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Hi there. I am a person of many interests and I keep pursuing them. I have been in over 60 countries and in this ever changing experience of newness, I am absolutely committed to the idea that the more we look and talk about the goodness around us, the better the world will be.

I have a Ph.D. in Organization Development and work as a Consultant in other countries. I don't write much about my work as I am also interested in many other topics so my hubs reflect these other interests.

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  • Badajoz Spain
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    Badajoz Spain

    10 months ago

    Perched strategically on the border of Portugal, Badajoz was condemned to be a gruesome battleground and Wellington's Siege of 1812 changed Britain's view of its own military behaviour forever.

  • The Magic of Seville
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    The Magic of Seville

    9 months ago

    When we arrived, Seville appeared just like any other city of about a million or so people, full of tourists from various countries, but slowly unfolded its magic beautifully as the days went by.

  • Basic Skin Care Products for Men
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    Basic Skin Care Products for Men

    11 months ago

    Men are beginning to understand that they too need to take good care of their skin, just as women do. Of course there are still men who feel awkward about skin care so here's some simple tips.

  • Healthy Eating: Arrest your Kitchen Criminals
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    Healthy Eating: Arrest your Kitchen Criminals

    12 months ago

    There are no mysteries in healthy eating. A little good judgment on what you stock in your kitchen goes a long way into enhancing food options for your family.

  • What to Do When You Get Discouraged
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    What to Do When You Get Discouraged

    11 months ago

    Are you one of those who easily gets discouraged? Caught up in the cycle of discouragement? Get out of that rut now. Here are time tested 16 ideas that have worked for others.

  • Cordoba: Layers of History
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    Cordoba: Layers of History

    9 months ago

    What a gift to travellers Cordoba is. Two thousand years of history, still living, still vibrant, still easily accessible. So much of Europe's past is alive and reaching out in this Spanish city.

  • Lacquerware of Vietnam
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    Lacquerware of Vietnam

    8 months ago

    Lacquerware has been significant in Vietnam art. They range from picture frames to boxes, trays, and bowls and traditionally embellished with mother of pearl or egg shells.

  • Hanoi: A City Turned Inside Out
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    Hanoi: A City Turned Inside Out

    12 months ago

    In Hanoi, one is constantly surprised by what attractions will turn out on the roadside. Often, they are beyond crazy but they are not wanting for interest.

  • Living with Raccoons
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    Living with Raccoons

    22 months ago

    Years of living with raccoons have taught us that because they shared their habitat with us, they, too, want to share our living space with them. They often visit and see what we have to offer.

  • The Traditional Craft Villages Close to Hanoi
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    The Traditional Craft Villages Close to Hanoi

    6 months ago

    Around Hanoi, many villages have had the same craft skills for over a thousand years, long enough for legends to grow. Others are new with an eye on drawing tourists out of the heart of the city.

  • Hanoi Street Food: A Truly Tasty Experience
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    Hanoi Street Food: A Truly Tasty Experience

    12 months ago

    Hanoi offers the world's best street food. Its streets maybe the world's biggest kitchen offering food of varied taste and ingredients but all of them worth trying.

  • The Beach of My Memory
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    The Beach of My Memory

    11 months ago

    For me, beaches always recreate happy childhood memories. It has always been the place for family gathering and celebration. Today, my memory has even made it more special.

  • Chance Discovery in Sicily
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    Chance Discovery in Sicily

    12 months ago

    Three thousand years plus of history lies in crumbles around the entire Sicilian coastline. With all these ruins, what better place is there to engage in chance discovery than Sicily?

  • TET Festival in Vietnam
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    TET Festival in Vietnam

    11 months ago

    When you plan your trip for Vietnam, time it on TET Festival for a real experience of how the Vietnamese celebrate. Make sure you have your red envelopes with some red money to share with friends.

  • How to Make Chung Cake for TET
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    How to Make Chung Cake for TET

    10 months ago

    No TET or new year celebration is complete in Vietnam without Chung cake, a special savoury made from rice, meat, and mung bean paste. Every household get busy preparing this special delicacy.

  • Bat Trang: Vietnam's Traditional Pottery Village
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    Bat Trang: Vietnam's Traditional Pottery Village

    11 months ago

    Reaching back 700 years, the traditional pottery of Bat Trang continues to draw locals and tourists alike. The whole village is lined up with pottery of every design, both traditional and modern.

  • How to Be a World Traveler in Your Own City
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    How to Be a World Traveler in Your Own City

    4 weeks ago

    World travel is a bit of a dream for many of us especially in today's shaky economy but you can have a taste of the most important experiences of world travellers without ever leaving your city.

  • Fabulous Gifts for Tween Girls
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    Fabulous Gifts for Tween Girls

    12 months ago

    Tween girls are fun to shop for. This is especially true for Christmas when the choices are fanciful and as varied as their tween fantasies. Here are some choices to delight them.

  • Topnotch Speakers for Travel
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    Topnotch Speakers for Travel

    7 months ago

    Portable mini speakers have made travel more enjoyable for us as now we can just plug it in any of our phones or tablets and they bellow our favourite songs beautifully.

  • Finding Michener
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    Finding Michener

    11 months ago

    A new Michener novel was an event that shook the book world with its impeccable research, its incredibly creative narrative, and its linkages to generations of people you could visit and talk with.

  • The San: The Oldest People on Earth
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    The San: The Oldest People on Earth

    8 months ago

    The San, the Bushmen of the Kalahari, hit our radar screens in the movie, The Gods must be Crazy, and as perhaps, the world's oldest memory of our ancestors, they've never moved off our screens again.

  • Avenches: The Ancient Roman Capital in Switzerland
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    Avenches: The Ancient Roman Capital in Switzerland

    12 months ago

    Avenches in Switzerland is not a tomb where history is frozen. It is an active modern town where Roman ruins and Apple stores are as happy with each other as mountains and snow.

  • 7 Easy Steps to a Happy Life
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    7 Easy Steps to a Happy Life

    11 months ago

    After years of searching, I have arrived at this realization: Just be a Happy Atom. How does one do this? Here are some ideas on how to live a happy life..

  • Top Vietnam War Movies
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    Top Vietnam War Movies

    15 months ago

    Movies on the war in Vietnam tell us not so much about Vietnam and its people but about the psyche of the U.S in the 1970's and the post conflict agonies thereafter.

  • Exotic Wood of Southeast Asia
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    Exotic Wood of Southeast Asia

    7 months ago

    Exotic wood in most of Southeast Asia are gone. The jungles have been ravaged for development that very few of the exotic wood varieties have survived even in the so called national parks.

  • Condom-en-Armagnac, France
    19

    Condom-en-Armagnac, France

    5 weeks ago

    If you're an armagnac lover, Condom-en-Armagnac in the Gascon region of France is just the place for you. And even better, it is on the route of the pilgrimage. the way of St. James.

  • Top Travel Gifts for Kids
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    Top Travel Gifts for Kids

    8 months ago

    Travel is always fun for kids but parents may have their reservations as their concerns may just be different. Think about this when you purchase gifts for kids who travel. Give everyone fun.

  • Top Travel Gifts for Women
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    Top Travel Gifts for Women

    9 months ago

    Who doesn't want to travel in style? We all do but women seem to do so more than men so think of gifts that will set them apart from the other travellers.

  • Top Gifts for Men Who Travel
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    Top Gifts for Men Who Travel

    9 months ago

    Looks like every second house is rolling out the suitcases. Men who travel like their stuff. That means gadgets, new ones they can try out.

  • Dress  Up Your Home for Christmas
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    Dress Up Your Home for Christmas

    12 months ago

    Home is where most people go for Christmas. It must be the main focus of our creative juices during the Christmas holidays. Let Beauty and Cozy dress up your home so the family can enjoy and relax.

  • Gifts for Bosses
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    Gifts for Bosses

    12 months ago

    What gifts will you choose for your Boss this Christmas? Choosing what would be construed as personal may not be a good idea but if gifts are not personally useful and meaningful, what do they have?

  • Top Christmas Gifts for Little Boys
    3

    Top Christmas Gifts for Little Boys

    8 months ago

    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?

  • 12 Tips to Beat Christmas Rush
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    12 Tips to Beat Christmas Rush

    12 months ago

    It's here again! December madness. The chaos and rush of Christmas! How do you beat this? For many, it is a thrill but for some, tips of how to beat it are welcomed.

  • Top Gifts for Little Girls
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    Top Gifts for Little Girls

    12 months ago

    Little girls are for me the best group to buy gifts for. For Christmas, they often ramp up their excitement to a fever pitch often pulling the whole house into a new level of happiness.

  • Concepcion Iloilo: Island Hopping Fun
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    Concepcion Iloilo: Island Hopping Fun

    8 months ago

    If you're in search of an island hopping destination, look no further. In the same area as Boracay, the Philippines most famous beach, is Concepcion where white beaches in different islands await.

  • Key Steps in Preparing for an International Job
    3

    Key Steps in Preparing for an International Job

    8 months ago

    If you don't want to end up out of job and out of pocket in a country you have never ever visited, take extra care in preparing for your new international job.

  • Mobile Technology: What's New?
    5

    Mobile Technology: What's New?

    12 months ago

    Mobile technology is a boon and a challenge not only to our pockets but also to our brains and patience. No other development in the recent past has fundamentally changed individual lives.

  • How to Choose Companies to Invest In
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    How to Choose Companies to Invest In

    11 months ago

    How do you choose companies to invest in? I am just an amateur investor but I have learned a few lessons from years of investing my own money. Key is to start with what you know.

  • Beautiful Face for the New Year: 9 Proven Ways
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    Beautiful Face for the New Year: 9 Proven Ways

    12 months ago

    Beauty is best when it is natural. Let your face exude its natural beauty. It is a beautiful soul in a healthy body. When you have this, your face glows. Somehow, you get people to notice.

  • 10 Healthy Tips for Dry Skin
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    10 Healthy Tips for Dry Skin

    11 months ago

    Dry skin happens when the body's water escapes fast and its natural oils get removed resulting into flaky and rough skin that can turn to scales and cracks. Before this happens, here are some tips.

  • Elephants in Asia
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    Elephants in Asia

    11 months ago

    Elephants are quite common in some countries in Asia and often, they are work animals. They laugh, cry, play and have incredible memories but, at times, when threatened they go on a rampage.

  • Best Gifts for Scuba Divers
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    Best Gifts for Scuba Divers

    12 months ago

    Scuba diving has become a popular sport that most likely your friends and family are now into it. What gifts will these scuba divers appreciate?

  • The Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Cambodia
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    The Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Cambodia

    6 months ago

    Observed not only in Cambodia but also in Thailand, this ancient royal ritual of the ploughing ceremony marks the start of the growing season. Locals plant crops depending on what the oxen's eat.

  • Vientiane: The City of Sandalwood
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    Vientiane: The City of Sandalwood

    12 months ago

    Beautifully situated on the Mekong, Vientiane, Laos' capital city, still offers the village feel that most cities in Southeast Asia have already lost.

  • The Tonle Sap: Cambodia's Environmental Hotspot
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    The Tonle Sap: Cambodia's Environmental Hotspot

    11 months ago

    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.

  • Kirirom National Park
    21

    Kirirom National Park

    11 months ago

    Kirirom is Cambodia's first national park and it lives up to its natural beauty as it continues to escape the development frenzy. It is just a day's drive from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

  • Khmer New Year in Cambodia
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    Khmer New Year in Cambodia

    5 months ago

    Sometime around April, when the harvest is in, the annual Buddhist Calendar based Khmer New Year festival springs to life and it's time to look back with thanks and ahead with hope and confidence.

  • How to Come Up with Small Business Ideas
    12

    How to Come Up with Small Business Ideas

    2 months ago

    Look no further when you are looking for small business ideas. The streets are your best sources as you observe consumer behaviour, going in and out of stores and businesses.

  • 12 Effective Ways to Promote Sustainable Tourism
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    12 Effective Ways to Promote Sustainable Tourism

    11 months ago

    Places we visit have often been there for centuries and we hope they will be there for future generations to enjoy. Thus, the need to effectively promote sustainable tourism.

  • How to Choose a Hotel
    17

    How to Choose a Hotel

    14 months ago

    How do you choose a hotel? Stars are no longer tops. Diamonds are up there. Reviews are at times paid for so how do you choose one that will suit your fancy?

  • 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant
    10

    7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant

    11 months ago

    Choosing a restaurant can sometimes be daunting especially when you are celebrating a special occasion for someone else. Major considerations often pale when your guest has special requirements.

  • How to Choose Unique Vacation Destinations
    6

    How to Choose Unique Vacation Destinations

    11 months ago

    Unique vacation destinations can be a rainbow of experiences, not just a monochrome beach or one restaurant drink chill. If you choose well, your vacation destination can really enrich your thoughts.

  • 7 Steps to Retirement Success
    23

    7 Steps to Retirement Success

    10 months ago

    Unless you plan for life, you will live many of your retirement years in regret. With many more years in front of you, a greater life awaits.

  • Unique Gifts for Retirees
    108

    Unique Gifts for Retirees

    12 months ago

    Gifts for retirees should show possibilities of the future not the consequences of a misspent youth. So choose gifts that open new doors, celebrate opportunities and show hope for years to come.

  • Khmer Wedding in Cambodia
    192

    Khmer Wedding in Cambodia

    11 months ago

    For most Cambodian Khmer, weddings represent more than a nod to the traditions of the past. Each one is a victory for their culture, a promise to their families and a commitment to the future.

  • The Royal Palace of Cambodia
    50

    The Royal Palace of Cambodia

    14 months ago

    The Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of Cambodia, is regarded as the symbol of the nation. The pavilions hold the treasures of the Kingdom and are places for official functions.

  • Greeting Rituals in Cambodia
    107

    Greeting Rituals in Cambodia

    11 months ago

    Each culture has its own rituals around greeting. For Cambodia, it is the Sampeah. The Sampeah is not just a form of greeting for Cambodians. It is not just to show recognition but respect to someone.

  • Bon Pchum Ben
    26

    Bon Pchum Ben

    2 months ago

    All cultures honor their dead but Cambodia makes this an art form! Bon Pchum Ben brings Khmer, both young and old, to the temples each year to remember the dead relatives and friends.

  • The Changu Narayan Temple
    6

    The Changu Narayan Temple

    8 weeks ago

    Changu Narayan is dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan, the preserver of creation in Hinduism. Originally built in the 4th century, the Changu Narayan temple is the oldest temple in Nepal.

  • 7 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
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    7 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

    5 weeks ago

    Tucked into the heart of the world's greatest mountains, Kathmandu hosts an absolute banquet of 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites offering trekkers to the Himalayas a unique peek into a unique culture.

  • Powerful Start to Self Directed Investing
    17

    Powerful Start to Self Directed Investing

    13 months ago

    No one else has a special interest in your money but yourself. So, learn how to invest it wisely. But start easy. In self-directed investing, there is a learning curve...you will get there soon.

  • The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau
    26

    The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau

    17 months ago

    Rosseau is a tiny village in Ontario perched on the top of a hill peering over the famous Muskoka lake of the same name.

  • Skills for Today's Changing Workplace
    44

    Skills for Today's Changing Workplace

    11 months ago

    Today's workplace has its demands and new entrants need to understand its expectations. Employers have expectations beyond just technical skills.

  • 14 Things to Do in Phnom Penh
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    14 Things to Do in Phnom Penh

    8 months ago

    Phnom Penh is a city full of charm. Sitting at the confluence of great rivers, the city offers varied things to do and experiencing these will truly be exhilarating.

  • Top 16 Must Do in Bali
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    Top 16 Must Do in Bali

    11 months ago

    The must do list for Bali keeps getting longer as it continues to draw people to a unique experience of culture, spirituality and beauty.

  • 11 Fun Things to Do in Oman
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    11 Fun Things to Do in Oman

    11 months ago

    Fascination with Oman did not only start when Vogue chose it as the destination of choice. Even as early as the 1st century, Oman has already been acknowledged as an attractive place to visit.

  • Top Ten Destinations in Asia
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    Top Ten Destinations in Asia

    9 months ago

    Asia is so immense and so many of its top destinations are now in the radar screen of many tourists. But some places just stand out from the usual tourist draws.

  • The Beaches of Sihanoukville
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    The Beaches of Sihanoukville

    11 months ago

    Those who frequent Sihanoukville may be familiar with the choice of sandy beaches such as Ouchoutel, Sokha, Serendipity, and Holiday. Off into the islands are even less crowded ones. Take your pick.

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