Though the place looks sketchy (on purpose), once you look at the menu, you know this is not just any makeshift restaurant setup in anyhow. The spread is wide, and we were spoilt for choice. The salmon Thai salad, a clue that it ain’t no street side fair. Sashimi infuse with heavy Thai herbs. Refreshing and good amidst the other fried dishes we had, such as the delicious deep-fried Enoki mushroom. Carefully fried and not burnt, crispy perfection every strand. Gang Som (a southern Thai spicy sour soup) was served in one of those simple classic enamel pot, country vibes, nostalgia. Fired rice with Thai pork crackling. It was imbued with a sprinkle of dried shrimps finely diced which added the Unami of Asian flavors. Not a common dish and delectable in every way.
my first time travelling solo was in 📍amsterdam, netherlands. without a doubt i was nervous and made tons of planning mistakes, but it’s a process right? my return flight was also delayed for almost two days and I spent my birthday with other stranded passengers. regardless, it’s something i intend to do every year and i believe everyone should experience it at least once
here are some reasons why you should consider travelling on your own (for my fellow solo travellers, feel free to give your input below):
✨ you can create your own schedule and literally do whatever you want. this includes planning your own itinerary and controlling your budget
✨ you meet new people easily because you will be constantly thrown into social settings wherever you go. during my trip, i also signed up for events to meet like- minded travellers using the @airbnb app and it was such a fun way to connect with others
✨ you learn how to enjoy your own company
✨ you learn how to get out of your comfort zone. whether it’s asking locals for directions, figuring out a way to find your way back to your hotel/hostel/airbnb and befriending others
are you thinking about taking a solo trip (when it’s ‘safe’ to do so)?
10 5210 July, 2020
DSLR ➡️ iPhone! Which do you prefer? 📸🤷🏼♀️ Kicking off the weekend with the return of #AliStoneArtSchool ! 🙌🏼 Starting with the basics and answering ALL of your questions! I’ll be sharing all of my insight, tips & tricks from a gal who’s been a professional photographer for 13+ years and a blogger for almost 9! Nothing is off the table! Ask and you shall receive! 💯
✨ Question: Should I use a DSLR or iPhone for my photos? When do you use each and why?
✨ Answer: Both are amazing tools! Don’t feel like you need to spend 5k+ on a DSLR just to begin creating content. I am a photographer through and through so I’m a sucker for a professionally shot photo. That being said, I also love myself a good iPhone shot!
✨ The Why: I will always use a DSLR when shooting for brands or wanting to catch the attention of a brand. My focus as a content creator is imagery, so this is important for me. It’s unlikely that a brand will want to purchase an iPhone photo from you to use. (Side note to my creators- you NEED to charge for rights to your image! Don’t let brands take advantage of you. We can discuss more on this if you’d like- DM me).
✨ I love using my iPhone for capturing in the moment photos and documenting daily life! Often times, images that I take on a whim and post on my feed are from my iPhone! I have a post coming later this week with tips to get the most out of your iPhone images too + deets on all the apps I use to edit & how I use them!
✨ Are the photos you post mostly from a DSLR or iPhone!?
✨ Feel free to add more questions in the comments of these posts OR DM me. I will add to the list of things to tackle and be as in depth as I can! Again, nothing is off limits! I want to bring you all the info! You’ll be able to find all of these tips congregated at #AliStoneArtSchoolTips ! If you use any tips you learn from me, use #AliStoneArtSchool so I can see and show support for your amazing work! Happy weekend, loves! ❤️ #ThoseWhiteWalls 📸: MOM!
84 47110 July, 2020
go with the flow #travelupgraded
if you’ve been holding out hope for a european getaway, you’re in luck! summer vacation on the mediterranean can be a reality now that Croatia has opened its borders to US travelers. send me an email or dm to start planning your custom itinerary.
Although I didn't have time to explore the most famous landmarks in Washington D.C. I did managed to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (which was a must for me) and most of the Smithsonian museums. Abraham Lincoln will have to wait! 🏛️🌳🇺🇸
Aunque no tuve tiempo para explorar las atracciones más famosas en Washington D.C. sí pude visitar el Museo Memorial del Holocausto de Estados Unidos (el cual era un imperdible para mi) y la mayoría de los museos Smithsonianos. ¡Abraham Lincoln tendrá que esperar! 🏛️🌳🇺🇸
1 2210 July, 2020
“ The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”
I will never again take for granted the opportunities I’ve had to see the world as much as possible. I miss traveling so much.
Pennsylvania country side in November. A Few years ago.
3 3710 July, 2020
I’ve been travelling nearly at will (a *tremendous* privilege) since the end of 2016. Wandering around the globe when I feel like it, returning to Canada when I seek familiarity. It’s been 112 days since I flew back from South America. Since then, I’ve left my local Toronto neighbourhood only once, to visit my parents. So I’m often asked lately if I miss travelling. Actually, I don’t much. Being sick for months may have something to do with it. But also, travel means something different to me now than it did four years ago. It’s comfortable, regular. I quickly feel a cosmopolitan, home-like harmony with nearly every place I visit. A lot of the giddy excitement of experiencing somewhere for the first time, that used to accompany going to new places, has been replaced by...a slower appreciation perhaps, of universal small joys and beauty. Yes, the scenery, cultural practices, art, food etc. change and are lovely to explore, but I don’t change (because of geography) and the types of humans I meet don’t either. Not fundamentally. Maya Angelou said freedom is when “you belong no place — you belong every place.”
Anyways, I’m just musing. I will never take travel for granted and look forward to the day I can board a plane again. But not because travel fulfills restlessness. Plus, right now it feels like we need community more than adventure.
This is a little colonial-era port town in Uruguay that I visited in the before times (February). It was picturesque, orderly and overrun with visitors.
I have so dearly missed this warm sunlight on my body for almost 9 months ....
It’s rare to witness such a warm sunny day in Gdańsk when you can wear your bikini and jump into the lake or just sunbathe on the beach.
I missed and have waited for this time of the year way too much to not enjoy it now.
Going to explore a few lakes and beautiful beaches of Europe this summer.... I know the water isn't as warm as the Asian countries but it’s a lifetime experience to swim in.....
And as a wise man once said... Experience maketh the man... Well actually the man wasn't as wise as everyone thought.. cause experience also maketh the WOMAN!! 💃🏻
In the shade of a fig tree...
Yesterday was my birthday and this is where my husband and I had lunch. I wouldn’t make a big celebration anyway, but in times like this it was definitely out of the question.
I saw quite a few people here have their birthdays in July, so I was wondering - who else is a summer baby? ☀️