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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Capoeira!

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The sounds of hypnotic drums, strings, and tambourines play while participants face off in a deliberation of calculated tumbling, evasive crouching, and powerful kicking. Welcome to the arena of CAPOEIRA!


Playing Tekken on PS2 used to be my favorite past-time and one of my undefeated characters is Christie Monteiro. With her cool Capoeira fighting moves, I easily got hooked to playing her character every so often; and from then on I became a huge fan of her fighting technique. Much more after seeing one of the group contenders in Showtime incorporated Capoeira into their dance routine, I become more fascinated with the idea of getting myself taught by an expert of such; IF there’s any in CdO.

Said to originate from the oppressed African people in Brazil who used it for survival, Capoeira (pronounced kapwera) has become a legitimate method of self defense and an athletic game; it is also one of Brazil’s popular cultural past times – ranked second only to football. In Manila, the Afro-Brazilian art is taught by Andre Felipe de Moraes of the Escola Brasiliera de Capoeira, known to his students as Professor “Batata.” 

Capoeira mixes many aspects in one sport: fighting, dancing, sport, music, focus – even aerobics, which stimulate more my interest in learning the art.

All throughout the class, traditional music is played accompanied by traditional Capoeira instruments to help the capoeiristas find their rhythm, timing, and concentration. The sequences feature numerous acrobatic moves, balancing acts, kicks and evading tactics that build up to the most important (and longest!) part of the class where two people come face to face and spar in the middle of a circle of cheering Capoeiristas.

The results, swear most Capoeiristas, are amazing. In Brazil the sport is more popular among women because they like the physical benefits that come with the practice: toned arms and legs as well as a more defined back and abdominals.

I checked some of those Capoeira moves and my favorite calls for the name Ginga (pronounced jeenga) which is the basic step and the route of all Capoeira moves. An aerobics class’ version of ‘marching in place,’ this basic action keeps one mobile while thinking of the next move.

Photo Credits: Bing™ and AviantArt
Supplementary info: Wikipedia

Monday, February 21, 2011

LADY GAGA - Born This Way (Cover)

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Lady Gaga broke into tears and literally went gaga after seeing YouTube video of 10-year-old Fil-Canadian Maria Aragon performing her latest 'Born This Way' hit. Girl now is set to perform with Gaga on her Toronto, Canada concert.

Maria is born to both Filipino parents in Canada. According to news, Maria only learns music by ear.

Another Filipino pure talent in the making. ;)

Video Credits: YouTube™



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Anything but Green

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Green beans are one of my favorite readily available veggies. These kind of veggies are of nearly universal distribution since they can be purchased canned, frozen, or fresh; you can even have them easily grown from your garden at home. Having said those, green beans are never missing from our fridge as they can be paired to almost any meat upon cooking; can either be added to your main dish or simply as a side dish. 


As for me, I like to have those green strings made crisp, quick and easy like my all time fave ‘Green Bean Stir-Fry’.

Here’s how I make it in quick fire:

Green Bean Stir-Fry 



Ingredients:

1 teaspoon vegetable oil or any kitchen cooking oil (whichever is available)


1 pound green beans (fresh or frozen)

2 cloves of garlic

1 shallot

3 tablespoons light soy sauce

Pinch of brown sugar

Directions: Steam the green beans until they are cooked but still crisp (about 5 minutes for fresh, fewer for frozen). Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat while finely dicing garlic and shallot. Brown both garlic and shallot (about 5 minutes), then add green beans and stir in soy sauce. Keep the mixture moving, so as not to burn it, until heated through (about 10 minutes). Add a pinch of brown sugar for extra flavor before removing from the heat.

Photo Credits: Google™

Thursday, February 17, 2011

On Today's Season 10 'Idol' Hollywood Group Episode

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Another brutal cut has just concluded in today's 'Idol' episode. This season's group round as expected was all about heat and personalities clashing; everyone's making scene-stealing moves hoping to outshine the others while on stage..damn! It's bash or get bashed. Eat or be eaten!



Setting aside the dramas, fuss and harsh critiques, the show made a good start; infact the bar was even set high on the first few performances. 


Sweet girl Holli Cavanagh, one of my early faves, made it through (cheers to that).

With the surprising high note of James Durbin (see above pic and link), looks like the next American Idol-Season 10 is going to give us another Adam Lambert in the making. Whew! This just it! Things just keep getting better on 'Idol' this year.



The exes were together again sharing the group with Jacqueline whose other half's idol dream has been cut short prior to today's episode; the trio perform the ever popular F*** U of Cee Lo Green and this time, a no holds barred rendition by Jacq who decided to keep the original lyrics on it. Only sad to say the exes were split up once again as Rob (Chelsee's ex) had to go this time as per judges' deliberation, which left Chelsee and Jacq moving on to the next round. 

The youngest contender Jacee Badauex who was kicked to the curb by a bunch of jerks and had a hard time finding another group, thankfully made it through.

The teens backed up with their stage mamas got a standing ovation from the panel of judges--'twas a stunning performance indeed!


I was also looking forward to Pinoy pride Thia Megia (who also happens to be one of the semi-finalists on"America's Got Talent" back in 2009) on how she performs with a group however she's not spotted on this episode, neither a cameo of her acts was shown. Wondering why though.

Anyhoo, definitely a make or break stage the Hollywood week is. As my 'Idol' co-avid viewer Shirley Alvarado would say: some would nail it, some just won't.

Sad to see those early favorites bid adieu but the show must continue as they search for the new, possibly the last, 'Idol' this year.

100 made it through today's cut and in spite of the meltdowns, today's show is over all fun and entertaining.Tomorrow's stand alone performances is something to watch for. ;)

Photo and Video Credits: Google™ and American Idol Net

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

LOOKBOOK.nu

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"I Miss You... Ooops... WE miss you." by Tony Stone on LOOKBOOK.nu: "I am lazy today.
But I have a lot of things to do."


"Too Bad." by Tony Stone on LOOKBOOK.nu: "I am TIRED."


"Can I take you out to the pictures?" by Peter Adrian on LOOKBOOK.nu: "Credits: Derek Wong
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/bearingstraight/)


I wasn't going to post this picture at first due to the fact that it was very plain and used for test pics, but I really like the texture of the shirt in this picture. I hope you guys do as well! MY FACE IS SO PALE AND WASHED OUT D:

Beatles-Maxwell's Silver Hammer
"


iAMjett™ says: Lookbook.nu has always been my source of inspiration when it comes to fashion, both for men and women alike. I remember that it was my office mate in Cebu who introduced the site to me way back I think 2008. Up to this day, I still find the site beneficial as I can easily track trendy styles to date which are worthy of my to-die-for fashion keeps [:-p}. The above links are just some of my favored laid-back looks. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Eric and JJ

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While I was having my usual mid-day bath one dry afternoon, I was all ears listening to this AM radio advisory program "Kagahapon Lamang". That day's program episode caught me by surprise because the letter sender was a guy named Eric. What's more intriguing was the reason why he wrote, which's all about people thinking that he and his guy friend are having a homosexual affair.

The story goes like this:

JJ and Eric are alike in so many things, be it in their chosen profession. Eric is a registered CPA while JJ is pursuing accountancy in a sectarian college. Eric likes watching basketball, and JJ on the other hand, loves playing it.

Fate brought these two guys together. When Eric's company sponsored a basketball tourney, Eric spearheaded the officials. It so happened that JJ was close to the rest of the officials. Eric and JJ's proximity made things easy for them to get to know each other.

After the tournament, these guys became even closer. Their talks on the phone became more frequent.

For Eric, a day without JJ saying, "Enjoy your day and make the best of it" is terribly unfulfilled. JJ, too, is always eager to listen to Eric's words over the phone.

Lately, both of them also find extra time to see each other at the mall, bars and other places. They find delight in being together most of the time. But Eric cleared it out by saying that they don't neglect their responsibilities in work and school.

Another thing he made mention is, nothing unusual has ever happened and, in all honesty he said, both of them don't really dream or expect of anything deeper to transpire. Eric also reassured that their moral-spiritual values are still intact.

However, people are starting to speculate about them. At work, JJ's frequent calls for Eric are casting doubt on what kind of relationship they have.

In school, JJ's fellow varsity players are starting to tease him. Worst scenario is, JJ's once most intimate friend is making a big fuss on the matter.

Eric is bothered by these irrational speculations. They both know that no relationship has developed or will ever be. Eric said he trust , respect and love JJ as a friend and a younger brother, nothing more and nothing less. JJ is the only child of a business tycoon in the real estate. His dad is always abroad.

Does Eric need to tell people the real score? Does he owe them an explanation? JJ is one friend Eric cherishes so much. It hurts him to think they are being branded for something they haven't done or will ever do.

My personal thoughts:

I can only think of one reason a close companionship between an older male and a younger male could set tongues wagging and eyebrows rising; corruption of a minor.

When there is no sexual relationship between them, the older man is often simply labeled as a 'bad influence.' But when sex (as an activity or a goal) is involved—or is assumed to be involved—then corruption takes the color of homosexuality.

Eric is saying, of course, that no corruption or homosexual activity whatsoever is taking place between him and JJ, and Eric is hurting because people seem to think—even insist—there is.

Does Eric then owe them an explanation? He doesn't. Even if let's say he is truly having a sexual affair with JJ, I personally believe he is not obligated to justify himself to those narrow-minded and self-righteous people.

However, provided it's really true, no matter how and where we look at it, it will always appear to many that such is immoral and worth justifying for, especially with Eric's social status. What's more, if Eric has had a homosexual relationship in the past, such an explanation would likely not be believed. And if Eric doesn't have such a past, but people had pigeonholed him as gay, they could dismiss Eric's explanations and insist that "there is always a first time" and this one with JJ is it.

People based their conclusions on how Eric and JJ have been acting. Therefore, Eric should use their actions, too, to convince people to revise their conclusions. I personally believe limiting phone calls, both in frequency and duration, and trimming down their meet-ups are by far some fair resolve while many are still prying them. Eric may even consider all those as favors for a friend, but those who look at their relationship in a different light see them as gifts of courtship or tokens of endearment, or worse, as bribes or tools of corruption. It would be nice, too, to see how JJ reacts to the absence of these favors, in case people think that he only sticks around Eric because of the material things he provides JJ.

Have I just laid down a prescription that will kill the friendship of Eric and JJ? I hope not. True friendship survives even within many restrictions. Eric and JJ can be close friends and do each other favors without raising suspicions that it's all a commercial transaction, a one-way corruption, or a mutual deception.


 

Snag-A-Millionaire

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So you've finally come to your senses and decided you're not going to be like one of those who keep on waiting (in vain) for their guy to sweep them off their feet. Men, after all, are no easy prey. But women and women at heart are hunters – and proud of it! Though I may not look much of an expert but I sure know some latest tips plus the classic techniques to snag the man of your dreams, or at least a noteworthy guy. Happy hunting!

Topping off the shortlist of snagging: The Millionaire!

The Millionaire, whether self-made or through inheritance, is much coveted prey. Who doesn't want to be showered with love, affection – and diamonds? Who wouldn't want to be with a man who can buy your own island? Such is Fiat heir Gianni Agnelli, the Zobel brothers, the men of Benetton, such is Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The millionaire will make you into 'Your Highness' and possibly your life into a fairy tale. So the chase seems to be really, really worth it.

LAIR: If you're not that lucky to have an old-rich surname, you should at least be blessed enough to move in the same circles or be friends with the people the millionaire is friends with. That way, you're guaranteed a chance to visit Punta Fuego. Or be asked to go wakeboarding in Calatagan. Or be invited to a party at Pepato. Or hang out at the Polo Club. Or hear mass at Santuario.

TEMPTRESS TIPS: Do the letters S.C. Mean something to you? The thing with hunting for a millionaire is, it immediately makes you a target for the term “Social Climber.” He'll know it; his family will know it, heck, even his friends will know if you're just after his money. A friend of mind comes from an upper middle class family and though she's not exactly poor, she'll never marry someone any less than a millionaire.

“I don't want to be called a social climber. I'm just being realistic. Alangan naman ako pa manglibre sa akong date!” She had her share of rich boyfriends. The first was a classmate in college. They often mock about her by saying “her she comes, have your wallet ready.” At first it appeared to be just a joke. Then later on, she felt it's getting down to her nerves already.

But still, she will not be deterred. She just reminded herself that they can't do anything about her personal love interest and her what abouts. Eventually, she just got used to their teasing. After she broke up with that first boyfriend, it took exactly two years before she plunged into her next relationship. Now she's quite happy with her current catch. And dreaming of a marriage proposal soon.

STRATEGY: Don't sweat the technique. No amount of social climbing can make the millionaire fall in love with you. Once you've planted yourself where he is, let your natural charm weave its magic. Be witty. Be frank. Be fun. Be relaxed. Don't get intimidated by who he is. Have an opinion about things because most of whom are annoyed by girls who seem impressed by wealth or who are obviously hanging out with them just because they're rich. In fact, show The Millionaire how to have a good time without spending much – he'll surely find it refreshing. And please, be 100 percent sure that you're not just falling for the size of the bank account but with the bigness of his heart as well. Look where it got Cinderella. :)


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I Spit on Your Grave

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I recently spared some time to watch this movie on DVD, after all I go for anything that's hair-raising, suspenseful and horrific like the notable seven film horror franchise budgeted by Lions Gate Entertainment, SAW.

An unrated remake derived from the moot 1978 cult horror of 
Meir Zarchi, I personally rate this rework 8 out of 10 stars.

Overview: 'A beautiful woman from the city named Jennifer Hills rents an isolated cabin in the country to write her latest novel. Soon, a group of local lowlifes subject Jennifer to a nightmare of degradation, rape and violence. Left for dead, she returns for vengeance. Trapping her male attackers one-by-one, she inflicts acts of physical torment upon them with a ferocity that surpasses her own ordeal with them. When the carnage clears, the victim has become victor.'

Directed by Steven R. Monroe. Starring Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Chad Lindberg, Tracey Walter and Andrew Howard.

Prominent film critics condemned the film for its graphic violence and lengthy depictions of gang rape, and the picture remains controversial to this day. The film was named in 2010 one of TIME's Top 10 Ridiculously Violent Movies -- Wikipedia



'It's date night.'


Video Credits: Youtube

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Give Yourself a Sexy Shiver: New sensory territory is just a touch away

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Nothing is more rewarding than getting you a massage to relieve those muscle and nerve tensions from a hard day's work. While you're anxiously thinking of getting one after the clock hits 5:00pm, you might want to try these few do-it-yourself techniques to loosen up a bit while at it.

When you're tense after a tough day, a light touch on body parts that rarely get attention is relaxing and stress-reducing – even if you do it yourself. Try these calming moves:

THE SWIRL: Move the tips of your fingers in small circles over the insides of your elbows and backs of your knees.

THE ZIGZAG: Draw your nails gently across your chest and up toward your neck in random zigzag lines.

THE SLIDE: Run your palms over your abdomen from side to side in opposing directions, just barely touching your skin.

THE FEATHER: Rhythmically brush your fingertips with a feather-light motion from the inside of your elbow to your wrist and back.

THE SWEEP: Use the tips of your pinkies to trace the shape of your eyelids, then brush them softly across the entire surface.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dilbert - My good old fave office past time!

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...there's nothing like a good laugh when boredom smears the dull air of your office cubicle..


Who Let the Dogs Out: Way to go PHL Azkals!

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Today marks another momentous day in the Philippine sports. From the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod, our very own Philippine Azkals mightily roared over the Mongolian fleet of young footballers (2-0) on the 1st leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup 2012 Qualifiers. Calendars ready for marking as March 15, 2011 is the scheduled second leg of the qualifying match set to happen in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Today's revelry has more thanking to do with the lone goal of the first half made by PHL's Emil "Chieffy" Caligdong in the 42nd minute and to Phil Younghusband’s scoring the second concluding goal. The team's combined effort of winning of course garnered them the control of the game to the end of the first leg; not to mention the unwavering cheers of support by hundreds of Filipinos who came to watch the game live.



I’m actually not a huge fan of the game 'football' but watching the recent playoff of Team Azkals made me an instant enthusiast. Once I thought football is like basketball which I questionably find hard to understand the rules of. But apparently I was made wrong, in fact it’s a lot less complicated than basketball.

The Azkals is currently ranked 152nd in the FIFA World Rankings, which would require them to accrue score higher than Mongolia after the anticipated home-and-away series for the team to finally be enlisted in the tournament’s group level (game to this is said to be held in Bangladesh).

The popularity of Philippine Azkals has become phenomenal that FIFA or Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football) has taken notice.

And so like FIFA, let's hope for Philippine Azkals' bringing pride and honor will finally invoke national government support.

Photo Credits: Google™

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Once I Wrote...

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I don't know what to really say about myself. Besides the basic personality traits everyone lists off, it's always been hard for me to write about myself. I guess I'm at the point in my life where I just don't care anymore. And I don't mean that in the bad way. There will always be this time in my life where I don't care to be a bogus just to have a lot of friends as long as the few ones I have mean something. I don't care about what people think of me as long as I'm happy with who I am. I'm not getting any younger so to speak and I think I've grown a lot these past few years where I am now starting to realize what matters in life and to me. I have my flaws, God knows I do and they are many but of the ones I do recognize I'm trying to change. I have my goals and my dramas that I set for myself and even though I feel that I am years behind where I want to be, and it gets me down, I can't let that stop me. It will only sweeten the rewards once I reach them. Life is a journey, not a destination. (Hey I remembered one) and there are many things I have set out to do and who I hope to become.

iAMjett™ 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Get wooed this Love Month!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

What's with the Night Café?

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Over the past years, bunches of people, strangers and locals alike never fail to indulge themselves in on a Friday and Saturday night out by heading their way to the Night Café rather than to any other place here in the City of Golden Friendship. Popularity aside, what keeps the people visit the place apart from the stunning and attractive 32 globe lights worth 10 million pesos as well as the 600,000 pesos rope lights glittering in the entire Divisoria area, the affordable yet delectable delicacies and street foods, thirst quenching beverages and tempting liquors, plus great bands in our city performing live make it just a perfect location to unwind and enjoy the night. 


The place is open for the public, no exceptions! So long as you have your eyes and your feet with you. Fretting about being penniless? Need not to because fun and pleasure is still an inch away by simply making your strolls along the scenic venue or perhaps finding a comfy bench to sit down while watching the bands perform (free of charge!). Indeed, a true feel-good experience of the hoots ‘the best things in life are free.’

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A homegrown Cagaya-anon at his best; a Cebu BPO yuppie for 4 years and is bound to explore all other possibilities. Jetro Augustus Cortez Ramao, better shortly known as Jett, is an enthusiast of many sorts. iAMjett.blogspot.com serves as his avenue to influence and be influenced; to inform and get informed. Hop in and take more notice of iAMjett's being a ..:: good hearted guy + sneakerologist + movie-philliac + has a thing for airports, runways and jet planes + loves to sleep + complicated + non conformist + misjudged and misunderstood at times + doesn't talk much, listens more + caring + sentimental + OC + independent + did i mention OC? + strong willed and persistent + irrational and disobedient at times + used to hate places that require one to dance + maybe i like smiling now...loves cheese but is anything but cheesy + goes for almost anything spicy + has a fluctuating body clock + fickle minded + sensitive + grumpy at times + considerate + practices "delaying gratification" : ::..

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