The day after the wedding we did a 7 hour coach journey down to Trat, which is a region and small town close to the Cambodian border.

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We stayed in Trat one night and before we took a speedboat over to a small tropical island (more on that in the next post!), we visited a shrimp farm that is owned and run by one of Cata’s cousins.

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Her cousin picked us up early Monday morning and the majority of us had the pleasure of riding in the back of a pick-up truck!

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She first took us to one of the new farm sites where they are digging and building some new shrimp ponds (that isn’t a shrimp industry term!).

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She explained to us why it was needed to dig these new ponds, but I sadly can’t remember… Anyway, we had a look around, filled up with some gas (the old-school way) and drove off to one of the functioning and working farms .

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I thought it was really interesting to see how they grow shrimp and also how BIG they actually get! We are totally getting the most basic shrimps over here in Europe hahaha! The ones we saw were babies and they were pretty big already!

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Im not going to lie, I have no idea how common it is in Thailand for women to be owning and running businesses like this, but what I loved most about this whole thing was that it was Cata’s female cousin that was running the show.

To me that was another testament to the fact that Cata comes from a family of some very strong and independent women which I totally love and I can see where she gets it from now that I’ve met most of them.

After exploring the farm we headed off to catch the boat to Koh Mak – but more on that in the next post!

This Thailand trip was nothing like any other trip I have ever taken. It had so many lovely little parts, that I feel I have to divide them up in separate posts to do them all justice. And of course, because the main reason for the trip was my best friends (fake) wedding, I have to start with that!

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The day started around 3am with me getting what we call a “Thai stomach”… Yeah that’s right! Out of all the damn days I could’ve gotten the shits, it had to be on my friends wedding day!

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I was feeling super rough but determined to get through the day. The ceremony was being held in the outskirts of Bangkok where her family lives, and we struggled to find a cab that would take us there from the city (what’s up with all these damn Thai taxi drivers refusing to take you places!?)

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Anyway, we got there in the end, and since the ceremony was operating on “Thai time” we were actually early despite being late.

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We were all totally blown away with how Cata looked – she never really wears that much make-up and she looked like a Thai barbie doll (in the best way possible). I remember looking over at her and Dave and really struggling to hold back the tears :’)

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They were both wearing traditional Thai outfits and I thought it looked so nice on them! Cata’s entire family (and extended family) was there, plus more or less the whole neighbourhood.

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I loved the idea of having a big open house to the local community where they can pop in for a little while and give you their blessings. You know, the whole idea of it taking a village to raise a child, and then all of them being there when that child turns into a grown woman etc…

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Anyway, for those of you wondering or who have been asking – the reason why I keep saying that it is a fake wedding is because it was actually just a blessing ceremony so nothing legally binding. We were given strict instructions of how to act (or NOT act) when the monks arrived, and then we kind of just got on with it.

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They did their chants whilst we all sat on the floor, then C&D lit some candles and somewhere between the candles and the chants I kind of phased out a bit because I was feeling mega sick. But I do know that at the end of it all they fed the monks and we were all allowed to go outside and start eating the massive feast that had been prepared for us.

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It was a bit of a catch-22 for me because I couldn’t really keep anything in, but I was super hungry as well. Plus Cata’s family don’t eat beef, and Im allergic to pork, so I was torn between many things (as you can imagine haha).

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But I did end up eating anyway because Cata’s family has a reputation of making amazing food (I’ve tried her mums, it is DIVINE!) and luckily nothing major happened, I just mainly felt sick and tried to get it out of me without any real action.

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Whilst we were eating C&D had to go back in to do another session with the monks where they sprayed water all over them with this little whisk looking thing.

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I didn’t quite understand what it was all about but it was hilarious to see some of them really going for it with Dave and by the end of the line the water was dripping off his entire face.

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They were both blessed with three dots on their heads and then it was time to say goodbye to the monks.

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I remember Cata being super pleased about this as it meant she and Dave were finally allowed to eat like the rest of us.

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On a small side note – I have never met anybody that eats as much as Cata’s family, they are BEASTS (but more on that in another post).

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Then it was time to take loads of pictures with the family and extended family. We spent most of this time outside but I snuck in to get this pic.

Oh and at the end of it all, we were also invited to take a pic with the newlyweds ;)

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And if a real wedding ever happens here in the UK, here is the bride with her bridesmaids (minus one).

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At around 3pm we were all bloody exhausted, the last guests had left and we spent the next couple of hours trying to relax a bit and then getting ready for the evening meal with the family.

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At this “smaller” event C&D looked more like what we might be used to seeing when it comes to wedding outfits here in Europe and I had a hard time keeping back the tears again when I saw her <3

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Loads of pictures were taken again (of course!) and here they are posing with all the cousins.

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And with her cousin, his wife, nanny plus baby – who is the cutest and quietest little girl ever. I did not hear her scream or cry ONCE during the entire trip!

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Look how many aunties and uncles she has! I never really realised how big Cata’s family was until this trip. It must be such a blessing and I can only imagine how much it meant to them that she and Dave agreed to do this ceremony in Thailand so they could all attend.

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Here we are :) Oh I tear up every time I look at this! :’) Can’t even begin to put it into words how amazing it feels to see your best friend being so happy and being with a person that loves her so much…!

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I had such a lovely time despite the stomach stuff and I’m so thankful that we could attend this special day.

I wish you both the very best and I hope you will live a long and healthy life together filled with as much love and laughter as possible!

I usually don’t do yearly recaps, but since Im entering the 10th year of blogging in 2015, I figured there’s no better time to start than now ;)

So I stole some 2014 questions from one of my favourite Swedish blogs: NiotillFem

Describe the year in three words:
Busy, Challenging and Rewarding.

Did you do anything in 2014 that you’ve never done before?

orsii fogashaz 1I DJ-ed in Budapest

Orsi at 14KMI trained for and ran a marathon!

CelebrationsI spent Midsummer in Aberdeen

Orsii Thumbs Up! GraduationI got a Masters Degree in Music Industries!

Orsii JamaicaI went to Jamaica

Orsii djing at alibiI started a bi-monthly club night at The Alibi with Jazzman Records

What was your greatest success in 2014?
Getting a 1st class MA Degree was probably my greatest success in 2014. But I would say that training for the Copenhagen marathon and completing it was the proudest moment. Not only because of my bad knee, but also because of the dedication I put into the whole process (whilst still trying to complete my MA!) without giving up on myself.

Cata and Orsi at Cata's 28th bday!
Did something make you REALLY happy?
Spending quality time with my friends and family, especially the various trips we made all over the world to be together. Oh and that my best friend engaged and asked me to be her MOH!

And REALLY sad?
When I acted like a drunken fool and hurt the person I love the most.

Granny and Me at Xmas

Were you happier or more sad in 2014 compared to the previous year?
DEFINITELY HAPPIER! My god, 2013 was such a SHIT YEAR compared to 2014!

What made you feel good?
Believe it or not but marathon training made me feel good. And also the fact that I was a bit less harsh on myself when it came to setbacks in various plots and plans. Oh and having my own place was just the best! Not that renting is bad, but man! Nothing beats living in a home that you own and have control over (even when stuff goes wrong!)

Room looking better

What do you wish you would’ve done more of?
Run more after the marathon. Even though I started weightlifting 3-4 times a week, I somehow feel that I was my fittest and healthiest when I ran a bit more. Definitely spent more time with my friends and family. Gone out more to various events or just in general here in London. Oh and as always, done more radio and blogging.

What do you wish you would’ve done less of?
Worrying about my finances and my future. Wasting time doing pointless stuff like browsing the internet for hours without achieving anything.

Was there something you missed in 2014 that you want to have in 2015?
More money and better health – or at least better health ;)

And that’s about it! How about you guys? Was 2014 a good or bad year for you?