Err, I’m never one to turn down a holiday – ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR OWN PRIVATE POOL IS INCLUDED (yes, really!) I’d never been to Phuket before, and didn’t know what to expect, other than a good beach. Well, as it turns out, our holiday was mega relaxing, and thanks to said pool we pretty much spent no time at the beach whatsoever – apart from a quick stroll to watch the parasailing.
We stayed at the Movenpick Hotel in Karon Beach, and obviously there was ice cream involved, as you can see below. I’m really enjoying making YouTube videos, and having my own laptop to edit with – so there’s a little video review you can see above. If you like it, please (x1000!) subscribe to my channel. I have some DIY and hair ideas I’m going to work on too.
If I could only wear one colour for the rest of my life it would absolutely be YELLOW! Over the years I feel like my collection of yellow clothing has slowly dwindled, which is a bit sad.. although it gives me an excuse to build it right back up again! It’s scientifically proven that yellow makes you feel genuinely happy – and that is one hundred percent what it does for me! Looking down and seeing a bit of sunshine in my outfit makes me feel insanely good – so it’s something I definitely need to be doing more!
Naturally, in Phuket, I HAD to take some photos alongside the bright yellow backdrop of our hotel. I had no idea there was such a buttercup theme going on and it really was the happiest surprise! Luckily I had already packed my beloved lemon bag and Sandgreen clogs, so I fit right in immediately.
Now for a bit of a personal thought: how on earth do bloggers take those classic walking photos where you look all cool and casual? That was totally my aim, but we ended up with 40+ photos of bung eyes, wonky legs or just generally uncoordinated weirdo poses! Oh well, at least there was one that was useable! I guess I’ll have to stick to my awkward standing around with one leg slightly bent! Someone needs to make a walking photo video tutorial ASAP and sent it my way. Thanks!
Dress – From a market in Thailand / Clogs – Sandgreen / Lemon Bag – Birthday present
So, you remember those Angie Jolie leg doppleganger photos I posted a week ago? (Haha!) We took them while we stayed at the incredible Santhiya Resort on Koh Yao Yai, an island just off Phuket. While I’m here, I should let you know that no, this post is not sponsored in anyway whatsoever. We simply found it on Expedia, fell in love, and made it happen. Hands down one of the best decisions we’ve made all year!
I packed my suitcase full of books and proceeded to do pretty much nothing expect read, drink gin and tonics, eat, swim and try my hand at paddle boarding (which I loved, by the way). Being a blogger, obviously I HAD to capture the trip as much as possible, and made the cute little guide you can see above! I’m really enjoying filming YouTube videos at the moment so would really appreciate you watching it and giving your feedback! Do you like it (I hope you do!) If not, why? I have heaps of travel stuff in the pipeline, but I want to do more hair and fashion stuff too.. is there anything you’d like to see? Please let me know!
In the meantime, I really, really hope you enjoy my travel guide on Santhiya in Koh Yao Yai!
Well, not so much a week in the sun – four days, more like! The sun part was more than true though. I still have the poor peeling shoulders to prove it. Boo!
It’s still rather unbelievable, but last week I left work a teeny bit early and hopped on a plane over to an incredible island just off the coast of Phuket. Has anyone else seen that episode of Cribs with Richard Branson? The Santhiya on Koh Yao Yai totally gave me the same private island vibes – and I felt like Jo Branson herself (ha!) struttin’ about in my robe as often as possible. (I’m sure the other guests absolutely loved it!)
After an easy 20 minute boat right past James Bond island, we pulled up to our hotel’s private pier – and yep, that’s where we took these photos! I totally pulled out my finest Angelina Jolie impression, sticking my leg out of the high cut dress as much as physically possible. Nailed it? I certainly think so!
We actually spent the week between Koh Yao and other beautiful resorts in Phuket. What I’m REALLY excited about is that I finally have my very own laptop (my last one broke years ago after I spilt milk over the keyboard. I didn’t cry, but I may has well have!) I took a whole bunch of footage, and now I can set up my very own editing station I’m hoping to bring my YouTube channel back to life. If you could please subscribe that would be absolutely wonderful!
It was honestly one of the most beautiful and relaxing holidays I’ve ever had. We watched the sunset every night, gorged ourselves over breakfast, soaked in our balcony bath (yes, really!), sipped G&T out of pineapple cups at the pool, capsized a kayak and tried paddle boarding for the very first time, at which time I declared myself ‘Queen of the Sea’ – since I stood up for a whopping 20 minutes!
Anyway, I hope you like these photos! They’re my favourite ones I’ve taken in Thailand! So excited to share more with you soon and keep you more updated on everything that’s going on. The perks of having my very own computer! Eep!
The weekend after visiting Wat Pa Phu Kon, we set out on our next temple-filled adventure. Unlike our previous trip, which was a two hour drive, this giant Buddha was only 45 or so minutes from home.
The biggest problem I actually had was finding out what this place was called. I’d seen photos of it around Udon, but nowhere seemed to say it’s name. It took a whole lot of Googling (I’m talking 20+ minutes here!) and visiting all kinds of weird Thailand forums. Just to find the name. The coordinates were really vague too, so I just kind of crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. And we totally made it (which you’ve no doubt figured out).
And just so you happen to be cruising around Northern Thailand and want to visit: it’s called Wat Phu Thong Thep Nimit. Oh, and to save you on Googling, there’s a map here.
It was so exciting when we first approached the hill and spotted Buddha right on top. It truly is enormous; even bigger than it appears in the photos. We drove our car as high up as we could, and parked at the bottom an extremely grand staircase adorned with sparkly green detailing.
Oh, and if you’re wondering – yes, I totally did count the steps. I can’t quite remember how many there were, but it was upwards of 150. 158 possibly.
It felt truly humbling being a part of something so impressive. Locals were paying their respects and making offerings. We did the same and lit some candles before bowing in front of Buddha.
I think what was most surprising, was this incredible structure has been so close to us this entire time. I genuinely had no idea it was so close! 45 minutes isn’t far at all, so if you’re heading to Udon Thani in Northern Thailand, you should absolutely make the drive. It really does have to be seen to be believed.
And of course, it’s already got me excited for our next temple adventure. I’ve heard rumours of a temple in a cave and you can only enter by a small beam of daylight peaking through a hole. It sounds intriguing.. Time to get Googling again, I suppose!
Around eight or so months ago, I moved to Thailand. When I picture Thailand I basically imagine temples and brilliant weather, so it’s a bit ridiculous that I haven’t actually visited any temples since I’ve been here. Aside from when I went to Laos. But that’s not Thailand. So that’s a whole different story.
We rented a car a few weeks ago, with the mission being to explore some of the grand temples around Udon Thani, the province I live in. Grand doesn’t even begin to cover it.
First up, we visited Wa Pa Phu Kon – otherwise known as ‘Heaven on Earth’. And it’s pretty darn easy to see why!
This temple is relatively new, being built only a couple of years ago. The exterior is obviously beautiful – and it’s massively exciting when you get the first glimpse of it peeking out from the trees as you approach. The province I live in, Udon Thani is generally pretty flat, so it’s even more impressive that it’s located on one of the big hills around here. The views are seriously INSANE.
Even more grand than the views was what lies (literally!) inside the temple itself. An enormous reclining Buddha, made from Italian marble takes up the majority of the space. It’s so (so!) big we could barely even fit it in the photo – and we were using a wide angle lens.
I took a whole bunch of footage of this place too, so I’ll definitely be putting up a video sometime soon, when my laptop is sorted.
In the meantime, if you happen to be passing through Northern Thailand (Udon Thani specifically) the address of Wat Pa Phu Kon is here. So, so, SO ridiculously worth the visit!
It’s been over six months since we moved out to Thailand. It’s super hot pretty much all of the time (seriously, the only time I’ve felt cold was an ‘off’ day of 18 degrees. In New Zealand that’s t-shirt weather!) Lately I’ve been spending heaps of time at the pool – and thankfully there’s one really close to my house.
The last few years I’ve basically just stuck to high waist bikinis, and I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to branch out a little more. Sure, I still love one pieces and am giving thinner strapped bikinis a go too (totally makes me feel sixteen again, by the way). I spotted this one piece by Phax Swimwear and decided to try it out.. even though it’s completely like nothing I’ve owned before!
Now, about comfort zones: this swimsuit is TOTALLY OUT OF MINE. I was drawn in by the bright yellow (always!) so decided to tell my nerves to bog off and try something completely new. The result? Boobs, boobs, boobs. It was definitely a little intimating heading down to my local pool to snap some pictures – luckily no one was there, thank goodness! I ended up feeling a whole lot more comfortable than expected though, and looking back at these photos, I feel pretty damn good about myself too.
Since I moved to Thailand I’ve steadily packed on a bit of weight and am definitely heavier than I’d like to be. Most of it seems to have gone to my boobs though, so at least I fill my top out well! I was joking to my husband, Barnaby, and saying people will think I moved to Thailand to join the plastic surgery crew. Ha! Let me assure you these are definitely the result of burgers, plenty of green veggie stir fries and burritos galore. I think I’ve discovered the boob diet! That can totally be a thing, right?
You know when you fall completely out of love with your wardrobe? Yeah, well, the dreaded curse definitely got the better of me a month or so ago. Before moving to Thailand I had the biggest purge and sold or threw out pretty much all the clothing I owned. Ya know, except for my wedding dress and a few sentimental favourites. I took a few tropical kind of maxi dresses with me, thinking I’d get into them once I arrived here.. but turns out that I am WAY more twee than I am boho. And I’m totally one hundred percent absolutely fine about that!
I’ve been steadily adding more pieces I truly love to my clothing collection and it’s safe to say that ruffles and off-the-shoulder fits are right up my (garment) alley. Luckily Thailand completely feels the same so I’m able to buy a lot of the stuff I love straight from the market! ..Well, when they fit anyway! I’m an L here, compared to being an S back in New Zealand (although the mango and sticky rice consumption may be having a bit of an influence on that too!)
Online shopping doesn’t happen quite as much as it used to and I have to be completely head over heels over something to click on that glorious ‘add to cart.’ This dress totally checked all the boxes. I actually love a whole bunch of stuff by the brand (Line & Dot, dontcha know!) so think there will be a purchase (or three!) before I head off to Europe next month. Because if a holiday doesn’t deserve a cute new outfit, then I definitely don’t know what does!
Guys. There is a giant dinosaur themed playground right in the middle of Udon Thani, Thailand. How have I lived here for five months and not known of it’s existence?! Gah, I’m so disappointed in myself. Either way, I am so, so happy we found it and love how these colourful guys look stomping around in the background of the photos. After taking some snaps on my Instax camera and looking at the washed out colours, I realised how much they remind me of the dinosaurs from Palm Springs (even though I’ve only seen them in photos).
One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Northern Thailand is the abundance of dinosaur statues. They’re littered all over the place – particularly around the central city. I asked a co-worker about it and it turns out the answer is pretty simple: a lot of dinosaurs lived around these parts! They still find heaps of fossils all over the place, and there is even a dinosaur museum a couple of hours away. We don’t own a car, we just rent every month or so, and I think this definitely needs to get added to ‘the list.’ And don’t worry, I’ll totally have my camera in tow.
As for now, I’ll just be stompin’ around with all of these big guys. What can I say, just call me Jurassic Jo!
When I left New Zealand to move to Thailand, I gave up most of my beloved bag collection. Sure, I felt all good about myself giving them to my nieces to play with (I would’ve gone nuts for them at that age. Or at my present age, for that matter), but man, some of those bags I really, really loved.
I suppose this lemon is my first foray into a comeback, of sorts, and BOY AM I GLAD. It’s hard only having two bags, guys, especially when they’re more along the lines of ‘serious’, instead of novelty It was my birthday last week (28 now, dontcha know!) and sweet Barnaby, who knows me super well, duh, gifted this little lemon number. Kind of the perfect present really! It reminds me of my beloved watermelon bag (it’s here, to jog your memory!) and in my favourite shade ever – YELLOW!
Another thing I’m mighty keen on – as is everyone in the world – is gingham. I have a pretty limited collection of clothing (so far) here with me in Thailand, and I’ve noticed that gingham is not-so-slowly becoming the majority shareholder. This romper is no exception. The off-the-shoulder fit is really cute, and I’m really into anything with ruffles and bows, so it really does check all the boxes. Yep, I’m a happy lady.
Right, now if I remember clearly, the bag shop also had a rocket ship and a watermelon a little bit like my last one… Time for a shopping trip, perhaps?
Playsuit – Shopbop / Lemon Bag – A gift / Shoes – Cocorose London / Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226