Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Untimely and ungracious (Furious Singaporeans react to table tennis association chief's surprise decision)
The Association should have been more transparent in their way of handling the matter and not just give some stupid reason (new CEO, committee etc..) to explain the sacking of the team manager and the unknown fate of the head coach. IT TAKES 48 YEARS FOR SINGAPORE TO ACHIEVE ANOTHER MEDAL AND IT TAKES MP LEE BEE WAH ONLY 48 HOURS TO DESTROY IT !!! Both men have contributed alot to helping Singapore win the medal. Even if they were at fault regarding the Gao Ning matter, MP Lee Bee Wah should not have just decided so suddenly and at such an inappropriate timing. She has really stealed all the glory from the table tennis team and perhaps she might be the only one celebrating the medal success instead of the team and fellow Singaporeans!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I have just finished watching the last episode of the drama and Takuya Kimura really did a great job portraying as Asakura Keita, Prime Minister of Japan. He also shares great chemistry with actress Fukatsu Eri and i was glad that their characters ended up together. I'm very satisfied with the ending :> and how Takuya's character had stand by his beliefs and continue with the fight and proved that he is not a puppet prime minister controlled by Kanbayashi Sensei.
By calling for a snap re-election in the end, he is calling for the citizens to be the decision makers and to decide who they believe would fight for their country and welfare and not let Kanbayashi take advantage of the political turmoils to become the new prime minister. He knows that Kanbayashi is a despicable politician but he also acknowledge that he was the one who gave him a chance and indirectly helped him discover that being in politics is what he really wanted and to fulfil his late father's dream of helping the citizens.
"Change" is really a well-written, well-cast and well-executed Japanese drama with brillant actors and an intriguing storyline that has a right balance of political, romance and funny scenes to keep the viewers entertainied. "Change" also brings back memories of another Takuya's drama, "Hero". Takuya is really suitable for leadership roles and the characters he played in "Change" and "Hero" shows some similarities like they both started out as underdogs in their profession and ended up being able to win over their rivals with their strong beliefs of rights and wrongs and strong fighting spirits.
Hiroshi Abe also did a great job as the laid back political strategist and provided some comical reliefs in an otherwise serious drama which focuses on the political scenes in Japan. It was really a joy watching his acting and i almost wish that i could see more of his character in the drama. It would be quite interesting and also makes the drama more watchable if he had ended up as the "substitute prime minister" while takuya's character was sick in the drama. "Change" once again convince me that Japanese dramas are still my favourite as the stories are always short, sweet and touching.
(Source: Shape Magazine Singapore, July 2008 edition)
Cooking with rosemary can put you in a healthy state of mind for years to come. The fragrant herb contains carnosic acid, a compound that signals the brain to defend itself against free radicals (harmful by-products of metabolism that can cause stroke and Alzheimer's disease), finds a study in the Journal of Neurochemistry. Keep your head strong by tossing freshly chopped or dried rosemary over salads or using it in meat, fish, and veggie dishes.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
What’s the real key to losing weight, you ask? It’s all about the weekends. Seems those Saturday afternoon naps and Sunday morning brunches throw a real wrench into weight loss efforts. In fact, weekend indulgences can add up to as much as a 9-pound gain in a year, research shows.
Read on for weekend willpower . . .
A Real Diet Killer
In a study of weekend behavior, people on diet or exercise routines consistently stopped losing weight -- or worse, gained it -- over the weekends. They showed a net weekly gain of almost 9 pounds a year! Suddenly, that Saturday afternoon double-fudge sundae doesn’t seem like such a good idea.
Fortunately, you don’t have to lose your weekends to drop the pounds. First step: Pass on the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Make your own breakfast at home -- something that tastes decadent but is actually good for you. Next, mow the lawn. Wash the car. Walk the dog. Just do something that gets you moving. The study participants not only ate more on weekends but exercised less -- a double whammy for your waistline.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Fans of the drama series "Galileo" have one more thing to look forward to since the series ended last year. Anticipation is already high for the "Yougisha x no Kenshin" movie (follow-up movie of drama series Galileo), opening in theaters on October 4. Now, Fuji TV is turning it into a double dose: a one-shot special titled "Galileo: Episode Zero" will be aired on the same day as the film's release.
The special is set 3 years prior to the drama series, with the story being related to a murder case that was referenced in the original show. Detective Kusanagi (Kazuki Kitamura) is looking to solve a murder mystery, and he gets back in touch with his former badminton teammate, the brilliant professor Manabu Yukawa (Masaharu Fukuyama).
The special will also portray an incident from Yukawa's college days. Popular teen actor Haruma Miura plays the young Yukawa. Other cast members include Masami Nagasawa as a student lab assistant and Karina as a mysterious woman tied to the murder case. Fuji TV will broadcast the drama at 9:00pm on 4 October 2008.
I also found the theme song "Kiss Shite" of the drama "Galileo" from Youtube. The song is a collaboration between Kou Shibasaki and Masaharu Fukuyama and it is a nice and cute song. Fukuyama wrote the song and lyrics. I have included the MV below :> The trio are also doing another song, a love ballad titled "Saiai" for the Galileo movie and i'm looking forward to hearing the song.
Salad is pretty healthful to start with, to be sure. But not all salads are created equal. (Case in point: iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing. Wimpy!) So follow these five simple steps for making sure you up the antioxidant ante for all your garden greens:
1. Dress for Success
Dress your salad with an olive oil-based dressing. This good fat helps you absorb the nutrients in the salad. Mix the oil with apple or wine vinegars for extra antioxidants.
2. Herb It Up
Lemon balm and marjoram can increase a salad’s antioxidant capacity by 150–200 percent! You can sprinkle cumin, fresh ginger, and thyme on your salad, too.
3. Vary Your Veggies
Artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, garlic, leeks, radishes, spinach, and onions were the chart-topping antioxidant-rich veggies in a recent study -- though they’re not everyone’s favorites.
4. Branch Out . . ..
. . with new leaves. Some colorful red chicory or purple cabbage, for example, will add crunch to your salad -- as well as extra antioxidants.
Digging For The Truth: One Man's Epic Adventure Exploring the World's Greatest Archaeological Mysteries - Josh Bernstein
Readers of the book would also gain insights into the risk and dangers that went on behind the scenes in shooting the show and how much efforts the production team went into so as to show viewers precious footages of the interior of the Pyramids of Egypt and Yemen. That was definitely one of my favourite episodes! I also enjoyed watching the episode of Josh diving into the water to search for the underground palace of Cleopatra and also the story on Queen Nefertiti.
What i like particularly about the series was the chance to follow the journey of Josh to various exotic places that i might not even have the chance to go during my lifetime like Ethiopia, Yemen and Jerusalem. Another of my favourite episodes was on the Vikings. That episode gave me a chance to better appreciate the beauty of Iceland and Greenland which is much better than seeing the pictures and reading about the places on travel books. It was also interesting seeing the restored homes (Viking longhouses) of the Vikings which Erik the Red had lived in the Year 982 AD.
It also makes me better appreciate the series and i was reading the book and watching season 1 and 2 at the same time which gives me a better idea of how difficult it was to shoot some of the episodes which i would not have realised while just watching it on tv.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Travel with Bernstein across oceans, continents and time zones on aquest for answers. From current headlines to ancient lore, grab your bags and set off for adventure. Topics covered include:
-- A deadly conflict between elephants and humans is escalating across Africa. Josh goes on the trail of elephants that are attacking andkilling humans in record numbers to find out why these gentle giants have turned into killers and to investigate a compelling new theory that claims to know the answer.
-- For millennia, people have assumed that because we live on Earth, life must have started here. But scientists are now seriously considering that life may have come here from Mars, having navigated the hazards of deep space to take up residence on Earth. Josh gains access to places only NASA scientists are typically allowed on his quest through the American West for the true story.
-- The Roman Gladiator participated in history's most deadly sport,but does the Hollywood portrayal of Gladiators bear any resemblance to the truth? Were they slaves or celebrities? What was their training and everyday home life like? Josh travels the former Roman Empire from Italy to Turkey to Tunisia to find out.
-- For seven centuries the fierce Chachapoya tribe ruled the mountains of northern Peru from their hilltop fortress ... then, in the 1500s,the tribe suddenly vanished from history. Josh goes deep into the Peruvian Andes by foot and by horse to investigate how one of SouthAmerica's deadliest tribes could have disappeared in an instant.
-- In 14th century Africa, a legend that Timbuktu was a 'City of Gold' began to spread across the world - travel with Josh across West Africa, into the Sahara desert, and to the famous city itself on a quest to find the gold of legend and determine if the myth was ever really true.
-- Did the flood of Genesis really happen? Was there an actual ark ora man called Noah? Josh travels throughout Armenia, Israel, Sicily and Cyprus to investigate a compelling new theory about the truth behindthis extraordinary story.
-- How did one man almost destroy one of the greatest empires on earth? Josh is on a quest across Lower and Upper Egypt to explore how the heretical Pharaoh Akhenaten left his son, King Tut, with a country and a dynasty that was on the verge of destruction.