Monday, June 28, 2010

Car Mats for your Car Protection




As season changes, the need of extra care for our cars is required. specially on car mats. Imagine when you get inside the car with your shoes full of mud, or when your kid spilled orange juice on the car mat, or when your wife dropped the burger patty on your car floor, you will kill yourself thinking the dirt, grime, stink, and stain they would leave on your car mat.  But now, you do not need to worry about it as you can easily change your car mat to a more efficient one that will solve all your  worries.

CARiD.com has the wide array of floor mats for cars and trucks available in the internet.  Customers can choose their specified car mat needs by providing details of their car make, model, and year. They will be then directed to the vast choices of car mats customized for their cars.  Full product information together with the pictures, product ratings, and features are also provided in the site. Sale prices of car mats are also given for people who want to save bucks on stylish mats.  Customer can choose from top car mats manufacturer like WeatherTech®, Lloyd®, Husky Liners®, and Nifty Catch All™. Car mats from these manufacturers are known to withstand weathering as they are made of high-quality and heavyweight materials that can endure high temperature changes. They are also stylish, comfortable, and easy to clean. An online support is also available to answer customer’s queries.

CariD.com does not only offer car mats; all car accessories are also available for any make and model. It is a one-stop-shop for all the people who care for their cars.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Sesame


My daughter is quite busy always so every time she would cook, it will always be something we look forward to, like last night for dinner, she prepared crispy chicken strips in sweet and sour sauce with sesame seeds. As you can see in the picture above, it looks appetizing, and yes, as this dish is gone in no less than 5 minutes!

Usually, the children would not eat vegetables, but every time my daughter cooks, they would eat all of them and no stalk left on the plate, and this sweet and sour chicken is no exception.

Here are the steps to follow if you want to cook this dish:

1. Cut the boneless chicken into strips, approximately 200 grams. In a bowl, beat 1 egg, put salt to taste, and a spoon of flour. Sprinkle the chicken strips with salt and pepper. Heat the cooking oil, enough to fry all the chicken. Dip one by one the chicken on the egg mixture and fry till golden brown. Drain the oil from the chicken in paper towel. Set aside.

2. Cut broccoli, red and green bell pepper (capsicum), carrot, and other vegetables you like, into bite size. Dice onions and garlic.

3. In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoon ketchup, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.

4. Heat a wok and put 1 tablespoon of oil. Put the garlic, then onion and stir-fry till translucent. Put the sauce mixture and season with salt and pepper. Put the vegetables and water. Cover and cook til vegetables are cooked. Put the chicken and stir. Taste and put salt to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.


5. Serve hot with steam rice.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Charice in Glee!



The rumor was true! Charice will be on Glee, a musical comedy-drama television series aired on Fox in United States. Charice will play a foreign exchange student who will serve as a rival to Rachel, played by Lea Michele. The Glee's representative confirmed that Charice will join the show on the second season.

Charice also announced this news on her Twitter account stating "It's official. I'm on Glee (next season)...," She said that after she denied the rumor of casting her in the show, she tried to audition and made it.

The young international singer is still continuing her promotion of her first international self-titled album featuring "Pyramid" with Iyaz.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Lakers Won NBA 2010 Finals


Photo: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

After the tough rivalry between LA Lakers and Boston Celtics in NBA 2010 Finals, Lakers has done it!  Lakers beats Celtics in the Game 7 last June 18 with the score of 83-79 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California.  

Their win is a back-to-back as they have won the championship trophy in 2009. Having won this year NBA finals also made Lakers to capture 16th NBA title that means LA Lakers have won 16 times in the NBA history.

During the game, Kobe Bryant scored 23 points, Pau Gasol,19 points and 18 rebounds and Ron Artest with 20 points and five steals from Celtics.

Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 World Cup Results

For the 2010 World Cup latest news, scores and team standings, click here.

UPDATE on Games Results June 14:

Date Teams Score
June 14 Netherlands vs Denmark 2 - 0
June 14 Japan vs Cameroon 1 - 0
June 14 Italy vs. Paraguay 1 - 1

As the 2010 FIFA World Cup has started in South Africa, several teams has played in the past weekend. Although there are lots of posts around the net on the World Cup results, I decided to post them as an update to my World Cup fanaticism.

Since last Friday, I've watched every game from the opening till last night's game of Germany versus Australia.
Germany is currently the highest scorer in the tournament.

Here are the results of the games. I will be updating this from time to time.

Date Teams Score
June 11 South Africa vs Mexico 1 - 1
June 11 Uruguay vs France 0 - 0
June 12 South Korea vs. Greece 2 - 0
June 12 Argentina vs Nigeria  1- 0
June 12 England vs United States  1-1
June 13 Algeria vs Slovenia  0 - 1
June 13 Serbia vs Ghana  0 - 1
June 13 Germany vs Australia  4 - 0

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Lookback at 2006 World Cup: Zidane Headbutted Materazzi


 
Just few hours before the official opening ceremony of 2010 FIFA World Cup, let us take a look back at the much-talked incident that happened in the previous 2006 World Cup final match between France and Italy, which was France's Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi. Italy won the 2006 World Cup championship.

There were lots of surprises in 2006 World Cup however the one that was dominating after the event was Zidane's headbutting Materazzi during the final match. I watched the official 2006 World Cup movie last night on television and I was reminded of the said incident. There was a very close match between France and Italy teams both having the same score and would be leading to penalty shoot-out. Just several minutes before the penalty shoot-out, Materazzi said something to Zidane that led him to struck his shaven-head to the chest of Materazzi. Zidane was given a red card and was sent out of the game, the last game in his professional football career as he had announced his retirement before the game. It was at first a mystery on what has Materazzi told Zidane that made him so furious to have acted unprofessional since Zidane, or Zizou, had been known for being a brilliant and cool-headed player.

Zidane had not said anything about what had Materazzi told him, however Materazzi apologized to him several times and revealed what he had said to Zidane. It was,"I'd prefer your whore of a sister", that provoked Zidane to headbutt Materazzi.

Zizou retired of the football game but was left with popularity, reputation and legacy of a great footballer that France and the world has ever had.


For 2010 FIFA World Cup news and photos updates, click here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup Kicks Off

 The much-anticipated FIFA World Cup 2010 will start tomorrow, June 11 in South Africa with 32 competing teams for the coveted cup. This month-long football event started with a qualification process that began in August 2007 that was participated by 204 national teams. Like Summer and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup happens every four years. It will be the first time that World Cup will be hosted by an African country and it will be by South Africa.


Every football or soccer fans is excited to watch every match either live on stadium or on television. Last tournament's champion, Italy, will defend its throne to tough teams like Spain, UK, France, US, to name a few. Will Italy win the World Cup once again? That's the next thing the football fanatics will have to watch out for, but for sure, every one of us have our own team to bet on.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lady Gaga's New Music Video, Alejandro

I was not really a fan of Lady Gaga although I liked some of her songs like Bad Romance and Telephone. Today, I get curious with a lot of buzz regarding Lady Gaga's new music video of her new single, Alejandro. We all know that Lady Gaga's styles are uncommon and she liked it to be that way. However, Lady Gaga's 8-minute music video, Alejandro is quite unconventional specially since it tackles about S&M fetish and portraying a ravaged nun. Some of the buzzers applauded her once again for being unique but others down grade her new video as too much for the general viewers.

If you are curious on what I am talking about, here's the video of Lady Gaga's Alejandro:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Golden Fried Rice... Yummy!



This afternoon, my daughter brought a DVD of a Japanese anime, Cooking Master Boy. I watched several episodes together with my kids. As I was watching, I became hungry as Mao, the main character in the anime, was cooking delicious-looking food. So I decided to cook one of the dishes Mao prepared in one of the episodes of Cooking Master Boy, the Golden Fried Rice!

I actually did not follow how Mao cooked his golden fried rice. I remembered one recipe of Nigella Lawson, the British chef in the show, Nigella Bites. The recipe was so easy to make so I chose to use it. In two simple steps, I was able to prepare golden fried rice!

Here's how to do it:

1. In a bowl using a fork, mix one cup steamed rice, beaten 1 egg yolk, salt and pepper to taste, half teaspoon soy sauce, half teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. I use fork in mixing and cooking so that the rice will separate from each other and also it will not break the grains.

2. In a wok/pan, heat one tablespoon of cooking oil (for extra taste, use butter), then saute minced garlic till brown. After that, put the rice mixture and start mixing with fork till rice grains do not stick to each other anymore. You can add bits of ham, bacon, or minced carrots for extra taste.

Now, put it in a bowl and dig in!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ergothioneine, a Natural Anti Aging Product



Aging and health problems due to stress, pollution, and unhealthy lifestyle are caused by “oxidative stress”, it is when the body’s antioxidant and other abilities to fight free radicals, the highly reactive species of oxygen and nitrogen, are overpowered. The body is prone to free radical damage. Cells will not be able to function properly and may even die as free radicals attack them and this causes aging and deterioration of health. To fight against oxidative stress and free radicals, the body needs antioxidants.

OXIS International, Inc., a company that do research and development of products that contain natural ingredients which counteract the harmful effects of oxidative stress, free radicals, and other threat to human health offers therapeutic compounds and clinical products that can be used not only as anti aging treatment but also to cure diseases caused by oxidative stress and free radicals like neurodegenerative, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other conditions.

This summer 2010, Oxis will launch “Ergo-Pur™”. ERGO-Pur is a pure form of the highly potent multifaceted antioxidant called Ergothioneine. It is a powerful antioxidant that has remarkable benefits like conserving and maintaining the levels of other antioxidants, increasing respiration, reducing the damaging effects of environmental radiation, neutralizing oxidative stress by fighting free radicals. OXIS has patented the synthesis process for L-Ergothioneine. Another product to hit the market is “Ergo-Plex™”. ERGO-Plex is a combination of ERGO plus other functional nutraceutical ingredients.

Aside from the Ergo-Pur and Ergo-Plex, OXIS is also developing and testing therapeutic compounds and clinical products based on natural ingredients like glutathione and lipid soluble antioxidant compounds. Glutathione is a known enzyme which purpose is to protect the body from oxidative damage and reduce free radicals. Glutathione has a reputation of fighting free radical and preventing aging. It is a well-known ingredient in most of anti aging products.

OXIS has grown with its strong teams of management, directors, and scientist; raised new capital, increased equity value and liquidity of its petty stock, and regained trading status. OXIS continues on researching and developing natural products on neutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and threpeutic that will counteract the harmful effects of oxidative stress and free radicals.

To know more about Ergothioneine and OXIS products, visit http://www.oxis.com

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mysterious Guatemala Sinkhole: Nature-made or Man-made?

Photos Source: Reuters

I was reading the online news yesterday when a picture of Guatemala sinkhole caught my attention. It was so huge and bottomless. It has a perfect circle as if a giant has stomped a pole in it and removed it. It was like a passage to hell, or a gate to underworld, will Frodo come out from that hole? Well, it was really amazing that I cannot think that it is natural-made.

According to the news, the sinkhole may have been caused by the sinking of the ground due to the storm that hit Guatemala last Monday that left hundreds of people died. However, according to geologists, who also examined a similar sinkhole in the same country last 2007, the cause of the hole may not be due to nature but they need to study it first to know the cause of it.


Today, I showed the picture to my friend and he at first said that it is a product of photo shop, so I showed him more pictures from the news reports. He also cannot believe that this perfect-circled sinkhole will be a product of natural-made calamity. He has some kind of weird theory, a government experiment gone bad. Well, it's just an opinion.

Charice's Journey on Oprah


Just few hours ago, I posted about Charice Pempengco and her first international self-titled album that was released few weeks ago. Now, I could not help myself but to watch more of her performances specially her journey to international stardom.

As I was searching for more videos to watch in YouTube, I found these 8-part series videos,entitled The O Road to Top, which show Charice's first appearance in Oprah up to her debut of her international album. Before you do video marathon, make sure that you have a box of tissue near you, you will need it, as she made me cry several times.

The first video is Charice's first visit to Oprah when she was 15 and she sang I Have Nothing, which impressed Oprah and her audience so much.




In the second part, Oprah introduced Charice to David Foster. David then took her under his wings and Charice sang in Las Vegas during David Foster and Friends concert.



In the next part, Charice went to Italy as per request of Andrea Boccelli to sing with him. They sang The Prayer together in Tuscany.



Part 4 shows the life story of Charice. She visited her hometown and recounted painful memories.



In part 5, Oprah surprised Charice of a video conference with Celine Dion after Charice sang Celine's My Heart Will Go On.



This part shows Charice duet with Celine Dion in Madison Square, New York. They sang, Because You Love Me, dedicated to Charice's mother.



Part 7 is Oprah's interview on Celine Dion about her duet with Charice during Celine's concert at the Madison Square.




The last part is Charice, 18 now, singing Note to God.




Credit goes to Webscribes for uploading these amazing and high quality videos.Copyright of the videos goes to Oprah show and ABC, its broadcasting network.

Charice: Singing Her Way to Stardom in US

I was actually  really thinking several times whether to write about this girl, but I could not keep myself from admiring her so here it is. Charice Pempengco, or simply Charice, has made not only the Filipinos proud but the Asian countries as well. Once a little girl with an amazing voice, who was a regular of singing contest to provide food on the table, now becomes a pop star not only in her native country, Philippines but in U.S. and other countries as well, releasing her first international self-titled album including the song, Pyramid, featuring Iyaz, which has become No.1 in Billboard’s May 22 issue of the latest Billboard Dance Club Chart. She has definitely capturing the American audience now.



Charice's life story is one of the rags to riches stories you have heard with technology helping her to be discovered. It started when a fan posted her video on YouTube performing in a Korean show, which caught the attention of Ellen Degeneres who invited her to her show, then to Oprah, and from that moment on, her road to international stardom has been cleared. Now, she is geared on invading the U.S. mainstream which no Asian singer has ever breakthrough. With the back-up of legendary composer and star-maker, David Foster, and with the opportunities singing with the big names like Celine Dion, Katharine McPhee, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and Alicia Keys, Charice is definitely on the right track, singing her way to stardom.

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