Easter Wonderland

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Eastwood City is back again for this year and they are organizing their annual Easter Day event, for 2010 they have the Easter Wonderland event with lots of booths, games and activities for kids and the entire family.

Also they will have a cosplay event contest.
Registrationstarts at 1PM
parade at 2:45pm
and catwalk at the Toy Land area at 3:30pm
Prizes will be given away to lucky winners

for inquiries txt 0917-6261585


Opuntia Cactus recipe

Prickly Pear Grown for Food

Prickly pear or more popularly known as Opuntia Cactus was probably introduced in the Philippines during the ManilaAcapulco galleon trade by the late 16th century to 19th century  from Mexico .

Local people  quickly learned  that prickly pear pads can be eaten and are used in various local dishes like tinolang cactus , cactus patty , nopales are added to eggs, or as a vegetable in soups, chilies or a filling in a tortilla and even as salsa base food for tortillas .

In the country of origin, Opuntia cactus is also made into jams, candies and medicine

Tortilla chips

Here are the basic ingredients : Salsa

1 to 2 pads of Opuntia cactus

1 to 2 small to medium sized sibuyas de bumbay / onion

1/4 cup cheese whiz

1 to 2 pieces of kesong puti –   sliced or cubed

2 to 4 pieces of small or medium sized tomatoes ( sliced ) / with seeds removed

1 to 2 tablespoon of  salt

1 to 2 teaspoon of pepper

grated cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil ( optional)

1 pack of commercial tortilla chips

How to prepare the opuntia cactus pads

select 1 to 2 pad of Opuntia cactus, then cut the pads. After cutting the pads, you may blanched the pad into a boiling water , then remove the outer skin and use a large knife to sever the stem. Beware, there are large and fine thorns so be sure to keep your hands protected. To prepare the pads remove the thorns and the “eyes” with a vegetable peeler or a small paring knife or this new gadget designed just for spine removal. Wash the pads well with cool water and peel or trim off any blemished or discolored areas. Slice the pads in long slices or in pieces or leave whole depending on the dish you will prepare.

Another type of preparation is to rotating the fruit/pads  in the flame of a campfire or torch has been used to remove the glochids  to partially charred the opuntia cactus pads. This type of preparation is like barbecue style .

Nopales is a vegetable that can be eaten grilled or boiled. Over cooking may give them a slightly “slimy” texture you may want to avoid.

The best preparation we have tried is to prepare the nopal leaves (remove spines) then grill over hot coals till tender and slightly browned. Then slice into nopalitos strips and toss with a squeeze of lime and a little bit of olive oil. They are delicious.

Additonal notes:

The fruit  of prickly pears, commonly called  cactus figs , Indian figs or tuna is edible, although it has to be peeled carefully to remove the small spines on the outer skin before consumption. If the outer layer is not properly removed, glochids   can be ingested causing discomfort of the throat, lips, and tongue as the small spines are easily lodged in the skin.

Author’s note:

The author together with Mr. Botchie Canicula was featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho episode aired last January 10 ,2009 saturday

Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

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Coimbatore Coin Society has informed that Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

Venue– Shree Coimbatore Gujarati Samaj , 500 ,Mettupalayam ,Coimbatore 02.

Date : May 1 to 3, 2010  Coimbatore, India

Auctions by “Oswal Antiques” on 02 May 2010  from 6.00 P M onwards.

Dealers stalls – Rs 4000 for Three Days , last Date  for Stalls Booking – 25 Apr 2010

Host City : The city of Coimbatore is the second largest city in the South Indian  of Tamil Nadu  next only to Chennai. It is the administrative headquarters of the Coimbatore district  and a major textile and engineering  hub of Southern India . It forms a part of the ancient  Kongu Nadu  region of South India, where its people were the first to establish territorial state. Coimbatore city including its suburban areas has a population of 2.4 million people.

Lopez Museum lecture

The Lopez Memorial Museum would like to invite you to What is in an Amorsolo?:

APreliminary Technical Analysis Of  His Works by Ricky Francisco

on March 27, Saturday, 2-4 pm. The talk will focus on the process and the findings.

Mr Francisco undertook this using data on the styles of the se artists found in

Philippine art history books and o the r materials, and detailed visual examination

of the works using the naked eye and equipment such as stereomicroscope, macrophotography

and digital image manipulation, of the visible properties of the ir works.

For more details, please call 6312417 or email admin@lopez- museum.org

9th Toy Convention 2010

“The 9th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2010 “ to be held at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 and 3, Megamall, Mandaluyong City this June 19 & 20, 2010, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The event is expected to attract over 10,000 people from toy collectors, students, exhibitors, retailers, memorabilia collectors from different parts of the country and the world.

There are daily raffles , auction , toys and memorabilia displays, lectures , cos players , comic launching , special invited  guests and much more !

From : http://toyconph.com/blog/

Bangkok 2010 25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition

( BANGKOK 2010 ) 25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is organized through the collaboration between Thailand Post Company Limited , Philatelist Association of Thailand and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau . This is the fourth time that Thailand has hosted such an event following on the same kind of exhibition in 1989, 2000 and 2007.

The event will be held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 4th thru 12th, 2010. More than 1,000 exhibit frames will be on display.

4 pieces stamp depicting Thai deity , Thai folktales , Mythical creatures – 5 Baht denomination

Part of the exhibition will be a painting competition on the topic of the Fantasy World. The paintings are expected to create a combination of surrealistic fantasy and the Thai identity from different aspects, for instance Thai art and culture and the Thai folktales.

website: http://www.thaiphilately.org/

Joburg 2010 International Stamp Exhibit


Sports enthusiasts are not the only ones excited by the major international events in South Africa in 2010.

The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (South Africa is affiliated to FIAP – The Federation of Inter Asian Philately) will be held from Wednesday, 27 October to Sunday, 31 October 2010 at the Sandton Convention Centre, and is set to delight both seasoned philatelists and those who have recently discovered this rewarding pursuit. This is the first International Exhibition to be hosted by South Africa since the successful Ilsapex International in 1998, which was also held in Johannesburg (Midrand).

Entries close on 31 March 2010. Entry forms may be downloaded off the web site www.joburg2010stampshow.co.za. The web site also contains other useful information regarding the show, including, for the benefit of prospective exhibitors, the exhibition IREX – the Individual Regulations that exhibitors need to comply with in entering for the exhibition.

Please bear in mind that Joburg 2010 Stamp Show will see South Africa adopting the international standard of 16 page frames. Accordingly a One Frame exhibit will comprise 16 pages, a 5 frame exhibit 5 x 16 = 80 pages and an 8 frame exhibit 8 x 16 = 128 pages

South African exhibitors may also get further information from their Regional Vice Presidents. To assist in the logistics in getting exhibits to and from the exhibition, the Philatelic Federation of South Africa has nominated 5 South African Commissioners. Entrants who are accepted will be contacted by the relevant commissioner with all the details of how to prepare their exhibits for conveyance. The nominated Commissioners are:

Mr Dave Morton             Western Cape
Mr Vernon Mitchell         Eastern Cape
Dr Jim Findlay                 Gauteng & Zimbabwe
Dr Angus Pringle            KZN
Prof Gary Osthof            Free State & Northern Cape

The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show is sponsored by the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa and the South African Post Office, and has the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP). It is also recognised by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), the international governing body for world philately.

The stamp show will see members of the international philatelic community, drawn from some 45 countries, join South African philatelists and stamp enthusiasts over four days of philatelic activities. The entire Ground Floor of the Sandton International Convention Centre has been secured for the exhibition. This comprises some 5,800m2 (nearly 60,000squaree feet) of exhibition space. The floor will be fully carpeted with strong branding and graphics – ensuring that the exhibition and the trade are readily identifiable. Seating and refreshment areas will be located within the Hall.

“With a history spanning many, many years, philately is an intricate and diverse pursuit, and its significance will be highlighted and acknowledged with this coming event,” say the Co Chairperson of Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show Mr Howard Green.

“The pride and fellowship of philately will be celebrated. A junction of expertise, experience and passion from all corners of the earth will set the benchmark for The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show.”

Highlights include an exceptional Court of Honour featuring a selection of the Queen Elizabeth II collection, for which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given personal approval. The selection will be brought to South Africa by the Keeper of the Royal Collection.

The South African Post Office (SAPO) archival exhibit and a diversity of invited exhibits will also be featured in the Court of Honour.

Some 1,500 frames of competitive exhibits with over 20,000 pages of stamps and philatelic material across all FIP classes are anticipated and frames will comply with the International Convention of 16 pages per frame.
The Competitive Exhibition is set to be a major attraction and draw strong interest from a wide spectrum of local and international collectors and philatelists.

The show will include a variety of special events and entertainment, which will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

A youth activation zone will appeal to new and young stamp collectors, inspiring and assisting them to embrace the hobby.

The official launch of the 8th definitive stamp series by SAPO is another highlight of this show.

The presence of over 40 local and international dealers from the likes of Europe, USA and Australasia will provide a unique opportunity for trade for all collectors and budgets.

Concurrent to Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, the South African Post Office will also host a Conference for Managers of Philatelic Bureaus.

“The show is a platform which showcases the high standards of philately in our country to an audience of world-renowned philatelists and also create awareness of philately amongst the general public,” explains Johan van Wyk, Manger Philatelic Services of the Post Office. “It will also lead to a promotion of our country through its stamps, and strong participation from African countries will showcase the diversity, strength and growth within our continent.”

African participant countries include South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Sudan.

Participating countries include Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand, USA, UAE and Vietnam.

Press information:

For more information about The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, visit
http://www.joburg2010stampshow.co.za or e-mail info@joburg2010stampshow.co.za

As of the Press Time: Philippine Philatelic Federation and International Philippine Philatelic Society will be sending representatives to the show.

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