Vegan Hip Hop

3 Awesome Vegan Hip Hop artists you need to check out! 


 

Grey 
He’s ever popular “Vegan Thanksgiving” song and video blew up the internet back in 2016 with Lyrics like “You can fill your plate up without all the guilt, We whip pies up n**ga, out of almond milk” Grey’s music has really got vegans in a frenzy! He has been taking his live show to VegFest’s and joining forces with animals rights groups at Slaughterhouse vigils around the USA. You gotta follow this guy on Instagram and Facebook, his music is really something cool! He also has his own clothing line Plant Based Drippin


 

Illy Rap
New York rapper Illy Rap sends a strong message with the powerful lyrical content of his music. Illy makes reference to the treatment of animals and the slavery of black american people as a similar evil and incorporates strong factual statements into his songs. The song “Bite of Hope” is both thought provoking and uplifting to give us hope for a kinder world. Illy is a loud voice for the animals across all of his social media channels, where you will see him pictured at his local farm sanctuary giving love to his animal friends. he is also creator of the Vegan Hearted cook book. Check out the song below. 


KRS ONE
A household name to many hip hop and rap listeners, KRS One has been releasing music since the mid 80’s. He has long been an advocate for peace and change and speaks of shifting consciousness through the food we eat. He also started the “Stop the violence” movement after a band member was shot dead. In his song “Beef” KRS One’s raps in detail on how the people consuming animals take on all the sickness and stress that is inflicted on animals in the slaughterhouse, the song has been used as the outro music for YouTube Channel “Vegan Gains.”


 

Cabbage & Pineapple Salad

Cabbage is serious brain food, loaded with vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration.Pineapple, well thats just damn tasty and is packed with vitamin C, combining these two precious plant foods together raw on your plate is a great addition to any meal. It goes particularly well with Pumpkin, so for this dish I have roasted pumpkin in a small amount of coconut oil and fresh rosemary along with some baby carrots, beetroots and sweet potato. The coconut oil blends well with the pineapple!

Making the Salad
Finely shred cabbage and dice pineapple. (see pictures)
Use equal parts pineapple to cabbage to keep flavour balanced.
Sprinkle sesame seeds and flax seeds for some texture.
Serve with roasted vegetables.
Enjoy!

London Travel Tips

London! A complete contrast from my home base in Chiang Mai, Thailand. London is Fasted paced and F-F-Freezing cold! 

A shock to the system but I embraced every moment and open myself to new things! The result, great experiences and memories! 

Im working for an amazing travel company in Thailand and we promote our Thailand tours to people in the UK, so this London trip had some business mixed in with plenty of spare time to rome around and see the special sights of London and the England countryside.

This blog may help you if you are a traveling vegan or just wanting to learn a few things about the great city of London, I will also lend my tips on saving a few dollars during your stay.

Airline

If your travelling from SE Asia or the middle East Gulf Air is a great choice, an airline with reasonable prices and great service. One of the best vegan meals I have been served in the air. You will make a quick stop over in Bahrain if travelling from Asia 🙂

Transport around London

The train and bus service is extremely reliable, I was super impressed. At first it will look daunting looking at the multi-level system of subways and DLRs but it only took me one day out to get an understanding of it.
Download the free phone App called Citymapper. Its amazing! It uses your location and shows you exactly where to walk on the map to catch each form of transport, shows how far away the transport is from arriving. You just follow the blue dot and you will have no problems. An all day ticket cost me 12pounds. I suggest getting an “Oyster card” which you can re-use, you will save some money and as busses don’t take cash you will need it.

Cabs – Those old school looking cabs although look awesome are waaay too expensive. Download an App called “Uber” this links in with the other cheaper cabs, shows you where they are and allows you to msg them directly to arrange pickup. The cabbie that picked me up was super stylish and cool dude wearing a suit and cranking the tunes, It was like flying around London with 007 behind the wheel!

Phone

I got a sim card from Lebara mobile. I topped it up with 10 pounds and that gave me all the data I needed during my 9 days.

Food

England grows amazing vegetable! Rich juicy tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and kale. I picked these items up quite cheap at a little Tesco Express close by to where I was staying. Baked Beans were cheap as chips so these were the staple of my diet during my stay also found at Tesco Express. 
I found many vegan restaurants using Happy Cow 

 

Sightseeing

Take a stroll through old London town, its a great experience. Soho had all the big theatres, lots of sculptures and statues to see. Im not a fan of the Royals but I did cruise past Buckingham Palace for a sniff, lots of people crowded around some interesting statues to see. If you keep walking you will get to St James Park, this was the highlight of my day. Lots of nature and wildlife right in the middle of London. 
If you have the doe, you gotta go! – Too… Stonehenge!!
It exceeded all expectations, I booked my tour with Golden Tours, you join the coach from London city, there was a number of tours listed on their website. The one I chose was titled “Private viewing of Stonehenge (access stone circle) and the Roman Baths.” The tour took us to the town of Bath and some other small towns paved in cobble stone and looked like something from a Harry Potter movie. But it was entering the centre of Stonehenge that was indeed the highlight. You can view my video from that experience HERE

Lentil Salad Wrap

A great quick and healthy vegan snack idea.
I hope this can inspire you to create your own snacks.
You can change things up if some ingredients aren’t available for you.
Tahini and Mountain bread are a great base to start,  you can try changing up the Lentils for Chick Peas or Red Beans also. Adding herbs like Basil and using Lemon juice are great ways to enhance flavour.
Its all about getting creative! 🙂

 

Ingredients
Mountain bread or any other dairy/egg free wrap bread – Mountain bread is great because its very light and easy to digest
Tomatoes
Avocado
Leafy greens – I’m using a variety of spinach and lettuce leaves from the garden
Tofu (organic)
1 can of Brown Lentils (organic)
Alfalfa sprouts
Herbs – Basil and Parsley
1 Lemon
Tahini
Himalayan Salt

Method
Spread Tahini spread over wrap
Lay over leafy greens
Dice other ingredients and layer
2 heaped table spoons of lentils
squeeze over lemon and sprinkle Himalayan Salt
Wrap Tight
Enjoy!

 

Stonehenge – A Feeling I will never forget

Stonehenge was nothing short of Amazing! It is a memory I will take with me forever. But what was it that was so Amazing?
This place had an indescribable energy, a feeling I can’t even put into words. I will forever be fascinated by this place and its history.
One only has to look at the facts to try understand how such an energy has been created in this circle of gigantic stones.

Stonehenge was estimated to have been constructed around 4200 BC in the Neolithic period.
It still remains a mystery as to how its circular formation of 160 massive stones was constructed, scientists estimate it would require over million man hours to build, over 4 times the man hours required to build the empire state building!
Some believe whomever created Stonehenge was not from this world.
Some scientists believe it is a prehistoric calculator dsigned to predict lunar exclpises and atrological phenomenon. Below is my video of my experience there and my sharing what I was feeling.

Mung Bean Salad with Tahini dressing

This Salad will blow your Mind! Its a flavoursome Delight with loads of Health benefits. Mung Beans are a legume that reduce cholesterol, are packed full of proteins and fibres that aid digestion and contain an enzyme called Phytoestrogen that enhances skin tone by helping the secretion of collagen and elastin. I’ve added beetroot to this Salad also for the many health benefits, this combination of vegetables with the Tahini dressing is a match made in heaven.
The amounts used and shown in pictures will make one serving. Increase ratios to make larger servings.

Ingredients – Salad
1/2 beetroot
Any combination of lettuce and spinach (I used cos and baby spinach)
Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Cucumber
1 Small Sweet Carrot
1 handful of Mung Beans
1 handful of Alfalfa Sprouts

Ingredients – Dressing
2 tablespoons of Tahini
1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
1 tablespoon of flax seed or olive oil
1 tea spoon on Apple cider vinegar
Himalayan Salt

Method
Grate Beetroot and Carrot, dice cucumber, halve Cherry Tomatoes.
Mix together with Mung Beans and Alfalfa Sprouts and pour it over Lettuce and Spinach leaves.
Using a hand blender blend up dressing ingredients in a mug and spoon over the salad.

Serve – Enjoy!

Golf in Northern Thailand

Golf enthusiast from all over the world are travelling to the great North of Thailand to experience what is some of the best golf Asia has to offer. Laid out around the capital of Chiang Mai, Thailands second largest city is approximately 11 excellent courses all within 30 – 60 minutes drive.

It was recently the Golf travel association focused its attention on Chiang Mai as many golf tour operators from around the world gathered for the 5th Annual Golf Tourism Convention. As a direct result of this event Golf travel is predicted to rise by an unprecedented 25% over the next two years in the North of Thailand.

Golf tour operators have played a big part in growing golf tourism in Thailand over the past few years and for travelling golfer, choosing the right company makes the experience much more enjoyable while golfing in Thailand. A large presence at this year’s convention was “CocoGolf” a well established Golf tour operator that have been hosting golfers in Thailand for over 20 years and from hotel to tee off provide a first class service and cater for all travel and leisure during your holiday.

One course many golfers travel to Chiang Mai to play is “Chiang Mai Highlands”, considered by some as the jewel of Chiang Mai’s golf courses. Its a course that has beautifully captured Chiang Mai surrounding’s hills and rolling landscapes and is perfectly capable to host world professional tournaments. Requiring some strategy navigating the bunkers and water hazards may test even the most skilled of golfers, the challenge will be worth it as each hole offers a new and interesting challenge. After your game enjoy the great facilities in the clubhouse and a drink and delicious meal in the restaurant. A perfect day golfing in Chiang Mai.

 

If we head further South an hour or so outside Chiang Mai in a tranquil, rural setting of orchards, canyons and woodland lies Lamphun’s Gassan Legacy a 72 par course with wide fairways and island greens set around a lush landscape and unique clubhouse towering high overlooking this beautiful course. A newly renovated course it has now been transformed into one of the best conditioned courses in the area.

After spending a few days golfing in Chiang Mai why not venture further north towards the Golden Triangle and the magnificent city of Chiang Rai, The journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai can be taken by road and arranged with your Golf Tour Operator. Stop for a buffet lunch along the way and even take the option of travelling down the breathtaking Thaton river by boat, here you will see villages of people and wildlife living harmoniously in their natural environment.

There are 2 main golf courses close to Chiang Rai and Santiburi Golf Course should be at the top of your list to play in Thailand. It is home to many championship events, yet very enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. There are many natural features on this course including 2 large lakes and rolling hills, each hole cleverly designed into the contours of the valleys. Most greens are protected by bunkers and there are several good dogleg holes. Santiburi is in immaculate condition all year round and rated by many travelling golfers as “The best golf course they have ever played!”

So why not start planning your next golfing adventure to the magnificent North of Thailand, discover the many amazing courses in the area and create a memory you will treasure for years to come.

Cowspiracy & What The Health – Hacked following Netflix release

Monday June 19th 2017
Both films – “Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret” and “What The Health” Facebook & Twitter pages have been hacked and their admins locked out. Following the well received release of  “What The Health” to Netflix, the social media accounts for the films have both been hacked and have been seen posting misinformation articles and celebrity garbage news in an attempt to discredit the films. 

The 2 groundbreaking films by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn have uncovered the corruption and atrocities carried out by the meat and dairy industry. The films have been said to be responsible for hundreds of thousands of people around the world turning vegan. This has been seen as a major threat to the corporations funded by animal agriculture industries that hold immense power over the populations food choices which have been linked to chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.. turning trillions of dollars to big pharma. 

If you haven’t seen the films, there is no better time than ever to educate yourself 
http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com
http://www.cowspiracy.com

Well known activists and public figures expressing there views online:

 

Baguio City – A mysterious secluded city in the Philippines

I went to Baguio in search of a peaceful place to rest on my journey through the Philippines.
I wanted to discover some of Phil’s more traditional sacred tribe cultures and mountain landscapes.

A six hour long bus ride from Manila took me through mountainous terrain and ghost like villages which had very little development, just few churches and children playing on the side of the road. As we got closer to Baguio the drop in temperature was very noticeable, a nice change from the constant heat you experience in most of the city’s in the Philippines. I arrived very late and caught a cab straight to the “Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza” where I had a room booked.
I was met with a warm reception in the hotel lobby and retired to my room for the night excited to start the new day in a place I knew very little about and was very excited to explore.

The next day I stepped out from the hotel lobby onto the street and was surprised to see I was not in a peaceful place. It was traffic chaos! Another overpopulated part of the Philippines filled with intense polluted air.

Baguio is a city originally designed for 100,00 but now has a population of 300,000 and seems the traffic system is failing.

I hopped in a cab and asked the cabby to take me to a nice market. Getting anywhere via taxi or Jeepney at times seemed like mission impossible. So I spent the first few days just walking around the city on foot exploring every nook and cranny.

Now when it came to food Baguio is place dominated by Fried chicken and Balut (egg with duck embreo! ? but I actually discovered the most amazing vegan restaurants I have ever been to in my life! See this blog HERE

My search for something peaceful first lead me to the outer parts of Baguio the first being Trinidad to a place called the Bell church. I walked down a small lane that led me up to a temple filled with Buddhist and Warrior statues and magical ponds filled with Lotus flowers. Children performing a ceremony with a Chinese dragon, running and jumping in formation. I sat and watched in a while in awe and then climbed the staircase past little huts and statues until I reached the top to view the entire city and temples below me.

I looked out over the city. Baguio is such a secluded city, its a far away place, like another world, so far from my home in Australia. I felt like a tiny spec in this place but sitting high above the Bell Church I felt a great peace and enjoyed the moment and what I was experiencing.

The following day I set out to my next destination to deepen my meditation. It was a place I had read about the Brahma Kumaris meditation centre.  A long taxi ride this time to the other end of the city to the peak of a mountain to a little white building.

I received a very warm greeting by a lovely Lady and man in white robes and they invited me in as if I was a son returning home from time away.

The Lady took me to a meditation room. At one end was a large painting of colours and in the centre was the point of light an image the resembles the point of which all beauty and peace emanate from. We sat in meditation together guided by some peaceful sounds where I found a deep feeling of love and gratitude for all the experiences the Philippines were showering me with. After that the lovely Lady sat and gave me her wisdom on life, meditation and the history of the city. They took me into there home and prepared a lovely vegan meal and cup of tea for me and we sat and ate together and shared stories. It was one of those magical moments I experienced while in Baguio.

Baguio city is surrounded by magnificent hills. Looking out from the chaotic centre of the city you could see the beauty of nature that was within reach. I had to get there somehow, I had made friends with a local taxi driver named Rimel and requested if I could hire his services to be my own private shoffer for the day and drive me out of the city and far up into the hills.

 

Rimel was a lovely guy and we had much to chat about and learn from each other coming from different worlds, he was happy to spend the day with me.
As we drove high into the mountains the beautiful clean air filled my lungs and being at such a high altitude was almost euphoric. The roads ended and we were now driving off-road, luckily Rimel had a 4×4. We eventually reached our highest point and pulled over to take in all the beautiful surroundings. It was Breathtaking as we were so high up the clouds were passing below us. I’d never experienced anything like it. The land was lush and green with traditional rice farming terraces carved out in the hills.

Id found what I was looking for.