Back in July I took a major move and decided to leave everything behind. I broke up with my boyfriend of 4 years, sold a lot of my stuff and got rid of the apartment. The idea was to travel around for the next 12 months and get myself fully submerged in my clothing label and building my business. First stop was Singapore and Bali - I came up to Queensland to see my family and friends, say my goodbyes and off I went.... I had a night stop over in Sydney to connect over to Singapore and decided to head out for the night, I met a boy, had some fun.
I remember that morning the sun started to seep in the window. When do you leave? he asked with his eyes still dazed and drifting between sleep and reality... "Tomorrow" i whisper softly. He looks me directly in my eyes, that was striking from the moment I met him that he seemed to look beyond so comfortably, it was as if talking to someone you had known for years but there was something also so vicious about it, I look away quickly. "That sucks, I'ld like to get to know you more" as he brushes the hair from my face.
Its funny - I had avoided Sydney so long to see him again but in my mind was the same thought...... I snapped a blurry photo and became annoyed at myself. This was a soul I wanted to collect in my memories, I was so intrigued.... Yet it was time to go.
This wasn't my first time to Bali, I had been a year prior to shoot a lookbook but work is work and it was brief, I really didn't get an idea of what Bali was really about. I meant to work a lot during this period but really I think I just worked on discovering myself for a good week.
I partied, I explored and I made a lot of new memories and amazing friends. One of the models I had in for my label was in town so I got in touch.
Jasmine had always had this special aura about her from the moment I met her. Down to earth, funny. I enjoyed studying the small tattoos she ingrained on her skin, they always had a certain quirkiness to them that I could really on describe as her personal swag and I digged that.
Like anyone you dont really know though I was hesitant and really only had the forethought to catch up a couple hours. We met down at Potato Head because it was literally the only spot I knew but before we knew it we were tipsy and on a typical Bali adventure. Zipping around on scooters, shopping, laughing and talking about life. We sat down at a cute beach bar for dinner and this guy started going past with the Lanterns, me being a giant kid I bought us a couple and off we went. It kind of has a magic to it that kind of thing though doesn't it? I felt it and I think she did too because after that we got a bit drunk. It was like the vibes were rolling in and we were all on for the ride on the same wave. By the end of the night we were in some pool bar with Long Island Iced Teas singing at the top of our lungs. Jasmine managed to walk through a glass door though so by that stage I decided to call it. Off we stumbled home wet and intoxicated (and poor Jasmine bleeding - ouch!) but knowing we had both just made a new friend and memories we would always remember... the best.
She really is a darling that one, I remember the next morning when I woke up and saw her getting her stuff together. So gentle just like the soul inside..... there's people like that everywhere but you never really notice until you pay close attention.
I do wish I kept my word and took my camera out on these adventures but I really got a bit busy living in the moment.... next time. For now, something was calling me back to Australia. A crazy idea, a sense of adventure around the corner. I chased it.