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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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5 Iced Coffee Hacks for Hot Tropical Days

While some of us do love waking up to the warm aroma of a hot cup of coffee in the morning, the warmer weather...

How to Grow Garlic in the Tropics

Most of us love to use garlic in our cooking, and many of us like to grow it in our own gardens so we...

Tropical Fashion: Interesting, Inspired and Innovative

The other day, I was watching this popular fashion reality show on Netflix where talented contestants from all around the world were competing to...

Pumpkin Curry with Thai Street Spiciness

I have been cooking a lot of dishes using pumpkin and squash recently. I also salvaged a lot of leftover Halloween pumpkins from my...

Insulin Plant: A Tropical Plant with Anti-diabetic Properties

Back in 2015, there was a plant that was rapidly gaining popularity in the Philippines because of its health benefits. Insulin plant, or Costus...

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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