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text 2018-03-09 22:16
The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi
The Bamboo Stalk - Saud Alsanousi,سعود السنعوسي

I read the first 78 pages of this book, which has proven popular in the Arab world. It's about the position of foreign workers and outsiders in Kuwait, though the early sections are set in the Philippines, and it's constructed of short chapters. Unfortunately, I found it unengaging. The narrator describes his family's lives and his childhood and there's not yet a plot to be seen on the horizon. The characters are flat; I read an interview with the author about how we're supposed to love the narrator, and this was meant to make the criticism of Kuwaiti society easier for Kuwaiti readers to bear. It looks like that has worked for its intended audience, which is excellent, but I never felt anything for the narrator, nor did I find him interesting. Clearly, this is not for me.

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text 2018-02-07 07:32
Warehousing Strategy Helps Businesses with Better Custom Clearance

Customs is a complex process and there is heaps of load and carriage sent at one time. Before loading of the goods, they need to be temporarily stored and hence warehousing strategy plays a very important role. In order to run any business, a space to store goods is important.

 

During customs brokerages, one of the most important elements is affordable storing to keep goods till transfer is over. The warehousing services Manila helps in growth of business through a network of shared warehouses.  Custom clearance is done by professionals in a better way and helps in easy transport of the goods. Until and unless the formality of customs is complete, the international packages cannot be transported.

 

It is important to get in touch with professional custom clearing firms who have the option of electronic clearance and helps in calculation of proper taxation and duty pay. The brokerage Services Philippines helps also with shipping and tracking of the goods. With help of professionals, the process of customs and loading of goods become more streamlined.

 

The warehouses offered by the companies are responsible for keeping the goods until the formality is done. This makes easy to load and transport the goods. The cargo releasing warehousing are set-ups where the goods that needs to be sent to international destinations are stored temporarily before customs. With such services, international movement of things becomes smooth and easy. It saves the hassle of business to go through lot of formalities and at affordable rates everything is done in organised manner.

 

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photo 2016-06-16 08:29
Writing is the most challenging part of the IELTS test

Writing is the most challenging part of the IELTS test. As a matter of fact, a lot of Filipinos have to retake the examination because they failed to hit their target band score for the writing. It is not surprising that IELTS test candidates look stressed and dreadful during the writing test.

Source: www.ieltsexamstips.com/2016/05/what-is-your-most-frustrating-writing-mistake.html
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review 2016-01-09 12:51
UNDER THE WEATHER: STORIES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
Under the Weather: Stories About Climate Change - Tony Bradman

edited by Tony Bredman

 

When I picked up this book in the ‘On Sale’ box, little did I realise that the book is put together for children, I’d say, between 10-12 years old. Nevertheless, I was curious to read about climate change from a non-political point of view.

 

The book contains eight short stories written by authors from Philippines, Australia and England. They all talk about how human activities influence climate change in different parts of the world from  melting ice caps in the north, to floods in South East Asia. I found most of the stories slightly condescending and preachy, but then you have to remind yourself that you are reading a children’s book. Although, Moonlight struck a chord with me and I found it sadly beautiful.

 

Overall, the book will work well as a reading supplement to children who are being introduced to the topic of climate change.

 

The stories are:
How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle by Candy Gourlay – set in Philippines and deals with floods due to overharvesting the ocean that takes place in South East Asia.

 

Sea Canaries by Susan Sandercock – the story is about a teenager who is discovering her love for marine biology and what she can do to save the ocean life.

 

As busy As… by Francis McCrickard – obviously – BEE! Yes, the story is about bees and two pen pals: one is from England and the second is from Africa who find that they care about bees.

 

Tommo and the Bike Train by Miriam Halahmy – is set in England and discusses how floods affect our every day life.

 

Climate [Short] Change by Lily Hyde – set in Siberia and focuses on encouraging local people to take care of their environment.

 

Moonlight by Karen Ball. It is set in Sri Lanka and it is about orphaned sister and brother who have to work long hours to feed themselves and sacrifice they have to face in order to make it through the life.

 

Future Dreaming by George Ivanoff is set in Australia and about a girl who keeps dreaming of a boy who asks her for help as he is being swept away by floods.

 

Wasters by Linda Newberry – is set in the post-apocalyptic future and about two schoolchildren who have to write a report about how extravagant and wasteful previous generation has been with the world’s resources.

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