Artist Astrid Bant’ s current exhibition The Power of Possibilities features a collage of Osana-san, a Dutch-Japanese woman who became the consort of Vietnamese King Le Thanh Tong in 1630. Her influence and ability to translate facilitated a trade deal between Vietnam and the Dutch East Indian Trading Company, enabling the Dutch to buy Vietnamese silk for the Japanese market. Her statue can be found in the Mat pagoda, Thanh Hoa province.
Astrid’s work is on display at
Art Vietnam Salon GalleryAlley 66, House #2, Yen Lac Street, Hanoi, Vietnam. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eating an apple a day will not only keep the doctor away; it will also make you feel cooler & will reduce your hunger. If you’re extra hungry, try a little peanut butter with the apple to fill you up. If you need further convincing that apples are beneficial, think about this: the pectin in apples aids weight loss. Case closed!
Few fruits cool you down as quickly as a juicy pineapple that has been refrigerated. They are also great in smoothies, combined with banana, spinach & cucumber. Pineapples contain a natural anti-inflammatory agent, bromelain, so they’re great for joint pains too.
Lemons & limes
Anything from the citrus family has a cooling effect on your body in summer. Add lemon or lime juice to cold water, to encourage yourself to rehydrate more regularly on hot days. Both of these fruits are detoxifiers and help to cleanse your skin from the inside.
Nothing cools your body on a hot day quite like a slice of cold watermelon. They are delicious put in a blender with a handful of ice; add a dollop of plain yoghurt if you’re super hungry.
It only takes two days of humidity for mold to start growing inside your home, so don’t wait until you can see signs of mold – take action as soon as the weather changes.
Wash down your bathroom with one cup of lemon juice and a handful of salt, diluted in 4 litres of boiling hot water.
Wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar or eucalyptus oil. Both of these liquids have mold-inhibiting properties
Put your pot plants outside during super-moldy weather, or douse the soil with water laced with apple cider vinegar or taheboo tea. The soil in your pot plants can harbour mold so deal with them immediately after an increase in humidity.
Remove soap scum from your shower and bath with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar – soap scum serves as an anchor for mold, so eliminate it. Use a wet pumice stone to remove a serious build-up of soap scum.
Don’t throw away your old toothbrushes. Instead, keep them to clean the gaps between the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen to keep mold at bay.