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This month resident counsellor Douglas Holwerda answers the question about self comparison.  
Nov 21, 2017
To “kick the bucket” is still used as an English-language slang term meaning “to die”. Its origins
Nov 21, 2017
One of the most commonly asked questions women ask me when starting a weight training routine: ...
Nov 21, 2017
The gym can be intimidating for some women particularly if you are a novice still building up your
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Why Scales Lie

There comes a time when you step on the scales and it is finally showing weight loss. Yes! But, hold on. That’s what the scales do. They show you how much you weigh. But let’s think about it for a second.

Arabesque Dance Company, Tich Tac

Tich Tac (‘tick tock’), the new contemporary dance show by the Arabesque Dance Company, debuted over National Day weekend in Ho Chi Minh City to the buzz of numerous Vietnamese newspapers, magazines and MTV segments.

Beer Plaza

Sliding my fingers between the cellophane pages of a worn menu, continental European names interspersed with Vietnamese and bad English translations, I opened to a picture of a Catholic monk, smile inked cross his face, with a glass in his hand filled with a mysterious amber substance. I thought how nice it would be, to be like him — drunk and blissful, not bald and devout.

Night Watchman - The Long Weekend

“No Fun!” After leaving the lips of a particularly buff security guard, these words hung like smoke from a fog machine at a windy beach rave. As quick as they were acknowledged, inhaled and confirmed they were swept away and forgotten, as the rhythm of a long National Day weekend in Nha Trang didn’t allow such a statement to cloud our euphoria.

Business Buff

I have often read about how markets move on perception not on real data. So I was not at all surprised to discover about fake scarcities recently. So before I run out of words, here are some of the more notable fake scarcities we probably all believe.

The Personal Business Plan

One of the best ways to ensure we keep focused on our priorities and stay on track is to create a personal business plan. This can help us guide our daily activities and tasks, allowing us to spend the majority of our time on our ultimate goals.

Good International School

Vietnam is full of schools claiming to be ‘international’. Just because a school is working in English or because it has the words ‘British’, ’American’, ‘Australian’ or even ‘International’ in its name does not mean it is truly international. So, what is it that truly makes a school ‘international’? And how can parents tell which schools will be the best for the development and education of their children?

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.

A Reading List for Changemakers

What you need to know before you buy that family a goat

The Therapist - Getting Help

Douglas Holwerda, American trained and licensed mental health counsellor, answers your questions and offers advice

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