Hi there! Thank you all so much for keeping up with our journey. This blog post is a bit of a tease- I’m only saying hello to say goodbye once again.
But it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. We’re only 23 years old, with infinite possibilities ahead… but unfortunately rather finite funds. These three months of travelling thoughtfully have challenged and taught us more than we believed possible; now we’re beginning to put these learned lessons to use. I do apologize for the lapse in blogging, and if you’ve truly been on the edge of your seat please relax- we’re all alive, but have temporarily parted ways.
Silken is home in Los Angeles, bringing sunshine to the entertainment industry while working at an agency in hopes of fulfilling her dreams of silver screen production. Nicole is also radiating light, teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This past week, over the Chinese New Year Holiday, Nicole took a break from her elementary students to return to Cambodia- in an even bigger way than before. Nicole utilized the power of social media for greatness- she posted one Facebook status calling for donations (through the Venmo app) over the course of one week, before she returned to Cambodia. She used all of these donations for medical supplies, school supplies, and food for the Happy Sunshine School children and two rural villages that Hout took us to visit in September. Nicole’s incredibly big heart and unwavering optimism did not go unnoticed by her Facebook friends- she singlehandedly raised over $1,000 in one week. She restored our faith in humanity, as did all of you who donated- THANK YOU! Nicole and Hout distributed over 30 bags of food, cooking materials, and sweaters to the families in the village, while 60 children received proper school supplies and clothes. She was also able to provide a rice cooker, a water bucket (for the bathroom), and dishware for an incredible, brave old woman who lives by herself. Additionally, more school supplies, soccer balls, and clothes were provided to about 50 children at the Happy Sunshine School. A little bit- even a $1 donation- really can go a long way.
My biggest accomplishment to announce is that, after two months of poisoning and combing my mane, this sexy scalp is lice-free! In between treatments, I helped advertise and rebrand a Bali Jewelry Company (mermaidcompany.com) and wrote blog articles for Diveprice.com in the Philippines. I found these jobs on Workaway.info, which helped me recharge so that I can continue wandering the world for a few more months. It has been a blessing and a joy to share our experiences with you the past few months, and I immensely appreciate our readers. However I believe that a major part of solo traveling is self-exploration and growth, and that private journaling will better accomplish this goal.
The silver lining to our split was that we got to spend the last two weeks together in Southern Thailand, the closest us mortals can get to Heaven. We kayaked through sea caves and swam amongst bioluminescent plankton, cumulating with an awfully tearful “Last Breakfast” on Railay Beach, Thailand. But we know our dream isn’t over. While living in Los Angeles we can continue encouraging other Millennials to travel thoughtfully, and raise awareness for the friends we’ve made in Southeast Asia. Life’s better than okay, it’s going to be just fine.