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November 2020

Better health, better future – advice on nutrition and international tourism

2020-11-15T13:52:50+00:00

Travelling internationally has certainly helped me learn a lot about nutrition because different cultures have so many different foods! ⦁ Healthy foods are better than vitamins in the drug store. Forget an apple a day, vitamin manufacturers would have you believe it’s important to take daily vitamins to boost your health. And a surprising proportion of Australians do. Data from the last National Health survey (back in 1995) showed that up to 30% of Australians had recently taken vitamin or mineral supplements – mostly for preventive health reasons. More recently, the 45 and Up study of more than 100,000 Australian adults [...]

Better health, better future – advice on nutrition and international tourism2020-11-15T13:52:50+00:00

International travel: What’s good for your body and soul?

2020-11-08T14:47:51+00:00

Most adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day. Whether or not they get there is another question. A recent national survey conducted by health organizations and international travel agencies reported 45% of Australian women and 56% of Australian men didn’t eat enough fruit. And 90% of women and 96% of men didn’t eat enough vegetables. This figure is worse than for the preceding ten years. ⦁ International travel is good for your soul; healthy food is good for your body. Men had on average 1.6 serves [...]

International travel: What’s good for your body and soul?2020-11-08T14:47:51+00:00

Food as medicine, international travel as the cure

2020-11-01T13:56:12+00:00

As well as our physical health, the quality of our diet matters for our mental and brain health. Observational studies across countries, cultures and age groups show that better-quality diets – those high in vegetables, fruits, other plant foods (such as nuts and legumes), as well as good-quality proteins (such as fish and lean meat) – are consistently associated with reduced depression. Meanwhile, studies have shown that international travel may cure anxiety, insomnia and depression. ⦁ Healthy food is so healing. Unhealthy dietary patterns – higher in processed meat, refined grains, sweets and snack foods – are associated with increased depression [...]

Food as medicine, international travel as the cure2020-11-01T13:56:12+00:00

October 2020

Ecotourism and the Environment: Observations and Insights

2020-10-22T03:29:19+00:00

A cow on overage releases between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Therefore, the release of about 100 kg Methane per year for each cow is equivalent to about 2,300 kg of CO2 per year.  Let's compare this value of 2,300 kg of CO2: the same amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is created by using 1,000 liters of petrol. In a car using 8 liters of petrol per 100 km, you could [...]

Ecotourism and the Environment: Observations and Insights2020-10-22T03:29:19+00:00

Memorable experiences & unforgettable conversations – a trip to the UK

2020-10-13T10:12:01+00:00

Contrary to popular belief, most people that I met in the UK are actually quite extroverted. I guess that’s because the way I communicate with them influenced the way they talk. I ask people questions which give them permission to open up on an emotional level. Kevin Smith once said, “People have 3 fundamental needs – food, intimacy and the need to express themselves.” In reality, many people are unwilling to open up due to various reasons. They are worried about your reaction. They are introverted. They fear being judged. But I have a simple way to get other people to [...]

Memorable experiences & unforgettable conversations – a trip to the UK2020-10-13T10:12:01+00:00

September 2020

A trip to Spain: What an enlightening experience!

2020-09-21T09:06:22+00:00

Most people that I’ve met in English-speaking countries tend to be slightly shy. By contrast, most individuals that I’ve met in Spain are very outgoing and gregarious – they are quite extroverted. During my trip to Spain, I’ve obviously improved my social skills a lot! The importance of having high-quality social conversations: In the past, whenever I was talking to someone that intimidated me, I would mentally scold myself, “Why did I sound so stupid? This high-profile individual will never want to speak to me again.” After spending some time in Spain, I have learned that my social awkwardness can be [...]

A trip to Spain: What an enlightening experience!2020-09-21T09:06:22+00:00

January 2020

What I Learned from My Trip to Europe

2020-02-26T03:30:30+00:00

What I Learned from My Trip to Europe After reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, I decided to travel alone and discover another version of myself. I went to Europe and stayed there for six months. Here are my findings and learning. The choice is mine; my life is my own. Before I left for Europe, I wasn’t in the ideal state – I just ended a highly stressful relationship; I was looking to change my career; I desperately needed a break from the reality. Well, when I married my partner in 2011, I was young and still trying to figure [...]

What I Learned from My Trip to Europe2020-02-26T03:30:30+00:00