Cajun Shrimp Guacamole

Credit @bevcooks (from her amazing blog)

Serves 4

4 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Cajun seasoning
1 pound medium (or extra-large!) shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 Hass avocados
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbs (or more to your liking) fresh lemon juice
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Use half the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add 1/2 Tbs. of the Cajun seasoning to the butter/oil. Stir it all in. Add half the shrimp and sear on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and sear another minute or so. Season with salt and pepper. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.

Add the remaining oil and Cajun seasoning. Bloom for a second, then add the remaining shrimp. Sear her up, you know the drill. Set shrimp aside.

Half each avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh into a big bowl. Add the red bells, scallion, onions, lemon zest and juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash it all together with your fork, until it’s smooth, but still good and chunky. Taste it.

Add salt and pepper and more lemon juice to your liking.

Serve with the Cajun shrimp!


Evaluate My Work, Not My Body Art

I think this needs to be fully and truly acknowledged in the academe, especially in the more ‘conservative’ Filipino academic setting. We still have a really, really long way to go.

Ambika Kamath

When I was an undergrad, one of my reasons for wanting to continue in academia was my aversion to Western formal clothing. If I became a Ph.D. student and then a professor, I thought, I would hardly ever need to wear suits or dress shirts, and such a life appealed to me. I had seen academics of all stripes dress in all sorts of ways, and I naively believed that this signalled something very progressive about academia’s stance towards appearance: wear what you want, because you’ll be evaluated based upon your ideas and work, not how you choose to present yourself.

But a recent article in a column called Ask Alice (published on the website of Science, one of the most high profile scientific journals out there) confirms my naivete. In this piece, an anonymous academic who finds themselves in a “conservative place” for their postdoc, asks Dr. Alice Huang, “Am I crazy…

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Press Release: Korean Pop Group FameUS LIVE IN CEBU on April 25



FameUS PH Cebu, in partnership with KN Media, M Entertainment and Oomph! Radio 105.1, is proud to present FameUS LIVE IN CEBU 2015Mini Showcase and Fan Meeting on April 25, 2015, from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Cebuano KPop fans will surely be in for a treat as FameUS takes center stage at JCentre Mall Convention Hall, Mandaue City!


FameUS is a six-member Korean pop boy group managed by KN Media. The group debuted in South Korea on September 4, 2014 with their debut single Crazy and has consecutively performed in various countries following their debut. The Cebu Mini Showcase and Fan Meeting will jumpstart their second Philippine promotional tour after their first and highly successful Philippine tour last February 2015.


During their first visit to Cebu, they held a special performance and fan meeting at UP Otakufest 8: The Alternate Universe last February 21, 2015at UP CebuFollowing their very brief visit to Cebu, the members of FameUS expressed their desire to return to Cebu so that they can reach out to their Cebuano fans more and make more memorable moments with them.


Fans should not miss this chance to experience FameUS’s exciting and sweet music style, and get up close and personal with members HansaemKudo, Daeyoung, Junghoon, DoA and Hanyoung. Attendees will have the privilege to watch them perform new songs from their first mini album FAMOUS for the first time in the Philippines.In addition to the mini showcase and fan meet, apublic Press Conference is also scheduled for April 24, 2015 6:00PM at SM Consolacion Cinema Lobby.


Limited Premium tickets are available at P 2,000P 1,500P 1,000 and P 700 via reservation through the following Admission tickets are also available at P 300 only at JCentre Mall Concierge until April 20. For more information, visit the FameUS PH Facebook pageat


The FameUS LIVE IN CEBU 2015 Mini Showcase and Fan Meeting is made possible through the generous support of RovelynCebu KPop ConventionUP OtakufestCafé Tiala and D’Tour Travel.

Bantayan Island Tour Day 2

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April 12, 2015 – We all decided to wake up early for the island tour we booked for the day. 


photo by Sheila Gimutao
Sleeping in a tent by the beach is mighty convenient since we could just swim whenever we could. There are also beach resorts and small stores near the beach so we could have breakfast anywhere. Naturally, we opt for cheaper alternatives so I had a hot chocolate drink, scrambled egg, and pancit canton for only Php 50. While eating, Judith asked us to contribute Php 50 each for the fish they’ll be buying at the public market. We plan on grilling the fish so we could have lunch while island hopping. 


We paid Php 100 each (there’s 14 of us) for the boat ride to and from the islands. Boat rides essentially cost Php 1000+. We had it cheap cause there’s a lot of us and we could share the expenses. We also paid Php 50 for snorkeling gear but it would be much cheaper to just bring your own. Riz asked for swimming fins and the rent costs Php 50. 




The trip to the virgin island takes around an hour and a half. We swam around at the island across it for a while in order to check out the corals. 



 The view is absolutely beautiful.


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Photo by Sheree Tampus. Do not use, copy or reproduce without explicit permission.

After swimming around, we went straight to Virgin Island. We were informed that the entrance to the island cost Php 125 each and though we were hesitant, the view was enough to change our minds.


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Naturally, we couldn’t say no to the beach.

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By 2 pm, we went back to Sta. Fe, Bantayan to catch the Barge to Hagnaya port. The tricycle ride cost Php 20 while the barge cost Php 170 each plus Php 10 terminal fee. Upon arriving at Hagnaya, we rode a bus back to Cebu for Php 160.


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 Bantayan is definitely still beautiful the second time around. I worried that the experience would be a simple repeat of our last trip there, but it still managed to surprise us. It was beautiful and amazing and I look forward to visiting it again.