From the entrance, the cottages are to the right
Rooms are to the left

Well, the resort proper is kind of cute though — and perhaps never really experienced overcrowding unless those bigger resorts are full. So, you got ’em little pools all for yourself with this one..

Main pool
Kiddie pool

Even tho with limited parking space. But who cares, you’re alone!

Parking area just before the resort proper

How ’bout checkin’ our ‘live’ tour, ey, you might see somethin’ else!

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Top 10 Beach Foods in the Philippines

Going to beaches would be incomplete without food — of course! But did you ever notice what kinda food do Filipinos usually bring to their outings? Or at least wished they could have brought if not for this or that.

Here now are the Top Foods you’d often see in Philippine beaches.

Lechon

LECHON. Though many would want to bring a whole roasted pig to the beach, obviously not everyone could afford to; so, one would either bring a couple of kilos or go on to the next ‘baon’..

Fried chicken

FRIED CHICKEN. While a whole lechon may truly be impractical to many unless they got some sort of celebration other than just a simple summer get-together, the fried chicken is almost a certainty in every Filipino picnic basket.

Grilled food

GRILLED FOOD. Whether it’s pork, chicken, beef, fish or squid, Filipinos love cooking in such a ‘picnicky’ ambiance; thus, you can count on this food group to be part of your lunch!

Hotdogs

HOTDOGS. Oh, this one could either come in fried or grilled, and with marshmallows or not; and because it’s the cheapest (yet tasty) among the ‘meat’ group, not to mention that kids just love ‘em — hotdogs are certainly more than just an alternative.

Fresh fruits or salad

FRUITS. At the very least, you could either see a bunch of bananas, mangoes or watermelons in your cottage — otherwise, someone must have brought ‘buko’ (coconut) salad for your dessert.

Fun snacks

SNACK. Roaming the beach or simply chitchatting with family or friends would be more enjoyable while munching on something, right? In this case, chips or raw mangoes with ‘bagoong’ (anchovies) are the top choices — young or old.

Rechargers

RECHARGER. One can’t always eat rice and what have you the whole time they’re in the beach, but we do get hungry more often than not — especially when we swim. Solution? Steamed sweet potatoes, bananas or even ‘kakanin’ (made of glutinous rice).

Beverages

BEVERAGES. Either softdrinks, soda, juice, ‘gulaman’ (gelatin), water or beer (surety for adults) — we need to drink, of course. And this is just a matter of what most presumably would like to have.

Lumpiang shanghai and Empanada

MEAT CRISPIES. For those who want food other than something grilled or fried chicken — lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls) or empanada (stuffed bread or pastry) are popular among beach goers. And these are generally stuffed with ground pork.

Menudo and Pancit

EXTENDERS. More than just wanting another kind of food, if a family miscommunicates and happen to buy more than a handful of hotdogs or meat, it is usually turned into another dish like ‘menudo’ — and that would give some kind of soup or sauce for the rice.

Otherwise, some type of ‘pancit’ would be tin-foiled in a ‘bila-o’ (circular basket) and so normally consumed as a delicious light to medium snack in beaches. T’is too light to be a ‘recharger’ tho, yet a little heavy for ‘chitchatting’, so it’s just made for variety.

In the end, one doesn’t have to bring a sack of everything on the list but just an ample amount of ‘em major groups — or its alternative. What’s matters is you have enough for everyone and you had fun!