Practical Classes for Writers

Abby Has Issues

It’s back to school time for most people, and while I value my college education, I can’t help but feel that the writing curriculum they provided didn’t necessary prepare me for the real world.

Of course I took the basics for academic, creative and professional writing, but technical skills aside, they failed to address the more “realistic” aspects of being a writer.


So with that said, I have proposed a few more practical classes that all aspiring writers should be required to take.

Textual Dysfunction

This introductory prerequisite will tackle the perennial problem of writer’s block and the five stages every writer will go through. Along with preparing the student for the emotional trauma of textual dysfunction, several creative writing exercises will be performed in an effort to facilitate creative expression — including how to explain to friends and family that your blog/novel is not based on them, even…

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Impressions of India

Ron Mayhew

 It is impossible to not be in awe of what is India. She is at once chaotic, unruly, exaggerated and constantly in motion.

The pace of life is frenetic and I believe all of India must be sleep deprived.

It is impossible, at least for me, to fully understand, much less describe her. And that’s the fascination.

Images of India Offering Diyas, River Ganges, Varanasi

I have heard that there are more billionaires minted in India each year than any other country in the world.

But that is not what attracts me. My India is rather tattered and frayed. And orange.

Especially the northern portion. Everything has a coating of orange from the polluted, smog filled air and blowing dust from the arid land.

Images of India Kumba Mela, Allahabad

Saffron, a color that symbolizes all aspects of Hinduism, is the color of sadhus and saints,

ascetics and sages. It is the color of the holy…

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Why “The Fifth Element” is the best sci-fi movie ever and you’re wrong about it.

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So I get a lot of shit for liking The Fifth Element. I’ve never quite understood all the hate for the film online. Ernest Cline has Buckaroo Bonzai. I have Korben Dallas. I think the problem is that people just don’t understand what they’re seeing when they watch The Fifth Element. Here. Let me explain it a bit in list form.

1. The film is a living, breathing, comic book. No. Really. The film was designed by Moebius, one of the greatest artist that has ever lived and it is the ONLY film that looks like his pages just came to life. The aliens, the armor designs, the vehicles, everything in that film looks like it came out of a french comic book and I love it. The visuals are amazing.

2. The world lives. The problem I have with a lot of sci-fi films is they feel the need…

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AIP Clinic has now passed the International Standard of Quality, Safety, and Efficiency



Aesthetic Institute of the Philippines (AIP Clinic) has just been awarded the International Certificate of Standard by TÜV Rheinland last 06 March 2014 at AIP Clinic, with Certificate Register No. 01 200 140207TRP.

It was a big step for AIP to join 15 other Medical Organizations to undergo a tedious and careful assessment of standards by this prestigious German company, whose goal is to accredit companies who are able to provide the highest Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. Among the 15, only 9 passed the certification, and AIP Clinic was one of them.

The audit was done early December of 2013 by Dr. Mercy Antoinette Gappi of St.Luke’s Hospital and Mr. Eric Santos, auditor from TÜV Rheinland Philippines. The audit lasted two whole days and every aspect of the Clinic’s operation, process, and procedures were scrutinized.

After 2 months of waiting, AIP Clinic is now proud to say that it has passed the International Standard of Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. This is what AIP Clinic has been claiming and aiming for, and the certification just proved it.

TÜV Rheinland, founded in 1872, is a global provider of technical, safety, and certification services. The group’s guiding principle is to achieve sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between man, technology and the environment (thus the triangular logo).

AIP clinic commits to providing only the highest standard of service to its patients and clients. With AIP, you are not only given a celebrity treatment, but also the best service you deserve.

On May 19, Aesthetics Institute of the Philippines will be launching two machines known as the hottest fat removal device. Vanquish and Exilis Elite

Vanquish is a body contouring device that uses focused radio frequency (RF) waves to heat and breakdown fat cells without damaging adjacent muscles and skin.

Designed to work on problematic midsection areas (abdomen and love handles) for people who are in good overall health. You must visit a clinic a number of times to undergo the treatment.

With four 30 minute weekly treatments, the Vanquish is proven to be a safe and reliable method for body contouring and fat reduction.

It is the first non-contact, hands-free body contouring device on the market. It is pain free and easy to operate.

Vanquish is manufactured by BTL Industries, makers of medical equipment based in United States.

Exilis machine

New Exilis Elite represents the world´s most advanced non-invasive technology efficiently addressing multiple aesthetic concerns.

The Exilis device is FDA cleared in the United States for the primary treatment of dermatology and general surgical procedures for non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytids.

Exilis is often used by medical practices for fat reduction treatments. The two heads on the machine melts your fat and tightens skin at the same time.

It delivers radiofrequency waves to melt the fat from the outside in. When the fat melts, it is purportedly carried out by the lymphatic system and urinated out.

Both machines will be in AIP (Aesthetics Institute of the Philippines) beginning Monday.

Photo copyright: Roman Ang of Empire Studio

Bea Binene on Carmela TV series on GMA

Bea Binene (Source: Tempo)

Bea Binene (Source: Tempo)



Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae Sa Mundong Ibabaw is a Filipino TV series is about a very beautiful woman who had gone through a lot in her life. The show first aired last January 27, 2014. Miss Beanca Marie Landero Binene or Bea Binene, a finalist in the StarStruck Kids will be appearing in Carmela on April 28, 2014.

Bea Binene has played the role of Natalie Dimaculangan on First Time. She is also one of the Junior Child Ambassadors for the Haribon Foundation since 2005. (Wikipedia)

During Holy Week, Bea again had Visita Iglesia in which she visited churches in Bulacan, La Union and Baler. She has been doing this almost every year. She is really devoted to God despite her busy schedule. She serves as a good example to the Youth. Despite her fame now and busy schedule, she always did her best to practice her faith.

Watch her on Carmela which will be broadcast-ed in GMA, April 28, 2014 Monday. She will play the role of Eunice, and will probably be a love triangle with Carmela.

Win 10 invites to the advanced screening of The GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Especially for all the lovely ladies and Empire International are giving 5 lucky winners a chance to win a pair of invites to the advanced screening of The GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL on Wednesday, April 30, VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, 8: 00 p.m.

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The GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

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Indie-Pop Geniuses’ Return

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Phoenix | Bankrupt |

The band behind incredible indie pop tracks such as ‘Lisztomania’ and ‘Too Young’ is still standing strong with their fifth album ‘Bankrupt’. The album stuns you with a Chinese – like chime in ‘Entertainment’ that just gets you going and continues going with a chorus that gets you on a high “entertainment, show them what you do to me.”

It progresses with tracks like ‘The Real Thing’, ‘SOS in Bel Air’ and ‘Trying To Be Cool’ that leaves you feeling that you’re tapping your feet to the 80’s beat in Chinatown. And that’s not a bad thing, they’re extremely catchy and exhilirating.

But the thing to hear out here in my opinion is the transition from ‘Drakkar Noir’ to ‘Chloroform’. ‘Drakkar Noir’ sounds like a party anthem with the lead singer enthusiastically going on about a “jangle jungle, jingle jump before you stumble.” The end of…

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The Hookup Culture

THE YOUNG INTERNATIONALIST ~ Seeing the World with a Global Perspective

It’s all around us, everywhere we go and in everything we see. TV shows and movies, books and magazines, clothes stores and ads. Sex is being thrown at us from every angle, so much so that we have become desensitized to it.

the hookupIn almost every movie and series, there is a scene where two people meet and the sexual tension is suffocating. They have a few drinks, and then a few more, and eventually they head off to one of their houses to ‘get their freak on’. In the morning, it’s either awkward, or one person left during the night, and that’s the end of it . . . on to the next one. This is the hookup culture that permeates society today, specifically in universities. It is also rampant in high schools.

“Hooking up” has become the norm today. Solid, long lasting relationships are rare to find nowadays. Phrases…

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