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Surviving” a hail storm on the freeway (by someone who hasn’t been in one)

  I HAVE seen tons of pictures and videos of people delighting over hail dumped on yards, houses, cars and roads. And so I have this warped notion of hailstorms — which I primarily associate with thrill and fun. Well, now I know better. At about 3:20 p.m. while driving along the 110 freeway near Vernon in south Los Angeles, […]

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Tall Stories: Skyscrapers Ruled ‘Undemocratic’ in Norwegian Study

By Sputnik News FOR decades, skyscrapers have evoked pride across the globe, being hailed as symbols of progress, growth and wealth. A surprising report by Norwegian researchers, however, showed that super tall buildings indicate a lack of democracy and may in fact warn of “authoritarian” tendencies. The report “Autocrats and Skyscrapers: Modern White Elephants in Dictatorships” compiled by researchers at the University of Oslo […]

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Ang Diaspora Ng Pinoy:  Serbisyo Sa Amerika, Serbisyo Sa Mundo

Ang Diaspora Ng Pinoy:  Serbisyo Sa Amerika, Serbisyo Sa Mundo

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” — Jim Rohn ”‘Sir, ito na po iyong pampunas sa katawan ninyo, at robe na pampalit naman sa damit ninyo,’ sabi ni Chris, isang Pinoy na CNA or certified nursing assistant sa isang malaking ospital sa Los Angeles, California, bago ako operahan. Kasunod naman nuon ay isa ulit na Pinoy, si […]

“Elijan, Aaron and Jason – Choosers of Religions”

“Elijan, Aaron and Jason – Choosers of Religions”

I STARED at the tiled wall in front of me briefly, shook my gloves off my hands, and carefully placed them at the edge of the sink on the marble counter. Deeply inhaled, turned around and announced, “The dishes can wait.” I sat my 14 year old son, Aaron down, holding his hands, I told him, “What do you want […]

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Mga dating adik nagbabagong buhay na

ISANG daan na mga dating lulong sa ipinagbabawal na gamot mula sa iba’t ibang barangay ng Quezon City ang maluwalhating dumaan at nagtapos nitong Martes sa 12 linggong Community Based Counseling Program ng pamahalaang panglungsod na naglalayong bigyan sila ng bagong buhay. Ayon sa Quezon City Anti Illegal Drugs and Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC), naganap ang graduation ceremony para sa […]

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“Liquido Maestro” (Liquid Master) Kalel Demetrio mixes alcoholic drinks before members of media. Demetrio is “alcohol mixer to the gods” or “bartender to the deities” Photo © Ibarra C. Mateo

Kalel Demetrio: ‘Alcohol mixer to the gods’

 IT IS common to meet food chefs who can whip instantly the famous dessert “food for the gods,” but devoured by ‘mortals’. However, spending an early afternoon till almost midnight with the charming, brawny Kalel Demetrio, hopping from one bar to another, in a ‘pilgrimage’ to sample his alcohol creations, was an extra-ordinary experience not afforded every individual roaming the […]

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Filipino fisherman rescued after nearly two months in the high seas

A 21-year-old Filipino fisherman who was stranded in the high seas for nearly two months and was given up for death was flown to the Philippines Wednesday night after he was rescued off the coast of Papua New Guinea by a Japanese fishing vessel. Rolando Omongos was met by social workers shortly after Air Niugini Flight PX10, which brought him […]

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South China Sea Dispute: Why US Carriers Unable to Put Pressure on China

By Sputnik News AS the temperature is rising in the South China Sea over the recent freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) launched by the US and further reports that China “has nearly finished” buildings “that could house missiles”, a RIA Novosti correspondent explains why the US is unable to put any pressure on Beijing. On Saturday, the US navy strike […]

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China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea in this undated photo taken December, 2016 © REUTERS/ STRINGER

South China Sea: Beijing Unwilling to Go Down Without a Fight Amid US-Led FONOP

By Sputnik News While Washington signals its readiness to continue the Obama-era Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOP) in the South China Sea, Beijing is seemingly not willing to go down without a fight, Russian expert Anton Tsvetov told Sputnik. The temperature is rising in the South China Sea over the recent freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) launched by the US. On Saturday, the US […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 8 Conclusion IF you intend to start some exercise regime, whatever your age, wherever you are, start now. It’s never too late until you can’t move your limbs anymore; by which time you’d regret that you didn’t do it while you still could. Whatever your physical, mental, financial and/or health condition is, there is always an exercise program that […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101  Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 7 Spoilt for Choices! THERE is a host of other activities one can do to achieve fitness and health in the Middle East or any part of the world for that matter. There are clubs here that hold tennis classes, beach volleyball and squash play offs. There are Filipino groups that play badminton regularly. If you prefer football, there […]

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 6 Scaredy-frog in the Pool. THE water from the outdoor showers by the pool was cold that I had to put my arms around me as if I was hugging myself. I stared at the empty pool. It was a quarter past 7 in the morning. The lifeguard was still recovering the traffic cones and chains around the pool. […]

Lester and his family reunited  after seven years

OFW reunites with family on Christmas time after 7 years

(Last of a two-part series)LESTER Ramos used to be a materials controller in a gadget plant in General Trias, Cavite — a job that was usually held by people who have engineering background. But Lester, who rose from the ranks, said he got the job through sheer hard work and experience. “Kapag nagtrabaho po kasi ako, pinag-aaralan ko po talagang mabuti,” […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 5 Madness in the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Room SINCE my options for workout had dropped dramatically due to my many illnesses and conditions (I take it’s my female hormones and the lengthy stay in the planet that should be held accounted for). My apologies to all the well-trained and professional gym instructors out there who earn their bread […]

Lester and his family reunited  after seven years

OFW family reunites on Christmas time after 7 years

  (First of two parts) Here’s a merry Christmas story. On a rundown sofa inside a two-bedroom apartment in Buena Park sits Lester, 41, his wife Rudilyn, 38, son Lance Daniel, 11 and daughter Leah Anne, 8. Beside them is an amply decorated five-foot Christmas tree. It is the first time, says Lester, that his family has made a Christmas […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101  Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 4 Hike for the Soul PRIOR to my spinal condition that prevented me from doing my daily walks, I have had these sudden outbursts of energy and urge to change my routine and head off to the foothills of Fujairah to hike. These mountains are sandy and rock-strewn at the bottom, rockier as you gain elevation. They are almost […]

FITNESS & HEALTH 101  Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 3 Walkie, Walkie, Talkie, Talkie. SO what if a work out in the gym does not really suit me? There are other activities I could actually do to lose weight and/or become fit and stay healthy and do it with passion and perseverance. As I was contemplating on my next fitness adventure, it struck me…I enjoy walking! When we […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101  Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

Part 2 The Gym, the Frog and the Chicken MY doctors advised, no, I think warned more than recommended, that I SHOULD do some REGULAR exercises to keep my blood pressure down and help my slowly deteriorating internal organs. I MUST, they say, lose a bit (fine! More than a bit) of my flabs and weight; my husband couldn’t agree […]

A traditional Philippine parol (lantern). Photo   © pinterest.com

Historic Filipinotown parol festival gets bigger

A traditional Philippine parol (lantern) that adorns Filipino homes during Christmas. Photo © pinterest.com THE wind gust of 12 miles per hour and a temperature of 52 degrees Farenheit did not dampen the spirits of participants and spectators to the 9th Parol (Lantern) Parade at the Historic Filipinotown (HFT) on Friday (December 2). Amplified by two marching bands, the Damien […]

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Lynda A. N. Reyes: Art and Love Keep Me Going

Lynda A. N. Reyes: Art and Love Keep Me Going

“WHEN we all get the power, we all give the best, every minute of an hour….” These are the lyrics of the song “Live is Life,” popularized during the 80s by the Austrian pop group, Opus. Though the song expresses the enthusiastic attachment of a pop group on stage, for the artist extraordinaire, art historian and author Lynda A.N. Reyes, being […]

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The male nurse: Does he appeal to you?

HAGATNA, Guam  — When you think of a nurse, you automatically summon the image of a woman in white uniform and a cute little cap— not somebody who watches football, loves sports cars and sports facial hair. The male nurse remains a bit of a novelty. While it may seem role and gender stereotypes and traditionally associated with women, more men […]

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FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

FITNESS & HEALTH 101 Of the Idiot, By the Idiot and For One Idiot, like such ONLY!

PART 1 Why oh why?!! ONE may believe that here in the Middle East, it is very easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Despite government, community, and private sectors’ efforts to promote fitness, individuals still get infected by this “sitting disease.” Why not? Most parts of the region are populated largely by working expats or locals who are business […]

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Paul Craig Roberts: Vladimir Putin is the leader of the moral world

By Paul Craig Roberts Institute for Political Economy Dear Friends, Vladimir Putin’s remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war […]

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CESAR DEVERA: Isang Masayang Traditional Fine Artist Convert*

CESAR DEVERA: Isang Masayang Traditional Fine Artist Convert*

“Para ang isang pinta o obra ay maging unique, kailangan itong ‘humihinga,’ may buhay, at akala mo ‘gumagalaw,’ ika nga,” salaysay ni Cesar Devera, isang batikang pintor sa Southern California at very active sa mga art competition sa komunidad Pero hindi naging madali ang kanyang transisyon sa muling pagpipinta. Tulad nang mga ibang nag-migrate sa Amerika, hindi naging maluwalhati ang […]

Eva Contravida — FB Friend or Foe?

Eva Contravida — FB Friend or Foe?

INTRODUCING, Eva Contravida (emphasis on the first name, please, she would say, “It’s Eeeeva! Eva with the long ‘e’, Eeeeevahhh!”). Truth is, her family name’s something else but she had been known to many as Eva Contravida that nobody’s bothered about her real surname. The sobriquet became apt as the word “contravida” is a Spanish word adapted in many other […]