Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pansit Palabok Recipe

Pansit Palabok is one of my favorite Filipino dish.It is a round rice noodle (often specifically labelled for pancit luglug or palabok) smothered with a thick, golden shrimp sauce or other flavored sauce, and topped with shrimp,crushed or ground pork rind,hard boiled egg,tinapa flakes and spring onions. Its easy to prepare and I want to share to you its recipe from

Pansit Palabok Ingredients

Palabok Noodles / Sauce
1/2 kilo miki noodles
1/2 kilo small crabs
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of atchuete seeds or oil
2 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
4 tablespoons of cornstarch, dissolved in water
1 teaspoon of monosodium glutamate (MSG)
1 1/2 cups of water

Palabok Toppings

Tinapa flakes (smoked fish)
Cooked shrimps, shelled
Squid adobo, sliced into rings
Pork chicharon, grounded
Spring onions, chopped
Hard boiled eggs, shelled, sliced
Fried garlic, minced
Fresh calamansi (lemon), sliced

Cooking Intructions:

Extract fat and meat from clean crabs, set aside.
Pound crab and extract juice on 1 1/2 cups of water
On a pan, sauté garlic and onions until golden brown then add crab fat, crab meat, 1 1/2 cups of crab wash, patis and MSG. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add corn starch and continue to simmer while constantly stirring until thick.
Put miki noodles in a strainer and dip in boiling water for 5 minutes or until cooked.
Lay drained noodles on a platter and pour the palabok sauce. Garnish with toppings and serve.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jesus and Easter

While the focus was once on Easter Sunday, now it is on the Easter Bunny. But Easter Sunday is much more than a day of colorful plastic eggs and chocolate bunnies; it is in fact a day that left the world forever changed.

It had been three days since Jesus had received the death penalty by popular vote. His friends and followers were devastated, as they had come to believe that He was not just an ordinary man, but the Son of God. He had performed miracles, healed every disease, and even brought a man back from the dead.

On that third day—the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday—His friends went to His grave, but instead of finding His body, they found an open tomb with no body in it. In fact, what they saw was an angel who told them, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen” (Matthew 28:5, 6).

Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins. This is the true story of Easter, and this salvation is for you. Here are 4 principles that tell how you can receive the gift of God for your life.
1. God Loves You!

The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

The problem is that

2. All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death.”

The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

3. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life -- of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."

God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

4. If you want to accept Christ as Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

"Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."


New Approach to Cancer Treatments

An enzyme that marks a critical protein called REST for degradation in the cell could provide an important target for the development of new cancer treatments, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Harvard Medical School in the current issue of the journal Nature.

The protein REST (RE1-silencing transcription factor) normally prevents ordinary body cells from being like nerve cells or neurons. It is also a tumor suppressor gene – preventing common epithelial cells from becoming cancers.

"Epithelial cancers from the breast and lung frequently over-express neuronal genes, and the discovery that REST is a tumor suppressor in these tissues helps to explain this," said Dr. Thomas Westbrook, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at BCM and first author of the report. The research represented in the report was done while he was a post-doctoral associate in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen J. Elledge, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and a former BCM faculty member.

RNA interference

To understand how REST is inactivated in cancer, Westbrook used a technique called RNA interference (RNAi) to find genes that reduce REST levels. Westbrook predicted that this approach would find oncogenes, which promote cancer.

Westbrook and his colleagues identified a protein called TRCP that degrades REST, allowing its elimination from the cell at critical points of nervous system development.

But TRCP also has a more sinister function.

"When TRCP helps eliminate REST in the wrong cell types, it promotes breast cancer," said Westbrook.

Understanding how TRCP disables REST could help provide a new way to kill cancer cells. TRCP was already known to initiate breast cancer. In experiments, however, he and his colleagues found that by reconstituting REST in the cell, they eliminated the cancer-causing function of TRCP.

Window of discovery

Intriguingly, REST must be primed with a phosphate molecule for it to be degraded by TRCP, suggesting that enzymes that add phosphates to REST may also be involved in cancer.

"This discovery gives us a new window into finding the enzymes called kinases and phosphatases that control tumor development," said Westbrook. "This is particularly exciting, because the scientific community is good at inhibiting this class of enzymes with therapeutic drugs."

Right now, the three cancers most likely to be approachable by this method are breast, colon and small cell lung cancers.

Stem cell implications

This discovery also has implications for stem cell biology. REST becomes unstable early in the differentiation process of nerve stem cells.

"By understanding how REST is degraded during stem cell differentiation, we may offer new strategies to cause stem cells to produce new neurons in people challenged with neurodegenerative diseases," said Westbrook.

Others who took part in this work include Guang Hu, Xiaolu L. Ang, Peter Mulligan, Natalya N. Pavlova, Anthony Liang, Yumei Leng, Rene Maehr, Yang Shi and J. Wade Harper, all of Harvard.

Funding for this work comes from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

After the embargo lifts, the report can be found at

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Batman - The Dark Knight Trailer

The Dark Knight is an American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman.It is the sequel of Batman Begins (2005)which reunites director Chirstian Nolan and the star Christian Bale, after an eight-year haitus.Batman's primary conflicts in the film come from his fight against the Joker (Heath Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).

Get Smart (Film) Official Trailer

Get Smart is an upcoming film from Warner Brothers which is the adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's hit 1960s spy parody television show Get Smart.Smart (Steve Carrell ) is on the mission to thwart the latest plot for the world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. Smart is partnered with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway).Other stars were Dwayne “The Rock ” Johnson as Agent 23,Terence Stamp as Siegfried with his sidekick Shtarker (Kenneth Davitian) and David Koechner as Agent Larabee.It is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).Coming this June 20.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My Sacrifice by Creed

Hello my friend, we meet again
It's been awhile, where should we begin?
Feels like forever
Within my heart are memories
Of perfect love that you gave to me
Oh, I remember

When you are with me, I'm free
I'm careless, I believe
Above all the others we'll fly
This brings tears to my eyes
My sacrifice

We've seen our share of ups and downs
Oh how quickly life can turn around
In an instant
It feels so good to reunite
Within yourself and within your mind
Let's find peace there

When you are with me, I'm free
I'm careless, I believe
Above all the others we'll fly
This brings tears to my eyes
My sacrifice

I just want to say hello again
I just want to say hello again

When you are with me I'm free
I'm careless, I believe
Above all the others we'll fly
This brings tears to my eyes
Cause when you are with me I am free
I'm careless, I believe
Above all the others we'll fly
This brings tears to my eyes
My sacrifice, My sacrifice

I just want to say hello again
I just want to say hello again

My sacrifice.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Holy or Maunday Thursday

In the Anglican Christian calendar, Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday is the feast or holy day on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.

On this day four events are commemorated: the washing of the Disciples' feet by Jesus Christ, the institution of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

The morning celebration of these events marks the beginning of what is called the Easter Triduum or Sacred Triduum. The Latin word triduum means a three-day period, and the triduum in question is that of the three days from the death to the resurrection of Jesus. It should be noted that for Jesus and his followers a day ended, and a new day began, at sunset, not at midnight, as it still does today in the modern Jewish calendar.The Last Supper was held at what present-day Western civilization considers to be the evening of Holy Thursday but what was then considered to be the first hours of Friday. Its annual commemoration thus begins the three-day period or triduum of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, days of special devotion that celebrate as a single action the death and resurrection of Christ, the central events of Christianity.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Stages of Sleep

Since the early 20th century, human sleep has been described as a succession of five recurring stages: four non-REM stages and the REM stage. A sixth stage, waking, is often included. Waking, in this context, is actually the phase during which a person falls asleep. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is marked by extensive physiological changes, such as accelerated respiration, increased brain activity, eye movement, and muscle relaxation.

People dream during REM sleep, perhaps as a result of excited brain activity and the paralysis of major voluntary muscles.

Sleep quality changes with transition from one sleep stage into another. Although the signals for transition between the five (or six) stages of sleep are mysterious, it is important to remember that these stages are, in fact, discretely independent of one another, each marked by subtle changes in bodily function and each part of a predictable cycle whose intervals are observable. Sleep stages are monitored and examined clinically with polysomnography, which provides data regarding electrical and muscular states during sleep.

The waking stage is referred to as relaxed wakefulness, because this is the stage in which the body prepares for sleep. All people fall asleep with tense muscles, their eyes moving erratically. Then, normally, as a person becomes sleepier, the body begins to slow down. Muscles begin to relax, and eye movement slows to a roll.

Stage 1
Stage 1 sleep, or drowsiness, is often described as first in the sequence, especially in models where waking is not included. Polysomnography shows a 50% reduction in activity between wakefulness and stage 1 sleep. The eyes are closed during Stage 1 sleep, but if aroused from it, a person may feel as if he or she has not slept. Stage 1 may last for five to 10 minutes.

Stage 2
Stage 2 is a period of light sleep during which polysomnographic readings show intermittent peaks and valleys, or positive and negative waves. These waves indicate spontaneous periods of muscle tone mixed with periods of muscle relaxation. Muscle tone of this kind can be seen in other stages of sleep as a reaction to auditory stimuli. The heart rate slows, and body temperature decreases. At this point, the body prepares to enter deep sleep.

Stages 3 and 4
These are deep sleep stages, with Stage 4 being more intense than Stage 3. These stages are known as slow-wave, or delta, sleep. During slow-wave sleep, especially during Stage 4, the electromyogram records slow waves of high amplitude, indicating a pattern of deep sleep and rhythmic continuity.

Non-REM Sleep
The period of non-REM sleep (NREM)is comprised of Stages 1-4 and lasts from 90 to 120 minutes, each stage lasting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Surprisingly, however, Stages 2 and 3 repeat backwards before REM sleep is attained. So, a normal sleep cycle has this pattern: waking, stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, REM. Usually, REM sleep occurs 90 minutes after sleep onset.

Stage 5, REM

REM sleep is distinguishable from NREM sleep by changes in physiological states, including its characteristic rapid eye movements. However, polysomnograms show wave patterns in REM to be similar to Stage 1 sleep. In normal sleep (in people without disorders of sleep-wake patterns or REM behavior disorder), heart rate and respiration speed up and become erratic, while the face, fingers, and legs may twitch. Intense dreaming occurs during REM sleep as a result of heightened cerebral activity, but paralysis occurs simultaneously in the major voluntary muscle groups, including the submental muscles (muscles of the chin and neck).

Because REM is a mixture of encephalic (brain) states of excitement and muscular immobility, it is sometimes called paradoxical sleep. It is generally thought that REM-associated muscle paralysis is meant to keep the body from acting out the dreams that occur during this intensely cerebral stage. The first period of REM typically lasts 10 minutes, with each recurring REM stage lengthening, and the final one lasting an hour.

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