"But love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which
only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. For when those walls come down, then love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn't even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side. To love is to lose control"
Walked around Little India at noon yesterday and it was crazy hot with the sun beating down on me because I’m clearly not very smart - should’ve gone first thing in the morning. Ducked into a small hotel after a failed attempt to do a complete #artwalklittleindia tour on my own (used an app) because I was literally melting (for those uninitiated, Singapore weather is year round HOT and humidity can be brutal). It’s #singaporeartweek, a few events happening around town - I just happen to like murals and colourful buildings. Will give it another go at the right hour, with my trusty insulated water bottle & fan (the Japanese kind). Then I’ll have Indian curry at noon 😁. This is only part of one mural, unfortunately there were a bunch of large garbage bins lining up the narrow street and covering parts of it so it was difficult to capture the whole mural.
Title: Madan Mogra, Jasmine of the City
“Madan Mogra looks at migrant workers as individuals and how their lives are affected by the circumstances that they are born into. The Jasmine is symbolic of their growth, longing, and determination for the families they sacrifice so much for.”
Artist: Nadiah Alsagoff
I’m gearing up for a big trip in two days, and as much as I love seeing new parts of the world, my favorite adventures in the last year have happened on the road in the western U.S. It’s the unexpected moments, desert dirt and hidden gem coffee shops that give me the most joy when traveling. Being able to open the back of my Jeep to a wild landscape and make a cup of instant coffee is just so damn satisfying sometimes — and it hasn’t gotten old for me yet. I had a blast in @southdakota earlier this month, and I’m still dreaming of this epic morning in the Badlands, which was followed up by Wall Drug’s legendary doughnuts and a cup of piping hot coffee. If you’re planning a trip to SoDak and want some ideas, click the link in my bio for the full scoop on where to explore — and eat. 🍩
“You know me, I think there ought to be a big old tree right there. And let’s give him a friend. Everybody needs a friend.” “Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”―Bob Ross
I’ve been feeling extra gushy lately...I’m probably just getting older. I’ve actually been noticing how much my face has aged recently! ⠀
Singapore has more to offer then just food and shopping..! As part of my goal for this year is to get off my lazy ass and explore more of my backyard! The first time I had gone to Pulau Ubin was 7 years ago and not much has changed! It’s a quick ferry ride from Changi Village and it almost feels like you’re on a holiday!
No photos or words could ever do this magical place justice. An upstream hike with stunning green, weeping canyon walls led us to the most powerful waterfall I've ever seen. The trek was challenging at times, especially with out camera gear, but it was completely worth our efforts. This was as close as I could manage to take a photo due to the insane amount of mist created by this monster waterfall. 🙌😍
What is your idea of you? Who is it that you have decided to become? If your greatest work of art is the life you live, and ultimately life is a creative act, what life will you choose to leave behind as your masterpiece?
Words by: @erwinmcmanus
Photo by: @ellemaywatson#socality#thisismycommunity
Ok, story time🙈
My first day in Bali was rough. We arrived at midnight, and the plan was to pick up our rental car and find a small hotel to catch a few hours of sleep.
Instead, it took forever to get through immigration (never seen so many elephant print pants in one place😄) and even longer to find the guy with the car. By the time we finally got on the road it was already 4 a.m.! We figured no worries, let's just catch some sleep in the parking lot and set off bright and early.
Wrong idea. The night went from freezing cold to unsufferably hot, a transition made all the more fun by roaming hordes of howling dogs. When the sun peaked through at 7 a.m., we were even more tired than when we went to sleep.
Nevertheless, we set off and... oh lord. Balinese drivers. As if suddenly driving stick shift on the wrong side of the road wasn't hard enough, we had to deal with what I can only assume was the original inspiration behind Chaos Theory. Wow oh wow oh wow. Hordes of scooters and cars and trucks and buses crashing around like a maelstrom of metal. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way.
But four later, as we finally left Denpasar behind us and climbed into the mountains, we arrived at this magical spot. And yes, it was the end season and most of the water had evaporated... and perhaps there were a few more tourists than I expected... ...but it didn't matter. Finally, my dream vacation to Bali had begun❤️
The Art of... igniting your spark
When I started travelling to wild, remote countries fifteen years ago, most of all I wanted to shake the world I had been living in. I was solely working in an expected corporate job where my days were only about working, working, working, where the only objectives were more sales, more sales, more sales, and where everything was far too predictable.
I needed to reconnect with the (wider) world I was living in, get rid of the detrimental conditioning and find that spark of life that makes you want to get up in the morning and feel like a million bucks. I needed to give a more meaningful direction to my life and for that I needed to go where I knew I would find the inspiration.
Far too often we let people and institutions of all kinds lead us through a labyrinth of expectations and others’ visions rather than encouraging us to explore life, and find who we truly are, what we truly want to do and how to get there to simply live to our fullest potential.
When you reconnect with the life force of the wilderness, the beauty of nature, the wisdom of people who live more in harmony with it, you reconnect with yourself. It has helped me so much to halt the confinement I was in and to start to draw the lines of a more purposeful life.
So here is to the natural wisdom of our planet. It is never too late to use it to ignite your spark. This song around a fire on a remote beach in Madagascar was not only a beautiful moment, but also a great reminder to find our inner fire, the only one that makes us sing at life.
Throwing it all the way back to 2011, lower-quality digital photos, and Istanbul for today’s #traveltuesday 🇹🇷 The Grand Bazaar is a giant maze of shops (61 streets worth!) selling all kinds of beautiful things.