American Country Music is not just for Americans

Experts say it is characteristically, a “Japanese thing” to pick up style or fashion, and then they adopt and recreate them in a “Nippon way”. That is what happened to American country music in Japan during the wake of the World War II, back by the time American GIs played Hank Williams on the radio and started to popularize it in the land of the sun. Added to the appeal of America’s open-wide West and lonely cowboys in a nation of crowded cities, that is why it is not hard to understand how American country music had secured and custom-tailored, a memorable place in Japan’s heart.

American country music has a surprisingly large number of fans in Japan, but the subculture surrounding it has received a very little attention from historians of Japanese pop culture. From Jimmie Rodgers of the early 20th century and still known as the “The Father of Country Music” to the most recent country singer Justin Moore, American country music still prevails up to this time.

In Japan, American country music is a “shumi,” it means a hobby or a “taste” like for Americans (skiing or tennis), and for Japanese (tea ceremony or calligraphy) that can go a long journey towards the definition of the enthusiast’s circle of friends and lifestyle. An irrational sample of cowgirls attending Country Gold (Annual International Country Music Festival that takes place every September in Kumamoto) just tells a story that every one of them became acquainted with country music through recreational horseback riding. The majority of the old folks are bluegrass fans.

Speaking of Justin Cole Moore, he is popularly known as Justin Moore. He is born on March 30, 1984 and is the most recent American country music singer and songwriter of our age. He has released 3 albums for Valory Music Group: First is Justin Moore in 2009, second is Outlaws Like Me in 2011, and lately Off the Beaten Path in 2013.

Off the Beaten Path is the 3rd studio album by Justin Moore. It was released on September 17, 2013. And it included Justin’s duets with Charlie Daniels and Miranda Lambert. The album has reportedly sold 224 thousand copies in the United States as of January 2014.It included the singles “Lettin’ the Night Roll” and “Point at you.”

Blake Shelton Teams Up With Shakira

the-voicePeople who watch the TV reality show ‘The Voice’ know that stiff competition exists between Shakira and Blake Shelton. Both are judges on the 4-judge singing competition show who fight over the best contestants they’d want to put on their team. It’s fun to watch each of the four judges, them, and Usher and Adam Levine for this latest season; each saying everything that can be said in order to sell themselves to the contestants.

In her public appearances, specifically on TV shows, Shakira makes mention of the ongoing battle between the two of them, saying that she is bent on winning over Blake.  She even boldly says that she may have the uppar hand, making reference to Miranda Lambert, Shelton’s wife. Shakira reveals that they work together to find the winning voice on the show. She calls Miranda her little ‘spy’ in Shelton’s headquarters, and her secret weapon’.  Well, it may not just be 3 against one for Blake Shelton on ‘The Voice’, it may very well be 4 against one, with ‘one’ being at his own homebase!

Anyway, competition may be stiff when it comes to being judges on the show, in the studio however, there was no competitiveness whatsoever. The two recently collaborated on a song Shakira created. It’s a country song entitled ‘Medicine’, and it’s very country style. Shakira says it’s not that new for her since her past singles all have hints and tastes of country in it, the acoustic guitar touches, and the narratives that are so descriptive of traditional country style of music.

‘Medicine’ had Shakira teaming up with Nashville writers to produce the song that she had in her mind and heart. She had eight versions of the track but ultimately chose the country music rendition.  Shakira tells Jimmy Fallon on the show that she chose the duet to be with Blake Shelton because of his great voice, Shakira calls it a ‘manly voice’. Shakira is all praises for Blake’s singing voice.

‘Medicine’ is in her current self-titled album, catch it in stores from March 25; and catch Blake Shelton live in concert. See blake shelton concerts for more info.

Imagine Dragons Gaining Popularity

Imagine_DragonsImagine Dragons is really fast becoming a crowd favorite, the fan base is on a steady rise. A recent survey reveals that it is one of the moth popular bands in Plymouth and across UK cities and towns.  Spotify’s compiled list includes the band on its TOP 10 most streamed music artists (UK) in 2013. The Plymouth listers (in order) are: Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Avicii, Ben Howard, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Eminem, Passenger, and Ellie Goulding.

Imagine Dragons seem to know how to pack a crowd and have people leaving satisfied. Attendees really dig concert performances. Music lovers who haven’t had a chance to see them perform should go and see them for personal experience, check imagine dragons concert dates here.

Imagine Dragons show mastery in their craft, they perform flawlessly. The band rose in popularity for its appealing ‘new breed’ style of music, of which Kurt Cobain calls such as ‘radio-friendly unit shifters’. The group is ambitious, highly risk takers willing to explore and try out new things. They are unafraid to test the waters. The band’s 2012 album, ‘Night Visions’ (debut album) show that. They took a risk with the public and it paid off, the music appealed to the masses.

Some critics are wondering about their staying power though, it seems they have been so fast-tracked to the top of the list that some are thinking that just like any fad, the fickle public might soon be done with them; but just checking them out at concerts may very well dismiss doubts about the band.

On stage and in the industry, Imagine Dragons is a proven crowd-pleaser. People see the sincerity and eagerness in the performances to just downright please people who come to see band members perform. In venues, they cannot be doubted about their ability to pack large rooms. Imagine Dragons has come out with top hits, some of which are: “It’s Time”, “On Top of the World”, and the highly popular rendition of “Radioactive”.

Fans are clamoring for more original material though. The band is good with covers, excellent actually; but many are hoping for more original song releases.

Raising Children with Extraordinary Gifts

talentedAlthough talent and skills are developed over time, there are people who are naturally gifted. For instance, we have Mozart, famous composer, whose talent began to show when he was only five years old. Over a period of five years from his birth, it is impossible for an ordinary child to have fully formed even his motor skills. Hence, talent can indeed be an inborn gift to some individuals.


Parents may not immediately realize that their child is gifted. Sometimes, they do not realize at all and unfortunately the child’s talent goes to waste because of lack of support and growth. So if you notice that your child is exhibiting some form of extraordinary skill, have him diagnosed by child development experts. From there, you will be able to find ways on how to further enhance his natural ability.

Regular life

Some parents make a big deal out of their children’s condition once they find that they are not like other normal kids on the block because of their unique talent. They become too protective and paranoid that their children might not be able to maintain their performance or that they might not get proper treatment from others. This is should not be the case. While parents with gifted children are lucky to have such offspring, they should do their best to allow their children have a regular life. Childhood is the most wonderful stage in one’s life and children must not be robbed of this time and opportunity.

Travel and education

To further hone a child’s talent, he must get good education above all. Education can be obtained inside the classrooms as well as outdoors. If you can afford it, allow your kids to travel and see other places and experience first class entertainment. Let them see Daniel Tosh Tour this summer so they can be entertained and get exposed to the world.

Proper connections

To ensure that your child’s gift is shared and cultivated, try to establish proper connections. There are agencies or groups that can help you find the right break for your child. This does not mean that you will exploit your child for your own benefit. To tap his talent and possibly make him known for it will redound to his own good in the end.

World of Cosplay: Best Cosplay Costumes that will Surely Standout

kuchiki_rukia_and_kurosaki_ichigo_cosplay___bleach_by_sailormappy-d5s47hoWhile there are people who think that cosplay is one excellent way of expressing one’s self, for others, it is a crazy and odd idea. Cosplay has its fair share of fans and detractors. Nevertheless, even though other people ridicule cosplay, more and more are encouraged to engage in this activity

For the benefit of those who don’t understand the world of cosplay, cosplay is the shortened version of “Costume Play.” It is considered as a form of performance art whereby the participants wear or use costumes, as well as the necessary accessories, to signify a certain character or idea. Among the favorite sources of ideas of cosplayers are anime, manga, video games, comic books, as well as films.

Primarily, cosplay is rampant among Asian countries, particularly in Japan. However, because of its popularity, there are also Western people who are hooked with cosplay. As a matter of fact, there are even competitions for cosplayers, like the prestigious World Cosplay Summit. Other well-known cosplay events are Anime Expo, Anime North, New York Comic Con, and San Diego Comic Con.

Those who are yearning to become excellent cosplayers should check out the best characters that are listed below. Whether they’ll attend a convention or join a competition, there’s no doubt that the characters below can grab the attention of both judges and fellow cosplayers.

1. Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight

Thanks to the late Heath Ledger, the character of Joker in Batman The Dark Knight has become more popular. The fact that Mr. Ledger played the character so well inspired a lot of cosplayers to try it as well. However, only few can pull off this character. To play this character with conviction, excellent make up and acting skills are required. Use this character and gain so much attention.

2. Bayonetta

This character features a playful personality. With amazing clothing and portrayed emotion, female cosplayers can surely pull this character off.

3. Iron Man

Many people think that it’s difficult to recreate the Iron Man suit, especially if it is for a cosplay, since it is very detailed. However, if Masterle247 was able to do it, then there’s no doubt that other cosplayers can do it as well.

4. The Rocket Team from Pokemon

All cosplayers know Pokemon. As a matter of fact, this Japanese-inspired cartoon is among the favorite sources of ideas of cosplayers. Mimicking the Team Rocket from this hit Japanese cartoon show is perfect for beginner cosplayers.

5. V for Vendetta

Some people think that mimicking the famous V for Vendetta character is as simple as wearing a mask. What they don’t realize is that the mask needs to look exactly as the one that is in the movie. Also, the character must also be accompanied with the right suit, accessories, and with conviction. Therefore, those cosplayers who want to portray this character should study the movie carefully.

6. Mystique- X Men First Class

Many X Men enthusiast would certainly agree that the character of Mystique is absolutely astonishing and very feminine. Using this character in a cosplay convention is definitely a great idea. It can surely make head turners, since it boasts luscious curves and very strong personality.

People have different views about the world of cosplay. Whether cosplay is used as a form of hobby or escape goat, the fact remains that its artistry is undeniably impeccable.

The Dos and Don’ts in Cosplay

1. Aspiring cosplayers should portray characters that they enjoy or relate to.

2. Aside from studying the costume, it is also important for cosplayers to study their preferred character’s mannerisms. They have to pay attention to the way the character portrays himself.

3. Cosplayers must also make 3 striking poses. They should create poses that can truly express and uplift the character.

4. When creating costumes, beginner cosplayers should at least have a reference image of all the desired costume’s angles. In case they can’t find images of some of the angles, then they should utilize their good judgment of how the other angles should look like. Cosplayers can add other designs in their costume. However, they have to make sure that the costume will look close with their preferred character’s costume.

5. Accepting criticisms is one great way of improving the costume and the makeup. Cosplayers should always have a room for improvement. As a matter of fact, even those who have been cosplaying for several years are open for criticisms.

6. Don’t treat cosplay as a means of source of income. Cosplay is known as a fun and interesting hobby. Therefore, even though they join cosplay competitions, cosplayers don’t forget to have fun.

7. It’s a no-no in cosplay to treat other cosplayers with not too appealing costumes inferiorly. Take note; cosplayers are equal.

8. This tip also has something to do with the “Cosplay Principle: Equal”. Cosplayers should not think that they’re the best in cosplaying their preferred character. In short, they should not feel superior to the other cosplayers. There are a lot of cosplayers that portray the same character.

These are just portions of the long list of cosplaying tips. These may look simple but they’re indeed good Cosplay principles.

Basically, Cosplay is a valise of the words costume and play. This term was coined by the famous Nobuyuki Takahashi from Studio Hard- a Japanese studio, while he was in the World Science Fiction Convention or the famous Worldcon in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Takahashi was so astonished by the hall, as well as with the costumed fans. Soon, he reported about what he discovered in a variety of Japanese magazines about science fiction. And there goes the birth of Cosplay…

More and more people are entering the world of Cosplay, particularly those who are fascinated with manga, animated shows, films and comic books. Just like in other aspects, beginner cosplayers certainly need myriad of advices to ensure their success in the world of Cosplay and to ensure that they’ll pull off every character that they’ll mimic.

Let Your Kids Discover Their Potentials. Coercion Never Works

As a mother, you only want the best for your kids. This is why you want them to excel in a specific field and let others see their greatness. There is nothing wrong in being a supportive mother. It only becomes a problem if you have reached a point when you already start coercing your kids to do things they don’t love.

This is the problem with most parents. Just because they used to be a great ballerina, their kids must also follow their footsteps. Those who have excelled as doctors also expect their kids to take up medicine. If your kids were inspired by your skills and they also wish to pursue the same path, it would be great. You have all the reasons to support them. On the other hand, if they told you that they wish to pursue other paths, don’t be outraged. You don’t have the right to tell them what they should do, especially with their career paths.

At a young age, let them have the freedom to discover their strengths. There are those who are very playful and are good in making friends with other kids. They might grow up to become politicians or TV personalities. Others develop their love for math at a young age. If they decide to become scientists or engineers, go ahead and support them.

Other kids have a special interest when they were younger but ultimately develop skills in other areas. For instance, they seem to love math when they were young but as they grew older, they focused on music instead. Again, you can only be there to guide and support them whatever path it is they choose to pursue.

Give advice

As a parent, the best thing that you can do is to give advice. They will surely listen to you and respect what you say. Just don’t expect them to follow your will. Maintaining an open relationship allows you to be honest. They can also be honest in return. If you think that there are other fields that they have to pursue, go ahead and tell them. Remember that you must give advice as a loving parent, and not a coercive monster.

Don’t be frustrated

The problem with some parents is that they end up not questioning the decision of their children, but they can’t hold their disapproval. They seem unhappy each time their child achieves something great in doing what they love. Try giving them your approval in whatever way you can. No one expects you to be a cheerleader, but you can at least show that you care.

If your child has shown passion for music, don’t be alarmed. Yes, there are only a few people who have succeeded as musicians, but let them do it if that’s what they love. You would rather see them not becoming wealthy as long as they are happy rather than becoming financially stable, but totally miserable.

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The Culture of Comedy in Responding to Trump Must Come to an End

When Donald Trump announced his decision to run for president, we all laughed at him. There were even news stories saying that he had paid actors to watch him as he announces his decision to run for president.

During his announcement, he accused Mexicans of being rapists, drug addicts and illegal immigrants to the United States. It should have spelled the end of Trump, but he continued soaring higher. As his campaign progressed, he kept throwing insulting words against Muslims, immigrants, LGBT community, disabled people, soldiers, women and many others.

Perhaps, the only groups of people whom he has not insulted are old, white male- his strong fan base. Despite his strong showing in the polls, no one took him seriously. They thought Americans won’t consider choosing Trump over experienced Republicans running against him during the primaries. He was still at the center of jokes in TV shows and even in regular discussions.

As he inched closer to the Republican nomination, he was still not taken seriously. His gaffes were made fun of. Considering that he is thin-skinned, it was easy to bait him by just insulting him.

After winning the nomination, no one thought he would win the general election. He has pulled the country way too far from the normal decent discussion, without the effort to pivot towards the middle. He continued disparaging people who have insulted him, and even more relentless in bashing his opponent.

Then, came November 9- Election Day. To everyone’s surprise, he won the presidency and crossed the 270-electoral college mark.

He is funny no more

After his election, no one thought he would make good of his crazy campaign promises. Trump proved everyone wrong. He has rescinded several regulations under Obama. He has ordered a raid in Yemen. He has also placed out of the mainstream nominees to his cabinet. He also made good of his promise to ban Muslims from entering the country (although it was halted). He removed regulations protecting the environment. He keeps depicting the media as the opposition for exposing him.

In short, we have come to a point where Trump is no longer funny. He has done too much to still be considered just a funny man. He is the most powerful person in the world. At this point, it is not enough to just make fun of him. He is making true all his campaign promises. He is more dangerous now than ever. It is time to just keep resisting. Let’s take him seriously and help in efforts to prevent him from doing further damage to the United States and the rest of the world.

Yes, we need a break every now and then and find things that can make us laugh amid a Trump presidency. However, when it comes to his policies, they should not be made fun of anymore.

You can support other comedians who can tackle a wide variety of issues outside Trump if you want a good laugh. Buy Daniel Tosh 2017 tickets if you want a different brand of comedy.


Get to Know More about Japan before You Travel to This Beautiful Country

Tourists from all over the globe would, at some point in their lives, want to see the beautiful Japan – from its cherry blossoms, to watching traditional dance performers, to listening to string instruments played by geishas, or tasting their exotic cuisine. The Japanese have strong ties with tradition and their pride is expressed in regional dialects and culinary specialties. Here are some useful pointers to fully understand the people and culture of Japan:


Symbols of Japan

japanJapan has three national identities:

  1. The beautiful cherry blossoms. They are the country’s national flower. For the Japanese, to view a flowering tree is to have a good omen for the year.
  2. The national flag. A big, red disc is in the middle of the white rectangular flag with stripes of red and white forming like rays of the sun.
  3. The chrysanthemum. This is a flower with medical healing properties for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, chest pain, colds, and fever.


Japanese Cuisine

Japanese cuisine is a combination of regional and traditional foods. The traditional favorite, sushi, is a round ball of vinegar-flavored cooked rice filled with raw fish, vegetables, and egg. It is eaten alone or with foods with broth. Tonkatsu is another delicious dish of deep-fried pork, which, when eaten with a sweet red bean paste called wagashi is accompanied with a drink of rice wine or sake. these complete an authentic Japanese meal.


Fashion Trends in Japan

In the early days, the people wore separate tops and bottoms. Not until the Heian period that the fabric was sewn together in straight lines and became the traditional kimono. Styles varied for different people at different occasions. The maiko, an apprentice of a geisha, wore a kimono with elaborate hair ornaments and food accessories to attract a danna or male patron. For warriors, costumes were more colorful and thicker. Due to the western influence in the Meiji period, the government ordered civilians to wear kimonos only at weddings, tea ceremonies, or summer festivals.


The Music Market

Japan has the largest music market in the world with Japanese performers dominating album sales worldwide. Japanese music is contemporary as it is rooted with Chinese influence. Stringed musical instruments like the shamisen was based on the sanxian, now known as sanshin brought to Japan by Chinese merchants. The shamisen has a long neck and a rectangular body with only three strings attached to it. This is played by a maiko using a bachi, or what westerners call a pick. Tunes are either instrumental or accompanied with lyrics, but with the same melodic sound from an acoustic guitar Adelaide, as featured in

As these instruments touch the heart, they are the perfect background music for yoga, slow dance, meditative reading, tai chi, or for a deep sleep. Like many other cultures, Japanese has also evolved through the years.

It is no wonder then that many of us are into Japanese culture, especially in our perspective in life, way of living, food and fashion preferences.

The Advantages About The Hot Water System Repairs At Adelaide

People love to have a hot water system installed into their homes in order to have an endless supply of warm water. You will love to have a warm water bath in order to relax from a tiring day, and thanks to the water system that you got, there it is available to you whenever you want. As you may know the water supply has become restricted and limited thanks to the government effort to maintain control of the water system. So, you have to deal with such restrictions and you can’t have access to water whenever you want. This is why many people, possibly including yourself, have a hot water system added to your house so that you can finally have an unlimited supply of warm water.

But you know for a fact that at some point it’s going to have problems in the near future and you’ll be calling a professional in order to maintain the water system in good condition. This is why you need a plumber to have your water systems be checked a few times in order to keep your water flowing.

Here are some of the advantages in having your hot water system repaired.

  • You will still have a working water system. If you check at your water system a few times at least you will prevent any long lasting damages to develop. By having to inspect the water system you will keep your hot water working and active.
  • Save some money. If you have an early maintenance then you can fix whatever minor damage that you find in order to repair thus the cost won’t be too expensive to pay.
  • You will save energy. When having water system you will see that it has some advantages that you will benefit from it. Besides the warm water in your bathtub you will have saved enough energy so your electric bills won’t be too much to pay.
  • Have saved space. Having a hot water system will give you enough have space for you. You don’t need to buy one of those tanks in order to store a lot of warm water when you have the latest hot water system that can keep all your water nice and warm and still fresh.

You see? You need to have your hot water system repaired at specific dates, like for example have once a month checkups. At least you get the chance to prevent anything that might cause some serious damage to your system. The hot water system repairs at Adelaide offer professional plumbers and experts that will help you in inspecting and repairing your water system. So, you don’t have to worry constantly when you have plumbers available to you if you need any assistance in regards to repairing your hot water system. For sure you can do it yourself, but especially when your knowledge is limited, let the experts handle your water system as they know exactly how to care and repair them after all.

Japanese Game Shows: Beyond the Usual

When it comes to game shows, Japanese are known for being “notorious.” The game shows that they air in national television are totally strange and are even a taboo in other countries. However, to the Japanese people, these shows are extremely hilarious. In fact, most of these weird game shows are raking massive advertisements from huge companies and are also enjoying high TV ratings.

Have These Shows Gone Overboard?

spaIf you ask Japanese viewers in regards to how they feel about these game shows, they will say that the shows are hilarious. However, if you show these videos to non-Japanese viewers, you might expect a different reaction. There are game shows that feature regular fun games with funny consequences. There are also shows that feature a difficult maze that their guests have to solve. These games are also played in some other parts of the world. However, there are certain games that are way beyond what should be seen on TV.

For instance, there is a game where a pair has to answer the question correctly. One of them is tasked to stand up while answering the question. The other one has to be tied on an object while his butt faces the direction of the partner. They start far away from each other, but for every wrong answer given, the other partner’s butt gets closer and closer to the one answering the question. This usually ends up with a very nasty ending. Another game features question and answer too. However, all the contestants are men and for every wrong answer, they will be literally whacked on the balls. Other game shows also feature women in extremely sexy outfits. One game show even requires a women in bikini to catch as many coins as she can using her breasts.

What Does These Shows Say about Japanese Culture?

It is quite ironic seeing these shows especially in Japan knowing for a fact that Japanese people are known to be conservative and polite. They also tend to be very quiet and proper especially during social gatherings. Seeing these shows reflect the other side of Japanese culture. Though the shows look weird to us, Japanese people find them funny. Also, with the presence of these game shows, people have other means of enjoyment. Japan is known to have a very high rate of suicide. The country also has a huge number of “isolated” individuals. These shows make them feel better.

However, according to some studies, these shows simply degrade the quality of entertainment in Japan. These shows bank on embarrassing and humiliating other people for fun. They believe that something can still be considered funny but not at the expense of someone. According to some people behind these game shows, for Japanese people, it is all about standing out. For them, to stand out and be noticed is already fun in itself. They also believe that these shows teach an important lesson. When you don’t do well, you will harm and embarrass your family. However, if you do your best to avoid humiliation, then you look great in your family’s eyes.

There are plans to bring some of these shows to the United States given how successful they were in Japan. However, with varied cultures from these 2 countries, the possibility is quite low.

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Japan Craze for Bruno Mars

It is undeniable, Japanese culture had full support on the western music industry. Right from the time when Hank Williams’ song was played on the radio during the world war and up until now, Japan love music and they also love Bruno Mars.

Bruno Mars had wowed his Japanese fans on his Locked Out of Heaven tour in the land of the rising sun. The exact venue was at Ebisu the Garden Hall, Tokyo Japan last January 26, 2013. The tour was ranked 23rd among the Top 25 Tours of 2013 and was being able to sell out 44 shows in 48. Also in 2013, he played 84 shows giving him a total of 72.4 million dollars engrossment.
The set list for Bruno Mars Live in Japan was as follows;

• Moonshine
• Natalie
• Treasure
• Show Me
• Money (That’s What I Want)
(Barrett Strong cover)
• Billionaire
(Travie McCoy cover)
• Marry You
• If I Knew / It Will Rain
• Runaway Baby
• When I Was Your Man
• Grenade
• Locked Out of Heaven
• Just the Way You Are

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But the Japanese craze for Bruno Mars didn’t end there. BRUNO MARS has in fact announced plans to continue on his worldwide arena trek for his album THE MOONSHINE JUNGLE TOUR of 2014. After 10 tours in Australia and New Zealand, the concert tour will continue on to Asia and also Mexico. List of the tour schedule;

March 2 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre  Adelaide Australia
4 – Rod Laver Arena                                          Melbourne Australia
5 – Rod Laver Arena                                          Melbourne Australia
7 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre                       Brisbane Australia
8 – Sydney Entertainment Centre                         Sydney Australia
10 – Allphones Arena                                          Sydney Australia
11 – Allphones Arena                                          Sydney Australia
15 – Vector Arena                                              Auckland New Zealand
16 – Vector Arena                                              Auckland New Zealand
20 – Impact Arena                                              Bangkok, Thailand
22 – (MOA)Mall of Asia Arena                              Pasay City Philippines
24 – MEIS Ancol                                     Jakarta Indonesia
26 – Singapore Indoor Stadium                            Singapore
29 – Asia World Arena                                        Hong Kong China
30 – Asia World Arena                                        Hong Kong China
April 1 – Taipei World Trade Center                     Taipei City Taiwan
8 – Gymnastic Gymnasium                                  Seoul South Korea
10 – Municipal Central Gymnasium                       Osaka Japan
12 – Tokyo Messe                                              Tokyo Japan
13 – Tokyo Messe                                              Tokyo Japan
Sept 2 – Arena Ciudad de Mexico             Mexico City Mexico
5 – Arena Monterrey                                           Monterrey Mexico

Are You Drinking Right?

It is common knowledge that the body needs water to survive. Water is essential to proper body and mind conditioning. Lack of hydration is a major cause of many body ailments. Joint pains, intense headaches, fever and high body temperature, bone problems, kidney problems, circulatory problems, and many others; these are known to be caused by under-hydration.

A wrong notion of many though, exists; that as long as you have fluid intake, then you’re okay.  Worse, a lot of people pay no attention to the kinds of drinks they put into their body. Indeed, it is quite confusing why people often choose to drink other kinds of fluids more than water. Water is still the best drink to take and water is readily available in your home, school, office, and other public places.  A steady supply of safe drinking water is also within your reach, water companies (like as follows) may be contracted for bulk water delivery.

Soda, though easily accessible on store shelves, is one dangerous drink. People have taken to liking this as a water replacement. Don’t cave into sugar cravings thru too much soda intake, you’ll be running on empty calories if you do. All you gain is weight gain and unhealthy sugar levels. If you dislike plain water, try carbonated water in stead. Drink with a slice of lime.

Coffee is a daily necessity for many busy people. Indeed, it is an energizer, but too much coffee is unhealthy. Too much caffeine dehydrates since it acts as a diuretic, forcing liquid loss.  Healthy amounts of coffee may be good, it is reported to decrease risk of hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. If possible, stick to regular coffee brew, avoid flavored and sugar loaded blends. Use cream and sweetener sparingly.

Alcohol taken in moderation has documented health benefits. Moderation is the key, take multiple shots only during social gatherings, and even then, don’t overdrink alcoholic drinks. Avoid frozen drinks- daiquiris, pina colada, margarita, etc. Such have many artificial add-ons in the mix. Light beer, dry wine, and soda water are better alternatives.

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Flat Footedness

Flat footedness is a cause of fallen arch. It is a postural deformity wherein the arch of the foot collapses. It is said that the biomechanics of the lower leg and the structure of the arch of the foot has a functional relationship. The arch gives an elastic connection between the fore foot and the hind foot.

People who have low to no arches on the inside of their feet are considered to have flat feet. Generally, there are no symptoms for flat footedness. Some people only experience foot pain particularly in the heel or arch area. Sometimes swelling may also occur in the ankle.

Flat footedness normally occurs in infants and toddlers. During these periods, the foot’s arch has not developed yet. Childhood is the time when people’s arches develop but some people’s arches never develop. However, flat footedness may or may not bring problems to those who have this kind of this abnormality.

There are factors that can worsen the problem of having a flat foot. Obesity, Aging, Traumatic injury to your foot or ankle and rheumatoid arthritis are one of those. Doctors have different therapeutic suggestions to people who have flat foot.  Wearing orthotic devices is one of the suggestions that can help relieve the pain caused by having this flat footedness. Exercise through stretching is also one kind of treatment for short tendons which normally flat feet have.  A structurally supportive shoe can also be more comfortable than sandals or shoes with less support.

In addition, there are also home remedies and corrective lifestyle for people with flat feet. Activities like jumping and running activities are still good for people who have foot problem. Check best shoes for flat feet for info. Other suggested activities are walking, swimming, and biking.

Since obesity is one factor that increases the problem of flat footedness, losing weight can be a good goal for someone who has flat feet. Proper diet can lessen the amount of the stress on your feet. When the person is suffering from pain due to flat footedness, pain relievers over the counter are helpful, too.