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Calamansi – a Fruit for Health and Enjoyment

Here in the Philippines one of the most used fruits is the little green calamansi. About one inch in diameter it packs a lot of flavor and is utilized in many ways. It contains calcium, phosphorus and potassium and is high in vitamin C. Calamansi is available year round and is usually seen in its unripened state as a dark green fruit, but if left to ripen it turns a tangerine orange color. It is used to make beverages,...

How life is different living in the Philippines (L...

I have written in the past about construction techniques here and I am not going to go through it again but use the technology to talk more about living conditions. Here in most homes there is no weather proofing around doors and windows. There are no thresholds at entry doors. Metal window frames do not have rubber seals. They do not even have drain holes on horizontal sliding windows for water to leak out when it rains. In...

Look before you Leap

What do I mean by the title “Look before you Leap”? If you have thoughts of moving to the Philippines to meet and marry a lady, use the old street crossing motto “Stop, look and Listen”. Do not just meet a lady online, pack up and move here. There is no way to know who you have been chatting with and if she is for real. I recently received and email. It was from someone who has a 70 year old friend who has had a...

Preventative Medicine

In America we would go to the doctor for a yearly checkup. Blood tests, chest x-rays, blood pressure etc. As we get older there are checks for cholesterol, prostate, colon cancer and other conditions. Then as we are supposed to do is go to the dentist every 6 months for checkups and teeth cleaning. At the dentist he might recommend treatments with a hygienist for scaling and gum treatments. Here in the Philippines I have...

Is “White is Right” true?

I always noticed when I lived in the States a lot the Caucasian Americans would run to the beach on free days of the warmer months to get that “Golden” skin tan to look healthy. Even on warm and sunny fall, winter and spring days you would see people out with as little clothing as possible slathering on the sun tanning lotions and oils with their sun reflectors under their chins. Then along came the Tanning Salons where...

Herbal Remedies

Since living here in the Philippines I have heard of  uses of herbal remedies. In America we always joke about “Jewish penicillin” which is chicken soup. There are treatments and foods, applications and more to help relieve and help the body cure its self. There was one that worked well for me. About a year ago I had a bad case of diarrhea. I had never had such a problem before and thought it might be something I...