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"I quit my corporate job and became a full-time traveler."

I've seen this quote used all over social media. Travel Bloggers and Instagram Travelers are quick to sell you the dream as you are sitting behind your computer in a dreary office. It sounds perfect, and they make it sound so achievable. "Just buy my 10-week program and I will show you how you, too, can travel full-time."

 Perfect, right? What they do not tell you, however, is that you need to have the mettle to make it work for you. No 10-week program is going to make you an Instagram famous travel blogger overnight. Another massive point that should be noted is the semantics of their wording. "Travel full-time" doesn't mean "full-time vacation"; a common misconception.

Published in Trendsetters

Since coming to China almost two years ago, I have made friends with many of the Chinese people and learned a lot about how their culture is different than mine. I have often been struck by how different the Chinese education system is to my own as well. The children go to school in classes of 40 or more. They each have individual desks and rarely interact with their classmates or teachers. They are taught to focus on their own studies and can easily spend hours a day studying by themselves.


When they get older, there is a strong focus on marriage and finding a husband or wife as quickly as possible, so they can start a family. This is almost considered a measure of their life's success. I decided to ask someone firsthand about their experiences in China to gain a clearer understanding. It's very easy to have misconceptions of a place you've never lived before, so I also asked her perceptions of how Western women's experiences differed in similar situations. Please meet Kitty Wong, a 29-year-old Chinese woman from Southern China.

Published in Living Vertikal

 Wonder Woman is one of the first comic-book movies to make girls feel like they have a superhero.


The long awaited DC movie, inspired by the comic book heroine "Wonder Woman", was released on June 2, 2017. This movie centers around the protagonist Diana Prince (AKA Wonder Woman), the princess of the Amazons, who has been training since childhood to be a strong and fierce protector of her people. Sheltered from the outside world, one day Diana discovers a pilot named Steve Trevor washed up on the shores of her island. He tells her of the ongoing conflict in the outside world and Diana makes the decision to leave her people and fight alongside humans in the war.


Wonder Woman was already one of the most famous female comic book characters in the world, however, with the 2017 movie release she has become something of a feminist icon as well. The film takes inspiration from the 52 new comic books recently revitalized. Wonder Woman's character has been revamped; focusing on strong feminist beliefs, solidarity, and strength. They have made Wonder Woman so much more than the Justice League's token female lead she was once seen as. Wonder Woman is fierce, independent and beautiful. The best part of all? She knows it.

Wonder Woman has been portrayed very differently than most standard lead-female roles, particularly where superhero movies are to be considered. While she does indeed fall in love throughout her journey, it is not the simpering love interest we have come to recognize.

Published in Inspiring Change

Sustainable, Healthy and Beautiful Planet.

It is no secret that China is one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the world today. When people talk about modern-day China, the images that come to mind are that of smog-laden cities and high levels of the industry. It is such a far cry from the bamboo forests and pagodas associated with it in ancient times.

There is a reason for that; Beijing suffers from an excess of PM2.5 and PM10 (particulate matter). These microparticles can be the cause of illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and some of China's biggest health threats such as; lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.


Until recently, the statistics surrounding the total amount of people within China that are affected by pollution-caused illnesses was kept strictly censored. However, according to China's ex-Health Minister, Chen Zhu, r of their 1.4 billion strong population, China's air pollution alone kills between 350,000 to 500,000 people per year. This means that there is roughly a 1 in 300 chance that a Chinese citizen will be killed by air pollution.

A US-based nonprofit group called Berkeley Earth released a report indicating that when the pollution levels reach a hazardous status in Beijing, it is as if every man, woman, and child who lives there smoked 1.5 cigarettes per hour regardless of their lifestyle.

Published in Global Sustainability
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