Monthly Archives: October 2008

Projectorhead: Create a video of your UK experience


International students in the UK, record this. Education UK launched Projectorhead, a video contest. Create a video diary of your UK experience and upload to the Projectorhead website (the video will appear on the Projectorhead YouTube channel) for a chance to win a prize worth up to £200. The creator of the most-watched video in a two-months period gets to choose from an Apple iPod Touch, a Nintendo Wii, a Canon Camcorder, or a Panasonic Digital Camera.  Ready? Rules here.

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Big and small

Have you ever heard the question “do you live to eat or eat to live?” I love food. I was raised by my Nanay to eat tuyo and talbos ng kamote with bagoong to lasagna, roast dinners and crème bruleè. I love tuyo and lasagna of course. When I travel, I make it a point to try delicacies from the pili nuts and kinunot (shark meat with malunggay leaves with vinegar and coconut milk) in Bicol, to arusit (seaweed) Palawan and kesong puti (white cheese) in Laguna. Of course, when I came to Europe, I knew I had to try real Italian cooking, authentic Spanish paella, Belgian chocolates and BEER BEER BEER!

Chargrilled rabbit fish and sinigang na hipon for dinner!

In Spain, food seems to be so small. Of course I wasn’t quite surprised with the cuisine since Filipino food is very much influenced by Spaniards. The only difference is, their adobo, menudo and caldereta were not exactly the same as ours. I loved the small servings, the tapas and the idea of it. I love that it is a great beer match. I never realized that bread and crackers also went well with cerveza and wine. My favourite was the albondigas con tomate y patatas fritas (meatballs with tomatoes and friend potatoes), queso frita (fried cheese) and of course the paella. I never liked chorizo when I was a kid though. Whenever my Nanay made pancit, she would add chorizo, and I would pick it out of my plate. But then when I tried the real chorizo, I didn’t care anymore even if my lips and fingers were covered with oil. I’d eat the whole sausage if I could.

Spaniards, just like those in other Mediterranean countries such as Italy, Greece and France, love to eat and love food. You could taste their passion in the food. If blood, sweat and tears were added in the food to make it taste better, then I’d have it on my food always. The only cafeteria that I really enjoyed was in Spain. Not only was it cheap, the food was really good. The salads were crisp, and you could pour as much olive oil as you like.

Cafeteria advertisement. I had shrimp, chips and paella. Milena had salad and yoghurt. Mateo is holding a can of Cruz Campo. Martin’s plate shows salchichas and paella.

Cafeteria advertisement. I had shrimp, chips and paella. Milena had salad and yoghurt. Mateo is holding a can of Cruz Campo. Martin’s plate shows salchichas and paella.

The food in Britain, however, is ummm… (Long pause) Kidding aside, food in the UK is always served in big plates, overloaded with lots of meat and potatoes that swim in gravy. It looks like heart attack on a plate. Some dishes lack taste, but nevertheless all of them have character and a bit of history. Cornish pasties sometimes smell like feet, but if you are fan of meat pies and empanadas, these are the god of all meats in a pastry. They became very popular among coal miners way back when. Since it is the only thing that they could eat without cutlery. Of course there was a sandwich, but their fingers would be black as ebony, so they prefer pasties because they can throw the crusts away.

I never liked Cornish pasties because I am not a fan of liver. I do like ham and cheese pasties however. Apart from this, Sunday is always celebrated with a roast dinner. Any meat roasted matched with roast potatoes, five to seven kinds of boiled vegetables and a lot of gravy. The roast is great, the gravy tastes so good. The vegetable usually is soggy. I am also a fan of cottage or shepherd’s pie. Both are not really pies since they are minced beef or lamb topped with mashed potatoes, cheese and ground cornflakes. Of course, the gravy is still there.

Bread and butter pudding. I learned how to make this from my boyfriends mother. It is a very common winter dessert in the UK. A very easy to make! All you need are leftover bread, milk, mixed fruits, eggs and butter.

Bread and butter pudding. I learned how to make this from my boyfriend's mother. It is a very common winter dessert in the UK. A very easy to make! All you need are leftover bread, milk, mixed fruits, eggs and butter.

Addicted to pear cider. Love this stuff. Tastier than beer with a stronger punch!

Addicted to pear cider. Love this stuff. Tastier than beer with a stronger punch!

I must admit, I became thin and healthy in Spain. And a bit chubby with a beer and cider belly in the UK. I like eating in both countries. And I love the beer. I really love the beer in the UK because they have a wider selection compared to Spain. I guess I’d be drinking loads if I were in Germany too! The thing with European food? They always outdo themselves whether in portions or taste. Big or small, I guess the food usually is good.

Vera Christine F. Horigue
Joint European Master of Science in Water and Coastal Management (2006-2008)
Universidad de Cadiz, Spain and University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Invitation to attend the third Erasmus Mundus alumni networking event in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1 – 2 November 2008

Dear Erasmus Mundus students and alumni,

I am writing to invite you to the 3rd Erasmus Mundus alumni networking event taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sat-Sun 1-2 November, 2008 (exact venue: to be announced).

This alumni event is supported by the Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association (EMA) and will take place in coincidence with the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) Jakarta 2008. There will be an presentation about the Erasmus Mundus programme and the EMA and life as a student in Europe. You are welcome to join and exchange views, and answer questions from prospective students who wish to come and study in Europe. Your help with promoting European higher education as well as the Erasmus Mundus programme will be very much appreciated!

On the evening of 1 November, a dinner party will be arranged by the EMA for the union of EM alumni from different EM courses in or around Indonesia (venue to be confirmed). Participants will discuss the possibility of launching the EMA Indonesia/Southeast Asia Chapter, how to strengthen long-lasting linkages between EM alumni, opportunities for career development and/or academic cooperation, and how to promote European higher education in Indonesia and the Southeast Asia region, in addition to other relevant topics. Other activities will be organized on your request.

This is the third EMA regional networking event following the first one in Beijing, China in October 2007 and the second in Mexico city in March 2008. It will be an excellent opportunity to share our experience in Europe and to establish an EMA network in Indonesia as well as the Southeast Asia region. Travel subsidies are to be provided to registered EMA members (via the EMA website) travelling from outside of Jakarta city in Indonesia, as well as those coming from neighbor countries. Please find attached the invitation here and feed back to us with the required information should you intend to apply for the travel subsidy.

Looking forward to a successful event in Jakarta!

Yours sincerely,
Chunyu Liang
on behalf of the Steering Commitee of the EMA


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