October 27, 2009
I am not the travel-type of person, to be honest i never ride a plane yet. I am always within the vicinity of Metro Manila or of my province of Aurora. I listed 8 because if i do more than that that might be impossible to be achieved already.
8. BATANES, PHILIPPINES
* i don't know i just simply love to visit this place, boasting its good resume.... it seems like the place is very serene, very peaceful. Something like you can recollect. I have always been interested in meeting the most-hospitable Ivatans and have experience living in their Ivatan House. A friend of mine went there, and i am jealous to death, he described Batanes as "Parang New Zealand, kulang nalang maraming Baka," he had pics of them on the top of the mountains and must i say Batanes is Very Captivating.
* i would simply like to visit and roam around the Great Wall of China.. and one more thing i want to learn using chop sticks...and i wanted to aswell check if they've got some fake stuff being sold on the market...
* i am easily affected by cold weather, but i prefer being on cold places.. One of the things that interests me most about Norway, is that, the Aurora Borealis is visible in this place, so i wanna check it out.
* philippines and mexico have a lot in common, but the main reason why i want to visit the place is because of TACOS, i would like to taste the orignal tacos, it must be delicious. and of course, mexico is as well the home of some of the most beautiful people in the world.
* one of my best friends back at school is from Cameroon. He is very nice and speaks French fluently, so one of these years i want to visit this place, and exprience more of it. and according to some descriptions Cameroon is "Africa in miniature" because it exhibits all major climates and vegetation of the continent: coast, desert, mountains, rainforest, and savanna," and that is something for me.
* i am presently working for an Australian Telecommunication company based here in the Philippines, but prior to that i have always dreamt of living in Australia, because based on my peception, this place is very accomodating. Simple yet exudes natural beauty, and the cost of living is very affordable..HOPE MY TOURIST VISA will SOON BE APPROVED. keeping my fingers crossed.
* this place for me is a surprise, i never imagined i would be this interested to this place, btw i was watching Pinoy Meets World at GMA 7, when it caught my fancy. This place is diverse, unique, sincere, antique,, i don't know how to desribe how i perceived it. But one thing's for sure i would EAT alot of SWISS chocolates when i reach this wonderful destination. Watches, milk, beer, people smiling, it's neighboring Euro countries, are just some of the reasons why this is my top destination on my mind...
Hope this dream would transpire to reality.....
this is probably the simplest movie i've ever watched, i love love this movie. I haven't read the book yet or have any idea bout this "so pop novel" i even hesitated to watch the movie coz im afraid i might not be able to appreciate it, but due to encouragement of those who were able to read the novel, i did. I was with my ex- girlfriend when we attended the special screening of TWIGHLT, sponsored by NOKIA Philippines at Greenbelt Cinema 1.
I was expecting major scenes from the movie, having heard that it is comparable to Harry Potter, but instead it showcase a very light story, simple yet WELL EXECUTED scenes. The pacing is a little slow, but it was well edited. There are no great Special Effects, i supposed it doesn't really need one.
There are a lot of scenes that would make you "kilig," one of which is when they went on top of the mountain and laid on the grass, they are looking each other passionately. Another is when, Edward and Bella went to school, Edward wearing sunglasses, everyone stared and was amassed of what they saw.
Overall, This is the PERFECT DATE MOVIE, and believe me you must watch it, with your special someone. It's like you will just watch it together holding hands and treasuring every "kilig scenes."
my fave song: LYING IS THE MOST FUN A GIRL CAN HAVE WITHOUT TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF....
September 1, 2009
Mraz has played the song on tour for five years, and he said fans at live shows always responded differently to it, inspiring him to release the song as a single.
"The song was really born into the crowd. ... I noticed almost an immediate response to it and people really celebrated in a different way during that song," he said in a phone interview. "And then by having those three years to jam to the song, it gave us the opportunity to do something simple, yet spirited" in the studio.
"And now of course, that we've been playing with people really owning it on the record, it's taken it to a whole new level," he said.
"I'm Yours" first charted in May 2008, hit No. 6 in September 2008 and has spent 71 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. (The previous record-holder, LeAnn Rimes' late-1990s hit, "How Do I Live," lasted 69 weeks.) Mraz's tune also nominated for "Song of the Year" at this year's Grammy Awards.
"I don't feel like I crossed a finish line. I don't feel like I've sweated for 70 weeks. I feel like the song is just doing its thing and it was a real gift," he said.
Mraz has spent the last two years on the road promoting his latest CD, the platinum-selling "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things." That time on tour has been documented to "Jason Mraz' Beautiful Mess - Live from Earth," a live CD/DVD out Nov. 10.
"Before we hang up our hats for the year, I thought it would be great to capture the concert in an adventurous style so that my grandmom can see what I've been up to for two years," he said with a laugh. "She doesn't like YouTube. She says the quality ain't that good."
Report by Yahoo! Music.
August 28, 2009
The sharp mood change that swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert, underscores how prejudice against Gypsies remains deeply entrenched across Eastern Europe.
Despite long-standing efforts to stamp out rampant bias, human rights advocates say Roma probably suffer more humiliation and endure more discrimination than any other people group on the continent.
Sometimes, it can be deadly: In neighboring Hungary, six Roma have been killed and several wounded in a recent series of apparently racially motivated attacks targeting small countryside villages predominantly settled by Gypsies.
"There is generally widespread resentment against Gypsies in Eastern Europe. They have historically been the underdog," Radu Motoc, an official with the Soros Foundation Romania, said Thursday.
Roma, or Gypsies, are a nomadic ethnic group believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. They live mostly in southern and eastern Europe, but hundreds of thousands have migrated west over the past few decades in search of jobs and better living conditions.
Romania has the largest number of Roma in the region. Some say the population could be as high as 2 million, although official data put it at 500,000.
Until the 19th century, Romanian Gypsies were slaves, and they've gotten a mixed response ever since: While discrimination is widespread, many East Europeans are enthusiastic about Gypsy music and dance, which they embrace as part of the region's cultural heritage.
That explains why the Roma musicians and a dancer who had briefly joined Madonna onstage got enthusiastic applause. And it also may explain why some in the crowd turned on Madonna when she paused during the two-hour show — a stop on her worldwide "Sticky and Sweet" tour — to touch on their plight.
"It has been brought to my attention ... that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe," she said. "It made me feel very sad."
Thousands booed and jeered her.
A few cheered when she added: "We don't believe in discrimination ... we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone." But she got more boos when she mentioned discrimination against homosexuals and others.
"I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us. What business does she have telling us these things?" said Ionut Dinu, 23.
Madonna did not react and carried on with her concert, held near the hulking palace of the late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said Madonna and other had told her there were cheers as well as jeers.
"Madonna has been touring with a phenomenal troupe of Roma musicians who made her aware of the discrimination toward them in several countries so she felt compelled to make a brief statement," Rosenberg said in an e-mail. "She will not be issuing a further statement."
One Roma musician said the attitude toward Gypsies is contradictory.
"Romanians watch Gypsy soap operas, they like Gypsy music and go to Gypsy concerts," said Damian Draghici, a Grammy Award-winner who has performed with James Brown and Joe Cocker.
"But there has been a wave of aggression against Roma people in Italy, Hungary and Romania, which shows me something is not OK," he told the AP in an interview. "The politicians have to do something about it. People have to be educated not to be prejudiced. All people are equal, and that is the message politicians must give."
Nearly one in two of Europe's estimated 12 million Roma claimed to have suffered an act of discrimination over the past 12 months, according to a recent report by the Vienna-based EU Fundamental Rights Agency. The group says Roma face "overt discrimination" in housing, health care and education.
Many do not have official identification, which means they cannot get social benefits, are undereducated and struggle to find decent jobs.
Roma children are more likely to drop out of school than their peers from other ethnic groups. Many Romanians label Gypsies as thieves, and many are outraged by those who beg or commit petty crimes in Western Europe, believing they spoil Romania's image abroad.
In May 2007, Romanian President Traian Basescu was heard to call a Romanian journalist a "stinky Gypsy" during a conversation with his wife. Romania's anti-discrimination board criticized Basescu, who later apologized.
Human rights activists say the attacks in Hungary, which began in July 2008, may be tied to that country's economic crisis and the rising popularity of far-right vigilantes angered by a rash of petty thefts and other so-called "Gypsy crime." Last week, police arrested four suspects in a nightclub in the eastern city of Debrecen.
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia also have been criticized for widespread bias against Roma.
Madonna's outrage touched a nerve in Romania, but it seems doubtful it will change anything, said the Soros Foundation's Motoc.
"Madonna is a pop star. She is not an expert on interethnic relations," he said.