The adventures of Pioneer Girl travelling with enthusiastic Camper Barn Owl Guy
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Don’t smoke. But if you do, breathe more than you smoke.
Hang around trees. They are making oxygen all day long and giving it away for free. They are also willing to teach you how to be still, silent and patient, to have deep roots, a strong spine and arms that reach towards the sun.
Drink water. Drink more water than any other liquid. Have a glass of water right after you breathe and before doing any of the things above. Go have a glass of water right now.
If you drink coffee or wine or scotch, be moderate. Stop with the first flush. And always-always-always drink only the finest coffee, wine and scotch you can afford. This is non negotiable.
Eat Food. Real food. Beautiful food. Vibrant food. Living food. Eat many plants because plants are so smart they figured out how to turn sunlight directly into food. Eat that miracle every single day.
Eat food with people you love. Even if you’re alone.
Do not eat the inedible stuff that is pre-made, packaged, frozen, canned, is an unnatural color or comes from places of unspeakable cruelty and disease. But if any of this is, for whatever reason, the best of your available options…eat with grace and graciousness. Allow it to nourish you anyhow.
Same goes for meat, dairy and sugar. Not much. But if and when you do, with grace.
Move around. Find exercise you enjoy and do it. Try yoga.
Be still. Try meditation.
A strong, flexible, well-fed body with a wide range of motion and a tolerance for stillness will give all those ideas you’re going to have in 2012 a sound container to percolate in. It will make sure those ideas are so clear and righteous that they spring forth from your forehead fully formed like Athena from the forehead of Zeus. Immortal ideas, darling.
Feed your immortal ideas with music, art and literature that is so breathtakingly beautiful that your body hurts from the experience. Then write to the artist and tell them what their work meant to you.
Consume more art than news.
Do not stay in toxic relationships. Period. Sometimes you have to love people from a distance. That’s all I’ll say about this.
Do cultivate healthy relationships. Make time for people that inspire and uplift you. Consider these meetings with your brilliant friends and collaborators the most important part of your job.
Consider belly laughing till tears stream down your cheeks to be the most important part of your job.
Also consider time alone to nurture your immortal ideas the most important part of your job.
And if you hate your job, for the love of all things, please do something else. Don’t let “the economy” or any one or thing guilt you into being thankful for a job that is killing you. There is always another way.
Being an artist in the world- whether you write, paint, take photographs, grow orchids, craft wedding cakes, practice healing arts or create your own entrepreneurial income in any format is a big responsibility. It requires a tender sensitivity, exquisite bravery and deep, rhythmic tenacity. It can be, at times frightening and painful. Ask for help when you need it. Be alone when you need it. But do not, under any circumstances, stop. Because your work is crucial. In fact, the whole wide world waits with bated breath for your unique light to shine upon it."
This is your one precious life. You have arrived.
But this PG was tickled pink to have tried it..lots of giggling going on, which is always a good thing. Havent giggled this much for months, what a great trip so far~
Friday, December 30, 2011
Watch "Bangkok Official Name" on YouTube Translation: The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.
I knew you couldn't really say Bangkok...
Monday, December 26, 2011
December 26, 2011 - Sa-wad-dee-ka (Hello), Pioneers..Same day, different time....days seem to have to end and no beginning, having a hard time delineating days..can't believe it's still December 26. After having no sleep once again last night, I feel I'm starting to crash and burn. Today, Pad Thai served at pool side, followed by a Thai Massage, in the hopes of relaxing for some well needed sleep. Unlike any massage I've had, I enter the darkened room through the curtain to find a small, neat futon on the bamboo floor and folded loose cotton pj's ready for me. The smell of eucalyptus rising up through the air....no, wait that's a different song from a different continent.
The massage is performed on the floor and is called "nuat phaen boran" (the ancient-manner massage). I'm instructed by the petite Thai woman to lie on my stomach and starting at my feet, this little woman inflicted a SERIOUS deep tissue massage and wake up call on every single muscle and tissue, every meridian, in my body. Using her elbows, knees, forearms..she puts my body into many yoga-like positions and stretches and pulls...sometimes hurting to where it was confused with a pain and a very large tickle, sometimes grimacing, something almost laughing. (this would be a great adjunct to my regular yoga practice at home) PS all for about $12 US. It enlivened me instead of relaxing me.
Headed to a swim lesson at the International School for my niece, Ali...what a ham that girl is, with a very good butterfly stroke..and she's speaking Thai, a most difficult language, more and more every day. So the message from Ali for the day: doo-lae-dtua-eang-duay-na-ka! (meaning "Take care of yourself...")
xoxo PG in BT..
Sunday, December 25, 2011
(courtesy of M & K, who happened upon the happy noisy couple)
Hey, I'm entitled to at least one distasteful post! Still smiling...xoxo PG in BT
We did end up getting disoriented and came out on the wrong side of the market and had no idea where we were..he tuk-tuks all parked in rows (motorized rickshaws), drivers calling to us for rides. We were waiting for our driver and finally found a Thai speaking girl who could communicate to our Thai driver where we were on the cell phone so he could pick us up. In the meantime, snacked on a lovely cup of husked roasted corn, salted and sugared.. and fresh coconut water. Yum. Haggled with vendors for a beach mat, and a cute pair of hippie pants for yours truly. And saw sights and sounds, and bells and bubbles, and even a band striking up some Sweet Home Alabama..
So remember..you may get lost (..) but you may also find...and it's the finding that counts.. Laa- Gon-Ka for today.... xoxo, PG in Thailand
Friday, December 23, 2011
Got of you a rough start..unbelievably! But salvaged my sanity and now flying to Bangkok via Hong Kong. All my packing efforts in vain...repacked literally on floor on Pittsburgh Airport with an awesome United ticket agent and packing expert. Wish I had been able to video that! Saved me $70 though and didn't have to give up all the lotions I just bought...and I bought a lot.. Request from my family for lotions and sunscreen....seems they are pricey in Bangkok. Only one checked bag allowed!! Need a bigger bag!!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
So as I really mark down my days prior to my big birthday adventure to the Land of Smiles, I will smile again and focus on family and loved ones both past and present, and thank them for blessing me with their lives both for the happiness and the sorrow.. seek forgiveness for any of my trespasses. and hope that I have blessed them in many or a few ways. You never know what may happen along the way, but if ones does get lost out there somewhere, I know love can bring them home.
So, enjoy your own trip...keep your eyes open and you can find new adventures in your own backyard or your kitchen. My Sunday morning philosophy..before I head out for my morning walk. xoxo..PG
Monday, December 12, 2011
Went to Bakery Square over the weekend, picked up a few cute trinkets and tropical items at Anthropoligie...I love that store! Got my oversized funky sunglasses there.. See 'em?? on the left, very cute. Hair accessories are really big at Free People, hippie headbands, feather earrings and clipins, floppy hats... Oh, if only my hair were long again.
Well, still in prep stages for my solo adventure. Guess it's not REALLY solo since I'm staying at my brother's once I get to Bangkok...but the travel almost around the world (32 hours including 8 hour layover in Paris, will be solo. It's a little daunting, but PG is up for the challenge, new places, new people, new adventures.
A bientot for now..xoxo PG