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Happy Easter, if you’re one of those who spent the day eating chocolate shaped like bunnies or dying eggs funky colors! I’ve always loved Easter weekend as a time to connect with family and friends over a good meal, do all the crafting, and celebrate the arrival of Spring. While Thailand isn’t a traditionally Easter-celebrating country, I managed to tick several of those boxes this weekend with a girl’s weekend away in Koh Samui.

We planned the trip around running a Midnight 5K, something I’d loved doing last year in Bangkok. This time, instead of “training” by consuming fast food and partying for three days straight, I thought I’d go the more traditional route of actually doing practice runs and see how that would go. Turns out, it’s a solid strategy! I managed to talk a couple girlfriends from Koh Tao into joining me, and we headed over to our neighboring isle for a few days of giggling by the pool, dragging ourselves across a finish line, and toasting to our friendship with a fun Easter Sunday brunch.

The photos I took were mostly of the silly and/or sweaty selfie variety, which left little options for Photo of the Week. But I did manage a few civilized snaps of our beautiful brunch this morning, which gives you a little more of a peek at our weekend (more to come on and — and of course the blog — too!)

Happy Sunday! How did you spend your weekend?

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32 Comments...
  • Sonja Riemenschneider
    March 27 2016

    Eating a chocolate bunny now! But you won’t see me running any races anytime soon, lol!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Believe me… I hardly recognize myself!

  • Miriam
    March 28 2016

    The weather is slowly starting to change in Scandinavia so I’m definitely with you on welcoming spring! Happy Easter, Meihoukai πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Enjoy the changing of the seasons, Miriam!

  • Gemma
    March 28 2016

    Happy Easter! Well done you, we’re in Budapest, everything is bread, fat or more fat. Can’t wait to exercise again, although the spa is calling!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      I always think of the spa as a reward for working out… yes, let’s say that’s how I justify my two-massage-a-week habit πŸ™‚

  • Marni
    March 28 2016

    For the first time, my Easter was spent with friends instead of family, but we kept a few traditions alive… like having a big feast (shawarma platters) and having an Easter egg hunt around the house (except our Easter eggs were actually mini wine bottles). I’m glad you were able to still have a weekend that felt like Easter!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Um, your Easter sounds AMAZING and you just filled me with regret for not finding something to hide around the hotel room and make the girls run around and look for on Easter morning… #nextyear

  • Dominique
    March 28 2016

    Happy Easter! 5k is so impressive! I saw you did it in 33 mins, wow! I started hiking as an exercise, which I really like because it allows me to be slow and take pictures πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Hiking will always have my heart… running I just tolerate πŸ™‚ I know how good it is for me though, so I do force myself to do it. Having a run to train for definitely helps!

  • Mike
    March 28 2016

    Is this a travel website anymore? Reads More like a Kardashian blog lately…..losing focus.

    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Yup, still a travel blog! Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this particular piece of free content I provided. Photo of the Week has always been a quick snapshot of where I am and what I’ve been up to.

      If you’re looking for something more adventure-focused, might I direct you to my posts about my recent campervan road trip around the American Southwest? If you’re looking for something inspirational, perhaps my post on how travel opened up my culinary world might be up your alley. If you’re looking for something informational, how about my guide to absentee voting abroad? In all seriousness, I value feedback from my readers greatly, but I don’t even know what “a Kardashian blog” is.

    • Hannah
      March 29 2016

      The only comparison you can make between this site, and the Kardashian’s, is that your comment is akin to the kind of negative trolling they battle with regularly.

  • Cate
    March 28 2016

    Happy Easter Meihoukai! The holiday was spent cooking, eating, and laughing and chatting with friends and family. The best part was seeing a family member I only get to see about 5 weeks a year!!!

    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      That sounds blissful Cate. Love me some family time!

  • Petra
    March 28 2016

    Nice one! I spent Easter hiking here in New Zealand. Such a bonus having four days in a row off work! πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      March 29 2016

      Nice! That is indeed a serious bonus — and what a way to spend it!

  • Jael
    March 29 2016

    Not related, but I just received my first ever subscription email from PADI and you were featured! Somehow that got me very excited.

    Back on topic, I spent Easter exploring Borneo. Will be heading off to polish my newly gained diving skills at Gaya Island this coming weekend. I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as I did Koh Tao!

    • Meihoukai
      March 30 2016

      I got super excited when I saw that too, Jael πŸ˜€ And, um, BORNEO!? Color me green with envy — can’t want to get there someday!

      • Jael
        March 30 2016

        The Malaysian Ringgit is pretty low right now, so it’s a good time to visit xD

        But!!! If mountain climbing is your thing, you might want to make sure you have a spot for Mount Kinabalu booked before landing in Sabah.

        • Meihoukai
          April 6 2016

          Thanks for the tip! I’ll keep that in mind when I eventually return…

  • Thia
    March 31 2016

    Happy Easter!! And well done on your 5K too! Glad you still found time to celebrate with an Easter brunch with your girlfriends πŸ™‚ My friends and I planned a beach day, but spent our Easter weekend gorging on chocolate bunnies and easter eggs instead.

    • Meihoukai
      April 6 2016

      Thanks Thia! I was pretty darn proud! I do wish I’d found a chocolate bunny to celebrate with after, though…

  • Eugenia A Parrish
    March 31 2016

    Love reading your blogs, and even at this advanced age, I hope to see some of the world myself, so I’m paying avid attention. Have one request: You take beautiful pics of food, but could you take a sec to tell me what it is? I can usually identify rice, and know when it’s some-kind-of bread. And sometimes I can guess from the name (though not in Thai), but I’d really love to know just what a dish is made of!

    • Meihoukai
      April 6 2016

      Absolutely! This was a poached eggs and avocado on toast creation with some fun extras like bacon and rocket. A Western treat for a bunch of Thailand expats πŸ™‚

  • Annet
    April 3 2016

    You give us so many positive feeling & merci pour ce tres ))

    • Meihoukai
      April 6 2016

      Vous Γͺtes le bienvenu Annet πŸ™‚

  • David
    April 3 2016

    Love your blog Meihoukai. I realise you must get this question alot but I’m planning a trip to Koh Tao in August/September and would love to hear your opinion on the diving conditions at that time of year, in particular in regards to visibility. Many thanks

  • Julia Nix
    April 3 2016

    I ACTUALLY enjoy your photos and adventures with zoe. oh, i hope to read more about her visit in thailand especially what u girls got up to in the islands.

    • Meihoukai
      April 6 2016

      I will definitely be posting more in detail about all these adventures eventually, Julia!

  • Nirosha Sharma
    April 7 2016

    Hi Meihoukai, Love your blog Meihoukai. Even i am planning a trip to Koh Tao in July. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Meihoukai
      April 10 2016

      July is an awesome time to visit Koh Tao! Enjoy!