Nature's Call for Help



North Pole may be ice-free for the first time
(Associated Press ; msnbc)

WASHINGTON - There’s a 50-50 chance that the North Pole will be ice-free this summer, which would be a first in recorded history, a leading ice scientist says.
The weather and ocean conditions in the next couple of weeks will determine how much of the sea ice will melt, and early signs are not good, said Mark Serreze. He’s a senior researcher at the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.
The chances for a total meltdown at the pole are higher than ever because the layer of ice coating the sea is thinner than ever, he said.




News from around the world are alarming these days especially with regards to the most vigorously debated topic on Earth, the issue of climate change or the so called "Global Warming"
It has been the center of research of most countries and the development of technology to fight it is their utmost concern.




Antarctic ice shelf collapses due to global warming. According to Eugene Domack, professor of geosciences at Hamilton College that the break-up of the ice shelf was caused by a combination of long-term thinning (by a few tens of meters) over thousands of years and short term (multi-decadal) cumulative increases in surface air temperature that have exceeded the natural variation of regional climate during the Holocene period (the last 10,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age).


Photograph of Agassiz Glacier in 1913

Same location in 2005



Boulder Glacier in 1932

Same location in 2005



Chaney Glacier Terminus in 1911

Same location in 2005



Grinnell Glacier in 1940

Same location in 2004

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate carrying out global warming research have recently predicted that average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100. Changes resulting from global warming may include rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps, as well as an increase in occurrence and severity of storms and other severe weather events. reports had found out that human activities have been increasing the concentration of "greenhouse gases" in the atmosphere.





We can only combat global warming if we act now. The very same human ability and industrial capacity that created the problem can solve it.

Wikipedia states that the most practical way to prevent global warming is not to use as much of the stuff that creates greenhouse gases. On a local level, people can help by using less energy. The electricity that is needed to power our electronics comes from power plants, which burn fossil fuel to produce electricity. Here are a few specific ways that humans can help to lower emissions:

  1. Turn off lights when they are not in use. Although the light bulb itself does not emit gases, the power plants that are powering it do.
  2. Whenever possible, use a fan instead of air conditioning.
  3. Keep a car tuned up. When it is running properly, it emits fewer harmful gases.
  4. Walk or ride a bike when it's possible.
  5. Recycle. Un-recycled garbage ends up in a landfill, which produces methane. In addition, recycled goods require less energy to produce than products made from scratch.
  6. Plant trees and other plant life whenever possible. Plants take carbon dioxide out of the air and release oxygen.
  7. Eat less or no beef, as beef production is a large source of greenhouse gases (methane,) as well as a large cause of deforestation.
  8. Don't burn garbage. This releases carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons into the atmosphere.
  9. Whenever possible eat food cold. Heating things up wastes more energy than almost everything else.
  10. Improvise whenever possible; it is better than buying a tool you only use once.
  11. Don't buy more than one bottle of water in places where the water from the tap cannot be drunk. Instead, buy one bottle, and then boil water, let it cool (but not in the refrigerator) and use the original plastic bottle for your portable water supply. If your tap water is drinkable out of the tap, use this water instead of bottled water.

How come, people sometimes fail
to appreciate nature's existence
not until it's gone.
Not until we lose sight of any significant part of our lives.
That we realized, we have only one
shelter to live in.
Let us
S A V E
the
E A R T H.


What's in the Box?

At last!!! The "box" arrived. It's no longer a big surprise to see its contents because the sender already made press releases about it, but we felt so excited in opening the box because it's the very first time that this guy sent a box full of goodies. A guy who almost return home empty-handed because of a sudden flu outbreak which struck him on his first days in Minnesota. Fortunately, he surpassed the dilemma and is now about to finish his job assignment for six months. Thank God!!! He made it.



As we open it, we saw that all items are well-arranged. Good job! At least he learned to pack as much loads to maximize available space. It was almost 2am central daylight time and he's still awake. He's more than thrilled to witness the fun. And look, what we got!!! All these stuff ready for consumption.


If there is a message in a bottle...
There is a message in this box that expressed
the ultimate joy of
sharing
and
the pleasure of
giving.

video


Bringing Sexy Back


Why can't we see our own back?

Simply because we have only our eyes to see our hands and fingers...
our legs and thighs...
our knees and toes...
our chest and tummy...
even our bellybutton.

And only a mirror can help you see the reflection of your back.
Or grab a camera and let somebody take a picture of it.


LIKE THESE:

bringing sexy back

Why back?
It's quite awkward to take your back as
a subject of photography.

But not this one.
It's an art.


CREDITS

Countless ways to describe ones back
but nothing is so significant
about it...
Just be careful
for anybody may
hit you
behind
your

B A C K


CREDITS

As we drove along the intersection of C5-Kalayaan heading to Global City, a gray Revo caught our attention and I suddenly thought of taking a picture of its back with a scribbled message yearning to be heard... silently screaming out for a quick sponge down.



scribbles at the back
Care for a CARWASH?


There's No "GOLD" at the End of the Rainbow

For almost fifteen years, I chose to serve a company that I thought would give me the "best" in life but the best never came and I was left with no other option but to leave the job I have learned to love.

I was hopeful that things would get better but the company's vision to regain its stability was a failure. Time took its course. "What is meant to happen... So it shall be done." To alleviate the burden of insolvency, rehabilitation was the last resort.

A corporation that used to be on top, now has been hit by a big blow. Gone are the days of blissful operations. The people who once became part of a huge family, now have been separated without any hint for rightful claims... There's nothing left but empty pockets.

But that was it. I am accountable for the decisions I made in my life. That was the choice I preferred and it was unfortunate that I found nothing more precious than gold... yet I gained remarkable experiences and most cherished friends. Those fruitful years I spent with them paved the way to meet the prized possession I have now... my own family. Because of this company, I met the man who would change my life forever.

"We reach for tomorrow, we cherish the vision.
Thru all odds and barriers,
we march on as one
Together united till all odds are gone."




No more odds for no more glory... No more dreams coming true. May tomorrow bring a sparkling day for all of us to move on. Time will heal the wounds of the bitter past. And when we are faced with choices again... GOD will lead our way to find the "gold at the end of the rainbow."


New Wave Era - Our Dark Ages and Renaissance

This was the time when IBM started making personal computers. The first model was the IBM PC, released in August, 1981. Remember the earlier versions of computer applications like Lotus 1-2-3, WordStar, WordPerfect 4.1, and Microsoft Word 1.0 for the Apple Macintosh both released in 1985?



No doubt, computer age begun during my most memorable...

"high school life"






How can I forget the songs and the artists of this generation:




A lot of good movies and celebrities as well:


  • Top Gun starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer and Tom Skerrit



  • E.T. starring Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton,Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote


  • The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, and William Zabka



  • Paradise starring Phoebe Cates and Willie Aames



  • Back to the Future starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson



  • The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins



  • Dirty Dancing starring Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Rhodes, and Jerry Orbach



  • Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson



  • Gremlins starring Zach Gilligan, Phoebe Cates and Howie Mandel

  • Footloose starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest



  • Bagets starring William martinez, Herbert Bautista, JC Bonnin, Raymond Lauchengco, Aga Muhlach, Eula Valdez, Jobelle Salvador, Yayo Aguila, Chanda Romero & Baby Delgad









No flat and LCD screens yet but TV shows were at the highest pick:



Three's Company
Dallas
The Love Boat
Family Ties
The Cosby Show
Miami Vice
Moonlighting
Murder She Wrote
Goin' Bananas
Palibhasa Lalake
Penthouse Live
Lunch Date
Batibot
Annaliza
Kulit Bulilit
That's Entertainment
See True / Eye to Eye
etc etc etc...





News headlines of this decade:




And the most intriguing event of all:


The "Renaissance Period" and "Dark Ages" of


IVY DASH ONE '85



Bottom first row from left to right;
Carmina Clavero, Ma. Glenda Valdellon, Ma. Cristina Tiangco,
Bien Javier
Ms. Anita Tagle
Tita Policarpio, Gemma Lim, Joseph Pierre Sonza &
Ma. Theresa De Asis

Second Row;
Jesse Pasco, Armenia Ecobin, Carina Esmile, Cherrie Juanillo,
Rolando Abunan, Evelyn Garcia, Ma. Cecilia Noceto & Arnel Reyes

Third Row;
Ronald Santos, Jessel Estoesta, Eric Evangelista, Erwin Roque
Apolinario Sandoval, Renante Bilang & Romeo Belleza Jr.

Fourth Row;
Melvin Mesina, Manuel Nera Jr., Elmer Querido, Ramiro Yumang
Lancelot Jason, Tommy Ferrer and Peter Paul Vocalan



Our most unforgettable days came to pass... But the experiences we had during those years will be kept in our minds forever. As we left our beloved Alma Mater, we were faced with challenges and complexities but with the strong foundation, we're more than ready to confront the future ahead of us.




CLASS HISTORY
(From the tattered pages of the Rizalians)
It was 1981 when we first stepped upon this great school. We were really a bunch of fresh and innocent elementary graduates who just had our first taste of high school life. We were very young and care-free. At a very young age , we begun to add feathers to our caps by capturing several positions in clubs and organizations.


Our batch stunned everyone from the start when the people viewed us with awe, in our wonderful performance in the Book Presentation entitled "Panibagong Buhay". We grabbed first place then, outwitting the sophomore, junior and senior groups.


The first days of our sophomore life proved that we had not lost the burning fervor we established where we were in our first year. Our inspiration heightened when we captured first place in the Division Science Fair beating students from other schools in Quezon City. Our Project "Oil from Banana Leaves". We also topped the Speech Fest with our piece, "Tulad ng Molave" and when we pocketed first place in the Christmas Carol Singing Contest.


Then, we turned into jolly juniors. We were good journalists and homemakers. We won in Essay Writing Contest in the Division Press Conference making one of our classmates the Essay Writer of the year. We also grabbed the top position in the Local and District Smocking Contest.


And came our last year, we were no longer children and were really fine young men and women starting to prepare for the long journey - College. The final pages of our historyhave been turned the days... when we experienced to defend ourselves against obstacles and struggles... with thw bruises and wounds we acquired from the hindering hurdles in our track, we bravely faced these challenges with hope and faith in our hearts.


Our batch was truly a group of good leaders. The seniors banged the ears of other students when the judges announced the Best Actress and Best Actor belonged to our group in the magnificent portrayal of "Summer Solstice."

Science wizards were born to this batch. There were also good historians with precised minds among the seniors. We had a straight win in the Choral Interpretation Contest with one piece,
"I Am Proud To Be A Filipino."












"Time is the only force that made us leave our Alma Mater. The memories of our stay are left behind."








SPECIAL MEMORIES

"You will always be a special part of me.
You will always be a special memory.
I'll always cherish wonderful moments
you have given me.
You are in my heart wherever I may be."







We have our own roads to travel on...
Our triumphs are
the souls of our identities.



Counterpart

If America has a famous street magician like:

David Blaine (born David Blaine White on April 4, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) is an American world record holding magician and endurance artist. He made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic.

Many magicians respect Blaine's choice of material and give him credit for creating an image of the contemporary magician distinct from other magicians.

These are some of his performances that highlighted his career:



Philippines has its own version in the person of:
Bearwin Meily is an actor-comedian who is also a practicing magician. However, he dislikes to be called magician. He prefers to be called as "an entertainer in the art of magic." He said most Filipinos think magician as those who perform in children parties.
"Stealing Minds" and "Thou Shalt Not Blink" showcased his magical prowess that fascinated the viewers not only in the Philippines but in some parts of the US.





If USA has its original:

American Idol is an American reality-competition show airing on Fox. It debuted on June 11, 2002, and it has since become one of the most popular shows on American television. It originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller, which was first aired in 2001 in the United Kingdom.

The format features three judges who give critiques of the contestants' performances: record producer Randy Jackson; pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul; and music executive Simon Cowell. The show is hosted by former children's game show emcee and television personality Ryan Seacrest



The Filipinos got:
Pinoy Idol
is the second franchise of Idol series in the Philippines GMA Network promoted Pinoy Idol as "the first Idol competition in the Philippines" and does not recognize Associated Broadcasting Company's Philippine Idol and its winner Mau Marcelo. It is hosted by Raymond Gutierrez, with Ogie Alcasid (singer, songwriter, and record producer), Jolina Magdangal (singer and actress), and Wyngard Tracy (retired talent manager) as judges. Danny Tan is the show's musical director.




If New York had Twin Towers:


World Trade Center was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, mostly designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki and engineer Leslie Robertson and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It was initiated in 1960 by a Lower Manhattan Association created and chaired by David Rockefeller

Tektite Towers in Ortigas, Paig City


These sleek twin towers are where the main trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is located. To date there are some 310 companies listed on the exchange, including a blue-chip sector headed by such giants as San Miguel Corporation.



In USA, there's





While in Pinas, there's




Australia had a wildlife expert in the person of:

Stephen Robert Irwin (February 22, 1962 – September 4, 2006), known simply as Steve Irwin and nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert and television personality. He achieved world-wide fame from the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri Irwin. Together, they also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by his parents in Beerwahst1:city>, Queensland. He died in 2006 after his chest was fatally pierced by a stingray barb.




The pride of Kapamilya:
The former three-term Manila Councilor Alejandro “Kim” Atienza, ABS-CBN host and weatherman Kim Atienza more popularly known as Kuya Kim, he now takes on the role of nature explorer with his new show Matanglawin. Kuya Kim will go around the country in search of new and interesting information, demistify legends, unveil nature's mysteries and at the same time, showcase our vast cultural and natural resources. Excited with his explorations, Kim is grateful for this opporunity to immerse himself in various communities, discover new things and to experience wild adventures.




Gameshows like:

Wheel of Fortune - USA
Hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White



Wheel of Fortune - PhilippinesHosted by Kris Aquino



Well-known amusement park:

From the charm of Main Street, U.S.A to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, explore eight fantastic "lands" of nostalgia, color and delight. Let your imagination run free in a magic kingdom where life is a fairy tale and dreams really do come true.



Enchanted Kingdom is a theme park in the Philippines located in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. It was conceptualized by the Landmark Entertainment Group and modelled after Knott's Berry Farm. It was built at a cost of P1.2-billion. The park first opened on July 28, 1995.




Hollywood actress like:




Her look-alike,

Amalia Fuentes







"Some things are made to compliment another, but BEAUTY is still in the eyes of the beholder."