Cathy Huang

Hadn’t seen her in a long time

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Meet up for my birthday in the land of smiles

A full day of boating in Krabi

The sun shined

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Wake up in Bangkok

Taxi to the airport

We catch a flight to Krabi

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Feel so much appreciation for Cathy

Failure to express

I turn on a guided gratitude meditation

It feels amazing

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I take up two seats

Sleep to dream

Write some poetry

Watch the clouds pass by

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Land in Krabi

Shuttle to hotel

Check in

Drop off our bags

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Run into Netta

Grab pancakes

Nutella and banana

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Wait for the shuttle to the dock

Cathy makes some phone moves

We get our goggles and hop on the boat

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First stop

We anchor by a big rock

It juts out of the water as if it were an alien space ship crashed into the bay

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We jump off the second floor of the boat

Crash into the water

Feels like we’re in one huge jacuzzi

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Goggles on

It’s time to snorkel

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HOLY SHIT

FISH EVERYWHERE

They swarm

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The guides threw fish food right where we jumped in

Swim towards the rock

More fish

Cave

Dive right in

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On to the next stop

We jump in again

This time there’s a small beach

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So many fish all around

I find a school

Colors everywhere

Scales gleaming with the sun

Follow them around for half an hour

Fun fun fun

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I free dive

They swim away

It’s quite a fun chase

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We pick up our friends at the national park

Cathy does a backflip while we’re waiting

I faceplant/body slam into the water

Netta captures it on video

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On to the next stop

Phranang beach for sunset

Such a beautiful island

Romantic

I want an embrace

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Explore

Check out the fertility shrine

Take a weird trail

Run into my first wild monkey

Ooooh oooh ahh ahh

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Find another beach

It sucks

I cut through a resort to head back

Hot tubs everywhere

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We take a walk

To the edge of the beach

The flaming red ball sinks down

So close

Yet so far out of reach

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We stare into its projection of colors

The mist or fog or smog protects our eyes

Colors burst

I’ve never seen a sun set like this

What a nice surprise

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We hop back on

The sky fills with colors

Pastel

Straight to black

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BBQ yum yum

Fried chicken

Vegetables

Skewers

Rice and special sauce

Mmm mmm

Too bad Netta can’t enjoy

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A new moon

The stars shine

We jump into the dark water

Hold the line

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Lights off

Shake our hands

Glowing bubbles surround

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Head underwater

I must be tripping

Dive down

Shake all over

Woahhhhh

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Back on the boat

We head back to the pier

Silhouette of the tall rocks

We say goodbye to the magical sea

For now

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Fire spinning Matt

Hot tea

Life is good

It’s time to sleep

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