Friday, November 16, 2012

Dennis, Mizpah and I (^_^)

Just last week I started this “Journey to Fitness” together with my officemates and break time buddies, Dennis and Mizpah.
We started this trip because we have been sedentary for a long period of time and we gained enormous weight.
Our routine was walking from our office in Mckinley Hills Taguig to Bonifacio Global City [Market! Market!],
more or less 30 minutes’ walk and since we are on night shift, we are walking with morning mist, fresh air and warm sun.

According to studies walking can improve health and fitness. Walking can help you lose body fat and maintain a healthy weight.
Walking 30 minutes a day is enough for a good health.
You do not need to walk 30 minutes straight, unless you want to lose weight.
Walking at 2 mph (3.21 kph), a relatively slow pace, burns about 26 calories per 10 minutes.
In 30 minutes the benefits increase and the average person burns about 79 calories.
Walking at least 30 minutes is considered better than taking three ten minute walks a day because greater time means elevating one’s heart rate.
As one’s heart rate increases, more calories are consumed.
Benefits of Walking!
·         Helps reducing your risk of breast cancer and protecting against hip fracture.

·         Prevents heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.

·         Prevent depression, colon cancer, constipation, osteoporosis, and impotence.

·         Lengthen lifespan.

·         Lower stress levels.

·         Relieve arthritis and back pain.

·         Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints.

·         Elevate overall mood and sense of well-being

·         Boost sex life(!!)

Most fitness experts recommend beginning a walking program slowly, and further, most say it helps to use a pedometer to measure speed and distance. No matter how hard it will be, we pledged to continue our journey and build ability to walk very quickly (or run!)to increase calorie burn ‘til we reach our goal and that is : to be fab and fit.

And hey! we are also looking for more walking buddies…
future buddies

Our walking Moments….

In our first day, we are so excited …
... that we lost our way...
.. got tired …


and swam in sweat..
 Lets walk and burn calories while enjoying the scenery and the sun ! Add to it that some places can only be appreciated on foot. 
Tara Lakad Tayo!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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1. Lee Myung-bak was sworn in as the 17th President of the Republic of Korea on February 25, 2008. Prior to his presidency, he was the CEO of Hyundai and the mayor of Seoul.

2. Kang Soo-jin was born in Seoul, South Korea. After initial ballet lessons in Korea, she went to Marika Besobrazova at the Académie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo. In 1985, she won the Prix de Lausanne. In 1986, she became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet, where she was appointed Soloist in 1994 and Principal Dancer in 1997.

 3. Ban Ki-moon became the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations after succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

4. Bae Yong Joon (born August 29, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea), is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in numerous television dramas and one of the first kkonminam icons. He is known as Yon-sama to his Japanese fans.

5. Park Tae-hwan (born September 27, 1989) is a South Korean swimmer. He is a member of the South Korean national swimming team, based in Taereung, Seoul. He won a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and silver in the 200 meter freestyle events at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the first Asian swimmer to win a gold medal in Men's 400 metre freestyle event, and the first Korean to win a medal in swimming.

6. Kim Dae-jung (3 December 1925 – 18 August 2009) was 8th President of the Republic of Korea from 1998 to 2003, and the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He came to be called the "Nelson Mandela of Asia"for his long-standing opposition to authoritarian rule.

7. Kim Yuna (born September 5, 1990) is a South Korean figure skater.
She is the 2010 Olympic champion in Ladies' Singles, the 2009 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion, the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and a four-time (2002–2005) South Korean national champion.
Kim is the first South Korean figure skater to win a medal at an ISU Junior or Senior Grand Prix event, ISU Championship, and the Olympic Games. She is the first female skater to win the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the Four Continents Championships and the Grand Prix Final. She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea.

8. Lee Byung-hun is most famous for his roles in Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area, Kim Ji-woon’s A Bittersweet Life, and Korean TV Series IRIS, All In and Beautiful Days. He made his Hollywood debut in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra as Storm Shadow.

9. Myung-Whun Chung is one of the leading conductors of his generation. Also a multi awarded and prize-winning pianist.

10. Sarah Chang (born December 10, 1980) is an American classical violinist. Her debut came in 1989 with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Shortly thereafter, Chang was recognized as a child prodigy. She enrolled at Juilliard School to study music, graduating in 1999 and continuing university studies. During the 1990s and 2000s, Chang had major roles including being a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. She has also performed in countries such as England, France, Germany, Netherlands, China, South Korea, and Japan.

11. Park Jae-sang ( born December 31, 1977), better known by his stage name PSY, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer. He is well known for his humorous videos and stage performances, and for his hit-single "Gangnam Style", a song about where he came from and which talks about the life of the people of Gangnam, which is a neighbourhood in Seoul, South Korea. The music video for "Gangnam Style" is the most viewed K-pop video on YouTube, and also the most "liked" video on the site. Published on July 15, 2012, the video has over 530 million views, and more than 4.3 million "likes". Psy has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Good Sunday: X-Man, The Golden Fishery, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Sunrise and The X-Factor.

12. Jung Ji-Hoon (born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage name Rain, is a South Korean singer, dancer, actor, model and designer.
Rain's musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 19 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. His acting career began in 2003, when he won the KBS Best New Actor award for his role in the drama Sang Doo! Let's Go To School. In 2004, Rain won the KBS Excellence in Acting award for his role in the drama Full House. After starring in A Love To Kill, he acted in his first Korean film, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006), which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Rain has acted in the American films Speed Racer (2008) and Ninja Assassin (2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award.

13. Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 – January 29, 2006) was a Korean American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist.

14. Park Ji-Sung ( born 25 February 1981) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Queens Park Rangers, for whom he serves as captain. He was also the captain of the South Korean national team until his retirement from international football. He is the most decorated Asian footballer in history, as the first Asian player to have won the Champions League trophy and the first Asian to have played in a final of the UEFA Champions League. Park is able to play anywhere across the midfield and is noted for his exceptional fitness level, discipline, work ethic and off-the-ball movement.

15. Choi Min-sik
Choi Min-sik started his career as a theatrical actor before adding film roles, first with parts in Park Jong-won’s films Kuro Arirang and Our Twisted Hero and later in the 1990s by appearing as a police investigator in No. 3 and as a North Korean agent in Korea’s most successful film ever at that point, Shiri. In the 2000s, aided by the success of Shiri, Choi continued to get versatile lead roles first as a gangster in Failan and then as a 19th-century painter in Chihwaseon. In 2003, he took on the role that brought him international attention as revenge-seeking Oh Dae-su in Oldboy.

16. Yi So-yeon (born June 2, 1978) is a South Korean scientist and Ph.D. graduate of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). On April 8, 2008, she became the first Korean and the second Asian woman (defined as a female resident of a country in Asia at the time of her spaceflight)to fly in space, after Chiaki Mukai. 
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

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I love street food well, who's not?

More often than not, whenever i visited a place , I explore the place by trying their food, from local street foods to their best delicacies.This is not limited to out of towns or out of the country visits but even to city visits too. Hey our cities here have something to offer too! I bet on that! My town, Angono have many unique foods like its neighbor town. Also someone said that " food is a window into culture " so 
I traveled around greater Manila and neighbor cities and tried some of their street foods. I wasn't disappointed, so lets hop and see what are those -
First stop : Quiapo
Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Roll  

I went at Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, and tried Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Roll is a vegetable dish composed of different vegetables with a soft (unfried) wrapper garnished with sweet sauce and crushed peanuts.

Second Stop : UN/Taft Avenue

Banana Que


I don't know but its the only place I saw that has long lines of street vendors of banana queues.
I tried one and its oh so yummily hot.The sugar coating was so sticky then unbelievably turned crispy.    

Third Stop: Teresa, Sta Mesa
Kwek kwek

Where else you can see this popular variation of Tokneneng?A pinoy delicacy made of quail eggs and some orange batter, it is best eaten with lots of vinegar and pipino tidbits.This is my "pamatid gutom" when I was in college (I studied at PUP Mabini Campus).


Fourth Stop: MRT Boni, Mandaluyong

Tik-Tilaok foodstand along the rails 


I saw this new food card at MRT-Boni Station. It is quite intriguing but obviously it sells chicken foodies! They offer chicken burger, chicken skin, chicharon, chicken siomai and chicken neck.


Fifth Stop : UP Diliman
Isaw @ Mang Larry's in front of the Kalayaan Residence Hall. 

Just like the tagline of Mang larry : "sa UP lang. Masarap. Malinis. Sulit"
It is really deliciously mouth watering grilled pork and chicken intestine dip in special sweet and sour vinegar sauce and once you taste you'll ask for more! 


According to a listing made by Cable News Networks' travel website CNNgo, their lists of the country's top ten street dishes as follows: chicharon, taho, balut, kwek kwek, silog, isaw, kikiam, banana cue and fish balls.

While the article identifies Manila as the center of street food haven in the country, some of the street food it mentioned can be found in other cities too and of course, you can see and buy most of these street foods anywhere and anytime but eating it at different place makes it much more special and unique.

Tara kain tayo!




Saturday, October 13, 2012

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기러기 아빠 (Goose Daddy) 


I believe this topic is sensitive especially that Koreans are so family, custom and culture oriented. It is about a phenomenon in South Korea that I was not aware of and it is a - wild goose father phenomena. I don’t know this term, goose father, until my Korean teacher told us in one of our sessions of Korean Language. What I know is the rising numbers of Korean students in the Philippines. Who’s some are simply studying English and some continued their studies up to college. This Goose Dad phenomenon caught my curiosity, so I’ve done some research to learn and to have an in-depth knowledge about this topic.

South Korea’s government today is not only busy branding their country but also serious in shaping their future society, maybe to be the next ‘English speaking country’ was not on their list but if the country’s current rate of English students in and out of the country continues, there’s a possibility that they would be someday, not to mention their advance education and technology
English education in Korea stayed in mainstream since it was first introduced way back in 1883, when the Joseon government opened an English language school in order to train interpreters. Since then, English has enjoyed the status as the most popular foreign language during the greater part of its existence in what is today South Korea and most of its development has been led and shaped by the educational policies of the highly centralized government.1
I admire Koreans for their endless thirst for excellence and their continuous pursuit of English education.  To have better English education, Koreans sent their children together with the mother to English speaking country while the father was left in Korea to work as hard as he can, living alone, to finance the living and children’s education expenses abroad.  Everyday more and more Korean families were separated, living apart, to learn this universal and hegemonic language called English. Parents, mostly fathers sacrificed themselves to give their children better education and more advantages in life.
 Their main destinations of studying English are United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and recently Philippines. Mostly Koreans preferred Philippines among other English speaking countries because of some advantages like a. cheap school fees, b. English speaking country c. cheap cost of living d. close in South Korea and f. less stress ( compared in South Korea, where competition in school and work is sky high ).
This phenomenon form the term - Giroegi Appa (Romanization of 기러기 아빠2 which literally means “goose dad"). This term is inspired by an iconic bird, Giroegi -that has a natural devotion on its partner and its offspring, Korean fathers showed their absolute and unconditional love by staying in their homeland for the sake of bright future of their children.
But is it really worth it? What has forced to these loving fathers to be on this state that so lonely and miserable?
Fathers, living alone they become lonely, isolated and restless. Newspaper reports say that some of them often die of heart attacks from overwork at night in their deserted homes or lonely offices, trying to fulfill their main goal in life of sending as much money as possible to their beloved families abroad3. While others suffer from malnutrition due to poor and irregular meals as no one was tending their personal needs.  Like migratory wild geese, these geese dads only visit their families during holidays, because frequent visit and travel expenses would be expensive.
Lately, this scenario became the Korean society’s problem as annually numbers of Giroegi Appa rises tremendously as more and more fathers walked on this fate. Ironically, it was the same society that pushes them to be on that situation. A nation where competition is high and inevitable, where social status, education and reputation are highly valued, the English language almost became the society’s standard, and prerequisite for everything, school, work, and even partner in life. In short, education is highly valued as the path to status, money and success.
According to Kim Seong-kon, a professor of English at Seoul National University and president of the American Studies Association of Korea, ``The unnatural phenomenon of wild geese daddies is a clear sign of something wrong in our society,''  ``Tragically," says Professor Kim, ``the only consolation for lonely Korean fathers is that their children are living in a better place. The equation is simple: If Korea was a good place to live, wild geese fathers would not exist.4"

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 1, 3 and 4. - History of English Education in Korea by Kim Eun-gyong
2                   - 기러기 아빠 (Giroegi appa)
image by http://blog.daum.net/josephlee54/2313





Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Not all paradise is a sacred garden sometimes it is a busy street and a parking lot

Seoul City is one of the most interesting and exciting city in Asia.
It is a combination of past and present Korea, where history and modern technology meet and where latest fashion and trendy hairstyles flares.
While everyone else is excited to visit the vacation spots, theme parks, beach,museums and famous places in Korea, I am looking forward to visit the busy streets of Seoul. I love the sights, sounds and smells of a busy street. I believe that even a simple street corner could be a tourist spot and exploring culture through busy streets is as significant as visiting historical places and palaces.
In Seoul, you’ll find historical palaces standing graciously side by side with breathtaking skyscrapers.
I guess I'll learn and delve into the culture of Korea by just standing still and observe people on their daily life.
However I still love to explore the streets of Seoul, where I’ll see different people and languages from around the world.  Different stores, restaurants, street foods, traffic both on roads and sidewalks, people rushing about in many different directions, buses, cars, a totally motion of colors and noise, it was like a beautiful  new era painting. The endless street noise is like background music on a musical play.
I want to see the landscape of concrete state-of-the-art buildings and maze of roadways, and be fascinated of a diverse mix of the old and new, natural and artificial side of Seoul. These seemingly contradictory elements coexist harmoniously in Korea.
I want to see how Seoul rush by, how busy people hurrying to and from their jobs, eating, selling, shopping or just walking. I want to experience if subway of Seoul is more fun to ride than any subway in the world.
Bike, jog, stroll on streets is as amazing and as breath taking as visiting beach, palaces, park and any other tourist spots.
I love to walk on busy streets during the day and how it stays beautiful during the night by millions of lights flicker and dusted the night like powdered sugar scattered the whole city.         Be amazed of how modern the city had become and yet still rich in culture.
Touch, smell and taste Korea by visiting its magnificent city, Seoul.
And I want to experience it beyond its flares, fur, and frills.

image credits to the rightful owner

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Lobby at Robinson Cybergate Tower 2

For three years, I've walked and rushed the same lobby, five days and sometimes six days  a week during Open Enrollment, our term for peak season. I've spent all but 20-24 days per month of my life, and every day as Transaction Processing Representative at Accenture Inc. Then last August 17 was my last day, and although I'm thrilled to move on, I can't help but be a bit sad about leaving some of my dearest friends at work.
All of my great friendships from my time at Accenture have come from working with the amazing group and I was so blessed to find a place among. Though our days may have sometimes been difficult, I was, and am, so thankful to be able to count on them for a genuine laugh or knowing smile. They always read and wait my spam; though it was against the rule they have cheered me on and encourage writing and sending more. Even the management allowed me on my crazy spamming. My team leads who always been there to coach and to listen on my endless woes, problems, mistakes and everything. They always find a way to make my processing life better. I can’t thank them enough for that.
I have watched as life's changes and walked with friends at the same lobby for years, and when I walk down that metaphorical lobby one last time, I really don't feel like it's the end. I will probably never be employed there again, but the job would have been just a job without my friends. They are the reason I was so eager going back to work after leave and even after a short weekend (and sometimes no weekend at all), (I know you guys read this, so thank you, again!). Every huddle, coaching, Friday lunch, team building and all that stuff is worth remembering because of the way our team worked, and continues to work even as some dear members also bid their good byes.
Thanks for including me as part of the family. It means more to me than you'll ever know.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ever since I've heard her sing her own version of  Somewhere Over the Rainbow at X Factor Philippines..she totally blew me away.. and I can't get over it...I just love her voice and style..another star was born.
KZ Tandingan
Full version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow... hear it for your self...


and below was her first live audition at X-Factor Philippines by ABSCBN Network 


This song is one of my all time favorite, it reminds me of my childhood and simply because it's an excellent demonstration of good music. Smooth melody, a great voice, and sincerely saying something in a simple yet elegant manner. 
Let us support KZ Tandingan !!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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I just found these videos of Big Bang's Parody of Secret Garden and since i love Big Bang as well as the Korean drama Secret Garden..I will post it here and share it with you.. and I really laughed out loud..
Secret Garden starring Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won    
 
Sit Up scene - Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin

Kiss at Cafe - Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin
 and Big Bang Version!!!
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 Secret Big Bang (Secret Garden Parody) 1

 

                                            Secret Big Bang (Secret Garden Parody) 2

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videos from You Tube
 by annangel100

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My random picture this month....from my morning zit to my Korean stuff  obsession...  
When i woke up one morning  and surprise!! pimple on my forehead!!ahh!!



morning of tangled hair...and zit..



left over Tteokbokki - korean street food..it's kinda messy..sorry..I forgot to take a photo when it was still fresh.. 


 this door sign in our office' cafe  reminds me of  2NE1 first album 
2NE1 first album - Two Anyone

carrot shake - i try to drink one,daily...but it always ends up in the kitchen sink...see? it's already there..

Newly open Etude House branch at Market! Market!

clusters of children chattered busily... when i visited a grade school class room 


blurred picture of one of my cotton shirt from S.Korea..another obsessions


my kisses!!...mmm..so colorful!

my Beef  Ramyon - the best in rainy season!yum yum yum!  

class room where i slept..i mean.. i took my civil service exam...

Best wishes to my lovely Korean Sem(teacher) Miya and Sir Sidney on their wedding in Seoul..
Sem..nabihag ka nang isang Pinoy..^_^


not so good pics from ...not a so good photographer...til next flash!

Monday, July 16, 2012

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The "Ocean Eleven" of Seoul were all set with steamy kissing scene that teases all fans!

Star-studded action movie , The Thieves, finally sets its long awaited debut date on July 25. The movie released a new trailer and a hot kissing scene between half naked Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun was the highlight of the trailer.

the half-naked Kim Soo Hyun grabs the back of Jeon Ji Hyun and pulls in for a kiss. 


The Thieves tells story about a bunch of Korean and Chinese thieves who are planning to steal a huge diamond in Macau casino. Also known as “The Professionals,” the Korean version of “Oceans Eleven”  will feature several exotic locations and an all-star cast.

Kim Soo Hyun-the younger thieves 

I’m glad to give Kim Soo Hyun my first Kiss - Jun Ji Hyun
It was first time for Miss Jun Ji Hyun to film a kissing scene in a domestic movie and she was glad that she did it with a younger actor Kim Soo Hyun.
The cast of the upcoming film includes Lee Jung Jae, Kim Soo Hyun, Jun Ji Hyun, Kim Hye Soo, Kim Yoon Seok, Kim Hae Sook, Oh Dal Soo, Angelica Lee,  Derek Tsang, and Simon Yam.

Can't wait to see this big budgeted movie! 


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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dolphy
July 25, 1928 -July 10 2012

What will happen to the world when you die?
As eerie as it was but have you ever think of it even for a second?
What will happen when you die?
Would it be…
Dull?
Sad?
Gloomy?
Lonely?
Rainy?
Sunny?
One thing is sure…
The world will stay as it was, but the world of your loved ones and those who loves you
 will never be the same again.
Farewell Tito Dolphy…
Thank You King of Comedy
Maraming Salamat .