I got back to Hong Kong late last night, after quite the rocky flight [i despise turbulence], and have been spending my day catching up on summer school.
summer school-pro: I get to work on it whenever I want and not work on it whenever I want.
summer school-con: I end up immensely behind after a week off and am paying the price today.
Oh the joys of summer school 🙂
I did get to watch a great movie today though. Remember the movie, Remember the Titans? I had to watch it for my organizational behavior class for a discussion we are doing this week about diversity and leadership. I forgot what a great movie it is. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!
Anyways, back to the Maldives. Here are some highlights from last week:
Getting my exercise through bike rides around the island and swims in the ocean
Attempting holiday card photos
The fresh fruits and juices
The eco-feel of the resort
The library’s large collection of almost untouched books and movies
The yoga studio
The endless views
Apparently it’s rainy season in the Maldives right now and it rained the day before we arrived and began drizzling the day we left. So thankful it didn’t rain a drop when we were there!
Some photos I took when we were taking off.
It’s hard to imagine that all of this will all be underwater in 50 years.
I’ll be back tomorrow with my singapore highlights…including my one of my favorite sweet treats!
After yesterdays post it probably seems like the only thing I’ve been doing in the Maldives is…EAT. haha
I promise I’ve been doing other stuff! 🙂
I’ve been doing a lot of snorkeling in – I guess you might call it – my backyard?
All I have to do is hop off the deck and I can swim with the tropical fishies!
There’re a couple reefs about 100 yards out that are home to hundreds of small and medium sized fish, lobster, and sometimes wandering sea turtles. See those darker patches out there? That’s where I go to see gil, nemo, and dory from the movie ‘Finding Nemo‘. And LOTS of them. I also saw puffer fish and a whole bunch of others which I have no idea what they are named.
Yesterday I did some skindiving around the house reef in the main area of the resort.
That was the extent of my underwater photos. Somehow my waterproof camera became not so waterproof after I hosed it off with fresh water. When I took the battery out some water dripped out with it and it no longer turns on. oops.
Anyways, remember how I got my diving certification back in June? That was for this particular trip! And hopefully some future ones.
I went scuba diving yesterday afternoon and had so much fun looking at all the different kinds of fish and coral. I wish my camera worked so I could’ve taken some more photos. Maybe next time.
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Lets talk vacation and nutrition.
I feel like I often have a hard time keeping with my normal diet whenever I go on vacation. Particularly green foods.
I know it depends on where I go and what time of the year, but from my experience, I have a much harder time eating fruits and veggies in Europe than in more tropical places like…say, Hawaii.
I know its because I mostly eat out whenever I travel, but I have come to find a couple ways to incorporate more colors into my diet as I travel.
(1) I always bring a couple of my favorite packable foods with me. I love to bring my favorite bars (NuGo bars), regular or instant oatmeal, nut butter packets or peanut flour, and other snacks.
(2) I locate the nearest grocery store or farmers market (even better!) and pick up a couple staples like apples, bananas, or whatever fruits are in season. Sometimes hotels have apples or pears in their lobby for guest to munch on. If I have a fridge I’ll even pick up some parisables like almond milk and/or yogurt.
(3) Restaurants always have some sort of veggies on hand. Ordering a plate to share with the table is also a great way to try some local veggies that I don’t always get to eat or may be new to me.
(4) I try to eat various colors throughout the day by making fruits the star of one meal, veggies the star of another, and whatever I want (local fare) for the third meal.
(5) When all else fails, I’ll just enjoy myself and eat whatever pleases ME. After all, I am on vacation 🙂
Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and balance.
Since I’m eating so much at the breakfast buffets and 3 course dinners here, I don’t really need much for lunch so I’ll just eat a smaller, more snack-like, lunch.
Faux-Hot Dog, anyone?
Whole wheat bread, a baby banana, and some maple almond butter I brought from home.
Whole wheat toast, baby banana, berry jam, and the remainder of my Justin’s maple almond butter.
You can get whole grain bread just about anywhere nowadays and I just grabbed those bananas from breakfast.
Perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
I’ve been lucky here in the at this particular resort and getting plenty of veggies at dinner and lots of fruits and fresh squeezed juices in the morning.
Dragonfruit, passionfruit, rambutan, mangosteen, and a bean shaped fruit
Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and spirulina
Hummus and Organic Veggies
Detoxifying Elixir – Made from plant extracts
That last one (the elixir) I didn’t enjoy so much. It’s supposed to be taken like a shot, but one taste of it and I decided to pass. It tasted like echinacea, which I despise.
Tonight is my last night here 😦
How do YOU usually eat on vacation? – It really varies for me. I always try to eat well, but sometimes I do better than other times. Sometimes I just can’t help it…like the week I spent in Italy in March, where all I ate was pasta, pizza, and gelato. By the end of the week, all i wanted (craving has never been so strong!) was a massive salad. So I guess, in the end, my body knows what it needs.
I’m loving life here in the Maldives!
I awoke this morning around 7am and spent 40 mins in bed watching Star Trek (it was on HBO and I couldn’t help but watch. SUCH a good movie!) then it was a quick face wash and tooth brushing and I was off to breakfast.
Breakfast here is just glorious.
Notice how everyone is barefoot? No shoes necessary at this resort 🙂 (They even have these cute green paddings that cover the bicycle pedals and make it comfortable for bare feet to peddle.)
It’s served in the main ‘house’ – about a 5 min bike ride from my villa.
Choose any fruit you like and these guys will cut it up for you.
Bread and Jam
Cereal (in the wooden boxes) and toppings
They have all sorts of toppings, from dried fruits [dates, figs, apricots..] to roasted nuts [pistachios, almonds, sunflower seeds…] and more.
Hot Foods and Yogurts
Some of my breakfast eats:
Mango, guava, and rambutan
Detox Juice – beets, celery, apple, ginger
Dragonfruit and Mangosteens
Wheat toast, pineapple, chocolate chip muffin, pancake (i couldn’t resist and had to get one 😉 ), and jellies
Passionfruit, plum, rambutan, and two fruits I don’t know the name of
This was my first time seeing that bean-shaped fruit on the right. It originally looks like this with its shell on.
It tastes kind of like a dried date.
Carrot and apple juice shooter
Toast with honey, lemon basil jelly, pineapple jelly, and coconut jelly (the best out of the three!) and a side of muesli.
Fresh squeezed pineapple juice with ginger and mint.
Cereal with pistachios and cashews, waffle with chocolate syrup, and papaya
Mango, dragonfruit, and rambutan
Above the garden is a restaurant, Leaf, where I actually just had dinner tonight.
I also get to bike along this path that smells so good and forest-y.
I love that this resort is eco-friendly and serves mainly natural and organic foods including free range meats, all locally sourced.
Today’s been a looong day and I can barely keep my eyelids from drooping. Time for bed! Night 🙂