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Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang: Hotel Review

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang, a family and pet friendly modern hotel, is conveniently located at 725 Moo2 Ao-nang, Nopparat Road Muang Krabi, 81000 Ao Nang Beach, Thailand (725 หมู่ 2 ถ.นพรัตน์ เมือง กระบี่ (หาดอ่าวนาง, 81000)– and can be reached at +66 75 626 388

This is our second after-covid-19 staycation and boy did we get the best bang for our buck!

Hotel room

          We stayed in a family room with a great view of the mountain and vegetataion below (watch the video to see how lovely it is). Definitely not the largest room we’ve stayed in so far but it is well designed that it doesn’t feel cramped up. The double bed and bunk bed for our kids were soft and relaxing. We slept like a baby.

  • Amenities: It has the usual amenities like flat screen TV, fridge, air conditioner, towels, and hairdryer.
  • Additional amenities: Since it is a family room, it has an X-box console for the kiddos and kiddos-at-heart. Also, it has an intercom if you need assistance and whatnot.
  • Complimentaries include coffee and tea, bottled water, and toiletries.
  • Bathroom: I personally love it. It is dainty, functional, and squeaky clean. There wasn’t any cringy smudges and mildews. Towels are neatly folded on the towel rack. And the wall-mounted mirror adds charm to its entirety.

Overall, the room was lovely, comfortable, and smells great!

WIFI Connection

The hotel had a strong WIFI connection. It was very important during that time as there were things we need to care of online. The hotel did not fail us. No hiccups logging in. And we stayed connected everywhere we went around the hotel even in the pool area.

The Pool

One of the things we look for in booking a hotel is the swimming pool. We’re not great swimmers. But we love hanging out by the pool, especially that Derick and Summer have been self-learning how to swim. The pool in this hotel is the best we have ever been in so far. It’s big, super clean, and certainly well-maintained. The kid’s pool is 0.6 meters deep, safe for toddlers. Adult’s pool measures 1.4 meters deep all throughout, which we think is safer for young children, and those who are not good swimmers.

Derick and Summer had an awesome time, and eventually were able to learn to swim. Yehey!!!

Breakfast

We always opt out breakfast in our bookings. We had a bad experience with another hotel regarding this. However, “The Cliff” restaurant, aesthetically, looked inviting in the first place. Plus, we were informed that the kids will be charged half the price only. Wonderful!! So, we had our breakfast at the hotel during our entire stay. To see the food choices please watch the video.

Parking Lot

Driving is our thing, and so parking is essential for us. The hotel parking is located inside the hotel area, not by the road side. There are designated parking for cars and motorbikes. You can rest well at night knowing your car is safe and secure.

Clientele

Ibis Styles may be a great choice for families, group of friends, couples, and oh pet owners. Great stopover for roadtrips and family staycations.

Hospitality

Another strong point of this hotel lies on the people who, apart from their usual job, go the extra mile to assist and make guests comfortable. They’re accommodating but not in a nosy and instrusive way.

Price

We booked Ibis Styles Krabi for three nights for a little over 150USD. Considering how well-maintained the whole hotel is, and how nice everything is, we definitely got a great value for our money.

Do we recommend this hotel? CERTAINLY!

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What Costumes Teach Us About Style

Halloween is coming soon. With only a few weeks left to prepare, it’s normal to start thinking about fancy dressing and fun treats. While Halloween is generally perceived as an American celebration, it has long spread across the world. Some European countries run Halloween-related commercial actions and events. While the traditional trick or treat runs organized by and for kids remain mostly a US-based event, you can find some neighborhoods all around the world, creating mini versions of it. 

What does Halloween have to do with Thailand? Well, it’s simple: The best parties are in Thailand. If you are looking for an unforgettable Halloween dress-up party, you can be sure that Bangkok is the place where it’ll happen. So, you can expect a mind-blowingly awesome safe party, especially at a time where we all need to clear our minds from the worries of a global pandemic. 

As shop offers for Halloween costumes are multiplying, now’s the time to consider how dressing up affects our everyday style. Did you know that your party costume can also change the way you experience fashion in your day-to-day routine? Here why: 

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Glasses showcase your personality

Adding a pair of glasses can completely change your face. It’s the preferred Halloween props and the easiest costume accessory to manage. But the same principle applies to your everyday life. A pair of glasses can turn you into a fashion idol, a serious business person, or a romantic geek, to name but a few. The shape and color of your frames add a playful dimension to your outfit. So why limit yourself to fun glasses one night a year when you can have fun everyday? Admittedly, it’s worth pointing out that the typically plastic fake glasses you wear at Halloween may not be suited for day wear. But they can let you experiment to find your style. 

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Wigs can transform your look

Are you turning yourself into a vampire? You need a long dark wig for the show! 

Do you prefer to dress up as your favorite cosplay character? A wig is an essential part of your gear! 

The bottom line: Wigs are not only fun to wear, but they are a safe way of changing your hairstyle. But you can also invest in a quality wig to wear on special occasions. Many artists around the world have a number of wigs they use to change their looks overnight. If you don’t want to damage your hair with excessive bleaching, a wig is the ideal solution to transform your appearance. 

Playful colors

One of the preferred costumes for Halloween is the creepy clown. It’s full of bright colors, and at the same time, there’s a scary edge to it. While you may not want to wear a colorful clown costume every day, you can learn from your costume choice. If you are naturally attracted by vibrant and bright dressing up outfits, why not inject a little more colors to your everyday wardrobe? 

It’s silly to assume that Halloween costumes are something that you wear only one night during the year. They are filled with stylish tips and cues to define your style. If you gravitate naturally towards wigs, why not try one to change your hairstyle? Do you always buy a bright costume? Perhaps your wardrobe needs more colors. There’s so much to learn about yourself when you think about your favorite dressing up outfits! 

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A Guide To Getting Your Car Shipped

If you are planning a move whether inter-state or internationally and going to be bringing your car along, you may want to start finding out early how to transport a car across the country or overseas in a way that makes the most sense for your move and your budget.   While shipping a car to another country isn’t cheap, it’s certainly more cost effective than buying a new car when you arrive at your destination.

Motor vehicles are major items to move, especially across the continent via sea and hiring an auto transport company to handle the entire process of shipping your car is a great idea. Traveling long distance has some risks that could endanger your safety and that of your car’s. Moving is already a big and stressful process and traveling long distance on your move day may create more stress.  While your car is trucked safely from state to state or across the ocean, you can focus on getting settled into your new home. No one looks forward to a stressful long road trip on top of a move.

When you hire an auto transport company for your interstate move, you can move multiple cars at the same time. This is beneficial for families with more than two cars. Shipping all your cars together means the entire family can make the journey together. When you engage an auto transport company, your car is safer on a vehicle moving truck. Some interstate highways have the most dangerous roads in the nation with accident prone stretches.  Leave this stressful job to the experienced truckers who drive auto carriers from coast to coast have a lot of training and a lot of experience driving defensively to avoid accidents. Your car will also avoid a lot of wear and tear on a carrier.

You probably won’t be able to leave any boxes or belongings inside of your car during the move. Generally, the only items that may be left in the car are those that are directly related to it—stuff like your spare tire and your jumper cables. Be sure to remove any important documents, such as your registration and insurance information.   The car shipping company that you hire will be able to tell you exactly what can and cannot be in your car when your car is being shipped to another country. They will also likely have a requirement on how much gas can be in the car. Most companies dictate that the fuel tank can be no more than one-quarter full.

Once you’ve made the important decision that you’re bringing your car with you to the new country, then the very next step is to find a reliable international car shipping company near you.  On the Shiply website, you will need to fill out a simple form which details the make, model and size of the vehicle as well as the pickup and delivery locations.  Auto transport companies can then send you quotes straight to your Shiply inbox, giving you the ability to easily assess your options and pricing from them for comparison.  You must be very anxious to know the cost to transport a car overseas as that price will help you decide if it’ll be worth it to ship your car to another country at all.  Whether shipping your car interstate or internationally, the process can be quite tedious but you can learn more about the details at the Shiply website to allay your fears and doubts.

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Chairball a Popular Game in Thailand

For someone who’s into basketball and maybe a bit of football, chairball sounds, well, odd and different. It’s different from chairbasketball and certainly not Tchoukball. Chairball is a popular game in Thailand.

It is definitely a big thing here. The first time I heard of it, was during a sports week. Fellow teachers who were in their 50’s were playing and they were good at it. It was a bit strange to watch because they were passing the ball without dribbling it. I didn’t understand how it was played and I was totally uninterested.

Recently, my daughter got into this sport and join her team for their school’s sports week. Although she’s been training for basketball, she apparently was able to adapt to chairball. This time, the sport got my attention. Unfortunately there is not much information (in English) about this game in the internet.

Here’s a short video clip of a chairball match played by primary students in Thailand.

What do you think of the game?

For now having watched the game there are few things I’ve learnt about Chairball.

  1. It is definitely a team game. So the one-man show in basketball is a no-no in this game.
  2. The ball is passed from one player to another without dribbling.
  3. Once a player has received the ball s/he has to pass it without moving her/his legs from where she’s/he’s standing.
  4. The player standing on the chair holding the basket is allowed to catch the ball. In other words, the player could bend forward, sideward, backward, and could tilt the basket towards the incoming ball, as long as s/he stays planted on the chair.
  5. The team that earns more points in a given period of time wins the game.
  6. For every ball that gets into the basket earns the team two points.

Have you heard of chairball game before? Have you played it?

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Two Fun Ways to Wear Wigs: Find Out for Yourselves

Wigs are covering for the head made from either artificial or real hair. Wigs have certainly evolved in terms of use and the people who use them. From England judges and barristers of law, wigs have found their ways to the masses. Many people use them for various reasons; people in the fashion industry frequently change hairstyles like they change their clothes. They are able to do this by using wigs. We’ve seen Kim Kardashians, Kylie Jenner, and Gwen Stefanie go from long, straight, jet-black hair one day, and then to short, curly, blond hair the next day. Insane, right! But, yes, they are able re-invent themselves in a blink of an eye, by using wigs. Some use it to cover baldness, while others to give their natural hair time to rejuvenate. Aside from these, there are other fun ways to wear wigs. They’re no longer just for the famous. And one doesn’t need to have a reason to justify wearing a wig. Nowadays, whenever people feel it, they wear it. Below are two fun ways to wear wigs.

Some Fun Ways to Wear Wigs

  1. Parades. Institutions and organizations hold annual parades whether to mark a special event, or a part of a holiday tradition, or for everyone to see a special person. During these time, people going in the parade would surely want to glam up. They would want to show their best self to the onlookers. In Thailand, this is a sure thing. Paraders always look their best. They get up so early in the morning to get their make up done and their hair styled. Most often than not, wigs are used to get that updo hairstyle, that curly hair, that human hair weave, or human hair weave bundles with closure. Adults and children alike look forward to special events because they love glamming up. Moms who are into wigs have so many to choose from. There are even human hair wigs for black women.
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2. Cosplays. Cosplay is a thing of today. With the popularity of Japanese anime comes cosplay, and it has rocked the entire world. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. Here dressing up is a totally new, whole different level. It doesn’t detail the costume alone, but with it comes the make up, the props, and of course the hairstyle. Cosplayers, most of the time, use wigs to achieve the look.

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For some, wigs are a necessity while others for fun. Whatever the case may be, wigs are part of today’s world and will be for a long time.

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“Momcation” Nay! 10 Reasons Momcation is Stressful

I recently read an article advising moms to go on “momcation” to unwind and de-stress. I thought of this long and hard.  I’ve decided nope not for me. It would stressed me up even more. Here’s 10 reasons “momcation” is stressful.

It spells W-O-R-R-Y!! 
I’d be dead worried about my kids every second I’m on “momcation”.

10 Reasons “Momcation” is Stressful

1. I’d be worried that they’d forget to change into dry clothes after playing. 
2. ….worried if they’ve eaten on time or if they’ve eaten at all or if they’ve eaten food out of 7 11 shelves. 
3…. worried that they’d binge-watch “Naruto” and forget to do their homework. 
4. …worried that they might not finish their homework because it’s time for bed. 
5. …worried that they’d sleep late because they’re still either watching “Naruto” or doing their homework.
6. …worried that they’d forget to take their medicine/vitamins/milk because they need to rush to bed. 
7…. worried that they’d oversleep and be late for school. 
8. …worried what they’d have for breakfast. 
9. …worried that they’d forget to bring their water bottles/scouting hats/projects to school
10. …worried that they’d be picked up late from school. 

Then….  my worries come on full circle to #1, and the cycle begins. 

Or

I may be able to put all these matters at bay for the sake of relaxation and boosts my mental health. However, my phone would be ringing every second of that “momcation” and my husband would be on the other line calling to ask about the what’s ,  where’s, why’s ,  who’s, and how’s of things at home.

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Watching “Avengers:Endgame” without Bathroom Break: Tips for Parents

We did it! Props to my 7-year-old son for surviving the Avengers: Endgame.

We’ve watched almost all of the Avengers movies in the big screen, and there was never a time when he didn’t have to go to the loo, interestingly just when things get so exciting. With this final Avengers movie, we didn’t want to miss a thing. We had questions from the Avengers Infinity War that needed answers. And all the comments in social media like “a fitting ending”, “masterful”, “epic”, “sooooo good”, “a great combination of action, emotion, and humor” only fuel an already brewing anticipation. We planned to watch it in a much later day but the spoiler alerts in social media the day it opened were too much to handle. So we decided to watched it the following day.

All these excitement on one hand, and the fact that we would surely miss out on some important scenes because of bathroom break on the other, led us to make changes in our viewing practices. Usually, we have popcorn and some colas while watching, which my children look forward to. However the combination of low temperature inside the cinema, and icy cold colas scream bathroom break for them.

Well some changes are inevitable. Read on and find out. You might also want to watch our experience in Hatyai Cineplex in Central Festival Thailand where we watched The Avengers: Endgame.

 

Here are the changes we made in our viewing practices. It worked for us. It might help you too.

  1. Satiate their taste buds before the movie. We took the late afternoon show slot, and came two hours early in the mall. We had a proper meal and some ice cream after. Reason for this is that, my son has the appetite of a goldfish. We could then simply tell him off by saying “We just ate ” when he starts asking for something to eat again.
  2. Ask them to go to the bathroom a few minutes before the movie starts. A Piedmont urologist recommended emptying your bladder every 3 hours whether you have the urge to go or not. If your child pees five minutes before the movie, s/he will most likely be able to watch the entire movie without going to the bathroom to pee.
  3. Popcorn and drinks after the movie. We explained that for this particular movie we won’t be having popcorn and drinks. Of course it didn’t go uncontested. There were a lot of “whys”. We explained the whys, and we made a deal. They could have popcorn and drinks after the movie. I’m happy and proud that my children could understand reasons and are capable of delayed-gratification. In fact, they passed with flying colors the high-delay children challenge we previously did with them. 
  4. If possible sit at the utmost back row near the aisle or better yet at the aisle. There will be idle moments in the movie and your child will start fidgeting, standing, and/or moving around like a Kangaroo out in the wild for the first time (a bit of an exaggeration here, or maybe not). This is normal and when it happens at least nobody from behind gets disturbed. And also your child could have the entire aisle to himself/herself to do their thing.

So there you go folks! We recently did these, and we successfully watched the full 3-hour the “Avengers: Endgame” uninterrupted with our two children with us. My son got into the movie so much that he became so emotional. But for sure my son wasn’t the only one who cried.

I hope these tips would help parents out there or at least give you some ideas. For us though, we’d reserve these practices for movies that really matters.  

 

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A Dog Isn’t Just For Christmas: Understanding The Demands Of Life With A Puppy

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We’re all in agreement when it comes to the simple fact that puppies are adorable. But plenty of people think that and still don’t prepare themselves for the responsibilities of being a dog owner. It’s so important that you actually understand the demands of looking after a puppy. They’re incredibly cute, and there are plenty of rewards that come with owning a dog, but you have to play your part. Much like having a baby, hard work is required. A dog isn’t just for Christmas, but the advice in this article might help you to start understanding the responsibilities of life with a puppy.

Learn about their needs.

First of all, you need to do your research. If there’s a certain breed of dog you want then find out everything you need to know about that specific type of dog. Different breeds have different needs; that little rhyme should stick in your mind. We’ll talk about this more in the following point, but even the type of food your dog needs to eat will depend on their size, breed, and the type of lifestyle they’ll lead. You need to learn about your dog’s needs before you buy them. If you’ve already got your eyes on a specific puppy then it’s important to learn about their history from the owner or the breeder. This is particularly important for rescue dogs; they might require more training if they’ve suffered physical or emotional abuse.

Whatever their history, of course, your puppy or grown dog is going to need some time to adjust to their new surroundings. They won’t immediately see your home as their home, and that’s because the environment is foreign to them. Make sure you reinforce positive behaviour, but do so in a positive way. Training a dog can be hard, but you mustn’t get annoyed at your puppy whilst they’re still learning; it’s all about understanding why they’re making certain sounds or doing certain things. Again, it’s very similar to understanding a baby when they’re crying. Make sure you prepare yourself before getting your dog. You need to know what to expect; learn about their needs, and learn about what those initial months will be like for your dog.

Stock up on supplies.

As mentioned briefly in the previous point, different dogs have different needs in terms of the food they need. When you stock up on supplies before getting a new puppy, it’s important that you do your research in terms of the things they’ll actually need. This ties into the previous point, but we’re talking about more than training your dog here; we’re talking about providing them with a suitable bed, suitable food, and even a suitable leash. You might want to check out pet supply plus for cheap dog supplies. They have a wide range of options, so you’ll find the things that suit your situation. To reiterate, the important thing is that you do your research.

Make time for your dog.

Finally, the most important piece of advice to take on board is to simple make time for your dog. You can’t be in the house 24/7, but you should make sure they’re being watched by someone 24/7 whilst they’re a puppy. Again, this is much the same as watching a growing baby constantly. You might want to hire a dogsitter whilst you’re out at work. But when you or anyone else in your family is home, you need to make time for your puppy. Showering them with love and attention is essential to their mental wellbeing. That’s the most crucial thing to remember if you want to become a dog owner.

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When Do You Know Your Family Is Complete?

When we grow up we all dream about living in the perfect home, and having the perfect family. As we experience more of the world, we change our preferences, and our needs or priorities change. You might feel like you have created something that is very close to your definition of a perfect home, and this is the time to find a way to make the most out of your family life. Find out more below.

You Have Joy and Work-life Balance

If you know that you have everything you wished for as a little child, you know that you are there. You can look after your kids, build strong relationships with them, and make them understand the world without having to argue all the time. You can still pursue your career and do what you enjoy, while spending time with your loved ones and your friends. If you have achieved the work-life balance and are financially comfortable, you should be grateful.

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You Are Ready to Focus On Your Family  

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In some cases, moms take a career break or change their job, maybe set up a business to have the time and energy to build strong families. If you have made a decision that you will not compromise your kids’ wellbeing for a corporate job, you will be able to improve your long term happiness. If you decide that your family is now complete, you can find out about the vasectomy cost and focus on your family planning eliminating stress from your life.

You Have a Family Support System

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If you can achieve work-life balance and enjoy your life with your loved ones being supported by your family members, this is a good place to be. After all, you don’t want your kids to grow up without knowing their grandparents or aunts or uncles. You have to involve your extended family in your life, so they can provide even more value to them and give them new perspectives in life.

You Have Shared Values

Successful families work together and achieve their goals because they share priorities and values, If your partner has the same values and standards when it comes to raising kids and finances, education, and social issues, you will find it much easier to make big decisions and get ahead with your life.

You Feel Like You Have Settled Down

If you sit down at night after a great day spent at work and with your family and you feel a sense of achievement, you are happy, and there is nothing you have to change. Being grateful for your kids and the emotional support you are getting from your loved ones is something you have to celebrate every day. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

When we look at our lives and see what we have achieved, it is easy to focus on what we don’t have. Take a step back and be grateful for the family you have, the love and support you get and the work-life balance you have achieved by making the right decisions.

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What I’ve Learnt Baking in an Electric Oven

I’ve always wanted to bake cakes and other goodies since i was little. And as a young child I’ve wondered how they were made, and have dreamt of doing it myself someday. Later on in life, I came to know that an oven is a must in baking. However the prices of those family-sized ovens are budget wrecker.

As a result of being a mom on a budget, hubby and I decided to purchase a single electric oven which only costs us a little over $100. This definitely is a great deal and it’s certainly within our budget. Here are things I’ve learnt baking in an electric oven.

Bought this two years back and it fits perfectly well in my tiny kitchen

+What I’ve learnt Baking in this electric oven?

  • Choose a small to medium size chicken/or any meat to roast. As hubby was also excited, the first thing he wanted to do when the oven came was to roast a chicken. And so we did. Although we chose a somewhat large chicken, it fit fine in the oven. But it took longer to roast it than what was specified in the recipe, and the browning was uneven. Maybe it would be best to opt for a small chicken-size instead.
  • Baking time oftentimes doubles and sometime triples. The first weekend after we got our oven, I baked my first moist chocolate cake. Everyone was excited! I followed the recipe to the detail since this was my first time baking in an oven, and I didn’t want to mess it up. But thirty minutes have gone by, it still wasn’t baked. And so I gave it another 15 minutes but still it wasn’t done. I was already a bit bewildered at this point and I felt disappointment slowly creeping in but I didn’t give up, and gave it another 15 minutes. And I placed a toothpick in, it came out with a bit of batter. So I gave it another 10 minutes. Then it was done!
  • Double or triple the pre-heating time. I read somewhere that in baking it is important to reach the required heat before the actual baking. So i was preheating the oven in preparation for a chocolate crinkle experiment but due to an inevitable circumstance i had to re heat the oven and had to repeat it two more times. Although I had fear the oven might explode ^_^, I did it any way thinking of that information I read from a food blog and also thinking that maybe the reason why it took a long time to bake in my previous attempts was because the oven was not hot enough to start with. Sure enough, I didn’t have to double or triple the baking time for the chocolate crinkle.
  • My oven is conventional and not convection. As it turns out this single oven we bought is conventional. Unlike convection, conventional doesn’t have a fan to circulate the heat inside the oven. This explains the uneven browning when roasting.

Having an oven no matter how tiny it is, is a dream come true for me. I’m happy to be able to bake goodies for my family. Also I’ve learned things along the way. Although it has it’s quirks, it only takes knowing how to work around it, and everything works perfectly fine.

What kind of oven do you have?

Did you have to “know it” before things ran smoothly, or was it smooth sailing right off the bat?

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