Gin Lane

The 18th century happened to be a tumultuous period for the greater part of the civilized world, and this easily attested itself by the widespread debauchery and moral ills that predominantly characterized this era. As expected liquor consumption was the order of the day, and those that couldn’t afford the milder forms of alcohol, opted for the then cheap liquor such as gin.

The effects of the Gin Act 1736

Taking a case study of Britain, the beverage industry of this kingdom was then largely left unregulated, and there was little or no quality checks on the drinks that were in the market, which led to the rise of illicit brews that often caused a great deal of social problems. Naturally, the government began to take a much more serious stance, and in a short time the Gin act of 1736 was put in place. This legislation not only placed steep taxes for the sale of gin, but also kept a limit on the quantity of spirits that retailers could sell.

In a massive show of support for the government’s tough measures to curb this menace, the famous English artist William Hogarth made two prints; Gin lane and Beer Street. These prints greatly contrasted from each other with the former depicting the evils that were brought about by the consumption of gin, while the latter portraying the social and even economical benefits of drinking beer. Hogarth vividly depicts the havoc that wrecks the lives of the inhabitants of Gin lane such as lawlessness, moral decay, madness, starvation and other deplorable conditions that then characterized gin consumption.

Fortunately, with the passage of time, the various measures taken by the government, and the widespread anguish among the nation’s poor, brought this trade into control. And went a step further, later on, to heighten the popularity of gin, which eventually became a component of every day living.

The Resurgence of the gin craze

By the mid 19th century gin’s badly tainted reputation had began to undergo a subtle rehabilitation, which quickly effaced the darker aspects of gin consumption in the 17th century. Giving precedence to a fresh and distinctive style of gin labeled dry gin. Dry gin went on to become extremely popular with a large cross-section of the society. From middle class ladies who relished taking this drink while going about their regular domestic routines, to working class men that enjoy taking gin after successful closure of their daily endeavours.

The military was also particularly hit in the gin craze, more so its officer corps, where the mastery of making gin-based drinks was regarded to be an indispensable component of a young officer’s training. As the years have sped by, gin drinking has begun to be taken in a newer light, and its allure has facilitated for a lot of individuals taking a liking to this drink. And now more than ever gin is considered as one of the finest alcoholic drink in the market, which can clearly be seen by the plethora of trendy gin-based drinks.

The Martini

The martini is arguably one of the most popular gin-based drinks, and its distinct taste has made it a favorite with many consumers of alcohol. As would be expected, the origins of this drink are still for the most part, controversial, or unknown, but some of the leading experts in the trade believe that the martini evolved from the popular 19th century Martinez cocktail. Others place its origin at around early 20th century, in the bar of the New York hotel Knickerbocker.

Despite all these contentions, this drink has over the years come to identified with drinkers that boast of impeccable and refined tastes. It is, thus, hardly surprising that the martini has become a vital component of utmost relaxation, and many of its enthusiasts derive a lot of satisfaction from drinking it.

Whichever way you might enjoy your gin mixed drink, this amazing liquor, still provides for an unmatched versatility, when it comes to the diverse alcoholic blends that it gives rise to. It has been a long journey from the days of Gin lane, and this drink has gone on to accrue a rich and colourful heritage and tradition, which will most definitely remain strong to the end of time. The quality of this drink remains unmatched.

Dining at America’s Steakhouses

It’s safe to say that everybody loves steak, well almost everybody (except for the vegetarians). If you love steaks, then you have come to the right place. Every kind of meal has its own purpose, its particular ritual and significance. Burgers are meant for tailgating, road trips run on fast food, and French restaurants seem fit for special occasions like anniversaries. Chief among dining rituals is the steakhouse dinner, when friends and colleagues gather around a generously sized table to eat charred flesh and drink. It’s not just an “ordinary” meal. It’s a beef séance.

The Palm

The Palm is also a well known steak house in the United States. When The Palm opened in New York City in 1926, it was an Italian restaurant that served steaks on request. You can still get classic Italian-American dishes like veal marsala and chicken parmigiana there, but the restaurant is best known today for its decor, caricatures of celebrities, politicians, otherwise famous patrons and its Prime grade steaks. The Palm’s signature cut is a New York strip, but the rib-eye at their Theater District location, one of four locations in the city, was seasoned and cooked perfectly. You could even say that they have a very particular set of skills. True “skills” that they have through the years over a very long career.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Unlike The Palm, which is intimate and borderline genteel as steakhouses go, Del Frisco’s in midtown has a big “pile” of beef, quality steaks as well. It fills out 18,000 square feet and three floors, each with its own martini-slinging bar and a floor to ceiling view of 6th Avenue. The food here is absolutely amazing. What you get is an almost comically large rib-eye that’s been neatly trimmed and nuked under a 1,500º broiler, giving it a crust that looks like polished lava rock.

Ted’s Montana Grill

If you’re looking for various “meat” dishes, then Ted’s Montana Grill is the place for you. Ted’s Montana is really more of an American restaurant and grill than what we might traditionally consider a steakhouse. The focus there is meat, though, and there’s also a buffalo head mounted on the wall at the New York location. Ted Turner is the owner of these chains, supplies the bison from his 15 ranches in the western plain states. Depending on the location the steaks differ, it’s a combination of beef and bison, with cuts ranging from bison strip steaks to beef prime rib and all of it butchered in-house. Better try the bone-in cowboy bison rib-eye, this baby gets seasoned and seared on the griddle in olive oil rather than broiled. It’s noticeably leaner than beef, and the flavor is light and a little sweet compared to the round richness of a beef rib-eye. No doubt it’s very fine steak, one of the best.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

You couldn’t talk steakhouses without going to Chicago. Chicago is America’s meatpacking capital from the Civil War through the 1920s. Morton’s was founded in Chicago in 1978, and today all of its 69+ locations still get their Prime-aged beef cut and shipped from the Windy City. We think of Morton’s as a businessman’s steakhouse, it has an old timely decor, dim lighting and plenty of room to spread out in a comfortable booth. So if you want to try quality steaks then this is the place to go. It’s scrumptious “meat” dishes will truly satisfy a person who loves steaks.




One of the most popular Filipino dishes is the “pancit palabok” or simply known as  “Palabok”. This is a very scrumptious meal and indeed one of the prides of the Filipino people. Palabok is a noodle dish with shrimp sauce and topped with several ingredients such as cooked shrimp, boiled pork, crushed chicharon, tinapa flakes, fried tofu, scallions, and fried garlic. A very tasty treat that is sure to relieve your hunger. There are other noodle dishes that are similar to this but the Pancit Luglog and Pancit Malabon are the ones that come close to the taste and appearance. The secret is the “orange sauce” that gives the palabok a unique flavor. The chicharon on top of the palabok is also the “finisher” of this delicious dish because it gives extra texture and flavor.

The Palabok is indeed a very popular dish and a lot of Filipinos love it. If you have a chance to try this in your local “Filipino Town” then better do so or you can cook it yourself. There’s a list of ingredients for you to follow.

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp anatto powder
  • 3 cups pork broth
  • 1 piece shrimp cube
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • 1 cup boiled pork, thinly sliced and cut into small pieces
  • 2 pieces fried firm tofu (tokwa), cubed
  • ½ cup tinapa flakes (smoked fish)
  • ½ cup chicharon (pounded)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs,sliced
  • ½ cup cooked shrimps (boiled or steamed)
  • 1/4 cup green onion or scallions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fried garlic
  • 2 pieces lemon, sliced (or 6 to 8 pieces calamansi)

Kare Kare

Kare Kare is a famous Filipino dish. Its main ingredients are ground peanut, meat and vegetables. Usually, people from the Philippines use peanut butter. Depending on the quality of the peanut butter used, the Kare Kare’s taste and texture depends solely on the peanut butter. Some use well grounded peanuts, now this is usually the best option if you want it pure or authentic but like I said, peanut butter will do. People use pork for the meat, but you can also use beef or fish depending on your diet but traditionally oxtail is used. The vegetables include banana bud or “puso ng saging” in tagalog. You can also use other vegetables as well. Kare Kare is always present at parties in the Philippines. This delicacy is common in events and is very delicious. The rich texture of the peanut compliments the meat and the vegetables. It is also often eaten with Fish paste or “bagoong” . If you’re looking for some Filipino food, then this will certainly satisfy your appetite. It’s a culture in the Philippines to prepare Kare Kare during important occasions.

Kare Kare is a yummy delicacy. A lot of foreigners who tried it also loved its taste. Some even order it each time they visit the Philippines. Its growing popularity among foreigners is very strong and they really love to eat Kare Kare. If you haven’t tried this famous dish then perhaps you may want to try this recipe. If you’re not in the Philippines, you can get the ingredients online and watch or read some tutorials on how to cook it. It’s really good and you will really be satisfied with its unique flavor and taste. Your palate will surely love it.

Ingredients for Kare Kare:

  • 2 1/2 lbs Pork or Beef hocks or Ox tail ,cut into 2″ lengths ( I used beef hocks). You can also use pork belly or pork thighs.
  • 6 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 bundle sitaw or long beans (cut 3″ length)
  • 2 bundles bokchoy
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 1 tsp achuete powder for coloring
  • 1 medium eggplant (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • bagoong or shrimp paste

Implications of the Modernist Cuisine Movement

The modernist cuisine movement started in the turn of the 21st century. It was first coined as molecular gastronomy in 1992 by the late Oxford Physicist Nicholas Kurti. It is a sub-discipline of food science, which seeks to learn more about the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients through investigations, explanations and finding practical usage. Modernist cuisine movement focuses on the evolution of cooking as well as artistic, social and technical factors that affect culinary and gastronomic phenomena. Molecular gastronomy became a sense of modernized cooking practiced by scientists and food professionals. Other terms that are used for this movement are techno-emotional cuisine, culinary physics and experimental cuisine.

The modernist cuisine movement is identified today as close to the works of Ferran Adria, a Catalan chef, at the elBulli restaurant. The evolution of the movement battles a formal doctrine and focuses on independent development and communal participation.

Some of the implications of having this food science sub-discipline are discussed in a book by Nathan Myhrvold called the Modernist Cuisine. The different principles demonstrated in the book are as follows:

1. Viewing cuisine as creative art. This entails a dialogue between the chef and the diner which makes food the primary medium allowing them to communicate. All sensory factors that are present during the dining experience contribute to the dialogue.

2. All culinary conventions, rules and traditions should be understood. However, these factors must not become a hindrance to development and creation of creative, new dishes.

3. Breaking culinary rules is powerful when done through creative means. Creating new and inspired dishes engage diners and let them live through and feel the dining experience.

4. Create food that defies the expectations of the diner. It is best to engage them to the work and make them lose their explicit or implicit expectations – make them intellectually engaged with the work. An example would be manipulating a dish that has familiar flavors but with unfamiliar forms.

5. Not only surprise could be obtained when presenting cuisine. There can be a burst of emotions, feelings, thoughts and reactions from the diners. A modernist chef does not only focus on the flavor and texture, but puts emphasis on the variety of emotional and intellectual responses that their clients would go through from the food.

6. Acknowledge ideas from other chefs. Do not just borrow ideas and inspirations without acknowledging from whom you got them. A part of the chef’s role in the modernist cuisine movement is having creativity, inventiveness and novelty with their work.

7. Ingredients from food science are powerful tools. They help in producing the dishes which would be impossible to create without them. These are emulsifiers, enzymes, hydrocolloids and others.

8. Resources from science and technology could also be used to produce and enable culinary inventions deviating from the traditional ones.

9. Using first-rate ingredients are part of the collection. They are the foundation of the cuisine, such as expensive ingredients like caviar or truffles.

The movement inspired a new craft for modernist chefs. The modernist cuisine movement was a project to elucidate culinary precision by investigating on phenomena involving cuisine and incorporate artistic values to experimental cooking.



The Hottest Places on Earth

When people start planning about their holiday escapades, all that runs through their minds is a series of the most exotic, refreshing and cool sceneries on earth. After the following review of the hottest places on earth you might be prompted to venture into finding out how the people of these places manage to put up with the extreme heat. There is one thing that is common in all this places: their beautiful landscape. Some of them even have a very rich historical background.

Badlands in Australia


This comes as a no surprise. Australia is known to be the driest continent that supports human life. The better part of it is a desert. Things get to the extreme during the dry period as there is not even a single cloud to hold back the scorching sun. The highest temperature that has been recorded here is 156.7 degrees Fahrenheit in the year 2003. Only a few people, who have adapted to these hot conditions, live in this place.

The Land of Dallol in Ethiopia

The Land of Dallol in Ethiopia

Dallol is a town found in the Afar Depression. No other place in the history of mankind has ever recorded a higher average annual temperature than Dallol. It held this record for seven consecutive years from 1960 to 1966. The town is on record for having recorded 94 degrees Fahrenheit as its minimum average annual temperature for the above stated period. The unbearable conditions can also be attributed to the fact that there are volcanically active mountains in the region. The heat does not seem to die down in this place. Despite all this, Dallol used to be a flourishing mining center with plenty of people working in the mines. This land is also blessed with hydrothermal deposits which are common in such like places. Consequently, there are very few people here especially in the volcanically active areas.

Flaming Mountains, China


The name alone is enough to drive home the message. Situated in Tian Shan Mountain range, the temperatures of this place are simply unbearable. The place earned its name due to the striking gullies that made it get extremely hot. This was a very long time ago and the gullies have since been reduced to red sandstone that look like a bright flame. The hot nature of the place can also be linked to the mountains found here, as they are undeniably very hot. According to a reading taken in 2008, the place recorded a historical 152.2 degrees Fahrenheit that was not recorded anywhere else that particular year. There is no human settlement in this area as it would be very difficult for them to survive for long.

Tirat Zvi, Israel


Tirat Zvi is found in the Beit She’m valley in the ancient Israel. The place has a lot of significant religious importance to the natives of this land. Despite the fact that this place is found near River Jordan, it does not prevent the scorching temperatures from reigning superior. This is so especially during the summer season. However, the natives of the place counter the scorching effects by swimming in the pools of water that are found in plenty here. Each household has a canopy shed to cover them when they can no longer find comfort in the pools. June 1942 was a historic year for this place as it recorded 129 degrees Fahrenheit unheard of anywhere in the history of Asia.

Death Valley, United States


This place puts the North American continent on the map as one of the hottest places on earth. It is located in California in the Mojave Desert. There is no other place on earth that has ever recorded direct temperatures as high as the one this place recorded in 2012. The reading was as high as 134 degrees. This valley has the capacity to support life since kit foxes and rodents are seen having their round of enjoyment at night when the temperatures are low. As expected, no human population is settled here since the conditions are not inviting and are unfriendly for future stay.

Timbuktu, Mali


Talk of the Trans Saharan Trade and Timbuktu is sure to feature as one of the crucial trade routes. As time goes by, the Sahara desert seems to be casting its spell over this historic land that is known to contain the world’s best collection of manuscripts. The place has a steady human population since the conditions have not reached the climax to warrant their take off.


A city in north-eastern Italy is the capital province in Veneto. Vicenza is approximately 60 km west of Venice and 200 km east of Milan. Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture. It also has many art galleries, museums, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. You can also see the famous Teatro Olimpico. Which was designed by the great architect Andrea Palladio in the 1580. You can also find the Palladian Villas of the Venetto in the surrounding area. As of December 2008, Vicenza had an estimated population of c. 115,927, and a metropolitan area of 270,000. Vicenza is indeed a beatiful and wonderful place. During the Roman Age, they call it “Vicetia” or “Vicentia” meaning victorious.

People would wear masks during the “Mask Festival”. In the middle ages, people would wear masks to conceal or hide their identity and they used to walk on streets undetected. This invents the “mask culture” and mask carnivals within the city. In the 16th century spontaneous wearing of masks was a form of fashion and style. There are various mask designs, each mask represents elegance and beauty, while others display aggression and evil. A person usually chooses his or her mask that represents her character. It is even said that other people choose four masks of which each mask represents the “stages” of their lives, usually from youth to adulthood.

Living in this great city is indeed a wonderful experience. Whether you’ll have a vacation or a permanent stay, you’ll enjoy various Villas and other  huge establishments within the city. Most of them are designed by Palladio himself. Vicenza is also known  for its simple dishes, and often famous cheeses, fruits, ingredients and wines, such as Asiago cheese and the Marostica cherries. If you want to explore a wonderful place, then Vicenza is a way to go. You’ll definitely enjoy your time. There are a lot of tourists who would want to experience the beauty of art and theater. Plays like the famous “Rome and Juliet” are also the main attractions here, which is often presented in Teatro Olimpico. The “Water City of Vicenza” , where there are more than 150 streams criss cross together with 400 bridges that form a mysterious maze, is also a tourist attraction. You’ll also see people singing in their small boats. This is usually popular with couples or lovers, the one who steers the small boat usually sings beautiful love songs.

If you love to travel and have plans to go to Europe. Make sure you go and visit Vicenza, you’ll have a good time and seeing its beauty is absolutely worth it. Traveling is always fun, and seeing establishments that are historical are all amazing experience. Experiencing these things in your lifetime is indeed a diamond that’s worth cherishing. Having the chance to experience and travel through parts of the world will definitely lift heavy stones on from chest. Experience life and travel the beautiful city of Vicenza.

Teatro Olimpico

Teatro Olimpico is a theatre in Vicenza, northern Italy, and was constructed in 1580-1585. The theatre was designed by Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. However, Andrea Palladio wasn’t able to see the theatre’s complete design, as the theatre was completed after his death. The Teatro Olimpico is the last work by Palladio, and ranks amongst his highest masterworks. The Vicentine architect had returned to his native city in 1579, bringing with him a lifetime of detailed study into all aspects of Roman architecture, and a more detailed understanding of the architecture of classical theatre than any other living person. Palladio died after 6 months after construction, this became a sad day. Despite the huge loss, the construction is still continued, and this time Palladio’s son, Silla is now taking charge of the project. After some time, they also called Vincenzo Scamozzi, another prominent Vicentine architect, to help finish the project. The Design of the theatre has been one of Palladio’s greatest works and is also his final work before his death. His designs are really amazing and clearly one of the world’s best. Aside from a single sketch of the scaenae frons, Palladio left no plans as to what kind of scenery should be used onstage. His illustration of an idealized Roman scaenae frons for Barbaro’s edition of Vitruvius had shown perspective street views similar to those which would later be built in the Teatro Olimpico. But the sketch of the proposed scaenae frons for the Teatro Olimpico shows no such street scenes; the space behind the central archway and the doors to each side is blank. The simplest explanation for the absence of any street scenes in this drawing is that the Academy had not yet obtained the land on which the scenery would later be built. However, the land was aquired in 1582 thus they were able to extend the building. They even made a petition to the government for additional land anticipated that if acquired, the space would be used to create perspective scenery. Over the centuries, the Teatro Olimpico has had many admirers, but relatively few imitators. Its unique design and beautiful street scenery makes it more one of a kind. Shakespeare’s famous play, “Rome and Juliet” has been done in this theatre a lot. Many tourists up t this day visit this place. Those who admire literature and the arts are always astonished with Palladio’s beautiful work. The successful completion of Palladio’s experiment in reconstructing the ancient model meant that there was no longer any need to pursue the objective of recovering the Roman past; it was now possible to start making innovations, starting with eliminating the rigid and unchangeable scaenae frons and the unchanging perspective views. Many known actors and actresses visit the place, one of them is Takeru Satoh(starred as Kenshin Himura in the Ruruoni Kenshin Live Action movie in 2012). He went to Italy  be a part of a “Romeo and Juliet” play in 2011. He played as Romeo, and it made him have the opportunity to visit Teatro Olimpico. He even got permission to practice on stage, and he read his Romeo’s lines too. The theatre is absolutely beautiful. Many critics and other artists love the design and beauty of this theatre despite being almost five hundred years old. A critic once said:

“In the history of theatre design, the Teatro Olimpico was a temporary hiatus, for succeeding generations adopted the proscenium arch and painterly stage sets. Palladio’s ideas are closer to the spirit of the modern theatre, which favors the relationship of audience to action.”

Andrea Palladio’s work is indeed one of the most beautiful things that we have ever seen. It stood the test of time and is indeed one of the most well designed theatres in the whole world. Preserving this beauty is a must. This will certainly help other people appreciate art and theatre. Theatre acting can never be so without experiencing the beauty of Teatro Olimpico.

“Unbreakable” Kim Hyun Joong 김현중

Kim Hyun Joong is back and he has a new mini album called “Round 3”.  He released a music video of this song last July 17, 2013 via youtube. Within just a week, the “Unbreakable” music video has now over a million views and the number continues to grow everyday. Kim Hyun Joong is widely known around the world. He started as one of the most famous K-pop stars in South Korea. His debut started with SS501, this group started in 2005. He is also the leader of this group and many respected his leadership because he knows how to take care of his team. He is also well known for being one of the leading men of the korean drama “Boys Over Flowers”. He’s role as Ji hoo in Boys over flowers made him popular not only in Korea but also in South East Asia as well in other countries. Kim Hyun Joong is also the second most highest paid model for cosmetics. He is also well known for his second drama “Playful Kiss” as Baek Seung Jo,the lead male actor. He also released past albums and all of them were huge hits. He had his Japan Tour in 2011, all his live and musical performances were done in Japan up until 2012. His “First Impact” concert DVD sold 16,000 copies in its first week of release, taking the number one spot for the Overall DVD Chart. This is the first time a Korean artist has taken the number one spot, and a second time a foreign artist has taken the number one spot on the charts, the first being Michael Jackson, with his 2011 DVD . By 2013, he comes back to South Korea and is planning to do another Asian Tour to promote his albums. His music transcends gender and race, the beauty and diversity of his songs are top notch. That makes him worth seeing and listening to aside from his “flower boy” looks, the ladies sure do love him. He’s a model, actor and singer, plus he gives and shares his blessings to other people as well. His Philanthropist views in life is recognized, he knows that in life there will always hardships and it he wants to help other people in need. He experienced a lot of challenges in his youth and in the end he went on being one of the most successful idols in the whole world, but that’s for another story.

This new song “Unbreakable” combines with traditional and new Korean culture. This music video also features Jay Park, who is also well known as the “Pride of Seattle”. This is a killer combination, Kim and Park, these artists bring it all to perfection. Many people reacted and loved the video and it’s definitely worth checking out. If you love Korean idols or RnB music and quality music, then this song is for you. Kim Hyun Joong doesn’t disappoint, he always does his best in everything that he do. It boils down to passion and dedication, that’s Kim Hyun Joong. One of the best, and he loves and values his fans dearly. His music reaches in every part of the world.


Here are the lyrics of the song:



I’m Unbreakable Here We Go

modu Stop It ijen My Turn
hal mankeum haesseo
sum jugyeo Listen Up
gogaereul deureo gwireul gwiuryeo
hana buteo yeol kkaji
da naega mandeureo

(Shut Off) modu da kkeujibeo nae
(Shout Out) simjangi teoji dorog
G G G Give Me Some More
gihoeneun jigeum hanbeon
GGG Give Me Some More
dubeoneun eobseul i Chance

eolsshigu jeolsshigu jal deureo ganda
jeolsshigu eolsshigo jal dora ganda
jug jido anhgo I’m Back 4 ya
Unbreakable (X2)

Yeah I’m Feeling Good
I’m Feeling Alright (Tonight)
oneuri dashi oji anha
(Make It Feeling Good)
Everybody Come Party Tonight
(Oh Yeah) No One Can Stop It

(Blow Up) seupikeo teoji dorog
(Turn Up) bollyumi teoji dorog
ije buteo naega boyeo julge Nobody Can
i eumagi deullimyeon modu da jigeum
Yeah (Now Put Your Hands Up)

eolsshigu jeolsshigu jal deureo ganda
jeolsshigu eolsshigo jal dora ganda
jug jido anhgo I’m Back 4 ya
Unbreakable (X2)

ijen meomchul su eobseo.

dadeul jeongmal babo inga bwa
ajig kkaji molla
naneun gijon boda jom dalla
jeongsang bakke mot ga
waedeul mari ireohge manha
da deullyeo sogdag sogdag
georyeodo kkeojyeojwo naneun
nae eumagui naui honeul dama
an duryeowo gomindeuri an pullyeodo
ganeun banghyangeun apeuro
naneun jeoldaero amudo magjireul motae
hajiman neo ae sseullyeomyeon sseo
nega na wiro tae eonasseodo
jyeonhyeo hyogwa eobseo

eolsshigu jeolsshigu jal deureo ganda
jeolsshigu eolsshigo jal dora ganda
jug jido anhgo I’m Back 4 ya
Unbreakable (X2)

Turn The Music Up
Turn The Music Up
Turn The Music Up
Turn The Music Up


I’m unbreakable Here we go

Everyone, stop it, it’s my turn now
I did all I could,
quiet down and listen up
Lift up your head, tune your ears
From one to ten,
I will make it

(Shut off) take everything out
(Shout out) so your heart bursts
G-g-g-give me some more,
your one chance is now
G-g-g-give me some more,
this chance won’t ever come again

It’s going in well
It’s going around well
I haven’t died and I’m back for ya
unbreakable [x2]

Yeah I’m feeling good,
I’m feeling alright (tonight)
Today won’t ever come again
(make it feeling good)
Everybody come party tonight
(Oh yeah) No one can stop it

(Blow up) make your speakers explode
(Turn up) make the volume explode
I’ll show you myself from now on, nobody can
If you hear this music, everyone, right now,
yeah (now put your hands up)

It’s going in well
It’s going around well
I haven’t died and I’m back for ya
unbreakable [x2]

I can’t stop now

I guess everyone’s stupid,
they still don’t know
I’m different from the standard,
I can’t go anywhere else but the top
Why is there so much talk?
I hear it, all the whispering
Just go away,
I put my soul into my music
I’m not scared, even if my worries don’t
go away, I just keep going forward
No one can ever stop me
But if you wanna give it a try, try
Even if you were born
before me, there’s no use

It’s going in well
It’s going around well
I haven’t died and I’m back for ya
unbreakable [x2]

Turn The Music Up
Turn The Music Up
Turn The Music Up
Turn The Music Up


Music Video Link:

Kim Hyun Joong  “Unbreakable” MV 


The Moroccan Desert’s Spiritual Essence

The red earth spread out around us, and from up above, we would have appeared not so very different than the thousands upon thousands of stones scattered upon her surface. I imagined that we were being watched; even an atheist succumbs from time to time to fantasies about a watcher up above.

We found ourselves in a desert, not of sand, but of packed dirt and stones sprawling as far as the eye could see. The Moroccan sun was hot, but my companion, David, was accustomed to that after spending almost a year teaching English in Errachidia, an eternally sunny city situated between the High Atlas and the nether regions of the East. David didn’t even wear sun-block lotion anymore. His skin had taken on the honey hue of the locals. It was easy to forget where he came from; it seemed as though he had always lived in Morocco. I suppose that my extended visit from the United States served as a reminder to him, a connection to his past.

We weren’t proud men, and I don’t say that of David because he was my friend, but because he was truly humble. I imagine that he remains so, though I haven’t seen him for years. This is a story that occurred in the past when we were young and taken to adventure.

A feeling of satisfaction had descended upon us, a feeling of achievement after having bicycled a good twenty kilometers over rough terrain. Our bicycles lay a few meters off, abandoned for lunch and a short rest. We felt justified in eating our picnic, eagerly tearing into the hard-boiled egg and cheese sandwiches that we had packed before setting out.

With full stomachs and happy hearts, a weariness crept in and a slight chill, so that we both put on the sweaters we’d packed and, not being in a rush, fell asleep under the sun.

I slept for only a short while before the hardness of the ground proved unbearable. I sat up, stretched, and squinted my eyes in the bright light. It was then that I realized there was a watcher after all. He was crouching a few meters past our bicycles. He was not from above; our eyes were level as we stared silently for a moment or two.

I told David to wake up. He would be able to talk to the man. He spoke his language, a distinctly Moroccan dialect of Arabic. I had already witnessed his ability to impress the Moroccans with an unexpected turn of phrase, or a bit of sarcasm that belied the brevity of his acquaintance with the language. David wished the man peace, asked about his health, his family. The man blessed David and asked if we were Americans. David said that, yes, we were Americans, and asked the man how he had guessed. The man said he had heard about an American in the big town who spoke Arabic, but he never expected to meet him out in the middle of nowhere.

The man was interested in obtaining a cigarette. I didn’t smoke and neither did David. The man became agitated at this news and explained how he had tried to stop smoking many times but couldn’t live without it. David translated for me and I nodded my head in understanding, for I had smoked in my college days and had found the habit hard to give up.

The man asked for water; he drank slowly, only a few swallows, and returned the bottle, thanking us excessively and blessing our parentsDavid told the man that he didn’t need to thank us; it was our duty. He then offered the man an orange and a package of cookies. The man accepted the orange and said he would eat it later. I wondered how, laughing to myself, for the man didn’t have a single tooth in his mouth.

He had been on foot all day, on his way from his village to the big town where he hoped to find work. David asked him why he didn’t take a bus to Errachidia and the man explained that walking is good for the health, which I found amusing, given his penchant for smoking.

I offered to give the man twenty Dirhams, plenty for him to catch a bus along the way. David would have stopped me, but the money was already in my extended hand. The man again blessed our parents and said he’d be going now. We shook hands, placed our hands over our hearts, and watched him walk away in the direction of the road.

We assembled our things, mounted our bicycles and headed away from the road, wanting to put in a few more good, hard kilometers before turning back. Feeling energized from lunch, we sang at the top of our lungs as we jangled and bumped along the rocky flats. We sang of wine and love and women and heartache and cheeseburgers and sadness and death.

When at last our legs began to tire, we turned back toward the road and the long route home. We had checked our watches, and we calculated that we would make it back to town around dusk, before dark.

We sang no more, but only pedaled, and I felt weary. I think David did too, but he didn’t say so, so I didn’t either. I fell into a silent, semi-conscious state of exhaustion. I listened to the crunch of the gravel and the rattle of the loose headlight fastened to the steel frame of my bicycle. Behind me, I heard David shifting gears, trying to find the right one.

Now I noticed a difference between us and the stones. We were moving. We were going somewhere by the power of our own legs. It occurred to me that the man, the watcher, had always lived by the power of his legs, so to speak. I thought that perhaps I should try to ride my bike more back in the States instead of taking the car all the time. Then, I thought about dinner and what would be good to eat. Chicken and fries sounded good to me.

Soon, we saw a man walking along the roadside up ahead. As we approached, we could see that it was the toothless man. I wondered out loud why he hadn’t taken a bus.

When we caught up to him, David greeted him and we again shook hands. David asked him if there had been any buses and the man said yes, there had been many buses along the road. Why didn’t he take a bus to the big town, David wanted to know. The man explained that he had no money for a bus. David protested kindly, pointing out that I had given him twenty Dirhams for bus fare. The man laughed and said that he intended to buy cigarettes as soon as he reached the big town.