Hello… and Farewell for Now

I’m not a statistic! My blog isn’t joining the long list of blogs that dwindle down within their first year. This is not my final post, but rather, a little explanation of what’s been happening lately, and what I’ve got planned over the next little while.

After having spent 3 amazing years in Sydney, my fiance and I are leaving the place we’ve come to call home, as well as the friends that have become our extended family here. I can’t even begin to fully express how this ex-pat experience has shaped us – both as individuals and as a couple. Let’s just say that we’re really come to appreciate how few “things” we need in order to live well, and that as long as we have good friends, good food, and yes, good (AU/NZ) wine, then life is pretty amazing. 240 days of sunshine on average per year hasn’t hurt either!

We’ll be moving to Toronto when we get back but before we land there at the end of April, we’ve setting-off on a 3-month backpacking adventure through New Zealand and Asia. Other than social commitments, that’s the primary reason why I haven’t been able to maintain this blog over the past couple months. Any spare time that we’ve at home has been spent researching, planning and booking a very ambitious travel schedule which goes something like this:

15 days in New Zealand – Driving around both islands and hitting-up all our favorite wine regions

12 days in Bali – Relaxing by the beach in Seminyak and watching those amazing sunsets, as well as cycling around Ubud’s spectacular rice padies & surrounds

1 day in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – Making the most of this stop-over by checking out all the hawker food stalls and epic shopping destinations

2 days in Singapore – Exploring the diversity of cultures, sights and food – and breathtaking rooftop bars

18 days in The Philippines – Snorkeling along the limestone coves of El Nido (hopefully with turtles!), then meeting-up with some great friends for a week on the beautiful island of Boracay

11 days in Vietnam – Starting at the bottom in Saigon, and working our way up to Hanoi, ending with a 3-day junk boat cruise of Ha Long Bay

4 days in Cambodia – Trecking around the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat and just a handful of the 400 other temples in the area

29 days in Thailand – Exploring the cultural hub of Chiang Mai, relaxing on the beaches of Phuket and Ko Phi Phi, doing a 7-day detox no-food fast (lord help me!) on Ko Samui, visiting beautiful Ko Phagnang and finally, sightseeing and shopping in bustling Bangkok

As you can see, it’s a pretty full-on trip that took a lot of planning!

Our packs!

Now, the tough part. It pains me to say this but it’s very likely that I won’t  be updating this blog on a regular basis during my travels. I don’t want to promise an epic blogging adventure, only to fail miserably within the first couple weeks. I also don’t want to feel guilty or stressed out while enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world and explore new cultures. If we were staying in one place for more than a week at a time, then I might have commited to a travel blog, however our itinerary has us moving around quite a bit (sometimes staying at 3 different places within one city). Also, since I normally spend so much time online for my job, I’m looking forward to having a little tech-break and spending a lot less time behind a computer. Having said that, I’ll be tweeting from my iPhone, so please follow me on Twitter if you’d like to see what I’m up to!

Of course, I’ll be taking a ton of photos and notes during our travels, so I’ll have a lot to share with you when I’m back. I was initially a bit worried about being vegan in some of these places, but thanks to Happy Cow and other great online resources, I think I’ll be just fine. In fact, I’m planning on taking vegetarian cooking classes in Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand and I’ll be sure to document those experiences and share them with you too.

Finally, I want to say sorry to all my friends and existing readers who have been so supportive of this blog over the past year. I’m really sorry that it took me so long to get this post up and I’m sorry if I worried you with my absence (thanks for all your kind emails and tweets)! I even stopped replying to reader comments and emails (because they just reminded me that I was neglecting my blog), however I loved receiving each and every one of them and I promise to get back to everyone before I head out on Monday. Please continue to comment and keep in touch and I promise to not fall too far behind in getting back to you!

So with that, I’m officially signing-off for a few months. I wish you all the best for 2012, including great happiness and health to you and your families.

“See you” in May!

(Veg)Angela xx

 

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    65 Comments

    1. Wow – that trip sounds amazing! I hope that you have a wonderful time and I will look forward to hearing the highlights when you touch base again in May.

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      • vegangela says:

        Thank you!!!

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    2. I was wondering what happened to you and now I see that Life happened and that’s awesome! No need to be sorry, a break from the internet can be a good thing and you have an amazing journey ahead of you.
      Have a wonderful time and tell us of your travels when you settle in Toronto!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks for that :) x

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    3. Lou says:

      Hooray! What an amazing journey you have ahead of you… if you need any recommendations for New Zealand, let me know.

      Enjoy your adventures, look forward to reading about them when you return to cyber-world.

      Safe Travels :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Lou! :)

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    4. Ah, wondering where you got to :) Safe travels and enjoy! Looking forwarding to reading all about them when you get back. By then I hope to be back in action with my blog also, after way too long!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thank you! And YaY about your blog – looking forward to that! :)

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    5. happy travels – sounds like quite a trip

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    6. What an amazing adventure! Have you been following Lisa’s trip (better yet, did you meet her?! I think she’s still in Australia!) She eats high raw vegan and has found some wonderful places, many where you are traveling! http://www.veganculinarycrusade.com/

      Safe travels!

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      • vegangela says:

        Hi JL! I was offline a lot over the holidays so I didn’t get her messages in time, unfortunately. Thanks for the info though, I will definitely use it!

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    7. Angela says:

      I’m so excited for you! I hope you travels go well and I look forward to hearing about them!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thank you Angela :)

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    8. Siobhan says:

      I hope you have an amazing trip and I really look forward to meeting you when you get back to Canada and settled. You can come and meet all our rescued animal friends at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary.
      Happy and safe travels.

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      • vegangela says:

        Thank you so much and YES I can’t wait to meet all those little critters! :)

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    9. Katie says:

      That sounds like such an amazing trip! I was just in New Zealand for a few weeks in December and it was amazing. I also have blogs up about the great vegan food in Wellington and Auckland which you can check out here http://bit.ly/w5XrTV and http://bit.ly/xfcH8I if you need ideas for where to eat! I also found that most of the grocery stores had vegan white chocolate and incredibly delicious dark chocolate peanut slabs! Have fun!

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      • vegangela says:

        Hi Katie – thanks so much for all this info, I will definitely check it out!!

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    10. Cara says:

      Have an AMAZING trip, friend! Cannot wait to hear all about your adventures :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thank you so much! I forgot to mention above that I also stopped reading all my fave blogs during this period so I’m super behind on all your posts. But I’ve seen a few of them pop up in my Facebook feed and they looked amazing. Can’t wait to read them xx

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    11. Kimberly says:

      I am so jealous — your trip sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read about it when you’re back (and maybe we can finally connect in person once you’re in TO) and will watch for Twitter snippets in the meantime.

      Bon voyage!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Kimberly! That would be great, I’d love that :)

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    12. jun says:

      wow. I hope you’ll have a wonderful trip and a new life in Toronto!
      My husband and I too had a little trip (ours was only 2 weeks including visiting my family on the way) when I moved from Aus to US and it was one of the most memorable travel experiences we ever had.

      One thing I really wish I did was to remember how to say “vegetarian” or “no meat, egg or dairy” in local languages lol (I’m sure your iphone can help with that though)

      I look forward to your tweet updates! have a great one :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Jun! That’s a great tip – I’ve got those expressions noted for Thailand but I still need to grab them for some of the other places, like Vietnam :)

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    13. Hannah says:

      Oh oh oh! I’m so thrilled for you, so very thrilled! I absolutely agree that this phenomenal trip should be spent living it rather than stressing about blogging it, so rest assured I’ll be waiting with bated breath to hear all about it when you’re in Toronot. Oh, so exciting! Squee for vicarious travelling through others! :P

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Hannah! I know I’ll have so much to write about when I’m back :) Thanks for all your support over the year! Take care and “see” you soon!!

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    14. Nicole says:

      What an amazing adventure you have ahead of you! (I’m jealous.)

      I’m looking forward to reading about your travels after you settle in Toronto. AND we’ll have to arrange a blogger meet-up here in the spring or summer so you can join in on the fantastic TO blogger community!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks! That would be amazing – I definitely want to meet everyone in TO! :)

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    15. I have missed your blog and will miss it while you’re traveling, but I’m also so excited that you have this amazing opportunity!! What an amazing way to see a new part of the world, have new experiences, recharge, and come back and share it all with us in the future!! Good luck as you set off on your trip and I’ll be on the lookout for your tweets. :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Heather! I’m trying to take a lot of notes on my (vegan) experiences so that I can report back to everyone. Take care of yourself, can’t wait to catch up on your blog when I’m back :)

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    16. Jennifer says:

      What an incredible adventure! Happy travels, Angela!! :) :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Jennifer! I look forward to catching up with your site when I’m settled again!

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    17. Preeti says:

      Hi Angela,

      I was wondering why I hadn’t seen any of your delish recipes for a while :) Wow all the best for your travels, I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Preeti! I’ll have so much to catch-up on with your site when I get back and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re up to! :)

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    18. What an awesome trip! Can’t wait to hear all about it! Happy and safe travels to you!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Linda – looking forward to sharing my experiences with everyone… :)

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    19. rachelle says:

      Your trip sounds amazing! how exciting! safe travel & best wishes for your move!

      I look forward to the future blog posts about your trip and new recipes :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Rachelle – Just wrapping-up NZ right now and can’t wait to get into Asia and then share it all with everyone!

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    20. Cindy says:

      Oh, how exciting! Best wishes for the adventure-filled months ahead.

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Cindy – Have a great few months and I’ll “see” you online again soon! :)

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    21. Mandy says:

      This is my first time on the site and it is great! Your trip sounds amazing. Best of luck on your adventure

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks for stopping by Mandy, and thanks for the well-wishes :)

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    22. I look forward to hearing all about your trip when you get back… especially all your culinary adventures. :)

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Janet! I’m aiming to take good notes so that I can share it all with everyone :)

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    23. Allysia says:

      Hey, might as well explore Asia/New Zealand if you’re already over there, right? I’m especially envious of the trip to Bali/Ubud, as that is probably in the top 3 places of where I want to travel to next! You’re going to have the best trip ever though, I’m so excited for you. :) Have epic fun!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks so much Allysia! Bali is next, we leave tomorrow morning. Definitely looking forward to the landscapes and sights – as well as all the fresh/vegan/raw food that will be accessible there. Will share it all with you when I’m back! “See” you soon! :)

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    24. Have a super time!!! Can’t wait to hear all about the beautiful places you see and the amazing food you eat!! Safe Travels!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Jen!
        I’m in Chiang Mai, Thailand right now. Ridiculous amounts of vegan food. Need to figure out how to eat 6 meals a day..!

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    25. Michelle says:

      Hi Angela
      My Name is Michelle I am from South Africa . I am a yoga teacher and a passionate vegan / foodie. Im not sure how I came accross your blog but I have used a recipe from it each night this week . Your recipes are Fabulous and really inspiring ! Thank you for taking the effort to document and share them with the rest of us all over the world .
      Wishing you peace and love on your journey – P.S Bali has the best food , the book should have been called love,pray,eat !
      Mich

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      • vegangela says:

        Hi Michelle,
        So sorry for the delay! Thanks so much for the kind words, happy to hear that my recipes are of service :) Can’t wait to share some of my travel food adventures. Cambodia and Thailand have been the best for me!

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    26. Rika says:

      How was your stay in Malaysia? Did I miss you there because I just left before Christmas though… Just tweet or email me if you need some restaurant ideas including Thailand!

      Wishing you lots of fun with your travels…enjoy these 3 months of exciting adventures…be safe and healthy on your way back to Toronto with your lovely!

      xxxx

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      • vegangela says:

        Hi Rika! So sorry for the delay, I’ve been somewhat offline the past few weeks. KL was quick (1 day) but good. I really liked it there. Had a banana leaf meal :)

        I’m loving Chiang Mai – so much great food here! I’ll send you a note if I need recommendations for the rest of Thailand, but so far so good. “See” you in May!

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    27. Carrie says:

      Angela,

      Have a fantastic time on your travels! I’ve referred your site to quite a few friends of mine and we all enjoy your updates. I’m looking forward to your return in May, but until then, Bon Voyage!

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks so much Carrie! I really appreciate your support and look forward to sharing some of the yummy food I’m discovering here :)

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    28. Ian says:

      Hi Angela – how did you get on with NZ wine, we really struggled to find vegan-friendly wine when we were there a couple of years ago?
      I’m sure you know there’s a thriving vegan scene in Toronto (another wonderful place), and the people that run http://www.barnivore.com live there.

      All the best!
      Ian.

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      • vegangela says:

        Hi Ian,

        Actually, I found a few vegan wine gems while traveling there. Will share them here once home and settled. Definitely looking forward to checking out the vegan scene in Toronto – it sounds absolutely amazing!!

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    29. Kim says:

      Hi, Angela. I will confess, I’d been worried—but too busy myself to check your website since December. Happy to hear that you had an excitng trip planned. Best wishes with your move, too. I look forward to more wonderful recipes as you get back to writing. You’re always my favorite resource for deliciousness.

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    30. Jon says:

      You have GOT to open a restaurant!

      :) JON

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      • vegangela says:

        Ha ha… maybe one day? :)

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    31. Kim says:

      Hi,

      I’ve just stumbled across your blog whilst looking for some vegan tapas inspiration and loved your recipes. I hope you had a great backpacking adventure!

      Me and my boyfriend are planning on a trip to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia next January for 1 month. We’ve backpacked around the world before but never as vegans so any advice on how easy it is to eat would be much appreciated.

      Thanks
      Kim

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks Kim! Subscribe to my site as I’m back blogging now and I’ll be posting all sorts of tips and restaurant reviews in the coming months… :)

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    32. You’ve been nominated for One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you for your beautiful blog.

      http://veganmiam.com/2012/06/20/one-lovely-blog-award/

      Cheers, Vegan Miam – Taiwan Vegan

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      • vegangela says:

        Oh thank you so much! I really need to catch-up on my reading. Hope all is well!

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    33. Isabella says:

      You are a sweetie and your recipes are phenomenal. Thank you for keeping your blog going. Hope you had wonderful adverntures in all the places you visited. And I’m sure you will have picked up some new and interesting Vegan recipes from your experiences abroad.
      All the best to you and your fiance.
      Isabella
      Burlington, Ont.

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      • vegangela says:

        Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words :)

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