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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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Are the Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca Worth Visiting?

Lake Titacaca’s main claim to fame is that it is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world...

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...

How to Visit an Embera Indian Village in Panama

One of the most interesting things to do in Panama if you are curious about nature and local culture is to take a trip...

Treasure the Street Trees in Tropical Cities

A few years ago when I was living in a suburb of Quezon City in the Philippines, our neighbor cut down a large mango...

How to Improve the Sky in Tropical Seascape Photos

We all like to take seascape photos in the tropics. Whether you live by a beach, or are just visiting, there’s nothing that screams...

Decorating a Tropical Home in Caribbean Style

Interior designers of tropical homes often refer to Caribbean style. So, what exactly is Caribbean style, and how does it differ from other styles...
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