A very interesting infographic of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the bottom line why the Philippines is lagging behind

Originally posted on The Missing Graph:

Infographic with facts and figures about the heights of the players of the 2014 FIBA World Cup Click on the image to enlarge it

Today’s infographic examines the height of the basketball players who participate in the 2014 FIBA Basketball Word Cup held in Spain (30 August – 14 September).

The shortest basketball player of the tournament is Philippine point guard Lewis Alfred ‘LA’ Tenorio standing at 1.70m (5’6”). There are 3 more participants below 1.80m (5’9”): one of them is Iranian point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (1.78 m – 5’8”) and the other two play in the Philippines team. In fact the Philippines team has the lowest height average, 1.91m (6’3”) and point guards are the shortest in the tournament – average at 1.88m (6’2”) and usually is the position where shorter players thrive.

On the other end of the spectrum tallest team is Greece – average 2.04m (6’7”), followed close by Serbia. Centers are the tallest players – average at 2.10m (6’9”). The tallest participant of…

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Sometimes, unplanned dates turn out unexpectedly successful. This was what happened to my dinner date with my wife, Tina. I initially thought of bringing her to a resto in Banawe Street recommended by my office colleague. She suggested Fisher Mall instead. I didn’t want to prolong the discussion so I agreed. Once there, she asked that we go to the second floor. I saw King Bee and it seemed okay, though the place was already crowded.ImageImage

I didn’t know that Tina also wanted to try King Bee. She said another branch at Commonwealth Avenue had a similar crowd of customers. As we waited for a vacant table in front of the reception desk, I noticed that several waiters just ignored us. Hmmm. First impressions? Perhaps the sheer number of customers kept them from welcoming incoming guests. Still, it’s basic courtesy to acknowledge, or greet potential customers. So I signalled for a table for two. That was the only time I got their attention. We were led to a table overlooking the corridor outside the mall. I asked the waiter about their bestseller. “Lechon Macau,” was his reply, and another dish I didn’t remember. My wife asked for a menu with shrimps. After several suggestions, she settled for “shrimps with asparagus.” “Drinks, Sir?” Tina ordered watermelon shake, while I asked for buko shake.ImageImageImage

As we waited for our orders, another waiter offered some dimsum for appetizers. Tina chose the siomai. Wise choice! It was simply the best-tasting, mouth-watering siomai, with no wasted space inside out. It was pure pork siomai alright. Now, going back to our main course, when we asked how long will it take for our dinner to be served, we were told to wait from 15 to 20 minutes. I don’t know if they were being too thoroughly secure or downright naive, dinner was served in less than 15 minutes! Mind you, both Tina and I were starving after a long day’s work, so we immediately got into action (as I began snapping photos). Once I took my first bite of the Lechon Macau, I could feel the lechon “melting” in my mouth. It was amazingly very tender yet perfectly cooked. I can hear the crunch while I chewed. The shrimps with asparagus didn’t get relegated on the sidelines either. The chef didn’t save on ginger – there was plenty to spare, which more than made for a delightful course, with mushrooms going with the asparagus and onion sprouts. It was magic in your mouth! I couldn’t help getting one more serving of rice (there goes my diet) with such gastronomic delights. After a hearty meal, we made our way to the door. Being used to Jollibee’s service crew bidding a goodbye, Tina and I looked at each other once we were outside. Not a single waiter even managed a smile or a greeting. So much for first impressions! Still, I’m giving King Bee a passing grade because of the main course (and the siomai). For those of you who wish to visit Fisher Mall, why not try out King Bee, unless there’s so many customers you might want to check out other restos instead.Image

As we bided our time window-shopping, I noticed Pepper Lunch just across King Bee.Image


I can’t easily forget good food when I get one. A week ago, I was treated for lunch at “Pepper Lunch,” somewhere in Greenbelt Makati. We ordered Double Hamburg Steak with Egg. Eating it reminded me of an unforgettable meal at Korean Air, 35000 feet flying to Incheon International Airport, Korea: bibimbap. If you’re on a gastronomic adventure, I’d recommend Double Hamburg Steak with Egg at Pepper Lunch. It would blow you away, really. Image

Up at the next floor, Tina and I saw Cold Layers. I thought of ice cream, same as Tina. We went in and asked for their bestseller: Deep Temptation. Cold Layers makes use of ingeniously shaved ice mixed with chocolate, syrup, bananas in the case of our order.Image


Once you taste Cold Layers, you get to feel the smoothness and the rich flavor of their concoction. Simply amazing!ImageImageImage

Fisher Mall has many more stores waiting to open very soon. For mall rats or window shoppers who’ve since been used to visiting SM Supermalls, Robinsons, or Ayala, Fisher Mall will surely be a welcome addition to your list of malls that surely captures the tastes and sights and sounds of every Pinoy. Here’s wishing you all mothers a very warm Happy Mothers’ Day! Nanay, may you rest in peace. We miss you, but we believe you are now in a much happier place.


A New Year Message for All!.

Rama Hari, December 5, 2012

with Kalila Aguilos after the show. My wife and I enjoyed watching. Kudos to the whole cast!

Piano Tutorial – Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 ©

Piano Tutorial – Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 ©

Trendsetter Productions, a service outfit conducting workshops for model wannabes, launched its Runway Cycle One Fashion Show  at Icon Ultimate Club, Hotel Intercontinental, Makati City, last January 18, 2012 – Wednesday. Among the lucky models who walked the runway was my 4-yr old daughter. It was the fruit of several workshops, totaling five days in all, where participants learned the basics of modeling, personality development, photography modeling and make-up, even how to emote on camera in various expressions. The event would not have been possible without the show’s sponsors like Icon Ultimate Club, the Bar, Motives by Loren Ridinger (make-up, cosmetics), Drezzee, Market Philippines, Casa de Imahe, David’s Salon, and several others. Looking back from my daughter’s own perspective, she had fun and a swell time: she got new friends, learned how to walk and pout, like a model, pose for the camera, and, I think, most importantly, be more comfortable with herself. I saw how she improved from Day 1. I was simply proud of her, especially when she walked the runway, without a trace of self-consciousness, and the tantrums. For those parents out there, I would suggest you get to involve your kids in workshops like these: it really helps to have our kids interact with other people, especially kids their age. It brings out the best in our children. Nowadays, we think that we do our kids a favor if we just leave them in front of the TV, or the computer, or their PSPs or DS. I beg to disagree. All these will only turn our kids into couch potatoes, unless we are there to interact with them or supervise what they’re doing. It’s far more healthy for kids to be outdoors, getting some fresh air, and sweating themselves to more fun and purposeful activities. There are some things that kids will never get to know from just a press of a button or manual dexterity.

all set for Las Vegas runway

gearing up for animal prints runway

proud dad and mom with our model, and Manang Elsa

with one of the adult female models – Red Carpet Runway

ready for the Red Carpet Runway

Red Carpet Runway – dual walk

Best in Gown – Adult Female Category

Best Male Model

waiting for the judges (tired but happy)

There’s a sublime feel in this poem, a certain free-flowing pattern, and yet , I find it balanced as well. I’d like to recommend this to other bloggers out there.

I was literally dragging myself to work today (January 12, 2012): the pain in my right knee was getting more and more unbearable. But I had to report for work so I could meet with our company nurse regarding reimbursements for medical consultation and medicines. Other than this, my mind was far from “work mode” as it is. By lunch time, I made up my mind to go to New World Diagnostics to have my tests as the doctor recommended.

On my way to the jeepney stop, I thought of passing by 7-Eleven to buy some breath fresheners.

Once there, I saw the Hershey’s dispenser serving French Vanilla Cappuccino and Choco Loco. I ordered a small cup of French Vanilla, only to find out that they ran out. So I opted for Hershey’s Choco Loco instead.

The choice was a Godsend: I felt much, much better. I remembered reading about how chocolate can help re-energize and stimulate one’s senses. No wonder, women, in particular, love chocolate! Somehow, my earlier feeling of discomfort and pain melted away with just one hot cup of Hershey’s Choco Loco. It also egged me on to go back to work in spite of my physical condition.

For those of you who have not yet tried hot chocolate at 7-Eleven, I suggest you should: like me, it would surely make your day!


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