Saturday, June 30, 2012

Instagram and Pinterest are Down

2 of my most fave sites where I can share my photos (IG) and where I can pin my faves at my virtual board are down. It was this morning when I experienced the downtime. At first, I thought it was just my net or my iPhone that became so slow but it turned out that it’s on the sites itself.

My niece saw some updates and indeed there are technical difficulties that happened to those sites. I wish they’ll be back soooooon for I’m already itching to post IG pics and pin at my board.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

The World's Most Philanthropic Millionaires


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You do not have to be Warren Buffett or Bill Gates to give ridiculously large sums of money to charity. Of course, that does help, but the total charitable contributions Americans make in an average year exceed $300 billion, even if it is only a few dollars at a time. Regardless of whether you give generously or not, the most generous people are also generally very wealthy.

Whether you believe that wealthy people giving generously is a good idea or not, everybody knows it happens a lot. Naturally, you don't need to win a huge sweepstakes with RewardIt or be rich and famous to be able to give back. However, there is a whole different level of giving that comes about when people know that their immediate bills will be taken care of for the rest of their lives. Real altruism is inspirational, so the following is a small overview of just how generous the rich and famous can be.

Actors and Athletes

It's not an act when someone cuts a mighty check that actually helps someone. Whether you are a fan of Mel Gibson or not because of some of his beliefs, you have to admit that his more than $6 million to the A.P. Reilly Foundation and the Holy Family Church has undoubtedly helped a lot of people to improve their lives. Meryl Streep is also a well known philanthropist, giving millions a year to various universities and other educational programs.

But athletes are no slouches in the philanthropy field, either. Baseball player Lance Berkman provides incredible donations for youth groups and children who would otherwise not receive any care in the poorest places on earth. The golfer Davis Love has also been quite generous to the Boys and Girls Club of Georgia and to the Special Olympics.

Writers and Musicians

Not many fans of Star Wars think of George Lucas as a kindly fellow, but he actually is. He has donated in excess of $4 million over the past few years to various charitable causes. As well, folks like Bono could easily earn their own articles with the work they have done across the years. Musician Herb Alpert has also donated like a mad man, putting more than $9 million into his foundation that supports well being and brotherly love. Dean Koontz has also given tremendous amounts of money to such causes as Canine Companions for Independence and Saint Michael's Abbey.

Giving to charity is a universal part of being truly wealthy. The richest people in every part of life are also the most inclined to give, and often the amounts they give are truly incredible. It can be downright inspirational to people who don't have huge bank accounts. If even a few bucks can go some distance, it might be worth taking a moment to help someone out.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Bourne Legacy - Official Theatrical Trailer

Finally, the Official Theatrical Trailer of the The Bourne Legacy by Jeremy Renner is out and of course I have to watch this movie when it opens on August 3, 2012 simply because some of the scenes are shot here in the Philippines. I remember the casts like Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz have been shooting in the streets of Manila few months ago. Some of the streets were closed to public transportation that led to too much traffic in the Metro. 

The preparations and even the shooting of the movie where almost in the news all the time. We could see their cameras and other large equipment that needs to be stored in an  arch steel building because they are way to many. I’m very sure that many Pinoys will watch this movie not just because some parts are shot here but because it’s a good one.

Entertaining Guests and Friends

My older brother is a member of local group artists here in our town and due to that, they always have meetings or some of his co-artists love to come to their place. He has a mini art gallery, a gazebo turned into am art studio where he paints his works and a fairly spacious place to accommodate all his artworks.

Our family also love barbeque and entertaining guests so we thought that having backyard pavilion in his place is a good option so we can have a bigger place for meeting, gathering or simply a place where we can entertain more people. I’m keeping my fingers crossed so that this next home project will come true.

Beauty Business from A to Z

Artists runs in our family and I'm proud of that. My 2 older brothers are visual artists while many of my nieces and nephews are taking up courses that involves graphic designing or multi-media, etc. One niece already finished film making and audio-visual communications.

On the other hand, my mom graduated with a degree in cosmetology and she had a beauty salon when we're growing up and I remember that her customers are in line waiting to beautified by my mom.