Travel Tuesday :- Floating Time!

Do you enjoy taking baths, after a long day or a long week?

Have you added a cup of epsom salts into the bath to help release lactic acid after a strenuous workout? What happens when 1000 pound of epsom salt is added to a tank of water?

Effortless buoyancy!

Have you ever heard of Sensory Deprivation Tanks or Float Tanks!?! I found out about them a few years ago from a friend and have been curious about them ever since. However, at that time, the cost of a one-hour session was pretty pricey (in my mind) – approx. $100 CAD. So I waited. While I was roaming the world in 2014, a couple of places opened in Toronto and made it more affordable. One of them being Float Toronto. Late in December, I took the plunge…

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Market Fresh Food in Laos

When traveling the world, it allows me to broaden my understanding of the interrelationship between culture and food.

People rely on food, air and water to survive.

Food brings nutrients, flavor, conversation, emotions and memories.

In Toronto, Canada where I have called home for many years, fresh fruit and vegetable are home grown and imported. A glance of the produce in my local supermarket informs me that we import a lot from the United States of America, South America and some Asian countries. More so the case during the winter months. We label them conventional or organic. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie (Beach life)

Many people dream of lying on a sunny beach for vacation. Especially during the winter season in Canada.

However, I am an odd ball. I have never taken an all-inclusive vacation. I have never done a “Winter escape”. I have never spent more than just a couple hours sitting around at a beach. Maybe it’s because I get restless. Maybe because I overheat to fast. Maybe I tan too easily and forget to use sunblock.

Then there was this beach… when I was on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. After lunch with new friends, I rented an umbrella and took a quick nap. Felt the breeze. Scents of the near by family barbeques. Sound of waves crashing near by. Sands between my toes. Continue reading

How to decide which type of accommodation?

Congratulations! You have decided on your travel destination and you are ready to figure out some logistics. In my mind, flights are fairly easy to book and there are many travel agents to help you out if help is needed. Otherwise, the interweb has a plethora of suggestions right at your fingertips!

Accommodations on the other hand require a personal touch – more so, one has to know oneself and one’s preferences and requirements. From my past travels, I have gotten to know myself as I try to find the appropriate accommodations that are suitable for me. Continue reading

Malaysian-Singaporean-Indonesian food tour in Toronto

Here is how I traveled to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia without getting on an airplane!

Toronto, Canada is a melting pot of cultures – heartland of immigrants from around the world. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken by the citizens of Toronto – so it is no wonder, there is a vast variety of cuisine to be had in this city. No one wants to be homesick and food plays such an important role in all cultures and represent their heritage.

Since my return to Toronto from my 2013 Epic Journey to 14 different countries, various friends have commented on the photos of food I had posted on Facebook while traveling. They wanted to step out of their comfort zone and try other cuisine. However, they couldn’t just jet off to a far away land to get a taste of the Asian or South America cuisine. So a suggestion of a mini travel tour without a 15+ hour flight came about. Continue reading

Craving seafood…

It’s snowing outside right now in Toronto, Canada. The Polar vortex has come back for another visit and the roads are a slushy mess!

This morning what I crave is some fresh fish. I love seafood. Lobster. Fish. Oysters. Clams. Mussels. Shrimps. Abalone. Crabs. You name it – I want them all if possible!

I don’t even want them overly spiced or flavoured. I enjoy them au naturel – maybe just a pinch of salt to bring out the flavour. Continue reading