Masse øl, ny tatovering, shopping, kaffe, masse god mat, fin by, godt selskap. Forhåpentligvis drar jeg tilbake ganske snart <3
Grilling og drikking på Skøyen
Koste meg ute i det fine været…
Skulle ut på byen med Chanel – vi endte opp med å drikke hjemme hos henne i stede og spise sushi. Good call!
Brukte siste kveld i Oslo på TweetUp i Frognerparken
Endte opp med å kjøpe ny iPhone litt halvveis på impuls da jeg ikke orket å lade 5s’en 4 ganger om dagen lenger. Veldig fornøyd! Og siste selfie i Oslo-sommeren min
Feirte bursdagen min med familien min og Robert som jeg ser alt for sjelden nå som han bor i Cali
Vi tilbragte en veldig fin helg på hytta
Siden jeg ikke hadde noen konkrete planer for sommerferien endte jeg og Natalie opp med å bestille oss en spontantur til Szczecin nest siste uken i Juni. Vi bestillte billetter 1,5 uke før avreise, så noe mer spontant enn det er nesten vanskelig å få til. Selv om vi ikke hadde værgudene på vår side den uken vi var der hadde vi en veldig fin liten “miniferie” uansett, som for min del var fylt med masse god mat, en god del shopping, sightseeing, og en god del alkohol… Og jeg fikk meg ny tatovering!
Er så utrolig glad i den byen… Håper virkelig på å få til en tur til nedover i løpet av høsten!
Så da forsvant vell egentlig absolutt alt som var innpå her. Jeg har tenkt på det ganske lenge, og i dag da jeg satt på Starbucks og tok meg en kaffe i formiddag bestemte jeg meg endelig for å gjøre det. En halvtime senere var alt untatt 3-4 innlegg slettet.
Dersom du i det heletatt har kikket innom her de siste månedene så har du sett at det ikke har blitt oppdatert, og det er av den enkle grunn at jeg følte meg direkte uvell bare av å tenke på bloggen. I løpet av de siste årene var bloggen mitt viktigste redskap for å bygge opp en fasade og for å vise alle at “Alt er fint” “Ingenting galt her!” “Her er alt så perfekt så!”. Realiteten har vært en helt annen. Desto verre ting var, desto mer perfekt skulle ting fremstilles. Jeg kommer nok ikke til å skrive noe konkret om det og hva som egentlig har vært “greia”, men jeg kan i hvert fall si det at jeg har hatt det bedre de siste månedene etter jeg flyttet hjem igjen enn jeg har hatt det på de 3,5 året før det. Da jeg flyttet hjem igjen i februar kjente jeg ærlig talt ikke meg selv igjen. Det var bare et tomt skall igjen av den jenta jeg var noen år siden.
De siste månedene har jeg endelig begynt å kjenne meg selv igjen, og å vende tilbake til å bli personen jeg engang var og trivdes med å være. Jeg synger og spiller gitar igjen, jeg koser meg med å lese bøker, jeg smiler og er glad, jeg omgås med folk i stede for å isolere meg selv, og jeg har til og med begynt å trene litt igjen. Alle disse tingene er ting som gir meg uendelig med glede i hverdagen. De siste ukene og månedene har jeg stått opp om morgenen og i stede for å ha en vond klump i magen våknet avslappet, og med følelsen av at jeg liker meg selv som person og at alt kommer til å gå fint. Og det er en ufattelig fin ting.
En ting er sikkert – jeg skal aldri miste meg selv på den måten igjen, eller la noen gi meg inntrykket av at jeg ikke fortjener å ha det bra.
Jeg skal ikke love dere at jeg begynner å blogge fast igjen, eller blogge i det heletatt egentlig, men jeg synes det var på sin plass å i det minste gi et livstegn og en forklaring på hvorfor det ikke er noe her mer. Blogging får bli når jeg har lyst, og ikke noe jeg gjør for noen andre enn meg selv.
Here’s a little something I filmed while diving on White Rock, Koh Tao January 6th 2015. It was my last dive on Koh Tao this time around, and I’m so happy it was a good one. We did Chumphon Pinnacles on the first dive, and I was so bummed out when the visibility was so bad that I hardly saw the fins of the person in front of me. We went to White Rock for the second dive, and I was so happy that the visibility was much better there. We saw a lot of cool fish, sadly not all got caught on tape as I was messing around with a red filter which ruined a lot of cool footage. Anyway, here you get a little glimpse of a great morning out diving with Roctopus
Cool fish I was lucky enough to see: Titan Triggerfish (two of them actually!!!), Weibel’s Butterflyfish, Longfin Banner fish, Hexagon Grouper, Blacktip Grouper, Slingjaw Wrasse, Redbreasted Wrasse, Moon Wrasse, Pink Anemone fish, Blue Ringed Angel Fish, White Eyed Moray Eel, Parrot Fish, Sergeant Major Fish, Longfaced Emperor Fish, and a lot of other fish I sadly do not know the name of
Remember to watch it in HD!
Ettersom det er en jungel av spisesteder på Koh Tao tenkte jeg at jeg kunne dele mine favoritter her på bloggen. Da ligger de lett tilgjengelig dersom noen som skal til Koh Tao lurer på hvor de burde spise, eller om noen enkelt og greit bare er nysgjerrig. Mitt store bloggforbilde innen reiseblogging Alex in Wanderland har skrevet et innlegg som dette (les det HER) som hjalp meg uendelig mye med å finne steder å spise de første dagene før jeg ble “kjent”. Så da synes jeg at det er på sin plass å poste min egen versjon etter å ha spist på utallige steder på øya i to uker. Innlegget blir forresten herfra på engelsk av praktiske grunner
Concidering there is a jungle of places to eat on Koh Tao I figured I’ll share my favorites here on the blog. My favorite travel blogger Alex in Wanderland has written a post like this (read it HERE) which helped me a lot during the first few days on the island before I figured out where everything was. So I figure it’s a good idea to share my favorite places to eat on the turtle island. Hopefully someone out there will get some use of my endless rambling
First of all; I’ve eaten some pretty incredible food on Koh Tao. Koh Tao has a great variety of restaurants serving genuine food from all around the world (thanks to people that moved to Koh Tao and brought a bit of home with them food-wise!). So there are some pretty incredible meals around if you just know where to go. For a foodie like me Koh Tao is heaven
The restaurants are in no particular order
We went here on our first evening on Koh Tao, and we were sold. They have a pretty good selection of foods including wraps (which supposedly are really good too), but the main thing to come here for is obviously burgers. We ended up going back here no less than 4 times during our stay as the burgers were just phenomenal. A pretty big contributor to that are the delicious homemade chips, and their homemade ketchup. YUM!!! You can really tailor your burger to your needs here too. Small or big chips? Extra cheese or bacon? And a wide selection of sauces to put on your burger. Bang Burgers is located on the main road, right across the road from the trapeze place. It’s also very easy to find from the beach road as there is a Bang Burgers sign leading you straight to it.
Favorite order: Cheeseburger with whisky maple sauce and extra bacon, with small chips.
This is the best place on the island to get pasta. It might not look like much, but they have some of the friendliest staff we’ve encountered, and also all the italian restaurants can only dream of their pasta to even compare with Chaba Tapas’s pasta. This is also the place where we got introduced to No Name. It’s a delicious thai starter which is basically fried balls of grated veggies. Might not sound like much, but wait until you try it
Anyway, if you want pasta: DO NOT go to Porto Bello that has absolutely terrible pasta, go to Chaba. They have the best Pasta Carbonara I’ve ever had. Another favorite was the Chicken Pesto pasta. This was my favorite place to go for dinner after a dive. Carbs!!! :F And also you get an actual bowl of parmesan to drizzle on top of your pasta :F
During happy hour you get one free tapas for each alcoholic beverage you buy.
Favorite order: Sharing a No Name tapas/appetizer, followed by penne carbonara… My mouth is watering just as I’m writing this….
It’s located right next to Barracuda.
I miss their juices so much!!! They have a pretty packed menu full of delicious food with great nutritional value. They have salads, wraps, breakfast sets, pancakes, proteinshakes, EVERYTHING. They press the juice for you on order, and they make their own mozzarella. Do I have to say more?! Also, most their dishes are pretty packed with protein. Fitness Cafe makes it so easy to eat healthy. One thing though; there are only 3 (and a “half”) table, and it fills up quickly, so sometimes you have to come back later or have your food to-go.
Favorite order: Chicken Mozarella Salad and Mean Green juice with extra wheatgrass.
Located right next to the gym. From the main road: Just turn right at the and of Sairee and up the dirt road up past Asia Divers and Roctopus and keep going until you get to the gym, and ta-da, you’re there!
One of Koh Taos more “upscale” restaurants, and it’s actually the first place in all of Thailand I’ve experienced needing a reservation to be able to have dinner. So stop by a day or two before you want to have dinner and book a table. I was a tiny bit worried about going here actually as the restaurant is actually called “Barracuda” and everyone was eating fish when we got there (I’m not a big fish enthusiast – I love watching them underwater but I’m very picky about eating fish). It all went great though, as it turned out that they actually have a pretty wide variety of dishes to choose from. I went with the Surf ‘n Turf steak which was absolutely delicious. It doesn’t get much better than a big piece of really tender perfectly cooked steak, topped with onion rings and scampi. They also nailed the mashed potatoes and the pepper sauce. This was one of the better meals I had on the island.
Favorite order: The only one I tried: Surf ‘n Turf!
Located in the same street as Porto Bello, Chaba and the clinic.
The best place to get a sandwich on the island if you ask me. The bread is really fresh and tastes better than any other bread I’ve had in Asia. For the regular sandwiches you actually get to choose what kind of bread you would like which I enjoy a lot. This is the perfect place to go for breakfast/lunch, or it’s the perfect place to pick up breakfast/lunch to go if you don’t have time to sit down or want to bring a lunch somewhere. Also, they open at 6am (!) and they deliver. Can I hear a hallelujah?
Favorite order: Mike Sandwich with white baguette and aioli.
Also the Club Sandwich is fantastic!
Located on the main road in Sairee, right between Bookers and the supermarket!
The other slightly more fancy dining option we went for. Also here we had to book a table as it’s a small local and it’s also pretty popular. The food here is delicious, and they have a wide verity of imported beers. I went for the Famous Pulled Pork Sandwich, and my boyfriend went with the ribs. Both dishes were absolutely delicious, and what really made them as great as they were were the sides. Their chips and coleslaw were really something. I’m not exactly known for loving pork (except bacon of course), but the pulled pork sandwich was really one of the best meals I’ve had in some time. And I’m a big foodie… One thing though; when you’re booking, ask to be seated inside. The traffic is so loud it actually may ruin your meal if you’re seated outside.
Favorite order: Famous Pulled Pork Sandwich
Located on the main road to Sairee, right before you get to the supermarket and the clinic. It’s right next to Zanzi bar!
Ok, so by now Yellow Rice is basically famous. It’s actually marked on the tourist maps!!! What it is is a tiny stall named: Yellow Rice along the main road to Chalok bay right by the junction. They serve two things, crispy chicken with yellow rice, or curry chicken with yellow rice, and it costs 65 baht. They have a few tables so that you can eat there, but in my opinion Yellow Rice is best enjoyed as take out. My favorite: as lunch after a morning dive on the balcony right before getting in the shower.
It may not look or sound like much, but it’s actually f*ckin delicious. I wanted to have it for lunch every day while on Koh Tao, and I’ve been craving it every single day since we left.
Favorite order: The obvious one – Crispy chicken with yellow rice!
I’ve heard from a few people that the food at Choppers is terrible, and I’ve heard people raving about their ribs. My conclusion is the following: Choppers is great if you know what to get. Their nachos are according to my bf no bueno and he fancies himself a nacho connoisseur. But we both agree they have the best fish & chips we’ve ever had, and also have some pretty fantastic ribs. If you’re two or more you have to get the Starters Combo Plate. We shared it for lunch one day, and we were not disappointed. There are some pretty delicious spring rolls on there, in addition to chicken skewers, ribs, buffalo wings and chips. We had a pretty good afternoon sharing one of those along with a few beers and watching some UFC. I also enjoy Choppers in the evening for grabbing a beer.
Favorite order: Fish & Chips. It’s just legendary…
Also, a few other places I’d like to mention:
-Porto Bello had a great wine list, and very good mixed grill and starters, but stay away from the pasta!
-Cappuccino in Mae Haad is also a good place to get sandwiches.
-Hippo Bar & Grill is a good place to get steaks!
-If you want cheap and delicious cocktails, Banyan is the place to go. Try the Tight Bastard! It’s my new favorite cocktail.
-The pancake stalls have pretty delicious pancakes. My favorite is the one that is right next to the money exchange booth in Mae Haad right by the Lomprayah Pier. Not only does he charge 20 baht less than the ones in Sairee (he charges 35), I also think the pancakes are better (totally in my head though!).
That’s it for my favorite foods guide on Koh Tao! I had some pretty delicious thai food too, but I’m afraid I have no idea what the restaurant was called. It’s one of two right along the beach by Maya Beach Club (In Touch or AC), but I’d rather not recommend a place that I’m not a 100% is where I actually ate, haha One thing though: try Fried Rice Chicken Cashew – SO GOOD!
On my next trip to Koh Tao I’ll focus more on having more thai food and recommending some places for that too. Until then, I hope you enjoy my “western food recommendations”