Cerulean

n. one of the many changing colors of the sea that even Pantone can't get right











(thank you Vanessa for this!)








Pictures taken from my iPhone

I think I have it in me to be spontaneous at times, and this little getaway to Koh Yao Noi proved that it isn't that hard to make a decision to pack up and leave. After a semester of picking out constellations, identifying stars and planets, and making the occasional discoveries of objects from the Messier catalogue, when the announcement that there'd be a trip to observe the upcoming Geminids (a meteor shower) and Comet Lovejoy came, I immediately signed myself up for it. I'm no expert in astronomy, but I am a fan of all things pretty and a firm believer of magic in stardust. 

Due to my lack of initiative in making friends for the past 21 years of my life, it was a little worrying that I would be embarking on a journey to unfamiliar grounds without knowing anyone. But the people weren't exactly total strangers since we were all from the same university and I'm glad I found a familiar face when we reached Phuket's airport. Soon enough, we got ourselves acquainted with a few others and found ourselves at the foot of adventure's door when we stepped onto the boat that would be taking us to Koh Yao Noi Island. 

I will skip the minute details of the trip, but just know that I had a huge culture shock when it came to the wooden attap houses and the accompanying mosquitos that took residence in the dark and damp rooms. (You can read all about it on my Instagram: www.instagram.com/killercitylight) Nonetheless, the locals on the island were nothing less than hospitable when it came to cooking our meals (having to go to another store to get the ingredients required to cook for us), taking us around neighbouring islands to snorkel/tan/chill, and even bringing out fresh sheets for us to lie on so that we can stargaze in comfort. 

Night time on the island was cool and peaceful, and the lack of light pollution allowed for an ideal observation of the night sky. I can't even begin to describe how out-of-this-world it was to be given a buffet of night sky objects to slowly pick at and digest with our ever-adjusting rods and cones, with people exclaiming their "ooh"s and "ahh"s when shooting stars began to fall. I had prepared a playlist to listen to while we spotted the brilliant streaks of light that flashed across the sky - almost like God's accidental brush stroke when he was painting on his canvas of stars. I fell asleep among a bunch of star enthusiasts, and woke in the middle of the night to still see them making adjustments to their camera tripods and taking in the enchantment that befell upon us - their hunger for magic and wonder never faltering . I'd spent hours just watching the movement of the glowing orbs as they traversed across the sphere, and found it philosophically bewildering when it was made known that we were all time travelling Earth dwellers who were taking a peak into the past as we gazed up at the heavens. 

Am writing this while a plane prepares to take me on another adventure, back to sunny and populated Bangkok. See you all on the other side! 





8 comments:

  1. I hope the camera's shutter sound wasn't a distraction...

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    1. Hi Phyo! Ha ha nah it really wasn't :) Shutter sounds are one of my favourite sounds anyway

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  2. Nice writing, Victoria!

    - Emily

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  3. how did you make the first picture and how did you manage to take the picture of the moon. lovely lovely pictures :)

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    1. I edited the lighting of the first picture on Photoshop and then added the wordings over on another layer (font: Channel). And the picture of the moon was taken by my friend through a telescope with her iPhone camera :) thanks!

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  4. is it an app? or how did you add the words?

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    1. I used Photoshop, but you could do it with iPhone apps as well. Like Phonto, A Beautiful Mess, etc.

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