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Clams Clams Clams


Vid clip shows fresh clams  in the Philippines, being soaked  in tap water for a few hours. This is done so that clams will voluntarily open themselves and spit-out the sand and other impurities that they have after which you’ll notice that the bowl with water and clam will be murky towards the end, with sand particles visible. Rinsing follows and cooking starts.Soup anyone?

Greenfields of Prosperity


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Welcome to Davao! Life here would be alluring to any visitor.[Note: All the pics provided exclusively belong to the author.I came to Davao not just to see the place but on official business trip straight from the sun-baked deserts of Oman where I am based. Thus, I chanced upon this opportunity to explore this majestic region that I last visited about 3 decades ago or so. Davao City is among the largest cities in the world with a sprawling land area of 244,000 hectares.  It is the premier city and hub of the south side of the Philippines known for its bustling economic activities, diverse population, urban build-up and modern amenities.  It is considered as the most important economy in the island and the third most important urban center in the Philippines.  The city is known to many as a destination offering a unique combination of various eco adventures in the midst of a modern, urban landscape characterized by a flourishing business and tourism environment.

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Pryce Tower in Bajadia, Davao City

Davao is also seen and considered as a retirement haven for people seeking a slower pace of life, due to its relaxed atmosphere, low cost of living, and numerous recreational options.I have learned that  the city has a very low crime rate in the country.Even with a population of over 1.3 million and an urban density estimated  at 2,400  persons per square kilometer, Davao City’s crime rate still remains among the lowest in the country.  This has earned  for Davao City the distinction  as the Most Peaceful City in the East and Southeast Asia for a number  of years already.

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The night stroll would make anyone virtually safe from harm due to the City’s strict implementation of peace and order.

Davao City is said to be one favorite place of a growing global community of expats of various nationalities  aside from other tribes from within the country.

GREENFIELDS OF PROSPERITY.

As one of my primary targets, the fruit export business in Davao City sit well with our planned business activity to market cavendish banana in the Middle East in partnership with my Omani sponsor. The abundance of fruits in Davao is truly a wonder to any would be visitor and businessman as there are a lot of suppliers and growers and lots of fruit stalls as well. The Bankerohan Fruit Market is crowded with buyers on a daily basis.So, if you happen to go to Davao, there are so many fruits to choose from –  you’ll enjoy the freshest and highest quality agricultural produce. It is up for grabs both for the locals and for domestic and foreign markets. It exports large volumes of banana, pineapple, orchids, and tuna.Its pomelo, durian, and mangosteen are sought-after by many, yet these remain affordable and accessible to the locals on a daily basis.Davao is the biggest supplier of Banana in the Middle East Market based on the latest stats.

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Mt. Apo was one of the places I enjoyed seeing from a far distance at Digos City Davao Del Sur and Bansalan…

Davao City is blessed with abundant fresh drinking water from both ground and surface sources. Mount Apo serves as there charge  point and the areas at the foot of the mountain contain  large reservoirs, the biggest of which is the Calinan, Toril and Talomo Triangle.

One can have a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle in Davao City! The city pioneered the regulation of smoking in public places in the Philippines that  gave birth to the National Anti-Smoking Law. Davao City has been a recipient of the prestigious Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2010 and 2011 during the World No Tobacco Day. It has tough policies against dangerous drugs, violence against women and children (including prostitution and human trafficking), and environmental pollution. It has addressed the concern over aerial spraying in large plantations and banned the use of firecrackers and similar pyrotechnics. It leads in the conservation of endangered species such as the country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, as well as the protection of the city’s watershed, coastal areas, rivers and gulf. Davao City boasts of having one of the most progressive and comprehensive reproductive health program in the world.

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The streets are covered with streamers on the month I was in Davao to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival…

Davao City is the only Asian city that has an integrated emergency response system similar to that of the United States and Canada, the difference being that in Davao City , the service is absolutely for free and totally subsidized by the local government. Central 911 responds to all kinds of emergencies : medical, fire, police assistance, natural or man-made disaster. The Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been cited as the best prepared disaster coordinating council in the country.A favorite destination for study tours, Davao City is regarded as a model for other cities in the country.

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We are right at the mountain peak stopover bordering Gensan and Davao..

 A major Destination in the East Asian Region.

Davao City has been  cited in Asia for its high livability index, where residents can easily switch between fast-paced business transactions and soothing relaxation  options. It is considered a major tourist destination in the East Asian region with an increasing  number  of international visitors since the 1990s.

The designation of the Tagurano-Catigan-Eden Tourism Development Zone as the Mountain Resort and Agro-Tourism Capital of Southern Mindanao illustrates determined efforts leading to the desirable transformation  of the city as the Summer Capital of the Philippine  South. Additionally,  the presence of world-class  beach  resorts both in the city and on nearby Samal Island (30 minutes away by boat ride) has allowed  Davao to offer a complete tourism package for all visitors.

Davao City is the hub of commerce and industry in the Southern Mindanao region.

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Author enjoys a ride in a Padjak to move around town.

Harvests are bountiful in Davao City. The cultivation  and propagation of natural resources dominate the economic landscape of the region as the city is surrounded by many different plantations and stock farms supplying both local andexport markets. With the richness of agribusiness  opportunities in and aroundthe city, it’s no wonder  that Davao City is considered the Food Basket of the Philippines.

Dampa Davao
Author poses with the proud owner of Dampa Davao, a resto in downtown Davao so unique and classy…

Davao City is Business-Friendly.

Surveys and evaluations on the best places for business have always cited Davao as among the best performers. These include distinctions as being the Top 10 Asian Cities of the Future by the FDI magazine of The Financial Times, the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines with the Best Quality of Life by the Asian Institute of Management and a long list of numerous recognitions and distinctions as the city has received in the recent years. All these are proof of the continuous and decisive strides in making Davao City a home for many productive ventures and endeavors. Continue reading Greenfields of Prosperity

Banana of all Bananas


Every once in a while, life offers something new, unique, extraordinary with a flare of rarity that few could ever come to grasp or comprehend and with the change of, or advancement in applied science and technology thru  research, many in today’s presently changing world of new ideas, inventions, medical and technological innovations  as  for instance births of new human offsprings can bringst forth not just a single baby born but could end up 8, 9 , 12 or so babies  with the use of fertility drugs. Same is true in plants and many agriculturists  are going as far as producing hybrid types and trying genetical modifications to produce the desired output. Also rice have experienced revolutionary ways to produce yields in much different more advanced methods to produce higher yields than what used to be just normal. Scientists have to reinvent the rice plant again in order to keep up with the still rapidly growing  population. The newest techniques in biotechnology and genetic engineering employed by  scientists involves the transfer of the genes from one rice plant directly into the cells of another, reducing breeding time and allow for the transfer of specific traits. Instead of crossbreeding plants by hand in the field, scientists are now able to make finite genetic changes to plant embryos in test tubes, virtually ensuring the success of the transfer. This blog talks about one such ordinary variety of banana that was grown without the aid of genetically infused growth and many agriculturists are perplexed at how this banana tree bore fruit more than what is usually produced per bundle. In a remote village in the north of the Philippines in the City of San Fernando, which happens to be the ancestral place of my grandparents, a banana tree was found to have bore a 9-ft. bundle of fruit. Which gives us the intriguing imagination of the huge economic windfall to be derived should the genes of the banana fruit be extracted and re-grown  en-mass and re-planted. This banana just sprang out naturally and it was a case of genetic accident which is rare and should thus be preserved and multiplied to benefit more people globally.

Banana high breed.True or false

9-Foot long bundle of banana discovered in Brgy Catbagen,Sn Fernanco La Union.
A record crop yield on just 1 banana stalk.It produced a 9-ft long bundle grown without the aid of genetically infused growth.It was discovered recently in a remote village in the Northern Province of La Union in the Philippines.

Fish Adds Life…


The title of this blog says it all..Yeah, Fish adds life.It really is if the numerous research studies holds true. We often wonder how much benefit we derive out of this cold-blooded mammals in terms of food value they can provide to fish-loving people. In one weekend that we have had the opportunity to take advantage of to go on holiday fishing, I was able to take some shots of the enjoyable time we spent hobnobbing with the local populace in a most frequented fishing village in this part of Oman.

The First catch of fish using plastic fishing reel
At the Kabourah Fishery Harbor in Oman: A much deserved relaxation with my family away from the city.
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Fishing at the Fishery Harbor (pictured in daytime) in Kaboura
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Salmon Fish

What is Omega 3 ? Simply it is that fatty acid that is derived from fish.It is encouraging to note that though its oily, which is harmful in unsaturated fats in animals, the good thing in fish is that, it is good news to eaters because it is a “good” fatty acid. Having come across one leading daily in Oman, The Times of Oman condensed from the Daily Express, it was noted that a new study has revealed that consuming sardines, salmon or mackerel can lower the risk of an early death by more than a quarter because they are loaded with omega-3. It was further

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The Sail Fish or  Blue Marlin

indicated that having high amounts of omega-3 in the blood can slash the chances of a reduced lifespan by more than a third.Scientists have found that people with the largest amounts of the good fatty acids in their blood live on average 2.2 years longer that those with lower levels.Lead researcher Dr. Darfush Mozaffarian from the Harvard School of Public Health said “The findings suggest that the biggest bang-for-your buck is going from no intake to modest intake, or about two servings of fatty fish per week.” Scientists believe that the acids work to improve heart’s electrical activity and blood pressure.The body does not produce its own essential fatty acids and they must be obtained from the diet.Previous studies have found that fish rich in protein and fatty acids reduces the risk of death from heart disease.

A look at vegetable-rich Batinah region


We kept coming back for the motorcycle and camel rides in Batinah from time to time not minding too much on the long stretches of green fields along the way. This time we did not miss the chance to visit them. Our kind and unassuming Omani host offered the entourage a refreshing visit in  his vegetable and goat farm. We  found out vegetables and fruits are planted and [harvested] in great quantities in this part of Oman so that makes them not really dependent on vegetables from major exporters. Oil-rich Oman seems intent on becoming vegetable-rich as well, though it pales in comparison to figures achieved by vegetable-growing countries in Asia or North America. I later discovered that a considerable chunk of food crops in Oman is cultivated on the coastal region of Batinah plain, which extends north-westwards from the north of Muscat region to the rim of the United Arab Emirates.To name some, they are tomatoes, pumpkins, mangoes, bananas, sweet potatoes, sweet corn and an assortment of select fruits, like dates which have greatly increased over the last few years.

This blog under the category of plants and wildlife documents 4   vegetable plantations that we have visited namely okra, stringbeans, eggplant and cabbage. These products find its way to almost all the supermarkets and retailers in Oman.

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Okra comes packed with glutathione, a protein molecule that is naturally produced in the body and  is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body guard against the harmful effects of germs and bacteria that cause cancers and other diseases. It helps to improve liver, heart and lung functions and boost the immune system.

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Okra farms and other farms planted to vegetables are a common sight in the Batinah coast of Oman.
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Okra eaters,according to history.

Okra has made a name in ancient times, with its beginnings in Egypt where it is cultivated before the time of Queen Cleopatra. Then it became popular  to many parts of the world during the Atlantic slave trade.  The shortage of coffee beans in WWII gave rise to okra seed’s prominence as a very good substitute.  This incident made the word “okra fever”. Since then, okra’s popularity never disappeared from local markets to convenience stores throughout the world and throughout the year.

The world’s most beautiful women in ancient times, Cleopatra of Egypt and Yang Guifei of China loved to eat okra according to historical accounts.The world’s most productive land of okra in a rural area in Kami, Kochi Prefecture , Japan, is known popularly for how the young and old all look very healthy. When asked about their secret in having good health in that area, they graciously answer “okra”.

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Okra is also reported to be beneficial to those suffering from diabetes as it helps to stabilize the blood sugar. Some people who claimed to have their diabetes cured or their condition greatly improved with the daily consumption of water that has been soaked with okra.

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The other side of weeds.

So you think you know what a weed is? Did you ever think “why” you have weeds?  Did you ever think about positive values and functions that weeds might provide? There are many wildlife uses for weeds, including hosting more insects than you see or can imagine.Many wild mammals feed on weeds.  There are more good insects than bad in gardens, many being predators of the bad, or serving as food for birds.  Small parasitic insects, also serving as biological controls for bad ones, feed on the nectar of many weed flowers.   Some weeds host the larvae of butterflies, such as the monarch larvae on milkweeds.  We all have seen bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies feeding on flower nectar of many weeds.  Especially important to these are the late season wildflowers, when not much else is in flower, such as goldenrod and aster.

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The Omani farm owner showed his  unrelenting appetite for a memorable pose with us.

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Farmworkers in almost all the veggie fields are tended to by Bangali laborers like this stringbean fields we visited. Green beans (string beans) have been, in recent studies shown to have impressive antioxidant capacity.Research comparing the overall antioxidant capacity of green beans to other foods in the pea and bean families has found green beans to come out on top.For one, it’s also a valuable source of silicon for bone health and healthy formation of connective tissues in the body.

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Cabbage contains enormous anti-ageing compounds like beta carotene and Vitamin C. These compounds repair the damaged cells of the skin and give healthy and shiny skin protecting against the ageing of the skin.

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Although iron is essential for many biological process in the body, excess accumulation of it is not beneficial and causes certain harmful effects in the body. Increased accumulation of iron causes rise in the production of free radicals in the body and is associated with high risk of heart disease and cancer.Therefore,studies have taught us that it is necessary to remove the excess iron to reduce the free radical production which can be done by nasunin, a phytonutrient present in eggplant.

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Prior to the discovery of oil in the 1960s, the agricultural sector was vital in the Omani economy.  The principal agricultural area is found along the Batinah coast, in the northeast between Muscat and Diba al-Hisn. Oman is famed for producing very high quality agricultural goods and the highest quality products are usually exported to the neighboring Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.To this day, agriculture remains to be one of Oman’s main non-oil exports.