Nag-Usap si Ton Ton Maton at si Mang Goryo Tungkol sa Justice in De Pilipins at Iba Pa

Isang araw narinig ko nag-uusap si Ton Ton Maton at si Mang Goryo sa carinderia ni Siony sa New York, Cubao, Quezon City

Goryo: Mabuti pa noong panahon ni Makoy ; matino tayo; walang traffic; at hindi sikip ang Metro Manila.

Ton Ton Maton: Ah Mang Goryo mas matino pa yung panahon ni Lapu-Lapu: walang krimen, walang polusyon; at natalo pa natin si Lapu- Lapu.

Nag-uusap pa rin si Ton-Ton Maton at Si Goryo

Goryo: Anong tawag mo pag nakulong kaagad si Diego Snatcher?

Ton Ton Maton: ah justice ang tawag diyan :)

Goryo: eh ano naman tawag mo paghindi nakulong si Manong Senador at Manang Congresswoman?

Ton Ton Maton: ah justiis yan.

Goryo: eh ano naman tawag mo pag hindi na kasuhan man lang ang mga Dorobo?

Ton Ton Maton: Ah madali yan KKK

Goryo: Anong KKK ???

Ton Ton Maton: ah Kapuso, Kapamilya o di kaya Kakampi

Goryo: Eh ano naman ang mga klase ng arrest sa Pilipinas

Ton Ton Maton: Easy, pag si Diegong Snatcher arrestado ka. Para aa mga Maharlika may: (1) house arrest: hospital arrest; rest house arrest at Executibe Pardon..

Goryo: Bwiset! Siony yung kapi namin nasaan na?

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Ghosts of Halo-Halo Past, Present and Future

Summer in the Philippines is characterized by the unrelenting presence of the Sun. The Sun floods the land with yellow warm light. It is time for one of three of the most cherished ice concoctions of Filipinos the Halo-Halo, the other two – the mais con hielo and the sago & gulaman. It is one of the ways Filipinos combat the heat and enjoy summer.

WHAT IS HALO-HALO MADE OF

Ice and everything nice (and sweet). Ice came to the Philippines sometime between the late Spanish and the early American Period, Blocks of ice were shipped here from the United States. It was used for preserving the freshness of food and for cooling beverages. Prior to this Filipinos had clay jars that kept the water cool when stored. Ice was a luxury that had a premium price. Probably until electricity came and ice plants were set-up around the Philippines – again used tp keep food fresh and provide cold beverages. The other ingredients were garbanzos, ube, gulaman, banana, sago, pinipig and other sweetened stuff. This was placed in a glass; which was then packed with finely shaved ice; topped with leche flan; and then milk was poured over the mix. The Halo-Halo was served with a spoon used to mix it together and eaten.

THE GHOSTS OF HALO-HALO PAST

Each Summer, Halo-Halo stands would mushroom just about everywhere. A small table filled with jars or bowls of ingredients and a block of ice covered with towel would greet the customer. A steel ice shaver would be used to get the ice and reduce it to fine ice particles resembling snow. Each customer would see the Halo-Halo is assembled before him or her. They would also hear the kas-kas of the ice shaver as it shaves the ice block. This rainbow concoction comes as is or can be topped with leche flan, or ube. Furthermore you can also get it in the usual size, large or even according to your own specification. Punters could bring their own glass. It was not uncommon for people to use those big glass coffee containers for their Halo-Halo.

One of the better known halo-halo at that time was said to be in Pagsanjan, Laguna. The best place I had Halo-Halo was on top of a hill in the town of Miag-ao, Iloilo.

The ice shaver that looked like a carpenter tool gave way to machines that could crush and shave ice. Initially, it was hand operated but this soon gave way to motorized shavers and ice machines.

Restaurants and commercial food stalls began to appear. In Icebergs the halo-halo was served im bowls. And Digman- Isang Dosenang Sarap Halo-Halo made its presence felt in food courts at malls.

And the Special Halo-Halo was now topped with ice cream.

THE GHOSTS OF HALO-HALO PRESENT

Today, Halo-Halo can be bought from Razon s, Iceberg, Chowking, restairants and Halo-Halo bars at all-you-can eat places. Now and then you can still some enterprising persons set-up a neighborhood Halo-Halo stand. Just open up the gate and set-it up.

But if you so desire Halo-Halo that is quality go to the town of Nasugbu look for Aling Celings. Eveeyone in Nasaugbu knows it, They open at 4 in the afternoon. They serve Halo-Halo at the ground floor of their house. The first thing you notice on the table is a bowl of sugar. This Halo-Halo is not over-sweetened. Its ingredients are prepared by Aling Celing and only her everyday. The Halo-Halo is the least sweet, yet also the most delectable. It is said that a big food corporation tried to buy the recipe from Aling Celing but was unsuccessful.

THE GHOSTS OF HALO-HALO FUTURE

With the weather going the way that it is. Each Summers seems to be a visit from heat of Vulcan or Hephaestus forge. It is certain that Halo-Halo is here to stay and be part of the Filipino culture. Will it be in a more commercial form not only available in restaurants and food courts but will someone bottle it up and offer it in the supermarket as something you just add ice to? Will there ever be a sugar-free Halo-Halo?

Will Aling Celing eventually pass on her recipe and technique to another? Will it just be rediscovered again?

Whatever it will be the Halo-Halo will continue to be a favorite of Filipinos

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The Techy Becky Report: Samsung – News and Products Galore

Hola Chicos and Chicas,

My name is Techy Becky and this is my reportage on Samsung Electronic Corp or SEPCO ie Report Ko on SEPCO.

The past two weeks has been a busy week for yours truly and so with our friends at Samsung or. They have had almost back-to-back events and press conferences almost hindi na kaya ng lola niyo. Fortunately, it was more or less spaced out otherwise ako would have been so kapuy. Kawawa naman me. Anyway my dears here is what was mega-announced at the Tres Samsung Events.

Primera — The Renewal of Samsung and PLDT Deal

PLDT SME Nation and Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation or SEPCO renewed their partnership to provide their business solutions – business paxkages – for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises or SMEs. Just like the Super Friends I watch every haoon and Sabado with Yaya number 1.

This brings to the SMEs:

- Internet speeds up to 15 mps – committed information rate or CIR (whatever that means) and Static IPs ( whatever that means).

- There are Six Bundles, ranging from 4 to 15 mbps costing from 4,000 to 25,000 kesos per month that come with a set of Samsung products.

For example the Basic Package called the Elite Bundles you can choose among the following : Samsung 3-in-1 Wifi Laser Printer; UPS or Hard Drive; and Max Bundle with a choice between a Samsung Chrome Book or a Galaxy Tab 3.7.

- Bigger packages offer more gadgets. Plus, you can customize the package of your choice. Packages that will please a wide array of businesses from the practical to the Size Queens.

Segunda — New Tablets on its way here

Mientras, On its way are two tablets meant to make a same-brand marriage between a computer and a tablet. Making kasal the productivity of computer and the ease of a tablet. SEPCO will be bringing in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch and the Tab Pro 8.4 inch.

This would be good so I wont become kuba from carrying all those gadgets in my authenticated leather bag from New York, New York, USA and not New York, Cubao.

Tercera — New Appliances coming here as well

And then there is the Tres Marias of appliances that will many a household happy and gay. Oh.. i love happy and gay.

Isa — The air conditioner with the triangular design: SMART AIR CONDITIONER

- Comes with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology that makes it consume 60% less electricity than conventional air conditioners.

- It also comes with Samsung’s Virus Doctor -an air purifying technology of Samsung.

- Users can also use the Smart Wifi function of the air con to customize and schedule its operations.

Actually the air con had me at its triangular design. I am sure when I buy it My good amiga Strawberry will be inggit and make luha-luha as fake as her kilay and lips.

Dalawa — The In-na-In-but-Out-pa-rin na Refrigerator: The Food Showcase Refrigerator

- Comes with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology

- There are two layers of doors. The allows you to see and organize more clearly your food. The first compartment can be used for items often used, while the second one can be used for not used often.

Tatlo — The Eco-Bubble Washing Machine

- Comes with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology

- The Eco-Bubble Technology allows powerful cleaning minus hot water since the technology produces a fine foam that effectively dissolves detergent.

- And aside from its powerful high revolution per minute or RPM, The washing machine comes with a stain away program that cleans away the dirty dozen of stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick, and grass.

When I first heard this I thought of Sebastian Castro s song. Of course this is not the same thing but I swear by the Eyes of Angelita I began to hum i want your bubble.

Apat but not the least — The Samsung Smart Oven

- It has auto cook for pre-programmed recipes

- It can be used to make yogurt

- Slim Fry Function

- It has sensors that can tell whether the food surface temperature is frozen, chilled, or fresh and can adjust its heat guaranteeing the food is not under or over cooked.
What would make this nice is if it came with Samsung’s Digital Inverter Technology

Naturalmente, This would make a fine addition to my condo at Saint Andrew Fields.my beloved friend Amapola would be so jelly ace. Lalo na when she hears about the Slim Fry Function. Her oven from 19-kopong-kopong would be Luz Valdez.

Anyway that is all for now reporting from Tech Beat this is Techy Becky.

Papaya puesta, papaya partida.

Mwa Mwa Mwa

Techy Becky

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