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Healthy Baking: Chocolate Fudge Avocado Cake

Avocado, highly regarded as a superfood in recent years, is native to the tropical highland regions of the Americas, particularly in Mexico and Guatemala....

Building a Ranch House for Under $200,000 in the Philippines

Frank Witteman is a retired Dutch geologist living in the northern Philippines with his Filipina wife, Lita. They met in Kuala Lumpur in 2001,...

How to Grow Beautiful Begonias in the Tropics

Everyone loves the beauty of begonias, but some gardeners living in the tropics believe begonias come from cooler climates and can’t be grown in...

Building with Mud in Tropical Regions

Getting anxious about how your new home might affect the environment? With all the buzz and tension about making sustainable and environmentally friendly choices,...

Healthy Mussels Moilee with Lemon Noodles

I came across a dish called moilee almost ten years ago when I was backpacking in India. Kerala was the first state that I...

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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...

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...

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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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...

Cape Verde: Discover the Caribbean of Africa

Not quite Africa, not quite Europe, Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten tropical islands which are over 1,000km southwest of the more well-known...

A Guide to Scuba Diving in the Tropics

Scuba diving is a pursuit that is beloved by millions around the world. After all, the oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface,...

What’s the Best Lighting for Tropical Homes?

Most homeowners in tropical countries know there are two types of lightbulbs that they can buy when they need to replace blown bulbs (called...

How to Grow Pepper in the Tropical Garden

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is, like cinnamon, a tropical spice that was well known in antiquity. The plant probably originated in Sri Lanka or the...

Is Honduras a Safe Country for Expats to Live?

In the heart of Central America lies the Republic of Honduras. It’s a fantastically scenic country that has everything from white sandy beaches to...
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