Sunday, June 28, 2009

Filipino line dancing

Last weekend hubby and I were in New Jersey to attend the 2nd annual celebration of the Seniors Citizen Inc. of Jersey City, New Jersey of which my husband's sister, Diana Altarejos, is a member. Last year she was one of the ladies who was given the title of Mrs. SCI-International and this year, she was to relinquished her crown to her successor. The Filipino community in New Jersey is huge so they are able to have big gatherings in support of whatever activities that they can come up with in order to foster togetherness and also it helps in keeping alive the traditions and culture of the Philippines for the benefit of the younger generation.

According to my sister-in-law, every weekend there is always a party or event going on and that keeps her on her toes. If you are non-Filipino and you happen to get invited to a few Filipino gatherings, you will quickly realize that the highlight of all these gatherings consists of food and dancing.

Dancing and most especially "line dancing" has become a major and never to be miss activity. I am posting here some videos from youtube of the most popular line dances. Most of the dance steps are pretty easy and can be learned with patience, practice and a lot of effort.

1) Todo Todo (Daniela Romo)

2) On ne s'aimera plus jamais (Larusso)

3) September (Earth, Wind & Fire)

4) Totoy Bibo (Vhong Navarro)

5) Mueve Tu Cucu (Cumbia Latin Band)

6) Chilly Cha Cha (Jessica Jay)

7) She Bangs (Ricky Martin)

8) Cha-Cha Slide

I tried to choose videos that have a tutorial in it so you can learn the steps and next time you get invited, you won't be a wallflower. Instead, you should be on the dancefloor whether you know the dance steps or you have 2 left feet.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Workout Music

Working out is something that I have to seriously start to do not because I am a vain person but more so for health reasons. Since I am not yet into convincing myself to give up my eating habits I choose to do activities which my help me lose the extra pounds. My preferred activities to do would be walking and dancing. I am sharing here some music that would be good workout music. I have added here my mixpod playlist located at the left side of this blog. Click on the start button to play and get ready to sweat......

My Mixpod Music List (not necessarily in order):

  • PYT (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson
  • Suavemente - Elvis Crespo
  • Calle Ocho (I Know You Want Me) - Pitbull
  • Wonderful Night - Fatboy Slim
  • Calabria 2007 - Eunur feat. Natasja
  • I like it Like That - Tito Nieves
  • Funk Soul Brother - Fatboy Slim
  • Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
  • Single Ladies - Beyonce
  • Just Got Paid - Johnny Kemp
  • Shake It - Metro Station
  • Good Vibration - Marky Mark
  • 4 Minutes - Madonna w/ Justin Timberlake
  • Waiting for Tonight - Jennifer Lopez

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Day After Roswell

This title is a book written by Col. Philip Corso together with William Birnes. I read this book in 1997 when it first came out courtesy of the Everett Public library.

The book is all about the disclosure of Col. Corso of the famous incident in Roswell, New Mexico where he has been given the responsibility of taking care of what has been recovered from a supposedly alien crash that happened in 1947. After several years he would go to several labs and companies who have the capabilities and the team of scientist and engineering experts who would be able to make use of the recovered items for earthly use.

The book has been widely disputed and most of its detractors believe this to be a fraud and a hoax but the Colonel has remained unwavering in his claims stating that he didn't want to bring this secret with him to the grave. He died in 1998.

Last Friday, History Channel International showed a documentary of this book. I just loved it cause it gave its viewers something to look at that you would not be able to see in the book. History Channel has repeats of the show so check their schedule and they also sell a dvd of the show on their website. However, I found a link so that you'd be able to watch it online. Thanks to Truveo for hosting.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The lessons we need to learn in life...

I am sharing this "lessons in life" as shared by a good friend. This was an essay written by Regina Brett of Cleveland, Ohio and was one of her more popular articles which has been frequently requested in her column for "The Plain Dealer." It's ironic that reading the things written here makes me think of some that I have learned and been through before, while others are still being learned and lived through. I believe the older that we get, we become more philosophical in life and learn to be more tolerant of the world that we live in.

45 Lessons in Life by Regina Brett

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in a blink of an eye. But don't worry, God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the "BRAIN."
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In five years, will these matter?'
27. Always choose LIFE.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of something you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside everyday. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel; get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.