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Weight Watchers Point List

Posted on 30 November 2008 by Flisha

Below is the table for the weight watchers point list. The system is thus: every one on Weight Watchers is assigned a number of points depending on their weight. The trick to lose weight is, you must keep to your point range daily, although you have an extra 35 points that you can use within the week.

150 lbs: 18 to 23 points
150 to 174 lbs: 20 to 25 points
175 to 199 lbs: 22 to 27 points
200 to 224 lbs: 24 to 29 points
225 to 249 lbs: 26 to 31 points
250 to 274 lbs: 28 to 33 points
275 to 299 lbs: 29 to 34 points
300 to 324 lbs: 30 to 35 points
325 to 349 lbs: 31 to 36 points
Over 350 lbs: 32 to 37 points

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Height-Weight Celebrity Information

Posted on 30 November 2008 by Flisha

Below is a database of celebrities and their corresponding heights and weights information.

Height and weight of Amber Valleta is 5’9 and 102 lbs.
Height and weight of Audrey Hepburn is 5’6 and 103 lbs.
Height and weight of Ashley Judd is 5’7 and 125 lbs.
Height and weight of Anna Kournikova is 5’8 and 113 lbs.
Height and weight of Adriana Lima is 5’10 and 125 lbs.
Height and weight of Brigitte Bardot is 5’6 and 125 lbs.
Height and weight of Britney Spears is 5’5 and 105 lbs.
Height and weight of Beyonce Knowles is 5”5, and 150 lbs.
Height and weight of Carmen Kass is 5’10 and 114 lbs.
Height and weight of Christina Aguilera is 5”2 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Christy Turlington is 5’10 and 118 lbs.
Height and weight of Cindy Crawford is 5’10 and 121 lbs.
Height and weight of Cindy Margolis is 5’7 and 117 lbs.
Height and weight of Claire Danes is 5’6 and 115 lbs.
Height and weight of Courtney Love is 5’8 and 138 lbs.
Height and weight of Courtney Thorne Smith is 5’6 and 118 lbs.
Height and weight of Christina Aguilera is 5’2 and 100 lbs.
Height and weight of Cameron Diaz is 5″9,and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Calista Flockhart is 5″6, and 97 lbs.
Height and weight of Danielle Fishel is 5’1 and 95 lbs.
Height and weight of Diana Ross is 5’4 and 100 lbs.
Height and weight of Drew Barrymore is 5’4 and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Denise Richards is 5″6, and 119 pounds
Height and weight of Elle MacPherson is 6’0 and 128 lbs.
Height and weight of Emma Bunton is 5’2 98 and lbs.
Height and weight of Esther Canadas is 5’10 and 101 lbs.
Height and weight of Faith Hill is 5″8, and 121 lbs.
Height and weight of Fiona Apple is 5″3, and 105 lbs.
Height and weight of Gwyneth Paltrow is 5’9 and 112 lbs.
Height and weight of Giselle Bundchen is 5″11, and 115 lbs.
Height and weight of Geri Halliwell is 5″2, and 99 lbs.
Height and weight of Heidi Klum is 5’9 and 119 lbs.
Height and weight of Heather Locklear is 5’5 and 105 lbs.
Height and weight of Julia Roberts is 5’10 and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Jennifer Aniston is 5″6, and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Jennifer Lopez is 5″6, and 145 lbs.
Height and weight of Jenny McCarthy is 5’6.5 and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Jessica Biel is 5’7 and 108 lbs.
Height and weight of Jessica Simpson is 5’3 and 105 lbs.
Height and weight of Jewel is 5’6 and 115 lbs.
Height and weight of Jodie Kidd is 6’2 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Julia Stiles is 5’7 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Karen Carpenter is 5’4 and 87 lbs.
Height and weight of Katherine Heigl is 5’8 and 119 lbs.
Height and weight of Keri Russell is 5’4 and 117 lbs.
Height and weight of Kirsten Dunst is 5″4, and 100 lbs.
Height and weight of Katie Holmes is 5″8, and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Kate Moss is 5″7, and 107 lbs.
Height and weight of Lacey Chabert is 5’4 and 105 lbs.
Height and weight of Laetitia Casta is 5’8 and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Leann Rimes is 5’5 and 115 lbs.
Height and weight of Lucy Lawless is 5’11 and 140 lbs.
Height and weight of Lisa Kudrow is 5″7, and 123 lbs.
Height and weight of Mandy Moore is 5″8, and 108 lbs.
Height and weight of Mayra Hornbacher is 5″1, and 52 lbs.
Height and weight of Mariah Carey 5’9 and 107 lbs.
Height and weight of Michelle Williams is 5’4 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Milla Jovovich is 5’8 and 116 lbs.
Height and weight of Neve Campbell is 5″5 and 123 lbs.
Height and weight of Nikki Taylor is 5’10 and 118 lbs.
Height and weight of Nicole Kidman is 5’10 and 120 lbs.
Height and weight of Naomi Campbell is 5″10, and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Neve Campbell is 5″5, and 123 lbs.
Height and weight of Pamela Anderson is 5’7 and 105 lbs.
Height and weight of Paris Hilton is 5”8, and 115 lbs.
Height and weight of Reese Witherspoon is 5’6 and 122 lbs.
Height and weight of Rachael Leigh Cook is 5’2 and 100 lbs.
Height and weight of Rebecca Gayheart is 5’8 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is 5’11 and 128 lbs.
Height and weight of Rose McGowan is 5’1 and 92 lbs.
Height and weight of Salma Hayek is 5’7 and 115 lbs.
Height and weight of Sandra Bullock is 5’8 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Sarah Michelle Gellar is 5’3 and 98 lbs.
Height and weight of Shania Twain is 5’4 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Shannon Elizabeth is 5’9 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Stacey Dash is 5’4 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Teri Hatcher is 5’6 and 106 lbs.
Height and weight of Thora Birch is 5’5 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Tyra Banks is 5’11 and 122 lbs.
Height and weight of Victoria Beckham is 5’6 and 110 lbs.
Height and weight of Yasmine Bleeth is 5’5 and 117 lbs.
Height and weight of Zoey Deschanel is 5’5 and 115 lbs

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Average Male and Female Height and Weight

Posted on 30 November 2008 by Flisha

Well, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, for a female adult in the United States, the average height is 63.8 inches or 5 feet 3.8 inches. The average weight is 163 pounds. For a male adult in the United States, the average height is 69.3 inches or 5 feet 9 inches, while the average weight is 190 pounds.

Female Adult:
Average Height: 63.8 inches or 5’3.8″
Average Weight: 163 lbs

Male Adult:
Average Height: 69.3 inches or 5’9″
Average Weight: 190 lbs

If you would like to know what the average weight should be for your height, then take a look at these charts.

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Philippine Airlines Hiring for Pilot

Posted on 30 November 2008 by Flisha

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is open to accepting applicants for various jobs in their company, including the position of pilot.

Applicants must comply with PAL’s list of desirable characteristics. From the PAL website:

People who exemplify the Filipino’s desirable traits: mapagmalasakit [compassionate], matulungin [helpful], masipag [industrious], matiyaga [persevering] and masayahin [cheerful]. People who possess a sparkling personality that can inspire, impress and attract. Who exude warmth and confidence when dealing with others from all walks of life.

Further qualifications for the position of pilot:

* Must be a Filipino citizen
* Must be at least 5’4
* Must have 20/20 vision (corrective lenses allowed)
* College Graduate
* Must be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking in English
* Must have at least 500 hours flying time for Second Officer
* Must possess at least a CPL with instrument rating
* Must possess a Radiotelephone Operator Certificate

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Philippine Airlines Domestic Schedule

Posted on 30 November 2008 by Flisha

Philippine Airlines (PAL) travels from Manila to the following Philippine airports:

  • Manila – Laoag – Manila
  • Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila
  • Manila – Cauayan – Manila
  • Manila – San Jose – Manila
  • Manila – Busuanga – Manila
  • Manila – Puerta Princesa – Manila
  • Manila – Caticlan – Manila
  • Manila – Kalibo – Manila
  • Manila – Roxas – Manila
  • Manila – Iloilo – Manila
  • Manila – Bacolod – Manila
  • Manila – Cebu – Manila
  • Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
  • Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
  • Manila – Dipolog – Manila
  • Manila – Ozamiz – Manila
  • Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
  • Manila – Cotabato – Manila
  • Manila – Davao – Manila
  • Manila – General Santos – Manila
  • Manila – Butuan – Manila
  • Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
  • Manila – Surigao – Manila
  • Manila – Ormoc – Manila
  • Manila – Tacloban – Manila
  • Manila – Calbayog – Manila
  • Manila – Catarman – Manila
  • Manila – Legaspi – Manila
  • Manila – Virac – Manila
  • Manila – Naga – Manila

Philippine Airlines (PAL) travels from Cebu to the following Philippine airports:

  • Cebu – Iloilo – Cebu
  • Cebu – Bacolod  – Cebu
  • Cebu – Davao – Cebu
  • Cebu – General Santos – Cebu
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Printable Bubble Letters for Free

Posted on 28 November 2008 by Flisha

Download these printable bubble letters for free! Printable bubble letters are quite useful for creating headline banners for events like parties or rallies. They can also be used for announcements on a bulletin board or a scoreboard.

I made these printable bubble letters so you don’t have to. I included capital letters, small letters, numbers and special characters. Each letter is sized to fit each page, and each PDF contains 91 pages of bubble letters. You also have the choice of 55 different fonts below.

Just click your choice of font and you will be able to download all the bubble letters for that individual font in a PDF file. Alternatively, you could download the whole set here (but I warn you, it’s 25 MB). After downloading, just open the PDF file and print whatever bubble letters you like. It’s totally free. All I ask is that you tell your friends. :-)

Extras (Just ones I forgot to create a graphic for.)

Download Printable Cloudy Bubble Letters
Download Printable Jolly Belly Letters
Download Printable Outline Bubble Letters
Download Printable Yugly Bubble Letters

I hope you find the set useful! All fonts available at DaFont.

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Lazy Afternoon Rice Field

Posted on 21 November 2008 by Flisha

My favorite pastime is traveling rural roads and marveling at how beautiful nature is. It’s a pleasure that costs absolutely nothing. The best things are free, and all of that.

The Philippines is primarily an agricultural country. Rice fields are everywhere. All of them are uniquely different. Some are very organized, proportionally segregated and individually labeled. Some are random, a bit of terraces here, a scarecrow there.

But all of them look beautiful, especially at sundown. I love to see the sun’s fading rays peeking through the trees. Or the glint of gold bouncing off the rice paddies.

I love the wisps of clouds that float serenely across the sky. And the myriad of colors that burst when the sun starts to say good night.

He says I’m a country girl at heart. Maybe it’s true.

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Zamboanga as Asia’s Latin City

Posted on 21 November 2008 by Flisha

The latest news in Zamboanga City (formerly “City of Flowers”) is that the Heritage Conservation Society is backing the “Asia’s Latin City” motto that Mayor Celso Lobregat has decided to use to rebrand Zamboanga.

Chavacano, our native tongue, is a mix of Spanish and Visayan words. (A long long time ago, the Spanish made their base in our city.) We say “Buenas” for “Hello”, “Gracias” for “Thank You”. We can roughly understand Spanish text. And most people who hear me speak in Chavacano think I’m speaking Spanish. So perhaps there’s a bit of a truth in Zamboanga’s being “Asia’s Latin City”. I have many misgivings, though, since I consider myself as nothing Latin and purely Filipino, but if it’s successful in bringing pride and attention to my Zamboanga, then I am not one to argue on semantics.

I did a bit of research on other places with Spanish origins. North Carolina holds a similarity with Zamboanga, being a place that’s hosted Spaniards once upon a time. (If you’re living in that state, I’ve heard North Carolina health insurance is pretty popular.) Others are Guam, the Mariana Islands, parts of Italy, Sicily, and many others.

I wonder if the Spaniards made as much an impression on their language as they did to Zamboanga?

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Best Restaurant in Dipolog

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Flisha

It’s Grandma’s Best, hands down.

In fact, I think it’s the best restaurant in Zamboanga del Norte, and after tasting their Squid Aligue Spaghetti, I’m tempted to say it’s the best restaurant in all of Philippines. Except that I haven’t visited all of Philippines yet.

Grandma’s Best is hidden in a residential part of Dipolog, which makes it a bit hard to find, as coming from Dapitan, Gim and I had to navigate through many roads just to find the elusive little canteen of a restaurant.

There is nothing to boast about the facade of Grandma’s Best, as it looks like an ordinary carenderia. The tables are simple rectangular plastic tables covered with cheaplooking cloth, the chairs are uncomfortable monoblock plastic white chairs, the walls are unadorned except for a few paintings here and there.

Service is nothing special. The waitresses look like that spinster aunt of yours who’s looking after your house while you’re gone (in her pink shirt and jeans). Water is available, but you have to get it yourself in the water dispenser at the back of the room.

But I’m not dissing this wonderful little restaurant. I’m simply amazed that a restaurant that looks so ordinary that it can easily be mistaken for a canteen (unless you happen to glance at the fridge that contains all of their rich-looking desserts) can serve such wonderfully fantastically delicious and divine dishes.

Grandma’s Best dishes I’ve tried and I swear are to die for:

Squid Aligue Spaghetti (Php80)

This scrumptious dish is soooo rich you’ll want to come back everyday to Grandma’s Best for a retaste. It’s filled with squid rings and pasta mixed in a rich and creamy sauce of sinful aligue (crab fat), topped with loads of cheese and freshly cut spring onion. It’s a disservice to call this dish “spaghetti” because it resembles nothing like spaghetti, but more like pasta for the gods, it is that rich.

Lengua (Php120)

I have always loved lengua (literally means tongue, but as a dish it means tongue of cow), and when I saw this dish in the menu, I ordered it right away. The dish I was served did not disappoint me in any way (except that it was served in a rectangular plastic container, but ah who cares if the food tastes great, huh?). The lengua was very soft, and swimming in a bowl of richly creamy mushroom sauce, and bursting with the dark, deep taste of beef. It’s definitely one of my favorites.

Beef Stroganoff (Php100)

You can take this with rice, or with pasta. Gim ordered this dish, and he chose pasta. I had only a few bites of this but I can say with all my heart I wish we had ordered two of these so I could have eaten a whole dish on my own! It may look like squid aligue spaghetti, but tastes nothing like it. It’s soft, tender beef mixed with creamy pasta topped with spring onions.

Apple Pie
(Php60)

This dessert is definitely one of the best I have ever experienced. My mom bakes the best apple pies I’ve ever tasted, and I was shocked to find out this pie we had just bought was even better! The best part about this pie is the delightfully crumbly upper crust, which tastes faintly of cinammon and confectionary sugar, and the underside covered with lovely apple sauce. Inside of the cake are apple slices which taste heavenly. The normally strong taste of apple is subdued and the apple slices are soft and tender, just the way I like it. The whole minipie is topped with cheese, and the serving is good for two. This dessert is a must-try if you’re ever going to eat at Grandma’s Best.

Lastly, I also recommend their Roast Beef (Php110), however I don’t have pictures of that since I ate it the first time around, when I wasn’t bringing a camera. (It tastes a lot like lengua.)

More pictures of the above dishes:

Grandma’s Best dishes I’m looking forward to sampling in the very very near future:

Cheese Lumpia (Php55)
Chili con Carne (Php75)
Garlic Mushroom (Php65)
Seafood BBQ (Php120)
Seafood Supreme (Php125)
Thai Fried Rice (Php100)
Pistachio Cake Slice (Php55)
Trouffle Supreme Whole (Php380)

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Travel Zamboanga to Dapitan

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Flisha

To travel Dapitan, Zamboanga (Philippines) and vice versa, you can go three ways: by air, land and sea.

Via Air

The safest option is, of course, via air. But as there’s no available direct flight from Zamboanga to Dipolog (but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), you would have to fly from Zamboanga to Cebu, then Cebu to Dipolog via Cebu Pacific. From Dipolog airport (do a little bit of shopping in Dipolog if you need to, you won’t be able to do it in Dapitan), you can take a tricycle straight to your destination in Dapitan for an exorbitant fee of Php150. Alternatively, you can walk to the street right outside of the airport, flag down a passing (not waiting) tricycle and get a ride to the bus terminal for only Php7. Then get on an Evergood bus and it will take you to Dapitan for Php20.

Via Sea

If you choose to go via sea, make sure it’s not the rainy season (August – December) because boats tend to capsize around this time of the year. If you have to, bring a vest and a snorkel. (I’m not kidding.) A little ferry from GP Lines travels from Zamboanga to Dapitan and vice versa, and costs less than Php1000 per passenger. The length of the trip is usually around 24 hours. From the port of Dapitan, you can take a tricycle to your destination for some exorbitant fee like Php200 (make sure to haggle heavily to lower the price!).

Via Land

The most common option for people traveling from Zamboanga to Dapitan is to take the bus. A one-way trip from Zamboanga to Dipolog on an airconditioned bus costs about Php400, while a non-AC bus costs Php300. From the Dipolog bus terminal, switch to the Evergood bus which will take you to Dapitan.

Via Stupid

The crazy and lifethreatening way to travel from Zamboanga to Dapitan is by motorcycle. It’s a four hour trip to the “nearby” city of Ipil, then another five hours to Dapitan. And that’s if you don’t stop periodically along the way because your butt is hurting so bad you want to kill your boyfriend for ever suggesting the trip as a “joyride”.

However, there are some nice spots along the way that you just have to stop and take a picture of, because. Like, for example, a rainbow over the ocean. Sometimes, a rainbow is just a rainbow. But when you have travelled for over two hours in the pouring rain on a motorcycle wearing a bright pink plastic trashbag that you bought for twenty pesos from a fisherman, got mud splattered all over your favorite green cottonskinned backpack and staining your pretty blue rubber shoes, and are carrying a large duffel bag about 10 kilos worth of rainsoaked garments on one side, your laptop and your backpack hanging from your aching back that hasn’t rested for seven hours running, plus your camera on the other side…. Sometimes a rainbow is not just a rainbow. Sometimes a rainbow is a sign from God telling you that murder is not the answer, and that this too shall pass.

Not that I ever endured those things because my mother specifically told me that I should be taking the bus to Dipolog, and she even mandated earlier I should take an airplane even if she had to pay my fare but I lipbitingly declined because I really shouldn’t be taking her money and instead should be responsible for my own expenses. So… I was. Via… erm… bus. Not via my newly bought refurbished Honda XL named Bastian (because I sold Pao a long time ago, and he wouldn’t have survived the trip anyways) that my boyfriend drove to Dapitan in both hours under the pouring rain and hours under the burning sun that scalded my skin and soaked all my clothes. Nope, ohno she didn’t.

P.S. The waves were wonderful.

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