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Accidental Toughie

Like the epicarp of some fruits, there are people that appear soft on the outside but are actually tough on the inside.

Having a gentle if not harmless appearance has its advantages.

No need to argue on that premise; you can base it on personal experience or observation.

In a roomful of people where only two seats are available, would you sit next to a person who’s kind of suspicious rather than one who looks pleasant and innocent?

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The Best Doctor in the Philippines

How many times has your doctor told you to “Boost your immune system by taking vitamin C, eating fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, and sleeping early”? I bet you don’t remember.

My doctor, Dr. Tan Ci Shou, gives more specific instructions to his patients to help them regain a strong immune system. He does not simply tell you what most doctors would, as seen in the foregoing paragraph.

Dr. Tan goes to the root of your health problem and cuts it, making sure it never grows back.

On your first visit to his clinic, which you will find at the Fu Yong Mansion in Ongpin, Binondo, Dr. Tan will check your tongue and pulse without using multiple medical apparatus. He only uses a tiny flashlight to get a clear view of your tongue. Once he’s done, he already knows what’s wrong with you.

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Sounds weird, but it’s healthy!

Speculoos may not seem to be the right word to attract foodies, as it sounds more like a science terminology.  The truth is that it’s a delicious spread that recently made its entry to major supermarkets in the Philippines.

Many of us grew up on peanut butter.  This yummy gooey cream is after all perfect for breakfast, snacks and dessert; until Speculoos came along.

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The Look in Grandma’s Eyes

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Photo by Jef Valdez

Sometimes, a picture is all that you need to get the message of a story.  I prefer not to write anything about the one above so that you can create your own plot.  Why is the grandmother staring at her granddaughter as the latter takes a bite on her Big Mac?


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Heaven’s Oils

On the subject of health, organic products do not only refer to food but to everything you apply on your body. 

After removing processed meat, palm oil, white bread, and sodium from my diet last year, I stopped using the cortisone cream, clobetasol anti-inflammatory cream, and hydrating lotions that were prescribed by my dermatologist.  I cleared all of these out of my bathroom because they are useless.

Physiogel, Cetaphil, Atopiclair, name any anti eczema product and I’ll tell you point-blank that I’ve tried that brand already; unfortunately none of them has worked for me.

What worked for me are organic oils that were made from pure plant extractions.  These are Planet Noah’s Oasis Soothing Baby Oil and Itcho’s Oil from All Organics.  I am skeptical about trying new skin products because of my skin’s sensitivity.  Although I instantly liked what’s written on the label of Oasis, I didn’t want to wind up regretting buying it.

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Are You a Threat to Nature?

I opted for macrobiotic because I wanted to be healthier.  Little did I know that changing my diet has reduced the number of nature’s killers. This link from a selfless person that I follow on Twitter broke my heart.

I respect people who eat animals, but I hope they would only patronize meat products from merchants who treat their animal produce humanely.  Animals should not be tortured just for human consumption.

Why did Jesus Christ eat fish and bread during his life?  Why did he teach his disciples to fish instead of how to slaughter a pig or cow?  Because food is meant to nourish, not to cause pain to others.

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Mama Lou’s tuna macaroni with black olives.

Macrobiotic experts believe that you don’t have to overstuff your stomach to be satisfied.  And I strongly believe in this because overstuffing is, after all, another term for gluttony.

I just wish everyone stays healthy without feeling absolute disregard for the welfare of other living things.

Enjoy your meal!


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Ignorance Will Kill You

I have a strong repugnance for politics, whether local or foreign.  There was never a time that I felt enthusiasm for the government’s activities, though I am a regular newspaper reader.

There is a difference between absorbing news and simply reading it.  I do the latter for information about politics.

My family is not partial to any leader, though there have been occasions in the past when they have discussed the good deeds of certain officials.  Unlike most people, we do not consider the track record of a family in governance as gauge of its ability to lead the country.

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