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Ahem. Remember this post? Written just about a week or so ago? About how I was saying goodbye to Koh Tao?

Guess where I am right now.

Well, what can I say. It’s a bloggers’ prerogative to change her mind? To be fair, I never said I wouldn’t come back for another visit (though I did say it wouldn’t be on this trip — whoops). Last week, as you may recall, I was in the middle of a three-day panic attack. I had a ticket to the Philippines, but something didn’t feel right. I had so much work to catch up on, and six weeks in a challenging and new country ahead of me — and I was constantly on the brink of tears. With four hours to go before my flight, I decided to follow my heart and delay my ticket — three more weeks in Thailand followed by three weeks in the Philippines. I felt a weight off my shoulders the moment I made the call.

So far, it seems I made the right decision. A friend who just returned from the Philippines told me I would have been just about two weeks early for peak season for everything I was most excited about — whale sharks, manta rays, and the famous rice terraces. Then I found out I’ll now be overlapping with blogger friend Hannah for my last few days in Bangkok. And at the moment I’m enjoying traveling with the lovely Lindsay and a friend from Hawaii through Southern Thailand.

Since I got here it’s just been, well, the usual — work, Muay Thai, work, massages, work, party, work, beach! I’m catching up on freelance work, trying to get back into the blogging groove, guest posting on Hostels.com about How To Travel Hawaii on a Budget, and tackling little things on my to-do list like using my Vistaprint coupons to order new business cards. Next week I’ll be onto Railay to try rock climbing and visit a new destination in Thailand!

Onto Photo of the Week…

Photo A
Koh Tao SunriseI loved the sky on this cloudy morning over the island.

Photo B
Koh Tao Night DiveThis seems to be one of my signature shots these days… this one being a little different as it’s before a night dive!

Photo C
Koh Tao DivingWho doesn’t love a cheeky clownfish?

Photo D
Koh Tao DivingA colorful dive at Chumphon Pinnacle.

Photo E
Sai Nuan BeachAt Sai Nuan beach, my favorite on the island.

Photo F
Fire Dancers Koh TaoFire dancing on the beach!

Which photo is your favorite?

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27 comments… add one

  • Melanie Fontaine
    February 24 2013

    Glad to see that your choice to stay in Thailand longer has worked out greatly before! I think sometimes you just need to go with your gut to do whatever is best for you.

    xx
    Melanie
    Melanie Fontaine recently posted..Scotland: Skye I – The Quiraing

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      I always thought I was the kind of girl who followed my head… glad that this time I was the one to follow my heart :)

  • Not picking this week, they are all AMAZING!!!

  • Olivia
    February 24 2013

    My vote is A, C and D! All of them!

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Thanks Livi Lu!

  • Ashley Hufford
    February 24 2013

    I’m going with C. I think its describes your adventure perfectly!
    Ashley Hufford recently posted..Eating Healthy….At Work

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Seems to be the winner this week :)

  • Sophie
    February 24 2013

    M’y favorite is C. He is adorable !
    Sophie recently posted..The Loving Hut in Cape Coral: My Review

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Thanks Sophie! Such a cutie :)

  • Julie
    February 24 2013

    Torn between the sunglass reflection and the spinning fire. I’ve found trusting your gut is the best advice out there. Are you still planning to do your Dive Master in the Philippines?
    Julie recently posted..Places I Would Rather be on Monday Morning: Snowny Swiss Alps

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Julie, I’m doing my DM in Bali! Going to the Philippines for three weeks first though!

  • Chris Shaw
    February 24 2013

    I’ll take E,…it speaks to the spirit of your wonderful blog, and perhaps yours?!?!? ;>)

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Thank you so much Chris! Appreciate it :)

  • Gram
    February 24 2013

    I love the sunglasses and beach towel—very artistic, but my very favorite is A. What an artist God is!!!!!!!! and you caught it. Good for you

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Thanks Gram…. glad to see you are still reading :)

  • Margy
    February 24 2013

    Can’t decide between C and E

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      C seems to be the reader favorite and E is my favorite, so I can understand the conundrum!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    February 24 2013

    I love D! And good for your for doing what’s best for you.
    Ashley of Ashley Abroad recently posted..The Beauty of Doing Nothing while Traveling

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Thanks Ashley…. feels good to follow my heart!

  • Kristen Noelle
    February 25 2013

    Photo A is surrealistically awesome, and the sun glass reflection in E is reminiscent of a favorite activity of mine — lazing on the beach.. aahhh. They both get my votes!

    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Thanks Kristen! Being on a beach is my favorite state to be in as well…

  • Hannah
    February 25 2013

    I’m going with A this week – that sky is just glorious – but they are all amazing. And yeay!!! I get to see you in just over a week. I’m so excited :)
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    • Alex
      February 25 2013

      Me too! Just booked my ticket to Bangkok! Do you know where you are staying?!

  • Heather
    February 27 2013

    E! But A is gorgeous too…can’t wait for those views! Enjoy climbing at Railay–I’m headed there later in my trip and I’ve heard so many good things about it. Climbing is awesome and it looks like an amazing location for it!

    • Alex
      March 1 2013

      Thanks Heather! Just arrived in Railay and the views will make you cry happy tears…. but the wifi will make you cry sad ones!

  • Great pictures! I especially love the one with the sunglasses on the beach :) Makes me want to go there.
    Cheers~Erin

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