Better Bonding with Your Besties

23 June 2017

Staying connected to your friends can get harder as you get older. You start to grow your own family and focus on your career, and it can be hard to leave room in your life for old friends. Some people might even move away, making it even more difficult to stay in touch. It's important to find time to bond with your friends if you want to stay close, even if you can't be as close as you once were. If you're worried you might be losing touch with some good friends, maybe some bonding time is in order. There are lots of activities you can do together to reconnect and stay connected.

Have a Night Out (or In)


A night out with friends is always a good bet for having fun together, and there's plenty you can do. It's also a good way to leave behind the responsibilities of your daily life for an evening. You could choose to go out for a meal or drinks, see a movie, go bowling, or maybe see a concert together. The classic girls' night out like you'll find at http://www.hunkstheshow.com/girls-night-out/ is a good bet if you're looking for a wild time with some girlfriends too. Or, if you don't feel like a night out, a night in can be just as good. Make your own cocktails, cook dinner, and catch up on everything.


Try a New Experience Together


Doing something new together is a great way to bond. There's nothing like being a bit scared about trying something for the first time to bring you together with your friends. You can support each other and offer encouragement to anyone who's feeling a little hesitant. You could try something active, like climbing or whitewater rafting. Or maybe you would prefer to do something a little more sedate, such as a cooking class or a book group.

Connect More When You're Apart


It's not always easy to find time to spend together when you all have adult lives to live. Staying in touch regularly can help to keep everyone close. If you don't already, it's a good idea to establish some ways you can all contact each other easily. Set up a group chat on your preferred messaging app so you can all exchange messages whenever you want. If you think of something you want to say to your friends, it's easy to do it in a few seconds on your phone. Try https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-secret-to-staying-in-touch-with-longdistance-friends for some tips on staying in touch with friends who are long-distance.

Take a Trip


If a short few hours together doesn't cut it for your group of friends, how about going away for a while? You could take a weekend or maybe even longer to spend some quality time together. You don't have to go far if you don't want to. It could just be to a hotel nearby. However, you could also take a trip further afield, shut yourselves away in a cabin, go on a hiking or cycling trip, and much more.

Stay in touch with your friends by organizing some fun things to do together. You might not see each other as much as you once did, but you can still stay great friends.

Adelphi Forty-Nine Bangkok: A Luxurious Home Away From Home

22 June 2017 Bangkok, Thailand


Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is packed with things to do and places to see. The city is vibrant and colorful and has something to please all visitors. It makes sense to stay in a hotel that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Let me introduce Adelphi Forty-Nine; a modern apartment hotel in the heart of downtown Bangkok. Situated between trendy Thonglor and the international vibe of Prom Phong guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment, shopping and dining. I recently flew to Bangkok as a part of my recent South East Asia trip and made Adelphi Forty-Nine my base for 1 night before flying to Chiang Mai. Here's the lowdown on this service apartment hotel...



At The Heart Of Bangkok


Before I even reached the entrance of the hotel Adelphi Forty-Nine had already scored one big check from me; the location. It's slap bang at the heart of downtown Bangkok. It is within easy reach of skytrain services and trendy dining, shopping and entertainment districts. Perfectly situated among shops and restaurants in the lively Thonglor neighborhood, Bangkok's golden mile.



This trendy neightborhood busting with its eclectic range of bars and restaurants, glamorous crowd and stylish boutique, Thonglor is the city’s hippest street. The neighborhood is equipped with something for every type of traveler. If I lived in Bangkok, I would want to live here! Indeed, everyone wants to be in Thonglor.



A Minimalist's Dream


I like how Adelphi Forty-Nine was built to finish. It will come as no surprise when I tell you that the minimalist yet modern interiors are to-die-for. Think modern furnishings. It has that homey vibe, yet a luxurious feel. In other words, it's a minimalist's dream.






A Home Away From Home


Adelphi Forty-Nine rooms gives a beautiful view of Bangkok where you can sit by the terrace and marvel at the sun's majestic glory as it rises from the horizon. We were lucky enough to be allocated in a One Bedroom Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and curtains cascading down to the floor. We had a lovely view of a Thailand neighborhood. The hotel's beautiful design elements transcended into the rooms too and the accent colors of green and blue were a match-made-in-heaven.






The room has a separate living and dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, refrigerator and stove. It provides a relaxing environment that feels just like home. I could just imagine cooking and preparing for a dinner date with the sweetheart here. Also included is a washer & dryer. And if your clothes are wrinkled, you may use the iron and ironing board provided - it felt like a luxurious home away from home.








Price: One Bedroom Suite rooms start at around $224. You may check the latest price in: Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor. For inquiries and other information, you may visit their official website. For other hotel reviews, click here.

The Rooftop Pool & The Gym


One element of the hotel that I really loved was the rooftop pool. It feels like a little secret and makes for a tranquil escape from the bustling streets of Bangkok. The pool lounge chairs and umbrellas make it more than just another rooftop pool.




Across the entrance to the pool is Adelphi Forty-Nine's fitness room, where you can shed those few extra pounds.




Dining At Azul


Azul is Adelphi Forty-Nine's signature bar and restaurant and we had the pleasure of enjoying a complimentary cocktail and a mocktail on our last night in the city. With international wine flavours, high quality alcohols and an easygoing Thai attitude, Azul promises a Bangkok bar experience (it's definitely worth coming here to have a drink or two even if you're not staying at the hotel).




Azul is also the hotel's breakfast restaurant and by day it feels light, bright and airy. There is a delicious breakfast buffet on offer alongside indulgent a la carte options including eggs, bacon, noodles, french toast, and a lot more. The breakfast experience at Azul is as delicious as the Michelin Star restaurants I've been too.





The Verdict


In my eyes, Adelphi Forty-Nine ticks every box. The location is perfect, the interiors are on point and the food is wonderful. It’s the best apartment hotel I’ve stayed in a very long time, and when I return to Bangkok in the future I would love stay here for another time again.

Perfect For


  • A central, modern, and luxurious base on the heart of Bangkok
  • A romantic city break
  • A relaxing sanctuary for a weary traveler that feels just like home

Book your stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine: Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor

What did you think of my stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine? Are you planning your own trip to Bangkok? Is this the kind of hotel you love to stay at? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave me a comment in the box below.



ADELPHI FORTY-NINE
16 Soi Sukhumvit 49, Sukhumvit Road Klong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
www.adelphi49.com

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Disclaimer: My stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine was provided complimentary in exchange for this hotel review. As always, my reviews remain honest and all views are my own.

Creative Ways to Make Wedding Planning Fun

18 June 2017

Love is in the air lately, people. It’s the perfect season for it and, perhaps I’m just in a romantic mood lately, but I want to let you in on a few secrets. My previous posts have focused on wedding ideas and how to make an expensive day a little bit more affordable - but weddings are about so much more than just that one day. Sure, you’re going to spend the rest of your life together and all of that - but what about the months of planning for the big day? It should be exciting and fun, so let’s get started right away.


You look great!


First things first; getting married is a big occasion and something you, hopefully, have been looking forward to. You get to choose a dreamy dress, have a party with everyone you love, and even declare your lifelong love to your one and only - yet, a lot of prospective married couples stress their way to the big day. In between all of this planning, and perhaps fretting over the amount of money you’re going to spend, they’re also trying to lose weight or get that perfectly toned body.

Please don’t go on a wedding diet or anything silly like that. Your SO wants to spend the rest of their lives with you, in the body you’re in right now, and your friends and family will think you look amazingly beautiful - especially when you’re happy and rested, instead of desperately trying to lose weight. For what? I believe it’s time for us all to agree that being happy in a bigger body is a lot better than being unhappy in a skinny one - and this is your big day, for crying out loud. Enjoy it, eat cake, dance all night and please gain a bit - it’s healthy, and just a sign that you’re living life to the fullest.

Turn it into a date


Dates are fun for both of you, and so should your wedding planning be. Especially if you find that the time you spend planning is starting to eat up your quality time - then it’s no longer about the two of you, but about everyone else for some reason.

I think this is a big one for those couples who prefer eloping rather than having a wedding; the planning became stressful, and at one point, they look at each other and wonder why they go through so much trouble to prove their love in the first place.

Rather make some romantic memories while planning the wedding and remember that it’s all about the two of you having fun together. Make it a date night and crack open some wine, decide on the most important things like photographers, food, and drinks right away - it will take some of the stress of your shoulders. To get you started, look at the photos from Vittore Buzzi Photographer for inspiration, and some of these alternative wedding food menus to spice it up a bit.

Keep laughing


Hopefully, you already know that your wedding will not set the standard for your marriage. Just in case you’re feeling a little bit of that stress, I still want to point it out; it’s a happy day, and you should be having fun while planning it. Turn some of the planning into a game, for example, by challenging each other to see who can put together the best menu or who can send out the most invitations.

Set aside time to laugh and play games with each other.It will give you happy wedding planning memories for the rest of your lives together - rather than only remembering the actual day since you were both too busy during your engagement to actually enjoy it.

I think we all agree that there’s no point to this, but I understand that it’s not always easy to practice what you preach. If you notice that no matter how much you tell yourself to take it easy, you’re still not able to wind down, it’s better just to accept it as it is. Not happy with how you look a week before your wedding? Accept it and get a spa treatment instead of losing sleep over it. Not able to stop thinking about the money you’re spending on it? Just come to terms with this feeling and see if you can’t cut the cost a bit or make it a DIY wedding.

Sure, everything we plan can be stressful - I sometimes feel overwhelmed just planning next week’s grocery shopping, but don’t let it ruin your time together. If you’re spending so much time on planning that you realise it’s the first time in forever, when you finally look into each other’s eyes on the big day, it’s time to calm down.

What Should You DIY When It Comes To Your Wedding?

12 May 2017


Weddings can be expensive, that's just a fact of life. Many weddings can end up costing people tens of thousands of dollars, if not more! Because of that, many people have started looking for ways to save money on their special day. There are plenty of ways to do this, but one of the most popular is to take something of a DIY attitude towards a wedding. This can be absolutely fantastic since it not only saves you a lot of money, but it makes your wedding far more personal and unique that it could ever be otherwise. But can you do it with every part of your wedding? Here are some of the most important parts of any wedding that you may, or may not, be able to do yourself.

Decorations


Decorations are probably the most common element of a wedding that people tend to take a DIY approach to. There are plenty of things online that teach you how to create all kinds of different decorations that can fit any number of wedding themes. With the help of your partner and some friends, you can quite easily create a wonderful atmosphere with little more than some creativity and a few simple household items. Not only will you save money but it means that your wedding will look unlike anyone else's.

Photography


Unless you happen to have a friend who is an incredibly skilled photographer, it's probably a good idea to hire a professional to handle it. These are the memories that you're going to cherish forever, and the last thing you want is for them to be blurry, out of focus, and badly composed. If you want you can have disposable or Polaroid cameras on the tables so that guests can take photos themselves as well. That way you get the best of both worlds!

Catering


This is something that will depend on the kind of wedding that you're planning. If it's a large scale affair where you're planning on providing a three-course meal for a lot of guests, then you'll probably want to hire a catering company. But if it's less formal and with a smaller guest list then you might be able to serve food yourself more easily. Cooking up things like pies and finger foods for your guests in advance can be a great way to save a lot of money, but it's important to remember that this means you'll probably have to take a lot of time out yourself to prepare and cook all of the food.

Music


The main choice you need to make is this: band or DJ. Generally speaking, a DJ is cheaper, but there's something great about having a live band perform at your wedding. Most wedding bands have different rates depending on what you want. Of course, if you know anyone who plays in a band that would be suitable for your wedding then there's always a chance that they'll be able to give you a decent discount.

Remember that sometimes there are just going to be things that you need help from the professionals with. There's nothing wrong with that; it just means that the money that you save in other areas can go towards getting the best people for the job.

Life's A Beach With These Dreamy Wedding Ideas

10 May 2017

For many people, a beach wedding is the epitome of marital luxuriousness. There isn't much else that looks more picturesque - and on the best day of your life, having a beautiful backdrop can only make your memories of your wedding even more special. It's all pretty romantic - the sound of the surf in the background, the warm sand under your feet and the miles of sky and ocean behind you. Here are a few ways you can make sure that your seaside wedding runs smoothly, and it's a memory you'll look back on with happiness forever.


Get the timing right


If you are traveling abroad for your wedding, or if you are lucky enough to live somewhere hot, the rain probably isn't anything you're particularly worried about on your big day. But still, you will need to get the timing right for a few different reasons. Firstly, the vast majority of people tend to book their weddings during the summer months. So, make sure you get your ceremony and reception organized way in advance, otherwise, your perfect date could be easily snatched up. On another note, it could also be a good idea to be mindful of just how hot it could be during your outdoor ceremony. Beaches are not exactly places where the tends to be an abundance of shade, and elderly guests, in particular, could end up struggling in the early afternoon heat. Not to mention you don't want to end up sweating through your expensive gown! As far as your reception venue goes, check and double check that there is air conditioning there and that it works.

Look the part


Beach wedding attire is famously casual in comparison to other types of ceremony, which is ideal if glittery, lacy numbers are not your thing. Opt for a thin white material to keep you cool and encourage guests to dress in all white too. You can add a splash of color and a nod to Hawaiian tradition by adding leis to your outfit - flower garlands typically presented at events like weddings and graduations. You can find ones that will stay fresh right up to the big day from companies such as With Our Aloha. Traditionally, the bride and groom exchange leis or they are given them by their parents - but you can bestow them in any way you see fit.


Offer suitable food


With a summer beach wedding, you are going to want food that mirrors the relaxed vibe of the day. Avoid anything too heavy or stodgy, as many people struggle to eat food that is very dense during hot weather. That doesn't mean to say that you can't serve up warm food though - jerk chicken is a popular choice for seaside weddings, and of course, it wouldn't be a beach wedding without copious amounts of seafood! Bulk out the meals with plenty of salad, and keep anything that is likely to spoil in the heat in sealed, airtight containers.

Why New Experiences Are So Important

5 May 2017


Time is a funny thing. A lot of people make the argument that time flies when you’re having fun, and that it really drags when you’re bored. And that’s certainly true in the short-term. But the problem with this line of thinking is that it really doesn’t apply all that well to the long-term.

If you’re living a life filled with fun, new experiences, then your brain will be more active, taking in more memories and detail. When you look back on your life, all that time will actually appear quite long - it will “stretch out”, in a way. If you don’t do anything new, then all the days just sort of blur together. You’ll have trouble remembering one day from another, or even one week or month from another. When that happens, life will appear to have flown by you at tremendous speed.

This is why it’s so important that people try out new experiences. This is one of the reasons why travel is so important to a lot of people. We’re going to take a look at the other benefits that a life full of new experiences gives you.

It broadens your horizons

Trying new experiences is great, but a lot of people keep it to things they think they’d be familiar or comfortable with. The problem with this is that you never really broaden your horizons if you don’t take a chance with things you originally felt were outside your comfort zone.

This sort of thinking can encompass many experiences, from the extreme to the more down-to-earth. Jumping out of a plane might be outside your comfort zone - but doing it might help you defeat fears. You might not think seeing a psychic would do you any good, but how do you know if you never check a psychics directory?

It can help you land a job

When you’ve experienced a lot of things, it makes you look very interesting - and employers want to hire interesting people. The more things you try, the more skills you acquire. In fact, this willingness to experience new things may even by what prompts you to find a better job in the first place.


If you’ve been working the same job for a long time and you’re feeling a little bored and underused, then going out there and finding something within your skillset but outside of your usual job searches could be the key to a more exciting professional life.

It helps you connect with others

Communication skills rely a lot on your ability to find common interests with people, as well as your ability to impart new and fascinating information. The more things you’ve experienced, the easier it is to bring both of those things to the table when you’re conversing with new people.


New experiences help you expand you "bank" of interesting conversation subjects. You must have met at least one person in your life who was fascinating because they seemed to have had so many experiences in their life. Not only that, but trying out new things is generally what introduces you to new people in the first place!

Nail Comfort And Style With Effortless Summer Fashion

Dressing appropriately for summer can sometimes prove tricky for some of us. It can often seem like it is hard to find a balance between being comfortable - something that is VERY underrated in fashion these days - and still being stylish. Of course, every girl wants to feel confident in whatever she wears, in whatever weather. If you are spending your summer on vacation or traveling, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the way you look - not when you are hanging out with new friends or visiting some amazing ancient landmarks. So, just how can you achieve that 'summer cool' look for an effortless and comfortable closet? Here are the key items you'll need.

Rompers


It's official: rompers are back in fashion, and a lot of us are pretty glad about it! A perfect hybrid between a dress and shorts, rompers come in many designs and are manufactured by a lot of different online clothing boutiques. If you feel self-conscious in dresses and skirts (after all, who HASN'T be caught unaware by a gust of the wind before?) they are a great and practical option for staying cool and looking hot. Another great thing about rompers is that you can easily dress them up or down, so pack a few for whatever trip you are heading off on.



Maxi skirts


Even though many of us enjoy wearing fewer layers during the summer and getting that all important tan, there are just those occasions where you want to be a little more covered up. However, we all know the perils of jeans and tights during hot weather. A maxi skirt, in that case, can be the ideal option for where you don't fancy getting your legs out but don't want to feel restricted. You can go for something simple in a bold color, or adopt boho-chic with printed material. Pair with some gladiator sandals and an off-the-shoulder top for effortless summer style.

Sundress


If you are looking for an outfit that requires little to no planning, it doesn't get easier than your basic daytime dress. These are rife in stores before the summer season, which means you can pick up a selection at a relatively low cost. The cut is entirely up to you - you could opt for something loose like a swing dress, or something a little more figure-hugging like a classic tea dress. Another popular style that has recently emerged is the 'cold shoulder' dress, where the tops of the sleeves are cut out from the rest of the design. Just remember to stock up on plenty of sunscreen if you go for this look!


Loose shorts


When we think of summer shorts, many of us naturally consider denim shorts as the number one option. However, while they are a summer staple, they are not always entirely comfortable. If you want to feel less restricted, choose shorts in a thinner, fabric-based material like cotton. Loose, culotte-style shorts have also been in fashion recently, and are perfect if you want to mimic the look of a skirt without actually committing to one.

Vista Residences Hill Series in Baguio City

30 April 2017

Popularly known as "The Summer Capital of the Philippines", "City of Pines" or whatever it is, Baguio City will always be my favorite city here in the Philippines. Baguio City is my home. I was born here and I grew up here and it will still be forever in my heart.


Well, what's not to love about the City of Pines? Everybody can enjoy the lush pine forest and the year-round cool climate of Baguio. Ha, you can definitely wear a jacket without being judge as "paporma lang kahit naiinitan" in this tropical country. It has the best thrift shopping places. When I say thrift, you can buy a branded and authentic clothing for as low as PhP 5.00 only. No, I am not kidding here. If you are lucky enough, you can even buy an original Louis Vuitton bag or Louboutin shoes for PhP 50.00. With its numerous food hubs, it is definitely a food trip paradise to all foodies out there. Yes, you can get your tummy filled with just PhP 25.00 for an ulam and kanin.

It has the best schools and universities too. The city has grown to be one big community of learning. Thus, it was dubbed as the educational hub of the North. Although my school days are over and I have already earned my bachelor's degree and master's degree in the city, I can say that I got the best education here. Paying only a quarter of the tuition rate of most schools in the metropolis, enrolling in any Baguio school will also give you an advantage — most of the universities and colleges are accredited, thus, they are at par with more popular schools in the big Manila cities (at a cheaper cost). Education here is indeed of quality.

Oh Baguio, you are quite a charmer!



I know you want to study and perhaps live here too; maybe you have considered buying a home in this cool city.

Ladies and gentleman, introducing the Vista Residences "Hill Series" in Baguio City. If you are still unconvinced, here is why you should consider Vista Residences "Hill Series".

The Location


Vista Brenthill is a 3,000 sqm located in an exclusive enclave on Yangco road and it is easily accessed by both public and private transportation. The location, while quieter and greener, is very near Session and Leonard Wood Roads, and across the expansive Brent International School campus. The soon to be launched Vista Pinehill will come up on close to 4,000 sqm along Outlook Drive surrounding the lush pine forest.

Both Vista Brenthill and the Vista Pinehill is strategically and conveniently located close to the Summer Capital's main landmarks and tourist attractions. Vista Brenthill is a short ride from Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, Teacher’s Camp and the Pink Sisters while Camp John Hay and the Baguio Country Club are an easy ten-minute drive from Vista Pinehill – which is even closer to the Botanical Gardens and Mines View Park. The location make them wonderful and convenient vacation homes.


A Condo Living that Suites Your Needs


The Vista Hill Series homes are designed to be both a home to escape to and a vacation house to relax in. Both are carefully styled to mimic the "vintage Baguio architecture". Whilst it is known to many that the Americans had a huge impact in the development of Baguio and it is very evident by the yet graceful log cabins loved by so many American architects.

Vista Brenthill is a 10 storey mid-rise tower and will house three lower ground floors where the main lobby, an inner garden atrium, and a function hall will be the venues for residents to meet, greet, and gather. The top floor will be given over to a roof deck with gardens and hidden nooks where residents can enjoy the beautiful weather, the panorama and pine-scented air. Both towers will offer sauna – spa, gym for the health buffs and multi-purpose function rooms for hosting social events. There will be basement parking with elevator access to all the upper floors, a guarded reception area, CCTV in all the common areas, as well as fire, smoke alarms and prevention systems.

The Vista Hill Series towers will be a collection of studio apartments and go beyond being magnificent condos in ideal locations. They are investments that will appreciate over time. Beyond this, Vista Residences offers a broad selection of leasing services designed as proactive solutions for unit owners looking to lease out their units.

Bear in mind that you are in control of what home you'll buy. Don't settle for second best when you can have the perfect one by simply being very discerning about your decisions.


The Developer


We're talking about serious investments here. And when it comes to investment, time is our single most valuable resource. Aside from delivering on time, the quality of work the developer deliver. Of course, nobody wants condo units with leaking sewage pipes from the floors above, within a few years from turnover. And you wouldn't want to see cracks everywhere on your walls soon after you get your unit, right?

At Vista Residences, every space is designed with creative and practical space planning. Function, design and the building of dwellings that families can truly call a "home" is central to the company’s philosophy. The company carries with it Vista Land’s over 40 years of experience in developing vertical residences and master planned communities – integrating into every project expertise in space planning, and flair for finding the most attractive locations. It is committed to assuming a chief role in the condominium sector, creating greater awareness of their capabilities, as well as enhancing efficiency in their resource distribution.

Learn more about Vista Residences Hill Series towers. Call 650 0753; 0999 887 1705; or visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph. For news and announcements, follow vistaresidencesofficial on Facebook and @vistaresidencesinc on Instagram.

Buying on a Budget

29 April 2017

Unfortunately, going on holiday isn’t just buying the plane ticket. You need to think about other things as well. What will you wear? Where will you stay? What will you eat? To really get the most out of a holiday, you need to plan ahead so you can relax while you’re there. However, if you’re on a budget, it can be easier said than done. Sometimes, buying all the things you’ll need on holiday can be just as expensive as the holiday itself. So, how do you prepare for a holiday on a budget?

Plan What You Need

It’s exactly the same as when we go shopping at any other time. If you go into a shop with a clear idea of what you want, find it and leave, you’re not going to over spend. If you go into a shop and just browse everything, you’re likely to leave with things you don’t need. Make a list of the clothes you need to take. For example, do you need sandals, a hat or sunglasses? Only take the things you know you won’t be able to get when you’re there. Things like toiletries are usually easy to come by in local stores. If not, your hotel should be able to provide you with some.


Can You Get Money Off?

If you’re on a budget, it’s important to watch what you’re spending. There are times when you may find a bargain by going through the sales racks. You can also try websites such as Ebay or Amazon where people sell their unwanted holiday items. You may find items that other people bought and never got around to wearing, so they’re virtually new at half the price. If you’ve spotted something you really like but it isn’t on sale, you might want to try and find eastbay discount codes to help lower the price.

How Will You Eat?

If you’ve booked an all-inclusive holiday, that’s not something you need to worry about. However, if you’re going self-catering, you’ll need to do some research. What do you have available in your kitchen? Is it cheaper to eat out at restaurants or buy your own groceries to cook? It’s worth contacting your hotel to find these details out in advance. They’ll also be able to tell you how far away the nearest grocery store is. Here are some tips on cooking safely, wherever you are.

Start Saving

When you go away on holiday, you want to treat yourself and your family. Perhaps that’s a meal out or a few cocktails. Maybe you want to take some souvenirs home for family or buy yourself a handbag. Whatever you’ve set your sights on, it’s important to start saving as soon as possible. You don’t want to be on holiday and having to count the pennies at every turn.


Following these tips means the weight will be lifted off your shoulders when holiday time comes around. No matter how long your holiday lasts, you should be prepared enough to enjoy it!

Dis-Crete Getaway

9 February 2017


Finding that special island paradise for a few weeks of RnR can be tricky but there are a few spots across the world that really deliver the whole package. One of the best destinations for real island living are the glorious Greek islands and the most pretty of all is arguably Crete.

Crete is steeped in history from the ancient greek gods to the second world war. It is a long thin island with beaches offering a variety of visual pleasures. From the pink sands of Elafonisi to the long stretching golden miles of Falasarna. Not a renowned noisy destination for global tourists, but the hot spot for greeks taking a break from the mainland, the northern city of Chania offers you something magnificent. The Venetian harbour could almost have you thinking you are in Italy, with its cobbled narrow streets and dozens of outdoor restaurants, this is a city for romance. Sitting outside surrounded by ancient ruins dotted in fairy lights you will realise this island paradise is more appealing than a tropical paradise.

The landscape is varied and what will strike you is just how mountainous the island is. Lush green gorges make this a hiking holiday dream and for those who love to forage you will be rewarded with wild capers and wild horta (A wild green which is native to Crete, packed with vitamins and served in almost every restaurant)


Beach life is incredible and due to the amount of fantastic quality sandy shores, you won’t be subjected to over-crowding or sunbed fights. Crime on the island is very low so you can slip off your thongs, abandon your towel and not be worried they will go missing whilst you take a dip in beautiful turquoise waters. Whilst there are resorts offering up a fantastic range of watersports, these tend to be focussed on the west side of the island. Head north-east for real idyllic time out and the craziest action you’ll get is someone mooching past on a pedalo.

Whilst Greece is known for the greasy kebab and does offer up a large variety of fried foods, head away from the photo card menus to the smaller, quieter eateries. Dakos is a must try and truly a unique fusion between meze and bruschetta. Served on a barley rusk instead of bread and drizzled in the famous olive oil, the crisp rusk soaks up the juices of tomato and saltiness of feta cheese. Almost every village in Crete has it’s own signature cheese so ask your waiter to bring you their local version. Try the wine, white is better, red is a little hit and miss but if you find a good one then you will experience a beautifully smooth, full bodied drink which will stay with you. The island diet is predominantly vegetarian however they do specialise in chicken and squid. Try the deep fried courgettes with a little squeeze of fresh lemon.

Crete is an island to fall in love with and will have you desperate to return again and again.


Pack Light For An Extended Trip With A Capsule Wardrobe

They say that once you’ve got the travel bug, you never can sit still again. Once you’ve been out there and seen what the world has to offer, even if just on a short break, you realize just how amazing our planet it and just how much there is to see and do in it. Once you've caught the travel bug, the chances are that sooner or later you are going to want to get out there and spend longer exploring the world - a two-week vacation only lets you see so much, whereas an extended trip gives you the chance to see the authentic side of a country.

Instead of talking about where you should go, what you should see, and who you should travel with, today I’m talking fashion and how to use a capsule wardrobe to pack light when heading off an extended trip. It’s not like you need the extra baggage charges, is it? So packing light is a must, especially if you plan on traveling around. To make packing the perfect capsule wardrobe easier, below are a few suggestions to take note of.


Take the climate into account


The first thing is to take the climate into account. Admittedly, if you are planning on traveling to more than one continent, this can be a little tricky. However, wherever you plan on going, make sure to take the climate into account when packing. As the last thing you want is to have to waste money on buying extra items of clothing.

Pick a basic color scheme


For capsule wardrobe success, it’s a good idea to pick a color scheme to work around. Take into account the types of items you plan on taking with you, as this may dictate your color scheme. Leggings are a must-have, which means that black needs to be part of your color scheme. A neutral color scheme made up of black, white, and gray clothing should work well, you can then pick pieces from your wardrobe or buy new pieces that will work with this color scheme.

Don’t forget plenty of accessories


To ensure that your capsule wardrobe doesn’t get boring, make sure to pack plenty of accessories. Ideally, you want these to be little things that you can use to jazz up each look. Think jewelry, bags, hats, scarves, and shoes.

Pick pieces that don’t need ironing


Don’t make the mistake of packing items that will need ironing, because you won’t have access to an iron. Pick pieces that you can wash, hang up, and that will dry crease-free. The last thing you want to have to waste your money on while traveling is a launderette.

Don’t plan for ‘what ifs'


Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of planning for ‘what ifs’. The truth is if you pack items in case you need them, you are going to end up with far too many clothes in your suitcase. So, don’t think about what ifs, instead just pack items that you know are adaptable. Take leggings, for instance; they can be great for casually teaming with a cute tee when exploring or can be teamed with a dress for a night out - pick pieces that are adaptable.

So, there you have it, how to use a capsule wardrobe to pack light for an extended trip.

The Singapore Sling

4 February 2017



Asia is the biggest continent in the world and offers travellers a variety of scenery, culture and cuisine but if you are looking for a destination with incredible night life, you need look no further than Singapore.

Singapore is a modern and vibrant city which really comes alive at night. It is home to the singapore sling a fantastic cocktail of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, mellowed with lime and pineapple juice. One of the best places to sample this is the iconic Raffles Hotel. In 1915 mixologists first created this cocktail right here, so heading to the hotels Long Bar is a must to kick start your evening.

If you like to take your parties outside the Tanjong Beach Club hold Full Steam Ahead three times a year. You’ll be barefooting under the full moon to some of the country’s best DJ’s all to the backdrop of Singapore’s magnificent skyline. Take this spiritual vibe a step further by slipping off to Going Om. There is a very tiny hippy community in Singapore and this amazing venue has been heavily influenced by Nepalese culture. You will be entertained by fire twirlers, dancers and acoustic performances. All from the comfort of giant pillows. Outside most of the seating is covered in foliage, bringing a real natural vibe to this modern party den. It may be worth considering these tips for staying safe when travelling alone if you want to take in the best of Singapore without getting into trouble.

If you really want to admire the panoramic views of singapore then head up to Ku De Ta. It is a super classy venue in Marina Bay Sands Skypark and sits 257m above sea level. After a bite to eat at the famous Cedele Bakery Cafe move your night up a notch and watch the sunset from the best view in Asia. If you need to come back to earth, you can do it gradually by hitting the highest bar in the world’s dance floor which enjoys unobstructed views of the city lights. The resident DJ is pretty well known in the city and apparently takes requests, just try not to cheese it up too much!

If you fancy a night out with a little bit of a health kick then try a TCM cocktail at Jekyll & Hyde. These guys have taken ingredients from traditional chinese medicine and mixed them up with a few ‘better for you’ spirits such as sake, white rum and vodka. We can’t guarantee the health benefits of using shiitake mushrooms in a cocktail but it’s has to be worth a try right?

Through the city there are plenty of other, less party, things to try. Singapore doesn’t shut down at 10pm. It keeps going as long as you do. It doesn’t matter what age you are, if you are travelling alone or on a romantic trip, Singapore really does have it all. Breathtaking views, incredible people and a soul that will leave you with memories to treasure for the rest of your life.


The Many Secrets Of A Private Holiday Home

If travelling is a wonderful thing, what makes it so is to be able to share perfect moments with the people you care the most about. It is about being able to take your family, or to go with your friends, and enjoy a peaceful break together, or maybe discover new horizons at the same time. However, when you choose to go on holiday, there are many options that you could choose from. Would you prefer to stay in a hotel? Would you rather pick a rental vacation? Both have their pros and cons, of course. But for today, what we want to look at, is why renting a private home is the best thing that could happen to you when your feet are feeling itchy with travel lust.



Cheaper For Holidaymakers


For a start, if you are planning a holiday with your friends or your family, or even both, you will soon find that the hotel costs can be very high. While travelling in numbers can be an advantageous experience when it comes to group tours and safety, it can also be quite an investment when you start considering hotel rooms and restaurants. Going private for your holiday plan and renting a home for your group can save up to 50% compared to hotel prices. Additionally, you will also see huge savings when it comes to food, as you can organize to cook a lot yourself. This means more money for all the other activities!


A Smart Investment To Attract Urban Holidaymakers


There’s another advantage that is worth considering for those who love to go back to the same region. Why don’t you consider buying a rental property so that you don’t need to look for a place to stay every year? If you think this sounds like a risky investment, think again! Holiday homes in peaceful retreats, such as the beautiful Catskill Mountains which attract VIPs looking for an incognito life, are becoming the next buy-to-let investment across the globe, with landlords making huge benefits on the renting of their properties. So maybe it’s worth looking for holiday properties to buy at a short distance of urban areas? You could get in touch with real estate agencies locations that are easy to reach and famously quiet, such as Windham NY real estate in the Catskills - an attractive world of celebrities only 2 hours of NYC - and discuss the different options that are available for your finances.



A Space To Call Your Own


Finally, a private home is a place where you make your own rule, whether you go as a holidaymaker and a landlord. There’s no room service to clean the room, but at the same time, there’s no room service to wake you up. If you wake up too late, you don’t have to skip breakfast because you’ve missed the buffet hours; you can simply open the fridge and pour yourself a glass of orange juice while you ponder whether to continue with cereals or a delicious croissant. You can enjoy the holiday at your own pace, and you can spend the evening chatting together without the hotel staff clearing up the bar area around you, or other guests frowning at you. And more importantly, if this is your property, you are free to decorate as you see fit. This means total freedom for a huge homely feeling.

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