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Video of Vendor Making ‘Samalamig’ with Dirty Ice Goes Viral

A video of a vendor making ‘samalamig’ using dirty ice goes viral, with people expressing disgust that the woman would do this without thought of what could happen to the customers who will buy her product.

‘Samalamig’ Vendor Goes Viral for Dirty Ice

‘Samalamig’ is a popular drink in the Philippines that is often found in sidewalks or sold on pushcarts by street vendors. It is quite popular because of its sweet, refreshing taste as well as its often cheap prices. But are you sure about the ‘samalamig’ you are drinking?

Photo credit: Sucayre Marco Francis / Facebook

In a video that has recently gone viral, concerned netizen Sucayre Marco Francis uploaded a clip taken from a sidewalk of a woman preparing the ‘samalamig’ that she was about to sell that day.

At first, there seemed to be nothing unusual about the situation. The woman was using what appears to be an ice pick to crack the block of ice so she can use it to cool the drink. After all, the cold temperature of the drink is one of the top reasons why people buy it.

Photo credit: Sucayre Marco Francis / Facebook

But if you look closely, the woman was actually using an ice block that she had placed on the bare pavement! Before she puts the ice in the drink, she simply washes the dirt off with water from the pail she had at the side. But who knows if that water is also clean? Plus, the ice had already spent much time on that dirty concrete! Yuck.

Photo credit: Sucayre Marco Francis / Facebook

Another netizen pointed out that an ice block isn’t even a hygienic ice to use in the drink, considering that it is something designed for helping cool bottles of drinks like softdrinks and juices or for keeping fish and other market goods fresh.

Here’s the video:

‘Samalamig’ Ingredients

The actual ingredients of ‘samalamig’ differ, depending on what flavor you want to offer but most have the following:

  • cooked sago
  • arnibal syrup
  • banana essence or vanilla extract
  • cold water
  • crushed ice
  • gulaman, cut into cubes

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Sick Kid, Mom Ride MRT to Seek Help After Hospitals Kept on Turning Them Away

A sick kid and his mom took a ride on an MRT to seek help after hospitals kept turning them away. Someone taking a ride on the same train shared their story in hopes that someone could help them because the kid really looks so pitiful.

Hospitals Keep Turning Sick Kid Away

It is not easy being sick because you don’t really know whether you might get well or not. But what is really sad is that there are times when the sick person is not even provided with treatment just because the family can’t afford to pay the hospital at all!

Manilyn Palad was on her daily commute when she noticed a mother cradling an obviously sick and weak kid on the MRT. She and the other passengers took pity on the kid and asked his mom what’s happening.

So, the mom showed them her son’s body, saying that he’s been having trouble eating and that some of his internal parts from the digestive system are out of his body. The two had come all the way from Parañaque, walking in some areas as they tried to find a hospital to accept the kid but they kept on getting rejected because they did not have money.

Photo credit: Manilyn Palad / Facebook

According to Manilyn, the two were headed to the Pasig City General Hospital in hopes that the boy will receive treatment there.

Many netizens took pity on the kid and his mother. Donations and any help you wish to provide should be coursed through this number: 09262872534 owned by Rosemarie, the kid’s mother.

Some netizens slammed Manilyn for not helping out, saying that she’s just doing this for likes. However, others defended her and pointed out that Manilyn probably didn’t have the means to help the two financially but her post would have helped them reach more people who might actually be able to help.

Hospital Down Payment Law in the Philippines

Under Republic Act No. 10932, also known as the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, it is unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to require or demand deposit or any other form of advance payment before providing basic emergency care or medical treatment. The same thing also applies for confinement.

Under the law, “any official, medical practitioner or employee of the hospital or medical clinic who violates the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months and one (1) day but not more than two (2) years and four (4) months, or a fine of not less than Php100,000.00 but not more than Php300,000.00 or both.”

What’s sad, however, is that most hospitals still require down payment and most patients don’t really have a choice but to comply.

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Woman Looks Down on Breastfeeding Moms, Says They Can’t Afford ‘Real’ Milk

A woman looks down on breastfeeding moms and says that they are can’t afford to buy ‘real’ milk. This earned her netizens’ anger as they pointed out that breastmilk is even called liquid gold and is the most nutritious milk a baby could ever have!

Woman Mistakenly Thinks Breastmilk is for Poor People

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, an unnamed woman who appears to have ‘Limbak’ as family name tries to lecture another woman for breastfeeding her child.

Writing in the Cebuano language, this Limbak woman slammed someone she calls “Ma’am” for ‘only breastfeeding’ her baby. She adds that she takes pity on the woman for not being able to afford ‘real’ milk. She said that she feels sad that the baby can’t experience drinking milk, insinuating that breastmilk is not real milk.

This woman also angrily told off the “Ma’am” for choosing to give birth to a child when she can’t even afford to provide the baby with real milk. She further claims that breastmilk can cause health problems like stomachache. Moreover, she thinks that breastmilk does not taste good.

The woman ends her tirade with a deprecating note to breastfeeding moms, saying that she really takes pity on babies who are only breastfed because their moms can’t afford to buy milk.

Photo credit: Netizen Express

Screenshots of the post went viral, with many netizens laughing at this Limbak woman and lecturing her about the benefits of breastmilk. Many turned the tables on the woman, saying that they pity her for not knowing that breastmilk is the best milk any baby could ever have.

Photo credit: Netizen Express

Benefits of Breastmilk

Although the woman belittles breastmilk and thinks that it is only for poor people who can’t afford to buy real milk, the reality is that breastmilk has a perfect formula that even the most expensive milks can’t copy.

Providing the ideal nutrition for infants, it is made of a mix of vitamins, protein, and fat. Scientists have also discovered that the actual composition of the breastmilk produced by the mom changes, depending on the baby’s needs.

Breast milk even contains antibodies that help the baby fight off viruses and bacteria.

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The Secret to Getting Glowing Skin This Summer

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Staying at home might be the norm nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that your skincare has to take a back seat. The summer months are fully upon us, which means taking care of your skin is more important than ever.

Indeed, keeping your skincare routine up means you’ll get glowing skin throughout the season, while also practicing some self-care! Here are some top tips to getting glowing skin this summer.

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Vitamin C is key

Vitamin C serums have been growing in popularity within the skincare world, and for good reason. According to this guide on vitamin C serums posted by Women’s Health, this is a potent antioxidant that also boosts your skin’s collagen production. What’s more, this vitamin aids in protecting your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and sunlight. Since exploding into the scene a few years ago, lots of skincare brands have been creating their own vitamin C serums: Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster has been a long-time favorite of Filipinas!

Drink your water

Viral YouTube star Mimiyuuuh has a point: it really is time to drink your water! If you’re religious about your skincare but aren’t seeing any difference, upping your water intake might be just what you need. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration while flushing out toxins, which is what will result in that enviable glow. Eight glasses is still the best practice, but making sure you take a sip every 15 to 30 minutes is enough to help you stay on track.

Choose cleansers that brighten

There’s nothing more refreshing than washing away the sweat and grime at the end of the day. As far as cleansing ingredients go, Pretty Me recommends kojic acid soap for its brightening properties, and its ability to gently exfoliate while evening out your skin tone. When coupled with other ingredients such as moisturizing coconut oil and anti-inflammatory vitamin E, kojic acid cleansers are definitely ones you’ll want to reach out for. These cleansers are even gentle enough to use both day and night; just be sure to boost your sun protection during the day to combat sensitivity issues!

Pick the best sunscreen

Speaking of sun protection, sunscreen is a no-brainer during these hot months—even when you’re mostly indoors. The key is finding one with adequate protection that also feels light on the skin, so that your face doesn’t feel sticky and uncomfortable as you go about. To that end, Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence comes highly praised by beauty blog Blush & Pearls. Not only does this sunscreen have high SPF, it’s also packed with hyaluronic acid and water jelly to keep moisturizing your skin throughout the day.

Don’t forget to exfoliate

Last but not least, don’t forget to exfoliate! Your body sheds skin cells regularly, but they just sit on top of your skin and need to be scrubbed away. Physical exfoliating scrubs are still the default option, but chemical exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs have also grown in popularity. What you end up choosing will ultimately depend on your skin concerns and sensitivity level. Either way, be sure to exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your skin happy!

To that end, skincare is more than just vanity—it’s a way to take care of your body. Our post on teaching beauty Amalia Cabangbang highlights just how naturally beautiful Filipinas are, and these skincare tips will surely help you glow through the summer heat to give you that added confidence boost!

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