Overview of our Asia Tour

FullSizeRender (004)Before you open the door to our journey….TO BE UP FRONT, this post is very long and detailed with information about our trip. In case you missed my last post…these are THE detailed DETAILS of our amazing Asia Tour in 10 days. The gorgeous door above was taken in Bali, Indonesia. Bali was my favorite place of the whole trip–for those who are wondering.

SO. Where did we go?

Singapore
Krabi/ Raliay beach in Thailand
Bali/ Sanur beach in Indonesia
Seoul, Korea
4 countries, 3 boat rides, 8 plane rides and multiple taxi and Uber rides made up our unforgettable trip!

Flight #1 Our long ass flight ATL > Tokyo > Singapore

The 13 hour Delta flight wasn’t terrible–slept most of the time thanks to a couple cocktails and my Spotify playlists.

We were on our way!

IMG_7170 (002)Our layover in Tokyo wasn’t so bad because Tony has the hookup to the preferred lounge. Free food and drinks? Yes please. Headed to Singapore after an hour or so, checked in to our hotels and went out!

When we arrived to Singapore around 11:00pm their time, my first thought was “Holy shit!” I was exhausted but ready to go OUT. Our destination for the evening was the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to see the amazing skyline view after we finally got into our hotel room after some debacles…it happens! Make sure to double check time changes and hotel arrangements multiple times before getting there. Tony did an amazing job planning EVERYTHING, but something was bound to mess up.

IMG_7255We were out until around 4:00am on the rooftop drinking and finally left for a trip to McDonald’s. We had to.  We always like to see how the menus vary in every country we visit. I got a waffle with avocado! Not too bad I must say! Our Uber driver was super nice and showed us around on the way home. They were setting up for Formula 1 in two weeks so that was pretty cool!

The next day, mid-morning before heading to THAILAND, we walked around and saw some interesting names of restaurants and other stores and grabbed breakfast in the cute little Katong square area we stayed in.IMG_7301FullSizeRender (003)LOL ^

Then we people watched everyone watching the Mayweather vs Mcgregor fight.

IMG_7267The truffle toast at Carvers & Co was on point. Highly recommend.

After scarfing down breakfast we headed to the airport! Singapore is very industrialized and were heading to the complete opposite in Thailand–EXCITED.

Flight # 3 Singapore > Krabi, Thailand > Taxi ride + Boat ride to Railay Beach

Flew in that evening–took a taxi and long boat ride to Railay Beach. it rained during our taxi ride–luckily we paid for a private ride that was covered. We got to see the town and found out that it was very third world like we thought, but it looked as good as anywhere can look when it’s storming! It stopped raining while we were waiting on the long boat taxi to arrive we got to take some pictures along the water, see some locals, eat some snacks and play with kittens!

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FullSizeRender (008)Kittens EVERYWHERE.

The long boat ride was so fun! It held around fifteen people total and it was such a gorgeous ride. So many mountains and other long boats to see among the other islands.

FullSizeRender (01A)We were headed to Railay beach! Beautiful resort with the kindest people. We stayed at the Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa.

Upon arrival the hosts gave us refreshing drinks and hand towels while they checked us in. Then we headed to our room!

After seeing our gorgeous room, another photo shoot of course, we walked through the little town to dinner on the beach.

We had some yummy food, drinks and walked back through the market area and called it an early night to be rested for our snorkeling excursion–BUT it rained pretty hard that night so we were up at 4:00am on the porch watching the rain. We streamed GOT because it was the season finale of season 6, which was EPIC and totally worth it.

After that I had an AMAZING hour long aromatherapy massage.

Then we toured the island by ourselves and visited the Phra Nang beach, Princess cave, Phallus cave and beach to see the epic limestone rocks and climbers.

HUUUGE limstone cliffs. Rock climbers. Phallus cave!

After that, we explored the beach and hit pool for happy hour after the storm.

The next day the sun came out and it was was GORGEOUS! We took a private boat tour to the Phi Phi Islands and Ko Phi Phi Don including swimming, snorkeling, more swimming, lunch and shopping and beach time!

We headed out from Railay beach to see the giant limestone mountains… which were EVERYWHERE. I thought to myself “pinch me, I must be dreaming. Nope, I’m awake and in my watermelon float!” I had a countinous smile on my face and couldn’t wait to snorkel!

EFB55AB2-07CA-455F-AD0C-6074F34505F7After an amazing afternoon of sightseeing from the boat, we were back at the pool after the storm! Awesome weather with a little rain at the end.

We went out to the “Last Bar” that evening for drinks and watched the flames throwers.

FullSizeRender (00F)They had a DJ playing top hits as expected, pool tables outside, and a screen projector showing soccer–so Tony was happy! A great last night needless to say!

After one last day sight seeing, shopping and eating, we headed back to Singapore to connect to Bali, Indonesia! BUT in the morning I woke up super early and took a bunch of photos of the town!

Boat ride + Taxi ride and Airport Flight #3 Thailand > Singapore > Indonesia

The taxi ride to our resort from the airport was very long and terrifying. I’m used to cars on the left-hand side of the road from other travels, but this was insane. Motorcycles can pass on both sides of you and no one really uses turning signals. We made it–but I couldn’t sleep like everyone else in the car.

The first night I had a photo shoot of our room at the Komaneka at Monkey Forest Resort, because our resort hosts were very sweet and decorated our room with flowers! Such a warm welcome after a long day of traveling by boat, taxi and plane!

FullSizeRender (01B)FullSizeRender (01C)DREAM ROOM.

FullSizeRender (028)That night we got settled in and went to a close by restaurant that had live Spanish music and dancing. We drank, ate and people watched, the usual.

IMG_8283The next day we had an amazing breakfast in our private garden and porch area.

FullSizeRender (01D)It took a lot to get me to leave this beautiful bathtub situation. The only thing that would get me away was MONKEYS.

FullSizeRender (03D)FullSizeRender (03C)FullSizeRender (041)FullSizeRender (02A)FullSizeRender (036)FullSizeRender (037)FullSizeRender (042)We toured the beautiful resort then headed to the Monkey Forest!

FullSizeRender (02C)The Monkey Forest was not what I expected–I didn’t think that the monkeys would be every but they were and it was AWESOME.

They had banana stands inside and that is how we lured the monkeys to us. You had to watch your purse and wallets because the reach into everything. They are sweet, but you have to be careful–they are monkeys and all of them aren’t so tiny and cute.

See this big guy on my head?!

IMG_8561We did see this ADORABLE little baby hung onto his mama.

FullSizeRender (02F)I finally got a tiny one to take a selfie with me 🙂

IMG_9411 (003)FullSizeRender (02D)FullSizeRender (02E)After monkeying around for an hour or so we negotiated with a taxi driver to drive us around all day to the mountain area to see the rice paddies, volcanoes and temples. We did just that and our driver was so nice!

FullSizeRender (030)First stop: Tegallalang Rice PaddiesIMG_9410FullSizeRender (03B)

Temple # 1 Pura Ulundanu Batur in Ubud.IMG_9022IMG_8889IMG_8888IMG_8923IMG_8943IMG_8969IMG_8956FullSizeRender (031)FullSizeRender (032)FullSizeRender (033)FullSizeRender (034)Is this REAL?

IMG_8950The cutest and sweetest little girls in their saris!

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We bought some art for him that he signed with my Sephora liquid eyeliner. Do whatcha gotta do! Disclaimer- my eyeliner no longer works so I threw it away, but it was worth it!

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IMG_9042Love seeing the culture–obsessed with all the prints and colors.

Lunch break with volcano view at the Panca Yoga Restaurant. Didn’t get the best Trip Advisor reviews–but we trusted our tour guide and thought the food was pretty good. the view was UNREAL.IMG_9046IMG_9057IMG_9051IMG_9058Hey Coca-Cola, you wanna buy this pic?

IMG_9068Authentic cuisine–this place got mixed reviews, but we really liked it!

coffCoffee break. Coffee and tea tasting and tour at the Bali Cat Poo Chino This coffee has a story–for a whole separate blog post. Basically this Bali Cat eats coffee beans, poops it out and they process that coffee bean to make the Bali Cat Poo Chino.

Wasn’t the best coffee I’ve ever had–and we felt bad for the animals. The other teas and coffee were great!IMG_9413Now we were fueled and ready for the last two temples!

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^Temple # 2 Tampaksiring

^Temple #3 was the Elephant Cave Temple Temple

After a whirwind of a day that we had you would think we would call it a night, but we didnt! Off to the Balinese Dancers! IMG_1054IMG_1055

(PC: Shelby) Crazy hand and eye movements. Can’t remember the whole story, but it was a love interest situation that was dramatic–haha.

That was quite a day, but it was worth it!

The next day we had our last delicious breakfast spread and headed out!IMG_9518

Next stop: Sanur Beach at Kejora Suites.

IMG_9571Our gorgeous view from our patio. Just leave me here in our bathtub that’s partially outside. Bye forever.

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We all weren’t feeling 100% so we took it easy and spent the day on the beach instead of snorkeling.

IMG_9698STOP. Starbucks.

IMG_9637Delicious Dragon Fruit juice and soybean burger with pink hummus AND homemade potato curls. I’m dead. Square One Bali is so good!

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plUp early the next morning…goodbye paradise!

Taxi Ride > Airport trip back to Singapore!

We booked a hotel for like 8 hours just so we didn’t have to lug our bags around–how sketchy was that?! lol.

IMG_9725meatSo we really got to see the city during the day this time and explore the food scene. As foodies, we enjoyed trying different cuisines at Food Republic.

Next…we went to the Singapore Botanical Gardens. SO beautiful.

THIS. HAMMOCK.

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Our last stop we went to the Gardens by the Bay!

Avatar totally got their ideas from this place…just saying.

IMG_8136.JPGWE ATE DINNER ON TOP OF A SUPER TREE.

After our last stop in Singapore, we headed to the airport! Slept on the plane on our way to Seoul, Korea and we arrived around 9:00am.

My friend Kevin from ATL happily met us and had a full itinerary planned. He’s has been living in Seoul for almost two years now and he was our tour guide.

FullSizeRender (04D)HI KEVIN! He gave us the nickel tour because we only had eight hours…but it was AMAZING.

I asked Kevin if he could read the signs around town–he said something to the effect of “no–no one reads those.” LOL.

Passed some stores and tea shops!

We did some MORE sight seeing and went to lunch–have no clue what this place is called–but it was so fun and had amazing food.

IMG_0348Oh and some Korean beer…

We made time to see Gyeongbokgung Palace….WOW.

The culture is exactly as I expected in Seoul. It’s so true to it’s roots compared to Singapore where it’s very Westernized as you can see from the photos earlier in the blog.

IMG_0259Thanks for the petty pic Kevin ❤

That was the last stop of our EPIC trip. Time to head home–again, Tony with the hook up to the lounge! We were able to shower before our thirteen hour flight back to the USA.

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So many people have asked–“how did you survive the thirteen hour flight?”IMG_0334Wine people…WINE.

There is A TON of information here because we did A TON of amazing things on this trip. If you made it this far in the blog–thank you. Again, our guys, Tony and Shelby did the heavy lifting with coordinating everything. THANK YOU men!

I’ll post more in depth things about our Bali Cat coffee farm visit and more deets on what to pack and how to plan in a future post. Hope you enjoyed our adventure!

–E

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Homemade Ravioli Bolognese

Homemade Ravioli Bolognese

Prep Time | Total Time

     10 min.  |  1 hour

 (Wine depending)

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[ Ingredients ]

Wonton Wrappers (Kroger)

[ Bolognese Filling Ingredients]

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 4 tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

[ Pasta Sauce ]

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup marinara ( I used vodka sauce as well )
  • Reserved pasta water

[ Instructions/Filling ]

  1. Heat a medium Dutch oven to a medium heat. Add olive oil. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic and salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add ground beef and pork. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat up, brown until cooked through.
  2. Add tomato paste. Cook 1 minute. Add wine. Cook until reduced by half and then add Italian seasoning, nutmeg, water and heavy cream. Simmer until thick and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the heat off and transfer to bottom of food processor. Cool completely. Once mixture has cooled completely, add cheese and process in the food processor until completely ground. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Flour a surface and lay out wonton wrappers. Note you will need (2) to form one ravioli. Whisk one egg in small bowl for sealing.
  4. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of each wonton wrapper. Use finger or brush and wash all four sides with egg wash. Place another wonton wrapper on top and use the end of a fork to crimp all edges. Keep wontons floured or they will stick to each other causing the pasta to rip when boiling.
  5. Bring a large pot of water seasoned with a splash of olive oil and a generous portion of salt. The olive oil will keep your pasta from sticking together and the salt will season your water which you’ll later use in your sauce. On a side burner add a heaping spoonful of marinara and vodka sauce to a large skillet on medium to low heat. You will transfer pasta as it becomes ready.
  6. When you’ve reached a rolling boil begin to drop several wontons in. I do about 5 at one time. When they are ready they will float to the top, usually about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Immediately transfer to heated skillet with sauce. As you add more ravioli spoon more sauce. I typically add a splash of cream as well as a few spoonfuls of pasta water. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

 

[ Prep ]

Chop: Carrots, celery,  onions and garlic

Cut and food process meat: Pork and beef

Whisk eggs in a separate bowl

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THEN….

Place wonton wraps out on flour covered parchment paper. Spread butter on wraps and add meat and veggie mix unless your a vegetarian then don’t add meat 🙂 Top wonton and meat/veggie mix with another wonton wrap like a sandwich.

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Use fork to form and seal ravioli shape. Cover with a dash of flour.

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Boil water until rolling bubbles and place three to four rav’s in the pot–3-4 minutes.

[ KEEP GOING ]

In a separate pan heat pasta sauce–can be store bought or homemade (up to you).

Start placing cooked rav’s into pasta sauce and keep em’ coming!

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Garnish with herbs, salt, pepper, WHATEVER.

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Now grab another glass of wine and enjoy! You kinda sorta made ravioli and it’s damn good. We were drinking a Sauv Blanc White Haven + a Cab Layer Cake because who said we couldn’t have both?

Recipe cred goes to my friend Lexi–thanks for sharing! Now start your own blog lady ❤

–Erin