Top 5 Places to Visit in Ayutthaya

Three hundred years ago Ayutthaya was one of the largest cities in the world with a population of a million people. It was the capital of Siam and one of the most important trading capitals in the world.

Unfortunately, the city was invaded and destroyed by Burmese in 1767.

However, the series of temples ruins, statues and other important buildings have a huge historical significance and definitely worth to be seen.

1. Wat Phu Khao Thong

The name literally translates to “Monastery of the Golden Mount”. It’s usually the place most of the city tours start.

Take the stairs to the top, and enjoy the beautiful view of the city.

2. Wat Lokaya Sutha (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Lokaya Sutha is the restored ruin of a monastery located in northwest Ayutthaya.

The highlight of this ruin is the huge 42-meters-long smiling Buddha statue.

3. Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat is a royal temple in the central part of Ayutthaya. The construction of Wat Mahathat started in the 1370s, shortly after Ayutthaya was founded.

In 1767 it was set on fire as a result of Burmese attack.

One of the most important sights inside the complex is a large stone Buddha head overgrown by a huge tree.

Although the sizable temple was destroyed by the Burmese, a Buddha head miraculously survived. It is a famous location for taking pictures, that’s why usually there are many tourists around it.

3. Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was built by King Boromatrailokanat in 1448 as his private chapel within the grounds of the former royal palace.

The main sight is the three huge stupas in a row, which are featured as the symbol of Ayutthaya.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet was once used for royal ceremonies and contained the ashes of royal family members.

4. Bang Pa-In Palace

Constructed in Ayutthaya in the 17th century, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, known as the Summer Palace, is the former residence of the Thai monarchy, and is still used today as a site for royal retreats and holidays.

The palace is located 18 km from Ayutthaya Historical Park and is on the way from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.

Though the temples and palaces are merely ruined now, they’re very picturesque and well maintained. Overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Ayutthaya and felt myself so much closer to Thai history after visiting it.

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Do Not Weigh Yourself, If You Want to Lose Weight!

How to lose weight forever

After reading this article, you will learn the #1 tip on how to lose weight forever and achieve a perfect body. It sounds quite bold but this what I learn during the 30 years of losing and gaining weight. The things which work and the things which don’t. It is actually more simple than you think so let’s get straight to the point.

Why did I write to do not weigh yourself? Any ideas? Well, checking the weight on the daily and especially hourly basis leads to obsessive behavior rather than weight loss. First of all, your focus turns on the side that your body isn’t perfect, you are fat and think like this. This thought follows you during the day. Second, it leads to creating limitations for certain food so you are afraid to eat and gain more. As a result, brains so concentrated on food all the time which actually only elevates your desires for it. Probably, you can recall this experience, saying no to something and later having strong cravings for it.

So how to lose weight forever?

The only way to actually lose weight and keep it stable is….. is the self-love. Everything else such as different diets, crazy workouts will only make your weight situation worth in the long-term. Of course, in the short-term, you can see small results but the brain will back fire all your efforts.

Why does the self-love work miracles? When you love yourself you treat your body, you fuel it with healthy food, you don’t allow others to speak disrespectful about it and you never say mean stuff to yourself. You workout with self-respect rather than trying to kill yourself on the treadmill. This also leads to more consistent and enjoyable visits to the gym. You will never overeat because this would create self-hate and physiological pain. And even if you make a small mistake, you forgive yourself and avoid it in future.

How often is good to weigh yourself?

In my opinion, it is great to check your weight once a month. It is enough to get an overview and reflect on the previous month. Just to see, if you are making an improvement or the opposite. For sure we need checking points but do it from the place of self-love and self-respect. Once you will learn to love every cell of your body, the issues with the weight will be solved in a matter of half a year. You will have different food preferences and body treatment routine. Just try this approach and you will see.

This is a very big subject and we will cover it fully in our new course 7 Days to Unconditional Self-Love. Also, feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

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My Favourite Matcha Lattes in Dubai

I have always been into healthy and green things. If someone told me I could eat something to get good skin consider it done. I often try one new fad to the other over time of course I have learnt many things about fad culture. The most important being that fads are called fads for a reason and we must pick and choose and perhaps even wait for some scientific research to really know if it’s true or apocryphal.

Despite my cynicism about fads I have hopped onto the Matcha Latte band wagon and can’t seem to drop off anytime soon. Here’s my recommendation of the 3 best Matcha Lattes by varying taste buds and portion sizes to suit you.

1.Baker and Spice – Souk Al Manzil

This is I think my most favourite matcha Latte to date. Been indulging in this one for at least two years now. I call it an indulgence because it is sweet, perfectly balanced, refreshing and satisfying. You can also ask for almond milk instead of regular milk and it’ll still taste very good. They also add honey which makes the taste balanced as opposed to the bitter matcha lattes available sometimes. I by no means want to offend bitter matcha latte but the sweet one is more to my liking and gives me the morning mojo or afternoon pick me up to keep growing and glowing.

2. Wild and the Moon

This place is really interesting and vegan and refreshing and from it’s roots in Comptoir 102 has really grown. It has by far the largest serving of matcha latte made with spirulina, almond milk and maple syrup. Matcha and spirulina are great anti-oxidants with regenerating and detoxifying strengths. I’m confused whether this or the matcha latte at Baker and Spice is my number one. To be fair they are both slightly different. I would say the touch of spirulina changes the taste and makes it a healthier version compared to the Baker & Spice one. Although a turn off for me is the large serving because I’m a tiny person and I like to exercise portion control relative to my body size and exercise levels.Besides the matcha latte here I also recommend the bullet coffee, which I will talk about in my next post. Promise.

3. Myocum

This comes in third place for me. It’s the right size, perfect taste in between bitter and nice and just like everything else Myocum is simply amazing. In case you haven’t been to Myocum it is worth adopting as your frequent haunt for healthy foods. I remember having an amazing tofu scramble and some colourful looking poke bowls. I also would laud this place for its great decor so urban and cool with crystals and greens.

4. Ladurée

Ladurée never disappoints and they certainly didn’t with a matcha latte as well. Served in their classic plan and pastel coloured cups. It is perfectly sweet and refreshing for an afternoon pick-me up. Perhaps not as potent for a morning boost as the baker and spice one but this could just be a personal opinion.

Thanks for reading. If you have any recommendations on matcha latte recipes or other places to try in Dubai please do let us know in comments.

Dubai Flea Market. My Crazy Wild Experience​

This weekend I had an unbelievable experience which I wanted to share. For the first time, I went to the flea market to sell my old stuff which I don’t use much. I had no idea what to expect if I will sell anything at all and if it would be worth paying a participation fee. So I took all possible items from the house to try my chances. For example, I brought new makeup, uncomfortable shoes, used cloth, home decor, pillows, chargers, even old magazines :)))

Once me and my friend have arrived, we chose the best possible stand and we had an hour of an absolute disaster. People were running to us and destroying things. We tried to tell, plz come back after 30 min so we fix the stand but they were really wild. Never saw anything like this… So basically we couldn’t even put everything nicely on the table as well as to track who is holding what, so some of our items were stolen in the crowd. After everyone calmed down, we put the rest on the table. Actually, we sold almost everything we brought and left the market around 4 pm. Coming there with a full car and leaving just with my camera, magazines and a few small expensive items. I notice that people buy things in a range of 1-50 AED and more expensive things better to resale on Dubizzle/eBay.

It was a bit wild day but very productive. Getting extra cash for things which just laying around the house and taking space, to me it is a triple win. You get more storage, money and other people enjoy staff which you don’t even need. So I will definitely participate in the flea market again and will keep it as a habit to go there at least once a year.

Tips*

  1. Arrive at the opening time to get a good table. Choose someplace in the middle, this is where all people will be circling most of the time.
  2. Once you arrive, put on the table cheap things and not so many because, in the beginning, people behave like… how to say correctly… a little bit wild destroying things, plus some stilling. They don’t give you time to arrange the stand first hour so keep an eye.
  3. Also, a great idea will be to share a stand with a friend so you get a better profit and have a fun company.

About the Market

  • Place: Al Barsha Pond Park, Flea Market
  • Time: Friday, 10:00-17:00
  • Price: 300 AED, you have to book in advance