Monday, December 15, 2014

Maldives

Whoever said paradise does not exist has never been to Maldives.

It has been in my bucket list for a while now, and i couldn't be happier to finally see it. I have never imagined how long it takes to get there, sea plane, plane and a boat.. ! Long but a very exciting trip.
If your plane gets into Male Intl. Airport too late in the day and you cannot make it on a sea plane to the hotel, you will have to book a hotel by the airport.
KEEP IN MIND. MALE ( where airport is located )  is a muslim country. Do not wear a bikini or show too much skin, bring an extra pair of pants to wear around if you are staying around the airport area for a night. I had to learn it a hard way. We discovered a small beach on Male, so i wore my bikini to get a tan. We were escorted by military and a police because all the muslim women were covered up, and i was not dressed appropriately according to their law. ALSO, do not ask for an alcohol on the main island, it is against their beliefs. You can order a mojito at a restaurant, but it will be a virgin mojito. You will not be able to bring in or buy alcohol until you reach the W on their own island, or any other hotel you are staying at.

Some photos from my trip.



We were coming from Los Angeles, Ca. Since there was a lot of connecting flights when booking the trip to Maldives we decided to extend the stay at each place. LAX- Seoul - Bangkok - Phuket - Maldives - Bangkok - LAX.

From Bangkok to Male intl airport is about 4 hours, from there you have to have your hotel you are staying at in Maldives book a sea plane. In order to get to the sea plane, you are taking the boat ! Views are mesmerizing, make sure you charge your cameras and phones !
W hotel has been chosen as one of the top resorts in Maldives, that is where we stayed since this is once in a lifetime kind of a getaway.
W Resort offers many water activities, most are complimentary. Scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding , you name it they have it.
If you are booking W, make sure you pay extra and stay on the over water bungalow, houses on the island barely get sun and are not as nice. If you are coming all this way, do it right ! There is 3 restaurants on the island, Fish ( only sea food ) , Fire ( BBQ, - around $200 /person buffet , no alcohol included ) and Kitchen ( serves everything ).
Drinks by the pool area are great, my favorite one was Passionfruit Mojito.


To get the most out of this short trip, i went to sleep at 9 to make sure i am up for the sunrise. 


Here is the view from the over water bungalow.

You can rent a paddle board & snorkeling gear and go on an adventure right out of your place straight into the ocean!


Each over water bungalow includes a private pool,jacuzzi and a cabana. 


And here is some random photos taken around the island. :) Enjoy ! & book your trip now.
Dress by Sabo Skirt. (www.saboskirt.com , my go to website when shopping for exotic trips)












Friday, December 12, 2014

Thailand, Phuket

Thailand has some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Flight might be long, but it is worth every hour.

It was my first time in Phuket and if someone asked me to describe it in one word, it would be "paradise". Here is a few photos from my trip, suggestions for places to go to, as well as some tips for your trip.

View from Westin hotel. If you plan on staying here, keep in mind that it is about 30 minute ride to most of the activities ( without traffic )  and about an hour to Patong Beach ( you can take a hotel shuttle ) . 




Hotel has 3 different pools, which is great if you just want to stay at the hotel, relax and enjoy a beautiful scenery. 


When in Thailand, going to Tiger Safari and riding elephants is a must ! 
I highly suggest paying extra and having a professional photographer take your pictures when being in a cage with the tigers,after all it is a once in a lifetime experience ! Make sure you get it captured right.



I would have never expected an elephant ride to be so enjoyable, but yet so bumpy! They are such beautiful creatures, make sure you bring some bananas to feed them. :) 



Patong Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. On the way there you will cross many stores which are great for buying souvenirs. 

Coconut water is not only delicious, but healthy and more refreshing than a bottle of water.




One of the most romantic dinners i have ever been to in my life. Watching the sunset of Phuket left me speechless. 




Another great activity i suggest is wake boarding at the water park. I was not able to take any photos, but here is some i found online ! It was my first time doing it and i absolutely loved it ! http://www.phuketwakepark.com



TIPS:
  • Do not be scared to bargain the prices on things you want to buy
  • Save money by taking taxis instead of the cars provided by the hotel. Taxis will drop you off and wait for you until you are done with your dinner or activities. Hotel car will charge you by the hour. 
  • Traffic starts at 4pm. Plan activities accordingly.




Sunday, December 7, 2014

48 hours in Seoul

After a 13 hour flight we(me & my loved one) have reached Seoul! Choosing an overnight flight was the best decision, it made it easy to adjust to time easy. We were staying at the W Walkerhill, a very beautiful hotel,however, if you are looking into staying there keep in mind it is a little bit isolated from everything and you will have to take a 10 minute taxi to get to the busy side of Seoul. Next on the list is Thailand, Maldives and Bangkok ! Stay updated.


Morning View from the W








One out of many temples of Seoul, Bongeunsa Temple.




Namdaemun Market food has impressed me the most. All the food is traditional and made in front of your eyes .
Hot dog covered with french fries was definitely a must have.


Stopped by Hyatt to try what they are most known for, Afternoon Tea. Unlimited dessert table & sandwiches. Yes please ! 

Brunch with a view.


Namsan Tower has a 360 view of Seoul and is known for all the couples coming here to lock their love  lock on their wall.





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gala Event

Malibu Rocky Oaks had another great event, I am very happy to be a part of it and have a pleasure to hear Eddie Osterland speak about wine. The venue is also great for weddings, they were chosen as a top venue in the United States by Brides magazine.
www.maliburockyoaks.com 

Take a look at this beautiful, gigantic ginger house ! It was made by a company that does the sweet table for Grammys. Yummm 


To see more photos of Malibu Rocky Oaks, check out my post under "Lifestyle".





Sabo Skirt Fashion

Sabo Skirt (www.saboskirt.com) is my go to when shopping online ! Keep in mind that items are being shipped from Australia, it might take a week to arrive,but trust me it is worth the wait ! I have bought numerous dresses from them, great quality and designs. 
They carry dresses, shorts, etc, you name it they have it ! 

Happy Saturday ! 


Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast is great for breakfast. It is full of nutrition and has a lot of monounsaturated fat, which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease !
An average avocado also contains about 4g of of protein ! Instead of grabbing a protein bar when on the go that is full of sugar and other unnatural ingredients, make an Avocado Toast.


Each piece of toast is about 1/4 of the avocado.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pieces of bread ( your choice ) 
  • 1 ripe avocado 
  • 1/2 cup of Cilantro Lime Cashew Cream (optional)
  • lime juice (optional)
  • sea salt 
  • coarse ground pepper
  • crushed red pepper (optional)
Once the bread is toasted, add the scooped avocado and top it with lime juice, cilantro lime cashew cream, sea salt and peppers !
It is that simple and quick to make.

ENJOY!



Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Things Bridal

Earlier this year i interned for an event/wedding planning company located in Los Angeles. I loved every aspect of being able to be a part of someone else's special day.  So I thought i will share a few pictures  ! The best part about planning a wedding/event is going to the cake tastings. It is heaven on earth for someone like me who has a sweet tooth.
If you are looking for a wedding planner, instead of browsing through websites and looking through magazines, take a look at www.thumbtack.com ; search for a wedding planner ! You will have affordable wedding planners that will be with you every step of the way and will make sure your day turns out just like you have dreamed it would.


Picking out the linens was my second favorite thing to do ! Options are endless.