New Year's Resolution


The year 2008 is soon to end and it is the time for reminiscing all the things that we did over the last 12 months. The time where in we look back at where we’ve been and look ahead at where we want to be. Everyone is really pretty excited and is looking forward to the new year , 2009.

One of the common and popular thing to do right before/during the New Year is taking New Year's resolutions. Everyone takes resolutions that they hope to follow through the coming year.

A New Year's Resolution, is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.


Here are the Most Popular resolutions:

  • Lose weight
  • Gain weight
  • Get out of debt
  • Save money
  • Get a better job
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Volunteer to help others
  • Be more independent
How about you? Do you have any New Year's resolution you would like to achieve and what are those?

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE... New Year Myspace Icons Wishing you all in the best in 2009.

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Happy Holidays to Everyone!


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U2's Comeback Album

I am a music lover and I do listen to all types/genre of music. When I was browsing the net, I found an music news related to one of my favorite band U2 and I am glad when i found out that there's an album coming up. Here's the complete news from Reuters:


U2 to Release New Album in March

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Irish rockers U2 have named their new album "No Line On The Horizon," and will release it worldwide in early March, their label said on Thursday.

The quartet's 12th studio album was originally expected to be released by the end of this year, but the band announced in September that it would keep writing more tunes. Recording took place in Morocco, Dublin, New York and London.

Interscope Records will release "No Line On The Horizon" internationally on March 2, and a day later in North America.

It marks the follow-up to "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," which was released in late 2004 and went on to sell 9 million copies worldwide, according to Interscope. It also garnered U2 their second album of the year Grammy, following 1987's "The Joshua Tree."

The new album was produced by long-time collaborators Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite. Tunes recorded in 2006 with producer Rick Rubin, the man behind Johnny Cash's comeback, have been jettisoned.

Tour plans have not been announced. The "Vertigo" world tour for the last album ran from March 2005 to December 2006. U2 is partnered on touring and merchandise with concert promoter Live Nation Inc, which said earlier on Thursday that it bought back the band's stock in the company for a guaranteed $25 million -- $19 million more than the market price. Interscope is a unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Eric Beech)


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What is Christmas?

This is the month of December. One thing that comes to our mind is the celebration of Christmas season. People are very busy buying this and that. Christmas shopping here and there. Many people seem to think that Christmas is all about buying and giving gifts to people.

But the question is, what is really the true meaning of Christmas?

Christmas seem to be irrelevant to many. It is no longer associated with Jesus the Christ, the messiah, the one who came to save the world from destroying itself. We need to remember that the real TRUE meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

People need to stop all the commercial non sense around the Christmas season. Put a bit of God back into your lives.

How about you? What is the meaning of Christmas to you and to your life?


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Description of Your Zodiac Signs


ARIES
(March 21 - April 20)

The Aries person seeks adventure and has unusually high energy level. Pioneering, Aries will be the first to take a risk. People who were born in this section of the year have unusually strong will power and great obstinacy of purpose. They are usually born to be fighters in every sense of the word.

TAURUS
(April 21 - May 20)

Taurus is the sign of practicality and possessions. People born under the sign of Taurus tend to be very patient, practical and dedicated people.

The Taurus person tends to be one who is steadfast and passionate, however tempered with commitment. They often portray themselves as being charming and possession of stardom handsomeness.

People who were born in that time are extremely faithful, with a strong need for security and a settled routine. Although they are very earthy, they can also be highly romantic and sensitive when it comes to love.

GEMINI
(May 21 - June 21)

The people who were born in this period are widely known for their dual personalities and ability to change mood from moment to moment. Although they hate to be tied down, they make lively, entertaining and romantic partners, even if they can be rather fickle if bored or unhappy.

CANCER
(June 22 - July 22)

Emotional sometimes, Cancer sun sign people tend to be some of the more caring people in our world. They are very loving and value family and friends over fame or fortune. You will always find this loving person with a dear pet of some sort. Such people are easily hurt by the slights of others. These are very complex people, sometimes appearing extremely strong and at other times to be as vulnerable as a child.

These people are remarkably good at accumulating things; indeed, they can be unwilling to throw anything out, even relationships that have passed their use-by date. They are generally over-anxious in financial matters, and make great efforts to gather in money; as a rule, they have unusual ups and downs in their early life and so they are compelled to work to keep ahead, but once they get on their feet they keep there. If channeled in the right direction, their enormous sensitivity can become a great source of strength. Once they overcome their touchiness and master their turbulent emotions, their intellect and imagination enable them to become a success in almost anything they undertake.

LEO
(July 23 - August 22)

Leo is a generous soul, the kind of person that would give you the shirt off of their back. Always has a smile, this warmhearted individual will be the first to boost your spirits when you are feeling down.

People born in this period always aim to get above the common herd of humanity, and they themselves in turn are naturally attracted to strong personalities – in fact, they will forgive any fault in the people they like so long as they have individuality and purpose.

They are usually generous, kind, and openhearted, they find it hard to believe ill of others. If injured, they strike back quickly, but they also forgive easily and never hold a grudge. The typical Leo is flamboyant and generous with tremendous charm and a magnanimous spirit.

VIRGO
(August 23 - September 22)

Virgos are usually fastidious about their personal appearance, have a great respect for rank and position. People who were born in this period are as a rule generally successful in life. They have keen, good intellects and are very discriminating about those with whom they associate.

They are usually materialistic in their views of life, and analyze and reason everything from their own way of thinking outwards. These people are and attracted to only that knowledge that can be applied usefully. They will happily share this information with anyone, if it confirms their own usefulness in the world, and brings them eagerly out of there shells.

LIBRA
(September 23 - October 22)

Librans tend to be strong supporters of equality, the rights of man an universal brotherhood. Unfortunately they tend to be fence sitters and seldom put their feelings into practice. Librans dislike injustice and pettiness but many times fail to apply these feelings to themselves. Though subtle in appearance, Librans are selfish and self willed and resent any intrusion into their thought, independence or action. Librans rend to be very intuitive but tend to let their prejudices and feelings cloud the true issues. They tend to show good intelligence except in matters of their own feelings. Emotionally Librans tend to be impulsive and have a hard time seeing an idea or proposition through to fruition.

They are extremely positive and decisive in all their thoughts and actions. They have great foresight and intuition, and are generally seen at their best when acting on first impressions. The fear is usually well controlled so the typical representatives of this sign usually looks calm, collected, and in charge of the situation. Good natured and loving, they enjoy talking to people, yet can also be very attentive listeners.

SCORPIO
(October 23 - November 21)

The sun sign Scorpio is one of the most powerful astrological signs in the zodiac. Dynamic and forceful, they make excellent leaders. They are very determined and forceful, and do not accept failure as an option.

People born in this section of the year seem to be filled with inherent contradiction. The best and the worst seem to make this period their chosen battlefield. They are powerful, passionate, exciting and magnetic.

SAGITTARIUS
(November 22 - December 21)

Very optimistic, this astrological sign is allways looking on the bright side. You won't find Sagittarius singing the blues very often, as they are very good at seeing the silver lining in the clouds. Also highly patriotic.

They are often the great workers; such people never seem to tire until they drop with fatigue. They would rather learn on their own, through travel and experience, than endure structured classroom environments and routine work assignments.

CAPRICORN
(December 22 - January 19)

These people are usually ambitious and the lives of those born under this sign are marked by a purposeful pursuit of their destiny. Capricorns have a sense of purpose and a great faith in their own ability.

They are very ambitious and disciplined. They will climb the corporate ladder steadily, and with honor. You can count on them to get the job done and to go well above and beyond the call of duty.

The Capricorn person is typically a very pleasing person to meet. They are often attractive and very neat in appearance, possessing the most endearing manners.

AQUARIUS
(January 20 - February 18)

They are generally very active for the public good, and often give all they have to relieve the distress of others.

Very independent in their thinking, friendly by nature, original and creative thinking, friendly humanitarians who are typically rational, loyal and idealistic. They tend to be very willing and highly inventive.

Being somewhat rebellious and eccentric they can be unpredictable and contrary in their actions. Signs of lack of tact, stubbornness, contrariness expose them as being emotionally oblivious.

PISCES
(February 19 - March 20)

The Pisces are pioneers both in thought and action, very open to new ideas and a lover of freedom. These people possess a curiously natural understanding, which they do not obtain from books or study. They easily acquire, or rather absorb, knowledge, especially of the history of countries, travel, research, and like subject.

Although by nature generous, yet they are usually over-anxious about money matters, and inclined to worry about what their future position in life may be. This state of mind is largely due to their dislike and dread of being dependent on others more than from any love of money.


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Oscar de La Hoya VS Manny Pacquiao

Here's a breaking news of the WINNING FIGHT of the Filipino's pride, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.


Pacquiao TKOs De la Hoya

Filipino ring hero Manny Pacquiao continued to validate his status as the world's top pound-for-pound fighter when he defied the odds in knocking out boxing icon Oscar "Golden Boy" De la Hoya in their welterweight Dream Match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).

There was no knockdown but a relentless Pacquiao gave De la Hoya all that he could handle, before the "Golden Boy" called it quits at the end of the eighth round, prompting referee Tony Weeks to declare the Filipino the winner by technical knockout.
It was only the second time in De la Hoya's 16-year pro career that he was stopped in a fight, and it was made even more shocking because it came at the hands of a fighter who fought at just 129 pounds months earlier. At the age of 35 De la Hoya seemed not only well beyond his prime, but unable to offer any answer to the punches that Pacquiao was landing almost at will.

More on this article HERE

To those who haven't seen the fight of Manny, here's a round by round coverage of their fight from Yahoo! Sports by Kevin Iole - Paquiao makes De La Hoya quit after eight

ROUND 1
De La Hoya closed as a 2-1 favorite. De La Hoya is minus-200 and Pacquiao is plus-170. The over-under is 9½ rounds. Pacquiao comes out with a slight weight advantage tonight. On the unofficial HBO scales, he weighed 148½ and De La Hoya was 147. De La Hoya is the aggressor early, but nothing lands in the first minute. Straight left from Pacquiao and then a combination from Pacquiao connects. Lead left by Pacquiao. Right to the body by Oscar. Manny misses a big hook. Straight left by Pacquiao. Combination to the head by De La Hoya backs Pacquiao up. Right by Oscar connects. Straight left by Manny.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao


ROUND 2
Lead right by De La Hoya and a right hook from Pacquiao. Double jab by De La Hoya. Pacquiao is circling away. Combination from Oscar but doesn’t land flush. Combination to the body by De La Hoya. Right-left from Pacquiao. De La Hoya’s face is reddened from the punches. Pacquiao left lands and then an uppercut. Lead left by Pacquiao keeps getting through. Difference in hand speed is stark. Hard jab and then a left by Pacquiao. Lead left by Pacquiao.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao.


ROUND 3
Lead left from Pacquiao to open the round connects. De La Hoya has to stop that. De La Hoya is doing nothing offensively in first minute of round. Pacquiao flicks a jab that is short. Right to the head and left to the body from De La Hoya. Lead left again by Pacquiao. Left to the body from Pacquiao. Oscar seems befuddled. Right hook to the body from Pacquiao.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao


ROUND 5
De La Hoya connects with a jab, but first 30 seconds of round are very slow. They’re circling but not throwing much. Pacquiao lands a right hook. Triple jab from Pacquiao. Combination from Pacquiao backs De La Hoya up. The way this is going, it wouldn’t be a shock if De La Hoya were to quit on the stool at some point. He’s taking a tremendous amount of punishment. Body shot by Oscar lands and then two lefts. Oscar’s left eye is closing. He looks like a beaten, old and shot fighter.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao


ROUND 6
Nothing happens in first minute of round. Pacquiao lands left to body and a left to the cheek. They trade in the corner and Pacquiao gets the best of it. Straight left from Pacquiao lands. Hard straight left by Pacquiao snaps Oscar’s head back. De La Hoya’s left eye is a mess. Right by Pacquiao lands on that eye. This may be stopped soon by the corner.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao


ROUND 7
Lead right by De La Hoya lands to open the round. Pacquiao rakes De La Hoya with a three-punch combination. Double jab by Manny. Pacquiao batters De La Hoya into the corner. He’s pinned on the ropes and Pacquiao is firing away. Fight is close to ending. Pacquiao is hitting De La Hoya hard with everything he throws. Oscar is in big, big trouble. Left to the body by Pacquiao hurts Oscar. Oscar has never been beaten like this in any of his 44 previous fights. Pacquiao is overwhelming him.
Iole scores it 10-8, Pacquiao


ROUND 8
Pacquiao goes to the body and is warned by referee Tony Weeks to keep them up. Lead right by Oscar connects. Combination by Pacquiao pins Oscar in the corner. Lead left by Pacquiao buzzes De La Hoya. Combination wobbles him in the corner. Double jab by Pacquiao. Combination by Pacquiao lands. De La Hoya goes to the body. Four-punch combination by Pacquiao lands and hurts Oscar.
Iole scores it 10-9, Pacquiao


ROUND 9
Fight is stopped just as the round is set to begin. Manny Pacquiao is the winner. Official time is 3:00 of the eighth.


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Chocolate Lover?

Ever since i was a kid, i love eating chocolates! Even up to now.. I can still remember how i crave for those yummy chocolates before..How about you? You love chocolates too? If yes, then this article is for you!

Wikipedia's Definition:

Chocolate comprises a number of raw and processed foods that are produced from the seed of the tropical cacao tree. Native to lowland, tropical South America, cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Central Amcerica and Mexico, with it's earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor. fater fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground and liquified, resulting in pure chocolate in fluid form: chocolate liquor. The liquor can be further processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Here are the common types of chocolates:

Dark Chocolate - is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture. It usually does not contain milk and has more than 35% of cocoa solids. Dark chocolate, with its high cocoa content, is a rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which are thought to possess cardioprotective properties. Dark chocolate has also been said to reduce the possibility of a heart attack when consumed regularly in small amounts.

Milk Chocolate - is chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk added. It is made similarly to dark ones but it uses less cocoa and adds milk powder or condensed milk, too.

White Chocolate - is a confection based on sugar and fat (either cocoa butter or vegetable oils) without the cocoa solids. Due to its high content of sugar, it is usually the sweetest type of chocolate.

Semi-sweet Chocolate - is often used for cooking purposes. It is a dark chocolate with a low (typically half) sugar content.

What are the Disadvantages of Chocolates:
  • It is recognized as being addictive
  • It is a calorie rich food with a high sugar and fat content
  • It has been linked to nervous tension as well as migraine headaches because it contains compounds known as vasoactive amines that can dilate brain vessels triggering headaches in susceptible individuals.
  • It has high levels of arginine which is required in the replication of the herpes virus.
  • It should be avoided by those with active or recurring herpes infections.

Chocolates has benefits as well, most especially the Dark one.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates (containing high in cocoa solids, 70% or more):

  • Dark chocolate with it's high cocoa content is rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acide which contain cardio protective properties.
  • Cocoa butter contains small amount of the plant sterols sitosterol and stigmasterol, which may help inhibit the absorption of dietary cholesterol.
  • Unlike the saturated fats found in meat and dairy, the saturated fats in dark chocolate do not elevate cholesterol levels.
  • The flavonoids in chocolate prevent the excessive clumping together of blood platelets that can cause blood clots.
  • Chocolate contains significant amount of the amino acid arginine whih required in the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels to dilate, which helps to regulate the blood flow, inflammation and blood pressure.

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Filipino Recipe: Sinigang na Baboy (Pork Sinigang)

Most Filipinos really love to cook and most especially love to EAT! This time, I will going to share a "lutong bahay" or home-made recipe.

Recipe for Today: Sinigang na Baboy (Pork Sinigang)


Ingredients:
  • 3/4 kilo Pork, cut into chunks

  • 3 tomatoes, sliced

  • 2 onions, diced

  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 100 grams Kangkong (river spinach)

  • 100 grams String beans

  • 2 pieces horse radishes, sliced

  • 3 pieces gabi (taro), pealed

  • 2 pieces sili pag sigang (green finger pepper)

  • 200 grams sampalok (tamarind)

  • 3 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)

  • 1 liter of rice wash or water


Sinigang Cooking Instructions:

  • Boil sampalok in water until the shell shows cracks. Let cool then peal off the shells and with a strainer, pour samplalok (including water) into a bowl. Gently massage the sampalok meat off the seeds, strain again.
  • In a pot, sauté garlic and onion then add the tomatoes. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add pork and fish sauce then add the rice wash. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes then add the gabi. Continue to simmer for another 15 minutes or until the pork is tender.
  • Add the horse radish and simmer for 10 minutes then add the string beans, kangkong and sili (for spice-optional). Let boil for 2 minutes.
  • Serve piping hot.

Sinigang Cooking Tip:

  • Instead of sampalok fruit (tamarind), you can substitute it with any commercial souring seasoning like Knorr sampalok seasoning or tamarind bouillon cubes for this pork sinigang recipe.


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EL NIDO ISLAND RESORT - Tourist Spot in the Philippines

Are you a traveler? Fond of going to nice and beautiful places? Like the beaches and Island life? Like diving and other water sports? Wondering where to go? Well, Philippines has lots of beautiful tourist attraction and Palawan is one of the nice place to go.


Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region. Its capital isPuerto Princesa City, and it is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction.

It is one of the most attractive spots that tourists can visit in the Philippines. With a total land area of 1,489,655 hectares, the province is known as the “Last Frontier” and is home to one of the most protected areas in the country.

Here, we will look at some of the beautiful tourist spots in Palawan:

EL NIDO RESORT LAGEN ISLAND:

El Nido Resort Lagen Island is located on a tropical hideaway set in a cove and accessible by a boat ride from El Nido Airport. With a conference room able to accommodate up to 70 persons and fully equipped with audio-visual equipment, the El Nido Resorts offers a unique venue for business and social gatherings. The restaurant at the El Nido Resorts serves a selection of fresh seafood and a variety of local and international cuisine. Other facilities at the El Nido Resorts include a lobby lounge and bar, a library, a video room, and a clinic equipped with basic medical facilities. Recreational facilities at the El Nido Resorts include a swimming pool, a game area with a billiard table, dart boards, and table tennis facilities. Guest with a penchant for water sport, can go sailing with guides, diving, kayaking, and wind surfing.


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Sad Evening..

It is around 7:41 PM and i don't know what to do. I am just staring at the computer for couple of hours now and I don't know what to type in the keyboard. I don't feel good these past few days with all the problems that keeps bothering me. Then someone turned on the radio and the song that is currently playing reflects on what i feel at this very moment..


Tonight - Fm Static Music Code


Remember the times we spent together on those drives
We had a million questions
all about our lives and
when we got to New York

everything felt right

I wish you were here with me
tonight

I remember the days we spent together

were not enough

and it used to feel like dreamin'

except we always woke up

Never thought not having you
here now
would hurt so much


Tonight I've fallen and I can't get up

I need your loving hands to come and pick me up

And every night I miss you I can just look up
and know the stars are

holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you tonight

I remember the time you told me about when you were eight
And all those things you said that night that just couldn't wait

I remember the car you were last seen in
and the games we would play

All the times we spilled our coffees
and stayed out way too late


I remember the time you SAT AND told me about your Jesus

and how not to look back even if no one believes us

When it hurt so bad sometimes

not having you here...


I sing,
"Tonight I've fallen and I can't get up
I need your loving hands to come and pick me up

And every night I miss you I can just look up
and know the stars are
holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you tonight"

I sing,
"Tonight I've fallen and I can't get up
I need your loving hands to come and pick me up

And every night I miss you
I can just look up
and know the stars are
holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you tonight"

After listening to the song.. There's someone i missed so much! :( My best buddy...


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