10 Valuable Life Lessons from The Alchemist

Feeling lost in life?  I recommend reading one of the best-selling books of all time – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book is about the story of a young shepherd boy, Santiago and his quest to find treasures in the pyramids.

The story is more than just your typical fiction stories.  It is a philosophical book that will give you a better understanding of what life truly is all about. It is about listening to your heart, chasing your dreams and pursuing your destiny.

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10 Ways To Save on Hotel Costs

Most people tend to overspend while on vacation. A survey conducted by Experian, a global information services company showed that about 68% of people overspend on their vacation. What is worse it that 50% of those surveyed indicated that they have accumulated credit card debt even though they don’t have enough savings to cover the payment. These people ended up not just with a depleted savings account but also with huge credit card debt upon their return home.

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How to Remember People’s Names

Are you having problems remembering people’s names?  Don’t worry, it happens to everyone.  In fact, studies show that most adults struggle to remember names of people they just met.

A long time ago, I remember that a friend of mine introduced me to somebody.  A couple of weeks later, I bumped into that person in the mall.  Imagine my surprise when she greeted me first by my name and we chit-chat a little but I could not tell her directly that I forgot her name.  When I got home, I called my friend and asked for her name.  So, I thought by then I would have learned my lesson.

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Track your Expenses

Did you know that tracking your daily expenses will help you save a lot of money?  Knowing where your money is going is the only way for you to take control of your finances.

Challenge

Get a notebook and write down all the things that you will be spending for the next 30 days.  You need to write down all your cash expenses, even small purchases like candies, tips and sticks of cigarettes.  There are several apps available online that you can download for free to make your tracking easier.

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Drinking Water

About 60% of our body is made up of water. Without water, every cell in our body will cease to function.  Although the amount of water that you need to drink varies per individual depending on certain factors such as lifestyle and the weather; on average, a person needs to drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day.

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Do you Believe in Ghosts?

According to Chinese folk legend, the seventh lunar month is the ghost month.  During this time, the gates of hell are supposed to be open so bad spirits roam the world of the living. For 2018, the ghost month starts on August 11 and ends on September 9.

Generally, believers are not supposed to put themselves at risk during the ghost month.  Major decisions such as getting married, buying a house, changing jobs, signing contracts, traveling, having a major operation or starting a business should not be done during this period.

Minor things such as not staying at home at night are also practiced.  It is believed that spirits will follow you back if you roam around at night. Taking photos at night is also a no, no.  You might capture images that you don’t want to see if you take photos at night.

 

Top Korean Dramas with Life Lessons

The Korean drama fever has been taking more and more countries by storm. An example is the 2016 drama series, Descendants of the Sun, which was viewed by more than a billion times and still counting.  The drama was translated into 32 different languages. It has become so popular to the point that tourists had been flocking Zakinthos, one of the Ionian islands in Greece just to see the drama location site.

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You are the Average of the Five People You Spend the Most Time With

Who are the five people you spend most of your time with? What do they stand for? Are they successful? What do they do for a living? How much are they earning? Are they happy? Are they healthy?

Did you know that you could tell a lot about a person by knowing the company they keep?

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn

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10 Symptoms of a Poverty Mindset

Look at the photo above.  Do you see the glass as half full or half empty?

Some of you will probably say it is half full while some will say it is half empty. Your answer will depend on your attitude and perception of reality.

It is amazing how a single photo can be perceived in two completely opposite point of views.  This simple test is actually used by psychologists to determine whether a person is an optimist or a pessimist.

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The Legacy of Coco Chanel

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the name Coco Chanel? Most of you will probably know that she is the name behind the luxury brand Chanel.  However, did you know that she is more than just your regular French designer?  For all women out there, you can dress as comfortably as you like today, it’s all thanks to her.

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, more popularly known as Coco Chanel, is responsible in revolutionising women’s fashion.  She defied social norms.  She insisted on wearing and designing clothes that were comfortable and easy to live with.  As a result, she was able to alter the course of fashion in more ways than one.

Here are ways on how Coco Chanel was able to influenced and changed women’s fashion forever:

1. Trousers for Women

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It is hard to imagine that once upon a time, women don’t wear trousers.  Trousers were considered garments for men.  It was unacceptable for women to wear trousers; instead, women were expected to wear long dresses or skirts.

All this changed when Coco Chanel was photographed wearing sailor’s pants in a beach resort in Deauville, France.  From then on, trousers became a staple fashion for women.

2. Little Black Dress

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Before the Little Black Dress was invented, women wore tightly-laced corsets, hoops and layers of petticoats during the Victorian era.  Moreover, the colour black was only worn during mourning.  The chic black sheath dress that Coco Chanel designed was revolutionary because of its striking silhouette and colour which defies all the norms during that time.

Today, the little black dress is a versatile piece that every woman should have in their closet.

3. Jersey

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Jersey is a knit fabric that was predominantly used as a fabric for men’s underwear.  Many of Coco Chanel’s rich clientele who were accustomed to luxurious fabrics such as silk and satin, were shocked by the choice of fabric.  She insisted on creating something simple, comfortable and practical.

I make fashion where women can live in, breathe in, feel comfortable in, and look younger in. – Coco Chanel

4. Fashion Jewelry

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Fashion jewelries are fake or costume jewelries.  Although Chanel was not the one who invented the concept, she was the one who popularised the use of fake large pearls with chains and beads for everyday wear.

5. Designer Perfume

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On the 5th day of the 5th month in 1921, the Chanel No. 5 was launched.  It was the first scent that smelt artificial made from unnatural ingredients.  During that time, perfumes were made from natural oils and floral components.

What do I wear to bed? Why, Chanel No. 5 of course. – Marilyn Monroe

6. Suits for Women

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Chanel designed the suit for women who were trying to enter the male dominated work force after the war.  Made of knit materials, the suit was lightweight and flexible yet flattering because of the streamline skirt, metallic buttons and collarless necklines.  Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy were always seen wearing the Chanel suits.

Coco Channel recognised the need and the discomforts of women when it comes to dressing. She addressed these needs. She was not afraid to go against the norms. And this became her ticket to success.

Communicate with Touch

The skin is the largest organ in the body but we often take for granted how we communicate nonverbally through our body language but also through how we physically touch other people.

One of the ways you can comfort a person is through a gentle squeeze of the hand or a hug. Touching a person who can’t stop talking not only stops them from talking incessantly but makes them realise that you want to understand them better. For grieving or scared individuals, holding their hand or enveloping them in a firm hug, is a great comfort to them. It also assures them that someone is around to help them cope with the situation.

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