Kwai Chi's World http://kwaichi.com Kwai Chi is the #1 Parent Blogger Online Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:49:36 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 3 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Have an Active Lifestyle http://kwaichi.com/2017/10/23/3-ways-encourage-kids-active-lifestyle/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/10/23/3-ways-encourage-kids-active-lifestyle/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:52:19 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1818 Kids have so many opportunities for entertainment these days. If they aren’t watching TV, they’re playing video games or on tablets and phones. Trying to get kids into a healthy active lifestyle with so many sedentary distractions can be difficult but there are a all sorts of fun activities that will get your kids exercising […]

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Kids have so many opportunities for entertainment these days. If they aren’t watching TV, they’re playing video games or on tablets and phones. Trying to get kids into a healthy active lifestyle with so many sedentary distractions can be difficult but there are a all sorts of fun activities that will get your kids exercising without them even noticing.

Team Sports

Even if your child isn’t going to be the next Wayne Rooney, team sports are a great way to burn off a lot of energy, build fitness and make new friends too. Football is probably the most popular team sport but there are plenty of other sports to consider. Cricket, rugby and rounders are all great outdoor sports with team building thrown in.

 

You could also consider indoor sports that are more likely to run throughout the year. Badminton, gymnastics and swimming may not be the first team sports to spring to mind but they are all easy ways to meet new friends and get moving!

 

Finding clubs might take a bit of research in your local area but just asking around the playground will give you some idea of what is around and where your children’s friends already go. If athletics is your interest, this club finder from England Athletics is a great resource for finding clubs near you.

Active Days Out

If your weekly schedule is already jam-packed full, finding time to get out and be active can be more difficult. Fortunately, there are all sorts of things you could be doing at the weekend and during school holidays to get your kids going.

 

Lots of swimming pools will put on days with inflatable obstacle courses that are perfect for kids and parents too! You could also look into doing things like climbing walls, horse riding sessions and outdoor pursuits like canoeing. There are all sorts of fun family activities you could consider trying for a day out to give your kids new experiences. And you can get involved yourself!

Walk More

It sounds obvious but walking is the easiest way to encourage a more active lifestyle. Cars are great but sometimes they are too convenient. Try to leave a little bit more time in the morning to walk to school or walk round to the shops rather than drive.

 

Walking is a great way to bond with your kids. Whatever the weather, a family walk is ideal for getting out of the house, enjoying the scenery around you and bonding as a family. A welly-walk full of splashing in puddles and kicking through mud is perfect for young children and the ideal opportunity to introduce them to their environment. Try spotting different animals or collecting leaves to make a collage at home to keep things interesting.

 

With a bit of imagination, you and your family can quickly boost the amount of activity you do. Try lots of different activities to find out what sort of things your child prefers to do and make small changes to your lifestyle. And remember – it’s got to be fun!

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The ABC Of Snow Holidays http://kwaichi.com/2017/09/15/abc-snow-holidays/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/09/15/abc-snow-holidays/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:45:12 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1812 What does it take for the perfect snow holiday? Height is a good clue; to guarantee snow coverage, you tend to want countries or places that are located high above sea level. Closer to the clouds means a surer guarantee of snow. But the height factor aside, the requirements are fairly small. If you want […]

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What does it take for the perfect snow holiday?

Height is a good clue; to guarantee snow coverage, you tend to want countries or places that are located high above sea level. Closer to the clouds means a surer guarantee of snow. But the height factor aside, the requirements are fairly small.

If you want to partake in winter sports, then you have to be a little more thorough. Height is still, once again, your guiding criteria — you’re going to want slopes to try your luck on, of course. Again, though, there are plenty of options around the world — so how can you possibly decide?

In an effort to provide some clarity, let’s keep it simple: the ABCs.

A is for Andorra

Beautiful Andorra is a must for anyone determined to make a snow holiday a must. Located between France and Spain, Andorra has all the benefits of European culture — including using the Euro — but without the same attention. While the country is popular with tourists, it’s far from overwhelmed.

The ski area of Grandvalira is the largest in the Pyrenees range, and as you’d expect there’s plenty of winter sport fun waiting for you here. If enjoying the chalet atmosphere is more your thing, then you’re catered to as well. Andorra holidays offer the perfect mix of a relaxed, snowy atmosphere but without the same sheer number of tourists as other countries might attract.

B is for Belgium

 

The Ovifat ski resort in Belgium is a wonderful area to experience the delights of winter fun but without the same tourist traffic as many other similar locations. Curl up and enjoy the sight of snow falling, or brave the slopes to see what you can do.

Located on the eastern side of Belgium, not far from the German border, Ovifat is a great destination to consider. Another option is the city of Malmedy, also a great destination for skiing fun, as well as being a beautiful city to enjoy on a city break basis too. Again, it’s on the eastern side of Belgium, and much of the region offers the same delights.

C is for Colorado

If you would prefer to travel a little further afield, the the US state of Colorado should be at the top of your list. The state is famous for its skiing and generally picturesque mountain views, thanks to its location near the Rockies mountain range.

Aspen is perhaps the best known area for snow and ski holidays, but there’s plenty to choose from outside of these regions. The Arapahoe Basin in Summit County plays host to one of the longest and steepest trails in the USA; the Pallavicini. Wherever you go, however, Colorado has got something to offer fans of winter holidays.

Of course, there are locations along the other 23 letters of the alphabet that will suit any fan of snow holidays down to the ground — but there’s no denying that these three choices are a pretty good place to begin.

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Best Ways to Enjoy The Outdoors This Autumn http://kwaichi.com/2017/08/18/best-ways-enjoy-outdoors-autumn/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/08/18/best-ways-enjoy-outdoors-autumn/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:53:07 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1808 For some reason, people seem to dread the thought of summer coming to an end. Sure, the weather will get a bit chillier and the days a bit shorter – but who needs warm and long days when we have snuggly throws and roast dinners to keep us warm? Stay active as the leaves turn […]

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For some reason, people seem to dread the thought of summer coming to an end. Sure, the weather will get a bit chillier and the days a bit shorter – but who needs warm and long days when we have snuggly throws and roast dinners to keep us warm?

Stay active as the leaves turn yellow and discover a season of change; where the summer has us sweating through our exercises outdoors, autumn will leave you perfectly tranquil.

Here is a handful of the best ways you can enjoy the season and stay just as active outside as you are when the sun is shining.

Find a new path

No road can compare to the magic that is found on a hidden path, surrounded by trees all dressed in orange and red. Ditch your regular run on the road this autumn and find a trail to discover the best of nature while getting your heart pumping. It’s no secret that being in nature is good for our mental health – but I dare say the excitement of finding a new route in nature will keep you running for a bit longer.

There are so many colours to feast your eyes on, small animals getting ready for winter, and mushrooms popping up everywhere. It’s the kind of stuff you wouldn’t be able to enjoy in the summer – and certainly not during winter, so make it a walk rather a run once in awhile and bring your camera with.

It’s alright to stop and pick something up on your way, a set of decorative leaves in the shades of the sunset, for example, can easily turn your home into an autumn lover’s paradise.

Take your kids on a hike

Autumn is the season for harvest; children with purple mouths and buckets full of blueberries, and Sunday dinners with mushrooms you’ve picked yourself – these are the memories that will have your kids longing back to nature.

Give them as well as yourself a treat this season and bring your bicycles with for even more fun and a bit of fitness in between all the blueberry snacking.

Take your dog with and watch him stretch his legs as you cycle up the hill, pack some lunch you can enjoy before you head back home, and remember a bicycle insurance to feel confident enough on your hike to head off track a bit. It’s a good idea to find somewhere that’s suitable for your fitness level, though, as you need to take the terrain into consideration.

You can map out a route before you go or simply cycle where you want to in the forest. Just remember to check any announcement for your area to make sure nothing is closed up before you get there.

No matter how you choose to spend this season, you should enjoy the change with people you love. Be aware of the shift in nature and allow yourself to soak up the beauty rather than only focusing on fitness; it will keep you happy too, which is great news for everyone.

 

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Kwai Chi’s Marathon NSPCC Prize Draw http://kwaichi.com/2017/07/23/kwai-chi-marathon-nspcc-prize-draw/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/07/23/kwai-chi-marathon-nspcc-prize-draw/#respond Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:32:14 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1771 Kwai Chi Runs London Marathon for NSPCC Thanks for taking the time to visit my prize draw page! Scroll to the bottom to the Gleam App if you want to enter the prize draw without seeing why I’ve put this together in the first place. I’m running the 42,195 metres around the London Marathon Course in 2018 to help raise money […]

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Kwai Chi Runs London Marathon for NSPCC

Thanks for taking the time to visit my prize draw page! Scroll to the bottom to the Gleam App if you want to enter the prize draw without seeing why I’ve put this together in the first place.

I’m running the 42,195 metres around the London Marathon Course in 2018 to help raise money for the NSPCC.

I was abused and neglected by my parents and experienced a childhood of nightmares and pain. I wish the NSPCC was there for me back then, but with more money, the NSPCC can provide the resources required to not let history repeat itself.

This is how you can help me get around the course:

  • If you have the funds, please donate generously here
  • If you have little money or can’t pay online, then text KCHI99 £1 to 70070 and donate just £1 to help (you can replace £1 with £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 if you prefer).
  • If you really don’t have any money then help raise awareness by sharing this url https://www.justgiving.com/kwaichilondon2018
  • Enter the mega free prize draw below which helps promote my just giving page.
  • Donate a prize to the prize draw or share this with someone who can.

 

Kwai’s Marathon NSPCC Prize Draw

Join the the NSPCC community

We’re the only charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. That’s why we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.

www.nspcc.org.uk

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Long-Term Relationships: A Breath of Fresh Air http://kwaichi.com/2017/06/16/long-term-relationships-breath-fresh-air/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/06/16/long-term-relationships-breath-fresh-air/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:25:05 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1764 It’s like those who manage to make their relationship a success seem to have found the answer to one of life’s great mysteries. Right next to the meaning of life and how to make your children do what you tell them to do – maybe it’s just no straight answer to either of them. Nonetheless, […]

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It’s like those who manage to make their relationship a success seem to have found the answer to one of life’s great mysteries. Right next to the meaning of life and how to make your children do what you tell them to do – maybe it’s just no straight answer to either of them. Nonetheless, we should give it a shot; it certainly can’t be any harm in trying, from day one, to keep your relationship happy and healthy.

When you’ve been together for some time, it’s natural that some of the passion fades away. Coming to terms with this and accepting that your relationship will go through changes is important to keep you both sane; many relationships has been thrown away after the first six months, or as soon as one of the two feels like there’s no passion left.

#1 Acceptance

Acceptance means that to have a realistic approach to a long-term relationship, you need to accept that passion does fade. With that extra bit of effort that everyone’s talking about, you can find your way back to it from time to time.

It won’t be the same fire you had the first month of dating, though, and it’s important that you accept this. Otherwise, you won’t enjoy the new shape your relationship has taken, and you will also miss out on all of the advantages of loving your best friend – you know, that handsome man you went on a date with back in the days. He turns into your closest friend with time, and passion turns to compassion. It’s a good thing.

#2 Celebrate each other

When all of that is said, we need to talk about celebrating the small things – and the big occasions – and supporting each other. It’s difficult to survive in a long term relationship if you don’t make it clear that the special days are important to both of you; the celebrations are sure to breathe a whole wind of fresh air in your relationship. Read more here for inspiration on how to make your occasions as special as possible and how you can celebrate the little things as well as the big. It won’t fix a relationship that’s unhealthy and where the communication is poor, but it will help keep a solid relationship happy further down the road.

#3 Show gratitude

So, how do we put in that extra bit of effort when the passion fades? It’s not enough to show each other interest the way you did at the beginning of the relationship by going on hot dates and dancing all night; although you should still do this, it won’t always fit in with your everyday-selves. You’ve probably heard it before, but it’s important; do those little things for each other from time to time, such as making the other a cup of coffee while they’re in the shower, or surprising them with a movie night. Remember to be grateful when you’re on the receiving end of these small things – just a cheerful ‘thank you!’ could be enough for the other one to feel appreciated.

A somewhat morbid game, perfect for when you feel like the relationship has turned into one big yawn, is to imagine what your life would be like without the other person. It sounds kind of strange, also to me, but it reminds you to be grateful for each other and to show it from time to time – without expecting anything back.

Some also recommend this thinking in the bedroom: imagining that this is the last time you’re with each other could spice things up. It’s all in your head, anyway, and the mind game won’t do anyone any harm.

#4 Rekindle old activities

A lot of people in relationships seem to think that once the passion you had is cooling off, the main thing you need to work on is to keep things interesting in the bedroom. This can feel a bit forced to some – and do more harm than good if one only focuses on an interesting sex life, while the other is missing a deeper connection and building resentment towards the other.

In fact, most couples at the start of a relationship nurtured all the other aspects first, got to know each other and had a laugh – then, a spicy sex life comes as a treat. By all means, rekindle your passion in the bedroom as well, just don’t think this is going to rekindle your entire relationship. Things take time, and if you’re feeling like your partner isn’t interested in listening to you anymore, or you keep picking fights with each other, a romantic candle-light bedroom just isn’t going to cut it.

Think back to what you used to do when you started dating; picnics in the green, running together or even binge-watching Netflix could remind you of who you used to be. Ending the night with a bit of passion will feel less forced if you’ve both had a great day, feeling connected and want to show the other how much you care after a lovely day together. Rather than the attitude of ‘I’ve light you all of these candles and given you a massage, so now you need to treat me back.’ That is the kind of thinking that creates resentment and potentially ruins what could have been a great night.

It’s no doubt that relationships can be hard work from time to time, but remember that it shouldn’t always be that way. We all need to invest love in them and make some sacrifices, but if you feel like you’re missing out on other parts of your life or that it’s a downward spiral of doom no matter how hard you try, it could simply be that you’ve come to an end. That happens – and staying in an unhappy relationship will not do anyone any good.

These few tips and tricks are meant to inspire you to keep things interesting, not to save a toxic relationship. If in doubt, listen to your heart as well as your family and friends – they know you so well, and only want what’s best for you.

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Bulking: The Whole Truth Behind It http://kwaichi.com/2017/06/10/bulking-whole-truth-behind/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/06/10/bulking-whole-truth-behind/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 19:05:29 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1755 It’ll come as no surprise that bulk yourself up, you have to have an extra intake of food. It’s just physics, chemistry and biology all rolled into one; you can’t make something bigger if you don’t add to it. When you’re a parent, it’s nice to be able to put a focus back into yourself […]

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It’ll come as no surprise that bulk yourself up, you have to have an extra intake of food. It’s just physics, chemistry and biology all rolled into one; you can’t make something bigger if you don’t add to it. When you’re a parent, it’s nice to be able to put a focus back into yourself when the time is right. To be able to get to the point where you are adding muscle, you need to ensure that you are adding a significant amount of calories to support your muscle growth. There is a fine line between eating too much and eating too little when you are are bulking up, and if you’re consuming less than your recommended intake, you could actually be depriving the muscle of the nutrients it needs and see it wasting away rather than getting bigger – no matter how hard you are training. But just how much do you need to eat to gain… and is it always the answer when you reach a certain point?

What To Eat?

Just because you’re having to eat more food, meaning more calories, this doesn’t mean that you have free reign to eat whatever you want to. Opting towards junk under the false presumption that anything and everything counts in terms of energy is not the way forward. However, it’s the same with any food that you are eating whilst trying to bulk; there’s truth in the saying that there can be too much of a good thing. The one nutrient that everybody thinks of when putting on muscle is protein, but there’s only so much that you can eat without it turning into fat. There is a process that the protein has to go to to be able to help your muscle build up, but when it’s there in excess i.e. not needed for the process, it turns into fat stores instead.

Who To Turn To?

If you are looking for more information on bulking up, what powders to use, how to get to where you need to be in a certain amount of time and any other question, you’re best heading to the internet and asking the professionals. There are writers such as Erny Piebst who can provide blog posts on everything that you need to know about the process on the whole, plus a lot more too. Obviously with bulking comes the need to exercise – in this case, mainly weightlifting – and so there needs to be research put into this too and how you can effectively combine the two to give you the results that you are aiming for.

What Comes After Bulking?

With bulking comes shredding. It’s pretty much a process of one after the other. When you bulk up, you need to be able to shred off the fat layers that you have built in order to see the muscle that’s underneath – else what’s the point? There’s quite a bit of science behind it, but as long as you follow the rules that have been laid down and tested for years, you are bound to be doing the right thing. The results will follow pretty quickly after this – at least, relatively quickly. Nothing will come overnight but changes will start to show in a couple of weeks rather than having to wait years for a slow reveal.

How Long Should I Be Doing This For?

This is open to debate and differs from person to person, but the average is around two months of maintaining and building up the extra weight before going through the cutting process (cutting and shredding are the same thing – it’s up to you which word you want to use). There is a danger of going on too long with it, where you risk really turning all of your calories straight into fat which will take longer to work off and burn into muscle mass. You don’t have to go overboard with your training, which could also be detrimental to your progress; slow and steady wins the race with this trend. There are those who opt to go for a clean bulk, which is slightly slower and sees results coming on a lot later than if you were to pile on for the a quick bulk and cut. It all depends on how long it takes your body to adapt to what you want it to do; it will be stored in its memory the more you do it, and you should start to see faster results each time you go through the process. Make sure you give yourself a break between phases and take it at your own pace.

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Not-So-Obvious Things You Need To Sort For Your Big Day http://kwaichi.com/2017/06/05/not-obvious-things-need-sort-big-day/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/06/05/not-obvious-things-need-sort-big-day/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:05:40 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1751 When we are planning our big day, a lot of focus goes on finding the right venue, dress, and photographer for the event. And we can spend months sorting out these details. But while it’s important they are at the forefront of your mind, there are some other things you need to focus on for […]

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When we are planning our big day, a lot of focus goes on finding the right venue, dress, and photographer for the event. And we can spend months sorting out these details. But while it’s important they are at the forefront of your mind, there are some other things you need to focus on for the sake of your big day. In fact, if you don’t sort these in advance, you could be left looking back with regret after the wedding day. Therefore, here are some not-so-obvious things you need to sort for your big day.

A father daughter dance

Everybody goes on about the first dance. After all, it’s a special moment between the new husband and wife. And a lot of couples spend ages picking out a song which means something to them both. They also practice the dance in advance, and for some couples, they go for dance lessons before the big day. But while the first dance is a special moment, it’s actually the father daughter dance which leaves guests with tears in their eyes. After all, it’s often a chance for the dad and daughter to say their goodbyes before she starts her married life. And it’s often an emotional moment for the dad as they dance together. Therefore, make sure you do sort out the dance, so you don’t live with regret after the big day. You can find some good suggestions online of songs that would be suitable for the father daughter dance.

Wedding insurance

We all hope and pray that the wedding day will go all to plan. After all, we have spent a ton of money on making the day perfect. But if you or your partner, or even a close member gets sick, it can mean you have to cancel the wedding. And then you could potentially lose all your money for the big day. However, if you sort out wedding insurance, it could mean you can make a claim and get your money back. That way, you can rearrange the big day for another time. But a lot of people forget to sort out insurance in the run up to the wedding. So they are left feeling the pinch if something happens. Therefore, you should go through a company like wedinsure wedding insurance to ensure you are covered for the big day. That way, you can rest easy that if something occurs, you will have the funds to cover it.

Kid activities and games

It’s always a hard one deciding whether to invite kids or not to the wedding day. After all, they can make the day extra special. But it can make it difficult for the parents to let their hair down. Therefore, if you are inviting kids, you should look at arranging some activities and games to keep them busy. After all, it will keep them occupied during the long speeches so you will have little crying during the video. And the parents will be grateful that their children have something to do. Therefore, put some games on the table to keep them busy during the wedding breakfast and beyond!

And remember to sort out gifts for the wedding party. After all, they will have had to deal with you being a bit of a bridezilla during the last few months!

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Run Disney France – The Ultimate Guide for the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend http://kwaichi.com/2017/04/09/run-disney-france-ultimate-guide-disneyland-paris-half-marathon-weekend/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/04/09/run-disney-france-ultimate-guide-disneyland-paris-half-marathon-weekend/#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:26:51 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1719 So, you want to know more about Run Disney France at Disneyland Paris. This is a full-on guide on what to do for the race weekend, coming up to it and how to book, etc. So, how do I know all about this? Well, I was invited to a special weekend training with Paula Radcliffe […]

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So, you want to know more about Run Disney France at Disneyland Paris. This is a full-on guide on what to do for the race weekend, coming up to it and how to book, etc. So, how do I know all about this? Well, I was invited to a special weekend training with Paula Radcliffe and other fantastic people from all over Europe and I had the opportunity to go run in Disneyland Paris in a closed off park so here are some things you need to know:

Book a Place at Run Disney France

So, first off you need to go and book at http://run.disneylandparis.com. You have to decide whether you want to do a 5k run, whether you want to put your kids in a kid’s race, whether you want to do a 10k run, or the Half Marathon they are on different days. But for all the races you need to go and pick up your race gear on the 22nd of September 2017. So, the whole race weekend starts from the September the 21st 2017 which is the expo launch day. Then, you’ve got till Friday evening to go pick up your bibs and then they’ve got the 5k family run on Friday in the evening, it’s in the dark. Then, they’ve got the kids race which is for 1-12 year olds on the Saturday. And they’ve got their 10k also on the Saturday but at 7a.m, very early on the 23rd of September 2017. And then the Half Marathon starts at 7 on Sunday September the 24th 2017. And they have various prices, they all have ticket prices in order to take part and that’s quite normal for any race. It’s not a timed race and this year what’s really special is that the Half Marathon finishes inside the park and it is the first time anywhere– where there is around Disney whether it’s in the United States or over here in Europe– it’s the first time you can finish inside the park. So, it’s very very special. It’s a very very special event.

Book a Disney Hotel

When you book your race ticket you may also want to consider making it big weekend out of it or big week out of it and stay at a hotel and go to the parks. I would recommend doing all of those things. Why not? If you’re going to pay 75euros to take part in a Half Marathon you may as well go the whole hog. Book a hotel. If you’re gonna to book a hotel, I’d recommend the Disneyland Hotel in the actual park, New York Hotel which is the closest one next to the Disney village, then Sequoia Lodge Hotel and the NewPort Bay Hotel. Those are the three closest hotels to the Disney village and park. And the one inside the park is a lot more expensive, but you are in the park. I think there’s a lot of other perks too.

Now, security is quite tight. But if you have a room in a Disney hotel, you can go through a faster security check point and also you get to use the park a little bit earlier between 8 and 10 in the morning. The parks open till really late, but if you go through the normal public entrance, security takes a long time.

Getting the Eurostar to & from Disneyland Paris

If you‘re catching the Eurostar then try and get one of the direct trains especially if you have kids, because it’s a lot less painful, let me put it that way. It’s quite difficult getting out of France, if you get back to England. I don’t know what it’s like if you live in Europe and you catch trains from somewhere else in Europe from Disneyland Paris. But if you catch the Eurostar make sure you leave very, very, very early. Leave yourself a good couple of hours before your departure time, because there will be a lot of people, a lot of people trying to get on that Eurostar train. And you want to make sure you are one of the first people to get on that train…First! So, my top tip is get on that train early. We kind of made the mistake of leaving it quite late. The good thing is they will stick around even if the train is delayed by like 20 minutes, they don’t leave any passengers behind, even though they say they will they actually don’t. It’s a lie. But that’s only on direct train. If you don’t get the little train and indirect connection, forget it, they will leave you behind. If you get the direct train they will not leave you behind.

There’s only one train back to England and there’s only one train to Disneyland Paris from England that is direct, so make sure you get there early. If you plan on traveling book at http://sarahimmobilier.fr/. It counts on the other side as well, from England to Disneyland Paris, but less so than actually going from Paris back to the UK. Get there early, book your tickets early because they are cheaper. If you have kid who is 0,1, 2, or 3 years old, they can travel for free, but they have to sit on your lap and only one child per adult. Between the ages of 4 and I think 11, there is a special price for kids. However, that price may not be as cheap as buying an advanced single adult or return adult ticket. So, bear that in mind, do look at both prices and see which one is cheaper. It’s possible that the child ticket can be more expensive than the adult ticket. You may also get it all as part of a package with your hotel, in which case do that. It just saves you a headache and then you will be at all protected and all that kind of stuff. Get travel insurance and remember to get your EHIC card if you are from the EU. And there’s probably something else I’ve forgotten, em, pack your bags.

Pack lots of stuff, but also take lots of spare luggage space. On the Eurostar each adult, regardless of whether they have children or not, ok, if your children are 0 or 1, 2, 3 years ago you don’t get any extra allowance. Kids between 4 and 11, I think are allowed 1 big suitcase. And from 12 years old and over, they are counted as adults, I think from memory and all adults get 2 big luggage, and one small luggage. I would recommend taking that second big luggage, because you’ll probably buy loads and loads of stuff at Disneyland.

Disney Express

If you get Disney Express which is a service that you pay for if you have a Disney Hotel or I think you get it free if you have a suite in one of the hotels. My #1 tip is to get Disney Express, because then you go straight to the park because you have your park ticket waiting for you on the Eurostar train (or at the Chessy station for other trains) along with your luggage tags. Then, after a day at the park, you just go straight through the village and to your hotel. Walking to your hotel around the lake via the village takes less time than using the shuttle bus service.

Main Areas of the Hotel

  • Disney Express or at the Hotel it’s called Baggage – pick up your bags here and drop off to pick up at station when going home. Also tickets if you booked in advance.
  • Reception which is for checking in, getting meal vouchers and doing the charge card thing.
  • Concierge for sorting out a lot of things like housekeeping like if you need a cot or if you need to reserve a table at a restaurant or if you want to find out about stuff.
  • Souvenir Shop. There’s a shop where you get your photopass+.

Disneyland Paris Charge Card

The Disneyland Paris charge card is a little contactless card which you get to keep and take home with you as a souvenir. It is a little charge card that you can use to pay for stuff in Disneyland and get all the stuff sent back to your room automatically which is fantastic. Which means you can pick it all up in one go and take it home with you. This thing requires a bit of form filling and credit card authentication. You can have multiple cards too for your family members if you plan on doing different activities on some days. For every 380 euros they just debit your account. So, if you spend 200 euros they just debit your account when you leave. If you spend 390 euros they debit it once you cross over 380 euros and then the rest when you leave and so on. So, this charge card is contactless. You stick it on the machine and you enter a pin that you set when you got one of these things. You can get this at the Hotel reception.

Disneyland Meal Vouchers

You can also full-board, half-board which are your meal options and you get vouchers which allow you to eat lunch and dinner and breakfast at certain places. If you don’t want to eat at one of the designated places you eat, you can use the vouchers at face value. Currently, one of the yellow ones, a child is worth 16 euros I think, and adult ones are worth 28 euros. But, you can get that all bundled in with your hotel package. So, if you like just reserve and book in your hotel there to eat. If you are riding a lot and you know you are going to ride or you are going to watch the illuminations, go eat in the park, but reserve your hotel and restaurant stuff before you go, because it gets booked up. They get really busy, just call up or email the concierge at your hotel to book.

In the village (which doesn’t require a park ticket) are Coffee bars and Vapiano and Starbucks, and some other sandwich places. McDonalds too.

Disneyland VIP Fastpass

Certain rooms will allow you to have one of these things as well which is VIP fastpass. And if you can afford it, I’d recommend getting it only because you get to go on the rides — there are 10 rides I think where you can just go straight on pretty much. You flash your VIP fastpass and then they let you on– you don’t have to queue. That is for rides like Big Thunder Mountain and Aerosmith – so cool! The next one down from that are ones with fastpass, range with fastpass. And fastpass allows you do pretty much the same thing, except you don’t have to go straight on. And I think there’s limited amount of fastpasses that you get, like three per park. And what happens is you go up to machine and it spits out a time for you to go back to queue up for your fastpass. The queue is very very short. So, you don’t like ride under 10 minutes, really cool.

Disney Hotel Easy-Pass

When you check in to your Disney Hotel, at the bottom of your registration form it says easy-pass and that allows you to go into the park between 8am and 10am. That is very cool. So, even if you do not have fastpass or VIP fastpass you can get into the park or the Studios between 8 and 10, before the general public are allowed in.

Disney PhotoPass+ Card

What the Photopass+ card allows you to get your photo taken and then it allows you to have all of the images digitally downloaded onto your account and which you can retrieve later. It’s available on all the big rides and the meet & greet areas where you meet the characters like Mickey and Donald Duck, and Buzz Lightyear, etc. You have a whole year to download the images off the web or you can view them from an app which can sync up with your account. And that you get in the Disney shop, but you can pre-register the app before you go.

The 3 sections of Disneyland Paris

There are three different sections to Disneyland Paris. One is the Disney village. Anyone can go in through there once you’ve passed your security. And the best security gates to get through are the ones from the hotels. Disney village has a huge range of themed restaurant and cafes to go to. And if you ever want to go to a Disney shop without having to pay for the entry of a Disney park or a Disney studio ticket, then fear not because there are lots of shops out here to do with Disney, lots. And there are lots of people wearing Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse is everywhere.

There are 2 attraction parks, The Disney studios and the Disney park. The Disney park is bigger and the original one and it’s got the castle. And the studios are based on movie things.

There’s a full massive program which you can download online of all the different events that are going on at Disneyland Paris anywhere near the park. Or you can use the Disneyland app to find out where all these things are taking place and what time they are taking place. I would recommend doing all those things.

Disney Paris Illuminations

The illuminations, you can’t miss them. Don’t miss it. Go and stand in a really nice spot. Central Plaza is the best place to stand and get there for like 8pm, stand there for a couple of hours. It’s gruelling, I know, it’s horrible, but when it gets to 10pm or it might be later if it’s in the Summer or September. It might be 11pm or it might be 9pm. Just look up the event beforehand. You want to really watch those illuminations, they are really really good. And when I say illuminations, it’s like a big projection thing that goes onto the Castle and then you’ve got fireworks, and it’s all themed with music. It’s truly magical and if you’ve got kids with you, it’s something to remember and not miss. Don’t miss it. Don’t miss it.

The Run Disney Paris Race Weekend

You want to gear up properly. I think with the race bib you get a race T-shirt on the race weekend. Wear racy stuff. And if you want to wear a costume, wear a ‘costumey’ thing. Then, have a breakfast if you eat breakfast before you run. And then go around running around the Disney park. The courses are really really cool, There will be crowds of people cheering you on. There will be characters to take photos with and there will be a special edition photopass+ edition for the weekend where they use your bib number to send you all your run pics.

Finally

Ok, I hope that was a comprehensive guide to a race weekend between the 21st and the 23rd of September 2017. Hopefully, you will be there and you’ll have fun. Do enjoy the rides. My son’s favourite (he is three by the way) is Big Thunder Mountain. He loves that train. My favourite is the Aerosmith Ride. So, if you go along, go check out those rides. If you want to see a good show then I can highly recommend the Motor Stunt Show. It’s very good.

That’s the guide. I made a video with footage from the course below. Good luck on your race weekend!

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Have the Time of Your Life in China http://kwaichi.com/2017/04/04/time-life-china/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/04/04/time-life-china/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:56:27 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1713 China is currently seeing an increase in the amount of people who choose to travel there as tourists. The country has always been stunningly beautiful, but social and political issues have put many travelers off seeing the country in all its glory. Today, China isn’t perfect, but it’s more modern, vibrant and tourist friendly than […]

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China is currently seeing an increase in the amount of people who choose to travel there as tourists. The country has always been stunningly beautiful, but social and political issues have put many travelers off seeing the country in all its glory. Today, China isn’t perfect, but it’s more modern, vibrant and tourist friendly than ever, which means you can truly have the time of your life there.

Although there are literally thousands of great experiences to be had in China, which is why so many people book a China tour guide for their trip, I’d put a wager on these being the best places to visit if you want to have a great time and get a true representation of what China is about:

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was home to the China’s emperors and their advisors for more than half a millennium, and no one who was not in their prestigious circle was allowed to enter. However, the amazing Beijing attraction is now open to anyone who wishes to explore the some 980 buildings that make up the settlement. So vast is the site that that many visitors pack a lunch and spend the whole day exploring, and even then, they probably don’t get to see the whole city in its magnificent glory!

Potala Palace

If you want to see terrific Tibetan architecture, take a trip to Potala Palace, and you won’t be disappointed. Once the home of numerous Dalai Lamas, the Palace is over 13 stories high, offering impressive views of the surrounding area. Unfortunately, only a small number of visitors are permitted entry each day, so you will need to book early if you want to fit this fabulous attraction in.

Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is an awe-inspiring site whether you’re a devoted Buddhist or not. The 223-foot-high statue is the largest depiction of Buddha on the planet, and thanks to the rolling river that rushes by its feet, it is one of the most impressive sights you will ever be lucky enough to see.

The Hanging Temple

China is filled with beautiful temples that show off some of Asia’s most impressive and ancient architecture, but undoubtedly the most impressive of them all is the Hanging Temple located 4 hours outside of Beijing. Suspended 100 feet over a valley, the temple’s buildings are interconnected by a number of wooden pathways that offer unbeatable views of the surrounding countryside.

Yungang Grottoes

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is close to the Hanging Temple, so combining a day trip to the two is never a bad idea. The grottoes, which comprise of many caves carved into the cliffs, are home to around 50,000 Buddha statues, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of China.

The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army is open of the world’s most brilliant and unusual tourist sites. Found in 1974, the attraction features thousands of soldiers, horses, chariots and officers – all in life-size. It’s a great place to take pictures and an unforgettable experience.

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Top Tips for Better Sleep http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/29/top-tips-better-sleep/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/29/top-tips-better-sleep/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:37:31 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1710 A lack of sleep at night can be detrimental to the next day’s work. Being tired during the day can lead to any number of problems: it can mean you lose concentration and put yourself in danger, i.e. when driving on the road, and it can just generally mean that you aren’t able to get […]

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A lack of sleep at night can be detrimental to the next day’s work. Being tired during the day can lead to any number of problems: it can mean you lose concentration and put yourself in danger, i.e. when driving on the road, and it can just generally mean that you aren’t able to get on with your everyday activities and maintain a good standard of life. Because of this, if you suffer from a difficulty to either initiate or maintain (or even both) a good night’s sleep, then it’s imperative that you seek to solve the problem as soon as possible.

First of all, you could try adding an exercise regime into your daily life. A handful of studies have suggested that excessive does have an impact on sleeping patterns, which is why you should seek this very accessible, healthy and natural remedy. Taking to working out is a life choice that everybody can make, even those that have never worked out before. If you are newbie to exercise then, first and foremost, it’s important to find an exercise regime that keeps you stimulated, even in the hardest times. For instance, if you, say, take to working out outside but soon find that you don’t particularly enjoy it then it is going to be easy to forgo it and let the venture fall by the wayside. However, if you find something that you enjoy doing then you are going to feel more inclined to continue doing it over a prolonged period of time. You may find that getting out and exercising inside is a better suit for you; if this is the case, then why not invest in a spin bike? Purchasing any of the bikes found at https://bodygearguide.com/best-spinning-bike-reviews/ will help get your heart pounding in ways that are just as good as if you were in fact cycling outside. Spin bikes are safer to use than traditional stationary ones which means you never have to worry about suffering any injuries and having them keep you up all night as well.

But if exercising isn’t your forte at all then there are a host of natural sleep remedies to aid in the quest for a better sleep. You can find a whole host of sleep remedies here: http://everydayroots.com/sleep-remedies — from the very tasty tart cherry juice to the calming valerian. And it’s just about the substances you do put in your body, it’s about the ones you don’t put in; for example: alcohol and sleep certainly do not mix. Cutting down in alcohol consumption is something that you should seek to do if you do in fact consume it and do struggle to sleep because of the fact that it impacts the quality of sleep attained and, even when you do sleep, can make it feel as if you haven’t slept at all. So maybe you should try and go one year without beer?

Make sure to check these other tips for better sleep if you continue to find that you are struggling to nod off at night in order to see if there is anything else in your life that you need to change.

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4 Ways To Help Your Kids Respect Their Elders http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/28/4-ways-help-kids-respect-elders/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/28/4-ways-help-kids-respect-elders/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:22:02 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1707 It’s a big thing that we see less and less of each day, respecting your elders. It’s ever since I became a father that I’ve realized that I may have been a bit of a difficult child, and although every child has their moments, I realized there were times when I never respected my elders. […]

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It’s a big thing that we see less and less of each day, respecting your elders. It’s ever since I became a father that I’ve realized that I may have been a bit of a difficult child, and although every child has their moments, I realized there were times when I never respected my elders. You read in the news about teenagers and knife crime, and while it’s easy to tar a whole group of people with the same brush, surely those kids’ parents did their best, right? But it made me think, that as someone who wants their children to have a strong relationship with their grandparents, what can I do to make it a more organic process, instead of just telling my kids that they “must” hang out with their grandparents?

Demonstrate Your Politeness

You can’t expect your children to treat their grandparents with the level of respect you want if you don’t do the same. Lead by example and show your children the importance of politeness and respect, and this can filter down into things like holding doors open for people. Constantly encouraging the same moral values that you would give to people (please and thank you, etc.) isn’t worth a dime if you don’t do it yourself.

Grandparents Tell Great Stories

The great thing about grandparents and great-grandparents is the stories that they can tell about the olden days. Your kids may head out on battlefield trips with their school which gives a detailed and educational account of the war, but can a book tell you exactly what it was like, such as the sights, sounds, and smells of war? So the next time you see the children’s grandparents, you can ask them to tell a great little story to pique the kids’ interest. It will likely become a regular feature and a great way for your child and their grandparents to bond.

Encourage Regular Visits

Visiting the grandparents should be something that the children should look forward to, not dread. So by starting off with regular visits when the children are very young, it will be something they come to expect. And they will certainly miss the routine if it is not there. I know many people that would go on a day out and visit their grandparents when they were kids every Sunday, and it became a wonderful part of their weekend. Making it a habit that is hard to break is the important factor for establishing respect and a loving relationship.

Try Not To Step In When You Can Help It

It can be easy to reprimand a child for speaking out of turn, but based on my experience, the grandparents will state that it wasn’t very nice. If you raise your voice or make your child feel bad for what they’ve done, this can put a dent in the relationship between the child and grandparent. Likewise, if your child has made a valiant effort in being nice and helpful, then they should be rewarded and praised for this. It isn’t something that happens overnight, but it is a relationship that is pivotal to a child’s development.

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How To Entertain Yourself When You Have A Newborn Baby http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/28/entertain-newborn-baby/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/28/entertain-newborn-baby/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:56:10 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1704 It’s completely indisputable that having a baby changes pretty much everything about your life. You get much less sleep, you spend half your life in a perpetual state of worry, and it takes you about an hour just to get ready to go out as you come to the conclusion that you’ll never be able […]

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It’s completely indisputable that having a baby changes pretty much everything about your life. You get much less sleep, you spend half your life in a perpetual state of worry, and it takes you about an hour just to get ready to go out as you come to the conclusion that you’ll never be able to ‘travel light’ again. But one of the hardest things to come to terms with after having a baby is the way that it changes your social life. When your baby’s young and you’re still nursing, you can’t go out to meet your friends for a couple drinks, you can’t go out for dinner with your partner – if you’re a stay at home mom or on maternity leave it seems as though you’re very tied down to your home. Here are a few tips on things you can do to make sure you stay in touch with the world even when you have a newborn baby…

Reconnect With Your Partner

Having a baby will change your relationship considerably. Going from it just being the pair of you to having three people in your little family is a huge adjustment to make, and sleep deprivation and the extra pressure of having a baby can have a negative impact on you as a couple. It’s important to make sure that you still spend plenty of time together – you might not be able to eat dinner together because of your baby but taking advantage of the times when he or she is asleep is important, even if it’s just eating a bowl of ice cream together and asking each other questions about your day.

Get Cultured

The fact that you have a baby doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t introduce a little culture into your life. It probably isn’t a good idea to take your newborn to art galleries or the theater but while you’re spending a lot of time at home it’s worth investing in some extra TV channels or a new app – for instance, download ShowBox. It’s free! – so you can get into a few new TV shows. Go for light comedies and anything that isn’t too plot heavy – exhaustedly holding a sleeping newborn who won’t let you put them down probably isn’t the best time to start trying to watch The Wire.

Start Reading

Let’s face it, now probably isn’t the time to start reading the works of Dostoevsky – your attention span might not be amazing and you’ll probably get interrupted by night feeds so often that all the characters start blending into one and you end up reading the same pages over and over. But now would be a good time to revisit some of your old favourites – if you’re holding your baby with one arm you can absolutely hold an e-reader so you can reread Harry Potter with the other hand.

Venture Out

Finally, be brave and venture outside – research baby friendly cafes in your local area where you can relax, along with any sessions at your local library you can take your baby to. Remember that you shouldn’t be embarrassed if your baby starts crying – a lot of other people around you are parents and they’ll understand.

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Unmissable Canada http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/22/unmissable-canada/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/03/22/unmissable-canada/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:35:20 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1700 Canada is the second biggest country in the world, so it is not surprising that it is home to some of the most beautiful sweeping landscapes, culturally advances cities and awesome attractions on the planet. If you have visited the Official Canada ETA website to sort out your travel documentation, and you’re now looking to […]

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Canada is the second biggest country in the world, so it is not surprising that it is home to some of the most beautiful sweeping landscapes, culturally advances cities and awesome attractions on the planet.

If you have visited the Official Canada ETA website to sort out your travel documentation, and you’re now looking to take a trip, take a look at this great list of unmissable attractions that you will want to visit when you finally touch down in Canada:

Niagara Falls

Obviously, you can’t take a trip to Canada without making an effort to see what is quite possibly the country’s most famous attraction. Millions of people visit the impressive 57-meter waterfall every year, and that many people just can’t be wrong.

As well as being inspired by the rapid falls, you will get to enjoy a fun walk down the Clifton Hill to the gorge, and you could well witness one of the many daredevils who flock there each year as they carry out another act of derring-do.

Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains

Banff National Park benefits from the fact that it is located slap bang in the middle of the impressive Rocky Mountains with their majestic views of the Canadian wilderness. The park itself boasts crystal clear lakes, interesting icefields, excellent skiing opportunities and more wildlife than you can imagine. It is a great place to visit, camp, hike, and play.

The CN Tower

The CN Tower is an impressive attraction in its own right, being the biggest building in Canada, but the real reason why so many people flock there is for the awe-inspiring views they can marvel at from the top of the 553-meter building. While you’re there, be sure to eat at 360 – the tower’s revolving restaurant which boasts views out over the city.

Ottawa’s Parliament Hill

Ottawa’s Parliament Hill looms high over the Ottawa River where you will find the Parliament buildings. Designed in the Neo-Gothic style, these buildings are architecturally and culturally interesting – In 1966, the buildings were lit up in commemoration of the Canadian Confederation’s centenary. The best time to visit Parliament Hill is in the summer when you can witness the changing of the Guard if the weather is good, before taking a pretty stroll along the beautiful Ottawa River.

Old Montreal

The old part of Montreal is a sight to behold. Lined with countless quaint old buildings, restaurants where you can eat fine food and excellent shopping facilities, you can find something for all the family there. Highlights of any trip to Old Montreal include taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the ancient cobbled streets and a trip to the Notre-Dame Basilica with its beautiful décor.

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is one of Canada’s remotest national parks, as you can see at GroseMorn.com. However, you should make an effort to visit the beautiful Newfoundland location if you want to be impressed by imposing cliffs, pretty waterfalls, impressive glaciers and wilderness boat tours.

What are your favorite things to do when you’re in Canada?

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Family holidays are wonderful occasions. Whether it’s going to the next nearest city, a local attraction or even taking a long train to another country, it’s always a cause for celebration and the memories you make on your family holiday will last for a long time. However, you’re often limited by the locations you can go to because your children might be terrified about flying on a plane.

While some children are more than happy to hop on a plane and say that they’ve flown, it could also be a scary time for children because the media insists on throwing plane accidents at our faces and telling us how many hundreds of people are lost during the accidents. If you want to try and convince your children to visit a new location that’s further away, then here are a couple of tips.

Promise them fancy locations

Disneyland is one of the most popular destinations for families because almost every child grows up loving Disney films. The life-sized huggable versions of their favourite characters, the wonderful souvenirs and the amazing rides are usually enough to convince them to hop on a plane and throw caution to the wind. However, keep in mind that you’re going to need relevant documentation to travel to further locations, such as a passport and a visa. There are alternatives, such as an ESTA from www.official-esta.com if you want to avoid paying for a visa, but passports are usually an unavoidable cost unless you are travelling to a country that doesn’t require one, such as between European countries.

Ensure them about their safety

If your child is anxious about flying, then remind them that flying is perhaps one of the safest forms of transportation in the world. According to www.mic.com, the crash rate of planes is getting drastically lower. Pilots are always put through rigorous training regimes, technology is constantly improving and unlike driving, there is hardly any room for human error because planes are almost entirely controlled with autopilot. This makes them safe, secure, and at a very low risk of human error affecting the safety of the passengers.

Admitting defeat

There are times when your children will show signs of really not wanting to go on holiday. They might cry and kick and scream, they might lock themselves in their room or they might just show a lot of annoyance with the idea. Although it might put a dent in your plans, it’s important to remember that you can’t force your children into a position they don’t want to be in. If your kids really don’t want to travel, then there’s not much you can do but respect their wishes. This is why it’s important to plan a holiday before getting the tickets and attempting to surprise your children. Always take them into consideration when planning and ask them if they want to go first. You can tempt them into flying, but you can’t and should never force them into travelling if they don’t want to.

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Kids And Tablets: Easy Ways To Make It Work http://kwaichi.com/2017/02/27/kids-tablets-easy-ways-make-work/ http://kwaichi.com/2017/02/27/kids-tablets-easy-ways-make-work/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:47:05 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1693 It’s so common now for youngsters to want their own tablet. In fact, kids as young as five tend to want one to use in their humble abode. And there are lots of benefits to having their own tablet. For one thing, they can use it to research for their homework. Also, they can use […]

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It’s so common now for youngsters to want their own tablet. In fact, kids as young as five tend to want one to use in their humble abode. And there are lots of benefits to having their own tablet. For one thing, they can use it to research for their homework. Also, they can use the tablet to watch films and play games. In fact, they can be sat next to you on the device while you get to watch your own TV! However, like with all pieces of tech, there are some risks involved. Therefore, here are some easy ways to make kids and tablets work.

Limit their use of the device

First things first, you need to set some ground rules when it comes to using the device. Otherwise, they might end up spending more time on it than with the family. And the more time they spend on the device, the less likely you will know what they are up to! Therefore, you need to limit their use of the tablet. For example, you might want to allow them an hour before tea, and an hour after on weekdays. And if they are using it for schoolwork, make sure they are actually doing research on the device. When they are not using the tablet, put it in a drawer, so they aren’t tempted to use it.

Download their apps for them

When your kid gets a tablet, they are often amazed by the wealth of apps they can download. But while there are a ton of good apps, there are some which you don’t want your youngsters using. For example, you don’t want your 14-year-old downloading Tinder and talking to complete strangers! Therefore, when they are using the Apple store or the Play store, you need to set a password before they download the app. That way, they will have to ask you to write it in before it downloads. So you will know exactly what they are trying to download! You should also download a few apps at the beginning for them to use. For example, you could download the MovieBox App for iOS from here which will ensure your kids can watch a wealth of shows. And you can download games similar to Angry Birds to keep them busy!

Change the restrictions

As moms, we need to be so careful about what our kids are going on when they are using the tablet. After all, it might provide them with access to a wealth of inappropriate sites and apps. Therefore, before your child uses the tablet, you should set some restrictions in place. You can click on the settings on a tablet and then turn restrictions on. It will then let you enable certain apps and then hide others. For example, if you only want them to play games, not use the internet, you could disable Safari. That way, you can ensure they don’t go on anything inappropriate. You can always set up parental controls with your Internet supplier too. That way, if they try and go on any sites which the provider deems inappropriate, they will be unable to load them up!
And remember to ensure they use the tablet in close proximity, so you can keep an eye on them!

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Far Away Wedding Day http://kwaichi.com/2016/11/28/far-away-wedding-day/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/11/28/far-away-wedding-day/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:16:28 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1680 We all know that the good old UK isn’t well known for its sparkling sunny, warm weather, and we often have trouble believing what the weather people say. For this reason and more, many couples are choosing to get married abroad. The scene is well and truly set when you are in sunnier climes and […]

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We all know that the good old UK isn’t well known for its sparkling sunny, warm weather, and we often have trouble believing what the weather people say. For this reason and more, many couples are choosing to get married abroad.

The scene is well and truly set when you are in sunnier climes and with no extra stress and worry about whether the heavens are going to open or not, opting to go abroad for your special day is looking like a no brainer. There are still a few things to remember when planning the big day!

What’s the weather like?

Weather is everything but bear in mind that even abroad the weather can be as unpredictable as here in the UK. Pick your destination wisely by doing your research into the average temperatures month by month, look out for average rainfall and hours of sunshine.

Setting a date

Telling your guests as soon as possible is imperative. Obviously the cost of travelling abroad for your wedding guests is going to increase and by giving them as much notice as possible means you are more likely going to have the full number people you want there. People need time to save and to also plan their holidays. If you are unsure of where exactly, don’t worry. At least have your date and destination fixed and then send those Save The Date cards out ASAP! Picture

Invites

When planning who you want to come this is where it gets difficult when planning abroad. This is still your day and it’s important to remember you should invite those you want there and not just those you feel you should have. Remember than when asking people to come to your wedding abroad that some people may not simply have enough money to do it, but don’t feel disheartened – you can always opt to throw a mini bash when you are back in the UK. Various travel agents may have special arrangements for getting your guests to your wedding.

Flowers

Flowers are a tricky one when marrying abroad. The simple option for some couples is to order artificial flowers, taking them with them on the flight to ensure they are as you wish. For the bride who insists on fresh flowers, do your research for florists local to your wedding venue before you start. Be flexible in your approach as a heart set on lilies may find a local bloom far more appealing. Sites such as A Touch Of Class Florist, offers you the choice not only to peruse but order online too which takes the nightmare out of dealing with a company in another timezone. As for colours, your florist can advise but pink and orange always hold their own in the sunlight and yellow can look incredible against an azure sea!Wedding flowers

Legal matters

Getting the legalities right is sometimes a minefield. Make sure you do your research thoroughly as each country has its own laws on wedding ceremonies and getting hitched. However sometimes you may be able to have a blessing overseas and make it legal back in the UK.

Wedding planners and coordinators

Finally, enquire at the venue you choose whether they have an onsite wedding coordinator. They can then help with all the main parts of the planning, a little of the above and ensure you will then have less to worry about!

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Unmissable Reasons Why India Should Be Your Next Travel Destination http://kwaichi.com/2016/10/12/unmissable-reasons-india-next-travel-destination/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/10/12/unmissable-reasons-india-next-travel-destination/#respond Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:26:25 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1671 When choosing somewhere to visit as your next travel destination, India is often not on your radar. After all, people worry about what the country will be like to visit. But there is so much to do and see which will broaden your cultural knowledge. And it’s even perfect for the kids with temples galore […]

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When choosing somewhere to visit as your next travel destination, India is often not on your radar. After all, people worry about what the country will be like to visit. But there is so much to do and see which will broaden your cultural knowledge. And it’s even perfect for the kids with temples galore and beautiful festivals which will keep them amazed. Here are some other unmissable reasons why India should be your next travel destination.

The shopping is cheap in areas such as Delhi

If you love shopping, then you will be in heaven when you head to India. Areas such as the capital Delhi has so many great stalls selling handmade clothes and shoes that you will love. You will get so many one-off pieces that you can show off when you get back home. And the best thing about shopping in India is that you get amazing items for a low price. They are such a good value that you will shop till you drop when you are in the country! You can find many top brands in the capital selling items at a discounted rate too! Remember to leave room in your case for all your trinkets that you will bring back home.

There are incredible road trip opportunities such as Manali to Leh

A lot of people get bored visiting just one place during their holiday. After all, there’s only so much you can see and do in one place. However, in India, it’s so easy to move around different areas to see the beauty on offer. For example, a lot of people head on the Leh Manali highway which makes a fantastic road trip opportunity. You can make the journey in the midst of beautiful snow-clad surroundings! There are plenty of places to stop at on the way so that you don’t get bored while on your travels. And both Manali and Leh are picturesque areas that are worth a visit too!

You will get good sized rooms and excellent service in the hotels

It’s always a worry what the hotel will be like when you book your holiday. However, you don’t have to worry about tiny rooms in India; you will find great sized rooms for a cheap rate. And the service is excellent as Indian treat people with respect when they stay as guests. In fact, more people than ever are often choosing homestays when looking for accommodation in India. They will treat you like a member of the family, and you can expect to experience the authenticity of Indian culture!

The beautiful Taj Mahal

One of the biggest draws to India has to be the magnificent Taj Mahal. It is one of the top wonders of the world and is instantly recognized by people around the world. And if you do get the chance to visit the building, you will be amazed by the beautiful architectural wonder. Therefore, it’s something that should be added to your list of must-sees when visiting the beautiful country.

And it’s not all landmarks and shopping which brings people to India. They also have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in Goa!

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Three Reasons Why Spanish Life Could Be Your Dream Life http://kwaichi.com/2016/09/14/three-reasons-spanish-life-dream-life/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/09/14/three-reasons-spanish-life-dream-life/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:58:53 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1666 The Spanish are famed for their laid back lifestyle. The Costa del Sol, as it is known, is a dreamy spot for both locals and holidaymakers alike. In fact, many people choose to make it their home indefinitely. Nearly 400,000 British people now live permanently in Spain, mainly on the sunny south coast. But what […]

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The Spanish are famed for their laid back lifestyle. The Costa del Sol, as it is known, is a dreamy spot for both locals and holidaymakers alike. In fact, many people choose to make it their home indefinitely. Nearly 400,000 British people now live permanently in Spain, mainly on the sunny south coast. But what exactly are the best things about Spain, and why should you consider going?

The food

Spanish cuisine is some of the most famed in the world. It is often imitated in tapas restaurants overseas – but really, nothing comes close to the real thing. Also, it is only when you visit Spain that you realise how overpriced many tapas restaurants actually are! The origins of genuine Spanish tapas are largely unknown, although it is believed to have started during the medieval period. The name ‘tapas’ comes from the verb ‘taper’, which means ‘to cover’, and a ‘tapa’ is also a Spanish word for ‘lid’. There is another theory which states that a former king became ill and could only eat small portions of food.  Typical tapas dishes include calamari, patatas bravas and meatballs. Don’t forget, it is all washed down with Sangria!

The lifestyle

Spanish people are very social and value greatly the importance of family. Huge family meals are not uncommon. If you go to visit or consider a move to Spain, prepare for communal meals where everyone shares the food. In fact, in some traditional Spanish families, multiple generations can live under one roof. If you come from a large family, you will feel right at home with this Spanish way of life. Another aspect of Spanish culture is the siestas. Siestas translates directly as ‘nap’, and that is basically what it is. Shops, churches and museums will close during the early afternoon. This allows the proprietors to catch a nap during the hottest hours of the day, before opening up again afterwards.  During your trip to Spain, make like the locals and head back to your villa for a spot of beauty sleep. Sites such as La Manga Club are quiet and comfy so you can relax in peace. Additionally, Spanish people also tend to socialise later into the evening than many other countries. It is not unusual to eat your evening meal at 9 or 10pm, then join your friends for a drink after. If you are a night owl of sorts, this could be the perfect lifestyle for you.

The weather

Spanish weather is very attractive to those coming from cooler European countries. The country’s Mediterranean setting means the south has around 6 hours a day of sunshine during the winter and up to 12 hours a day during the summer. North and northwest Spain is the wettest area, but you can still generally expect sun and warm temperatures. If you are looking for a holiday where you can spend a few hours a day walking around seeing some culture, but can also happily spend the whole day on the beach, then Spain may be for you.

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So, You’re Getting Married! Here’s A Few Things You Might Have Forgotten To Do http://kwaichi.com/2016/08/26/youre-getting-married-heres-things-might-forgotten/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/08/26/youre-getting-married-heres-things-might-forgotten/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:33:22 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1662 Once the surprise and magic of wearing a sparkling ring on your left hand has worn off slightly, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding. Most people are au fait with the regular checklist. This includes of bridesmaids, invitations, hen party, catering and the dress. But I thought I would add in a few […]

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Once the surprise and magic of wearing a sparkling ring on your left hand has worn off slightly, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding. Most people are au fait with the regular checklist. This includes of bridesmaids, invitations, hen party, catering and the dress. But I thought I would add in a few things you may have forgotten about that you should include in your wedding checklist.

Book Your Venue

Ok, so I know you’re not going to forget to pick your location and venue! But really, this one is just a reminder to book your chosen venue as soon as your heart is set on it. Perhaps you are just browsing venues online and in magazines at the moment, or maybe you have always wanted to get married in the same church as your mum. Once you have a date in mind, get thee to the venue for a viewing immediately. If you love it, book it. If you are thinking of somewhere pretty spectacular or popular, availability may be limited. Try and book at least twelve months in advance. Of course, not all venues book out. But it’s better to be organised and early than be disappointed and lose out on the venue of your dreams.

Chauffeur Driven Car

Think about how you want to arrive at your wedding. Some people choose horse and carriage; others may choose a kooky camper van or a vintage car. Jamie Oliver even famously walked to his wedding venue! But whatever transport you choose, think about it early on so you can get it booked in. A luxury chauffeur driven car is one of the most stylish and elegant ways to arrive at your wedding. VIP Chauffeur Car Hire adds a sense of opulence and comfort to your special day. You’ll have a reassuring and calm air-conditioned ride in a super luxe car. There will be ample space so you won’t need to worry about fitting your dress in or getting too hot. Keeping it simple but chic is a great idea for wedding transport. Of course, you will still want to arrive fashionably late!

Wedding shoes

You may be going crazy over choosing the most beautiful dress and tiara and picking out bridesmaids dresses. But don’t forget your shoes too! Buy these early and not as a last-minute impulse purchase. You will want to wear them in around the house to break them. There is nothing worse than painful feet on your big day. And you’ll need them to be comfortable for walking down the aisle, posing for photographs and also that all important first dance. Christian Louboutin has a stunning collection of bridal shoes. They even include some perfect designer sparkly flats.

Travel Vaccinations, Visa and Passport

One more that you might not have thought about is preparation for the honeymoon. If you are going on an exotic adventure, make sure you have all the correct visas and travel vaccinations well in advance. And don’t forget to make sure that your passport is still in date for when you are travelling!

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Essentials Tricks For Keeping The Kids Entertained This Summer http://kwaichi.com/2016/08/23/essentials-tricks-keeping-kids-entertained-summer/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/08/23/essentials-tricks-keeping-kids-entertained-summer/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:50:43 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1658 Every mommy knows that constant fight with boredom that happens around the time of the summer holidays. The first few weeks are a joy when everyone is happy to see each other. But then it slowly but surely this disintegrates into bored winey kids, and a stressed mom. But it doesn’t have to be this […]

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Every mommy knows that constant fight with boredom that happens around the time of the summer holidays. The first few weeks are a joy when everyone is happy to see each other. But then it slowly but surely this disintegrates into bored winey kids, and a stressed mom. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Follow my tip and tricks for keeping the kids engaged and amused this summer.

Routine

Although it can be hard to get the kids into a routine, it’s one of the things that they miss most about being at school. Keeping to a schedule can help them feel more secure because they know where they should be and what they should be doing at any given time. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a military style, planned down to the minute. But things like Breakfast at 7 am, followed by cartoons, followed by an art activity, followed by some quote time workers well. Basically, you need to mix up the activities and only do them for a short space of time. This stops the little ones getting bored and moody.

Toys

Of course, it’s unlikely that you will get through the entire summer holiday without having to invest in some new toys for the kids. Managing their expectation is key here. Its best to be firm with them, so they realize that they aren’t going to get a toy every time that they leave the house.

Its also a great idea to have a stock of toys and games hidden away. Then you can reward them for good behavior or produce something new if you can feel them getting bored after a few days of similar activities. Buying the toys when you are on your own is better because the kids don’t know you have them then and won’t be able to badger yo for them. Bubbalove sell kids toys online, and you can also get some cool items from dollar stores. Create a stock of small but engaging toys and prizes to use throughout the holiday. Then if there are any left they can be kept for Christmas and birthdays.

Trips

The summer holidays are a great time to organize some trips out. Traditionally when we think of trips, we also think about how much they are going to cost us. It’s true some days out with the kids can be very expensive. You have to pay for travel, then the entrance fee and snack and drink while you are there. It also depends on what is available in your local area.

If you are in or near to a city, then there are probably lots of things to do like festivals, museums, and galleries. Make them enjoyable for the kids by setting them tasks to look and count certain things or to create a drawing of something that they see there.

If you live in a more rural area, then you options may be more limited. However, you will have the advantage of being able to get out into nature and explore some interventions countryside. Keep the kids interested but getting them to draw a specific landmark, count a certain bird or insect or even create your own nature ramble.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Kids A Dog http://kwaichi.com/2016/07/21/4-reasons-get-kids-dog/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/07/21/4-reasons-get-kids-dog/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:11 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1647 Kids love pets! Have yours been nagging at you to buy them a dog recently? Maybe it’s time to give into their requests and buy them one. Sure, they come with a lot of mess and responsibility. Especially if you buy a puppy! However, your kids will really benefit from having a dog around in […]

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Kids love pets! Have yours been nagging at you to buy them a dog recently? Maybe it’s time to give into their requests and buy them one. Sure, they come with a lot of mess and responsibility. Especially if you buy a puppy! However, your kids will really benefit from having a dog around in the house. Not convinced? Here are four reasons you should get your kids a dog.

Exercise

Once you have a dog in the house, you won’t be lazing around on the couch for much longer! Your dog will need to have regular walks every single day. So getting a dog is a great way to get your kids away from their TVs and computers and out walking their new pet. Your kids will be exercising more and will feel great for it. If they struggle with weight issues, you might find that they lose a few extra pounds after a few weeks of dog walking!

Responsibility

Having a dog means having responsibilities. Your kids will need to be responsible for helping to care for the new pooch. There are a lot of chores and tasks that come with keeping a dog, especially if it is still training. If it makes a mess in the house, get the kids to help clean it up. You can also ask the kids to feed the dog and make sure it has fresh water. Once your kids become responsible with the dog, you can try them out with household chores like making their own beds!

Friendship

When a new dog joins the family, your kids will get a new best friend! Your new dog can be a great playmate for your kids. And the new addition to your family might even be able to persuade your kids to spend less time sitting in front of the TV. And more time running around in the garden! It is great for kids to grow up with a dog, as they will always have a sidekick who will love to spend time with them!

Death

It isn’t all fun and games with a dog, though. There will be a day when your pet gets sick or very old and passes away. Some parents get their kids pets so that they experience death and loss before they need to experience it in adult life. It can be a very upsetting time for the family, but there are ways you can get over it together. Think about getting a memorial for your pet. You can contact a company who specializes in turning ashes to diamonds. These diamonds can be used in jewelry or ornaments. Or you can put together a photo album of all your favorite snaps of the dog. No matter how you choose to commemorate your pet, you can be sure that he or she will never be forgotten!

Have I convinced you to buy a new dog for your kids? I hope so! It’s not just the kids who will benefit, though; the whole family will!

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Keeping Your Children Entertained Over The Summer http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/14/keeping-children-entertained-summer/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/14/keeping-children-entertained-summer/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:11:46 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1637 Keeping your children entertained throughout the summer months can be a real challenge for parents. You want them to be productive, but you also want some time to relax for yourself. Here are some ideas to help you out. Go Fishing There are plenty of good outdoor activities that are perfect for summer. But there […]

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Keeping your children entertained throughout the summer months can be a real challenge for parents. You want them to be productive, but you also want some time to relax for yourself. Here are some ideas to help you out.

Go Fishing

There are plenty of good outdoor activities that are perfect for summer. But there is something especially fun about taking to the waters in a boat and fishing while the weather is good. It’s traditionally seen as a father-son activity. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The whole family can have fun with the best fly rods and some bait. As long as you do it on a day when the sun is shining, then it could be the highlight of the summer break. You don’t even have to have any experience to give it a try.

Let Them Play the Games They Love

Your children don’t need to spend the entire time outdoors though. You will need a break from the action at some point, and that’s when you can let them occupy themselves. Video games offer them the perfect way of doing this. There is a game for everyone, no matter how old or young they are. You can buy cheap MapleStory 2 Mesos & Game Cards to keep the entertained. This is a very popular game with children. As long as the whole summer isn’t spent indoors, this won’t do any harm.

Go Somewhere New

Summer is the perfect time of the year to get away from home and see another part of the world. It doesn’t have to be about globe-trotting though. You could explore a different part of the country that you haven’t been to before. But if you really want to keep them entertained for a long time, then it could be a good idea to visit another country. You could let everyone get involved in the decision-making process. That way, you should be able to find a destination that satisfied everyone.

Volunteer

If your kids are old enough to take an active role in the community, why not encourage them to volunteer. This might not sound like the most appealing thing for your children. But it can hand them some important responsibilities and encourage them to do something positive. They could volunteer to help do something outdoors. Or they could help out at a local nursing home for the elderly. Whatever it is, it could provide them with a productive way to spend their time this summer.

Let Them Choose

Sometimes, it’s much better and easier for you if you let your children take the lead. Of course, you’re probably not going to be able to do everything they want to do. But they might come up with some ideas on how to spend the summer that you wouldn’t have thought of. If they were to choose, then you know that they will be satisfied. It’s much better than forcing them to do things that they don’t really want to do anyway. And your children will appreciate being given some control.

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Fun Ways To Get Out & Exercise This Summer http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/08/fun-ways-get-exercise-summer/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/08/fun-ways-get-exercise-summer/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:50:07 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1628 We’re about to approach the summer, and it’s time to start being active all over again. There are loads of ways to get exercising throughout this period, and it all depends on what you love to do. While some of us can get by on strict training regimes, most of us tire of that sort […]

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We’re about to approach the summer, and it’s time to start being active all over again. There are loads of ways to get exercising throughout this period, and it all depends on what you love to do. While some of us can get by on strict training regimes, most of us tire of that sort of thing relatively quickly. We’d rather exercise by having fun and doing what we enjoy. So, if you’re struggling for ideas, take a look at the list below.

Join A Sports Team

If you’re a keen sports fan, and you’re a good player, why not join a sports team? There are always openings for local sports teams, especially in the summer when the weather is excellent. You don’t have to be amazing to do this, either. It might just be a case of getting a few friends together to create a mini soccer team. Alternatively, if you think you can take it to the next level, look at joining a more professional outfit. Get out there and start practising in the meantime!

Go Hiking

In the winter, no-one wants to go hiking up mountains. It’s freezing, and the weather is often rainy and dreary. That all changes in the summer, and it’s a great time to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the hills and pathways. You’ll find many great places in the local area by just researching online or talking to the locals. You could even tie this into a holiday or a mini-trip.

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Get The Bike Out!

Throughout the winter months, we often put the bicycle away. While we might have had dreams of cycling to work or going on fun journeys, it just isn’t any fun in the cold. Now that the summer is here; it’s time to recover that bike from its home in the garage. Start limiting your use of the car and save some petrol by cycling wherever you can.

Join A Class

If you want to do something else like learn to swim or learn Jiu Jitsu, you might want to take a class. You can even enroll your children in Jiu Jitsu. Again, this is something that is normally very easy to find in the local area. Some of these classes will even offer free trials for a certain period to give you time to figure out whether it’s for you. Don’t just sit at home doing nothing if you really want to get out there and try something different.

Go To The Gym

Ah, the trusty gym. Just because it’s the summer, it doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to go to the gym! In some cases, you’ll find that they are much less populated than usual. People are busy spending time outside, giving you more time on different pieces of equipment. Sure, you want to spend time outside, but there’s nothing wrong with going to the gym as well.

Start thinking now about what you’re going to do this summer. It’s right around the corner, and the more prepared you are, the better your chances of joining a team or a class if you want to. You don’t want to wait until they are all booked up!

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Enjoy a Holiday With a Difference This Year http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/03/enjoy-holiday-difference-year/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/03/enjoy-holiday-difference-year/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 18:22:00 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1620 Planning your next holiday is the perfect opportunity to try something different. You’ve got the chance to do something you’ve never done before and enjoyed a holiday with a difference. These are some of the experiences you can have to enjoy a holiday with a difference. See the Wonders of the World If you want […]

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Planning your next holiday is the perfect opportunity to try something different. You’ve got the chance to do something you’ve never done before and enjoyed a holiday with a difference. These are some of the experiences you can have to enjoy a holiday with a difference.

See the Wonders of the World

If you want to have an epic holiday odyssey, you need to aim big. You should set yourself a target to try to visit all the Wonders of the World on your holiday. Think about how great this would be as an experience these days. You can travel to distant lands, lose yourself in other cultures, and see some of the greatest sights man has ever seen. It certainly beats sitting by a crowded pool with loud music blasting out!

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Activity Holiday

These days many of us like to remain active as much as possible. And that’s why for a holiday with a difference you might decide you want to go with an activity holiday. You may choose something like a golfing trip, or a skiing holiday. These are excellent trips because they allow you to stay active as well as enjoying an amazing holiday. This is the sort of experience you want to have to make the most of your holiday.

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Find a Halal Break

Some people have problems taking the right holidays for them due to religious factors. For instance, if you are Muslim then halal is a very important part of your life. You may object to taking a holiday where your halal principals are not recognised. But, the great thing is that these days you can find plenty of halal holidays to cater just for you. With a visit to Muslim Break, you can find a list of holidays that give you privacy, halal food and no alcohol, and entertainment with other people. This is a great way of getting the halal break you need and having a holiday you can remember.

Hit the Road

If you want a holiday that’s a bit different to normal why not shun the hotels and beaches of the Mediterranean? Instead, you could hire an RV or campervan and hit the road on a voyage of adventure and discovery. There are so many benefits to having this sort of holiday. For one thing, it’s going to work out cheaper than jetting off somewhere. And, it’s something new that you might not have tried before. It’s a great way for family and friends to enjoy a practical holiday with a bit of a difference. You might all learn something about yourselves and find a holiday experience that suited you all.

When you go away, you want to have a memorable holiday experience. And the best way to get this is to try to mix things up and enjoy a holiday with a difference. This is awesome for sharing new experiences, trying out great things, and really making the most of travelling. The ideas on this post should help you to enjoy this sort of holiday.camping-1106782_960_720

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Four Things You Must Consider Before Booking Your Next Trip! http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/03/four-things-must-consider-booking-next-trip/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/06/03/four-things-must-consider-booking-next-trip/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 18:14:12 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1615 Do you have wanderlust? Do you grin at the thought of hopping on a plane, train or automobile and getting away to a new destination? Are you mentally planning your next trip on the flight home from the last one? You are not alone. UK or Overseas? I have been lucky enough to visit some […]

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Do you have wanderlust? Do you grin at the thought of hopping on a plane, train or automobile and getting away to a new destination? Are you mentally planning your next trip on the flight home from the last one? You are not alone.

UK or Overseas?

I have been lucky enough to visit some seriously amazing places, such as South Korea and Japan.

The thing with overseas travel is that it costs money. A lot of money and we only have so much to spare, right?  So how about a more local trip? Might it be better for the bank balance? Luckily, there are so many beautiful places in the UK to choose from.

A City Stay?

UK cities have so much to offer travellers. But, It can be a bit overwhelming deciding where to start. Luckily there is some great info out there to help you narrow down your choices.

When considering a city break, there are some wonderful times to be had in Edinburgh, Manchester, and Sheffield. Liverpool has the Tate, great restaurants, and awesome nightlife so is an excellent choice too. Another northern city to consider is Leeds. Where else can you have an avant-guard meal, in a department store, cooked by a rock and roll chef? You might have seen Michael O’Hare on The Great British Menu? If not check out his website for an eye-opening look into his creative world.

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Down south, Brighton is a great place to visit. Being by the sea, you get to do all the fun, fabulous things like eating fish and chips out of the paper by the seafront. You can also take a walk around the Brighton Pavilion for a culture hit. There are also some fantastic festivals on in this area too during the summer. You might want to check them out if you’re heading that way.

A Country Stay?

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For a more rural stay, how about Scotland? All the scenery, lochs, and whiskey distilleries make it sound like a great place to explore. If evenings spent curled up in front of the fire with a ‘wee dram’ and a good book, are your thing, Scotland is definitely a location you should consider. Just don’t forget those hiking boots!

Where to stay?

Depending on your budget, there is such a range of places to stay across the UK. For a country break, you could try a caravan, holiday park or one of the many self-catering cottages available for hire. The advantages of these types of accommodation are that you can cook your food at the times you need it, and not keep to a hotels meals schedule.

For a city break, try a glamourous boutique hotel. Staying in a hotel can work out a bit more pricey, so it’s probably a good thing, that city breaks are tend to be a bit shorter.

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A Wedding Day Checklist You Can Rely On http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/31/wedding-day-checklist-can-rely/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/31/wedding-day-checklist-can-rely/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 19:03:38 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1608 He popped the question and you’re finally getting hitched. Champagne all around! Well, you might as well celebrate now before you realise the joy of planning and organising a wedding is just up ahead. Planning a wedding isn’t easy. Especially, if you want everything to be perfect on your special day. There are a lot […]

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He popped the question and you’re finally getting hitched. Champagne all around! Well, you might as well celebrate now before you realise the joy of planning and organising a wedding is just up ahead. Planning a wedding isn’t easy. Especially, if you want everything to be perfect on your special day. There are a lot of details that need to fall into place. That’s where we’re going to help out. Welcome to our wedding day checklist. On here, you find all the important things you need to tick off for the perfect wedding. Let’s start by thinking about the rings.

The Rings

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Before you send out the invites you should really think about those wedding bands. Especially if you want them to be unique, for instance with a special engraving. You can have a look at some gorgeous titanium wedding bands that are sure to be the perfect choice. Or, you may want to opt for silver or gold. Just make sure you order them early so that you definitely have them ready for the big day.

Sending The Invitations To Secure The Date

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This is one of the first things you’ll need to do during the planning stage of your wedding. You need to pick where to get married and select a date. You can then design and send out some stunning invitations to your guests. You’ll want to do this quite early on rather than leaving it until the last minute. You need to give your guests enough time to make sure they can go. Or, to make changes to their plans so that they will be able to attend. As well as this, you want your invitations to be beautiful. Particularly, if you’re one of those couples who loves impressing your family and friends. This is your first step to making sure your wedding is better than everyone else’s.

Wine, Cake, Food & Music

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There are a few things that you’ll be arranging more for your guests than for you on your wedding day. These are the cake, the food, the drink and of course, the music. All put together, this could make your reception absolutely fantastic. If you don’t arrange these things it’s going to be nothing short of a disaster. We suggest you look at a few different companies for each. Don’t just choose the first wedding catering service that you find online. You need to make sure that the food is to die for. For music you can either hire a DJ or a band. Alternatively, you may want to save some money and create your own wedding playlist.

Transportation

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Don’t forget to book the transportation to the chapel or wherever you’re getting married. There are plenty of different options to choose from. If you want the more traditional wedding, a horse drawn carriage is, of course, the classic choice. Or, if you’d like it to be more modern, how about an incredible, luxury limo. The choice is yours but make sure you book one fast. You’d be surprised how quickly these get booked up. Particularly, in the middle of the wedding season.

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Filofax launch the world’s largest tablet case collection http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/18/filofax-launch-the-worlds-largest-tablet-case-collection/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/18/filofax-launch-the-worlds-largest-tablet-case-collection/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 08:20:45 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1573 The largest collection of tablet cases in the world is from none other than… Filofax?! Their range consists of over 600 cases in more than 39 colours and with four different constructions. Each case has a slot for a tablet holder, so you buy the case and then the appropriate holder for your tablet. The […]

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The largest collection of tablet cases in the world is from none other than… Filofax?!

Their range consists of over 600 cases in more than 39 colours and with four different constructions.

Each case has a slot for a tablet holder, so you buy the case and then the appropriate holder for your tablet. The best thing is that this insert has 360 degree rotation so it’s great for standing your tablet up in either a portrait or landscape position.

But with so many cases how do you pick which one? I tested them out to work out the best bits and tips.

Microfiber Zip vs. Saffiano Wrap

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Microfiber Zip Tablet Case – Khaki, £38
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Saffiano Wrap Tablet Case – Poppy, £41.99
  • The Microfiber Zip allows you to store bits and bobs loose in the case, so it’s great for on the go.
  • The Saffiano Wrap is much more streamlined and light-weight.
  • Both have space for a notepad and come with a pen holder which is handy.
  • Both also have elastic pockets, good for oyster/ debit cards.

Metropol Elastic vs. Pennybridge Strap

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Metropol Elastic Tablet Case – Orange, £38
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Pennybridge Strap Tablet Case, £36.98
    • The Metropol Elastic is super light-weight, streamlined and great for keeping papers and docs in.
    • The Pennybridge feels much more luxurious and smart with the good quality leather
    • The Metropol doesn’t have elastic pockets for cards as such, but both have a pen holder.For me, I think the Microfiber Zip works best. Its zip closure allows the case to double up for storage making it multi-functional, plus it looks smart and stylish.The whole tablet case range is available from filofax.co.uk/tablet-cases.

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What Makes The Kimberley A Must-See Destination In Australia? http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/16/what-makes-the-kimberley-a-must-see-destination-in-australia/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/16/what-makes-the-kimberley-a-must-see-destination-in-australia/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 21:03:20 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1568 The Kimberley is more than just one destination. It’s the name of a whole region in the north-west of Australia. Far from the glittering eastern coast, it’s a lot more sparsely populated. But that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking tons to see. If you’re a fan of the forces of nature out in full display […]

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The Kimberley is more than just one destination. It’s the name of a whole region in the north-west of Australia. Far from the glittering eastern coast, it’s a lot more sparsely populated. But that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking tons to see. If you’re a fan of the forces of nature out in full display and tranquil coasts, you’re looking at the right spot. There’s a lot to see in the Kimberley, so let’s take a look.

Feasting your eyes on some real natural beauty

A lot of people might think that the Kimberley has little to offer because of how little populated it is. But that depends on your definition of what makes a good holiday. If it’s sights the likes of which you’ve never seen before, then the Kimberley is more than good enough. It’s a must-see. Kimberley cruises has all kinds of great sights to see. There’s the Horizontal Falls for a look at some gorgeous water flows.  Cape Leveque is a gorgeous, extensive sandy beach. Standing over it all is a hundred-year-old lighthouse, whilst whales play in the sheltered islands just off shore. Definitely one for the explorer within all of us.

Camping in the Kimberley

You don’t have to stick to the coastline, however. The Kimberley has tons of great places that you go inland for a fantastic camping experience as well. There are a lot of fantastic vistas to see on your journey, like the Echidna Chasm and the Bell Gorge. There are also some of the most scenic wildlife sanctuaries you’ll have the fortune to visit. The Mornington-Marion Downs Sanctuary has a whole host of exotic birds, reptiles and mammals. This includes fifteen endangered species like the Gouldian finch. Add to that the Kimberley Wildlife Garden Sanctuary that will be opening soon to host all those animals that can no longer survive in the wild. There’s plenty to explore in the Kimberley and acres upon acres of good camping land.

Exploring history

That’s not to say that there isn’t some fantastic history, either. The McGregor Museum is a fascinating visit with all kinds exhibits. Natural history, zoological, botanical and plenty of other displays. There’s everything from the history of nature to the archaeological and rock art records of the region’s past inhabitants. In Broome you can see a truly fascinating history of the town’s reliance on the pearl fishing industry. If you feel like catching a film, you can even do that while breathing in some great history. Sun Pictures is the world’s longest running outdoor cinema, still operating to this day. Seeing movies here means sitting under the stars and enjoying the atmosphere of a town that appreciates a good show.

Hopefully, by now we have you convinced that the Kimberley is a must-see destination. Unique coasts to explore and natural vistas that you won’t get anywhere else. Pair that with some of the best history displays and well-conserved oddities in the world. Whether it’s sun, sand or retreat you’re after, the Kimberley has it.

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Should You Delay Getting Married? http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/16/should-you-delay-getting-married/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/16/should-you-delay-getting-married/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 20:40:11 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1565 Getting engaged is an incredible feeling, and you can’t wait to plan your big day. Most people tend to get married 18 months after becoming engaged. But before going shopping for that beautiful dress, there are a few things you should consider. Here’s how to know if you should delay getting married. Not known each […]

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Getting engaged is an incredible feeling, and you can’t wait to plan your big day. Most people tend to get married 18 months after becoming engaged. But before going shopping for that beautiful dress, there are a few things you should consider. Here’s how to know if you should delay getting married.

Not known each other long

One of the reasons why you should delay your wedding is if you have not been in a relationship for long. Of course, getting engaged feels fantastic and you can both get caught up in the moment. But if you have only been together a couple of months, you need to consider whether you should wait a year or two before getting hitched. You may spend some more time together and decide that it’s not going to work out. As this article reveals, you should get to know each other properly and feel comfortable with each other, before getting married. Enjoy the time as an engaged couple first, then you can start wedding planning in a few more months.

Not financially stable

Another reason people delay their big day is that they are not financially stable. A wedding costs a lot of money. In fact, the average wedding costs over £30,000 dollars. Unless you want to get yourself in debt, you need to be able to have funds to cover this. After all, you both will have big ideas for your wedding day. People often rush into a wedding which is cheaper, but they regret in later years as they didn’t have everything they wanted. As well as taking out a loan, you could always ask your parents for some money towards your big day. But to make it extra special, why not wait a bit longer, and then have the dream wedding you have both been hoping for.

Not homeowners

A lot of people are now waiting till they become homeowners before getting married. Saving for a house can take a while, so if you have the wedding to worry about as well, it will take even longer. Often, people delay the wedding till they have bought their first property. It is so they can live together once they are Mr & Mrs. It’s not very romantic getting married and then going back to your mom’s with your new husband! You should at least be renting when you get hitched, so you have somewhere to fill with your gifts!

Too busy with work

You need to focus on the big day as there is so much to organize. If you are busy with work, it might be time to delay getting married. Your career is so important, so if this is being affected, it might be wise to get to where you want to with your job, before sorting out your wedding. It’s never good to start planning your wedding just as you have begun a new job. Wait till you have been there a couple of weeks then you can start planning your wedding day. You will need to have enough holiday allowance that you can use for events such as the bachelorette and the honeymoon!

You will only have one wedding (hopefully), so make sure it’s the right one for you and your partner!

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A Guide To Deciding On Your Next Family Holiday http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/11/a-guide-to-deciding-on-your-next-family-holiday/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/11/a-guide-to-deciding-on-your-next-family-holiday/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 20:34:10 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1551 Going on family holidays each year is a way that many families choose to bond and have fun together. How else will you spend your quality time? Parents work, kids have school – holidays are usually the only time they get to spend some time together without distractions. This guide will help you to decide […]

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Going on family holidays each year is a way that many families choose to bond and have fun together. How else will you spend your quality time? Parents work, kids have school – holidays are usually the only time they get to spend some time together without distractions. This guide will help you to decide where to go on your next one.

Get Together And Research

For family members who can have some say in where you go, get together and research the places you’d like to go. If you’re going with extended family, find a place and time you can all gather around a computer and do a little research, and make notes. What do you all like the sound or idea of?

Make Note Of What You Want Out Of Your Holiday

Knowing what you all want out of your holiday will make it so much easier for you to plan and execute. If you want something in the blazing hot sun, then you’ll probably need to leave the country. If you just want a quiet get away for a weekend, something in your home country by the sea might be nice. You might even be a family who prefer going away to winter wonderland style places rather than hot countries. In that case, looking at Lapland winter holiday destinations might suit you.

Find Something For Everyone

Make sure there’s something there for everybody. Adults are usually pretty happy as long as the kids are happy, so make sure there are activities for kids of all ages. Making sure the kids are happy should help you to have a pretty stress free, relaxing time.

Set A Budget

When you know your budget, you can easily decide and plan on your next family holiday. You can still go abroad on a budget, you just need to be smart when it comes to who to book with, and how you budget the rest of your money. How much do you have for food? How much for activities? Make sure you have everything sorted out properly so you have enough. Having more than you think you need is a good idea. You might find an activity that none of you want to miss out on. You might find a unique souvenir that you have to take home.

Try To Learn From Past Trips

If you’ve taken a trip with your family before, try to learn from past trips. Did anything cause a problem? Was there something you all absolutely loved and would love to do again? Think of things you’ve done before and how you can make this trip better with that info. Your family should help to jog your memory if you ask for their input. Don’t try to plan alone!

Hopefully with these pointers you can better decide on your next family holiday. Will you go just your immediate family, or your extended family? In or out of the country? Hot or cold? Whatever you decide, have a wonderful time. Bye for now!

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A Quick Guide to Food Storage at Home http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/11/a-quick-guide-to-food-storage-at-home/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/11/a-quick-guide-to-food-storage-at-home/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 20:31:40 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1548 These days it is a great idea to have some food storage at home. We never know when we might have a power cut, and our fridge and freezer cut out. We also don’t know when we might need things in, during some extreme weather. Which in the UK, could be a few centimetres of […]

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These days it is a great idea to have some food storage at home. We never know when we might have a power cut, and our fridge and freezer cut out. We also don’t know when we might need things in, during some extreme weather. Which in the UK, could be a few centimetres of snow! Instead of being one of those people rushing out to the supermarket, you can be relaxing at home. If you have some food storage prepared, then you can keep calm, and carry on!

It can be a little tricky knowing what to store at home, though. Where do you start with food storage? First of all, it is a good idea to create a little space for it all to go. Will a cupboard under the stairs work or do you have a pantry? Getting some shelving is a good idea so that you can make the most of the space that you have. You could even use something like a wooden shoe rack if you are using under the stairs space. The next thing to do is to buy some things in bulk. It is a good idea to budget what you can spend on extras. Then get to a shop to stock up. Somewhere like Costco is a good idea, or even somewhere like Aldi so you can get the items cheaply.

The best things to buy in bulk are the non-perishable items. So think about getting plenty of pasta, cereals, oats, wheat, and tinned goods. How nice would it be to have some delicious creamy canned soup when you are stuck in on a snow day? So stock up on tinned vegetables and fruit too. Rice is another good idea, as well as things like tinned tuna or corned beef. You want to think of your family and what they would eat. If they don’t like rice, then there isn’t any point getting a load of rice. Try to think about things that will go together too. Have you got some jarred pasta sauces in, to have with some dried pasta or spaghetti? Have you got some dried herb packets to spice the food up a little? It might be an emergency situation, but you still want the food to taste good.

Keep buying little bits and over time, it will become a big store of food. Looking out for ‘buy one get one free’ offers is a great idea. Things like beans and soup are often on this kind of offer. Then you need to start to use some of your stored food and rotate around the shelves. Check expiry dates and move the furthest to the back. You don’t want to get round to using your storage and then it has all gone out of date. If your family doesn’t currently have much wheat in their diet, think about introducing it slowly into their diet. If you suddenly had to live off it, it wouldn’t sit well with their bodies! So it is important to use a bit from your storage now and again, to make sure that you are ready for it all.

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Finishing Touches To Make Your Wedding The Best Day Ever http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/09/finishing-touches-to-make-your-wedding-the-best-day-ever/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/09/finishing-touches-to-make-your-wedding-the-best-day-ever/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 17:00:49 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1542 You’ve booked the venue, bought the dress and found a perfect photographer. You may be thinking it’s time to put your feet up, but there’s much more planning to do. Often, when it comes to wedding planning, the little things make all the difference. Here are some suggestions for touches, which will help to make […]

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You’ve booked the venue, bought the dress and found a perfect photographer. You may be thinking it’s time to put your feet up, but there’s much more planning to do. Often, when it comes to wedding planning, the little things make all the difference. Here are some suggestions for touches, which will help to make sure your big day is the best day ever.

Entertainment

Once you’ve said your vows and enjoyed a lavish dinner, it’s time to get the party started and let your hair down. There are loads of different types of entertainment on offer for weddings and you don’t have to go with the standard choice of a DJ. Why not book a magician or hire some Brazilian dancers? Get a live band to perform, or create your own festival outside. Adorn bars with ice sculptures or look into photo booth hire. There’s nothing more fun than grabbing a load of friends and donning some silly outfits for an impromptu photo shoot.

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Transport

Many people enlist the services of a driver with a classic car for their wedding day, but there are other options to consider. If you’re having an informal outdoor wedding, why not go for an old school campervan? If you’re after something traditional with a twist, rent an open top vintage sports car and drive yourself to the venue. Create a spectacle by arriving in a horse and carriage or go for broke with a helicopter ride. If you’re having a country style wedding, old-fashioned London buses are a popular choice.

Makeup and hair

You want to look your best on your big day and it’s essential to get your hair and makeup right. Book some trials in advance of your wedding and try out some styles and looks. Go for makeup artists and hairdressers with experience and look through their portfolios. Don’t be afraid to say if you’re not keen on some styles. This is the whole point of trial runs. It’s often helpful to take photographs from magazines with you so that your stylist has an idea of what you’re after. You can also search online for inspiration.

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Decorations

Decorations can make all the difference on your wedding day. You want to make your venue look stunning and create something spectacular for your guests. Choose decorative items and features, which match the theme and style of your wedding. Add bunting, mismatched jugs and jam jars filled with flowers for a shabby-chic wedding. Drape beads over candelabra for a romantic Parisian. Or create a chic modern look with tall cut-glass vases filled with pristine white calla lilies. Inject your personality and let your interests and passions shine through. Your wedding day should be a reflection of your relationship and the things you love.

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Once you’ve sorted planning priorities, you can start thinking about the details. This is where the fun really begins. Put your stamp on the day and create a unique experience that you and your guests will never forget.

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Could Malta Be The Perfect Place For Your Summer Holiday? http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/06/could-malta-be-the-perfect-place-for-your-summer-holiday/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/05/06/could-malta-be-the-perfect-place-for-your-summer-holiday/#respond Fri, 06 May 2016 21:32:49 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1539 The Mediterranean island of Malta is somewhere that’s often overlooked when it comes to planning a summer vacation. However, it shouldn’t be as this small island has plenty to offer, regardless of your age or who you’re traveling with. The great thing about Malta is that it’s an affordable destination. This means that it’s ideal […]

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The Mediterranean island of Malta is somewhere that’s often overlooked when it comes to planning a summer vacation. However, it shouldn’t be as this small island has plenty to offer, regardless of your age or who you’re traveling with. The great thing about Malta is that it’s an affordable destination. This means that it’s ideal even if you’re on a small budget.

A lot of people think that because Malta is so small, it doesn’t have all that much to see and do. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth, even with a week in Malta you still wouldn’t be able to see and do everything that’s on offer. There are so many reasons that you should consider visiting Malta this summer, from its beaches to its sights and attractions.

Still not convinced that Malta could be the ideal destination for your summer holiday? Then have a read of this.

It has beautiful lagoons and beaches

Malta has some of the most beautiful lagoons and beaches in Europe. These deep, crystal clear sea pools are perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or relaxing in. As well as its lagoons, Malta is also home to an array of white sand beaches with tranquil, warm waters. These beaches are perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle building, and swimming. The best beaches and lagoons have to be on Comino Island, one of the small islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. For a beach break, a trip to Malta should be at the top of your list of summer holiday ideas.

The architecture is amazing

Are you someone who loves architecture? If so, Malta is the ideal place for you. Did you know that this sunny destination is home to an array of beautiful pieces of architecture, including many churches? Malta has over 350 churches – for such a small island that’s a lot. While you may not be able to see every church on your trip, there are a few that you cannot miss. The Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu  and Rotunda of Mosta are two churches that no matter what, you have to make time to see. Malta’s churches are so fantastic that they’ve been used to film a range of films and TV series. This includes the hugely popular Game of Thrones TV show.

There are some fantastic markets

Malta has some amazing markets, but none more impressive than the Sunday market at Marsaxlokk. This is a small fishing village that’s located in the south of Malta, that holds the best markets. Here you can find anything, from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing and souvenirs. Of course, this isn’t the only market in Malta; there are also lots of other ones too. The most popular of which are Rabat Market, Vittoriosa Market, and Valletta Market.

Valletta is a must-see

With that in mind, don’t Valletta is most definitely worth a visit. The capital city of Malta, which was built behind the protection of a fort, is the most beautiful city. It has plenty to see and do, from museums, markets and architecture to various shops to explore, there’s lots of offer here. There are bars and restaurants serving every type of cuisine, as well as lots of authentic street food on offer.

Hopefully, you’re now convinced that for your next summer vacation, Malta is the perfect place.

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Did you know that Barclays are giving away amazing football prizes for all the family? http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/28/did-you-know-that-barclays-are-giving-away-amazing-football-prizes-for-all-the-family/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/28/did-you-know-that-barclays-are-giving-away-amazing-football-prizes-for-all-the-family/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:21:50 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1531 This is an advert written for Barclays My parents were never into football so all my influences were from my sister and peers. I don’t remember this, but apparently when I was about 5, I supported Liverpool FC because my sister supported them (because they were a winning team in those days). When I was […]

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My parents were never into football so all my influences were from my sister and peers. I don’t remember this, but apparently when I was about 5, I supported Liverpool FC because my sister supported them (because they were a winning team in those days). When I was at an age when I could decide for myself I supported Arsenal because I found Ian Wright inspirational. The years which followed were amazing as the Wenger evolution took hold with unprecedented success. The first presents my colleagues gave me were a couple of Arsenal Babygros. Since then he has been actively kicking his footballs around the house, smashing ornaments and valuables en route. As a huge Arsenal and Ian Wright fan, I really like / love this film [insert Ian and Rachel YouTube film] about his memories of lifting the Premier League trophy and how Barclays are making it possible for someone else to do that this year. Enter the competition at www.barclays.com/spiritofthegame. There’s only a few days left to enter!

Because of my love of the game and the fact that I’m a father, I was interested to find out that over the course of Barclays’ 15-year sponsorship of the Premier League, they have worked to make a positive impact, particularly for young people.

In 2004 when Barclays became title sponsor, they made a commitment with the Football Foundation (the largest sports charity in the UK) to set up sports sites for young people. Over the next decade they have invested £40 million in Barclays Spaces for Sports and over 200 sports sites have been set up around the country, largely in deprived inner city areas. All are used for grassroots sports and engage millions of young people.

Barclays have also invested heavily in employability programmes for the young, most recently Barclays Premier League Works, with 17 Clubs now using football as the catalyst to get young people trained and ready for work.

After proudly championing this generation of football for 15 seasons, Barclays are now celebrating by giving away yet more extraordinary Barclays Premier League experiences that I know my family would love.

As well as the chance to present the Barclays Premier League Trophy to the champions, I’m mega excited to learn that you can win tickets to Barclays Premier League matches as well to take the whole family out. Your kid could also become a team mascot! To enter for these amazing experiences, head over here.

You can also see their TV advert here.



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Why It’s Time To Get Off The Beaten Track In America http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/27/why-its-time-to-get-off-the-beaten-track-in-america/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/27/why-its-time-to-get-off-the-beaten-track-in-america/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:03:05 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1525 Think of America and you’ll probably conjure up images of the Statue of Liberty and the Hollywood sign. Treading the tourist trail is fine. But wouldn’t you rather witness wonders you’ve never seen in glossy travel magazines or holiday shows before? America is one of the world’s largest and most diverse nations, and there’s so […]

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Think of America and you’ll probably conjure up images of the Statue of Liberty and the Hollywood sign. Treading the tourist trail is fine. But wouldn’t you rather witness wonders you’ve never seen in glossy travel magazines or holiday shows before? America is one of the world’s largest and most diverse nations, and there’s so much more to see than twinkling city lights and skyscrapers. If you’re keen to get off the beaten track, and discover some of the USA’s most precious hidden gems, here are some suggestions.

Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

A visit to the beautiful state of North Carolina will enrich any American adventure. Hire a car, or use services such as GOGOCharters.com to get around. Once you’ve taken a look around the understated and welcoming city of Asheville, head for the Great Smoky Mountains. Home to a vibrant collection of flora and fauna, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful spot. Fortunately for those who like to steer clear of crowds, it often flies under the tourist radar. Here you can see everything from the magical mists descending over the rugged peaks, to brown bears in their natural habitat. Camp out under the stars for a night you’ll never forget, or get your hiking boots on and take in the panoramic views. If you’re staying overnight in certain parts of the park, you’ll need a permit. From the park, make for the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is guaranteed to be one of the best scenic road trips you’ll ever experience, especially if you visit in fall. You can check out the latest weather conditions to plan your trip at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/weather.htm

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Big Bend, Texas

Texas is not all about rodeos and cowboys. Big Bend National Park is a geographical playground. Packed with features, this wonderland boasts eye-catching spectacles, such as geysers and craters. The beauty of this wild spot is not the peace, but the diversity. In one area, you’ll be staring at a seemingly endless desert plain. Drive for a while, and you’ll come across deep canyons and domineering summits. There are wonders to enjoy around every corner, and you won’t have to fight off the crowds. This park’s remote location means that few tourists visit.

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Oregon’s Crater Lake is the ninth deepest lake in the world, yet it is perennially overshadowed by the likes of Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. Visit the Crater Lake National Park to see mysterious lunar landscapes. You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the mystifying remnants of ancient volcanic eruptions.

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Sawtooth Wilderness

Characterised by granite cliffs and vivid blue glacial streams, Sawtooth Wilderness is a breathtaking destination. Boasting a series of peaks, almost 400 lakes and winding valleys, this place has to be seen to be believed. Visit in summer to see the trees in all their verdant glory and the wildflower meadows in bloom. July and August are the best times to visit for those who enjoy hiking.

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America has so much more to offer than glitzy city breaks and seaside escapes. There’s a whole host of wonders to discover. Get off the beaten tourist trail and be adventurous. Enjoy the views and test your mettle. Ride, cycle, hike and climb. Sleep under the stars and embrace the tranquility. Above all, create memories that will stay with you forever.

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Before You Buy A Diamond, Read This! http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/24/before-you-buy-a-diamond-read-this/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/24/before-you-buy-a-diamond-read-this/#respond Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:47:15 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1519 Buying a diamond is a bit of a big deal. If you know anything about them, you’ll know that diamonds are not all created equally. A small diamond could be worth more than a really large diamond for a number of reasons. Some people think it’s all about size when it comes to this stone, […]

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Buying a diamond is a bit of a big deal. If you know anything about them, you’ll know that diamonds are not all created equally. A small diamond could be worth more than a really large diamond for a number of reasons. Some people think it’s all about size when it comes to this stone, but this isn’t the case at all. If you’re interested in buying a diamond, whether it’s for your other half or yourself, read on:

Learn All About The 4 C’s

The 4 c’s are the most important part of diamond buying you will ever encounter. Before going diamond shopping, make sure you memorize and learn all about the 4 C’s to help you make an informed decision. They stand for cut, color, clarity, and carat. They all contribute the quality of the diamond in different ways. Buying a good diamond is a case of balancing them out the best you can and getting the most for your money that way. The cut of the diamond is how concisely it’s been shaped. The better a diamond has been cut, the sharper the shape and the better it will reflect light. The color of the diamond refers to exactly that, just what color the diamond is. The clarity of the diamond refers to the imperfections that can be seen. The higher the clarity of the diamond, the more brilliant it’ll be in the light. Then you have carat, which is basically the size and weight of the diamond. Many people think this is the most important thing, but you could get a huge diamond that isn’t very well cut or clear at all. You’d be better off purchasing a smaller diamond to get a better quality. However, it does depend on what you want so it’s up to you to think about what is most important.

Read Reviews

By reading reviews on different jewelers and diamond suppliers, you’ll get an idea of the most trustworthy places you can purchase your diamond. There are endless reviews online, so it isn’t hard to get clued up on the best diamonds and retailers. This Ritani review can give you an idea of what to look for.

Make Sure You’re Not Being Ripped Off

It’s important you’re not being ripped off when you buy a diamond, which is why doing your research and being clued up on the 4 C’s is crucial. You can always get a second opinion from somebody who knows diamonds better than you do if you need it. Then all you need to do is make sure you’ve protected your new diamond with insurance and you have a safe place for it if you’re not wearing it every day.

Buying diamonds can be really exciting, whether it’s for your engagement or just because you want to. Just make sure you’ve done plenty of research and got the best diamond money can buy. It’ll last longer and look so much better. Happy diamond shopping! Come back soon!

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3 Fun Ways To Make Summer Vacation Healthier For All The Family http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/14/3-fun-ways-to-make-summer-vacation-healthier-for-all-the-family/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/04/14/3-fun-ways-to-make-summer-vacation-healthier-for-all-the-family/#respond Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:36:08 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1514 Vacations can be a time when we really let our hair down. We might oversleep, overeat, and not get as much exercise as we should. It’s important to remember that our holiday should relax and revive us and so we shouldn’t feel too guilty about a little slacking here and there. But if we really […]

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Vacations can be a time when we really let our hair down. We might oversleep, overeat, and not get as much exercise as we should. It’s important to remember that our holiday should relax and revive us and so we shouldn’t feel too guilty about a little slacking here and there. But if we really want to return refreshed we can make our holidays healthier in fun ways. With a family in tow, this can be fun and benefit us all! We will all return home looking and feeling better than we left. That should be the main aim of a vacation, after all. If you’re looking for ways to make your Summer fun, fabulous and healthy for all the family, then you’ve come to the right place.

Learn To Cook Together

Many studies have found that healthy habits are created in the home. During the Summer, we’re more likely to have free time at home with our family than at any other time. This can be the perfect opportunity to overhaul one of the most significant habits of all: eating. During a busy week of work commitments, social activities and more, junk food can be tempting. Children will often reach for a sugary or salty snack when waiting for a meal. They’re more likely to be waiting if you’re tired and haven’t had the time to plan something nutritious. A daily family meal that you can all enjoy together can become a memory that lasts a lifetime. It is around the dinner table and in the home kitchen that children learn the value of good, fresh ingredients and healthy nutrition. Why not learn to prepare a recipe together? There are suitable activities for all age ranges whether washing, peeling, chopping or frosting! Making your own meals provides a great way to have fun and interact but also to see what’s going into your food. It can be alarming to find that many of the processed snacks and meals we rely on are heavy in sugar, salt, fat and calories. Making your own meals from scratch doesn’t have to be time consuming and can be fun for all the family.

Camp

Gone are the days of the “kids fat camp” that we hear about as a horror story. Many activity camps for children are focused on self-esteem, confidence, and exciting outdoor activities. They have the happy side-effect of including weight loss and healthy improvements where needed. But they also foster teamwork and social skills. If the Summer seems like a long time to keep the kids occupied, camp can be a wonderful way to burn off all that excess energy!

Daily Walks or Cycling

Not all healthy changes have to break the bank, or even make you break a sweat! A good old-fashioned family walk is one of the most underrated daily activities a family can do in the Summer. You have the opportunity to chat, play, and take in the sunshine and fresh air. Even if the weather is not on our side, with waterproofs and a hot drink afterwards it can be just as fun!

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5 Things To Book Now If You’re Getting Married In 2017 http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/30/5-things-to-book-now-if-youre-getting-married-in-2017/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/30/5-things-to-book-now-if-youre-getting-married-in-2017/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:33:27 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1511 If you’ve recently got engaged, you may be thinking that you’ve got ages to plan your wedding. While there’s no need to panic or get stressed out, it is best to sort some wedding plans as early as possible. If you’re prepping for a wedding in 2017, here is an essential checklist to help you […]

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If you’ve recently got engaged, you may be thinking that you’ve got ages to plan your wedding. While there’s no need to panic or get stressed out, it is best to sort some wedding plans as early as possible. If you’re prepping for a wedding in 2017, here is an essential checklist to help you achieve your dream day.

1. Venue

Searching for wedding venues is one of the most exciting elements of planning a wedding. If you’re getting married during peak times, such as the summer holidays, it’s always best to look around as soon as you can. You will find that the most popular wedding venues get booked up months, even years, in advance. Some people know where they want to get married before they get engaged. If you have no idea, do some research online and create a list of venues you’d like to visit. Go to wedding fayres and arrange some viewings. Take some notes, ask plenty of questions and take some photos. Once you’ve been through your initial selection, make a shortlist and go back for second viewings. When you have a date, send out a save the date card, so people have plenty of notice.

2. The photographer

For many people, photographs are one of the most important considerations during the planning process. Wedding photographers get booked up early, especially during busy times of the year. Search online to find photographers in your area and ask to see their portfolios. You will find that different photographers have various styles. Choose a package, price and style, which suits your dream wedding day.

3. The dress

It can take a while to find the perfect dress. Once you’ve ordered a dress, it’s also wise to factor in time to make alterations and organise a series of fittings. Start arranging some appointments at bridal boutiques and try a selection of dresses. Don’t feel pressured into ordering if you’re not completely happy. It’s rare for any bride to fall in love with the first dress they try. Take your time and go with the dress that makes you feel confident and excited about your big day.

4. The entertainment

If you’re desperate for a specific band or magician and you have set your date, go ahead and book. The earlier you make an enquiry, the higher the chances of securing your first choice of entertainment. If you don’t have anyone in mind yet, look online for demos and reviews.

5. The catering

Once you have a rough idea of numbers and you’ve booked your venue and decided on a date, look into catering options. Some venues provide their own catering, while others have a list of preferred companies. If you’re getting married outdoors, or you’re having a marquee, you will usually have more choice. Arrange some tasting sessions and go through some sample menus. Most caterers will ask for an idea of numbers initially, and then you will confirm the final figure nearer the date.

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but it should also be fun. Once you’ve broken the backbone, you can relax and enjoy the process.

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Cornwall Now http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/22/5-reasons-you-should-visit-cornwall-now/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/22/5-reasons-you-should-visit-cornwall-now/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 21:42:41 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1508 Are you ready for a holiday but don’t have the funds to travel abroad? Why not consider a staycation? A staycation is a holiday that you take in your home country. There is so much to see and do in Great Britain, making it the perfect place for a staycation! Travelling in your home country […]

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Are you ready for a holiday but don’t have the funds to travel abroad? Why not consider a staycation?

A staycation is a holiday that you take in your home country. There is so much to see and do in Great Britain, making it the perfect place for a staycation! Travelling in your home country keeps the costs of your holiday down, and it will give you a chance to see areas you’ve never been to.

So where should you go for your very first staycation? I think Cornwall should be your destination of choice. Its rugged countryside and cute villages and towns are the perfect location for a relaxing few nights away. Here are five great reasons you should visit Cornwall now.

Chocolate-Box Villages

The Cornish countryside is some of England’s prettiest and the villages always look picture-perfect. Staying in a village in Cornwall will place you in stunning scenery. There will also be plenty of fantastic outdoor activities on your doorstep. Many hiking and mountain biking trails snake through the countryside. Not only that, but the Cornish coast is well-known for great surfing. To stay right by the sea, think about booking a B&B in beautiful looe.

Delicious Food

Cornwall has a fantastic reputation for food. One of its most famous delicacies is its Cornish Pasties. These pastry pouches are filled with a hearty mixture of meat, vegetables and gravy. You can buy them all over Britain, but ones in Cornwall are, of course, the best you’ll find! Once you’ve finished your pasty, it’s time for dessert. Cream teas are popular in Cornwall, thanks to clotted cream. This super-thick cream comes from this county and really takes scones to another level!

Modern Art

It’s not all bucolic bliss, though! You can get stuck into some fresh modern art, too. St. Ives is home to Tate St. Ives, a contemporary art gallery. You’ll find the renowned Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden here as well. Once you’ve looked around the gallery, you can go on one of the gallery’s Ben Nicholson tours. These walks lead you through the town and take you to places that were important in the artist’s life.

The Eden Project

One of Cornwall’s biggest tourist attractions, the Eden Project is made up of two biomes. These are full of plants and flowers from many different and diverse climates. If you want more excitement than just looking at the pretty plants, you can take a ride on the zipline or take part in a freefall jump. There are also lots of family friendly activities you can enjoy. Kids will enjoy climbing and swinging around in the exciting outdoor play area.

Celebrity Spotting

Cornwall is a favourite holiday destination of many famous people, including the Royal family! Especially the village of Rock, located in the north of the county. Prince Harry has been spotted a few times in the area! One of the best locations for sighting celebrity holidaymakers is in the fancy Tides Restaurant.

So what are you waiting for? Book your holiday to Cornwall today!

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How To Keep Yourself Safe During An Iranian Vacation http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/11/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-during-an-iranian-vacation/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/11/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-during-an-iranian-vacation/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:42:56 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1504 Many people find the country of Iran fascinating. That is often because it’s unlike most other nations in the Middle East. While Western governments warn of high terrorism threats, there are few instances of that nature. Indeed, the Iranian people have built a reputation for being some of the most peaceful in the world. Their […]

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Many people find the country of Iran fascinating. That is often because it’s unlike most other nations in the Middle East. While Western governments warn of high terrorism threats, there are few instances of that nature. Indeed, the Iranian people have built a reputation for being some of the most peaceful in the world. Their recent acceptance of a far-reaching nuclear deal helps to highlight that fact. As a mainly Shia country, their version is Islam is a little more relaxed when compared to Sunni countries around the world. However, you still need to be careful if you plan to visit, and so you should make good use of this advice.

Book an organised group trip

In most instances, it’s sensible to book an organised group vacation for safety reasons. While the Iranian people have nothing against you, they do dislike the government running your country. So, visiting with other people just lowers the chances of getting any abuse. Also, it means you’ll feel a lot safer because you’re in the company of many individuals just like you. After the nuclear deal orchestrated by Mark Dubowitz, many people have relaxed their attitudes towards the West. They now feel a little less persecuted, and that should help with relations during your visit.

Don’t walk the streets alone at night

Making sure you’re never alone during the evenings is also a wise move. However, you could say that for almost any country in the world. Iran has a thriving nightlife that you’ll want to experience. Again, just take your travel partner along to any coffee houses or shisha bars. Nine times out of ten, you won’t experience any issues. Indeed, Western people pack their bags and visit Iran so infrequently that most locals will want to stop and have a chat. They’ll feel fascinated by the fact you’ve chosen to holiday in their nation when Iran and the US have such a painful history. However, the fact that you’re there without bodyguards should work in your favor. It will suggest to them that you’re not interested in the political side of things.

Only take photos when your guide says it’s okay

In Iran, and most other countries, it is illegal to take photographs of military structures. The issue is that most of them aren’t hidden in this nation. So, it’s possible for holidaymakers to snap some pictures and get into trouble unintentionally. That is the last thing you want to happen, as some tourists have been arrested as spies in the past. Ideally, you want to keep your camera in your bag until the guide says otherwise. You can still take photographs in cities, and when you visit ancient monuments. Just avoid snapping the police, weapons, or any government buildings.

The only other things you need to consider relate to Islamic customs. For instance, it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol while you’re visiting Iran. Thankfully, they’re not quite as strict with dress codes as most people imagine. Women don’t have to wear a hijab or a burka. However, it’s still fun to adopt the local dress and immerse yourself in the culture. You’ll get a more rounded experience that way.

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6 Smart Purchases For A Stress-Free Camping Holiday http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/07/6-smart-purchases-for-a-stress-free-camping-holiday/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/07/6-smart-purchases-for-a-stress-free-camping-holiday/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2016 22:19:10 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1501 The camping holiday is a British staple. If you’re preparing to pack the car and hit the roads, here are some suggestions for a stress-free trip. 1. Games Whether you’re travelling with young children, teenagers or adult friends, games will come in handy. Long car journeys are made all the more enjoyable for all parties […]

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The camping holiday is a British staple. If you’re preparing to pack the car and hit the roads, here are some suggestions for a stress-free trip.

1. Games

Whether you’re travelling with young children, teenagers or adult friends, games will come in handy. Long car journeys are made all the more enjoyable for all parties with portable games consoles, DVDs and old classics like ‘I spy’. Once you arrive at your destination, playing cricket, golf or giant pass the pigs will while away hours on the beach. The unpredictable British weather could put pay to outdoor plans, so stock up on cards and board games.

2. Disposable barbecues

No summer camping holiday is complete without a barbecue, a roaring fire and some marshmallows to toast. Disposable barbecues are easy to use and they don’t take up any valuable space in the boot. Always use your grill in an open, well-ventilated space and keep a safe distance from children and pets. Make sure all meat is cooked through to prevent any unwanted holiday illnesses.

3. Caravan awning

If you’re looking for a smart solution to give you extra space in an instant, air awnings are an excellent idea. Within a few minutes, an awning can provide you with an extra room or some additional storage space. If you buy a self-inflating awning, you can just sit back and watch it work its magic. If you’re short on space or you’re caught in a downpour, an awning can make all the difference.

4. A first aid kit

It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit with you if you’re going on holiday. Campsites tend to be out of town so it’s handy to have access to plasters, dressings and bandages. You should also pack sun cream and insect repellant. Take some painkillers with you and any other medication you require, such as inhalers or antihistamines. Check your first aid kit before you set off and replace any items that have expired or run out.

5. Portable toilet

A portable toilet is a God-send when travelling with young children. With this valuable accessory, your children can pop to the loo without any hazardous late night walks. It can also prevent last-minute dashes or accidents if they are toilet-training. Keep the toilet within easy reach when you are travelling and when you have set up camp if you’re in a tent, rather than a caravan.

6. Windbreak

Sadly, we’re not always blessed with serene sun-drenched days in the British Isles, and a wind-break is always handy to have. Use your windbreak to provide shelter and keep you warm on the beach. You can also use it to give you more privacy on a busy campsite.

Camping holidays are great fun, but they can also be trying. Follow these simple packing steps to breeze through your break without any drama and ensure everyone has a wonderful time. If you’re travelling with kids, it’s wise to look for a site with good amenities and facilities. Outdoor playgrounds, access to pools and beaches and well-managed toilets will all help to minimise stress.

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8 Hacks For Your First Baby http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/02/8-hacks-for-your-first-baby/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/02/8-hacks-for-your-first-baby/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:43:41 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1492 Babies are hard work, so anything that makes life a little bit easier is a huge help. Use Colour Lines On Your Baby’s Diaper You don’t want to be wasting time, endlessly changing diapers to see if they’re soiled. Good diapers come with a color line that indicates whether they need to be changed or […]

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Babies are hard work, so anything that makes life a little bit easier is a huge help.

Use Colour Lines On Your Baby’s Diaper

You don’t want to be wasting time, endlessly changing diapers to see if they’re soiled. Good diapers come with a color line that indicates whether they need to be changed or not. On most diapers if the line is yellow, you’re fine. If it’s blue, it’s time to change.

Command Hooks

Yes, command hooks. Sound good don’t they? And they are. Fix one to the back of your baby’s high chair and hang bibs from them. When it comes to feeding time, you don’t have to waste time searching for a bib. They’re right there. It’s no wonder this was the most popular parenting hack on Pinterest in 2015.

Snuzpods

Snuzpods are a miraculous invention. They’re like these little transforming cots that can do pretty much anything. If you want your baby to sleep beside your bed in their own cot, a snuzpod has you covered. If you want them to sleep separately, a snuzpod has you covered. If you want them to sleep in a bassinet at the end of the bed, a snuzpod has you covered. You can even get them with specific mattress protectors. You can pick up a snuzpod cot and mattress from Cuckooland in a variety of colors.

Wash Tiny Baby Socks In A Mesh Laundry Bag

Tiny baby socks can easily get lost in the wash. Putting them in a little pouch first and then bunging them in makes the whole exercise so much easier. You lose enough of your own socks in the wash without having to worry about the baby’s too.

Washing Out Baby Bottles

Why do baby bottles have to be so long? And why is it so hard to find an implement that can scrub them out?

Here’s a tip: fill them with soap, baking soda and hot water after your baby has finished. This will get all the grime out and make them hygienically clean. Unless, of course, your baby has a penchant for avocado, chocolate and peanut butter smoothies. In which case, I can’t help you.

Bathe Your Baby In The Laundry Basket

This sounds almost humiliating doesn’t it? It’s not. Putting the baby in the washing basket and then putting the washing basket in the bath means that your baby’s toys won’t keep floating away. That means they’re happy and, as a result, you’re happy.

Make Pacifiers Into Lollies For Teething

Teething is not fun for anybody, most of all the child. But having a lollipop-come-pacifier is a dream come true. You can try all sorts of different juices and flavoured milk.

Prevent Door Slamming

Unlike the rest of us, toddlers don’t appear to be averse to loud, crashing noises. But there is a solution. Get part of a foam tube and cut along its length so it can fold out. Then wrap it around the end of the door so that when the door does close, it doesn’t slam. Bingo!

 

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The Four Most Stylish Wedding Venues in the UK 2016 http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/02/the-four-most-stylish-wedding-venues-in-the-uk-2016/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/03/02/the-four-most-stylish-wedding-venues-in-the-uk-2016/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:37:01 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1493 If you’re looking for your dream wedding venue, then it can be all too easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many options available to you, how on earth are you meant to decide? In days gone by you would have got married in your local church or registrar’s office. Nowadays, all sorts of venues […]

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If you’re looking for your dream wedding venue, then it can be all too easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many options available to you, how on earth are you meant to decide? In days gone by you would have got married in your local church or registrar’s office. Nowadays, all sorts of venues can be hired for your big day. If you want your nuptials to be chic and elegant, why not go for a really stylish place to get wed?

 

Pemberton Castle, Cheshire

Pemberton Castle is situated in idyllic Cheshire. The Castle has beautiful marble floors, gorgeous red sandstone walls and airy dining rooms with open fireplaces.  It’s opulent, magnificent and would make a delightful backdrop for any wedding celebration.  It’s easy to see why it’s a firm favourite amongst the affluent Cheshire set. If you’ve always wondered how the other half live, Pemberton Castle will charm and enthral you. You can see how such an excellent venue helps create beautiful memories to treasure. Have a look at wedding photography by Lesley Meredith.

The Berkeley, Knightsbridge, London

The Berkeley Hotel in London’s swanky Knightsbridge is ultra-classy and very chic. A stone’s throw from the world famous luxury department store, Harrods, The Berkeley is the ultimate in VIP weddings. There’s a range of venues within the hotel where you can say “I do.” From a small intimate wedding to a grand, lavish reception, it’s all there.  The Berkeley’s expert team will be on hand to make sure your special day goes without a single hitch. There is nothing they can’t arrange; it’s the height of luxe. It really is one of the most exclusive and stylish venues the capital has to offer! See for yourself at Stylish Weddings At The Berkeley

Cairns House, Scotland

Cairns House is undoubtedly one of the great jewels in the crown of the Scottish Highlands. What could be more romantic?  Surrounded by breathtaking, picturesque scenery, the private stately home features exquisite oak panelling. Recently refurbished, the chic decor is understated and an ideal backdrop for any style of nuptials. The Scottish hospitality is second to none, and the vaulted dining rooms are perfect for eating and dancing into the wee small hours! Why not check out Highland Weddings at Cairns House.

Shilstone House, Devon

Set in delightful Devon, Shilstone House is a Georgian stately home that just oozes romance. It’s pretty as a picture and has everything you’d want to hand. There’s even a Yurt village available for hire. If you’re a rock chick at heart, you could have all your guests glamping at your nuptials! It’ll give your nuptials seriously green credentials, too! Get the full lowdown – for details see Weddings at Shilstone Romantic Georgian Country House.

This is by no means a definitive list of stylish wedding venues in the UK, but they are certainly some of the best. Where did you get married? Did it meet up to your expectations? Share your story in the comments!

 

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Ireland is known for its wild and rugged coastlines, good food, beautiful cities and for its warm and hearty welcome. The Irish are often described as among the friendliest people in the world. Visitors to the Emerald Isle return again and again to sample the traditional Celtic hospitality.

Ireland has something to offer everyone. Enjoy family beach holidays, romantic weekends and cultural city breaks. At the end of a busy day spent sightseeing or a relaxing day at the beach, there are countless places to rest your head. Choose from a variety of hotels, B&Bs, Irish holiday cottages and even castles. Sample traditional and contemporary cuisine prepared by premier chefs. Relax with a glass of whiskey, fine wine or a pint of Guinness.

Activities are in abundance. All tastes are catered for, whether you enjoy walking, sports, theatre or relaxing with a good book. And you can rest assured that it all takes place in spectacular and often breath-taking surroundings.

Throughout the year Ireland plays host to a diverse and a vibrant number of festivals. If you’re planning a holiday check out our top Irish festival picks. Don’t forget to read our preparation checklist before you leave.

BD Festival

Over the Easter weekend the BD Festival takes place in Co Wicklow. Formerly known as Barn Dance, BD is a BYOB arts and music festival and it comes highly recommended. Enjoy international music, comedy and theatre and browse traditional artisan food stalls.

More Info: http://bdfestival.ie/

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

From humble beginnings, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an internationally-acclaimed comedy fest. It showcases a wealth of Irish and overseas talent and attracts over 30,000 visitors each year. The festival takes place in June in the medieval city of Kilkenny.

More Info: http://thecatlaughs.com

International Literature Festival Dublin

Dublin’s International Literature Festival is a haven for book lovers. Each year it welcomes acclaimed writers from around the world to read, talk, debate and entertain. The event covers both adult and children’s literature and so there’s something here for the whole family. Enjoy readings, workshops, performances and screenings.

More Info: http://ilfdublin.com

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival

The Ulster Bank International Arts Festival is a new festival which focuses on contemporary art, drama, music, dance and film. Taking place in October the event attracts Irish and international talent to a vibrant and cultural city.

More Info: http://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com

Sea Sessions

If you’re a sun and sea worshipper then this is the festival for you. Taking place in Bundoran (a 3-mile drive from Dublin) Sea Sessions combines seas, sand, music and hopefully some sunshine. It attracts a diverse range of musicians and combines music with other activities such as beach soccer and tag rugby. Note: This is strictly an over 18 festival.

More Info: http://seasessions.com

Whatever the weather and whatever your interests, Ireland offers a vibrant mix of events. Savour world-class food and be entertained by international artists and musicians. Be enthralled by romantic coastlines, medieval castles and vibrant cities. Above all, enjoy the craic.

 

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All The Ins And Outs Of Casual Style For Men http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/23/all-the-ins-and-outs-of-casual-style-for-men/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/23/all-the-ins-and-outs-of-casual-style-for-men/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:40:26 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1486 For men, when it comes to casual dressing it can be hard to achieve the perfect look. Many men make the horrific mistake of thinking that casual wear instantly equals sweatpants and an oversized t-shirt. They couldn’t be more wrong. Dressing casually doesn’t mean there needs to be a lack of style or smartness to […]

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For men, when it comes to casual dressing it can be hard to achieve the perfect look. Many men make the horrific mistake of thinking that casual wear instantly equals sweatpants and an oversized t-shirt. They couldn’t be more wrong. Dressing casually doesn’t mean there needs to be a lack of style or smartness to your look.

Whether you’re heading out to see the boys or meeting your significant other, it’s important to get your casual look right. Don’t make the mistake of confusing casual wear with loungewear, an error many men make. Between casual wear and loungewear, there’s a big difference. To ensure you look smart and stylish in casual wear, here are a few essential tips.

Cuts are important

 

Jeans, the ultimate casual items for men can look smart and stylish but often, when the wrong size or cut is worn, they just look scruffy. Super skinny jeans can look great on smaller built guys. But for men with a larger, more muscular physique, straight-legged jeans are the best option. Straight-legged jeans are tailored in a way that makes you look smart but aren’t too tight. For ultimate comfort, opt for a stretchy pair containing lycra. You’ll look smart and stylish and won’t have to compromise on comfort.

When it comes to cuts of clothing, jeans aren’t the only item you need to be careful of. Everything from shirts to jumpers come in a variety of cuts – not all styles suit every body shape hence why it’s essential to find the right one. For example, these men’s aran sweaters are smart and stylish and perfect for wearing to complete a casual look. The cut of these sweaters is slightly tailored, making them suitable for almost every body shape. Tops that are tailored to create a slim fit don’t sit well on larger bodies.

Spend a little more for better quality

 

For casual days, it can be tempting to invest in those cheap four packs of basic t-shirts – don’t. These t-shirts might have been the staple of your teen years, but now you’re an adult, your casual look needs to be smarter.

T-shirts might only be a casual item, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on them. Select a range of unique designs from different stores, that are tailored to fit your body shape. Steer clear of slogans and busy images. Instead, buy from brands that offer simple designs with only a small logo on display. Jack Wills and Superdry are two smart, stylish brands that offer a great range of casual men’s wear.

Invest in the right accessories

 

To give your look a little extra class, the right accessories are crucial. Many men opt to top their casual wear with a scruffy coat, don’t make this mistake. Invest in a smart, stylish jacket that’s tailored. Trench coats are ideal for wearing on casual days because they’re stylish and comfortable.

Shoes are another essential accessory than many men struggle to get right. For a casual look, loafers, smart trainers or Converse-style shoes are ideal, as long as they’re not stained or old, that is.

Achieving the perfect casual look isn’t difficult, it’s just a case of knowing the best cuts for you and stores to buy from.

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The World’s Top Casinos You Should Visit http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/22/the-worlds-top-casinos-you-should-visit/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/22/the-worlds-top-casinos-you-should-visit/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:21:00 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1482 Travelling the world to visit the best casinos is a major ambition for most gambling enthusiasts. However, a lot of people simply won’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the best locations. With that in mind, we’ve scoured some of the best travel sites to provide the information on this page. The […]

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Travelling the world to visit the best casinos is a major ambition for most gambling enthusiasts. However, a lot of people simply won’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the best locations. With that in mind, we’ve scoured some of the best travel sites to provide the information on this page. The casinos listed here today are some of the most eligible gambling institutions on the planet.

Live casino games you might play here will help you to prepare for your trip. It’s possible to learn all the ins and outs, so you don’t waste money when you reach your chosen destinations. Like it or not, most of the other players in real-world casinos play every day. So, you’ll need to work hard to improve your skills if you want to make a profit.  

The Bellagio – Las Vegas US

The Bellagio fast became one of the most-visited casinos in Las Vegas after its construction. Some of the most dedicated players on the planet have tried their luck at the tables and slots in their place. People from the UK will probably recognise the building thanks to the impressive water display outside. The casino features the most advanced fountain system in the world that performs stunning shows outside. However, it’s inside where most people will find their enjoyment. With hundreds of tables and almost every casino game you can imagine, it’s wise to set a couple of hours aside at least.

Broadway Casino – Birmingham UK

The Broadway Casino in Birmingham attracts gambling boffins from all over the world. It has one of the largest gaming floors in the country, and some of the best Poker rooms. Single travellers and groups can benefit from a nice restaurant with first-class food. There are also plenty of tournaments to keep you occupied. Games on offer include Roulette, Poker, Blackjack and more. There aren’t too many luxury casinos in the UK, and Broadway is helping to break the mould. Visitors can even make group bookings and reserve part of the floor for their guests. You won’t find deals like that elsewhere!

Casino de Monte Carlo – Monaco

Monaco is known as a tax haven for wealthy and influential executives. The information here will help you to understand that a little better. So, it makes sense that it would also become home to one of the best casinos on Earth. The Casino de Monte Carlo draws gamblers from the four corners of the planet. High-stakes tournaments happen every week, and some people leave with millions in their pockets. Visitors can expect to encounter standard European table games alongside specialist Poker variations. You won’t find luxury like that anywhere else, but you’re going to need to save for a long time. Flights alone can cost more than £1,000, and accommodation costs are through the roof. Still, it’s an experience every gambler should enjoy.

We hope at least one of the suggestions made on this page will tickle your fancy. Now you just have to start making arrangements and saving your money. If you’re going to travel halfway around the world to gamble, there’s no point turning up with £500. For the complete experience, you’re going to need at least a couple of thousand.

 

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How You Can Enjoy the Perfect Themed Wedding http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/18/how-you-can-enjoy-the-perfect-themed-wedding/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/18/how-you-can-enjoy-the-perfect-themed-wedding/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:41:27 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1479 Getting married is something to look forward to as much as possible. And when it comes to your wedding day you need to pull out all the stops. It’s important to think about how you want your wedding day to be, and whether you want a themed wedding. A lot of people choose to have […]

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Getting married is something to look forward to as much as possible. And when it comes to your wedding day you need to pull out all the stops. It’s important to think about how you want your wedding day to be, and whether you want a themed wedding. A lot of people choose to have themed weddings these days, and they can make things much more fun and exciting.

Have a think about the sort of wedding you’re going to have, and decide if you want a themed wedding. If you do, then you’ll want to get it just right, and this will mean planning it meticulously. So, have a look at these suggestions, and see if you can use them to enjoy the ultimate themed wedding.

Get the Right Venue

Themed weddings will need the right venue to really help make the theme stand out. So, you need to consider what theme you want to go with, and the start looking for venues. Now, you might need to get creative and think outside the box a little bit. You see, you may not be able to get exactly the venue you’re after for your wedding. So, you will either need to change the theme or come up with ideas that will help you customise a venue to suit your theme. Either way, you’re set for an exciting time of things.

 

Pick Something You’re Passionate About

The best theme to choose is always something you’re passionate about. This is because you’ll find yourself more dedicated to it, and the end product will be much better. Try to incorporate the two of you as a couple into any themed wedding you might have to give it a personal edge. For example, if you are passionate about movies you might decide to go for a Hollywood themed wedding. And you could have the tables named after your favourite movies, or make vows using speeches from your favourite film. Passion helps so much when it comes to planning something like a wedding.

Decorations

It’s essential to think about the decorations for your big day. A themed wedding is going to need as much decorating as a regular wedding, if not more so. You will need to get the perfect venue dressing that can transform any location into the perfect themed venue. And this will mean putting in a bit of research to come up with the perfect venue decorations. You might choose to take charge of this yourself, or, you may decide you’d like to hire some professionals to do it for you.

A themed wedding is the perfect way for you to kick off married life with a bang. It adds a fun and unique dimension to your wedding and means it will be memorable for everyone. It also gives you the ideal opportunity to combine something you love with your love for each other. Themed weddings are becoming more popular these days, and it’s easy to see why. Try to use this list as a way of helping you plan the perfect themed wedding.

 

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Considerations To Make Before Buying Baby Products http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/15/considerations-to-make-before-buying-baby-products/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/15/considerations-to-make-before-buying-baby-products/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:58:35 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1475 If you go on Google right now and type in ‘baby products’ you are guaranteed one thing; you will be bombarded! So where to begin? Choosing the right items for your baby, or another person’s baby, needs to be done carefully. However, one parent’s essential baby product is not always on other parents must-have list. […]

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If you go on Google right now and type in ‘baby products’ you are guaranteed one thing; you will be bombarded! So where to begin? Choosing the right items for your baby, or another person’s baby, needs to be done carefully. However, one parent’s essential baby product is not always on other parents must-have list.

There are some absolute basics, however. Keeping baby warm, safe and fed are three top priorities for any parents. Being able to transport baby comfortably and safely is another. Ensuring the baby learns and develops is another key necessities. Therefore, any product that promotes or helps with one of these basics will be well used and appreciated.

Before buying anything, think first about whether or not it offers value for money. It is very easy to be swept away by adorable baby booties and hats, but stop and think. How long will the baby get to use or wear this item? How many uses will baby or the parents get out of the item? There is no point spending a small fortune on something that will only be used once. Equally, it doesn’t make much sense to buy the cheapest version of something that will be used every day for a year.

If you’re buying a gift, try and find out in advance what the parents would find especially useful. If you’re buying for your baby, consider making a budget plan ahead of time.  Budget more money for the important items, and save on the less important things.

There is a multitude of outlets and stores that will provide you with an enormous range of products for baby and the nursery. These will ensure baby stays snug and warm when out and about, and cool and comfortable when sleeping and relaxing. The choice is vast, however. One way to find this less overwhelming is to try to find a make or brand that you like. This will narrow down your choices and make picking your items easier.

Then, take a moment before you purchase any baby products to think the following. “Am I buying this for the name and design, or am I buying this for the durability and practicality it offers”. Sure, something can be adorned with the most adorable design, but is it well made?

Another consideration should be whether or not items adhere to safety regulations. Ensure you always buy from a recognised retailer or supplier. For those on a budget, the second-hand market can be an excellent option. Online auction sites are full of great bargains. However, safety should always come first. Make sure you check anything you buy, both upon purchasing and before giving it to the baby. Items should also be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected if they are second-hand.

Finally, on to the fun stuff! The joy of seeing your little one grow and develop is beyond words! But remember, the gift wrapped in a box is almost never as much fun as the box itself. We still love to buy toys to help and stimulate our babies but pause before making any hefty investments. Remember that what you have in your cupboard can be just as exciting; a wooden spoon and a saucepan is the best drum in the world! It’s just not the nicest sound in the world for the parents!

Image attributed to Theodore Scott

 

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Essential Items You Need To Take With You On a Family Day Out http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/07/essential-items-you-need-to-take-with-you-on-a-family-day-out/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/07/essential-items-you-need-to-take-with-you-on-a-family-day-out/#respond Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:39:25 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1471 Day trips are a great way to spend time with your family and can give you a well-deserved break from the stresses of work. It’s also a fantastic way to see and experience a new place without having to spend a fortune on hotels and flights. While they may be like mini-holidays, that doesn’t mean […]

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Day trips are a great way to spend time with your family and can give you a well-deserved break from the stresses of work. It’s also a fantastic way to see and experience a new place without having to spend a fortune on hotels and flights. While they may be like mini-holidays, that doesn’t mean you can take a whole suitcase with you. Lack of planning could mean you take items in your bag that aren’t essential and forget the things you desperately need. So to make sure you pack everything you need for a family day out, use these suggestions to help you.

Decent sized bag

Before you pack anything, you need to make sure you have the right bag to take with you. Clutch bags and tiny handbags are not going to be ideal vessels to carry your items in. Even if you don’t generally carry a lot around with you, you will need to take more than you realise with you on your day trip. Rucksacks and satchels are your most practical option as they can comfortably hold a generous amount. Plus they come in so many different styles and colours, there’s bound to be one that works well with your chosen outfit. It might also be a good idea to store a canvas tote bag inside which can hold any souvenir you buy during the day.

Sun protection

Sunscreen is something you should be wearing each day to protect your skin from the elements. It doesn’t matter if it’s an especially cloudy day, the sun can still damage your skin making it feel dry and dehydrated. It’s important to keep you and your family topped up with sunscreen throughout the day. Especially if you intend to spend the majority of it outside. These are often sold in travel sized bottles which can easily be stored away. Make sure you buy a high factor for maximum protection.

Camera

If you’re going on days out for kids, a camera is something you will always need. This is the tool that will capture special memories and create beautiful mementos for you all to cherish. If you are using your phone’s camera, make sure you have sufficient space available and have a portable charger too. This will keep your phone fully functional, even after a whole day of picture taking. If you’re taking a digital camera, bring spare batteries and make sure it is fully charged before you leave.

Water and snacks

Keeping everyone happy and hydrated should be a priority. So make sure you have enough water and snacks packed for your whole group. This will make car or train journeys less stressful and save you some money. Tourist attractions will often have expensive dining, so having a mini picnic could be a budget friendly solution. Look for travel sized bottles and Tupperware to keep each item fresh and cool throughout your trip.

These items are the first things you should be packing when preparing yourself for a day out. You can then start adding anything else you deem to be essential such as umbrellas and scarves.

 

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One Year No Beer http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/03/one-year-no-beer/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/03/one-year-no-beer/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:10:20 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1467 When I was a teenager I used to buy beer for all my friends as I was the only one who would never get asked for ID. Ironically a couple of DECADES later I get asked for ID all the time! It’s a ritualistic thing to drink with your peers when you are young in […]

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When I was a teenager I used to buy beer for all my friends as I was the only one who would never get asked for ID. Ironically a couple of DECADES later I get asked for ID all the time! It’s a ritualistic thing to drink with your peers when you are young in the UK and in many other cultures around the world. As an adult I’ve had the good fortune of experiencing a diverse array of cultures which involved no alcohol and have the option today to take or leave a drink as I wish regardless of any peer pressure.
I don’t account myself to any targets and can easily not drink alcohol for many months at a time without hesitation. I had a bit of cider around Christmas 2015 but I will start my full year off the booze in 2016. I prefer not having had a drink before going home to my son and wife Deor either. A consequence of being at this stage of life means there are fewer opportunities to have a drink anyway.
The UK attitude towards alcohol consumption is crazy. Not just a little quirky or eccentrically British. It’s way, way, way off the reservation! This problem is systemic, spanning generations. It’s easy to point at young people that litter the high street on a Friday and Saturday night. The truth is they are simply the most brash and unashamed about their drinking habits. But their transgressions are born from the bad examples set by the generations before them, who drink regularly and to excess. For the sake of my kids, I naturally want to break this degenerative cycle; I don’t want this to play any part of their future.  I chose to sign up to oneyearnobeer to help set an example of a new culture norm.
Benefits for giving up the booze include better sleep, less anxiety, more focus at work and less irritability.  I would encourage you to those thinking of doing the one year no beer challenge to consider what you want to change in your life, and continue to be self-aware as you go through your journey. The biggest benefit may be come from left field.

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Food: How To Eat Without Shame http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/02/food-how-to-eat-without-shame/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/02/02/food-how-to-eat-without-shame/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:07:29 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1462 We all love food, but there is always that nagging thought in the back of our minds. As much as we like to enjoy our meals, it can be hard work if we cannot rid ourselves of the shame. And let’s face it – there shouldn’t be any shame in enjoying our food. Yes, some […]

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We all love food, but there is always that nagging thought in the back of our minds. As much as we like to enjoy our meals, it can be hard work if we cannot rid ourselves of the shame. And let’s face it – there shouldn’t be any shame in enjoying our food. Yes, some of the meals we eat won’t be good for us and may affect our health. However, we don’t need to worry about the effects as long as we follow a few simple rules. Here’s my guide to savouring food without the guilt.

 

Do It In Moderation

The foods that tend to make us feel the guiltiest are the ones that we know we are unhealthy. Still, at the same time they are also the ones that taste the best. So, are we supposed to stop eating them altogether? The answer is no because that wouldn’t be very enjoyable. The answer is to eat them in moderation. As long as we are not eating KFC for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is okay to treat ourselves once in awhile.

 

Come To A Compromise

Instead of going for the unhealthiest food that we can think of, we should come to a compromise and eat something a little healthier. Subway, for example, is not as bad as a McDonald’s meal because it is not cooked in fat. The bread and the meats are not great, but they are not going to kill us. By replacing an unhealthy option with a healthier option, we can rid ourselves of the shame and the guilt that comes with fast food.

 

Pay Less

Although the nutrition of the food plays a big part in our shame, the price is also a factor. After all, we don’t want to get fat and waste our money at the same time! Obviously, the alternative is to go for the cheapest option. Most fast food joints are pretty cheap, but some are cheaper than others. KFC, if you are unaware, is cheap if you split the meal between friends. All you have to do is take a look online at Fast Food Menu Prices. The website lists the KFC menu, and tells you everything you need to know about the price.

 

 

Change Thinking

Our thinking is what makes us feel guilty in the first place. If we can switch the way we think, we can forget about the guilt. Of course, that guilt is an important part of staying healthy because it stops us from overindulging. But, it also stops us from enjoying ourselves. The key is to know when to go ahead and have a treat, and when to hold back. If we can rationalise the food in our heads, then we can get on with our lives. For example, we can reduce our food intake for the next week to make up for the guilty pleasures.

 

Know The Limits

We have to trust ourselves to stop because we don’t want to enjoy ourselves too much. If we are famished from a big meal, there is no need to eat again. That is binging, and it is unhealthy.

 

 

We all have red flags. What are yours?

 

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Planning Your Perfect First Wakeboarding Holiday http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/29/planning-your-perfect-first-wakeboarding-holiday/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/29/planning-your-perfect-first-wakeboarding-holiday/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:17:10 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1457 So you want to go off on a wakeboarding holiday. I can’t blame you. It’s one of the most fun water-sports you can try and fairly easy to get used to. However, that said, it’s best you get prepared before you go. You don’t want your holiday ruined by having the wrong equipment or having to […]

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So you want to go off on a wakeboarding holiday. I can’t blame you. It’s one of the most fun water-sports you can try and fairly easy to get used to. However, that said, it’s best you get prepared before you go. You don’t want your holiday ruined by having the wrong equipment or having to spend most of it learning how to do it properly. That’s why I’ve prepared these tips to help you have the best wakeboarding holiday possible.

Get your body wakeboard ready

A wakeboarding holiday is most likely to also be a beach holiday, so there’s two reasons to get yourself in ship-shape. The better condition you’re in, the more balance you’ll have. The more balance, the better you’ll be able to handle higher difficulties of wakeboarding. To get yourself ready for wakeboarding, here’s a whole list of exercises catering specifically to the sport. I have plenty of recipes to help you on that particular part of preparation, too.

Tips for beginners

This isn’t so much about how to actually wakeboard, but more about what to do when you first get out on the waves. There are a lot of things to keep in mind for safety, such as always having someone to spot you. There are also practical tips to make it easier at first, like using a shorter rope and what speed the boat should be going. You can find out more of these handy tips for getting started here.

How to wakeboard properly

Now that you know the basic rules for going out on the sea and how to take it easy to begin with, you should have some pre-emptive knowledge of how to wakeboard. You can get these positions ready at home before you take them out to the beach. With the added knowledge, any future lessons you may need will go all the quicker. You might even have the others wondering just how you got so good.

Get the right board

You’re going to want your own board to take out with you, rather than the ones any services in the area might be offering. Whatever your age, sex and experience, there are all kinds of boards to choose from. You don’t have to wait for the beach to get pressed into paying more, either. There are plenty of places where you can buy wakeboards online, too. Just make sure that the board’s suited to your body so you don’t end up having a disastrous time and wasting money while you’re at it.

Where to go

So, now you should have plenty of ideas on getting out to the water, it’s time for the most important decision. Where exactly do you go? There are loads of great wakeboarding locations in the US, which you can find here. Who doesn’t want to hit the waves under that lovely Californian sun?

Wakeboarding is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have at the beach and can easily become a lifelong passion. Just keep safety and the right equipment in mind at all times and you should be ready to face any challenge the waves bring.

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Small Details To Make Your Wedding One To Remember http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/22/small-details-to-make-your-wedding-one-to-remember/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/22/small-details-to-make-your-wedding-one-to-remember/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:45:47 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1452 The wedding is the biggest day of your life. Every bride dreams of an event that’s come straight out of the latest Hollywood rom com. To be honest, though, it’s often the small gestures that make the most impact. Unfortunately, many couples overlook their importance until it’s a little too late in the day. You […]

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The wedding is the biggest day of your life. Every bride dreams of an event that’s come straight out of the latest Hollywood rom com. To be honest, though, it’s often the small gestures that make the most impact. Unfortunately, many couples overlook their importance until it’s a little too late in the day.

You don’t have to suffer that fate. If you’re planning your wedding or just dreaming about a time when you will, these hacks will work wonders. Give them the attention that they deserve to ensure that your wedding surpasses even your wildest expectations.

Capture The Moment

Photography is a big part of any wedding. After all, those happy shots will become precious mementos for years to come. However, there are two top hacks to take those joys to another level.

Firstly, you could hire a videographer to film the big day. It will cost money, but that DVD is the ultimate reminder of your love. Secondly, giving disposal cameras to the guests will guarantee that you get to remember the day as a whole.

Flowers & Table Decorations

Most weddings will have a theme to the day. This sets a great foundation for celebrating your love, and also makes the organisation a lot easier too. But it’s the accent pieces that will give the event its unique vibe. Ultimately, this is what will make it a truly memorable occasion for everyone.

Dressing the table is a key factor that is often undervalued. However, perfecting this aspect helps set a far greater atmosphere. Likewise, the flowers can have a telling impact on the overall aura too.

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Organisation

There are so many things to consider during the build-up that it can become an information overload. Taking control at an early stage will work wonders. Using free wedding invitation templates won’t only save you money. But it means you can get those plans up and running at the earliest stage possible. No more waiting for printing companies.

Arranging transport and other items with time to spare will give you far greater breathing space when the hectic final week arrives.

Seating Arrangements

They say that no wedding is complete without a family dispute. Quite frankly, though, yours will be far happier if it passes without a hitch. Given that there’s probably some animosity between certain guests, you must pay close attention to this part of the planning.

There are plenty of online resources to help you perfect this crucial element. Try to confirm those plans ASAP. After all, failure to prepare is preparation to fail.

 

Evening Food

The main meal is great. But as the night continues, you may want to think about bringing out a little more food. I quite like the idea of carnival type treats as it helps create the feeling of fun. You could take this one step further by having a photo booth or another fun activity too.

Either way, that little extra food can help soak up the alcohol that your guests have consumed. Of course you want the night to be fun. Nevertheless, anything that’s going to prevent drunken idiocy has to be a step in the right direction.

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The Cities Of Australia I Have To Visit http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/20/the-cities-of-australia-i-have-to-visit/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/20/the-cities-of-australia-i-have-to-visit/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:33:11 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1442 As you all know, I love traveling. It’s something about seeing new sights and meeting new people that drives me. There are a lot of places in the world I would love to see. And you all know that Australia is one of my all time favourite places I’ve lived and worked in. The Australian […]

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As you all know, I love traveling. It’s something about seeing new sights and meeting new people that drives me. There are a lot of places in the world I would love to see. And you all know that Australia is one of my all time favourite places I’ve lived and worked in. The Australian lust for outdoor life is what drives me to visit. But I think it would be a mistake to ignore the great Australian cities. These are some of the cities of Australia I have to visit again.

Perth

Perth is all alone on the west coast of Australia. But it’s certainly one of the most exciting and naturally breathtaking places to visit. It tends to be a bit drier here than the other cities on the list. I think Perth would really suit me because of the beach lifestyle the locals enjoy. The Murray mall and the one at Hay Street are perfect for a spot of retail therapy. And restaurants in the city are amazingly good.

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Melbourne

The Queen Victoria Market is a firm favorite for locals and tourists to this metropolitan city. There are many bars and boutiques to enjoy as well. Melbourne is famed for its rooftop culture. Lots of establishments open up their rooftops for entertaining under the stars. If you’re looking for accommodation here, then why not stay in any of these short stay apartments. It’s a cheaper option than hotels in the city center and gives you a taste of life the Australian way.

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Brisbane

The city is nestled between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. This means life really is a beach for anyone living or visiting this gorgeous area. It’s hot but also wet in Brisbane, depending on the time of year you visit. Shopping is big here, with over 1000 stores in the city alone. And there are lots of great activities to enjoy. Live music is high up on the agenda. The city is strangely hilly compared to the others, but this adds to its charm.

 

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Sydney

The city most often mistaken as being the capital of Australia is an incredible place to visit. No visit to Australia is complete without taking in life down at the harbor either. The opera house is open during the day as well as the evening. It’s a great place to hang out and enjoy the arts and culture. The city center area is world famed for incredible global cuisine choices. Sydney is perhaps the most vibrant of all the cities, and sometimes the prices here reflect its popularity.

 

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Canberra

The true capital of Australia is also known as the ‘Bush Capital.’ This is where to go to be right on the edge of all things Australian. The city itself enjoys a slightly quieter pace of life than some of the others. There’s a real sense of satisfaction as you look around and see all the gorgeous plant life. Lake Burley Griffin is a favorite place to hang out and enjoy the view. You might even fancy some sailing. Parliament House is here. There are also National Galleries and Museums to enjoy.

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Australia is a gorgeous place to visit, whether you stay in the city or not. But don’t spend all your vacation on the beach. You might just be missing out on some of the best things Australian city life has to offer.

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How To Put Together Your Wedding Theme http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/20/how-to-put-together-your-wedding-theme/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/20/how-to-put-together-your-wedding-theme/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:48:10 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1437 We all dream of a beautiful wedding that looks stunning. Most of us have an idea for a theme that will help highlight our wedding. After all, we want a little style and personality in there too. There are many parts of the wedding that can be tailored to suit your personal tastes. It’s not […]

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We all dream of a beautiful wedding that looks stunning. Most of us have an idea for a theme that will help highlight our wedding. After all, we want a little style and personality in there too. There are many parts of the wedding that can be tailored to suit your personal tastes. It’s not all about the dress after all.

Start at the beginning. The venue you choose will have a certain classical style of its own. You may have chosen it because you love the shape of the windows or the attractiveness of the gardens. Colour and shape are important parts of any theme you choose. Many people choose hearts, but you can choose shapes of a Celtic origin or even chic scrolls.

The most popular colours for this year are mint green and powder blue. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you picking colours that mean something to you both. Or you could choose a colour that is prominent at your wedding venue. Once this is booked, it’s time to order the wedding invitations. If you have a look at the affordable wedding invitation kits from Pure Invitation, you’ll see you can choose any colour from your theme. You may also find a reference to your preferred shape too.

The decor for your wedding may be prepared by someone else, but you still get the final say. Choose ribbons and sashes in your theme colours. Centrepieces are a good place to bring out your theme too. Decorations like balloons, garlands, and drapes can all feature your preferred colour. The shape is important here too. Ribbons and lace often feature shapes and detail that will match your style perfectly.

When you order the flowers, be sure to include your favourite theme colours in the bouquet. Display flowers can be bound in a ribbon of the same colour, and feature the pattern of your shape too. Why not order your flowers to be bound together to form the shape of your choice? This pattern could feature on the waistcoat of the groom and his party too. There are many places it could be found.

Your dress may also feature the shape that defines your theme. Trims and hems are the best places for it. Corseted dresses sometimes have this kind of detail in the middle. Choose a waist ribbon or train finish in your chosen colour too. This helps tie everything in together, finishing off the theme beautifully. The cake ribbon and ribbons for the car should also be in this colour.

It is also possible to buy coloured confetti. Let your photographer know that your theme colour is important to you. He  or she will then be able to pick out the details of it in your wedding photography. Some brides are moving away from traditional ivory shoes. Instead, they are picking shoes in their theme colour. This can be challenging in some shades, but you can always add embellishments. Choose to attache some ribbon or gemstones to highlight the colour. Have a gorgeous wedding your way with a wedding theme.

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Toddlers love iPads

Having used an iPad for several years, my 2 year old son caught on to the popularity of using tablet devices in the Chi household. He wasn’t interested in the kid apps I downloaded or the story books on Kindle. Of all things, he loved the camera app! A few weeks on, he was helping the wife play Sonic Boom. Now he is fluent in multitasking, starting a session with me on Facetime to then hitting the red hang up button and launching Amazon Video to watch some Timmy Time followed by Thomas & Friends followed by Fireman Sam followed by a quick game of Sonic.

 

The problem with Toddler iPad use

I don’t have a problem with little Deor playing on my iPad. I’m bothered when he locks me out for 5 minutes at a go for entering the wrong pin 28 times in a row! Even worse is when he disables settings on the iPad and deletes apps! Thankfully he hasn’t found the toggle for in app purchases yet and the iPad is a distraction away from using my Macbook Pro, although he does love the keyboard.

Apple Guided Access

Apple iPad’s have a feature known as guided access. This allows parents to lock the iPad to one app and limit features if required. It’s a pain to activate and often I accidentally activate another iPad feature. It’s very clunky and not very friendly. I have to be very active and present to change apps with Deor. I tried letting Deor loose on an old laptop but that didn’t work either as he just wanted to tap the screen having been used to the touchscreen displays on tablets.

 

Asus Zenpad is the best tablet for kids

So the solution is simple, a better kid experience meant for kids with some mutlitasking and a keyboard option. The Asus Zenpad 10.1 with keyboard docking station ticks all those boxes thankfully. The kid mode comes pre-loaded as standard and can be turned on simply by tapping the app. It is brilliant turning off things like in app purchases and visiting websites from inside games. It features 12 apps that the parent selects from all currently downloaded apps. The attached keyboard still works if your little one decides to detach it from the tablet as it uses bluetooth and the touchscreen works as it’s a tablet. The screen is a decent size for kids and the weight feels hefty and grown up for small hands. Once the kids have gone to sleep, you can return the tablet back to adult mode with a 4 digit pin which doesn’t time out after 28 incorrect attempts!

 

Check out my video review of the Asus Zenpad for more information

 

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Some of the Best Places To Visit in Europe http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/12/some-of-the-best-places-to-visit-in-europe/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/12/some-of-the-best-places-to-visit-in-europe/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:04:47 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1433 Europe has so many diverse and interesting cultures. Each country is different and has its quirks and unique things to see and do. Sometimes it can be a tough decision knowing where to start and which country to choose from. Here is a rundown of some of the best things to do. This list is […]

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Europe has so many diverse and interesting cultures. Each country is different and has its quirks and unique things to see and do. Sometimes it can be a tough decision knowing where to start and which country to choose from. Here is a rundown of some of the best things to do. This list is not exhaustive; it was hard to know what to choose. I hope there is something new in there for you that inspires your next adventure.

 

Amsterdam

 

I think this city often gets a bit of a bad rap because there is a lot more to it than just red light districts and specialty coffee shops. Amsterdam has an awesome art and music scene, and I have always found the locals to be helpful and friendly. Be sure to take a trip out on the canals or cycle around the city. Though a little pricey, the Anne Frank museum is a must for those interested in the city’s history.

 

London

 

There isn’t much more of a diverse culture than in England, particularly London. As well as great shopping and great restaurants, London has some of the world’s best museums. A lot of them are free too! Staying there can be a little expensive but travel is cheap, and there is a lot to do. Want green spaces? Check. Want history and monuments? Check. There are a lot of fun things to do in London too, like watching a west end show or riding the London Eye.

 

 

The Swiss Alps

 

The Alps are simply gorgeous. There are a must see at some point on your life. Whether you are feeling a little bit like Maria in the sound of music and want to go hiking there in the summer. Or you could enjoy skiing there in the winter. You will enjoy breathtaking views and scenery. There are plenty of luxury hotels to stay in too, like The Chedi Andermatt.

 

Rome

 

Well, any city in Italy is beautiful. There is such beautiful food and beautiful people too. Rome has a lot to offer in terms of museums and monuments. It is hard to imagine just how old a lot of the sights in Rome are. The Colosseum is a must see as well as the pantheon. Stopping by the Vatican and visiting St. Peter’s Basilica is stunning too. You probably only need four or five days to explore everything in Rome. The shopping is to die for as well. Designer stores on every corner; it is amazing!

 

Berlin

 

Berlin is quite a hip and trendy destination. It is cheap to travel too and stay in as well. There is a lot to do there including a vibrant music and art scene and lots of great food. The history museum is brilliant and comes highly recommended. The American Quarter is fun to visit too. You don’t need to spend ages to see everything and could get it all done in a long weekend.

 

Have you been to any of these places? I’d love to hear about them!

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How To Pick The Perfect Location For Your Holiday Home http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/11/how-to-pick-the-perfect-location-for-your-holiday-home/ http://kwaichi.com/2016/01/11/how-to-pick-the-perfect-location-for-your-holiday-home/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:18:52 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1429 Do you have the travel bug? Today, more and more of us yearn to travel. Whenever we can, we hop on a plane, catch some rays and explore a new destination. While spending a week here and there might scratch that itch to travel, for some, it’s just not enough. For some of us travel […]

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Do you have the travel bug? Today, more and more of us yearn to travel. Whenever we can, we hop on a plane, catch some rays and explore a new destination. While spending a week here and there might scratch that itch to travel, for some, it’s just not enough. For some of us travel lovers, when we fall in love with a location, we have to go back. And the best way to do that is by investing in a holiday home there so that we can visit whenever we please.

 

The good news is that as well as giving you unlimited access to the country that you love, having a holiday home also gives you an extra income. If you choose to let it out to other travellers, that is. Of course, before you get ahead of yourself and start dreaming of holidays to exotic lands, the first thing that you need to do is pick the perfect place. You might know what country you want to be in, but not the exact village or town. The location that you pick is essential, especially if you plan on renting the property out.

 

 

Think about what you want

 

For a holiday home that will primarily be for you, you need to think about what you want from it. You need to think about what types of places you enjoy spending your time in when you are traveling. So that you can select the ideal destination for your new holiday home.

 

If you’re someone who enjoys the peace and tranquility of being away, opt for a property in the countryside. If, however, you’re someone who prefers to be somewhere lively, it’s best to choose a property somewhere in a town or city.

 

It’s also important to think about rental potential when picking your holiday home location. If you’re planning on letting the property out for holiday lets, it needs to be in a desirable location. For instance, these properties on Nevis are ideal for holiday lets as they offer access to plenty of useful amenities and facilities.

 

Research the area

 

Selected somewhere that you’d like to buy your property in? Yes, then the next step is to research it. You might have loved visiting a particular place for a few days, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right location for a holiday home. If it’s going to be somewhere you visit again and again, it needs to be a place that has plenty to see and do, and all the most essential amenities close by.

 

Take some time to research the area of your choice. Look at what amenities there are locally, such as how far the nearest supermarket is and where the nearest medical facility is located. These things may not bother you while on a short visit. However, if you’re going to return to the same place year after year, it’s important to have the amenities that you need near by.

 

It’s also a good idea to think about the types of activities you would like to have close by. Ask yourself whether you want access to beaches, parks, theme parks, and so on. It’s important to think these types of things through, as once you’ve bought a place, you can’t change its location.

 

If you love to travel, buying a holiday home could be the best decision that you’ve ever made. Just make sure that before you buy that you’ve picked the perfect location.

 

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Ways to Make Your Wedding Unique http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/31/ways-to-make-your-wedding-unique/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/31/ways-to-make-your-wedding-unique/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:02:24 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1425 Your wedding day is such an important and memorable day in your life. You want it to be perfect and just as you had imagined. Think about weddings that you have attended. Which ones stand out in your mind? The ones that are most memorable are the ones that had something unique and different; something […]

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Your wedding day is such an important and memorable day in your life. You want it to be perfect and just as you had imagined. Think about weddings that you have attended. Which ones stand out in your mind? The ones that are most memorable are the ones that had something unique and different; something not seen at a wedding before. Here are just a few ways that you can make your wedding fun, memorable and unique.

The Ceremony

How about giving your guests a drink as they enter and wait for the ceremony. They won’t be expecting a drink, let alone a cocktail, until the reception. It would be such a welcome surprise. It also helps them to pass the time as everyone takes their seats and awaits the bride’s entrance. We have all been to those weddings where the bride is so late. It is the bride’s prerogative but you can help your guests out a little while they wait.

A memorable guest book would stand out and be fun for your guests too. What about a puzzle and the guests write on the back of a piece. You can then do the puzzle on your anniversary each year and read the messages. You could have guests sign their name inside a picture frame. This could then be hung in your home, alongside wedding photographs. There are a lot of options for guest books; you just need to think outside the box.

Think about the music that you have at the ceremony. If there are some standard classical pieces that you like, then great, use them. If you’d rather have something a little more up-tempo, then go for it. It is your wedding so your rules. Having something like a string quartet or a choir perform would be fantastic and unique. So look at different ways for the music to be played too.

The Reception

There are so many ways to make the reception different and unique. First off, unique wedding reception venues will make the reception memorable. How about a barn or outdoor reception?

Other ways to make your reception unique could be favours. Is there a way to combine a favour with the table settings? Could you write their name as a cupcake topper or a cake pop? This can be used as a place setting but also for them to take away as a favour.

 

Having a thoughtful or useful favour is a winner with guests too. How about flip-flops or slippers for those wanting to dance but don’t want to be wearing heels? You could even put together a ‘hangover kit’ for them to take home and use the next morning. It could include things like a bottle of water, light blocking eye mask and a little pack of vitamins. Too cute, right?

If you have children that will be attending, it is a good idea to put something on for them. Little coloring packs for them to have at the table would be so memorable for them. You could even consider a separate room for them and hire a children’s entertainer. It would certainly make it a memorable wedding for their parents!

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Every couple will want their wedding day to be a spectacular occasion; that stands apart for all the right reasons. Because nobody wants their wedding to be compared to anybody else’s. It should be a day that perfectly reflects both of your personalities and interests. So stay away from the norm and add these perfect personal touches to your big day to make it, even more, unique.

 

Signature cocktails

Everybody knows wedding days are for celebrating with delicious beverages. But instead of serving the usual drink options why not go for signature cocktails instead. Consult with an expert to create alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with a personal twist. The ingredients could be inspired by a favourite holiday destination such as France or India. Or for a simple touch, you could create a drinks menu with cocktails named after fictional characters or places that you both like. These will make brilliant talking points and add some additional insight for your guests into what you both enjoy.

 

 

Say Cheese!

Photographs are vital for capturing every special moment throughout your wedding day. But they can also be used to add more personality to the event. Photo booths have become popular for creating instant memories featuring cute props and hilarious poses. Get your guests to sign their pictures and use it to create a fun-filled guest book. You could also have an engagement shoot where you get some beautiful images of your Tacori or Vatche engagement ring. You can then use the images for unique centrepieces for your tables. For a beautiful keepsake, you can treasure, make all of your guests pull a silly face during one for the group photos. This is guaranteed to become one of your favourites as everyone’s personality will shine through. You’ll also find that this is the photo everybody will want a copy of.

 

Personalised playlist

Nothing is more personal than a person’s music taste. So why not incorporate your favourite band’s and artists into your wedding playlist. Sit down with your partner and reminisce about favourite moments or places and the songs associated with them. It could be from a festival you attended or a song played during your first date. Create a playlist that includes both fast and slow paced songs that everyone can enjoy. Don’t forget to choose your first dance song in the process. To make an impact, start off with a slow romantic song that then switches to a fast, loud iconic song that you both love. Whoever said that a first dance song needed to be slow? Encourage everyone to join you and you can all dance to your heart’s content. This will create an energetic vibe to your big day and set up your reception for a long night of celebrating.

 

With these personal touches added to your day, your guests won’t be able to deny that this is your wedding. It’s these fun and personalised elements that people will remember. Ensure that the personal touches you include involves both of your interests for sensational results.

 

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Planning To Pop The Question In 2016? Read This http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/24/planning-to-pop-the-question-in-2016-read-this/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/24/planning-to-pop-the-question-in-2016-read-this/#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:00:16 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1414 There’s no greater feeling than finding the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Getting married, having children and building a perfect home is a dream shared by billions. The wedding proposal is one of those significant occasions that will stay fresh in your minds forever. Therefore, it’s imperative that […]

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There’s no greater feeling than finding the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Getting married, having children and building a perfect home is a dream shared by billions. The wedding proposal is one of those significant occasions that will stay fresh in your minds forever. Therefore, it’s imperative that you make it a magical memory.

 

It can feel like a daunting task. But this is simply a signal of your love and commitment to your partner. With these tips, you’ll be sure to pop the question in fantastic style.

 

Be Certain

Being in love with someone is one thing; committing your life to them is on another level altogether. Before making such a grand gesture, you should be sure that it is the right decision.

 

Firstly, you should check for the telling signs that you are definitely in love with your partner. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other factors to consider. For example, weddings are expensive. If those costs are out of your budget for a few years, you may want to hold off a little while longer. After all, nobody wants to be engaged for a decade before finally tying the knot.

 

Choose A Ring

The proposal is all about the moment. But every bride to be want the perfect ring to celebrate their engagement. Not only can it make the moment a little extra special, but it’s something that will keep her smiling right up until the wedding day itself.

 

Before making a purchase, try to find out her ring size without giving the game away. These designer engagement rings are the perfect way to show your love. Put that sparkle on her finger as well as her eyes, and you can’t go far wrong.

 

 

After all, the image of you on one knee with the ring is one that will stay with her forever.

 

Select A Location & Date

Knowing that you want to get married is easy. Planning the proposal itself is the hard part. Having the ring will take one weight off of your shoulders. But there’s still a lot of other factors to consider.

 

This should be one of the most special nights of your lives. So be sure to make it that way. Taking her to a place that has sentimental value or a wow factor is a great option. Alternatively, a romantic holiday is also a firm favourite.

 

All girls dream of romance. Don’t be afraid to show it with roses, music and other accompaniments.

 

Organise An Engagement Party

Assuming she says yes, you’ll be wanting to announce your engagement in style with a great party. There are many factors to ensure that this goes to plan, but making sure that

your closest friends and family are there is key. Meanwhile, you should pay extra attention to finding a suitable venue.

 

Setting a theme can inject a little extra fun. Most importantly, though, you just want to enjoy the night with those people that you hold close to your hearts.

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3 Steps To Choosing The Perfect Wedding Photographer http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/21/3-steps-to-choosing-the-perfect-wedding-photographer/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/21/3-steps-to-choosing-the-perfect-wedding-photographer/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:02:43 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1411 The photographs of your wedding will undoubtedly be something that you want to get right. They offer a timeless account of your big day and capture every special moment for you to relive again and again. Finding a wedding photographer to create these everlasting memories can be tricky. Their style of work needs to compliment […]

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The photographs of your wedding will undoubtedly be something that you want to get right. They offer a timeless account of your big day and capture every special moment for you to relive again and again. Finding a wedding photographer to create these everlasting memories can be tricky. Their style of work needs to compliment the feel of your big day, and they need a keen eye for detail. For guaranteed beautiful results, follow these steps and choose your photographer with complete confidence. If you are in Connecticut and looking for amazing photographers then check out Chris and Becca Connecticut Wedding Photography.

Research style and quality

To start your search on the right footing, you need to do plenty of research into potential photographer’s style and quality of photos. You need to look for a style that could work well alongside the theme or vibe of your wedding day. You might want a relaxed feel or something contemporary looking. Remember to make sure it reflects you as a couple. Use Pinterest as your primary source for ideas on poses and styles to determine which ones you like the most.  Having a clear picture of what you want will make the choosing process much easier.

Portfolios are the best way of finding a photographer and getting an insight into the work they have previously created. While you are carrying out your research, remember to look at the quality and consistency of the images. The last thing you want is unintentionally out of focus or over edited pictures on the biggest day of your life. Look at wedding photographers such as Jason Parsons or Brett Butterstein for an idea on what you should be looking for.

Interview

Meeting with your photographer before your wedding is vital. Think of it as an interview to ensure you’re choosing the right person for the job. You need to feel comfortable in their presence and trust them with seeing a possible moment before it’s happened. They should be confident and approachable, and you should get a good feeling when you meet them for the first time. Think about whether they could organise your guests and make them feel relaxed. You don’t want a photographer who has to be constantly directed throughout the day. Take some of your research images with you and discuss ideas. If they don’t add a lot to the discussion, it might be wise to look for another photographer.

Experience

While we all have to start somewhere, it’s important that you don’t hire someone with little to no experience. Even though it may save you some money here and there, you will not get the desired results that you wished for. It’s a high-pressure responsibility, and not everyone is up for the challenge. You want your photographer to know how to take and edit pictures correctly and have a style that is up to date. So always ask potential photographers how long they have been in business and how many wedding jobs they have undertaken

These three steps should assist you in finding the perfect person to do your wedding photography. Always keep your chosen style in mind and don’t rush into hiring someone without looking at their portfolio first.

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The Most Important Parts Of Planning Your Wedding http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/14/the-most-important-parts-of-planning-your-wedding/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/12/14/the-most-important-parts-of-planning-your-wedding/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:18:47 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1397 If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, you may be struggling with knowing how to go about it. Don’t panic, you’re not alone, wedding planning is a difficult process. The area that most of us girls get stuck on is the dress – as I discovered when I attended an amazing Asian […]

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If you are in the midst of planning your wedding, you may be struggling with knowing how to go about it. Don’t panic, you’re not alone, wedding planning is a difficult process. The area that most of us girls get stuck on is the dress – as I discovered when I attended an amazing Asian wedding show earlier this year.

However, when it comes to wedding planning, this isn’t the only thing that we need to focus on. We might want to make sure that we look the part, but it’s also essential to take the time to plan out the celebrations for our big day. To help you do that, I thought I would put together this guide to all the most important parts of planning your wedding.

 

Take inspiration

You can’t plan a beautiful wedding if you don’t know what all of your options are. Don’t make the mistake of limiting yourself to just your ideas, take inspiration and you’ll have more to work with. It can be hard coming up with original ideas for your wedding. That’s why it’s so important to look at what other people have done to make their weddings special.

If you have a smartphone, download Pinterest and Instagram onto your phone, and use them to get some ideas. On Pinterest, you can create mood boards, make a wedding one and pin anything that you like to it. So that you don’t forget anything that you like the idea of for your wedding.

 

Visit wedding fairs

I was lucky enough to attend one of the most amazing Asian wedding shows in London earlier this year, and it was a real eye opener. When it comes to planning your wedding, my top tip would be to visit wedding fairs.

It can be hard to get an idea of all the most important aspects of your wedding. But by attending a wedding fair, you’ll be able to get a clearer idea. There are wedding fairs located across the country, so wherever you live, you should be able to find one close by. Some wedding fairs are themed while others offer a little bit of everything.

You’ll find lots of lovely bits and bobs there and will discover wedding companies that you’ve never heard of before. For instance, you might come across some beautiful Paper Themes wedding invitations.  Or perhaps an amazing wedding dress by an unknown designer. If you want to make your wedding as special and memorable as possible, visiting wedding fairs is a must.

 

Pick a theme

Before you can select a venue or hire a caterer, or even, set a date, choosing a theme is essential. You don’t necessarily have to have a theme, but if there’s a certain type of wedding that you want, it’s a good idea. That way, you can use your theme to pick out everything, from your decorations to your wedding cake.

So there you have it, the three most important parts of planning your wedding. Take note of these, and you can ensure that your big day is amazing.

 

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Planning a trip to Africa?

Do you want to get to know more about the incredible and beautiful continent of Africa? Maybe you are planning a trip away somewhere and aren’t sure where to go. Or, perhaps you know someone who is heading over and want to point them in the direction of some valuable tips. Whatever your reasons, this post is for you.

 

I’ve pulled together some of the best resources for finding out about African life and travel, so make sure you have a good look through all of them. And, even if you have no plans for making a trip out there, perhaps some of these ideas will inspire you to change your mind.

 

Let’s get started with what is, perhaps, the best resource out there on Africa…

 

Right here!

 

OK, so I’m joking – a little. But, the truth is, as my name suggests, I am rather taken with this amazing continent, and have managed to see more of it than most. So, take a look around my blog and see if there is anything that might capture your interest. I may not be the best writer in the world, but my heart is most definitely in the right place. And, I like to think I have given honest accounts of everywhere I have been to in Africa, warts and all! You can start wherever you like, but if you’re new to the blog, here are some of my best bits.

 

The wider blogosphere

 

There are thousands of blogs on Africa out there, that cover everything from sport and culture, to politics and business. I strongly suggest you take more heed from resources such as these, instead of what you might hear in the media. Sure, Africa has its problems – but let’s be honest, even Europe and North America isn’t without issues. So, my advice to you is to look at the culture of Africa through the eyes of those who live there. You can check out the African Blogger Awards for recent additions, too. Or, just use your favourite search engine and find some unearthed gems yourself.

 

The BBC

 

The BBC is a great resource for many different things, and I love their take on the Story of Africa. When you are a westerner, you often hear a one-sided view of the past, and it can sometimes be nowhere near the truth. So, head over there and get a view of the people that live there. It’s full of interesting facts and events that have taken place over the years, from some of Africa’s best historians. To truly understand a particular place in the world, you have to understand its past. And, if you check out the Story of Africa from the BBC, you might start thinking differently.

 

OK, so that’s all from me for now. Take a look at my blog, and be sure to check out some of the top African blogs, too. What you find out might surprise you! And, if even one of you decides to go and visit this stunning continent where the human race began, then I guess my job is done.

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Does Working Out Boost Testosterone? http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/16/does-working-out-boost-testosterone/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/16/does-working-out-boost-testosterone/#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:16:29 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1387 Testosterone is one of the key hormones in the human body, but is it possible to increase it through exercise? The short answer is yes, read on to find out more.   Working Out Sheds the Pounds   The most direct way in which exercise helps boost testosterone levels in men is by helping you […]

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Testosterone is one of the key hormones in the human body, but is it possible to increase it through exercise? The short answer is yes, read on to find out more.

 

Working Out Sheds the Pounds

 

The most direct way in which exercise helps boost testosterone levels in men is by helping you lose weight. People who are overweight are far less likely to have high testosterone levels. So, if you’re carrying more fat than you should be, losing a bit of that weight will help your testosterone levels rise. This in turn will then give you more energy to keep pushing on in the gym. Your strength will build as well, so the only activity will become a lot easier for you. So, start by getting rid of the fat!

 

Strength Training is the Best Method

 

Strength training is by far the best form or work out for you to focus on in the gym when you’re trying to boost your testosterone levels. Endurance training is good, but strength training is better. You should make sure you give your body a full workout, exercising as many different muscles as possible. You can do fewer reps with heavy weights, and then more reps with lighter weights. If you add a little cardio into your exercise regime, your testosterone levels will rise much faster.

 

It Offsets Some of the Damage Caused by Ageing

 

We all see our testosterone levels drop as we get older. This is something that you can’t really avoid. But by exercising and keeping your body as active as possible, you will be able to offset some of this damage. The effect of exercising on testosterone for older men will be less, but it’s still thought by experts that working out has a small positive impact on testosterone levels. So, no matter how old or young you are, the effects of exercising are good, so it’s worth working out as much as possible. Visit http://besttestosteroneboosteronthemarket.com if you want to give your testosterone levels an extra boost.

 

 

Evening is the Best Time to Work Out

 

Our testosterone levels vary at different times of the day, so it makes sense to think about when the best time to work out is. Our levels are at their highest in the morning, and they get lower throughout the day. This means that the boost will be lesser if you workout in the morning. Therefore, it makes much more sense to start working out in the evening when the impact on your testosterone levels will be greatest. So, go to the gym after work, not before it!

 

You Need to Keep Pushing Yourself

 

Once your body reaches a certain point, it will become to increase your testosterone levels through exercise. This is a good thing in a way because it’s a sign that your body is in much better shape, and you’re not lacking testosterone as much as you were when you were unfit. But it also means that you have to keep pushing your body harder and harder. As your body gets fitter, the old exercise regime you had will become less effective, so you need to increase your activity for the best results.

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The Man In The High Castle Preview http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/12/the-man-in-the-high-castle-preview/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/12/the-man-in-the-high-castle-preview/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:01:56 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1384 On Monday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive screening of Amazon Video’s newest release The Man In The High Castle. ‘What is this new show?’ I hear you ask! Well The Man In The High Castle is based in an alternate world where the Axis powers won World War II-  […]

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On Monday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive screening of Amazon Video’s newest release The Man In The High Castle.

‘What is this new show?’ I hear you ask! Well The Man In The High Castle is based in an alternate world where the Axis powers won World War II-  it’s also set in America, which (in this world) is split into three areas between Japan and Germany! Based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 book of the same name, The Man in the High Castle tells a tale of life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality.

The pilot of the show is available to watch on Amazon Video now but on Monday night I got to watch the second instalment of the series. The really strong performances by the up and coming cast complemented the strength of the script. It’s hard to talk much about it without spoiling the plot and experience. What I will say is that it looks amazing, it’s well produced and I’m really looking forward to episodes 3 to 10 which are being released in one go, House of Cards style. Amazon video is free to watch if you already have a prime account. The video content is also available to download for offline viewing and works well on my Android based Asus ZD300 Zenpad tablet, iPad, iPhone (inc airplay to TV) & Roku box.

Don’t miss The Man In The High Castle on Amazon Video November 20th.

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All You Need To Know About Planning A Wedding Abroad http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/04/all-you-need-to-know-about-planning-a-wedding-abroad/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/04/all-you-need-to-know-about-planning-a-wedding-abroad/#respond Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:58:49 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1380 There are many things you can do to make your wedding day special. One interesting idea is to have your wedding in a different country! My wife & I got married in Hawaii back in 2009 and it still as memorable today as back then! Bearing that in mind, here are some stunning tips to […]

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There are many things you can do to make your wedding day special. One interesting idea is to have your wedding in a different country! My wife & I got married in Hawaii back in 2009 and it still as memorable today as back then! Bearing that in mind, here are some stunning tips to help you plan a wedding abroad.

Get Your Guest List Sorted

Like any other wedding, you’re going to need guests. If you’re journeying abroad, this may mean you invite fewer people than you would to a traditional wedding. Pick a select handful of your close family and friends to come to the wedding. Of course, make sure that everyone can make it and afford to take the extra time off work for flights and stuff.

Have Everyone On The Same Flight & In The Same Hotel

A bit of a long heading for this point but I thought I’d merge two things into one. If you’re planning a wedding abroad, it helps when everyone is together. You don’t want your guests flying out at different times or staying in different places. Where possible, have as many of your guests on the same flight as you. This means you can ensure that everyone will make it to the destination on time, and it’s also a lot better. There’s a buzz when everyone is on the plane together; it can get really exciting.

 

Also, as I mentioned, you want everyone to stay in the same place. You’ll have to find a hotel with enough rooms to house you and your guests for as many days as you need. If everyone is all in one place, they’re easier to keep track of. There’s less chance someone can go off on their own and miss the actual wedding. Also, you can get some wedding packages from travel agents that include flights and hotels for you. They’re designed specifically for people planning weddings abroad; it’s worth looking into it.

Hire A Luxury Car Service

To give your wedding an extra special twist, you should hire someone to pick everyone up from the airport. If everyone travels in one group, you could be greeted by a chauffeur service that will take you to your hotel. They could drive you there in a high-class limo and make you feel like royalty. Sure, it may cost a little bit, but it’s better than everyone hopping in taxis. Remember, this is your wedding, you want the whole holiday to be an event. Thrill people from the get go, this is going to be a wedding no one will forget.

Pick A Romantic Location

The best thing about getting hitched abroad is that there are loads of stunning locations to choose from. You could go to cities like Paris or Rome. Or, you could have a romantic beach wedding in the Bahamas or down under. The choice is entirely up to you and your husband to be. Pick a place you’ll both love!

 

With these four tips, you’re going to have the perfect wedding abroad! It will go down in history, and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Skiing In Switzerland http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/03/a-beginners-guide-to-skiing-in-switzerland/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/11/03/a-beginners-guide-to-skiing-in-switzerland/#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:14:35 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1377 Is skiing in your bucket list? Skiing is something that is on almost every traveler’s bucket list. I have always has a passion for skiing, and I have been all over Europe trying to find the best slopes! and hopefully, one day I will find the ultimate slope for me. But for now, I thought […]

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Is skiing in your bucket list?

Skiing is something that is on almost every traveler’s bucket list. I have always has a passion for skiing, and I have been all over Europe trying to find the best slopes! and hopefully, one day I will find the ultimate slope for me. But for now, I thought I would share some tips for planning a skiing trip as a beginner, so you can have just as much fun as I do!

 

There are various skiing destinations to choose from, but for me, it has to be Switzerland. Renowned for it’s high-class skiing and fantastic slopes, if you are going to learn to ski, Switzerland is the place to go.

 

To help make planning your first skiing trip to Switzerland easier, here are a few tips to take note of:

 

Think about your budget

 

Switzerland might be one of the best places to ski, but it is also one of the most expensive. That doesn’t mean that if money is tight you can’t ski in a Swiss resort. However, what it does mean is that you need to be choosy about the resort and accommodation that you opt for.

 

Believe it or not, even when skiing in Switzerland, you can make your trip affordable. The key to doing this is planning; search for deals online and book in advance. Another way that you can save money on the cost of your trip is by visiting at the start or end of the season. Skiing is cheaper than as good-quality snow isn’t guaranteed.

 

Be choosy about your resort

 

The resort that you pick will depend on various factors; your budget, skiing ability and the type of trip you want. If you are trying to stick to a modest budget, avoid larger resorts, as these tend to be more expensive. You will find that smaller resorts, such as Andermatt and Villars, are more affordable.

 

As someone who is new to skiing, it’s important that you choose a resort that has nursery slopes. Learning to ski can be tricky, even with the help of an instructor. However, you can make the process easier for yourself by choosing a resort that has lots of slopes for beginners. To find out more about all the best resorts in Switzerland for skiing newbies, have a look at http://momentumski.com and have a browse.

 

Borrow don’t buy clothes and equipment

 

You will most probably love skiing, especially if your first time on the slopes is in the fresh Swiss snow. However, instead of buying everything that you need for your trip – clothes and equipment, it’s a good idea to borrow or hire it. Just in case it turns out that skiing isn’t your thing.

 

It can be hard to know what you will need, but if you check out this list, this should help to ensure that you have everything. For clothing, hire or borrow it before your trip, for equipment, you can hire it once you arrive at your resort. However, to skip the long queues, consider pre-booking what you need in advance.

 

Don’t forget to buy your lift pass in advance

 

 

Most resorts don’t include lift passes in the cost of you trip, so make sure to book these before you go. If you leave booking your lift pass until you arrive, you will be in for a nasty shock.

 

The prices of passes in the resorts are almost double the price of pre-bought passes. So make sure to order your lift pass before your trip, to ensure that you don’t have to pay the high resort prices.

 

Going skiing for the first time can be a lot of fun, just as long as you are well-prepared, that is. Choose your resort carefully, borrow what you need, and order your lift passes in advance. It’s also a good idea to book in some lessons, to get you up on your feet and confident on the slopes.

 

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Finally Start Getting Results From Your Workouts http://kwaichi.com/2015/10/28/finally-start-getting-results-from-your-workouts/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/10/28/finally-start-getting-results-from-your-workouts/#respond Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:44:58 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1373 Frustrated With Your Physique? Is there anything more frustrating than pushing your body to the limit only to see minimal improvements to your overall physique? We don’t think so.   Unfortunately, that’s a situation that far too many gym-goers find themselves trapped within. If you’ve become one of them, then it’s time to make a […]

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Frustrated With Your Physique?

Is there anything more frustrating than pushing your body to the limit only to see minimal improvements to your overall physique? We don’t think so.

 

Unfortunately, that’s a situation that far too many gym-goers find themselves trapped within. If you’ve become one of them, then it’s time to make a change and kick your body transformation into overdrive.

 

Follow these four tips below, and you’ll soon look and feel better than ever.

 

Change Workout Strategy

Physical exercise of any variety is good for your body. However, if you want to see the best results, then you need to employ the best training methods.

 

It’s commonly accepted that switching to an HIIT workout will encourage greater muscle gains and increased fat loss. Quite frankly, if you’re looking to squeeze more out of your exercise routines, this is the key to future success.

 

Similarly, it’s also important to recognise that your body is quick to adapt. Mix your regimes on a regular basis, or else you could see a reduction in the results.

 

Improve Nutrition

Muscles might be built in the gym, but they are revealed in the kitchen. Nutrition is as vital to your fitness goals as exercise, and you cannot afford to forget it. I started using prodiets, they have great diet plans on workout routines.

 

Keeping your body hydrated with regular water intake is vital. Meanwhile, you should be sure to eat the right foods. However, you can give yourself a boost with various supplements. Ripped Muscle X is a fantastic way to aid the growth of lean muscle while cutting the fat. If nothing else, taking these supplements should train your brain to staying on track.

 

Your body is a complex engine, and you cannot expect it to perform without the right energy. Get this step right, and you should see fantastic results.

 

Get A Better Night’s Sleep

Making better decisions throughout your waking hours is crucial to obtaining the desired impact. But the foundation of your improved physique should start with a better night’s sleep.

 

Getting a good night’s sleep makes a dramatic improvement to your physical appearance. Skin and hair are amongst the key features to benefit, but there are plenty of others. Meanwhile, it gives your muscles time to recuperate and grow.

 

Perhaps most importantly, it should give you an increased level of energy. If you struggle to get your 40 winks, investing in better products could be your secret weapon to better results.

 

Know Your Goals

One of the biggest mistakes that gym-goers tend to make is that they have no clear direction. It’s all well and good saying that you want to get a better body. But how?

 

Your plans should vary depending on your goals. Perhaps you’re looking to lose weight. Alternatively, you could be aiming to build muscle or perfect your body for playing a certain sport. We’ve all got different goals, and knowing yours is crucial to getting the best results.

 

Once you know your aims, you can tailor your routines towards them. Better still, a personal trainer can help you achieve them in the quickest time possible.

 

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The Top Mistakes People Make When They Exercise http://kwaichi.com/2015/10/21/the-top-mistakes-people-make-when-they-exercise/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/10/21/the-top-mistakes-people-make-when-they-exercise/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:38:16 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1370 Shirtless Greek Gods We all want to get fit and healthy. Some want to lose weight while others want to look like a Greek God when they are shirtless. At the end of the day, it all contributes to one thing: our overall health. However, our bodies might not see all the benefits of our […]

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Shirtless Greek Gods

We all want to get fit and healthy. Some want to lose weight while others want to look like a Greek God when they are shirtless. At the end of the day, it all contributes to one thing: our overall health. However, our bodies might not see all the benefits of our attempts to get fit and healthy if we are making silly mistakes. As it turns out, there are plenty of us out there who make mistakes when it comes to exercise. To rectify the problem, you first need to understand the problem. Here are a few of the things you might be doing without even realising.

 

Wearing The Wrong Clothes

 

Let’s begin with what you are wearing when you exercise. It is important to remember that going to the gym isn’t a fashion parade. So, if you are there to impress a certain guy or girl, you are there for the wrong reasons. Comfort is paramount as you will start to feel aches and pains if you are not comfortable. That has a knock-on effect that can stop you from exercising entirely because it hurts too much when you hit the gym. Light, loose clothes are the best for a work out session, as well as some bouncy running shoes. For some inspiration, take a look at https://www.fitkent.com.au. They have an arrangement of exercise clothes and equipment available.

 

Setting Unrealistic Targets

 

The aim of the game is to hit your goal. For example, your goal could be to lose a few pounds, which is simple enough. However, when you get too far ahead of yourself, you make that goal unattainable. For example, losing a few pounds is a healthy target, but losing a stone in a week or two is ridiculous. As a result, you push yourself too hard and become disillusioned as you don’t see any results. Plus, you can injure yourself in the process.

 

Don’t Pick The Right Exercise Method

 

Staying with the losing weight theme, everyone thinks that cardio is the best avenue to hit your target. Yes, cardio is a good way to lose weight, but it is not the only way to get the job done. In fact, there are plenty of alternatives that you should implement. The perfect weight loss regime will have a mixture of cardio as well as weights.

 

Don’t Exercise Properly

 

How can you not exercise properly? Some people have an exercise strategy, but the strategy is wrong in the first place. For example, they have decided that they want to lose weight by mainly using the treadmill. What they do next is set the treadmill to a high-intensity training mode and run for their lives! Although that is good for your cardiovascular system, it is not as effective at burning fat. To burn fat, you need oxygen while you work out, so a light jog or even a walk is a better option.

 

Do you do any of the above? Take a long, hard think before you answer because it could be the difference between being healthy and unhealthy.

 

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The Best Ways To Keep Fit And Build Muscle http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/30/the-best-ways-to-keep-fit-and-build-muscle/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/30/the-best-ways-to-keep-fit-and-build-muscle/#respond Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:33:07 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1366 We all want to get fit and if we can, put on a little extra muscle mass while shedding some blubber. But how to do this is a difficult question to answer. It depends on your body as well as your genetic build and the type of activities you are good at. As well as […]

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We all want to get fit and if we can, put on a little extra muscle mass while shedding some blubber. But how to do this is a difficult question to answer. It depends on your body as well as your genetic build and the type of activities you are good at. As well as this, there are some cheat sheets you might want to try if you’re not getting the best results. So, here are out top tips for getting fitter.

 

Understand Your Metabolism

Your metabolism will affect how easy it is for you to lose or gain weight. If you have a high metabolism, you are going find you put on very little weight, no matter what you eat. Do not confuse this with being healthy. You might be slim, but you’ll still find running a mile difficult if you are not living healthily. You will also find building muscle more difficult than most. It will take a lot of effort on your part.

 

For someone with a slow metabolism, the challenge is losing the weight in the first place. That said, it’s easier to turn fat into muscle rather than to attempt to build it from scratch. So, someone with a slow metabolism will find muscle building easier.

 

It is possible to change your metabolism by altering your diet as well as your lifestyle. For instance, you can eat less and exercise more. If you keep this up for a long duration of time, you will find your metabolism increases.

 

The Right Type Of Exercise

Depending on your goal, certain exercises will not always have the best results. For instance, if you are attempting to lose weight you might find running rather useful. This burns off a lot of calories in a short amount of time. But, you won’t find much success building up muscle unless you are eating a lot of calories in the first place. You will need to instead try something like weightlifting. This puts more strain on the muscles and gives you a more intensive workout.

 

Also, watch out for how long you are exercising for. If you do not have a lot of fat, after one hour of cardio your body will start burning muscle. In effect, the exercise becomes counterproductive. You may think you are doing your body wonders, but a prolonged routine will have a negative impact.

 

Getting The Right Diet

It can be difficult to get the right diet you need to build muscle. To get all the nutrients you would need, you would have to eat a massive diet. This can be a challenge, and you may want to simplify the issue by using muscle building stacks. As long as you continue to exercise regularly, these diet supplements will work wonders on your body.

 

Don’t Give Up

Finally, remember that you will not always see results of exercise right away. Sometimes it can take up to half a year before you start to see an effect. If you take a picture of yourself before the routine and then another six months later, you can compare. As long as you are honest with yourself, you will be amazed by the change to your muscle.

 

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Gym Conditions For The Best Possible Workout http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/27/gym-conditions-for-the-best-possible-workout/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/27/gym-conditions-for-the-best-possible-workout/#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:05:42 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1363 Working out is an important part of keeping fit and healthy, and developing a great body. I like to go to the gym a few times a week to keep myself in good shape. And I have a strict regime and routine that I always stick to. But, there are certain factors that will affect […]

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Working out is an important part of keeping fit and healthy, and developing a great body. I like to go to the gym a few times a week to keep myself in good shape. And I have a strict regime and routine that I always stick to. But, there are certain factors that will affect my workout. And there are particular conditions that make for the best workout.

The thing is that not all of these conditions can be influenced by me. Some are down to the gym itself. So it’s important to keep an eye on them or find a gym that has the best ones. I’m going to share these conditions with you so that you can get the most from your workout.

Don’t Go on a Full Stomach

It’s important that you get your body in the perfect condition to go for your workout. This means you shouldn’t go on a full stomach. But, I wouldn’t recommend going on an empty stomach either. What I try to do is have something to eat a couple hours before my workout. That way I know my food has gone down, but I still have plenty of energy to get through the session. If you really must, you can have something like a power bar just before you go.

Dress for the Task at Hand

I have found that my time in the gym is directly affected by the way I dress. And I always make sure I dress in the appropriate way. It’s important to be comfortable and cool when you’re working out. You need to wear the right clothes for being in the gym and doing exercise. This means things like shorts and a vest top. Or Lycra yoga pants and a t-shirt. Anything you’re going to be comfortable in. The right sneakers are also vital for preventing injury, and having the best possible workout.

The Right Flooring

Believe it or not, you need to think about the sort of gym flooring you’ll be using. You don’t want to be on anything too hard as this could well lead to injuries. Something resilient and comfortable like rubber flooring would be perfect. So you need to make sure your gym has rubber flooring. If it doesn’t, you might consider looking elsewhere. It depends on how important this factor is to you. But, a lot of gyms, including mine, have this type of flooring, so you should have no problems.

Temperature

Another thing that is going to affect workout conditions is the temperature. When I exercise, I get hot and sweaty. So, I need the gym to be cool and airy. This keeps you at a comfortable temperature when you work out. That’s why gyms have brilliant air conditioning facilities and lots of windows. There’s nothing worse than overheating and feeling unwell because you’re too hot when you start doing exercise.

When I go for an intense gym workout, I like to make sure the conditions are perfect for me. We do our best work in the right conditions. So it’s important to make sure that you are perfectly placed for a great workout. Check out these conditions that will affect the intensity and effectiveness of your workout.

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The Benefits of Creatine for Your Body http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/27/the-benefits-of-creatine-for-your-body/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/27/the-benefits-of-creatine-for-your-body/#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:45:37 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1360 If you like to stay fit, the chances are you’ll have heard of creatine. But how much do you know about what it could do for your body?   Strength Boost   Building muscle is something that requires you to keeping pushing your body onto the next level when you start to get comfortable. This […]

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If you like to stay fit, the chances are you’ll have heard of creatine. But how much do you know about what it could do for your body?

 

Strength Boost

 

Building muscle is something that requires you to keeping pushing your body onto the next level when you start to get comfortable. This can be difficult though. Your body resists and you lose the strength that’s needed to keep pushing. This is where creatine can help a lot. It boosts your strength and makes it much easier for you to keep pushing when ordinarily you’d hit the wall and give up. This is essential for people looking to improve their fitness and build their bodies.

 

Increases Metabolic Rate

 

For people trying to burn fat, creatine can be very useful. Burning fat and losing weight is made much easier if you have a high metabolic rate. By adding creatine to your diet, you’ll help increase your metabolic rate and make it much easier for your body to burn fat and lose weight. When combined with a strong routine of cardiovascular exercise, the results can be quite incredible, so give it a go. And then, once you’ve lost the weight you wanted to, you can use it to boost your muscle growth too.

 

Muscle Growth

 

This is most common reasons why people decide to start using creatine. This isn’t really surprising because muscle growth is something that a lot of people aspire to, and creatine is effective at helping people do this. The best creatine supplement can make a very quick and noticeable difference to how rapidly your muscles grow. When you’re going to the gym and working out day after day, it makes sense to get the most out of each workout. So, if you want to build muscle, creatine is the best supplement for you.

 

 

Higher Testosterone Levels

 

When you’re young and healthy, your testosterone levels should be naturally good. But once you pass the age of 30, your testosterone levels will start to drop. This can lead to you becoming weaker, losing sharpness and feeling less energised. This is not fun to go through, but it can be improved by using creatine because it gives a big boost to your testosterone levels. You can get a blood test to check your testosterone levels, and if they’re low, creatine can help you a lot.

 

Mental Boost

 

The benefits of creatine I’ve outlined thus far have all been related to physical improvements. But creatine can also benefit your mental health a lot too. It can improve people’s attention spans and even improve the ability to memorise information. This has all been tested scientifically, so it’s not one of those supplement myths that people talk about; it’s a real benefit. This is rarely the main reason why people decide to start using creatine, but it certainly is a nice side effect for you to enjoy!

 

As you now know, creatine can help your body in a whole host of ways. So, why not see how it can help you?

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Quality Clothing and Accessories You Should Commit to Right Now http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/11/quality-clothing-and-accessories-you-should-commit-to-right-now/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/11/quality-clothing-and-accessories-you-should-commit-to-right-now/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:40:53 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1352 Always Look Great Whatever Your Budget! I always want to look my best, but I don’t always wish to shop for clothes and accessories. I’ve found that investing in some quality pieces is one of the best solutions for this. If you love fashion but aren’t so keen on shopping, carefully choosing what you buy […]

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Always Look Great Whatever Your Budget!

I always want to look my best, but I don’t always wish to shop for clothes and accessories. I’ve found that investing in some quality pieces is one of the best solutions for this. If you love fashion but aren’t so keen on shopping, carefully choosing what you buy could save you a lot of time. If you invest in the right pieces, they’ll last you years before you need to buy anything new. There are lots of things you can wear over and over again for years, from suits to bags and shoes. If you want to sink your money into the right clothes and make sure they’ll last you a long time, here are my top recommendations.

Always Spend More on Shoes

The more you spend on shoes, the longer they will survive and the less often you have to shop for them. Shoes are the one thing that it’s almost always better to buy in person. You can order them online, but going to a store will get you a better fit. When you buy cheap shoes for only a few dollars, don’t expect them to last more than a couple of months. But when you purchase quality shoes, they could last you a lifetime.

Jackets and Coats

You always need something to keep you warm in cooler weather. And coats and jackets aren’t something you want to buy every year. Ideally, your winter coat should give you two years of wear at the very least. But even better is a coat you can keep wearing for years, without it deteriorating. When it comes to jackets, leather jackets could last you a long time. Even when they start to look well-worn, they can still look great, even if they’re a bit more casual.

Suits

If you work in a formal office or attend a lot of events, decent suits are essential. A lot of people may just buy them off the rack. But in my opinion, every man needs a custom tailored suit. It will fit better, last you longer and just give you a better look and feel all around. Plus, it gives you incentive to stay healthy so that your suit remains a great fit.

Briefcases, Travel Bags, Backpacks, and More

You might not need a bag for a night out, but everyone needs them for work, traveling and day trips. Whether you use yours to carry work documents or to pack toys for your toddler, it’s better to invest in a more expensive one than something cheap. Bags can take a lot of strain and bashing about, so if they’re not up to scratch they can quickly fall apart. No matter what sort of bag you buy, make sure you invest in quality.

Accessories

There are several accessories that are worth investing in, but the main ones are watches and cufflinks. A good watch can last you a lifetime, and even long enough for you to pass it on to someone else. Along with cufflinks, watches are classic fashion accessories that aren’t likely to go out of style anytime soon.

Invest in Your Clothes!

If you want your clothes to last, these are things you should invest in above everything else. You can use them all the time, and it will be years before you need to replace them.

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How to Get the Most from Your Workout http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/02/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-workout/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/09/02/how-to-get-the-most-from-your-workout/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:36:56 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1348 When you workout, you want to get as much out of it as possible. If you want to learn how to do that, read on!   Track Your Progress   Being able to see your progress as you go can make a big difference. When you can see that your hard work is paying off, […]

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When you workout, you want to get as much out of it as possible. If you want to learn how to do that, read on!

 

Track Your Progress

 

Being able to see your progress as you go can make a big difference. When you can see that your hard work is paying off, it can really spur you on and stop you from giving up. You should take measurements regularly. If your aim is to lose weight, weigh yourself. Or if you’re trying to build muscle mass on a specific part of your body, measure the muscle to see how much mass you’re gaining. If things are going well, you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.

 

Challenge Yourself

 

Let’s face it, working out can get pretty boring when you’re doing the same thing over and over again. So, how can you keep things interesting? The answer is to challenge yourself. You can set targets and then push yourself to reach them. Or you can challenge yourself in other ways such as trying a new routine. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it keeps you interested and provides a little extra motivation. That’s the best way to keep yourself focused and prevent boredom setting in.

 

Eat the Right Foods

 

The two main food groups you need to focus on when you’re working out a lot are protein and carbohydrate. Carbs provide you with the fuel you need to keep your body ticking over. You should try to eat as many high fibre carbs as possible. But try to stay away from the fatty foods. Protein is good for building muscle mass, so if that’s your focus, eat plenty of protein. You can get protein supplements from Wicked NRG to help boost your protein intake.

 

Strike a Balance Between High and Low Intensity

 

Some people prefer high intensity workouts, and other prefer low intensity workouts. But if you want to do the right thing, you should do both because they both have huge benefits. Low intensity workouts are good for remaining consistent. And when you’re tired, they’re sometimes all you can manage. And a low intensity workout is always better than no workout at all. But you also need to do high intensity workouts so that your body is pushed to its limits, that’s the only way to see big gains.

 

Take Breaks When You Need Them

 

You don’t need to be working out constantly to see the kinds of results you’ve been looking for. It fact, if you push too hard and don’t take your body’s needs into consideration, you could end up doing more harm than good. So, know when to push your body and when to give it a break. It isn’t a good idea to take an all or nothing approach. You need to take a measured approach that lets your body improve steadily, taking breaks along the way. This is the only way to ensure long-term success.

 

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If you follow these essential tips, you’ll get the most out of your workout and see the results you want.

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Toddler sleeps in my bed http://kwaichi.com/2015/08/31/toddler-sleeps-in-my-bed/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/08/31/toddler-sleeps-in-my-bed/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:49:06 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1345 Deor has been sleeping in our bed most nights for the last month or so. Maybe it’s been 6 months… It feels like it!  He’s now 26 months old and he is able to throw himself out of his cot and onto our bed where he will punch me repeatedly in the face and kick me […]

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Deor has been sleeping in our bed most nights for the last month or so. Maybe it’s been 6 months… It feels like it!  He’s now 26 months old and he is able to throw himself out of his cot and onto our bed where he will punch me repeatedly in the face and kick me in the ribs all night long. Abuser! Ted Coine told me it was natural contraception.

Oddly I feel very close to him when he beats me up in my sleep. Oh he is very close! Sometimes I’ll feel pressure on my face and it’s his little elbow digging into my cheek!

I’m so sleep deprived… I love him to bits. I kinda don’t mind this terrible 2 period where he throws tantrums intermittently. I don’t like it when he ignores me as if I don’t exist. That’s weird to me. I need more sleep… I’m glad Deor gets plenty of rest. I’ll put the kicking and punching down to neurons firing around giving him mini dreams where he’s fighting with giant soft toys or something along those lines…

 

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4 Reasons I Think Everyone Should Try Martial Arts Training http://kwaichi.com/2015/08/07/4-reasons-i-think-everyone-should-try-martial-arts-training/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/08/07/4-reasons-i-think-everyone-should-try-martial-arts-training/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:34:06 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1341   If you’re looking for a new hobby, or a new training regime, then I suggest martial arts! There are many martial arts disciplines to choose from, but they all have shared benefits. Here are a few reasons why I think everyone should try martial arts training:   Self Defence The obvious reason a lot […]

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If you’re looking for a new hobby, or a new training regime, then I suggest martial arts! There are many martial arts disciplines to choose from, but they all have shared benefits. Here are a few reasons why I think everyone should try martial arts training:

 

Self Defence

The obvious reason a lot of people take up martial arts training is for self-defence reasons. Martial arts are a great way of training you to survive if you ever get under attack. There are fighting styles like Krav Maga, which many law enforcement services use to train their staff. By learning to defend yourself, you can feel a lot safer when you have to go out late at night. It can also help to improve your confidence because you feel a lot more secure.

 

Great For Fitness

Martial arts training is great if you want to get in shape and get fit. You can lose lots of body fat and put on muscle in a short space of time. It’s ideal if you want to get fit for your wedding day or have a holiday coming up. The training is intense, so be warned, it’s not for the faint hearted. It’s important for people to be fit and healthy so they can live a good standard of life. Martial arts are a brilliant way to make fitness fun.

 

Self-Discipline

Another thing people commonly associate with martial arts is self-discipline. It’s probably the best way to train someone to have some restraint and self-control. The focus of martial arts is following orders and learning to be patient and use control. This is why ideas of martial arts being unsafe are completely false! It’s very rare that you will get seriously hurt when practicing martial arts because to do it properly, you need discipline. Martial arts trainers will not allow pupils to go out of control and start beating up their classmates. If you can learn self-discipline through martial arts, then it can translate into other aspects of life. You’ll be more disciplined at work and have a lot more patience throughout the day. It can make you a much better person to be around!

 

Improves Focus

By doing this type of training, you can become a lot more focused. There’s no way that someone can do martial arts by not being focussed. It’s one of the cornerstones of every martial arts training out there. Martial arts demands focus, and if you don’t have it, then it will be learnt! If you learn how to properly focus your mind, the benefits will be unreal. Again, you’ll see your working life improve if you’re more focused. If you’re a student, then increased focus will help your studies and could improve academic performance.

 

Don’t be afraid of martial arts because you think you might get hurt. You’re not going to get hurt if you train properly in a professional gym. Instead of being worried, you should find a local class near you and sign up! Trust me, you’ll see the benefits and your life will be greatly improved.

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Kwai Chi on Instagram http://kwaichi.com/2015/08/03/kwai-chi-on-instagram/ http://kwaichi.com/2015/08/03/kwai-chi-on-instagram/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:40:24 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1337 So I started up my Instagram account properly a few months ago and it’s going pretty well. As such, I’ve added a new section on this site so you can view some of my images in a random order. I don’t really like how Instagram only shows the latest stuff as some of my older […]

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So I started up my Instagram account properly a few months ago and it’s going pretty well. As such, I’ve added a new section on this site so you can view some of my images in a random order. I don’t really like how Instagram only shows the latest stuff as some of my older images get lost & forgotten!

If you would like to read about my Instagram journey, I wrote about it over on Linkedin here

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90:10 man clothing range http://kwaichi.com/2014/12/03/9010-man-clothing-range/ http://kwaichi.com/2014/12/03/9010-man-clothing-range/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:06:27 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1317 Sometimes in life you meet some people who inspire you in some way. Dan Glatman used to be the manager for a British boyband called Blue and has now launched his own men’s clothing label 90:10 http://9010man.com Kwai Chi chats with Dan Glatman to get the lowdown of the origins of the brand, it’s identity […]

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Sometimes in life you meet some people who inspire you in some way. Dan Glatman used to be the manager for a British boyband called Blue and has now launched his own men’s clothing label 90:10 http://9010man.com

Kwai Chi chats with Dan Glatman to get the lowdown of the origins of the brand, it’s identity and the full range of clothes on offer. If you would like to try some merchandise from 90:10 then use the coupon/voucher ‘kwaichiwashere’ for 20% off. Check out the interview video below

 

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High intensity interval kicking training http://kwaichi.com/2014/04/20/high-intensity-interval-kicking-training/ http://kwaichi.com/2014/04/20/high-intensity-interval-kicking-training/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:15:21 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1302 I recently got tendentious in both my arms from carrying around Deor and was given doctor’s orders to rest up using my arms for any kind of exercise. That made the prospect of going to the gym a bit boring. I really wanted to use the heavy bag still so I created a new program […]

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I recently got tendentious in both my arms from carrying around Deor and was given doctor’s orders to rest up using my arms for any kind of exercise. That made the prospect of going to the gym a bit boring. I really wanted to use the heavy bag still so I created a new program for myself which I plugged into Gymboss app on ios. The aim is to do as many of each kick or combo as possible in each 30 second timeframe. You then get 20 seconds rest in between which is long enough to throw up if you need to! The lactic acid build up is pretty severe so please only do this if you feel really comfortable doing so. If your body can’t cope, then just stop!

30s, Sprint Scissor Kicks – Switch legs as quickly as possible. Aim for 40 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Axe Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Swing your leg up as high as possible and thunder down on the bag. Your standing foot should be about 45 degrees to the target. Aim for 15 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Hook Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Bring your leg up with the heel of your foot closest to the target and hook your heel into the bag. Pivot your other foot 180 degrees away from the bag. Aim for 20 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Turn Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Swing your knee up in the line of your target and then extend your leg out to hit the bag. Pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the bag. Aim for 40 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Side Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Bring your knee up to your chest then pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the target while extending your leg out to hit the bag. Aim for 20 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Reverse Hook Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Turn your head around 360 degrees to face the target and swing your heel up to hook the bag. Your standing leg will naturally pivot round on the ball of your feet. Aim for 15 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Reverse Turn Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Turn your head around 360 degrees to face the target and swing your heel up to meet the bag (no hooking). Your standing leg will naturally pivot round on the ball of your feet. Aim for 15 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Back Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Turn your head around 360 degrees to face the target while bringing your knee up to your chest. Push your heel out toward the bag while pivoting your standing foot 180 degrees. Aim for 15 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Axe Kick, Single Turn Kick Combo (start Left leg, 20s break, and then start Right leg). Aim for 12 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Axe Kick and Double Turn Kick Combo (start Left leg, 20s break, and then start Right leg). Aim for 8 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Turn Kick, Reverse Turn Kick Combo (start Left leg, 20s break, and then start Right leg). Aim for 8 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Step Side Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Take a side step toward the bag. Bring your knee up to your chest then pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the target while extending your leg out to hit the bag. Aim for 15 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Jump Turn Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Face the bag directly. Swing your hips as quickly as possible with a knee to the chest jump. Swing your knee up in the line of your target and then extend your leg out to hit the bag. Aim for 10 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Double Turn Kick Combo (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Swing your knee up in the line of your target and then extend your leg out to hit the bag twice. Pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the bag. Aim for 15 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Sprint Turn Kicks – Switch legs as quickly as possible. Aim for 40 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Double Side Kick Combos (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Bring your knee up to your chest then pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the target while extending your leg out to hit the bag twice. Aim for 10 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Mid Turn Kick to High Turn Kick Combo (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Swing your knee up in the line of your target and then extend your leg out to hit the bag chest height. Pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the bag. Switch legs and aim for head height. Aim for 15 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Jump Reverse Turn Kicks (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Turn your head around 360 degrees to face the target and swing your heel while jumping knees up to chest  to meet the bag (no hooking). Aim for 10 kicks.

Break for 20s

30s, Triple Turn Kick Combo (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg),- Swing your knee up in the line of your target and then extend your leg out to hit the bag three times in quick succession. Pivot your standing foot 180 degrees away from the bag. Aim for 10 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Turn Kick to Jump Back Kick Combo (Left leg, 20s break, and then Right leg). Aim for 10 combos.

Break for 20s

30s, Axe Kick, Triple Turn Kick Combo (start Left leg, 20s break, and then start Right leg). Aim for 6 combos.

Break for 20s

90s Free Spar, Go crazy and try out new long combos and vent out all you have left!

I filmed all of the above after the full workout so I had pretty poor technique due to fatigue. Here are my fails:


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I reached my target weight 4 months early! http://kwaichi.com/2013/12/23/i-reached-my-target-weight-4-months-early/ http://kwaichi.com/2013/12/23/i-reached-my-target-weight-4-months-early/#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:20:54 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1293 So, I had really some good news this week when I stepped onto my scales (the Withings Smart Body Analyzer), on Sunday (my weekly weighing day). I weighed 72.4kg, which is fantastic! My target weight set back in April 2013 for April 2014, was 73kg. Back then, I weighed 100kg, and so I am over […]

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So, I had really some good news this week when I stepped onto my scales (the Withings Smart Body Analyzer), on Sunday (my weekly weighing day). I weighed 72.4kg, which is fantastic! My target weight set back in April 2013 for April 2014, was 73kg. Back then, I weighed 100kg, and so I am over the moon and completely elated that I have hit my target weight with four months spare.

Gadgets for losing weight

It has taken me 8 months of completely changing my lifestyle, increasing the intensity of the exercise I do and the food that I consume and it’s already down, thanks to the scientific usage of gadgets like the Withings Smart Body Analyzer and the Withings Pulse, which have really kept my weight in the forefront of my daily routine. By incorporating it into my daily life, it forces me to continuously assess what I’ve been taking in and how much I’ve been working out.

A new size, a new wardrobe

The biggest drawbacks of losing weight so quickly, is that I had to change my wardrobe twice. It’s incredibly expensive to tailor in suits, to buy new tailored suits, and to even buy a new set of underwear from dropping so many sizes, but at least I do look a lot more toned!

Losing weight means losing fat mass

Fat mass wise, I have gone from over 35kg of fat, which made up about 35% of my body weight back in April 2013, when I had set up this task, down to a healthy 12kg of fat, which is around 17% of my body weight. Now I’ve got the top four abdominal parts of my tummy showing through, but I still have got a way to go for the lower third of the six pack to rip through. Typically, I’d need to reduce out 12kg of fat mass down to around 8kg to show through the entire six-pack, and for that really super ripped look, I’d be looking at a 3-5kg of fat, which is known as under fat and actually unhealthy in medical terms. So, I’m actually quite happy with my body as it is, as I’ve been getting close to my target.

No time for exercise

I’ve been allowing myself to let go a bit and eat fairly normal things on certain days especially days when I’m working out, which is actually only the weekend. I don’t get to work out 7 days a week, or 5 days a week. Now that I have my little boy around, it is a lot more difficult to find time to work out. Typically, I only work out for a1 hour session on Saturday and a 1 hour session on Sunday.

The most important thing is diet

Really, most of the benefit of my weight loss has been just typically through diet. Diet is the most important thing I’ve come to realise, when having a fairly sedentary desk job. It has been vitally important for me to understand that to lose weight, requires me to eat less calories. So, finding food that makes me feel fuller quicker has been a real life-changing event for me. Typically, if you follow me on My fitness pal, you’ll see that I consume around 1300-1500 calories per day. I used to be against calorie counting because a lot of it is a bit of a false negative, however, it has actually been a really good and useful bench mark. It’s been useful to see how empty nutritionally some foods are compared to other foods which are calorically good value.

Good value calories

Good value items are things like lean meat as venison and goat, which are superb meats. Venison is only just over 1 calorie per gram of meat, which is crazy good! And eggs are super fantastic, one egg is less than a 100 calories (you can be very full on just 4 eggs). Since my last blog post I’ve switched eating eggs at breakfast time to eating them at dinner time because it really helps make me feel full all the way through to morning. For breakfast I did have just fruit for quite a long time over the summer, which was great because it was nice to consume in warm weather. Just having fruit for breakfast was great, but it didn’t last me till 12 o’clock, it started getting more difficult and I started needing a snack through the day and I didn’t typically have time to snack through the day. So, I’ve been experimenting with different foods such as 2 medium slices of whole meal bread with a can of tuna or a can of salmon. I always look out for the really low salt versions and the ones not soaked in sunflower oil but in spring water or natural fish oils. Wild Planet Tuna is pretty much the best-canned tuna you can buy. It tastes fantastic and it has got almost no salt water in it. The next best I found is Waitrose Tuna in spring water, which is a really fantastic tuna as well. The other brands in the market tend to have far more salt, which means that you retain a lot more water, which does all sort of crazy stuff to your weight.

Water weight

So, when you look at my weight reduction from a 100kg to 73kg, a difference of 27kg, I’ve lost fat from 35kg down to 12kg, that is 23kg of fat, you’ll find there’s a 4kg difference there (27kg total loss minus 23kg fat), which is water weight basically! There’ll be a bit of shrinkage of organs, but there’s a big mass difference there, which is just water in your body. It’s quite a lot and your body doesn’t really need all that excess water. But this doesn’t mean that you should drink less water, because you do need water to flush out those toxins and to dilute the salts away from your body, which will make your organs work more efficiently as well. That’s proved by my decreasing resting heart rate; typically, my resting heart rate is around the 50 beats per minute mark now, whereas before it was around the 75-80 mark. So, it has reduced quite dramatically.

The trouble with losing more weight

I am a lot healthier these days, my BMI is under 25 and with just 12kg of fat left, if I were to go down to 5kg of fat, I would be under 65kg all together assuming I lost another 1kg of water weight. But like I’ve said, that is extremely difficult to sustain, and having lost weight several times in my life, I know that I won’t keep it up long term. It’ll be so difficult to keep up, I’ve tried so many times and my weight will go way past the 73kg and probably back close up to the 100kg mark, and again that would be a very expensive wardrobe change! Also, going from 73kg to 66kg or 65kg would mean that I’d have to drop another size or two and then I’d start getting in the territory of wearing kids’ clothes, which I don’t really want to do, or I’ll get to wear super slim Italian clothes, which looks kind of odd being a short guy, so it’ll just make me look super small. Also I have quite a lot of muscle bulk around my legs, so I’ll need to get everything tailored in, or made to measure, even for every day items such as jeans! It’s incredibly difficult for me to wear 32 inch waist jeans that will even go up past my thighs. Instead I’ll have to wear 34 inch jeans which will have to be tailored in at the waist for them to fit properly, which is not cheap unless I wear only one pair of jeans and no other formal trousers (which wouldn’t suit me and many other people I would guess)!

Increased muscle mass and lower fat percentage

I’m very happy at the moment to have lost so much weight, a lot of people think I’m too thin now, but my BMI says otherwise. I do understand that I do have a chunky muscle bulk for my frame, but I’m not exactly close to being a huge bodybuilder. I’d like more muscle to help balance out my decreasing fat mass over time. My fat mass, as long as I carry on my diet, will continue going the way it is, but I’m allowing myself to let loose a bit more, having the odd curry takeaway or the odd client lunch at a nice French restaurant. These are the kind of things that I allow myself to do more often because I don’t want to crash and revert back to just eating whatever I want anytime because again that would be a very expensive exercise.

Still kicking myself

As for exercise it hasn’t changed much from my last diet blog post, where I showed two examples of my weekend workouts. I typically, only do the hard kickboxing routine and I’ve made it harder now by wearing 2.5kg ankle weights per ankle to make it more difficult as a routine. I have also downloaded Sworkit app from itunes that mixes up lots of different exercises that don’t require any machinery or any equipment. The exercises are really good and easy to perform. I recommend getting the paid app because you can add in 10 second and 30 second rest intervals, which I definitely advise because you need a little bit of downtime to perform at your maximum intensity for each exercise. You’ll see what I mean if you download the app. It’s also available in Android Play store. So, between that and Gymboss 2 for my kickboxing exercises, I am pretty much all set at the gym. The key things for any kickboxing work, is that you wear proper hand wraps (Mexican 180″ hand wraps) and some proper weighted boxing gloves (the ones I use are 18oz). with ankle weights on, all limbs are weighed down. When I take off my gloves, I punch extremely quickly and the same goes for my legs when the ankle weights are off. The only opponent is your own fitness level and your own mind. You can just punch more frequently, harder, quicker, and move around quicker and faster, so you can always make the work out much harder for yourself, just by putting more effort in. Having 3 minutes per round allows you to do that.

My regime to lose the last few pounds

So, to finish this blog post off here was my typical diet and exercise regime to lose the last few kilos of weight:

Weekday

Breakfast

2 medium slices of bread
1 can of tuna
1 apple

Midmorning snack

25 g of almonds

Lunch

Quinoa with kidney beans (about 400 g)

Mid afternoon snack

25g sultana

Late afternoon snack

25g walnuts

Dinner

4 eggs
1 kiwi fruit

Exercise

No exercise apart from walking from the station to work.

For the weekend

Breakfast

2 pieces of bread
1 can of tuna

Exercise

Then I’ll go for a workout, kickboxing work out, hard, with 2.5kg ankle weight per ankle.

Lunch time

600g Venison steak cooked with

Real unsalted butter.

Dinner

Whatever I want! e.g. KFC, Curry takeaway, Fish and chips.

It’s an ongoing thing

So, in summary if you want to lose weight quickly you have to be extremely strict, if you follow me on My fitness pal you can go through my entire food diary since July 27th 2013 and you can see what I had to eat every single day and how many calories I burned through exercise. It’s harder now as I’ll see that person eating a slice of cake and I’ll want a piece of that cake. I can let myself go now and again but it’s best if I only have it on the weekend when I’m working out, when my metabolism is kicked into over drive from exercise. My weight will always go up and down by a range of 2kg, but the after burn of my weekend workout normally lasts until around Wednesday, so I typically see a rapid decline in weight as the fat burn continues. You don’t have to follow what I’ve done but if you do, then feel free to make changes to what I’ve done, if you don’t want to follow what I’ve done and want to try something else just make sure that you are completely focused and you have the right frame to do it. The hardest thing about any new diet is getting started so just get started and you’ll be heading in the right direction. Whatever happens, all the best and good luck with your weight goals! Mine now is just to remain stable, at 73kg.

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Winter tyres could save your family money http://kwaichi.com/2013/11/06/winter-tyres-could-save-your-family-money/ http://kwaichi.com/2013/11/06/winter-tyres-could-save-your-family-money/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:59:07 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1284 It’s November again and winter is upon us. Whilst the rest of Europe is busy swapping over their summer tyres for winter tyres, UK residents are only busy talking about how rubbish the weather is outside. Only an estimated 3% of the UK will swap their tyres. Many people think of winter tyres as a […]

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It’s November again and winter is upon us. Whilst the rest of Europe is busy swapping over their summer tyres for winter tyres, UK residents are only busy talking about how rubbish the weather is outside. Only an estimated 3% of the UK will swap their tyres. Many people think of winter tyres as a waste of money in the UK, as it only snows for a couple of weeks per year. In much of the rest of Europe it is a legal requirement to switch over to the grippier tyres every year.

 

It only snows a few days per year

So let’s dispel some myths. Winter tyres are not just for snow. They would probably just call them snow tyres if that was the case. Winter tyres offer much shorter stopping distances in temperatures lower than 7°C regardless of other weather conditions as summer tyres take a very long time to get up to the optimum temperature to work effectively. The tread depth is far greater and optimised for grip so you’ll find that most winter tyres will have far superior grip in wet conditions too. You’ll get as much grip when you start the car as a 45 minute warm up of the tyres. If you have never changed your tyres before then you have most likely got summer tyres on your car. It’s a common misconception that most tyres are all season tyres. There are very few all season tyres available to buy as they are less economical to run than summer tyres and they don’t perform as well as winter tyres. They will be marked with a snowflake and M&S for “Mud and Snow” if you are using all-season tires.

 

Cars with winter tyres vs 4×4 cars with summer tyres

Winter tyre development has come a long way over the years. I’ve changed mine every year since getting stuck in the slush on a fairly flat surface. You have to ask yourself if you would risk your kid’s life with having no control of your car if it started to ice up or snow all of a sudden. Judging by the amount of wheel spinning I’ve seen over the last few winters in the UK, it’s not a consideration that has crossed many people’s minds. I’ve even seen 4×4 cars get stuck on hills as they really believed that they did not need winter tyres as they had all wheel drive. Check out this video of a rear wheel drive car with winter tyres go up against a 4×4 with summer tyres on.

 

Winter tyres can outperform all season tyres

Your tyres are likely to last many years as you won’t be using them all year round. Latest tests with some of the Continental winter tyres showed that they outperformed all season tyres in every way all year round so you could keep them on if you really want to. I’m loving my new Pirelli Winter Sottozero mark 3 tyres at the moment which recently topped the AutoBild winter test. They have so much grip and handle so well that they may stay on all year round. They are more fuel-efficient than my summer tyres too so there is only the quicker wear in hot temperatures to consider.

 

Tyre storage

The key annoyance in the UK is the lack of tyre storage options. Some franchise dealers like BMW will swap over tyres each time for just over £30 (inc fitting) and store your tyres for you but you have to buy their 3-year-old models and another set of rims for the privilege. BMW will send off tyres to their BMW UK tyre storage for customers but at a cost of £50 per set of 4.
Kwik Fit also have a tyre storage option, but again only if you buy tyres from them at about £40 a time plus fitting costs. It’s much cheaper to store them at home in tyre bags in the dry or find really strong refuse sacks to double bag outside. Self storage site options are absurdly priced at about £500 per year to store a set of tyres. Archive storage places sometimes take tyres but prices vary wildly.

 

Fitting winter tyres

Another key consideration is that most garages don’t want to swap over your tyres if you didn’t buy them from their place. Some places also have amnesia years later and will sometimes outright refuse to swap them for you even with a charge. Don’t skimp for bad service though as scratched or damaged alloys are not worth the savings made by going somewhere rubbish. Phone up your local independent specialist garage and ask them where they get their tyres changed. Those tyre shops will normally change your tyres over for you at around £1 per tyre inch plus VAT.

 

Blame yourself and not the council for your family’s safety

It’s very easy to blame local councils for not gritting roads 24/7 during the winter but I think that’s just passing on responsibility to someone else. If everyone in the UK swapped to winter tyres then there would be a lower risk of yet another standstill to the economy. You also won’t accidentally run anyone over when your brakes can’t stop you from sliding into people, pavements and ditches. You can do your bit for your own family’s safety, plus as an added bonus, you can pretty much have the supermarket/restaurant/road (delete as appropriate) to yourself at your convenience! This will save you money from having to order cold delivery food (as they will be busy and slow on the roads). Lastly, don’t forget that two sets of tyres last as long as two sets of tyres. Buying two sets of summer tyres over a number of years will last around the same amount of time as a set of summer tyres and a set of winter tyres. Go get some!

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The Kwai Chi Diet – A minimum fuss diet that really works! http://kwaichi.com/2013/09/03/the-kwai-chi-diet-a-minimum-fuss-diet-that-really-works/ http://kwaichi.com/2013/09/03/the-kwai-chi-diet-a-minimum-fuss-diet-that-really-works/#respond Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:57:18 +0000 http://kwaichi.com/?p=1274 What does it take to lose weight? So I’ve lost a lot of weight in a relatively short period of time. This is mostly down to an improved dietary intake of food, using kitchen scales, more intense exercise and documenting it all via Withings Smart body analyzer and Withings Pulse. I don’t really want to […]

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What does it take to lose weight?

So I’ve lost a lot of weight in a relatively short period of time. This is mostly down to an improved dietary intake of food, using kitchen scales, more intense exercise and documenting it all via Withings Smart body analyzer and Withings Pulse. I don’t really want to be walking around with a raging hard on from taking testosterone supplements that seem to be all the rage at the moment or some wacky herbal juice that has not gone through any clinical trials. Losing weight the harder way should be long term and not a quick fix in 4 weeks thing. It’s about changing your lifestyle altogether to promote wellbeing rather than eating rubbish and popping pills. I’m more concerned about my organs than my physical appearance externally!

 

How did it start?

I hate going hungry and it’s what I did when I first embarked on my new diet. I was eating around 2,000 calories a day of ready made meals with red meat in at least one of those meals per day. I stopped myself from snacking in between meals but I constantly got the shakes from hunger as my body was going into famine mode. I like the satisfaction of feeling full and definitely prefer it to feeling hungry!

 

Eat as much as you can per 100g

I used the myfitnesspal app to scan pretty much everything one afternoon at my local supermarket to find foods that we low in calories per 100g. I also wanted stuff that was easy or required minimal preparation as I would have to weigh everything. Any kind of preparation just throws those measurements out of the window. As calories are the normalized marker for all food, I stocked up on things that shared this common low energy per 100g trait. It worked straight away as I was eating turkey breast, king prawns, ready made cous cous and fruit. This took my daily calorie count to around 1,800 calories.

 

A setback

I killed my fat intake by cutting down on meat and ready-made food that contained oil from preparation or cooking. My weight dropped quickly and I was able to drop my daily calorie intake to under 1,500 calories a day but as I increased my intake of prawns, precooked meat and fish, my weight shot up as quickly as I lost it! My fat percentage was still declining and I was walking and sleeping around the same amount every day (tracked with Withings Smart body analyzer and Withings Pulse). This was pretty alarming to me as you can imagine!

 

Sodium is evil

Thankfully, using the myfitnesspal app, I found what looked to be the culprit.  My sodium intake was high from my source of instant cous cous, prawns and fish. I really wanted to address this as I could pretty much eat as much of my cous cous and fish/shellfish diet as I wanted and it was actually quite hard to hit 1,500 calories per day. This exercise was futile if I was to continue to gain weight so I looked to increasing my intake of foods that were low in sodium and low in calories and hunted around for low sodium alternatives to my shellfish, fish and instant cous cous.

 

Substitutions

First off, I changed from eating smoked fish which can contain over 1g of sodium per 100g and switched to precooked canned stuff which had less than 0.3g of sodium per 100g. This was relatively easy as there are a lot of Salmon and Tuna products that come in spring water to avoid high sodium in brine or fat in oil based tins. For prawns, I simply changed brands and went for frozen prawns with less than 0.3g of sodium per 100g. As for cous cous, I switched from ready made mixes that required adding water (the ready in 5 minutes variety) to pure instant cous cous. These typically have less than 0.1g sodium per 100g, but are still ready in 5 minutes. I had to hunt around for this and eventually found it in a couple of supermarkets.

 

Fruit

In the past I used to eat salad daily, but oddly I’m intolerant to leafy raw salad. I also didn’t want to bother with getting out the steamer to prepare vegetables, plus they need flavouring with calorie rich sauces to make them not taste bland. My new best friends to vary interest were fruit and pulses. Although fruit are high in carbs, they taste great and are actually pretty cheap compared to food you would cook. As I really like my flavours, I’ve gone for really high quality premium fruit ranges like “Sansbury’s Taste The Difference”, “Tesco Finest” and “Waitrose” brands. You can pretty much eat as much fruit as you like and you’d be hard pushed to exceed 400 calories for a meal. I now have fruit exclusively or with a mix of pulses for dinner.

 

Pulses

I quite like eating lentils and chick peas but I have only ever found them in cans or dehydrated in packets requiring a long time to rehydrate in boiling water. Thankfully times have changed as you can now buy pulses ready to eat in packets. I use “Sainsbury’s Organic” range of carton pulses which come in water. The cardboard packaging acts as the drain for the water (through packet design) and you can eat straight out of the packet for a snack if required.  For a dinner, I normally cook them for 5 minutes over a hob with a can of tomatoes. I also regularly eat “Sainsbury’s bulgur wheat, chickpeas and quinoa” mix which I have most lunch times at work as it is ready to eat out of the packet (don’t even need to drain and doesn’t require refrigeration).

 

Eggs

I wanted some quick preparation food that filled me up quickly. I also wanted something high in nutrients to make it worthwhile for my body. Eggs fit this well as they are packed with goodness at less than 90 calories per egg. For breakfast I typically consume 2 medium eggs with 2 slices of bread. That comes in at just 322 calories and puts the hunger to bay for a few hours longer than cereal or porridge ever would for me.

 

Water retention

As you lose weight quickly, the proportion of salt left in your body increases unless you sweat it out or pee it out. The salt then simply stores all your water intake from food or liquid and retains it in your body making you look wobbly even though it’s not a fat wobble. There are 2 solutions to this, more exercise that makes you sweat or food that makes you pee (diuretics). I take 3 shots of espresso coffee (got to have it black so it’s only 2 calories. No milk or honey) for breakfast and put a green tea teabag in my bottled water (no boiling required).  In addition, tomatoes, watermelon and garlic are really good diuretics. I’m not into herbal remedies so have steered clear of untested unscientific pill and liquid remedies. For my coffee I use the Nespresso Citiz & Milk coffee machine which I got after reading these coffee machines reviews.

 

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

These scales are simply awesome. Any member of your family can simply step on these scales and it will beam your weight, fat percentage/mass and heart rate to the Withings Health Mate app for ios and Android. In addition, the scales will beam over the CO2 levels and temperature of the room via the home wifi. I’m a massive fan of these scales as they are just so user friendly! I weigh myself every morning before I even put my specs on. I don’t need to crouch down to read the display as I can just see my latest update on the app on my phone.

The CO2 monitor changed the way we ventilate our house as we didn’t have enough air when sleeping at night which had been affecting our sleep. Our quality of sleep has dramatically improved as a result of understanding the amount of air flow required to have a safe level of CO2 in our bedroom. With regards to weight, I can set a goal over a realistic amount of time and it will work out how much you need to lose every week and set a weekly objective to meet or exceed.

Check out the Withings Smart Body analyzer in my video review:

Withings Pulse

Wearable health applications have been gaining in popularity over the last few years with the likes of Nike fuelband and Fitbit wireless devices paving the way for the Withings Pulse to join the party. The Withings Pulse is a smart pedometer with a heart rate monitor. It can also monitor your sleep with a special sleep band included in the package. As well as tracking your steps, it will automatically figure out your run speed and distance covered if you start running for 3 minutes. The heart rate option is a good one as you can measure yourself anywhere with just your finger. The Withings Pulse gives you a daily target of 10,000 steps recommended by the British Heart Foundation many years ago. Although I rarely even meet this halfway, I am walking more than the 2,000 steps I used to walk daily.

My favourite usage of the Withings Pulse is the sleep band which tracks my sleep (or lack of it) split by “Awake”, “Light Sleep”, and “Deep Sleep”.  The last 2 are added up together to show you how much sleep you are getting compared to a target of 8 hours. With baby Deor screaming his head off on some nights, it’s hard to keep track of how much rest I’ve had. I find the app to be very accurate and is definitely something I never forget to wear on me all day long.

Check out my video review of Withings Pulse:

Going Hard Core at the gym

When I was 9, I was the youngest black belt in the UK at Tae Kwon Do. I was trim for all the years that I practiced martial arts. I took up dancing and running as well later on in life which also kept me trim. When I stopped all of those activities, I got fat. I’ve been going to the gym for the last 4 years and have somehow gained weight even though I’ve been pushing myself hard at every session. Certain exercises help for a while but then become ineffective as my body adapts to the movements. I tried cycling, Summit machine (which is like cross training going uphill), running, rowing, weight training and almost everything in between.

My gym then got a heavy bag installed and I’ve been kicking the stuffing out of it since. Using some Mexican hand wraps and 18oz sparring gloves, I workout to one of my own kickboxing drills which I run on the Gymboss app on my phone. Here they are if you want to copy them (although I really wouldn’t recommend trying this unless you are already proficient):

 

“Easy” (This will burn between 500-750 calories)

  • Bicycle punch 30s (quick alternate jabs along with running on the spot)
  • Rest 30s
  • Light jabs 3m0s (jab hand only)
  • Rest 30s
  • Light kicks 3m0s (keep these easy in technique)
  • Rest 30s
  • Southpaw 3m0s (switch stance so your weaker jab arm is behind your stronger arm)
  • Rest 30s
  • Difficult kicks 3m0s (mix up some jump kicks with spinning kicks)
  • Rest 30s
  • Punch combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of punches in combination)
  • Rest 30s
  • Kick combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of kicks in combination)
  • Rest 30s
  • Hard punches 3m0s (hit the bag with full punch power with each punch)
  • Rest 30s
  • Punch kick combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of kicks and punches in combination)
  • Rest 30s
  • Hard punch kick combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of kicks and punches in combination and hit the bag full power with every strike)
  • Rest 30s
  • Close Quarters 3m0s (get up very close to the bag and strike with elbows, jabs at the side and back of the bag, knees, thighs and ab height blows)

 

“This hurts more” (This will burn between 650-1,000 calories)

  • Bicycle punch 30s (quick alternate jabs along with running on the spot)
  • Rest 30s
  • Light jabs 3m0s (jab hand only)
  • Rest 30s
  • Light kicks 3m0s (keep these easy in technique)
  • Rest 30s
  • Southpaw 3m0s (switch stance so your weaker jab arm is behind your stronger arm)
  • Rest 30s
  • Quick turn kicks 1m0s (kick the bag as quickly as you can repeatedly with a turn kick)
  • Rest 30s
  • Punch combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of punches in combination)
  • Rest 30s
  • Difficult kicks 3m0s (mix up some jump kicks with spinning kicks)
  • Rest 30s
  • Hard punches 3m0s (hit the bag with full punch power with each punch)
  • Rest 30s
  • Punch kick combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of kicks and punches in combination)
  • Rest 30s
  • Burpee jump kicks 1m0s (Start with a squat thrust and push out into a push up. Push up and then bring the knees up to jump high and kick the bag. Make it more difficult by doing spinning jump kicks. Do as many as you can in the minute)
  • Rest 30s
  • Close Quarters 3m0s (get up very close to the bag and strike with elbows, jabs at the side and back of the bag, knees, thighs and ab height blows)
  • Rest 30s
  • Speed hard ab punches 1m0s (Hit the bag as hard as you can with alternate ab punches. Keep your arms locked at a 45 degree angle as if doing a bicep curl for maximum impact)
  • Rest 30s
  • Hard punch kick combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of kicks and punches in combination and hit the bag full power with every strike)
  • Rest 30s
  • All out war 1m0s (Go crazy with all out aggression with anything you want, just don’t stop)
  • Rest 30s
  • Close Quarters 3m0s (get up very close to the bag and strike with elbows, jabs at the side and back of the bag, knees, thighs and ab height blows)
  • Rest 30s
  • Punch kick combos 3m0s (mix up different varieties of kicks and punches in combination)
  • Rest 30s
  • All out war final round 1m0s (Last chance to go crazy with all out aggression with anything you want, just don’t stop)

It’s worth noting that I often put on a little weight after a kickboxing session as I normally follow up with a weight training session and so I take on extra protein for quicker recovery. There is a greater payoff later in the week as the extra muscle burns your fat quicker. If I don’t take extra protein after a heavy workout like the above then I will lose over 1kg in weight but I will feel rubbish for a few days.

 

My diet now

I now take in 1,300 to 1,800 calories per day with a focus on a low intake of fat (typically less than 40 grams per day) and low sodium intake (under 2 grams per day). I’m not fussy about the carb to protein ratio but typically I will have between 40% to 75% carbohydrates to fat and protein.

My typical food diary looks like this:

Breakfast

  • 3 shots of espresso – 2 calories
  • 2 free range medium eggs – 152 calories
  • 2 slices of bread – 170 calories

Lunch

  • 250g Sainsbury’s bulgur wheat, chickpeas and quinoa – 478 calories

Dinner

  • 1 Sainsbury’s taste the difference mango – 190 calories
  • 1 nectarine – 93 calories
  • 190g Midnight beauty variety black grapes – 133 calories
  • 290g watermelon – 93 calories
  • 83g Driscoll variety strawberries – 57 calories

Total energy count is 1,367 calories. You can follow my diet and replicate as you wish by adding me on myfitnesspal @ http://www.myfitnesspal.com/kwaichi

 

What’s next?

Let me know what you want to know about my diet and I will be happy to share. The key thing to remember is that your wellbeing and organ health is a lot more important than your external physical appearance. There is no point going on a fad diet for a quick gain that you can’t keep up. That’s just a waste of time. Change your life instead, don’t cheat yourself and don’t go hungry!

Disclaimer: This blog post is made up of my own views and does not replace or substitute the advice of your medical professional. What works for me might not work for you and may cause you harm. Please consult your doctor or licensed medical professional before embarking on any change in diet or exercise regime. The kickboxing drills do not have any technique advice as it typically takes several years to execute properly and so should only be undertaken after adequate supervised training. Don’t go hungry. If you are hungry then eat! If you are thirsty then drink! If you are allergic to something then don’t eat that either! Basically don’t sue me!

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I’m now a Dad to Deor Chi, yeah!

7 weeks into it I feel pretty good and adjusted. The birth itself was traumatic, more because I delivered Deor on our bathroom floor then spending the next couple of days in hospital as the wife lost a litre and a half of blood and Deor suffered from jaundice. The midwife at the hospital told my wife not to go in to hospital when she was in early labour because it was too early. What they didn’t take into account was my wife’s incredibly high tolerance to pain! We didn’t make it to the car as the wife lost the ability to walk. Deor was out less than 3 minutes after that on a pile of bathroom towels with an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. That rubbery tube is pretty gross to touch but I had to unwrap it to save his life. Deor was on a mix of formula milk, express milk and breast milk directly for the first couple of weeks but soon went exclusively with breast milk. The transition from formula milk is a little scary as the weight gain is definitely slower with breast milk. The key thing to know is to ignore conflicting advice from midwives with length of feeds. Instead, call the dedicated National Breastfeeding Helpline who will advise mothers to feed on demand and to make sure the baby feeds on the hind milk which is the stuff you get at the very end of emptying out the supplies.

 

Deor has GORD/GERD and/or Lactose intolerance

A couple of weeks later after birth I was at the end of my Paternity leave and Deor was back in hospital having been to the doctors 2 days in a row with repeated vomiting. He was under checks for Pyloric stenosis which is a narrowing of the tube between the intestine and the stomach. Fortunately he didn’t have that but he was diagnosed with having either GORD (gastrointestinal reflux disease or GERD to Americans) or lactose intolerance. Both have the problem of repeated vomiting after most feeds. GORD doesn’t fix itself until the baby has solid foods 6-12 months in. Lactose problems will persist until the baby comes off breast milk and has a lactose free diet or until the mum stops eating all dairy. 7 weeks in, the wife is now off dairy but Deor is still puking after every other feed, but the diet has to be sustained for a month to be sure. If you have a puky baby, then keep them upright after feeds for an hour and then pop them in an upright swing or sleeping wedge. This is difficult when your baby is feeding every 2 hours as it gives you less than half an hour a go to do things like eating, hygiene stuff, toilet breaks and of course sleeping! His feeds are now 3-5 hours apart which means more respite for the wife who allows me to sleep overnight and not at my desk at work.

 

Withings Smart Kid Scale is a must have for worried parents

We have been weighing Deor regularly with our Withings Smart Kid Scale which has been admired by our visiting Midwives and Health visitors for its accuracy (exactly the same reading as the much heavier SECA scales they use) and lightness. It has the added benefit of adapting to a growing kid and posting all measurements to both the Withings baby app and the Withings health mate which benchmarks your child’s weight against a normal range. As Deor vomits all the time, it’s very difficult to tell if he is ill or not aside from nappy frequency and inspection. Knowing that Deor’s weight is gaining every day is very reassuring as long as you weigh them at the same time each day (as weight fluctuates). It can remember multiple kids too so it’s a long term investment. When Deor is old enough, he will graduate to the adult sized Withings Smart Body Analyzer which is also awesome in it’s own right.

 

Keeping myself fit and healthy

The Withings Smart Body Analyzer has helped me shed several kilos over the last 6 months and now I have the Withings Pulse which has allowed me to lose the most amount of weight over a one week period that I’ve ever achieved (3kg in one week). I’m banking on the suite of Withings products to keep me healthy. Hopefully I will live long enough to watch Deor grow up. I keep having horrible nightmares of dying before Deor is an adult which I can’t seem to shake. It’s pretty terrifying so feel free to encourage me on my mission via My fitness Pal. I’ll post more about each of the above products soon.

 

For now here’s what you need in the first 7 weeks:

  • At least 10 Muslin cloths (we have about 30 because of GORD. M&S make the best ones imo)
  • Philips Avent Natural starter kit x2 (the brush is outstanding)
  • Philips Avent electric sterilizer (takes only 10 minutes to sterilize a ton of stuff)
  • Philips Avent Digital Bottle and Baby Food Warmer (this is darn quick and accurate. A bottle should be no warmer than the part of the wrist that you would slit if you wanted to kill yourself. Drop a bit of milk onto it and you should feel nothing)
  • Philips Avent natural comfort electric express (watch your wife milk like a cow in style)
  • Withings Smart Kid Scale
  • Shnuggle Moses Basket
  • Moses basket folding stand
  • Moses basket rocking stand
  • Cosatto Baby Changing station (get this if you like not getting back ache)
  • Nappy bags Pampers new baby nappies (get the sensitive version if they get nappy rash. We also tried Huggies, Lidl, Tesco and Boots but Pampers have been the best by far. Get both size 1 and size 2)
  • Pampers sensitive wipes (far better than Johnson & Johnson extra sensitive, Huggies Pure and Lidl. Ignore the midwife recommendation to use only water and cotton wool)
  • Asda Little Angels Cotton pads (the best bang for your buck against other supermarkets and Boots. Use 2 over a boy’s bits while changing nappies to defend getting soaked and to watch the magic happen)
  • Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Soothing Swing (Deor loves this and passes out every time) A black and white soft toy (newborns don’t see in colour but like black and white patterns)
  • Infacol (for extra winding)
  • Sudocreme (apply with cotton buds at nappy change time and you’ll see no nappy rash)
  • iBaby feed timer app (accurately logs all nappy changes and feeds. It will alert you when a feed is due which is handy if you are not used to sleep deprivation. You will also be asked about this stuff by a doctor if your baby gets ill) Car seat (they are all rear facing for infants. Ideally get an isofix one. I have a Maxi-Cosi but I wouldn’t buy them again as their customer support is unfriendly and rude)
  • Tommee Tippee milk bibs (these are the best bibs we’ve tried for milk vomits)
  • Clothes (get used to sizing by weight in kg rather than by age as each brand varies far too much to make a sound judgment. Newborns spend most of their time sleeping so babygros, gloves and vests plus one or two jackets are all you need for the first few months. Make sure you get some up to 3kg clothes in case your baby comes out light. Buy plenty enough for 6-8 changes a day if you hate washing clothes)
  • Bugaboo Chameleon 3 Stroller (This is the best we could find. This will last the entire duration of your baby’s development until they are able to walk. You can choose from a range of colours too)
  • MaByLand MATchel (Brilliant small changing bag with incorporated changing mat)
  • MaByLand Trek Snuggle Carrier (use from 3.5kg to 9kg. This is brilliant for small shops and busy supermarkets where a buggy quadruples time. Also brilliant for very quick shops or trips. Deor faces towards me until he is old enough to hold himself up and then faces outwards. Great invention)
  • Gro swaddle (the best quality swaddle by a long way. The midwives at the hospital loved it)
  • Ted Baker Blankets (I found nothing softer although the designs are very grown up)
  • Hooded towels and wash mitts (Body shop make organic cotton ones which feel nice to touch)
  • Aptimil first milk (even if you want to breast feed, you may not get a choice if your baby is jaundiced or ill for other reasons when they first come out. They will need to have formula if that is the case and supermarket shopping is not fun with a 2 day old in tow so buy in advance)
  • Cheap cotton buds (to apply sudocreme on bum to avoid contamination)
  • Disposable syringes 2.5ml and 10ml (buy in boxes of 100 for hygiene and cross contamination when your baby is given medicine. They will normally provide you with a poorly made syringe that you have to wash and reuse which is a hassle if your baby is sick. They also have to be cleaned with cold water which is just stupid. 2.5ml and 10ml sizes will cover most medicines prescribed for babies up to a few years old. Eject into the cheek skin to avoid having medicine coughed back up.)
  • Dr. Bees Nasal Aspirator (babies can’t clear their noses so you have to suck out the bogeys unless you want them to get a chest infection. Buy spare nasal pieces and cups from their website directly. The manual aspirators are rubbish compared to this electronic wonder)

 

What you don’t need:

  • Cotton wool (waste of space and horrible to use whilst your baby is pooing in your face)
  • Baby oils and cleansers (they are easy enough to clean with water or baby wipes)
  • Going out clothes (you’ll be too tired to go out often and they are a night mare to get on and off)

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The wife and I are expecting the arrival of a new baby boy this Summer (2013). With this in mind, I thought I’d ask everyone I knew (and everyone I didn’t) what I should get in this video:

The great thing about becoming a new parent is that I am joining a very large club of people willing to share knowledge and give advice. It’s an expensive time of life as we effectively lose a lot of income from the Wife taking a year off doubled up with the astronomical cost of baby gear. Most people suggest that when the baby is newborn, very few things are required for a happy household. Here’s a list of items:

Hospital bag
Sleeping clothes (they spend most of their time sleeping and family will probably buy going out clothes)
A few different sizes of Nappy
A buggy with a cot (babies have to lay flat for the first 6 months)
Car seat (if you drive)
Isofix base for car seat (seatbelt only is difficult to keep car seat in place)
Nappy changing station (for tall people)
Moses basket
Nappy bin
Feeding bottles (especially if you are doing a feeding system)
Breast pump (electric is preferable as they are more efficient)
Bottle sterilisers
Baby wipes
Bath tub/sponge

OK that list looks quite long! I’ll go into each bit in more detail with my reviews. I’m being sent a lot of samples at the moment so I’ll keep you posted. Feel free to let me know if I’ve missed anything or if you would like something reviewed. Just ping me at reviews@kwaichi.com

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What you can do in 2.5 months! http://kwaichi.com/2012/10/31/what-you-can-do-in-2-5-months/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/10/31/what-you-can-do-in-2-5-months/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:41:38 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1142 Earlier this year, I proposed that I would keep up with my blogging more often. A promise to myself that I just could not keep! I tell you what, it’s really hard to keep up with these things especially when there are so many distractions in life. I started out with good intentions when I […]

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Earlier this year, I proposed that I would keep up with my blogging more often. A promise to myself that I just could not keep! I tell you what, it’s really hard to keep up with these things especially when there are so many distractions in life. I started out with good intentions when I started catching the train to and from work. I had a solid hour each way to write some cool stuff for you to read. My Samsung Galaxy S2 started playing up and the battery began draining really quickly. There was also nothing to do on my iPad either apart from typing up a blog. A few things happened though in a short space of time. My new work place, The Social Partners, handed me an iPhone. 68 games completed later and the BBC decided to allow users to download content to watch anytime on iPad. Suddenly, I find myself finishing off a few more achievements in Tiger Woods Golf on my iPhone whilst watching last week’s Dragon’s Den on my iPad.

Dragon's Den on BBC iPlayer on Apple iPad

Whilst down at my in laws, I thought it would be worth my while learning Mandarin. Another 10 downloads later and a few courses completed, I stumble upon iTunes U where I download a few MIT courses in psychology and a few TED talks in management. I much preferred the TED presentations, so I then download the TED app on the iPad. I now find myself in a position where I am addicted to watching the TED archives. It doesn’t really matter what the topic is, I just seem to be very engaged with pretty much anything on there. Simultaneously, I also find my thumbs moving some virtual players around in FIFA 13 on my iPhone.

You may be interested to know that I have still been blogging away over the last few months. Most recently, I’ve been blogging about Social media stuff for The Social Partners here. I’ve also been keeping up with my food blogging in a more pictorial way on Pinterest here. If you’re missing watching me on YouTube, then click on this presentation I gave not too long ago.

I will also definitely be following up with my overall suit review. If you can’t wait until that post, I can reveal the Reiss suit is my favourite.

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Reiss Personal tailoring fitting was an absolute shambles! http://kwaichi.com/2012/08/09/reiss-personal-tailoring-fitting-was-an-absolute-shambles/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/08/09/reiss-personal-tailoring-fitting-was-an-absolute-shambles/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:46:53 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1136 Jesse gave me a call last week to tell me that my suit was arriving this week so I booked in to see him for an alterations fitting. Walking in early to the Reiss store in New Change shopping mall, I found Jesse ready to greet me with my suit. The first thing I noticed […]

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Jesse gave me a call last week to tell me that my suit was arriving this week so I booked in to see him for an alterations fitting. Walking in early to the Reiss store in New Change shopping mall, I found Jesse ready to greet me with my suit. The first thing I noticed in the changing rooms was that the block machine stitching was really good. There was a little fraying in the lining and there were some loose ends but around all of the wool the seams looked neat or were completely hidden.

Reiss Personal tailoring suit with my chosen red lining

Reiss Personal tailoring suit with my chosen red lining

Around the back of the jacket there was a little bagginess that couldn’t really be adjusted out by taking anything in because the shape of the jacket would have gone. The arms were quite skinny around the forearms but undoing the working cuffs made the double-cuffed shirt stand out a little. At the fitting, only two of the button holes had been cut open with the back two holes completely stitched up. That was a little disappointing presentation wise. The trousers also required flaring out a little at the shoe end as the diameter was too skinny to fit around my shoes. I did try on another pair of shoes while in the store to make sure it wasn’t just my shoes being abnormally big at the heel and indeed it was not the case. Jesse initially suggested that I shorten the trousers so that I didn’t have a triple crease break at the bottom of the trousers which would have made me look even shorter than I am. No thanks! Jesse also displayed surprise when I told him that suits shouldn’t be dry cleaned all the time as he does with his suits. What a major point of ignorance for a fully trained Personal tailoring Reiss guru.

My alterations should be finished by the end of the week and if you read my initial blog post about this whole project, you can see that there is something missing from this post. When I asked Jesse where my second pair of trousers were, he called up HQ to find out that they were on the next batch out to the store as he couldn’t find them in the stockroom. About an hour later, Jesse phoned me up to inform me that they hadn’t even ordered them yet! I was really disappointed with this cock up as I will now have to revisit again in 2 weeks to fit, try on and alter those trousers too.

The Reiss experience was mixed, the actual garment felt high in quality. The wool and lining were really nice and the fit was pretty good off the Personal tailoring block. My name is printed in the label in the inside pocket although it still shows the original block details alongside it. What really lets down the Reiss experience is the distinct lack of knowledge from staff about suits and also their carelessness when it comes to simple things like following a check sheet. Where I was offered a hand made tie for a ripped pair of trousers at Mark Marengo, I am pretty sure that there will be no compensation of any kind from Reiss who seem a little too naïve to care.

UPDATE – Another massive Reiss cock up
I got a call this morning a couple of days after I wrote the above and was told that my trousers were ready and that the second pair of trousers would now take an extra 4 weeks. When I pushed for compensation, Jesse offered me a measly 10% discount on the 2nd pair of trousers. It’s measly because that still makes the trousers more than £20 more expensive than any other tailor on my suit reviews. It also doesn’t make up for the £15 I spend to travel to the store each time. When I turned up today, I noticed that the foot of the trousers were not neatly stitched at all. The ironed hem was also protruding from the wool which had a weird arc shape to it. The break in the trousers when I tried them on was still as bad as before. It was so disappointing and it led to Jesse simply apologising non stop to me and again insisting that I hould get the trousers shortened. I stopped him there again and showed him the inside of the trousers which clearly had not been taken out as a flare as it should have been.

The poor alteration from Reiss on the Personal tailoring service

The poor alteration from Reiss on the Personal tailoring service

The alterations were really poor and little care and attention had been taken in matching the quality of the stitching from the factory block. I was so massively disappointed with Reiss that I decided to make a formal complaint on their website only to find that their website was down! Naturally I then made my point on Twitter and on their Facebook page. Their Facebook page had no user update field to populate so I placed my grievance in their recommendation box which looks pretty non moderated. I did get a bog standard reply on Twitter to go to their website to complain which is what I am going to do right now after I publish this post. Wish me luck – it can only go up from here!

Read my original post launching the suit project here

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Mark Marengo cock up http://kwaichi.com/2012/08/09/mark-marengo-cock-up/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/08/09/mark-marengo-cock-up/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:29:53 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1134 Following on from my review of my Mark Marengo suit, I thought I’d share with you my wonderful revisit to Savile Row to fix my crotch rip. I thought that I would premiere my wonderful new Mark Marengo number for an EMEA marketing event hosted by Excelsior recruitment the other week. Everything was good, the […]

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Following on from my review of my Mark Marengo suit, I thought I’d share with you my wonderful revisit to Savile Row to fix my crotch rip.

Mark Marengo trousers ripped at the crotch

Mark Marengo trousers ripped at the crotch

I thought that I would premiere my wonderful new Mark Marengo number for an EMEA marketing event hosted by Excelsior recruitment the other week. Everything was good, the trousers were looser than when I tried it on in the shop, the jacket was sitting well but it all went wrong when I tried to get into the car to travel to the train station. The slightly wider than standing straddle was a few centimetres too far for the poorly sewn seam stitched between my legs. The sound of the rip was almost comical, a bit like the really bad foley on old martial arts movies. The trousers moved very easily after the rip, but there was a little more breathability than there should have been if you know what I mean!
Neil was pretty good with apologising and volunteered to repair the damage with the added gift of a hand-made Tie as compensation. I picked a light blue tie from my travels on the day of the opening ceremony. That was a very eerie day as London was like a ghost town with shops shutting early and bar staff walking out to see if any punters were going to be arriving any time soon. I’ve yet to find the time to pick up my repaired trousers but they’d better be fixed pretty damned well enough for me to do the splits!

Mark Marengo tie offered as compensation for the ripped trousers

Mark Marengo tie offered as compensation for the ripped trousers

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Mark Marengo Review plus Cad & the Dandy Basted fitting http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/19/mark-marengo-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/19/mark-marengo-review/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:21:57 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1124 A couple of days ago I went back to Cad & the Dandy for my basted fitting session. I turned up about 10 minutes for my appointment which was made over the phone with Ian, the guy in my previous Made to measure suit post. There was another guy around who hung around. I wasn’t […]

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A couple of days ago I went back to Cad & the Dandy for my basted fitting session. I turned up about 10 minutes for my appointment which was made over the phone with Ian, the guy in my previous Made to measure suit post. There was another guy around who hung around. I wasn’t sure whether he worked there or if he was another customer. Ian welcomed me with a handshake and noted that he had read my blog post. He put away the name dropping on this visit which was a plus for me. He asked me how business was and who I was working with. I moved on quickly to get started with this section of my suit fitting.

My jacket at basted fitting stage shows the hand stitched full canvass from Cad & the Dandy

My jacket at basted fitting stage shows the hand stitched full canvass from Cad & the Dandy

I tried on my basted suit for size, the band at the top of the trousers were a little snug and there was a little too much slack in the arms but on the whole the fit was pretty good. Ian talked through the benefits of the cross stitching on the full canvass over having it half basted by a machine with a straight pattern. There was excess slack in the trousers, which having previously busted through several pairs of trousers due to a combination of large thighs and multiple phones plus huge wallet was a positive thing for me. There were no pockets put in yet though so I was imagining having things there by pulling out the trousers a little.

Ian did offer his 10 cents on a couple of things which were to bring up the trouser leg a little so that I had a better looking break at the front of the shoe. Something I agreed with to alter for the next fitting. The other suggestion was for me to have a smaller wallet. I have been through several small wallets over the years but now I am ultra content with my ultra fat Offermann beast which makes my personal finances portable.

One of the tailors at Cad & the Dandy

One of the tailors at Cad & the Dandy

The session lasted about half an hour and was a decent experience. Ian was happy to take a couple of snaps of me and admitted that he was no Bailey! Having seen the great fit so far, I’m really looking forward to the next alteration stage which should be in 4-5 weeks. The other guy did introduce himself at the end, but I forgot his name. He’s one of the guys on the their website.

Yesterday, I picked up my Mark Marengo suit from Savile Row having chased them for a receipt and also how much longer they were going to take to alter the suit via email for the last couple of weeks. It turns out that the second pair of trousers will be made, but I was told by Neil Marengo (Mark’s brother) that I would have to wait until the Italian’s were back at work after their traditional summer break.

I made my way down to the Mark Marengo store on Savile Row to pick up my suit. I was very excited and putting on the suit, I became less excited as I noticed the stitching at the alteration points were not exactly the highest quality I’ve ever seen. A lot of the thread was loose or there were plenty of excess at points including the trouser pockets. The bottom of the suit was a good length but again the altered stitching was not straight and ended at random points. Maybe I’m being picky but I did pay £570 for this suit from Savile Row. I had expected better as I have received better care and attention elsewhere on the Row for alterations. The trousers are still quite tight around the front fly area as it is a straight flat cut rather than pleated. This will definitely crease quickly with a little wearing in, especially with my 2 mobile phones and my Offermann wallet!

Kwai Chi wearing Mark Marengo

Kwai Chi wearing Mark Marengo

Neil is a nice guy and he is very easy to get on with. He didn’t need to keep the suit to make the second pair of trousers which worried me a little. I hope he comes through on the second pair of trousers as I don’t see much longevity in this suit at the moment. From afar I think the suit looks great, the service in the store is great but I just wish that the blaze alteration stitching was up to the same kind of standard and that I would get my blasted receipt!

This project is really starting to take shape with Reiss the likely next suit destination as my suit comes back from the personal tailoring block in a couple of weeks.

Read my original post launching the suit project here

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Terrible cold calling whiplash claim companies http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/17/terrible-cold-calling-whiplash-claim-companies/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/17/terrible-cold-calling-whiplash-claim-companies/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:09:47 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1121 Only last week did I watch the terrible exploits of cold calling companies on BBC’s Panorama. People from these cold calling companies were outright lying about who they were, who they represented and made ridiculous claims to either gain a fee from people making personal injury claims or to exploit money directly out of victims […]

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Only last week did I watch the terrible exploits of cold calling companies on BBC’s Panorama. People from these cold calling companies were outright lying about who they were, who they represented and made ridiculous claims to either gain a fee from people making personal injury claims or to exploit money directly out of victims on the other end of the phone. One method of claiming money from people was to get the victim excited about making a claim before giving victims a fake claims number and a premium rate phone number to call to follow up. Victims calling the premium rate number would then be placed on hold for a long time while they were getting billed directly from their phone network. I got hit from behind which resulted in the endless cold calls

Just over a year ago, those of you who followed me on Twitter or Facebook will have seen the groovy dent on the back of my car made by a lady who claimed that I ‘came out of nowhere’. The accident happened at around 2mph (as we were pretty close to each other and stationary before she bumped into me). I successfully claimed against her insurance company using the Accident Exchange service which was recommended to me my local BMW Vines dealership. I had used them before with no issues at all but this time was different – this time they passed on my details to a personal injury company who have been hassling me periodically.

Even when I notified my own insurance company of the accident for notification’s sake, Admiral insurance referred me over to Albany assistance who deal with their claims. I chose not to use their services as I had already chosen Accident Exchange by that time which was met with a barrage of insults and personal verbal abuse over the phone. They followed up after about a week to close my case – a case that I hadn’t even asked them to open!

So back to Accident Exchange. I had a phone call a couple of days after my accident, before I had received a courtesy car from a third party which Accident Exchange had already passed my details on to. He was asking me to claim for personal injuries and consistently referenced soft tissue damage and minor muscle tears around the neck, shoulders and back that may have arisen from the crash. I told them that I wasn’t at all interest in claiming for personal injury as it would have been frankly stupid to do so. I would be lying and playing the system to fraudulently gain money I didn’t deserve. I have witnessed over the last few years the real pain of real whiplash through my wife who had an accident over 5 years ago and who still suffers neck pain and headaches today. She only managed to claim very little at the time in compensation as the doctor hired by her insurance company to assess her injuries said that there were not going to be any long term problems. It is the kind of injury that is so hard to assess which has been badly exploited by underhand firms through this technical loophole and claims have been put forward too easily today for those who don’t deserve it making it harder to believe those who have truly been affected.

I did have aches and pains a couple of weeks after the accident as I had just run the London Marathon, but the claims guy followed up and advised that the pain was probably a result of the accident and not the gruelling run I just had. I told him at the time to close the case and move on as I wasn’t interested in claiming and adding to the overall claims bill that has ramped up insurance costs over the last few years. Even though I’ve been adding a new year of no claims bonus every year, my insurance premium has always stayed the same or gone up in price annually. The same guy did follow up one more time about a month after the marathon call to repeat the same old stuff and he gave in stating that he would close my file.

Today, amazingly I had another call from a different person about the same thing. It appears that my details were passed on again. The guy who spoke to me today introduced himself really quickly, running through my personal details including the make of my car, my car registration, the accident date and some details about the crash. I told the guy I thought the case was closed and wanted to know what he wanted from me. He then told me that my case would actually be left open for 3 years from the date of the crash. I told them what had happened before with the injury claims guy and told them that the case should be closed but he just kept talking over me.

He kept repeating that the other party’s insurance company had put aside a ‘Category C’ fund for the unclaimed portion of my successful insurance claim. He went on to explain that I had this fund to claim as the crash resulted in over £500 worth of damage and as I hadn’t claimed for personal injury at the time, this ‘Category C’ fund was automatically assigned to give out to me within the 3 year open claim period. When I reiterated to the guy on the phone that I had no interest in claiming for personal injury as I felt it was unethical to do so as I had received no pain apart from having to listen to him yapping on, he told me that the insurance companies make billions of pounds worth of profit every year, so I would not be contributing to the higher premiums to everybody’s insurance, but simply reducing the insurance company’s profit.

I told him that this David and Goliath tagline was utter nonsense and reminded him of the Panorama investigation on TV only a couple of weeks back. It was at that point that I asked for his name again. This was where the conversation got really weird. He questioned why I would ask him such a question. I figured that as he knew my name, where I lived, my car details, my crash details and my phone number, that I may as well know a bit more about the guy I was talking to. He kept trying to deflect the questions about who he was, saying things like ‘I don’t know why you’re asking me these things’ and ‘I’m just trying to help you close your case, this is just a courtesy call’ and the very odd ‘I don’t understand why we’re going around in circles’. He finally gave up his name as Marcus Cooper although I’m pretty sure that this was not the guy’s name at all.

Even stranger was at around 40 minutes into our conversation I asked him who he worked for. He then went on a rant about why I would be asking such things and I reminded him that he knew who I was, my crash details and my number. If I were to make a personal injury claim with him, then I may as well know who it was. He stated that he had already told me at the beginning of the call and didn’t understand why we were ‘going around in circles’. I then put my foot down and gave him a real world explanation of how introductions work in real life. A meets B somewhere. They introduce themselves to each other. They talk for a while and then A decides he wants to know more about B but forgets B’s name. A then asks for B’s name and who he works for. B states his name is B and he works for C. Simple. Marcus then told me that I must have a really bad memory not to have remembered who he said he was and where he worked right at the beginning of the call. I asked him to remind me and he told me that he worked at ‘ABC’.

I knew this was not at all true as I would have remembered that his company shared the same name as a popular US television network. I asked him again and he reiterated the whole ‘going around in circles’ thing again. At that point I asked why I would trust someone who lied to me. He then finally caved in and told me that he worked for ‘RTG’. I remembered that ‘RTG’ was what Marcus had stated at the beginning of the call but nothing came up on the search related to insurance or claims and ‘RTG’. I told him what the search bought up and told him that he lied to me twice in a row about the company name and then he told me that he acted on behalf of Reynards Solicitors which can be found at http://www.reynardslaw.co.uk

At the footer of their website, they go by the trading name of Reynards Solicitors which belongs to Reynards Legal Ltd. They also have their Solicitors Regulation Authority number 552978. None of these details appear on the SRA’s website using their search facility which rings alarm bells. Unfortunately it appears that it is a real pain to report these rogue traders to the SRA or Law society, but I will forward this blog post anyway. I ended the phone call to Marcus by telling him that I would be writing about our little 50 minute conversation on my blog which he could look up by searching for my name on Google (seeing as he had it to hand). At that point Marcus apologised for upsetting me and lying about the company name but that he didn’t think it was important and definitely not important enough for me to be writing about it and ‘posting it up all over the internet’.

I ended the call there and invited him to share this blog post for all his friends to see. I told him that he need not worry anyway as I didn’t believe that his name was really Marcus Cooper. He apologised again, told me he would close my case and then we finally parted telephonic ways. I called him back on the number that showed up which was 02035112028 and got an automated message informing me that ‘One of our agents recently tried contacting you, we will try again later’ before hanging up automatically.

What a crazy waste of my time. I hope if you are reading this that you are not suffering the same fate as me. I will certainly never be using Accident Exchange ever again!

 

UPDATE 28th January 2014: I’ve been informed that Reynards exists and that Marcus has never worked at the law firm via Twitter user @LukeBsMum. Reynards details can be found here

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The ‘red route’ ORN traffic delays http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/16/the-red-route-orn-traffic-delays/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/16/the-red-route-orn-traffic-delays/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:09:58 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1118 So the games are coming to town really soon and all the athletes are coming in from around the globe to settle in at the village in Stratford. London has created a priority route from Heathrow (all the way west outside London) to Stratford (all the way East in London) which allows priority traffic for […]

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So the games are coming to town really soon and all the athletes are coming in from around the globe to settle in at the village in Stratford. London has created a priority route from Heathrow (all the way west outside London) to Stratford (all the way East in London) which allows priority traffic for athletes to get escorted in BMWs which are painted red. There were complaints that the routes were not signposted well enough which has caused massive bottlenecks today.

A crowded train in rush hour in the first class carriage

A crowded train in rush hour in the first class carriage

It is one of the reasons why after 2 years of driving into London that I decided to start using the train to get in and out of London. I am right now sitting on a train, albeit in first class sat in a pitch black tunnel waiting to get home on a train massively delayed because of a signalling problem. Having made it one stop towards my destination (out of 8) I am optimistic that I will eventually make it home but am confident that I will have to fill out one of those train delay complaint forms. To successfully claim for delayed travel, the train has to be delayed by at least half an hour and then requires a lengthy form to be filled out at the victim’s time expense. In return for filling out a form, they reimburse a small fraction of your season ticket or they will give you more if you bought a day ticket. The funny thing is that they pay compensation in train vouchers!

The train driver was pretty funny tonight, he sounded more depressed than many of the commuters huddled around my seat. Granted it has been rare that the train has been this crowded in first class and I am lucky that I can afford the luxury and am willing to pay for the premium so that I have a guaranteed table to type my blog on and almost always a seat. The driver kept telling people to leave the train, jump ship and catch a train from London Bridge or Victoria instead; a crazy recommendation, travelling at peak time unless you enjoy getting crushed.

Although G4s has massively messed up over the security of the games, my biggest worry about the games coming to London is the added burden to the public transport infrastructure when the thing actually gets underway. I have tickets to watch the tennis and in my bundle this week there were also a pair of tickets for the London underground. As they are free and included with tickets, there will be no room for complaining, as there will be no compensation for a ticket that has been handed out gratis. The ticket allows for travel in zones 1-9 (I never knew there were zones after 6) and are the paper type which may annoy Oyster card users.

Thankfully I have one of the weeks off for holiday time which will be spent back in London or at home fixing something in the house. This should help ease my grinding journey in and out of London and keep my delays for the year down to a minimum. For now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. No really, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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Media Week’s 30 under 30 awards http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/12/media-weeks-30-under-30-awards/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/12/media-weeks-30-under-30-awards/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:50:47 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1111 Yesterday night, I received an award for my contributions to the media industry. Normally awards for marketing are given out for campaign work for clients but the Media Week 30 under 30 awards are given out to those who are deemed to be the most talented people under 30 working in the media industry. This […]

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Kwai Chi Media Week 30 under 30 award

Kwai Chi Media Week 30 under 30 award

Yesterday night, I received an award for my contributions to the media industry. Normally awards for marketing are given out for campaign work for clients but the Media Week 30 under 30 awards are given out to those who are deemed to be the most talented people under 30 working in the media industry. This was the first year I could enter and it would be my last as well as I only just met the age criteria this time around.

In my short agency life, I have achieved a great deal and done a lot of really cool stuff which I am very proud of. I am especially lucky to have worked with so many great people over that time who either gave me the opportunities to do well or helped shape my social media career. Having come from an investment banking background and then an acting career, my life could have been very different if it wasn’t for the foresight of Jon Wade (now Head of digital practice, Asia Pacific @ Weber Shandwick) and Julian Ormerod (now Managing director, Europe @ Blast Radius) who gave me a shot at working in a top London agency at Wunderman (WPP).

Media Week's 30 under 30 class of 2012

Media Week’s 30 under 30 class of 2012

This year the submissions were video based supported by a written statement. If you got 3D glasses then you can watch my winning submission here

I also did an interview with Mediaweek which can be found here once it’s up on Media Week’s website.

This year the competition was fierce with many great entrants not making the final 30. Having met many of these smart people, I feel honoured to have been considered for this accolade. MEC had the best representation of the night scooping up what looked like every other award. The guys from The Mail on Sunday who sponsored the event (it was their 30th birthday) and Marketing Week were great hosts. I found myself staying out late with those guys making it a very memorable night that I will cherish forever.

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Made to measure suits (also known as personal tailoring) http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/09/made-to-measure-suits-also-known-as-personal-tailoring/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/09/made-to-measure-suits-also-known-as-personal-tailoring/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:57:22 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=1093 As I look back at my YouTube videos from 2006 I have noticed one major difference… I used to be a lot thinner. Oddly as I have gotten older and fatter, people still ask whether I am a recent graduate. I even got asked for ID when buying a £10 meal deal from M&S recently. […]

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As I look back at my YouTube videos from 2006 I have noticed one major difference… I used to be a lot thinner. Oddly as I have gotten older and fatter, people still ask whether I am a recent graduate. I even got asked for ID when buying a £10 meal deal from M&S recently. I’m pretty sure that I don’t look 18 anymore let alone younger but it appears that many do! I figure that some of this is down to my ultra laid back casual look.

In an attempt to turn forward the age clock or perhaps the respectability factor, I am going to turn back to the tried and trusted male staple of the suit to bring me back some professional pride. When I started out working in investment banking over a decade ago, I used to wear a suit every day. Back then there was little choice in what to splash the cash on when it came to suit buying. Basically, you went with a nasty cheap suit from a store that fit really badly or you went bespoke from a tailor down Savile Row. There was the ready to wear option but the suits were really naff.

Made to measure
Savile Row began offering off the peg suits from tailors including Ozwald Boateng, Mark Marengo and Richard James who gave a young audience an alternative to expensive bespoke options. Today there is another option that sits somewhere in between and that is the made to measure suit. Made to measure is also marketed as personal tailoring or even wrongly as bespoke. Trust me when I say that you will never get a decent bespoke suit for £400. A bespoke suit is one that is made from a tailor who you personally consult with. They design your suit according to what would look good on you and then they will hand cut and stitch the entire suit from your chosen materials. the suit will normally have a full floating canvas too.

With a made to measure suit, you would normally pick an existing design that is mass produced in a factory where stitching is done by machine but you have a level of customisation in the design process. This may consist of picking different cloths, lapels, pockets, buttons, cuffs and much more. The biggest difference in the process is the person taking your measurements. They will probably not be a tailor used to taking a multitude of measurements. You will be lucky if they take more than 10 at best. Most places will get you to try on a suit similar to the one you are likely to purchase and let out or take in fabric from that design. The measurement person will then jot that down on an ordering form to be sent off to the mass produced factory which then chops up and stitches your ‘block’ of suits holding yours ask with the special adjustments. A bespoke suit can take absolutely ages to get made because you will normally visit the tailor for loads of adjustments over several visits. With made to measure, the expectation is that the suit will fit well but not to the same extent as bespoke. There are rarely more than 2 extra visits for alterations to get your suit right. It is also very rare that you will have a full canvas suit. Most made to measure will come back with a half canvas. Definitely don’t splash the cash if the place only offers a fused canvas because it will look rubbish after a couple of trips to the dry cleaners.

Don’t dry clean your suit
A great tip for those of you who are new to suit buying is to have a few suits to rotate so that you never wear the same suit 2 days in a row. If you are buying made to measure, hopefully you will have a breathable lining and breathable outer wool/mohair so that you will not stink out the suit. You really want to limit your dry cleaning trips to 3 times a year per suit. Be sure to visit a good dry cleaner that won’t over press your new suit or it will go super shiny and super ruined! If you are a heavy sweater, then perhaps choose a very breathable material like mohair and get a second pair of trousers which will be dry cleaned together with the first pair of trousers and the jacket so the colour still matches over time. To clean your suits over the course of the year, use a good suit like the Kent C220 to get rid of puddle stains and dandruff.

Kent C220 suit brush

The Kent C220 brush is an essential way to keep your suit clean and away from teh dry cleaners

The made to measure experiment
To really highlight the difference between all the different types of suit at a budget of less than £1,000 per suit, I am going through the process of buying the different variations of suits that you can get for that kind of money. I am after a one button suit suitable for a short guy 5ft 8in with a huge belly (yep, that’s me)! For this process (which I will document over my twitter feed), I have purchased a Mark & Spencer’s Autograph half canvas suit for £349 (extra trousers cost £150), a Reiss personal tailoring suit for £595 (extra trousers cost £225), a Mark Marengo suit in the sale altered to fit for £570 (extra trousers cost £180) and finally a suit at Cad &the Dandy bespoke sit for £950 (extra trousers cost £185).

The tailors who didn’t make the cut
I looked at plenty of other tailors to review in my process which I will list below alongside the reasons why I chose not to go with them:

Suit Supply – They only do 2 or 3 button suits unless it is an evening suit. I think is is pretty stupid. The saleswoman on Vigo street was really arrogant too assuming that I knew nothing about suits. The first question the woman asked me was how quickly I needed the suit followed by whether it was linen I was after. She then suggested that I go for a grey suit in 110 or 120 superwool without asking me anything which I just found ridiculous.

Apsley – I read mixed reviews about this place. There were some good reviews from women who wanted dresses made up but I didn’t see much from many guys who requested suits. They advised special offers for bespoke suits from £399 in the Metro which didn’t tie up with the pricing information on their website which stated that suits started from £650.

Brooks Brothers – The suits at Brooks Brothers are just a little old school for me. I don’t really like the cut there.

Richard James – One of my favourite suit shops on the Row but made to measure starts at £1,300 which wouldn’t be fair for this review. My wedding suit was made there in fine white mohair.

Oswald Boeteng – A really good place to find contemporary suits if you are a tall bloke with good proportions for an off the peg suit. The guy who served me kept ribbing me for being overweight and making me feel as bad as possible about it. When I told the guy that I wasn’t interested in paying £1,300 for an off the peg suit that fit really badly, he told me to run around the block a few times every day until I could fit into a smaller pair of trousers. Made to measure starts at £2,500 there which is slightly surreal.

Moss Bros – I read about their made to measure service which they call bespoke but I have never been much of a fan of their store in general. I may give them a chance in future but I didn’t really want to shine my cash their way this time around.

A suit that fits – I have read so many bad reviews in the comments section of blog posts that I got majorly put off. They have no normal stores and all visits are by appointment only. I went online one Sunday to try and book in that same day but their site had Thursday as the earliest booking time. I left my details for a call back which they did on the Tuesday at about 6.30pm. I think that is pretty poor as a first impression to leave it a couple of days to contact someone who is looking to part ways with over £500 in any industry. Imagine if I had a fault with my suit later down the line, would I have to wait as long?

Austin Reed – I first found out about their made to measure service in their Bluewater store. They have 3 cloth books that allow customers to have any suit made up to any pattern that exists in their current range for only £399. The person taking measurements was a female who admitted that she hadn’t done much training and that I would be better off visiting their Regent Street store. On visiting the Regent Street branch, the sales guy told me that they all got trained the same way at any store and that he was nothing special. He had loads of cloth books which started at £650 with all suits ordered being bespoke from that price point. When I asked about the £399 suits, he was reluctant to show me any of the books and told me that most cloths in that price range were out of stock. I thought it was a pretty poor experience. The guy kept walking off too so I walked out too.

Hugo Boss – I heard about their personal tailoring service at their London flagship store online but I couldn’t find any information on their website in English so I tweeted them about it. They gave me a link to their English version on their UK website which was great but it offered no indication of pricing so I tweeted Hugo Boss again. They tried loads of deflection techniques to avoid giving me any indication of pricing and then stopped replying to me altogether. I found this to be a pretty poor representation of their brand and took it no further. I have never found an issue talking money upfront with any other suit maker to date.

Raja Fashions – This outfit had by far the worst reputation online. Reading a ton of blog posts about other brands bought up Raja Fashions as one of the worst experiences you could possibly encounter when buying a suit. They do have a store, but it is based in Hong Kong on Cameron Road which is pretty rotten and not exactly the row. It’s not really an issue, and they do advertise their address, but the image portrayed is that they are on exclusive premises with heritage. Here is the Googe streetview image of Raja Fashions in Hong Kong

Selling to people located in the UK without a store means that they instead use London hotels a lot with some selected visits across the year available for the rest of the UK. They currently advertise in The Metro a special package for men which consists of 2 suits, 2 shirts, 2 extra trousers from £590. It doesn’t really matter whether a suit is made in China or the UK, but you are not going to get any decent wool for that kind of money let alone have enough left over to make the suit and pocket any profit, essential really for running a successful business! If you do go to see them, expect to haggle hard Asian style and expect to be buying no less than 2 suits. From online feedback, also expect many visits to hotels for several alterations. You have been warned!

Raja Fashions advert in the Metro London paper

Raja Fashions advert in the Metro London paper

My chosen suit makers
So on to the places that I did pick in the end going in price order:

Mark & Spencer’s Autograph 110 superwool RADA half canvas suit for £349 (extra trousers cost £150)
Marks & Spencer’s are one of the only high street shops I can visit that makes suits in short sizes for both trousers and jackets. It is also a place where jackets and trousers can be mixed and matched. It is rare that I will have a Marks & Spencer suit last very long though as their fabrics tend to be budget conscious and the stitching can be poor. The fit is very inconsistent too. Their Richard James line of trousers have no room for my supersized thighs! Their cuts tend to be fairly conservative unless you go for their most expensive suits which is the case with the one button number I picked up. Kwai Chi wearing a Marks & Spencer one button suit

Along with the better cloth and better cut comes the half canvas framework. My suit was one of the only present in store with 110 superwool and it was only one of about 5 suits that had a half canvas. Because the fit is so inconsistent, it is a bit of a lottery in the changing rooms and I find myself spending hours fishing out possible suits and then trying them on endlessly. You get what you pay for but at £350, the suit is pretty well made and fits well generally. The made to measure suits should easily beat the experience, the quality and the fit of an off the peg Marks & Spencer suit. If they don’t then they wills have been money better spent flushing down a drain!

Mark Marengo suit in the sale altered to fit for £570 (extra trousers cost £180)
I first went into the Mark Marengo store on Savile Row 3 years ago when I was looking to have a suit made up for my wedding. They were the only store that made suits in white Mohair apart from Richard James. I went with Richard James at the end because the cut was better at the time. Budget wise, Marengo were holding a late June summer sale and they had loads of one button silver kid mohair suits on offer which looked great off the peg.
The service there is friendly with very knowledgable staff to take measurements for alteration and fit. The whole process only took half an hour and I am confident that the results will be great once the alterations are done. The fabric is amazing and the finish is really good too so I have high expectations. Off the peg they have jackets matched up with trousers but they are making me up a second pair of trousers once I get my alteration finished provided they have the cloth in stock. It is the cheapest second pair of trousers after Marks and Spencers which is pretty good. I very much hope that there is little to do after my next visit!

Reiss personal tailoring suit for £595 (extra trousers cost £225)
I have never bothered going into Reiss much as their stuff never comes in my size ie. short. Their made to measure service is quite new which shows in the uncertain approach by Jesse, my sales/measuring guy in the One New Change store. First off went through the Reiss cloths. There weren’t many but I found a nice charcoal grey which draped really nicely. I had to wait for Jesse to look through his list to confirm that it was a 110 superwool as the extent of his knowledge seemed to stop at the fact that all the cloths were made out of wool. My cloth meant that the suit came in at just shy of £600 with the extra pair of trousers coming in a vey steep £225, the most out of all the places I bought a suit from. Cloths run from £550 to £850.

We then went page by page through each of the Reiss 17 steps book choosing things like lapel, buttons (1 or 2), cuffs (1 or 4), half lining or full lining and trims. Jesse had to phone his personal tailor manager who looks after all of personal tailoring in the UK to confirm that the suit was half canvas and not a fully fused suit. Expected alteration visit is 4-5 weeks from ordering with another week for completion.

Reiss Personal tailoring customisation selection

Reiss Personal tailoring customisation selection

I had to try on several jackets and several trousers to find which block would be better to alter from. Once we found an oversized jacket and an oversized pair of trousers to take in, Jesse then went on to pin the hell out of both. Although it looked as if this was a brilliant use of time, I found that Jesse only filled in one box on his checking form for each set of pinning. Jesse also had a nasty habit of taking measurements in inches before converting in his head into cm for the form which was fully metric. The funny thing was that he had cm lines on his tape measure in parallel to inches. I had to step in and insist he take the more precise cm reading directly from the tape measure! Taking up the bottom of the jacket, sleeves, trousers and width of leg below the knee, I was delayed again. Jesse had to phone up about how they know where my knee is. Jesse spent a lot of time pinning my trousers from the foot up to the knee and moving the width in and out again until I could sit easily with the pins in. That only worked from a certain distance from the leg up though as I have thunder thighs from my days of endless Tae Kwon Do kicking with my relatively tiny calves. The HQ guy looked as if he had a proper go at Jesse judging by his reactions over the phone as Jesse relayed that they “Just know” where my knees are. The measurement across my back wasn’t taken to be left for my alteration stage as Jesse wasn’t sure where the single button would sit on my torso which I felt was fair enough.

My Reiss visit was by far my longest out of any store I visited clocking up an hour and a half of my life but at least I felt more reassured that Jesse double checked anything he didn’t know instead of simply lying to me. I am booked in to see Jesse again in the last week of July.

This service is available at the following locations:
Market Place, W1H 7AJ
Barrett Street, W1U 1BA
Regent Street, W1H 4JH
Long Acre, WC2E 9PA
Kings Road, SW3 4TX
10-11 Vigo Street, W1S 3EJ
One New Change, EC4M 9AD
Westfield White City
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, DA9 9SN
Reiss Mens Shop, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6BH
Birmingham Bull Ring, B5 4BG

Cad &the Dandy bespoke suit for £950 (extra trousers cost £185)
This was by far the most expensive suit on review and that was because I chose to spend the extra £300 on top of my £650 chosen 110 superwool in navy to have my suit fully hand stitched and with a full canvas with baste session all in the UK. The basic no added fee option would see my suit being made fully by machine in China and shipped over to the UK for alterations. An extra £150 would see the suit half machine stitched and then half hand stitched back in the UK. The two cheaper options offer a half canvas suit.

Cad & the Dandy Ian

Ian was the sales guy from Cad & the Dandy

Ian was my sales guy for the afternoon, he’s a very tall chap which meant I spent a lot of my hour with him staring at his chest! Ian was slightly on the pushy side with upscaling the selection process to the most expensive cloths and also the construction of the suit. There were times when he was a little insistent with what he thought would look best on a suit, one example being to have no back pockets on the trousers. His name dropping of celebrity customers was annoying and he asked a few too many personal questions for my liking but I guess the city boys in the area like that sort of thing. The trade off was his competent knowledge about every detail of what goes into making a suit. Information was upfront, where the materials were made, who made them, the construction, the stitching process, the height of armpits, the quality of lining and much, much more.

Wools at £550, £650, £750 (double book)  & £850 from left to right

Wools at £550, £650, £750 (double book) & £850 from left to right

The selection of wools start at £550 and go up to £850 a base machine stitch. I wanted a dark blue and I was given a £650, a £750 and an £850 book to look at in and outside in natural light. I had to ask to see the £550 book before he bought it out and it was clear why. The £550 cloths are pretty poor in thread count and weave. When made, they would look a bit cheap. The £650 cloths and up draped well and started at the 110 superwools and went up to the 130s. Once selected, I got measured up and asked whether I would consider braces so that the trousers would fit better. I had to push for a lower sitting trouser before Ian gave in. I think he went a little far with pushing his dress sense onto me above what I wanted out of my suit. Once we got that out of the way, everything went absolutely fine.

Cad & the Dandy wool & lining

My chosen wool and lining from Cad & the Dandy

All of the measurements went straight on to a computer where there was a mock up of what the suit would look like as we went. The service stopped short of being truly bespoke as there were limitations on options but not many. An example would be that you couldn’t have a monk style lapel enters into the system. Also I did say hi to the tailor but I didn’t get measured by him for the initial template. He will be doing my baste session though in 4 weeks. A final note was that Cad & the Dandy don’t take American Express. That is always my preferred method of payment and it is lucky that I had other cards on me to pay my half deposit.

All in all, the experience was efficient and by far the best out of all the suit makers I chose. I very much hope that the suit made matches the service and the money I have forked out for the suit!

Cad & the Dandy have stores in:
Savile Row, W1S 3PR
Castle Court, EC3V 9DL
One Canada Square, E14 5DY

How did they compare digitally?
I didn’t try communicating with Marks and Spencer on Twitter so I have no idea about how well they respond to comments but they do have a comprehensive ecommerce platform to buy suits online. They also have a made to measure shirt service but you have to pop in your own measurements and there is limited material to choose from.

Mark Marengo have no Twitter account or even a website but I could contact them directly by email on Neil@markmarengo.com. Response by email was very quick.

Reiss explain the made to measure process very well on their website and they replied within 2 hours on Twitter to my queries. They didn’t follow up with any comments when I tweeted that I had just bought a suit from there though.

Cad & the Dandy took a day to get back to me on Twitter initially but then had a consistent stream of communication across that channel. I am my booking on their website which clearly defined all the processes, construction and prices up front in simple to understand language.

Follow my progress on Twitter @kwaichi or check back on my blog at the beginning of August when I should have received my Marengo suit and also had my baste and alteration sessions at Cad & the Dandy and Reiss respectively.

Read the next chapter about the basted fitting at Cad & the Dandy and the alteration results from Mark Marengo here

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UK to Stuttgart to Metzingen to Lake Garda to Munich to Calais road trip http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/04/uk-to-stuttgart-to-metzingen-to-lake-garda-to-munich-to-calais-road-trip/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/07/04/uk-to-stuttgart-to-metzingen-to-lake-garda-to-munich-to-calais-road-trip/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2012 20:43:11 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=984 It’s been a long time since my last blog post which is kinda what I had said last time around. So a brief update of Germany and Italy. Let’s take this in order. UK to Stuttgart The drive from England to Stuttgart is a really long one. It’s also incredibly fast in Germany before and […]

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It’s been a long time since my last blog post which is kinda what I had said last time around. So a brief update of Germany and Italy. Let’s take this in order.

UK to Stuttgart
The drive from England to Stuttgart is a really long one. It’s also incredibly fast in Germany before and after the Frankfurt bit where you get restricted to a measly 130kmph. Stuttgart is a little on the pricey side and you can’t park in the centre unless you have an emission badge. I couldn’t be bothered with all of that so I stayed with the missus near the airport but right next to a train station in Echterdingen.

Stuttgart
The food in Park hotel was very good, they had a few restaurants to pick from. The Sunday brunch or frühstück as the Germans know it at Le Cassoulet at Le Meridien hotel was out of this world. It was really expensive at 43 euros per person but well worth it. To put it into context, it was twice as good as the one I had at the Hyatt in Köln many years ago. In Stuttgart, there’s also the Mercedes museum, which is one of the most kick ass museums I have ever been to. There are a lot of interactive things to do and everyone is given one of those listening tour guide things in the price. The place is massive and requires half a day at least to cover the whole place. We spent about 5 hours there and got kicked out at closing time! Near the end of the experience is a F1 simulator that costs extra. It closes early so go there first and circle back up the museum to see stuff later if you want to enjoy that experience.

Mercedes museum in Stuttgart

Mercedes museum in Stuttgart

Metzingen outlet city
My favourite thing about Stuttgart was Metzingen which is not actually part of Stuttgart. It is half an hour’s drive south and there you will find many brand’s flagship outlet stores. Hugo Boss HQ is in Metzingen and they started the outlet trend off by sticking an outlet store by their factory many years ago. Many people flocked and now brands like Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Joop!, Timberland, Levi’s and Esprit have huge stores out there with massive discounts all year round. Food there is rubbish though. They have plenty of parking spaces and all of the car parks are close to the shops (which is deceiving on maps of the area). Go to a free space a little further out and go crazy for a long day of real city shopping at outlet prices. Oh yeah, I forgot to say that the place is a real city that just happens to have outlet stores as the norm. It is not a purpose built outlet place. I bought a lot of stuff out there!

Stuttgart to Lake Garda
The drive from Stuttgart to Lake Garda is long. It is also very fast with most of the way unlimited in speed. I would recommend going through Austria as the road taxes are lower than Switzerland. You have to buy a motorway pass vignette thing at the first town you go past in Austria to not get fined. It costs 8 euros for 10 days. There are a few tolls on the way down but it’s not extortionate. I would recommend spending longer on the autobahn in Germany and to go down to Italy via the Munich area as the more ‘direct route’ is a hard tailpin journey up and down windy mountains. My preferred route would be the E52 to E60 to E45. Ok next up is the Italian section of the drive. Watch out for the Italian drivers. They are the ones driving between lanes to overtake in between cars. It’s not possible to do but some definitely try it! There is a speed limit in Italy but you wouldn’t know it from driving there. The people drive fast and ultra aggressively regardless of how hard the road conditions are. Lanes are narrower than in Germany and there are a lot more bends and potholes.

Lake Garda
Lake Garda is like a massive seaside resort but around a lake. The hotels are decked out with pools overlooking the lake and people walk around in bathing suits in the summer. We hired a boat to go around the lake which was great fun especially as it was the off season in March so there were just fishermen present on the lake. You will need to know how to tie knots competently in harbours before you can realistically take a boat out on the lake though. If you don’t want that level of responsibility, you can hire a guy to drive the boat for you or. You can take water taxis all over the lake too. For either of those services I recommend Flavio who can be contacted on +39 331 9787787 or rentboat@alice.it, tell him that Kwai sent you his way for a nice discount.

The north most points of the lake are for sail boat people and the rest of the lake is for everyone else. The southern most point of Lake Garda is really touristy. Sirmione is the most visited destination on the lake. To get around (even if you do have a boat) is by car. You really, really need to drive to get around to the best places. We had the best chateaubriand in La Casa degli Spiriti in the middle of nowhere up some crazy hairpin single lane roads up a mountain (Monte Baldo). To visit the most north tip of the lake you will also need to have a car as only sail boats can get up there. It’s pretty peaceful up the north tip with some really nice chilled out beaches to relax on. I very much prefer the vibe of the north to the south.

Food is generally good around Lake Garda. To see all my food reviews around Lake Garda, take a look at my tripadvisor reviews here. I have annoyed some restaurants with my negative commentary on some of the places! It’s definitely a fun read to see the restaurant’s responses. Those are the perils with having tried so much good stuff in a short space of time. It makes the bad taste absolutely vial! My favourite restaurant at Lake Garda was Esplanade in Desenzano by a long shot. I had some crazy fresh flavours and the waiter was a really awesome dude. In the summer they open up the pier for a private dinner for two where you can park up a boat and then eat a fab Michelin starred meal. I would recommend going for fish dishes rather than lobster or crab as they are exceptional dishes. The lobster dishes are dishes for lobster’s sake.

The view of Lake Garda from Malcesine

Malcesine from Lake Garda

Ristorante Gabriellino in Gardone Riviera was the best value restaurant we found around Lake Garda. It’s unassuming and serves really good food. The price is easy to swallow too. The most disappointing thing about Lake Garda was that there wasn’t much to see and do. See one ruin and you’ve seen them all. We took a day out to Milan which was a couple of hours away but it felt too fast compared to the slow pace of Lake Garda for a holiday. I never really have appreciated Milan. Finally, the shopping in Lake Garda is not too bad. There is a huge shopping mall by Desenzano called Il Leone. It has a supermarket and plenty of shops although we found Germany to be cheaper for most clothes stores. As a side note, the wife finds the UK cheaper than Italy, France and Germany for Lancôme make up.

Lake Garda to Munich
The drive to Munich from Lake Garda is long. It is a lot quicker than the drive from Stuttgart to Lake Garda by a few hours though. The route through Austria is on the main motorway all the way so it avoids any crazy hairpin roads that can really slow you down. Munich also has a traffic pollution thing like Stuttgart but it is not as big. You can get from the edge of the pollution zone to the centre in less than 10 minutes by train. Public transport to get around is also very cheap.

Munich
Munich is home to the BMW museum. It is coupled with BMW World which is basically a giant flagship showroom. BMW world does not have the listening thing that Mercedes have but they have interactive things all around the museum to play with including a touchscreen table and giant books that narrate a story as you turn pages. It is a little smaller than the Mercedes museum but I prefer what they had in the museum as it felt more inclusive on an interactive level.

BMW Museum Munich

BMW World

Munich shopping was decent with loads of big department stores filtered in between a ton of smaller chain stores. I was randomly looking for olive cooking spoons and spatulas whilst in Italy but couldn’t find any. On our last day in Munich we randomly found some in one of the department stores for a couples of euros each. Food in Munich tasted rubbish straight after a trip to Italy. We went to a couple of Bavarian restaurants but the experience was pretty poor. Again, feel free to check out my tripadvisor reviews.

Munich to England
The trip from Munich to England is a very, very long one! We encountered a ton of traffic in Belgium on the way back but luckily we took a diversion through Kingdom of the Netherlands courtesy of Sygic satnav on my Android phone. We got to Calais a couple of hours early so we bought a load of French food and Avène products at dirt cheap prices before heading home through the Eurotunnel.

Road trips are worth it
All in all it was a fantastic holiday with ample memories to treasure forever. The highlight that literally sticks with me is the Metzingen shopping experience as I am currently exclusively wearing stuff that I bought from there as I write this blog post now. Road trips through Europe are fun but be prepared for some sore bums or tired eyes if you are not used to long distance driving!

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Things to do in Germany & Italy http://kwaichi.com/2012/03/07/things-to-do-in-germany-italy/ http://kwaichi.com/2012/03/07/things-to-do-in-germany-italy/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:54:03 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=967 View Larger Map It’s been a long time since I last posted an article here and that is for a number of reasons. The key ones being work commitments, moving house and also lack of access to my own blog. Remarkably I had no access to the admin pages until very recently when my SQL […]

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It’s been a long time since I last posted an article here and that is for a number of reasons. The key ones being work commitments, moving house and also lack of access to my own blog. Remarkably I had no access to the admin pages until very recently when my SQL database finally got upgraded by my host who I will not be renewing with! For name and shaming reasons, they are called ixwebhosting and they charged me $50USD for the privilege. I miss the travel write up and the video capture and over the last couple of years, I have been over to Germany and shot some videos but I still have them stored on an old redundant hard disk somewhere. I swear I used to keep this sort of thing up to date!

Life has been kind but work has been very busy lately. Since Social Media Week, I have spoken at 13 events and am now looking forward to resting my feet up on a motorboat in Lake Garda, Italy. I’ll be driving down with the missus and passing down through Metzingen, Germany (otherwise known as Outlet city) to stock up on the next years worth of clothes. It originally started out as a factory city churning out Hugo Boss clothes, but has somehow evolved into the biggest collection of outlet stores in Europe with many key brands holding their only sales items in this city situated near Stuttgart. Unlike most guys, I am actually looking forward to the shopping experience and I am really looking forward to catching up on some well deserved Sunday frühstück (traditional German brunch) although I haven’t found a decent venue yet. Any suggestions for Stuttgart would be most welcome. I’m after really good quality food above and beyond anything else. I’m also going to check out the well hyped Mercedes Museum that people seem to go crazy about. I like cars but I’m not sure that I will like them enough for an entire museum’s worth…

The wife & I are going on from Stuttgart straight down to Lake Garda to literally chill out and drift about on a boat for most of our stay down there. The beauty of being in that area is that if we want to venture out a bit, then Verona & Milan are really close by. I was really looking forward to watching an Opera at the open Colosseum in Verona but totally forgot that they don’t perform outside of Summer months. A major bummer but I’ll live. I’m still trying to remember where I got some killer Tiramisu in Milan but I’m sure I’ll remember where it was if I make it that way .

On the last leg of the journey before we head back home to the UK, will be a 2 day stop off in the crazy City of München otherwise known as Munich. Very much like Stuttgart, Munich is now surrounded by a huge ‘Low emission zone’ making it difficult to visit spontaneously unless you have applied online for a pass at the
Low Emission Zone Website well beforehand. Munich is very different to a lot of the rest of Germany – even the language is quite different with very few people able to understand my Frankfurt Hessen accent there. To be fair, very few people in Frankfurt understand my faux German lingo! A visit to the BMW museum in München will be in order to compare with our visit to the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. My views will probably be skewed by my ownership of a BMW but I’ll still be focussing on the culinary delights the city has to offer a lot more than any motors on show. That will probably change on my trek back to the UK, when I will be bombing up the Autobahn to Aachen where I will have to revert back to slow Dutch speeds. Hopefully it’ll be a great holiday coming up! Stay posted for the highlights.

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Quinn’s Almost by the Sea Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/20/quinns-almost-by-the-sea-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/20/quinns-almost-by-the-sea-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2010 12:32:40 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=962 The restaurant reviewed is: Quinn’s Almost by the Sea 75-5655 Palani Rd Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 329-3822 Kwai’s Dish Fish and Chips, Root Beer Yiki’s Dish Shrimps, Fish and Salad with a side of Papaya sauce and Sour cream and chive dip. POG juice (Passionfruit, orange and guava) Exterior A small car park outside […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Quinn’s Almost by the Sea
75-5655 Palani Rd
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 329-3822

Kwai’s Dish
Fish and Chips, Root Beer

Yiki’s Dish
Shrimps, Fish and Salad with a side of Papaya sauce and Sour cream and chive dip. POG juice (Passionfruit, orange and guava)

Exterior
A small car park outside at the front. It’s located near the main coast of Kona on the same stretch of road but not adjacent to the sea, hence it’s restaurant name. It’s easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it at night.

Interior
The restaurant is split into a bar and restaurant layout with an outside sheltered portion.

Service
Friendly waitress who explained that Hawaii is different to the rest of the USA when it comes to chips. They take the British version of chips which are fat french fries to the other Americans.

Toilets
They were in poor condition and not clean.

Review
I had fish and chips a couple of times in Hawaii and I like the style of how the dish is served compared to how it is served in the UK. The fish and chips I had at Quinn’s was not the best I had in Hawaii but it wasn’t bad. It lacked a little seasoning but it was still enjoyable. The wife’s dish was very similar but with shrimps too and without the chips. The POG juice tasted like it came from a carton rather than being made fresh. One good thing the place has going for it is the late opening times (open past 9pm) which is rare on the island of Hawaii.

Score
9/20

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Things to do in Hawaii: Hapuna Beach State Park at sunset http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/12/things-to-do-in-hawaii-hapuna-beach-state-park-at-sunset/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/12/things-to-do-in-hawaii-hapuna-beach-state-park-at-sunset/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:04:14 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=950 The white sand beach at Hapuna stretches half a mile which is not massive by any means. The beach is Hawaii Island’s most visited beach located just north of the Mauna Lani Resort. Because of the closed off location you do need to drive to get there. I’ve got to admit, having seen all the […]

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The white sand beach at Hapuna stretches half a mile which is not massive by any means. The beach is Hawaii Island’s most visited beach located just north of the Mauna Lani Resort. Because of the closed off location you do need to drive to get there. I’ve got to admit, having seen all the ranting and raving on the internet praising Hapuna Beach as ‘The best beach in the world’ or ‘The prettiest beach in the world’ I was really expecting a lot more. The sand may be white but it’s not as white as some beaches I have visited in Australia. The water is clear and the location is great for the sunset. There is apparently lots of fish around but I did not see nay fish life around. I’ve yet to see a real top 10 beach list with Hapuna Beach in it. they are mainly Hawaii or USA tourist biased reviews with little substance. The feet washing facility was broken and there was no running fresh water anywhere which was really annoying afterwards when trying to clear sand off myself.

Generally I was not impressed by the facilities but I was happy to see our familiar sunset – which we could see anyway from our Hotel Room at the Mauna Lani! If you aren’t already staying at the Mauna Lani or at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel then the Hapuna Beach State Park is probably worth a visit.

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Things to do in Hawaii: Waipio Lookout http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/08/things-to-do-in-hawaii-waipio-lookout/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/08/things-to-do-in-hawaii-waipio-lookout/#respond Thu, 08 Jul 2010 14:59:20 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=941 Waipiʻo Valley is signposted from Highway 19 and is close to Waimea. Once in the Hamakua district it’s a short drive to a free car park where you can choose to drive down the steepest road in the USA in your 4 wheel drive or you can just take a view form the lookout point. […]

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Waipiʻo Valley is signposted from Highway 19 and is close to Waimea. Once in the Hamakua district it’s a short drive to a free car park where you can choose to drive down the steepest road in the USA in your 4 wheel drive or you can just take a view form the lookout point.

I took a look at the steep single lane off road down to the valley floor and i didn’t fancy it. There is a warning that only true 4 wheel drive cars are allowed down the road as it’s super steep with a gradient of 1 in 4. The beach at the shore of the valley is a black sand beach. The view is breathtaking and is worth a visit even if you don’t venture into the valley.

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Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/05/jackie-reys-ohana-grill-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/07/05/jackie-reys-ohana-grill-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Mon, 05 Jul 2010 07:06:40 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=937 The restaurant reviewed is: Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill 75-5995 Kuakini Hwy Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 327-0209 Kwai’s Dish Real Turkey Wrap with Pineapple Slaw Yiki’s Dish Linguine with chicken breast & garlic tomatoes. Exterior Off a quiet road with a big sign on the roadside. Free car park. Interior Large windows are open to […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill
75-5995 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 327-0209

Kwai’s Dish
Real Turkey Wrap with Pineapple Slaw

Yiki’s Dish
Linguine with chicken breast & garlic tomatoes.

Exterior
Off a quiet road with a big sign on the roadside. Free car park.

Interior
Large windows are open to the view of… the car park. The inside is painted in summer colours of lime green and yellow with a bar area for a quick or lazy drink.

Service
Our waitress was a little slow to take our order but food came out quickly. The waitress could not recommend any dishes.

Toilets
Not well maintained. Could be a lot cleaner.

Review
Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill was not the easiest place to find as we drove down Kuakini Hwy but then a large board suddenly appeared with Jackie Rey’s on it and we had arrived. The place looked welcoming and the waitress seemed good to start off with. Her level of service dipped quickly however as she spent most of her time chatting to other staff at the bar or out of sight altogether.

I chose a very strange sounding dish, the ‘Real Turkey Wrap with Pineapple Slaw’ which did have real pieces of turkey in it. I’ve not often eaten fake turkey so i found this point amusing. The real turkey was overcooked and dry, the wrap was cold and together with the slaw felt more like a deli sandwich rather than a sit down lunch. My wife’s linguine was overcooked and soggy. The chicken was overcooked and the taste of the garlic tomatoes drowned out any other interest in the flavour stakes.

The experience at Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill was a poor one and did not reflect Hawaiian dining at it’s best but rather near the worst. It was unfortunate that we bothered to go there.

Score
6/20

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Things to do in Hawaii: Mauna Lani Resort http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/29/things-to-do-in-hawaii-mauna-lani-resort/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/29/things-to-do-in-hawaii-mauna-lani-resort/#respond Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:45:08 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=934 The above video shows a full tour of the Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii Island. (You can even see Maui from the beach there!) The Mauna Lani Resort (also known as Mauna Lani Bay & Bungalows) was where my wife and I decided to have our wedding ceremony and was our hotel for the duration […]

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The above video shows a full tour of the Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii Island. (You can even see Maui from the beach there!)

The Mauna Lani Resort (also known as Mauna Lani Bay & Bungalows) was where my wife and I decided to have our wedding ceremony and was our hotel for the duration of our trip in Hawaii. Rooms at the hotel cost up to $1830 USD per night so it’s not a cheap place to stay. The bungalows for family stays are even more expensive so expectations are high for the premium resort. Mauna Lani rarely disappoints with it’s high level of service, quality rooms, restaurants and even weather! It’s dry and warm most of the time due to it’s location on the West side of the Big island of Hawaii shielded from the wetlands of the East side of the Island. The ocean rooms look out onto a timeless picture of tranquility and peace. The sound of the ocean can be muted by the heavy patio doors or can be left open with the mosquito fence in place of glass.

The grounds are well laid out and design is classy throughout the building which is open to the sky. The restaurants are world class with the signature Canoehouse leading the way with it’s Michelin pedigree. The Bay Terrace is a fantastic place to dine for a luxurious breakfast or have a coffee. The Mauna Lani also has a couple of golf courses and a wedding planning service whihc we used. The beach has a few hammocks and chairs with shade to kick back and relax after a hard day of sightseeing or during the lazy days of the holiday.

There are some water activities available like kayaking available but these come at a huge premium. The flowers and trees cap off the superb views at the Mauna Lani resort which is a place to remember for any special occasion or a regular visit if you’re rich enough!

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Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/25/luquins-mexican-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/25/luquins-mexican-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:54:08 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=932 The restaurant reviewed is: Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant Pahoa Government Rd Pahoa HI 96778 (808) 965-9990 Kwai’s Dish Chili Rellenos, Carnitas Yiki’s Dish Chicken Burrito Deluxe Exterior Based in the small town of Pahoa just north of the observation area for the lava flowing into the ocean. Looks like an old western movie style building. Free […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant
Pahoa Government Rd
Pahoa
HI 96778
(808) 965-9990

Kwai’s Dish
Chili Rellenos, Carnitas

Yiki’s Dish
Chicken Burrito Deluxe

Exterior
Based in the small town of Pahoa just north of the observation area for the lava flowing into the ocean. Looks like an old western movie style building. Free parking on gravel next to restaurant.

Interior
Decorated to feel like an authentic little Mexican restaurant.

Service
Our waitress was friendly and explained some dishes I had never heard of before quite well.

Toilets
Restrooms were OK but could have been cleaner.

Review
Having just viewed lava flowing into the ocean at the end of route 130, there was little chance that we would make it to Hilo in time for last orders so we stopped off in the nearest town of Pahoa. It was a great choice as we were treated to well cooked authentic Mexican food. The food did not look brilliant on the plate but it made friends with my taste buds very quickly. Luquin’s would score higher if they worked on presentation, had a better explained menu and perhaps a nicer restroom, the food though is not to be missed!

Score
10/20

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Things to do in Hawaii: The Devastation of Puʻu ʻŌʻō http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/24/things-to-do-in-hawaii-the-devastation-of-pu%ca%bbu-%ca%bbo%ca%bbo/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/24/things-to-do-in-hawaii-the-devastation-of-pu%ca%bbu-%ca%bbo%ca%bbo/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2010 10:02:41 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=929 When Puʻu ʻŌʻō decided to erupt, many towns were forced to abandon as hundreds of homes and homes turned into lava rock. This crazy thought was a reality and serves as a reminder of how brutal mother nature can be. A visit to the end of route 130 shows the trail of destruction as parts […]

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When Puʻu ʻŌʻō decided to erupt, many towns were forced to abandon as hundreds of homes and homes turned into lava rock. This crazy thought was a reality and serves as a reminder of how brutal mother nature can be. A visit to the end of route 130 shows the trail of destruction as parts of the highway is now lava rock and only a couple of buildings remain in the area. The drive goes on for a while which really demonstrates how far spread the damage was done. See the video below to see the destruction and the walk out to the lookout point.

At the end of the drive is a walk down to the coast a safe distance away from lava flowing into the ocean. Unfortunately from April 2010, the lava has changed direction from the the erupting Puʻu ʻŌʻō and is not flowing into the ocean anymore but is likely to link back up to the old lava flow so it’s one to note for future vacations. We were lucky enough to catch the super red lava flow into the ocean which can only be seen as the light fades to dark. During the day it just looks like smoke. Good footwear is a great idea because the path is rocky and uneven. Lava makes some strange patterns, some of which look like dinosaur fossils which means that a good torch is also necessary to ensure that your fossils don’t end up there! It’s pitch black at night and the walk is a lot longer than it appeared on the way out during the light of day. If lava does flow into the ocean again in the future then a sunset visit is well worth the effort as seen in the video below.

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Things to do in Hawaii: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/22/things-to-do-in-hawaii-hawaii-volcanoes-national-park/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/22/things-to-do-in-hawaii-hawaii-volcanoes-national-park/#comments Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:56:04 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=927 Hawaii was formed by a string of lava flows from a group of volcanoes in the ocean. Some of these volcanoes are still active today including Mauna Loa which still forms land on the Island of Hawaii in Hawaii (otherwise known as the big island). The living history of Hawaii has been captured and turned […]

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Hawaii was formed by a string of lava flows from a group of volcanoes in the ocean. Some of these volcanoes are still active today including Mauna Loa which still forms land on the Island of Hawaii in Hawaii (otherwise known as the big island). The living history of Hawaii has been captured and turned into a small museum in the Hawaii volcanoes national park which is a world heritage site. It doesn’t really need much protecting though as anything built onto it would probably be melted down in the future!

Throughout Hawaii’s history, towns have literally been burned down by molten lava. In recent history the Kīlauea volcano took out Kaimū and Kalapana in 1990. These days, the main activity comes from Puʻu ʻŌʻō which has been flowing out into the ocean until very recently.

The federal run Hawaii volcanoes national park is good value but only requires a day visit unless a week long ascent to the top of Mauna Loa is on the cards. There is not that much to see any more as the lava activity is the main selling point of any volcanic attraction and there is none happening at the park. I still think it’s worth a visit before driving down to the end of route 130 to catch any lava flowing into the ocean which may happen again in 2011 onwards.

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Ken’s House of Pancakes Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/21/kens-house-of-pancakes-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/21/kens-house-of-pancakes-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:03:11 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=925 The restaurant reviewed is: Ken’s House of Pancakes 1730 Kamehameha Ave Hilo, HI 96720 (808) 935-8711 Kwai’s Dish ‘The Pocho’ (Portuguese sausage omelet) with a side of hash brown. Coconut Pancake with side of ice cream. Passionfruit, Orange and Guava syrup. POG juice (Passionfruit, Orange and Guava) Yiki’s Dish Banana Pancake with side of ice […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Ken’s House of Pancakes
1730 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo,
HI 96720
(808) 935-8711

Kwai’s Dish
‘The Pocho’ (Portuguese sausage omelet) with a side of hash brown. Coconut Pancake with side of ice cream. Passionfruit, Orange and Guava syrup. POG juice (Passionfruit, Orange and Guava)

Yiki’s Dish
Banana Pancake with side of ice cream. Chef’s choice (Spinach, sausage, herbs, onion mushroom omelet). Passionfruit, Orange and Guava syrup. POG juice (Passionfruit, Orange and Guava)

Exterior
Busy free car park which is prone to flooding when weather is wet. Located on the corner of 2 major roads. The Restaurant is styled as an old style Asian Pagoda building.

Interior
Decked out like an American 60s diner with booth style seating. Everything is a little worse for wear and also on the dirty sticky side of clean. Probably a result of a mixture of under staffing and 24 hour opening.

Service
I was confused about the menu as pretty much everything came with pancakes which took the waitress a while to explain while she looked a little lethargic and bothered. She ended up being friendly but with a grumpy attitude. When a Sumo dish is ordered all the staff go nuts and a gong is banged to liven up the atmosphere. Service was quick.

Toilets
The restrooms were awful to visit. They are worse than many of the public toilets available in Hawaii. They looked as if they had not been cleaned for a few days.

Review
I was really looking forward to eating breakfast at Ken’s House of Pancakes because of it’s rave reviews on Urbanspoon and USA today. Ken’s House of Pancakes was the highest rated breakfast or brunch place on Hawaii Island on Urbanspoon and the USA today article is published on the wall as you walk into the restaurant and on their website and is dated 2008. It must be good right? WRONG! Perhaps it’s my high expectations of something special, perhaps it’s my perception of culinary brilliance, perhaps I don’t understand the Ken’s house of Pancakes experience or perhaps it’s just because the food and restaurant were crap!

Let’s start from the outside, a car park with no drainage is not too welcoming when it’s wet (which it is a lot in Hilo). Walking in through the doors, the place is dirty. The walls are bragging about how great they are which I find arrogant. The service is grumpy, tired and lazy. The seats and tables are in poor health. Everything is sticky because nobody seems to be cleaning anything. The menu is appallingly designed and shouts out ‘Cheap and tacky’. Then the food comes out and it’s lazily presented, greasy, flavourless, bland and boring. Then a visit to the restroom to wash down the sticky fingers picked up by the dirty syrup jugs reveals flooded faeces and urine on the floor. I had less chance of picking up a lethal bacterial dose cleaning my hands in the puddle in the car park than I did from the disgusting restroom sink.

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the only 24 hour place to eat or drink on the island that draws loyalty from the 1am crowd but I don’t understand why the place is so popular. If anyone was to look at all the restaurant review videos I’ve made, I would very much doubt if anyone would rate Ken’s Pancakes as the most attractive dishes in Hawaii. The breakfast (and pancakes) at the Bay Terrace at Mauna Lani was far better and was only a little more expensive; a premium worth paying in my opinion.

Ken’s House of Pancakes came top in my most disappointing experiences in Hawaii. I had really wanted this restaurant to be great but instead found that it was just a giant mess. I’ve been generous with the scoring to accommodate the free parking and the quick service.

Score
2/20

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Jeep Wrangler review http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/20/jeep-wrangler-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/20/jeep-wrangler-review/#respond Sun, 20 Jun 2010 11:52:18 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=912 I have driven a lot of different cars over my driving years so far. This is mainly due to work and also use of rental cars instead of owning outright until recently. I had never driven a jeep before though as they are not a very popular car in the UK. In Hawaii though they […]

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I have driven a lot of different cars over my driving years so far. This is mainly due to work and also use of rental cars instead of owning outright until recently. I had never driven a jeep before though as they are not a very popular car in the UK. In Hawaii though they are the rental car of choice. The Jeep Wrangler is a compact four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle vehicle produced by American automaker Chrysler, under its Jeep marque. A defining feature of all Wranglers is that they continue to use live axles both front and rear like their original Willys civilian Jeep form the 1950s.

When I first got a first look at the Jeep at Alamo in Hawaii I was stunned to see such an abused car being rented out again. The soft cover was not on properly, there were scratches all over the place and they had warning stickers on everything inside the car. Things did not get any better when I turned on the engine either. The ride height was really high yet it was still difficult to judge the width of the car. The handling was non existent and driving around in windy conditions was even worse with the wheel being turned every millisecond to compensate. The noise was intense too with the soft cover being blown to bits as the car was swaying side to side. I’m not a great fan of automatic transmission but being the USA I didn’t have any choice in that sense. The Jeep Wrangler had the worst automatic transmission box In any car I’ve ever rented. It revved itself to hell before changing up and it wanted to stall before switching down gears. The acceleration was non existent as was the top speed as it struggled at 50mph. Whilst cruising at 50mph I had a look at all those warning sings on the doors and windscreen and sun visors. The Jeep Wrangler had no side crash bars, hardly any air bags, no safety column at the windscreen pillars. The 4 wheel drive was also difficult to engage and required the use of the car manual to operate. Driving the Jeep Wrangler was like going back 30 years and driving a car before computers decided how we drove our cars.

So where am I going with this ramble you may be asking? Well I need to point out the good bits. It handles very well off road which is really the purpose of having this type of vehicle. It is a true 4 wheel drive vehicle and not a computer enhanced all wheel drive. It feels very reliable on 4 wheel drive mode and we drove off road, up a mountain, down a mountain and through a major flash flood. It was pretty stupid on reflection but we ignored warnings that a tropical storm was going to hit Hawaii and everything was fine until we were on the wrong side of the island trying to get back home. The storm hit hard and driving on the side of a volcano next to the ocean didn’t inspire confidence in itself let alone when the rain was so hard it went up to a metre high near a small bridge. The small bridge was totally flooded and it was hard to tell where it even was. It was a very scary evening with the wipers struggling to clear a decent view driving at 2 mph. The high clearance and high riding position came into it’s own at that point. I could see where the bridge was and I got over safely. I had another 5-6 patches of flash flood like this to deal with which was very difficult. The wind was hard and with the water gushing in the same direction, nature was constantly pulling us towards the ocean. the car in 4 wheel drive mode had other ideas. It felt like it had loads of grip and I could compensate for this push. Later on was a moment when I thought we were going to die. A tree fell down onto the road blown over by the power and intensity of the wind. I hit the brakes and we hit the tree hard. amazingly we went over it. We couldn’t stop because the flash flood was still around and getting out would have been suicide. We had just driven over a fallen tree and just carried on through the flash flood and the car was fine when we finally got back to the hotel. The clearance was truly high and the bottom of the car was water tight. We owe our lives to the off road elements that the car was designed for.

So to summarise, the car is crap to drive on road but off road it is King! If you are going on holiday somewhere like Hawaii then go with a Jeep as you can venture and explore and feel safe.

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Toto Washlet Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/19/toto-washlet-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/19/toto-washlet-review/#respond Sat, 19 Jun 2010 18:59:16 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=910 Toto is the largest producer of toilets in the world. I’ve never even heard of them in the UK but in their native Japan, Toto have over 70% of their flagship washlet toilets in installed in Japanese households. My stay in a Mauna Kea hotel room was the first time I had encountered one of […]

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Toto is the largest producer of toilets in the world. I’ve never even heard of them in the UK but in their native Japan, Toto have over 70% of their flagship washlet toilets in installed in Japanese households. My stay in a Mauna Kea hotel room was the first time I had encountered one of these in person and I was impressed form the start. For those who have never seen one before, these toilets are deodorising, seat warming, bum washing, massaging and drying, self flushing and soft closing.

The model that I tried wasn’t even their most premium model. They have one that raises the toilet seat as you get near it and closes itself! In countries like Thailand I’ve had to use a water hand washer to clean my bum after a poo as is the standard for a lot of Asian countries but this washlet bidet thing does it all for you.

The control panel sits on the wall at easy reach to where you are seated. There are settings to massage, pulse or stream water up your bum and when you’re happy that your bum is clean you just hit the dry button. There’s a pink lady button too to wash from front to back to prevent thrush and water infection. I’m never happy with the end result of using these water washing things alone so I usually double up with toilet roll which the Toto washlet doesn’t seem to tolerate at times. I blocked our Toto washlet twice because the flush was not strong enough to push through a decent amount of faeces and toilet paper.

If these toilets and washlets were easily installed and easily available I would definitely want one at home but as it stands, English homes are not really plumbed for bidets and washlets so i won’t be using one again for some time. Toto do sell their units in europe but I’m guessing that they have targeted the high end market looking at their European website where they sell rimless toilets with great styling.

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Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/18/roys-waikoloa-bar-grill-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/18/roys-waikoloa-bar-grill-hawaii-island-review/#respond Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:50:04 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=908 The restaurant reviewed is: Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill 250 Waikoloa Beach Dr Waikoloa Village HI 96738 (808) 886-4321 Kwai’s Dish Fresh fruit punch, Edamame, Starter platter of Rib, King Prawn and Spring Roll, Pan roasted Breast of Chicken with Asparagus, Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé with ice cream on raspberry sauce Yiki’s Dish Strawberry […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
250 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Waikoloa Village
HI 96738
(808) 886-4321

Kwai’s Dish
Fresh fruit punch, Edamame, Starter platter of Rib, King Prawn and Spring Roll, Pan roasted Breast of Chicken with Asparagus, Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé with ice cream on raspberry sauce

Yiki’s Dish
Strawberry Daiquiri (non alcoholic), Roy’s Trio of Ahi, King Prawns and Ribs.

Exterior
Based in the outdoor shopping mall of Waikoloa Village. Plenty of free parking.

Interior
Nicely decked out and probably has a reputation for fine dining as other people were well dressed. The kitchen is open for everyone in the restaurant to see.

Service
Service was prompt to start with. Different people serve up the food to the waiters. Service was really lacking by closing time though. They were far more interested in going home than helping the last diners get out first.

Toilets
Restrooms were clean and tidy.

Review
Having come back down from the summit of Mauna Kea on a Saturday evening we were planning on going to a well rated restaurant in Waimea called Daniel Thiebaut. We were dismissed as quickly as we entered from that place though because 9pm was too late to serve customers! The kitchen was still open but they were prioritising their Sunday Brunch customers over Saturday evening customers. This kind of business mentality really makes me question the great reviews there. Out of desperation we phoned around to see if any restaurants were still open and serving and not too far away on the Kilua Kona coast was Roy’s Restaurant in the Waikoloa village.

The place had a very hard american irish kind of feel to the furniture and the service was very welcoming, very fast and very helpful. Before we knew it our drinks had arrived which were fantastically fresh. The Edamame was far too salty but the strater platter was incredible. The reinvention of typical Asian starters was very clever and made my taste buds go crazy. My expectations were now very high and then everything just went to pot. The service began diminishing. I was given a dirty fork and it took an age to replace. The main courses were really bland and nowhere near as exciting as the starters. My chicken was so bland it may as well not have been pan roasted. My wife’s portion of ribs was amazingly huge but the seasoning was non existent and the sauce very plain. The real joke of the night was the Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé which had nothing melting at all. the menu stated that it had a hot molten centre and the video clearly shows that it did not. To round things off for the evening all the staff disappeared and it became increasingly difficult to try to pay up so that we could leave. Perhaps it was because we were the last guests of the evening but I always believe a restaurant should be as good for any customer at any time. Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill started really well and just fell flat on it’s face – very disappointing end to something so promising.

Score
10/20

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Things to do in Hawaii: Mauna Kea http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/17/things-to-do-in-hawaii-mauna-kea/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/06/17/things-to-do-in-hawaii-mauna-kea/#respond Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:52:47 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=904 Mauna Kea in Hawaii is a dormant volcano and tranlates to ‘White Mountain’ in the native Hawaiian language. This is because the top is often covered in snow between November and March – locals even use this as an opportunity to go skiing! The peak of Mauna Kea is 4,207m above sea level, about 30m […]

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Mauna Kea in Hawaii is a dormant volcano and tranlates to ‘White Mountain’ in the native Hawaiian language. This is because the top is often covered in snow between November and March – locals even use this as an opportunity to go skiing! The peak of Mauna Kea is 4,207m above sea level, about 30m taller than neighboring Mauna Loa and about 9,100m above its base on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. This means that Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain, taller than Mount Everest at 8,848m, which is the highest mountain above sea level. The height above sea level may change over the next few thousand years as the massive weight of the Mauna Kea volcano means that the seabed of the ocean below it is depressing slowly over time.

Mauna Kea can be reached via the very tricky Saddle Road. The summit is then a very long, steep drive on a mixture of man made roads and off road dirt track. Cars must be 4 by 4 drive to be able to go past the Mauna Kea visitor centre as it is a difficult off road drive. Visitors must also acclimatise at the visitor centre so you don’t pass out whilst driving up at altitude. There are toilets, souvenirs and a mini cinema inside the Mauna Kea visitor center. If you are going to the summit for sunset then when you get back down there is a free star gazing session every evening where you can use optical telescopes to check out star systems, galaxies and planets with local university guides to position the telescopes and to offer information on our universe.

For those brave enough to venture to the summit of Mauna Kea, it is paramount that enough supplies are taken in terms of fuel, spare fuel, food, water, warm clothing, sunglasses and sun block. The Mauna Kea summit is regarded as one of the very best observatory sites in the world as it is clear of about 40% of the earth’s atmosphere, free of light pollution and above the clouds, allowing very clear observations for about 300 days in the year which means huge savings by not having to venture into space to position a telescope. The location relatively near the equator means than most of the northern and southern stars are visible.

The summit houses over a dozen telescopes including the largest optical and infra red Keck telescopes which are 10m in diameter. A full list of telescopes at the summit is available here
Plans are underway to build the Thirty Meter Telescope for 2018 which will have 10 times the resolution of the space based Hubble telescope but will only be the second largest in the world as the European Extremely Large Telescope will be completed at the same time in Chile (42m). If observatories are not of interest then the spectacular views of the world below will be. It feels immesly peaceful high up at sunset.

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Sony Bravia KDL32EX403 Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/18/sony-bravia-kdl32ex403-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/18/sony-bravia-kdl32ex403-review/#respond Tue, 18 May 2010 20:50:57 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=900 So I have been using the same old-style television for what seems like 10 years; Oh! It has been 10 years! Now 10 years ago there were no LCD panels, there were only CRT style massive televisions and I had one of those massive televisions until it started displaying some very weird stuff on screen. […]

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So I have been using the same old-style television for what seems like 10 years; Oh! It has been 10 years! Now 10 years ago there were no LCD panels, there were only CRT style massive televisions and I had one of those massive televisions until it started displaying some very weird stuff on screen. I then asked myself the same question every curious guy asks when he wants to buy a new TV – “Which is the best TV on the market?” Luckily for me it was March time which is when the new models tend to start coming out. Having looked at the 2009/2010 range of Panasonic and Sony televisions I was excited and looking forward to what the 2010/2011 models would bring.I then looked up the new range of Sony Bravia specifications on the Sony website and I just had to try one of these new babies out! There are 4 new ranges for 2010 to 2011 – the essential range, the cinematic range, the signature range and lastly the top-of-the-line range which is the network range. As of the end of March 2010 with the run-up to the World Cup Sony released to the public the 32 inch essential range television. Although it is supposed to be the most basic range, it is anything but! This television comes with YouTube out of the box, DLNA, LAN connection, full PC and freeview HD!

The Sony Bravia KDL32EX403 is full of connectivity with plenty of legacy scart and new HDMI sockets. The really nice thing for the laptop or desktop PC user is the addition of a standard 3.5mm audio socket to use the TV for the speakers as well as the visuals. The 1080p scaling for blu ray movies and PC use is amazing. It fully scales to the border of the television and is as crisp as you could possibly want or imagine. It really doesn’t get much better than this for HD content. The upscaling on SD stuff from the TV is not so great but with so much content going to HD it’s not really going to be an issue soon. It also has freeview HD built in which would normally cost in the region of £150 for the set top box.

Next thing on my list of cool things for the Sony Bravia TV is the DLNA features. For those of you who don’t have a clue, check out the DLNA website which explains it all. DLNA basically allows users to play their gadgets on other gadgets via the home network. Windows media player is a DNLA client and I can access my PC files from the TV to watch or listen which is a very cool thing indeed and saves me from buying a PC to TV wifi gadget or transfering stuff via SD card to my blu ray player which has a SD card slot. The TV connects up to the hoome network either via a USB wifi dongle which you can buy seperately or you can just plug it into the network via the ethernet port on the back of the TV.

I have basically explained all of my current uses of my shiny new sleekly designed Sony Bravia TV apart from the internet stuff. It was a cool novelty when I first got the TV and it would be a main use for many so I’ll mention it here. There are lots of internet things to watch including a full search of youtube on the TV (as long as you are on the home network which is on broadband). There is no web browser though so you will not be able to watch porn channels directly on the TV (for now). There is a Love Film service which allows you to watch movies directly on the TV without having to wait for the DVD to come through the post which is a good idea until I look at the high price for this service. I’m sure that with competition and a little time, these services will be very cheap if not free.

Last but not least is the speed of the remote control for the TV. It is slow on boot but faster than any other LCD TV I have come across and once the TV is on properly the remote is really fast with no lag in the menus and EPG. This is definitely a television worth every penny and as a result I award a prestigous 9 out 10.

If you would like to purchase the Sony Bravia reviewed here then get it for the best price here

Similar Sony Bravia Televisions at different sizes and additional specifications are listed below and can all be found at the best price here :

Sony Bravia KDL32EX403 32″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL32EX403U
Sony Bravia KDL32EX503 32″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL32EX503U (This is the same as the KDL32EX403 but with faster 100Hz Motionflow)
Sony Bravia KDL32EX603 32″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL32EX603U (This is the LED version of the TV)
Sony Bravia KDL32EX703 32″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL32EX703U (This is the LED version of the TV but with faster 100Hz Motionflow)

Sony Bravia KDL37EX403 37″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL37EX403U
Sony Bravia KDL37EX503 37″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL37EX503U (This is the same as the KDL37EX403 but with faster 100Hz Motionflow)

Sony Bravia KDL40EX403 40″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL40EX403U
Sony Bravia KDL40EX503 40″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL40EX503U (This is the same as the KDL40EX403 but with faster 100Hz Motionflow)
Sony Bravia KDL40EX703 40″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL40EX703U (This is the LED version of the TV with 100Hz Motionflow)

Sony Bravia KDL46EX403 46″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL46EX403U
Sony Bravia KDL46EX503 46″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL46EX503U (This is the same as the KDL40EX403 but with faster 100Hz Motionflow)

Sony Bravia KDL55EX503 55″ Also known as Sony Bravia KDL55EX503U (This is the only TV at this size which is LCD with 100Hz Motionflow)

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Things to do in London: Trafalgar Square http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/11/things-to-do-in-london-trafalgar-square/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/11/things-to-do-in-london-trafalgar-square/#respond Tue, 11 May 2010 10:35:29 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=898 Big European cities have grand squares and London is no exception. Trafalgar Square is distinct in it’s use of materials which are different to others in Europe. It is also the most popular square outside of Time’s Square in the world by footfall.

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Big European cities have grand squares and London is no exception. Trafalgar Square is distinct in it’s use of materials which are different to others in Europe. It is also the most popular square outside of Time’s Square in the world by footfall.

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Things to do in Hawaii: Mauna Kea State Park http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/11/things-to-do-in-hawaii-mauna-kea-state-park/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/11/things-to-do-in-hawaii-mauna-kea-state-park/#respond Tue, 11 May 2010 10:04:58 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=896 If you are desperate for the restroom on Saddle Road then give the Mauna Kea State Park a miss. The toilets there are totally revolting! There is some sort of accommodation there and parking spaces seem to be very active. If you are heading up to the summit of Mauna Kea then I would recommend […]

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If you are desperate for the restroom on Saddle Road then give the Mauna Kea State Park a miss. The toilets there are totally revolting! There is some sort of accommodation there and parking spaces seem to be very active. If you are heading up to the summit of Mauna Kea then I would recommend stopping by the observatory for a toilet break instead.

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Things to do in London: Charing Cross Road http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/11/things-to-do-in-london-charing-cross-road/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/05/11/things-to-do-in-london-charing-cross-road/#respond Tue, 11 May 2010 09:49:15 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=894 Once upon a time Charing Cross Road was famous for it’s collection of book stores selling out of print and niche books as well as mainstream bestsellers. If you wanted a first edition Bond novel then this would have been the place to get it. However with increased rent and intense competition from online vendors, […]

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Once upon a time Charing Cross Road was famous for it’s collection of book stores selling out of print and niche books as well as mainstream bestsellers. If you wanted a first edition Bond novel then this would have been the place to get it. However with increased rent and intense competition from online vendors, the book shops have begun dying a slow death and many are now boarded, closed or turned into a fast food outlet/coffee shop. The area used to be great for music shops too and these have pretty much gone the same way as the book stores. Turnkey, the old Mecca for music artists to buy their shiny new gear has now closed up it’s physical shop opting to sell solely online.

If you are around London for a visit then do pop by the street to visit the last of the rare bookshops along the road. They might not be around for longer!

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Things to do in Hawaii: Take a drive down Saddle Road http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/28/things-to-do-in-hawaii-take-a-drive-down-saddle-road/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/28/things-to-do-in-hawaii-take-a-drive-down-saddle-road/#respond Wed, 28 Apr 2010 19:30:38 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=891 In the above video, Myself and the wife took a drive down Saddle Road in Hawaii. this is one of the most crazy drives you could possibly do with massive potholes, dirt tracks, narrow lanes, random humps and tons of blind corners. The pay off is the fastest route between Kona and Hilo and also […]

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In the above video, Myself and the wife took a drive down Saddle Road in Hawaii. this is one of the most crazy drives you could possibly do with massive potholes, dirt tracks, narrow lanes, random humps and tons of blind corners. The pay off is the fastest route between Kona and Hilo and also the breathtaking views of Mauna Kea (tallest mountain in the world) to the left and also Mauna Loa (tallest volcano in the world) to the right.

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Pakini Grill, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/pakini-grill-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/pakini-grill-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:35:33 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=873 The restaurant reviewed is: Pakini Grill 65-1144 Mamalahoa Hwy Kamuela HI 96743 (808) 885-3333 Kwai’s Dish Fish and Chips Yiki’s Dish 8oz Burger and chips Exterior Located next to a supermarket but with it’s own parking Interior It’s a traditional looking american bar Service Service was friendly but they changed server 3 times during our […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Pakini Grill
65-1144 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela
HI 96743
(808) 885-3333

Kwai’s Dish
Fish and Chips

Yiki’s Dish
8oz Burger and chips

Exterior
Located next to a supermarket but with it’s own parking

Interior
It’s a traditional looking american bar

Service
Service was friendly but they changed server 3 times during our stay.

Toilets
Toilets were downright disgusting. They were not maintained at all.

Review
Pakini Grill was one of the best food experiences I had in Hawaii. Fish & Chips is very different in Hawaii to what I am used to in England. The good news for Pakini Grill is that theirs was superior. The beer battered fish was incredible and very memorable. The chips were also outstanding and well seasoned. My wife was happy with her burger but Huli Sue’s burger across the street is better. The place itself wasn’t the best place to dine out but the fish & chips was well worht the visit.

Score
10/20

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/bubba-gump-shrimp-company-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/bubba-gump-shrimp-company-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:28:18 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=871 The restaurant reviewed is: Bubba Gump Shrimp Company 75-5776 Alii Dr Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 331-8442 Kwai’s Dish Shrimp Platter Yiki’s Dish Shrimp and Pasta Exterior Located on Kona beach front with views of the bay and ocean. Have to park somewhere else as there is no parking Interior There’s a Bubba Gump Shop […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
75-5776 Alii Dr
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 331-8442

Kwai’s Dish
Shrimp Platter

Yiki’s Dish
Shrimp and Pasta

Exterior
Located on Kona beach front with views of the bay and ocean. Have to park somewhere else as there is no parking

Interior
There’s a Bubba Gump Shop and it’s set out like a big bar like the program ‘Cheers’

Service
Friendly waiter who explained that everything was based on the film ‘Forest Gump’

Toilets
Dirty and vandalised

Review
I didn’t know that this restaurant was themed on the film ‘Forest Gump’ but there were many clues around the place like the number plate signs… oh and the gift shop! They like their shrimps in this place and pretty much every dish has shrimp in it one way or another. I had one of their many platters available and the wife had a pasta and shrimp in cheese thing. I was looking forward to digging in as it was late and it looked great. Unfortunately it wasn’t great. It was immensely disappointing. Some of the shrimps were served cold and others were served warm and some were hot. The wife’s pasta was not seasoned in any way. It was just served bland and soft. Like the gift shop, the food was an overpriced experience.

Score
3/20

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Jamba Juice restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/jamba-juice-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/jamba-juice-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:15:36 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=869 The restaurant reviewed is: Jamba Juice Kona Coast Shopping Center Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 327-6900 Kwai’s Dish Mega Mango Yiki’s Dish Peach Perfection Exterior Located in the same car park as Ross Interior Looks like a typical juice or coffee bar Service Fast and friendly service Toilets Toilets were communal for the precinct. Clean. […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Jamba Juice
Kona Coast Shopping Center
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 327-6900

Kwai’s Dish
Mega Mango

Yiki’s Dish
Peach Perfection

Exterior
Located in the same car park as Ross

Interior
Looks like a typical juice or coffee bar

Service
Fast and friendly service

Toilets
Toilets were communal for the precinct. Clean.

Review
This is very much like Boost Juice in that you can get ‘healthy’ shots for your fresh juice drinks. Our drinks were pretty good and tasted better than any juice bar in the UK. The ones in Sydney were far superior though. They serve food but no one was eating from there so I’m guessing it’s not great.

Score
14/20

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Kona Brewing Company Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/kona-brewing-company-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/kona-brewing-company-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:50:26 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=867 The restaurant reviewed is: Kona Brewing Company 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 334-2739 Kwai’s Dish Rack of ribs with a side of rice. Root Beer Yiki’s Dish Prawn Garlic Sandwich with a side of salad Exterior Really hard to find and in a random industrial estate. Parking is full to the brim. […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Kona Brewing Company
75-5629 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 334-2739

Kwai’s Dish
Rack of ribs with a side of rice. Root Beer

Yiki’s Dish
Prawn Garlic Sandwich with a side of salad

Exterior
Really hard to find and in a random industrial estate. Parking is full to the brim. We had to park far away and walk back. I kept getting bitten by mosquitoes whilst waiting outside. There’s also a Kona Brewing Cafe souvenir shop near the entrance.

Interior
It’s a bar with a few tables outside. There are little things to bite you all over the place! Not the cleanest place to dine. Open kitchen from the bar.

Service
Service was well stretched. We had to wait for 10 minutes to get seated, another 10 minutes to give our drinks order, another 5 minutes to give our food order and another 20 minutes for the food. Only 1 waitress for the entire indoor section of the restaurant.

Toilets
Toilets were filthy. They looked like they hadn’t been cleaned for a few days.

Review
This place has rave reviews about it on internet review sites and I’m really not sure why. It’s certainly very popular which meant that we had to park far away in another car park to try this place out. The service was really slow and the place was generally dirty. I wouldn’t even bother going to visit the toilets! I enjoyed my root beer and the wife enjoyed her fruit punch which came in gigantic glasses but unfortunately that was the only highlight of the visit. They could have sped up service if they had taken the souvenir staff to serve customers with food instead. Their menu talks the talk but their food seems to want to walk. I ordered the rack of ribs which were supposed to be really good but they were really crap! They just slopped on a cold can of tomatoes on top of the lukewarm ribs. They didn’t bother with simple things like seasoning or even salt! The wife’s meal was also appalling. This was a disappointing experience of epidemic proportions. We saw the souvenir shop on the way out and I just felt disgusted that they cared more about selling non food items than anything else. with so many other choices in Kona, the Brewing Company is one to miss.

Score
2/20

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Merriman’s Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/merrimans-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/merrimans-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:43:36 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=865 The restaurant reviewed is: Merriman’s 65-1227 Opelo Rd Kamuela HI 96743 (808) 885-6822 Kwai’s Dish Fillet Mignon Taco. Passionfruit Iced Tea. Carrot Cake Yiki’s Dish Island Fish with Passionfruit sauce, tomato salad and rice. Fresh Pineapple Juice. coconut Creme Brulet with Macadamia nut shortbread. Exterior Easy to find off the main road with ample parking. […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Merriman’s
65-1227 Opelo Rd
Kamuela
HI 96743
(808) 885-6822

Kwai’s Dish
Fillet Mignon Taco. Passionfruit Iced Tea. Carrot Cake

Yiki’s Dish
Island Fish with Passionfruit sauce, tomato salad and rice. Fresh Pineapple Juice. coconut Creme Brulet with Macadamia nut shortbread.

Exterior
Easy to find off the main road with ample parking. Some shops and other services are nearby as are other restaurants.

Interior
It was a late lunch time on a weekday and we had to wait for over 10 minutes for a table. We wouldn’t normally have to wait for lunch so this is a very busy place. This is a tablecloth and nice modern interior type of place with decent cutlery. You can see the open kitchen from most seating positions to wet the appetite. They play some Hawaiian music for your background pleasure.

Service
There is no one at the door to welcome you or tell you how long you will have to wait for. Instead you have to hover around and jump about a bit to get attention from one of the waitresses. Once you do then you get pretty good ‘tip chasing’ service. The waitress thought that absolutely everything on the menu was the best which didn’t help in choosing what to order. Service was speedy though.

Toilets
Very clean toilets and well maintained. I would happily take a crap in the Merriman’s restroom.

Review
Like most places we went to on the big Island, Merriman’s serves food with ingredients sourced locally. So let’s start with the criticisms… well my Passionfruit Iced tea was bland and flavourless. We had to wait ages for a table and had to flag down a waitress to get seated…. Anything else? Nope! Everything else was simply fantastic. My Taco dish was one of the food highlights of the Hawaii holiday and I was very impressed at the high quality of everything on the plate. My wife rated Merriman’s over our Wedding dinner at Canoehouse and was her second favourite restaurant in Hawaii. The place is very welcoming and the service is excellent once it gets going. We only stayed for dessert in restaurants we really liked which equated to 3 places whilst in Hawaii (Canoehouse, Merrimans’s and Huggo’s) and we weren’t disappointed with ours at Merriman’s. I would highly recommend a visit and prebook as it will make your life easier!

Score
14/20

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Hilo Bay Café Restaurant, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/hilo-bay-cafe-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/hilo-bay-cafe-restaurant-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:38:34 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=863 The restaurant reviewed is: Hilo Bay Café 315 Makaala Street Hilo, HI 96720 United States (808) 935-4939 Kwai’s Dish Garlic Fries and Bay Blue Burger Yiki’s Dish Mushroom Lasagne with a side of bread and salad. Exterior Shares the same car park as Walmart, so there are no views of anything apart from cars. Interior […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Hilo Bay Café
315 Makaala Street
Hilo, HI 96720
United States
(808) 935-4939

Kwai’s Dish
Garlic Fries and Bay Blue Burger

Yiki’s Dish
Mushroom Lasagne with a side of bread and salad.

Exterior
Shares the same car park as Walmart, so there are no views of anything apart from cars.

Interior
Nicely decorated and modern interior which looks great

Service
Service was not the best. It was friendly but there didn’t seem as if there were enough staff to keep everyone happy.

Toilets
Toilets were clean.

Review
All the reviews we saw before coming here were great, the location was easy to find (just look for Walmart and you’re there), the place looked modern and funky, the service was friendly although our waitress couldn’t recommend a signature dish. At a push she told me to go for the Bay Blue Burger which I did. This was a big mistake! The burger was terrible! The blue cheese should have given it some flavour but it was too late to rescue. The patty itself was just bland. I met the chef later who looked on arrogantly as if he was God’s gift to cooking, but he was nowhere close! This was a lazily cooked dish with no seasoning. When I was about to complain about the crap food the chef and waitresses all disappeared as if they could see it coming! My wife was equally disappointed with her mushroom lasagne. The lasagne was also bland, lacking seasoning and what was with the sides it came with? A massive slice of dry bread bigger than the lasagne itself which looked like a cheese topped pie! There was also a Taco shell resting on the salad which was also inexplicable. I was reading some of the reviews posted up on the wall on the way to the restroom with reviews praising the clever european cooking, but I think they must have been on another planet! Hilo Bay Cafe was easily the biggest anticlimax to our dining experience in Hawaii. I regularly make authentic Italian Lasagne and Angus burgers at home which were spectacularly better tasting than what the award winning chef could produce. It could be argued that it was an off day for them but I just think that the Chef’s ego has got the better of his own tastebuds! Avoid Hilo Bay Cafe or be very disappointed!

Score
3/20

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Miyo’s Restaurant, Hawaii Island Restaurant Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/miyos-restaurant-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/13/miyos-restaurant-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:31:31 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=861 The restaurant reviewed is: Miyo’s Restaurant 400 Hualani Street Hilo, HI 96720-4344, United States (808) 935-2273 Kwai’s Dish Combination special (Tempura, Sesame Chicken, Katsu Don, Tuna Sashimi), Miso Soup, Green Tea Yiki’s Dish Vegetable and Tofu Udon noodle bowl. Miso Soup, Green Tea Exterior Located at the back of some high rise housing estates. It […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Miyo’s Restaurant
400 Hualani Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4344, United States
(808) 935-2273

Kwai’s Dish
Combination special (Tempura, Sesame Chicken, Katsu Don, Tuna Sashimi), Miso Soup, Green Tea

Yiki’s Dish
Vegetable and Tofu Udon noodle bowl. Miso Soup, Green Tea

Exterior
Located at the back of some high rise housing estates. It was quite hard to find! There is some easy parking outside the restaurant which is not very obvious from outside. It’s located on the first floor (2nd if you’re American).

Interior
Noisy atmosphere with live music playing from a one man with guitar gig. Old style wood throughout. not the cleanest of places but there were mosquito nets at the windows.

Service
Service was not the typical efficient and friendly from a Japanese establishment that I would expect. A non japanese lady took my order and couldn’t pronounce the items properly which was disappointing. She did not seem very clued up with the menu either.

Toilets
Toilets were located outside. A key was required which came on a long and bulky key fob which was disgustingly dirty and unhygenic. The toilets were horrendously filthy.

Review
Miyo’s Japanese Restaurant was a very mixed experience. I was excited because Japanese food back in London is typically very expensive whereas the menu at Miyo’s in Hawaii was relatively very cheap. The place was hard to find in the dark and they were already taking last orders at 8pm which is early by what I am used to in late night London. When we finally did find it, service was very rushed in an effort to get us back out of the door as quickly as possible so that they could have an early finish for the evening. The live music was a nice addition which reminded us that we were in Hawaii and not in a dirty little Japanese restaurant. Unfortunately we were in a dirty little Japanese restaurant! Luckily we were also in Hawaii which meant that the sashimi ordered was fresh. The tempura was pretty good as was the Kara Age copy which they called Sesame Chicken on their menu. The wife was a lot less impressed with her dose of soupy noodles. She liked it to start off with but quickly got bored of the flavour combinations. The toilets matched the lack of service, they were covered in faeces and urine which prompted me to get back in my rented Jeep as soon as I possibly could so that I could wash my hands in alcohol gel! so to summarise, the seafood was good, the non seafood was average, the price was low and everything else was pretty shoddy. I would eat at this place again but I would take away the food and find my own restroom!

Score
7/20

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Things to do in Hawaii: Akaka Falls http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/08/things-to-do-in-hawaii-akaka-falls/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/08/things-to-do-in-hawaii-akaka-falls/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:07:42 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=858 I didn’t get a chance to go close up because a tropical storm came in literally seconds after I stopped filming. We drove away as fast as we could to save our dear lives. We hit a tree that fell onto the road that very same day! To find out more about Akaka Falls, read […]

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I didn’t get a chance to go close up because a tropical storm came in literally seconds after I stopped filming. We drove away as fast as we could to save our dear lives. We hit a tree that fell onto the road that very same day!

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Things to do in Hawaii: Laupahoehoe Point http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/07/laupahoehoe-point-hawaii/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/07/laupahoehoe-point-hawaii/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2010 13:52:38 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=854 Laupahoehoe Point in Hawaii is a random stop off between Waimea and Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. I would not exactly call it the highlight of the trip but I stopped there looking for a toilet to use. There is one a little further up the road towards Hilo at the train museum […]

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Laupahoehoe Point in Hawaii is a random stop off between Waimea and Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. I would not exactly call it the highlight of the trip but I stopped there looking for a toilet to use. There is one a little further up the road towards Hilo at the train museum and they don’t make you pay to use the run down restrooms. I wouldn’t really call it a museum myself, more like a little house on the prairie with a truckload of random train pictures all over the place. Anyway, for more info on Laupahoehoe see the following links which contain a lot more than this blog post!

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Hawaii Blog
Big Island website

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How to select a TV stand http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/06/how-to-select-a-tv-stand/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/04/06/how-to-select-a-tv-stand/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2010 13:10:23 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=852 Back in the 80s, when I was growing up, people had small television sets that sat on top of some wooden furniture that already existed in the house. As I got older, television stands began coming as a package with televisions themselves as the televisions grew in size. The television stands that came free as […]

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Back in the 80s, when I was growing up, people had small television sets that sat on top of some wooden furniture that already existed in the house. As I got older, television stands began coming as a package with televisions themselves as the televisions grew in size. The television stands that came free as a package, usually came in the same colour as the television itself and it was usually made with cheap materials like MDF and were made big enough only to accomodate 2 VCR sized pieces of equipment. Luckily for us time moves on, and these days we have very nice looking stands that we can put our prized televisions on. You can still buy television stands that are made of wood and look like furniture but most consumer television stands are now made out of a mixture of plastic, metal and glass with glass being the main material.

Unfortunately for the consumer, the dimensions of the television stands are usually hard to find and instead they give a recommended maximum size of television that can be put upon the stand instead. A good example would be a stand that is meant to be used for the televisions up to the size of 42 inches, being absolutely suitable for a television that is 55 inches in size, as well as a television of 22 inches in size. The key thing to look out for is how much space you actually have for your stand, how much of equipment you have which you would like to put away on the stand, and also the weight of your television. As televisions are getting progressively lighter in weight, in comparison to the dimensions of the television screen, the weight that can be accepted by the television stand is becoming less of an issue, but do doublecheck before you purchase. The television stand is probably one of the most overlooked purchases when buying new electrical equipment, and as such companies use it as a bargaining tool or as an incentive when buying a large ticket item purchase like a television. As many people now buy their televisions online instead of in a store, these incentives become less important, and as modern consumers, we should really compare all of the television stands available to us and get them at the lowest possible price for maximum possible value. One really useful thing to look out for is the weight of the stand itself, especially when buying a glass stand. Generally, the heavier the better as the glass itself is likely to be more dense in structure. As shops do use these television stands as incentives, do make sure you buy online, as the store prices will usually be hyper inflated by up to 1000% of what you can buy it online. There are also not many companies who make stands for televisions. So do not be put off by brands you have never heard of before. Instead look for highly rated consumer reviews.

I opted for my stand in the above video because I needed the shelf space to accommodate all of my electrical equipment that accompanies my television and also I liked the black gloss glass finish of the stand that suited my glossy black new LCD panel. My 32 inch television does not at all look silly on my 42 inch stand as neither would a 50 inch television. My stand does have a cable tidy incorporated into the design, but I have chosen not to use it because it is located in an awkward position in relation to all of my electrical equipment.

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Huli Sue’s Barbecue and Grill, Hawaii Island Restaurant Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/30/huli-sues-barbecue-and-grill-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/30/huli-sues-barbecue-and-grill-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/#respond Tue, 30 Mar 2010 10:32:48 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=848 The restaurant reviewed is: Huli Sues Up Country Waimea 64-957 Mamalahoa Hwy Kamuela Hawaii 96743 808-885-6268 Huli Sue’s BBQ is also @ Huli Sues at Mauna Lani Golf Club House 68-1050 Makaiwa Place Kohala Coast Hawaii 96743 885-7777 Kwai’s Dish S.O.B.Burger: Guacamole, Green Chilis, Onions, Ranch & Cheese Served with Fries, Tomato, Lettuce and a […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Huli Sues Up Country Waimea
64-957 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela
Hawaii 96743
808-885-6268

Huli Sue’s BBQ is also @
Huli Sues at Mauna Lani Golf Club House
68-1050 Makaiwa Place
Kohala Coast
Hawaii 96743
885-7777

Kwai’s Dish
S.O.B.Burger: Guacamole, Green Chilis, Onions, Ranch & Cheese Served with Fries, Tomato, Lettuce and a Dill Pickle on a Homemade Sesame Bun. Iced Pineapple mint tea.

Yiki’s Dish
Meat Eaters Burger: Beef Chili Topping with Cheese Served with Fries, Tomato, Lettuce and a Dill Pickle on a Homemade Sesame Bun. Fresh Mango Juice.

Exterior
Located on the north end of Highway 19 from Waimea with a small car park beside it (watch out because the ramp into the car park will reck anything other than a 4 by 4). Restrooms are also located outside from the main restaurant.

Interior
Texas BBQ style interior, fully decked out in solid wood. It has a very old school feel about the place. There are tables and chairs and also a stool and bar section looking out onto the road.

Service
Service consisted of one waitress who was very friendly and on the ball.

Toilets
Outside and not great. Avoid if possible!

Review
Back in England when I think of Fries I think of those string like things that you can get in McDonalds but over in Hawaii, I was glad that Fries were the equvalent of ‘Chips’ back home. Even better was the fact that the fries had the jacket on them and were also seasoned well. They had a wonderful crisp texture to them which lingers in my mind still. The burgers were generous in size and were of a high standard. The burgers would beat any supermarket or chain gourmet burger restaurant in the UK hands down, they are even almost as good as my own home made angus burgers. The reason simply being that the beef used in the USA is not the best. USA Angus pales in comparison to Aberdeen Angus and is no fault of the restaurant. The drinks tasted very fresh and a few boxes of local produce were on display to remind us of the locally sourced ingredients. On reflection, my first meal as a married man was very good in quality and value. I would recommend this place ot anyone who wants to try out a really good burger and fries in Hawaii.

Score
13/20

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The wedding flowers http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/24/the-wedding-flowers/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/24/the-wedding-flowers/#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2010 07:32:08 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=843 In the above video the future wife and Kwai go to Watanabe Floral on Hawaii Island to pick up the wedding flowers for the wedding later in the day. To view pictures of the wedding add me on facebook 🙂 Discuss this video here

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In the above video the future wife and Kwai go to Watanabe Floral on Hawaii Island to pick up the wedding flowers for the wedding later in the day. To view pictures of the wedding add me on facebook 🙂

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Mauna Lani Spa, Gym and Tennis Facilities http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/19/mauna-lani-spa-gym-and-tennis-facilities/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/19/mauna-lani-spa-gym-and-tennis-facilities/#comments Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:15:45 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=832 The Mauna Lani resort is vast, very large and offers plenty of world class facilities. Some of these facilities are highlighted in the above video which shows off the award winning Spa and world class tennis courts. Discuss this blog post here Click here for a tour of the Mauna Lani Spa, gym and tennis […]

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The Mauna Lani resort is vast, very large and offers plenty of world class facilities. Some of these facilities are highlighted in the above video which shows off the award winning Spa and world class tennis courts.

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Click here for a view of the Mauna Lani resort & Ocean from one of the Hotel’s corridors.
Click here for a review of the Mauna Lani Breakfast Restaurant, The Bay Terrace
Click here for a review of Ruth Chris Steak House @ The Mauna Lani Mall
Click here for a view of the Ocean from One of Mauna Lani’s Ocean Front facing Deluxe rooms
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Mauna Lani Hotel view from the corridor http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/17/mauna-lani-hotel-view-from-the-corridor/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/17/mauna-lani-hotel-view-from-the-corridor/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:40:21 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=825 Hawaii is a really beautiful place on a fine mild morning. After having a sumptuous morning wedding breakfast, we decided to go back to our hotel room, but the view from the hotel balcony just made us stand still and take notice of the beautiful day that the world had given us. If you believe […]

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Hawaii is a really beautiful place on a fine mild morning. After having a sumptuous morning wedding breakfast, we decided to go back to our hotel room, but the view from the hotel balcony just made us stand still and take notice of the beautiful day that the world had given us. If you believe in a God, then perhaps this was God’s work. It was quite early in the morning so there were not many people around the Mauna Lani resort still. Actually there are never many people around the Mauna Lani Resort. I guess that is a pretty good thing as it makes our visit much more relaxing. Watch and enjoy the video above and appreciate one of the many astounding views from the Mauna Lani hotel itself.

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Click here for a view of the Mauna Lani resort & Ocean from one of the Hotel’s corridors.
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Click here for a review of Ruth Chris Steak House @ The Mauna Lani Mall
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I’ve been totally Starbuck’d by the VIA taste Challenge! http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/14/ive-been-totally-starbuckd-by-the-via-taste-challenge/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/14/ive-been-totally-starbuckd-by-the-via-taste-challenge/#respond Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:49:57 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=816 The above video basically tells it all in detail with the VIA taste challenge info that I got through the post for being a loyal prepaid RED customer. If you don’t want to watch it then basically The terms and conditions on both the info through the post and also on the Starbucks VIA website […]

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The above video basically tells it all in detail with the VIA taste challenge info that I got through the post for being a loyal prepaid RED customer. If you don’t want to watch it then basically The terms and conditions on both the info through the post and also on the Starbucks VIA website state that I should have received a free coffee based drink if I took the VIA taste challenge. What actually happened was I went to 3 Starbucks today and all of them said that I could only get a free coffee if I purchased the via coffee which I blind tested 3 times and found to be inferior! Why would I want to buy poor tasting coffee to get a free coffee? I ended up buying a venti white choc mocha anyway to get rid of the foul taste. One taste tester staff person also lied about which coffee was which but I saw the flasks afterwards of which one he poured out the coffee from. He had earlier told me that he would give me a discount if I thought the via coffee was worse. What a con!

Having come back home and gone onto the official Starbucks VIA website I have seen that many other people had faced the same problems in what must be one of the worst PR disasters for Starbucks in the UK. They had even advertised on Capital radio earlier in the week that we could all pick up a free coffee of our choice if we took the taste challenge!

My review score for today’s Starbucks experience was a 1 out of 10!

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Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/13/nuances-dragon-naturally-speaking-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/13/nuances-dragon-naturally-speaking-review/#respond Sat, 13 Mar 2010 09:11:51 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=808 Last week I reviewed Microsoft’s free speech recognition software which was poor. Will the most famous paid for speech recognition software fare any better? In the above video you can see the below transcript as I dictated it. View the above video in full 1080p for the best view. Maximise the do like the wire […]

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Last week I reviewed Microsoft’s free speech recognition software which was poor. Will the most famous paid for speech recognition software fare any better?

In the above video you can see the below transcript as I dictated it. View the above video in full 1080p for the best view.

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Where there is a preferred version and the standard version, they preferred versions come at twice the price man and the preferred version are DG, everything that the standard version has earned the standard version allows you to create documents, e-mail and instant messages, simply by speaking that’s true, I even use Google chat earlier with the friends and now had no problem at all. You can surf the web or voice, I haven’t tried that because any compatible with Firefox and Internet Explorer I use Google grow no enrolment required to get started. Instantly, that’s kind of true it activated online by itself, but I still registered Roger project anyway, I am new on-screen help editorials be an expert users right away them down. And yours truly is not good as Microsoft’s tutorials dictate directly into virtually any Microsoft Windows application. 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Playback your dictation through easy correction and proofing in search of signature logo or boilerplate text into file with a simple voice command I got no idea what boilerplate is import export your user files to use on any PC would Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Now, one thing I’ve noticed on here is that when I is beat the specialness Dragon pad thing it comes up with what I say in this yellow area here and then it kind of finds out what I’m kind of say and then it phrases it correctly into one whole sentence and that way you can put in the Commons and full stops by itself is far bad it all seems kind of makes sense and Der film I can say I certainly said a lot so far. I certainly would have been up to type this as quickly as this. I would say that it has got everything correct, her life only run this once before and are very used that tiny little bit. So is the first time that I’m really properly using it and the way I’m talking to you is my most natural way of speaking. I don’t dictate any differently, so perhaps that’s why Windows Vista’s speech recognition program didn’t work so well for me. It even recognises the word Vista and doesn’t call it Mr, which is quite cool. That is very cool, I don’t know if it recognises my last thing the it recognises what I said that’s very cool. Very cool indeed. I liked this program, this is actually very accurate to what I’m saying I am very impressed that it can often a lot less time I trained on the Microsoft Vista’s speech recognition program for over an hour, and it took me an hour to do my first article, which will lose about 100 words long at this one seems to have worked for me already and it’s taken hardly any time while I had to read what five chapters are laws Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl and another to Toro before it lamps. So you and all the tests and everything altogether took about half an hour in my right ear, about half an hour altogether on quite a fast talker anyway and I can read aloud quite quickly down to a quite clearly from all my water Tewkesbury’s presenter, so maybe that helps them this is really quite impressive on the box it says that you how you can speak to this program out hunting 20 words per minute now most people think well that’s a pile of rubbish per how can anything keep up with hundred 20 words per minute that moment I am, properly speaking, 120 words per minute and it says the coping quite well, what I will do after I’ve said all place and finish this video is posted at my blog exactly are at war is here on this document and you’ll be up to see exactly what was written otherwise can watch this video in 1080 p in your BR to say anyway but if you are interested in reading exactly what was taken on as a mistake or what was taken correctly, especially some of these long phrases, you can save yourself how accurate or inaccurate as programmers from my point of view I think this program at the moment looks quite accurate. I would only have to go back and correct quite a few things and teach it had state corrections, but are giving corrections on this program are a lot easier down on Microsoft Vista speech recognition program, but you do have to pay for this sake the top 10 reasons to buy this program has earned sold by new wimps heard most accurate version ever Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 delivers up to 99% accuracy with no spelling errors will ask as they got dictionary help, but they spell incorrectly create documents and e-mail faster, you can speak more than three times faster than you can hardly wear denied by pretty fast but is comfortable that free easier than ever to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 installs quickly and requires no special script reading new on-screen help and Toros will make you an expert in no time works with favourite programs dictate text directly into virtually any Microsoft Windows program. Browse the Internet with ease search Internet access information and navigate webpages or more by voice get the most from Microsoft Word and Corel WordPerfect natural language commands let you say it your way to perform commands and format text. Corel WordPerfect, who the hell uses that any more works away, he worked at names addresses in other words to your custom speech vocabulary. New quick voice formatting allows you to format and edit your dictate text in record time. Protect your health reduce the risk of developing RSI by talking instead of typing works hands-free and finally number 10. This is the world’s bestselling speech recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking products have won more than 175 awards worldwide, but accuracy and ease of use well. There’s kind of bragging fees is also fun and easy to use and you can create documents and e-mail and instant messages and highly by voice turn talking to type say it naturally worked more than three times faster than typing in okay okay enough of the promoting of the product that comes with his microphone to this noise cancelling microphone or which comes with them and throwing bits as well that you have to plug it into both your headphone and microphone socket. You are microphone in & out socket and the microphones got this kind of doom windshield playing so if you breathe on it like it shouldn’t really pick up anything that you say it properly, will the unit on to say. I am saying generally hurl what a cool product, you know I’ll be able to now all make longer blogs are blogs that make more sense blogs that are lengthier Herm and serve more readable, hopefully her because I like to have content in it in each article if you do get this program yourself a preferred all standard version or a third new version comes out dental free to post on my forum put the link in the description. Both your reading the blog up at the end of the blog and Der Berg just talking to it and dirt idea is got some weird thing is that like the Bird in hand. Dirt idea and dental free is not perfect and I would say some of it is because I’m probably mumbling and probably because I’ve been talking all that each hairless mice settle review after doing the Microsoft Vista speech recognition program review and my voice has probably become the little horse and is probably not the same as it was just say one hour ago and I’m probably mumbling a little bit more than I was only wrong. So I’m going to leave and there I would say if I’d skip this rating at 10 from looking at what it caught up with me in. What I’ve said about the product so far just reading it back. It looks really amazing how much is correct, II wouldn’t have to correct too much looking at that. I would say, I would give it a hair than 8/10. I would if I would give it a hair than 8/10 at EC can’t overemphasise things because it will start to do weird things like that, if you talk an SAE to hone all along it won’t go wrong, but it’s only get really excited your voice passengers changes loads if you have ever ever edited. Music will edited your voice before in say, the video you’ll know what I mean her D voice passengers goes cheeks out the roof and it works on that kind of basis, so I would say this program has done very well so far is still learning it still nears it is a beginner to my voice at the moment and my voice has strayed from speaking quite well like a newscaster to the abyss of Chad and East End not say that all Eastenders a chance, but I just think of myself as a chap sometimes not because I am a child for that have been chimed the past, but just that I have caught on the Chad actual attributes from knowing chads and being around cows in the past. Not any more, though and if you don’t know what channel is well Google it until next time take care.

Now at first glance it doesn’t seem like the software did a great job as there are plenty of errors, but when I do speak more clearly like now, the program has no issues at all. I have since added slang words like chav to the dictionary which helps a great deal in cutting down errors. I also did not use the correction feature which is very accurate and quick to use, especially compared to Microsoft’s efforts. I find myself using the headset all the time now which is very comfortable and now that I’ve spent a few more hours with the Dragon Naturally Speaking, it is now very accurate. One thing I would recommend though is to be in a quiet room and don’t let anyone else try to imitate your voice as it throws the program off and gets added onto your voice file! My wife played with it for a bit and the program found it hard to figure me out straight afterwards when I started using it again. The license is per voice so if you do want multiple users then you need the preferred version.

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Things to do in London:Regent Street http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/06/things-to-do-in-londonregent-street/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/06/things-to-do-in-londonregent-street/#respond Sat, 06 Mar 2010 22:23:22 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=801 It seemed that every time I went to London to try to record a video of Regent Street, it started to rain. I had so many requests for Regent Street, it was unprecedented, so I am finally glad it is here. Regent Street cuts through the heart of London and crosses many junctions with very […]

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It seemed that every time I went to London to try to record a video of Regent Street, it started to rain. I had so many requests for Regent Street, it was unprecedented, so I am finally glad it is here. Regent Street cuts through the heart of London and crosses many junctions with very famous roads and landmarks. As a result many Tube lines serve Regent Street too, and there are many Tube stops with easy access to get to Regent Street from walking distance.

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The Bay Terrace Restaurant @ Mauna Lani Resort, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/04/the-bay-terrace-restaurant-mauna-lani-resort-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/04/the-bay-terrace-restaurant-mauna-lani-resort-hawaii-island-review/#comments Thu, 04 Mar 2010 09:58:07 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=794 The restaurant reviewed is: The Bay Terrace Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive Kohala Coast Hawaii 96743 808-881-7911 Kwai’s Dish Poi Pancake with a side of chopped macadamia nuts, maple syrup and coconut syrup. The whipped cream butter stuff. 3 Malasadas. Fresh pog juice. Yiki’s Dish 2 eggs sunny side up, […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
The Bay Terrace
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast
Hawaii 96743
808-881-7911

Kwai’s Dish
Poi Pancake with a side of chopped macadamia nuts, maple syrup and coconut syrup. The whipped cream butter stuff. 3 Malasadas. Fresh pog juice.

Yiki’s Dish
2 eggs sunny side up, chipped potatoes, sausages, 3 slices of toast, strawberry, pineapple and orange.

Exterior
Located at the Mauna Lani resort overlooking the pool area. With exterior and interior seating available.

Interior
Most of the seating is located outside but there are seats inside with a traditional wooden interior. The buffet items are located inside offering a large selection of hot and cold items.

Service
Service was excellent. Service was by a team of waitresses which worked well for a really fast turnaround.

Toilets
Did not inspect

Review
This is a breakfast time only restaurant. There is a buffet selection on offer at around 30 usd per head but we decided to opt for the a la carte menu with items between 7 usd and 17 usd on offer. Poi is a glutinous purple paste made from pounded Taro root and is really popular in Hawaii. It was a great introduction to try out Poi in my american deep rise style pancake as it was a truly memorable experience. If a pancake was to be cooked to perfection then this was it! Another popular Hawaiian staple is the macadamia nut and it serves as the perfect compliment to the Bay Terrace Pancake. The maple syrup was simple stuff but the coconut syrup made in house was absolutely superb. Yiki had something similar to an English breakfast except most of the items were missing. Eggs in the USA come in a variety of options including sunny side up which is what Yiki had and sunny it was. The main difference with this fry up and an English breakfast was that this tasted healthy even if it was odd having the fruit on the same plate. Another item to note was the excellent POG juice which is freshly made on site from Passion fruit, Orange and Gauva. POG juice is everywhere in Hawaii but the Bay terrace is the best place to go for the best possible example of this wonderful non alcoholic cocktail

Score
16/20

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Click here for a review of the Mauna Lani Breakfast Restaurant, The Bay Terrace
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KFC, Hawaii Island Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/02/kfc-hawaii-island-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/03/02/kfc-hawaii-island-review/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2010 19:27:45 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=789 The restaurant reviewed is: KFC Lanihau Center 75-5595 Palani Road Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 329-1122 There is also a KFC based in Hilo: 111 E Puainako St Hilo HI 96720 (808) 959-1886 Kwai’s Dish Chicken meal for 2, crispy coating, 2 biscuits, 2 mash and gravy, 5 pieces of chicken with sides of buttery […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
KFC
Lanihau Center
75-5595 Palani Road
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 329-1122

There is also a KFC based in Hilo:
111 E Puainako St
Hilo
HI 96720
(808) 959-1886

Kwai’s Dish
Chicken meal for 2, crispy coating, 2 biscuits, 2 mash and gravy, 5 pieces of chicken with sides of buttery spread & honey sauce.

Yiki’s Dish
Shared Kwai’s dishes

Exterior
Located at the Lanihau Center on a corner. Plenty of easy parking spaces. Across the road is the Kona coast shopping Center. There is no seating outside.

Interior
Interior was geared to have plenty of standing room with only a few tables available for dining in. The area was well kept and very clean which surpassed my expectations of a fast food establishment.

Service
Counter service was friendly and the staff tried their best to help explain what all the things (that we don’t have in the UK) were.

Toilets
Did not inspect

Review
This kfc meal was far better in general than any kfc I’ve had in the uk. For a start I was astonished at the absence of french fries in the meal deals. The menu was geared towards feeding the family or large parties and they also did not offer many other types of dishes apart from normal chicken pieces in original or crispy coating. There were only 3 pictures of burgers on the display wall menu. The biscuit is not what I would think of a biscuit in the UK. Instead it was very much like an english scone except it was salty instead of slightly sweet. Also unlike most scones in the UK, the biscuit was served warm. The crispy coating was very thick and reminded me of the UK spicy wings coating except it was much thicker. The mash was served very creamy with a ring of gravy laid on top. Biting through the chicken some grease came through which is similar to the UK version. One notable difference at the end of our meal was the lack of a wet wipe which is a standard and expected feature of buying a KFC in the UK. A tip would be to take your own wet wipes or take it home. Although standard was higher than expected, it wasn’t mind blowing gourmet cuisine.

Score
6/20

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Microsoft Vista Speech Recognition Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/28/microsoft-vista-speech-recognition-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/28/microsoft-vista-speech-recognition-review/#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:39:41 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=783 Many people own a copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7, but many people don’t know that it comes with a hands free dictate from speech to text software built in. To activate it just go to your control panel and then go through the options under the Speech Recognition button. After about an hour […]

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Many people own a copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7, but many people don’t know that it comes with a hands free dictate from speech to text software built in. To activate it just go to your control panel and then go through the options under the Speech Recognition button. After about an hour of setting up the software going through the tutorials and then training the software I was eager to see what this free piece of software could deliver. I told the software to ‘Start listening’ and then I ordered it to ‘Open wordpad’ and then I started dictating. Below is the result I got:

I am trying to get used to the Microsoft dictation software that comes free with windows vista. Even though I have taken the training on three separate occasions, I am having difficulty with dictating this document. I had to continuously correct myself on a continual basis because the dictation software keeps getting me muddled up. I think the main problem is that when we dictate our documents we speak very differently to how we would speak normally. We are supposed to speak in a newscaster fashion and this may not come naturally to most people even a trained presenter like myself. I have found many instances where I’ve had to correct words of context in a sentence such as the word to and two. I started this document at 11.10 AM and it is now 11.30 AM and I am finding that I’m getting used to this newscaster fashion of speaking although it is not as fluent as a program you have to pay for such as Dragon naturallyspeaking. I do like the fact that you don’t have to pay for the program if you already have windows vista although I’m starting to feel like you get what you pay for. It is now 11.35 AM to give you an idea of my progress. I have found it increasingly annoying that the computer will go and select something that I have already dictated as it gets confused with my commands with my dictation. I have to admit that the program is learning quite quickly the things that I’m saying at a relatively quick pace. Since taking the tutorial and three advanced voice recognition stages, I have launched wordpad and started typing this article without once lifting my finger to move the mouse or keyboard. There aren’t too many words in this article so far yet it is already 11.45 AM and I certainly don’t have 99.97% accuracy rate, for the amount of words that have been written I would say it’s closer to a 30 per cent accuracy rate but it is definitely going up. Compared with dragon naturallyspeaking I would estimate that this technology that is included with windows vista Is equivalent to dragon’s software couple of years back. Annoyingly I would have thought that the computer would now have picked up a mistake that has been reoccurring throughout this article and interestingly enough that mistake is to the word VISTA. Instead of using a noise canceling boom microphone I have opted to use my lavalier microphone clipped onto my shirt. I don’t think it has made any difference whatsoever though. It is now 12.02 PM, my throat is becoming hoarse, my mouth is dry and I am surprised I have been this patient so far. I am now going to go and buy a dragon naturally speaking and I pray that there will be 20 to eight million times better than this experience. It’s great that this piece of software is free but I awards this is generous five out of 10. I think it’s high time that I regained control, turn off my microphone, and get back to clicking and typing 🙂

Just for the record is now 1210 PM!

As I had made so many corrections to the software I figured it was ready and fair to review for video.


So to compliment the above video, below is what got spat out. Enjoy what was right and what was wrong with the transcription. The rating for the product is also in the transcription 🙂

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Planning your hair style for the wedding http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/24/planning-your-hair-style-for-the-wedding/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/24/planning-your-hair-style-for-the-wedding/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:21:42 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=771 So you’ve decided to get married, the place for the wedding is booked, the place for the party is booked, the date is confirmed, the guests are getting their invitations, the dress has been picked, what else?…… YOUR HAIR! OK, so you probably were already thinking about your hair even before you went window shopping […]

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So you’ve decided to get married, the place for the wedding is booked, the place for the party is booked, the date is confirmed, the guests are getting their invitations, the dress has been picked, what else?…… YOUR HAIR!

OK, so you probably were already thinking about your hair even before you went window shopping for a wedding dress at every boutique and dress sale going where there were hoards of tiaras and veils to tempt you into splashing out a few more hundred quid (dollars or other local currency). It’s important that before you opt for that once in a lifetime diamond tiara or the coarse net curtain that droops over your face to find a wedding hair stylist to sort out your hair on your head. My recommendation is to go for a wedding hair specialist who does wedding hair styles day in day out and can travel for your big day.

You may already know a hair stylist or you may have liked someone else’s hair style at their wedding, so take a recommendation and seek a consultation as soon as you can. If you have no success then you can ask your wedding photographer for a recommendation or 5. Photographers are a great resource for weddings and most are more than happy to help. Because we had our wedding in a location far away, I got my recommendation this way. My wife then was on the phone back and forth to the salon to book a trial day the week before the big day to see try out different styles. My wife also collected a brochure’s worth of printouts and magazine cutouts of hair styles she liked. Unless you are going for a radically different hair style to anything that’s ever gone before or you want to have short hair on your big day, then don’t get your hair cut for at least 6 months (preferably a year) before your wedding. The longer your hair the better as you’ll have more options for your big day.

Another reason why I say to book a wedding specialist is because they will usually travel out to wherever you are having your wedding. There is always a fee but it means your hair style will not fall out of shape and you can be less nervous about getting stuck in traffic. There is no cutting on your wedding day as the style will have been decided on your trial day so there is less to think about and less importance on needing a salon. Your stylist will be able to give you a very accurate time for how long they need to style your hair, so work backwards from your wedding ceremony then putting on your dress, then your makeup, then your hair for the stylist’s arrival time.

So to recap, don’t get your hair cut, gather loads of pics of hair styles, find a wedding hair stylist who can come out to you on your big day, meet them, like them, discuss style and accessories, book trial day a week before, book the stylist to come your wedding preparation place and finally confirm a month before for your trial day and wedding date, then on your trial day confirm the wedding date. Some stylists can double up as your make up artist and the steps above are applicable in every way for your make up on your wedding day too. Whatever happens I’m sure you will look great on your big day! It goes by so fast anyway so just let the photographer snap away to give you some glimpses of what actually went on and that fab hair do.

The salon in the video is of Icicles and we both got our hair trialled and styled with Shaloma (Who also came to our hotel room for the wedding) and Randee at
74-5615 Luhia St # C2,
Kailua Kona,
HI 96740
+1 808-329-1383

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Buns in the Sun, Hawaii Island Restaurant Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/22/buns-in-the-sun-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/22/buns-in-the-sun-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:58:49 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=767 The restaurant reviewed is: Buns in the Sun Lanihau Center 75-5596 Palani Road Kailua Kona HI 96740 (808) 326-2774 Kwai’s Dish Concha Bun & Kona Blue Sky Coffee Yiki’s Dish Danish Pastry, Assorted Cookies & Hot chocolate Exterior Located at the Lanihau Center on a corner. Plenty of easy parking spaces. Across the road is […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Buns in the Sun
Lanihau Center
75-5596 Palani Road
Kailua Kona
HI 96740
(808) 326-2774

Kwai’s Dish
Concha Bun & Kona Blue Sky Coffee

Yiki’s Dish
Danish Pastry, Assorted Cookies & Hot chocolate

Exterior
Located at the Lanihau Center on a corner. Plenty of easy parking spaces. Across the road is the Kona coast shopping Center. Seating and tables are located outside in limited numbers with a view of the car park.

Interior
1 table but mainly standing room only. Laid back atmosphere with pastries on display in the counter and hot food made to order.

Service
Served by a laid back and friendly guy who also gave me helpful directions when asked.

Toilets
No toilets

Review
I was advised by the guy who served me that the Concha bun I ordered was going to be bland but it goes great with coffee. I have to agree with the blandness of the Concha bun which tasted very plain and dry. The coffee was awful by Italian/French standards and maybe this coffee was out of this world by American standards but I have a universal standard for my reviews. Yiki had a dreadful hot chocolate and the Danish pastry was easily forgettable. One saving grace for Buns in the Sun was the delightful melt in the mouth cookies. They were very well made and I can imagine that other bakery items would be equally excellent. My rating will be on the expereince that I actually had though.

Score
6/20

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Buildings and Landmarks viewable from Vertigo Bar in Tower 42 http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/17/buildings-and-landmarks-viewable-from-vertigo-bar-in-tower-42/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/17/buildings-and-landmarks-viewable-from-vertigo-bar-in-tower-42/#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2010 07:15:30 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=728 Click here to view video with commentary The above video view is from Vertigo Bar which is on the 42nd floor of Tower 42, formerly known as the Natwest Tower. The address of Tower 42 (if you are trying to find it) is 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ. Below are the views from […]

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The above video view is from Vertigo Bar which is on the 42nd floor of Tower 42, formerly known as the Natwest Tower. The address of Tower 42 (if you are trying to find it) is 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ.

Below are the views from the video above. At each time code I will mention the landmarks & buildings from left to right and then top to bottom (top left, middle left then bottom left and so on).

(mm:ss)
00:05 Exchange House, Exchange Square, Broadgate Venus, London Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate Arcade, RBS building, 1 Bishops Square, Spitalfields Market Gazebo, Spitalfields Market, Heron Tower, Denning Point

01:05 Denning Point, Petticoat Tower, The O2, HSBC Tower, Canary Wharf Tower, Citigroup Centre, Gherkin (Also known as Swiss Re building)

02:05 Broadgate Tower, Exchange house, Exchange Square, Broadgate Venus, London Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate Arcade, RBS building, 1 Bishops Square, Spitalfields Market Gazebo, Spitalfields Market, 99 Bishopsgate, Heron Tower

03:05 Finsbury Circus, Winchester House, 100 Liverpool Street, Dashwood House

04:05 Tower 42 purple and grey chairs

05:05 Citypoint, Finsbury Circus, Ropemaker Place, Artillery Ground, Triton court, Finsbury Square, 30 Crown Place, Broadgate Circle, The Broadgate Exchange

06:05 Artillery Ground, Triton court, Finsbury Square, 30 Crown Place, The Broadgate Exchange, Broadgate Tower, Exchange house, Exchange Square

07:05 Tower 42 Menu card, Winchester House

08:05 125 Old Broad Sreet, Angel Court Tower, Drapers’ Hall

09:05 1 Threadneedle Street, Threadneedles Hotel, 125 Old Broad Sreet

10:05 Strata, canon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Royal Exchange, Millennium Bridge, 125 Old Broad Sreet, Blackfriars Bridge, London Eye, St James Park, Waterloo Bridge

11:05 The Parish Church of St. Michael’s Cornhill, Threadneedles Hotel, 1 Threadneedle Street, Royal Exchange, 125 Old Broad Sreet

12:05 Giant Marker Pen (The side of Tower 42), The Willis Building, Lloyd’s Building, Tower Bridge, City Hall, Plantation Place, The Scoop, More London Place, HMS Belfast, Southwark Crown Court, Hay’s Galleria

I’ve listed out the landmarks in order of appearance from the time codes above with their address details, map and website if available. Click on the landmarks to go to their corresponding websites or wikipedia pages.
Exchange House, Primrose Street
Exchange Square,Primrose Street
London Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate
Broadgate Venus, Exchange Square
Bishopsgate Arcade, Bishopsgate
RBS building, 250 Bishopsgate
1 Bishops Square, Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields Market Gazebo, Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields Market
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
Denning Point, Commercial Street
Petticoat Tower, Petticoat Square
The O2, Peninsula Square
HSBC Tower, 8 Canada Square
Canary Wharf Tower, 1 Canada Square
Citigroup Centre, 33 and 25 Canada Square
Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe
Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate
99 Bishopsgate
Winchester House, 75 London Wall
UBS, 100 Liverpool Street
Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street
Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street
Ropemaker Place, Ropemaker Street
Artillery Ground, City Road
Triton court, Finsbury Square
Finsbury Square
30 Crown Place
Broadgate Circle
The Broadgate Exchange, 2 Exchange Square
125 Old Broad Sreet
Angel Court Tower, 1 Angel Court
Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue
1 Threadneedle Street
Threadneedles Hotel, 5 Threadneedle Street
Strata, Walworth Road
canon Street Railway Bridge
Southwark Bridge
Royal Exchange
Millennium Bridge
Blackfriars Bridge
London Eye, Westminster Bridge Road
St James Park
Waterloo Bridge
The Parish Church of St. Michael’s Cornhill, St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill
The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street
Lloyd’s Building, 1 Lime Street
Tower Bridge
City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk
Plantation Place, 31-35 Fenchurch Street
The Scoop, The Queens Walk
More London Place, The Queens Walk
HMS Belfast, Tooley St
Southwark Crown Court, The Queens Walk
Hay’s Galleria, The Queens Walk

To view the menu @ Vertigo bar see the below video

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My favourite squirrels in London http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/11/my-favourite-squirrels-in-london/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/11/my-favourite-squirrels-in-london/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:37:27 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=726 I found these guys in Green Park, London. They’re only short videos so give them a play!

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It rains all the time in London! http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/05/it-rains-all-the-time-in-london/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/05/it-rains-all-the-time-in-london/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2010 22:16:18 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=723 In the above video Kwai Chi shows off a small part of Regent Street, London from the sheltered canopy of Hamley’s Toy Store. Discuss this article @ http://kwaichi.com/forum/kwaigina-monovlog/london-rains-all-the-time!

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Hawaii Island Restaurant Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/05/ruths-chris-steakhouse-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/05/ruths-chris-steakhouse-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2010 22:12:49 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=718 The restaurant reviewed is: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr, The Shops at Mauna Lani, Kamuela, HI 96743 (808) 887-0800 Kwai’s Dish 1lb Rib eye steak with a loaded 1lb potato (sour cream, bacon, cheese) Yiki’s Dish 40 USD sunday special 1lb Rib eye steak with a loaded 1lb potato (sour cream, bacon, cheese) […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr,
The Shops at Mauna Lani,
Kamuela,
HI 96743
(808) 887-0800

Kwai’s Dish
1lb Rib eye steak with a loaded 1lb potato (sour cream, bacon, cheese)

Yiki’s Dish
40 USD sunday special 1lb Rib eye steak with a loaded 1lb potato (sour cream, bacon, cheese)

Exterior
Located at the Mauna Lani shopping mall on the 1st floor (2nd floor for our US friends)

Interior
Layout was Chicago gangster style tables and booths with super large tables with clean thick white cloth on top.

Service
Served by one waitress, female mid 40s. Service was friendly and food was transported on a luxury looking cart.

Toilets
Toilets were very clean and well maintained.

Review
First thing’s first – everything here is big! The layout is big, the space between tables is big, the doorways are big, the tables are big, the seats are big, the waitresses are, um…. Anyway the place is comfortable and the mood is very warm with nicely polished hardwood everywhere. It’s like all those old American gangster films where the bad guy orders the hit! So on to the food. We chose the cheapest thing on the menu which on the day was the Sunday special. It comes out on a gigantic plate on a gigantic trolley with a side of a gigantic 1lb baked potato with an enormous portion of random toppings like fake bacon bits. The steak is not cooked on the large flat side like most places or at home, instead it’s cooked until burnt on the outside of the steak. To accomplish this the steak is very thick cut. One advantage is that you can see when the middle is cooked to the preferred done state. One massive disadvantage is the seasoning, the middle tasted of nothing. The experience was texture only, it was so bland in the middle I almost cried. On the outside where it was burnt it was pretty inedible but the parts I could chew, I felt an explosion of salt. In between the burnt crust and the bland middle was a great steak, but the middle and crust took up too much of the steak.

If you are bold enough to call yourself a steakhouse then make sure your steak is great! Big does not equal great, it’s all about the quality! The execution from the kitchen did not meet the expectation of the atmosphere or the service. Overall I was sadly disappointed, it’s like going to a great looking new cinema only to watch the movie on a 12 inch black and white TV.

Score
8/20

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Click here for a tour of the Mauna Lani Spa, gym and tennis courts
Click here for a view of the Mauna Lani resort & Ocean from one of the Hotel’s corridors.
Click here for a review of the Mauna Lani Breakfast Restaurant, The Bay Terrace
Click here for a review of Ruth Chris Steak House @ The Mauna Lani Mall
Click here for a view of the Ocean from One of Mauna Lani’s Ocean Front facing Deluxe rooms
Click here for a tour of a Mauna Lani Deluxe Ocean Front Facing room

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Getting lost in Hawaii http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/05/getting-lost-in-hawaii/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/02/05/getting-lost-in-hawaii/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2010 11:50:58 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=715 The future Mrs Chi was driving on the wrong side of the road (or the right side if you’re American or from continental Europe) for the first time in her life on Hawaii island on route 270. We were looking for Radioshack in Waimea and we had the address so we input the zip code […]

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The future Mrs Chi was driving on the wrong side of the road (or the right side if you’re American or from continental Europe) for the first time in her life on Hawaii island on route 270. We were looking for Radioshack in Waimea and we had the address so we input the zip code and the first 2 digits of the 6 digit house number. This was our fundamental mistake. In England we are used to addresses with a number (usually 1 to 3 digits long) followed by the street name, city, county then most importantly the post code which accurate to a part or all of a street. The USA system of Zip code is quite different though with a zip code covering a much larger area (see the wiki on zip codes here). There is the additional 4 digits for more accuracy in big cities but we did not have that for Radioshack in Hawaii Island.

Fundamentally we took a right turn instead of a left at the junction of route 270 and ended up seeing another wonderful scenic area of the Big island. It’s not all bad in paradise I guess!

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Cafe Pesto, Hawaii Island Restaurant Review http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/21/cafe-pesto-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/21/cafe-pesto-hawaii-island-restaurant-review/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2010 21:39:36 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=700 The restaurant reviewed is: Cafe Pesto Kawaihae Shopping Center, South Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island, Hawaii, USA (808) 882-1071 They also have a branch in Hilo: Cafe Pesto Historic S. Hata Building, On the Bay, Downtown Hilo, Hawaii Island, Hawaii, USA (808) 969-6640 Kwai’s Dish Special of Linguine with breast of chicken with a sauce of […]

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The restaurant reviewed is:
Cafe Pesto
Kawaihae Shopping Center,
South Kohala Coast,
Hawaii Island,
Hawaii,
USA
(808) 882-1071

They also have a branch in Hilo:
Cafe Pesto
Historic S. Hata Building,
On the Bay,
Downtown Hilo,
Hawaii Island,
Hawaii,
USA
(808) 969-6640

Kwai’s Dish
Special of Linguine with breast of chicken with a sauce of shitake mushrooms and normal mushrooms and cooked ham

Yiki’s Dish
Sweet potato mash and mushrooms, Crab and shrimp sandwich with cheese

Exterior
Located at a dead end on a road nearest the coast with a few other restaurants and shops. Parking is on the tight side by US standards. Parking stop blocks are present.

Interior
Small casual feeling restaurant. Not cramped but not loads of elbow space. You do feel like you are close to the other tables.

Service
Served by 1 waiter, man in his 20s. Service was a very friendly to the point of cheesy. The waiter recited the specials easily and was quick to recommend dishes on request.

Toilets
Toilets were clean and well maintained.

Review
My dish really lacked consistency with the ham part being really salty while the linguine was really bland and far too soft. Yiki enjoyed her sandwich which was served bruschetta style so not a sandwich at all. For the hype of this place on many review sites, I was sadly disappointed with the lack of care over the key ingredients which just did not compliment each other.

Score
7/20

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Balcony view from Mauna Lani Resort, Hawaii Island http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/18/balcony-view-from-mauna-lani-resort-hawaii-island/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/18/balcony-view-from-mauna-lani-resort-hawaii-island/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:56:48 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=698 In the above video, Kwai Chi shows off the view from the Balcony of a deluxe ocean front facing hotel room at the Mauna Lani Resort. It’s truly breathtaking and if you haven’t ever been to Hawaii then pack your bags and get out there! Discuss this post here Click here for a tour of […]

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In the above video, Kwai Chi shows off the view from the Balcony of a deluxe ocean front facing hotel room at the Mauna Lani Resort. It’s truly breathtaking and if you haven’t ever been to Hawaii then pack your bags and get out there!

Discuss this post here

Click here for a tour of the Mauna Lani Spa, gym and tennis courts
Click here for a view of the Mauna Lani resort & Ocean from one of the Hotel’s corridors.
Click here for a review of the Mauna Lani Breakfast Restaurant, The Bay Terrace
Click here for a review of Ruth Chris Steak House @ The Mauna Lani Mall
Click here for a view of the Ocean from One of Mauna Lani’s Ocean Front facing Deluxe rooms
Click here for a tour of a Mauna Lani Deluxe Ocean Front Facing room

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Creating a Path for Humanity http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/18/creating-a-path-for-humanity/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/18/creating-a-path-for-humanity/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:35:37 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=696 There are times when things need fixing or things need clearing and the easiest reaction is to say that someone else will do it or that it’s someone else’s responsibility. The harder option is to do something about it yourself. When it snows and ambulances get stuck, why not help? If it floods, why not […]

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There are times when things need fixing or things need clearing and the easiest reaction is to say that someone else will do it or that it’s someone else’s responsibility. The harder option is to do something about it yourself. When it snows and ambulances get stuck, why not help? If it floods, why not help pump out the water? Sometimes there simply are not enough public resources to cope and we, as humans, should help out if we are able to. It’s easy to cheat ourselves and only help ourselves but we should be asking ourselves whether we should be doing more.

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How to pick a wedding venue http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/18/how-to-pick-a-wedding-venue/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/18/how-to-pick-a-wedding-venue/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:18:18 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=694 In the above video, Kwai Chi gives advice on which venue to pick for the big day. The wedding venue is the determining factor for which date you choose for your ceremony. Wedding venues range from temporary marquees to castles in Italy. Some couples decide to have multiple ceremonies and multiple venues to bless their […]

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In the above video, Kwai Chi gives advice on which venue to pick for the big day. The wedding venue is the determining factor for which date you choose for your ceremony. Wedding venues range from temporary marquees to castles in Italy. Some couples decide to have multiple ceremonies and multiple venues to bless their marriage. Whatever you decide for the big day, make sure it’s something you want for you and not for anyone else!

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Don’t shop at Direct Sports Online! http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/06/dont-shop-at-direct-sports-online/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/06/dont-shop-at-direct-sports-online/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2010 07:02:59 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=665 To save confusion this is not a review for Sports Direct (http://sportsdirect.com) or Direct Sports in the USA (http://directsports.com) but my personal experience of the UK based Direct Sports (http://www.directsportseshop.co.uk) Direct Sports is an online sports store specialising in racket sports. Their website is either http://www.directsportseshop.co.uk or http://www.directsports-eshop.com. After selling one of my current rackets […]

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To save confusion this is not a review for Sports Direct (http://sportsdirect.com) or Direct Sports in the USA (http://directsports.com) but my personal experience of the UK based Direct Sports (http://www.directsportseshop.co.uk)

Direct Sports is an online sports store specialising in racket sports. Their website is either http://www.directsportseshop.co.uk or http://www.directsports-eshop.com. After selling one of my current rackets I thought I would try something new out for 2010. After much research I was on the hunt for a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT Plus. The best price was at both http://www.prodirecttennis.com and http://www.directsportseshop.co.uk. I finally chose Direct Sports because they took Paypal (which I had some credit on already) and they also offer a stringing service for just the price of the string (even though the string is overpriced). On ordering they also threw in a free gift of your choice (A choice from rackets, balls and bags) and so I chose a Babolat Club Line 3 Racket Bag as part of my purchase. To top everything off, next day delivery was free of charge because I had purchased a racket (normally 2-4 days is free of charge). All looked great, I put my order through at 3pm on 29th December 2009 which was the cut off time for next day delivery and so I was looking forward to having my shiny new racket on the 30th December 2009.

Direct Sports Shop Order

I was very excited on the 30th December 2009 and so I logged on to my order history and the status had not changed from ‘Payment Taken’. I waited until 3.34pm but it hadn’t arrived yet so I called customer service on 01740 646961 and queried why this was and the lady explained to me that I had missed the 3pm deadline (even though I ordered at 3pm) and so I wouldn’t get my order until the 31st December 2009. I was gutted but I didn’t feel too bad, after all I only had to wait an extra day, right? Absolutely wrong! I got a call at 5.07pm the same day (30th December 2009) from the same lady telling me that I had to wait an extra day because there was no stringer available to string my racket until the 31st December 2009. I was incredibly annoyed and the lady just told me it was out her control and that it was my fault for wanting the stringing service and also blamed the time of year. She then went on to tell me that she could send me out the racket that day (30th December 2009) without the new string and then immediately told me to hold and then came back on the phone to tell me that the courier had already left for the day and so I definitely wouldn’t get the racket until the day after. I finally got a chance to speak and I thought that I would point out that the 1st January 2010 was a bank holiday and so she told me that I would get it on the 2nd January 2010. I asked her to confirm that they were going to send the my new racket on the 2nd January 2010 even though it was a Saturday and then she quickly replied that I wouldn’t get the racket until Monday 4th January 2010. I was really trying to get my head around the fact that the person I was talking to had no idea what day of the week it was or that the 1st of January of each year was a bank holiday.

My wife was annoyed too when she heard what happened when she got back that night and suggested that I talk to them to ask them to deliver on Saturday 2nd January 2010 as it was their fault in the first place. With this in mind I phoned up Direct Sports again on the 31st December 2009 at 10.20am asking them to deliver on the Saturday instead and I was bluntly just told that they didn’t deliver on Saturdays because it cost them too much and nothing further would be done. This really annoyed me as I had worked at ebuyer.com before and the operating director (Armando Sanchez) would always try his best to accommodate the customer if it was a fault of ebuyer.com themselves, even if it meant getting his own staff to deliver items directly to the customer. What ever happened to this moral stance on things? How can an online only company like Direct Sports be so blaze and have such an arrogant stance on customer service? I resigned myself to wait until 2010 to get my shiny new racket.

Happy new year plus a few days into 2010! It was the 4th January 2010 and I thought I would check in on the status of my order and once again it had not changed from ‘Payment Taken’. I phoned up Direct Sports at 9.59am on the 4th January 2010 to query this and she told me that she was checking on my order. She then told me her database was down and that she would call me back. She called me back about 20 minutes later at 10.21am and told me that it had been dispatched on the 31st December 2009 as planned and after asking about 3 times got a consignment number. After asking if I would definitely get the order on the 4th January 2010 I was told not to expect the order as she had no success with trying to track the item. I tried the tracking number on Parcelforce’s website and it showed up with an error. I tried all through the day but kept getting this error ‘We are currently unable to confirm that status of your parcel. Please check the number and try again. Please note that items sent over 4 months ago cannot be tracked online. If you are tracking a parcel sent from outside of the UK, we may not have received it yet. Please try again or use the help button below.’ I thought I’d email them at sales@directsports-eshop.com as the phone didn’t seem to offer any joy. I got this reply 3 hours later ‘Hi Kwai, We are sorry to hear that you are yet to receive your parcel. I can assure you that this parcel has been sent with Parcel Force and under normal courier days your order would have been received. Clearly the Christmas/ New Year services have held up your order. We genuinely regret any inconvenience and issues this situation has caused you.’ they also included another tracking number that didn’t work. I replied back to them by email telling them that the tracking number did not work.

More time passed and the 5th January 2010 came around. I was so annoyed at this point that I still hadn’t received my parcel so I called up at 11.43am as once again my order status showed ‘Payment Taken’ and I had received no email reply with the correct tracking number, actually no email reply at all. By this stage I had waited a whole week after the date it should have arrived by. I wanted compensation of some sort and I also wanted the correct tracking number. I spoke to Rebecca at customer service and was finally given a tracking number that worked. However I noticed that they had not given the parcel to Parcelforce until the evening of the 4th January 2010! I was livid and demanded compensation for their outright and constant lies to me. How much of what they told me was actually true in the first place? Rebecca then told me that they had definitely given the parcel to Parcelforce on the 31st January 2010 and that Parcelforce must have attached a new label as a result of their own delay. I asked her to get compensation from Parcelforce if this was the case. Rebecca then told me that that would not be possible, Rebecca told me there was nothing she could do. Once I told her that I was writing this all up in this blog Rebecca offered to refund me the delivery. I pointed out that the delivery was free and Rebecca told me once again that there was no compensation available. Rebecca reminded me that she had got me the correct tracking number and that I would be getting the parcel very soon, what more could I want? She also reminded me that I was getting free delivery and that I should be satisfied with that. She continued to tell me that she could not offer compensation, discount, refund or a voucher of any kind.

Parcel Tracking status as of 5th January 2010

I was really annoyed with her attitude and lack of action and told Rebecca sincerely that I should be compensated to some degree. Rebecca then finally offered a reduction on a future purchase which I have in writing although she declined to give an exact figure or percentage, only that I would have to phone for my future reduced purchase. I told her that a 50p reduction off a new racket would hardly justify any form of compensation but Rebecca tried to reassure me that it would obviously be more. The email reads:

‘Hi Mr Kwai,

As requested, here is confirmation that we will offer you the best possible price of your next order.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Regards,

Rebecca

Direct Sports’

After all the uncertainty with Direct Sports, I don’t think I’ll be taking Rebecca up on her offer!

Finally! The Parcelforce guy comes knocking on my door at 4.49pm and I gladly take the order off his hands. The box is totally intact with the Direct Sports label sealing top and bottom:

All caution tape was intact

The box only looks big enough to hold a racket and oh wait what’s that on the main label? It’s the date of despatch! It’s not placed over an old label and as the caution tapes are in place it’s not a new box. The stamp is for 24 hour delivery but the date of despatch is not the 31st December 2009 but 4th January 2010! Direct Sports and Rebecca have totally been telling me fibs. How can anyone trust a company that just keeps on lying?

The label for despatch clearly shows the date

OK, forget about how poor the customer service – well service full stop – so far from Direct Sports. Let’s see the goods! The racket is in the racket case which is in a long polythene bag. The racket case looks fine. The free gift Babolat bag is packed in tight next to the racket and is also in a polythene bag. There’s no other padding of any sort so it’s lucky that the flimsy box was not compromised in any way. Taking the racket out of the cover we see from the outset that Direct Sports have decided to paint the strings as if I had not had a restring.

The Babolat Roddick Pure Drive GT + Racket head has been restrung and repainted

That would be absolutely fine if the paint was actually even, not flaking off easily and didn’t have random tennis ball like fluff all over it, but alas it has all of those properties!

The string has been painted unevenly and there is fluff all over the place

The saying ‘You missed a bit’ should also be ‘You painted too much!’ There’s excess paint on the frame of my racket. Luckily the paint is so crap that I can easily rub it off with my thumb with no effort.

The Babolat Roddick Pure Drive GT + with excess string paint on the frame

Sometimes when people tell you that you get what you pay for, they are absolutely right! I paid nothing for the restring service except an inflated price for the string itself and got a racket strung by an 8 year old! The tension is supposed to be at 60lbs but the cross strings move along the mains as if it’s strung at 45lbs. Any decent stringer will string the mains and crosses separately but my 8 year old Direct Sports stringer hasn’t bothered and stuck it in the frame as one piece! To top it all off, Direct Sport’s 8 year old stringer couldn’t be bothered to trim off the string ends after doing a Double Half Hitch Knot! I’m not sure why they didn’t opt for a Pro Knot and it’s sure going to be annoying to see flashes of excess yellow string waving at me.

There's just way too much string hanging off there!


This is what a double half hitch knot looks like before the string has been trimmed

Well it looks like the restring (which was one of many excuses given to me by Direct Sports) is coming straight out wasting me £15.99 plus getting the job done properly plus more string! So what is there to learn from all of this? Well from the outset it’s easy to say that you shouldn’t trust any online companies you’ve never heard of, but I’ve had great success so far (in general) with small retailers. I will always champion shopping online however difficult it may be, but I may be less adventurous in future with companies that haven’t been reviewed very much. It’ll now cost me more time and money to get the racket restrung along with what I paid Direct Sports but is still cheaper than if I had just got the racket and restring from my local PWP store. I’m confident that if I had gone with another online retailer that I would have received better and faster service though.

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His and Her Wedding Rings http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/04/his-and-her-wedding-rings/ http://kwaichi.com/2010/01/04/his-and-her-wedding-rings/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2010 12:17:24 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=638 So you’re on the lookout for some wedding bands for the big day but you’re not sure what to go for. Well regardless of whether you’ve already purchased the engagement ring the following applies to any precious metal ring you’re ever likely to buy. There are several types of material on the market when it […]

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So you’re on the lookout for some wedding bands for the big day but you’re not sure what to go for. Well regardless of whether you’ve already purchased the engagement ring the following applies to any precious metal ring you’re ever likely to buy.

There are several types of material on the market when it comes to rings including silver, gold, platinum, palladium, titanium to name the most popular. Titanium is a really lightweight material and so comes in handy for guys as the bands tend to be far wider than a female ring. Guys rings usually start from 3mm width all the way to a couple of centimetres. It really depends on preference, taste and budget. With this in mind titanium is really cheap compared to it’s heavy counterparts and you can expect to pick up a male wedding band from just £15. Expect to take the ring off often though as the rings are usually poorly finished and can feel uncomfortable for long periods of wear and also can suffer from a green copper like stain when your hands get sweaty or wet. This is because the ring is actually an alloy and not just pure titanium. An all titanium band is available for a little more and is very hard wearing (even harder than platinum) and very lightweight.

Silver is sometimes sold just as cheaply as titanium for wedding bands but it is almost always an alloy. Sterling silver (or sometimes just sold as silver) is not 100% pure silver. Although it’s harder than gold, pure silver is very soft and so it is almost always alloyed with copper. The percentage is usually 92.5% silver and the rest copper. This can lead to skin stains when the silver is wet or it can lead to your ring looking well tarnished if your hands get anywhere near certain chemicals eg. sulphur lakes turn silver black. Rings are very rarely made in pure silver as they can’t hold their shape very well. If you do source one then it probably isn’t worth buying.

Gold is a precious metal and is very very soft. Jewellery made with gold is usually always an alloy, although pure gold rings are often found in Asia as it is seen as a classier purchase. When buying gold make sure you look on the inside of the ring and look for the purity stamp. Purity is measured as a percentage of the purest carat of that metal. The highest carat for gold is 24 carat which will bear the number 9999 somewhere on the jewellery. The 24 carat stamp is not the usual though, the purity number is usually out of 1000, so 750 denotes 18k (carat), a stamp of 500 denotes 12k and a 250 stamp means that it’s 9 carat gold. I’ve seen some 24k gold rings and they look horrid when they’re old! They are so soft that they pick up millions of dents and divots and totally lose shape. I find the colour a bit off-putting too. 18k is a better choice and the other 250 parts of the ring affect the look of the finished ring. If the 750 parts of gold are plated with 250 parts silver, palladium or rhodium then the yellow gold miraculously turns a shiny silvery-white colour and is known as white gold. More expensive 18k white gold may be alloyed with rhodium. Rhodium is a non irritating and very hard metal that gives a really nice shine to wedding rings and is also found to coat platinum. Rhodium is part of the platinum family and is totally resistant to acid erosion. For almost any other 18k gold mix, the metal will usually appear yellow.

Palladium is a metal that is part of the platinum family but is less dense. It shares many of the characteristics of Platinum but at a much lower cost. It’s not as hard as platinum but harder than gold and it’s naturally silvery white and easily sourced. It’s usually found as a by product when mining for gold or platinum and can even be a product of spent nuclear fuel!

Platinum is the top of the metal tree when it comes to wedding bands and is super dense, super hard, super durable and super expensive! As it’s so hard the platinum mix with an alloy of rhodium can be as high as 950 parts to 50 rhodium (to make the 1000). Rhodium is the alloy of choice for Platinum wedding bands as it is relatively cheap and easy to replate and also not much is required to keep up the natural colour of the Platinum underneath or to strengthen the shape. Ruthenium and cobalt are also often used to alloy as alternatives to Rhodium and both serve well, however avoid Iridium alloys as the metal is easily dulled and scratched.

So that’s the metal side of things covered, well how about the shape? Well for guys, go for something wider than 3mm up to any width of your preference and/or budget. Shapes differ dependant on the material and some come with detail, stuff inside/on the ring or just plain. If you’re not used to wearing a ring then make sure you try on plenty of different styles and shapes of wedding bands as some may be a lot more comfortable than others. Flat style rings eg. flat court rings, tend to be more comfortable than raised and rounded rings which hinder the ability to close a fist properly.

For the brides wedding band , go for a shape that compliments the shape of your engagement ring. A matching width looks great and more importantly the rings should sit together easily so that there’s not a massive gap between them. If the engagement ring has a diamond on it then usually it will sit high up on the ring to allow the wedding band to sit flush next to it. If it doesn’t, then consider getting your wedding band custom made from a jewellery maker. If your engagement ring has no diamond or stone on it then consider having a diamond or diamonds in your bridal wedding ring. There are many styles of diamond wedding bands from a single small diamond set in the ring, a semi pavé of diamonds (a series of diamonds positioned next to each other to fill half a ring) or a full pavé of diamonds (a series of diamonds positioned next to each other to fill the whole ring).

To discuss this article further click here for wedding bands for the bride and click here for wedding bands for the groom

For more information on diamond engagement rings click here

For more help with selecting your wedding band see the following videos:

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What are you having to eat at xmas? http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/24/what-are-you-having-to-eat-at-xmas/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/24/what-are-you-having-to-eat-at-xmas/#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2009 11:43:19 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=632 Christmas is a time for sharing and a time for giving. It’s also a time for calorie busting food! In the UK the tradition is to have a gigantic turkey or goose as the mainstay of the table with sides of chipolatas (thin British sausages sometimes wrapped in bacon and called pigs in blankets), brussel […]

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Christmas is a time for sharing and a time for giving. It’s also a time for calorie busting food! In the UK the tradition is to have a gigantic turkey or goose as the mainstay of the table with sides of chipolatas (thin British sausages sometimes wrapped in bacon and called pigs in blankets), brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, gravy, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, stuffing, yorkshire pudding.

For Desert, a rich Christmas pudding (steamed for hours and poured over with brandy then lit until evaporated) topped with clotted cream.

What do you eat in your part of the world at Christmas time?

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Which word annoys you the most? http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/23/which-word-annoys-you-the-most/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/23/which-word-annoys-you-the-most/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:01:50 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=630 Kwai Chi poses the question in the above video. What word do you hate or annoys you the most? Discuss this post here http://kwaichi.com/forum/kwaigina-monovlog/what-is-the-most-hated-word-in-the-world

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Kwai Chi poses the question in the above video. What word do you hate or annoys you the most?

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The worst road conditions for over 25 years in the UK! http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/22/the-worst-road-conditions-for-over-25-years-in-the-uk/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/22/the-worst-road-conditions-for-over-25-years-in-the-uk/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:52:23 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=626 If you got caught in the snow and ice yesterday then here’s a reminder in the video above. For all of you around the world who aren’t affected then take a look at a typical road in the UK last night. More than 3000 people were stranded and had to sleep in their cars or […]

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If you got caught in the snow and ice yesterday then here’s a reminder in the video above. For all of you around the world who aren’t affected then take a look at a typical road in the UK last night. More than 3000 people were stranded and had to sleep in their cars or abandoned them! The AA breakdown service said that yesterday was their busiest day in over 25 years….

Discuss this video at http://kwaichi.com/forum/kwaigina-monovlog/the-worst-road-conditions-for-over-25-years-in-the-uk!

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Mauna Lani Deluxe Front Ocean Room Tour http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/19/mauna-lani-deluxe-front-ocean-room-tour/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/19/mauna-lani-deluxe-front-ocean-room-tour/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2009 13:10:29 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=620 In the above video Kwai Chi explores what’s on offer in Mauna Lani Resort’s Deluxe Front facing Ocean Room. Mauna Lani is well known on the big island of Hawaii with much to offer including some top golf courses, stunning beach location and even a shopping mall. Mauna Lani is about 40 minutes drive north […]

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In the above video Kwai Chi explores what’s on offer in Mauna Lani Resort’s Deluxe Front facing Ocean Room. Mauna Lani is well known on the big island of Hawaii with much to offer including some top golf courses, stunning beach location and even a shopping mall. Mauna Lani is about 40 minutes drive north of Kona airport, 50 minutes drive from Kailua Kona, 20 minutes from Waimea and 1hr 40 minutes from Hilo (about the same time for route 19 or 200 Saddle Road).

Mauna Lani Resort is also known as The Mauna Lani Bay and also used to be known as Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. The address is the same though 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743. To talk to someone there phone +1 808-885-6622. To get the best room rates book directly on the Mauna Lani Resort’s website http://www.maunalani.com (they always have special offers on, although you probably won’t need to eat a buffet breakfast every morning and a la carte menu is cheaper)

Mauna Lani Resort also offer a competitive package for weddings starting from just $550 plus tax (4.166%). We had a sunset wedding with the cheapest wedding package and the Wedding planner gave us a choice of minister, time of day (morning, afternoon or sunset), location (several wedding locations around the resort) and helped us with the flowers.

I found my own photographer after much searching online and went with Angy Chesler at http://www.vip-wedding-hawaii.com (I negotiated a deal to have all our photos on a DVD so that we could print and upload them wherever we wanted). We got the bridal bouquet and the boutonnière from Watanabe Floral at http://www.watanabefloral.com/contactus.asp (We picked up from their Kamuela Store which is about 30 minute drive, so we could see the flowers and also so that we didn’t get charged the extortionate delivery fee). My wife got her nails done at the Mauna Lani Spa at http://www.maunalani.com/s_st_hawaiian_treatments.htm and we both got our hair done at Icicles with Shaloma and Randy at their Kailua Kona Salon at
74-5615 Luhia St # C2, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 (and in our hotel room on the wedding day). To book a trial and wedding style give Shaloma a ring on +1 808-329-1383 at least 3 months in advance (and don’t get your hair cut in the meantime!).

To discuss this article further come and chat in the forum (requires registration and is separate from the registration on this blog) at http://kwaichi.com/forum/hawaii/mauna-lani-deluxe-front-ocean-room-tour-1080p

Click here for a tour of the Mauna Lani Spa, gym and tennis courts
Click here for a view of the Mauna Lani resort & Ocean from one of the Hotel’s corridors.
Click here for a review of the Mauna Lani Breakfast Restaurant, The Bay Terrace
Click here for a review of Ruth Chris Steak House @ The Mauna Lani Mall
Click here for a view of the Ocean from One of Mauna Lani’s Ocean Front facing Deluxe rooms
Click here for a tour of a Mauna Lani Deluxe Ocean Front Facing room

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I’m a Costco Convert! http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/09/im-a-costco-convert/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/12/09/im-a-costco-convert/#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:36:30 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=588 So the wife and I got a trade membership the other day at Costco (UK). Costco is a USA chain of member wholesale cash and carry stores that now span the globe. Their main principle is to have a limited range of goods but to sell in bulk at seriously low prices. Most items sold […]

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Costco in the UK


So the wife and I got a trade membership the other day at Costco (UK). Costco is a USA chain of member wholesale cash and carry stores that now span the globe. Their main principle is to have a limited range of goods but to sell in bulk at seriously low prices. Most items sold are well known or the best known brand of that particular type of product eg. Heinz Tomato Ketchup. There are also high end brands in the mix eg. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Tag Heuer, Analon, Global knives, the list goes on. There is definitely an American influence in the place with plenty of relatively unknown to the UK brands being sold at Costco eg. Hersheys, Skippy, Oreo. Costco buildings are big with long and wide parking spaces, massive heavy duty trolleys with a large 2 baby seat drawer for young kids, shelves are stacked by pallets high inside with only the ground level pallet taken out of shrinkwrap for customers. Although Costco has a warehouse feel it is very clean and well maintained. The staff are friendly and seem happy to help. There’s a tyre shop, an opticians, a 1 hour photo shop, a jewellery counter, tobacco shop (restricted) and a cheap canteen style restaurant.

Costco aftercare is pretty generous with a free phone technical support line for electronic items(0800 066 5091 open 12 noon to 12 midnight 7 days a week excluding bank holidays). As long as you stay a Costco member you are automatically given a free extension on your warranty on Televisions to 5 years and Computers to 2 years. Costco offer a 90 day no quibble return policy on Televisions, Projectors, Computers, Cameras, Camcorders, mp3 players and mobile phones.

There is a catch to shopping at Costco though, Costco is not open to the public in general – only to people who own businesses and Individuals who fit into the following categories:

Current or Retired employee of:
Banking/Finance
Civil Servant
Education
Fire/Rescue
Insurance
Local Government
Medical/Health Service
Police Force
Post Office
Airline

Or Qualified as:
Chartered Architect
Chartered Civil Engineer
Chartered Surveyor
Dentist
Optician
Pharmacist
Qualified Accountant
Solicitor/Barrister/Magistrate/Advocate

Membership also requires a fee of £20+VAT for a trade membership or £25+VAT for the individual one. There is an executive scheme if you plan on spending more than £150 per month which costs £30+VAT more but offers 2% cashback at the end of the year (on items under £300). The spouse or partner living at the same address gets a card too and each additional card costs another £12+VAT (trade members only). Cards can be used at any Costco in the world (handy for cheap fuel in USA). Each card holder can bring 2 guests ie. friends and family. Don’t try to bypass the system or think you can take a look around by sneaking in because security is seriously tight! Costco can search you on your way in, they search every trolley that leaves against your receipt and they hound you down if you wander in without showing your member card! If you do want to have a look around then go to the member desk to pick up a visitor pass. You still need to pass the eligibility criteria before they give you one though.

It’s odd that the UK stores seem so secretive about who Costco are and what they sell compared to the USA where they are the 3rd biggest retailer. Even the UK Costco.co.uk website hardly has anything on it, only offers for mypublisher.co.uk. The USA site allows so many more discounts from other firms and also offers some online shopping. I’m not complaining though – at least we have the chain over here in the UK! Having visited them 3 times over 4 days I don’t know how I managed to do any shopping without Costco! I only wish that we had joined sooner so that we could have enjoyed the USA Costco in Kona, Hawaii, USA. The petrol is cheaper at Costco’s own gas station than anywhere on Hawaii Island which which have saved a few dollars on our honeymoon out there not to mention the immense amount of shopping that we would have stocked up on!

To have a glimpse of what’s on offer, here is a list of prices inc VAT (by unit where appropriate as much of the goods are sold in bulk) and a comparison lowest price elsewhere (All prices accurate as of 9th November 2009):

Store Cupboard
Lucozade Sport Still 12x 750ml (9 litres) £8.61 Asda (made up of special offer price per 100ml on 4x packs) £11.25
Napolina Tomatoes 400g 12x £5.49 Tesco (Made up of special offer 4x packs) £5.70
Skippy Peanut Butter 1.13kg £3.79 Ocado (made up of 340g jars) £5.65
Nutella 750g £2.49 Sainsubry’s £2.74
Mission Wraps 8 pack 2x £1.49 Tesco £3.50
Part baked Petit Pain 4 pack 4x £1.95 Sainsbury’s (made up of 6x packs) £2.11
Vittel 1.5l 12x £5.39 Tesco (Vittel not commonly sold so Evian brand 2x 6 pack used) £7.16
Vittel 500ml 24x £5.73 Asda (Vittel not commonly sold so Evian brand 4x 6 pack used) £7.96

Produce
Fresh Leeks per kg £1.79 Sainsbury’s £1.98
Fresh Rocket Salad per kg £5.53 Asda £11.10
Fresh Baby Plum Tomatoes per kg £3.87 Tesco £4.00
Fresh Vine Tomatoes per kg £3.32 Asda £4.00
Fresh Medjool Dates per kg £6.05 Sainsbury’s £9.04

Fridge
Fresh Potato Gnocchi 500g 2x £1.99 Waitrose (Equivalent quality) £1.49
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella per kg £9.58 Ocado £17.96

Fridge Meat & Fish
Fresh Whole Chicken min weight 3.4kg 2x £6.69 Tesco (min weight 3kg x2) £16.74
Fresh Chicken breast Fillet per kg £6.49 Tesco Value £6.56
Fresh mini Chicken breast fillet per kg £5.49 Sainsbury’s £9.08
Fresh Chicken thigh fillet per kg £4.89 Sainsubury’s £5.82
Fresh Chicken thigh per kg £2.39 Asda £2.88
Fresh Sea Bass fillet per kg £8.69 Asda £17.28

Frozen
Frozen Chicken breast fillet (no added anything! Air frozen) per kg £4.77 Tesco £6.66
Frozen Whole Aromatic Duck kit (with 24 skins & hoi sin sauce) £6.59 Sainsbury’s (similar kit but 16 skins) £7.32

Various Other Products
Photo prints 6 by 4 inch £0.04-£0.07 per print (dependant on amount purchased, upload online pick up in store) Snapfish.co.uk costs £0.09 per print
Photo prints 7 by 5 inch £0.09-£0.12 per print (dependant on amount purchased, upload online pick up in store) Snapfish.co.uk costs £0.19 per print
Eye test £9.99 High Street Optician £15-30
Lacoste Frames £29.99 Lacoste Store £150
Essilor 1.67 ultra thin lenses £49.99 Standard optician price £125
DKNY ladies watch £58.90 Goldsmiths £89
Tag Heuer Link Ladies watch £865 Goldsmiths £995
Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade £58.96 Amazon £64.38
Braun Oral B Professional Care 1000 £22.98 Boots £29.99
Wii Console with Wii sports resort £158.88 Game £164.99
Kirkland Alkaline AA batteries 48x pack £8.04 Tesco Value Batteries 48x (made up of 4x packs @ 99p each) £11.88
First Class Stamp £0.37 Royal Mail £0.39
Current Magazines 20% discount on all printed prices
Finish Quantum Tablets 60x £9.76 Asda (made up of cost per tablet on 40x pack on special offer) £12
Adidas Clima 365 tracksuit trousers £19.54 Sportsdirect.com £26.99
Honda Cars 10% off price

The Restaurant after checkout
Luxury Cottage Pie £2.45 Square Pie £4.50
Hot dog and soda (free refill soft drinks) £1.47 Ikea £1.80
Danish Pastry £0.59 Waitrose £1.09
Pepperoni Pizza slice £1.47 Mulberry Street £3.50
18″ BBQ Chicken Pizza £7.33 Papa Johns (15.5″) £18.99

As you can see from the above list, it is clear to see that if you buy a small combination of the above products then you will easily make back the membership fee over a year. Don’t forget that you will have to visit fewer supermarkets to grab a good deal saving time as well as money. Also keep some bags and boxes in the car as no bags are provided and the vendor boxes that are available after checkout often run out. Maybe I’ll see you in Costco sometime soon 🙂

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Product Review: Braun Oral B Professional Care 1000 http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/product-review-braun-oral-b-professional-care-1000/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/product-review-braun-oral-b-professional-care-1000/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:20:38 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=586 In the above video Kwai Chi reviews Brauns latest line up of Oral B electronic toothbrushes with the revamped Professional range. Starting at number 500 and going upwards in number through the range, each toothbrush increases in the amount of functions, base charger and also toothbrush attachments.

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In the above video Kwai Chi reviews Brauns latest line up of Oral B electronic toothbrushes with the revamped Professional range. Starting at number 500 and going upwards in number through the range, each toothbrush increases in the amount of functions, base charger and also toothbrush attachments.

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Product Review: Rapid White Tooth Whitening System http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/product-review-rapid-white-tooth-whitening-system/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/product-review-rapid-white-tooth-whitening-system/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:19:06 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=583 In the above video Kwai Chi spends a fortnight testing out the Rapidwhite whitening kit.

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In the above video Kwai Chi spends a fortnight testing out the Rapidwhite whitening kit.

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Things to do in England: Salisbury http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-salisbury/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-salisbury/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:17:14 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=581 In the above video Kwai Chi explores what the area of Salisbury has to offer the casual visitor

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Things to do in England: Salisbury Cathedral http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-salisbury-cathedral/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-salisbury-cathedral/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:01:49 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=579 In the above video Kwai Chi explores the grounds of the Salisbury Cathedral which owns the highest spire in the UK.

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In the above video Kwai Chi explores the grounds of the Salisbury Cathedral which owns the highest spire in the UK.

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Things to do in London: Frith Street http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-london-frith-street/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-london-frith-street/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:50:37 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=577 In the above video Kwai Chi explores Frith Street in London which is home to the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk. Frith Street also offer’s a unique garlic restaurant http://www.garlicandshots.com, a karaoke bar http://www.karaokebox.co.uk and an authentic italian coffee shop http://www.baritaliasoho.co.uk

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In the above video Kwai Chi explores Frith Street in London which is home to the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk. Frith Street also offer’s a unique garlic restaurant http://www.garlicandshots.com, a karaoke bar http://www.karaokebox.co.uk and an authentic italian coffee shop http://www.baritaliasoho.co.uk

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X Factor’d: Stacey Solomon http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/x-factord-stacey-solomon/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/x-factord-stacey-solomon/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:29:25 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=575 As the show intensifies, so does the competition. Will Stacey Soloman conquer all with her personality and performance and ‘Do it for Dagenham’ or will she fall flat on her face? The judges form their opinions and Stacey is counting on you, the viewer to get her through the competition! Watch the above video to […]

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As the show intensifies, so does the competition. Will Stacey Soloman conquer all with her personality and performance and ‘Do it for Dagenham’ or will she fall flat on her face? The judges form their opinions and Stacey is counting on you, the viewer to get her through the competition! Watch the above video to find out!

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Things to do in England: Reigate Hill http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-reigate-hill/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-reigate-hill/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:27:40 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=573 In the above video Kwai Chi explores a hidden lookout just off the M25 ring around London. It is one of the best inland lookout points in urban England To get here go to Fort Lane on this map http://tinyurl.com/yjjqr48 and walk past the TV towers for about 5 minutes until you reach a gate. […]

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In the above video Kwai Chi explores a hidden lookout just off the M25 ring around London. It is one of the best inland lookout points in urban England

To get here go to Fort Lane on this map http://tinyurl.com/yjjqr48 and walk past the TV towers for about 5 minutes until you reach a gate. Open the gate and continue past a pavilion and you will reach this map http://tinyurl.com/yguk9sw which is where this video has been taken

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Things to do in London: Dean Street http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-london-dean-street/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-london-dean-street/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:43:10 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=571 In the above video Kwai Chi takes a trip down Dean Street in London and shows what’s on offer. Dean Street can be found linking Oxford Street and Shaftsbury Avenue. Dean street is home of the Marco Pierre White restaurant, Quo Vadis. It’s also home of the Soho theatre and celebrity haunt, The Groucho Club.

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In the above video Kwai Chi takes a trip down Dean Street in London and shows what’s on offer. Dean Street can be found linking Oxford Street and Shaftsbury Avenue.

Dean street is home of the Marco Pierre White restaurant, Quo Vadis. It’s also home of the Soho theatre and celebrity haunt, The Groucho Club.

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The Wedding Cake http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/the-wedding-cake/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/the-wedding-cake/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:36:46 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=569 Kwai Chi shows an unusual example of a wedding cake as an idea for your wedding. This cake is from the famous Parisian Restaurant, Laduree in Picadilly, London

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Kwai Chi shows an unusual example of a wedding cake as an idea for your wedding.

This cake is from the famous Parisian Restaurant, Laduree in Picadilly, London

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Things to do in London: Jermyn Street http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-london-jermyn-street/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-london-jermyn-street/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:33:21 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=567 Kwai Chi explores what’s on offer down a street that has kept it’s tradition as a place to go to buy male garments, especially fine gentlemen’s shirts.

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Kwai Chi explores what’s on offer down a street that has kept it’s tradition as a place to go to buy male garments, especially fine gentlemen’s shirts.

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Cornwall trip summary http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/cornwall-trip-summary/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/cornwall-trip-summary/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:28:18 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=562 In the above video Kwai Chi and John Skellon highlight the eventful 4 day trip in this lengthy summary. Kwai and John travelled to Cornwall for their friend’s wedding. A lot of things happen on the run up to any wedding and this was no exception. If you’re coming close to your wedding then you […]

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In the above video Kwai Chi and John Skellon highlight the eventful 4 day trip in this lengthy summary. Kwai and John travelled to Cornwall for their friend’s wedding. A lot of things happen on the run up to any wedding and this was no exception. If you’re coming close to your wedding then you are not alone.

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Things to do in England: Trevaskis farm, Cornwall http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-trevaskis-farm-cornwall/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-trevaskis-farm-cornwall/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:25:39 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=558 Above is a video highlighting what’s on offer at Trevaskis farm. Trevaskis farm is a must see and must eat place in Cornwall. http://www.trevaskisfarm.co.uk

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Above is a video highlighting what’s on offer at Trevaskis farm. Trevaskis farm is a must see and must eat place in Cornwall. http://www.trevaskisfarm.co.uk

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What to wear on your wedding day: The best man http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/what-to-wear-on-your-wedding-day-the-best-man/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/what-to-wear-on-your-wedding-day-the-best-man/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:18:00 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=556 In the above video Kwai Chi shows off what he’s wearing as best man for his friend’s wedding and also offers an insight into what to wear as a groom.

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In the above video Kwai Chi shows off what he’s wearing as best man for his friend’s wedding and also offers an insight into what to wear as a groom.

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Philps’ Cornish cream tea review http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/philps-cornish-cream-tea-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/philps-cornish-cream-tea-review/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:14:54 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=554 Cream tea is comprised of scones and clotted cream. The scones in this review are from Philps bakery and the cream is from Rhodda. The kit can be purchased from any Philps bakery in Cornwall.

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Cream tea is comprised of scones and clotted cream. The scones in this review are from Philps bakery and the cream is from Rhodda. The kit can be purchased from any Philps bakery in Cornwall.

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How to prepare for the wedding reception http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/how-to-prepare-for-the-wedding-reception/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/how-to-prepare-for-the-wedding-reception/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:12:16 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=552 Kwai Chi demonstrates how to effectively turn any place into a better looking and more memorable one for your wedding reception. The location for the reception was the Thai Chef in Hayle. The address is Thai Chef 42 Fore Street Hayle TR27 4DY Tel: 01736 757671

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Kwai Chi demonstrates how to effectively turn any place into a better looking and more memorable one for your wedding reception.

The location for the reception was the Thai Chef in Hayle.

The address is Thai Chef
42 Fore Street
Hayle
TR27 4DY
Tel: 01736 757671

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Brewers Fayre Review http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/brewers-fayre-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/brewers-fayre-review/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:10:20 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=550 Above is a video of Kwai Chi, John Skellon and Tim McArdle having breakfast on the day of Tim’s wedding at the Brewers Fayre in Hayle, Cornwall. If you don’t have time to watch the video then please note that Brewers Fayre serves a totally rubbish breakfast.

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Above is a video of Kwai Chi, John Skellon and Tim McArdle having breakfast on the day of Tim’s wedding at the Brewers Fayre in Hayle, Cornwall. If you don’t have time to watch the video then please note that Brewers Fayre serves a totally rubbish breakfast.

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Things to do in England: Lands’ End http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-lands-end/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-lands-end/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=548 Above is a video of Land’s End. Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) take you around the far westerly tip of England and the attractions on offer there. Parking for a car costs £3

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Above is a video of Land’s End. Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) take you around the far westerly tip of England and the attractions on offer there.

Parking for a car costs £3

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Things to do in England: Minack Theatre, Cornwall http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-minack-theatre-cornwall/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/things-to-do-in-england-minack-theatre-cornwall/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:58:56 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=546 Above is a video showing the view from Minack Theatre in Cornwall, UK. It’s not the easiest place to get to but the views are amazing! You can watch a play with the backdrop of ruins looking over some Cornish coast. Some fine camera work by John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) To find out more about Minack […]

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Above is a video showing the view from Minack Theatre in Cornwall, UK. It’s not the easiest place to get to but the views are amazing! You can watch a play with the backdrop of ruins looking over some Cornish coast. Some fine camera work by John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho)

To find out more about Minack theatre go to their official website http://www.minack.com

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Road trip from Marazion to Lands’ End http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/road-trip-from-marazion-to-lands-end/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/11/24/road-trip-from-marazion-to-lands-end/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:56:38 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=544 Above is a video by Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho). We took a route that hugged the coastal line around the Cornwall tip of England. The video has been sped up to keep the video shorter. It’s really windy around this area so the sound isn’t great. Also the drive was not what we […]

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Above is a video by Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho). We took a route that hugged the coastal line around the Cornwall tip of England.
The video has been sped up to keep the video shorter. It’s really windy around this area so the sound isn’t great. Also the drive was not what we expected. We expected stunning coastal scenes but instead we found ourselves in tiny narrow roads wide enough for one car with the wing mirrors tucked in! As a result we had to cut our trip short as our original plan was to drive further round to get back to Hayle, Cornwall. Highlights of the road trip included getting to Minack Theatre and also the final destination of Lands’ End.

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The best Cornish Pasty in the world http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/22/the-best-cornish-pasty-in-the-world/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/22/the-best-cornish-pasty-in-the-world/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2009 11:23:39 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=542 Cornish Pasties can only be made in Cornwall and Philp’s bakery with branches throughout Cornwall claim to have world famous pasties. As well as their own self confessed boast – we’ve had recommendations from multiple locals to confirm the same thing – that the pasties from Philp’s bakery are the best in the world! Kwai […]

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Cornish Pasties can only be made in Cornwall and Philp’s bakery with branches throughout Cornwall claim to have world famous pasties. As well as their own self confessed boast – we’ve had recommendations from multiple locals to confirm the same thing – that the pasties from Philp’s bakery are the best in the world!

Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) peel back the truth behind this claim at the Hayle branch of Philp’s Bakery.

To try one yourself, here are the details of the branches:

Philps Bakery
Market Place
Marazion
Cornwall
TR17 0AR

Tel: 01736 710332

Philps Bakery
1 East Quay
Hayle
Cornwall
Tel: 01736 755661
Fax: 01736 755661

Philp’s Bakery
1 Foundry Hill
Hayle
Cornwall
Tel: 01736 753302

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Pizza Patio Restaurant Review http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/pizza-patio-restaurant-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/pizza-patio-restaurant-review/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2009 13:03:40 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=540 Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) venture out into St Ives to taste what’s on offer in on of Pizz Patio’s 3 local restaurants serving ‘Authentic Italian Cuisine’. Pizza Patio’s website is http://www.pizzapatio.co.uk Pizza Patio restaurant details: Pizza Patio Al Fresco – Hayle 35 Commercial Road HAYLE Cornwall TR27 4DE Tel: 01736 753745 Pizza Patio […]

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Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) venture out into St Ives to taste what’s on offer in on of Pizz Patio’s 3 local restaurants serving ‘Authentic Italian Cuisine’.

Pizza Patio’s website is http://www.pizzapatio.co.uk

Pizza Patio restaurant details:

Pizza Patio Al Fresco –
Hayle
35 Commercial Road
HAYLE
Cornwall
TR27 4DE
Tel: 01736 753745

Pizza Patio Al Fresco – Newlyn
4 New Road
Newlyn, PENZANCE
Cornwall
TR18 5PZ
Tel: 01736 363446

Pizza Patio Al Fresco –
St. Ives
31 Fore Street
St. Ives
Cornwall
TR26 1HE
Tel: 01736 798235

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I got pulled over by the police! http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/i-got-pulled-over-by-the-police/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/i-got-pulled-over-by-the-police/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:50:11 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=538 On my first night in Cornwall I got pulled over by the police while I was trying to look for somewhere to eat in Hayle near St Ives.

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On my first night in Cornwall I got pulled over by the police while I was trying to look for somewhere to eat in Hayle near St Ives.

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Premier Inn Review http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/premier-inn-review/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/premier-inn-review/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:37:43 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=536 Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) check out what Premier Inn in Hayle, Cornwall, UK has to offer in terms of service and provisions. We test out the reception’s customer service skills and local knowledge. We also give you a tour of the room on offer including the bed!

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Kwai Chi and John Skellon (http://youtube.com/schellinho) check out what Premier Inn in Hayle, Cornwall, UK has to offer in terms of service and provisions. We test out the reception’s customer service skills and local knowledge. We also give you a tour of the room on offer including the bed!

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Things to do in England: The Quest For Coffee http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/things-to-do-in-england-the-quest-for-coffee/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/20/things-to-do-in-england-the-quest-for-coffee/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2009 10:26:59 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=534 Kwai Chi and John Skellon http://youtube.com/schellinho are on the hunt for a coffee chain after driving for several hours on the way to Cornwall from London. e1 Introduction and Ilchester Somerset e2 Cartgate Service Station e3 Ilminster Service Station, Somerset e4 Ilminster, Sommerset e5 Monkton, Devon e6 Honiton, Devon e7 Exeter, Devon

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Kwai Chi and John Skellon http://youtube.com/schellinho are on the hunt for a coffee chain after driving for several hours on the way to Cornwall from London.

e1 Introduction and Ilchester Somerset

e2 Cartgate Service Station

e3 Ilminster Service Station, Somerset

e4 Ilminster, Sommerset

e5 Monkton, Devon

e6 Honiton, Devon

e7 Exeter, Devon

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October Avocado Chicken & Autumn Vegetable Jus with a side of Oregano Jersey Royal Potatoes http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/01/october-avocado-chicken-autumn-vegetable-jus-with-a-side-of-oregano-jersey-royal-potatoes/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/10/01/october-avocado-chicken-autumn-vegetable-jus-with-a-side-of-oregano-jersey-royal-potatoes/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2009 20:49:03 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=531 With the weather turning cold and dark fast, I created the following dish to warm up the belly without adding too much winter bulk. (For 2 people, cooking time about 20 minutes) What you need: For the Jersey Royal Potatoes- 500g of washed Jersey Royal Potatoes 3g of dried Oregano 2 heaped tablespoons of Concentrated […]

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With the weather turning cold and dark fast, I created the following dish to warm up the belly without adding too much winter bulk.

(For 2 people, cooking time about 20 minutes)

What you need:

For the Jersey Royal Potatoes-
500g of washed Jersey Royal Potatoes
3g of dried Oregano
2 heaped tablespoons of Concentrated Chicken Stock
2 heaped tablespoons of Concentrated Vegetable Stock
3 litres of filtered Boiled Water
2 teaspoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil

For the Avocado Chicken
2 chicken breasts
1 peeled, cored, quartered and sliced Avocado
1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive oil

For the Autumn Vegetable Jus-
4 peeled and sliced Figs
1 peeled and sliced Carrot
250g sliced Chestnut Mushrooms
150ml Chardonnay
1 sliced (lengthways) Continental Spring Onion

This recipe is very simple to make and takes little time to cook once everything has been prepared.

Jersey Royal Potatoes
Place all the ingredients (excluding the Olive Oil) for the Jersey Royal Potatoes in a large saucepan and keep to the boil for 20 minutes.
Sieve and place back in the saucepan.
Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and lightly fry the potatoes under low heat turning until the Potatoes turn a light brown colour.

Avocado Chicken
In a frying pan, mobilise the Extra Virgin Olive Oil under low heat until the oil moves around freely.
Place the Avocado first and then the chicken breasts on top so that the chicken does not touch the frying pan and cover with a saucepan lid.
Turn the Avocado and the chicken after 10 minutes, add 5 tablespoons of the Royal Jersey Potato water and cover again for another 10 minutes.

Autumn Vegetable Jus
Place all the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan and cook under high heat and stir constantly until the Jus thickens.

Serve and enjoy!

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Movie review: I want candy http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/movie-review-i-want-candy/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/movie-review-i-want-candy/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:55:24 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=243 I want candy 0/5 I watch so many crap films to find those hidden gems and once again I got the chance to watch an almighty crap film. The plot is contrived and so ridiculous and the jokes are not funny or entertaining. Carmen Electra is in this film and looks seriously bored and not […]

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I want candy 0/5

I watch so many crap films to find those hidden gems and once again I got the chance to watch an almighty crap film. The plot is contrived and so ridiculous and the jokes are not funny or entertaining. Carmen Electra is in this film and looks seriously bored and not at all interested in the other lead character who she is supposed to fall in love with.

I almost forgot to tell you about the plot. Well these 2 college kids want to make a name for themselves and failing to secure funding from working title, they go to make a porno. Funded by mobsters who aren’t very convincing they secure the services of Candy Fiveways – the world’s leading porn star.

A boring story and not at all imaginative. Who the hell gave up good money to make this pile of rubbish? For British films to make an impact on the world of film, we need to be making quality films to be remembered or at least entertaining – not this type of absolute shite! I award this film a stonking 0 out of 5

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Movie Review: Sex, lies and videotape http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/movie-review-sex-lies-and-videotape/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/movie-review-sex-lies-and-videotape/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:55:04 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=249 Sex, lies and videotape 2/5 As a study of film I go back and watch old classics now and again to re-evaluate once popular movies to see if my view has changed due to age of film or age of me. Being almost 20 years old, this Soderbergh directed and written film is a cult […]

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Sex, lies and videotape 2/5

As a study of film I go back and watch old classics now and again to re-evaluate once popular movies to see if my view has changed due to age of film or age of me. Being almost 20 years old, this Soderbergh directed and written film is a cult classic. At the time it was cutting edge. Just the mention of sex in the title was edgy. Tick on the clock and as a society we have become immune to on screen nudity and steamy sex scenes. Back then it didn’t happen very often. A younger Andie MacDowell and a very young James Spader play the leading parts.

James plays a nerdy guy who can’t get a hard on when he’s with a woman and the only way he can get motivated to ejaculate is to film women talking frankly on his camera about their sex lives. Collecting these tapes, James is seen constantly seen masturbating whilst he gains the attraction of Andie’s character.

In case you haven’t seen it I won’t give it away but basically looking back this story is no longer strong or compelling. Time has killed this film. However if it wasn’t for this film many mainstream films of today would only be cult and edgy so it did clear a path of sorts. For today though I give this once classic film a 2 out of 5

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A NOTE ABOUT GARLIC http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-garlic/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-garlic/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:53:33 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=497 Garlic is one of the best additions to any dish whether it’s chinese or not. This versatile ingredient can be added at the beginning of cooking in the middle or at the end. It can also be chopped or minced finely or it can be used whole without any chopping whatsoever. Here are some tips […]

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Garlic is one of the best additions to any dish whether it’s chinese or not. This versatile ingredient can be added at the beginning of cooking in the middle or at the end. It can also be chopped or minced finely or it can be used whole without any chopping whatsoever.

Here are some tips on the best way to use garlic.

SIZE
A peeled garlic’s flavour becomes more concentrated the more surface area there is. So a minced clove can be as or even more intense in flavour as a peeled but unchopped garlic.

Here are some uses for different sizes of garlic

Minced garlic – To add towards the end of cooking to enrich flavour. Also can be used for marinating.

Finely chopped garlic – Less intense than minced garlic. Used towards end of cooking to enrich flavour and for marinating.

Chopped garlic – Use towards the beginning of wok frying to flavour the oil or for use in a lot of oil for longer frying times without burning.

Whole cloves – Use for flavouring oil at beginning of cooking or in a lot of oil.

Whole or halved unpeeled garlic – Use for roasting on the same baking tray as food to be scented with garlic or inside a carcass (eg in a chicken) to flavour. Halved garlic can also be used to flavour a little oil in a wok and removed before adding ingredients.

HOW TO PEEL GARLIC
One of the most common time consuming things is usually the peeling of garlic. As I’m a speed chopper my personal method is to chop the top and tail off which releases each clove and then I position each clove and slice through a side of the skin to easily peel away. My method wastes a little of the garlic but I can get through a whole garlic in less than 20 seconds.

Another popular method is to position the garlic on a hard surface and then crush it with a chopping board or a side of a meat cleaver with the force of a palm. Any unpeeled cloves can then be quickly peeled.

Another method is to wash the garlic and peel by hand under running water.

The slowest method is to try to peel only by hand while the garlic is dry.

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Marinade 400g of chicken wings in

1 tablespoon of sea salt
3 chopped bird’s eye chillis
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 chopped garlic

In a hot wok filled with enough peanut oil to submerge the marinated chicken, pop in the whole lot.
After 1-2 minutes until the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken,chilli and garlic and drain on kitchen roll/oil drain.
Serve.

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SAN CHOI BAO http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/san-choi-bao/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/san-choi-bao/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:52:15 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=493 Heat up a hot wok with 1 teaspoon of peanut oil. Add 400g of Aberdeen Angus minced beef and break it up into small bits using a sharp bladed spatula. Then add: 1 finely chopped garlic 3 spring onions 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds 1 sliced sweet green pepper (halve lengthways then slice widthways) A […]

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Heat up a hot wok with 1 teaspoon of peanut oil.
Add 400g of Aberdeen Angus minced beef and break it up into small bits using a sharp bladed spatula.

Then add:
1 finely chopped garlic
3 spring onions
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
1 sliced sweet green pepper (halve lengthways then slice widthways)
A handful of beansprouts

Stir for about 5 minutes or until the beef is cooked through and then serve into large lettuce leaves (The rounder the leaf the better).

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SZECHUAN CHICKEN http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/szechuan-chicken/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/szechuan-chicken/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:51:31 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=491 Make up the chicken coating by beating together 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of chilli powder. Slice up 2 slice chicken breasts and dip each piece into the chicken coating. Put the chicken in a hot wok with enough peanut oil to virtually deep fry the chicken. Carefully place […]

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Make up the chicken coating by beating together 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of chilli powder.
Slice up 2 slice chicken breasts and dip each piece into the chicken coating.

Put the chicken in a hot wok with enough peanut oil to virtually deep fry the chicken. Carefully place the chicken into the hot oil and remove once the coating has turned brown. Place the chicken on some kitchen roll or oil drain.

In another hot wok put the following ingredients in and stir together:

1 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of rice wine
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon of malt vinegar
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 sliced bird’s eye chilli

Slice up 1 sweet orange pepper and 1 spring onion and add to the sauce. As the sauce begins to simmer add the chicken and stir for another minute then serve immediately.

At first it seems like a lot of ingredients but it’s actually quite simple to make.

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A NOTE ABOUT FIRES IN THE KITCHEN http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-fires-in-the-kitchen/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-fires-in-the-kitchen/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:46:12 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=489 One thing that a lot of people experience when cooking with a hot wok and hot oil is a fire when using gas. It’s very scary the first time you experience this but if you’re prepared you’ll be fine. Don’t be put off by turning up the heat as it makes the dish. Unlike a […]

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One thing that a lot of people experience when cooking with a hot wok and hot oil is a fire when using gas. It’s very scary the first time you experience this but if you’re prepared you’ll be fine. Don’t be put off by turning up the heat as it makes the dish. Unlike a deep fat fryer filled with hot oil, the amount of oil in a wok is relatively low and can easily be put out.

Fires breed because there is oxygen present to help it grow. All you have to do is simply starve it of air by throwing in something dryish and large enough to smother.

Here’s a few ideas to keep at hand:
The next thing you are going to throw into the wok eg. noodles, cornstarch coated meat.
Some plain flour to dust.
Some plain boiled rice.

You can also move the oil around the pan to burn off the oil quicker.
If all else fails turn off the gas and keep a fire blanket nearby or a phone to call the fire brigade .

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A NOTE ABOUT SOY SAUCE http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-soy-sauce/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-soy-sauce/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:45:13 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=487 Growing up in a restaurant kitchen – one of the rules of the wok was to use light soy sauce for cooking at the start and to splash some dark soy sauce at to finish the dish before serving to add colour. As I couldn’t read chinese and with the bottles available with no english […]

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Growing up in a restaurant kitchen – one of the rules of the wok was to use light soy sauce for cooking at the start and to splash some dark soy sauce at to finish the dish before serving to add colour. As I couldn’t read chinese and with the bottles available with no english text – I could tell which was which by doing a simple test. Simply turn the bottle upside down and back up again and the light soy will turn clear very quickly whilst the dark will stick to the glass/plastic. The brand used at the time and still the most popular amongst chinese chefs is the Pearl River Bridge superior soy sauce brand. In any of the recipes I post you can use the Pearl River Bridge light soy sauce during any marinading and cooking processes whilst finishing with the dark soy version at the end of recipes to taste. Dark soy is also the type you will find on tables for the customer to alter the taste. This is because dark soy is less salty and there is less margin to oversalt the flavour.

As an adult I have been lucky enough to have travelled the world – much of the time just to try out some of the best restaurants and their cuisine. Food is one of my biggest passions and the only reason why I have not opened up my own kitchen is because of the long hours involved and the detriment to life as a result. I have experienced this as a son of a chef and don’t really want to repeat the cycle. Whereas my father and many other chefs have lost the passion for food, my interest has intensified and as a result I experiment a lot more and my palate has become more sensitive.

As well as a lot of fusion and western cuisine I still cook and reimagine Asian dishes and I now prefer the sweeter taste of well made Japanese soy sauce in my Asian cooking rather than the harsher and artificially salty taste of Chinese soy sauces like the Pearl River Bridge range (colouring and potentially carsonagenic chemicals are used in the process too as confirmed by the Food standards agency). The Japanese soy sauce I use are sweeter due to the addition of wheat and have a sherry like flavour due to the addition of alcohol as part of the fermentation process. The production is also far more sophisticated than the production of Chinese brands. This does also mean that they are a lot more expensive.

In many of the recipes I have posted I have been specific to which Kikoman soy sauce to buy. As the sauces are imported, they are all in Japanese and I don’t have a Japanese keyboard and most of you can’t read Japanese (I apologise if most of you can). There is only one more reference so that you can purchase the same soy sauce that I use and that is the Kikoman number.

Here’s a reference for you about my favourite soy sauces:

Kikoman C00036 Reduced Soy Sauce (Gen-en Marudaizu Shoyu)
Kikoman C00039 Soy Sauce (Shoyu)
Kikoman C00044 Organic non alcoholic premium Soy Sauce (Tokusen Yuuki Shoyu)
Yamasa Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce (The whole bottle is in English)

I tend to use the Yamasa soy sauce only occasionally when I want a really strong salty & alcoholic flavour like when I’m cooking a salty fish dish.

There are other varieties of Soy Sauce too, here are a few off the top of my head:

Kecap Manis is a really thick and treacle like soy sauce due to the high content of palm sugar. I prefer not to use these at all as i wake up with a guaranteed headache the next day (maybe an allergy ).
Kicap Lemak is like Kecap Manis but with less sugar content
Shiro is a high wheat, low soybean soy sauce which makes it really sweet and great for sashimi (raw fish sushi without the rice). It’s odd that most sushi restaurants here don’t have this available. Keep it fridged after opening or it will go off pretty quickly.

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One thing that is often overlooked in cooking is the water we use. In some countries the water used in cooking is very important.

Some examples include Italians who cook their pasta in different regional mineral water to get a different taste to their pasta. The Japanese make really good quality miso soup by double filtering their water beforehand for absolute purity.

When buying from a takeaway/restaurant you are left little choice as to what water is used (usually the local tap water) but when cooking at home we can use what we like. Why not try it out for yourself and see if you can taste the difference – I’ll chance a bet that you will.

Try different things like cooking with mineral water or putting evian through a filter or filtering tap water through your normal water filter before your kettle’s filter (if you have one).

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TOM YUM SOUP http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/tom-yum-soup/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/tom-yum-soup/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:41:32 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=482 Pop the following into a saucepan with 1.5 litres of cold water: 1 knorr chicken stockpot pot thing 4 tablespoons of tom yum paste 200g of sliced button mushrooms 400g of King Prawns deshelled and gutted 1 teaspoon of finely chopped lemon grass 1 chopped spring onion 3 chopped birds eye chillis (or more if […]

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Pop the following into a saucepan with 1.5 litres of cold water:

1 knorr chicken stockpot pot thing
4 tablespoons of tom yum paste
200g of sliced button mushrooms
400g of King Prawns deshelled and gutted
1 teaspoon of finely chopped lemon grass
1 chopped spring onion
3 chopped birds eye chillis (or more if you like it really hot)
1 tablespoon of lime concentrate
4 tablespoons of fermented fish sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar

Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir throughout and you’ll be left with a great tasting soup to entice your tastebuds!

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CHICKEN SATAY http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/chicken-satay/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/chicken-satay/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:40:55 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=480 There are 2 components of satay, the meat on the skewer and the peanut sauce. Both are very simple. The Chicken: Thinly slice a rolled out chicken thigh fillet (slice horizontally so the chicken is in flat slabs) soak in a marinade of 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (kikoman C00039) 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 […]

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There are 2 components of satay, the meat on the skewer and the peanut sauce. Both are very simple.

The Chicken:
Thinly slice a rolled out chicken thigh fillet (slice horizontally so the chicken is in flat slabs)
soak in a marinade of
2 tablespoons of soy sauce (kikoman C00039)
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of extra hot chilli flakes
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Marinade as long as possible then weave onto a skewer and grill/barbecue until cooked through.

The Sauce:
In a saucepan mix up 4 tablespoons of peanut butter with 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce (kikoman C00039) and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Heat gently and stir together.

Add the hot sauce onto the the chicken to finish or leave it as a dip on the side.

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KUNG PO CHICKEN http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/kung-po-chicken/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/kung-po-chicken/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:40:00 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=478 Prepare 200g of chicken strips by marinating in: 1 teaspoon of cornflour 1 beaten egg 1 teaspoon of soy sauce 1 teaspoon of sesame oil Heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok and then add a handful of raw cashewnuts. Fry until brown and then add the chicken strips (without the excess […]

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Prepare 200g of chicken strips by marinating in:
1 teaspoon of cornflour
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok and then add a handful of raw cashewnuts.
Fry until brown and then add the chicken strips (without the excess marinade)
Add 1 tablespoon of rice wine, 2 tablespoons of peppercorns and 2 chopped birds eye chillis.

Stir fry for another 2 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

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MOO SHU PORK http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/moo-shu-pork/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/moo-shu-pork/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:39:22 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=476 Heat up a wok with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil. Add 2 beaten eggs and scramble in the wok. Add the following: 1 handful of chinese mushrooms (rehydrated dried mushrooms or fresh) 1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (kikoman C00039) 1 tablespoon of rice […]

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Heat up a wok with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil.
Add 2 beaten eggs and scramble in the wok.
Add the following:

1 handful of chinese mushrooms (rehydrated dried mushrooms or fresh)
1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (kikoman C00039)
1 tablespoon of rice wine
200g of pork chop strips

Stir fry for about 2-3 minutes and your done!

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1000 YEAR OLD EGG CONGEE http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/1000-year-old-egg-congee/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/1000-year-old-egg-congee/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:38:42 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=474 Get a cup of rinsed long grain rice and put in a large pot with 1.5 litres of water. Boil for 30 minutes with the lid on then add 2 eggs halved then quartered. Add 1 chopped and halved leek then simmer for a further 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoons of soy sauce (kikoman C00039) […]

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Get a cup of rinsed long grain rice and put in a large pot with 1.5 litres of water.
Boil for 30 minutes with the lid on then add 2 eggs halved then quartered.
Add 1 chopped and halved leek then simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoons of soy sauce (kikoman C00039) or more to taste.

You can finish with a sprinkle of chopped spring onion and some chopped dough sticks (available from Chinese bakeries)

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GINGER RED SNAPPER http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/ginger-red-snapper/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/ginger-red-snapper/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:37:31 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=472 Place the snapper on a plate laced with a teaspoon of peanut oil and pop into a bamboo steamer. In a wok heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and then pop in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (kikoman C00039), strips of ginger (as much as you like according to taste) and 1 chopped spring […]

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Place the snapper on a plate laced with a teaspoon of peanut oil and pop into a bamboo steamer.

In a wok heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and then pop in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (kikoman C00039), strips of ginger (as much as you like according to taste) and 1 chopped spring onion.

When the fish changes colour and is white throughout, drain and serve onto a warmed plate. Add the hot ginger mix on top of the fish.

Very simple and very delicious!

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SINGAPORE RICE NOODLES http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/singapore-rice-noodles/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/singapore-rice-noodles/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:36:42 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=470 First off grab 2 portions of dried rice noodles (vermicelli about 200g) and soak in kettle boiled water. Check on it every 20 seconds and shake with some chopsticks to see if has gone soft. When it’s gone soft drain in a strainer and leave while you prepare the mix. Prepare the following mix: 2 […]

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First off grab 2 portions of dried rice noodles (vermicelli about 200g) and soak in kettle boiled water. Check on it every 20 seconds and shake with some chopsticks to see if has gone soft. When it’s gone soft drain in a strainer and leave while you prepare the mix.

Prepare the following mix:

2 tablespoons of curry powder mixed into 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
50g of shrimps (peeled and gutted)
50g of sliced Char Siu pork
50g of sliced chicken thigh fillet
1 finely chopped garlic clove
2 fresh birds eye chili peppers
1 finely sliced sweet orange pepper
1 tablespoon of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039)

Heat up a wok with 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and throw in 2 large beaten eggs.
Add the mix and stir for 2 minutes.
Add the noodles and drizzle a further 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039) on top.
Stir fry for another minute making sure the mix has infiltrated the noodles. Add more sesame oil if not.

Serve and enjoy a classic

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CHICKEN & SWEETCORN SOUP http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/chicken-sweetcorn-soup/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/chicken-sweetcorn-soup/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:36:03 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=468 Pop the following in a saucepan and bring to the boil 50g of cooked Chicken Breast, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039) 2 tablespoons of Cornflour 100ml. Cold Water 1 tablespoon of Sesame Oil 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Oil 1 Teaspoon of Salt 1 Teaspoon of Black pepper 1 tub of Knorr […]

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Pop the following in a saucepan and bring to the boil

50g of cooked Chicken Breast, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039)
2 tablespoons of Cornflour
100ml. Cold Water
1 tablespoon of Sesame Oil
2 Tablespoons of Peanut Oil
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Black pepper
1 tub of Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
285g of tinned sweetcorn (naturally sweet)

Simmer for 1 minute then take it off the heat and add 1 egg white.

Stir quickly as the egg white solidifies in the soup. That’s it! You can garnish with some chopped spring onion if you like too.

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SOY CHICKEN http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/soy-chicken/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/soy-chicken/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:35:11 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=466 First get a massive stock pot that is large enough to hold your chicken and some spare space left over. Put the following into the pot (if you’re worried about biting down on any ingredients then just pop them into a teabag/stock bag) and start boiling: 300ml of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039) 300ml of soy […]

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First get a massive stock pot that is large enough to hold your chicken and some spare space left over.

Put the following into the pot (if you’re worried about biting down on any ingredients then just pop them into a teabag/stock bag) and start boiling:

300ml of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039)
300ml of soy sauce (Kikoman C00036)
150ml of Chinese rice wine
150ml of sugar
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
3 whole star anise
1 teaspoon of roasted Szechuan peppercorn
1 cinnamon stick
1 litre of water

Once the mix is boiling just add the whole chicken and simmer with the lid on. Turn the chicken every 10 minutes and baste. After a total of about 50 minutes, leave the chicken to settle by taking off the gas/heat and leave for another 30 minutes to an hour.

Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and drain in a colander or equivalent. Serve the chicken thickly sliced with bone and drizzle with soy sauce (C00039) and a little sesame oil.

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BEEF HO FUN http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/beef-ho-fun/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/beef-ho-fun/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:33:59 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=464 You need 2 woks. HO FUN WOK Heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil until really hot. Put 2 packs of fresh Ho Fun in and separate with a bladed spatula. Heat for about 30 seconds and then introduce a tablespoon of oyster sauce – this will help separate the noodles from each other and […]

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You need 2 woks.

HO FUN WOK
Heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil until really hot.
Put 2 packs of fresh Ho Fun in and separate with a bladed spatula.
Heat for about 30 seconds and then introduce a tablespoon of oyster sauce – this will help separate the noodles from each other and give a shiny texture

EVERYTHING ELSE WOK
Heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut oil until really hot.
Throw in a handful of beansprouts followed after 30seconds by some pak choi and some soy sauce.
After a minute throw in a sliced birds eye chilli and a finely chopped garlic.

Pop the contents of EVERYTHING ELSE WOK into the HO FUN WOK and stir.

Heat up 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in the EVERYTHING ELSE WOK followed shortly by 1 chopped spring onion and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce. Put the EVERYTHING ELSE WOK into the HO FUN WOK, stir and serve.

To make a wet version just substitute water instead of sesame oil at the last stage.

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A NOTE ABOUT WOKS http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-woks/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/a-note-about-woks/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:30:10 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=462 One of the most common complaints about chinese takeaway/restaurants are the amount of grease in the dish that you get. This gives the general public the perception that chinese cooking is really unhealthy. This is all down to the wok. It simply comes down to cost cutting – a cheap commercial grade wok is a […]

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One of the most common complaints about chinese takeaway/restaurants are the amount of grease in the dish that you get. This gives the general public the perception that chinese cooking is really unhealthy. This is all down to the wok. It simply comes down to cost cutting – a cheap commercial grade wok is a robust long lasting bit of bent carbon steel with a wooden handle. They take a battering from the metal ladles used and are pretty thick. There are 2 main types of commercial wok – one for making fried rice which is really thick and very heavy (so it can take a serious beating) and another thinner one for everything else (still a lot thicker than one you would get at home). When they are first purchased they are lined with oil and placed under high heat for up to 5 hours until the oil burns off. The silver wok turns black and is a lot more non stick than it was before.

When a chinese takeaway/restaurant is busy, if only a little oil is used some of your food gets stuck onto the wok because over time, the non stick coat begins breaking in places because of use of metal utensils and metal scourers (for cleaning).
When the food gets stuck on the wok it takes longer to clean with the scourer. It’s as simple as that – more oil equals less cleaning which equals more greasy food.

The same will apply in your home. I’m only talking about the type that can go on all hobs – the ones with flat bottoms. Don’t buy a round bottom wok unless you have a really high flame on your gas hob and a cradle to hold it.
If you buy a cheap wok that does not come with a non stick coating you will have to season the wok with oil and even using wooden or plastic utensils will not stop it becoming sticky quickly. If you buy a cheap non stick wok then you can’t season it and the non stick coating is usually completely useless after about 5 uses.

Luckily there are high quality woks on the market which are non stick and are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Le Creuset, Circulon and even Asda direct do an anodised aluminium material wok. Anodised Aluminium is seriously non stick but I would still recommend only using wooden utensils (pref beechwood or olive wood).

Even with the best wok your food will turn out poorly if you are not brave enough to heat up your oil to the max! It may sizzle and spit but that’s what will give you the special carbon taste and familiar asian flavour.

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CRISPY SHREDDED BEEF http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/crispy-shredded-beef/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/crispy-shredded-beef/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:28:38 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=460 The Crispy Beef 500ml of peanut oil 250g of Topside Beef 2 tablespoons of cornstarch The Random Veg: 1 cup pre shredded carrots Sauce: 80ml of rice wine vinegar. 2 teaspoons of sugar 2 teaspoons of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039) 1 clove of finely chopped garlic 1 finely chopped birdseye chilli In a bowl, mix […]

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The Crispy Beef
500ml of peanut oil
250g of Topside Beef
2 tablespoons of cornstarch

The Random Veg:
1 cup pre shredded carrots

Sauce:
80ml of rice wine vinegar.
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of soy sauce (Kikoman C00039)
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
1 finely chopped birdseye chilli

In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the sauce.

Remove all of the fat from the meat and cut it into thin strips.
Coat the beef with a generous dusting of cornstarch and press into the beef so it sticks with your hands or a teatowel.
Add the peanut oil to the wok and heat until hot. Make sure to add enough oil so that the beef will be virtually deep fried. (Alternatively use a deep fat fryer)
Carefully drop the beef in the wok and allow to fry for about 5 minutes or until it browns.
Drain beef on some kitchen paper/drain rack.

In another wok (or using the same wok without the oil) use a tablespoon of peanut oil and heat until hot.
Add the carrots and stir for about 2 minutes. Add the beef and then the rest of the sauce ingredients.
Stir together and serve immediately.

The beef coating now softens a little with the introduction of the sauce and you may have noticed that because you are using topside beef you don’t actually need to shred the beef at all. Once cooked the nature of topside makes the beef stringy when cooked in the pressure of the cornstarch coating.

In a takeaway the beef is usually part cooked and stored in a freezer/fridge as and when you order it. It is then refried in the deep fat and the sauce & carrots are added on top to slowly soften the beef by the time you get home/it gets delivered.

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CHICKEN EGG FOO YUNG http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/chicken-egg-foo-yung/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/chicken-egg-foo-yung/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:27:53 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=458 Beat 2 eggs and add the chicken and some chopped spring onions. Heat up a wok with some peanut oil and make sure the oil is hot (the oil will move around the wok very easily). Add the mix in and move some of the top of the mix around the wok to make an […]

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Beat 2 eggs and add the chicken and some chopped spring onions.
Heat up a wok with some peanut oil and make sure the oil is hot (the oil will move around the wok very easily).
Add the mix in and move some of the top of the mix around the wok to make an even patty.
When the mix looks solid enough to flip – turn with a flip or with a large spatula. (if you are going for the scrambled version then this doesn’t matter too much)
When it’s all solid add some soy sauce to taste.

Sometimes it’s served with gravy or a soy gravy (just gravy with soy added) instead.

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AUTUMN SNOWFLAKE http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/autumn-snowflake/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/autumn-snowflake/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:27:12 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=456 Snowflake Rice: 2 cups of boiled rice 2 duck eggs Soy sauce (Kikkoman C00039) 1 Generous Tablespoon of salted butter (Jersey Salted butter or French Laduree butter) 2 cooked and shredded crab arm things Steam Rice and then fry up eggs in a wok using plenty of peanut oil. split the egg apart with a […]

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Snowflake Rice:
2 cups of boiled rice
2 duck eggs
Soy sauce (Kikkoman C00039)
1 Generous Tablespoon of salted butter (Jersey Salted butter or French Laduree butter)
2 cooked and shredded crab arm things

Steam Rice and then fry up eggs in a wok using plenty of peanut oil. split the egg apart with a pummeling action using 2 bladed end spatulas. When rice is ready pour over egg and continue pummeling action. When egg is well mixed into the rice add the crab and the salted butter. The rice should taste relatively plain so not to have too much flavour to clash with the main mix but add some soy to taste.

Autumn Mix:
1 Courgette sliced
2 Pak Choi halved
2 Baby Green Leaf halved
3 Birds eye chillis
200g Beansprouts
1 Sweet Orange Pepper thinly sliced
1 breast of free range chicken sliced
Oyster Sauce
Soy Sauce (Kikkoman C00044)

Whilst doing the above using another wok heat up a couple of tablespoons of peanut oil until very hot. Pour all mix ingredients apart from the sauces & chicken into the pan. Allow to sit for about 2-3 minutes to allow the steam to reduce the size of the leafy bits. Begin stirring and add then make a well in the middle. Place Chicken in the well and stir regularly.
Add oyster and soy sauce to taste.

Serve the rice onto the plates first and then place the mixture in the middle.

It should look a little like this http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi…0&id=749386194

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HOISIN SAUCE http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/hoisin-sauce/ http://kwaichi.com/2009/09/17/hoisin-sauce/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2009 10:26:07 +0000 http://www.kwaichi.com/blog/?p=454 Just whisk the following together in a bowl: 8 tablespoons of white wine vinegar 2 cloves of finely chopped or blended garlic 8 teaspoons of sesame oil 16 tablespoons of strong soy sauce (Kikoman C00044) 8 tablespoons of finely chopped or blended black beans 4 tablespoons of honey 2 finely chopped or blended birds eye […]

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Just whisk the following together in a bowl:

8 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
2 cloves of finely chopped or blended garlic
8 teaspoons of sesame oil
16 tablespoons of strong soy sauce (Kikoman C00044)
8 tablespoons of finely chopped or blended black beans
4 tablespoons of honey
2 finely chopped or blended birds eye chillis
1 teaspoon of black pepper

You’ll have to whisk for a while or use a processor. You can add msg for extra flavour but I never use the stuff.

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