HowTo: Black Mambaaaaaahh (Black Sambo)

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I tasted this dessert back in Innermax Support from Jinnah, birthday of Zack (her son). Then second time was Innermax anniversary in Midway Beach Resort. This tasty dessert made me curious how to make on. So here it is…

Black Sambo Recipe

Ingredients:

White layer:

  1. 2 sachets of Knox Gelatin (in NZ, I can’t find any Knox Gelatin so I used Davis Gelatin [2 table spoon] and divided the Gelatin for both the white and brown layer)
  2. 2 packs (250ml) All Purpose Cream (in NZ, use Anchor Lite-Cream 250 ml)
  3. 1 can (301ml) Condensed Milk
  4. 1/2 cup cold water

Brown Layer:

  1. 2 sachets of Knox Gelatin (in NZ, I can’t find any Knox Gelatin so I used Davis Gelatin [2 table spoon] and divided the Gelatin for both the white and brown layer)
  2. 1 can (378ml) Evaporated Milk
  3. 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  4. 1/2 cup Sugar
  5. 1/2 cup cold water

Procedure:

White layer:

  1. Dissolve the 2 sachets of Knox Gelatin (2 table spoon for the Davis Gelatin) in a pot with 1/2 cup of cold water. For the Gelatin, dissolve half of the Davis Gelatin in a pot with 1/2 cup cold water.
  2. Cook over low to medium heat until the gelatin dissolves.
  3. Add 1 can of condensed milk to the gelatin while stirring constantly.
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes while stirring constantly.
  5. Add 1 box of All Purpose Cream to the mixture and cook for another 3-5 minutes while constantly stirring.
  6. Remove from heat and pour mixture in a mold, let it cool for 30 minutes then refrigerate for 2-4 hours until set.

Brown layer:

  1. Dissolve the 2 sachet of Knox Gelatin (2 table spoon for the Davis Gelatin) in a pot with 1/2 cup of cold water. For the Gelatin, dissolve half of the Davis Gelatin in a pot with 1/2 cup cold water.
  2. Cook over low to medium heat until the gelatin dissolves.
  3. In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (Hershey’s Cocoa Powder or Rich Cocoa Powder) and 3/4 cup of sugar.
  4. Add the cocoa mixture to the gelatin while stirring to dissolve cocoa powder cook for 3-5minutes.
  5. Add 1 can of evaporated milk and cook it for 5-10 minutes while constantly stirring.
  6. Remove from heat and pour mixture on top of the white layer, let it cool for 30 minutes then refrigerate for 2-4 hours until set.
  7. Once set, unmold by running a knife or spatula around the molding.
  8. Garnish it with Hershey’s chocolate syrup or ground peanuts to compliment the sweetness.
  9. Serve and enjoy your Black Sambo dessert.

Try it yourself and tell us your experience.


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HowTo: Edel’s Hamonada

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More than decades, my Mother cooks the Hamonada for us (family) every Christmas and New Year. But this year, I’m not in the Philippines, I’m with my sister (and her husband) here in New Zealand. There’s a big difference celebrating Christmas in NZ and somehow, Filipinos here in NZ always miss the way Filipino celebrate the Christmas back in the Philippines.

This day, my sister and I are in our own to celebrate the Christmas and New Year and for us, its not complete that we do not have the hamonada. So I cook the hamonada and of course with the guidance of my mother. Here’s the steps how to cook the Edel’s Hamonada.edels_hamonada

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2.5 kg of Pork (preferably leg part)
  • 0.75 liter of Pineapple Juice
  • 2-3 large onions (either white or violet class of onions)
  • 2-3 garlic
  • 2 packs of Del Monte Tomato Sauce (200g)
  • 1-2 lemon grass

 

Procedure:

  1. Put the 2 kilos pork at the casserole and level the water with the height of the meat. Place also the garlic, lemon grass and onions (assumed you already sliced the onions and crushed the garlic. Use only the half mention in the ingredients because you will be needing the rest later on except of the lemon grass). You can also add some pinch of pepper to add some spice.
  2. Ignite your stove, heat it with 75-150 degrees and wait until the pork will be soften, approximately 3-5 hours of heating.
  3. Once the pork was soften, remove the water and all the spices your placed few hours ago. Literally just the pork must remain in the medium;
  4. Then pour the Del Monte tomato sauce together with the remaining onions and garlic. Heat up at the same temperature in step 1 then stir it. Then while stirring, add the pineapple juice slowly, then 2 tablespoon of sugar, 3/4 to 1 tablespoon of salt, and add some pepper in it.
  5. Monitor the meat, be sure all the sides of the meat are evenly immerse in the sauce.
  6. Taste it also from time to time, if taste is still more on pineapple juice, add little salt or sugar nor both sugar and salt until the taste will be sweet and sour with a taste of pineapple.
  7. Approximately about 2-3 hours, when the sauce will be viscosity then the hamonada is cooked.

I think that’s it… Serve the Edel’s Hamonada every Christmas and New Year!

Merry Christmas to all! 

Cheers!

HowTo: Leche Flan

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How to cook Leche Flan for Christmas/New Year!

leche_flanWhats good about it is you don’t have to separate egg yolks from the egg whites cause you will be using whole eggs. Just follow the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs (if eggs are small make it 8-10 and 6-8 for medium sized eggs)
  • 1 can condensed milk (same size/quantity sold here in Ph)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (same size/quantity sold here in Ph)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar for caramelizing

Procedure:

  1. In a medium heat place sugar in a non-stick pan and and allow it to melt , (you can also caramelize the sugar on an 8-inch pan) making sure not to burn the sugar as it will taste bitter. Once done transfer it to your molder or if you caramelize the sugar in the molder just remove it from heat and set aside.
  2. Prepare the steamer or you can preheat the oven at 295 degrees. In a bowl combine eggs, milk and vanilla mix well making it homogenous. Strain the flan mixture 2x and finally strain once more using a cheese cloth or any clean cloth to make your flan homogeneous to your caramelize sugar and cover it with aluminum foil (don’t cover if you will be using an oven)
  3. When the steamer is ready or already boiling place your flan mixture covered with aluminum foil and steam for 30-45 minutes on medium heat. If using oven, submerged the molder/pan uncovered into a larger pan with water about 1 inch up the sides of of the leche flan pan- aka water bath.
  4. Steam for 30 minutes on medium heat (or bake for about 1 hr at 295 deg F). Its done if a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or try wiggling it if it wiggles like a jello at the center then its done, if its still watery bake/steam once more.
  5. Once done let it cool before removing from the molder/pan. Enjoy!

 

 

oMarket – New Zealand Free Posting Classified Ads

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oMarket is New Zealand Free Posting Classified Ads. This is my new personal project and my first website in NZ. Hope kiwis or new zealanders will post their classified ads at oMarket.

World’s Largest Pearl

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A Filipino diver discovered what is now described as the world’s largest pearl in a giant Tridacna (mollusk) under the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao-Tzu”, the gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches in diameter. As of May 1984, it was valued at US$42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.

“Pearl of Lao-Tzu” is the the world’s largest pearl in a giant Tridacna (mollusk). It weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches in diameter. It was reportedly collected by a Filipino pearl diver named Etem, on May 7, 1934, at Palawan Island, Philippines. At one time it belonged to Wilburn Dowell Cobb, who allegedly received it as a gift from a chieftan of Palawan after having saved the life of his son. On May 15, 1980, Cobb’s heirs sold it at auction to Peter Hofman, a jeweler from Beverly Hills, California, for US $200,000. In 1966, it was valued at $3.5 million. According to te Guiness Book of Records, the San Francisco Gem Laboratory has valuated it at US $40-42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.

 

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DUMP/JUNK/TRASH SOPA/PROTECT-IP

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PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! – fightforthefuture.org/pipa

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

Biden on Internet Freedom = Anti-SOPA from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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Joe Biden filled in for Hillary Clinton at the London Conference on Cyberspace (LCC) on November 1st, giving a speech on the importance of freedom in cyberspace and talking up the importance of freedom on the internet and not regulating the internet. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration stands with congress in full support of H.R 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would give copyright holders the ability to censor websites on the net. We need to stand up now and let Congress know that they shouldn’t mess with the Internet!

[REPOST] 7 Ways To Fail When Outsourcing To The Philippines by John Jonas

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My co-worker sent me a link and found it very true of most of the employers in Online Jobs. They maltreated Filipinoes as their virtual assistant, they want to do everything and finish it in a day or hour or a second. And I found it as stupidity tasks coz we are not Superman! I would like to re-post this good article by John Jonas.


When it comes to outsourcing your business (or yourself!) to the Philippines, there’s definitely a learning curve.
Here are 7 ways you can guarantee failure for yourself :
(Hint: Don’t do these things!)

1. Try To Hire Someone To Do Everything

Here’s an actual email I got this week

So wait…you want a programmer, graphic designer, webmaster, who is fluent in english and likes to write, who can write sales copy, autoresponders, forum posts, ebooks, and reports.
Oh yeah, sure, let me help you find that person!
Oh wait, that person doesn’t exist.
Hire someone to do a specific task! Then train them to be able to do everything.

2. Hire A Project Manager

Filipinos don’t know how to run your business for you.
Don’t try to hire a project manager first along with 6 others, and expect that “project manager” to manage those other 6 and get things done. They don’t know how.
YES! They’re very capable of being project managers, but very rarely will you find someone who has been involved in enough internet business that you can just turn a project over to them and have them manage other people for you.
Eventually…yes! After you’ve trained them and they’ve seen how the business is supposed to work.

3. Hire Someone And Ignore Them

You have to train the person you hire. They don’t know how to run your super-niche internet marketing business. Don’t expect to hire someone and just let them go do everything themselves. Expect to spend some time working with them.

4. Ask Someone To Do Work Before You Offer Them A Job

This is my favorite.
I get an email that says

Can you please tell me why I can’t successfully hire someone, they all keep disappearing.
Here’s the email I send them:
I want you to start by doing a trial task.
Write 20 articles, submit them to article directories, do a bunch of directory submissions for me, build me a website and write all the content for it.
Then, I’ll evaluate your work and see if it’s going to work out.

hahahahaha.
Yeah right!
They’re not going to do work until AFTER they know they have a full-time job working for you.
Don’t give them a test task. Give them a job. Tell them the first month is a probationary period.

5. Expect Immediate Results

This is a long-term proposal here. I’ve been doing it for 4 years. You’re not going to see the same results in 4 days.
Don’t expect it.

6. Search and Search and Search For The Right Person, Then Email Them

Hey John,
I searched for 3 days and I found the perfect candidate. They can do everything you said wasn’t possible back up in #1 on this blog post. Why won’t they respond to me?

Why?
Because they already have a job and they’re loyal to their current employer.
Instead of trying to find the perfect person up front, try contacting 20 potential fits, see who responds, then sort through them.

7. Set The Wrong Expectations

When you hire them, don’t tell them you expect them to be totally self-directed and to work without supervision and to be able to figure everything out on their own.
If you do, you’ll never hear from them again.
Try telling them

I expect you to try to figure things out, but I understand that I’m going to give you tasks that you won’t know how to do, and sometimes there won’t be any way to figure it out. In these cases, please know that I’m here to answer your questions. I’m here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to ask me when you get stuck.

Otherwise, when they don’t know how to do something they get embarrassed and will never talk to you again.
If you set the right expectation with them about asking for help, they’ll ask, you’ll help, and all will be happy and good.

These aren’t hard things to avoid…you just have to know about them to avoid them.
There’s more good stuff like this as a member of ReplaceMyself.com.


Author: John Jonas

Article Reference: http://www.jonasblog.com/7-ways-to-fail-when-outsourcing-to-the-philippines

Outsourcing in the Philippines: InnerMax Support

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InnerMax SupportI’ve crossed  a good outsourcing firm in the Philippines, Innermax Support specializes in Web Development, Web Designing, SEO Services, Data Entry, Social Media Marketing, Inbound Phone Support, Outbound Phone Support.

They are comparatively new to the industry, but with their management along with all their agent’s combined knowledge, skills, and significantly valuable experiences; they surely can consistently turn every single task, great or small, highly distinguished more than any clients could wish for.

  • Innermax Support provides high quality services
  • Takes your business outsourcing to a new level with more leads and sales
  • Endows with the best services way beyond your desired results and expectations
  • Has assigned the best agents that fit every campaign you asked to be dealt with.
  • Gladly welcomes high level of engagement with the corporate stakeholders at your company.

Expect Quality Services

  • Exceptional results and return on assets
  • They never fail to keep our eyes peeled towards particular outcomes and circumstances of your campaign and in most instances; they most likely notice any sorts of any diversities and take action before such gets out of hand.
  • They are firmly committed to quality service and accommodation.
  • They are very knowledgeable by every inch and corners from tiniest to most immense aspects about e- marketing.
  • They never would hesitate to establish bountiful relationship and develop harmonious companionship with their valuable clients.
  • They live by the virtue of courteous and respectful demeanor to each of their clients.
  • They never would leave their clients oblivious about any current status of the relayed tasks.
  • And above all. They walk what they talk.

I got Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

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Few days ago, I suffer of super itchiness of my eyes for excessive staring at the computer screen, coding of tiger look style to avoid errors. I thought I will go blind. But reading some articles, computer didn’t do something wrong with my eyes but the surrounding like lights and air. I will quote this for you;

Can A Computer Screen Damage My Eye?

Twenty years ago, few offices workers used computers, let alone had computers. However with the dramatic increase in home and office computer use,  complaints of eye fatigue and discomfort are commonplace. Many people assume increased computer use is the source of these complaints. But extensive testing in government and private laboratories has not produced scientific evidence that computer monitors will harm your eyes. Research has established that computer monitors emit little or no hazardous radiation, such as x-ray, or non-ionizing radiation, such as ultraviolet rays.

While computers have no known harmful effects on eyesight, computer users do often complain of eye related symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, fatigue, dry eyes, and difficulty focusing, These symptoms (Computer Vision Syndrome – CVS) however are caused not by the computer screen itself but rather by the conditions surrounding the computer screen, such as poor lighting or improper placement of computer equipment and computer furniture. In some instances, a pre-existing eye problem may be the cause.

And more info about CVS;

Until recently I had a problem of itchiness, redness and irritation in my eyes. Normally i confronted with this problem whenever i went my home since i spend most of my time in front the television to watch my favorite movies and at the other times when i tried to read continuously or while using computer. Then I consulted an ophthalmologist for an eye examination and she said it is nothing but Dry eye syndrome. I really got stuck with these heavy wordings and by seeing my situation doctor said it causes due to excessive strain on eyes. When i start reading or using computer, it stretches sometimes more than 4 hrs. While concentrating on a screen or a book, the eye tends to blink less and this results in drying up of the tears which are the natural lubricant lining the eye’s surface. This may lead to the non production of tears in the eyes. Dry eye syndrome is also called Computer vision syndrome.

What are the symptoms of Dry eye syndrome?

  • The major symptoms related with dry eye syndrome are:
  • Redness and irritation
  • Itchiness and pain in the eyes
  • Discharge and watery eyes
  • Feeling of tiredness in the eyes and strain on the vision
  • Blurring of vision

How can we get rid off the problem of dry eyes?

Prevention is better than cure. So we can take few steps to prevent the situation like:

  • After working or reading for 20-30 minutes at a stretch, we should look away from the screen or page and consciously blink which will  lubricates the eye surface by allowing the resurfacing of the tear film.
  • We can read in good light and choose correct font size and colors with good contrast and visibility to minimize the eye strain
  • Avoid exposure to dust
  • Avoid direct blast from AC or fan
  • Place the laptop screen at a comfortable level
  • Avoid excessive exposure to dust and pollution
  • Washing eyes with tender coconut water (my natural home remedy for dry eye syndrome)

What is the treatment available for Dry eye syndrome or Computer vision Syndrome?

  • Better to consult an ophthalmologist rather than doing self treatment for an eye examination.
  • Sometimes there may be refractive error, due to incorrect spectacle number which could be adding to the eye strain, can be sorted out by wearing a correction glasses especially while working on the computer.
  • We can use lubricating eye drops.
  • The best treatment is to keep on blinking to get rid off dry eyes.

Reference:

  1. http://www.pasadenaeye.com/faq/faq08/faq08_text.html
  2. http://kish.in/dry-eyes-syndrome/
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