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-




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




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




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




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




daok oil = tamanu oil, chill




warmth, welcoming greetings, flower crowns, coconut water

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