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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...

Tropical Architecture: Natural Materials for a Calming Ambience

For the past two years, our pandemic house-ridden life has taught all of us one thing: our homes must be able to make us...

Stay Hydrated in the Tropics with Tender Coconut Water

Staying hydrated is important when you are living in the tropics. With the sun shining down directly all day long, high temperatures, and near-persistent...

Is Malaysia a Good Country to Live?

When you think of tropical Asian countries that offer an attractive way of life for expats, Thailand and Singapore are likely to top the...

7 Stylish Outfit Ideas for Tropical Climates

Traveling to tropical countries as a fashion writer is one thing, but living in the tropics provides a much wider concept. You get a...

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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...

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...

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...

Growing Hoyas as Garden Plants in the Tropics

Hoyas are grown throughout the world for their beautiful flowers and exotic scents. In temperate climates they are usually grown as indoor or hothouse...

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...

Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of...

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Running in the Tropics: How To Do It Safely.

If there’s ever been a sport that’s gained immense popularity over the ages amongst fitness enthusiasts, it’s running. And why not? All you need...

Kitchen Herbs & Spices for Tropical Dishes

Living in the tropics we not only enjoy a fantastic climate and an incomparable way of life. The tropics enchant with unique flavors -...

Gynura procumbens: Greens to Grow for Long Life

Little known outside of Asia and under-rated in the rest of the world, Gynura procumbens is a delicious spinach-type plant that should be growing...

Keeping Dogs in the Tropics: What to Know

Dogs are remarkably adaptable animals that can acclimatize to most temperatures. However, keeping a dog in the tropics requires some special knowledge. Imagine walking around...

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...

The Story of Cinnamon: How to Grow and Propagate It

Cinnamon, or Cinnamomum verum as it is now botanically known, is not only a superb tropical garden tree, but is one of our oldest...
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