What is that…..?

What is that…..?

Well after spending this amount of time in and around the gym, it was inevitable that I would finally see a snake!

As my regular readers know, I am petrified of snakes…..so this did come as a shock. The best thing, in this case was to get out the GoPro and capture it on video!! – Anything for social media!

Also, as you can imagine, I am very wary about walking through this area and double checking anything resembling a snake, for example tree trunks, ropes, tires!

My First Milestone…..!!

My First Milestone…..!!

Four weeks ago to the day, I arrived at Kiatphontip, Bangkok with the aim of losing 25kg from my starting weight of 95kg. I did not set any milestones, so this actually just happened…..in hindsight I should have set some milestones, but I am happy with my progress and today I weighed in at 84.9 kg, that is a loss of 10 kg in four weeks!

I have been very careful about what I eat and am very fortunate that Noona the amazing chef at the gym cooks very clean and healthy food. Many people who know me, know that I have a sweet tooth, luckily for me the fruit, especially watermelon and pineapple quench the need for sweets.

Here it is very easy to grab a bag of fruit and eat it on the go, these bags of fruit are 30 Thai Baht each.
Salmon with scrambled eggs and greens, extremely filling and as Noona would say ‘soooooooo tasty!’
The temptation to celebrate with eating with one of these amazing looking ice creams is great, but I better achieve my next milestone first!

The next four weeks I have set a milestone of losing another 10kg, this is where my training will have to be more intense!

Please keep following for more progress updates…..

Just to Show, I am Training…..

Just to Show, I am Training…..

For those readers who are actually wondering if I am training or not, here is a video from one round with Kru (teacher) Pit:

One to one with Kru Pit

Mr Pit (fight name Sorapit Fairtex), is the most experienced trainer and one of the longest serving trainers of the Kiatphontip gym. He has a wealth of Muay Thai knowledge and he is an excellent teacher. His prior experience has been at Kiatsongrit camp for 17 years where he trained Changpuek Kiatsongrit, Nokweed Devy and his brothers Paidang and Santos, among many other fighters who he has helped on their fighting career.

I am very blessed that each training session, Kru Pit is holding the pads for me, the way he teaches is just fantastic. If he sees I am all tensed up, he will just start dancing to the music and get me to dance as well!!

If you get a chance please do come and train with Kru Pit. A post of the gym and facilities is coming soon!!

Holiday Money…..

Holiday Money…..

Many people have asked about holiday money. Do I use the ATM, which bank cards do I use for holidays……

I use the following banks for holiday money, N26, Revolut and Starling. The reason I chose these banks, is because they do not charge for any withdrawals and the exchange rate they offer at overseas ATM’s and places that take card payment is very favourable to the consumer. Whilst travelling I am not a big fan of carrying too much cash, I prefer to pay using the card, where it is accepted.

Regardless of which bank I use here in Thailand, I noticed that if I need cash, the majority of ATM’s will charge 220 baht, which can add up. Aeon Thana Simsap is the only one I found which charges 150 baht.

Found to be the cheapest and only charge 150 baht for cash withdrawal

The other banks charge 220 baht for a withdrawal transaction charge:

If whilst traveling in Thailand you have found a cheaper/free transaction fee, please do comment below!

Weekend Antics…..

Weekend Antics…..

Over the weekend I did not train or do any exercise, apart from some walking. Which in my eyes is not really an exercise!

On Saturday I visited Chatuchak Market, once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’. The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. Veteran shoppers would agree that just about everything is on sale here, although not all at the best bargain rates. But if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the many alleyways at Chatuchak Market
Some of the alleyways can become crowded.

After a few hours at the market, I was exhausted and decided to go home for a rest!

In the evening my friend and I went to the movies. Travelling on the bike in Thailand was, to say the least, an adventure!

The movie is called Glass, I am not here to promote or advertise the movie so readers you can google about this!

On Sunday I decided to meet a friend for lunch. On my first three month trip to Thailand, I had a lot of downtime in between training. So as a ‘paying it forward’ I decided to teach English at the local coffee shop for free. I had 13 students attend and we all still keep in touch, many students have gone on to successful careers, chemical engineers, lawyers, doctors and teachers. I would love to say it is probably down to my English classes, but most likely it is not!

We met at the Millennium Hilton and walked to the newly built mall, Iconsian. The mall blew my mind, it is a very impressive mall, each shop was a designer brand! The prices made the luxury store Harrods in London look affordable!

Iconsian Mall
The stunning interior
Even the toilet sinks were impressive!!
First floor ceiling
One of the many luxury shops
Bangkok skyline

Thailand has imposed a ‘luxury tax’ for the designer items, European cars attract a 200% tax. The designer goods in this mall were at least twice as expensive as the UK. The main people that I saw shopping there were Chinese.

No post could be complete without a picture of me!
Japanese lunch, Sashimi
Fish salad
Pork steak
Sushi
Chao Phraya River and IconSian
IconSian and the surrounding area
The impressive water and light show
Just to tease me!
Time for tea and before you ask, no, I did not have the macarons. Also, notice the halo above my head!
More shots from inside the impressive mall
Whilst concentrating and taking a video of this amazing waterfall, my left foot went into the water!
This is the water where my left foot went into!!
Love the Bangkok skyline
Bangkok at night

I do feel guilty for not training over the weekend but this weekend was well needed and looking back, I have no regrets. Also, as you can tell I am in love with the ambience and atmosphere for this fantastic mall.

I know it is early days, but…..

I know it is early days, but…..

I am taking this as an early win.

A few years ago when I first came to Thailand for an extended period, the diet was not taken seriously, eating the naughty snacks and having fizzy drinks, it took me at least a month to shed any weight.

This trip is different, from day two (day one I had durian!) I took the diet very seriously and shed 6 kg in the first 6 days. Some of this could be water weight, nonetheless, I am using this as a positive booster.

Early days, but now even more determined.

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