Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Justin Bieber - One Time

I don't know where I've been... all I know is that I am not listening to radio since time immemorial.  I heard my niece sing this for so many times and then one night, while she was printing its lyrics, I asked her what is the title of the song and who sang it.  She casually said Justin Bieber and it is entitled One Time.  I was clueless and I just said okay.  To end my curiosity and to lessen the shame of not being fully aware of what is happening in the music industry (of my niece's age bracket), I searched it on You Tube and I would like to share it with you.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Hero

My friend posted this on my Facebook wall and I thought this video is some sort of a joke, but then again I saw my son's picture and so I watched it anyway.  Please, take time to watch this.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Blogger Templates

I checked out my email today and I found Blogger's email about their update: New Templates.  I got excited to check it out because since day 1 of this blog, I have been struggling to find the perfect layout and template.  It is pretty impressing that there are tons of new templates and layouts to choose from but it is too late for me to apply it on my blog.  Why?  You may ask.  I just love my layout and my readers are used to it already.  I need more time to think about changing the whole look of my blog.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Proudly Filipino

Proudly Pinoy!

I am proud to be a Filipino!  

I don't have enough good reasons why I shouldn't be.  Filipinos are known for their hospitality, optimism, artistry, talent, courage and beauty... what's not to love about that?

Many Filipinos are making their name in every industry in the world... another reason why I am so proud to be called a Filipino.  Here are some of the most recent Filipinos who are making and leaving their mark in their chosen fields.

EDUCATION - EFREN PEÑAFLORIDA
A fellow Caviteño who made a difference in the lives of out of school youths through teaching.  He founded the Dynamic Teen Company in 1997 with only a pushcart to use to teach children around Cavite City.  On 2009 he was named CNN's Hero of the Year and won $100,000 which he pledged to the noble mission of their group.

SPORTS - MANNY PACQUIAO
Who would have thought that a former fish vendor from Gen. Santos City could have seven world boxing titles around his waist?  After beating Dela Hoya, Hatton, and most recently Clottey, he is now known as the best boxer in the world.  This is not an over statement... whenever he has a fight, the busiest streets in the Philipines become empty and everyone are waiting patiently in front of their television to watch.

FASHION - MONIQUE LHUILLIER
A Cebuana fashion designer based in Los Angeles who at first was a bridal gown designer but eventually had Hollywood celebrities as her clients (wedding days or awards night) because of her unique and sophisticated designs.  She just recently showcased her 2010 Spring Collection during the NY Fashion Week.

FURNITURE - KENNETH COBONPUE
Another Cebuano who made his mark in the furniture industry by using indigenous materials to create furniture pieces that are functional and artistic.  His market has reached Asian countries and as far as United Kingdom and the US. 

BAGS AND ACCESSORIES - RAFE TOTENGCO 
A native of Bacolod City proves that the Philippines' indigenous materials and Filipino workmanship are world class.  His first bag collection made its debut in Bergdorf Goodman--a posh shopping center in New York, and since then, his bags became one of the most sought after bags among celebrities and socialites.
 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lady Gaga's Telephone With Beyonce

Have you seen Lady Gaga's latest music video with Beyonce?  It was doped!  Two of my favorite artists are in one video... that is awesome!  I am not exaggerating here guys.  No wonder Lady Gaga was previously seen with a telephone headpiece... it is her latest single.  I couldn't think of any singer who could do what Lady Gaga does... she always makes us go gaga from the costumes, to her everyday wear that only she can wear in public, her stage performances, her videos and her music.  I love that Beyonce collaborated with Lady Gaga because I think she's a great performer and even though she wore rather conservative costumes in the video, she is still wonderful... she doesn't need to compete with Lady Gaga.  If you haven't seen it, watch it here. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Concealer for Men

I know that make-up is no longer exclusive for women but I wasn't aware that it could go as far as concealers until I saw this advertisement from The Men Pen.  I got a little bit curious of the product so I navigated their website and to my surprise again, one of their endorsers is Dean Somers... who would've thought?!  I thought I was going to see Adam Lambert's face on the endorsers page, but no!  So the concealer comes in different shades to match a man's complexion and included is a sponge applicator for easy and even application.  Can women use this product in case our trusty concealer is already empty?

I don't want to see this on my man's side of the sink. 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pinto As The New Bond Girl

It is confirmed, Freida Pinto is the new Bond Girl for Daniel Craig's Quantum of Solace.  The next Bond movie will be filmed in Afghanistan and will be directed by Sam Mendes.

Choosing who will be the next Bond girl is as exciting like who will be the next James Bond.  I am glad that they chose a woman from a different race this time (Freida is an Indian national)... which is a good thing.  I haven't seen all the 007 movies, all I can remember is that all the girls had really unique names (Pussy Galore, Xenia Onatopp, Jinx, Solitaire, Vesper Lynd, etc.).  I wonder what would be Freida's name in the next Bond movie.  Let's just wait and see.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Afternoon Jeepney Ride

I am back... as if I've been gone for too long.  Nothing really magnificent happened but I had random thoughts while I was riding the jeepney on my way home.  I was thinking anxiously of meeting my long time friends for dinner today but for some reason it didn't push through because of conflicts in the schedule of one of our friends.  Here is where the randomness started... here are the things that I thought of:
 
1.  Do not judge a person by his/her picture... I saw the campaign poster of one politician running for vice-mayoralty post and I have met this politician in person for the first time a few weeks ago... totally opposite... I prefer the picture.

2.  To qualify to run for a government position in the Philippines is easy: one must be a Filipino, can read and write, of legal age...  it is easier to pass than to pass a college entrance examination.

3.  You can never fit 12 people in a 12-seater jeepney if at least one of the passengers weigh 200 pounds... but if you are the driver who waited for hours for your turn, it is possible to fit 13 inside... possibly 14 when the driver revs up to 120kph and suddenly hits the break.

4.  Traffic is crazier during summer AND campaign period... not because of campaigners but because of roads being repaired or being constructed.

5.  Many people don't use the word "please" as often as they should... like when asking someone to give your fare to the driver.

6.  Many people don't use the word "thank you" as often as they should... like when somebody handed your fare to the driver.

7.  Be alert at all times and don't fall asleep when riding a public utility vehicle... you might miss your destination like the one sitting beside me who fell asleep with mouth open (yuck!).

8.  Discipline is the key to a successful nation.  Following simple road signs like No Loading/Unloading is one step in making the Philippines the next Singapore (Fingers crossed.).


After 10 minutes of travel and 8 random thoughts, I am home safely.  Jeepney rides... incomparable.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Nicky's Canary Jewelry Collection



I was looking for some interesting things to blog, yes I got tired of blogging about the latest news in town, and I missed my blogging about the things that I love... shoes, bags, makeup and jewelries.  To my searching for these things, I landed on Nicky's Canary and I found this bracelet that is appropriately named as Dreamsicle.

Do you have a dream? Believe in your dream and do something about it to make it come true.  That is what the designer, W. Nicole, had in mind when she made this bracelet.  True enough, the inspiration was clearly manifested in this dreamy and charming creation.

Quaint... this the word that best describes Nicky's Canary collection of jewelries. It reminds me of teatime and siestas in the olden times. Expensive Chinas were laid on the table covered with crisp white linen at the porch while grandma pours her perfectly concocted tea into the teacup.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pacquiao Reigns Supreme

The results are in... Pacquiao reigns supreme... in the boxing arena, that is.

Although many guessed that the 12 rounds will not push through, Clottey was lucky to actually reach the 12th considering Pacquiao's record in knocking out his opponents.
I actually forgot that today was Pacquiao's bout against Joshua Clottey and if I hadn't turned on the television for my son, I would have missed it.  Good thing my son is a Pacquiao fan too so watching the total opposite of what he's used to watching wasn't a hassle.  As usual, before we could even see Pacquiao go up the arena, there were pre-shows on Philippine television.  We all know how Pacquiao became famous and wealthy by boxing but he is an unprecedented talent.  Who would've thought that a single man could have seven different titles in seven different weight divisions?  Even Ali didn't have two titles on his belt.  It is official, Manny Pacquiao is THE world's greatest boxer.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Real Measure of Beauty

It has been a while since I bought a fashion magazine and oh how I miss their glossy pages and colorful pictures.  I don't have a particular magazine that I collect, as long as the topics are interesting I will buy it.  Just this afternoon, I bought my first magazine for 2010 and I bought two copies for the price of one.  The lucky magazine that caught my attention was Mega.  The March 2010 cover was Rhian Ramos and the deal of the purchase is one back issue that covers Ruffa Gutierrez for July 2009.  Naturally I had to start with the 2009 issue and an article about the 20 definitions of beauty, as compiled by Rebecca Rodriguez, was interesting.  In her pretext, she cited Emily Dickinson's quote about beauty, "Beauty is not caused, it is."  In today's era where beauty is almost and always hidden under a pile of goo and enhanced medically and digitally, it is becoming difficult to define beauty.  "Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder," so as they say, but to mere mortals, what does it really mean?

Here are some answers of randomly selected individuals from different backgrounds and industries:

"Beautiful to me, is finding perfection in the imperfection.  It is in the flaws that I find a person more interesting to look at."  Xeng Zulueta - Make-up Artist


"Being beautiful is accepting your real self--zits, bad memory, some flab and all--but also having the desire to be the best that you can be even if it means countless trips to the derma, taking some pills and doing crunches every morning."  Nino Mark Sablan - Writer

"True beauty is something the eyes will not always see but what the heart and mind will always remember." Rissa Mananquil - Model and Columnist


"Beautiful is when you learn to accept yourself for your limitation and if you're able to maximize your potential.  It is the constant appreciation and respect for yourself and the people around you.  It is a choice."  Cooky Chua - Lead Singer, Color It Red


 Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexuality. She was born, according to Hesiod, when Cronus cut off Ouranos' genitals and threw then into the sea, and from the sea foam (where she was named after) arose Aphrodite.  Even the goddess herself doesn't look magazine cover worthy if you will compare her to the beautiful women that graced the covers of every known magazine in the world.  Reviewing Aphrodite's bio, swans are sacred to her.  I remember the story of the ugly duckling who couldn't find a niche in the family of ducks because of being different or ugly.  She ran away from her "family" and her journey towards finding her identity and place in the world turned and formed her into a beautiful swan.  I think that is the best story ever told about what real beauty is all about.  Metaphor or not of Hans Christian Andersen's life... the story should be told to every little girl before they are introduced to what beauty is in the eyes of man.  

To end this, if you think you are beautiful, you definitely are.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Friends That I Keep

This picture was taken last January 8, 2009.  I forgot the exact place but it is in Tagaytay City.  You can only see five hands but I have more friends than that, it just so happens that only five were available for dinner at that time.  I wouldn't have known that this picture has already turned 1 if I did not browse for pictures in my computer.  I remember we were joking about whose hand looks feminine, well judging from this picture... none.  

The hand on the upper left is Jay-r's, my "sister" who loves to shop and is recently into photography. The hand next to his is Abigael's, who is now happily married to her long-time boyfriend.  They wed in the US  last Summer so we weren't there to witness them exchange their vows.  They are now back in the Philippines for a vacation and hopefully we'll have dinner again together with our other friends.  Beside Abigael's is Paula's, my best friend and my alter ego whom I miss so much... I miss her laugh!  She's in Bangladesh to try to penetrate their curry market...joke.  She said she'll try to "move on" while working on a different soil.  The hand at the bottom right is Leo's, my other best bud who wants to become a pilot, a doctor, a business magnate... etc.  The hand after Leo's is mine. 

I have found several other pictures that captured the best days of my life, of course, with friends around me.  Geez!  I miss those days.


50 First Reactions

I grabbed this from a friend's blog and I thought it would be interesting to post for you to know a little more about me.   Feel free to grab also.

1. Beer: SAN MIGUEL LIGHT (before I developed allergy with it)
2. Food: PIZZA AND EVERYTHING PASTA
3. Relationships: IT'S COMPLICATED (Haha!  Facebook status)
4. Your crush: NONE (True!)
5. Power Rangers: MIGHTY MORPHING
6. Life: IT IS THE WAY YOU WANTED IT TO BE
7. The President: CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE
8. Yummy: MAC AND CHEEZE
9. Cars: FERRARI
10. Movie: AVATAR (I still can't get over it)
11. Halloween: GHOST STORIES
12. Sex: CERTIFIED FEMALE
13. Religion: CATHOLIC
14. Hate: WAITING
15. Fear: MY SON GETTING SICK
16. Marriage: SOMETHING THAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME IN THE FUTURE
17. Blondes: PARIS HILTON
18. Slippers: HAVAIANAS
19. Shoes: MY ADDICTION
20. Asians: BEAUTIFUL
21. Past time: BLOGGING AND WATCHING TV
22. One night stand: DANGEROUS
23. Cell Phone: NOKIA
24. Smoke: BAD FOR HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
25. Fantasy: TO WEAR QUEEN ELIZABETH'S CROWN
26. College: ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE
27. Highschool Life: THE BEST AMONG THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE
28. Pajamas: WORN OCCASIONALLY
29. Stars: NIGHT
30. Fitness Center: ENROLLED ONCE
31. Alcohol: DISINFECTANT
32. The word love: THE WORLD IS LACKING
33. Friends: MY SUPPORT SYSTEM
34. Money: I NEED IT AND I AM WORKING FOR IT
35. Heartache: BEEN THERE, DONE THAT... THAT'S LIFE
36. Time: PRECIOUS
37. Divorce: HEADACHE AND HEARTACHE
38. Dogs: WILL OWN ONE SOON
39. Undies: NO THONGS
40. Parents: LOVE
41. Babies: MY LIFE (I have a son)
42. Ex: THEY CAN'T GET OVER ME!
43. Song: IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU (Adam Lambert's version)
44. Color: BLUE
45. Weddings: SHOULD BE SOLEMN
46. Pizza: YELLOW CAB
47. Hangout: COMPUTER TABLE
48. Math: NOT A FRIEND NOR AN ENEMY
49. Goal: GO TO MACAU OR HONGKONG
50. Inspiration: MY LOVED ONES

Monday, March 8, 2010

Who Are They Wearing: The Oscars 2010

 
Congratulations Sandy!  I think Sandra Bullock is the best dressed during the Oscars.  She is wearing a beaded Marchesa gown that made her statuesque.  Her hair and makeup are flawless... even if she didn't win (but she won!), this look is 100% a winner.


  
This is a different take on what Cameron usually wears during any awards night.  I thought she'd wear something like Maggie Gyllenhaal's or a brighter colored version of Kristen Stewart's.  This glittery gown by Oscar Dela Renta looks stunning on her.  Her hair made her look like somebody else but nevertheless, she looks great.


  
Motherhood really made Nicole Richie bloom!  After having two cute babies, Nicole emerged to become a lovely butterfly and this picture proves that.  No other Hollywood celeb can pull off this Reem Arca number.  In front, she looks sophisticated and reserved but at the back, she screams I am a sexy woman.


 
Another unexpected number from Sarah Jessica Parker.  You can love her or hate her for this dress but she pulled it off.  Last year's Oscars, she wore a 50's inspired frock by Dior and this year she wears a 60's inspired column gown by Chanel... hmmnn, maybe next year she'll wear a 70's inspired gown, don't you think?


 
Carey Mulligan is so darn cute.  From afar, this gown by Prada is anything but the usual beaded black gown but closely, the beads are actually shaped into forks, knives and other unusual shapes for a formal gown.  My only concern is the asymmetrical front that showed off her not-so-nice shoes.


 
This is too disappointing but yes, Charlize Theron is the worst dressed of the evening.  If she didn't let the rosettes hug her girls, she may pass on for the safe zone.  Another disappointment is that this dress is by Dior.  I thought Dior and Charlize are the best red carpet tandem.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Going Under The Knife


 Image from Seoul Beats.

Will you ever consider going under the knife after a certain age?  This question has been asked to a lot of people, mainly celebrities, who are pressured to look beautiful and flawless every single time.  Many admitted to have some "enhancements" made on their features and while some had totally denied it, their before and after pictures tell otherwise.

Way back 2003, an office mate had a nose job.  She's been longing to have a pointed nose ever since she was a child and when she got  the funds for the procedure, she went on with it.  Actually, she didn't tell anyone her reason for filing one week leave so everyone in the office was surprised when she reported back to work.  The funny thing is that she couldn't look straight into our eyes maybe because during that time, cosmetic surgery was not that common.  Her looks improved and hopefully her confidence, too.

I've read too many cosmetic surgeries gone bad, some has had drastic changes that made them look like another person and some patients even died after the procedure.

Cosmetic surgery became a fad that some already developed an addiction to it although they vehemently deny it.  Famous personalities who went under the knife for numerous times are Joan Rivers, the late Michael Jackson and Heidi Montag.  The latter admitted to being addicted to it.

Should you consider any cosmetic procedures, do not be afraid to ask questions.  It is best that you have made a research of the procedure, the expertise of the doctor who will do it, the credibility of the hospital or clinic and other information that you should need to know before.  It is better to be safe than sorry.

If I were to be asked if I will consider going under the knife, I'd definitely say no.  I simply like the way I am and I think, looking beyond my physical imperfections other people will see, I am perfect in the eyes of my loved ones especially in the eyes of God.

There's nothing really wrong with it if it will help an individual gain self confidence but I agree when Oprah said that instead of focusing on the outward imperfections, why don't we focus on healing the spiritual imperfections that make us think we are imperfect outwards.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Is The World Nearing Its End?

Is the world nearing its end?

I hope not!

The Philippines suffered typhoon Ondoy's wrath, considered as the worst tropical depression in the Philippines.  A death toll of 300 was recorded in the first 24 hours after its landfall on September 26, 2009 and it stayed in the Philippines for three days with another typhoon on its tail--typhoon Pepeng.  It left millions homeless and over a thousand deaths.

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by a catastrophic earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude killing over 200,000 people and leaving 1 million homeless.  A magnitude 7.0 earthquake couldn't possibly produce the kind of destruction--but only for those who are prepared.  The Philippines has had a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on July 16, 1990 and although many were reported dead, the Haiti earthquake was far more destructive.

Almost 20 feet of snow covered the East Coast of the United States during the snow storm on February 10, 2010.  Streets were desolated, communication lines were damaged, and there were reported deaths due to accidents and hypothermia.

Chile had a 8.8 magnitude earthquake on February 27, 2010.  Tsunami alerts were raised for countries with coastlines facing the Pacific Ocean, including the Philippines.  The expected landfall of tsunami in the Philippines was between 1PM to 2:30 PM but fortunately nothing happened and although Japan reported a 5 feet wave, it was not enough to cause severe damage.

Just now, March 2, 2010, another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 was recorded in Tuguegarao, Philippines and although there are no reports of damage or casualties, I couldn't stop thinking why there are so many earthquakes happening in the world right now.

A friend on his Facebook status said that we should be careful if the sky changes its color because that was observed before the earthquake in Haiti and Chile occurred.  Another friend speculates that the recent earthquakes and other calamities were brought about by the HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) stationed in Alaska.

With all these things happening in the world and after watching 2012 and Legion, I couldn't help but wonder if the world is already nearing its end.  Has God already lost His faith in mankind and He is now slowly putting the world to an end?

Dear God, no!


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