Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lip Balm Snobbery....

I have a pet peeve for girls. CHAPPED LIPS ARE GROSS! Do you hear my ladies? I mean seriously...if your lips are all nasty and cracked with your lipstick all pasted over the cracks..that is nasty. Now, I only ask for what I can return....and I always have my lips moisturized! HA!

I just picked up a new one....here is what is in the arsenal for soft lips.


now I know...I use CARMEX...which is my BUDGET go to. I mean cheap, very reliable, can pick up anywhere it's like a reliable friend that will help you move or take you to the airport. I will always use CARMEX.



Then I move onto the 'nice nice' one...KIEHL'S. Has SPF 15, super soft and yeah it has a sort of cache to it. You whip this out of your pocket and ladies will notice...wow...this guys knows his ish! (or he is gay...) And then I picked up some LIPJAO. I had to have it....LOL...for one reason. See below.



Come on...you have to love it. It says it right on the box!
"SPECIALLY FORMULATED FOR LIP BALM SNOBS!"



I have not used it yet...but yeah I cant be rocking no chapstick or blistek nonsense...LOL!

Cologne Snobbery

OK I admit it...I have been accused of being a "snob" when it comes to certain things. I guess I am. I just feel some things are better than others, I like the feeling of "exclusivity" so if I can have something first or something limited or something no one else has heard of I try to go for it. If it is music, or denim or sneakers...I like it more if not many others have it. So what.

I have recently begun a search for a new cologne. For years I wore Issey Miyake for men and had good success. The few women in my life had liked it on me. Before that I used Bvlgari green tea, had Gucci Envy which I gave away the 3rd day because it smelled nasty on me, and my first "signature scent" TOMMY by Tommy Hilfiger. Back in the days I would get complimented DAILY on that scent and it totally worked with my body chemistry.

I was looking into some "citrusy" smells as I like it and again I felt it worked well for me. I was looking into Acqua Di Parma, Banana Republic's new one "Republic of Man" as well as Clinique's "Happy" for Men. All pretty light, citrusy scents. Then I heard about this site. Lucky Scent.

Lucky Scent is a site that specialized in unique high end scents that not many people have heard of. Definitely not the mass marketing stuff you get sprayed with at the mall. Best of all, they sell samples of a lot of scents for like $3, so you can try before you buy. Plus it is good to test as so far none of these scents sells for LESS than $100. Again better than the TOM FORD stuff which I LOVE but man...$200 for cologne is way too much even for a snob like me. I chose 2 "Vanilla" themed notes and 2 "Citrus" themed notes. I will update in a few months after I see which one smells best.

Updated blog layout

OK I removed all but ONE of my animated .gifs off the blog. I would always get complaints that my blog took forever to load...hopefully this will make it easier to load up and read.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SLAW DOGS in Pasadena, CA

So after a great little workout, my friend and I decided we needed something special and somewhat bad for us. HOT DOGS! Sure..you are thinking how can a hot dog be good for you? Well it isn't but so what. We wanted to try this new place in our hood, Pasadena. The place is called SLAW DOGS that just opened. It is a "gourmet dog" place and I have to say...pretty damn good. Here are my thoughts with some pictures!


We started out with some fries...they offer Belgian style fries and sweet potato fries.

These are the Belgian Style Fries.
These are sweet potato fries...


here are 3 of the dogs we had...2 are mine and 1 was my friends's. We both ordered 2 dogs, but he ate his first dog already! LOL.

Check it out man....HOT DOG!

from Left to Right - THE GREEN MONSTER, my own variation of one of their existing dogs and the last one is a spicy chicken sausage.

Here is my own creation...a slight variation to one of their existing dogs.

This is Chili, Cheddar Cheese and Pastrami on an all beef "ripper!"

Damn....good eating.



here is a detail shot of the heart attack goodness...mm mmm mmm...nom nom nom.
This is my second dog...something simple. This is the Spicy Chicken Sausage with Roasted Garlic Mayo. Again...it was simply deeelish.





This is what my friend ordered. THE GREEN MONSTER...from their menu:

#6 The Green Monster..5.59
Roasted green chili, chipotle mayo, grilled onion, pepperjack, spicy garlic salsa


We also got to meet the owner, Ray. Now I know I have to support a BROTHER! Dude is HAPA! YEAH BABY!!! Meet Ray!


Always down to support a brother...Ray is half CHINESE! Sooo..you know I have to support. Dude was super cool and came to chat with us as well as share some of their home made fudge too after our dinner. I had a pic of it..but accidentally deleted it. We will definitely be coming back and trying other things on the menu. If you are in the Pasadena area, def drop in. Not only are the hot dogs great, but you can literally make anything you want. Fried Egg, Kim Chee, Chili...whatever. Whatever you want you can have. So come on over and support SLAW DOGS!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Captain EO is back!

Michael Jackson's 'Captain EO' returns to Disney

ANAHEIM, Calif. – "Captain EO" and Michael Jackson are returning to Disneyland.

The park says it will show the 1986 Jackson musical film beginning Tuesday and running indefinitely.

On the Disney Parks blog, Disney executive Heather Hust Rivera says the park will show a 70mm print of the 17-minute movie in the Tomorrowland theater, with enhanced sound.

However, Rivera says the showing won't feature some special effects from the original presentation. She would not elaborate.

The original presentation included lasers and smoke.

Jackson, who died last year, plays the role of a spaceship captain who uses love and music to fight a wicked witch queen played by Anjelica Huston.

The original ran at Disneyland from 1986-1997. The new showing replaces the 3-D show "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tonight is Chinese New Year's eve, which means dinner at home. Mom went to Chinatown all morning to grab everything and she spend the afternoon cooking and prepping everything. Here is the CNY dinner spread...very typical new year's fare...at least in my household. I grew up eating all of the below every CNY.

This is a shot of my mom's table in her living room. I am sure all my fellow Chinese peeps will recognize like everything in the pic. All symbolic and all meaningful stuff....


You have the lucky candy, the pomelos, apples and new year's cakes and desserts.

Here is the standard chicken..and yes Asian chicken has a head and feet and it is all included in the dish.



This is a detail shot of the chicken...

This is the clear rice noodle. Many of my Pinoy/Pinays will def recognize the noodles....

This is the CNY soup my mom always makes for us. It has napa cabbage, mushrooms, dried oysters and a bunch of other "secret mom stuff" in it.


This is a rack of BBQ Chinese spare ribs...my fave.

a detail shot...


Here is the Chinese BBQ pork. Again Pinoys and Pinays will recognize!


mmm mmm mmm....crispy...and tasty...


Steamed whole fish...

And here is the table spread. I think next year we need to get mom a larger foldable table. The one we have been using is getting too small.


Here is to a start of a great new year with great things. Happy New Year!

Damn...oh well...another one I will never go to.

I have a list of restaurants in this little head of mine...a list of places I would like to visit and have a meal at before I die. Some are very simple and very local...so local I am surprised I have not been YET. Like Mozza on Fairfax or Cut in Beverly Hills or Craft in Century City...pretty close but I have not been too. Then there are the ones in other cities that I will go one of these days, places in Chicago where my family is from and some in NYC. Per Se, or Le Meridian or Les Halles or Momofoku...and of course just up north...French Laundry. Then..there are the real far places like...EL BULLI in Spain. I guess I will never get to eat there ever...unless he changes his mind to re-open. Full story below....sad.

El Bulli closed...

February 12, 2010, 6:33 pm

El Bulli to Close Permanently

Sergio Perez/Reuters Ferran Adrià at the International Gastronomy Summit in Madrid in January.

Ferran Adrià, the Catalan chef who for two decades has been the leading catalyst and inspiration for avant-garde cuisine, has decided to permanently close his restaurant El Bulli, considered by many to be the world’s greatest, and to replace it with an academy for advanced culinary study, Mr. Adrià said in an interview on Friday.

In January, Mr. Adrià had said that the restaurant would go on a hiatus starting in 2012 , but that it would reopen in 2014. For many years El Bulli, in the Mediterranean town of Roses, north of Barcelona, closed for half the year so Mr. Adrià and his chefs could spend the off months developing new techniques, like the foams, airs and other culinary wizardry that he has created.

He told The Wall Street Journal at that time that his research would “be focused on sustaining and growing our brand however possible. A brand with goals like ours requires a big capital investment.’’

On Friday he said he decided to close the restaurant for good because he and his partner, Juli Soler, had been losing a half million Euros a year on the restaurant and his cooking workshop in Barcelona.

“At that level of contribution,’’ he said of the losses, “I think we would rather see the money go to something larger that expands the concept and spirit of what El Bulli represents.’’

He said he would use that money — which he earns mostly from consultancies and other businesses — to establish his new academy and to finance scholarships so the world’s most talented cooks can attend.

“We had planned to use the two years to see how El Bulli could evolve,’’ Mr. Adrià said in a telephone interview. “We’ve been looking at many options, but yesterday we decided that the foundation would be the most satisfying.’’

He said of the demands of the restaurant, “at that bestial pace, it would be impossible to continue.’’

Adrià said the academy would be “a place for free thinking and kicking around ideas’’ about food. The El Bulli academy would likely work with many cooking schools around the world and would seek students — perhaps 25 in the first year — who had the highest levels of professional training.

“Throughout the history of El Bulli we’ve made seemingly drastic decisions in order to maintain our level of creativity,’’ he said.

Mr. Adrià, 47, arrived at El Bulli in 1983, when it was a French restaurant. Soon he took charge of the kitchen and by the 1990s it became known as a laboratory for daring innovation.

“Mr. Adrià’s idea, as he describes it, was simply to ‘do new things with old concepts,’’’ Mark Bittman wrote in 2006. “So, seeing chicken curry as a concept and determining to do something that hadn’t been done before, he developed a dish, now famous, in which the sauce is solid and the chicken liquid.’’

In 1997 he won three Michelin stars. He has since been proclaimed by many to be the greatest chef in the world. He has been widely influential in the spread of “molecular gastronomy’’ — a term he has renounced.

The restaurant will reopen for six months on June 15 after its winter break and will close for good in December 2011.

The 3,000 people on the waiting list for one of about four dozen seats, will just have to hope that someday Mr. Adrià will open another restaurant.

He said that has no plans to, but the academy might be open for breakfast, or an occasional lunch. (And he is the director of gastronomy at El Bulli Hacienda Benazuza hotel near Sevilla.)

“Everything new looks strange,’’ Mr. Adrià said.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Jae Bueno on FATLACE!


Jae Bueno

Congrats to my boy Jae! He is now bloggin for FATLACE! This is awesome news and well deserved. Keep the good news flowing bro!

Continuing Education - Always Be Learning!

Figured...always need to be learning and expanding one's knowledge right? Especially since I do have time nowadays...

Doyle Brunson here I come....

Some of the books I have read and the newest one I just picked up. The Cash Games by Harrington. I am definitely not a pro or even a wannabe grinder. I am realistic....just want to learn some more and get a little better....no harm in getting more tips and strategies.

Here are some of my "business" books...stuff I think or hope will make me a better worker out in the crazy world.

The new book in this pile is The New Rules of Marketing and PR. I just want to brush up on my knowledge, this is definitely directly related to what I do and again same as above...never hurts to read up on whats going on.

I also have a couple books on Asian business and China. Interesting stuff...and of course the oldie but goodies...Millionaire books. Great reads for sure.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NIKE and THE BEAT FREAKS!







Why you have to take care of yourself.....

READ IF YOU ARE OLD

like me....

here is the part when you are in your 30's

IF YOU EXERCISE AS FREQUENTLY—and intensely—as you did in your twenties, you'll retain almost all of your physical abilities from a decade ago. But that's a big if.

The Bad News "Physical decline happens in your thirties because you simply give it away," says Jon Schriner, the medical director of the McLaren Sports Medicine Center, in Flint, Michigan. With each year of sluggish inactivity, you're able to lift 1.5 percent less weight. And goodbye, VO2 max: Your aerobic capacity drops up to 1 percent per year.

The Good News You can minimize these losses with hard exercise, even if you can do nothing about a diminishing ability to bounce back from grueling workouts. It's a lesson that mountain-bike racer David Roth, 37, from Los Angeles, learned to heed only after falling out of the top ten in race after race. Finally, after watching his bike-racing wife's smashing podium finish (the result of a carefully measured training plan of exercise and recovery), Roth saw the error of his go-till-you-blow training habit, held over from his teens. To stay competitive, Roth needed to learn periodization, a training plan that ebbs and flows throughout the year, with months of increasing intensity followed by a couple weeks of recovery. According to periodization guru Joe Friel, author of Going Long, most thirty-somethings are capable of three physical peaks—be they marathons, bike races, or triathlons—per year. Nowadays, Roth enters only two big races during the season, but the payoff is worth it. Says Roth, "I know I'm a better athlete now than I was when I was 20."


The Prescription Follow our basic 12-week periodization program to reach peak shape. FIRST MONTH: Complete a full-body weight-lifting circuit twice weekly. Do your cardiovascular workouts on three other days at low intensity, going long on one day. Each week, increase the duration of the long day's workout by 10 percent. On the fourth week, cut the workout load by 50 percent. SECOND MONTH: Cut back to lifting once a week and add another day of cardio. The eighth week is for recovery, so cut the volume in half. THIRD MONTH: Stop lifting and use that day for cross-training. Ramp up your speed by completing one of the week's cardio days at race pace. Your long day gets no longer, and for weeks 11 and 12 you halve its duration. Week 12 has you tapering by doing only 50 percent of week 11's work. After you cross the finish line, take a couple of weeks off and then start the 12-week cycle anew. >>Your metabolism has started to ease off by as much as 10 percent, so steer away from the burger and fries and head toward the whole-grains shelf and the organic-produce aisle for your caloric sustenance.

Air Jordan Alpha 1

Picked up the AIR JORDAN ALPHA 1. Not a retro but more of a hybrid/tribute shoe. Basically it is a new shoe with the latest technology, full air unit, and less stitching all over etc but in an OG shape and colorway. You can get the best of both worlds here, rock the OG color and shape but not have to worry about scuffing or dirt or anything like that. You can just wear these and not worry.






Tuesday, February 2, 2010

CPAP Article in WSJ!

The New Face of Sleep
As Patients Balk at Bulky Masks, New Efforts to Treat Sleep Apnea



By KRIS MAHER

For the 18 million people with obstructive sleep apnea, the remedy is far from perfect: bulky and expensive masks that some compare to sleeping in scuba gear.

As the number of people with sleep apnea is expected to rise, doctors and medical device makers are trying new treatments. New masks, while still bulky, aim to be more comfortable. Dentists have begun prescribing an appliance that draws the lower jaw forward to create more space in the airway. Some doctors recommend several types of surgery. And some try basic lifestyle changes, like sleeping in a different position. For patients who don't find relief from any of these, there's an odd recommendation: Learn to play the didgeridoo (more about that later).
The Science of Sleep

Manufacturers of CPAP devices are trying to lift patient compliance with breathing masks that are more comfortable. New models from Respironics, such as the ones below, feature more-stable straps, smaller breathing masks and designs that ease the patient's movement during sleep.
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Patients with sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep because the soft palate collapses and blocks the upper airway. A tell-tale symptom is chronic and loud snoring. The most common and effective treatment is "continuous positive airway pressure," or CPAP. The treatment involves wearing a breathing mask to sleep—which some people find impossible to do. As few as 50% of people who are prescribed a CPAP device actually use it regularly.

Aging and obesity both can contribute to sleep apnea; research suggests the number of people with the condition will grow, as the population ages. Some experts believe that lack of awareness among some patients and doctors has led to underdiagnosis and that the number of patients actually is closer to 30 million.

The most common symptom is snoring; daytime sleepiness is another sign. Sleep apnea heightens a patient's risk of hypertension, diabetes and heart attacks, because it heightens carbon-dioxide levels in the blood stream and stresses the cardiovascular system. Last fall, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that drivers and pilots of commercial buses, trucks, airplanes and ships be screened for the condition, citing several accidents in which undiagnosed sleep apnea was thought to play a role.

A variety of specialists, including pulmonologists, ear, nose and throat doctors, neurologists, surgeons and dentists, treat sleep apnea. The most accurate diagnoses are performed in a sleep lab, where the patient goes to sleep overnight while being monitored. The cost, about $1,000, is usually covered by insurance with a doctor's prescription. Sleep apnea is measured on an apnea-hypopnea index, combining the number of apneas, or pauses in breathing, with hypnopneas, or instances of excessively shallow breathing, in an hour. An index of 1 to 15 is considered mild, 16 to 30 is moderate, and over 30 is considered severe. Typically, patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea only if they stop breathing five or more times in an hour.

First mentioned in medical literature in the 1960s, sleep apnea was at first treated with a tracheotomy, a breathing tube inserted into a surgical incision in the windpipe—a treatment that was worse than the disease. Today, 60% to 70% of patients are treated with CPAP, in which the breathing mask, connected by tube to an air pump, sends pressurized air through the patient's nose. The air flow keeps the upper airway open and prevents apneas.

A 2005 study in the Lancet found sleep apnea patients treated with CPAP had cardiovascular mortality rates similar to healthy individuals. A 2006 analysis in the journal Sleep concluded that CPAP reduced apnea incidents and improved sleep, but that its impact on cardiovascular risk was mixed.

A patient is supposed to wear the mask while sleeping for eight hours a night for the rest of their life. Usually covered by insurance, the device costs from $500 to $4,000.

Some patients experience dramatic relief. Denise Poole, a 56-year-old former manager of a call center who lives in Jeannette, Pa., spent years being exhausted during the day but unable to sleep more than a few hours at night. She was so restless that her husband started sleeping in a separate room. Thinking she was clinically depressed, Ms. Poole went to see her doctor, who prescribed antidepressants.

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Denise Poole, of Jeannette, Pa., who suffers from sleep apnea, holds her Respironics REMstar machine, which she uses at night with a nasal pillow mask attached to a tube.
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But that only made sleep more difficult. Cutting caffeine and late-night snacks didn't work, either. Finally, Ms. Poole ended up at a sleep lab, where tests showed she was stopping breathing 47 times an hour while asleep. She was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and prescribed a CPAP device. Within days of using it, she felt a return of energy. "It was like someone turned the light back on in my life," Ms. Poole says.

Still, many patients complain that the CPAP mask and the air pressure make them feel claustrophobic. Others balk at sleeping with a mask and tubes on. "It took me three years to look in the mirror with my mask on," Ms. Poole says. CPAP success is measured by a reduction in the apnea-hypopnea index, or by measures such as a standardized sleepiness scale.

CPAP device makers—including Philips Respironics, a Pittsburgh unit of Philips Electronics NV, and ResMed Inc., of San Diego—have introduced improvements to the device. Some have built-in humidifiers to keep air moist, and some can have their airflow adjusted to individual patients' needs, making breathing more comfortable. Newer models tend to be smaller and quieter. Makers also are incorporating softer materials into the masks and offering a range of options such as full-face masks (good for people with facial hair, who may have a tough time getting a good seal) and masks that cover only the nose.

CPAP device makers see a bonanza in the U.S. Mike Matson, senior medical device analyst with Wells Fargo Securities, estimates the CPAP market was $2.3 billion globally last year, with 60% of it in the U.S. He is forecasting 12% growth in the U.S. for 2010. "There's a lot of people who have [sleep apnea] and haven't been diagnosed yet," Mr. Matson says. Respironics and ResMed currently control about 80% of the U.S. market.

Sleep-apnea dental appliances, costing from $2,500 and $3,000, are often recommended for patients who can't tolerate the CPAP treatment; there are some indications that compliance with these appliances is higher. But there is a significant downside. They can cause a patient's teeth to move, and the patient risks developing a painful case of temporomandibular jaw syndrome, or TMJ.

When he started waking in the middle of the night choking, Dave Morton, a 35-year-old co-president of an online car-rental company in New York, sought help. At a sleep lab, he was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and his doctor prescribed a CPAP machine. But exhaling against the device's airflow made him feel disoriented, and he often threw the mask off in his sleep. (Sinus problems may have contributed to his difficulties, he says.) "I was very stressed and couldn't sleep," Mr. Morton recalls. "I never woke up feeling refreshed."

After two years of on-and-off CPAP use, Mr. Morton switched to a dental appliance. He was tested in a sleep lab with the appliance, and his apnea score dropped sharply. "I'm happier and healthier," he said. "I can tell my brain is working better again."

Surgery is an extreme option, often recommended for people with complicating issues such as a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps or enlarged tonsils. Some interventions involve actually surgically advancing the lower jaw—which can cost as much as $50,000 and require weeks of recovery. Less-invasive surgical treatments are becoming more common. Some involve removing soft tissue from the back of the throat and palate; in somnoplasty, radiofrequency energy is used to shrink tissue in the nasal passage. Other procedures create more space in the airway by shifting how the tongue is attached. Injection snoreplasty involves injecting a chemical into the soft palate to create scar tissue, which reduces snoring.
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“ Time to get the old didgeridoo out of the closet. Who knew it was a medical device? Hope I don't need a perscription. ”

—Ross Hinkie

Simple lifestyle changes can add to the benefits of other treatments. Sleeping while lying on the side, instead of the back, can prevent the airway from closing, some studies show. Losing weight can help, and so can stopping smoking, since smoking leads to inflammation and fluid retention in the airway. Sufferers also should avoid alcohol and sedatives, which can further relax the airway during sleep.

If all else fails, there is always the didgeridoo, an indigenous Australian musical instrument. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, 25 patients with sleep apnea who practiced playing it for about 30 minutes a day, six days a week for four months, significantly reduced the number of apneas they had during sleep; daytime sleepiness also decreased. Scientist believe the breathing technique required to play the didgeridoo strengthens the upper airway and makes it less likely to collapse.
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