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Combating Mal de Ojo: How To Gain Cross-Cultural Medical Competency Abroad

Review Jennifer Sills Volunteer in Quetzaltenango Guatemala

To have an edge on other applicants, aspiring medical students may take the initiative to gain relevant experience and increase cross-cultural competency by volunteering through non-profit organizations on medical missions. Many of the skills I practiced during a medical mission trip through A Broader View Volunteers in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala contributed to my learning experience for the pediatric module during my didactic first year of physician assistant training. I have found that learning can sometimes become solidified retrospectively. In this case, I performed clinical skills before I learned about the theory behind child growth, development, disease processes and the wellness examination.

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A church in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

From a Western medical perspective, vaccinations are an essential part of pediatric wellness but medical theory holds no weight when it conflicts with patient belief. Despite a paper published in The Lancet led by Dr. Andrew Wakefied which suggested that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine might be linked to autism and retracted for insufficient data in the late 90s, the autism idea has been perpetuated by celebrity figures like Jenny McCarthy who supported anti-vaccination in the past. One of the recurring failures of health care worldwide is that people mistrust physicians and other medical personnel, not only because what they prescribe may clash with their personal beliefs, but simply because of communication difficulties, inconsistencies in information, or because they feel that they are being treated poorly. Many expectant parents are worried about the potential consequences of vaccinations, but leaving your child unvaccinated can ultimately lead to worse outcomes that can be fatal.

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A vaccination schedule poster at Puesto de Salud in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Mistrust in Western medicine theory and practice, of course, goes beyond borders to Latin America. The eyes cannot see what the mind does not know and to an untrained mind, viruses and bacteria aren’t usually the first thought when health problems present. Guatemala is an incredibly superstitious country, especially in rural areas, and supernatural pathologies typical of Mayan culture like “mal de ojo,” the evil eye, are prevalent. Mal de ojo occurs when one looks upon another with envy and inflicts harm like fever, cough, diarrhea, and rash; typical symptoms of rotavirus, hepatitis A, and other viral and bacterial diseases. This is partly why many Guatemalan mothers who came to the medical mission site, Puesto de Salud, wrapped their infants in layers of blankets. In Guatemala, blankets serve to keep the infants warm and also to conceal babies from the evil eye. It is important to listen to patient complaints with an open mind and, in this case, incorporate Mayan tradition with modern medicine. The Guatemalan government has made efforts to bring awareness and free vaccinations at sites like Puesto de Salud to the people and as a volunteer, I was able to work alongside Guatemalan doctors, nurses, and students to administer vaccines and educate patients on the well-child examination and family planning.

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An educational pamphlet about vaccinations.

A Broader View Volunteers is just one non-profit corporation that is a liaison to serving your world-wide community, but it has connections to many different experiences whether preserving sea turtle habitats, offering support to victims of domestic violence,  or working with medical or dental patients piques your interest.  Below is my review of my experience with A Broader View Volunteers.

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
All of the information and support I received from the ABV coordinator was accurate, concise and very helpful. All of the support provided was great.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
I knew that the medical system would be different in Guatemala so I came to the program with an open mind. The simplicity of a paper system as opposed to the complexities of  electronic medical records in the US was both surprising and refreshing. Also, the nursing students here had much more autonomy than US students!

3- What was most difficult to experience?

I have family who live in rural areas of the  Philippines, so being in Guatemala felt familiar and reminded me of me experiences in La Union. Being away from the comforts of home was the most difficult. Sometimes I just wanted to eat Taco Bell. It took me a really long time to find one, but I finally did and it was worth it!

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)

Don´t bring anything of extreme value whether it be monetary or personal value! Plan on bringing bathing suit if you are going to visit the hot springs!

5.-Other things volunteers should know:

a. Don´t go to the cemetery with valuables in hand! Many thieves prey on unsuspecting victims there! I was attacked knife point by a thief who wanted my cell phone but luckily he ran off when he noticed a funeral procession crossing nearby.
b. Drink bottled water!
c. Souvenirs are less expensive in Xela than Antigua.
d. You can barter prices!

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There’s something about Maria. The Santa Maria Volcano makes the view from the Quetaltenango cemetery stunning.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

Great accommodation and meals. Ms. Lilian was a great cook. I was invited to attend posadas, so I was able to get involved with a holiday ritual and meet the neighbors.

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

Meeting native Guatemalans, interacting with babies, and cultural outings such as posadas were my favorite memories of the trip. Also, making Christmas cookies was a great memory!

8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Everything was well-planned and instructions were concise. There was a welcome packet that described exactly how the reception process would be and gave an overview of the homestay family.

As a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization A Broader View receives 100% of funding from volunteers’ program fee donations.

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Email volunteers@abroaderview.org
Call  toll free at 866-423-3258

Sources:

Baer, R. D., Weller, S. C., Faraco, J. C. G., & Martín, J. F. (2006). Las enfermedades populares en la cultura española actual: un estudio comparado sobre el mal de ojo. Revista de Dialectología y Tradiciones populares, 61(1), 139-156.
Eggertson, L. (2010). Lancet retracts 12-year-old article linking autism to MMR vaccines.
McCarthy, J. (2008). Mother warriors: A nation of parents healing autism against all odds. Penguin.

Moshi Moshi! Are You Craving Mochi?/¡Moshi Moshi! ¿Antojas Mochi?

 

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At MOMI Ramen in Brickell. Kimono romper by Steps New York

If you’re dying to jet-set but other responsibilities are keeping you grounded, a taste of Asia is just footsteps away for Brickellistas! Located about a block away from Mary Brickell Village, MOMI, a quaint restaurant bursting with culture, offers authentic Japanese ramen and does not disappoint! The  store front has a brick exterior with large windows adorned with Japanese characters in red and blue neon that lure in guests.

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Ramen noodles by MOMI

Inside is a small dining area and the language barrier with the servers makes you feel like you’re elsewhere.  The walls are lined with a variety of sake bottles and from just about any table, you have a front row seat to watch the chef prepare your meal. You might notice an ATM machine in the corner, a second reminder that the place is cash only in case you missed the warning posted on the door. Some may be put-off by the exorbitant prices (some ramen bowls go for $30.00!) and the brow-raising cash policy, but  MOMI monopolizes Miami and goes unparalleled since there is a lack of Asian dining choices in the city.

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Mochi (餅) from MOMI Ramen

Mochi is one of my favorite desserts. It is made from glutinous rice, pounded into paste and molded into any shape. If you’re into a squishy powder texture, give it a try!
MOMI Ramen
5 SW 11th St, Miami, FL 33130

¡Si tienes ganas de jet-set, pero otras responsabilidades te están manteniendo en la tierra, un sabor de Asia está cercita para los Brickellistas! Ubicado una cuadra desde Mary Brickell Village, MOMI, un pintoresco restaurante repleto de cultura, ofrece ramen japonés auténtico. El frente de la tienda tiene un exterior de ladrillo con grandes ventanas con carectetes japoneses en rojo y azul neón que atraen a la gente paseando.19441203_10103207351214508_1620141697_n El interior es un pequeño comedor y la barrera del idioma con los meseros te hacen sentir como si estuvieras en otro lugar. Las paredes están revestidas con una variedad de botellas de sake y desde casi cualquier mesa, tienes un asiento de primera fila para ver el chef preparando la comida. Puedes anotar un cajero automático en la esquina, un segundo aviso de que el lugar solamente acepta efectivo en caso de que no diste cuenta a la advertencia publicada en la puerta. Algunos pueden ser aplazados por los precios exorbitantes (¡algunos ramen salen por $ 30.00!) Y te puede molestar la política de efectivo, pero MOMI monopoliza Miami y va sin competencia, desde que hay una falta de opciones de restaurantes asiáticos en la ciudad. Mochi (餅) de MOMI Ramen.  Mochi es uno de mis postres favoritos. Está hecho de arroz glutinoso, molido en pasta y moldeado en cualquier forma, pruébelo hoy!

MOMI Ramen
5 SW 11th St, Miami, FL 33130

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How to Make Mochi Rice Balls:

For those looking for a home-made fix, here’s some step-by-step instructions to make Mochi rice balls that I found on Pinterest!

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For the Mochi:
  • 1 cup of *sweet* rice flour {not regular rice flour}
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sifted cocoa
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 1 cup of cold coffee
  • Dusting of wheat/corn starch/sweet rice flourClick here! for step-by-step instructions!

 

 

 

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Holistic Health With Enhanced Movement

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Let’s be real. If you really know me, I’m actually a just a genetically lucky junk food junkie whose major means of fitness is not having a car (I walk everywhere) and carrying heavy books. A few months after purchasing a massage package as a gift for someone, I finally had a chance to experience Enhanced Movement, an independently owned boutique-style wellness center located in North Miami Beach, for a meditation class and massage session! I have a packed schedule because I am a physician assistant student but I have always been fascinated by Eastern practices.

Western medicine is intended to be preventative, curative, and focuses on the history of the present illness, diagnosis, and treatment whereas Eastern medicine offers a holistic and naturopathic approach to care for the individual; it considers aspects other than the physical disease symptoms. Incorporating both perspectives of medicine, many believe, is necessary for the best outcome to enhance your wellbeing. I never practiced meditation before, but the instructor helped me to focus on mindfulness of  breathing. Of course, increased levels of carbon dioxide is what regulates breathing and initiates the drive for you to inspire air.  When you aren’t breathing adequately or at all, increased carbon dioxide from inadequate respirations can lower your blood pH. Carbon dioxide is a metabolic waste product and holding your breath does not stop metabolic processes from occurring, this is why inadequate breathing can make you slightly more acidic. Imagine the outcome for those who are inactive smokers!

In addition, unfortunately for many people who have maintained an unhealthy lifestyle and eating for years, vasculature is stopped up as a result of hyperlipidemia, or “clogged arteries.” Being thin does not excuse anyone, including myself, from this condition! In severe or unstable cases, the arteries can become almost completely occluded or chunks of fatty cholesterol deposits can break off and float away in your blood stream, something known medically as an embolus. These emboli can get trapped in other parts of the body like your legs, lungs, or brain causing conditions like deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and strokes–conditions that may be fatal! Your blood stream essentially becomes the Miami freeway during rush hour with multiple car pile ups if you have poor circulation.

It is a physician’s job to prevent this from happening through prescribing initial lifestyle modifications and medical therapies. Physicians also serve as surgical clot busters when performing invasive procedures. Moreover, from an Eastern medical perspective, it is a holistic therapist’s job to prevent this from happening by guiding lifestyle modifications.

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With a hectic schedule, breathing itself is sometimes something I forget to do! I finished the meditation class feeling more relaxed and yes, at risk of sounding hippy-dippy, my acid base balance felt more at equilibrium while I was able to clear my mind of mental clutter. Something as simple as gravity and sitting in a weight dependent position all day in a chair can cause your blood to pool to your lower extremities and affect the overall pressure of your circulation. The goal is to circulate blood to all extremities of the body for adequate perfusion. I try to stay proactive and move as much as possible even though I am confined to a desk most days while I’m in school and I’m grateful that I had a chance to work on my body with Enhanced Movement.

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After the meditation class, I began a massage therapy session. The massage therapist used several different techniques on me.

The fusion of techniques from my extended massage therapy session included:

1. Deep tissue massage designed to release deep muscular restrictions
2. Medical massage the clinical aspect of treatment.
3. Neuromuscular massage therapy techniques releasing muscle attachments and fascial restrictions.
4. Abhyanga massage an ancient Indian rhythmic massage technique that acts as a powerful recharger.
5. Ashiatsu massage

I started out as a tense, scared, shaking chihuahua but once the massage therapist applied pressure to release tension from my sacrum and magically worked the knots out of my back, the stress on my body dissipated. The Japanese ashiatsu massage (he worked on me with controlled weight while stepping on my back barefoot) did something to me. I think I was reborn after that point.

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Since I’m constantly sitting in class and hips don’t lie, the massage therapist also offered some post-therapy pointers on how to stretch at home to relieve tension in my glutes and minimize stress on my body. I felt like I was unraveling  in layers after the treatment and spent the rest of the evening reflecting and strolling on the beach, which is located just steps away from the boutique style facility. If you’re looking for passionate staff, unpretentious, affordable, and holistic care to enhance your wellbeing, I highly recommend Enhanced Movement!

The first class is free for Miami Beach residents and there is currently a $25.00 discount on your first service!

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Quiero ser honesta. Si realmente me conoces, en realidad, tengo una adicción a la comida basura y soy genéticamente afortunada. Mi modo de fitness es no tengo un coche (camino por todo el mundo) y llevo libros pesados. Algunos meses después de comprar un paquete de masaje como regalo para alguien, el dueño me regalo la oportunidad de experimentar Enhanced Movement, un centro independiente de bienestar de estilo boutique  ubicado en North Miami Beach, para una clase de meditación y sesión de masaje. Tengo un horario lleno porque soy una estudiante en un programa de asociado médico, pero siempre he sido fascinado por las prácticas orientales. La medicina occidental es preventiva, curativa y se centra en la historia de la enfermedad, el diagnóstico y el tratamiento mientras que la medicina oriental ofrece un enfoque holístico y naturopático para cuidar al individuo; se considera aspectos distintos de los síntomas de la enfermedad física. La incorporación de ambas perspectivas de la medicina, muchos creen, es necesario para el mejor resultado para mejorar su bienestar.

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Nunca practicé la meditación antes, pero el instructor me ayudó a enfocarme en la atención de la respiración. Por supuesto, el aumento de los niveles de dióxido de carbono es lo que regula la respiración e inicia la unidad para que usted inspire aire. Cuando no estás respirando adecuadamente o en absoluto, el aumento del dióxido de carbono debido a una respiración inadecuada puede reducir el pH de la sangre. El dióxido de carbono es un producto de desecho metabólico y la retención de la respiración no impide que los procesos metabólicos se produzcan, es por eso que la respiración inadecuada puede hacer que sea un poco más ácido. Imagine el resultado para aquellos que son fumadores inactivos! Además, por desgracia para muchas personas que han mantenido un estilo de vida poco saludable y comer durante años, la vasculatura se detiene como resultado de la hiperlipidemia, o “arterias obstruidas.” 90b50fb89ab19a47de1874975a58f697

¡Ser una flaca no excusa a nadie, incluyendo yo, de esta condición! En casos severos o inestables, las arterias pueden quedar casi completamente ocluidas o trozos de depósitos de colesterol graso pueden romperse y flotar lejos en tu torrente sanguíneo, algo conocido médicamente como un émbolo. Estos émbolos pueden quedar atrapados en otras partes del cuerpo como las piernas, los pulmones o el cerebro, causando afecciones como la trombosis venosa profunda, la embolia pulmonar y los accidentes cerebrovasculares, ¡condiciones que pueden ser fatales! El torrente sanguíneo esencialmente se convierte en la autopista de Miami durante el tranque con muchos choques! 19357499_10103192740993508_1888257192_nEs el trabajo de un médico para evitar que esto suceda por mediar la prescripción de modificaciones iniciales de estilo de vida y terapias médicas. Los médicos también sirven como colectores de coágulos quirúrgicos al realizar procedimientos invasivos. Por otra parte, desde una perspectiva médica oriental, es el trabajo de un terapeuta holístico para evitar que esto suceda guiando modificaciones de estilo de vida.

Con un horario agitado, la respiración en sí es a veces algo que me olvido de hacer! Terminé la clase de meditación sintiéndome más relajado y sí, con el riesgo de sonar hippy-dippy, mi equilibrio de base ácida se sentía más en equilibrio mientras yo era capaz de aclarar mi mente de desorden mental. Algo tan simple como la gravedad y sentado en una posición dependiente del peso durante todo el día en una silla puede hacer que su sangre a la piscina a sus extremidades inferiores y afectar a la presión general de su circulación. El objetivo es hacer circular la sangre a todas las extremidades del cuerpo para una perfusión adecuada. Trato de mantenerme proactivo y moverme tanto como sea posible a pesar de que estoy confinado a un escritorio la mayoría de los días mientras estoy en la escuela y estoy agradecido de que tuve la oportunidad de trabajar en mi cuerpo con Enhanced Movement .

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Después de la clase de meditación, comencé una sesión de terapia de masaje. El terapeuta de masaje utiliza varias técnicas diferentes en mí. La fusión de técnicas de mi amplia sesión de terapia de masaje incluyó:

1. Masaje de tejido profundo diseñado para liberar fuertes restricciones musculares 2. Masaje médico el aspecto clínico del tratamiento.
3. Técnicas de terapia de masaje neuromuscular liberando apegos musculares y restricciones fasciales.
4. Abhyanga masaje una antigua técnica de masaje rítmica indio que actúa como un poderoso recargador. 5. Masaje Ashiatsu Empecé como un chihuahua tenso, tembloroso y tembloroso, pero una vez que el terapeuta de masaje aplicó presión para liberar la tensión de mi sacro y mágicamente trabajó los nudos de mi espalda, el estrés en mi cuerpo se disipó. El masaje japonés de ashiatsu (él trabajó en mí con peso controlado mientras caminaba sobre mi espalda descalza) me hizo algo. Creo que renació después de ese punto. Ya que estoy constantemente sentado en la clase y las caderas no mienten, el terapeuta de masaje también ofreció algunos punteros post-terapia sobre cómo estirar en casa para aliviar la tensión en mis glúteos y minimizar el estrés en mi cuerpo. Me sentí como estaba desentrañando en capas después del tratamiento y pasamos el resto de la noche reflejando y paseando por la playa, que está situado a sólo unos pasos de la instalación de estilo boutique. Si estás buscando personal apasionado, cuidado sin pretensiones, asequible y holístico para mejorar su bienestar, te recomiendo Enhanced Movement!

 

La primera clase es gratis para los residentes de Miami Beach  hay un descuento de $25.00 en tu primer servicio!

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Enhanced Movement
6948 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(786) 859-2254
http://www.enhancedmovement.com/
info@enhancedmovement.com

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Source: Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (Barbara E. Gould)

 

 

Laneige: When Water Meets Science-Dive Into Real Hydration

 

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Photo Credit: Youngnan Zhou

I was ecstatic that Laneige, a Korean-based beauty brand that combines the power of water with the power of science, delivered a complimentary sample of Water Bank moisture cream to me to review for their latest campaign with Influenster!

As a long-time brand ambassador and spokesmodel for Kia Motors America, another up-and-coming innovative Korean brand, I was excited to experience other science and technology-driven products that have risen out of Asia. Also, it doesn’t hurt that my new Korean roommate eyed the brand and chimed in:

Oh it’s a Korean beauty product? It Must be good!” (She has flawless milky skin like many beautiful Asian women-I believed her!).

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Since Laneige’s Water Bank moisturizer combines science and water, let’s talk a little science!

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ comprising the human body and the first line of defense against infection? If your skin is protecting you from the elements, why not give it some TLC from time to time?

If you are beaching it up or out at sea over the summer, you are likely to be tracking more than just sand back home. Sea salt may linger over your skin as well. After a dip in Miami Beach’s stunning sapphire Atlantic, you will probably notice that your skin’s outer surface feels dry but clean after a swim in the saltwater. This is because salt that stays on the skin’s surface draws out the moisture through osmosis, a process where water travels from an area of  low solute (salt) concentration to an area of high solute concentration. More simply stated, water travels to areas where there is less water.

Luckily, the Miami heat is super humid, but depending on your skin type and whether or not you are returning to an arid environment like Arizona or a heavily air conditioned office, you can find yourself completely dried out.

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So how do moisturizers work to keep your skin from drying out? Well, your tissue is part of the issue!

There are three different layers of the skin: the outer layer (epidermis), middle layer (dermis), and lower layer made up of connective tissue (hypodermis or fatty layer). Like your skin, blood is considered to be a type of tissue. The liquid portion of your blood is called plasma and it is made up of mostly water.

Moisture is delivered to the skin through blood vessels. When you get warm, the blood vessels get bigger and travel closer to the epidermis. From there, water travels upward and outward through the epidermis before evaporating into the atmosphere.

When the moisture evaporates, its cools you off and the enlarged blood vessels cause your skin to flush. You might notice that you turn a little pink when you are warm.

 

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A diagram of the skin. Notice that the epidermis is not directly supplied by blood vessels, but when they enlarge, or vasodilate, it is easier to deliver water from your blood vessels to the surface of the skin where you sweat it out to cool off.

Richly textured moisturizers like Laneige’s Water Bank cream works as a humectant. When it is applied over your epidermis, it traps moisture in your skin to keep it from escaping, and restores moisture in the outer layer of skin that’s already been lost. Laneige’s Water Bank has a hydroxyl group in its chemical structure, a hydrogen and an oxygen atom which love attracting water! It also fuses essential minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and sodium which helps replenish and retain ideal hydration levels, preventing your skin from drying out. If you live in an area that is super dry, pair this humectant with an occlusive like Vaseline to seal the deal! Keep moisture from escaping!

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The Laneige Beauty Box compliments of Influenster

Once I signed for my package at the front desk, I noticed the playful baby and aqua blue water drop pattern packaging was inviting and cheerful! After I opened my Laneige beauty box, I was greeted with a Laneige post card (it called me gorgeous, I blushed). The Water Bank cream came with a plastic sample spoon. I dipped it into the thick, rich, cool moisturizer and gently spread it from center of my face and outward. Immediately, I felt fresh, hydrated, and noticed that it minimized the appearance of pores. My skin felt smooth and complexion appeared clearer and brighter. I definitely recommend this product to anyone with normal, oily,  dry, sensitive or combination skin for a soft, clean, smooth finish that lasts all day! Check out my previous Influenster post from the Marc Jacob’s Influenster campaign in the link below to find out how you can get your own complimentary beauty samples, housekeeping supplies, and much more delivered to your door!
Marc Jacobs Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlighter

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Location: South Pointe Park Miami, Florida

 

Source: Business Insider: Everyone  Should Know the Difference Between the Three Types of Moisturizers by Julia Calderone

 

The Best Wood Oven Baked Pizza

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Pizza is a divine food from the Gods. Rich red sauce, bubbling mozzarella cheese, and spicy pepperoni are my Achille’s heel.  It’s hard to mess up a pizza, but if you have ever experienced pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, you have undoubtedly noticed a significant taste difference. The enhanced flavor and unique crisp texture that wood-fired cooking offers comes from it’s even heat distribution and gives the crust a subtle smoky flavor.

Tucked in a bustling corner off S. Miami Avenue, Mister 01 is a semi-hidden  modern, conceptual and trendy pizzeria. Unique must-try menu items like the Star Luca Pizza and Nutella Pizza really make the restaurant outstanding!

La pizza es una comida divina de los dioses. La salsa roja rica, el queso mozzarella que burbujea, y el pepperoni picante es mi talón de Achille. Es difícil destruir una pizza, pero si has experimentado pizza horneada en un horno de leña,  sin duda has notado una diferencia del sabor. El sabor  y la textura quebradiza es única porque ofrece una  distribución de calor y da un sabor ahumado sutil. Ubicado en una  esquina de la avenida S. Miami, Mister 01 es una pizzería moderna semi-escondida, conceptual y de moda. Hay que probar elementos del menú como el Star Luca Pizza y Nutella Pizza que ponen el restaurante en una categoria excepcional!

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The Star Luca Pizza

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Mister O1 – Brickell

1000 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130

(786) 332-6868

 

 

 

 

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum Aquarium Experience

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The sea is beautiful, mysterious, and menacing. What lies beneath was put on display earlier this month after the grand opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum in Miami, Florida. The design of the aquarium parallels the experience of submerging the ocean. I began touring the four story exhibit from the open water top level and descended each floor to experience the diverse sea life that inhabit different depths. Everything from the seahorse to the hammerhead shark was housed in the display. Like humans, sea creatures must form relationships to survive the dangerous world they live in. Parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism are three types of relationships that can form above ground and under the sea; mutualism, of course, being optimal for every creature involved. We all know a parasite–the person who never pays back borrowed money or the telemarketer exploiting a senile older man. Under water, it’s the worm who latches on and feeds from fish gills. Have you ever seen a vagabond hanging onto a caboose of a train? Similarly, barnacles attach harmlessly to a humpback whale which carries them to new food sources as an example of a commensal relationship. Do you know a power couple that is prolific when they work together? Under water, sea anemones catch a ride on top of a crab while the crab, in turn, uses the sea anemone for stinging protection–a dynamic example of mutualism.

Of course, this trip sent my imagination into overdrive. I was inspired by the beautiful sea creatures and envisioned living in their world. I was able to mimic the way the fish swam in my own imagined underwater world thanks to a collaboration with Peruvian photographer, Roli Photography.

Discounted tickets can be found through Culture Shock Miami for $2.50. Below is a preview of some of the creatures you can discover!

Location:
Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum
1101 Biscayne Blvd| Miami, FL 33132

For more information on the exhibits, click on the link below:
Phillip and Patrica Frost Science Museum

 

Marc Jacobs Dew Drop Coconut Gel Highlighter

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I finally received my complimentary coconut glow highlighter by Marc Jacobs in the mail from Influenster and I am loving it! The product came in a black Marc Jacobs branded vox box. Safely tucked inside layers of wrapping paper was a brand new bottle of coconut glow dew drop highlighter, just in time for summer! I was excited to get my hands on the sleek pill shaped chrome accented bottle with pull-off white cap. A simple push-pump dispenses pearls of shiny highlighter that you can dab onto your skin for a subtle glow. The delightful hint of coconut scent on your cheekbones plays off an island vibe. If your dull winter skin needed an SOS, Marc Jacob’s dew drop coconut gel highlighter has come to your rescue!

I applied the coconut glow dew drops across my cheeks and blended them in with a blush brush. I was happy with the way the gel complimented my skin and created a subtle glow when I angled my cheekbones to the light. I had a chance to shoot the product poolside. Below are some images so you can see my #coconutglow in the sunlight. Thanks again, Influenster!

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Photo Credit: Vic Pinto