Yoga at Koh Samui’s Absolute Sanctuary

In February I was in Koh Samui for the wedding of a good friend of mine. Said good friend was obviously concerned about our wellbeing as pre-wedding, she booked us all into a yoga class at Absolute Sanctuary.

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Waking up at 8am is not  my idea of a good time, but after arriving at Absolute Sanctuary, I could see it was going to be worth it. Before the class we had a chance to use their pool (and stare at all the healthy-looking people who were obviously there to really detox), and after a few dubious-looking clouds, we jumped into the pool and relaxed.

The class wasn’t that strenuous, amongst us was one pregnant lady and a bunch of yoga noobs, so my friend had chosen a Gentle Flow class which I, surprisingly, found I could follow quite well. With floor-to-ceiling windows (and no air-conditioning) I found the whole atmosphere very relaxing.

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We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the yoga class (and I don’t think any of the girls would have appreciated it anyway!) but basically it took place in the building in the picture above. Gentle Flow basically included a few short series of asanas (I think) using positions I actually recognised (Warrior 1 and 2…the one where you balance on one leg…uh yeah).

Yoga and I are generally strange bed fellows. I love doing it, but if I do it too often…I tend to get bored. I love the feeling of getting a good stretch and balance, I feel like it helps to focus my mind but I don’t find I can do it very often. This class however felt great. I’d just come off a week of non-stop eating from Chinese New Year (not to mention dumpling heaven in Shanghai) and it was good to be reminded that once upon a time, I had muscles.

http://www.absolutesanctuary.com

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Strippers, soup noodles and shopping – a weekend in Bangkok

Clearly I am the worst blogger in the world. Can I blame China?

Between travelling the Asian triangle of Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong, trying to find a job, trying to figure out if I even WANT one, I keep forgetting about my blog! The poor thing sits here on the interwebs like some poor abandoned pet, sure it was cute at first, now it requires work? Boo.

I still like writing in it but I just get lazy. So lazy. Then I try and find a billion pictures and attempt to photo blog it all. This one case in point was from my trip to Bangkok end of Jan. It was a weekend of strippers, shopping and spa for a Hen’s Night, but in the end all I have are pictures of food (this is fine because the stripper was a let down anyway).

We started off with dinner at Roof by Muse. Food was great (and we were starving, as evidenced from lack of photos). Loved this cocktail floating in dried ice.

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The next day saw us at Hyde and Seek, awesome gastropub where we all fell in love with this:

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http://www.hydeandseek.com

Once the hen night shenanigans were officially over, we stuck to more local fair such as Bangkok’s famous street noodles.

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We also hit up this favourite of mine at Siam station. Seriously I could eat these noodles every day. I think I very nearly did.

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 And finally, a friend took us to this awesome, university hang out which was as adorable as it was good. The music was, as the name suggested, from the sixties and food was tasty Thai.2013-01-29 22.49.27

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http://dishfinders.com/places/897143-music-of-the-sixties-bangkok