Part of the working experience here is that we have to swim every morning with Tom in the ocean.
Most people usually go out with flippers and snorkeling masks but for some reason I can never trust myself to breathe through plastic tubes - so I go in with just my flippers and goggles.
Everyday we see something different, be it fishes, corals or lobsters.
Swimming in the ocean is not exactly an easy thing to do. Once you are out there you are pretty much on your own. Unquestionably, the ocean is a powerful force. Your life is in your own hands, you choose your own adventures and you decide what you wanna see and experience.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt healthier / happier. The clear waters, splashing waves, negative ions and comforting sunlight have all become essential parts of my life. I don’t know what I’m gonna do when I leave the island. Indoor pools seem like such a foreign concept to me now.
I like it when I let myself go in the ocean.
It’s a sense of freedom I’ve longed for too long.
Every Sunday, we go to a different beach on the island and indulge in some Snork n’ Fork.
Like c’mon, how cute is this family photo?
Swam in the ocean for the first time today. Keyword being “swim” and not just fool around near the shore.
Wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to do… I drank a shit load of seawater - there goes my daily intake of salt.
More swimming to come, I am going to be conquer some good waves by the end of the summer.
Baldwin Beach, Maui.
A beautiful town packed with cute restaurants, yoga studios and souvenir shops.
I don’t think I can ever love half-heartedly.
I contemplated the notion of it but it just won’t do it for me.
There are people around me who can and do though.
Less devotion = less pain.
Then why love?
I am not talking about the kind of love that requires you to take a bullet for him/her.
I am saying - you should put in your hundred percent even if you see obstacles.
You never know what might happen.
That’s why I don’t believe in the “meant to bes.”
You fight for what you believe in, nothing in this world is essentially “yours.”
There is no easy solution to it all, but you just need to fight for it.
So go fight for it.
Sorry for taking so long to write this. I know a lot of people have been waiting for this one. But hey, who’s got the time to write when you are in freakin’ Hawaii?
Life here in Tom’s art estate has been nothing but amazing. I like the routine that we have here. I typically start off the morning with a quick workout or yoga sesh with Rebecca, Dave and Yi (the three other interns), prepare lunch, work in the afternoon, water the plants, cook dinner, hang out with the bunch and then enjoy some me-time before going to bed.
I like how zen and peaceful it is here. We live in the middle of a forest and everything here is so green and refreshing. Sometimes I would just sit in the studio and feel air molecules enter and leave my lungs. I am currently in the process of learning how to relax my mind and teaching it not to worry so much.
We have fresh kale, tomatoes and spinach in the gardens. We make our own salads, sandwiches and soups. There is nothing unhealthy here so it’s perfect for someone who’s trying to get rid of a nasty addiction. Rebecca (heavy coffee drinker), for example, hasn’t touched coffee in a week. It’s great.
It gets a little chilly here at night but it’s actually the perfect temperature to sleep in. The night sky in Maui is unreal. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many stars and constellations before in my entire life.
Being here does something to you. It makes me ponder about life. I get reflective really easily but this is something completely different. I am seeing more than ever. The beaches here do the same to me. Somedays they make me feel so small, so insignificant and so distant from everywhere else. It’s an uncomfortable feeling I need to get used to.
So far, I am loving it here. I don’t think I could have done anything more magnificent than this this summer.
Something you should never say to a designer:
“We want it to look like this,
but don’t copy it,
just make it different enough,
but keep it the same.”
PS: What do you think of my new logo / signature?
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
And so two dogs are swimming in the waters between Singapore and Borneo - but in opposite directions. They pause halfway to exchange greetings. The dog headed towards Borneo asked the other dog why he’s swimming to Singapore. The answer: “Ah, the shopping, the housing, the air-conditioning, the health care, the schools. So why are you going to Borneo?” Says the dog from Singapore: “Oh, I just want to bark.
- Tom Plate