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How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

Top 10 budget beach hotels and bungalows in Cambodia

From bamboo shacks on a palm-fringed island to a chic resort in Sihanoukville, these (mostly) cheap Cambodian beach pads are ideal for unwinding after temple-hopping at Angkor Wat<p>Koh Thmei Resort, Koh Thmei<p>Part of Ream national park, which is a favourite with twitchers due its 150 different kinds …

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Loneliness

20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

<b>“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu</b><p>For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen …

Meditation

The Foundations of Vipassana Meditation

Peter O’Donoghue, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>I spent 6 consecutive weeks sitting and serving on courses at Dharma Sikhara, a Vipassana centre, in …

The Calm Approach

Yesterday I got a van from my carshare service to drive the family to a friend’s house. I drove down a busy street with a smile on my face, and a …

Make a Better You in 2014 By Creating More "HeartSpaces"

2104 is right around the corner. I love a new year, a new month, a new week and a new day because each gives us the opportunity to start again – to …

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

Creative Eye Makeup Illustrations by Tal Peleg

Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, aka Scarlet Moon, uses eyeshadow and eyeliner to do more than simply shade in her eyelids. Instead, the creative makeup genius turns eyelids into her own personal canvas for clever mini paintings. She takes the small patch of skin that surrounds the eye and …

Eye Makeup

Cabin, Croatia

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop in jewel tones …

How to get the most out of Google’s apps and services when using an iPad

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>While Apple may have no plans to port any of its iOS apps to Android, Google has long built apps for iOS. In the midst of …

12 Shoes for 12 Lovers by Sebastian Errazuriz: Part 1

Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has never been one to be afraid of pushing the boundaries and his latest project entitled 12 Shoes for 12 …

Sculpture

Travel tips: Travel tips: lose yourself in Morocco, have a new look at travel guides, and East London's hippest hotels

Have an adventure in Morocco's Souss Valley, try out glam travel guides, and East London's hip places to stay<p><b>Take me there: Souss Valley, Morocco</b><p><b>Why go</b><br>With its atmospheric medina and ochre-coloured ramparts, the fortified Berber town of Taroudant – an hour's drive from Agadir – is often called …

Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in 1964 - a picture from the past

This photograph taken on 16 June 1964, shows eight men, among them Nelson Mandela, leaving the Palace of Justice in Pretoria after being sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial. Their fists are raised in defiance through the barred windows of the prison car. For many people this was the …

Giveaway: Pet Jellyfish Tank

Puppies and kittens for Christmas? How boring and uninspired. This year, enter to win your very own pet jellyfish gliding languorously around a …

Top 10 film noir

Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …<p>• Top 10 westerns • Top 10 documentaries • Top 10 movie adaptations • Top 10 animated movies • Top 10 …

Weird and wonderful travel gadgets

Ranging from silly stocking fillers to useful travel items, these gadgets tackle problems that every traveller will recognise. Some of them just make us smile at their novelty, even if we won’t be using them. Oddly, no matter how ridiculous the items, they may still give you itchy feet for your …

Developing Countries

To Walk the World

Walking is falling forward.<p>Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked. In this way, to walk becomes an act of faith. We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle—an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go. For the next seven years I will plummet across the world.<p>…

Home

If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

51 Places to Visit in India Before You Turn 30

(Last Updated On: February 9, 2018)<p>Here is a fun bucket list of the best places to visit in India before you turn thirty. They are not just …

Asia Travel

Surreal landscapes around the world - Telegraph

Yellowstone National Park

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities by Keith Houston – review

Punctuation is not a mere ornament or a curiosity – it is essential, and we need to know about it. Keith Houston's history is entertaining and readable<p>Don't buy the e-book. If ever a book deserved its hardbacked, reverse-embossed, lavishly illustrated, thick white heavy paper incarnation, and a …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

The Ultimate Leg Workout Routine

Exercise 1 Lateral Band Walk<p>Place a mini resistance band just below your knees and stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent <b>(a)</b>. Maintaining a tight core, step your left foot out to the side <b>(b)</b>, followed by your right. Continue for 30 to 40 small steps, keeping tension on the band, …

Amsterdam attractions: what to see and do in autumn

Forget what the songs tell you about tulips and spring – autumn is the time that <b>Amsterdam</b> really blossoms. As the trees shed their leaves, historical gables emerge from behind the foliage, and the canal views surpass those of summer. Amsterdammers really like to savour any last moments of warm …