As the coronavirus affects many parts of the world, those exposed to many people could be more vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more likely to get exposed to people who might have the medical condition. There have been a number of those who work as taxi or bus drivers who contracted the virus despite not having any travel history to affected areas.
Shield Against Coronavirus
In Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines, a taxi driver went viral for the ‘shield’ he created to create a physical but still transparent barrier between him and his passengers.
Marc Ken shared pictures taken from the taxi he had ridden in the city; though he was not able to ask the driver for his name.
In the pictures, the driver could be seen calmly driving inside his ‘shield’ as he feels secured that the plastic barrier will keep him safe from his passengers. Moreover, the ‘shield’ also works in reverse, since this barrier keeps his passengers safe – that is in case that he might be a carrier of the virus through exposure to other passengers.
Safety Concerns with the Shield
While this taxi driver’s ‘shield’ might make him feel safe, there were a number of safety concerns that netizens think he should take into consideration.
For example, while he created the ‘shield’ around his space, he placed a fan at the back. Some think this might still be a spot for cross-contamination; though it looks like the fan is just something he added for the comfort of the passenger at the back.
Others were more concerned about how he is going to receive the money or give change to his passengers. After all, the virus could be transmitted to money. Many hope that he is also doing safety precautions with that, such as using alcohol each time he completes a transaction. It is also a good idea if he will disinfect that cash as well.
The coronavirus can be transmitted through money and other surfaces. Some people tried using the microwave to disinfect their money but ended up losing their cash when the paper caught fire. Microwaving coins is definitely a big no-no! You could burn your house down!
To disinfect money, it is better to use alcohol or cleaning sprays with disinfectant, such as a diluted bleach.
Best Vegetables to Grow at Home
Vegetables are nutritious to eat. But these healthy foods can be so expensive or the ones that arrive at your locality might already be several days old. Don’t worry because there are actually a lot of vegetables that are so easy to grow at home!
If you live in the Philippines are other areas where there is a lot of sunshine, then these vegetables would be perfect for your garden.
Something that you can commonly see in most Filipino homes, malunggay is so easy to grow. In most parts of the country, you can just ask for a stem that you can plant at home. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or fertilizer. Once it takes root and grows leaves, you can have an endless supply of malunggay all year round.
A delicious vegetable, pechay is so easy to grow. It does not even need a lot of soil. This is a perfect vegetable to grow even if you don’t have a lot of space because you can simply plant this inside 1.5L-softdrink bottles and place on a spot that gets some sun.
One of the easiest vegetables to grow, eggplants are perfect for the home garden. You can even grow these in containers. Just make sure to provide support so the heavy branches won’t break or the container won’t topple over.
A very low-maintenance vegetable to grow, okra is perfect for sunny areas. The plant grows fast. Once it starts bearing fruits, you’ll have a steady supply of okra. Just make sure to harvest while the fruits are still young or else the vegetable will be too hard.
A lot of Filipinos use tomatoes for most dishes, whether salads or soups and stews. What’s great about this vegetable is that it is easy to grow and will also be perfect for container gardening if you don’t have a lot of space.
It is easy to grow squash but this vegetable requires a lot of space to grow. While it won’t be ideal if you have a small space, this would be perfect for gardens with plenty of space for the vines to grow.
8 Healthy but Delicious Pinoy Foods You Need to Try
When you think of Pinoy foods, fat-rich dishes like lechon, adobo, and crispy pata often come to mind! But there are also lots of healthy but still delicious Pinoy foods that every health buff needs to try.
A lot of Pinoys love tortang talong but because this is cooked in oil, this isn’t as healthy as ensaladang talong or eggplant salad. It is prepared in a similar way as the torta dish, with the eggplant roasted with the skin on. Then, the skin is removed before the eggplant is mixed with tomatoes, onions, and calamansi.
Tahong or mussels are popular seafoods in the Philippines, thanks to its ready availability and affordable price. A rich source of folate, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12, tahong is truly a healthy food. This dish is cooked with ginger, lemon grass, and leafy greens like malunggay or kamote tops.
Ginisang monggo or sauteed monggo beans is rich in folate, manganese, phosphorus, thiamine, iron, and magnesium. Often considered as poor man’s meat, monggo can be prepared without meat but also tastes great with pork and chicharon.
Prepared with coconut milk and spices, laing is an authentic Pinoy food that’s rich in iron as well as vitamins A and C. It is a delicious and healthy dish.
Bulanglang or Law-oy
A simple yet very healthy dish, this food item has different names in different areas of the country. Made of vegetables cooked in water without a lot of additives or even meat, this dish is called bulanglang in Batangas and law-oy in the Visayan region. You can add any vegetable you like but this is often cooked with malunggay or camote tops, okra, squash, eggplants, and spices like tomatoes, onions, and lemon grass.
Prepared fresh from the sea, with just some calamansi or vinegar to taste, seaweed salad can be made from lato, guso, or some other seaweed. This healthy dish is a perfect companion to grilled or fried fish or pork.
A traditional dish that’s cooked using vegetables with alamang (shrimp paste), pinakbet is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is often prepared with squash, string beans, eggplants, and okra. You can cook this with or without meat.
Fish Sinigang or Tinola
Sinigang and tinola are culinary cousins. These are both cooked with a water base and spices but sinigang makes use of items that make the soup sour, such as tamarind or unripe mangoes. Whereas tinola often uses malunggay leaves and camote tops, sinigang uses kangkong leaves and radish. Both can have eggplants.
Dad Promises to Give Php10k as Reward for Daughter’s Weight Loss in 5 Months
One dad promises to give Php10k as reward for his daughter’s weight loss in 5 months – and netizens could only wish #SanaAll! LOL
Dad Offers Php10k Reward for Weight Loss
Everyone knows how hard it is to lose weight. That’s why many people put “weight loss” as part of their long list of New Year’s resolutions but do this every year because they just can’t lose weight.
Year after year, people try to lose weight but end up gaining more as they just can’t let go of the delicious high-calorie food they love to it. Plus, doing exercises can be so tiresome. But many would say that you can overcome all that with proper motivation. And what’s a better motivation for a young girl than money, huh?
Dad Jeric Paulo De Jesus feels a bit apprehensive about the weight of his daughter, Jelaine Paola De Jesus. So, he decided to give her the best motivation to lose weight – a whopping prize of Php10k! Wow.
“See you in 5 months baboom 🤣🤣🤣. Mapapasayo kaya ang 10k?? Abangan!!!!” this dad encouraged his daughter, sharing her photo and the ‘contract’ they made.
“Nasa 69kg na siya, magdadalaga na kaya ko inalok yong challenge. Pabata nang pabata na rin kasi ang inaatake sa puso eh kaya pinagdiet ko na rin,” Jeric explained.
To make the deal official, they drew up a ‘contract’ that came with a witness to the deal, mommy Annalaine De Jesus.
In the contract, the young girl’s starting weight is at 69kg. The weight goal is 50kg for a duration of 5 months.
A lot of netizens are unsure whether the young girl can reach the target weight in such a short amount of time without starving herself, but many are also cheering her on!
A person’s ideal weight is based on gender and height. For example, a person with a height of 5’0” has an ideal weight of 48.1kg if male and 45.3kg if female. Someone who’s 5’2” has an ideal weight of 53.5kg if male and 49.9kg if female.