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ART OF GIVING

By on December 11, 2017

At a little boy growing up in poverty in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan lived in an orphanage.  When he visited the Philippines, he told the press: “We received help from the Red Cross every month.  One day, I went up to the priest from Red Cross to say thank you.  He said, ‘I’m just the deliverer.  When you grow up, show your appreciation by giving to others.’”

 

Those words stuck in his mind.  So much so that after he became a bankable actor, he founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988.  Its objectives include helping the elderly and movie workers injured on the job, and giving scholarships to poor children who wish to pursue careers in sciences or performing arts.

 

What the Chinese actor is doing reminds me of the words of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes.  “The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.”

 

English politician and writer Joseph Addison had the same opinion.  “I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much,” he penned.  “I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.”

 

This bring us to an anecdote shared by Willie Hoffsuemmer.  It goes this way: A rich man complained to his friend, “People don’t like me.  They say I’m selfish and stingy.  And yet in my last will and testament, I have donated all that I own to a charitable institution.”

 

His friend,  Adrian Simpson “Well, maybe the story of the cow and pig has a lesson for you.  The pig came to the cow and complained, ‘People always talk about your friendliness. Well, it’s true: you give them milk.  But they get much, much more from me.  They get ham and bacon and lard, and they even cook my feet.  And yet – no one likes me… to all of them I am just a pig, a hog. Why is that?’

 

“The cow thought it over a bit and then said, ‘Perhaps it’s because I give milk while I am still alive.’”

 

Arthur Ashe, a prominent African-American tennis player who is well-remembered for his efforts to further social causes, said: “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

 

Alice R. Pratt also said, “An ungiving person does not live; he breathes, he eats, he sleeps, he gratifies his needs, but only exists until he has discovered the interwoven secret of life, giving of oneself.  True giving is done without the slightest trace of expecting to receive.  It is only in giving that we ever receive?  Perhaps in giving of oneself there is enough taken away to have room to receive.”

 

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Building a health website

By on November 27, 2017

Pregnancy comes with a host of challenges. Among them include abdominal pain, swelling during the third trimester, a persistent severe headache and even vomiting. But what if gestational diabetes strikes? According to Mayo Clinic, “Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy (gestation). Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose). Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health.” When it comes to managing gestational diabetes, here are some of the things you should do and not do. Do check your blood sugar regularly. “In order to decrease the risk of complications from gestational diabetes, close monitoring of fasting and postprandial – post-meal – blood sugars are essential,” says obstetrician and gynecologist Asha Heard, MD, assistant professor in the clinical section of maternal fetal medicine at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. According to Heard, here are some stats that you should remember: fasting blood sugar equals less than 95 milligrams per decilitre, two-hour postprandial blood sugar goal equals less than 120 milligrams per decilitre and one-hour postprandial blood sugar equals less than 130 milligrams per decilitre.  Dr. Heard also advices to best meet up with your doctor to learn how to check your blood sugar and see if adjustments need to be made. Do meet with a registered dietician. Meeting with a registered dietician or a diabetes educator can teach you how and when to check your blood sugar, what kind of diet you should undergo and what kind of exercises you should do. They can also teach you how to take prescribed medicines that can help you manage your gestational diabetes.

Do take medication as prescribed. Of course you need to take medication as prescribed. One kind may be insulin, although some women may be wary and cautious in taking such medication since they are not sure of its safety during pregnancy. Research states, though, that the newer and long-acting insulin are deemed safe during pregnancy.

 

Do eat carbohydrates. Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Meredith Nguyen, RD says, “The average person needs 135 grams of carbohydrates daily, but if you have gestational diabetes, that increases to 175 grams a day.”

 

Bear in mind that eating carbohydrates – especially when you have gestational diabetes – is good for you. Eating a wide-variety of food such as fruits (with its skin not peeled), whole grains, dairy products, and vegetables can give you the carbohydrates that you need. Low-glycemic food or high-fiber can help keep your blood sugar in check and can even help you feel full longer.

 

Nguyen adds, “Pregnancy hormones can make it hard to control morning blood sugars so you might be spreading carbs more through lunch and dinner.”

 

Do exercise. Whether you have gestational diabetes or not your body still needs to stretch those muscles. Heard says, “Regular exercise is also beneficial to overall health and may help to improve glucose metabolism.”

 

Instead of lying in the couch all day long, head out for a walk or a run in your neighbourhood. Do some laps in the pool or do some aerobics at the gym. Join fitness clubs or centres too.

 

Do get sleep. You’ve perhaps heard of the mantra that getting eight hours of sleep is good for you. This is indeed true – whether you have gestational diabetes or not. For women who have difficulty getting the shut-eye during pregnancy, consult your doctor about it.

 

Do research breastfeeding. Research states that breastfeeding exclusively can help you manage your gestational diabetes. So while pregnant, learn to read up on exclusive breastfeeding. You can also talk to your doctor about it to learn more how this works.

 

THE DON’TS

 

Don’t eat the sweet stuff. Avoid gulping down carbonated drinks such as sodas as these are filled with sugar. Heard says, “Avoid foods high in sugar and carbohydrate content.” Instead, water is the safest bet and if you really need to have some flavour in your liquid, go for low-fat milk.

 

Don’t ignore the information given to you. Of course you need to digest and to savour what your doctor or any other professional tells you. So better listen when he speaks, follow his rules and regulations and you’ll be alright. According to the Twiniversity website, “The thing to remember is that while it’s not so much fun, it’s actually quite easy to keep your sugar in check once you know what you’re doing. It won’t happen overnight, but following the rules and guidelines you’re given will help ensure success.”

Right now, as part of m advocacy, I am planning to make a website about diabetes. I am now thinking of working with a website developer and probably hire ranking hostingów in the future.

 

 

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Conquering the summit

By on November 2, 2017

In a field where the tough and the strong emerge at the summit, I know a mountaineer proves that no mountain is higher than her dreams.

She has already climbed  five of the World’s Seven Summit—Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kosciuzsko and Mt. Kilimanjaro, which she climbed in October 2015. She is on her journey to finish the seven summits as she prepares for her climb for Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and Mt. Aconcagua in South America. But as she prepares for the highlight of her mountaineering career, the 37-year-old dreamer looks back at her hardships.

People call her May, a former geek who loves site for gadget reviews R-Tech24 and others. She said that traversing the world’s highest mountains means giving up the life she has in exchange for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

 

May was also challenged as her parents were not supportive of her decision to join the team. But this did not stop her to pursue what she has always been wanted.  During this time, the team was already preparing for their Mt. Everest Summit—an expedition three years in the making. “Our preparation to conquer Mt. Everest took three years, and it was not an easy feat due to budget constraints. We needed more sponsors to finance our training,” she recalls. “Because of the team effort, we were able to meet our needs. Some members of the team like Sir Art had to shell out personal money to support the team. Some of us joined races to win to have funds for our training. That’s pure dedication.”

 

 

“That was the lowest point in my life. Every night, I would cry because of guilt for not being there for my family, for not being able to send financial assistance even when I was able,” she says. “Until I asked God for a sign, and He let me and a colleague win one of the races we joined. I was able to sent half a million-peso worth of money to my family and decided to stay with the team.”

 

“We were very lucky because our success rate was at one hundred percent. It is true that we were privileged to stand at the highest point on Earth. But the journey to the top was not easy—it entailed a lot of discipline and sacrifice. We invested in a lot of hard work and strong faith in God,” she says.

 

It is from this journey to the Mt. Everest when she wanted to climb all of the World’s Seven Summits. “It is exciting to start a journey because that way, we will be able to learn, discover and experience new things. We also get to meet new and amazing people, traverse new topographies, eat foods that are not familiar to us and be immersed in new customs and traditions. Indeed, climbing mountains and visiting new places are a wonderful experience,” she

 

 

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Tired with dealing with slow speed

By on October 13, 2017

Do you have any recommendations? Maybe before I decide on setting up a new, I need to have wlan access point test first to see if they are really working. I have already talked to a new agent who will provide me with new internet service though I am still quite picky this time. I do not want to waste my time, effort, and money once again.

Sometimes, I unplug my internet router and then turn it on again only to find out my internet is completely broken. I usually call its customer service but it just let me wait for minutes without giving me an concrete solutions about it. It says they will deliver a technician last week and up to now, I have not seen any one fixing my internet service here at home. I badly need a strong internet for my business and my work but things are getting out of hand already I need to replace it with something new.

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Be Inquisitive

By on October 2, 2017

Recently, I both a best 360 grad kamera, where I asked many questions to the customer service. Glad that I was able to ask questions that bug me before I deal with problems after.  You must be inquisitive in life. Life has many curious details waiting to be asked. Answers should be discovered and people should ask questions. Just like a child who is always curious, it is nice to see people who are always asking and have the knack to learn more and know more about life. I was recently in a conference where a photographer said on should always be a wanderer. You need to keep asking so you will now. I for a fact, can attest to this one. Since I was a child and now that I am also a photographer, I always ask questions. Recently, I both a best 360 grad kamera, where I asked many questions to the customer service. Glad that I was able to ask questions that bug me before I deal with problems after.

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A Booming Business Industry

By on September 3, 2017

. It is such a booming industry right now because many people are working remotely, currently traveling, and does not have enough or available storage spaces in the comforts of their home.

After we settled the self storage costs packages, I love how one self storage company assures me that my things are well kept, secured, and safe. I once availed three month tenure with them where I can store some of my baking machines while I was away for work. When I got back, I was really surprise that I paid a high quality service I have not found in any other companies.

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A Gift for Your Loved One

By on August 22, 2017

With all the stress from work you and your partner deal with, getting a massage every once in a while sounds pleasing. So, on such a cold night, why don’t you give each other a break and help release all of the tension the both of you hold?

Do you want to sing your heart out but your voice doesn’t sound so charming? Why don’t you do it at home with your partner and sing a duet? They may laugh at you, but trust me, they will never judge.

It doesn’t take much to set up your bathtub for a hot night with your loved one. Just fill the tub with warm water, spread some rose petals, pour out some bubble bath, add a few drops of essential oil, turn off the lights, and lit some candles. You can now enjoy a long, relaxing night. You can even gift him with the best Zegarki wood watch or a nice tie for your anniversary night.

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A nice sunset

By on June 26, 2017

 

In the age of the selfie, it is almost a crime not to take pictures especially when you are travelling for leisure. But quite by accident or divine providence, my brother and I went out of the hotel room to watch the sunset with neither a phone nor a camera. As we were waiting for the sunset at the chapel overlooking the sea, we talked about how taking pictures has robbed us of living completely in the moment and how we have lost connection with ourselves in moments when are supposedly alone.

Then, just as the sunset was about to appear in the horizon after checking my wood watch, we discovered a boardwalk that leads to the exact spot where the sun sets.  It was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen, and the closest I could get to the real thing, to living in the here and now. Little did I know that as the day was coming to a close, the rest of the family were living the moment as well, each with a very special person to share it with: father with son, mother with daughter, husband with wife.

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Bracelets for bringing good health

By on May 21, 2017

I think Juju supply is the absolute best. That’s what I think. I love shopping on juju.com because it is so full of meaningful gifts that I can give to people of my life we’re having a hard time. For example, I once bought somebody and intention bracelet and it really made their day. Years have passed since I bought that gift, and people still remember when I gave them something that they cared about, as I started giving things like intention bracelets out of to everyone I knew who was struggling with anything. What is an intention bracelet? That’s a good question, I always get mine from Juju supply.com, and basically what it does is it acts as a healing bracelet. Basically you are supposed to put a JuJu bracelet around your wrist, Tieton, however you choose, just so that it will stay there. This is a great way to show your care and relations with somebody that you love, or just care about, and it will really help somebody stay purposefully improving in their journey. I believe that it can really help people set their mind in a way that will help them and encourage them. More or less, these intention bracelets can basically just act as really nice, simple reminders of motivational thoughts and reasons to think positively and move toward somebody’s goals. In my opinion, that is so much. So, I really treasure that these things can make a big difference in somebody spiritual and health journey, and all it is is a simple, basic, but still beautiful bracelet. On the website for Juju, they have all sorts of different ones.

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I Love Photography

By on May 16, 2017

I think that it is kind of a beautiful thing, and it is something that gives me a lot of Hope for the future, and I hope that we can continue moving in this direction w, so that everybody has access to the same technology and entertainment. Also, not to mention, the fact that photography is one of these forms that is probably the most sensible to democratize in this way. I really believe in liberating these forms so that everybody can express themselves to these mediums, and everybody has an eagle shot at hitting it big with one of their photos, whether it be on Instagram or some other stuff photography site. There is a certain ability that only few people have, and ability to see things in a way that other people do not, and to unlock these mysterious ways of seeing the same thing, and a lot of people that don’t usually have the access to high-quality photography equipment may have that skill, as a matter of fact I would say many surely do. So, by allowing people to make beautiful mobile photos, with their cameras and then also with these filter apps and things like this, I think that we are doing a great service to society and members of society who wouldn’t usually have the chance to express themselves through these mediums. You know, at this point, there are actually entire films which are entered in film festivals and things like that that are filmed on mobile phones, and when you’re watching the film, you can’t even tell. You can’t even tell that it’s filmed on a mobile phone. It’s not like some kind of gimmick or something, it is literally just filmed on a mobile phone and it looks good that way. When I first saw the movie, I couldn’t even tell, but afterwards was somebody told me, I shouldn’t have been as shocked as I was.

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