The case of Bali

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Are you working remotely due to the pandemic? Love it? Are you contemplating moving to a location that fits your personality and lifestyle requirements better? Now you can, but be mindful of where you go and how you go about it. You don’t want to end up bitterly staring into…

Here is what you can do instead

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I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you that the world's plastic problem is at a critical level today. From the Stone Age to the Iron Age to the Steel Age, we delineate society’s epochs by their primary material for fabrication.

An environmental scientist calls BS

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I wrote my first thesis on the eradication of PET waste with the help of circular economy principles. The near-complete eradication of single-use plastic is feasible and affordable. …

Suicide Prevention Month

Break the stigma, and stop dismissing suicidal people

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Ever wonder why there is such a vast difference between how we perceive those who are suicidal and those who committed suicide? Subtle signs and cries for help often get dismissed. But dismissal is not uncommon even when someone directly reaches out for help, confides in people around them.


Unintentional gaslighting and toxic phrases

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I love my Mom more than anyone in the world, but it is undeniable that she is the source of some of my insecurities. But that does not mean that she intentionally set me up for failure in my relationships or life.

Whatever we tell ourselves, our parents have an…

Exploring multiracial identity

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I stood in front of the school building, an Asian-European mix six-year-old, fresh off the plane. I was surrounded by kids who insisted that I prove that I am a genuine Mongolian by using the traditional Mongol script.

The communists forced Mongolians to use Cyrillic letters, and the country still…

Use these strategies to increase your quality of life

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Ever heard someone saying, “Beyoncé has the same amount of hours in a day as you do”? Way to make everyone feel bad for no reason. The truth is that she is wealthy enough to have people to work for her, so she essentially has hundreds of more hours in…

Beyond the obvious tragedies

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If I had to choose a single word to describe how the world at large feels like, I’d go for frustrated. …

Things I wish I knew in my twenties

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Every year, around my birthday, a slight panic sets in. It is not the “productive, getting-things-done kind”. …

And thanks for all the cash

Branson aboard Virgin Galactic — source

“We’re here to make space more accessible to all,” a buoyant Branson said shortly after embracing his grandchildren following his flight. “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age.”

I can only imagine the beady-eyed expressions of Bezos and Musk while watching Branson beat them both to space. After…

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