Tuesday, March 29, 2011

15 Pesos of Taxi Tip Now Mandated In The Philippines

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Regional Director Celina Claver advised that the tip will be enforced within this week due to consecutive increase of fuel hike in the Philippines. Apart from the 10-peso flag down hike recently last January along with the 1 peso increase per 300 meters or 2 minutes of waiting time.

This was petitioned by Samahan ng Taxi of Cordillera Administrative Region (STCAR) and other taxi operators petitioned before the regional board.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jan-Jan on Willing Willie

Please allow 10 minutes of your time and analyze.



It is very rare to see good Filipino shows. Worse, when you watch nightly television shows during primetime with a flashing 'Parental Guidance' watermarked on the upper left of the screen.

Willie Revillame is very charismatic to the commoners because he gives money. This attracts more advertisers to invest on his shows and eloquence. I have never been a fan of him since his humor is next to empty slapstick that nearly crosses the borderline of a typical gay-hosted Filipino stand up comedy skit. His program uses real emotions and put moral to give it a holistic meaning to its viewers.

But when I watched this 6-year old child dancing like a go-go male dancer in the tune of Snoop Dogg, it becomes worse. His opinions that as if the child does the dancing to earn a living for his family. The DJ kept on repeating the song and due to the child's innocence, he just kept on dancing not knowing that what he was doing was wrong.

I could not judge how the child felt when he was dancing. But it merely depicts an epitome of like feeding your ownself with a handful of peanuts where you know that histamine may cause anaphylaxis shock.

Yes, Willie gave him 10 thousand pesos for the short entertainment Jan-Jan showed to the crowd. But can you really read between the lines? A live show where other children are watching, unguided by their parents or guardians, watching how Jan-Jan performs go-go; A live show that does not respect the sensitivity of innocence of young children doing go-go; And a live show that should set good moral to its viewers.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Whatever Is Such A Strong Word

I don't know why am I affected with this. Maybe, I loved him. But I really do not foresee that we will grow as a person while we're together. Here are the transcripts of our conversation earlier. I'll add more because he still keeps whining after I said no to his invitation.

Oh sorry, I dumped him because I found out that he met with a guy and invited him in my room while I was working. Also, he keeps on sending invitations to other guys as well. I just know when and how to sneak out because he does not. After I asked him to move out, he wanted to win me back. Sending me text messages and keeping updated through text and calls. Then, he invited me to go to Melacca for an overnight road trip this weekend so I could take pictures and talk what-happens-next.

panddown Chris Lee

It turned out that the chat conversation would end it, everything.
21:17:54 Adrian hello
21:19:11 Chris Lee is tomorrow on ?
21:20:01 Adrian yeah sure
21:20:42 Adrian what are we supposed to talk about/
21:23:30 Chris Lee issit ok if we walk in for the hotel room ? or must we booked online ? since i dont have credit card yet
21:23:46 Adrian we could walk in
21:23:57 Chris Lee ok
21:24:23 Chris Lee lolz...never get a room myself before, usually people does, anyway...what time will u be awake
21:24:37 Adrian i dont know
21:24:41 Adrian the usual
21:24:42 Adrian 4
21:24:46 Adrian but i could alarm
21:30:10 Chris Lee 4...
21:30:16 Chris Lee by the time we reach there will be 7 or 8
21:30:25 Chris Lee the room will be not worth...
21:30:32 Chris Lee we could have check in by 2..
21:45:23 Chris Lee ?
21:45:26 Adrian ?
21:45:30 Adrian i just got reconnected
21:45:38 Adrian IMO keeps on disconnecting
21:45:47 Chris Lee by the time we reach there will be 7 or 8
21:45:47 Chris Lee the room will be not worth...
21:45:47 Chris Lee we could have check in by 2..
21:45:47 Chris Lee ?
21:45:59 Adrian hmm
21:46:02 Adrian ill sleep early
21:46:09 Adrian then ill try to wake up at 12 or 1
21:50:05 Chris Lee its been almost a week...
21:50:10 Chris Lee u still have a grudge on me
21:50:29 Adrian i tell you
21:50:32 Adrian i miss you
21:50:41 Adrian but whenever the thing comes into my mind
21:50:45 Adrian i cant help myself but hate you
21:50:49 Adrian thats my dilemma
21:53:28 Chris Lee i could have say the same thing..
21:55:05 Chris Lee i assume u and dwen taken the more intimate step?
21:55:12 Adrian no
21:55:14 Adrian we havent texted
21:55:28 Chris Lee oh, so thats the answer
21:55:34 Chris Lee what if he does ?
21:55:50 Adrian look, i told you
21:55:56 Adrian i just want to be alone for a while
21:56:40 Chris Lee whatever
21:56:50 Adrian ok
21:56:55 Adrian you still havent changed
21:57:00 Adrian maybe we raincheck tomorrow
21:57:11 Adrian or maybe we cancel
21:58:04 Chris Lee k
21:59:28 Chris Lee cant believe u judge me of how i did not change
21:59:41 Adrian you should reread the conversation
21:59:47 Adrian
21:57:16 Chris Lee what if he does ?
21:57:31 me look, i told you
21:57:37 me i just want to be alone for a while
21:58:21 Chris Lee whatever
21:59:51 Adrian look how bitchy you are
22:00:01 Adrian i, myself, is a bitch sometime
22:00:09 Adrian therefore, i dont need another bitch in my life
22:00:13 Adrian if u dont believe me
22:00:28 Adrian then i dont have to force myself making you believe in me
22:00:39 Adrian besides, you is not trusthworthy?
22:00:43 Adrian who is liar?
22:00:49 Adrian and who does flirt other men?
22:00:52 Adrian it wasnt me
22:01:10 Adrian i guess i have made the right decision of staying away from you
22:01:27 Adrian and i guess, its better we dont see each other or talk for the mean time
22:01:48 Adrian im trying to be very kind despite the out of respect you have showed me
22:02:18 Adrian i better end this because i dont want to say anything more that will hurt you
22:02:27 Chris Lee i just make a statement
22:02:34 Chris Lee u burst out on me with no reason
22:02:50 Adrian whatever is a statement?
22:02:59 Chris Lee i do admit of what i did, i do blame myself for what ive done
22:03:09 Adrian its a sarcastic expression that you do not believe the speaker
22:03:12 Chris Lee and u dont seem to appreciate that i did and u make the blame
22:03:27 Adrian yeah, blaming yourself does not matter
22:03:27 Chris Lee and yes, i take the blame
22:03:31 Adrian because it doesnt make any difference
22:03:33 Adrian i need change
22:03:41 Adrian to initiate action
22:03:42 Chris Lee i am asking u out nicely
22:03:46 Adrian and the change the perception
22:03:52 Adrian yeah i know you asked me out nicely
22:03:57 Adrian and i agreed pleasantly
22:04:06 Adrian but when you opened topic about dwen
22:04:11 Adrian which in fact does not matter to me
22:04:22 Adrian which ive just known for 4 years of my life
22:04:25 Adrian longer than ive known you
22:04:31 Adrian and you said whatever
22:04:44 Chris Lee whatever that makes u happy is what im saying
22:04:46 Adrian i dont need to explain myself
22:04:56 Adrian we are through anyways
22:05:09 Adrian im sorry if i have to take back your invitation
22:05:17 Adrian ill just find other things to do at this weekend
22:05:53 Chris Lee u are being utterly unreasonable
22:06:08 Adrian because you are being unfair
22:06:11 Adrian on how you distrust me
22:06:12 Chris Lee im not
22:06:19 Chris Lee u dont have to be a bitch all the way
22:06:27 Adrian again chris, i dont have to explain myself
22:06:28 Chris Lee look what u have typed for the past 10 mins
22:06:37 Adrian ive shown you my very kind side
22:06:48 Adrian maybe its time that you see my other side
22:07:05 Chris Lee thanks
22:07:11 Chris Lee taking me for granted
22:07:34 Chris Lee ill be seing u tomorrow anyway, will be taking my flipflop and the rest of the stuff
22:07:55 Adrian ok
22:08:01 Adrian ill text you when i wake up or when im free
22:08:08 Adrian your shirts and slippers will be ready
22:08:23 Chris Lee pack the stuff and ill knock the door, honey or rovy will be awake
22:08:27 Chris Lee and ready the 250 ?
22:08:30 Chris Lee thanks
22:08:39 Adrian why do i have to give you the 250?
22:08:48 Adrian as far as i remember you stayed in my room for a month
22:08:55 Chris Lee ooh, then just the stuff

Then, I logged off from MSN and put my phone into Airplane mode. He, then continued on YM...
23:20:51 panddowned answer me please ?
23:20:57 me no thanks
23:20:58 Chris Lee answer me please ?
23:21:50 Chris Lee ?
23:27:16 Chris Lee Chris Lee has buzzed you!
23:32:23 Chris Lee ...
23:33:35 me i said no
23:33:56 Chris Lee ok...
23:35:16 Chris Lee well
23:35:19 Chris Lee tomorrow what time ?
23:35:28 Chris Lee for my stuff
23:35:46 Chris Lee i think u should let me in and pack myself
23:37:38 me why should i?
23:37:51 me you just left a towel, two white shirts
23:37:54 me and a pair of socks
23:38:01 me then the tissue paper
23:38:10 Chris Lee 2 towel if im not mistaken
23:38:21 Chris Lee and the green drinks
23:38:24 me ok
23:38:34 Chris Lee u can keep the cakes
23:38:40 me its yours
23:38:43 me i havent eaten any of it
23:38:52 Chris Lee oooh ok, pack it then
23:39:24 Chris Lee so what time
23:39:30 Chris Lee the earlier the better
23:39:34 me ill text you when i wake up
23:39:53 Chris Lee or i can come by at morning
23:40:05 Chris Lee when u back can just pack it for me then i can leave asap
23:40:13 me ok
23:40:25 Chris Lee well, remember, u choose this
23:40:26 Chris Lee not me
23:43:18 Chris Lee i wanted to come back to you and being nice, all u did is acting like a bitch
23:44:04 Chris Lee perhaps im better off without you, is not that i cant live without you, i thought with you i could have a better life, but guess what, nope
23:45:36 Chris Lee and im the one fully to be blame
23:45:50 Chris Lee u left ur status single while u whoring with that dwen and other boys
23:46:02 Chris Lee and u judge me of how i can be so insecure towards you
23:46:57 Chris Lee know what i really miss ? the way u hit my spot and the distance to my work place, and of course the internet speed.
23:47:43 Chris Lee now thats the side of me :D, nice dealing with you, anyway, remember to hola me tomorrow, i need my stuff back

Lady Gaga - Speechless

'Nuff said....

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7HvURBhMGE&fs=1&hl=en_US]

I can't believe what you said to me
Last night when we were alone
You threw your hands up
Baby you gave up, you gave up

I can't believe how you looked at me
With your James Dean glossy eyes
In your tight jeans with your long hair
And your cigarette stained lies

Could we fix you if you broke?
And is your punch line just a joke?

I'll never talk again
Oh boy you've left me speechless
You've left me speechless, so speechless

And I'll never love again,
Oh boy you've left me speechless
You've left me speechless, so speechless

I can't believe how you slurred at me
With your half wired broken jaw
You popped my heart seams
On my bubble dreams, bubble dreams

I can't believe how you looked at me
With your Johnnie Walker eyes
He's gonna get you and after he's through
There's gonna be no love left to rye

And I know that it's complicated
But I'm a loser in love
So baby raise a glass to mend
All the broken hearts
Of all my wrecked up friends

Fitness First Metro East Providing Good Customer Experience

I have been a member of Fitness First Metro East since 1996. There might have been some unpleasant experiences shared by other members way back. Understood that this is normal in a business operation especially in Customer Service field.

[caption id="attachment_2762" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Fitness First International Passport"]Fitness First International Passport[/caption]

Last Sunday, I went to the gym here in Fitness First Menara Axis. I might have misplaced my international passport somewhere that's why I haven't had my dose of endorphins for the past 4 days, until the Front of House Manager assisted me by sending an email endorsement so I could enjoy my international passport until the end of my membership in the Philippines.

If you would do a web search, you could find a lot of negative fora and threads against Fitness First customer service. This time, it is different.

I remember that Rose was very kind to me when I requested for an international passport. It had to be replaced because they reformatted the international passport membership, providing a wider privilege to its members wherein you can enjoy unlimited visit to any clubs for a maximum of three months.

Also, Lony assisted me before when a former Front of House Receptionist screwed up with my shoe locker records. He's now with Membership Consultancy Department.
from: Adrian Cuyugan (adrian@foxyreign.com)
sender-time: Sent at 9:16 PM (GMT+08:00). Current time there: 9:19 PM. ✆
to: Metro East Front of House Manager (MetroEast.FoHM@fitnessfirst.com.ph)
cc: Menara Axis Front of House Manager (MenaraAxis.FoHM@fitnessfirst.com.my)
date: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 9:16 PM
subject: Re: International endorsement
mailed-by: foxyreign.com

Hello Rose/Lony,

I appreciate the assistance when when I lost my International Passport. Also, thank you for processing my membership termination. I will be most willing to rejoin when I return to the country.

Thank you for providing excellent customer service.

Regards,

Adrian Cuyugan
www.FoxyReign.com
+60 16326425
+63 9175007931

twitter.com/foxyreign
facebook.com/foxyreign
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On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:37 PM, Metro East Front of House Manager wrote:
Hi Madam/Sir,

this is to comfirm Mr. Adrian Cuyugan - 01103826 is Member here at Fitness First philippines ( metro east Branch)
please allow member to use the facilities in your Club. until April 30, 2011 due to his international passport was lost.

In Fitness and In Health,

Rose De Guzman
Acting Front of House Manager
Fitness First Metroeast
4th level, Robinsons Metroeast Mall,
Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Santolan
Pasig City

T (632) 646 0000
F (632) 646 1000

Lony San Diego
Member Service Consultant
Fitness First Metroeast
4th level, Robinsons Metroeast Mall,
Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Santolan
Pasig City

Fitness First

Friday, March 25, 2011

Troy Dunham and Jeff Eason: Judgement Day

Paul Rubens The Last Judgment is re-interpreted with a gay twist in Judgment Day by Troy Dunham,
with photographer Jeff Eason for OUTAuction NYC 2009.




[caption id="attachment_2750" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Judgement Day"]Judgement Day[/caption]

Catch Me I'm In Love

When you're actually away from your motherland, you await for new movies shown in the cinemas. Before I left the country, there have been sneak peeks of Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson tandem.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=049s_ipZv5s&fs=1&hl=en_US]

Therefore, I shall wait for its torrent.

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When Jack Ditched Jill: Peeking through Inter-Office Relationships

[caption id="attachment_2732" align="alignright" width="360"]Office Romance Office Romance[/caption]

It is very rare for companies in our society to have a defined policy against office romance. Most common policy as per ethics is that supervisors cannot date employees within their direct chain of command. Office romance is sometimes a breach of either formal or informal fraternization policies but we have no clear law against it.

Inter-office relations or office romance sometimes comes in to consideration since attraction happens no matter where you are. Working closely with or living near someone and forming romantic relationships may incubate romance through the propinquity effect, or the physical or psychological proximity between people. Imagine people with the same interests, lots of time together plus mutual physical attraction, and this often results to a perfect match or at least a connection. According to the book Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding--and Managing--Romance on the Job (Losee & Olen, 2007), approximately half of all employees will date someone they work with at least once over the course of their work lives. Both authors argue that the workplace has become the village of the 21st century and they view office romance as an inevitable end result of the vast amount of time many people spend on the job together. Though this may sometimes be the case, some would often discourage office romance since it has potential for harassment, bias and distraction from work. Now add being gay in the corporate jungle, this presents its own perks and disadvantages as well.

[caption id="attachment_2733" align="alignleft" width="275"]Brokeback Mountain Jack and Bill Went Up the Hill[/caption]

Jack and Bill went up the hill.
Meeting potential relations in the office is very difficult since you do not want to be in the situation wherein you would be talked-about by everyone. This becomes even more difficult for gays because half of the challenge is the social stigma that comes with it and the other half is trying to know if the other party is gay as well. Given that there is no defined law against it, few companies would have a defined policy against office romantic relationships according to the 2006 Workplace Romance survey of 493 HR professionals and 408 employees by the Society for Human Resource Management. Only 9% of those surveyed prohibit dating among employees, and more than 70% of organizations have no formal written or verbal policies about office romance. None of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies have such policies. Some authors discuss that the cost of having a formal policy may outweigh the benefits.[2] The most common and legally enforceable policy states that supervisors cannot date employees within their direct chain of command. The whole meet-up process is also usually hindered by the “do-I-even-know-if-he/she-is-the-least-interested” situation. Of course you do not want to get to the point wherein you get to offend someone by assuming that they are gay as well or be embarrassed for trying to ask them out and they decline. Mitchell, an English proficiency specialist tells how he got in a very complicated predicament with a prospect of his. “I’ve had a big crush on this guy in the office for the past few months. When I met him, I got hit hard by the stupid stick and have been infatuated ever since. I have even gotten to the point of stalking the guy. People have been saying he is responding and they think that he likes me back, not to mention the signals he has been sending. My only problem is he is very inconsistent with his signals and people think that he’s straight. I still do plan to pursue him, but the end is still uncertain.”

People would always have a lot of considerations before finally deciding to pursue a relationship in the office especially for gays. Its one thing to consider is what others would think of you and the other is how you would be able to handle the relationship with everybody watching. Barbara Cuyugan, Assistant Director for Client Services of ICT Marketing Services Inc., shares her insights on the issue of office relationships as she has been handling hear team of hundreds.
From a professional standpoint, if it can be avoided, then I would recommend that. This is to steer clear of the drama that could possibly happen in case there would be any difficulties in the relationship. I personally do not mind allowing it within my team with some minor requirements:

  1. The partner should not be reporting directly to each other

  2. The partners should have no direct impact of the business with how the organization is set-up

  3. There should be no effect on their attendance and work delivery

  4. No cause of gossip or any office rumors


As for my thoughts regarding the impact of having this kind of predicament, it would really depend on the person in the relationship. I do believe that it can inspire people to do good work but it can also ruin them if they choose to. It may help communication across departments/groups but could also be a trigger for issues. It really depends on the decisions and choices made by both parties in the relationship.

What I would advice those who would want to get in to an office relationship is to think before you get into it. Think twice if possible. Avoid controversy, drama and gossip and make sure that you do not sacrifice your reputation, credibility and the achievements that you have earned prior to the relationship.
A relationship should be an add-on to what you have and not another difficult task that you need to accomplish.”

[caption id="attachment_2734" align="alignleft" width="149"]Office Rumor Office Gossip[/caption]

To fetch something more than just water.
Staying together as a couple would have its share of positive and negative outcomes. One could say that it is much easier to stay together since you always see each other and get to spend more time together, and eliminates from your partner from going to the “geographically single status”. The only problem about this is this often leads to being over saturated with each other. Being in the same workplace would often make you the topic of conversations since everyone sees you and your partner together one way or another. Especially when you have fights or any kind of misunderstandings, it’s very hard to hide it when you see each other, and it really affects the people around and how they interact with the both of you. You would at least try to be as professional as you can while making sure not to hanging your dirty laundry for everyone to see. You and your partner being together would also be in the judgmental eyes of hypocritical and discriminative narrow-minded people who may not accept or understand your relationship. The only thing you can do is to make sure you do your job well so that they can’t say anything negative about you; you can never please everybody anyway. You also need to be careful that people would not take having a relationship in the office against you.

Cannot decide who would wear the crown, so Bill left for another.

[caption id="attachment_2735" align="alignright" width="268"]Steal Boyfriend Stealing Boyfriends[/caption]

Breaking-up in the office is also something that is pinnacle of reasons not to have an office relationship. According to an article in www.Askmen.com, the mere fact that you are constantly together may cause for friction within the relationship no matter how good the relationship is going. Breaking-up and still being in the same workplace would be assumed as not a very healthy environment especially if both parties are not in good terms.[3] Adrian, a Customer Service Representative for a well known cellular phone service recalls his experience when he broke up with his boyfriend in the office. “People tend to take sides on this kind of situation, obviously my friends took my side on the matter. It wasn’t really very good relationship to start with. He was a trainee when I met him and I kind of made ways for him to pass training. In a way, I let myself be used by him. It didn’t end well after I discovered that he wasn’t really worth all the effort, not to mention he was hiding another relationship from me.” Things often get from bad to worse when both parties cannot really do their work properly since personal grudges affect their interaction.

In having a relationship in the office, regardless if it’s a heterosexual or a homosexual one, it’s very important to know what is important. Relationship management should be considered in the sense that you should be responsible of your actions because technically, you will be an item in the office whether it’s before, during or after the relationship. You are subject to the prying eyes of the public so it is best to at least be discreet and make your relationship your business and not others. People cannot choose when and where they fall in love, but they should know their priorities so that when the time comes that they would need to decide, they would not want to be deciding between losing their heart or losing their job.

Sources

  1. Losee, S., & Olen, H. (2007). Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding--and Managing--Romance on the Job

  2. Office Romances Are Tolerated in Most Workplaces. (n.d.). Retrieved May 07, 2008, from http://www.cmctraining.org/blog/?p=250

  3. Office Romance. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2008, from http://www.askmen.com/dating/curtsmith/getiton10.html

HRH Nail Studio: Manicure and Pedicure for RM28

RM28 instead of RM60 for Manicure + Pedicure using Nail Polish Products from America at HRH Nail Studio, Section 17, PJ.

Nail Art


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Greenbelt Ayala Malls - Not For The Poor?

This has been circulating online that there are some signboards in Greenbelt showing this:
Image shown below has been cropped, please refer to the links below to see the original.

[caption id="attachment_2705" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Camera 360"]Greenbelt Poor People[/caption]
This is a private controlled environment. Poor people & other disturbing realities strictly prohibited. Thank you!

How shocking it is to find out that Ayala Malls are starting to be discriminative? Therefore, I investigated.

He posted this on his twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/jploh/status/50792676181819392



Then, to make it very real, he took more shots using his HTC Desire mobile phone, untouched and in RAW format:
http://twitter.com/#%21/jploh/status/50798519182831616

 

The pictures look real because he took several shots in different angles during the night using a flash. The angle of the bounced flash correlates with how the the photographer was standing at the moment he took the picture. There's just something wrong with the EXIF data. Then, what is EXIF? It is an Exchangeable Image File Format. It is a specification for the image file format used by digital cameras (including smartphones) and scanners.

Let us see the simple EXIF viewer on Windows.

Greenbelt EXIF 1 Greenbelt EXIF 2

Now, let us see the Full EXIF in XML format provided by Photoshop:

Full EXIF

I have an HTC Desire HD phone. I know it is more advanced than the former, but it is still has the same features. EXIF should show almost the same, let us say, remove the GPS data.

Here's the simple EXIF from Windows on a RAW HTC Desire HD:

Real EXIF 1 Real EXIF 2Real EXIF 3

Now, here's the full one:

Real Full EXIF

A few hours Greenbelt posted a note on their Facebook account, http://www.facebook.com/notes/ayala-malls/on-the-fake-greenbelt-signage/201638379860118 :
This is regarding the alleged signage that has been posted today, 24 March 2011, at the Greenbelt mall, a photo of which has been circulating online. This signage is not authorized and is not part of Greenbelt’s official mall signage.

The Ayala Malls Management does not tolerate such pranks and is currently investigating the matter. We shall be coordinating with the proper authorities for corresponding actions to be taken.

We would like to reassure everyone that Greenbelt is for the enjoyment of the public and the community it serves.

Also, they have released their official statement on Twitter (twitpic attached): http://twitpic.com/4cpaa5

Now, you be the judge.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Free 2 Big McDonalds Breakfast

As McDonald's has been honored with Gold Putra Brand award, for a minimum purchase of 5 RM, you can get 2 free big McDonald's Breakfast worth 13.80 RM. This is more of a celebration of Malaysian consumer's top brands.

Big Breakfast includes:

  • Scrambled eggs

  • Chicken sausage

  • Toasted English muffins

  • Golden Hash Browns


Simply print out the attached coupon/voucher and redeem it at your favorite McDonald’s restaurants serving breakfast. Valid until 31st March 2011. So come on over for a great breakfast start to a great day.

[caption id="attachment_2691" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="McDonalds Free 2 Big Breakfast"]McDonalds Free 2 Big Breakfast[/caption]

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gold Dragon City Seafood Restaurant

Last weekend, the house owner, Uncle Wong invited us to eat lunch with him. He usually goes to this place to eat. It is a typical Chinese restaurant that gets very very busy during lunch time.

They have live fish by the corner so you know what they're serving is fresh. Most of the families eat there and they even hold momentous events like birthdays and other celebrations.

[caption id="attachment_2677" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Mr. Wong and Us"]Mr. Wong and Us[/caption]

We had to pack this home because Uncle Wong ordered too much. We were so full!!!



Stir Fried Mee Hun (炒米粉)
Stir Fried Mee Hun (炒米粉)

We had to pack this home because Uncle Wong ordered too much. We were so full!!!



Tofu (豆腐)
Tofu (豆腐)

A different taste of tofu in various textures. This is the bomd! Behind is a chao fan (炒饭).



Roasted Ducks (烧鸭)
Roasted Ducks (烧鸭)

The ducks are hanged and waiting to be eaten. They look very sumptuous, though.



Pork with Mayonnaise (猪肉美奶滋)
Pork with Mayonnaise (猪肉美奶滋)

A touch of mild spicy mayonnaise. They cooked the pork so well that you couldnt figure out if you are already eating the fat. This I have to burn for a week at the gym.



Fruits Dessert (水果甜点)
Fruits Dessert (水果甜点)

Yin and yang. Need to balance the diet :D


The budget for a 4-5 person meal is 150 RM. Just be sure to get someone who can speak local because you always to direct English instructions to the manager, if you don't speak local.

To view and download hi-resolution pictures, go to https://picasaweb.google.com/foxyreign/20100319golddragoncityseafoodrestaurant#

Gold Dragon City Seafood Restaurant
No.14-17, Jalan 2016A, Paramount Garden,
Petaling Jaya No 14-16, Jalan 20/16A, Paramount Garden
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 03-7876-4633

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Marc Nicdao's Vantage

I came across this Youtube video last month and I knew that it would be a collection of stars in glamorous shots.







"Vantage" is in-demand photographer Mark Nicdao's first book of celebrity portraits taken from 2003 to present. Last March 6, 2011, an exhibit at Greenbelt 5's Fashion Walk will feature 15 portraits in a silent auction. Measuring 30" x 48" and printed on canvas with a black frame, Mark says that these will never be printed again.

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TRX Suspension Training

TRX Suspension Training If you want to try another workout by using suspension cables and your own weight but you do not have time to go to the gym, I am recommending a simple exercise equipment.

TRX Suspension training system comes with videos, the cables, illustration guides manuals and other add-ons that will help you achieve your fitness goals. Using the resistance of your own body weight with different angles that promote faster toning workout, this will never fail you.

This is so portable that you can even attach it to a pole or hook inside our outside your home. This also used by popular gym and health clubs, in military training, and clinical physical therapy sessions.

Visit their website to know more about their program. http://www.trxtraining.com

TRX Plank

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Add Yogurt To Your Diet To Promote Weight Loss

Did you know that yogurt may increase how your body burns fat, thus, increasing metabolism, faster weight loss , losing those unwanted flabs?

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According to research, adults who are beyond overweight (according to BMI) who ate three servings of fat-free yogurt each day lost an average of 22% their water weight. Thats 61% more body fat than those who can simply burn the calories and didnt add their calcium content to their bones! More than half of them have lost fat in their abdominal area compared to the regular slimming diet. This was published on International Journal of Obesity, April 2005; vol 29: pp 391-397.

It showed that calcium and protein from fat-free or low-fat yogurt intake promotes weight loss and burning fat. But this doesn't just count on simply eating yogurt, you still have to continue the healthy diet and exercise.
For 12 weeks, the first group ate three 6-ounce servings of fat-free yogurt providing about 1,100 milligrams of calcium per day; the other group ate only one serving of dairy providing 400-500 milligrams of calcium per day. Both groups ate a controlled diet that contained 500 fewer calories than normal to stimulate weight loss.

All who participated in the clinical study lost weight because of caloric restriction. But from the group who had intake of yogurt loss more against the other.

Massive excess of fat around the trunk or midsection area of your body is correlated to diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Here After Movie Review

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Should this refresh be looked hindmost on in phoebe years the followers initial statements may happen wholly orthogonal, but in burn of circulating events it is an tune undoable to handle. Clint Eastwood's newest directorial sweat, Time, opens with a monolithic wave wiping away a municipality and providing one of the shoot's important characters, Marie Lelay (Cécile De France) with a near-death undergo. While due to the realism of the picturing it faculty never be an uncomplicated photograph to informant, pursuing the quake and wave that Life, time it does proposition on an existence after this one, isn't real nearly ruin and modification, it's about those who get sinistral behindhand and how they learn construction to manage, read, and propose on. Lelay's existence is forever denaturised by how finishing she comes to demise and the visions she had of fill in the hereafter. It's something she can't provoke from her brain and which prompts her to change her accumulation as a interest keystone in sect to try and develop to grips with, and translate, what it was that happened to her and what she has seen.

The celluloid doesn't exclusive center on Lelay, rather it is a drama with trinity clear stories all of which overlap, if exclusive briefly. The indorsement tale in the wrapper is that of Marcus (Frankie & George McLaren), a childly man with an alcoholic/drug partisan parent who loses his tally brother-the virtuous brother-in a car accident. Ever on the verge of being put in a encourage bag preceding to the event, after it, that which he and his comrade struggled so often to abstain comes to transmit and Marcus must effort to relocation on without his staunch assort or mother.

As for the base news, that is of Martyr Lonegan (Matt Friend). Martyr, as a offspring, suffered a close ending live due to an unhealthiness and has since institute himself with the noesis to communicate with the gone loved ones of any living cause George touches.

While for George his trauma is such further in the foregone than that of either of the other two leads, his noesis hasn't prefabricated it any easier to get preceding what happened to him. He views what he can do, rather than as a approval, as a scourge. By communing with the decedent and by constantly winning endeavour in else grouping's tragedies, Martyr has prettify encumbered in decease, incurvature, and mould. The hurt has led him to removing himself from that period and from any limit of friendly interactions.

Smooth unlikely of the current events in Nihon, Lifetime is not an gradual film to timekeeper, peculiarly the start sequences for Lelay and Marcus, scenes where the interview knows just what is going to strike locate and is just inactivity for the horror to become. Eastwood doesn't milk the emerge, he is sure not purposefully pursuing a teaching to mould any member of the interview, he is only deftly constructing a film of events that reckon the intermit of the enter to know Time is quite a contemplative show, pondering what it effectuation to elastic, what it effectuation to manage with both existence and decease, and smooth what it substance to die. It is the variety of movie which, once the credits wander, instrument change you necessity to invoke to the someone succeeding to you and deal exactly what it is that you score witnessed. More equivalent the large questions of elastic and death themselves, piece you'll necessity to conceive by yourself on it for a younger piece, you won't require your thoughts to remain within forever.

The enter represents an stimulating leaving for Eastwood. Piece he has arrogated on an unbelievable limit of projects spanning doubled genres over the way of his line as a manager, service focalize quite so hard on specified weighty issues. And, spell sure a picture that testament change you speculate, it is not as engaging as whatever of his new make. The cardinal dissimilar storylines all inform unputdownable, and tho' it runs for solon than two hours, you allay don't quite get as much on each of the characters and their stories as you strength suchlike. For the age of the Spell they do all deal and their lives are changed as a conclusion of the meetings, that uncastrated happening allocation of the film feels much of an rethink than anything else. It is as tho' Eastwood and author Saint Moneyman hold the characters see solely because the format of the enter virtually requires it, not because they change any even impetus to eliminate those meetings become.

The blu-ray channelise of Lifespan, much similar the record itself, is redemptive, but not owed. A probative allotment of the medium takes guess in saturnine, shadow-laden areas, and all too ofttimes the Blu-ray does not output up any details within those shadows (this may be a frame of directorial spirit but is allay frustrative). It is also an inconsistently gritty channelize. The soft adorn concern, and particular in alter lit scenes is discriminating. The initiative wave is, perhaps unluckily at the utter moment, emphatically the most ostentatious set and person spotlight of the overflowing definition conveyance. It looks exceptionally sainted, but that only serves to disc is actual for the 5.1 DTS-HD MA representation - the tsunami film brilliantly places you rightish at the temperament of the tragedy with installation swirling all around you. Port noises and condition are the principal uses of the environ speakers and are competent but not intemperately used spend in the wave film, an explosion subsequent in the flick, and the visions of the lifespan.

Lifetime has been released with a DVD/digital text and two primary features. The first, entitled "Absorption Points," are mortal behind the scenes featurettes discussing different aspects of the filmmaking transform. They are lendable to be watched directly from the saucer's principal list or can be accessed via onscreen cues during the flick. Although many do soul a short many of an EPK think than one power suchlike, they are advisory and stimulating. The sec unscheduled article is an sprawly edition of a full-length retrospective on Eastwood's career entitled The Eastwood Figure. It is narrated by Financier Freeman and completely riveting. It is one of those special features that is symptomless Time may not be Clint Eastwood's individual learning to day, but suchlike so untold of what he creates, it is plant worth the instance it takes to sit downed and watch. Perhaps its person aspect is that rather than presenting a full realized sensation for what occurs after modification, it gives but the merest incomplete outlines and overtly eschews responsive such questions, leaving the viewer to react and conceive rather than madness against an idea they don't respond.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bruno Mars Live in Malaysia

Bruno Mars Kuala Lumpur

Bruno Mars, the recent winner of the Grammar Award for the Best Male Pop Music, gears up for a live concert at the Putra World Trace Center in Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2011, from 8 in the evening onwards.

With his massive cult following, it’s not surprising that the multimedia superstar has chalked up sold-out concert performances worldwide. Ticket prices start from RM122 (seated), RM150 (seated), and RM256 (RockZone – free standing).

For further ticket inquiries, call TICKETPRO at 03 – 7880 7999 or log on to www.ticketpro.com.my

Maroon 5 Live in Kuala Lumpur with Maxis and HTC

Maxis is proud to present Maroon 5 Live at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil this 29 April! To celebrate, Maxis is offering HTC phones at incredible prices and FREE Maroon 5 concert tickets!

Maroon 5 Kuala Lumpur

Just visit a Maxis Centre or MEP near you and purchase any of the following HTC phones:

HTC Maxis

If you are a current Maxis customer or already own a HTC phone, you can enjoy a discount on Maroon 5 tickets by showing the 'My Maxis' logo on your mobile screen or flashing your HTC device at authorised Ticketpro outlets.

The discount is 10% between 18 February and 18 March and 5% between 19 March and 18 April.
Note: Discounts cannot be combined.

Here is a quick look at how much you save with each type of discount:

HTC Maxis Table Price

Visit http://www.maxis.com.my/personal/maroon5/index.asp to view the Terms and Conditions.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

DiGi Super Reload

DiGi is giving you with plenty of freebies when you reload on any DiGi Prepaid™ plan, but there is always a limited time span for all good things. It is going to be happening only from 1st - 31st March, so if you love collecting freebies, you better start reloading today. The more you reload, the more you get! Share the love with your friends!

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Reload DenominationAll DiGi Prepaid call plans ex-Happy,
Happy East Coast, Prepaid Internet
DiGi® Easy Prepaid (old and new)
RM3030 Free DiGi - DiGi minutes
30 Free DiGi - DiGi MMS
30 Free Facebook SMS
30MB Free Mobile Internet
30 Free DiGi - DiGi minutes
30 Free DiGi - DiGi MMS
30 Free Facebook SMS
30MB Free Mobile Internet
30 Free SMS
RM5050 Free DiGi - DiGi minutes
50 Free DiGi - DiGi MMS
50 Free Facebook SMS
50MB Free Mobile Internet
50 Free DiGi - DiGi minutes
50 Free DiGi - DiGi MMS
50 Free Facebook SMS
50MB Free Mobile Internet
30 Free SMS

Read more about the offer here: http://www.churpchurp.com/foxyreign/share/digi-superreload/

Fitness First Menara Axis Membership Discount

RM29.90 for Unlimited One Month Home Membership + Body Composition Analysis + Dri Fit Cap at Fitness First Menara Axis (90% OFF).

This promo also goes to Fitness First Damansara Uptown and Fitness First Menara Summit.


Fitness First, the fun way!
With this deal, you get:

A: Unlimited 1 month Home Membership package with full access to all facilities andprogrammesincluding Flow Yoga & BODYVIVE™

B: FIRST VISIT SPECIAL - RM0 joining fees plus RM29.90 rebate and FREE Starter Kit worth RM400 for FIRST TIME VISIT only. As a First Visit incentive promotion, enjoy all these when you sign up as a full fledge member at your first visit to the club. This offer is not applicable if you join after that first visit.

C: Body Composition Analysis worth RM100 +Dry Fit Cap

Fitness First Menara Axis is a 21,000 sq. ft. facility boasting one of the biggest group exercise studios.The newly renovated Mind & Body Studio with circular shaped heating temperature system has special lighting effects to coordinate with the various Mind and Body type classes such as BODYBALANCE™ and Yoga.

Conditions

  • This deal is redeemable ONLY at Fitness First, Menara Axis

  • Redemption period: 17 March – 16 April 2011.

  • What you will be getting with this deal:

  • A: 1 month Unlimited Home membership with full access to all facilities and programmes

  • B: FIRST VISIT SPECIAL, valid for first visit only! Join as a full member on first visit and enjoy RM0 joining fee + get your RM29.90 back + Fitness First starter kit worth over RM400 subject to stock availability

  • C: Body Composition Analysis worth RM100 + Dri Fit Cap

  • Fitness First reserves the right to replace the free starter kit items + Dri Fit Cap with other items of same or lower value without prior notice

  • Vouchers are non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash or other products

  • No replacement or extension will be given to expired Vouchers

  • All members must abide by the rules of the club and terms and conditions of this deal which may be amended, varied, deleted and added from time to time at the management’s discretion

  • This deal is only valid for Malaysians aged 19 years old and above

  • Customers are required to present the voucher upon arrival to enjoy this deal

  • Not applicable to existing Fitness First members

  • Limited to one redemption per person

  • Redemption of voucher & body composition analysis is by appointment only

  • Full access to all facilities and programmes including Fitness First’s latest programmes

  • Not valid with other on-going offers, promotions & discount


Highlights

  • Weight loss provider for The Biggest Loser Asia contestants for season 1 and 2

  • In partnership with Mel B (Spice Girls), who is the international ambassador for International Fitness Week, powered by Fitness First

  • Fitness First Menara Axis is a 21,000 sq.ft. facility that offers the biggest group exercise studio

  • Has 12 clubs in Malaysia and over 490 clubs worldwide

  • Experienced and qualified trainers to guide and support you

  • Motivating and fun Group Exercise classes to help you burn calories and tone up

  • State-of-the-art weight loss, strength and training equipment

  • FREE coffee, tea and soft drinks

  • Luxurious changing rooms with sauna, steam rooms and shower facilities.

  • Member’s lounge for relaxation.

  • FREE DVD/VCD rental

  • Convenient parking



















PriceValueDiscountYou Save
RM29.90RM296.1090%RM266.20

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Along with this deal, you’ll enjoy world class facilities with the usage of the Cardio Theatre; workout with music and watch over 8 Astro channels. The steam room and sauna, DVD & VCD rental, members lounge and juice bar along with the highly acclaimed luxurious changing rooms are an added premium service that completes the equation.

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If that doesn’t excite you, the Cardio Theatre and air-conditioned gym are also fully equipped with over 80 cardio equipment such as treadmills, steppers and ellipticals with over 3 tons of free weights equipment in the free style area.

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Feeling nervous? Don't be. Join the world renowned Les Mills group exerciseprogrammessuch as BODYATTACK™, BODYCOMBAT™, BODYJAM™, and their in-house training programmessuch as FLOW YOGA, EASY MOVE and EASY STEP.

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As part of a global initiative to get people to stay fit, the fun way, Fitness First is proud to bring Mel B of the Spice Girls for the launch of the International Fitness Week this Friday, 11 March 2011 at Fitness First The Curve.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eating Right

Diet and nutrition are as important to any person who have an active lifestyle, especially if you do workout for more than 3 hours per week. Likewise, group class or any dance class, requires high energy, agility, mental awareness, coordination and strength. With increased demands being placed on metrosexual and gay men, physical stamina, fad diets and high calorie/high caffeinated energy drinks are becoming the 'quick fix' nowadays.

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Fad diets promise quick weight loss, great abs and beautiful bodies. High calorie/high caffeinated energy drinks promise to propel your energy level to extended levels. The reality of these fad diets is people experience rapid weight loss with rebound weight gain. The six pack abs and the beautiful bodies aren't attained without condition and work-outs. The promises of the high calorie/high caffeinated energy drinks are empty and often cause heart rates to elevate to dangerous levels.


The truth is, food is not the enemy of the body. Food is the body's energy source. You must eat healthy to be healthy. The body needs multiply food sources: carbohydrates, proteins, fats/oils, as well as fluids. A complete diet will include all of these. Carbohydrates are the body's main energy source, proteins build muscles, fats/oikls are sooicated with your brain development, nerves , and hormones and fluids hydrate your body. It is alos important to consume diary products to ensure strong bone development.

It is important to be aware of what you are eating to fuel your body. Just as you wouldn't put water in your vehicle to make it run, you can't fuel your body with hast food, sodas, and sweet treats. It is important to fuel your body with proper nutritents to maximize your performance. Therefore, follow these simple guidelines when you are grabbing a bit to eat before during, and after your workout.

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Before - Eat high carbohydrates foods such as fruits, vegratables, and whole grains. Avoid fatty foods syuch as hamburgers, pizza and ince cream. Eliminate high sugar items like sodas, frappuccinos and canides. Think fresh, whole food.

During - Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout your work-out. Sports beverages can be consumed to replenish electrolytes, too.

After - Eat protein in small amounts to replenish what you lost during your workout. Replace potassium and sodium with fruits and vegetables. Continue to get hydrated with fluids.

Eating healthily and fuelling your body properly isn't just important . healthy eating should be a daily habit. When making food and beverage choices, think in terms of whole foods. Try to avoid processed, fatty, sugary, foods and drinks. Choosing fresh whole food and water will provide your body with vitamins and nutrients it needs to reach optimal performance. When faced with sweet treat or fast foods, remember, moderation is the key.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Restoran Choon Yien

I was assigned to do dayshift last week so I could learn the reports for an account I will be supporting. I miss working dayshift but, then, I am a night person - more comfortable working at wee hours because everything seems to be open when I wake up and less traffic jam.

At the end of the week, I made some friends from the OSO team. I wish I could join their usual Friday lunch where they eat out good food.

We drove to Section 14 and found myself in a cheap-looking Chinese restaurant. Don't be fooled by its facade because their food tastes so good. Though be careful with the server, James, because he is a bit impatient if you could not give your order once he comes in. His mood was uplifted when Candy called him Leng Zai (靓仔), handsome guy. Haha

According to my colleagues, this place gets a bit crowded during lunch time. Usually, you have to call so you could reserve for your dish because even before 12 noon, chicken and pork barbecue finish even before you knew it.

Char siew or char siu is a famous Cantonese cuisine where you prepare pork with several sauces, starch and ingredients. These boneless meat are put on skewered and cooked on an open oven or grill. The rest, I don't know. Especially the dishes in English because as you would notice, I just made up their names out of their obvious and tangible ingredients.

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Restoran Choon Yien
Address: Happy Mansion Apartments, Jalan 17/13
Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 11 am to 1 pm, closed on Sundays
Budget: RM 10-15

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Whey Protein, Say What?

Whey protein is a by-product from the process of turning cow's milk is turned into cheese.

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It is known that a regular whey protein shakes come in liquid form and is a fast digesting form of protein. This increases protein synthesis to at max of your body can produce - perfect for your post-workout routine as when muscles start to hunt for food.

Generally, whey protein will help you :

1. Increased lean muscle mass
2. Decreased recovery times and faster muscle repair
3. Reduced post-workout muscle breakdown
4. Increase metabolic rate
5. Improve immune system

Whey protein is a rich source of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) making it an ultimate source of protein at convenience. You can get protein naturally from chicken, fish, red meat, egg whites, beans and vegetables.

Types of Whey Protein:

1. Whey Protein Isolates - this is a pure form of whey protein which contains around 90% protein with almost no carbohydrates, lactose and fat.
2. Whey Protein Concentrates - cheapest whey protein because it contains high amount of fat and lactose.
3. Whey Protein Blend - the most popular because it is a combination of the former two types without sacrificing too much on budget yet still contains high amino acids profile.

Another profile is casein whey protein where casein protein extends providing protein nutrition because it is slowly digested releasing amino acids preventing muscle catabolism over a sustained period of 7 hours. That's why this is more recommended to be taken before sleep.

Boredom Doodle

Boredom Doodle

Characters (L-R): Piggy Goddess, Ambiguous Tattoo Neuter, Some dress

Ambiguous Tattoo Neuter: Piggy Goddess, I want a new gown for my birthday
Piggy Goddess: OK, your wish is my command.

This is how bored I am for this whole month.