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What’s on in August 2015

Princess Suvarnabhumi Residence 549/18 Onnut-Lat Krabang Road, Thapyao 02 172 9919 Excellent Bangkok Airport Hotel – professional friendly staff, one of the closest and most popular hotels in the immediate BKK Suvarnabhumi airport location.

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What goes up when the rain comes down?

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Welcome to the August/September edition of Expat Life. Now, if you look at the graph, what do you notice? Yep, you’re right … rainy season is officially here! The rainy season is something that has a huge impact on the practicalities of our day to day lives here in Bangkok! However, they say anything goes in Thailand … so let’s run through a few ridiculous ways for us to keep dry!

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  1. The umbrella hat!

If you want to be ‘heads above the rest’ when it comes to fashion, then the umbrella hat is for you! Carefully adjusted to fit the size of your head, this fashion must have it all the rage. Thousands of people flock to designer stores all over Bangkok just to get their very own. And you can carry two bags whilst staying dry! It’s a winner.

 

  1. Invest in a covered walkway

5This retractable tunnel is the up and coming 2015 Bangkok accessory for groups, allowing you and your friends to stay dry from top to toe. At only USD3000, you can all club together for this nifty retractable gadget. Draw up a storage rota and allocate someone to bring it along on your evenings out! Our friends at Emporium have these wonderful walkways to stop their shoppers getting rained on as they move from Emporium 1 to Emporium 2. Clever! Maybe you can stop by and ask to borrow theirs once the stores have closed?6

 

 

  1. The sword umbrella

If you’re going for the bad ass fighter look, why not treat yourself to a sword umbrella. Not only will you stay dry, but you can also fend off any unwanted attention.On guard!!

 

  1. Buy a Zorb

Why walk in the rain, when you can roll? And we’re sure there’s a happy policeman man nearby waiting to clear Sukhumvit Road for you … for the right money of course!

 

  1. The plastic bin3

A bit strapped for cash this month? Why not make use of items you already have in the home? These can range from plastic bins, carrier bags to small coffee tables. Be creative … if it’s waterproof, you can wear it!

 

  1. Pampered pooch

Anyway, that’s enough about you. What about any four legged friends? Dog umbrellas are in vogue. You’d be barkingmad not to invest in one and I’m sure little Rover would thank you by giving you a friendly lick, albeit a tad counter productive when wanting to stay dry!

 

We hope we’ve given you enough inspiration to stop you from turning up to your lunch soaked through! And just remember … in Thailand this rainy season, anything goes!

What goes up when the rain comes down?

Princess Suvarnabhumi Residence 549/18 Onnut-Lat Krabang Road, Thapyao 02 172 9919 Excellent Bangkok Airport Hotel – professional friendly staff, one of the closest and most popular hotels in the immediate BKK Suvarnabhumi airport location.

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Win a Free Trip Intrepid Travel Tour and $500 Towards Airfare!

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Today’s a special day! Last year, I joined forces with Intrepid Travel. They are one of the best tour companies in the world and the people there are as passionate about travel as I am. As part of our partnership, readers get 10% off all tours over $500 and I giveaway one free trip each year (last year, we gave away a free trip to Morocco)!

Right now, I’m actually in Morocco with Intrepid (it’s hot as hell here but amazing! I’m binging on mint tea and couscous) and there’s no better time to do this year’s trip giveaway.

However, unlike last year, this year we are giving away a choice of four destinations instead of just one!!! You can pick from one of the four tours below:

The Masai Heartlands (YGOCC) – 15 days in Kenya and Tanzania
Group of Masai villagers chanting and jumping in a Kenyan ceremony

Galapagos at a Glance (GMDB) – 6 days sailing in the Galapagos
Cute South American seals kissing in the Galapagos Islands

Burma Sailing Adventure (TSSB) – 9 days sailing in the Myeik Archipelago
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Wild Kimberley (PKOW) – 9 days in Western Australia
Photograph of rock formation in Kimberley Australia

If you win, you can pick any of those tours and we’ll send you there! All you need to do is book by March 31, 2016 and depart on your trip by June 30, 2016.

In addition, I will give you a $500 USD voucher towards your flight!

How do you win?

To enter to win, you need to do two things:

Step One: Enter by using the form below to tweet about the contest:

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You can earn extra entries by sharing the contest on Facebook and Twitter too!

Step Two: Enter your e-mail and country into this link here.

You MUST do both steps to be qualified to one. Winners will be picked from the entry form and their emails verified on the other sign-up form. If you enter but don’t confirm your e-mail in step two, you can’t win!

The contest runs until 11:59pm EST on August 24, 2015. Winners will be chosen and announced by September 1, 2015.

That’s it – just fill our the form, confirm your e-mail, and you’re done!

Terms, Conditions, and Legal Mumbo Jumbo

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • All elements of the prize are nontransferable, and there are no cash alternatives.
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  • Any associated visa costs are the responsibility of the winner.
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  • The prize is one spot on the winner’s choice of either: The Masai Heartlands (YGOCC), Galapagos at a Glance – Southern Islands (Daphne) (GMDB), Burma Sailing Adventure ex Phuket (TSSB), or Wild Kimberley (PKOW).
  • Travel must be booked by March 31, 2016, and taken before June 30, 2016.
  • The offer is subject to availability and confirmation by Intrepid at the time of booking. There must be at least four fully paying passengers on the selected departure before winners can be booked. Winners cannot be booked during blackout dates: December 15, 2015 to January 24, 2016 and April 12, 2016 to May 3, 2016.
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Everything You Need to Know About VPNs for Travel

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Laptop and padlock symbolizing cyber data security
On the first Tuesday Thursday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column, he delves deep into VPNs, what they are, and why they are important.

Computer security seems to be always in the news, whether it’s revelations of governmental spying, stolen credit card numbers, enormous privacy breaches, or even the ease of tracking an NPR reporter’s digital life.

As an Internet-using traveler, you’re often risking security problems. Rather than your password-protected home or work network, you’re often using public or semipublic Wi-Fi (airports, train stations, cafes, and hotels all fall into this category) or, even worse, shared computers.

Anybody on the same network (which in some cases could be thousands of people) can easily grab your unencrypted data as it flies through the air. Usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, browser cookies, and other identifying information can be ripe for the picking from your web browser and mobile apps (I talked in detail about this problem here). A VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects you from all of this, with one click.

Moreover, VPNs also allow you get around Internet filtering. I’ve come across blocked sites in Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, China, Thailand, and many others. Simply connect your VPN to a country that doesn’t block the site you’re after, and the problem disappears. I’ve used this method to read blocked news stories from Chiang Mai, watch Vimeo videos in Bali, update my Facebook status in Hanoi, and visit the Uber ride-sharing site while staying in Porto. Plus, it let’s you access blocked content like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and the BBC overseas.

How do VPNs work?

Traveler plugging laptop into a public outlet outside, bad cyber security practice
VPNs were originally created for business use, but it didn’t take long before consumer versions started appearing from dozens of different companies. After all, security matters to everyone, whether they’ve got an expense account or not.

To understand how they work, think of the Internet as a river. Drop a load of dye into the river — that’s your (unencrypted) data. Anyone standing along the riverbank can see that dye: what color and consistency it is, and where it ends up.

Now, put a small pipe in the river, running from wherever you are to somewhere along its length, and tip your dye into that instead. Until it emerges from the end of the pipe, nobody on the bank can see the dye or knows anything about it. Your VPN is that pipe.

Using them is quite simple — you download and install a VPN app for your phone, tablet, or laptop, then start it up after you’ve connected to the Internet. Choose the server (or “endpoint”) you’d like to use — good VPN apps offer several different locations — and after a few seconds, all of your data is encrypted and passing through the virtual network.

VPNs are generally designed to protect all of your Internet traffic, regardless of its type. This includes email, streaming music and video, voice calls, and anything else you can think of.

In the last few years, proxy services from browswers like Hola and Zenmate have also appeared, which only protect web-based traffic. They’re typically free and easy to use, but for most travelers, there’s little reason to choose them instead of a real VPN. They provide less security, and at least one of them (Hola) has been caught doing some pretty shady stuff with its users’ connections.

What should I look for in a VPN service?

Working remotely from a laptop on a website overseas in tropical Cambodia
With so many different VPN providers and plans, it’s not all that easy to figure out which one’s best for your needs. These are the features that matter most.

  • Has apps for the platforms you use – Make sure that all of the devices you’re taking with you are supported. If you’re carrying a Mac and an iPhone, look for MacOS and iOS versions of the VPN software. If you’re using Windows and Android instead, make sure you’ll be able to download apps for those.
  • No restrictions or extra fees for simultaneous connections – Restricting the number of devices that can simultaneously use your VPN account is annoying. Phones, tablets, and laptops are all equally at risk from insecure networks, and you don’t want to disconnect one and connect another every time you want to use them. Look for a service that lets you connect several devices at the same time.
  • Works in as many countries as possible – Not all VPN software is created equal, and some types are easier to block than others. Look for support for the OpenVPN protocol and user reviews that mention an ability to work in China in the last few months — the government there is probably the best at blocking VPNs, so if it works there, it’ll work anywhere.
  • Has acceptable speeds – Using a VPN will usually slow down your connection, mainly because your data are going via another server rather than direct to their destination. How much it decreases depends on all kinds of factors, including distance, bandwidth restrictions, and overloaded networks. As an example, my speeds in Spain dropped by about 20% when using a VPN endpoint in Madrid, and 40% when using one in New York. Try to use a trial version of any VPN before paying for it, and run speed tests to see how fast or slow it really is.
  • Includes an autoconnect feature – VPNs only protect you when you use them. It sounds obvious, but it’s an easy thing to forget when you’re in hurry. Look for an autoconnect feature, either for every network or at least unsecured ones. Enabling it will enable your VPN within a few seconds of connecting to a Wi-Fi network, keeping you protected even when you’ve got other things to think about.
  • Has endpoints where you need them, and as many as possible – The more endpoints a VPN service has, the better. Occasionally, one particular endpoint can be blocked by a site you’re trying to use — if you’ve got others to choose from, it’s nothing more than a minor inconvenience. This happened to me recently when trying to watch a video on Hulu: the New York endpoint was blocked, but the Chicago one worked just fine.
  • Easy to install and use – The best software in the world isn’t much use if it’s hard to use or install, and VPNs are no exception. On Mac and Windows, this would mean you just download and run the installer from the company’s website. On Android and iOS, you grab it from the App or Play Store. If you didn’t sign up for an account beforehand, you’ll be asked to do so during installation. You might be asked a few questions about how you’d like to use the VPN (automatically or manually, and perhaps what kind of connection it should make), but the default options are usually fine.

Using it shouldn’t be any harder — either the software connects automatically, if you’ve set it that way, or doesn’t need more than a couple of clicks or taps to get it going.

Unfortunately, not every company makes it this simple. Setting up mobile VPN apps, in particular, can sometimes be surprisingly difficult. Read reviews and install trial versions where possible, to make sure the service is user-friendly enough to keep you using it.

The best VPN services

Serious female traveler using her laptop in the dark
The first decision you need to make is whether to go for a free or paid option. Free VPNs generally exist as a way to get you to upgrade to the paid version, and they come with one or more of the following restrictions: bandwidth and speed limits, advertising, fewer endpoints, time limits, and busier (read: slower) servers.

If you’re trying to decide if you need a VPN, or only think you’ll use it now and then, check out the free services first. Well-regarded options include TunnelBear, CyberGhost, and proXPN. Hotspot Shield is also popular, although it can be slow. They all have restrictions, but paying a few bucks a month upgrades you to the full version.

Paid services remove all of the above restrictions. Some of the better VPN apps aren’t available on a free or trial basis, although they all at least offer a single-month subscription. Good options include Hide My Ass, WiTopia, Astrill, and Private Internet Access, as well as the full versions of the free services above.

How to use your VPN

Laptop traveling on a train ride overseas
Once you’ve chosen a VPN service, here are a few things to remember:

  • Don’t forget to use it (or turn on the autoconnect option mentioned earlier)! Yes, this includes when you’re using Wi-Fi on your phone or tablet, using any hostel, airport, or other public or semipublic network — especially anything that requires extra security, like banking, online shopping, or email.
  • Use nearby locations for better speeds if you can. If you don’t need to connect via a specific country, use an endpoint close to you instead.
  • Realize that as a traveler, there are times your connection will be too slow to use a VPN. If your connection is horribly slow to start with, your VPN may not even connect, or be unusable if it does. In such cases, just limit what you do online to things that don’t require high levels of security.
  • If you’ve got an unreliable Internet connection, make sure your VPN stays active. If your Wi-Fi drops out, or the Internet stops working, your VPN will disconnect — and it won’t always reconnect automatically afterwards. Always keep an eye on the app’s icon in your task or notification bar, and reconnect if you don’t see it.
  • Finally, understand that most VPNs provide security, not anonymity. You’re protected from hackers and other malicious people anywhere between you and the VPN endpoint you’re using — but most VPN companies do log the sites and services you connect to, along with your account and credit card information. In such cases, especially if they’re U.S. based, those details can be provided to law enforcement in certain situations. Long story short: don’t do anything stupid.

Even though VPNs aren’t anywhere near as exciting as, well, almost any other aspect of your travels, they’re a cheap, easy way to protect yourself online, keep up with the Kardashians (and any other TV show you might like), and get around governments that would like to monitor and block your Internet usage. They’ve been an indispensable part of my digital travel toolkit for years, one that I use every day on the road, and I simply wouldn’t travel without one.

I’d strongly suggest you don’t either.

Dave runs Too Many Adapters, a site devoted to technology for travelers. A geek as long as he can remember, he worked in IT for fifteen years. Now based out of a backpack long term, Dave writes about travel and tech from anywhere with half-decent Internet and a great view. You can also find him talking about the life of a long-term traveller at What’s Dave Doing?

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Rainy Season

The saying “when it rains it pours” could not be more true then anywhere else but in Bangkok. The kids and I are upon our second rainy season here in Thailand and it is still as surprising as the first. We have never seen rain come down so hard and so fast and most times end quite quickly.

7Back home in Massachusetts, we generally have an idea when rain is in the forecast. When it is, we usually make “rainy day” plans. A text or email will go out amongst our friends and by nightfall the plan is in place for the following day, a playdate at a friend’s house, a meet at the local coffee house, a visit to a museum, or the afternoon story hour at our library. It doesn’t always go this way, of course there can be the odd occasion where a storm pops up and we are stuck at home doing the indoor play and keeping ourselves busy.3

Since we’ve been here, our experience with rainy days is they pop up more than you have notice of. I am definitely becoming a better reader of the weather and can almost feel now that the rain is coming. No radar app on my phone needed here. A big difference in our rainy day plans is that we won’t chose to venture out in it. The rain can put the streets of Bangkok under water and traffic to a standstill. There’s nothing I try to avoid more then three kids packed in a van, gridlocked.

Our new plans are the ‘at home’ kind. It’s a lot of the activities we would do during blizzards and big snow storms.

I’ve complied a list for you of our top 10. Bear in mind I have three boys, 5, 4 and 19 months.

  1. Making playdough

There are some great recipes online. Generally I make sure to keep extra flour in the house just in case! Allow each child to pick their food colouring. After it is done and cooled off, then hand out plates and knives and spoons and any playdough accessories you might have. I can promise you it’s worth the clean up!4

  1. Building a fort or tent

Give the kids a free for all to grab all the pillows, blankets and cushions they can find in the house. Depending on their age this is something they can do on their own or assisted by you when needed. After the fort is done we may have a snack in it, tell stories or each child heads off to their libraries and brings in their favourite books to read.9

  1. Playing in the rain

It could last 5 or 30 minutes, you never know. The giggles and fun they experience being free outside to run and dance and jump in the puddles and feel the rain on their bodies is just fantastic.

 

  1. Bake

I come from a family who loves to bake, now my children do as well. I throw out a couple options and the older boys make the final decision. They are bursting with pride and Daddy is always happy to come home to a special treat!

  1. Craft

Most of us have crayons, coloured pencils, paper, paint etc in our cabinets. I pull it all out, place it on the table and they have lots of options! I’ll join in too, have you coloured lately? It is relaxing, try it sometime.

  1. Dance Party

Music soothes the soul doesn’t it! I’ll put on Youtube video or iTunes and pick a genre of music we will all enjoy. “The Gummy Bear” song and “I like to move it” from Madagascar are our current top hits!

  1. A film

While it storms depending if we have cable, I find that a movie is enjoyable for a bit. This is like rain playing, it may not last very long! I’ll shut all the shades, make the house as dark as possible and we cuddle up on the couch with blankets and pillows and veg out.

  1. Indoor soccer

Do you have one of those soft soccer/football’s? If not head to IKEA, they have them there all year round. The boys clear a space and set up goals and we play a real match. It gets the energy out and is pure fun.5

  1. Puzzles

Depending again on age, this can help keep the children busy. I pull out the assortment of puzzles and we tackle them, one by one. It becomes a challenge for us and we are proud when they are all done!

  1. Legos, building blocks

We will all become creators and make a city or a tower in our playroom. The boys will park cars under garages and make towers for solders to stand on. Their imagination can go wild.

Rainy Season

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All about brushes

In the past few articles we have covered everything from makeup trends to skincare to products. We never really touched on the tools we use to apply all of it. There are so many different types of brushes, which are used for various applications. This can get really confusing if you are looking to buy brushes.1

The Sigma Brush set is a great kit to invest in. It has amazingly good quality soft bristles which last a long time: definitely a bang for your buck. These brushes are perfect for anyone, from beginner to industry professionals. The “Essential Kit” or the “Bunny Kit” (synthetic bristles and cruelty free) both have 12 basic brushes – 5 face brushes numbered with (F) and 7 eye brushes numbered with (E). From my experience as a makeup artist of 5 years these brushes really are foolproof and with the right know how give amazing results.

So what are the functions of each brush?

Let’s get into it!

  1. F30 (large powder brush)

This is the largest brush in the kit. The brush can be used on both the face and body, which explains the size. The brush is used to apply loose/compact powder, shimmer or bronzer, on the face or all over the body. The bristles are rounded and really soft which stops the brush from picking up excess powder saving you from wasting product. With a brush this size there is always the chance of bristle shedding (big indicator of quality of product). Surprisingly this one didn’t shed bristles and it really does live up to all the hype.

  1. F40 (large angled contour brush)

This is a great contouring brush. At first glance I thought it would be really stiff but that wasn’t the case at all. The F40 can be used with cream or powder contouring product/bronzers. Place the angled blush under the cheekbones and blend upwards towards your cheek. The fluffiness of the brush helps to blend the product with ease. The F40 also works well with applying powder blushes on the top of cheekbones after using it to contour.

  1. F50 (duo fibre brush)

The bristles of this brush are quite dense but soft. Being a duo fibre brush (hence the black and white) makes it very versatile. It can be used with cream, powder and liquid products. The white bristles apply the product whereas the black bristles blend it into the skin giving an airbrushed effect. This brush can also be used to defuse excess product or used for blending.

  1. F60 (foundation brush)

This brush is used to apply cream or liquid products like face primers, foundations, and concealers. Always apply product in a downward stroke to avoid streaking. This brush is very tapered and great for getting in the nooks and corners like around the nose, under the eyes and around the mouth.

  1. F70 (concealer brush)

This is essentially asmaller version of the F60 brush with the same functions. The tapered bristles allow you to perfectly place and blend concealer around the eyes, nose, chin, around the lips and brow bone. Apply the product by patting brush flatly against the desired area until it has fully blended. By patting the brush gently, it prevents the product from looking caked or creasing.

  1. E05 (eyeliner brush)

This is the smallest thinnest brush of the set and the most precise. Normally eyeliner brushes feel quite stiff and waxy, but these bristles are so soft and flexible which is perfect for lining the eye. Best used with gel liner or powder eyeshadow. Smudge powder shadow along the lash line or pack black shadow over the top of the gel liner to prolong longevity. The best way to line the eyes depends on the thickness you want. For thin precise application use the tip, for thick quick application use the sides.

  1. E30 (pencil brush)

A densely packed brush with stiff bristles that packs shadow along the bottom lash line with ease. You can use this brush to smudge pencil eyeliner along the lash line and waterline, as it blends the liner between lashes easily. The densely packed bristles allow for detailed crease work, and even for applying highlighter to the tear duct.

  1. E40 (tapered blending brush)

The bristles on this brush are so soft, without being too densely packed allowing for fluid movement when blending. For powder products only. The long bristles make blending easy when doing ‘windscreen wiper’ motions on the lid or crease. The rounded tip blends enough to get rid of harsh lines with little effort. It can be used to do precision contouring on the nose as well.

  1. E55 (eye shading brush)

This brush has more densely packed bristles than the E40 brush. It is used with powder eyeshadows to pack product on the lid. This makes the shadow last longer and more pigmented. The dense bristles ensure next to no fall out making it the ideal brush for applying lose shadows and pigments. It can be used for blending as well.

  1. E60 (large shader brush)

This is a longer, less dense version of the previous E55 brush. This is perfect for applying cream eyeshadows such as MAC Paint Pots and Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s as it blends them slightly. By pressing the cream shadows instead of swiping, it helps them to adhere to the lid. It works really well with applying a thin layer of primer too.

  1. E65 (small angle brush)

The small sharp angled bristles work perfectly at brushing small strokes of shadow through eyebrows to add definition whilst looking natural. It is a great brush for defining along the base of the brows, and arch. The E65 can also be used to apply gel liner or shadow along the lash line, as it’s so thin, firm and precise. A great option to use for a winged gel eyeliner look.

  1. E70 (medium angled shading brush)

A longer, less dense, slightly angled version of the E55. After applying a main lid colour with the E55, use the E70 to add a darker crease colour and work it in. The angle helps to blend the colours together ready for the E40 to blend them even further. Perfect for when you don’t want to put a lot of effort into your eye makeup, or you’re in a rush. You can even use it to add a subtle, but beautiful highlight to the brow, tops of the cheek bones, bridge of the nose and cupids bow.

Some brushes that are not included in the kit but can be bought separately and added to make it even more complete are F10 (powder/ blush brush) – for either applying powder blush to the cheekbone or powder to the face and the L05 (lip brush) – applying lipstick with ease and precision to the lips.

You now know how to use your new brushes, but how do you clean and take care of them to ensure they last long and don’t harm your skin with bacterial build up?

Cleaning brushes

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  1. Gather the makeup brushes that need cleaning near to a sink. Also be sure to grab a towel and shampoo.
  2. Take a brush and run it under warm water, angled bristle side down. This is very important, as it ensures that water will not leak into the casing or handle of your brush. This can cause the glue holding your brush together to loosen, which will make your brush shed a lot more.
  3. Place a small amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand, and gently rub the brush in the shampoo until you no longer see any product coming off.
  4. Run the brush under warm water again, using your fingers to rinse out the shampoo.
  5. Gently squeeze brush to release excess water and test it on skin to ensure there is no makeup or shampoo residue.
  6. Place brush on towel to dry. Bigger, more dense brushes can take up to a full 24 hours to dry, while smaller brushes typically take just a few hours.
  7. Repeat steps 2/6 with all your brushes!

The functionality of all brushes is usually the same no matter which brand you decide to get.

Once you understand how to use them it’s a walk in the park. If you are want to buy the Sigma set that I have been discussing then you can get it at a store called Lashes (http://www.lashes.co.th/contact/) but any reputable store with reputable brands will be happy to help you select your brush set. If there are any questions about brushes or makeup in general, feel free to send me a message at (www.fb.com/makeupbyswaness).

Happy shopping!

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Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok Celebrate India’s 69th Independence Day

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok Celebrate India’s 69th Independence Day

With a special offering just for Independence Day, enjoy a decadent lunch buffet, where guests are treated to good live Indian music, and of course a plenty of authentic Indian delicacies both vegetarian and non-vegetarian including delectable sweets.

Indian Independence Day Lunch Buffet  at  Rang Mahal Restaurant

Price :  THB. 750 net per person.

Date :   Saturday, 15th August 2015.

Time :  11:00 – 14:30 hrs.

Entertainment : Live Indian Patriotic  Music.

 

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Mother’s day celebrations . . . Mothers dine for free!

Mother’s day celebrations . . . Mothers dine for free!

There are four choices for restaurants for mom to experience and you to take advantage of this great offer :

Señor Pico Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar on the 1st floor, open from 17:00 – 01:00 hrs. 

Rang Mahal Rooftop Indian Restaurant on the 26th floor, open from 18:00 – 23:00 hrs. 

Da Vinci Italian Restaurant on the 4th floor, open for lunch at 12:00 – 14:30 hrs. & for dinner at 18:30 – 22:30 hrs.  

Red Pepper Thai Restaurant on the 1st floor, open from 17:00 – 22:30 hrs. 

Mothers are special and only the best will do to let her know how special she is…..so what are you waiting for?

 

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Confession: I’m Terrified of Flying

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the fear of flyingI have a confession to make: I hate flying. It scares the living shit out of me. This is how my typical airport experience goes:

Before the flight: “I can’t wait to get on a plane and relax and watch some movies. This is going to be great!”

During take off: “Why are we turning like this? Are we rolling over!? I don’t like this. Get me off!”

During the flight as I watch a movie or do work: “Life is great! I can’t believe we’re flying. Science is amazing. I have wi-fi in the sky!!”

During turbulence: “What was that sound? Are we supposed to turn like that? Why is this so bumpy?! What’s wrong? We’re all gonna die!!! Ahhhh!!! Let me know!!!”

During landing: “Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. It’s going to be O.K.”

After the flight: “I love flying. Let’s go do it again!”

Flying gives me a lot of anxiety. I white-knuckle grip the armrest at least half the flight! And I’m not alone: about 25% of people are afraid of flying.

For me, it’s because I’m scared of heights…or, more specifically, falling. I don’t like bungee jumps, being near ledges, or even looking down from a tall building. It sets my heart racing and gives me a little vertigo.

Heck, sometimes on high bridges, I need to walk on the inside of the sidewalk and look down at the ground to get across.

And even though statistically, flying is one of the safest modes of transportation (there is a one in 11 million chance of dying in a plane crash, but one in 5,000 in a car), I don’t have a similar reaction when I’m driving. I feel safe because I’m in control.

“I’m driving, I’m great — it’s everyone else I need to watch out for,” I (and most people) think.

However, when we are in a plane, it’s all up to two strangers we’ve never met in the front of an aluminum tube going 500 miles an hour 37,000 feet above the air.

On a rational level, I know I’m going to make it to my destination. According to MIT scientists, I could fly everyday an average for 123,000 years before dying in a plane crash. But the lost sense of control freaks me out. I mean, who are these pilots? Did they get enough sleep the night before? Are they sane? Are they experienced enough to know what to do in an emergency?

I recently sat on a flight next to a guy who provided counseling for pilots and flight attendants with substance abuse problems. On the one hand, I was comforted by the fact the FAA has stringent rules (sadly, not many other countries do) related to the issue. On the other, I was disturbed by how much of a problem he told me this was in the industry.

There I am 37,000 feet above the ground with my fate in the hands of two strangers. It combines my two biggest fears. I mean, what if we go down? You have twenty or thirty seconds of sheer terrifying falling as you realize THIS IS IT! (Having experienced a rapid descent once, I can tell you it’s not fun.)

I basically look like Kristin Wiig from Bridesmaids when I’m in the sky:

the fear of flying

But I fly around 100,000 miles a year, so I have to learn how to deal with my fear. Flying is part of my job, and gets me to where I want to go the most efficient way — and I want to go a lot of places.

So I’ve learned three tricks to help get over the fear of flying (or, at the least, reduce the anxiety):

  1. Fake it — As the saying goes, fake it until you make it. When I’m flying, I like to imagine myself as a normal person. What would a person who isn’t afraid of flying do right now? They would sit there, read the in-flight magazine or sleep, and be calm. They would tune it out. So I turn my headphones on, take a deep breath, and read a book or focus on a movie. I tune out my fear and pretend it doesn’t exist. I distract my mind and have it focus on something else. This trick works wonders and by the time I tune back in, we’re at cruising altitude and the anxiety is gone!
  1. Recite the facts — I like to recite facts about airline safety to reassure myself that planes are safe and I’m going to be fine. I’m always repeating to myself things like “Planes are safe, planes are safe. They have strict safety rules.” or “Turbulence doesn’t cause plane crashes; it’s just changes in airflow.” or “Cars are far more dangerous.” Use your rational mind to realize how silly the fear is and how there’s no reason for you to be afraid. The fact that we as a society make a big deal out of airplane crashes is because they are so rare.
  1. Drink — When I can’t fake it or my rational mind isn’t working, I drink to calm my nerves. It works wonders. On long flights, it’s me, those mini-bottles of wine (or an Ambien), and sleep until my destination. Sometimes just taking the edge off is the only way to deal with it.

It wasn’t always this way — I used to love roller coasters, heights, flying, and wasn’t afraid of falling off a bridge – but something changed over the last few years.

Now, I look down from the plane and think, “We’re far up. We’re screwed. Someone get me a glass of wine!”

So while I might never got over my fear of flying, I can manage it and not let it control me.

After a few deep breaths, some wine, realizing there are safety standards in place and zoning out on the latest Hunger Games, I calm down, enjoy the flight, and marvel at the science that gets me halfway around the world in fifteen hours.

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