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Our hike to the nature reserve

 

We started our day around 8.30 when we hopped on the bus that went all the way from our station Tanjung Tokong to the National park, which took about 45 min. The public transport in Penang is really cheap and nice, a bus ticket cost you about 2 ringgit which is like 4 kr. All of the buses have air con, and are pretty clean. The traffic is very typical for this region, lots of cars, traffic almost everywhere and pretty crazy driving. Still I didn’t see a smashed car anywhere along the roads or anything.
After the bus ride we ordered a taxi boat to the parks furthest beach called Kampi. We wrote ourselves in to the National parks register book (probably so they know who to look for if we didn’t return).
The parks opening hours were between 9am-5pm.
We started walking on the path through the rainforest towards our first stop, the turtle sanctuary and meromictic lake.
On the way we met a monkey, a goanna and a couple of other hikers. The walk consisted of pretty steep hills both upward and downward. The air was extremely humid so we were sweating lots by just standing. Luckily the thick leaf works gave us shade so we didn’t have to deal with the burning sun.
When we reached the turtle sanctuary and got under the roof it started raining for a short while.
I was pretty disappointed at the sanctuary itself, we got to know that it was a public holiday which meant that there were no guides there to inform us about their conservation work. So we just had to draw conclusions by ourselves, which was not in their favour. There were approximately 5 tanks in the sanctuary. One with lots of baby turtles which I, and some of the other hikers we met inside, assume are going to be let free in the ocean when they have grown a bit bigger and won’t be as easy take-away lunch targets for the big fish.
The tank beside the one with the babies was a turtle that was a bit bigger in size, yet not full grown. I hope with all of my heart that this one will be let free soon.
Then there were the tree last tanks, the most depressing ones. All of the had a big adult turtle inside them, one had a broken shell, the other two I didn’t notice any outer injuries on, but what do I know. The thing is, these big magnificent creatures where put in small (maybe around 1,5×1,5 m) tanks. They swam around in a circle for a bit. They had nothing in the tanks but water. No seaweed, no rocks, not a single thing to enrich the enclosure they lived in. It made me angry. Especially when there was nobody to defend the work the centre is doing.
They hade nice informational posters about how an embryo becomes a turtle and pictures of the different sea turtle species that can be found around the beach. But there was not much about their conservation work.
I innerly hope that what I saw, has a good explanation because of those turtles are just kept like that for fun, this conservation project is a mere scam.
After watching the poor turtles we continued our walking trough pretty rough terrain with more hills. After about an hour or so we reached the beach Kampi, which was pure beauty. We were accompanied the last 20 minutes by a local who normally walks around the reserve on his spare time. But other than that, we were alone at the beach. After a couple of hour of chill we got picked up by our ride and got to see reserve from the outside and the rainforest was magnificent. I can’t believe how you wouldn’t want to conserve the nature, trees may not radiate wifi or grow donuts on them, they make the air around us breathable. They are the reason we live. They are important, much more important than our petty little needs. Much more important than us.

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Chocolate chip cookies

I bought an egg replacement powder a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday I baked chocolate chip/nut cookies and they turned out great!
So I wanted to share the recipe with you guys:

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Chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients
170 g dairy-free butter
2 dl brown sugar
1,5 dl cane sugar (or normal sugar if you like)
1 egg + one egg yolk = 2 teaspoon egg replacement powder +2,5 tablespoon water
5 dl flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
200 g of chocolate chips
Nuts of your preference

1. Set the oven on 170 degrees
2. Melt the butter and whip it together with the brown and the cane sugar.
3. Mix the egg replacement and the water in a small cup so that it blends, then add it to the butter and sugar mix.
4. Mix all the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then combine the two bowls and make a firm dough. Mix in the chocolate.
5. Let the dough rest for approx 20 min in the refrigerator.
6. Make 25 small balls and spread them out on at least 2 baking sheets. Pro tip: if you want thick cookies don’t press out the balls too much, I let mine stay almost as balls.
7. Put them in the oven for approx 10-12 min.
8. Embrace your inner Cookie Monster (I’ve had 7 of them in less than 24 hours<333)

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Day 6 of zero waste

Hi peeps! Today I have had a pretty chill day (: Started it by working out at the gym with the bf. We trained legs, so lots of both front and back squats some deadlifts etc. Tomorrow we are going to do a teamwod at the crossfit box near us, so I am very excited. We have just hanged around all day and enjoyed the lovely weather, had a big melon for lunch because it was all I had at his place. But I compensated it by having a big big dinner (: We barbecued lots of veggies such as carrot, paprika, corn and I also had beans, avocado and sweet potato. Delicious and filling ❤ Now we are actually on our way to get some ice cream in town. I’ll “cheat” a bit by also buying, but I mean, if I have a cone with ice cream and don’t take any napkins or plastic spoon, it’s kind of waste free. I promise not to through away any of it (;

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Sliding in to the ice cream vendor like…

Day 4- the sloppy lunchbox

Today went good actually.  I started work a bit later so I had a loong breakfast and enjoyed some tv-series. I made a smoothie bowl consisting of frozen pineapple and banana plus some lime juice and zest. The taste was very refreshing and nice, so it’s a recommend recommend on this one (;  I also made it a bit nicer by carving out half of a pineapple and using it as my bowl. Zero waste, you know.

IMG_8768Todays lunchbox, which I did not take a picture of, was a sloppy mess of everything thrown into a glass container. Some rice, lentils, beans, tomato sauce, grated carrot and zucchini. It was ok, but could have been nicer. I’m just a bit too lazy/ have a lack of time to make something proper.

Right now I am enjoying a bowl of (also sloppy and not so picture friendly) whole grain pasta with kidney beans, tomato and a vegan red pesto. Nice and filling, but not that beautiful.

I also made a kind of banana bread this morning. It turned out good, but not perfect. I didn’t use any recipe and it was kind of hard to bake without bakbig powder or such. The ingredients I used were bananas, oats, mixed nuts, peanut butter, chia seeds and aquafaba.IMG_8767

Zero wasting- Day one: the challenges

Hello!

The first day of zero wasting is almost over, and I must say that it went pretty well! I made a sweet potato soup and seed crisp bread yesterday evening, so I brought that to work for lunch today. I was going to take a picture of my meal, but the day was so hectic that I actually forgot it when I was throwing the food in to my mouth. It was delicious though! I will post both recipes tomorrow (:


My mom went food shopping today so I joined her. The good thing was that I was so motigared for this “challenge” so it wasn’t even hard to buy non-plastic/ cardboard stuff! Came home with tomatoes, nectarines and onion. I also found both cantaloupe and honeydew melon on sale, WIN! Plus we found pineapples for only 5 sek, which is INCREDIBLY cheap here in Sweden! So I dragged home 9 of them in my tote bags :’D Super MegA Vegan Win!!!!  The downside, which I recognised when we got home, was that every pineapple had a little plastic note on them tied with plastic string )): Well well, I’ll just have to be more alert next time. And I did not at least buy any plastic by meaning.


Another “challenge” of today was the toothpaste. I did not quite like the taste, because the baking soda made it veeery salty. But hey, I’ll probably get used to it.

Crossfit Open

Igår släpptes första Crossfit Open träningspasset för i år. En gång i veckan, i fem veckor släpps ett nytt träningspass eller en så kallad WOD. Människor runt hela världen kan registrera sig på den internationella Crossfithemsidan och därefter tävla genom att försöka utföra träningspasset på så kort tid som möjligt. Efter Crossfit Open kan man kvalificera sig till Regionals och därefter slutligen till Crossfit Games (motsvarande VM). Vi hade turen att Opens började under vår vecka här på S2S Crossfit Jimbaran, här på Bali. Först planerade vi bara att heja på dem som tänkte tävla. Men suget och grupptrycket gjorde så att jag också körde igenom passet samtidigt, fast bara för skojs skull bara.

Det här var WOD:en

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Jag körde bara med en 7 kilos hantel på snatchen, och gick upp på lådan istället för att hoppa. Bara det var jobbigt som fan efter dessa hårda träningsdagar.

De krävda vikterna för de tävlande varierade beroende på om de körde Rx eller Scaled. Rx var striktare och tyngre, klarar man inte det kan man tävla i Scaled klassen där vikterna var lägre och man bara behövde kliva upp på lådan.

Män: 22,5 kg eller 16 kg

Kvinnor: 15 kg eller 10 kg

Med tanke på att jag aldrig tränat crossfit i mitt liv samt har svullat i Thailand i en månad så var jag väldigt nöjd med att jag ens klarade av det. Min tid blev 13 minuter, vilket kändes riktigt bra. En av de kvinnliga världsmästaren i Crossfit, Samantha Briggs, gjorde hela skiten på 10,14 min och då hade hon ju självklart Rx vikter samt hoppade upp på lådan! Jag blir så impad att jag inte vet vart jag ska ta vägen. Starka människor, framförallt kvinnor, inspirerar mig så jävla mycket!

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Svettig, trött, lycklig och extremt redo för middag😂👌🏽

Livsfilosofi

Snubblade över en fråga i ett annat forum som jag tänkte kunde vara kul att svara på, så här har ni det:

Vilka är dina bästa tips för att må bra i kropp och knopp?

Mina bästa tips är:
1. Omringa dig med människor som ger dig positiv energi.
2. Träna regelbundet.

Jag sitter i skrivande stund i en delad villa på Bali med massor av fantastiska människor. Vi bor i anslutning till en Crossfit Box och tränar flera gånger om dagen, kör yoga, slappar i poolen och umgås.

Jag kan utan tvekan säga att jag mår fantastiskt av all denna positiva energi omkring mig. Man känner sig glad, lycklig, stark, nästan till och med oövervinnerlig.
Trots all svett, smuts, blåmärken, träningsverk och tårar så mår jag som bäst. Man får använda kroppen ordentligt och socialisera sig med fina människor.
Denna sorts egenkärlek är något jag strävar efter i min vardag. För det är verkligen viktigt, att älska sig själv och sin kropp, man har ju bara en.

Alltså, hitta människor som är positiva och hjälper dig uppåt, samt var denna personen åt andra när de möter motgångar. Att ha denna sortens tankesätt, samt hitta en träningsform man tycker är rolig, det är vad jag tror är bäst för kroppen, knoppen och är det som leder till framgång på alla plan.

P.S. Har någon vägarna förbi Bali så är S2S Crossfit Jimbaran himmelriket💪🏼❤

En historia om månen och solen

En av mina favoritböcker är My Sisters Keeper. Fortfarande sitter framförallt en del som Anna berättar kvar i mig. Om jag ska vara ärlig vet jag inte varför jag har läst just den biten så många gånger, varför jag nästan kan den utantill och varför den betyder så mycket för mig. Men det gör den.

If there was a religion of Annaism, and I had to tell you how humans made their way to Earth, it would go like this: In the beginning, there was nothing at all but the moon and the sun. And the moon wanted to come out during the day, but there was something so much brighter that seemed to fill up all those hours. The moon grew hungry, thinner and thinner, until she was just a slice of herself, and her tips were as sharp as a knife. By accident, because that is the way most things happen, she poked a hole in the night and out spilled a million stars, like a fountain of tears. 

Horrified, the moon tried to swallow them up. And sometimes this worked, because she got fatter and rounder.. But mostly it didn’t, because there were just so many. The stars kept coming, until they made the sky so bright that the sun got jealous. He invited the stars to his side of the world, where it was always bright. What he didn’t tell them, though, was that in the daytime, they’d never be seen. So the stupid ones leaped from the sky to the ground, and they froze under the weight of their own foolishness. 

The moon did her best. She carved each of these blocks of sorrow into a man or a woman. She spent the rest of her time watching out so that her other stars wouldn’t fall. She spent the rest of her time holding onto whatever scraps she had left.

My morning musts

 

Lately I have had tendency of being a bit tired in the mornings. Usually I am a morning person and do not have any problems getting out of bed. I work full time and most of my mornings are early ones, and sometimes I get to bed waYyyyy too late.
But I have tree little things I always try to do, just to give myself the best start I can get.
Always eat breakfast
Even though I am not that old, I have gotten to know myself during these 19 years. Me doing stuff on an empty stomach, especially when it is mentally challenging, is a BIG no no.
If I do not want the outcome of it to be me ending up crying, screaming or irritated as fuck I better eat. Not just for me, for everyone else’s safety.
 Walk outside
I try to walk to work every morning. It’s roughly 5 km, which is a perfect length for me. It takes about 45 minutes in a normal/slow tempo which gives me enough time to wake up properly and plan my day in my head.
 Put on a podcast
Instead of watching tv or scrolling Instagram I put on a podcast. I believe that I get more out of it and can do other stuff in the same time like making breakfast or packing my bag etc. While walking to work it feels like I am in the conversation with the podcast hosts and I have had several people look at me strangely because of all the times I’ve started laughing uncontrollably.
But what ever, I am happy and that is the important thing.
So remember that, always focus on what makes you happy. Because it is the small things that build up your life, and it is happening right now. Not tomorrow, not next weekend. Now.

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