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Tips for Maintaining Your Hair in the Tropics

The heat and humidity of the tropics can create all sorts of hair-related problems. Frizzy hair and split ends are common as the humidity...

Learning More About Uncommon Tropical Vegetables

Singapore residents, or those visiting Singapore in the coming months, have an opportunity to learn more about some uncommon tropical vegetables. A new exhibition...

How to Prepare Spicy Sambal

Sambal is a chilli sauce or paste, and widely used as a condiment in many tropical countries, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Sri...

The Versatile Banana Plant – More Than Just Fruit

Banana plants, with their broad flat leaves swaying gently in the breeze and clusters of bananas hanging from under them, are a common sight...

The Traditional Lungi: From Humble Attire to Sartorial Style

The South Indian lungi is a cool and comfortable garment worn by men that is similar to the sarong that is popular with both...

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Tropical Countries

For most of us born and raised in a tropical country, we really couldn’t think of living anywhere else. The thought of living in...

Golden Cane Palms – Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em!

The Golden Cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a popular landscaping plant throughout the tropics. Its yellowy-gold petioles and infloresences and the more brownish-golden colour...

Pitfalls of Building a House in the Philippines

A Story of an Expat's Experience and Lessons Learned Building your own house can be rewarding for some and stressful for others, but it’s always...

Using Plants to Stabilize Slopes in the Tropics

In the small garden, the stabilization of steep slopes is usually achieved through the building of retaining walls. These can be built using a...

Can You Grow Mushrooms in the Tropics?

Growing your own edible and medicinal mushrooms is something that can boggle the minds of even experienced horticulturalists. In the tropics, it may seem...

What Are the Best Fabrics for Tropical Climates?

One of the advantages of living in the tropics is that we don’t have to spend so much on our wardrobes. That’s especially so...

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What Makes Kampot Pepper So Special?

Pepper is grown in many tropical countries. Vietnam, Indonesia and India are the world’s top peppercorn producers accounting for more than half of total...

Butterfly Pea: The Color-Changing Tropical Tisane Tea

One of the things I like about living in the tropics is that life is synchronous with nature. For a while I took this...

Where to Find the Best Tropical Interior Decorating Ideas on the Web

When we think about redecorating a room in a tropical home, or starting from scratch in a new house, we are often overwhelmed by...

The Beauty and Fragrance of Tropical Plumerias (aka Frangipanis)

Plumerias are small tropical trees that are widely grown throughout the tropical world. In some countries the plumeria is known as frangipani and it...

Best Home Driveways for Tropical Climates

In tropical climates there are particular factors that must be taken into account when deciding on the type of driveway to build compared to...

Brighten up Tropical Homes and Gardens with Heliconias

Heliconias are a genus of tropical plants that are much sought after by florists and home decorators because they produce spectacular flower bracts that...
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