Friday, September 28, 2007

Basic Cantonese (Numbers)

Here's some basic cantonese words (numbers).

English Cantonese

One - Yat

Two - Yi

Three - Sam

Four - Se

Five - Ng

Six - Lok

Seven - Tsat

Eight - Pat

Nine - Kaw

Ten - Sap

Eleven - Sap Yat

Twealve - Sap Yi

Thirteen - Sap Sam

Twenty - Yi Sap

Twenty One - Yi Sap Yat

Twenty Two - Yi Sap Yi

Twenty Three - Yi Sap Sam

One Hundred - Yat Pah

One Thousand - Yat Tseng

One Thousand one hundred - Yat Tseng Yat Pah

Well, for those interested to quikly learned basic communication in Cantonese, pls visit my Chinese Cantonese Tutorial site.

Pork Menudo


lean pork or pork belly (more meat less fat)

pork liver (1/2 cup) (slice into strips)

garlic (chopped)

onion (sliced)

green bell pepper ( sliced)

red bell (optional)

tomato (sliced)

potato (cubes)

knorr seasoning

ground black pepper



Cut pork into cubes or bite size, add in ground black pepper and knorr seasoning. Mix and set aside for 30minute or an hour.

Half fry the potato cubes, set aside. Fry garlic, add onion saute or about 1 minute add tomato saute until almost dry then add the marinated pork saute until juice come out, cook until almost dry, stir until oil comes out. Stir for about 2 minutes, add half cup of water, cover and simmer 2-3 minutes or until pork is well done.

Add fried potato and raisin, stir, cook 1 minute more. Now, add pork liver and stir for 1 minute. Do not over cook liver as it will become hard. Lastly, add in bell pepper, stir and cook for 1 more minute. SERVE HOT.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


"The single most important and potent way to expand your income is to devise a way to consistently add real value to people's lives, and you will prosper." --Anthony Robbins

Believe that you have value. Believe that you have something to give to the world.
All individuals who earn good money are persons who have found ways to add worth and value to their lives -- and then make this worth and value useful to others. If you can add to your life more skills, more ability, more intelligence, more creativity, more caring and personalized service, more organized systems -- and thereby increase the quality of life for the
people around you -- you'll be able to earn more money.

I'm not just talking about entrepreneurs. If you're employed right now, make yourself more valuable to your company. Don't expect a raise every year simply because you show up every workday! Develop your skills, learn new ones, look for ways to improve your company's products and systems, search for procedures to make the work of your boss easier, and
think of ways where your company can save money.

I know of someone who entered as a clerk in one of the biggest companies in the country. This guy simply didn't stop making himself more valuable, he enrolled in any course he found useful to his profession. His bosses noticed his drive and kept giving him new responsibilities until he
ended up as the company's assistant vice president. Sound like a fairy tale? Not to me. I'm talking about my father.

If you're self-employed, ask how your business can touch and bless the lives of your customers. Again, by making your business more valuable to people, earning profit can be the only consequence. My friend expanded his restaurant business considerably when he asked what his customers wanted to eat and at what prices. He asked questions. He took down
notes. He experimented. Marketing people will say that he did a market analysis, but in my language, he simply learned how to love his customers in a better way.

Make yourself valuable.
By Bo Sanchez,
From "Simplify And Live the Good Life"

Philippines - Points of View from a young Korean Student

This is taken from Inquirer news...some of you may have already read about this however its quite an eye-opener for us Filipinos..hope it would inspire us to do something for our country.


Jaeyoun Kim

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism.

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism. 40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, "President, when can we be well off?" That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.
I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday.

However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines .

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action.
She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.

I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a s mall scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let's put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.

I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country.

Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.

That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Practical Guide For Employment of foreign domestic helpers in HK

I just found out that there's a guide issued by HK Labour Department regarding the employment of foreign domestic helpers in Hongkong. The guide was very informative and would be very useful for both employer and the helper. I am just not sure whether a hardcopy would be available from the department but nevertheless for HK employer planning to hire a helper or a foreign domestic helper planning to come to Hongkong should grab a copy of it or download it through the HK Labour department site or through this link



½ kilo dalagang bukid

1 egg well-beaten

1/4 kilo shelled shrimps

½ cup chopped turnip

½ cup chopped onions

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped carrot

½ cup flour

1/4 cup nguyong powder

½ tsp. pepper

1½ tsp. salt

3 pcs. taupe (wrapper)


1. Remove all bones and skin from the fish.

2. Grind together with the shrimps.

3. Mix all ingredients and steam for 20 minutes.

4. Wrap in taupe or aluminum foil.

5. Fry in hot lard.

6. Slice in desired sizes.

Sweet sour sauce:

3/4 cup water

1 tbsp. cornstarch

3/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp. vinegar

2 tbsp. soy sauce


Mix all together and heat until the desired thickness



1 cup soybeans

1 teaspoon vinegar


1. Soak the beans in water overnight. Change water several times and remove floating grains.

2. Wash, grind the soybeans. Add about 6 cups water for every cup of beans while grinding.

3. Boil the ground beans in water for ½ hour while stirring.

4. Strain in muslin cloth.

5. Mix in well a teaspoon of vinegar.

6. Wrap in cloth the curdled soybean.

7. Remove the express water by putting weight on top of it.

The curdled tokwa can be a substitute for meat.



Marinating ingredients:

Pork neck

Corriander roots

Ground pepper

Oyster sauce

Knorr seasoning


1 tbs sugar

MSg (optional)

Pound corriander roots and mix it to all of the above ingredients.

Taste according to your desired taste.


Microwave marinated pork without the sauce for about 5-6 minutes.

When ready grill in the oven until golden brown, turn over once.

Slice pork thinly.

If microwave and oven for grilling is not available, just fry it in the

pan cover and cook in a moderate fire until golden brown.


Salad ingredients:

Isang puno ng kinchay (cut 1” long)

Corriander leaves (chopped)

Spring onion (chopped)

Sliced shallots (about 6 –8 pcs)

Sili (chopped)

Lemon or lime

Fish sauce (patis)

Ground fried rice


Mix cooked pork and all salad ingredients except ground fried rice and lettuce

according to taste.

Add ground fried rice before serving and serve with lettuce or wrap salad sa lettuce.

Waiting for Asus Eee PC 701

Asus had initially said that the Eee PC price range would be between US $200 to US $250 (about HKD 1560 to HKD 1950), . The devise might be available in late August, and it should be offered world-wide. I hope Asus can do a good job in making this device widely available, I am really looking forward to owning one of this device and try it out . The device would surely be a hot selling item this coming Christmas shopping seaon.

Here's the EeePC 701 Specification
CPU & Chipset: Intel mobile CPU & chipset
OS: Linux/ Microsoft Windows XP compatible
Communication: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56K modem
WLAN: WiFi 802.11b/g
Graphic: Intel UMA
Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400
Storage: 4/ 8/ 16GB Flash
Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speaker; Built-in microphone
Battery Life: 3hrs (4 cells: 5200mAh, 2S2P)
Dimension & Weight: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg