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March 2016

Vietnam / Con Dao Seatravel Resort

31/03/2016

Con Dao Seatravel Resort is one of a handful of 3-star hotels on the island. Their website says:

Offers bungalow accommodations with views of the bay and free Wi-Fi. It features a private beach area and a restaurant. At the Condao Resort come with air conditioning, cable TV and a minibar. Guests can enjoy snorkeling activities during their stay at the Condao Seatravel. Bicycles are available for rental. Laundry, dry cleaning and ironing services are available.
Asian and European dishes are served at the resort’s restaurant.

My opinion is slightly different from the website..
Before booking this resort me and mum went through SO many reviews of the few hotels available and everyone had similar stories. Good service, bad service, no wifi, wifi, bad food, good food. It was so difficult to choose! In the end we decided to book Seatravel Resort for no particular reason. Just liked the look of it to be honest.

The reception staff were friendly and spoke ok english – considering we were on a island which most tourists don’t know about, this was a good sign!
One of the staff members showed us to our bungalow and at first I thought the entire house was ours.. but it wasn’t, haha. Our room was nicely decorated, had AC which is a must, good shower and big windows. However.. there was no wifi at all. Our bungalow was the one furthest away from the main reception and the wifi wasn’t able to “reach” our room which was quite annoying. The big beautiful windows were very dirty but the rest of the room clean. Both of the beds were very hard, but so are most beds in Vietnam – they just prefer hard mattresses.
In terms of food.. That will have to be in another post 🙂

DSC02922DSC02918DSC02914DSC02561We had the left half of the bungalowDSC02553 DSC02554 My extra bed 🙂DSC02556Semi-outdoor bathroomDSC02555 I thought this was a beautiful featureDSC02912DSC02913DSC02559 The view from the terrace wasn’t that bad!DSC02560 Slightly bigger bungalowsDSC02635Spent countless of hours here, reading and relaxing. Wished the chairs wasn’t chained (!) to the wooden umbrella though..

If you have any questions do let me know! More than happy to answer 🙂

Update: The bungalow prices vary depending on size. Rates on various websites from £34 per night.

Puss,
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Vietnam / Flying to Côn Đảo

30/03/2016

On to my favourite part of my Vietnam holiday; Côn Đảo Islands.
Côn Đảo Islands are an archipelago in the south east of Vietnam and contains of about 16 islands and islets.

I’m genuinely not scared of flying but there’s just something about those smaller planes, haha.
Flying from Ho Chi Minh City to Côn Đảo takes just under an hour and flights are quite cheap. DSC02546 Cargo in front.. Well that’s new.DSC02548 DSC02549 Smallest airport I’ve ever been to.. DSC02552We got picked up by our hotel’s chauffeur and the drive to the hotel was about 30 minutes along the narrow and wingly roads.

Choosing hotel was quite difficult as there are literally a handful to choose from, and they all have mixed reviews. Also, it was a choice between extreme luxury Six Senses OR affordable, friendly Con Dao Seatravel, haha. We went for the latter 🙂DSC02924DSC02923
More pictures of the hotel in my next post!

Puss,
N

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Vietnam / Breakfast and beach vibes

30/03/2016

Our last day in Mui Ne was spent by the pool and beach. So much for being productive! But first, best and most important meal of the day – Breakfast!I usually ate fruit for breakfast. The “western” breakfast was quite oily and fat for my liking and the asian breakfast.. I just wasn’t keen on.But look at this plate though!! I absolutely love fruit. Melon, dragon fruit, mini apples, pineapple and lychee.
My aunties plate with asian breakfast, haha!
Quick walk to the beach.Read if I stay, by Gayle Forman

Swimsuit from Porto Brazil

Next up; pictures from Con Dao 🙂

Puss,
N

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Tom’s Kitchen, Canary Wharf – The perfect spot for brunch

29/03/2016

I am an absolute sucker for brunch. It is literally the best of all worlds possible – breakfast but just a little bit more. Mmmmh.
The weather was fantastic on friday morning so me and G decided to take a walk along the river and ended up at Tom’s Kitchen by Westferry Circus in Canary Wharf. I’ve been wanting to go there for a while and was happy to see that it was open! 

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Tom’s Kitchen! Beautiful interior with lovely attentive staff members who were happy to chat.

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We ordered orange juice (freshly squeezed!), eggs royale and french brioche toast with apple and cinnamon cream.. Oh god. The toast was so filling I actually couldn’t finish it!

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This picture makes me smile, haha. Beauty on a plate.

Something we noticed at Tom’s is that they have a play-room for kids. How amazing is that? There was one big group of people at a table further away and whilst the grownups ate, the kids were playing in the room nearby. Such a good idea.

Tom’s, I’ll be back soon.

Puss,
N

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DIY Manicure / How I do my own nails

28/03/2016

I get quite a lot of comments on my nails. People seem to assume I’m one of those who visit the nail salon on the regular and get them done, but oh no. I do them myself. They’re in a almond shape, semi-long and strong. Always in a nude, pastel or dark colour. The only colour I don’t wear is red. After I quit my cabin crew job I stopped wearing red nail polish as that was one of the few allowed colours.
I take good care of them and give myself a little manicure nearly weekly, and this is how.

You need:

  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer. My one is from Leighton Denny
  • Base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Optional: Top coat

Base coat from Sephora (3 in 1 strengthening nail care), nail polish from my favourite brand Barry M, Seche Vite top coat

Start by removing any old polish with a acetone free nail polish remover – it’s less harsh on the skin and nails Next, file into desired shape and buff buff buff till they are smooth and add a layer of base coat
Paint with two to three layers with your polish. This one is called Eat My Dust (light blue), haha. Lastly, if I don’t have much time or feel a bit impatient I add a layer of Seche Vite, which makes them dry so much quicker.
This little manicure of mine usually last for about a week, sometimes longer!

How do you do your nails? Any questions or recommendations of other colours and brands? Comment below!

Puss,
N

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