Benefits of Green Tea for Skin

Everybody loves a cup of warm green tea in the morning. Adding green tea to your hectic daily lifestyle is one of the most beneficial rituals for you. When you start your day with a cup of this super tea, the rest of the day goes well and energetic. There are a lot of health benefits in green tea. The quality of improving brain function and reducing the risk of cancer is not only the benefit of this tea, but there are many benefits that specialize in the skin area as well. It stops the signs of aging on your skin, battles with acne, fights with inflammation, and whatnot. Let’s discuss about its skin benefits broadly. 


It Delays Aging

The antioxidants that green tea contains in itself, is very helpful to slow down the process of skin aging. The catechin EGCG works like a miracle by reactivating the dying cells of your skin. Even though these advantages can just influence your outer layer of skin, it still has a significant effect on the arrangement of wrinkles and age spots brought to you by free radical damage.

Psoriasis Treatment

Nobody loves to deal with dry or flaky skin. Green tea has such ingredients that help to fight off various skin disorders such as psoriasis. Researchers have stated that an extract produced using tea has the ability to evacuate the indications of the inflammation malady in animals, and it’s effective for humans as well. 

Diminishes Oiliness in Skin

Green tea contains tannins which make the tea taste bitter and astringent. They shrink the pores and diminish the sebum production in your skin. As a result, you have a less oily texture in your skin as you consume green tea every day. 

Sun Protection

Green tea contains components that work to protect the skin from sun damage. If you take at least one or two cups of this tea every day, it can relieve you from the inflammation of irritation that happens because of extensive sun exposure as it has anti-inflammatory components. In fact, you can use a green tea-based skin lotion to get a better result. 

Helps with Acne and Blackheads

If you use green tea topically, it can make a huge difference with blackheads and acne. There are numerous green tea masks out there in the market such as Yeswellness supplements, that come with a formula that is effective to transform your skin. 

Smoothly Exfoliates

Dried green tea leaves can be used as a homemade facial scrub as they have an abrasive texture. They are good to remove rough and dead skin cells, pollutants, and excess oil from your face. Scrubbing with dried leaves cleanses and softens your skin as well. 

Green tea is undeniably one of the most beneficial health drinks in the world. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ply a great role to fight with various conditions and diseases. Keep in mind that, you cannot take more than 3 or 4 cups of green tea a day. Taking 1 or two cups of green tea using a tea bag is the best method of consuming green tea every day. 

Bali: A Paradise that is about to be lost

It’s almost 3 in the morning. Today is March 7, 2019. The Balinese People is celebrating their Nyepi or Silent day. Every year, for one day, they close every shop, don’t work, don’t take any leisure to take a pause and perform a silent day. It’s a ritual for cleansing Bali from unholy activities brought by both locals and tourists like me.

So why am I still awake? We got to our Villa here at Buana Sakti in Ubud early. I got tired from travelling through Ubud’s Holy Water Temple, Falls, Rice terraces, Volcano, and Butterfly Garden. And then, I slept from 4 pm to 1 am. I got up to check some emails from work. I wasn’t really planning to blog but there is something about Bali that makes my thought alive even if it is 3:00 am. Bali is a paradise that is about to get lost and I hope that we do something about it. Maybe, that’s the reason why I am still awake at 3 in the morning because it’s like an itching thought.

Bali’s popular Kuta Beach has a fair share of rubbish on its shores

I decided to book a Bali tour for me, my husband, and son because of the swarm of facebook posts that I read about Bali. The beautiful temples, the rich and abundant culture, the amazing waterfalls and beaches but what I haven’t read is about is it’s water pollution. It’s sad. It’s depressing. Not because I didn’t enjoy the tours and not because I didn’t find Bali beautiful and worth our money. It’s sad and depressing because I can see Bali getting eaten up by swarms of plastics. I can see Bali’s water turning from blue to mud like. I do not know where to start because I’ll be leaving Bali 2 days from now. All I can do is create AWARENESS… raise AWARENESS out of my shitty writing. Out of my incoherent thoughts.  I haven’t written any personal blogs for years now but this condition in Bali made me want to. Don’t take me wrong, I live in the Philippines where we are facing a lot of issues with both air, land, and water pollution. I am not saying that I live in a perfect country but let us do our fair share of keeping the planet clean and saving our environment no matter how little or big our contribution is. I am not even planning to start a clean up brigade at Bali. This is the little thing that I can do about it – to raise awareness and do my share in disposing my garbage using the right way. It angers and saddens me that people can do shit things like this. Why would you throw garbage in a place as beautiful as Bali? And if people can throw nasty things in a paradise like Bali, what more can they throw in simple places like unpopular river, sea, and other bodies of water?


The video above is a diver’s viral video about the plastic pollution in Bali. I hope you will not get disinterested about visiting Bali. It’s a beautiful paradise that is about to be lost if we normal and ordinary tourists like us don’t do our part. While we post beautiful things like this in our social media accounts, take your part and raise awareness about the ugly side of the trip not because you want to discourage others from visiting the place but for you to raise awareness. To emphasize that a single plastic thrown in the sea, in the land will soon pile up. Do you think that those plastics were purposely thrown all at the same time? NO, they are thrown mindlessly by ordinary tourists like you and me who don’t think that a single plastic cup will do a harm in a body of water as big as a sea or an ocean.

The photo above is my son, me, and my husband enjoying the view from The Edge’s infinity pool at Kuta alan Pura Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin Pecatu, Uluwatu. We also went to Nusa Dua beach and it’s still clean. So far, the beaches in Kuta are the ones that are polluted.

Am I going to visit Bali again? Yes, I will. The polluted beaches at Kuta doesn’t mean that Bali is ugly and disgusting. Maybe, that’s the reason why other tourists don’t blog about these things. We always want to create that perfect vacation image – photos of pristine beaches, wonderful bikini bodies, smiles, laughter, blue skies, and majestic temples and we don’t want to taint it with the ugly side of it. I don’t have any personal photos of what I saw – why? Because I, myself, is guilty of this. I was dismayed, I didn’t took a photo of it. Eventually, I realized that I have to share this. We already have a lot of people blogging about their itinerary and while all of these are helpful, let us also add our own insights in restoring mother earth.

This is my own way of celebrating Nyepi (Silent Day) here in Bali. Not a day to be silent about the water pollution here in Bali. Not a day of cleansing Bali from unholy Activities but of raising awareness to Clean its bodies of water.

Forgive me if my ideas about this issue is scattered everywhere in this post. I’ll try to be more organized in my next blog posts.

Next on my blog

A review of The Edge Bali and One Eighty Bali Restaurant



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Best Memory Foam Mattress


Home owners search far and wide in order to find the best memory foam mattress. That does not come a surprise since having the perfect mattress is our key to a peaceful and relaxing sleep. It is only through a great mattress that you can achieve a good night’s sleep that will make you feel recharged and rejuvenated the next day.

The Search For The Best Memory Foam Mattress

Many of you think that it is quite easy to find the best memory foam mattress but those who have tried doing it will certainly tell you that the process will not be a smooth sailing ride. Why is this so? Well, this is because the mattress industry is already filled with different types of mattress from different manufacturers who claim that their mattresses are the best in the market. So, what do you need to do to know what is best memory foam mattress for your needs?

Keep in mind that each memory foam mattress brand available today come with its advantages and disadvantages. That is why it is recommended that you do some research to know what kinds of benefits each mattress has. Lucky for you, there are many websites which features the different client’s feedbacks as well as the comments of people who have previously used the mattress.

In addition to doing your research about user feedback, it is also recommended that you take into consideration your budget—how much you are willing to spend on your mattress. Keep in mind that a great mattress is usually expensive. Lucky for you, there are many websites which offer high quality mattresses at a discounted price. If you want to buy one at an affordable rate, it is best that you regularly browse sites, like Amazon, to get the chance to buy the mattress at least at 30% off.

Best Memory Foam Mattress



I believe that having the best memory foam mattress is the key to a happy life. We spend about one third of our lives sleeping in order to charge our batteries. If we don’t manage to enjoy high quality sleep, we wake up cranky, possibly with a sore back and health disorders are prone to appear.

The secret to a happy life

Actually we all look for it, but in matter of sleeping the secret to a happy, healthy life is a fantastic mattress. Simple enough, right? Well, you shouldn’t hurry in drawing a conclusion just yet. The market is flooded with different types of mattresses and producers seem set to increase the confusion with emphatic names.

After you put yourself together from the shock created by the multitude of choices, you have to go through another one: the budget! Usually, a great mattress is pretty expensive and can break the bank if you’re not prepared with a consistent budget. Still, there’s still hope for anyone looking to achieve lifetime happiness: sales. Sites like Amazon offer amazing sales and, if you keep a keen eye on the wanted product, you will definitely have the chance to get it at least 30% off.

Ten Eclectic Kitchen Ideas That Are Out of This World

When you hear the term, eclectic, the first thing that would come to mind will be weird shapes, irregular designs and the likes. When this term is used in the design industry, it is used to refer to the type of design wherein there is a spectrum of mismatched textures, designs, patterns and materials. In short, eclectic style is all about taking each and everything from the different décor styles and incorporating it in one kitchen.


Do you wish to incorporate an eclectic kitchen design? Here are some ideas that you may want to consider:


  • Unique Lighting


We all know that the look of the kitchens is all about proper lighting. Well, you can make your kitchen look more interesting using light in more ways than one. We recommend that you opt for colorful and unique light fixtures like the ones that you can see from the picture above.

  • Rustic + Retro


As we have mentioned above, eclectic design is all about mixing interior styles. The kitchen featured above shows a rustic charm with its wooden ceiling, rustic fireplace and wood stools. Additionally, it also features a touch of retro style with its black and white tile flooring.

  • Hanging Lights


This kitchen features another way on how you can incorporate eclectic design using lighting in your kitchen. Today, string of lights can be seen in various events and parties so there is no reason for you not to use this as a touch of style in your kitchen.

  • Wood and Metal


This kitchen is a wonderful example on how you can mix two different materials together. Interior designers are loving the sleek look of the metal and glass china, pots and pans display. It is then well blended with the homey appeal of the black wooden table and chairs.

  • Vintage, Modern and Cottage


Once again, here is one good example on how you can blend different materials from different interior design styles into one good looking kitchen. The fur on the chair speaks elegance while the silver lights and oven looks modern and the wooden kitchen countertop, table and exposed brick walls look amazingly cottage.

  • Artist and Nature Lover


Artistic designs and natural items are two things that will never seem to go well with one another. However, this kitchen design definitely took us all surprised on how natural and artistic everything looks. The live plants and artistic paintings are an unexpectedly perfect match.

  • Dramatic Approach


To make eclectic design more dramatic, we recommend that you use bright colors like the combination of bright green and violet colors featured above. The metallic stools make the look more industrial and chic at the same time.

  • Vintage Mediterranean


The vintage looking backsplash has truly added more character and style to this Mediterranean looking kitchen. Oh, let us also not forget about the contrasting effect that the black and white geometric floor has created.

  • Charming design


The pastel green walls paired with the funky decorative palette is already heavenly. Add in the hanging rack over the kitchen island and it can be one of the best eclectic kitchen designs that we can see.

  • Travel and Cottage


The look of this kitchen will make you want to travel! At the same time, the cottage feel of this kitchen will certainly make you want to just simply rest and chill in your home.


So, which of these eclectic design ideas did you like?

Hippie Design Ideas for Small Spaces

Not because your space is too small, it already means that you need to ditch your good old hippie dreams. In fact, with the right inspiration fused with your personal touch, you can always build a hippie empire out of your limited space. How? These amazing hippie home décor designs will guide you through your journey towards creating your own hippie mansion.

Hippie All the Way

Small space? No problem! With this very chic and hippie design, you can bid adieu to your good old coffee table and say ‘hello’ to a whole new hippie madness. Perfect for either big or small spaces, this rare item is definitely a must buy for every hippie out there.

Bedroom for the Hippie Goddess

Living in a very small apartment or flat does not mean that you have to sacrifice the hippie chic in you. In fact, there are so many things you can do to maximize your small space. With the help of proper planning and the right items to match your hippie ideas, there is ultimately no stopping your hippie madness. For instance, this area can function as both your bedroom and your receiving area. With the right number of pillows and wall embellishments, you are on your way to creating something extraordinary from your very small space. And don’t forget that having wall designs are space savers since you just need to hand them on the wall. Some options to select from are cow skulls and dream catcher.

The Bed of Hippies

Boho and chic, this room is a reminder to all hippies out there that you do not need to put all the embellishments on earth to make your room look hippie. If you would notice, this room has very minimal home décor, but it definitely looks like the bed of a full-pledged hippie. What I love the most about it is the wall decoration that perfectly matches with the cute little pillows. And yes, let’s not forget the lightings. With this design inspiration, you can definitely bring out the best in your little space.

Maximize thy Space

Since we are working with a very limited space, our main goal is to maximize the area and make sure that every element that could complete a home is still present. For people out there who are tired of waking up to a crowded room, this is the perfect home décor idea for you. With the living room area and the bedroom area designed to work harmoniously together without sacrificing the little space you have, you are guaranteed a home sweet home.

Hang Happiness on thy Wall

Being hippie is all about being comfortable with who you are and where you are. It doesn’t matter how large or small your room is as long as you are able to suffice your need to create a space that can reflect your persona. This hippie-inspired window is definitely proof of that. With just the right items hanging on your windows, ceilings and walls, you are going to ace creating that hippie space.
No matter how beautiful an idea is, always remember that being hippie is not about replicating the old, but creating a better version of yourself and letting your persona shine through your marvelous work.

Flash Fiction Competition – Join now! :)

Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £10

Entry fee: £2 per story

Word Limit: Stories of up to 250 words are invited on any theme.

Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal, via the website. Cheques should be made payable to Esther Newton.

Entries should be submitted as e-mail attachments in Word or PDF format. In the body of the e-mail, please detail the following: your name, postal address, e-mail address, story title and word count.

For postal entries, please include a cover sheet with the following information: your name, contact details, story title and word count. If you want your story back, please enclose an S.A.E.

The title does not form part of the word count.

Your name should not appear anywhere on the story.

E-mail entries to:

Postal entries to:Flash Fiction Competition, 21 Fuller Close

Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4GS, England

Closing date: 30th June 2015
All winning entries will be published and showcased on the website.