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?

Bulgaria: A Black Sea Coastal Holiday

We wanted a cheeky getaway and booked Bulgaria almost at random – I’d heard it was great, so why not! It’s a 4hr flight from London, but really rather cheap to get to. We paid about £75 for the very-last-minute return flights from Gatwick/Luton. Our trip spanned 7 days in total and looked something like this: Bourgas/Sozopol – 2 nights Nessebar – 1 night/2days Varna … Continue reading Bulgaria: A Black Sea Coastal Holiday

South Taiwan: Things to do and places to visit

North Taiwan has Taipei, glamour, and tall buidlings. Few people venture south but there is certainly a lot to do and visit. It has beaches, culture, and real cultural-eats: The best airport to fly into to discover South Taiwan is the Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH), otherwise arrive by high-speed rail/bullet train from Taipei to Kaohsiung Tsuoying Station. From there if you want to skip Kaohsiung city and … Continue reading South Taiwan: Things to do and places to visit