BELLAGIO, ITALY 2016

BELLAGIO ITALY

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HOW AN 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER BECAME A TOP REVIEWER AND BLOGGER –  by Sheri Allain 

It is beautiful every direction

BADEN BADEN – THE BEAUTIFUL

HOW AN 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER BECAME A TOP REVIEWER AND BLOGGER

Most seniors aren’t comfortable with technology and social media. But then, Sabir Shakeel isn’t most seniors. His personal story would make for an incredible movie:

As an only-child in Pakistan, he narrowly escaped death when forced to flee Kasauli in the India/Pakistan Partition war (Aug. 1947) with his father and his uncle. Years later, his brilliant mathematical mind earned him a scholarship to the Athens Technological Institute, Athens, Greece followed by further study in the United States (Univ. of Chicago and Univ. of California at Berkeley) where he met his wife, a similarly brilliant scholar who had also fled her war-torn home of Palestine. They re-located to Canada 50 years ago, where Mr. Shakeel had a 22-year career as a Research Specialist (Provincial Gov. of Ontario) and welcomed three sons and 8 grandchildren.

But long after his retirement and at the ripe old age of 79, Mr. Shakeel taught himself how to blog and to use social media. Today, as a newly-minted 84 (now 86) year old, his achievements over the past 5 years include:
205,000 (now 310,000) global readers on TripAdvisor (aka “the world’s largest travel site”)
Top Ranked ‘Level 6’ TripAdvisor Contributor based on reviews of 35 cities. He’s a ‘TRIPLE EXPERT’ with reviews on Hotels (40 now 53), Restaurants (73 now 89) & Attractions (88 now 102)
17,752+ Reviews on his personal blog focused on senior travel, 80steps.WordPress.com
90,049 Reviews on About.me/gs32ca

As a digital marketer myself, I know how incredibly hard it is to succeed as a blogger and online influencer. Despite Mr. Shakeel’s age and lack of experience with digital media, some important lessons emerge from his personal achievements:

1) Don’t Be Afraid To Create Your Voice:

As Mr. Shakeel said: Since I had never written anything before, I took a challenge to “re-invent myself” from a Research Specialist for 22 years in the Government service to a “Reviewer, Blogger”.

After he wrote a few reviews, it was the encouragement of daughter-in-law #3, Asra, that convinced him to continue. She said that: “I write from my heart felt view, reaction or opinion” of things and places. I took her sincere assessment seriously and promised to keep going if I could.”

2) Share Your Passion on the Right Sites

Mr. Shakeel’s long-held love for photography is perfectly combined with his passion for travel. As he re-tells it:

After my retirement in August 1997 from the Government of Ontario, I was assessing how to keep
myself busy, besides travelling around that included countries (now over 55), cities (585 to date) and places of interest such as historical places (e.g. Wonders of the World), resorts etc. Travelling became a permanent undertaking that also fuelled my photographic interest which started way back when I was a teen, with a small camera (Kodak Baby Brownie). Since 1949 to date, I have had over a dozen cameras. Taking pictures became an obsession.

By combining his dual passions – photography and travel – on a social platform like TripAdvisor that is specifically designed for both, Mr. Shakeel has been able to amplify his exposure and his audience.

3) Be Consistent and Committed
As his readership continued to grow, it inspired Mr. Shakeel to keep going. At last count, he had TripAdvisor readers from 77 countries and 19,000+ WordPress blog posts.

His contributions are only limited by his ability to travel or TripAdvisor regulations on review frequency. In his own words: “If I am travelling, I take full advantage of new places to cover in reviews”. This typically means daily and weekly posts, including dozens of photo shares.

4) Share Because You Care
When asked whether he’s received any personal benefits as a result of being a Top Rated blogger and reviewer on TripAdvisor, the answer is a resounding “no”. Nor does he have advertising on his personal sites — something that many bloggers advocate doing.

His personal satisfaction comes from reaching readers around the world, seeing his reviews translated into multiple languages and receiving comments of gratitude from his readers.

His final words:
“BE HONEST IN YOUR REVIEWS, NO PREJUDICE, NO MALICE. Sheer response is the most rewarding REWARD.”

View SABIR SHAKEEL on about.me, your personal page with a purpose.
SABIR SHAKEEL uses about.me to show people what matters most to them.

about.me| SABIR SHAKEELHOW AN 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER BECAME A TOP REVIEWER AND BLOGGER

PHOTOS by: SabirShakeel I Photography


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It is beautiful every direction

BADEN BADEN – THE BEAUTIFUL

This is the way to Friedrichsbad Spa

BADEN BADEN the way to Friedrichs

Either you the stairs up and then down or go right >>>

BADEN BADEN stairs up to discover more

Kurhaus complex, another statue playing

BADEN BADEN Kurhaus complex, another statue playing

Young musicians in midst of boutiques in Goetheplatz

BADEN BADEN Young musicians in midst of boutiques in Goetheplatz

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PRADISSUS CANCUN

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RIU GUANACASTE Costa Rica

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WOW Gumbet-Bodrum, Turkey – Collage 2015-737

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TORONTO MUSIC GARDENS – my favorite picture of “serenity”

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Sugar Beach area up to Brown College

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Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West and the Toronto Yacht Club

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Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

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Looking East past Spadina Ave.

 

 

 

REGINA PALACE HOTEL, STRESA, ITALY

 

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Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa, Italy

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THE REGINA PALACE HOTEL

The Regina Palace Hotel, in Stresa, Italy, on the lakeshore of Lago Maggiore, occupies a prestigious location. “It first opened in 1908, the hotel preserves its original fin de siècle charm in its façade and furnishings, while offering the best of today’s conveniences and technology following tasteful renovations.”

Parco Della VILLA PALLAVICINO, Stresa

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CARP or C.A.R.P. CANADA 2014

Toronto City Hall

Toronto City Hall

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2014 - Flag Raising Ceremony: Hon. Min. Charles Sousa (Finance); Hon. Min. Mario Sergio (Seniors), Mayoral Candidates: Doug Ford, Olivia Chow and John Tory and Sabir Shakeel

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2014 – Flag Raising Ceremony:
Hon. Min. Charles Sousa (Finance); Hon. Min. Mario Sergio (Seniors), Mayoral Candidates: Doug Ford, Olivia Chow and John Tory and Sabir Shakeel

What is CARP?

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. Our mandate is to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as we age.

VISION

A society in which everyone can live active, independent, purposeful lives as they age.

MISSION

CARP is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Canadians as we age by:

  • advocating for social change that will bring financial security, equitable and timely access to health care and freedom from discrimination;
  • ensuring that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of our generation and providing value-added benefits, products and services to members; and
  • building a sense of community and shared values among our members in support of CARP’s mission

(Source: CARP)

But what does CARP mean?

CARP is a New Vision of Aging for Canada.

We no longer go by our founding name, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. We now we go by CARP. This is because as our members have changed over our 30 year history, CARP has too.

We’ve changed along with our members.

We are an Association.

We are Canadian.

We’re more than retired… We’re CARP!

CARP Pre-budget submission

 CARP Logo

“Fight Seniors’ Poverty, Eliminate RRIFs, Jobs for Older Workers and Better Pensions in Federal Budget”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2014

Toronto, ON: In its pre-budget submission filed today, CARP calls on the federal government to fight seniors’ poverty with increased income supports, relaxed GIS rules and specific measures to counteract the OAS changes for the most needy. To help people help themselves, CARP is calling for help for older workers and elimination of mandatory RRIF withdrawals which put retirees at risk of outliving their savings.

Finance Canada has invited submissions for its 2015 Budget. CARP has submitted the attached set of recommendations.

Specifically, CARP calls for Budget 2015 to include measures to:

  • Eliminate mandatory RRIF withdrawals which require people age 71 and over to draw down their tax deferred accounts and pay tax on the withdrawals whether they need the money or not, rather than save for later expenses
  • Increase income supports, especially for single seniors, including OAS, GIS and spousal allowances; increase exemption for casual earnings in GIS rules
  • Help older workers get and keep their jobs
  • Protect investors against bad financial advice
  • Increase CPP and/or create new universal pension plan

“CARP members have strongly supported improved retirement security for future generations – whether a CPP increase or the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which must be made national in scope. But, the current generation of seniors also needs some help to get by now, especially the neediest, and help to help themselves, to keep their jobs and to protect their savings, starting with letting them keep their RRIF savings intact”, said Susan Eng, VP, Advocacy for CARP.

– See more at: http://www.carp.ca/2014/08/06/fight-seniorspoverty-eliminate-rrifs-jobs-older-workers-better-pensions-federal-budget-carp-pre-budget-submission/#sthash.2JoS0PsT.dpuf

CARP Pre-budget submission

 CARP Logo

“Fight Seniors’ Poverty, Eliminate RRIFs, Jobs for Older Workers and Better Pensions in Federal Budget”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2014

Toronto, ON: In its pre-budget submission filed today, CARP calls on the federal government to fight seniors’ poverty with increased income supports, relaxed GIS rules and specific measures to counteract the OAS changes for the most needy. To help people help themselves, CARP is calling for help for older workers and elimination of mandatory RRIF withdrawals which put retirees at risk of outliving their savings.

Finance Canada has invited submissions for its 2015 Budget. CARP has submitted the attached set of recommendations.

Specifically, CARP calls for Budget 2015 to include measures to:

  • Eliminate mandatory RRIF withdrawals which require people age 71 and over to draw down their tax deferred accounts and pay tax on the withdrawals whether they need the money or not, rather than save for later expenses
  • Increase income supports, especially for single seniors, including OAS, GIS and spousal allowances; increase exemption for casual earnings in GIS rules
  • Help older workers get and keep their jobs
  • Protect investors against bad financial advice
  • Increase CPP and/or create new universal pension plan

“CARP members have strongly supported improved retirement security for future generations – whether a CPP increase or the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which must be made national in scope. But, the current generation of seniors also needs some help to get by now, especially the neediest, and help to help themselves, to keep their jobs and to protect their savings, starting with letting them keep their RRIF savings intact”, said Susan Eng, VP, Advocacy for CARP.

CARP FLAG RAISING CERMONY Oct. 1, 2013

CARP FLAG RAISING CEREMONY OCT. 2013

DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS

This Chart contains data for Population 65 years and over, Canada, Historical (1971-2011) and Projected (2012-2061). Information is available in table below

This Chart contains data for Population 65 years and over, by region, 2011 and projected 2036. Information is available in table below

This Chart contains data for Place of birth of immigrants, Canada, before 1971, and 2006-2011. Information is available in table below

 This Chart contains data for Population with a disability, by age, 2012. Information is available in table belowSource: Statistics Canada.

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2014 with the Hon. Min. Mario Sergio

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2014
with the Hon. Min. Mario Sergio

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2014 with Hon. Min. Charles Sousa

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY 2014
with Hon. Min. Charles Sousa

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY With Mr. Mr. Ross Mayot, Manager CARP

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY
With Mr. Mr. Ross Mayot, Manager CARP

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY With Mr. Anthony Quinn, National CARP Manager

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY
With Mr. Anthony Quinn, National CARP Manager

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY With Elise Kayfetz, CARP Community Development

CARP NATIONAL SENIORS DAY
With Elise Kayfetz, CARP Community Development

OLD MILL INN & SPA – ON THE CELEBRATION OF ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY

OLD MILL INN & SPA 100th ANNIVERSARY RES CARPET RECEPTION

OLD MILL INN & SPA
100th ANNIVERSARY
RES CARPET RECEPTION

 

OLD MILL INN & SPA Red Carpet Reception

OLD MILL INN & SPA
Red Carpet Reception

OLD MILL INN & SPA Receiving Guests

OLD MILL INN & SPA
Receiving Guests

 

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Drinks

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Drinks

OLD MILL RESTAURANT  Main Hall

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Main Hall

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Sea Food Counter

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Sea Food Counter

OLD MILL RESTARUANT  Sea Food Counter

OLD MILL RESTARUANT
Sea Food Counter

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Sea Food

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Sea Food

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Sea Food Dishes

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Sea Food Dishes

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Desserts in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Desserts in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Desserts in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Desserts in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Desserts in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Desserts in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Tea & Coffee in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Tea & Coffee in the Library Room

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Mini Ice Cream Cones Maker

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Mini Ice Cream Cones
Maker

OLD MILL RESTAURANT Shrimp & Chicken  Counter

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Shrimp & Chicken
Counter

OLD MILL RESTAURANT  Flower Shop

OLD MILL RESTAURANT
Flower Shop

OLD MILL INN & SPA Celebrating its 100th Anniversary

OLD MILL INN & SPA
Celebrating its 100th
Anniversary

TORONTO’s QUEENS QUAY the BEAUTIFUL

TORONTO the BEAUTIFUL Queens Quay W

From Dan Lackie Way to Spadina Ave. on Queens Quay West

TORONTO AND THE QUEENS QUAY WEST

With projects in progress all over the city, particularly on Queens Quay, LakeShore Drive, Union Station, Front Street, and many other sites, all these projects to complete before opening of the PAN AM games next year (Summer 2015), City still has the most beautiful sites to enjoy,…

 

Queens Quay West from Spadina to York Street

From Spadina to York Street on Queens Quay W

 

TORONTO YACHT CLUB Queens Quay Wesrt

TORONTO YACHT CLUB
Queens Quay Wesrt

 

SUGAR BEACH – WEST OF YONGE STREET ON QUEENS QUAY EAST

 

Walkway on the Ontario Lake. on Queens Quay E

Walkway on the Ontario Lake. on Queens Quay E

 

Sugar Beach on the Queens Quay East

Sugar Beach on the Queens Quay East

Sugar Beach area up to  Brown College

Sugar Beach area up to
Brown College

City View from Brown College and the children splashing part

City View from Brown College and the children splashing part

 

Restaurant overlooking the Ontario Lake

Restaurant overlooking the Ontario Lake

 

THE TORONTO MUSIC GARDENS ON QUEENS QUAY WEST

 

TORONTO MUSIC GARDENS - my favorite picture of "serenity"

TORONTO MUSIC GARDENS – my favorite picture of “serenity”

TORONTO MUSIC GARDENS latest picture

TORONTO MUSIC GARDENS
latest picture

 

Toronto Music Gardens on Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens
on Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West and the Toronto Yacht Club

Toronto Music Gardens on the Queens Quay West and the Toronto Yacht Club

HTO WEST BEACH

HTO WEST BEACH East of Spadina Ave. on Queens Quay West

HTO 339 WEST BEACH
East of Spadina Ave. on Queens Quay West