Friday, December 23, 2011


What is it? This is a capsule which I understand is made locally in Puerto Rico and is used particularly when people have been prescribed antibiotics and need to have the natural flora in their intestines restored. According to Web this is their description and I quote:

"This product contains the bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is naturally found in the stomach/intestines. Some conditions (such as antibiotic use) can cause problems with the normal balance of bacteria in the stomach/intestines, resulting in diarrhea. This product can help restore the normal balance of intestinal bacteria. This product has been used for diarrhea and other stomach/intestinal problems. It has also been used for vaginal and urinary tract infections."

Find the complete entry here

The pills are inexpensive, effective, easy to take, and make you feel better quickly.* I know they have been inspected since I needed a doctor's prescription to get them at a local pharmacy which is part of a national chain. I wish they were manufactured stateside but I appreciate I can come to PR and find them.

*Note these comments do not constitute an endorsement or medical advice but simply my experience using intestinex.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tamales, too.

We made some tamales with La Colombiana cornmeal, but I can't give you the recipe because if I do my sister will do me all I can say is that they came out delicious!
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Essential Christmas Tradition in PR

Christmas in PR is lively and religious with either going to a candlelight service on Christmas Eve or Midnight Mass (Misa de Gallo). It also includes family get-togethers with good food and one of the most traditional foods is Pasteles. It is a tradition for family members to get together earlier in the week to put all the ingredientes together, so my sister, my niece, her husband, and I did just that this afternoon. We gathered around a table and started the assembly line. At the head of the table was the wax paper, with a seared plantain leaf on top, then you have to spoon some oil melded with achiote (annatto), next la masa or finely grated green banana mix with chicken broth (you can purchase this mix pre-grated at many grocery stores), then add garbanzos, olives, a raisin or two, and a strand of red pepper.

The last person in the assembly line folds the paper with the mix inside making a neatly folded rectangle which is tied with a bit of string like a neat little package. You can place the pasteles in the freezer and have them ready for a party, family get together, or simply for when you are hungry and don't want to cook.

It is a treat!

Haciendo Punto en un Pastel

Tradición familiar indiscutible en la Navidad ademas de las luces navideñas, lechon asado, parrandas, y coquito es hacer una pastelada. Esta tarde mi hermana, sobrina, su esposo, y yo nos unimos para hacer los pasteles tradicionales de Puerto Rico.
Los pasteles tenian todos los ingredientes esenciales incluyendo, la masa de guineos con caldo de pollo, con un toque de calabaza y papa, ademas de pernil guisado y pollo, el aciete con oliva con achiote, luego las acietunas con alcaparas, garbanzos, unas pasas opcionales, las hojas de plantano amortiguadas y con un cierre de oro con un cordoncito en lazo.

Hicimos 24 pasteles con cuatro libras de masa preparada, 2 lb. de calabaza, y dos papas medianas...

Quedaron bien lindos. Horita los probamos... te cuento!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Earthquake in Puerto Rico Trench Today

A 3.69 earthquake took place in the Puerto Rico Trench area but don't be misled by the name of the area because it was actually closer to the Dominican Republic. I thought we might all want to take note. Though the USGS clearly marks the latitude and longitud, it doesn't go indepth in the Worldwide List of Recent Earthquakes any information of the surrounding geography. Of course not it is a list and limited to a line, though if you click on the word map, it will take you to a more detailed map of the area. Yet even then, the map does not denote the fact that this particular quake was within the Trench area, one of the deepest areas in the world. Click here for the map at USGS. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network on the other hand includes depth information in its color coded illustrations which make it easier to interpret this information. It works better for those of us who are not versed in the location of various trenches and fault lines. So kudos for them! To see the info click here, then scroll down. Basically what I am saying is that it helps to know you can merge the information from both sites to get a more complete picture of the seismic activity in any given area. Follow the links at USGS and you will find the originating source for their information and it is usually replete with additional information.

Noting that we had some recent seismic activity just off of Puerto Rico last week. See links here. Since then many people are trying to keep tabs on earthquake activity in the area. Let's hope we all stay safe, that is our prayer.

To all those gifted and dedicated people putting up such useful information online, Thank You!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

Here is the full report...of earthquakes in PR of 2.5 and up, because according to a newspaper reporter, family member of mine, there have been hundreds of minor aftershocks since last night's two twin earthquakes right off of Puerto Rico. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued the following information on its website for Dec 17th

MAP 2.8 2011/12/17 23:08:43 18.202 -67.364 13.8 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.2 2011/12/17 23:07:20 18.177 -67.367 17.7 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 5.0 2011/12/17 22:42:24 -22.465 179.268 615.0 SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP 2.9 2011/12/17 21:21:39 62.114 -147.419 6.4 CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP 5.3 2011/12/17 20:54:21 -59.759 -26.435 68.7 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2011/12/17 19:47:51 18.180 -67.356 15.9 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.9 2011/12/17 16:33:09 38.489 -122.727 4.8 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP 3.2 2011/12/17 14:46:59 32.802 -100.857 5.0 WESTERN TEXAS
MAP 2.9 2011/12/17 13:37:18 62.147 -145.244 37.5 CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP 3.0 2011/12/17 11:43:20 18.166 -67.366 12.4 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.7 2011/12/17 10:19:52 19.503 -155.493 1.9 ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP 5.0 2011/12/17 10:18:19 -32.770 -178.405 15.8 SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2011/12/17 10:05:32 18.165 -67.375 17.8 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.8 2011/12/17 09:48:34 18.188 -67.372 11.8 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.5 2011/12/17 09:13:07 18.167 -67.369 19.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 4.7 2011/12/17 08:48:19 45.388 147.555 162.4 KURIL ISLANDS
MAP 2.5 2011/12/17 08:00:57 18.194 -67.340 15.6 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.6 2011/12/17 07:34:48 18.191 -67.342 17.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.1 2011/12/17 07:32:20 18.179 -67.371 16.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.1 2011/12/17 07:30:21 18.195 -67.380 16.8 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.7 2011/12/17 07:21:57 18.238 -67.355 13.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.8 2011/12/17 07:11:13 18.161 -67.368 16.6 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.1 2011/12/17 07:03:18 18.178 -67.366 21.5 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.5 2011/12/17 07:01:08 18.174 -67.382 16.3 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.7 2011/12/17 06:55:14 18.174 -67.377 24.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.8 2011/12/17 06:49:17 18.173 -67.362 21.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.2 2011/12/17 06:45:56 18.184 -67.394 7.6 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.5 2011/12/17 06:40:09 18.152 -67.397 17.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.7 2011/12/17 06:38:23 18.160 -67.391 15.1 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.1 2011/12/17 06:32:18 18.158 -67.365 16.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.6 2011/12/17 06:23:08 18.189 -67.357 13.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.2 2011/12/17 06:21:03 18.185 -67.380 17.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.5 2011/12/17 06:16:39 18.186 -67.355 12.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.6 2011/12/17 06:15:40 18.194 -67.367 15.6 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.0 2011/12/17 06:14:20 18.186 -67.319 7.2 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.2 2011/12/17 06:11:03 18.170 -67.165 41.0 PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.6 2011/12/17 06:09:23 33.786 -116.707 18.5 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP 5.3 2011/12/17 06:09:09 18.172 -67.371 17.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 5.1 2011/12/17 06:06:12 18.188 -67.370 14.0 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 4.8 2011/12/17 06:04:56 4.197 122.856 588.2 CELEBES SEA
MAP 3.0 2011/12/17 03:16:49 37.029 -104.873 5.0 COLORADO
MAP 2.8 2011/12/17 00:53:29 60.793 -153.015 179.8 SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP 4.9 2011/12/17 00:12:18 -52.493 26.542 10.0 SOUTH OF AFRICA

We have a proverb here in Puerto Rico, "Dios nos coja confesao," which basically means, if we are called "home," may we have made things right we the Lord or have gone to confession. So let's hope things settle down. That there may be peace in our little island and peace on our streets, too. Say a little prayer for Puerto Rico.