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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Craze, Is it Worth It?

Most people will be celebrating the Halloween Craze around the globe. You will see many people dressed in weird costumes and make-up such as these:

Super heroes



Spooky Villains



Disney Characters
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OBP Halloween


But is it worth it?

The History of Halloween



Etymologically speaking, Halloween is a shortened version of "Hallow's Evening." It is celebrated on the night of October 31 and has its origin from the ancient Celtic festival. They believe that this is the period where the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the dead would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. Thus to prevent their community from experiencing any disaster, they would wear masks and costumes.

Today, many celebrate Halloween not for the belief that it would prevent them from experiencing disaster. They do so because of the fun it brings to communities, particularly to kids. However, isn't it better to teach the kids facts rather than make them believe myths?

This may be a never-ending argument that only ends after someone makes a decision for himself. 

Do I celebrate Halloween?

NO! 

Why?

I want to leave in the world of truth. Halloween is filled with fiction and offers fun for a short period. I'd rather spend time and effort in things that last, just as it has been written in the Bible. 

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II CORINTHIANS 4:18

 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

Some find this philosophy eerie and hard to understand, but in reality it isn't. Try reading this blog from Bro. Eliseo Soriano and it will help you better understand why this is one of the best philosophies in life.


Please post your thoughts after reading it in this post. I will be more than happy to hear from you.

Thanks!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Freelance Writing, To Do or Not to Do

Is it wise to pursue freelance writing and leave the corporate world?

Freelance Writing is still Best


I have been fortunate to experience freelance writing for the past three years. Right now, I went back to the corporate world in order to analyze if doing freelance writing is indeed more enjoyable and more beneficial. Here are the thoughts that came to my mind:

1. Freelance Writing is More Enjoyable

There is no question about this. You choose your projects and your clients. You write only what you like and do so according to your own pace. In the end, it feels more like a hobby rather than work because you love it so much you even sing a song while making your draft.

The Irony of Freelance Writing


2. The Corporate World Offers Financial Stability

Mom pushed me to go back to the corporate world because of "financial stability." She made me realize that I will earn $$$ a a freelance writer but I will never know until when it the money will enter my bank account. She suggested I try being employed. I followed her advice and realized there is half-truth to what she stated.

Silence Please


A company is never too secure in this world. It also depends on the work load they receive. Thus, it is not 100% secure. The only thing enjoyable with it is the fact that there is someone else looking for the project for you, rather than you searching for the project.

3. Freelance Writing and Freedom of Expression

I work from home. I wake up and sleep anytime I want. 

Freelance Writing Peace and Tranquility

Well, this is not the entire truth. I wake up and sleep anytime I want if and only if I have finished the project; otherwise, I also stay up late at night beating the deadline. Nevertheless, I have the luxury of playing loud music, putting my feet on top of the table, munching crackers, watching TV on the side, and playing with my niece when my brain gets too tired. This is impossible in the corporate world. Oh, I so much miss my work station at home. Come to think of it, I plan of redesigning it so I can have dual monitors, too! This is a great idea I learned from the office.

4. The Corporate World is Always Updated with the Recent Trends

The reason corporations operate for years is the competitive edge they offer. Most of which come from the innovative solutions they apply in their work. They place a lot of investment in research. Thus, you easily learn the latest trends in the industry today. Moreover, you get to chat with very cool people who are experts in their own fields. 



Oh, but sometimes that is too tough, especially if they suddenly become too engaged with the conversation and they forget that you are creating content for a very meticulous client. ( Sight once again)

I have tried my best not to be too biased in favor of freelance writing in this article, but I guess it is very obvious, particularly with the many "ohs" and "sighs" you see in this page. I miss the freelance world. I think of returning to the freelance world. However, I made a promise and I intend to keep it. I just hope and pray the Father in heaven will continue to show favor upon me.

Until next time, my friends! Ciao Ciao!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How To Get What You Deserve After An Accident


Being involved in a car accident can be very difficult, especially if you were hurt. If the accident was someone else’s fault, you should not just sit there and do nothing about it. You should stand up for yourself and do what it takes to get the money you deserve. Here are some great tips on how to get what you deserve after an accident.



File an Accident Report

One of the first things you should do is file an accident report. A police officer will usually give you a form to fill out after the accident. Make sure you have the other person’s information including insurance information and vehicle description. Fill out the accident report as soon as possible and keep a copy of it for your records.



Take Pictures of the Accident Scene


It is very important to take pictures of the accident scene before you leave. Take pictures of both the vehicles. Also, take pictures of any evidence you notice such as skid marks. Having pictures of the accident scene will make your case stronger.



Get Medical Attention

If you received injuries from the accident, you need to seek medical attention right away. A doctor will be able to spot injuries that you did not realize you had. If you have any questions about your injuries, do not hesitate to ask the doctor about them. Make sure to take photos of the bruises and cuts. Also, keep copies of the medical bills you receive.



Contact a Lawyer

Make plans to visit a lawyer after the accident. Make sure the lawyer specializes in auto accidents. Bring the police report and any other evidence to the appointment with you. An auto accident lawyer will look over the evidence and tell you if you have a good case or not. He will inform you of your rights and let you know how much money you can potentially receive. Do not be afraid to ask questions during the consultation. A good lawyer will be more than willing to answer all of your questions. Know that most lawyers will not charge you any money for the initial consultation.



If you follow these helpful tips, you can get the money you deserve. It will take some work and a lot of patience, but you will eventually receive what you deserve. Getting what you deserve will definitely give you some satisfaction after the accident.

Six Tips For Keeping Families Close After A Divorce


Divorces are very stressful events for families. Some divorces end with everyone remaining friends, while others become messy with families being split apart in numerous directions. When children are involved, it's especially important to make every attempt to keep the family close after a divorce. By putting their needs first and swallowing some pride, even the most fragmented families can find common ground.



The Other Parent

Whether it's sole or joint custody, one parent may feel left out during holidays, birthdays or school functions. Actively involving the other parent in special occasions can help keep everyone close. When deciding on custody arrangements, using the services of a good family law attorney Monterey has to offer can make everyone's lives easier.


 

Grandparents

If the ex-spouse feels left out, imagine how grandparents feel. If the divorce was bitter, grandparents may be totally cut off from their grandchildren's lives. Instead, invite them to family functions and encourage children to keep in touch with them. Memories with grandparents can be priceless, so this aspect of the family relationship should be kept very positive.

 

Stay Close to Home

Often, after a divorce one parent may move far away to begin a new life. If possible, staying close to home can keep a family closer by having a physical presence nearby. Showing up at a kid's ballgame or recital can go far in maintaining a close relationship.


Using Social Media


If it's not possible to live nearby, using today's social media such as Facebook and Twitter can be the next best thing. Posting pictures and using live chat can make families feel like they are in the same room at times, even if they are thousands of miles away.



Co-Parenting


Parents should make every effort to keep a united front for their kids after a divorce. Kids will sometimes try to play one parent against another to get their way, often leading to misunderstandings between parents. Working together for the kids can help keep a family united if a crisis occurs.


 

Talking with the Kids


Letting kids know the divorce wasn't their fault can keep the family close. Kids often blame themselves when divorces happen, so explaining your feelings to them can put them at ease and make the transition smoother.


While nobody expects to become divorced, deciding to maintain healthy relationships with all family members can keep families close in the event people drift apart and realize they can no longer live with one another.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Four Tips To Make Moving Easy and Stress-Free

Moving doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. Planning each step in advance, from assembling your packing materials to using a self-storage facility like Palm Springs Extra Space Storage, can make your move as organized and stress-free as possible.

Make Lists

Do a walk-through of your house, garage and outbuildings and make lists of items to toss, store and pack. Make a list of must-have items for your first few days in your new home: medications, important papers, pet items, toys, bedding and linens, kitchen items and valuables. Let each member of the family pack his or her own essential comfort items, whether they are books, electronics or stuffed animals.

Dispose of Unwanted Items

It’s best if you can get rid of the things you don’t want before starting to pack. Packing and sorting unwanted items at the same time causes stress and disorganization. You will run across some unused or outgrown items while packing but try to dispose of the bulk of them by taking them to thrift stores or holding a yard sale before you and your family start packing.

Utilize Self-Storage

Self-storage facilities allow you to store seasonal items during your move so that you don’t have to worry about them until you need them. You can also use a self-storage facility to keep your household goods safe during long-distance moves. If you’re moving in the summer, store winter coats, holiday items and sporting equipment like skis. If you’re moving in the fall or winter, store children’s outdoor play items and summer items like beach umbrellas and outdoor furniture. Self-storage lets you put away things you don’t need right now until you’re settled into your new home.

Pack with Organization

Packing should be done over a period of several days to two weeks. If possible, obtain new packing materials. Sturdy, clean boxes are much better for your important, fragile household items than used boxes from a store and bubble wrap is better than newspapers than can get ink on your belongings and make your hands dirty. Make an inventory of each box and label the box with the room where the items belong. This helps ensure that nothing is missing when you start unpacking.

Finally, relax. Don’t expect everything to go perfectly. If you need temporary or long-term Las Vegas NV storage units, call us for rates and information about outdoor or climate-controlled units.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Five Important Things To Do After Graduation


You did it. You finally finished school, and you have the diploma to prove it. There are important things every graduate must know, and important things you must get started on right away. Make sure you do all of the following after graduation.


Mention Your Graduation in Every Conversation

Even the one with the grocery store clerk or the lady at the bank. So what if people are bored with hearing about graduation; haven’t others been boring you with their personal crap for years? It is time to get a little payback.


Show Of Your Diploma

Look for diploma frames so bright that visitors will have to shield their eyes when they enter the room where it hangs. They will have to wear their darkest sunglasses to view the actual diploma inside the frame. You want graduation diploma frames so bright that they remind you of that flash when the Starship Enterprise goes to warp drive. You don’t want anybody missing that diploma hanging on the wall, do you?

 

You want everyone to know that you graduated, so make sure to point out your brightly framed diploma every time someone passes even close to where your diploma is hanging. Heck, if they are two rooms away, drag them in and make them look at it anyway. You earned it, and you deserve some recognition.


Buy a New Wardrobe

So what if you don’t have a job? Haven’t you ever heard of dressing for success? Start your post-school period off with a bang and go into oodles of debt with an extravagant wardrobe. Impress the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell, which is the only place you can now afford to eat.


Beg For a Job

You are now more motivated to start your job search because you have Gucci to pay for, so start making those calls. Beg your parents’ friends, your friend’s parents, even the lady at the bank (who you bored to tears just a week ago) for a job. You have silly clothing to pay for that you don’t really need, and you’re getting awfully tired of tacos.


Hang Out With Your Friends and Family


You have time to appreciate the people around you now, so spend some quality time with your best bud or your annoying little sister. It won’t be long before you move on to bigger things, and you need to nurture those close bonds. You know, in case you need to borrow money when you decide to ditch the boring, ultra-expensive business wardrobe you just bought and the job you just begged for to become a Dungeons and Dragons expert or a video game legend or something.

Homegrown Veggies: Tips For Edible Landscaping


Some of our great-grandparents would have laughed at the term "edible landscaping" but including plants that produce vegetables, herbs and fruit is becoming quite a trend among homeowners. Even urban apartment dwellers are getting into the action by filling their windowsills with pots of thriving herbs and growing containers of fresh vegetables on their patios and balconies. Sioux Falls lawn/garden centers are excellent sources of inspiration and advice for those seeking more information on edible landscaping. Even novice gardeners can find something to get them started. For instance, a bright pot containing delicious strawberries in a sunny spot next to your front door is an excellent introduction to edible landscaping and will certainly provide you with the incentive to explore it further.


Because most of us don't have the same amount of available land on which to plant tasty vegetation that our great-grandparents did, we need to look for innovative ways to make the most of small spaces. One attractive way to do this is to make good use of old-fashioned trellises by planting vining vegetables next to them and training them to grow vertically. This method has the added benefit of keeping the fruit off of the ground and therefore making it less susceptible to developing fungal diseases. Hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes also make appealing additions to any outdoor environment. Miniature varieties of fruit trees can easily be planted to accommodate smaller yards.


Many edible plants that are attractive in their own right can easily substitute for their ornamental cousins for use as specimen plantings, hedges and and patio displays. The aesthetically appealing foliage and fruit of blueberry bushes make them an excellent choice for use as a hedge in place of more traditional plants like box and laurel, and grape vines planted so that they'll grow up over an arbor can give your backyard an appealing Mediterranean touch.


Edible landscaping can enhance the ambiance of your outdoor living space to the extent that you'll want to spend as much time relaxing in your own yard as possible. Purchasing outdoor Souix Falls furniture will help you to create the space that you want and enhance your landscape as well. Imagine entertaining in your yard while you and your friends are surrounded by lush vegetation that's bursting with edible delights.


Significant health benefits can also be the result of growing a substantial amount of your own fruits and vegetables. You will get fresh air and exercise from this endeavor as well as nutritious items for your table.

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