Alors On Danse (So We Dance!)

May 12, 2010

Today I’m going to talk about Stromae! He is a singer from Belgian-Rwandan. His real name is Paul van Haver. He became famous in few weeks recently, over song called ” Alors on danse” This song become number one hit not only in Europe, but in many countries. His first album came out in 2007 called “Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic..” but it didn’t got so popular. In 2010 Music Manager, was impressed by the talent of Stromae’s first single ‘Alors on danse’ and decided to air it for the first time ever on NRJ. The audience reacted entousiastically and the career of Stromae was launched. He rapidly became N.1 in sales In Belgium, than in other countries. And they made him sign a 4 years contract. If the  music manger didn’t air his song, this song would never would been heard, wouldn’t been so popular. When music got played thousand times, you will get used to it, and you will like it and of course if the song is good too. So thats how media works always someone needs to hold from your hand, so you will get to a good point in life, but of course if you want to be in this business.  the song is talking about stress, problems in life and to get rid of them he is says “so we dance” let everything go so we dance…. enjoy the music…

what is this song about ? its in french and there is the  translation

Alors On Danse

So we dance (x3)
He who say study, says work
Qui dit taf te dit les thunes, (These I don’t understand)
He who says money, says expenses
He who says credit says credit (dealing with the nature of having credit)
He who says debt tells you to go usher
Yes, tells you to sit down in the sh*t
He who says love, says kids,
Says always and says divorce

He who says close tells you of sadness because the problems do not come one by one
He who says crisis says to you the world, says third-world
He who says fatigue says wake again ignorant of it (literally deaf from the old, this is probably an expression that I am not familiar with not being a native french speaker.)
On we go, forgetting all of these problems

And so we dance (x9)
And you tell yourself that this is as far as it will go because any worse would be death
And you believe in the end that you are finished with it, but there is more to come still! (not sure here)
Ecstasy says problem, the problems or the music. (not sure here, either)
This takes you for the ride, it grabs you by the head, and you pray for it to stop
But this is your body, this isn’t heaven, so you speak more than you listen
And you cry out even louder as it persists

So we sing
Lalalalalala, Lalalalalala,
So we sing
Lalalalalala, Lalalalalala

So we sing (x2)
And then only when this is over, so we dance
And so we dance (x7)
And it still goes on

GODIVA CHOCOLATE

May 1, 2010

Today i want to talk about chocolate brand called GODIVA. i love the name, taste and also history of it.   in old english Godiva means “gods gift”.  Godiva, founded in Belgium in 1926, was purchased by Turkey’s Yildiz holding  owner of  Ulker Group, since 2008.   Godiva owns and more than 450 retail shops in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and is available over 10,000 specialty retailers.

Lets talk about history of Godiva;  Godiva  was founded in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium by Joseph Draps.  He opened his first boutique in the Grand Place in Brussels under its present name, in honor of the legend of Lady Godiva.  The first Godiva shop outside Belgium was opened in Paris in 1958. In 1966, the company’s products reached the United States.

And who is this famous Lady Godiva ? Lady Godiva was married to Leofric, the Earl of Mercia, in what is now the United Kingdom. Around the time of 1057, she and Leofric got in a dispute over the taxes he had levied on the growing city of Coventry, and he challenged her to ride naked through the marketplace, promising to ease the tax burden if she did so. Lady Godiva took the challenge and became a local legend. At least, that’s how the story goes, a story that be, but that a man named Tom pegan to circulate a century after her death. In the 17th century, the detail was added that Lady Godiva had instructed the town people to stay indoors during her ride.

what is so special about this chocolate company? Godiva not only sells chocolate it also sells  truflles coffee cocoa  biscuits, dipped fruits and sweets.  and they make special things for wedding and party favors and other items arranged in gift baskets.  Godiva also produces seasonal and limited edition chocolates with special packaging for all major holidays. Godiva also has license agreements for the production of  ice cream, cheesecake, coffee pods and liquors  that comes in several chocolate related flavors.

Godiva is pricey but it worth every penny.  if you understand from chocolate, you can tell the difference between other chocolates.

thank you for your time ciao! 

picture on the right side is Lady Godiva.

Advertising Hermes bag

April 2, 2010

when a famous person wears or uses a product and if they cut on cameras they advertise the product. when people sees it they automatically  want to buy or get the stuff. so today i want to talk about a brand, how it came so popular and expensive.This brand is called Hermes. which means in Greek messenger of the Gods.  Hermes brand became popular after Kelly Grace who is an actress then became a princess of Monaco used one of her two favorite Hermes bags to shield her pregnant stomach from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. Photographs of her covering her stomach bulge with her hallowed Hermes were splashed all over the world and made it onto the cover of life magazine. Hermes named their bag after her; “Kelly bag”. she advertised the bag even knowing it.  and  than people wanted to have the same bag so that how Hermes became so popular. Its in same quality as Louis Vitton , Chanel and any other brands. this kelly bag came out in 1930′s and its a classics of Hermes and still popular. so its shows us even in that time media advertise the products. Hermes’s kelly bag is still popular and famous people like victoria beckham still wear them.

club advertisers

April 2, 2010

Well we all know if there is party event or a club event going on, people post a event and invite you from facebook. and there is Club Promoter(advertisers) . What is a Club Promoter?  Promoters invite people to the quality. they get payed by the clubs for bringing people in. they usually get payed 5 dollar for each person. if they bring 30 people , 5 times 30 is 150 dollar in one night.  Promoters are social, attractive and they know a lot of people.These people advertise clubs by using facebook, texting or emailing you, but mostly because it easier to reach people facebook. they are like a bugs that never leave you alone, they will keep on texting or emailing or fill out your facebook with random events. but thats the way club owners advertise and bring people in to the clubs.

people invited by promoters are seen as a high quality people. promoters job is to bring  good looking , non trashy people. while other people lined up in the clubs, these chosen people by promoters get in from v.i.p. thats the way how clubs get good people or get people to their clubs.  if promoters brings 50 people  they will make 250 dollars and clubs reward promoters by giving them a free table in their clubs. Promoters meet with people get their phone numbers  and their full names invite them for the next time. full name is to find people on facebook.

how clubs find Promoters(advertisers) ?  They usually find people by asking other club managers,or learning promoter names and finding them on facebook and messageing them by asking if the want to promote for their club.

Promoting is actually  a job but it doesn’t have stable income because not always 30 people will show up. it can go down to 10 or less.They usually work at the weekends or they make more money at the weekends. Promoters usually have two jobs. one is for the advertise the clubs and other one is their stable job. Why they promote?  They promote to get in to the clubs faster, if they are party animals,  and make money for the night.

I have a bunch of promoter friends thats how i learned this club advertising craziness. its a fun job and you make money out of it. but its so weird how clubs find a way to advertise their clubs. they use people to advertise instead of putting up on billboards. but if you look at from a point, not that much people  looks up on billboards . they usally check their facebook for events, they check their emails, text messages, it is a better way to advertise because people will get the advertisement on their phone, on their facebook or on their emails.

if you want to know what is going on l.a night life keep in touch with promoters…

Truth about Baby Carrots

March 19, 2010

I was checking my mails than i saw my friend  send me this mail and i wanted to share with all of you. This mail was about Baby Carrots, when you first see it, you will tought its a actaully small washed baby carrots right? its not true they are not small baby carrots its just to way to trick people to sell  bad carrots. Farmers  were throwing away tons of carrots every year because they wouldn’t sell. Carrots don’t always grow in perfect shapes. Some are bumpy and lumpy and ugly. they won’t sell in a supermarket if they don’t fit that ideal carrot shape. so basically they found a away to change those ugly shaped carrots to sell them. and there it is BABY CARROTS… read it to see it.

For those of you who don’t know, baby carrots aren’t really baby carrots. I was surprised at how many people didn’t know that when the topic came up at work the other day. I suppose it’s an easy mistake to make – baby carrots are small, they’re sweet, and… well, they’re small. And they’re called BABY. Isn’t that enough?

Baby carrots are not young carrots, but rather small pieces of carrots that are chopped and whittled down to look like small carrots. They are peeled, and washed, and insanely convenient. USA Today featured an article a couple of years ago about the origin of the baby carrot, and I have to say, I’m impressed.

History The story of the baby carrot is an interesting study in contrasts. The baby carrot is the brain child of Mike Yurosek, a Californian farmer who was weary of throwing away tons of carrots every year because they wouldn’t sell. Anyone who has ever grown carrots in their garden knows that carrots don’t always grow in perfect shapes. Some are bumpy and lumpy and ugly, and even if they taste wonderful, they won’t sell in a supermarket if they don’t fit that ideal carrot shape.

That bugged Yurosek. And apparently, feeding tons and tons of ugly carrots to livestock wasn’t the answer.

Culls are carrots that are too twisted, knobby, bent or broken to sell. In some loads, as many as 70% of carrots were tossed. And there are only so many discarded carrots you can feed to a pig or a steer, says Yurosek, now 82 and retired. “After that, their fat turns orange,” he says.

I believe this. As someone who once went on a baby carrot binge and subsequently turned a light shade of orange, I can attest that beta carotene is a strange substance indeed.

In 1986, Yurosek came up with the idea of taking the ugly carrots and cutting them into small pieces of more or less uniform appearance.

First he had to cut the culls into something small enough to make use of their straight parts. “The first batch we did, we did in a potato peeler and cut them by hand,” Yurosek says. Then he found a frozen-food company that was going out of business and bought an industrial green-bean cutter, which just happened to cut things into 2-inch pieces. Thus was born the standard size for a baby carrot.

Next, Yurosek sent one of his workers to a packing plant and loaded the cut-up carrots into an industrial potato peeler to take off the peel and smooth down the edges. What he ended up with was a little rough but still recognizable as the baby carrot of today.

Thus, the baby carrot is a product of frugality and an abhorrence of waste, which are two ideas that I can totally get behind. I hate wasting food. I love the idea that a product that might otherwise not be sold can be repackaged and sold. But, and there’s always a but….

Yurosek then sent samples of the baby carrots to Von’s, a supermarket chain in California that is related to Safeway, and it was love at first sight.

The babies were an economic powerhouse. Stores paid 10 cents a bag for whole carrots and sold them for 17 cents. They paid 50 cents for a 1-pound package of baby carrots and sold them for $1. By 1989, more markets were on board, and the baby-carrot juggernaut had begun.

Ah, there’s the rub. Baby carrots are, by and large, more expensive than regular carrots. I’m honestly impressed by the thinking that produced this product, but still – baby carrots are just chopped up, whittled down rejects, and we pay more for them? Well, I’ll address that later.

It’s the taste, stupid I stopped buying baby carrots a while ago. It just so happened that I was at a farmer’s market a couple summers ago, and ended up buying some dark purple carrots out of curiosity. I thought that they might taste strange, but when I tried one, I was surprised to see that they tasted like… well, like carrots. But the carrot taste was something that I realized I hadn’t experienced in at least ten years.

As someone who had been eating baby carrots for a long time, I had honestly forgotten what a carrot tastes like. Baby carrots are nice – they are usually crispy and sweet, but they are largely flavorless. They don’t have that carrot-y taste and smell. It’s a tough taste to describe, but it’s very distinct. There are many varieties of carrots, of course, but most carrots that you can buy in a supermarket, the kind with a top of green leaves and visible roots, taste and smell distinctly different than a baby carrot, which doesn’t taste or smell like much of anything.

Since trying the first purple carrot, I simply can’t go back to baby carrots. While conveniently packaged and pretty handy as finger food, they just don’t have that taste. A few months ago, I brought a bunch of organic carrots to my friend’s for dinner. I cut off the tops, washed them, and handed one to my friend. He looked at it as though it was some sort of alien life form.

“Just try it,” I said. “I know it looks like something that grew in the ground, but I think you’ll like it.”

He took a super-crunchy bite, and his eyes grew wide. He crunched for a long time, then said, “Huh.” He’s been hooked every since.

There’s just something inherently tasty about carrots, and I don’t think that the baby variety have that same taste and texture.

In addition, baby carrots are more expensive than regular carrots. At my local grocery store, baby carrots are often twice the cost of regular-sized carrots. The price difference per pound ranged $0.50 to more than $1. Even Bunny Luve, the brand of carrots from the man who brought us the baby carrot, are cheaper if you buy the whole carrots than if you buy the pseudo-baby carrots.

UPDATE: *Finally, although I didn’t realize this when I first wrote this article: baby carrots are made out of a variety of carrot known as the Imperator. They are bred to grow faster and ripen quickly, and because of this, they only have 70% of the beta carotene of a normal carrot.

But they’re so popular!

The success of baby carrots speaks to two things about American culture that sort of bug me:

The desire for food that is uniform in appearance and taste.

The desire for food to be sterile, already prepared and washed, and packaged for quick, mindless eating.

It’s not that I don’t understand these desires, because it’s easy to confuse uniformity with quality. I can see why someone who has never grown veggies might look askance at a twisted, bumpy carrot with soil still clinging to it. But imperfect food is still perfectly edible, and incredibly delicious. I’m not advocating accepting rotten apples or wilted lettuce, but I think we’ve become lousy consumers if we think that the shape of a carrot will affect its flavor.

Why do we care?

And anyway, when was the last time that a carrots appearance mattered? I throw carrots in many dishes, but they are usually sliced or at least chopped, so if one is twisted, it really doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. As for convenience – yes, baby carrots are washed and peeled already, but honestly, how long does it take to wash a carrot? Honestly, I buy bunches of carrots from the farmer’s market, and I can testify that it takes all of 15 seconds to prep one for consumption. Mind you, I don’t peel mine. But think about it: time is precious, but what’s an extra minute of food prep?

I was a little hesitant about criticising baby carrots, because I really like the idea that popular products can be made out of a substance that would otherwise be wasted. But I also think it’s rather silly to spend so much more to eat “manufactured” vegetables. In the same way that those plastic containers of sliced honeydew melon are an incredible rip-off (costing sometimes four times more per unit cost, even accounting for rind weight), baby carrots are a good idea that doesn’t serve us well.

As a frugal shopper, I advise everyone I know to go back to basic carrots. Bugs Bunny would be proud (or upset by increased demand, who knows?).

Here are some carrot tips:

1.Buy the slender, smaller versions (6-9 inches long), as the really big and thick carrots can be woody and tough.

2.I read once that leaving the dirt on the carrots actually helps them keep longer, but I never have mine for more than a day or two before I eat them, so I can’t testify if this is true or not.

3.I like the buy the carrots with the leaves still attached because the leaves don’t keep very long – if the leaves are still fresh, I know that the carrots aren’t very old.

4.You can pretty much chop up a bigger carrot (or just break it in half) to fit in a small tupperware container like you use for those baby carrots that you take to work with you.

Bento Kornen Light

March 12, 2010

Well I’m European and European commercial’s are ridiculously funny, So I decided to share how european media makes memorable comericals.

A lots of animals owners complain about how the pet foods make their animals fat. So this commercial is about  light dog food. It gives a message that will make your animal skinnier and fitter than ever, but its shows it in a funny way, basically old lady is in the beach with her dog “Kiki”. She calls over her the little dog. When he doesnt listen, She presses the dogs leashes button, it pulls over the poor puppy. Because the dog got so skinny over the dog food, he gets stuck inside of the leash and gets lost in it. Its hilarious but tells people that it can make your dog so skinny it could even get stuck in a leash. thats impossible in real life, but its still a message.  i picked up this commercial and its really memorable because if i look for a light dog food this will be the first dog light food will come to my head.

ethos water

March 12, 2010

if you guys go to Starbucks, you probably saw bottle of water called ethos water. its a water from Startbucks company. but you can even see these bottle of water in seven eleven or some other couple stores. the way they advertise their selves as “ethos water helps children get clean water”. The countries they help; Ethiopia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Relief, Indonesia and Honduras. so when people see this, instead of getting other bottle of waters, they will prefer to get Ethos water. Even Ethos water helps people to get clean water  they dont donate as much. did you ever think how many percent of money goes from each bottle ? ethos water only donates  $0.05 . and each bottle worths around 2 dollar. well its still a great way to advertise their water.


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