Give love to Sendong victims

Last Saturday, I woke up around 2pm. I had a good sleep. Upon checking my Facebook and Twitter, I learned that Northern Mindanao was hit by typhoon Sendong. At 2am, while I was soundly asleep in my comfortable bed, the rushing waters came into the households of the people in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The news reported that the number of casualties as of 6:30 p.m. today is 713 people, while almost 600 are still missing. I felt really bad after seeing the news that morning. We really can’t tell what will happen the next day.

Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City are really devastated now. According to Philippine Red Cross, Sendong affected 21 municipalities, 78 barangays and 13,924 families (63,779 persons), with 245 injured and 807 reported missing. 3,422 houses were totally or partially damaged and there are still 38,332 persons housed in evacuation centers to date.

They lost family members and their homes. They need our help.

I collected from the Internet some ways on how to send donations and relief goods to our needy kababayans in Northern Mindanao. We can start the gift-giving now.

You can send your money donations through bank account of ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and Kapuso Foundation. Here’s their info:

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya

BDO Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39301-14199
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BDO Dollar Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39300-81622
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

PNB Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 419-539-5000-13
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

BPI Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3051-1127-75
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

BPI Dollar Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3054-0270-35
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 Kapuso Foundation

Metrobank Peso Account
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:3-098-51034-7

Metrobank Dollar Account
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:2-098-00244-2
Code:MBTC PH MM

UCPB Peso Account
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:115-184777-2 or 160-111277-7

UCPB Dollar Account
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:01-115-301177-9 or 01-160-300427-6
Code:UCPB PH MM

For students, you can help through SMS donation. The Phillpine Red Cross accepts donations that can be deducted from your prepaid credit.

SMS
Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

G-Cash
Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Check the Philippine Red Cross website for more information.

For donations in kind, the LBC Foundation offered FREE shipping of relief goods to cities in Mindanao that were hardly hit by Sendong. You can drop off your donations in any LBC branch nearest to you. McDonald’s stores in Metro Manila, Luzon, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Cebu will be used as drop off points for donations starting tomorrow, December 21 until January 4, 2012.

Here are some special needs of the evacuees:  Milk, feeding bottles, diapers, habol/banig, mats, towels, soap, sleepers for children and adults, toiletries, toothpastes, toothbrushes, utensils, emergency lamps, utensils, spoon and fork, plastic cups, garbage bins, disinfectants, toilet cleaning, plates, blankets, basins, pails, dippers.

Let us also pray for them, for strength to those who lost their loved ones, and for recovery to those who were really traumatized.

Donations in any kind you would give will really help our kababayan in the south. Together we can help them cope this tragedy. Let’s unite!

The people may not know what you offered, but our good Lord sees your generous heart.

 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward them for what they have done.

*Photo from: Regan Santos

My tummy loves South Korea!

We Filipinos love to eat. From the most simple kakanin to the complicated dishes, we spoil our tummies. Before I came here to South Korea, the only Korean food I am familiar of is Jjam-pong. I know I am such a loser but I am not really into exploring restaurants. When I already found my comfort food, I will keep eating and eating that until I don’t like it anymore.

My friends told me that Koreans love spicy food, and I said that’s not a problem because my parents are from Bicol and we always have siling labuyo on our food. I grew up loving spicy food. Another thing they said is that Koreans love vegetables. Hmmm then I will learn how to eat veggies ‘coz I don’t like it that much. Lastly is that Koreans are so health conscious that they don’t put too much salt or sugar.

I thought adjusting to food here will be difficult for me, but I was wrong! I fell in love with Korean food the first time I ate and have a taste of their cuisine. So far here’s my top 10 favorite Korean food.

10. Korean street food

This photo shows one of street food stalls in Myeongdong. They sell hotdog/sausages. My favourite here is the one wrapped with bacon. So every time I get hungry after shopping I just grab one stick. There’s actually a lot of street food here. I might need a full blog entry for this. Price: 2,000 won

9. Hotok

This is also sold at the streets. Hotok is like a pancake, or more like our famous piyaya. It is crunchy bread with cinnamon and honey inside. Price: 700 won each

8. Yang-gogi

This is not actually a traditional Korean food, and it is sold in a Chinese restaurant here. But this food is made for Korean customers. It is lamb chops in sticks. The meat is not smelly and easy to chew. It is also perfect with Chinese-style fried rice. We usually have this after exam break or an exhausting week. Price: 9,000 per set (10 sticks)

7. Samgyetang

I ate this once, during the Seoul tour arranged for us. It is young chicken stew, with ginseng. They said it is good during summer to give you more energy. The chicken is also stuffed with rice. I love this because it is like our tinola. I am not sure about the price though but it is a little expensive.

6. Kimchi-shige

Kimchi is not for me. I am trying my best to eat it, but I just can’t. Surprisingly, I love the kimchi-soup. It is a spicy stew of cabbage and other vegetables, sometimes with tofu or noodles. And this picture is a typical set of a meal, complete with different side dishes. Price: 4,500 won

5. Chim-dak

I discovered this because a friend brought me to a restaurant in the SNU subway station. I am always there but never thought they have real good food like this. It is chicken with potatoes and carrots with soy sauce and vinegar. Sounds familiar, eh? Yes, it is like our adobo. Just that it has a lot of red chillies and noodles. Price: 26,000 won (good for four)

4. Cheese Ramyeon

You can see noodles just everywhere. But this cheese ramyeon is really special. I love this really spicy noodles topped with cheese. It is just perfect for the cold weather. Price: 3,000 won

3. Korean shabu-shabu

My friends are really good in discovering sumptuous Korean food. They found a shabu-shabu restaurant that’s near our school. It is actually a mix of vegetables, noodles, mushroom and beef. After finishing it, they will fry rice. Price: 19,000 won (good for 3)

2. Kimbap

It is famous globally. Kimbap is made of rice and other ingredients like vegetables and meat (tuna or beef) and rolled with gim (dried seaweed). I think it is the cheapest of all the Korean food in my list. Price: 2,500 won

1. Samgyeopsal

My most favourite Korean food is the Korean BBQ samgyeopsal! I will never get tired of eating this! You grill swegogi (beef) or dwejigogi (pork) then you wrap it in lettuce, add some salt or chilli paste. You can also eat with rice. The best way to eat this is to be with your good friends around. Price: beef: 8,000 per person.

There are still some that I haven’t included in this list. I have yet to try other Korean food. But so far, my tummy is really enjoying here in South Korea!

Here I am, AGAIN.

Blogging is not new to me. I created a blogger account back in 2006 for myself. From time to time I got to update it. Then Friendster blogger came. But the height of my blogging (career?) was not to blog about my personal experiences, but to use the power of internet to work on my advocacy for young girls and young women. I started the fun blog for the Girl Scouts of the Philippines back in 2007. It became a personal project and is still on the web. My personal whatnots are only posted on my social networking sites, Multiply, Facebook and Tumblr.

My first job description was actually a  New Media Writer. That’s a powerful combo. But I didn’t own a personal space for myself in the Internet.

Then what motivated me to start this blog (and decided to continue updating it)?

First is that I am now here in South Korea. I am blessed to be in this wonderful country. And I get to experience a lot on my free time. Graduate school is tough, and I think I will also need a breather from the nosebleed Economics readings and gruelling exams. And a big factor here is I have a really fast Internet connection, which makes blogging a hassle-free hobby.

Second thing is that I’ve got a lot of friends to support me. This blog is actually a product of various minds. I love how this whole thing was conceived by a suggestion of Ate Evita in Twitter, then my two super friends Michelle and Michelle (isn’t it cool when your bestfriends have the same name as yours?) supporte d my newest endeavour (as always!). In one cold night friend Rhan and I brainstormed via Skype for the blog name and tagline, and other stuff.  Then I realized I know some geek guys who are experts in computer stuff, Markdhel and Amir. See, when you want to achieve something, the universe actually conspire to make things easy for you.

Lastly, I want to keep track on how close am I to my dreams. Yes, I am such a dreamer. Every experience I have is the convergence of my dreams and reality. I want to share how I live each eventful day, and what I am learning from this big classroom called life. I also want you to know how faithful God is, in fulfilling all those dreams he instilled in my heart. And someday, I want to have something to show to my grandchildren when I am already a ‘lola techie.’

 

 Time is running out fast, and I am one day closer to my dreams.