July 26, 2011

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie Stills / Photos

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I know that this post is a little bit late... well, better late than never! I spent some time collecting these photos /stills from the upcoming movie Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Are you excited?



Alice Cullen giving soon-to-be-bride Bella Swan a nice makeup for her wedding.


Aro. The leader of the Volturi.


Edward and Bella: More intimate and mature in the upcoming movie.


Edward and Bella: At the falls during their honeymoon


 Edward and Bella: Dancing at the festival


Bella having her breakfast


Edward and Bella playing chess


Carmen and Eleazar from the Denali Clan


Esme Cullen with the Denali Sisters


Jacob Black riding his bike


Jacob Black running after receiving Bella and Edward's wedding invitation




Can't wait!


July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse Found Dead

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Amy Winehouse, 27 year old English soul-jazz singer-songwriter and famous for her substance abuse and mental health issues, was found dead in her apartment in London today (July 23, 2011).

At 3:54 pm, two ambulances were called to Winehouse's apartment. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed her death, without specifying Winehouse's name.

"Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05 hours today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue into the circumstances of death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained."

I can't say that she had a successful career because of her health and alcohol issues. Last June 18 during her European Tour, she was terribly booed by a disgruntled crowd of 20,000 for repeatedly leaving the stage mid-performance, forgetting the lyrics of her barely-recognized songs. After that, she canceled all her upcoming tours and her management said she would take time off to recover.

Still, our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. Rest in peace, Amy Winehouse.


July 11, 2011

Tuko (Gecko Lizard) Buyers and Sellers: BEWARE!

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Five days ago, I posted my opinions here about this Tuko Buying and Selling Craze going on here in the Philippines right now. I also mentioned there that I have a lot of friends (and even relatives) searching for these poor gecko lizards. Oh well, good thing I didn't believe in this crap.


I want to share some of their experiences:

I have a friend who is now on his 50's. Let's name him "Kuya Tony". To cut the story short, he already has a prospective tuko buyer (a foreigner) so he looked for a tuko seller online. He was able to find one. He was attracted with the picture of the large gecko lizard posted on the advertisement. So he contacted his buyer and they agreed to meet at a mall in Quezon City for contract signing. After that, they went to the seller's place Kuya Tony met online. To their disappointment, the seller showed a large wood with a drawing of a gecko lizard (tuko). That was the one posted on the advertisement! It was perfectly carved that anyone can mistake it with a real "tuko". According to him, those guys look like goons. Good thing the buyer didn't bring his money, or else....

This next story happened to my aunt and uncle. A friend recommended a tuko seller in a town somewhere in Nueva Ecija. They agreed to meet last Thursday. Unfortunately, their car broke down so they were forced to take the tricycle on their way to their meeting place. They were not familiar with that town so they just showed the address to the driver. So when they got there, a group of men approached them and forced them to empty their pockets and give them their bags. An iPhone 4 and P4,000 worth of cash.. together with their credit cards, driver's licenses and other important id's were taken by these men.



So if you have plans on joining this tuko (gecko lizard) business, you might want to change your minds. And besides, these innocent gecko lizards are very important to our environment. Leave them alone.



July 6, 2011

Tuko For Sale in the Philippines For One Million Pesos

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Seems like the gecko lizard or "tuko" craze in the Philippines is becoming wilder and wilder!

I really don't know where this "Tuko Buying Craze" started. All I know is, if you'll be able to catch one (it must be alive), it can be your ticket to a millionaire's life. As a result, many people (Filipinos) started hunting these poor reptiles... aside from the fact that these species are already endangered. Well, who could blame them? According to them, a full-sized gecko lizard (tuko) is worth a million!


Now, my questions are:

1. Is this true? I have lots of friends hunting for "tuko". But none of them can show me some proofs that there are real "millionaire" buyers.. or atleast, a common friend who was able to sell one for that price.

2. If this is true, who are "these" buyers? What are they going to do with these gecko lizards? Why would they throw their millions for these reptiles?

3. Are these buyers medical researchers, searching for a cure for AIDS or Cancer? Seems like there are thousands of these foreign researchers in the Philippines. But why Philippines? There are also lots of gecko lizards in Indonesia and Vietnam.

4. Some people say that "tuko" is the most effective cure for ASTHMA. If that's their reason, why would they invest millions when there are lots of more affordable (and also effective) medicines for asthma on the market?



For a price of one million pesos for a full-sized single "tuko", I can't help but think that they're into something bigger than a cure for aids or cancer... if this is true. Or if not, is it possible that someone just started this "fake craze" to divert the attention of many?





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