Day 121/365: The Way You Look at Me

Day 121/365: The Way You Look at Me

May 1, 2011

This is one of the Best OPM Song that I still keep on singing until today. The song speaks of unspoken words of love that can simply be express by how we look to someone eyes. An expression of happiness, confidence and trust. An everlasting promise that binds moments of love that we keep alive on our hearts. Feel the love by a simple look 🙂

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THE WAY YOU LOOK AT ME by Christian Bautista

INTRO
No one ever saw me like you do
All the things that I could up to
I never knew just what a smile was worth
But your eyes say everything without a single word

CHORUS
‘Cause there’s somethin’ in the way you look at me
It’s as if my heart knows you’re the missing piece
You made me believe that there’s nothing in this world I can’t be
I never know what you see
But there’s somethin’ in the way you look at me

If i could freeze some moment in my mind
Be the second that you touch your lips to mine
I’d like to stop the clock, make time stand still
‘Cause baby, this is just the way I always wanna feel

(Repeat CHORUS)

BRIDGE
I dont know how or why I feel different in your eyes
All I know is it happens every time

(Repeat CHORUS)

CODA
The way you look at me

The Way You Look at Me

Day 94/365: Water Splashing, A St John the Baptist Festival

Day 94/365: Water Splashing, A St John the Baptist Festival

April 4, 2011

It’s a raining April! and I thought of this advance water splashing shot and I cant wait for June 24 (St John Baptist Festival)

What’s with June 24?

All towns and suburbs named San Juan (St. John the Baptist) celebrate this festival every June 24, which involveds playfool “baptism” with ilang-ilang scented water and is ment as a coy filtration between the sexes. It can degenerate into a free-for-all water fight with much drenching and laughter. Places to see and be drenched include San Juan in Metro Manila; Baylan in Batangas, which stages a lechon parade; Punta in Taytay, near Bacolod City, in Negros Occidental and Camiguin, North Mindanao.

Feast of Saint John the Baptist: San Juan! San Juan! Basaan! so dont get annoyed when someone splashed a water on you during this day in “San Juan” named places.

People in Xishuangbanna, southwest China, douse one another with a basin of water to usher in spring. In Thailand, people sprinkle water on guests at a water festival in April. The Philippines has its own version of these Buddhist traditions, when it celebrates the Feast of San Juan Bautista, or St. John the Baptist.

In many parts of Europe and North America, people kindle bonfires on hilltops at the approaching summer solstice, when the days begin to grow shorter. To this ancient ritual are added other festive activities like games and parades, street dancing, outdoor eating, carnival attractions, and fireworks. Such gaeity may well be their version of a Philippine fiesta, but for the fact that the custom coincides with the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24.

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Day 94/365: Water Splashing

West meets east in the Philippines when June 24 is celebrated by dousing and sprinkling of water or by family outings to the beach or riverside.

This Filipino custom is the most appropriate way of commemorating the only saint, other than Mary, whose birth is celebrated in the Christian liturgy. (Feasts of other saints fall on the day of their death.) After all, Saint John is the precursor who prepared people for the coming of Christ by baptizing them with water.

Matthew 2:11 quotes Saint John as saying: “I indeed baptize wou with water unto repentence but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he sahll baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire.”
Anyone who goes to the town of San Juan, Metro Manila on the morning of June 24 cannot stay dry. neither will anyone who visits small towns near a stream, a river, or the sea before noon. The experience is supposed to remind one of one’s baptism.

Small childre nuse a tabo, usually an empty can used as a water dipper, to douse strangers with water. Older perspns my fill theor ancient coconut shells with perfumed water to sprinkle on passersby. Others get their bamboo cylinders fitted with pistons to squirt water on whoever passes by. Still others use water pistols.

Unfortunately, the tradition is being threatened by killjoys or local bullies who douse car owners or jeepney riders wuth water from open ditches. Their actions have made others question the very idea of the festivity.

Day 80/365: Strobism

Day 80/365: Strobism

March 21, 2011

What Is Strobism?

Strobism refers to the use of small flashguns (often referred to as speedlites or strobes) to create effective lighting for all kinds of photographs. The ‘movement’ of strobism rose in popularity in the last couple of years after the photographer David Hobby set up his now seminal blog strobist.com.

Strobism is all about controlling what is perhaps the most important aspect of photography – light. Traditional photographers used to seek out the best light possible in order to make great photographs, strobists create it themselves. At the heart of the stobist movement is being able to understand how light, and more specifically the combination of light from multiple sources contributes towards great photographs.

Why Bother With Strobism?

The whole ethos of strobism is to use small inexpensive flashes to gain the same lighting effects as big expensive studio lighting rigs. What David Hobby did a few years ago was to show exactly what these little flashes were capable of if you the photographer followed a few simple rules and learned how easy it is to control and manipulate the light they produce.

Stobism is all about showing what great pictures small lights can produce.

Here are, some tips of strobist photography:

1. You shall not tether your camera to your strobe when you can use a radio slave.
2. You shall not break your back with heavy equipment as long as you can get the job done with lighter equipment.
3. You shall not use big lights when a small strobe can get the job done.
4. Always find a way to fit your equipment in one small case able to fit in the overhead compartment of an airline seat.
5. Always be able to fit all equipment in the trunk of a small car.
6. You shall not light the volume of space, only light the visible planes.
7. You shall never take more time to unpack gear than to shoot assignment.
8. Always carry extra flashes.
9. Learn to play well with ambient light.
10. You shall not enslave your strobe to the limits of on-camera flash. Good light almost never primarily comes from the top of the camera.

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Day 73/365: Mommy Olei: The Pug

Day 73/365: Mommy Olei: The Pug

March 14, 2011

Introducing: Mommy Olei, The Pug

Birthdate: July 19, 2005

Overview:
The Pug is a small, stocky, square, thickset dog. The round head is massive with a short, blunt, square shaped muzzle. Moles on the cheeks are considered beauty spots. The teeth meet in a slight undershot bite. The very large, prominent eyes are dark. The small, thin ears are either rose or button shaped. The face has large, deep wrinkles. The high set tail is curled over the back and a double curl is preferred in the show ring. Dewclaws are usually removed. The short coat is soft, fine and smooth. Coat colors come in apricot, fawn, black and silver.

Temperament:
The Pug is keen, with a happy-go-lucky attitude. Animated, peppy and spirited, they are loyal, loving and affectionate with their families. Playful, lively and rambunctious, they are sure to keep you laughing. Highly intelligent, it bores easily without variety in their training. They can be a bit willful if they sense they are stronger minded than the humans around them. Pugs are sensitive to the tone of your voice, so harsh punishment is unnecessary. They need an owner who is calm, yet firm, confident and consistent with the rules. The dog is neither excitable nor dull. They are good watchdogs, very devoted and are not yappers. Pugs get along well with other dogs and pets, and they behave impeccably with both children and visitors. Be sure to be your Pug’s pack leader. Pugs who do not have strong human leaders can become jealous, and begin to display guarding behaviors, such as guarding furniture, food, toys, or other spots in the house. This behavior only happens when dogs are allowed to take over. These behaviors can be corrected when the owners start displaying the proper leadership. Dogs who feel they need to run the home are not as happy as dogs who know they are human followers, as it is very stressful for a dog to need to keep “their” humans in line.

Height/Weight:
Height: Dogs 12-14 inches (30-36 cm.) Bitches 10-12 inches (25-30 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 13-20 pounds (6-9kg.) Bitches 13-18 pounds (6-8kg.)

Health Problems:

Pugs catch colds easily and are stressed by hot and cold weather. They are prone to allergies and the short muzzle contributes to chronic breathing problems, tending to wheeze and snore. (Pugs suffer from poor ventilation.) Prone to skin problems. Pone to Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain that strikes adolescent Pugs usually between the ages of 2 and 3. The cause is unknown. They are not the easiest whelpers. Dams usually have to have cesarean sections due to the size of the pups heads. There is a chance of keratites (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. Eyes are prone to weeping. Do not overfeed a Pug, as they will eat more than is good for them, quickly becoming obese and living much shorter lives.

Living Conditions:

The Pug is good for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. Cannot withstand hot or cold weather and should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature.

Exercise:

Pugs are strong dogs with short straight legs. They need to be taken on daily walks. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. They enjoy energetic games and will keep in better health if given regular exercise. But be careful not to over do it, especially if you see them start to wheeze.

Life Expectancy:

About 12 to 15 years.

Grooming:
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. Dry thoroughly after a bath so the dog does not get chilled. The creases on the face must be cleaned regularly. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.

Origin:

The Pug is one of the oldest breeds known today, believed to have originated before 400 BC. There is somewhat of a debate over the origin of the Pug. Most researchers agree that the Pug originated from Asia descended from a short-haired Pekingese. Another theory is, it is the result of crossing a small Bulldog, while other speculate that it is a miniature form of the French Mastiff ( Dogue de Bordeaux). The artist Hogarth had a Pug named “Trump” who he often depicted in his works. The breed became popular during Victorian times in the 19th century. Tibetan monasteries kept Pugs as pets. The breed made its way to Japan and Europe where it not only became a pet of royalty but the official dog of the House of Orange in Holland. Prince William II owned Pugs. One dog in particular was said to have saved his life in 1572 at Hermingny, when the dog barked at approaching Spaniards alerting him of their presents. In France Napoleon’s wife, Josephine had a Pug named “Fortune”. On their wedding night when Napoleon refused to allow the dog to sleep in their bed Josephine told him, “If the Pug does not sleep in our bed, neither do I!” When Josephine was sent to prison she used the little dog to send secret messages to her husband by placing a note under the collar of her Pug. In 1860 when the British took over the Chinese Imperial Palace, they discovered several Pugs and Pekinese, and the dogs were brought back to England with them. The AKC recognized the Pug in 1885. Some of the Pug’s talents include: watchdog and performing tricks.

(http://www.dogbreedinfo.com)

Day 71/365: Midnight Tiangge at Mercato Centrale

Day 71/365: Midnight Tiangge at Mercato Centrale

March 12, 2011

Looking for a place to eat on Friday and Saturday night? No worries! Midnight Mercato Centrale is open from 10pm till 3am at the Fort Bonifacio Taguig.

Location: 34th street and 8th avenue (across MC Home Depot) . This is nearby the Lexus Car Center and Starbucks Drive Thru!

My Mercato’s favorites;

1. Goody Kefir – nothing beats its natural kefir taste blended with natural fruit juices. Must try! They also have Yoghurt, White Cheese, Lemon Grass Juices, and Fresh Milk. Nourish yourself for night craving treat with Goody Kefir

2. Med Chef Desserts: must try their assorted cakes, not too sweet and very affordable.

3. Kebab – package meal with Biryani rice! so yummy! try their Chicken and Beef Combo Meals.

4. Bale Dutung, Chef Claude Tayag’s Pan de Bagnet – your baked bagnet slices in a Tortilla wrap mixed with their own signature salsa. Forget all the cholesterols, just try it 🙂

5. Mochico Ice Cream- Ice cream Ball or the Pinoy’s Buchi with Ice Cream! Their Ice cream is Fruits in Ice Cream (FIC). One company actually 🙂

6. Nutilicious – The Good Nut Appetizers. You can have your required calories by just having the free taste with them 🙂

See you there!

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Day 66/365: Ortigas Center Sunset View

Day 66/365: Ortigas Center Sunset View

March 7, 2011

I have to admit that this project is really stressful and lagging behind for the posting. But anyways let me share to you this beautiful scenery of Ortigas Center from our Roofdeck every Sunset. It is a rare sight to behold if I can go home early before the night unfolds, otherwise it shows the beautiful concrete jungle lights until 5am.

From here I can touch the sun! and wish that the energy it emits brings a healing power from the people’s day to day life challenges.

Not so much to explain for Day 66.

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41/365: A.k.a James Howlett

41/365: A.k.a James Howlett

February 10, 2011

James Howlett aka Wolverine

Aliases
Logan, formerly Weapon Ten, Death, Mutate #9601, Jim Logan, Patch, Canucklehead, Emilio Garra, Weapon Chi, Weapon X, Experiment X, Agent Ten, Canada, Wildboy, Peter Richards, many others

Identity
Secret, known to certain government agencies

Citizenship
Canada, possible dual citizenship in Japan and/or Madripoor

Place of Birth
Alberta, Canada

First Appearance
(As Wolverine, cameo) Incredible Hulk #180 (1974), (as Wolverine, fully) Incredible Hulk #181 (1974), (as Patch) Marvel Comics Presents #1 (1988), (as Weapon X) Marvel Comics Presents #72 (1991), (as Death) Astonishing X-Men #1 (1999)

Origin
Origin #1-6 (2001-2002); Wolverine #10 (1989); Marvel Comics Presents #72-84 (1991); Alpha Flight #33 (1986); Wolverine #113 (1997)

Occupation

Adventurer, instructor, former bartender, bouncer, spy, government operative, mercenary, soldier, sailor, miner

Group Affiliation

X-Men, Avengers, formerly Horsemen of Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Secret Defenders, Clan Yashida, Department H, Alpha Flight, Department K, Team X, Team Weapon X, Devil’s Brigade, Canadian Army

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Powers:

Wolverine is a mutant who possesses the ability to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of his cellular structure at a rate far greater than that of an ordinary human. The speed at which this healing factor works varies in direct proportion with the severity of the damage Wolverine suffers. For example, he can fully recover from an ordinary gunshot wound in a non-vital area of his body within minutes, but it took him almost two months to fully recover from injuries sustained in a duel with Lord Shingen, which included one from a sword that went all the way through his trunk.

Wolverine’s natural healing also affords him virtual immunity to poisons and most drugs, as well as an enhanced resistance to diseases. For example, it is nearly impossible for him to become intoxicated from drinking alcohol. He also has a limited immunity to the fatigue poisons generated by bodily activity, and hence he has greater endurance than an ordinary human. His agility and reflexes are similarly enhanced.

In addition, Wolverine’s healing factor provides him with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process. Although over a century old, Wolverine is as healthy and physically fit as a man in his prime.

Wolverine also possesses superhumanly acute senses, making him capable of seeing things at a maximum distance greater than a normal human’s. His hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, and he is able to recognize people and objects by scent, even if that person or object is hidden. Wolverine can use these enhanced senses to track any creature with an impressive degree of success.

Wolverine’s skeleton includes six retractable one-foot long bone claws, three in each arm, that are housed beneath the skin and muscle of his forearms. Wolverine can, at will, release these slightly curved claws through his skin beneath the knuckles on each hand. The skin between the knuckles tears and bleeds, but the blood loss is quickly halted by his healing factor. Wolverine can unsheathe any number of his claws at once, although he must keep his wrists straight at the moment his claws shoot from his forearms into his hands. When unsheathed, the claws are fully within his hands, and thus Wolverine can still bend his wrists. The claws are naturally sharp and tougher than that of normal human bone structure, allowing Wolverine to cut through most types of flesh and natural materials.

Despite the extent of his healing factor, Wolverine is not immortal. If the injuries are extensive enough, especially if they result in the loss of vital organs, large amounts of blood, and/or loss of physical form, such as having flesh burned away by fire or acid, Wolverine can die.

Abilities:

Due to his extensive training as a soldier, a C.I.A. operative, a samurai, a spy, and a member of the X-Men, Wolverine is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant, having mastered virtually every fighting style on Earth. He is also a trained expert in multiple types of weapons, vehicles, computer systems, explosives, and assassination techniques. Wolverine is fluent in many languages, including Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Spanish; he has some knowledge of French, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Weapons:

Wolverine’s entire skeletal structure, including his claws, has been artificially bonded to the nearly indestructible metal Adamantium. As a result, Wolverine’s bones are virtually unbreakable, and his claws are capable of cutting through almost any substance depending on its thickness and the amount of force he can exert. Due to his healing factor, the presence of Adamantium in his body does not interfere with his bones’ normal function of generating blood corpuscles. The reinforcement of his skeleton enables Wolverine to withstand high levels of physical pressure, giving his muscles sufficient force to briefly lift/press several hundred pounds. Throughout his life, Wolverine has used a variety of bladed weapons, most frequently daggers and, at times, swords. He has also wielded many different types of firearms throughout his careers as a soldier, a mercenary, and a spy.

Day 40/365: Immortality

Day 40/365: Immortality

February 9, 2011

Based on research, The question of survival of bodily death concerns whether some aspect of an individual (usually one’s personality or consciousness) continues to exist after the death of one’s normal physical body. Immortality concerns whether that surviving aspect continues to exist forever. While evidence for survival is not necessarily evidence for immortality, evidence against survival is clearly evidence against immortality. Thus articles advocating pure mortalism or “the extinction hypothesis”–the thesis that death is the complete, permanent annihilation of the person–reject immortality in virtue of rejecting survival after death. Since there is little difference between impersonal survival and complete annihilation, the articles below generally only concern the notion of personal survival–the idea that persons will survive death as distinct individuals.

From Wikipedia:

Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of living in a physical or spiritual form for an infinite length of time. As immortality is the negation of mortality—not dying or not being subject to death—it has been a subject of fascination to humanity since at least the beginning of known history. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the first literary works, dating back at least to the 22nd century BC, is primarily a quest of a hero seeking to become immortal.What form an unending human life would take (as well as whether it is subject to incapacitation), or whether the soul exists and possesses immortality, has been a major point of focus of religion, as well as the subject of speculation, fantasy, and debate.

Interesting? this I believe depends on the cultural and religious perspective of every individual. The documented conceptual and empirical arguments of this highly intellectual people continues to date on how science can marry the soul existence and immortality.

A good reading is the edge.org where this bright minds meet, share and keep the world aware. It is Reality Club.

About The Edge:

Edge Foundation, Inc., was established in 1988 as an outgrowth of a group known as The Reality Club. Its informal membership includes of some of the most interesting minds in the world. The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society. Edge Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit private operating foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Special Thanks to Marjorie Obras and Mond Nepomuceno for this Day 40/365 output.

Day 39/365: Jollibee Chicken Joy Secrets

Day 39/365: Jollibee Chicken Joy Secrets

February 8, 2011

Crispylylicious! Jucylicious! Amoy Delicious! and Gravylicious!

The branding tagline for Jollibee Chickenjoy which is to date is the most successful chicken product of the Quick Service Restaurant in the Philippines. I remember that I’m almost scared to grow my own chicken wings during the height of my addiction with ChickenJoy being my daily meals consistently for two weeks. And to date, it remains in my top three choices when I crave for fried chicken- KFC, Jollibee, and Shakeys (with mojos)

What’s their secret? A very simple marketing strategy and taste which is not so surprising to capture the heart of every Filipino family.

The Jollibee 7P’s Marketing Strategy:

– Primary Target Market Moms and dads with kids (0-12 years old), across socio-eco classes, chicken eaters
– Potential (Total Market) In the last 25 years, Chickenjoy has evolved from just a plain chicken product to a strong and well-loved brand in the QSR (quick service restaurant) industry. It reached the level of having an established emotional affinity among Filipinos given its constancy as a functional product and the heritage that it continuously imparts in every household
– Positioning A uniquely delicious total sensory experience enjoyed by the whole family: Crispylicious, juicylicious, amoy delicious and gravylicious. Satisfies not only your family’s craving for a delicious chicken meal but also your family’s needs for bonding moments.
– Product Best tasting chicken: Jollibee Chickenjoy
– Price value-for-money price (Feb 2011): 1-pc Chickenjoy or Spicy Chickenjoy with rice & gravy: P70.00 (solo) P86.00 (value meal) 2Pcs P115 (solo) P131 (value meal)
– Place All Jollibee stores nationwide- Dine-in, take-out counters and delivery (currently, there are more than 900 stores nationwide)
– Promotion TVC, Print, and Billboard

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The Chicken Joy Original Crispy Recipe:

It has to be marinated! For a size of 15 lbs of chicken :

1 tablespoons Kosher Salt
1 tablespoons MSG
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/3 cup Bottled Chicken Concentrate (Brands like Maggi, its a liquid bouillon cube or paste)
5 cups water

Mix all of the above and soak the chicken in the above marinate for 24 hours under refrigeration. The Original Recipe is not packaged in three different places. The way it is cooked and the process make it taste like it has eleven herbs and spices when in reality there is not. The way it is done in the restaurant is using dried eggs and milk in the flour along with a box of breading salt and the seasoning bag and a bag of breading flour.

Jollibee ORIGINAL RECIPE:

2 fryer chickens cut up into 8 pieces and marinated
6 cups Crisco Shortening (A P&G manufactured brand, it s also known as the Vegetable Shortening)
1 eggs well beaten
2 cups Milk
2 cups Flour
2 teaspoons ground pepper
1 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon MSG
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 dash paprika

Place shortening into the pressure cooker and heat over medium heat to the shortening reaches 400°F. In a small bowl, combine the egg and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining six dry ingredients. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk until fully moistened. Roll the moistened chicken in the flour mixture until well coated. In groups of four or five, drop the covered chicken pieces into the shortening and lock the lid. When pressure start to builds up, cook for 10 minutes.

The Gravy:

* 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth, undiluted
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* breadcrumbs

Preparation:

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Whisk in broth and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until mixture thickens.

Now, Enjoy your home cooked version of Chicken Joy! You may even enhance the taste and dont forget to invite me soon on your product launching 🙂