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Martin Nievera Sings about Love

January 29th, 2011 • by admin

“Martin Nievera Sings about Love”

By Sandy Zimmerman

I was not familiar with Martin Nievera’s music when I walked into the

Suncoast Hotel’s showroom but felt their Entertainment Director had a

knack for always choosing the best talent.

When Martin entered

the stage,

his fans eagerly

welcomed him.

Born in the Philippines,

Martin has that island charm

that is so

appealing to the ladies.

He started to sing and I could immediately see why he has been so

popular since the 80’s.

Martin’s music is romantic with such songs as “Say That You Love Me”

discussing sharing dreams with each other and making them come true.

He sang ballads in English with a few beautiful Philippine numbers.

These songs are universal for people around the world. 

Martin knows how

to sell

his songs,

each seems

very special to his

audience.

I enjoyed the way

he seemed to become

caught up in the emotion of the lyrics.

Martin’s renditions are powerful and moving;

He does not simply stand on the stage and sing.

Martin shows his feelings when he sings.

This is a man who has been involved in many aspects of show biz as a

singer, songwriter, actor, and producer.

Perhaps one

of the reasons

for Martin’s success,

his music entertains

in

many genres.

From the beginning, Martin’s albums ranked gold and platinum as a

testament to his talent.

It seemed almost every album he recorded turned to gold, platinum,

and double platinum or triple platinum, from 1982 and into the 2000’s.

Winning award after award in the Philippines and the United Stated,

first in 1982 for Most Promising Entertainer of the Year,

and in addition, multiple awards for outstanding performance,

Best Showbiz Talk Show Host, Best Male Performer in a Recording,

Entertainer of the Year,

Gold Record Awards, and others.

Some of Martin’s songs are “Forever” and “Kailangan Mo, Kailangan

Ko,” with Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez;


Yoga is good for your Health

January 23rd, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

Yoga for your Health

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated.)

After enjoying the luxurious Ayurvedic spa treatments, there is so much more.

I felt like discovering what else the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center had to offer.

Everything is about attempting to improve your health.

Their program includes three delicious organic vegetarian meals a day, accommodations,

DVD’s, lectures on health and the prevention of medical problems, yoga, cooking classes,

and planned activities.

The sign said, “Yoga Tonight” so I walked into the large living room which alternates as a lecture

room, a place for yoga, and a comfortable setting to relax and meet the other guests.

Since I do not have time to exercise in Las Vegas and have not participated in yoga before I

wondered if they had a beginner’s class and was very happy when I found out that Robin, the

instructor, tailors his class to each person.

Robin explained, “We do not use complicated positions or strenuous poses.

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 You only need very light stretching yoga postures.

There are 12 different postures and can be performed easily at home, the best time

is before breakfast.

One is the very unique Sun Salutations.

The Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) posture is great because it tones every major muscle in

your body.  You only practice 5-15 minutes a day.

The Sun Salutation is a complete Ayurvedic exercise that simultaneously

integrates the whole physiology including mind, body and breadth.

It strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups, lubricates the joints,

blood flow and circulation is increased throughout the body.

It is a cycle of 12 postures performed in a fluid sequence

one right after another.

Each motion should be synchronized with the breath.

By moving smoothly into each pose, breathing fully

and easily through the nostrils,

holding a pose for a minimum of three seconds, each cycle takes

about one minute.

These 12 poses will help you on every level of physiology.

Your mind will be clearer, yoga will increase your vitality, feel balance and more strength.

If you have a problem sleeping at night, yoga can help.

Yoga can also assist in eliminating many superficial imbalances that people have.

Yoga goes along with the Maharishi Ayurvedic program because they want to

the body and mind.

Everything we do at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center is to balance the mind and body.

Yoga compliments the program.”

(Photo: MAHC)

 

 

 

 

 


Casa Cody-Untouched by Time

January 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Casa Cody- Untouched by Time!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Casa Cody)

I found the most wonderful inn in Palm Springs.

The Casa Cody Inn is different from hotels, motels, and other inns because it is a historic inn.

In addition to a 100 year old adobe,

the 28 one-story bungalows date back to the 30’s- 40’s all still preserved and maintained.

And the interesting mixture of interior and furniture themes range from Moroccan,

Indian, Sante Fe, and India.

Celebrities seemed to be drawn to the Casa Cody’s hacienda-style buildings, gardens,

and citrus-filled courtyards.

Colorful bougainvilleas hang over the

roof, seeming to cover the front of each

room.

During the 30’s,

Metropolitan Opera

baritone/movie star

Lawrence Tibbett

and Charlie Chaplin

entertained guests in

this house.

Other famous guests: “Papa John” Phillips (“Mamas and the Papas” and father of

actress Mackenzie Phillips), Herb Jeffreys (sang with Duke Ellington), and the celebrities

are still coming to the Casa Cody Inn today.

Frank Tyson, the owner, said, “Barry Manalow flies back every night after his

Las Vegas show to his home in Palm Springs. Perhaps the tourists love Palm Springs because it is

so totally like going stepping back in time.

We have a village atmosphere with restaurants, shops, entertainment,

mountain hiking, and everything within a few blocks. to your

bungalow there is no need to use a car.”


A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

January 16th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

By sandy Zimmerman

Frank Sinatra with Royalty

When the thrills of

listening to

Frank Sinatra’s golden

voice are combined with a

rendition of

extraordinarily choreographed

dancing by Twyla Tharp, this is an evening to remember!

Yes, “SINATRA Dance With Me” actually features original recorded masters of Frank Sinatra’s voice

backed with a live, on-stage, 17 piece band, and 14 of the world’s finest dancers.

This tribute to Frank Sinatra and his music delights Frank’s fans and also wins him a new following.

They chose the perfect mix of songs from his 60 years in show business.

These are the songs that have a meaning to all of the people who remember his concerts and

appearances as well as films.

Everything about the “SINATRA Dance With Me” production was first class as I watched unique,

imaginative dance numbers which amazed and amused me.

Conceived, choreographed and directed by Twila Thorp, her name stands with all of the greats

who have put their stamp in the art of dance.

The show’s score combines classic vocal performances from the Sinatra catalog and archives along

with signature Sinatra arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) and some brand new

orchestrations.

“SINATRA Dance with Me” includes some of Frank Sinatra’s most adored songs with lyrics that speak

about love and feelings: “Stardust”,” I’ve Got the World on a String”, “Let’s Fall in Love”,

“Fly Me to the Moon”, “I’ve Got a Crush On You”, “Body and Soul”, “ It’s All Right With Me”,  “You Make

Me Feel So Young”, “Witchcraft”, “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby”, “Learnin’ the Blues”, “That’s Life”, “Makin’

Whoopee”, “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”, “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week”, “Pick

Yourself Up”, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”, “Teach Me Tonight”, “Take Five”, “One for My Baby”,

“The Way You Look Tonight”, “My Funny Valentine”, “My Way”.


Svendana: Tent Instead of a Sauna

January 12th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman


“Svendana Tent Instead of a Sauna”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

The ancient Ayurvedic (Means the Science of Life) philosophy follows the principals of living a healthier life in order to balance your mind and body.  According to the World Health Organization, Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced system of health-care in the world.

Each of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center’s treatments is unbelievably the ultimate pampering you can experience. Some clients visit the center just for the luxury, the sensations of the treatments. But if you are seeking a way to reduce stress and calm your nerves, this is the place to visit

 

Svendana (Sway-d-na), Sanskrit for heat therapy, is a sweating treatment designed to open the pores and detoxify the body.  After one of their very pleasurable warm oil massage treatments, you lie naked on your back just covered with a towel as the two technicians (therapists) prepare a pot of boiling specially herbalized liquid for the treatment.

A specially designed, curved wooden-framed tent, or dome, covered with canvas is unfolded and brought to you. In just a few minutes, you are in the Ayurvedic-style sauna. Although the tent covers the entire body, your head and face remain outside. You do not feel anything because the tent is around you but not touching. It is not attached to the table.

The herbal concoction runs through a tube to bring the steam inside the tent. While you are surrounded by the warm steam inside the tent, the technicians are continuously trying to find your comfort level so you are not too hot.  One technician rubs your head with a piece of cold coconut until it melts or places cold towels across your forehead.  The continuous controlled flow of warm steam combined with the cold feels good. The Svendana Treatment seems to be more enjoyable than a usual sauna. After this 20 minute treatment you will be heading for your room to be lulled into a restful sleep.

The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center’s motto: Prevention . . . Rejuvenation . . . and . . . Relief.  Their other treatments include the Abhyanga, Udvarthana, Pizhichill, Basti, Shirodara, Nasya, Netra Tarpana, Pinda Sveda, and more.  Very seldom do you find a spa health center that specializes in Ayurvedic Treatments.  Each treatment is unique and recommended by the Vaidya (Eastern Ayurvedic physician) for different health problems.

The technicians even provide instructions so you can to continue some of their treatments at home to keep that wondrous feeling of tranquility. Of course nothing compares to being there! These Ayurvedic experiences are worth the trip!

According to the Lancaster Health Center, “We focus exclusively on the most authentic form of Ayurveda, called Maharishi Ayurveda.  Among its outstanding features are: the high standards of training for our technicians, the purity of products, and authenticity of the treatments. Maharishi Ayurveda gives special emphasis to preventative and rejuvenative approaches that are essential for proper comprehensive health care.  These include stress management, lifestyle and wellness education and dietary recommendations.”

They have thought of everything for your mind and body from eating healthy, taking care of yourself, proper exercise, treatments, and lifestyle.

If you are ready to really be pampered from head to toe, contact the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center.  For information, call: (877)-890- 8600.  They are located at 679 George Hill Road, Lancaster, Massachusetts, just 1 hour from Boston.  www.lancasterhealthcenter.com

(Contact your doctor about your medical condition before taking any treatments.)


The Relaxing Treatment

January 5th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Relaxing Treatment”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(PHOTOS: Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center unless indicated.)

Shirodara

(shiro-dar-a),

the ancient

Ayurvedic

treatment from

India, is sometimes

called the Relaxing

Treatment.

In Sandscript,  

Shiro

means “head”

and dhara means “to flow”.

This describes the process of slowly pouring specially blended

herbal oil over the forehead or “Third Eye”, the chakra point

above and between the eyebrows.

The ingredients in the custom prepared oil are prepared in the

Oil Kitchen and depend upon what you need to balance

your body.

With my busy schedule, I was happy to experience the Relaxing

Treatment.

Two technicians (therapists) were waiting for me when I arrived in the

treatment room.

Two technicians really heightened the experience and made me feel like a queen.

A Shirodhara stand is placed behind the massage bed reaching up

around 10” above the client’s head. An arm extends out about 18”

holding a bowl.

I was lying on my back with my eyes closed when I felt a gentle

stream of soothing warm oil dripping on my head.

It flowed down from my

forehead into my hair and felt very

soothing as I drifted into a pleasant state of calmness.

The technician kept the oil flow constant while adjusting the

valve to keep it moving slightly so the oil would reach around the

sides of the face.

This beautiful specifically designed tap allowed accurate control of the flow of

the oil.

It maintains the oil at a certain temperature for the time needed.  

Instead of playing music on CD’s, the Shirodhara treatment is

practiced in silence so the client can be completely relaxed

concentrating on the feeling of the oil touching their skin and

hair.



A Mix of Holiday, Motown & Classic Hits

January 5th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Boyz II Men:  A Mix of Motown and Classic Hits!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman shot during the show.)

Four- time Grammy-winning

Boyz II Men

offers just

what you

need to

brighten

your evening

with holiday

cheer yet

they have also

packed a lot of

their classic

hits and, of course,

Motown hits into their show.

It’s a holiday show

which doesn’t forget

to bring

us memories of our

favorite songs.

The choreography

was

exceptional

as Nathan

Morris, Shawn

Stockman, and Wayna

Morris kept on moving

around the stage,

always emphasizing each song as they seemed to feel the emotion

of lyrics.

Nathan Morris moved the audience

when he bent down

on one

knee then kneeled

on the stage floor

while singing.

It is this dramatic

emphasis which

puts it over

the top.

First we heard

“Stardust” and

other familiar

classics then the

mood turned to the Motown sound we love.

And like a precious jewel

set between the other music,

the holiday was set to music with

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts

Roasting on an Open Fire)”, “I Saw

Mamma Kissing Santa Claus”,

“Oh, Come All Ye Faithful”,

and other

numbers

from their

inspirational Christmas Interpretations album.



The James Bond Wine Table

May 15th, 2010 • by admin
When you visit Del Friscos, do not miss seeing the most amazing $1.2 million dollar James Bond table. Looking like a normal table at first, Jacque touched her remote control pad and the table suddenly opened to present the James Bond OO7 Films Wine Collection. Eighteen magnums of Cabernet wine from Napa Valley wineries each represent different Bond films. These one- of-a kind bottles are each laser-edged.

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