Year: 2014

Backpacking Thailand: Royal Thai Handicraft

On my way back to the city centre yesterday from Damnoen Saduak floating market, the bus made a pitstop at the Royal Thai Handicraft… I was completely taken away by the abundance of beautiful woodwork on display at the workshop! Nothing riles me up more than the mere thought of how some people who undervalue the work of artists, or worse, offering less than half of the price tag – a lot of hard work and hours are invested into their pieces and sometimes they don’t work in the best conditions either. If you’re really interested to purchase an artwork, start at a little more than half and expect to meet somewhere in the middle. On a side note, the little girl is so cute! She’s learning how to count and greet in English and she’s really, really good!

Backpacking Thailand: Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi

I woke up just before sunrise today and set off to Damnoen Saduak – a 100 year old floating market situated about 100 kilometres southwest of Bangkok – to have a glimpse of the lives of some Thai people who still live along the canals and waterways. My visit, though very short, was a fascinating insight into the Thai culture and a Buddhist perspective on fasting; as the sun rises, monks from nearby temples make their way to the residential canals to receive alms in exchange for blessings and/or amulets. Buddhist monks lead an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor, and thus only consume only foods received at the first seven house – I’d been so blessed to have witnessed this moment of grace. The villagers, on the other hand, sell and trade handicrafts, food, fresh fruits and vegetables harvested from their own orchards. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard Life at 100 year …

adidas #mygirls: Authentic, Creative, Fresh

adidas #mygirls continues to celebrate the sporting passion of women in Southeast Asia, “created by women for women that aims to provide inspiration, support and motivation while celebrating women and their passion for sports,” I’m a little late, but exactly 11 days ago adidas announced the return of its #mygirls campaign and Malaysia is represented by a bunch of ass-kickin’ femme fatales; Sharifah Sakinah, Atilia Haron, Sazzy Falak, Megan Tan and Elfira Loy, that’s a hell lot of boom boom pow right there! I haven’t got the chance to check out the new adidas Women’s Sports Performance Fall/Winter 2014 collection at the store yet but everything’s lookin’ pretty rad! Totally diggin’ the adidas Clima Training bras (perfect for medium to high intensity workout) and the adidas techfit™ tights. It’s all French to me but words on the street say that the techfit™ technology focuses the muscles’ energy to generate maximum explosive power, acceleration and long-term endurance! I’m also kinda sorta in love with the Daisie though. Bonus cookie points cos they’re all kinda jazzy too! I’m trying …

Backpacking Sarawak: Bario Food Festival 2014

Agrarian Bario is defined by its timeless, age-old, sustainable village tradition – a mirror image of all that is urban, industrial and modern – and their creative powers to produce energy and design good agricultural practices for sustenance. Bario is a “long way” from anywhere, and that may explain why it receives less attention than other Sarawak hiking destinations, but it’s all part of the charm that makes the Kelabit Highlands so special. The highland plateau is home to the Kelabit and Penan tribespeople, lush hiking trails and solitude seldom matched… the terrains and walking trails linking the various settlements are a testament to Bario’s endless stretch of beauty and not too far away from the Pesta Nukenen festival ground, paddy fields sprawl across the horizon and contrast beautifully with the plane wreck from World War II (WWII). Will you notice the way the light of day changes the dense fog in the valley? It could be a place of safety and refuge for the observing traveler and the inquisitive; at 3280 ft above sea level, …