KOH TAO, THAILAND

David and I did something a little unusual for us for Chinese New Year - we traveled to a place we've already been. We both had hectic schedules leading up to this holiday and were feeling too exhausted to plan a proper trip (not to mention holiday airfare prices), so we headed to a tried and true destination - Thailand. We first visited Koh Tao six-ish years ago on one of our first trips as a couple and found Haad Tien beach. When looking around for places this year, I stumbled on a price drop for the Beach Club by Haad Tien. They are practically the only resort on the bay which makes it easily the most peaceful, relaxed, and tranquil beaches on Koh Tao. 

Since we were already familiar with the area, our only plans were to relax and unwind. We each had reading lists to tackle and podcasts to catch up on. For books, we were both really taken away with The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and HHhH. Both books were refreshing and captivating reads - highly recommended. 

My reading spot was usually either the pool or the beach so I could multi-task and work on building up a nice bronze while David on the other hand, was posted up on our balcony - shaded but still able to get the sea breeze. Since we spent most daytime hours apart, we enjoyed quality time once the sun was starting to set with sundowners and grilled fish dinners. 

For two weeks of travel, coming from a colder climate, our Tom Bihn Aeronaut - still one of my favorite travel purchase - was more than enough luggage (that's including two Turkish beach towels). The Fjrallraven Kanken backpack was perfect for day trips on the motorbike - especially picking up fruit and extra bits to bring back to the resort. 

This week I've slowly been getting back into the regular grind - hopefully, that includes a few more blog posts!

MANOKWARI, PAPUA

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This week I had the opportunity to travel to West Papua for work. I love any chance to get out of Java and explore other islands that Indonesia has to offer, especially those farther out east. Papua is full of beautiful beaches, exotic fruits and smiling children that make great portrait subjects.

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WEEK END

The rough seas have finally settled, allowing travel with friends to the nearby islands of Karimunjawa. Finally the wave/windy season is over and the ferries are open again. The relaxed weekend is just what I needed. Nothing but snorkeling, sunning, swimming, and seafood on the sand.

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