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Still rockin after 7 years… ūüôā If ever you’re flying AirAsia by this November, you may want to check out my film “Technophilia” at the Viddsee channel of the AirAsia free in-flight wifi service. Viddsee selected it for premiere for the program this November (which is my birthday month too) ūüėČ

Thanks, Viddsee!!!

Hi Rianne,

Great news! We’re partnering with AirAsia for the first time to market Viddsee short films to a wider audience across SE Asia. AirAsia has a free inflight wifi service roKKi and we will be having a Viddsee channel under the entertainment section for audience to watch Viddsee short films!

We programme 10 new shorts every month in the channel, and we’re excited to select your film “Technophilia” for the month of November!

Regards,
Nikki

“Technophilia” has been the last independent film i shot to date (i know, it’s been way too long), and i so miss shooting indie films really. Shooting commercial/corporate works for years now to pay the bills. But hopefully i can finally find time to shoot another indie film soon. It’s been so long overdue. Sigh…

And i so miss my production team too. From my staff to my cast, everything was so fun and memorable. It’s not only my shortest short to date, it’s also the shortest i shot — about 6 hours from grind to wrap. And i guess it would be the last i would ever shoot in celluloid (and most likely the last i would shoot without a video assist), unless budget and prod requirements lead me back to film in the future… But i sure do hope i can manage to shoot another international production like this again (my team here was composed of: Iraqi, Korean, American, Japanese, Indonesian, Taiwanese, and Filipino). Indeed, filmmaking can end up communicating beyond the confines of language and even cultural differences — where storytelling becomes a universal language to touch people’s lives.


My Film ‘Technophilia’ Now at AirAsia’s In-flight Wi-Fi Service Via the Viddsee Channel
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Whether owning an entry level, enthusiast, or professional Canon DSLR camera, it is an imperative to also own at least one Canon lens.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Using Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology, this lens delivers sharp handheld shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than the usual. This expands picture-taking possibilities any time slow shutter speeds are needed. With focal length and maximum aperture of 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II, its aspherical lens element corrects aberration for excellent image quality throughout the zoom range. Meanwhile, its circular aperture works well for the exquisite rendering of shots with out-of-focus backgrounds.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
Given its optical qualities and the 2 to 3 stops of stabilization given by its IS system, the magazine SLR Gear called it ‚ÄĚthe best bang for you buck for this type of lens with extremely sharp and excellent AF performance.‚ÄĚ When taking its extraordinary low price point into account, this light, compact, and affordable lens turns out as a no-brainer choice for a large number of DSLR kits.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Lens
The small but mighty package is literally pocketable for being less than an inch thick and weighing less than 5 ounces. This makes it work as a great backup lens so the user can have something extra to shoot with.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens
As a normal prime lens that is significantly sharper than the kit lens, this remarkably affordable piece turns out as the best value lens in terms of the quality of output. Aside from its reliable STM focusing motor for faster, quieter autofocus, its extremely fast aperture works great for images requiring blurry backgrounds and images shot in low light. It is also worth noting that when this lens gets used with a 35mm film or full-frame sensor, it is widely considered to match the perspective seen by the human eye.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L Lens
Its exceptional build quality with excellent and very even optical performance makes it one of the most popular lens for photographers moving to professional lenses. It generally lasts as a workhorse, especially to portraitists, wedding and event photographers, and fashion shooters.
Being a professional grade ‚ÄúL‚ÄĚ lens allows it to retain its value extremely well.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Lens
With silent USM focusing motor and full-time manual focus and 4 stops of image stabilization at normal focus distances, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 lens offers the reliability of reproducing an object the size of the image sensor, known as 1:1 magnification. This great and versatile telephoto lens with a convenient 100mm focal length focuses to infinity, just like regular lenses, making it usable for portraits. It produces sharp picture and boasts a unique hybrid IS system designed for macro shooting to work as well.

Most Popular Canon Lenses Worth Buying
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With the fitness gadget market in a boom in 2016, GPS smart watches fare well in many physically active and health-conscious consumers and athletes.

Sony SmartWatch 3
The competitively priced Sony SmartWatch 3 is a cool-looking waterproof device that works great with Google Now and it makes it easy to utilize an Android phone’s tasks and functions by simply pairing it with this watch.

Adidas miCoach Smart Run Optical HR and GPS Running Watch
The Adidas miCoach Smart Run Optical HR and GPS Running Watch offers an enhanced GPS with intensity mapping and accelerometer functionality for running cadence, pace, distance, and route logging. It also boasts optical, HR, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, touch-screen, and music-playing capabilities for tons of great features and a largely pleasing user experience.

Garmin Vivoactive GPS Smartwatch
The Garmin Vivoactive GPS Smartwatch is comfortable to wear all day to help one keep a healthy balance between work and life. It easily pairs with a smartphone, providing gentle vibrate alerts and display notifications. This ultra-thin wearable works great for sportspersons with its built-in accelerometer and wrist-based speed and cadence trackers.

ZGPAX S8 Bluetooth Smart Watch Phone
A quality device packed with some very impressive features despite is relatively low price range, the ZGPAX S8 Bluetooth Smart Watch Phone supports Wi-Fi, AGPS, Bluetooth, and GPS, alongside access to the Google Play Store with almost every standard Android feature working on it. It also functions as a cellphone, audio recorder, music player, and camera for decent outdoor picture-taking endeavors.

Best Smart Watches of 2016
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Regularly changing a vehicle’s¬†engine oil and filter is one of the most important periodic maintenance tasks every motorist¬†should do to keep the vehicle running well for a very long time.

Buy the Right Oil and Oil Filter
Confirm the right motor oil and oil filter unit to best fit the car requirements. To do so, one must secure the following information: car’s engine displacement size and car’s year, make, and model, and car’s oil type. Following carmaker recommendations for oil viscosity is always the best route to avoid engine damage and poor car performance. It is best to buy a quality filter rated to go the distance as the oil.

Gather Tools and Equipment
Before even opening the hood for a change oil, one should always make sure to have all the necessary supplies and equipment within reach. Aside from the oil and filter, one must prepare the following: oil wrench fitting the diameter of the filter to make removing the old filter easily, especially when unscrewing by hand won’t cut it; socket wrench to unscrew the drain plug; funnel to transport oil; drain pan or old bucket to collect used oil; newspaper to catch any spilled oil outside the pan; rubber gloves to protect the hands from hot surfaces; and oil rags or paper towels to wipe off drips and help clean hands.

One should also invest on a jack and jack stand, car ramp, or a safe and secure set of blocks or wheel ramps to elevate the car’s front off the ground and give more room to work underneath the car. Additional tools may be needed in the case of some vehicles that require removing the top or bottom panels for the change oil.

Warm Up the Engine
Warm up the engine for 5 to 10 minutes to allow sludge to move out of the engine easier. Don’t keep the car running for too long to prevent the oil from getting too hot. If the oil gets too hot, wait for about 30 minutes to avoid getting burned.

Raise the Car
With the car parked on a flat surface and the parking break engaged, put the car ramp or wheel ramps in front of the front wheels accordingly. Alternatively, locate the jacking points and jack up the car using a jack stand. As additional security measure, put wheel blocks or tire restraints on the rear tires. Apply enough force by rocking the vehicle to test its safety while raised.

Drain the Oil
Spread newspaper out on top of the drain pan placed underneath the engine, specifically under the oil drain plug. Always exercise precaution when working underneath the car, especially with the engine and exhaust that may still be very hot. Loosen the lone bolt of the oil drain plug by turning it counterclockwise using a socket wrench. When still not familiar with this part, verify that it is really the engine oil drain plug and not the transmission drain plug by checking the manual and looking for a flat metal pan closer to the engine than the transmission.

Wear rubber gloves and manually unscrew the loosened plug as quickly as possible to give way to the stream of oil for draining and minimize spill. The draining process usually takes about 10 minutes. Once oil stops dripping, reinstall the drain plug by hand, then tighten with a quarter turn clockwise using a wrench.

Remove and Replace the Oil Filter
Oil filters come in different varieties depending on car specifications. These include self-contained units that can be simply unscrewed by hand and those made of paper that slides out after unscrewing a cap. Look for the oil filter, a Coke can-sized object that is usually found under the hood, but at sometimes foun beneath the car. Move the drain pan underneath the oil filter before unscrewing the oil filter for replacement counterclockwise, as more oil may still come out from it. If it’s difficult to remove, one may need an oil filter removal tool. To avoid oil spill while removing the filter, wrap a small plastic bag around the filter to catch any oil that escapes as you remove it.

After allowing the opening to drain completely, wipe off the opening using paper towel or oil rug. Smear some of the new motor oil along the rim of the new oil filter by dabbing a finger to it, ideally while still wearing gloves, as this lubricates the gasket and prevents sticking, cracking or causing oil leak by creating a reliable seal for the new filter. Putting a small amount of oil into the filter itself prior to installation also reduces the amount of time the car takes to regain proper oil. Skip this step if using paper filter. Replace the filter and manually tighten the seal. Wipe off both the filter and pan after oil filter replacement.

Refill the Oil
Once everything underneath the car is sealed and secure, remove the oil cap from the top of your car, place a funnel inside the fill hole, and refill the tank’s oil based on the manual’s specified amount and grade of motor oil. Most oil jugs provide a measure on their handle to confirm how much oil is left. If the filter is mounted vertically, filling with oil may reach almost up to the top. If the filter is mounted at an angle, a minimal amount of oil will spill just prior to spinning the filter on. It is good to hold the bottle with the spout on top so oil pours more smoothly without bubbling. Replace the fill cap, tighten all parts, making sure there are no loose tools and leaking issues. Wipe off any spills to prevent burning oil smell.

Test the Car and Record Information
Get the car off the jacks. Start the engine for a minute to allow the new motor oil to circulate thoroughly. Turn off engine and allow the oil to settle for 5 to 10 minutes to check oil levels by pulling out and cleaning the dipstick, the putting it back and removing it once more to see how much oil there is inside. It is worth noting that in cases when the engine has just run, one can’t always rely on the dipstick for accurate measurement, as some oil may still be in the galleries. Check the odometer to record the distance the car should run before next oil change and list down the date to also serve as basis for the next oil change.

Dispose the Used Oil in an Approved Facility
Since dumping car motor oil in an unapproved area is often illegal, and more importantly, is a serious environmental concern, pour the oil from the drain pan to a secure container and bring this to any auto parts store, gas station, or oil-recycling center for proper oil disposal.

Motoring Guide: How to Change Car Oil, DIY-style
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Rianne Hill Soriano Demo Reel

This three-minute reel features selected directorial project clips from both my commercial works and independent films.

These excerpts showcase animation, motion graphics and interactive video productions, emotion pieces with kid, family, couple, and adult characters, diverse genre scenes, natural and man-made tourist attractions, industrial spaces, and realty structures.

Music inspired by Ghostpocalypse by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 and arranged and mixed by Philip Arvin Jarilla.

Please watch in HD if you can. Thanks!

Rianne Hill Soriano Director’s Showreel
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My most personal edited project to date; our most personal video collaboration to date. Thanks to our frequent collaborator production designer Joy who made my GoPro bridal bouquet inspired by our “Denim Neo-classic” theme. Like the designs for our wedding, the bridal bouquet used recycled materials as well.

I shot my own wedding and my husband, who frequently collaborates with me on my film and commercial projects as sound engineer and/or scorer, worked on the audio requirements.

For the most part, this wedding film was shot on a first-person perspective, giving a raw, more personal and genuine chronicling of a wedding from the viewpoints of those involved in this special occasion.

Let us share the intimacy of a wedding celebration from the ‚Äúother‚ÄĚ camera perspective ‚ÄĒ the bride‚Äôs. And at some point, the couple‚Äôs and the wedding party‚Äôs perspectives as well.

Watch the entirety of the professionally edited 29 minutes, 38 seconds of this GoPro-shot wedding or simply give the first 3 minutes a chance, then let’s see if you want to keep up with what’s next…

Best watched in HD (1080p).

Next time, we’ll upload the official wedding video with full coverage of our wedding celebration from the traditional perspective, then there will be a balance between the two points of view.

#riannephilipwedding
#GoPro
#wedding

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Rianne & Philip Wedding Shot with GoPro Bridal Bouquet
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Protecting fruit trees from impending birds and pests is important to prevent damage to the produce, especially when nearing harvest time. In doing applicable bird-control measures, which often means incorporating several methods to keep birds and pests at bay, fruit tree owners can ensure a better harvest with the peace of mind that no birds or pests turn out first in line with touching, eating, or even destroying their produce.

Trappings and Alternative Food Source
Using bird trapping or netting, which often requires baiting a trap with water and food attractive to birds, works as a form of protection for the fruit trees. However, people should be responsible enough to release any captured birds after. It is also important to check local laws in the area, as birds are generally considered protected animals, making it illegal to kill them. Another way is to provide the birds with alternative supply of food such as birdseed and corn away from the fruit trees, while still employing extra barriers of defense for fruit tree protection.

Visual Decoys
When the budget is tight, fruit growers can simply put out balloons with drawn eyes on them about 3 feet above the trees to help repel birds. In case the birds pop these balloons that are tied around tree branches or poles, the loud sound and blast of air can also scare them away.

Aside from the traditional decoys around, a good number of decoy product varieties are readily available in the market including solar-powered and battery-operated items with extra features like aluminum cannulations, steady LED light and flashing light functionalities beneficial for evening protection, and decoy moving parts for a more convincing look.

Sound Decoys
Whether solar-powered or battery-operated, the more modern sound decoys often provide extra features like daytime and nighttime working modes and passive infrared (PIR) motion-activated sensor for more efficient repelling of nearby birds and pests within the area of coverage. Some also emit ultrasonic waves, vibrations, and pulsations supporting frequency conversion to irritate or simulate danger and repel birds nearby.

Motion detectors that trigger noisemakers can help deter birds through the aid of recordings of beating large wings, predator sounds, and distress cries. It is best to alternate the sound of bird cries with a variety of convincing shrill noises including those of locomotive or static sounds, as well as move the speakers in different areas so the birds don’t get used to these noisemakers.

Chemical Repellents
Chemical repellents are more reliable when needing to seriously protect landscaping and property from corrosive droppings from birds, reduce the health and liability risks linked to pest bird infestation in the region, and prevent the spread of diseases caused by birds such as bird flu. It is best to use chemical repellents that are biodegradable and organic for a more environmentally responsible means of repelling birds.

Many available chemical repellents in the market are diluted to water in containers. Some are directly sprayed or painted onto surfaces so that the area produces food-grade taste aversion to birds and they leave the treated area for a long time or even permanently, as they look for more conducive spaces with better food source for them.

How to Protect Fruit Trees From Birds and Pests
Rianne and Philip Wedding Photo Canvas Design
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We have eight wedding albums for that infinity effect. We opted for small, handy albums categorized accordingly, instead of a single huge and heavy one that only one person at a time can check out.

Here are our wedding photo albums I personally designed, each one printed via Shutterfly.

1. “Our Day” Album
This version shows the scanned copies of each album cover and page. A QR code is also included for easy access to the album’s online version, which shows the pristine digital copy of the album.

Our Day Wedding Album

As an alternative, use any of these two URLs for online access to the album’s digital copy:

Shorter URL: http://tinyurl.com/rianneandphilipweddingalbum1

Original URL: http://ws.shutterfly.com/qrcode/share/0e6e0a5d5849552992d38d26b532bfb85c6a5dd1b74ed00b6cbbd47cbb382743

This “Our Day” wedding album summarizes the turn of events during our wedding day in a relatively linear presentation from beginning to end.

2. “Our Wedding” Album

 

Rianne and Philip Wedding Photo Albums
Rianne and Philip Wedding: Photo Magnets
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Check the official website for more Las Vegas Monorail information

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The Las Vegas Monorail allows tourists to experience the famed Las Vegas Strip in as little as $5. Its speed is just right to have the eyes feasting on the magnificent lights and structures in this bustling tourist destination from a different vantage point.

Aside from being a very fast, environment-friendly, and practical alternative to taxi and shuttle rides, this strategically located, state-of-the-art transportation system lets the tourists enjoy the sight of the city from above the ground — without the traffic and at the fraction of the cost of a car rental. Even for locals, it has its own benefits as well.

Cost-efficient Transportation

Aside from the single-ride ticket for $5, a 24-Hour Pass for $12, Two-Day Pass for $22, Three-day Pass for $28, Four-Day Pass for $36, Five-Day Pass for $43, Seven-Day Pass for $56 are also available. These rates are updated as of April 2015. Check out for promo codes from various Las Vegas travel and tourism platforms to take advantage of an even cheaper monorail cost.

Nevadans enjoy discounted tickets available at all customer service booths upon presentation of a valid Nevada driver’s license, a State of Nevada government-issued identification card, or a Nevada Sheriff’s Card. The local fare for residents is only $1 per ride with a maximum purchase of two single-ride tickets per person per day.

Convenient Monorail Stops + Free Shuttles

Monorail riders don’t need to worry about city traffic or spend much with car rentals and high fuel consumption when dining, shopping, gambling, and enjoying entertainment venues both on and off the Las Vegas Strip.

The monorail arrives every 4 to 9 minutes at the seven monorail stations along Las Vegas Boulevard. People can explore every stop and take advantage of the free sites in each hotel station: MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/The LINQ; Las Vegas Convention Center; Westgate Las Vegas; and the SLS Las Vegas Station.

Commuters¬†can also catch the free Las Vegas shuttle from the monorail’s routes,¬†which further help save commuters more¬†time and money. They¬†also have access to the free shuttle services departing from locations along the Monorail route: Rio Las Vegas Shuttle; Bally’s/Paris Station;¬†Sams Town Shuttle; Palms Shuttle; and Orleans/Gold Coast Shuttle.

Additional shuttle options are not directly connected to the Monorail, but they are mostly about 10-15 minute walk from the closest Monorail station: M Resort Spa and Casino; Palace Station; Green Valley Ranch; and Southpoint Hotel.

For more detailed information about the Monorail stations and free shuttles, check out: Las Vegas Monorail Guide: Nearby Hotels and Attractions

Accessibility

The monorail system is completely ADA compliant with convenient access to wheelchairs, walkers, mobility scooters, and motorized scooters. All stations have accessible elevator services to all levels. Properly harnessed and trained service animals accompanying persons with disabilities are also permitted in the trains. Every child under five years of age always gets a free ride.

Ticket Validity

Monorail tickets are valid for one year from the date of¬†printing. This information is shown at the ticket’s upper right corner. The unlimited passes should be used within a one-month period. Once the pass is used, it will expire in either 24 hours or 72 hours. To serve as guide to pass holders, every used ticket shall be stamped with an expiration date and time upon first use.

Monorail Schedule

The Las Vegas Monorail is open every Mondays from 7 a.m. to 12 m.n., Tuesdays to Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

The Customer Service Ticketing Office operates daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: MGM Grand Station, both The Underground (Formerly Star Lane) and The District Entrances; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas Station; Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace Station; Harrah’s/The Linq Station; Westgate Las Vegas Station; and SLS Las Vegas Station.

More Las Vegas Monorail Information

The Las Vegas Monorail is an ideal option in specific occasions such as the New Year’s Eve celebration when the Strip is generally not very accessible to motorists, as well as popular conventions like The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show and CES (Consumer Electronics Show), which attracts visitors from different parts of the world.

More Las Vegas Monorail information is available at its official website. Travelers are encouraged to tag @LVMonorail for their posts about their Las Vegas Monorail experiences.

Las Vegas Monorail Information: The affordable transportation around the Strip
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Della’s Kitchen at Delano Las Vegas will host a special farmhouse dinner Sunday, May 17 at 6 p.m. The event will tantalize taste buds with locally sourced and sustainable offerings showcased through five elegant courses designed by Executive Chef Jay Calimlim. Guests will be educated on the importance of local produce and how these ingredients come together to create a delicious culinary experience.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception where guests will have the opportunity to meet Chef Calimlim as well as mingle with other attendees. Passed hors d’oeuvres will be served including Beef Tartare Benedict, Seared Diver Scallops and Chilled English Pea Shooters. At 7 p.m., guests will be seated and the culinary adventure will begin.

The delightful event menu will feature:

  • Spring Asparagus¬†served with smoke cr√®me fraiche, organic beets and pea tendrils
  • Durham Ranch¬†Country Fried Quail¬†served with local honey, lavender, smoked maldon and pepper mignonette
  • Berkshire Pork ‚ÄúChop‚Ä̬†served with creamy grits, baby root vegetables and pickled mustard seeds
  • Tahoe Cheese‚Äôs ‚ÄúBlack & Blue‚Ä̬†served with an oat and walnut crust topped¬†with cherry gastrique
  • Lemon-Lime White Chocolate Cremeux¬†served with oven roasted apricot, almond and hazelnut¬†ice cream

The menu at Della’s Kitchen is focused on local and regional ingredients, including Delano Las Vegas’ own greenhouse, which supplies herbs for the desert-sustainable breakfast and lunch menu. Sustainability highlights for the farmhouse dinner menu include exclusive Nevada vendors such as Painted Hill Natural Beef, Durham Ranch Game Birds and Berkshire Pork, Tahoe Cheese and Mojave Desert Honey. From no added hormones or antibiotics to humanely treated and minimally processed ingredients, all of these sustainable options will provide superior flavor throughout this event.

Tickets are priced at $78 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and are available for purchase by emailing dellas@delanolasvegas.com or by calling the restaurant directly at 702.632.9254. Space is limited.

 

Della’s Kitchen farm dinner in Delano Las Vegas
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My blog is back online… finally!

But here’s the thing… This blog is currently being manually restored. Yes, each post (except for the more than a dozen posts left in my workable backup file that only backed up my 2006 posts) is being copy-pasted back as blog posts — the entire blog that started in 2006, being copy-pasted back one by one.

With thousands of posts to work on, it would take a really long time to have everything back online. Lesson learned the very hard way: ALWAYS BACKUP EVERYTHING PROPERLY and MAKE SURE ALL YOUR FILES ARE UP AND RUNNING WITH NO TECHNICAL PROBLEM IN YOUR ENTIRE PLATFORM.

A big part of the problem was my hosting issue. I changed my web hosting earlier this month as part of the decision to overhaul everything, since I don’t even get a decent customer support from my prior hosting. This, alongside my own irresponsible way of maintaining my blog through the years, has caused my WordPress files to fail, leading to the impossible means to backup my blog from the prior hosting — I can’t even open my cPanel from my old hosting and it’s taking forever to get a response from technical support.

I’m taking the relatively clean slate to overhaul my entire blog: a much better, cleaner, and more strategic theme, design, and layout; and more organized categories, tags, and links.

I stopped blogging in 2012, the time when I had A LOT of writing stints from about a dozen of U.S. and Philippine writing platforms, which included websites, other blogs, and broadsheets. I didn’t want to stop, but I had to pick my priorities. Since I really needed a lot of money for lots of expenses back then, I stopped blogging to allot more time for all my work loads (imagine shooting, teaching, and doing at least 10 articles per day — everyday).

Now, I want to focus more with my own… I am still doing writing gigs alongside my primary works in advertising¬†and the academe, as well as my polishing of scripts for my future films, but I also want to build back my blog, which I am writing for my own, not just for commissioned works. It’s my very own. I should start loving it again.

So in a nutshell, how has this blog evolved? Read my About Blog page for the short and sweet details.

Hello world, it’s March 2015 and my blog is finally back online!
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airlines with flights from US to Philippines
For those intending to travel to the Philippines from U.S. and Canada, there are many airlines offering both direct and codeshared flights. For passengers traveling to the Philippines with flight itineraries involving more than one carrier (through connecting flights), it is best to inquire at the airport’s check-in counter if checked-in baggages need to be checked-out and checked-in again at the connection point, or if the baggages just need to be picked-up at the passengers’ destination.

Here is a shortlist of airlines serving flights from the U.S. and Canada to the Philippines (and back):

Air Canada
(Canada) 1-888-247-2262; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-840-4626 to 28
Frequent Flyer: Aeroplan

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Known to have the most extensive flights available from Canada to the Philippines and back, Air Canada offer international flights from all over Canada to the Philippines via Vancouver and Toronto. There are daily flights are available with stopovers: in Hong Kong, China; Narita, Japan), and Seoul, Korea.

American Airlines
(U.S.) 1-800-433-7300; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-817-8645
Frequent Flyer: AAdvantage

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American Airlines has an extensive U.S. network and codeshare agreement with other Asian airlines to fly their U.S. passengers to Manila, Philippines and other key cities in the country.

Asiana Airlines
(U.S) 1-800-227-4262; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-892-5688 to 89, (Cebu Philippines) +63-32-342-8066 to 67, (Pampanga, Philippines) +63-45-599-6657 to 78

Frequent Flyer: Asiana Club
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Asiana Airlines is the second major carrier of South Korea. It has flights from Canada to Manila via Vancouver. In the U.S., Asiana has a significant number of flights from major U.S. cities to the Philippines.

Cathay Pacific Airways
(U.S.) 1-800-233-2742; (Canada) 1-800-268-6868; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-757-2436 to 37, (Cebu, Philippines) +63-32-231-3747, (Davao, Philippines) +63-82-222-8901
Frequent Flyer: Asia Miles

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Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, services three of the largest U.S. cities New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with direct flights to the Philippines. The other cities have partnerships with regional airline companies to fly passengers to the Philippines. Cathay Pacific has daily flights directly traveling to the Philippines via its two biggest cities, Toronto and Vancouver. It also has many codeshare flights with other airline companies in Canada to passengers to Canadian cities not serviced directly by the airline.

Delta Airlines

(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-447-4747; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-889-6440
Frequent Flyer: Skymiles

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Delta Airlines service flights to Manila from both the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., it has direct access to and from Manila with its own fleet. It also offers multi-city flights in and out of major Canadian cities through direct and codeshare agreements with other airline companies.

Eva Air
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-695-1188; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-753-1380 to 82
Frequent Flyer: Evergreen Club

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Eva Air, Taiwan’s major flag carrier, has daily flights from four major U.S. cities Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York to Taiwan. Then, Eva Air takes the passengers from Taiwan to Manila. In Canada, Eva Air services Vancouver direct to Taiwan; while passengers from other Canadian cities take a partner airline to reach a connecting flight going to Manila. From Taiwan, Eva Air takes North American passengers to Manila. Flights are available daily.

Japan Airlines
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-525-3663; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-886-6868
Frequent Flyer: JAL Mileage Bank

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Japan Airlines has extensive available flights in several U.S. cities, whether direct or codeshared flights. Japan Airlines services Vancouver and Toronto in Canada. From Vancouver, the airlines has direct flights to Tokyo. From Toronto, passengers need to disembark through Chicago to take a codeshared flight to Toronto.

Korean Air
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-438-5000; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-893-4909
Frequent Flyer: Skypass

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Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier, has several service areas in the U.S. and it service direct flights to Seoul thrice a week. It also services two the Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto. From Seoul, passengers bound for the Philippines can avail of several daily flights to Manila.

Philippine Airlines
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-435-9725; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-818-4914 and +63-2-816-4302, (Cebu, Philippines) +63-32-252-8412 and +63-2-252-8917, (Davao, Philippines) +63-82-224-6977
Frequent Flyer: Mabuhay Miles

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Philippine Airlines, the Philippines’ flag carrier, has multi-city, daily flights from all over the U.S. to major Philippine cities. The airline also services thrice weekly flights in and out of Vancouver to Manila. These flights connect passengers to regional airports in the Philippines including Cebu and Davao.

Singapore Airlines
(U.S) 1-800-742-3333; (Canada) 1-800-387-0038; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-756-8888, +63-2-756-8877, and +63-2-756-8899, (Cebu, Philippines) +63-32-232-6211, (Davao, Philippines), +63-82-221-1039, +63-82-224-5608
Frequent Flyer: KrisFlyer

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Singapore Airlines has flights available from the Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. It also flies in and out of Canada via Vancouver. From these cities, passengers can get a connecting flight to Manila and other Philippine destinations serviced by Singapore Airlines from Singapore.

Thai Airways
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-426-5204; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-812-4744
Frequent Flyer: Royal Orchid Plus

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Thai Airways have flights from New York and Los Angeles to the Philippines via codesharing with other airlines. Passengers coming from Canada get connecting flights to Canada from the U.S.

Airlines with Flights from the U.S. and Canada to the Philippines
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popular bars in Reno, Amendment 21A number of popular bars in Reno offer good food, fun drinks, intimate spots, cozy dining, and wild atmosphere for tourists and locals alike. From upscale pubs to hip and indie-style night spots, the bars in this northwestern side of Nevada provide diverse options for partying guests. Here are some of the popular nightlife spots that are worth checking out:

Amendment 21 Grill and Sports Bar

Amendment 21 is an ideal place for enjoying sports shows, especially football games.

This casual spot in downtown Reno serves beer on draft and traditional American-style food. Its guest amenities include a billiards area, HD sports programming, video-game consoles, and internet jukebox.

Amendment 21 serves lunch and dinner everyday and the popular breakfast specials during weekends.

The Underground

As one of Reno’s largest music venues, The Underground features some of the best local, regional, and national acts to ever grace the night scene. It has already hosted a series of post-Burning Man parties and a couple¬†of private events with shows ranging from the hardcore to the world beat.

It boasts professional sound engineers for their events and it has access to the hottest DJs and other music talents in the country. The place promotes¬†that urban feel with the brick walls and spaces that can often¬†fit the guests’ party requirements. The Tree House Lounge showcases walls covered in art, a stage with stripper poles, and a totally jungle-gym feel.

Providing another unique vibe to the he nightlife experience, it features a 4,000-square-foot area called the Showroom, an ideal venue for concerts, dancing, and wild party nights. It offers a professional stage complete with concert video, sound, and lighting equipment. It has a fully stocked bar with the finest bartenders in town. The Underground also provides guests with a VIP room and another option to enjoy the night through that more cozy, intimate feel at The Back Alley Lounge.

5 Star Saloon

The 5 Star Saloon located in downtown Reno features a diverse crowd including homosexual and straight party people who enjoy meeting new friends for a fun and wild night.

Guests come over to listen to live shows and DJs or play billiards. On the weekdays, it has a friendly neighborhood bar; while on the weekends, it prides itself as a jam-packed dance club.

This bar spot also features the 5 Star Saloon Store where people can buy merchandise items with the bar’s trademark including shirts, hats and caps, bags, mugs, buttons and magnets, intimate apparel and adult fun stuff.

Popular bars in Reno, Nevada
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popular Chinese restaurants in Henderson, Nevada near Las Vegas

There is a fast-growing demand for Asian cuisine in the United States. One of the most popular is Chinese cuisine, which is readily apparent with the number of Chinese restaurants available in different states.

Henderson, Nevada is primarily a residential and commercial area that is just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Living up to the Vegas signature offering of awesome buffets and delectable dining spots, the popular Chinese restaurants in Henderson offer a variety of famous house specials, combo meals, mixed vegetables, noodles, rice, and of course, the Chinese restaurant trademark fortune cookies.

From a local’s point of view, which ones are the most popular Chinese restaurants¬†among Henderson residents?

P. F. Chang’s China Bistro

Serving a mixture of traditional and new variations of Chinese food, P. F. Chang’s China Bistro offers a unique combination of Chinese dishes, desserts, and fine wines all served in a stylish, high-energy bistro. There is a children’s menu and high chairs are available upon request. Customers can also dine on the patio or request to reserve a private room.

This dining spot boasts of using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in every dish. It has a variety for any guest’s preferences from raw food to cooked meat to vegetarian meals. All entrees are served with a choice of either steamed brown or white rice. For starters there are soups, salads, sides, lunch bowls, noodles, rice and desserts. They also offer a good variety of specialty hot teas.

China A Go Go

China A Go Go has a great selection of traditional Chinese dishes at reasonable prices and very large servings. A top favorite is the wonton soup full of veggies, wontons, sliced pork, chicken, and shrimp.

This Chinese restaurant provides fast delivery within a three-mile radius in any of its three locations in the Henderson area. The service is always fast and friendly. The menu constantly expands to suit the diverse tastes of the diners.

Panda Express

With more than 1,000 branches throughout the U.S., Panda Express is one of the fastest growing Chinese restaurant chains in the country — Henderson is definitely part of the list. Award-winning designers and architects provide every Panda Express a unique and inviting look as each location radiates a dynamic background matching the unique taste of the meals being served.

In this Nevadan valley, the Orange Chicken is one of the most popular dishes. The large number of combo plates available offer each diner a choice between two or three entrees and a choice between noodles or rice for their meal orders.

Popular Chinese Restaurants in Henderson, Nevada
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Best Museums in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is not all about hotels and gambling. It has some of the finest museums in the U.S. While there are dozens of museums and exhibits of various themes and interests located all over the city, these are the best ones to check out when visiting Las Vegas:

Atomic Testing Museum

755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119;702-794-5161

With 8,000 square feet of gallery and exhibit hall and a specialty gift store called the ATM Store, the Atomic Testing Museum provides multiple viewpoints of the Nevada Test Site and its impact on the country. It features many artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and pieces of the Berlin Wall and World Trade Centers. Its design offers a highly interactive experience filled with touch screens, motion sensitive plasma TV presentations, audio interviews with former workers from the test site, and other valuable multimedia components for the benefit of museum visitors.

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Museum
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109; 702-693-7871

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition venue hosting various exhibits of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art by the world’s leading and most influential artists. It has already featured works of many renowned artists from Picasso to Warhol. Its rotating museum-caliber exhibitions offer visitors rare opportunities to view legendary and historical works of art carefully selected from prestigious international collections.

Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89002; 702-455-7955

The Clark County Museum provides guests with the uniquely valuable experience of visiting Southern Nevada’s past. Visitors can tour many sites such as the Heritage House, Mobile America, Beckley House, Esslinger Barn, Giles/Barcus House, Boulder City Depot, and Candlelight Wedding Chapel. Its Heritage Street features unique collections of historic homes restored to recreate lifestyles of important periods in local Nevadan history. There are replicas of the 1900s newspaper print shop Donald Reynolds Printshop, outdoor exhibits of a resurrected ghost town, a Paiute Indian Camp, and a Pueblo-style Exhibit Center providing a historical journey through its timeline from the Ice Age to the Age of Entertainment.

Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 North Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101; 702-384-3466

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum features animated dinosaurs, Southern Nevadan plant and animal life, international wildlife room, shark exhibit with live sharks, children’s hands-on exploration room, exhibitions about the African Savanna and African Rainforest, and other interactive natural science exhibitions and educational programs geared towards understanding, appreciation, and natural history preservation of the planet’s wildlife, ecosystems, and cultures.

Liberace Museum
1775 E. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada; 702-798-5595

The Liberace Museum features collections of jewelry, pianos, rare cars, costumes, antiques, customized automobiles, and elaborate costumes from Liberace’s million-dollar wardrobe. The entertainer and pianist Liberace was a mainstay of Las Vegas for many decades. His diamond-studded gold piano, fabulous capes, million-dollar furs, a Louis XV desk owned by Czar Nicholas II of Russia, an authentic uniform from Czar Nicholas, a piano played by Frederic Francois Chopin, and a concert grand owned by George Gershwin can all be seen in the museum. It also displays the world’s largest collection of rhinestones and other memorabilia.

Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101; 702-382-3445

One of the largest children’s museums in the U.S., the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum features over 100 hands-on exhibits about science, arts, and humanities. There is an everyday living section where children can pretend to pick a job, earn a paycheck, conduct bank transactions, go shopping, and do the groceries for them to experience the tasks typically available for adults. There is also a section where children can simulate what it is like to be physically impaired. They can also explore a science tower with fiber optics and a weather station.

Nevada State Museum and Historical Society
700 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107; 702-486-5205

The Nevada State Museum and Historical Society is a state agency and an educational institution that serves as a museum for the advancement and understanding of the natural history of Nevada, with emphasis in Southern Nevada and its relationship with its surrounding areas. Aside from hosting national and international traveling exhibits in many of its gallery spaces, it has the three permanent exhibits Biological Sciences, Regional History, and Earth Sciences. This museum continues to grow as it continuously collects, researches, interprets, and preserves the state’s past and present heritage.

Marjorie Barrick Natural History Museum
University of Las Vegas Campus, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada; 702- 895-3381

The Marjorie Barrick Natural History Museum offers a dedicated collection about native cultures in the Southwest and Central Americas. It carefully illustrates the natural history of Southern Nevada and its bordering regions and also serves as a valuable learning facility for students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). This regional center for natural history features survival arts and native artistry of the Southern Paiute, dramatic weavings of the Navajo, beautiful carvings of the Hopi, dance masks of Mexico, and huipils of Guatemala. Guests can explore the earlier periods of Las Vegas, the building of the Hoover Dam, and the pre-Columbian cultures. Many of its exhibits also showcase diverse and fascinating wildlife and fragile ecosystems.

Best Museums in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas is not the “Entertainment Capital of the World” for nothing. The city’s¬†bars offer much diversity¬†to¬†take nightlife fun to the next level. From the elegant and upscale Vegas club-going experience to the weirdest and wildest textures of club extravagance, this tourist-driven city has so much to offer for people’s varying tastes and preferences.

Drai’s

3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-737-0555, 702-737-7801

Located at the basement of the Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon (formerly Barbary Coast), Drai’s is a notable gourmet French restaurant during the the day and night’s regular hours, then it transforms into an after-hours nightclub by¬†midnight. To date, Drai’s is the only after-hours bar and nightclub in Vegas where guests can literally go partying until the morning drops. It has consistently been the favorite of those looking forward to partying well after the regular nightclubs close their doors. As an iconic Vegas¬†nightlife spot, it establishes itself as the longest-running late-night venue in this bustling tourist destination. This bar is known for its great house music and fine bottle selection and service.

As a trendy bar and Art Deco lounge bringing house beats and chill vibe to partying guests, this Vegas hotspot boasts interestingly hip, library-like furnishings and intimate interior design. It showcases moody bookshelves, plush sofas, decorative chairs, and tropical plants all with that impressive slice of artistic flair. It features a nightly performance of a small jazz ensemble that entertains the audience with light and soulful grooves. The warm and mostly reddish lights also set the mood for a taste of the newest sounds from the most popular and experimental DJs around.

Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-791-5775

Double Down Saloon is a punk rock site located east of the Strip and one block south of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the sign “Happiest Place on Earth.” This dark biker bar showcases vivid chaotic and psychedelic murals covering the walls and ceiling. Wild videos abound in¬†all directions. A diverse list of touring bands and various local and regional artists provides live music every weekend.

Going to Double Down becomes a complete dive bar experience with its eclectic and varied mix of both locals and tourists enjoying dirty jokes, goth murals, live punk music, jukebox, poker and pinball machines, and stage performances. As threatening and crude as it is, it has that weirdly warm and inviting atmosphere in a completely punk rock way. The bathroom looks like a crime scene filled with pornographic images and graffiti smeared with a number of God knows what. Punk converts including hot girls, male execs, bums, hipsters, bohemians, and regular Joes and Janes can grease up with the signature Bacon Martini or the Ass Juice (a combination of a number of liquors and fruit juices). The bar also offers the infampus Leprechaun piss (a green concoction that hides its kick-ass strength through its well-masked sweet taste) and the awesome Schlitz beer.

Beauty Bar

517 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101; 702-598-1965

Beauty Bar is not your typical bar nor your average nightlife spot in Vegas. It packages itself as a unique place complete with full salon-style atmosphere. It is located in the east side of the historic Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, right between Fremont and the 6th. This gaming-free joint outfitted with a retro-salon interior is a 2,100-square foot location with salon equipment salvaged from the old Capri Salon and Style in Trenton, New Jersey. Its alcove lighting comes from the Algiers Hotel in Las Vegas. It features retro deluxe dryer seats, elaborately mirrored vanities, and other old school salon accessories and furnishings.

The allure of a 1950’s-era salon makes this trendy beauty salnghon-themed nightspot a refuge outside the usual buzz of the Vegas casino culture. It mixes the unique martinis and manicures experience and the manicure demonstration sessions that are comparable with¬†the best masculine sports bars around. It also features live entertainment from top DJs seven nights a week at no cover charge, except during special events.

Diversified List of 2010 Best Bars in Las Vegas
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As an occasion of ethnic pride celebrated throughout Mexico and the U.S., the Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Las Vegas area offer a lot of great food and drinks, fun events, and themed contests around the valley.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at The Chef’s Table

Star and Will’s Residence 10029 Artistic Walk Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89149

Keeping up with the Mexican tradition of eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating during the occasion, the Chef’s Table invites guests to celebrate with them the annual observance of the Mexicans’ historic day of unity and patriotism on¬†May 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m. Guests are¬†expected to enjoy festival food including Barbacoa, Carnitas, Arroz, Frijoles, Pico De Gallo, Tortillas, Chips and Salsa, Pan Dulce, and Margaritas. There will also be a salsa contest for those who can whip-up the best homemade salsa. Those who are interested should bring their labeled entries during the celebration.

There is a $10 per person fee to be collected at the door. Reservations should be made on or before Apr. 29, 6:00 p.m. There is an option not to pay the $10 fee by bringing a bottle of tequila. Interestingly, there is a welterweight boxing match on the same night: Mosley vs. Mayweather. And if there’s enough interest and donations, guests can enjoy watching the pay-per-view fight while enjoying the rest of the festivities. The event will be hosted by Star M and Vernalisa, The Party Chef.

Lindo – Centennial’s The Gringo and Me ‘Cantina’

7870 W. Tropical Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89149

The Lindo Michoacan Gourmet Mexican Cuisine invites everyone for the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Lindo Centennial. On May 5, 2010, guests will enjoy festivities all day long with¬†food, beer, and margarita specials, the featuring of the Karma Tequila (a top shelf 100% blue agave tequila); the live Mariachi Band “Mariachi Franco” performing from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Lindo T-shirt Giveaway, the FUZE Jamis Mountain Bike and Coleman Roadtrip Grill Giveaway, and the featuring of the Karma Tequila Girls to further spice up the occasion.

Pre-Cinco de Mayo Celebrations at the Rio Hotel

3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103

A two-day event intended to kick¬†off a weekend before Cinco de Mayo 2010, the Pre-Cinco de Mayo at the Rio Hotel and Casino¬†will feature the¬†most popular Tejano bands including popular groups and folk and regional performers at the hotel’s pavilion.

The Friday event will feature: David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Roberto Pulido Y Los Clasicos, Chente Barrera, Tobias Rene and Gabe Nieto and Jalapeno Express. The Saturday event will feature: Little Joe Y La Familia, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers and Charlie Rich, Jr.

Comedian Rick Martinez at Harrah’s The Improv

3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

May 3, 2010 shall mark an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino by sharing a few margaritas and laughs with Latin comedy sensation Rick Martinez. Bringing his style of hilarity to The Improv stage by 8:30 p.m., this special one-night-only performance by the Mr. “Spicy Latino Nights” himself will offer Latino music and stand-up comedy performances for guests to enjoy.

Tickets are sold at $19.75 (plus applicable taxes) for general admission and $27.45 (plus applicable taxes) for VIP tickets. The VIP treat includes special seating, meet and greet with Rick Martinez, and a complimentary T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased at the Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at www.harrahs.com.

Erik Estrada at the Tacos & Tequila’s 12-Hour Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Erik Estrada will host the tribute to Tacos and Tequila’s (T&T) most beloved holiday on the second annual 12-hour celebration of Cinco de Mayo on May 5, 2010 (starting at 11:00 a.m.).¬†T&T at the Luxor Hotel and Casino will provide sizzling Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials, a Mariachi happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., “Cock-a-Doodle Duel” competitions, and an action-packed fiesta hosted by former “CHiPs” star and Cinco de Mayo celebrity favorite Erik Estrada.

Estrada and surprise guest judges will also host the Tacos & Tequila’s “Miss T&T Hot Tamale” pageant. Guests will expect a stunning lineup of Vegas’ hottest muchachas to go head-to-head in a competition of brains, beauty, and brawn. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash and will become a spokesmodel for T&T and Hennessey Black.

2010 Cinco De Mayo Celebrations in Las Vegas
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Boracay, top sailing destinations around the globe

It is quite a challenge to rank the best sailing destinations of the world. In fact, there are just too many tropical delights from the Americas to the Far East to fulfill¬†every sailing enthusiast’s notion of a dream paradise.

Top Sailing Destinations Around the Globe

For the sake of a variety, this diverse list sums up some of the top sailing destinations around the globe through these sub-categories: Caribbean, Far East, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, North America, and South Pacific.

Caribbean

Abacos, Bahamas

Sailing to the Caribbean paradise of Abacos in the Bahamas offers excellent fishing areas, beautiful coral reefs, museums, beach bars, and restaurants. One of the best spots in the area is the secluded, well-protected anchorage at Little Harbour. It provides a relaxing site of the sunset, spectacular views of the Atlantic, plentiful marinas, and quaint villages and towns. A popular cruising ground is the Green Turtle Cay. It features eclectic shops and restaurants and a number of historical sites and museums. Patrons of visual arts like painting, photography, and sculpture can find solace at art-savvy places like the Albert Lowe Museum and the Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands attracts many tourists with its powdery white sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered yacht-filled harbor. With fair winds and sheltered waters of minimal tidal currents, it offers a variety of exciting possibilities with short hops to new destinations often in a few hours or less. This natural beauty features majestic stone formations, intriguing flooded caves, and captivating coral reefs. The beaches make for excellent swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving. It has plenty of attractions ashore including beachside bars, luxury resorts, and tourist shops like those in the Main Street in the capital city of Road Town. The area showcases many local spices, jams, rums, soaps, silk-screened fabrics, handcrafted jewelry, and local art.

Far East

Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines

The tropical island of Boracay is famous for its rare gleaming white puka shells which is said to be the best in the world. Sailing through this Southeast Asian beach paradise in the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines, leads to beautiful sites of charming island villages, coral lagoons, powder white sands, and azure blue waters where people indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and beach relaxation. Boracay is also the site of a world-class 18-hole par 72 golf course and home to about 400 beach resorts. The Caves of the Flying Dogs of Yapak and the Bat Caves are worth checking out. Indigenous percussions usually serenade tourists while watching the famous Boracay sunset and enjoying the tropical food in selected bars and resorts.

Phuket, Thailand

The shimmering turquoise seas of Phuket promotes that¬†exotic appeal, especially to¬†those seeking for adventure in a tropical spot¬†a world away from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced life. This natural¬†sailing destination is filled with exotic flora and fauna, hidden bays and coves and towering pinnacles of limestones within the sheltered waters of Phang-nga Bay. It is nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia and is often called the Land of Smiles. Sailing to Phuket allows you to visit marine parks filled with tropical birds and abundant sea life. As Thailand’s premier resort island, savoring the local cuisine is also a delightful aspect of a Phuket vacation.

Indian Ocean

Mahe, Seychelles

The gorgeous tropical scenery in Mahe, Seychelles offers balmy and relatively calm waters from the Indian Ocean. This exotic group of granite islands about a thousand miles from the East African coast is popular for its abundant wildlife, pristine white beaches, and lush forested mountains. Sailing here offers island hopping opportunities and enjoyable sights of beautiful coves, majestic palms, and marine sanctuaries. Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant little city that provides beautiful offshore experiences like the aerial sightseeing from La Digue Island, the St. Anne Marine National Park, and The Bird Sanctuary of Cousin Island.

Mediterranean

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Sailing through this Mediterranean paradise offers a diversity of coastlines and cultures that feature world-famous beaches, quiet fishing villages, and secluded anchorages. Swimming and snorkeling at scenic bays that are filled with local fishing craft and picturesque towns showcase many structures that embrace a variety of ancient cultures including the Byzantine, Norman, Arabic, and Sicilian. For scuba enthusiasts, Ustica is a must-visit spot. A key diving site here is the Punta Gavazzi, a place where divers can swim among anchors from ancient Roman ships and other nautical artifacts.

Athens, Greece

Sailing to Athens via the Saronic Gulf means an opportunity to explore many¬†laid-back beach destinations and historic sites. Athens¬†has a beautiful Mediterranean cruising ground with coast and islands cradling towns of ancient roots. Castles, fortresses, monasteries, temples, and churches perch on hilltops while the city grounds adjust themselves¬†as vibrant, cosmopolitan areas filled with intimate cafes, tavernas, and nightclubs. The Saronic Gulf offers protected and scenic coastal cruising, while the Aegean Sea features spirited open-water passages for yachts. A site of the sunset by the Attica Peninsula leads¬†a fine gaze of the ghostly white marble columns of ancient Greece’s sacred structure the¬†Temple of Poseidon.

North America

Baja, Mexico

Baja, Mexico is a top North American sailing destination known for its soaring red cliffs, secluded anchorages, rare species of animals, and stunning beaches with mountainous backdrops. Isla San Jose has an interesting exotic desert landscape with towering species of cacti, including some of the largest in the world. The city of La Paz has a scenic boardwalk that runs along the edge of the harbor. It features historic grand hotels, bars, shops, art galleries, and the Juarez Theater. The Isla Espiritu Santo showcases hundreds of golden-colored sea lions on shore. It is possible to swim wih these sea lions. Sailing through the island called Los Islotes situated at the Sea of Cortez leads to world-class snorkeling and scuba diving sites.

Tonga, Tonga

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean between Tahiti and Fiji is the Kingdom of Tonga. Its nearly countless islands fringed with coral reefs, picturesque anchorages, and white sand beaches are its chief attractions. The exotic cruising grounds are made up of miles of white sand beaches, diverse coral reefs, and crystal clear waters that make it one of the world’s top snorkeling and scuba diving destination. Tonga is also famous for the sights of humpback whales, especially in the outer islands. The Tongan feast is another trademark of this Polynesian paradise. It boasts of various delicacies including tropical fruits and vegetables, lobsters, crabs, chicken, fish, and octopus.

South Pacific

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands is known as one of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world. This South Pacific sailing destination is a 50-mile stretch of coastline sheltering more than 80 scenic islands with a great variety of wildlife. It features dolphins, blue penguins, North Island robins, snapper, kingfish, and other marine and land animals that are visible both in and out of its pristine white sand beaches. The Cavalli Islands situated around two miles from Matauri Bay features a nature reserve filled with exotic birds. The Westhaven Marina complex, the central sailing hub, is near walking trails where travelers can enjoy stunning sea views and explore the laid back resorts, restaurants, and historic sites in this New Zealand paradise.

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This concert documentary offers an immersive experience simulating a front-row view and beyond of a U2 concert.

“U2 3D” is a spectacular, musically and visually superb experience simulating a front row view and beyond of a U2 concert, probably the closest you can get to the real thing at this point of time.

This concert film features cutting-edge technology that gives the viewers a better-than-front-row seat experiences as it establishes an uncommonly intimate and occasionally surreal bond between the legendary band and the audience.

Every development in the history of cinema has always been about making the experience more realistic, fun, and amazing. And for over a quarter-century, U2 has been recognized not only for their musical innovation, but for their incomparable gift on reaching to millions of fans through new technology; while keeping up with the band’s decades-spanning catalog of great music.

As the next best thing to attending a real concert with a ticket costing about ten or even a hundred times less, this 85 minutes of closely replicating the feeling of a live gig through 3D glory makes a solid rock experience that’s still quite new to the general film audience. Now, if you could just pipe in the smell of sweat, cigarette, pot, and beer, it would then be like going to a real concert with the bonus of meeting and seeing Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., and The Edge performing upfront. Then, you go behind them or on top of them at the most impossible angles.

From the breathtaking close-ups and panoramas to the convincing nature of the latest 3D technology, you get to watch the band members playing from a vantage point 4 feet above their heads. You get to see them face to face while reaching out to the crowd. And you get to see a wave of rocking concert-goers moving in unison inside a massive stadium lit by thousands of cellphones. Add up the 3D shots of multiple band members at the same frame with the final cut with as many as five 3D layers: this dazzling concert film exudes the true spirit of a U2 show.

The 3D visuals and multi-layering effects envelop you with a drift that fuses with the band’s surround-sound rapture. With a sound quality that is no less than impeccable, it creates a full-scale sensory high with the pleasure of its showmanship.

The immersive marvel of the music and sound mix are electrifying. Truly, it transforms a great rock spectacle into something intimate as you become similarly immersed like the crowds filling the South American stadiums of U2’s 2007 Vertigo Tour as they go absolutely mad for U2 music. Their wildly infectious enthusiasm is very much apparent with their hands waving to the every beat. Indeed, marrying advanced 3D imagery and 5.1 Surround Sound with the unique excitement of a live U2 concert makes “U2 3D”¬†such an incredible performance captured in a medium that attains unique aesthetics of immediacy and humanity from the powerful rock quartet. And all these make this 3D film the next best thing to actually being in a live concert as of today.

Directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, “U2 3D”¬†makes the project more than just a nifty 3D experiment. It elevates itself into a rock solid redefinition of 3D live-action filmmaking. For now, it captures the premier band’s live shows in a way that no other medium could. And it boasts of a truly immersive experience that shows the undubbed and purely live recording performances of one of the greatest rock bands, together with several of the greatest rock audiences of the world.

Shot on a number of stage acts of U2 shows mainly in Latin America, the production employs the greatest number of 3D cameras ever used for a single project. It is the first digital 3D, multi-camera, and real-time production reflecting the band’s longstanding embrace to technology. Produced by 3ality Digital Entertainment, the film comprises footages from seven different concert performances. A massive undertaking, the filmmakers create live-motion collages emphasizing constant, overlapping, and evanescent dissolves as the curving runways allow Bono, Adam, Larry, and The Edge to move far out into the crowd and make more accessible angles for their various movements.

The 3D effects inclusive of the new trick of layering the visuals to simulate shifting your focus from foreground to background is successful in making you feel that Bono and the crew are within arm’s reach. While also offering plenty of footages of the rapturous crowd in a sight of a hundred thousand stoked fans, you get so close that you swoop towards Bono’s face and his outstretched hand surging through the screen and seizing your own. And to keep the 3D engagement for more than an hour of fun movie experience, the filmmakers also add animated versions of U2’s backdrop videos while capturing the ecstatic joy of a massive rock show (most notably a series of icons suggesting that the world’s major religions are one and presenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

In some ways, this 3D concert film is considerably superior to a real concert. This may vary in many aspects and points of view of people. But what mainly makes this a better option is how the sound is perfected in post-production that what you hear from your seat is the best surround sound you can really get. Moreover, you get even closer to the band and even get on stage and beyond as the 3D images bring you to the most impossible angles and the best view of the performers that even the most pricey concert ticket wouldn’t be able to provide. Furthermore, you don’t have to put up with the rowdy drunks who may block your view or you can simply avoid hysterically sweaty and smoking crowds. For those safety points, there would also be less probability of mobs, stampedes, fights, and annoying crowd members in dope and alcohol. And amidst all these, “U2 3D”¬†makes you feel like you’re there in the crowd. And at the same time, you’re as close as you can get to being on stage with U2.

Personally, the strangers on my left while watching the film at IMAX were really enjoying the concert experience with their waving hands holding on to their lit toys and cellphones. And they were standing and moving to every beat while the visuals allow every person watching to see the band floating above the fans and riding their energy. And I found myself singing and shouting like I would probably do in a concert as well!

“U2 3D” is a world-class live act in its finest as of its release. Taking viewers in an extraordinary cinematic journey beyond the traditional concert film experience, it has a top potential in revolutionizing digital 3D technology. The 3D format may go a long way just like how technology has developed the 2D film as of today. And with the living legend U2 pioneering on this new kind of film experience, the epic nature of the U2 songs and stage acts blend them perfectly to this larger-than-life treatment for a band composed of masterful rock performers in their top form.

‘U2 3D’ Film Review: A concert experience for the price of an IMAX ticket
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