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Chinese New Year 2018: Avoid Medicine, Laundry & Crying Children

Happy Chinese New Year 2018! The Year of the Dog. With the new year, comes superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next twelve months will play out for each of us. Superstitions On the first day of the year there are certain things we must avoid. Handling sharp objects like scissors, doing laundry and sweeping the floors are among them. Parents should keep children as happy as possible or avoid their crying children as they can also be a bad omen. According to Chinese superstition doing any of these activities on the first day of the Chinese New Year can lead to bad luck for the entire coming year. However, this is just on day 1. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, which is an animal which symbolises luck. When is Chinese New Year? Celebrations begin on the new moon anytime between 21 ...

Dating Around the World

Relationships have a universal value and importance in almost every culture. Not surprisingly, dating around the world reflects differences in cultural attitudes, customs and accepted norms. So, dating success can often come down to understanding the nuances of local approaches to dating around the world. Dates can vary from freewheeling encounters to heavily supervised skirmishes through to a casual outing at the movies. Daring To Date Dating can be simultaneously frustratingly complex or simple. The differences between Western concepts of dating and other cultures can create liberal unfettered dating customs, constrained meetings, and formally choreographed gatherings. In some countries, dating is actually illegal. As if all that isn’t enough for budding Romeos and Juliette’s, along came...

Eiffel Tower: Find 10 Differences

If you need to compare two random images with Eiffel tower, would you be able to separate which one is the real one? Take a look at some pictures below and make your own judgement. Credit: François Prost No, it is not a Photoshop effect. And maybe we are wrong to call the other one a fake one. Maybe we should call it a distant cousin instead. How it came into being? The city of Tianducheng, that belongs to China, has a replica of the Eiffel tower. Nevertheless, it is a third copy of the original size in the world. Well, the French can feel proud of this extraordinary monument, as not so many masterpieces own such big worldwide attention! The Paris-based artist, François Prost, decided to make a project called Paris Syndrome. It presents a photographic series of iconic places in France comp...

Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul is where the West meets the exotic East in a riotous collision of cultures. Over the centuries, the city’s strategic location has attracted marauding Greek, Roman and Venetian armies before the Ottomans finally succeeded in storming Istanbul. This intersection of cultures gives rise to many of Istanbul’s points of interest. The final leg on the legendary Silk Road, which connected a distant Asia with Europe, Istanbul soon emerged as a major trading hub. The cosmopolitan nature of its merchant visitors imbued the city with a delicious cultural diversity that survives to this day. The Best Places To Visit In Istanbul There are so many things to do in Istanbul that the hardest part is choosing what to see next. We bring you 15 of the best attractions in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace To vi...

The Scientific Benefits of Love

There is now scientific proof of the benefits of being in a happy relationship. The scientific benefits of love will make you even more grateful for your partner. Being by yourself also has its own upsides also of course. A University of California study suggests that singletons are sociable, more fulfilled and self-sufficient than many of their married counterparts. Science has proven though that there are great advantages to being in a stable and loving relationship. We’re not talking about the beginning of a relationship when everything is dreamy but about long-term fulfilling partnerships. So, here we are talking about ‘happy’ couples. Keep these seven scientifically proven benefits to being loved-up in mind the next time you feel annoyed by your partner… 1. Better Stress Managem...

How to Behave Like a Local in Manila

Moving to Manila may be intimidating for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be. From acting like a shark in theatres, pointing with your lips, these tips will help you fake it until you feel completely immersed in local society. Pretty soon people will be calling you “Chip” or “Te.”  Find out how to behave like a local in Manila with these tips. How to Talk to Strangers Address men as “Boss,” “Chip” (chief), “Kuya” (Tagalog for older brother), “Pogi” (handsome) or “Pare.” When speaking with women, call them “Miss.” But replace the short “i” with a long one, so that it sounds like “Meees.” If that doesn’t roll off your tongue, then you can call women “Te” which is Tagalog for older sister. In Manila, communication between people is about a balance between fam...

How to Build a Career Overseas

The effects of globalisation continue to evolve and talent becomes a truly international resource. As such, many executives, specialists and members of the professions find it helpful to be able to point to a career overseas as a fundamental part of their work experience. Enterprises are increasingly searching outside their own struggling local markets to the growth markets of other regional economies. Moreover, they seek to acquire talent with the experience to relate to and understand these emerging markets. Dynamics Of Overseas Employment Simply sourcing an executive with a track record of operating effectively in diverse professional and cultural environments is rarely as straightforward as identifying a candidate with one or two years in an overseas role. Candidates immersed in an int...

Gucci. Fashion or Fine Dining?

Florence, Italy is one of the most visited cities in the world. No wonder it is the cradle of the renaissance. Hence, Gucci Osteria,Gucci’s new restaurant, is in Florence. This glamorous green space is a delight for all of the senses. Part of Italian Design Culture Michelin starred chef Massimo Bottura and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele are the two minds behind this renowned Italian designer’s new creation. Therefore, the fashion world will have an excuse to indulge in a delicious lunch rather than skipping it. Next to the Palazzo Vecchio, one finds the new Gucci Garden complex.  Located in the Gucci Garden complex is the Gucci museum, a shop selling their exclusive goods.  And, the new eatery. Furthermore, eccentric versions of classic Italian dishes created by Bottura in th...

Things That Make French Food Amazing

A lot of shade gets thrown at French for, frankly, being uncompromisingly French. Known for their underwhelming economy, and accused of nurturing a deeply held conviction of their superiority. However, when it comes to popular French food, the French sense of entitlement sits comfortably on the solid ground. French Gastronomy French gastronomy is where many cuisines aspired to be. Revered at home, respected abroad, traditional French food holds an extraordinary and enduring place in the hearts of the French. Whether it’s the fantastic flair the French demonstrate with all things pastry, their decadently rich sauces or their deep relationship with local cheese and wines, it’s easy to understand why our love affair with French food lasted. French food is more than just a melding of rec...

Tips And Tricks For Where To Go In Portugal

Fabulous food, fantastic wine and warm and welcoming people mean the most difficult question you have is where to go in Portugal? A low cost of living in Portugal combined with an idyllic climate, and incredible natural beauty make a Portugal vacation one to remember. Where To Go In Portugal From the vibrant nightlife of the capital Lisbon to the bling of the Algarve’s glamorous beaches, to picturesque medieval villages of the Central region and the North’s sweeping expanses of vineyards, you’ll discover something for every interest and every budget. Here are the 15 places you must visit on your Portugal trip! Lisbon Portugal’s capital and gateway city, Lisbon is a convenient place to start your visit Portugal vacation. Stretching languidly along the banks of the Tagus River near the Atlan...

Spain Has Overtaken the United States and is the 2nd Most-visited Country in The World

It seems like the good times will continue in 2018 for Spain’s tourism sector.   Over 82 million visitors were estimated to have visited the country in 2017 according to the tourism industry. Spain was already reaching record highs of tourism in 2016 and then 2017 grew by 4.4% both in international visitors and overall tourist spending.  This year Exceltur is expecting a further increase in 3.3%. The impact of the Catalan crisis on tourism has had estimated effect of €319 million.  Growth for 2018 is expected to be around the range of 2.8% should the crisis continue. Spain Keeps Breaking Its’ Own Records Spain still had a record year with a leap of 8.9% from 2016.  Tourist spend also increased approximately 1.5% according to the tourism ministry.  Spain is now in the #2 spot globally...

The Best Place to Retire in Spain

Spain has long been a favorite retirement destination and little wonder. With so many beautiful locations to choose from, the biggest challenge for would-be retirees is how to settle on what is the best place to retire in Spain. A fabulous climate, a vibrant and engaging culture, awe-inspiring natural beauty, heavenly cuisine, festivals, and mile after mile of brilliant coastline dotted with divine beaches are attracting expats in Spain to retire permanently. Best Place To Retire In Spain Add to its extensive benefits, the low cost of living in Spain plus a well-developed national health system and Spain is an attractive option. Here, are our Top 10 fabulous suggestions on where to live in Spain. Magical Madrid Madrid is Spain’s capital, a cosmopolitan city combining old-world charm, oodle...