Chiang Mai: 10 Unexpectedly Wonderful Things To Do

I’m very fond of Chiang-Mai.  It’s often hailed as the cultural capital of Thailand and it’s where backpackers go to bathe elephants, hike waterfalls, do yoga, find themselves etc etc. but actually it’s wholly unpretentious and there’s so much more to it than that. There are almost two worlds for foreigners in Chiang Mai: the digital nomads/expat scene, and the backpacker scene. Here are my … Continue reading Chiang Mai: 10 Unexpectedly Wonderful Things To Do

How to Apply for General Practice Training (GPST1) in the UK

So you want to be a GP? That’s good news because the UK needs a lot of GPs (general practitioners). The UK application system for General Practice runs nationally, twice a year. Each academic year runs from Autumn to the following Autumn, within which there are 2 application cycles. Here we’ll break down exactly how to apply for General Practice training in the UK: from … Continue reading How to Apply for General Practice Training (GPST1) in the UK

Guide to Understanding Skin Care Products

The global skin care market is expected to exceed 180 billion USD within the next few years. Skin care products with wild claims can cost anywhere from $1 to thousands of dollars per pot. Our automatic assumption is that the more expensive the cream, the better it is. But is this really true? Clever branding and fancy packaging can go a long way in deceiving … Continue reading Guide to Understanding Skin Care Products

Why Doctors are Leaving the UK

A once desired and respected profession is on its last legs. When I was 12 my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I was older: “A doctor.” My Taiwanese mother nodded approvingly, while my Austrian father looked quietly concerned. I was top of my class with perfect grades and my parents were both medical — it seemed an obvious decision. Seventeen years and two … Continue reading Why Doctors are Leaving the UK

Koh Tao and Koh Samui: An Island-hopping Itinerary in Thailand

On my second visit to Koh Samui I could barely remember where the good restaurants were that I liked from last time, or that nice beach, etc. This time I’ve put it all down in a post ASAP so even if no one else benefits from it, at least I have a reference for future! KOH SAMUI ISLAND The bigger and more developed version of … Continue reading Koh Tao and Koh Samui: An Island-hopping Itinerary in Thailand

Is Botox Bad for you?

What is Botox? Botox is a brand name for a substance called Botulinum Neurotoxin type A.  Botulinum neurotoxins are a substance produced naturally by clostridial bacteria. It is historically a well-documented source of food-poisoning. For use in medicine and cosmetics, it is purified and isolated in a complex series of steps that is highly regulated by government agencies in most countries. Tiny quantities are injected … Continue reading Is Botox Bad for you?