westlifefan
22 March 2011 @ 09:37 am
newsvine - world water day 2011  
Today is World Water Day! Celebrate by bringing awareness and donating your voice. Read my article for further details on how you can make a difference! :D


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World Water Day 2011



Water is more than just two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. It’s the unappreciated ingredient to our life’s very being. Water is the lifeblood of our bodies, our economy, our nation and our well-being. Without it, survival would be a challenge but in an age where we’ve forgotten our origins and have become blind to our needs and satisfying only our wants, water is one of the natural resources that has suffered heavily from our disregard.

Each day, more than a billion people don’t have access to clean water and more than two billion don’t have access to adequate sanitation facilities. It’s a shame as the world’s population expands, those numbers are also growing. The quality of water in the world doesn’t solely influence and shape human poverty, wealth and education but it is an important issue that creates ripples on all aspects of our ecosystem, economic activities and our overall well-being. It is a key role in survival and if we as a world can’t see the major concern for clean water and sanitation now, regret will be on the horizon.


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westlifefan
17 March 2011 @ 12:30 pm
newsvine: World Water Day Profiles: founders Gary White and Matt Damon of Water.org  
Water has always been an important cause to me. I feel like personally, it's something we can all agree on without politics getting in the way or being diplomatic and politically correct. In honour of World Water Week, I present to you two profiles on the co-founders of Water.org:



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World Water Day Profile: Co-Founder, Gary White of Water.org



Water is the hub of life and often, with the way life is demanding of our lifestyles, we take it for granted. We forget that the water cycle is also the life cycle and because of the devastating amount of countries struggling without clean water today, thousands of families are torn apart as the repercussions of unclean water bring about unpreventable diseases and often, death. It is known that every fifteen seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease. It's been noted that nearly one billion people lack access to safe water and someone who has seen the affects of the water crisis firsthand is Gary White, co-founder of Water.org. White’s become a leader in his own right, involving himself in a dynamic and remarkable vision for changing the world.


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Matt Damon has always been a personal hero of mine in terms of writing and when I learned he was involved with White's organization back in 2009, I was further enamoured by him and his efforts to make a difference.



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World Water Day Profile: Co-Founder, Matt Damon of Water.org



The quality of water and the quality of life, in all its infinite forms are critical parts of the overall ongoing health of our planet, our future and most importantly, ourselves. Water is vital to our existence and considering how life has progressed, it’s become an essential need that man has now often overlooked. We will never know the full worth of water until the well is dry and in some developing countries, growing up without water is a norm. There are nearly one billion people in this world who lack access to clean drinking water and it’s a heartbreaking truth that every fifteen seconds a child under the age of five dies from a waterborne disease. Someone who’s adamant on making sure clean water becomes a necessity in every country is one of the founders of Water.org, Matt Damon.


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westlifefan
09 March 2011 @ 02:58 pm
newsvine - movie review: the adjustment bureau  
Love. What is it? Most times it's made up of coincedences which intertwine with chance and fate and can be tormentful as time passes but true love? True love stories never have endings. They start, each day you're with the other; love stays fresh and true when you're with the one that matters most to you. Afterall, love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles and leaps fences, can penetrate walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Love is about the battle.

Check out my latest review on a film, I highly recommend: The Adjustment Bureau...

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Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau



It is said that each man is the architect of his own fate as he dreams of his destiny, without fear and yearns to make it a reality for when the time is right. However, we are guided through life with the notion that we have our own decisions to make, tinkering with the thought of choices and freewill. But is freewill a misconception? Is our fate already predetermined?

George Nolfi’s directorial debut The Adjustment Bureau dabbles with the concept that there is only an appearance of freewill and that all of life’s major choices are predetermined by a higher authority and the path they’ve chosen for us. Nolfi, who also wrote the screenplay loosely based on Phillip K. Dick’s short story, “The Adjustment Team”, dives deep into the age old debate of freewill vs. fate with a fresh spin on the philosophies of life and theology, with regards to fate, destiny, chance and the greater picture of our very being.

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westlifefan
03 March 2011 @ 09:46 pm
newsvine - don't you forget about david cook: american idol season 10 farewell song revealed  

I'm sure the lot of you have flailed today, lost your ovaries, screamed to the top of your lungs in excitement and like me, burned down a building and walked away only to hope freeze frame applies in real life and give the best goshdang fist pump in the world!

David Cook is back friends. He's back and better than ever. I was texting with Em aka [livejournal.com profile] storminmay earlier today and we both mutually love the flailing and the honest fact that his music has the power to bring all of us together and create this bond. It's adorable. I love it! I had the chance today without even realizing it to write a little something over at my Newsvine column. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think of the Simple Minds' cover David's created.



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Don't You Forget About David Cook: American Idol Season 10 Farewell Song Revealed



During the week of March 8 on American Idol, David Cook, the winner of the popular reality competition’s seventh season returns with a musical treat. His latest song, a cover of the 1985 hit by Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” will make its debut next week as this year’s send-off track for the departing contestants of the show’s tenth season.

This is a big surprise for all of his fans as they’ve waited eagerly for new music from the multi-platinum seller since his successful self-titled debut album back in 2008, selling more than 1.4 million copies along with his American Idol coronation single, “The Time of my Life” becoming the highest-selling in the show’s history.


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westlifefan
06 February 2011 @ 09:17 pm
Writer's Block: Super Bowl XLV  
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Yes. I am watching the Superbowl this year despite my Indianapolis Colts not making it into the finals. Boo! But, I wish both teams luck as they are respectfully amazing in their own right. I am celebrating by watching the game with my sister and some chicken wings and whatever other snack food is appropriate!

Also, for those that aren't watching the Superbowl, might I interest you in reading my Newsvine piece, "And It's A Touchdown!: Ten of the Best Football Movies"? It ranges from films in the 1920s all the way to present day. Be sure to read it and let me know what are some of your personal favourites!



 
 
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westlifefan
06 February 2011 @ 09:04 pm
newsvine - And It's A Touchdown!: Ten of the Best Football Movies  
I haven't been here for a while and gosh dang, I miss it. I've been having a bit of a pre-mid-life career crisis but it's okay. It's nothing I can't handle. Well, nothing a bucket of chicken wings can't handle either, eh? Mmm, love them wings, yo! I'm also working on a new project and I'll dish the deets later. In the meantime, in honour of the Superbowl (too bad my Colts aren't in it! *whomp whomp*) check out my newly  published piece on ten of the best football movies, in my opinion, of course:



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And It's A Touchdown!: Ten Of The Best Football Movies
 

 
 

Superbowl Sunday is upon us and if you’re like me, the stakes are not too high tonight seeing as my team didn’t make it into the Superbowl this year but nevertheless, I still wear my Indianapolis Colts jersey with dignity and fragrance of chicken wings. Apparently the BBQ smell is hard to come out of clothes – who’d have thought?

Now, you might just enjoy football and all that it encompasses like me and enjoy watching some solid gridiron action or you might not. A few of my friends don’t understand the sport and at times find it nothing short of “boring”. Most times when I hear them utter such words, it’s almost blasphemy to me. Sports are sports; they’re meant to define and challenge organized competitions, embrace human contact and come together for a common goal with a tremendous heart. There is a beauty within any game in any sport and football has this sort of, “je ne sais quoi” regarding its attraction. However, not everyone needs to watch the Superbowl to see or understand football for more than its face value. Perhaps you’d prefer the more handsome, refined action from the green field with a heart-warming plot and a few laughs?

Instead of watching the Green Bay Packers fight it out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, tonight you might want to sit back and relax and watch a good old American film while still being in some sort of football mode.

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I really like the mix of movies I added in there: from the 1920s all the way to present day! Be sure to read on to see what made the list and let me know what some of your favourite football movies are too!
 
 
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westlifefan
14 January 2011 @ 07:06 pm
/life  
She's all laid up in bed with a broken heart.
While I'm drinking jack all alone in my local bar
And we don't know how we got into this mad situation
Only doing things out of frustration.

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard.
She needs me now but I can't seem to find the time.
I've got a new job now in the umemployment line
And we don't know we got into this mess, is it God's test?
Someone help us cause we're doing our best.

Trying to make it work but man these times are hard...

 
 
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westlifefan
14 January 2011 @ 06:56 pm
Writer's Block: Heroes and villains  
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Superman.

He's always been my favourite since I was a kid. I'm not sure why and I don't know what it is about him that I adore so much but I do believe he epitomizes a good heart and overall, is a man of his word. He's an alien; a lonely guy and I think in that aspect, he is more real and relatable because sometimes we all feel that way. We believe we're foreigners in an unknown world -- a world that we're just trying to get to know and get by in. Superman helps others just as much as we do with the next person. That is his one true cause and he seeks justice and he's good. He never lies. He's someone that society could learn a few things from. Sure, his outfit is kind of lame with the tights and he just wears glasses as a disguise during the day while being Clark Kent but that's not important. What's important is what he stands for and sometimes I wish superheroes were real. We live in such an unjust world that it'd be refreshing to see some who stand up for the rights of others and the rights of a nation...

And now I got political for a bit. Meh.

The answer is Superman. That is all.
 
 
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westlifefan
07 January 2011 @ 08:05 pm
happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] darlingdivine!! ♥  
Happy birthday Elizabeth aka [info]darlingdivine!!
I think the world of you -- you have an amazing heart, such a lovely soul and I'm certain everyone who knows you, agrees that you are basically, one of the sweetest and friendliest people we've ever known. You are hilarious, a sure-fire charm and I wish you nothing but the best today. I hope you have an amazingly splendid day ahead of you with much love, happiness and as much as laughter as you bring us! I love you, my Elvis soulmate! ♥

Now enjoy these Elvis cupcakes...made of pure Elvis win! :D


Disclaimer: I did not make these nor are they made of "Elvis". Wouldn't that be weird? Like, his actual being, these cupcakes were made from? Nevertheless, I would love to eat them with you! :D

 
 
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westlifefan
06 January 2011 @ 04:45 pm
happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] street_symphony! ♥  
Happy birthday Amanda aka [info]street_symphony!
I hope you have an amazing day ahead of you and that you get all that you wish for and more. You are an awesome friend and such a delight to talk to. I hope we get to meet up this year -- that'd be awesome! And keep on writing! You have a lot of depth to you and are such a solid chick.

I didn't bake the cake below but if I did, how awesome is that cake? I'd totally mail it to you. I've never baked anything that amazing looking.



Anyhoo, you have a great day ahead of you!! Love you!! ♥
 
 
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