Monthly Archives: November 2013

Halo-Halo: The Number One Filipino Dessert

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Ask any Filipino living abroad about the food they miss eating it would not be surprising to find Halo halo on top of each list.

This mouth-watering desserts main ingredients are: shaved ice, evaporated milk, sugar palm (kaong), kidney beans, nata de coco, sweet potato, a scoop of ice cream, leche flan, ube, grated coconut sport (macapuno), jackfruit,and tapioca (sago) and colored gelatin.

Before you eat halo-halo, you need to mix all the ingredients first. Now the mixing takes skill you have to thrust your teaspoon in an up and down motion, and its important to be extra careful not to have spills on the sides of your glass.  Continue doing so until all the ingredients have been fully mixed.

For my non-Filipino readers, the word halo is actually a Filipino term which means to mix.

The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Aside from being known to fight diabetes, cancer and heart problems, medical experts have found more apple cider health benefits.  This inexpensive and readily available drink must be available in anyones pantry for these reasons:


1.  Apple Cider Helps Relieve Stomach Troubles. The antibiotic properties of apple cider, makes it effective in relieving bacterial infections that cause diarrhea or any other stomach pains.  Apple cider is believed to contain pectin, something that is helpful in soothing intestinal spasms.  For best results, drink a glass of water mixed with two tablespoons of apple cider.  Apple cider could also be a cure for indigestion problems.

2.  Apple Cider is a Good Remedy for Hiccups.  Hiccups could both be a distraction and a source of embarrassment.  A teaspoon of apple cider could drive those hiccups away!

3.  Apple Cider Vinegar Clears Stuffy Nose.  Nothing could be more irritating than having to deal with allergic rhinitis.  The sneezing and the stuffy nose are enough reasons to ruin your day. Well, you can say goodbye to those allergies by simply mixing a teaspoon of apple cider with a glass of water.  On top of that, apple cider also soothes sore throats.

4. Apple Cider Energizes and Helps to Beat Exhaustion.  If you dont have the extra energy you need to go through a long and exhausting day, a teaspoon or two mixed with a glass of water is what you need.  This is because apple cider contains potassium and enzymes that would relieve that tired feeling.

Types of Cisco Certification

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What are the levels of Cisco Certification for Internetworking? Where do I start? As with any certification program, knowing where to start is always the most confusing question. The answer lies with what you already now and not what you believe you know. Taking an assessment test will reveal your actual skill level. This will be valuable if you are already working in the IT Department of a company. Otherwise most people will begin at the entry level certification.

There are five levels of Cisco Internetwork Certification with each having step-certifications. Here is an idea of what they are.

Cisco Entry Level Certification:
• Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician [CCENT]
• Cisco Certified Technician [CCT]
• Routing & Switching
• Data Center
• TelePresence

Cisco Associate Level Certification:
• Cisco Certified Network Associate [CCNA]
• Security
• Data Center
• Routing & Switches
• Service Provider
• Video
• Wireless
• Design [CCDA]
• SP Operations
• Voice

Cisco Professional Level Certification:
• Cisco Certified Network Professional [CCNP]
• Security [CCSP & CCNP]
• Service Provider [CCIP & CCNP SP]
• SP Operations [CCNP SP]
• Video Design[CCPD]
• Wireless
• Routing & Switches
• Data Center
• Voice

Cisco Expert Level Certification:
• Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert [CCIE]
• CCIE Routing & Switches
• CCDE Design Expert
• CCIE Data Center
• CCIE Security
• CCIE Voice
• CCIE SP Operations
• CCIE Storage Networking
• CCIE Service Provider
• CCIE Wireless

Cisco Architect Level Certification:
• Cisco Certified Architect [CCAr]
• CCAr Board Certification Exam

The Cisco Certification Program begins with the basics and ends with board certification, if you choose to reach that high. Start by finding an approved Cisco Certified Training Center in your region. Training Center listings will be published on the Cisco website or by searching the web.


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