massage khaosan roadI always stay in Rambuttri village, which is a simple hotel with basic clean AC rooms. Right outside the hotel I discovered this charming cheap and professional little massage salon.

The owner has been there for ages and the service is good.

I pay 220 Baht (+/- 5€) for a massage, and at least they take you upstairs and you can lie down. Most tourists just get foot reflexology in the street. Which is the same price and if you ask me, not even close to as relaxing as these full body massages.

I always ask for Joy, she’s gentle but strong and very kind.

They also do waxing, facials, manicure, pedicure, … All around 200 – 300 Baht (+/-5 – 8€).

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Historically, a man might have been the only realistic financial plan we had available to us. But in the twenty- first- century, sisters, we can – and we need to – do it for ourselves. 

quote from book: financial advice for independant woman by Rachel Johnson

I was staying with a friend of mine and as always to thank her for having me, I cooked dinner ! ❤️

   
The plan was to make spaghetti bolognese, because beef is hard to find on Gili, but the canned peeled tomatoes are totally overpriced in Bali. Instead we decided to buy fresh tomatoes, and peel them ourselves. Which fits more to our way of thinking today anyway. Slow and healthy cooking it is ❤️

Ingredients

200g of minced beef
200g of minced porc
2 kg of tomatoes
4 carrots
1 courgette
1 red onion
1 white onion
2 shallots
3 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
A thumb sized tumeric root
500g of lunguini pasta
A triangle of Parmesan cheese
Fresh italian parsley
Fresh italian basil

Spicy sauce
4 fresh chillies
2 tomatoes
A quarter of the red onion
1 garlic clove
Sugar
Lime

Method

  • Slice the carrottes and dice the courgettes. Melt butter in a small saucepan, add water and bring to a boil.  
  • While waiting for the water to boil, dice the onion, shallots and the garlic. Keep a quarter of a red onion and a garlic clove for your homemade spicy sauce. 
  • Put butter and olive oil into a saucepan and add the diced onions, shallots and garlic cloves. Gently let them simmer slowly until they are slightly transparrent.
  • When the water is boiling. Pe- cook the carrots and courgette for 10 minutes. When they come out, they should still taste a little crunchy. 
  • In the same saucepan, add a kilo of tomatoes, they will be easier to peel after beeing boiled for 2-3 minutes.
  • While you wait, grate the parmesan and place it in the fridge.
  • As soon as the onions are slightly transparrent, add both type of meat to the saucepan, the miced beef and the minced porc. Let them simmer, until the meat is half pink, half cooked. 
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  • Start peeling the tomatoes and adding them to the saucepan.
  • Add freshly cut italian parsley. About a handful. 
  • Blend the other kilo of tomatoes, dice them and add them to the saucepan.
  • Blend a carrot and the tumeric root and add them to the saucepan.
  • Let it simmer and reduce of at least a centimeter.
  • Boil some water, add the pasta. Cook it Al dente! When you throw one to the ceiling, it should stick! 😃

Spicy sauce

Are you one of these people who love a little bit of spicy sauce on their spaghetti? Yes? Me too. 😃

In the spirit of not using any canned food today, I’m affraid our friend tabasco is banned from the table.

Here’s a nice little recipe of a simplified sambal, the famous Indonesian spicy sauce.

  • Add chilli, a quarter of red onion, a garlic clove and 2 tomatoes to the blender
  • Add a bit of suger and lemon

You’ll have a wonderful home made spicy sauce!

Bon appetit!

  

Airport shuttle 250Baht or 8Baht?

Figuring out if I wanted to pay 250 Baht for a taxi ride from Don Mueang or 8 Baht for a bus ride which promised to be much more exciting was an easy call. 😜

How to get from Don Mueang airport to Khaosan road?

A great tip for this airport is, when you get passed the nothing to declare area, walk all the way to the right side of the airport terminal and exit. On the street, again, walk all the way to the right and exit on the left, towards the main road. You’ll see a metal bridge to cross the main road. Don’t cross, the bus and taxi stop is located at the base of the bridge. No line, no airport fine! ❤️

Whichever of the following options you choose just begin by walking out of the airport, to the main road!
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tarte au citronEasy, quick & delicious, like we love it!
1/ puff pastry
2/ on top :
100 gr of butter
150 gr of sugar (I use less – 100gr)
100 gr powdered (skinned) almonds (optional)
3 eggs
2 bio lemons

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Start your morning at Brussels’ Grand Place, Brussels’ most famous square. This UNESCO World Heritage site is Belgium’s most memorable landmark. You’ll be astonished by the beauty of the historical monuments. The architecture is particularly old and it reflects a Gothic- Baroque style, which was popular in the 17th and 18th century. My personal favorite are the roofs, made of steps guiding you to the sky; and the window frames where the artist especially had an eye for curving details. In the weekend’s, the square fills up with local painters and artisans; at night its surrounded by bright lumination; some evenings a stunning music and light show is projected on the Grand Place’s buildings. My favorite piece is the Golden little man dancing on top of one of the buildings. Every two years, in August, the centre cobblestoned square is covered with a colorful Flower Carpet. One of Belgian’s most famous event.

Have a “Gaufre de Liege” for breakfast, a crunchy Belgian waffle with powdered sugar; before visiting Belgium’s Chocolate or Beer museum.

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