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Favorite smoothies

My all time favorite breakfast, lunch, snack, yes actually all meals, is smoothie bowls. This has lead to me trying out all kinds of combinations of ingredients. Nowadays, these two colorful bowls are my favorites; a spinach and pineapple based smoothie, and a raspberry and cherry based one. I prefer to make mine with frozen ingredients as that makes the smoothie thicker. Thats why I prefer smoothie bowls over regular smoothies; they are supposed to be thicker so that you can eat it with a spoon! The main ingredients you use for a smoothie are frozen berries, fruits and vegetables, and some liquid of your choice. I like to add freshly pressed juice to get some more flavor, but you can use everything from milk, to coconut water and regular water to get the flavor you like. Here comes my recipes:

 

Green Power Bowl:

Spinach

Pineapple

Mango

Lime juice

Ice cubes

 

Pink Berry Love:

Raspberries

Cherries

Strawberries

Orange juice

Ice cubes

 

 

Back to Norway

Im back in Norway! Back to finish my final exam EVER, and to finalize my master thesis. Can’t believe after 7 years of studying I’m finally done. Working life awaits, and I can’t wait to start on new challenges. I’m excited to share my new job with you, but I’ll keep it a secret for now. It was extremely sad to leave Bangkok, the city is a buzzing adventure from morning till night. But the most sad thing was to leave all my friends, and my boyfriend. Wish I could bring them all with me to Norway. Except of that, being back in Norway is great. I have never appreciated fresh air this much, and how easy the lifestyle here is. You never have to wait hours in lines, almost everything can be solved on the phone or online, and you can walk almost anywhere or just jump in the car and go wherever you want in a few minutes. That is something I really appreciate about being back. I guess it was a good experience for me to live in a country as far from Norway as you could get. A piece of my heart is left in Bangkok, and I’m sure this is a place I will return many times.

 

10 Things to do in Bali

Don’t be scared by the little islands size, Bali has the most different activities that I have ever experienced all in one place. This is a spot for those who wish for an active holiday, as well as those who wants to relax and enjoy life. I have listed some of my favorite things from our trip to Bali, and I hope you enjoy!

1. Visit a Rice Field

It is something about rice fields that fascinate me, and I always wanted to see one live. I tried on my trip to Vietnam, but that was a rather unpleasant sight as it was pouring down, and the haze was thicker than a cotton candy. When we came to Bali this was therefore one of my top 5 stops. Bali has several rice fields everywhere, and you will see them everywhere when you are driving around in Bali. The Tegalalang rice field in Ubud is maybe the most picturesque and popular rice field in Bali. A hot tips: get there super early, or very late just before sunset to get a picture without any people in it. I thought this place was gonna ble like you always see in pictures, but when we came it was as any other tourist spot; crowded with people. However, we decided to climb the rice field all the way to the top and just sit there and relax for a while. Suddenly we realized we were almost there by ourselves. Knips knips!

2. Rent a Private Bungalow

Bali has tons of private bungalows to rent, and often they come with your own pool! The interior and design is so sleek, and I must admit I have opened my eyes to a new interior style after staying in Bali. I was searching on Pinterest for hours after I came back! The prices are pretty affordable, so I would definitely recommend it. You can stay in a hotel room any other day. We actually only stayed in bungalows in all the places we visited, and they all came with private pools. Except the one in Ubud, then we were going hard core and slept in a jugle hut!

3. Stay Like Robinson Cruesoe

Ok I’m made exaggerating a bit, but the little island Bali actually have several other smaller islands around it that it worth a visit. The Gili islands are easy to get to from Bali, and only a few hour boat ride we were at the Gili Meno. This island is teeny tiny, and you can walk around it in less than two hours. There are no cars around the island, and if you want to get around it is by foot, bicycle or horse and carriage. This is definitely a place if you want to totally relax. You barely see any people before after sunset when everyone is out to get something to eat in (surprisingly) one of the many restaurants. In day time, I promise you, we bare saw anyone. And don’t forget to snorkle! Rent a private boat and go out on a tour. There is a turtle sanctuary close to Gili Meno, and I can almost guarantee that you will see a turtle. Even if you just swim out from the beach where you are staying you might be lucky to see some of these cool creatures.

4. Visit the Monkey Park

I’m a sucker for monkeys. Together with dogs, they are my favorite animals. How many times haven’t I been dreaming about having a little monkey in my apartment! Bali has a monkey park in Ubud, where you can get super close on the monkeys.

5. Visit a Waterfall

Bali has a lot of cool waterfalls, and some of them are quite easy to get to. We rented a bike and drove all the way up to Tegenungang waterfall. Bring your bikini, cuz you can actually swim in the water. Trying to take a shower under the fall is rather impossible, it is insanely strong. But I dare you! Try and see if you can do it.

6. Experience Traditional Dance

Around the several temples for sunset you can experience traditional balinese dance Kecak. It is a religious and artistic performance where they tell a story through their dance. There are no instruments involved, as they create the music with their own voices. Originally the participants are to get into some kind of trance, and the dance is a religious act. However, I would say that this has become a rather touristy activity, where the temple is packed with curious souls and they charge tickets for you to both enter the temple and the show. Anyways, the tickets aren’t expensive, and I thought it was a lot of fun to see a bit of their ancient culture.

7. Visit a Bar for Sunset

One of our favorite activities when we had the time was to go to any bar or restaurant and take in the beautiful sunsets. I think my favorite place to watch the sunset was in Uluwatu, as this city is situated along cliffs, and a lot of the bars and restaurants are built on top of them, giving an extraordinary view. We visited the Single Fin beach club, which is one of the most popular spots in Uluwatu. And an extra plus, on Sundays it turns into a big party for all the surfers and non-surfers. Take note; it is the place to be. But be aware: if you wanna have a seat, come early! We came two hours before sunset, but it was already packed. Luckily we were super lucky and got some perfect seats outwards the sea. Get a jug of Margharita and something to nibble on and wait for sunset. The view is spectacular. After that you’ve probably finished both one and two jugs, and the rest of the night go by itself.

8. Hike a Volcano

Get up super early and climb your way up in the pitch dark up a volcano and rewards yourself with the most amazing sunset you’ll ever see. The hike takes a few hours, but is feasible for most people that are comfortable with hiking. Bring some extra clothes for the top, cuz its going to be freezing.

9. Surfing

It is a must do! Either you have never tried before, or you are a decent wave rider, surfing is a must do when in Bali. We tried out both Seminyak, Cangu, and Uluwatu. Both Seminyak and Uluwatu had great beaches for newbies like me, but Uluwatu was definitely a favorite. In Cangu I had to pass as the waves got a bit too scary for my taste. You just go to any surf beach there is at the place you are staying, and there are several places to rent a board. There is also always several instructors there to teach you, no need to go to a surf school. Didn’t manage to get any shots, as you should leave all your valuables in your room. You never know who’s around on the beach.

10. Healthy Eating

There are tons of healthy cafes in Bali with the most tempting dishes. I have never visited any place where it is that easy to eat healthy. A lot of super foods, organics, greens, vegan places and yes, everything healthy you can imagine. I’m gonna share a restaurant and cafe guide with you later, its just too many good places not to miss.

 

Always on adventure

This easter holiday/Songkran I decided to take some time of and go to Bali. I’m soon going back to Norway, and Bali was one of those places I just had to check off before leaving. The flight from Bangkok is only 4 hours, and totally manageable. As a first time visiter I wanted to get a little piece of everything Bali has to offer, and truth to be told; I sure did. 10 days was surely not enough, and I’m definitely going back as soon as I have the opportunity. Bali literarily got something for everyone. The yoga crew hides in lush Ubud, the big city girls who just can’t live without their lattes do their shopping in Seminyak, the surfers of the world hang out in Uluwatu, and the Robinson Cruesos of us escape at the Gili Islands. I even heard that the party animals can have a good time in Kuta. At the moment I’m working on a little Bali guide, and I’m gonna share some of my Bali tips with you guys. Until then, have a lovely one <3

 

My favorite study spots

Hello? Is anyone there? Yes I am still alive, I’ve just been very busy writing on my master thesis. I feel that’s what everything evolve around these days. And then in the weekends I just give myself over to whatever fun that is on the plan. I promise, I will share more with you! Gonna make it up to you now by sharing a rather long post.

Well, all my absence and writing haven’t been wasted for nothing. I’ve been visiting every corner and coffee cup that has been in my walking distance, yes I’ve even walked 60 min one way just to try out something new (No, taxi and bikes in Bangkok are still super cheap, I just got myself an Apple watch, and I’m becoming obsessed with reaching my daily step goal…) which have resulted in this great little «Where to work/study»-list for you! For me, a good study place needs to have a certain vibe. It can’t be to busy with people running in and out all the time, but it can’t neither be super quiet. Plugs, great wifi and comfortable working space is also important. And last, but not least; yummy energy enhancers! I’m not the biggest coffee drinker and I easily get through my day, even week, without a cup. However, I do love me some iced milk based coffees, or something fun with a twist. Bangkok do have a lot of Starbucks’, Au Bon Pain’s and True Coffee’s, and I do go there from time to time, but as those are not as hidden and undiscovered for many of you, I choose to share the more hidden gems. Sit down, relax, and tomorrow you go to try to work in some of these places. I’ve done all the work for you here:

1. BAKER GONNA BAKE

 Address: Baker Gonna Bake, Sukhumvit 26.

One of the bigger cafes that I’ve been visiting in Sukhumvit 26. The interior takes you back to a little farm on the country side, and it is beautiful and well put together. Everywhere you look, on the walls, seats and tables, you find small little quotes giving a nice little touch. I went for a ice matcha latte, and for not being Japanese, I found it delicious! This place also serves a lot of food, both western and thai, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu is typical Thai with everything you can find. They also have a little bakery selling all kinds of goodies like cakes and cookies, but this time I had to pass. Their tables and chairs on the other hand was not very perfect for a long reading session, and I will not recommend this place if you plan on killing tons of hours. However, I do think this place is better as a brunch place rather than a study spot!

2. FILL IN THE BLANK

Address: Fill in the Blank, Sukhumvit 61 Alley, Ekkamai

I’ve always wanted to try out this place for brunch, but for some reason it has just been pushed down on my list. This place is pretty far away from where I live, but after a huge detour due to another closed cafe (Theera, gotta save it for later!), I ended up in Ekkamai. The place is a bit hard to find, as it is not in the main road, but as that was not enough, it is not even a part of the main alley either. To find this place you need to get into a side street of a side street. If you know where Counting Sheep (another super nice brunch place) is, Fill in the Blank is just hidden around the corner. After 60+ min walk, I decided to treat myself to a popcorn caramel milkshake! Yum! Okay, so the caramel popcorn was maybe better than the actual shake who almost only tasted like sweet milk. But they have so many other milkshakes that look sooo good, that I just have to go back! However, this place caught me off guard. I was expecting to just stay here for one hour or something, but I found myself a big working table in the corner, and suddenly I even had to order lunch. Primarily I would recommend this place as a brunch/lunch type of place (their menu looks really good), but I actually did enjoy it as a good study place too. Most of the people around are eating and talking, so if you feel like you need more people doing the same as you; this is not the place.

3. YELLOW SPOON

Address: Yellow Spoon, Ekkamai Alley 19

One of my favorites! This spot was also discovered by a coincidence when I was originally looking for the neighbor (who also was closed..). As I was standing lost in a small side street with literarily nothing else inside, I decided to have a look inside this place. And I do not regret it! It is the smallest little place, and for all the hours I was working there I was always by myself. In the middle of the shop there is a big kitchen table, and sitting in someones house and kitchen is exactly how I felt like. After a while I started to understand that their main business is delivery of cakes and pastries around Bangkok, as several drivers and customers came to pick up stuff. Their coffee menu isn’t to brag about, and if you are a big coffee lover who appreciates that the most, Little Spoon isn’t for you. However, are you a cake lover as me, this is exactly the place you should visit. Their cakes and pastries don’t have any artificials, emulsifiers or any chemical products, and are only made with real products. Their emphasis is on the taste and how products originally should be, so they leave the decorations and stuff to others. Even though their latte was a bit dull, their cheese cake did not disappoint! Btw, I forgot to tell you, they even make a lot of gluten free, dairy free and sugar free stuff 🙂

4. SORA CITY

Address: Sora City, Sukhumvit 26

Another little hidden gem in Sukhumvit 26. Sora City is actually a gallery, cafe and outlet for fancy hipster bikes. The place is super small, with only a few tables, but the atmosphere and coffee was good. On their menu they have propper coffee, and some more creative (and sugary) options for the more daring ones. They also serve American pancakes! And if I remember correctly, that’s the only other thing they sell. The pictures looked good, and if I go back, I think I should try.  The lady working there was really nice, and all in all it was a nice place to work from. However, I could not get rid of the kind of strange feeling sitting in a bicycle shop. It was no one who came to even look at the bikes, but still, they are kind of right in your face, and it was just something a bit strange with all of that.

 

5. HELLO STRANGERS

Address: Hello Strangers, Sukhumvit soi 26

I just posted a rather detailed post about this place, but I figured out that I had to put it here as well as it is one of my favorites. Actually, it is my favorite in soi 26. This is a place for coffee lovers, art lovers, and people that just wanna study or work in a cool and quite environment. Small little place, and as with the other small places I have listed here, you gotta be comfortable with being almost by yourself with the owners/workers. But that is some of the things I appreciate.

Happybox

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I just love getting packages, and this week a cute little package dumped into my mailbox. It’s like a tiny little christmas eve every time. This time I received a package from Happybox, and it contained severals of different beauty products. Also love the little color theme they got going on there. I am a big time variety seeker, and a marketers worst nightmare as I always have to try new brands and products. Therefore, Happybox is nothing but perfect for me! 4 times a year they send you a box with different beauty products in full size(!) that you can try out. I have already tried several of the products, and tonight the face mask is going on. Got a little sunburn in this weekends trip to Koh Samet, and my skin needs all the hydration it can get!

 

One of the products I got was this badass rack with perfumes from Commo. I got the «Her box» with 14 different perfumes to try out, and as I love trying out new perfumes, I felt like a kid in a candy store. The perfumes range from sweet notes, to more spicy and androgyn scents. Of course I got myself some favorites, and if I only had to pick 1, which I can’t. I’d go for «Celia» and «Elena». Both are pretty girly, but not too sweet. I like my perfumes girly and sweet, but with a hint of some kind of spice.

Coffe break

Me writing a master thesis leads to a lot of discoveries, and especially of cafes. Thus I will share some of these hidden gems with you. I am constantly searching for the best place to work from, as sitting in my apartment all the time drives me crazy. The most important thing for me is the atmosphere, good wifi, and of course something delicious to nibble on. I am not a coffee nerd, and a delightful cup of tea, juice or smoothie is well as good for me. Here the other day I was walking up soi 26 in Sukhumvit, and realized this street has tons of cute cafes. I decided to try Hello Strangers Cafe, a perfectly sized cafe with Scandinavian industrial design with some quirky additions and amazing art. The place is calm (at least when I was there), and the music they play is perfect for studying, I didn’t even have to use my ear plugs. Try their signature coffee, Monkey Brain Latte. Not only does it taste yummy, but it is served in a super cool cup. Those who know me know that I often eat with my eyes more than my mouth!

Adress: Hello Strangers Cafe, Sukhumvit 26, Opposite Fourwings Hotel.

Wonderfruit

Cred: @tbarret

Cred: @wonderfruitfest

Can’t believe Wonderfruit is already over. Omg, what an amazing weekend! The festival is a immersion of arts, music, talks, workshops and food, where I would say that enjoyment is absolutely in focus. During daytime you can listen to interesting talks, engage in workshops or even have yourself a workout in everything from yoga and bellydancing to parkour and muay thai. I was only there for two out of the four days, and chose to go all in for the food and drinks. Hehe.. For sunset, everyone is gathering around the sun stage, and this is when the divas come out from their Boutique camps, and the party really starts. There are several stages around the festival camp with different music playing everywhere. My favorites were definitely Tiki bar, Bonafide and not to forget the Quarry. The last one is where you party your ass of before heading home (if you even make it home before sunrise that is..)
The festival is being held yearly in Pattaya, Thailand and is an event not to miss. It’s located at the plantation fields a Siam Country, and you feel like you are far away in the desserts separated from the rest of the worlds. The vibe was amazing, and I can’t wait till next time!

Hair talk

When moving to another country there is a lot of changes and differences from what you are used to. A new language, culture, food, but not at least, the hair situation! Yes, it is true, I’ve been living a few different places now, and all the countries have given me their own hair challenges. When living in Paris my hair was like steel wool and I was forced to cut it in a lot of layers Parisian style. Now, Thailand and its humidity is limiting my hair options. Normally I love to curl up my hear from time to time, but Bangkok, you are making it really difficult for me. I can be standing with my iron for an hour and 10 min later waiting for my cab I am realizing that they are already on their way out. Well now it sounds like I have living Medusa kind of hair, but relax, no snakes on top of this coconut.

Anyone of you been struggling with the same issues? Or anyone who knows the secret to turn them into an all nighter? If you ever see me walking around in Bangkok like this, trust me, its probably two bottles with hairspray up there. I miss my curls!

Student life back on track

Finally we’re there yo! And what I’m talking about is my master thesis. Been trying to figure out a topic to write about for ages, and now I’m ready. As many of you already know, I am currently studying Business Administration and Economics with my MSc in Marketing and Brand Management. What could then not be more suitable than writing about social media and influencer marketing. Super excited to start on the real work (yes I know…I’m secretly a big nerd that loves my study sessions). Bangkok have a lot of nice spots for studying, and I’ll probably check out more of them now. Yesterday I went to my neighbor cafe to get in a few hours of writing. Been telling you about this place before, but can’t do anything else than love this place. Bangkok don’t have too many healthy options, but Veganerie Concept is one of them. Coconut milk substitutes dairy products,  and a lot of their sweet dishes are sugar free!

Adress: Veganerie Concept, 35/2 Soi.Methiniwet (Sukhumvit24) behind Benjasiri Park