Image 01 Image 01 Image 01 Image 01 Image 01 Image 01

Greetings from Koh Tao! I’m basking in the glow of post-Halloween happiness, and well as the joy of being back on my favorite rock. Heather and I wound down our trip with a few final days in Chiang Mai temple hopping, getting creative at a leather making workshop, hiking through Doi Suthep National Park, and making a religion of daily massages. Now we are back by the sea, and I’m loving introducing Heather to this island I love so much, and all the people that make it so very special.

Happy November, guys!

Photo A

Hiking in Doi SuthepPurple flowers, black fingers in Doi Suthep National Park, Chiang Mai

Photo B

Hiking in Chiang MaiA bronze figure placed atop a supposed footprint of the Buddha in Chiang Mai

Photo C

Leather Workshop Chiang MaiA leather workshop in Chiang Mai

Photo D

Hiking in ThailandPerfect patterns in nature

Photo E

Halloween in Koh Tao…and a Happy Halloween selfie from Koh Tao!

Which photo is your favorite?

3-devide-lines
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY
54 Comments...
  • Steve
    November 2 2014

    Alex, I will choose C. Always good to see a local craftsman at work.
    Steve recently posted..UΕΎupis Republic

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Indeed! And especially when they are a colorful character like this πŸ™‚

  • Janice Stringer
    November 2 2014

    Gotta be the Koh Tao selfie – better than the Koh Tao kiss!!!
    Janice Stringer recently posted..Do You Know the Countries and Capitals of Australia and Oceania

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Indeed! Though unfortunately I have one of those right now too… (a motorbike burn, for those who don’t know!)

  • Sonja at Breadcrumbs Guide
    November 2 2014

    Wow, you guys rocked your Halloween make-up! That’s pretty impressive. E is my favorite πŸ™‚
    Sonja at Breadcrumbs Guide recently posted..The Essence of Cusco

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Thanks Sonja! It wasn’t easy to pull together in a remote place like this πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Brynn
    November 2 2014

    What an interesting mix of activities and ways to spend your time. Sounds delightful.
    I have to say I’m a fan of the patterns created in nature. πŸ™‚
    Colleen Brynn recently posted..An Indian Story For Halloween

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      I’m always drawn to the super graphic images like that one πŸ™‚ Thanks for voting Colleen!

  • 2 tickets to Wonderland
    November 2 2014

    Wow your make up is spectacular! Definetly photo E!
    2 tickets to Wonderland recently posted..The biggest and the greenest: Naxos

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Thanks so much! We had a blast!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    November 2 2014

    I like B a lot but your Halloween makeup was amazing! It makes your eyes look bright green.
    Ashley of Ashley Abroad recently posted..Things That Scare Me + This Month’s Sponsors!

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Thanks Ashley! I was so happy to find a group of fellow enthusiasts to celebrate with πŸ™‚

  • Ron
    November 2 2014

    As usual I like them all. But I have to go with E if for no other reason than … it is not a Zombie!

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      I’m not a fan of scary costumes… I’d get creeped out looking in the mirror!

  • becky hutner
    November 2 2014

    E is off-the-charts amazing. I am so crazy in love with your day of the dead ensembles! I was the corpse bride this year so I can totally appreciate the painstaking effort/patience required for macabre face paint.
    becky hutner recently posted..5 sustainable LA brands you can shout about.

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Especially with the low quality materials we were subjected to out here, ha! First time doing full face makeup for Halloween… it was intense!

  • Justine
    November 2 2014

    Everything about E is amazing. That’s an impressive makeup job! But there’s just something about D that I love too. Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful week!
    Justine recently posted..Going Local on the Island of Camiguin, Philippines

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      We did indeed! A great trip around my home away from home.

  • Love E so much, your halloween makeup is awesome!!!
    Christie of The Butterfly Editions recently posted..Travel Budget & Summary: Indonesia

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Thanks Christie! It was fun to paint again… even if it was a strange canvas πŸ™‚

  • I love E. Did you guys do your own makeup? Very impressive πŸ™‚
    Katie @ The World on my Necklace recently posted..Hiking the volcanic Yasawa Islands of Fiji

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      We did indeed! With some inspiration found online πŸ™‚

  • TammyOnTheMove
    November 3 2014

    That guy`s jewelery in the leather workshop is insanely beautiful. Does he sell jewelery as well?
    TammyOnTheMove recently posted..My Ultimate South America Packing List

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      He said he made it, but there was none for sale here… I guess it was a highly specialized leather shop!

  • Kate
    November 3 2014

    Gorgeous pictures! A or B are my favourites :).
    Kate recently posted..How To Quit Your Job & Travel The World – The Book!

  • Kristen Noelle
    November 3 2014

    E! Sick makeup!
    Kristen Noelle recently posted..6 Tips to Become a Better Networker

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Thanks Kristen! It seemed everyone went with this costume this year, but it was a fun one!

  • Miquel
    November 4 2014

    I think it’s a tie for C and E this week! Love that makeup, and the leather workshop looks awesome!
    Miquel recently posted..A Rainy Visit to Wat Arun

    • Alex
      November 4 2014

      Thanks Miquel! It was a crazy fun night.

  • Amy
    November 4 2014

    Definitely E – amazing!
    Amy recently posted..WhatҀ™s it actually like to Teach English in Vietnam?

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      Thanks Amy! We were quite proud of our results πŸ™‚

  • Jelena
    November 4 2014

    awesome, enjoyed this post very very much <3

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      Thanks Jelena πŸ™‚

  • Mindy
    November 5 2014

    The selfie is just INCREDIBLE!!! How you two manage to pull off looking gorgeous under that makeup is beyond me!
    Mindy recently posted..Surfers and Serial Killers

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      πŸ™‚ Big thank you!

  • Laura
    November 5 2014

    I love C – being there to watch them work must have been so fascinating!
    Laura recently posted..Far From Home

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      We did a whole day workshop, it was interesting. Definitely planning to write more about it in the future!

  • Leah
    November 5 2014

    Gotta go with E because that makeup turned out AMAZING! Where did you end up finding it!?
    Leah recently posted..Missed Opportunities in Granada, Nicaragua

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      A little bit of everywhere! We found the white on Koh Tao which was a pretty low quality and was a nightmare as the night went on. The black was from Chiang Mai at that art supply store you mentioned and was really nice… sadly they were sold out of many colors. We were too late!

  • Sam
    November 5 2014

    Hope you’re having a great time.. Weather not so good here in Samui…

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      We had two beautiful days here of sun πŸ™‚ Felt very luck for it!

  • Photo D – I love it! Glad you had fun in Chiang Mai and I absolutely agree on those massages. They’re highly addictive.
    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam recently posted..20 amazing things to do in Bali

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      A massage a day keeps the stress away! That’s what I keep telling myself anyway…

  • Camels & Chocolate
    November 6 2014

    E, E, E! Are Day of the Dead parties the new Halloween? Seems like it if my social media feeds are to be believed.
    Camels & Chocolate recently posted..Pirates of the Caribbean

    • Alex
      November 7 2014

      I KNOW! I thought I was being so creative and original… and there were literally a dozen other people on this teeny little island doing the same.

  • Evan
    November 7 2014

    Great costume makeup! Planning my first trip to Thailand (Bangkok, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, then back to Bangkok) with my lovely lady the day after Christmas and just ran across your blog. Looks like you’ve had quite some experiences there! Can’t wait to find out what it’s like for myself! We’ll be also staying at the Aloft and am very much looking forward to that pool…

    • Alex
      November 8 2014

      That’s an awesome choice, Evan! Sounds like a fabulous trip. Enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans
    November 10 2014

    E allllll the way. Totes nailed the Halloween makeup. πŸ™‚ How did you manage to still look gorgeous with that face full of paint. I did the zombie thing this halloween and managed to end up looking like beetle juice. Not cool, dorky in fact.
    Anna @ shenANNAgans recently posted..A Gumboot Tour & Picnic in the Vines

    • Alex
      November 13 2014

      Ha, I could never do makeup with blood involved… I’m too squeamish, and I’d probably pass out if I looked in the mirror!

  • Rashaad
    November 10 2014

    I love photo E – I haven’t done Halloween in a long time but I love looking at other people’s costumes.

    • Alex
      November 13 2014

      Maybe next year is the time to get back in the swing of things πŸ™‚

  • Julia Nix
    November 18 2014

    I want to travel everytime I see your blog. It’s just hard to avoid the cycle of an office life living in the city πŸ™

    • Alex
      November 18 2014

      Hey Julia, I feel you! Unfortunately I’m not great at writing anything useful or inspirational in that regard, but there are so many wonderful blogs out there about how to break out of the 9-5! Let me know if you want any suggestions πŸ™‚

Join the conversation…

CommentLuv badge