08/02/18

Home is where the heart is<3


I fall deeper in love with my mothers home village every time I go there. Being there, surrounded by fresh air, nature, calmness and positive people just makes your brain go wild and think freely. It’s like a meditation for my brain and I end up somewhere else, but still complete connected to everyone around me. It’s hard to explain! The phone is also less used which honestly, I find to be the best feeling ever. I rarely come upon such easy going, simple and selfless people in my life. They posses a lot less items than us, yet they seem to have everything they need. They probably have fewer years of school than us Bangkokians, yet they seem 100 years wiser than us. It’s true happiness. I’m really glad I’ve had time to go there so often lately to see my grandparents!

Golden sunsets in Isaan!

Super zoom. But I had to show you the level of mutualism and happiness here!

So many doggies around the streets. Normally everyone let their gates open for the doggies to roam around. So cute. Puppies everywhere and they are all being fed and taken care of.

One happy Diego!

My neighbour got this from her tree and came to offer us some. So fresh, sweet and yummy. It wasn’t even refrigerated, but still super nice.

I brought along Diego this time, as the cold season is here and he can roam around in the garden freely and not in any risk of heat stroke. I think it’s the happiest I have ever seen him. He ran around for hours and got cuddles wherever he went. That being said, he was quite the rascal to other dogs, and there was no way he was letting them in to play on his property without ether playing with him or fighting with him… He also encountered his first meeting with a chicken and I have to say he seemed very surprised and curious to what this creature was.

I can’t wait to go back to Surin again! <3

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05/02/18

How to become a vegan


After reading about increasing your greens for better health and watching tons of documentaries about the food industry with a specific focus on the meat industry, I made it a goal for 2017 to consume less meat and animal products. Especially dairy! I think cutting down on dairy was the hardest part for me, especially since I like to have my daily protein shakes which is made out of Whey. I’m totally with scientists or nutritionists when they are saying that we do not need the excessive amounts of protein that we pack ourselves with (1 g pr. pound as many fitness people live by), but I just don’t feel like I am getting the results that I want when I’m not. A high protein diet (for me) definitely speeds up my diet or building muscles, giving me more of the “hard” body that I like for myself.
Cutting down on animal produced protein did introduce me to my all time favourite breakfast. Frozen Acai pulp, 98% mango juice, frozen peach and vegan pea protein, please try it. You will become addicted! It also helped me stop feeling bloated, as I get from having “normal” protein shake. Warning. I did hate the vegan protein in the beginning as I just drank it clean with water…

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Pumpkin soup with “cheese” bread, creamy pumpkin soup, whole grain rice with veggies and pasta with vegan bolognese sauce, couldn’t taste the difference!

Cutting down on meat and dairy started to become easy so I wanted to challenge myself. My main inspiration for this was (some of which are mentioned earlier):

  1.  Because I wanted to eat more greens
  2. Because of all the health benefits that followed by cutting out animal products from my diet (not saying it’s healthy to go complete vegan, I do not have the education, nor have I done enough research of my own to claim that).
  3. Because of the animals. If you have watched Gokja you must have felt bad at some point for eating meat, at least I did…
  4. Because I’ve been surrounded by people who for some reason hates vegans and reading negative comments online about vegans (this goes both ways) but seeing this is such a big thing in our society, I wanted to put myself in their shoes. Also because I started to become one of those people myself, being prejudice about something I had never tried myself or even tried to understand.
  5. I wanted to see if I felt better, my health, body and honestly if I felt less quilt for some reason.
  6. Also I thought it would be a great way to learn how to cook with more vegetables and find yummy new recipes.
  7. Being born in Norway also makes you appreciate Mother Nature, and I wanted to try to live a more sustainable life for mother earth. Cowspiracy definitely played a big role in that.

Tofu tast, almost same as egg I tell ya!

Then it came to the point where I decided to go 40% meatless where 20% would be vegan. A good way to remember this was Meatless Monday and Vegan Wednesday. Vegetarian is easy guys (don’t take that literally), but vegan is hard, as it requires a lot of planning as a newbie.

On Meatless Mondays I would cook full grain rice and all the yummy veggies I could think of, and I actually started cooking with vegetables I would never normally buy, which was really fun. And there are so many Thai spices, sauces and chillies to play around with, but some of them you cannot use for vegan days as they contain fish sauce. It was also easy because I could have eggs, cheese, butter, whey protein and all kinds of bread.
Vegan Wednesdays made me have to look at every list of ingredients and also make everything from scratch. Which was, in many ways a good thing. I knew EXACTLY what went into my food. The only thing I found hard was meeting my protein goal. I Always made sure to log everything I ate on both Vegan and Vegetarian days and I was quite happy to see I always met my fiber requirements which I’ve always had a problem with. Also on vegan days, your body feels really good. I don’t know if it’s because of the quilt or just because of all the greens, or maybe it’s the whole non-dairy diet. But I felt good!

vegan food bangkok

Raw spring rolls with nuts, raisins, seeds and salty sauce.

I only experienced benefits from it all, but the only bad part is trying to make time to cook all the food for the day and being able to make it a sustainable thing in your daily life. Because I honestly felt like I only got the benefit of feeling extra good on the day where I went all vegan. I know it’s weird to claim that from only a day in the week, but you should try it yourself. Right now I’m only eating one vegan/vegetarian meal a day and rest with meals containing meat and shakes. And it’s not the same, but it’s what I have time to during office hours.

pranaa vegan food delivery bangkok

Vegan Mexican. Who would have though Mexican could taste so amazing without any cheese our sour cream?! It was spicy too!

I’ll definitely try getting back to that routine. I think it will be much easier as there are many great vegan and vegetarian options in Bangkok now. I tried out Pranaa food which is a Plant based whole food deliver in Bangkok. I had them deliver the food to my office every day for a week, and I was so surprised at how many recipes you can come up with without any animal products.

Amazing juices, vegan enchiladas, rice and mushroom, different styles of Dhal, Vegan Thai food options, vegetarian spring rolls, pastas/spaghetti with sauce, bread with different kinds of spread. If you wanna try out being a vegan for a week, or only for a day, this company is highly recommended. Not only does it not contain animal products, but there are also no oils or MSG used. You can check their menu on their Facebook page, they do fresh daily deliveries with 1 meal, 1 snack and one shake or you can do the whole day package with 2 meals.

Are you going to try to be vegan for a day?

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15/01/18

Hello 2018


new years kisses under firework 2018

New years kiss in Levanger!

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couple together in norway

Happy New Year everyone! Just got back from a long 3 week holiday in Norway and I am feeling ready for a fresh start.

For this year I won’t be making specific New Year’s resolutions other than trying to stay as healthy as possible. Mentally, physically and focusing on what I put into my body. Hopefully I get to tick of some new travel destinations of my bucket list too.
Hoping that you all get everything you wish for, for 2018.

<3

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27/12/17

Wonderers at Wonderfruit


friends looking at camera at wonderfruit

The Solar stage, it looks AMAZING during sunrise

Some of our Wonderfruit Crew

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Apparently this is my elf look…

couple walking in fields

Hi babe

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Happy times at the Molam bus!

Sunday Sunset was amazing! Can’t believe it rained the other days…

girl at wonderfruit

Bio-degradable cups. So impressed with the focus of sustainability at this event.

Bio-degradable cups. So impressed with the focus of sustainability at this event.

wonderfruit

Half of the clothing I ordered didn’t arrive in time, so next year I have to start planning earlier… I’m thinking loads of GLITTER.

I just LOVE Wonderfruit. It’s definitely the best festival in Thailand so far. Great vibes, good music, amazing food and drinks, beautiful art installations, and it’s educational! Everybody can learn something there. The whole eco-friendly, sustainable way of living theme is honestly just a super + to this! Can’t wait for next year!

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24/10/17

Finally a white Christmas!


Christmas mood at Shangri-la Singapore <3

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for Christmas before. I can’t believe I haven’t been back for two years. It’s gonna be amazing. Great food, family times and cold weather. And finally tickets booked! Yay yay yay! Was planning to maybe go to Spain again, but not anything certain yet.  And finally my mom will come back to Thailand again for a month- we’ll all fly back together.   Also Tom is trying to get tickets to see Chelsea so if we get them, there might be New Years in London. My gosh, and Wonderfruit and Maya Festival before. 2017 will end in a great way! <3

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01/10/17

My Favourite city in Europe


We only stayed in Lisbon for 3 days, and this might be too short and unfair of a statement for me to make. But Lisbon is now my favorite city in Europe. It’s trendy, artsy and full of culture. For any food lover out there, Lisbon has some amazing restaurant and dining concepts.

Time out market was one of them. A hip food court with international dishes and stalls serving wines and beers from Portugal. I always get so surprised at how affordable it is to dine out in southern Europe. I wish I had some photos from the Time Out Market, you’ll have to click here for pictures. They’re building one in Miami now, so please Bangkok. Let’s get one here too! Unfortunately AND of course fortunately ,we got a new camera in Portugal but the RAW format is not compatible with our Lightroom so I’m missing so many photos.

Loved my fresh pressed coffee and Bocadillo in the morning.

Portugal is famous for their delicious sea food, so of course we had to try out one of the best seafood restaurants (called Sea Me) in town. Make sure you make a reservation beforehand, we learned the hard way… let’s just say it was the longest we’ve ever queued up for a restaurant. But it was so worth it. And do pair it with Portugal’s famous green wine “Vinho Verde” It’s light, sweet and bubbly and so easy to drink. That’s the only wine I drank during my stay there. I also don’t have any photos from this place… the food and drinks were just too good to waste any time.

Casa da Índia. This is where the locals eat traditional Portuguese food. You have to come here for lunch. It’s packed and the service a bit slow, but a great way to experience the laxed lifestyle of this happy people. I can vouch for the Piri Piri Chicken and Picanha.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Navigator to see their eucalyptus nursery and the beginning of how their office paper is made. Navigator is the world’s premium office paper best seller founded and produced in Portugal.

The city seems flat when driving in to Lisbon, but you’ll be surprised at how steep the streets of Lisbon really are. It’s so beautiful to walk around and get lost there, and just a small tram journey away lies the stunning district of Belém. This is where Jeronimos Monastery and the famous Belém tower is located.

Whenever I find kinder ice cream or pistachio, gotta buy it! Always ends up melting in my hands though…

This should be a scene of Game of Thrones!!


 Jerónimos Monastery in Belém

Stunning Jerónimos Monastery in Belém

girl at jeronimos monastery

Jerónimos Monastery

girl in streets of lisbon

arc in lisbon

You can stay in the centre of Lisbon too, and still get to see some historical architecture. This is Rua Augusta Arch.


Photo from Bica Duarte Belo, you must take a stroll up here if you’re in the city. The locals claim that this is one of the most beautiful roads in the world.

We stayed at a loft apartment in the middle of Lisbon that we rented from The Blue House Lisboa. Perfect location and great value for money. They have loads of apartments that could fit your needs, travelling solo or as a family.

I’m already looking forward to  my next trip to Portugal, where Lisbon is one of the cities I definitely want to revisit!

Have you ever been to Lisbon or Portugal?

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