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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
(abstracted from COSMOMAG)

Embarassing but true: Your bust is especially prone to skin problems. Here's how to subdue irritating sundromes.

Exercise related bothers

Why it happens
Sweat dampened sports bra fabric can chafe your chest, particualarly the nipples,
causing killer psstgym itch.

ITCH TAMER----------
Protect irritates skin with petroleum jelly and powder your breasts
before workouts. Then quickly change your wet bra.

BREAST BOTHER-------------

WHY IT HAPPENS--------------
The nipples and crease just beneath the breasts are particularly
susceptible to these conditions.

ITCH TAMER-----------
Moisturize your chest twice a day; on bad days, follow up with
an OTChydrocortisone ointment.


BREAST BOTHER-------------
Allergic Dermatitis

a sudden red, itchy rash can be a reaction to a soap,fabric detergent
or even your sex partner's aftershave.

ITCH TAMER----------
If there's a pattern to an outbreak, (i.e. it occurs right after you do laundry)
eliminate the potential allergen.

posted by infraternam meam @ 3:46 AM   18 comments
Thursday, August 26, 2004
(abstracted from COSMOMAG)

When you're tense after a tough day, a light touch on body parts that rarely get attention is relaxing and stress-reducing-- even when doing it to yourself. Try this calming moves:

THE SWIRL.....Move the tips of your fingers in small circle over the insides of your elbows and back of your knees.

THE ZIGZAG.....Draw your nails gently across your chest and up toward your neck in random zigzag lines.

THE SLIDE..... Run your palms over your abdomen from side to side in opossing directions, just barely touching your skin.

THE SWEEP.....Use the tips of your pinkies to trace the shape of your eyelids, then brush them softly across the entire surface.
posted by infraternam meam @ 11:18 PM   0 comments
(abstract from Epworth Sleepiness scale)

How likely are to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? Even if you have'nt done some of these things recently, think about how they would have affected you.



A... Sitting and reading.....(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

B... Watching television.....(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

C... Sitting inactive in a
public place.................(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chace of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

D... As a passenger in a
car for an hour..............(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

5... Lying down to rest in
the afternnon................(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

6...Sitting and talking
to someone...................(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

7... Sitting quietly after
lunch........................(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

8... In a car while stopped
in a traffic.................(0)________would never doze
.............................(1)________slight chance of dozing
.............................(2)________moderate chance of dozing
.............................(3)________high chance of dozing

Total Score.....................________

The EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE KEYTotal score of less than 8 suggests that you may not be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness.

A total score of 8 or more suggests that you may need further evaluation byyour physician to determine the cause of yoru excessive daytime sleepiness and whether you have an underlying sleep disorder.
posted by infraternam meam @ 12:06 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
(abstracted from EMAG)

***** 399 B.C. SOCRATES is condemened for corrupting the youth of Athens by teaching individuality.Drinks hemlock. No wonder his pupil Plato would later advocate censorship.

***** 1534 MARTIN LUTHER translates the Old Testament into German for common folks. The Bible stays on the best seller lists for the next 470 years.

***** 1541 MICHAELANGELO unveils nude figures on Sistine Chapel fresco; Pope Pius IV later has loincloths drawn over the dangly bits.

***** 1789 BILL OF RIGHTS secures freedom of speech, religion, and the press--- though nine years later; the Alien and Sedidition Acts threaten imprisonment for improper political speech.

***** 1863 EDOUARD MANET'S nude painting Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe(like 1865's Olympia) scandalizes Paris society. Such prudes, those French!.

***** 1915 D.W. GRIFFITH's pro KKK film "The Birth of a Nation"debuts, becoming the most frequently banned in history (at least until 2001's Freddy Got Fingered)

***** 1950 Sen. Joe McCarthy's anti Commie crusade begins, leading to House hearing to out Reds in Hollywood. Hundreds are blacklisted.

***** 1955 the Devils Music made them do it; Florida police instruct Elvis Presley to stand still while he performs; in '57, ABC drops Alan Freeds's The Big Beat after Frankie Lymon dances with a white girl.

***** 1964 LOUIS MALLE's film the Lover's leads Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart to declare of obscenity: "I know it when I see it," Which suggests it's possible he looked frequently.

*****1966 ELIZABETH TAYLOR shocks moviegoers by saying "gooddamn" and "Bugger" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?

***** 1972 MAUDE chooses abortion; George Carlin records seven dirty words you can't say on air (but we can't revel 'em)

***** 1981 CHARLES ROCKET is fired after saying the F--word
during a Saturday Night Live broadcast. Great career move, Chuck!

***** 1991 WAL-MART refuses to sell "adult"material. Except guns and ammuntion.

***** 1992 CANDIDATE BILL CLINTON likens rapper Sister Souljah to former Klansman David Duke; Madonna publishes Sex. Chief complaint: the graphic photo book's shabby binding.

***** 1993 NYPD BLUE is a hit despite 57 ABC affiliates' refusal to air the nudity-laced debut. Somehow, Dennis Franz becomes a sex symbol.

***** 1995 TWO OAKLAHOMA teens go on a murderous spree after repeatedly viewing Natural Born Killers,, prompting a (failed) lawsuit against Oliver Stone.

***** 1997-98 ELLEN season 4: She's gay. Ellen season 5: She's canceled!

***** 1999 V-CHIP promoted by then Vice President Al Gore, debuts, allowing parents to limit their children's consumption of sensitive TV material. It remains in limited use. As does Al Gore.

***** 2004 JANET JACKSON'S super bowl performance with Justin Timberlake gives new meaning to the term OVEREXPOSURE
posted by infraternam meam @ 4:05 PM   0 comments
.....everyday average workers grt laid off all the time ----- here's how to step up and escape the ax.....(abstracted from MAXMAG)


in a room of otherwise equal employees, the one who speaks up most seems the least dispensable( provided he's not drunk). So improve your verbal game. "Talk business gossip and use buzz words", recommends David R. Carpe, Boston based career consultant. Dedicating one brain - fryingly dull hour a month to reading a trade journal will let you talk shop instead of sports when you get some face time with your boss at the water cooler. And identify yourself as a leader by sending a "Way to go!" e-mail to everyone who helped make a project happen--even if you were'nt in charge-- and don't forget the boss man.


Especially in this age of layoffs, no boss is going to fire a guy he thinks is doing the jobs for the price of one. Arriving before your manager does and staying later tells him you're there if he needs you. "Being available beyond nine to five shows you care about your job, not just the pay check." says John A. Challenger, CEO of the festively named consulting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. Luckily this can be faked: A Program available at GoToMyPC.com lets you work on your office computer from any other machine, so you can look busy at 10pm, while you're just watching Charmed in your underwear.


milk that eager junior staff of yours for all they're worth. From photocopying to first drafts, delegate anything you can to eager beaver underlings and interns who thrive on gaining experience. For added credibitlity make it sound as if this directive is coming from above. Lines like "We'd like to give you some more responsibility......"and " We think your strenghts are here, so you'd be perfect to try....."will let you hand off busywork, increase your own productivity and build an office buzz about what a Cool Ass Leaderas Bill Clinton taught us, are impossible to fire.


Don't hide when your project goes FUBAR--- taking responsibility renders you irreplaceable. When shit meets fan, have a junior staffer deliver the bad news to the boss while you concoct a solution. Use the urgency of the problem to draw the attendtion from who or what needs to be fixed, suggest a solution and make it clear you'll do whatever it takes. "Your boss won't fire you if you agree with him, so jump on the bandwagon." swears James Wright, partner at Bridge Technical Solutions in Rhode Island and a career counselor. Now coast until that Social Security kicks in.
posted by infraternam meam @ 12:05 AM   0 comments
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
(sent by a friend from CLARENDON HILLS)

An Asian woman married an English gentleman and they live happily ever after in London.

However, the poor lady was NOT very proficient in English, but did manage to communicate with her husband.

The real problem arose whenever she had to shop for groceries.

One day, she went to thebutcher shop and wanted to buy chicken legs. She did not know how to put forward the request, and in desperation, clucked like a chicken and lifted her skirt to show her thighs. The butcher got the message and she went home with chicken legs.

The next day, she needed to get chicjen breasts. Again, she did not know how to say it, and so she clucked like a chicken and unbuttoned her blouse to she the butcher her breast. The lady got what she wanted.

The thrid day, the poor lady needed to buy sausages. Unable to find a way to communciate this, she brought her husband to the store.......


************WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?????


posted by infraternam meam @ 3:32 PM   0 comments
Monday, August 23, 2004
HOW TO MASTER DEBATING: Win any argument -- no matter how wrong your are!
(abstracted from MaxMag)

1... Think it over.

Next time you start a squabble, prepare to do something you might find diificult: THINK, "most people assume they know what they want but haven't thought through," says Michael A. Gilbert, author of How to Win an Argument.If you are fighting for a raise, ask yourself if it's all about the Benjamins or whether you're just looking for a little respect. That way you can determine whether you're just just settle for extra money, vacation time, or aloftier title, like assistant fry salter.

2... Listen up

Know how your girlfriend demands you pay attention to whatever she's going on about? Well, Chatty Cathy may have a point, "The best arguers are those who listen." Gilbert explains. We did'nt catch what he said next, but it was something about understanding the other person's motives to better tailor your rebuttal.If someone takes you by surprise with an argument, have him elaborate. This will get you extra info and valuable time to come up with a response better than "I know you are, but am I?"

3... Be Nice

Throwing a hissy fit isn't a good long term strategy. "Nine times out of 10, the people we argue with are people we're going to argue again",
Gilbet say, "So, if you win an argument but, say, make your grilfriend feel like an idiot in the process, you'll pay for it next time". It's especially important to keep your cool when arguing with authority figures, such as your boss or parole officer. "Be polite, be contrite," advises amateur poet Gilbert. "Agression only leads to agression."Disagree with that bit of wisdom? Feel free to go fuck yourself.

4... Give IN

If you find yourself in a deadlock, admit that the guy is right....about something totally different. "Disarm your opponent by finding a point of his you can agree with rather than harping on the ones you dont", says Margaret E. Anderson, and Interpersonal persuasion trainer in Houston. In light of your apparent surrender, your foe will let his guard down and be likely to return the favor; use that leverage to make one last appeal. If he still won't budge, calmly sugest you continue another time....then key his car.
posted by infraternam meam @ 3:53 AM   0 comments
Saturday, August 21, 2004
TID BITS OF NEWS abstracted from Filpinas Magazine

In a comeuppance to snotty Western expatraites and Chinese natives who hire them, a team of Filipina housemaids in Hong Kong beat nine other ladies rowing teams to win the Circus Capital Stanley Dragon Boat Ladies Division Championships. The Bulldog Mabuhay Dragon Boat Team (its sponsor is the Bulldog Bar and Grill) of 27 Pinays powered theri way to the finish line in s 1 minute and 27seconds, way ahead of the more experienced teams. The Stannly Dragon Boat Competition is one of the biggest events in Hong Kong and among the world's most awaited rowing races.

The Filipina team, in its first year of competition, had very little time to practice. Most, if not all, of the 130,000 Filipina maids in Hong Kong are only given sundays off. "I want people to know that we Filipinos are not only maids in Hong Kong. We have the potential to do other things as well,"
team member Cloe Belle Dofeno said.


They've tried this before but did'nt quite make it. This time the city of Sorsogon in the Bocil region planned to go all out in its quest to alnd a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the "longest pili nut cracking line" . Some 25,000 nucrackers -- the human variety -- were expected to line soem 25 kilometers of streets in Sorsogon city while simultaneously cracking pili nuts for a period of 30 minutes. The gathering of nuts tagged "Pili Tiriladan sa Dalan" (Street Pili Nutcracking) were to be led by newly elected senator Dick Gordon and Jamby Madrigal, as well as the Tourism Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan. No word yet if Guinness took notice.


Parents of pupils of the Integrated Monstessori School in Fort Bonifacio had the shock of their lives when the school bus operator, whom they trusted with their children's transport, was arrested by the military operatives recently.

Turns out he was Ibno Alih Ordonez, alias Ibno Abbas Abdil, the 7th most wanted Abu Sayyaf member with a one million peso prize on his head. Ordonez allegedly participated in the kidnapping of about 50 students and teachers in Basilan in 2000, one of whom was Fr. Roel Gallardo, who was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf.
posted by infraternam meam @ 4:14 AM   0 comments
Friday, August 20, 2004
(abstracted from Filipinas Magazine by: Charity Beyer-Bagatsing)
(check for Docbeyer1@aol.com)

The Philippines has always possessed a thriving and serious respect for the supernatural. The tracks of an idly fleeing wild boar or the sound of flapping wings are transformed into chilling tales of the unexplained. Every barrio and province has its favorite (or dreaded) spirit. The place where a person succumed to sickness or the house in a gathering mist of suspicious rumros. All it takes is one reliable witness who swear in total sobriety that he or she has witnessed a malevolent being. The following are the mythical creatures that haunt our nightmares, torture our imagination and send a ripple up our spine long after the lights have been truned off.

ANITO -otherwise known as "mamangkis" or "cancaniaos" they share the characteristics of the "matanda sa punso"-- spirit of the mound. they posses the ability to inflict boils and sickness on anyone who bothers them. when walking through the unfamiliar routes people say, "Tabi-tabi po...makikiraan lang" (sir,please move side, I'm, just passing through) children often fall victim to their anger if they accidentally bump into them while playing. parents of afflicted kids leave offerings of fruits under the treee or near a mound of earth ("punso") to appease the invisible spirits. permission is also sought before cutting down trees in the forest.

ASWANG or BRUHA an ordinary witch or sorcerer who can be a woman or a man. this person can change into the form of a black cat, pig, dog or bird with blooshot eyes. at night, it lurks behind bushes waiting for a lonely wayfarer. when a victim is spotted, it appears out of nowhere in the middle of the road intent to overpowering the victim. the aswang drags its hunted prey into a secret lair, gorging the victim's liver and blood. however, it cannot lift anybody who carries a coin. one centavo is enough to make the aswang's plans a failure. garlic is the bitterest foe of the aswangs, the sight of it causes them to flee.

DIWATA or ENGKANTADA-the most famous ones are Maria Makiling and the engkantada of Mount Apo, beautiful ladies with long hair and supernatural powers. to have one as a friend ensures a rich and prosperous life; to have one as an enemy ensures a life of poverty, struggle and ,misery.

DWENDE- "Kaibaan, Ilulid, Cama-cama or Nuno sa Punso" are just a few of their names. they are small creatures, about the size of a one year old child. they live under a small mound or dirt ("punso")on a full moon, one can sometimes see them in the shadows or hear their mystical music playing. they are harmless creatures who befriend virtous humans to whom they render valuable services such as providing information, warning of potential danger and endowing beloved friends with precious gifts. they can also create mischief, cause havoc and can be dangerous if provoked to anger.

KAPRE-a harmless spirit who takes the form of a very white, tall man with a long beard. it prefers to live around dark, big houses or sit in the branches of tall, leafy trees like the mango, sampaloc or balete trees. at night smoke coming from a tree means a Kapre is enjoying his tobacco. it is believed that kapres are afraid of goats and will not disturb anyone unless provoked.

MANANANGGAL-the most feared creature; also known as "wak-wak" in the visayan dialect. common people believe the wak-wak is always a woman. between six or seven o'clock at night this creature finds a secret place near her home. she bends her body down while her legs remain rigid and straight. her hair becomes stiff and her nails run into long sharp claws. her eyes grow bigger and eerily flows, while large bat like wings protrude from her body echoing the sound "wak wak" as it flies along. it preys on the livers of the sick and disobedient children who refuse to come indoors at twilight. they are especially fond of babies in their mothers womb, sucking their blood by using its tongue as a threadlike proboscis which enters through the mother's navel. vigilant eyes, garlic and a pair of scissors or thorny branches should be kept beside a pregnant woman at all times.

MULTO- the souls of the unpardones dead who will wander on the earth unless the living intercede to secure the pardon of God through constant praying. the smell of burning candles indicates their presence day or night. they are reputed to assail the living with red painful bruises. moving one's hands wildly and uttering phrases and prayers from the Bible will cause them to leave.

SIRENA- this capricious female deity can be wicked to the core of extremly kind hearted. it is characterized by its long, black hair, betwiching voice, beautiful facial features and a strong fish like odor. appearing in human form, it comes on land during fiestas and Holy Week. it is afraid of salt, steel, silver or gold as these can inflict a mortal wound on its scaly body. innocent swimmers are dragged to its underwater abode and drowned. it offers victims fish to eat; accepting her offer bring sinstant death. refusing her offer increase the chance of freedom and perhaps a lavish gift of precious jewels.

TIK-TIK- a male aswang, its name is derived from the very noise it makes at night. common people believe this is the aswang turned into a night bird. it is known to perch on top of houses of pregnant mothers and the sick.

TIKBALANG- a creature with legs ectremely long in proportion to its body so that when it sits down, the knees tower over its head. it has three coarse stiff hairs on the top of its head; anyone successful in acquiring the three hairs will have the tikbalang as his personal slave for life. it is strong and fast and abhors the sight of children, dead or alive. it steals the bodies of dead children and buries them deep in the ground. it's harmless and would rather flee than fight, but will cause vomiting to those that mock it.

TIYANAK - it's known to mimic the cry of a baby lost in the forest. symphatetic travelers often stray from their path trying to locate this supposedly abandoned baby, and eventually get lost in the forest. at night, if one listens carefully, one can distainctly hear the malevolent laughter of this creature resonating in the forest. travelers can avoid falling prey to the tiyanak's wiles by wearing gheir shirts backwards and ignoring its misleading cries.
posted by infraternam meam @ 11:24 AM   0 comments
(sent by a friend from Claredon Hills)

A teacher asks her class:

"If there are 5 birds on a fence and you shoot one of them, how many will be left?"she calls little Billy.

He replies:

"None, they will all fly away with the first gunshot".

The teacher replies:

"The correct answer is 4, but I like your thinking".

Then Little Billy says,

"I have a question for You! There are three women sitting on a bench having Ice Cream: One is delicately licking the sides of the triple scoops of Ice Cream. The second is gobbling down the top and sucking the cone. The third is biting off the top of the Ice Cream. Which one is married?"

The teacher, blushing a great deal, replies:

"Well, I suppose the one that's gobbled down the top and sucked the cone".

To which Little Billy replied:

"The correct answer is the one with the wedding ring on, but I like your thinking".
posted by infraternam meam @ 4:21 AM   0 comments
Thursday, August 19, 2004
"They chased their dreams and did the country proud. So, what happened to these Filipino athletes after the Olympic dust settled?"

(abstracted from Filipinas Magazine by: Ibarra Pascua)

David Nepomuceno, a sprinter and member of the U.S. navy was the Philippines first ever Olympic representative when he competed in the 1924 Paris Olympiad. He came home eompty handed. The first Filipino athlete to win a medal in the Olympics was Teofilo Yldefonso, a swimmer from Piddig , Ilocos Norte.

Yldefonso, is the only Filipino who has won two Olympic medals. He bagged the bronze medals in the 200 meter breast stroke events at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Yldefonso was known as the "Ilocano Shark"His fastest time in the 200 meter breaststroke was 2 minutes and 48.4 seconds.

The year 1932 was a banner one for the Philippines as aside from Yldefonso, two other Filipino brought home bronze medals. High jumper Semeon Toribio and bantamweight boxer Jose "Cely" Villanueva also came home to a hero's welcome. Toribio, who hails from Zamboanga, was considered the "Filipino Field Athlete of the Half Century"and "Asia's Best Athlete" for winning gold medals in the high jump event in the Far Eastern Olympics in 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930 and 1934 aside from his Olympics bronze medal. In 1930, Toribio was awarded the Helms World Trophy for being Asia's greatest athlete. He became a lawyer and a congressman representing Bohol province where later settled. A hospital in Bohol is named after him.

Cely Villanueva became a world class boxing trainer.Aside from training his son, Anthony, he also helped the legendary Gabriel "Flash" Elorde in the ring exploits. The younger Villanueva could have fought on in the next Olympics to chase the golden dream, but saw his amateur status stripped when he made a movie.

In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Miguel White also won a bronze in the 400 meter hurdles event. After that, came a long drought as Filipino athletes struggled to keep abreast with the competition. White, like Yldefonso was killed during the WWII.

The next Olympic medal for the Filipinos would not come until 28 years later with featherweight boxer Anthony Villanueva settling for the silver medal when the Games were celebrated in Tokyo. Villanueva actually improved on the feat of his father who served as his trainer. He could have won the elusive gold but suffered a controversial decision to Russain Stanislav Stephaskin.

From there onwards, only Filipino boxers would enjoy a measure of success in the Olympics. After another 24 years, flyweight Leopoldo Serrantes would win a bronze in the 1988 Seoul Olympiad. Four years later, light flyweight Roel Velasco bagged yet another bronze in Barcelnoa. In 1996 Roel's younger brother light flyweight Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, the country its second silver medal in the Atlanta Olympics on another controversial loss to Bulgarian Daniel Bokilov.

Actually, Filipino athletes have also won two other bronze medals and a gold. However, the sheen of these medals slightly pale in comparison to the rest because they were won in dangerous events.

Bantamweight Stephen Fernandez and feater weight Bea Lucero won bronze medals in taekwondo during the 1992 staging of the Olympics in Barcelona. However, taekwondo was a demonstration sport back then.

Earlier, bowler Arianne Cerdena captured a gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. But again, bowling was just a demonstration sport and the medal did not count in the final tally.

Cerdena settled down and now has a family. Lucero, who actually started out as a gymnast before shifting to taekwondo,became a broadcast journalist and then married Jean Lhuillier who is now involved in the local basketball scene helping the national cage squad financially.

In recent memory, there are the likes of track queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado and swimmers Christine Jacob and Eric Buhain worth mentioning.

In the Philippines where basketball is considered the number one pastime, there are demigods like Ambrosio Padilla, Carlos Loyzaga, Robert Jaworski and Freddie Webb among others who was a member of the Philippine team that almost won a bronze in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Despite winning four of five games, the Philippines was questionably relegated to the fifth place. Padilla later became a senator. Among the members of that team were Charles Borck, Jacinto Ciria-Cruz, Franco Marquicias, Primitivo Martinez, Amador Obordo, Bibiano Ouano, John Worrell, Jesus Marzan and Fortunato Yambao.

Likewise, joining show business was Onyok Velasco who tunred to comedy films and sitcoms after exploits in Atlanta.

Jaworski, who played for the Philippine team in the 1968 Olympiad, is also known as the "Living Legend" of Philippine basketball. He sought a second term in the senate but lost in the May elections. Webb, on the other hand, became councilor of Pasay and later became a senator. He played for the Philippine team during the 1972 Munich Games.

Loyzaga, the "Gret Difference", saw action in the Olympics twice, in Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne(1856). After a colorful basketball career, Loyzaga immigrated to Australia. Two of his sons, Chito and Joey, followed his footsteps as basketball players. Chito later played for the RP team that settled for silver during the 1990 Bangkok Asian games.

De Vega once Asia's Sprint Queen, competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she clocked 11.97 in the 100 meter dash and 25.10 in the 200 meter dash. She would rule the Asia level of the world. She later married an engineer and then became a councilor in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Currently, she is studying two separate offers to teach in Singapore and this was why she did not vie for re-election.

Jacob and Buhain were the toast of the swimming community back in 1988 when they competed in the Seoul Olympics. The best Jacob could do was finish in a tie for 25th and 37th place in the 200 meter freestyle event when she sumitted a time of 2:12.17 Jacob also became a movie personality co-hosting the noontime show "Eat Bulaga" and doing several comedy films with Vic Sotto. She is now married with children.

Aside from seeing action in Seoul, Buhain also took part in the Barcelona Games. Buhain competed in the 100 meter and 200 meter butterfly and the 50 meter and 200 meter freestyle events. He is currently the chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission.
posted by infraternam meam @ 4:24 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
(abstracted from Filipinas Magazine by: Gemma Nemenzo)

A Villainess Love By All


She was dubbed "the Sophia Loren of the Philippines", at a time when to look like an international movie star was a big plus in one's arsenal of assets. But even as Marlene Dauden was quite a stunner with her full, pouty lips and her big expressive eyes, there was always something more to her that set her apart from the sea of beautiful mestizas in Sampaguita Pictures stable of movie stars.

Her contemporaries in the Sampaguita studios, which included Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes and Barbara Perez, knew and acknowledged that the heavy dramatic roles would always go to Marlene Dauden and Lolita Rodriguez.

For Filipino movie fans of yesteryear, Marlene Dauden is on the same revered level as Lolita Rodirguez. The two were dramatic actresses par excellence, who were not to be debased by screaming hordes or gossip columns. It is a tribute to Marlene's unigueness that, despite her "contrabida"(villainess)roles, she is remembered fondly as a "bida"(heroine).

To think Marlene had to learn acting the hard way. Born to Spanish-Irish father and a Spanish mother was brought up in a Spanish speaking household and an English speaking school (St. Scholastica in the 50's). In her movies she had to be coached in the nuances of acting and in speaking tagalog (by Rosa Mia among others) so she could be understandable to viewers. To prepare for her roles, she had to skip the socializing that was expected of Sampaguita stars so that she could stay up and memorize her Tagalog lines. This "inadeqaucy" and her classy demeanor made her a natural for rich society girl roles such as "Marivic" in "Pagpatak ng Ulan"(When the Rain Falls) who messes up the relationship of Mario MOntenegro and Gloria Romero and dies in the end so that the lovers can be reunited.

Marlene married La Salle basketball star Ernesto "Nonggoy" Hernaez on the third year of her four year contract with Sampaguita Pictures. As she started to have babies, the studio decided not to renew, thus freeing her to combine mothering and acting on her own terms. Having already won the FAMAS Best supporting Actress award for "Anino ni Bathala"(God's Shadow) in 1959, it was easy to land plum dramatic roles as a free lancer. In fact, it was after Sampaguita that Marlene Dauden's acting prowess flourished.

In 1963, she won anothr FAMAS Best Supporting award trophy for "Sapagkat Kami'y Tao Lamang"(Because we're only human), her favorite movie, the one that her fan will associate with her. The next year she bagged the FAMAS Best Actress award with "Sa Bawa't Pintig ng Puso"(When the heart is wounded), and honor she shared with Fernando Poe, Jr. who bagged the Best Actor award.

In the late '60s, she was offered her own television series, "Salamisim"(reflections) on channel 5. The program showcased her well honed dramatic prowess and hooked her up with Mitos Villareal, the renowned TV director and Ateng Osorio, the veteran scripwriter. Their trimvirate would eventually move to ABS-CBN with a new porgram called "Panagimpan"(Imagination) where Marlene was host and occasional lead star sharing the creative conceptualization of each show with Mitos and Ateng.

Marlene Dauden-Hernaez transitioned from actress to medical office manager seamlessly, although there were occasions when her movie persona, which she kept secret to her non-Filipino friends, would inadvertently be invoked. she almost did not get her first job, she recalls, because the hirng officer found out and was a bit squeamish about hiring a famous person.

Today, at 66, she and Nonggoy are retired and living peacefully in a quiet town in California, close enough to her three married daughters and eight grandchildren to enjoy regular family get togethers. Theirs is a close knit family, a gift that Marlene is very thankful for.

Right now, she is enjoying a leisurely retirement and a small, non demanding lumpia business, with her own very specail recipe which is getting raves from lucky tasters.

"My peers, those times, they are what I miss most", she confesses. Philppine movies, however, miss the big, fromidable presence of the one and only MARLENE DAUDEN.
posted by infraternam meam @ 4:32 AM   2 comments
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
(abstracted from Filipinas Magazine by: Gemma Nemenzo)


Rosaline Sweet Williams was eight years old when her mother, who she describes as the quintessential stage mother made her take drama lessons and brought her before the late Fernando Poe, Sr., so she could be a child star.With her natural curls and her very mestiza features, she was the living image of the adorable doll that Filipinos at that time craved for. Poe Sr, featured her in some of his movies, such as "Irog Paalam" and taught her how to act.

She was 14 when Premiere Productions signed her up as a contract star with her first starring role in "Abenturera". That was when her name was changed to CORAZON RIVASand she was launched into stardom. For five years whe was one of the hottest properties of Premiere, getting choice leading roles in such big movie hits as the "Lo Waist Gang", a Filipino version of "Oceans Eleven" (it also starred Zaldy Zshornack, Berting Labra and a host of others)was such a big hit that Premiere mined it to the hilt by making it a series of movies, all of them with Corazon Rivas as the leading lady.

With her star on the ascendant, Rivas went to play lead roles in most Premiere movies, often being paired with actors who were like wise being groomed for stardom. One of them was Joseph Estrada, who she remembers as being "scary" when he gets drunk but he nonetheless became her friend. It was Poe Jr., however, who was her favorite leading man. she starred with him in may of her movies.Even then they had a rapport that was discernible even on screen, she recalls. In real life, they were never an item, she laughs, although they were promoted as such.

After staying away for more than 10 years, it was Poe who arranged for a reunion for the "Lo Waist Gang" at his Antipolo retreat.It was one of those gatherings that was off limits to the press so everyone was able to let down their guard and act like they were still teenagers that they were doing the movie. That party was the last reunion with Zshornack who passed away.

When she was 19 in 1959, Rivas married her first husband, an american serviceman assigned at Clark Air Base. It was an act of rebellion, she admits now, because she was no longer happy living life in a fishbowl. "I was already earning P5,000 per movie, which was a big salary at the time," she recalls. But except owning her own car, she hardly enjoyed such largese."The money did'nt belong to me", she revealed. Her mother collected, she merely got an allowance. And then there was the requirement to always try to please other people, an integral part of a movie star's job description that anyone would find tiring. Rivas, already a jaded veteran before she even turned 20, found her way out through marriage. Or so she thought.

It did not take long for the marriage to unravel. Rivas and her husband left for the United States so she could give birth to their first daughter; by the time she was pregnant with her second, she was on her way home. It was then she resumed her movie career that she met Paquito Toledo, the band leader/actor/director, who eventually persuaded her to give up the trade and emigrate to the U.S. with him in 1976.

Just like most immigrants to this country, Rivas had to do a variety of jobs to get by while Toledo played the Filipino circuit. Just like most immigrants, she had moments of gregret and bitterness. One of her part time job was as an assistant to a coutourier in San Francisco where she had to help customers dress up. This was when the changes in her life really hit her -- back home, she was the one who was pampered and dressed.

When Toledo started ailing, Rivas had to carry the burden of supporting the family, which included their son and her two daughters. The rough times hardened her, and her determined to make it on her own efforts. Their friends in the movie industry back home helped her through the ordeal but there was no beating the cancer that put Toledo in a coma until his death in 1981.

Today Rivas lives alone in her cozy house in Milpitas, California. Her children are now married; two of them live close enough for weekly visits.She now does what she has always dreamed of, a regular job that tkes her out of the house from 8 am to 5pm each weekday, a commute that she grumbles about like ordinary folks and a quiet anonymous life that allows her to choose what she wants to do without having to perform. That, for someone who used to live under intense public scrutiny, is what happiness is all about.

posted by infraternam meam @ 3:48 AM   0 comments
Monday, August 16, 2004
if some of the readers of my blog was not yet born and cannot remember or recognized the name of this Filipino actress, just read. it's worth knowing this actress.

(Abstracted from Filipinas magazine by Dedette Sison-Santiago)

DELIA RAZON " The Sunshine Girl"

If there's one actress who has reached rock bottom and managed to smile through it, that would be Delia Razon.

She is a resilient mother of three and a doting grandma of nine.

The woman known as the "Sunshine Girl"because of her zest in life amid trials and hardships now punctuates her stories with sighs as she shows off pictures from childhood and as a full fledged movie star.

Born Lucy Mae Dulin Grytzin Iloilo City to a German father, Karl Grytz, and a mother of Filipino-Spanish descent, Lourdes Espinosa Cortez, the charming actress started helping the family at an age when she should have been going to school. She is the youngest of two children. "My father dies when I was only two years old having developed pneumonia after he tried saving a laborer from drowning," she recalls.

Shortly after her father's death, the girl was placed under the care of her maternal grandfather, while her mother left for Manila to work in a dress shop. Young Lucy was in the sixth grade in Colegio de San Angel when the war broke out. She was 14 yrs old when she came to Manila to join her mother during the Japanese Occupation and worked as a file clerk at the US Army's Depot 17 on Highway 54. She was later employed in the cards department of the National Development Corp. where she worked for several months until a strike forced the company to close down.

Most of her free time was spent at the movie studios gawking at stars like Rogelio Dela Rosa, Leopoldo Salcedo and Oscar Moreno. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that someday I would be playing opposite such big starts,"she says.

"It was never my ambition to become an actress, I wanted to become a Nurse,"
she confesses.But as luck would have it, she was spotted by Fernando Poe, Sr. when she danced with a group for the future widow of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, Liza Banzon-Magsaysay in the late '40s.Through as friend, Poe Sr, asked her to try the movies.
"Ay dili ko! Masuko man si mama(I didnt want to because Mama would get angry)".Nevertheless, with much prodding from Oscar Moreno, whom she met in one of her countless visits to Sampaguita Pictures, she relented and had a bit part in a Fred Montilla-Paraluman starer. "Nothing came out of it though".Or so she thought until a knock came from LVN Studios one day.

"I was peeling potatoes at home with Mama when someone from LVN came and said they needed mestiza extras for a Mila Del Sol film. Mama gave her permission for just one movie," she smiles.

But that was only the beginning of what was to be a fruitful movie career for the barrio lass.Dona Sisang signed her up for an exclusive contract with LVN Studios and gave her the screen name DELIA RAZON.

Her debut movie titled "Prinsipe Amante" opposite Mario Montenegro launched her to full stardom. She became a household name.

In 1954, Razon filmed "Luksang Tagumpay"with Eddie Rodriguez and Jaime de la Rosa.She was nominated as best actress in the FAMAS(Filipino Academy of Movies and Sciences)

Following "Luksang Tagumpay"Razon made equally challenging movies and in a span of eight (8) years was able to shoot 48 films, naming "Dose Pares", "Medalyong Perlas","Dalagang Taring",""Lapu Lapu",and "Luksang Tagumpay"among her favorites.

She had fallen in love and been disillusioned. "But the one thing that hurt me most was when Mama got very sick.",she says. Her mother died of cancer at the age of 46, leaving Razon helpless and distraught for the most part after her death. "I love Mama very much and I"m glad I spent time with her before she died. It was very painful and for some time I felt like dying, too. But life had to go on in a most positive way. Work was the best theraphy for me after her death."

Razon stopped making movies in 1956 and got married to a businessman Aurelio Reyes. She was at the peak of her career when she quit, but she says it was intentional. "I wanted to take care of my family"."I can't say I did'nt miss the movies, but then again I wanted to be there for my children all the time. No regrets."

In the 1960's she tried politics and served as a barangay captain in Quezon, City. "It was an entirely different experience but one that gave me fulfillment nevertheless," quips Razon.

Today, the seventy-somthing Delia Razon counts her family and friends as the "constraints"in her life.Razon goes dancing with her friends, sometimes meeting up with her contemporaries for LVN affairs. She has also found solace in prayer and meditaion. "God is good."He has not abandoned me through all those years. Though there are many difficult moments in my life, He was with me all the way. I cannot ask for more." she says.
posted by infraternam meam @ 12:23 AM   0 comments
Saturday, August 14, 2004
(A forwarded message from Robert Keleman: US Embassy Warden, Manila/Philippines)

Please be informed of the recent travel advisory to the United States. However, not only pirated CVD/DVD are on the hot list. Please be informed that the American Association of Publishers (AAP) has also alerted the American customs officers to check out for pirated books. The information was given to me by Patricia Judd of the AAP. Please warn all nursing graduates who plans to take the NCLEX and CGFN exams in the states not to bring in these pirated books because there will be a penalty of automatic deportation as violation of intelectual property rights.

If you know of anynone going from the Philippines and coming back to the USA with "pasalubong and padalas", please read this important enclosed advisory from the American Embassy in Manila. Please share with your friends.

Travel advisory to the US just a friendly reminder:

If you have plans of going to the US, please take precautionary measures on all "padalas"especially those containing fake/pirated compact discs/DVDS. US Embassy employees have been given an advisory that "as US gov't employees, we should abide by the US laws, inlcuding Intellectual Property Rights (anti-piracy laws)."

As an additional incentive, the Consular Section recently received a report that the Department of HOmeland Security (DHS) searched the bag of a filipino entering the US on NW72 in Detroit. During the search, 70-80 compact discs, 30-40 empty DVD jackets and 10 -20 DVDs were found. Since the travelers were not American Citizens, their visas were canceled and they were returned back to the Philippines.If they have been Americans, they could have been subject to arrest and criminal prosecution in addition to civil fines and penalties.

Please remember even ONE pirated item can jeopardize your trip. Also, the fingerprinting system has been instituted in all port of entires. I suggest you bring extra identification cards in addition to your passport to facilitate your entry in the US immigration.

I hope this is helpful to you.

Thanks and reagrds.

Thess Q. Sula
US Commercial Service
posted by infraternam meam @ 7:17 AM   0 comments
during the time when i was working for a big Japanese shipping firm in Tokyo, i was assigned in Athens/Greece and i stayed in Voula in Voulagmeni in the suburbs of Atens and i have loved the country and the place.not much of the people, except for the Greek family friends of ours.

here are some info about the ongoing Olympics in Greece, that i have gathered from a friend and from some of my readings.



The first Olympics were held in ancinet Greece (Olympia) in 776 BC.


The Greeks believed that an Olympic victory was a gift from the Gods. The winners received crowns made from wild olive leaves. Statues were made in their honor. Winning is a great honor.


Only men could compete. In the beginning, a single foot race of about 200 yards was the only competition. Later, other sports, including jumping, boxing, wrestling and chariot races was added. Although women could not compete in the Olympic Games, there were special athletic contests for them every four years. The games honored Hera.(did you know that during those times men run naked in the game and when they start running ahead of the signal, they get an X amount of lashes)


A truce among the different Greek city- states was declared at each Olympics so that the athletes could travel safely to and from the Olympics.


This summer, the Olympic Games will be held August 13-29 in Athens, Greece. They are returning to their birthplace. The symbol for this summer's games includes a circular wreath of olive leaves. The mascots are cartoon brotherhood and equality.


The Olympics were not held for 1,500 years. A French baron, Pierre de Coubertin, same up with the idea of starting them again. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896.


For each Olympics, an Olympic torch is lighted at Olympia. The 2004 torch is designed to look like and olive leaf. For the first time in Olympic history, the torch bearers will carry the Olympic flame in five continents. Then, on Aug 13, it will be carried to the Olympic stadium and the Olympics XXVIII will officially begin.

SITES TO SEE: www.Athens2004.com. or www.olympics.org

posted by infraternam meam @ 3:26 AM   0 comments
Friday, August 13, 2004
I have returned from my trip to Manila, and i was so relieve to have come and see my kid brother while i still have the chance. He was in and out of the hospital and like a little boy, he told me to accompany him back to the hospital for his chemo. Indeed I went with him and have to see the pain that my kid brother has to undergo to prolong his life and ease that pain in his body.

I have told him, that I have never seen a braver person than seeing him undergo such treatment. He was so scared of those needles which is like the ones that is used by the vet for the horses and big animals.

During the time the whole thing is being set up-- it has to be on his veins, and he was so thin and it is so hard to see the needles being injected into those small veins of his. finally it was inserted, the chemo started thru the IV and this is again another pain for him. I kept on telling him to look at me not the needles. i was holding his hands and told him to press my hands deeper if it is so painful for him. which he did. not a sound from him, but i know inside him, the pain is unbearable. then the doctors has to cover th IV bottle with purple colored cloth material including the line to his vein, because the medicine is ultra sensitive to bright lights.

it took four ampules of morphine for him to calm down. the doctor is telling me that he is beginning to reject it in small amount. so a bigger dosage has to be given to him.

when he started to calm down and fallen into sleep and quiet slumber, i went to the reception room of his hospital suite and started to cry my heart out. i cannot show it to him, but i have to get it out of my chest the pain and compassion for this kid brother of mine. when he was asking me to help and stop the pain, it kept on coming back and resound in my ears and in my mind. GOD.... WHY DOES HE HAVE TO SUFFER IN SO MUCH PAIN.

our family doctor is the staff of this hospital in manila,(i cannot give the name, in case my criticism will hurt the hospital) so we have to check him in to this hospital ever since he had the problem. it is nice to have a good doctor attached to a well established hospital in manila, but it is also good to have money available so that the service will be impeccable. the running balance is already in millions of pesos. i kept on asking myself, what if a sick person does not know any doctor and does not have any money to spend--- where will that person go, and how can his illness be remedied or cured for him.

because of so much friends coming to visit my brother at the hospital, we have to get him the biggest room in the hospital. it has its own, living room and kithenette, a big bathroom with separate toilet and bath and a spacious room for him overlooking the hustle and bustle outside where the metro train is running up and own and discharging its passenger along taft ave and un ave. it makes his mind active and occupied.

i had given a sarcastic remark to one of the housekeeping staff of the hospital when i was asking for a foot stool for my brother. the bed is so high, and with plenty of contraptions, my brother needed the foot stool. the dumb bitch told me if it get lost, we will pay for it. i told her, by the mere fact we can afford to pay 3,000.00 pesos a day for the room and was able to pay the surgery and upkeep of my brother to almost five million pesos, i am sure we will be able to pay for the foot stool that is rusted for another few hunderd of pesos.i called the nurse station and told the head nurse that i dont want the dumb bitch to come to the room and change my brother's beddings. we are paying big bucks, so we have to get the best service that is available. then i went out to the eatery across from the hospital and ordered food to feed a battallion from Chow King. i ordered it delivered, and ordered the security at the ground floor be given individual boxes for each guard on duty at the door, one for each nurses at the nurse station, one for each resident/student doctor that comes in and out of my brother's room. suddenly everybody that i passed by has all the smiles in their faces with their teeth showing(even not so white) everytime i pass by.

i told my kid brother, that i will be back again with my wife,first week of october to see him again. and onboard the airplane, i kept on thinking of him... his pain... his sufferings...his family that he will leave behind and most of all my parents who are already past 80 years of age. i was looking at the clouds ouside the plane and i did not know there are tears in my eyes already streaming down my cheek, until my wife wiped it for me.
posted by infraternam meam @ 1:32 AM   1 comments
Thursday, August 05, 2004
posted by infraternam meam @ 7:06 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
MANGOSTEEN: Exposing Its Secret
(abstracted from : Doctor's Choice /Speical report)
(check: Feel-Better-Naturally.com)

Mangosteen: "The Queen of Fruits"

"Dawn breaks over the jungle of Souteast Asia and begin to burn away the nightime mists. Although it is early, the street side produce markets in villages and towns throughout the land are already bustling with activity, for today is different. In these tropical climates, most fruits and vegetables are available any time of the year, but today, the open air markets are humming with an almost electric anticipation. This only happens twice a year. Every six months. That's the harvest cycle for the prized fruit above all others. THE QUEEN OF FRUITS!"

"For centuries, this scene has played out in lands now known as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. An exotic tropicl fruit, prices and valued above all others, has been a source of enjoyment and benefit for countless generations. The ancient people of Southseast Asia referred to this marvel as The Queen of Fruits. 19th century scientists named it "Garciania Mangostana"".

"With the arrival of Europeans and their ocean going vessels, the Mangosteenwas introduced to the faraway places. Queen Victoria of England, once tasted this imported delicacy, promptly declared it her favorite fruit."

"Today you'll find Mangosteen growing in Australia, Brazil and the islands fo the Carribean. The local people in every spot know the benefit of this extraordinary fruit, and they use it for everything from Malaria to Tuberculosis.A wealth of scientific studies has been conducted to pinpoint the chemical properties that infuse Mangosteen with its remarkable benefits."


(Dr. J. Frederick Templeman, MD is a primary care physicain with 20 years experience. He is board certified in both the Unites States and Canada.)

"I have been using a Mangosteen functional beverage to draw valid clinical conclusions about its effectiveness in many medical conditions. Initially,I used it as a fallback product only when the regular medicines I prescribed proved ineffectual. I now use it as a first line theraphy in a wide range of conditions because it has, in my experience, proven to be as effcacious or more efficacious than the prescription medicine I used to prescribed for numerous disease states."

"My logic for using Mangosteen extrat rathan than a drug is relatively simple. All drugs are potentially dangerous. There is no safe drug. For example, in a recent study, I read that 11 commonly prescribed drugs would proved fatal to a two year old child if simply one dose for an adult were ingested. Food, by compariosn, is absolutely safe. It also has a legitimate used other than simply to provide energy and nutrition. Food can, and should be used, to modulate body function. After all, Hippocrates, centuries ago, said:"Let food be your medicine"

(First Line Theraphy)

GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)
ACID DYSPEPSIA( gastritis)
FATIGUE (or low energy states)
MILD DEPRESSION (or dysthymia)
OTITIS EXTERNA (with a gauze wick in the ear canal)
MUSCLE OR JOINT PAINT (without evidence of arthritis)

(Used as an adjunctive theraphy in the following conditions:)

CHRONIC PAIN (including sciatica and radicular syndromes)
HEMORRHOIDS (used with gauze patches topically)
posted by infraternam meam @ 6:40 PM   0 comments
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that causes fatigue severe enough to interfere with a person's ability to participate in normal work, recreation, or social activities. Fatigue caused by CFS does not improve substantially with rest.

People used to believe that CFS was just a symptom of depression and that the symptoms were "all in the head". Most experts now agree that CFS is a distinct physical disease with physical symptoms. Although poorly understood, CFS is quite real and can be disabling for many people who have it.

However, mot people who have chronic fatigue do not have CFS. There are many health problems that can cause fatigue. CFS can be diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation has ruled out other possible causes of chronic fatigue. Unfortunately, there are no laboratory or X-ray tests that can diagnose CFS

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. Although some people appear to develop CFS after having a viral or bacterial infection, there is no evidence to support a clear cause-and-effect releationship between infectious diseases and CFS. CFS cannot be passed from person to person like the flu.

Other theories about the possible cause of CFS point to disorders that affect the body's natural defense system and to abnormalities of the hormonal (endocrine) system. There is evidence that CFS indicating CFS involves the nervouse system as well.

The defining symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is new, Severe Fatigue that has lasted at least 6 months and does not improves significantly with rest. The fatigue caused by CFS must be severe enough to interfere with daily work, educational, recreational or social activities.

The fatigue and other following symptoms may begin suddenly over 24 to 48 hours or may develop gradually over weeks or months.

In addition to fatifue, people with CFS have symptoms that may include sleep problems, a decreased ability to think clearly and concentrate, memory problems, fever and headaches, muscle and joint pain,sore throat,and tender glands in the neck or the armpits.

Normal activity and light exertion are often exhausting for a person with CFS and mat make symptoms worse.

***Home treatment is a very important part of treating CFS. Adjusting you daily schedule, improving your sleep habits, and getting regular, gentle exercise can often help relieve and control symptoms.

***Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin may help releive muscle and joint pain, headaches and other physical synmptoms. Pain releivers that may become addictive with frequenst uise are generally used only in the most severe cases on a short term basis.

***If you have psychiatric problem, such as depression, treament for that condition can also help relieve symptoms of CFS. With CFS treating both physical and psychological factors is important.

(for more info log on to : www.SavonChronicFatigueSyndrome.com)

posted by infraternam meam @ 2:04 AM   1 comments
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
In the Aftermath of RP Pullout in Iraq

(abstracted from the Philippine Weekely /Chicago USA by :Michaela P. del Callar)

"The US squeeze is on, despite denials from American Officials and their claims of a continuing strong relationship with the Philippines. The United States is expected to intesify its crackdown on illegal Filipino workers following last week's deportation of 89 Filipinos, a ranking foreign Affairs official said."

"They were sent back home for various offenses from over staying, assault, car theft, fraud, extortion and drug related cases. They served time in jail before being sent back to the Philippines."

"We expected more Filipinos to be deported, the official said. There are about 300,000 Filipinos in the US absconders list. A source said US Immigration informed Philippine officials they will be deporting Filipino absconders every three to four months."

"The DFA source hinted broadly that the recent deportation of Filipinos could be the US government's way of retaliating againts the Philippine government on account of President Arroyo's decision to bow to the Iraqi terrorists demand to withdreaw the Philippine troops from Iraq, a move that has been criticized by international allies that all who claimed that the precedent set by Mrs. Arroyo was dangerous and placed the coalition forces in Iraq in greater peril."

"Earlier, Business World reported that a US commodity loan, in the amount of US$20 million that was expected by the Arroyo administration failed to push through, as US agriculture officials were said to have refrained from forging a memorandum of agreement that would have alloted the Philippines US$20 million under the US Public Law 490, owing to Washington's disappointment over the pullout of Filipino troops from Iraq."

"The Tribune also recently reported US officialdom was mulling over the idea of issuing a travel ban agaisnt the Philippines on grounds of a serious terrorists threat against American nationals and business establishments, allegedly based on intelligence reports, which would serve as strong message from the US government to the Arroyo adminstration of its "displeasure" over Mrs. Arroyoa's decision to pull out the troops in Iraq, bowing to the demands of the Iraqi terrorists."

"Diplomtic sources also intimated to the Tribune that Arroyo adminstration can kiss the promised helicopters for the Philippine Air Force goodbye, as they are not forthcoming, as a result fo the Philippines pull out."

"The same sources pointed out that the word they have been getting is that there would also be US visa restrictions implemented and that even personalities closely identified with the Arroyo administration, including police and military generals and their families may be denied visas."
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Monday, August 02, 2004
(abstracted from the book: "Sex for Dummies" by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer)

"Unfortunately, some people adopt a take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards Orgasms. But, without Orgasms, probably none of us would be here. After all, it's because men and women seek this intense instant pleasure that people managed to hang onto this planet by reproducting themselves over the millennia. So we have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Orgasms, and we should'nt take them for granted."

What is an Orgasm, Anyway?

"An Orgasm is an intense feeling in physical pleasure that we human beings experience as the culmination of sexual stimulattion. When we exprerience an Orgasm, your breathing becomes fast and heavy, your pulse rate races, the deep muscles in the genital area contract, and your toes may even curl up. In men, Orgasms is almost always accompanied by EJACULATION, the forceful ejection of semen from the penis, necessary for procreation. Women also feel Orgasm although their Orgasm are not needed for procreation."

IN MAN....... first the prostate, seminal vesicles, and upper portion of the vasdeferences, called the ampulla contract, which forces out the secreations that from the ejaculate;then the muscles that surrounds the penis do their part to actually eject the ejaculate in what is called the Expulsion Phase. The first two or three of these contractions are quite strong and they're followed by some dimishing spurts.

FOR WOMEN....... the uterus and the first third of the Vagina, controlled by the underlying mucles called the Puboccocygeus muscle, incurr the most contractions during orgasms.

The Simultaneous Orgasm

The other Holy Grail of sex is the simultaneous orgasm, when both partners have their ograsms at about the same time. Although it would be great to share the orgasmic moment, it's just not always possible. And striving for the achievement can lead to a lessening of the enjoyment of sex.If the man is always having to ask, "Are you ready, are you close?". it disturbs the woman's concentration and can put her ograsm firther away. Eventually, the man begins to lose interest. So, because of their serach for terrific sex, a couple may wind up with lousy sex.

posted by infraternam meam @ 1:19 AM   1 comments
Sunday, August 01, 2004
(can u recall the movie and who said this lines? Abstracted from ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - answer at the very bottom of the blog)

01. "I coulda has class. I coulda have been a contender. I could been somebody, instead of a bum, whish is that i am, let's face it."

02. "We all go a little mad sometimes."

03. " Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me."

04. " Hey don't know masturbation. It's sex with someone I love."

05. "She's my daughter! She's my sister! She's my daughter. She's my sister and my daughter".

06. " Open the pod bay door, Hal".

07. "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!".

08. "Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message?I'll see that she gets it!"

09. "You hear me talkin, hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'ma get medieval on your ass."

10. "He won't come after me. He won't. I can't explain it. He would consider that....rude."

11. "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!".

12. "I'm your worst fucking nightmare, man. I'm a nigger with a badge."

13. "Kid, the next time I say, Let's go someplace like Bolivia, Let's go someplace like Bolivia."

14. " You shoot off a guy's head with his pants down, believe me, Texas is not the place you wanna get caught".

15. "My name is Maximua Decimus Meridius, Commander of the armies of the north, General of the Felix Legions, Loyal Servant to the True Emperor; Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

16. "And one day, not long from now, my looks will go. They will discover I can't act, and I will become some sad middle aged woman who looks a bit like someone who was famous for a while."

17. "Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself.'And the London underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up."

18. "My daughter is in pain....Give my daughter the shot!".

19. "Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring; besides that, they're facist. Throw some ground balls. It's more democratic."

20. "I want to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture and kill them."

21. "Look at that! Look how she moves.! That's just like Jell-O on springs."

22. "Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more."

23. "Jerry, d'you know the human head weighs eight pounds?."

24. "I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek."


01. Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in the movie "On The Waterfront"

02. Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in the movie "The Psycho".

03. Dustin Hoffman as Ben Braddock in the movie "The Graduate"

04. Woody Allen as Alvy Singer in the movie "Annie Hall"

05. Faye Dunnaway as Evelyn Cross Mulwray in the movie "Chinatown"

06. Keir Dullea as Dave Bowman in the movie "2001: Space Odyssey"

07. Charlton Heston as Taylor in the movie "The Planet of the Apes."

08. Regan Mcneil as Satan in the movie "The Exorcist".

09. Marcellus Wallace as Ving Rhames in the movie "The Pulp Fiction."

10. Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in the movie "The Silence of the Lamb".

11. Gert Frobe as Auric Goldfinger in the movie "Goldfinger".

12. Eddie Murphy as Reggie Hammond in the movie "48 Hours".

13. Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

14. Susan Sarandon as Louise in the movie "Thelma and Louise."

15. Russell Crowe as Maximus in the movie "The Gladiator."

16. Julia Roberts as Anna Scot in the movie "The Notting Hill".

17. Jamie Lee Curtis as Wanda in the movie "A fish called Wanda."

18. Shirley Maclaine as Aurora Greenway in the movie "Terms of Endearment".

19. Kevin Costner as Crash Davis in the movie "Bull Durham".

20. Matthew Modine as Pvt Joker in the movie "Full Metal Jacket."

21. Jack Lemmon as Jerry in the movie "Some Like it Hot."

22. Nicole Kidman as Virginia Wolf in the movie "The Hours."

23. Jonathan Lipnickl as Ray in the movie "Jerry Maguire."

24. Molly Ringwald as Samantha in the movie "Sixteen Candles"
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