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. 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. The national fruit. Summer or not, ripe or not — it’s just always sought after in the country! Young or old.
CANTALOUPE. While you could eat ‘melon’ upon slicing them, it is especially delicious when juiced. Yeah, ice-cold and with some milk!
PINEAPPLE. Either in juice or not, at the beach or at home — the pineapple has proven to be a favorite among Filipinos!
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!
Meanwhile, other popular summer fruits include avocado, star apple (kaimito), jackfruit (langka), Spanish plum (sineguelas), cottonfruit (santol), Java plum (duhat), and the ‘chico’.
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?
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. 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.
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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is summer without camping, uh? Yep, especially when beaches are full?! Yet of course, camping is by all means not a second choice for fun and adventure — as the wilderness is always a refreshing way to energize and bond!
But just like any other activity, preparation is needed. Especially in camping when you would spend at least a night outdoors. And altho you could bring just about anything, it’s certainly practical to travel and go light. The less, the better.
Here now are your Basic Camping Essentials. Just Click the Images.
Ideally, you should put a 1-2 person allowance in your tent check list — for extra valuable space. This means, if there are 4 of you who’s planning to go camping, try to bring a 5-6 person waterproof tent.
Even during summer, you know it’s cold when you’re outdoors — thus, having a sleeping bag could keep you warm and safe.
We guarantee you, it’s gonna be dark at night and you would not want to get lost in the woods. Therefore, a solar lamp is a must.
One can’t imagine the importance of having a knife (even a multi tool) on hand — from preparing food to fixing your tent to opening bottles to what have you.
While you could cook with firewood and really feel that you are camping, it wouldn’t hurt if you bring a little portable stove.
If you got a lighter or even a match, you could bring ’em; then again, could it handle even a slight breeze without being extinguished?
Hey, we can’t always eat canned goods, you know. And burners are not only for heating up coffee water — so, try to take along a couple of pots and pans including a bowl or so.
Now speaking of hot and cold beverages for your mornings and throughout the day, a nice vacuum flask would do.
Would you rather bring several containers of water, or invest in a water filtration system? Having the latter is more than welcome.
Camping doesn’t mean you’d always hole up in your tent, thus having a windproof jacket to roam around would surely do you good.
Finally, when outdoors, it’s always good to be ‘first aid’ ready.
At the end of the day, camping is really like living outdoors, so others might even bring coolers, portable tables and chairs — but for us, we travel light. The less, the better. However you travel, just do not forget to bring extra clothing, slippers, hygienic set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc), and extra food unless you would fish.
Ready to dip?? Wait. Got to prepare yourself first for the adventure to have more fun and protection in the experience. And t’is ’bout investing in equipments.
Okay, you could borrow; then again, more than the possibility of not having that ‘perfect fit’ — you could also risk damaging ’em, and t’is somethin’ that’s not yours?! So, here now are snorkeling essentials that you would or could be needing. Just Click the Images.
Okay we need a swimwear, and if our chosen attire is other than the full wetsuit then we would especially need a sunscreen.
For the mask, it is important to note the kinds of masks there is since it would be your aid to seeing and breathing underwater.
And remember, more than just fun, keep safe with a vest.
Then of course, what is fun without memories — don’t forget your underwater camera! GoPro or more affordable ones will do.
Now if you don’t have a snorkeling belt to tag along your camera (and your kitchen sink hehe) underwater then bring a bag.
For your footwear, you could either have flippers to speed up your swimming, or just shoes to protect your feet. Your choice.
Finally, it’s paramount to know time — even during ’em fun times and especially underwater — lest before you know it, it’s already dark.
Well, worry not though if you got a diving flashlight with you.
Oh so much to explore, so little time! Till next time!
Okay, a couple of days ago we talked of simple facts about online shopping and how does one go about it. Today, we would be delving into ‘how to’ buy from a link you see floating on your screen — like Lazada, a renown online ‘shopping mall’. So, stay with me.
Let’s say while you were updating your social media accounts you noticed an interesting item sold at Lazada, well, don’t hesitate..
JUST CLICK THE LINK
Because of the brief outline accompanying the link, you already have an idea of what the product is all about. But just an ‘idea’ is different from a full description, so just click the link and find out more about the product. Worry not, this stage is still free of charge!
But before we continue, let’s use a different item instead.
Say, the above is the item that appeared after clicking the link. It’s in fact similar to our first photo, I mean the structure. Except that here, the buyer didn’t immediately fill out the delivery options to the right.
Instead, after checking out the product info and its availability, the buyer then clicked ADD TO CART. And the screen below appeared.
CONFIRM SHOPPING CART
Now check the cart details. Click on how many of it do you want — or the quantity, that is. If you still want to buy other products then click ‘continue shopping’ (which is to the left); otherwise, if you are done shopping then click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.
KEY-IN YOUR EMAIL
An entity would not know how to get in touch with you if you don’t leave any contact details, right? So, keying in your email address on that blank bar would open up your end for notifications.
Still here, you got 2 options: (1) ‘continue without password’ and just sign in with your social media account, or (2) click ‘I already have an account’, choosing on this would require you to log in by entering your password which is actually much better if you plan to go online shopping not just once but every now and then — as Lazada would then use your ‘stored’ delivery info to speed up the process.
PROVIDE DELIVERY INFO
Upon continuing, here’s when you provide info such as your shipping address and phone number, after all, how could they send it to you without a ‘drop-off’ information? Or how could they notify you if there’s no phone number? Yep, and especially useful for issues.
Just make sure you check out the ‘shipping fee’ because there could be some if you ordered ‘bulky’ items. Otherwise, ‘standard’ delivery is FREE. Now, if you’re done then click CONTINUE.
CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT
An array of payment options would then appear on your screen after clicking ‘continue’. So, just click on which one you would prefer.
Now this is optional: If you have a ‘voucher’, you could then enter its ‘code’ and click ‘apply here’. Yes, it’s for discounts. If successful, the price would then be adjusted accordingly. But before proceeding, review your ‘order summary’ and ‘delivery information’. Correct? Then click on PLACE YOUR ORDER to finalize your purchase.
ORDER CONFIRMATION RECEIPT
After finalizing your purchase with ‘place your order’, you would then receive an order confirmation. By the way, take note of your ‘order number’ for future order tracking. This confirmation would also be sent to you via email and SMS. So, make sure you filled out your correct details. Read. Read. Read.
It’s juuust about summer, yep, even if it rains once in a while — it’s still hot, ohh, hotter! Anyway, while many are excited about vacationing and spending their days under the sun, be careful. It’s better to know your body’s limits and take some precautions.
Here now are the most common summer diseases in the Philippines.
Although this ‘reddening of the eyes’ also infects adults, this is especially common in children mainly because of the less than hygienic nature of kids mixed with the warmer than usual temperature and an abode that is more frequented not only by people but dust and dirt.
Obviously with our excitement to go swimming and cool off our buuurning bodies, we tend to overdo it. Result. More than just a red skin but a sunburn. Mind you, know what exposure to UV rays bring to our health? Skin cancer. So, it’d be good to start putting sunscreen 30 minutes before going under the sun.
Now speaking of ‘going under the sun’, remember, the hottest time of the day is between 10AM to 2PM. Therefore, try to stay in shades or cooler places during this time. Hydrate yourself by drinking more than just 8 glasses of water the whole day. Hey, 8 glasses is just a year-round average — which should naturally be increased during summer!
Because of the changing weather (which at times rain despite summer), we are more prone to cough and colds; and so, it would be good if we could have more fruits and veggies in our diet to strengthen our immune system. Yup, not just water.
Otherwise, don’t miss out on your vitamin C and D supplements.
Worse case scenario, you could get bedridden with a flu should you take your cough and colds for granted — and thus miss out on some bonding moments with family and friends. Hmm…
Prickly heat. Rashes. Boils. Actually, these are the result of not just a hot weather but of improper hygiene. Try to regularly bathe everyday. Wear clean and dry clothes. And when you go swimming, make sure that you take a shower before and after dipping in the pool — especially if you’re not sure of the pool’s maintenance.
And of course, don’t add to its dirt by peeing in it. Okay? There are bathers who may have a weaker immune system, you know.
While we may enjoy eating street food, summer is the time to be especially careful on this indulgence. The weather is hot, and at times, unusually hot thus food could spoil faster than usual — particularly those ‘already cooked’ food that we buy, or that even we ourselves have prepared for our summer escapades. See? Even if we made them ourselves!
Worse, some may even be contaminated for whatever reason. So, if not careful, you’d spend more time on the ‘bowl’ than at the beach.
Okay, the ‘bowl’ may be a much better place than the hospital which could be due to a summer breakdown like food poisoning. So careful.
Especially for non-native English speakers, have you ever wondered what ‘dog days’ mean? Hottest time of the year. Summer. And this term is referred to because dogs usually breathe harder with their tongues out during hot days — that’s why it’s called ‘dog days’!