Monday

Monday

3:45 Sardhana

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Waheguru Simran

Today we attended Mukta Kaur’s class on Superhealth, Yogic Science on Addictive Behaviours. Such a powerful and informative lecture. Addictive behaviours are not just drugs, alcohol but also relates to technology as well as other things. If for example you are constantly on your phone, checking emails, surfing and not able to stop at your command…..this would be classed as addictive behaviour.

Mukta Kaur Khalsa, PhD, is the director of SuperHealth® and studied the technology of behavioral addictions with Yogi Bhajan. She serves as Special Representative to the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime in Vienna, Austria. Author of Meditations for Addictive Behavior, Mukta directed a pilot project for substance abusers in collaboration with the Punjab government in India. She is also the coauthor of a research paper in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. A worldwide trainer and lecturer, she incorporates SuperHealth technology with other modalities to enhance the healing process and expedite recovery

Here is a book I definitely recommend (takes you to Amazon)

After lunch we went to Mahan Rishi Singh’s class. Mahan Rishi Singh is a understated yoga teacher, his lessons are very powerful. Mahan Rishi Singh co-founded the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA. USA in 1989. He began studying yoga and meditation in 1973-4 and entered the Guru Ram Das Ashram in 1975 as a student and teacher of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Having taught nationally and internationally, along with traveling numerous times to India, he seeks to bring the ancient wisdom and authentic devotional practices of yoga and meditation into everyday life. He has been leading retreats and yatras (spiritual pilgrimages) to India, Nepal and Tibet over the past 25 years. His experiences of the kundalini and subtle-energy currents of the etheric body have led him to guide his students toward Self-realization and illumination through Universal love and understanding. His vision is for each student to have an experience of vital energy, great joy, and liberating peace.

Mahan Rishi is also a doctor of Chiropractic and Herbal nutritionist. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1988. Through natural healing practices and holistic health care he guides his client toward optimum health and well-being. Dr. Khalsa seeks to awaken the vital spirit and heart of each individual on their journey of wholeness and liberation.

He graduated from the International School of Polarity Therapy in 1978 as a certified practitioner of Polarity Therapy………utilizing various techniques of energy balancing through bio-energetic synchronization, meridian balancing via pulse diagnosis using both Chinese and Auryvedic traditions, and auric balancing through breathwork and yogic practices he helps to enhance the vital life force of your body, mind and spirit…..

Also trained in Reiki, Yogic subtle body, crystal and aromatherapy healing practices he releases deep emotional and vibrational blocks, unleashing your profound potential and vital energy……..

Dr. Khalsa has studied with healing masters from around the world for over 30 years, including some of the oldest known yogi’s and dharma teachers, :Swami Bua who still lives today at 119 in New York, and the world renowned Green Monk Bhante Dharmawara Mahatera who lived to 110. Dr. Khalsa’s knowledge of herbology and nutrition is valuable for anti-aging as well as rejuvenation.

His experience over the past 20 years of tongue diagnosis and iridology give him deep insight into one’s internal bio-chemistry………By integrating herbology, and various orthomolecular therapies (vitamins and minerals) he is able to guide you toward optimum health…………..As a healthy vegetarian for over 30 years he is able to guide you toward creating healthy dietary habits which enhance your overall state of well-being…….

Afterwards, I went to the class by Guruka Singh and Guruka Kaur on living a yogic marriage. Guruka Singh is a teacher, writer and inveterate punster. He loves telling stories and has spent many hours telling them to his kids. His love of poetry and Gurbani have led him to translate Yogi Bhajan’s Gurmukhi poems in Furmaan Khalsa as well as translating Japji Sahib and other Gurbani. The original founder of SikhNet, he now lives under the blue skies of New Mexico with his beloved Khalsa family.

There should be a full course just on marriage, we all have so much to learn!

After dinner it was off to bed…..

Camp Richardson…..

Camp Richardson…..

We only booked the motel for one night therefore are checking out today. We asked the front office if we could leave the car in their car park whilst we have a wander around downtown, she said yeah of course! Your car parked there makes me look busy so please go ahead spend money, have lunch, enjoy yourselves. I just love the friendliness of the staff here, generally all over the USA the staff are always friendly and willing to help.

Headed down around small Nevada city downtown (Nevada City is among the most interesting of California gold rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality restaurants, comfortable lodgings and a variety of fine shops, museums, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality.) We wandered along Broad Street, Coyote Street, through some residential areas. The houses are very cute (though on second inspection, very big!), then main street, commercial street. Broad Street is where most of the art galleries and shops are. There are a lot of restaurants on commercial street. The central part has a great old mid west feel, nice gift shops, cafes..lots of veggies, friendly people. There is a hippy feel to the place.

Walking to downtown
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Downtown
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Imports shop in town
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Masonic Building
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As we walked back towards Broad Street, a guy standing near the corner said ‘Sikh?’ when we said yes, he said ‘great’. Then he went on to tell the guy he was with that we (Sikhs) are very honorable people. Reminds us how much we have to live up to!

Then off to
Fudenjuce
815 Zion Street
Nevada City,
California
CA 95959
t: +1 530 265 5282
e: javajmunky@fudenjuce.com
Opening times
Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm
Sat: 10am-7pm
*Sun: 10am-5pm
*(Spring & Summer only)
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Inside of the restaurant
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Kitchen and staff
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Restaurant Deco
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Counter from where you collect your meals
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Our delicious drinks
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Enormous portions, we had to take half away!
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Funky (in a good way) vibe. Delicious smoothies, big portions of tasty food and really friendly staff! They are really into recycling / sustainability too which is a bonus. We left with a takeaway almond milk hot chocolate and headed for Truckee.

The drive to Truckee was amazing, stunning tall trees lined the sides of the roads, we so enjoy being back ‘on the road’ in the States, the roads are so open and the majority of the longs drives are through fantastic scenery. On arrival into Truckee we went to the California Information Centre, which housed the transport centre. There was a railway behind the information centre.

Back on the open roads
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First glimpse of Lake Tahoe
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Truckee
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The train line
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Truckee Train Station
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We had to take a picture of the Greyhound bus as it brought back great memories
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Truckee shops
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A very cool toy shop
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Another picture of Truckee
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A very quaint shop
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Truckee (originally, Coburn Station) is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. The population was 16,180 at the 2010 census, up from 13,864 at the 2000 census.

Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling “Tro-kay!”, which is Paiute for “Everything is all right”. The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Frémont.

At Truckee we enquired about accommodation near Emerald bay, Lake Tahoe. The very helpful and friendly lady gave us the name of a cabin style accommodation.

Once we got gas we headed to Tahoe City, after taking a bit of a detour we finally got there! We then drove down to Emerald Bay.

Tahoe City (formerly, Tahoe) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Tahoe City is located on Lake Tahoe, 14 miles (22.5 km) southeast of Donner Pass. It lies at an elevation of 6250 feet (1905 m).
The site was surveyed in 1863, and Tahoe House was built in 1864. The Tahoe post office opened in 1871, closed for a period in 1896, and changed its name to Tahoe City in 1949. The ZIP Code is 96145. Tahoe City is combined with Sunnyside for census purposes into Sunnyside-Tahoe City census-designated place (CDP).

Stunning pictures of Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second-deepest in the United States (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon, being 300 ft (91 m) deeper, at 1,945 ft (593 m)). Additionally, Lake Tahoe is listed as the 26th largest lake by volume in the world at 122,160,280 acre·ft (150.68249 km3).
The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area’s economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento.

After stopping to take the above pictures we were back on the road to Emerald Bay
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On the way there are many vista points to take amazing pictures
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Lake Tahoe another vista point

Once we reached Emerald Bay we stopped at the vista point

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Emerald Bay
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Emerald Bay State Park is a state park of California, USA, preserving Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. Park features include Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room castle that is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island. The park is accessible by California State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe’s most photographed and popular locations.
In 1969 Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994 California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay’s bottom.
The 1,533-acre (620 ha) park was established in 1953. It is located directly south of D. L. Bliss State Park.
Summer temperatures at the park range from the low 40 °F (4 °C) at night to mid-70 °F (21 °C) during the day, and during the winter visitors will usually experience temperatures between 20 and 40 °F (-7 and 4 °C). During harsh winters the bay freezes over. The bay is about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in length, and about two-thirds of a mile (1 km) wide at its widest point.

For a snack we had the Funyuns, we bought a few days ago…..still tasted good!

After a few minutes we arrived at Camp Richardson.

Camp Richardson
P.O. Box 9028
1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
South Lake Tahoe,
California
CA 96158
t: +1 800.544.1801 (local: +1 530.541.1801)
f: +1 530.541.1802
ehotelinfo@camprichardson.com

Before the white man came, Lake Tahoe was the sacred center of the world for the Washoe Indians. These gentle people lived a hunting and gathering existence moving with the seasons from the Carson Valley to the Tahoe area for fishing, hunting and seed gathering. The Taylor Creek area was their summer camp, and from it they took fish and animals, which fed them during the long, cold winters. After white men came for ranching and lumbering, the Washoe People began to work in the camps and mills of this area for cash wages, and changed their lifestyle to accommodate that of the white residents.

The earliest records of ownership of the land around the present Camp Richardson Resort and Marina are from 1875 when M.C. Gardner acquired a timber holding of several thousand acres from the U.S. Government and built a sawmill and railroad line. He paid 25 cents an acre for the land, plus $1 per acre payable over 20 years. His railroad followed the present Jameson Beach Roadway. He sold over 12,000,000 board feet of logs each year for 12 years from this location.

By the late 1880’s, he had logged over much of the area. E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin then bought out his holdings and began to develop the lakefront portion. He built a stately summer home, and sold parcels to other families (Pope, Tevis, Comstock, and Lawrence) who built the lovely homes which are now on the adjoining properties. The Tallac Hotel was built to standards of the great European Summer resorts and until the 1920’s was a prime attraction of the Lake Tahoe Area.

In 1904 Joseph Parmeter and his niece Nellie Copeland, bought the 100×400 ft. parcel that is now the Camp Richardson Marina and built tent cabins and summerhouses in Copeland’s Grove. Nellie and her husband, the hard drinking, hard-swearing J.C., also built a saloon over the water and a dance pavilion for their summer resort and catered to “Folks weary of the city”. Such was J.C.’s devotion to the saloon that the next owner of the Grove was their bartender Ziegler, and it became “Zeigler’s Grove” until the late 1930’s.

In 1921 Captain Alonzo Richardson leased a large parcel from the Comstock and Lawrence families and set up a stage service from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe. For many years his oversized, low-slung Pierce Arrow touring cars were a familiar sight in the area. In 1924, he bought the property and began to build cabins and a lakefront pavilion. By 1926 he added the hotel, dining room, gas station and other buildings of the present day resort. In 1927, the Tallac Hotel was torn down and Al Richardson moved the Tallac Post Office to Camp Richardson. He built the “long wharf” which is now the Resort pier, and operated a launch and other water services for guests. The Steamer Tahoe and mail boats called in at the wharf daily.

In 1953, the tragic death of Richardson’s son, and his subsequent passing left the ownership and operation of the Resort to his widow, Cora, and his daughter and son-in-law, Florence “Sis” and Ray Knisley. Ray Knisley was already well known and respected in both California and Nevada for his management of the Baldwin Estate and properties as well as his active roles in conservation and parks in both states.

In 1967, the operation of the Resort was becoming more difficult and less profitable, and there were great pressures on the family to sell the property for condominium or commercial development. This was the period of greatest building and development in the Tahoe Basin, and the lakefront properties were extremely valuable. Ray Knisley was determined not to allow the area to be over-commercialized, and approached the USFS to take over the entire recreational area from Baldwin Beach and Taylor Creek through Camp Richardson to Pope Beach. This conversion was accomplished without a single dollar of government money and has created one of the largest and most valuable areas of recreation ever converted to public use.

Today, Camp Richardson Resort is operated under a SPECIAL USE PERMIT from the USFS. The Camp Richardson Marina is privately owned and operated in conjunction with the Resort.

Many families have returned to Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe every summer for up to 70 years, making the trip with two, three, and four generations. Some older guests remember “Rich” Richardson meeting the mail steamer or driving up the road in his favorite red Pierce Arrow. (The cabins still bear the names of the automobiles and bus equipment given to them by the Richardsons.) The Washoe Indians, who were here before us and who worked in the Resort in the early days, are now returning to build summer encampments on Taylor Creek which will show visitors some of the ways of the Washoe Indians.

We first had a look at a duplex apartment which was not to our liking, had a funny smell!
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We then had a look at the cabin
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We ended up staying at the hotel part of the resort which had a cosy feel to it
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Communal area
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Our room
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Once we unpacked and settled down, Sangeet suggested we play mastermind.

The reason my turban is so high is because my brain was fried after playing this game!
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I was totally shattered after playing the game and was so happy to hit the bed!

Menton…..

Menton…..

After a relaxing morning where I did the childish but enjoyable things (like brush my teeth whilst using the lift and after a shower dry myself, again whilst using the lift!) we had a wander around the hotel’s amazing terraced gardens and then ventured out to the Loving Hut in Menton, we found free parking in a nearby car park.

Enjoying a morning coffee at the hotel
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Views from the room
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Before leaving the hotel we asked to see another suite
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Views from the hotel
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Driving to Menton
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Menton
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The free car park
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A building in Menton
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Looking out from Menton
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The Loving Hut restaurant is part of the same chain we have visited in other countries. The Loving Hut marketing slogan is Be Vegan, Make Peace.

Loving Hut Menton
649 Promenade du Soleil
06500 Menton
T: +33 4 92 07 32 57
E: menton@lovinghut.fr
W: www.lovinghut.fr
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Sangeet ordered a falafel mix and I ordered a loving burger, for starters we had summer rolls. My dish came as a deal, burger, fries and dessert or drink for 12 euros. We got chatting to the owner, Afigour, he mentioned that all the staff who work there are vegan, those that weren’t became vegan. As you talk to Afigour you can tell he is very much into veganism and spirituality. He told us about increasing veganism around the world and how Mongolia is leading the way. He talked about various healing lines (‘blessing lines’) coming to earth and how these can be attracted to earth by very spiritual people.

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Vegan cakes
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Plenty of seating inside
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Literature and products for sale
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Our food
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Two hands are not enough!
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Falafel mix
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Dessert
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Vegan dog food!
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Whilst chatting a fellow Sikh came to say hello, he was from Glasgow and his name is Surjit Singh Sokhi, he has been coming to this part of the world for the last ten years and thoroughly loves the area. Also whilst chatting we found that we had many friends and relations in common. What a small world!

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We left the restaurant a few hours later after having great food and fantastic company.

We had a wander around Menton which is a very beautiful town. We walked along the Promenade du Soleil seeing people of all shapes and sizes sunbathing, we saw the Basilique St-Michel Archange, a 17th century church, the beautiful gardens of Garavan and the Jardin Bioves and nearby Palais de l’Europe. it was enjoyable just wandering about enjoying the beauty of the architecture and gardens and taking in the energy of the place. We were around 1km from the border with Italy and were tempted to pop over. On the way to the car we bought locally grown strawberries, we were looking for oranges especially after seeing the many orange and lemon trees during our walk, unfortunately the oranges for sale were from Spain and the satsumas were from Israel.

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On the way back to the hotel we drove through Monte Carlo, as they are preparing for the Formula 1, the stands were being erected. I managed to drive fast through one of the straight roads. Apparently you have to be very careful as this is frowned upon by the police.

As we entered Eze village there was a fantastic vista point where we could see our hotel hanging on to the cliff edge. We parked up and as we were walking to the point a motor biker passed us and shouted something out, he then turned around and came back to talk to us, he kept saying Guru Nanak, looking towards the sky and shaking his head side to side!!

We arrived back at the hotel around 7:30pm in time for our 8pm dinner reservation at La Chèvre d’Or, a Michelin 2 star restaurant at the hotel.

We walked to the restaurant and were greeted by a number of staff and three maître d’hôtel! Now I understand why the food costs so much, just to pay the staff wages!

For aperitif we had a asparagus, notice I said ‘a!

Well judge for yourself:

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I felt so sorry for the asparagus it felt so lonely and sad!

For starters:

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The base is eggplant and various vegetables and flowers were on top, a bit like a herb garden. I am now thinking surely it must get better!

For mains we had:

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Basically mixed vegetables cooked in its owns waters!

Between and alongside courses I was filling myself up on:

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Which was the nice bit!!

For dessert Sangeet had sorbet:

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I had fruit cocktail:

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On a bed of finely cut kiwi and I mean finely cut! There were various fruit.

For mocktails:

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Considering this is a 2 Michelin star restaurant, the chef could have been more creative and instead of giving us boiled vegetables done some other type of dishes.

It does make you laugh when you think for lunch we ate at loving hut, we ordered what WE wanted and paid 34 euros, at the Michelin 2 star restaurant they tell YOU what you are having and then at the end of the meal give you a huge food bill for mediocre food! Saying that we have to be very thankful that with God’s blessing we are in a position to be able to come and try food at this restaurant. After a lot of laughs over the whole dining experience, including the waiters amusing descriptions of each dish (ours and other people’s), we retired to our suite.

Muay Thai…..

Muay Thai…..

My cousin Jagpaul had sent me detail of a Muay Thai teacher, Master Pimu. Juggi told me to take a few lessons as it will do my health some good.

After calling and making an appointment to see Master Pimu, I took a taxi to the gym which is an hour away from the hotel.

The gym is amazing, it has three punch/kick bags a ring and accommodation around it. Master Pimu sat with me and said “people come to him for at least a month not two days. I can teach you the basics”. He then went on to say “I have sick man staying here” whilst his wife was knocking on his door trying to get him up. I asked if I can train at 4pm he said yes. I bought a pair of Muay Thai shorts. He showed me a room and told me to rest there. Later the ‘sick’ man came out of his room, Master Pimu was actually saying Sikh! I was so happy to see a fellow Sikh, his name is Kirpal Singh from the UK. He is very fortunate to be able to learn from Master Pimu for a year! Kirpal and I sat for a while chatting, he is a fantastic guy.

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As it was approaching 4 pm I was getting very nervous. Here I am in a real Muay Thai gym, training from a Master! A dream come true…..Kirpal told me to relax!

The training starts with a run around the block, 4 laps equates to 2.2 miles, as I had my walking shoes I walked it!

I did 4 laps…..well it is my first time! Then came back to the gym for some stretching.

Right first lesson, stance and movement, then jabbing followed by right punch. The time went so quickly and I loved the class. Master Pimu is world renowned and I am very fortunate to be able to learn from him. He and his family are so humble and very kind. Here is a man who is very highly respected but so down to earth! I have so much respect for Master Pimu. This truly has been a dream come true.

After the class had finished, Master Pimu got a taxi for me…….what an awesome day

What I must remember:
Distance Position Footwork

Pai…..

Pai…..

This morning we enjoyed the resort especially the amazing views, it will be very sad to say goodbye to this place! We prefer locations like this as opposed to beaches.
Once we checked out we stayed a while around the pool where we managed to get a lot done, booked UK flights to get us to Leeds / Bfd, decided on exactly which Andaman Islands to stay on and booked the accommodation. Did some research on boat transfers and flights to Krabi. Then, with a heavy heart we headed to town on our scooter in good time for our bus departing for Chiang Mai at 4pm. We had time for one last visit to Chew Xin Jai, also saw a couple of lovely temples. We wandered around some shops and I bought mango and sticky sweet rice from a stall – it’s too good to just walk by!

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Returning the scooter

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Then on to our bus where we felt the twists and turns a more today. The driver was on a mission and played Thai music non stop all the way! We arrived at Chiang Mae bus station about 19:15 and were approached by a Songthaw driver….I think he ripped us off by 100 baht for a ride to our hotel but we were too tired to care, the journey from Pai had taken it out of us a bit…or maybe it was just the thought of leaving wonderful Pai!

We arrived just in time to catch Gianiji leaving the Gurdwara for a little outing so we collected our bags from the Gurdwara and popped to Baan Chonpakorn next door to drop them off. I then went off in search of more lemon Ritz biscuits, yes i am addicted to them! I returned a short while later at which point we popped downstairs to negotiate a discount on our room on the basis that we were planning to stay 3 extra nights. We managed to get our rate down to just over £17 (usual rate £20). Then we wandered down Charoenrat Road in search of a nice coffee shop. After popping into Chez which had a very cute puppy, we ended up at Cafe Regina which is an unusual place, full of bric and brac and cats of all shapes and sizes! The owner has ten in all, 5 of which are very young kittens. I enjoyed playing with them but something seemed to scare them off! After a peppermint tea for Sangeet and a coffee for me, we had a stroll back to the hotel then sent some emails and did some research before bed. Gurdwara programme at 7.30am tomorrow…..

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Sunset…..

Sunset…..

Most of the day was spent researching and organising the trip.

In the evening we caught the boat to the sky train station where we saw the sunset.

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Afterwards to took the sky train to MBK where we had dinner, yes you guessed it at

Big PAPA – MBK 444 Phayathai Rd,
Mah Boon Krong,
5th floor food court,
Bangkok,
Thailand

Also there is a juice bar there
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Back to the hotel
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Another boat on the river
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Our boat
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