Slimming Skaters Start with your feet together, toes pointing forward, arms by your side. To begin, take a wide ‘skate’ step with your right foot to the right side, then drag your left foot toward it, reaching your left arm forward while bringing your right elbow back, as if you were skating. Then, quickly change directions and repeat the movement on the opposite side. Repeat as many times as you can, alternating from left to right, for a total of one minute. This double-duty move not only tones and sculpts your inner thigh muscles, while you change directions quickly from side to side, it also burns off jiggly bulge.
Side to Side Plies Look straight ahead and stand with your feet positioned about three feet apart. Your knees and toes should be pointing out at about 45 degrees and your hands should be resting on your hips. This four-count move starts with a simple ballet plie. To do: Bend your knees and lower your hips towards the ground as low as you can. Keep your shoulders stacked over your hips, your back straight and knees pointing out over your toes. Dip down into the plie and hold it for 30 seconds. Then, slowly straighten your legs and slide your left heel into your right, squeezing your inner thighs together for a count of 30 seconds. Take a big step back out to the left and repeat plie, then slide right heel in. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement 10 times.
Crescent Kicks Standing with feet hip-width apart, arms relaxed by your sides, look straight ahead. Step onto your left foot, brush your right leg forward off the floor and create a large circular sweep from left to right with your leg. Then step onto right foot, and repeat on the left. That’s one rep. Repeat this move 10 times. This kick tones and slims your inner thighs as you help control your leg through a circular range of motion, while also stretching your inner thigh muscles as you open your leg to the side.
Inner Thigh Attitude Pulse Stand on your left leg and lift your right leg a few inches off the ground, bending at the knee. Now turn your knee out to the side. Bring right heel towards the ceiling and bring leg across the front of your body so that your right knee is past your left leg. Lower right leg towards the floor and lift it up as high as you can, keeping heel up. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement 15 times on your right side, then 15 times on your left.
Towel Squeeze Bridge Lie down on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms relaxed on the ground by your sides, looking straight ahead. Place a folded hand towel between your knees. Squeeze your knees together into the towel to really activate your inner thighs, and lift hips off the floor, as high as you can, towards the ceiling. Hold for two counts, then lower down. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement 15 times.
Seated Bent-Knee Sit with your hands pressed on the floor besides your hips. Your elbows should be slightly bent but not locked. Bend your knees in towards your body. Keep your knees touching and your toes pointed while looking straight ahead. Then, lean slightly forward and contract your abdominals. Trace your toes on the floor and open your knees out to the sides, then draw your knees together until they touch. That’s one rep. Repeat this exercise 20 times. This movement not only sculpts and shapes your inner thighs as you close your legs, but also tones your abdominals and hips as you maintain the move’s forward lean.
Frog Lie on your back with your arms relaxed on the ground beside you. Slowly bend your knees in towards your chest, drawing your abs in. Flex your feet and turn your knees out to the sides. Your heels should be touching. Now, press your legs out, widening them at a 45-degree angle. With both legs extended and turned outward, squeeze the backs of your knees together (your inner thighs). Bend your knees back in, maintaining the same 45-degree line on the way back. That’s one rep. Repeat this movement 15 times.
Butterfly Stretch To nix next-day soreness and increase flexibility, finish this routine with a relaxing stretch. Start seated, with the bottoms of your feet sandwiched together and your knees relaxed, out to the sides while holding onto your ankles. Gently lean forward, lowering your chest towards your feet until you feel a deep stretch in your inner thighs. Hold this position for 30 seconds, and then relax. Note: Since this is a stretch, you only need to do this movement once.
i have trouble with the trending non-existence of pint-size ice cream servings - you know, the just right personal serving size to quell some heartbreak sort of size, i gotta tell you it’s becoming quite a rarity.
such is the burden that my ice cream cravings, and necessities (on highly volatile days for my temper) have to be answered by sundae. a pretty tall order for the species.
forgive me, sundae… sure, you’re accessible, so you’re always there when i need a friend. but i’d be happy to trade you for a pint-size double-dutch supreme anytime. ice cream is like Mr. Right. and sundae, is Mr. Right Now. who wouldn’t want to be with Mr. Right all the time, right?
now, this is my sole analogical preference. it’s alright, sundae. i’m pretty sure there’s someone out there, sane than me, who takes you for Mr. Right. thanks for the available relief though. you still are, after all, a concubine in the messy affair.
It’s very old. No, it’s not ancient. Would’ya believe this is only 3 years old. But it feels very rustic, and very intimate.
This is what real artists do. They define a feeling for a song. A timeline. An emotion.
I love how this song feels. It feels comfortable, almost familiar. Like sunny afternoons spent in childhood laughter.
It feels very passionate, yet reserved. Some thought that grows, some feeling that lingers. Something strange, but feels familiar. Like Joseph Gordon Levitt. Like how he would make it feel like in his works. It’s real. Honest.
Something I cannot justify, but I’m sure you kindred souls can understand.
Is all I can say.
Found this on The Vampire Diaries soundtrack. I have so much respect for the people who does the music for the show, they have absolute fine taste in music, and very relevant to the theme. The show in itself is not bad, thanks to Damon Salvatore, whose immaturity actually brings maturity to the show.
Anyways, this song is totally pure. I loved how she made this sound so new, but the lyrics still haunting of a vintage heart. Because this is a remake.
Wait till you hear the original. That will define how your soul is.
I love this version. I love how she’d owned it, and gave it a contemporary touch. You can almost feel the longing. But there is already a Sarah McLachlan… I’d love to hear her do this song.
Although she’d have wished I didn’t hear the original. Because I’m an old soul. And though old things have rough edges, it makes them all the better. It makes them all cannot be better-ed at.
this is my lullaby.
i would want this to be my first dance as the wife to the man.
there’s gotta be a little Lightbody in everyman out there.
I haven’t seen anything spectacular in years since LOTR!
The plot, I must say, was typical. Very predictable. Like Stellan Skasgaard would say, “these are tales I’ve heard of as a child.” The typical moral lesson a hero must learn to be worthy of glory. But for something predictable, it was mighty kick-ass. The script could not have been any better-written.
That’s the thing with Kenneth Branagh, he’s always a pleasant surprise. Yes, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart also directs, FYI.
Natalie Portman, you know you’re my favorite actress. You know that. After I just watched you strut your stuff with some serious goo in Black Swan, I totally fell for your smartsy-scientist-but-just-a-giggling-typical-girl-who’d-fall-for-the-guy role.
But who wouldn’t fall for the guy here, seriously? I mean, Chris Hemsworth…
Wow. All I know is that I will never go hungry if you’re on screen. Such a charm you are.
i know i am on the verge of something. that odd feeling that something is about to end; that something is beginning to unfold.
so, i’m two decades and eight old. unmarried, and by the love of God, unchartered. but i take no shame in that, by all honesty. time is passing, and so am i in no means rushing. i take it rather odd. but odd is good, i think.
because i am in this odd job. that i didn’t go to school for and i don’t entirely love, but i’ve spent half a decade of my good, unprecedented youth. i’m with good friends who loves me in odd ways. and i’m still thinking about exploiting my good nature and good humor for the benefit of mankind - something odd for someone who doesn’t have much.
and i still believe in chivalry and true love in these oddest times. that i’m waiting for the day to be swept off my feet and land in the strong arms of a good man. odd because i’m thinking about having a kid, by getting an insemination done since the husband is still lost with Jack Sparrow’s compass. i’m thinking about what i’ll name him and how i’ll treat him more like i’d treat my teammate in a soccer team, only better because i’d treat him with ice cream. but i know i have to give up that thought and get myself a dog. and give it all up altogether since i can’t even afford a pooch. and i can’t even take care of myself!but oh, well. i’m not the only one who’s queer, that i know.
i might be without a conscious purpose, but i’d like to think i’m semi-useful, despite all these insane thoughts in my head.
as of now, all i know is i am meant for something. whatever that is, is sure is taking its time to be figured out. and all i know is that i am meant for someone. whoever he is, he sure is taking his time coming along. but, again, i’m odd so i’m waiting. waiting till he comes along, till life figures itself out.
Suggestions for the MMFF, and why we should **not** abolish it
it’s high time that we bring back sense to the local film industry.
i’ve never been a fan of this fest, considering how it deprives Filipinos of good movies during the holidays so we can sanctimoniously practice our half-baked patriotism - but seriously, who wouldn’t want good entertainment from the local industry? it’s about time that the industry start evaluating its processes than blame international films. if they all work on world-class production and sensible screenplays, they should be worthy rivals of global pieces.
now, don’t tell me how this gets done. i’m a paying audience. don’t even blame the internet, this is the goddamn digital age! surely your creative disposition should have a solution for that. and don’t tell me about the hindering laws and all the expense, because by God i am paying my taxes!
By Pepe Diokno (The Philippine Star) Updated January 01, 2011
My views on the Metro Manila Film Festival have changed over the years. I used to dismiss the whole thing outright, but since I started making movies, I’ve come to realize how valuable the MMFF is to our country.
See, the Philippines needs its film industry — not just for entertainment, but as a means out of poverty. Consider the following examples.
In the United States, Hollywood is among the few industries that thrived during the last recession. In fact, every year, it accounts for about 10 percent of the US’s gross domestic product (GDP). Imagine, one-tenth of the world’s largest economy comes from movies!
In the UK, their film industry contributes more than P300 billion to their GDP. In South Africa, the figure is around P23 billion. In Thailand, it’s over P1.5 billion.
These figures translate to millions of jobs created, families being fed, and children going to school. The reason is that film productions support other industries. A shoot doesn’t just need actors, it also needs caterers, accountants, animal trainers, and transportation. When a film is finished, it ties up with theaters, restaurants, video games, action figures, amusement parks, and tourism (think Disney World and Universal Studios).
That’s why other countries protect their film industry. Take South Korea. Since 1966, their government has enforced strict laws that require theaters to play Korean movies. They hedged their film industry, let it grow — and let it grow so much that it has even reached our shores. These days, Filipinos feast on Korean movies, TV shows, and music. What we don’t realize is that this also increases demand for Korean fashion, food, tourism — and even markets Korean electronics and automobiles.
French Gelato is a converted Francophile whose childhood dream was to become a hard core porn star and an oil pipe driller in Alaska at the same time. None of that has happened for her so far. But it all can be arranged. She recently gave up her post operating smoothies in Willie Wonka's Factory and is currently living in #82 Writer's Block, somehow but rather not strangely, finding herself learning the ropes to become a Healer's apprentice.