Friday, May 21, 2010

All Natural Weight Loss Video



As an internet voice talent, my usual job description is to record a voice-over that suits the taste, schedule and requirements of my client, who is most of the time based in another country.


My Home Studio!


Because of the cultural differences, I feel that it's hard for me to ask when the finished video will be released since my job is just to deliver the voice-over and nothing else. I view it as a wonderful privilege to come across the finished outcome by accident. Since I'm very grateful about every project I've ever done, I'd like to share with you this voice-over project from a couple of months back...







Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Philippines at a Glance

Nestled in the robust and historical Southeastern region in Asia, the Philippines is a tropical paradise brimming with natural spring water, interesting flora and fauna and of course, pristine powdery white sands almost in every region.



The Dakak Beach Resort in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte is a beautiful example.



This beautiful resort does not only provide topnotch facilities, activities and good food but also ushers you in a one-of-a-kind cultural excursion. Believe it or not, Dakak is just 15 minutes away from the city of Dapitan, where our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal was exiled!

 

Boracay, on the other hand, is the only tourist attraction that can rival Dakak's white sand. And for me, the best place to capture your "white sand" moment is at Fridays Boracay.



Across the seas is the nippy Tagaytay highland. And your trip won't be complete without a snapshot of nearby Taal Volcano--the only "volcano inside a volcano" in the world!

 

The Ilog Maria Bee Farm  in nearby Silang, Cavite is also a must-see spot filled with gorgeous products whose main ingredient is--none other than honey! This Bee Farm may boast of honey, but where does it come from in the first place?



Flowers! And Baguio City, located a few hours from Cavite and Tagaytay, prides itself of exquisite blooms all year round.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Podcast



Hi everyone, I thought you might enjoy this podcast: http://kayelangitluistro.podOmatic.com





Monday, May 17, 2010

NHK Studio Park News

When we went to NHK Studio Park in Tokyo, I never thought that things would turn out pretty exciting. Even though this video was just for kicks, I really felt that I was a bilingual broadcaster for NHK--at least for the next minute or so.





Next: Around Japan: Timeless Confection Travel Diaries with Detailed Itinerary


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Friday, May 14, 2010

MyCuredComputer Online Computer Repair & Support



Like in most of my voice-over projects, I finished the recording and editing of this particular voice-over in less than five hours. My client who is based in California just sent instructions via Skype about the type of delivery he wanted and the fact that I needed to deliver the script in 30 seconds flat. After a couple of revisions to get the timing right, I sent the audio file via yousendit.com and closed the project in a matter of hours. It was great that my client finally uploaded the finished video on youtube. Enjoy!





Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Passion- I Will be Here (Youtube Exclusive)



I was dead set in finishing my article but I got sidetracked by this amazing video. At first, I was just really interested in the type of mic he's using. But when I heard his voice, I was so mesmerized by it all: the sheer sincerity, the soul as some may put it, or the groove as i would call it. Do check him out!


You've Got a Friend (Carole King Cover) by Passion



My nephew Chikoy was surfing the net and came across this amazing video. Do check it out!






Saturday, May 8, 2010

Our Last Night in Matsuyama City

Two days before our scheduled departure from Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture, the members of the Ehime Overseas Cooperative Association (EOCA) threw a farewell party at Ana Hotel, our home away from home for the past 9 days. Check this hotel out right here.


Ana Hotel Matsuyama

It was a lovely chance to reconnect with my foster parents and their beautiful daughter who spent most of the night just running around the spacious ballroom.


With my super kind Foster Parents

As a token of our appreciation for their unbelievable hospitality, we performed a special song and dance number especially for them. Actually, we've rehearsed this piece countless times already. So we felt that we could actually do this in our sleep.

Dancing an array of Philippine Folk Dances
during our Farewell Party

Great friends, good food... What more could you possibly ask for?

I did find out the answer to this just minutes later when I was practically thrown onto the stage by my co-delegates to perform this Japanese ritual. It was just for show, but I tell you, pounding a make-believe rice cake with that hammer-shaped pestle and a drum shaped mortar was no joke.

Just imagine doing the pounding for at least a minute! I could almost hear my biceps and triceps screaming for me to stop. I just couldn't understand why my soon-to-be-hubby still managed to smile in this picture. Let me guess... Clearly, it's just a photo-op during one of his trips in Japan.


Soon after performing that ritual, I learned that Japanese farmers considered the mortar and pestle as their most prized possessions until about the introduction of the rotary quern during the 18th century. They used this piece of equipment not only for milling but also to make delicious rice cakes for ceremonial purposes.




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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Cultures of Kyoto and Kanagawa-ken

When photos of my Japan trip survived "Ondoy", I've become utterly convinced that they were spared for a reason. That was my very first trip abroad and certainly, one of the most memorable moments in my life. 

Aboard Thai Airways: Manila-Osaka Destination

I thought that as a TV newscaster...

and a radio announcer...

I could qualify for the Youth Exchange Program held annually by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Japan. 


Barely one month before the deadline, I scrambled, rushed and dashed to relevant organizations and agencies just to make sure that I got all the requirements right. 



Taken at Ana Hotel Matsuyama

Only by God's grace, was I chosen, together with a handful of professionals to represent the country in the RP-Japan Friendship Programme for the 21st Century sponsored by the Government of Japan through the Japan Information Cooperation Agency (JICA).


Taken at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

From January 13 to February 9, 1999, all of us delegates visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanagawa-ken, Matsuyama-shi Ehime Prefecture, Hiroshima, Japan--without spending a single cent, or should I say, yen.


Kanagawa Prefecture

JICA certainly knew how to pamper us! With about 85,000 yen as pocket money, and everything else paid for, our only job was to enjoy and learn from every activity prepared just for us. For one, our group experienced Japanese culture extraordinaire in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. 

The boys learned Ikebana, the art of flower arrangement...





...while us girls, were taught the sublime Arts of Tea Ceremony and the Kimono. 

Ikebana, Tea Ceremonoy and Kimono Wearing 
Courtesy of the International Association of Chigasaki

For two hours, the kimono expert from the International Association of Chigasaki helped us put on an array of exquisite kimono made out of shibori, with matching undergarments, obi, ties, socks, and sandals to boot. 


Kimono Wearing 
Courtesy of the International Association of Chigasaki

Here, my close friend Pam Pamplona-Riggan and I couldn't resist the chance to freeze this moment the only way we knew how. 

Click! 

Kimono Wearing 
Courtesy of the International Association of Chigasaki

My friend Pamu couldn't resist having another take... Say sushi!


Kimono Wearing 
Courtesy of the International Association of Chigasaki

Kyoto

This photo reminded me of another snapshot taken in Kyoto, just a few weeks after we arrived in Japan. We immediately saw three geisha-like passers-by in front of the Kiyomizu Temple which prompted most tourists to get photo-ops.  


We were among those who got the chance to have our pictures taken with these ladies dressed in geisha costumes. It was a good thing that despite our broken Nihonggo, we were able to persuade them to have our photo op. Kirei, desu ne? 


Photo courtesy of Ms. Sharon Andres-Centeno
In this photo: (L-R) Kaye Langit-Luistro, Sharon Rose Andres-Centeno,The Geishas, Beverley Fernandez-Ciencia in front of the Kiyomizu Temple. 

After the photo-op we went inside Kiyomizu Temple, otherwise known as Kiyomizudera in Japanese. It dates back from the eighth century and is usually flocked by tourists all year round.

Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizudera)

Beneath the temple's main hall, lies an Otowa waterfall, where visitors can drink from. Buddhists believe that drinking from it provides wisdom, health, and longevity to the pure of heart. But for the greedy, misfortune befalls them. 

Directory:

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Website

Ana Hotel Matsuyama
Website

Kiyomizu Temple
How to Reach It:  
Kiyomizudera can be reached from Kyoto Station by bus number 100 or 206 (15 minutes, 220 yen). Get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, from where it is a ten minute uphill walk to the temple. Alternatively, Kiyomizudera is about a 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station along the Keihan Railway Line.
Hours and Fees:
Hours:  6:00 to 18:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 300 yen
Spring and Fall Illumination:
Hours:  18:30 to 21:30 (mid March to mid April and mid November to early December)
Admission: 400 yen


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Escape to Ehime

Travelling to another part of Japan was really tiring, but very fulfilling to say the least. From the Haneda airport in Tokyo, we flew for almost two hours and arrived in Ehime Prefecture, for a different type of immersion.



After a courtesy call at the Ehime Prefectural Government, we went straight to the ANA Hotel Matsuyama to relax

ANA Hotel Matsuyama
Courtesy of  ichotelsgroup.com

The following day, we were billeted to the Tobe-yaki Togeikan in Tobe town where a treasure of pottery awaited us. 

Taken at Tobe-yaki Togeikan in Tobe town

Beloved in its hometown of Tobe in Matsuyama City, Ehime prefecture, each piece of tobe-yaki pottery is tediously crafted for 42 hours or approximately 2 days! Although the process seems too much of a burden, tobeyaki potters have faithfully endured it to make sure that each piece passed the highest standards. 


Taken at Tobe-yaki Togeikan in Tobe town

According to Ms. Alyne Ogihashi, a Filipina potter, there are actually 11 steps involved in the making of Tobeyaki Pottery:

1.    Quarry the pottery stone.
2.    Turn the stone into clay at a clay factory.
3.    Massage the clay by machine to remove air.
4.    Cast clay on wheel called "Rokuro."
5.    Shear, clean and buff up the mold while its damp.
6.    Sun dry them.
7.    Bake them for 8 to 10 hours in a kiln (oven) at 900 to 950 degrees Celsius.
8.    Paint each ware by hand.
9.    Varnish. 

10.  For the last time, bake the wares for 15-24 hours in a kiln at 1,200 degrees Celsius.
11. Use red, green and blue hues on the wares, and bake for 7 to 8 hours in a kiln at 800 degrees Celsius.


For obvious reasons, we were allowed to execute step 8 only--painting on the baked ware. And as you can see we took this job very seriously.

Taken at Tobe-yaki Togeikan in Tobe town

Little did we know that our painted wares will be delivered to us in Osaka, during the last leg of our Japan sojourn! Sugoi, desu ne?


My Simple Sumi-e Set from JICA


After the trip, we were then dispersed to various Japanese host families to help us understand life as a local. For three days and two nights, these families generously accepted us into their homes and regarded us as their own.

With my foster family in Matsuyama City 

My foster family was no exception. "Thoughtful" wasn't enough to describe how amazing they were. In fact, they were so considerate that their first question was, "Do you want to see snow?" I laughed and said, "Hai." On my very first day as a house guest, we travelled to the nearby Kuma Ski Land-ski and Snow Board Gelande, just for the snow.

Taken @ the Kuma Ski Land-ski and Snow Board Gelande

I can still recall how excited I was when I first scooped a handful!

Taken @ the Kuma Ski Land-ski and Snow Board Gelande

To show my appreciation, I told them that I'll cook 2 kinds of sinigang for dinner:

Sinigang na Baka sa Sampalok (Tamarind) using this soup base mix...

and Sinigang na Baka sa Bayabas (Guava) while using this variant:
When we were at the grocery, I asked Ayapi, my foster mom, that the sinigang dish would taste much better if we added "patis" or fish sauce. We tried looking for it, but to no avail. So I decided to use sea salt instead which was the next best thing. When I've finally served the sinigang dishes, I've already expected that they would prefer the one cooked in guava. Most Japanese are not really fond of sour dishes. My hubby was right after all. 


Travel Directory:


Tobe-yaki Pottery Traditional Industrial Art Museum
335 Oominami, Tobe-Cho, Iyo-Gun
Phone: 089-962-6600   
Hours: 09:00 - 17:00; Mondays - Sundays 
Admission/ ¥300

Kuma Ski Land-ski and Snow Board Gelande
754-60 Otzu, Higashi-Myojin, Kumakogen-Cho, Kamiukena-Gun
Phone: 0892-21-0100
Season: Late November - March
Hours: 08:00 - 22:00 in December 
(until 24:00 on Wednesday & Saturday) 
08:00-24:00 from January - March
Open 7 days week

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