I would like to take this opportunity to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas! Now is the season of greetings and cheer. Many malls have put up decorative Christmas trees with tinsels, baubles, wrapped gifts and the Star of Bethlehem. I shall be going overseas for holidays from 14th onwards and back after Christmas or rather boxing day on the 26th of December. Boxing day is called as such and refers to opening of presents and wrapped gifts. In the meantime, there will be no updates during this period from 14th – 26th December 2017.
Can you find me in the picture above? It is near my dwelling place at Times Square and on the left side is The Wave still under construction. This awesome mesmerising Christmas tree was set up near Penang Times Square and is one of the better decorated ones in Penang, besides Queensbay Mall where the magic of Christmas comes alive!
Following her mother's example Rania Dalloul has become a tireless philanthropist. Having adopted 18 children from India she continued extending her help to orphanages in India and Cambodia and various institutions in the Middle East. Rania Dalloul is also an active feminist supporter; she was one of the dozen thousands of women in London who joined the Women's March against President Donald Trump's inauguration.
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I just came back from KL, stopped for a rest in Tapah and returned home to open the letter box. Inside were 2 envelopes. One of them was a bill and the other was the above: a $50 voucher from my writing submission for the Fay Khoo Award. Even though I did not win, I am glad to receive the $50 voucher for Ben’s food, valid till September 2018 for being one of the first 25 submissions.
You can read the 3 winners’ entries here >> The Fay Khoo Award Winners with Renie Leng being the overall winner, flanked by 2 others.
You can even chat with her for some tips on writing and the samples uploaded give me some ideas of how to write and the style of writing. They are all closely related with very good vocabulary and able to string words into pearls of diction. The average words written were about 1290 words, just nice and not too wordy for the award.
Thanks to The Fay Khoo Award organisers for presenting me with a $50 voucher for Ben’s restaurant valid till next year.
What’s content marketing going to look like next year? What should you invest your money, time, and resources in?
Adsy gives you the answers to these questions and presents the most probable spheres of marketers’ interest for 2018.
Think of ways to include the trending tendencies in your content strategy for the next year – be one step ahead of your competitors.
Above is the infographic from Adsy that is self explanatory. The image is well done, graphics superb and informative, most of all. Oh, by the way, just took a 4-hour nap before updating this blog of mine as I shall be busy with the stock market, writing academic articles that take up too much time at times due to tricks put in by some lecturers to test the students that can make them go haywire and flustered, plus a host of other work. Enjoy reading the infographics as much as I love the attractive colours.
Family matriarch Imelda Rivera was the wife of a musician who left her and her daughter Coco to pursue a career in music. She banned music in the family and turned to shoemaking, which became the family business. Her great-great-grandson, 12-year-old Miguel, now lives with the elderly Coco and their family in a small Mexican village. He secretly dreams of becoming a musician like Ernesto de la Cruz, a popular film/singing star of Imelda’s generation. One day, Miguel damages the photo of Imelda at the center of the family ofrenda and removes it, discovering that her husband (whose face is ripped out) was holding Ernesto’s famous guitar. Later, when Miguel attempts to enter a talent show for the Day of the Dead, his grandmother Elena destroys his guitar.
Concluding that he is Ernesto’s great-great-grandson, Miguel enters his tomb and steals his guitar to use in the show. When he strums it, he becomes invisible to everyone in the village plaza, but can see and be seen by his Xoloitzcuintli dog Dante and his skeletal dead relatives who are visiting from the Land of the Dead for the holiday. Taking him there, they find that Imelda is unable to cross over as her photo has been removed from the ofrenda. Miguel must return to the Land of the Living before sunrise, or he will become one of the dead; to do so, he must receive a blessing from his family that can undo the curse placed upon him by stealing Ernesto’s guitar. Imelda offers Miguel a blessing on the condition that he abandon his musical pursuits, and unwilling to accept Imelda’s conditions, Miguel seeks Ernesto’s blessing instead.
Miguel encounters Héctor, a down-on-his-luck skeleton who once played with Ernesto and offers to help Miguel reach him. In return, Héctor asks Miguel to take his photo back to the Land of the Living so he can visit his daughter before she forgets him and he disappears completely. Héctor attempts to return Miguel to his relatives, but Miguel escapes and infiltrates Ernesto’s mansion, learning along the way that an old friendship between the two had soured before Héctor’s death. Ernesto welcomes Miguel as his descendant, but Héctor confronts them, imploring Miguel to take his photo. Héctor realizes the truth about his death: Ernesto poisoned him and stole the songs he had written, passing them off as his own to become famous. Ernesto steals Héctor’s photo and has him and Miguel thrown into a cenote pit.
Miguel realizes that Héctor is, in truth, his great-great-grandfather and that Coco is his daughter, the only living person who still remembers him. With the help of Dante – revealed to be an alebrije – the dead Riveras find and rescue them. Miguel explains that Héctor’s death was the result of his decision to return home to her and Coco, and Imelda and Héctor reconcile. They infiltrate Ernesto’s sunrise concert to retrieve Héctor’s photo from Ernesto and reveal him as a fraud to the crowd. Ernesto is crushed by a falling bell, mimicking his actual death, but the photo is destroyed once it reaches the water.
As the sun rises, Héctor is in danger of being forgotten and disappearing. Imelda blesses Miguel without conditions so he can return to the Land of the Living, where he plays a song for Coco that Héctor wrote for her during her childhood. The song sparks her memory of Héctor and revitalizes her, and she gives Miguel the torn-out piece of the photo from the ofrenda, which shows Héctor’s face. Elena reconciles with Miguel, accepting both him and music back into the family.
One year later, Miguel proudly presents the family ofrenda – featuring a photo of the now deceased Coco – to his new baby sister. Letters saved by Coco contain proof that Ernesto stole Héctor’s music; as a result, Ernesto’s legacy is destroyed and the public forgets him and honors Héctor in his place. In the Land of the Dead, Héctor and Imelda join Coco for a visit to the living Riveras as Miguel sings and plays for his relatives, both dead and living.
Marketing is the lifeblood of every business. We all know that investment in marketing such as King Kong Digital Marketing brings results like more visitors and this will convert to high chances of more sales. Should you be doing e-commerce or have an online presence of a website offering services, then you should not neglect marketing as part of the process and budget to build your business.
Ideally, 1/3 should be spent on building a website, another 1/3 on marketing or advertising and last 1/3 on website maintenance. Sabri Suby, founder of digital marketing agency King Kong, is on track to double last year’s $5 million revenue figure to $10 million this year. This is only possible via the internet where there is no limit to your income with billions of users using it daily.
Once a sales funnel is established the team directs traffic into the funnel from sources such as Google, YouTube ads or even radio campaigns, directing as many qualified people into the funnel. Hence, this is something which is food for thought that you might consider.
I was browsing the sites this morning when I came across polyester fiber acoustic panels, where you can click and find out more information. The website is clean, layout neat but pity there is no e-commerce or payment gateway to accept sales in impulse. However, there is form to email contact where you can email them for more information.
There are many types of acoustic panels that I just discovered by surfing through this site. It helps in sound proof the walls, etc. It is a sound absorbing material that provides more privacy from prying ears. If you are interested in this product, check out wooden acoustic panels and you will see what I mean. They are also manufacturer in China and the quality is good at affordable price. Anyway, happy browsing!
Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons attempt to conquer Earth through the combined energies of three Mother Boxes. They are foiled by a unified army that included the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, humans, and Green Lanterns. After repelling Steppenwolf’s army, the Mother Boxes are separated and hidden in locations around the planet.
In the present, the world is in mourning after the death of Superman. This triggers the Mother Boxes to reactivate and Steppenwolf’s return to Earth in an effort to regain favor with his master, Darkseid. Steppenwolf manages to retrieve the Mother Box from Themyscira, prompting Queen Hippolyta to warn her daughter Diana Prince of Steppenwolf’s return by lighting the invasion fire. Prince joins Bruce Wayne in his attempt to unite other metahumans to their cause, with Wayne going after Arthur Curry and Barry Allen, while Prince tries to locate Victor Stone. The two of them fail to persuade Curry and Stone, but manage to recruit an enthusiastic Allen onto the team. Stone later joins the team after his father Silas is kidnapped, along with several other S.T.A.R. Labs employees, by Steppenwolf seeking to acquire the Mother Box from them.
Meanwhile, Steppenwolf attacks Atlantis to retrieve the next Mother Box, forcing Curry to take action. The team receives intel from Commissioner James Gordon leading them to Steppenwolf’s army, based in an abandoned facility under Gotham Harbor. Although the group manages to rescue the kidnapped employees, the facility is flooded during combat, which traps the team until Curry helps delay the flood so they can escape. Stone retrieves the last Mother Box, which he had hidden, for the group to analyze. Stone reveals that his father used the Mother Box to rebuild Stone’s body after an accident almost cost him his life. Wayne decides to use the Mother Box to resurrect Superman, not only to help them fight off Steppenwolf’s army, but also to restore hope to mankind. Prince and Curry are hesitant about the idea, but Wayne forms a secret contingency plan in case Superman returns as a nemesis.
Clark Kent’s body is exhumed and placed in the incubation waters of the Kryptonian ship alongside the Mother Box, which in turn activates and successfully resurrects Superman. However, Superman’s memories have not returned, and he attacks the group after Stone accidentally launches a projectile at him. On the verge of being killed by Superman, Batman enacts his contingency plan: Lois Lane. Superman calms down and leaves with Lois to his family home in Smallville, where he reflects and tries to recover his memories. With the final Mother Box unguarded, Steppenwolf retrieves it with ease.
Without Superman to aid them, the five heroes travel to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf plans to unite the boxes once again and reshape the world. The team fights their way through the Parademons to reach Steppenwolf, although they are unable to distract him enough for Stone to separate the boxes. Superman arrives and assists Allen in evacuating the city, as well as Stone in separating the Mother Boxes. The group manages to defeat Steppenwolf, who, overcome with fear, is attacked by his own Parademons before they all teleport away.
In the aftermath of the battle, Wayne and Prince agree to rebuild Wayne Manor as a base of operations for the team, with additional space for more potential heroes. Prince steps back into the public spotlight as a hero; Allen acquires a job in Central City’s police department, impressing his father; Stone continues to explore and enhance his abilities with his father in S.T.A.R. Labs; Curry returns to Atlantis; and Superman resumes his life as reporter Clark Kent. In the post-credits scene, Lex Luthor has escaped from Arkham Asylum and recruits Slade Wilson to form their own league.