Wednesday, September 23, 2009

About Friendship...

One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. -- Hasidic Saying

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.-- Walter Winchell

Friends are needed both for joy and for sorrow. -- Samuel Paterson

Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.-- John Evelyn

Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.-- Swedish proverb

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.-- Anonymous

Count your age with friends but not with years - Anonymous

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. -- Lois L. Kaufman

"I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."
-- Pietro Aretino (1537)

"There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends."
-- Hillaire Belloc

"The rain may be falling hard outside,
But your smile makes it all alright.
I'm so glad that you're my friend.
I know our friendship will never end."
-- Robert Alan

"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit."
-- Aristotle (4th century B.C.)

"Friendship is essentially a partnership."
-- Aristotle (4th century B.C.)

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
-- The Bible: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

"A friend loves at all times."
-- The Bible: Proverbs 17, 17.

"A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself."
-- James Boswell (1763)

"Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another."
-- Eustace Budgell (1711)

"Friendship is Love without his wings!"
-- Lord Byron (1806)

"Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it."
-- Cicero (44 B.C.)

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost"
-- Charles Caleb Colton (1825)

"Every man passes his life in the search after friendship."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need."
-- Epicurus (3rd century B.C.)

"Friends show their love in times of trouble..."
-- Euripides (408 B.C.)

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."
-- Euripides (408 B.C.)

"A good friend is my nearest relation."
-- Thomas Fuller (1732)

"My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private."
-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

"Your friend is your needs answered."
-- Kahil Gibran

"Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit."
-- Kahil Gibran.

"Let your best be for your friend..."
-- Kahil Gibran

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures."
-- Kahil Gibran

"A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother."
-- Homer (9th century B.C.)

"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over."
-- Samuel Johnson

"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship."
-- La Rochefoucauld (1665)

"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire."
-- La Rochefoucauld (1665)

"I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
-- Bernard Meltzer

Monday, September 14, 2009

Internet Tips for Those Who Need Extra Income

I wondered about friends of mine who stay up all night "to make extra income" by doing work over the internet. There are several sites, but one that I hope that we Filipinos thought of FIRST is Odesk. Odesk has a "software" you have to download to keep track of your time.Some call this "cyber slavery" but we are all timed anyway when we go to the office to work aren't we?
If you have relatively good English skills, ANYONE can be paid by the hour which is something that YOU determine. The average one hour however is something like 5 dollars which isn't bad because that's close to the US rates.
If you can write, do wenb work, can cannot inbound-outband calls (using skype, perhaps), do SQL programming and come up with websites, Odesk pays you for the job that you have done. Odesk PAYS you because most "employers" pay Odesk FIRST before they hire you whcih means that Odesk literally pays you. Thus, your "employer" cannot run away from you after doing a job.
I am writing about Odesk because we Filipinos should have THOUGHT of something like this. At a time when everyone seems to need "some extra source of income", Odesk certainly has its possibilities.
Initially though, you'd have to take the regular Odesk test. This test will certify that you're Odesk-ready. You can take other tests like English writing ones or call center tests and these tests give you an edge as you compete against others.
I learned about Odesk from a friend of mine who makes extra income using Odesk. It can be difficult because of the time difference between Canada, UK and America vis-a-vis the Philippines but if you can stand night work at home, you can try your luck at this site.
Isn't it rather sad that the Philippines has not thought of something as CREATIVE as Odesk? Surely, if we had something like this, we'd have more of OUR workers having more income. There are however Filipinos who do get jobs and have the best Odesk Feedbacks.Try the tests, if you fail one, try another -- find your skills. Besides, if you fail one test you can take it again after some time.
While traditional work is good, it is also helpful to know about what's happening around the world and how wok can "happen" though you aren't in your own "office". I sometimes wonder if this is the wave of the future. Perhaps, it is.

Here is a video about it :