Monday, March 29, 2010

Thumbs Up: " Window Seat" (Strip Down!) Video by Erykah Badu

Trivia: The blue letters coming out of her head in the video, form the word "GROUPTHINK"

If the video above don't work, you can watch it in her website below!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Meteorite Or Meteor-Wrong?

More than 2 years ago, while we, (my colleague and I) were having our break at the side of the desert highway of our travel from Yanbu to Jeddah, I spotted a weird looking rock. I immediately picked it up, and I couldn't figure out what kind of rock it was, but then I thought that it might be a meteorite because the surface of the rock looks like it was melted, which can only happen when a meteorite entered the earth's atmosphere.

So I kept it inside my bag together with my things, and when we arrived home, I used it as a bookholder (or whatchamacallit), until just the other day, I decided to look it up in the internet to make sure if it is really a meteorite or a meteor-wrong, well that's how the expert call it if it's not a meteorite.

A lot of sites came out when I searched for "Meteorite Identification". I tried different sites but the Meteorite Market was the best. There was 1 to 8 steps to really know if the rock I found is a meteorite. It actually starts at step #2, but I started at step #3 because step #2 is for those people who saw the rock fell from the sky, and I didn't see it fell. The rock passed easily on step #3 and #4 but when I get to # 5, which is about the magnetism of the rock, it failed. My rock did not attract a magnet, so it ends there.

90% of all meteorites, whether it's Stone Meteorite, Iron Meteorite or Stony-Iron Meteorite, should attract a magnet because of its metal contents. The metal contents of the meteorite is also the reason why the color of  meteorites are black  to brown, and the brown color on the surface is rust.

To tell you the truth, I was so disappointed at the result of the test, I really thought I have a real meteorite in my hand. Anyway I will still keep it as a souvenir from my trip, and who knows, it might still be a meteorite, remember it says 90% of all meteorites are magnetic, and not 100%.

I just have to open my eyes a little bit wider when I'm in the desert. I still do not know when our next trip will be, it'll be very exciting!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

I Like Noynoy, But I don't Like Kris!

This coming Philippine presidential election 2010, I will vote for Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino lll. I will vote for him because I honestly believe that he is the best of all of the presidential candidates, and  I also believe that he has the capability, and the will to eradicate corruption in the government. He is the kind of person who will do the right thing, because he is honest and God fearing. I will still vote for Noynoy even if  Kris Aquino vomits green goo and talks dirty while her head spins around in circles, (like Linda Blair on "The Exorcist"), live on the The Buzz.

I do not hate Kris, I actually understand her why she acts the way she does. She is living the life of a princess ever since she was born for God's sake! She's the youngest of all her siblings, that already explains everything, aside from the fact that her family is one of the richest and one of the most powerful political clans in the country, she one of the highest paid actresses in Philippine showbiz. Her father, a former Senator and a hero, her mother the former president of Philippines and now being considered for sainthood.

Most people believe that she is the reason why the popularity of Noynoy is sliding in the recent polls. She and most of the people around her repeatedly said that showbiz and politics are two different things, and that she is not the one dragging Noynoy's popularity down, but to me personally, she is the culprit.

Last Sunday's episode of the "The Buzz" was another display of Kris' bad and insensitive attitude, this time towards Ruffa Guittierez. I don't know if she's aware that she's hurting other people's feelings, she's so insensitive sometimes. Poor Ruffa, with all her beauty and intelligence, she doesn't deserve to be treated like a door mat. After the incident, Ruffa's mom talked to the press and urged people not to vote for Noynoy, (another point for Krissy!). Incidents like this would make some people think twice in voting for Noynoy, you can't blame them, because they are thinking that if Kris' attitude is like this, then what more if her brother wins the presidential election?

For the sake of her brother's campaign and for the people who truly believe in Noynoy, she should learn to shut her mouth sometimes and not jeopardize Noynoy's bid for the presidency. She should listen to people sometimes, even if those people are saying something bad to her. To her families and friends, tell her the truth even if it will hurt her. What's the use of Boy's imaginary mirror if he's not going to use it? He shouldn't just nod his head and say, Yes Krissy!

My reasons why I don't like Kris Aquino. (Based on my observation on TV).

  • She lacks humility.

  • She intimidates people.

  • She makes other people feel small.

  • She's conceited.

  • She's narcissist and self-centered.

  • She's insincere.

  • She's insensitive.
Maybe she's different in person, or maybe I could have been wrong about her, but this is how most of the people perceive her, judging from what they see on the television. Even the way she talks annoys me, she talks like a teenage girl from the movie "Mean Girls". And she's so totally opposite Oprah, contrary to what she thought of herself. She lacks sincerity, she's nowhere close to the great "O".

I love Noynoy, and I want him to win this election. I wish she would not do another crazy thing that would harm her brother's campaign. She's an intelligent and successful woman already, she doesn't need to do acrobatics to be noticed. She already has it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hooked On LEDISI

Sometimes I'm fed up with Hip-hop and "Gaga Style" Dance music which is the "In" sound today, but don't get me wrong, I love those  genres, it's just that I miss R&B, the kind that I used to listen to when I was growing up in the 80's, like those songs of Whitney Houston, After 7, Tevin Cambell, En Vogue, Surface etc. It's very hard to find singers that sing those kind of songs anymore, most songs nowadays are fused with Hip-hop.

While cruising Billboard R&B/Hip-hop chart a month ago, I happened to come across an amazing song called "Going Thru Changes" by Ledisi, and I listened to the short clip of the song there, and I really love the song. To be honest, that was the first time I heard about the singer. Her vocals in the song just blew me away, and so now I'm kinda hooked on her. Her musical style resembles that of the Neo-soul singer Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, great singers that I really admire. Although their music are not that similar to those great R&B singers that I mentioned in the first paragraph,  the style of Ledisi, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott are a little Jazzy yet soulful, the style is often called Neo-soul.

Anyway, I try to find more information about Ledisi and her songs. I found out that she's actually new to R&B and she's originally a Jazz singer, and she loves the great Ella Fitgerald, and this is very evident in her songs "Round Midnight" and "Feeling Orange But Sometimes Blue" from her previous album. Apparently she's been around for quite sometime now. She was recently nominated for Best R&B Female Peformance, and her latest album 'Turn Me Loose', for Best R&B Album in the 2010 Grammy.

I recently became a fan on her Facebook page and followed her blog. I don't know, her songs just speak to me and aside from her music, I can tell that she's a great person. She seems to be a nice and kind-hearted person, her smile seems to be full of sincerity. I recently watched her performance in the 'BET 10th Year Celebration of Gospel' via her FB page with Kelly Price singing Gospel, and wow, what a performance that was!

I'll be looking forward to more of her amazing music and you should too! And one more thing, she's also a Sade fan, a great Neo-Soul artist!

Her Official Website: LEDISI