Moral Reasoning

•February 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A. Preliminary Questions

I chose divorce because my uncle has gotten a divorce. I would consider this action as wrong because the man and woman chose to get married, and they should have known what they are getting in to. It is a holy sacrament, and the man and woman should have thought it through before finally considering it. However, things may come up that have been completely unexpected that may complicate the relationship. Although they may go through counseling and try to fix the relationship, there may just be no possible solution to fix the relationship. If the husband or wife cheats during the relationship, and the significant other cannot bear to be married to him or her, then there is no choice. I have read several articles before that show that some people have gone family therapy (?) and they tried to fix the relationship as much as possible, but it did not work out at all. I have also heard of some people that have been divorced, but they still have a healthy relationship with their ex-husband/wife and they take turns raising their children. So all in all, even though it is wrong, there are circumstances that make it unavoidable.

I believe that I am a rationalist. I know that the general concept of divorce is wrong, but unless one of the people in the marriage violates it, then I guess there’s nothing we can do about it. If there is absolutely no other way of solving the problem that caused the couple to want to have a divorce, then they can go ahead. Even though the general concept of divorce is wrong, there may be circumstances where it is unavoidable, such as a wife getting out of a marriage with an abusive husband.

B. ”What if…?”

Hey, I know this is a tough time for you and your parents, and as much as it is wrong for married couples to have a divorce, there should be at least some reason as to why they are considering having a divorce. Try to understand it from their point of view. Do not suspect anything, and try as much as possible to be open with your parents about this. Talk to them about it, and talk to them about how you feel. Try to ask them to undergo family counseling. If there is no choice at all, and if you understand the points of view of your parents, then go ahead. I hope that through the divorce, you may grow and learn new lessons from it. 🙂

Antioxidants

•January 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are manmade antioxidants. These are phenolic compounds that are often added to foods to preserve fats and oils to make it last longer by preventing these fats and oils from becoming rancid. Oxygen reacts with BHA or BHT rather than the fats or oils in the food, protecting the food from oxidation, thus making the shelf life longer.
(BHA and BHT are also used to preserve the fats and oils in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals)

BHA is a white or yellowish waxy solid and has a faint characteristic aromatic odor, while BHT is in the form of a white powder. BHA is found in various food items such as butter, meat, cereal, chewing gum, snacks and beer. BHT is found in shortening, cereal, and other food. BHT however also is used to preserve the food’s odor, color and flavor.

Despite all of these effects, some people say that BHT and BHA may be dangerous. If one intakes a lot (125 times the regular amount) of BHA, then it will become toxic. BHT, if ingested in large amounts, may have interactions with hormonal birth control methods or steroid hormones, and may increase levels of liver enzymes. Some even say that these two antioxidants may be carcinogenic or tumorigenic. People may also be unable to metabolize these properly; this may result in health and behavior changes.

In my opinion, I think that the use of BHA and BHT in foods as antioxidants is safe. According to the articles I have read, these are safe and are only considered toxic when consumed in large amounts.

http://chemistry.about.com/od/foodcookingchemistry/a/bha-bht-preservatives.htm
http://nutrition.about.com/od/changeyourdiet/a/bhabht.htm

Kropek

•January 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Today, my Chemistry classmates and I had a little experiment–to see what kind of oil would make kropek taste the best. Since some people weren’t able to bring materials for the day, we weren’t able to try out everything! 😦

The groups that did bring a complete set of materials brought:
Canola oil, Palm oil and Butter.

I couldn’t really taste the difference between the palm oil and the canola oil, but I preferred the kropek cooked in the canola oil more. I didn’t like the taste of the kropek cooked in butter because it was too salty for my preference.

Another factor that made the kropek taste differently was the fact that the groups brought different brands of kropek, so we weren’t able to compare the results in an organized way. There was trouble in cooking the kropek at the start because some of the kropek were burnt and in one group (my group… hehe), the oil kept popping out of the pan.

This was a fun activity, but I feel a little sick because of all the oil.. 😦

Food!

•January 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

First of all, I think that the various food items in the blog sites are weird because they aren’t the normal kinds of food we eat. Personally, most of the dishes I saw on the websites freaked me out too. Dishes like friend tarantula, cheese with live larvae, ant eggs, cod fish sperm and basically anything involving insects made me cringe. The things we see normally and perceive to be gross would be even grosser to eat.

Food is something we intake to continue to live. It has nutritious value (well, most of it) and we need the nutrients in them to survive. I think normal food can be defined as food that we eat on a regular basis; food that everyone on this world eats, and food that most people have no problem eating such as vegetables, fruits, grains and meat.

The five weirdest dishes I’ve seen so far are:
-Cod Fish Sperm (who eats that…)
-Balut (Honestly! I still find it a little weird.)
-Casu Marzu (baby flies… alive… in something you eat… *cringe*)
-Stinky Tofu (Something that smells bad makes me not want to try it at all)
-Kopi Luwak (It sounds interesting, but the overall process of it is too weird for me…)

Video Conference with South Dartmoor Community College

•December 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

My video conference with South Dartmoor Community College was an enlightening one. Even though the time was inconvenient for both sides (one a little late and one a little early), I think that it progressed finely. Despite the fact that only three people were able to arrive on time for the video conference, it was a hearty discussion. The three managed to do a good job without the help of the other people that were supposed to be there. Nothing else went wrong except in the end, when we were saying our goodbyes. We weren’t able to say goodbye to the people from South Dartmoor since there were some technical difficulties resulting in us seeing 2 feeds from Ian Jamison and none from South Dartmoor.

I think that our discussion was good. The three girls were able to help in keeping the conversation flowing. Sir Jamison was able to provide good topics of conversation for both sides and we were able to get a lot out of it. To start it off, we played a little game. A member of the group would introduce himself and introduce the person next to him with a characteristic or quality or basically something that describes them. This would continue until the last person was reached. We got to know how some people thought of each other and we also got to know how people thought of themselves. The discussion moved to topics such as being spiritually wealthy and materially wealthy. We also talked about human life and things like the Reproductive Health Bill here in the Philippines and their stand on things like this.

Overall, I think that the video conference was great. The conversation flowed smoothly and there was no abrupt or awkward stop. Everything was working well; we had great audio and video connections, except for the end, as mentioned earlier. It wasn’t so formal as the last video conference so I think that we had more freedom to act more natural than before. The video conference was great, but I only wish that I could have understood their accents more. Their accents are kind of hard to understand, but come to think of it, they might have found our accents hard to understand too. Personally, I found their accents more appealing and easier on the ear compared to the accent of the Indians.

Alcohol

•November 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

CLE Matters

•November 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

3 most relevant lessons/topics in CLE during the first semester

  • Epistomological world views
  • Social justice
  • The triple A
2 most important skills developed through the sessions/assignments
  • Close reading of the Bible
  • Searching for evidence to back up claims
Most significant insight from your first semester CLE experience
  • People aren’t born into the situation they’re in and it is not always their fault they are in the situation they are currently in.