Showing posts from March, 2017

The Beetle is back

Volkswagen was part of my childhood. My late aunt owned a Beetle and there were times that we rode with her to trips around my hometown Iloilo City. At that time, most Ilonggo families owned one.
Volkswagen was established in 1937 in Wolfsburg, Germany at a time when Adolf Hitler was in power. It was called Volkswagenwerk (The People’s Car Company). It was in 1960 when the German government sold a huge portion to the public. Manufacturing lasted until year 2003.

Volkswagen was overtaken by Japan-made cars, relegating the Beetle to a vintage car that you show off to your friends when they visit your home or during car shows.
But, the Beetle’s might is still felt around the globe, thanks to its durability and the passion of Beetle enthusiasts. In fact, there is a club for lovers of this small yet mighty car - Volkswagen Käfer Club of Iloilo Inc.
The company is poised to take back the market share it once enjoyed. In fact, they opened a showroom at the upper ground floor of SM City Iloilo.


Abused women find healing at the RCW

I will lend this space to an inspiring article written by May Grecia Rago of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-) about how women find healing in the Regional Center for Women. Here it goes ....
It sits secluded in one of the municipalities of Iloilo province.  One would hear quiet steps of children, soft cries of babies, or the sounds of utensils and sewing machines. These sounds signal that the residents are busy with cooking and sewing while the others are attending to their children.
The scenario pictures the daily routine of the residents of the Regional Center for Women whose fate brought them to the place.

The RCW was established in year 2000 with the joint efforts of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Incorporated, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Local Government Unit.
Target clients of RCW are disadvantaged women and children who are victims of domestic violence; battered or physically abused; victims of illegal recruitment; victims of …

Balay Binhi: raising kind and creative individuals

In thinking, there is clarity; In feeling, there is warmth of the heart; In willing, there is thoughtfulness. Steiner
Kindness is the quality of being considerate, generous, thoughtful and respectful while creativity is the quality of being able to inspire and work with others, unafraid of failure and criticism, pursue innovation and think of solutions.
What the world needs now is an abundance of kind and creative individuals. Where do we start?

I found the answer at Balay Binhi, a Steiner-Waldorf inspired and nurturing parent-toddler program. The program adopted the anthroposophy system, a creative system that uses natural means to optimize the physical and mental health and well-being of a toddler in order to raise a nurturing and respectful person.
Balay Binhi was founded by Aurora Hugo, Asela Pe and Dr. Ruby Palacios-Grino, parents of students of Gamot-Cogon Waldorf School in Zarraga, Iloilo. Pe is a graduate of Psychology and mother of three kids while Hugo is a graduate of BS Finance…

Japanese food eating etiquette and Rai Rai Ken’s fine dishes

"You need to learn how to use chopsticks," said my boss when we dined in a Japanese restaurant 20 years ago. I was young then and had so much to learn.
So, there I was, trying to figure out how to enjoy my Japanese food while the dumpling and noodles keep slipping from my chopsticks. Up to this day, I have no success.

We were joined by a Japanese client who shared some tips when dining in Japan, as follows:
1. Wait for everyone's order to arrive before eating and drinking. Before drinking, raise the glass and say "kampai". 2. Only small bowls can be positioned close to one's mouth and when you do, use your left hand. Miso soup is sipped directly from the bowl. (Oh, I do this at home all the time). Remaining solid food can be eaten with the use of your chopsticks. 3. No leftovers. 4. Cover the dishes and return the chopsticks in their proper place after the meal.

Recently, fellow bloggers and I had our share of deliciously prepared Japanese food at Rai Rai Ken Ra…