Do Not Buy the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Book Until You Read This!


Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kyosaki

“What the rich teach their kids- that you can learn too.”

What is the book about?

Rich Dad, Poor Dad introduces you to the basic principles of investing, explains why investing is so important, and explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich.

Who is this book written for?

If you have little or no financial education and want to learn the basic rules about investing, read this book!

Robert Kyosaki, a self-made millionaire, successful business owner and international best-selling author, teaches you about investing, by recounting the story of his financial education from two strong role models:

Poor Dad (his natural father), a well educated and highly paid government official.

Rich Dad (his best friend Mike’s father), a high school dropout and successful businessman

Each Dad had a very different attitude and approach towards the subject of money. One ended up jobless and in debt, the other, one of the richest men in Hawaii.

Robert describes, how as a small boy, he made the decision to listen to his Rich Dad who subsequently taught him how to think, act and become rich.

“One dad had a habit of saying ‘I can’t afford it’ the other ‘how can I afford it’…One statement lets you off the hook, the other forces you to think”

Robert writes in a simple, non-assuming style without complicated words and financial jargon. Through amusing stories and simple diagrams he explains the six basic lessons his Rich Dad taught him about money.

“Most of us learn about money from our parents, so what can poor parent tell their child about money? Stay in school and study hard? Schools focus on scholastic and professional skills but not on financial skills. This explains how smart bankers, doctors and accountants who earned excellent grades in school, struggle financially all of their lives”

I say:

Never read a book about investing? This should your first one.

I came across “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” completely by accident, in my local bank.

It immediately stuck out from the boring “money magazines” and after flicking through a few pages, I was so impressed (and surprised) a book about finance could actually hold my attention, that I bought it and finished it in one sitting.

For anyone (like me) whose parents never taught you about financial matters, I suggest you buy this IMMEDIATELY!

There are no definitive, practical instructions of how to get rich, but it will open your mind to the possibility. More importantly it will change the way you think about money forever.


Digital Picture Frames – Great Gifts For Anyone


Everyone loves to look at photographs of their friends and family! This is the key reason that digital picture frames make such great gifts. They are versatile, allowing nearly anyone to display favorite photos with ease and style.

Many people struggle with the holidays because of the constant worry about what kind of a gift to get. If you have a lot of people to shop for, and are bewildered by the variety of gifts on the market, look into digital picture frames first. These frames are great for nearly anyone you can put on your gift-giving list, because they can be as   unique  as the people receiving them.

What makes digital picture frames so exciting to give and receive? Part of the appeal lies in the fact that there is room for each person to customize his or her picture slide show. There is no end to the variety of photographs that can be loaded onto this gift, and it will continue to lend beauty and personality to any room for years to come.

While many gifts are obviously geared toward one age group or demographic, these digital picture frames can work just as well for the kids as for the retired set. Even people who are not tech-savvy can manage this simple system and enjoy the results. Grandparents love this gift because it allows them to have instant access to a ton of pictures of those precious grandkids!

College students tend to enjoy anything that is personalized and fun, and these digital picture frames are both. Give your college-bound graduate a way to see parents, siblings, or friends from home even when he or she is away at campus. The digital picture frames available can make any dorm room feel a bit more cozy and home-like.

If you are planning to attend a baby shower and have no idea what to get for the expectant parents, digital picture frames may be your best choice! This gift makes it easy for new parents to capture moments in time with their newborn. They will enjoy sharing the photo slideshows with everyone they know, and can keep their pictures in one spot with a minimum of fuss. Ease of use sets digital picture frames apart from the standard, one-photo frame many people use.

Christmas parties for the office can be a lot of fun, but they can also be stressful if you are clueless about the personal tastes of your co-workers. If you are going to be giving gifts at a business holiday event, digital picture frames can provide you with an easy solution. No matter who your gift ends up reaching, that person will have fun choosing photos that mean something personally. It is a classy gift that will never look out of place and will be sure to liven up an office desk.

If you have parents or friends that live far away, think about using digital picture frames as gifts and also as a way to stay in touch. You can pre-load the picture frame with meaningful photos of yourself with the recipient if you like – this will be a treasured keepsake! You can also use digital picture frames to tell the story of your year, loading it with photos of that great summer vacation or that first snowy afternoon. When you have found the last photo to make your montage “just right”, send it on to bring a smile to someone’s face.

A couple that is about to be married will also find digital picture frames to be very special. This technology allows them to keep their sweet memories on display for as long as they like!

Digital picture frames make great gifts for anyone who likes to view photos! Give the gift that can display a lifetime of special moments.


Namibia From The Air


Last October I joined the Schoeman family on one of the fly-in safaris they have been operating in Namibia’s Skeleton Coast region since the 1970s. Words won’t do justice to what was a real adventure, but hopefully this provides just a taster of the experience.

These incredible safaris began when Windhoek based lawyer, Louw Schoeman, realised the potential in this wilderness area for flying in small numbers of guests and giving them a ‘desert experience’. Over the years, his name became synonymous with the Skeleton Coast and his safaris became known in the international travel circles as a   unique  wilderness experience. In the late 1980s his sons Andre and Bertus became part of the team as pilot guides. They have now been joined by youngest brother, Henk, and latterly by Bertus’ wife Helga.

Today the family members take groups of up to eight guests into this beautiful and remote region. My three night, four day trip was hosted by husband and wife team Bertus and Helga, and even though John had raved about a similar trip a couple of years ago, I had no inkling of the experience to come.

Having already seen the majestic Sossusvlei Dunes and had a quick look around the Wolwedans Nature reserve which is also pretty special, I wasn’t sure the scenery could get any better. I was wrong – very wrong!

Our two planes set off from Wolwedans heading towards the coast with Helga and Bertus giving a running commentary on what was unfolding below us. We flew over the Sossusvlei dunes – almost more spectacular from the air than the ground – before turning north to fly along the Atlantic shoreline. Dropping down onto a deserted beach for lunch we had a chance to experience at first hand the howling wind and wild sea that caused misery to many ships in the past. Flying further up the coast during the afternoon was wonderful – just sitting back and watching the sea whiz past about 100 feet beneath us. Every now and then we’d swoop inland to look at a shipwreck, abandoned mining post or a seal colony before heading back out to skim the clear blue sea.

Around mid-afternoon we turned inland, flying over the spectacular grey/brown Ugab formations. After a couple of exhilarating circuits flying just above the peaks, we landed on a makeshift runway on a valley floor. After a brief walk to examine the extraordinary geology of the region we set off again for the short hop to the first night’s camp, leaving the planes parked for the night like two very lost large birds. After 20 minutes drive through a remote desert landscape we rounded a corner to be greeted by a small thatched mess tent with sundowners all ready. The camp was simple, but given the logistics of getting things to these remote wilderness areas this was not surprising, and the twin-bedded tents were perfectly comfortable with everything you need for the night.

Early morning coastal fog means flying tends to start around lunchtime, so our second morning was vehicle based, exploring the strange moonscape features of the area. Round each corner there was something different to look at, from ancient cave paintings and weirdly wonderful rock formations to welwitschia plants, a distant relative of the fir tree that lives for up to 2,000 years. Fascinating, and unlike anything I’ve seen before.

The highlight of the second afternoon’s flight was flamingo spotting. With no warning – the Schoemans love to surprise their guests – we flew over some man made salt pans and startled huge flocks of flamingos into the air with us. With cameras clicking like crazy, it was spectacular watching these graceful birds flying just below.

After another beach landing we set off into the coastal dunes of the Skeleton Coast National Park which were every bit as spectacular as Sossusvlei and far better for the fact that there was no one else around. We spent a wonderful couple of hours revelling in the sand but I can’t say more as it would spoil the surprises for anyone intending to do the trip themselves!

We arrived at Purros, the second night’s camp, as the sun was setting. Situated in the heart of the Kaokoland region – one of the last strongholds of the Himba tribes and home to the elusive desert elephant – the camp is idyllically located in a pretty, tree-lined sandy river bed with stunning views to the distant mountains.

There is more game in this area, but we got off to a shaky start the next morning when Bertus and his team had to add a large stone and a stick to the components under the bonnet of our game vehicle. The logistics of keeping mechanical things working in this environment must be enormous but they are all first-class mechanics, so we were soon moving again.

Among the things that really stick in my mind from this morning – apart from more glorious scenery – were the enormous flocks of ostrich we saw: 40, 50 and more, just wandering across the vast empty planes. Bertus knows the whole area like the back of his hand and was determined to find desert elephant: after some searching, he succeeded. A lone bull to begin with and then a few females. Taller and thinner than their non-desert counterparts, they have evolved over the years so that they can scratch out a living in this arid area. They don’t get many visitors but seemed quite content for us to sit and watch for a while.

Back in the planes, we landed briefly on the beach to search for multicoloured agate stones. This seriously challenged my 10kg baggage allowance but the stones still look every bit as lovely in their new home back in the UK. Then it was on up to Namibia’s northern border with Angola, where we turned inland to follow the Kunene River. As the coastal dunes gradually disappeared behind us we started to see the occasional crocodile in the water below.

Vehicles were waiting at the landing strip and we set off for the final camp of our trip. Just as it seemed we couldn’t be surprised by anything else, we dropped into the huge Hartmann Valley. What the early explorers must have felt when they reached this bit of land is anyone’s guess. Vast, empty, hostile and yet spectacularly beautiful. After winding along the valley floor, we climbed a hill to stop and look back. I was entranced by the seemingly endless orange/red landscape dotted with a few lone oryx, and perfectly framed by the distant Angolan mountains. Words could never do it justice, and sadly, nor do my photographs.

The following morning a gentle boat ride down the Kunene River, spotting birds and drinking in the river scenery, was the perfect way to wind down, before a final bit of excitement: prospecting for diamonds on the Angolan river shore. I felt as if I’d been away for weeks, not a couple of days, and had seen almost more than I could take in.

This doesn’t even begin to describe the adventure that is a Schoeman trip. It is by no means a luxury holiday. Accommodation and food are simple, and the packed itinerary is, at times, quite demanding. But I feel privileged to have experienced the guiding and knowledge imparted by Bertus and Helga. Bertus grew up here and his passion for all that we saw was infectious. I would be amazed if I experience another assault on my senses quite like these four days – but then I doubt there is anywhere else on earth quite like the Skeleton Coast.


Memories Before and After the Sound of Music – Book Review


Agathe von Trapp, born in 1913, is the eldest daughter of Baron Georg von Trapp. Agathe, her siblings and parents formed the famous Trapp Family Singers, which inspired the popular film, The Sound Of Music.This famous movie was based on books written by Maria about their lives and experiences from her perspective, which – of course – the movie producers had creative license with. After reading Agathe’s memoir, Memories Before And After The Sound Of Music, interest for Maria’s books will likely increase once again.

When I took on this project I reminisced to my husband about the bonding moments I had with my mother because of the movie; he went out and promptly rented the DVD from our local store. I think it is wonderful that the movie has survived all these years and can still be found on movie rental shelves. Memories Before And After The Sound Of Music is likely to experience similar success, simply due to how dear the family’s story has been to the masses.

The book is written as a non-fiction account from Agathe’s memory – as such, readers will see the changing times through the eyes of the eldest daughter of the family. Perhaps due to the fact that Agathe was a young adult at the time, the story does not include the causes of the turmoil. Her bitterness seeps through here and there – and at times, I got the impression that she had once harbored unpleasant feelings towards Maria and the movie producers, which seem to have healed. Agathe’s child-like adoration of her biological parents is apparent in their heroic and greater-than-life portrayal – but then, perhaps they really were like that.

Readers will find that Agathe’s book will travel farther back in time, before Maria entered their lives. The biography follows through to what happened after their escape and clarifies common misconceptions. I found it surprising that Agathe was 25 when the family left for America – the only “children” during the escape were those recently born from Maria.

Though this family’s story is definitely and inspiring riches-to-rags story, one cannot deny that this well-connected family certainly did not suffer like their countrymen. Isolated castles and mansions, pristine lakes and mountains, private farms, fully staffed estates… no, this was certainly not suffering, by any account. However, the war left the family with nothing but the loyalty and love of their fans and friends. This was enough for them to survive Ellis Island, find a home in America, record albums, go on tours and establish a successful music camp – which is operating today in Vermont.

As a fantastic bonus, the center of the book contains over 30 pages of photos of the family starting in 1875 through to images of the family today, including one shot of the next Trapp family singing group.

Author: Agathe von Trapp

Publisher: Publish America

ISBN 10: 1-4137-6026-0

ISBN 13: 978-1-4137-6026-2


A Look at Artificial Intelligence and Technology – Book Review


It is fairly obvious that computers and artificial intelligence will run our world tomorrow, as we program these machines today. Interestingly enough, not long from now these AI machines will be programming themselves. How did we come so far so fast you ask? Well, maybe you need to do a little research for yourself.

If this topic interests you, then boy do I have a great book for you to read. It is a book that I own personally, and one I read a long time ago, but it still holds validity today, and many of the predictions of that past period, which is only two decades ago, although it seems like eons; the book is:

“The Connection Machine,” by W. Danny Hillis, MIT Press, MA, 1989, (208 pp), ISBN: 978-026258-0977.

This book is an extension of a highly controversial and ahead of its time MIT thesis by the same author. This book is not for the non-intellectual, and he gets pretty thick into the details and philosophy of parallel computing. This book was written well before massive Internet use, just as the computer technology in Silicon Valley was really taking off. Indeed, this is one of those books which was the prime mover of the time.

This is why I have it in my library, and why I recommend it to anyone who is into artificial intelligence, computer hardware, future software, or where we are go from here; why you ask – because if the past is any indication of the future, things are getting get pretty interesting in the next decade. In fact, I hope you will please consider this, and educate yourself a little in the past, so you can understand how far we’ve come, how fast we’ve come, and where we go from here. Think on it.


Hand Crank Shortwave Radio


You need to own a hand crank short wave radio. While these shortwave radios may seem to some like novelties, they can save your life in an emergency. A shortwave radio isn’t just some AM/FM radio, it picks up a variety of shortwave radio signals. These can include but aren’t limited to weather stations, news broad casts, and even signals from other parts of the country and the world. While you may not think of these as important, in an emergency, these radios and stations can be your only link to the outside world.

A hand crank short wave radio has many different power options today. What the hand crank does is every time you turn the crank, the mechanical energy is instantly turned into electrical energy, enough to power the radio itself, and even to charge up the rechargeable batteries. Because the cranking technology has improved so much over the last few decades, turning the crank just a few minutes can power the radio continuously for more than two hours without interruption. They can also use batteries, and when there is power, plugged into the wall outlets.

The real purpose of a hand crank shortwave radio is for if you are stranded, whether on land or at sea, or if you are in the middle of some kind of natural or man made disaster. No matter what the situation, chances are there isn’t going to be any electrical power, and any kind of regular electronic device isn’t going to work. This is where the hand crank action comes into play. In many cases, evacuation procedures are going to be announced over short wave radios from emergency services. They may tell you that help is on the way, where to go, and even what to do until help arrives. In the case of flooding, storms, or tornadoes there can be more important information given on how long the storm is going to last, or how much more inclement weather is on the way. Without this vital information, you could be headed for an even more dangerous situation, or even stranded for longer, because you didn’t know where to go or what to do.

It is important that you keep a hand crank shortwave radio in many different places. You should have shortwave radios in your home, vehicle, and if you own an RV or a boat, you should have one in these as well. You just never know where an emergency will strike, and having one at home while you are stranded in the middle of nowhere doesn’t do you any good.

Just as a hand crank shortwave radio can save your life, you also have to buy the right shortwave radios as well. There are many different brands and models of these radios, and they come in a varying prices. While there many different models, not all of them are the same. The first thing you need to think about when choosing one of these radios is what your needs are. If you just want one to listen to music on the go without having to lug around a bunch of batteries, then cheaper models are a decent choice. One of these is the Eton FR 150. This radio is small and compact, and has very minimal options. Because of this, the cost is quite low.

For hand crank shortwave radio options, where you need access to multiples channels, and emergency bands, more expensive shortwave radios are a better option. This is because they have a better quality sound, and are able to pull in more channels and stations. They have better batteries, and their cranking mechanisms last far longer than cheaper models. Even so, a good radio shouldn’t cost you more than fifty to a hundred dollars.


Resveratrol Health Benefits – What Are They? Is Resveratrol Really Worth Taking?


There has been a lot of talk lately about Resveratrol and it’s health benefits. We’ve all heard the about the studies claiming that red wine is actually good for us and beneficial to our health. In this article, I will describe the known benefits of Resveratrol that I have uncovered after my research and use of the supplement.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes. The purpose of this antioxidant is to protect the core of the grape from possible damage caused by the environment and several other factors. It turns out that this anti oxidant reacts the same way to the cells of our bodies as it does the the core of the grape.

When the cells in our bodies are coated with this antioxidant, it takes the much less effort to have the same results.

Weight Loss.

When we eat a heavy meal, usually what happens is that our body does not have enough energy to process all the food in the time we would like. So what usually happens is that our body will store the excess of calories instead of processing them. This is when we gain weight.

Increased Energy.

As soon as the body has time to get back to work processing those unwanted calories, it does. This is the most common reason for a lack of energy.

Reduced Risk Of Disease.

The body is self healing. If we get cut or bruised, the body heals itself. The same thing happens when we get a disease or sickness. The only reason these things do not heal themselves is because the our body cells are not strong enough.

These are the most commonly talked about Resveratrol health benefits.


The Right Lingerie for a Healthy Relationship


Man and woman are made to fall in love; and many do. But today, marriages do not seem to be very lasting. Couples are experiencing troubles in their relationship, much less marriage and tend to throw in the towel all too quickly. There are seemingly too many distractions on the couple; too many temptations that one or the other could not resist. These can break up a marriage or any relationship.

Unique solution

If a couple is really serious about their relationship, then they would have to work on it. There are many ways to work out problems as there are many solutions to a problem.

One simple solution for a dull relationship is some sexy lingerie. Many men and women have found it a helpful solution to build up their relationship and get the excitement again with each other and boost their relationship. And it does not cost very much.

In today’s world of make believe, as in the movie and television screens, the wrong message is conveyed about a relationship where passion is a key to a relationship. While passion is necessary and important, it is not the major factor to make a relationship work and all the more, to keep it going. The make believe world would have us believe that everything is on passion to make your life go round; it is not necessarily so. There are many other factors, moral factors, involved in a life or relationship.

Sexy lingerie can help give the couple a little ‘make believe’ in their world of reality. They may not be the sexy beauty or the hulky hero as portrayed in movies, but they can share a moment of fantasy with each other than go down the wrong path and hurt their relationship. There is always room to try out certain fantasies to bring some excitement and pleasure in a couple’s life instead of constant suppression. Man and woman are made with feelings and needs that have to be satisfied.

Lingerie attraction

Simple lingerie can help couples enjoy some time of intimacy to boost up their relationship. They fell in love and things go awry after a while; perhaps due to the busyness of life’s demands or as the saying goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’, couples can drift apart in their relationship if care is not exercised to avoid or prevent that from happening.

Lingerie can spice up the couple’s love relationship as man tends to operate by sight; he sees something sexy in a woman who dons sexy lingerie. Lingerie can be simple yet sexy or just a seductive baby doll style can do wonders to bring attention and focus on the right partners in a relationship instead of worrying about a partner straying off.

Women have plenty of choices when it comes to sexy lingerie. They too want to look and feel sexy for their spouse or partner. A seductive undergarment or dress works well when you are ready for some hot moments with your guy. Investing in some sexy lingerie once in a while is a wise option to keep the fire in your relationship.


HTC Diamond 2 Also Known As the HTC Touch Diamond 2


The HTC Touch Diamond 2 imbued with a mind boggling array of awesome attributes is the latest entrant into the world of touch screen smart phones. Its multimedia properties are its hallmark.

An incredible touch screen

The HTC Touch Diamond 2 has a touch screen that fluxes the qualities of wideness and high screen resolution. The Windows Mobile 6.1 software works with a Touch FLO 3D interface for smooth navigation and increased efficacy of menus and mobile applications.

Interesting multimedia features

HTC Touch Diamond 2 is not just a mobile communication device. It is also a complete entertainment center with its outstanding multimedia powers. It has a 5 Mega pixel camera that helps you take dramatic photographs. The camera also has video capabilities. This is the apt choice for movie buffs, who can catch up on their favorite movies on this phone. The wide touch screen gives a superb boost to the phone’s multimedia mettle.

The MP3 player of the HTC Diamond 2 functions in a manner very similar to the Windows Media Player on a Windows PC. The player’s interface is remarkably user friendly. The audio quality is augmented by a wide spectrum of equalizer options. Enjoy listening to great music on your HTC Touch Diamond 2. The phone does not sport the usual 3.5mm output jack; instead headphones are supplied with the phone to serve as audio output devices.

Games are another exciting multimedia facet of the HTC Diamond 2. You can download games from the internet onto the phone. Motion based games can also be played on the phone.

Awesome mobile internet capabilities

The Touch Diamond 2 guarantees an immaculate internet experience as it uses the internet explorer as its web browser. The phone has a sophisticated technology called push internet which does away with lags in internet downloading. Pre selection of favorite websites is also possible. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 boasts of HSDPA that reaches speeds as high as 7.2 Mbps.

Wi-Fi connectivity lets you use wireless networks at work or home for establishing web access to save on heavy data charges. The Diamond 2 has GPS and excellent navigation software like accurate mapping and route plan applications to enable satellite navigation. You can even install third party sat nav software on the phone to transform it into a sat nav device because it is a Windows mobile.

Other special characteristics

Enabled with a zoom feature, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 increases your viewing pleasure while using the phone. Communication is rendered simpler with the Single Contact View that displays conversations in voice, email or text with each contact on one screen. The phone has Bluetooth connectivity too. This has a 1100 Mah battery with a 3 weeks stand by time and 5 hours talk time on 3G.It has windows mobile software too.

The HTC Touch Diamond 2 is a pocket friendly mobile phone that also conflates as an entertainment source with its first rate admirable set of multimedia aspects.