McDonalds’ Plan to Win
-An evaluation essay required in academia-
In MLA (Modern Language Association) format
“McDonalds’ brand mission is to be our customers’ favorite place and way to eat and drink.” It assures its billions of customers all over the globe of world class commitment to an “exceptional customer service” that focuses on “People, Products, Place, Price, and Promotion.”
In its seven-paragraph mission statement at WWW.mcdonalds.com, this multi-billion-dollar company, neatly pledged its commitment to excellence. As its mission and vision depicted the organization’s core beliefs, values and culture–all focused not just to the welfare of its customers, but likewise to “owners/operators, suppliers, and employees” as well.
What is truly commendable, McDonalds commits “to continually improve its product, prices, promotions, and all others, to better serve all stake holders. Although, the line may sound vague (to its critics and competitors), but given the fact that the company’s priorities are clearly stated right at the beginning, McDonalds’ mission statement efficiently serves its purpose.
In addition, what is admirable too, is its commitment to give back to the community. For not all successful companies have that sense of diligent corporate responsibilities and strong commitment to the general public.
Finally, from better location, products, promotions, and prices, and most of all, with its efforts to reach out (and to continually reach out) to us, customers, along with its deep commitment to its owners/operators, employees, and the community, and that it all reflects the way the organization do their business, it is safe to say that McDonalds well deserves its continued success.
I love writing,
as much as I love blogging.
amid busy schedule
and all challenges,
I am still hanging on to this passion.
I don’t give up so easily
on something so dear to me…
if it is really sweet,
and I am so in love with it…
if that “it,”
is a friend
that is not “fair-weathered,”
one who is so loyal and kind…
…just like Wendy–
dearly known to us,
as CLOUDS N CUPS.
I bought twice from
Wendy’s online store;
a total of three fashion accessories,
because I sincerely admire her creations.
I asked her
not to send them to me yet,
not until close to Christmas time,
because I honestly planned
to give them away on Christmas Day.
But I think,
I made her uncomfortable with that
(knowing she is such an upright person).
I received a mail pouch from Singapore
and coming from her.
She sent all my orders
along with so many freebies,
which are all
and truly very much of Wendy.
Pictures are below,
and I highly recommend
that you also visit her Site
for more of her beautiful creations.
To you: Wendy,
I so love you, girl!
I know you are uncomfortable of praises,
but you truly deserve tons.
For being an Internet person,
or a savvy,
I find your traits commendable–
something that budding Online entrepreneurs
So, thank you for setting a good example.
for the pretty little dainties–
I so love them all!
You are one of the sweetest reasons,
I cherish blogging.
my warmest thank
and kindest regard!
= ) Aloha = )
It had been three months since the last time I wrote an essay. Although I didn’t enrolled this summer, but I have focused more on my goal to get hired for an accounting position even before graduation. The good news is: I got the job I wanted, and with a bonus of working for a pretty decent company. With that being said, I apologize for not writing an essay for a while and that I missed most of your posts.
Nonetheless, writing (and blogging) is something I really love. It is something I couldn’t give up amid all trials, challenges and tribulations in life. Because though I went through a lot, I still feel blessed surviving them all through HIS grace–but the worst of them all, is unemployment. And without further ado, a narrative of my personal account of unemployment is below. Happy writing and blogging to you all!
How I Survived Unemployment
-a personal narrative-
I suffered unemployment during the recession. What was hurting, my family suffered too. We nearly lost our house, and my kids even went out of school, and it even hurt my marriage too.
How did I cope with unemployment? I did cried and anguished seeing my family suffered. However, I did not dwell on it. For being a mom of three (two boys, and a girl in between), I want my kids to realize the need to stay strong and sane amid all negativities. I want my children to look behind the “roughness” or darkness of any undesirable life event. And that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and to make good out of something bad.
So, I embraced unemployment, and I volunteered for various legal non-profit organizations (here in Honolulu). I engaged to pro bono to stay abreast in the profession; to keep my knowledge and skills well calibrated, but at the same time, to be a viable member of the community.
I prepared taxes for free for five years (every tax season from January 15th to April 15th to the current year) and extended public service on behalf of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the State of Hawaii, and the Internal Revenue Service. I embraced unemployment and volunteered for the Bench Warrant Recall Program of the Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (from 2009 to 2010). I hooked myself to every law week (annual affair) and the Legal Hotline of the Hawaii State Bar Association for free legal clinic and consultation (from 2008 to 2012). Likewise, I participated for every Honolulu Citizenship Fair (from 2008 to 2012).
On a sad note, despite my sincere efforts, to some, I was such a big liability to my family. Some were even saying I should have stayed home to save money. Though hurt, and amid all pressures, I remained loyal to my passion and mission. And I am so glad I did.
For why should I regret doing the right thing? For if not going through unemployment and my volunteering, I would never go back to school; I would never realize the value of education and the worth of a degree. For if not for my volunteering, I would never even remember that my childhood dream was to follow my father’s footstep as an attorney, and as an attorney who did many pro bono services. For if not for my volunteering, I would never realize the passion and joy to be of service to the less privileged; and to experience the glory of being able to give amid empty hands. Most importantly, if not for unemployment and my volunteering, I would never learn that true greatness lies in humility. And that it is during our lowest moment we can truly bring out the best in all of us. So, I really do not regret.
And I will never regret, because during those darkest hours of unemployment, I saw the brightest light—the brightest light that walked me through the golden path towards a better me.
Finally, I survived unemployment by staying sane and determined. I survived unemployment through empowering myself with knowledge and skills. For there is no such a thing as destiny. However, if there is any, I really believe we should strive to be the masters of it. So, to those fellows who are going through the despair of unemployment, please brace yourself tight. Take a good grip of your heart and brain; stay sane and sound during the “storm” and be ready for the brightest days ahead. Keep your body and mind working because that’s how you out smart destiny. Because every time we hit the bottom rock, always remember that there’s no way but up. Coz life is simply a circle, and our job is to be the best of who we are be we’re up or down; and, to make the most out of whatever we have on our plates be in sunshine or in rainy days. Besides, the sun always shines at its brightest after the darkest storm. So, hang in there. . .Teddy bears! = ) Aloha WordPress!
Something borrowed from Lyrics, Sentiments and Me:
Kiss the Stormy Night Goodbye
Be brave to brace a stormy night,
For no matter how dark it is,
No matter how loud the thunders roar,
The raging rains will stop pouring,
The gusty winds will slow down,
The thunders will tame;
And the storm
Will be gone.
For no matter what,
The sun will surely shine
For a brand new day.
And what is even better,
There could be rainbows too.
So, brace yourself tight,
As you kiss the stormy night goodbye.
For what lies ahead,
Is a better tomorrow.
For in every end,
Comes a new beginning;
And in every goodbye,
Comes a new hello.
(Waiting for the fireworks, I ended up scribbling this poem
It's 4th of July, and it's Uncle Sam's Bday. And every American celebrates and pays respect to Uncle Sammy's D-Day.
American families gather; we barbecue, we feast,
as we honor our Big Old Man's monumental liberation.
Personally, 4th of July means so much to me too. Because this day always validate how blessed I am to be embraced and adopted by Uncle Sam,
who made me a better person.
He taught me to dream;
And, believe in my dreams.
He taught me to empower myself
by attaining a degree
that will ensure
my family's financial stability.
He taught me to be brave,
because there are people
whose business out there,
is just to terrorize lives.
He taught me never to compromise
and bargain for anything
at the expense of truth and justice.
He taught me to be passionate
in everything I do
and I get into--
for that's how
I could live meaningfully.
Uncle Sammy indeed,
is one hell of a guy--
well worth every
And I wish I can tell you more
how dear he is to me,
and how highly I regard
but I have to go.
Fireworks are about to begin,
and he's about to blow his candles--
I can't miss my favorite part;
I am taking chances to hear his wishes.
So, Happy Birthday. Uncle Sam!
Happy 4th of July, Unites States!
I am honestly not so good in receiving awards. The ugliest part of it, I couldn’t pass them on. Because I really couldn’t pick a few, and leave the rest of you, knowing that blogging entails hard works and deep commitment–and that makes everyone truly deserving of those awards.
Recently, I’ve been nominated by three angels, wonderful fellow bloggers, who nominated me twice or even more for various awards.
I call them angels and it’s not because I have to “pull their legs,” since I am so, so late in accepting their nominations. But simply because, these wonderful women do have their special ways that truly endeared them close to my heart. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you visit their sites by clicking their about pages and/or their names, to see for yourself the “special” in them that I am talking about.
- About -
Jill nominated me twice for Sunshine and Super Sweet award. What I like in her the most, is her passion to write–the love for writing that we share in common is so evident in all her works. Also, Jill is such a sweet and fine lady, a very well-educated one who ardently loves writing children’s books.
Another thing I love in Jill, that we share in common too, is walking. I love walking, as walking is very healthy for our entire being. Although Jill walks with her dear labrador, and I just walk with my iPhone and my jazz-bossa playlist. But then again, that’s how Jill is into clean living too, and I really love that.
Samina nominated me for two consecutive awards namely the Most Influential and the Very Inspiring blogger award. What I really like in Samina, is her dedication as a journalist and as a freelance writer. I highly admire her drive to be a viable instrument of justice, and peace and order.
Amidst her strength, depth, and intelligence as a woman, Samina is a proud wife of a doctor. Yet she always sound so friendly, humble and down-to-earth.
The name alone, I love so dearly. Wivi, as I fondly call her, is a dear friend way back ages. She recently nominated me for Liebster, but she made other nominations too, that I honestly never did had the chance to do because of school (I am full-time), work (I have two jobs now), and volunteering (every tax season).
What I like in Viveka the most, her sense of humor. In fact she has these comic series of middle-aged couple named Svan and Lenna, the elderly couples Gustaf and Anna, and Adam and Eve from the beginning, which are all so refreshing, hilarious, and so delightful to read.
In addition, I love the fabulous fashionista in Wivi. And I am happy that we share the same love for perfumes, shoes, along with music, food (the healthy ones), plants and flowers. I guess it’s because we are both virgo, aka the “vain virgins.”
THANK YOU for your generosity and friendship.
Sorry for the delay in acknowledging
your kind gestures and generous nominations.
More power to your blogs!
And I wish you all the best!
To those, I didn’t had the chance to do
and that I completely missed,
my sincerest apologies,
and thank you as well!
thank you everyone
for your unwavering support
I can go beyond
just saying thank you.
though there are
challenges in blogging;
Though there are
people so hard to please,
I made friends
with genuine souls,
who are truly sincere and kind.
And they’re making
a huge difference in my life.
Again, my sincerest thanks to all!
Most especially to dear fellows listed below:
God bless everybody!
Have a blessed Sunday!
To God be all the glory!
Friendship shouldn’t be measured by any numbers;
For neither quantity nor years, can’t outweigh the sincerity
and the depth of love you share among your friends.
SLEEP DEPRIVATION is a growing medical condition. As technology changes our ways of life, and demands of higher cost of living are inevitable as ever, the silent growing killer of sleeplessness have been taking toll to the health of many.
The culprits of the growing sleeplessness include: “the irresistible charms” of the internet, the seduction of video games and hundreds of TV channels from different nations, and in all field of interests, are only few of the many factors keeping people up until wee hours in the morning.
According to an intensive research at Harvard, 40% of the American people get less than the eight hours required sleep. The author of the Harvard Medical School’s Guide to a Goodnight Sleep, Dr. Lawrence Epstein emphasized, that “the link between sleep and health is getting clearer and clearer” these days.
Why do we need sleep?
Scientists are saying that sleep enables our bodies and minds to recover from fatigues and stresses, thereby giving them chances to recharge, maintain and repair. Also, sleep does wonders to our brains, as it enhances our ability to concentrate, focus, and improves our mental health. It complements our memory, and it could also lead us to positive mood.
Below are sleep’s 5 superpowers; and, they are the very reasons why you should really “sleep tight” and that “you shouldn’t let the bed bugs bite:”
SLEEP POWER NO.1: A good sleep makes us feel best!
When we don’t sleep well, we feel wasted when get up in the morning–a feeling of stickiness and unusual humidity exudes from our bodies, which makes us feel uneasy and irritable when we don’t get good sleep.
In addition, sleeplessness also makes us lazy and unproductive. Because once we are tired, chances are, we will end up up slouching all day and probably all over the place.
What is worse, according to science, is when we do not sleep well, we are actually harming our growth hormones. For those hormones are responsible for keeping us “looking good,” and it even delays aging. A heart surgeon, Mehmet C. Oz MD, coauthor of the YOU health books even added, that “the levels of growth hormones drop dramatically between the ages of 20 to 60.”
Dr. Oz stresses “It’s rejuvenating and when you have high levels of those hormones. For they can give you muscles, will definitely improve your skin, so you might want to keep your growth hormones as high as possible. And the best way to do it is to simply sleep.”
SLEEP POWER NO.2: A good sleep makes our brain healthier.
While sleeping our brains are utilizing important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate from lack of mentally healthy activities. Because only through deep sleep that our brain shuts downs and get relieved of controlling our emotions; decision-making analysis, and even social interactions. Thereby enabling us to maintain better emotional and social functions’ stabilities.
A good sleep likewise contributes a lot to our ability to concentrate; focus, and have good memory and optimist mood.
Science also has proven that people with insomnia produce higher rates of stress hormones than the normal others, as it could lead our bodies into a hyper-aroused state that will make it difficult for them to wind dow.
Moreover, sleeplessness can even trigger depression and vice versa. “People who don’t sleep well, could easily get depressed and depression worsens insomnia, so it’s a vicious cycle,” says Dr. Oz. “The more and better we sleep, the more we feel happier and relieved,” he added.
SLEEP POWER NO.4: A good sleep makes us lose some pounds and be sexy.
As sleeplessness produces higher rate of stress hormones, stress triggers us to eat more and gain weight.
Recent studies are even further saying people who get inadequate sleep are more likely to gain more pounds. As “with sleep deprivation, we see a reduction in metabolism and an increase in appetite,” say Michael Breus, PHD, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep. Inadequate sleep lowers the level of leptin (the hormone that can cause us to feel full), and it increases levels of ghrelin (which is the opposite of leptin, as it is the hormone that makes us feel hungry and craving at all times).
Breus further stresses that sleep deprivation also influences our food choices; it can make us crave for high carbs and high in sugar foods.
SLEEP POWER NO.5: A good sleep makes us healthy.
“Anything that disturbs the quality and quantity of sleep can have serious and long-term consequences to both our body and mind,” says Dr. Gerard T. Lombardo, director of the Sleep Disorder Center for the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
Sleeplessness triggers blood pressure to go up; while, rates and BPs are typically at their lowest during sleep. The association of hypertension to sleep duration is linked and proven by various research findings. It is even linking the latter to increased heart attacks, diabetes, obesity and some other health issues causing morbidity and too rampant these days.
“When people are deprived of sleep, there levels of stress hormones in our bodies will go up, and an increased inflammation might occur. Moreover, sleeplessness decreases our bodies ability to generate and utilize our immune functions,” explains Dr. Phyllis Zee, director for Center of Sleep and Circadian Biology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Furthermore, sleeping well could helps us fight illnesses, in fact, it could even make our flu shot work better. Plus, it is only through sleep that our major organs repair and recharge on their own.
Hence, from physical to psychological, sleep really does lots of wonders. The benefits extend way beyond just feeling good waking up in the morning; it just doesn’t perk us up and recharge our energies, but it actually recharges our whole system; from our brains, all the way to our immunity, it could do so much good to our bodies and minds.
Finally, beauty sleep isn’t just a myth. For it does lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as it makes our skins glow to perfection. And because we sleep well, our aura would be more radiant and glowing. In short, a total make over awaits you, once you improve your sleeping habits. Therefore, try to sleep more, and wake up for a whole new you!
Writing is more than just a talent and a passion, for it is a skill that when we master, it could empower us professionally, and it could enrich us personally. And although there are news, or rumors, or both that our writing skills have gone bad in this Digital age, but given the fact that it’s a skill, I am positive that all of us can write. That the only question is; how well we write.
Regardless, there are “rules-of-thumb” that we, writers and aspirants could count on, and must adhere to ensure good writing. They are as follows:
Defined by Encarta as a “meaningful linguistic unit—a group of words or a single word that expresses a complete thought, feeling, or idea. It usually contains an explicit or implied subject and a predicate containing a finite verb,” and depending on the clauses, there are four types of sentences:
- Simple sentence contains a single independent clause.
- Compound sentence contains independent clauses joined by coordinating conjunction (e.g. and, for, but), or a conjunctive adverb (such as however, therefore, thus, hence), or a semicolon alone.
- Complex sentence contains a single dependent clause (headed by a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronoun) joined to an independent clause,
- Compound complex sentence contains two independent clauses joined to one or more dependent clauses.
Subject-Verb agreement is one of the “holy commandments” of writing. It means that if the subject is singular, the verb must be singular as well (For example: Lisa is reading, or Lisa reads).
Structure is the “skeleton” or the framework of writing—for without a clear and organized structure, our paragraphs will not be in coherent with one another. What’s worse, our readers might end up wandering; meandering as to where our writing is going.
Style is the way we arrange our sentences in the most convincing ways. Style enables us to display our eloquence and intelligence in getting our messages across to our readers.
A single misspelled word could hurt our writing substantially. For a simple typo could turn off our readers. So make sure, you use spell checker or a pocket dictionary, along with a thesaurus each time you write.
Succinctness is about brevity, or clarity on how we “neatly” package our words into strong arguments. Ideally, the concept of “short, but sweet” applies in all genres of writing. However, in academics, as one furthers one’s degree, there are more numbers of words required in academic writing (the longest I had was twenty-five pages, in double space, excluding work cited for my business law class). But then again, in most cases, what is ideal indeed, is to deliver our messages in the most meaningful, yet shortest ways.
Simplicity is also in the “holy commandments” of written language. In fact, according to the great William Zinsser “Who can understand the clotted language?” He further stresses that with simplicity at scarce, we are nothing, but “a society of strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills, and meaningless jargon.”
Sense of Humor
“Laughter is the best medicine,” says an old quote. However, we don’t have to take laughter so literally. More so, to ridicule anyone, or ourselves (and engage into self-deprecation) when we contemplate of adding humor to our writings. Nonetheless, it really won’t hurt to add a “dash” of fun, for most of us do appreciates sense of humor. In addition, sometimes, the best key in “winning” our audiences is to make them laugh (or smile at least).
Sound of Your Voice
Writing is a conversation. Which means, we should “speak” naturally when we write. For writing doesn’t have to be stiff and uptight for us, neither for our readers too.
Moreover, writing in the sound of our voices doesn’t only make our writing more authentic and distinctive, but through the sounds of our voices, we can write “with breeze” and ease. In addition, we should never copy anyone’s style, more so, anyone’s words. Although we must follow the same rules and mechanics, but we really must carry our respective characters each time we write.
Lastly, sincerity is the soul behind our manuscripts. For writing sincerely, is the most meaningful way to touch our readers’ lives.
Finally, writing is a skill that when we master, it’ll compensate us professionally and enrich us personally. So, write well, and keep track of all the “s” mentioned above.