WINDOW ON THE WORLD

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BAD HOFGSTEIN, AUSTRIA

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 PALLANZA, ITALY

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VIEW OF BAD GASTEIN

 

This is the way to Friedrichsbad Spa

BADEN BADEN the way to Friedrichs

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PARIS, FRANCE:  Cine 13 Theatre

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    OLD MILL INN & SPA (100th Anniversary), TORONTO – Receiving Guests

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  • REGINA PALACE HOTEL, STRESA, ITALY
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    KAYA IZMIR , TURKEY – Lobby Pianist

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  • DAMASCUS, SYRIA – Le Palais de Nobels
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LOOKING OVER THE MOUNTAINS FROM GREAT WALL OF CHINA

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.

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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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2014-06-15 Izmir-Bursa & Istanbul, Turkey19

WOW Gumbet-Bodrum, Turkey - Collage 2015-737

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.

 

 

 

EVERYTHING HAS ITS BEAUTY BUT NOT EVERYONE SEES IT

EVERYTHING HAS ITS BEAUTY BUT NOT EVERYONE SEEESIT
MIAN DAM, SWAT, PAKISTAN

AREQUEPA LANDSCAPE

AREQUEPA, PERU LANDSCAPE

VALLEY OUTSIDE PRAGUE

HOLSTEIJN VALLEY PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

KARLOVY VARY IN SPRING

KARLOVY VARY IN SPRING, CZECH REPUBLIC

GARDEN IN BADEN BADEN, GERMANY

GARDEN IN BADEN BADEN, GERMANY

VIEW OF BAD HOFGASTEIN FROM THE PRIMBACHER CAFE

VIEW OF BAD HOFGASTEIN FROM THE PIRNBACHER CAFE, AUSTRIA

KING'S LAKE, BAVARIA

KING’S LAKE, BERCHTESGADEN, AUSTRIA

BAD GASTEIN WATERFALL

BAD GASTEIN WATERFALL, AUSTRIA

PRIVATE HOME BACKYARD WITH PIZZA OVEN

PRIVATE HOME BACKYARD WITH PIZZA OVEN, CANADA

BUDAPEST HUNGRY

HOTEL SITTING AREA BUDAPEST, HUNGRY

COTER RAIN FOREST

COTER RAIN FOREST, LIBERIA, COST RICA

PICTURE PERFECT BEACH AT THE GRAND SUNSET PRINCESS RESORT

PICTURE PERFECT BEACH
AT THE GRAND SUNSET PRINCESS RESORT, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

WATERFALL IN THE TABACON RESORT

ARINAL VOLCANIC WATERFALL IN THE TABACON RESORT, COSTA RICA

MASAYA VOLCANO, NICARAGUA

MASAYA VOLCANO, NICARAGUA

MASAYA VOLCANO WARNNG BOARD, NICARAGUA

MASAYA VOLCANO WARNNG BOARD, NICARAGUA

DAR MASMOUDI, FEZ

DAR MASMOUDI, FEZ, MOROOCO

RIU PALACE MEXICO, RIVIERA MAYA

RIU PALACE MEXICO, PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

VIEW OF GROSSKLOCKNER  FROM ZELL AM SEE

VIEW OF GROSSKLOCKNER FROM ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA

ATLANTIC PARKHOTEL IN BADEN BADEN

ATLANTIC PARKHOTEL IN BADEN BADEN, GERMANY

SHOPPING MALL IN MUNICH

SHOPPING MALL IN MUNICH, GERMANY

OLD MILL RESTAURANT

OLD MILL RESTAURANT, TORONTO, CANADA

LONELY PIGEON IN PARIS

LONELY PIGEON IN PARIS, FRANCE

HEAVENLY TEMPLE IN BEIJING

HEAVENLY TEMPLE IN BEIJING, CHINA

SUNSET IN LUXUR

SUNSET IN LUXUR, EGYPT

BRANDENBURGER, POTSDAM, BURLIN

BRANDENBURGER, POTSDAM, BURLIN, GERMANY

HELLO WORLD - THANKS FOR ENJOYING THESE PICTURES

HELLO WORLD – THANKS FOR ENJOYING THESE PICTURES

OLDER SECTION, PARIS

OLDER SECTION, PARIS

FEZ-MOROCCO MEDINA ALLYWAYS, ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME, HARDLY

FEZ-MOROCCO MEDINA ALLYWAYS, ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME, HARDLY

CURIOUS MONKEY WATCHING WE WERE READING UNDER THE TREE

CURIOUS MONKEY WATCHING WHAT WE WERE READING UNDER THE TREE, COSTA RICA

SOUR DOUGH BREAD OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SOUR DOUGH BREAD OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA