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flu1Being a father to our 4-year-old son and a physician, I am so bothered with the news that the  first confirmed reported death due to SWINE FLU outside Mexico specifically in Houston, Texas was a 23-MONTH-OLD TODDLER as I read it  here .  This is really alarming!  I so hope that everyone will be on-guard not to further transmit the disease.  There are reports that the virus had spread to Europe, Canada, and in the US.  The following States that have laboratory-confirmed cases of swine flu : Arizona (1), California (14), Indiana (1),  Kansas (2), Massachussetts (2), Michigan (2), Nevada (1), New York (51), Ohio (1), Texas (16) and 1 confirmed death.


 This is according to CDC (Center for Disease Control) report dated April 29, 2009.  

This has to stop before W.H.O. declares it, God forbid a pandemic.  

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”   –Buddha. 

DOCGELO’s  Medical Dose :  Preventive vaccines specific against this H1N1 species of influenza virus from pigs are yet to be discovered.  Why are there NO available vaccines yet for the NEW and FUTURE species of  influenza ?  Because all types of FLU VIRUS mutates CONTANTLY.  There are two concepts behind the continuous mutations of flu viruses. These are ANTIGENIC DRIFT and ANTIGENIC SHIFT.   Antigen, to begin with, is any protein component of a foreign body, in this matter, it refers to the protein part of the flu virus that enables it to become VIRULENT and PATHOGENIC.  Influenza viruses undergo mutation swiftly in a matter of minutes, days, weeks and it’s so called antigenic drift. And likewise, these RNA(ribonucleic acid) viruses also mutate annually and the process is known as antigenic shift.  These two types of  viral mutations make the process of vaccine invention against NEW and FUTURE strains of flu difficult UNTIL such time that microbiologist and other specialist have isolated and identified the specific H or HEMAGGLUTININ, and N or NEURAMINIDASE (enzyme) which are the protein components of flu viruses present in their cell surface.  Drugs that inhibit this enzyme are used to treat influenza.

213Common signs & symptoms of flu are :

  • Fever over 38 ‘C in adults, and often as high as  39.5 ‘C to 40.5 ‘C in children
  • Chills and sweats / diaphoresis
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Myalgia or muscular aches/pains, especially in your back, arms and legs
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Anorexia or loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and vomiting in children

SWINE FLU IS NOT TRANSMITTED BY EATING PORK. So it is safe to eat pork. Influenza spreads through direct contact with someone sick with it, usually airborne droplet so better cover mouth & nose while coughing or sneezing and DO PROPER HANDWASHING as it is still considered as the best universal precautionary measure.

BE  EDUCATED before you become the next patient.



Last month, I came across an on-line contest by Filipino Registered Nurses Advocates Foundation, Inc at their friendster account. At that time, they were in search of the official tag line for the foundation.  It was open to anyone who’s interested, so I joined.  I sent 3 entries, 2 of which were submitted on the contest’s deadline (March30).  Then last Monday, April 27, I was notified that one of my entries was chosen as the official tag line of their office.  It’s  “EMPOWERING  PINOY  NURSES!”  

Yesterday after my lecture series at Allgen the Intelligent Review,  I dropped by the office of the said foundation to claim my prize from the president himself.   After few cam clicks from their photographer for documentation of their activity, he gave me this…


Life is unfair sometimes but it’s still damn GOOD, right ?

One of my soonest post will be about you know what…

————–> Thank you to Filipino Registered Nurses Advocates Foundation, Inc and MORE POWER!



I love Pinoy nurses, in fact I am happily married to one!

God bless.



One more post before dozing off…

After a hearty brunch at the Fort, Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino 2 days ago,  we  (my wife Tina, son Gabby & 2 friends of 16 years, Rob & LG) strolled through the stretch of Bonifacio High Street and Serendra and explored DIMENSIONE   (I like most of their stuffs, neat & edgy! from the simplest photo frame to the contemporary furnitures), we went in to 2 other shops that I can’t recall the names (perhaps, I’ve eaten too much pork), LOL,  then we headed straight to Shangri-La mall  to meet another looooooooong  LOST friend, Gezzely.    

Our malling is unusual without a dose of caffeine, so we had sips of Starbucks coffee after meeting Gez.  One topic lead to another, flights of ideas were nearly manifested, LOL, family and personal lives were discussed;  chatting with each other as if yesterday was 1993 and time was left unnoticed. 

When it was time for dinner, Rob, our sponsor for that night and I agreed on CIBO!  My heartbeat ran fast,  I palpitated for excitement,  I was QUIETLY  jumping for joy as we approached CIBO at the second level of the mall.  CIBO is ONE of OUR FAVORITES!  My wife Tina, our son Gabby and I are frequent patrons of CIBO at various branches -Gateway, Trinoma, Shangri-la mall, even tried dining once at ELJ Building/ABS-CBN branch. 

It was really unexpected!  The probable fastfood dining became another CIBO experience, amazing!  LOL.


We never wasted time and immediately ordered to the waiting staff the following….


img_06581TEGAMINO DI FORMAGGIO FUSO :    Grilled cheeses, thin Sardinian flatbreadPhP  213.00

Then, as if one yummy ANTIPASTI   ISN’T ENOUGH!  We ordered another …..

PATE  DI  FEGATO:   Chicken liver pate dip, apple & pear fruit sauce, toast rounds, PhP  198.





RIGATONI ALL’ ALFONSO :  Shrimps, chives, stewed tomato, cream, chili peppers

 PhP 573    La  famiglia  size.   (PhP 325 for regular size). 



PIZZA CAVIALE, SALMONE :    Salmon and caviar; 2 of the most delicious toppings that are hard to resist!   PhP  365.

Cibo’s pizza breads are to-die-for.  All three of us- Tina, Gabby & i LOVE this pizza from Cibo.  SARAP!  

We’ll see you soon CIBO!




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When I posted something about  BIZU  after Tina, Gabby and I went to their branch at Promenade, Greenhills,  I honestly didn’t expect the owner herself will read my blog and best, drop a comment here .  She personally asked for my contact infos and promised to issue me a BIZU FANATIQUE CARD  for FREE which offers 10% discount valid until 2011, to be claimed few days after I replied to her staff via email from the same branch.  And for that, BIZU is really SWEET!    


We went to Bizu Promenade not only to claim the card but also to have a sugar boost, 

well not quite;   because some of their wonderful cakes are sugarless, even  flourless.

Take a glimpse at our late afternoon glucose loading…              


NAOMI  SUGARLESS :  a combination of sugarless milk & dark chocolate mousse between LAYERS of chocolate cake sprayed with cocoa liqueur.  PhP 195 / 735 / 1,430.



JOLIE,  SUGARLESS and FLOURLESS :  sugarless and flourless chocolate Kahlua mousse cake with hazelnuts and special chiboust cream.  PhP 195 / 775 / 1735.


AMOUR : Valrhona orange chocolate mousse in between layers of creme brulee and brownie. 

PhP  185 / 810 /1810. 



SWEETER than BIZU are moments like these….


GLUCOSE OF MY LIFE :  my son Gabby & wife Tina, 

naks!  =)



I believe in anything creative and innovative especially if it’ll champion anything Pinoy. 


One of my college friends of 16 years and counting,  Rob  usually comes home every 3 months from his work abroad. Now that he’s here again, I and my wife Tina asked him with another best friend LG to try weekend brunch at  Chef Laudico BISTRO FILIPINO at the Fort.  When friends agreed, we made a reservation and the staff of the said resto immediately emailed me of the menu featuring more than 50 of their dishes.

The staff who received my reservation call told me that the weekend eat-all-you-can brunch which is offered at PhP 788 adults and PhP 488  for kids below 10 years old;  prices plus VAT and service charge,  all food served at plated half of their ala carte portions, starts at 10AM & ends at 3PM.  We came in early in full pack only to find out that they’ll open late at few minutes before  11AM.   So we strolled along the 3rd Avenue and  found this sculptured monument of fishermen as we crossed the street going to a common favorite fastfood for quick drinks and apple pies.  


Poetic, isn’t it ?   After few minutes, we headed back to the resto…


Somehow, I already had expectations from this restaurant that promotes Pinoy cuisine at its best not only because that I got the menu a day before in my Inbox, but I read tons of comments and saw some photos of its food posted on blogs.  There are positives but ofcourse, there also the opposites as cliche goes, “you can’t please everybody.”   My wife & son, 2 friends and I were a bit disappointed to its late opening yesterday.  Had the staff clearly emphasized that they’ll open at past 10:30AM or 11, then we could have arrived at a later time.  I guess punctuality is a must in service. 

Just the same, I also expected the best from what I’ve read about Bistro Filipino, my little fretting on its late opening was changed into amazement at the simple but inviting exteriors of the restaurant & its very romantic Filipino interiors.  First, I was drawn to its logo out of metallic sun & 3 stars; indeed very Pinoy, depicting features of the Philippine flag with a woven sawali  at its corner.  It looks tribal and yet very Pinoy.    EyeLikeIt!


The interiors is more dramatic than its exteriors ofcourse.  Its entrance alone is already attractive with capiz chandeliers to welcome you and sinamay drapes dividing the restaurant into 3 longitudinal dining areas.   


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The intricate details are spontaneous and consistent  to the small, clean toilets where Pinoy tribal arts served as damask stenciled prints that were sponge-painted on blue walls continuous to the ceiling; the toilets are not only well interiored but more importantly adequately equipped with essentials.  

The walls at the ends of each dining area are provided with huge antique-looking mirrors creating an illusion of distance and depth on the interiors of the resto.  Here’s the end with round mirror….  


Then here’s the wall with rectangular mirror…


I don’t know about you, but I like the middle area where we brunched.

Because we found our place under the green stars, figuratively.  

We were seated under this romantic black chandeliers with faux emeralds.


Now, the menu.  It’s creative and innovative.  It’s apparent that Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino attempts to elevate Philippine cuisine to where it should be.  I am not a chef and far from being a culinary arts expert but  I highly believe that our own dishes should be recognize as a global cuisine just like japanese, continental, chinese, thai, mideterranean  and others.  Bistro Filipino is one of those gourmet restos that serves well-prepared and high quality food however, improvement on taste of FEW dishes won’t hurt but will do more good.

So here are the dishes my wife, kid and 2 friends feasted on from Chef Laudico’s Bistro Filipino…

 img_0542            121 133SISIG BASKET :  ingenious serving of bite-sized pork sisig, with thin slice of quail egg at its bottom.

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TUNA KILAWIN ROLL :  raw and tangy!

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STUFFED FISH BALLS (left) :  nothing unusual, really.                    

PRITO FRIO (right) : a better version of okoy made special with shrimps, squid rings and another seafood i missed out.  It comes with 3 various dips that were uncommon to my palate.  I like this appetizer.  

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SHITAKE MUSHROOM SOUP (left) :  I don’t know about our best friends but my wife and I like this soup so much. There’s the distinguishing taste of the mushroom itself, sarap!

3 KINDS of MANGO SALAD (right) : I had this one and as a sucker for anything with mango, LOVE IT!


EGGPLANT TORTA with SPICY CRAB : my friend Rob  generously shared portion of his omelette to me and Tina.  Never expected tortang talong can go so gourmet!  Bravo! LOL.


GARDEN SALAD (with choice of dressing) :  LG had this one. Never tasted it, so no comment =)


US  ANGUS BEEF KARE-KARE :  I ordered this because I’m a huge Kare-kare fanatic; quite OK, only that beef was shredded, why?  


WAGYU and LENGUA ESTOFADO :   I, Tina & LG ordered this dish and I was so excited to grab my knife at the WAGYU BEEF but I think we’re one in saying that it’s probably (still) best eaten as a STEAK for not to be overpowered with the sauce.  I understand how estofado should taste and there’s nothing wrong with its sauce; only that we didn’t get to taste the WAGYU! Plus the lengua could have been sliced thinly and not served as an obvious chunk of ox tongue.  The sauce, the lengua all compete with the WAGYU, in the end nothing wins!  =(



SALMON  ESCABECHE  Sayang, only my friends tasted this plate.

When we called the waiter to order for something more, we all felt we’re all satiated but I myself was weak to resist the other dishes on the menu. So we tried some more…  It was time for the PASTA…

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PRAWNS and BURONG MUSTASA (left) : I had this plate. I highly commend Chef Roland Laudico for being so daring on using a very Filipino green with one of my favorite seafood (no one, for me, goes wrong with shrimps!) but I honestly cannot appreciate the pasta probably because I’m already full at that time, but my palate was craving for some kick at this pasta and found nothing.

CALAMARI with CRAB ROE (right) :  LG and my wife Tina had each share of this pasta. But Tina didn’t get to finish it so (not to avoid the PhP 100 fine for every unfinished plate, but it was again, sayang) she fast-break  it to my plate.  Again, I’m such a seafood lover and I’m someone who wouldn’t pass on something with shrimp, or squid, moreso with crabs! But this pasta has (for the lack of a better term) an overpowering taste (again!) plus we found it too DRY!  Don’t get me wrong, I like pasta whether it has tomato/cream/herb/oil-based sauce/s, but this was just too strong for me.  To each his own, right?      

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ALL SMILES for the GOURMET SILOG! : my wife Tina & our son Gabby.
US  ANGUS BEEF TAPA with GARLIC RICE stuffeed in TOMATOES with EGG with SALTED EGG CUCUMBER SALSA :  This one’s a winner for me!  TAPSILOG at its best! plus thanks to the chef-creator, I’ll make his salted egg and cucumber salsa a  home-baon-favorite !
Finally, the DESSERTS…. Usual Filipino sweets were never given such recognition until this resto gave it a best shot.
MAJA BLANCA CHEESECAKE :  I’m so easy to please and EyeLOVEthis!  Another ingenuity of Chef Laudico! Putting the common merienda maja blanca into cheesecake was really something!  But what caught my discriminating taste was the use of COCONUT JAM as its drizzle. Another MUST-TRY from this resto! TWO-THUMBS UP!
BANANA  Q  TART  :  Another creative innovation of a simple favorite Pinoy snack.  Never tasted this one, my friend Rob had his fork on this, but I think it’s also perfect to end a sumptuos buffet.
DECONSTRUCTED SANS RIVAL :  I am so familiar with the common sans rival but this one from Bistro Filipino was truly deconstructed. I think it’s a misnomer to call it sans rival for it tasted like macaroons or chewy sticky rice cake;  just sooooooooo far from the usual sans rival. I just didn’t get its taste, sorry.
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Just when all of us four were enjoying and discriminating the taste of this brunch, my son Gabby was having his time at these 2 choco-treats.  I just had them on photos, not on my palate. 
Our drinks included lemongrass iced tea, iced and hot tea, brewed coffee. The brunch also offers assorted sodas and sampaloc (tamarind) juice (gotta try it next time!).
I’m very particular at service of any establishment, especially when I know that they’re charging it on our bill. The staffs of Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino, in all fairness, were discreet in getting orders and courteous and polite but IMO, they should add their volume to compensate on the number of diners.  It was not only that they opened late
yesterday, but some of our beverages and food were also served late.  Again the biggest room in the world is IMPROVEMENT. 
Nevertheless, with its romantic FILIPINO INTERIORS, and some really tasteful innovation of PINOY FOOD especially the desserts and some entrees, I’d still bring my family and friends AGAIN to Chef Laudico BISTRO FILIPINO for us to enjoy other dishes on the menu.  It’s recommended for most balikbayans who are longing for Filipino cuisine with a twist.   
Medical Dose :  Ingestion of something rich with carbohydrates is the stimulus of INSULIN secretion from the beta cells of the pancreas.  Once an individual eats, his brain stimulates the Islets of Langerhans specifically the beta cells to release INSULIN to carry and transport the product of  catabolism(breakdown) of carbohydrates which are simple sugars or glucose towards liver cells or hepatocytes, muscle cells or myocytes, fat cells or adipocytes for it to be deposited as GLYCOGEN (stored glucose) in the process known as Glycogenesis.  Once EATING is BEYOND 2 HOURS, such as in BUFFET EATING, the individual develops HYPERGLYCEMIA or increase glucose level in the blood because the brain can only stimulate INSULIN SECRETION for only 60 to 90 minutes or less than 2 hours. 


We went to the Fort this morning with a couple of best friends of sixteen years, had brunch at Bistro Filipino (I’ll post it soon) and strolled around Serendra and window-shopped at Bonifacio High Street.  If the places are greek to you, all of these are on one city : Taguig !  We’re never new to the place, been there many times but it was only this afternoon I got a chance to click my cam on those E3s…


We spotted  a queue of those E3  a.k.a. ELECTRONIC  TRICYCLES which are battery-operated,  meaning  gasless and ECO-FRIENDLY

our 4-y/o son Gabby & my lovely wife Tina on E3

our 4-y/o son Gabby & my lovely wife Tina on E3

 I asked one of the drivers of E3 and learned that it takes about 8 hours for it to be fully-charged and can be driven for 2 days with maximum speed of 60 km/hr.  According to the manong I chat with, electronic charging of one whole hour will already lasts them riding it for three hours. Good enough to diminish pollution on environment. The E3 with reverse/forward switch  can weather floods even with maximum of 8 passengers.

Each unit is made of fiberglass that looks like a golf cart. E3s were introduced December of 2008 by the Taguig City government. At present, the City of Taguig owns 178 units of E3;

each worth PhP 140, 000 and 20 units are serving people around the Fort area for FREE! 

Tipping is ofcourse encouraged!

Don't you wish all especially our kids to breathe FRESHEST AIR?

Don't you wish all especially our kids to breathe FRESHEST AIR?

Medical Dose :  Smoke emissions from usual vehicles can predispose anyone especially those of extreme of ages to develop usual respiratory disorders.  

Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons are released when fuel is burned in the internal combustion engine and the air/gasoline residuals are emitted through the tailpipe. Gasoline vapors also escape into the air during refueling, or when fuel vaporizes from engines and fuel systems warmed by running or by hot weather.

The compounds in vehicle emissions are known to damage lung tissue, and can lead to and aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma. Motor vehicle pollution also contributes to the formation of acid rain and adds to greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

But the pollutants that come directly from vehicles are not the only cause for concern. On warm, sunny days, hydrocarbons react with nitrogen oxides to create a secondary pollutant, ozone. In many urban areas, motor vehicles are the single largest contributor to ground-level ozone, a common component of smog. Ozone causes coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, and can bring on permanent lung damage, making it a cause of crucial public health problems.”    sourced from this.




Ice breaker muna.  JOKE TIME!  (Going green!)

I found this on my inbox emailed by my relative in San Leandro, California. It gave me a good laugh, so it might do the same for you. However, if you’re too sensitive & don’t go for something GREEN SOMETIMES, please stop reading & browse something else from my site. Okidoki? Read on if you haven’t received such forwarded email.


A first grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students, the teacher asked the boy, “What is your problem?” Boy answered, “I’m too smart for the first grade. My sister is in the third-grade & I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the third-grade too!”

The teacher had enough. She took the boy to the principal’s office.

While the Boy was waiting in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was.  The principal told the teacher he would give the boy a test & if he failed to answer any of his questions, he has to go back to the first-grade & behave. She agreed.

Boy was brought in & the conditions were explained to him & agreed to take the test.

Principal : What is is 3 x 3 ?

Boy : 9.

Principal : What is 6 x 6 ?

Boy : 36.

And so it went every question the principal thought a third grade should know. The principal looks at the teacher & tells her, “I think this boy can go to the third-grade.”

The teacher says to the principal, “I have my own questions. Can I ask him?”

The principal & the boy both agreed.

The teacher asks, “What’s in your pants that you have but I do not have?

Boy : Pockets.

Teacher : What starts with a C and ends with a T , is hairy, oval, delicious & contains thin whitish fluid?

Boy : Coconut

Teacher :  What goes in hard & pink then comes out soft & sticky?  The principal’s eye open really wide & before he could stop the answer, Boy was taking charge.

Boy : Bubblegum

Teacher : What does a man do standing and a woman does sitting and a dog does on three legs?  The principal’s eyes open really wide & before he could stop the answer,

Boy : Shake hands

Teacher : Now I will ask some “Who am I” sort of questions, okay?

Boy : Yep!

Teacher :  You stick your poles inside me.  You tie me down to get me up. I get wet before you do.

Boy :  Tent.

Teacher :  A finger goes in me.  You fiddle with me when you’re bored. The best man always  has me first. The principal was looking restless, a bit tense.

Boy : Wedding Ring

Teacher:  I come in many sizes. When I’m not well, I drip. When you blow me, you feel good.

Boy : Nose

Teacher :  I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates. I come with a quiver.

Boy : Arrow

Teacher : What word starts with “F” and ends with a “K” that means a lot of heat & excitement ?

Boy : Firetruck

Teacher :  What is it that all men have one of, it’s longer on some men than on others, the pope doesn’t use his & a man gives it to his wife after they’re married?

Boy : Surname

Teacher :  What part of man has no bone but has muscles, has lots of veins, like pumping & is responsible for making love?

Boy :  Heart

The principal breathed a sigh of relief & said to the teacher :

“Send this boy to college! I got the last ten questions wrong myself!”


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