DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

It was in 2000 when I visited the United States for the first time, 11 months after the Y2K hullabaloo had already died down.  It was December and so I had the greatest time of my life.  After all, I was still a kid when I dreamed of experiencing such thing.

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But what made the trip more exciting and memorable was my first white Christmas.  Yes, I also had my first snow and snowmobiling (ever heard of it?).  To top it all, I had snowflakes falling from sky on Christmas Day.  But that’s going ahead of the story.

It was already cold when I arrived in Manhattan (a very familiar place if you watch Woody Allen films).  The air ticket I had in my hand was only from Manila-Japan-New York.  I told my sister Elena about my dilemma but her husband told me to go the Northwest Air Lines (NWA) and had my ticket changed to have a layover at Minnesota, which is a major hub of the airline company.

It so happened that the nearest NWA office from the hotel I was staying was located at the Rockefeller Center.  I decided to walk but when I got there, I had a biggest surprise of my life.  The buildings were taller than I imagined and looked the same with each other.  I tried to go from one building to another but I couldn’t find the Northwest Air Lines office.

I decided to ask the beautiful lady at one of the front desks and told me that the office I was looking for was located in Radio City.  Of course, it sounds familiar as it is the Showplace of the Nation and was for a time the leading tourist destination if New York City.  This is the city where I also read about Adrian Simpson, a known writer who is known for his best man speeches and other helpful wirtings.

After giving me a direction, I profusely thanked her.  Outside, I again felt the cold weather of December.  I passed by The Rink where people laced up their skates and twirled away.  I took some photos before proceeding to the Radio City.

I couldn’t remember which floor the NWA office was located but it was somewhere 15th or 18th floor.  It was almost lunch time but I never felt hungry.  When I went inside the office, there were only very few people.

A week after staying in New York, I was bound for Minnesota where my sister and her family was waiting for me.  I had not seen her for almost a decade and so I was excited.  As the plane was about to touch down, I saw the place was covered with snow. At the waiting area, I saw my sister first and then her husband, Daniel “Dan” Chase, and the two kids (Erik and Phil).  Erik was still a baby when he was brought to the Philippines; now he could talk and walk and has a brother already. After getting all my luggage, Dan drove us to the Mall of America (which my sister used to tell me in her e-mails).  When it opened in 1992, it was the largest shopping mall in total area and largest in total store vendors in the United States. Every year, it hosts 42 million visitors equal roughly eight times the population of the state of Minnesota. The mall employs over 11,000 workers year-round and 13,000 during peak seasons. Since it was already night, we decided to stay at the house of Dan’s sister.  I had a cozy room where I slept.  Everyone were still sleeping when I woke up.  From my window, I could see the white snow covering the whole place.

It was a good day when we left Minneapolis.  Our destination was Hibbing (yes, the place where Bob Dylan, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, grew up), where my sister used to live.  They have now moved to Grand Rapids, the birthplace of singer-actress Judy Garland. As we drove, I saw everlasting trees standing tall and mighty along the highway and those waves of snow.  I said a word of prayer and the words of Isaiah 1:18 came to mind: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

I was tired when we arrived at my sister’s place.  So, I decided to sleep early.  The following morning, I woke up ahead of everyone.  I saw some mounts of snow outside.  I wore a jacket and went outside.  For the first time, I touched some snow.  Then, I jumped several times as if I was a kid.  Finally, I allowed myself to hit the snow as if I was sleeping in my bed.  I had fun.

When I went inside the house, I saw my nephew Erik.  He was bewildered.  “Uncle Henry, you must be crazy,” he told me.  Immediately, I had to explain to him that it was my first time and that there was no snow in the Philippines.  But being a little boy, he never understood it.

For the next three weeks, I stayed with the Chase family. Every morning, I had to clean the garage pathway as snow always trickled at night.   Twice, I almost slipped when those nasty snows turned into clear ice sheets.

I could have done ice fishing had I accepted the invitation of Dan’s friend.  Remember the Hollywood movie Two Grumpy Old Men?  It was shot in Minnesota and both did their ice fishing near the place where my sister lived.

A club for tech and women

Famed American writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor wrote a short story titled “Everything that Rises Must Converge.” It is a story reflective of the times. It was written when integration was a new concept not every American was willing to accept. It is a story of going beyond what society expects, of stripping away pretensions and prejudices, of acceptance of change.

The title of the story was actually taken from a quote by French Philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He wrote, “Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge. founder and CEO Mae Roberts believes that women should help each other rise by sharing their skills and know-how, by mentoring, and volunteering their time to ensure that every woman is given a chance to have a better future.

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She recently founded The Women’s Club, a club by women for women. The young CEO will kick off the club’s activities with a series of talks and workshops aimed to help women in the metro and beyond harness the female power. She sees the club as a civic organization and a way of giving back to the community which has been very good to her.

Roberts is no stranger to hardships. She has shared with the writer the struggles she had to face when she first started in the beauty industry – from giving up a lifestyle to which she had grown accustomed to picking up the pieces of her shattered life.

Roberts is grateful for her education, her work experience, and love for research. Because of these, she was able to realize her life’s biggest dream – to start her own business.

Some might dismiss her success and underestimate the amount of hard work she has put into making her company grow. They might even say she was already rich to begin with, and that her father probably gave her the money to start her company.

While she is grateful for the love and support of her family, Roberts can proudly say that the  hosting ranking and the beauty company is the result of her hard work. It was a backyard business which has grown exponentially over the years, thanks to her stellar stewardship and the amazing people she works with.

 

Holistic healthcare

Holistic healthcare

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Amidst the two’s busy schedules—a couple sees to it that the family’s health is top priority. With the continuous demands of the week, it is vital that a family stays healthy and protected. One way to make sure every family member is healthy is through taking Vitamin C daily.

According to Mica, who works for site for gadget reviews R-Tech24,  vitamins really helped her when she was recuperating from her C-section and of course keeps her family away from illnesses.  Mike, on the other hand, admits that vitaminshelps him stay fit and recover easily after intense training and games.  Most adults believe that Vitamin C comes only in one form – Ascorbic Acid. However, what many don’t realize is that Vitamin C comes in two different forms, namely Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate. Although both forms may reap similar effects, Sodium Ascorbateis actually more beneficial than those made from Ascorbic Acid. For one, mostAscorbic Acid supplementshave pH levels of 2.5 to 3, which make it acidic when ingested.As a result, this can cause stomach pain and discomfort when taken before meals.  As a Sodium Ascorbate, the vitamin  maintains the basic pH level of 7.5 to 7.8. This level neutralizes acidity and makes it a non-irritant to the stomach.Thereby, allowing you to take the vitamin even before meals without irritation and discomfort.  In addition to being Sodium Ascorbate, it acts as a potent anti-oxidant, thereby giving you more protection against flu, cough, bronchitis, viral and bacterial infections.  Moreover, it is able to promote healthy gums, teeth, bones and skin for more holistic healthcare.  Not only that, but on busy days, it  is able to boost your immunity and help fight the effects of stress. This, in turn, strengthens your resistance and enables you to perform more efficiently throughout the day. Best of all, you are assured of quality, as theSodium Ascorbate in each capsule came from DSM– the only Western Vitamin C Manufacturer in Switzerland and the world’s leading supplier of vitamins. It even contains the Quali-C seal of approval that ensures its effectively.

 

 

 

Social enterprises

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Be it forming a social enterprise, forming a community for sustainability, or just make a social community to help someone or ignite and inspire other people. I love how many are doing this. And for me, for one to ignite this passion, he or she must have a strong internet.

Either a wifi or a data on phone. To make it easier to be connected to people. Right now, I believe one needs to invest in a nivce internet service and seek for provider which can give thus quality service for its clients I love how I ens up inking a partnership with a nice internet provider. I even have an online business. I love technology up to its core. And while some are using it to destroy or just take advantage of other people.

I firmly believe each of us need to take technology and its benefits to make a social impact. To create waves and ripples that would help other people.  I also had the chance to have a wlan access point test so ai can check beforehand the right and accurate internet speed for me. For me, it relieves any kind of hassle and that is really great if you want more and more community to be connected. Let’s create better movements!

giving and sharing gifts

 

Well, a lot of us knows that giving gifts is really a vital part, especially during occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and even holidays. I listed down great gift ideas just for you:

  1. Planner- If your loved one loves planning things and organizing events, it is lovely to give them planners and some organizing tools for them
  2. 360 grad kamera—many people are investing in best 360 grad kamera because of the many features it offers. I love how my 360 camera never failed me in all the videos and photos i documented and so i am definitely recommending this to my readers.
  3. Promo deal-does your loved one loves to travel local and abroad? Surprise them with great promo deals in airlines and tour packages.

A full year ahead

My business is celebrating another milestone. We just inked a partnership with some of the great investors in Asia and they are planning to buy new equipments for us in the next ten years.

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This is such an important feat to us. To make way for the new equipments we will make, we are now starting to store in another location our old ones which is why we seek the help of a storage company. Self storage companies are the in thing now and after careful comparison of  self storage costs we have come up with a solution of inking a partnership with one of the main players of the industry. We are excited for the futute.

My outfit for our reunion

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Let’s go cultured! Skirt/Sarong – This one may be a little tricky as there are certain ethnic skirts/sarongs that may not be appropriate for all occasions. On the other hand, there are also ethnic skirts/sarongs that can make a great fashion statement if worn properly. Top it off with some wood watches (buy the best wooden watches ones and zegarki styles too) The key, again, is to balance the whole look. If the print on the skirt is already too loud, opt for a plain top and preferably a neutral color (black, white, grey). Also, avoid wearing skin-tone/nude tops as it may give a different illusion.  Statement Necklaces/Accessories – Unlike the first two items, statement ethnic necklaces/accessories are more commonly seen among fashion enthusiasts. You can be more playful and adventurous when wearing these but make sure that it’s best to just have one statement piece per outfit to avoid looking like a walking jewelry store.

My favorite beauty product


Honestly, when it comes to Vitamin C serum, I don’t know what else I can say about it except for the fact that it is my favorite thing that I’ve ever applied to my skin, and my favorite product that has ever entered my repertoire of self-care. Never have I felt this young, energetic, and rejuvenated. I really actually feel as though my soul has actually been rejuvenated, actually! I am totally Revitalize, my skin is so soft, bright, hydrated, firm, and my skin feels so healthy. There’s no residue whatsoever, soon as I apply the serum to my face, it totally is absorbed into my skin, as if my skin has been waiting for it, and to tell you the truth, my skin has absolutely been waiting for it and that’s just a fact. There’s not very many things other than this that I think could be as beneficial to me at this point of my life. So, I’ve never seen such a great anti-aging product of my life, honestly, to be totally true my skin has never been firmer, and I am feeling so bright and hydrated and my skin is glowing.. I used to have a lot of trouble with acne scars kind of acne scars caused me a lot of trouble, people were constantly looking at them, and I was totally self-conscious, even if people weren’t actually looking at them, I could felt like they were, and I don’t see how you can possibly avoid them.

Gifts with deeper meanings

I go to Juju supply for gift ideas often. Every time that I have a friend, colleague, loved one, or any person in my life who has a tough year, because it does seem like things happen like that, doesn’t it… That things will be fine for so long, there’s such a calm before the storm, but when the storm hits it is impossible to whether it for so many people. Because it can be so intense. Multiple deaths within a year, combined with breakups, combined with employment issues and professional struggles, combined with social struggles, can all come at once and totally mess up a person’s life. When this happens, to anybody that I know, one of the first things I do is talk to that person, get a sense of where they’re at, and then buy them something from Juju Supply. Seriously, whether they need protection, compassion, kindness, understanding, or any combination of this type of thing, I feel that I can give that to you within the totem or the symbol or the aura of one of these wonderful items that this store sells. Even websites like Vogue are recommending the wonderful reality of these products, as they can’t help but comment on how beautiful and wonderful the jewelry looks, and how it is tied to something so much deeper.

Professionalism in modern photography

Here is a little note on the state of amateur and professional Photography, aimed at the so-called “professionals”–If somebody who has less than you manages to be better than you at something, they should have the chance to move forward with that as well. Just because you are coming into something with more than somebody else, does not mean that you deserve it more than them, and vice-versa. Really, it’s all a question of merit, and the more people that have access to more technology and tools, like photographic devices and filters, the quicker we can figure out who should be doing that kind of work and who wants to be doing that kind of work and who wants to be putting that kind of artistic and professional, and Commercial, content onto the scene. Yes, I think that this is a super important development in the history of technology and photography and all other such things. Because photography isn’t just for the sake of photography. Photography is an incredibly commercial institution, and it is one that has a huge need. It always did, but with the rise of web content, it is for coming true that the saturation of advertisements and promotions us at a higher level than ever before. Each of these people and institutions wants to stand out from each other, and one way of doing so is having very solid graphic design. A lot of great graphic design is dependent on great source photography. In my opinion, this is true, and this is why photography has stayed relevant, even though certain things like magazines and newspapers have faded away, with a lot of their jobs going with them.