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My Fitness Story: Holiday Food

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week so far! Just one more day to go and then it’s the weekend! 🙂 I’ve had many great feedback since I started the “My Fitness Story” posts and please keep the feedback coming! If I haven’t addressed all your questions, I promise that I will get to it eventually. Since I’ve been back home from my holiday, I’ve received a few emails asking me about my diet when I’m on holiday, like what I eat and whether I cheat since I’m overseas and naturally I would want to try all the deliciousness out there.

The short and easy answer is, yes! I cheat and I eat whatever I want on holiday BUT you also have to bear in mind that my holidays aren’t food orientated, I eat the normal 3 meals a day and sometimes even 2. When I’m on holiday, I eat when I’m hungry and I snack only when I feel like snacking. In all honesty, I’m so busy exploring, shopping or being a beach bum that I don’t get hungry. If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that my all time favourite meal of the day is breakfast (surprise surprise) and that’s the one meal I don’t skip when I’m on holiday and I make sure I eat a good, wholesome and hearty meal for breakfast before I start my day. The best are those hotel breakfast buffets – I tend to pig out a little because I like to try a bit of everything. After a massive breakfast, my next meal is normally between lunch and dinner, then I’ll have a proper meal again. If I’m feeling peckish, I’ll snack in between when I’m on the go.

Do I feel bad about my diet when I’m on holiday? Not really because my holidays generally consist of a LOT of walking, abnormal amounts of walking for us who live in SA and drive everywhere. Public transport is super efficient and convenient especially in Hong Kong, so naturally walking would be part of everyday life. On average, I would say we walked about 7km a day when we’re in Hong Kong, obviously some days are more and some days are less. Walking then combined with the summer humidity there, say goodbye to any form of appetite for a big meal. 🙂

Of course, you cannot go traveling and not be tempted by local delicacies (that’s the best part about traveling to new places) so here are some things I had while I was on holiday, which isn’t even a proper glimpse of the amount of deliciousness I had while I was away. The one thing I love about going to Asia is the food, sure I love a good pizza and a burger with fries every now and again but if I could choose, I’ll choose to eat Asian food for the rest of my life. There’s never a dull moment!

This is what we had for dinner one night at a local restaurant with traditional barbecue pork. It was amaaaaazing!

This is what we had for dinner one night at a local restaurant with traditional barbecue pork. It was amaaaaazing!

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These are the devil! Equivalent to our Whispers by Cadbury but E bought an entire tub of this stuff! I would eat it in between in our hotel room while getting ready.

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Noodles for breakfast! One of my favourite things to eat for breakfast, rice noodles cooked in a hot beef broth with some pickled asian veg, meatballs and wontons! Yum! Also some cold Hong Kong style milk tea on the side!

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This was a daily routine when we’re in Boracay for the week, everyday we would go to Sharetea for bubble tea or in this case, E was feeling adventurous so he ordered Rock Salt and Cream Cheese!

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My biggest regret is not eating at Ding Tai Fung more often, since it was pretty much right next to our hotel. If you don’t know what Ding Tai Fung is, it’s basically the only Asian restaurant that has earned its Michelin Star, all thanks to these beautifully crafted babies! Mini soup buns, absolutely amazing!

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Traditional fried rice with prawns!

Sorry about the quality of the photos, these were taken with my phone camera, it was awful having to lug our DSLR around in the heat!

After all this, I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I don’t go crazy with the carb-loading when I’m on holiday but at the same time, I don’t restrict myself in what I can eat because I think it’s very important to try new things especially when you’re traveling to a foreign country. When it comes to drinking, yes I do drink alcohol and no I don’t get drunk on a daily basis when I’m on holiday because I don’t go on holiday to drink when we have perfectly good quality alcohol at reasonable prices here at home. I do enjoy a few cocktails by the poolside or on the beach though. I think of my holidays as a reward for all the times that I’ve been clean with my eating and my working out when I’m here in SA, you should too. 🙂

Hope this answered some questions!

With love…xxx

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LoveMaryLu for Lanson Place Hotel

Happy Monday everyone! If you’ve been following my travels on social media, you probably know that I am super depressed right now! I cannot believe how fast time has flown by for the 2 weeks that we were away in Hong Kong and Philippines. This time I decided to do something different with my travel posts, instead of the usual, dragging my big DSLR camera everywhere, we got the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition the day we arrived in Hong Kong and we pretty much filmed our holiday. 🙂 I haven’t started editing the videos but I will and I’ll post it up as soon as I’m done so you can take a glimpse of our 2-week adventure in Asia.

On our last couple days in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Lanson Place Hotel in Causeway Bay, a hotel that’s part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. We stayed at the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong before we headed to the Philippines for a week, so to make it easier for our travels, we didn’t plan to take all our luggage with us. A week before checking into Lanson Place, I went to the concierge to find out whether it was possible for us to drop off some luggage to be stored for the week we were away in the Philippines. I must admit that before I went to find out from the concierge about storing our luggage, I had my doubts because the chances of a hotel storing luggage for you for a week is rare in most hotels. Not only was I greeted with warmth from the staff but they were happy to store our luggage at the hotel for a week before our checkin absolutely free of charge!

Our stay at Lanson Place was more than fabulous, the rooms were stunning, the views were amazing, the colour scheme was homey, welcoming and very chic. The moment you step foot into the hotel on the ground floor, a fresh scent of apple surrounds you and a swarm of friendly staff greets you and offers to help with your luggage bags. I’ve never felt more at home! I would definitely stay at the Lanson Place Hotel again on my next visit to Hong Kong as the location is extremely convenient, it is a 5 minute walk to SOGO (major department store), Causeway Bay MTR Station and also Times Square.

I have a love-hate relationship with staying at hotels, I love staying at hotels but at the same time I also love my own space where I’m able to make the place I’m staying at a “home” for me, where I could prepare some snacks if I wished to do so or have breakfast in my own room. Lanson Place is the perfect balance between hotel and self-catering accommodation, every room has an oven and hob with an extractor, a mini fridge, basically your own small kitchen. I never made use of the kitchen this time round, I was rather taken aback that it had all those amenities but I’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time.

If all of the above didn’t quite impress you, ever hotel room comes with a handy smartphone which comes complimentary with your stay at the Lanson Place Hotel. So what does this smartphone do you may ask? The smartphone allows the guests to receive direct calls without having to go through the hotel operator and also there’s unlimited 3G internet during your stay. You may take your smartphone out if you wish, whether it’s to browse Facebook or help you find your way around Hong Kong. Say goodbye to buying a local sim card or incurring great expenses from roaming charges.

Since our room was so amazing, I couldn’t resist a lookbook post, especially in my new jumpsuit (it’s open back and I love it). Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Hope you enjoyed the post! If you’re going to be in Hong Kong, I definitely recommend the Lanson Place Hotel, see their website for more details!

What I’m wearing: 

Jumpsuit from Zara

Yves Saint Laurent Crossbody bag

With love…xxx