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Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

Mumpty’s Top 10 tips for holidaying in Samoa (part 2) …

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Our fam at the Giant Clams reserve

Continuing on from my first post (which you can read here) – herewith my next five tips in the Top Ten Tips for holidaying in Samoa series:

Tip # 6 – Take some good snorkelling equipment.  The snorkelling is awesome in Samoa – you just need to head out to the beach at your resort to see all sorts of amazing fish, corals and sea life – even turtles (and ugghhhhh barracudas: man-sized ones!)  I do think you need a good mask though – one that doesn’t keep filling up with water because there’s nothing more annoying (or more tiring) than having to sort your mask out because the water gets in and hurts your eyes (the water seems to be super-salty in Samoa.)  I don’t think you need to spend a fortune – just find one that works well!  I recommend going to see the giant clams if you get a chance. Just be careful you don’t stand on them ‘cos they can close very fast and you certainly don’t want your foot stuck in one that’s for sure!

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Mumpty’s kind of snorkelling venue – the kind with a swim-up bar!

We saw turtles outside our resort at Stevensons in Savaii and they are beautiful, graceful animals.  We also went a couple of villages out from Stevensons and found a reef that was like swimming over the edge of a  5-story building!  Amazing, but slightly scary for me – I’m not 100% fussed on being surrounded by that much water – I’m more of a swimming pool kind of girl!  But anyway – I do recommend snorkelling and swimming in Samoa whenever the opportunity arises!

Tip # 7 – Take your watch off and expect things to happen on “island time”.  And I mean that in a good way.  The first night we waited over two hours for our dinner – which was extremely agitating after a long day’s travelling.  Day two, we waited at least an hour and a half – which was far less stressful than on the first night.  By day three, we were fully relaxed and treating the inevitable long wait as an opportunity to try every cocktail on the menu! The point of all this is that things tend to happen pretty slowly in Samoa and if you try to hurry them along, you’re a) wasting your time and b) missing the point!  Enjoy!

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“If you like Pina Colada … and getting caught in the rain …”

Tip # 8 – Samoa is very reasonable – you can have a fantastic holiday for cheap as chips.  Depending where you go of course.  If you stay at the super-flash resorts, things are a bit pricier, but then the pay-off for that is that the pool and amenities are generally amazing.  I’ll talk about where we stayed later on, but can I say, we stayed at Stevensons for a week and it was glorious. Every bit as glorious as the flasher resorts we stayed at first and after, but in a different way.

Food and drinks are cheap – for a couple you could get a pretty decent main meal  and a couple of drinks each for around 60 tala – which is about $NZ34 which wouldn’t happen in New Zealand now would it?!  Our little family of three averaged around 150-250 tala a day which included lunches, dinners, drinks and activities.  Our breakfasts were part of our accomodation package, so we didn’t have to pay for them. Samoan beer is about 6 tala (5 at Happy Hour) and a cocktail was generally around 11 tala at Happy Hour prices. #suchfun

Excursions and activities were pretty cheap too; the most expensive we did was the To-Sua Ocean Trench (which was AMAZING) at 20 tala and the same for the Giant Clam swimming experience.  Other things we did were around 5 tala each or we just paid a minimal amount for the carload (we had a 12-seater van.)

Tip # 9 – Expect to see pigs, dogs and chickens EVERYWHERE! They’re pretty cute too.  I’ve heard some people hate this, but I found it quite endearing.

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Tip # 10 – The people are awesome. I’ve saved the best till last here really!  Samoan people are fabulous – they’re so happy and cheerful and willing to help you with anything you want or need.  They quite often have so little, but like I said, they are among the most happy people I’ve met.  Just goes to show … maybe money’s not everything right?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Mumpty’s Top 10 Travel Tips for Samoa. While we were there we stayed at three places and I would highly recommend each of them for entirely different reasons.

We stayed first at Saletoga Sands Resort for four nights. Saletoga (pronounced Saletonga) is a beautiful resort with an incredible pool and first class snorkelling right outside your fale’s front door.

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Our beachfront villa was perfect and the restaurants and bar were lovely. We were lucky enough to watch a Fiafia Night which included a traditional buffet dinner and the Fiafia and fire show.  So cool – I highly recommend you do one of these if you get the opportunity.

After Saletoga we took the ferry across to Savaii where we stayed at Stevensons Resort for a week. Stevensons is probably not as fancy as Saletoga Sands, but it has a charm all of its own and I enjoyed it every bit as much.  Our little family of three stayed in the Nikolai suite and it was huge!  All rocks and tapa cloths and bright blue accents – maybe not what you’d want at home, but very island-style and we loved it! Stevensons was a lot cheaper to stay at than Saletoga in terms of food and drinks, so that was nice too.

We did lots of day trips from Stevensons and had a wonderful time at the blow holes, various swimmings holes and markets – all sorts.  You name it, we did it!  We also went to the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks which I wouldn’t recommend – not worth the trip was the general consensus of our group.

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Stevensons also put on a super-fun Fiafia Night and they also went to an incredible effort for our parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner, with stunning exotic flower lays for everyone, a beautifully decorated table and a cake as well.

And then for our final night in Paradise, we stayed at The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort – and it was GLORIOUS!  For one, it was the night before Mumpty’s birthday and as she was going to be travelling home the next day, she chose to celebrate the night before.  Which called for cocktails and champagne and having Happy Birthday sung to her by half-naked Samoan men!  And the best part of all?  She went for a late night swim and had this ENTIRE, GORGEOUS swimming pool all to herself for an hour.  Not another soul in sight.  It was an AMAZING way to end her holiday.  A-MAZING.

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So that, my friends, is Mumpty’s roundup of her Samoan getaway. Would she go back?  Hell yes!

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Gratuitous picture of Mumpty trying to look cool and stylish despite the humidity and fuzzy hair!

Hope you enjoyed my Samoan round-up …

Mumpty

 

 

 

2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

2015: The Highlight Reel – part two

Highlight reel2This is part two of my post summarising what was, in many ways, a very sparkly and wonderful year for MumptyStyle!  You can read the first part here.

Herewith, Mumpty’s highlight reel – part two;


July
In which I purchased and reviewed my Erstwilder Oscar Wildenfox brooch, purchased from the darling Pinned on You; did a Pinup Wishlist; followed a week in the CRAZY-BUSY life of The Danger Doll; did a “lip-off” between Jeffree Star and LimeCrime; did a Five Iconic Shoes post; and casually interviewed The Cherry Dollface (gulp!) about being aTudor geek and stuff!
Most popular post: A Week in the Life of The Danger Doll
My favourite pic:

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The Cherry Dollface – with her Christmas tree decorations, of which Mumpty is insanely jealous!

August
In which I interviewed the fabulous Margarita Bloom about her potions and lotions; my little blog had it’s first birthday (whoop, whoop!) and we did a wee prize-giving; did a post on the random search terms people used to arrive at MumptyStyle and featured letters from Marilyn Monroe.
Most popular post: You really should be at Bananarama.
My favourite pic:

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September
In which I ran a feature called Selfie September which culminated in a Selfie September Mashup; and featured Miss Mollie Tov; Mumpty; Miss Monique Sweet; Bethany Starr; Michelle; Amber Bambi; Alexie RicRac; Madam Mutiny; Courtney & Poss; Beth Stapleton and Miss Cherry Lashes.  I also reviewed the Amy Winehouse documentary.
Most popular post: Selfie September: Beth Stapleton
My favourite pic:

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Courtney & Poss

October 
In which I reviewed the SauceBox Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette; reposted about my incredible friends; did Five Fabulous Frocks on Friday; did Doing, Wanting, Reading, Eating (part 3) and oh, had a birthday!
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr
My favourite pic:

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The incomparable Dita von Teese in THAT FROCK by Zac Posen

November
In which I pretended to be a beauty blogger and reviewed the Manuka Doctor facial peel; Only Good body wash and The Manizer Sisters palette by The Balm.  I also reviewed Crazy Diamond @ The Meteor and wrote about how to avoid fakes when buying vintage Louis Vuitton.
Most popular post: LimeCrime -v- Jeffree Starr (again!)
My favourite pic:

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The spectacular Honey Suckle

December
In which I did my Highlight Reels (of which this is part two – and here is part one); did my first Get Ready With Me (the Bettie Rage edition); reviewed Bring on Burlesque at The Riverlea Theatre and Cirlesque at The Hamilton Gardens; did a review on Serioxyl and did my Christmas lust list.
Most popular post: Burlesque:Cirlesque
My favourite pic:

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The stupendous Miss Polly Filla

Oh yes – and this is also the month Mumpty discovered filters on Instagram and looked like a deer in the headlights (but an oh-so-delightfully-filtered-deer!)

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Sparkle like it’s a 2015 summary …

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2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

2015: The Highlight Reel – part one

Highlight reel

It’s been a busy year on MumptyStyle, so I decided I’d summarise it via a “highlight reel” of what happened in my little corner of the blogosphere this year.

Doing all twelve months in one post would be just TOO long, so I’ve done the first six months in one, and the last six months in another – cos I’m tricky like that!

So … herewith, highlight reel – part one (you can read part two here😉


January
In which I reviewed Burlesque at the Nivara Lounge; blabbered about what I’d buy if I had $800 to spend at LUSH; did my first Summer Essentials tag and one of my besties, Miss Monique Sweet, won Miss Moonshine 2015.
Most popular post: Five iconic handbags
My favourite pic:

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Miss Monique Sweet

February
In which I talked about how I wash my Jenny dresses in the bath; told you what I’m doing, wanting, eating, reading, loving for the second time; talked about possible Valentine’s Day presents for the new Mum and then Valentines Day for Pinups; talked about my first Makeup Obsessives meet-up and interviewed Annah Stretton.
Most popular post: Are apps and Photoshop ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?
My favourite pic:

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March
In which I did a series called The Pinup Platoon (interviewing the 10 finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand) and gave away not one, but two Erstwilder Flamingo necklaces; chatted with the fabulous Flo Foxworthy and talked about Annah Stretton’s RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) initiative.
Most popular post: Pinup Platoon: Agent Bluebelle
My favourite pic:

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Agent Bluebelle

April 
In which I talked about the secret language of fans; reviewed the incredible Dirty Martini; MET the incredible Dirty Martini; started a series called Sartorial Secrets and interviewed Fancifora Foxglove; had a fictitious evening out in pictures (featuring Dita and George); wrote a bit of fiction; just casually met Joanne Gair; reviewed The Very Vintage Day Out and congratulated Bettie Rage on winning Miss Pinup NZ and Miss Victory Violet on winning Miss Viva Las Vegas.
Most popular post: Congratulations Miss Viva Las Vegas
My favourite pic:

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Mumpty and the incomparable Dirty Martini

May
In which I showed you how to revive your eyebrow kit; pretended to spend $800 at Shoes of Prey; did Sartorial Secrets interviews with Madam Rou and Bettie Rage; told you about my Red Lipstick Survival Kit; talked about the incredibly beautiful art of Alexia Sinclair and did a feature on Mother’s Day for Pinups.
Most popular post: Inspirational Women: Carissa Ludlow
My favourite pic:

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The Secret Garden – Alexia Sinclair

June
In which I reviewed Tease & Trouble at The Meteor; outlined my Week in Coffee; went behind the scenes at Viva with Ginger Watson; wrote my most popular blog post EVER (see below); reviewed my first Makeup Obsessives Beauty Box; did a “Taking Stock” tag and reviewed Pinup Shoes: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Most popular post: Scarring, seams & self love: the life and times of Willow Noir 
My favourite pic:

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Ginger Watson

And that’s just the first six months of 2015!!!  Come back tomorrow for the second half!

Summing it up with a smile …

Mumpty