The ireland Community Edition O L U N A
AUGUST / 2018
M A G A Z I N E
Your Holiday Stories
Welcome to the August edition of the Toluna
Schools have officially finished for the Summer
and it is the biggest month for Summer Holidays!
I love August as it always reminds me of going on
Holiday, hence the palm trees on the front cover.
Are there any things in particular that remind you
of Holidays? As you may have already guessed,
mine are palm trees and cacti!
I hope that you love this month's magazine!
I can't wait to hear your feedback on this
04 The Trend of the Month
05 Best Songs of the Month
06 What is happening to the
07 California Dreaming
11 Your Holiday Stories
H E L L O
I S S U E
16 - Toluna Millionaire
17 New Features and
18 Toluna Road Trip
19 Competition Time!
The Trend of
" I N M Y F E E L I N G S " C H A L L E N G E
D r a k e r e l e a s e d h i s n e w s o n g ' I n M y F e e l i n g s ' r e c e n t l y ,
w h i c h s p a r k e d a v i r a l t r e n d - p e o p l e g e t t n g o u t o f t h e i r
c a r s a n d d a n c i n g b y t h e i r o w n m o v i n g c a r s ! T h e v i d e o
b e l o w h a s a c o l l e c t i o n o f a f e w o f t h e s e v i d e o s .
W H A T D O Y O U T H I N K O F T H I S T R E N D ?
S H A R E Y O U R T H O U G H T S H E R E
Best Songs of the Month
T h e s e a r e s o m e o f t h e m o s t p o p u l a r s o n g s o v e r t h e l a s t m o n t h . D o y o u l i k e t h i s t y p e
o f m u s i c o r a n y o t h e r ? S h a r e y o u r o p i n i o n i n t h e c o m m u n i t y .
IN MY FEELINGS - DRAKE GOD IS A WOMAN - ARIANA GRANDE
SHOTGUN - GEORGE EZRA IF YOU'RE OVER ME - YEARS & YEARS
Like the rest of Europe is in
the middle of a huge heat
Is facing very serious
wave - in the UK people are
wildfires which have
not used to hot weather for
caused deaths and
this long. Shops are even
running out of fans!
are really wreaking
havoc. This has also
caused a lot of
issues with tourists.
MANY COUNTRIES ARE
DEALING WITH CRAZY
WEATHER RIGHT NOW!
DO YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A
NATURAL EVOLUTION, OR IS
ANOTHER REASON BEHIND IT?
LET ME KNOW HERE.
Has had one of it's coldest
Winters for a long time.
Many people were
shocked about the
blankets of snow
Abbie's Travel History - Part 2
I n t h e l a s t m a g a z i n e , I t a l k e d a b i t a b o u t m y t r a v e l h i s t o r y . I n
t h i s i s s u e , I a m g o i n g t o b e d i s c u s s i n g m y t i m e i n C a l i f o r n i a i n
f u r t h e r d e t a i l ( w i t h s o m e o f m y o w n p i c t u r e s ! ) .
I h a v e b e e n t o L a s V e g a s s i x t i m e s , t h e r e f o r e , I h a v e a l o t o f
i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e C i t y t h a t N e v e r S l e e p s !
I will start out with arguably the most Another great place to visit is Rodeo Drive,
popular place in California - Los Angeles, especially if you have a lot of money to
'The City of Angels'. There are so many spend! Rodeo Drive is home to some
places to visit in Los Angeles but the first amazing high-end shops such as Chanel and
place that I would recommend is Hermès, amazing to look at but not always
Hollywood! Being incredibly glamourous to spend - I did however manage to stretch
and well known, it truly is a must-see for to a Chanel Lipgloss!
any tourist! The Hollywood sign also is an Most importantly, keep a look out for the
excellent photo opportunity! stunning Yellow Rolls Royce phantom which
Strolling down Hollywood Boulevard and is always parked on Rodeo Drive!
seeing all of the stars on the Walk of Fame Los Angeles has amazing beaches, such as
(such as those of Johnny Depp and Marilyn Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu. It is great
Monroe) is a great experience. fun to hire a bike and ride along the path
You can even go to the Chinese Theatre to which connects Venice Beach to Santa
admire the famous handprints of many Monica - If I lived there I would do that
actors and musicians too, such as the Harry every day! Along the way, Muscle Beach is
Potter cast and Jack Nicholson. also very cool - the clue is in the name!
I only spent one day in San Francisco but I Moreover, who doesn't want to see the
could already sense that it has a pretty unique infamous steep hill of houses? If you have
feel to it. seen Mrs. Doubtfire, That's so Raven, etc...
these houses were both on this hill.
The Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge are
both spectacular and have amazing views. Alcatraz (as shown top left) is, of course, a
During my visit, we walked halfway along the very famous tourist attraction in San
Golden Gate Bridge and it seemed to be a very Francisco. This infamous prison is visited by
popular activity for tourists! I will warn you tons of people and is a famous cruise stop. As
though, it does get pretty cold up there! I may I only visited San Francisco for a day, I sadly
have been more susceptible to it however didn't get a chance to visit Alcatraz but I
since I had just spent one week in Las Vegas would have loved to even if I was probably
(upwards of 40°C most days!). I would still too young at the time - I was only 9!
advise you to bring a jacket for the walk... just
in case. Overall, I loved my day in San Francisco,
although it was a short visit, it was a very long
Pier 39 is also really great to visit - seeing all of and tiring day (well worth it might I add) -
the seals on wooden planks is both cute and Legend says, I fell asleep before the plane
funny! Great for anyone including the family! back to Las Vegas had even set off!
TO VISIT My favourite activity was the panning for gold.
This costs around a couple of dollars per person
and they show you how to pan for 'gold', you
then get to keep your 'gold' - I am sure that I
still have it somewhere!
C A L I C O G H O S T T O W N
There is also a shop where you can get your
own posters printed. The poster I had printed
A B I T O F H I S T O R Y
was of me having a show at the saloon on an
evening in 1866 - I felt like such a star!
This place is a literal gold mine (no pun
We all had a lot of fun that day and I will always
Not many people know about it but it is one of
remember it - well worth the entrance fee of $8
my most memorable visits during my time on
each which is honestly nothing when you see
the West Coast and I honestly loved every
all that you have to do! The recommended time
second - There are SO many things to do!
to spend there is 3/4 hours but I feel like I spent
so much more time in that place - we had a trip
It was originally a mining town in the 1880's, but
on the train that ran around the small town
was then 'restored' from the 1950's to become
then had something to eat and drink.
I do not believe that you can get here without
There are still 5 original buildings which haven't
hiring a car, but if you will be around this area
been restored and allow you to see what they
then I would definitely recommend it.
were truly like from that long ago.
We visited so many more places but I will end
this trip down memory lane here.
I found it very interesting to walk around in
What about you? What were your most
general, spotting all of the interesting scenery
memorable trips? Share here.
"A few years back I decided to go to Kenya as a volunteer to
make children happy! One day, a friend of mine told me a story
about this small village in the middle of nowhere, full of
children who have nothing. He was helping them to build the
school, houses, collect donations to support them and I
decided to help him. I had no idea how this couple of months
would change my life, I was not ready to see what I saw.
Most people I talk to about Africa who have been there, visited
the places as tourists. They think they saw it ,but what they
saw is what the tourists are allowed to see and it is much
One day, we were on the way to nearest town and we saw a
colourful bus from Mombasa to Nairobi, what made us laugh
was its name, as it "contains" my name on its name - "Kinga".
When we explained what we saw to kids from our village, they
decided to call me Miss Bus :)" - doligd7
Your Holiday Stories!
"Usually I was trying to visit as many different events Then hitchhiking to Germany, where I was supposed to stay for
in different countries during one holiday. This holiday one week, but before leaving Prague I received the news that I
was no different - first Universal Congress in Prague, was accepted into the international work team for the festival
then Youth Congress in Germany, and after it - Cultural in Copenhagen, which meant that I had to go to Copenhagen
Festival in Copenhagen. One week for each event - 3 one week earlier. The whole festival was organised in
weeks in total. Prague was OK, but for the fact that I Christiania. In case this name doesn't mean anything to you, it
didn't have accommodation for the first 2 days. I was is a society within society with a mix of homemade houses,
already looking for the thickest bushes in the city workshops, art galleries, music venues, cheap and organic
centre where I could sleep in my small tent, but then eateries, and beautiful nature. So, for almost 3 weeks I was
somebody brought me to an apartment whose owner part of an international team helping to organize a Cultural
generously took in some 20 people - absolutely free! festival. The team members were great, we had do do different
jobs every day - from cleaning toilets to helping in the kitchen
and preparing concert venues. We were living (sleeping) in an
old train carriage, working like horses and had a very little free
Thanks to everyone who
time :) . But it was cool :). After this, I spent 2 days hitchhiking
contributed! If your story is
on my own across Europe, and then I could finally rest at
included here, you will be
receiving 2000 points!
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED - WE
REALLY DO HAVE SOME FABULOUS ARTISTS AMONG US
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D u r i n g t h e c o u r s e o f t h e W o r l d C u p , w e h a d a W o r l d C u p g a m e w h i c h
w a s v e r y p o p u l a r . H o w e v e r , w i t h g r e a t p o p u l a r i t y a l s o c o m e s
p r o b l e m s . W e h a d s o m e t e c h n i c a l i s s u e s b u t n o w p o i n t s h a v e b e e n
c r e d i t e d .
M a n y c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s t o o u r w i n n e r s !
I t h a s n o w b e e n t w o m o n t h s s i n c e w e l a u n c h e d
t h e T o l u n a M i l l i o n a i r e d a i l y l o t t e r y !
S i n c e t h e n , w e h a v e h a d o v e r s i x t y w i n n e r s ( t h a t i s
o v e r 6 0 m i l l i o n p o i n t s ! ) Y o u w i l l h a v e a l s o s e e n
m u l t i p l e w i n n e r s f r o m o u r o w n c o m m u n i t y - h o w
e x c i t i n g !
C h e c k o u t t h e b l o g p o s t c o n t a i n i n g a l l o f t h e r u l e s
h e r e a n d t h e w i n n e r s p a g e h e r e .
Keep on sharing your
#TolunaWins for the chance to
win 1000 points! See topic with
all details here.
This month, our very own Delboy2012also became a Toluna Millionaire!
Many congratulations to him! I have decided to interview him for this
magazine to see how it really feels to be a Toluna Millionaire!
How does it feel to be Did you ever think
a Toluna Millionaire? that you would win?
Don’t laugh but after my
Believe or not it’s not my
to become a
my friend Kavita winning I
first time to win the lotto
had a feeling someone
but this times better as I
from Irish community was
didn’t buy a ticket I was MILLIONAIRE:
going to win never thought
awarded one for not being
it’d be me.
eligible for a survey.
Answer as many surveys as
Will you share a What are you possible and be an active
picture of what you planning on member of the Community
buy with your spending your You can also purchase
winnings on the winnings on? additional entries with your
Community with points!
#TolunaWins to win My wife is expecting our
Good luck!! I hope to see
more points? sixth child so I’m spoiling another Irish member in
this section next month!
Yes, of course I will put a
picture on the Community
page with the
WHO WANTS TO BE A
A note from your CCM -
Always post photos of what
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vouchers (and even
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C O M M U N I T Y M A N A G E R S A N D H E A R I N G
F R O M O U R I N F L U E N C E R S A L O N G T H E W A Y .
I hope that you are all loving our new What did you think of my own video,
initiative, the Toluna Roadtrip! So far, talking about my hometown, Leeds? I am
we have visited some exciting so proud of my hometown and it was
countries such as Ireland, the UK, great to talk about it!
Belgium and the Netherlands!
We would love to hear what you think of
We have so many more exciting places to the road trip so far and what you would
visit too - keep a look out for new videos most like to see next.
on the Community and also our
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This time we are all about pets!
From now until the end of August,
take a picture of your pet and
create a topic with the title
#bestpetseptember - then use your
pet photo in this topic.
If your pet is included in the
magazine, you will receive 2000
points, and a chance to show off
your pet - what's not to love?!
Good luck everyone and I look
forward to seeing some great pet
Thank you for