Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln 

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this photo was taken during a holiday trip at a beach in phuket, thailand. i saw this couple kissing and hugging each other while watching the sunset. it was indeed a very romantic moment for the lovebirds enjoying the beauty of the sunset while enjoying each other’s company.

more of this week’s photo challenge here.

Phuket, Thailand

…and as for traveling alone, fuck it.  If that’s the way it has to be, then that’s the way it is.- The Beach, 2000

And so I went to Phuket to have a taste of weekend holiday. I’ve got lots of task these past few days and I want to relieved myself by going somewhere else for a vacation. This trip wasn’t much planned as compared to my other trips before. I booked the ticket 2 months ago via Jetstar on a promo rate and that’s it – no itineraries, accommodation was booked only 2 days prior to the trip and no sufficient funds at hand. If not for Darwin’s convincing, I won’t get a place for myself and just explore from there.

All the time, I was thinking of having a taste of sun, sea and sand. Being away from the Philippines for a couple of months now, I miss traveling so much. This trip is a memorable one, as I have accomplished two of my personal goals – traveling solo in a foreign land (while being single) and see Maya Bay, where they shoot my favorite movie “The Beach”. If you ask me why I consider it as a favorite, well it is about “traveling and discovery”. :)

For the itinerary, I just sought help from Andrew, owner of the guesthouse where I stayed and also owns a travel and tours company. He recommended some trips for me, which I agreed and paid for and voila! I’m all set.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Check in at Loveli Guesthouse (highly recommended) – Accommodation is very clean, modest and cheap. Will pass up for hotel standards on a lower price.

  • Patong Beach – Similar to Philippines Boracay- with white sand sans the moss. And the place is very touristy as there were lots of Caucasians and Westerners soaking up in the sun to have some tan.

  • Sunset at Promthep Cape

  • Wat Chalong temple

  • Big Buddha at Nakerd Hill

  • Sri Bhurapa Orchid Cashew Nut factory

  • Wang Thalang Pearl and Gem Gallery

Day 2 Highlights

  • Phi Phi Le Islands

  • Maya Bay

  • Loh Sama Bay and Pileh Lagoon

  • Viking Cave

  • Monkey Island

  • Sunset and people watching at Patong Beach

  • Lola naka topless
  • Stroll and Explore Red light district

Thailand’s look and feel is almost the same as Philippines. Everywhere I go, people will talk to me in their local language and all I can do is just stare at them and then reply,”English please”.  Whether you’re going solo or with your significant other, Phuket is definitely the place for everyone.

Overall, I enjoyed my trip so much. I’ve never done this before and somehow, I was able to accomplished some of my personal goals, which gave me a sense of fulfillment and self worth. This also opened opportunities for me to discover and learn new things about life in general.

...and after the journey, I realized too how much I value and love myself. ♥

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