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Spending time in forests can be healthy for us

Spending time in forests can be healthy for us

  • PWPA encourages Filipinos to do “forest bathing”
  • Forest bathing is a cornerstone of preventive healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine
  • The Philippine Wood Expo 2019 aims to expand the reach of businesses in the wood sector by providing them with the opportunity to interface with other industry players

Everywhere we look, there seems to be a reason for us to be stressed. Whether we’re dealing with looming deadlines at work, drama at home, or even just finding a date, there are things that weigh us down. Sometimes, all we need is to escape the hassles of everyday life.

Being a tropical country, it’s a good thing that we can always find solace in the lush greenery offered by our forests. But did you know that taking refuge, even for a short while, under the canopy can improve your life and bring plenty of benefits?

Forest bathing, or what is known in Japanese as shinrin-yoku, is a cornerstone of preventive healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine. The concept was first established in Japan in the 1980s, and since then it has been backed by multiple South Korean and Japanese studies. The studies have found direct correlation between numerous health benefits and the exposure to a living forest.

Some of the most significant health benefits that a person can get from exposure to forests are: a boost to our immune system, lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, improved mood, increased focus, and better sleep. But aside from these, it can also help us increase creativity, allows us to relax, and increases our happiness.

This is the reason why the  (PWPA) is advocating for more people to experience forest bathing.

“We all know what our forests do for our environment,” Charlie Liu, Chairman of PWPA said. “Forest bathing goes beyond that and shows what a healthy forest can do for individuals. It is heartening that more and more Filipinos are choosing to discover the health benefits of our forests through forest bathing.”

Aside from encouraging more Filipinos to visit their forests, PWPA is campaigning for the protection of our forests and the practice of sustainable forest management to promote the well-being of the local forestry industry. The organization continuously promotes wood, which when harnessed sustainably, can be an important driver of growth and development for many communities in the Philippines and its economy as a whole.

In line with its goal to increase the sustainable use of wood, PWPA is holding the Philippine Wood Expo 2019 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza this October 21 to 22. The event promises to be a great opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers of wood products as well as wood enthusiasts to showcase their products and innovative technologies to attendees coming from various countries. The Philippine Wood Expo 2019 aims to expand the reach of businesses in the wood sector by providing them with the opportunity to interface with other industry players.

To learn more about PWPA or to learn how you can take part in the Philippine Wood Expo 2019, visit their website at http://www.pwpa.org.ph and join their fight for a better tomorrow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pwpa.philwood.

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Jealous man cuts off rival’s penis, flushes it down a toilet

Jealous man cuts off rival’s penis, flushes it down a toilet


Enraged Japanese boxer Ikki Kodukai, 24, without warning stormed into the Tokyo offices of a lawyer on Thursday morning. He then assaulted the man before proceeding to cut off the lawyer’s private parts and flushing them down a toilet.

Pruning shears. (Photo via the Amazon website.)
Pruning shears. (Photo via the Amazon website.)

Local media reports that the attack may have been an act of revenge, Kodukai had recently found out that the 42-year-old lawyer had an affair with his wife. A skilled boxer, Kodukai allegedly punched the older man several times before pulling the man’s pants down and cutting off his penis with a pair of garden shears. The boxer then flushed what he severed down a toilet.

After the assault, Kodukai calmly waited for the police to arrive. He was promptly arrested. Meanwhile, the lawyer, though he lost a lot of blood, suffered non-life threatening injuries, doctors state. He is currently recovering at a hospital.

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Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers and Their Pinoy Counterparts?

Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Boys Over Flowers and Their Pinoy Counterparts?


What a great nostalgic feeling I’m having right now! I can still remember the days when I rush home just to tune in to this pretty addicting TV show which became part of my refined childhood memories. And now it is being shown again nationwide. I am to a certain extent convinced that this will once again give its audience, most of which belong to the teenage category, a bamboozling and remarkable feeling of infatuation, excitement and curiosity. Yes, I am talking about Taiwan’s “Meteor Garden”.

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While the “Meteor Garden Fever” still exists up to this day which is something that I can’t argue about since I can see posts and comments about how eager people are looking forward to this show, let us not forget that Meteor Garden once had its rival shows produced by other countries like Korea and Japan namely, Boys Over Flowers/ Boys Before Flowers and Hana Yori Dango in that order. You can also find China’s version of the show but I am only going to mention the top three versions that I know. All of these were deemed as an adaptation of a Japanese shoujo manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) printed and demonstrated by Yoko Kamio. His work of art set the record for the bestselling shoujo Manga in Japan of all time which really deserved to be portrayed in front of the big screen.


Basically, these three adaptations follow the original Manga’s plot of flow of the story in which it revolved around Eitoku Academy, a school where the country’s most influential and powerful people’s children were being sent. Only a selected few or should I say the cream of the crop were allowed to be in that academy. It just so happened that the central character, Tsukushi Makino – a diligent and charming girl who came from a poor family. Unfortunately,  she came across with the academy’s elite group called F4 ( short for “Flower Four”) I just found its meaning as kind of inappropriate though since I’m expecting something like “Fearless Four” , “Furious Four” or “Freakish Four” LOL.

She was bullied, discriminated and insulted by the F4, by the way aside from its members being overly rich and prominent individuals, their handsome and elegant looks are something which can’t be denied and they were the apple of the eyes of all the girls inside the academy. Then add a bunch of drama and love story twists, and we’re going to have a wonderful TV series which will definitely captivate its audience of all ages. However, some of the details were modified according to each show’s production and management’s choices.

Now let’s take a look at each show’s main characters and decide which among them are the most suitable ones to portray the famous Manga, Hana Yori Dango’s characters.           ( Although the manga was made in Japan, we should still not be biased and not immediately lean towards Japan’s own adaptation though ) Peace!

Jerry Yan – Dao Ming Si


 Matsumoto Jun – Domoyouji

matsumoto jun

 Lee Min Ho – Gu Jun Pyo 


Barbie Xu – Shan Cai


 Inoue Mao – Makino Tsukushi


 Goo Hye Sun – Jan Di 

jan di

Vic Zhou – Hua Ze Lei


 Oguri Shun – Hanazawa Rui


 Kim Hyun Joong – Yun Ji Hoo 


Ken Zhu


Matsuda Shota


Kim Bum

kim bum

Vanness Wu


Abe Tsuyoshi

abe tsuyoshi

Kim Joon


I will not be going over the details of these actors’ performance and how well they portrayed the characters that were assigned to them since you probably already knew if they did well and if they went above or below your standards considering the fact that most of you guys have unquestionably watch these three series before if you are a self anointed avid fan.

The best thing that I can do is to give you a short clip which contains all of these characters and it’s up for you to decide who to pick among them.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGSNj2iuY50&w=420&h=400]

My question is, if you will be given a chance to make a “Dream Team” or a fantasy cast of characters to portray the Hana Yori Dango manga wherein you are only allowed to choose between the actors above, who would you choose? Mine will be ( Lee Min Ho, Inoue Mao, Vic Zhou, Kim Bum and Vanness Wu )

Pinoy Adaptation of Hana Yori Dango 

All I can say is “Why not?” Since there have been many adaptations being made by other countries which became major TV hits, why don’t we make our own version of it? Who knows, we might even break the popularity that these three TV shows have attained before. But first, we have to figure out who will be the possible actors which will star in our very own Filipino version. There have been a lot of attempts to finally make a Pinoy version of the series. It was even said to have already been finalized way back 2011 and it was supposed to be called “Brat Boys Beyond” (awful name…ugh!) starring Sarah Geronimo and other quite unknown starlets. Good thing it didn’t push through and ABS-CBN managed to get away with having the guts to face embarrassment because I am pretty sure that I will surely flop.

Now another hot topic resurfaces as this cute and amazing Pinoy version of the viral craze will be composed of Coco martin,Matteo guidicelli,Daniel padilla,Enchong dee and Sarah Geronimo. Do you think this will work out? If not, then who do you think suits each characters more? Feel free to suggest. =)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kziL50d_oEg&w=420&h=400]


I love Hana Yori Dango, http://ilovehanadan.tumblr.com/

Sharon, Meteor Garden/ Hana yori Dango/ Boys Over Flowers, http://sharonsnowflakes.blogspot.com/2012/07/meteor-garden-hana-yori-dangoboys-over.html

Charmedlass, Meteor Garden vs. Hana Yori Dango vs. Boys Over Flowers, http://charmedlass.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/meteor-garden-vs-hana-yori-dango-vs-boys-before-flowers/

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