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Year of the Fire Monkey: What’s in store for your Chinese zodiac sign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — We are two months into 2016, but those who follow Chinese astrology will still have time to plot their direction and decisions for 2016, as the Chinese community — and even the rest of the world — usher in the Year of the Fire Monkey on February 8 (Monday).

Metaphysics practitioner and consultant Dato Joey Yap talked to CNN Philippines’ Headline News anchor Amelyn Veloso to share his predictions for the 12 Chinese astrology signs.

He sees the year of Fire Monkey to be open to rapid and unpredictable change. Yap had one word to describe the year: volatile.

He added it will generally usher in a lot of opportunities for those interested in trading as there will be volatility in the trading market. He, however, said that those looking to make quick profits based on properties should be more cautious as 2016 is not the year for it.

Those looking to continue their education or learn a new skill should also take advantage of 2016 as he said that the “academic star” is at its height this year.

“This is one of those years that is better for education, because looking at the full chart for the year, the academic star is very strong. So if you can pick up a new skill, this is one of the best years for it,” he said.

Four signs to benefit the most

Out of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, those born in the years of Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, and Snake will prosper the most during the Year of Fire Monkey.

He detailed how the respective signs will benefit in 2016:

  • Year of the Rat (those born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

Yap said this year will open a lot of new opportunities and responsibilities in the career of those born in the Year of the Rat.

  • Year of the Tiger (those born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

It may seem that 2016 will not be the year for Tigers as it clashes with the Monkey, but he said that there will be tons of opportunities to make money abroad and bring money back home.

Yap added that it will be a great year for those born in the Year of the Tiger for businesses, such as online businesses and startups.

  • Year of the Rabbit (those born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

The Wealth Star is with those born in the Year of the Rabbit, said Yap, which means money matters will not really be an issue this year.

Aside from the Wealth Star, the Emperor Star will also be on their side. “You can execute most of your ideas and dreams,” Yap said.

  • Year of the Snake (those born in 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

Good fortune and prosperity awaits those born in the Year of the Snake, as the Fortune Virtue Star — one of the four noble annual stars — is active.

“People born in the Year of the Snake will be pretty happy this year. They will meet a lot of new friends, new network,” Yap said.

The eight other signs

  • Year of the Ox (1913, 1926, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

“If you are trying to get married or look for a partner, this is a good year,” Yap said.

  • Year of the Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

The metaphysics consultant said 2016 is the year for the Dragons for scholarly pursuits.

“If you’re studying or taking up a new skill, it’s a good year.”

  • Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

It will be an average year for those born in the year of the Horse, as long as they don’t make any drastic decisions in their career this year.

Yap also said they will have a steady flow of income.

  • Year of the Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

If the Sheeps had relationship issues in 2015, 2016 will prove to be better to them, said Yap.

He added that if those born in the Year of the Sheep broke up with a relationship partner in 2016, they will find their soulmates this 2016.

  • Year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

Yap said that this is the year of those born in the Year of the Monkey.

“This is your year. Everywhere you go, people will take notice of what you do.”

  • Year of the Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

Those born in the Year of the Rooster should continue to help others, even though it may sometimes seem that they are being taken advantage of, as they will be rewarded for their good deeds in 2017.

“A lot of people will come to them for help, asking for favors, to, but don’t hesitate to contribute because the pay back will be in 2017,” he said.

  • Year of the Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

The year of the Fire Monkey may not be on the side of those born in the year of the Dog.

Yap said Dogs do not have any positive stars on their side, thus their future and progress will depend on their own efforts and hardwork.

  • Year of the Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

Three positive stars will help those born in the year of the Pig to have a great year. The three stars involve relationships and networking. It may not be directly related to money, but there is a lot of building the network or for new businesses.

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Predictions are only options

Yap mentioned that what he shared for each Chinese zodiac sign are only general predictions, adding that the exact year, month, date, and hour of birth should also be considered to have a more accurate guide.

He described astrology as a study of how elements and circumstances can affect people, explaining that it can guide them in making better decisions.

“When we understand what’s in store for us, we then know what our options are. Based on the options, decisions can be made,” he said.

Credits: CNN Philippines (http://cnnphilippines.com/)

5 Places I Have To Visit In 2016 | Matt Gibson

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A lot of my travel blogger friends are always on the move. They count the number of new countries they visit each year and many seem to have the goal of visiting every country in the world.

I don’t.

Not that there’s anything wrong with traveling like crazy. But, working on the road gets quite hectic. Time spent on flights and buses adds up, and the constant search for fast WIFI also eats up time and makes you unreliable to work with.

Having started a new business last year, I appreciate having regular Internet and regular hours to be productive. And, as I get older (I turned 37 last year) I appreciate more and more time spent at home cooking for myself, exercising regularly, swimming, running, surfing, and riding my bike.

Choosing to spend more time at home is a quality of life decision. (It doesn’t hurt that I’ve found a nice little beach in a quiet corner of Thailand so settle on.)

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to travel any more. It does mean that I’m more careful about the destinations I choose to visit and how I spend my time there. I only visit (or revisit) countries I feel strongly attracted to and — when I do visit — I spend more time and focus on activities I really want to try.

If you’re even a little familiar with me, you know I love adventure. So, I usually seek out mountains (or volcanoes) and oceans, which are both well represented on this list.

These are the five destinations I want to visit this year more than any others, and the reasons why.

Nepal

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Photo: Rabi/Pixbay

Last year I visited Bhutan for the first time, which has strong ties to Nepal. The trip definitely reinforced my desire to visit “The Roof of the World” and explore the Himalayas and the country’s strong Buddhist heritage.

I’ve always wanted to visit Nepal. But there’s a more important reason why I want to visit this year.

In April of 2015, an earthquake rocked Kathmandu, destroying many of the city’s iconic sites, including the 183-year-old Dharahara Tower and the city’s oldest palace in Durbar Square. Following the earthquake, many countries put out travel advisories about travel to Nepal, which made it effectively impossible for anyone in those countries to buy insurance for travel in Nepal. As a result, income from tourism plummeted at a time when the country needed it most.

Last year — although I didn’t visit — I partnered with Nepal Now to help send bloggers to Nepal and get out the message that Nepal is safe and open for business.

This year, I want to visit Kathmandu and then head out trekking on either the Annapurna Circuit or to Everest Base Camp.

Iceland

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Photo: Guide to Iceland

Iceland has created a lot of talk in the travel world over the past few years. The dramatic Game-of-Thrones landscapes and geographic oddities have made the country popular with travelers around the world. But unique outdoor adventures are what have really peaked my interest.

Scuba diving between two tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure is the underwater equivalent of Jasper’s Maligne Canyon Icewalk, which blew my mind last year, so I really want to try that.

In the age of global warming and glacial retreat, glacier hiking in Iceland — especially to places like the iconic Vatnajökull Glacier — is high on my list of things to document for my grandchildren.

As a Canadian, I’ve seen the Northern Lights a few times. But, like spotting a bear in the woods or a dolphin in the ocean, watching the dance of the Aurora Borealis is something I’ll never tire of.

Indonesia

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Indonesia is basically beaches and volcanoes. Over the past 5 years, I’ve developed a passion for surfing and Indonesia’s 17,000+ islands have some of the best and least-crowded breaks in the world — which is perfect for me because I’m not all that great of a surfer, so I prefer less-crowded spots.

I’m also eager to explore Indonesia above sea level — way above sea level. Indonesia has 127 volcanoes that make for epic trekking. Many of them (like Java’s Mount Bromo) are highly active, but are also said to be some of the top sunrise-viewing spots in the world. So, I’ll definitely be breaking out my trekking gear, strapping on a good pair of boots, and doing some volcano climbing.

Philippines

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This year’s visit to the Philippines won’t be my first or my last, but I can’t wait to get back to the lime green rice terraces, remote beaches, and mind-bending culture that made me fall in love with the Philippines so long ago. The Philippines is a country I’ll never tire of visiting.

This year, I’m ready to surf the world-famous Cloud 9 peak on Siargao Island, an island known as the country’s surfing capital. I also want to dive among the technicolor reefs below around Palawan. Palawan is known for its postcard-like scenery above water and some of the best wreck diving below.

And, if I have a chance, I’d love to get back Leyte, where you can be boated out to remote, empty bay to swim with the whale sharks.

Home

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Photo: Matt Gibson

This one may be last on this list, but it’s definitely a top priority. Over the past few years, I lived with a family who lost a daughter to cancer, saw my own father pass away, and have gained one niece and one nephew.

As much as I love travel and living abroad, for me no trip is more important than the trip home.

I’m not just me being sentimental about my family. I think, in general, people need a fixture of stability and permanence in their lives. A lot of travel bloggers I know have started to feel unsettled and disconnected after spending long periods of time on the road. Many of those who have been in this line of work as long as I, also treasure time at home.

Also, after living abroad, I’ve developed a new curiosity about the area where I grew up. On my last few trips home, I’ve climbed mountains I’d never climbed before and explored nearby Jasper and Calgary, discovering amazing things I never knew existed just outside my front door. There’s treasure everywhere.

There are a lot of travel bloggers running around out there selling a dream of perpetual travel when, the truth is, there really is no place like home.

— Matt Gibson

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Mini Philippines opens refreshed Global City Showroom

Text: / Photos: Brent Co, Mini PH | posted February 01, 2016 13:31
Text: / Photos: Brent Co, Mini PH | posted February 01, 2016 13:31

Mini Philippines celebrates 6 years in the Philippines as it gives its flagship dealership in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) a major refresh in keeping with the brand’s global standards.

Mini Philippines boss Willy Tee Ten said that the 410-sqm showroom on 5th Avenue and 26th Street will “project a true Mini journey from the moment the client is welcomed inside.”

The brand said that the refurbished showroom complies with Mini’s quest to better accommodate, entertain and capture clients. The refreshed showroom now also reflects the Mini’s values of sportiness and elegance – in addition to fun.

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Mini’s BGC showroom is equipped with three large flat planel screens – called Mini Digital Communication Frames – which allow sales executives to better explain the company’s products. Moreover, sales people also have Mini content on digital devices such as tablets.

Another addition is the MINI Hub, a relaxing lounge featuring a long table, high chairs, sofa and digital screens.

The brand added that all furniture and pieces in the renovated showroom are ordered through Mini UK in keeping with global standards.

 

Credits: Auto Industriya (http://www.autoindustriya.com/)

Philippines: Passenger has entire plane to himself on Philippine Airlines flight

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A Philippines Airlines’ passenger had only empty seats on a domestic flight from Manila to Boracay. (Getty Images)

A Philippine Airlines‘ passenger had his own ‘private jet’ experience, when he found himself surrounded by empty seats on a domestic flight from Manila to Boracay. The only other people on board were the two flight crew members and two pilots .

Alex Simon, 28, an Austrian travel blogger, said he first realized he would be getting a taste of the high life when he was told the flight will leave in 30 minutes instead of the planned two hours, because he was the only passenger. “I was little bit surprised and I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was dreaming. Later, while boarding, I just realized  that it’s gonna be a special flight because this time I didn’t even need to line up,” said Simon.

Upon boarding the plane, Simon said he asked the flight attendant if he can take a window seat. In reply, the flight attendant told him, “You can sit anywhere, because you’re the only passenger.”

Speaking of his experience, Simon said, reported MSN, “It was an unforgettable feeling to take a flight to one of the most beautiful islands of the world, but to be alone and to feel like a superstar made it more special. I just had luck, I think, that no one else was interested on this day to fly to paradise.”

Simon who lives in Ischgl, Austria, filmed himself amongst the empty rows in air. Before the flight took off, Simon chatted with the pilots inside the cockpit and spent the rest of the time chatting with the flight attendants. Simon was heading to Boracay, a small island located 315 km south of Manila with award-winning white sand beaches.

In 2015, British passenger, Nigel Short, found himself travelling solo on board an Air Zimbabwe flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. The Boeing 737 flight typically has a capacity of over 100 passengers. “I was served by two ladies and all of the announcements were directed to me. They would say things like, ‘Mr. Short, we’re beginning our descent’ … I fly a lot and have been to well over 100 countries. And once in a while you’re on a flight with not many passengers. But, there’s a difference when you’re the only passenger,” Short told Today.com.

Credits: Maria Khan, International Business Times

Kia PH introduces more affordable Grand Carnival | Dinzo Tabamo

 

Kia Grand Carnival

If you’ve been drawn to the stlyish Kia Grand Carnival, but have been a little put off by its P2.3-million asking price (we can’t blame you for looking at the similarly priced Honda Odyssey instead), you’ll be glad to know that Kia Philippines is bringing in a more inexpensive version.

The new variant of the Grand Carnival will be priced at P1,575,000, and here’s the other good news: It will have 11 seats. At this point, one might expect a pared-down feature set, but Kia has still included competitive features that will make riding this minivan a treat.

The driver can enjoy a 3.5-inch OLED display, tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and what Kia calls a cutting-edge multimedia system. Passengers should appreciate the Euro-inspired cabin with flexible seating and cargo options. The second and third rows can be rearranged easily, allowing for versatile combinations of people and gear.

Parents will like the stainless technology cloth. This supposedly makes spilled liquids bead up and be quickly wiped away. Harder stains can be removed with soap and water.

Powering the Grand Carnival is the same muscular 2.2-liter turbodiesel. This is good for 194hp and 436Nm. You can feel the power for yourself by booking a test drive at a Kia dealership.

We’re personally curious about this new variant. A handsome 11-seater minivan for the price of a Honda CR-V sounds like a tempting proposition. This is one model we’ll put on our to-test-drive list.

Kia Grand Carnival

Credits: Dinzo Tabamo, Top Gear Philippines

How to Apply Day and Night Make up | BayanMall

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There is so much to learn about make up, especially if you are a beginner. It takes a good amount of practice to be able to perfect your look and study all the ins and outs of applying make up. Most of us women actually need it when we go out or go to work. But did you know that there is what they call the day and night make up? Day and night make up are 2 totally different looks that you can transition to.

Day make up is usually light, natural and fresh looking while night make up is more dramatic and bold. Here are some tips on how to do both looks.

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DAY LOOK

Make up should be fresh and natural looking. For the eyes, don’t put too much eyeliner and mascara.  A little mascara will go a long way and will already be able to carry your daytime look. Try Eur Mascara for the perfect looking lashes. If you are not keen on using too much mascara, you may try eyelash extensions. Use eyeshadows that are light colored. There are so many colors to choose from when you use the M&Co Love Champagne eyeshadow palette! Well-groomed brows are a must! For the cheeks, use a blush that is pink and light and will compliment your skin tone. And for the lips, a light colored lipstick like the Eur Biscuit color lipstick or shiny lip balm will do the trick.

NIGHT LOOK

The night look is a much more sophisticated and dramatic look. For the eyes, use an eyeliner to make your eyes stand out. Use a deeper shade of eyeshadow or just enhance your eyes with a cats eye or a smoky eyes look. To achieve the smoky eyes look, use the Eur Eyeshadow Earth Angel Eyeshadow Palette. Choose eyeshadows that compliment your look – you may use darker colors or add a touch of shimmer to the eyes. You won’t run out of colors to use in the M&Co Love Serenade Eyeshadow Palette. For the lips, a darker shade is recommended like the M&Co Brick Red Lipstick.

How to Apply Day and Night Make up | BayanMall

Pia Wurtzbach: $300K Miss Universe crown can’t be taxed

An emotional newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach addresses the media during a news conference in Quezon City, Philippines Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Pia Wurtzbach said she will pay taxes on her pageant winnings, but she won’t pay tax for the Miss Universe crown.

READ: Pia Wurtzbach hopes to have ‘fresh start’ with bashers, doubters

In an interview with Philstar.com and select members of the press after her news conference on Sunday, the 26-year-old beauty queen said the crown can’t be taxed “because it’s not mine.”

The current Miss Universe crown is reportedly worth $300,000 (or more than P14 million), and it will be passed on to the succeeding winners of the pageant. The diamond-encrusted crown debuted during the 63rd Miss Universe pageant (where Paulina Vega of Colombia emerged as the winner) and will reportedly be used for 10 years.

WATCH: Emotional Pia says Miss Universe crown her ‘happily ever after’

But Pia also promised to settle her taxes just “like everyone else.”

“I pay my taxes when I was with ABS-CBN… as an actress; when I was with Binibini, so I’ll continue on doing that as long as I’m earning money here, like everybody else,” she said.

IN PHOTOS: 9 gorgeous photos of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach from Manila presscon

This came after Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said in a TV interview that Pia, the third Filipino Miss Universe, is not exempt from paying taxes.

Credits: http://www.philstar.com/

Miss Universe 2015 pays courtesy call on Philippine Consulate General in New York

A few weeks after her Miss Universe 2015 coronation, Ms Pia Alozo Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call on the Philippine Consulate General in New York last January 13.

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Philippine Consul General and Mrs. Mario De Leon welcomed Ms. Wurtzbach in the Boardroom and engaged her in a discussion on her advocacies, namely HIV awareness, disaster relief, and the fight against cyberbullying. Consul General De Leon opened the possibility of teaming up with the Consulate General to help her advance her causes, raising the profile of Filipinos in the US Northeast and the whole US.

In line with her HIV awareness campaign, Ms. Wurtzbach met with UNAIDS-NY, who gave her vital information on the state of HIV-AIDS globally and gave inputs on projects that she can collaborate with. She was accompanied by Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart. Ms. Wurtzbach sat down as well with the President of APICHA Community Health Center, an organization that provides medical and health assistance for underserved and vulnerable people, especially Asians, Pacific Islanders, the LGBT Community, and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Wurtzbach also met with the leaders of Friends Indeed, a Filipino community charity organization that sends medical, humanitarian, and relief missions to the Philippines especially in times of disasters, such as after typhoon Sendong in Cagayan De Oro.

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As a way to help elevate the presence of Filipinos in mainstream American society, Ms. Wurtzbach also met with the Executive Board of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI), to arrange for her participation in the Philippine Independence Parade later in June. PIDCI offered her a float at the Parade which she can use to project her advocacies and even speak before an audience.

A short press conference was held afterwards, with members of the Filipino-American media.

Credits : http://www.gov.ph

An ‘iPhone 5SE’ might come as soon as March

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Apple is believed to be working on a new 4-inch iPhone, and now 9to5Macclaims to have details on what we should expect. The new phone is reported to be an improved version of the iPhone 5S: Apple is essentially said to be taking the guts of the iPhone 6 and stuffing them into the 5S’s smaller body. So this new phone would have the iPhone 6’s 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera, NFC chip for using Apple Pay, A8 processor, and improved connectivity due to improvements like faster Wi-Fi. The phone’s body is said to be similar to the existing 5S, but with curved glass around its edges, like the 6 and 6S, rather than chamfered sides. It’ll also be available in all of the 6S’s colors, including rose gold. 9to5Mac reports that the phone will “likely” be called the iPhone 5SE, which is a fairly bad name.

WHAT KIND OF NAME IS 5SE?

The “5SE” name is not the weirdest thing about this phone, however. 9to5Macreports that the 5SE will support Live Photos. That’s really strange because the 5SE apparently won’t have a 3D Touch display. It’s really easy to imagine how Apple could make Live Photos work without 3D Touch — just use a long press — but it also kinda sorta speaks to the shortcomings of 3D Touch: that it often feels like a long press could accomplish all the same things. Nonetheless, it makes sense that Apple would want to spread Live Photos in an attempt to make them a popular picture format.

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9to5Mac says it expects the phone to be announced in late March or early April; that’d fit the timeline of when Apple will likely announce a new version of the Apple Watch, as well. Apple is expected to discontinue the 5S once the 5SE is announced, so it should end up taking the 5S’s spot in Apple’s lineup, selling for $450. That means you shouldn’t exactly think of this as Apple’s low-cost phone offering. Instead, it may be the Apple has recognized it’s important to sell more powerful phones so that people buying its cheapest option aren’t immediately stuck with sluggish hardware.

Credits: http://www.theverge.com/

LA’s Hottest Trainers Reveal 16 Secrets to Fitness Success

While stylish insiders have plenty of fitspiration to offer, we all know that behind every blogger body is a top-notch trainer. Just like last year, we’re strollingsweating through memory lane and rounding up some of the wisest words spoken by our Hottest Trainer 2015contestants.

Whether you’re getting long and lean, trailing famous fitness fiends, or hitting ye old-fashioned gym, keep the below 16 tips in mind to ensure the most successful of sweat seshes.

LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #1: Ryan Adams, Mansion Fitness

Positivity is power. “My dad always had the outlet of fitness to decompress and let whatever energy he was dealing with out in a positive way. So, I decided to change up my patterns completely and start being good to my body and mind and see if that could change my outlook. Fitness empowered me and changed my life.” Ryan Adams, Mansion Fitness

LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #2: Erica Hood, Body By Simone

Look at your workout as one big perspiration bash.“There’s nothing more thrilling to me than leading (and sweating) with a room full of people in the most ultimate dance party.” Erica Hood, Body by Simone

[8/11, 11am] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #3: Ricardo Vargas, Barry's Bootcamp

It’s okay to go with the flow. “I observe the energy present in each class and surrender to its flow. If it requires me to be a bit more harsh and curse a bit more, then I acquiesce. If the collective energy requires more patience of me, then I am kinder.” Ricardo Vargas, Barry’s Bootcamp

[8/11, 2pm] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #4: Jenn Glysson, The Changing Room

Let your trainer mix things up. “There is no magic pill or quick fix, sorry! If you are truly ready to change, then get ready to put in the work, eat right, and try to find a trainer or a workout that can provide you with variety so you don’t plateau.” Jen Glysson, The Changing Room

[8/12, 11am] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #5: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Orangetheory Fitness

Bigger isn’t always better. “Fitness starts from the inside out. Anyone can build large muscles and be all show, but if you don’t have the conditioning to match then you have some work to do.” Brendan Ayanbadejo, Orangetheory Fitness

[8/12, 2pm] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #6: Pixie Acia, SoulCycle

Expect to meet your trainer more than halfway. “Your best interest is my best interest, so I’m going to give you everything I’ve got, and I expect you to give you everything you’ve got. Bottom line is, we’re going to get through it together.” Pixie Acia, SoulCycle

[8/13, 11am] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #7: Drake Abshire, Equinox West Hollywood

Don’t fear #fitnessinspo. “We all have inner deep reasons to get fit. I try to appeal to those needs so they are moved to make the changes for themselves…Also, who doesn’t love looking better naked?” Drake Abshire, Equinox West Hollywood

[8/13, 2pm] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #8: Katrina Valdez, Crunch Sunset

Travel can be a good workout for the soul. “I’ve been to about 25 different countries, and each trip brings me a new perspective on life each time. I love immersing myself in different cultures and feeling out of my element.” Katrina Valdez, Crush Sunset

[8/14, 11am] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #9: Devin Wiggins, Rise Nation

There’s no gain without some pain. “Having fun while getting your ass handed to you is the perfect combination of success.” Devin Wiggins, Rise Nation

[8/14, 2pm] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #10: Erika Hammond, Prevail

Sweat your way to less stress. “It’s totally empowering to know that you can kick some butt. Plus, boxing is an incredible stress reliever!” — Erika Hammond, Prevail Fitness

[8/17, 11am] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #11: Ryan VanDyke, Ultra Body Fitness

A good trainer won’t take “no” for an answer. “I find it’s usually best to push someone a little more than they let me. However, I’m definitely not a pushover and will fire your ass shall you give me lip and grief!” Ryan VanDyke, Ultra Body Fitness

[8/17, 2pm] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #12: Kamilah Barrett, Cardio Barre

Remember to have fun. “I create motivational scenarios within class to explain the heart of each exercise, but I also like to keep everyone cracking up!” Kamilah Barrett, Cardio Barre

[8/18, 11am] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #13: Victor Self, Flywheel Sports

Get out of your comfort zone. “Sweat with gratitude [and] get comfortable being uncomfortable.”— Victor Self, Flywheel

LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #14: Ashley Conrad, Clutch Bodyshop

It’s okay to aim for perfection. “I am a total perfectionist; I have mood/design boards for almost everything you can imagine…then [I] realized that every client and person I know that runs a super successful product company is the exact same way.” — Ashley Conrad, Clutch Bodyshop

LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #15: Brandon Mills, Cycle House

Embrace the calm and the storm. “There are times where it is the most intense moments of your entire life that require some heavy motivation and strong presence as an instructor, and there are equally moments of pure serenity that allow me to be very calming and quietly reassuring.” — Brandon Mills, Cycle House

[8/19, 2pm] LA's Hottest Trainer 2015 Contestant #16: Chelsea Kruse, Exhale Venice

Switch up your sweat soundtrack. “Anything with a good beat gets me excited to sweat. From Ace of Base to Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake. My current summer jam that I can’t help but dance to is ‘What Are Ü Now’ by Diplo, Skrillex, and Justin Bieber.” — Chelsea Kruse, Exhale Venice

Credits: http://la.racked.com/