The Location

There are thousands of Balinese resorts, but only one of this kind in Bali.This boutique luxury resort is perched all the way in Lovina, North of Bali. It is a three hour drive from the airport. A quaint little spot, 10 min drive away from Lovina Beach. This beach is renown for Dolphin watching. Set in the luscious tropical jungle, its a tad cooler than the beaches down south.

The Villas

I experienced my stay at the pool suite. The resort designer chose Modern Balinese, with dark wood floors and wooden panels adorning the walls. The suite is very spacious, with an outdoor shower. The pool and the courtyard are well placed behind lush greenery, ensuring complete privacy. Frangipani trees frame the view looking onto the expansive ocean. 

Included with the stay, are yoga classes on Friday and Sunday mornings. The whole property is very peaceful. As there are only 15 rooms, you will get the zen away from the buzz at the beaches. Its a perfect hideout for families and couples.

I’ve also heard from a reliable source that the garden rooms will soon be renovated into pool villas, so that each room will have a pool on its own! It would be the best choice to stay when visiting Lovina for sure.

The Food

There are many options to choose from at The Damai Restaurant. I thought I’d have a different breakfast this morning. I opted for the Japanese breakfast as it worked with my gluten-free diet. It was an amazing meal! I would have to say that this was the best Japanese meal i’ve had in Bali. It made my stomach really happy. The Mari-mari fish that came on charcoal, was so succulent and fresh. 

The Spa

The Damai Spa  is an al-fresco spa set on a little green hill, over looking the valley below. I had the Bali Boreh treatment. It was a 120-min spa treatment with a Balinese massage, a scrub and a foot reflexology. After my body was kneaded like bread dough, the therapist scrubbed me gently with a ginger scrub mix. She let it dry on my body like a mask. I could feel the heat in the mix creating warmth over my body. After five minutes, she returned to do reflexology on my feet. I was the invited to take a shower in the garden and soak in the flower bath. Here is where the surprise comes, but I shall not let the cat out of the bag. You would  have to do this treatment to find out what it is! I was so moved when I saw it, my tears almost came out. It was so heartwarming! While sipping on ginger tea under the stars and the moonlight, I concluded that the Bali Boreh treatment at The Damai Spa is a must-try spa for everyone visiting Lovina.

The Beach

There are resort shuttles to Lovina Beach. Many would come to this beach to go Dolphin spotting. We went on a Dolphin tour in a little boat at the break of dawn, and boy were there many dolphins! I got so excited when I saw the first three dolphins, their skin gleaming in the morning sun. Within a few minutes, there was another sighting. This time a smaller group of two, but just next to our boat. They were so close, i’m sure they could hear us talking! We were really in for a treat. We saw at least 20 dolphin sightings, some in groups of 6-8, some just in pairs. There was also one dolphin that did a triple flip in the air! But alas, my camera fingers were too slow to capture that. However, these precious moments are captured forever in my heart.

The beach however, is rather sleepy. Many shops peddling local ware dot the beachfront, but don’t expect great shopping. There was a cafe that I absolutely adore though, it is The Funky Place. If you are looking to groove to some funk music, while you play beer pong, this is the place to go! They even have a funky spa.

All in all, Lovina was a lovely place to visit if you have the time to travel three hours to. And if you do, the only resort worth your while staying in is The Damai.

Love,
Charlyn

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“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Are our children well—and are they becoming well adults and responsible citizens? This question isn’t just for parents; every organization, large and small, has a stake in the answer. Because when it comes to the welfare of today’s kids, there is a lot to be concerned about: the lack of nutrition for positive mental and physical development, along with an increase in the number of children who are overweight or obese; the harmful effects of screen time on child healthisolation, lonelinessanxiety and depression at earlier ages; and violence, from school shootings in the USA to conflict zones in the Middle East to peer bullying across the world. These challenges and more influence the sense of security, confidence and wellbeing of our children and, as a result, impact those who raise them. Moreover, these forces shape the employees our kids will become. The wise adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” encourages all of us, whether parents or not, to invest in nurturing the next generation.

Let these ideas enhance wellness for you, your coworkers and family—and kids everywhere.

Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, once said, “The business of business is improving the state of the world.” If kids are not at the forefront of our minds when we expand our organization or launch a new work initiative, we inadvertently limit our vision and potential impact. Children are tomorrow’s global workforces. Wise organizations know it isn’t enough to focus on current employees. We must equip tomorrow’s workforce with inner resourcefulness—the foundation of resilience and wellbeing—to effectively embrace the challenges and complexities of the future.

HOW TO GROW TOMORROW’S HEALTHY WORKFORCE

The health and wellbeing of kids can shape the engagement, energy, ingenuity and wisdom they bring to organizations as adults. What steps can you take, both inside and outside your workplace, to nurture well kids? Consider these actions:

  • Sponsor a family wellness retreat. Family wellness is a pillar of employee and community wellness. Provide opportunities for employees, their kids and loved ones to gather for relaxation, bonding and fun. While planning the event, remember: When it comes to family, there is no such thing as typical. Families today include nuclear families; stepfamilies; grandparent families; childless families; blended families; extended families; single-, same-sex- and multi-parent families; and chosen families. Design a wellness retreat that embraces this broader notion of family, and the kids will experience an inclusiveness and positive connection essential to their healthy development.
  • Take them outdoors. Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods, says, “If children do not attach to the land, they will not reap the psychological and spiritual benefits they can glean from nature, nor will they feel a long-term commitment to the environment, to the place.” Encourage children to go outdoors and get messy! Do a scavenger hunt, have a picnic, organize a play date in the woods, build a rock sculpture, go for a night walk, or do an environmental project such as picking up trash. Physical literacy at an early age helps children become active for life, and it supports their gut and immune system healthself-esteem and confidence. It also creates a sense of environmental responsibility that can last through adulthood.
  • Help kids feel a sense of self. Teach children of all ages how to connect with their inner security, wellbeing, peace and resilience. A variety of apps, such as Wuf ShantiBreathe-Think-DoMandala MemoryHeadspaceZen Bound and many more, engage toddlers and young children in thoughtful puzzles, yoga stretches, and conscious creativity and play. Plus, schools with meditation programs are reporting “better attendance and grades, fewer suspensions, and generally happier and less aggressive kids.” The world (and likely, your organization) is not going to slow down or get any less complex any time soon; equipping kids with the skills for self-awareness, self-regulation and emotional management will go far in helping them embrace and positively shape our ever-changing world.
  • Curb your devices. Invite employees to set healthy boundaries with technology, for example, committing to device-free meals with family. (Our friends at Sesame Street can show you how it’s done!) Plus, share these screen-time guidelines for children of all ages to ensure that technology empowers rather than erodes their mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Get inspired! Learn from employers worldwide who are making significant commitments to the wellbeing of children. For instance, check out Nike’s Made to Play community impact initiative that gets +16 million kids physically active across the globe or  IKEA’s War Child effort to provide children in conflict zones a safe space to play. Establish commitments to children that make sense for your organization.
  • Nurture sustainability literacy at a young age. The wellbeing of kids is a thread woven through the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), and kids can help bring those goals to life. Elyx, the UN’s first digital ambassador, offers a fun book that parents, teachers and mentors can read with children; Go-Goals teaches kids about the SDGs in an engaging board game; and the tank engine, Thomas & FriendsTM, helps families learn about the SDGs together. Invite employees, schools and community members to use these resources to involve children in creating a healthier, more sustainable world.
  • Engage younger generations to ensure your workplace culture and wellness programming meets their unique needs. Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2010) are digital natives moving into your workplace now. They have grown up in a world of increasing complexity and accelerated change—many say, a world of anxiety—and value a holistic approach to wellness, high-ethics companies, solving problems through dialogue, and social causes. Alphas (born post-2010) are your workforce to come. Forecasted to be two billion in size, they are the most transformative, globally connected generation ever.

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Post a photo of how you’re supporting the wellness of kids today and during the week of the full moon, Thursday, August 15, with #wellnessmoonshot. We’ll spread your inspiration to others!

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOU

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BODY WORK_BODY AWARENESS both ancient and adapted knowledge that is becoming frequently more known. Something of which is hidden and thrives to be re-surfaced. A means to a healthy existence.

For some an element of survival that keeps us balanced and sane. For others, a craze trend or stereotypical Stamp of Status.
Yoga, Pilates, Massage, Reiki and the likes, just a few amongst the pick n mix of healing and wellness modalities.

We are often asked what we do, consequently, what brands our livelihood and status. Apparently, highly important if we want to make a mark in life or paint a brightly coloured picture to impress the likes of others. To others a means of Soul expression and for others to simply survive.

In the moment of expressing that I am a teacher in Yoga or Therapist, there fizzles an instant recognition as to who I am as a person. Topped with a spreading of icing as to what type of bun I bake. So apparently, my bun is fluffy and light with lots of sparkles and stars. Not too expensive, but will leave you high in the sky.

However, if you take a bite from my bun you might find it’s also quite different. In this buffet of delights named Life, there are so many flavours to endeavour. The bitter and sweet needs balance, the Yin and Yang needs to become one whole to make this buffet even more delightful. No doubt we love that regular dose of chilli (aka adrenaline) to boom and spark the daily fire. Personally, I embrace it all – Biking, Cross-fit, Fitness, Running, Swimming, Weights and the likes.

Yet what ultimately peppers the balance in this buffet? One of the most nourishing therapies I came across 18 years ago in London, which I later then trained in, was Cranio-Sacral Therapy. A little ‘out there’ first bite, like a bambino discovering and devouring a fresh spoonful in the rice porridge of experience. Yet since, it has and shall be the first and foremost treatment I choose to receive to balance, ground and heal.

A therapy documented in practice since the 1970s, from the Osteopathic legend Dr William J Sutherland. Yet as a follower of Yoga philosophy my belief is there are traces emanating since the Yoga Upanishads (Ruffs, 2012). Currently existing in two forms: Mechanical and Biodynamic. The first intends with suggestion and soft manipulation, the later omits the intention and is predominately guided via the body of the receiver. I chose to train in the latter from the experience and pure awe of our wondrous mind and body capabilities.

How has it changed me? Should ever the Yang within me choose to combust into accelerating activity, I will always wind down by tapping into a BDCST based medication, tuning in and bringing the system (aka the body) back down. The over-active beastly buzz I used to feel from the soaring of the Sympathetics, has now been stoked and tamed with the need to slide back down onto a bed of oozy warm liquid Gold.

From a creature of habit in being continuously over-wired, I have now learnt to ‘surrenderingly’ slow down. So much that the habituated over -‘sparked up’ feeling now simmers a buzzy grounding of unsettling, coaxed with the inability to relax. Thanks to the wonders of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, I can reach a stillness of my center.

As a teacher of Yoga, Pilates and Movement, I love mindful movement. Yet BDCST is something which delves deeper and burrows both toward and into the Source. It has served as amazing relieve and enhancement on the journey of bodywork practices and healing. As I guide my students through an all-rounded Yoga class, a simple, graspable BDCST meditation is always offered at the forefront to mindfully and consciously centre, open and pace the session. A simple connection to the midline and work wonders.

BDCST is a gentle hands on, light touch therapy tapping into the fluid physiology of the body. Encouraging a restorative unravelling journey toward our original blueprint and optimal health. As the Practitioner supports and acknowledges the body’s innate intelligence, an invitation is unfurled to guide the receiver back into a healthy balance. Making one feel compassionately connected and at ease with life events.

Working therapeutically within the physical, energetic, emotional and universal dimensions, it can shift not only physical aliments, yet change the dynamic of life.

Physically, turning into the Connective Tissue Network, the Spine and Cerebrospinal fluid, to re-configure and attune any occurring, re-occurring and inhibiting imbalanced patterning.

Energetically, allowing the receivers embryological patterning to heal and restore. Or offering a soft release of trapped forces within the system, following any experiences of trauma. Post Traumatic Stress suffered have benefitted from the treatment (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2009)

Emotionally, guiding one to become embodied through self-body awareness and to feel at ease via a shifting of perspective. Cultivating calmness through re-patterning brain functioning and becoming lighter as held experiences are let go.

Universally, aligning us with the universal rhythms, in BDCST known as the the Long Tide. Life is full of rhythms and our existence should flow thin these. BDCST can steer us into synchronisation, at where, the bliss of life can be embraced.

In conclusion, we all need a helping hand. The subtle, light quality of BDCST is what makes it so potent and powerful. If you can find a BDCST Therapist near you – try submerging onto their table of soothing water, slip into the act of non-doing and let the flow take hold to sweep you back on course.

Intuitive Body invites you to stay with your heart.
When this leads the way, life satisfaction shines through.

Discover Intuitive Body Retreat at Om & Away here.

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The first rays of morning sunlight shone through the thin white curtains. It was 5:30 am, and I woke up naturally without an alarm clock. After two years of waking up at sunrise, my body clock knew exactly what to do. I peeped through the bright windows to be greeted by the shimmering blue sea of Baishawan, with gentle waves caressing the sandy shore. “Yes! A sunny gorgeous day! I can take the guests to do yoga on the beach today,” I thought to myself excitedly.

Swiftly, I changed into a comfortable outfit to get ready to go downstairs. As the founder, yoga teacher and host at Origin Yoga & Wellness Retreat Center, it is my morning ritual to wake up two hours before our guests arrive, in order to prepare for the day and make time for my own yoga and meditation practice before teaching my first class at 7:30 am. 

I closed the doors of the accommodation area behind me, and quietly tip-toed down four flights of old marble staircase. All around me are cracked, exposed walls, chipped paint, and rusted doorways to neglected homes that have been long forgotten by their owners. I;‘m living inside an abandoned building complex that was left behind by wealthy owners over forty years ago. The complex consists of more than two hundred units, but only a handful are occupied. It is in this fascinating place that I spent many joyful years of my childhood with my family, before emigrating to Canada. 

The stark contrast between the rustic exterior and beautifully renovated interior of our retreat center fascinates all our visitors. Many describe coming to Origin Yoga & Wellness as finding an oasis in the middle of a desert. My father, a Zen meditation teacher, chose this place to raise his children twenty years ago as he saw the true potential of this home as a hidden gem by the sea, away from the hustle and bustle of big-city Taipei. The physical appearance of our home, my father always told us, reflects the personal Zen teaching journey that one must make to find true happiness.

Twenty years later, at the very place where my father was inspired to start his lifelong meditation practice, I found my calling, and transformed this abandoned childhood home by the beach into Origin Yoga & Wellness, Taipei’s first yoga retreat center. 

Turning Points 

Living by the beach may be many people’s dream but it was never mine. Since leaving the small town of Baishawan in elementary school I never looked back. Despite having wonderful memories growing up by the beach, I was a city girl at heart who enjoyed the finer things in life. I spent the next phase of my life in Toronto, Canada, where I worked hard to get into the best schools, and even harder to get an MBA, plus CPA and CA qualifications. My resume got me a job with a top accounting firm, where I continued to climb the corporate ladder in the hope of becoming a C level executive one day. 

Despite the excruciating long hours demanded in the finance industry, I enjoyed the sense of success I loved wearing sharp black suits, talking numbers all day inside a corner office on top of a skyscraper. The ever increasing paychecks, business-class travel, invitations to exclusive events, and American Express Corporate Cards were sure bonuses, and motivated me to continue making more money. However, after years of living a lavish lifestyle I was growing more and more fatigued with the rat race. I could afford many things, but they were never enough. Brand-name goods and a luxury lifestyle became a status symbol, and each time a material desire was satisfied a new one appeared.

Then one day, opportunity called to go on a trip with my family to learn yoga in India. In search of rest and rejuvenation, I signed up without hesitation. India revealed to me a whole new world full of ancient knowledge and spirituality. I was challenged as to what I really wanted out of life. Coming back from the trip, I wanted to share my learning and began to offer yoga and meditation sessions in my office. The classes met with popular demand. Many colleagues wanted to learn how to manage the stress that comes from our taxing jobs. When everyone at the office started to know me more as a yoga coach rather than a finance manager, I knew I’d came to a crossroads. But after so many years of blood, sweat and tears to get where I was, I’d be mad to give it all up! My logical brain simply wasn’t ready to listen to my inner voice. 

Stroke of Intuition

“Our hearts have the answer to everything,” my father often told us. Traveling back to Taiwan to visit family, I went back to our old beach house in Baishawan. After over twenty years of neglect, the house was in a bad state. My heart ached with nostalgic memories about this place, which we used to call home. Beyond the dusty curtain, I gazed out to see a calming blue sea. Just for a moment, time stood still. A feeling of peace emerged from deep within. Both familiar and comforting, this feeling was ever present while I was living by the sea in Taiwan. This peaceful feeling was followed by a moment of insight: I needed to transform this space into a place of healing: a place where people can come to relax in nature, and reconnect with their inner selves.

I could see myself teaching yoga by the beach to happy visitors from all over the world, surrounded by the sound of the soothing sea, where everyone is happy and content. This vision gave me so much joy that I had goosebumps. Thus a great idea was born: I would build a yoga retreat center!

Growing up in Baishawan, my childhood was full of magical wonders. We would swim in the shallow, clear water of the sea, pick fresh vegetables from the farm for lunch, and play to our hearts’ content in the green hills of Yangmingshan National Park. Everywhere from the sea to the mountain was just a short distance away. I wanted to show the world this wonderful side of Taiwan. The yoga retreat is a brand new concept in Taiwan, yet it is gaining popularity elsewhere around the world. I can feel the potential of Baishawan as the ideal place to start putting Taiwan on the map as a wellness destination. 

Ripping apart my return flight ticket to Canada there and then, my decision to stay became final, and I was ready to put my idea into fruition. Did I know how to build a yoga retreat center? No! Was I ready to turn my life upside-down and start from scratch? No! Would I regret not following my heart today, ten years down the road? Yes! For the first time in my life I made an important decision without obsessive cost and benefit analysis, and reasoning. I felt only a powerful momentum reassuring me that it was the right thing to do. I recognized this sensation as my own intuition speaking out loud. I decided to follow it. 

Spiritual Entrepreneurship

The early stage of any startup is very much like building a puzzle: finding pieces that fit together to slowly create a picture. Being one of the first to introduce a yoga retreat in Taiwan, I was building my puzzle in the dark. Local Taiwanese were not familiar with yoga retreats, and foreign visitors don’t come to Taiwan searching for one (especially one inside an abandoned building!). The challenges of setting up a business were many, but each one taught me valuable lessons that pushed me further along my spiritual journey. 

I’d like to share three of these experiences:

  1. The Power of Intention

When you become absolutely clear about what you want, the universe delivers. The right opportunities and resources manifest to help you achieve your goals. It sounds too good to be true, but the law of attraction works every time. In the early days of the retreat, there would be weeks without a single booking. No matter how many Facebook ads I bought, none translated into actual bookings. The possibility of closing the retreat center was looming over my head like a dark cloud. But whenever a negative thought came through, I replaced it with a positive one. I continued to believe in and project the intention of a prosperous business. A few weeks later, after reading our studio newsletter an old friend of mine invited me to attend a yoga festival in Hong Kong. She introduced me to the organizers. Coincidentally, the event had a vendor who had backed out at the last minute. I jumped at the opportunity to go to the festival and promote Origin Yoga & Wellness. It was the best decision.

As it turns out, Taiwan is a favorite destination among Hong Kong travelers, and many were overjoyed to find out about the opportunity for yoga retreats in Taiwan. Miracles like this happened over and over again. Whenever I encountered a problem, I would remind myself to shift my energy from a place of worry to a place of abundance. I made time for myself to rest and to feel good. I focused my mind on trying my best to perform whatever task I had on hand with whatever resources I’ve been given. Cultivating mindfulness in the present moment without worrying too much about the future has proven to be the most effective medicine for my mind and for my business.

2. Abundance is everywhere

To build up the retreat center I used up all the savings that were originally intended to buy a house in Canada. When the money ran out, I had no choice but to find creative ways to sustain the business. I began by taking time to look within for all the resources I already have. With this exercise, I listed out all my friends and family, places I’ve been, personal possessions, strengths and weaknesses. Through this process of self-enquiry, I began to connect the dots and realized that I am more wealthy than I thought!

I’m rich in personal networks, rich in knowledge, rich in experiences. I consulted with my friends and family to share their knowledge. I recycled and repurposed old furniture, and took rock and drift wood from the beach to renovate the yoga center. I traded my yoga knowledge for wall paintings, massages, food, and much more. Collaborations and partnerships with the right people also helped achieve things I wouldn’t been able to do alone. I even discovered my brother’s hidden talent for cooking during this process, and convinced him to join me on this adventure, and become a chef at our retreat center! 

3. A Series of Choices 

The average life span of a person is about 85 years, which translates to roughly 31,000 days.  When I started to examine my life on a macro level, everything became more precious. Our time is limited, and how I want to spend each day comes down to two simple choices: love or fear. Many of my ex-colleagues in Canada tell me they wish they could also quit their job and do what they love. The thing is they can! Anyone can. Everything is a matter of choice. Transitioning from a glamorous life in Canada to a simple life in Taiwan has been a humbling experience.

While I can no longer afford the things I used to, I’ve gained freedom and peace of mind. I miss my friends and family in Canada dearly. Seeing friends move on in their lives, getting promotion, buying new houses, getting married, I couldn’t help but feel a tiny bit of envy as I too could have had all of that if I’d stayed in Canada. But when I truly asked myself what I wanted out of life, it was to be in love! To be in love with what I do, in love with my life, and ultimately to be able to share this love with others. Whenever I see the ocean at Baishawan, I feel loved. Whenever I see the smiling faces of guests at our yoga retreats I am in love. Whenever I receive a thank-you note expressing how coming to Origin Yoga & Wellness has affected someone’s life in a positive way, I am sharing love. Because I am choosing love, I know I’ve made the right decision. 

Two-year Anniversary 

When putting together a puzzle in the dark, we’re never really sure what it will look like. But every time we fit another piece and we reveal a glimpse of what the final picture may be, the satisfaction and happiness is indescribable. Origin Yoga & Wellness just turned two years old last month. In the past twenty-four months, guests from all over the world have enjoyed yoga and wellness retreats in Baishawan. We’ve shed plenty of tears and laughter together. We even inspired other owners to come back to Baishwan to turn their abandoned houses into a cafe, Airbnb, and a movie production studio. A small community is slowly forming, and this is just the beginning of an exciting transformation. No matter what the future holds for Origin Yoga & Wellness, I’m thoroughly enjoying the process of following my heart.

Love,
Lydia Chang

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Pick up a bunch (or two!) of this fragrant herb while it’s in season. And don’t worry about how you’ll manage to use it all—there are just so many delicious ways.

Pesto

Go the traditional route and whip up a mean pesto sauce. Use as a condiment or as a sauce for fish or pasta dishes.

Ina’s Pesto

Infused Oil

Infuse your favorite olive oil with basil. It only takes a few minutes!

Basil Oil

Appetizers

Having a few guests over? Whip up simple finger foods using fresh basil leaves.

Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Black Pepper Basil Farmers Cheese Bruschetta

Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers

Vegetable Soups

Whip up a batch of a summer veggie soup–add ribbons of chopped basil for more seasonal flair.

Tomato Basil Soup

Summer Squash Soup with Basil

Salads

Basil pairs nicely with a wide variety of seasonal veggies. Just chop and toss into your favorite salad.

Lemon Basil Pasta Salad

Potato, Tomato, Corn and Basil Salad

Pizza

Toss whole basil leaves on your favorite pizza when it’s hot out of the oven. Delicious!

Mushroom, Onion and Basil Pizza

Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Fish & Seafood Dishes

Tomato and basil are a match made in seafood heaven. Combine with shrimp or halibut for a delicious main dish.

Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Thai Shrimp Stir-Fry with Tomatoes and Basil- Slimmed

Garlic Basil Shrimp

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon

Sides

Use aromatic basil to punch up your everyday sides.

Sauteed Asparagus with Olives and Basil

Roasted Peppers with Basil

Frozen Desserts

Basil also goes well with fruit like watermelon, lime, lemon, mango and strawberries. Combine for variety of mouthwatering frozen treats.

Basil Lemon Ice

Basil and Lime Sorbet

Strawberries with Basil Granita

Cocktails

Don’t forget your cocktails! Muddle basil into lemon or berry-based drinks to balance out the sweetness.

Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Basil Daiquiri

What to Look For

At the market, choose basil with bright green leaves and avoid those with black, brown or yellow spots.

How to Store

Once you get home, place the cut stems in a container of water and keep it on the windowsill for about a week. The water should be changed every other day. You can also store basil wrapped in a damp paper towel in the refrigerator drawer for up to 4 days.

Repost from https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/recipes/2013/07/10-ways-to-use-up-fresh-basil

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I am writing this as i gaze at the full moon of Scorpio and the stars that surround it. Being up here in the mountains at North Bali has given me a whole different perspective of Bali. I have been coming to bali for decades, although i’ve explored the islands of bali – Lembongan, Gilli and Lombok; I haven’t been to the North of Bali. It is about 70km away from the airport. I’ve always felt that it was too far to travel, given that i’m only in bali a few days at a time. However, the trip up here from Seminyak to Munduk Plantation took only two hours. It was a two hour ride that was totally worth it.

As I got out of the car, I was greeted by the cool breeze that caressed my skin. The Munduk Moding Plantation is 1200m above sea level. It is situated at the cloud line, and it made me feel like I was transported to a different country. This was Bali like I have never experienced before. As I walked into the resort, I saw the clouds just hanging in front of me, with the mountains just behind them. It reminded me of the views in New Zealand, only here, instead of sheep, there were guests in bikinis at the pool – win!

I was taken to the suite in the buggy, and I remember it being so cold! I did come from 32 deg beach sun just two hours ago. The suite had a rustic Balinese charm. As it can get chilly in the evenings, you can request for more blankets and a heater.  After a warm dinner, the receptionist told me that it was 16deg. No wonder I had a scarf and a jumper on. 

The property sits on a 5.5ha of land, where 3ha is allocated to a coffee plantation. I took a tour of the plantation and the vegetable garden. Apri, the guide did a fantastic job bringing us through the bean variants, the bamboo forests, and the coffee factory. I feel so learned about the coffee making process now, as I delved hands on in the workshops.

The stay here includes all meals and 4 activities a day. All the meals are served in their Mipi Restaurant in front of the pool. That means that you get the incredible view while you dine. The menu boasts Balinese, Indonesian, American, and International fare. Make sure to try their MMP tasting menu, but do order that a day before. 

The in-house activities range from coffee roasting workshops, to massage demonstrations, to kite making workshops. There are also shuttle buses to the waterfall, mountains, the lake and the nearby town. You would be spoilt for choice to keep yourself busy. Alternatively, you can really just melt by the pool and enjoy the view.

Check out the instagram posts and you will see this picture. There are infinity pools, and then there is the pool at Munduk Moding Plantation.

They light a bonfire here at night. I was looking the the crackle while breathing in the crisp air. This resort is just beautiful. Spending two nights here on this trip was perfect for me, the serenity and peace at night is unrivaled. Munduk Plantation has 22 rooms and their occupancy is high, be sure to book early to get a spot in this paradise. 

Check out more photos over here!

Love,
Charlyn

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Here are a few summer tips the Om team would like to share to you keep you healthy during your summer vacation. We hope it will keep you healthy, safe and glowing wherever you are running to this summer!

1.Stay away from sunscreen that has toxic ingredients.

Try find brands that you trust and stick to them. Avoid sunscreens that contain sodium laureate sulfate, artificial fragrance, phthalates, phthalates, or mineral oil.

2. Use natural insect repellents instead of chemical ones

Some essential oils that you can consider are those that contain citronella, rosemary, and lemongrass or even lavender. 

3. Enjoy nature’s bounty

Load up on your vegetables and fruits intake. One secret tip to increase your intake of fruits and veges is to drink up a healthy dose of smoothies and vegetables juices. Add in a vegan protein power and your family will thank you for it.

4. Stay hydrated with fruits and herbs infused water

A great way to ensure you have enough fluids during your summer holidays is to naturally flavor your water with fruits and herbs. The subtle flavors without artificially flavoring your water with sugar is so refreshing.

5. Give yourself time to truly experience nature

Relax and let in your surroundings, give yourself time to bask in the sun and be in the moment with your self and your family.

Be Good To Yourself

Elaine Soh

Co- Founder of Om & Away

https://blog.omandaway.co/summer-wellness-hacks-for-a-healthier-you/

LoveFit – the UK’s first music, food and fitness festival – is returning to the stunning grounds of the St Clere Estate, Kent in July. 

A 3 day adventure of fitness, well-being, and magical forest parties just outside of London. 

Lose yourself in the night, find your balance in the day.

LoveFit aims to mix the elation festivals evoke with the euphoria of a workout. Fitness is often seen as an end goal, but we believe life is about the journey — through finding workouts that are more likened to sports and adventure. 

The people at the forefront of the industry are so creative — performers and athletes — surfers, dancers, free runners, mountain-climbers, all focussed on reframing the way we view fitness & wellbeing. LoveFit is an escape from monotony, a taste of freedom, a place for people to explore new ways of living and moving. 

LoveFit offers a unique mix of music from international DJs and live acts and world class fitness personalities, studios and instructors including MTV Fit’s Charlotte Holmes, King of Gym’s 1Rebel and Fierce Grace Hot Yoga.

Musically, adrenaline fuelled days transcend into majestic afterparties in the forest. There will be a curated ensemble of music and dance, from live bands to DJ sets.

To keep you well fuelled and energised, there will be mouthwatering food and drink on offer!

No more binge/restrict cycles, no more punishing yourself with a tedious workout – find something that ignites passion. Make small lifestyle changes that have long-lasting impacts. 

Unfolding in a laid back, fun and informal setting across one blissful weekend this is about non-pretentious, non-hippie dippy fitness, exciting and healthy food and drink and on point music makes for a truly boutique weekend.

Sounds so cool right? Check them out here.

Repost: Love Fit Festival 2019

https://blog.omandaway.co/what-you-can-expect-from-lovefit-festival-2019/

All of us would like be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. Living well is almost the entire world’s shared dream.With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day.

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social project dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.

The main aims of the day are:

  • To recognize the value of our lives
  • To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year
  • To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits
  • To make peace with ourselves
  • To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and has now been accepted worldwide. Reflecting its success, in 2018 Global Wellness Day has been celebrated simultaneously in 130 countries at 5000 different locations with different events ranging from the GWD flag reaching the summit of Mt. Everest to giving medical care to children at the Thailand and Myanmar border and visiting elderly people’s home in Brazil.

Global Wellness Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 in more than 130 countries at 5000 different locations.

Repost from this site: https://www.globalwellnessday.org/about/what-is-gwd/

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Some say I live on endorphins! I am a fitness addict and I teach full-time at Absolute Cycle and WeBarre. As a hobby, I run my own swimwear line, Sorakini. If you find me familiar, I was the first Runner-up of Miss Universe Singapore 2018 and was also on the cover of Shape Magazine Nov 2018. You will probably always catch me in a good mood because I basically spend all my time doing things I love.😋 

2. What is your wellness/fitness routine? 

I teach about 15 to 20 spin and barre classes a week. Outside of work, I practice Muay Thai, Pilates and Yoga. That is actually pretty intense, so I do ensure I get a healthy dose of time-out — which usually means lazing by the beach, going for a relaxing massage, and going for wellness retreats abroad. 

3. Where is your favourite travel destination? 

Anywhere with a beach and clear waters. 

4. What are the places or retreats you would recommend to people for a travel wellness experience?

Gosh, I am spoilt for choice! Bali or Koh Samui for sure are some of my favourites. I like to look for places that give you a digital detox. 🙂 

5. Why do you think it’s important to prioritise your health and wellbeing and how do you keep this at the forefront when life starts to become overwhelming? 

Health is the rock/foundation of my life and my career! I always remind myself that sometimes we rest so we can walk further. 

6. Everyone’s idea of self-care is different, please tell us about yours? 

It is in a nutshell, doing things you love and being kind to yourself. Aside from the time-out I take (as shared earlier), it also involves being careful with the things I say to myself and/or being aware of any unnecessary or unhealthy pressure I’m putting on myself.

7. What is your personal ethos? 

If you are always thinking this one thing in your head, then you should probably get that done.

8. If there is 1 wellness tip you swear by, what would that be? 

Get out there, do something you love. It is often when you’re home with nothing to do that you can end up overthinking or surrounded by negative thoughts. 

You can follow Jia En in her wellness journey and everyday life here!

https://blog.omandaway.co/5-minutes-with-jia-en-iamjiaen/