Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Charmaine, 27, an only child, was born and raised in a small town in Kentucky. Her mother, an adventurous and hard-working Filipino immigrant who left everything to move to the U.S, has been a big influence on Charmaine. She earned a BA in Corporate Communications from Western Kentucky University, and after winning numerous awards for her leadership and public speaking, she moved to San Diego, where she began her career in marketing and advertising sales. She successfully brought in multi-million dollar clients, trained new employees, and structured long term pricing and contracts. Charmaine, the youngest on the sales team, consistently exceeded her sales goal by more than 200 percent, making her the No. 1 in sales for two consecutive years. She went on to Scottsdale for her next challenge in new business development with a mortgage firm. Charmaine now resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is an area manager for a Fortune 500 Company. She works in warranty and risk-management consulting and is highly involved in the local real estate community. Whether she's driving the performance of the company or mobilizing an entire office to run a mini-marathon for charity, Charmaine has proven she knows how to get it done.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Klassen, 26, won a medal in each of her events in Turin; bronze in the 3,000, silver in the team pursuit and 1,000 and gold in the 1,500. She also won a bronze medal in Salt Lake City.
She set four world records last year, won eight World Cup events and was named Canada's female athlete of the year.
Klassen, a Winnipeg native who lives and trains in Calgary, raced in four events at the 2002 Games at Salt Lake, winning bronze in the 3,000. She just missed the podium in the 1,500 and 5,000, finishing fourth in both races.
maybe cheryl is laughing right now. twas my niece 25th birthday and i didn't go to the dinner and clubbing last night at 'el rancho'. its ok i guess... i won't be able to drink anyways since im working today.
Friday, February 24, 2006
the coup loving ... errr democracy loving nation is making headlines again.... not in a good way though.
Government troopers arrive with their Armoured Personnel Carriers to reinforce their comrades at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, following an alleged attempted coup Friday Feb. 24, 2006. The military tried to quash a possible coup attempt Friday, arresting an army general accused of involvement in the plan and urging soldiers not to get involved in politics by joining demonstrations calling for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
i saw the olympics womens figure skating finals yesterday... and here's what i thought about the competition:
sasha cohen - favorite to get the gold. my personal favorite. but i know she's fucked up when i saw her fell during the warm up that includes slutskaya of russia, arakawa and suguri of japan. that warm up was demorilizing for her, enough to miss the first two jumps she tried in the free skate. she got the SILVER but i thought that performace did not deserve a medal. nevertheless she will forever be remember as a fine skater who collects silver in international competition.
shizuka arakawa - she has this stoic face typical to an asian athlete. never break a smile throughout her performance. her technical abilities was superb and i know that performace is a medal performance. a hands down choice. deserving to get the GOLD. saving grace for japan.
fumie suguri - more emotional performace. good jumps and clean skating. shes currently japan's national champion. she looked so disappointed to see her score...and so am i. she was 4TH but i thought she deserve a silver...
irina slutskaya - a veteran skater from russia. confident skater... not as graceful as cohen but better technical abilities in my opinion. she's just about to get that gold until her butt smacked in the ice on the last minute of her performace. BRONZE
Thursday, February 23, 2006
First posted 07:20pm (Mla time) Feb 23, 2006
By Ruben V. Nepales
LOS ANGELES -- “I WISH I COULD HAVE sinigang right now,” Cheryl Burke told us as she and her partner Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees compete in the final week of the top-rated TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.”
Cheryl, daughter of Manila-born (and raised in San Jose, Nueva Ecija) Sherri Bautista Burke, and Drew are duking it out in dance numbers against wrestler Stacy Keibler and partner Tony Dovolani, and NFL great Jerry Rice and partner Anna Trebunskaya Thursday evening (today at noon in Manila).
“A huge thank you from the heart to my fellow Filipinos,” Cheryl told us in an e-mail interview. Filipinos, especially those in the US, have been avidly voting for her and Drew via phone and online polls and are expected to rally for the dancing couple. Thursday is the last chance for viewers to vote. “Yes, Drew is very much aware of the Filipinos’ support and is very grateful.
The winning pair will be announced in a special finale show on Sunday evening. Cheryl said two Pinays inspired her to dance: “My mother, Sherri Bautista-Burke, dances and competes in ballroom dancing, amateur level, with my stepdad Dr. Bob Wolf. Regretfully, I didn’t get to meet my grandmother, Rosario Bautista, who passed away even before I was born. She was a high school Physical Education teacher in the 1950s and ’60s who brought beauty, grace and passion through dancing and inspired high school students in San Jose, Nueva Ecija. I believe I inherited her love for dancing.”
The winning pair will be announced in a special finale show on Sunday evening.
Cheryl said two Pinays inspired her to dance: “My mother, Sherri Bautista-Burke, dances and competes in ballroom dancing, amateur level, with my stepdad Dr. Bob Wolf. Regretfully, I didn’t get to meet my grandmother, Rosario Bautista, who passed away even before I was born. She was a high school Physical Education teacher in the 1950s and ’60s who brought beauty, grace and passion through dancing and inspired high school students in San Jose, Nueva Ecija. I believe I inherited her love for dancing.”
Friday, February 17, 2006
Four jobs you have had in your life:
1. Fund Accountant
2. GAP (yes, the one who ask you "what size are you looking for?")
3. Product Manager
4. Production Engineer / Chemist
Four movies you could watch over and over
1. Spider Man
2. X- Men
3. The Notebook
Four places you have lived:
1. Toronto (Canada)
2. Manila (Philippines)
3. Makati (Philippines)
4. Iloilo City (Philippines)
Four TV shows you love to watch:
2. American Idol
3. Desperate Houseviwes
4. Sex In The City
Four places you have been on vacation
1. Los Angeles, California
3. Montreal, Canada
4. Boracay, Philippines
Four websites you visit daily:
1. TD Canada Trust
4. Toronto Star
Four of your favorite foods:
1. Anything Filipino (I can cook.. and I'm a good one.. hehe!)
2. Thai Food
3. Vietnamese Food
4. Anything my Mom cooks
Four places you'd rather be right now:
1. Torino, Italy
3. Cuba or Mexico
Four of your favorite things to do
1. Lounge @ home
2. Chillin' with friends
3. Cooking and eating
4. Listening to music
Four of your favorite drinks (alcoholic or non....ANYTHING)
2. Tea (Green, Chamomile, Ginger)
3. Hot Choco
4. Any alcoholic drinks except whisky.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
To get the most from garlic, you may have to rough it up a little. When you cook garlic, cut it, smash it and then let it sit for about 10 minutes. This allows plenty of time for the formation of garlic's mother compound, allicin, the sulfur compound that gives garlic its unique potential benefits, including an ability to inhibit blood clots. Raw and cooked garlic may reduce elevated blood cholesterol and blood pressure. In population studies, people who eat more alliums (garlic family members) have lower rates of stomach and other cancers; indeed, just one clove of garlic a day can lower the risk. Raw garlic and onion kill bacteria and fungi, making them natural antibiotics. When buying garlic, choose firm heavy heads and store in an open container in a cool, dry place.
garlic or 'bawang' (in filipino), 'ajos' (in ilonggo) is one of my fave spices. i remember when i was young, me and my brother always fight over garlic when my mom cooks 'pinamal-han' (fish in vinegar). i also love peanuts with lots of garlic... last week i was in LA.. went to an asian store a bought a pack of 'boy bawang' corn with fried garlic.
TIP: to remove garlic odor. rub the area (finger tips) in a stainless steel knife (careful not to cut yourself). you can also use stainless steel materials. try it, it works!
Thursday, February 02, 2006
click the above buttons for links.
1. the blog spammers annoyed me. suddenly i spam messages in my tag board became unwelcome sight.
2. ive been busy with school and work.
3. i went to the states for a short holiday. i know this is not an excuse but surprisingly i didnt take that much pics.. very few to be honest. i was just there to enjoy and have a great time with relatives and old friends.
4. im LAZY!
hopefully this will change... well im gonna try anyways.