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i cant believe we are almost at a wrap.

this years’ trip has flown by.

we’ve been thru thailand and new spots in the philippines. been in crazy heat, and now, seattle-ish cold and rain.

i dont want to leave, but i cant wait to get back to a christmas’d seattle. decorate my apartment up and down. see my boo. make some christmas food. yes.

the internet situation this year has been especially terrible….but while I am connected now, I wanted to share a handful of photos.

i’ve been only able to do very minimal email while away, internet is so bad, it takes about 20 minutes to even load an email….so if you are waiting on an email, I’m aiming to hit my inbox hard when I get home mid-week next week. thank you for your patience!

Tonight, we take a 10 hour bus ride back to Manila from up here in the mountains…..noooot looking forward to that. helllllo sleeping pills!

Asia // Vietnam & Thailand // Part 2

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isn’t it crazy, that right now. all over the world, there are completely different ways of life. cultures. people. events. going on.

that’s something that, one of those wild wonders, i can never get over.

and the more i travel, the more that becomes more mind blowing. it’s also a reason why i travel. the impossible eye opening you have to different lives, cultures. respects. traditions. that’s the beauty in traveling beyond your zip code. off a plane and into the culture and way of life of another. a month is such a short amount of time. it takes time to really start seeing trends and understanding why they do what they do.

its so beautiful. seeing how you can walk past the bubble of what a tourist does, and really see the culture. see the people. having my camera gives me that curiosity, the ability to walk around corners i wouldnt otherwise, explore a little deeper. because i am lucky enough to be able to capture what that was and bring it back. 

having this camera makes me such a more curious person. braver. it’s almost of my duty to capture what i see. because it doesn’t last. the least i can do is grab what the spot in the world feels like. because a picture can only do its best justice for the smells. the interaction. the feeling of a place. 

it’s my duty. show the parts that get overlooked. little details having my camera forces me to see.

gosh. what a beautiful concept. and that’s why i will always do what i can to take the time, make the time, to travel and see the world. see the people. experience it. every year. this is only the start. my hope is to look back, when I’m 73 and telling my grandkids about beautiful places and cultures i’ve seen. and inspire others to make time to do the same.

travel, impacting how i see people and where i put value to in my own life. 

 

this is the second part of our trip to Asia. tonhya and i left the Philippines and tried to find something to beat it. nothing did. but that’s ok. vietnam and thailand. had some incredible food i want to get back to. learned more about another culture. had many massages. shopped markets top to bottom. rode an elephant thru the jungle-mountains.

pretty incredible.

vietnam and thailand. Mui Ne. Koh Samui. Koh Phangan. Chiang Mai. Bangkok.  completely, jumbled. not in order.

that one moment before we thought we may die. vietnam. good times.

in the mountains of Chiang Mai. road side coffee shop, hand-made wood furniture. one of the most stand out moments.

Asian Oprah. am i right?!

ringside tickets. best idea and incredible night.

what a trip.

couldnt have been happier to travel this with one of my best friends. Tonhya. we had so many laughs. crazy meetings. food overloads. disgusts. indecisive decisions. dream reporting. beach lounging. fruit discovering. talking and missing our guys. camera trekking. moments of wonder. and i’m so glad, out of everyone…it got to be her and i doing this together.

to 2013, and the places i may go.

a tid tad of Asia

// Personal, Travel

hello. on day 15 here. 

just woke up. were in koh phangan, a smaller island off of the east coast of thailand.

i’m sitting in a hammock, i can see the ocean. this place gets a badass stamp of approval.

we’re half way though our trip and it seems like we’ve been here so long, yet its gone by in a blink of an eye.

we’ve had so many noteworthy experiences so far. and crazy bits of laughter. and a few things that’s gone wrong. and met random and wonderful people during our days.

i’m very proud of myself, because i intended to not be on my computer, email, work-land a lot and i legitmately have not. at all. i always say that and it never happens, but not this time. and i have welcomed that with open arms.

i’m waiting to do a full grand’ol asia post when i get back.

but i wanted to share 2 images from each spot we’ve ventured in to so far.

the color.

the people.

the food. 

the water. 

it is good. 

and in order 2×2 that is that is Manila // Coron // Vietnam // Koh Samui // Koh Phanang

T and i could be any more of two peas in a pod. so happy we are here together for the trip.