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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 Anticipated Movies

For movie lovers like me ;o) here's a list of 2009 anticipated movies. You can click on each link for info on the movie. Too bad "Sherlock Holmes" is on the end list, I love it from the novels I just wish Robert Downey Jr. would do justice to it.

Taken - 1/23/2009
Liam Neeson stars in this action-packed international thriller as a former spy who sets out to find her daughter kidnapped in Paris.

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans - 1/23/2009
Explores the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their slaves, the Lycans.

Friday the 13th - 2/13/2009
Returning to the story that started it all, this retelling of the original Friday the 13th heads back to summer camp where a mysterious killer is systematically slaughtering the teenage camp counselors.

Watchmen - 3/6/2009
Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson and Carla Gugino star in this adaptation of the famed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Monsters vs. Aliens - 3/27/2009
Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Laurie star in this animated flick about a rag-tag band of mutants assembled by the U.S. military to thwart an invasion.

The Fast and the Furious 4 - 4/3/2009
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel partner up once again to fight crime and drive really fast.

Dragonball Evolution - 4/8/2009
Released under 20th Century Fox. The movie adaptation of the Japanese animated series, which stars Goku, an alien sent to destroy Earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their fight against various aliens and bad guys.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - 5/1/2009
Hugh Jackman stars in this prequel to the X-Men trilogy exploring how Logan became the adamantium blade-wielding mutant Wolverine.

Angels & Demons - 5/15/2009
Tom Hanks returns as the "Da Vinci Code" cryptologist Robert Langdon to thwart a plot by the Illuminati to blow up the Vatican.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - 5/22/209
When his favorite museum exhibits are accidentally shipped off to the Smithsonian, hapless museum security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) infiltrates that fabled institution to rescue them.

Star Trek XI - 5/8/2009
"Lost" creator J. J. Abrams reboots the beloved sci-fi franchise in this prequel exploring the early days of Kirk and Spock.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins - 5/22/2009
Christian Bale stars in this film which is both a sequel and a prequel to the wildly popular time-travel/killer robot action franchise.

UP - 5/29/2009
Pixar follows up on their movies about gourmet rats and lonely robots with this flick about a grumpy old man and his balloon-powered floating house.

Land of the Lost - 6/5/2009
Will Ferrell stars in this adaptation of the '70s TV show about three people who find themselves in a strange world populated by dinosaurs, monkey people, and reptilian Sleestaks.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - 6/26/2009
Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox re-team with director Michael Bay for another action-packed battle between warring robots in disguise.

ICE AGE: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - 7/1/2009
Manny, Sid, Diego and Ellie are back in this third installment in the "Ice Age" franchise, featuring the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah.

Public Enemies - 7/1/2009
Johnny Depp stars as legendary bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale is the G-man on his tail in this true crime drama directed by Michael Mann.

2012 - 7/10/2009
"Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow" director Roland Emmerich destroys the Earth again, starring John Cusack.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 7/17/2009
Harry, Hermione, Ron and friends return to Hogwarts and face Lord Voldemort again in this sixth installment of the series.

G-Force - 7/24/2009
A group of intelligent animal commandoes work for a government agency trying to prevent an evil billionaire from taking over the world.

FUNNY PEOPLE - 7/31/2009
When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

G.I. Joe - 8/7/2009
A live-action extravaganza based on Hasbro's popular line of action figures starring Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid and Sienna Miller.

After tackling kung fu action and grindhouse horror, writer/director Quentin Tarantino goes to war with Brad Pitt leading a team of Nazi-hunters.

Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio for the fourth time in a thriller about U.S. Marshalls pursuing a female escaped convict.

Director Spike Jones brings to life Maurice Sendak's classic children's book about a boy transported to a world of monsters.

THE WOLFMAN - 11/6/2009
Benicio Del Toro stars as a nobleman who, thanks to a werewolf bite, begins regular moonlit massacres of the local folk.

Sherlock Holmes - 11/13/2009
Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary London sleuth to life, with Jude Law as the faithful Dr. Watson and directed by Guy Ritchie.

New Moon - 11/20/2009
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart return as Edward and Bella for the second chapter in the "Twilight" series.

The Lovely Bones - 11/28/2009
The adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel about a the murder of a young girl, directed by Peter Jackson.

AVATAR - 12/18/2009
James Cameron directs this 3D sci-fi action epic that features ground-breaking, eye-popping special effects.

The Princess and the Frog - 11/25/2009
Disney presents its first traditional hand-drawn animated film in five years with a fairy tale set in New Orleans during the Jazz Age.

Mother's Day movies to watch

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

American Idol Season 8 - Katrina Darrell

This woman's guts really shook up the judges on the opening of American Idols Season 8 in Phoenix, Arizona. Its not just for her bikini clad audition but the way she snapped "Your demonstration wasn't any better" to the new judge Kara Diogardi when she demonstrated how Katrina should have suppose to sing "Visions of Love" with a swing. Wahaa!! really made me laugh. Battle of the genders.
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Anoop Desai on the wildcard round

Monday, January 12, 2009

Niagara Falls at Night

I thought I could take a glimpse of this during the day and see the rainbow's end but I'm not disappointed ;o) its still as lovely during the night. I'll try to come back again so I can feature Niagara at all seasons.

Website: http://www.niagarafalls.ca
Address: Niagara Falls, ON Canada
Visit Map Location: View Map/Route

This is from the Canada side border - Horseshoe Falls which
drops about 173 feet (53 m) and are about 2,600 feet (792 m) wide.

Airflow over the falls causing layer of mist.

You can have complete views of the falls at the Canada side including the American falls on the US border ( not shown in picture ) since both falls face the Canadian shore. By this time its really freezing out there so be sure to be stuffed when you want to view it up close.

More articles featuring Niagara at Wikipedia.com

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Great Wolf Lodge - Niagara

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Recipe: Bicol Express

I've been craving for something spicy and luckily I had all the ingredients in the house to cook for this Filipino dish. This is a fave dish way back home popularized in the Bicol region.

Bicol Express (Bikol: Sinilihan) is a popular Filipino dish which originated in the district of Malate,Manila but made in traditional Bicolano style. It is a stew made from long chilies (siling labuyo in Tagalog, lada panjang in Malay/Indonesian), coconut milk, shrimp paste or stockfish, onion, pork, and garlic. It is said to have evolved from gulay na may lada, another Bicolano dish which is nowadays also presented as one of the many variants of Bicol Express.

2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup minced onions
1/4 cup ginger fresh, chopped
1/4 kg pork thinly sliced
1 cup fresh hot green peppers (elongated variety, chili or jalapeno), sliced diagonally
1 cup fresh sweet red bell pepper sliced diagonally into 1/4 inch strips
3 tbsp sauteed shrimp paste
1 cup Baguio beans
2 cups coconut milk
Salt to taste

In a cooking pan, heat cooking oil and brown sliced pork for a few minutes. Set aside. Saute garlic in hot oil. Add onions and cook until translucent. Stir in fresh ginger, and the sliced cooked pork. Stir continually for 5 minutes. Add sauteed shrimp paste. Stir until the pork is completely covered by the mixture.Pour the coconut cream and add the sliced hot green and red peppers. Cook continuously until meat is tender and the coconut milk thickened. Add salt if necessary. Note: You can add up more chili and pepper as desired.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I don't repeat gossip, so listen carefully

I took this picture from the retail shop inside the lodge where we had our weekend vacation. Searched the web about it and i got a hit from this funny middle age attitude jokes. Just sharing some fun!

I don't repeat gossip, so listen carefully.

Lord, if I can't be skinny, let all my friends be fat.

My idea of cleaning the house is sweeping the floor with a glance.

If you don't like my attitude, call 1-800-Who Cares.

If it's true we are what we eat, I am either fast, cheap, or easy.

Discover Wildlife! Have Kids!

Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.

Take my advice, I'm not using it!

You know you're getting old when you stop to think and forget to start again.

Mom, I'll always love you, but I'll never forgive you for cleaning my face with spit on a hanky.

I love to give homemade gifts ... umm, which one of the kids would you like?

I have a million dollar figure -- but it's all loose change!

I quit jogging for health reasons. My thighs rubbed together so much it caught my underwear on fire!

Courtesy of Jewish Humor and Joke Page

Monday, January 5, 2009

Great Wolf Lodge - Niagara

We had a great time with my husband and friends last weekend. We spent a night at the Great Wolf Lodge at Niagara. The place is really cool and awesome. Its a nice weekender treat specially for the family and kids. The suites are nice, clean, and comfy. There is an indoor and outdoor themed park but right now the outdoor is closed for the season. However the indoor water theme park is better since it offers more slides and pool areas. The pools are safe for kids and there are life guards all over the area. There is also a hot spa indoor and outdoor for adults. I enjoyed the outdoor hot spa, at first I thought its crazy with all of this snow outside and an outdoor spa... but I tried it and it's really great. I also didn't miss to ride all of the slides.

Website: http://www.greatwolf.com/niagara/lodge
3950 Victoria Avenue Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8
Visit Map Location: View Map/Route

Great Wolf Lodge
The Grand Living Room
The Slides
If you're done with water fun you can also check the other stuffs like the Scooops Kids Foot Spa and for the adults the Elements foot Spa. They also had an Arcade section. Cub Club for the kids where they hold party and free events. There are restaurants, coffee shop, and retails stores inside so you wouldn't need to worry. But if you're still looking for a stroll outside at night ... you can visit the Niagara falls or visit the nearby area at Clifton Hill. I definitely enjoyed my stay, the place and the service is good and would recommend it to everyone.

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Niagara Falls at Night

Spezzo Ristorante - Richmond Hill

Spezzo Ristorante is an upscale yet comfortable contemporary setting. A restaurant and wine bar adorned with rich woods, modern iron work and vibrant Tuscan palette. A unique uptown destination where fresh market flair meets authentic traditional Italian cuisine. Tantalize your senses with an after-dinner delights. An array of cocktails paired with delicious light fare awaits in the lounge.

Cuisine: Italian/European
Attire: Casual
Address: 140 York Blvd Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3B4, Canada
Phone No.: 905886703
Please view also their website for updated contact number.
Website: http://www.spezzo.com
How to get there: View Map/Route

I went with my husband here for a dinner event. We went there on a Saturday night. They play live music usually every Saturday night from 9pm till closing. The lounge and bar area is separated from the main dining room. If you prefer a little bit of quiet ambiance don't go there on a Saturdays.

Grilled Striploin Steak

Tiramisu Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake

I enjoyed the steak. The chocolate mousse would have been good but it's too frozen makes it very hard to eat. Service is good since this is a reserved dinner event. Just be prepared because it may be a little bit pricey. But for my overall dining experience it's good.