Sonntag, 11. September 2016

ELEVEN DAYS, FIVE ISLANDS

We didn't have loads of time in Thailand but wanted to see most of the country so we did quite
some traveling. After flying up to Chiang Mai we took another plane down to Surat Thani four days
later. Bus and ferry got us to Koh Samui where we stayed at the Chaweng Beach, to Koh
Phangan next and then to Koh Tao - we spend two nights on each island "only".



But somehow that was definitely enough, especially for Koh Samui since I didn't like it that much there.
It's not that I didn't enjoy the day we had, it's just that the island is super touristy. But even in
Chaweng you can be surrounded by Thais only if you want to, just get away from the main road and check
out the local market for example. Besides of a nice atmosphere it offers loads of yummy food -
fresh fruits/veges as well as meat sticks, deep fried bananas etc. So good!


On Koh Phangan we met up with a friend of mine from back home and hat the best 24 hours ever. With a
scooter rented at our hotel for 250 Baht (6,30€) we drove to a small beach in the North of the island to
see an amazing sunset.We then made our way through the dark jungle to another tiny beach were we watched
the stars and talked about everything and nothing til 4am. I just love these kind of evenings... At first I was
a bit afraid to go by scooter since it was my first time ever but it was way easier than expected. And
feeling the warm wind and the speed gave me such an amazing feeling of freedom. So shoud
you travel South East Asia, do yourself the favour and rent a scooter, it's so much fun!



Koh Tao was a must for us, the island we were looking forward to the most. It wasn't too clever
to get there on Thai New Year - even though our guesthouse was only five minutes by foot from the pier we
were soaked in water when we arrived - but the traditional water fight on the streets without our backpacks
later on was great! The island is pretty small and everyone is basically "just" hanging out at Sairee Beach in the
West but we loved the chilled atmosphere. Like probably everyone else we HAD to go to Koh Nang Yuan,
the prettiest island ever. It really looks like paradise there and is definitely worth the day trip. Just keep
in mind to take some money with you - the longboat costs 250 Baht (6,30€) per person return, they will charge
you an entrance fee of 100 Baht (2,50€) to get onto the island and since you are not allowed to use your
towel to lay on you will probably end up paying another 150 Baht (2,60€) for two sunbeds with a
parasol. Walk up to the viewpoint, go snorkling (you might be as lucky as we were and see sharks!) and enjoy
the time. But make sure to get to Koh Nang Yuan early in the morning - not later than 8:30am or 9am - in
order to have the island more or less for yourself. Afterwards it is getting extremely crowded.





Our island hopping ended on Koh Lanta, definitely my favourite isle. Getting there was quite a trip (seven hours
on a night boat, eight hours in various busses) but we rewarded ourselves with four nights in a guesthouse
at Klong Nin Beach and loved the relaxed time. But first things first: exploring the island by scooter. Laid-back
Lanta Old Town has got a lot of charm with its wooden houses on stilts over the water and is definitely
worth a visit. It's probably pretty chilled to have a guesthouse there but all the beaches are on the other side of
the island so that's where basically everyone is staying. Again, I was super in love with going everywhere by
scooter - I mean how cool is it to casually jump on it to drive to the tiny restaurant you discovered the day
before in the middle of nowhere to have breakfast?! The last two days were spent at the beach, soaking
up the sun and getting tanned. Watching the sunset, drinking a cocktail and then going for an evening
swim completely naked made me realise that life really isn't too bad after all... It's actually pretty cool.






















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Freitag, 29. Juli 2016

CHIANG MAI STOLE MY HEART


Chiang Mai was our first stop in Thailand and I totally fell in love with this city. Every few
hundred meters you pass by a temple while strolling around and the most important city of the North
is somehow not at all touristy. It's self evident that you will bump into some tourists on the night
market and in the temples but besides of that it's super easy to avoid them. You just have to
go where the locals go in their daily life and that's definitely not the night market.


Instead, the Warorot Market is the place to be for them. It stretches across three levels, is full with
life and Thais are bustling about everywhere. No matter what you are looking for I'm sure you will find
it there! Another nice local market - that only takes place in the morning - is close to the Chiang Mai
Gate. You'll find loads of fresh fruits and vegetables there but make sure to try Khanom Krok, a super
delicious, typical Thai 'pudding' with coconut. There is just one old lady offering them and she is
the cutest! Besides, the price is incredibly good, you'll get one portion for 10 Baht so 25 Cent!




Like I mentioned before, Chaing Mai has loads of temples but there are three you definitely
have to visit. The Wat Chiang Mai - the first temple of the city -, the Wat Chedi Luang and the
Wat Phra Singh. All of them are worth a visit and give you a good impression of Thailand's culture.
But make sure to show some respect and cover up, everything else would be super rude!



My highlight was a Thai cooking course we got recommended in Australia, that was honestly so much
fun! In comparison to other cooking schools ours was definitely pretty expensive but the whole experience
was just perfect. The facilities where extremely clean, the groups small and the staff super friendly. After
deciding on what to cook (everyone was able to choose five individual dishes) we went to a local market to
get the fresh ingredients. Our "teacher" told us a lot about them and about possible replacements we
could use at home. I was honestly so impressed by the taste of the dishes we created in the end,
everything was super delicious! I couldn't really believe that I did them myself... Before getting dropped
off at our hotel, we got a cookbook with the recipes of all fourteen dishes we were able to choose
from so now that I'm back home I will definitely do some of them for my family.



If one of you is ever going to Thailand please make your way up to Chiang Mai. I loved the whole
three weeks of traveling around and the islands and Bangkok are great but the first days in the North...
For me definitely by far the best part of our time in the land of smiles.



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Montag, 11. Juli 2016

HEARTS WITHOUT A HOME











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Freitag, 1. Juli 2016

INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HOME

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Nirgendwo kann ich mich so gut fallen lassen, wie in meinem Bett. Egal ob ich lese, lerne, Filme gucke, mit
Freunden quatsche - letztendlich findet das alles eigentlich immer in meinem Bett statt. Kein Wunder also, dass
es mein Lieblingsplatz ist. Und weil ich dort so viel Zeit verbringe, muss mein Bett natürlich extrem weich und
bequem sein - und schön anzusehen! Momentan mag ich es am liebsten clean - Bettwäsche in weiß und/oder
grau eignet sich dafür super. Dazu noch ein Haufen Kissen - perfekt! Heute zeige ich euch ein paar coole
Tumblr-Inspirationen und Alternativen von H&M, Witt Weiden u.ä. zum Nachkaufen und -stylen.
Welche Zusammenstellung gefällt euch besser? Und wie mögt ihr eure Wohnung/euer Zimmer/euer Bett
am liebsten? Clean oder farbenfroh? Lasst es mich gerne in den Kommentaren wissen, bin gespannt!

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Montag, 20. Juni 2016

CASEAPP GIVEAWAY


Sind diese Handyhüllen nicht ein Traum? Momentan sieht man Cases in Mamor-Optik ja überall auf Instagram
und Tumblr, aber bei CaseApp hat man nicht nur eine Auswahl an unfassbar vielen verschiedenen Mamor-Designs,
sondern kann diese auch noch personalisieren - sei es mit einem Foto oder in Form eines Schriftzuges.


Da ich sowieso auf der Suche nach einem Geschenk für meine Cousine war und weiß, dass sie schon seit
Langem nach einer solchen Hülle sucht, habe ich mich für diese beiden Stücke entschieden. Mit Hilfe der Initialen
ihres Namens habe ich die Cases noch etwas persönlicher gestaltet - in meinen Augen eine super schöne,
besondere und persönliche Geschenkidee! Außerdem macht es irgendwie Spaß, die Handyhüllen zu gestalten...



Aber nicht nur meine Cousine wird beschenkt, sondern auch eine/einer von euch! 
Hierzu müsst ihr nur folgende Schritte befolgen:

1. Folgt mir via GFC oder bloglovin - immerhin ist die Verlosung ja für meine lieben Leser.
2. Schreibt einen Kommentar mit eurer Mailadresse und lasst mich wissen, welche der beiden Hüllen Euer Favorit ist.
3. Wer mag, kann CaseApp noch auf Instagram folgen. Dafür gibt es ein Extralos!

Und schon habt ihr die Möglichkeit, eine Handy- oder Laptophülle zu gewinnen und diese bei CaseApp kreativ
und ganz individuell zu gestaltenDer Gewinner/die Gewinnerin wird dann von mir persönlich kontaktiert.
Cases - CaseApp*


Für alle anderen gibt es als Trostpreis aber auch eine Kleinigkeit. Denn mit dem Code "SUMMERLIGHTS20"
könnt ihr bis zum 9. Juli 20% Rabatt auf eure Bestellung bei CaseApp erhalten.

Klickt euch einfach mal durch die wunderschönen Designs und lasst eurer Kreativität freien Lauf! 

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