Story time! I have a tattoo on my hip that I got done bamboo-style on the floor of a beach bar in Ko Lanta, Thailand. It's a small line in the shape of a wave (because omg bamboo tattoos are so freaking painful I had to start small). When I got it, I remember the tattoo artists were trying to figure out why I wanted an ocean wave because apparently "I love the ocean" isn't a good enough answer. They eventually decided its because waves remind us to go with the flow. "Wave after wave" he said, with squinty eyes and a groovy hand motion. Even though at the time my only thought was "yeah sure, man" I realize there's some wisdom in his hippie sentiment. Waves remind us that we are not in control of how difficult or simple it will be to overcome the next struggle, but we keep pressing forward regardless - "wave after wave". It's important to let go, move forward, and try to find beauty in the struggle we call life. Needless to say, my tattoo took on a whole new meaning once I sobered up from that vacation! 😂 Hope you enjoyed the story & slice of wisdom. By the way that guy had tattoos all over his face.
I thought I hated #coconuts - until I had a fresh one right off the tree. In this heat you can feel yourself being hydrated after just a sip or two and they taste way better than anything you’ve had in the U.S.
Koh Samui has 3 million coconut trees 🌴
2 million coconuts are shipped to #Bangkok every month.
And they train 🐒🐒🐒 to harvest only the ripe ones.
Each #monkey can harvest 1000 coconuts a day. 😱
Last week I joined a popular film photography group and what should have been a collaborative, insightful and safe space to talk gear etc., turned out to be a place where sexism and negative comments breeded. Up until this point I had never joined an online group before nor had I received any negative comments online. Naive on my part maybe, yet I have had multiple social platforms since 2011 and had luckily never received any hateful comments or sexism. So I was disappointed to have these aimed at me all because I shared my gear pictures. It got to the point where members of this group stalked my Instagram page and left obnoxious comments and tags. As someone who regularly shares my personal photos on here I feel I don't have to state the obvious but yes this is my personal Instagram so naturally there is going to be pictures of ME because it's my Instagram and just because my boyfriend takes a picture of me taking picture does not mean it's staged or impacts on my photography skills. I don't and have never claimed to be a professional photographer - it's a hobby to me. So far the film photography community on Instagram has been extremely welcoming to me and that's been great, yet some part of me has been knocked by what I experienced thus I have not uploaded for a while but enough is enough, I will not them stop me from uploading what I want. They can carry on sitting at home and hating on others, I will carry on travelling the world and making memories that will last forever.
While in Bangkok I stumbled upon a really cool boutique @wwabangkok featuring local designers like @virgindaisies and wanted to buy basically everything (or just move in and sleep under the clothes racks... they've even got a restaurant so they could feed me).