A very Merry Christmas to you!

Wishing all my bloggers, readers, friends and followers a very merry Christmas! I hope your day was filled with good food, great company and loved ones!

Here’s a few snaps of my crazy Christmas 🎅🏻

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Healthy(ish) Mince Pies

Tis the season to be jolly! And eat your weight in food!

I’m in love with this healthier version of mince pies!!!

Definitely going to give them a go ready to leave out for santa

Ingredients
Mincemeat:

  • 100g of raisins
  • 100g of cranberries
  • 100g of sultanas
  • 1 apple
  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 oranges
  • tsp of vanilla bean paste/extract

Mince Pie Cups:

  • 250g of almond flour
  • 2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1egg

Directions:
• Juice the oranges and place in a saucepan.

• Chop the apple into little pieces and place in the saucepan with raisins, sultanas, cranberries, vanilla, 1/2 tsp of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes.

• Mix the almond flour with the coconut sugar, 1tsp of cinnamon, coconut oil and egg and combine until a dough forms.

• Turn oven on at 160C.

• Grease some cupcake tins with coconut oil ready to place the almond flour dough.

• Place a tbsp of dough into each cupcake mould and mould into a cup shape ready to place your mincemeat in the middle. Add 1 tbsp of mincemeat into each cup.

• With the left over dough, roll out and then cut out circles that are big enough to cover the top of the cups and place on top.

• Place in the oven and bake for 25 -30 minutes

Koh Panghan: Christmas Full Moon Party

Thailands famous Full Moon party this month just happened to fall on Christmas Day. What a year to come travelling! 

    

It will go down in the book as a memory I’ll remember for years to come. I’ll probably even tell my grandkids about it one day, and I hope they will get to experience one too.
It lived up to all my expectations, those of which were very high. 

   
A long beach of thousands of party goers, a gleaming moon in the clear night sky, rows of stalls selling Thai buckets and UV hats and vest tops. UV face painting, night swimming, party music… Basically everything I love in life all in one place. One great big happy festival. 

  

  
   

  

  

   

  


 
  Down a random slide straight onto the sand (so dangerous but funny..they’d never allow it in England)

   

  

    

   

  

  

  

 We had a home time of around 6am, what a very merry Christmas it was. 

LwL x

Christmas Eve Jungle Experience: Koh Panghan

Every 1 & 10 days before the Full Moon, a Jungle Experience Festival takes place in Baan Nai Wok. Conveniently for us this happened to be Christmas Eve this year, so off we went, DEETed up. 

Welcome to the jungle.. Time for fun and games 

    
With an impressive line up including ibizas Marco Loco, we was in for a great night of underground house music, something we haven’t really heard yet in Thailand. 

Open air jungle, fire breathers, a 3D stage that can be confused as the head of either a cat or dog (I’m still not sure) and a circle of bars serving the famous Thai buckets. 

Let the fun begin..

There were still tropical downpours, Hense my beautifully fashionable Anorak in all the pictures, but hey that just added to the craziness. 

  
At 600 baht entry fee it was pricey but I would say worth the experience as ive never raved in a jungle before! 

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.. 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  

 
Have any of you been to one of these parties before? 

LwL x 

Merry Christmas from Thailand!

Merry Christmas everybody!

Waking up to 30 degree heat in a beach resort by a pool really makes it hard for me to believe it’s Christmas!

  
This is the first time in 23 years I’m not with my family so mixed emotions today but other than that I’m living the life! 

  I even got to FaceTime my beautiful Neive and nephew 😊

  I hope that everyone wherever you are, has a wonderful day filled with happiness and love and I’ll be posting soon about all the parties we have planned here to celebrate the festivities 🎄

Love from LwL x 

Koh Samui in the rain

All we’ve done in Koh Samui the past couple of days is witness Thailands tropical thunderstorms at its finest. Our second day consisted of table tennis and pool at our hotel, with the odd run out to get food. To be honest it was perfect as we was all hungover after our 6am Samui turn out the night before. Ark bar was a great shout, and Samuis Ko Sahn Road.

Here’s some pics of the night: 

   

   
  
   

  

 
  
Yesterday we decided not to let the rain defeat us and went on a 12km walk down the East coast of Samui to find ‘Hinyai and Hintai'(Grandfather and Grandmother rock). Named as this,I assume, simply because one formation looks like a giant penis, and the other like a vagina.

  

I have to say after trekking for 2 hours the result was quite disppointing.. 

Can you see the vagina?

 On the plus side we see 4 different beaches and lots of boats.

   
  I got in some good exercise and I feel ok today so I don’t think I caught pneumonia either. Oh and I found another swing.Winning. 

  
We’ve woke up this morning to sunshine, hurrah! We’ve just arrived at our beach resort in Koh Panghan for Christmas. And it’s beautiful! 

Merry Christmas Eve everyone 

LwL x 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all those over the pond!


I’m aware that it’s an American celebration but thank you for bringing Black Friday to the UK so that I can take advantage of lots of cheap deals!

I have decided to post 5 things I am thankful for.

1. I am thankful for having the most amazing family I could ever ask for. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. I come from such a grounded and loving home which I’ve realised as i get older, is not as common as I once thought. I am most thankful for this.

2. I am thankful to live in a country where women have a voice and a choice. The Suffragettes film released this year really bought this home for me!

3. I am thankful to have the freedom and opportunity to do things, like embark on the journey of a lifetime (on Monday ahh!)

4. I am thankful to wake up everyday happy and (almost) healthy.

5. I am thankful for knowing and meeting good, nice people. They give me the hope and appreciation of life in this world that I sometimes struggle to see in the daily news

What are you all thankful for?

LwL x

My South East Asia Travel Route!

Now I know that travelling is all about ‘being a free spirit’ and going with the flow, but I am a planner, through and through. I like to get things organized and know that the wheels are in motion. I have therefore, (much to every free spirited travelers dissatisfaction) compiled a very structured plan of my 3-4 month travelling experience. This is likely to change frequently, the number of days in each place will vary, I may not do all the activities and any feedback/recommendations I receive may change my mind, but I’ve based this around much of the advice/tips on travelling websites and blog posts I have researched over the past couple of months. Please take into account that most of these bullet points are not my own and have been taken from sources listed at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to correct/change/offer any alternatives or advice on the below recommend any places to add/avoid. I’m as open as a book.

London to Bangkok on 30TH NOVEMBER arriving in the evening.

BANGKOK (2 Nights)

  • Visit to Wat Po Temple, Khoa San Road which is popular traveler hub full of roadside pop up bars, restaurants, food vendors, shopping and awesome nightclubs.

KANCHANABURI (4 Nights)

  • Immerse in the culture and history of Thailand.
  • Ethical Elephant Experience, visit to Erawan National Park beautiful Waterfalls and a visit to the Bridge over the River Kwai that had a huge historical impact in World War 2.

PHUKET (2 Nights)

  • Largest island of Thailand with gorgeous beaches, a buzzing nightlife & no shortage of things to do.

KOH PHI PHI (4 Nights)

  • Views to die for, awesome restaurants, beach bars, and beautiful tanned people.
  • “The Beach” was filmed here

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