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Posted on Jun 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

10 quick tips to survive in Thailand

 

Although Thailand is an absolutely beautiful country with some of the most incredible sights and scenes on offer, there are still a few things you’ll need to know before flying out to the Asian paradise. Here are ten essential tips for you to know before jetting away.

Be aware of the traffic

Traffic.

 

Thailand holds an unfortunate statistic to its name – its roads are the second most lethal in the world. The traffic in the country is constant, busy and largely unregulated, meaning that you’ll find it to be a massive challenge trying to traverse the land in a vehicle. Stay away from the busy junctions and main roads and instead take the quieter routes. They may take longer but they pose less of a risk.

Embrace the food

Thailand’s street food is some of the best in the whole country. It’s all freshly prepared in front of you and for ridiculously cheap prices. Bangkok thrives with the best examples of street food such as noodles and curries, at prices that are usually equivalent to less than a British pound. Go ahead and try some – you’ll find some stalls could beat some restaurants in terms of taste and price!

 Lost in translation

Sure, the locals would appreciate it if you knew a slight bit of the Thai language, but be aware that it isn’t easy to grasp. Tones play a massive part in speaking Thai, and so saying something in one tone could mean something completely different! And that’s not to mention the fact that the Thai alphabet consists of 44 consonants and 32 vowels. It’d be a fun challenge trying to master the art, but maybe stick to your “khob khun ka”s for now.

Dress appropriately

Although it’s not applicable if you’re bathing in the turquoise Thai waters in your swimming costume, it’s expected for you to be covered up when possible. Don’t expose your shoulders or chest when entering a temple, and always wear relatively smart clothing – smart casual will do! As long as you don’t look unkempt and exposed, you’ll fit in just fine.

Take your shoes off

 

Shoes

 

When entering any temple, religious building, home or a majority of shops in Thailand, you’ll have to take your shoes off. As your feet are the furthest thing away on your body from your head (the part of your body with the highest importance) they’re considered dirty and physically and spiritually lesser. This is a shared value throughout the country, so keep it in the forefront of your mind.

Avoid making a cultural faux pas

There are a lot of different cultural values and practices that you’ll have to obey and embrace in order to fit in. Every day people will stop to hear Thailand’s national anthem, played on every TV and radio station as well as in public spaces at 8am and 6pm. It isn’t hard to miss, but respect the locals and stop with them. Also, be careful not to say anything negative about Buddhism or any religious sites, as it will cause great offence.

Learn how to haggle

Marketplaces are big and frequent in Thailand, and if you’re easy to spot as a tourist, be prepared to haggle your way through the stalls. Often enough vendors will hike up prices knowing that you’re not a local, but you can easily negotiate the cost down – even to half the original asking price if you’re good enough!

Go slow

 

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

 

With so much to see and do throughout the country, it’s important that you take your time and savour all it has to offer. Pick the best temples to visit instead of rushing through them all, and perhaps create an itinerary that gives you an equal balance of exploring and relaxing. Thailand is full of incredible sights and historical scenes, so don’t try and fit it all in at once. Who knows – it might entice you enough to come back!

Know the local emergency numbers

With the risk of theft and bag-snatching in Thailand, you’re going to want to know the numbers to call if you find yourself in danger. 1Cover’s handy guide includes those you’ll need for all parts of the world, as the frequency of tourists having their bags taken from thieves on motorbikes has grown recently. There’s a special tourist line for you to phone if you need to, but stay vigilant and aware that there’s potential for crime.

Enjoy yourself

Don’t feel overwhelmed. Thailand is a beautiful country with so much to offer – whether you desire to lose yourself in the bustle of Bangkok or retreat to the seclusion of the Phi Phi Islands, there’s something for everyone. It’s important to let yourself go and have fun, as there’s an abundance of it to be had wherever you go.

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Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

MOVING TO PARRAMATTA? PARRAMATTA TOP 4 ATTRACTIONS

 

Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, located west of the business district on the banks of the Parramatta river. With a humid subtropical climate, offering mild cool winters and pleasant summers, Parramatta is an ideal place to live, specially for families who prioritize life quality.

Services are plenty, with great schools, excellent public transportation and easy access to the city center. There are plenty of bars and good restaurants around. Parramatta is a lively suburb packed with office workers and students. It is very safe and known for its quiet neighborhoods.

 

Some useful contacts may include:

Family Lawyers Parramatta

Environment outcomes: (02) 98065558

Library (02) 98065174

Costumer service and after hours emergency: (02) 98065050

If you’re moving to this area, either as an expat, a student or for professional reasons, you may want to check out some of these amazing spots.

 

Parramatta River

Parramatta River

Parramatta top 4 attractions

 

PARRAMATTA PARK

A must see for visitors to Sydney and residents alike; Parramatta Park is listed as a world heritage. The entrance to the park is formed by a beautiful rose garden, which contains a rare collection of heritage roses.

Families will find 2 playgrounds for children, where they can play safely. Parramatta park is ideal for picnics on a sunny day, to enjoy the many events and festivals hosted at the park, to run and cycle as well as to explore the local history.

 

LAKE PARRAMATTA RESERVE

Located within two kilometers of the of the Parramatta central business district, this reserve will amaze you with its 73 hectares of bushland and parkland.

Opened all year round from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm (7:30pm during daylight saving), this beautiful reserve is an ideal place to swim and enjoy other water recreation activities, have a picnic with friends and family or going for walks following the different trails along the area..

 

OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE

 

Old government house wiki-commons

Old government house wiki-commons

 

In July 2010 the Old Government House became one of the 11 Australian sites listed at UNESCO as a world heritage.

The Old Government house is a symbol of the colonialism of New South Wales and an obvious display of the expansion of European power through the presence of the convicts work. For the ones who love history and want to explore more about the old days of Parramatta, this is a site not to miss.

 

RIVER WALK

Before the European settlers arrived, this area was the home for the Darug people. From Church street there Is a pleasant pathway filled with aboriginal artwork. Parramatta got its name from the Aboriginal word “burramatta” which means “where the eels lie down” You will have information along the pathway, helping you understand more about the history of this area.

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Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Five amazing S. Valentine’s presents

It’s Valentine’s day…. Love is in the air and you know, that even the smallest gesture can melt your better half’s heart. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to express your love and appreciation for the one you love. Sometimes, the most memorable presents, are actually the ones that require some imagination and a little bit of thought.

 

“Being loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage…” – Lao Tzu

Five amazing S. Valentine’s presents for 2017

 

GO TRADITIONAL AND SURPRISE HER WITH FLOWERS

Flowers were my very first gift on Valentine’s day. And I know this is probably the most conventional of gifts, however, I truly believe some things are so special, they’ll never get out of fashion.

 

flowers

 

Why not order a beautiful bouquet of flowers and get them delivered to her place early in the morning when she’s just waking up? If you happen to be traveling around Australia with your sweetheart or if you’re an Australian resident, maybe you’d like to check out Flowers for Everyone. “Our flower delivery service guaranteed in the same day if ordered before 2pm”.  If you wish so, add a little gift with it, like a bottle of wine so you can have a romantic dinner together.

 

SURPRISE HIM / HER WITH A SPECIAL VEGAN DINNER

You can either go out for dinner…. or you can forget about the world and simply stay home. Cook a romantic dinner together, and enjoy every moment of it! Put your favorite music on, and rock that kitchen with a delicious organic meal.

 

myafood

 

One of my most memorable Valentine’s day, was actually when my sweetheart and I decided to stay home and simply spent time together, cooking and dancing in the kitchen.

Simple Chinese wok, spicy Thai, Indian curries, or that forever favorite Italian? If you need some inspiration, check out my vegan recipe section for great ideas of foods of the world. And remember that bottle of wine you sent with the flowers from Flowers for everyone? Enjoy it together!

 

HAVE AN AROMATHERAPY  MASSAGE TOGETHER

Imagine the two of you…laying side-by-side, relaxing from the worries of the world, in a warm room with the relaxing sounds of peaceful ocean waves, the aromatherapy of calming essential oils, and the nurturing of a customized therapeutic massage.  It is the perfect environment to enjoy a special bonding session for couples, to indulge in the shared experience of peace and well-being.  You don’t need to do anything except relax and enjoy!

 

GO FOR A MAGICAL SUNSET TOGETHER

 

SAMANTHA

 

Climb the highest point of your city or village for a magical sunset together. If you have a nice (and safe to climb!) roof top you can go to, surprise him /her with this unconventional spot.  Bring some food and have a picnic together while you watch the sun kissing the sky goodbye.

If you’re traveling the world together, this is a great excuse to explore a new spot together.

 

Love makes the world go round. With the stress of daily life, we sometimes forget to show appreciation for the ones we truly care for. Taking time to express your feelings, sharing quality time and surprise the other with a little gift, can bring us closer together, make our love grow stronger.

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