Tuesday, 14 November 2017

REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand

I can’t believe that my Thailand posts have taken this long but hopefully it is perfect timing for anyone looking for their next holiday either some Winter sun or looking towards 2018. I will do a full run down of my itinerary but first of all I will go highlight the first placed I stayed at: The Sarojin. If I could only use one word to describe The Sarojin it would be, luxurious. 

If you are looking to relax and unwind surrounded by luxury the Sarojin is the perfect spot when visiting Khoa Lak. The resort is nestled among tropical botanical gardens filled with flowers, frogs and butterflies. The Sarojin prides itself on offering an exemplary service with their ethos of creating an experience reminiscent of staying at a friend’s private estate.

Best for: Couples and Romance.
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand

Location: Based in Khoa Lak it borders a beautiful national park, Phang Nga Bay and the world famous dive spot of the Similan and Surin Islands. At the resort, you also get access to an 11 km private beach.

Nearest Airport: Phuket Airport is about 1 hour and 30 min drive. You can pre-book with the Sarojin and they will be on hand with cold face towels, a selection of drinks, free wifi and you can even pre-order food to your room for when you arrive – highly recommended.

Rooms: There are a total of 56 rooms but even when full the resort still seems tranquil due to the spacious nature of the resort. This may not be an added bonus if you are going on a family vacay but what adds to the relaxing nature of this stay is no children under 10 years are around in the resort. I stayed in a Garden Residence room which comes with a little terrace outside and inside is one large room separated with a few part walls which gives a feeling of a lot more space. The most important part of this room to me was the bathroom…just wait for it! With a waterfall shower and a bath filled with flowers in the centre of the room you can't help but snap a photo.
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
Facilities/Activities on site:
The Service: the service is the best I have ever seen at a hotel, the staff go out of their way and there looked like there was at least one stall member to every guest. They are always at hand to make your stay the best it can be.

Food and drink: Based on site is two restaurants Fiscus which sits next to a magnificent lotus pond which is where you would enjoy your al a carte breakfast and for lunch or dinner you can dine at Fiscus or beside the Andaman Sea at Edge Restaurant. At either of these restaurants you know you will get fresh local ingredients bursting with flavour.

If you wanted to go ‘all out’ you could experience one of their private dining options with under a jungle waterfall, on a private isle, secluded white sand beach or by the pool the Sarojin will make it happen.
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Pathways Spa: Pathways is a secluded spa haven luxuriously integrated with the natural surroundings and the sounds of the Andaman Sea. I would recommend the Aroma massage. 

Activities off site: There are plenty of activities to do around the resort from exploring the magroves and waterways of Khao Lak on pleat boat with Monkeys jumping over head. You could also take a bike and cycle to the local waterfall, dive at the Similan and Surin Island.
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
Tip
You do pay a premium on everything here so be prepared to pay London prices for food and drinks.

Room Rate: Rooms start from £149 // TBH 6,728 this is for two people sharing a Garden Residence room which is where I stayed. 

You also get included the à la carte breakfast served all day with sparkling wine. 
If you fancy and upgrade you can pay an additional £60 or THB 2,775 per night and you also get a complimentary one-hour spa massage per room, per night. So if you are planning on having a massage it might be worth the upgrade!

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REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
REVIEW: The SAROJIN, khao lak, thailand
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Explore 10 destinations through food

Get ready for something tasty!!

Ever heard of Poutine? No, well you are in for a treat especially if you live in or around London as you can visit!
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Air Canada is putting the iconic Canadian dish: Poutine on the UK map to showcase 10 #CoolNotCold destinations in the Americas which you can fly to this winter and want everyone to try it. As a foodie I just couldn't resist, especially when I was told the base of the dish is chips, cheese and gravy - what is not to love.
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Name: Air Canada Poutinerie

Location: 52-56 Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DP

Nearest tube: Old Street

Opening hours: Only open until 11th November: 12pm until 4pm and 5pm to 10.30pm daily

The Cost: prices start from £3.50 and the portion is pretty reasonable.

Queuing:  Around 5 mins. You may not get a table as its very popular but there is always somewhere to perch.

What is to love: Amazing food, aviation themed interior including virtual reality experience and great Canadian wine. Also Air Canada Poutinerie is proudly supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

The pop-up is in a lounge style bar setting, offering an array of craft beer, homemade root beer and Canadian wine as well as delicious poutine. Each poutine dish is with a twist
and inspired by an Air Canada destination you can fly to this winter you have:
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Toronto the 6ix: Sweet potato fries, maple-soy pork cuts, kimchee, cheese curd, green onion and mayo.

Seattle’s Emerald City Burger Gravy: Fries, peanut-chipotle butter, hamburger gravy, Kraft Cheese, pickled gherkin.

Montreal’s The French: Frites, confit de canard, Comté cheese, cep snow.

Portland’s Vegan Chili Fries: Fries, Szechuan chilli gravy, bean curd, sesame, spring onion.

Miami’s South Beach Pollo: Corn-dusted fries, white cheese, pulled chicken, avocado.

Cancun’s Costa Maya Mole: Sweet potato fries, queso fresco, mole sauce, micro coriander.

Vancouver’s Stanley Park Poutine: Pine-salted chips, Burford Brown egg, smoked cheddar, celery root gravy.

Buenos Aires’ Chimichurri: Potato chips, grilled Provoleta cheese, chimichurri sauce.

Boston’s Loaded Crab: Chips, fresh crab, gouda cream sauce, scallions, blue cheese crumbles.

The Halifax Downstream Poutine: Chips, Canadian lobster, cheese curds, shellfish gravy.


The Portland’s Vegan Chili Fries was the highlight for me…incredible.
If you like the taste of Canada you can virtually take off on an Air Canada flight through a virtual reality on-board experience and if that's not good enough you can even be in with a chance to win flights!!

How do I win?!?
I hear your cry…well anyone who visits the pop-up are in with a chance to win Air Canada flights. Two economy flights are up for grabs every day to any destination that Air Canada flies to within its network which is to over 200 #CoolNotCold destinations on six continents.

Just post a picture of your Poutine from the pop- up on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CoolNotCold and remember to tag @aircanada .

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Can you pet be the next “Pet Detective”?

Who else’s pets were super scared last night from the Fireworks, poor Dylan started molting!!!

With Dylan on the brain I thought I would write a post all about the furry babies and how naughty they can really be...new research has shown the little darlings cost the nation £305 million the little pet-ty criminals.

Over half of pet owners admit their pets regularly nick belongings with birds being the top culprits. The main items stolen include money, post, food and underwear – I wish Dylan would bring me some pennies maybe not the underwear though!
Also one in 25 owners fall out with a neighbour...I would be one of those as someone keeps taking off my cats collar it’s not my fault you brought the same one. I am going to have to get a microchip one I think another £50 well spent. 

Anyway looking further at the research it’s surprising to see £49.43 on average is lost due to light pawed pets but 16% have lost out on over £150 but ADT are looking to solve these problems.

ADT, the UK’s leading security brand just announced that they have launched a nationwide search to recruit a “Pet Detective” to help the naughty ones with the help of Instagram star Pumba the Chow Chow (@thingsonpumba). They are looking for the UK’s most prolific cat, dog, budgie or bunny burglar, to help ADT understand how pilfering pets manage to evade capture, and identify weak spots in Britain’s homes by setting a thief to catch a thief!

If your pet wins the role you will get new ADT Smart Home system which will be installed by ADT, a year’s free monitoring and a generous welcome bonus of £500 of vouchers for Monster Pet Supplies.

If you have a pet pilferer at home, apply on their behalf on the ADT Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2znFTWP

Just upload an image of your pet in action and detail their suitability for the role using the following criteria :

  • Track record of being light-pawed
  • Highly intelligent – comes up with ingenious ways to pilfer possessions
  • Intrepid explorer – capable of venturing far and wide to find every nook and cranny
  • Experienced at evading capture
  • Full bag of swag
  • For more information about ADT’s Pet Detective campaign, visit: www.adt.co.uk/petedetective.
  • Do you think your pet has ever taken anything that doesn’t belong to them?



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Friday, 3 November 2017

Would you choose Heating or Eating?

So would you choose either heating your home or eating hot food?

You are probably thinking that you don’t need to choose as you are fortunate enough to do both, but for 29% Brits this winter, choosing between heating your home or eating a hot meal will be a daily choice. Children this winter will either go without hot food or be cold when they go to bed because their parents can’t simply afford gas or electricity - and it’s not something you ever really hear about.
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I like to be a big ball of positivity but I do think with the cold creeping in its important to highlight this massive issue possibly affecting someone you know or someone on your street.

This week I attended a dinner with Jack Monroe and npower at their pop-up called ‘FUEL’ which was not a traditional dining experience. After handing in our coats and scarves (it was freezing outside), we sat down with a soft drink and slowly started to feel cold again – the air con was on full blast. We then got served our starter which was....tins of food, baked beans, corned beef and tomato soup.  It was funny yet shocking at the same time. Everyone just laughed and continued to talk but for a lot of families this would be dinner and there would be no other options, I admit I enjoy a good tin of Heinz baked beans but not cold.
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We take so much for granted.

To highlight this, npower is spreading the word about the npower Foundation, an independent charity expanding their Fuel Bank network across the UK so they can support more and more people who are faced with these dilemmas every single day. From hearing stories, it is not always the people you think, you don’t know what is happening in anyone’s lives really.
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The Fuel Bank supports people in a fuel crisis who visit Foodbanks across the country. If you are in a fuel crisis you will be given two weeks’ worth of gas and electricity. All of this being in partnership with The Trussell Trust and this can be for any electricity supplier. Over the past two years 70,000 people have been helped, giving families, the elderly and people like you and me the chance to be able to heat their homes and eat a hot meal.

Npower commits £1 million a year to fund this initiative but much more needs to be done as the UK has over 1,000 foodbanks and npower is only in 62. I would like to see this initiative rolled out to as many as possible. You can help, as no one should think twice about running a bath or making a hot drink, please do donate:  npower.com/npowerfoundation


Check out the video below to see FUEL in action to see what you would choose between hot food or warm surroundings:


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