The Power Of Song

~ This is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I’m alright song; My power’s turned on, starting right now I’ll be strong ~ Rachel Platten Life is an opus of carefully crafted musical compositions. Percussionist Erin Douglas Dowrey says: “Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.” The symphony of your life is composed of that annoying alarm tune that wakes you up, the morning shower song that picks you up, the game-face playlist that gets you to work, the online commercial-f

Brexit’s toll on Southeast Asian countries

Brexit, the U.K.’s (United Kingdom) departure from the EU (European Union), presents a venture into uncharted waters for the Kingdom with ramifications for potentially detrimental effects on some Southeast Asian Countries. In March 2017, Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was invoked by the U.K., giving Brexit an official launch date of March 2019, after a British referendum in June 2016 voted for the country to leave the EU’s single market and customs union. Negotiations for the withdrawal have

Guide to Doing a Visa Run in KL

One of the joys (with joys being PC speak for “challenges”) of living in Thailand is the recurrent necessity of updating your visa. Previously the Thai government took a more casual approach to foreigners overstaying their visa terms or, frankly, not having a visa at all. To quote Bob Dylan: “the times they are a changin.” In the interest of full disclosure first, let’s discuss why and when you would end up making that time-honoured “run for the border.” Thai outlines seven types

Travelling For Your Health: Medical Tourism

Travel in and of itself can be rewarding in many ways. However, there are times when travel is warranted for a potentially life-changing health issue – which for some, may be unavoidable. Electing to travel across international borders to receive medical treatment is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as medical tourism. Also known as health travel, treatments in medical tourism run the entire gamut from wellness services and health check-ups to invasive and cosmetic surgery. Typi

Embracing Constructive Criticism as a Writer and in Life

Author H.G. Mewis wrote: “A true artist willingly removes their heart, allows constructive criticism to stomp it, then puts it back–bruised and aching–to continue improving due to the all-consuming obsessive love for their art.” The oxymoron constructive criticism is one that is frequently bantered about typically without concern or understanding of its impact on the life and aspirations of the one it’s being dished out to. After all, the word ‘constructive’ has a beneficial connotation, but

Revain’s Custom-Built AI for Review Analysis – Revain –

Revain is a blockchain-based review platform with a goal to bring back people’s trust in online reviews. Currently, Revain is focused on reviews on projects which concluded ICO/crowdsale stage. The reviews and ratings help investors decide on their next venture. This is the ‘magic’ of custom-built artificial intelligence (AI) in action. Set to impact every industry and business, “artificial Intelligence is the definitive technology of the 21st century”. Forrester, an American market research co

Why You Should Travel Alone At Least ​Once In Your Lifetime

Anxiously waiting for daybreak to make an appearance, I stand at a countryside bus stop. While I wait, I stare out over the snow-capped peaks of the Malaga Mountains. The enchanting landscape forms the perfect backdrop for the sleepy village of Colmenar in one of the charming White Towns of Andalucia, Spain, which I had explored the previous day. Months before I had dreamt of this moment, planned it even. But as the dream unfolds, reality had staged a coup d’etat; could I actually travel alone?

We explore Vietnam as a startup location

Known for its beaches, rivers, temples, and busy cities, Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing digital economies and as such, it offers many opportunities for startups. Here we explore Vietnam as a startup location. At an estimated 95 million inhabitants and a growing population, Vietnam is one of the most populated countries in the Southeast Asian region. A large number of residents live in its capital Hanoi: however, most live in rural areas and work in agriculture. Since the 1986 renovation

Do I Have What it Takes to Be a Writer?

I make my way over to the mauve sofa–coffee mug in hand–and settle in on its plush cushions, keeping a watchful eye on the thick white liquid sloshing around in the cup. Legs stretched out, I settle my aching back in the curve of the sofa’s armrest, warily staring at the contents of my mug. The berries, coconut, and almond milk mixture with a hint of maple syrup complimenting my homemade granola of flax, chia, pumpkin seeds, and grated coconut which is my normal “morning fare”, is yesterday’s me