Freedom Friday

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold to the water, because if you do you will sink and drown.

Instead you just relax and float.

~ Alan Watts

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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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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

Cambodia – The land of Hammocks!

What did I know about Cambodia before arriving at the overland crossing at Poipet from Thailand? Honestly – Not much.

I knew I wanted to see Angkor Wat at sunrise. A friend mentioned about hearing monks chanting while the sun rose from behind the great temple. Cambodians prefer the US currency, and you may receive change back in their currency, the Cambodian Riel. A lot of blood was shed during the Khmer Rouge occupation – sad, horrible times for Cambodia.

These days, life in Cambodia is a lot more peaceful and relaxing. The one aspect that came as a pleasant surprise is how they all enjoy lounging and napping in a hammock! Continue reading

A treasure in NYC

The 'uniform' and locker key which also keeps track of your tab at Spa Castle NYC

The ‘uniform’ and locker key which also keeps track of your tab.

After a hot, relaxing bath – I fondly thought of my recent visit to Spa Castle in Queens, NY. I heard about this gem prior to my visit from a friend and knew that I MUST spoil myself with a visit during my week stay in NYC.

Let me tell you, if you are anywhere close to its location, you owe it to yourself to spend a few hours if not a full day at this spa! I am definitely glad they did justice in naming this spa, it IS like castle! And I have been to many spas around the world.

If you’re a spa lover like me you definitely have to MAKE time for this place!

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My first time… at a Real Turkish Bath!

Photos and post by Karen Sze

Ever since my first experience of a full body Thai massage in Phuket, Thailand when I was 20 years young – I was hooked for life. This started my mainstay of self-care without me realizing it on a conscious level. Massages, reflexology, acupuncture, cupping, body scrubs, hot stone massages, deep tissue massages – the list goes on and on. After some of the treatments I would come out bruised or sore but it was all worth it because for me this was the good pain that many athletes talk about after a good workout.

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