Have you tried drinking bottomless liquor to feel numb? Or force yourself to sleep thinking that the pain will go away after you wake up? How about eating a whole tub of ice cream? Aside from making your clothes too tight, does that make you feel alive again? Drunken late night phone calls, getting sick of ill-advised and a rebound relationship is some of the effects of sudden breakups. But, the worst of all is a complete change in hairstyle, the new ‘do, new you’ thing we all love to do.
You see, being in a heartbroken state is too expensive and tiring. What people need is something out of the ordinary, but does not cost a fortune. Today, there is a modern way of healing one’s heart and may work best for those who can’t get it over with.
Renew Breakup Bootcamp in the USA
This type of business understands how hard it is to cope up with the effects of breaking up. This program offers a chance and a helping hand in resetting those people who wanted to mend their broken pieces through yoga classes, therapeutic workshops, and meditative sessions. An on-site nutritionist is also preparing all meals, to make it more convenient.
The program, which is considered more like group therapy than a boot camp, is brainstormed by Amy Chan, 36, a former marketing executive, and well, someone who is also unlucky in love. She started this all-female retreat with a goal to build a scientific and spiritual approach to healing the heart.
How does this program work?
The retreat camp or also known as the Renew Breakup Bootcamp is like a spa intended for your heart. At each retreat, a group of Science, Health, and Wellness experts are working to help you. Psychologists, Behavioral Scientists, Life Coaches, and yoga masters, as well as meditation instructors on-site, will help provide the fundamentals like what to do’s and necessary healings for these hopeful participants.
Participants need to undergo a twelve–step program including a “rarefied” type of therapeutic gathering. They are not allowed to bring phones and other gadgets during the whole duration of the retreat.
Campers will stay two nights and three days on the boot camp where they have to pay between $1,295 to $2,495, depending on the chosen lodging options. Participants also have a choice to purchase additional one-on-one sessions with some facilitators for an extra $145.
Do I have to get my heart broken to join the camp?
Since this is a breakup boot camp, some people think that this place is only exclusive for those who either failed in love or currently undergoing emotional tremor due to a recent heartbreak. But then again, the program wants to reiterate that, although it caters people who are mending a broken heart, it does not necessarily close its doors to other similar situations. People who are addicted to unhealthy sexual and romantic relationships can also sign in on the program.
Not your ordinary breakup outlet
If you think that this program is another avenue for ‘healing process,’ then this one is entirely different. The boot camp will let you peel back emotional layers and identify patterns which no longer served you. It will make you understand and recognize your feelings. Chan believes that the key to self-healing does not necessarily mean you have to let go of the emotional pain you are currently holding within. She encourages every participant to ‘recognize’ the pain, know where it came from, and appreciate it. By understanding what you are going through and the pain it brings, it would be easier for you to accept the things you don’t have complete control.
Feelings aren’t fact, they don’t define us.
One of the goals of the program is to help the participants discover their true self. This strategy includes talks about feelings and how it doesn’t make you less of a person. Chan says that “sometimes we do things because we feel too much and that is very dangerous.” Emotions are valid feelings but don’t make it as something that people will use to define you.
Romantic partners aren’t here to make us happy. They’re here to make us conscious.
Naomi Arbit explained, a behavioral scientist on the Renew curriculum explained that heartbroken people used their former partners “to fill their feelings of emptiness or loneliness.” But the thing is, before entering into a relationship, people need to “learn how to fill their own hungry ghosts.” Your romantic partner does not have the responsibility to complete you into a whole person; the task always belongs in your hand.
Currently, Renew Breakup Bootcamp is the only-running breakup retreat in Malibu and New York. However, founder Chan promised to go global with the hopes of helping women cope with the effects of breakup.
We all have our ways on how to cope with breakups. Others find comfort in watching movies, going out with friends, and or, spending an entire day on a salon because keeping one’s sanity intact on the process of self-healing is hard, and believe me I have done that too.
You will resort to self-hate and doubt, but the worst thing you can do to yourself is questioning your worth as a person. Friends and families may offer the best emotional support, but the truth is no one can save you except yourself. This breakup boot camp and other renew programs are just your guide to help you lessen the emotional baggage. But the key to complete healing lies within you.
The Newest Sea Creatures-Inspired Tea Bags Strengthen Japanese Tea Tradition
In Japanese culture, tea is more than just a drink. The tea ceremony, also known as “Way of Tea,” has been an essential part of Japan’s culture for centuries. This high-valued celebration is matched with a performance that mirrors grace and beauty, accompanied by a ritual activity that strengthens the familial relationship.
For centuries, the country relies on its tea business — not just to adhere to its venerable tradition — but because drinking tea has been a part of Japanese daily routine. As companies continue to venture in tea business, creative approaches on how to spice up one’s tea packaging are also booming. One great example is the recent innovation of the Japanese company known as “Ocean Teabag” — which takes the challenge of creating a different and unique approach to tea bags.
For tea lovers, the new design becomes a “breath of fresh air” since traditional tea bags have not changed for many years. The company decides to team up with an oddity shop and a local bookstore called “Village Vanguard” to produce the new animal-themed teabags that can alter people’s mood by just looking at the cute design.
Ocean Teabag was created by Takahashi Shota, who launched the first-ever product with a dolphin design in 2015. It became the talk of the town, which transpired Shota to create another set of animals to the product line. The business gained orders from outside the country — making Ocean Tea Bag be the first and only company to introduce unique designs to teabags.
The custom of drinking tea, mainly for medicinal purposes, can now be associated with pleasurable reasons. From drinking the most boring bland tea comes to the new sea creature-inspired teabags. The design elevates the daily tea ritual into a zoological adventure; ranging from giant squids, otters, to red Pandas and cephalopods. Layers, folds, and perforations create the details of each creature’s body, while the outside packaging mirrors with that of the inside. So, customers will know through the wrapping what animals to choose for their tea sessions.
The tea bags can be bought online or through personal transactions at a sum of 1,820 yen or $16. These tea bags once dipped, add life to your daily tea routines, simply because of the delicate folds, which look like an animal is swimming in your tea.
Tea was initially valued as medicine because of its health benefits and was only available to rich people like the noblemen and emperors. The first documented evidence of tea session in Japan dates back to the 9th century when it was brought by the Buddhist monks after studying the tea culture in China.
The monks personally served “Sencha,” an unground Japanese green tea, to the famous Emperor Saga. Japanese nobles, later on, practice it, and through an imperial order in the year 816. And since then, tea plantations had become widespread in different regions of Japan.
Until today, tea becomes a daily beverage of both the affluent class and the ordinary people. It has become a symbol of a growing relationship among Japanese and their families, even nobles and commoners.
Aside from drinking tea as a way to bond and relax, one reason for the emerging tea businesses is the proven benefits of tea in our bodies. According to a study conducted by a group of researchers from Ohio State University in Colombus, tea, mainly green tea, has shown to help fight obesity and inflammation. The findings indicated that the said tea encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which lowers the risk of obesity.
However, today, Japan faces one of the pressing issues with regards to its tea farming. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2016 indicated that the area used for tea farming declined from 46200 hectares to 43100.
Although Japan is the eight largest tea producer in the world, tea farming itself, unfortunately, decreased in the past years. One reason is the continued support of local government to private companies which build establishment and other infrastructures in areas where tea farming is mostly found.
With this, the country relies mostly on tea imports from other countries, including China. Ocean Tea Bag supports local tea producers and hopes that its newest sea creature-inspired tea bags will continue the country’s tea tradition and strengthen the bond between Japan and its people.
How London’s 360-Degree Infinity Pool Is Becoming A Reality
An infinity pool with a 360-degree view of the London skyline on top of a 55-story building.
London is eyeing for an all-new attraction in their tourist-packed city. It’s not another bridge or another historic building though — it’s an infinity pool with a 360-degree view of the London skyline on top of a 55-story building.
When Compass Pools first released the concept photos of the world’s first 360-degree infinity pool, people on social media went haywire with satirical comments about its construction and purpose.
Compass Pools, a United Kingdom-based pool maker company, is taking charge of the entire construction, including the proposed 5-star hotel which the pool will be standing. The hotel (that they’re going to name Infinity London) is presumed to be located at Central London.
However, as both exciting and intriguing as the project may sound, people still can’t wrap their heads around the idea of a hotel whose roof is entirely comprised of a pool. The thought of getting in and out of the pool is baffling since there are no visible stairs or ladders of any sort.
David W. Mack, an American comic book artist, and writer, known for his creator-owned series Kabuki and for co-creating with Joe Quesada the deaf Marvel Comics superhero Echo, said on Twitter that he “still [has] no idea how you’re expected to get into this thing,” even after reading the article several times and studying the photos for 5 minutes.
Beth Mccoll, a London-based freelance writer, advice columnist, and author, humorously told that London Infinity’s 360-degree infinity pool is a byproduct of “someone who played a lot of Sims.”
In actuality, the infinity pool will have an entrance and an exit, just not in the usual places where you’ll find one on any other regular swimming pool.
Described as a death-defying swimming pool, Infinity London’s pool will be accessed through a submarine-like chamber. The door spirals upward and downward to enable the entrance to rise and hide above the pool’s surface to allow guests to go in and out of the area.
It sounds way too technical for a pool entrance, but the pool designers were adept at making the pool a full experience with zero uncluttered side profile. “Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 liters of water draining through the building either,” the company says.
Moreover, Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said, “architects often come to us to design [rooftop] infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.”
“But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’
“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.”
Moreover, the proposed infinity pool — which will house over 600, 000 liters of water — will be made with cast acrylic sides instead of glass. According to Compass Pools, using cast acrylic will reflect light similar to that of water to give the illusion of a completely clear pool. It will look as if there’s nothing holding all of that water in place.
Other than the side, it will also be feature a transparent floor, “allowing the visitors to see the swimmers and the sky above them.” Additionally, the designers plan to construct the marvel as a “sparkling jewel-topped torch at night” with the help of a spectrum of lights.
The pool will also be fitted with a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed and will be linked to a computer-controlled building management system that will regulate the pool’s temperature and ensure the water doesn’t spill onto the streets below.
One thing’s for sure, this pool is very technical, and Compass Pools have covered all the necessary checkpoints to enable the construction of London’s next tourist attraction.
Construction of the pool could begin in 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed.
Amsterdam Reacts To Over Popularity With tourists
Amsterdam is known for its tulips, having more canals compared to Venice, its historical museums, and liberation towards sex and drugs — as seen in their Infamous Red light district. But recently, the country is viewed “not so fond” of having visitors around.
CNN’s Richard Quest and some of his colleagues interviewed some citizens to get to know more of the problems that Amsterdam is facing because of over tourism. Too many travelers adore the Amsterdam, which sometimes, too many for the city to handle, said Ellen Van Loon who works at a Dutch Architectural Firm OMA, an organization in charge of making plans for the town.
Van Loon accepts the fact that tourism plays an integral part in the country’s economy, adding an estimate of 82 billion euros ($91.5 billion) yearly. Most locals are “worried” that “soaring” travelers are crowding and may jeopardize the city.
The city is not a stranger to the over tourism trend that other European travel destinations experience. In this generation where airline fares are less expensive, and online bookings are quick and easy; tourists overwhelm these beautiful destinations in an unsustainable way.
Last 2018, an estimated 19 million tourists went to visit the capital of the Netherlands, which is has a population of 850,000. And the influx of Amsterdam tourists is forecasted to continuously “rise” from 18 million in 2018 to 42 million in 2030; 50 times higher than the city’s population.
Some of the proposed solutions involve discouraging groups of annoying tourists by either setting a limit or close down lodgings, hotels and popular souvenirs/entertainment products and ticketing outlets. Also, to promote other travel destinations in the Netherlands — some of the mentioned solutions are currently implemented.
Last December 2018, the famous “I Amsterdam” sign was taken away from the city’s leading art gallery upon the city’s request since it’s inviting too many tourists at a minimal space. It was relocated to a less well-known spot to lead travelers away from the city’s center.
One of Amsterdam’s famous icons, the tulips, have also been affected by mass tourism. Some selfie-loving visitors are wrecking flower fields. This prompted the tourism board to create a Guide of Dos and Don’ts when taking pictures.
Furthermore, to prevent travelers from ruining tulip fields while taking selfies, slogans with the label, ‘Enjoy the flowers, respect our pride’ are established within the area to remind tourists. Other garden owners also decided to put fences to secure the flowers.
One of the other reasons why tourists are attracted to Amsterdam is because of its liberalism and freedom — which is seen in its Red light district. The place is full of pubs, sex shops, and prostitutes in glass booths.
But this year, the city government declared to end the tours of the district because sex workers are treated as a tourist attraction and locals can no longer tolerate rowdy, binge-drinking, and vomiting travelers. The ban will be effective starting January 1, 2020, to give time to tour companies to close their business gradually.
Amsterdam is not the only European city to face over tourism problems. Other cities such as Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Venice also did.
Currently, the Netherlands tourism organization decided to halt promoting the nation’s tourism industry. According to their Perspective 2030 report, which was released this year, their focus will be on managing the destination compared to promoting it.
The report also included the country’s plan of action, considering that the if right measures are not done, an overabundance of visitors will affect Amsterdam’s livability.
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