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Spirit of Thai in Las Piñas

Various parts of Metro Manila have food havens – e.g. Maginhawa in QC, Jupiter (among others) in Makati, right across DLSU in Taft in Manila, et cetera. If you’re keen to discover what Las Piñas has, then by all means, give Erawan a visit (JB Tan is also becoming the village’s “food hub”, so there are other restos there that are worth checking out).

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I’m sure Thailand has so many delicacies that “arguing” what Thai food is, is somewhat futile. I guess that – just like the Philippines – even popular fares are prepared in different ways in different regions (say, pad thai in Bangkok versus in Phuket). But here’s the thing: So many of the Thai food that – at least we tourists know – tend to be “regulars”, e.g. the aforementioned pad thai, pandan chicken, spring rolls, et cetera. And so these have become – in so many minds – Thai food as is commonly known.

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Here’s the catch: Outside of Thailand, so many tried mimicking Thai cuisines; and truth be told, not that many succeed. But occasionally, some manage to capture at least some of the yumminess of Thai foods.

And in Las Piñas, a somewhat austere venue named Erawan manages some hit-and-miss Thai moments…

WHAT’S THERE

The “latest” Erawan (along JB Tan St. in BF Resort) is actually the third “version” of Erawan. The first and second had to close (i.e. lease issues), but because of public clamor (claimed the servers), the owner was sorta encouraged to just keep opening up in different places.

Look-wise, there’s not much there; just wooden tables/chairs facing the street. This isn’t that different from so many home-based eateries I’ve been to in various parts of Thailand (and in some ways, even “classier”, since this is clearly a dining venue, while those in Thailand are just houses-turned-into-eateries).

No, perhaps except for that elephant in the logo (and maybe the plastic chopsticks), there’s nothing identifiably Thai here. I remember a statue of Buddha in the second version of Erawan; but in the third version, it’s nowhere to be seen.

WHY GO THERE

But – as in many of the places in Thailand where I had a lot of fun with the chow – you don’t really come here for the place. Instead, it’s the food that ought to entice you to come here. And on this, Erawan pleasantly surprises now and then…

Tried during repeated visits were:

  1. Papaya salad (P80 for medium; P160 for large) – This one captured the somewhat sweet yet sour lasa (taste) of the Thai original. My one issue is with the shredded green papaya used, with Erawan’s version not malutong (crunchy) and somewhat too soft.
  2. Fresh spring rolls (P70 for medium; P150 for large) – This is spot on, capturing the right combo of fresh veggies stuffed in oh-so-soft (and even pasty) wrapper. The dip, though, could be bettered.
  3. Pad Thai (from P110 for shrimp; from P100 for chicken) – This one is a bit tricky for me, since I recognize that different people may prepare it differently. I am appreciative that it uses many of the ingredients found in Pad Thai in Thailand, but taste-wise… it’s just “almost there” for me.
  4. Laab (Thai pork/chicken salad, P85 for medium; P180 for large) – At least the one I tried was a hit, capturing how I remember Thai street vendors prepared this.
  5. Tom yum (P150 for medium; P250 for large) – This had the right tang. But if there’s one issue here, it’s the portion – if they put even less seafood, it’s like just having all sabaw (soup). Best when eaten with rice.
  6. Thai chicken curry (P100 for medium; P200 for large) – Not as curry-ish as I prefer my curry to be, or even as spicy as I expect it to be. But similar to tom yum, the bigger issue isn’t the taste (it’s good in its own way) but the amount of meat in the serving.

WHY AVOID THE PLACE

Perhaps the biggest “issue” is Erawan’s location. Since it’s in a village (if your car doesn’t have their sticker, you even have to leave your license at the guard house), you have to dayo (intentionally go to the place) just to be there. For many in other parts of Metro Manila, this is a deal-breaker.

Then because the place “sells” itself as a “Thai street food” resto, everything here is sorta laidback – e.g. no airconditioning. If you know how hot/humid Metro Manila can be, then this – too – may be an issue.

IN THE END

Various parts of Metro Manila have food havens – e.g. Maginhawa in QC, Jupiter (among others) in Makati, right across DLSU in Taft in Manila, et cetera. If you’re keen to discover what Las Piñas has, then by all means, give Erawan a visit (JB Tan is also becoming the village’s “food hub”, so there are other restos there that are worth checking out).

Erawan is located at 101 JB Tan St., BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City. For more information, call (+632) 6978185 or 09065570324.

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Loneliness in youth could impact mental health over the long term

Loneliness is associated with mental health problems, including depression and anxiety-potentially affecting them years later.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated widespread social isolation, affecting all ages of global society. A new rapid review in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports on the available evidence about children and young people specifically, stating that loneliness is associated with mental health problems, including depression and anxiety-potentially affecting them years later.

The review, which synthesizes over 60 pre-existing, peer-reviewed studies on topics spanning isolation, loneliness and mental health for young people aged between 4 and 21 years of age, found extensive evidence of an association between loneliness and an increased risk of mental health problems for children and young people.

“As school closures continue, indoor play facilities remain closed and at best, young people can meet outdoors in small groups only, chances are that many are lonely (and continue to be so over time),” said lead author, Maria Loades, DClinPsy, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath, UK.

“This rapid review of what is known about loneliness and its impact on mental health in children and young people found that loneliness is associated with both depression and anxiety. This occurs when studies measured both loneliness and mental health at the same point in time; when loneliness was measured separately; and when depression and anxiety were measured subsequently, up to 9 years later,” Dr. Loades added. “Of relevance to the COVID-19 context, we found some evidence that it is the duration of loneliness that is more strongly associated with later mental health problems.”

From the selected studies there was evidence that children and young people who are lonely might be as much as three times more likely to develop depression in the future, and that the impact of loneliness on mental health outcomes like depressive symptoms could last for years. There was also evidence that the duration of loneliness may be more important, than the intensity of loneliness, in increasing the risk of future depression among young people.

For many young people, loneliness will decrease as they re-establish social contacts and connections as lockdown eases (e.g., as they return to school or college). For some a sense of loneliness may persist as they struggle to resume social life, particularly for those who were more vulnerable to being socially isolated before lockdown.

“It’s key that children and young people are allowed to return to activities such as playing together, even if outdoors, as soon as possible, and that they are able to resume attending school, which gives them a structure for their day, and provides them with opportunities to see peers and to get support from adults outside of the nuclear family,” said Dr. Loades. Furthermore, she added “children need more in their strategy for easing lockdown. Alongside this, the government could target children’s wellbeing in public health messaging. And meanwhile, we should also continue to embrace technology as a way to keep in touch.”

So whilst we do what we can to mitigate the effects of loneliness and re-establish social connections, we also need to prepare for an increase in mental health problems, in part due to loneliness, and also due to the other unintended consequences of lockdown, such as a lack of structure, physical inactivity and social and/separation anxiety that might be triggered when resuming social interactions outside of the home.

There are several levels at which we can prepare for the heightened demand:

  • Take a universal approach to promoting wellbeing through public messaging, and by schools doing activities to promote wellbeing in children and young people as they resume normal activities.
  • Seek to identify those who are struggling with loneliness as early as possible and do so by targeted interventions to help them overcome their struggles. This may be through the provision of extra support in schools, helping them overcome anxieties about returning to school, or giving them an extra hand with reconnecting socially with peers.

For those who continue to struggle over time, and can’t get back to doing the things they normally do as a result of their struggles, we need to ensure that they are made aware that services are open, and can provide specialist help, and to make sure that they know how to access this help and are supported to do so.

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Hassle-free ways to look for an apartment in Washington, DC

If you are considering moving to DC but are worried about the struggle of finding a suitable apartment, we are here to provide you with hassle-free ways to look for an apartment.

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Washington, DC is a very versatile city; the wide array of activities it offers makes it an interesting place to live for just about anyone. Named after George Washington, the first US president, Washington, DC is rich in history and culture. In addition to the many attractions and activities it hosts, different sports events are held there every season and there are numerous routes that bikers and hikers can enjoy, so it’s a great location for fitness and sports enthusiasts alike. Moreover, countless great job opportunities and educational institutes can be found there.

If you are considering moving to DC but are worried about the struggle of finding a suitable apartment, we are here to provide you with hassle-free ways to look for an apartment. 

Determine Your Criteria

When searching for an apartment, you need to be aware of what exactly you are searching for. You need to think about the features you need to have in an apartment and the amenities that you would like to have. You also need to prioritize them, because the chances are that you will not be able to find everything that you are looking for in one place. Thinking about the costs and budget is also a must. When setting a budget, the cost of rental or ownership of the house is not the only thing to keep in mind; you should consider the transportation expenses and the cost of living. Whether you would like your apartment furnished or not is also something that you should weigh out. This will make your search more specific, and the elimination process much easier. 

Do Your Research

Before you start hunting for an apartment, you should do your research. The Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest are DC’s four quadrants. Each one of them is loaded with diverse neighborhoods that offer different amenities and vibes. Browse the most famous neighborhoods and consider the ones that are closest to your budget and preferences. Afterward, you need to look at different apartments to get as many options as possible, and not limit your choice to two or three apartments. Browse the internet for apartments for rent or sale in your preferred areas. Reviews suggest that DARO Apartments in Washington DC are a must see, as they offer numerous facilities and options. To properly select your neighborhood, you need to actually go and visit your most preferred ones so that you can decide which one is the best fit for your lifestyle. 

Prepare Paperwork

Most people put their paperwork off until they have found an apartment that checks all the boxes. However, this is not the correct thing to do. Besides speeding up the application and review process, having your paperwork ready in advance, and having it with you when you go see a place, will definitely set you as a priority. Many people go to apartment showings, though, not all of them are ready to make it their own on the spot. If you are the only one prepared, it is highly plausible that you will be the one who gets the place. It will also prevent other people from renting or buying the place before you do.

There are many reasons why one might consider moving to Washington, DC. However, the hassle of finding an apartment in the busy capital can be discouraging. This is why we have put together this guide to hopefully help you find an apartment easily. Make sure you conduct thorough research, narrow down your options based on your requirements and budget, and always have your paperwork ready in advance. 

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual communities more at-risk for dementia – study

Social inequality makes less privileged groups, including sexual minorities, more prone to develop cognitive impairment. So making the society more just and more accepting of diverse sexuality may help prevent dementia and reduce related health care burden on society.

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual — or LGB — people are more vulnerable to one of the fastest-growing health concerns in the country: dementia, according to research from Michigan State University.

“Our study speaks to the unaddressed questions about whether members the LGB community are more likely to develop cognitive impairment at older ages and, if so, what factors contribute to their poorer cognitive health, ” said Ning Hsieh, an assistant professor of sociology at MSU and lead author of the study published in the journal, The Gerontologist.

“We knew that stress and depression are risk factors for many chronic health problems, including cognitive impairment, in later life. LGB people experience more stressful events and have higher rates of depression compared to their heterosexual counterparts,” she said.

Analyzing the elevated cognitive health risks among older members of the LGB community, the study was the first to use a national sample and screening tool to gauge cognitive health disparities between LGB and heterosexual older adults.

Hsieh and MSU colleagues Hui Liu, professor of sociology, and Wen-Hua Lai, a Ph.D. student of sociology — compared cognitive skills of 3,500 LGB and heterosexual adults using a screening tool and questionnaire that tests for six domains. Those areas included temporal orientation; language; visuospatial skills; executive function; attention, concentration and working memory; and short-term memory.

Social inequality makes less privileged groups, including sexual minorities, more prone to develop cognitive impairment. So making the society more just and more accepting of diverse sexuality may help prevent dementia and reduce related health care burden on society.

The researchers found that on average, older LGB adults were more likely to fall into categories for mild cognitive impairment or early dementia compared to heterosexual older adults. The team also tested for specific health and social factors — such as physical conditions, mental health conditions, living a healthy lifestyle and social connections — and the only factor related to cognitive differences for sexual minorities was depression.

“Our findings suggest that depression may be one of the important underlying factors leading to cognitive disadvantages for LGB people,” Hsieh said. “They may experience higher rates of depression than their heterosexual peers for many reasons, including not being accepted by parts of society, feeling ashamed of their sexual orientation or trying to hide their romantic relationships and being treated unfairly in school or at work.”

The researchers felt surprised that other factors — such as fewer social connections, drinking or smoking — didn’t have as great of an effect on LGB people’s cognitive function later in life. But, they also recognized the need for additional research to understand how the stressors sexual minorities experience earlier in life can lead to cognitive impairments as they age. Additionally, Hsieh said, they hope that the study’s findings shed light on the need for greater inclusivity for sexual minorities, as it can have an influence on their mental and cognitive well-being.

“Social inequality makes less privileged groups, including sexual minorities, more prone to develop cognitive impairment,” Hsieh said. “Making the society more just and more accepting of diverse sexuality may help prevent dementia and reduce related health care burden on society.”

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Smart secrets to save money

Here are smart secrets to save money in order to help you get started.

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We know that saving money is one of the most difficult things to do in life. This is because there is always something new to buy or something else to spend your money on. However, it is also very fundamental as it allows you to experience financial freedom.

In life, you need to do more than just get by. In fact, you should buy your dream house, buy your dream car, run a successful business, and more. However, this can only happen if you are able to save money. That means even if you win a mobile casinos jackpot, instead of going on holiday using that money, you should consider saving. 

Here are smart secrets to save money in order to help you get started.

Avoid Impulsive Spending

A lot of the times, people find themselves buying things that they actually do not need. As a result, you end up using money that you could have otherwise saved. Therefore, we suggest that before you go to buy groceries or anything that you need, you create a list of the things that you intend to buy. When you get to the shops, it’s very important that you overcome all temptation and only stick to your list. 

At the same time, we also suggest that you do not carry any extra money or cards. Doing that will stop you from buying anything else that is not on your list.

Shop Smart

You will need to make sure that you learn to shop and play real money casino games smart . This will help you to save a lot of money in the long run. For those that do not know, smart shopping involves avoiding buying things at one shop or the first shop that you come across. Instead, what you need to do is make sure that you compare prices around, even if you are shopping online. After comparing prices, ensure that you buy from the cheapest retailer.

Buy in Bulk

Buying groceries almost on a daily basis is not advisable. What you should do in make sure that you buy those goods with long shelf life in bulk. That way, the goods are cheaper, and you do not have to fork out money for the same things constantly.

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Money saving apps that you can try

If you are tired of trying to save money and failing to, here are some apps that can help you save some money.

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Saving money is very important for any person or business. Money that you save can be transformed into emergency funds, it is not good for a person to not have money kept in case of an emergency.

If you are tired of trying to save money and failing to, here are some apps that can help you save some money.

Chime

It is a mobile banking app that is compatible with Android and iOS. You can instantly see transactions and track spending ones. You will also have a spending account as well as a debit card that is safe because it is FDIC-insured and it can be used for online slots real money. In addition to all that you will also have an automatic savings account. 10% of every paycheck is au0tomatically deposited in the savings account. If your money is in a savings account, you will not be tempted to spend it.

Digit

This app does all the thinking, it looks at your income and expenditures. After that, it goes on to calculate what you may save. It then puts the money that you can save in an FDIC-insured Digit account.

Clarity Money

This app tells you how you can spend money wisely and how money can be wasted. The app also helps you by cancelling subscriptions that you are not using like casino apps, you can always browse on brand new casino sites no need for case . And those 5t6hat you do not need. Also, it helps you save by negotiating your bills down to lower rates. The app tracks how you spend in order to ensure that you stay on budget. It will also recommend credit cards for you, it does so according to your lifestyle. With this app, you can also have a savings account.

Qapital

Qapital will educate you on the idea of saving money. It can help you understand the idea of saving a little in order to achieve a larger goal.

Mint

This app helps you maintain your bills. It makes sure you pay your bills on time in order to avoid losing unnecessary money.

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The best business schools in the world right now

Here are the best business schools that you should attend to get the best results.

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You will need to have that business mind in order to make the right investments with your real money winnings. And going to a business school is one of the best decisions that you can ever make for yourself and your business career. 

Therefore, here are the best business schools that you should attend to get the best results.

HEC Paris

This business school has been in existence since 1881 therefore, it is the best option that you can pick for your classes. The school is located in Jouy-en-Josas in France. The school comes with a lot of specialized business programs that you can partake in at the same time have mobile gambling as your hobby. You can also get to do your Masters and PHD programs as well.

London Business School

The business school was founded back in 1964 and is also the constituent college of the federal University of London. And, the school’s motto is that it should have, “a profound impact on the way the world does business.” The business school is recognized all over the world as one of the best providers of knowledge in the business world.

INSEAD

This school is located in different parts of the world. You can choose to have your degree or diploma from Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. And, the name of the school is an abbreviation of the name, Institute  European administration des Affairs. Currently, the school only has 1 410 students focusing on different aspects of the world of business.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Wharton is a part of the University of Pennsylvania and is also a part of the Ivy League University in Philadelphia. The school takes its name from Joseph Warton after he made a donation to help establish the school.  Also, it is one of the oldest business schools in the world after its inception in 1881. Therefore, you will be getting the best while you playing jeu de roulette en ligne and the most experienced knowledge in the world of business.

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