Archive for November, 2016

Where is the world heading?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

I have followed the election in the US online on various sites the past months, I like listening to the speeches by the candidates and others to hopefully learn and improve my own public speaking ability. One of the best speeches this election was by Donald Trump Jr at the Republican convention. Very powerful and delivered in a way that captured the audience!

But I can not help but wonder where the world is heading? Not only because the results of the American election, I am sure the US will stay good and powerful under the new president. The differences between current times and the past are quite big. What does it take to become popular these days? What does it take to get hired for the most powerful job in the world?

Listen to the speeches by both the final candidates of 2016 and compare it to the “Peace Speech” by John F. Kennedy.

You cannot imagine a leader of the western world making a speech like this these days.

  • “World peace does not require that man loves thy neighbor, but only that they live together in mutual tolerance”
  • “The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war.”
  • “Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable, and we believe they can do it again.”
  • “Our problems are man-made and therefore can be solved by man”.
  • “… if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

Freelance writing

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

An online freelance writer is someone who writes articles, eBooks, web content, newsletters, ezine, and anything else. They are paid to write up interesting, educational articles that capture their audience. They are paid to fill content on the web. All the writing that a freelance writer does is usually the buyers copyright forever. It is a very fun career if you like to write because you are always learning about new things. The greatest part of it is the fact that you get to make your own hours and work from the comfort of your own home. It is great for stay at home mothers or handicapped people or people with very busy schedules. You write on your own time as long as you finish your projects on your due date. Depending on what you write, you could get paid about 500 dollars for an eBook, not bad.

A freelance writer finds their projects many different ways, such as word of mouth or referrals, or online services. Elance is an online service where employers can post jobs for freelancers, programmers, tech support, etc. There are many sites like this one where you can go to find work, although there is usually a monthly fee you must pay to get these desirable jobs. When accepting a job, if there is no provided contract, a freelance writer should always create an informal contract describing the project, due date, fees, etc.

The work that freelance writers submit should be fresh and creative. A freelance writer will always spell check their work and make sure it sounds great. Having a portfolio of your work is an excellent idea because it shows how great of a writer you are under varied projects. Taking some online writing classes will also keep you learning new ways to write better. Details always count so make sure you keep up to date and always write from your heart.

The Shanghai traffic

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Today I changed my daily routine and got up at 3:45AM, showered and took a taxi from where I live to our office here in Shanghai. Anyone who been to Shanghai or any other Chinese city know what the traffic is like here, basically at any time of day during the regular work hours the cars are standing still on most streets and roads in the city.

My route this morning takes about 2.5 hour if I do it in the morning around 9AM or in the afternoon around 4PM. This morning at 4:30AM it took only 25 minutes!

Check out this nice video about a classic traffic jam in Beijing that occurred a few years ago.