3-Day Quote Challenge | Day 3

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman


Morning Coffee Phuket Thailand

Kamala Beach, Thailand

Do what makes you happy.

I was nominated by the lovely Rae from Pastel Carousel for the three day quote challenge. Pastel Carousel is a lovely lifestyle blog about family, fashion, and fun. ūüíē


3-Day Quote Challenge | Day 2

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Hope you are having a beautiful Tuesday.  Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

I was nominated by the lovely Rae from Pastel Carousel for the three day quote challenge. Pastel Carousel is a lovely lifestyle blog about family, fashion, and fun. ūüíē




Houses on stilts, river boats, and beers, oh my! Exploring Chao Phraya River: Bangkok, Thailand

It’s amazing to think that a lifestyle exists where people live and make a living¬†for themselves on water. ¬†Where people own houses built on stilts, sell items boat to boat, and fish for their food without ever having a need to¬†travel inland. ¬†What I am describing¬†is a lifestyle that can be found along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. ¬†I tried doing a little research on this topic but unfortunately fell short. ¬†So all I have to offer is my experience from a river boat tour that we took, which was meant to explore the temples along the river. ¬†But unbeknownst to us, unexpectedly opened our eyes to a whole other society contained within such a huge metropolitan city – Bangkok.

We had one full day left in Bangkok and had yet to explore the temples in the city.  We decided to book a tour which would cover all of the major temples including the Grand Palace in an effort to make the most of our day.  All entry fees and modes of transportation were included and a portion of the tour would be done by water.

Excited for the tour!

Excited for the tour!

The day we set out was a bit dreary, but as were the previous days before. When we got to the water portion of the tour, the¬†typical¬†mode of transportation¬†was a high-speed motorized long-boat. ¬†We were surprised at how fast the boats could go! ¬†The water was splashing us from every direction and midway a storm rolled through. ¬†Luckily the weather was a pleasant so a bit of rain didn’t ruin our day.

Thailand Long Boat

Traveling along the¬†Chao Phraya River was quite the experience! ¬†I have seen¬†houses along rivers in the past, but never houses built in a¬†river. ¬†It was certainly unexpected to see. ¬†The houses varied by size, style, and complexity. ¬†Strictly going off of observation, I would have to say that some homes looked like squatter homes, as if built from scraps on unclaimed land. ¬†Other homes were more intricate, displaying great detail and built from sturdy materials. ¬†Many homes appeared to have electrical and even the most modest homes had satellite dishes. ¬†At times I observed people fishing off their balconies, hanging¬†their clothes, or children¬†playing. ¬†It was a very interesting sight to behold and definitely an eye opening experience. ¬†I wish I had more information on this subject, but I’m not sure about the history or cultural background on these homes.

Just as we were traveling along our path, the boat slowed down to meet a passerby on a small canoe type boat selling goodies and drinks. ¬†Personally, I’m not a big fan of beer, but how could I pass up an opportunity to buy something from a river vendor.

Upon reaching the end of our path, we got an opportunity to be on land for a bit and explore the markets. ¬†Overall, exploring the¬†Chao Phraya River was such a great experience, and I am so glad we unexpectedly stumbled upon this tour. ¬†Hopefully this inspires you to add the Cha Phraya River to your travel list if it wasn’t already there before. ūüėČ

Click on the smaller photos to enlarge.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Sweet Adventures Around Thailand

Here is a peek¬†of¬†some of¬†the yummy treats we experienced in¬†Thailand. ¬†During the trip we were able to try green tea ice cream and cookies, chocolate rum balls, luk chup, guava juice, and banana fritters, among other things. ¬†Everything was delicious! ¬†From the green tea ice cream to the sesame seed cookies, most deserts were light and not to sweet. My favorite desert by far was the mango sticky rice, a¬†traditional Thai desert served with coconut milk and garnished with sesame seeds. Hope you enjoy! ‚ėļÔłŹ

Green tea ice creamMango sticky riceThai cokeRum ballInside rum ballJam pizzaLuk chupGuava juiceCakes and cookiesBanana Fritters