Sarongs, beautiful models and a free Aston Martin...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sarongs, beautiful models and a free Aston Martin...
Friday, July 2, 2010
We all use our computers to go onto the web for research. Harmless right? Wrong!
The other day when searching for how to train a dog, a malicious software attached itself to my computer. This malicious software, virus or malware whatever they are calling it, immediately corrupted my computer causing it to become unresponsive and unusable within seconds (my avg antivirus program to recognize it but didn’t stop it). This all happened by simply going to Google…researching how to train a dog and then clicking on what appeared to be a harmless website. This is my first infected computer in many many years and came as a big surprise.
Without going into too many technical details here’s how to protect yourself from unwanted loss of data and hours and hours of frustration:
Get a good anti-virus program:
I would recommend a program called nod32 by www.eset.com (credit to my buddy Chris for saving me hours of downtime). This program saved me big time. I was able to remove the hard drive from my computer attach it to another computer via an external usb drive and then scan it for viruses which it found 20 and then removed them all thanks to Nod32 anti-virus software. Cost is around $50 for two years I believe.
Upgrade to Windows 7 or Vista (Aumonts good recommendation)
Win 7 or Vista have built in “user controls” that ask anytime a program wants to install itself to your computer, thereby limiting your exposure to unwanted software. Win XP does not. Cost is ?... it’s probably over $100 not sure but can find out at www.microsoft.com
Use a backup software solution and set a back up schedule:
I’m using Acronis true image for home www.acronis.com which is probably one of the best that I’ve seen and really easy to use as well. Basically, get a big hard drive, usb external 1tb from Buy.com http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?querytype=home&qu=fantom&qxt=home&display=col
Then back up your data to that drive… making a drive image and boot discs in case you need to recover the hard drive. Acronis…cost? An external 1terabyte backup hard drive cost on sale around $80
If you have any questions let me know…
Hope that helps!
Monday, March 29, 2010
What are the fabric choices for sarongs you may ask? Sarongs come in basically four different fabrics; rayon sarongs, cotton sarongs, polyester sarongs and silk sarongs. We often hear the question, "What is the difference between a rayon sarong, cotton sarong, polyester sarong or a silk sarong?". Before I answer, let me give you a little background about 1 World Sarongs. We are proud to be the #1 supplier of sarongs on the internet. We've had the pleasure of adorning tens of thousands of customers with our beautiful sarongs and clothing over the last ten years while maintaining a 99.9% customer satisfaction rating. We've sold hundreds of thousands of sarongs around the globe; from Papua New Guinea to Puerto Rico, from Hawaii to Mexico. We've shipped our sarongs and clothing pretty much everywhere in the world. Even Alaska! Why would you need a sarong in Alaska is a question we are still trying to figure out?
First, let's take a look at the most popular sarong fabric today, "rayon". Rayon was the first man made fabric invented back in the late 1800's and since has quickly become one of the most popular and versatile fabrics in the world today. Its lasting popularity is due to six main characteristics; touch-ability, breath-ability, drape-ability, dye-ability, durability and cost-ability. Currently, rayon is produced all over the planet from Germany to China and comes from various sources in a variety of forms. For our purpose we are focusing on the rayon made from cellulostic materials or in simple terms “plants and trees”. That's because the vast number of sarongs that are produced in the world are made in Indonesia (population 300 million), where rayon is easily acquired (usually from India).
|Sample of Rayon fabric view up close|
According to Joyce A. Smith Ph.D. at the Ohio State University (see attached document pg 2) …"Rayon's cellulosic base contributes many properties similar to those of cotton or other natural cellulosic fibers. Rayon is moisture absorbent (more so than cotton), breathable, comfortable to wear, and easily dyed in vivid colors. It does not build up static electricity, nor will it pill unless the fabric is made from short, low-twist yarns. Rayon is comfortable, soft to the skin, and has moderate dry strength and abrasion resistance." (http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/pdf/5538.pdf)
On a more personal note, I've worn rayon sarongs many times in Indonesia and here in the States. I can tell you that rayon is really comfortable and surprisingly breathable. You won't want to put anything else on but your rayon sarong when staying in the hot temps. Especially after coming out of the pool or after a cool shower. Rayon sarongs are extremely nice to wear. Make sure to go for the #1 heavy weight rayon or the "Pertama" http://www.1worldsarongs.com/pe1co.html collection as we call it. These Pertama sarongs are really smooth to the touch and top quality.
On an environmental note…one of the biggest rayon manufacturers is making rayon more green by recycling the chemicals it uses to make the rayon and using fast growing and renewable resources:
Watch this YouTube video:
An interesting quote about the impact of Lenzing's rayon on the environment:
"Rayon, modal and lyocell are produced from renewable cellulosic plants such as beech trees, pine trees and bamboo. All three fibers are biodegradable. Specifically, Lenzing Viscose and Lenzing Modal are produced from sustainably harvested beech trees and Tencel from sustainably harvested eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus grows quickly and without irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers or genetic manipulation; it can also be planted on marginal land that cannot be used for food crops. The fiber yield per acre from the trees used in the Lenzing fibers is up to ten times higher than that of cotton. Also, cotton needs up to 20 times more water."
Ultimately, the environmental impact has a lot to do with how we wash our sarongs and clothing. How much water we use, the amount of detergent and the amount of fabric softeners etc.
I think we can say that rayon is a great fabric for sarongs or any clothing for the hotter temps. It is breathable, silky and durable. We've had some of our sarongs over 10 years and they are in great condition with the colors still bright and vivid.
Some people believe cotton is a more breathable fabric than rayon and that rayon feels more like a polyester plastic fabric… but that is far from the truth. In part 2 of Sarongs from Rayon, Cotton, Poly or Silk we'll explore cotton as a fabric choice for sarongs.
By the way I have a picture of me wearing a sarong at Uluwatu temple on the beautiful island of Bali. That day was pretty windy but we had a great time just walking around. The other picture is of me getting a lesson in how to tie a sarong from a local Balinese shop clerk up in Ubud. That was fun!
Ok, up next … Cotton Sarongs.
1 World Sarongs
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thanks very much for your question about tying a sarong as a sarong dress.
When sizing a sarong for being tied as a sarong dress we’ll need to consider the width rather than the length. Sarongs have a width of approximately 44 inches and 66 inches in length. The width of a sarong is the key factor when tying a sarong as a sarong dress. The wider the bust area and the larger the diameter of one’s neck the more material or wider the sarong will need to be. For the average woman 44 inches is sufficient for creating the sarong dress with a neck knot tie. Alternately, for larger body types, we can tie the sarong around the bust area without going around the neck. It’s almost the same to tie a sarong as a sarong skirt on the hip. Making a knot in front to have a strapless sarong dress. See the image below or check out our link here:
The key is to have fun with it and be creative. Sarongs can be a girl’s best friend so give them a whirl and tie one on.
Sometimes you can even incorporate a sarong tie / buckle. These are handy to keep your sarong tied on. Click on this link to see the available selection:
Hope that helps!
I found your site and would like to order a couple sarongs but am unsure of size and would appreciate your help. The sarongs would be gifts for women who would likely wear them as a dress rather than simply a long skirt. They are about a size 12.
If I correctly read your information, a regular sized sarong might not work well for a dress? If not what size would I order?
Thanks very much.
Sarah Q. "Kim"
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We are very thankful for all of your support. In fact this is our 9th holiday season and at the same time it’s our 1st holiday season with our newest addition. We are thrilled to announce the birth of our little baby Olivia. She is a gorgeous baby girl and was born September 12th 2009 weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs. Olivia is such a sweet darling and is already speaking...her first word was “Aloha”. We think she may even want to join the 1 World Sarongs family biz too…she timed her arrival perfectly…born on a Saturday morning in just a short hours and then she had us back to work by Monday afternoon! We didn’t miss a work day! LOL! Anyway...we are very happy to share the news of our little darling with you.
So cheers to you for being our customer and giving us the opportunity to be of service to you and helping us to provide a living to our families.