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Top Tips for Safe Travels

THE expectation of exploring lands far and near. The call of a half-packed duffel; ready to go at moment’s notice. A well-laid out itinerary; the labour of months of careful planning, saving.  The giddy excitement as departure date draws nigh; comparable more to pterodactyls than butterflies in your tummy. Travel , and its seamless pleasures …

What to give your mother on Mother’s day?

Have you already thought what to give your mother on her special day? While, it may seem overwhelming for you to please your mother, you would be surprised that your gift need not be expensive to show your love to the most special woman in your life. I conducted a random survey among family, friends …

Bird Watching, Anyone?

WATCHING BIRDS in the sky in full flight, their wings beating against the wind, their calls like musical notes in the air—it instills in us a sense of freedom. Bird-watchers attest to this experience. I’m glad to have become a bird-watcher myself, in just a few sessions. Aside from having a new hobby, bird-watching has …

Facial hair, cursed crumbs, pesky insects, and melatonin: the origins of Spring Cleaning

SPRING: in your step. In the air. That broken one in the mattress. Sunshine. Flowers. Solstice. Sandals. Pollen. Dust. Cleaning. Renewal. Rebirth. Awakening. Regeneration. Renovating. Soft pastels. Blush pinks. Grass greens. Fluffy-chick yellows. Squeaky clean whites: from cleaning. Spring is here, and so are its common associations. Cleaning, organizing, rearranging; spring cleaning: an obsessive-compulsive person’s …

Improving your Personality from Step 1 to Step 8

I first heard the words “personality development” in my first year in college; it was one of the general subjects I saw on my registration form. I was puzzled, at first. Should it be taught in school? Can we really improve our personality? I believed, back then, that if you were born shy or the …

A Twist on the Easter Egg Hunt

Children are just so fond of Easter Egg Hunt—it is a wonderful time to mingle with their friends and look for those colorful eggs in exchange of cool and exciting prizes. Today, it remains as a classic tradition that Christians live by. Interestingly, Easter Egg Hunt has nothing to do with Christianity; instead, it is …

Happiness 101: A Rousing Talk with a Wellness Guru

WE’RE FACED with uncertainty each day. Today may be all well and good, but tomorrow—who knows. I ask myself, “In spite of life’s many trials, can we still be happy?” Just recently, I attended a talk dubbed “Happy, Sexy, and Strong” by one Dr. James Rouse, a celebrated speaker in the field of wellness. As …

Of Idioms, Violins in Subways, and Wellness in a Hurried World

FROM CHILDHOOD we are inundated by idioms meant to inspire, motivate, caution, and–occasionally—rebuke. “The early bed gets the worm!” To get us out of bed for school. Usually spoken by harassed mothers to children who sleep like it was going out of style. “A penny saved is a penny earned!”; to get us to put …

Thoughts of Easter

MY THOUGHTS of Easter are associated with the most seemingly random of things: egg-hunting at the grounds of the White House when I was 7 years old; it was the Carter administration, and Jimmy’s daughter, Amy, used to host an annual egg-hunt for kids of government officials. My unmarried aunt worked for the World Bank. …

Wedding Tips you shouldn’t miss

Wedding preparations are innately overwhelming. I must know that. November last year, I got married, but several months before our BIG DAY, we were already busy preparing and planning every single detail of our wedding. Luckily, it turned out well. So, I want to share you some essential wedding tips that I’ve learned from my …

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