TOMBOY TARTS: TRAVEL & LIVING

WHY TREKKING THE RUGGED TRAILS OF NEPAL IS AN EYE-OPENING DISCOVERY

The rugged trails of Nepal is probably the most popular reason for travellers to explore this majestic and awe-inspiring country where legends and dreams are made. Despite its recent earthquake, Nepalese remain hopeful that tourism will bring adventurers and visitors back to a place where eye-opening and life-changing journeys begin. Nirajan Chaulagain, Operations Director and Co-owner of one of Nepal’s top adventure trekking and tour companies, Rugged Trails Nepal sits with us to give female adventurers some insights and advise to make your next trek just that. Making the best use of a lousy situation isn’t something a lot of…

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FIELD NOTES: THE COOLEST NOTEBOOKS ON THE PLANET FOR CLASSIC TOMBOYS

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There’s no doubt about it. We’re flipping out on Field Notes™ which we think is the coolest vintage notebooks on the planet for classic tomboys like us. This Chicago brand is literally re-writing the note book on reviving the glory days of note-taking and adapting it for the modern world. In this interview, Bryan Bedell, a designer and photographer for Field Notes, reveals their ‘origins story’.   For any classic tomboy worth their pants and suspenders, FIELD NOTES™ is the coolest vintage notebooks on the planet for us. It hearkens back to the Amelia Earhart and Katherine ‘African Queen’ Hepburn…

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VINTAGE WOODEN CRATES ARE VERSATILE & ADD WARMTH TO YOUR HOME, INDOORS OR OUTDOORS

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Looking for great DIY storage ideas for your home? Then look into vintage wooden crates which also make great decorative pieces for your tomboy living area, especially if you want your castle exuding a rugged, earthy and eco-friendly vibe. Wooden crates go a long way in terms of their adaptability and what they can be used for around your living space. We spoke to vintage crate maker, Cumberland Crate Company to find out more. College dorms do ’em. Apartments for singles do ’em. Garages do ’em and these days, lots of retail stores do ’em too. That’s right. We’re talking about…

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ANNIE LEIBOVITZ’S NEW EXHIBIT CELEBRATES BADASS WOMEN

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Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibit, WOMEN: New Portraits, unveils women in their diverse and changing roles. We went down to the Singapore exhibit to check out the buzz. If you have ever been lucky enough to have a photo taken of you by Annie Leibovitz, what would the experience be like? Well, the recent WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition might give you a peek into that experience. The famed portrait photographer usually starts off by doing her homework. She would find out more about you and look at other photographs of you. If you haven’t been photographed very much, she would…

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TESLA UNVEILS ITS FIRST AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC CAR

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Tesla builds high-performance electric cars which are as sought after as the latest Mazda convertible or Volkswagen Golf hatchback. Who would have thought that these once staid electric cars can be made fun and cool? Tesla’s first three models have taken the automobile industry by storm. Now the company is one step closer to world domination with its latest release. Meet the new Tesla ’s Model 3, its long-awaited electric car for the masses. The typical Tesla electric car is priced out of range for the average car buyer. Hence, the Model 3 aims to…

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TOMBOY TRAVEL: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SAFARI ADVENTURE

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Any classic tomboy worth their outdoor soil would know that when you’re going on an adventure in the heart of African savannah or the Eastern tropics, wearing the right clothes is crucial. After all, it is important to blend in when in the wild with your beastly friends. Hang around as we give you important travel tips on how you can breeze your way through your next greatest safari adventure. Just recently we gave you some tips on how tomboys like us could go wild with the timeless safari-styled look no matter where you are. Well, Indiana…

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5 DEFINING LAND ROVER DEFENDER MOMENTS

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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Yes, classic tomboys, it’s true. The Land Rover Defender has now officially gone the way of the dodo bird. Almost 70 years after the first model appeared in the aftermath of the second world war and Hitler’s badly-shaped moustache, the last Defender rolled off a production line in the West Midlands, Solihull plant just recently. Get your Kleenex out as we go under its hood to uncover 5 of the iconic vehicle’s defining moments… It was 6am and much too early a call time for this tomboy. I was directing a…

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THE HOTTEST 2016 CARS FOR TOMBOYS LIKE US

 2016 may have arrived rather quietly but some of us tomboys are already getting ready to rev our engines with a shiny, new ride. Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle or not, we took the liberty to curate a heart-throbbing set of cars for you chicks to lay your hands on. That’s right babes, get in the backseat if you want to know more about some of the hottest 2016 cars that are blazing the roads today. Buckle up there ladies! It’s Persis – your car junkie here, who’s quite the ‘road trip’ when it comes…

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YOUR ESSENTIAL TOMBOY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: TOMBOY TOY

Growing up tomboys, we know how frustrating it was to receive Barbie dolls and tea sets when we would rather play with Hot Wheels and Super Mario on our Game Boy. Hence for the part four of our essential Tomboy Holiday gift guide, we present our list of our favourite toys that will make the perfect gifts for your mini tomboys. The Disney Princess phenomenon hit the toy stores at the turn of the millennium,  From princess dresses to four foot high pink castles, there is no stopping of the fairy tale fantasy as the…

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TOMBOY QUIZ: ARE YOU TOMBOY OR GIRLY-GIRL?

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As most of our readers living in Asia would know, the haze has kept us indoors the last few months. Bereft of our usual active lifestyle of climbing mountains, running marathons and queuing for ice cream, we had no other choice but to more fully explore the depths of the Internet. Inevitably, we asked the Internet Goddess (known as Google to the uninitiated) to show us the best tomboy quiz in the world. The results left us outraged, angry and ROFL. We were accosted with questions such as “Do you wear makeup?” and “What is…

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17 MOTIVATIONAL TOMBOY QUOTES FROM INSPIRING TOMBOYS

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Every corner you look, you’ll find a tomboy who has not only made a difference but looked good doing it. On top of that, they have left us mere mortals with some interesting nuggets of wisdom to help light our paths. Here are some tomboy quotes that you might want to save for a rainy day. Quotes from Katharine Hepburn Katharine Hepburn was named the top actress in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Stars list, and is well-known as much for her disdain of skirts as for the way she changed the perception…

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TOMBOY BEDROOM IDEAS

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We know you tomboys love cooping up in your bedrooms chilling, gaming or just catching up with your favourite NetFlix show. Whatever the ‘higher purpose’ of your room is, here are some basic ideas on how you can ‘de-girl’ your favourite space, Tomboy Tarts style. Margot Kidder of Superman fame once said “If you’re gonna fall apart, do it in your own bedroom.” She’s probably right for who hasn’t screamed, masturbated, done a mean imitation of Freddy Mercury belting out ‘We Are The Champions’ or shed a flood of tears in their bedroom? We all have because your bedroom is…

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ART WALK: GEORGETOWN, MALAYSIA

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In this series of art and design related trails, we wander through cities, famous as well as infamous for their street art and creative adventures. All our featured cities reflect the rebel generation and creative influences in today’s urban culture. After venturing Down Under, our intrepid traveler Fanny heads to Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia, to discover beautiful mural art along the quaint streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famed for her delicately delicious cuisine and proudly viewed as a city of heritage and beautiful architecture, what else lies within these city walls? As you might have guessed, Georgetown was named…

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STARTUPTRAVELS – MIX BUSINESS WITH TRAVEL

In an age where people are ditching their 9 to 5 jobs to create their own startups on the go, mixing business networking with travel has never been easier with Startuptravels, an online platform that has already matched several hundreds of like-minded entrepreneurs around the world. All you have to do is register online and connect with entrepreneurs around the globe while enjoying the perks of travelling. It doesn’t get any better than that. Always wanted to be nomadic entrepreneur? Then it’s time to enrol yourself into StartupTravels.com, a new venture that is aiming to become a TripAdvisor for…

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS 2.0

Every year, in America, about 40% of the population make New Year’s resolutions and out of that, only 8% achieve their goals. Here in Asia, we’re big on resolutions as well and like everyone else, most of us have a hard time achieving them. However, all is not lost tomboys! We give you ways on how you can give your New Year’s resolutions a serious makeover. Get your party hats, streamers and confetti at the ready because we’re only a few days to a brand new year and most of the world is ready to…

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ART WALK: GRAFFITI CITY – MELBOURNE

In this series of art and design related trails, we explore the cities famous as well as infamous for their street art and creative adventures, showcasing the rebel generation and their creative influences in today’s urban culture. Beginning from Melbourne in Australia, we discover some of the prominent graffiti spots in the second most popular city of the continent. Known to be the heart and soul of music and art in Australia, Melbourne has constantly topped lists when it comes to cities with graffiti to look out for. While threading on her streets back in the mid 2000’s,…

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IN SEARCH OF DALÍ

From his artworks of melting clocks and oddities to his zany antics and signature moustache, Catalan surrealist Salvatore Dalí is one of the most widely recognised artist in the world. Where did this fascinating character come from? To find out, our travel writer Fanny heads down to Cadaqués and traces his footsteps from the street where he was born to his labyrinth house at Port Lilgat. | THE DALÍ THEATRE MUSEUM IS A MUST-SEE FOR ANY FAN OF THE ARTIST AND HIS WORKS. A few years back, I embarked on a solo mission to the uncover the mystery behind this surrealist…

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TOMBOY FRIENDLY CITIES

Women who are tomboys, young or old always like to travel differently. For them, travelling is about finding a unique experience that challenges them. Here’s our list of tomboy-friendly cities that could tickle your walking shoes silly. Raven and Persis from the Tomboy Tarts are avid travellers and there are always interesting sights and sounds that catch our eyes no matter where we go. Of course, sometimes our experiences are awesome and at other times, some activities or countries may not live up to their hype. For us tomboys, the emphasis on most of our…

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ON THE ROAD WITH JAIME DEMPSEY

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It’s not a common sight to see a lone woman exploring Southeast Asia on her Harley-Davidson but Ride N’ Seek host Jaime Dempsey is paving the way and going places few tourists have ever been … in fact some may even be new to the locals themselves! While other girls of her age were playing with dolls, Jaime Dempsey’s fondest childhood memory was sitting at the handlebars of her father’s motorbike as they rode out to get doughnuts. At the tender age of 5, she fell in love with the thrill and excitement of being on fast…

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5 BUDGET FRIENDLY BEACHES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA THAT SHOULD BE ON EVERYONE’S TO-GO LIST

With budget flights aplenty in the region, it’s time to pack up and go beach hopping around Southeast Asia! Here’s our take on the top five favorite haunts that are friendly on your pocket, whether you are a backpacker traveling on a shoestring or a flash packer looking for value-for-money deals. These spots do well as weekend fillers if you’re on a stopover in the region. 5. PHUKET, THAILAND Accommodations ranging from $35 – $80 USD / night for decent chalets to apartment styled hotels. Phuket is possibly one of, if not the most popular weekend beach destinations…

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WORLD CUP 2014: POSTCARDS FROM BRAZIL

Our Tomboy Tarts friends and football junkies, Uma and her hubby Dane, send us detailed postcards from Manaus in Brazil where all the World Cup 2014 madness is taking place. We catch up with them on this World Cup travel special and see what they’re up to… Q: HOW’S IT GOING DOWN IN BRAZIL? O wow! What can we say except that our last 4 days in Brazil have been terrific and we are having a blast! We watched the Brazil vs Columbia match at the Manaus FIFA Fan Fest and it was a once-in-a-lifetime…

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SET YOUR INNER TOMBOY FREE

If you’re missing that free-spirited version of you that used to climb trees, get into trouble, wrestle with the boys, pick apart gadgets or loved playing videos games and reading comic books, then we offer up some ways in which you can re-connect to your inner tomboy and set it free. A lot of us were tomboys when we were young but somewhere along the way, we were told to act and behave like women. (Guys get it too, we’re afraid, when they’re told to toughen up and ‘be a man’.) We hate to say…

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BE A TOP NOTCH FLASHPACKER

Flashpacking; the indulgent, slightly better-dressed, well-to-do cousin of backpacking is now the much sought after way to see the world and we give you some low-downs on how get your flash on for your next holiday. What do you get when you take backpacking, the cheapest form of travel and toss it up with a nice Italian meal, some sangria and an operatic night cap? Why, a new travel trend of course. Something the travelling community have affectionately termed ‘Flashpacking’ and yes, there is no doubt about it, it is indeed the flashier, more indulgent…

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10 THINGS TO DO IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

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Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland is a cozy, accessible city that’s easy to cover on two legs and there’s loads of relaxing things you can do while you’re there. Here are just some of our recommendations. If you’re adventurous like us, Iceland should be on your bucket lists of countries to visit at least once in your lifetime. Savour a quick byte off its capital, Reykjavik with some interesting things to fill up your itinerary while you’re there. 1. Stop by Harpa and take a picture of your shadow against Reykjavik’s impressive newly built concert…

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SCALING NEW HEIGHTS WITH HANNAH APPLETON

From scaling the rugged Scottish Highlands to the highest peak in Kenya, it’s all in a day’s work for mountaineering instructor Hannah Appleton.  But there’s no time to rest on her laurels as there are always new heights to conquer in the life of this tea-loving professional climber. Hannah makes her home in Aviemore, where she climbs regularly. Located on the doorstep of the Cairngorms National Park, this scenic resort town is a popular year round holiday venue. An outdoor playground, it offers a range of outdoor activities from skiing, ice climbing and snowboarding in…

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NORDUR-VIK YOUTH HOSTEL: A TALE OF ICE AND FIRE

What if you can wake up to a million dollar view every day? Hailing from the land of volcanic eruptions, glacial lagoons, northern lights and viking lore, Nordur-Vik Youth Hostel owner Æsa Gísladóttir shares what it is like to live in one of the most magical places in the world. Against the stark and haunting beautiful backdrop of treacherous cliffs and vast mountain ranges lies the charming coastal town of Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland’s southernmost village. Right at the edge of this town, you will find this quaint little hostel in a picturesque setting. Nordur-Vik Youth Hostel is…

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2014’s HOTTEST TOMBOY CARS

Fancy a new ride for the year? Then get in and buckle up, coz here’s our quick list of 2014’s hottest tomboy cars, in no particular order, of course. Let’s face it. We classic tomboys love our rides with a passion. There’s something so romantic and exciting dreaming about driving that 4 x 4 up dusty, confounded roads of Himalayan ranges or cruising the city at midnight with nothing but the steering wheel and the empty road ahead of you. Deep down, every tomboy is driven by the adventure; that next unknown realm to discover…

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2013: A TOMBOY YEAR IN REVIEW

As the year comes to a close, we look back at the newsmakers who have embraced the tomboy traits of courage & leadership and celebrate the milestones achieved by women in our 2013: A Tomboy Year in Review. 1. WTA CELEBRATES ITS 40TH YEAR This year, the Women Tennis Association  celebrate its 40th anniversary in style with a “40 Love” bash at the All England Club. The party of the year brought together most of the biggest female stars throughout the history of tennis from WTA’s first No. 1 Chris Evert to its current No. 1 Serena…

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THE POSTCARD OF ANNE FRANK

Anne Frank’s story is a personal story that has shown the world where anti-Semitism, prejudice and racism in their extreme form can lead to. In this historical phenomenon there is a clear message for everyone. That hatred and cruelty in the name of superiority does not pay. A friend and I visited the house last year on our ‘trip of a lifetime’ and it was certainly a very, very, pensive-like experience despite the fact that Anne herself was a wise, lovely child whose zest for life showed in her eyes in all the photos that hung…

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