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The Different Beauty Standards in The World

The Different Beauty Standards in The World

by Khirol HazwanFebruary 23, 2017

The feminine beauty has long been varied since children has been introduced infairytales, to mass media, and to today’s perspective and definition through social media.Womenin every country, including the Philippines,are purchasing everything that can make them surpass today’s expectation of beauty;from the latest cosmetics, luxurious hair extensions and striking hair colorant materials, and reading eachreviewsfor the best whitening soaps in Manila to get that flawless, youthful glow everyone wants achieve.

The Different Beauty Standards in The World

Although the social media party has their own expectancy of beauty, each and every country across the globe has their own definition of what beauty is. We have compiled the different kinds of beauty in each country and how these standards demarcate their culture.

 Full Figures, Mauritania

Full Figures

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Most women of today are trying hard to trim down their weight to a 1 or 0, but not in the Mauritania tribe. At a young age, Mauritanian girls are sent to “fat farms”to force-feed girls up to 16, 000 calories a day to have that fuller figure that Mauritanian men desires.Stretch marks on the arms are also a sign of beauty in this country.


Long Earlobes and Shaved Heads, Kenya.

Long Earlobes and Shaved Heads

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To the Maasai Tribe of Kenya, long earlobes and shaved heads are a distinct standard of beauty. After piercing each ears with various materials such as thorns, twigs, stones, and elephant tusks, metal hoop earrings and different beaded ornaments are worn in each ear.


Body Scars, Ethiopia

Body Scars

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While most women are concerned in having their scars erased, the women of Karo’s Tribe in Ethiopia are busy creating them in their own skin.Various cuts in the women’s stomach are a beauty symbol that attracts men.


Long Necks, Burma.

Long Necks

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Giraffe-like necks are a thing in the eastern part of Burma. At the age of 5, Kayan girls starts putting heavy brass rings around their necks. Every year, moreheavy rings are addedestablishing the effect of a longer neck.

Face Tattoos, New Zealand.


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The women of the Maori peoplein New Zealand has this sacred ritual of tattooing their skin. Tattoos on the lips and chin in a womanis considered as a beauty emblem in this certain tribe.


Surgical Bandages, Iran.

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In the country of Iran, showing off their face procedures shows their social status. It also exhibitstheir beauty, which is why women and men wear their surgical bandages for the public to see. Some people in this country also practice buying surgical tapes to be worn, even if they have not undergone any surgery.


Foot Binding, China.

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Feet that resembled hooves are a thing in China that originated in the 10thcentury. Chinese girls started the art of “foot binding” as early as four and six years old, discontinuing a girl’s feet to grow any further. This act is known as a fashiontrend in Chinabetween the 12th and 17th century.


Pale or Fair Skin, Thailand.

Pale or Fair Skin

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Having pale or fair skin is considered as attractive in this specific Asian country. Women of this nation avoidsbeingunder the sun and uses whitening products, such as soaps, in order to attain the pale to fair skin they want.


Decorated Skin, India.

Decorated Skin

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Nose rings and hennas are the style famous among Indian girls and women.They accessorize themselves with these decorations to make them more attractive especially during festivals and ceremonies, like weddings.

These different beauty standards around the world proves that every country has its own standard of beauty that defines their own exquisite cultures. Being beautiful isn’t following what modern society tells you to be, it’s about appreciating and lovingyourself. It is about accepting yourself despite of all your flaws. Remember that the true meaning of beauty is what you are on the inside, rather than what you look on the outside.


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Esther DiazEsther Diaz

A 22-year-old graduate of multimedia design, DIY enthusiast, make-up lover and has a love-hate relationship with desserts. I dream to be soon one of the known bloggers.

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How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in a Cool Climate

How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in a Cool Climate

by Khirol HazwanOctober 26, 2016

The Philippines essentially has a very tropical and humid climate all year long. People who live in the country often have to live in mild to extreme hot temperatures, except of course for those lucky enough to acquire homes for sale in Tagaytay or even in Baguio City.

Those individuals who live in these areas have been exempted from excessive sweating, but not every problem can be solved by merely living in a cool place. Those that do actually face another set of problems like moisturizing their skin in spite of the cold weather.

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Here are some tips for you to follow to make sure your skin remain moisturized while staying in such environments.

  1. Avoid Taking Hot Showers or Baths

It may be very hard to resist, but as much as possible do not use super hot water whenever you wash your skin. According to Dr. Rajani Katta, hot water is not good because it can suck up the moisture from your skin which will then leave it dry.

Katta also recommends for people to use ointments and creams instead of lotion as a moisturizer for your skin after you shower. She says that they are more effective because lotion do not lock in moisture as well as they do.

  1. Eat Healthy

Lipids, as well as other natural vitamins, that can be found in fruits and vegetables are vital when it comes to preventing dry skin. This is why Amy Newburger from the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Centre is urging everyone to eat healthy to keep their skin smooth and glowing.

Aside from fruits and vegetables, fish and corn are also good for your skin because they contain Omega-3s and Omega-6s.

  1. Wear Sunscreen

It is important to apply sunscreen on your skin even when it is not bright and sunny outside.

Sunscreen after all does not only offer protection from the sun, it also makes sure that your skin remains damage-free from the harmful effects caused by UV rays which may include dryness.

  1. Exfoliate Once a Week

Exfoliating at least once a week will literally remove all the dead cells that can be found on your skin. These cells will make it hard for you to add proper moisture on your skin because they are basically blocking your pores. This is why it is important for you to exfoliate at least once a week so you could remove them and properly treat your dry skin to make it healthier.

  1. Consume Lots of Water

Skin experts would agree that drinking water is the best way for you to hydrate your skin. It can instantly become dry if you do not consume enough water.

Your body will work well if you drink lots of water, making sure everything is properly hydrated and that includes your skin.

  1. Coconut Oil

There are a lot of benefits that you can get from coconut oil and these include having a fair and moisturized skin.

If you are planning to shop for one, be certain to look for an extra virgin coconut oil that is not refined, bleached, or hydrogenated to make sure you are getting the good stuff.

Always keep these tips in mind in case you need it whenever you go visit cool places for an extended amount of time!

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authorimage_justinestorJustin is a digital marketing specialist for SEO in the Philippines. He loves staring at large amounts of data while trying to figure out what to do with it. He attempts to write and blog during his free time while watching anime and TV series. Usually goes out just to play Pokemon Go. The internet is his playground while the world is his bedroom. He’s still trying to figure out what to do with data.


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Asbestos Mesothelioma – A Deadly Disease

Asbestos Mesothelioma – A Deadly Disease

by Khirol HazwanJanuary 17, 2016

Asbestos mesothelioma is a rare but dangerous cancer caused by exposure to asbestos particles suspended in the air. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals. It is made up of strong and durable fibers that are resistant to heat and fire. Thin long and flexible structure of asbestos fibers allows you to weave them even into cloth. These inherent qualities of asbestos prompted the manufacturers of industrial, automotive, maritime, scientific, building and consumer products to use it widely during 1890-1970.

Different Types of Mesothelioma and Their Symptoms

Asbestos mesothelioma affects the lining of lungs, abdominal organs or heart. Asbestos mesothelioma affecting lining of lungs or pleural membrane is called pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of abdominal organs or peritoneum. When this disease shows its effect in the lining of heart or pericardium, it is known as pericardial mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are pain and swelling in abdomen, weakness, loss of weight, loss of appetite and nausea. In most of the cases, fluid accumulates in the peritoneal space. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, weakness, loss of weight, loss of appetite, chest pain, lower back pain and difficulty in swallowing. In most of the cases, a fluid accumulates in pleural space.

Asbestos Mesothelioma Kills Silently

Most unfortunate thing about the asbestos mesothelioma is its long latency period. Any individual, who had asbestos exposure even 20 to 50 years back, may have asbestos mesothelioma lying dormant in his body without any appearance of aforementioned symptoms. By the time, symptoms become noticeable, it is already too late. The average survival time of all types of mesothelioma patients is not more than 24 months.

Diagnosis of Asbestos Mesothelioma

Diagnosis of asbestos mesothelioma involves x-ray, CT-scan, peritoneoscopy and bronchoscopy. After finding any abnormality doctor may suggest biopsy. In biopsy, we send a tissue sample for pathological examination. After examining tissue sample an expert pathologist can confirm about the development of disease.

Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery are some treatment options available for the patients suffering from asbestos mesothelioma. People suffering form asbestos mesothelioma can filer lawsuits to recover damages for the persons or industries responsible for their asbestos exposure.

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Man Who Survived Suicide Attempt Off Golden Gate Bridge Shares His Story

Man Who Survived Suicide Attempt Off Golden Gate Bridge Shares His Story

by Khirol HazwanDecember 10, 2015

Looking Down on Golden Gate Bridge

On September 24, 2000, Kevin Hines walked onto the Golden Gate Bridge with one goal: He was going to kill himself.

“I vividly remember writing my suicide note,” he says in a poignant Buzzfeed video, published Thursday as part of the news outlet’s Mental Health Week.

Hines, then 19, was convinced that “nobody cared.”

But when he finally took the leap, flinging himself off the structure, Hines says his heart was filled with an unexpected emotion.

“The millisecond my hands left the rail, it was an instant regret,” he says.

In four seconds, Hines fell 25 stories at 75 miles per hour. When he hit the water below, he says he experienced “the most physical pain” he’d ever felt.

According to Hines, only 1 percent of people who attempt suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge survive the fall. He was one of them.

Hines, now a mental health advocate and suicide prevention activist, said a friendly sea lion saved his life, swimming around him until he was rescued by the Coast Guard.

“It just kept circling beneath me. I remember floating atop the water and this thing just bumping me, bumping me up,” he told AFP earlier this year.

A woman who had been driving past when he jumped and immediately called for help was also a factor in his survival, he said.

In the Buzzfeed video, Hines, who has bipolar disorder, urged others struggling with mental illness and thoughts of suicide to seek help.

“It’s okay not to be okay. It’s not okay not to ask someone to back you up,” he said. “Recovery happens. I’m living proof.”

If you, or someone you know, need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

( H/T: Healthy Living – The Huffington Post )

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Sleeping With Your Spouse, The Enemy

Sleeping With Your Spouse, The Enemy

by Khirol HazwanDecember 7, 2015


Have you seen that hilarious episode of Friends where Chandler and Monica bicker about how they sleep together, and whether they spoon or not? Recently, I’ve also read a few articles about the different ways people sleep together, and how the positions they adopt while they sleep are reflective of the relationship dynamics.

Well, I agree with these articles to a point. I would also say that if you are going to share your cave — sorry, bed — there are some practical considerations to take. You need to get the biggest bed you can fit in your bedroom, ideally designed so your partner’s movements don’t disturb you. You need to change your mattress every 7 years or so as it loses its elasticity and supportive properties. Separate duvets are good if one of you is a duvet-hogger, and white noise, or at least a fan in the room can act as a buffer (to some extent) against intrusive snores and snuffles.

However, I’ve been prompted to write this piece because I’ve seen (and experienced first hand) a different kind of challenge caused by sharing your bed. Many of the people I work with are very sensitive human beings. In fact, in my first book Tired but Wired I distinguish sensitive sleepers from Martini sleepers. Sensitive sleepers can be defined as individuals whose sleep is easily affected by sights, sounds,smells and stress. These individuals need their own side of the bed, and must travel with their own pillow and/or blanket. Martini sleepers are individuals who can sleep anytime, anyplace and anywhere, even when stressed. These are the people who question why I have a job!

Lately, I’ve come to realize that sensitive sleepers are also sensitive people: they tend to be highly empathetic to the point of too readily taking on other people’s problems and are often attracted to caring or healing professions. Therefore, they need to be very mindful of emotional boundaries — even in bed.

I recently worked with a human resources manager who had all of these sensitive characteristics. She came to see me because of her sleep problems, which were more pronounced when she was in a relationship. She’d lie there, listening to her significant other breathe, and feel a sort of hyper-alertness in her body and mind. Her relationship with her boyfriend (a Martini sleeper) was close and supportive, but her inability to sleep with him was causing them both heartache and putting a strain on their relationship.

When we sleep at night, we’re supposed to relax, uncoil and let go. We’re supposed to release the stress of the day — so we can wake up feeling healed and rejuvenated. But some of us are extremely sensitive human beings. We feel the pain and suffering of those around us. Some sensitives act as a vessel for a partner’s nocturnal releasing. Because we need to feel safe in order to sleep, we worry instead — hence my client’s hyper-alertness as she (unconsciously) absorbed her sleeping boyfriend’s stress.

We discussed the below practical strategies:

    • Conscious communication: we talked about her communicating with her boyfriend and explaining the difference in their ‘sleep personalities’ (ie., that she was a Sensitive sleeper and he a Martini). The emphasis in their communication was on building trust and being able to share problems openly, without blame


  • Practicing sleeping together: we talked about them practicing napping together. These naps could be done over the weekend, for no longer than 20 to 30 minutes at a time, at some point between 2 and 4pm. During this time, they were to do nothing else but rest.



  • Trying separate caves: finally we talked about them lovingly negotiating when they would sleep together and when they would sleep apart, depending on her level of tiredness and what she had on at work the next day.


We also talked about how she could encourage him to talk about it if he’d had a particularly stressful or frustrating day at work — but to talk about it in the earlier part of the evening so that he could dump his baggage before they got into bed together.

I haven’t needed to see my client again as she recently sent me an email saying that not only had the situation improved, but that she and her partner were now being playfully curious about sharing their sleeping space and that it now no longer seemed to be a big deal.

There’s a line Kahlil Gibran’s poem on marriage which is beautifully relevant: ‘Let there be spaces in your togetherness’. There are times when sharing your cave just has to be navigated with loving consciousness and a light touch of playfulness.

( H/T: Healthy Living – The Huffington Post )

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Infected Wisdom Teeth – Facts And Solutions

Infected Wisdom Teeth – Facts And Solutions

by Khirol HazwanSeptember 16, 2015

Frightening Facts About Infected Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt into one’s mouth, when one is between 17 and 25 years. Many take the eruption of the wisdom teeth as a sign of maturity. However, this maturity comes with its own challenges. In most cases, there is little space in the gum to accommodate the teeth. Therefore, the teeth tend to emerge only partially most often. This partial emergence leads to creation of gum tissue flaps that further tend to trap bits of food and food debris. Consequently, bacteria start breeding in that area followed by inflammation of tissues around the emerged wisdom teeth.

  • This condition is commonly known as pericoronitis and is characterized by:
  • Painful and swollen gum tissues around the wisdom teeth
  • Headaches associated with the painful gum tissues
  • Bad smell due to the decaying food debris in the mouth
  • Bad taste in the mouth due to the acid emitted by the decaying food debris
  • Pus discharge from the gum area surrounding the wisdom teeth

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Periodontal Infections of Wisdom Teeth

Eruption of wisdom teeth requires extra dental care and if the teeth are not treated with the attention it needs, periodontal disease may occur. Dentists recommend observation of oral health and two dental visits per year, especially after the emergence of the wisdom teeth. If proper dental care is not observed, food particles may get trapped on the sides of the wisdom teeth leading to decay. The acid produced in turn causes tooth erosion and inflammation of the surrounding gum tissues. This can definitely result to periodontal bacteria that can cause gum disease and furthermore, it can travel through the bloodstream and affect other organs. Therefore, even if the wisdom teeth emerge fully; there is a need for proper dental and oral care.


There are two types of approaches in the treatment of such infections:

1) Conservative approach

In this approach the dentist cleans your teeth, recommends proper dental care, use of warm salty water and mouthwash, and gives you antibiotics.

2) Surgical approach

This approach is recommended if the conservative approach is seen to be inadequate. This basically involves the removal of the affected teeth or tooth. This is considered the best option for pericoronitis since the infection often recurs even after the removal of the gum tissue flaps.

However, there is no need to panic about the loss of tooth because there are specialist cosmetic dental services in Bellevue that can provide an easy permanent solution – dental implants- designed just for you.

Root Canal Therapy

When the infection around the wisdom teeth persists, the dental pulp in the wisdom teeth may also be affected. This happens when the tooth cavity reaches the nerves and soft tissues of the tooth or teeth thus spreading the infection and decay to the nerves.

 Common symptoms of root canal infection include:

– Painful tooth when chewing
– Tooth oversensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
– Facial swelling

If not treated fast, the infection may spread the tooth bone and consequently result in tooth loss.

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Complete and Partial Dentures in Anchorage

Complete and Partial Dentures in Anchorage

by Khirol HazwanSeptember 15, 2015

Complete and Partial Dentures in Anchorage

For those who have lost some of their teeth due to tooth decay, injury or periodontal diseases, dentures are the best solution to regain your smile. Ever since their inception, continuous improvements have been made on dentures to make them more comfortable and natural looking. The advancements have borne fruits since the number of complications arising from them has drastically reduced and in its place lays a full wave of advantages and health benefits.

There are two types of dentures in anchorage; complete or partial. Partial dentures are only used to replace one or a few teeth while complete dentures cover the entire lower and upper jaws.

Partial Dentures In Anchorage
A partial denture is a removable appliance used in dentistry to replace missing teeth. They are normally made up of a combination of plastic teeth, gums and a metal framework for support. A partial denture has two main methods of attachment on the jaws. One of them is by attaching it to the other teeth using clasps while the other method involves attaching it with crowns and hidden clasp.

Therefore if you are missing a few teeth in any of your jaws, visit any dentistry services in anchorage where with the help of qualified dental personnel, you will be able to replace the missing teeth with a partial denture. The biggest advantage of removable partial dentures is that you only need a minimum of two teeth on each jaw in order to use it.

Complete Dentures In Anchorage
Complete dentures come in various types. An immediate complete denture is usually inserted in the mouth as soon as all the other teeth have been removed. Before undertaking an immediate complete denture, you are required to undergo a preliminary visit to your cosmetic dentist where the relevant measurements of the jaws are taken. If you choose to undertake this procedure, then you do not need to be without your teeth during the healing process.

A conventional denture is one which is measured designed and placed into a patient’s mouth after all the teeth have been carefully removed and gum tissues have healed. The main disadvantage of this procedure is that a dental tissue may take at least several months to heal.

With well installed complete or partial dentures in anchorage, you will not only speak more clearly but also enjoy food and smile more confidently. In addition, dentures are a great boost to your health since without them, facial muscles tend to sag thus making a person look older than they actually are. However, there are also some other factors that you should know before you go for a dental implant in anchorage.

One integral factor is that dentures do not last forever. As much as you go for affordable dentures in Anchorage that look strong or long lasting, you should adhere to the fact that they should be replaced after every two years in a process known as a reline. If you do not replace them, you may end up with loose dentures that may be an inconvenience instead of a dental aid. If you perform a reline after two years, then your dentures may last between five and seven years. Another factor that should be considered is cleaning them regularly to avoid poor dental hygiene on your gums.

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