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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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  • The Magic of Seville
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    The Magic of Seville

    6 days 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.

  • Cordoba: Layers of History
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    Cordoba: Layers of History

    3 days 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

    10 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.

  • Living with Raccoons
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    Living with Raccoons

    2 years 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 days 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.

  • Chance Discovery in Sicily
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    Chance Discovery in Sicily

    2 hours 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

    13 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

    13 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

    14 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

    3 months 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.

  • Topnotch Speakers for Travel
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    Topnotch Speakers for Travel

    9 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
    9

    Finding Michener

    6 days 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

    11 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.

  • Top Vietnam War Movies
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    Top Vietnam War Movies

    18 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

    10 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
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    Condom-en-Armagnac, France

    3 months 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

    10 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

    11 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

    11 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.

  • Top Christmas Gifts for Little Boys
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    Top Christmas Gifts for Little Boys

    11 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

    6 days 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.

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

    10 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
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    Key Steps in Preparing for an International Job

    10 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.

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

    6 days 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

    3 hours 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.

  • Best Gifts for Scuba Divers
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    Best Gifts for Scuba Divers

    6 days 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
    8

    The Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Cambodia

    9 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

    14 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.

  • Flowering Plants for Your Home
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    Flowering Plants for Your Home

    5 days ago

    Flowers bring sunshine to homes and plants clean the air and bring freshness. Flowering plants bring this double advantage.

  • Khmer New Year in Cambodia
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    Khmer New Year in Cambodia

    8 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
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    How to Come Up with Small Business Ideas

    4 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

    13 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
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    How to Choose a Hotel

    6 weeks 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
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    7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant

    2 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.

  • Unique Gifts for Retirees
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    Unique Gifts for Retirees

    14 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
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    Khmer Wedding in Cambodia

    13 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.

  • Greeting Rituals in Cambodia
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    Greeting Rituals in Cambodia

    13 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

    4 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
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    The Changu Narayan Temple

    4 months 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

    3 months 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.

  • The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau
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    The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau

    19 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
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    Skills for Today's Changing Workplace

    6 days 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

    10 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

    13 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

    6 days 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

    12 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.

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