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Monday, August 30, 2010

Jackie Chan's Statement to the Two Nations Address

Yesterday (August 29), legendary actor Jackie Chan made a clarification statement to the people of Hong Kong and the Philippines. It was a letter discouraging everyone from hatred and racial backlashes. The embarrassing hostage crisis in Luneta, as a result of Filipino police incompetence and the idiocy of the Philippine media, is not enough reason to hate each other.

Here's the letter from Jackie Chan's official website:

First of all, I’d like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims in Hong Kong affected by the tragedy in the Philippines. Maybe what I said wasn’t very clear and it was misunderstood. The content in my Twitter account was posted by my American assistant on my behalf, but after interpretation the posts did not entirely capture what I truly meant to say. 

What happened to the Hong Kong tourists in the Philippines - being taken hostage and then killed - was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy. I am 100% Chinese and I’m from Hong Kong. I feel grief and pain for the Hong Kong citizens who lost their lives during this unfortunate incident, and I deeply sympathize with the families who have lost their loved ones. I sincerely hope that those injured during the ordeal will get well soon. 

What I wanted to convey was that I won’t hate Filipino people as a result of this tragic incident. There are several hundred thousand Filipinos working in Hong Kong, and there are quite a few Hong Kong people working in the Philippines as well. If we start hating each other, it will cause great damage to both Hong Kong and the Philippines.

As for whether or not the Filipino police in charge of the incident should be held responsible for not handling the situation appropriately, of course I don’t need to comment on this matter; this should be left to the experts in this area. 

If I have caused any misunderstanding or discontent because of my incomplete thoughts and feelings posted on Twitter, I would like to express my deepest and most sincere apology.



Philippine National Heroes' Day

Last Monday of August every year, Filipinos (or should I say those who actually care to remember) celebrate the National Heroes' Day, an anniversary of the "Cry of Pugad Lawin" and a commemoration in honor of all Philippine national heroes from Datu Lapu-Lapu to the heroes of EDSA.

Here's a video made by the GMA7:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"If You Go Away" by Emiliana Torrini

A very sad song from the movie "Pumpkin". I don't know if I take comfort listening to the song or be sad about it.

Anyway, here is the song:


"If You Go Away"
by Emiliana Torrini

If you go away on this summer's day,
Then you might as well take the sun away
All the birds that flew in the summer sky
When our love was new and our hearts were high
When the day was young and the nights were long
And the moon stood still for the night bird's song
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

But if you stay, I'll make you a day
Like no day has been, or will be again
We'll sail on the sun, we'll ride on the rain
And talk to the trees and worship the wind
But if you go, I'll understand
Leave me just enough love to fill up my hand
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

If you go, as I know you will
You must tell the world to stop turning
Till you return again, if you ever do,
For what good is love without loving you?
Can I tell you now, as you turn to go
I'll be dying slowly till the next hello
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

But if you stay, I'll make you a night
Like no night has been, or will be again
I'll sail on your smile, I'll ride on your touch
I'll talk to your eyes that I love so much
But if you go, I won't cry
Though the good is gone from the word goodbye
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

If you go away, as I know you must
There is nothing left in this world to trust
Just an empty room, full of empty space
Like the empty look I see on your face
I'd have been the shadow of your shadow
If you might have kept me by your side
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away

Review: NTeams 06 (NBA Live Add-On/Patch)

To commemorate the 2010 FIBA World Championship, I am going to re-post this entry again (last posted in May 2010).

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I said it before and I will say it again... whoever made the Philippine National Basketball Team add-on for the NTeams 06 patch of the NBA Live 06 is a genius!

After years of searching the net for Philippine National Team add-ons or patches compatible to all or at least one of my NBA Live games, I finally nailed it. After a brief trip for a grocery two weeks ago, I checked out the EB Games store with intent for just being their for the "window shopping"* and since my "NBA Live 08" is not working properly, I planned to buy a new one. However, the "NBA Live 06" is the only available version in Hornby Branch and of course, its much cheaper too. For the price of $10! What a bargain!

Anyway, I checked out the NBA Live Series Center for any Mods, Patches and Add-Ons available for the 06 version and aside from the "Roster Update", I found the "National Teams Live 06" (NTeams) patch. The NTeams 06 is the one and only version available in the NBA Live series. Other NBA Lives before and after NBA Live 06 does not have their NTeams version. Although, NBA Live 08 have its own "World Championship" national teams but it has limited numbers of participating teams.


NTeams 06 is a patch for the NBA Live 06 in which the regular NBA teams are replace by national basketball teams. Team USA and Team Pilipinas, the Australian Boomers and the New Zealand Tall Blacks, Dirk Nowitzki and the German national team, Yao Ming and the Chinese national team, are just some of the available and playable national teams. Unfortunately, the rosters are not updated. In  the case of Team USA, the national team was the old roster of 2006 World Championship/2004 Olympic Games (Iverson, James, Duncan, Anthony, Wade, etc.) and in the case of Team Pilipinas, the national team roster was the Chot Reyes-coached RP Team of 2005 (Alapag, Adducul, Taulava, Caguioa, Menk, etc.).

To all NBA Live gamers out there and very much bored playing or using NBA teams all the time then try NTeams. In addition, since most of you NBA Live gamers should have your own NBA Live 08 by now, then patching NTeams for your "old" 06 version shouldn't be a problem.

So if you are keen to use and patch NTeams to your NBA Live 06, then follow this instruction:

P.S. 
  • NTeams will only work in the NBA Live 06 version
  • Players in the national teams are not updated

[*I defined window shopping as looking around the shops and not buying anything.. remind me of a line in a Filipino song "Patingin tingin.. di naman makabili…”]

Friday, August 27, 2010

2010 FIBA World Championship


2010 FIBA World Championship Logo
The second most important sporting event in the planet, the 2010 FIBA World Championship (a.k.a. World Basketball Championship), is about to kick off in 24 hours time in Turkey. The world tourney's opening game will be China vs. Greece and New Zealand Tall Blacks vs. Lithuania.

Just like the 2010 FIFA World Cup, since the Philippines failed to qualify this year, I am going to support other national teams in the tournament. First on my list is the New Zealand Tall Blacks. I will also support the United States Development Team and Lebanon with Australia and Iran not far behind. For the avid basketball fans out there, those teams may not be among the contenders (yes, including Team USA) but there is that old saying, "underdogs always win". These teams can cause upsets and capable of inflicting damage to one of the basketball powers' world championship campaign. In other words, the spoilers! 

Here are the groupings of this year's World Championship:

Group A
  • Argentina
  • Serbia
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Angola
  • Jordan 

Group B
  • USA - 2010 world champion!
  • Slovenia
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Iran
  • Tunisia

Group C
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • China
  • Ivory Coast

Group D
  • Spain - defending world champion
  • France
  • Canada
  • Lithuania
  • New Zealand
  • Lebanon

FIBA Cheerleaders
For more infos check out:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anna Chapman and the Salt

Well the title of the entry sounds like a novel isn't it. If you think I'm referring to a novel you're wrong and I'm pretty sure a lot of people out there (I'm not the only one) realized the sort-of comparison and the "What if..???" of the story of Anna Chapman.



Ana Vasil'evna Chapman was a hot Russian spy caught (along with 10 others) by FBI agents in New York last June 2010. Her life sounds comparable but not close enough to the movie "Salt" (released in July 2010), starring Angelina Jolie. The movie is like the "What if Ana Chapman went hardcore and attempt to escape from the FBI agent that tried to arrest her?" LOL.

Hot Spies: Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) and Anna Chapman

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pork Adobo Recipe

My oh my I'm so hungry right now. Craving for  "Pork Adobo". Can anyone cook this one for me please!...

Here's the recipe (courtesy to Ex-Designz):

Pork Adobo (Adobong Baboy)
Ingredients:
1-1/2 pounds pork, shoulder or butt cut into 1-1/2" cubes
1/3 cup vinegar
3 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 each onion -- sliced
3 cloves garlic -- minced
1 small bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon cooking oil

Instruction:

  • Combine all ingredients except cooking oil, in a pot and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • Simmer covered for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Drain and reserve sauce.
  • Heat cooking oil in skillet. Brown meat on all sides. Transfer to a serving dish.
  • Pour off all remaining oil from skillet. Add reserved sauce and cook for a minute or two scraping all browned bits sticking to pan. Pour sauce over meat and serve.


 P.S. The recipe above is not mine

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This guy is a legend...

Last week, a random/anonymous person wrote a letter to Canta Magazine (University of Canterbury's Student Magazine) about a girl he saw for the first time (a love of first sight) and it kinda remind me of the good ol' days when I started my tertiary education.

The letter reminds me of a line in the Yellowcard song, "How I Go":
 Tell you of a girl that I saw
 I froze in the moment and she changed it all
Anyway, here is the letter from that anonymous person:
Dear Girl of Unutterable Beauty,
With whom I locked eyes at 2:03 pm several Tuesday ago. I didn't expect you to change my life forever that Tuesday. You don't get out of bed knowing that your life will change; that would ruin the magical spontaneity of the moment.

I certainly wasn't prepared for this to happen while merely walking to another mundane Lecture. But then you walked past me. To say you merely walk is a profound  understatement; as I swear that you glide through the air, as a mere mortal such as myself is unworthy to walk on the same ground as someone so sublimely graceful. Your beauty threw itself in my face like a scalding hot pie from the oven. But a pie that is so unutterably delicious that I don't care about my burnt face one bit.

I know you felt it too. Our eyes locked for what felt like a transcendence of time. The only thing I have is that ten seconds that replays itself in my head continuously, a scratched CD that painfully repeats itself again and again; etching itself deeper into my heart.

Please meet me under the clock tower 1 pm on Thursday 12th. If you don't decide to show, it will be simply a moment I will cherish until my heart stops.

You can't break my heart; it's liquid. It melted when I saw you.

Your Anonymous Lover

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I actually laugh reading the letter but whoever that anonymous person is… he is a legend!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Top 60 Greatest Players (Philippine National Basketball Team)

A year ago, August 15, 2009, I started a thread topic about the Top 50 Greatest Players of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the Interbasket Forum and has since been expanded to 60 players thanks to my fellow Filipino forumers. Anyway, since I got a blog now, I might as well post it here and it just fitting to re-post it exactly one year since that thread started. The players listed here are according to their contributions for Flag and Country.

Top 60 Greatest Players (Philippine National Team)
(In no particular order.. except for who is number 1 of course)

I made a list of 60 greatest players who ever played for the Philippine national team. Based on how many times they have represented the country not on how popular they were or how they performed in the MICAA, PBL, MBA or PBA (their performance in all those leagues has nothing to do with it). It also, only, includes the international tournaments for the national teams such as the Asian Games, FIBA Asia Championships, FIBA World Championships, Olympic Games, as well as the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, FIBA Asia Youth Championship, Far Eastern Games, South East Asian Games, SEABA and the William Jones Cup. Club Tournaments such as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, World Interclub or SEABA Club Championships will not be included nor the minor and invitational tournaments such as the 4-Nations Invitationals, Dubai Invitationals, Exhibition Series, Brunei Cup, etc. Some players might have missed out from this list and some players are not rank according to your perspective but just like I mentioned above "In no particular order.. except for who is number 1 of course" and if you don't like it, then hey its my list!. My main source on this one is the "Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball" by Dr. Christian Bocobo and Beth Celis.

The Big Difference: Carlos Loyzaga
  1. Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga - Asian Games (1951, 1954, 1958, 1962), Asian Championship (1960, 1963), World Championship (1954, 1959), Olympic Games (1952, 1956), World Championship Mythical Team (1954), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1960) [Arguably the greatest Filipino player of all time, lead the country to several Asian titles and Asia’s best finished in the World Championship.]
  2. Lauro Mumar - Asian Games (1951, 1954), World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1948)
  3. Ambrosio Padilla - Far Eastern Games (1930, 1934), Olympic Games (1936) [One of the greatest players in the pre-war era, lead the country to its best finished ever in the Olympic Games.]
    The Triggerman: Allan Caidic
  4. Allan Caidic - Asian Games (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), William Jones Cup (1984, 1985, 1998), South East Asian Games (1985), Asian Championship (1986), Asian Games Mythical Team (1990, 1994) [Asia’s most feared shooter of his time.]
  5. Avelino “Samboy” Lim - Asian Games (1986, 1990), South East Asian Games (1983, 1985), William Jones Cup (1985), Asian Championship (1983, 1986), Asian Youth Championship (1982), Asian Games Mythical Team (1990)
  6. Mariano Tolentino - Asian Games (1951, 1954, 1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1954, 1959), Olympic Games (1952, 1956)
  7. Edgardo Ocampo - Asian Games (1966), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959, 1967), Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1964), Olympic Games (1960, 1968, 1972) [Known for his rivalry with Korean legend Shin Dong-Pa]
  8. Hector Calma - Asian Youth Championship (1978, 1982), Asian Games (1990, 1994), South East Asian Games (1983, 1985), William Jones Cup (1985), Asian Championship (1983, 1986), World Junior (U-19) Championship (1979)
    Living Legend: Robert Jaworski
  9. Robert Jaworski - Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1967, 1969, 1971, 1973), World Championship (1974), Olympic Games (1968), World University Games (1967), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1967)
  10. Jovito Gonzales - Far Eastern Games (1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1923)
  11. Carlos Badion - Asian Games (1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1956, 1960), Asian Championship MVP (1960), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1960)
  12. Mariano Filomeno - Far Eastern Games (1923, 1925, 1927, 1930, 1934)
  13. Augusto Bautista - Far Eastern Games (1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1930)
  14. Alberto “Big Boy” Reynoso - Asian Games (1962, 1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1963, 1967, 1973), Olympic Games (1968), World Championship (1974)
  15. Eduardo Lim - Asian Games (1954, 1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1952, 1956)
    Master Breeder: Lou Salvador
  16. Luis “Lou” Salvador Sr. - Far Eastern Games (1921, 1923, 1925) [known for his 116 points and being the Ultimate Master Breeder - 58 children from 25 wives]
  17. Alfonso Marquez - Asian Games (1962, 1966), Asian Championship (1960, 1963, 1965), World Championship (1959), Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1964), Olympic Games (1960, 1968)
  18. Alvin Patrimonio - Asian Games (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), William Jones Cup (1987, 1998), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (2000), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1987)
  19. Danny Florencio - Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1967), Olympic Games (1968, 1972)
  20. Jimmy Mariano - Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1974), Asian Championship (1967, 1973), Olympic Games (1968, 1972)
  21. Antonio Genato - Asian Games (1954), World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1952, 1956)
  22. Ramoncito Campos - Olympic Games (1948, 1952, 1956)
  23. Adriano “Jun” Papa Jr. - Asian Games (1966, 1970), Asian Championship (1967, 1971), Olympic Games (1968, 1972)
  24. Kurt Bachmann Jr. - Asian Games (1958, 1962), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  25. Ramon Manulat - Asian Games (1954, 1958), World Championship (1954, 1959), Olympic Games (1956)
  26. Orlando Bauzon - Asian Games (1970), Asian Championship (1965, 1967), Olympic Games (1968)
  27. Yoyong Martirez - Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1971, 1973), Olympic Games (1972), World Championship (1974)
  28. Rogelio Melencio - Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1973), Olympic Games (1968, 1972), World Championship (1974)
  29. Jerry Condinera - Asian Games (1986, 1994), South East Asian Games (1985, 1987), William Jones Cup (1985, 1987), Asian Championship (1986, 1987)
  30. Johnny Abarrientos - Asian Games (1994, 1998), William Jones Cup (1998), South East Asian Games (1991), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (2000), FIBA Asia All-Stars MVP (2000) [Asia's best point guard of the 1990s]
  31. Geronimo Cruz - Asian Games (1962), Asian Championship (1963), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960), Australian Pan Pacific Games (1963), Australian Pan Pacific Games MVP (1963)
  32. Renato Reyes - Asian Games (1966, 1970), Olympic Qualifying Tournament (1964), Olympic Games (1968)
  33. Elias Tolentino Jr. - Asian Championship (1963, 1969), Olympic Games (1964, 1968)
  34. Bogs Adornado - Asian Youth Championship (1970), Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1971, 1973), World Championship (1974), Olympic Games (1972)
  35. Rafael Hechanova - Asian Games (1951, 1954), Olympic Games (1952)
  36. Florentino Bautista - Asian Games (1954), World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1952)
  37. Narciso Bernardo - Asian Games (1962), Asian Championship (1960, 1967), Olympic Games (1960, 1972), Asian Championship Mythical Team (1967)
  38. Loreto Carbonell - Asian Games (1958), Asian Championship (1960), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1956)
  39. Antonio Martinez - Asian Games (1951), Olympic Games (1948, 1952)
  40. Ramon Fernandez - Asian Games (1990), Asian Youth Championship (1972), Asian Championship (1973), World Championship (1974)
  41. Abet Guidaben - Asian Games (1974), Asian Championship (1973)
  42. Manuel Jocson - Asian Games (1962, 1970), Asian Championship (1963)
  43. Romel Adducul - Asian Championship (1997, 1999), South East Asian Games (1997, 1999, 2001), South East Asia Basketball Association (1998, 1999, 2001), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), William Jones Cup (2002, 2005), Asian Championship Sportsmanship award (1997, 1999), FIBA Asia All-Stars MVP (1997), SEABA MVP (1999)
    Asi Taulava
  44. Paulasi Taulava - Asian Games (2002, 2010), Asian Championship (2007, 2009, 2011), William Jones Cup (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), SEABA (2007, 2009), FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup (2010)
  45. Mick Pennisi - Asian Games (2002), Asian Championship (2007, 2009), William Jones Cup (2005, 2007, 2009), SEABA (2007, 2009)
  46. Jojo Lastimosa - Asian Games (1986, 1998), William Jones Cup (1987, 1998), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987)
  47. Kenneth Duremdes - Asian Games (1994, 1998, 2002), William Jones Cup (1998), FIBA Asia All-Stars Extravaganza (2000)
  48. Ronnie Magsanoc - Asian Games (1986, 1990), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987), William Jones Cup (1987)
  49. Jimmy Alapag
  50. Jimmy Alapag - William Jones Cup (2005, 2007), SEABA (2007), Asian Championship (2007, 2011, 2013), Asian Games (2014), FIFA World Cup (2014) [Asia's best point guard according to Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib]
  51. Manny Paner - Asian Championship (1973), Asian Youth Championship (1970), World Championship (1974), Olympic Games (1972)
  52. Venancio Paras - Asian Games (1990), Asian Championship (1987), South East Asian Games (1987), William Jones Cup (1987), Asian Youth Championship (1986)
  53. Danny Ildefonso - Asian Games (2002), South East Asian Games (1997), Asian Championship (1997)
  54. Roberto Yburan - Asian Championship (1959), World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  55. Emilio Achacoso - World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  56. Constancio Ortiz - World Championship (1959), Olympic Games (1960)
  57. Rafael Barreto - World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1956)
  58. Ponciano Saldaña - World Championship (1954), Olympic Games (1952)
  59. Gabriel Fajardo - Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Games (1941), Olympic Games (1948)
  60. Felicisimo Fajardo - Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Games (1941), Olympic Games (1948)
  61. Olsen Racela - Asian Youth Championship (1987, 1989), Asian Games (1998, 2002), William Jones Cup (1998)
  62. Gabe Norwood - William Jones Cup (2007, 2009, 2012), Asian Championship (2007, 2009, 2013), FIBA Asia Cup (2012), SEABA Championship (2007, 2009), SEABA Cup (2012), South East Asian Games (2007), Asian Games (2014), FIFA World Cup (2014)
  63. Marcus Douthit - William Jones Cup (2010, 2011, 2012), Asian Championship (2011, 2013), SEABA Championship (2011, 2015), FIBA Asia Cup (2012, 2014), SEABA Cup (2012), Asian Games (2014)
  64. Japeth Aguilar - William Jones Cup (2009, 2010, 2011), Asian Championship (2009, 2011, 2013), FIBA Asia Cup (2010, 2014), SEABA Championship (2011), Asian Games (2010, 2014), FIFA World Cup (2014)



Photos above is not mine. I did not made nor own any of them.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Modern Heroes and Family Re-union

This video is overwhelmingly touching and it will surely make you burst into tears... Enjoy!



Song is Garry Schyman - Praan. vocalized by Palbasha Siddique


NB: Video originally made by Goobiq Qp (Facebook) and uploaded to Youtube by codycook 

[P.S. If you're a Christian... ignore the Mormon verse at the end]

Monday, August 9, 2010

United Nations' threat: No more parental rights

A United Nations human rights treaty that could prohibit children from being spanked or homeschooled, ban youngsters from facing the death penalty and forbid parents from deciding their families' religion is on America's doorstep, a legal expert warns. 

Michael Farris of Purcellville, Va., is president of ParentalRights.org, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College. He told WND that under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC, every decision a parent makes can be reviewed by the government to determine whether it is in the child's best interest.
 
"It's definitely on our doorstep," he said. "The left wants to make the Obama-Clinton era permanent. Treaties are a way to make it as permanent as stuff gets. It is very difficult to extract yourself from a treaty once you begin it. If they can put all of their left-wing socialist policies into treaty form, we're stuck with it even if they lose the next election."
 
The 1990s-era document was ratified quickly by 193 nations worldwide, but not the United States or Somalia. In Somalia, there was then no recognized government to do the formal recognition, and in the United States there's been opposition to its power. Countries that ratify the treaty are bound to it by international law.

Although signed by Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., on Feb. 16, 1995, the U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty, largely because of conservatives' efforts to point out it would create that list of rights which primarily would be enforced against parents.
 
The international treaty creates specific civil, economic, social, cultural and even economic rights for every child and states that "the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration." While the treaty states that parents or legal guardians "have primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child," Farris said government will ultimately determine whether parents' decisions are in their children's best interest. The treaty is monitored by the CRC, which conceivably has enforcement powers.
 
Continue Reading Here...

This development is definitely a violation of Human Rights disguise as protecting Human Rights.

P.S. This article is not mine. I just want to share this to everyone...

"New Divide" by Linkin Park

Sometimes you encounter people and even your own friends who have different ideology or personal beliefs. Some people will try force theirs to you while others thought that friendship is far more important than political, ideological or even religious differences. Anyway, here's a song for them and you..



"New Divide"
by Linkin Park

(Verse 1)
I remembered black skies / The lightning all around me
I remembered each flash / As time began to blur
Like a startling sign / That fate had finally found me
And your voice was all I heard / That I get what I deserve

(Chorus)

So give me reason
To prove me wrong
To wash this memory clean
Let the thoughts cross
The distance in your eyes
Give me reason
To fill this hole
Connect the space between
Let it fill up to reach the truth and lies
Across this new divide

(Verse 2)

There was nothing inside / The memories left abandoned
There was nowhere to hide / The ashes fell like snow
And the ground caved in / Between where we were standing
And your voice was all I heard / That I get what I deserve

(Chorus 2)

So give me reason
To prove me wrong
To wash this memory clean
Let the thoughts cross
The distance in your eyes
Across this new divide

(Bridge)

And every loss and every lie
And every truth that you deny
And each regret and each goodbye
Was a mistake too great to hide

And your voice was all I heard

But I get what I deserve

(Chorus 3)

So give me reason
To prove me wrong
To wash this memory clean
Let the thoughts cross
The distance in your eyes
Give me reason
To fill this hole
Connect the space between
Let it fill up to reach the truth and lies
Across this new divide

Across this new divide

Across this new divide

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Help protect your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials

For the last six months, I have been using my laptop without internet security. No protection from viruses and spywares. I did not even update my Trend Micro Pro nor buy my own Norton Security. We all know that Window Defender is useless when it comes to scanning your laptop for trojan spywares and viruses.

As a result, my laptop has been acting funny for the last six months. Occasionally, my laptop suddenly shutdown and crashed when I am playing my PC games or watching movies. Browsing and logging in the internet took ages as well. Its annoying really. I could only use the stupid laptop for typing blog articles and research papers.

However, last night (August 7), I had enough and checked out the Microsoft website. There I searched for internet security and I expected that I have to buy the thing on-line. As it turns out, I ended up in the Microsoft Security page and there it was... the "Microsoft Security Essentials".

For years, my Windows Update kept recommending in downloading and installing the Microsoft Security Essential but I ignore it. That was a big mistake! Last night, I download the software FREE and scanned my laptop. The software reported and removed 6 trojan spywares and 1 virus. Now, I got a well-protected laptop thanks to Microsoft Security Essentials.

To download the internet security yourself, check out: Microsoft Security or Microsoft Security Essentials

Friday, August 6, 2010

Boston's "ancient" Celtics

Boston's Big Four: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
In 2008, Boston Celtics reminded everyone that they are the most successful franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history. That year they extended the all-time NBA record for the most championship titles by an NBA franchise. 17 to be exact. That team was bannered by Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the franchise player Paul Pierce. In 2008 NBA Finals, they defeated their all-time (and greatest) rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. However, in June 2010, the Lakers returned the favour and captured their second consecutive NBA championship with Coach Phil Jackson just one title away from winning his fourth NBA three-peat.

The Big Shamrock: Shaquille O'Neal
Anyway, this coming season is one of the most exciting in my opinion. The defending champions Los Angeles Lakers (I called them Los Diablos Gaykers!) is as always one of the contenders while Miami's Super Team of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James got bigger expectation than any team in the NBA. Boston Celtics, on the other hand, tweaked their line-up and added two aging "O'Neals" (Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal) to the "aging" Big Three (Garnett, Pierce, Allen) + Rajon Rondo. I might as well call them the "ancient" Celtics. The "Oldies!". The "Grandpa's Boston Tea Party-goers!". Shaq just earned new monikers too, the "Big Leprechaun!" and the "Big Shamrock".

The addition of the O'Neals definitely put the Celtics back in contention and despite their age, experience always count when it comes to the play-offs. The new line-up includes at least four future Hall-of-Famers and could soon join the likes of legendary Celtics Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Larry Bird five years after their retirement. I guess with that the new line-up boosted with years of experience, I am going to support another team from Boston. In addition to NFL’s New England Patriots.
My NBA Top 5 (for the upcoming season):
  1. Miami Heat (The Big Three: Chris Bosh, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade)
  2. Los Angeles Lakers (Combo: Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant)
  3. Boston Celtics (Big Six: Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo)
  4. Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard and Vince Carter + great bench)
  5. Chicago Bulls (Derick Rose, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer)


P.S. I'm just glad that the last active remnant of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players Ever found a new team. Can't wait to see lil' Fil-Am KryptoNate and the Big Leprechaun play together.
[Photos above are not mine. I don't own nor made any of them.]

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Leche Flan Recipe

One of those Filipino desserts that taste really good during certain occasions but not really good if you have it everyday..

Leche Flan (Photo courtesy of Cook with Milk)
Here's the Leche Flan recipe courtesy of Ex-Designz:

Ingredients:
12 egg yolk
2 whole eggs
11/2 cup condense milk
3/4 c. homo milk
1 can evaporated milk
1/4 c.white sugar
1 tbsp.vanilla
11/2 c. brown sugar

Instruction:
Mix all 7 ingredients.
Raramilezed sugar on the molded tin
until its golden brown
pour the mixtures and Bake for 30-45 min. w/ cover
put them in the middle rack oven

P.S. The recipe above is not mine 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

End of an Era: Adios Raul!

Few days ago, Real Madrid living legend Raúl González Blanco announced his departure from the Spanish capital to pursue footballing career outside Spain. Raúl, the club's greatest player ever, leave Real Madrid as the holder of several all-time records, including 323 goals in 740 appearances. He also holds the record for the most goals scored in the Champions League.
Real Madrid legend Raúl

Raúl was also a member of Real Madrid's "first" generation of galacticos, which include some of the best players in the world at that time: Ronaldo (Brazil), Zinedine Zidane (France), Luis Figo (Portugal), David Beckham (England), Fabio Cannavarro (Italy), Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Holland), Michael Owen (England), Roberto Carlos (Brazil), and Iker Casillas (Spain). In fact, at some point in the mid-2000s, Madrid's line-up includes the national team captains of Spain, England, France, Portugal and Italy.

Whilst at Madrid, Raúl won 16 major trophies, including three UEFA Champions League and six Spanish Primera La Liga titles. Although, his departure is not the end of his career but a Raúl-less Real Madrid is not Real Madrid at all.

Hopefully, he will add more trophies and other accolades to his distinguished career with his new German club Schalke in Bundesliga.

P.S. Florentino Perez better buy Steven Gerrard from Liverpool.

Club Honours:

Real Madrid (Spain)
  • La Liga champions (6): 1994–95, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
  • La Liga runner-up (5): 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Copa del Rey runner-up (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • Supercopa de España champions (4): 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008
  • Supercopa de España runner-up (2): 1995, 2007
  • UEFA Champions League (3): 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02
  • UEFA Super Cup (1): 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup runner-up (2): 1998, 2000
  • Intercontinental Cup (2): 1998, 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup runner-up (1): 2000
  • FIFA Club World Championship/FIFA Club World Cup fourth place (1): 2000


Check Out: Thank you Raúl

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