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Don’t Wash Your Jeans, Ever

Here’s some good news if you hate doing laundry. Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi’s says he washes his jeans about once a year and no one should do it more if they would like to keep their denim in top shape. It may sound disgusting but can be done. Read on… Clean Your Jeans the Old-Fashioned Way How to take care of your jeans in the best way has been a debate for decades. In the lifetime of a pair of jeans (from growing cotton, to washing and to the landfill) approximately 3,500 liters of water is used. And that is only with 2 years of use and washing jeans only once a week. This equals about 6,700 glasses of water. 46% of this water consumed happens after the purchase, at home. When it does come time to wash your favourite pair, do it the old-fashioned way and hand wash them and hang them out to ...

5 of the Strangest Foods to Try in Kuala Lumpur

Sampling the local food during your travels is a great way to experience local culture. When in Kuala Lumpur one can try their fair share of unusual food that may not be for those travellers with weak stomachs. We have selected 5 of the strangest foods that are worth writing about. From bitter beans with shrimp paste to herbal soups with pig innards, locals believe that these local specialties contain many health benefits such as improving male virility and strengthening ones’ immune system. Visiting Kuala Lumpur Soon? If you find yourself traveling in Kuala Lumpur and are brave enough to try something completely out of the ordinary, then have a look at the list below of Kuala Lumpur’s strangest delicacies. Keep an open mind as these dishes may not be visually appealing but may surprise yo...

The World’s Most Valuable Distiller Is Running Out of Liquor

You can smell the soy sauce-like scent. It is the Chinese grain alcohol baijiu and it permeates the main street of the picturesque town of Maotai, China. This is home to the world’s most valuable liquor company, and they’re running out of liquor. There’s a Buying Frenzy Inventory shortages abound in the local shops that carry the distiller’s main brands. Line ups can be seen wherever the bottles are available. Simply put, it’s a buying frenzy. The fiery flavour and the potential to appreciate in price is driving demand of this very popular drink. It’s market value has been pushed to more than $145 billion, well past British whisky giant Diageo Plc. Flying Fairy is the main brand of this distiller and each bottle’s suggested retail price is 1,499 yuan (approximately $235) yet can be f...

These Everyday Habits Can Make You Look Older

We all know that lifestyle plays a major factor in how we age – and how we look as we age. While the fountain of youth hasn’t been discovered there are some small changes you can make to your everyday routine. Incorporate some of these everyday habits and see the results. 1. Smoking Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. It’s actually one of the worst things you can do. Aside from illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and emphysema it can affect the way you look. Toxins in cigarettes create sagging in the skin as the elasticity breaks down. Your skin may also become pale and more wrinkles are noticeable. Try putting the pack down. 2. Going to Bed Without Washing Your Face This is bad habit is especially terrible if you wear makeup. Overnight your skin repairs itself and in order ...

5 Life Lessons Most People Learn Too Late

Our lives have become very comfortable. We take things for granted because we have instant access to clean water, food, and healthcare. Thus, we may not fully reach our potential because comfort slows progress. Most of us struggle to overcome even the slightest adversity because we live like tomorrow is a guarantee. So why not start making progress now? Here are some life lessons you should avoid learning too late: 1.Read More Books ‘Cool kids don’t read’ is what many of us think growing up. Most of us learned how to memorize facts rather than absorb content because the nerdy kids never made it to prom. Reading expands our horizons and helps us see things from different perspectives. Whether it’s an interesting biography or fun novel reading is a great way to introduce the mind to places i...

The World’s First Major City That May Run Out of Water Soon

Cape Town, South Africa is undergoing a catastrophic water shortage and ‘Day Zero’ may be April 22, 2018 but citizens are pitching in.   New Water Map Helps Paint the Town Green Cape Town has initiated a water-saving program where homes which use less than 10,500 litres of water per month receive a green dot.  The map is a transparent tool that will help reduce consumption to avoid Day Zero.  The government has asked all residents to do their part and citizens are pitching in.  There is now a widespread rationing of water. Everyone Must Participate Residents have been asked to restrict water usage to 87 litres per person/day.  This is about a 4-minute shower using a regular shower head.  If citizens don’t adhere to this rationing the taps may be turned off on April 22, 2018 as there just w...

Fabulous Homes From Around the World

Enjoy the stunning images of some of the most fabulous homes on the planet.   Each is a true testament to unique design and architecture and can stir up some serious house envy. Flint House – Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom Architect: Skene Catling de la Peña     Images courtesy of James Morris Flint House was originally commissioned by the Rothschild family and was inspired by the flint found in the area surrounding the home. Clad in flint, the two wed-shaped buildings point away from each other.  Many crevasses and terraces create the unusual silhouette.  Known for its impeccable stone work and masonry this home has been applauded by many in the architectural world. House Sperone – Novigrad, Croatia Architect: Studio Metrocubo   Images courtesy of Jan Stojkovic Blending into the historic...

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...

Do You Love Gin & Tonic? Research Suggests You Could Be A Psychopath

A study done on 1,000 people by the Innsbruck University of Austria suggests that people who prefer bitter flavours in food and drink may have be more prone to psychopathic tendencies. Signs of Machiavelliasnism, narcissism and sadism are found more often in those who like drinks like tonic and coffee.  Some swear by the refreshing taste of a cool gin & tonic while others can’t stand these flavours Do You Like Bitter Flavours? In the study they found that the people who liked bitter flavours were more likely to lack empathy, be double-sided, selfish and sadistic. After the initial study, the experiment was repeated with another 500 people and this resulted in the same conclusion. Bitter Flavours Can Be A Thrill To The Senses It is not know why people with these character traits prefer ...

3 Types of People You Need To Be Successful

No one makes it on their own.  Our success and accomplishments are normally achieved through assistance or support from others and the notion of the self-made man is a myth. Everyone Needs Support Throughout life we each have experiences proving that relying on others is essential and can be very beneficial.  As one grows to adulthood most have a circle of family and friends who are there when support is needed.  Each of these supporters have different talents and abilities to help you accomplish your goals. Choose Your Mentors It takes great consideration to choose the right people as our advisors and supporters.  We must choose depending on our needs so that advice doesn’t cause too much conflict but rather input that is acceptable to us. Here Are The Top 3 Types of People You Need To Be...

Top 7 Things To Do In Stockholm

Do you have time for a quick city break in Stockholm? 1. Boat Trip Stockholm is a city on the water.  With 14 islands, a boat is a great way to see the sights.  You can see this city from either close to shore or head farther out to the islands archipelago.  There are boat tours to be found all, depending on how strong your sea legs are. 2. Fika Do you know what Fika is?  It’s a part of daily Scandi life… coffee with cake.  Head to one of the many cafes and enjoy a large latte.  It’s as customary here as the siesta is in Spain. 3. The Old Town The Old Town is located on the island called Gamla Stan.  Try one if the cafes on the main square and then try to squeeze into the narrowest street of the city, Marten Trotzigs Grand.  Graffiti decorates the street and it’s on...

10 Hot New Restaurants for 2018

Be the first to try some of the best new restaurants around the world. 1. La Rambla, Hong Kong A Catalan inspired menu and drinks restaurant by chef Ferran Tadeo.  Stunning views can be enjoyed from the 100 seat terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour.  Chef Tadeo has worked with Jose Andres and at El Bulli (a legend in the culinary world). Here you will find 120-day old Galician beef and generous paellas.  Desserts are exquisite so make sure to leave room. 3071 IFC Mall, Central Hong Kong +852 2661 1161 2. The Lord Erroll, Nairobi This Nairobi institution has recently undergone a complete overhall with a new owner and chef, Isaac Arunga. Expansive gardens with lakes surround this collonial house in the most exclusive neighbourhood of Nairobi. Here you will find European classics such as Ital...