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    • Simpsons,The / TV Programme / 51 Readings / 46 Ratings
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      A brilliant cartoon for adults and children

      The Simpsons is a cartoon animation which first aired in 1989 and has grown ever since. It currently hits our screens every night at 6pm on channel 4.

      It is set in a fictional town of 'Springfield' and each half hour episode is individual, based on the 'Simpson' family. That is the great thing about Simpson's, you only need to watch one episode at a time to understand what is going on. The Simpson family consists of:

      Homer, the beer loving, donut loving Dad of the family is my favourite character, he is a slob and spends his time drinking beer in 'Moes' or working at the Springfield powerplant. He is by far my favourite character!

      Marge, is the mum of the Simpson family. I always feel a little sorry for her, she has a lot to cope with in life with a lazy husband like Homer and her bad lad son Bart who I will move on to next...

      Bart is probably the most famous son in America. He is a naughty kid at school, always playing jokes and winding up his sister Lisa...

      Lisa is Barts younger sister and is the one that doesn't 'fit in' with the rest of the family. She plays the saxophone and is a 'swat' at school. The exact opposite to Bart.

      The youngest member of the Simpson family is Maggie, she is a baby and therefore does not speak, just sucks her dummy at the right time!

      I think Simpsons has been so popular over the years due to the fantastic writers of the show, it is full of comedy and sometimes even a little political and rude comments designed to go over children's heads but appeals to an adults sense of humour.

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        Ant and Dec make this show

        So, its been that time of year again when I'm a celebrity takes over ITV every night. For those of you who are not aware of what this programme is I shall explain....

        For two weeks ITV puts a bunch of 'celebrities' in to the jungle in Australia. I use the word celebrity in the loosest way possible as some of the folk who enter the jungle I have never heard of.

        They live on camp for around two weeks, sleeping in the open on camp beds, washing under a freezing cold waterfall and eating rations that they have won. They win rations by completing challenges, which can consist of anything from being buried in a coffin with a load of different vile bugs, to eating disgusting parts of animals such as a kangaroo testicle. The better they do, the more stars they win, the more food they get for camp. They also have the chance to win treats by doing a chest challenge, these are normally amusing making them get soaking wet!

        The show makes money by the audience voting, at first this is for who they want to do the trial and the audience votes for who they want to stay in the show. At the end, one of the celebs is crowned king or queen of the jungle.

        I personally do love this show, although the best thing of it all is Ant and Dec. I doubt the show would get as many viewers if they didn't present the show.

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          07.12.2009 14:56
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          A lovely city that I can wait to visit again

          I have just come back from a weekend away in Bath and what a lovely weekend it was. As soon as we arrived in the city we were blown away by how beautiful it was with the little streets and straight buildings. We had actually hired a mini bus so found a long stay car park on Charlotte street (this only cost £18 from Fri - Sun). There are many nice hotels but money saving matters we chose to go in a hostel, £17 a night for a 16 bed dorm.

          We visited Bath on one of the busiest weekend as the Christmas market was on. Although this looked really pretty we chose not to look round it as it was too busy to even get to the stalls. The nice thing about Bath is that it is so nice to just walk around, to organise our aimless walking around I printed off an hour walk free of charge from a tourist website. This takes you round the main tourist sites of Bath for free..... The Abby, Roman baths, The Pump Rooms, Guildhall Market, The circus, Royal crescent and Pulteney Bridge. Although if you do want to go inside anywhere you have to pay, only £2.50 for the Abby and about £10 to go in the Roman baths. If you are a little too lazy to do the walk you can get on one of the many hop on hop off buses that run around Bath.

          We started off our Saturday night in Belushis, the bar below the hostel. The drinks were nice and cheap anyway but we got an extra discount for staying there. There are a lot of nice bars and pubs in Bath and we found the bouncers on all of the doors really nice and helpful in telling us where to go next. I cant wait to visit Bath again.

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            03.12.2009 17:08
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            A brilliant and easy snack

            Ever since starting on my Slimming World diet I have eaten a lot of these mug shots. And I actually now love them. Basically they are sachets of dried noodle or pasta that you simply add water to in a mug and leave for 5 minutes. They are classed as a snack although I do sometimes eat them as lunch with some fruit to fill me up. The brilliant thing about mug shots is there are quite a few flavours, all less than 3% fat, so you don't get bored, these are:

            Spicy sweet and sour
            Tomato
            Creamy cheese
            Chicken

            The sachets are sold separately at about 50p each. They are normally with cup a soups in the supermarkets, so are easy to find. Each flavour has its own colour, for example the Spicy Sweet and Sour is a bright orange colour, and therefore the 'Mug Shot' logo in a funky font is in the same bright orange colour. There is also a picture of the made mug shot on the front which is a good representation of the real thing.

            As there are quite a few varieties it's a little tricky to generalise the nutritional value, so instead I shall give details for my favourite one, the Spicy Sweet and Sour, although please be aware that this is one of the lower fat ones at less than 1%, some of the other such as the Creamy Cheese, are less than 2% fat.

            Spicy Sweet and Sour (Per 100g)
            87 Calories
            Protein - 2.2g
            Carbohydrate - 19.5g
            Of which Sugars - 5.0g
            Fat - 0.7g
            Of which Saturates 0.3g
            Fibre 1.2g

            Which if anybody reading this is following slimming world that equates to being a free food, which makes me smile!

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              03.12.2009 10:10
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              A little bit of a fun discussion

              You know, I really enjoy these kind of 'reviews', I find this discussion topic in particular very interesting.

              We recently had this conversation at work, and the main issue I have with answering is that although I realise having a lot of money would be lovely I do feel content and happy in my life as it is and realise winning the lottery could change this for the worse as well as better. However, for the purposes of this....

              It always strikes me that the first thing I would want to do is to share my fortune. There are a couple of people I have already come across in life that I often think 'if I was loaded I was give them some money', either to fulfil there life long dream or just allow them a little extra fun.

              My next thing to do would to pay off my mortgage and buy another pad especially for parties. I may move house but would keep my current property forever as it has so many memories for me.

              After the initial fun of having a splurge I would probably do something really boring and serious, like set up a charity that I can then run to give me something to do as I imagine spending all day everyday socialising would be quite boring! I would actually much prefer to have millions from earning it, therefore not only can you be proud of what you have achieved you can get used to having money gradually. That doesn't mean I would turn it down 

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              • What's In Your Bag? / Discussion / 27 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                30.11.2009 13:16
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                A fun little review/discussion

                I am not really sure what this discussion is all about but I am rolling with it 
                Please all be aware that my colleagues are now looking at me a little strange as I have just tipped my handbag all over my desk.

                1) lets start with the embarrassing item... an old tissue, that I shall make sure I don't put back in and in fact throw it away like I probably should have done a few weeks ago.
                2) Probably the biggest item in my bag... my purse, full of everything other than actual money!
                3) There seems to be a lot of receipts from my recent purchases of Christmas presents, I will now put them somewhere safe.
                4) A nice surprise, this review has enabled me to find my long lost comb that is my favourite ever one.
                5) The next item (or maybe items?!) shows how much I need to wash my bag... sand, from when I went travelling at the beginning of the year.
                6) My camera, I never go anywhere without it although I don't have that many photos to show for it.
                7) As its now getting pretty freezing the next two items are essential.... Gloves and hat!
                8) The next item has just prompted me to put something on my Christmas list... My glasses and a rather large glasses case that I would like replacing.
                9) My favourite item of my whole bag..... My handbag sized dry shampoo; this never ever leaves my bag!
                10) My final item is my hemp hand cream, which I have now just used and have slightly slimy hands.

                Crikey, that has made me realise just how much I need to clear my bag out, surprised I don't get back ache carrying all that around me everyday.

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              • Knitting / Discussion / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                27.11.2009 14:35
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                A brilliant past time

                During a day to day 'what did you get up to last night' conversation with my colleague, she informed me that she had finished knitting herself a scarf. I immediately wanted to get involved in making myself items to wear so asked her to teach me. Before long others in our office had joined in the fun. And that's what knitting is, a fun past time. And it's lovely to have an item to show for your hard work at the end.

                I am still a novice at knitting, so far I have not steered away from making scarves. Although now I do feel like I have perfected my knit and pearl I may give following a pattern a go. This does require a lot more concentration and work though.

                Although knitting does seem to have become more trendy these days, it is still viewed by most as being an old ladies past time, not helped by the recent 'Shreddies' advert with the knitting grandmas. The fact that many celebrities are not ashamed to admit they knit, Julie Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, to name just s few, is really helping knitting get on the cool wall (Sorry I am also a big Top Gear fan).

                The thing I like about knitting is that you don't require much equipment to get started. Knitting needles are really cheap and can be used time and time again, although you may need to purchase a few. Depending on what size wool you use will make a difference to the size of needles (This is stated on the wrapping of each ball of wool). The wool itself varies a great deal in price depending on where you get it from and the quality. If you are going to create something a little more challenging than a scarf you will need a pattern, these can be pricey although if you know people who also enjoy knitting you can swap patterns between you.

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                  26.11.2009 13:05
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                  A discussion point rather than a review

                  I stumbled across this very popular quiz and thought I would give it a go myself....

                  Q1. How did you discover Dooyoo?
                  My colleague at work introduced me to it.

                  Q2. Why did you join?
                  Originally as a way to pass my dinner hour, although the money reward was a sure incentive to keep me going with it.

                  Q3. What was your very first opinion on?
                  Without looking I am guessing it was Quavers, although I believe I swiftly moved on to reviewing books for a while

                  Q4. Did you find it easy to get the hang of Dooyoo?
                  Yes I did, fortunately I am computer literate and I find the Dooyoo site really easy to use. I find the reviews a lot easier to write then I previously did, suppose that is experience. I always take peoples comments on board to guide me.

                  Q5. Did you read other opinions before you posted your first one?
                  . Yes I did as I wasn't really sure what on earth to write. Although I read ones on other products as I was concerned I would accidentally copy.

                  Q6. Do you write no/some/many comments?
                  . I still feel nervous about writing comments, but if a review is written about a product I have experienced I will normally add a little comment.

                  Q7. When you click on the list of Newest Reviews, do you read your friends' opinion no matter what they're on/according?
                  This just proves that I am a novice at this as I have never clicked on the 'newest reviews' list. I shall check this out right after I have posted this review.

                  Q8. Do you write your opinions in one sitting?
                  . Mostly I do write in one sitting, unless I get distracted or I come to the end of my lunch hour.

                  Q9. Do you use a spell check?
                  Yes, I always write my reviews on Word then copy and paste them onto Dooyoo

                  Q10. Do you think you can improve your chances of a crown if you suck up to a guide?
                  To be honest, I am not really sure how you get a crown although if sucking up to a guide helps I may try that 

                  Are you a member of a dooyoo related forum or chat room?
                  No I am not; I didn't actually know there were any

                  Q13. What did you do with your spare time before joining Dooyoo?
                  I am not really sure, it seems like Dooyoo has already been in my life! I probably just wasted it away on facebook.

                  Q14.Are the rewards fair?
                  Yeah I do think they are fair, obviously I would like them to be more but they are fair. I do like that you get more rewards if others think your review is useful.


                  Q15. How can dooyoo improve?
                  There probably already is a way of doing this, but I would like to be able to see a longer list of the last people to rate my reviews. I realise you can go onto your review but I would find it useful for it to all be on my Dooyoo page.

                  Q.16. Do you write for money, pleasure or ego?
                  Brilliant Question... I suppose I write for a little bit of each.

                  Q.17.Whats dooyoo`s biggest disappointment?
                  perhaps that some people are a little harsh with their marking, but I cant really think of anything that is too disappointing

                  Q. 18.What's dooyoos biggest mistake?
                  I am not sure I am aware of any mistakes?!

                  Q.19.Where do you see dooyoo in five years time?
                  I think it will go one of two ways....
                  Either it will take over all the other review agencies, or all review sites will be closed down as there is so many of them they will not make any money.

                  Q.20.What would you change on dooyoo if you were given the keys?
                  ooo these last questions are the hardest. I think I would have an option that you can save reviews half way through and come back to them later. I would also perhaps add some formatting, then I can use some font colours to make my reviews pretty 

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                  • Cadbury's in General / Other Food / 49 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                    A household brand that can enjoyed wherever and whenever

                    Cadburys dairy milk
                    Unless you have been living on Mars you will have heard of Cadburys Dairy Milk, but just in case here are a few more details, along with my thoughts on the product

                    Package
                    Cadburys are always updating the packaging to keep their products looking modern, but always keeping the main characteristics so they are easy to recognise.

                    Currently the background colour is an enticing purple, with the dairy milk logo written in large letters with the easily recognisable symbol of the milk being poured in the letters.

                    There is also a picture of a delicious piece of dairy milk that you just want to pick off the packet and eat.

                    How much and where from
                    You can pretty much get dairy milk from anywhere and everywhere in the UK. It
                    costs about £1.50 for a 230g bar which I think is reasonable, but at the moment Tesco has an offer on of 2 bars for £2.50

                    Nutrition facts
                    Unfortunately, the nutritional facts of any chocolate do not reduce no matter how much I wish they will. Chocolate is never going to be good for you, but that almost helps it taste nice because it's such a treat.

                    In every 100g there are:
                    220 calories
                    12.0g fat
                    8.0g saturated fat
                    3.0g protein

                    All Cadburys products are also now made with all fair trade chocolate


                    Taste quality
                    Lets be honest, Cadburys would not be household name if it wasn't so nice! Britain is full of chocoholics and I blame Cadburys for that, since 19..... they have provided us with the creamy chocolate, you can taste the milk in every delicious cube.

                    If you fancy something a little different there are many other Cadburys probucts... fruity nut.... Whole nut... caramel, are just a few. Be careful though, if you eat too much it can be a little sickly.

                    Instructions of use
                    Most people eat choc on its own accompanied only by a cup of tea. Although I love to use Cadburys chocolate on cakes and buns. Probably the most extravagant way to eat it is in a fondue with marshmellows

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                    • Top Five Jokes / Discussion / 107 Readings / 102 Ratings
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                      I love jokes!

                      If nothing else, I hope this makes you smile a little

                      1) The first is a three parter, please read out loud.....

                      What do you call a deer with no eyes
                      - no Eyed deer

                      What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs
                      - still no eyed deer

                      What do you call a deer with no eyes, no legs and on fire
                      - still no flaming eyed deer

                      2) A traditional husband and wife joke.....

                      A couple came upon a wishing well. The husband leaned over, made a wish and threw in a penny. The wife decided to make a wish, too. But she leaned over too much, fell into the well, and drowned. The husband was stunned for a while but then smiled, "It really works!"

                      3) My top five would not be complete without an 'Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman' joke.....

                      Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman sat in a bar, Englishman says my kid was born on st. Georges day so I name him George, Scotsman says my kid was born on st. Andrews day so I name him Andrew, Irishman says how bizarre wait till I go home and tell pancake!!!!!

                      4) This makes it into my top five as its my favourite one to tell to kids.....

                      what do elephants play in a taxi..
                      - Squash

                      5) A bit of a rude one to finish...

                      What kind of bees make milk?

                      - boobees

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                        30.10.2009 09:37
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                        a lovely snack that can be enjoyed by everyone

                        Laughing cow
                        I fell in love with laughing cow when I spent 3 months in South East Asia, as they are available pretty much everywhere, even from the women on the little stalls by the side of the road in Cambodia.

                        Package
                        Laughing cows come in a circular cardboard package that is very easy to get into on. Each pack contains 8 individual triangles, although you can purchase the bigger packs which have 2 layers, so 16 triangles.

                        The laughing cow is probably the most famous cow around; on the package he is big and red with 'laughing cow' earrings in. If this doesn't catch your eye when searching the supermarket shelf, then the big red 'The laughing Cow' letters certainly will.

                        Each individual triangle is wrapped in foil, with a red tear strip which makes them easy to open.


                        Where from and how much
                        Depending on where you shop the price will vary, on average you can expect to pay between £1 and £1.50 for a pack of 8 triangles. At the moment Tesco have an offer on of two packs of 8 for £2.

                        Nutrition facts
                        The following nutritional facts are for original laughing cow, but bear in mind that you can get lower fat versions, either Laughing Cow light, or extra light.

                        Per every 100g there is:
                        239 calories
                        11g Protein
                        6g Carbohydrates (of which sugars) 6g
                        fat 19g (of which saturates) 13g

                        Taste
                        I personally really like laughing cow, I think they are a great item to have in the fridge. I do not agree with calling them 'cheese', as apart from the name, I don't think it has anything else in common. However I really love the creamy texture, and the softness of each triangle is perfect for young children.

                        Instructions of use

                        There are loads of different ways to eat laughing cow depending on your preference, here are a few of my favourite ways:

                        To accompany my salad, it adds a bit of extra flavour. And the light versions are a healthy option to mix with tuna etc.

                        Spread on top of rivita, topped with tomatoes, and although your not suppose to, a sprinkling of salt on top to finish. The juice from the tomatoes just goes so well with the creamy soft cheese.

                        Simply as a snack, when I just fancy something savoury to take all other cravings away.

                        Finally, spruce up a simple crisp sandwich by spreading the laughing cow on the bread first.

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                          13.10.2009 14:50
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                          I love Queenstown and can't wait to go back one day!

                          At the beginning of a five month long travelling trip, I spent the first 3 weeks in NewZealand which was amazing; the best week was spent in Queenstown. Although NZ has a lot of fantastic mountain scenery, none of them seem as beautiful as the ones surrounding Queenstown.

                          We got a flight from the North island as we were running out of time, we got a very good deal, paid about 100 dollars (40 pound). But there is a ferry connecting Wellington to Christchurch. If you do fly into Queenstown try and get a window seat as the scenery is amazing as you fly over the mountains and land in Queenstown.

                          Shuttle buses are the cheapest way to get from the airport to Queenstown. As we were driving into Queenstown the sun was setting and, although it sounds very corny, it honestly did take my breath away.

                          We stayed at hostel called 'The Black Sheep', this is a little out of the centre, but not a bad walk up a hill to it. It cost around 20 dollars (8pound) a night for a bed in a 6 bed dorm. We really loved our stay here, but as with everything, it was probably the people we met there rather than the hostel that made it a fantastic week.

                          Backpackers flock to Queenstown to do all the extreme activities it has to offer: bungy jump, helicopter ride over the remarkables, sky dive, lugeing, rafting, speed boat etc. Most agencies are around the same price for these activities, although you can buy packages of either 4 or 5 of the activities which does make it cheaper.

                          If you are not in Queenstown for the adventure you may be there for the famous 'fergburger', a small burger shop in the centre which sells massive burgers which many travellers live on for the time they are there.

                          Another brilliant reason to visit Queenstown is for the night life, there are loads of good bars, take some time to work out where the drink offers are, otherwise you may find yourself more than you would like. The black sheep hostel did a pub crawl a few nights a week (I think other hostels also offer this), which was a brilliant way of finding out where the crowd is and what time.

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                          • General / Discussion / 54 Readings / 53 Ratings
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                            09.10.2009 13:07
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                            I have tried to make this as interesting as possible for you :)

                            1-How old are you?
                            24, which means next year if I audition for X factor I will be in the over 25's - now that's scary

                            2-What colour are your eyes?
                            Brown

                            3-How tall are you?
                            5 foot 10 inch, which means I struggle to get trousers long enough for me.

                            4-Hair Colour
                            My natural colour is an awful mousey colour so I make it darker.

                            5-Do you have any brothers or sisters?
                            I suffer from middle child syndrome... an older sister and younger brother.

                            6-Do you prefer cats or dogs?
                            Neither - I am not an animal person at all!

                            7-What is your job?
                            I am currently doing a temping job for the local counsel waiting to go back to university.

                            8-Do you like your job?
                            It pays the bills

                            9-What is your favourite dessert?
                            My Granny's chocolate fudge cake

                            10-Food you loathe that should be banned?
                            Liver!!

                            11- Are you a savoury or sweet girl?
                            savoury through and through

                            12- Last 3 films you watched?
                            The boat that rocked
                            Titanic (you can never get bored of that film)
                            Twilight

                            13- Song I can't get out of my head at the moment?
                            We are golden - mika

                            14-Favourite programme at the moment?
                            X factor, if only it was on all year round

                            15-Where you going on your next holiday?
                            Australia - hopefully

                            16-Favourite Country you have been to?
                            Cambodia

                            17-Favourite Beach holiday?
                            Malaysia, the beach there was post card perfect, although the sun is so strong and factor 40 is hard to rub in.

                            18-Favourite Hobby?
                            Netball

                            19-Last thing that made me laugh?
                            My little boys friend who is 5 and just learnt to make up jokes.... 'why did the car get wet?..... because it was raining'

                            20-Favourite Drink?
                            In the week - good old PG tips
                            At the weekend - vodka and coke

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                              08.10.2009 14:55
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                              Another different culture in South East Asia

                              During a three month trip around South East Asia, I was desperate to visit Malaysia. We travelled up from Singapore on an overnight train which was interesting. We joked that this train was like the Hogwarts express, with its wooden frames. We were a little hungover from the evening before so dropped to sleep quite quickly, not realising that they wake everyone up after an hour to go through passport control (we probably should have realised that this would happen). I found the rest of the journey ok, but my friend was disturbed a lot by the train constantly stopping and starting, people boarding and alighting. The train which was advertised as arriving in Kuala Lumpar (often referred to as KL) at 7am actually kicked us off at 5:30am!

                              The guide book advised us to stay in Chinatown so that's where we headed. I am not sure if because we had just come from very clean Singapore, but Chinatown appeared dirty to us. Other travellers we met agreed with this.

                              On the first day we did the 'hop on hop off' tour bus around the city, although it took us ages to find the bus stop as everyone kept pointing us in the wrong direction, once we got on it was a really good thing to do. The ticket lasts for 24 hours, so not only does it help get your bearings, you can also use it to see the sights

                              You can go up the Patronas towers to get a fantastic view of KL, this is an activity that all travellers love... it is free! However you have to queue to be given a time slot to go up, which is not always convenient.

                              Can go up the patronas towers for free, but a waiting list or pay to go up the sky tower, view amazing.
                              Guide books advice staying in Chinatown, although we found this area quite dirty.
                              We went out at night, but in many of the pubs there were a lot of Malaysian men sitting around the dancefloor watching which made us feel uneasy
                              Batu caves - worth a visit, monkeys - adrenaline made us run up the steps.

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                                The place to go to party, not to chill

                                If you travel Thailand you will more than likely end up visiting the Islands in southern Thailand, one of which is Ko Pha Ngan. At the beginning of a year I went travelling for five months, three of which were spent in South East Asia. Even before we had left the UK we had heard of, and wanted to visit Ko Pha Ngan to experience one of the famous full or half moon parties. The dates of these parties are easy to find on the internet, the website we used is: http://www.fullmoon.phangan.info/

                                Beware, if you are going to Ko Phan Ngan for the full moon parties you should book the accommodation in advance or arrive at the island atleast a few days before, or you may find yourself sleeping on the beach. This shouldn't be a such a big problem for the half moon parties, these are held in the jungle, as apposed to the full moon beach parties.

                                If you are visiting the Island straight from mainland Thailand, the cheapest way is to get a boat from Surat Thani. Boats in the day take about 4 hours, or you can get an night boat, but it does drop you off at the island at about 6:30am. The other option is to get a flight to Ko Samui, then a short boat ride from there.

                                On the island there is a wide variety of accommodation, ranging in quality and price! We opted to pay a little extra and stop at a lovely place called Co Co beach hut, this has its own private beach which we loved as the main beach has been somewhat ruined by all the parties.

                                Apart from partying, there is other trips to do on the island, snorkelling etc, but most people go to other islands such as Ko Tao to do that along with diving.

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