Detox Retreat: Ananda Wellness Resort (Part 3)

Ananda Wellness Resort is not very big and not very fancy at all, considering the price of their programs and accommodation “promo” if you are a detox participant. While I was talking with the resort manager (?) the lights went out for a few minutes and she said it was going to be normal since this was Thailand, and an Island. So…. okay.

I arrived very late the day before my first day and I was given herbs to take before I sleep as starters. Which was really unfortunate because the trip left me hungry and that was all they were giving me… but I figured I’m going to not eat the rest of my stay anyway, so what the heck.

I signed up for the 7.5 day Detox Program. The daily schedule is generally like this but some parts vary like the massage and Colema but for the “meals” it is all at the same time.

7:30 AM – Shake (Psyllium Husk and Bentonite)
9:00 AM – Herbs and Electrolyte
9:15 AM – Massage (90 minutes)
10:30 AM – Shake
10:45 AM – Colonic Session
12:00 PM – Herbs and Fresh Carrot Juice
1:30 PM – Shake
2:30 PM – Herbal Sauna
3:00 PM – Herbs and CoconutWater
4:15 PM – Shake
4:30 PM – Yoga (Ananda)
6:00 PM – Broth (Potato and Celery broth with optional Lime and Cayenne Pepper)
7:15 PM – Shake
7:30 PM – Colonic Session (optional)
9:00 PM – Herbs and Electrolyte
Before Sleep: Flora Grow (Probiotics)

I call the schedules for Shakes and Herbs “Feeding Time” and it’s good to note that it happens almost every 90 minutes. Needless to say you are not really going to starve here. It was also advised to drink plenty of water in between “meals”

The herbs and probiotics are from a company called Arise & Shine. You will be provided some documentation about what you will be doing and what you will be taking (so you know what you are actually putting in your mouth, especially the herbs).

The colonic session or the Colema is very interesting. I wasn’t really sure if I’m doing it right, but it gets painful and awkward. I’ll see the next few days if I am having a good “production” as they will be providing a colander to put between the colema board and the toilet to see what has come out of your body.

You are free to do anything in-between feeding times. If you are going on a trip or tour around the city, you can also request for take-aways, like the shakes and the juices in bottles. You just have to remember to take them on time.

I took a walk by the beach to watch the sunset after my broth meal. The beach is not very exciting or even close to pretty, but it was not really dirty either. Just a lot of weeds and snails and clams. The sunset is nice though.

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I tried everything on my first day (including the yoga) and by the end of the day I felt so tired and weak. My energy was low and I was craving for a birthday cake and noodles. I am having a hard time sleeping because the bed is very hard. It is not just firm. It feels like the floor with some sheets placed over it.

 

Happy birthday to me!

Detox Retreat: Trip to Koh Phangan (Part 2)

Going to Koh Phangan from KL involved a flight, a trip to the port, and then a ferry ride. Luckily, they offer combined land transfer + ferry going to Koh Phangan and you can get the combo tickets right at the airport or online. I’m glad I did not book mine online. The airplane ride was delayed by 45 minutes and I would have missed the land transfer + ferry had I booked online. It was also more expensive.

Airfare – KUL > URT > KUL = 125.08 MYR (AirAsia)
Land transfer + Ferry = 500 THB each way (Raja Ferry)
“Independent Taxi*” from Thong Sala port to Resort = 100 THB  each way (?)

* double riding on a motorcycle

The resort’s contact told me to take a taxi that would cost me 150 THB but I guess the motorbike was also fun. I guess that advice was under the impression that I would have a lot of things.

KUL to URT – 1.5 hours
URT to Koh Phangan – 5 hours (the bus doesn’t leave right away)
Thong Sala to Resort – 30 minutes.

Overall it wasn’t so bad. It’s just that AirAsia only has one flight in and out of Surat Thani per day so my choices were limited.

My flight from KL was at 12:00pm (GMT +8) and I arrived at the resort around 7:00pm (GMT +7).

Because of all these transfers, I kind of already did my pre-fasting. And I’m saying “kind of” because I bought water and light snacks (You should try Euro Cake) on the ferry (80 THB) and had Nasi Lemak (14 MYR) on the plane

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Detox Retreat: The Pre-Detox Planning (Part 1)

For my birthday this year I had decided (very late) that I was going to go on a detox retreat. Thankfully, AirAsia and the gods were smiling upon me and I was able to book the flights dirt cheap and I found a program that was also very cheap.

This was all hastily planned and I had not really decided on this up until less than 2 weeks before my scheduled leaves. I had the leaves moved up by a day and added another day so I could finish this detox program with as little stress as possible (read: go back to work the same day as I return from vacation).

When I thought of going on a detox program, I immediately consulted my good friend Loraine, since she had previously completed a program (Read her post here). She went to a center in Cebu.

Now … I didn’t like the idea of going to the land of Zubuchon and not eat lechon. It’s just crazy. So I figured, why not go somewhere else? And the first country that came to mind was Thailand. I have been to Thailand last year but just in Hat Yai and I did my usual vacation. More on sleep and leisurely walking and resting. And in the case of Hat Yai, I had a massage everyday.

I know some people may find this a waste of time and money and experience (because I have been told). “Why spend money going to a nice place or a different country just to sleep? Go out and explore! Sayang naman. (What a waste.)”

It is not a waste to me. It just happens to not be my idea of vacation. I want to rest and recharge. I am around people all the time and the least I want during my holidays are to be with people. I’m not antisocial, just selectively social apparently (I just found out this term recently). I already spent a vacation with family. This time I want to spend it by myself. And I don’t want to go through a game of Amazing Race getting here and there for the experience. I want to take my time and not follow a strict schedule.

After I’ve finally decided on going on a detox program in Thailand, I immediately ran searches for “Thailand detox retreat” while I was at work. It seemed that my choices were Phuket and Koh Samui. These are islands? So I also checked Bali. They were all EXPENSIVE (around 5000 MYR, sometimes accommodation not included). I seriously considered going to Ananda Marga Cebu. Now, I was doing all these searches at work and some sites were blocked. A week later I was still undecided and was already panicking so I started researching at home where I should have been doing it in the first place. I found Ananda Resort in Koh Phangan (Full Moon Party island). This site was blocked at work so I didn’t bother checking it out. Although the name did catch my eye because of Loraine’s detox program place.

Also, I really didn’t consider Koh Phangan at all because of the Full Moon Party idea and it’s not as famous as Koh Samui (or so I thought). But my eyes popped out when I saw that their 7.5 day program was only 14000 THB and accommodation was only 1000 THB for 8 nights.  Like WOAH that’s CHEAP! I immediately contacted them to clarify some things and the next day I sent in my payment for reservation. I was going to figure out how to get there later, but for something that’s 1/3 the published prices of the other places (from my not too-extensive research), I was set on it.

 

That’s how this detox program got decided.

Yeah, I ramble. This is my first blog post in months and I find that I can’t stop talking to myself.

2015 Goals

I’ve probably lost all followers of this blog but I’ve stopped caring (play music “Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de” Maiko Fujita Version)

It’s been a LONG time since I wrote on my blog. I even deleted the whole thing and I’m starting over.

I’ve never seriously made goals (I don’t want to call them resolutions because they sound wishy-washy and fake and unattainable), either short-term or long-term. I always had something in mind that I’d like to do but I never thought of an action plan for any of them.

Financially, I am not the type who lives outside of my means, and I always have a lot of extra money before payday, and to be honest if I didn’t have some left over from last year, I wouldn’t last within 6 months of my “Aggressive Saving Plan.”

I got the free journal from Starbucks but I found that it was a bit hard to write on pen and paper with my thoughts running so fast so lol. I guess I should revive this blog.

So here are my goals for 2015:

  1. Aggressive Saving Plan
    • Weekly savings of RM 50+(10*wk#)
      • Year-end BANK savings should be
      • Plan is reverse of the 52-week saving plan + RM50, with first week at +RM100 instead f RM50 (Because I already made the deposit and I can’t be bothered recomputing)
      • Keep this in Malaysian bank
        • Interest rate at 0.30% p.a. up for RM1001-25000 savings
        • Incentive of RM5 each month if Average Monthly Balance is kept at minimum of RM RM3000 (I am not sure about this. The site says RM5000/month but I’m pretty sure I haven’t been saving that much lol)
    • Monthly Investment with Mutual Funds (PhilEquity & FundSupermart)
      • PhilEquity Fund, Inc (Philippine Peso)
      • PhilEquity Dividend Yield Fund, Inc (Philippine Peso) –
        • Still checking this out
      • FundSupermart (Malaysian Ringgit)
        • Currently in review
        • Take advantage of low Forex rates between MYR and PHP
    • Emergency Fund
      • Still deciding if I should save a separate amount for this since I am aiming for bank savings
    • Travel Fund
      • March -> Philippines
      • May -> Tentative
      • December -> Somewhere
  2. Certifications
    • Still deciding on what
  3. Be more social
    • Accept invitations from coworkers