The Blogging bug has yet again bit me and this time I feel like I have turned for good. :) Come and visit me at Side Strip where I get to talk about everything that I have felt passionate about and much more.

Things have gone a long way since then. Come and join me on my new adventures over at Side Strip, where every step taken is a whole new world unveiled.

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There has been a couple of things that came up and I had to do a lot of things outside of writing for the past couple of weeks. I have to apologize to the readers if you haven't gotten to see new articles here for two weeks. I have a line of articles that are to be launched moving forward and they are scheduled to be launched by next week. I have been over stacked with deadlines with my current job as I got the post of Account Manager and had to ensure that I was hitting the required weekly quotas. Am starting to readjust and things are starting to look better. There are over 500 articles now here Empty Streets and I do hope that you get to enjoy reading them all. Keep smiling always and stay tuned for next week as I promise it will be worth the wait. :)


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I have to say that it caught me by surprise when this video came out. Who would have thought that a country pop singer girl Taylor Swift would jive and rap to a rhythm of a different beat and still sound cute at it :) Don't believe it's possible? take a look at the video below :)

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Boracay is a paradise for certified sun worshipers all over the world. In fact, local and foreign tourists have made Boracay their yearly destination. Others have chosen to live on this haven.

Sheltered from the fierce easterly typhoons, Boracay can be found on the northwestern tip of Panay in Aklan, a province on the Visayas island known for its colorful Ati-Atihan festival.

Boracay's thousand hectares boast of all the elements of a tropical heaven - crystal blue waters, powder white sand, liberal doses of tropical palms and flowering plants, and a healthy and diverse marine life.

Boracay has three little communities - Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle, and Manoc-Manoc in the south, Hilly elevations of upto 100 meters above sea level characterize Yapac and Manoc-Manoc. Intertwining trails link the small villages and may sometimes lead to lush tropical jungles.

The culinary fare at Boracay is as diverse as the nationalities of its visitors. French, Chinese, Australian, Belgian, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Thai - are all fused into the native cuisine. Truly Boracay has become the premiere destination of beach lovers around the globe.

Water Fun:
The Beaches beckons for some serious swimming, or just wading by the shore. For more active vacationers, wind surfing and parasailing gears are readily available. Go sailing with the help of locals acutely attuned to the rhythms of the sea.

Beach Combing:
There are over a dozen beaches dotting the islands. White beach, Diniwid, Alinghai Beach, Manoc-manoc beach, and Cagban Beach, among others. Work on your tan, read a book, relax and have a massage. White Beach probably the most famous stretch in the country features bright, fine sand and clear shallow waters.

Spend the last hours of the day at any of Boracay's bars and discos. Beer in hand, you can dance on the sand with a few brilliant fireflies. If this seems too rowdy for your taste, take a stroll on the moonlit beach.

Bat Caves:
Explore the bat caves of Yapak, preferably with an experienced guide and take photos of these night creatures.

Kar-Tir Seashell Museum:
Located at the village of Ilig iligan, Kar-Tir features an interesting collection of seashells, wood carvings, pottery, hand-woven articles, and traditional costumes from all over the Philippines.

Here is more on Boracay:

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This is a topic that could be taboo for a lot of people but definitely has its benefits. So for today I ask you to have an open minds as I share with you a report that confirms and enumerates the different benefits of having sex on a regular basis - more or less.

In 1997 the British Medical Journal, it was reported that men who had the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards. Studies show that having sex even a few times a week can have the following effects:

Improved sense of smell: After sex, production of the hormone prolactin surges. This in turn causes stem cells in the brain to develop new neurons in the brain's olfactory bulb, its smell center.

Reduced risk of heart disease: In a 2001 follow-on to the Queens University study mentioned above, researchers focused on cardiovascular health. Their finding? That by having sex three or more times a week, men reduced their risk of heart attack or stroke by half. In reporting these results, the co-author of the study, Shah Ebrahim, Ph.D., displayed the well-loved British gift for understatement: "The relationship found between frequency of sexual intercourse and mortality is of considerable public interest."

Weight loss, overall fitness: Sex, if nothing else, is exercise. A vigorous bout burns some 200 calories--about the same as running 15 minutes on a treadmill or playing a spirited game of squash. The pulse rate, in a person aroused, rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, the same as that of an athlete putting forth maximum effort. British researchers have determined that the equivalent of six Big Macs can be worked off by having sex three times a week for a year. Muscular contractions during intercourse work the pelvis, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and thorax. Sex also boosts production of testosterone, which leads to stronger bones and muscles. Men's Health magazine has gone so far as to call the bed the single greatest piece of exercise equipment ever invented.

Reduced depression: Such was the implication of a 2002 study of 293 women. American psychologist Gordon Gallup reported that sexually active participants whose male partners did not use condoms were less subject to depression than those whose partners did. One theory of causality: Prostoglandin, a hormone found only in semen, may be absorbed in the female genital tract, thus modulating female hormones.

Pain-relief: Immediately before orgasm, levels of the hormone oxytocin surge to five times their normal level. This in turn releases endorphins, which alleviate the pain of everything from headache to arthritis to even migraine. In women, sex also prompts production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS.

Less-frequent colds and flu: Wilkes University in Pennsylvania says individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30% higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system.

Better bladder control: Heard of Kegel exercises? You do them, whether you know it or not, every time you stem your flow of urine. The same set of muscles is worked during sex.

Better teeth: Seminal plasma contains zinc, calcium and other minerals shown to retard tooth decay. Delivery though will be left to your imagination. However, to suffice it is safe to say that it could be a far richer, more complex and more satisfying experience than squeezing a tube of Toothpaste. Researchers have noted, parenthetically, that sexual etiquette usually demands the brushing of one's teeth before and/or after intimacy, which, by itself, would help promote better oral hygiene.

A healthier prostate: Some urologists believe they see a relationship between infrequency of ejaculation and cancer of the prostate. The causal argument goes like this: To produce seminal fluid, the prostate and the seminal vesicles take such substances from the blood as zinc, citric acid and potassium, then concentrate them up to 600 times. Any carcinogens present in the blood likewise would be concentrated. Rather than have concentrated carcinogens hanging around causing trouble, it's better to evict them. Regular old sex could do the job. But if the flushing of the prostate were your only objective, masturbation might be a better way to go, especially for the non-monogamous male. Having sex with multiple partners can, all by itself, raise a man's risk of cancer by up to 40%. That's because he runs an increased risk of contracting sexual infections. So, if you want the all the purported benefits of flushing with none of the attendant risk, go digital. A study recently published by the British Journal of Urology International asserts that men in their 20s can reduce by a third their chance of getting prostate cancer by ejaculating more than five times a week.
Want to know more about health and news topics such as these check it out from the source at:

Now here is video news report from CNN on the same topic - Enjoy ;)

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Gateway has been producing great new models for the past couple of months ever since the revolution of the netbooks started. Now with the power of the new CULV chips in the market they have come up with a series that is both beautiful and bold without the heavy feeling one gets in their pockets when they purchase it.

The newly launched EC series of Gateway gives their consumers the power to choose between the 11.6" models to 13.3" models that they boast can last well over 8+ hours with heavy computing and a video card from Intel that promises to deliver High Performance 3D graphics.

Here are the things that the EC Series 11.6" models have to offer:

Easy-Carry All-Day

Want the freedom of all-day computing combined with an easy-carry size? Then the 11.6" Gateway® EC Series Notebook is made for you. Boasting Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 and energy-saving Intel® Core™2 Solo ultra-low voltage processing, our cherry red EC1801i laptop puts power in your pocketbook: 2GB memory, a 320GB hard drive, a media card reader, multiple ports including HDMI™, and a wealth of connectivity thanks to Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/draft-n wireless and Bluetooth® 2.1. And this EC weighs only 1.35kg. Connect, create and compute when you want, where you want, with the 11.6" Gateway® EC1801i Notebook.

Processor: Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology
Intel® Core™2 Solo Processor SU3500
(1.4GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 32-bit
Display: 11.6" HD Ultrabright™ LED-backlit TFT LCD
1366 x 768 resolution; high-brightness (200-nit); 16:9 aspect ratio
Chipset: Mobile Intel® GS45 Express
Memory: 2GB 667MHz DDR2 dual-channel support (1 × 2GB)
Expandable to 4GB (2 DDR2 slots total, 1 DDR2 slots available)
Hard Drive: 320GB 5400rpm SATA
Color: Cherry Red
Media Reader: Multi-in-1 media card reader, supporting:Secure Digital™ (SD), MultiMediaCard™ (MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick Pro™ (MS Pro), xD-Picture Card™ (xD)
Video: Integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (Intel® GMA 4500MHD) with up to 1759MB of Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 (64MB of dedicated video memory, up to 1695MB of shared system memory), supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 104
Audio: Optimized 2nd-generation Dolby® Sound Room® audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass, Dolby® Sound Space Expander
High-definition audio support
Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) support for digital speakers
MS Sound compatible
Built-in microphone
Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wake-on-LAN ready
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/draft-n) Wi-Fi Certified™ network connection, featuring MIMO technology
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Pointing Device: Multi-gesture touchpad supporting:
- Circular-motion scrolling
- Pinch-action zoom
- Page flip
Webcam: Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam
Ports/Other: 3 USB 2.0
1 HDMI™ port with HDCP support
1 headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
1 microphone-in jack
1 RJ-45 LAN
1 AC adapter connector
Dimensions: 22.1-30mm H x 285mm W x 204mm D
Weight: 1.35kg with 6-cell battery
Battery: 62.16W 5600mAh 6-cell lithium-ion battery pack
Warranty: 1-year parts and labor limited warranty
Software: Gateway Recovery Management
Microsoft® Windows Live™ Essentials Wave 3
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day trial)
Norton Internet Security™ 2009 (60-day trial)

Based on my research this laptop has been pegged with a starting price of P 35,892.00 both from Villman and Asianic.

Where to Buy:

Find this Gateway product in a retail store near you

This will definitely be a good competition for the other CULV laptops that have been released by other more known brands. With ACER as their main partner along with eMachines, one can definitely learn to trust Gateway.
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Usher is back with a new single that is rocking the airwaves and is giving the rhythm and beat that we have missed for so long.

Here is Usher with his single: Hey Daddy

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I was asked in the office by Joan G. to see if I can find an easy Devil's Food Cake recipe. I told her I would try as this isn't something I have tried cooking myself and that if ever I would be learning as I go along. So for today I let my fingers do the walking and I have found the best link that can teach us how to actually make the tasty pastry that I am sure will satisfy the people that we love this coming Valentine's Day.

Luckily enough I found a blog that has this recipe and from the looks of things it seems quite easy to make. Check it out at: Epicurious - Devil's Food Cake Recipe

In the meantime here are the things you need to ensure that you have in your grocery list:

all purpose flour 1 and 1/2 cups
baking soda 1 and 1/4 teaspoons
powdered sugar 2 cups
sugar 1 and 1/4 cups
unsweetened chocolate 2 ounces
unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup
unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons (approx)
vanilla 1 tablespoon

Oils and Vinegars
vegetable oil 2/3 cup
buttermilk 1 cup
eggs 2
sour cream 2/3 cup
unsalted butter 1 stick

Now if you are like me, where I need a visual tutor at times to learn how to make things I found this cool youtube video by the that is both entertaining and easy to follow.

Hopefully we all learned a lot from these sources as I know I have. Will update you on my personal blog at Metz's Secret Garden if I was successful at this attempt :) Till then, Happy Weekend everyone. :) xoxo

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I was watching the news yesterday and finally the one news that I was waiting for was featured. Steve Jobs, recovering from his operation has shown is flair and energy as always and seemingly even more now as he unveiled the new Mac Gadget that is sure to be selling like hotcakes one released. He finally gave a name to the rumored tablet PC that they were developing and he called the iPad.

If you want to check out the specs simply click on the following link: Apple iPad
In the meantime here is the news that rocked the tech world yesterday:

iPad Overview

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Known as the Philippines' last frontier, Palawan has managed to preserve its fascinatingly natural habitat through the years. Situated in the North of Mindoro and north of Malaysia's Sabah Islands, Palawan is the country's largest province spanning 1.5 million hectares. An ideal breeding ground for tropical flora and fauna, Palawan has more than a thousand islands and islets where monkeys, squirrels, bear cats, and zebras thrive with wild tropical plants and corals.

Palawan's population follows the same pattern. The province has attracted people of all backgrounds and it is said that today's Palawenos are a fusion of 81 different cultural groups. Foreigners, too, have grown to love this quiet province.

Palawan consists of about 1,769 islands: The Calamian group to the north, The Cuyo Islands to the northwest, and the Balabac-Bugsuk group to the southwest. For the laid back trip, Honda Bay is an ideal destination. From there, you can take your pick of your own little hideaway from Cowrie Island and Pandan, to La Isla Bonita and Isla de Nagusuan.

Wildlife. Calauit Island is 3, 700 hectare game preserve and a wildlife sanctuary alive with indigenous species and African wildlife like giraffes, zebras, and gazelles. Sea turtles, sea cows, and a variety of marine life nestle on its shores.

Underground River. Beneath the St. Paul Mountain lies a quiet underground river which snakes for about eight kilometers before opening up into a clear lagoon flowing into the South China Sea. The Park also features the exciting Monkey Trail with its series of wooden paths to the forest.

Tabon Caves. The oldest known habitation site in the Southeast Asia, the Tabon Caves, unearthed a skull that dates back to 22,000 years ago.

Beacher. Visit the Balsahan or Tagbarung Swimming Resorts, Kalis Point, or better yet, get a taste of El Nido. El Nido features black marble caves, tabletop corals, fantastic marine life, and the requisite white sand beach. Named after the swallow's nest which proliferates in its mountain caves. El Nido also features one of the most delicious samplings of the freshest seafood in the land.

Archaeological Hunts. Go down Cuyo Islands and visit the Cuyo Spanish Church Fort with its massive ten meter high and wide walls. The Archeologists have also unearthed stone age tools, Chinese burial jars, and ancient ornaments in Palawan's numerous caves.

Here is more of the beautiful province of Palawan:

This is just one of the reasons as to why the Philippines has been tagged as one of the top adventure places to go to by National Geographic. More to come to do keep coming back :)

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I was hosting a wedding today and nothing really bothers me more than an itchy and irritating throat. I did my best to keep from coughing while concentrating on the program and keeping guests entertained. I had tried using conventional medicine from the hotel's clinic but unfortunately it did nothing to soothe my dilemma. So I tried the old fashion remedy that my mom taught me. Drink warm water with Honey and Chamomile tea. It worked like a charm and for the entire 3 hours straight I wasn't bothered by my itchy throat and thus helped cease the coughing symptom till the program ended.

This is one of the reasons as to why I really prefer home made remedies over the synthetic medications. Don't get me wrong though, I do take regular medication from time to time, but using home made remedies along with regular medication does help increase the healing rate. Regular herbal therapy is also the best way to prevent certain diseases from happening.

Now with the cough issue, it was truly helpful to use honey and tea for my predicament but that isn't the only option one has for helping heal the common cough. From I found other herbs that are as easily accessible at home and still prove to be effective in helping relieve and heal the common cough.

Here are the things that they recommended:

As you can see from this list, all of these ingredients can be found in the local grocery store if not in your refrigerator. We all use these in our cooking from time to time and continued use of these can also guarantee a lesser chance of getting a bad case of the flu and of course the cough.

eHow from Youtube also has a cool advise for home remedies with regards to healing the irritating itchy feeling one gets during a bad cough and more.

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