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    Keeping Your Skin Supple &...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Keeping Your Skin Supple & Radiant...

    I used to have major skin problems due to the dry air inflight (especially on the 747 aircraft). After some experimenting (don't we all?), I found that drinking lots of fruit juice...and of course, water.... really helps. While water is good for flushing the system, the juice seems to help retain the moisture. Though I don't need the extra calories of fruit juice, I try to drink at least one liter on a long flight. :-) I also drown my face with Prescriptives' 'Vibrant' face cream. It is one of the best in the market. Of course the best in the market right now is La Mer Cream (one SMALL jar can cost you US$500). O.K., if you like me are not dating someone like Donald Trump or Bill Gates, try the Prescriptives 'Vibrant' cream. I don't care even if Prince Charming might possibly be sitting in the next seat on the plane...I'd still put on my 'Vibrant' face cream! How did I come to hear about it? Thank God for Sharon Stone. I had read in one magazine that she swears by using this cream. It keeps her looking RADIANT. So, I followed suit and I am so happy to announce that she's absolutely correct! So ladies, if you want to look radiant with pearly skin, try it! :-) And no, I'm not the spokeswoman for Prescriptives. I'm just happy and thankful that I discovered this cream.

    And if it's not too much trouble, try and carry a small spritz bottle of 'Evian' mineral water for the face. For what? To SPRAY your face with a thousand droplets of this refreshing water... so that you will look like a million bucks when you get off the plane.... :-)
    Hey, you never know who you'll bump into at the other end of the world!

    Brad Pitt? Josh Hartnett?? Ben Affleck?? You'll never know! Kidding... But I'm sure you got my point.

    Photo Below: A rustic farm in Vermont....

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    Are you interested to read...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Are you interested to read your emails directly from your own internet provider back home whilst you're on the road?

    I learned about a wonderfully simple e-mail service for travelers and have been using it for the past 2 years! It has NEVER failed me so far... Thatweb.com allows you to retrieve all of your e-mail messages directly from your own internet provider at home. And the best part of it all is that you don't even need to set up an account with Thatweb.com prior to your leaving home. And what's more.... it’s FREE. If you haven't already heard about this, I can't think of a better time than now to check it out.

    Thatweb.com


    How did I come to know about this site?

    Simple. One of my best friends (now residing in Hongkong) is a good friend of the creator of this site.

    Below: Postcards from Miami!

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    And now, here's something for...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    And now, here's something for the BUDGET CONSCIOUS traveler.... I picked up this tip when I was staying at the YMCA in Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon).

    How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs...

    Do you know that bed bugs HATE lavender oil? In Yangon some years ago, I was so afraid of being bitten by bed bugs at the local YMCA hostel, I tried using a few drops of lavender oil on the mattresses of our beds to scatter the bed bugs. It seems the little biters hate the smell and will flee!! It prevents bites... and lulled me to sleep. So, if you are staying in a hostel, dorm etc, try to bring a little bottle of lavender oil. I always get mine from The Body Shop costing not more than US$3.

    You must be wondering why I brought this up. Well, many years ago, I stayed at a supposedly good five-star hotel in SanFran. They had bed bugs and God-knows what other insects on their bed - hidden to the naked eye! I suffered from itchy rashes for almost 2 years and saw tons of dermatologists trying to get healed. It was a very scary experience and I have since learnt to be well-armed and very prepared for ALL sorts of emergencies!

    Sleep well and sweet dreams, ladies....

    Photo Below: Santa Monica!

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    Have you ever realized that...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Have you ever realized that your body is an absolutely wonderful machine with its own built-in cooling system? Yeah, me too. I didn't realize it until I got into 'trouble' not too long ago. These days, I'm a self-confessed health nut. Your body system depends on keeping a fluid balance within your body. So when the temperature rises, your body's 'air conditioning' mechanism switches to the 'on' mode and sweat glands begin to excrete fluids and salts. Simply put, these evaporate on the skin's surface and voila! You begin cooling off.


    Ah, however, problems can arise when your body becomes too hot and/ or you don't have enough fluids to keep your cooling system running at optimum power. So whether you're spending your summer holiday in North America or planning a winter trip to the tropics, it always helps to keep the following basic beat-the-heat tips in mind. Get your pen and paper ready... and copy down these pointers:

    When the weather is hot, hot, HOT!

    Go sightseeing in early morning or late afternoon.
    Don't exercise or work in the heat of the day. Really. I don't wish to see you collapse from exhaustion and heat stroke. I HAD to mention this point because I have actually seen tourists jogging in Singapore at 12 NOON when the sun is BLAZING hot! Sigh...
    Try and wear loose-fitting, light colored cottons and avoid synthetics.
    Remember to safeguard yourself from harmful UVB and UVA rays with high-protection factor sunscreens, sun glasses and wide rim hats (hey, there are some nice hats sold at department stores too. It doesn't mean that all wide-rim hats are meant for your mothers. Gotcha!).
    Take frequent cool but not icy showers. I remembered bathing 5 times a day when I was in Bali... What to do? The weather was so darn hot! Oops, sorry for the language.... The weather in Nevada, Arizona and Florida can be EXCEPTIONALLY hot in summer. Hotter than Bali! :-((
    Drink at least 10 liters of water daily. If you (like me) can't drink plain water as it is, cut a slice of lemon and put it into your plain water. With that lemony taste, you'll soon gulp down your required 10 liters of water! :-))) Remember, light colored urine indicates that you are well hydrated.
    Carry bottled water with you if necessary. These days, they sell these cool carriers just purely for putting your water bottle. Very nice! I usually strap it across my body (that's why you must buy a nice water bottle carrier!) and it looks absolutely fashionable!
    Remember - coffee and alcohol tend to dehydrate. So, go easy on them.
    And iced tea, iced coffee, ice cold beer or caffeine-containing colas are definitely NOT your perfect thirst quenchers! They are all dehydrating and will increase your body's fluid loses. So, go ahead and enjoy them.... BUT always be sure to down a couple of water chasers.

    You know, men apparently acclimatize to heat much faster than us women because their male hormone and testosterone stimulates
    sweating.

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    Internet Cafes Wherever you...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Internet Cafes

    Wherever you travel in the world today, you will not be far from a cyber port. And this same rule applies when you visit North America. The Internet Cafes Guide offer world maps to help you locate the Internet Cafe nearest you. Yahoo.com also offers a comprehensive listing.

    CYBERCAFE.COM

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    North America broadcasts their...

    by smallone Written Aug 24, 2002

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    North America broadcasts their television programs all over the world. However, what you see on tv isn't always the way it really is. We're really just like any other modernized country. We have shopping malls, teenagers who hang out, pets and hobbies just like everyone else. North America is incredibly culturally diverse; unless you don't speak English well, you really can't make any cultural faux pas.

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    When eating at a resturant,...

    by serenaloco Written Aug 24, 2002

    When eating at a resturant, remember that in the US, waiters live off what they are tipped, so be nice and tip 12-15% it's not included.
    Some people are ignorant here and stupidity can be rampant but we're not all like that.

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  • Alaskans in general are some...

    by karmaman2002 Written Aug 24, 2002

    Alaskans in general are some of the worldliest people in America. Most people have come here from somewhere else, and almost everyone has travelled extensively. Thus, any photos of other places you can bring will be welcomed. Also, bring a guitar, there are thousands of musicians in our state.

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    People here carry guns in...

    by russ45 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    People here carry guns in their cars. be careful about giving people the bird ( holding hand with only middle finger pointing up wards, others folded to palm of hand. A jesture that means well you can guess what it is.
    You can stay in the left lane on the interstates here. People aren't polite like in Europe. The Europeans stay in right lane and only use left lane to pass. YES becareful when using turn signal to
    pass people here will speed up to cut you off from passing on 2 lane road and try to get you to run in to the car in the on coming lane. Or on a 4 lane road they will speed up to keep you from passing them and they will try to cut you off. So use care when first driving here in the USA. When coming up
    to a traffic lite becareful people here drive through on red lites, so slow down and look both ways when
    you have a green light
    .

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  • Tipping at diners etc, we...

    by albert_barke Written Aug 24, 2002

    Tipping at diners etc, we always gave a minimum of 10%
    'You Have a Good Day Now' is the best loved phrase you will always want to remember, we did.
    The American people are so polite but very, very, loud and
    voicefull, Great !!!

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    Melting Pots

    by acemj Written Apr 15, 2003

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    The USA is known as a melting pot of cultures and races, but it's not just in the States. Canada is also a culturally diverse country. Toronto, in fact, is among the most diverse cities in the world.

    Chinatown, Montreal

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  • The roadside bookstalls have a...

    by gauri Updated Aug 24, 2002

    The roadside bookstalls have a huge variety to offer as do many good bookstores like the Hardvard Coop, Wordsworth etc.

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    MAP:Africa,Asia,Australia,Europe,Middle...

    by mariettz Written Aug 24, 2002

    MAP:Africa,Asia,Australia,Europe,Middle East,North America,
    South America

    :-)
    John:17

    North America,USA,Maryland,Baltimore,
    on SUNDAY's TV LIVE Service,GGWO;

    http://www.ggwo.org/tv/live.html

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    North...

    by mariettz Written Aug 24, 2002

    North America,USA,Maryland,Baltimore - Europe,Hungary,
    Budapest;ISA:40:31;
    'mariettz TOP #100 Virtual Tourist Member,July 12. and 14.2000'
    ;-)

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    USA,Independence Day,July...

    by mariettz Written Aug 24, 2002

    USA,Independence Day,
    July 04.2000

    (Picture from USA,Maryland Baltimore and two days ago
    on the Internet I have seen the Celebration there
    (GGWO), and today I have seen the CNN ...USA...

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