When I think of the temples of Angkor, I don’t think of Angkor Wat standing majestically against the stormy dark sky, although it was an impressive sight to behold.
I remember the moments of peace and quiet, away from the crowds, gazing up at the weird and wonderful carved stone faces of Bayon…
Temple of Bayon
… and exploring dark mysterious chambers with my best friend and travel buddy.
I remember climbing impossibly steep stone steps…
… and even more precarious descents, covering every inch of the ancient ruins.
The astonishing Ta Prohm reminded me that even these mighty monuments bowed to the great force of nature, as the forest slowly reclaimed its territory.
Catching glimpses of Angkor Wat between the trees…
… and from the air in a tethered ballon…
… left me with much more than the image of the giant religious monument in my mind. The powerful symbol of Angkor Wat simply acts as a reminder of our epic adventure exploring this sprawling treasure trove of ruins in the jungle.
My heaven on Earth. I remember having a very clear feeling while I was wading waste deep in the turquoise water of this tiny Thai island that this really was paradise. I swam parallel to the shore, long, smooth strokes, and thought about how amazing it would be to live somewhere that I could swim in warm clear tropical water whenever it took my fancy. To have my loved ones enjoy it with me. I felt blissfully blissfully happy at that moment and pretty happy on Koh Lipe in general.
I can’t vouch for what it’s like now – if anyone’s been there lately please do tell me – but in 2012 it was a magical place, a little pocket of calm in the midst of Thailand’s mad tourist trail. Despite not being as developed as most of Thailand’s other gorgeous islands it managed to boast the largest selection of pancakes I have ever come across in my life. I’m vegan now (with occasional slip-ups) so I’m glad I went when I did! Honestly, I went in one cafe which had massive menu boards full of pancakes outside with various combinations of toppings, and when I sat down they gave me a menu with pages and pages more. The even more bonkers bit was that the day before I’d been in Malaysia talking to a friend about what we wanted to manifest in our lives. She was talking about wanting more clients for her business but I was more in the relaxed holiday frame of mind and all I could really think of that would make me happier was ‘loads of pancakes’! I hadn’t even bought my ticket to Koh Lipe then and had no idea about the abundance of pancakes there, but clearly my subconscious knew exactly what it was doing!
I appear to have gone off at a bit of a pancake tangent there, let me get back to the point of my story. The kinds of perfect moments I described where I was immersed in the soothing aqua-marine water are what inspire me to pour my heart into my work. I create jewellery to reflect this magic and celebrate the beauty in life. I aim to share as much of this peace, love and wonder as possible and I look forward to sharing in your inspiration too.