From Phi Phi with Love

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Phi Phi is the kind of place you dream of visiting and your heart won’t rest till you set your eyes on it. It’s pure magic…. I was obsessed with visiting this beautiful island and I almost missed out on the chance.

It was our (My husband and I) second day on the gorgeous Island of Phuket. We got to the ferry at around half past noon only to learn that the current ferry leaving at 1p.m was the last one for the day. After a lot of hassle with the guys at the ticket area, they allowed us on the ferry on one condition; that we would be at Phi Phi Pier by 5.30 as the last ferry back to Phuket would leave then. This meant that we had only two hours on the Island since it takes 2 hours to get to Phi Phi by ferry.

Of course I jumped at that option since this was my main motivation to go to Thailand and I couldn’t bear the thought of missing out on this major adventure. We would take two hours. My heart would have to be content with that.

We got on the ferry and after what seemed like forever, we set sail (lol). Then the heavens opened up and rain came down on us. We hid in the lower cabin of the ferry and dozed off into a deep, deep slumber.I only woke up to the voice of one of the guides on the ferry calling out “Phi Phi”…. I quickly woke my partner up and we dashed outside to behold this wondrous beauty. And what A sight it was!!!!!

Since we did not want to miss the ferry back to the main island, we did not do much exploring. The ferry was late though and we were put on a speed boat back to Phi Phi. I have never been on a speed boat before and I can tell you it’s crazy. The ride is bumpy but exhilarating. And it only takes 45 minutes!

I am really glad we got to visit this wonderful place and we definitely made plans of how we would be back here in ten years with our kids…. Lol 😂.

Xo,

M.

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Let’s get Personal…

It’s hard to write. I mean, I love to write; but sometimes, most times it’s hard. I am the kind of girl who wears her heart on her sleeve, but lately it’s been the opposite. I have been holding back and I can’t do it anymore.

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Location: Sea point, Capetown.

Being a creative, my work is really personal to me. I am so attached, I cannot tell the beginning nor the end. The world has become so judgy and I have measured myself against other people’s achievements feeling like mine are so minute; like they don’t matter. Every critique has hit hard. It froze me and I couldn’t help but wonder, “Don’t you see what I see? How does no one get me?”

So I haven’t written in the longest time. Music, poetry, real words…. I buried it deep. I just didn’t know how. I didn’t bother. I shifted my focus to photography because I really didn’t have to say anything. I let the pictures do the talking for me. And boy did I capture some wonderful images! I am so proud of my work. I found solace, an outlet in photography and I love it so much. But I had to stop hiding. I had so much to share, so many stories to tell. My heart couldn’t take it anymore; so here I am, attempting to write again.

It’s still very personal to me. I am a little afraid, but it’s the things that scare us the most that really satisfy our souls. So I will take it one step at a time and I will tell my story the only way I know how and I hope your hearts are big enough to share with me, as I you.

I shared these images because they are so somber. Every time I look at them, I can tell a different story. It was really windy that day. Capetown is so windy! I was away from home for the first time, in a strange country and I was a little homesick. So I took a walk to clear my mind and the Ocean’s mood was perfect. It mirrored my soul.

They are aren’t the rosiest pictures of a beach but the rocks drew me in. It was so fascinating to look at them, have my mind wander…I hope they take you away too. I hope you remember what truly fascinates you. I pray we all have the courage to pursue what’s in our hearts.

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Exploring Old Town Phuket

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Cute coffee and pastry shops, multi-colored walls, larger than life graffiti, market stalls at every turn and a chilled down atmosphere; What’s not to love about old town Phuket!

Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand and is the biggest island in the country. Old Town Phuket was our first stop and it was lovely!

My best part about Old Town was finding this cute coffee shop that had no other customers so the owner allowed us to take pictures and just chill. I loved the hospitality. It was such a lovely space playing such cool music I didn’t want to leave. I wish I had more time to explore more wonderful spaces that lingered at every corner of Old Town.

I also loved that no one really cares what you are up to unless it’s a tuk tuk driver wanting to take you to a different destination.

Enjoy the pictures.

M.

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The Sanctuary at Ol lentille

I love travelling and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to go to places I would never have imagined existed. Well, I may not have as many ticks on my bucket list as the next person, but who’s counting?

Ol lentille is one such place. It is in the middle of nowhere & it is stunning. It camouflages itself atop a small hill & it would be so easy to fly over or drive past and not even notice it. My favorite part about this place was the pool. Laaaawd!! It has this infinity vibe to it leaving you to stare endlessly at vegetation and sprawling hills in the distance. The views from it overlooking the valley below are mind blowing.

This beautiful sanctuary is located in Laikipia. The property is owned by the Maasai community but ran by an investor who looks after the day to day operations. I spent a relaxing two days here with a few friends (when you are travelling, you are all friends irrespective of the background).

The activities  included swimming, archery, quad biking, maasai village visit & walking with baboons (we didn’t get to do this) among others. I also spent some time at the spa which was not exactly sooo great but overall, I loved my time here.

The sanctuary has four different houses that accommodate a various number of people. I stayed in the Chief’s House which was self contained and very cozy. It has a kitchen, a gorgeous living room with a dining area and three bedrooms. All the rooms are detached from each other. We also had the pleasure of our very own butler and chef.

We spent most of our evenings after dinner telling stories and laughing endlessly over drinks and under the watch of entertaining maasai morans.

Enjoy the pictures and go exploring some time, yeah??

For more info, see link below:

Ol lentille Sanctuary

 

Xoxo

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I got to do some Archery and completely flopped at it!

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The Arbor

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I visited this gorgeous, super chilled space three Saturdays ago and it’s the perfect spot to hide out, have a meal, spend time with a friend or with a book, have a spa date… whatever tickles your fancy. It is in Lavington on James Gichuru drive. I was here with my friend Liz and let me just say, we never wanted to leave.

It’s intentionally designed, with colored bottles hanging from the roof and beautiful flowers giving the space so much life. It can get pretty full on weekends so be sure to get there early or to make a reservation.

Location: The Arbor

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My gorgeous friend Liz

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First time having a Sangria… It got me deep in thought..

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Mini spa for that Mani- Pedi…

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There is a spa for all ye spa lovers… You can spoil yourself here and the rates are affordable. I cant wait to try them out. I got the D’vine Tulia butter from their shop and it smells soo good.. Absolutely Divine!

There is a cute furniture shop with rustic and artistic pieces. It’s a creatives haven really.

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They also have a garden center called Eden (I didn’t get a great picture of it) and you can buy potted plants and vegetables which you can nurture in your very own home and eat them afterwards…. 🙂

Very cool!

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It’s a must visit. I can’t wait to be back here.

Love,

M.

Simon’s Town

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope your new year is off to a great start and I pray you have some positive energy within and all around you!

On my last full day in Cape Town, I visited this charming, little town. I didn’t have much time as I was meeting a good friend for dinner and I didn’t wanna be late. I got to the train station and the train to Simon’s town was leaving in like 3 minutes. I ran for my life coz missing that train was not an option. Literally!

The next one was in an hour’s time and that meant I wouldn’t make it back in time. I paid 20 rand for a return ticket and got into the first compartment. We were only three of us there; a fair-skinned man seated at the far end of the compartment eating his McDonald’s burger, and a dark lady at the opposite end, dozing off. I sat next to the exit.

Now, I have a very active imagination and I started thinking of all the things that could go wrong like getting robbed on a train, in a foreign country. Then my phone’s battery started acting shitty and it felt as though we were moving at a snail’s pace. I googled all the names of the suburbs between Cape Town and Simon’s Town and the distance between each so I could see how much progress we were making. Trains are not my kinda thing. Nah.

I didn’t start enjoying the trip till we came upon the coastal towns and my companions alighted which gave me the courage to get my camera out and capture the gorgeous views…. Such romantic scenery!

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This was my ultimate destination and I have to tell you, I almost never made it here. The taxi (matatu) guy and driver kept saying Boulders beach is 40 Minutes away. I was like whoa! That would mean missing the next train which was like in 30 minutes. It took a kind officer at the train station showing me a map of the town, and how close boulder’s beach is to convince me to go.

I sat next to a lovely lady in the taxi who was so nice such that she didn’t mind me asking her a 1000 times “How much further till we get to Boulders beach?” with a look of panic on my face. It took about 15 minutes.

I thanked the young lady and ran all the way, paid the entry fee and finally saw the charming little guys. Penguins are so fascinating (probably coz of watching too much Penguins of Madagascar.)

I wish I lived here… Maybe I will retire here 🙂

Simon’s Town is picturesque.The buildings all  have a white color palette going on. They also have a navy base here so I got to see some navy hunks 🙂 & school children. Actually it was a welcome distraction since on my way back to the station there was crazy traffic. My saving grace was that the train was late. Anyway, I made it back to Cape Town a little late, but much to my friend’s amusement: that I would take the train all by myself to a different town. I am adventurous like that.

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Xo,

M

Waterfront Harbour Cruise

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Doing the harbour cruise was such a joy for me. I love yachts and water so much. I remember just clicking my camera endlessly so I could capture as much as I could. Owning a luxurious yacht is officially on my bucket list!

I got to do this cruise as part of the Cape Town Hop-On- Hop-Off Bus tour package (read about it  here). I can only describe it as Amazing! It lasts approximately 20 minutes and it is a must do if you visit Cape Town.

I had a hard time choosing the pictures to share on this post. Too many beautiful images. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Xo,

M

Location: The V&A Waterfront Harbour

Photography: Myself

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