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Delicious Vegan Food in Bangkok That You Need Immediately

During my trip to Bangkok, I made it my goal to visit at least three vegan restaurants. The first on my list was Veganerie Concept. My family had already had a lavish 5-star hotel breakfast, but somehow I convinced them to have a second breakfast by telling them that y’know, since Veganerie Concept serves vegan food, the meal would be light… knowing fully well it would be anything but. 😉 Needless to say, we were stuffed to the brim, but it was so, so worth it!

Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

Veganerie is Bangkok’s first vegan bakery and started off as a takeaway shop. Over the years, they’ve expanded into three branches: the take-home bakery in EmQuartier, Veganerie CafĂ© in Mercury Ville and Veganerie Concept behind Benjasiri Park. I went to the Veganerie Concept restaurant because it has the biggest space, is the most beautiful architecturally and as luck would have it, located closest to my hotel.
 

Architecture

Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

Pairing well with its plant-based food, the exterior and interior of Veganerie Concept impress even the trendiest crowd with its wood and metal finishings. The restaurant is easy on the eyes from arrival at the entrance, where outdoor seating is scattered on a raised wooden deck, to the larger indoor area rich with foliage. Floor-to-ceiling windows along the storefront let in a flood of natural light that not only provide life to the plants, but also to highlight the earthy design of the inside.

It’s a photographer’s dream, and the details of Veganerie Concept alone got me snapping away on my iPhone before I even settled down at a table. Today’s young Instagrammers will surely love the hip slogans painted on the walls of the restaurant, from the catchphrase “Keep calm and go vegan” to a plethora of hashtag suggestions such as #vegansofig and #instafood catering for social media.

Personally, my favourite corner of Veganerie Concept features a large interactive corkboard tacked to the wall with a map of the world and the painted question: “Where are you from? Vegan around the world”. The staff will give visitors a few tacks which they can then pin onto the map according to their home country. What a cute and creative idea to engage with the customers!
 

Food

Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

If the stunning interior of Veganerie Concept is not enough to get you to this particular branch, the food will. While the takeaway shop only offers baked goods and Veganerie Café only desserts, Veganerie Concept serves up a full menu. Since we had just eaten breakfast, the most popular dishes such as the Vegan Barbecue Pulled Pork Burger (with no real pork, obviously) and the Vegan Zoodles were more than our stomachs could handle. Feeling like dessert, we went for the sweets instead.

Our table spread came to a total of three items. We ordered the Caesar Salad to begin with a clean palate, followed it up with a menu special, the Fruit Hotcake, then doused off the heat with a Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl. The salad was nothing special, and I could’ve forgone the two slices of soy bacon, but I loved the Fruit Hotcake which arrived with two warm pancakes topped with berries, nuts and edible flowers. So Instagrammable. It didn’t disappoint in flavour, too, and was extra delicious with the maple syrup on top. Lastly, my parents were amazed by the invention of the Chunky Monkey Smoothie Bowl, a blend of acai berries and cacao topped with fruits and chocolate chunks. They commented that it was just the right sweetness but way too filling – oopsies, forgot to warn them. 😉

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Veganerie Concept in Bangkok, Thailand

I only sampled Veganerie Concept’s breakfast foods, and when I go back to Bangkok – which I know I will, judging by how I’ve been to the city over 20 times – you bet I will visit again for lunch or dinner. Their legendary Vegan Barbecue Pulled Pork Burger deserves a try, as do the Traditional Masamun Curry and Vegan Zoodles. With such an Instagram-worthy interior, a comfortable atmosphere and a helpful team of staff, I highly recommend you to try out Veganerie Concept. Even if you’re more of a meat-eater, you’ll love the food, guaranteed.

Veganerie Concept
35/2 Soi Methi Niwet, 24 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan, Klong Toey, Bangkok
+66 2 02 252 2120, +66 2 081 390 2396
https://www.facebook.com/VeganBakeryBangkok/
 

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5 Things to Expect When You Visit Waterfall Bay

First things first. Yes, there are actually natural waterfalls in the densely populated city of Hong Kong. One of the first you might find with a quick bit of Googling would be our main character for today, Waterfall Bay. But although appropriately named, this little bay doesn’t really live up to expectations. In fact, I was sourly disappointed when I visited. Maybe I was expecting something like Sandy Bay, which was amazing. If you’re planning on making the trip to Waterfall Bay, here are five things to prepare yourself for.

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Located in Pok Fu Lam off the coast of Wah Fu Estate, Waterfall Bay is easily reachable by bus or by minibus. Historically, the fresh water flowing from the waterfall is said to be the source of Hong Kong’s name, “fragrant harbour”. Surrounding the bay is an eponymous park with a BBQ site. But my goal wasn’t barbequing, it was to snap breathtakingly beautifully wondrous pictures of Waterfall Bay. Sadly, I wasn’t prepared for what greeted me when I finally arrived at the site.
 

1. A fenced-off path

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

There is only one single path down and the first thing you’ll encounter even before entering Waterfall Bay is a locked gate blocking you from getting into the little retreat. Don’t let it discourage you. When I arrived at the gate, there were visitors on their way back up who were just casually climbing over the fences small enough to ignore. There isn’t even a point to the locked gates. No one pays attention to them, so feel free to live on the wild side and break some rules.
 

2. People everywhere

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

As soon as you enter Waterfall Bay, you’ll be met with crowds of people. At least, that’s what happened when I visited on a Saturday. Waterfall Bay is a fairly well-known enclave that has attracted Instagrammers over time, but I wasn’t prepared to see lots of other types of people as well. There were whole families with children, the elderly and even tourists. Why the tourists decided to waste their time there, I wasn’t so sure. Perhaps, like me, they were fooled into thinking Waterfall Bay would be an incredible photo spot.
 

3. A lot of rubbish

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Sadly, no matter what day you choose to go, you won’t be able to avoid the large amount of floating manmade debris all over the shore. It’s quite a sad scene, actually. Waterfall Bay is filled with litter, from large foam boxes to empty bottles, all carelessly dumped aside by visitors. What a way to ruin something that could’ve been beautiful. 🙁
 

4. Rising and falling tides

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

According to my Instagram husband, the tides rise and fall twice a day. This statement isn’t backed up by research or double-checking, so don’t take my word for it. But anyway, if you want to get the best shots of Waterfall Bay, make sure to come at a time when the tide is low so you can cover more ground while exploring. Just don’t get so engrossed in your photography that you trap yourself out in the water as the tide rises.
 

5. Honestly, not much

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

And lastly, what to expect in Waterfall Bay? Not much. It’s not Nigeria Falls. But if you’re looking for a quite getaway that doesn’t involve a five-hour hike, then Waterfall Bay’s your place. And of course, if you angle your camera right, you might even end up with some incredible shots!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! When I Googled Waterfall Bay after visiting, I only found generic information on it – there were no mentions of the litter at all. Maybe it only recently became a rubbish dump, who knows. But hey, aren’t you glad I contributed to a little bit of truth on the internet for the unsuspecting?

Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Find out more about my outfit: Dirty Little Secrets to Looking Sporty—When You’re Not
 

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Dirty Little Secrets to Looking Sporty—When You’re Not

I am not a sporty person. I don’t exercise at all. In fact, I am a sloth. But there’s no doubt that the in last few years, athleisure fashion has been in – and what d’ya say, I happen to love it. I know I ain’t foolin’ no one when I pull on a pair of yoga pants, but I still like to think I can somehow carry the trend. So, how exactly do I successfully (in my own opinion lol) pull the sporty look off? What are my deepest, darkest secrets to looking sporty?

Well, you’re in luck. Today, in exchange for nothing, I reveal all.

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

I ran regularly three years ago but the habit eventually faded out. In November, I tried to pick it back up and came really close to a breakthrough when I trained up for a 3k race that I ran in December. But guess what? After the race, I just stopped running completely. The end.

Maybe I’m not a runner, or maybe I’m just not cut out for moving. Either way, you gotta fake it ’till you make it when it comes to fashion. So without further ado, here are my secrets to looking sporty.
 

1. Throw on an oversized hoodie

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

While I suggest a jumper in my winter fashion formula, you’ll need a hoodie instead to achieve the sporty look. I highly recommend an oversized one too because if you’re not actually athletic, you’re either skinny-fat like me or you have a few rolls on your stomach (and there’s nothing wrong with that) that you want to hide.

An oversized hoodie solves every problem. A thin one works in summer and a thick one works in winter.

Me, I am not quite ready to part with rose quartz, 2016’s Pantone Colour of the Year, just yet. Hence the similar pink shade I chose for my hoodie from H&M. It’s perfect for covering up my unathletic build.
 

2. Throw on some sporty leggings

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

The second of my secrets to looking sporty is to pull on a pair of leggings – but make sure those leggings are patterned! Real running leggings or yoga pants are designed to shape up your butt. 😉 You can find a huge selection at high-end athleisure stores like Lululemon, but if that’s a little out of your budget as it is with me, go for everyday brands like Forever 21 or Cotton On.

Can you believe the grey leggings I’m wearing are from H&M? They scream “sporty”! Granted, they were on the expensive side for the brand, but not over HKD$200, which is still a steal in my opinion. They also make my legs look super skinny and I know most people would appreciate the slimming design.
 

3. Throw on a pair of trainers

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

We can’t forget the trainers to round off the last of my secrets to looking sporty. In essence, any pair will do, but I wouldn’t suggest going with a model specifically tailored for fashion. For example, if I really wanted to fool someone into thinking that I’m actually fit, I wouldn’t wear my Nike Air Force 1’s just for the reason that I can’t actually exercise in them.

In my outfit, I’m wearing my new pink Adidas Superstars. You will not believe the heights I climbed just to find them in my size! I searched through every store in Hong Kong before I found these babies from a shoe retailer. I nearly cried of happiness.

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Yep, it’s that simple, my fashion secrets to looking sporty. I suppose my outfit recipe is common sense, but there are people who don’t have common sense, trust me. Do you have a formulated look for fooling people into thinking you’re sporty too? Share your favourite put-together in the comments below, I’d love to see them!

See the outfit in action: 5 Things to Expect When You Visit Waterfall Bay

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