Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lose 10 pounds in three days

Fashion
Lose 10 pounds in three days
STYLE S.O.S. By Tingting Cojuangco, Lucy Torres-Gomez And Rissa M.Samson
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Dear Ms. Tingting,

Your figure is really so admirable, it’s every girl’s dream. I love dressing up, but the problem is my figure doesn’t permit me to wear dresses I’m dying to get into. I get so depressed because I’m overweight and have bulges, and I don’t have the confidence to wear clothes I like so much. I’ve tried dieting and doing all the slimming exercises I could possibly get into, but nothing has worked for me. Is there any guaranteed diet program you can recommend?

Ms. Pisces

Do this 3-Day Diet. Believe me, it works. Follow the diet three days of the week until you reach your desired weight.

DAY 1

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (with 1-2 packets of Sweet & Low or Equal)

1/2 grapefruit or juice

1 toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Lunch

1/2 cup of tuna

1 toast

Black coffee or tea (with 1-2 packets of Sweet & Low or Equal)

Dinner

3 ounces any lean meat or chicken

1 cup green beans

1 cup carrots

1 apple

1 cup regular vanilla ice cream

DAY 2

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (with 1-2 packets of Sweet & Low or Equal)

1 egg

1/2 banana

1 toast

Lunch

1 cup cottage cheese or tuna

8 regular saltine crackers

Dinner

2 beef franks

1 cup broccoli or cabbage

1/2 cup carrots

1/2 banana

1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

DAY 3

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (with 1-2 packets of Sweet & Low or Equal)

5 regular saltine crackers

1 ounce cheddar cheese

1 apple

Lunch

1 boiled egg

1 toast

Black coffee or tea (with 1-2 packets of Sweet & Low or Equal)

Dinner

1 cup tuna

1 cup carrots

1 cup cauliflower

1 cup melon

1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

Important: Drink four glasses of water or diet soda per day. You can add herbs, salt, pepper, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard or ketchup to your food.

Note: Follow the diet for three days and lose 10 pounds. It works based on a chemical reaction so you must eat everything in the diet without substituting.

This is scientifically proven. You can have as much water, tea, salt, pepper as you like but no other seasonings. After going on the three-day diet, you can eat normally for four days and then go back to it. But do not overeat on those four days.

This diet has been tried and tested, and is guaranteed effective. It worked on my staff and officers of the Philippine Public Safety College — they’ve gotten leaner and I saw the big difference myself!

Tingting

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Stylish Cover-Ups For Breastfeeding Moms

Hi, Lucy!

I am a new mommy and I am bent on breastfeeding my baby. Do you know where I can buy those stylish cover-ups that will allow me to breastfeed anytime, even in public?

Chic

I have great news for you, Chic. I recently met two stylish, young mommies who make wonderful reversible bibs that you can use as a cover-up. One side is solid and the other side is printed, so you can be sure that it will match whatever outfit you are wearing. They also have stylish baby slings and a chic nappy clutch. Check out their products at indigo.manila.multiply.com or you can call Denise at 0928-504-0226.

Lucy

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Send e-mail to tingtingcojuangco@yahoo.com, ltg@pldtdsl.com, and rissa_samson@yahoo.com.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Inday Anthology

Pati nga naman jokes nag i evolve din noh. Dati si Inday dumbwhore ngayon smartass na! Hindi yan sunud sunod. Everytime na may magtext sa akin ng Inday jokes dito ko iipunin. :)




I believe that my trained skills and expertise in management with the use of standard tools, and my discipline and experience will contribute significantly to the value of work that you want. My creativity, productivity and work efficiency and the high quality of outcomes I can offer will boost the work progress.
----sagot yan ni Inday sa interview ng bago niyang amo.

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Physical stress and excessive work may result to serious damage to one's body. It is therefore essential that once in a while we take break from our usual routine to replenish the lost energy we once had.
----sabi ni Inday sa amo niya nung humngi siya ng day off.

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Amo: Inday, bakit nagkalat ang basura sa likod ng bahay?!
Inday: A change in the weather patterns might have occured wreaking havoc to the surroundings. The way the debris are scattered indicates that the gust of wind was going northeast causing damage to the path it was heading for.
Amo: (nosebleed)

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Amo: Mula ngayon, walang magsasalita ng Ingles. Ang sinumang magpadugo ng ilong at sa mga anak ko, palalayasin sa pamamahay na ito! Klaro ba?

Inday: Ang mga namutawi sa inyong mga labi ay mataman ko pong iiimbak sa sulok ng aking balintataw, sa kaibuturan ng aking puso, gugunam gunamin, aariing salik ng aba at payak kong kabatiran. Tatalikdan ang matayog at palalong banyagang wika, manapay kakalingain, bibigkasin at sakdal timyas na sasambitin.

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"There's still a romantic element in knowing that I love someone but I'm choosing to do the right thing by staying silent..."
----sagot ni Inday sa sarili dahil inlab na siya kay Sir... =)

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"Be shame of your speaking. Did you think that your English grammary are corrected by? Its better to keep your mouth shock! Connect me if I'm wrong!"
----Babala ni MELANIE MARQUEZ kay INDAY

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P500=Globeplan subscription
P1800=Glutathione tablet
P600=Olay Total Effects
P1500=Crocs Flipflops
P2000=For Mama

----bina budget ni Inday ang sweldo niya :)

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Overnight inaral ng amo ni Inday and dictionary para may pangtapat siya kay Inday.

Amo: So, Inday tell me, how do you accept the fact that you are just a mere chambermaid in this extravagant mansion?

Inday: Una camarera? Eres tan pathetic. La unica razon que inscribi tu cas es porque nada esta sucediendo dentro de tu casa cuasi-agradable.Quisiera traer una poca clase en este hogar pero conjeturo que no puedo porque esta casa es fea.

Amo: (Nastroke)!

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Magmamani: ah mani mani mani malutong mani kayo jan oh! limampiso lang mani malutong mani kayo jan oh!

Inday: Mr. Peanut, are those nuts cropped from a high class soil fertilized through an advanced agricultural method to produce a rich tasted appetizer which you, yes you, Mr. Peanut fried it in a premium grade 0% fat canola oil with a low salt solution to consider those low cholesterol diet practitioner like me?

Magmamani: P*kyu!:D

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Amo: day! Bumili ka nga ng mga isda! O nga pala inglesera ka na ngayon... Would you please buy many fishes for our this week's meals?

Inday: Judging from your statement, I believe you meant a variety of fish. The term "fishes" although rarely and even erroneously used, connotes a plethora or an array of different kinds of the aformentioned gilled crreatures. But the more pressing questions before I traverse the road to the wet market would be: What certain type of fish? fillet or not?

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...One day, Katrina Halili went to FHM Magazine to check if she's still the sexiest woman in the world... Then she walked out angry and shouting...

"Who the hell is Inday?!?!"

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Dear Mother,
Had it not been for the smelling salt, I must have collapsed moment ago. Junior has become a little monster to me. Remember the head accident he had? As if it wasn't enough, he was summoned by the principal of his shabbily run academe.Oh, such un-erudite bunch of baboons! I never thought being a governess can be such strenous employ!!!
--Inday


Dear Inday,
Walang hiya ka! Magpadala ka ng pera! Nasa ospital nanay mo, dumugo ang ilong kababasa ng pesteng sulat mo!
--TATAY

Friday, September 21, 2007

MAKEOVER 911

I'm still a fan of scents. Nagsimula yan sa kisses na nanganganak. hehehe... Pati rin mga scented ballpen, stationery etc etc. =)



Sexy scents for him and her

By Kinny Salas
Inquirer

Last updated 11:17pm (Mla time) 09/20/2007


MANILA, Philippines—Growing up as a ’80s, I had delusions of growing up vampy or vixen-ish even then, hence my attraction to fragrances labeled as sexy.

It puzzled me, though, why those synthetic or intense floral oriental scents that were marketed as sexy, and bought by the basket by women, turned grown men off or made them sneeze.

It was not until the ’90s that studies showed the best way to a man’s heart was really through his stomach even when it came to fragrances.

Men love the smell of vanilla because they associate it with happy childhood memories of cakes for dessert.

The problem here is that the Philippines is too warm so we can only wear vanilla scents about four months a year (or only at night).

Such fragrances are not only vanilla/sweet-based, but also citrus, fruity-florals, and certain herbs and spices strategically mixed, resulting in freshness merged with the creamy sweet.

His and hers

Bear in mind the final arbiter is still your body’s chemistry. So try the scent by walking around for 10 minutes, then sniffing it.

For him: Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (75 ml, P3,150; 125 ml, P4,150) is my hands-down men’s favorite in this selection. The smell of cedar mixed with neroli, lavender and a hint of vanilla calls to mind a clean fresh-smelling man who just came out of the shower. It’s sexy without effort.

For her: D&G The One eau de toilette (EDT; 50 ml, P4,350; 75 ml, P5,650), which smells of lychee, peach and mandarin with white flowers and amber. The fragrance makes me think of panna cotta or crème brûlée. It’s one of the few sweet fragrances I can wear all year round, like Armani Sensi.

For him: Hugo Dark Blue (75 ml, P3,250; 125 ml, P4,100), which smells of ginger ale, cardamom and vanilla. Also fresh-smelling, it’s very masculine but clean, plus it mixes well with perspiration.

For her: Hugo Pure Purple, the fruity vanilla that can be applied from day to night. The smell on me is not overpowering and it’s a good mix between fresh and comforting because of the nectarine, marzipan and amber combination.

For him: Very Irresistible Givenchy for Men—It’s a very “green” scent with hints of mint and grapefruit. I know of some girls who use it on themselves and love it. Don’t know how your guy will feel about that though.

For her: Very Irresistible Sensual EDP—I just had to road-test this because I love Liv Tyler and it smells like fresh grapes, which turned out to be green apples and pears combined. Toss in grass and vanilla to complete the refreshing and creamy experience. This is my favorite female scent of the collection.

For him: Escada Sentiment Pour Homme. Sweet, spicy and woodsy is the only way to describe it. I cannot imagine this on a guy below 28 as it is very masculine and elegant and would somehow seem pretentious on one too young.

For her: Escada Sentiment is for women who like to smell ultra-feminine. For women who have never bought into the unisex craze, this delicate floral blend of iris, roses, mandarin mixed with vanilla and sandalwood will do it. Unlike its male counterpart, I can imagine a girl wearing this to her prom, her wedding and her daughter’s wedding.

Like laundry

While men like the smell of vanilla, women adore the smell of laundry.

Clean is a brand of perfume that specializes in soapy scents. Its bestseller is Classic Clean, which has a hint of Juicy Fruit gum and lemony soap. It drives the guys around me crazy: They would grab my shirt and sniff incessantly.

My mom and her friends love Clean Fresh Laundry best as it reminds them of fabric softener and laundry detergent drying on the clothesline. It’s expensive, though, and averages P4,000 a bottle.

Love clean and soapy scents? You will love Acca Cappa’s White Moss EDT (mild and musky) and Woods of Windsor Forget Me Not EDT (really smells like freshly laundered clothes).

Clean, Acca Kappa and Woods of Windsor are available at Essenses.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

be a vegan

Can't help but to post this.. Iam her fan...:) but so sorry I can't be a full vegan. I got canine molars hehehe.


Alicia Silverstone’s Sexy Veggie PSA
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep



What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones - serotonin and melatonin - flowing. Yawning yet?

Bananas. They're practically a sleeping pill in a peel. In addition to a bit of soothing melatonin and serotonin, bananas contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant.

Chamomile tea. The reason chamomile is such a staple of bedtime tea blends is its mild sedating effect - it's the perfect natural antidote for restless minds/bodies.

Warm milk. It's not a myth. Milk has some tryptophan - an amino acid that has a sedative - like effect - and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan. Plus there's the psychological throw-back to infancy, when a warm bottle meant "relax, everything's fine."

Honey. Drizzle a little in your warm milk or herb tea. Lots of sugar is stimulating, but a little glucose tells your brain to turn off orexin, a recently discovered neurotransmitter that's linked to alertness.

Potatoes. A small baked spud won't overwhelm your GI tract, and it clears away acids that can interfere with yawn-inducing tryptophan. To up the soothing effects, mash it with warm milk.

Oatmeal. Oats are a rich source of sleep - inviting melatonin, and a small bowl of warm cereal with a splash of maple syrup is cozy - plus if you've got the munchies, it's filling too.

Almonds. A handful of these heart-healthy nuts can be snooze-inducing, as they contain both tryptophan and a nice dose of muscle-relaxing magnesium.

Flaxseeds. When life goes awry and feeling down is keeping you up, try sprinkling 2 tablespoons of these healthy little seeds on your bedtime oatmeal. They're rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a natural mood lifter.

Whole-wheat bread. A slice of toast with your tea and honey will release insulin, which helps tryptophan get to your brain, where it's converted to serotonin and quietly murmurs "time to sleep."

Turkey. It's the most famous source of tryptophan, credited with all those Thanksgiving naps. But that's actually modern folklore. Tryptophan works when your stomach's basically empty, not overstuffed, and when there are some carbs around, not tons of protein. But put a lean slice or two on some whole-wheat bread mid-evening, and you've got one of the best sleep inducers in your kitchen.

What if none of these foods help you get your zzz's? Check out your sleep habits with this quick RealAge test to find out what’s keeping you up at night. http://www.realage.com/health_guides/RLS/intro.aspx

For an extra treat, here's the ultimate sleep-inducing snack...

Lullaby Muffins
Makes 12 low-fat muffins
Between the bananas, the whole wheat, and the honeyed touch of sweetness, these muffins are practically an edible lullaby.
· 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 tablespoon baking powder
· 2 large, very ripe bananas
· 1/3 cup applesauce
· 1/4 cup honey
· 1/2 cup milk or soymilk

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine the flour (make sure it's whole-wheat pastry flour or you'll produce golf balls, not muffins), salt, and baking powder. In a blender, puree the bananas; add the applesauce, honey, and milk. Blend well. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Line muffin tins with paper muffin cups, pour in batter, and bake 30 minutes or until tops are lightly brown and slightly springy.

Nutrition Facts
Per serving: 119 calories; 1g fat; 2.5g protein; 27g carbohydrates; 10g sugars; 133mg sodium; 3g fiber; 35mg magnesium

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Are Crocs Unsafe for Kids on Escalators?

I'm not really into pure rubber thingy...ever since... But we must be warned and aware of this things because accidents don't happen only in rubber.



Are Crocs Unsafe for Kids on Escalators?
By Jim Ayson
Tuesday, 21 August 2007



You know those Crocs? Rubber footwear that look like miniature hippopotamuses? According to Billie Moreno, mother of Andie, and wife of Parokya ni Edgar drummer Dindin Moreno, they might just be a menace to society. Her daughter Andie figured in a bloody escalator accident at a mall while wearing her Crocs last Sunday, and Billie was steamed enough to circulate an e-mail about it - with graphic photos!

Here's Billie's e-mail, illustrated with photos (by Dindin, presumably).

crocsThis is not the first time an accident involving children, escalators and rubber clogs has happened. My very own daughter, Andie, got injured on an escalator while wearing her favorite pink Crocs.

14,200 search results turned out when I typed "crocs,escalator,injury" on Google. My three-year-old daughter's toe injury caused by her right Croc getting caught in the side of an escalator is not an isolated case, and many more injuries could follow unless substantial solutions are delivered at the soonest possible time.

Parents, mall operators, and the company or companies behind the manufacture and sale of Crocs footwear should act immediately to put an end to the disturbing number of accidents involving Crocs and escalator mechanisms.

What happens is that the slip-resistant quality of the footwear, ironically the same quality that ranks among its unique selling points, causes it to adhere to the side of a moving escalator upon contact. Resulting injuries have ranged from simple scratches to toes being actually ripped off. (I found a collection of news stories on http://crocsaccidents.blogspot.com . That there is such a site should speak for the gravity of the situation.)

andieThere is no point in raising arguments along the lines of escalators being inherently dangerous for children, or of the possibility of similar accidents with every other kind of footwear, or of parents being solely responsible for the safety of their children when under their care. The fact is that so many children have been hurt because the traction of their clogs is unsuitable for escalators. This danger had come to our attention prior to the accident involving my very own daughter, which is why we are always very careful when making her ride the escalator with her Crocs on. She even constantly recites the line "stay on the center," as we always remind her to do so. But it just took a millisecond for us to fall victim to an already familiar mishap. Being careful just wasn't enough.

Parents, stop making your children wear Crocs in malls. Believe me when I say that you can never be too careful when it comes to the nasty combination of Crocs and escalators.

Mall operators, adopt more child-friendly measures. Post visible notices on the dangers of wearing rubber clogs on escalators. Make known the presence of emergency stop buttons. Make your security guards aware of the alarming number of escalator accidents and train them to render urgent responses. This is not just token advocacy; this actually makes good business sense.

To the company or companies manufacturing and selling Crocs, mark your products accordingly. Indicate that they are not safe for riding escalators because, really, they aren't. Stop saying that they are completely safe. You owe this to the children who love your shoes. My daughter owns three pairs of Crocs— a pair of Caymans, a pair of Athens and a pair of Mary Janes. That's how she likes wearing those clogs. Even the first words that came out of her mouth after her tiny scream of pain were, "My Crocs! My Crocs!".

Andie is fine now. After the accident, which happened in Megamall at around 9pm of August 19, we rushed her to the Medical City where she got the proper treatment for her wounds (no quick first aid response in the mall, we had to run from building B to building A where we were parked… but that's another issue), x-rays of both her feet, and a tetanus shot. All her toes are intact and the wounds she got were merely superficial, thank God. With the way her right foot bled and with the hideous torn and deformed state of her Crocs right after the accident, we thought the injury would be much worse.

But will she ride the escalator again with as much self-confidence as she's always had before the accident? We pray that she does. Trauma is not healed with a simple wound dressing and tetanus shot.

Attached are photos of the mishap. Please help us spread the word. Let's be makulit. The world should be getting safer, not the other way around. No more injuries caused by Crocs and escalators!

Thanks and God Bless You All,
Billie Sta. Maria-Moreno

Gadgets That Run on Body Heat

Girls!!! pwede sa atin to lalo na pag meron tayo... hehehe.... mainit!!! :D


Gadgets That Run on Body Heat

Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:37AM EDT



No jokes about hot bods, please. All of you warm-blooded folks may have the advantage with this new technology. You may soon be able to power your cell phone, PCs, and other electronics by tapping into your own body heat, and you don't need to be pedaling a stationary bike, walking the treadmill, or otherwise working up a sweat to do it. You can just sit there, couch potato style, and generate enough body heat to keep your gear going.

I stumbled across this tidbit on the Discovery Channel, but the research originates from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, where they are developing special circuits that use body heat. These could lead to battery-less cell phones and medical monitors that draw energy from their users.

The new circuits utilize the principle of thermoelectric generators (TEG) made from semiconductor elements. According to the scientists, the TEGs extract electrical energy simply from the temperature difference between a hot and a cold environment. Normally, a difference of several tens of degrees would be required in order to generate enough power, but the difference between the body's surface temperature and that of its environment is only a few degrees. To boost the energy, they combined a number of components that store up the energy until there's enough to operate the electronic device.

The photo shows a wireless transmitter being powered by the heat given off by a person's hand via a thermoelectric generator. Can't wait to see if it takes advantage of hot flashes!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Anxiety

I hope I won't get any deeper....hehehe


Anxiety

Feeling worried or nervous is a normal part of everyday life. Everyone frets or feels anxious from time to time. Mild to moderate anxiety can be an effective means of helping you focus your attention, energy, and motivation. However, if anxiety is severe, you may have feelings of helplessness, confusion, and extreme worry that are out of proportion with the actual seriousness or likelihood of the feared event. Anxiety that becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily life is not normal. This type of anxiety may be a symptom of another problem, such as depression.

Anxiety can cause physical and emotional symptoms. A specific situation or fear can cause some or all of these symptoms for a short time. When the situation passes, the symptoms usually go away.

Physical symptoms of anxiety include:

* Trembling, twitching, or shaking.
* Feeling of fullness in the throat or chest.
* Breathlessness or rapid heartbeat.
* Lightheadedness or dizziness.
* Sweating or cold, clammy hands.
* Excessive startle reflex.
* Muscle tension, aches, or soreness (myalgias).
* Fatigue.
* Sleep problems, such as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, early waking, or restless, unsatisfying sleep.

Anxiety affects the part of the brain that helps control creative expression and complex communication. This makes it more difficult to express yourself creatively or function effectively in relationships. Emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

* Restlessness, irritability, or feeling on edge or keyed up.
* Excessive worrying.
* Fearing that something bad is going to happen; sense of impending doom.
* Inability to concentrate; “blanking out.”
* Constant feelings of sadness.

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders occur when people have both physical and emotional symptoms. Anxiety disorders interfere with personal relationships with others and affect daily activities. Women are twice as likely as men to have problems with anxiety disorders.

Many people, including children and teenagers, develop anxiety disorders in which many of these symptoms occur when there is no identifiable cause. Many people with an anxiety disorder say they have felt nervous and anxious all their lives. This problem can occur at any age. Children who have at least one parent with the diagnosis of depression are more than twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than children with nondepressed parents.

Generalized anxiety disorders often occur with other problems, such as depression, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An anxiety disorder also can be caused by a physical problem, such as heart or lung disease. A complete medical examination may be needed before an anxiety disorder can be diagnosed.
Panic attacks

Panic attacks occur when a person has distinct periods of intense fear and anxiety when there is no clear cause or danger. These symptoms come on suddenly and without warning. Panic attacks are a common anxiety-related disorder. Panic attacks can sometimes occur in otherwise normal, healthy people and will usually last for several minutes.

Physical symptoms that can occur during a panic attack include feelings of choking or suffocating, chest pain, nausea, shaking, sweating, pounding of the heart, and feeling dizzy or faint. Sometimes these symptoms are so intense that the person fears he or she is having a heart attack. Many of the symptoms of a panic attack can occur with other illnesses, such as hyperthyroidism, coronary artery disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A complete medical examination may be needed before an anxiety disorder can be diagnosed.

People who have repeated unexpected panic attacks and worry about the attacks are said to have a panic disorder.
Phobias

Phobias are irrational, involuntary fears of specific places, objects, activities, or situations. Most people deal with phobias by avoiding the situation or object that causes them to feel panic (avoidance behavior). Phobias are a common anxiety-related disorder.

A phobic disorder occurs when the avoidance behavior becomes so extreme that it interferes with your ability to participate in your daily activities. There are three main types of phobic disorders:

* Fear of being alone or in public places where help might not be available or escape is impossible (agoraphobia)
* Fear of situations where the individual might be exposed to criticism by others (social phobia)
* Fear of specific things (specific phobia)

Review the Emergencies and Check Your Symptoms sections to determine if and when you need to see a health professional.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Funny Pic


I find this very funny... hehehehe it makes me laugh.. I got it from a forum.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Toy Product Recalls

This is what my Social Studies teacher way back in highschool tries to point out in our young minds which NOW only makes me realize... This is the effect of globalization blah blah... cheap labor and removing the each co untry's product identity... Almost all products are made from China. Not unlike before JAPAN makes good electronic products, USA are signature clothes, FRANCE for perfumes, PHILIPPINES for the best baby dresses and embroidery. Too bad, baby dress making business is not that progressive as before because labors are mostly transferred to China and Brunei. Oh my... Good thing we are not that rich to buy those expensive toys, but if those got too much lead then what more of the cheapest toys...*sigh*







Associated Press
Recall Raises Fear for Parents, Toy Cos.
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO 08.02.07, 8:40 PM ET




Associated Press

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO 08.02.07, 8:40 PM ET


NEW YORK -

Wendy Schneider-Fisher is nervous about what toys to buy her children. "I'm less inclined to buy anything from China," said Schneider-Fisher, of New Albany, Ohio, who was heading into a local Toys "R" Us Thursday. "And I'm upset our government doesn't do more to stop it."

Schneider-Fisher's comments reflect the quandary many American parents face after the world's largest toy company, Mattel Inc., recalled almost 1 million Chinese-made toys because they may contain lead.

As if fears over contaminated toothpaste, poisoned pet food and faulty tires weren't enough, the latest recall of Chinese-made products has anxious parents rummaging through toy chests to find tainted Big Birds and Dora the Explorer toys.

It also has stressed-out toy companies going through their inventory to see if their products are harmless. And it has China, again, insisting that its products are safe.

On Thursday, Mattel's Fisher-Price brand announced it is recalling 83 types of toys - including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters - because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. The recall involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August.

Under current U.S. regulations, children's products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead are subject to a recall.

For parents, replacing the tainted toys with ones they trust are safe could pose a problem: 80 percent of all toys are made in China.

"It seems like everything's from China but if I could find a similar toy that was American made, I would definitely buy it even if it cost more," said Allen Mayne, of Columbus, Ohio, who was shopping at a local Toys "R" Us for his 9-year-old daughter.

"I think it would be in everyone's best interests to look for American-made products, stuff you can feel confident about, stuff that's just not the cheapest junk that you can get," he said.

With discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. waging price wars, the pressure has been on toy companies to cut costs by producing cheaper toys in China. With exceptions like Mattel, which estimates that about 50 percent of its production in China is made in company-owned plants, many toy companies turn to contract factories, a cheaper alternative.

Thursday's toy recall follows the June recall by RC2 Corp. of 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line because of lead paint. Those toys were also made in China.

Industry experts are worried there will be more toy recalls to come, and fear parents will be more skeptical when buying holiday toys, even avoiding Chinese products altogether.

"Everyone is concerned that this could really undermine the traditional toy business if consumers think that the toys are unsafe," said New York-based toy consultant Chris Byrne.

Mattel, considered by experts as a role model in how to do business in China, remained in crisis control Thursday.

The company contends the recall was "fast-tracked," allowing it to quarantine two-thirds of the toys before they even made it to stores. Still, executives are trying to find out how this situation happened.

"There is an extreme sense of urgency," said David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price.

Jim Walter, senior vice president of worldwide quality assurance for Mattel, is heading to China to meet with vendors.

China also moved to clear up another blot on its reputation.

"China has always conducted international trade in the spirit of being responsible to its trade partners and itself," China's Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said in a statement published Thursday on the ministry's Web site. "Ninety-nine percent of China's exports are good and safe."

There is also increasing pressure for government regulation of the U.S. toy industry.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced a bill last month that he contended would dramatically expand the Consumer Product Safety Commission's ability to protect the public. Another piece of legislation, introduced by Durbin and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., would require third-party testing of imported and domestic toys and goods designed for children 5 years old or younger.

The CPSC now allows manufacturers to inspect and approve their own children's products.

"We need better regulation of the toy industry. Until then, parents are going to have to be the watchdogs," said Joanne Oppenheim, president of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, which produces an annual independent toy guide.

Hasbro Inc. said in a statement, it "maintains stringent quality control standards in all aspects of the manufacturing process, in both Hasbro-owned factories as well as factories that are contracted to produce Hasbro-branded product."

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group that produces the "Sesame Street" TV program said Thursday it plans independent audits and other steps in an attempt to hold licensees to the highest health and safety standards.

Retailers including KB Toys Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us Inc. said they removed all the affected products off the shelves in recent days, but they are left to contend with shoppers' concerns.

"I'm going to pay much more attention to what I'm giving my children. I absolutely would pay more for 'green' toys," said Schneider-Fisher.

Associated Press writers Emily Zeugner in Columbus, Ohio, and Rose French in Nashville, Tenn. contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS to Thursday, not Friday, in 15th graf.)

Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed

Cinderella for kids

I want to watch this with Ineng and Itay :)



Disney's Cinderella




Disneys Cinderella
Greenbelt - Aug 11, Aug 26, Oct 13 & Oct 21, 2007

REP’S CINDERELLA FOR KIDS OPENS AUGUST 11 AT ONSTAGE GREENBELT 1

The magic and music of this season’s REP CHILDREN’S THEATER production begins on August 11, 2007. Disney’s Cinderella For Kids takes place at REP’S Globe Theater at Onstage Greenbelt I.

This production, adapted by Marcy Heisler and Bryan Louiselle, brings to the stage the very same wonder enjoyed by generations in Disney’s classic animated film. With the Disney Classic treatment intact, audiences can expect the same timeless songs and characters they have enjoyed time and again.

Forced to slave away for her cruel stepmother and her haughty stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, Cinderella dreams of a chance to attend the Royal Ball while her faithful mice friends listen intently. One night she receives a visit from her Fairy Godmother who grants her wish but only until the stroke of midnight. At the ball she falls in love with the handsome prince but must suddenly disappear, leaving her prince with only a glass slipper. And so the slipper is tried on the foot of every young maid in the kingdom until true love is found and happiness restored.

As usual, sumptuous costumes, storybook sets, lively music, comedic dancing and signing, and child-friendly dialogue make this RCT production a treat for youngsters. Directors Baby Barredo and Joy Virata create yet another heartwarming and fun-filled production. Costume design is by Celia Diaz-Laurel executed by Julie Borromeo while set design is by Mio Infante.

The REP CHILDREN’S THEATRE is helped by the City of Makati, Ayala Cinemas, Purefoods Chicken Nuggets, NU 107, 92.3 XFM, Crossover 105.1, Jam 88.3, Gourmet’s Coffee, Clickthecity.com, Lane Moving and Storage, Nayon Photographers Club, and JJ Liongson and Marvin Recto of MAKE UP FOR EVER.

For details, ticket reservations, show bookings, and block ticket sales, call the Repertory Philippines office at 8870710 or visit them at C2-A Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld located at all major National Bookstore or at tel nos. 891-9999.

Ticket Prices:
P361.00, P309.00, P258.00

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Something about vinegar

For me it's not something... it's a bit of everything you want to know more about vinegar... I was amazed that banana can be too.




COUNTRY COOKING
Something about vinegar

By Micky Fenix
Inquirer
Last updated 10:58pm (Mla time) 07/18/2007



Anyone who wants to research on how much vinegar is used in an ordinary Filipino household has only to go to my home.

Every month we get a supply of sukang Paombong, the nipa palm vinegar from a town in Bulacan, and a gallon is always not enough. It is used for cooking and as dipping sauce, as sterilizer for salad greens and, occasionally, to satisfy my hankering for something sour to sip.

Sipping vinegar was a preoccupation of the older girls in the family. It was part of our game, as young girls, to display our whitened lips after our vinegar experience. I take comfort in the fact that some friends did the same in the past. That makes my siblings and me less weird.

These days, however, my throat has not been receptive to this sipping exercise. This weakness began when I was asked to sip aged balsamic vinegar some years back. I coughed for what seemed like an eternity.

Thank goodness that in one vinegar-tasting event of the International Wine and Food Society, we were taught that placing a cube of sugar between one’s teeth while sipping will reduce the acidity. I was, thus, able to enjoy the different kinds of wine vinegar such as champagne that was used to flavor our fish kinilaw that day.

The quality of the vinegar used in cooking reflects on the food. I always tasted the difference when we had our supply of grade A coconut vinegar from my father-in-law in Leyte.

Fish paksiw is infinitely better when the vinegar is top notch. Even when you have the freshest fish, it will be wasted on acetic acid that poses as vinegar.

Different sources

We have so many kinds of vinegar made from different sources. Pia Lim Castillo, in her paper presented at the 2005 Oxford Symposium on Food, enumerated these as from “saps of palm trees, sugar cane, fruits and alcoholic beverages.”

She described in detail how vinegar is made from each of those. Coconut vinegar is made from the sap of the inflorescence or the flower-bearing stalk. Nipa palm and the sugar palm (kaong) produce sap from slashes made in their stalks. Vinegar from sugar cane is obtained from the juice that has been cooked then placed in jars to ferment.

How the sap was made to flow from the nipa stalk was demonstrated to Pia and me by the banks of a Bulacan fishpond. It involved kicking the stalk. We thought the tree must shed tears (sap) all right from all that kicking.

What has been branded as Paombong vinegar is made from this nipa sap. It has a tendency to darken because it contains iron. Pia wrote that the old folks said Paombong vinegar could not be pure if it did not darken.

With the kaong tree, sap is collected only from male trees. The flowering stalks are rocked to attract fruit flies and this signals that the time is ripe to tap the stalks. The brand name of one commercial kaong vinegar used the tree’s scientific name, Arengga Pinnata.

Sukang Iloko is the other branded vinegar made from basi, sugar cane wine, which has turned sour. Pia said “tanbark and leaves are added to impart a different flavor and coloring.”

Some people call this vinegar “balsamic” probably because of its dark color or to tell people that it is as good as that aged Italian vinegar.

Newest vinegar

The newest vinegar version I got was made from latundan, a variety of banana that is my favorite. Latundan does not keep long and so it is great to know that it can reemerge as something else that tastes good as well. Ige Ramos, artist and book designer, gave me a gallon from his home province of Cavite.

A vinegar is enhanced by the addition of other ingredients.

The sinamak vinegar of Iloilo has ginger, garlic, galangal (blue ginger) and chili. It is a must-dip for chicken inasal, the achuete-colored slightly sour grilled chicken.

Today, groceries carry bottled vinegar with siling labuyo (bird’s eye chili) floating in the liquid. Claude Tayag gave me his aged 6-year-old coco vinegar with so much siling labuyo. Just looking at it scares people who cannot stand hot food. He has huge dama juanas (demijohns) of vinegar fermenting in one corner of his house.

I was recently introduced to pinakurat, a vinegar said to come from Iligan. It is highly spiced, at least the one I tasted. The liquid is cloudy but I do not know what went into it. Pinakurat has traveled from its Mindanao home to Manila specialty markets.

For me, vinegar tasting should have chicharon because pork crackling is the best medium to taste different versions. The two times I have done this kind of tasting, every participant giggled because each felt guilty about enjoying the exercise.

It was particularly great when the chicharon came as big as a table for four with each guest breaking off a piece and dipping it into the particular vinegar they wanted to taste.

E-mail the author at pinoyfood04@yahoo.com

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Mr. Thingamajig

I enjoyed listening to Mr. thingablahblah. :D



What's a Doohickey?


Sometimes, Americans have little mental pauses, where something’s right on the tip of our tongue, but we can’t think of the exact word—or when we want to euphemise unseemly speech. Fortunately, there’s a way around this that doesn’t involve brain surgery or duct tape. We use substitution words that can mean anything and everything.

Here’s an ode to mental vacuity.

Substitution Words
I was rooting willy-nilly through a buncha stuff, looking every whichway for the dinky little whatchamacallit to fix the goldong thingamajig, but good ol’ whatsizname had put it in the hooziwhatsit, as usual! Boy oh boy, what a load of hooey. Always the same old rigamarole with that cockamamie bozo. He’s such a pipsqueak! If I found it, ka-ching, I’d be rich, which would be just jim dandy! I'd be totally discombobulated. You-know-who had done you-know-what with the goofy little gadget again, so whaddyaknow ... there was something-or-other wrong with it. What a snafu! I had a heck of a time getting ahold of whatsername to come over and take care of it with her special little doohickey that she keeps there in the thingamabob. For the gazillionth time, the flightly little flibbertigibbit said alrighty, she wouldn't shilly shally, she’d schlep over with her widget fixer and whatnot to do a bodaciously whizbang job on the whole shebang. That's right, the whole kit 'n caboodle, no ifs, ands, or buts about it ... no malarkey. Okee dokey, but she was a skosh busy right then, yada, yada, yada. Yessirreebob, we usually have gadgets galore, but what with the this-and-that, and all the hooplah, it’s all topsy turvy today, ’cuz that humungous nincompoop is still in the whatsit acting like everything's just hunky dory. That's just a bunch gobbledeegook. Pure gibberish. He's such an old rapscallion. Jeeminy Christmas, the shenanigans of that old fogey. Yackety schmackety, blah, blah, blah! Shucks, I wanted to find it on my own, and not be penalized for it—I’m just so darned tired of gimme’s and gotcha’s by a lotta has-been nosybones out hobnobbing with hoity toity wannabes. The real nitty gritty is that, young and old, they’re just a buncha happy-go-lucky whippersnappers and cantankerous old fuddyduddies who don’t know diddly. I poked among the gewgaws, tchotchkes, gimcracks, and knickknacks, there in the doodad, but I found zilch, zero, zippo, nil, nada and null. So-and-so told me such-and-such about the deeleebob, but I just don’t know where that little gizmo is. Sheesh! It’s a big whoopdedoo when you can’t even remember where the gosh diddly darned whaddyacallit is!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Cascades are disbanding...

Things really come and go... and here we are, after a reunion news, a disbanding news is now in circulation.



The Cascades are disbanding
FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo
Tuesday, July 3, 2007


First, the sad news: The Cascades are disbanding.

Now, the good news: The quartet — composed of John Gummoe, Gabe Lapano, Tony Grasso and Chuck Crews — is holding a series of what may be their farewell performances in August, so all ye “Cascaders” better be there.

The Cascades had an SRO concert at the Araneta Coliseum in April, 2005, almost 40 years after their debut performance here in the late ‘60s at the height of its popularity.

The phenomenal success of its two-night return engagement six months later, also at the same venue, cemented the enduring tie of the American vocal group with local music lovers, notably the “Baby Boomers” generation. The ultimate tribute to the group came in June last year when its 2006 international concert tour turned into a massive and resounding outpouring of affection and admiration from the multitude of fans who packed the Big Dome and shattered all previous attendance records of a Cascades concert.

But just like all good things that must come to an end, the final curtain will now fall on the comeback campaign of this brilliant group after a successful run of two exciting and fulfilling years. I am sure fans will be greatly saddened to know that The Cascades had decided to disband indefinitely for its four members to resume their individual activities that they had temporarily shelved for the ongoing revival tour.

“When The Cascades reunited two years ago,” concert promoter and musicologist Steve O’Neal told Funfare, “it was with the understanding that its members would perform only for a limited period of time, that’s why they took an indefinite leave from their regular jobs. What they did not reckon with was the tremendous and enthusiastic response of millions of fans worldwide, especially in the Philippines, so much so that their engagement as a group had to be extended.”

But the good news is that The Cascades quartet will fade away from the music scene not with a whimper but in style by celebrating the momentous event with their fans during their series of farewell performances. Billed as Farewell Tour: The Cascades, the eight-city concert series to be presented by Steve O’Neal Productions will kick off with a major show on Aug. 3 at the Aliw Theater at the CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Other performances are slated at the Centro, Legenda Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport (Aug. 9); Hyatt Hotel & Casino-Manila (Aug. 10); Casino Filipino-Angeles City (Aug. 11); Casino Filipino-Tagaytay City (Aug. 12); Capiz Auditorium, Roxas City (Aug. 14); Cebu International Convention Center (Aug. 17) and Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City (Aug. 19).

According to O’Neal, The Cascades has chosen Manila as the venue of its farewell tour as “a token of appreciation” for its thousands of fans who have shown their unwavering devotion and support during the past 40 years.

“The Cascades will forever cherish many fond memories of its visits to the country during the past two years, especially the warm friendship, affection and hospitality of Pinoy music lovers — from ordinary fans to big celebrities — who took time to attend its three sold-out concerts in 2005 and 2006.”

Among the prominent personalities who have watched The Cascades shows were Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice President Noli de Castro, former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay and MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando (who is also a singer in his own right, being a member of the vocal group, The Three Tenors, along with Department of Environment and National Resources Secretary Angelo Reyes and former Senator Joey Lina).

On the other hand, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos not only attended last year’s dinner-show at The Manila Hotel but also opened her San Juan City home to The Cascades when she honored the quartet with an intimate dinner.

For this farewell tour, The Cascades have prepared a special and different line-up of new and old songs, most of them from their last album from Warner Music All The Way To Yesterday, a compilation of the acoustic versions of their hit tunes, including the title song.

For sure, “Cascaders” (this one included, along with Vivian Sarabia who is a great fan of Oldies but Goodies) will be there to relive beautiful memories of a bygone era via the quartet’s well-loved songs of which my No. 1 favorite is Rhythm of the Rain (played over six million times, ranking No. 9 in BMI’s Top 100 Most Performed Songs of the Century).

Let’s bid The Cascades a fond farewell by singing Rhythm of the Rain. All together now:

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain

Telling me just what a fool I’ve been

I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain

And let me be alone again

The only girl I care about has gone away

Looking for a brand-new start

But little does she know

That when she left that day

Along with her she took my heart

Rain please tell me now does that seem fair

For her to steal my heart away when she don’t care

I can’t love another when my heart’s somewhere far away

(Note: Tickets to the Aliw Theater concert — priced at P2,500, P2,000, P1,500 and P1,000 — are available at Ticketworld outlets at major National Book Store branches, Robinsons Department Stores, Tower Records and Ayala Centers. For inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Spice Girls is a Band Reunited



Being a fan of this one time hit wonder all girl band, the Spice Girls, I am somewhat oh good to hear they are reuniting, but my eagerness to see them reunited wasn't that much sparky. And somehow I clipped this from IDLYITW, no doubt Iam still a fan! :)


The Spice Girls is a Band Reunited

Seven years after nobody cared when they broke up, The Spice Girls have announced they will kick off a reunion tour later this year:

The girl band will kick off a world tour in America. The five - now all in their thirties - will start on 7 December in Los Angeles - the new home of Posh Spice Victoria Beckham and her family...The reunion tour, which is set to hit London on December 15 and take in Madrid, Koln, Las Vegas, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires among others (scroll to bottom for list of dates and locations) will certainly be lucrative for the Spices. They are expected to pocket about £10 million each."


This worldwide tour is sure to take the world by storm. Nothing says "cutting edge" like five moms dancing and lip-synching on stage. During the press conference, Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) was said to be especially emotional, because it was her sudden exit in 2001 that broke up the group. When asked by Baby Spice in a private moment if she was ok, Halliwell was overheard saying, "And if you threw a party
and invited everyone you ever knew, you would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say thank you for being a friend."

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Itay!

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you,
happy birthday, happy birthday...
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

Maligayang Bati... Sa iyong pagsilang...
Maligayang... maligayang...
Maligayang Bati!! Maligayang Kaarawan Itay!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Strawberry Fields Forever


Yum yum!!!! Droool..... Sluuuuuuuurrrrpp.... Oh my! If I was infanticipating I think I won't get better if that one exactly as pictured would not sink in to my rotting teeth. hehehe

Now Itay... May idea ka na ha!!! hehehehe

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tide Detergent

A Tide Ipod!! Makes my hubby likes an Ipod for the first time :)



Monday, May 28, 2007

A Touching Story

I cried while reading this story which I got from my Inbox. Truth or fiction, it touched my heart. It reminds me once again Yano's Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo ...Read on and be inspired.

Somewhere in Milaor, Camarines Sur, there lived a fourth grader boy who would follow this route to school everyday: He has to cross the rugged plains and cross the dangerous highway where vehicles are recklessly driving to and from.

Once past this highway, the boy would take a short cut, passing by the Church every morning just to say Hi to God, and faithfully say his, "Magandang umaga po" in Bicol dialect. He was faithfully being
watched by a Priest who was happy to find innocence so uplifting in the morning,

"Kamusta, Andoy? Papasok ka na?"

"Opo padre ... " he would flash his innocent grin, the priest would be touched. He was so concerned that one day he talked to Andoy.


"From school...", he advised "Do not cross the highway, you can pass through the Church and I can accompany you to the other side of the road .... that way I can see that you are home safe...."

"Thank you father ..."


"Why don't you go home ... do you stay in this church right after school?"


"I just want to say "Hi" to my friend, God," and the priest would leave the boy to spend time beside the altar, talking to himself, but the priest was hiding behind the altar to listen to what this boy has to say to his heavenly FATHER.


"You know my math exam was pretty bad today, but I did not cheat although my seatmate is bullying me for notes... I ate one cracker and drank my water, Itay had a bad season and all I can eat is this
cracker. Thank you for this! I saw a poor kitten who was hungry and I know how he feels so I gave my last cracker to him ... funny but I am not that hungry."


"Look, this is my last pair of slippers ...I may have to walk barefoot next week, you see this is about to be broken ... but it is okay ....at least I am still going to school.... Some say we will have a hard season this month, some of my classmates have already stopped going to school ... please help them get to school again, please God? ..."


"Oh, you know, Inay hit me again, it is painful, but I know this pain will pass away, at least I still have a mother.... God, you want to see my bruises? I know you can heal them .... Here... here and .... oh ... blood ... I guess you knew about this one huh? Please don't be mad at Inay, she is just tired and she worries for the food in our table and my schooling that is why she hits us ...."


"Oh, I think I am in love ... there's this pretty girl in my class, her name is Anita ... do you think she will like me? Anyway, at least I know you will always like me, I don't have to be anybody just to please you, you are my very best friend! Hey your birthday is two days from now!!! Aren't you excited? I am! Wait till you see, I have a gift for you .... but it is a surprise! I hope you will like it!"


"Oooops, I have to go ..." then he stood up and calls out, "Padre, padre, I am finished talking to my friend ... you can accompany me to the other side of the road now"


This routine happens everyday. Andoy never fails. Father Agaton shares this every Sunday to the people in his church because he has not seen a very pure faith and trust in God, a very positive look at negative situations.


One Christmas day, Father Agaton was sick so he could not make it in the Church, he was sent to the hospital. The Church was left to 4 manangs who would chant the rosary in 1000 miles per hour, would not smile and would always find fault in what you do, they were also very well versed in cursing if you irritate them!



They were kneeling, saying their kilometric rosary when Andoy, coming from his Christmas party, playfully dashed in.


"Hello God! I ....."


"P----!! (a curse) bata ka!! Alam mo nang may nagdadasal!! Alis!!"


Poor Andoy was so terrified, "Where's Father Agaton? He is supposed to help me cross the street .... and to be able to cross the street I will have to pass by the back door of this church ...not only that, I
have to greet Jesus. It is His birthday, I have a gift right here...."


Just as he was about to get the gift out of his shirt, the manang pulled his shirt and threw him out of the church. "Susmaryosep!!! (does the sign of the cross fervently) Alis kang bata ka, kung hindi matatamaan ka!!!


So the boy had no choice but to cross the dangerous side of the road in front of the church. He crossed. A fast moving bus came in. There was a blind curve. The boy was protecting his gift inside his shirt, so he was not looking. There was so little time. Andoy died on the spot. A lot of people crowded the poor boy, the body of a lifeless young boy ...


Suddenly, out of nowhere a tall man in a pure white shirt and pants, a face so mild and gentle, but with eyes full of tears... He came and carried the boy in His arms. He was crying. Curious bystanders
nudged the man in white, and asked,


"Excuse me sir, are you related to this child? Do you know this child?"


The man in white, His face mourning and in agony, looked up and answered,


"He was my best friend .... " was all he said. He took the badly wrapped gift in the bloody chest of the lifeless boy, and placed it near His heart.


He stood up and carried the boy away and they both disappeared in sight. The crowd was curious ...


On Christmas Eve, Father Agaton learned of the shocking news. He visited the house, and wanted to verify about the man in white. He consulted the parents of Andoy


"How did you know that your son died?"



"A man in white brought him here." sobbed the mother.


"What did he say?"


The father answered, "He did not say anything. He was mourning. We do not know him and yet he was very lonely about our son's death, as if he knew our son very well. But there was something peaceful and unexplainable about him. He gave me my son, and then he smiled peacefully. He brushed my son's hair away from his face and kissed him on his forehead, then he whispered something ..."


"What did he say?"


"He said to my boy..." the father began, "Thank you for the gift ... I will see you soon ... you will be with me..." and the father of the boy continued, "and you know for a while, it felt so wonderful ... I
cried, but I do not know why....all I know is I cried tears of joy ... I could not explain it, Father, but when that man left, something peaceful came over me, I felt a deep sense of love inside ... I could not explain the joy in my heart, I knew my boy is in heaven now but...tell me, Father, who is this man that my son talks to everyday in your church, you should know because you are always there ... except at the time of his death ....."


Father Agaton suddenly felt the tears welling in his eyes, with trembling knees, he murmurred, " ... He was talking to no one ..... but


.. GOD...."

Sunday, May 20, 2007

From this moment....

I'll be once again start jumping around and take a peek or sneek out some ideas but I'll try to have at least say something about what, and why did I?? What the heck was on my mind while copy paste copy paste it into this. :) Or to be short and sweet, my lame review. Feeling as if I was a noted journalist....hehehe or maybe somehow Iam a frustrated one. ;)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Captain America dead after 66-year reign - The Boston Globe

Captain America dead after 66-year reign - The Boston Globe

Superhero's death stuns the faithful

By Don Aucoin and Joseph P. Kahn, Globe Staff | March 8, 2007

He first appeared in March 1941, punching out Adolf Hitler on the cover of a brand-new comic book. Ever since then, attired in a red, white , and blue uniform and armed only with a shield, he fought for liberty and justice, not unlike that guy with the cape.
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But Captain America is no more.

When fans yesterday opened the comic book that bears his name, they discovered a shocking development: Captain America had been cut down by a sniper . His sudden death prompted a run on comic-book stores by fans hoping to snap up a potential collector's item -- and also triggered considerable consternation among some devotees of the stout-hearted superhero.

"I didn't like it when they did it to Superman, and I am no fan of it now that they have done it to Captain America," a fan who called himself "Union Jack" wrote on an Internet message board devoted to the character. Another asked plaintively: "Is it true? If so, then I think my days of buying comics have officially come to an end." Some fans accused Marvel Comics of killing him off as a publicity stunt. Is this a reprise of "The Death of Superman" in 1993, which eventually led to the return of Superman?

In a telephone interview yesterday, Marvel Comics editor in chief Joe Quesada dismissed suggestions that Captain America's demise was staged to boost sales. Rather, he said, the death of the character he fondly called "Cap" was the logical outcome of a long-running story line involving a "civil war" among the superheroes in the Marvel universe. "The story was taking us there," he said.

Still, Quesada conceded, "We've been biting our lips, and here it is, the moment of truth. I don't think there's a dry eye in the house. You're talking about a character who wears the American flag. . . . The Marvel universe has had a Captain America in it since the 1940s. Now there is a big void that has to be filled."

Anthony Gallucci , assistant manager at Newbury Comics in Boston's Government Center, got 50 copies of "Captain America" Tuesday night. All were sold within two hours after opening yesterday. "This was a pretty well-guarded secret," Gallucci said. "I was kind of surprised they were going down that road when I turned to the last page. 'They're not really going to do that, are they?' I wondered. But they did."

Quesada said the notion of Captain America's death was first floated 18 months ago during a story conference at Marvel Comics. "It just seemed like the room was leaning toward the direction that, unfortunately, Cap was not going to come out of this story in good shape," he said. The way it played out in yesterday's edition contained echoes of contemporary issues: Captain America was on his way to be arraigned for his refusal to sign the government's "Superhero Registration Act," a step that would have exposed his true identity. (That identity, by the way, is Steve Rogers, a physically feeble art student transformed into a powerhouse by a military "Super Soldier" experiment.)

"Captain America" has consistently ranked among the 25 best-selling comic books, according to Jonah Weiland, owner of Comic Book Resources, an online magazine that tracks sales.

The cover price of yesterday's magazine was $2.99, but Gallucci expects copies to sell for two to three times that on eBay or in secondary markets at comic-book stores. The price could go even higher. "My understanding is that Marvel has no plans on reprinting the issue, so however many copies were ordered is it," Gallucci said. "And that will spark an immediate rise in price."

But what will be the cultural impact of Captain America's death? After all, an estimated 210 million copies of the comic book have been sold over the years in more than 70 countries. Captain America has been featured in a 1944 movie serial, a 1991 direct-to-video film, live-action TV shows, toys, and action figures. He has also cropped up in the occasional song, such as Jimmy Buffett's 1977 "Captain America," and even some novels.

Fred Grandinetti , a comic book historian from Watertown , said the decision to kill off Captain America is part of what he termed an unfortunate trend. "Rather than have heroes just hang up their cape in a closet to use them again, they kill them, because they want to boost sales," he said. "It's an insult to the fans that have grown up with these characters all these years."

But might Captain America be resurrected somewhere down the line? "There's no plans for that right now," said Quesada, before adding: "I can't sit here and tell you absolutely not."

In the meantime, Quesada said, there is a momentous question to be answered in the days ahead: "What is a world without Captain America in it?"

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
© Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Ituloy Angsulong » The Official Blog Of Ituloy Angsulong Movement

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The Men Behind Ituloy Angsulong Movement
Friday, February 16, 2007
by kukote

This will be our last post, at pagkatapos nito, maghihintay na lang kaming ituloy angsulong ng mga search engines para igapang kami paakyat sa kanilang mga search results. At bago magtapos, oras na para makilala ninyo ang mga gago tao behind this blog. Here they are... (click on the image for a larger view)


ituloy angsulong ni kukote
Name: Marhgil Marc Hill Macuha
Alias: kukote, boy gapang
Age: 27 20 18 years old
Occupation: SEO Computer Telephony Integration Spammer macho dancer sa Malate
Hobbies: Watching Bakekang and Jumong. Doraemon. Starstruck. Blogging. Lurking around. Spamming Blog hopping and link exchanging. Black White hat optimization.
Special Powers: I can hypnotize the search engines.. hahaha! Tukayo ko si SEO Philippines founder, yan ang aking secret weapon!
Affiliations: Ituloy Angsulong Movement Co-founder Taga Barangay Ginebra Textmates ng Blogosphere Kuya ng mga Beauties
Mottos: Ang hindi marunong ituloy angsulong ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.
Don't think while your mouth is open.

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ituloy angsulong ni qroon
Name: Mateo Santos (yer right)
Alias: Qroon, Boy Dapa
Age: Unknown
Occupation: frustrated Porn star, Bouncer, Security guard
Interests: Just visit my personal blog (http://qroon.blogspot.com)
Special Powers: I can annoy and talk to you at the same time, Explosive Bio Weapon (Comparable to Boy Popoy)
Affiliations: Fart Sessions, Ituloy AngSulong Movement, Pepsi Maxx Experience
Motto: So far, so good ... So what?

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ituloy angsulong ni boy popoy
Name: Max Saturna(pinsan ni Zsa Zsa)
Alias: Bhoy Fofoy
Age: Unknown
Occupation: Balut vendor, frustrated porn star
Interests: penoycentral.blogspot.com , http://www.lemonparty.org
Special Powers: anting sa gigil
Affiliations: Fart Sessions, Ituloy AngSulong Movement, Pepsi Maxx Experience
Motto: Kinuha mo na ang lahat sa akin ka!!!!

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Mabuhay ang Ituloy Angsulong Movement! Isulong ang movement without a cause! Ituloy Angsulong patungo sa tagumpay! Ituloy Angsulong! Ituloy!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Jung Da Bin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jung Da Bin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jung Da Bin (Birthname Jeong Hye-Seon, March 4, 1980 – February 10, 2007) (sometimes credited as Da-bin Jeong) was an Korean actress.

Death

The actress Jeong Da-bin was found dead at a villa in Seoul’s affluent Gangnam district on Saturday. Jeong was found hanged with a towel in the bathroom at the home of a person only identified as Lee.

Lee, Jeong’s boyfriend and the first to call the police, testified that Jeong came to his house very drunk in the early hours of Saturday morning and that he found her dead when he woke up around 7:50 a.m. According to police, Jeong had been drinking with two friends at a bar in Cheongdam-dong and called Lee to come and pick her up since she was too drunk to go home. Lee joined Jeong for a drink and they arrived at his house in Samseong-dong at around 3:20 a.m.

Lee told police that Jeong had recently been depressed over her lack of work and the imprisonment of her previous manager. Police estimated Jeong died between 7:30 to 7:50 a.m., and though no note was found, police assume it was suicide since there were no immediate signs of foul play.

Jeong, whose real name was Jeong Hae-sun, posted a note on her personal blog around 5:04 a.m. on Friday expressing a complicated state of mind. “I am complicated, and I feel like I am going to die. I am angry without reason, and I might go mad…I feel like I have lost myself and my identity…The Lord came to me…I was about to collapse, and he quietly lifts me up.”

The exact cause of death will be revealed by the postmortem. A woman identified as Jang, who had been drinking with Jeong, said the actress was carefully choosing her next work and was eager to perform. “I can’t believe that she killed herself. Jeong invited us to her house the day after tomorrow, and she showed great determination about her acting career,” police quoted Jang as saying. Jeong’s family opposed an autopsy at first but changed their minds after a gathering Sunday to discover whether it was really suicide.

Jeong’s new management agency claims there were some suggestions of foul play. It said a scar on Jeong’s wrist was not from a suicide attempt in October 2006, as Lee had suggested, but a scar she received in her first year in high school. It also said the actress showed strong determination to work when she talked about her future plans with close friends she contacted right before her death. The agency says the last posting on her website cannot be read as a suicide note.

A member of Jeong’s family said, “We can’t figure out why she wanted to commit suicide, and we decided to request the postmortem because we want to know for sure what happened.”

Television

* New Non Stop (2002)
* Trio (2002)
* The Full Sun (2003)
* Non Stop 3 (2003)
* Attic Cat (2003)
* My Sister in Law is 19 (2004)
Films

* The Land of Ginkgo (2000)
* This Good Fellow (2003)
* He Was Cool (2004)
* Typhoon in that Summer (2005)
Awards

* Best Actor - Sitcom at MBC Awards (2002)
* Best New Actor at MBC Awards (2003)
* New Star Award at SBS Awards (2004)

Why Filipinos have poor BP control - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Why Filipinos have poor BP control - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Why Filipinos have poor BP control

By Tessa Salazar
Inquirer
Last updated 10:49pm (Mla time) 02/09/2007

IN SPITE of the availability of groups of medications that have been introduced in the market (diuretics, peripheral inhibitors, central Alfa II agonists, Alpha I receptor blockers, Beta receptor blockers, direct vasodilators, calcium antagonists, ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin II blockers and aldosterone blockers), only seven percent of all the world’s hypertensive patients have well-controlled blood pressure.

Dr. Adolfo B. Bellosillo, president of the Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Diseases Inc., said during the seventh national annual convention on Preventive Cardiology that achieving normal blood pressure with antihypertensive medications remains an elusive goal for many hypertensives.

Achieving normal BP levels is crucial in the long-term, as this would prevent serious complications such as stroke, acute heart failure and kidney failure.

Contributing factors

Bellosillo cited as some contributing factors doctors’ failure to recognize the hemodynamics (the dynamics of blood circulation that cause elevated blood pressure) involved in the elevation of blood pressure and patients’ nonadherence to therapy.

Bellosillo said blood pressure goes up for a number of reasons, and there are two factors that could lead to the failure to recognize the hemodynamics involved: the peripheral resistance and the cardiac output (the output of the heart every time it beats). The body maintains normal blood pressure by adjusting cardiac output and peripheral resistance.

“If one or both is increased, this can increase your blood pressure, but the question is: by the bedside or at the clinic, how can we detect if the problem is peripheral resistance or the increase in cardiac output or both?” he asked.

In the past, doctors would resort to right heart catheterization to pinpoint the root of the problem. (Catheterization involves inserting a catheter -- a long, thin flexible tube -- into the right side of the heart with the tip of the catheter positioned at the main pulmonary artery to measure cardiac output and peripheral resistance). Bellosillo said this process was expensive, would require special setups and carried certain risks.

7 reasons

Addressing physicians during the Jan. 27 convention with the theme “Issues and Concerns in Preventive Cardiology in the Elderly,” Bellosillo enumerated the following reasons for patients’ nonadherence to therapy:

• The cost of medication. This is one of the main culprits. Bellosillo said patients’ blood pressure is not controlled since they are not taking medicines, mainly because of their prohibitive costs.

• No patient education. Bellosillo said, “We physicians failed to educate our hypertensive patients because the most commonly heard word in the physician’s office is ‘Next! Next! Next!’

“We do not take the time to sit with our patients and educate them about hypertension, the importance of risk factors and what these medications are.”

• Unclear instructions. Oftentimes, when doctors prescribe medication, either their penmanship is not legible enough or their instructions are not specific.

Bellosillo cited as a commonly occurring example when medicines were prescribed “once a day.”

“What time of the day? There are 24 hours a day and we know very well that when hypertension is being attacked, it must be attacked at the proper time. The timing of intake of medicine is very important because you know that when you’re treating hypertension, you are only treating your patient to control the elevation of blood pressure to avoid serious complications such as stroke, heart failure and heart attack.”

• Lack of involvement of patient in the treatment plan. Most of this, Bellosillo said, is the fault of the physician as “we do not educate (the patients).”

• Lack of patient’s education on the side effects. Bellosillo pointed out that many of these medicines have side effects and that physicians failed to educate the patients of these. Not knowing the side effects could cause panic among patients.

• Memory deficit. This concerns more elderly patients.

• Inconvenient dosing. Studies have shown that the more pills a patient has to take, the bigger chance that he or she will not be compliant.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Hackers hit key Internet traffic computers - CNN.com

Hackers hit key Internet traffic computers - CNN.com

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.

Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted for hours but passed largely unnoticed by most computer users, a testament to the resiliency of the Internet.

Behind the scenes, computer scientists worldwide raced to cope with enormous volumes of data that threatened to saturate some of the Internet's most vital pipelines.

Experts said the hackers appeared to disguise their origin, but vast amounts of rogue data in the attacks were traced to South Korea.

The attacks appeared to target UltraDNS, the company that operates servers managing traffic for Web sites ending in "org" and some other suffixes, experts said. Company officials did not immediately return telephone calls from The Associated Press.

Among the targeted "root" servers that manage global Internet traffic were ones operated by the Defense Department and the Internet's primary oversight body.

"There was what appears to be some form of attack during the night hours here in California and into the morning," said John Crain, chief technical officer for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. He said the attack was continuing and so was the hunt for its origin.

"I don't think anybody has the full picture," Crain said. "We're looking at the data."

Crain said Tuesday's attack was less serious than attacks against the same 13 "root" servers in October 2002 because technology innovations in recent years have increasingly distributed their workloads to other computers around the globe.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Chav - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chav - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Caricature of a stereotypical chav
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Chav is a mainly derogatory slang term in some parts of the United Kingdom for a subcultural stereotype fixated on fashions such as gold jewellery (often cheap) and 'designer' clothing. They are generally considered to have no respect for society, as well as being considered ignorant or unintelligent. The term appeared in mainstream dictionaries in 2005.[1][2] The defining features of the stereotype include clothing in the Burberry pattern (notably a now-discontinued baseball cap) and from a variety of other casual and sportswear brands. Tracksuits, hoodies, sweatpants and baseball caps are particularly associated with this stereotype. Response to the term has ranged from amusement to criticism that it is a new manifestation of classism. The term has also been associated with delinquency, the "ASBO Generation", and "yob culture".
Contents
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* 1 Elements of the stereotype
* 2 Criticism of the stereotype
* 3 Commercial effect
* 4 Media characterisation
* 5 See also
o 5.1 Social categorisation
o 5.2 Similar stereotypes from outside the UK
+ 5.2.1 Rest of Europe
+ 5.2.2 United States and Canada
+ 5.2.3 Caribbean and Latin America
+ 5.2.4 The Pacific
+ 5.2.5 Asia
* 6 References
* 7 Further reading
* 8 External links
o 8.1 Articles
o 8.2 Other

Elements of the stereotype
Vicky Pollard, a chav character used in the show Little Britain and played by Matt Lucas, shown here in a spoof sniffing Pritt Stick. This is the stereotype of a chav: tracksuit, bling, hoop earrings and a variation on the Croydon facelift. Unseen in this image, but also in the sketch are the tracksuit bottoms and white trainers, and the conspicuous mobile phone.
Vicky Pollard, a chav character used in the show Little Britain and played by Matt Lucas, shown here in a spoof sniffing Pritt Stick. This is the stereotype of a chav: tracksuit, bling, hoop earrings and a variation on the Croydon facelift. Unseen in this image, but also in the sketch are the tracksuit bottoms and white trainers, and the conspicuous mobile phone.

Elements/symptoms of the stereotypical chav are someone who

* Wearing particular clothing, such as:
o Brand-name athletic clothing and shoes. Stereotypically, this might include white trainers and tracksuits.
o Designer clothing and accessories (usually counterfeit), in particular the distinctive tartan of Burberry.
o Bling or fake gold jewelery—in particular conspicuous earrings and trinkets on chains for women, and gold sovereign rings and large gold (or fake gold) chains for men.
o Sports caps or Burberry caps and hoodies (for males). Often both are worn at once.
o Sports or jogging trousers, especially white. These may be worn tucked into sport socks, but more commonly they are worn with one trouser leg pulled slightly above the ankle. These trousers are also referred to as "tracky Bs," "trackies" or "tracky bottoms".
* If female, often wears thickly applied make-up, large hoop or dangle earrings, makes heavy use of fake tan, and has a hairstyle in which the hair is pulled back into a tight ponytail (called a "Croydon facelift"[3] or "council-house facelift").
* Owns a "tacky" or "cheap" modified car, usually with a basic original specification, but decorated in a gaudy style. The Vauxhall Nova is one of the many small hatchbacks associated with this group.[4]
* Aspires to the latest mobile phone (but never a Smartphone, as these are "geeky") and other mobile gadgetry but due to their low income these are normally older models that have since become a pay as you go phone. Otherwise, they would resort to buying fenced phones or obtaining the phones themselves via mugging or theft.

A charva (synonym of chav) is someone from the "unworking class"—living off benefits and not actively seeking work. It is also often used to specifically refer to the children of such people and not the parents themselves. Typically, a charva or Chav is someone that:

* Lives on council estates and other low-income neighbourhoods, often supported by the "dole"[4] (unemployment benefit / Income Support).
* Often takes part in underage drinking, sex, (and, consequently, is associated with teenage pregnancy), smoking and sometimes drug abuse.[4]
* Congregates and loiters in areas such as bus stops, shopping centre, under bridges,[5] corner-shops and fast food restaurants.[6]
* Is associated with crass, loud, in-your-face drunken behaviour and minor criminal activities. This includes unprovoked attacks on members of the public (see happy slapping), vandalism, verbal abuse, and drug abuse (see ASBO). Often these crimes are committed purely for the fun of it and not the material gain most criminals engage in their activities for.[2]
* Usually are known to have racist views and have a great degree of dislike of ethnic minorities, even though, ironically, they usually idolise African-American hip hop artists.
* Classically (particularly in the schoolyard culture) have a vehement dislike of 'goths' and 'emos', as well as other "alternative" subcultures.
* Celebrates ignorance and rejects education, thus making themselves unemployable and have a strong aversion to anyone who engages in education and tries to raise their station
* Have a strong tendency to stare at anyone who is a member of a higher class, often sneering and using expletives as they do so
* Have a fondness of and with the right contact, access to offensive weapons (e.g. knives, knuckle dusters) and showing it around in a way to threaten people. Also a tendency to carry imitation or BB gun to style themselves on their Gangsta rap heroes.
* Some young male chavs tend to have pubic hair like facial hair, notably a moustache

Criticism of the stereotype

The widespread use of the chav stereotype has come under criticism; some argue that it amounts simply to snobbery and classism, and that serious social problems such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, teenage pregnancy, delinquency and alcoholism in low-income areas should not be scoffed at. Critics of the term have argued that its proponents are “neo-snobs,”[7] and that its increasing popularity raises questions about how British society deals with social mobility and class.[8] In a February 2005 article in The Times, Julie Burchill argued that use of the word is a form of “social racism,” and that such “sneering” reveals more about the shortcomings of the “chav-haters” than those of their supposed victims.[9] Burchill also produced a Sky One television programme on the topic where she sought to link the word with the entire working-class population. The controversy around the term was also the subject of a Channel 4 documentary in July 2005, simply entitled Chavs.

Commercial effect

The Burberry clothing brand, which quickly became synonymous with the chav subculture, ceased production of its branded baseball cap in 2004, in an attempt to distance itself from the stereotype. They also scaled back the use of their patented checkered/tartan design to such an extent that it now only appears on the inner linings and other very low key positions of their clothing.[10][11] The company has argued that all chavs are associated with counterfeit versions of the clothing: “They’re yesterday’s news,” stated Stacey Cartwright, the CEO of Burberry. “It was mostly counterfeit, and Britain accounts for less than 10% of our sales anyway.”[12] In August 2006 a company introducing tuktuk vehicles into the south coast resort of Brighton, England named one of the vehicles the “Chavrolet” and had it painted in the distinctive Burberry tartan. However, the company soon had to withdraw this vehicle after being threatened with proceedings for breach of copyright by the Burberry company.[13]

Additionally, the fall in the sale of thongs has been attributed partially to their association with female chavs.[14]

In 2005, Bluewater Shopping Centre banned hooded tops from anywhere in their complex.[15] Pubs in Leicester announced that they would ban young people wearing certain fashion brands due to an association between these brands and football hooliganism.[16]

The large supermarket chain ASDA has attempted to trademark the word “chav” for a new line of confectionery. ASDA spokeswoman Rebecca Liburd said: “With slogans from characters in shows such as Little Britain and the Catherine Tate Show providing us with more and more contemporary slang, our Whatever sweets — now nicknamed chav hearts — have become very popular with kids and grown-ups alike. We thought we needed to give them some respect and have decided to trademark our sweets.”[17]

Media characterisation

The "chav culture" has been portrayed extensively in British media:

* The character Vicky Pollard, as portrayed by Matt Lucas in the BBC comedy series "Little Britain", is perhaps the most iconic chav caricature. She is often seen in a pink Kappa tracksuit, and describes — at an almost incomprehensibly fast pace — her activities of under-age drinking and sex (leading to her having several children), mindless gossip, petty crimes and playing truant. She also has no respect for any form of authority. Matt Lucas himself has admitted that the character was based on the youths he saw in Bristol when he was a student,[18] in which city the term Meader is a regional variation.

* A character similar to Vicky Pollard, "Lauren," played by Catherine Tate in "The Catherine Tate Show", another BBC comedy series, is a stereotype of a chav female. Her catchphrase is “Am I bothered?” (pronounced "Am á bov-vad?"). Tate performed a sketch as Lauren at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance.

* The BBC Three sketch show Tittybangbang also features three "chavette" characters called Colleen, Melanie and Natalie, who all speak in thick West Indian "Patois" dialect, even though two of them are white.

* Other portrayals include that of the notorious “Devvo” on the popular website Fat-Pie and E4. Devvo epitomizes the behaviour of a typical chav, with his violent behaviour and constant swearing. Such comical attributes as his driving ban without having ever held a license and his begging for money whilst denouncing Third World charity hold similar pretexts in reality with regard to "chavvish" lifestyle. Occasionally thought to be genuine, Devvo actually is played by Crust, a friend of David Firth (the owner of Fat-Pie), and he lends his voice to several of the flash animations on the site.

* The British magazine Viz includes a character called Tasha Slappa, an exaggerated teenage female chav. The strip has satirized chav culture since its inception in the 1990s. (The character was originally called "Kappa Slappa" until the Kappa company filed a lawsuit against Viz. The term "Kappa Slappa" was used in the North East prior to its adoption by Viz to describe a female chav. "Slapper" itself is an older British slang term for a sexually promiscuous female.)

* Lottery millionaire Michael Carroll is the self-proclaimed “King of the Chavs” due to his lifestyle and antics. He is frequently derided in the tabloid press for his anti-social behaviour, and is often referred to as the “Lotto Lout” in the British tabloid media.

* The Welsh rap group, Goldie Lookin' Chain, have been described as both embodying and satirising the chav aesthetic, though the group themselves deny any such agenda, simply making a mockery of the subject..[19]

* Footballer Wayne Rooney[20] and girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin,[21] rapper Lady Sovereign,[22] glamour model Jordan[23] (AKA Katie Price), actress Danniella Westbrook,[8] and former Big Brother contestant Jade Goody[24] have also been labelled "chavs" by British tabloids.

* In the Doctor Who episode “New Earth,” Rose Tyler is described as a “chav” and “chavtastic” by Lady Cassandra.

* British magazine Tatler ran a story with the tagline “Prince Harry and his chavistocracy” at the apex of Harry's party antics.

* On the Ftn programme Street Crime UK 2 in 2002, the word "charva" was shown to be "Geordie for chav."

* Indie/Brit Pop band Arctic Monkeys' song "A Certain Romance" describes the aesthetic of "chav" with the lyrics "although they might wear classic Reeboks / or knackered Converse, tracky bottoms tucked in socks." Also during the song "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts," the lyrics say "at least he hasn't got a Nova or a Burberry hat."

* British band The Libertines have also expressed their distaste of chavs. Their song "Time for Heroes" includes the observation, "There are fewer more distressing sights than that of an English man in a baseball cap."

* British band Kaiser Chiefs are another band to mention the chav generation. In their song "I Predict a Riot", in which they are describing the late night clubbing scene of England, they sing: "I tried to get in my taxi / A man in a tracksuit attacks me / He said that he saw it before me / he wants to get things a bit gory / Girls run around with no clothes on / To borrow a pound for a condom / If it wasn't for chip fat they'd be frozen / They're not very sensible."

* The 2006 and current Public information film titled Don't advertise your phone to thieves is set in a pub and features a 30-something male advising a younger male (who appear dressed as an archetypal chav) about how to steal his phone as he is selling the phone to him.[3]

* Since 2005 on TV show Hollyoaks the McQueen family have been featured, who are a family of chavs.

See also

* Argos Gold

Social categorisation

* Stereotype
* Social class
* Moral panic
* Folk devil
* Lumpenproletariat
* Underclass
* Subculture
* Deviancy

Similar stereotypes from outside the UK

Rest of Europe

* Scanger (male) and Howiya (female), Sham (Ireland Rural)
* Norry, Knacker, Scumbag, Spide, Lout (male), Majella (female) (Ireland)
* Racaille, Loubard (France)
* Cañi, Cani, Merdellón, Poligonera, Makineto, Bakala, Killo, Calorro, Macarra, Cateto (Spain, depending on the city)
* Brian (Denmark)
* Pissis (Finland)
* Prolet, Proll (Germany)
* Dres (Poland)
* Guna, Mitra, Bazofe (Portugal)
* Hamallu (Malta)
* Kamper, Kampsjaak, Tokkie, Gabber, Sjon(nie) (Anita for female), Adje (The Netherlands)
* Gopnik (ru:Гопник), Patsan, Shpana (Russia)
* Coatto (Italy, mainly in Rome and Latium)
* Klošar, Đikan (Croatia)
* Hnakki (Iceland)
* Manelist (Romania)
* Kicker (Sweden)
* Fjortis (Norway)
* Gaggio (Sardinia)
* Klošar (Serbia)
* Forsas, Urlaganas, Daigas, Marozas, Fyfa (female) (Lithuania)
* Urla (Latvia)
* Rullnokk (Estonia)
* Kangouras (Greece)
* Bacala, maqui (Spain)

United States and Canada

* Flatbillers
* White trash
* Trailer trash (refers mainly to rural people)
* Guidos (considered offensive to Italians, as it is a derogatory term based on an Italian name)
* Ginos or Ginas (the same as above)
* Ghetto fabulous
* Wiggers ("white nigger"- considered a fairly racist term)
* Hoodsies
* Hosers
* Greasers

Caribbean and Latin America

* Mano, Nigga and Rappers (Brazil)
* Caco (Puerto Rico)
* Naco (Mexico)
* Plancha (Uruguay and Argentina)
* Chopo (Dominican Republic)
* Cholero (Guatemala)
* Flaite (Chile)
* Wircho (Venezuela)

The Pacific

* Drongo (Australia)
* Bogan (Australia)
* Kapper (Australia)
* Westie (New Zealand) (Sydney, Australia - in reference to Sydney's Western Suburbs where this sub-culture is common)
* Wu-Tanger (Australia)
* Yobbo (Australia)
* Derro, Dero (Australia)
* Chapel Hanger (Melbourne, Australia)
* Lads/White Caps (Australia)

Asia

* Ah beng (male) & Ah Lian (female) (Singapore)
* Poser (Malaysia)
* Ars (ערס) (Israel)
* Mawaali (India)
* Yankee (ヤンキー) or Sukeban (スケバン) (female) (Japan)
* Kogal (コギャル) (female) (Japan)
* Azaar, Nawari or Lav (subculture) (In Arabic: أزعر نوري ابن شوارع) - Chav from Lebanon
* Nallari (날라리) (Korea)
* Jologs (Philippines)