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I don't take these things seriously, but I liked the results of this test, so...



You are Strength


Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.


This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one's personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.


What Tarot Card are You?
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Got this from my cousin Nina's site.


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At the 2008 Jarasum Jazz Festival Korea

Photos from the Festival...



Andy Peterson Inc. from Malaysia. Their music is a mix of progressive rock and chanting (Indian origin), very energetic and great vibe. These guys were also a great hang.
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Bob Aves group onstage.
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Joe Lovano and John Scofield, et al, played in the same event (though in a much bigger stage). We also saw Jojo Mayer, drummer extraordinaire.


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We had loads of Korean food. What I love about Korean cuisine is there are usually a lot of colorful and interesting vegetables.




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I also loved the Korean Barbeque.
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No time for me to finish chewing my food before posing for the shot:
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We were really blessed with our guide for the whole event - Kim. He was very accommodating and made everything easier for us.
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Here was the view from Tusa's room. (Plus the empty Sho Tsu bottles from the night before)
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This was the view from my room. It made up for the fact that we were bunked in a motel. He he Happy

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This became my favorite drink. It's a milk drink with veggies.
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Hala! I want this phone.



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Our Zhu Jia Jiao Tour

I mentioned in my last post that we met a Filipino fellow in Zhu Jia Jiao who offered to tour us around the town.

Ramil Cueto has been based in Shanghai for about four years. His wife Julia was born in Zhu Jia Jiao and grew up there. So when Ramil offered to tour us around the old town, we couldn't resist! We have had some difficulties in ordering food and going around the town in general. They met us at our hotel at night, and we walked to the heart of the town.



Walking to the old town. These were Ramil, Jorge and Simon, back view.
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We passed by some lovely scenery.
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They took us to a charming restaurant.
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Julia and Ramil ordered food for us. Guess what we found out from Julia while they were ordering food? It was Ramil's birthday that day!




Jorge and Ramil
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Group pic by Simon. Jorge, Ramil, Ria, Julia and Tusa
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The food arrives.


Lotus plant,with sticky rice inserted into the holes. It tasted sweet and refreshing.

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A local water plant (tasted a bit like turnip), with pine nuts.
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Escargot. These were huge, and ground pork was stuffed inside.
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Ramil went out for a while and came back with this. Tsong tsu, a sticky rice delicacy. It had pork inside, plus a sweetish sauce. Yum! It also cost only 2.5 RMB (about 15pesos)
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And now, the main attraction...
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Hairy crabs! They were delicious, and had lots of aligue (crab fat)
March of the crabs. March, march, march into our stomachs.
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Simon and crab
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Everything was so delicious.


After dinner, we walked a bit and looked at some of the shops.


Thank you Ramil and Julia for the experience, and for spending time with us.


(Photos courtesy of Simon, Tusa, and me)




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Zhu Jia Jiao Water Village World Music Festival

Bob Aves Group @ the Zhu Jia Jiao Water Village World Music Festival




At the airport (notice all the junk food! Terminal 3 is relatively new, so there aren't many options yet)...

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Simon and Tusa...

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Shanghai is a 3-hour plane ride from the Philippines...


Zhu Jia Jiao is a charming old town about 2 hours away (on the road) from the main city in Shanghai.


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Like a lot of many other things in China, it is a mix of the old and the new...
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We went to a park...

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Busy town.
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This was our hotel (Zhu Ji Ge)

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Post office from the great Qin Dynasty...

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We tried to go about the small town by ourselves, sometimes encountering mishaps when ordering food and such. Ordering by guessing from the pictures has its disadvantages (sometimes it was too much for one person), but it was all good....


Sauteed scallops
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Pork dish with vegetables underneath (kind of like Laing in Filipino)
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On our first full day there, we played at the preview night of the festival, at the Wang Chang center...


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Up until this time, we had trouble ordering food and knowing where to go because few people spoke English. So it was a blessing to meet a fellow Filipino at the venue who offered to take us around Zhu Jia Jiao, since his wife grew up there, and can take us to the good places. Of course we took up on the offer, and I'll reserve another blog entry for it. In the meantime, on to the other photos from the festival...



Nah Youn Sun and the French all-stars. Nah Youn Sun does a mean scat, and her voice is clear. The accordion player was fantastic. It's my first time to hear jazz solos on the accordion, I think.

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Bassists co...
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Bob Aves explains his octavina to a fellow guitarist...

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(And it was during this time when I was carrying my laptop and wearing my thick glasses - that some people came up to me and asked if I was the band manager)


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More photos from the festival...




Brochures and posters.
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At the Gingko Plaza...

Some of the audience were people who lived in the old village, and some were tourists. On the whole, they were very receptive and appreciative of the performances.
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Ria Osorio
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Tusa Montes
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Grace Nono
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Bob Aves
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Jorge San Jose
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Simon Tan
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The group with Peter Lee (far left), festival organizer
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With some of the other artists.

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Some of the festival volunteers from various universities...
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(Photos courtesy of Tusa Montes, Grace Nono and Bob Aves, and some are from my camera)

Will be posting the photos from the tour with our newfound Filipino friend, so please stay tuned. Thanks!




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