Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beauty Secrets

Maybe it's the sleepless hours at cruising altitude. Maybe it's the fight-or-flight response that kicks in when you have to brave Customs. But, at least in my book, certain countries are hazardous to the self-esteem. You step off the plane and the women look way too good.

How on earth do they do it? Save your miles. You can try these international trade secrets without leaving the house.

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* The Allure: that porcelain complexion
* Secret Ingredients: rice and seaweed

Rice Body Rub: "In the old days, rice bran was a substitute for soap," says K.C. Kang, speaking on the phone from Japan as she launches her new skin-care line in the U.S.. "You'd bring your little cotton pouch to the local bath house and fill it up with the bran. Then you'd soak and scrub your whole body, including the face. People still do this." Beyond sloughing off the dead skin layer, rice bran oil is known for its potent vitamin E and other antioxidants that brighten the skin. To see for yourself, fill a pouch with rice bran, and rub your body. If you're bathing, leave the bag in the tub and let the nutrients seep into the water.

Kelp Face Pack: Seaweed has long been used in Japan as a beauty aid, says Kang, whose interest in traditional remedies grew from trying to heal her own severe eczema. The best recipe for a face mask, she says, requires about 7 ounces of raw seaweed (if you can't find any, reconstitute the dried kind.) Thoroughly soak the kelp to rinse out the salt; then drain and place in a pan with 16 ounces of water, and cook at a low heat, stirring, for 10 minutes. Next, pour it into blender and make a creamy paste, mixing in a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice once it cools. Refrigerate for three days (freeze what you won't be using) and apply for 20 minutes.

Sun Style: Ever considered opera gloves for the car? "Japanese women are so picky about their skin," says Kang, "aside from using the traditional umbrella in the summer, they wear long gloves—past the elbow—when they're driving. They want to make sure the sun from the window doesn't age their hands or arms."


* The Allure: wild, luxurious hair
* Secret Ingredients: rainforest plums and desert limes

Kakadu Plum Paste: Aussie hairstylist Kevin Murphy—whose Hollywood clients have included Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, and Selma Blair—also became obsessed with natural beauty as a result of eczema. His favorite discovery (which he uses in his hair care line) is the kakadu plum. "The Aborigines have been using it medicinally for 40,000 years," he says. The dumpy little rainforest fruit has the highest known vitamin C content of any plant on the planet. And Murphy has found that its antioxidant power saves hair from serious dye-job damage. "You know how after you color your hair it's all slimy and horrible," he asks? "That's because the oxidants from the dye are still working and breaking the delicate fibers. If you apply kakadu plum right away, it mops those oxidants up." Try it by mixing one part kakadu plum liquid extract—health food stores sell it (or you can squeeze the liquid from gel capsules)—and five parts virgin olive oil. Apply the paste ASAP post-coloring, and sleep in it before washing out.

* Desert Lime Spray: Another Down Under treasure is the desert lime, a plant that flourishes in scorching temperatures. "We use it as a natural heat protectant on the hair," Murphy says. You may be able to find desert lime locally or online in an extract or tea. If so, boil it up and strain it a few times until you get a clear liquid. Once it cools, pour into an atomizer and use it to spray your hair before you work with a hot blow dryer or styling iron.


* The Allure: fresh-faced model appeal
* Secret Ingredients: milk, olive oil, egg white, grapes

* Milky Skin Wash: "Eastern European women are extremely vain." That's the verdict from Bella Schneider, who lived in Ukraine, Poland, Italy, and Israel while working in salons with Hungarian and Bulgarian clients, before opening her LaBelle Day Spas & Salons in the San Francisco Bay Area. "These women have always taken every effort to look wonderful, even in Communist times when so little was available and they had to rely on home remedies." A tried-and-true remedy is milk. "We know about Cleopatra taking milk baths," Schneider says. "The reason is the lactic acid, which now, we chemically alter for peels. But you can just use a little milk to rinse your cleanser off and it's great for the skin." If your complexion is dry, she advises, use whole milk; if oily, go for low fat.

* Milky Skin Mask: For a more concentrated dose, boil a little milk until it gets a crusty surface. Once it cools, add a teaspoon of spoiled yogurt ("leave it out until it gets that yucky look," Schneider says) and mix into a mask you can wear for 20 minutes.

* Egg White Oily Skin Lift: A little egg on the face apparently makes an amazing mask for oily skin: Beat a few whites until they're not tacky, stir in a bit of baking soda, and add some shredded lemon and grapefruit peel. Brush on the mixture and let it harden. According to Schneider, you'll feel a undeniably youthful, fresh lift.
* Olive Buff: "Back home, women 'schmear' themselves from head to toe in olive oil, and stay in it for hours," says Schneider. "When they rinse it all off, the skin is like silk." You just have to be careful because your face can break out.

* Grape Splash: The juice of grapes (packed with antioxidants) is also great for your skin,says Schneider. "Rub it in, and if you crush the seeds, you've got a great scrub, too."


* The Allure: silky skin
* Secret Ingredients: almonds, orange peel, watermelon, extra virgin olive oil

* Almond Scrub: "My mom used to grind the soft shells of young almonds into a very fine powder and mix it with coconut milk or oil," says New York City dermatologist Misbah Kahn, MD, who grew up in Pakistan. Like rice bran and grape seeds, the almonds make a good exfoliator. "The home remedies really haven't been surpassed by high-tech microdermabrasion products," says Kahn. "In scar surgery we can even use very fine sandpaper that's available at Home Depot." As for the coconut oil, she says, "it has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and may be good for keratin, which the outer layer of skin is made of." You can whip up your own scrub with coconut oil and finely ground shells—if you can't find the young almonds, use coconut shell (soak first and shred it.)

* Scalp Balm: "I tell my patients with dry, itchy scalps, to rub on some extra virgin olive oil and wrap their head in a warm towel," says Kahn. "The oil is great for the hair, too."

* Crushed Orange Watermelon Mask: Another skin secret from her homeland: Take a dried-out orange peel and crush it into a fine powder. Add a little lemon juice, water, or in the summer, mashed watermelon, and apply the mixture on your face for 20 minutes before going out for the evening. "The mask has antioxidants, and—especially if you use lemon—oh boy, forget it!" says Kahn. "It smells good, your makeup goes on easily, and your skin looks so nice and bright."


* The soak. From thalassotherapy in French Brittany to the Dead Sea cure, soaking is a universal beauty secret we often pass up in favor of the rush-hour shower. "In Japan, we worship water," K.C. Kang says. "Toji is the word for bathing, and it's been a traditional therapy ever since the Samurais started fighting." Aside from the minerals and healing qualities of certain waters, an obvious benefit is relaxation—and we know a zen mind can translate to beaming skin. To that end, Kang suggests taking a half hour, drawing a nice, warm tub, and throwing in a touch of sake. "It's fantastic for the skin," she says, laughing. "Just don't drink your bath!"

by Liz Brody, Shine Staff

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Suspect on Grenade Bar Exam Explosion from USJR-Cebu?

Suspect Jed Carlos Lazaga, a fourth year law student at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu and a member of Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) was identified by a witness as the alleged grenade thrower, MPD officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla said.

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The suspect was identified through his voter’s ID and school class schedule found in his wallet that fell from his pants during the commotion.

The witness said that he and other fraternity members ganged up on the grenade thrower, removed his shades and handkerchief covering his face. Another man in an Akrho t-shirt threatened them with a gun to release the suspect.

It was reported that Lazaga filed a complaint against the unidentified men who attacked him and reported that he lost his wallet, Malate police station commander Superintendent Francisco Gabriel told THE STAR.

Since there was no complaint yet at that time pointing to him as the alleged grenade thrower, the police had no reason to hold him, now that a witness has identified him, police could arrest him when he returns to Cebu, Gabriel added.

The NewsReport from ABS-CBN

(uploded by PnoyWatcher)

The post-blast investigation showed that an MK-2 fragmentation grenade exploded at the site that wounded 47 people during post-Bar exam merrymaking outside the De La Salle University along Taft Avenue Sunday afternoon.

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Pieces of metal fragments, broken part of a fuse assembly, safety lever, and striker spring were recovered from the scene of the crime, the report said.

According to the witness, he had observed a man who pulled out a grenade from a paper bag and rolled it on the ground where Alpha Phi Omega and Tau Gamma Phi fraternity and sorority members were feting. An explosion happened as soon as the man left.

Students from San Beda College and other law schools were largely injured. The victim with the most serious injury was identified as Joanna Ledda of San Beda College and a member of the Alpha Beta sorority. Her right leg was amputated at the Ospital ng Maynila, MPD’s public information officer, Chief Inspector Erwin Margarito said.

Special Investigation Task Group “Bar Operations 2010 was created yesterday with Malate police station commander Superintendent Francisco Gabriel as its head.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim directed MPD officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Roberto Rongavilla to drop everything and focus on the identity and arrest of the suspects.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona condemned the culprits of the blast that scarred the conclusion of this year’s Bar examinations, what he described as “senseless act of cowardice” and directed the SC security office, MPD and NBI to identify and bring to the bar of justice the perpetrators.

Guidelines for the Bar Exams and the traditional practices during the annual event shall be reviewed by the High Court, Court Administrator and spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said.

To prevent occurrence of similar incidents, the Chief Justice wants security arrangements in the periphery of the venue of the exams to be covered by protocol.

Marquez said that beside the possible criminal charges, if the perpetrators were really law students, they could be denied certificate of good moral character which is a requirement to take the Bar. They will be barred forever to become lawyers.

(Reports By Marivic Malinao)
from AllVoices

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Eenie Meenie Music Video (Sean Kingston with Justine Bieber)

"Eenie Meenie" is a song by Jamaican-American recording artist Sean Kingston, performed as a duet with Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The track was written by Kingston, Bieber, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Benny Blanco, Marcos Palacios and Ernest Clark, and was produced by Blanco. It was released as the first single from Kingston's untitled third studio album on March 23, 2010, and is also included on Bieber's My World 2.0. The song, a dance-pop number with Kingston's reggae influences and Bieber's R&B vocals, is lyrically about an indecisive lover.

The song received generally positive reviews. It was a moderate international success, appearing on charts worldwide, including the top ten in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and the top twenty in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States. The accompanying music video features Kingston and Bieber at a pool party at a condo, being pursued by the same girl.

And after more than a year this song has reached its monumental success and has getting a lot of airplays on fm stations, including MP3 downloads.

Here's the official MTV of the song.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Is She The Next Charise Pempengco?

Her name is Nina Waga Mojares, A New Fil-Am singing sensation. Nina and her back-up dancers called Legit performs on NBC's America's Got Talent dated June 15, 2010.

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In this video, we can hear the audience screaming and enjoying her performance, but the judges felt still it wasn't great. Osbourne even commented that Nina was very talented but she voted NO for this Nina. Sharon even explained that "She's a really strong little girl that's got a lot of talent, but I just felt her voice was still maturing...she going to be something great one day".

Even the judge Mary Ellen who also voted NO for Nina clearly showed disappointment in her face by rejecting this girl to have a chance to compete in the coming rounds.
If she really felt that this Fil-am girl deserves another chance, then saying NO is actually a wrong choice.

In my opinion, Nina deserves another chance to show her singing talent, clearly she has this so called Stage Presence.

In your opinion, was it really a mistake to reject Nina in Americas Got Talent Show?
Is Nina the next Charise Pempengco?

Here are other video of Nina.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

New Revelations About Titanic Tragedy- A Steering Mistake

LONDON (Reuters) – The Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error, and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview published on Wednesday.

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Louise Patten, a writer and granddaughter of Titanic second officer Charles Lightoller, said the truth about what happened nearly 100 years ago had been hidden for fear of tarnishing the reputation of her grandfather, who later became a war hero.

Lightoller, the most senior officer to have survived the disaster, covered up the error in two inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic because he was worried it would bankrupt the ill-fated liner's owners and put his colleagues out of a job.

"They could easily have avoided the iceberg if it wasn't for the blunder," Patten told the Daily Telegraph.

"Instead of steering Titanic safely round to the left of the iceberg, once it had been spotted dead ahead, the steersman, Robert Hitchins, had panicked and turned it the wrong way."

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Patten, who made the revelations to coincide with the publication of her new novel "Good as Gold" into which her account of events are woven, said that the conversion from sail ships to steam meant there were two different steering systems.

Crucially, one system meant turning the wheel one way and the other in completely the opposite direction.

Once the mistake had been made, Patten added, "they only had four minutes to change course and by the time (first officer William) Murdoch spotted Hitchins' mistake and then tried to rectify it, it was too late."

Patten's grandfather was not on watch at the time of the collision, but he was present at a final meeting of the ship's officers before the Titanic went down.

There he heard not only about the fatal mistake but also the fact that J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of Titanic's owner the White Star Line persuaded the captain to continue sailing, sinking the ship hours faster than would otherwise have happened.

"If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived at least until the rescue ship came and no one need have died," Patten said.

The RMS Titanic was the world's biggest passenger liner when it left Southampton, England, for New York on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. Four days into the trip, the ship hit an iceberg and sank, taking more than 1,500 passengers with it.

The sinking of the Titanic still captures imaginations and prompts explorers to revisit the site of history's most famous maritime tragedy.
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(Inside the Titanic Cafe)

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)
Yahoo News / Reuters

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Scientific Findings About Facebook Users. Are You One Of Them?

Why Friday mornings are the best time for posting updates, and five other recent conclusions from the emerging field of "Facebook studies"

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With Facebook now claiming 500 million members, it's no surprise that the world's largest social-networking site has become a hot new field for research in the social sciences, says Helen A.S. Popkin at MSNBC. What have we learned? Here's a look at six notable findings:

1. Heavy user? You might be narcissistic
A study from York University in Canada found that the people who frequently update their Facebook pages most frequently tend to be narcissistic — or struggling with low self-esteem. The "more posts = more narcissism" conclusion reinforces a 2008 study from the University of Georgia. Both studies found that narcissists use Facebook for self-promotion; the York one notes that conceited females focus on glamorous, posed photos while males tend to brag in the "About Me" section. Just what we need, says MSNBC's Popkin: Another study showing "Facebook users are jerks."

2. If you want to make a splash, post photos on Friday morning
Among the hordes of "friends" everyone has on Facebook, getting noticed can be hit-or-miss. For more hit and less miss, says social media marketing firm Virtrue, post a photo (not video) before noon on Friday. The specifics: Photos get clicked on 22 percent more than video posts, and 54 more than text-only posts; anything posted before noon gets 65 percent more clicks than afternoon updates; and Fridays are the best, and weekends the worst, for getting attention. However, "if you don’t like this data," notes Peter Kafka at All Things D, "you can always find another set of numbers that may suit you a bit better."

3. Facebookers love to project

Cornell researchers found that users have a tendency to assume that all their online acquiantances share their views. In the study, Facebookers gave their views on a series of hot-button political issues, then guessed what their friends think; their friends did the same. "Result?" says David Berreby at Big Think. "People way overestimate the extent to which their friends agree with them."

4. Lots of logging in = Lower grades
Dutch psychologist Paul Kirschner discovered that college students who check Facebook while studying do substantially worse in school. Looking at 219 U.S. college students, Kirschner found that the Facebook checkers had an average GPA of 3.06, while non-checkers had a 3.82 GPA. Older studies reported strikingly similar drops. It's hardly a shock, says Nikki Gloudeman in Mother Jones. "Stalking ex-boyfriends online totally cuts into study time."

5. Status updates are more urgent than going to the bathroom
A study from Oxygen Media and Lightspeed Research looked at the social media habits of women age 18 to 34, and the results were a little disturbing: 34 percent said they check Facebook first thing upon waking up, before coffee, before going to the bathroom; 39 percent self-identify as full-on Facebook "addicts"; 49 percent think it's fine to hack a boyfriend's account to check on him; and 89 percent say you shouldn't post anything you wouldn't want your parents to see. Um, doesn't that last one seem kind of "contradictory to the 42 percent that think it’s fine to post pictures of themselves drunk?" says Ben Parr at Mashable.

6. In spite of it all, Facebook may be making you happier
The British Computer Society apparently shattered one myth — that too much time spent social networking makes people feel isolated and out of touch with the real world. Instead, BCS found, using Facebook has a "statistically significant, positive impact on life satisfaction." The jump in happiness was greatest among low-income people, women, and less-educated users. So much for the online "'loner' stereotype," says researcher Paul Flatters.

posted on September 22, 2010,

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