Forgive me for continuing with this theme of life design, but I expect you know by now that I am a big fan of it.
I feel it is of massive importance to spend the moments of one’s day doing as one pleases and to do that the day has to be designed. Some would say this is a very selfish attitude, but I totally disagree. I for one am a far happier and fun person to be around when I am in balance with myself due to doing the things I enjoy to do.
For example I don’t like shopping. Standing around outside shops and markets has no appeal to me at all and the family or people I was with would find me a very miserable so and so to be in the company of. On the other hand them going off to do shopping and me doing my own thing and then meeting up for lunch, makes for a very fun and happy lunchtime.
It is of course not possible to be doing the things you love to do constantly, but designing the day to as near a perfect blue print as you can will keep your spirits fine. It does not matter of your location. The bad news is some people will say, how can this be possible as I have to go to work etc. The good news is, if you don’t like what you do for a living then start working on finding something you do love to do, work you love to do. Perhaps not a five-minute process, but a relevant one.
So as per usual and where ever I may roam, I went about designing great days in Chiang Mai. The days are based around a balance of relaxation, socialising, work and exercise. This is just here in Chiang Mai, but remember it’s your 24 hours to design and do with as you will.
6.30 – 7.30: An hours run, a great time for it as I am at my freshest and it is nice and cool here in Chiang Mai at that time. I certainly would not entertain this during the day as the heat and running would finish you off.After the run I will enjoy a full pot of Green Tea.
7.45 – 9.15: Check emails and reply to any work related one’s and work on the latest blog post.
9.30am: Taken at the finest breakfast venue in all of Chiang Mai, this place has everything from Western food to Thai food. It does the most delicious blueberry smoothie, but I always stick to my two eggs on toast in the mornings. The eggs give me a great kick-start, combined of course with a blueberry smoothie. The name of this place is ”Sailomjoy Restaurant” and can be found on Rachadamnoen Road, near Thaphae Gate. Finest smoothies, Mango and Banana pancake, full cooked breakfast, Pizzas, Great Thai food and most of all fantastic proprietors.
10.15 – 11.00am: 45 minutes of weights at the gym, I have done this for a few years now and it is ingrained as part of a daily routine. I must admit I love the way I feel after completing sets, rather than doing it. 45 minutes is plenty enough.
11.15am – 2.00pm: The setting is one of relaxation as it’s a swimming pool with beautiful sunshine, but the object is research work I maybe doing and written work. This is a health and fitness club where I combine work, exercise and relaxation, great place. You do not have to be a member here, but can pay 100 Baht for the day that’s about 2 British pounds for the gym and pool all day. The sunshine is free.
Relaxation, but with a work purpose
2.30pm – 5.30pm: I have been working on a Chiang Mai spa product , so have been trying out various spas for reviews. Tough work, but someone has to do it. Obviously not something I would usually do every day, so a longer pool/work itinerary would be normal and you are still hardly spending any money.
6.00 – 7.00: Eating out here in Chiang Mai, when done properly is as cheap and convenient as eating in. You really need to click into gear on eating Thai food and then the world really is your oyster. Eating out with the family becomes a very pleasant experience, combined with great food and great prices. We have a very favourite restaurant here in Chiang Mai for an evening meal and it is just the bees knees in all areas. One of the very first jobs should be to test out and track down your favourites. The place we use often is called ” Arun Rai Restaurant” opposite Thaphae Gate.
7.30-9.00pm: A pleasant walk around the active lifestyle of Chiang Mai finishes the evening off nicely. I love to observe everything that is going on, it appears that not only Chiang Mai, but Thailand never stops.
9.30 – 11.00pm: Time for a bit of educational reading and to top up on some of my Thai vocabulary. I like to include this as part of my routine, because as they say if you don’t use it, you lose it.
For those of you looking for a place to stay in Chiang Mai I highly recommend the traditional family run guesthouse called ”Baan Pim” at 97 Sitiwonge Road.
For me this encapsulates a life style of balance and Chiang Mai is a really nice place to be. Anyway I will leave you to create your days and location.
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