Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shinjuku: Ebi Furai and Salad

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Shinjuku Makati Av's ebi furai and vegetable salad (without rice) go well with pure calamansi juice, a refreshing drink after a 2-hour bike ride around the Makati CBD.

I BUY LOCAL for Oxfam's #GROWChallenge

Buying locally grown food produced by our small-scale farmers and fishers helps address poverty and brings back jobs, especially in the rural areas.  Asking about where our food comes from and how food is made is a start in helping food producers adopt practices that do not harm the environment. Supporting fair trade and weekend markets helps keep small-scale farmers, fishers and local businesses in business.
 - Oxfam  Philippines

My beauty principle is simple: It has to be sustainable.

And this means that the products I patronize:

  • fit my budget;
  • can be easily found in the usual beauty shops, drug stores, and convenience stores - especially when there's a sudden sleepover or out of town trip;
  • are made of natural products (as much as possible); and
  • are produced locally!
Let's support Oxfam! Let's take the #GROWChallenge

Oxfam's #GROWChallenge

My friend, Jed Alegado of Oxfam Philippines, encourages us to take the #GROWChallenge.
I'm taking BUY LOCAL. What's yours?
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Our planet produces enough food for everyone, but today, one billion people will go hungry. This is the scandal of our generation, and at its core is control of the world’s resources in the hands of a small number of people. Hunger is about power. It is estimated that only a few hundred corporations make 70% of the decisions made in the global food system, including decisions about resources like land, water, seeds and farm and fishing technologies.
Launched in the Philippines in 2011, GROW is Oxfam’s global campaign for better ways to grow, share and live together. A campaign for the billions of us who eat food over a billion of men and women who grow it, to share solutions for a more hopeful future in which everyone always has enough to eat. Practical positive change starts with each one of us. Every time we choose food that’s produced fairly and sustainably, every time we cut our carbon footprint, and every time we press governments and companies to change their ways, we’re helping to make good things grow.
Share solutions for food, livelihood and the planet. Join the movement. Let’s grow a better way. Take the #GROWChallenge NOW!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Healthy Fastfood: KFC's Garden Salad

I tried to balance my cravings for KFC's hot and crispy chicken with a serving of garden salad - a mix of lettuce and other veggies served with Caesar or vinaigrette-based Asian dressing - for only PhP 45.