Saturday, November 26, 2011

Great movies to see with your family

This holiday weekend, three hotly anticipated family films hit theaters: 'The Muppets,' 'Hugo,' and 'Arthur Christmas.' Each flick is scoring with Web searches and the critics. Here's a quick rundown to help you decide which flick is the best fit.

The Muppets

It's been more than a decade since the Muppets have been on the big screen. From the looks of the reviews, their new movie, which stars Jason Segel and Amy Adams (as well as Kermit, Piggy, and company), was worth the wait.
The flick is earning strong marks across the board. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says the film "slaps a smile on your face you won't want to wipe off." Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum remarks that "the movie's gentle, clever, unironic humor feels freshly, trendily retro now."
The film also features cameos aplenty. Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jack Black all make appearances. Web searches on "muppet cast members," "muppets soundtrack," and "muppet movies in order" are all hopping. Plus, overall interest in the film is up over 100% over the past week. It ain't easy being green, but this movie is gonna make plenty of it.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Benetton ‘Unhate’ Ad Campaign Features World Leaders Kissing

At first, the images are shocking. President Obama planting a kiss on Chinese President Hu Jintao’s lips. German Chancellor Angela Merkel smooches French President Nicolas Sarkozy, her nation’s economic rival.

These images aren’t the latest political scandal. They’re a new ad campaign from Italian clothing company United Colors of Benetton called “Unhate.”

The images are digitally manipulated but they send a pointed message. The newly unveiled UNHATE Foundation seeks to promote a culture of tolerance and combat hatred around the world, the company said in a news release.

Monday, November 7, 2011

9 "diet" foods that make you hungrier

Put down that light yogurt, it may be making you fat. As it turns out, a number of foods that are commonly thought to be great for weight loss can actually stimulate the appetite. We spoke with Marjorie Nolan, R.D., National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, to get the skinny on foods that can trigger hunger and sabotage your diet.

1. Light yogurt

The blast of sweet (often artificial) flavor causes the stomach to start producing gastric juices. With only four to six ounces of yogurt and no fat in a typical container, the body doesn’t have enough food to digest leaving the tummy rumbling for more.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

It was nice to have the opportunity to visit other countries once more. This time I visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The first impression when I arrived here was, the city was very crowded with motorcycles, and also most of the people here can't speak English, so you need to do 'body language' to communicate with the local people. (hahaha).
The currency values also very low, for 1 USD = 20,935 Dong (VD), so you can get more than 2 millions VD for $100.

During my visit, I stayed at Windsor Plaza hotel, a five stars hotel with a very low price compared to other hotels. But the services and amenities are very good. On my first day, I had visited New An Dong Market which is located under the hotel. I also had stopped in the supermarket and bought a few packs of Coffee and cakes which are very typical of this country.

I also had tried several restaurants in this hotel, it tastes good and the price is not too expensive. In the evening I went to the typical Vietnamese noodle restaurant called Pho 24, which is located on the opposite of the hotel. I ordered 'Pho All' which is a bowl of noodles with beef and meatballs, which is very delicious.

On the next afternoon, me and my friends went to the Ben Thanh market to buy some souvenirs. But I didn't buy too much stuff, because of the luggage capacity. So I just bought some key chains and some coffee. In this market there are also many foreign tourists, and you can bargain the price with the seller, I always bid the price up to 75%. Do not worry if the seller can't speak English, they can use a calculator for bargain.

In the evening, I was invited to have dinner at a restaurant called Ngon Restaurant in the district 1. In this restaurant I tried some Vietnamese dishes, although I do not know its name. The cuisine taste in this restaurant is quite nice, and the service is very nice as well. I also saw many tourists who dine at this restaurant.

Well, although it's quite a short trip, but i
t's enough for me to enjoy the hospitality and cuisine of this country. And the good news also I met some of my old friends from other countries (because I was here for business). Later in the day and I have to go back to the airport to return home.


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