I am back in Phuket. Round 4 of my love affair with this island. It’s magnetic charm keeps drawing me back. Away from the over supply and development of tourist facilities and the sex tourism, there is a beauty and peace and tranquility here that pulls me in time and time again. It reminds me that my needs are simple. Food, water, shelter, sea and sunsets. Although I much prefer it if you can throw in a motorbike, some wine, air conditioning and friends as well.
Life slows down for me here. It’s a lot about waiting and watching. Waiting for work. Waiting for the rain to stop. Waiting for the right weather to go to the beach. Waiting to go diving. Waiting and hoping for a brilliant sunset. It’s the kind of waiting that if you’re not completely in the present moment becomes a wearisome boredom. Sometimes I find myself slip but for the most part there’s a peace and a patience in my current waiting. It gives space for watching. Watching the clouds pass by. Sometimes giant puffs of marshmallow. Other times silver veiling hiding the blue sky. Watching the storms sweep in over Chalong Bay with stealth and ambush the unprepared. Watching sets of huge waves crash on the shore of Naiharn Beach. Watching people frolic in the warm sea despite the warning of red flags not to swim. Watching dogs play fight on the sand. Watching life. Watching and waiting for the inspiration of small stones to make their way onto my page.
Like the gentle rise and fall of a boat bobbing on an emerald sapphire sea, there is a beautiful lull to my life here. It is addictive and it makes me wonder if I can ever make a permanent return to city life. The very thought of going back to an old frantic routine makes me panic, a little. My wanderings over the last 2 ½ years helped me to discover the threads of all the things I love, want to do and be but I’ve not yet quite figured out the way to weave them together into the tapestry of my life. And so, I’m using this time, for waiting, and watching for the inspiration to come and decisions to be made.
Two seasons in one frame, Friendship Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Storm rolling in from Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand
Sunset play, Naiharn Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Stormy weather, Friendship Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Mirrored sunset, Naiharn Beach, Phuket, Thailand
All about the cloud, After Beach Bar, Kata Noi, Phuket, Thailand