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Celebrate This V-Day with More Than Just Your Partner

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Tis the season of love. And while we cannot obviously contend against the pure commercialization of Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate it nonetheless. But we do have a contention – why is Valentine’s Day only about our romantic partners? Isn’t love just love? And don’t all loving relationships need to be celebrated just as much? Here’s who all we think you should consider celebrating with:

 

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1. Your Parents

The very first relationship most of us had. And possibly also the one we overlook the most, especially as we get older, and find ourselves more and more caught up in our own work problems, personal lives, and social drama. Take some time and make a little bit of an extra effort to reach out this year. If you live in the same city, why not take them out for a meal? If not, why not send a gift or flowers over and surprise them. Just let them know that you’re thinking of them, and that you miss them. It’ll make their year, trust us.

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2. Your Siblings

No one really understands the term “love-hate relationship” like siblings do. They’re both your best friends and your worst enemies, all in one package. They know all your worst stories, and every single achievement you’ve made. Why not be the bigger person and show a little affection this year? If nothing else, you could do it just to shock them into numbness (and isn’t that a great return gift?).

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3. Your Friends

Your buddies, your pals, your friends. They’ve been with you through singlehood, falling in love, and even heartache. How about taking some time to treat them to something special? After all, when you really think about it, aren’t friends the greatest thing ever? They are not genetically predisposed to love, yet still do. They chose you, and actively chose to stick around all these years. They’ve seen you at your worst and did not abandon you. And they seem to be sticking around for more. If that isn’t true love, we don’t know what is.

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4. Your Pets

Let’s face it. Do any of us really need a reason or date to love our pets a little extra? Not really, no. But why not? Take ‘em to the beach, or to the park, or even bake them a cake. Whatever they love doing or eating. Just take a little extra effort and make the day special not just for them, but for you too!

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Image Source – Home Maids in Dubai

 

5. Yourself

They say that all you truly have at the end of the day is you, yourself. In acknowledging all those we love, and who love us back, don’t ever forget that one special someone – you. Not only is self-love and self-appreciation a must in today’s stress-centered world, it’s also a great way to stay happy and balanced. Because you can’t truly love others if you can’t even love yourself, nor can you expect that of them. As one great person said, “How can you expect others to love you, when you can’t find it in you to love yourself?” There’s something unique and special about you – time to celebrate it.

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Image Source – Heartki

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Year’s Resolution Cheat Sheet!

Monday, December 30th, 2019

To say that the pressure of having resolutions to start the new year with is high would be a bit of an understatement, wouldn’t it? All these years, and yet, the great trend of “New Year’s Resolution” hasn’t gone away and left us alone already! Which basically means, like every other year, we are doomed to making our resolutions (yes, yes, even we’re going to start going to the gym this year), and then doomed to fail.

But what if we found you a cheat sheet of kinds? A way to make keeping your resolutions a little bit easier. It’s not foolproof of course (because if you are determined not to keep it up, what can we possibly do). But if you’re genuinely trying to be sincere and make an actual effort, how about you try these methods to make the way slightly easier.

 

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1. Use the ‘Buddy System’

Everything in life is easier with a friend (well, except how to stop laughing when you’re both guffawing). There will be days when you want to give up, there will be days when you’re friend wants to give up. It’s ok, you’ve got each other’s backs, like always. When one of you runs low on motivation, the other will immediately boost it up. Because, let’s face it, just because we’re adults doesn’t mean we don’t need to still be dragged out of bed on some days. Whether it’s suffering through morning jogs, or trying a new class, or hobby, having a friend along for the ride always makes it more fun.

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2. Keep track

Keep a separate diary or journal to keep track of your progress every day. And make sure to make an entry every single day (even if you don’t follow through with your resolution on any particular day – that’s ok). As the days progress, you’ll realize how much work you’ve actually been putting in (as well as seeing how many times you’ve been slacking off). Seeing it right there in black and white really helps in refocusing yourself. Works wonders every time.

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3. Don’t date it! 

No, this isn’t a romantic comedy reference. We’re just talking about regular calendar related dates. The biggest issue with starting any new thing up, whether a resolution or a good old-fashioned habit, is that we always put off starting it, and then it turns into this big production in our heads, and the pressure just unnecessarily builds up. And for what? We’re the ones who are turning that looming Monday into such a scary monster. It’s high time to stop putting so much importance on the day or date we are to start something, and instead just focus on that which we’re supposed to start. No more being worried about Mondays, and 1sts, and 15ths, and just get on with it. Put the focus back where it should be and just do it.

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4. Hit the Start button (Again!)

You’re human. We know. And people will stumble, fail, and fall. It’s but natural. There is nothing to be ashamed about. What you shouldn’t lose focus of is that you need to get back up and get back on track. There is no shame in restarting, and it doesn’t matter how many times you have to do it. Remember, resolutions are for you own betterment. You make them because you want to see some improvement or change in some aspect of your life. As long as you remember your intentions as to why you got onto this path to begin with, you should be able to get back onto it. Everyone is struggling to keep up with the promises they make to themselves. You’re not the only one, so don’t be afraid to keep at it.

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We wish you a very happy, prosperous, and satisfying new year. May you be happier, younger at heart, and power through everything that life throws your way.

Happy New Year!

Food Binge vs Netflix Binge

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Are you a foodie? Do you love exploring about new cultures and the foods that are associated with them? Do you love to travel too? Wouldn’t it be great to indulge in all those interests while curled up on your couch at home? In the age of bingeing, we bring you a list of Netflix shows that can whet your appetite for all things travel and food related, and ensure that you learn something new about all those things you love.

(Disclaimer – Watching these shows will probably make your mouth water, will probably create a travel itch, and will definitely leave you feeling hungry. Kindly proceed with full knowledge and acceptance of said side-effects.)

 

1. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Food, check! Travel, check! Celebrities, check! David Chang, check! What more could you possibly need? Head through various countries as David brings along famous friends and checks out some phenomenally great food. P.S. You don’t need a visa, we promise.

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Image Source – New on Netflix

 

2. Street Food

Where do you find the best food? On the streets of course! This show brings to the front the true heroes for our taste buds, the people who struggle by getting up earlier than the sun, those who stand in the heat of the afternoon, and work long into the night, just so we can grab a quick bite that’s tasty, cheap, and fills our stomachs and hearts. Sail across Asia and meet the best of the best from India, Thailand, South Korea, and so many more.

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Image Source – whatsnewonnetflix.com

 

3. Chef’s Table

With six whole seasons, this Emmy-nominated series is definitely binge-worthy. Featuring top chefs from across the globe, delve in to hear about their stories, their vision, their food. As you travel from Germany, to Russia, to South Korea, to Mexico, be prepared to be hit by a whirlwind of gorgeous looking food that will leave you breathless. Bonus, one season is only about pastry. Get your dessert game on!

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4. Ugly Delicious

An interesting docu-series featuring favourite chef David Chang (again), this one is a must-watch for every single person who loves fusion food. David meets chefs bringing together cultures and flavor profiles in the most fearless ways possible. Whether its Arab tacos, or Japanese pizza, be prepared to have your preconceptions of what does and doesn’t go together completely shattered. Spoiler Alert – Season 2 is on its way!

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5. Festive Foods

Take a trip across Asia with this show, with each episode featuring various festivals across the continent, and of course the scrumptious food it all brings forth. Whether it’s Diwali, or the Moon Festival, or Winter Solstice celebrations, prepare to drool.

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Happy Drooling!