18 October 2014

YouTube's Famous Chefs

Are you an avid cook? Do you check out recipes or video tutorials when you try to cook a meal for the first time? I am not a great cook but I do check out 2 of the famous chefs listed in this infographic when I want to cook up a storm at home.

Here's an infographic to show YouTube's Famous Chefs.


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17 October 2014

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Christening and Baptism: What's the Difference?

People often confuse Christening with Baptism, even using the terms interchangeably even when they are very different. Different denominations use different processes and ceremonies so, if you’re attending one of them, or you want to participate in one, know the difference

Baptism

Baptism is the Christian rite that often uses water to signify one’s “adoption” into the Christian church. It’s a tradition with a rich history, and has often been called a sacrament and ordinance of Jesus Christ

While some people believe that the Catholic Church only recognizes certain forms of baptism, the official church position is that any baptism that uses the words “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” constitutes a valid baptism as long as water was used - either through immersion or pouring. 

Baptism is also the only sacrament that can be performed in an emergency. In fact, while it’s expected that a priest or deacon will perform this procedure, anyone can do it as long as the correct words are spoken and the proper matter is used. 

The practice is most commonly practiced by all Christian faiths, but not all faiths practice Christenings.

Christening

A Christening is when a child, usually a baby, is baptized. It’s a practice that’s common used by Roman Catholics, Greek, Russian, and Oriental Orthodoxy, the Armenian Apostolic Church, Assyrian Church, Lutheran Church, Anglican Communion Church, Presbyterians, Methodists, and the Church of the Nazarene. 

One of several christening gowns are usually worn by the baby, and the priest or deacon performing the ceremony will either quickly dunk the child’s head under water or will pour water over the child’s head. 

However, some Christians reject this practice for various reasons. For example, Baptists, Apostolic Christians, Old Time Missionary Baptists, the Amish, the Mennonites, the Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Mormon Church all reject the practice. 

Some consider christening as a submission to God, while all Christians consider baptism a submission to God. Part of the reason some reject the christening ceremony is because it was introduced in the 14th century as a way to baptize and name a child. It’s from English culture and not necessarily specific to Christianity. 

Baptism, on the other hand, has its roots in pre-Christian times. It was the ritual use of water as a purification agent. Practices vary between churches, but they are all recognized as being valid. 

Another reason some faiths reject the practice is that one cannot submit to God as a baby while this is possible as an adult. Jesus did not practice christening, therefore (it is argued) one should not practice it in their own lives. 

Finally, there is the argument that the Bible does not teach christenings. This is enough for faiths, such as Baptists, as the book is the be all, end all, of the word of God. 

But, for many Christians, they believe that the ceremony itself is what is special, and so they practice what is customary for their church. 


Diane Leclair is a greeting card vendor who likes to help people enjoy life events more. An avid writer, she loves to share her insights on the web. You can read her entertaining posts on a variety of websites and blogs. 





5 Things to Remember When Investing in Property



Investments have become quite popular in recent years, whether it be in shares or property. However, investing also comes with an element of risk, so you really do need to do all your research before jumping right in. There are many ways you can make your foray into property investment. You can choose an existing property, or buy a piece of land and build on it – if you are considering anything similar to the second option, you may also need to consult home building specialists like Coral Homes . If you’re just starting out, or even in the middle of your investment process, here are five things you should take into account.

Neighbourhood

The neighbourhood that you select is really quite important – just as if it would be if you were buying a house for yourself. Think about the kinds of people who would want to live in that area – that will help determine whether it is a viable choice as an investment property. Additionally, you might also want to drive around the property at different times of the day, just to get a feel for its surroundings.

Repairing

Being in charge of an investment property also means being in charge of fixing any issues with it if they arise. If you’re a self-professed and confident handyman, this should be no problem for you. If you’re not so sure about your skills, calling in professionals to repair broken pieces of equipment can get expensive very quickly – and keep in mind that everything from air conditioning to appliances and doors can break at any time.

Expenses

Expenses can be fixed and variable, and you will have to account for both of these if you commit to investing in a property. Fixed expenses can include insurance and taxes, and variable expenses will mostly consist of the aforementioned maintenance costs. Once you find a property you like, estimate how much money you will need to spend on these expenses, and if you will be able to recoup these through rent.

Charging Rent

This ties in with the neighbourhood in which you are purchasing your investment property. Your target demographic in that particular area could be anyone from university students to families, so the rent you are able to charge usually reflects this. Properties in the inner city suburbs, around universities and areas with high amounts of traffic can bring in more rent, but those in the outer suburbs may not be able to attract the same amount of money.

Have a Plan

It is always important to have a plan before you start such a large undertaking. This plan might change during the process of finding a property, but this is to be expected. Don’t budge on the important things, like how much you’re willing to spend, but always have an exit strategy, just in case things don’t turn out the way you anticipate.

These are just five things you should remember when and before you decide to invest in property. It is a very volatile and cutthroat market out there, so do be careful and do all the proper research!

Have you or are you investing in property? What tips would you give to others that are just starting out? Is there anything you would do differently? Leave your advice and thoughts down below.



15 October 2014

My Favorite - The Art of My Neighbor Totoro Book



My family and friends will vouch for my love of anything Totoro. I just love this fuzzy "thing" (because I don't know what "it" is exactly) that I have gone loco buying trinkets, blankets and stuff in Tokyo during our last visit. However, something has to complete my love in full circle and it has to be this collectible The Art of My Neighbor Totoro book.

This artbook is a collector's item. Every anime lover out there and ardent fans of Studio Ghibli will be happy to own one of these artbooks. I'm just glad I bought one and it's nestled very nicely on my bookshelf along with my other collections.

The artbook has plenty of illustrations created for the movie - My Neighbor Totoro. It's colorful and I love reading the info about how they came to be.



Let's say I'm one happy owner! I want more artbooks! I'll definitely buy other artbooks and perhaps I'll buy them from New York, in that small bookshop near Times Square and the name escapes me right now. They carry affordable artbooks there too for less than $50! Yes! This one is around $90 so I think I'll buy some in Manhattan.




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