Yep, I do need a break. A break from my chemotherapy. I have one more session to complete and that should be it. Well I am crossing fingers that it ends here. The finishing line is within reach. Having to be sick every 3 weeks is not something I look forward to. That is why I need a change of scenery. Today, I decided to take a trip to another city over the upcoming Chinese New Year break. My sister and her family are returning to Johor, Malaysia for their mandatory visit to the husband’s family. I decided to be a rebel and not join her :). I am going to Chiang Mai, Thailand instead – the land of smiles. Flights and accommodation all booked.
I am excited to the idea of soaking up to another city’s food, people and the culture. I have visited other parts of Thailand before. In my younger days of travel, I am one of those that didn’t like to waste and see as much of the place. And at the end of the trip, I feel that I need another holiday just to get over it. Now my idea of a vacation is to take my time and see what I want to see, do what I want to do in my own time. If one day I don’t feel like doing any sight-seeing, then I am more than happy to find a quiet cafe somewhere order a coffee or lazing by the pool reading.
Thailand is well-known for their food and markets. When I am in a new city, I always make an effort to visit the food markets where the local go to buy their day-to-day food. I love soaking in the colours, breathe in the aroma and feeling the textures. Being a foodie, I am always learning what ingredients are available and discover those I have yet seen. This my kind of sight-seeing. I also researching on Thai culinary schools to learn a few more recipes. Not that I am boasting about my cooking skills but I want to learn just more than the typical Tom Yum, green curry or pad Thai dishes. I shall continue to google and see what is out there.
Oh the other “must” do when I am in Thailand is to visit a day spa. I certainly don’t mind spending half a day pampering myself with a massage- a necessary indulgence in my opinion :).
Counting to my getaway begins!