Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gods of Football 2009 HD has been released.

In 2008, forty of Australia’s sexiest Rugby League and Australian Rules footballers were invited to pose naked for a calendar. Those players helped create one of Australia’s most
provocative fundraising campaigns ever!

Gods of Football 2009: The Making of the Calendars, records their remarkable transformation from sporting heroes to international male calendar models
Creative Director Pedro Virgil invites you behind-the-scenes as he photographs these sportsmen amid many diverse and beautiful Australian landscapes.

Gods of Football 2009: The Making of the Calendars grants rare and captivating access to the creation of this unique campaign and Australia’s hottest rugby and football players.

The combination of athletic physiques and iconic Australian locations are a visual treat! The DVD incorporates dozens of previously unseen photographs and 7 special Bonus Features.

Gods of Football 2009: The Making of the Calendars is not only a celebration of the art of male photography, but also of the goodwill of the players who supported The McGrath Foundation by posing ‘naked for a cause’.

By purchasing this DVD, you are also making an important contribution. Thank you.

Purchase the videos here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Couples - is there really a difference?

I have been single for over a year now. My relationship for four years wasn't that bad. Actually, it wasn't even bad at all. We got along well, we shared a lot of things together and he cared so much about me. I was always his first thought. Whenever he wants to get something from the store, he thinks of "what I would like to have" before he even thinks of what he wants to have.

It was a great relationship yet I think I was the one who failed. I neglected him most of the time. I preferred to be with my friends rather than him. It wasn't exactly what I intended to do. It was part of my nature.

You see, I had been alone for 10 years before I got into a relationship. I decided that my career was more important to me than matters of the heart. I worked my way from the ground up in what they called, "CORPORATE AMERICA". I thought that if I can be successful, relationships can come easier in the end. (continued below...)

The realization of having a relationship hit me on our second year. It demands hard work! It's not as easy as I thought it would be. Love isn't enough to keep a relationship going.

As time went on, I should have woken up and given him what he deserved. The love and attention that he was looking for was something that I neglected to give him. In the end, we both knew it wasn't going anywhere. The relationship dwindled and on our fourth year into the relationship, we pretty much thought it was about to end. And it did.

I didn't think I was going to go back into a relationship again until most recently. I met someone through one of my blogs. A person whom I never thought would make me feel this way. It was truly unexpected. I am finally going to meet him. After classes are over this semester, I am heading over to a far away land for a vacation. Hint: It's a tropical island... We have so much plans. I can't tell who's more excited in meeting - me or him. It doesn't matter. The one thing that matters is that we are finally going to be able to take the veil of mystery in this relationship. We will know then. At least I hope.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Is it black or is it white?

We all went through it. We thought it was either black or white. It's not gray. Nothing seems to be in between. That was how my thought process was at one point. I didn't see any reason for compromise. Yet, it is funny how life teaches you a lesson and makes you look and notice the gray areas of life. It wasn't that simple.

I grew up knowing that I am going to be someone, someday. I had my focus and I was ready for it. The path was straight and nothing can topple me over. And then, in a flash - there it was. The big tumbling block ready to knock me off my naivete! Who said that someone or something is going to get in my way?

I met someone just recently. He is a fellow blogger (of course!). I noticed him lurking on one of my sites and he decided to leave me a comment after months of simply passing through. He was having trouble since my site was experiencing a lot of technical difficulties at the time..... (continued below...)

He sent me an email stating that he was trying to leave a comment and couldn't. I sent him an email back. That was when our correspondence started. The first YM conversation turned into a nightmare. He became furious at something I said that he just logged off completely without notice. I thought I would never hear from him again. The next time I was online, he contacted me again.

We talked and we joked. Before you knew it, we were texting. We were skyping. Cam on cam. It became a daily thing. Then, we fell in love. Or was it lust? Similar to how I used to think, I thought it is going to be a straight path. It isn't. Out of nowhere, for no valid (or should I say - practical) reason, he did it again. Logged off without saying goodbye. I tried to contact him but there was no response. Am I simply fooling myself? Is this for real? Where is this "virtual relationship" headed?

If you don't know me very well, one thing I hate the most is a person who does not confront the issue right then and there. If you need to voice out your hatred, tell me. If you're mad - tell me. But never, ever, hang up the phone or leave me hanging to wonder what I just did. NEVER.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

It's not looking good.

One of my worst fear is getting laid off from my job. (Knock on wood) I have never been laid off from a job ever since I started working at the age of 18. I have constantly been employed for the past odd some years.

Working for a company such as mine, it was something that never crossed my mind. They have always been financially sound, debt-free and unbelievable growth since inception. The company has been around for over 40 years and have never in its history laid off anyone. They will move you around when times are tough but never lay you off.

Most recently, due to the Global Economic Meltdown - we received a notice that our 401K will be matched dollar-for-dollar for a whole month. That's great news isn't it? At least we initially thought so. It will be effective for one full month. Woohoo! - - Read on below...

Right after that, a speech was given globally by our CEO to assure us that the company is in the best financial shape and that there's nothing for us to worry about, patted us on the back for our hard work and went on his merry way.

Right after the holidays, we received our company newsletter telling us that times are really difficult. Changes have to be made and that in order for our company to survive this financial crisis, changes have to be drastic.

After our dollar-for-dollar matching expires, the company will no longer match any of our 401K contributions until further notice. On top of that, they laid of approximately a 10th of our workforce - all in one swoop. The ones who remained will have to take a 5-10% paycut in order for us to keep our jobs.

Let me tell you guys - this economic meltdown is not done yet and it is about to get worse. Unless you have been sleeping under a rock for the past year, you may not have heard about this crisis.

I just want to let you guys know, I'm making drastic changes in my household as well. No more cable TV for me, no dry cleaning, cut down on dining out, brown-bagging my lunch and so forth. I need to save every penny I can until we can ride this one through. What are you doing with your finances?

Monday, January 5, 2009

I have returned bros! Yes, I needed that break...

The holidays. We seem to have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. At least I do. You anticipate it and you get excited about it and then it comes and it goes. That was it? I had been looking forward to it all year, only to go through it like a race car at the Indy 500. Here.. gone.

Anyways, I know that you all have been checking the blog out (I have my ways of knowing! :D ) and trying to see if there are any new posts. My sincere apologies. The holidays have taken my precious time away from blogging and I'm glad to say that I am back. I'm here to tell you about how "exciting" my Christmas was. It was a freaking joke.

Alright, when the family starts planning a Christmas reunion in July - I would think people should really plan on taking a couple of days off don't you? I mean, for crying out loud. Everyone said they were going to be there (we planned our Family Christmas Reunion in NYC) and we were all excited. It has been years since the family got together and shoot the shit - pardon my expression - and had a good hearty dinner together. I come from a huge family of 10 children. If you're family is as big as ours, you know what 'chaos' is. The funny thing is.. when you've moved out and are on your own, that's the thing that you look forward to when you go to a family reunion. You want 'chaos' and you want drama. That's what it's for!

Needless to say, half of the family canceled around the 22nd or the 23rd. There was one were the furnace gave out and have to attend to it, another who can't leave her cheating husband behind suspecting that he may do something, and the list goes on. But let's be real here. I didn't plan (yes, I planned it that is why I am BITTER) the reunion in December, or November... I planned it in JULY!!! Everybody said YES! To make matters worst, I ended up welcoming Christmas (midnight) alone with a bottle of wine while the rest of the family went to our cousin's home to have Christmas Eve dinner. They said they were going to be home at 10:00 p.m. -- but NOOOOOOOOOOO - - they arrived at 12:30 a.m.

So folks! Here I am - - bitter as hell but who cares. I am and will not in any kind of future there is, going to plan any family reunion even if hell freezes over. Don't worry folks - I'll get over this. I'm just venting. I do hope however that everyone else had (I'm sure you did, given my situation) a much more pleasant Christmas than I did. And I even bought a case of good wine!!!!

Listen, if you had a much more horrible Christmas than I did - please share. I need to feel better. Hahahaha!! LOL!