4 Must do on a Mekong Delta Tour

For its strategic point, the tour of Vietnam is something to remember for ages. One is worth particular note is Mekong Delta. The rich culture, the taste of the local cuisine and the friendly population are some of the areas you often hear on the lips of visitors.

For others, Vietnam is another heaven with the Mekong being the perfect point to move away from the daily bustles of life and mix with nature.  Embodying the spirit of Vietnam, visiting the country without tasting what the Delta has on offer is a complete waste.

Mekong Delta is one of the many leisure spots in Vietnam for several reasons. Being set up on the extensive water body alone makes the area a worthy place to pay a visit.

But that is not all; the delta tour comes with various breathtaking views that visitors would be interested. Though various sightseeing encounters may be your attraction, the tour of Mekong Delta (AtravelMate.Com) has a basket of goodies.

4 Must do on a Mekong Delta Tour – You Need

Some of the four areas of Mekong that one may need to venture into including the following areas;

Cai Rang Floating Market cruise

Taking the Cai Rang Floating Market cruise

Here in the delta, you can have an experience of a lifetime as you go around the rice paddies of the Mekong on a cruise boat. For starters, this 4-hour cruise on the sampan will take you right into the natural realm of the Delta and Vietnam in particular.

You get to see the rich mix of tradition as you pass the string of stilted houses. However, the chance to visit the canal of Mekong, the traditional rice fields of Vietnam and an opportunity to sample the fruits of Vietnam makes the tour worth your time and money.

Most of the cruise sampan cruises leave the Ninh Kieu Wharf in Can Tho in the morning. It is therefore important to plan your tour of the area in advance with your guide. Because you will be passing the market, have some money with you, you may need something.

Two a Visit the Tho Ben Tre

Two a Visit the Tho Ben Tre

Tho Ben Tre is considered a must do if you ever want an interesting tour. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can have access to the high point to visit in Vietnam the Tho Ben Tre. About ride through the Mekong Delta will bring you to the different reality of tradition and culture in Ho Chi Minh City.

Here, you can have the exclusive pleasure of a boat ride along the alleys of the city. If you just love leisure, why not walk through the villages or better still take a sampan through the unicorn canal to the other side of town.

Here, you can have an evening rest at the various hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Visiting this area will bring you to the reality with the delicious taste of Vietnamese candy and fruits. You may as well sample the local cuisines that comprise the Tai tuong fried fish, shrimps and rolls.

It is the fact that you can have your say in the type of candy you want as you get the chance to try making them here.  Taking as troll along the streets, you get the friendly Vietnamese hospitality with the multiple servings of fresh coconut milk that are all yours for the picking.

But your visit will not be complete without paying a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient religious site.

A visit to the famous An Khanh area

For those who love to take life easy, visiting A Khanh area of Mekong by boat will spice up the tour. Here, you have an opportunity to listen to the various forms of Vietnamese songs while taking lunch in a reclusive flower garden.

As if that is not enough, get away from the world as the coconut trees in An Khanh provides an excellent cover for a comfortable feel while here. You have great scenery here with the old Vinh Trang Pagoda and a classic view of the fishing villages along the river forming part of the plan.

Pay a Visit Cham Island

Pay a Visit Cham Island

Arranging a visit to the Cham Islands will surely serve as a wrap up of your tour of Mekong. Boats that go to the island move from Da Nang. Cruising around the island will give you a glimpse of the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park and the Cua Dai pier.

However, there is more to the island as it embodies a great taste of Vietnamese history with the magnificent sights of Au Hai Tang Pagoda, Thuyen, and Ong Temple forming some places to visit.

Most of the arrangements to visit this area involve a full day plan that allows the visitor to walk the Cham beaches while also getting a chance to sample the rich local cuisine. Afternoons on the island goes well when you go for a refreshing dive into the clear water of Cham Island

How to choose a Headphones and earphones for sportsmen

With or without wire

Now that you know everything about the issues of comfort and headphones maintenance in part 1, the question arises whether to opt for a model with or without wire.

Bluetooth Headphone

Advantage of Bluetooth headphones, you do not risk getting entangled in the wires or even being hampered by a cable during the effort. The connection is generally very stable and the comfort of use is real. On the other side of the coin, you’ll have one more device to recharge before you run. In case of a discharged battery, you can make a cross on the music. If you’re the head-up, we recommend PowerBeats 2 Wireless that take advantage of the fast charging technology. Plug in for 15 minutes to enjoy one hour of use.

As for wired headphones, you will not have to worry about charging any battery since there are none. Less expensive than Bluetooth models, they also have a remote control which in our opinion is more practical as part of a training. Ideally placed on the cable, one does not need to fiddle to find it. In addition, the risk of moving the earpiece into the ear is less as the remote control is usually integrated further down the cable near the chin. If you opt for a wired model and your budget allows, Bose Sound Sport have our preference in both comfort and audio quality. In Bluetooth, Divacore Blueskull enjoys excellent value for money. You may want to know best earbuds under 50 here!

What level of resistance?

As mentioned above, sweat is the sworn enemy of headphones. It’s the same with the rain for who does not hesitate to brave the elements when going to run. You have probably already heard about the IPXX certification which is used in particular in the world of mobile telephony. This is a protection rating that indicates the degree of dust and water resistance of an appliance. It is also used for sports headphones.

Read more: A page from my heart

A good sports helmet must resist sweat.

The two digits XX are interpreted independently. The first information on dust protection on a scale of 0 to 6. An IP6X index therefore means that the device is totally protected including against microscopic dust. The second digit indicates the resistance to water on a scale of 0 to 9. In terms of consumer electronics, the maximum is generally 8. In clear if an apparatus is IP68 for example, it is supposed to resist dust d On the one hand, and immersion in more than one meter of water for 30 minutes on the other hand.

Regarding sports headphones, you will encounter an IPX4 index most of the time. This simply means that they have not been dust-tested, but they are resistant to water spray, and therefore to rain. To be completely complete, you may wonder why no headset / earphone is IP67 certified, or even IP68, as is the case for some smartphones for example? Simply because the higher the IP, the more the sound is impacted by isolating the membranes. A balance must be struck between resistance and audio experience. If you intend to put your headphones to the test, for example during a Mud Day, the Jabra Sport Coach and Sport Pulse are IP55 certified. We can even wash them after the event.

Compatible iPhone or Android, what does that change?

Maybe you’ve already noticed that some headphones / earphones are iPhone compatible while others are for Android smartphones. It is also valid for models dedicated to sport that interest us here. Know first that this does not mean you will not be able to use them if you change a day of dairy. The advantage of this compatibility lies mainly in the remote control and its advanced features.

The compatibility of a headset with its smartphone can be important.

A MFI (Made For iPod or iPhone) certified headset will have access to all music controls in addition to volume. Next or previous song, pause, play or answer calls, everything is accessible via the three buttons on the remote control. In the case of a Bluetooth model, one can also consult the battery level directly on the screen of the iPhone. The principle is the same regarding the certification Works With Android or Works With Windows Phone but integration is less advanced than on iOS.

At Beats, all headphones and earphones are MFI certified which is not surprising following Apple’s acquisition of the brand. The same goes for Bose and Jabra who have chosen the same camp. Conversely, Sennheiser lets you choose between Android and iOS.

Apt-X or not

The apt-X is a coding system which is supposed to offer a sound quality close to that of the CD despite the compression related to the Bluetooth. To take advantage of this, the transmitter (the smartphone in this case) and the receiver (our headphones or headphones) must both be compatible with this technology. Regarding the iPhone, the question does not arise, Apple having not deigned to integrate it in its smartphone or even in its iPod. If you have a compatible device, three models are able to play sound in apt-X in our selection: Monster Roc Sport, LG Tone Active and Divacore Blueskull.

For his part, Jabra has opted for Dolby audio processing in order to offer a greater immersion or to personalize the sound of its headphones. Nevertheless, you have to go through the dedicated application to enjoy it. It then replaces the default player of your smartphone.

What about applications?

The helmets and headphones for the sport are of course compatible with the dedicated applications in the matter. Whether it’s Endomondo or Runstastic to name a few, voice announcements are available to help you know the distance traveled, the time elapsed, and the passage times. Jabra is once again demonstrating its own Jabra Sport Life application for its Sport Pulse and Sport Coach helmets. This allows you to monitor your progress and access a vocal coach. Thanks to the Jabra Sport Pulse heart rate monitor, the application is even able to calculate the VO2 Max and plan a split training or series without touching the smartphone.

 

A page from my heart

Just last December I announced the beginning of Sarah Tucker Events.  It has been a remarkable year.  I am so grateful for those that trusted me from early on, both clients and vendors.  You’ll never know how thankful, but I hope I show you that!  I can say wholeheartedly that I hit the jackpot in the client department.  I feel it is such a privilege to walk beside these women in this exciting time in their life, get to know them not solely as bride/groom but as friends.  When the wedding day arrives I feel a closeness to them that is hard to describe.  It feels a lot like home, like family.

                                            {photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography}

I am an intentionally small company.  I’ve said it before, but my intention is not to have a truck load of weddings in one year.  I crave developing relationships with my clients so I can anticipate their needs and serve them well, particularly on the wedding day.  I am very invested in my clients.  But saying “no” is always a little bitter tasting for me.  Recently, I’ve had to turn down some exciting work, because ultimately I want to give the best to my clients and to my family.  Which by the way, my family, though I haven’t announced it here yet but pretty much every square inch of the internet elsewhere, is expanding in the next month.  We’re expecting our first born within the next few weeks.  We’re pretty much beside ourselves in anticipation over here!

And with that BIG life change welcomes another change over here.  My sweet sister, Molly, a hospitality and events graduate from the University of Mississippi, has been and will continue to assist me on wedding days and day-to-day activities over here at STE.  Molly is the most organized gal I know, incredibly detailed oriented, and has style for days.  I am beyond blessed to have her join us!

As amazing as 2012 was for my business, I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring.  I am thrilled  to announce that I will fulfill a lifelong goal of being published in my favorite magazine (not once, but twice) in the coming year.  I can’t wait to share more about those projects!  Every single wedding in 2013 is brimming with details that make my heart go boom.  We are working with absolutely incredible photographers and floral designers to bring dreams to life, and create memories that will forever be cherished.

And lastly, a few business goals for 2013…
– Exceed client expectations
– Get published in Southern Weddings Magazine
– Attend Engage 2013
– Attend Bridal Market in NYC
… and inspire my clients to love their (future) spouse BIG.

A huge thank you to everyone – for all of their love, support, and encouragement in 2012!
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Happy EVERYTHING to all of you this Holiday Season!!  

THE ULTIMATE BRIDESMAID GIFT // FEATURING HAYDEN REIS

I’m such a huge fan of Hayden Reis!  They’re  homegrown here in Sarasota, which is just the cream in my coffee.
  Fashionable, durable, sailcloth totes and accessories.  oh!  and they can be monogrammed!
They are the ultimate bag with which to build the BEST EVER bridesmaid gift from.
If I were getting married again, my bridesmaids would be getting the below.
and i’d give them out at a bridal luncheon dedicated just for them before the wedding festivities… at none other than Shoogie Boogies in downtown Sarasota!
The Hayden Reis bag// I love my Hayden Reis tote!  and you can even get them monogrammed.
Right now you can get free shipping + 10% off with code: SarahTucker10 and if you order 6 or more (perfect for bridesmaids) you can get 30% off your order of the ditty or middy. (just call or email and they’ll help you with placing your order)  This is available thru august 25th, 2013.
Monogrammed pinch provision //  You’ve probably heard me praise these little bags of literally everything you’ll need for those just-in-case moments.  Perfect for bridesmaids or just if you like to be prepared (ahem: me)
 turkish towel //  i love these towels.  super absorbent and soft too!
 plum prety sugar robe  // there aren’t prettier robes out there!  Perfect for getting ready with your BFFs the morning of and beyond.
What are y’all giving your girls?

INVISALIGN – PIN IT TO WIN IT

Let’s chat teeth, shall we?  I have had braces twice.  My parents could be summering in France for the amount they forked over for my teeth… twice.   The first time was during second grade, which was actually OK because if there is ever a cool time to have braces – it is second grade.  I wore those metal contraptions with pride!  Then because I have such awesome teeth genes (this is completely and utterly sarcastic) those braces came back on during all of middle school when awkwardness was at an all time high for me (for everyone, maybe?!).  I definitely didn’t get my first kiss until long after they were off.  And now here I am, thirty, with a snaggle tooth, begging for Invisalign.  Dropping hints at my husband like it is hot.  All because I was twenty and irresponsible and didn’t wear my retainer.  JB thinks I’m being dramatic about my snaggle tooth but whatever (I’m not!), and the request for Invisalign will continue until he agrees that the snaggle tooth has gotten out of control I annoy him until he can’t take it any longer.

The obsession all started with seeing what Invisalign did for my best friend.  And ever since then Invisalign Aligners have been on my Christmas list slash list of needs.   What’s amazing is she didn’t even take them off for her wedding!  We all insisted that it made her teeth look whiter, and one of our friends exclaimed “it makes you have a sexy pouty lip”.  So while she could have had them off for her wedding, they stayed on!  And no one but us bridesmaids even knew!  Proof is in the pudding y’all, there she is – wearing her Invisalign – looking like thee most stunning bride that ever existed.  period.  did I mention, she’s wearing her Invisalign (!!!).  check out the whole wedding right here.

{photo via Jessica Lorren}

** this post is sponsored by Invisalign- a product I’ve been trying to convince my husband is a necessity**big thanks to Heather for letting me show off her beauty smile on her wedding day**

How To Select The Correct Mattress Pad

How To Select The Correct Mattress Pad

One great high quality mattress leading is the 3-inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper. With several tends to make of this type of Mattress toppers accessible in the marketplace, you will have a broad variety of choices to choose from.

If you’re nonetheless getting trouble obtaining to rest or you’re waking up in the center of the evening keep in mind to think about relaxing in your peaceful location and attempt some deep breathing. Give your self some time in bed. If after 20 minutes you’re nonetheless not sleeping, get out of bed and do a quiet activity, drink a heat glass of milk (this really does assist soothe your nervous method), consume some hot herb tea, or do your relaxation methods.

Lucky for us, mattress toppers come in numerous different styles and materials that you can choose from this website. The most popular pads are usually produced of synthetic or natural latex or memory foam. The mattress topper you end up picking should be just what you need to get a great night’s relaxation. A great mattress topper can even assist simplicity aches and pains for each the younger and the elderly. When you hunt for a mattress topper, you may try to discover 1 that is anti -bacterial and hypo allergenic so that mildew spores and anti dust mites can not take hold of the pad. Frequently times Latex pads may be the best in this regard.

Many individuals would talk about how well they slept on memory foam. They would wake up with less pain and feel a lot much more refreshed and alert. During this time period of the 1980’s, memory foam was as well expensive to produce for buy by the mass community. Following hearing so numerous stories of happy and remedied patients, businesses discovered ways to manufacture the memory foam goods, and they became accessible to customers.

The mattress depth Manufacturers have a tendency to include much more foam and padding to a mattress in order to attain a more cozy sleeping surface area. By measuring your memory foam mattress you can discover the correct depth of sheets, mattress pads for sleeper sofas and so on before creating any buys. Memory foam mattresses commonly have a quilted cover. Most of these covers are generally dry cleaned and help to preserve the mattress against spillages.

The relaxation of the furniture should now go on the truck, arranged neatly and orderly, and up towards the sides of the truck exactly where feasible. Again, shifting pads are your friends here.

Many parents do not like the really feel of the crib mattress and worry that their kid will not like it both. The mattresses are made like this to protect the mattress towards urine and other stains, as little babies tend to moist through their diapers effortlessly. This is exactly where the quilted crib mattress pads come in. They make the bed feel good and gentle with out being too soft and provide an additional layer of protection for your child. You might also want to do a small study on-line. This can assist you determine what other people have thought of particular brands of crib mattresses and can help you in your choice of which 1 to go with. With a little work, you will be able to discover the perfect mattress for your little one that they will sleep soundly on.Shares
I’m Marck M. and I’ve been working in the furniture business for over 6 years now. I love bed and mattress and I know a lot of things about these things. I recommend you to invest on a good mattress pad for added protection and cushioning so you can sleep comfortably at night. After all, we all need a good night rest in order to start the day right. Check out this website for more information about mattress pads today.

Allowances vs Payments For Chores Whats Best

Allowances vs Payments For Chores: What’s Best?

What is the best way to raise kids to become responsible adults?  Should they “get” an allowance or earn it?  Should you pay kids for doing chores?

Those are trick questions, because everyone’s family and situation is different!   Some experts believe giving an allowance should be used strictly to teach money management skills and therefore should not be tied up with rewards or punishment.  Then you have Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of finance and economics at State University of New York in Buffalo, who asserts that paying an allowance is cruel.  Really?  He may want to turn me in to child services.

Personally, I am for an unconditional allowance and against paying my children for normal household chores. Here are a few reasons why:

I believe chores are their responsibility.   I want them to understand they are obligated to help with chores because they are members of the family who live in the house, not because they’d get money for it.  I want to develop a sense of responsibility and pride in our home and all work together to take care of it.

I want to help them learn independence and financial responsibility.  They get “paid”  unconditionally once a month so they can experience and develop skills to prioritize wants, weigh their choices, learn to budget, practice patience and live with consequences of bad decisions.  They both understand advertising propaganda and scams!

I feel it is my responsibility as a parent to teach my children to be self-sufficient adults.  It is important they learn how to do laundry, cook, and care for a home.  They need the practice.   I don’t charge them to teach, so they shouldn’t expect to be paid to learn.  Plus I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking they should get a reward for simply doing what they are supposed to be doing!

My kids are proud of themselves and the contributions they make in our home.   They feel more capable and mature than their friends who have no responsibilities.  I’ve actually heard them say this!

I know my kids, and if chores were tied to an allowance at my house, they would sometimes choose not to get the allowance rather than have to do chores for it.  It would become a choice for them and a struggle for me.  It would open up a whole other can of worms dealing with being docked pay for chores in arrears or wanting to get paid for absolutely every little thing.  Sometimes I need my kids to do something extra because I need their help.  They should be cooperative and helpful because it’s the right thing, not because there’s an extra five bucks in it for them.

I want to encourage my kids to excel in life, strive to do better, and understand their earning potential is in their own control depending on how hard they work. They have the option to do additional chores that are not part of their normal household chores in order to make more money if they choose.

My children have matured a lot from the days when $1 in their hands meant you had to go to the dollar store immediately so they could spend it right away and get something NOW.

My son plans his purchases around his allowance to get the best electronics and games.  He devises strategies how to combine expected future gift money with his allowance to be able to afford a coveted item or determine whether he should pay for his own XBox Live card one month.

My daughter loves to save up her money.  She rarely parts with any.  She will beg me for something she wants, and if I tell her she should buy it with her own money, she most often says it is not important enough.  Except for gifts.  Sweet girl that she is, she does not mind spending her savings on presents for others.

What are your views?  Are you pro- unconditional allowance or against it?  What do you think about paying kids for chores?

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Brentwood Intrigue 7” Mattress Reviews

Every mattress is different and so are the people who sleep on them. The two biggest sellers in today’s market are memory foam and coil mattresses, which are both very different. The Brentwood Intrigue 7 inch mattress is a inner spring mattress that uses 13.5 gauge tempered steel coils in order to give you the added support and comfort that you look for without sacrificing quality.

Brentwood Intrigue 7” Mattress Reviews

The Brentwood Intrigue has 312 inner spring coils that will give you a wonderful night sleep every time you lay down. Whether you like cool mattress or warm mattresses, the Brentwood Intrigue 7 inch mattress offers padding that allows air to flow freely throughout the mattress. This is very important when talking about a mattress because many people get too warm throughout the night and their mattress doesn’t help to cool them off.

This mattress is rather inexpensive at just over $150, but you wouldn’t know that it costs that much. With a mattress under $200, you would think that it is hard and won’t last long, however, that is not the case here. The Brentwood Intrigue is extremely soft with its multiple layers of plush comfort padding and wrapped coils. If you are looking for a full size mattress that you will enjoy night after night, then this is the full size mattress for you. Remember, price and comfort are very important and this mattress has a little bit of both.

One thing that you should know about the Brentwood Intrigue full size mattress is that it weighs less than 35 pounds. What this means to you is that you can use it on more than just a regular box spring. If you have a futon or a fold out couch, then this would make the perfect mattress for both of those. Just know that you have options once you buy this full size mattress. Something that you may not know about the Brentwood Intrigue is that although it is so lightweight and can be folded to fit into a fold out couch, it still is one of the most comfortable mattress out there. This is important because many people look for comfort over practicality.

Many people believe that price is a huge factor when determining how good a mattress is, however, it doesn’t always dictate whether the mattress is better than another one or not. Being that people are all different, you can’t say that one mattress is best for them without actually knowing what they like. It is because of this that we offer reviews of many mattresses so that you can get an idea of what will work best for you and why. Whether you want a soft mattress or a firm mattress, you will find it all here.

So, if you don’t think the Brentwood Intrigue is perfect for you then take a look around this site and see what other mattresses there are. You will be pleasantly surprised by all the mattress reviews that we offer and I am sure you will find the perfect mattress for you. Check out here

Spring Style: Modern Classic for New days

This Spring interior design trends are all about the Modern Classic – the styles and pieces that edit and strip down the classic New England and Parisian forms into clean, modern lines and shapes. We spoke with local interior decorator Lisa Mazzola to learn her thoughts on the latest trends and share some tips on how to best incorporate these styles into your own home.

Colors for this season are feature a base in the cool grays, but to mix up your color palette Lisa suggests adding pops of color in your accessories. “Try using Honeysuckle or Citrus Yellow and grounding it with graphite and ashy blacks,” she explains. “And the aquatic blues are taking on strongly. Blue was considered dated for a while but is coming back strongly.” Find your blue in the Ralph Lauren Indigo Modern bedding, a collection sporting a strong blue on a base of mixed grays set in geometric and tie-dye patterns.

 

Ralph Lauren “Indigo Modern” Bedding Collection
Available at www.ralphlauren.com
Retail from $50 – $300

For living spaces with many different pieces of furniture, variety is key to capture the Modern Classic style. “Take a very modern, clean line sofa with a low profile,” suggests Lisa, “and work in a couple of chairs in the Parisian style but covered in more of a graphic fabric – it gives an updated French look versus a true antique.”

 

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
Available at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Signature Store, Natick

Texture has always played a part of any well-designed room, but the Modern Classic style views texture and faux finishes in an entirely different way. “The sponges and all that are long gone, but commercial-style textures and wall coverings are starting to come back,” explains Lisa. While using wallpaper for a full room is a thing of the past, Lisa explains that using touches of it can add a nice accent to a room. “Use it for a specific accent wall or a small powder bath or one wall within a room to bring in texture.”

 

Maya Romanoff Wall Coverings
Available at Boston Donghia
Retail starting at $79

While certainly not a new trend, eco-friendly designs remain popular for current home décor. Moving beyond building materials such as bamboo floors and LED lighting, your furniture itself can be earth friendly. “Restoration Hardware is using recycled planks for tables,” offers Lisa, “They have this grayed-out, washed out wood that hit the scene about three years ago but has remained strong for this season.” Outfit your dining area with the reclaimed pine planks of 100-year-old buildings in England with Restoration Hardware’s Salvaged Wood Collection, a sleek line that literally reinvents classic materials into modern uses.

 

Restoration Hardware “Trestle” Salvaged Wood Collection
Available at Restoration Hardware retail locations or www.restorationhardware.com
Retail from $359 – $2,995

Perhaps best embodying the Modern Classic ethos are bold statement pieces blending time and place. New York-based and New England-manufactured, statement pieces from The New Traditionalists capture this essence in many of their unique designs. “Chair One Eighty is a wing-backed chair – very traditional,” affirms Lisa. But the chair, upholstered in tomato leather with limestone leather piping, features a very modern base. “Instead of curvy legs it has a squared off base that’s very clean,” says Lisa, “It’s a perfect example of taking a traditional piece of furniture and updating it.”

 

The New Traditionalists Chair no. One Eighty
Available at www.thenewtraditionalists.com
From $4,400