Sunday, January 23, 2011

Google TV = Smart TV

Google has got another product that is going to revolutionize your television experience. Introducing Google TV. It's TV, apps, search and the entire web together at last! Currently, there are limited websites that you can access on your television like YouTube, Picasa Webs album, among others. But with Google TV, just about anything is right at your fingertips.

If you want to know more about the wonderful features of this new product, below is a Quick Tour:

Cool isn't it? So how do you get Google TV? You have two options:

Option 1: Get a standalone TV. The Sony Internet TV valued from USD599.99 to be exact. It boasts as the world's first and only HDTV powered by Google TV that gives you easy access to more entertainment than ever.

If you recently bought an HDTV and find it impractical to purchase another one, there's

Option 2: Get a separate box to use with your existing HDTV. You can get either the Logitech Revue with Google TV valued at USD249.99 or

the Sony Internet TV Blu-Ray Disc Player valued at USD399.99.

Want to learn more about Google TV? Find out more here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vitamin D: The Key Vitamin You're Probably Lacking

 According to a demographic study, 
over 70% of Americans have insufficient blood levels of Vitamin D*.
Vitamin D3, popularly known as the "sunshine vitamin", is essential for strong bones and teeth. Why is it so important? Because it maintains your calcium balance, aids cellular differentiation in the body, boosts the immune system, play a role in the secretion of insulin, and regulates blood pressure.

Unfortunately, the active form Vitamin D3 does not naturally occur in foods so that getting enough of it can be a challenge. How to boost your levels?

Take a daily supplement. While vitamin D comes in two forms, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, vitamin D3 is the most effective for maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in the body. The recommended daily vitamin D dosage is 400IU. So be sure that the Vitamin D supplements you are taking contains at least this much Vitamin D3.

Eat foods rich in vitamin D. Very few foods in nature contain Vitamin D. These include fish (specifically salmon, mackerel, sardines, and oysters), vitamin D-fortified cereal and orange juice, spinach, tofu, and dairy products such as vitamin D-fortified milk, cream, and cheese.

Soak up some rays. Try to spend about 5 to 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, three times each week, being careful to avoid overexposure. Of course, this might not be practical in cold weather, in which case you should turn to foods and supplements.

* Demographic Differences and Trends of Vitamin D Insufficiency in the US Population, 1988-2004. Adit A. Ginde, MD, MPH; Mark C. Liu, MD; Carlos A. Camargo Jr, MD, DrPH Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(6):626-632. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Worst Dressed in the Golden Globes 2011

I love to look at Hollywood stars all dressed up in their thousand-dollars-worth gowns for one of the most prestigious awards night known to man, the Golden Globe Awards. And I can't help but say Oohhh for those who dressed up so well and a big Uh-uh! for those who don't fit well in their designer dresses.

Of the many stars who glammed up for the night, here are some of those who made it to the Worst Dressed List:

January Jonesd in a bright red peekaboo Versace gown, which is made entirely of flowy fringe with some dangerous cutouts.

Julian Moore in a hot pink Lanvin gown. The color is bold, but the shapeless, strangely asymmetrical style is just screaming "worst."

Helena Bonham Carter sporting her signature wild hair, a mess of a Vivienne Westwood dress and mismatched red and green shoes.

Natalie Portman  in a Viktor & Rolf pink satin dress. The pastel pink is great, but the sequined rose is uninspired at best.

Jennifer Love Hewitt in an icy pale blue Romona Caveza gown with a fussy flyaway top and a too-high hairdo. 

Jennifer Lopez in a bright white Zuhair Murad dress. The sheer bedazzled bolero ruins any positive buzz she had going.

Leighton Meester in a blah Burberry Prorsum gown. The muted colors, long sleeves and a very modest slit put this unflattering and un-wowing look at the lowest point on the list.

Tilda Swinton in a Jil Sander champagne skirt, white shirt and pink pumps.

Halle Berry in a black Nina Ricci dress.

These I gathered from various sources on the Internet. Who's the worst dressed for you? You be the judge!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Refreshing Honeysuckle for 2011

Yes, it is official. Pantone has finally announced it's 2011 Color of the Year and it is HONEYSUCKLE or technically, Pantone 18-2120. Why Honeysuckle? Because it is "a color for all seasons".
Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it. Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
It is believed that energizing honeysuckle lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life's ongoing challenges.

If you are up and ready to face the challenges of the Year 2011, a little boost of confidence by wearing on a flash of honeysuckle here and there will probably do wonders. I remember having almost this color for my wedding motif last 2007 and it was really kind of symbolic to us who are just having a fresh start at married life. 

If you are looking for some trendy fashion, here are some designs to add to your wardrobe:

I may not be that fashionable but I must say, this color is great!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year of the Rabbit!

It's gonna be a placid year, and it is very much welcome and needed after the ferocious Year of the Tiger. At least that's what the experts in Chinese Zodiac are saying. Hopefully, the Year 2011 will be a time of prosperity and a time where we can enjoy life's many luxuries and pleasures.

What is it with the Rabbit then, that the Chinese believe it to be a very fortunate sign? According to Chinese mythology, the Rabbit (or Hare) is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon. When a Chinese looks at the Moon, he sees the Moon Hare standing near a rock under a Cassia tree and holding the Elixir of Immortality in his hands.

The Rabbit symbolizes graciousness, good manners, sound counsel kindness and sensitivity to beauty. His soft speech and graceful and nimble ways embody all the desirable traits of a successful diplomat or seasoned politician.

Likewise, a person born under this sign will lead a tranquil life, enjoying peace, quiet and a congenial environment. He is reserved and artistic and possesses good judgment. His thoroughness will also make him a good scholar. He will shine in the fields of law, politics and government.

Want to know more about the Rabbit Personality? You may continue reading here.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year will be a good one for all of you!

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