Start with 20reps each and countdown by 2’s.
Go through the exercises with only 30sec rest before starting the next set.
Start with 20reps each and countdown by 2’s.
Go through the exercises with only 30sec rest before starting the next set.
We have just left the coast of Denmark and are on the way to Norway in another massive ferry.
And here we are busy “blogging” and having lunch while in the ferry. We feel very good about our multi-tasking skills right about now 😝
Adjusting to experiencing all 4 seasons in one day…
The weather has been a rollercoaster ride in the land of the Vikings.
Sun, wind, rain and temperatures ranging from 5-20 degrees keeps us on our toes and playing dress up on an hourly basis.
We have learned that it’s better to pack clothes that can be used as layers, to be put on when cold, or taken off, when warmer. Shorts, blouses, or bulky thick sweaters are useless. Tank tops, t’shirts, turtle necks and fleeces piled on top of each other are much more convenient.
Thermal underwear is still good to have even though we are travelling Scandinavia during the “summer.” We’ll have to stop and get some as soon as we arrive in Norway.
We also have learned the hard way that shopping close to closing time is NOT a good idea. The shop attendants recommended some items that were not as well-fitting/weather proof as we would have preferred because they wanted us to buy as quickly as possible so they could close the shop. Fortunately, only a few items were bad choices, but still we have learned to not do this again.
First time camping with the Redverz Atacama motorbike tent…
Our investment in getting a Redverz Atacama Motorbike Tent has paid off. It is spacious (Stefan can stand comfortably in it) comfortable and warm. We just need some practice on putting it up.
According to the manual it’s supposed to take 1-5mins to put up. I think it took us about 20mins. We’ll film it the next time we put it up and see if we can do it in 5 😉
We also might need to get some longer stakes to make sure all the guy lines and the tent stay in place. So far, only two of our stakes were pulled up due to the rain making the ground soft and the strong wind blowing the tent up from off the ground, our current stakes work but we don’t want to wake up with our tent attempting to fly away so we’ll look into getting some longer ones…
Our other camping gear has also passed their first test…
Camping chairs –excellent buy!!!
Camping stove –works well (but we need a way to make a table to get it off the ground)
Camping dishes/pots and pans –so far so good
Sleeping bags –much better when zipped together to make a double sleeping bag. But since our sleeping bags are rated for only 10 degrees we’re gonna see if they work below that temperature. Our tent is supposed to be able withstand both hot and cold climates so with fingers crossed we’re ready to find out in Norway. 😉
Camping Prices and Conveniences…
Camping is the most affordable option in Denmark. But in comparison to Thai prices, it is darn expensive. For 2,000thb you can get a decent hotel almost anywhere in Thailand. But in Denmark this will get you a camp spot near the electric post.
Just like a rented house or apartment you will need to pay by the meter how much electricity you use. You will also need to to have a card to pass into the camp grounds. Fortunately warm water and kitchen, toilet and shower facilities are included in the original camp site price.
We also learned you cannot have your engine running after 10pm at most organized campsites. So if you have a night out in town and then come back late to your campsite be prepared to roll your bike once you reach the gate.
I shall have to end this post here as I am finishing this outdoors (with freezing fingertips) trying to avail of the wifi from the locked reception 😛
Ride on and Stay Fit
Our Maxfit journey has been AWESOME!! We’ve met, trained and become friends with so many wonderful folks that we’re not sure how to say “Good Bye”…
We started out doing bootcamps in the park with 5-10 die-hards…Rain or Shine we were out doing push ups and burpees in the early hours of the morning and after sunset at night…
We then managed to move indoors at Fit Studio and we had some grand sessions there! We even had a bootcamp in the parking building across the street…running up and down those ramps and dodging cars that were not expecting 10-20 sweating folks jogging around and “squat-walking” across the empty spaces…
I really enjoyed those long early morning walks, after bootcamp, with good friends, Adam, Swanti, Karan and a few others who would walk with me all the way from Pleonchit back to Prompong where most of us lived…
We then got a bit more settled down and were able to open our bootcamps in the Capitol Club.
The Maxfit Family grew to up to 300 members at one time and we had groups of 30+ people doing crazy antics with us…
Our stay at the Capitol Club wasn’t long but we forged a bond and when me moved to Sukhumvit Soi 31 we stayed together and had an opening party that raised over 100,000thb for Charity in a couple hours 😀
After a few years of large group training Stefan & I decided that we wanted to focus on smaller groups and personal training. Our Maxfit family became a bit smaller but much tighter. Some of you we saw almost Every Day. It was Mi Casa Su Casa and we were privileged to be part of your everyday lives…
We had a run of almost 4 Amazing years at Sukhumvit Soi 31 but due to the severe flooding in Sukhumvit 31 and the long commute so that we could continue training folks at Maxfit near Nichada, we moved our home and gym from Sukhumvit Soi 31 to Sukhumvit Soi 26.
Maxfit @ Nichada “Drones and Tires” Day
Less expense, a smaller place to manage, which also suited our smaller group training better…
It was also around this time that we had decided that it was time for us to put some action into our dream of traveling around the world on our motorbike and training folks online.
It’s amazing what can happen in less than a year!
In less than a year both our Maxfit locations were taken over by 2 awesome trainers.
Maxfit in Sukhumvit is now in the capable hands of Mr. Adam Mather and Maxfit continues on without us…
Maxfit in Nichada is now the capable hands of Joanna Brittingham and will be reborn as Das Power Haus…
That’s the Maxfit Story in a nutshell…
Thank you so much to those who have been with us from the very beginning! We couldn’t have done what we did without you all!
Thanks to those of you who trained with us, became our friends and gave us advice during the rough times.
Thanks to my parents, Paul & Sunny, who were there for us helping us set up & build parts our gym (3 locations in total)
Thanks to my personal friends who came and trained with us and advertised Maxfit like crazy to help us get off the ground..you know who you are!! 😀 😀
It has been an honor and a pleasure getting to know you all!
To end this post, here’s a crazy video of our Zanook Water Park adventure. To those who couldn’t make it, perhaps we’ll see you about town before we leave…
Love you all! xx
Sabai Dee Bpee Mai!! Or Happy New Year–again 🙂
Last week was the Thai New Year holiday, and yup, I guess it’s always “New Years” for someone, somewhere on our exciting planet.
Of all the New Year celebrations we’ve had the privilege to experience, we think the Thai New Year takes the cake. They do it all–parties, parades, fire works, drinking, dancing until the wee hours of the morning and then add a nationwide 3 day water fight on top!
Traditionally, Songkran was a 4 day ceremony dedicated to prayers for the new year, a visit to the temples, merit making and paying respects to the elderly.
There were traditional parades and festivals with water being thrown, but it certainly wasn’t what we associate Songkran with nowadays.
When I was younger, my parents, encouraged my siblings and I to respect Thai traditions. Though we weren’t Buddhists, we would visit the old folk’s home and ask for their blessing and we would give them much needed gifts like blankets or a treat like a movie with our projector and desserts.
The traditional way to ask for a blessing and show respects to the elders is to kneel beside them (it is important for the younger one’s head to be below the elder as a show of respect) and pour a small amount of scented water over their hands. They would then give a small blessing by splashing a small amount of of scented water over your head or shoulders.
But the water blessing has taken over and morphed into a fun and crazy holiday! Now Songkran is synonymous with raucous and extravagant water fights–which I must admit is really good fun. 😀
This is our last Songkran in Thailand for awhile and while we spent most of time staying at home and packing for our upcoming motorbike trip around the world, we did get out and join the biggest water fight/music festival organized by Pepsi called #PepsiS2O
Our good friend and client, Bassim, gave us some VIP tickets so we thought why not enjoy our last Songkran and party it out with a BANG!
Here are some pics and a video showing the fabulous stage they set up for the festival.
Sorry for the mad filming…I guess we have some ways to learn 😛
For those of you reading this in Thailand…we hope you had a wonderful Songkran too! 😉
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So we did it!
We shelled out quite a bit of dough and got our Redverz Atacama Motorcycle Expedition Tent. It’s even bigger and more spacious than we thought! Last night we set it up and today we spent a few hours checking out how it’d feel to be living it for a good amount of time. We even blew up our air mattresses and dug out our sleeping bags to make sure that everything fit in cozily. You can see how huge this tent is in our picture below. Stefan at 6ft+ can easily stand in it…
So that was our ONE STEP FORWARD…
Our TWO STEPS BACK experience has to do with our motorbike.
As you know from our previous post, our bike has been out of service for the past few months due to it needing a part that is currently out of stock.
We found a replacement for the part, while it is the correct part, the connection doesn’t quite fit on our bike as BMW has changed the shape of the gear shaft.
Fortunately, our awesome BMW mechanic (the owner of Tart Motorrad ) is a positive guy and he figured he could do something to get the part to fit on the gear shaft. The electronic connection was all good, as our bike happily turned on when connected to it, but it really was a situation of getting the slightly “wrong” puzzle piece to fit in the puzzle…
We put our bike in his garage in the late afternoon of the 11th of November and we were hoping he could work his magic on Saturday and that we could go for a ride on Sunday…
That was not meant to be. We got a call Saturday morning that a fire broke out in his garage late Friday night and that 8 BMW GS1200 were destroyed and that our baby was damaged… Luckily, no one was hurt as it was in the middle of the night.
OH MY GOD!! Seriously, if we kept our baby for one more weekend and didn’t insist on it going into the garage on Friday in hopes of riding out on Sunday we would have missed the entire accident!
We felt horrible for ourselves and our friend. He’s been awesome during this whole ordeal and is assuring us that he will take responsibility for the damage on our bike and that our baby will be the first he will repair. He will also take responsibility for the 8 destroyed bikes while waiting for the “slow as molasses” insurance claim to be sorted out. We really do hope that he can claim insurance soon!
So that’s where we are right now. We’ve had a string of bad luck and we’re hoping that we’ll have some better news soon…
We’re terrible bloggers!
We managed to not write anything for MORE THAN A MONTH…
Shame on us!!
But anyways here’s an update…
First Big News: HRM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the longest reigning monarch of the world, passed away on the 13th October 2016 and we’re currently in a 30 day mourning period in Thailand. This means we are all wearing black or dark clothes to show our respect to a really amazing King and Human being and also to the Thai people, many of whom are seriously saddened by his passing. Most Thais feel like they lost their father, guardian and protector.
Just a few days ago thousands gathered to sing the Royal Anthem in honor of their late King. Many foreigners joined too, sadly we weren’t feeling too well that day so we weren’t able to join the crowd. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/huge-crowd-of-mourning-thais-sings-royal-anthem-in-honor-of-late/3226848.html
Having lived in Thailand off and on for the past 10 years we both share in the sadness we see around us and we can’t help but show deep respect for the life of selflessness he lived.
Our poor baby won’t ride!! It’s been over 3 months now and we HAVEN’T BEEN ON A LONG RIDE anywhere…
We have an older model of the GS1200…
We’ve had many an adventure on it but a few months back we had a problem with our gear indicator. I guess the eager car washers here used a high pressure spray on it and got water into the potentiometer. It faithfully drove all the way home, but literally as soon as we drove into our garage our baby died. Anyone who has a GS1200 knows that if some little electronic thing doesn’t work, the whole bike just won’t start!!
We’ve been trying to order a new part to replace our broken one but we just found out…THEY ARE OUT OF STOCK TILL APRIL 2017!!!
Arrrrrrggggg, we can’t wait that long!! We’re desperate to go for a ride on our baby asap! So if you stumble across this blog post and you know of somewhere we can get second hand parts for a 2004 model of the GS1200 please feel free to contact us.
Here’s s a picture of the part we need just in case…
Since we can’t seem to find this much needed part, we might as well shop for other stuff for our upcoming adventure…right???
So, we figure we need a good all seasons, light weight tent specifically for motorbike travelers. We’ve set our eyes on the Redverz tent. What do you all think? It costs a pretty penny but we reckon that it might be worth it because it will be our home for possibly 50% of our travels…
Here’s the video review that really sold us on it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew0gGFkkd9E
It started off as a crazy dream that we said out loud. Not a dream that we had while we were sleeping. But something that both of us wanted to do…like REALLY WANTED TO DO!
Have you ever had a dream, but never told anyone about it. Chances are it was just a passing thought. Perhaps it was something like “I’d like to visit Paris and see the Eiffel Tower” but if you never say it out loud, and never do anything about that fleeting desire you’ll forget about it and the chances of it ever happening are zero.
You forget that you even wanted something more than your daily routine until the next time you have a fleeting dream or desire.
That’s the way I was before I met Stefan. I had many “dreams” and many fleeting desires but I never really put much effort in making them come to pass simply because they didn’t seem that necessary or relevant to my daily life.
I was a pragmatic person and I prided in being fairly decent at whatever I decided to do. And I focused on what I thought was necessary to live a decent life. I kept myself busy with…
Being efficient in my work…
Making a decent amount of money to be comfortable…
Respecting others and helping those less fortunate than myself…
Those “respectable life goals” just seemed to be “more important” to think about and put into action than fleeting dreams and desires.
Oh yes, I enjoyed life but I look back now and I think I enjoyed life in a rather “matter of fact” kind of way.
Does that make sense? If it doesn’t, don’t worry. This is just a rambling start to our blog…and I’m sure I’m even more confused than you as to how I ended writing all that introspective stuff above.
But back to the point…
I’ve always wanted to travel and see new places. Stefan has also always had the travel bug and we’ve taken every opportunity to travel and see a new place since we’ve been together.
And I guess that was how our dream was born.
Flying to a new destination every vacation time just didn’t seem to be all that exciting anymore. I don’t know why, I just know that we both started feeling a bit bored boarding a plane and missing out on 80% of the journey of getting to our new destination.
We once drove from Bangkok all the way to Laos by car and it was such an amazing experience. It is was soooo much cooler than climbing into a plane and popping up in a new country with no idea of the mountains we “passed” the streams we “crossed” or how the countryside changed from one side of the boarder to another.
We also got tired of always waiting for vacation time to roll around. We wanted to travel and see as much of the world as we could, but how on earth would we fit it all in during our few and far between vacation times???
Stefan is the brave (or crazier) one and he was the first to say that he’d like to DROP EVERYTHING and just travel the world on a motorbike and I said “Oh, I’d love to do that too!” When he said it out loud it was like something woke up inside of me.
I threw my pragmatic self out of the window. I stopped thinking about whether it made business sense or any sense at all! Whether it would help make a decent amount of money or lead to a comfortable life.
I did stop and have a quick thought that most responsible and sane adults wouldn’t even cultivate such a dream until they had their house, a steady and sure income, or perhaps a reasonable reason for being crazy (like those who have done crazy things for good and noble causes) but I also realized that I didn’t care…
I just knew that I shared the SAME DREAM and I wanted to live it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Since saying it out loud, we’ve been holding hands and running towards THAT DREAM…
And even though we haven’t driven out of the borders of Thailand, our current home country, YET–we already feel like we are living OUR DREAM.
Of course, we don’t live in Fairyland where we can dream a dream and it comes true. And yes, we are having to work hard and come up with grand schemes to keep taking steps towards our goal but so far WE ARE GETTING CLOSER.
We hope that this blog will help us get even closer, but if it doesn’t quite do that, at least it will serve as an open journal of our journey towards our dream.
And here’s to hoping it will do some good and perhaps encourage you to DARE TO DREAM if you haven’t started yet…
Thanks for reading and for sharing the BIGGEST PART of our journey–the BEGINNING!
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