09/02/16

Amazing Thailand


 

View from Phu Khradueng

 

Zen moment on the way to Maholand cave


These past few days we’ve been exploring the north of Thailand in provinces like Petchaboon, Loei and today Phitsanulok. We’ve found some amazing unseen places, beautiful mountains and green scenery as far as the eye can see. I fell in love with the trek up to Phu Khradueng and can’t wait to go back again. I’ll definitely make you guys a post about it so you can go yourself. It’s BREATHTAKING. Today we’ll be checking out some temples and waterfalls in the area and just enjoy ourseves as it’s babyTom’s bday.

Xxxx

07/02/16

Life in the mountains


 

Amazing sunrise

 

This is how I walked around this morning…

Rice porrige with a view!

We finally made it to Phu Tubberk. It’s super cold up here, this morning it was 1 degree celsius! It took us about 6 hours to get here from Bangkok. The drive is so nice and we kept ourselves entertained with some hardcore history. You should check out the podcast. We’re now on the Wrath of the Kahns! Genghis Kahn was even more badass than I ever thought. It’s so beautiful up here but we’re having trouble getting photos as our fingers are frozen. We bought a tent coming here planning to camp but no way. We instead rentet a little hut on the hillside. Even that was almost too cold.

I’ll update you guys later,

Now we’re off for some trekking❤️

Xoxo

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

 

 

06/09/15

Beer festival and ramen burgers


Yesterday we went to celebrate a friends birthday at Viva 21 in Thonglor , it’s safe to say that lots of food and drinks were consumed so today was a chill day. I’ve actually never been at any of the Viva restaurants/bars, but only heard good things and I got a positive impression after last night. The decor is nice and trendy and the food was pretty good too. I would love to go check out the Viva 8 at JJ Market and Viva Aviv by the river, as  people are raving about these.

girl sitting on boxes wearing a dress

 

The plan was for us to go to the travel fair at Queen Sirikit today followed by some food and shopping at farmers market by the river, but we ended up skipping the farmers market and went to the one outside Emquartier instead, as Tom wanted to show me some goodies he had found in Zara first.

This lemonade was super nice and fresh, I need to learn how to make my own lemonade, so I don't have to drink syrup...

This lemonade was super nice and fresh, I need to learn how to make my own lemonade, so I don’t have to drink syrup…

There was a little weekend market outside Emquartier so I did my shopping there, finding some delicious smoked duck from Vivin, and some natural granola from Skinni Bears, I can’t wait to try these as I’m swearing to salads as one of my daily meals hence the duck. I’m also using greek yoghurt or non-fat yoghurt as a snack, so I think some granola will do the trick. I love how they also had an option without butter.

I also tried the ramen burger that people have been going crazy over, and I have to say, I was not impressed. I don’t know where the problem was because I liked the noodle, beef, cheese AND bacon, it was just the combination of it all that put me off. I definitely would recommend people to try it though, you might find a place in your heart for it as so many others have.

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girl eating a ramen burger in Bangkok

ramen burger with cheese and bacon

With all the toppings possible, noodles, bacon, cheese and beef…

We later made it to the travels fair which is one of our favourite fairs of all times, today was the last time so you guys will just have to wait a few months for the next one. There’s lots of inspiration and tips for travels there, there are also lots of great deals, you just have to look carefully as some of them are pretty much the same as you can find on Agoda.

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Hahaha happy little babies. Winning rules.

As we both love water parks and theme parks, it was no shock that we ended up getting a ticket to Cartoon Network waterpark. I even ended up winning us a yearly pass to the waterpark, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be back a couple of times. I was actually hoping for the pizza set but what the heck. We also got something that seems to be an awesome beer festival in Kanchanaburi called Craft’n Roll. Needless to say there will be free flow of craft beers, and the idea is that you get handed one beer glass that you take around to the different stations to get a refill. I can also see lots of American junk food on the menu, so I think the event will be a winner. The music is played by Thai bands and I’m super excited for this. The beer carniva named Craft’n Roll will be held around the grounds of  Mida resort, so we got a tent stay there as well. The tent has an aircon, so it won’t be as hardcore as festivals normal are, but I would say it’s much needed here in Thailand.
Are some of you thinking about going to the beer festival in Kanchanaburi? The event will be held on the 12th of December!

19/05/15

Lalu- the Grand Canyon of Thailand


We made a little road trip to the natural wonders of Thailand; Lalu. It’s a nice sight, and I can totally recommend going there to see the sun set. But don’t stay too late, it gets pretty dark in the area, and it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere.

I’ve always wanted to go see Lalu- as I frequently make the trip up to Surin as that’s where my family lives. We’ve never made it due to bad planning, and also… it’s a bit off route so you have to add a couple of hours to go there. But finally- this time it happened. Normally you should have some more time if you go there, as there are temples, waterfalls and plenty of other activities to do and see in the Sa Kaew area, but seeing we only had two days and one night, we just popped by Tha Phraya National Park with the only goal to see the rock formations “LALU”. LALU is actually called the Grand Canyon of Thailand and it is easy to see why.

girl at lalu the grand cayon of thailand

It was juuust like this all around. Finally I got to see Lalu. I wish we brought a better camera so you could see the beautiful colors when the sun set. But this is pretty epic too.

boy posing in lalu tha phraya national park in thaland

Playing hide and seek in the formations. My one and only travel partner!

It’s easy to find the place- just follow Lalu on the map. We used google maps. In the beginning we weren’t quite sure if we were heading the right way as we hit a little village and the only road leading us to what seemed to be Lalu on the map was a little bridge made out of a couple of logs. We were both looking at each other weirdly and wasn’t sure if we wanted to take the risk- especially if it was going to lead us nowhere. While turning around we found a local playing around with his kids and asked him for directions- and he assured us that crossing the bridge was the only way to get there. Lucky for us- he was right.

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Our mode of transportation, Tom’s baby. 😉

It took us around 5 hours to get there from Bangkok, and we spent around an hour there before we had to leave and plan for a place to stay for the night. We try to avoid driving in the dark so we found the closest hotel that seemed safe enough. It’s quite funny because we were both super hungry while searching for a hotel so when I found the hotel Nong Thong Steakhouse there were no doubt that that’s where we were headed.

When we arrived it wasn’t quite what we had expected, neither was there a steak house, BUT, they had air-con rooms with hot water for only 400 bath and they had an amazing Thai restaurant. I’m not kidding. It looks like a normal noodle shop and when they hand you the menu you’re like…. Hmm, not what I want when I’m super hungry, but then when the food comes, Oh my god. We got steak, spaghetti kee mao, som tum, grilled pork knuckles, and noodles and ALL of them were so tasteful. We finished absolutely everything we were served, and we even had a cornetto each for desert and the bill came on 450 bath. YES. I love to eat, hehe.

If I’m ever in the area again and need a place to stay, I will definitely come back here.

 

Did you know this place existed?

-A

17/05/15

Best weekend getaways


Ah, sitting in on the balcony in Pranburi now, listening to the washing waves and the birdies tweet, it’s so relaxing- sometimes I just wish I could live by the sea forever, hehe. I love Bangkok, but recently I’ve just gotten a bit tired of living in a big city. And at those times, it is feels so so good to come here and chill at Tom’s holiday house.

We haven’t taken some photos yet, as we’ve been busy with enjoying ourselves- yesterday we had some amazing sea food at XO seafood, playing games (as Tom has brought the xbox to leave here) and catching up on the blacklist. Today we are visiting the Khao Sam Roi Yot national park, having our fave Som Tum and grilled chicken, and catching up on some work outside work, hehe.

Since I haven’t got any photos to show you yet- I’ll post some from our most recent trip- our weekend getaway to Trang.

This time we only had two full days there so we didn’t get to do as much as last time but it was still pretty amazing. We stayed at beautiful Anantara Si Kao, and pretty much chilled by the pool or played around the hotel site. It’s a nice hotel with plenty to do, but I feel like their focus is mainly on families. Another must if you stay there is to bike down to the beach and have some sea food, we tried out two spots there and both of them were so delicious. Go for the pla neung manao, and make sure they give you a spicy one,  it’s def my new favourite way to eat fish. Feels healty and has so many flavours in one.

girl wearing victoria secret bikini in anantara trang thailand.

gilr in anantara si kao hotel thailand

All the bikinies are from Victoria Secret. When I lived in Norway I would always order these to my sister in the states to ship back home to me. Like how the pattern helps shaping the body. I also found this white lace kimono in JJ and I ruvvvv it. It’s perfect for the beach. The sunglasses though… look so weird here.

 

 

girl wearing victoria secet on the beach in thailand

Love how everything was white- white sand, white pain, it makes it look so beachy and dreamy. And there were pretty much no people during day time. Ahh, we’re so lucky with these private beaches.

girl wearing victoria secret on the beach

Dat view in the background…

couple biking to the beach in si kao

Rented some bikes from the hotel and got a great leg work out to on the way back and forth from our seafood fix. Look at Tom’s smile, so excited! 😀

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Pretty, pretty view from our hotel room. I wouldn’t mind waking up to this every day, he-he. Thank you so much Anantara for the two night stay. <3

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Wherever we’ve been i Trang, either islands or mainland, the sunset never cease to amaze us. The sky is always purple with glowing lights, and when you think it can’t get any better it lights up even more. It was actually in Trang- one year ago, we started taking this leap photos and I think we’ve progressed quite a bit!

 

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Xoxo

-A