Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
A bleach white cemetery on a magnificently Sunday afternoon.
I found this place at the foot Wat Suan Dok near Chiang Mai University.
While other cemeteries in Thailand are ornately decorated and colorful, white represents purity in Thai culture, so this cemetery was designed to be all white. The only thing of color, besides the blue sky and and green tress in the background, was a collection of sodas on a table nearby- no doubt left as an offering.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
For the entire month of February I lived in this luxurious, modern, brad-spanking new condominium in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai. It was a splurge for my budget, and for Chiang Mai. We could have easily found a place at half the price, but it would have been an awesome. For the last month of travel, we wanted a conformable space where we could spend all day, and that is exactly what we got.
When the cafes were busy, we worked from home. From the living room, from the balcony, from the roof top, or from the poolside.
We had our own washing machine and hung the laundry to dry on the balcony.
We didn’t cook in the kitchen, but we ate our street food and takeout there. We marathon watched movies and spent long hours talking on the couch.
We filled up water jugs on the street for 3 baht.
We worked out every single day in the condo gym.
It was the best month of all.
|view from my balcony|
|View of my balcony|
|the complex and pool|
|my reading spot|
|washing machine unit, and clothes air-drying|
|another relaxing reading spot|
|for 3 baht, you can fill a giant jug of water|
Friday, July 1, 2016
|sunset from my rooftop|
The moment has passed.
Chiang Mai is different now, and so am I.
My time in Chiang Mai was special because I had no responsibilities other than to myself. Because of this, I had to design a schedule that allowed for both productivity and leisure. Before arriving in Chiang Mai I recorded the projects I wanted to work on and allocated time to each of them. I never followed my schedule exactly, but it helped me stay focus and accomplish something each day.
|my favorite breakfast|
Here is how I spent most days in Chiang Mai.
Mornings begin at 9:00 am, where I awake in the sunlight streaming through the white curtains of our east-facing balcony.
By 10:00 we are having breakfast at our favorite place in the city. I still don’t know the name, but I always order the same thing: Mama Noodles, and Tom-Yum Eggs. My partner usually chooses between 2 or 3 noodle soups and we share a drink. Our total bill is $3 USD.
After breakfast we head straight to a café. Sometimes it’s Marble Arch, or 9th Street, or Artisan (our old favorite), or Chang Nong (our new favorite), or CAMP (if it’s a week day). I either work on blogging or editing my novel for two hours, typically from 10:30-12:30.
We break for lunch and eat something small. Zood Zood is a cheap and good choice, or the noodle place beside Beta House, which serves amazing Butterfly Pea tea and Pandan tea.
Around 1:30 we head back to the condo, to avoid the hottest hours of the day. I either continue writing/editing, or I read a book on the balcony, until around 4:00 pm.
In the late afternoon we head to the gym. I start with cardio, alternating between the treadmill and the elliptical. After 45 minutes of cardio, I stretch and do some isometric exercises, spending a total of one hour, or an hour and a half, at the gym. After showing and changing clothes, it’s close to 6:00 pm.
The sun sets consistently between 6:00 and 6:30, so we like to view it from the rooftop of my apartment, where we can see a full view of the mountains and city.
We like to eat an early dinner to avoid the crowds and noise, and we try to dine off the main drag of Nimman because at this point we’ve tried everywhere nearby. We have a couple favorites, like Hong Tuaw or Beast Burger just down the street, but we also try new places like Huen Muan Jai or places at the Think Park. If it’s a weekend and restaurants are too busy, we grab street food and eat at home.
I usually like to go out to another café after dinner, but the options are limited since many cafes close around 6:00pm, and the ones that don't are packed with college students in the evenings. Often times we just go home and watch movies together on our couch. I then read in bed for about an hour or so, and fall asleep just before midnight.
My last drains diary in Taiwan was back in 2012 , and I looked forward to updating it with a couple new finds: