bali + the philippines – personal photographs

April 13, 2015



One of my good friends moved to the Philippines last year to explore some new opportunities (check out her blog, The Coastal Circle). When a few of us decided to go visit her, I was nervous to leave work behind. I hadn’t been on a holiday for more than a week since I transitioned into working for myself full-time. After a busy summer of thirty six weddings in 2014, I decided three weeks somewhere warm and beautiful was exactly what I needed to recharge and become re-inspired. I missed Britt, and wanted to see the life she had built in Manila over the past year. Surely I could balance a little work and travel.

Vicki, Brittany, Chase, Victoria and myself travelled through Bali, stopping in Canggu, Ubud, and Uluwatu. Most days we explored markets, ate delicious local food and met travellers. We drank Bintangs, I surfed. We watched the sunset. A lot. We booked villas through Air Bnb and had beyond comfortable accommodations.

I had been to Bali once before when I travelled around South East Asia for a few months after graduating from UBC, but I had been dying to go back ever since. On this trip I struck the perfect balance of revisiting the places I fell in love with all those years ago, and discovering new treasures. Canggu was one of those treasures, and I would suggest visiting if you are planning a trip to Bali. If you like to surf, socialize and relax, it’s worth spending some time there.

After Bali, we went to La Union in the Philippines with a quick stop over in Manila to grab Brittany’s boyfriend, Gerard. La Union was a beautiful provence, and we were lucky enough to stay with Brittany’s friend Jeff. Jeff runs a local surf shop and school (La Union Surf School), and he made the trip unforgettable for us. His knowledge of the area and hospitality allowed us to explore all the right places- hikes to waterfalls, dinners on the beach and some great surfing was the perfect way to end our travels, and to say goodbye to Brittany.

Most of these photos were shot on a 35mm film camera, a Nikon f90x, that my friend Sherri Koop generously leant to me and were scanned by Caribou Film Lab in Toronto. It was my first time using this camera and shooting 35mm film, and I am pretty happy with how things turned out. The rest were shot on my Nikon D600. Vicki, Brittany, Chase, Victoria, Gerard- thank you for being so positive and inspiring on this trip. I will treasure these photographs forever.

Thanks for having a look at some of my personal work! xo

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