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Greetings from Koh Tao! Man, things are nuts over here right now at Wanderland HQ. I’d wager I’ve typed more words in the last seven days than I’ve ever logged in a week before. Work is crazy, but in the best way possible. This year began with a bang, and I’ve been approached with more amazing collaborations from brands I’ve dreamed of working with than I can count on one hand. The downside? A few sleepless nights while I try to figure out how to juggle it all. The upside? Tons of exciting content coming your way soon — and one blogger grinning ear to ear.

Anyway, after a couple nights of working sixteen hour days ’till I collapsed with exhaustion at 2am, I snuck away from the laptop for a few hours this evening to attend a Muay Thai fight at the Sairee Stadium. Ian’s been itching to go but this was the first time one of the events lined up with one of his nights off. How could I say no? Plus, it gave me an excuse to break out my camera for the first time this week.

In other news, I’ve been loving sharing a little fast-forward into my Thailand time, but now I’m going to back things up again and pick up where I left off — one final post from Bonaire, and onto Aruba. In the meantime, I’m excited to hear what you guys think of this week’s shots (a departure from what’s become my standard Koh Tao sunset-and-flower-set) and to hear if you’re 2016 has kicked off as crazily as mine!

Photo A

Koh Tao Muay Thai

Photo B

Koh Tao Muay Thai

Photo C

Koh Tao Muay Thai

Photo D

Koh Tao Muay Thai

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Anca | Globaloud
    January 12 2016

    Although I like your landscape-meet-sunset photos with lots of colors and lovely details, in fact, I prefer when a photo captures motions and emotions. You know those photos, you don’t need to add any caption to make it clear what is going on?

    And now, there are 4 photos of that kind, and I like them all. (Ok, I like 4th a bit more than others.)
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      Agreed, Anca! I love photographing people but am usually too shy to do it, so I love times like this when it is expected.

  • Rachel
    January 12 2016

    Ooh D is super cool. Can’t wait to see what brands you’re working with! Congrats on a busy start to the year! I’m taking a little break in North Carolina right now and flying to Bangkok to continue my travels at the end of the month. From there, who knows!?
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      That sounds like the best start to a year that a girl could ask for. Bangkok is the jump off point for so many great adventures.

    • Lauren
      January 14 2016

      You’re going to have a great time! Try to get to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand if you can.
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  • Sarah
    January 12 2016

    I absolutely love the light in Photos A!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      Thanks Sarah! There was a ton of smoke in the stadium which was irritating to my throat but lovely to my lens!

  • Marni
    January 12 2016

    Photo A! I love the action.

    I’m really excited about your Aruba posts! I casually mentioned to my friend that we should plan a birthday getaway to Aruba next year (her birthday is 6 days before mine) and she was actually thrilled about it. I love getting to read your blog and seeing an inside opinion about what to check out in places I want to go!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      That sounds awesome Marni! I have to admit we didn’t do much in Aruba… after being totally wiped out by our crazy week in Bonaire we pretty much just chilled at the beach the whole time šŸ™‚ But I’ll have pretty pictures for sure!

  • Rashaad
    January 12 2016

    I choose Photo B – there’s something about his focus I like.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      These guys amaze me. I love boxing for fun and exercise but wouldn’t last a minute in the ring!

  • Justine
    January 12 2016

    I love photo A…such a great action shot! Congrats on making so much progress on the work front. Your work ethic is so impressive Meihoukai and it’s awesome that good things are coming your way šŸ™‚ As for me, this year is starting out pretty crazy. I’ve decided to move on from Phnom Penh and will be living somewhere totally different next month!!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      You are too sweet Justine, thank you! And wow — that is big news! Excited to hear where you end up and in the meantime, enjoy a month back in Cali!

  • Katie
    January 13 2016

    Photo A! Such a good set. I don’t get sick of island views and flowers, but this was a good change-up! Thailand’s so much more than the usual travel brochure pics. Congrats on your big start to the new year!! Can’t wait to see what’s coming. While you’re keeping busy in Ko Tao, I hope you keep finding time to sneak away for Thailand adventures like this šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2016

      I have high hopes that the second half of the month will be a lot less crazy… it will have to be, since one of my besties is coming to visit šŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    January 13 2016

    So refreshing to read all your posts about Koh Tao. I’m coming to get my scuba cert in a couple weeks and people keep warning me about this island but I’ve had my heart set on Koh Tao for so long! Do you feel like it’s pretty safe for a female solo traveler?

    • Meihoukai
      January 14 2016

      Hey Lauren! I’m curious about who is warning you against Koh Tao — feel free to email me if you prefer to discuss it privately. I know the island has been vilified in the media lately but I’ve never actually heard a person who has traveled here say that they felt unsafe or ill at ease, hence my interest! I couldn’t feel safer here — I live alone, I go running at all hours by myself, and I wouldn’t hesitate to walk home alone at night. I’ve traveled to parts of the world where I was constantly on edge, and one of the things I love most about Koh Tao is how I can let my guard down here.

  • Laura
    January 13 2016

    These are awesome! I think I love D the most. My bf and I really wanted to check the Muy Thai out while we were in Bangkok last year, but it was just SO expensive. Looks like fun though!

    • Meihoukai
      January 14 2016

      Yeah, if you go ringside in Bangkok I think it’s over 2,000 baht — in Koh Tao all tickets are 500 šŸ™‚ Still pricey for Thailand, but well worthwhile!

  • Leah
    January 13 2016

    Photo D is the winner for me this week. Was he as well?

    My 2016 is off to a hectic start, but not for fun reasons like yours. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. I’ve had to turn down some amazing opportunities this month for lack of time and for the sake of keeping my sanity. You already know some of the more personal details that are adding to the stress. But! I’m happy for you and looking forward to all the great content! Keep rocking it girl!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 14 2016

      Ugh, I know all about turning down opportunities. Even since hiring someone to start helping with a lot of my business emails, I scroll through sometimes and see the HUNDREDS of unanswered ones and just wonder how many amazing opportunities I missed out on because I didn’t have time to hit reply. I just try not to think of those when I’m finally drifting off to sleep at night, ha!

  • Photo D – he’s in the zone
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    • Meihoukai
      January 14 2016

      He is! And isn’t that always the coolest thing to see?

  • Dominique
    January 14 2016

    B is my favourite; there’s already too much fighting in the world šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      January 14 2016

      That is true šŸ™‚ I’m actually amazed how much I like muay thai because for example I cannot watch movies with any sort of violence in them. But I suppose the historical and cultural context of this sport helps me move past the brutal of it all!

  • Natalie
    January 16 2016

    Glad to hear that you’re off to such a good start this year! I prefer your nature photos, so while these are good, none of them really speak to me. The start of my year has been busy as well. I wrote a post last week about my family which brought in significantly more traffic than I usually get. Since I’m writing a memoir on the topic, it motivated me to jump back into that project full force and now I’m struggling a bit to keep up with my blog. But I guess having too much to write is a good problem to have. šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      January 17 2016

      That’s awesome, Natalie — I love working on off-blog writing projects. I say just work on what is flowing naturally at the moment šŸ™‚ Happy typing!

  • Dirk
    January 17 2016

    Hey, Thanks for your great postings.
    I travel since 4 years 3-4 times a year to Thailand and since I came first time to Thailand I fall in love with this amazing country.
    With my old job (now I prefer a Digital Nomad Lifestyle) I already traveled all over the world, but South East of Asia is definitely my future Home….
    And I will move to Thailand completely this year.

    Now I am in cold Germany for 3 month where I just started a new campaign, but as soon as that is done I will go back to Thailand and the Philippines…

    Hope to meet one of you guys there šŸ˜‰

    Sawasdee Khrap

    Dirk

    • Meihoukai
      January 17 2016

      I can relate — Thailand is my home away from home! (Well, for these seven months it is my home home.) Good luck getting through the winter, sounds like you have lots to look forward to šŸ˜‰

  • lara dunston
    February 3 2016

    Tough choice between photo A and D, Meihoukai. I love Muay Thai as much for the rituals and music as the fight. I like your two A pics because they tell a little story. I can see how tired those guys are a few rounds in by the way they’re hugging on tight to eachother. I like D because seeing the hand and camera takes me there and inserts me into the crowd. Congrats on the success! Big hugs x
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    • Meihoukai
      February 6 2016

      I agree. Normally I wouldn’t be able to stomach such an intense sport but the cultural aspect keeps me obsessed with Muay Thai. It’s thrilling to watch — and train!