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Celebrate Gold This Christmas!

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Why utilize non-edible decorations in your Christmas cupcakes whenever there are edible types? Edible Christmas toppers will be just what its name implies – decorations sitting together with cupcakes which could be eaten. They are available in a broad selection of layouts colors, tastesand shapes and colours. Aside from the appeasing impact they have in the taste budsthey provide a finished appearance to some cake. To utilize cupcake toppers, pay the cake and put your preferred edible toppers in addition to The frosting can help to maintain them securely on the cake.

Edible cupcake toppers could be purchased readymade or you may readily create them in the home. Since sugar cubes might be tricky that you form, use royal icing to create them edible Christmas cake decorations. While the nearest ones are certain to have a different flavor, it’s more entertaining making them because it is possible to experiment with various shapes, colours, even tastes. In the close of the cake ribbon practice, you’ll also have moved a notch higher on your cake making experience. Again, should you decide to create the toppers your self, there’s space to devise as many distinct shapes as you would like.

Edible Christmas themes are ordinarily in the shape of sugar cubes. When purchasing them in the store, they’ll be already curved into elaborate shapes and coloured. If making yourself, you’ll need to shape yourself. The colour effect is accomplished with food coloring and can be hand painted on the motifs to create them appear alive.

Edible gold glitter has become the most common curry decoration. Remember to use a few in your own cupcakes. It’ll include a touch and cause them to seem very unique. Firm icing can be utilized to create them. They are easily available in stores but should you anticipate your icing groundwork abilities, you may try them in your home also. Get the potency of this icing right and you’re able to cut your balls and stars easily.

The simplest edible Christmas toppers to create will be candy sprinkles. They’re created from tough sugar and may be molded to canesberries, snowflake sprinkles and so forth. Some of them come in heaps or collections of 2 heaps, meaning one order is sufficient to cover most of your cupcakes. Obviously, in case you’ve made a greater amount of cupcakes, you’ll have to purchase more toppers.

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I Am Working on a School Project

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Of course they do not teach you a lot about computer science in high school, but I am really hoping to get a head start on school where they do. Right now my plan is to do a two year school, although I hope to do it a lot quicker than that. Obviously a lot of people go to college with a lot of college credit. I know a girl who was a year ahead, but she did nothing else and I am not that dedicated. At any right now I am playing around with snap hack, and trying to figure out how that works and if there is a class project in it. In fact I found out about because of this girl I have study hall with. She is extremely easy to look at and she has been interested in getting me to help her with her algebra. That was not a big chore for her.

At any rate she was telling me that her parents seemed to know stuff that they should not know and after some investigation I figured out that they were using her phone to spy upon her. It was pretty hard to figure out what was there, because they hid their tracks a bit and I did not know what I was looking for. The girl was pretty mad when I told her, but of course the phone belongs to her parents and they can do whatever they want to do with it. I did not think of that at first, but a little research shed some light on the topic. I did not really find any easy way for you to figure out if someone was using something like this on your phone. I figured that all sorts of people would like to know too.

My Hair Looks Thicker and Longer

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I read some Keranique reviews on a website, and I decided to take a leap of faith with it. I have had issues with thinning hair for a while, and I have tried so many different things. None of them really worked the way I was hoping, so I just started wearing hats and was even considering buying a wig just so I would not be embarrassed over my hair. My husband told me it was not as bad as I was making it out to be, but I knew that there was still a problem there.

Just because I had tried at least a dozen products with no good results did not mean I was not willing to try out other products if there was at least some hope. I guess that is obvious since I had tried at least a dozen hair thickening products before buying Keranique for the first time. Continue reading

We Found a Nice Place

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It is not exactly in the best location, but the place is close enough to where we need for it to be and there is not all that much wrong with it other than you need to get a Queens tree removal service to come in and cut down a couple of sweet gum trees in the front yard and a couple more in the back yard. If you do not know why then you do not know why most people hate them. They have these awful things that people call gum balls and they produce millions of them which fall upon the ground. Each one of them must disperse about a hundred spores I guess, but the thing is that you do not want to spend all of your life cleaning up after this stupid tree. So I am going to have them knocked down. I think that once they are on the ground I can get rid of them without paying for it. Continue reading

Advantages of Bath Bombs

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There were instances when folks used to decode sandalwood powder along with other comparable goods to add effects and odor for their bathrooms. But now the trend has shifted now. These days, things such as bath bombs and bath salts are all utilised to produce the bathing experience soothing and relaxing. There are many providers of those products on the internet that sell them in a very inexpensive speed. So, who’d head to devote a couple dollars to sensationalize their washing period?

On account of this sudden boom in the requirement, different kinds of these products can be found now. You’re able to find the ones that are cloned, the herbal ones, including home made ones, etc.. They all are essentially good blend form of components like citric acidand baking soda, etc.,. Whenever they’re placed into water, they split adding colour, odor not to mention bubbles into the tub tub. A few admirers of bath bombs additionally assert that these small balls are highly effective for soothing the entire body and hydrates it. Medically, it’s been demonstrated that bombs with essential minerals and oils may moisturize and rejuvenate the epidermis but to the minimum. Henceforth, it may be stated that these goods are great but they shouldn’t be utilized as a substitute for drugs.

Nowadays, even children know exactly what the fizzy small balls really are. There are particular ones obtainable for youngsters that are produced with soft soapfree of acidic ingredients and lotions or lotion occasionally. Again, bath bombs may not be tremendously beneficial in moisturizing your skin of your kid but it for sure may cause them to appreciate their bathing period. It’s fairly tricky to generate a child love his bathing period however with the support of those any mother can create her child adore the instant. That is another significant reason of those products being demand now.

As said before, the online business tendency has contributed substantially to the prevalence. These goods are also called bathroom balls, pills and ballistics notably from the internet retailers. Additionally, after tracking the heavy use of those ballistics pharmaceutical businesses have begun producing them with additional health benefits for the elderly and children alike.

Ballistics and bath additives also have become a favorite choice of several to be introduced as presents. Additional even men now enjoy using bath pills with manly odor.

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Having Fun with Hacking Has Never Been Easier

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Figuring out how to hack Kik has never been easier due to a site I found online that can break into virtually any account, and it can do it in seconds. I must confess that my reasons for doing this were not all together above board. I wanted to play a prank on a friend and in order to do so I needed to get into his Kik account. I won’t go into the details about the actual prank, but it’s enough to say that I got all my friends on board. I even got his sister and his girlfriend to help.

I got the last two people involved because it would make the prank better, but also because I figured one of them would know his password to the Kik account. Even his girlfriend didn’t know it, and that almost derailed the whole thing before we even got started. I went online figuring I could find a site that would help me get into his account, and I did find one. Continue reading

Cultural Mistakes You Should Avoid in India Business

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Most of the people you, a foreigner, would be interacting with in your India business speak good English and they would likely be wearing Western style clothes. They would have most of the same consumer products city people have all over the world nowadays. But don’t let this fool you, as India is an ancient culture, which has many contextual rules of behaviour and etiquette.

Though etiquette and business behaviour in India is not so radically different from the Western style as business behaviour is in Japan, Korea of India, there are significant differences. The good news is that most of these behaviours and mindsets can be learnt if you do your homework before meeting the Indians. Here are some quick guidelines.

The golden rule is: Be always sensitive to the context.

When doing business with India, never –

  • Make the other person lose face. Though this is not as serious as the Chinese face saving Gei MianZi(, it is very important. Avoid shouting at an Indian or reprimanding her/him in front of peers.
  • Accept every ‘yes’ as a real yes. Learn to recognise the “NO” as Indians don’t say NO directly, unless it is a crucial issue.
  • Lecture about poverty, dirt, bribes and social ills to Indians as they might interpret it as condescending coming from a foreigner. Indians are proud of their rich history and appreciate intelligent discussions with mutual respect, so avoid preaching about democracy, social equality and women’s rights etc.
  • Get nervous over frequent interruptions, digressions or bargaining in meetings and negotiations.
  • Expect quick commitment as all decisions take time and may involve people not present in meetings.
  • Never use your left hand for eating, serving, or taking food or in fact handing over or accepting things. The left hand is considered the toilet hand and thus taboo.
  • Address business partners by their first name unless given permission to. Seniority is important to the Indians especially if you are dealing with a State owned enterprise or government body. Indians are more informal than other Asians and in some sectors the atmosphere may seem very egalitarian and informal.
  • Get upset when someone asks personal questions about your age, marital status, income, and family background.
  • Buy the same gifts for everyone in the same organisation. You need to show respect according to rank and seniority. Buy better gifts for the senior managers instead of buying the same for everyone.

In addition to the above rules of behaviour, a genuine understanding of the other’s position, an appreciation of the other’s culture and achievements goes a great way towards A forming a long-term give and take two-way relationship.

As in business with other Asians, doing business with the Indians is difficult if mutual trust and respect have not been achieved. Try to make this your main focus. Gaining mutual respect is the key to managing relationships with the Indians. When you gain the respect, you have the foundation for a long-term business relationship.

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The Sacred Bird

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As the Phoenix nears the end of its life it builds a nest of aromatic branches and spices – cinnamon twigs and myrrh were the most popular materials. It then ignites the nest and is consumed in the flames. Some Arabic legends claim the Phoenix rose from the ashes three days later, while others state the Phoenix was reborn and emerged from the still burning flames. The Phoenix features in mythology from several Middle Eastern countries.

The traditional Phoenix lived near a cool well, and every morning would appear to sing a song to greet the new day. So enchanting was the song the Greek sun god Apollo would stop to listen. It was thought only one Phoenix existed at any one time. The young Phoenix would gather the ashes of its predecessor into an egg made from myrrh and deposit them upon the sun god’s altar at Heliopolis, the city of the sun. The Phoenix lives on the morning dew, and nobody has ever seen one eat. It kills nothing and crushes nothing it touches. When injured the Phoenix can regenerate itself, so it is immortal and invincible and a mystical symbol of divinity. A Phoenix is also a healer, because its tears can heal wounds. Jewish folklore claims the Phoenix was the only animal not banished from the Garden of Eden with Adam.

The Ancient Egyptians’ fascination with the Phoenix arose from their own yearning for immortality and eternal life. They named the bird Benu (or Bennu), and it was depicted in the shape of a heron, with long legs and two long white feathers on either side of its head. The Benu wears either the god Osiris’ crown of Atef (white with ostrich feathers rising up from the sides) or the disc of the sun god Ra. The sacred bird of Heliopolis, the Benu is associated with the sun, and its image has came to represent Ra. The Egyptian Phoenix is credited with the creation of the Nile river, and was the first life form that appeared on the isolated rocks and islands after the floods that gave birth to the river. Its call is the cry that marked the beginning of time, and it is the god of time – and thus of the hours, days, nights, weeks months and years.

In Chinese Mythology the Phoenix is known as Feng Huang (or Fung), and is the second most respected creature after the dragon. It is a symbol of high virtue and grace, of power and prosperity, representing the union of ying and yang. It is described as having the beak of a rooster, the face of a swallow, the neck of a snake, the breast of a goose, the back of a tortoise, the hindquarters of a stag and the tail of a fish – surely an unusual looking bird! The Feng Huang’s feathers are coloured in the five fundamental colours: black, white, red, green and yellow, representing the Confucian virtues of loyalty, honesty, decorum and justice.

The Japanese Phoenix is named according to gender: Hou-Ou or Hoo-Oo – Hou is male and Ou is female. It resembles its Chinese counterpart in looks, and is often depicted nesting in the paulownia tree. It only appears at the birth of a virtuous ruler, and marks the new era by flying down from the heavens to perform good deeds for people before returning home to await the birth of a new era. Some traditions claim the Hou-Ou only appears during times of peace and prosperity – in other words very rarely!

Persian mythology tells of the Huma, also known as the “Bird of Paradise”. “Huma” is Persian for “fabulous bird”. Considered an extremely compassionate bird, the Huma’s shadow brings great fortune to anyone it touches. And if it alights upon an individual’s head, even for just a moment, that person will become king. The Huma has the power to free the mind, breaking all limitations so the person will be a wise and considerate king. It does not kill for food, choosing instead to feed upon carrion. Both genders are contained in the Huma’s body, with each sharing a wing and a leg.

Another Arabian mythological bird is the Cinomolgus or “cinnamon bird”, which builds its cinnamon nest at the top of the cinnamon tree. Aeons ago cinnamon was a very rare spice, and much sought after. People would throw rocks or shoot arrows at the Cinomolgus’ nest in an effort to dislodged the cinnamon sticks when the poor bird took flight. Another tale claims the Arabians would scatter pieces of oxen or other beasts of burden at the bottom of the nest. The Cinomolgus, unable to resist such a tasty treat, would swoop down and carry the meat back to the nest. The weight of the meat would break the nest, leaving the joyful Arabians to gather the cinnamon sticks from the ground. This is why the Cinomolgus began to nest in cinnamon trees far from Human settlements, and sightings became extremely rare.

The Avalerion is an extremely rare bird from Indian mythology – there is only ever one pair of these birds. Every sixty years they produce two eggs. When the eggs hatch the parent birds drown themselves. An interest myth… unfortunately I’ve not been able to find much more information on these birds.

Russian folklore’s Zhar-Ptitsa is a magical, glowing bird from a faraway kingdom. Better known as the Firebird, its name means “heat bird”, and it is both a blessing and a curse to any captor. A large bird with a fiery crest and glowing eyes, the Firebird’s plumage glows red, orange and yellow plumage, giving the illusion of firelight. When removed the feathers continue to glow, and one feather has the power to illuminate a large room. The Firebird has been a staple of many fairy tales, usually based upon a quest to find the bird or one of its tail feathers. The hero finds the feather, and sets out to capture the bird – usually after a request from a parent or his king. The hero begins his quest with noble thoughts about the Firebird, but as his search becomes more difficult he begins to blame the bird for his problems. Many fairy tales use this quest to introduce a myriad of fantasy characters, many of whom are willing to help the hero capture the bird and return with him to his home.

There are other stories about the Firebird. One of the most popular beliefs is that the Firebird flies around giving hope to the hopeless. Legends say during flight the Firebird’s eyes sparkle and he drops pearls fall from his beak. Peasants gather the pearls which are traded. Some claim the mystical Firebird spends its days flying around the king’s castle, swooping down at night to eat the king’s golden apples. The most popular legend tells of a tsar who, fed up with the Firebird stealing his golden apples, tasks his three sons with capturing the bird. The tsar’s apples were very special, empowering all those eating them with youth and strength. The sons tried really hard, but were unable to capture the elusive Firebird. However, they did come close, and seized a few tail feathers. Sadly they brought the feather back to their father, whose disappointment turned to joy when he saw how the feathers lit up the palace rooms.

They have also another sacred bird called the phoenix which I myself have never seen, except in pictures. Indeed it is a great rarity, even in Egypt, only coming there (according to the accounts of the people of Heliopolis) once in five hundred years, when the old phoenix dies. Its size and appearance, if it is like the pictures, are as follow:- The plumage is partly red, partly golden while the general make and size are almost exactly that of the eagle. They tell a story of what this bird does: he comes all the way from Arabia, and brings the parent bird, all plastered over with myrrh, to the temple of the Sun, and there buries the body. In order to bring him, they say, he first forms a ball of myrrh as big as he finds that he can carry; then he hollows out the ball, and puts his parent inside, after which he covers over the opening with fresh myrrh, and the ball is then of exactly the same weight as at first; so he brings it to Egypt, plastered over as I have said, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun. Such is the story they tell of the doings of this bird.

from – Herodotus, History of Herodotus

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The Decline and Fall of Martial Arts Films and the Rise of the Action Blockbuster Movie

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Comparing martial arts films of the 1970s to the action blockbusters of 2009/10

Red Cliff, Ip Man and True Legend are already iconic of the early 21st century “martial arts films”-although many can argue they are more action spectacle than true “kung fu” films. The 1970s, on the other hand, didn’t rely on eye-candy effects and were defined more by the true grit of its martial arts actors: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, the Five Venoms, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Jimmy Wong, and other real fighters trained in genuine kung fu, karate and other arts.

Martial Arts Becomes Mainstream But Evolves Into Spectacle

Cult classics such as Enter the Dragon helped change Hollywood. Its growing popularity forced filmmakers to adopt martial arts into the formula of the “action flick.” Through the eighties and nineties, spectacle thrillers were expected to deliver “the fight moves”, even if it was only a few basic moves supported by some stuntmen and wires. Action movies became spectacles that required equal blends of story, drama, pace, “kung fu”, special effects and improbable plot twists.

In the 21st century, this became less “equal” with films relying first on special effects, then improbably plot twists (surprise is important, right?), followed by pace, martial arts skills, drama and-last and possibly least today-story. This trend extended even to the hot movies of the last few years, including Kung Fu Panda, Forbidden Kingdom, G.I. Joe and even the Transformers.

Asian Film Industry Threatens to Out-Spectacle Hollywood

With the full support and weight of China’s cultural industries, Asian film has blossomed into mainstream spectacles in high demand, led by CGI treats such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers and other instant classics. Arguably, Asian film long ago surpassed Hollywood for imagination, with the western producers buying rights to several hugely successful Asian films. With the largest population demographic in the world, there can be no doubt that Chinese films are set to dominate the film industry in years to come.

Red Cliff and Ip Man are perhaps the best known of these new hit-classics, but the rumor mills and fansites are buzzing with all the latest “coming soon” gossip. The big buz movies in 2010 is True Legend (Su Qi Er), starring Zhao Wen-Zho as the historical Begger Su, the originator of drunken kung fu. Donnie Yen returns in both part 2 of the Ip Man saga and in the much anticipated 14 Blades. Chow Yun-Fat breaks the mold and surprises everyone in his role as Confucius.

Both Hollywood and Asia Rely on CGI and Special Effects

The growing spectacle and importance of the “action film” is both enjoyable to the escapist and annoying for the aficionado of the true martial arts. While the actors in many of the films-in particular Asian films-are genuine martial artists (for example, Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Chow Yun-Fat)-the over-dependence on CGI and elaborate choreography turns the adventure into comic book. With notable exceptions, such as Ip Man and Tony Jaa in Ong Bak (and to a lesser extent Ong Bak 2 and 3), most action films rely on the “wow” factor of dazzling camera angles and computer-aided “enhancements.”

Ninja Assassin and the Cross-Over

There are, to be sure, cross-over films such as Ninja Assassin, where actor Rain trained 14 hours a day for months to perfect real martial arts moves (albeit only a handful of repeated moves), blended together with rather Matrix-like special effects. To some, the beauty of the realistic CGI takes away from the pleasure of watching well-choreographed real martial arts.

Ong Bak, on the other hand, led by genuine martial arts expert Tony Jaa, got by on solid martial arts and good choreography. No stuntmen, thank you. Tony Jaa was hailed as the “next Bruce Lee” for this reason, with much buzz and excitement in the martial arts community, and martial arts film fansites.

There’s No Escaping Escapism

Action films are, by design, escapist entertainment. They have become somewhat comic-book (pardon me, graphic novel), but that’s what most audiences do want. We want to forget reality.

Kill Bill and Kill Bill 2 probably came closest to the ideal mix for both the escapist fan and the martial arts practitioner-fan. While it wasn’t “real” by any means, and contained a brilliant and zesty blend of satire, comic-book, spoof, and choreography, it never-the-less nostalgically hearkened back to the wondrous days of Enter the Dragon and the classic Japanese Samarai films of the 70s.

Japanese Film Stays True to Martial Arts Traditions?

Perhaps the film industry most aligned with the older traditions of martial arts film making is Japan. Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman, was a low-budget film, that became an instant cult classic. Zatoichi took movie audiences back to the classic real-sword skills of the old Samarai films of the earlier decades, and spawned video games and an entire industry.

Less is More? Where is the Real Martial Arts Skill?

Genuine martial arts actors still abound-led by superstars such as Donnie Yen and Jet Li-and most Chinese martial arts actors are proficient. In Hollywood, the film-makers opt for four-move choreography (two kicks, a block and a punch), multiple camera angles (particularly close ups when the skills of the martial artist are not genuine), pounding music, FX, and stuntmen. With the old hopefuls gone from the Hollywood big screen-Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and the other promising real martial artists-there’s now a world of difference between Asian film actors-who work in frigid cold, fourteen hours a day in often primitive conditions, hammering out genuinely complex martial arts moves for relatively paltry paychecks-and Hollywood films that now rely on computer and actor stand-ins.

Batman Now Does Kung Fu

Batman now does kung fu, and so does G.I. Joe, and even Hellboy. They’re fun, but the martial artist fan misses the great luminaries of martial arts films who built their careers on the “real thing”: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, David Chiang, Sonny Chiba, Chen Kuan-tai, Tomisaburo Wkayama, Jimmy Wong Yu, Ti Lung and the Liu brothers.

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The Emperor of China – A Book Review

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‘Emperor of China’ is a detailed look into the life of the great Emperor K’ang-hsi. The Emperor himself acts as the book’s narrator; thus, it is interesting to see K’ang-hsi’s point of view on many of the historical events that occurred during his reign. Since K’ang-hsi is the speaker, it is easy to get a closer look at what he considers good moral values and true virtue. He does not emphasize certain aspects of tradition-such as superstition-as many Chinese and Manchu officials would; rather, he focuses on virtues and morals that should instinctively be ingrained in all men. This does not mean he does not cherish tradition-as he once said, “I told them not to lose their Manchu traditions even in such things as dress, food, [and] utensils…” (pg 124)-but K’ang-hsi emphasizes that it is not intelligent to rely upon superstitious traditions. “I…warned the Bureau not to guess or exaggerate in interpreting the omens that they observed, but simply state their findings. Things may seem determined in our lives, but there are these and other ways in which man’s power can develop Heaven’s work. We must urge Heaven in it’s work, not just rely upon it.” (pg 58)

By looking at a few examples, one can easily see that these virtues, though Confucian in nature, are strikingly similar across the globe-east and west. Moreover, they resemble many of the beliefs in churches around the world. As said by K’ang-hsi, “If the fortune-teller says you will be successful, can you then say, ‘I’m bound to do well and needn’t study properly’? If he says you’ll be rich, can you sit still and let the wealth come?” (pg 59) Respectively, if one were to look in the Bible, James 2:17, it reads, “…faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” This is one of countless examples that can be found in this narrative of Emperor K’ang-hsi.

K’ang-hsi holds strict to many of the cultural traditions that safeguard China’s identity, but gives more weight to the moral traditions that have a greater bearing on the universal ethics and virtues of the people.

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