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My mission to anti-age my sensitive skin on a budget

My mission to anti-age my sensitive skin on a budget

Right, as previously mentioned, I am a skincare fanatic. This is why there is a skincare category here on my site. It’s one of my top five obsessions in life. I’ve read countless articles on skincare for at least the past decade and have learned as much as I possibly can. One of my biggest frustrations is the amount of choice we have as a consumer. There just seems and infinitely growing number of skincare brands which I feel overwhelmed by…

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Do people with a “Highly Sensitive Personality type” also have the “resilience gene”

Do people with a “Highly Sensitive Personality type” also have the “resilience gene”

  One day whilst listening to the BBC Radio 4, I stumbled upon a show that immediately caught my undivided attention. It was a man and a women discussing low self-esteem and sensitivity. This man and woman turned out to be a poet called Byron Vincent and a lecturer, Anna Woodhouse. Anna was talking about how she questioned why she had been so traumatized by her childhood that in hindsight was not so terrible. What she proposed was that this…

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My first holiday in Thailand Journal

My first holiday in Thailand Journal

In December 2017  I finally got to visit a country that has been sitting on my travel bucketlist for many years, “the land of smiles”, Thailand. Here is my “warts and all” journal of my three week holiday. I say warts and all because many blogs and travel websites give off the impression that holidays are all relaxation and fun, whilst in fact it is usual that holidays contain negative experiences as well as positive. Of course the positives outweigh…

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Snorkelling to Ko Rock and The Four Islands with Opal Speedboats

Snorkelling to Ko Rock and The Four Islands with Opal Speedboats

I tried out two snorkeling excursions during my stay in Ko Lanta. Both were booked with Opal Speedboats on their website www.opalspeedboat.com. I chose to book with Opal after reading several recommendations for the company on Trip Adviser. Although I booed online, I noticed there were many tourist information centers around Ko Lanta offering a variety of excursions, such conversational, kayaking, diving. I learned from speaking to other travelers it was sometimes possible to barter for lower prices of trips…

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My Experience on the #9 Sleeper Train Bangkok to Chaing Mai

My Experience on the #9 Sleeper Train Bangkok to Chaing Mai

Whilst planning my trip, I learned that a very unique Thai experience is taking an over night sleeper train. In comparison to flying, taking the train was only fractionally cheaper. However, I decided to take the plunge and try it out just for fun. The go-to website to learn all about sleeper trains in Thailand is www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm. The website I used to book my train is www.12goasia.com. I took the 6.10pm Chinese-built number 9 train from Hua Lamphong Station, Bangkok to…

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Discovering Jordan Peterson – Wise Advice

Discovering Jordan Peterson – Wise Advice

Recently a friend emailed me to a link to a YouTube video of an interview with Jordan E Peterson. I had never heard of him. The video was 2.5 hours long! No way I thought do I have time to view all of that. Well it turns out I did have time because it was one of the most mesmerizing videos I have ever watched. Jordan Peterson is a Professor of Psychology at Torronto University, and formerly a Personality Psychologist…

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The Unethical World of Online Dating – A Woman’s View

The Unethical World of Online Dating – A Woman’s View

    A few months back, I attended a “London Talks at Night” event organised by Funzing called “The Unethical World of Online Dating”, where the speaker was a Mindfulness Coach Anna Zannides. I found the whole talk incredible and enlightening. However I never cottoned on as to the “unethical” behavior that was implied in the name of the talk. Well, for any of you who have not tried online dating before and am considering it, perhaps my experiences and…

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Solo Cuba Holiday Part 3 – Trinidad, back to Havana and home

Solo Cuba Holiday Part 3 – Trinidad, back to Havana and home

My collectivo journey from Vinales to Trinidad was not a smooth run. The entire journey usually takes from 7 to 9 hours to drive. Unfortunately in my case, after 2 hours from leaving Vinales the taxi broke down. Oil was leaking and so the driver parked, got out his tool box and deftly began fixing the vehicle himself. This was how I learned all taxi drivers in Cuba are also trained mechanics! After half an hour or so of us…

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Solo Cuba Holiday Part 2 – Vinales and Cayo Jutias

Solo Cuba Holiday Part 2 – Vinales and Cayo Jutias

My taxi ride to Vinales was a Cuban adventure in itself. The Taxi driver (who did not speak English), was this trendy young man in jeans and white vest who played music loudly, whilst simultaneously driving and smoking a cigarette. He drove fast and zig zagged wildly across the pot-holed unkempt roads. I sat at the front and a French Guadeloupen family at the back. The Guadeloupen family and myself had some interesting conversations en-route. I learned that petrol is…

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Why looking young for my age is possibly backfiring

Why looking young for my age is possibly backfiring

I have been told many, many times over the years that I look young for my age. Now, aged 37, I still get taken for being in my 20s (yay!) It does feel good to be seen as youthful, but in my case I have been concerned about aging since my 20s and have done almost everything I can within reason to keep a youthful appearance. I have  hungrily read any anti-aging advice I come across, it is mostly the…

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