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How to save cash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

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Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Majestic Canada, coast to coast

Meandering train journeys through jaw-dropping scenery are still one of the most immersive ways to explore the world’s second-largest country.<p>When Canada’s inaugural transcontinental train trundled from Montreal into British Columbia’s Port Moody in 1886, it practically and symbolically linked the …

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Olive oil recipes: carrot and parsnip cake

Adding vegetables to a cake is a really good way to keep things moist<p>This cake even uses olive oil in the icing – it’s surprisingly delicious. I like to mix carrot and parsnip, but you can use one or the other if you want.<p><i>Serves 10</i><p>300g/10 oz self-raising flour<p>2 tsp baking powder<p>1 tsp ground cinnamon<p>…

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46 Sex Positions Everyone Should Try In Their Lifetime

...or tonight.<p>Opting for the same tried-and-true positions during sex is kind of like watching your favorite movie: You know you're going to enjoy it, and you're well aware how it'll end (happily, obvi.) But even though your fave film may be endlessly amazing, it never hurts to switch things up and …

Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The main objective of the project was to provide the school with new facilities: a refectory, a gym and …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

The island-hopper's guide to Korea

Mention Korea and several things probably spring to mind: the division of North and South, the sparkling city of Seoul (headquarters to Samsung, Hyundai and other Korean powerhouses) and Psy’s manic and flashy ‘Gangnam Style’. What’s not commonly known is that the Korean peninsula is studded with …

Europe's cheapest holiday cities

Fancy a city break that won't strip your savings to the bone? Head east, to Budapest. The Hungarian capital is the cheapest place in Europe for a short break, according to holiday rental site Housetrip. It found that a two-night trip could cost as little as £139, including flights, a few basic …

17 Creative Living Room Interior Design Ideas

We at Decoist love a good home tour! There’s something about getting an inside look at the creative interiors of others. These spaces inspire us on …

How to Make Carrot Cake Doughnuts

The sweetness of pineapple and carrot in every bite - these doughnuts remind you of the real carrot cake.<p><b>Makes: 18 large doughnuts</b><p>Ingredients<p>For the …

5 Creative Ways to Solve Any Problem

The simple mind tricks that actually work<p>"Think outside the box" may be a cliché, but too often we turn any issues over and over in our minds without finding an innovative solution for them. That's because we tend to do all problem solving in the same way, whether that means making a pros-and-cons …

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Hot or not? How serving temperature affects the way food tastes

Scrolling through the restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor is to enter a grumbly old world. Everything seems to be lukewarm: the service, the coffee and, worse of all, the food. I must admit that if I'm in an unfamiliar place that has yet to earn my trust, a tepid cooked meal does inject an …

46 North Avenue by Rolf Ockert Design

Rolf Ockert Design have completed the contemporary renovation of a heritage home in Sydney, Australia.<p>Description<p>The site is located in a heritage …

American Jonathan Trappe aviator has begun the first attempt to cross the Atlantic suspended by 370 of coloured helium-filled balloons http://t.gu.com/oPRwM View the full gallery of his departure, like a scene from the Disney film Up: http://t.gu.com/oPRnc Photograph: Paul Cyr/Barcroft USA

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

It’s probably no news to most people who work that poor leaders produce disgruntled, unengaged employees. Our research also shows convincingly that great leaders do the opposite — that is, that they produce highly committed, engaged, and productive employees.<p>And the difference is cavernous — in a …

4 Moves to a Flat Belly

Want to shred your abs? Consider this your flat belly bootcamp<p>The body part you can't stomach? Your stomach, according to our poll. Tighten and trim your waistline with these four ab-sculpting moves from trainer David Kirsch. <b>Stability-Ball Jackknife</b>Position your hands shoulder-width apart on the …

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3D Printing Is a Matter of Life and Death

<b>When Kaiba Gionfriddo was born</b> prematurely on Oct. 28, 2011, everything seemed relatively normal. At 35 weeks, his doctors' main concern was lung …

40 Stylish Kitchen Countertop Ideas You'll Love

A countertop is to a kitchen what a statement necklace is to an outfit — make yours speak to your home's personality.<p>These days, designers have gone way beyond Carrara and Calacatta marble — they'll use just about anything for kitchen and island countertops. With options like limestone, zinc, …

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JetBlue scores FAA approval for Fly-Fi, may launch satellite WiFi next month

JetBlue's next-generation WiFi service, powered by ViaSat's super-speedy Ka-band satellite, is officially on track to launch this October. The FAA just issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the airline's Airbus A320, enabling a fleet-wide installation that's set to begin immediately. In …

AD Classics: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao / Gehry Partners

Set on the edge of the Nervión River in Bilbao‭, ‬Spain, the Guggenheim Museum is a fusion of complex‭, ‬swirling forms and captivating materiality …

Extension Of The Fray Pedro Ponce De Leon Special Education School / A3gm Arquitectos

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The aim of the intervention is the extension of a Special Education School that consisted of two …

The Biggest Mistakes Women Make When...Dieting

We asked top nutritionists to reveal the miscalculations and misinformation that sabotage our efforts to lose weight.<p>They OD on the EVOO