What Do You Love? Google Asks

I hope you guys noticed the new nifty tool found in Google’s homepage. It’s simply called What Do You Love?

How can this help in keyword search?

It is basically a new search tool that lets you seek keyword-related information from various Google services, such as the following:

  • YouTube
  • Maps
  • SketchUp
  • Blog Search
  • Calendar
  • Patent Search
  • Books
  • Voice
  • Chrome
  • Image Search
  • Moderator
  • News
  • Groups

There are just a lot, and according to Google, more will be coming soon.

Not all tools will be helpful for a writer or a blogger, but majority of them are perfect for topic generation. Searching for images and videos to enhance message delivery doesn’t have to be time-consuming, while the trends section helps you determine the effectiveness or potential of your chosen keyword.

For those who haven’t wet their feet on it yet, do so and let me know what you think.


A Tribute to Our First Teacher

A lot of people would call us a family of achievers. Modesty aside, all three of us were able to send ourselves to college through scholarships. I was a working scholar, my brother belonged to Rhine’s top ten, while my sister got hers from Aboitiz. We never missed any recognition day when we were elementary and high school, and save for me, my brother was cum laude and my sister a magna when they graduated from college.

Yes, we worked hard for all of them. We burned midnight oil, gone through sleepless nights, burrowed our heads through the voluminous pages of our textbooks, and carried hundreds-of-pages accounting books all the way to the third floor of USC. But the biggest sacrifice–and the highest reward–belonged to our mother.

She was literally our first teacher. She was the first one who taught me not only to read but also to appreciate stories. I remember before my brother and I would go to sleep, she would tell us tales of Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel, to name a few. We hardly had any books then, but we were filled with so much learning. She was always patient, even when she’s heavy with third child, to answer my questions even when it’s already midnight.

My parents brought me nursery rhymes and children’s tapes, which I would play over and over, and never did my mom interfere. I have a huge feeling it got on her nerves several times, but then she simply allowed me to immerse myself to more stories, to rhymes, and eventually to poetry.

We were fortunate enough to be sent to a school that gave away books before classes started, and my mother would try her darn best to buy them for us so we could spend all summer flipping through them. And so even before June came, I’d already read them from cover to cover.

She implemented no TV hours on me from grade 1 until grade 4–and she repeated that to my siblings. It simply meant when the clock hand turned seven, I should be on the table, reading all my notes and making my assignments. By 9, she would be sitting across me, reading the same books and checking the same notes. Then, she would quiz me, ask me all the questions the answers of which I should already know if I studied really well. As if these weren’t enough, she would create quizzes and long exams written in yellow paper to prepare me for periodicals.

It wasn’t really easy. For four painstaking years, I cried buckets of tears, especially when it came to math. And yes, there were times when I wished I would already be in grade 5 so she’d stop torturing me. But now, more than 10 years later, I suddenly missed it.

My mother was one of our greatest cheerers. She listened attentively when I recited to them my first-ever poem about farm animals. She scanned through “tabloids” I made when I was in elementary and was very proud when I learned how to use the typewriter at grade 5. And she never discouraged me to go on and finish college even if I was disheartened, flanking a number of my major subjects.

She was there when my brother felt so down and lost when he was in high school, when he had to battle it out with a few people who didn’t believe in him, including a teacher. When my sister was in nursery, my mother waited for her every day; and she relearned her ABCs, numbers, and shapes because she felt her third child was lagging behind.

I had not given her anything last Mother’s Day except for a dinner treat not because I forgot or I didn’t want to. I just wanted to offer her the best. And perhaps letting the entire world know how much she worked hard to make us learned and refined individuals is the most ideal.

We love you, Ma!


Mickey Mouse and His Gang Are Coming to Cebu!

Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be performing in a music mash-up of mega proportions  as Disney Live! comes to Manila and Cebu City for the first time with its newest stage show Mickey’s Music Festival.  Concert goers will hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, among other jams.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival brings the biggest concert experience to hit live family entertainment.

 

“One song can touch millions of people around the world and Disney has been at the beat of this concept for years by making music a main ingredient of storytelling,” said Producer and CEO of Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld.  “In Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival we are celebrating with the Disney characters to a soundtrack of the latest sounds and chart-topping hits. We want our guests to walk away with lasting memories and singing these unforgettable melodies long after they leave the show.”

 

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, featuring an all star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters,   begins with audiences watching a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour.  Soon thereafter, they will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie.  Underwater is where the crowd will meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm. And, family and friends will stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.  Anyone can be a member of the band as giant-sized balloons fall from the ceiling in one scene and then in the next, Disney characters are dancing in the aisles.

 

“We’ve created an environment where audience members will be able to connect with the Disney stars,” said Alana Feld, Producer and Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment. “Within each concert moment are elements of personal interaction and they will be harmonizing, dancing, laughing and having an outrageously good time with the characters right there in their city.”

 

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival was built with a global audience in mind and a goal of being as universal as its featured music.  The father-daughter production team, Kenneth Feld and Alana Feld, has hand selected award-winning creative talents whose credits span from working with Madonna to winning a Latin Grammy®  Award to designing hundreds of costumes for Disney theme park shows:

  • Director/Choreographer Fred Tallaksen is the award-winning choreographer of Madonna’s “Sorry” video and the finale of her Confessions World Tour.  In 2008, he earned a Latin Grammy® in the Best Video category for Juanes’s “Me Enamora.” Tallaksen was also skating choreographer for “Austin Powers III-Goldmember”
  • Writer Jeremy Desmon’s credits include The Girl in the Frame, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie & Other Storybooks and Curious George Live! He received the 2007 Kleban Award for excellence in Musical Theatre Bookwriting, and is also a recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Jonathan Larson Fellowship
  • Scenic Designer Rick Papineau is the vice president of Scenic Elements at Feld Entertainment and is credited for leading the creation of life-like versions of the characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars that move on ice for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
  • Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom designed costumes for more than 15 original dance shows in Downtown Disney from 1996 until 1999 and is credited for designing costumes for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
  • Lighting Designer Sam Doty is eager to work on his second Disney Live! show after Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show put him in the spotlight
  • Music Director Stan Beard has arranged and written the musical score for numerous domestic and international Disney On Ice productions; has worked in the recording studio with such luminaries as Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra

 

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival is presented in the Philippines by Vivre Fort Entertainment Inc. and is set to be staged this year at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel from September 23-25 and at the Araneta Coliseum from October 5-9. For Manila shows, tickets are exclusively available at Ticketnet (911-5555) located in SM Department stores and at the Araneta Coliseum. For Cebu shows, tickets can be purchased at SM Tickets (032-231-3876) located in SM Cinemas, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel (032-232-6888), Ayala Center Cebu and also at Ticketnet. For more details, visit http://www.disneylive.com.ph or call Vivre Fort Entertainment at (02) 470 6956.

Note: The press release was provided by Vivre Fort Entertainment. Now to tease you even more, look at the fun, gorgeous images below: