thailand

Snacks

When I go to new countries, I love wandering around their convenience stores or supermarkets.  I love seeing what people eat and what kind of snacks they enjoy.  I especially love the snacks that are ‘weird’, or at least new and different to what I’m used to.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Merge

 

The first thing that came to mind when I read this weeks photo challenge was our lives. Adam and I eloped a little over 2 years ago at this spot in Koh Samui, Thailand.

We eloped at The Kala Samui. You can read more about that amazing day here.

To merge is to blur the individuality or individual identity and on that day we created a partnership built on love, unity and a commitment to happiness.

 

merge with confidence and heart,

Nicole

*The photo was taken by the hotel Photographer*


Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

ImageReal men wear Purple… Purple Aprons… and take cooking classes!

My wife and I were on our 5 month backpacking trip through Asia and Europe when she wanted to sign up for Thai Cooking classes in Chiang Mai.

Not only did I make curry with a mortar and pestle, but I donned a purple apron.

I have to say, I’m a pretty decent cook and we may have bought the Thai Cookbook but  when offered the opportunity, I did not buy the apron.


13 Terrible Things about Traveling in Southeast Asia


expat

Expat: v. - To give up residence in one's homeland.
adj. - Exile. A person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

the moated city

For Songkran we bought super cheap tickets on Air Asia to head up to the small city of Chiang Mai in northwestern Thailand. I thought celebrating in Bangkok might be too crazy and Chiang Mai is known its longer, more laid back festival. The whole country celebrates for about 5 days full of water fights during the hottest summer month.

It was my first time in Chiang Mai, a city I hope to move to some day (it is much more my style, I am sick of the big city) and I really loved it there! It is the 6th biggest city in Thailand, a nice change from Nonthaburi, the second biggest city and where I currently live. I think it is AMAZING that Bangkok has 5 million people as the biggest city in the country and then my area, right outside the city, has only 260,000 people, yet is still the second biggest.

Songkran 2012

It's the biggest organized water fight in the world between thousands of adults. It's very wet, very drunk, a little bit dirty (they used moat water in Chiang Mai) and a LOT of fun! Songkran is the Thai New Year making it now 2555 - or song ha ha ha in Thai - since the calendar here starts at the enlightenment of Buddha (turns out the Buddha has been doing his thing for a lot longer than Jesus.) A full 5 days of extreme water fighting is a damn good time but also very tiring too, pretty much everyone is sick now. Some people like to put ice into the water (which in my opinion it ruins all the fun) and being so cold when it is so hot outside is bad for health... man, my English is really terrible now that I speak broken language all the time, no one actually says "bad for health" in the real English speaking world, right? I can barely remember...


contradiction

April is the hottest month in Thailand (averaging 35 degrees C) and I am almost melting away at this point. Our school celebrated another random Buddhist holiday on a Friday so some teachers from my school booked a couple rooms in the close beach town, Pattaya to sit by the ocean, relax in the pool and get away from it all.

Not So Hidden Beauty

For the past week or so, for one reason or another, I've been playing the role of tour guide for a few people around Busan. 
 
In that time of sightseeing and guiding, I've been reminded how amazingly beautiful the artwork in Korean Buddhist temples can be.  Yes the statues are almost always impressive and stunning, but the small details and tiny flowers painted up in the high reaches of the ceiling always seem to be my favorite.  Like they're hidden gems of beauty just waiting for you to discover them.

water fight

It's finally here! The much anticipated Thai New Year - Songkran! It is the worlds biggest water fight and I am flying right into the eye of the storm.  Tomorrow afternoon we are flying an hour north to the quaint city of Chiang Mai. It is said to be the biggest celebration for the summer holiday and I am prepared to get wet! It is going to be a long six days, hope I come back alive (Thailand has not been kind my body in the past week, I fell into a sewer -EWGKKK- in Pattaya cutting my leg all up and just an hour ago got stung by a bee while driving my motorbike, geez!) because I know the Thai people are ready to drink and throw buckets of water on me. My students today were brutal dumping bucket after bucket on me, and they are children... Please Buddha, keep me safe!

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