Friday 28 September 2012


Last month, I was lucky enough to host some customers on a whirlwind tour of Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in the north of Vietnam.

Normally my work trips abroad involve a long flight, a hotel room and corporate offices, they very rarely include taking in the sights. I'm so grateful to have had the chance to stop and really experience Vietnam, it's an incredible place to visit. I found her beauty breathtaking, her people warm and generous and life being lived right there in the moment. I especially loved how everyone socialised at street vendors or gathered in parks. They're not home watching tv in their own individual homes, they're outside, connecting with each other in person, every day. I got the feeling that they don't take too much for granted. I took that sentiment away with me.

It's the Labour day long weekend here and we're planning an overnight stay in the city. Maybe take in an exhibition at MCA, do some shopping, take strolls by the harbour and, perhaps what I'm looking forward to most of all, a sleep in and room service! yessssss

Hope your weekend is wonderful.

Belinda x

Thursday 20 September 2012

On this day

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Dr. Seuss said that once. I know what he meant.

On this day, two years ago we were married. There hasn't been a single day that's gone by since, that I haven't thought about how lucky I am to be sharing it with him.

Belinda x

Sunday 16 September 2012

To the mountains

This weekend my mum, sister and I went out west, to the mountains. We had the best day together in Leura, exploring the shops, laughing, hanging out, eating cake, dancing under disco balls. 

There's such comfort in familiar territory.

Belinda x

Saturday 15 September 2012

Phuket Town Night Market

Phuket town night market is open on Friday and Saturday nights and we were told it was a 'must see' activity during our stay in Thailand.

Thankfully Rich was armed with both the camera and the inspiration to use it after our recent training, so I managed to convince him to travel almost an hour in a shuttle bus so I could hunt for market bargains. Normally, this would be akin to asking him to punch himself in the face.

Turns out it was a fun night for both of us. The markets were so vibrant and provided Rich with inspiration at every turn. I noticed him practicing what Tim taught us, to observe and be in the moment, he was drinking up his surroundings searching for the images. It was great to watch.  

Well, I was watching. That is, when I wasnt rummaging through fabric and bags and clothes, bargaining for 'best price' .  I do love me a good market!

Belinda x

* All photos by Richard.  I was far too busy shopping!

Friday 14 September 2012

Tongka Tin Syndicate

Until our holiday, we wern't aware that Phuket has a rich industrial mining history. Tin was discovered a few centuries ago and became central part of the island's trade and currency. Although there are less than a handful of mines remaining today, the resort we stayed in paid beautiful tribute to these bygone glory days. We loved the bespoke, raw and mechanical styling amongst the palm trees and tropical settings. It was unique and a delight to discover these unexpected details at every turn.

One of our favourite places to hang out in the late afternoons was the Tongka Tin Syndicate. A quiet spot to enjoy a drink or play a game of bocce or darts, while surrounded with the most charming styling and quirky touches everywhere you looked. Although I was secretly wishing most of these pieces could come home with me, I did take loads of home styling inspiration.

Right now, I'm spiriting away back to that moment, reading in the quiet afternoon breeze.

Happy weekending!

Belinda x
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