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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

This Movie Will Show You That Miracles Do Happen, With The Help Of Social Media

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This Movie Will Show You That Miracles Do Happen, With The Help Of Social Media

How would you feel if, one random day, out there browsing the web, you come across someone who looks a lot like you, is of your age and resides in a faraway continent? And upon researching deeper, you finally discover the doppelgänger is actually your blood sibling?

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    The power of social media 

    Well, crazy as it may appear, that’s precisely what happened to Samantha Futerman, a talented actress and Hollywood hopeful from New Jersey. Samantha had stints in TV and feature films that include Memoirs of a Geisha, 21 & Over, Man Up and more recently, the Kroll Show. “Twinsters” is a real-life movie done by her and co-directed by her friend Ryan Miyamoto and tells a heartwarming tale of how social media truly connects!

    One day while ‘Facebooking,’ Samantha got a friend request from Anais Bordier. What follows would adeptly shape into a moving tale of two twins separated 25 years earlier, but in a brink of reunion. “Twinsters” was so charming that it won the 2015 SXSW special jury award.

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    Separated at birth

    Futerman’s story starts when she’s born in Busan, South Korea before getting adopted by a Caucasian couple who hailed from New Jersey. After relocating to Los Angeles to advance her acting career, she meets a rising YouTuber called Kevin Wu – KevJumba.

    Half a world away in Europe in 2013, a French university student called Anais Bordier who is an ardent follower of KevJumba was catching up with the latest of “High School Virgin” episodes. She noted a particular girl who looked a lot like her. With zeal and the hunger to know more about the little beauty, Anais decided to research more and what she discovered was moving.

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    Like herself, her newly found doppelganger was born in Busan, South Korea – interestingly on the same day. She decided to friend request her on Facebook. Sooner, endless messaging, Skyping, and exchange of life histories followed. DNA was the last test to certify that indeed they were separated by adoption.

    A twist to the twins?

    Twinsters” makes the whole story very emotional, especially during their first meeting. After Futerman’s maiden visit in London and the celebratory reunion parties, what follows threatens to kill off the charm and bliss built earlier. The adoption agency’s response saying their mom denies having given birth to twins elicits killer suspense.

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    The best part of the movie though is when their Kickstarter campaign garners immense contributions, elicits earth-shaking discussions and unites over 200,000 South Korean children. “Twinsters” is shot by Futerman along with Ryan Miyamoto and there’s nothing more compelling about it than the women’s ecstatic reunion back in South Korea. The priceless familial moments when Anaïs is the link between her mom and Sam is heart-warming!

    Naturally unaltered content

    Technically, it is a modest piece owing to Futerman and Miyamoto’s skill level. But the storyline is natural and unaltered, with the use of social media and emoji-filled texts heightening the adventure even more. But in any case, “Twinsters” is a 1 hour, 29 minutes fun-filled ride and you’ll watch it again, again and again!

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    To watch Twinsters on iTunes, click here.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2021

    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

    Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

    There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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    Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

    Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

    Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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    Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

    1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
    2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
    3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
    4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
    5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

    Now on to the checklist!

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    Here is how your checklist should look

    1. CAMPSITE GEAR

    • Tent, poles, stakes
    • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
    • Extra tarp or canopy
    • Sleeping bag for each camper
    • Sleeping pad for each camper
    • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
    • Pillows
    • Extra blankets
    • Chairs
    • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
    • Lantern
    • Lantern fuel or batteries

    2.  KITCHEN

    • Stove
    • Fuel for stove
    • Matches or lighter
    • Pot
    • French press or portable coffee maker
    • Corkscrew
    • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
    • Food-storage containers
    • Trash bags
    • Cooler
    • Ice
    • Water bottles
    • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
    • Cups, mugs
    • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
    • Cutting board
    • Foil
    • soap
    • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
    • Paper towels
    • Extra bin for washing dishes

    3. CLOTHES

    • Clothes for daytime
    • Sleepwear
    • Swimsuits
    • Rainwear
    • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
    • Extra layers for warmth
    • Gloves
    • Hats

    4. PERSONAL ITEMS

    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • First-aid kit
    • Prescription medications
    • Toothbrush, toiletries
    • Soap

    5. OTHER ITEMS

    • Camera
    • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
    • Maps, area information

    This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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