Happy St. Paddy’s day my fellow Irish men and women!
A day that commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Did you know that Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated in more countries than any other National day? Pretty cool huh, especially for such a small country.
I’m Irish of descent, yet i’ve still never managed to actually get myself to Ireland. Sorry excuse for a person I know.
Have no fear, I’m 100% heading to the green country this summer for a weekend. I’m just not sure where yet, any ideas?
Anyway wherever you are, lets celebrate the heritage and culture of this beautiful country. A culture of friendly, family orientated people who love a good drink. (Me included).
Grab yourself a Guinness, dress up in something green and cheers with a stranger.
You never know, you might just find your soulmate ha.
So the time has been and gone again, where the most sought after stars in showbiz step out in their glamorous gowns to battle it out for the title of the ‘Red Carpets best dressed.’
The Oscars 2016 will undoubtedly go down in history as the day Leonardo Di Caprio was finally recognised for his talent.
But more importantly, let’s talk about the glitz & glamour that was out in full force last night and let’s see who topped my Academy Awards best dressed list!
Don’t forget to have your say and comment your opinions below.
— Sexy —
Charlize Theron wowed as the lady in red in a simplistic yet striking gown.
The plunging neck line and open back cut showed off her stunning figure, while the glamorous train at the back added class to this sexy look.
— Stunning —
Cate Blanchett donned in an Armani teal coloured number that complimented her naturally pale skin tone. The clusters of petals and feathers of this piece add a 3D texture to the simplistic design, while the crystals and metallic overlay creates a mermaid feel; bringing back happy childhood memories of watching The Little Mermaid.
— Sultry —
Jennifer Lawrence proves that black can be anything but boring in this fiery number that fits perfectly on her envious physique.
While the daringly exposed upper lace bodice doesn’t leave much to the imagination, the feathery, floor length bottom adds an element of fairytale glamour with its black swan design.
The contrasting textures of the dress compliment each other perfectly while raising obvious questions on how Jennifer wants her choice of fashion to be perceived.
— Sophisticated —
Lady Gaga is famed for her unique fashion decisions and the Oscars 2016 is no exception.
Why choose between a suit and a gown when you can have the best of both worlds right Gaga?
This fresh white strapless jumpsuit/gown ensemble adds a 21st century twist to dressing for success. While the colour adds innocence and angelic physiologies, the design proves that women can in fact sport the famous power suit without losing their femininity.
Who was on your best dressed list for the Oscars 2016?
So most couples start Valentine’s Day with a romantic breakfast in bed. They spend the day watching lovey movies or go out for a posh lunch, we however, decided to go to the Killing Fields and S21 prison. What a valentines to remember.
Another educational and deeply shocking experience. (There seems to be a lot of these in S.E Asia)
We educated ourselves on the Khmer Regime. On the 4 tragic years of the 1970’s where psychopath Pol Potts ordered the killings of millions of innocent Cambodians.
The communist party led by Potts attempted ‘agriculture reform’. If you were educated, if you could be influential, if you disagreed or even just if you looked in the wrong direction, off with your head.
Never have I been to a place that conveys such reality of one mans inhumanity more than Choeng Ek Killing Fields.
The sight of the “Magic tree” that Khmer soldiers used as a tool to smash the heads of babies will be forever lodged in my mind.
This place was just 1 amongst 20,000 mass grave sites in Cambodia where victims were murdered and buried in secret between 1975-1979.
Somehow today it’s a very peaceful place. Thousands of tourists and locals come here to educate themselves and to mourn the dead.
Choeng Ek has multiple mass grave sites where hundred of victims were executed; including one specifically for women and small children.
“When you dig up the grass, you must remove even the roots”
The Khmer Rouge slogan used to justify the murder of the whole family of each victim, including their children and babies.
Remains of bones and clothes of victims that have been found over the years are showcased around the site.
Bones are still being discovered to this day, over 35 years on!
I will never forget the way this place made me feel. Scared, sickened and deeply saddened at the thought of what a human can be capable of.
A school shut down and converted into a secret prison; to torture victims until they confessed to crimes that they never committed.
It was here that thousands were whipped and beaten until they signed confessions that validified the Khmer Regimes ‘reason to kill’. The victim would then be taken to the Killing Fields to be massacred.
The prison has lots of information on this dark period in history.
There are some very interesting exhibitions on 4 of the survivors of s21. Great men who today use their tragic experienc to promote the importance of education to young people.
See, all 4 men were spared their life at the prison because they were useful to the communist party. They had previously obtained skills like art and mechanics and Pol Potts needed them for their abilities.
These survivors are sit at the grounds of s21 each day for tourists to ask them questions. Real first hand information.
Survivor Mr Mong was an artist ordered to draw a portrait of Pol Potts.
He was warned that if it wasn’t good enough, he would be killed. Luckily for him, he was a very good artist.
It’s estimated that the total number of deaths resulting from Khmer Rouge policies, including disease and starvation, range from 1.7-2.5 million of a population of 8 million in 1975. A quarter of the population. As a result of this, 70% of the Cambodian population today are under 35 years old! Crazy eh?
So not the most standard of valentines for us but definitely a memorable one. Thankfully in 1979, upon realisation of what was happening, other countries got involved and put a stop to Pol Potts and his sadistic ideology.
I dread to think what would’ve happened to the history and people of Cambodia if this regime continued.
You’ll find regular English speaking holiday reps come round on the beach each day to promote their bars and other events.
We met a lovely rep called Steph who told us about their new weekly Wednesday boat party ‘Sundance’.
Here’s the impressive $10 package:
A boat party from 2-7pm
A free bucket on arrival of strong Whiskey and mixer
A free Sessions Tshirt
A plate of BBQ food on your return
Not bad for £7 eh?
This party was actually one of our favourite days in Sihanoukville we had so much fun!
The music varied in genre. There was some old Skool garage, house and the odd splash of R’n’B. A mix that I really loved.
Drinks on board weren’t too expensive either, you could grab a bucket for $5..as you can see, me and Simona took full advantage of this..
There were lots of drinking games on board to keep everyone occupied. As 2 couples we didn’t partake in them. Think Ibiza/Malia/Magaluf style fun on a boat.
Though it was thoroughly enjoyable to witness.
Half way through, the boat stopped at Otres Beach for an hour.
We jumped out and grabbed ourselves some food and cocktails from Ibiza bar. Then we all got involved in a game of ultimate tug of war. Europe vs. the rest of the world!
If you fancy chilling there you can just simply enjoy the scenery. Otres beach is lovely and a lot nicer than Serendipity.
After returning to the boat, we watched the lovely sunset over the horizon and then partied the afternoon away.
Making new friends along the way..
Docking around 7pm, we headed back to Sessions bar where we were each greeted with a big plate of BBQ Chicken and rice. Yum!
It was a really enjoyable day out and one I would recommend to anyone for the price.
Be warned though, If you’re looking for a relaxing sunset boat cruise, please do not book on this one.
Most of my Valentine’s Days I’ve been single but I still love the concept.
I mean true, it is soo annoying on Facebook on the 14th Feb where everyone posts ‘the boy did good’ photos and statuses. Valentines is about spending time with loved ones not how much money someone spends on you.
I’ve had some great v.days with my girl pals. It doesn’t have to be a boyfriend/husband/partner! So please don’t get depressed if you’re single I hate that.
Last year I had the best valentines! I went ice skating over Canary Wharf and then to see 50 shades of gray with my other single girl friends.
We had a blast.
This year I’m with Liam in Cambodia and tonight we’re going to Dine in the Dark, how times change.
What are you doing for valentines?
Whether you are celebrating with a love interest of having some fun with your friends, make it a good one!
Yesterday we booked ourselves on to a half day your to an elephant sanctuary where we can feed, play and bathe the elephants. I’ve heard from many people that Chiang Mai is the best place to do this so I followed it up, as I didn’t find our previous visit to an Elephant Camp extremely satisfying.
Everyone was right. I enjoyed this so much more than the camp we went to in Kanchanaburi. It was a lot more ethical. First and most importantly the trainers didn’t use sharp sticks to poke the elephants!
When we arrived, our lovely Guide for the day, Si, taught us some Thai language to use when riding our designated elephant, Johnny. To be honest, originally I weren’t sure about riding as I heard it’s not good for the elephants, but apparently that’s only when chairs are used on their back, and not when you ride freely??
Johnny was little , cute and only five years old but he could already follow commands.
We rode him for a little bit, fed him and then took him for a bath in the lake, it was so much fun!
There are so many different elephant homes available in Chiang Mai that it can be quite difficult to choose. We decided to do a half day package which was 1500 baht each (around £30). Full days are around 2400 baht.
I’ve heard good things about Hug Elephants and Woodies, but to be honest I think they’re all pretty much the same, just make sure you go for a sanctuary and not a camp!
Feel free to add your Chiang Mai recommendations below!