Another plug for social media. Through Twitter, I found out that Maybelline Te, my awesome Twitter friend, is going to be at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Ok, so not only does that mean that we can meet in person and break some bread over a lovely dinner (pour some wine), but that I will get to see her fabulous furniture line Snug.
So since I was finally updating my blog and adding a blogroll, I checked out Snug on The Decorating Diva. Snug’s website is still in progress. Love this furniture and can’t wait to see it up close and personal at ICFF. Of course, the best part will be meeting Maybelline, but that’s a given.
Well, this all took me back 10 years to my trip to Southeast Asia. My mind was off and running, thinking about all of the design inspiration from that part of the world. Of course, there is no way to cover all of my trip in one blog, so I thought I would do a series and show photos from one country at a time.
Sorry Maybelline, I have not yet been to Cebu. Today, images from Vietnam… Enjoy!
A building in Nha Trang, which is well south of Da Nang along the coast. I love all of the details – the vibrant robes and the decoration of the facade of the building.
Man and beasts vs. rice paddy. Thinking my job is a walk in the park comparatively! Every time I look at this photo I think of this poem by Mary Oliver.
By Mary Oliver
It grew in the black mud.
It grew under the tiger’s orange paws.
Its stems thicker than candles, and as straight.
Its leaves like the feathers of egrets,
The grains cresting, wanting to burst.
Oh, blood of the tiger.
I don’t want you to just sit at the table.
I don’t want you just to eat, and be content.
I want you to walk into the fields
Where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.
I want you to stand there,
far from the white tablecloth.
I want you to fill your hands with mud,
like a blessing.
This was a fun lunch listening to some local musicians. I am fascinated by textiles from the East, Southeast etc. and love the patterns on her dress and his vest.
You can buy all sorts of things from vendors on the beach – crabs, fruit, textiles, you name it…
This has to be one of my all time favorite shots – I wanted to capture the enormity of the ocean and the mountains behind compared to the man meditating with his bike. We are all so small on this earth – like each grain of sand. Talk about a mindfulness moment…
Here I am on the same beautiful beach just moments before gathering some of the sand to take back to my dear friend and Vietnam vet. At first he didn’t know quite what to make of it, but it was my memorial to all of his buddies that he lost north of here in Da Nang.
I took this from our ship off the coast of Vietnam not far from Ho Chi Minh. I love the bright blue color on the boats. Unfortunately, a tropical storm, Chip, prevented us from boarding very small transport boats from our very large ship. One look at the passport control’s boat tossing on the waves underneath as they bravely boarded and I was quite happy to stay right where I was! Next time…
More to come from Seoul to Singapore…