Spend a Friday Night with FIFA World Cup 2010 Official Anthem

For me, this year’s FIFA World Cup songs truly grasp the football spirit and the African rhythm.

Waving Flag is originally included in the second album of Somalian-Canadian rapper K’Naan entitled Troubadour, which was released last February 2009 (click here for the original lyrics of the song). The song is remixed to serve as Coca Cola‘s promotional anthem for the spectacular event, as part of its global marketing campaign “inspired by the joyous dance celebrations familiar to Africa.”

In this version, K’Naan performs together with Nancy Ajram who sang parts of the song in Arabic. Nancy Ajram is a multi-platinum Lebanese singer and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She’s also considered by many as an Arabic music icon of the decade. Ajram is the first and only female sponsor and spokesperson of Coca-Cola in the Middle East and Arab world.

Famous Columbian singer, Shakira, sings another catchy 2010 FIFA World Cup song, Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). She performed singing this song at the opening ceremony, together with the African fusion band, Freshlyground; and will have the chance to perform it again at the closing ceremony.

Some parts of the song are sung in Fang language, which is spoken in African countries like Gabon, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. I was able to get translations of most words in the lyrics over the net. Tsaminamina means “come.” Waka waka means “do it, as in perform a task. “Waka” is pidgin language meaning “walk while working.” Tsamina mina zangalewa means “where do you come from?.” Wana means “it is mine.” Zambo means “wait.”

I always like Shakira, her musicality and her dances.  For me, she fits well with this song.

You’re a good soldier / choosing your battles. / Pick yourself up / and dust yourself off / and back in the saddle.

You’re on the frontline. / Everyone’s watching. / You know it’s serious. / We’re getting closer. / This isnt over.

The pressure is on. You feel it. / But you’ve got it all. / Believe it.

When you fall get up / And if you fall get up.

Tsamina mina / Zangalewa / ‘Cause this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh / Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa / Anawa aa / This time for Africa

Listen to your god. / This is our motto. / Your time to shine. / Dont wait in line. / Y vamos por Todo.

People are raising / their expectations. / Go on and feed them. / This is your moment. / No hesitations.

Today’s your day. / I feel it. / You paved the way. / Believe it.

If you get down, / get up. / When you get down, / get up.

Pinoy 2010 Elections Souvenirs

Pinoy presidentiables left markings over the Net, dirty or not; and I’m posting what I’ve got from them as keepsakes.

I will remember how we have exhausted all the possible means, positive or otherwise, in campaigning for our candidates of choice through social media.   All the praises, the idolatry, and the mudslinging have never been this good, and particularly, entertaining.  Enjoy!

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Continue sipping…

What the Shrek Just Happened?

It took me another month before I formally blog something here again.  Call it another writer’s block moment, distractions are everywhere!  Believe me, I would already be in the flow until something (or someone, a cute kind!) gets my attention. Just like that, the words and ideas would take a back seat over and over I’d end up posting something quick instead, like for my mini-series, Spend-a-Friday-NightI-Super-Want-to-WatchCoffee Reads, Apprendre la langue francaise, etc. UPDATE: Plinky might help.

After my birthday, I felt like days passed right through me I just wasn’t bothered, except now.  May be the year added to my age hasn’t sinked in yet, that’s why.

But how can I ever forget it of course?  The trip to Mindoro was indeed a break away from everything in the city. It was another chance for me and Nature to become one (yeah, the drama).

And finally, I was able to visit the much talked about island situated in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, the Apo Reef Natural Park, which is acclaimed as “the best in Asia and second largest in the world, a diving mecca in the Philippines.” Yeah, another marketing spiel.

Welcome to Apo Reef Island in Mindoro

It's another summer view to enjoy.

Perfectly blue, it is!

Top view of the island, you can see how far and wide we snorkeled around this island. Ehem, well not entirely. Though on our way back, we passed by an area where the dead corals are, which were brought by illegal fishing. Call it another dead place under the sea. This explains why they closed this island to public for many years until recently.

And this is what you see when you go deep under, say, 20 to 30 feet? This is not from the aquarium of Manila Ocean Park, mind you. But yeah, you'd feel you are in it. But still, this is a much closer encounter, a real one! So, boo to Manila Ocean Park! Hehe.

Nemo and his kinds are just cute! These fishes were just being watchful because I heard they can really strike back when they feel threatened. Enlighten me, can they? They just look so harmless!

I hope you can see it from this photo a camera-shy reef shark we just passed by. Truth is, I got quite scared. Apparently, he got scared from us.

It wasn’t really tough to get there as I had imagined when we decided to travel by bus and boat. Just expect the long hours of travel, of course. You can take the Dimple Star bus stationed at Cubao in Quezon City and bound to San Jose. It will take 2 to 3 hours until you reach Batangas Pier. The bus will be loaded on the Roro boat headed to Abra de Ilog at Occidental Mindoro and another 2 to 3 hours will be spent at sea. From Abra de Ilog, the bus will travel again on the way to Sablayan for 3 hours. If you cannot endure this long travel, take by plane via Cebu Pacific or PAL Express bound to San Jose and from San Jose, take a bus ride that will only take an hour until you reach Sablayan.

Remember the dessert treat-out at Gelatone I blogged about several weeks back? Just for fun, I sent this blog post as an entry to Gelatone‘s anniversary photo contest and lucky me, our entry won the top treat. Yey!  Since Dylan and Janet seemed to be that unavailable, and Mahros eventually begged off because it’s a Sunday and she didn’t wish to travel that far, and the anniversary treat was a one-day affair despite asking the favor to have ours re-scheduled, I then decided to tag my family along instead.  As usual, we enjoyed our bonding moment together with loads of pasta and lots of Italian ice cream in store for us.

Perps, Mahros, Janet & Dylan, congratulations!

Mom, dad, brother and I are spending time together at Gelatone.

Our photo-op with the owners of Gelatone. Many thanks and congratulations!

I cannot withstand this ice cream stand. I can't!

Temperature’s rising up to 38 degrees and so was the election fever in the Philippines. It’s a hot, hawt national event of the year because this is the country’s first attempt to dish out a mano-mano (manual) electoral process and speed it up by placing counting machines named PCOS that speak to you the now-famous catchphrase popularized by another masa’s noon delight, “Congratulations!”, upon successful casting of your vote.  I could have voted (for the first time, ironically) because I was curious over the new process as I’d imagine this seemed to be a lot easier now for a regular voter like me. It turned out not that easy, again.

Apart from this curiosity, the strong influence of social media today has been so contagious that the election campaign joined the bandwagon.  Even though I ended up not registering (again), I placed my bet on Gordon and somewhat campaigned for him personally over Facebook, Twitter, etc. What was even more interesting, on the election day itself, local TV stations had gone sci-fi’d  with their coverage that they got their viewers amazed with the touch screens, iPads, and holy-mother-of-pearl, a Star Wars alike hologram! Add to that is the million votes per millisecond speed that we had witnessed as soon as they began processing the electoral returns. Yes, we were bombarded with everything techie that this time people left clueless on whether they got cheated (again) or not. We’re so accustomed to the usual tallying and it’s easier then to point fingers. Now, well, point your finger to a PCOS and it won’t bark back. Isn’t it that easy? Not.

By the end of the summer month, I caught myself hitting the gym again. This time, I joined Fitness First. Yeah, I belong to the fag circuitry now, I’m such a fag hag now.

Kidding aside, I can say that I’m more focused and determined than the last time I was in the same endeavor, er, two years ago?  It’s even coming to the point now that I set manageable but pretty challenging diet and fitness goals.  As a matter of fact, I keep track of the calories I consumed and burned through Livestrong.com. It is a rather helpful, interesting site. It does not only provide you useful tools like food/fitness diaries, BMI calculator, recipe logs etc., but it also provides good tips on all aspects in health and fitness. Admittedly, I’m hooked!

So in case you are interested to see what I have eaten and what I have suffered myself from just to burn them away, check out my Livestrong.com profile.  It’s an open diary.

Wish me luck. I hope I can lose 10 pebble stones off my weight, easy and fast! Liar.

Did you watch? I didn't but it could be worth watching, right?

April 22 is Earth Day and 2010 is International Year of Biodiversity

Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.

One of the few things I like about my country is its very rich natural resources and I can fairly say that we are lucky creatures indeed. My recent trip to Mindoro, particularly at the Apo Reef Natural Park, has heightened my awareness on how we can safeguard these national treasures from being destroyed, and has inspired me to do my part by starting off at simple ways of doing so. Is it suffice to say I’d soon to have a green thumb? We may never know but in case it happens, I’d be much surprised!

According to Conservation International, the Philippines, the world’s second largest archipelago country next to Indonesia, is identified as one of the world’s biologically richest countries. Our country confines many endemic species, which includes over 6,000 plant species, unique species such as Cebu flowerpecker, the Philippine cockatoo, the Visayan wrinkled hornbill, the Philippine eagle, the panther flying frog among many others.

United Nations on the other, declares 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity and it aims to highlight “the vital role the phenomenon plays in maintaining the life support system on Planet Earth.”

“Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services our lives depend on. Human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate.

These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on every day. But we can prevent them.”

Today, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day.  Hopefully, we could create a lifelong, more proactive conviction, such that each of us would truly strive to respect and protect our natural ecosystems.

Galaera Diaries: My Birthday Ice Cream at Gelatone

After having dinner at a quaint Japanese resto, my friends and I decided to take a long walk not only to burn off the calories, but also to relish a delicious dessert. Yes, we’re just taking the calories back into our systems.

Without the blatant talking to each other (again), we  went straight all the way up to the second floor of Greenbelt 2 and stopped by at Gelatone. Apparently, this was our first time being together in this yummy store. I do drop by once in awhile for my sweet tooth.

No one raised their hands and contested. Instead, we ran towards the large ice cream bin and pointed our fingers at delectable targets.

We then sat as prince and princesses when our ice creams arrived. When the lady-attendant saw our cameras, she told us about the photo contest and volunteered to take our picture.  May be we got excited from what we just heard, we then said, (Italian) cheese!  🙂

We were naturally all smiles on the camera with the ice creams of our choice. Call it another Kodak moment.

Of course, they had a fair share of the spotlight, too! Because, theyd be eaten after. No mess. No evidence. All finished. Yum.

Continue sipping…