Hugging the mug; 10 Reasons to Drink TEA

This guest post is written by Gabriela Gorab, a costume director for Autoexplora Drivestyle; a TV show aired in ESPN. She was born and brought up in Mexico City but her passion for culture and arts have taken her to many countries including successfully completing her degree in Australia. Follow Gabriela on Twitter @GabrielaGorab


photo credit: Elena Kalis

Some time ago, I was invited along to a Tea Party to try Estée Lauder DayWear Advance Multi-Protection from the new Sephora located in Antara – one of the most exclusive shopping centers in Mexico City. The event was tasteful and most importantly relaxing, girly and surrounded by lovely things; a bit of Alice In Wonderland´s Unbirthday party infiltrating beauty.

The event inspired me to understand the impact of tea and wanting to share my tea obsession. Did you know that these little tea bags you put in a mug filled with hot water, can do wonders for your body? Not only, make you drop an inch or two in body size, but it can also help you boost mentally.

Here’s my Top 10 list of Why Tea is Good for You and Why You Should Start Drinking it!

photo credit: Rodney Smith

  1. It is used to treat multiple sclerosis (disease that affects the central nervous system, mostly found in young women
  2. Tea contains antioxidants, which protect the body from the outcome of aging and the effects of pollution
  3. Tea has less caffeine than coffee
  4. Green tea raises metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation which helps weight loss
  5. Boosting mental alertness – Theanine affects the brain to act calmer yet more alert
  6. Helps to fight blood pressure; therefore helps strokes, heart failure, kidney dysfunction, etc
  7. Helps progressing the functions of your digestive and excretory systems
  8. Protects your bones by making them stronger
  9. Its leafs are High in Vitamin K that aid in blood clotting
  10. Preventing the growth of bacteria causing bad breath

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I’m in love with everything from my lips kissing the warm drink, the flavors entering my palates, to feeling the warmth all the way to my fingertips as I’m hugging the mug. The sensation I gain from a little cup is immeasurable.

You might find it odd, that I who live in a warm climate country have a thing for hot drinks. Maybe it’s the fancy Tea Parties I’m obsessed about. Or  perhaps my English friends made me a little bit British. You know when you hang out with someone 24/7 and suddenly all your differences melt into one? I guess that’s what happened. What’s certain though is that, the tea brought us closer.

Feel like I missed anything on the list? Please add it to the comment below or just share your Tea Experience with us!

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi wins Oscar with ‘A Separation’

Like many other Persians (Iranians) around the world, I’m very proud that Iranian Film Maker Asghar Farhadi won the Oscar for the best Foreign Language on Sunday 26 February 2012 with his film ‘A Separation’. It was the second Iranian movie to be nominated but only the first to win. Made on a budget of just $800,000 the movie has generated more than $13 million so far.

The story centers on a couple going through a divorce. Farhadi, who’s both written and directed this domestic drama, brilliantly presents the country of my origin’s traditions and culture , and the different treatment men and women receive in modern Iran. In his acceptance speech, Farhadi, powerfully communicated his love for Iranian culture and her place in global politics.

“At the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”

I saw the movie with my cousin in the summer in Paris and managed to snap this photo before leaving the crowded Cinema.

There’s Never a Right Time

…marriage, career, studying, pursuing your dreams, changing career, starting a new business, having a family, going on vacation, exercising and health promises.

For the last couple of years I’ve been making a lot of excuses to myself. What I realized though along the ride, is that, the one day you’re waiting for never comes. So you simply have to STOP living for that better day. You just have to do what you love to do now instead of postponing it.

My Dream House

Can you imagine if you lived in a house that could travel the ocean by itself. You decided on a destination and the morning after you were there. Magically, your house would have taken you to where you wanted to go?

If one weekend I felt like visiting my family, you just programmed “Sweden” into the computer, went to be, and the next time you opened your front door: Voila! In Sweden.

It is doable!

My Dream House

My Dream House

7 Billion People on the Planet


Photo credit to National Geography

By 2045 global population is projected to increase to nine billion people.

With a population growth of 80 million each year, how are we going to balance our natural resources?

At this moment, glaciers are melting, fish stocks are vanishing, close to a billion people go hungry each day which will likely double to two billion more mouths to feed in decades. Billions more people will want to boost themselves out of property and if they follow the path by wealthy countries; clearing forests, burning coal and oil, freely scattering fertilizers and pesticides – they too will be stepping hard on the planet’s natural resources.

How are we going to make this work?

Video by National Geographic Magazine published January 2011. To read more click here: National Geographic Magazine Special Series 7 Billion