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Lakaw is a journey is a step is a move. I love to travel around the world and this is my travel and travel gadget site. Welcome and Enjoy!

0 comments | Monday, June 30, 2008

Not getting the sleep you need? Worrying and working too hard? Get yourself a stress reliever!

There are a lot that you can find displayed in drugstores. Most of them are drugs that you need to take and most of them make you feel sleepy after taking a dose.

But is there a way to fight stress, worry and nervous tension without the intake of chemically-produced drugs into the body? Are there products made with just natural extracts and ingredients?

I found one online- the Absolute Calm. Absolute Calm helps you relax in as little as fifteen minutes and continues working for up to eight hours. People that take Absolute Calm experience NO side effects, which is good. It has Magnolia Extract as a component. Magnolia Extract is known to lowering stress response — almost immediately! A small dose of the extract can help calm your nerves and alleviate stress, without making you sleepy. For the sporty guys and gals, this product is the answer to all the painful nerves and joints after a rigid exercise.

What is good about this product is, it is extremely safe supplement and can be taken with most prescription and over-the-counter medications. So there is no worry on your part if you are taking medications. It is also safe to take Absolute Calm if you are taking other vitamins or nutritional supplements. Adding Taurine, amino acids that work immediately to promote feelings of relaxation and tranquility, may increase AbsoluteCalm anti-stress effect.

Try it.
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0 comments | Sunday, June 29, 2008

Watch at your own discretion! Anyone wanting to learn belly-dancing with this lady? Oh well, go for it.

Watch for the M. Night Shyamalan style surprise ending (hint: it involves FAILURE).

I wonder what happened to the lady.

Leave me some comments below.

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0 comments | Saturday, June 28, 2008

Was it hail or sleet? Probably sleets. Even in the middle of the summer season, Brookings, South Dakota has never failed to surprise me. Sleets fell like crazy in the afternoon of June 27th.

I just couldn't reconcile facts of what really Brookings weather is. The day before that, it was a hot 80+ degrees Fahrenheit. I was in my T-shirt and short pants. Summer is supposed to have that temperature - bearable, especially with a slight breeze.

But sleets? WTF! Something is wrong here. In fact, as I am writing this post, the temperature outside is around 50+ degrees. Are we entering the Fall season now? Is summer over? It wasn't like this last year.

This is Brookings. It has a very unpredictable weather. Or maybe it's predictable: you can predict that the temperature changes dramatically every second. The temperature scales don't stay long at one point - 80s on Friday morning, 50s in the afternoon.

I need the LA weather! I need a vacation!


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0 comments | Friday, June 27, 2008

I don't know if I have to laugh or be sad after seeing the sex video scandal of Verne Troyer, that small guy in the latest movie "The Love Guru".

I just saw it on TV today. It was a bit "weird" to see this unappealing guy kissing a very beautiful and sexy lady in bed. Footage from a sex video featuring the Austin Powers star and a former girlfriend has appeared online after a third party got hold of the tape, which was shot in the apartment Troyer shared with his ex.

Search for the tape online. You'll find it.


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0 comments | Thursday, June 26, 2008

Never ever operate a boat under the influence of alcohol! This might be a common advice you hear, but sometimes, we need to be constantly informed and educated since this is an important part of all outdoor activities.
Every year in Arizona, alcohol is directly related to fatal boating accidents. About half of all fatal boating accidents in Arizona were alcohol related in 2007 and 1/3 of all fatal boating accidents nationwide are alcohol related.

In 2007 Arizona watercraft law enforcement agencies arrested over 350 people who were operating watercraft under the influence (OUI) of alcohol.

Boating operating under the influence is just as complicated as driving a car. Alcohol affects the judgment. It makes one think he can function better than when he is sober. The legal limit for blood alcohol is .08 in both cases. The penalties are similar, too; like driving under the influence, operating a boat under the influence is a Class One misdemeanor. A sober operator should be designated.

However, unlike driving a car, boating safety education is not required to operate a boat in the state of Arizona. Educated boaters are 70 percent less likely to be involved in a boating accident. Arizona boating classes are offered in Arizona statewide, or can be taken online at Boating Education Online [www.azgfd.gov/boating]. In addition to learning about the effects of alcohol, a boating safety education course covers other "need to know" boating topics such as carbon monoxide poisoning, life jacket wear, required safety equipment, rules of navigation, and other boating safety laws and responsibilities.

Yes, the "the rules of the sea" should be followed. Don't operate a boat when you drink.

Watch the commercial:

So ready for your boating activity this summer? Watch this video.

Please remember to boat safe. It is advisable to take a boating education class in person or online first, before you head on for your summer trip.

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0 comments | Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Love is unpredictable Love is uncontainable
Love is reliable Love is infallible

Love is right Love is wrong
Love is weak Love is strong

Love is good Love is pure
Love is real Love is sure

Love is jealous Love is pain
Love is lost Love is gained

Love is naked Love is raw
Love is everything Love is all

Love is here Love is there
Love is beautiful Love is fair

Love is great Love is shit
Love is demanding Love is it....

More love poems soon
Paul LaFalce


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5 comments | Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I ignored the first "Corpus Christi" email. Now I got the same email forwarded to me. It is all about a drive to get as many signatures online hoping to stop the showing of a movie called "Corpus Christi" - a movie portraying Jesus Christ as gay or homosexuals.

My initial thought: it's a hoax. But I wanted to make sure, so I googled and found that this email has been around around since 2001 - same message, same "Corpus Christi" hoax advocacy.

Yes, if this movie pushes through, it is very disturbing and deserving of a Christian revolt.

Hoax email below:
Please read carefully and comply - Thanks

A pornographic movie is being shot and is intended to show up in America soon, which shows Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals. This is similar to a play that has been in the Theatre halls for a while.

It's called Corpus Christi " which means "The Body of Christ". It is a revol ting joke of our Lord. But we can make a difference, that's why I'm sending this
e-mail to all of you. Could you, please, add your name to this e-mail's list's end?

If you do so, together we WILL be able to ban this movie from being shown in America .. Apparently, some regions from Europe have banned the movie already.

All we need is a lot of signatures! Remember! , Jesus said: "That he who denies Me before men, I will also deny Him before my Father which is in heaven."

(Note: Please, do not simply forward!!! Please, select all the text by dragging mouse down on this message. Copy message (CTRL+C), then select "compose" which gives you a new email page, position cu rs or in the message box & paste (CTRL+V). Edit any unwanted text, add your name at the end of the list and send to all your contacts.)

When the signatures get to 500 names, whoever is the 500th name, please forward this email to: homasg@softhome . net And then start it all over again......


Now that you know it's a hoax, please don't forward it to anyone. Thanks.


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0 comments | Monday, June 23, 2008

I have been to Chicago twice. I don't know the city so well, but I am certain that it attracts so many tourists per year.

What is there in Chicago that makes me smile all the time in excitement? The answer; everything - so many things to do in Chicago. Chicago is a very historic city, also being the third largest city in the United States.

I love the city the first time I saw it. Although it was just a short visit, and it was a little rainy, still I love the architecture of the city. Don't you know that the first steel-framed high-rise building rose in Chicago? Looking from down below, I am quite certain that Chicago's skyline is among the world's tallest as of today.

If you want to visit Chicago, here are some places you need to visit: the Sears Tower, the Aon Center, and the John Hancock Center, Downtown and The Loop, the so many parks, Millennium Park, Chicago’s theatre communities, and so much more. Check out the online travel guides.

On your trip or family vacation ideas, contact Trusted Tours & Attractions - just to be certain your vacation time is spent wisely by visiting only the best tours, attractions and museums that Chicago has to offer!

Trusted Tours & Attractions has a special promotion now. Sign up for the Trusted Travels Newsletter and enter to win a GPS! Offer ends June 30th, 2008. Signing up is free.

Oh what about visiting Madame Tussauds?

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0 comments | Saturday, June 21, 2008

"Hotels near Yellowstone National Park" were exactly the keywords I used to search for hotels, motels, inns, lodging near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

For those wanting to visit the popular tourist destination in the wild, wild west Wyoming, finding the best hotel close to the park is the best option. However, searching for hotels online is a pain in the ass.

Yellowstone National Park is in the Western part of Wyoming and if you travel from the east by car, the closest city with available hotels/inns/motels is Cody. I am sure there are a couple of lodging at the park itself, but expect to spend few hundreds more or even a thousand more during peak season, like summer months.

Cody is the best city to find for hotels if you intend to enter from the East side of the park. The hotels listed online are those that offer higher rates, they're the popular ones with established names. That is why, searching for good, cheap hotels for the "can't-afford" tourists is a pain in the butt (i need to say that again).

When I visited Yellowstone Park, just to view the Old Faithful geyser, I stayed in "Big Bear" motel, in Cody. I paid over $100 a day, which includes a coffee and a dough for breakfast. The cost of the room is cheaper during non-peak seasons. I've heard it could even go down to less than $50 at some point.

Finding Big Bear Motel online took time. Not every Wyoming directory listed the name of the hotel. Those I found had a rate ranging from $200 to $350 a day, which was too much for me who'd only be spending the weekend in Cody. Big Bear Motel was the cheapest I saw.

One reason that I finally reserved a room at Big Bear was the free internet connection, or free Wi-Fi. Other hotels don't have this, or maybe they do but didn't care to list it as one of the hotel's features. Internet connection is very important for me as I can't live a day without checking my emails and posting for my blogs. I suggest all hotels should consider putting up a free internet connection for their clients, because we don't live in the Jurassic age anymore. We need the world wide web for daily communication with people left behind.

The internet connection in Big Bear motel was a bit slow. There were few moments that the connection was cut and I had to move my laptop to a corner to be connected again. Maybe it was the price of paying less for a room. Anyhow, I was able to do stuff online, still. The room was sufficient and spacious enough. There was a cable-connected TV, a table, a comfy queen-size bed. Shower/bathroom was good. One thing missing was the refrigerator, which I would have wanted because the chocolates I bought started to melt due to a very warm day.
I noticed that there were many hotels around the area that were not listed online. I bet those were cheap too.

So if hotels are fully booked when you are trying to reserve online, this doesn't mean there isn't any accommodation available left for you. There are many hotels and inns that still exist, waiting for you when you reach Wyoming. Don't worry if you can't get a room online, trust me, you'd get a room when you get there.

Will I recommend Big Bear Motel for travelers? I will.

Big Bear Motel Address
139 W. Yellowstone Ave.
Cody, WY 82414-8723


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If you are thinking of getting a web hosting package, there are few things you need to consider: host reliability, uptime, key features, bonus features, customer support, past and current user feedbacks, user-friendliness and hosting awards. All these must be taken into account. In short, you must get the web hosting that has the best value or price!

However, which one is the best web hosting package? I found a link that reviews ranks web hosting providers. It's Web Hosting Geeks. It is a very informative site that lists ranks in different categories so you won't be having a hard time searching for what you want. It has categories such as: Best Budget Hosting, Best Blog Hosting, Best Forum Hosting, Best Unix Hosting, Best Windows Hosting, Best PHP Hosting, Best Email Hosting, Best Ecommerce Hosting, Best Multi-Domain Hosting, Best VPS Hosting, Best Reseller Hosting, Best Dedicated Hosting and a lot more.

When you click a link, it shows the different hosting prices for that particular hosting site and you can even read customer's review and check out the ratings. Here is a sample.

So if you are looking for a new web hosting service, you need to visit Web Hosting Geeks.

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0 comments | Thursday, June 19, 2008

Try a little search online for Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and you'll see millions of search results. That is because the Old Faithful Geyser was the first geyser in the park to receive a name in 1870.

It was a great experience to finally watch Old Faithful erupt like a little volcano, however with gallons of boiling water instead of molten rock or lava.

When we arrived at the scene, Old Faithful was already spewing its last steam and we had to wait for almost 90 minutes for the next eruption to occur.

The more than an hour of waiting wasn't useless at all, there were other smaller geysers to see within the Old Faithful area that were erupting every now and then (more than 300 geysers at Yellowstone National Park ). A network of wooden ramps zigzagging the geysers were built to cater curious tourists who'd like to see the small craters at a close range.

While walking around, I saw a number of hot springs that have never erupted since. They simply give off steam while water boiled and bubbled at the surface. It was a beauty to watch them. There were a few that spit off mud and few others that looked splendid with the blue sky reflecting the little bubbles on their craters.

Few minutes before the Old Faithful showcased its grandeur, I had already fixed myself at the perfect viewing location, rubbing elbows with the rest of other tourists, eager to take pictures and a video of the world's most famous geyser!

The first sign of eruption, those little shoots of steam, made me so excited (heard so many side comments from others: "it's coming", "here you go", "it's almost there", like someone is having sex). For the first few seconds, I didn't touch my camera. I simply gazed at the sight of Old Faithful, as it forced thousands of gallons of water out of its vent. It wasn't a long eruption, about 3 to 4 minutes only. But it was enough to take pictures and a video to remember the moment by.

Here are few facts I gathered about Old Faithful:
- 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of water are expelled per eruption, depending on the length of eruption.

- Old Faithful's height ranges from 106 feet to more than 180 feet, averaging 130 feet.

- Its eruption length and height, and time between eruptions varies from day to day and year to year.

If you are planning to go to Old Faithful at the Yellowstone National Park, visit the nature's wonder on summer around June and July.

By the way, did I mention that there is a 24-hr live webcam that sends a new real-time photo of Old Faithful Geyser approximately every 30 seconds? I told my brother in the Philippines that I'd gonna face the camera and wave for him. I did. But he didn't see me.

I will be writing more about my trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in the coming days.

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0 comments | Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Free Download Wordpress Templates! Are you in dire need for a blog Wordpress theme makeover? If your blog is powered by Wordpress and you are looking for a new template, here is one site I discovered – Top WP Themes, the best themes for wordpress blogs!

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Do you want the sidebar to be on the right? Or specifically on the left? Top WP Themes has everything ready for you. The site also offers a step-by-step guide for the installation of your new wordpress templates and a great support service too!

My favorite template is the “Pre Intensions Free WP Theme”. What is yours?

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1 comments | Monday, June 16, 2008

Devils Tower: America's First National Monument. If you are a first-time tourist, there are so many things to visit and see in Wyoming. Wyoming offers natural sceneries and attractions that you cannot even stop taking pictures at any angle possible. Devils Tower, which was proclaimed by President Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument in 1906, will surely keep your head tilting above and eyes staring at a very tall wonder.

Devils Tower rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1347 acre park is covered with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are seen. Known also as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site for many American Indians.

While others are busy climbing up the rocks, I stayed down below and enjoyed the surrounding areas.

For climbing information at the Devils Tower in Wyoming, climbing management plan and updates, please visit http://www.nps.gov/deto/plan yourvisit/climbing.htm.

For hotels, motels, lodging near Devils Tower National Monument, Devils Tower, Wyoming, proceed here.

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This summer Prairie Repertory Theatre is celebrating its 38th season. This year we are presenting the shows BINGO: A Winning New Musical, Escanaba in Love, Move Over, Mrs. Markham and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. All PRT shows in Brookings are shown at Doner Auditorium and are free to all SDSU students.
Bingo is described as a zany musical comedy where the audience gets to play the bingo game. The story takes place at Hamerin County’s St. Luke’s church basement where the audience meets Vern, Honey, and Patsy who have braved a hurricane to play their weekly obsession. Bingo mixes song, quirky contestants, romance and rivalry into an interactive, presentational contest. Bingo runs June 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee June 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Escanaba in Love is the prequel to last summer’s smash hit Escanaba in Da Moonlight. Jeff Daniels brings a touching, romantic comedy element to the rugged hunter-humor of Michigan’s favorite yooper family. As deer hunting season arrives, the Soady men meet their biggest challenge; not a great buck or a hunter’s dream, but the camp’s first female visitor, young Albert Soady Jr’s impromptu bride Big Betty Balou. Escanaba runs June 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee June 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Move Over, Mrs. Markham is a British farce where the audience meets Philip Markham. Philip has reluctantly agreed to let his business partner borrow his apartment for the evening to entertain his latest girl friend. At the same time Philips wife has also let her friend borrow the apartment to entertain her lover. When the Markham’s evening out is cancelled it is too late to let any of the parties know, and three sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom at the same time. Complications abound, leading to a hectic and hilarious evening. Markham runs June 25-28 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee June 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day and return to his backwoods home. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Bursting with rambunctious energy, colorful costumes, and charismatic characters, this breathtaking musical production is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a tune on your lips. Seven runs July 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee July 13 at 2:00 p.m.

South Dakota State University students get in FREE with their ID (the ID issued last year counts for this year).

Watch Prairie Repertory Theatre in Brookings, you will enjoy it. For further info and to buy tickets online, visit Prairie Repertory Theatre online!


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1 comments | Sunday, June 15, 2008

Last Friday, I visited the Ellsworth Air Force Base, which also houses the South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Outside the museum on the large airpark are aircraft static displays and exhibits. The displays are breathtaking. Most types of aircrafts are there, from FB-111 Aardvark to L-5 Sentinel to F-84 Thunderstreak.

Other displays are listed below:
* A-7D Corsair II
* B-25 Mitchell
* B-26 Invader
* B-29 Superfortress
* B-52D Stratofortress
* EB-57B Canberra
* BT-13 Valiant
* C-45 Expeditor
* C-47 Gooney Bird
* C-54 Skymaster
* C-131 Samaritan
* EC-135 Stratotanker
* F-86 Saber
* F-101 Voodoo
* F-102 Delta Dagger
* F-105 Thud
* H-13 Helicopter
* O-2A Forward Air Control Aircraft
* T-33 Shooting Star
* T-38 Talon
* U-3 Blue Canoe
* U-8 Seminole
* UH-1 Iroquois
* F100A Thunder Chief
* Nike Ajax Missile
* Minuteman II Missile
Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to the 28th Bomb Wing, which flies B-1B Lancers and serves as the host unit, providing all essential base operating support services for Ellsworth and combat support services for an Air Expeditionary Wing.
The South Dakota Air and Space Museum has an excellent section about the early Stratobowl high-altitude balloon flights of the 1930s. The section gives a detailed history of these flights as well as some of the actual items used in the flights.
The highlight of the visit was the missile silo. It is the place where missiles were previously kept and launched. I was able to go underground, about 30m deep to see (and touch) a missile and the equipment used to launch them to targets.
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

Mailing Address
28 BW/MU, 2890 Davis Drive
Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD 57706

Street Address
2890 Davis Drive
Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD 57706

Ellsworth Air Force Base, off I-90 Exit 66

All year

Museum Hours
Museum is open 7 days a week winter hours : 8:30 am to 4:30 pm summer hours : 8:30 am to 6:00 pm


Aircraft Missiles , Photographs, Uniforms, Military Instruments

Gift Shop

Bus Tour
* Available mid-May to mid-September
* 50 minute guided bus tour of Ellsworth Air Force Base
* Air Conditioned buses
* Cameras and Video equipment permitted
* Cost $7.00 adults, Children (12 and under) $4.00
Groups of 10 or more $5.00
School groups $1.00 per person

Ron Alley, Museum Director
Phone: 605-385-5188
Fax: 605-385-6295
Email: ron.alley@ellsworth.af.mil

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Governing Authority: Federal, U.S. Air Force
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0 comments | Thursday, June 12, 2008

You can always tell an expensively classy wedding from the ordinary. I have been to so many wedding events before – friends and family weddings. Eventhough how close the bride or the groom to me, they always send invitation cards to my home and not rely on just the word of mouth.

An invitation card says a lot to the type of wedding I could get into. That is my first impression of the amount of effort and money the couple has spent for their one big special day.

Simple cards are meant for simple weddings. But couldn’t simple cards be made elegant-looking too? The couple doesn’t have to spend so much for a perfect wedding invitation. Spending less for a good print and design should be the motto. Spend your money to the food instead.

There is a site that offers 1st Class Wedding Invitations. It has original designs of wedding invitations with a variety of unique and innovative treatments. They assure customers with the highest standards and superior quality in printing service. You can choose your card by design theme, or by color, or by paper type. I browsed through the designs and one amazing thing I noticed was the “zoom” feature, which you can use to check the details of the card. You see the fine prints and quality of the invitations using the zoom window.

Below is a sample design: navy and pearl flowers adorn the arch under which a bride and groom share a tender moment on this romantic invitation from Birchcraft.

Visit the site and check the card designs yourself.

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Aside from using the browser toolbar, there is also a nice way to check your internet browsing history -- use Google.
First, log-in to your Google account. It could be your Gmail or Adsense, it won’t matter as both accounts are integrated into one by Google. Next, look for the “My Account” link at the upper top right corner of your browser. Once clicked, a page will show various Google products. Near the bottom is the “Web History” link.

The web history is pretty awesome, although it is only limited to searches. However, you can expand the history by downloading a toolbar. The website history shows the links you have visited and at what time of the day. It even shows the number of times you visited a site. Keywords you used to search are also shown. You can move the calendar to see your web history day-wise and month-wise.

Where’s is your privacy? Is Google peeking your every move? Worry not. You can remove items on your history records by selecting those you want to get rid of (like porn sites or any dubious links. LOL).

The next time you forget the website you visited the previous day, use Google’s web history to trace it for you.


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VistaPrint is taking one step further by offering website services. You can create your websites in minutes and VistaPrint is offering a FREE trial for one month! It’s easy to create your website and make it your own without technical or programming skills required.

VistaPrint is the best kept surprise in the business world! They make the best business cards and postcards.

Whatever your business is, VistaPrint will do the printed products to suit you -- in high quality. Imagine this: high-quality graphic design and full-color printing, without the premium price!

No wonder the company won the "Best Shopping Site" for 2007 in the annual competition conducted by European online research agency MetrixLab in cooperation with Nielsen/NetRatings. The company previously won "Site of the Year" and "Most Popular Site" for its Spanish site in 2005 and 2006.

VistaPrint’s products are printed at two of their state-of-the-art plants in North America and Europe. As a global company, they employ more than 1,000 people and operate 19 localized Web sites serving over 120 countries around the world.

The accompany announced lately that employees recently donated more than $12,000 to local charities, including the Greater Boston Food Bank and Arrels. This is the third year in a row VistaPrint employees have helped raise money for the Greater Boston Food Bank, but the first that employees from its European office raised money for a local charity like Arrels.

Visit VistaPrint for more.

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0 comments | Wednesday, June 11, 2008

There are so many lessons to learn from the movie Kung Fu Panda, which I had the chance to watch last night. Here are few inspiring lines from the movie.
1. There's no secret ingredient to greatness besides faith in yourself. To be able to create something special, you have to believe you are special. This is the main positive theme that resonates throughout the film.

2. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today? Today is a gift, that's why it's called present.

3. Often the path one takes to avoid their destiny is the very one that leads them to it.

4. There is no price for Awesomeness or Attractiveness.

5. There are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason.

"Kung Fu Panda" features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting. In fact, Po's defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest of all the animals in ancient China. That's a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po as the "Chosen One" to save the day. A group of martial arts masters are going to need a black belt in patience if they are going to turn this slacker panda into a kung fu fighter before it's too late.


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0 comments | Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Are you pissed off with your current webhosting customer service? I hate it when it happens to me – not getting the necessary help when I need them most, especially when the website is down. That’s why a real-person customer service that is live 24/7 is now my priority, be it in finding a new web host or just about anything that deals with servicing customers.

If you are still hunting for the best webhosting service, bear in mind this: a good host is a host that gives you a good amount of space and bandwidth in a less price.

When I checked Network Solutions, a web hosting provider, I found out that they actually give customers free web site address (domain name) with annual purchase of any of their three plans, three excellent packages -- the Standard, Advanced and Pro. The most popular is the Advance package, which costs $13.30 per month (with annual purchase) and you get 50 GB of space, 500 GB of bandwidth, 50 FTP accounts and 1000 E-mailboxes.

The Pro package is for the most demanding webmasters. It costs $29.13 a month (with annual purchase) and offers 100 GB of space, 750 GB of bandwidth, 100 FTP accounts and 1500 E-mailboxes.

I’ve read that www.networksolutions.com is the “Find My Host Editor’s Choice” Award winner for June 2008. They do have a good name and you’d be in good hands! Get your web hosting services from them.

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How will you write a letter of intent when you wish to study in a university or apply for an internship? Simple. Just remember few key points: the career field you are interested in, state why you want to study/work in (company name), talk about your personal strengths and skills related to the internship field/study program, mention your skills, talents, work and life experience, languages, computer, organizational skills, then conclude with how you think your career and academic goals will be supported by the experience of the internship/study.

Below is a sample letter of intent my brother made and submitted when he applied for a Masters degree at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the Philippines.

Admission Officer
(name of company/university)

Dear _____:

The subjects offered by the Master of Arts program in your university have brought in much interest in me, as I have been longing to study on such an interesting course. UST is known to be a highly competent learning and research institution and, over the years, has produced competent and socially responsible professionals and life-long learners. In view of this, it is my greatest pursuit to further my career through the Master of Arts in English program in your university and be part of UST’s roll of successful alumni in the future.

I am __________. Currently, I am employed as a _______________ in one of the companies in Manila. I finished my Bachelor of Arts education at the __________(your previous school) with a degree in English majors in Linguistics on _______(date when you obtained the degree). Utilizing the skills and knowledge I have learned in my BS degree such as everyday communication, change and conflict management, social and organizational learning, awareness-raising and behavioural change, I am confident that I will like the subjects offered in the Masters program.

One of my future goals is to teach in the academe. Getting a Masters degree will get me closer to it.

Further, my resume speaks of possessing capabilities from excellent written and oral communication to having good analytical skills necessary for the intense demands of the MA work.

Furthermore, it is my intention to apply for the aforementioned MA program in your University.

Should there be questions and inquiries, kindly refer to my curriculum vitae or you can send me email through _________(your email). Or you can get in touch with mobile number __________(phone number, include the country code plus the area code, especially when you are applying for studies abroad).

Sincerely yours,

(your name)


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Frequent readers of this blog have probably seen the previous post I did months ago about my favorite Seiko watch. Guess what, here’s another one that catches my fancy. It is the Seiko Men's Kinetic Sportura Chronograph Black Dial. Its retail price is $1150.00 but it is now on sale for just $625.00. That is about 45% discount!

Look at the features:
• Black dial with white hands and orange chronograph hands.
• Brushed and Polished Stainless steel case and bracelet.
• Hour, minute and second hands.
• Automatic power generator.
• Stopwatch minute and second hand.
• Stopwatch measures up to 45 minutes in 1/5 second increments.
• Tachymeter on inner bezel.
• Energy depletion forewarning function.
• Overcharge prevention function.
• Duration of full charge is approximately 5 months.
• Date.
• Push-button deployment clasp.
• Precise Kinetic movement.
• Scratch resistant sapphire Crystal.
• Water Resistant to 100m.
• Case measures 43mm diameter by 13mm thick.
• 3 years original manufacturer warranty.

The Seiko brand has survived the test of time since it introduced its first product way back in 1924. In terms of aesthetics, it’s beautiful and well-designed. It looks very sturdy too.

Check out Seiko watches for discounts of their brand new Seiko products and 100% genuine, with original packaging, manuals, warranty and serial numbers intact.

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0 comments | Sunday, June 08, 2008

We have this table tennis board in the house that has been the source of evening fun for me and my housemates when we couldn't think of anything to do after watching Law and Order. We simply head on to the garage where we placed the board on top of chairs to support it. We have been having this kind of setup since summer of 2007. Although it was kinda looking messy down under and not to mention being frail, it worked for the whole summer months.
Today, we finally decided to make it a little better. There's got to be proper legs down there! We need to get rid of those chairs and replace them with wooden frames!

A short visit to Lowe's establishment plus a quick planning turned out beneficial. We ended up buying wood planks, nails, a saw and a hammer. Yes, baby, we were up to building our makeshift table-tennis frame support!

The size of the main upper frame has to be 6ft long and 3ft wide. Legs height has to be about 2.5ft. I was excited to see a good finish.
I did most of the sawing and nailing. My housemate thought I have the best experience to do those stuff. I used to build fun structures when I was still in Pinas. My parents were true witnesses of how I could build benches from anything rubbish. Most of the time, I don't tell anyone of my plan, I just start taking Dad's handy construction tools and begin conceptualizing and building my idea. Everyone in the family will be surprised to see the finish product.

Today, I applied my carpentry skills once again. Oh man, was it good to know I didn't lose the grip! I could still cut wood planks, hammer and nail them together just like before, or just like a pro!

It only took a little over an hour to see the fruits of our labor. Here goes our table tennis support frame!
It is time for a house party again. Bring on the fun baby and let's hit the table tennis ball!


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0 comments | Thursday, June 05, 2008

Ang aking kaibigan ay mayroon lang mga ilang katanungan na matagal nang bumabagabag sa kanyang araw-araw na pamumuhay. Maaaring ang iba rito ay alam na rin ito ngunit walang makapagbigay ng akmang kasagutan o pagpapaliwanag. Ito ay ang mga sumusunod:

1. Ang squidballs ba ay bayag ng pusit?
Ang squidballs ay hindi bayag ng pusit ngunit bayag ni Tiya Pusit.

2. Pwede bang uminom ng softdrink kapag coffee break?
Pwedeng uminom ng softdrink kung coffebreak ngunit kailangan itong lagyan ng asukal at kopimeyt. Kopimeyt dapat at huwag gatas. (milk in my cereal, kopimeyt in my pepsi. sounds good to me!)

3. Pwede bang gamitin ang a.m. radio pag gabi na?

Maari lamang gamitin ang a.m. radio kapag gabi kung ang iyong pakikinggan ay f.m.

4. Ang fire exit ba ay labasan ng apoy?
Ang fire exit ay ginagamit lamang bilang labasan ng apoy kapag may sunog. Ito ang kanilang daan upang sila'y makatakas o ang tinatawag na "fire escape".

5. Ang uod ba pag namatay ay inuuod din?
Ang tao kapag namatay ay hindi tinatao. Malamang ang uod ay hindi rin inuuod. Kung ang tao ay inuuod kapag nalaguatan ng hininga, siguro ang uod kapag namatay ay tinatao.

6. Totoo bang ang mga manok na pinatay sa Jollibee ay masasaya kaya sila tinawag na chicken joy?
Ang mga manok na pinatay sa Jollibee ay masaya kung kaya't sila'y tinawag na chicken joy. Ngunit hindi kinakailangang sa jolibee patayin ang manok upang maging ito ay maging masaya...ang mga manok ay nagiging masaya kapag sila ay may kasama sa buhay. Kapag ito ay nag-iisa lamang, ito ay hindi chicken joy kundi...mcchicken singles. (Ang pinakamasayang manok sa lahat ay iyong 6 pc. chicken mcnuggets o tinatawag na "orgy" sa inggles)

7. Mayroon bang kahit isang langgam na mahilig sa maalat?

Alam na ba ninyo iyong patawa na "itlog maalat"? Nakagat ako minsan ng langgam.......

8. Kung ang 7-11 store ay bukas 24 hrs a day , 7 days a week , at 365 days a year. Bakit may lock pa ang pinto nila? Bakit? Bakit?
Dalawa ang dahilan. Una, may coffee break (tingnan ang katanungan bilang 2 hinggil sa maaaring inumin kapag coffe break) din naman ang mga nagtatrabaho sa 7-11. Pangalawa, mayroon tayong tinatawag na leap year.

9. Bakit di mataas ang highway?
Dahil kung mataas ang highway, walang paglalagyan ng skyway.

10. Ba't alang lumilipad na sasakyan sa flyover?
Hindi lang natin nakikita ang mga nagliliparang sasakyan sapagkat hindi tayo tumutingala kapag tayo ay nasa flyover. Ang pagsalin ng dayuhang salita na flyover sa katutubong wika ay "fly"-lipad, "over"-sa ibabaw. Ibig sabihin nito na ang mga kotse ay hindi lumilipad sa flyover ngunit sa ibabaw ng flyover. Ngayon kung titingala ka naman kapag ikaw ay nasa flyover ang tangi mong makikita ay ang kisame ng iyong sasakyan. Alam kong wala sa inyong mayroong sasakyan na Miata, Boxster, Kompressor, Z3, Z8 at kung ano-ano pang kotseng pangmayaman kaya't huwag na kayong magpumilit mamilosopo...ako lang ang may karapatan. Kung idadahilan niyo naman na mayroon kayong sunroof, hanapin ninyo ang inyong tinatawag na "sense of humor". Namamatay ng maaga ang palaging seryoso.

Sana ay nasagot ko ang iyong mga tanong at kung mayroon pang ibang bagay na bumabagabag sa iyong isipan huwag kang mag-alinlangang magpadala sa akin ng e-mail.

At lagi rin natin sana tandaan ang dayuhang salawikain na "ask a dumb question and you'll get a dumb answer."

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0 comments | Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Among all the sports people play, tennis is the one that I am quite familiar of. When I was in the Netherlands, I played tennis with my Chinese buddy twice a week. That was the time I had purchased a good tennis racket and a bunch of sports wear and gadgets. Over time I improved my skills, though not at par with my Chinese opponent who was a semi-professional tennis player.

I watch all tennis grand slams when I can on TV. I can even name the top 10 ranking players for both the men and women categories. That is how I love the sport.

Wimbledon is one the tennis grand slams. Being the oldest major championship in tennis, it is regarded as the most prestigious tennis championship in the world. It is the third grand slam event played each year in London England.

With the five main tennis events held at Wimbledon: Gentlemen's Singles, Ladies' Singles, Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles, expect to see most, if not all, of the ranking players joining in for the coveted prize and title.

Of course, tennis fanatics queue overnight with their tents and sleeping bags just to get into the show courts and purchase Wimbledon tennis tickets. This is done by fans from all over the world and is considered part of the Wimbledon experience in itself.

If you’ll happen to be in London on 23rd June to 6th July 2008, experience the tennis game like you’ve never experienced before. Watch Wimbledon!

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I know. Everything is in Ukrainian language. I just thought it is nice to promote something different (just because I couldn't understand a single Ukrainian word). It's my Ukrainian friend's poetry blog. This is also my way of indexing the keywords Ukraine, poems, Ukrainian blog, poetry. So this is a two-way benefit. I help my friend promote his blog and I get traffic in return with those keywords.
...thinking like an SEO expert! LOL.

Here is a sample Ukrainian poem (read if you can). I searched for a Ukrainian to English translation online. I couldn't find a site offering it for free.

По стінах руки, блуджу до перемекача
Я повертаю в інший бік до ліжка
Не з того боку бра, і не на тій полиці книжка
Але з вікна ніхто не поміча
Ні сторінок опалих на підлозі
Ані відсутностей сутулості плеча
Я засинаю й бачу у траві хруща
А просинаюся в дорозі

Want more? Follow this link to papito-karlito.livejournal.


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0 comments | Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I am inviting everyone to FREE concerts at the Radio Disney stage next to the Giant Ferris Wheel on Morey's Mariner's Landing pier, a favorite New Jersey vacation hotspot.

Fans of Raven-Symone, pack your bags and fly, as Raven will appear in the concert series finale on July 26th! Raven is famous in Disney Channel's 'That's so Raven' and the currently playing Walt Disney movie, 'College Road Trip' with Martin Lawrence.

The concert schedules are as follows with those guests scheduled to appear:
- A Cursive Memory -- Appearing July 7
- Jordan Pruitt -- Appearing July 14
- Drew Seeley -- Appearing July 21

If you and your family have nothing to do during those dates and also love Disney, you might want to check out the hot deals on Wildwood NJ hotels, and get yourself some tickets to the July 2008 Radio Disney Summer Concert Series and other Wildwood events for your family.

Sure there are other things to do in New Jersey, but the series of concerts are more fun than spending a day at a water park. Why spend a buck when you can have all the fun you need for free and, as a bonus, you'd get to see your top radio Disney artists?

Here's more:
July 26th Concert ticket holders may enjoy super savings at Morey’s Piers from the time of purchase through July 27, 2008. Simply show your official July 26 Radio Disney Summer Concert Series finale ticket at Guest Services on Mariner’s Landing and receive $10 off an all-day waterpark ticket for either Raging Waters or Ocean Oasis, or $10 off an amusement pier wristband valid for all three of Morey’s Piers, or $15 off a one-day splash and ride combination ticket.

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Do you know the fastest growing crime in the United States? According to a press release, Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, costing Americans $1.2 billion annually.

This is very alarming because we all know everything can be done online right now. I do banking transactions almost everyday. And with theft strategies getting high-tech every day, stealing private information can happen anytime to anyone. If this happens, you feel you have just lost part of your life.

So, make sure you lock your “life” to safety. Lifelock is the industry leader in identity theft protection. Try their service. Recently the company was named recipient of the Red Herring 100 Global Award as one of the Top 100 start-up’s in the world.

They are also looking for people to join in their team. Interested to have a job at lifelock?

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0 comments | Monday, June 02, 2008

The Oxford University Press is putting an end to the publishing of the print edition of the multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary.
Oxford University Press now focuses on the online and CD-ROM edition of the dictionary, which I think is better. Everything can be found online now, even the definition of the strangest word.

You can visit wiki to learn more of the history of the Oxford English Dictionary.


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0 comments | Sunday, June 01, 2008

Women who are up to a great deal of shopping this summer should not miss this opportunity to check out Heavenly Couture.

I am recommending the site to my sister since most of their items are below $20 and are made from quality designers and they market premium denim. The site offers the best quality junior clothing and women's clothing throughout Northern America.

So you get the best deal here - cheap clothing, yet with the best quality. If you like an item, click the image and it will show you the front and back parts.

To get the deal, simply go on the Heavenly Couture website (www.getheavenly.com). Remember, everything is no more than $17.95! Hurry, this is a limited time offer!

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