Wednesday, April 13, 2011

lets pray for Japan and their heroes!!

Are the Fukushima 50 doomed to death?

Japan's nuclear heroes are credited with protecting their nation from a catastrophic meltdown. But at what cost to themselves? An instant guide

About 50 workers stayed behind at the Fukushima plant, enduring horrendous conditions and potentially signing themselves up for certain death, to prevent a total nuclear meltdown.
About 50 workers stayed behind at the Fukushima plant, enduring horrendous conditions and potentially signing themselves up for certain death, to prevent a total nuclear meltdown. Photo: Corbis SEE ALL 37 PHOTOS
Employees at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have been hailed as heroes for subjecting themselves to dangerous levels of radiation while they desperately labor to prevent a massive meltdown. Now, details of the conditions and fears of the so-called Fukushima 50 — the small group that stayed behind when most of the plant's workers were evacuated after the March 11 tsunami — have begun to emerge. Here, a glimpse of the life-threatening ordeal of the Fukushima 50:

Are their lives in danger?
Yes. Distraught relatives say that many of the plant's workers assume they are undertaking a suicide mission. They have been exposed to extremely high doses of radiation, and several have been treated for radiation burns. Through tears, the mother of a 32-year-old worker toldFox News by phone that her son and his colleagues know they are probably sacrificing their lives, and could have only weeks or months to live. "They have accepted they will all probably die from radiation sickness in the short term or cancer in the long-term," she said. "They know it is impossible for them not to have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation."

Can they protect themselves?
The Fukushima 50 wear protective suits, and those working in highly radioactive areas, such as the fuel rod containment chambers, can only stay there for 15 minutes at a time. They sleep in conference rooms, hallways, and stairwells, where each worker gets one blanket, and a lead mat to shield them from radiation. "My son has been sleeping on a desk because he is afraid to lie on the floor," said the woman who spoke to Fox News. "But they say high radioactivity is everywhere and I think this will not save him."

How bad are conditions at Fukushima?
Horrendous. The Fukushima 50 aren't on their own anymore — there are now about 400 Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees inside the plant. They work in rotating 12-hour shifts. The high levels of contamination make it hard to get supplies to them, so food and water are scarce. They get two meals a day: Typically, vegetable juice and 30 crackers each for breakfast, and instant rice for dinner. "I just wanted people to understand that there are many people fighting under harsh circumstances in the nuclear plants," one worker wrote in an email. "That is all I want. Crying is useless. If we're in hell now all we can do is to crawl up towards heaven."

Is the pressure getting to them?
Yes. In a note thanking fellow TEPCO employees for their hard work, one Fukushima supervisor broke down. "My parents were washed away by the tsunami and I still don't know where they are," he wrote. "I'm engaged in extremely tough work under this kind of mental condition. ... I can't take this any more!" Another worker, named Emiko Ueno wrote in an emailquoted in The New York Times: "My town is gone,. My parents are still missing. I still cannot get in the area because of the evacuation order. I still have to work in such a mental state. This is my limit."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

binibining pilipinas 2011-shots taken from patron row A.Thanks miss universe Miriam Quiambao for the tickets!!!

at the most they only had 3% body fat. that's it! 

their bodies look really good. no saddlebags, no cellulites!!

kc concepcion and the dashing derek ramsey

miriam quiambao and lara precious quigaman

love your extentions miriam!! 

venus raj waiting to give bouquet to winner!!

the 2011 winners!!!

the winner shamcey supsup is magna cum laude from up diliman and actually topped the licensure exams for architecture last july 2010. beauty and brains!! love that lethal combination=)

legs legs legs mo ay nakakasilaw!! (last song syndrome from last nights habitat for humanity and bea zobel jr party)

i thought number 6 was stunning-patricia tumulak!! i would get so nervous if i was first in question and answer portion, asked no less by charo santos concio. but she nailed it! 

ive got to say these girls' confidence level was really something. and to be able to answer the questions in 20 seconds?? that is hard!!! and although the answers were peppered with a lot of spiritual angle, i must say they were good. seriously, random questions in 30 seconds, it is a feat!

I just do not get how Dianne Necio, this years Miss International, can compete again after getting first runner up place last year. as they say, try and try until you die! fight!!! they can actually join the next year's pageant pala!
very good performances, and very upbeat songs. i also like the new arrangement they made on Bruno Mars' "Just the Way you Are" watching live is not having to watch too many tv commercials. =)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

go kamiseta!! truly proud that a Filipino apparel brand was able to book Katie Holmes as their new endorser

wow, what can i say? one of the most fashionable globe-trotting ladies who married Mister Top Gun himself is the new Kamiseta endorser! am so proud!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

dusit hotel's devarana spa is heaven on earth!!

Dusit hotel's Devarana Spa is a class of its own. As the dusit's own spa brand, Devarana Spa is a tough act to follow in the Manila spa scene. The entrance alone is so impressive. (see photo) that you feel you are transported to a place so special, you are obliged to just go with the flow and leave your worries to the door. The receptionists are so friendly and will gladly explain the different oils used. There are a myriad of treatments to choose from. 

The name Devarana comes from Thai-Sanskrit language meaning garden in heaven. It is described by tha Tha weiter Phraya Lithai as the garden at heaven's fate, surrounded by gardens, ponds, with  a heavenly scent and a nurturing environment. The garden shines with silver and gold , scattered with natural gemstones. In the garden, people can hear soft, melodic music played by harp, flute and other traditional instruments.

True enough, when one enters the spa at Dusit, you know you are in for a special treat when you hear heavenly music playing in the background. 

I decided to try the Devarana Signature massage because it was an exclusive massage that can only be experienced in a Devarana spa here or in Thailand. It is a massage that combines the healing techniques of Ayurveda, Thai and Shiatsu with strong influences from Swedish massage. It very soothing and relaxing. It is massage to savor for an hour and a half. Since I was so stressed and needed to detoxify, I also opted for an Algae and Caffeine Slimming Wrap to help take out the toxins from my body. I got so intrigued with it. Who would not want to be slim after undergoing a super relaxing wrap ?i know i would. So it was a combination of the powerful effects of seaweed extracts, their signature essential oils and fresh ground coffee that was rubbed unto my body to take out toxins from my body. The high iodine of the ingredients helped stimulate metabolism, encouraging detoxification and aiding weight reduction. It targets the lymphatic system. Of course I have to go back to see more results on weight reduction, and decrease in my cellulite appearance. =)

They had the anti aging sea facial which i so wanted to try but the kind therapist suggested I get the Sensible Essence Facial instead upon knowing that i have sensitive skin. The facial uses gentle, hypoallergenic ingredients that are suitable for all skin types, especially for skin sensitive as mine. The therapist used all natural products on my face derived from wild fruits and berries, preventing skin irritations and stimulating cell repair. The therapist applies subtle strokes in my face while cleaning, toning and moisturizing it, that i was lulled to sleep. The facial ends with a mask that immediately gives a calm feeling to the skin. When it was taken out, my face was soft as baby's skin! I am not kidding. But by that time, i had eyes that looked like it was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao coz they were droopy. I was sleeping most of the one hour facial. 

That was pure bliss. I would head back to Devarana any given day, and well, if budget permits! Devarana Spa is located at the Dusit Hotel. Best to call for reservations (632) 8187081.Let me know how your spa experience goes. =)