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School has boat on land

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DID you know that a school campus in Batangas has a big, massive boat on land?

The Poseidon Kongsberg Simulator, a boat on land, can be found at Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas.

The boat serves as laboratory and training site for students of marine engineering and related courses. It tests students’ competence in various areas of ship maintenance.

On the first floor is an engine simulator. The second floor serves as briefing room while more simulators can be found on the third floor.

Our “Matanglawin” staff and myself were surprised to find a full mission bridge simulator, na parang nasa dagat ka ng Singapore Strait.

By the way, it comes complete with that emergency sign, Mayday, for HELP!

What’s a Dreamcatcher? American Indians believe it is a device that can catch all your bad dreams.

They claim that the spirit Obibwe can change forms, into a spider.

The dreamcatcher then intercepts the bad dreams through a web made from willow hoop.

A rattan ring covered with rattan, thread or leather can also serve the same purpose.

Mangarap ka.

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TRIVIA PA MORE (Various Sources): Before roasting, some green coffee beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with age, when stored properly.

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Before the first French cafe in the late 1700s, coffee was sold by street vendors in Europe in the Arab fashion. The Arabs were the forerunners of the sidewalk espresso carts of today.

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Citrus has been added to coffee for several hundred years.

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Coffee as a medicine reached its highest and lowest point in the 1600s in England. Wild medical contraptions to administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and oil, became treatments for the sick.

Soon tea replaced coffee as the national beverage.

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Coffee beans are similar to grapes that produce wine in that they are affected by the temperature, soil conditions, altitude, rainfall, drainage, and degree of ripeness when picked.

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Coffee is generally roasted between 400F and 425F. The longer it is roasted, the darker the roast. Roasting time is usually from ten to twenty minutes.

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Send your questions on anything and everything to Kuya Kim through my Twitter account @kuyakim_atienza using #AlaminKayKuyaKim.

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