Tuesday, August 20, 2019

To Live and Love Without Fear

I am totally aware of how lucky I am to be able doing things I love, but sometimes you don’t realise how far you’ve come until you open social media and Facebook reminded you what you did this time last year. Last August 2018 I was in Myanmar exploring Inle Lake and Mandalay for 10 days. It was so good to be back in one of my favourite countries, even though funny story I was going through something and I thought the only way to fix it and heal was just simply traveling. Go somewhere, pick up the camera, explore and create. Growth and change can be extremely hard and painful but no matter how bad the situation is, don’t let it bring you down. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. You always have the power to get up and rise again. Carrie Fisher said “take your broken heart, make it into art” , so that’s exactly what I do. There’s nothing more badass than a woman who picks herself up and move on. She put herself first and continue building herself. This is not just about boys but life in general. The next time you find yourself surrounded by people who don’t appreciate what you’ve done or treat you less than what you deserve, you gotta choose yourself and move on. I remember I met bunch of beautiful souls in Myanmar, from a strong woman/mom from Argentina to an independent artist from New York. Surrounded by these strong women and of course beautiful Burmese, I found my strength again. Excited to live and love without fear. Fast-forward almost 12 months later, I don’t think words can explain how travel has helped me mature, grow and embrace change. Also a huge amount of miracles I’ve received every single day ( including the best birthday celebration last June in New York with my favourite human being ) Oh trust me, I still get up every morning and ask myself the same question how did I get so lucky? 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Rennes and Saint-Malo

Flashing back to a beautiful weekend visiting Rennes and Saint-Malo when I was in France a while ago. Special thanks to my sweethearts Ana, Rocky and baby Nael for not only hosting me at their beautiful home in Poilley but also for giving me such comfort, home-cooked meals, good company, support and love, and finally for showing me around Normandy and Brittany. 

Located just few hours away from Paris, I found both Rennes and Saint-Malo are incredibly cute, unique, rich of histories. I never thought when I visited Paris for the first time in 2015, I would continue exploring France even to some places I never heard of before. From Provence Cote d’Azur to Colmar to Rennes, honestly the more I visit different cities in France, the more I’m in love with this beautiful country. 


Monday, August 12, 2019

Sumba, Indonesia

Flashing back to one amazing week exploring Sumba with Alam Indonesia last March. I’ve been incredibly lucky to see so many beautiful places around the world but unfortunately I’ve only been to few places in my own country. I know that’s quite embarrassing but that’s because I want to save the best for the last. But since I visited Komodo Islands few years ago, I promised myself to visit at least one new place in Indonesia each year. And this year I couldn’t be more happier to make it to Sumba. If you haven’t heard about Sumba before, this beautiful island located in eastern Indonesia or around an hour flight from Bali. I joined 5 days 4 nights tour with Alam Indonesia ( you can find them on Instagram @alam_indonesia ) for USD 350/person. The tour includes accommodation, transportation, meals 3 times a day and tour guide. However you still have to purchase your own flight ticket from Jakarta or Bali to Tambolaka and then Waingapu to Denpasar. Alam Indonesia offers various tours with different days, so just in case you can’t spend 5 days to explore Sumba, they even offer 3 days 2 night tour. The tour starts at Tambolaka where you’d explore places like Ratenggaro and Mbawana beach, Weekuri Lagoon and the local village for the first 2 days. After that they’d take you to Lapopu and Waimarang waterfalls, Wairinding and Tanarara hills also another local village where you can purchase a special batik from Sumba.

I found Sumba not only magical and stunningly beautiful ( the nature just incredible and if you love photography like me, it’s a perfect place to hunt good portraits ) but it was also a very humbling experience. Just to be home for a while, to appreciate the beauty Indonesia has to offer and to celebrate how far I’ve come. I am very lucky and blessed to have experienced things I never thought I could, also to have access to chase my dreams - while back home, here in Sumba I can see not everyone can have the same privilege. But even though they don’t have a lot, I can see they’re incredibly happy and wouldn’t think twice to share. Talking about the art of having just enough, pure happiness and gratitude.

Sumba reminds me to create bigger…to give back. While life has been incredibly kind to give me more than I deserve, I ask myself what is it that I can do today to give back? Perhaps it doesn’t have to be a huge thing, any act of kindness is more than enough. And a commitment to never stop improving myself, to always experimenting with my art, do things from the heart for one day they would lead me to bigger opportunities and you never know who you are inspiring.