21/01/16

Gaining and giving health


Hello Thursday!

I’ve been getting a bit sick during the past few days, in the beginning I thought it was just the usual allergy coming back but I think I can confirm it’s some kinda cold now. Darn you aircon, why you have to feel so good! It’s no better that half the office is sick and I witnessed them coughing day in and out beforehand… Typical that it happens right before my exams but at least it’s not too bad. I’m still working and studying so everything is good. The only downside was when I was trying to do legday yesterday. I was already having a headache while arriving the gym but I still thought it was a good idea to go all out. It resulted with only having done squats, straight-legged deadlifts, leg press and when I was starting my Bulgarian splits I couldn’t get my pulse down and breathe properly. I couldn’t even do body weight. Note to my self. No more hard training until I’m feeling better.

At my favourite place on this earth, the beach <3

I’ve also gotten into coffee now… after 23 years on this planet I’ve found myself in the need of coffee. Luckily I don’t need so much to spike my energy so an iced mocha or a latte keeps me going through the day. Unfortunately Thai people love to sugar it up, but, it does make it taste so damn good though. I always ask for a no sweet milk or syrup option, but there’s still no such thing as a unsweetened coffee here, haha.

It’s crazy, before I would just have a sip to then  get a headache and almost puke when consuming coffee, but now I actually need it to survive some days. I do want to add I NEVER drink it unless I don’t feel like I can function without it. Maybe 2-3 times a week. My work performance goes from 7-10 on it, haha. It might be better if I get myself a green tea-pot for future energy, for my health’s sake. Talking about health I’m obsessed with coconut oil now, I make sure to get at least one table-spoon a day, and if I cook I just switch the oil to coconut oil. Sometimes that doesn’t work as you don’t want it to taste like coconut, but if you can, do it!

I think Thai food must be my fave

I think Thai food must be my fave

We also buy coconuts in bulks so we have a fresh coconut for breakfast everyday. I swear it makes me feel like a superhuman.Though I am a bit confused why I’m sick now, haha.

Today we are heading to The Red Cross for hospital for Tom to get some vaccines and also to see if we can be of any help to Lara. I’m sure you guys have been reading about the case online. Lara is a 24-year-old Chinese-Thai-Italian student diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December 2015 and needs a stem cell donor to save her life. Since her mixed heritage makes it hard to find a matching stem cell donor, we as half European Asian are going to see if we are a match. I encourage you all to do the same. She needs to find someone before April so it’s pretty urgent!

Have you checked if you can be a potential donor?

 

xxx

-A

 

23/12/15

Amazing Wonderfruit


We didn’t make it to Wonderfruit last year due to the regular visit back home to Norway for Christmas. Seeing we had time and was in Thailand this weekend there was no way we were gonna miss out on the festival. Also Tom’s restaurat Casa Azul had a booth at the event, and might I add they served the best quesadillas, tacos, burritos and ribs there, I would even go as far as saying best in Thailand!

I came down to Pattaya on Saturday and stayed out Sunday meaning I only got a weekend pass. This was more than enough for me but there are different options and you can stay the full four days. You can even stay in a tent at the festival. We stayed at a hotel, and I’m so glad we did as it gets super dusty there, and if you’re gonna have energy for the rest of the days you might need a proper shower and a bed. It might just be me getting old though…


  
  I can’t find any negative things about the festival itself, but I’d love it if there would be even more food vendors next year. We went from booth to booth constantly eating desserts, steaks, hamburgers, MAC AND CHEESE sandwiches, smoothies and juices and maybe gained like 2 kgs, but still, I would love even more selections. So please, sign up already, hehe… No point in me telling you guys about the festival, I think the pictures posted all over the internet says enough. But I do want to add that we had the best time and that this is by far the best festival in Thailand and that I hope they do well so they can continue every year. ❤️

-A

22/12/15

Christmas Wonderland


I’ve been wishing for a proper christmas fair in Thailand for quite a while now so I was super happy to find out about the Christmas Wonderland in Singapore. It might not be right next door in Bangkok, or even in Thailand, but Singapore is a direct flight that takes only two and a half hour from Bangkok, so I’m not complaining. This was especially gold for me seeing I wouldn’t be going back home to Norway this year.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Check out the 11 meter tall chrismas pyramid decked with toys behind me <3

For those of you who don’t know, Christmas wonderland is Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair and is open from 28th of November until January 3rd this year, held at the Gardens by the Bay. As it was so successful last year, they doubled in size meaning it is covering 35,000 sqm. It is filled with all kinds of festive activities and areas, such as a market, traditional rides and games,and beautiful italian light sculptures all around the event ground. Best of all:
entrance to Christmas Wonderland is free for the public, while admission charges for the flower dome apply.

The decor is planned so perfectly, which means there is a photo opportunity pretty much everywhere!

All of these flower photos are from the flower dome at the Gardens by the Bay. All reall flowers.

I googled up some pictures and did some research beforehand to make sure we got to see as much as we could, and I have to tell you, the pictures does not do any justice. It’s a place you have to come see first-hand! I honestly can’t think of a better place to hold the event than the gardens. We had never acutally been there before, so it was something new and amazing. I love the whole “city in the garden” idea. Upon arriving the Gardens by the bay, you are met with beautiful surroundings; the garden itself is beautiful enough on it’s own, but all the christmas decor and lights makes it so special! It’s recommended to head down during daytime to explore the flower dome to then walk out in the festive market area to see the lights turn on. 

Come early as the flower dome closes at 9pm.

Come early as the flower dome closes at 9pm.

Christmas Wonderland’s Festive Market, located at the Supertree Grove, returns to offer a greater selection of international cuisines and wines, as well as dining concepts from renowned food and beverage operators. We loved the different treats served at the traditional wooden huts brought from the United Kingdom. Don’t miss out on the Dutch Pancake shop, it was one of our favourite dessert spots. I also got obsessed with Janice Wong’s moshis. They were so soft and fun to eat, I can’t even describe it, you have to try it. Trust me. I almost missed out. Her creations are vivid, and one of them are her amazing chocolates that only exists in your wildest dreams. We got recommended one with crispy pork and it was mouthwatering.

Endless amazing moshi's

Endless amazing mochis

girl holding plate with mochis

Second day of mochi muchin’ <3

One beautiful feature that stands out in the crowd is the Spiegltent. It’s an ornate century-old travelling ‘mirrior tent’ rom the Netherlands. Originally built in the late 19th and early 20th century. It’s so well maintained and creates such an enchanting setting for the festival. You can head over to the Spiegltent for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. If you love pub food, you will not be disappointed eating at Harry’s the food is so delicious and the drinks no less! I’ll go ahead and recommend you their signature beer and chicken wings next to some mac and cheese without having any doubts you will love it. They also hold a weekend brunch on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas eve and Christmas day from 10.30am to 3pm.

girl standing outside spiegltent

spiegltent singapore

This spiegltent has travelled all the way from the Netherlands, brought in smalles pieces and set up here. It’s so pretty and I honestly felt like I was dining at a circus, so much fun.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

You can’t sit with us 😉

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

The Italian Luminaries are sculptures of lights handmade by skilled craftsmen using white wood from the South of Italy. This year all the lights featured a new architectural design reminiscent of the medieval period.I love when people ask how to get to the Christmas Wonderland you get an answer to “follow the lights” and it’s as true as it gets. Every entrance followers you with these Luminaries.

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Tom can recommend these oysters from Culina. 

girl holding plate with panacke

Dutch pankakes are a must, make sure you have a couple of days while visiting as there are many things to see and eat.

You’ll never get bored at this wonderland, there’s rides for both young and adults, we loved the beautiful carousel and even tried out the Helter skelter slide. There’s also snowland for kids, but it books out early, so only early arrivers will get to play there. We also got pretty obsessed with all the carnival game stalls, we played all of them at least one time, but unfortunately we didn’t win anything, hehe.I give us 10 points for the effort!

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

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luminaries christmas wonderland

The Spalliera is the largest luminarie, and surrounds the Cassa Armonica and 8m wide beautifully illuminated gazebo. There will be entertainment throughout the night in the gazebo from some crazy talented carollers.

 

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Ice Palace, so pretty, this view is taken from the Sky walk at the Super Tree Grove.

Christmas Wonderland will for sure expand in Singapore as it’s such a success.I also heard from one of the organizers that they are aiming to have christmas wonderland’s all over Asia, isn’t that amazing?

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

Loved their fun skating rink, even though I was a bit rusty…

Photo by: Tom Barrett Photography (www.everythingtom.com)

If you haven’t gotten any christmas presents yet, this is the perfect place to get stuff for your nearest and dearest. There’s amazing inspo from craft vendors, from handmade items, toys and artisan perfumes and jewellery.

artisan perfumes at christmas wonderland

Artisan perfumes made by locals.

girl in flower dome singapore

Prepare yourself for some taxi queuing while visiting Singapore during christmas times, but trust me, it's much better travelling with puplic transportation as the parking lot was full.

Prepare yourself for some taxi queuing while visiting Singapore during christmas times, but trust me, it’s much better travelling with puplic transportation as the parking lot was full.

 

How to get there? 

My picks are AirAsia or Jetstar by aiplane.

Where to stay?

Shangri-la 

I’ll be coming back for sure next year! <3

Big creds to all of the organizers Blue Sky Events, Gardens by the Bay, AIA Singapore and the Singapore Tourism board. You really managed to create christmas in Southeast Asia.

-A

 

 

08/12/15

Something to drool over…


It’s not a secret that I love to eat, and I do get satisfied going to a restaurant as long as the food is good and I leave there with a full stomach. With that said, it’s not often I find restaurants worth mentioning to my nearest and dearest, or restaurants that I’m a frequent visitor of. I love trying out new places, and the odds of me revisiting that restaurants are mostly up to convenience. I love steak, that’s not a secret. I love it so much it’s one of my favourite things to eat. When I used to live in Spain, it was so easy to find a nice steak place but here in Thailand not so. I do have to admit there are a lot of new delicious steak places popping up in Bangkok though, and
I’ve found a couple that I wouldn’t want to live without. Number one is Le Boeuf.

girl_eating_le_boeuf_bangkok

They serve a perfectly cooked steak topped with their secret sauce recipe. I swear, the sauce is so nice and salty and a perfect addition the steak. And it doesn’t stop there, you also get an unlimited serving of golden fries on the side. And I don’t even really like fries, and especially not next to my fries, but this is gold!! I normally only get one serving of fries though as we always order one platter of steak each. We made the mistake of only getting one for share the first time and it was one awkward dinner… just kidding.

So if you are looking for a delicious piece of meat for a decent price, Le boeuf the place to go, ok… now I’m hungry.

xxx

-A

19/10/15

Fun times in Amsterdam


Amsterdam was shorts and sweet. We had one night and two (almost) full days in the city. I’ve been to Amsterdam before, but this time I really fell in love with the city. It’s such a free place compared to Norway and Thailand, but it’s not in any way more chaotic or less safe for that matter.Actually I felt incredibly safe there even at night time walking around the red light district and dark alleys. I love how they have amazing food EVERYWHERE and how easy accessible it is. You can jump on the bus/tram/ferry and get pretty much anywhere you want for a good price. In Norway it costs me the same amount to take the train to the airport, as it costed me for a full day card in Amsterdam. I ACTUALLY felt like the reason they have public transportation was to save the environment. In Norway it’s actually cheaper to take your own car most places than taking the train…girl posing next to bike in amsterdam

Enough moaning about my own country. We have decided  we will be moving to Amsterdam some time in the future though. Not forever, but at least for half a year or a full year… Can’t wait!

Beautiful buildings everywhere

Love my forever travel partner <3

5 things you have to do while you’re in Amsterdam:

  1. Heineken experience, it was so much fun, and you actually learn interesting things about how Heineken been become what we know today.

    As you can see I was pretty tipsy already. What a fun tour!

    As you can see I was pretty tipsy already. What a fun tour!

  2. Canal cruise. It was so, so, but it is really nice to go on the canal and learn about the city. You could just go on a little canoe as a couple too, I’m sure that would be nice aswell. My friends went on their own paddle boat once, and apparently this was not a good idea as you have to steer yourself around and between the bigger boats.couple kissing in amsterdam next to the river
  3. Coffee shop. You can’t go to Amsterdam as a youngster and not visit the coffee shops. It’s so weird to see people just sitting there smoking weed like it’s normal. Also their menu’s with herbal tea’s and joints like you were ordering a cappuccino. I’m not saying you should smoke, just have a look. 🙂Street art
  4. Visit the Van Gogh museum. I can’t believe I got to see the beautiful paintings that I learnt and read about in school. Until January you also get to see Edvard Munch’s masterpieces at the museum.

    Super yummy, we went for the spicy sauce. Yes... I know I look like a toddler, but I can't talk about the best fries in the world without showing a photo

    Super yummy, we went for the spicy sauce. Yes… I know I look like a toddler, but I can’t talk about the best fries in the world without showing a photo

  5. Vlaams Friethuis. I don’t even like french fries, but these were crispy, salty and golden. And you get to choose your topping from over a dozen sauces.

Where to stay? We stayed at the Ibis right next to the Amsterdam Centraal station. The hotel wasn’t super fancy but the location was great. We could get pretty much anywhere from our hotel, and it was only one train away from the airport. Don’t expect an early check-in though, the hotel is PACKED.

girl standing with baguette in from of centraal station

Pretty much where we lived. Right next to Amsterdam centraal. Of course I was holding food there. Best baguett EVER.

Tips: If you are planning to do the same activities as us, make sure you get an IAMSTERDAM city card, it includes unlimited train, ferry and tram rides, and also free access to the Van Gogh museum, the lovers canal cruise and more! You’ll save loads of money. 

xoxo -A

21/09/15

Food coma


I better start off this post with something healthy…My new favourite protein flavour, MusclePharm choco peanut butter.

 

We’ve been eating out around 2-3 times a day since friday until we went to Norway yesterday so I don’t have any other photos than Iphone photos of food for you.. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did eating this… it’s been ridiculous. You can say I’m one happy girl being off my diet. On friday we went to eat the Tomahawk  steak at Opposite Mess Hall as my aunt and her boyfriend was in town and we finished the whole 1.4 kilos. It was so nice and tender argh so delicious. If you are a meat lover, and like your steak medium rare, get it! It was super yummy next to the patatas bravas and baguette with truffle butter. The baguette and truffle butter is off the hook btw. Too bad we didn’t get a photo as it was pretty dark and little space on the table. That place is always packed! Super sad they are closing the end of this month, but as I’ve understood it they are re-opening in Sathorn so it should be good.

Went to snapper for my lunch break on friday, they always have a small and fun appetizer before your meal.


So since last I wrote on the blog I finally dragged my butt to get my nails and lashes done. It looks pretty good actually, and I’ll show you all real soon. I got it all done at MBK. My nails at a little shop right between the art mall and MBK. At least I think it’s called the art mall. Got to check it again… but it’s in that area where you go on those escalators straight over a bridge, right next to the big Watsons. I think it’s on the second floor. I’m sorry guys, I got to check it again. 
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Tapas at viva21 in Thonglor.

Best fried fish I’ve had in Bangkok so far from New Zealand Snapper in soi 11.

The price is only 300 baht for OPI gel paint which is really cheap. Inside the mall the price is 700 baht, so watch out. I also got my lashes done a bit further inside and the price was a 1000 baht. It used to be 700 but they have upgraded their place a lot, so I’m thinking they need the money. I wanted a natural look so I went for small and medium lashes,  but I feel like it’s a bit long for me. If I end up going again, I think I’ll only go for small/shorter ones.

This is the last time Tom gets to choose a pizza flavour…

On saturday… of course the last day before we had to leave. I thought my hair was cut a bit too straight, so I went to get my hair cut again to add more layers to it. It was the WORST decision ever. My hair is super short now, and I feel like I look like Billy Ray Cyrus. I also got a bit pissed as I tried to explain I did not want to cut it, only trim the ends to make it look less squared. She ended up laughing because she understood and was thinking I was freaking out too much, it’s true, I was… but she still managed to get it wrong. At least it’s fresh for when it’s going to grow out, but that’s going to take me a year. I’m considering hair extensions again.

I love wine connection, cheap italian food and wines and it tastes really good too!

Also… it was like double the price from last haircut and she didn’t even bother to style it or put any products in it afterwards. I’m pretty sure I’m never going back there. Unless I’m only washing my hair.  I think this just proved that I either have to cut my own hair in the future or stick to the one and only place that I’ve been satisfied with in Bangkok, as every place has managed to get it wrong. Maybe I’m just too picky. Tom seems to think it’s every girls problem to get unsatisfied when they go to the hairdresser so maybe that’s just it?

dim sum on a plate from polo club in bangkok

My favourite dim sum in the world from Polo.

Ok, I can see the sun is out, so I’m heading out for some fresh air before we hit the gym. I’ll definitely be spending the following 4 days in Norway outside!!

What are you guys up to this monday? <3