Instagram has trained me to jump up and run to take a picture whenever I see a rainbow these days. 🧐
I’m not the only one. When I captured this, 5 others immediately followed me 😁
And you? Do you run for rainbows 🌈?
I thought it might be time to post something on instagram. Not that I have a plan. Not that I know what I’m doing. But if anything, this account is a very incomplete visual diary. Of course a very selective one too. Everyone knows, I guess, that an Instagram account usually has little to do with a person’s actual life.
At least I don’t expect from myself or any social medium to authentically represent me or my life. The only thing that’s valid to say is that it’s (mostly) made by me.
And still I’m wondering often what I do and what to do next and why I do what I do and why I don’t do what I’d like me to do and why I think it’s good what I’d like me to do and finally what I end up doing. And why. Even on Instagram.
So much to think about, it’s no surprise I’m so slow 😁 Here’s a picture of the ‚dramatic selfie series‘ from my boat trip in Raja Ampat earlier this year.
Good morning Raja Ampat!
This is the sunrise from one of the more popular places of this pretty remote area of the world. They built a jetty and stairs all the way up to the top for the visit of the president, who then never showed up. But we did and enjoyed the rather easy ascent to the view point 😁
One of my favorite beaches - Sanur. It’s the only place I know in Bali where you can walk on the beach, or more precisely next to it, for miles and miles. Or kilometers and kilometers, if you prefer that. While doing so, you’ll walk through worlds: you’ll walk through 5star resorts, balinese shops, restaurants, bars, nothingness, temples, spas - it’s a complete Bali experience. For me it’s a place where so much has started.
It was my first destination on my first Bali trip 2010. I didn’t like at all. 🤭
It was here when I came to meet my mother during my PhD research for a holiday, that should never end 😆😍
It was here where we laid the foundation for our natural cosmetics business while being part of another product based project.
And I don’t know what comes next, but we’ve been called back to this place by a new opportunity just a week ago. It involves boats, the ocean and heading east, all of which can be seen in this picture.
My life - or more accurately my mind- is sometimes pretty messy. But I’m taking the development of my ability to enjoy its breathtaking gifts quite seriously. Even if I manage to do it only retrospectively. Snapshots like this one serve as a reminder ❤️
Drawing life lines from the periphery to the centre. What’s there that’s not here where we are?
What else is possible: Mandalas, Mandarins, Mondays, moondays, doomsdays, doorways, always, in case, high face, a phase…. (please continue!)
Now this doesn’t make any sense 🧐🤪✌️@mox.ist
This is a shot from erupting Mount Agung taken with my phone at one of my morning walks. Not quite as spectacular as the ones in the media, but it’s pretty much how we saw it a few days ago from Ubud.
As beautiful and natural this process is, being near an erupting volcano is not so great from what I can tell so far (surprise!). Part of me is in awe to witness this. Part of me deeply resists it and what might come next. I have empathy for the evacuees and the Balinese in general, who to a large extent rely on tourism.
Ubud lies in the “inconvenient zone”, so it’s considered safe but may become inconvenient through ash rain, which is harmful for the respiratory system. We didn’t get lots of ash yet but the quality of air was poor in those last days.
Many people I know suffer from headaches, itchy eyes, coughing, flu like symptoms. I simply feel like I haven’t slept for days, even though I’m doing nothing but sleeping. My concentration level dropped to zero.
If it wasn’t for all the work and fun waiting for me, I’d even say it’s a quite blissful state. Not many thoughts, deep relaxation, no sense of urgency. Enlightenment through the volcano? Or sulphur dioxide?
Either way, we have a good reason to leave. But I find a million reasons not to leave. The conclusion for now: If I feel better, I will stay. If not, I will leave and come back.
Please send good vibes and, if you care, consider making a donation to the inhabitants of this beautiful island. It’s much needed. Local NGOs like @kopernik.info do a great job supporting evacuees.
Wassup??? Fierce toad. No signs of backing away from the lense of my phone. A courageous warrior. If I was a toad, I’d want to be like you 💃😍
Photo by @mox.ist, courageous toad capturer is his second name 😁
There’s this thing in Ubud that every yoga teacher and everyone else does. It goes like this:
Take a deep breath in and sigh it out with a sound... ahhhhhhh ohhhhh uhhhhhhh hmmmmmm ☀️
And again, take a deep breath in and sigh it out with a sound....
Makes you want to take a deep breath in and sigh it out with a sound, right 😆 do it 🙌🙌🙌
These guys make me happy 💃 They saved me a thousand times. They don’t get tired of telling me what to do 😁and where my talents are and to listen to my endless thoughts and to laugh at my jokes, to encourage me to be brave and bold and to not give a fuck.
I feel very lucky to know so many over the top extraordinary people and the best thing is that a bunch of them will arrive in Bali in the next few days 😍 and so the challenge starts again to get stuff done and not only hang out 😄 wish me luck 🙏😊🎉
@niotkuda @mox.ist love you 😘😘😘
I’m too slow for Instagram. The Ubud writers and readers festival #uwrf2017 ended 11 days ago. I was there. Had millions of thoughts and things to share, but hey, then there’s life and you do stuff like shopping groceries, feeding the fish, preparing for the next trip, making gift cards and bonus payments for the Galungan holiday, getting a meal twice a day, do the beauty thing and sit and stare at the green a little ☀️ I did manage to write down a random list of things though. Here’s a snippet (and you will the full version on my blog):
Random notes of what I learned, realised, heard, saw, remembered at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017 #uwrf17
- It takes incredible courage to present on the stage of a poetry slam and I respect everyone who shows up on stage.
- There’s a huge difference between an experienced spoken word artist and a newbie.
- There’s only one Philippine lesbian writer who writes about the desire for a woman from a female perspective. I believe that lesbian love in the western mind is a bit of over-sensualised, over-romanticised.
- Chinese history is a mystery to me.
- Some people think literature is immoral. I don’t.
- The rumour that Germans don’t have humour is not only widespread in Austria but it seems to be a worldwide acknowledged fact - too many jokes about this at the Festival…
- The imagination of the human mind is without boundaries and the most beautiful thing.
- There are two important questions to success, 1. is it possible, and if yes, 2. do I really want it? If both answers are yes, begin it.
In my next life I will be a cat.
In this life I will take pictures of cats. 20 per cat. Choose 1. Maybe 2. Edit them. Ask my boyfriend which one he likes more. Upload it on IG. Come up with a caption. Press OK. Add hashtags. Then go to bed and relax. Cat style. Well, almost. 😺