Please excuse my ghosting

Can we all admit that 2018 has been a bit stressful and draining?  

Yes? Then I feel we can all excuse my lack of creative output this year because of these reasons – its been a stressful and draining year. 
 I also had to use all of my creative reserves professionally and not much was left over afterward.  I wasn’t sure what to write about anymore? I guess it may be time for a change for the Kollektive?
Decisions for another time, for now I’ll fill you in on some of the great things that have been happening. 

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The Great Week of Breakfast Sandwiches

What is your favourite breakfast food?  Mine is a sandwich.  It’s filling, quick to make & each one is different.  I came from a family where the sad sandwich does not exist.  We pride ourselves on creating delicious appetizers & meals that live between 2 pieces of bread.

In honour of Sandwich Day,  I recorded the sandwich I had for breakfast every day last week.  The goal was to get as creative as I could with the ingredients I had in the house.

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A Day in Pai

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The morning in Pai

Pai is a beach town in the mountains. It attracts travellers looking to experience the lazy mountain beauty of Thailand and are of a Bohemian, Hippie, Health conscious and Cannabis friendly type.

Some consider Pai too touristy, too full of Westerns looking for a party.  Ignoring the fact that Thai’s also like to party ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I found Pai had far less of the obnoxious North American tourists that drunkenly loiter Khao San Road in Bangkok. Instead it is the domain of Wealthy Asian tourists and the deadlocked, bohemian European backpackers.

I loved Pai for its mix of traditional conservatism and open-mindedness, its compactness, its surrounding natural beauty and friendliness.

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Day Trippin’ in the Rocky Mountains

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Looking sharp at a wedding

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of September! It feels like only yesterday we were getting ready to head to Calgary for a family wedding.

It was a whirlwind of a week!  I did not expect family weddings to be so ….. busy.  I naively thought I was just a guest … yet it makes total sense as I’m family and who else is going to help with all of the last-minute wedding details expect family?

But, this post isn’t about the wedding which was beautiful, full of special moments and memories. Lots of people cried, which should tell you a lot about this wedding.  This is about our Calgary Rocky mountain road-trip! A fairly standard, tourist trip for Calgary and yet not because, have you seen the mountains???

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I love Pai, Thailand

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The road to Pai

Pai is situated in mountains north of Chiang Mai. I took a minivan to Pai from Chiang Mai, which takes about four hours and only cost me $8.  It is quite a hair-raising, stomach turning ride!  With 726 bends for 3 hours, it is quite an experience.  You can’t read or watch anything, so charge your phone listen to some tunes and enjoy the view.

Some choose to rent a motorbike from Chiang Mai and ride the way to Pai.  It does seem adventurous and romantic, and if you know how to ride a bike go for it!  If you do not, consider if you can last for 3 hours on 726 bends – steep ones?  I saw a few casualties along the road, minor ones thankfully, and a good 60% of foreigners in Pai are accessorized in a bandage or two.

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