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I must confess that writing this brief letter being in the midst of this pandemic, is a challenge, especially trying to focus on the positive while so many are still struggling. However, trying to make some sense out of all the craziness we have lived through the last ten months, if there is something valuable we got out of it, is to reflect and value things we used to take for granted: life, family, friends, our health, our faith, our freedom to go anywhere and do all the things we love to do, just to name a few of the many things we have should have always treasured. Please allow me to present to you this new issue of LUXCIOR in our 9th year in Houston. I hope you will find valuable content you may enjoy. We look at 2021 with high expectations and the hope that this year will bring back to our lives some sort of normality, peace, and joy. Letâ€™s keep on praying for our beautiful city and our great nation, and their leaders, as well as a promising, better new chapter 2021. May God bless you abundantly!
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ienvenido 2021 Estamos felices de haber llegado al final de un año que será recordado a lo largo de la historia como el año en que la humanidad y nuestra vida se detuvieron. Debo confesar que escribir esta breve reseña estando aún en medio de esta pandemia, es un desafío el tratar de enfocarme en lo positivo mientras tantos están todavía sufriendo. Sin embargo, tratando de darle sentido a toda la locura que hemos vivido en los últimos diez meses, si hay algo valioso que obtuvimos de esta pandemia, es reflexionar y valorar las cosas que solíamos dar por sentadas: la vida, la familia, los amigos, nuestra salud, nuestra fe, nuestra libertad para ir a cualquier parte y hacer todas las cosas que amamos hacer, solo por nombrar algunas de las muchas cosas que siempre debiéramos haber atesorado. Permíteme presentarte este nuevo número de LUXCIOR en nuestro noveno año en Houston. Espero que encuentres valioso contenido que puedas disfrutar. Miramos el 2021 con grandes expectativas y la esperanza de que este año devuelva a nuestras vidas algún tipo de normalidad, paz y gozo. Sigamos orando por nuestra hermosa ciudad y nuestra gran nación, sus líderes, así como por un nuevo y prometedor capítulo 2021. ¡Que Dios te bendiga abundantemente!
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After nearly 12 months of emotional distress and turmoil, every woman needs to be reminded how much she's worth to you. Valentine's is not Christmas. Valentine's is only about her, no one else. Make her feel how important she is. Not only she deserves it, but the rewards bouncing back to you will also be well worth it. So here are 12 inspiring ideas. MAKE IT MEMORABLE: No matter what you buy her, a handwritten (not typed, or emailed) letter, and a red rose, will exponentially multiply the value of any gift, no matter how big or insignificant. No Valentine's card can melt her heart as your own words will. If you want to touch her, this is it!
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How about an evening escapade to a fine dining experience ending with a romantic night at one of our city's great hotels? If you plan it well and are willing to do a little homework, it can be a memorable Valentine's that will definitely sparkle your relationship like nothing else. For example, you may have a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of flowers with a present waiting in the room for a big surprise by the time you arrive. In reality, just the flowers and a very special card with your romantic handwritten message will be more than enough to make her feel like a queen, and you will definitely be her King! You may even consider doing a little personalized decoration. Start by leaving the driving to a chauffeur. I'd definitely recommend one of many luxury vehicles from Direct Transportation Solutions, at
directts.com. You want to focus completely on her, not the driving. This will become particularly handy if you decide to give her a new RollsRoyce, a McLaren, a Lamborghini or a Porsche as a present; you may arrange to have it waiting downstairs by the time you are ready to go back home, that same evening or the following morning. The team at IndiGO Auto Group (they are the luxury campus for all four brands) can prepare all the magic for you. Can you picture the scene? In fact, if you are planning to buy her a new car, whatever that is, don't you agree a scenography like this one on Valentine's would make it a triple-killer? Obviously none of the above need to happen as suggested, but hopefully this helps you see that being a little creative is not that difficult. Convert any of the components to your own ideas, and you'll do great!
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Best Seller 2021 La Biblia, el libro que por décadas no ha dejado de romper récords de venta año tras año, contiene un poder intrínsico e irresistible en cada página Por Martín Gondra, Publisher
odos los años se escriben y publican decenas de miles de libros, muchos de los cuales incluso se convierten en “Best Sellers”. Sin embargo, La Biblia sigue siendo, año tras año, el libro más extraordinario, más deseado, más admirado, más publicado y más vendido de todos los tiempos. Y no es de sorprender que así sea, porque esta obra no es un libro corriente escrito por alguno de los tantos pensadores y genios en las ciencias de la humanidad. La Biblia es un libro totalmente sobrenatural, pensado, elaborado, estructurado y escrito durante un período de 1600 años (1,500 a.C. a 95 d.C.) bajo la inspiración y dirección de la mente maestra e infinita del único Dios y Creador del universo, del mundo, y de todos los que lo habitamos. La Biblia misma dice de sí misma que es eterna, y que es inspirada por Dios: "Toda la Escritura es inspirada por Dios." - 2º Timoteo 3:16. Nota que cuando Pablo escribió ésta y sus demás cartas, lo que en su época se conocía como la Escritura o Biblia, era sólo el Antiguo Testamento. Los evangelios y los libros de Pablo, Juan, Santiago, Judas y Pedro fueron reconocidos como parte de la Biblia décadas después. Es decir, Pablo aquí establece, por inspiración divina, que "toda la Escritura", es decir, tanto Antiguo como Nuevo Testamento, son inspirados por Dios.
Toda la Biblia (del griego "Biblos" = "Libros") es una colección de "libros" ensamblada durante un período de 16 siglos. ¡Imagina eso! Cabe destacar que si bien es cierto que fue escrita por decenas de hombres guiados por la mente superbrillante de DIos, es extraordinario que una pequeña porción de toda la Biblia fue escrita personalmente por él mismo, de su puño y letra, es a saber, los 10 Mandamientos (plasmados en Éxodo 20): "Y dio a Moisés, cuando acabó de hablar con él en el monte de Sinaí, dos tablas del testimonio, tablas de piedra escritas con el dedo de Dios." - Éxodo 31:18
"Y las tablas eran obra de Dios, y la escritura era escritura de Dios grabada sobre las tablas." - Éxodo 32:16 Irónicamente, a pesar de que la inmensa mayoría de la población hispana y en general somos cristianos (llámanse católicos, protestantes, evangélicos, mormones, adventistas, etc.), pocos saben esto, y menos aún los que a pesar de saberlo, tienen la curiosidad de saber qué es lo que Dios escogió "escribirnos en piedra". Y si poco interesa saber lo que Dios escribió con su propia mano, ¿cuánto menos los mensajes que él envió por medio de sus mensajeros o profetas y que quedó plasmado en las páginas de la Biblia? Me deja atónito ver la falta de interés en un libro que que trae un mensaje cósmico de parte del mismísimo Creador de todas las cosas y que literalmente cambiaría nuestras vidas. Irónicamente, sí encontramos tiempo para pasar horas leyendo novelas, mirando películar o en el celular leyendo los posts de personas que no tienen nada que ofrecernos. No existe en toda la Biblia un solo concepto, una sola enseñanza, un solo pensamiento, una sola frase, que no lleve el sello de la divinidad, y esto la convierte en una obra que trasciende el tiempo, las culturas, las nacionalidades y las circunstancias en que vivimos. Todos reconocemos que la Biblia es un libro sagrado, y la última autoridad en todo asunto concerniente a la humanidad. Y sin embargo, pocos le dedican siquiera algo de tiempo y atención, no entendiendo que ella es un completo Manual de Vida, donde se esconden los secretos más extraordinarios jamás revelados al hombre, y tiene la respuesta a todas las preguntas más relevantes que éste pueda hacerse acerca de la vida y la muerte, el tiempo y la eternidad, el pasado, el presente y el futuro del mundo, el bien y el mal, las virtudes y las debilidades, la creación del hombre y de todas las cosas, la salud, los alimentos, la ciencia verdadera, el matrimonio, la educación de los hijos y el hogar, la
LITERATURA felicidad, las relaciones inter-personales, las finanzas, la vida en otros mundos, el juicio y el infierno, y miles de temas de la más tremenda importancia para cada uno de nosotros. Y al descubrir las maravillosas verdades reveladas en la Biblia, entendemos al mismo tiempo la mente y naturaleza de Dios, y terminamos descubriendo que es un ser maravilloso y profundamente interesado en ti, en tu vida, en tu bienestar presente, y en tu futuro. Entender la Biblia no está reservado al entendimiento de un grupo selecto de sabios, sacerdotes o teólogos. Dios reveló los más profundos misterios para beneficio de todos los seres humanos, y todos podemos entenderla. La Biblia Eterna dice que “el que anduviere por este camino, por torpe que sea, no se perderá” - Isaías 35:8. Esto quiere decir que la revelación puede llegar con claridad a cualquier persona que la busque.
Las Profecías y la Supernaturalidad de la Biblia Insisto en recalcar que la Biblia no es un libro común. Es muy diferente. Está "vivo", es decir, tiene un poder sobrenatural propio e intrínseco. No hay nada de especial ni mágico en el papel ni en las portadas, el poder está en las palabras que contienen, porque éstas provienen directamente de Dios. Y cuando digo que en esas palabras hay poder, no lo digo en un sentido espiritual o simbólico, lo digo de manera muy literal. Nota lo que el mismo Dios dice al respecto: "Porque como desciende de los cielos la lluvia y la nieve, y no vuelve allá, sino que riega la tierra, y la hace germinar y producir, y da semilla al que siembra, y pan al que come, así será mi palabra que sale de mi boca; no volverá a mí vacía, sino que hará lo que yo quiero, y será prosperada en aquello para que la envié." – Isaías 55:10, 11 Porque la palabra de Dios es viva y eficaz, y más cortante que toda espada de dos filos; y penetra hasta partir el alma y el espíritu, las coyunturas y los tuétanos, y discierne los pensamientos y las intenciones del corazón. - Hebreos 4:12 La Biblia evidencia de muchas maneras su carácter sobrenatural. Sin embargo, una de las pruebas más contundentes de su supernaturalidad son sus profecías. Las profecías son mensajes especiales enviados por Dios a la humanidad por medio de "mensajeros", también conocidos como "profetas", a través de quienes nos declara con anticipación acontecimientos futuros. Esto ocurre en la Biblia cientos de veces. Algunas profecías son pronunciadas horas o días antes de que se materialicen, otras se extienden por décadas, otras por siglos, y la más detallada y extensa de todas, que con la mayor precisión se prolonga por 2,300 años para anunciar el Juicio, incluye intervalos que anuncian el tiempo del ministerio y la fecha exacta de la muerte de Cristo, entre otras cosas (Daniel 8 y 9). Otras profecías anuncian el levantamiento y caída de imperios tan antiguos como el babilónico (600 a.C.), medo-persa, griego, romano, e incluso extendiéndose hasta los reinos bárbaros y las actuales naciones europeas. Profecías como la de Isaías que anuncia al rey Ciro por su nombre unos 150 años antes de que apareciera en el escenario en el 539 a.C. (Isaías 44:28) dejan a historiadores y estudiosos verdaderamente perplejos.
No es entonces de sorprender que aún Estados Unidos, el imperio más poderoso del mundo por casi 250 años, también aparece claramente anunciado en la Biblia. Ni tampoco que esta pandemia, y aún otra que vendrá en el futuro cercano, están anunciadas con detalles escalofrientes desde hace 2,700 años en el libro de Isaías. Éstas y muchas otras profecías dejan claramente establecido el carácter sobrenatural de la Biblia, y mucho más importante aún, de lo que su Autor quiere comunicarnos; entre otras muchas cosas, el regreso inminente de Cristo por segunda vez a la Tierra.
¿Cómo leer la Biblia? La Biblia tiende a intimidar a primer golpe de vista por su tamaño de más de mil quinientas páginas. Esto no debiera desanimar a nadie. Es como hacer un largo viaje en auto. Asusta sólo pensar lo largo y extenuante del trayecto. Pero simplemente arrancas y una a una vas recorriendo y disfrutando de cada milla del viaje. No esperas llegar el mismo día, pero lo vas disfrutando, no importa cuanto demores. Así es la lectura de la Biblia, sólo que mucho más emocionante y productiva que cualquier viaje. Es verdad que hay algunas porciones de la Biblia que son algo más difíciles de comprender que otras, como por ejemplo el simbolismo representado en los libros proféticos de Daniel y Apocalipsis, pero esas partes puedes dejarlas para más tarde, cuando Dios te vaya guiando y abriendo tu mente al entendimiento de su Palabra. Una manera muy sencilla y efectiva de comenzar la lectura de la Biblia es con los Evangelios, que son la vida, obra y enseñanzas de Jesús, un extraordinario Manual de Vida en sí mismos. Otros libro maravilloso y cargado de gloriosas promesas es Salmos, que de hecho puedes combinar con los Evangelios. Si deseas conocer la historia de este mundo comienza desde el principio con Génesis. Para aprender grandes consejos cargados de conocimiento científico y sabiduría, después de las enseñanzas directas de Jesús en los evangelios, te recomiendo los libros de Proverbios y Eclesiastés, del rey Salomón. Y hay más, muchísimo más. Te invito y animo a descubrir los maravillosos secretos que Dios te tiene reservados en su Palabra este 2021. Quedarás maravillado de la riqueza, profundidad y practicidad de cada página, y sin duda te sorprenderás al descubrir cómo impactará tu vida y la de tu familia hoy, y para siempre. _______
El propietario de LUXCIOR, y autor de esta nota, ha sido y continúa siendo un ávido estudioso de la Sagradas Escrituras por más de 45 años, y es un profundo conocedor de sus enseñanzas, especializado en sus extraordinarias profecías. Nada le satisface más que compartir este conocimiento tanto de manera privada "uno-a-uno", como a grupos pequeños, y como ante grandes auditorios. Si sientes el llamado de Dios a tener un encuentro personal con Él y a entender lo que desea comunicarte a través de su Palabra, la Biblia, no dudes en llamarme. Será un placer y un privilegio estudiar contigo personalmente, o por Zoom. 281.791.7531. LUXCIOR.com
INMIGRACION One of the challenges facing most immigrants lately is their ability to receive work authorization so they can continue to be employed and be able to provide for their families. It is very unjust, seeing working immigrants, being stripped of their basic right to work in the United States. This is even more unjust, particularly when they have had prior authorization to remain and work legally in this country, as it is the case with DACA recipients and those who have held Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
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FINALLY, SOME GOOD IMMIGRATION NEWS TO START 2021! DACA and TPS are still alive!
On June 15, 2012 the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children (under 16) and met several guidelines could request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, as well as apply for work authorization. This was the program referred to as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise knowns as DACA. DACA recipients are also known as “Dreamers” and there are more than 800,000 “Dreamers” in the U.S. Since 2012, the DACA program has gone through numerous changes and challenges. On September 5, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was terminating the program based on a determination that DACA was an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch.” The DHS would allow DACA a “wind-down” period and would stop renewing DACA applications that expired on or after March 6, 2018. Various lawsuits were filed on behalf of the dreamers and those lawsuits resulted in injunctions by federal courts requiring DHS to continue accepting applications to renew DACA. However, DHS was not required to accept initial DACA applications. On June 18, 2020 the Supreme Court in DHS. V. Regents of the University of California, ruled in favor of the dreamers, holding that the current administration did not adequately explain its decision to end DACA. This allowed the DACA program to continue. Most recently as of December 4, 2020, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered DHS to fully reinstate the DACA program. On December 7, 2020, in compliance with the order, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started accepting first-time requests for consideration under DACA based on the terms of the DACA policy
in effect prior to September 5, 2017. DHS now must accept DACA Renewals and Applications for Advance Parole (travel document); and must extend deferred action under DACA as well as employment authorization for DACA recipients from a one year to a two-year period. This is certainly a victory for all who support the dreamers, and those who love this country as their own. Just like DACA, the Temporary Protected Status, otherwise called as TPS is not permanent. TPS is designated for individuals who come from countries undergoing civil unrest, violence, or natural disasters, and who because of such extreme circumstances are unable to return safely to their home countries. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the discretion to designate a country for TPS for periods of 6 to 18 months and can extend these periods if the country continues to meet the conditions for designation. There are about 411,000 foreign nationals who are currently under this program. Many individuals have been under TPS since the 1990s and one can only imagine the severe stress they have gone through knowing that their TPS would expire, and the program would end as of January 10, 2021. Not only would these individuals be unable to provide for their families, but many could potentially face deportation. Immigration attorneys throughout the country were appalled by the decision to terminate TPS, and due to the immigration attorneys’ efforts and tireless litigation in Federal Courts, on December 7, 2020 DHS announced an automatic extension for TPS recipients from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sudan, and Nepal, until October 4, 2021. No doubt that DACA and TPS extensions are a victory for immigrants in this country. But how long will this last? As we have seen in the previous years, these extensions are temporarily, and they can be taken away at any time when there is a change in administration. We need a more permanent solution for DACA and TPS individuals. They work and contribute with their taxes, and with their time and talent in order to make our country better. Many in this country can agree that DACA and TPS recipients need a path to residency and citizenship, and this can only be done by a comprehensive immigration reform passed by Congress.
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A 2021 INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO THAT WOULD FAVOR DURING A BIDEN PRESIDENCY By Patrick Wehrly
Many investors wonder how much a new President can affect the overall economy and/or the Stock Market.
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It is important to remember that an Incoming President brings with him a lot of new advisors, analysts as well as opinions and experiences. All of these new people can significantly affect both the economy and the stock market with taxation and foreign policy decisions, to name a few.
I will use several bullet points here to give you some options and sound advice.
We have been carefully reviewing our Clients and their investment accounts with an eye towards changes that need to be made from positions that performed well in 2020 but will not likely perform well in 2021 with all of the possible changes. One idea that has been very popular with clients -especially newincoming clients- is the idea of an Apples-to-Apples comparison report of the actual performance of their investments in 2020 side by side with the S&P 500, and also a single-stock-high-dividend conservative portfolio. This third-party comparison Report is created by Morningstar and is 100% neutral, so it is truly a valid second opinion. Certainly every money manager you talk to will be quick to tell you they can do a better job, but what if your performance was actually better than their performance? In other words, why consider moving your accounts to a new manager if you cannot SEE the benefits of such a move? That is where the Morningstar "Apples-to-Apples" comparison report really shines because suddenly and maybe for the first time you can actually see how your account actually performed side by side against the other two portfolios. Then of course, if you discover that your accounts underperformed both S&P 500 benchmark as well as the high dividend portfolio, you can take action and prevent this from happening again in 2021 and beyond. Please reference this Morningstar Comparison Report when you contact our offices about this important issue or any other Financial Issues.
First of all, as an Enrolled Agent admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, I want to point out that many tax professionals offer income tax preparation services and do not engage in actual Income Tax Planning services. In other words, you hand them documentation of the year that has already happened and taxes that you already owe, and they prepare the Tax Return for you. Certainly we prepare hundreds of Business and Personal income tax returns each year but the difference is that we regularly meet with our Clients during the year and offer Tax Planning that can REDUCE or even ELIMINATE Personal and Business taxes. This planning difference will be especially important as the New Administration comes into power with Taxes and Government Revenue on their minds. Again we are not being polital here, but we are rather being mathematical in our protocols and our approach to saving our clients money. Certainly Mr. Biden and his Administration have a â€œwish listâ€? of laws and changes-to-laws they would like to see happen quickly and no one knows how successful they will be, or what Tax Law changes may happen first. But regardless of how things begin to play out during the next 4 years, professional and intelligent Tax Planning should be at the forefront of your Personal and Business tax decisions, knowing that good tax advise can and will save you thousands and even tens-ofthousands of hard earned dollars. _____ Patrick Wehrly may be reached at 281.528.5760 for a private consultation on your financial and tax planning for 2021 and beyond.
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By David Jáquez
here is no doubt that 2020 was a tricky year for everyone. Multiple industries were affected significantly, while others did very well. One sector faced unprecedented challenges: Marketers. The disruption of the pandemic in the consumers' daily routines created multiple challenges for traditional marketing tactics, putting a strategy in a tough spot by having to adjust campaigns countless times as they learned new information. Even with the latest technology to predict human behavior, amplify exposure, and increase engagement, 2020 was a different year. We can only expect that 2021, at least duwring its first quarter, and even going into the second one, will not be much different. Of course, the speed at which the vaccine is administered will play a key role in the trends. The traditional methods of getting things done in a certain way changed utterly; there was more interest in getting results than following standard procedures. In some cases, minor tweaks helped, but in other cases, campaigns were wiped out of the map along with the desired budget. As we wrapped 2020, marketers found ways to evolve with the changes in their industry and the world in general. New ideas and channels were tested, and existing programs were updated to accommodate changes in buying behavior. Now that the new year is here, marketers have a new challenge: planning the strategy for 2021. And what makes it more complicated, is understanding the variances from industry to industry. Again, certain industries were highly benefitted, while other sectors suffered a terrible impact. Restaurants and retailers are a great example of businesses that struggled like never before and suffered serious losses, in the best-case scenario. On the other hand, luxury automobiles and motorcycles, furniture, interior designers, plastic surgeons, are examples of sectors that saw unprecedented profits. Preparing a yearly marketing strategy is always a challenge because it requires long hours, an immense amount of research, and new ideas with action plans.
First, you must be able to predict how each specific industry will behave in the following months and anticipate if those trends will benefit or affect the strategy outcome. This will lead to spending more time in the analysis scope, starting with the main ideas in the traditional efforts and moving to expenditure budgets. Also, tough decisions need to be made to many conventional channels, especially for OOH (out of home) advertising, such as billboards and signage which most likely have impressive low rates. Without a doubt, 2021 will not be like other years. The new year comes with uncertainties about the future of the global, domestic, and local economies. This leaves us with one question: will things get back to “normal” in 2021? And is there a “new normal”? Will people go back to an office setting, or will they continue to work remotely from home? How will business travel get back to a “normal mode”? And the onemillion-dollar question: will consumers take their lives back to “normal”, going out to dinner, shopping in stores, attending concerts, playing sports? And if so, when? We may not have all the answers to these questions today, but we must still plan for multiple scenarios. In other years, your team prepares Plan A, B, and C, now you should ask them to contemplate the possibility of a Plan D, E, F, and G (if not more). The uncertainty is not only in the economy but also in people’s behaviors, in government restrictions, in schooling, and in global health. All these factors can make a strategy fail unless you plan your business to adapt quickly to the fluid changes. We prepared some suggestions that you should keep in mind as we start another unprecedented new year, that most likely will be full of surprises, so you can have a backup plan, a clear idea, and plan a more effective marketing strategy for 2021.
FINANCES Use what you learned in 2020 If you analyze your marketing efforts in 2020, you are at a great starting point, as you understand what worked and what didn't. Find the details that made an impact on your sales flow. If your business has an option for e-commerce, pay extra attention to the conversion process; this style of the buying experience is more important now than ever, as people are spending more time online and at the same time more money. According to a report by eMarketer, this pandemic accelerated e-commerce growth in the US by 30%, reaching numbers that weren't expected before 2022. If your business did not take advantage of that boost, you still have time to adjust for 2021. Another segment you should explore is the traffic-driving element. This can be done by simply answering the question: what brought traffic to my store during the pandemic? Perhaps it was a BOGO (buy one, get one free) promotion, a special deal, an extra discount, a loyalty program, or something else. If you have a business that is limited by location, promote it online within a 10-15-mile range, and use retargeted marketing as an extra tool.
Plan for the unexpected It is impossible to predict the future, but that does not mean you cannot consider a few possible scenarios. For example, if your business is currently operating with limited capacity, have a plan in mind if new restrictions reduce that number, or increase it. Similarly, you should prepare for closures, curbside, or delivery only. You do not want to live expecting the worst-case scenario, but it is something you should consider when planning your marketing strategy. The unexpected trends should help your digital reach and interactions. Do not take this lightly as this is a full-time job that requires time and dedication. It may be a good option to look for a social media expert to keep up with trends, hashtags, and topics relevant to your audience so that you may attach your brand to them.
Learn to adapt; the quicker, the better If there is something that 2020 taught us, itâ€™s that things can change quickly, without warning, and at any given moment. No one ever even imagined things would go down this path a year ago. However, the brands that survived and grew had a strategy for adaptability, a space to adjust the processes after understanding the new normal. If you prepare for it, when things go south, it will be easier for your business to adjust your marketing efforts.
In any other year, you would prepare a strategy and keep it running against multiple factors, like changes in the economy, but this year, you may have to stop and go in a different direction. Re-evaluating your Marketing Personas to understand your audience behavior may be the last piece of advice we have for you. Things change quickly, and if your evaluation was done before the pandemic, you should consider creating a new one. The way things changed are impacting deep in peopleâ€™s behavior; some people are afraid of even going for a pickup; others are happier without having to interact with others as much as they did. Even with a Machine-Learning trend in the software development industry, we do not have a way to predict how 2021 will be, but we encourage you to plan and prepare for a first semester somewhat similar to 2020, with less panic, but with some ups and downs for your business.
Build on different pillars All marketing platforms reach a different audience. People you reach through the radio will likely not be the same audience you reach with television, while people watching TV may not be the same you reach through social media or a magazine. Each media type reaches a specific and targeted demographic, and each media impacts your audience in a different manner. At the same time, each media brings you a different response. For example, while social media may count for 70% of your clientele, 18% may have been attracted through television (typically the most expensive media), while 12% came to you through print advertising. If you leave television out because it's expensive, you may be giving up 18% of your business. Or if you leave a magazine out because it only attracts 12% of your revenue, you'll be giving up an audience that you would otherwise reach. Point and case, the wisest formula is to sustain your business through multiple pillars. Now, here is the key: your marketing pillars must all be active in bringing you clients at a cost-effective rate. Although your cost-per-lead maybe $100 through television, $1 through social media, and $15 through a magazine, if a new client is worth to you $500 net, you won in all three cases. If you leave the television and print out because it may be at a higher cost-per-lead than social media, you'll be giving up 30% of your potential revenue.
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Purposeful DESIGN Designing with purpose is not just about practicality, it is about creating a space that truly enhances the living experience.
By Kathy Anderson, Senior Design Editor Founder and owner of Eklektik Interiors
DESIGN WITH PURPOSE At the beginning of a new year, there is a natural inclination to make a few changes or improvements in our lives. This desire carries over into home design because when your home functions for you on every level, it enhances every aspect of your life. Most homeowners are seeking beauty, drama, and the wow factor when they are designing their home. A good designer will help each client fulfill those dreams, while also looking at function. Designing homes that are usable and functional on every level is as important as creating a home that is pleasing to the eye. Purposeful design creates spaces that cater to a clientâ€™s daily needs, making their lived experiences better and richer. This combination of luxury and livability is unique for every client. Designing with purpose is really about listening to clients on how they use their space and implementing shifts in the environment to improve their lives on every level.
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DESIGN ON PURPOSE Purposeful design can be defined in two ways - designing with purpose and on purpose. Designing with purpose is a practical, functional approach. Most rooms in a home have many uses and moving parts. These spaces benefit the user most, when they are designed specifically for their needs, maximizing the functionality. The other perspective on purposeful design can be described as designing â€˜on purpose.â€™
In a well-designed space, the homeowner walks into it every day and sees complete cohesion. Everything fits together and scales correctly, colors and textures match and flow, and it is clear the design was intentional.
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PURPOSEFUL DESIGN PROCESS Designing a home is a very personal process. Each homeowner has a unique lifestyle and therefore needs a custom design to enhance their living experience. When remodeling, needs and budget should be kept in mind, while working to design the space to its maximum potential. Looking at the space with no walls and more like a blank canvas is a great starting point. I love the creative challenge to get the look and space the client wants with the raw materials we’ve been given to work with. Sometimes, the walls that can’t move are the catalyst for what ends up being the coolest part of the project. Open communication through the selection process is key, as the designer can help each client know where each dollar is best spent for their specific needs. The best approach to design is rooted in listening first to the experience of the client, initially asking a lot of questions: •
How can I make this room more functional with what exists?
What doesn’t have to stay?
Does the cost of making the changes make sense to what I am asking the space to do?
Does the functionality of the space outweigh the cost of making the changes?
It’s all about getting the most ‘bang for your buck’. Homeowners are rarely unhappy about making changes that they wanted, but some clients do regret not doing what they really wanted because of a little more money.
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HOW TO MAKE A ROOM MORE FUNCTIONAL WITHOUT A MAJOR REMODEL Maybe remodeling isn’t in your near future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add to the livability of your home with a few changes. Many rooms can change direction in simple ways without huge costs. Sometimes just rearranging the furniture and laying the space out differently helps, or it may be as simple as decluttering. If it isn’t contributing to the function of the space, then it could be time to let it go. Replacing furniture gradually with more comfortable and functional furniture is another option. Lighting is another big game changer. Most builders do not spend enough time or budget on lighting. Adding new lighting fixtures or even floor or table lamps will give a room more ambient light, instantly create a cozy feeling where you would want to spend time. Area rugs can also define a space that seems to not have any boundaries, adding color and sound absorption to a sparse space.
FAVORITE ROOMS TO REFRESH While kitchens are the most popular spaces to remodel because they can impact a client’s life so drastically, there is a lot of value in improving your most personal spaces. Clients don’t always put the time and money into their bedroom, which could be considered the second most important space in the home. Those private spaces that truly effect life in a more personal way, when designed with purpose, can be a retreat that enriches life and a relationship. Never underestimate the power in building a stronger relationship as a couple thru a fabulous personal space.
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Museum OF THE FUTURE Another spectacular Dubai legacy to the World, and to the future
By Carlos Castroparedes Architecture & Design Editor
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n Dubai, where towers are built almost overnight, residents and visitors have grown adept at averting their yes from building sites. But one construction project has caught everyoneâ€™s attention: the Museum of the Future, which has emerged over the cityâ€™s driverless metro system and on the edge of the financial district. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, announced the plans for a new Museum of the Future, intended to actively showcase futuristic inventions and support the UAEâ€™s mission to be a global innovation engine. The museum's opening, originally planned for 2020, on time for the very much anticipated World Expo, for obvious reasons had to be pushed to 2021. The building stands at 77m high and 30,000m2 and can be seen alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, near Emirates Towers.
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This is the next project in Dubai Future Foundation, dedicated to exploring the threats and opportunities of our future, and will promote research and innovation for a better future for planet and humanity.
future of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum. While they can be considered art and poetry, calligraphy also serves as functional windows.
The architectural futuristic shape of the museum as a torus with an elliptical void, but a giant hula hoop might be a more accessible point of reference. Lath Carlson, executive director of the Museum of the Future, prefers to compare it to an eye. “We struggle a bit to describe the building to people who haven’t seen it. There is nothing that quite evokes the shape," he admist.
The inscriptions, brought to reality by artist Mattar bin Lahej, include this quote on its exterior, from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai: “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it… the future does not wait… the future can be designed and built today.”
Architectural firm Killa Design, which won the design bid for the museum, created the shape. According to the architect, the solid part of the structure represents the knowledge that we have today. The void represents all that we do not yet know – in other words, the future. The calligraphy and the building’s creative shape have made this one of the most complex design and construction projects ever built. The building resembles an eye looking into the future and the form is due to Feng Shui. According to this doctrine, a round shape stands for the past, present, and future. Furthermore, it can also be equated to fertility and boundless imagination. Probably the most striking feature of the building is the Arabic calligraphy that decorates itself around the building. The calligraphic characters give quotations about the
As well as providing a permanent home for the many innovations, the Museum of the Future claims to work to stimulate and incubate solutions to the challenges of cities of the future. It will bring together researchers, designers, inventors, and financiers under one roof. The Museum will host a group of innovation labs focusing on health, education, smart cities, energy and transport in addition to a permanent section on future innovations in all fields. It will provide a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions from world's leading tech giants and start-ups, as well as collaborations between companies and leading research institutes and universities. The Museum also plans to hold scientific conferences and offer courses and workshops on design and innovation covering the latest scientific developments, trends and designs as well as their practical applications.
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In addition to science and technology, the museum also focuses on society. The main focus is on how culture will change by the latest technology and its support in everyday life. Therefore, cooperation between humans and robots plays a significant role in the exhibition. A further topic the museum deals with is climate change. Among other things, the exhibition deals with the following questions: "Which technologies can control the climate change?" and "What will life look like in the future in 35 or even 50 years? Besides the permanent exhibitions, the museum also offers space for temporary exhibitions dealing with questions concerning the future of our planet. Also, the Museum is much more than a museum: It offers a worldwide contact point for young talents, companies, and people interested in technology. In addition to professional exchange, participants will also find competent support for the implementation of forwardlooking ideas. The building would have been an impossible undertaking without the help of new, sophisticated technologies. The lead consultant on the project, the UKâ€™s BuroHappold Engineering, says it would have been an impossible undertaking without parametric design and Building Information Modelling (Bim). Parametric design is a process based on algorithmic thinking, which allows specific variables or parameters to be manipulated to alter the outcome of an equation. Bim is a threedimensional model-based technology for construction professionals to collaboratively design and document projects. Although Bim has been around for many years, the industry has been slow to embrace it.
THE FUTURE LOOKS GREENER The Museum of the Future aims for a LEED Platinum rating, meaning that it will reach the highest rankings as earth-friendly. The building will be equipped with advanced building control technology, water recycling systems and regenerative drive lifts, while its power needs will be met through photovoltaic solar arrays located offsite. Visitors will be able to charge their electric vehicles while touring the museum and the number of car parking spaces is limited to encourage the use of public transportation. The museum itself will restrict single use plastic, while alternative proteins and cultured meats are
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likely to be on the menu. The museumâ€™s exhibitions also will emphasise sustainability. There will be entire floors dedicated to climate change, as well as outer space and the future of healthcare and wellness. The museum will address the effect of global warming on critical ecosystems and how these might be repaired. It will look at how solar energy collection in space and asteroid mining could be used for the benefit of humanity. Rather than gadgets, the museum is focused on the human story of the future. A wide range of technologies including augmented reality and virtual reality will be used to project the visitor forward into the future to create an immersive theatre experience.
The Museum of the Future will offer an optimistic view of the future. One floor will showcase the expected near-future gadgets, but the focus will still be on technology that will bring a benefit to humanity, whether by helping to feed the world, meet our water needs or make transportation more sustainable. The Museum of the Future is hoping to attract more than one million visitors a year, with over 50% coming from outside the United Arab Emirates Even before opening, Dubaiâ€™s Museum of the Future has become a showcase for future technology building design. In your next trip to the world's capital of the future and luxury, make definite plans to visit this architectural masterpiece.
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hile both sexes need a place to escape, a place to call their own -the popular evolution of the man cave has blown away its competition (the sewing rooms, home libraries, and craft rooms that most women dream of adding to their home take second place in this war of square footage). So all of us ladies will step aside for a moment to allow all of you men to pursue your dream of the ultimate man cave. If we are going to use precious square footage to make room for your in-home private retreat, then it might as well be amazing, right? And if you are having trouble convincing your wife or significant other as to the reasons why a man cave is a must, then just show them this article, as it outlines the basic reasons EVERY man needs a place to call his own. After a long day at work we all crave the creature comforts of home; a quiet retreat where we can plunk down on the sofa, chill out with a drink and unwind. This is the main basic reason every man should have a man cave. Believe it or not, there are some health benefits that are derived from the use of a man-cave. In fact, there is a gentleman by the name of John Bryant, called the "Man Cave Counselor", who is helping men around the globe to carve out space for their own, and educating them about the room's mental health benefits.
Every guy has some hobbies or talents which they want to express, but often times they don’t get a chance to do that. So, by having a man cave they can showcase their inner talents and the things they like the most. A large-screen television is de rigueur, as is furniture that offers luxurious, deep, accommodating comfort. That could mean an expansive sectional sofa or motion furniture, like reclining chairs that most designers would not prefer anywhere else in the house. And there’s almost always some form of a bar, which could include coolers, ice makers and wine storage. By creating a room of your own, you will immediately have a space to store all your collections from college, and maybe even extra clothes and t-shirts could find a home here. Indeed, the man cave is good for everyone in the household -especially when it comes to decorating, displaying much-loved items and storage solutions. When buying a new home, just be sure that you really do have the space to set aside a room to this kind of private island, because if it comes to a choice between a playroom for the kids and a man cave, I’m sorry guys, but the playroom always wins. If you crave a husband who is willing to listen; one who is happy and stressfree, then you'll be wise to indulge him with his own man cave get-away.
Many studies show that this also improves the marital status between husband and wife. After all, what is more pleasant than a man who is relaxed and approachable? This is how most men feel after an hour spent de-stressing in their private abode. It is a place where a man can get away from the outside world and do manly things. Basically, he can relieve his stress, perform his hobbies and relax.
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Sometimes, there are disagreements at home between husband and wife as men usually tend to buy things which are not liked by women. The fact is, that men have certain collections that women don’t always agree with or wish to display in the main rooms of the home, making a man cave the perfect spot to exhibit these decor items.
If you really know him, the task will be easier. The real problem is with guys who you don't know that well, or those that have "everything". That is a major headache. So in the next few pages you will find some ideas that will hopefully get you inspired.
Now let's talk for a moment about Valentine's and what you can do to make him think he really is the king and in command. We just came out of Christmas, and here we are, forced again to go crazy trying to find something that will make "you" look special.
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for his quarters, office or man cave Personal style and how a man carries himself can make a strong first impression and lend to a man’s overall ethos. Take one look at a man and you can assess him by some key aspects: His automobile, his clothes, his haircut, the way he walks and talks, and then there’s his timepiece. With everyone connected to a smartphone, there is never a time when you really don’t know the time — with or without a wristwatch. The traditional timekeeper may no longer be needed to track the hours and minutes, but that doesn’t mean it has lost its relevance in today’s male wardrobe. In reality, most men don't look at the time in their watches even once a day. However, truly a timeless accessory, the watch wields a significant amount of power in a small package. It doesn’t just tell the time of day, it can tell a lot about the person wearing it — from his personal style to his personality, priorities, and, yes, his pay grade (most of the times). Sure, items like your car might be more easily noticed, but it’s the timepiece that’s the definitive man’s style statement that has stood the test of time for over a century. No matter what watch you wear, you’re making a statement about who you are and what’s important to you. However, one of the challenges of fine timepieces is keeping them winding, and safe at the same time. One or the other. Typically you can't have them both. Well, up until when Buben & Zorweg came up with this creative idea of manufacturing an extraordinary line of custom-made safes made for wristwatch winding. As the concept began gaining remarkable acceptance, the German manufacturer got completely engaged into spoiling men. Now Buben
Safes can be customized to |any size, finish and specific use.
& Zorweg make customizable and secure safes that not only safeguard your timepieces and jewelry, but also your Cuban cigars (with its own humidifier), your finest wines, guns, documents, gold and anything else. Your own imagination sets the limits. And just to make it the most important mancave or office piece of furniture, it can even play music at the finest level. As incredible as it may sound, there are only
two distributors in the state of Texas, and one of them is right here in The Woodlands If you are curious to see how you can spoil yourself -and your watches- with something totally out of the ordinary, you may want to visit Houston's top jewelers. Vander Dys Fine Jewelers 24 Waterway Ave Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281.651.5380 vanderdysjewelers.com
What he says... Like a fine timepiece, a fine writing piece is a man's mandatory accessory. A fine pen defines the importance of a man's signature, the relevance of what a man writes, the depth of a man's character. There is a handful of ultra-luxury pens in the world. Here is our top pick, and you can get it right here at Vander Dys Fine Jewelers, in The Woodlands, as a perfect gift for Valentine's.
The traveler man A LUCRIN 4-timepiece leather case can make a great gift for your traveler man. $489. Many other accessories are available at lucrin.com.
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D efining a man Contemporary Statement piece The Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II: A Multi-Faceted Gem. Although Hublot is known for an arresting aesthetic, the Sang Bleu collection takes things to another level. With their bewitching dials, and multi-faceted, optionallybejeweled cases, the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches are the very definition of statement pieces. $12,000 to $65,000 Hublot Boutique The Galleria Mall
Our choice for a masculine fragrance Elysium Pour Homme Parfum Cologne was launched in 2017. The nose behind this amazing fragrance is Roja Dove. Top notes are Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Lime, Thyme, Artemisia and Galbanum; middle notes are Vetiver, Juniper Berries, Black Currant, Apple, Cedar, Pink Pepper, Rose, Jasmine, Cypriol Oil or Nagarmotha and Lily-of-the-Valley; base notes are Ambergris, Vanilla, Benzoin, Leather and Labdanum. $295 Saks Fifth Ave.
BOY'S TOYS Man's second Love After his woman, a man's most treasured possession is probably his car. If there was a "Car Day", rest assured he would enjoy it as much as a woman waits with anticipation for Valentine's. Anything that will enhance his "Love Story" with his car is guaranteed to make him happy. All dealerships carry a range of fun and useful accessories you can choose from, from wallets, watches, sportswear, luggage, furniture, and much more. Some items you may want to search for online with specialized stores.
A Traditional Status-Maker The history of Rolex is inextricably linked to the visionary spirit of Hans Wilsdorf, its founder. Since 1905, has been one of the top names in luxury timepieces. The rose gold Yachtmaster 116655 is a perfect gift for this upcoming Valentine's with which you can't go wrong. $24,500+ | Vander Dys Fine Jewelers, The Woodlands
Augmented Pen & Paper Set If he's still taking handwritten notesâ€”it's gotten him this far in life, why change?â€”then he can at least digitize them for better organization and longevity with Montblanc's Augmented Paper. That leather case isn't too shabby, either. MONTBLANC montblanc.com $750.00 LUXCIOR.com
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The world has changed. Dramatically. And so has the way we enjoy supercars. The superlight McLaren GT is the model reimagined, rejuvenated. And the results are extraordinary. Strikingly beautiful, and the lightest, quickest accelerating car in its class. The GT is shaped by a relentless desire to challenge the established order. McLaren took the key ingredients and reinvented and applied them in new, innovative ways; then combined with the power and performance that is undiluted McLaren.
The GT is a supercar that is thrilling, refined, and engaging, as never before has a car with such incredible dynamic capabilities been coupled with such class leading refinement. Its pioneering design gives the new GT a unique beauty and balance. The profile is sleek but purposeful. This is a car that invites you to drive. Traditional Grand Tourers are slower, heavier. And simply less fun to drive. But this is the comfort of a GT married with the performance of a McLaren supercar. The cabin is acutely modern – a masterpiece of tactile luxury. There’s the infotainment system. Immaculately trimmed luggage space. And finely crafted details throughout. On the exterior, the sculpted rear haunches house the vital air intakes. A totally flat underbody helps to generate downforce for incredible high-speed stability. Beneath the fluid surfaces you’ll find the innovative design and engineering that’s at the heart of every McLaren. The old rules will tell you that a lighter, mid-engined performance car can’t accommodate you and your luggage on the journey… That it’ll get tiring as the miles pass. Well, those rules are history. The GT’s strong, stiff carbon fibre structure combines with our latest active
suspension for true comfort – without the traditional weight penalties. There’s also ample room under the full length, glazed, powered tailgate. And in the front storage area. So your luggage – from golf clubs, to skis– simply fit… with space to spare. While inside, the airy, spacious glass wraparound cabin has that feeling of lightness that makes the car special. Wherever the road takes you, you keep enjoying the journey. Luxury isn’t about letting the old traditions hold you back. It should inspire you to move forward. It should bring you astounding, beautiful materials and a feeling of delight. Cosseting soft-grain leather. Advanced, durable SuperFabric®. And a perfectly designed ergonomic space. The interior of the GT is luxury redefined for a new era. This is refinement that surrounds you in every sense. Like our innovative hidden-until-lit ambient lighting. Hidden within trim pieces designed to look like a piece of satin metal, the six-colour ambient lighting uncovers an intricate and technical pattern within the surfaces of the cabin. The GT is elegant. It’s sophisticated. And it makes you think again about how luxurious a supercar can be. Visit McLaren Houston to test drive this wonder of the supercar world.
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Freedom Supercars is celebrating its 11-year anniversary as a Membership Supercar Club. Starting in 2009 as Houston Motor Club, their mission was to change the automotive industry and to provide a better way for people to enjoy supercars. They have been providing supercar subscriptions as an ownership alternative, where members are some of the very few people in the entire world who have the chance to drive all the supercars without any of the hassles of ownership.
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They pride themselves on having had some members on for all 11 years! In that span they have had over a hundred different vehicles that members have had access to drive, and new spectacular models are added on an ongoing basis. These include Lamborghinis, McLarens, Ferraris, and even some super rare exotic cars such as the Fisker Karma, Lamborghini Squadra Corsa, and the Spyker C8 Spyder, that most people won’t even get the chance to see, much less drive. In Houston they have held model launch events for big brands like McLaren and Bugatti, and also held VIP showcases for companies such as Louis XIII and Moet Hennessy. They have sent members on driving tours around the world from Germany to Monaco. And let’s not forget the local events such as their dine n’ drives, redline rallies, and local clubhouse events where they gather their members to socialize. Freedom Supercars has also held private track days for their members, teaming up with McLaren and the Lexus LFA program where they get to push the cars to the max. While the supercars are amazing, the memories shared with other like-minded people make the club even more valuable. We learned that big plans are ahead! Freedom Supercars plans to launch in 30 cities across the United States, bringing membership subscriptions to the best supercar markets. Members will have reciprocal rights to use vehicles at every location - meaning you can fly to Miami and drive a Lamborghini in South Beach or take a trip to LA and cruise a Ferrari along Pacific Coast Highway! Their newest location will launch in Austin, opening in the summer of 2021! Freedom Supercars is a market disrupter in their field, and they want to share the supercar experiences with Houstonians and travelers alike! They love giving members the opportunity to travel the world on their trips and drive nearly every supercar on the market. The club is more than just the cars: it's about the experiences, the driving events, the member dinners, the once-ina-lifetime opportunities, the networking, and the memories never forgotten. A membership at Freedom Supercars should be part of your top indulgences next to your man cave.
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BOY'S TOYS The Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini was born from the collaboration between two prestigious brands that have their roots in Motor Valley, the land in Emilia-Romagna within which some of the world's most significant companies in the automotive sector can be found. A motorcycle made in a limited and numbered edition of 630 units and destined to win the hearts of motorcyclists and collectors from all over the world. Unconventional, unique, unmistakable. The Diavel is the model of the Ducati range able to amaze enthusiasts with its personality, with the road behavior of a naked sport thanks to a thoroughbred sports engine and with its design, which has made it an icon of style and ‘Made in Italy’ and for which it has received prestigious international recognition such as the ‘Red Dot Award’ and ‘Good Design Award’.
To carry out this project, Ducati designers chose to be inspired by the Sián FKP 37, the most prestigious car ever made by Lamborghini: available in only 63 units, each of which is personalized to specific customer requests, it is a masterpiece of exclusivity, design, and innovation. It is inspired by the Countach, has razor-sharp lines, aerodynamic elegance, and an unmistakable silhouette. The Sián FKP 37 is the first super sports car powered by a V12 engine and hybrid technology based on supercapacitors. Its powerful V12 engine, coupled with electric boost, creates an unrivaled gem of engineering and technology. Sián -lightning in Bolognese- is a name that captures the car’s true character, foremost its speed, which exceeds 220 mph (350 km/h). If you interested in either one of these masterpieces, contact Lamborghini Houston or V1 Moto. LUXCIOR.com LUXCIOR.com
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Una amiga mía se iba a casar. Todo prometía que ese fin de semana nos íbamos a divertir en grande. Pero cuando llegué al aeropuerto, los pasajeros ya estaban a bordo y el avión listo para despegar. Con mi amiga nos llevamos a remolque la una a la otra y corrimos hasta la puerta de embarque. Literalmente le suplicamos a la azafata del acceso al corredor de embarque que me permitiera entrar como fuera en ese vuelo. El casamiento era muy importante y yo no podía esperar. Después de algunos ceños fruncidos y un susurrante llamado al capitán, la azafata accedió a abrir nuevamente la puerta, pero con una condición: mi equipaje llegaría en un vuelo posterior. Pero ¿qué pasaría si éste no llegaba a tiempo? ¡Ahora estaba aúm más preocupada! ¿Cómo podría ser la dama de honor de la boda sin la ropa apropiada? Entonces, antes que pudiera explicar la naturaleza de mi compromiso a la azafata, mis amigos llegaron en mi rescate. Quedé horrorizada al ver mi ropa interior
y otros enseres personales flotando en una enorme bolsa de plástico transparente. Me precipité dentro del avión, con mi cartera en una mano y mi pesadilla de plástico en la otra. La vida es así. Nos encontramos a nosotros mismos por accidente o por nuestra propia causa en situaciones que atentan contra nuestra sanidad mental o ponen a prueba nuestro humor. El humor nos deja sabor a felicidad, la vida nos parece mejor, los problemas se minimizan, los colores se ven más brillantes y todo el cielo parece sonreírnos. ¿Acaso no dijo el sabio rey Salomón que “el corazón alegre es buena medicina”? Eso fue hace tres mil años. Ahora, algunos estudios muestran que el dicho del hombre sabio no fue sólo una “buena ocurrencia”, sino una verdad científica. Continúa en la siguiente página...
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El sistema inmunológico Primeramente, una palabra sobre cómo funciona el sistema inmunológico del cuerpo. El sistema inmunológico lucha contra la enfermedad y es controlado por neurotransmisores que están hechos y son liberados por el sistema nervioso. El sistema nervioso es de dos clases: simpático y parasimpático. Si alguien grita tu nombre cuando dormitas en la clase o en la iglesia, tú te pondrás súbitamente alerta, los vasos capilares se te constreñirán, las pupilas se te dilatarán y tu corazón palpitará más rápido. Esta es una reacción del sistema simpático. El sistema simpático está diseñado para prestar utilidad en períodos breves y no constantes. Si esto estuviera constantemente repitiéndose a alta velocidad, el resultado sería de efectos negativos, como ocurre bajo el estrés. El estrés puede causar una alta presión arterial, dañando las paredes de los vasos sanguíneos y puede contreñir los vasos sanguíneos, estrechando posteriormente el flujo sanguíneo. Cuando los músculos no reciben suficiente sangre y oxígeno, sentimos dolor y éstos lentamente se mueren. Si se tratara de un músculo como el corazón, en ese caso experimentaríamos un ataque cardíaco. Tales resultados físicos, asociados con el sistema nervioso simpático, se producen por los neurotransmisores, como la epinefrina y la dopamina, que son liberadas masivamente en el cuerpo bajo ciertas circunstancias; como sucede cuando uno está bajo estrés o cuando alguien pronuncia en voz alta el nombre de uno mientras uno se halla dormitando. Aquí es donde la risa tiene un papel saludable que jugar. La risa disminuye los niveles de epinefrina y dopamina y de esa manera también reduce el efecto negativo de esos neurotransmisores sobre nuestro cuerpo. La risa también baja la cantidad de cortisona que circula, la cual actúa como supresor natural del sistema inmunológico y hace que el cuerpo sea más susceptible a la enfermedad. Sin este efecto supresor, el sistema inmunológico puede combatir la infección más exitosamente.
La risa y el sistema inmunológico El sistema inmunológico actúa por medio de glóbulos blancos que luchan contra la infección. ¿Tiene la risa alguna influencia sobre tales glóbulos? El Dr. L. S. Berk y su equipo de investigación decidieron descubrirlo. Estudiaron el efecto de la risa sobre tres clases de glóbulos
blancos: linfocitos, granulocitos y monocitos. La investigación incluyó un grupo de participantes a quienes se les proyectó un video humorístico que producía gran hilaridad. Los niveles de sangre de varios leucocitos fueron medidos antes, durante y rápidamente después, e incluso al día siguiente, luego de haber visto el video y reído a carcajadas. Descubrieron que los glóbulos blancos y su producción se incrementan durante la risa, y que este aumento estadísticamente significativo, a menudo se extiende hasta el día siguiente, implicando que el efecto puede ser de término prolongado. Se notaron incrementos significativos en productos de linfocitos tales como células de muerte natural y gamma interferon, los que específicamente atacan células virales y tumorales. También se incrementaron los anticuerpos, los cuales son productos B-linfocitos que proveen inmunidad contra ciertas enfermedades. Tales aumentos mejoran la función de todo el sistema inmunológico. Y se están realizando más estudios para demostrar los resultados positivos de la risa.
Reír y volver a la normalidad No hace mucho tiempo me sentía como quien está medio fuera de foco. Había estado de guardia en el hopital toda la noche. Me sentía muy cansada. Había perdido mucho sueño. Justamente cuando la larga noche terminaba, mi receptor de radiollamadas zumbó. Observé que era un número telefónico muy familiar. Llamé y escuché una grabación. Intenté otra vez y me encontré con la máquina contestadora una vez más. Tanto el número como la voz me resultaban familiares, pero no les podía poner rostro. A pesar de ello, dejé un mensaje. Cerca de cuatro horas después, un amigo me llamó y me preguntó si había escuchado los mensajes grabados en mi máquina receptora. Cuando lo hice, no pude menos que estallar en una carcajada. ¡Eran mi propio número de teléfono y mi misma voz! La risa se llevó todo mi estrés. Estaba lista para enfrentar el nuevo día. La risa incrementa la capacidad de nuestro sistema inmunológico en su lucha contra la enfermedad. La ciencia gradualmente reconoce con más aprecio el diseño de Dios. Ciertamente, “formidables, maravillosas” son sus obras. _______ La Doctora Sara Uffindell es médico residente en el Centro Médico de la prestigiona Universidad de Loma Linda, especializada en neurología.
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If you are looking for a memorable Valentine's gift that every woman will love, this is the one to guarantee she'll treasure you forever. The DiamondGlow procedure is a 4-step, next level, non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment. It’s designed to work with advanced SkinMedica skincare to deliver radiant, rejuvenated, and healthy-looking skin.
A DiamondGlowTM treatment simultaneously:
Deep skin cleaning.
Precise diamond tip helps remove dry, damaged skin.
High-power suction deep cleans the skin’s surface and pores.
INFUSES High level of skin receptivity allows SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion Serums to deliver professional-grade results.
POST-TREATMENT, SKIN APPEARS: Brighter Fresher Healthier Smoother More even Clearer with in tone unclogged pores
AND BEYOND THE PROCEDURE, IMPROVED APPEARANCE OF:
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Roughness and dryness
Actual DiamondGlow™ patient.
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The signature wand is powered by a 3X1 technology. It simultaneously exfoliates, extracts debris, and infuses the skin with professional-grade Skinmedica pro-infusion serums, while pores are open and ready. What makes this procedure different than all the rest, are the diamond tips used on the wand. Different diamond tips allow for treatment customization, based on the patient's skin. Each tip evenly abrades the skin at a controlled level for maximum efficacy. There are 5 different SkinMedica pro-infusion serums Cara can customize with, according to your skin. The results are superb. This is what your can expect:
SKINMEDICA® TNS® ADVANCED+ - Targets coarse wrinkles, ﬁne lines, sagging skin, and improves tone and texture.
SKINMEDICA® SKIN BRIGHTENING - Patented Lumixyl® peptide brightens, improving the appearance of uneven pigmentation.
SKINMEDICA® SKIN BRIGHTENING - Patented Lumixyl® peptide brightens, improving the appearance of uneven pigmentation.
SKINMEDICA® VITAMIN C - TNS® Advanced+ Serum, LUMIVIVE® System. Continue the age-defying and protective effects of the treatment.
SKINMEDICA® PORE CLARIFYING - TNS® Advanced+ Serum, Retinol Complex 0.5. Addresses imperfections and promotes clearer skin that lasts.
All things considered, I can't imagine you could find a more advanced, effective and glamurous procedure to indulge yourself.
THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE DIAMOND Different diamond tips allow for treatment customization, based on your specific type of skin. Each tip evenly abrades the skin at a controlled level for maximum efficacy.
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TU ERES EL RESULTADO DE TI MISMO No culpes a nadie, nunca te quejes de nadie, porque fundamentalmente tú has hecho tu vida. Acepta la responsabilidad de edificarte a ti mismo, el valor de acusarte en el fracaso para volver a empezar corrigiéndote. El triunfo del verdadero hombre surge de las cenizas del error. Nunca te quejes del ambiente o de los que te rodean, hay quienes en tu mismo ambiente supieron vencer. Las circunstancias son buenas o malas según la voluntad o fortaleza de tu corazón, aprende a convertir toda situación difícil en un arma para luchar. No te quejes de tu pobreza, de tu soledad o de tu suerte, enfréntalos con valor y acepta que, de una u otra forma, son el resultado de tus actos y la prueba que has de ganar. No te amargues con tu propio fracaso ni se lo cargues a otro, acéptate ahora o seguirás justificándote como niño. Recuerda que cualquier momento es bueno para comenzar y que ninguno es tan terrible para claudicar. Deja ya de engañarte, eres la causa de ti mismo, de tu necesidad, de tu dolor, de tu fracaso. Si tú has sido el ignorante, el irresponsable, eres tú, únicamente tú, nadie pudo haber sido por ti. No olvides que la causa de tu presente es tu pasado, como la causa de tu futuro es tu presente. Aprende de los fuertes, de los audaces, imita a los violentos, a los enérgicos, a los vencedores, a quienes no aceptan situaciones: a quienes vencieron a pesar de todo. Piensa menos en tus problemas y más en tu trabajo. Tus problemas sin alimento morirán. Aprende a nacer desde el dolor y a ser más grande, que es el más grande de los obstáculos. Mírate en el espejo de ti mismo. Comienza a ser sincero contigo mismo. Reconociéndote por tu valor, por tu voluntad y por tu debilidad para justificarte. Recuerda que dentro de ti hay una fuerza que puede hacerlo todo. Reconociéndote a ti mismo, más libre y fuerte, dejarás de ser títere de las circunstancias, porque tu mismo eres tu destino. Y nadie puede sustituirte en la construcción de tu propio destino. Levántate y mira por las mañanas y respira la luz del amanecer. Tú eres parte de la fuerza de la vida. Ahora despierta, camina, lucha. Decídete y triunfarás en la vida. Nunca pienses en la suerte, porque la suerte es el pretexto de los fracasados.
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OF SOUTH AMERICA By Laura Itzkowitz Every year, in the period between Christmas and mid-March, the population of Punta del Este, Uruguay swells from under 10,000 to around 400,000. About two hours up the coast from Montevideo, Punta -as the locals call it- has been dubbed the “Hamptons of South America” or the “Monaco of the South” because of the way it attracts wealthy Argentinians and Uruguayans, as well as international travelers from around the world. During the South American summer, tourists flock to the glittering beaches, dine at waterfront restaurants like Imarangatú, and embrace the art scene at places like Museo Taller de Casapueblo, a Gaudi-esque all-white confection the artist Carlos Paéz-Vilaró (who hobnobbed with Picasso) built in the 1960s on a stretch of pristine coastline. High-rollers come for the casino and the big hotels. In the high season, the marina is chock full of yachts.
But as Uruguay’s elite will tell you, there’s a lot more to see and do in Uruguay’s Maldonado department than just Punta del Este. The famed city on the sea may still be the most popular place to go, but the chicest crowd has largely decamped to José Ignacio, a boho beach town about 40 minutes east of Punta. Named for a lone fisherman, the sleepy fishing village was all but inaccessible until the ‘80s. Now it’s home to some of the most expensive real estate in South America. It was here that Argentina’s most famous and enigmatic chef Francis Mallmann ran a restaurant for 30 years before closing it and moving farther inland to the former ghost town of Garzón. Hotelier Alan Faena bought a piece of abandoned oceanfront land there in 1989 and turned it into a private oasis with a house and a rose garden.
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE These days, Punta del Este has become so built up with high-rise apartment buildings that it looks more like Miami Beach than the Hamptons or Monaco, but José Ignacio -where there are restrictions on how high you can build- still retains a Montauk-like charm. There, a house on the beach might cost anywhere from $2.5 million to $15 million. “When we first started coming here, it was a fraction of what it was. Now it’s become a very chic, global destination,” said Alex Vik, who runs three hotels in José Ignacio with his wife, Carrie. The couple, who have been visiting the area since the late ‘80s, bought their first beach house in La Barra, right next to Punta del Este, in 1999 and later sold it in order to purchase a property in José Ignacio. Though they originally intended to keep it as a private home, they had so many visitors that they decided to build bigger and open the property up to guests. Travelers who plan to visit Punta del Este should explore inland as well. In Garzón, you can spend a magical evening visiting the abandoned train station and dining at Francis Mallmann’s Restaurante Garzón, where a fire is always blazing in the back and a romantic, European atmosphere prevails. Bodega Garzón, the award-winning winery owned by billionaire Alejandro Bulgheroni, offers tours and tastings for casual visitors, as well as an exclusive membership club that—for a cool $250,000 -grants members access to the 18-hole Los Tajamares Golf Club, and the chance to blend wines at any of the 12 wineries owned by Bulgheroni.
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE Members also get exclusive access to the clubhouse attached to the winery, where they can host meals, store their wine collection, and land their copter on one of the three helipads. Soon the estate will be home to a Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa, so guests will be able to stay on the vineyard. Bodega Garzón is also planning to open a beach club in José Ignacio near hotspot La Huella, a casual beachfront parador with an ultra-glamorous clientele.
But it’s the passionate people like the Viks, Mallmann, and Bulgheroni who give the region its edge and make it a must-visit destination for worldly jet-setters.
Like the Viks, Bulgheroni first bought a beach house in Punta del Este and branched out to Garzón later. “Uruguay is like the Switzerland of South America,” Christian Wylie, Bodega Garzón’s director said. It’s financially and politically stable, and is a haven for off-shore private banking, making it especially attractive to high net-worth individuals.
Uruguay is internationally recognized for breeding some of the finest and truly organic cattle in the world. By federal mandate, it undergoes strict regulations to be fed with natural grass, free of fertilizers; cows do not receive antibiotics, nor hormones to promote growth. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the best meats on Earth according to American standards.
Punta del Este's coastline is simply spectacular and the beaches are a dream, offering visitors a Miami Beach-style experience. Nightlife is highly active, making it a very attractive destination for singles.
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Right here in Houston, you can get a taste of Uruguay's finest dining at Sal y Pimienta Kitchen, in City Centre -Memorial-, featuring original Uruguayan beef and some of the top wines from South America. While you are there, don't miss the opportunity to ask its owners, Gianfranco or Maria Percovich, for some first-hand advice about the wonders of Punta del Este and Uruguay. The best time of the year to visit Punta is of course summer -winter in our northern hemisphere-, from mid-December through the end of March, so you may jump on a plane and get away from the cold. And if you have some extra time, you may consider taking a little over a 7-hour ferry trip from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires, for a fabulous rounded experience.
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classic childhood fantasy is to find Atlantis, the fabulous city hidden somewhere in the depth of the ocean. I still want to believe it's there, somewhere. And only God knows how many amazing natural treasures are hiding under the sea from the common eye. But until we find it, nothing closer to that experience than a submarine. Another dream adventure most of us have and would love to fulfill... someday. Well, now a 16-year-old company based in California is making it possible to explore the magnificent wonders of the seas, privately, in your own personal submarine. SEAmagine is the world's leading manufacturer of small personal submarines and private submersibles. The various models are capable of reaching from 328 ft. (100 meters) to the astonishing 8,200 ft. (2,500 meters). SEAmagine Hydrospace Corporation, since its formation in 1995, has been producing personal submarines and private submersibles that have performed thousands of dives around the world from many types
of luxury superyachts, in a wide range of sea conditions, and have been successfully used in scientific and commercial expeditions, such as those performed by National Geographic, BBC, and numerous film projects. Of course, a favorite application is just for personal and family fun, launching the devices from different platforms, including superyachts. All personal submarines and private submersibles are based on the company's patented technology that provides excellent surface stability as well as superior underwater performance. All of the company's personal submarines and private submersibles are classed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and approved by the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR). SEAmagine has been able to secure an impeccable safety record and a solid track record in reliability and practicality in both the professional and superyachts markets. This is your opportunity to experience the most wonderful under the sea adventure, and perhaps even discover Atlantis, all by yourself.
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mode, the patented flotation systems permit the private submarine to float high above the water line with a high freeboard when docked to a yacht. When submerged, the personal submersible is positively buoyant at all times and, should the thrusters stop, this mini personal
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Secure, comfortable, and versatile, this Rolls-Royce of the seas can take you to a face-to-face encounter with an amazingly beautiful part of our planet you can only see in National Geographic.
submarine will gently rise back to the surface. Underwater, the private submersible remains horizontal at all times and does not roll or pitch. When the mini personal submersible is near the surface at the end of the dive, the flotation bladders are re-inflated such that the private submarine floats back on the waterâ€™s surface at which point it is docked back to the yacht. LUXCIOR.com
3-PASSENGER The AURORA-3C personal submarine is a compact private submersible in size and light in weight, that holds 1 pilot and 2 passengers, and is a 1 Atmosphere, ABS or DNV-GL Classed, vessel with a depth rating of up to 457m (1500 ft). The configuration of this private submersible provides the occupants an exceptional view, unobstructed by top hatches and side pontoons and offers the largest spacious cabin space compared to any other private submarine in its low weight category. The personal submarine is horizontal when underwater but is tail up when docked to a yacht at surface and provides this private submersible a secure walking deck for safe boarding of passengers. The Aurora-3C unique ability to tilt at surface provides an extremely stable platform for boarding from a yacht and does not require obtrusive forward pontoons that severely restrict peripheral viewing. A specifically designed aft section on the private submersible provides an ideal docking configuration that can be firmly secured to a yacht.
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The AURORA-6S is a 6-9 Person (1 pilot and 5-8 passengers) submarine that has a maximum depth rating range of 100 to 1000 meters (3,280 ft.) and has a dry weight starting at 9100 kg. (20,062 lb.). The submarineâ€™s extra-large transparent spherical cabin provides all occupants a view unobstructed by top hatches and side pontoons and thereby provides the sensation of entering the underwater world, as opposed to simply observing it. The seating arrangement maximizes space and comfort for each occupant in the large spherical window and is configured with the rear passengers sitting higher than the ones in the front so that everyone has a stunning underwater view in all directions. When floating at surface, this submarine has a high freeboard making a stable platform for people to walk on for boarding. The ease and safety of boarding is enhanced with telescopic handrails on the upper deck, a very large entry hatch, a gentle staircase leading people from the deck to the interior, and sufficient interior space with convertible seating that gives spacious room for the passengers to move comfortably to their seats.
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE This well thought out innovative design ensures safety, comfort, and represents a powerful electric underwater vehicle powered by the latest in lithium polymer battery technology. The submarine is equipped with six powerful electric propulsion thrusters allowing superior underwater maneuverability and is also equipped with the latest subsea technology regarding sonars, cameras, lighting and navigation technologies.
EXCITING UNDERWATER GROUP EXPERIENCE The AURORA-6S is ideally suited for group expedition dives offering an exceptional underwater field of views to all occupants in a spacious transparent cabin. The pilot sits in the center rear seat and all the passengers have their seats especially arranged to maximize their views and ensure their comfort. SEAmagine offers a range of models, which can be customized to your specific needs and pleasure, to provide you with the ultimate, one-of-a-kind, personal submarine. Prices are somewhat high and will vary substantially, but they are well worth every dollar considering you are acquiring a combination of a RollsRoyce and a McLaren of the Seas. If you are ready to join me in the quest for Atlantis, contact SEAmagine at seamagine.com.
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