The world has reached 7 billion people for the first time and statistics have shown that we are going to become more crowded in the years to come. There has been a lot of fuzz about who is going to be the 7 billionth person on Earth. The United Nations just recognized the person, rather baby, as the 7 billionth individual. The baby girl, named Danica, was born at the Jose Fabella Hospital in Manila, Philippines. Her parents Camille and Florante Camacho must have been proud parents to have her in this world. But in an impoverished country suffering from an explosive population growth, that birth as with other babies born across the islands is a growing concern and not a sign to celebrate that we have reached that population milestone. It's not all about our mad affection of Guinness Book of World Records of some sort.

Twelve years ago, we had the 6 billionth baby in the name of Lorrize Mae Guevarra, now 12 years old. How can we provide a better future for children when life is getting harder? Can she get finish her education? Will she find a good job? Will she end up getting pregnant at an early age with so many mouths to feed? These are all factors that may have impact on the lives of many. Population growth can bring so many problems to our country if we don't act now!

We are struggling to feed and provide services to each and every person in the country. There is an unequal balance of wealth and government corruption has made it even worse. Now, we are on the midst of battling this serious population issue with the Reproductive Health Bill as the issue that divided society over "pro-life" stances. Contraception and population control remained contentious issues that have to be resolved before its way too late!

Unfortunately, enforcing a one-child policy like that of China may take a greater political will and socially engineer our society. It also has unintended consequence with female-male ratio grossly unequaled. Unless if we are like Thomas Beatie nee Tracy Lagondino.

We never know when we decide to kiss someone as a sign of affection. Even in the dawn of civilization, love is the primeval urge that kept man alive. Without it, man would have never procreate and multiply. Besides, without it, we would have become animals just like the rest of the apes. Perhaps kissing has ended wars and global conflicts.

Showing love is one way of securing bonds with other people and forming community. With that, there is the art of kissing. We know kissing because we saw our parents do it and we see on the television and movies. But the question is, do we know how to kiss?

A little bit naughty, a little bit nice, these lovely presents are the perfect gifts. And unlike most presents, these are best when they’re returned.

Butterfly Kiss – With your faces less than a breath away, flutter your eyes open and closed, so your eyelashes brush your partner’s cheek. If done correctly, the fluttering sensation will match the one in your heart.

Earlobe Kiss – Gently sip and lightly suck your partner’s earlobe. Avoid loud sucking noises – ears are sensitized noise detectors.

Eye Kiss – Hold your partner’s head with both hands and slowly move his or her head in the direction you wish your kiss to go... then slowly kiss up toward your partner’s eyes and place a tender kiss on top of your lover’s closed eyelids.

Brow Kiss – While your partner is resting/sleeping with eyes closed, very, very gently kiss the spot right below the brow bone. A very intimate kiss.

Foot Kiss – An erotic and romantic gesture. It may tickle, but relax and enjoy it! To give a toe kiss, gently suck the toes and then lightly kiss the foot. It helps to gently massage the base of the foot while performing this kiss.

Freeze Kiss (or Melt Kiss) – Experiment with this fun kiss. Put a small piece of ice in your mouth, then open your mouth and kiss your partner, passing the ice to him or her with your tongue. It's an erotic and sensual French kiss with a twist of cold.

Fruity Kiss – Take a small piece of fruit and place it between your lips (juicy fruits such as grapes, strawberries, small pieces of pineapple or mango are ideal). Kiss your partner and nibble one half of the piece of fruit while he or she nibbles the other half until it breaks in two, allowing the juice to run into your mouths.

Hickey Kiss – The object is not to draw blood, but to gently leave a mark that will prove your interlude was not a dream. This is often included in erotic foreplay.

Hostage Kiss – Cover your lips with tape and get your love’s attention. When he or she comes near, make noises like you’re trying to say something and motion as if you can't get the tape off. Once he or she removes the tape from your mouth, say: “I've been saving my lips all day just for you!” Then kiss your love passionately!

Hot and Cold Kiss – Lick your partner’s lips so that they're warm, and then gently blow on them. The sudden cool blast makes for a sensual explosion, and your partner will often try it on you next.

Lick Kiss – Just before kissing, gently run your tongue along your partner’s upper or lower lip. A very sensual kiss.

Lip Sucking Kiss – When kissing, gently suck on your partner’s lower lip. This can be very exciting.

Neck Nibble Kiss – Gently nibble up and down your partner’s neck. End with a gentle kiss on the lips.

Nip Kiss – This kiss can create a very erotic sensation. While kissing your partner, ever so gently nibble on their lips. You must be very careful not to bite too hard or hurt your partner. When done correctly, this kiss ignites wonderful sensations.

Reverse Lips Kiss – This one involves standing above your lover and kissing them from over their head. This way, each kisser can take the hypersensitive bottom lip of their lover in their mouths. A very sensuous, connecting kiss.

Searching The Cavern – Use the lips and tongue to gently tickle and kiss your lover's navel. Vary speeds and stroke to change sensation. Invigorating and intoxicating.

Shoulder Kiss – Simply come from behind, embrace him or her, and kiss the top of the shoulder. This is a sensual, loving kiss.

Sip Kiss – Take a small sip of your favorite drink. Leaving a little bit of it on your lips, kiss your partner. It is a unique way to create an erotic feeling and your partner will enjoy it.

Talking Kiss – Whisper sweet nothings into your partner’s mouth.

Teaser Kiss – Starting on the forehead, place a sweet, short kiss on his or her lips, then kiss your way up the arms to the hand. Kiss the hand, then come back up the arm, to her face and then lightly kiss her lips till she or he wants a passionate kiss.

The Buzzing Kiss – Gently place your lips against your lover’s neck, behind the ear. Now, send a shudder through his or her skin by gently growling and humming, vibrating your lips and cheeks as you do so. Move up and down the neck, over the bones of the face and lips. Stimulating and erotic when done correctly.

Tiger Kiss – Quietly sneak up behind your partner making sure he or she doesn’t know what you are going to do. Out of the blue, grab your partner and gently bite his or her neck. Make sure to get a few good growls in, too.

Trickle Kiss – Take a sip of a favorite drink and trickle it slowly into your partner's mouth while kissing.

Tongue Sucking – A variation of the French kiss. During an open-mouth kiss gently suck on your partner's tongue (not too hard or it may hurt). Very sexy!

Vacuum Kiss – While kissing open-mouthed, slightly suck in as if you were sucking the air from your partner’s mouth. This is a playful kiss.

Virtual Kiss – For that special online interest or lover.

There you have it, its up to you if you'll follow every kinds of kisses here. Have you done all 26 already? Which is the best kiss?

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People have been raving about the arrival of the most-talked about donuts doughnuts (more class!) in town - Krispy Kreme. Though I had munchful of these lovely treats, I never had the opportunity to line up like a crazy Star Wars fan boy. People were literally lining up like waiting for Taylor Swift to come out. It's so craaazzy!

Anyhoo... Life continues and I just gave a long stare at the situation and laugh. I'm a rabid foodie at times but I'm no Homer Simpson who goes loco for a piece bread with a hole in the middle. My girlfriend just told me to go for Dunkin Donuts instead, she's right! Unfortunately, the cold choco drink suck big time. It was such an epic let down!

Perhaps, I should have got that iced tea drink from Bread Talk!

Already played the NBA 2K12 Greatest Challenge but I kept wondering about the idea of individual players playing against each other one-on-one in a schoolyard, street basketball style. This time it will be the greatest legends facing against our superstars of today. We all know the battles between Magic and Bird but have we ever seen rookie Kobe playing against his older self? How about Dwight Howard against the Shaq of the yesteryears? Maybe Mike Bibby against his dad?

It is difficult to contemplate because these matchups never happened in real life. What if we can simulate it in a tournament format and let them play against each other. In this case, I'll let the computer decide who will win. I will simulate these matchups and determine who is the greatest player on NBA 2K12. If you have other matchups in mind please comment and I'll put it on the list. Updates of each matchup games will posted here.

Here are the possible games to be played on Blacktop Mode:

Dwight Howard (Current Magic) vs Shaquille O'Neal (94-95 Magic)

Bill Russel (64-65 Celtics) vs Wilt Chamberlain (70-71 Lakers)

Michael Jordan (85-86 Bulls) vs Michael Jordan (97-98 Bulls)

Julius Erving (76-77 Sixers) vs Elgin Baylor (64-65 Lakers)

Patrick Ewing (94-95 Knicks) vs Hakeem Olajuwon (93-94 Rockets)

Vlade Divac (01-02 Kings) vs Vlade Divac (90-91 Lakers)

Kobe Bryant (Current Lakers) vs Kobe Bryant (97-98 Lakers)

Penny Hardaway (94-95 Magic) vs Kevin Durant (Current Thunder)

Tim Hardaway (90-91 Warriors) vs Chris Paul (Current Hornets)

Tim Duncan (Current Spurs) vs Tim Duncan (97-98 Spurs)

Michael Jordan (95-96 Bulls) vs LeBron James (Current Heat)

Carmelo Anthony (Current Knicks) vs Julius Erving (84-85 Sixers)

Larry Bird (85-86 Celtics) vs Magic Johnson (86-87 Lakers)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (86-87 Lakers) vs Lew Alcindor (70-71 Bucks)

Dwyane Wade (Current Heat) vs Oscar Robertson (70-71 Bucks)

Pete Maravich (70-71 Hawks) vs Deron Williams (Current Nets)

Dominique Wilkins (85-86 Hawks) vs Blake Griffin (Current Clippers)

Decades removed from his legendary days as the Philippine Basketball Association's ultimate import to grace the hardwood of the Araneta Coliseum in his green Crispa Redmanizer jersey, Billy Ray Bates is back in the country as member of the PBA Hall of Fame. As we look back in the wild years of the so-called "Black Superman," the anti-hero hoops character beloved yet forgotten. If Michael Jordan never existed then Bates would be the man forever etched in the psyche of every Filipino hoops lover.

Now, the skills coach of the Philippine Patriots of the Asean Basketball League. There were talks that he will have his Black Superman II line of shoes as a homage to the Jordanesque sneakers he had during the 1980's. His immense popularity even rivaled Ginebra's to the point that local shoe manufacturer Grosby even produced a classic Nike Air Force lookalike versions years ago.

I wasn't fortunate to see his superhuman playmaking skills, above-the-altitude barnyard rim-rattling slams, and superior showboating mojo that perhaps outshine the Dr. J, his Airness, and Chocolate Thunder in one bottle of ice-cold San Miguel Beer. Fragments and forgotten faded footages of Bates have started to reappear on Youtube and television. That was the glory years of Philippine basketball when we were still whipping China's ass in the hardcourt. Hearing vintage commentator 'Smokin' Joe Cantada is spine-tingling as if I'm up close to the action in the gargantuan Big Dome crowd. LeBron or Kobe's popularity may be global but no one has ever filled the void of the Black Superman during his heydays of the turbulent 70's and 80's.

The former Portland Trailblazers guard was born in the deep South where age-old prejudice against blacks were the rule of the land. The Jim Crow laws has forced Bates to dig in deeper to basketball and alcohol as his own path to salvation. In an Horatio Alger twist of fate, he headed to the Philippines wherein he became a hero that everyone want to become. Unfortunately, he failed to exorcise the demons that had affected his life. His fall from grace was like the world crumbled before the very eyes of basketball god.

Simply known as the "Dunk" during his Blazer days, Bates had manic scoring binges and amazing aerial exploits capped by bouts of drug addiction and alcoholism. He had a good scoring run with the team including his 1980 NBA Playoff outbursts against the Seattle Supersonics-led by future Celtic hall of famer Dennis Johnson. Even though he vowed to become sober, he is as wet as the Laguna de Bay on a given day during his wilderness years in the PBA that team managers were forced to curtail his wild drunken sprees and womanizing rendezvous.

He even rivaled Wilt Chamberlain for his prolific sexual appetite in Manila's seedy nightclubs and pubs. This is the unfortunate hero who never knew that his struggle in a Reconstruction-era South were similar to the Filipino masses who showered him with adulation he never had back home. There was poverty and corruption that he shrouded with a life in vices and self-narcissism. The embellishment of the Bates myth and lore make him synonymous the the lifestyles of today's hottest NBA players who think that the world is on their hands like a basketball that they love to dribble and score.

Despite his accomplishments, the Black Superman remains an enigma yet an interesting chapter in our proud history of hoops.


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