Archive of December2011

Indonesia: The Beauty of Bali

December 29th? Today was hot and humid in Ubud, it feels nothing like the typical end-of-year weather in Toronto. There is no need to cuddle under a snuggie here – instead you spend most of the mid-day searching for shade. Despite the different environment, inside it feels the same. The end of December means reflecting […]

Indonesia: Christmas for one

What would you do if you were all alone on a non-deserted island on Christmas? Although it would be easy to sit around in your guest house missing home, the smell of cinnamon, the cozy soaks, stockings, oatmeal… This is your chance. It is a choose-your-own-adventure opportunity that may come only once in a lifetime. […]

Indonesia: Fancy raw fare in Bali

Como Shambhala Estates & Fivelements in Bali

Indonesia: Boasting about Bali

For those who are keeping track, this makes country number three since Halloween!I’m managed to stay healthy, relatively well-rested and decently enthusiastic about each day’s itinerary. But, being in Bali has been the hardest so far. Let me try to explain why. Well, it isn’t the amazing fruit. I picked up this salad at the […]

gluten-freerawsugar-free Because I love you…and cookies.

Three Raw Holiday Cookies

Thailand: Bye-Bye Bangkok

“Bye-Bye Bangkok” Ed (Thailand’s sweetest chauffeur) encouraged me to say, and somehow through our mixed up English-Thai-hand gesture – dialogue I understood. On the way to the airport, I watched the skyscrapers shrink and the busy streets disappear behind me. As I approached the cocoon-like design of Bangkok’s main airport I started to think about […]

Thailand: Cooking in the cool city of Chiang Mai

Blue Diamond, TianZi & May Kaidee’s cooking class in Chiang Mai

Thailand: Learning ethics from elephants

Man can now fly in the air like a bird, swim under the ocean like a fish, he can burrow into the ground like a mole. Now if only he could walk the earth like a man, this would be paradise… I’m not about to pretend that Elephant Nature Park is a utopia. I’m sure […]

Thailand: Living Among Elephants

Do you remember the opening scene of Jurassic Park? Those epic vistas? The hills covered in luscious green foliage that parted as the van of excitement seekers drove into the valley? Well, put yourself in that van and you could have been there with me on Monday morning.I woke up at 4 am to fly […]

Thailand: Urban Aerobics and Eating Animal-Free in Bangkok

Ethos & Rasayana in Bangkok

Thailand: Filling my Belly and visiting Buddha in Bangkok

The moment I stepped off the plane in Bangkok everything felt different.It was like someone took the world’s volume control panel and turned everything down a few levels. Bangkok is a huge city but next to Delhi it seems so clean and serene. After getting my passport stamped once again I was reunited with my […]