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Thermal Wear for Traveling in Colder Months: UNIQLO Heat-Tech

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Thermal wears are the innermost layer designed to retain body heat better compared to regular clothing. These thermal wears are going to be extremely useful for those of you who are going to travel to a winter destination. If you’re window-shopping for your upcoming winter wardrobes for your travel, then you may find this piece useful for a reference.

There are a number of brands out there known to produce effective thermal wears. One of them is the famous Heattech by Uniqlo. The Japanese brand UNIQLO is known for its high quality items and their affordable price tag. What are some of the things that get travelers to be attracted in heattech enough to dub them as “travel gear”?

Thermal Wear for Traveling in Colder Months: UNIQLO Heat-Tech

Highly affordable

Brands that engineer their clothes to be super lightweight, but able to retain warmth better at the same time, often costs a fortune. Some of these brands known to produce thermal wears as well are The North Face, smartwool, Columbia and many others. A thermal top can easily cost you $100something, while the Uniqlo heattech is merely a fraction of that price. This is what makes Uniqlo a very popular brand.

Heattech, heattech Extra Warm, heattech Ultra Warm

Uniqlo used to only have one type of heattech. As popularity grows from both domestics and international purchases, the company has expanded the heattech franchise. Right now, you can find the UNIQLO heattech coming in three options.

The Lightest – Heattech Regular

The regular heattech from Uniqlo is the most lightweight of all three options. The heattech regular is highly versatile and is meant to be worn with more layers for insulation. Uniqlo also marketed their heattech franchise to keep you cool during the warmer months as well. Of course, not wearing it under a blazing sun would be the wise move. All in all, uniqlo heattech regular is a good option for everyday wear  during your winter journey.

Wearing the Extra Warm

You won’t need the extra warm heattech if you’re going to wear at least 3 layers including your outermost clothing piece as you’ve already got enough insulation. If you’re coming from the tropical country, you also have the option of wearing the Extra Warm or doubling the regular heattech.

What about the Ultra Warm?

When you’re going to go somewhere below 0 degree, you may consider wearing the Ultra Warm from UNIQLO. Supported with a solid insulation, the ultra warm option from heattech would make your travel pain-free from the biting cold. Make sure to bring extra heattech for a change. You can also double your heattech for extra warmth when you’re going to sleep as the texture and the lightness of the materials are great for a makeshift pajamas. This trick is particularly useful for those who like to pack light.

Remember that you’re going to shed your layers indoors

Before doubling or even tripling your heattech because you can’t stand the cold, remember that you’re not just going to spend the whole time outside! There are times that you’re going to come indoor, and having three thermal undergarments is going to be so much more difficult to remove compared to removing outer layers like vests and coats.


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Decorating Komodo Cruise for Seaside Wedding

Posted by Ongky Darmawansa on

Komodo cruise is highly popular ever since the secret of Komodo dragons spread to the world. And now, more people is coming to Labuan Bajo to enjoy the breathtaking landscape. A surreal part of the world with undulating hills, savannah-covered terrain, empty and sugary beaches, and brilliant sea. Today, Komodo is no longer an escape destination. A number of couple have seen Komodo boats—those wooden phinisi liveaboard travelers use for sailing around Komodo—as a unique alternative to beachside wedding. After all, who can resist the blue and breezy settings?

Decorating Komodo Cruise for Seaside Wedding

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With the advance of Komodo cruise, launching a boat wedding is no longer an impossible mission. Today, Labuan Bajo has the most luxurious and spacious phinisi boats that will be suitable to throw a private boat wedding. Some remote islands near the Komodo National Park has also opened a private resort in case you need larger spaces to accommodate the guests. Some couple prefer the latter as they can take a solemn vow in the boat and proceed to have a beachside reception at the resort.

Whether you planned to take the nuptial vow in one of private resort’s beach or straight in the cruise, here are some ideas to decorate your cruise soirée.

Choose Komodo Cruise with 20 – 30+ Capacity of Passengers

Labuan Bajo is famous with their wooden phinisi boat, which usually carry 8 – 30 person on board. The boat size make for an intimate trip, but might only be ideal for a small scale wedding. Before going overboard with decoration details, spent a time to look for big boats that can cater up to 30 person onboard. This should be enough to accommodate the bride and groom’s closest families.

No matter how minimum your guests is, your cruise should be spacious.

A Beach Appropriate Wear for Bride and Grooms

Throwing a wedding in a sailing boat is quite different than having one in solid ground. In a beachside setting like this, it’s best to keep the bride’s dress simple. Safe the 3m long tailed wedding gown for church wedding. The long gown will catch more sticky sands that will be quite a pain after the reception. Opt for simpler and more comfortable wedding dress—flowy, bohemian and casual  can compliment the casual vibes. The groom? Just follow the bride’s style!

Decorating Komodo Cruise for Seaside Wedding

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Wood and Linen Arch

Prepare the special place to tie the knot by having an elegant wood and linen arch. Simply decorate the wooden arch with flowing fabrics and a bucket of flowers that compliments the scenery.


Speaking of flowers, no wedding is complete without one. Pick a color scheme that will go with the nautical theme, such as pastels and auburn or white and green with a little touch of pastel blue. To save some space, tie your flower decorations into small buckets and place them into jars or strategic corners in the ship rather than lining up the whole Komodo cruise with flowers.

Decorating Komodo Cruise for Seaside Wedding

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Sous-Marine Decor

Thicken the nautical setting in your cruise wedding with elements of the sea like driftwood, knots, white-blue strip ribbon, seashell, and starfish. Since you are in Komodo, why don’t you put wooden Komodo miniature to add unique touch to your cruise wedding? However, please resists any desire to bottled up the rosy sands of Komodo’s Pink Beach, no matter how pretty it is.

As you make the marriage vow in the cruise, now we can safely say, the ship is sailing! Have a happy jolly seaside wedding!