Sashimi Squid

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If you’re tired of the usual squid preparations—dried, deep-fried, canned, adobo, or smoked, – perhaps you’d lie to try something different for a change.  How about turning Japanese?  How about you try a Sashimi Squid, a fancy yet easy-to-fix viand.  You don’t even have to cook!  


¼ fresh squid

½ cup soy sauce

Lemon or calamnsi 


1.   Wash the squid thoroughly .  Remove excess water.

2.   Slice the squid’s body into two, lengthwise.  Remove the head, tentacles, quill and viscera.

3.   Carefully separate the skin from the squid’s flesh.  Slice the flesh into 10 mm wide strips crosswise.

4.   Serve with soy sauce and calamansi or lemon.  It is also best served when cooled in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Sources:  Agribusiness Opportunities: Quezon City: World Media Groove, Inc. 1987


Production of Fish Sauce and Fish Paste

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Fish is a main food in the Philippines.

When there is an abundant supply of fish, they can be preserved in many ways.  One way is through the production of fish sauce (patis) and fish paste (bagoong).  Patis and bagoong are mainstays in every Filipino home.  Here is how to produce them.

MATERIALS:  Fish of assorted species, enzymes from microorganisms, salt



1.   Wash assorted species of fish to remove the undesirable dirt.

2.   Grind fish to facilitate hydrolysis of the protein constituent.

3.   Place ground fish into clean bowls with stirrer.

4.   Add exact amount of salt and mix uniformly to prevent the growth of microorganisms during fermentation.

5.   Put enzymes obtained from microorganisms of plant and animals to enrich the natural endoenzymes present in the fish.  Stir the mixture.

6.   Adjust the requirement of the particular enzyme used.

7.   Ferment for 13 days.  Clean the digested mash by filtering.  Bottle the clear reddish brown liquid as patis and the residue containing some insoluble protein as bagoong.

Micro Chair Card Holder

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Parties are frequent occasions, and may require a lot of paraphernalia such as balloons, tbales, candies, etc.  one part item that can add elegance and organize the event is the card holder.  Card holders may be used to indicate which group of guests will sit on which table.  They can also be used as tags and labels for drinks, main courses, and desserts.  Here you will be doing a chair-shaped card holder.


What you need

Craft wire

Sparkling aplle cider tops (or equivalent material for the cahir seat)

Wire cutters

Small pliers

Cards and other small pieces of paper material


What you’ll do

1.   Use the wire cutters to shape the craft wire and fashion the structure of a small chair.  Be creative, but ensure that you leave a sufficient length of wire at the bottom ends of the chair’s back.

2.   Secure the chair seat in its place.

3.   Twist the bottom ends of the chair back around the chair’s back legs.

4.   Form an upside down U shape with the wire.

5.   Place the U behind the chair’s back, and twist the back legs of the chair.

6.   Write the dish label or a guest’s name on a card and secure the card between the chair’s back and the U.


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Homemade Magnets

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Ruler and Hammer

Instead of spending your precious saving on expensive magnets, whuy not make your own?  It’s pretty easy, too.  Then you can sell these yourself to friends and classmates.

You’ll need magnetic material, like a screwdriver or a metal ruler, for instance (use the rulet; it’s cheaper).  You’ll also need a hammer and a compass.  If you don’t hae a compass, just go outside and use the sun as a basis for direction (if you don’t have a compass, don’t do this at night or in cloudy weather, unless your already know where north is). 

Position the magnetic material in such a way that it faces a north-south direction.  To use the sun to determine this, just remember that it rises in the East and sets in the West.  So wherever the sun is in the morning, that’s East.  Wherever it is in the afternoon, that’s West.  Wherever your shadow is cast, that’s the opposite direction.  If you plan to do this before noon, make sure you stand where the sun is to your right and your shadow to your right.  In both cases, North should be directly in front of you. 

Now that the ruler is in place, strike it with the hammer about 30 times or more.  Careful not to hurt yourself.  Then check to see if it works.  Try using it on pins and paper clips.  Just keep hitting it till you get it right.  But before doing all this, do make sure no one is bothered by the noise. 

It’s a great way to unleash the physicist in you, and earn extra pocket money as well. 


Summer Skin All-year Round

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Some of us probably favor light complexion.  Some pale-skinned people, on the other hand, wanto have darker skin.

If you’re among those who would rather have a slight tan, thre’s a natural way of getting it.  you can make your own tanning lotion.   Before you proceed, amake sure yhour skin is not sensitive to any of the ingredients.


What you need:

¾ cup pure water

2 black tea bags

¼ cup lanolin

¼ cup sesame oil

Blender kettle


What to do:

1.   Boil the water.  Be careful not to scald yourself.

2.   Brew the teabags in the boiled water.

3.   Pour one-fourth cup of tea, one-fourth cup of lanolin, and one-fourth cup of sesame oil in the blender.  Replace the lid and set the speed to low.

4.   Gradually add the remaining tea while the blender motor is still running.  (Exercise caution when using a blender that is on.  Don’t place your head too close as you could get the liquid in your eyes.  Never stick your gingers in the pitcher.)

5.   Apply the mixture on a hidden spot of your skin to check whether you like the shade.


Use sparingly.

The brew will add color to your skin and the minerals in it will make the skin soft and healthy.  Although the tan will not last forever, at least you had fun doing it.


► Debra Lynn Dadd.  Debra’s Guide to Choosing Natural Sun Protection.

Milky Way Night-light

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Bedtime is time for quiet and rest, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be boring.  Put some fun and learning into bedtime by making customized and themed night-lights.

What you will need:


Blue construction paper

Star punchers

Star chart or star map

Glitter glue

Needles of different sizes



What you will do:

1.  Pick your favorite constellation and look for its star chart.  Have your star chart or star map photocopied.

2.  Lay the copy of your star chart on top of the blue construction paper.  Tape the ends to make sure it doesn’t move around.

3.  With your needles, punch holes onto the construction paper.  You can use bigger needles for the bigger stars.  Poke some random homes onto the construction paper to represent other stars.

4.  You can accessorize the construction paper by punching out star shapes in some areas and decorating it with glitter glue.

5.  Wrap the construction paper around the lampshade.  Cut the extra flaps of construction paper.

6.  Secure the construction paper onto the lampshade with glue or tape.

7.  When you turn the lights on, you can see the pattern reflect on your bedroom walls.


Remember that light bulbs emit heat, so make sure that the lampshade is safely spaced away from the bulb.  Do not completely cover the lamp to make sure that there is sufficient ventilation.  Also, consider using cooler, neon bulbs to further increase safety.


► kids-the-incredible-universe1.htm



Make Vinyl the Easy Way

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You may find the chemistry behind vinyl complicated, but it’s actually simple (see “Ode to Old Vinyl,”).  Yes, you can make your vinyl records with this easy step-by-step guide.

Step 1

You will need a source of PVC.  Many materials contain PVC, including credit cards and pipes.  If in doubt, find your parents’ old records and simply melt these down (make sure to remove the labels first; if not, it will result in an inferior quality record).

Step 2

Melt down you PVC.  This can be done over a kitchen stove.  Avoid breathing in the fumes as they are highly carcionogenic.

Step 3

Add pigment.  Black records may be obtained by added pencil lead (graphite) to the mixture; other colors can be obtained using food colorings.

Step 4

Pour your melted vinyl onto a flat plate and compress with any weights you happen to have lying around.

Step 5

Remove your disk and carve groves into it in a spinal pattern.

Step 6

Play your new record!


Rat Control

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Rats are one of the most difficult problems framers have to face the whole year round.

For traps, you can dig holes in different locations around the farm.  The holes should be 30 to 40 cms (14 to 18 inches) wide and 50 to 60 cms deep (23 to 28 inches).

Fill the bottom of each hole with water.

Rub the sides of the holes with a mixture of dry ground fish and coconut oil that provides an attractive odor around the hole.

The smell of the oil mixed with the fist attracts rats.

When rats try to eat the food, they will fall into the water at the bottom of the hole. They will be trapped in the hole until you get rid of them.  (PCARRD FARMNEWS, 1992)


Making Hollow Blocks

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Hollow Block


Cement, sand, wooden molds, measuring can, trowel and water


1.  Measure the materials using the measuring can.

2.  Mix 4 parts sand with 4 parts cement thoroughly.

3.  Form a mound and make a circular hole in the middle of the mixture.

4.  Pour about ½ of a measure of water into the hole.  Allow the water to seep into the mixture.  Mix well.  Add more water if needed.  The mixture must not be too dry or too wet.

5.  Place the mold in an upright position on a level surface.  Put the mixture in the mold until half-full.  Pack the mold.  Scrape the surface.

6.  Invert the mold carefully and pull the mold upward.

7.  Sprinkle daily with water for a curing period of 28 days.

8.  Test for compression strength by successively loading heavy objects.  Record the total mass [kilograms] of the objects when the block cracks.  The will tell you how much your hollow blocks can hold. – Bato Balani

Visual source:  cmsb 

Bottle Cap Magnet

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Magnets have a lot of applications.  They are used in electric generators and motors.  They are found on maglev trains and even on a compass.

And there is yet another good use for magnets: decorative papers such as maps, fliers, stamps.  You can sell these to your friends and classmates in school.


What you need:
Bottle Cap Magnet

Bottle Cap Magnet

Bottle caps

Soap and water


Button magnets

General-purpose glue

Clear sealant or decoupage glue


Paper for decoration, such as map, old letter, flier, stamp

Cardboard to make template the size of bottle cap top

Ink pen or marker



What you will do:
  1. Rinse bottle caps in a mild soap solution.
  2. Dry well with a towel.
  3. Make a template the size of the bottle cap out of thick card-board.
  4. Draw around the template to create circles on decorative paper.
  5. Cut out the circles using scissors.
  6. Attach the paper circles to the tops of the bottle caps with decoupage glue.
  7. Paint decoupage glue over the top of the paper and bottle cap to seal it.  let it dry.
  8. Glue button magnets to the underside of the bottle cap with general-purpose glue.  Let it dry.



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