Healthy Living: DIY Salads to Do at Home

Don’t let the summer heat catch up with you in your country club home in Tagaytay. While the environment there is cool enough that most of the time the summer heat won’t even matter too much, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated all day.

Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, and it’s also the one responsible for regulating your body temperature. If you gauge your dehydration by thirst, you might be a little too late, because your body does not feel thirst until it has lost about three pounds of water weight. With that, try out some hydrating food to keep you and your family refreshed.

Classic Caesar Salad

Nobody would say no to the classic Caesar salad, and you shouldn’t say no or be afraid of trying your hand at making it either. It’s easy. To get started on making the dressing, you’ll need to bring a small pot of water to a boil. Gently lower an egg into it, and immediately take it out. Let it stand for five minutes to cool, then rinse the egg under cold water, and crack it into a bowl. Whisk in some anchovy paste, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, one and a half teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a teaspoon of mustard powder. Add 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil slowly while whisking until combined, and season with salt and pepper. Now you add the romaine lettuce and croutons and as much parmesan with you want, gently tossing, then top with more parmesan before serving.

Creole Tomato Salad

Nothing says summer like fresh, ripe, red tomatoes. To make this salad, you’ll need to prepare the vinaigrette, which is made of 4 teaspoons olive oil, the same amount of red wine vinegar, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and some minced garlic. Combine them in a jar and shake, then pour over sliced tomatoes and onions, seasoned with salt, fresh mind and chives.

Lemony cucumber salad

Together in a large bowl, combine a cup of thinly sliced radishes, half a cup of orange bell pepper, finely chopped, a fourth cup of chopped parsley and six cups of thinly sliced cucumbers. To make the dressing, combine a teaspoon of lemon rind, two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a tablespoon of olive oil, one and a half teaspoons of white wine vinegar in a small bowl, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Watermelon cucumber salad

Another fruit that screams summer, watermelon. You’ll need to combine six cups of watermelon cut into one inch pieces, a cup of chopped watercress, three fourths cup of thinly sliced sweet onions, and three cups of thinly sliced cucumber. In another bowl, combine two tablespoons of chopped fresh mind and fresh cilantro, the same amount of fresh lime juice and olive oil, and season with salt. Pour over your chopped fruit and sprinkle with cheese, then garnish with more mint.

So the next time you’re looking to hydrate yourself, try out these salads and enjoy a cool summer day! In fact, why not have them while playing a relaxing game of golf?

 

Keeping Tagaytay Clean and Green

Tagaytay is one of the most picturesque cities in the country. Its high altitude and cooler climate makes it a pleasing local weekend destination, which also makes it a prime real estate spot today. For those reasons, Tagaytay homes for sale have piqued the attention of growing families that want to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, as opposed to millennials who sometimes prefer work and live in the city today.

Tagaytay has seen a rapid urbanization as the city continues to gain a lot of tourists. But while the city has been growing in population and economy, agriculture remains to be one of the most important part of the city’s development, accounting for 20% of the city’s total land area. As far as cities that raise environmental awareness goes, Tagaytay has gained the support of the locals in making sure that the city maintains a clean environment. Tagaytay is truly a community that exemplifies a holistic approach to mitigating climate change.

Climate change is the term for the global phenomenon that composes of the repercussions of oversaturating our atmosphere with greenhouse gases. After the Industrial Revolution, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere started to increase as man-made carbon emissions began to rise. Over time, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere started warming the planet a little bit too much, causing glacial ice caps to melt, and offsetting the global climate.

Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere

Carbon dioxide is the biggest percentage of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and makes up about 81% of the greenhouse gases present in the planet’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is emitted through burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil. Solid waste also contributes to carbon dioxide emissions.

Methane, 11% total in the atmosphere, makes it the second largest greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. It is emitted through the production and transportation of coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane also emitts from livestock and agricultural practices. Decay of organic waste in solid waste landfills also emit methane.

Nitrous oxide makes up about 6% of greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere. These are emitted during agricultural and industrial activities. Nitrous oxide is also emitted throug combustion of fossil fuels and solid waste.

Fluorinated gases such as hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride make up the remaining 3% of greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere. These are synthetic, powerful gases that are emitted through industrial processes.

The Greenhouse Effect

The greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere trap heat, increasing the planet’s temperature. The greenhouse effect happens through the sun’s radiation. The sun is a constant source of energy that strike the earth’s atmosphere in the form of visible light, ultraviolet, infrared, and any other type of radiation that are invisible to the human eye. As solar radiation hits the Earth’s surface, 30% of the energy is reflected back to space by reflective surfaces like ice. The remaining 70% is absorbed by the planet, its oceans, land, and the atmosphere itself, and in turn generate their own infrared thermal radiation. This cycle keeps the Earth’s temperature at an average of 59 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius as observed by NASA.

The Philippines is one of the countries in Asia that contribute heavily to displaced carbon emissions due to the overwhelming pollution in the metro areas. There are cities like Tagaytay that recognize that the community needs to be aware of the global situation that is affecting our environment. Thus, Tagaytay homes for sale have become ideal locations for raising a family that are environmentally aware and are concerned for the welfare of the planet.

Growing Your Garden: Bonsai Trees

Your Tagaytay luxury home won’t have that complete one-with-nature without bonsai trees. Bonsai is the thousand year old Japanese art of growing trees in small pots or containers. ‘Bon’ in bonsai means ‘a tray’ and ‘sai’ means plant, so bonsai means ‘plants in a tray.’ The practice of the miniaturization of plants are also found in Chinese culture, called ‘penjing’ and in Vietnam is called ‘hon non bo.’

The purpose of a bonsai is for the viewer to go into contemplation, and for the grower to experience the enjoyable task of caring for the plant. Growing a bonsai, unlike other practices that involve cultivation, is not for the purpose of producing food or medicine, but only focuses on the cultivation of small trees growing in a container. Wouldn’t it be nice to have bonsai trees on display on your garden or in your house?

How to Grow the Bonsai

To grow a bonsai tree, you must first acquire a tree or seedlings, but not just any tree. You should choose a tree that suits your climate. Not all trees are the same, and not all trees are going to grow in all climates in any location. For example, some trees die during freezing weather, while others require the extreme temperature drop to prepare for spring. So make sure that your tree can live in your area especially if you want an outdoor tree. Indoor trees require less light and less moisture, while outdoor trees are the opposite.

After selecting your tree, decide the size you want for your bonsai. Depending on the species of tree, full grown bonsai trees are about six inches tall, to about three feet tall. If you grew your bonsai from a seedling or a cut from another tree, they can be even smaller. If you want a larger bonsai, they will require more soil, water, and sunlight, so you should have all them prepared before you decide to grow a bonsai. You should consider the size of the pot you’ll use, the space and sunlight available in your home, and the amount of care you’ll give your tree, since larger trees need more care as they take longer to prune.

Choose your pot. You will have the ability to control the growth if your tree if you choose to grow your bonsai from a seedling. Shallow containers that are used to grow bonsai trees contains and compacts the root mass, which limits the growth of the tree. It can take up to five years to grow a full sized tree from a seedling. The pot you choose to put your tree in should be large enough for you to put enough soil to cover your tree’s roots. If you use a pot that is too large, it can dwarf your tree. Some prefer to transfer their full grown trees into prettier pots when they’re full grown. Your pot should also have drainage holes, at the bottom. If the soil is damp for too long, your tree’s roots will rot.

Let your seedlings germinate. Care for your seedlings until they sprout, but again, like the first step, you must choose a seedling that will live in your area. Some seeds do not survive the winter, while others require the temperature drop to sprout in the spring. If you don’t live in a temperate country, you can simulate the freezing weather by putting your seeds in the refrigerator. It is important that you do not use fertilizer on your seedlings, or until five or six weeks after they’ve made themselves comfortable in their containers. Use small amounts at first, or you’ll burn your plant with the chemicals in the fertilizer.

Your seedlings should be kept in an area where the temperature is perfect for them. Don’t put them in areas where they are exposed to cold temperatures, but you shouldn’t put them in places where they’re exposed to nasty winds and too much sunlight either. Slow introduce them to a warm but covered spot, indoors or indoors. It is better to put your plant in a greenhouse. Water them regularly but not excessively.

However, if you want to care for a grown tree, first you have to prepare the tree that you bought from the store. It probably was sold in an awful looking container or plastic bag, so transfer it to your pot of choice. Make sure the roots have been pruned and the crown or top of the tree has been shaped the way you want before you transfer it to your pot. Repotting can be stressful for your tree. You should also learn when the best season is for you to transfer your tree. Many trees are best transplanted in the spring, when the rise in temperature makes them recover from trimming and pruning faster.

Pot your tree in the position that you desire, and then cover the roots with high quality soil. Moss or gravel, which are good looking decorations on your tree can help the tree stay in place. Repotting is an extremely stressful process for your tree, so don’t use fertilizers yet, and keep it in a shaded area, away from wind and direct, constant sunlight for about two to three weeks. This gives time for your tree to adjust to its new pot, or new home, and soon, thrive.

Even though the practice of cultivating bonsai is an art form that has existed for more than a thousand years, this hobby isn’t that difficult. Try the above tips and have fun growing and caring for the bonsai you’ll place in your Tagaytay luxury home.

Bird Watching in Your Backyard

Ever wondered what it feels like to have a Tagaytay wedding? Well, you can plan one or recommend someone you know to have their wedding in Tagaytay Highlands and then get a unit there as a new home. Not only will you settle in one of the best towns in Luzon, you will also get a peek every day of the verdant surroundings mother nature, including animals such as birds in the sky.

 

Spot birds in your backyard

There are diverse and numerous types of birds in the Philippines. If it has strongly interested you to make bird watching as your new hobby, or to unwind, start in your backyard. You can easily have birds stay on your backyard to rest or nest on a tree. It will be lucky for you to spot a rare bird. However, you must keep in mind to take care of these special creatures and execute special care to them by avoiding hurting them or disturbing them in their natural habitat.

 

To further classify birds, here are some of the many types of birds in the Philippines which you can research on to identify what type of bird you have spotted or would like to see:

  • Green Racquet-tail
  • Montane Racquet-tail
  • Red-crested Malkoha
  • Scale-feathered Malkoha
  • Rufous Coucal
  • Luzon Highland Scops-owl
  • Whitehead’s Swiftlet
  • Luzon Hornbill
  • Whiskered Pitta
  • Blackish Cuckooshrike
  • Green-backed Whistler
  • Celestial Monarch
  • Long-billed Rhabdornis
  • Ashy Thrush

 

Have a better bird watch

Once you’ve discovered that you want to make bird watching as your new hobby, take time to buy a couple of equipment to enhance your new found hobby. You can attract more birds in your backyard by changing up a few things in your backyard.

 

Feeding

Birdfeeders can be given to birds to chomp on. Take note on the type of birdfeeders you will buy whether it’s suitable for the type of birds that usually stay in your backyard. Just sprinkle some seeds around your backyard, spread out stylishly to provide a scrumptious meal for the birds.

 

Shelter

Birdhouses and birdbaths are man-made gifts for the lovely birds. Creating one that is exposed to the birds will definitely be their new hang out place. Plan out what kind of house and bath you’ll do, grab some wood, nails, and hammer, and let out your craftsmanship.

 

Safety

Owning a cat that likes to roam around is a certain no-no if you’re a birdwatcher. Keep cats out of sight where birds go to, to ensure safety.

 

Binoculars

Ah, a device that makes you see farther. It is a handy tool for better bird watching.

 

Black oil sunflower seed

This is another type of food birds eat. To avoid unwanted seeds on your lawn, opt to have hulled chips or seeds so that it won’t spurt.

 

If you plan to meet other fellow birdwatcher lovers, Birding Adventure Philippines is the premier Filipino bird guide in the country. You’ll be formally acquainted on the lifestyle of true birdwatchers who share the same hobby as you. The members here are also part of Wild Bird Club of The Philippines; surely, joining their group will increase your knowledge about birds.

 

Lastly, if you plan to have a Tagaytay wedding, include birds to beautify your life changing moment.

Living Healthy: 7 Superfoods You Need To Know    

In the lush, refreshing environment of Tagaytay, homes for sale are always up for grabs. The cool climate just right for getting away from the summer heat; the expansive spaces perfect for almost any type of sport; and the beautifully natural views make Tagaytay one of the premiere spots to live in in the Philippines.

 

A perfect mix or the urban and country life, it is a place where living healthy is a truly viable option. While the outdoors by itself can do a lot already, incorporating a healthy diet into one’s routine would not hurt either.

 

Here are some superfoods that should definitely be on any health junkie’s list:

 

Açaí

Açaí berries are mostly native to South America, Brazil and Trinidad. They contain very high levels of antioxidants called anthocyanins that are known to help fight cancer and heart disease. Açaí berries also contain oleic acid that helps lower cholesterol and reducing blood pressure levels. Açaí berries are also known to be effective with weight loss. The high level of antioxidants also help with anti-aging.

Goji Berries

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, were once native to Tibet and Mongolia. They are part of the nightshade family, along with potato, tomato, eggplant, belladonna, chili pepper, and tobacco. The popularity of the wolfberry grew in the last few years as more people turn to superfoods to keep a healthy lifestyle. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, amino acids, and antioxidants. Albeit the fact that its healing and health benefits have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China, research on the fruit are still on the basic stage.

 

Cacao/Cocoa Powder

Chocolate comes from cocoa powder, which comes from cocoa seeds harvested from the cocoa tree, an evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae called Theobroma Cacao. Cacao is known to help lower blood pressure, and contains barely 15cal of fat per tablespoon.

 

Mangosteen

The mangosteen fruit comes from a tropical evergreen tree that is native to South East Asia. It is the fruit with an inedible purple rind and a soft, fleshy, juicy, segmented interior. Mangosteens contain xanothones that are known to help combat cancer, as well as inflammation.

 

 

Edamame

Edamame is the preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. It is a Japanese dish of blanched stemmed soy beans in 4% salt water. Edamame is also known to be found in Chinese, Korean, and Hawaiian cuisine. Soybeans are rich in protein, dietary fibre, and micronutrients such as folate, manganese, phosphorous, and Vitamin K.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica, a species of flowering plant related to mint. These plants are native to Mexico and Guatemala. The seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, thiamine, and niacin. These seeds are also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc.

 

Kale

Kale is a leaf cabbage and is considered to be closely related to wild cabbage. Kale is known to lower cholesterol levels, especially when steamed. Its fibre related components bind with your body’s bile acids in order to easily dispel them. Kale is also known to lower the risk of cancer. Its detoxifying properties are able to detox the body down to the genetic level.

 

Living healthily isn’t too hard, as long as there is a balance in one’s life. A good diet, a clean environment, and a lot of exercise can do a lot to boost one’s body. So the next time a Tagaytay home is up for sale, consider grabbing it and improve your lifestyle!