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Februari 22, 2016

Fenomena Anak, Cabul dan Pedopil


Anak adalah anugarah yang terindah, karena mereka lahir dari buah cinta suami-istri. Banyak wanita yang menginginkan anak tetapi sedikit yang tidak bisa mendapatkannya, bagaikan 10:2. Namun, sejak belakangan kasus mengenai pelaku yang tidak senonoh terhadap anak sungguh membuat hati miris.

Sebenarnya sudah lama ingin menuliskan mengenai kasus guru yang melakukan perbuatan cabul, lalu disusul orangtua kandung, angkat, paman atau kerabat lain melakukan perbuatan tidak senonoh. Ditambah lagi sekarang “artis” yang memang dari dulu aku tidak menyukai pria tersebut. Entah kenapa bisa tenar, prestasinya saja tidak ada di dunia hiburan hanya gosip. Kali ini tersandung pencabulan.

Februari 16, 2016

Kasus DBD Tidak ada Matinya

Jangan Hapus senyuman anak-anak karena DBD

HIT Obat Nyamuk  - Hampir tiap tahun kasus DBD di sejumlah daerah semakin meningkat dan parah. Bahkan ada yang sampai meninggal akibat Demam Berdarah ini. Aduh, seram banget ya. Kenapa nyamuk makin ganas saja ya, mengigit tanpa henti. Beberapa waktu lalu, aku pernah menonton berita mengenai angka pasien DBD yang terus meningkat di Kabupaten Indramayu, bahkan terpaksa dirawat di ruang IGD dan lorong rumah sakit, karena terlalu banyak pasien sehingga tidak tertampung.

Januari 12, 2016

Membaca membuka Mata Hati dan Jendela Dunia

Let’s see who like to reading book? Mungkin tidak banyak orang yang menyukai membaca buku. Padahal, membaca buku berarti membuka jendela dunia. Begitu yang pernah aku dengar sebelumnya. Bagi aku sendiri, membaca buku membuka gerbang dunia imajinasi aku dan menambah wawasan. Ada yang bangga mengatakan diri mereka sudah gemar membaca dari usia balita, tetapi sesungguhnya diriku tidak malu mengatakan bahwa aku baru menyukai membaca sejak duduk dibangku SMP (Sekolah Menengah Pertama). Hal itu dikarenakan aku ketularan virus dari teman sekolahku di SMP Advent Balikpapan, namanya adalah Oktaviano. Dia penggemar berat yang namanya komik, koleksi komiknya bisa terbilang WOW!! Bahkan dia pandai menggambar kartun komik ala Jepang. Wah, saat itu aku pikir dia bakalan jadi kartunis hebat.

September 25, 2015

Badak si Cula Satu lagi Heboh


Rhinoceros bahasa latin dari badak terdengar seperti binatang pada zaman purbakala. Jika binatang bercula satu ini tidak diperhatikan populasinya, bisa jadi di masa depan badak jawa hanya tinggal sejarah saja. Pasalnya, populasi badak Jawa terus mengalami penurunan dan berakibat fatal dengan kepunahan badak jawa. Walaupun kasus pemburuan liar badak Jawa sudah tidak terdengar sejak tahun 1990-an, tetapi habitat badak sudah tidak nyaman bagi badak sendiri.

September 22, 2015

Hari Pangan Sedunia | Petani Pejuang Pangan dan Gizi Bangsaku



Hari Pangan Sedunia – Mengingat pentingnya pangan sebagai kebutuhan untuk bertahan hidup. Tidak heran jika PBB menetapkan satu hari khusus sebagai Hari Pangan Sedunia yang jatuh setiap tanggal 16 Oktober. Tanpa adanya petani, tentu saja tidak akan ada pangan di dunia. Karena itu peran serta petani sangat penting untuk kelangsungan pangan yang ada di Indonesia.


Tulisan ini dipersembahkan untuk para petani dalam rangka hari Pangan Sedunia 2015 PERGIZI PANGAN Indonesia. Mereka (para petani) pejuang pangan dan gizi bangsaku. Bisa dikatakan petani adalah pahlawan tanpa tanda jasa, mereka bekerja dengan giat dan tekun, menghadapi berbagai rintangan musim panas dan hujan. Bekerja keras untuk mendapatkan produksi pangan yang baik.

September 17, 2015

Penggunaan Air Tanah Berlebihan, Jakarta bisa Hilang

Selamatkan Air Tanah Jakarta


sumber foto: Google

Elemen terpenting dalam kehidupan adalah air, tanpa air keseimbangan kehidupan akan mengalami gangguan. Sehingga tidak salah jika kita mengatakan bahwa kehidupan sehat, pemandangan yang indah berawal dari sumber air yang bersih, sehat dan mengalir lancar. Bicara soal air, patut kita mengetahui terlebih dahulu dari mana sumber air berasal. Sumber air berasal dari air laut, air hujan, air permukaan, air tanah, dan mata air. Tentunya dari sumber air yang ada, ada yang bisa digunakan dan tidak bisa digunakan atau membutuhkan proses untuk menjadikan air yang layak digunakan untuk kelangsungan hidup.

September 11, 2015

Belajar Bisnis Online Mudah


Sistem Praktis dan Waktu Fleksibel


Penting untuk mengetahui manfaat penggunaan internet, tidak hanya sekedar mencari berita atau entertaint, internet juga bisa digunakan untuk memulai bisnis kecil-kecilan dan bisa berkembang hingga pesat. Sudah banyak contoh sukses pengusaha yang memulai usahanya dari internet.

Bisnis online memiliki proses yang mudah dalam melaksanakannya dengan mempelajari berbagai aspek untuk memperkenalkan usaha, produk baru yang anda rintis. Tidak perlu pergi ke kampus untuk mendapatkan ilmu mengenai bisnis online di internet, ada banyak website yang menyediakan jasa pelayanan cara belajar bisnis internet dengan harga terjangkau dan sistem waktu yang fleksibel. Tutor yang berpengalaman dalam memberikan teori dan juga praktek langsung.

September 10, 2015

Atasi Kemacetan Ibukota, Solusi Bagi Polisi


Harapan Masyarakat pada Polisi Lalu Lintas

Photo: Jakarta.coconut
Tinggal di ibukota tidak terlepas yang namanya macet! Kemacetan sudah bukan hal baru lagi di kota metropolitan, khususnya Jakarta. Peran penting dalam mengatasi kemacetan di ibukota adalah aspek dari kepolisian, pemerintah dan masyarakat itu sendiri. Tiga unsur ini merupakan dasar penting untuk mengatasi kemacetan yang selalu saja terjadi di jam-jam sibuk, seperti pergi kerja ataupun pulang kerja. Nah karena artikel ini bertujuan mengikuti lomba menulis yang diadakan Polisi Lalu Lintas (Polantas) untuk merayakan Hari Jadi ke 60. Temanya sangat menarik mengenai "Apa Harapan Masyarakat pada Polisi untuk Memecahkan Kemacetan?" Sekaligus untuk memperbaiki kinerja polisi, khususnya dalam hal lalulintas. Nah, dari ketiga aspek tersebut, saya akan lebih membahas mengenai aspek dari pihak kepolisian.

Pentingnya Polisi Lalu Lintas

September 04, 2015

Donat Makanan Segala Umur


Fashion & Food

Makanan dan fashion tidak bisa dipisahkan, sejalan dengan perkembangan zaman. Donat tidak hanya memiliki satu toping saja, melainkan memiliki beragam kreasi unik. Bahkan ukuran donat tidak melulu besar dan memiliki lubang di tengahnya. Karena itu sekarang ini Fashion dan Food tidak bisa dipisahkan, semuanya memiliki selera style yang bisa dibilang sama. Selalu memberikan inovasi terbaru dalam gaya, cita rasa dan bentuk.


Apalagi makanan manis ini, donat merupakan makanan yang bisa dikonsumsi segala usia, mulai dari anak-anak hingga dewasa, siapa yang tidak suka donat? Makanan manis yang mengoda selera. Apalagi dengan bentuk-bentuk yang unik dan cita rasa yang menarik, pastinya let’s eating them so badly. Taukah kamu, bahwa donat adalah makanan yang bisa dijumpai hampir di seluruh dunia dengan beragam bentuk. Donat tidaklah mesti makanan bulat yang memiliki lubang di tengah.

Agustus 28, 2015

Bubur Organik Pilihan Terbaik Bagi bayi


Milna Bubur Bayi Organik Terbaik bagi buah hati


Milna Bubur Bayi Organik


Sudah tahu belum apa itu makanan organik? Makanan organik adalah makanan yang berasal dari alam dan diproses secara alami juga. Maksudnya proses pertumbuhan tanaman organik tidak menggunakan sintetis moderen seperti pestisida sintetis, pupuk kimia dan hormon. Begitu juga dengan proses makanan organik tidak diproses menggunakan iradiasi, pelarut industri ataupun bahan kimia tambahan makanan. Dengan kata lain bahan-bahan organik ini diproses secara higienis dan alami tanpa menggunakan bahan pengawet. Sehingga baik bagi tubuh dan juga membantu menjaga kelestarian alam.

25 Keuntungan Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Teman Terbaru

Samsung kembali lagi meluncurkan smartphone terbaru yang dikemas dalam Samsung Unpacked 2015 di New York pada 13 Agustus lalu. Samsung terus memperbaharui Note sehingga produk Phablet terbaru samsung yakni Note 5 sudah banyak diincar konsumen yang mengerti akan kebutuhan teknologi yang semua fitur lengkap dalam satu smartphone.



Agustus 21, 2015

Let's Plan Your Holiday | Keep Happy

Having time to holiday. Let's making plan to make your holiday perfect and awesome. Don't hesitate your time when you have a week leave to make your life relax after tired at work and stress. Let's escape for a while from the routine life and find life you deserve to enjoy your precious life. 

Do you realize, making plan holiday is not easy and sometimes it also make you got trouble and crazy! That is why some people never get fun on making plan for holiday. Let's make it fun plan before you are going to real fun for a week.

#Budged 
The first look your financial first. If you have a lot of budged for holiday. so it never get problem wher

Mei 30, 2015

Mau Marathon? Simak Tips dulu yuk


Latihan Rutin untuk Kuat Lari Marathon
aLari adalah olahraga yang bisa dibilang olahraga sederhana, namun bukan berarti bila hendak mengikuti lari marathon bisa langsung dilakukan secara instan.  Dibutuhkan latihan yang maksimal sebelum melakukan marathon, sehingga tidak menimbulkan cedera pada saat pelaksanaannya. Cedera yang sering timbul pada saat melakukan marathon seperti sakit pada bagian betis. Tentunya bila mengalami cedera betis akan sangat menyakitkan. Untuk mencegah hal tersebut, diperlukan beberapa tahapan yang perlu diperhatikan bagi pelari sebelum melakukan marathon, yakni:

Latihan Otot Dasar
Melatih otot dasar berguna untuk membiasakan tubuh terhadap aktivitas berat. Latihan otot dasar sangat amudah dilakukan cukup dengan push-up, sit-up dan juga back up. Dengan melakukan kegiatan tersebut, beberapa otot dada serta perut dan otot lengan saja yang ikut terlatih, tetapi juga melatih otot pernafasan dengan membuatnya ikut berkontraksi. Jika masih belum terbiasa melakukan push-up, sit-up and back-up, lakukan secara bertahap dan setelah terbiasa, terus tambah jumlahnya setiap minggu hingga mencapai seratus kali gerakan setiap hari.  Latihan ini bertujuan untuk memperkuat "otot inti" yang sebenarnya memainkan peran yang penting juga dalam berlari.

Mei 29, 2015

Belajar Somed Promotion


Preview Twitter dan Facebook untuk Tips Marathon
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J  Jangan beranggapan olahraga lari adalah olahraga sepele atau sederhana yang bisa dilakukan secara instan. Begitu ada lomba marathon mau langsung gabung. Eits, bisa berbahaya bagi kesehatan lho? Karena itu dibutuhkan latihan agar kuat berlari.

J  Mau tahu caranya agar bisa berlari kuat dengan jarak tempuh yang jauh? Namanya juga lari marathon, pasti jaraknya tidak sedikit. Yuk persiapkan diri agar tubuh bisa kuat hingga garis finish.

Investasi Melalui Agency Farming Property


Memiliki investasi yang menguntungkan tentunya menjadi impian setiap orang, beragam pilihan investasi mulai pasar saham hingga property. Tentunya, investasi dalam bidang property tentunya tidak akan pernah merugi. Apalagi jika melihat lokasi yang strategis di masa mendatang akan menjadikan asset property semakin tinggi harganya. Strategis dalam melihat peluang perkembangan area yang bisa dijadikan aset yang berharga. Namun, asset yang sudah dibeli, jika tidak digunakan juga bisa rusak. Karena itu ada baiknya untuk melakukan farming property.

Farming property tentunya menguntungkan bagi pemilik property. Karena farming property ini bertujuan mencari calon pembeli atau penjual yang ingin menjual atau menyewakan property yang dimiliki. Dimana agen property tersebut akan membantu anda dalam melakukan penjualan rumah atau hanya sekedar menyewakan rumah anda, sesuai dengan keinginan pemilik property itu sendiri. Keuntungan menggunakan farming property tentunya memudahkan anda mendapatkan pembeli maupun penyewa tanpa perlu melakukan kerepotan dalam hal pemasangan iklan dan sebagainya.

Hal tersebut merupakan salah satu keuntungan melakukan farming property, dimana agen tersebut akan memberikan informasi mengenai animo masyarakat  setempat terhadap property tersebut apakah diminati atau kurang diminati. Sehingga marketing akan mengambil langkah strategi pemasaran lainnya. Dimana agen property akan terus membangun bisnis melakui farming untuk melakukan pemasaran, pengembangan strategis dalam melakukan pemasaran untuk pembelian maupun penjualan. Dimana agen-agen property akan terus mengembangkan “farming” dalam suatu area property untuk meningkatkan penjualan dan pemasaran dengan strategis yang menguntungkan bagi kedua belah pihak.

Agent property atau yg lebih di kenal dengan broker, makelar, adalah mediator bagi penjual dan pembeli, bertugas membantu penjual untuk memasarkan produk dagangannya dan membantu pembeli untuk menemukan rumah atau asset yang mereka inginkan. Sebagai mediator tidak pula hanya mempertemukan calon penjual pembeli, tapi juga bisa menjadi advisor bagi calon pembeli yang masih bingung dengan pilihannya. Agen tidak hanya menjual, mendapat untung dan pergi setelahnya, tetapi juga bisa menjadi kawan ketika si pembeli ragu dengan pilihannya, memberikan masukan, pertimbangan, juga keputusan bagi pembeli ketika binggung dalam menentukan  pilihannya.

Tugas agent property disini tidak hanya sekedar menjual, tapi lebih dari sekedar menjual saja. Karena agen beda dengan broker tradisional, semua yang dilakukan terikat dengan aturan main yang telah di tetapkan oleh perusahaan di mana agency bekerja. Agency menjaga kredibiltas perusahaan, menjaga nama baik sebagai agent property professional, yang dijual dan yang dipertaruhkan dalam bekerja disini adalah nama baik kami, tanggung jawab kami dan juga kejujuran kami, karena hal2 tersebutlah yg menjadi modal utama pekerjaan  para agency.

Karena itu penting bagi agent untuk terus mengembangkan jaringan dan juga pengembangan pasar. Hal itu lah yang sangat dibutuhkan agen untuk mendapatkan lahan baru untuk dikembangkan sebagai asset yang bisa ditawarkan kepada pembeli ataupun penyewa sebagai asset yang baik bagi investasi dan juga tempat tinggal yang nyaman.

Memilih lokasi untuk dikembangkan dan melihat beberapa kondisi, apakah lokasi tersebut sangat layak untuk dikembangkan. Jika tidak tentunya pengembangan akan sangat susah dan juga membuang-buang waktu dan tenaga. Dengan melihat peluang yang baik dari farming property melalui agency akan menguntungkan bagi orang yang ingin melakukan investasi melalui agen property yang bisa dipercaya dan sudah berpengalaman dalam bidang pemasaran property. Hal itu lah mengakapa sangat diperlukan agency yang mengetahui perkembangan property kedepan dalam membantu orang yang ingin melakukan investasi dibidang property.

Mei 06, 2015

Prepare Wedding to Get Perfect Wedding Ceremony Part 1

Every body is waiting to get wonderful once time in alive, become bride and groom. The wonderful moment to shared life together, two become one. Sound like song of Spice Girls. But that is truth, if you already marriage, you are not two people anymore but become "ONE". I got inspiration to shared about this topic, based on my sister wedding. Christin marriage is not simple like you can imagine. Many stuff to do and also should good plan, good prepare to get perfect wedding day in your life and you never forget about it. 

I can't say my sister wedding plan is rush but maybe it can be "rush" because sometimes need something we never think about it before. So, what you should do when someone propose you to be his wife (because never woman propose man first). The journey of

April 25, 2014

When I want find Agency for my New Book

Agents–When Do You Need One?

Okay, so you’ve written something. You’re proud of it. You think you might want to get it traditionally published. You’ve heard about literary agents, but not how a writer finds one — or what kind of written works customarily need agents. Here’s how to determine whether you NEED an agent.
If your work is one of the following, you won’t need to start an agent search, because reputable agents don’t handle: poetry, short stories, articles, or essays. Any agent that claims to specialize in poetry or short stories is an amateur or a scammer. Agents make 15% of what the author makes — so for a poem, or a short story or article or essay, it’s simply not cost-effective for a literary agent to handle that kind of work.
(Before someone chimes in to say that they heard that Famous Author’s agent handles his poetry or short stories, this can be true…for Famous Author. But in a case like that, the agent is not doing it for the commission; the agent is doing it as a favor to his or her client. That doesn’t mean it’s true for you, with your first sale yet to come.)
You also won’t need an agent if your work is aimed at any of the following: self-publishing, niche or specialty publication, regional publication, and most small presses. These kinds of companies will read un-agented work, and you can submit to them yourself, with no third party involved.
In the case of some non-fiction, an agent may not be necessary either. Publishers publish more non-fiction than fiction, and I know of some non-fiction authors who did fine submitting their work un-agented, even to big NY commercial publishers. When in doubt, read publisher guidelines and research books that fall into the same category as yours. Also, keep in mind that an agent will almost always get a writer a better contract, advance, etc.
In the case of genre novels, there are still some big commercial publishers that will read un-agented manuscripts. Category romance is one such, and there are still a couple of science fiction and fantasy markets that accept un-agented work. HOWEVER, their slush piles are huge, and it can take six months, a year, or even more for your work to be read. So you’re still better off having an agent, because you’ll get a quicker response.
In general these days, if you’ve written a novel, or what they call “creative non-fiction,” (which includes works like memoirs — think Angela’s Ashes), and your goal is publication with one of the big publishing houses, you really need to sign with a reputable literary agent with a decent track record of sales.
If You Have Determined You Do Need an Agent:
For the sake of this article, I’m presuming that “you” (the universal “you”)  have completed a book. I’m presuming that the book has been revised and edited until it’s as good as you can make it. I’m presuming that you’ve asked a couple of writer friends to beta-read the book, and then used their feedback to improve the book even more. And I’m presuming that the book has been proofread and polished until it’s really ready to go out.
So how do you start searching for that agent?

Getting Started – Compiling a List, Researching Agent Listings, and Following Submission Guidelines

The first thing to remember is that you must research each agent before you submit to them. That’s because the internet is rife these days with scammers — con artists posing as literary agents or publishers — and amateur “agents” who have no clue what they’re doing.  Incidentally, the scammers aren’t out to steal a writers’ book. Their only interest is in separating a writer from his or her hard-earned money. And those amateur agents may be well-meaning, but they don’t have the professional publishing contracts, or knowledge, to sell your book — so signing with one of them means you’ll simply waste valuable time, and possibly money.
Writer Beware wishes we had a dollar for every writer who has written to us to say, “I submitted my book to Agent X, is this agency reputable?”  (All too often, the answer is “no.”)
If your book is fiction, and fits neatly into a genre, try this. Take a notebook to your local bookstore(s). Look up all the books on the shelves in that bookstore that are remotely like yours. If your novel is fantasy, for example, and has a half-elf as a protagonist, and it is set in the modern world, that would fall under the sub-category we call “urban fantasy.” In science fiction there are sub-genres, too, such as alternate history, military science fiction, post-apocalyptic science fiction, etc.
Sub-genres exist in mysteries and romance novels, as well. “Cozies” are different from hard-boiled PI novels, which are different from police procedural novels, which are different from forensic-scientist-as-detective novels. For romances, there are entire lines aimed at particular stages in a woman’s life, such as “second chance at love,” and so forth.
So try to narrow down your search so it’s as close as possible to the kind of novel you’ve written. Look inside the books you take off the shelves. Note down the title, author, and publisher or imprint in your notebook. Then look at the Author Notes or Acknowledgments section. You’re looking for a note where the author thanks his or her literary agent. Many authors do this. When you find it, note the agent’s name and agency.
If you do this kind of searching in books in a couple of bookstores, chances are you’ll wind up with a list of agents or agencies. Next, it’s time to start checking and expanding your list. Go through Writers Market, the hardcopy book, or online at www.writersmarket.com. Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents is another helpful resource. Good online sources to use to cross-check for information are AgentQuery and Query Tracker. They’re free, and they do “vet” the agents they list. Be warned:  many online listings don’t bother to check whether the agents are “real” or not.
You can also do a web search on the agent’s name (though never just type “literary agent” into a search engine; doing that will result in a list of scammers). Most agents have websites these days. Learn how to evaluate an agent’s website so you can tell whether the agent is “real” or a fake. A good clue to “real” is a track record of sales to recognizable publishers. An obvious clue to “fake” is no mention of track record, or a client list that doesn’t include any published writers.
Another good resource, especially if you have trouble finding an agent’s name or finding info about their track record, is the Bewares, Recommendations, and Background Check board at the excellent Absolute Write Water Cooler. There are hundreds of discussion threads there on literary agents (and others), many of which include hard-to-find information and warnings about nonstandard business practice.
The most important thing to remember is that you are collecting info on these agents to try and get a feel for what the agent likes, what his or her literary tastes are. Doing this kind of research will also ensure that you don’t waste your time querying agents that have gone out of business, died, have zero sales, etc.
In your research, you’ll also be looking for the agent’s preferred submission guidelines. You can usually find these in the market resources referred to above, though the most up-to-date source is the agent’s website. IMPORTANT TIP:  Pay attention to these guidelines and send the agent exactly what he or she asks to see.
For example, some agents will say “query only.” That means that all they want to see is your query letter. Some will say “query with first chapter and synopsis” or “query with the firs 50 pages.”  I can’t stress this too strongly:  send the agent exactly what he or she asks to see. No more, no less.
Keep a log of the agents you plan to submit to. Your log can be as big as you like, but it’s a good idea to prioritize, and start your submission process with the agents you’d most like to represent you.

How to Recognize Real Agents

Here’s a short list of “bewares” and advisories when agent searching:
1. Real agents don’t advertise. They don’t have to. If you see an agency name in a sponsored Google ad, or in the back of a writer’s magazine, odds are they’re a scam.
2. Real agents don’t charge upfront fees. The days of scammers charging “reading fees” are pretty much over. They’ve gotten cagier in the past few years — now they call their fees “contract fees,” “administrative fees,” “editing fees,” “critique fees,” “evaluation fees,” and so on. The operative “beware” in here is that the author has to hand over money as a condition of representation.
Bogus agents these days often CLAIM they don’t charge fees. And for some reason a lot of new writers don’t equate “paying for a critique” as paying an agent fee. But if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and the writer has to haul out his or her checkbook…it’s a fee.
Writer Beware even heard of one scam where the author had to fly to California in order to get “publicity pictures” made so they could be sent along with each submitted manuscript. There was no fee whatsoever associated with the agency, of course. But the authors had to pay $450.00 to get their “author photos” done. Need I add that this agency never sold any books to advance and royalty paying publishers? Matter of fact, we never found any evidence that they’d ever submitted any of their clients’ books.
Literary agents are like real estate agents, in that they work off commission. When they sell your book, they get their commission right off the top of your advance, and then again on any royalties you earn. Standard commission these days for domestic sales is 15%, and 20-25% is standard for foreign sales, because the commission is frequently split between domestic and foreign agents.
3. Real agents list books they’ve agented on their websites, and you’ll recognize the names of the publishers that bought the books. The publishers they list are not vanity presses or small presses that work mainly with unagented writers. They are advance and royalty paying commercial publishers, and you can find their books stocked on the shelves in brick and mortar bookstores.
Any agent that claims that their client list is “confidential” should be regarded with wariness, and their credentials should be investigated with extra care.
4. Being a member of AAR (Association of Authors Representatives) is a positive sign for an agency, because an agent has to have a proven track record of sales to qualify for membership.
However, there are two literary agencies that are on Writer Beware’s “questionable” list that are AAR members. We’ve gotten complaints about them, and it’s pretty clear to us that they’re making most of their money off their clients, rather than sales of the clients’ books.
Learn to trust your “gut feeling” when examining an agent’s website. Look carefully at their list of credentials and their track record of sales. If your gut tells you there is something flakey going on, don’t submit to the agent until you have checked them out in every possible fashion.
Regarding agent claims: If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
5. Real agents don’t insist on all client interactions being electronic. Real agents have phone numbers, and real snail addresses in addition to email addresses. When you sign with a real agent, that agent will TALK to you on the PHONE. You won’t be deluged with a slew of boilerplate-looking emails that are so generic they could apply to anyone.
6. Real agents don’t offer to edit for a fee. A real agent will work with you to give your manuscript a final polish before submitting–but they won’t charge for this service. It’s part of what their 15% commission will pay for.
7. Real agents don’t sell adjunct services to their clients. They don’t tell writers they must pay for a website so their work can be “showcased” for publishers who will go look at it on the internet. They don’t nickel and dime their clients by trying to sell them all kinds of “extras” — illustrations, business cards, flyers, brochures, photos, marketing plans, etc.
10. Real agents don’t submit books to vanity or non-advance paying publishers. A real agent’s job is to find ways for you to make money, not to spend it. A real agent paid when you get paid–no advance equals no commission.

Writing the Synopsis

We’ve already established that your manuscript has to be edited, polished, and proofread — totally ready to be seen by agents. There are two other things you’ll need to work on before you’re ready to actually submit to the agents on that list you’ve created — the synopsis, and the query letter.
Writers tie themselves into emotional and mental knots over writing synopses (also referred to in the business as “outlines).” They’re really quite simple, but they can be a bitch to write well. I advise my writing workshop students to do two versions of their synopsis, so they’ll be ready for whatever an agent might want to see along with the query letter, or, even better, what an agent might request to see as the result of reading your query.
The first synopsis you write should be one that covers the events in the book in a more or less chapter by chapter order, allowing perhaps one or two paragraphs per chapter to summarize the events. You can probably synopsize a 100,000 word book in about 7-10 single-spaced pages, skipping a line between paragraphs, and using a good, clear font. The reason I suggest using single-space for a synopsis is to visually differentiate the synopsis from the manuscript excerpt or full manuscript. But if an agent tells you to double-space the synopsis he or she has requested, by all means do so.
The second synopsis I suggest my workshoppers write is for agents that request a “one page synopsis” or a “short synopsis.” This kind of synopsis is so brief that you really can’t cover events in chapter by chapter manner. They’re even harder to do well than the first, more extended kind. Basically it’s a case of cut, summarize, then cut some more. But they can be done, and it will serve you well to have both kinds prepared.
Write your synopsis in present tense. (If you don’t know what present tense is, you’re not ready to submit anything to anyone – go back and take some remedial English courses.)
The synopsis should cover the entire book, including the end. Don’t get coy and say, “And to find out what happens at the end…read the manuscript!” (Aspiring authors have indeed done this, and agents and editors find it really annoying.)
Give about the same amount of detail in writing a synopsis for submission that you might use in describing a good movie to a friend. You don’t want to tell every single detail, but you want the plot to flow along in a concise, yet understandable, fashion. Use vivid, precise language, and be specific about what happens – just not detailed.
For example, if a character dies, say so, in vivid language.
“And then Gandalf meets his fate, to the grief of all his companions” sounds dull and stuffy, whereas, “Gandalf faces the fiery Balrog alone, and magically smashes the stone bridge, thus buying Frodo and his companions time to escape at the cost of his life. Frodo and the other members of the Fellowship watch, grief-stricken, as wizard and monster fall into the abyss.”
Only include details about characterization and subplots insofar as they relate to the resolution of the main plot.
When I’m writing a synopsis, I imagine my audience as a group of wriggly cub scouts around a campfire. They have short attention spans, and my narrative has to be riveting and dynamic to keep them “hooked” on the story you’re unfolding.
As an example, I’m including the first few paragraphs of the synopsis I did for my Star Wars novel, The Paradise Snare:
Young Han Solo is desperate to escape the cruel traders that raised him and are the only “caretakers” he has ever known. He plans and schemes, learning the rudiments of piloting, staking everything on getting from sadistic, drunken Captain Garris Shrike and his crew, so he can begin a new life as a free man.
Late at “night” aboard the huge space barge that is the nomadic trader colony, eighteen year old Han sneaks down to the kitchen to bid goodbye to his best friend, the Wookiee, Dewlanna, promising to contact her when he reaches his destination. He’s found a job at a religious colony on the distant world of Ylesia, and he hopes to send for her as soon as he’s settled in and has earned enough money.
Their farewell is interrupted by Captain Shrike and his henchmen, who have discovered Han’s escape plans. During the melee that follows, Dewlanna is blasted when she leaps in front of Han to shield him. Outraged, Han shoots the leader and flees. Donning a spacesuit, he slips aboard the robot cargo ship bound for Ylesia.

Writing the Query Letter

What is a query letter? It’s a business letter, professionally written, carefully proofread (NO TYPOS!) that introduces your book and asks the agent “would you like to read this?”
A query letter is not a synopsis. It’s not your autobiography. It’s short, pithy, and very well written. I can’t overstress how important a good query letter is. It’s a chance to showcase your writing to the agent. A poorly written query letter will axe any chance you have of the agent wanting to see read your manuscript.
The most common mistakes aspiring authors make in writing query letters are as follows:
1. Too long. A good query letter is brief, no more than one page. When I say “one page” I mean a few hundred words–not one page crammed from top to bottom with narrow margins.
2. Trying to include a synopsis of the book instead of a “sound bite” (I’ll cover writing this below). You can’t write an effective synopsis of a novel-length work in fifty words or less, honest. What you can do is write a “verbal snapshot” of the book in dynamic, fascinating language. That’s the “sound bite.”
3. Telling too much about themselves and their lives. Agents and editors don’t care about your hobbies or your family or your hardships–unless these directly relate to your book. Everything in the query letter, including the credentials section if there is one, MUST relate to your book and your unique ability to write it. Telling the agent all about yourself in an attempt to gain the agent’s sympathy is the kiss of death.
4. Telling the agent how much their friends and family members loved their book. Or about the published authors who loved the book. I made this mistake myself when I started out — it’s a natural one to make. But resist! Agents don’t care what your friends and family thought — it’s irrelevant to the all-important question of whether they think they can sell your book.
5. Telling the agent what to think. “This book will be a surefire bestseller!” is not a line to include in your query.
6. Making their writing experiences look like credentials when they aren’t. Writing a few articles for local newspapers for no pay doesn’t count as a writing credential. The same goes for recipes in your parish cookbook or a letter printed in the Washington Post or a story posted on a website no one has heard of or a win in a contest conducted by a tiny webzine. What counts is writing you were PAID to do, or writing for a venue the agent will recognize.
What if you have no writing credentials? Don’t sweat it. Many debut writers don’t have anything resembling a writing resume. If that’s the case for you, just don’t mention credentials at all in your query. A good agent won’t overlook a good pitch just because the writer has no publishing credits.
7. Writers who inform the agent that the book they’re submitting is the first book in a 12 book series they’ve spent the last ten years writing. This reeks of obsession, and agents will make the sign of the cross and back away. Concentrate on the book you’re trying to sell. If you plan on writing followups, or have other manuscripts available, mention this at the end of the query — but query for one book at a time.
There are two kinds of effective query letters. The first type is a good, workmanlike business letter, and it does the job. It’s short, to the point, written in dynamic, specific language, with NO errors of any kind — no typos, punctuation, spelling, grammatical, etc. Remember, letter-perfect!
The other kind of query letter is weird, quirky, but so irresistible and creative that it will capture the attention of an agent even though it’s far outside the “accepted” model. This kind of query letter springs from true talent and writing genius, and really can’t be taught. I’ve seen some of them, and they leave me in awe — and they immediately captured the interest of the agent(s) they were sent to. However, since they can’t be classified or taught (and are extremely risky, because they’re so hard to pull off — I’ve seen many comments from agents, for instance, who say they hate getting queries written in the voice of the novel’s protagonist), I’m going to concentrate today on the first type of query letter.
My suggested “template” for a query letter runs like this:
1. First paragraph: introduce your project in a one line description of the book, giving the title and genre. In this paragraph you also should specify the length of the manuscript (in number of words, not number of pages). Make it clear that this is a completed, polished book. Sometimes it can work well to quickly compare the book to another work the agent would recognize. However, instead of announcing that “My book is just like X,” use language such as, “In the tradition of X,” or “Should appeal to readers of X.”
Your language in writing a query letter is very important. It must be smooth, flowing, and persuasive, without telling the agent what to think, or engaging in hyperbole. That one-line description of the work is often a make-or-break. In the writing business we sometimes refer to the one-line description as “the elevator pitch.” This term comes from Hollywood, and is based on the idea that writers should be able to summarize their books in one arresting, unforgettable line that will capture the attention of a producer or agent – while taking no more time than would be required for an elevator ride.
(An example of a one-line description that actually sold a book to an editor occurred to me while I was waiting in line to get into a restaurant at a World S.F. Convention in Los Angeles in 1984. Harriet MacDougal, a Tor editor who’d acquired a previous collaboration from Andre Norton and me, was standing in line just in front of me, while waiting to get into the cafĂ© for breakfast. After we exchanged greetings, Harriet asked me what I was currently working on, and I replied, “Andre and I are writing Witch World: The Next Generation.” Harriet promptly told me to send her a chapter or so when I got home, which I did. She put it under contract.)
2. Second paragraph: here’s where you’ll need to get very creative, and showcase your best writing skills. This is the paragraph where you provide the “verbal snapshot” of your book in the form of a “sound bite.”
Michael Cassutt first described “sound bites” to me, and I’ll never forget the example he used – the sound bite for an apocryphal television show. “Bongo and the Pontiff. She’s a chimp. He’s the Pope. Together, they solve murders.”
I never forgot it — and that’s the POINT of a sound bite. It sticks in your head, like a tune you can’t forget. I repeat, it is NOT a synopsis. Instead it’s a “verbal snapshot” of a book’s storyline, a few lines that are so vivid, so enticing, that the agent will immediately want to read the entire book.
An example of one for my first published book, a Star Trek novel titled Yesterday’s Son might have read: “While checking computer data from a recent mission, Mr. Spock discovers he sired offspring with Zarabeth back on ice age Sarpeidon. Grimly determined to do the right thing, he travels through time using the Guardian of Forever to retrieve the boy. But instead of a child, he encounters a young man, Zar, who has grown up with dreams of the father who would someday rescue him…and love him. When these two must work together to stop a Romulan takeover of the Guardian of Forever, conflict is inevitable — and far from logical.”
That’s a sound bite. It’s a brief encapsulation that captures the heart and soul and “flavor” of the novel. Not a synopsis, not a summary. It’s a verbal snapshot, designed to intrigue, to spark interest in reading. The language you use should be vivid, specific, and dynamic. When that agent puts down your query letter and goes off in search of more coffee, that sound bite should run through his or her mind.
3. Third paragraph: this paragraph should contain a summary of your credentials for writing the book. If you don’t have any, then don’t try to manufacture them — that looks really lame. Just leave them out. As I said above, a good agent won’t turn up their nose at a good query just because the writer doesn’t have a publishing history.
Credentials fall into three categories:
-  Best and foremost, writing credentials. Writing credentials mean you’ve sold your writing. That means you received money for the right to publish it. Cite the venue, giving the title of the article, short story, or book. If you didn’t receive any payment for the writing, chances are you shouldn’t mention it. Things like letters to the editor published in your local paper don’t count. A recipe in a parish cookbook doesn’t count. Self-published books–and even small press books, if the agent isn’t likely to have heard of the press–don’t count unless they sold really well (on the order of thousands of copies). Any vanity-published book definitely doesn’t count.
- The other two categories of “credentials” you can mention would be lifetime experience, and/or academic degrees – providing they relate to the subject of your book.
There’s no point in mentioning that you have a degree in quantum physics if you’ve written a humorous fluffy unicorn story or a romance novel set in the Miami drug culture. However, if you’ve written a science fiction novel dealing with the true nature of dark matter, mentioning your degree would be relevant.
The same goes for lifetime experience. If you’ve written a detective novel, and you can truthfully state that you’ve been a homicide detective for 10 years, that’s definitely worth a mention.
Mentioning your age, marital status, number of children, grandchildren, whether you have bunions or gout, is NOT relevant, so don’t bother. (Corollary: do NOT send the agent pictures of yourself, gifts, cash, or anything except what the agent asked for. You wouldn’t believe some of the stories I’ve heard from agents about what aspiring writers have sent them. Nude photos were the least of it!)
If you have no credentials to cite, simply state that (Title) is your first novel, and that you’re working on your second. And then make sure that statement is true. Agents are not enthusiastic about “one shot” writers.
 4. Fourth paragraph: this last paragraph is simply a polite conclusion to your business letter. Thank the agent for considering your query. Tell them you hope to hear from them at their earliest convenience.

Then write “Sincerely,” and sign your name. If you are paper-querying (increasingly rare these days), don’t forget your business-letter-sized SASE.


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Juni 05, 2013

Jual Kain Murah di Bandung




Sepanjang jalan kawasan Bandung dijual aneka macam kain kiloan yang biasa disebut dengan jual kain murah bandung. Pembelinya mulai dari ibu rumah tangga, garmen, toko, sampai butik. jual kain murah bandung ini sangat banyak dan bervariasi, asal teliti dalam memilih dan membeli, anda bisa mendapat kain berkualitas bagus dengan harga relatif murah meriah dan tentunya menguntungkan anda.

Tak salah bila orang mengatakan Bandung adalah kota kain murah. Karena, di Kota Kembang ini banyak yang menjual kain berkualitas bagus dengan harga miring, terjangkau dan bersaing. Tempatnya tersebar di berbagai sudut kota Bandung Jawa Barat. Salah satunya di kawasan Cigonewa Bandung. Uniknya di sepanjang jalan raya ini banyak yang menjual kain kiloan yang bersaing. Tempatnya mulai dari rumah kecil sampai toko besar yang berada disepanjang jalan. Bila hari libur tiba bisa dipastikan pengunjung terutama kaum ibu yang belanja membludak melebihi hari-hari biasabnya. Apalagi, menjelang Lebaran seperti beberapa waktu lalu yang rutin seiap tahunnya. Tak hanya ibu-ibu yang biasanya beli eceran, tapi sampai butik maupun konveksi juga mencari kain disini.

Kain yang dijual adalah kain sisa yang didatangkan dari luar negeri. Mereka mengambil langsung dari Tanjung Priuk Jakarta Utara. biasanya mereka Sehabis kulakan, langsug menghubungi langganan lewat telepon seluler. Dan biasanya pagi-pagi mereka sudah nunggu di depan pintu untuk memastikan barangnya. Bahkan juga, ditoko-toko sekitar sini terkadang membeli kain mereka yang kulakan ke tanjung priuk.

Dalam seminggu, para pen jual kain murah Bandung bisa dua kali belanja kain ke Tanjung Priuk Jakarta utara ini. Tak tanggung-tanggung, para pen jual kain murah Bandung tersebut, sekali belanja bisa mencapai satu container penuh. Adapun kain yang dibeli dalam hitungan yar tersebut yakni 1 yar sama dengan 90 cm. dibawa ke Bandung dengan meggunakan truk. Namun terkadang, para penjual kain tersebut tak selalu mendapat kain yang dibutuhkan. Karena di tanjung periukpun banyak yang berebut kain untuk dijual kembali. Padahal, jumlah kain terbatas. Jenis kain yang dijual bermacam-macam jenisnya. Mulai dari kaos dan katun sampai brokat. Adapun harganya berkisar antara puluhan ribu sampai ratusan ribu rupiah per kilonya. Namun ada juga kain yang dijual per meter.

JUAL KAIN MURAH BANDUNG

para pedagang kain murah bandung kira-kira memilki omzet perhari yang mencapai 3 sampai 4 juta. kadang saat sepipun mereka masih mampu meraih 1 juta perharinya. pembelinya pun datang dari berbagai kota di Indonesia. antara lain, garut, tasikmalaya, Cirebon, tegal, Yogyakarta, sampai ke Bali. Biasanya yang jual kain murah bandung, atau tepatnya dikawasan Cigonewa buka dari pukul 07.30 sampai pukul 16.00
Banyak jenis bahan kain yang dijual di kawasan Cigonewa ini. Ada yang bahan kain dari impor, yang mana bahan kain harganya lebih mahal dari bahan kain local yang bekas kain dari pabrik yang ada di Bogor dan Bandung. biasanya yang membeli kain local yaitu para pedagang kecil-kecilan. Jika anda akan membeli harus hati-hati dan teliti, karena namannya juga kain sisa, maka kadang selalu di temukan cacat pada kain tersebut. Maka cermatlah dalam memilih kain di Cigonewa ini. jangan tergiur dari harga yang murah, sehingga anda mengabaikan keteliatian dalam berbelanja kain murah ini.

Wisata Kain Brokat

I found this article and I guess it is like to shared it

Kapan terakhir Anda mengenakan baju dari bahan kain brokat? Dulu, para tetua biasa mengenakan kebaya dari kain brokat. Kini, makin jarang orang memakai brokat.

"Generasi muda sudah tidak mencari brokat. Hanya generasi tua yang masih menghargai tradisi Sunda dengan membeli brokat," ungkap Gani Arta, pemilik PT Gani Arta Dwitunggal.

Sejak tahun 1981, keluarga Gani memiliki usaha di bidang tekstil. Andalannya adalah kain brokat. Gani mengaku peminat terus berkurang. Walaupun permintaan kain brokat warna putih untuk baju pengantin terus ada.

Ia mengakui baru bersaing di lokal dan belum memadai untuk ekspor. Walaupun ada beberapa item seperti filtrage atau tirai tipis yang juga menjadi komoditas ekspor. Pada tahun 1992, factory outlet pertama pun berdiri di Jalan Raya Ujung Berung Km. 10 no. 12, Bandung.

Nah, ada satu lagi factory outlet yang berada persis di pabrik tekstil yaitu di Kawasan Industri Batujajar Permai, Jalan Raya Batujajar Km 2.8, Desa Laksanamekar, Cibingbin, Padalarang, Bandung, Jawa Barat. Jika Anda penggemar kain brokat, inilah surganya.
Masuk ke dalam showroom di kawasan pabrik tersebut, Anda akan terpana dengan koleksi kain brokat yang begitu beragam, mulai dari warna hingga motifnya. Satu kata yang tepat menggambarkan kain-kain ini adalah "cantik". Kain brokat tak selamanya harus dijadikan kebaya.

Penggemar kerajinan tangan biasa mengolahnya menjadi berbagai jenis barang mulai dari sekedar penghias meja, bed runner penghias tempat tidur. Bahkan jika Anda kreatif, bisa saja menjadikannya pelapis bantal sampai kap lampu meja.

Tak hanya kain brokat yang dijual di tempat ini, Anda akan menemukan tirai tipis dan gorden. Tentu lebih banyak bernuansa renda nan manis. Kain furing bisa Anda beli dengan harga yang sangat terjangkau.
Lalu, aneka perlengkapan kebutuhan rumah tangga juga tersedia, sebut saja taplak, tatakan makan, dan sprei. Selain itu, ada pula selendang dan sajadah. Semua tentu saja kain yang dibuat dengan mesin rajut dan mesin brokat.

Berapa harganya? Karena dibeli dari tangan pertama, harganya pun sangat mudah. Sebut saja seperti tatakan gelas hanya Rp 500 per lembar. Lalu kain brokat dibandrol mulai dari harga Rp 8.000 sampai Rp 42.000 per meter.

Kain beludru hanya Rp 14.000 per meter. Sementara tirai tipis berkisar Rp 30.000 sampai Rp 57.000. Jadi bersiap saja kalap belanja kain saat berkunjung di tempat ini.

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Maret 12, 2013

Keep in Touch

I miss a little girl and boy, I wish I still keep in touch with them and Mr Red too.

We now have more ways to stay connected online than we ever imagined when email first entered our lives. With the right tools and know-how, you can stay tuned in to your friends, family, and colleagues—no matter how different your time zones, schedules, and pace of life.

1. Instant message and chat online

Instant messaging (IM) is essentially a private chat on the internet, which makes it the perfect medium for check-ins with friends, coworkers, and family, or if you need a question answered quickly. Video chat takes IM'ing one step further, so that you can actually converse face-to-face, albeit over computers connected to the internet.
Windows Live Messenger is the perfect program to use for both IM and video chat (as well as for playing games, making voice calls over the web, and sharing photos online). It is available for free as a part of Windows Live Essentials, which is free. If you don't yet have it installed, go for it! To get tips on installation and basic how-to instructions for both IM and video chat, read our article Use instant messaging and video chat to stay in touch.

Friend not online? Leave a Video Message

A new feature that allows you to leave a 30-second video message for your friend even if they aren't currently online. This feature is available in the current Instant Messenger. Here's how to leave a video message.

2. Publish your calendar

One of the best ways to stay in touch is to publish your calendar on the Internet (using a secure Microsoft site like Office Online) and then invite individuals to view and use it. That way, the important people in your life can know what you're doing and when, and they can schedule themselves into your life without playing phone tag, waiting for email replies, or searching the house or office for the "master" calendar. A bonus: Because the calendar is electronic, you only have to enter your annual appointments and events once—never miss a birthday or anniversary again!
Below we describe how to share your Outlook calendar online. Another option, and one that allows you to merge multiple calendars into one, is to use Windows Live Calendar. Read this article to learn how to keep your family in sync using Windows Live Calendar.

Remember passing letters around class in school? Do children at school today still even do this? Or do they all have Blackberries and text each other instead?
You simply can't compare texting to folding up a piece of paper, decorating it with cute thought out phrases and little pictures. Where is the fun in that?

Keeping in Touch

At school it was so simple, as friends you'd have classes together, you'd sit together at lunch breaks and plan what you'd do on the weekend - even if it was only Monday, and you'd visit each other after school to do "homework" together. Keeping in touch with friends was easy. Fast forward to entering the working world, working a full day job, maintaining a house, looking after a family, trying to stay in shape, scheduling after work activities - where does one find the time for friends during all of this?
I'm very much to blame when it comes to losing friends due to not keeping in touch. I can't pinpoint exactly when it happened with a few friends I'd had, I just know that over time I'd come to the realization that we were no longer really friends. I'd read about someone getting married on my Facebook wall, or receive an invitation to a baby shower for a friend I hadn't seen in years - and think to myself, "when was the last time I spoke with them?" Friendship is definitely a two-way street, but someone has to make the first move. And, with all the technology we have at our fingertips today - really, what excuse is there? We don't need to arrange an hour tea visit in order to catch up anymore.
There are so many ways to stay in touch these days - and far less excuses not to, here are a few ideas:

Staying in Contact

How Do You Stay in Touch with Friends?

  • Mostly through Facebook and Twitter
  • I Text, or use BBM or WhatsUpp
  • I hang out with my friends face to face
  • I use whatever medium is available at the time
  • I don't really bother with keeping in touch, my friends know where to find me
See results without voting

The Means of Staying in Touch Today are ENDLESS!

Dialing a Number

That thing plugged into your wall at home that rings? It can also be used to dial the number of a friend. Don't own one of those? What about the Blackberry you so religiously use to text on? A quick call to say "Hi, how are you?" is as simple as 1-2-3.

Physically Visiting

When last did you hop into your car and make the effort to meet up with a friend? Or watch a movie at the cinema together instead of downloading it off the Internet? Worried that you won't have time for that AND whatever else you're meant to be doing? Schedule the two together - suggest a jog with your friend, or do the grocery shopping together and have a coffee afterwards. Just make a plan and DO it.

Sending a Text

Send a text. Even if it's just to say "Hope you're having a great day", or "Thinking of you - it's been ages since we last caught up". A short text goes a long way to letting someone else know that you've taken the time to think about them.

Using Social Media

Ok, so this isn't the ideal way to keep any friendship going - but at least you're trying, right? What's so great about Social Media is that you have the opportunity to reconnect with long lost friends from Primary School, Girl Scouts, University, etc. I love Facebook and use it often to keep in touch with friends from school.

Typing an E-mail

Instead of forwarding jokes to all your friends whenever a new one hits your inbox, send a quick e-mail instead. It doesn't have to be an essay, just a quick "Hi, just checking in to see how you are", or "Let's meet up - it's been forever!" is as good a place to start as any.

Using BBM or WhatsUpp

Since installing WhatsUpp onto my phone, I've reconnected with so many friends - it's unbelievable. Just a quick check in over lunch, or after work - it's amazing how easy and convenient (and slightly addictive) this method of staying in touch is!

Writing a Letter

I know, who sends letters via the post anymore, right? Don't you remember the anticipation of waiting for a letter in the mail? I remember eagerly checking our postbox every day for my friends letters to arrive. There's just something so special about receiving a physical letter - something sending an e-mail can never live up to.

Chatting Online

Whoever invented GTalk, Skype or any of the other IM programs out there is a genius. As silly as it may sound and however bad a day I'm having - there's something comforting about seeing that little yellow smiley face - it brightens up even my bluest of days.

many resouces
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