Sunday, February 26, 2017

Explore Khao Yai [ 考艾 ] - Day 2 : Jim Thompson Farm + A Cup of Love

Day 2 was a much longer day out! There was a slight change to our initial planning because one of the places could not be located. So we agreed to proceed to Jim Thompson Farm instead for the day considering the fact that the location for this place of interest is the furthest of all. It's about a 2 hour drive from where we stayed.

I would say Khemika was awesome ! When she came across places that were not planned in our list of to-go places, she would ask if we wanted to make a fast visit if we happened to pass by any places which she felt that we might be keen to visit. Along our way,  Khemika came across this grape farm and of course this was something not to be missed as we did not see one before!

A scene of a mother hen and her chicks, sent a delightful smile on the kids and us. Having to stay in a country where we see mainly houses and sky scrappers, such a scene on the farm was indeed a rare sighting for the kids especially !


First time ever in my life and for Xav, this was his first as well to see how grapes are grown. We were pretty excited to see the clusters right above us. We had to buy a bunch of these juicy grapes as snacks.


And we came across another farm. This time, it was a strawberry farm.


An overview of the farm with a breath-taking backdrop I must say. It did not look like as if we were in Thailand !


Xav got to know how the flowers and leaves of a strawberry plant looked like. There were not alot of strawberries, likely that they could have been harvested. Before we left, we managed to spot two mini strawberries but one seemed to be drying up!


Vera had to miss it as she was taking her nap but she woke in time to find a papaya tree as tall as her !


We continued on our journey to Jim Thompson Farm and we were pretty lucky to have spotted "A Cup of Love" on our way.


This was jotted down in my list to go only if we can find or if we have spare time. You can choose to just dine at the cafe while overlooking this scenic view or you can choose to pay an entrance fee and  purchase milk for feeding the sheeps and goats. All payment will be done at the counter when you are purchasing your entrance fee.




 Too cute ! We could not resist but to take a goat-fie with it.


If you have time to spare, go take a walk up hill where you can see nice pretty flowers and spots for taking pictures.




We spent like an hour to two running and exploring the place at our own leisure timing. Headed for lunch at a nearby eating place (with a structure of a sail boat), along the same stretch of road, before we arrived at Jim Thompson Farm.


To locate A Cup of Love:
GPS E14.387712, N101.797986 , E14 23'15.76", N101 47' 52.75"

My purpose of visiting this farm is simply because Xav asked me how are silk form? This is a perfect place to give him the answer. This brand is well known in Thailand and on this farm it has 5 major atttraction for visitors, all housed under this farm:

Attraction 1: Field of Cosmos and "U-pick" Organic Vegetable Garden
Attraction 2: Pumpkin Patch and Colourful Flower Fields
Attraction 3: Isan Village
Attraction 4: Jim Village
Attraction 5: Jim Market

This place can easily take up to 1.5 day. Hope on to the free tram service to save your legs from walking the distance.


Photo credit: Pla 

The pumpkin patch was a signature scene and a favourite spot of tourists at Jim Thompson Farm.

Photo Credit: Pla

She was so happy to see the giant and mini pumpkins !


Photo Credit: Xav

Within the giant pumpkin

Within the Pumpkin Patch, there were stunning fields blooming with pretty flowers of all colours! The surrounding view was spectacular and provided great backdrop for photo-taking.



Isan village was next, where we were introduced to the fasinating life cycle of a silk worm that produces beautiful silk yarn for Jim Thompson fabrics. In this zone, visitors could see the complete life cycle of the silkworms.

Moths and their eggs

Matured eggs

Oh well, kids will be kids. Their innocence made them fearless of anything. Vera almost grabbed the larvaes !

Do you know that silkworms grow so quickly that they change their skin four times. This process is known as "Molting". As they grow and shed their skin, their size has also increased 10,000 times when  compared to when they were a tiny new, laid egg.

Larvae

Being matured larvae, their bodies turn slightly yellow, getting themselves ready for the next important job. This round, bamboo tray is their new home where they are comfortably spaced, the larvae will spin a silken home around themselves, called a cocoon. Being Isan silkwarms, these cocoons are special in the beautiful golden.


These golden cocoons will be slowly and carefully reeled into yarns for weaving. One cocoon can measure up to 1000 metres in length.

Boiling of the cocoons


This were what was remained in the cocoon.



We got to watch how they weaved using the traditional methods.


Experiencing the traditional farming.


Simple wooden entertainment but we had loads of fun.





Both of them were lucky enough to ride on a buffalo ! With thanks to the friendly staff.



Xav got to see the traditional way of how water was transpored into the padi fields during the olden days whereby technology was not so advanced.

Padi field
At the end of the tour, you can proceed to do some shopping at Jim's Market. Do note that this farm only operates from December to January. Do check out their opening dates before you plan your trip.

You can visit their website or Jim Thompson Farm Facebook page for updates. Otherwise, you can also email to: farmtour@jimthompson.com for any further enquiries.

Address: 2072, Tambol Takob, Amphur Pak Thing Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm daily
Entrance Fee:
Weekdays:
120 Baht / USD $3.40 (Adult)
80 Baht / USD $2.20 (Child)

Weekends:
140 Baht / USD $3.90 (Adult)
100 Baht / USD $2.80 (Child)

By the time we finished with our tour, we planned to head for dinner on our way back. Initial plan was to visit the night market at Pak Chong, somehow the heavy traffic in the evening was pretty bad and with two children in tow, their well being is always the top priority. Pretty hard to find a nice and decent place (you know with children, hygiene in food handling is one of the important factors we take into consideration when travelling overseas) Pak Chong district as we were all strangers to the place. After several turns, Khemika decided to turn into a small road and we spotted restaurants !

If you are one vintage junkie, this dining place is a must come. Language barrier aside, this place is sure to recollect all your childhood memories! We were kept occupied from viewing the collection while waiting for our dishes to be served.







For the address, you might want to refer to my check in. The dishes were great and the menu had something suitable for both the young and old.

Khao Yai Day 1 - Sunflower field (Saraburi District) | Primo Piazza

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Disclaimer: This holiday is a NON SPONSORED post. All expenses are paid through our very own pocket. Just purely documenting down these lovely memories and to be shared to all who are looking into kids friendly places in Thailand!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

[Review + Giveaway] Bio Royale Post Natal Hair Loss Solution

Hair loss is now the common nightmare of the both genders. I remember I wrote a post on Hair loss and scalp care like 1.5 years ago ?

Apart from the various factors that was mentioned in the hair loss and scalp care post, do you know that the quality of water which we use to wash our hair also have certain effects on our hair ? Now, take a moment and think back if you have experience this. Whenever I travel, I will never fail to bring my own shampoo and conditioner. However, in certain countries, my hair felt different despite the fact that I am using my usual shampoo and conditioner to wash it. Yes, it's the quality of the water and do not be surprise that the quality of the water does contribute to our hair loss.

This time, my mane was pampered by BioRoyale GroBack Shampoo, Conditioner, After shower serum and Overnight Vitalizer. I have oily hair scalp by nature and usually by mid-noon, my scalp gets oily and my hair starts to lump together especially at the fringe. Not all scalp care shampoo suits me or can be use daily. I bought a certain brand from my usual hair salon and my stylist advised me to use it only once or twice a week, just to clean my scalp but not on a daily basis as it might be too harsh on the scalp. An over-drying scalp can resulted in me having an itchy scalp.

So how do I choose my skin and hair care products ? I try to choose products with natural ingredients, parabens free and sulphates free mainly because parabens and sulphates are the main chemicals present in most shampoo that cause hairfall. Do READ THE LABELS when you are shopping for your shampoo.

Bio Royale with 20 years in the making of natural hair products, came up with this awesome set of 4. Locally made and produced in Singapore and it is approved by Health Science Authority of Singapore (HSA).


Bio Royale contains natural ingredientssuch as Aloe Vera, Arnica Extract, Calendula, Buccopa Muneri, Tea Tree Oil, Cedarwood oil, Green tree extract, Cochlearea (anoracia) and Argan oil, it also contains Saw Palmetto that helps to regrow hair and blocks DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) - main cause of male pattern baldness, which is so common nowadays,  even so for males who are in their early 30s.


My overall experience after using Bio Royale GroBack Shampoo and Conditioner - The shampoo was mildly scented of the natural ingredients while the conditioner was easy to rinse off. Normaly, I will blow dry my hair and quite a number of strands on the floor could be sighted after that. When swept together and rolled into a ball,  the sight can be quite disturbing.

My hairfall during shower and drying had a significant improvement after a week of using Bio Royale. Imagine, further damage done to my coloured hair with the daily blow-drying but somehow the conditioner, which is rich in Vitamin E helped to retain the moisture. I could run my fingers easily while I blow dry as compared to the norm and not forgtting my scalp, the oiliness was in control.

To aid with the oil control, I massage a few drops of After Shower Serum into my scalp. Remember this tip, regardles of what products you are using, it is very important to massage and stimulate the hair follicles. Otherwise, nothing is going to work. Basically, after 12 hours from the time I washed my hair, my scalp felt "clean" and not oily as compared to the days before I used the products.



As for the Overnight Vitalizer, if you are like me who dislike to apply anything to the hair. I would suggest you do not leave it overnight. I applied as what was instructed on the packaging, I totally dislike the feeling of my hair having a coat of oil on it. It gave me a very oily  and heavy feeling on my hair. I left it on my scalp while I went to continue with my chores and washed it off after an hour because to leave it overnight is a no-go for me.

Guess what? After washing and drying, it was just like as if my hair had a an intensive mositure treatment. My mane felt so much softer, the frizz was better to manage and I could easily run my fingers through the hair without having to break them.

Sounds good? Let me just summarize this up. Bio Royale GroBackShampoo and Conditioner help:
- Reduces hairfall
- Helps hair regrowth
- Retains moisture
- Reduces scalp problems
- Prevents split ends
- Prevents further greying
- Improves volume and texture
- Anti flaking/ Dandruff
- Reduces DHT formation

While having most of the benefits of what the shampoo and conditioner can do, Bio Royale GroBack Vitalizer and Serum help:
- Restores moisture
- Anti- Bacterial
- Helps Frizzy hair
- Adds shine
- Improve Texture and Softness
- Improve scalp conditions.

and if you are looking around for products to help with hairloss, you might want to Bio Royale Hair loss Solution a try. It comes with a starter set at $49.99 and the rest of the products can be view and purchase at www.Bioroyale.com .

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Disclaimer: I received a set from BioRoyale for review purpose only. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are of my own. 

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