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THE ROYAL CLIFF

For this Hi So edition of The Trader I thought I would mention my very favourite Hi So Hotel here in Pattaya: The Royal Cliff who are not too proud to have the occasional promotional event or bargain offer


One of my favourite’s at the moment is the Shrimpfest promotion at their Breezeo restaurant where there is a selection of great “Gambas” dishes from 380 baht and I also really like their Indian restaurant where Maharani specials start from just 220 baht

For more information or to make a reservation contact Guest Relations (6638)250 421 or email gromain@royalcliff.com


BAKING SODA

Although this is rather less “Hi So” I feel I can wait no longer to share the benefits of my new latest and favourite cupboard ingredient: Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate). This is not to be confused with Baking Powder which usually also contains cream of tartar and starch and is best left for use in cooking.

With all we hear about environmental pollutants from cleaning and personal care products that we wash down our drains and into our water systems, it’s always worth considering using more natural, less harmful alternatives. Whilst showing kindness to aquatic life and the environment generally, we can also protect ourselves from the array of toxins in household cleaning products. So like white vinegar you can find many uses for the humble box of Baking Soda but I have just listed my five favourites:

  1. Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda on carpet, wait at least 15 minutes (preferably let sit overnight), then vacuum up. I recently saw this in action when an office carpet was soaked through during some of the worst of Pattaya’s flooding. After drying it still had a really nasty, damp smell and baking soda was liberally sprinkled on and eft over night to be hovered up the next day when the smell had completely gone.

  2. A ¼ cup baking soda mixed with white vinegar (to give it a thick, creamy texture) is great for bathroom cleaning – especially for the grouting between tiles.

  3. Soak your toothbrushes in a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water and then let them stand overnight for a thorough cleaning. This also works on hair brushes and combs if you soak them in a mixture of 1 teaspoon baking soda and a small amount of warm water, rinse and then dry.

  4. Amazingly you can even use it as a beauty product as mousses, serums, sprays, and other products build up in your hair and can leave it looking limp. So if you sprinkle some baking soda into a dollop of your regular shampoo. Wash and rinse as usual your hair will be shinier and more manageable when you're done. It’s also supposed to be good for getting rid of dandruff. Or you can even use it as a dry shampoo by taking a few pinches of baking soda in your hand, rubbing it onto your roots and then brushing it through.

  5. Finally and perhaps most usefully in a country where you take your shoes off and where feet can suffer from hard dry skin and generally get dirtier and harder to care for than a more “carpeted environment” , you can make a footbath/ Use a solution of three parts baking soda to one part warm water. Let your feet soak in the basin for about 10 minutes,rinse and then apply a rich body lotion to your legs and feet. Wrap a warm towel around them, and let sit for another 5 to 10 minutes so that your legs and feet will then feel salon smooth.

Don’t forget for a bargain night in with a good film and a great delivery service Nick The Pizza is offering a 10% discount through the month of November just phone:

038 373 418 and quote NOV10PT when you order