Browse around for retro swimsuits, sexy bikinis and tips to enjoy your next beach holiday.

Posted on Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

A hidden gem 45 minutes away from Penang Airport: the luxurious Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.

Do book an all inclusive package, because, well, all is inclusive: even the drinks you need to cool down sitting on the Shangri La Rasa Sayang Penang beach, not to mention the champagne at dinner.

Included meals are all world class 5 star gourmet feasts... But eat all you can, as the gym, sauna, steam room, Thai chi and yoga classes are all inclusive as well. And fall asleep on one of their 4 different pillow cases for the most fuzzy sleepers!

Unlike other luxury hotels that try to keep you as long as possible on their premises, the Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort offers a free bus to visit Penang and Georgetown.

If you want to arrive to Penang by air, do check out budget airline AirAsia as they offer special packages when staying in the Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.

Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Driving in Thailand

Driving in Thailand for the first time can kill you, unless you prepare yourself with our travel tips. The accident statistics in Thailand are frightening: about 20,000 death Thai drivers due to road accidents. Only if you are a confident driver and you are aware of the driving conditions in Thailand, then driving is a great way to travel around the country and will give you the freedom to really explore.

Car Rental Thailand

There are plenty of reputable car rental firms in Thailand like Avis, Budget, Hertz, Via and Braun. A typical rental car in Thailand would be a Toyota Soluna at around 1500 to 2000 baht (about 50 to 65 $) for a day.

Cheap car hire can be found by the beach side renters. Just don't leave your passport as collateral for your rented vehicle, give them a photocopy instead. And be assured you won't be well insured...

Which fuel to use when driving in Thailand

The main vehicle fuels in Thailand are:

  • 91 (octane output of the fuel), advisable for motorbikes

  • 95 (a little more octane and is a little more expensive than 91), advisable for car rentals

  • gasohol (90% gasoline and 10% ethanol: introduced in Thailand to reduce rising fuel import costs) and

  • diesel.

How to survive driving in Thailand

  • be smart and aggressive, otherwise you will never advance an inch

  • obey driving rules when you can but expect Thai drivers not to obey rules

  • drive on the left hand side of the road and be prepared that Thai drivers will ignore this rule if it helps them get to their turning quicker

  • respect the speed limit: 60 km/h in town from 90 to 120 km/h on country roads and expressways

  • expect Thai drivers to be unpredictable

  • always look everywhere and remember: westerners due take driving conventions for granted, some Thai drivers just don't!

  • be prepared for motorbikes flying towards you like... well, like flies to a pot of honey. Unlike flies, don't hit the motorbikes as they will also try their best not to hit you. Help them a bit because some of them just don't try hard enough...

  • do not drive drunk

  • if a car flashes at you, it means he won't change lane but expects you to do so

  • when the traffic light turns green, don't zoom away, as you might hit motorbikes that are zooming through the opposite red light

  • when overtaking a bus or truck :

    • their right hand indicator warns not to overtake as there is oncoming traffic

    • their left hand indicator signals that it is safe to overtake OR that the car is turning!

One good thing about driving in Thailand is the overall Thai cultural habit of not getting angry in public. So when the Thai do get angry, you can rest assure that your driving is not at all up to Thailand's standards!

Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kate Perry Bikini

Kate Perry strips to a bikini for an interview in the pool at the at Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. No big deal as Kate Perry was even performing in a bikini

Kate Perry in a bikini

A far cry from her performance in Malaysia, were female attire has gone from western in the 60's to extremely modest now:

Kate Perry Spandex

Kate Perry wearing spandex performing in Malaysia: a country that tries to step into the so called "developed status" in 2020, although female fashion shows an opposite trend.

Just keep modest and at most only think about strutting your stuff on a Malaysian beach. Better take a flight to neighboring Singapore or Thailand if you want to feel at ease with what you wear.

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010

I do love sunsets... But Maldives Sunset expresses both the beauty of the islands as well as the sadness that due to global warming, the Maldives are disappearing in the sea.

So enjoy Maldives sunsets as much as you can, because one day, it won't be there anymore...

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Maldives Sunset... before the islands sink in the sea...

Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Kuramathi Blue Lagoon Maldives

Kuramathi Blue Lagoon Maldives Resort offers 20 stunning water bungalows and 36 beach bungalows. The food is delicious and varied and the service is excellent: you don't need to do anything but relax and enjoy!

The water bungalows only offer a shower where the even more luxurious beach bungalows offer you a shower, a bath and an open air shower.

Kuramathi Blue Lagoon is situated on Ari Atoll, Maldives, 35 miles from the airport, located on the western tip of Kuramathi Island. It is also spelled ' Kurumathi Blue Lagoon Maldives Resort '.

Kuramathi Blue Lagoon Maldives

You can reach the resort by seaplane in 15 minutes or by boat in 90 minutes. We used a boat and the water is quite bumpy. You will arrive in Kuramathi Village, get a refreshment before being taken further to the lagoon. Once you reach Kuramathi Blue Lagoon, you are in paradise!

The Kuramathi Blue Lagoon Maldives Resort has 1 bar (Laguna Bar) and 3 restaurants: the Blue Lagoon Coffee Shop, La Lagoona Grill and the main Blue Lagoon Restaurant. Make sure you opt for an all inclusive package offering you all drinks and cocktails free from the resort.

Kurumathi Blue Lagoon Maldives

You can book a sunset cruise, snorkeling, local island trip and an island hopping excursion (all are included in the all inclusive package). Nothing much to do for your children though.

Remember you are in the tropics so bring the strongest sunblocker possible when exposing yourself to the sun on the beach or when snorkeling in the water!

You can contact the resort as follows: Phone Number: (960) 666 0527 and Fax Number: (960) 666 0556.

If you want to wake up and look out at the sea from your bed, then book a bungalow at the Kuramathi Blue Lagoon Maldives Resort!

Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Maldives at Reethi Rah

Enjoy feeling like you're in a far corner of the earth in Maldives at Reethi Rah: your place of wonderful beauty in a far blue ocean hidden in a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands. Enjoy your Maldives holiday in the pearl the Maldives hotels.

Indulge in luxurious villas in Maldives at Reethi Rah

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130 villas in the see at the One and Only Reethi Rah Maldives

Travel to the Maldives islands and stay in one of the 130 romantic villas that were built only a few months after the tsunami struck. All accommodation and facilities are therefore brand new. Each Reethi Rah villa comes with:

  • an over-water perch or

  • a private beach access or

  • its own beachfront pool.

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One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives Beach

The One and Only Maldives At Reethi Rah is located one of the biggest resort islands in Maldives. This Maldives hotel :

  • 12 beaches on 6km of coastline

  • 40 pools of which 37 private

  • a 24 hour Maldives Airport transfer service by yacht according to your flight schedule, of course both for flights to Maldives as for flights back home.

Prices range between $710 to $3,400 and bookings in the Maldives at Reethi Rah can be made at 960-6-64-88-00.

Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Before you go on vacation to the Maldives or spend you honeymoon there like I did, use our Maldives maps to find the better spots and locations.

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Maldives seen from the air

The first impression of the Maldives from the air would look like in the picture above... It's all about small islands...

Maldives World Map

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World Maldives Map

The Republic of Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives Islands consists of 1,190 islands grouped in 26 atolls stretching more than 800 km from north to south: crossing the equator at their south end.

Maldives Map

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Maldives Map of the Atols and airports

We repeat: the islands are small and so are the airports :-) The Maldives are located about an hour's flight southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

You can see 26 atoll formations, comprising over more than thousand islands and scattered like gem stones in a north to south direction. Only 199 of all the islands are inhabited (population about 240.00) and 75 Maldives' islands have been set aside exclusively for tourist resorts.

A submerged mountain chain forms the base on which the coral reefs are built. The islands began forming 3,000 to 5,500 years ago by carbonate sediment:

  • derived from these coral reefs and

  • deposited by waves and currents.

Their low elevation makes the Maldives particularly vulnerable to storms, the late tsunami and changes in sea level due to global warming. In fact: this country is slowly disappearing in the sea, so Maldives maps will soon be a part of history...

Posted on Monday, August 09, 2010

Mens Vintage Swimwear

Jantzen's founders showcase their mens vintage swimwear in this 1915 picture taken on the dock at the Portland Rowing Club. The swimwear is made out of wool, knitted in a refined rib-knit to make the swimwear a bit more stretchy.

Jantzen swimwear today celebrates 100 years. Jantzen first advertised their bathing suits in their 1915 catalogs. Although pure wool bathing suits sounds itchy and all but practical, it was already a big improvement from the "simply bath in your clothes" of earlier eras.

Having said that, in places without cameras nor Victorian modesty, people simply swam in the nude. Especially during Roman and Greek times, men and women bathed together, not bothered by bathing suits. Nothing to be surprised about when you go for a sauna and a swim in Finland.

It's only in Europe that people forgot how to bathe, forgot about bathing suits and tried to cover body odor with what is now known as refined French make-up and perfumes.

Some cultures still don't allow women to wear skimpy swimwear, some cultures simply still prohibit men and women to swim during certain periods of life. How come we forgot we were born without clothes in the first place?

I do agree that now people are going overboard with plastic surgery to create "the perfect beach body", when a simply daily routine of good exercise and healthy food would give everybody a decent bikini body in no time.

And did you notice that swimwear at the beginning of the previous century was unisex:

Womens Vintage Swimwear

Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mastectomy Swimwar

Mastectomy swimwear is as fashionable, feminine and functional as a regular bathing suit but it has fitted pockets to carry external breasts. Normally they come with higher necklines and underarms no hide surgery scars.

4 out of 5 women that had a mastectomy don't chose for surgical breast implants. In stead they opt for "external breasts": breast forms that match their body shape by side and according to their lifestyle.

When you want to go for a swim, there is an array of swim forms to choose from. Equally perfect are the so called balance shapers that are thinner than breast forms and only add the right amount of shape where you need it: especially welcomed by women who have undergone breast conserving surgery or simply have a natural appearance imbalance.

Post mastectomy products are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies so nothing stops you to look at your best when going for a swim in mastectomy swimwear.

Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2010

Strappy Monokini

Our favorite strappy monokini: both the sexiest and the cheapest: Kenneth Cole's strappy monokini sells for less than $100. Only the Kenneth Cole plunge monokini is cheaper and sells for $73.

Black Strappy

This strappy black monokini from Oye has crossed straps that show 5 cut-out circles crisscrossing and tying at the top. Sells at a discount at about $180 and comes in gold and black, made from nylon and spandex.

Strappy Swimsuit

This strappy swimsuit designed by Mara Hoffman comes from Victoria's Secret. Also made from nylon and spandex, this monokini ties at the back, is fully lined and gives minimal back coverage.

Sells for about $140 and in my opinion is much more daring, sexy and fashionable than the more expensive strappy monokini from Oye. Most likely Oye charges per cloth used :-), but Oye's monokini bathing suit is clearly more tailored to an active beach life.