What I Ate this week

It has been ages since I did a WIAW post. Since our move to the Philippines and frequent travels, my eating habits have suffered. I often relied on quick fixes and snacks way too much. So as part of new year resolution, I’ve made the decision to get back to simple real food (cut added sugar, meat, white everything and limit processed snacks), even if I’m traveling. So here are some of my eats last week, part of it happened in Thailand. Yes, I returned to Thailand 3 days after we got back from our family trip, for a safety training which was absolutely the best training I’ve ever had! 🙂

I arrived Bangkok and check-in at Siam Kempinsky hotel, which is absolutely stunning! I loved everything about it, from lobby decor

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to room decor and that bath tub! oh mine….

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the welcome fruit plate

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okay. back to food.


My latest favourite breakfast combo after morning workout no matter it was 3 miles or 12 miles is oatmeal, cooked with roasted pumpkin, flaxseed, 2-3 egg whites, topped with PB2 sauce and almond butter! Love it. It’s so comforting and leaves me full for at least 3 hours.

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this time with cacao powder added in

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hotel breakfast choices: toasts with butter, jam

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miso soup

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since they didn’t offer oatmeal, I sticked to whole wheat toasts for carb in the morning

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two eggs are a must

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porridge with two soy-ginger eggs

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high fibre cereal with milk, fruit and two poaches eggs

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a packed breakfast by the hotel since I had an early flight back. I requested WW bread with cheese and egg. It was perfect!

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I also got some steamed sweet potato for the flight. Three kinds, all super sweet

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airplane food is tasteless, oily, and simply not good, so I bought alternative this time around. Roasted pumpkin and two hard boiled eggs. I felt so much better than eating airplane food.

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lunch during training

stir-fry vegetables with shrimp and a mushroom soup

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stir-fry veggies with shrimp, sautéed squid with eggs, and vegetable soup with tofu

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stir-fry veggies with shrimp and tom yum with seafood and mushroom

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stir-fry frozen vegetables with tofu topped with siratcha. First lunch at home after the trip.

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salad with tofu and asian peanut butter sauce

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noodle soup with fish cakes

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greens, mushrooms, and red rice

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red soup with noodle, fish cakes and fish

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for two nights that I was especially tired after finishing training at 7pm, instead of going out for dinner, I went out for thai massage and got frozen meals from 7/11 instead. This is glass noodle with vegetables and soy meat, not bad

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and a corn to make it a meal

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dinner at home: steamed fish

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sautéed greens

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desserts and snacks:


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sticky rice with mango which was absolutely delicious!


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salted broad beans

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just WW bread

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and chocolates (stress relieving device ;))

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more oatmeal

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That was it. 90% clean simple meals that are filling, nutritious, and makes me feel good. 🙂


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Travel: thailand 6-9

Day 6: started with breakfast and play on the sand playground. Then we went do buy some groceries before we check-in at our new resort Mercure Hideaway. It’s in a different area in the island, has a private beach, a larger pool

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girls couldn’t wait to explore the water

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then the family took a good nap while I did my TM run

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Sofia and Tony loved the finishing experience the day before so they signed up to a night fishing adventure

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snacking is a must when waiting for fishes

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they finished around 10:30pm, way past Sofia’s bed time so she took a nap on board

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Lizzy and me spent sometime at the kids club and on the beach

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before we head to the restaurant for a sunset dinner

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Day 7: another day trip for snorkelling

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Lizzy loves getting to the water and put the gears as we did

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after the first stop sight, we went to a island, when un-boarding, there were fishes all around us

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and they was a temporary bridge to the island

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it was a inhabited island, so deserted, so peaceful

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when we got back to the hotel, we were all quite tired. As we ate well in the cruise, nobody really wanted more food, so we just hang around the deck, singing and playing

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Day 8: time to head back to Bangkok. That was our longest day of travel because we reserved a van for us to take us back to Bangkok directly!

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after a short ride we got to the ferry

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then 5 hours more, with more snacks

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a nap

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and checked-in at our airbnb. After I settled the family, I went to have a thai massage by myself. It felt so good!!! Later that night, Tony went to take one as well.

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Day 9: time to go home! 🙂

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It was our second family trip with more adventures, more travel times, more changes! But we did great! I can’t believe we changed sleeping place 5 times in 9 days, 3 cities, and hours and hours of rides. Girls did great! Tony and I are getting even better as a team to pack/unpack, to entertain the girls, to enjoy our time with them without being overwhelmed.

Personally, I enjoyed the trip so much this time because I got to focus my attention to my family 100%. I got to sing, play, dance, get silly with the girls and I enjoyed it so much. During our normal routine when I go to work, I get to spend less than 3 hours with them everyday and usually only half of my mind is there at the moment, the other half thinking about work/life/to-do list0. But when I’m traveling, I’m 100% there. And I love it! I think girls can feel that too which makes them so happy! 🙂

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Travel: thailand day 4-5

Day 4: we rise early and headed to the breakfast area. It was along the river. The setting felt very homey, with simple food but enough to entertain us

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Sofia was ready to try

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girls had cereal, eggs and local pantry. I had a big plate of stir-fry vegetables and two heart eggs.

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Lizzy was in good mood as always

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Sofia expectant to the new adventure

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although it was early in the morning, but locals started to work too.

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we had the sweetest purple sweet potato!!! Loved it

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due to Chantaburi’s history, the city has many chinese and Tao temples

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in contrast to Bangkok, here, we had the temples just for us

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we walked a bit more along the river

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we saw frogs and fishes

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and many cats

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locals were having breakfasts. Noodles are their staples

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then we headed back to the hotel to wait for our ride to the pier on our way to Ko Chang

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another local taxi

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Sofia and I sit on the back

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an hour ride went fast and we arrived the pier

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we wait 30 min before it was time to get to the ferry for a half hour ride

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our taxi went on to the ferry as well

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first ferry to the girls. They enjoyed the experience

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especially seeing that we were heading to a big island

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we quickly checked in at our resort

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the ramayana ko chang resort is set up like being in Ko Chang (jungle). A lot of greens and water

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girls tried the pool

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then we went to the restaurant for dinner. Some spicy, yummy, and cheap thai food

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and local beer for Tony.

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Day 5: breakfast was really nice

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because they had Kabocha!!! Both grilled and steamed. I had like 3 plates!!!

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we booked a snorkelling and fishing day trip. Got ready for the adventure

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someone just started the snack-marathon for the day

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Sofia was eager to jump to the water

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she loved it and wanted more and more

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then Sofia lost one of her water shoe but luckily we got it back

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I did a quick snorkelling and came back to entertain this girl

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after quick lunch served on board, they distributed fishing equipment

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many people started to get fish

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they were both having fun

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then Tony got one too

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and Sofia got two!!! Bravo!!!

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it was such a great trip. Amazing crew, beautiful places, rather comfortable wood boat, food was okay but water melon was awesome. They also served fried fish, those that people got. Tony said they were tasty. 🙂

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