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1. Top Travel Gifts for Women
Top Travel Gifts for Women
Many of our women friends have now become nomads and are often on the road. As such, am always on a search for gifts to enhance travel as these are now most welcome for any get-together or celebration. For special occasions, you can't go wrong by getting these globe trotters something for their t...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:50
2. Topnotch Speakers for Travel
Topnotch Speakers for Travel
With these topnotch mini travel speakers, you can enjoy incredible music quality wherever you go. The day of the boom box is over. Thank heavens. Good bye to bad music on inferior speakers played at eye watering levels of wax melting screech. Hello to portable mini-speakers with outstanding sound...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:05:27
3. Top Gifts for Men Who Travel
Top Gifts for Men Who Travel
Men love stuff and many now travel. Looks like every second house is rolling out the suitcases. Travel has indeed become a big part of life for scattered families and with vastly increased national and international mobility we are spread everywhere. Think of the scenarios most frequent traveler...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:09
4. Unique Gifts for Retirees
Unique Gifts for Retirees
More Old Duffers will hit the retirement date this 2014. With so many gift choices for retirees nowadays, it is is difficult to choose. Usually, a committee is formed of office colleagues and the poor wretch absent that day is elected to head of the retiree gift committee. If you are the one chos...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:03
5. Top 10 Must Do in Bali
Top 10 Must Do in Bali
The must do list for Bali keeps getting longer as it tries to satisfy the returning crowd. Yes, Bali not only draws people but continues to draw back those who had been there already not only once but many times. Have you ever wondered why Bali has drawn tourists of all ages and from various cou...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:35:52
6. Khmer Wedding in Cambodia
Khmer Wedding in Cambodia
Khmer weddings are marvelously complex 3-day festivals of rituals and rites with the bride and groom going through more outfits than a runway model. Unless the couple has saved for many years or have wealthy parents, it can front-end load married life with serious debt. But as in other cultures,...
Weddings - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:03:47
7. Top Ten Dive Sites in the Bahamas
Top Ten Dive Sites in the Bahamas
The archipelago called Bahamas is located in the Atlantic near Cuba and the United States. Some of the best diving sites are in this hodgepodge of islands, cays and islets and floating vacation dreams. Its unique location supports different marine life than some of the Caribbean Islands so it rea...
Sports & Recreation - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
8. Working for Others Just Doesn't Work for Me
Working for Others Just Doesn't Work for Me
Saywhat? Work for yourself? Are you crazy? You are lucky to have a job and here you are dreaming of bailing out and going on your own dime! This is what your loved ones inform you, but inside, you have the itch and you sense a million opportunities that will not happen as long as you're working ...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:54:16
9. Top Gifts for Kids who Travel
Top Gifts for Kids who Travel
Many kids travel nowadays. Families like to go on holidays. There are many destinations to enjoy these days and families end up booking some great bargains as a single mega-present. Grandpa and Grandma. Not to worry, they can come along. As most in our family travel, we have seen what kids reall...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:40
10. Thangka: Your Window into the Cosmic View
Thangka: Your Window into the Cosmic View
What is a Thangka, Tangka, Tanka or Thanka? Tang is a Tibetan word which means flat, so a thangka is a painting on a flat surface. Easy to roll and light enough to carry, the monks in the past used these paintings as teaching tools, to show people the life and teachings of Buddha. A thangka is m...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:04:26
11. Greeting Rituals in Cambodia
Greeting Rituals in Cambodia
Each culture has its own rituals around greeting. For Cambodia, it is the Sampeah. With their palms put together as in a prayer and bowing slightly, the Cambodians do this Sampeah saying Choum Reap Sur (for hello) and saying Choum Reap Lear (for goodbye). The Sampeah is not just a form of greeti...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:54:51
12. Summer Cottage in Muskoka
Summer Cottage in Muskoka
The Victoria weekend in May is a special date for many cottagers in Muskoka. It is time to open the cottage for another summer. The checklist is reviewed and in anticipation, talk centers around this yearly ritual of opening the cottage. The Labor Day weekend marks the closing of the cottage and...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
13. 10 Amazing Things To do in Myanmar
10 Amazing Things To do in Myanmar
This Once and Future Land, Myanmar, offers a magnificent adventure from its misty mountains, green lush river banks, ethnic communities, pagodas, temples, stupas and monasteries full of worshipers still practicing many of their age-old traditional rituals and ceremonies. This heart of the Old Em...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:49
14. The Beach of My Memory
The Beach of My Memory
Our family is lucky to have a place on the beach.It is a center of family activities and thus, memories. And even if you don't own such a place, you can still build the same family engagement and memories if you go for a rental place or even a hotel resort with a beach nearby and enjoy it. Who s...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
15. Weekend in Port Carling
Weekend in Port Carling
If you happen to be in Toronto, head to Port Carling in the weekend. Just a short hour and a half drive from Toronto, it offers a look at a long slow trudge of change that started way back in the steamship era and now features million dollar summer homes. Port Carling was settled as early as the...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
16. Best Gifts for Scuba Divers
Best Gifts for Scuba Divers
Diving has now become a popular sport and scuba divers just love to equip themselves with the latest gadgets. If you're tired of getting expensive gifts for your scuba divers, gift them to someone else. You will save a lot of money. That is, of course, only true because many of us think that mos...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:50
17. Top Gifts for Little Girls
Top Gifts for Little Girls
Little girls are for me the best group to buy presents for. They often ramp up their excitement to a fever pitch often pulling the whole house into a new level of happiness. With mega-icon famous gift bearers, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas and three wise kings, resting after the me...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:25:58
18. Mini Cooler for a Cool Lifestyle
Mini Cooler for a Cool Lifestyle
Ahhhhh....Mini Cooler where are you? What can be more refreshing than a glass of cold drink at the end of a long drive? What can be more thirst-quenching than a can of soda or drinks in a dock at the height of the summer heat? One does not have to go back to the house only to be disappointed that...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:08:14
19. Smart Ways to Improve your Financial Health
Smart Ways to Improve your Financial Health
Wealthy and Healthy! This is the life most folks dream of and you can have this. Start with these smart ways to improve your financial health. Many think that becoming financially healthy is working very hard. While perspiration is a big part of it, there is much more than that unless you have a...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:20
20. Top Gift Cards for Teen Boys
Top Gift Cards for Teen Boys
Gifting teen boys is a walk into the valley of death in the world of presents. At least, for me. For most of them, slavish commitment to the uniform of the day is so passionate that nudity is preferable to breaking the code. Last week's hoodie is as attractive as pedal pushers and the Princeton i...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:08:15
21. The Mysterious Mekong River
The Mysterious Mekong River
Some rivers seem young and spring like, dancing in joy with sparkling clear water by green wild banks. The Mekong River is not one of these. It is Southeast Asia's "Big Muddy". The Mekong carries the burden of a thousand histories, of long gone empires and Kingdoms and the wasted dreams of long ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:28
22. Top Ten Destinations in Asia
Top Ten Destinations in Asia
Asia is so immense and so many of its top destinations are now in the radar screen of many tourists. China this, Thailand that. See Malaysia, Truly Asia! Incredible India. Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder. More Fun in the Philippines! Where do you start when you get the first whiff of the Asia bug? W...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:39
23. The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau
The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau
Rosseau is a tiny village in Ontario perched on the top of a hill peering over the famous Muskoka lake of the same name. The heart of the village since the late 19th century is a wonderful old General Store with the glorious feel and smell of the past and everything but a pot bellied stove. It m...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:45
24. Khmer New Year in Cambodia
Khmer New Year in Cambodia
Have you ever celebrated new year in April? Cambodia's Khmer celebrate New Year not on January 1 as in the western world or on assorted dates in February as do the Chinese and Vietnamese. Sometime around mid April, when the harvest is in and it is time to kick back and enjoy life, the annual Bud...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:03:12
25. Party Fun with Old Mcdonald
Party Fun with Old Mcdonald
Farms are like fairy tale castles. They live as lone little dreams triggered by the childhood song about Old Mcdonald. Recent images of Shaun, the psychotic sheep who brings the herd each day into new adventures keeping the Farmer and Blitzer the dog always on their toes and Babe, the Pig, raised...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:24
26. How to Make Chung Cake for TET
How to Make Chung Cake for TET
TET is coming and the excitement is in the air. Our hotel arranged for those interested, an afternoon of learning how to make Chung Cake or what the Vietnamese call Banh Chung, the special savoury eaten during this lunar new year celebration. When we arrived, the demonstration has started but no...
Food & Cooking - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:20
27. How to Choose the Best Artificial Christmas Tree
How to Choose the Best Artificial Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas. It is a Christmas tradition originating from the 16th century Germany but probably goes back much further as a fusion of Christian and pagan traditions harking back to the pagan tree worship during winter solstice and dancin...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:00
28. How to Promote Sustainable Tourism
How to Promote Sustainable Tourism
Why sustainable tourism? Another ploy to attract tourists? When we travel to new places, we often just scoot by and look at faces and scenes we'll never see again. New restaurants, world heritage sites, art galleries, temples, stupas and basilicas, new architecture and many more. Some had been th...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
29. How to Grow your Hair Faster
How to Grow your Hair Faster
Does it take forever for your hair to grow longer? Life goes faster, hair grows slower. Well, you're not the only one who gets impatient. Wait when you get to middle age. Or old age. You'll be worried. Your hair grows approximately half an inch each month. When you think about it, it's nowhere n...
Fashion & Beauty - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:05:27
30. Bon Pchum Ben
Bon Pchum Ben
All cultures honor their dead but Cambodia makes this an art form! Bon Pchum Ben. Each year, 15 days are devoted to honor the part of the family that is here but no longer here. Tradition dictates that every year, around September or October, depending on the Buddhist calendar, must be devoted to...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
31. Beautiful Face for the New Year
Beautiful Face for the New Year
Whether you like it or not, people's eyes often focus directly on your face. They are easily drawn to you when you have healthy beautiful looking face, relaxed and happy. Such a face engages the looks of people and make them feel happy. What a beautiful sight to look at. Try to put on a grumpy f...
Fashion & Beauty - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
32. 7 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
7 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
Tucked into the heart of the world's greatest mountains, Kathmandu hosts an absolute banquet of 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, the two most important Buddhist Stupas, Swayambunath and Boudanath and two famous Hindu shrines, Pashupatinath Temp...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:44:35
33. Temple Stay in Seoul
Temple Stay in Seoul
Tred of point and shoot tourism? Templestay in Seoul offers a unique experience where participants are not spectators but participate in the cultural life of an amazing people. Each year you stand outside of a different culture, an observer seeing staged offerings, taking pictures no one really w...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
34. Travel: A Unique Experience of Life
Travel: A Unique Experience of Life
If you see banana skins around every corner, world travel will not be an experience of life. It will reduce you to nervous wreck and you would hate our experience but if you agree with Tennyson, you would celebrate with us: Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough Gleams that untravelled world...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:22
35. How to Choose Unique Vacation Destinations
How to Choose Unique Vacation Destinations
With hundreds of destinations in the world now claiming to be unique, how do you choose where to go on vacation? What would be for you a unique vacation destination? So many places offer beaches, mountains, great food and wine, culture, history, heritage, adventure, shopping, nature and entertain...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:25:59
36. The Penguins of Simons Town
The Penguins of Simons Town
The Penguins were the centerfold magnet for a visit to Simons Town and one of those they attracted way before we went to South Africa was my husband. He had been in South Africa before but then it was the social issue of the ending of apartheid that took every moment. This time, we went there as...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
37. Exotic Wood of Southeast Asia
Exotic Wood of Southeast Asia
Exotic wood in most of Southeast Asia are gone. About fifteen years ago just after we had started working internationally, we really began to notice how beaten-up old mother earth has become. Europe and North American greenies huff and puff about a dropped handkerchief or candy wrapper whereas in...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
38. 10 Healthy Tips for Dry Skin
10 Healthy Tips for Dry Skin
Have you ever seen your skin look so dry or feel like leather? Or do you have flakes when your rub your skin even lightly? Well, you are just one of the hundreds of men and women burdened by such a problem, dry skin. As I have dry skin, I have tried ways to care for dry skin. I often find myself...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:03:48
39. Halloween Themed Birthday for Kids
Halloween Themed Birthday for Kids
Pumpkins and goblins and ghosts and creepy things that slither. Halloween is a wonderful time for kid's imagination. For birthdays with a Halloween theme, the secret is to have lots of scare without too much fear. You need to maximize chances for great costumes and squeals of surprise without mo...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:20
40. Hue Vietnam: Places to Visit
Hue Vietnam: Places to Visit
Hue, though devastated during the Vietnam War (remember TET?) has still a sampling of the Nguyen palaces, temples and pagodas as well as the tombs of these early Vietnamese rulers. It has been the seat of the powerful Nguyen rulers and it has more than a few bastions of the later French rule of I...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
41. Concepcion Iloilo: Island Hopping Fun
Concepcion Iloilo: Island Hopping Fun
Years ago, we set out from Iloilo to bring food and general help to the typhoon victims around Concepcion. That time, the roads were almost impassable even without a major storm, so very few people had ever been there just to poke around. If you have a boat of course, access was much easier as Co...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:13
42. Top Vietnam War Movies
Top Vietnam War Movies
War movies about Vietnam are really not about Vietnam. Put them all together and you have an epic story of bad planning, bad judgment, horrible execution and an absence of imagination on the part of the American government. The war is just part of the continuing tragedy for the Vietnamese people...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:00:25
43. Five Creative Things to Do with Pumpkins
Five Creative Things to Do with Pumpkins
Same old crooked teeth and triangle eyes every year, house after house. BOOOOORRRRRRING! Why not shake things up this Halloween? Here are some ideas to kick start your inspiration module to turn that grinning old gourd into something extra special. There are many ways to have more creative pumpk...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:13
44. Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor
Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor
The Angkorian kings, based in what is Siem Reap today, not only constructed grand temples and advanced water works but from the 9th century also held economic, cultural and military dominance over an area that covers modern Cambodia and parts of Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. These Angkorian temples...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:14
45. Skills for Today's Workplace
Skills for Today's Workplace
Think you've got the skills for today's workplace? Computer ready...a new degree...accounting skills...ready to engineer the world's biggest bridge? Well, think again. There are thousands of new Grads each year with the same tech skills. What will set you apart? Recent surveys conducted in a wid...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:23:20
46. Phnom Penh: The City of Charm
Phnom Penh: The City of Charm
Phnom Penh has recently revitalized itself as The City of Charm and is growing in chic: old French colonial buildings transformed into fashion houses, restaurants, or boutique hotels; edgy bistros line the riverfront that now has a growing night market; galleries owned by established and budding ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:03:57
47. The Royal Palace of Cambodia
The Royal Palace of Cambodia
A visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia is not complete without a visit to the Royal Palace, Chatomuk Mongkul. You simply cannot ignore it as a magnificent landmark especially during festive nights when it is fully lighted. This official residence of His Majesty, the King of Cambodia, was first construc...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
48. How to Outsmart Pickpockets
How to Outsmart Pickpockets
Think you can outsmart any pickpocket? Here comes the Big Holiday. New City. Heads swiveling on already sore neck. Time for a coffee. You reached down to pull out your wallet. Whoops! You're a statistic. Somewhere, just behind you, there's a person that blends just into the crowd you came from w...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
49. Top Places to Visit in Sri Lanka
Top Places to Visit in Sri Lanka
After years of civil war, Sri Lanka has now become one of the most attractive destinations for tourists. As a vacation destination, it offers the best value for your money. For those who remember the pre-war Sri Lanka, well, it's all still there. It is still Ceylon, the "Garden of the Gods" that ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:52
50. Gifts for Bosses
Gifts for Bosses
A special occasion is coming and you need to get a gift for your Boss. What gift would be best? Total doofus or not, your Boss is your employer and a good relationship is no bad thing. Besides, the notion that employees are people with a broader base in life than just employment is important whe...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:25:58
51. Top Historical Fiction Books for Women
Top Historical Fiction Books for Women
What historical fiction books do women love? Does it make any sense to have women as a separate classification when it comes to Literature? Beyond the bodice rippers at one end and detailed accounts of how a submarine works at the other end, there seems to be a vast community of literature which ...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:49
52. Christmas in a Non-Christian World
Christmas in a Non-Christian World
There have been times when we have been marooned in non-Christian countries during Christmas. What is a non-Christian country? Well I'm really referring to countries that managed to avoid our great burst of Colonial aggressiveness in the 18th and 19th centuries and so have no memories, however re...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:04
53. Ratanakiri: The Gem Mountain
Ratanakiri: The Gem Mountain
Ratana and Kiri. Ratana in Khmer means gem and Kiri, mountain. These are the two features for which Ratanakiri, this remote province of Cambodia, is best known. Sparsely populated with around 150, 000 people, Ratanakiri is also renowned for its unique natural beauty, rich natural resources and e...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:53:49
54. Why Invest in Green
Why Invest in Green
While some countries are investing to make the world green, forests in many parts of the world are sold off to big real estate developers or big plantations. Enormous resources are being invested to build dams to block rivers you have never even heard of. All of this for development and to satisf...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
55. The Poaching of Rhino Horns
The Poaching of Rhino Horns
I know how the rhino got his wrinkles. My mother told me. When Rhino was very small, he slipped into the kitchen and saw a big cake on the counter. He ate it but without good hands he got crumbs all over himself. Because the crumbs were all over him, he started to itch. He itched so much that he ...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
56. Dolphins in the Bahamas
Dolphins in the Bahamas
As a socially well adjusted Dolphin, I find diving with humans is a popular tourist attraction when in Bahamas. We need to swim a fair distance to get there so it needs to be worthwhile or the kids get bored and bunt chubby people butt for amusement. Although human encounter is also popular in o...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
57. The Value of Giving
The Value of Giving
One day I was given a book, The Giving Tree. It looked like a yawner, but I thought I would browse a few pages just in case the giver ever asked. I never put the book down until I finished reading it. The key idea was that when we give to others without counting the cost or expecting anything in...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:10
58. How to Find Lucrative International Jobs
How to Find Lucrative International Jobs
Imagine yourself in your top international destination, doing the job you have always wanted. Or stretch it even more. Imagine yourself working in several of your favourite international destinations doing the job you like best and getting paid an enormous sum for your expertise. Many people fan...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
59. The Changu Narayan Temple
The Changu Narayan Temple
One of the temples that stayed in my memory of our trip to Nepal is Changu Narayan. It covers at least seventeen hundred years of Nepalese cultural development. It is full of the best examples of stone, wood, and metal craft in Kathmandu. Changu Narayan is dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation a...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:39
60. The Traditional Pottery Village of Ba Trang
The Traditional Pottery Village of Ba Trang
What a contrast to the huge factory colonies along the highways from Hanoi. This little pottery village of Ba Trang reaches back perhaps 700 years when each family along the street had its own little factory at the back of the house and a sales area right at the front and spilling on to the stree...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:41
61. Muskoka: Top Destination in Canada
Muskoka: Top Destination in Canada
Muskoka topped the list! Yes, Muskoka has been in the list of of the world's best summer trips. It was chosen according to National Geographic editor-in-chief because this region "feels like it's been there for a long time and stayed true to what is". This region is a 2,500 square mile natural p...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
62. Persuation: An Art or a Technique?
Persuation: An Art or a Technique?
How do you go about persuading people to move in a direction you think is the right one? Definitely, not only through techniques. Persuation is more than that. It is an art and people who have mastered this art are bound to be successful. The art of persuasion is often thought of as the gentle n...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:28
63. Warm Winter Holiday Destinations
Warm Winter Holiday Destinations
For many people, the best thing about Christmas is planning to escape the cold of winter the day the holiday festival is over. Warm destinations beckon and depending on where you are, you head off to where the sun is. Shopper exhaustion presents fatigue, the sagging tummy, the semi-permanent hang...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
64. The Best of Cambodia
The Best of Cambodia
Yes, Cambodia or Kampuchea as it is popularly referred to in the local language, was once at its best, a great empire. For centuries, the Khmer Empire ruled much of Southeast Asia and this power is very much evident in the ruins of the Angkor Wat and the other Angkorian temples dotting not only t...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:21:38
65. Hanoi: Top Street Food Experience
Hanoi: Top Street Food Experience
Hanoi offers the world's best street food experience. Its streets maybe the world's biggest kitchen. Every corner has a grandma making soups (pho) of every description and the glorious scent announcements waft through the winter's misty air. But, that's just the beginning. Custom made sandwiches...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:03:47
66. How to Care for Silk
How to Care for Silk
Silk is just fabulous. Light as the air so you can stuff many items in your suitcase. You can roll them and they arrive fresh in your destination. People often avoid buying silk because of the prohibitive cost of dry cleaning. I used to bring my silk to the dry cleaners and all they managed to do...
Fashion & Beauty - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:27
67. The Biblical City of Ephesus
The Biblical City of Ephesus
Ephesus is blessed with a great and complex history and also some of the most beautiful scenic landscapes in the world. It lies between two great rolling hills and the beautiful valley is as peaceful today as it was two thousand years ago when Mary, Jesus" mother lived there. My husband and I wer...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
68. The Exceptional Super Sneezer
The Exceptional Super Sneezer
AHHHHCHOOOH! I thought for many days and consulted several family members about what personal weird thing or eccentricity I might write on. It took some time to refine my thinking and focus on one thing which apparently I do at an Olympic level although I think these claims are nonsense! Admitted...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
69. Tribute to Father
Tribute to Father
I was in third year in university when my father died. It was during exam days and someone fetched us from school and we knew he would be dead by the time we reached home. That was way back in 1969 and he was only 53 years old. He died young long after the "Bataan March" had tested his body. He ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
70.  Plan a Fun Halloween Party
 Plan a Fun Halloween Party
Every one loves a party and family parties where people dress up are the most fun of all. Imagine the Bat family, Mom and Dad and two kids arriving all in their winged outfits. How about the royal family Queen, King, and maybe a princess? Balls in the 18th century often had dress up themes becau...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
71. How to Choose a Restaurant
How to Choose a Restaurant
How do you choose a restaurant? Will the occasion itself shape your choice. Or, is food a major factor? Aren't service, ambiance and location important too? Or, do you go for Michelin stars? When you take the time to choose, oftentimes you are rewarded with a great gastronomic experience built ar...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:10
72. Christmas Wreaths and Garlands
Christmas Wreaths and Garlands
Wreaths and garlands are the most eloquent of seasonal decorations. They go well with almost any area in the house and with a few ornaments, they make the house show the festive spirit of the season. Wreaths have 3 major uses. They show remembrance when laid at memorials. They show triumphs when...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
73. The Tonle Sap: Cambodia's Environmental Hotspot
The Tonle Sap: Cambodia's Environmental Hotspot
The range of human interest goes way beyond beaches and archaeology, and if eco systems and river cultures are part of your obsession, here's a gem for you! Tonle Sap, Cambodia's horn of plenty. In Khmer, Tonle Sap means Large Fresh Water. More commonly, it is now translated as Great Lake. A com...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
74. 7 Magic Years to Kids Creativity
7 Magic Years to Kids Creativity
The squeals of happy creativity or the whine of boredom? How do you want your kids to be? Do you want your kids trying out things, dreaming of possibilities, poking at alternatives, inventing strategies, digging at problems or just sitting and watching television and shortening their lives with a...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
75. Best Jewelry Holders
Best Jewelry Holders
Why a jewelry holder? Finding the right jewelry to wear with the day's outfit is always a struggle for many women. The more stylish they are, the more time they spend to find just the right one to use with a particular outfit or occasion. Others don't really care about style but they want their ...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:41
76. Apsara: Dance of the Woodland Spirits
Apsara: Dance of the Woodland Spirits
The Apsara Dance or RobamTep Apsara as the Khmer call it is Cambodia's special national treasure. This has been confirmed by UNESCO when in 2003, the Apsara Dance was recognized in the world's gallery of cultural masterpieces as a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity". Apsara...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:24:17
77. Books Dads Would Enjoy
Books Dads Would Enjoy
Have a thought on what to give Dad this Father's Day? The third week of June will be here soon and the old guy deserves something better than a tie or a silly magnet for the tool chest. Compared to our mothers, we often take fathers for granted and do not really put much thought into gifts. Mayb...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:02:20
78. Top Christmas Gifts for Tween Girls
Top Christmas Gifts for Tween Girls
Shopping is always in the must do list when I am with our two grand children, two tween girls. Shopping for gifts with these two tweens for their friends' birthdays gives me a peek at what tweens like, their world and what they go for. Come special occasions, it is not so difficult to find them g...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
79. Managing your Digital Footprint
Managing your Digital Footprint
Have you ever thought about the impact of what you put online? Are you aware of your digital footprint? Has a job interviewer asked you yet to open your facebook site or your twitter account? Is your boss or whoever wandering through your social sites? Are you concerned that future employers will...
Internet - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:55:09
80. Unique Cambodia Adventure
Unique Cambodia Adventure
We had been back and forth to Cambodia since 2002 on different contract adventures working with either the Ministry of Labour, Vocational Training or the Ministry of Education or directly with the Asian Development Bank. Over the past two years, with a hint of semi permanence, we have taken a 3 ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:55:09
81. The Silence of the Moment
The Silence of the Moment
What a scarce commodity is silence in today's world. It is seldom that we take a moment just to sense silence around us in the midst of bustling noise. I sometimes wonder if today's folks ever know the peace of an evening with only the loon singing to a cricket chorus. Or, the silence of the ear...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
82. Elegance of Pearls
Elegance of Pearls
Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn express the essence of pearls. They exude the understated elegance of this beautiful jewelry. I love pearls as they compliment my choice of clothes. I have a preference for clothes with simple classic cut so I find myself wearing pearls most of the time. I was told ...
Fashion & Beauty - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:34:35
83. Kirirom National Park
Kirirom National Park
Kirirom or Mountain of Joy is Cambodia's first officially designated national park and what an exciting start to protecting the countries natural history. Located 112 km from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, in the province of Kampong Speu, it takes in over 35,000 hectares of the Elephant Mountai...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
84. Condom-en-Armagnac, France
Condom-en-Armagnac, France
Armed with a car and a map and a few Euros, the husband and myself found ourselves in the place where they make the best armagnac, Condom-en-Armagnac. I have to admit that it was armagnac that drew us to this place. With five days to roam around between grandparenting assignments, we chose the le...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
85. Top Things to Do in Vientiane
Top Things to Do in Vientiane
Sandalwood. Wiang-jun. This special name of Vientiane, Laos' capital city comes from Pali, the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism and truly means sandalwood, a flower from India treasured for its fragrance. What a wonderful, hopeful name for a city. What a vision it calls up of a lost his...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
86. The Ho Chi Minh Trail
The Ho Chi Minh Trail
Saigon will always be Saigon. Only airlines call it by its new name, Ho Chi Minh, and Old Uncle Ho deserves better than to have a temporary city name as his memorial. The Ho Chi Minh Trail is much more fitting. It is almost unmarked, flitting among trees and rivers and swamps. It is a memory burn...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
87. Avenches: The Ancient Roman Capital in Switzerland
Avenches: The Ancient Roman Capital in Switzerland
Having nothing urgent to do after bringing our grand daughter at her school in Laussane, we decided to venture to Avenches. Our neighbors had mentioned that there are Roman ruins there which coincided nicely with our reading as we were both into Iggulden's great Caesar trilogy. I had just worked...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:27
88. Chance Discovery in Sicily
Chance Discovery in Sicily
There are many forms of tourism but for me chance discovery is a passion. What is chance discovery? It's having a general understanding of important places of a country or region or province heading in the right direction but then watching road signs and the hill tops for places we've never heard...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
89. Teaching Children to Live in a Complex Economic World
Teaching Children to Live in a Complex Economic World
Most teachers know very little about economics and so it is almost never referred to in when they teach children in the lower grades. This worries me as the real world we live in is driven by the big economic engine and all we train are consumers rather than wealth creators who have to figure it ...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
90. Top Things to Do in Singapore
Top Things to Do in Singapore
We've visited Singapore off and on since the 1960's, usually working. The National Beast is the Merlion but it should be the Chameleon because every time we see this city state it has changed its colours and shapes and sizes and self-confidence levels. As we are currently working in Southeast As...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
91. Finding Your Dream Job in 7 Easy Steps
Finding Your Dream Job in 7 Easy Steps
Are you dragging yourself in a job that is so boring all you do is move papers? Time to dream your job in technicolour. You can have that dream job you so desire. My husband and I are enjoying our dream jobs right now. Our life is an international adventure as we work in countries where we can m...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
92. Be a World Traveler in Your Own City
Be a World Traveler in Your Own City
What do most world travelers talk about when they come home? Maybe a beach or a funny looking building but for sure, they'll talk about the top cuisine of that country, the most delicious food they ate and the menus they saw. You don't have to leave Cleveland or Hamilton to have the same stories....
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:13
93. Living with Raccoons
Living with Raccoons
In the cities we have a shared space agreement with raccoons. They live over the hedge defining our garbage as prime steak and we live indoors just barely aware that they're out there. But at the cottage, its a whole different experience. In the woods is their territory. We peek in and watch them...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:53:49
94. The Heritage City of Hoi An
The Heritage City of Hoi An
For years, I have wanted to visit the heritage city of Hoi An and the desire grew as we heard the stories of friends who dropped into Hoi An each time they visited us in Cambodia. When part of our own family came to visit, I saw this as a great opportunity to go to a really historic region while...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:57
95. Elephants in Asia
Elephants in Asia
Two weeks ago, an Asian elephant called Sambo with a history of commendable behaviour, finally took one swat too many from his foul tempered Mahout and utterly lost it. He instantly shifted from being a decent villager into a nightmare that gave Mon Village in Kampong Speu a real scare for a few ...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
96. How to Choose Companies to Invest In
How to Choose Companies to Invest In
Look. I'm just an amateur. I am not an investment guru who can tell you which companies to choose to invest money in. I am the ultimate amateur investor. No one asks me for advice and if they did, I'm not sure I'd give it. But I have fun in the market and I do really well. Here's how I go about ...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:36
97. My Journey Across Beliefs
My Journey Across Beliefs
My journey across beliefs started when I was born and reared a Catholic in a largely Catholic country, the Philippines. In fact, my mother told me I was born when the Cathedral bells chimed for the morning mass on the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Hence my name as the Saint's name marked in th...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:36
98. Autumn in Muskoka
Autumn in Muskoka
There is no tapestry in nature as beautifully woven as autumn in Muskoka. The explosion of colors woven into a vast blanket spreading across lakes and villages is almost beyond imagination. Standing on a hill looking over a valley of maples and oaks and birch trees without the hum of mosquitoes ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:14
99. Diving in Aruba
Diving in Aruba
If you dive, you know the haunt of shipwrecks. For those with this sense of adventure, Aruba is the Caribbean's jewel in the crown. Beyond the 3 dimension thrill of floating through them, there is the total sense of quiet and the hint of the unknown and treasure. This old Dutch colony is famous ...
Sports & Recreation - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:52
100. Creating Change through Organization Development
Creating Change through Organization Development
When I read this Squidoo Quest on what are you an expert at, I did not immediately think of Organization Development. In fact, I just glossed over the quest. Like a good GP in medicine, it seemed to me that I'm not an expert in any one thing. But as a generalist with a great deal of experience, I...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:04:02
101. Effective Tips in Aging Skin Care
Effective Tips in Aging Skin Care
After 60 years, my beautiful skin of which I was most proud is aging, moonscaped in dots and splotches. Now only a memory is the suppleness of youth that made my skin glow and exude freshness. Walking regularly in a country where the sun shines strongly even in the early hours and staying long o...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:22:36
102. Theatre Memorabilia: Best 2014 Gifts
Theatre Memorabilia: Best 2014 Gifts
If you're one of those for whom theatre is a passion and your months are marked by the totally engaging performances you've been a part of, then theatre memorabilia is a twelve month Christmas in your home. Live theatre. Not the agony of your six year old forgetting her lines but the joy of the ...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
103. Hop with the Rabbit
Hop with the Rabbit
Iwas born on the Year of the Rabbit so I really get to hop around! Last year was the Year of the Rabbit so it was an auspicious year for me. I became a Giant Squid and started to take giant squidlike slithers here in Squidoo. Between a slithering squid and a hopping rabbit, my moves may have bee...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:08:14
104. Blue Buffalo: Worth the Price for Healthier Pets
Blue Buffalo: Worth the Price for Healthier Pets
For years, my niece was appalled at the high prices of 'premium' pet food. Some of the best brands' costs could, quite literally, cover a couple of monthly credit card payments. She had grown up with dogs who ate regular, low-cost food that was easily found at the grocery or discount store, and w...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
105. The Traditional Craft Villages of Hanoi
The Traditional Craft Villages of Hanoi
I had lunch the other day with a Vietnamese friend and in the middle of our meal, she burst out, "You know you have been in Hanoi for 7 months now. You are becoming Vietnamese." I was surprised when she said that but Hanoi is really becoming our second home. We spend more time here than in Canad...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
106. The Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature
Founded in 1070 by King Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature hosted the first university in Vietnam, the Imperial Academy. It was the most elevated place of learning at a time when high position depended upon degrees. Ph.D. degree and your name is chipped into a stone stelae and long after ou...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
107. Fine Jewelry for Women
Fine Jewelry for Women
What could be more romantic than this on her special day? A precious jewelry inside a red ribboned box hidden somewhere easy for her to find. Nothing creates a smile and gives a lasting forever style of memory than a new necklace or ring or bracelet to mark this special day on her 2013 calendar. ...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
108. Ladies, it's your Money
Ladies, it's your Money
2 7% of the money worldwide is in the hands of women. Why just a quarter? Well let's celebrate what is and pursue equity another time! That is $20 trillion! That is a lot of money. Women have always been actively involved in managing family money and are getting increasingly sophisticated in the...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
109. Oman: The Jewel of the Gulf
Oman: The Jewel of the Gulf
Like the smell of frankincense in the warm desert breeze, the smell of rare spices, the chatter of the souks, or the roaring silence of the desert? Then, the Sultanate of Oman is for you. This Jewel of the Gulf, with its wadis and deserts, its beaches and mountain areas and its forts, old souks, ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
110. 9 Life Values to Share with Children
9 Life Values to Share with Children
Teaching children life values in today's world has become more difficult but significantly more important. The values constantly blared at us in our own family rooms is: Be rich, famous, powerful and fabulous. And we consciously or unconsciously fit into these models. Of course, doesn't everyone...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
111. Sigiriya: The Palace in the Sky
Sigiriya: The Palace in the Sky
One of Sri Lanka's world heritage sites, Sigiriya or Sihigiriya is an ancient rock fortress with a very interesting history. It is sometimes referred to as The Mountain of Remembrance. Located in the central Matale region of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kaysapa (477-495...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:56
112. A Little Girl's Backyard in Asia
A Little Girl's Backyard in Asia
We are indeed a long way from Kansas, Dorothy. But I'm not far from Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz when she said: "and it's that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with." An echo ...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
113. 7 Ways to Make Group Travel Fun
7 Ways to Make Group Travel Fun
Have you ever travelled in a group? For a month? From Brownie camps to hockey team travels, to church groups or families, many of us have group travel experiences and tips to share. Maybe, you've spent a month in a tour bus with fifty flapping blue hairs and husbands in full Clevelands (white sh...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:09
114. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
Walking along the streets of Hanoi one pleasant Saturday morning, Grumpy and I came across an English bookstore and immediately rushed in to scour books on the shelves. The search rendered an immediate reward; an undiscovered gem by my favourite author, Alexander McCall Smith. He has several ser...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
115. Top Products for Healthy Hair
Top Products for Healthy Hair
Folks with gorgeous thick naturally colored hair are the most irritating 1% in the world's history. They have no idea of the agonies and horrors that the 99% go through to gather messy scruff sorted into a marginally acceptable dome cover. I am not talking about the bald or the terminally dandru...
Fashion & Beauty - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
116. Why Rural Tourism Gets High Marks
Why Rural Tourism Gets High Marks
Have you ever wondered why rural tourism is getting high marks among the tourist crowd? Small villages and farming communities still provide a great peek into histories and not just of other cultures, but of our own community of humans, where major chunks are still occupied by indigenous people w...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:10
117. Top US Virgin Islands Dive Sites
Top US Virgin Islands Dive Sites
This diving destination, the U.S. Virgin Islands are made up of the main islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John along with the smaller Water Island and a gang of minor islands that are little floating dreams. Most are known for beaches, strategic harbors and fabled dive sites but the U.S....
Sports & Recreation - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
118. Halloween Bash for Teens and Tweens
Halloween Bash for Teens and Tweens
Once your kids have hit their teens, odds are they've far outgrown the trick or treating phase, except at the window soaping mischief level. While they still want plenty of candy for Halloween, trick or treating is such a "kid thing" that they're no doubt well past it and on to other, cooler thin...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
119. Mobile Technology: What's New?
Mobile Technology: What's New?
Mega investments are ramping up to drive data traffic and mobile applications. The growing outcome is that ever more advanced and user friendly mobile technology solutions are peeking out of our hardware hoping we'll notice. The kids and early adapters are all over this stuff and the creaky back...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
120. San: The Most Ancient People on Earth
San: The Most Ancient People on Earth
Hanging on to the edge of livable land by your finger nails is a hard way to live a life. But the Innu do it, the Bedou manage in a different kind of desert and in the furthest tip of Africa, the San people teach us about life on the fringe. The gods must have been crazy to park a nation in a de...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
121. How to Choose a Hotel
How to Choose a Hotel
Check the stars. Most of us look at the stars when we choose a hotel. And now some of the top-enders have gone to diamonds to rate their properties. An escalation of exaggeration that only brings hysterics. What about those one of a kind boutique hotels where one gets the feel of being transporte...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:02
122. Are Temp Jobs for You?
Are Temp Jobs for You?
If you are a new graduate or just out of work, don't let false pride get between you and a new, different work experience. Try temp jobs. Even better, if you have an expertise that the job market is looking for right now, this is your chance to earn so much more and have exciting opportunities t...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:02
123. Commemorative Gifts for Christmas
Commemorative Gifts for Christmas
Giving commemorative gifts is to celebrate the person, the person's achievements and the symbol that this person is. Commemorative gifts honor the person. This is often true in a retirement party. Memory gifts can also be given to celebrate special events, an anniversary or significant moments in...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:57
124. Engaging Communities in Development
Engaging Communities in Development
You may have been involved in some of these community responsive programs. Or you may have met someone who has been actively involved in it. Or, probably your Church, or your civic organization or your club or your kids or your friends and neighbors have been actively involved in some. In fact, d...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
125. Top Ways to Use Up Jack-o-Lantern Leftovers
Top Ways to Use Up Jack-o-Lantern Leftovers
Splonk...and another post Halloween pumpkin bites the dust, at least, the dust bin. Do you ever feel wasteful throwing away all those pumpkins when Halloween is over? It's easy to go overboard at the pumpkin patch or supermarket and come home with more pumpkins than you or your kids can possibly...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:13
126. The Historic Town of Huntsville
The Historic Town of Huntsville
Huntsville in Muskoka popped into world attention when the G-8 was held here in 2010, at Deerhurst, hugging the edges of the town. For this high optics event, Huntsville got a serious sprucing up briefly converting sleepy hollow into a micro bustle. In the past twenty years or so of my going and...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
127. The Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Cambodia
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Cambodia
Observed not only in Cambodia but also in Thailand, this ancient royal ritual of the ploughing ceremony marks the start of the growing season. People gather around their king and together they implore the gods for blessing and know what the gods have in store for the crop year. Cambodians call th...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
128. The Rolling Hills of Mondulkiri
The Rolling Hills of Mondulkiri
Mondulkiri is Cambodia's wild west, its hill station. It is as different from the southern Provinces and cities as Tibet is from Shanghai. Jungles and plantations. Jungle trails, hills and indigenous people. Cool, cool weather and mountains (Ok..serious hills). Not much electricity and one great ...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
129. The Agung Rai Museum of Art
The Agung Rai Museum of Art
After years of dithering and world weary excuses, we decided our options had all been used up and we must go to Bali. In our peripatetic community, someone who hasn't been to Bali is as rare as a Bhutanese Snow Leopard. Not going was an admission of indolence and utter ignorance. Being introduced...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:52
130. Go Mobile: The New Digital Mantra
Go Mobile: The New Digital Mantra
For the last 13 years, I have had a mobile and footloose lifestyle. I have "migrated" through various hotels and apartments in at least 10 countries and enjoyed each experience. Since we left our jobs 13 years ago, my husband and I have worked on a succession of contracts requiring residence for ...
Computers & Electronics - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
131. Lighthouse Reef: A Diving Adventure
Lighthouse Reef: A Diving Adventure
The Caribbean really has THE representative avalanche of spectacular dive sites this planet has to offer to every level of diving enthusiast looking for a great adventure. The Lighthouse Reef is definitely the place you have to see to believe. Situated just 50 miles off the East of Belize, this ...
Sports & Recreation - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:14:13
132. Diving in Little Cayman
Diving in Little Cayman
If you've explored a sample of the thousands of diving locations all over the world and done your homework, you will quickly place the Little Cayman on your "absolutely must dive" list. And for experienced divers, the "Bloody Bay Wall" found in Little Cayman, is something magical with a reputatio...
Sports & Recreation - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:52
133. Social Media in Organizations
Social Media in Organizations
Leader-organizations have long since put their toboggan on top of the social media avalanche and are actively engaging their communities through these various social media platforms. They see these platforms as excellent tools not only in direct marketing but in finding out what people go for an...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:28
134. How to Come Up with Small Business Ideas
How to Come Up with Small Business Ideas
Small business ideas are sprouting all the time. The market is a very dynamic place. It is constantly changing and bringing with it new demands for products and services. And as such, business opportunities. Books on business often tell you to do surveys or focus group discussions. Most of the t...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:55
135. TET Festival in Vietnam
TET Festival in Vietnam
TET in Vietnam. What a good thing it is to have multiple New Years. Some countries are just lucky. January 1 maybe a holiday but in Vietnam, the real ramping up for serious partying begins much later in January for the biggest event of the year. TET or Tet Nguyen Dan. This great new year celebra...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:00
136. Crazy Roadside Attractions in Hanoi
Crazy Roadside Attractions in Hanoi
In North America, roadside attractions can be farmers markets, an old Burmashave sign, a semi hidden police car, one single shoe lost by a passing car. But Asia is a whole different world. In Asian cities like Hanoi, life is lived at the curb. Houses are too small for families to stay indoors, s...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:45
137. Tree Planting in Ba Vi Park
Tree Planting in Ba Vi Park
One Saturday morning, Grumpy and I joined a tree planting activity in Ba Vi National Park in Vietnam. We went not just to enjoy this fabulous slice of nature but to do something for Mother Earth. We all share the world. Wherever we are, we have a responsibility to do what we can to make the envir...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:41
138. Sam Walton: Made in America
Sam Walton: Made in America
Countries need to reinvent themselves to remain competitive in the great world development race. United States has done this many times from 1776 through the civil war through the great industrial revolution and finally, through the brilliance of Sam Walton who saw America as the great consumer e...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:53:29
139. The One Pillar Pagoda
The One Pillar Pagoda
The One Pillar Pagoda tucked in among various memorial monoliths in the center of Hanoi is definitely a delight to visit. In a world of mega UNESCO heritage sites surrounded by singing tenors, moonlight driven spotlights and the hyenas of the home countries' tourism industry, there are some dusty...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:28
140. OxiClean Stain Remover... Worth the Price!
OxiClean Stain Remover... Worth the Price!
Infomercial Product? I always feel a bit (okay, a lot) skeptical regarding products introduced on infomercials. Why can't they just show up on the store shelves like everybody else? This is essentially how I saw OxiClean. An infomercial product. Probably overpriced, over-marketed, and, ultimate...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
141. Winter of the World: Book 2 in the Century Trilogy
Winter of the World: Book 2 in the Century Trilogy
"Why was it, Lloyd wondered, that the people who wanted to destroy everything good about their country were the quickest to wave the national flag?" This key character in Winter of the World, Lloyd Williams, expressed what most struggled with between 1933 to 1949. How can nationalism so pervert ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
142. Dragonflies and Red Lacquer Centerpiece
Dragonflies and Red Lacquer Centerpiece
Vietnam's Lacquer Ware Vietnam"s lacquer ware has a long long tail. Maybe, two thousand years in length. Lacquer items have been found in ancient tombs from as early as the 3rd century. The beauty is so captivating that I am committed to learning and now working on one item out of egg shell. Tha...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
143. The Seven Billionth Child
The Seven Billionth Child
The seven billionth child is here. The clock has stopped ticking. Past midnight on October 31, the symbolic seven billionth child was born into some mega spotlights. This time, the UN refrained from declaring one baby as the seven billionth child. Each country declared its own symbolic seven bill...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
144. Top Holiday Destinations
Top Holiday Destinations
New Year is truly the merriest time of the year. The best way to make merry is to go to holiday destinations which can be talking points for the rest of the year. The New Year puts people in a happier, more hopeful mood and gives us the opportunity to take a break from the daily grind and get aw...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
145. 5 Effective Steps to Boost Your Performance
5 Effective Steps to Boost Your Performance
Oh yes you can! You can turbo charge your performance. Top performance is within your reach. You can achieve so much you'll blow your own socks off. And when you put in the effort, total committment and executed plans effectively, you will get a high that will lift you to a whole new level. Belie...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
146. Gift Baskets for Gardeners
Gift Baskets for Gardeners
All gardeners obsess about the perfect tool or the perfect plant for a particular corner. However, the perfect tool or the right plant may not fit the gardener in your list so your best bet is to create a beautiful basket just for a particular gardener. You can fill up the basket with things tha...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:44
147. Luang Prabang:The Ancient Capital of Laos
Luang Prabang:The Ancient Capital of Laos
If the Luang Prabang box has not yet been ticked off from your globe trotting must-do matrix, it's time to get yourself in gear and visit this ancient capital of Laos. Nestled where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong in north-central Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and altho...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
148. Creative Wedding Favors
Creative Wedding Favors
Weddings and funerals rank 1 and 2 in cultural identity. If you're outside in your own village, block or street you need to get advice before you even think of gifts, goodbyes, hellos, rewards, and nice things to do. Here's a tradition that has long been practiced in the world of weddings. It st...
Weddings - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:53:34
149. Best Gift for your Hostess
Best Gift for your Hostess
The centrepiece platter with hollies and poinsettias for the Christmas table. The ceramic Santa candle holders for the once a year mega dinner. A tasteful turkey memorial setting to be assembled in one corner of dining room. It's up to you to make the choice. Bless your hostess with some imagina...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:53:29
150. Spook-tacular Halloween Decoration
Spook-tacular Halloween Decoration
Halloween is a time for magic, and few things are more magical for kids than finding a familiar neighbors' front door transformed into a house of horrors facade! Think back to when you were a kid trick or treating in your neighborhood and remember the few legendary houses that you all talked abo...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:28
151. 10 Tips to Beat Christmas Rush
10 Tips to Beat Christmas Rush
It's here again! December madness. The chaos and rush of Christmas! The world tries to go into one store all at the same time to find the perfect Christmas presents for their loved ones. For many, the thrill of the Christmas Rush is like the joy of the hounds chasing foxes in 19th century Englan...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:28
152. Mobile Technologies and Health
Mobile Technologies and Health
Mobile devices and wireless technologies are now 'operating" in the health sector adding hope in saving lives of millions of people from preventable diseases. At the mHealth Summit, representatives from pharmaceutical companies, non-profits, telecoms, academia and other social enterprises discus...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:34:57
153. Fabulous Valentine Gift Ideas
Fabulous Valentine Gift Ideas
Have you picked your Valentine gift for your special someone? Maybe you've got ideas based on your Christmas experience. But Christmas and birthdays are different. Valentine's is a chance to have fun and get something frivolous and amusing. So, if you haven't made a choice and you're staying in t...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:33:06
154. Dress Up Your Home for Christmas
Dress  Up Your Home for Christmas
There are unlimited possibilities and ideas (and budget levels) for dressing up your home this Christmas and if you make it a team sport, you can unleash your family's creativity and build memories for future generations that will outlive toys and games and doozy dinners. In most countries, Chri...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:04:00
155. The Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek
The Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek
Years ago, I had been involved in a project in South Africa helping with the transition from apartheid. Of course I heard many stories on the most recent history and saw the separation of the races, but immediate issues commanded all the time I had and I understood little of how South Africa had ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
156. Our Six Watch Dogs
Our Six Watch Dogs
With our place in the Philippines, we have inherited six watch dogs. They wander the property, have constant issues with dogs in fields outside the property, assorted goats, an obstreperous free range pig up the way and any cow idiotic enough to wander too close to our fences. They have a clear p...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
157. 14 Powerful Things Effective Trainers Do
14 Powerful Things Effective Trainers Do
Have you ever been in a training event where the trainer sparked everyone and drew you into a more effective participation? Chances are you've also been in one grinder where you were lulled to sleep as the "bore at the board" just read all the stuff you're supposed to know from yellowed patched a...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:10
158. Powerful Start to Self Directed Investing
Powerful Start to Self Directed Investing
I have just weathered through once again a very volatile market and this made my experience as a self directed investor more exciting. My passion to create wealth is strong which doesn't necessarily mean I've won my investing gold medals yet, but I have jumped into the pool and I'm swimming, not ...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:55:07
159. The Beaches of Sihanoukville
The Beaches of Sihanoukville
Those who frequent Sihanoukville may be familiar with the choice of sandy beaches such as Ouchoutel, Sokha, Serendipity, and Holiday. With the road system greatly improved, Sihanoukville is a great get away from Phnom Penh on a long weekend. There are good buses and vans that will bring you ther...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
160. Do it Yourself Investing Tips
Do it Yourself Investing Tips
Interested in do-it-yourself investing? Ah, you've heard your friend investing on her own talking about her gains? You have all read of people claiming they have gained millions of dollars investing in the stock market. Or, articles that say put in $200 and gain a million. Some of these are true,...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
161. Flowering Plants for Your Home
Flowering Plants for Your Home
As Consultants, we have lived and worked in over 40 countries. Yes, it is a life full of wonderful adventure and change, but also of spare hotel rooms and very basic apartments. How do you give a lift to this pallid and insipid space when you may only be in there for a month or so? For us, flowe...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
162. The Charm of Alleyways
The Charm of Alleyways
Big open streets show you everything. They're great thirsty towels that ask nothing. They ask nothing from you but to look and absorb. They give your answers whereas the narrow alleys just ask questions. Alleyways, little alleys, twisted back streets, small gated enclosures kick start the imagina...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
163. How to be a Happy Atom
How to be a Happy Atom
After amazing struggles and adventures that would daunt the bravest, Camille concluded, that in life the best thing to do was to tend your garden. Voltaire had it right. Trying to change the world with great deeds achieves nothing. Doing the best we can with our own lives is the most unselfish c...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:57
164. Le Gruyere Switzerland
Le Gruyere Switzerland
A Gruyere visit has always been high on my box-to be-ticked list especially because an acquaintance of ours, Jean-Claude, comes from this canton and has a bristling pride in its beauty and its cheese. One afternoon as we pottered around Lausanne's outskirts, we happened upon a Gruyere sign and s...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:21:56
165. Top Gifts for Little Boys
Top Gifts for Little Boys
Christmas is shooting down at us like a space invader on green apples! Do you have any idea on gifts to charm little boys on this occasion? Little boys often like different things from little girls. They certainly will not appreciate dolls. We used to threaten our two grand children with gifts of...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
166. MultiTool: Best Gift for Traveler
MultiTool: Best Gift for Traveler
Your Stuff. If you're a traveler, your stuff is as important to you as your wedding night. Even for those who don't want to travel, they still like their stuff. The Leatherman Multitool is the King of Stuff. It turns a helpless popsie into a KungFu fixer or a broad shouldered middle age man. Spac...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
167. Teach Your Children Well
Teach Your Children Well
Teach Your Children well Their fathers hell did slowly go by And you, of tender years, can't know the fears, your elders grew by (Crosby, Stills Nash and Young") Children's performance has always been the despair of their parents. Plato (600BC) bewailed the state of society when the children cl...
Parenting & Kids - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
168. Plan for Life not Retirement
Plan for Life not Retirement
Unless you plan for life, you will live many of your retirement years in regret. So about 5 years before the "Big Leap", we started working on a life plan designed for us. Retirement is a new life. More true today when life is healthier and longer. The retirement years can no longer be taken for ...
Education - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:01
169. Top Ways to Green your Travel
Top Ways to Green your Travel
Tired of all the green things you are hearing? I am. So, no lectures about travel carbon emissions, aircraft or environment. Let's just get right to how you can be a little more comfortable with your carbon footprint even if you have to travel. Just simple choices you can make when you travel. G...
Healthy Living - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:27
170. Franschoek Motor Museum
Franschoek Motor Museum
Where is Franschoek Motor Museum? How do I bring Dad there? The third Sunday of June is Father's Day and it's gradually catching up to Mom's annual event as a serious family celebration. The image of stern old dad grumping across the living room to the dog eared chair pipe in hand is a bit passe,...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:26
171. Finding Michener
Finding Michener
Is Michener yesterday? For some, yesterday means dead fashion, cute expressions and bad bagels. For others, yesterday has a hint of lessons learned, of wisdom shared, of ideas started. James Michener is a part of the second yesterday. In the 60s 70s and 80s he was a giant, writing the books we a...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:21
172. Who Is Santa?
Who Is Santa?
Christmas is the ultimate blender-mixed "smoothie" of a religious holiday and a basket of non-religious cultural, historical and commercial ingredients. Santa Klaus is the top ingredient with parents hauling their kids to the mall to take that annual picture with Santa. Other globalized practices...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:22:23
173. The Urban Forager
The Urban Forager
Scounger. Junk Yard Dixie. Junk Collector. Neighbourhood Nuisance. Aggressive Recycler...what am I? I am a professional, fully qualified certified, experienced and explosively enthusiastic Urban Forager, a UF. The day the Garbage Guys became Sanitation Engineers, we, the night time curb artists ...
Culture & Society - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:02
174. The Whale Sharks of Utila
The Whale Sharks of Utila
W elcome to Utila, the Whale Shark capital of the world. You have not yet done everything until you have swam with us. Utila is in our migratory path as we take our world trip. That is why they often see us here and we have become some kind of celebrities around here. Folks from all over the wor...
Pets & Animals - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
175. Top 3 Nonfiction Books
Top 3 Nonfiction Books
Confronted with choosing the top books for nonfiction, I struggled a bit. I thought of history books but often, the past is recorded by winners so it really is fiction. I looked at the list on contemporary nonfiction writing and I thought, observation of the present based on partial and personal ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:40
176. Food for Father's Day
Food for Father's Day
I had been avoiding this quest. As always, when the challenge is around food and cooking, I tend to call Grumpy in from the porch. He is totally haphazard, but his stuff tastes good. I am a tad challenged in this area as kitchen bashing is just not a biggy with me. I love reading lenses that des...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:35
177. Last Minute Costumes for Halloween
Last Minute Costumes for Halloween
Costumes are a huge part of Halloween, but with all the other preparations, it's easy to lose track of time and find yourself (or your child) costume-less on the big night. Don't panic! With quick and easy costumes available online, you'll never have to resort to a bed-sheet ghost or the pillow-c...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
178. New York: The Novel
New York: The Novel
In this lifetime, New York has always been tomorrow. It is what will happen in the rest of the world. Its emerging art, music trends, wall street and the world's greatest capital markets. Its where new industries and ideas find support and where Schumpeter laughs as tired old ideas die. NY is th...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:40
179. Songbirds for Your Home this Winter
Songbirds for Your Home this Winter
No, I don't mean teach Grumpy how to whistle. We just had dinner with friends here in Hanoi and in the midst of Hanoi winter (it can go down to 10 degrees), we were treated to the most glorious array of songbird in cages in their living room. These singing maestros burst into random song at the s...
Home & Garden - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:40
180. Best Asian Children's Books
Best Asian Children's Books
What? Children still reading? Have you seen one lately? I thought they've all been locked up in converted libraries. But apparently it's not true. The magical world of Asian fables and tales offer a great opportunity to open your kids' world to other than the familiar. The world of children's li...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:41
181. How to Choose Travel Insurance
How to Choose Travel Insurance
How many of you hit the road without any insurance coverage? You often take this for granted especially when it is just a short trip. You hope nothing will happen. But you are really tempting fate especially if spouse and kids are with you, too. This is just not a good idea. Doing nothing may tur...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
182. Preparing for International Job
Preparing for International Job
Off to a new international job? There are many things to prepare before you go. A signed contract. Don't leave home without it! If you're off to a new international job or assignment, have a signed contract, work order, or terms of reference for the job. Unless you are in sales, travelling on sp...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:51
183. Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake dominates Hanoi and its people. In Hanoi, any kind of space is at a premium. Even looking for some openness can leave you as a bumper sticker on a motor bike but right down in the heart of the busiest of the tourist areas is Hoan Kiem Lake. Hidden by streets of little shops sellin...
Travel & Places - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:23:21
184. Halloween not Hallowound
Halloween not Hallowound
Hob goblins, ghosts and ghouls. Halloween can be one of the great nights of the year for little and big children (up to grandpas and grandmas). Unfortunately, it's also time when the little ones and pets can easily be injured if you don't follow some basic precautions. As we can't all go out wra...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:11
185. A Mother's Gift
A Mother's Gift
What to give Mom this May 13, Mother's Day? This is the perennial question asked by those haunted by the record of humorously disastrous choices made in other years. This year, for the first time I won't be thinking of a gift for my mother. She has gone. She slipped away quietly a few weeks back...
Holidays & Celebrations - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:03:48
186. The Books of Alexander McCall Smith
The Books of Alexander McCall Smith
I had been reading Alexander McCall Smith every summer and when I spotted a new surprise in a book store here in Hanoi. I leaped over the counter, shouldered out a granny and nailed the desired tome in a single swoop. At 4 ft. 11, and 100 pounds I can be savage in attack mode. Once in a while, I...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:24:27
187. Aubrey and Maturin: Captains of Fiction
Aubrey and Maturin: Captains of Fiction
Striding across the pages of 20 magnificent novels we have the totally contrasting and utterly different characters of Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy and Dr. Stephen Maturin, the Ship's Surgeon, Spy and Naturalist. The two, must celebrate nightly at the phenomenal good luck of being found by Pat...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:10:36
188. The Joy of Doofustry
The Joy of Doofustry
What an absolute joy there is in the complete absence of pretensions. Just an "ah shucks" sort of broken grin with a touch of drool. Doofi are the salt of the earth. Yes, our friend Doofus wants nothing....he dreams a bit..but mainly of a decent burger......he has a total lack of ambition and is...
Entertainment & Media - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:41
189. Gifts for Four Year Old Boys and Girls
Gifts for Four Year Old Boys and Girls
Grumpy says the best gift he ever got as a kid was a cardboard box that his Mother's new wringer washing machine came in. He was 4 years old he says and his Dad and Uncle snacked the washer in the box in the basement somewhere in mid-December. Those days you had to assemble things so the next ni...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:23:13
190. Enterprise Start Up: Where is the Aladdin Lamp?
Enterprise Start Up: Where is the Aladdin Lamp?
T he perfect lens! The top magic lens idea! The killer app! The web that will bring millions of traffic. Some of you have started a winning enterprise. I can see flowski smile. Your lens is at the top of the squidoo enterprise. The frog to prince fairy dust unfortunately does not reach everyone!...
Business & Work - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:53
191. The Best iPad KeyBoard and Cover
The Best iPad KeyBoard and Cover
Half an iPad is only half a working tool. A hammer head with no handle? A rolling pin with no pins? An iPad without a Logitech Keyboard is just as limited as these other half tools. The Keyboard not only gives a bluetooth linked keyboard that can nudge you as close to a productivity tool as the ...
Gift Guide - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:45
192. A Fan of Fans
A Fan of Fans
A fan was the coolest toy I've ever owned. It did everything. Shaded me from the sun, kept me cool. There were millions things I could do with it. When I have it, I could be anyone from Madame Butterfly to Catherine the Great to my Mother. Yes, I am a fan of fans. The only toy more flexible is a ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:06:53
193. Badminton: A Game of Empire
Badminton: A Game of Empire
Bring 300 years of history into your backyard this summer. Go outside and think grassy lawns and starched white muslin frocks, boaters and pith helmets, the officers club, the Calcutta club the memsabs and squads of servants, a chota-peg of gin and tonic, Pims no.1, and the gentle tock tock of a ...
Sports & Recreation - Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:11:41

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