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Enjoy summer without the burn!

Summer just arrived and it can be scorching hot not only outside but inside your home.

If you’re like me who easily gets dehydrated during the summer, fear not! There are ways to cope despite the excruciatingly hot weeks to follow.

Drink more water during the summer. Since sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body, drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.

Stay indoors from 10AM to 4PM. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours. If you can’t stay indoors during that block of time, at least stick to shady spots.

Hats are in vogue! When you have to be outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants. This includes wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Take frequent showers to help relieve the pain. Make sure to gently pat yourself dry after a cold shower and apply moisturizer to trap the water in your skin.

The heat can be bearable if approached with caution. Aside from the above, make sure to bring a camera with you and safely make the most of the sunnier days we have in this tropical paradise we call the Philippines!

Beating the Heat
In image left to right: No. 1 – Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, No. 2 – Avoid the Sun from 10AM to 4PM, No. 3 – Wear wide brimmed hats for protection, and No. 4 – Take cold showers to combat the pain of sunburn.

 

References:
“This Summer keep Sunburn at Bay”. 17 April 2017. Yahoo! News. https://in.news.yahoo.com/summer-keep-sunburn-bay-025144759.html
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American aid volunteer writes new book on “Yolanda”

How do you survive a super typhoon with the destructive force of an atomic bomb? How did the people of Tacloban City, who survived the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), cope in the aftermath of a storm for the ages? What was it like on the ground for aid workers in the city, weeks and months later?

More than two years after the strongest recorded typhoon on Earth claimed the lives of at least 6,300 in Tacloban and elsewhere in the Philippines, William Rodney “Bill” Shaw attempts to answer these questions – and some of his own – from the perspective of those who lived through its horrors in the new book “Yolanda: The Roaring, The Waves, The Waiting”.Bill Shaw

Self-published by Shaw and printed in the Philippines, the book is based on the experiences of seven individuals living in Tacloban before, during and after Yolanda. Their stories are retold and mixed with the American’s own insights as an aid worker who volunteered in Tacloban for four months, distributing food, relief packs, and building homes for the city’s survivors.

“These seven lives represent a complicated intersection — of understanding and misunderstanding, freedom and captivity, personal faith and cultural beliefs,” Shaw says in a note on the book’s back cover. “We can find heroes in these pages, but no winners. Yolanda underscores the face of catastrophe, where everyone suffers and everyone struggles to overcome.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill Shaw and his wife Deborah — a photographer who took the images found in the “Yolanda” book — first came to the Philippines in 2002 with Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL Philippines). Bill also worked as an administrator at Faith Academy in Cainta, Rizal until 2004.

With Filipino friends, the Shaws also founded Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation Inc., which published “The Jeepney” street magazine in the Philippines in 2008. It followed the concept of “street papers” that provide employment for the homeless and indigent in First World countries.

Urban was also responsible for forming and sending football teams to represent the Philippines to the Homeless World Cup, which uses “the beautiful game” to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. Over 70 countries participate in this annual tournament.

Bill and Debbi currently live and work in Traverse City, Michigan. Bill sits on the Board of Speak Up Magazine, Inc., and Speak Up Michigan, Inc., both non-profits giving jobs and a voice to people experiencing homelessness in Michigan and North Carolina. They also manage a series of rental properties and occasionally take on electrical contracting projects.

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Yolanda: The Roaring, The Waves, The Waiting” (224 pages, self-published by William Shaw through Urban Opportunities for Change LLC) is available in the Philippines for Php 500.

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Please send orders to Kids International Ministries (KIM), c/o New Faith Family Children’s Home Foundation, #3 Birds of Paradise, Valley Golf Road, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines 1900. You may also call KIM at +632 658 4820.

Eighty percent (80%) of the proceeds of the book will go to KIM’s disaster relief efforts in Tacloban City.

“Yolanda: The Roaring, The Waves, The Waiting” will be launched today February 18, 2016 (Thursday) at the Nuvo bar in Greenbelt 2 in Makati City from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

It will also be launched in Tacloban City on February 20, 2016 (Saturday) at the “Lighthouse”, Lot# 36708, near Payapay Bridge, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

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FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:
Jimbo Gulle, phones (0917) 775-1479 or (0919) 999-5166; email: jimbo dot gulle at gmail dot com

Top Three Reasons Why Being Lazy on a Monday is Good For You

Guess what I did today?

Absolutely nothing! **evil laugh** (for those who worked like drones this Monday, I am your office deadbeat and will take this moment to savor the immense pleasure of rubbing it in my reader’s lovely faces.)

I was so lazy this Monday I rolled in bed till 8AM, read my newspaper, did my morning workout and made my carb-filled breakfast. After which, I took a shower, rolled in bed some more, read my book and took a nap. All of these before 3PM.

Come 4PM, I check my email. Scanned through the work stuff and proceeded to the best restaurant this side of Makati (aka McDonald’s) to get another carb fix. Saw my accountant on the way downstairs and she tells me I need to file my income tax return ASAP. I tell her “Nice shirt. TTYL”. **smiley**

When I get to Mcdo, I imagined I was in a conference meeting brain storming (with myself as its panel and moderator ofcourse) and managed to write down some subjects for my never ending, always evolving, editorial calendar. Once done, I proceeded to a nearby bookstore for more pointless office supply wandering.

Come 7PM, as I get home, I try to resuscitate my perishing plants by giving them a bath. Then I open my laptop to answer some emails while the mom comes home, beaming with pride to see that her only daughter works so diligently in her business. With twinkling eyes, I smile the sweetest daughter smile, “Welcome home mom! Tough day today noh?”

No mention of work. Nothing. Nada. Happy Koala!

Top Three Reasons Why Being Lazy on a Monday is Good For You:

  1. Everyone’s busy. You’re taking it easy. – Why not? Weekends with the family can get draining, too even for a family-oriented Koala.
  2. Everyone’s forced to focus. You get to choose what subjects you like to work on – I get to savor the newspaper more, and really focus on the books and subjects that I like. Surprisingly, I also get to create more zany characters and dialogue in my head and translate all of that into writing.
  3. Everyone has to be a grown up come Monday. On Monday, you can be a kid all over again – Having a 12 year old disposition in a 30 year old body needs play to be productive.

How was your Monday today? 😉

Bleeding Passions

I bleed every time I write.

When I say bleed, I literally mean exhausting every ounce of energy in me. Whenever I’m in the zone, I can’t be bothered ‘lest I look at the nuisance with murderous eyes. Inspiration comes in bursts, and seizing those moments are critical in the writing process.

I am done with sitting on the computer all day long and drawing blanks. It simply does not work for me. What works though are solitary walks, being with nature, exercise, reading, music. Just taking a good time out from the ‘job’ of writing.

So don’t be surprised if some writers you know are pretty sensitive when it comes to their copy. Each end product that comes out of every endeavor is, after all, a summation of their energies, all poured into a piece of paper.

With years of doing this for a living, some writers such as myself, are now more open to suggestion and criticism. Growing up means being open to improving your craft. But there will always be the problem of getting inspiration. Finding inspiration is the constant struggle for every single project I accept, not the criticism, nor the deadline.

How I wish that by simply accepting money and automatically churning content were that easy. It’s much more complicated than that: I need to know if the copy is worth my time, if the owners are worth my energy or if their business goal and passions are meshed with how to improve a particular system.

Obviously, being your text-book systems builder, I like to improve things. And this translates to how I work as well. If the copy that I churn from my fingertips help a business or a friend in improving a particular system, culture, business, etc. then I go for it with all my might. Nothing done in halves. A project/vision/team/person should be worth my energy, my ideals, my passions. Otherwise, I turn it down.

A few weeks ago I’ve been distraught. I haven’t been able to create. There were days of crying spells. I couldn’t eat and sleep. I felt like I was loosing my mind.

Then, unexpectedly, a family concern came up. The timing of it all. I’ve just successfully inked a major project with a very important client, when personal concerns such as hospitalization comes up. Two nuclear bombs on opposite ends. How lovely.

But surprisingly, during those days in the hospital, I’ve been able to write excellently given the dire situation I was in.

I wrote in the cath lab, the patient’s room, brainstormed on the nurses station while blatantly questioning the nurses’ competence, the timing of the patient’s food, the ambulance MD who hit on every single female nurse (and had the death glare of his life when he tried to get chummy with me), the billing clerks at the hospital…every angst I had during that hospital stint, I took out on the hospital staff and put in my writing. I had laser-like focus.

The hospital distraction helped me construct, compose, create. I was argumentative, fiery and passionate: the best recipe for creating, for writing.

I still have to finalize and close the current project, but the momentum has now resurfaced. Sometimes, it takes a life hurdle to shake you senseless and tell you ‘Get a grip! You got this’.

I may have bled buckets the past few weeks but every drop was well worth it.

Have you gone through the same dry-spells? How did you get your groove back on track?

Pope Francis on Power Play cover, features Solaire’s Sky Tower and Theatre

Gracing the cover of Power Play Philippines, Pope Francis provides a ‘fresher perspective’ on faith.

“Pope Francis is taking a different road towards the same destination. His is more people-centric, more leadership-by-example; in modern parlance, the Pope “keeps it real.” – Lester Gopela Hallig

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis graces the cover of Power Play Magazine's issue 1, volume 2.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis graces the cover of Power Play Magazine’s issue 1, volume 2.

Also inside this issue are two of Solaire’s most-talked about developments in the leisure and luxury lifestyle industry: the Sky Tower and the Theater.

Get a glimpse of what transpired during the last quarter of 2014 and why the Philippines could be the next gaming and tourist mecca.  For an excerpt of the stories, please click on the pictures below.

In line with becoming an integrated resort, Solaire Resorts and Casino invited international act and Broadway sensation Chicago to open their much anticipated Theater. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-sexy-satire/
In line with becoming an integrated resort, Solaire Resorts and Casino invited international act and Broadway sensation Chicago to open their much anticipated Theater. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-sexy-satire/
“The Sky Tower elevates Solaire yet another step higher into the very top tier of world-class integrated resorts, and is a tremendous game-changer in providing best-in-class guest experience,” Mr. Thomas Arasi, Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC) President and CEO. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-reach-for-the-sky/
“The Sky Tower elevates Solaire yet another step higher into the very top tier of world-class integrated resorts, and is a tremendous game-changer in providing best-in-class guest experience,” Mr. Thomas Arasi, Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC) President and CEO. For more of this story, please click on this image to direct you to the full excerpt. For any suggestions or verification of data, please get in touch with the journalist responsible for this story. http://powerplayphilippines.com/powerplay-reach-for-the-sky/

Now available at all leading bookstores nationwide, this issue can also be downloaded at all your favorite mobile devices: Mac iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows8 and Samsung.