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Magic at The Batu Caves

November 26, 2016

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Alpha Omega blouse
Vintage Levi’s jeans
Proenza Schouler bag from Farfetch
Sezane shoes
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A different kind of post-Thanksgiving post since I’m in the midst of still catching up on so much from my travels. So here we go . . .

This part of my trip to Malaysia was one of my favorites. It’s been far over ten years since I’ve last visited the Batu Caves, and I was itching to revisit since I was little. And it was perfect timing since we decided to go on the major Indian holiday called Diwali (also called Deepavali). Malaysia is home to many, many people of Hindu Indian descent. It was amazing to see parts of the city come alive with color in celebration of this Hindu festival of lights, signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. It’s a beautiful reason to celebrate! Lights and candles lit up the dark Batu Caves, filled with bats in its crevices and acting as a playground for playful and curious monkeys who aren’t afraid to get up close and personal with the guests who decided to take the 272 steps up to the famous caves. I remember as a kid, always being a little fearful of the monkeys after one almost jumped on me to snag my bag of peanuts out of my small and trembling hands. But this particular day, I showed only love for these little creatures, trying to get as close as I could to snap a picture of the mother with her small baby at her breast.

It was a breathtaking view to stand at the bottom before my trek up, watching all kinds of feet, many Hindus going up barefoot as is the tradition, take purposeful steps up to the top. Every color imaginable decorating the backs of these people. Women in stunning and multicolored saris that lit up the entire stairway with every color imaginable. A mix of every skin tone, ethnicity, and cultural background together created a buzz on each and every one of those 272 steps. Once I got to the top, I decided to linger for a while longer to watch the crowds below and horizon ahead. There was an approaching storm cloud making its way towards us in the distance. It was a grey color, but it didn’t feel sad. It was peaceful and complementing to all the action happening where I was standing. Once we made our way into the cave, past the crowds admiring the colorful statues of Hindu gods, and all the way to the back, the rain began to fall through the cave’s opening where a mist hung over us all. The mist to me seemed like a kind of protector that I couldn’t stop staring at. Droplets coming down in a way that felt like life turned into slow motion. Landing on our faces and cooling our skin, for the day was extra humid. It washed our sweaty stickiness away. Kept us calm. The rain lasted for what seemed like nearly an hour, but we were in no rush at all. We sat and people watched while others did the same. Trying to figure out who was a tourists and which ones were the locals. Malaysia is so multicultural that it’s actually quite hard to figure this out. But that’s the beauty about this country. It’s always unexpected and there’s always something new to discover. This day we were celebrating the Festival Lights. And even though it got dark and grey, the light still kept on shining through.

Hope all you guys who celebrated Thanksgiving this week had a wonderful time off with those you love. Talk soon ūüôā

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The Thai Effect

November 16, 2016

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Haute Hippie kimono
L Space bikini
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It’s hard to choose a favorite thing about my Thailand. The heat. The food. The beach. Phuket was just a small taste of a country that contains endless paradise within just about every square inch of itself. The first thing I would do every morning was throw on my bikini and go sit on the balcony of our hotel room overlooking the main city road that leads straight to the beach. Makeup hardly even touched my face. I even slacked on sunscreen, but none of that mattered. My body grew so accustomed to the heat that just started to get heavy at around 8am every morning. The way it lingered on my skin acted as a sort of wake up call for me every morning in this place. No caffeine required. Vitamin D was my only intake.

Walking along the main road was an energizing experience. But a different sort of energy than the kind you find in a big city like NYC. A slow and steady energy. A humbling sort of energy. A brought down-to-earth sort of buzz where every tiny thing mattered. Where I would stop to look and admire and inquire about everything at each place along the way. The pace of things kept alive by tourists walking up and down the road. Locals wanting to sell and share a little bit of this and a little bit of that of their culture and services. Small groups of Thai men and women gathered in corners having discussions, while slightly amused by out-of-towners who make such a big deal of the local discoveries that they know and see everyday. I loved to watch both sides.

Wish I was back on that balcony right now, feeling that same heat, and eating all the tom yum in the world as I make my way towards the beach. Instead, I’m writing about this in my pajamas, hair a mess and wondering when the heck my landlord is going to turn the heat on in my building because it’s getting a little cold in here.

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The Colorful Phuket, Thailand

November 14, 2016

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Haute Hippie tie dye kimono
Triangl bikini top
LoveShackFancy miniskirt
Proenza Schouler bag // SHOP SIMILAR
Crap Eyewear sunglasses // SHOP HERE
Dannijo earrings // SHOP HERE
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Dressed to match the environment. Inspired by the mangosteens that I can smell from a mile away. They taste sweeter and sweeter with every bite, before being washed down with a pineapple smoothie. Every day charged by sugar and caressed by sweat. Tired feet left to the hands of acrobatic Thai masseuse because we prefer to walk everywhere we go even when we feel we can hardly walk another step more. Knick knacks and local snacks and bargaining our way from day and night. Smiles and fresh coconut water exchanged throughout the process. At night the beach goers who were dormant on the sand come back to life, burnt red on every inch of their bodies. Europeans and Australians mostly, with lopsided grins, beginning to drunkenly dance their way through glowing lights that come on once the sun disappears. As the sounds change from a mild murmur to a buzzing electrical outlet, the city continues to taste exactly how it feels. Hot and spicy with a splash of something cool. And reliably so every single day. More to come . . .

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