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Thoughtful Thursday: Is there such a thing that’s truly ours?

photo from xaxor.com Today I went through the massive repository of photos with quotations which at certain points in my life sparked bundles of cells inside. This time, it’s Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple and Pixar–more importantly, he was a devoted father and adoring husband. I love Steve Jobs. Not because he developed the iPhone, iPad, iPod, etcetera but because he was an ever seeing eye, observing so many simple things invisible to most people. He was also one of the rare kids who survived adulthood. Steve always saw the connection between two points and brings it to life so we can all purchase it at $300 a pop at an average. In his last days on a hospital bed, he continued to design products to give hospital patients the best of the Apple experience. He is by virtue, a connector of truths delivered in packages people make cults out of.So, what is my point? If one of the greatest visionaries in the world said creative people didn’t really do anything but just saw something, then why do we give so much value on receiving credit and giving credit when it’s due? At the end of it all, it’s not his or hers...
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Are GMOs Safe?

Once upon a time, I had dreamed of becoming a Genetic Engineer because I thought I will help create a better world by understanding DNA. DNA has long fascinated me–sans the actual science. Never really understanding the ecological and human health implications of GMOs until I became a professional and transitioning towards more conscious lifestyle decisions, beginning with what I eat. Sad to say, most produce grown through the monocropping grid are GMOs and here in the Philippines, there are so many hybrids and GMOs out in the market. The largest GMO company in the world, Monsanto has a big representation in the land I call home making me question the safety of what we are eating. So are GMOs safe? Here’s my case. Man is the most ingenious species in the planet, with each problem and threat to the species, it meets with creative solutions. One of the most pressing challenge is how to safeguard food security for the ever increasing food demands of the continuously rising global population. To meet the challenge, man ambitiously created the technology allowing gene modification. One of man’s most drastic solutions to the challenge is Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) or Genenetically Engineered Organisms (GE). GMOs allow plants to...
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RAWKIN’ RECIPE: Fantastic Falafels

  KK with his plate of fantastic falafels, yum! After a brief hiatus from rawsome gourmet food preparation due to an intensified love affair with simple green smoothies and superfood drinks, the fat bags of quinoa on my table inspired me to create one of my most favorite Mediterranean-inspired meals, falafels with generous servings of couscous and  tabbouleh. falafels dehydrating Falafels are traditionally made with ground chickpeas, formed into small fat patties, flash fried and served with a creamy lemon garlic tahini sauce on the side. Making my own light and raw-ified version, I looked at many traditional and raw recipes. Chickpeas can be very heavy and not easily digested when eaten raw plus, most raw falafels call for a lot of nuts, which can be on the heavy side. SOFTWARE: 1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds, measured dry, soak for at least 4 hours 1/2 cup white sesame seeds, measured dry, soak for at least 4 hours 4 medium or 6 small carrots, sliced in 2″ pieces one bunch of parsley, chopped 1 tablespoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon salt, more if needed 3/4 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon oregano 3 cloves garlic juice of one lemon 1 cup pitted black olives 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder< 1/3...
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For the love of fermentation!

A few months ago, I rekindled my love for kefir and restarted giving grains to anyone who wants. Given that I am a frustrated microbiologist–yes, at one point in my life I enveloped myself in the smell of working autoclaves and the scent of formalin–taking up love-based fermentation naturally became second nature. Choosing the raw living foods lifestyle made me appreciate food preparation and fermented food, these I took for granted for many years as I mostly prepared food unconsciously, without gratitude. Fermentation allowed me to sentiently understand and respect the lives and processes (aka hard work) of plants, bees, animals and microbes in order to feed me. There’s so much dedication and energy that goes to each ounce of kefir and kombucha, a forkful of sauerkraut, a drop of honey.Experiencing all this contributed to my, let me say, “above average” state of health and well-being. Fermentation coupled with raw food and energy consciousness, I am completely healed of my GERD, obesity and high blood cholesterol levels, my blood sugar level found stability. Unsurprisingly, I became resistant to flu, cough, cold seasons. To share my love of fermentation, I improved and systematized the way I give kefir grains to their loving recipients. Before, I...
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Reading and Raw Food

bound sunshine in Fully Booked (Greenbelt 5) October and November spelled the busiest months of my 2011. By end of September, I took a deep breath before jumping onto the sunrise of October 1st. Balancing the different hats I wear and their individual needs posed a sprinkling of challenges, dropping a couple of balls and quickly picking them all back up. During my lovely retreat to Mama Palawan (Coron and Culion) to bask under the brightest of sunshine, I stopped and just BE! and marveled at the phenomenon of the sky and sea melting to one glorious shade of blue. The miracle that is Palawan requires nothing less than reverent silence. Adjusting back from my sweet reprieve, visiting my favorite bookstores are in order. I realized that for quite some time, I haven’t read the way I used to read…voraciously, curiously, taking delight with each flip of a page–no thanks to the internet. The sweet reprieve–and intermittent internet connection–reminded me how absolutely delicious reading can be and why it will always be my first love. As a light worker with a passion for furthering the advocacy in raw food with a renewed love affair with reading, it is a gift to see THREE–not just...
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2011 Gratitude List

2011 is a great year of firsts, expansions and more importantly, of LOVE and CONSCIOUSNESS in its grandest, finest, infinitude and wholeness. There is so much to be thankful for and it would a crime not to share even a fraction of its immense-ness in heart. Trail to the God Within 1. Truly learning the gift of silence and communion with the God with-IN It started with the best birthday gift I ever gave myself, a solo journey to the prayer mountain. It was apparent that this wisdom revealed lay the power to share love and best of intentions for others. As this consciousness expanded, my heart grew bigger that my chest cannot hold it in its old place; it took its rightful place in the Universe. Sunset at Dancalan, Sorsogon (Donsol) – The calm vastness that is “home” to the gentle yet largest fish in the world – Butanding (whale sharks – Rhindodon typus) 2. Albay-Sorsogon Going to the Bicol region felt like coming “home”. Its irresistible motherly arms embraced us with so much openness with the majesty that is Mt. Mayon, black beaches, ruins, people, butanding and fireflies up in the trees and under the Donsol River under the full moon. There is...
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