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The 5-star luxury Lalu Hotel at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

By John Teng

Midlife Magazine’s founder, John Teng, reviews one of the VIP suites at the world class 5-star luxury Lalu Hotel at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. This amazing contemporary hotel is located next to a majestic mountain lake with a view that a photograph cannot fully convey how spectacular this view is of the surrounding scenery. ...


HydroChic Clothing for Women

By Francine Brokaw

Convenience and comfort are things we all like. Sure, looking good is important, but comfort should be at the top of our list. After all, if we’re not comfortable then we don’t look good. HydroChic is a clothing company that fits the bill. First of all, many of us don’t like yoga pants or leggings. ...


Glow All the Way Ombre Blush from Hard Candy

By Francine Brokaw

Hard Candy is a company that we most often associate with products for younger women. But with their Glow All the Way blush, they have addressed a problem that affects older women. As we age our skin loses it’s moisture, dew, glow, and youthful look that it had in our twenties and even thirties. We’re ...


Dyson AM10 Humidifier

By Francine Brokaw

When we were young our mothers set up a “steamer” in our rooms when we had a cold. Do you remember those devices? They heated water then spewed out steam – sometimes sprays of water – to help ease our breathing. Looking back I can imagine what bacteria they must have also emitted into the ...


Debra Winger is learning new things at 61

By Francine Brokaw

Although she appeared on TV’s “Wonder Woman” as Wonder Girl (1976-1977), Debra Winger probably first caught viewers’ attention in the 1980 feature film “Urban Cowboy” opposite John Travolta. She then went on to costar with Richard Gere in the 1982 box office smash “An Officer and a Gentleman,” for which she was nominated for an ...


’45 Years’ on Blu-ray and DVD

Keeping secrets from your spouse is not a good idea. And keeping a secret from your spouse for 45 years is definitely not recommended. Secrets have ways of coming out. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star in “45 Years,” the story of Kate and Geoff who are about to celebrate their 45th anniversary. Four and ...


ZUS Smart Car Charger and Locator – Product Review

By Francine Brokaw

We have all done it – gone into a room then forgot why we went in there. Or we have wracked our brain wondering where we put something. Or we have come out of a building and forgot where we parked our car. Well, the new ZUS Smart Car Charger is not only a fast ...


‘The Martian’ Extended Edition on Blu-ray

By Francine Brokaw

When we were very young, going to the moon was a great adventure we watched on TV. Then came the shuttle and the space station and suddenly space was more accessible. Now the world has set its sights on Mars. “The Martian” is a film that takes place well into the future when manned missions ...


The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

By Francine Brokaw

“The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates” is a 2-disc set that takes viewers back to the 1960 presidential campaign and the early days of the Kennedy administration. Robert Drew’s documentaries are pieces of history as well as being enlightening to those who were alive during that time and viewers born well after the ...


Sally Field is the latest “Cougar”

By Francine Brokaw

For centuries older men with younger women have not been unusual in society. But take an older woman with a younger man and heads turn. In her latest film, “Hello, My Name is Doris,” Sally Field plays an older woman who falls for a younger man, which in today’s society brands her a “cougar.” Why ...


‘Victor Victoria’ on Blu-ray Enchants Viewers

By Francine Brokaw

While we might always think of Julie Andrews singing on the hilltop in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music,” or flying while holding an umbrella as Mary Poppins in 1964, Ms. Andrews is much more than these two iconic characters. James Garner might bring to mind images of him as Jim Rockford in “The ...


‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ on DVD and Combo Pack

By Francine Brokaw

In 2002 audiences went wild for the hit film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” In 2016 the entire cast reunited for the sequel – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” While it is not as hilarious as the original, it does have some cute scenes. Normally, we would think of a second wedding as being ...


‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ is a Blast to the Past

By Francine Brokaw

Do you remember 1980? “Everybody Wants Some!!” is a film set in 1980 and with all the attention to the details, it is just like stepping back in time. The hair, the clothes, the attitudes, and the way of life are brought to the screen just as they were 38 years ago. This is the ...


Kevin Costner Stars in ‘Criminal’

By Francine Brokaw

“Criminal” takes viewers on a psychological journey in this thriller with two stories interwoven and played out amazingly by Kevin Costner. Costner plays a man who has had his brain infused with the memories of another man. Does this sound confusing? It’s not. It’s quite interesting. Ryan Reynolds is Bill Pope, a CIA agent in ...


‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ is a Fun Ticket to the Past

By Francine Brokaw

Carole King has written some amazing songs and in a sense she has provided the soundtrack for many of our lives. The Broadway musical about her life is a sure-fire way to relive some past memories through her songs as well as learn about her amazing life and career. Do you remember the first time ...


NuFace Mini Refreshes Skin

By Francine Brokaw

We can spend hours at the gym, eat right, and have a great life, but there’s no guarantee our face won’t show our age. And with all the facelifts in Hollywood these days, no one looks his or her rightful age. We’re reminded that every time we turn on our televisions. With the right surgeon, ...


Nostalgia is the Name of the Game at GetTV

By Francine Brokaw

What’s wrong with nostalgia? Absolutely nothing. And with the state of TV these days, it’s fun to look back at the past, especially noting the simplicity of the stories and lack of technology. These were, to many people, the good old days. At least they were at the time. Now when we look at old ...


Jane Fonda Talks about Aging and her TV Show

By Francine Brokaw

When the cast and showrunners of the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” met with members of the press recently, it was clear they were having a great time together making the show. For Jane Fonda, it is a new experience because she has never starred in a television series, although her list of films goes ...


James Brolin Talks about Life and His Show

By Francine Brokaw

When James Brolin first rode his motorcycle in the opening credits for the hit medical drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.” (1969-1976), he captured the hearts of millions of women and the respect of millions of men. As Dr. Steven Kiley, Brolin was macho yet sensitive. In other words, he was the doctor we all wanted to ...


‘House of Cards’ Season 4 on Blu-ray/DVD

By Francine Brokaw

In season four, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright take their characters in “House of Cards” to new heights. When we were first introduced to Frank and Claire Underwood in 2013, they were both ambitious and viewers knew their conniving schemes would take them far. But little did we know how far they would go to ...


Six Pack Fitness (The Innovator 500 bag option)

By John Teng

Whether you are preparing for an athletic completion, or you just want to keep your nutrition on point while you are away from home, then Six Pack Fitness has very innovative and stylish carrying options to help you do so. I purchased the Innovator 500 bag because I compete in the Men’ physique category of ...


2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Review

You can find a hundred car reviews on the internet about the 2011 Porsche Carrera 911 GT3 or for any other car for that matter. But reviews will be different. I’m not going to recite endless technical facts about brake horsepower or how many seconds to get from 0-60mph. The car that I’m reviewing below ...

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John Teng praises the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for their toll free telephone number that provides men, women, and children with a wonderful resource to help them if they are contemplating suicide, or if they want to learn how they can other family members and loved ones who are feeling desperate. Visit