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Tom Yam Soup with Mackerel (or frogs!)

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!  And although it is the Year of the Snake, I’m posting something with frogs- if you so dare!_MG_1286Okay so I made this soup with mackerel, a perfectly normal fish, when I made this at home.. however- I did partake in jungle frog Tom Yam soup when I went on a trek in the Northern Thailand jungle.IMG_1688I shared some of these photos already, but I didn’t really go into detail.


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What I ate in Thailand Part 2

This is a continuation of some of the food I tried while I was on my recent Thailand adventure. Again, my apologies for the photo quality, hopefully you can overlook the blurry-ness of some and poor lighting of others, and just enjoy them anyways!

As you can see from this, and Part 1 of the post, I ate some rather adventurous foods. I think that when you go somewhere new, you should really take advantage of the new-ness of everything! So foods that maybe are strange or wierd to you back home, and are normal for the people here, are things you should try. So yes, I tried as many of the new-to-me foods as I could.

My observations:


Two weeks, two Thailands. Part 2: Phuket and Koh Phi Phi

Following our initial stint in Bangkok, we boarded an internal flight to Phuket. We would spend a week divided between Thailand’s largest island and one of the many others that are found in the Andaman Sea, Koh Phi Phi.

Our stay in Phuket began in frustrating fashion. The airport transfer should have taken about an hour. We opted to join a small minibus that would go to anywhere within three main beach areas; Patong, Karon and Kata. To our dismay our fellow occupants turned out to be some ignorant French people, an older couple who didn’t know the name of their hotel and another couple who thankfully possessed some common sense and more local knowledge than our driver. To cut a very long story short, we were the last ones to be dropped off. Three hours later.


What I ate in Thailand Part 1

Wow! What an amazing trip! I was only gone 10 days and yet managed to cram in as much as possible! I traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, stayed there for 2 nights, then up to Pai for 3 nights, back down through Bangkok to Ko Chang for 4 nights and then back to Bangkok and home! I made so many wonderful friends, enjoyed incredible experiences, saw all kinds of sites, had amazing food, and I challenged myself in new ways. I did everything from a cooking class, ziplining, jungle trekking (where we actually built our own bamboo shelter), city walking tours, night markets, street markets, scootering, hiking, swimming in waterfalls, snorkelling, elephant riding to massage and even more! I keep thinking it was my first solo adventure- but actually it wasn’t: I went to Korea on my own, have traveled quite a bit here and also did my own excursions in Quebec and Montreal and some more of the rural areas there.


Two weeks, two Thailands. Part 1: Bangkok

Since I have been living in Asia I have traveled to numerous countries and been continually impressed, inspired and had my expectations exceeded. The Philippines was serene, laid-back and beautiful; Vietnam was incredible from the French colonial streets of Ho Chi Minh to the deserted island of Phu Quoc; Japan was culturally stimulating and life happened at 5x the speed that maybe it should; Taiwan brought incredible people, stunning landscapes and peacefulness and of course living in South Korea has been a unique experience offering challenges, happiness and personal development. It was therefore expected that at some point I would come across a country that let me down. That country was Thailand.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a generally enjoyable holiday in Thailand. I just felt I didn’t come away with anything positive from it. Something that wowed me, taught me something or opened my eyes. Well at least in a positive sense.


Thailand-bound!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I will be away for the next 10 days! I am making a solo trip to Thailand!!! I’m so excited to explore the jungle, go trekking, experience a different culture, meet new people, try amazing foods, take a cooking class, scuba dive- and who knows what else!

nailsAs you can see- I’ve given myself a Thai-inspired manicure just for the occasion. You might have noticed that I usually have nail art- and yes, I do it myself :) Frugal girl right here!


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Koh Samet: I wish you were here, or maybe not.

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I have no intention of making you jealous, but I have to inform you that I am writing this blog post from a beach chair 4 feet from the water on the small island of Koh Samet in Thailand. It is late afternoon and the beach area in front of my resort (My bungalow is $20 a night!) is starting to clear out for the day. I personally think dusk is the best part of a beach day. The sky’s color is spectacular, the sun isn’t as intense as it was a few hours prior and I can finally tell by looking at my skin that yes, I in fact did manage to tan and not burn after hours of frolicking in the surf.


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