Why hello my fruity friend! It has been a LOOOOONNNNGGG Time!
I have a boatload of updates for you to get you up to speed on my life. I know I kinda fell off the radar there for a while but rest assured, I will fill you in on all of it!
So the last real post from me was in May. Basically around that time My Love, My Baby Sister and I decided that we were going to move. To Thailand. Whoa! Thailand! Yes. Over the months of May, June and July we were working away getting our apartment cleaned, cleared out and ready for us to move out of. We basically had to give away/sell/throw away everything we owned that was not essential (ie. clothes and our juicer)
After months of prep, we finally got out of our apartment.
Baby sister went home to Calgary for a few weeks while My Love and I moved in with my bosses.
That was a crazy two weeks! My Love first go his wisdom teeth out. Then he didn’t know if he was going to be able to keep his job or not until the Friday before we moved when we found out the Visa situation would not allow for him to take his job to Thailand. Baby Sister was gone for the last parts of moving, and came back to Vancouver 4 days before we left. My bosses got married one day before we left.
Then, on August 12th, we all got on a plane and flew to China! We had a few hours in China and then it was onto Bangkok.
After months of planning, weeks of moving and 24 hours of flying we were finally there. Dead tired. But there.
I am not going to outline the whole trip here because frankly, that would turn this post into an epic novel that no one would read. If you want to see all the photos with captions from the trip check out this album here, and this album here.
It was an amazing trip.
Here are some highlights if you don’t want to look at all those photos
Met Kwan Yin in Bangkok
Ate Jankfruit in China Town
Did yoga on our balcony.
Did the Tourist thing on Kao San Road
Found the most epic fruit markets of all fruit markets. And that is saying something in Thailand.
My Love Tried his hand a cooking.
Went to the Raw Food Resto in Bangkok
Witnessed the leaning Buddha.
Took Baby Sister to the Giant Mall called MBK
And, of course, ate durian
After 11 days in Bangkok, we headed south to the Island of Koh Phangan. This is seriously one of the most beautiful places on earth. To get there we took a bus, to a bus, to a boat, to a bus, to a boat.
Bus number one
Watermelon on bus number two
Not so happy by boat number one
We took a night bus from 9 pm to about 4 am. None of us slept much so by the time we got to the boat we were pretty zonked out.
Took a pit stop in the main town Thong Sala
Taxi! Really, they are pick up trucks with cages over the top. Ahh, Thailand
Boat number two. These are called Longtail boats
24 hours later, we made it to The Sanctuary. Best.Place.On.Earth
There was a lot of lounging
Lots of yoga
And lots, and lots, of eating.
After the Sanctuary we moved to Ban Tai. It was about a 30 minute walk from the main town called Thong Sala. We experienced real island life for about two months there:
Red Dragon fruit with passionfruit jelly on top. Amazing.
And of course ate amazing fruit for next to no money. There we have some mangosteen
This was our house.
We visited all the markets.
This is the compound our house was on. Called Promsuk house. We had the BEST landlord
And we learned how to all fit on one scooter
My Love made durian covered french toast. What.
And became a bad ass
Baby sister had a birthday
And Birthday waffels
My Love had a birthday
Yellow outside watermelon!
Again, much yoga.
This was our house dog. We called him Charles!
We had to go one Island over to Koh Samui to get our visas extended. I was really tired.
This is a lemon, mint ginger shake. I had one every.single.day.
We had tea and coffee here every day.
I got that papaya from a tree outside our house!
Then, it was time to leave the island to head north to Chiang Mai! We took the night train this time and it was a much better sleep.
Then we took a bus that was supposed to be 9 hours and ended up being 12.
After another 30ish hours of travel, we arrived in Chiang Mai. It is a beautiful city and I think it was my favourite place.
We ended up getting two apartments, one for Baby Sister and one for My Love and I.
Dinner table. This was actually My Love’s office.
My Love spent much of the month looking for a job. And when we were not doing interviews or technical tests we were living it up in the city.
So.Many.Durian. Baby Sister lost her mind.
So much good food! This was a Papaya salad at a veggie resto.
I discovered I LOVE lemon iced teas. No, not all of these were mine.
I tried my first Egg fruit and loved it. So creamy and delicious.
We went up to Burma to do our visa run
Rode elephants. Hardy har har. We are vegan. We don’t do that shiz for real.
Baby Sister found bubble tea with soy milk and we almost lost her to the excitement.
Were gangster at the wall.
I really should have purchased all of these
Seaweed salad are the raw resto called Giva
We found komucha and Roselle juice.
So.Much.Amazing.Food for My Love and Baby Sister.
We went to the opening of the super mall. It.was.nuts.
What? Why? But mostly, whatwhy?
Yeah. I went there. Don’t judge me. Baby Sister judged me.
We found a coffee place that makes Baby Sisters most favourite coffee in the whole world.
It was a little to pretentious for me. It was in the fancy neighbourhood called Ninman.
Then we paid WAY too much to eat at a fancy tea place on the water for Loi Krathong
My Love became a super fatty that day. He ate all of those on his own.
Magical Lanterns carrying wishes to Heaven on Loi Krathong
And we saw this. So that is something.
We made (terrible) pancakes to re-live the refugee situation that used to happen in Vancouver all the time.
Also this dog at a cafe in Ninman. I don’t really know.
We did the tourist temple thing. That is a creepy buddhist.
This was our bridge from our apartments into the city. We really loved Chiang Mai
My Love discovered he loves these sweet bread desserts. Basically a half loaf of white bread that was sweet, covered in honey, chocolate and ice cream. Whats not to love?
Again, they love their animal statues.
Then. I broke my sandals.
Our last week in Chiang Mai was totally packed, so I am going to save that for the next post.
Until then, I love you fruit bats!