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Friday, March 9, 2012

World Glaucoma Week: What is Glaucoma?

March 12-16 is World Glaucoma Week

"To help address this critical situation, The Philippine Glaucoma Society, in partnership with multi-specialty health care company, Allergan, has organized glaucoma awareness activities during World Glaucoma Week. Both the Philippine Glaucoma Society and Allergan believe that blindness from the disease can still be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment."  

Their mission and vision: "That no Filipino shall ever go blind from glaucoma"

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the common eye diseases that affect normal vision of many individuals.  It is known as the silent thief, and it works and robs people of their sight without any obvious warning signs that people are aware of. These eye diseases damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve acts as the cable wire that carries images from your eye to the brain. When the optic nerve deteriorates, blind spots develop in your visual field, starting with your peripheral (side) vision.

 Normal Vision
 Person with Glaucoma
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Trivia’s about Glaucoma.
1.    It can happen to anyone, any race, at any age.
2.    In general, Glaucoma is identified at the age of 45
3.    People with 20-20 vision are not excluded from having it
4.    When the nerves are damage it’s irreversible
5.    It’s  one of the main reason for blindness
6.    If left untreated, glaucoma may lead to blindness in both eyes.
7.    Congenital Glaucoma, are lifelong-patients that are born with it. 80% of these patients are diagnosed by 1 year
8.    Pigmentary Glaucoma, is when excess pigment builds up in the ducts of the eye. This prevents healthy drainage of old fluid and increases the pressure inside the eye.
9.    Glaucoma is hereditary
10. Glaucoma is not curable, only treatable
11. The development of glaucoma can be gradual or abrupt
12. People with Diabetes have a bigger chance of getting glaucoma.
13. Steroids can be a cause of glaucoma.
14. People with High Degree of Myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) are also candidates.
15.  According to statistics, Black/Asian descent have a bigger risk of glaucoma.
16. Glaucoma can come from an eye trauma or surgery history.

What are the common symptoms of Glaucoma?
1.    Some patient experiences headaches when reading or entering dark room.
2.    They see Halos around lights.
3.    Misty Vision
4.    Eye aches after vigorous activity.
5.    Missing pieces in the visual field such as first letters of words.
6.    Increased high intraocular pressure in the eye.
What are the common treatments for Glaucoma?
1.    Eye drops or pills
2.    Conventional surgery
3.    Laser surgery
4.    Combination of surgery and medication.

The best prevention for Glaucoma is regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist.  Detecting glaucoma at its early stage would give more successful treatments. It’s best to have routine eye checkups.  Every two to four years after age forty and every one to two years after age sixty-five.

 Christine Jacob, Hosting the World Glaucoma Week Awareness at Shangrilla, Makati.
 The Philippine Glaucoma Society
(L-R) Dr. Norman Aquino (Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma Society) | Dra. Hannah Pia De Guzman |Dr. Manolito Reyes (Immediate Past President of The Philippine Glaucoma Society) |  Dra. Ma. Zita Meriales | Dr. Mario V. Aquino (Founding President of PGS) | Dr. Rainier Covar | Dra. Imelda Yap-Veloso (Current President of PGS) | Dr. Jose Ma. Martinez (Current Vice-President of PGS) | Dr. Nilo Vincent FlorCruz
 Our sight is very important. Please help by sharing this message and make other people  become more aware about Glaucoma. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Geisha - Fort Bonifacio's Modern Japanese Restaurant

Geisha - Fort Bonifacio's Modern Japanese Restaurant

Sleek Metallic Geisha Logo

The alfresco area, where they can accommodate more customers. Most of the smokers hang out here.

A peek inside their bar, check out their sake display.

Great interior! Comfortable Space for big groups, families and friends. This is not your typical old school Japanese Restaurant. They added different personalities for each section.

Tonight, was sake pairing night at Geisha. I am very excited because it has been a long time since I drank sake.
Looking at Geisha's sake selection, I know I won't be disappointed.

So.. before putting the alcohol in this hungry tummy, Let's start with this..

  Geisha Carpaccio
Yellowfin tuna, Norwegian river salmon in olive oil and ponzu.

This was a great way to eat raw tuna and salmon, most people either have it as regular sushi or plain sashimi. It was thinly sliced, giving it a different texture. The olive oil and ponzu sauce was better than plain soy sauce and wasabi.

 Butter Wasabi Oysters
Oven baked, served on a bed of salt
The oysters were fresh and baked just right. I was surprised how well the wasabi blended with the butter. For me, this dish was still kid friendly because the wasabi wasn't that strong.

Kurobuta Gyoza
Premium grade pork dumplings, miso infused tomato sauce.
Wow, kurobuta pork for the gyoza! How can you go wrong?? but wait there's more... As you can see there was no gyoza sauce or ponzu sauce on the side. The owners wanted it to be different and formulated a miso infused tomato sauce as partner. Indeed, I preferred eating it this way!

 Spicy Tuna Crisp
Tired of the usual nachos and beef? Why not try it with spicy tuna.

 Salmon and King Prawn Roll
Drizzled with sweet honeyaki sauce
This was a simple roll, but what made it special was its huge shrimp!! It surely was a KING! The honeyaki sauce made it extra special!

Spider Roll
Cruchy soft shell crab, kani salad, oborro
I wonder why this is called a Spider Roll?? Too bad for the Crab the spider is getting all the fame!! hehehe

The spider roll is one the best sellers. I liked it too. I got the best part which was the one with the legs. The crab tasted well and it was very crunchy.

 Look up again!!  Notice the edible flowers found on the Salmon Prawn Roll and the spider! Not only were they attractive to look at, they also tasted great!!

Prawn Tempura

Big Tempura pieces served in a margarita glass. How creative!

Warning!! Sake Starts Here!!  


taking it easy...
                                                   Sake Margarita                                                    

Sake Mojito
I love the blend of Sakejito, The components didn't overpower each other.


Two cups to choose from

note: Sake could be served hot or cold.

 Masu - Wooden Box used for sake. Drinking from it enhanced the taste of sake because of the wooden

Shot Glass..
"I would recommend drinking it from the box!! Although, it's a bit challenging the first time"

Hamachi Sashimi
The Hamachi was served on a lighted bowl. It's a Great way to highlight the Freshness of the Fish.

Rock Shrimp Tempura Salad
Mesclun, cucumber, creamy sesame dressing
Paired with NIGORI SAKE

The sauce for the salad was a winner!

Miso Glazed Gindara
Edamame risotto, Hajikami

I am not much into risotto but this one was great! Risotto + edamame + cheezy taste = Very good!
The Gindara was a perfect match for the Risotto. 

Grilled Chilean Seabass
Wakame pesto, aubergine and kyuri salad

Skewered Pork 72
Ginger wasabi vinaigrette, gohan, 3 day cooking process

3 Days to prepare this dish!! Are you kidding me?? Well that's the truth, they have a secret process to make the pork so tender and flavorful that they won't tell us.. =)
Was the 3 day cooking process worth it? Hell yes!! This is a must try! Best to eat it as a whole with the sauce.

U.S. Angus Beef Teppanyaki
U.S. Prime Ribeye, eggplant shigiyaki, lotus crisps
Paired with Bizan Gold Shochu
You know it's a good steak if it tasted good even if it was marinated with salt and pepper only.

 Out of nowhere, we heard a loud gong! Everybody got curious what was the commotion about ..
Japanese A5 Wagyu Steak
"A5 is the highest grade of  Japanese Wagyu and is widely regarded as being among the best tasting in the world. Renowned for its outstanding marbling and tenderness - this beef will literally melt in your mouth."

Ahh, the gong meant it was WAGYU STEAK TIME!!

The best way to eat this delicacy is by closing your eyes and let your taste-bud play around with the tenderness and flavor of the beef. When you taste it you will crave for it!!

Matcha Cheesecake

The cheesecake was a good way to end the evening. I loved that it was not to creamy and sweet.

Owners and Staff of Geisha.   
L-R Clock wise:  
(Chef) Ramon Antonio,
(Micheal's wife) Mrs. Nameeta Dargani
(British Chef) Tom Hines
(Geisha's owner) Micheal Dargani,
lastly, The beautiful waitresses with their modern geisha uniform.

Geisha, Modern Japanese Restaurant
Upper Ground, C2 Bldg., BGC East Superblock,
7th Ave. corner 29th St.
Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City
For reservations: (+63 2) 754-8713; (+63 917) 569-2181