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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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  • 8 Cool Things to Do in the Maldives
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    8 Cool Things to Do in the Maldives

    7 days ago

    Paradise on earth? Complete relaxation, privacy, utmost pampering, and the ultimate in water sports? The Maldives is the place for you. Its crystal clear waters and over 120 resorts offer cool things for every kind of...

  • What to Do When the Accommodation You Booked Is Not Where You Want to Stay
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    What to Do When the Accommodation You Booked Is Not Where You Want to Stay

    10 days ago

    Has this ever happened to you, when the accommodation you booked is not where you want to stay? This is even more upsetting when you have paid for your booking and there are no other vacancies in the city. What do you...

  • Barcelona Art Nouveau: A Unique Expression of Nationalism in Architecture
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    Barcelona Art Nouveau: A Unique Expression of Nationalism in Architecture

    2 weeks ago

    Nothing has marked the face of Barcelona more than the Art Nouveau Modernist architecture which gripped the minds of many artists and architects at the turn of the century. It was seen as a strong nationalist commitment...

  • Erik Vokel Boutique Apartments: A Review
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    Erik Vokel Boutique Apartments: A Review

    3 days ago

    There are legions of hotel apartments throughout Europe and what makes Erik Vokel almost a unique proposition is the imagination of the designer in working with the renovation of old buildings, giving the properties a...

  • Zaragoza Spain: Well Worth A Visit
    24

    Zaragoza Spain: Well Worth A Visit

    8 weeks ago

    Founded by the Romans at the very end of the 1st century B.C., Zaragoza is tucked into the side of the meandering Ebro River and compliments this location with history, art and a stunning basilica.

  • Santiago de Compostela Spain
    28

    Santiago de Compostela Spain

    10 days ago

    Why has Santiago de Compostela been Galicia's most cosmopolitan city for over a thousand years? Why have hundreds of thousands of pilgrims walked the Camino to reach this obscure destination?

  • Interesting Things to Do and See in El Born, Barcelona
    17

    Interesting Things to Do and See in El Born, Barcelona

    5 weeks ago

    Barcelona's most fun and stylish neighbourhood, El Born has interesting bars and restaurants, unique and artistic stores, engaging museums and galleries and captivating street scenes.

  • 3 Key Obstacles to Success and How to Overcome Them
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    3 Key Obstacles to Success and How to Overcome Them

    3 weeks ago

    Success is within your reach. You can make excuses, procrastinate, avoid responsibility, lose focus, give up, blame someone or overcome these through courage, consistent effort and learning.

  • How to Be Adaptable in Volatile Times
    20

    How to Be Adaptable in Volatile Times

    5 weeks ago

    With change happening so fast, the key skill to help us do well in this emerging new world is adaptability.

  • Poble Espanyol in Barcelona
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    Poble Espanyol in Barcelona

    3 months ago

    An interesting village in Barcelona constructed from 117 buildings representing the different regions of Spain and showcasing its diversity, heritage and richness in culture.

  • National Art Museum of Catalonia
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    National Art Museum of Catalonia

    3 months ago

    Housed in the Palau Nacional of Barcelona, the National Art Museum of Catalonia is a well designed museum with the best collection of Romanesque art, some used to adorn old Churches in the Pyrenees.

  • The Roman Ruins of Tarragona Spain
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    The Roman Ruins of Tarragona Spain

    3 months ago

    As the former Roman colony of Tarraco, Tarragona has some of the most interesting and well preserved Roman ruins: a 2nd century amphitheatre facing the Mediterranean, a Necropolis, and a Forum.

  • Afurada, Portugal
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    Afurada, Portugal

    8 days ago

    Afurada is a working fishing village just below Porto. It opens the door on a piece of history that is an important part of our past but difficult to find outside of books and maritime museums.

  • Top Attractions in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
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    Top Attractions in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

    27 hours ago

    If you haven't yet been to Muskoka, it is time to discover this beautiful part of Ontario Canada. It is now a four-season destination with so many fun things to do even in the winter.

  • The Magic of Seville
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    The Magic of Seville

    3 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.

  • 8 Top Skin Care Products for Men
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    8 Top Skin Care Products for Men

    4 days ago

    Men are beginning to get the attention of products creators and the cosmetics industry is leading and pushing their skin care products. Some men are taking notice and here's why.

  • Tips for a Mobile Lifestyle
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    Tips for a Mobile Lifestyle

    3 months ago

    Living on the worldwide road is a challenge that not many people would enjoy but with some tips, you can make this mobile lifestyle a fun adventure.

  • Cordoba: Layers of History
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    Cordoba: Layers of History

    4 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

    3 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

    10 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

    3 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

    3 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.

  • The Beach of My Memory
    51

    The Beach of My Memory

    3 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
    42

    Chance Discovery in Sicily

    7 weeks 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?

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

    3 months ago

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

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

    4 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

    8 days 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.

  • Finding Michener
    9

    Finding Michener

    3 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

    3 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

    8 weeks 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

    3 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.

  • What Unique Value Do You Add?
    5

    What Unique Value Do You Add?

    3 months ago

    What makes you "you'? What makes you different from the person beside you, expressing a unique gift only you have? This would be fun to find out.

  • Summer Cottage in Muskoka
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    Summer Cottage in Muskoka

    3 months ago

    Cottages are special because many families have had their cottage for many years. Younger members grew up going there as far as they can remember. Life is simpler.

  • Condom-en-Armagnac, France
    19

    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 Women
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    Top Travel Gifts for Women

    3 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

    4 weeks 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

    3 weeks ago

    Home is where most people go for Christmas and has become the main focus of our creative juices during the 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

    3 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?

  • 12 Tips to Beat Christmas Rush
    12

    12 Tips to Beat Christmas Rush

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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.

  • 8 Key Tips in Preparing for an International Job
    3

    8 Key Tips in Preparing for an International Job

    6 days 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 by taking these steps.

  • Mobile Technology: What's New?
    5

    Mobile Technology: What's New?

    2 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.

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

    3 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.

  • Human Encounters With Dolphins in the Bahamas
    32

    Human Encounters With Dolphins in the Bahamas

    3 months ago

    James the Dolphin on Porpoise tells the story of his group's interesting encounters, diving with humans in the Bahamas.

  • 10 Healthy Tips for Dry Skin
    19

    10 Healthy Tips for Dry Skin

    3 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.

  • Top Ten Dive Sites in the Bahamas
    15

    Top Ten Dive Sites in the Bahamas

    3 months ago

    Are you a diver? If you haven't yet tried diving in the Bahamas, it is time to go there. Some of the best diving sites are in this hodgepodge of islands, cays and islets.

  • Elephants in Asia
    27

    Elephants in Asia

    2 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

    3 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?

  • Vientiane: The City of Sandalwood
    9

    Vientiane: The City of Sandalwood

    3 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.

  • What Flowering Plants Do for Your Home
    30

    What Flowering Plants Do for Your Home

    7 days ago

    Flowering plants not only bring sunshine to your home but they also bring other advantages such as clean the air and bring freshness and life especially in the winter.

  • Kirirom National Park
    21

    Kirirom National Park

    3 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
    112

    Khmer New Year in Cambodia

    10 days 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.

  • 12 Effective Ways to Promote Sustainable Tourism
    11

    12 Effective Ways to Promote Sustainable Tourism

    8 days ago

    Places we visit have often been there for centuries and we hope they will be there for future generations to enjoy. This depends entirely on what we do when we travel and how we take the steps to make sure that future...

  • How to Choose a Hotel
    17

    How to Choose a Hotel

    7 days 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? Here are some of the key criteria you can use.

  • 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant
    13

    7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant

    2 weeks 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 but in today's foodie...

  • 7 Steps to Retirement Success
    25

    7 Steps to Retirement Success

    44 hours 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.

  • Khmer Wedding in Cambodia
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    Khmer Wedding in Cambodia

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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
    10

    The Changu Narayan Temple

    3 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.

  • Powerful Start to Self Directed Investing
    17

    Powerful Start to Self Directed Investing

    3 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
    32

    The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau

    4 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

    2 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
    31

    14 Things to Do in Phnom Penh

    3 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
    428

    Top 16 Must Do in Bali

    3 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
    70

    11 Fun Things to Do in Oman

    3 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

    6 days 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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