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Oh hey there! How’s it going? Good, I hope.
I guess its about time for a little update. If you have still been popping by, you might have noticed that I haven’t been hanging around here lately.
Where on earth am I? What happened? What’s going on?
I really didn’t expect to ever have to write a post like this, and to be honest, I’ve been putting it off tremendously. But, I feel like these words simply have to come out before I can carry on.
WOW. Today marks exactly six months since Alan and I packed up our little home in Christchurch, New Zealand, prepared to spend all our savings (eek!), and set off to travel through Asia. In many ways it feels like we have been gone for so long, though in other ways it feels like just yesterday that we left.
As this six month milestone whizzes by, I’m feeling reflective on whats changed in my life over the past half year. It’s been an absolute whirlwind – I have learnt a lot about the world, about myself, my values, my hopes and dreams, about the kind of life I want to lead. In many ways I have gained a lot of clarity, but in other ways I’m more confused than ever.
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, budget, dreams, goals, inspiration, journal, life, travel
This post is for the Muay Thai beginners and newbies that are interested in embarking on your own journey of Muay Thai training in Thailand. In my quest for information myself, I discovered some excellent resources that I recommend you read before you go.
Before I went to Superpro Samui to spend a month Muay Thai training in Thailand, I knew absolutely NOTHING about Muay Thai. Zilch. Zero. Nada.
I’d never watched a Muay Thai fight in my life. I didn’t know that Muay Thai is nicknamed the sport of eight limbs (fists, elbows, knees and kicking). I didn’t know how freaking tough it would be to do two hours of training in a day, let alone the days where we committed to four hours training. I didn’t know how much I would learn so quickly. I didn’t really think about it as learning a new skill, I thought of it more as a fitness bootcamp. I didn’t know I’d even enjoy Muay Thai, let alone find it interesting to watch and read about!
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, dreams, fitness, goals, inspiration, Koh Samui, life, Muay Thai, Thailand, travel, workout
As part of the Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There promotion, I’ve been invited to share five of my favourite destinations that I’ve been before and would love to revisit. I thought this was going to be easy, but as I reminisced over wonderful travel memories, narrowing down my favourites proved to be quite the challenge!
Don’t stress guys, it sure was tough but I managed to reduce it down to my top 5…in no particular order – that would be way too hard to decide!
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, beach, Costa Rica, dreams, India, inspiration, life, Malaysia, New Zealand, Palawan, The Philippines, travel
We arrived into Singapore with just one thing on our minds. Universal Studios!
Though theme parks are not typically in the realms of budget travel (especially when you’re trying to spend less than NZD$50 each a day!), we couldn’t get the idea of Universal Studios out of our heads, so decided to roll with it and treat Singapore as a splurge. YOLO, right?
To backtrack a little, and provide some explanation, Singapore was not even part of our itinerary when we began roughly planning our route before leaving New Zealand. With the reputation of being expensive and sucking the money out of backpackers (spoiler alert: yup, it did!), we booked our flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur thinking we would simply dip down into Malacca before heading up into the northern half of Malaysia for 6 weeks, skipping Singapore altogether.
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, budget, dreams, inspiration, life, play, singapore, theme parks, travel
Friday marked one week since we arrived at Superpro Samui, so I thought I’d write a bit of a recap of the first week of my Muay Thai training in Thailand, and share a few things about Muay Thai that are swirling around in my mind.
These thoughts are in no particular order and are possible very random – my brain and body are tired from being used so much over the past week… it has been one heck of a learning curve, thats for sure!
POSTED IN: adventure, Asia, Backpacking, dreams, fitness, goals, health, inspiration, life, Muay Thai, Thailand, travel
We’ve arrived in Thailand, and after spending a few days beaching (yes, I’m sure thats a word!), eating copious amounts of delicious Thai food and celebrating Alan’s birthday, we have arrived in our home for the next month. A home which is very, very far out of my comfort zone – Superpro Samui, a Muay Thai gym on the tropical island of Koh Samui.
We are just two days in and my body is screaming at me! Aches, pains, bruises and bleeding knuckles seem to be becoming the norm. Between training sessions, I’ll be working hard to update the blog with stories from our six-week journey through Malaysia and Singapore, along with my personal experiences, reflections and learnings from this upcoming month of intense Muay Thai training. Stay tuned!
However, today (Sunday) is our one day per week of no training, and I’m in the mood to write something a bit different. I’ve seen the ABC’s of travel floating around on some of my favourite travel blogs and thought I would join in with a little reminiscing on my own travel experiences. I hope you enjoy!
Pangandaran was originally on our Java itinerary as a mere night’s stopover on the way to Batu Karas, but after staying a night and realising that Pangandaran had everything we were looking for, we decided to extend our stay and enjoy the three nights we had up our sleeve in one spot.
“Everything’ I was looking for was simply a beach with surfing lessons, suitable for beginners, and thats more or less what I got.
I have a giant list of post ideas for my little blog, and sat down this afternoon with the intention of working through just that, but with our long-term travel adventure looming my brain has other ideas and this candid snapshot of thoughts came out instead!
Our adventure begins in about three weeks time, so it has been a hectic few weeks of organisation, finishing up projects at work, and managing to sell most of our stuff – and as to be expected not all has gone smoothly and easily. Last night was the first night I have slept for 8 hours in a looong time, and man, it felt good!
Its the weekend!
Check out this amazing and video of the Holstee Manifesto. A wonderfully inspiring watch to kick your weekend off on the right foot.
This is your life! So get out there and do what you love this weekend, and forever.