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!!

Yellow Market, Salaya, Thailand…..

Yellow Market, Salaya, Thailand…..

One of my favourite pastimes whilst here is to walk to the ‘yellow market.’ I just adore seeing the various kinds of fruits and vegetables. The meat, fish and eels are a sight to be seen!Today, there were may more stalls because of the forthcoming Chinese New Year

I hope you enjoy the video and would love to have your comments, at the moment I am learning new techniques for taking and editing videos, so all comments gratefully received. Thank you!

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.

My Thoughts on my 25kg Target Weight Loss

My Thoughts on my 25kg Target Weight Loss

I am sat here with my one vice, black coffee. Which according to some websites is a good thing and with other websites it is bad!

Enjoying a strong black coffee whilst creating this post.

All I can say is everything in moderation (well sometimes!.)

I am pondering the life changing goal of a 25kg (well 20kg now!) weight loss. Taking extreme measures as to only eat what Noona at the gym cooks for me. No sweets, snacks, fizzy drinks or alcohol. For those who know me, know that this is not easy, especially when I walk into coffee shops and see an amazing selection of cakes. By the way, I have a sweet tooth!

I am sure these are here ONLY to tease me!!

Luckily, here in Thailand, when I do fancy something sweet I can get some pineapple or watermelon, it gets rid of my sweet craving. Here the fruit tastes like it should…..!!!

At the gym I get a good variety of fresh fish, meats and vegetables with rice which is the staple diet.

Rice, fish curry and vegetable soup with bits of pork.
Rice, fish salad and chicken curry
All cooked by the amazing chef and sister, Noona
Tom Yum

A lot of my eating habits need to change, for example, I am a very fast eater….the food would be piled into my mouth, head straight, unchewed into my stomach, where the poor stomach would have to do the hard work of processing it. By the time the stomach has done what it had, the second load of food appears, for my stomach, this is a never-ending story. Feeling sorry for me stomach?!

Also, snacking is a big no, easy to say whilst in Thailand, as the heat distinguishes the hunger.

This is all a mindset that needs to be changed for a long and healthy future…..

Settling In…..

Settling In…..

The last few posts have been haphazard, apologies for that. I thought I could just land in Thailand and start blogging straight away.  It took me a few days to get settled in and acclimatised, which I am still trying to do.  The temperature is around 32 degree c and making me constantly tired.  Also, it does not help that I am not drinking enough water!

Saturday night I met a couple of friends and we went out, they were drinking whiskey whilst I was on the water.  It was a strange ‘private members club’ We walked in through the staff entrance, let’s just say it was a very surreal experience.  Just to add, in our section the only entertainment was a band playing in front of a football match!

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(Not what you expected?)

On Sunday I relaxed at the local pool, the water was freezing…..which in the heat you would think I would welcome but I needed warm water.  It took me a while to get used to the temperature.

Sunday swim

Sunday evening was tough for me and I was ready to go back to England, my uncle had sent me some pictures of when my mum was young.  As some readers will know, mum passed away a few months ago.  Mum is always on my mind and at the moment it is like a roller coaster ride, some days I remember mum with a smile, some days I break down and cry.  This made me realise that this journey to good health will not just be physical but also mental.

Monday was a whole new day, through good support of friends, I decided to stay and achieve my goal of losing 25kg.

In the afternoon I trained, forgetting how intense the heat is, luckily between rounds, there is a huge container full of ice water.

My first coffee in Thailand

Tuesday was spent at Salaya shopping mall, where I picked up a few essentials and had a coffee.  My first one since arriving in Thailand.

Salaya Central Plaza

Today, Wednesday I felt more settled, hence the long post!

Drinking around 2 litres of water a day, perhaps I should be drinking more and the good news is that so far I have lost 5kg in body weight, probably water but I will take this as a win!

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