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Friday, March 27, 2015

Kissing Customs across the World


Kissing is a universal act that applies to every culture and country. The meaning of the kiss, however, varies with each country. Kisses have always been an expression of love, care and concern.

Knowing the meaning of a kiss in different parts of the world would allow you to understand more the customs governing countries across the world.



India 

Indians are very particular about their public display of affection.

Kissing in public is generally condemned. One incident that had caused an uproar among Indians is American actor Richard Gere’s kissing of Indian actress, Shilpa Shetty.

Most Indians were aghast with Gere’s light kiss on Shetty’s cheeks, and they find it insulting. Indian showbiz personalities and some of the younger generation, however, are more liberated, and found no malice in Gere’s actions. As a rule, though, do not kiss any person in public to play safe in India.

In Delhi, a public kiss would be fined $12. In private, only married couples could kiss on the lips, and sometimes, a kiss on the cheeks and a hug from family members is allowed.

Saudi Arabia 

Kissing in public, whether it is on the lips or on the cheeks, and whether it is among couples or relatives is strictly prohibited. It is considered a crime to show affection in public. A British man and woman were jailed for one month because they were caught kissing in the mall in front of other people.

Most Middle Eastern countries consider kissing in public as indecent and immoral and are given sanctions.

Italy 

Italians kiss in public or in private with their spouses, their family members, and friends. They show affection by hugging and kissing without lending any malice to the kiss unless specifically intended.

They are expressive of how they feel. Just like in any civilized country, there is a limit to what they can do in public.

United States 

Of all the countries in the world, Americans are the most demonstrative of their affection and love. They kiss in public anywhere they want to.

A few of them even engage in orgies, and unusual sexual expressions. There are laws concerning lewdness and indecency, though, that foreigners should be aware of.

Decent people do not just make love in public places, and sanctions are given to those who flagrantly violate the law. Although, gay relationships are now accepted in some states, several people still view gay kissing in public as an affront to their sensibilities.

London 

Kissing in public in London is fine if the persons do not French kiss. A light kiss on the lips and the cheeks is accepted. You would be charged with indecency, nevertheless, if you do heavy necking and petting in public.

In comparison to the Americans, the British are more conservative in their public display of affection.

Philippines 

Filipinos are like their Southeast Asian neighbors, they display public affection sparingly. Couples could kiss each other’s lips and cheeks in public. Family and friends could greet each other with a kiss on the cheeks and a hug.

Sanctions are given to persons who do more than the light kiss. They would be charged with indecency and immorality and would be fined and incarcerated depending upon the gravity of their offenses.

Kissing customs vary for each country, so when you visit other countries you should be familiar with their culture. If unsure of the customs, then don’t do it. It is always best to play safe to avoid unnecessary pain and embarrassment.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Steve Perry Finally Performs on Stage Since 1995 at Eel’s Concert

Steve Perry, Journey’s previous lead singer, has finally performed on Stage once again since 1995 at the Eel’s Concert. Perry sang a snippet of “Open Arms” and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'." The audience sang gamely with Steve Perry in the chorus.



Although the performance was not the complete repertoire, it is apparent that “The Voice” could still carry a tune.

Journey and current lead singer, Arnel Pineda, are on their 2014 US tour, and majority of 
Journey’s fans has already welcomed the Filipino lead singer with “Open Arms.” His passionate and brilliant performances have renewed the band’s vigor and popularity.



Would Steve Perry and Arnel Pineda perform together eventually? Check back later for updates.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lineup of Performers for the Memorial Day Concert (PBS) May 25, 2014

The lineup of performers for the Memorial Day Concert (PBS) on May 25, 2014 is awesome with big names in the entertainment industry gracing the affair.

Aside from US veterans being honored for their services to the country, there would be an Operation Mend, which would support service members, especially those who have been severely wounded to avail of reconstructive surgery.

Caleb Johnson, the recent American Idol 2014 winner, has stated that he was very honored in singing the national anthem at the National Memorial Day Concert. Joe Mantegna & Gary Sinise co-host the star-studded 2014 National Memorial Day Concert (PBS).

Some of the 2014 Memorial Day Concert performers include: • Jackie Evancho • Jennifer Nettles • Danielle Bradbery • Megan Hilty • U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants • U.S. Army Herald Trumpets • U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters • U. S. Army Chorus

The 2014 Memorial Day Concert is a significant way to remember those who have fallen, and those who are still risking their lives in the name of democracy all over the world.

Friday, April 11, 2014

How to Stay Sexy even while Busy Working Abroad

Working abroad does not mean not being able to stay sexy. Even amidst your hectic workload, it is relatively easy to stay sexy with the Best back smoothing bra and cami. You could also try Best Body Shaper, which would smoothen your body’s unsightly appearance. Those extra flabby fleshes on your abdomen would disappear because of these awesome undies.

If you want permanent sexiness, then it takes a healthy lifestyle and determination to achieve this. There are three things you should remember:  

1. Eat the right food The adage, “You are what you eat” is true. If you eat the right food, you would stay healthy and sexy. Good food includes lots of vegetables and fruits. Reduce your intake of sugar, creamy products and meat fat. Remember to drink lots of water too. The body cells need 70-80% of water to function properly. Do away with drugs, caffeine and alcohol. These are all detrimental to your health and well-being.  

2. Get sufficient sleep The body needs sufficient sleep because cognitive abilities are decreased when a person has not slept well. Eight hours a day is considered sufficient. If you could not possibly do this, you can get power naps while on work breaks during the day.

 3. Have a regular exercise regimen Exercise regularly. You don’t need to go to the gym to do this. You don’t have also to perform heavy exercises. Brisk walking for 30 minutes every day is sufficient, especially if you don’t gorge yourself with unnecessary calories. You could do it every other day, if you don’t have enough time; you could even walk around your house if you do not have a friendly neighborhood in which to walk in. What’s important is that you live a healthy life and you’d stay healthy and sexy.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Abroad in Southeast Asia

Image credit: Maria Rosalina Perrson

Friday, October 19, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s Speeches during the Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spoke before a distinguished gathering during the Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on October 18, 2012. President Obama praised Romney as a family man, while Romney returned the favor. It was refreshing to watch two presidential candidates being pleasant with each other, in spite of their rivalry for the US presidency. Watch the YouTube video below, courtesy of CNN, of US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney giving out jokes about each other.


Mitt Romney speaking during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Video credit: CNN /YouTube

President Obama speaking during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Video credit: CNN /YouTube

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How to Use Twitter Safely

Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites online. To date, there are more than 500 million users. Almost everyone has a Twitter account, with government entities and vital organizations making use of it as a crucial tool in communicating in states of emergencies, natural disasters and international events.

Making use of Twitter safely, however, is sometimes neglected due to the simple fact that twitter users are unaware of these dangers.

How can you use Twitter safely? Here are pointers you could adapt:

Pointer #1 – Do not tweet vital personal information Tweeting personal information could allow criminals to have access of information they could use. Do not tweet that you are on your way to the bank, even specifying the name the bank. You could be giving essential information to people who may be monitoring your movements. Avoid tweeting vacation destinations, like “On our way to Cayman for a week of frolic and fun.” To you, you have posted the 140 word tweet in the name of fun, but this could be information to thieves that no one is at home.

Pointer #2 – Follow only reputable Tweet peeps Avoid following users whom you are not sure of. Do not click links from other members that look spammy. Allow only trusted followers to your updates. The quantity of your followers is not important. It is the quality of your followers and the persons you follow that counts.

Pointer #3 – Protect your password Your password is your key to your account. Do not let anyone use it. Change your password every 6 months, to lessen its propensity of being hacked. Combine the letters’ lower and upper cases; symbols, and numbers for your password. Log in only at the Twitter.com site, and do not use the same passwords for all your sites. Ascertaining that your password is safe is one of the most important methods on how to protect your Twitter account safely.

Pointer #4 – Beware of direct messages Do not reply to direct messages from users whom you are not familiar with. This is one way for scammers to trick you into their unlawful activities. They may be able to steal from you your banking data and other significant information.

Pointer #5 – Do not click on suspicious links Avoid clicking suspicious links on Twitter and links sent to your email. Just like pointer #4, these may be phishing scams out to steal your personal information and use it for their criminal activities.

These are some of the safety tips you could use on twitter. Common sense would dictate other safety tips that you have to practice. Being aware of these dangers would help you enjoy your micro-blogging experience.