Taking Fixie Bikes To The Streets

Helmets, check. Hydration, check. Brakes… Nope, no need for that here.

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Fixed-gear bicycles or fixies are becoming a popular alternative to urban cyclists nowadays, because of its simplicity and style. As opposed to other kinds of bicycles, fixies do not have freewheel mechanisms and often do not have brakes, which means riders have to skid in order to stop.

Since it started to boom in the country in 2009, various fixie groups have started to sprout around the metro, offering night rides, long-distance rides and even contests for fixie enthusiasts. A large number of riders have taken their fixies to the streets, appreciating the faster travel time, less pollution, and a good cardio workout while on-the-go.

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Interested individuals may check Manila Fixed Gear (manilafixedgear.blogspot.com), weFXD (wefxd.com) and Tryon Bike Shop for more information.

 

Tryon Bike Shop Address: 477 J.P. Rizal Avenue, Olympia, 1207 Makati City


Green Frog Hybrid Bus

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A Makati-based businessman introduces a greener and more convenient way of taking the bus in the city. Philip Apostol, Managing Director of Green Frog Zero Emissions Transport, cites bus systems in the US and Europe as the inspiration behind him bringing hybrid diesel buses in the city.
Green Frog’s hybrid buses feature wider, more comfortable interiors and a lower step, making it ideal for city fare. As an addition, it features an electric motor that works alongside its Euro-IV diesel engine, which not only makes the bus more fuel-efficient, but also reduces the greenhouse emission of their buses.
Green Frog currently plies the Buendia to Kalayaan route, but Philip plans on bringing more buses on more routes across the metro in the months to come.

Good Eats For Kids

For years now, parents have been trying to give their children healthy and nutritious food. But with the abundance of fast food chains and junk food, I bet all of us are having the same problem – these picky eaters won’t eat anything with vegetables, oats or any healthy ingredients.

Here are some recipes that would give you healthier alternatives to your kids’ favorite meals.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

 

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Ingredients:

8 slices white bread

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Four wedges of soft cream cheese

½ cup grated mild cheddar cheese

¼ teaspoon garlic powder 1 large tomato, cut into small pieces

Procedure:

1. Spread one side of each bread slice with butter.

2. Flip the slices and spread the other side with soft cream cheese.

3. Top with tomato slices, cheddar cheese and garlic powder.

4. Cover each sandwich, buttered side out. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the sandwiches until golden brown.

 

Chicken Crunchers

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Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose Flour

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 Egg whites

1/2 cup Milk

1 1/2 cups Cornflakes

1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat, shredded Cheddar Cheese

6 Chicken breast filets; cut into strips

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit.

2. In a bowl, mix the flour with a pinch of salt and set aside.

3. In another bowl, beat the eggs and the milk together.

4. Mix the cornflakes with cheese and set aside.

5. Dip chicken pieces in flour, then into the egg wash, then roll in the cheesy cornflakes mixture.

6. Place the pieces in a lightly oiled baking pan.

7. Bake for 25 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure even browning.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Spirals

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter

1/3 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt

1 tablespoon orange juice

2 ripe bananas

4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Procedure:

1. First, combine peanut butter and yogurt, stirring until smooth.

2. Drizzle juice over bananas and toss gently to coat

3. Spread about 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

4. Arrange about 1/3 cup banana slices in a single layer over peanut butter mixture

5. Sprinkle cinnamon evenly over banana slices. 6. Roll up the tortillas, slice, and refrigerate.


Upcycling Plastic Bottles

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Here are some creative ways to upcycle plastic bottles using only boxcutter, a sharp pair of scissors, a pencil, a little duct tape, and some sandpaper .

A. Pencil Holder

1. Trace out cutting marks with a pencil.

2. Use a box cutter to poke our first hole, and then follow through with the scissors.

3. Sand the rough edges down.

The stark white of the milk bottle provides a nice contrast to the colorful pencils inside.

 

B. Hanging Horizontal Planter

1. Trace our cutting marks.

2. Slice out the unwanted part with the box cutter.

3. Poke holes for the water to pas through later.

4. Transplant some soil.

Instant planter!

 

C. Lowly Water Bottle

1. Poke five holes in a horizontal line at the base of the bottle.

2. Attach it to a regular garden hose.

Instant sprinkler!


Ral Arrogante: Distorting Junk Into Gems

We Filipinos have a knack for making good use of whatever’s around us. Some talented artists even go as far as turning scrap nuts, bolts, and junk material into whimsical and intricate pieces.

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Ral Arrogante, known as a junk metal sculptor, meticulously twists, crimps and bends each copper piece to fit into his artwork. Mainly inspired by urban shanties and movement, his artworks range from small-scale figures of people and insects, to sizeable sculptures of houses on stilts and ships.

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Ral uses recycled brass as a long-lasting artistic statement – never rusting, nor deteriorating. And with it, he also wishes that his message would stand across years and generations – that the freedom to create something from junk is a skill that many of us can acquire.

Contact Ral Arrogante at http://www.facebook.com/arrogantral


Turning Old Cloths into Bags and Gift Wraps

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by Hiyasmin Neri

In one of our recent episodes, we showed you an alternative way to carry your stuff and wrap your gifts with a use of a “Furoshiki.” A Furoshiki is a squared piece of thin fabric (usually silk, cotton or rayon) that can be folded into a bag or wrapper for your gifts and other items.

Here are the materials you need in creating a homemade Furoshiki:

Square cloth (at least 45 cm each side)

Fabric scissors (optional)

Sewing Machine w/ thread (optional)

Option 1: You can fold rectangular scarves into two to create four equal sides.

Option 2: Cut your old blanket/ cloths into 4 equal sides and sew the edges.

Steps to make a Hand carry bag:

1. This technique is ideal to use as a lunch bag, beach tote, short trip handbag

2. Place your items on the center of your Furoshiki and simply tie two corners on each side together

Steps to make a back pack:

1. Use a large blanket with four equal sides for this technique.

2. Place the furoshiki in a slanted position to resemble a diamond.

3. Place your items at the center of the furoshiki and tie a single knot from two corners towards the center

4. Twist each remaining ends of the blanket to make straps and tie each end with the corners of the single knot.

Steps to wrap flower bouquet:

1. Place the flowers in the center of the furoshiki

2. Fold one side of the fabric with at least 3 inches width

3. Tie the corners of the folded sides together, wrapping around the flower stems. Fold the bottom side upwards to form an inverted triangle. Fold the end of the triangle and tie the corners together

Steps to wrap 2 wine bottles:

1. Place the two bottles opposite each other.

2. Fold one corner of the Furoshiki to cover the bottles.

3. From the folded side, roll the bottles towards the opposite corner.

4. Tie the ends together to make a handle.

Steps to wrap 2 books:

1. You need to place the Furoshiki in a slanted position to resemble a diamond.

2. Place the two books, one on each corner and fold the sides to cover the books.

3. Roll the books towards the center.

4. Tie the corners with a single knot Invert the books and tie the excess ends of the Furoshiki together.

Steps to wrap a box of sweets:

1. Place the box in the center of the Furoshiki and make a single knot using two opposite ends

2. Tie the remaining ends together and you’re done!

 

 

Source: http://www.furoshiki.com, http://www.recyclenow.com


Fusing Simplicity and Modern Technology: Loudbasstard Bamboo Amplifiers

Many people have come to associate bamboo with integrity, elegance and simplicity. Its raw and natural finish lends a rustic appeal to most pieces. But with innovative and sustainable design, two Cebuanos have maximized the potential of bamboo and fused it with modern technology.

 

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Loudbasstard’s bamboo amplifiers are hand-made, hand-cut and hand-dyed in Cebu, ensuring that each piece is unique and well-crafted by Cebuanos in their community. Aside from helping the livelihood of Cebuano craftsmen, using Loudbasstard’s amplifiers will also save a chunk of your electricity because you don’t need to plug it anymore. Loudbasstard owners Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio made use of passive amplification to make this happen.

 

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“Through our product and through our business model, we also want to inspire other entrepreneurs that you can be a global brand, you can make great things. And you can do all that while staying in your country. And doing more than yourself,” ends Koh.

 

Loudbasstard bamboo amplifiers can be bought in Kultura in SM Department stores and other distributors. Check out www.loudbasstard.com for complete list.


Spinach: Nutritional Powerhouse of Vegetables

Among the world’s healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of our list for nutrient abundance. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting carotenoids (such as beta-carotene & lutein) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. This leafy green is abundant in powerful anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties in the form of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Zinc and selenium.

Spinach and Potato Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (200g) bag fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 litre water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the sliced potatoes and cook gently over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until they are slightly cooked and golden colored.
  2. Stir in the spinach leaves; pour in the water and add the stock cubes.
  3. Bring to the boil, the reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Use a hand held immersion blender to puree the soup.
  5. If you like, you can serve with a swirl of cream and a twist of black pepper.

Sauteed Spinach and Garlic

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Chili flakes
  • Salt to taste
  1. Cut off the thick stems of the spinach and discard. Clean the spinach by filling up your sink with water and soaking the spinach to loosen any sand or dirt. Drain the spinach and then repeat soaking and draining. Put the spinach in a salad spinner to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, until the garlic is just beginning to brown.
  3. Add the spinach to the pan, packing it down a bit if you need to with your hand. Use a couple spatulas to lift the spinach and turn it over in the pan so that you coat more of it with the olive oil and garlic. Do this a couple of times. Cover the pan and cook for 1 minute. Uncover and turn the spinach over again. Cover the pan and cook for an additional minute.
  4. After 2 minutes of covered cooking the spinach should be completely wilted. Remove from heat. Drain any excess moisture from the pan. Add a little more olive oil, sprinkle with salt and chilli flakes to taste. Serve immediately.

What to do with old CDs, cases, and spindles

Compact discs or CDs have been popularly used since the 1990s. It is made of almost pure polycarbonate plastic and its reflective surface is coated with a thin layer of aluminum or sometimes gold. We should keep in mind that these items can contain hazardous materials that need to be disposed of properly. But why throw them away when we can reuse them into creating new gifts and household pieces?

Desk organizers from CD cases

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You will need:

  •  CD cases
  •  Super glue
  •  Old magazines
  1. Gather some of your most colorfully covered CD cases and get ready to glue.
  2. If your old cases don’t have covers, or you simply don’t like the cover, grab a magazine and just customize in a way that works for you.
  3. Glue two cases together, one at the bottom to act as the base, and one standing up.
  4. Glue more CD cases like this depending on how long you want your desk organizer to be.
  5. Let it set for a few minutes and voila! You’re now ready to get those documents in order.

Accessory holder from CD spindle

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Materials Needed:

  •   CD spindle
  •   Spray paint
  •   Newspaper
  1. Make sure to place newspapers on your work area to avoid spraying paint on your floor or your table. It’s best to do this outdoors or in a more ventilated area.
  2. All you have to do is spray paint the entire CD spindle and cover.
  3. Let it set for a few minutes until the paint dries. When the spindle is ready, grab your accessories and put them in place.

 

CD clock

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You’ll need:

  • Old CDs
  • Old or new clock kit
  • Battery
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  1. Pick an old CD that you want to use as clock.
  2. Grab other CDs and cut them into little pieces.
  3. Decorate the CD that you picked by gluing the little CD pieces to it.
  4. While your CD is drying, disassemble the clock kit.
  5. When your CD is ready, reassemble the clock kit, putting the CD as the body of the clock.
  6. Put the battery and check out your new clock.

 

 


Iliac Diaz Makes Light

Iliac Diaz is a social entrepreneur that focuses on technology based sustainable solutions. One of his projects is to bring affordable light to urban poor communities. It’s a grass-roots-no-electricity-needed solution.  The project is called Isang Litrong Liwanag. It uses 1 liter soda PET bottles, mineral water, and some bleach.

To learn more, donate, or even volunteer go here http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/

 

 

 


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