Lessons from Asia & the South Pacific

travel Aug 20, 2019

A month of traveling through the South Pacific and Southeast Asia with my family gave me a suitcase full of gratitude, a new vocabulary, an appreciation for ylang ylang and tea time, a sense of warmth and a need to adorn.

 
 
 

American Samoa

 
 
 

preserve simplicity, Samoan Siapo (Paper Mulberry Tree), U'a / Tapa Cloths-

 
 
 

Australia

 

sweetness, kindness, enthusiasm, jokes, order, rules, nature, wild

 
 
 

Thailand

 
 

leave your shoes outside, bow, light incense, use scents/aromatherapy infusions everywhere (Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Citronella, Jasmine, Plumeria/Frangipani), create shrines/alters, pray, smile, ceremony, respect, Thai massage

 
 
 

Cambodia

 
 

if you can't bring light to the dark, bring color to it, "I'll see you when you see me," gratitude

 
 
 

Vietnam

 

women complement each other - “you’re so beautiful,” tea, adorn everything, lanterns & glow, Vietnamese hot chocolate

 
 
 

Guam

 
 
 

daok oil = tamanu oil, chill

 
 
 

Micronesia

 
 

warmth, welcoming greetings, flower crowns, coconut water

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