Party Dresses and Reef Sharks – Oh My!

Before we delve into the beautiful resorts and adventurous swimming sessions of Koh Tao, we wanted to bring some awareness to a Vancouver charitable organization that we support yearly – The Cinderella Project.  

This organization provides underprivileged high school graduates throughout Greater Vancouver with formal attire so they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. Without assistance, these students could not afford to participate in celebrating this important milestone.

“The Cinderella Project works to remove social barriers and promote inclusiveness and diversity. It recognizes outstanding young people who have succeeded in the face of overwhelming odds and boosts their confidence and self esteem through respect and positive mentorship.”

So how can you help out, you ask?  Well, for the ladies – we’re sure you’ve all heard the saying, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride”.  If that rings slightly true for you (which, personally, is SO not true!  We think it’s only because we are such good-looking additions to the bridal photographs! ha ha), then your closet might resemble the one from “27 Dresses”.   To make room for new 2010 purchases, go through those lovely dresses, pick out the gorgeous ones that you don’t intend to wear again, and donate them to The Cinderella Project.   For you, they may evoke memories of too much wine and a bridal toss gone bad, but for a graduating student, they will be a large part of memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information on where to donate your dresses or to find out other ways you can help out (guys, you may not have a dress to donate but they are also looking for suits and tuxes), please visit their website at:

Now that we’ve cleared out that closet, you may wish to fill it again with resort wear, because we’ve got one more post from the beaches of Thailand:

So I am back in Bangkok after spending just over a week at the beach. 4 nights in Koh Samui followed by 3 nights in Koh Tao.

While walking Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui, I came across the most incredible resort for a destination wedding. If it is up to me, this is where I will get married:   If you appreciate design, you will love this place.

After Samui, we headed to Koh Tao, definitely one of my favourite islands in Thailand. What is interesting about the island is that there really isn’t much of a beach. The whole island is comprised of hotels on cliffs and there is one main little town that has the most INCREDIBLE restaurant! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, if you go to Koh Tao, you have to go to Papas Tapas- some of the best food I have ever had.

The best part of the trip was the boat trip we took around the island. Amazing snorkeling and…. we got to swim with sharks! I almost backed out at the last minute but knew that opportunities like this don’t come up often so sucked it up and got in. They were reef sharks so only eat plankton but it was still a little scary!

All in all, an amazing trip. If anyone would like any other information on Thailand, don’t hesitate to send me an email or give me a call, I would be glad to help. 

I am wrapping things up here in Bangkok and will be home on Tuesday. For the first time ever, I am looking forward to coming back. With a job like I have, why wouldn’t I be excited to get back to it!  Besides, I can’t leave Robyn to do all the work forever.

See you soon Vancouver!
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