Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Amazing Race 7 Winner

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I am so happy that Uchenna and Joyce won the Amazing Race 7. They weren't my original team choice but Uchenna and Joyce proved their positive and kind attitude. They even helped Meredith and Gretchen in one back breaking boat challenge.
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Rob and Amber were cunning players. Too bad luck didn't stay with them for long. They were in 2nd place.
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Ron and Kelly has been bickering a lot more on their relationship than on the game itself. Kelly obviously wanted their relationship to the next level after the race but Ron doesn't want to get married yet. If the two of them focused real hard on the game, they had a big chance of winning.They came in 3rd place
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I admire Meredith and Gretchen because at such an old age they managed to be in the final four team. Although they were eliminated, they showed us not just team spirit but also how strong love grows through the years. Wow. I can't wait for the next Amazing Race!

Monday, March 14, 2005

Fab Five

Being in GY made me miss almost all of the new episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (ETC Mondays 9pm)... I kinda miss the Fab 5...

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Profiles:
Kyan Douglas: is a specialist in men's skin care has had extensive training and professional experience in the Hair, Spa and Retail industries. He received his certification in cosmetology from the Aveda Institute New York, and worked as a colorist at the upscale Arrojo Studio in Soho.
Ted Allen: has been a contributing editor to Esquire magazine where he is co-author of the "Things a Man Should Know" column-an irreverent guide for men on such items as fashion, sex, business etiquette, and cocktails, and co-authored four books that grew out of that series. Before joining Esquire Ted was a senior editor and restaurant critic with Chicago magazine where he wrote stories for the dining department.
Carson Kressley: Carson is an independent stylist who spent many years working with Polo Ralph Lauren New York City, specializing in the design aspect of the men's sportswear division. He also supervised fashion styling for the company's national retail advertising campaigns. Carson graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College with degrees in Finance and Fine Art.He also wrote:"Off the Cuff: The Essential Style Guide for Men — and the Women Who Love Them."
Jai Rodriguez: is a talented actor, singer and dancer who is currently in the lead role of Zanna in the off-Broadway Zanna, Don't! Jai also worked stint on Broadway as Angel in the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Jai is also a member of NYC social set, regularly performing his solo act in different nightspots.
Thom Filicia: is the founder of his own interior design company, Thom Filicia Inc., and was named one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 American Designers. His firm has completed work in metropolitan New York, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Miami and Bermuda. Thom holds a B.A. in Interior Design from Syracuse University's school of Art and Design in the college of Visual and Performing Arts.Thom also used to worked for Parish Hadley Associates, Robert Metzger Interiors and Bilhuber Inc.His work has been featured in House & Garden, W, City, Details, New York, and The New York Times.
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Basically they are 5 gay men each with his own expertise. They are sought by straight men who needed a total make over.
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With the help of the straight guy's family and friends the Fab 5 works on the total project. The straight guy is eventually educated in face and hair products, clothes to wear, food to prepare and has a newly decorated house!
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In 2004, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. The show was immensely popular in the U.S and due to its success there was a new one launched "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy U.K" for the guys in the United Kingdom with their own set of British Fab Five. There was also a "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl."

source: www.bravotv.com

Ryan Phillippe

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It's very rare these days that dads are hand-ons in child care, much less for hollywood actors. But this gorgeous hunk is not just a fabulous actor and husband to Reese Witherspoon, he's also a wonderful dad to daughter Ava. In these photos, Ryan took Ava in a birthday party last March 6.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Cravings

I've been trying to reduce my tummy size. But I browsed thru the latest edition of Cosmopolitan Philippines (thank you Kelay) and saw these "low fat" recipes. Can't wait to try them. Let the waistline go haywire. Anyway it's just numbers.

LOW-FAT BERRY BLUE

CRUST
  • 1 1/2 cup graham crackers
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
FILLING
  • 2 packs (approx 227g/pack reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cup low-fat cream
  • 2 cups blueberries
1. Combine ingredients for crust and press into 9-inch spring form pan. Chill, set aside.
2. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Melt gelatin according to package instructions and add into mixture.
3. Whip cream in the mixer until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and chill overnight.
4. Carefully unmold the cheesecake and top with blueberries.

REDUCED FAT NEW YORK CHEESECAKE CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla wafers (crushed)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
FILLING
  • 2 packs (approx 227g/pack reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat milk
1. Preheat oven over to 400 degrees F. Mix ingredients for crust together and press into 9-inch spring form pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Reset oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and flour in a mixer with paddle attachment until smooth. Gradually add vanilla and reduced fat milk. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix until smooth.
3. Pour mixture into the cooled crust and bake 45 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Let it cool completely before putting it in the chiller.

LOW-FAT SUGAR-FREE CHOCO BERRY CHEESECAKE
CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate cookies crushed
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
CHOCOLATE FILLING
  • 2 packs (approx 227g/pack reduced fat cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp Splenda sugar substitute
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat cream
RASPBERRY FILLING
  • 2 packs (approx 227g/pack reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 3 tbsp Splenda sugar substitute
  • 1 1/2 cup rasperry puree
  • 1 1/2 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat cream
1. Combine ingredients for the crust and press into a 9-inch spring form pan. Chill and set aside.
2. Beat together cream cheese and Splenda until smooth. Melt gelatin according to package instructions and add cocoa powder. Add this to the cream cheese mixture. Whip cream until soft peaks form and fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour into the prepared crust (only half filled) and chill. Prepare the next layer.
3. Beat together cream cheese and Splenda until smooth. Melt gelatin acording to package instructions and add into cream cheese mixture. Whip cream until soft peaks form and fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour into the chilled chocolate layer. Top with spoonfulls of raspberry puree and swill into the plain batter using the tip of knife or a spatula. Chill overnight.

LOW-FAT SUGAR-FREE MANGO CHEESECAKE
CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar-free crackers crushed
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
MANGO FILLING
  • 2 packs (approx 227g/pack less fat cream cheese)
  • 3 tbp Splenda sugar substitute
  • 1 1/2 cup mango puree
  • 1 1/2 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat cream
1. Combine ingredients for the crust and press into a 9-inch spring form pan. Chill and set aside.
2. Beat together cream cheese and sugar substitute until smooth. Melt gelatin according to package instructions and add mango puree. Gradually add this to the cream cheese mixture.
3. Whip cream until soft peaks form and fold into the mango mixture. Pour into the prepared crust and chill overnight.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

The witch hunt is on

IT people are swarming the office from 9pm until now (err now its 4:27am). They've been doing things to the PCs (as Chona said: Personal Computer hehe). They said there are virus and that PCs are in danger... blah blah blah. I observed them when they were invading the privacy of my computer. Apparently even if we clicked Internet Options to Delete Cookies and Delete Files (under Temporary Internet Files) and even after the Clear History button, once IT people clicked the History button (4th button from the right; beside Media Button and near Favorites button) the rest of the sites visited (for the day) are still visible! Whattda?! Nwei, since they are here I clicked and deleted the files reflected at the History side of the Internet Explorer page (this will appear when you pushed the History button).
Sigh, it seems like they want to find out what particular site is causing the bugs. It's like witch hunt back in the medieval times.
Our beloved sites blog and myspace will be extinguished from the office (just like dear friendster site) if we're not careful.
Also, those innocent pop-up advertisements (Smileys, Free Casinos, Free Unlimited Web Hosting etc)that come whenever we visit some sites contain loads of virus, and WABAM! They spread like wildfire.
So dear blogger pals, be extra careful (hehe)