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John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer


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Joel Osteen’s Scam?

Joel Osteen is a major evangelist and very knowledgeable not just in his own religion, Christianity, but in other religions and philosophies, as well.

Osteen’s father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church, of which Osteen is the current senior pastor. Osteen attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he studied radio and television communications, but did not graduate and did not receive a degree from a divinity school. In 1982, he returned to Houston and founded Lakewood’s television program, where he produced his father’s televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999, when his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack.

Two weeks after his father’s death, Osteen began preaching regularly and later that year was installed as the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999. Since then, Lakewood’s attendance has grown from 5,000 to 43,000. Joel Olsteen is a successful hard-working pastor to a rapidly growing congregation.

So it was when I had seen an advertisement on the Internet touting a skin cream sold by Olsteen’s wife, Victoria, I thought it had to be a pretty good deal—especially at the introductory price of $4.95 for the skin-care cream, and a $5.95 jar of the same with free shipping. What could be wrong with that—plenty! I took out my credit card and bought both.

Several days later I received a telephone call that my order needed something else to be processed. Thinking this was just an attempt to sell me more of the product, I declined and hung up. I received several calls of this nature. Each time, I hung up.

About a week  later, the product arrived, an applicator of Nuavive derma Anti-Aging Serum and a jar of Nuavive derma Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

And then, about ten days later, two charges appeared on my credit card $89.47 and $97.45! These were from the same two outfits, Tryhealth HUBBARD OH and FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV.

I had been scammed!

Immediately, I called my credit card provider, who took my information and advised me to send it to the, as well, in an email.

Here is the email I sent them.

Dear Sir/Madam:
My name is John Harding
Reference number: 5235508003
Claim number: 3539686

Credit Card No: xxxx xxxx xxxx xx75

I am disputing the following charges:

08/04/17 Tryhealth8446787511 HUBBARD OH                           -89.47
07/22/17 FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV              -4.95
07/21/17 Tryhealth8446787511 HUBBARD OH                             -5.95
(See also graphic, below)

The reason for my dispute

The reason I am disputing these charges is that, in response to an Internet advertisement
under the name of Joel Osteen and his wife the Nuavive anti-aging products were advertising.
Now my card has been billed by the same vendors for 89.47 and 94.57 leaving only 11.81 on my

The mechanics

After placing my order, I received numerous telephone calls that my order had not been completed
and there were additional steps I had to take to receive the product. I ignored these telephone
calls as I thought they were a scam, as I was sure I had completed the order correctly.

Today, I noticed two substantial charges on my PayPal card, listed above for 89.47 and 94.57 from
the same two outfits involved in my first order. So far the initial orders for 4.95 and 5.95 have been
collected. The 08/04/17 orders are pending.

Amounts collected

The amounts collected are:

07/22/17 FIT*SKINCARETRIALPROD NORTH LAS VEG NV              -4.95
07/21/17 Tryhealth8446787511 HUBBARD OH                             -5.95


I understand, that as a result of this dispute that my card will be cancelled and that
a new card is being sent to me.

Here is a are similar scams also attributed to the Osteens. I guess they change the “product” name frequently:

John Harding

All the charges for the products were removed from my credit card, the card was canceled and a new one is on the way.
I also sent an email to the Osteens at info@joelosteen.com. They never responded, which doesn’t look good, especially since similar ads with a slight change in the product are running, just like the one below. (When I saw the Osteen’s ad, it bore a strange similarity of an ad by my favorite TV couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines – see their ad, below.)
Who are the scammers, here—the Osteens, the Gaines, both, or some other outfit preying on their names?

Numbers Don’t Lie! Victoria’s Fortune Worth More Than Joel’s

(ET, ) – She’s famously known as Joel Osteen’s wife from the largest church in North America, Lakewood Church, but Victoria Osteen has proven she’s a savvy businesswoman in her own right.

She may only be 55 but it turns out that Victoria Osteen is running one of the highest-earning companies in the country.

The beautiful blonde secretly launched a skincare company last year and has kept quiet about her successful stint as CEO.

Victoria admits she purposely avoided publicly announcing her business because she wanted to make sure the company could stand on its own two feet.

“I was worried people would just associate it with my family’s famous church and I felt as though that was be a huge disservice to the company. The products we produce really are life-changing and they deserve to be recognized on their own merit,” Victoria explained.

The product she’s talking about is the Skin Novella which has taken the world by storm.

The product is repeatedly selling out within minutes and Victoria says her number one struggle as CEO is sourcing enough products to be able to adequately service the demand.

Victoria revealed that Oprah is an avid fan of her anti-aging line

“We’re forever selling out. Whether its in stores or online, whenever we re-stock our customers buy out all the products within minutes.”

The scintillating success hasn’t come easy and Victoria admits she spent years of hard work behind the scenes perfecting the products.

“I wanted to be able to offer the public a healthy and safe alternative to plastic surgery. Not only is plastic surgery a very risky option, but it’s also not financially achievable for many Americans.”

Victoria says she was determined to create topical treatments that people could apply in the comfort of their own homes, that would boost their self-esteem and help them feel good about themselves.

It appears as though her products have done just that, with numerous celebrities jumping on board and singing Skin Novella’s praises.

“I use the Skin Novella myself and a few of my friends started asking me what was responsible for the huge change in my skin. Word started spreading that way and before I knew it, we had amassed a huge celebrity clientele.”


“It’s no secret that I’m getting older, but everyone has been commenting about how great my skin is. It’s still so smooth and wrinkle-free, it’s the main reason people can’t guess my real age. But I owe it all to Skin Novella. I had noticed fine lines creeping in but thanks to Skin Novella I was able to erase them within weeks.” – Wendi Deng
“I put a lot of effort into my appearance and I’ve experimented with so many skincare products that I’ve lost count. But I can safely say nothing works as well as Skin Novella! Since I’ve started using Skin Novella I don’t even bother with any other skincare products. This does it all.” – Kenya Moore
“I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I have Skin Novella to thank for that. It has improved my skin in such a short amount of time that I can barely believe it when I look in the mirror. I love the condition of my skin now and I hate hiding it behind thick makeup. It’s not uncommon for me to rarely wear makeup these days.” – Chelsea Clinton
“How terrible is getting old? I hate seeing the deep creases around my eyes and no matter how much concealer I slathered on my face, it only seemed to emphasize my wrinkles even more. Victoria invited me to try Skin Novella and wow – what a difference it has made. My wrinkles seem to have faded away already.” – Anne-Marie Slaughter
“As a mother I don’t have much time to dedicate to extensive skincare routines, that’s why I love Skin Novella so much. It takes just three minutes each day and my skin is so grateful for it. My skin has honestly never looked this beautiful and glowy!” – Georgina Bloomberg


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Ratings Stunt Backfires, HGTV Will Ruin Fixer Upper Show

(PEOPLE) – It all started late last November when Joanna Gaines, host of the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, signed a deal with Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner. The deal states that Joanna’s New Cosmetics Line will be picked up and promoted by the shopping channel QVC. Joanna is very proud of her line. She has been quoted as saying, “This is more than just a beauty line. This is what every woman has been dreaming of for most of her adult life.”

The problem is: HGTV and QVC are rival competitors. There is a clause in Joanna’s HGTV contract that clearly says she is forbidden from promoting or doing business with any other channel or media company. It was later discovered that not even her husband, Chip, knew what she was constructing in the background. When her hidden secret surfaced, it caused a rift in their marriage.Because of this, HGTV has decided to let him carry on the show by himself, without her.

The decision doesn’t seem to bother Joanna at all. She says the show was just a stepping stone to her real dream; which is running her beauty line. When the executives at HGTV discovered she has no intention of canning her cosmetics business, they fired back with a law suit. The law suit claims that she is contractually obligated to request permission of the network before she can start any new business. In response, Gaines has filed a counter suit. She says the only reason HGTV is giving her a hard time is because her Secret Allure really works, and they want to own a portion of her company.

What Is Her Beauty Product And What Does It Do?.

We were able to do a little snooping and found out what this mystery line was all about. The company is called Secret Allure and it is a cutting-edge Wrinkle Reducer And Anti-Aging Serum. Her product line is becoming so popular, even top beauty experts such as Bethany Mota and Michelle Phan are singing Secret Allure’s praises.

“Something was just telling me this is the next chapter of my life.” Joanna said in a recent interview. She continued, “There are lots of skin products out there that didn’t work for me… So, I got some of the world’s leading skin experts together to create Secret Allure. And this one actually works. I truly feel like the show was holding me back from realizing my true potential. But my new path feels right.”

But What About Chip?

Chip is such a great husband that he’s decided to decline HGTV’s offer to do the show by himself. Instead he’s opted to work alongside wife and become the director of operations at her new company.

Since her secret has been leaked to the public, Joanna has decided to break ties with QVC and focus on promoting Secret Allure herself.

We asked Joanna if she could provide coupons that would allow our loyal readers to try Secret Allure at a discount. Her response was better than we could have imagined. Joanna went a step further by agreeing to give 150 of our readers a supply of Secret Allure absolutely Free!

Gaines said she is certain her magical face cream will work wonders for anyone who tries it. And she is so certain, that she is willing to let you try it for free.

So We Decided To Put Her Rising Product To The Test

Our interns sent out a companywide email asking both men and women if they’d like to try Secret Allure for our test. Some wanted to try it, some wanted to see how it worked for other people first. However, nobody wanted to be the first to try it… Except one brave soul. Brenda Talarico, our 54-year-old Senior Editor. She volunteered to go first and give this magical elixir a shot.

Here Are Brenda’s Results:

Day Seven:

“It’s just the seventh day and I could already see a big difference. Within seconds my loose, saggy skin began to tighten and firm up. I could literally feel the difference as soon as I put it on. It was a slight tingle, but nothing over-powering. To be honest it was actually kind of soothing and therapeutic. My husband even took notice, he said I look just like I did when we met 25 years ago! I’m already in love with Secret Allure and it’s just day one… Let’s see how tomorrow goes…”

Day Fourteen:

After five days of using Secret Allure, I was shocked at the drastic results.

“Within my first 10 days of using Secret Allure, I was a total believer. Now it’s day 14 and I’m still seeing my appearance improve daily. I used to have blotchy, dry skin… But now my skin-tone is even, and moisturized. Those yucky fine-lines and dark circles under my eyes are beginning to vanish too. My results haven’t stopped yet, so I’m going to keep going and see how young I can truly look.”

Day Thirty:

“This is incredible! I ran into an old friend from college and she told me I look exactly the same as I did back then… She went on to ask me which plastic surgeon I used. I explained to her that I didn’t have any cosmetic surgery done, but she didn’t believe me… I had to show her my bottle of Secret Allure just to prove it to her. Wow! This stuff is truly amazing. Words can’t even begin to describe.”

Brenda’s Final Thoughts:

“I’m only 54 and had already given up skin products… I was convinced that none of them worked… However, I must admit; Secret Allure has proved me wrong… It has truly improved the texture of my skin dramatically. The dark spots have all disappeared and the puffy bags under my eyes have been deflated. I’m so glad I put my skepticism to the side and decided to give this amazing face saver a try. – Brenda Talarico, Senior Editor – PEOPLE Magazine

The Verdict:

Using the Secret Allure system has removed over 87% of Brenda’s fine lines and wrinkles. It has also tightened and smoothed out the skin on her face and neck. All while removing the sagging, aging, and dehydration from her skin

Here’s How It Works:

Decades worth of sound science has been used to develop Secret Allure. This incredible face cream contains high concentrations of Proprietary Biosphere and QuSome, which are well known for their age defying properties. This topical treatment also contains Dermaxyl (better known as a facelift in a jar), and Ester-C (an active anti-aging compound in Biosphere). When these ingredients combine, wrinkles and fine lines stand absolutely no chance whatsoever.

But Will This Work For You?

The short answer is yes. We asked Joanna if Secret Allure will work for anybody, and here is what she had to say. “If you have a face, and your face has skin, Secret Allure will work for you. Guaranteed. It doesn’t matter your skin type, skin condition, race, or age. Secret Allure was created with everybody in mind. As a mixed-race person, that was the first thing I made sure of.” – Joanna Gaines

NOTE: In order to achieve the best results, you have to use the entire Secret Allure system for a minimum of 30 days.

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Note: Brenda used both Secret Allure to erase her wrinkles, we suggest to use both products together to get the best results possible.

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