30 December 2009
28 December 2009
Serena Williams at the 2009 US Open
“I swear to God I’m f*****g going to take this f*****g ball and shove it down your f*****g throat, you hear that? I swear to God.”
and also, "I will kill you", which she denied.
Read more here.
Bolivian News mistaking pictures/scenes from TV show 'LOST' as pictures taken by a passenger during Air France plane crash.
More from failblog!
23 December 2009
Froyo, as in frozen yogurt, have been big in the Philippines since 2008 but 2009 saw different stores and more branches opening in malls and other areas in the metro. I've tried Lulu Belle's, California Berry and White Hat and the latter is my favorite of the three.
2. Just BBM me.
Would BlackBerry be the next Nokia? With BB releasing smartphones with a few versions of each model, it is becoming more and more affordable. I think the ability to update Facebook and Twitter status using the mobile is what we love about it. It also has its own instant messenger, the BlackBerry Messenger or BBM. It's more fun than texting and works just like YM or AIM, all you need to do is add the PIN of someone's BB to your contact and you're ready to chat with friends wherever in the globe they may be... fine! not in Samoa or Siberia. It is so popular now that both the biggest local mobile companies, Smart and Globe, have come up with a contract/plan exclusive to BB, called whatelse? the BlackBerry Plan!
3. Twitter much?
Filipinos love social networking, it all started with Friendster(R.I.P), MySpace, Facebook, there's also Plurk, Tumblr and many more... and now Twitter which will let you communicate with your friends or tell the whole world what you are doing in 140 characters or less. Most celebrities (Hollywood or local) have twitter accounts and they are very consistent in updating their status that you'll know whether they are stuck in traffic, reading a book, watching a movie, in the backstage of a concert venue, on a location shoot, fighting with someone, siding with someone or whatever they are doing in that very moment. It's like E! News or The Buzz in real time.
The most followed is Ashton Kutcher, with more that 4 million followers, you'd think that he founded Twitter.
Locally, the following are the most followed on time of writing... as far as I know.
Politician - Mar Roxas - >25,000 followers
Celebrity - Anne Curtis - >82,000 followers
DJ - Mo Twister - >28,000
News - GMA 7 News - >13,000
Musician - Lea Salonga - >31,000
Charity - Philippine Red Cross - >6,000
Filipinos all over the world love to tweet, Cory Aquino became a trending topic when she passed on and also Typhoon Ondoy and Philippine Red Cross during the week after the typhoon hit the metro. Something becomes a trending topic when most number of tweeters mention the topic on their tweets or updates.
4. Hoy! Pinoy ako!
Filipinos love to show their love for their country, and how do we do it? by wearing our patriotism. Statement shirts that says "Filipinos are worth dying for"; "Iniibig ko ag Pilipinas"; shirts with the Philippine flag among others have become famous, but the most famous of them all is the embroidered Philippine map in a collared shirt. The brain behind this is Rhett Eala for Collezione, which is the brand that originally released it. Now, a lot of other apparel brands have their own versions.
Havaianas, Crocs, and now Sanuk
Plaid pants and shorts
Nobody, nobody butchoo
Siomai and calamares are now street foods
22 December 2009
Windows 7 - this is in my Christmas wish list... I can't say much about it but it has had very good reviews from testers, users, techies, non-techies... I'd say that 8 out of 10 people say they like it better than Vista.
Nokia 5800 - I've used one of these, my brother sold his unit to me, I used it for about a month and sold and replaced it with an LG Viewty. There's nothing wrong with it but there is also nothing special about it. You can find all the specifications every mid or high end Nokia phones have. It is a good looking touch screen phone and music player.
From The Independent:
Samsung P4600 - a small blu-ray disc player that can be wall mounted.
The Nook - this is number 2 in their list, an E-book reader from Barnes and Noble, but since this is not available in Asia yet( maybe it is in Japan), I'd still go for Amazon's Kindle. Both canstore hundreds of books, magazines and even newspapers.
Dyson's Air Multiplier - It blows air without the blades. I've never seen one up close but thought it is worth mentioning since it is included in most Top 10 of the websites mentioned above.
Samsung DualView TL225 / ST550
21 December 2009
The list was released by Rolling Stones 09 December 2009, it got so many contradicting reviews and comments. As for me, the ones in green are my favorites; yellow are the ones i have not heard; and red are the ones i don't think should have made the list... then again, to each his own. To see how they came up with the best 100, listen to each song, and read the comments, click here.
Songs of the Decade
2 | Jay-Z — "99 Problems"
3 | Beyoncé — "Crazy in Love"
4 | Outkast — "Hey Ya!"
5 | M.I.A. — "Paper Planes"
6 | The White Stripes — "Seven Nation Army"
7 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs — "Maps"
8 | Amy Winehouse — "Rehab"
9 | U2 — "Beautiful Day"
10 | Eminem — "Stan"
11 | MGMT — "Time to Pretend"
12 | Eminem — "Lose Yourself"
13 | 50 Cent — "In Da Club"
14 | Missy Elliott — "Get Ur Freak On"
15 | Johnny Cash — "Hurt"
16 | The Strokes — "Last Nite"
17 | Bob Dylan — "Mississippi"
18 | Kelly Clarkson — "Since U Been Gone"
19 | Kanye West — "Jesus Walks"
20 | Justin Timberlake — "Cry Me a River"
21 | OutKast — "B.O.B."
22 | Amerie — "1 Thing"
23 | Rihanna — "Umbrella"
24 | Radiohead — "Everything in Its Right Place"
25 | Missy Elliott — "Work It"
26 | Coldplay — "Clocks"
27 | The Postal Service — "Such Great Heights"
28 | Randy Newman — "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country"
29 | Kanye West — "Gold Digger"
30 | R. Kelly — "Ignition (Remix)"
31 | The Flaming Lips — "Do You Realize?"
32 | Franz Ferdinand — "Take Me Out"
33 | Daft Punk — "One More Time"
34 | Coldplay — "Yellow"
35 | Bruce Springsteen — "The Rising"
36 | U2 — "Moment of Surrender"
37 | LCD Soundsystem — "Losing My Edge"
38 | Gorillaz — "Clint Eastwood"
39 | Modest Mouse — "Float On"
40 | Kelis — "Milkshake"
41 | LCD Soundsystem — "All My Friends"
42 | Arcade Fire — "Wake Up"
43 | The Roots — "The Seed (2.0)"
44 | Britney Spears — "Toxic"
45 | Kylie Minogue — "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
46 | MGMT — "Kids"
47 | Green Day — "American Idiot"
48 | The Killers — "Mr. Brightside"
49 | The Walkmen — "The Rat"
50 | Beyoncé — "Single Ladies"
51 | D'Angelo — "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
52 | Christina Aguilera — "Beautiful"
53 | The Rapture — "House of Jealous Lovers"
54 | Coldplay — "The Scientist"
55 | OutKast — "Ms. Jackson"
56 | Radiohead — "Idioteque"
57 | The Shins — "New Slang"
58 | The White Stripes — "Fell In Love With a Girl"
59 | The Strokes — "Hard to Explain"
60 | Beyoncé — "Irreplaceable"
61 | Jet — "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
62 | Alicia Keys — "Fallin'"
63 | Lil Wayne — "A Milli"
64 | U2 — "Vertigo"
65 | Green Day — "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
66 | Madonna — "Music"
67 | Wilco — "Jesus, Etc."
68 | Coldplay — "Viva La Vida"
69 | Santigold — "L.E.S. Artistes"
70 | Arctic Monkeys — "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor"
71 | Justice — "D.A.N.C.E."
72 | Kings of Leon — "Use Somebody"
73 | Queens of the Stone Age — "No One Knows"
74 | TV on the Radio — "Wolf Like Me"
75 | Arcade Fire — "Rebellion (Lies)"
76 | Madonna — "Hung Up"
77 | Dixie Chicks — "Not Ready to Make Nice"
78 | LCD Soundsystem — "Daft Punk is Playing at My House"
79 | Robert Plant and Alison Krauss — "Gone Gone Gone"
80 | Phoenix — "1901"
81 | Pink — "Get The Party Started"
82 | Jay-Z — "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
83 | The Gossip — "Standing in the Way of Control"
84 | The Clipse — "Grindin'"
85 | The Dirty Projectors — "Stillness Is the Move"
86 | Aaliyah — "Try Again"
87 | The Knife — "Heartbeats"
88 | Jay-Z — "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
89 | Bright Eyes — "Lua"
90 | Midlake — "Roscoe"
91 | Bruce Springsteen — "My City of Ruins"
92 | Brad Paisley — "Alcohol"
93 | Snoop Dogg — "Drop It Like It's Hot"
94 | Radiohead — "Pyramid Song"
95 | Mary J. Blige — "Family Affair"
96 | Lady Gaga — "Poker Face"
97 | Fleet Foxes — "White Winter Hymnal"
98 | Amy Winehouse — "Back to Black"
99 | Gorillaz — "Feel Good Inc."
100 | Damian Marley — "Welcome to Jamrock
19 December 2009
18 December 2009
Everyone is praying, wishing and hoping that Mayon Volcano will not go off to destruct a province. As of Dec 17, almost 20,000 people have been evacuated and it has been assured that these people will be spending Christmas and New Year's in the evacuation centers. If the volcano erupts within the next few days as predicted, the province and even the neighboring areas might experience a White Christmas , which the residents will not be excited about as it will be white because of ash falls.
Facts about the volcano:
NAME OF VOLCANO: MAYON
LOCATION: Albay, 300 km southeast of Manila
Elevation: 2.46 km
Base Diameter: 20 km
Base Circumference: 62.8 km (reckoned from 10-km radius) encompassing the towns of Camalig, Malilipot and Sto. Domingo
Area: 314.1 km2 (estimated from 62.8 km base circumference)
Type of Volcano: Stratovolcano
Most Notable Eruptions:
1766 July 20 – 24 (Oct.20 - 25)
Pyroclastic and lava flows
towards east (July 20-27);
1814 Feb. 01
CASUALTIES: 1200; MOST
1853 July 7
1871 Dec. 8 – 1872 Jan
Ashfall on the SW
1897 June 4 – July 23
violent phase lasted
For detailed info, visit Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
16 December 2009
dahil marami syang pera... siya lang sa lahat ng kandidato ang hanggang ngayon ay may TVC na ipinapalabas halos every commercial gap ng mga programa sa Dos, ewan ko lang kung pati sa ibang channel. Sabi sa lyrics:
Si Villar ang tunay na mahirap-- correction, hindi na ngayon! bilyonaryo na sya!
Si Villar ang tunay na may malasakit - sana nga tutal lagi nyang sinasabi na galing sya sa hirap.
Naisip ko lang, yung ibang mga bata kaya dito, talagang mga street children, at kung streetchildren nga sila, sana wala na nga sila sa kalye ngayon at natulungan na ni Villar. tulad ng sinasabi sa kanta nila!
Last line sa lyrics:
Si Manny Villar, ang magtatapos ng ating kahirapan. Isang NAPAKALAKING PANGAKO! pero kung manalo sya, SANA NGA matapos nya ang ating kahirapan(napapakanta ako- syet!)
13 December 2009
1. Home Alone - I think this is the best for so many reasons... when my nephews and niece are a bit older and they appreciate movies other than those produced by a certain Walt Disney, I'd want them to experience the best movies of the 90's such as this:
2. It's A Wonderful Life - working in a nursing home for 4 years and having film showing with the residents once a week made me appreciate old movies. This is one of those movies that keeps getting better each time you watch it.
3. Love Actually - funny, heart-warming, real... one of the few British films that I love.
4. Die Hard - I know, it's not exactly a Christmas movie but... one man winning over terrorists on Christmas eve? you gotta love it!
5. The Grinch - favorite actor: Jim Carrey, favorite time of the year: Christmas. put them together... you get this movie!
6. A Christmas Carol - classic read turned into a powerful movie. Reviews say that the 1938 version is the best adaptation but I have not seen that one, neither the 2009 version starring Jim Carrey... still this one is a must see.
7. The Polar Express - story-good; graphics-good; actor-good... what more can you ask for?
8. Elf - funny, funny, funny...
9. White Christmas - if there is a Father Christmas, there's also a Mr. Christmas... and that's Bing Crosby.
Happy watching and Happy Holidays!!!
02 December 2009
I already know who my president will be but because of recent changes in the vice presidential race, I am now torn between 2 candidates.
Learn more about them:
28 November 2009
27 November 2009
This doesn't have to do with anything, but just because I love photography... let me share the best GMA pictures on the web.
26 November 2009
Doesn't this look like a Roxette or Cindy Lauper album from the 80's?
22 November 2009
This is one of the first few photos I took when my camera was barely a month old, It's not the best, but my first decent night shot. HongKong skyline taken from The Peak in January, 2009.
This is a photo taken by Mohan Gumatay, also known in the Philippines as DJ Mo Twister. I love black and white photography and when the subject involves people, B&W, for me, adds a nice dramatic effect in a picture.
If there is one thing I'd like to learn or maybe even master, it is to take nice photos of fireworks. I saw this in flickr, from Guy Flâneur's photostream.
One of his photos actually got included in a UK travel guide website. I happen to know Froi and his flickr site is really worth visiting.
I hope that I will soon have the time to attend some photography lessons and if that happens, I will definitely enroll in some, if not all of Sir Nicolay's classes.
This is my cousin feeling like a real pro. (Zambales)
by Ryan and Randall Dagooc. You can find the best wedding photographs here.
...and more favorites... all from flickr.(No copyright infringement intended)