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Home Purchasing Tips: What to Look for in a New House

Baan Lae Ley

Alright, you’ve saved up enough money to make the down-payment on a house and you have a stable job that allows you to easily make the payments. You’re probably thinking that now is all about looking for which new house on DDProperty is the best looking and fits your budget. Before you proceed it is important to note that while …

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Stress free on a shoestring (tips for dealing with the stresses of traveling on the cheap)

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By Lisa Xia On the road, things tend to follow Murphy’s law. When everything is on the upswing and things couldn’t be smoother, nothing ever seems to go wrong. On the flip side, it seems that when everything and anything can go wrong—it does. Traveling on a shoestring means that when things break down, there is less disposable budget to …

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Fashion: Holiday Dresses

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  by: Erin Sartori ‘Tis the season to start planning party outfits. With all the cozy get-togethers and holiday parties lined up, you can start pulling out your sparkly, flashy items from the back of your closet. Just remember to balance your outlandish dresses with some more toned-down options and you’re all set! Lace Sleeve A-Line Dress For after-work drinks …

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A Marriage of Two Different Cultures: Tips for Planning a Fusion Wedding

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By Suchi Rudra It’s no surprise that fusion weddings—weddings that combine two or more religions and/or ethnic backgrounds—are increasingly popular in a city that is well known for its diverse population. A Penn State study published in 2012 found that the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area ranked as the 4th most diverse metro area in the entire country. And as the …

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Planning a Group Vacation

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By Lisa Xia The idea of sharing travel to some far-flung destination with six of your closest friends seems to be a golden opportunity to amplify a great experience. If Christopher McCandless is indeed right that happiness is only real when shared, then sharing the love of exploration with a group of friends can be appealing. As anyone who has …

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Dr. Wendy Shiau: Sound Advice for Everyone

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By Jennie L. Ilustre If you’re an avid iPod or iPhone user, a mom, in your 50s or older, or have a habit of cleaning your ears with Q-tips, Wendy Shiau has some sound advice for you. If you heed her advice–and it is expert advice based on years of formal learning and experience–you could avoid permanent hearing loss, ear …

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Do You Know How to Eat?

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Food Etiquette in Social Settings by: Lily Qi I know many people, in spite of years of living in the U.S., are still uncomfortable when ordering food from a menu with unfamiliar dishes or having to eat with a fork and a knife. These days, most nice social occasions have some food connections, especially during the holiday season.  Whether sharing …

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Ascend National Convention Promotes Leadership Cultures for Asians

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by Jian Ping and Lily Yang Photos courtesy of ASCEND A record 2,000 Asian professionals and students from the U.S and Canada gathered at the 6th Ascend National Convention to promote collaborative alliances and leadership cultures in Anaheim, Ca from Aug. 23 to 26. Ascend is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help realize the leadership potential of Asian …

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START COLLEGE ENTHUSIASM EARLY

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By Seth Karafin Do you know how low college acceptance rates were this year? A New York Times article reports that of the 35,023 people who applied to Harvard, only 2,029 were accepted. That’s an acceptance rate of just 5.79%. Or take Stanford, where 38,828 applied and only 2,210 were accepted, an acceptance rate of only 5.69%.      How about …

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The Business of Beauty Pageants

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By Jenny Chen In 1921, an Atlantic City hotel man came up with the idea of a beauty contest to bring more tourists to the city. The “National Beauty Tournament” aimed to find “the most beautiful bathing beauty in America.” The first Miss America winner was Margaret Gorman, a Washington D.C. native, who was crowned for her “wholesome beauty.” In …

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7 Ways to Manage Your Business’ Online Reputation

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By Mary Tablante No business is perfect, but the following ways can help to increase online presence and deal with critiques of your business. 1. Respond to criticism “The best thing to do with a bad review is to respond to it, “ said Jennifer Garcia, a brand marketing specialist and social media strategist who is the owner of Logicreative, …

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SELF-ESTEEM MADE EASY

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By Seth Karafin Self-esteem is one of the most misunderstood things in personal mental health. Often, it is used to describe others in a negative way. As in, “She has low self-esteem.” Or “Only people with low self-esteem would do that.” There are three common misconceptions about self-esteem, and all of them can be very damaging. One is that self-esteem …

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The What, When and How of Weight Loss

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By Jasmine Ma, L. Ac. WHAT Don’t eat the same things every day. The more varieties of food the better, because they all provide different types of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, etc. Eat a balanced diet with as many vegetables as possible.  Eat 2-3 times as many vegetables as fruit, and make sure to eat fresh …

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Stay and Sip Awhile: The Medicinal Properties of Tea

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By Jenny Chen The year was 2737 BC and the Chinese Emperor Shenong was drinking his bowl of boiled water. Shenong, who developed Chinese traditional medicine and agricultural traditions in China, was so health conscious that he decreed to all his subjects must boil their water before drinking it. On that one particular day, as Shenong bent down to take …

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Thoughts to Change the World

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By Jenny Chen It’s a Wednesday morning in Reston, Va. The 30 plus networkers sitting in the conference room at Keller Williams Realty are laughing and clapping in unison as a young man in his 20s is dancing and making silly expressions at the front of the room. The laughter is infectious and pretty soon, everyone is smiling. “Are you …

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The Cicadas Are Coming!

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As many of you may be aware, this year is another in the 15 year cycle when thousands of cicadas will descend upon the DC area. Our friends at The Family Handyman have some tips to make the season more bearable. Beat the Nuisances with The Family Handyman’s Simple, DIY Tips for a Peaceful Spring Don’t let spring nuisances like pests, …

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