Travel: Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two

November 30, 2016 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

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Okay – now this is the place where one should go if they want to relax! The main reason I didn’t pre-book at this place is because they wanted our MC number via email. They suggested we send it like this: 12XXXX – 34 – 56XXX – 78 – 91XXX – 12XXX – 34 – 56XXX. Odd, right? I get it – if you send it that way (or some form of that) it’s far less of a risk for hackers to pick up your credit card number. For me, it was a deal breaker and I didn’t book. Now, after being on the island, it’s clearly the place to stay. Let’s get into this Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two post – here we go.

Paradise

This is our favourite place on Koh Rong – Paradise Bungalows.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

That’s our little bungalow – it’s called ‘Massage’. They kept saying it up at the bar/kitchen and we were confused as to what they were saying and once we got our check-out receipt, I was like ‘OH!’. Silliness.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

All of the bungalows are open to the elements and come with nets – the only down fall is that they don’t have white sheets. Don’t get me wrong, this place is clean (nice real toilets and a shower), it’s just that with white sheets you just know. Maybe it’s just me.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

The Hangout

This is where we spent 90% of our time – the paradise bar and kitchen. See that space to the right? We just hung out there all day. Twice we went down to the beach and took a swim, then back up to relax more.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

How cute are the seats?

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

I updated my journal (thanks Amberlee!) and read on this beautiful day.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

And the view – who wouldn’t love this view?

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

That’s me – such a beautiful spot. Visit Paradise Bungalows in Koh Rong Cambodia if you can – you’ll be in paradise.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part Two: 3ten.ca

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little view into our trip to Koh Rong Cambodia. See you again soon.

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Travel: Koh Rong Cambodia Part One

Travel: Koh Rong Cambodia Part One

November 28, 2016 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Koh Rong Cambodia is beautiful and is getting trashed all at the same time. We were there in late April and the weather is perfect that time of year – hot and the sky is bright blue. The trash comes from all the tourists who either don’t pick up after themselves or from the overdevelopment of the island. Most likely, both.

When we got off the dock we were a bit nervous – really, this is paradise? Some people were staying in crappy rooms with no view, or in large rooms with bunkbeds – not my style. We were lucky in that our place (the first place we stayed) was a bit down the beach.

The View

The water is warm and the sun hot, so be sure to stay hydrated.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Our Villa

On our first night we stayed at Monkey Island – I wouldn’t stay here again. It was nice, don’t get me wrong, yet not the nicest. The best place is further down the beach – I’ll fill you in on part two.

This place had a nice patio and a bathroom inside (well, a squaty-potty) and a shower.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

This is our little cat friend. He was looking for food which he didn’t find at all.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Minos? Ah, I think not.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Lunch

This is us – so hot! How many times have I said that already? The best deals for food are at your own place, however, don’t be afraid to venture down the beach and eat at other resorts. I wish we’d done this sooner. The food at Monkey Island is okay – or average. There is better on the island for sure. You can get snacks at the little stores right by the dock – just be sure you’ve got cash.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

The View, Again

I’m not much of a beach person at all since I’d rather go-go-go. So funny, when I got back from our trip one of the girls at worked asked how many beach days we had and I said 3. She looked at me like I was nuts – that’s it??! Yes, and that’s a lot. Another girl backed me up. You could be on a beach anywhere, why not see more, eat more, do more. I vote more.

Anyway, I will say this view was one of the best I’ve witnessed. Pure beauty. If you get a chance to visit Koh Rong before it’s totally developed then consider yourself lucky. We spent 3 wonderfully relaxing days here in the middle of our trip and left ready with a sense of calm.

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Koh Rong Cambodia Part One: 3ten.ca

Thanks so much for stopping by – I’ll share part two next. Bye for now!

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Sewing: Week Forty Eight: White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial

November 26, 2016 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials  |  No Comments

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

The bat wing dress is back. I made this back in April of 2014 and it’s such an easy and fun sewing tutorial. My original post – bat wing dress – lead you back to Mollytov’s site for the full tutorial, however, it’s now gone. As a result, here (after searching the internet and piecing bits of info together) I have a version of the tutorial – all you’ll need.

What You Need

  • 2 yards of jersey stretch fabric
  • matching thread
  • serger
  • scissors
  • pins
  • iron
  • ironing board

First, you’ll need to take some measurements – measure your hips and your forearm. Write down those numbers.

Now, below you’ll see a screen shot of a Pinterest Pin – this is key. Before you use those measurements and cut your fabric, do two things. Measure from the nape of your neck down to you waist (where you want the gathering of the skirt to start). On me, this is about 20 inches, not 18. So I add in 2 inches to the length of the body. Also, I take away 2 inches from the neck – a 10 inch opening is far too big (it shows the straps of my tank tops when I wear one underneath). I suggest putting on a top with a neck you like and then measure it to get an idea.

Once your measurements are done – time to cut out your pieces. For this white bat wing dress tutorial I cut out 4 body pieces so I could double them up (just like the skirt and the cuffs, since they are folded) – if your fabric is a tad sheer, I suggest doing the same.

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

The next step once everything is cut is to sew the body together. With right sides together, seam the sides of the body and the shoulders. Press.

Then, it’s time for the seams on the neck piece, the cuffs and the skirt. With right sides together, serge along the side seam. Press the seam.

Now, time to attach the neck and then the cuffs. Fold the neck piece in half like a hot dog, wrong sides together (the seam will be on the inside). Press. Pin right sides together around the neck and serge. Press when you’re done.

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

Repeat the process for the cuffs and then the skirt.

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

Done

That’s it – this white bat wing dress tutorial is easy once you take all of your measurements and cut the fabric. Here is the grey one I made last time – it looks better me than on my mannequin.

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

White Bat Wing Dress Tutorial: 3ten.ca

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you sew up this weekend.

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