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Fill up your gas tank on the way home, not in the morning when you’re in a hurry

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Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. Those feelings are completely valid, but sometimes you need a little reality check.

David Cain, author of Raptitude, shares 6 reminders for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed:

6 Reminders For Anyone Feeling Overwhelmed

One maddening tendency of any small electronic device is that whenever the battery is low, it wastes most of its remaining power beeping and flashing to tell you that battery is low.

Similarly, the human body comes with many self-defeating features. For example, whenever you’re low on oxygen, say while trying to recover your electronic device from the bottom of a public pool, the body goes into panic mode, raises the heart rate and burns away what little oxygen you have to work with.

Source: Lifehack / Brian Lee


5 Best Fruity Perfumes: A Collection of Favorite Fragrances in the Fruity Category

Good article from Style by Beauty Expert Catherin Helbig:

Fruity scents please the nose with the bright and familiar smells of apple, peach, berry, mango and other juicy fruits. They are often blended with florals.

Apple Splash by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs designed his Splash collection of limited-edition scents to appeal to the palate, as much as the nose. His Apple Splash is a yummy green apple concoction that’s almost unisex in its appeal. Apple  zest and citrus notes blend with herbs and spices, creating an aromatic and energetic scent.

Liz Claiborne Perfume for Women by Liz Claiborne

This elegant signature scent from the design house of Liz Claiborne is a classic fruity-floral. Top notes of peach and pineapple mingle with bergamot, lily and rose over a woodsy base, to create a fresh and feminine fragrance. Wear this refined scent to a job interview, or with your favorite little black dress.

Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel Perfume for Women by Harajuku Lovers

Leave it to rock icon Gwen Stefani to bring a quirky sex appeal to the fruity perfume category. Lil’ Angel features a delicious blend of raspberry, cranberry, blackberry and sweet pineapple, layered over a warm  and sensual amber base. Sweet and a little offbeat, this is a playful perfume that casts a flirtatious spell. The Harajuku doll bottle will look adorable on your vanity, too.

Ralph Wild Perfume for Women by Ralph Lauren

Meant to inspire a feeling of freedom, Ralph Wild evokes the sensuality of summertime. Juicy red fruit notes of wild strawberry and watermelon mix with cherry blossom and rose, creating a scrumptious aroma that gets sexier the longer you wear it, thanks to base notes of musk and sandalwood. It’s a great perfume to wear on a movie-and-dinner first date.

Very Sexy Now Perfume for Women by Victoria’s Secret

Very Sexy Now is a fruity-floral perfume that delivers on its name. A sexy cocktail of tropical fruits, flowers, spices and vanilla, this is a sensual and inviting fragrance that’s ideally suited for summertime wear. Just apply sparingly – a little goes a long way.

Source: Style

Thinking Aloud: “The Great Arab Conquests”

Interesting read 🙂

Not What You Might Think

Dec. 8, 2014 by Darius

I recently finished The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by British professor and historian Hugh Kennedy.  It’s a quite readable account of the first century of Arab conquests, during which Arab armies conquered a space from northern Spain to southern Pakistan.

The Great Arab Conquests supplies a blow-by-blow account of the Arab campaigns.  Rather than proceeding chronologically, Kennedy chooses to break out his chapters by region.  Of course, chronology is respected—it would have been hard for the Muslims to conquer North Africa without going through Egypt first, for example—but Kennedy’s framework makes it much easier for the reader to keep track of things.

According to Kennedy, who relies mainly on the accounts of the conquests left by both Arabs and non-Arabs, the remarkable speed and breadth of the Arab conquests are due to a variety of interlocking…

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To be right or to be happy?

If you reflect on every single moment of your life, you will realize that at any given situation, you always have the freedom to decide between two choices: to be right or to be happy.

Your decision will set the stage for your state of being, not just at the moment of making that choice but also in the shadows of those moments. Understand that every circumstances as happening for you instead of happening to you, and accept that you are given the chance to give the best of yourself when you receive that moment.

 Forget about being right, seize the day and be happy.

Where to Stay – For Free Around the World

A very big thanks to Erin of Never Ending Voyage for sharing these great insights on where to stay for free around the world. We have to work harder at finding free accommodation and these tips are a huge step to helping us make our future travels more affordable while having a great adventure. Enjoy!

We have saved thousands of dollars by seeking out free accommodation on our travels. These opportunities are easier to find than you’d think and have not only saved us money but led us off the beaten track, provided some of our most interesting travel experiences, enabled us to connect with local communities and been a refreshing break from the backpacker trail.

If you want to travel and think you can’t afford it; if you are feeling burnt out and tired of constant sightseeing; or if you are just looking for a unique travel adventure, then we recommend trying these opportunities for free accommodation around the world.

House Sitting


People all over the world are looking for house sitters to look after their homes while they are away. You can stay in a whole house, often very comfortable or even luxurious, for absolutely nothing. Your role in exchange varies: you’ll need to keep the house in good condition and usually you’ll need to look after pets too.

House sitting has enabled us to visit places like Japan that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, and has led to us visiting cities we wouldn’t have thought of. We love staying in residential areas rather than the touristy parts of town, and getting to know a place by living like a local. It’s also a great way to enjoy some home comforts while travelling. After months on the road a comfy couch, hot shower and well equipped kitchen is just what we need.

House sitting isn’t just for long term travellers, as opportunities are available for a few days up to many months. Why not plan your vacation around a house sit for an interesting and very affordable trip away?

Our Experience


We have looked after a puppy and large house in the countryside of northern Argentina; a spacious condo overlooking the river, with a pool and four cats in Florida; and a traditional house and three cats in Kyoto, Japan. Each of these has been for 3-4 weeks and we have saved about $5000 in accommodation costs and had some wonderful experiences.

How to Find a House Sit

Register with a house sitting organisation such as HouseCarers, Mind My House, or Trusted Housesitters, pay a small annual fee, create a profile, and keep an eye on listings that come up. When you find one that suits you apply to the owner via the site.


  • Be flexible ñ you might have to go where the opportunities are.
  • Create a detailed profile and include any relevant experience and a link to your blog if you have one.
  • Sign up to daily emails from the house sitting website and apply quickly. House sits are competitive.
  • Provide references. If you are starting out maybe house sit for a friend.
  • Keep trying if you have no luck at first. You will be more successful choosing less popular destinations.
  • The most opportunities are in North America, Europe and Australia.

House Sitting Pros: Saves money, you have a whole house to yourself, privacy.
House Sitting Cons: Have to look after pets (may be a pro!), commitment to a certain period of time.


Couchsurfing is an organisation that connects people around the world. A huge network of hosts offer their couches or spare rooms to travellers for absolutely free. It’s about more than just free accommodation though, it’s a way to meet interesting people and tap into their local knowledge. It’s a much more sociable experience than house sitting and is best for short term stays. Couchsurfing isn’t just for young travellers ñ we know families who regularly couchsurf.

Our Experience


We have stayed in spare rooms in Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia and Canada. All our experiences have been excellent, we’ve made some great friends and seen a different side to places that we wouldn’t have seen staying in hostels.

How to Find A Couchsurfing Host

Sign up to the couchsurfing website, create a detailed profile, search for a host using certain criteria (location, number of people etc.), and send the host a couch request with your dates.


  • Host couchsurfers before you travel to get a feel for how it works and build up some references.
  • If you are worried about staying with strangers choose hosts who are vouched for and have lots of references.
  • Send a personalised couch request, saying why you think you’ll get on with the host.
  • Start with two nights and see how it goes. We usually extend our stay if it suits the host.
  • Help out around the house and cook meals for your host.
  • You don’t have to stay with someone. You could just meet for a coffee or attend a meetup that many couchsurfing groups organise (search for groups for the city you are in).

Couchsurfing Pros: Meet local people, no time commitment, saves money, access to local knowledge.

Couchsurfing Cons: Less privacy, may not be a comfortable sleeping area, might not get on with host.

Work in Exchange For Food And Accommodation

By working in exchange for your room and board you can save a lot of money on the road and have some really interesting experiences. Many opportunities are on farms but you can also work in hostels and even private homes. Usually you’ll work for four hours a day so you’ll have time to explore the area too, but make sure you agree the terms before you sign up.

Our Experience


In Australia we used the WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) programme to find an opportunity in the Northern Territory. We stayed with a family and helped in their large garden in exchange for meals and our own private room, bathroom and wonderful outdoor lounge. We got on really well with the family and loved our experience.


In Costa Rica we use the HelpX website to find a placement at a riding stables in a remote, untouristy part of the countryside. We had to pay $20 a day but we only worked two hours a day and got to ride horses twice a day. It was tiring but an amazing experience getting to know the horses and family, and I even got to ride with local cowboys in a traditional cabalgata (group ride).

How To Find A Work Exchange


Erin Horse Jumping in Work Exchange, Costa Rica

There are a number of websites where you can find placements. WWOOF is the most well known, focusing on organic farms and you have to join the programme for each country you’ll be visiting. HelpX and Workaway have a range of different opportunities all over the world. After paying a small membership fee you’ll have access to listings that you can apply for.

You can also find opportunities informally, maybe by asking at hostels. We arranged to stay at a lodge in the Peruvian Andes for three weeks in exchange for creating their NGO’s website.


  • There are more opportunities in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In developing countries they sometimes charge a fee and accommodation standards are lower as they can get cheap labour locally so your services aren’t as needed.
  • Agree your working hours, days off, included meals and type of accommodation in advance.

Work Exchange Pros: Interesting experiences, spend very little money in rural areas, could add it to your CV, provides a sense of purpose, meet people.
Work Exchange Cons: Living conditions could be basic or shared, you have to work!

These opportunities for free accommodation are a great way to travel inexpensively but they are much more than that. They have taken us off the beaten track, introduced us to new friends, taught us about local cultures, and left us with some of our best travel memories.

For more advice on travelling cheaply don’t miss Dave and Deb’s helpful post on how to travel on a budget. <awe, thanks guys :-o

Erin_Simon_neverendingvoyage_small (125x125)Erin McNeaney and her partner Simon sold everything they owned and left the UK in March 2010 to travel the world forever. They run a WordPress web design business on the road and have travelled to Latin America, North America and are currently in Asia. You can follow their adventures at Never Ending Voyage, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Resolutions 2014

Resolutions 2014

42 Simple Habits To Make Yourself Better

Malu, tapi mahu

Malu, tapi mahu – Adit Rahim


Aku malu, tatkala terbaca
Kata-kata dabikkan dada
“Ketuanan kita harus dijaga”
Siapa yang mati, melantik kita
Jadi pejuang cuma satu bangsa
Sedangkan yang lain diketepikan sahaja?

Aku malu, tatkala terbaca
Suguhan pelbagai, diberi orang kita
Sedangkan ianya buat mereka alpa
Tiada berusaha, tetapi mahu kaya
Peluang diberi, dipersia-sia
Sibukkan tuding jari mempersalahkan segala

Aku malu, tatkala terbaca
Orang terpelajar tapi masih berkata
Bantulah mereka yang terpilih sahaja
Tidak menyokong, pinggirkan sana
Bukankah bila adil dan saksama
Ramai sayang, yang membenci tiada?

Aku malu, tatkala terbaca
Yang berani menegakkan yang benar dicerca
Mungkinkah ada yang malu dengan kata-katanya
Kerna tepat menusuk kalbu dan jiwa raga
Pabila agenda sebenar dibongkar merata
“Niat” anda-anda berpusatkan wang semata-mata
Aku malu, tatkala terbaca
Begitu rapuh minda anak bangsa
Ditegur tak boleh, dikata terus teriak menganga
Ilmu cetek tetapi cuba memperjuangkan “agama”
Kononnya orang “luar” tidak layak menyuara
Duduklah bawah tempurung gamaknya

Aku malu, tatkala hendak bersuara
Nanti dibidas, dikata penjahanam bangsa
Tapi teguran harus diterima, bukakan minda
Yang benar itu memang pasti pahitnya
Tak sanggup telan, alamat tak majulah kita
Kembali dalam kepompong, runcing akalnya

Aku malu, tetapi aku tetap mahu
Kerna terlalu penat menahan pilu
Melihat “kemunduran” pemikiran “rakan-sahabat”ku
Yang masih berangan-angan tanpa silu
Sedangkan orang lain dah lama berlalu
Jauh tinggalkan kita semua, untuk maju

Aku malu, kerna aku tahu
“Selimut” itu terlalu enak buat kamu-kamu. – 6 Disember 2013