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Win with Simply Asia’s #SweetDeal

As you should know by now, I love Thailand. All things Thailand. Especially the food.

Simply Asia sent me to Thailand last year as the winner of their #ThinkThai Blogger competition – and I took my effervescent flat-mate, Siv Ngesi with me (and our Buddah, Boeta**.)

The night of our winning #ThinkThai banquet

Siv and I had one rule on the trip: Only eating Thai food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were there for 3 weeks and we NEVER got sick of it. I would look forward to every meal time – because then I’d get to sample yet another magnificent Thai blend of Sweet, Sour, Salty and Spicy.

Siv in heaven. Mango juice, and Thai Food on Koh Phi Phi Island.
We even did a Thai Cooking Course in Chiang Mai.

I speak a lot with my tongue in my cheek, as a comedian. But one thing I will NEVER do is endorse a brand I don’t believe in. Like American presidents – “I cannot tell a lie”. (Ok, WORST analogy EVER.)

Even on stage, whilst making jokes – there’s more honesty than you might like to acknowledge in every thing I say. It’s for this reason, that I know – you know that I know you know that you can help me to help you and just believe me and keep calm and eat Simply Asia! I mean it.

I eat Simply Asia so much it’s actually embarrassing. I’ve gotten my whole family addicted – When my mother visits from out of town, it’s the ONLY place she wants to eat at too (She’s gluten intolerant and they have all sorts of menu options for those fussy eater types).  But, the positive about eating Thai food is that it’s made with fresh vegetables and far healthier than other ‘fast foods’ so… my lack of guilt out-weighs my embarrassment.

With this ‘back-story’ you’d understand that I was suitably pleased when Simply Asia asked me to help them spread the word about their #SweetDeal. It’s their 10th Birthday celebration and they have brought out  TEN NEW TASTES  to the menu. Ten new Thai flavour combinations to play with in my mouth. There’s even a new duck dish (my opulent indulgence) AND new desserts.

They have given me a bunch of vouchers to try out the dishes myself… Score. Free Food. But (here’s where you get excited) *cue Oprah Voice* THEY HAVE GIVEN ME A BUNCH OF R100 VOUCHERS TO GIVE TO YOU FINE FOLK OVER THE NEXT MONTH TOO!!! FREE FOOD!!!!



Of course, there’s a little entering mechanism – go here, choose your favourite dish – and then tweet me about it like this :

“Hey @YesReallyAngel I really like you and I think you’re funny and @SimplyAsia_SA is so great and Yum… funny I should say YUM, because ‘tom-YUM Mung bean noodles’ is the dish I most like the look of!! What a #SweetDeal. I’m so funny with that ‘Yum/Tom-Yum’ wordplay, hey. Watch your back Angel, your comedy career is in jeopardy!”

Ok – so that’s probably too many characters for twitter. So something like “Hey @YesreallyAngel my favourite of the 10 new @SimplyAsia_SA’s #SweetDeal is ‘something something wink wink’ dish” will suffice too. *

And voila (which is French, not Thai)… then you’ve entered and it could be YOUR tummy and tastebuds thanking me. *Remember to include @SimplyAsia_SA @YesReallyAngel (So I know it’s my competition) AND the hashtag #SweetDeal. Sweet? Deal!

I’m basically spoon feeding you this. Shall I use chopsticks instead?

(If you don’t have twitter -gasp- then go here and write it on my FB wall.)

Keep an eye out I’ll be posting more fun things inspired by the #sweetdeal campaign. And click here to see more Simply Asia. (Seriously, click there. The brand website is too cool.)

*Thai high Five*

** In case you’re wondering if Boeta the Buddah ever did reunite with his Thai family of buddahs: Here’s a picture of me, reuniting him with his granny – at the foot of a temple hike in Krabi. (We left him next to the Zebra – bottom left – so that he wouldn’t miss Africa too much)

We returned the next day to check on Boeta – and I swear, his smile was bigger :)

Read more about Boeta the Buddah’s (extensive) travels here.

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Help Me to Think Thai…

As you may or may not know… Simply Asia have awarded me a trip to Thailand (as a result of a ‘banquet-off‘ against 3 other blogger types.)

This is amazing news. And I thank all of you for your support throughout this. Of course, no one is happier than Boeta the Buddha as he finally gets to visit his home.

I will also be taking my roommate, Siv Ngesi.

Family Photo - Angel, Siv and Boeta

Now comes the fun part: PLANNING!

Simply Asia have been Simply Awesome, and instructed me to give them a ‘wish list’ of things that we want to do, and they are going to try and make all of that happen!

Now, I’ve lived in Phuket. I’ve visited Thailand as a tourist 3 times, but there is still PLENTY that I have not seen, and do not know about this glittering palace of a country.

This is where you come in.

I’d love for people to give me advice as to where they’d go if they could, what they’d do, or where you’ve gone and what you’ve done.

Koh Phi Phi... Phi-fection

So far, we’ve decided to go over the New Year’s period as that’s a good time to take a break from our comedy/acting carreers. So I’ve kind of thought that it’d be awesome to have New Years on Koh Phi Phi, as it’s my favourite place in Thailand, and Siv hasn’t been there yet. It’s also less manic than Koh Phangnang would be – I can’t fathom that beach party, and I’m 10 years too old to even consider it.

Bangkok river

We will be ending the trip with a few days in Bangkok – to visit temples, and the river rides as well as shopping (Hence it being the last destination, as we need to carry our loot home).

I’d like to visit Chiang Mai, as I never visited that area, however I’m not sure what’s good in that area – so any advice would be appreciated in this regard. (I’ve heard something about canopy tours aka ‘The flight of the gibbon’ in the jungle near Chiang Mai, I found them on google, but I don’t trust the marketing hype… anyone know about these?)

Flight of the Gibbon

Lonely Planet says this of Chiang Mai (which makes me very excited)

If Chiang Mai were a person, it would be Bob Dylan. With a history dating back further than anyone can remember, its influence remains enormous. And despite its great age, there’s still a bohemian chic that makes it as relevant and hip as ever. Culture capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai was once the heart of the Lanna kingdom. Today those wanting to flee the bustle of Bangkok visit to lounge in coffee shops and drink in the city’s artisanal atmosphere. With a friendly, cosmopolitan feel, this is one easy, safe and pleasant place to explore. There are dozens of well-preserved temples here, too. Many new ecotours and adventure trips are appearing, and with a choice of river rafting, elephant rides, trekking and off-road cycling, even the biggest adrenaline junkie will be sated. Read more

I like Bob Dylan. Enough Said.

I’ve also found the amazing Khao Sok National Park… with huge lakes, rivers, tree house accomodation OR floating luxury tents…. SAY WHAAAT!?

Khao Sok ... AMAZING.

Any Info about the above would be great.

Now it’s over to you, dear internet. Hit me with your wisdom.


*thai five*

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Think Thai – Eat Thai

If you’ve met me or seen my blog in the last few months then you’d know that Simply Asia have enlisted me (and 3 other bloggers) to compete in their #ThinkThai challenge.

We had to throw a Thailand themed dinner party. The best party wins A TRIP FOR TWO TO THAILAND!

Being single (aka: Awesome) I don’t have a hard and fast plus one. (oh there’s a dirty pun in there… but I shall strap on my lady-shoes and skip past it…)

My room-mate, Siv Ngesi helped me throw THE most EPIC Thai Dinner: “New Moon Party in Cape Phangnang” at the Dragon Room in Cape Town. He has thus earned himself the much sought after, extra ticket to Thailand.

However… Siv is scared of spicy food. So I dared, nay CHALLENGED him – to eat like a Thai. SPICY.

Then he REALLY proves that he can #ThinkThai….

Here is that Video.

You can also win a trip for 2 to Thailand (and challenge your friends to exciting things… tee hee)

*Think Thai*


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#ThinkThai – My New Moon Party in Cape Phangnang

This was honestly one of the most fun nights I’ve had in a very long time. Thank you to Simply Asia for giving us the funding to throw Thee most epic Thailand themed night I could have imagined. (Of course, remember this is a contest to see which banquet wins a trip for 2 to Thailand. And you can win a trip too click here)

Surrounded by great company, delicious food, laughter, singha beer, buckets of Thai inspired cocktails and of course, Muay Thai abs… oiled up – it was the recipe for success.

Shout out to my amazing comedian friends who volunteered their time to be ‘traditional Thai monks’ and waiters: Gino Fernandez, Brendan Murray & Zee Fakier. Lead by head monk, Siv Ngesi. They brought us our 3 course meal which included starters of chicken satay, with peanut sauce (104), duck, vegetable and chicken spring rolls and sweet corn cakes all served with sweet plum and sweet chilli sauces (113)

Mains was a selection of: roast duck in flavoured soya sauce (261), a noodle dish with chicken, cashew nuts, spring onion, peppers onions, fried garlic and Simply Asia’s famous roasted chilli paste (514), Prawn Phad Thai  (602) and exotic yellow noodles (524)

Dessert was ‘Thai Angel’ (of course) – crispy triangles filled with rich melted chocolate and finely chopped cashew nuts (911) – All cooked in a ‘live theatre kitchen’ to the side of the dance floor – visible to the guests, by Simply Asia’s best chefs. (Only the best for the best).

We had a Muay Thai demonstration by some Champion fighters from Dragon Power Muay Thai gym, Traditional Thai dancers and massage girls. Not quite so traditional, Ping pong – in the form of beer pong and even an authentic Thai Tuk Tuk out front.

The rest speaks for itself in photos. (Which we were having too much fun to take for half the evening, we clean forgot to document everything…!)

But those we did get are thanks to my 2oceansvibe radio co-host, Kamini Pather and the official Simply Asia photographers:

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The Adventures (so far) of Boeta the Buddha.

Boeta the Buddha has had a very eventful life in the last few weeks.

After spending years on my shelf, overlooking my bed and the city of Cape Town – He’s met more famous people and been more places than he even dreamed existed.

He was even at the head of the table at our Think Thai Dinner. Which you can read more about here

Boeta in between Sparklers, Lanterns and Thai Buckets... (photo by Quentin Chong)

OF course, this is all in aide of his campaign to tell people that Simply Asia are giving away a trip for two to Thailand – which he wants me (Angel) to win so that I can take his little stone body on his little stone heart’s dream vacation, to Thailand. His homeland. And introduce him to his granny. (Imagine the joy. I can picture the slow motion, made-for-TV movie montage already..)

Many people on twitter, facebook and in the real world have been inquiring about Boeta’s journey and what he’s gotten up to so far.

So here’s a few snaps of his adventures picked up and names dropped… thus far:

You can follow the #thinkThai hashtag or @SimplyAsia_SA to keep up. 

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Fun Facts you may or may not know about Thailand.

At the end of a long day, after battling with traffic, getting jostled about by people in the street – when you finally get into your own apartment, lean against the wall clutching your filo-fax to your chest and exhale as you slide down the wall to the floor. Silence. Relax. Home. Safe.

That’s the feeling Thailand used to give me when I was living all over Asia. Every time I would arrive in Thailand, an overwhelming sense of calm and ‘safe’ would prevail over the confusion, chaos and panic that was the rest of Asia.

Thai Airlines welcoming you 'home'

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The Greatest Holiday Ever.

As you know by now, I’m Thinking Thai and throwing a Thai Banquet with Simply Asia. They are giving away a trip to Thailand to the best banquet, AND they are giving away a trip to Thailand to someone who simply enters when they eat a main meal in their stores.

A TRIP TO THAILAND!?  How freaking awesome would that be?

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Win UMF Tickets with Dragon Power Muay Thai

Dragon Power and @UMFMuayThai have given me 3 Double tickets (valued R240 each pair) and 1 set of VIP tickets (Valued R700) to give away to YOU!

It’s no secret that I love Muay Thai. Read this I wrote a year ago, about the ode to the sport and the abs…

When I lived in Thailand, that’s all I did. Lived at the Suwit Muay Thai camp in Phuket. Kicked, punched and elbowed day in, day out. And checked out all the boys… Much like Jean Claude Van Damme – But I think he checked out MORE boys.

Muay Thai... Mooi Thai - Enough said

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Boeta the Buddha

Meet Boeta. He’s an African Thai Buddah.

Boeta the Buddah

Much like (no fairy tales ever) Boeta began his life in Woolworths and upon being rescued from sure death by humiliation on the sale rack, was placed in a tower with a lovely fair princess in a faraway land.  By “Faraway land” I mean Cape Town, By ‘tower’ I mean the 16th floor of a building, which was sure the highest Boeta had ever been, even including that one time that the kids had hot-boxed the Woolworth’s storeroom. By “lovely, fair princess” – i mean just that… in other words, Angel, who acted like a princess… well, if princesses stayed in their pyjamas all day, slopped around the house, ate biscuits in bed, swore a lot and passed out with their make-up on. Then sure. Kate Middleton eat your heart out.

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30 Best Training Songs Ever

Winter is apon us. That means no more hiking, beaching and need to wear bikinis… This also means we need to retreat into gyms if we don’t want to turn into sloths by next summer.

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