The FruitBat Holidays

Whoa. Christmas and New Years came and went so fast this year. Did you feel like it all snuck up on you?

We moved to Montreal about 11 days before Christmas so we were still recovering from jet lag by the time Christmas rolled around.

My Love and I decided on December 24th that we were going to exchange gifts. Yeah.

Decoration and presents all in one

Decoration and presents all in one

We were happy to share gifts with one another.  Do you find it weird to buy presents for your S.O when you share a bank account?

prezzies!

prezzies!

After that we spent we decided to try and go out for tea. I really wanted a nice, herbal specialty tea and My Love was game for an adventure. It was minus 1000 degrees, but we were sure that in Montreal there would be a million places open. This is a trendy town after all.

We walked to St. Catherines Street in search of hot beverages. We walked for about 20 minutes and came to realize that the only places that were open were a 24 hour Second Cup (why?) Tim Hortons, (Yup, still Canada) and a 50′s themed diner. We were going to choose Tim Hortons, but when we went in we realized that pretty much everyone in there was alone, and 50% were likely homeless.  A room full of really really sad people. I decided this was a little too sad on Christmas so we went to the diner.

The diner did not have tea on the menu, and My Love had to special order it for me. It was Red Rose.

My Love decided he was hungry, so he got a sandwich called the Marilyn Monroe. With fries. And a pickle.

So instead of a nice herbal tea at a tea shop we got a sandwich at a diner. This, kids, is what happens to you when you do not have a plan.

After that we walked home in the minus 1000 degree weather.

Then it was time for the traditional FruitBat holiday feast!

Mid juice action shot

Mid juice action shot

Essential.

Essential.

My Love got mashed potatoes with home made vegan gravy:

Because it is not Christmas without a little bit of carb fest.

Because it is not Christmas without a little bit of carb fest.

And the legitimately traditional carrot cake (I made him a carrot cake last year too for some reason.  Why?)

Christmas Carrot Cake.

Christmas Carrot Cake.

I even made an icing.

I had a watermelon and closed my eyes real tight and pretended I was in Thailand:

Om nom

Om nom

We skyped with our respective families and then called it a night.

On New Years, we did even less if you can imagine that. We decided to chance it AGAIN and headed out into the so cold weather in search of tea.  This time we headed through Park LeFontaine and over to St. Denise street.

Walkin in the park.

Walkin in the park.

I put on all my clothes for the occasion:

100 layers

100 layers

Again, we wandered aimlessly until we got too cold to think, and ended up at Starbucks.

I think he thought he may be able to see another tea place from the vantage point of starbies.

I think he thought he may be able to see another tea place from the vantage point of starbies.

I got a vanilla roiboos tea.

I got a vanilla roiboos tea.

He got a hot chocolate. And was angry for some reason?

He got a hot chocolate. And was angry for some reason?

But the streets were dead:

Dead street.

Dead street.

When we had sufficiently defrosted, we headed back home.

I Yoga’ed:

I am obsessed with handstand

I am obsessed with handstand

And Meditated:

Om

Om

Then made the all important liquid green beverage for the day:

Too little juice.

Too little juice.

And ate watermelon. Again.

Do I do the same things over and over again? Yes. Yes I do.

Do I do the same things over and over again? Yes. Yes I do.

We then snuggled up on the pull out, watched movies (My Love fell asleep and then woke up about 30 minutes before midnight)

Lounge boyfriend.

Lounge boyfriend.

We counted down, drank some Kombucha, wished our friends and family a happy new year and went to bed at 12:15.

Cuz we are crazy like that.

Clink clink!

Clink clink!

Happy New Year!!

<3

 

Ps. I am on instagram now :)  You can see my daily goings on here - http://instagram.com/urbanfruitbat

Montreal Fruit Party Time

So!  Hello again!

I feel so much better now that you and I are all caught up.  If you missed it, you can check out everything that has happened between Vancouver and now living in Montreal here and here.

Now, lets talk about amazing Montreal!

We arrived here in Montreal after exactly 35 hours of travel. We headed straight for our hotel (in the Quartier Latin.) I do not think I have ever been so tired.

The next day we got up at the crack of 10, and slowly gathered our things.  We went out for tea to a chocolate based coffee shop and My Love had his first taste of just how indulgent this city is. Then, in the minus five million weather we headed to our new home.

That is US!

That is US!

They even spray painted our initials onto the side of it so we would know we were at the right place.

We got all settled in and then slept more than anyone has ever slept for the rest of the weekend.  We did go out to get some food, and this is how I looked doing that:

Oh babay

Oh babay

That right there is 1 shirt, 3 sweaters, 1 coat, 4 pairs of pants, leg warmers and 2 pair of socks. And a scarf. It is really cold here as it would turn out.
Monday morning My Love had his first day of work!

He was SO excited!

He was SO excited!

I even made him some vegan banana bread to celebrate the occasion.

So banana bready

So banana bready

Then, it was time for me to start exploring the city to find awesome sources of fruit!  I have found SO MANY amazing fruit markets and stores. I think there is more fruit here than in Vancouver!

Bounty!

Bounty!

All that cost me $15 total. WHAT!

So much yummy

So much yummy

I have not kicked my watermelon obsession. And I never will most likely.  Fortunately I have been able to find some good ones here.

omnomnom

omnomnom

We went to the Jean-Thalon market and got all these persimmons for $2.

MORE PERSIMMONS

MORE PERSIMMONS

We also have an amazing little store right near our house.  I got all these for $5

YUS

YUS

That is a fridge I like to look into.

I love herbs.

I love herbs.

This photo was from a huge bulk store My Love found by his work.  Everything in bulk – seasonings, spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, even Dr. Bronners soap!

Then for the final big event of the first few days here we went to My Love’s office Christmas Party.  It was cool to get to meet all the people he is working with, and it was a huge load off my mind to know that he has a job that he likes, working with really great people.

I wore a dress.  And makeup.

Sorry for the flash

Sorry for the flash

AND pink shoes.

Who said I am not girly?

Who said I am not girly?

 

See you soon Love bug!

<3

Huge Update Part 2~

Hello again my fruit feathered friend!

So, when we left off, we were in Chiang Mai, and had been in Thailand for about 3.5 months.

After finding out that he would not be able to keep his job, My Love took a little time off and helped me to write my book (which you can check out here if you like - perceptiondiet.com)

Then he started applying for jobs. He had a million interviews, and the process was actually really draining. We did learn a lot about visas, working internationally and all that jazz.  We originally thought he would be able to get a job someplace in Asia, but soon found out that was not a super real possibility.  He had lots of opportunity in America and Canada however.

By the end of November we had the choice to either renew our lease on our apartments, or go to hotel and assume we would be moving back to North America.  At this point My Love had a few very strong leads, so we decided to head to a hotel.

Baby sister had already decided she wanted to go home for Christmas, and would be returning to school in January.

We stayed at the Libra Guesthouses:

Juuuuuust enough room for all 3 of us.

Juuuuuust enough room for all 3 of us.

My Love basically had 1-2 interview per day for the last two weeks and even though everything was up in the air, we still had lots of fun.

Another amazing river side restaurant

Another amazing river side restaurant

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Then, finally it happened.  My Love decided to take a job in Montreal. This was around the 8th of December, and the company wanted us there for the Christmas party.  On the 16th. We literally found our we were moving about 4 days before we had to get on a plane and fly here.  So naturally to ease the anxiety of it all we went shopping so I would have something nice to wear to the Christmas party :)

Do you like my dress?

Do you like my dress?

 

And we dinned at Godzilla's place

And we dinned at Godzilla’s place

We decided to stay at a fancy place for our last 3 days and chose the Chiang Mai Orchid in Ninman.  It was a great choice.  We did one last round of shopping for the cold.

Yup. This happened.

Yup. This happened.

Then it was our last night together.  Baby Sister was flying to Calgary for Christmas and My Love and I were flying straight to Montreal.  We had our last dinner at Blue Diamond.

Our last meal. 3 salads and a tofu tomato dip, naturally.

Our last meal. 3 salads and a tofu tomato dip, naturally.

My Love and I sad to say good bye.

My Love and I sad to say good bye.

Don't leave me Baby Sister!

Don’t leave me Baby Sister!

Last real mango sticky rice for Baby Sister

Last real mango sticky rice for Baby Sister

Last "Tops" market trip for plane snacks

Last “Tops” market trip for plane snacks

That night there was much crying and gnashing of teeth, let me tell you.

The next morning at 4 am Baby sister got ready to head to the airport.  My Love and I did not fly out until that evening so we spent the day wandering around, getting a two hour massage and eating.

Alas, it was time for us to head to the airport:

This is a stress possition

This is a stress position

Tea in the Chiang Mai airport.  Black canyon is like their Swiss chalet.  But with tea.

Tea in the Chiang Mai airport. Black canyon is like their Swiss chalet. But with tea.

 

About 45 minutes later we were in Bangkok:

One last lemon iced tea

One last lemon iced tea

Always taking those artsy photos

Always taking those artsy photos

Next it was 4 hours to Seoul Korea!

My Love got the Muslim meal hoping for hummus.  That never happened.  Instead he got eggs.

Oh airplane food.

Oh airplane food.

I ordered the vegan meal hoping for some fresh fruit.  There was a little, but mostly it was polenta.

Interesting...

Interesting…

Seoul was pretty cool:

SO much kim chi in Korea :)

SO much kim chi in Korea :)

 

How does one choose between no. 1 and the best?

How does one choose between no. 1 and the best?

Veggie Bibimbap for My Love.

Veggie Bibimbap for My Love.

He was fading fast at this point.  He told me he did not think he would be able to sleep on the plane...

He was fading fast at this point. He told me he did not think he would be able to sleep on the plane…

Then it was 11 hours to Chicago.  For some reason we had no tickets for our flight from Chicago to Montreal at this point.  We thought it was strange.  We also only had about 2 hours once we got to Chicago to make our connection.  And we forgot to look at what air line we were supposed to be on.

Bahahahaha I knew he would sleep

Bahahahaha I knew he would sleep

Worst slop ever.  But it was airpot food so what do you expect really.

Worst slop ever. But it was airpot food so what do you expect really.

My Love got orange chicken?

My Love got orange chicken?

We got some sleep, watched some movies and generally just relaxed.

Bad ass mom.  Super cute kids!

Bad ass mom. Super cute kids!

Eggplant and tomato sauce.  I had the nice fruit and salad :)

Eggplant and tomato sauce. I had the nice fruit and salad :)

Once we landed in Chicago, we had to go collect our bags.  By the time we were done with that it was about 30 minutes to our flight. We had no tickets, did not know what gate we were meant to be at or which airline.

We found a lady who told us that we would either be with Air Canada or United. And that we had to take a TRAIN to the other terminal to the departures area. WHAT.

We did that, and found the Air Canada desk.  She did not have us on her flight. Right next to her was the United desk.  They did have us!  But it was only 20 minutes to our flight at that point. So we were too late. The nice lady put us on a flight that was 3 hours later and we made it through (crazy) American airport security.  They patted down a 70 year old lady…why?

We eventually made it to our gate, and it was a short 2.5 hour flight up to Montreal.

Good bye Asia, hello French Canada!

Onto the next adventure!

Onto the next adventure!

 

Major Update Time

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)

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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 :)

BANGKOK

Met Kwan Yin in Bangkok

Met Kwan Yin in Bangkok

Ate Jankfruit in China Town

Ate Jankfruit in China Town

Did yoga on our balcony.

Did yoga on our balcony.

Did the Tourist thing on Kao San Road

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.

Found the most epic fruit markets of all fruit markets. And that is saying something in Thailand.

My Love Tried his hand a cooking.

My Love Tried his hand a cooking.

Went to the Raw Food Resto in Bangkok

Went to the Raw Food Resto in Bangkok

Witnessed the leaning Buddha.

Witnessed the leaning Buddha.

Took Baby Sister to the Giant Mall called MBK

Took Baby Sister to the Giant Mall called MBK

And, of course, ate durian

And, of course, ate durian

 

KOH PHANGAN

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

Bus number one

Watermelon on bus number two

Watermelon on bus number two

Not so happy by boat number one

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

Took a pit stop in the main town Thong Sala

Taxi! Really, they are pick up trucks with cages over the top. Ahh, Thailand

Taxi! Really, they are pick up trucks with cages over the top. Ahh, Thailand

Boat number two.  These are called Longtail boats

Boat number two. These are called Longtail boats

24 hours later, we made it to The Sanctuary. Best.Place.On.Earth

24 hours later, we made it to The Sanctuary. Best.Place.On.Earth

There was a lot of lounging

There was a lot of lounging

Lots of yoga

Lots of yoga

And lots, and lots, of eating.

And lots, and lots, of eating.

And beach.

And beach.

 

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.

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

And of course ate amazing fruit for next to no money. There we have some mangosteen

This was our house.

This was our house.

We visited all the markets.

We visited all the markets.

This is the compound our house was on. Called Promsuk house.  We had the BEST landlord

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

And we learned how to all fit on one scooter

My Love made durian covered french toast. What.

My Love made durian covered french toast. What.

And became a bad ass

And became a bad ass

Baby sister had a birthday

Baby sister had a birthday

And Birthday waffels

And Birthday waffels

My Love had a birthday

My Love had a birthday

Yellow outside watermelon!

Yellow outside watermelon!

 

Again, much yoga.

Again, much yoga.

This was our house dog.  We called him Charles!

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.

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.

This is a lemon, mint ginger shake. I had one every.single.day.

We had tea and coffee here every day.

We had tea and coffee here every day.

I got that papaya from a tree outside our house!

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, 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.

Then we took a bus that was supposed to be 9 hours and ended up being 12.

CHIANG MAI

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.

Cozy bed

Cozy bed

Kitchen

Kitchen

Dinner table. This was actually My Love's office.

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.

Market time!!

Market time!!

So.Many.Durian. Baby Sister lost her mind.

So.Many.Durian. Baby Sister lost her mind.

So much good food! This was a Papaya salad at a veggie resto.

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 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.

I tried my first Egg fruit and loved it. So creamy and delicious.

We went up to Burma to do our visa run

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.

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.

Baby Sister found bubble tea with soy milk and we almost lost her to the excitement.

Were gangster at the wall.

Were gangster at the wall.

I really should have purchased all of these

I really should have purchased all of these

Seaweed salad are the raw resto called Giva

Seaweed salad are the raw resto called Giva

We found komucha and Roselle juice.

We found komucha and Roselle juice.

So.Much.Amazing.Food for My Love and Baby Sister.

So.Much.Amazing.Food for My Love and Baby Sister.

We went to the opening of the super mall. It.was.nuts.

We went to the opening of the super mall. It.was.nuts.

What? Why? But mostly, whatwhy?

What? Why? But mostly, whatwhy?

Yeah. I went there. Don't judge me. Baby Sister judged me.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Magical Lanterns carrying wishes to Heaven on Loi Krathong

And we saw this. So that is something.

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.

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.

Also this dog at a cafe in Ninman. I don’t really know.

We did the tourist temple thing. That is a creepy buddhist.

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

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?

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.

Again, they love their animal statues.

Then. I broke my sandals.

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!

<3

 

 

A reminder!

Hello friends old and new :)

I just want to remind you that I am now blogging over at my new site!  You can find me here - perceptiondiet.com

 

I have also written a book about how I healed myself of anorexia, and all the tools that I used to learn to love my body and myself.  I believe that everyone deserves to feel that they are beautiful and valuable, and this book is full of exercises for learning to love yourself.  It is also focused on helping you to create the life that makes you the most fulfilled and joyful.  To read more about how the book can help you - perceptiondiet.com

 

You can follow me on facebook for meditation tips, journaling exercises, videos and tools for creating your dream life here - https://www.facebook.com/perceptiontrainers

 

I love you all, thank you for being here and I hope to see you over on the new site!

 

<3

 

Ali