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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.

This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

Healthy Oils Part 3

My previous post was about healthy oils but the content was about fats. So how is this related to the title?

Well, in my research, I wanted to see how the fats in the oil helps in maintaining good health. So what is the judgement?

Olive oil - good for salads, pan fry or light cooking with medium to low heat. Low poly-unsaturated fat content. High mono-unsaturated fat. So low to medium heat will not change the fat into trans fat. But high heat will.

Virgin Coconut oil - good for salad, light cooking to deep frying. The hight saturated fat content doesn't make it turn into trans fat.

Canola oil - light cooking to deep frying. High mono-unsaturated fat, low poly-unsaturated. So good for cooking.

Flaxseed oil - high poly-unsaturated fat, low mono-unsaturated fat. Not recommended for cooking or any type of heat. Salad or directly taken only.

Safflower oil - high poly-unsaturated fat, low mono-unsaturated fat. Not recommended for cooking or any type of heat. Salad or directly taken only.


Healthy Oils Part 2

So I was talking about saturated fats on my previous post, this one is about unsaturated fats.

Unsaturated Fats

"Saturated" means it is saturated with hydrogen atoms. Unsaturated fats is a fat in which there are one or more double bonds in the fatty acid chain.

There are two types of unsaturated fats.

Mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated. Good source of mono-unsaturated fat is olive oil, avocado, nuts (macadamia, peanuts, almonds, pistachios).

Fats are generally good if they come from whole, natural and unprocessed foods. Fats become bad if they become damaged. Fats are damaged by heat, light and oxygen.

High heat and chemicals used by manufacturers to process oils damages fats. The most damaging process is partial hydrogenation (adding hydrogen). Hydrogenation is used to convert liquid vegetable oils to solid or semi-solid fats such as those present in margarine. This makes the oil last longer and is usually preferred for baking or deep frying as it acts as a preservative to foo…

Healthy Oils

Part of my research for healthy living is looking for the right kinds of oil to cook and eat with.

Of course, the easiest one to change to is olive oil. But Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is not a good oil to cook with especially for deep frying. So I had to do some research. I've learned about the benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) before but there's a lot of information out there against it. So I dug deeper.

Fortunately, new research on VCO has shed some light into it. The main proponent against coconut oil is from misinformation my the US vegetable oil producers to label "Tropical oils" meaning coconut oil or palm oil as bad because it was full of saturated fats.

They labeled soy, sunflower and safflower oil as better because it is low in saturated fat, high in unsaturated fat. What they didn't say that it was not as simple as that.

As in any type of fats, there is a difference between saturated fat and unsaturated fat.

Saturated Fats

The term "saturated"…

Health and Nutrition

Ever since I was tested for high cholesterol 2 years ago. I've been doing a lot of research on diet, nutrition and exercise.

2 years ago, I was 120 lbs, I was a size 30 and my LDL was over the limit as well as my total cholesterol. While it may not be considered bad (yet), as the doctor said that I could control it with diet and exercise. By the way, I'm 5'2" so that puts into perspective my weight and the size of my waist.

I chose to do something significant and change my lifestyle.

Here's what I did.

In 2006, before I started exercising, I changed what I ate. I reduced my serving of rice from 2 to 1. I ate more "ulam" or what you serve with rice such as the meat, fish and veggies. I am mainly a meat person so this was a bit difficult in the beginning.

I usually didn't feel full after eating this way so added fruits afterwards to get my fill. Doing this for a couple of months helped lower my cholesterol in about 3 months to normal levels. But after I was…

E.C. Manning Park

E.C. Manning Park
Originally uploaded by selihpxe8 We went camping on the weekend to E.C. Manning Park. It's off highway 3 called Crow's Nest Highway.

I love nature but this is my first time to go camping and it was beautiful. The hiking trail was awesome! The lake was clear and pristine. Everything was perfect.

One of the things that surprised me was the amenities available on the campsite. There was public washroom and shower with hot water.

It was a complete surprised to me that it wasn't that hard to go camping. I'll definitely do it again.