Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vacation Stage One: time with strangers

Finally, I have my very own weekend adjuma pants!
This is what happens when you 
talk to strangers at rural Jimjilbongs.
You end up with a little bit of magic.  

That's right,
during last weeks Jimjilbong visit 
a man invited us on a weekend mini break.
It sounds like it could be sorted, 
but it was totally on the up-and-up.

So I told Harry he had to go.
It was one of the best decisions.
Everyone was just lovely,
and we even got to spend an afternoon 
on an uninhabited island fishing.

The is an epic start to the summer holiday.

Loading on the ferry to 난지도.

Cabin Beach.
It smelled so lovely inside.
A little luck.
The kids head to the beach.

We head out on an adventure.
That is the face of anticipation. 
Our destination.
And then they left us there.
Time to get our fishing on.
Hanging out with the island locals.
Harry & Kenny keeping the lines wet.
Nothing but rocks and water.
A new man.
Dinner time.
He can't get enough.
Waking up for day two
The men had breakfast covered.
Every culture has the kids table.
Breakfast of champions
Fresh off the island yesterday.
Study time.
One of our crew finally caught a few little fish :) (it wasn't Harry)
All good things must end.
We didn't even get to play on the beach.
A new, more relaxed Harry emerges.
Headed to the ferry, all the kids in our car.
Waiting for the ferry.
A little last minute fishing.
There they are.
He doesn't really want to go home.
Goodbye 난지도.
Our wonderful weekend hosts.  Thank you.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What, like it's hard?

Having never really sang before (apart from being the queen of rocking out in the car, and the star of my 6th grade musical) I came to Bali in January of 2012 on a holiday.

Whilst strolling down the picturesque, quaint Goutama street, I stumbled upon the most brightly colored art shop I'd ever seen.  I stopped, admired, and had a chat with some people that are now some of my close friends (and ended up designing my ROCKSTAR album cover.)  They said they wanted to write songs... I had just written a bunch of songs!!! What, like it's hard?

They stared at me incredulously and I sang them a song that is now known the world over as "the orange peel song", or Charming Start and they immediately got excited! Having loved writing little songs and singing them for my friends over the past month to ward off the chill of Korean winter, additional support from other artists was just what I needed as fertilizer to sprout, and a dream was born.

My contract in Korea was up 2 months later and I was scheduled to start law school in the fall.  I had a few months to kill... Why not come back to Bali and make an album of my little song?  What, like it's hard?

It's been almost a year and a half since that dream was born.  The response has been OVERWHELMING!  So many people helped me along the way, from jamming to contributing to the album, to fundraising!  The album launch was so packed some people stood in the streets for hours!
During this process I've learned more than I could have ever imagined, worked with incredible musicians, written many more songs, made the best friends a girl could ask for, and now live in Bali indefinitely (that's a story for another day though.)

It's been a long road, but one that's definitely worth it (and maybe a little hard ;)

My album, Norma Jean the devilicious sessions  is now available on iTunes, HERE, and check out my facebook for all performances, new songs and musical happenings!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

If Heaven Was a Jimjilbong

We took the path less traveled
and found it led to a magic Jimjilbong
of brown huts and hot coals.

The smell of smoke and clay
washed away our cares
as we lounged beneath
beneath the summer sky.

It was, 
in a word,

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Hidden Rachel.

A fire pit for cooking sweet potatoes.
Large out door shaded sleeping areas.

Wooden pillows.
A room with a view.
Heated rooms with stone floors.  They cost  little extra.

Cinderella's slippers
This is how they heat the rooms. Not the best summer job.
Iced green tea is perfect for an afternoon in the sun.
When it's all over, duck inside for a delicious lunch or dinner.
We are in love with this place.