Here is the second part of Robyn’s travel adventures. I hope you enjoyed reading the first part. I never thought I’d one day would be curious about going to India, but her pictures and stories are making me wonder what it’s like to travel to that destination. Thank you again Robyn for your time. x

Thoughts on food/eating habits, a favorite of dish or ingredients that you’ve discovered or wish you could eat again
This has been the hardest question to answer as food is probably the best cultural experience that can be shared with friends. Asian food is extremely diverse and delicious. I could list off a million meals that I would love to eat again, but let’s just say I dream of chai and I miss eating kimchi with every meal.


My favorite part about meals in South Korea was the communal aspect of eating out. Everything is shared. At some restaurants you are not able to order dinner if you are by yourself because the portions are just too large for one person. Food is usually served as one giant hot pot or plate in the center of the table and guests simply pick from the shared meal and multiple side dishes. Many of the dishes, such as BBQ, are cooked at the table on a burner. When pouring drinks you always pour for another person, or the whole table before you fill your own glass. I defiantly became better at sharing after living in Korea.

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I would like to know your thoughts or how more american traditions as Christmas happen in other countries that you have visited. What were the traditions or celebrations that you’ve experienced abroad that aren’t traditional in Canada?
I spent last Christmas in Seoul, South Korea. Christmas is not a very big holiday there, although it is becoming more popular commercially. For Koreans it is often treated as a time for couples to get together and buy gifts for one another.

The most interesting celebration that I have had the privilege of participating in was the Holi festival in India. Known for the throwing of the colors this holiday is traditionally the time to celebrate the coming of spring. I was in the holy city of Pushkar in the state of Rajastan during the festivities. There was a massive build up for the festival and nights before the throwing of the colors and there were different traditional dances taking place, music, tons of fireworks and bon fires in the middle of the streets.



The morning of the festival once you stepped outside of your hotel you were immediately targeted by the locals and were coved in all kinds of colors, blue, yellow, pinks, red, green. It was a beautiful moment to see everyone surrounding you covered in a multicolored layer. It was as if all race, age, and identity disappeared, everyone became a large melting pot of purples and pinks.

I don’t mean to just paint this festival as a picturesque and charmingly traditional day, it was far from it. India ripped apart all of my expectations of what I thought things would be. In Pushkar the festival has evolved into a large party scene. There are massive speakers set up in the center of the city blaring phytrance and people cut loose. Indians know how to party. It was really fun for the most part, but as a female it can be intense to be in a crowd where it is fair game for men to touch you and put colors on your body. My sister and I were purple for a few days after, despite all of the coconut oil we put on ourselves.

What are your thoughts on travelling as a woman

  • Be smart.
  •  Do your research before going to the country you are traveling to. A simple thing, such as wearing appropriate clothing is a tremendously important idea to understand before leaving.
  • Know your limits and when to stand your ground.
  • Follow your gut instincts, if something or someone is making you uncomfortable then leave, or be confident enough to say no. “No thank you” became my favorite saying when traveling in India. Being extremely confident and knowing what you want out of situations helps, other people will be quick to pick up on your energy and strength.
  • Be patient and calm.
  • Be understanding of cultural differences. If you are a female coming from the west understand that women are not always seen as equal, but you have to pick your battles and know that getting upset, angry or yelling directly at someone about an uncomfortable issue is not always the right way to go about creating change. I often had to remind myself that “it’s not their fault”, it is a deep rooted issue and you have to be the bigger person. You have to be able to “brush off” certain discrepancies, take a breath and let go, otherwise it could ruin your experience.


What would be the biggest misconception people have about the fact that you’re travelling over a long period of time?
That every place is beautiful and amazing. Instagram, facebook and every other social media device now has the ability to edit, edit , edit. When people share their experiences they often don’t talk about or show pictures of the less than ideal parts of a place, for example the crowds of people, the giant power lines in front of the view or the garbage at their feet. Those things are not necessarily terrible or great, it’s just what is there and makes the place what it is at the time you visit. Things are not always what they seem. I think the travel “ego” often overtakes the reality of other’s perception of their experience.

The idea of a travel lifestyle should not be put on a pedestal as the most interesting or glamorous way to live, nor should it be condemned as childish or a form of escapism. Different things work for different people. Right now this is working for me and I am driven and motivated to make it happen. At this time there are more opportunities for me abroad, so I will take them as they come.

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 What is the question you wish people asked you and what is the answer?
What item would you never travel without?

My journal. I am not a writer, but I am able to capture my experiences through drawing. My sister gave me the journal when I graduated and there is four years worth of memories in that book. That is the only object I would be absolutely devastated if I lost.




15942791_10157952729555265_572933388_oI met Robyn, well once actually. She was in town for the summer, learning French and long story short I ended up spending an evening with her and some of her group. It was super fun. I have been following her journey through FB and when I thought of starting this new series, I though she might have some really interesting things to share and boy was I right. She has been travelling and livin’ the life. This is the first of her 2 parts portrait on her travels, her lifestyle and life elsewhere on this beautiful planet. Thank you Robyn for your generosity, honesty and kindness. I can’t wait to follow your next adventures!

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Name/ Robyn Griffiths
Home Base/ Kelowna, BC
Astrological sign/ On the Cusp between Aquarius and Capricorn
I’m often perceived as \ people tell me I’m/ Very determined
Job/ To be a good human on the planet by giving more than I take

Where did you travel in the past few years?
I got my first taste of travelling when I was 21. I travelled in SE Asia for 7 months with friends, a month with my sister and on my own. I went to Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia. After coming home from that trip I knew that I wanted more so I looked at my options and found a way to work and live abroad.

Teaching was the best option for me at the time and that is how I decided to live in South Korea. I ended up teaching children ages 4-10 in Seoul for 14 months. I loved that year. I worked extremely hard, but made sure to get the most out of my time there. I was able to do some travelling within the country, but mainly explored Seoul itself. It was extremely difficult sometimes, but looking back on it, the hard times are what made that year worthwhile. Due to the length of time that I was in South Korea I was able to build an amazing community of lifelong friends and form a better understanding of South Korean culture.

After my contract was over I made plans with my sister to travel to India and Sri Lanka. Our intention was to go to Australia and work within six months, but things change quickly while travelling and we ended up in Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand, travelling for a total of nine months.



What are particular highlights or your travels?
This most recent trip was full of highlights for me. I took some courses and got involved in more share projects. I received my 200hr Kundilini yoga certification in Rishikesh, I went on a seven day trek in Nepal, I spent a month in Goa doing a work exchange at an organic cafe and eco stay, I participated in a silent meditation course. I tried surfing and an aryuvedic cleanse, ecstatic dance classes and worked on a mindful farm, I even rode a camel for four days in a desert. Honestly, the best part of the trip was the fact that I was able to share all of this time with my sister, whom I absolutely adore.

Overall I tried this trip to push myself in new ways, especially when things made me uncomfortable. There are a million more things that I wish I had done. I no longer want to go to places just to check them off some list and then claim I have been there. I think travelling slow is the best way to actually immerse yourself into a culture. “Travelling” has evolving into something more important. It is an exchange of ideas, I want to be able to give back just as much as I received from each place I have been.


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Were there any specific reasons as to why you choose those destinations?
I was always inspired by my mother. When she was younger she backpacked and drove a van though Europe and into Greece, turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal. A few years later she traveled to other Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. I guess hearing her stories and seeing her photos sparked my interest. From then on those places have been in the back of my mind.


What were the cultural differences that surprised you the most?
Public manners and acceptable mannerisms have been shockingly different from country to country. Some “socially acceptable” actions have made me shake my head in disbelief, laugh out loud and even reconsider my own personal conduct. Koreans are extremely respectful, especially towards their elders. It was so nice to see individuals consistently giving up their spot in line or seats on busses and trains for the older generations. In public spaces people are very orderly and quiet. My friends and I were once called out on a bus for speaking too loud. Saving face is of the upmost importance. Koreans tend to be very reserved with one another. When walking down the street very few people even make eye contact with me and I almost never experience someone stopping to say hello.

Going from South Korea to India felt like going to another planet. People talked loudly on busses, and often played music at deafening volumes on their phones on busses, trains, even hiking in the mountains. The idea of a line up did not exist. You had to be ready to throw some elbows, even towards elderly people to hold your spot. There is not much thought or education put towards how people dispose of garbage, so it is simply just thrown on the ground or out the window. On the other hand, Indians are extremely friendly and open. People were constantly making eye contact, smiling and waving. Individuals would always come up to my sister and I asking us questions and having conversations, sometimes much longer than expected or always comfortable.

These are just a few noticeable differences that contrast my own Canadian culture in a more extreme way. Going to another country and trying to really understand the culture can be a bit like swimming in the ocean. You are completely surrounded by the water and are caught up in the wave of it. It has a unique flow that works for the place. But you are a person and not the water, making some norms feel awkward and hard to sink into. This does not necessarily make certain customs wrong or even better than other places, it is just the natural current of the culture. Sink or swim.

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What do you feel travelling has taught you?
Well maybe not physics…but seriously, I have learned more about myself, others and the world than my four years at University. I keep traveling because it is a form of education for me. Time is the most valuable thing we have. How you spend your time and with whom you spend it with is extremely important. Life goes fast, so do things now.


What is your next destination?
In February I am moving to Australia to live and work for a year.


Photo credit @ Robyn Griffith



Today marks the 1 year anniversary of us moving back to our hometown, Québec City. A year of big adjustments and changes. I would also like to add  ‘2016 you were honestly the worst’. #bye2016

Anyways, moving back here has been as hard as it has been fun. Sometimes, it totally feels like I never left. Things feel so familiar but at the same time they make me feel like I don’t totally belong here. It’s weird. One thing for sure, is that I dearly miss my friends from Montreal. It took quite some time for me to make new friends in Mtl, so now that I have them I miss them even more I guess. I miss their open mindedness, I miss laughing with them and having common interests with people on an everyday basis. I have met nice people here, but as you know making friends does not happen overnight. I’m also super lucky to have a few amazing friends here and I cherish those relationships.

Even after a year, I still question myself as to where I want to settle down. Being back here has allowed me to have different perspectives on things, on what I want and need. One of the really positive things of being back, is that I’m finally making music again! Yay!

It is funny how what I love about one city is what annoys me about the other;

I MISS the Metro and the public transportation here, I can’t even ..

I feel more relax and less anxious in Qc. The pace is way slower and I feel less pressure in all kinds of areas in my life. That is definitively a plus.

I miss speaking English on an everyday basis. I feel like I am loosing all my English skills and that I certainly don’t want. Quebec is a frenchie fo’ sure.

I miss the easy access to shows and culture in general. Quebec is working hard on that I know, but still I miss not having to take 2 days off only to see an artist I like.

I enjoy quite a lot how much people are polite here in Qc. But they have NO clue as to how to make a line while waiting for something though.

I enjoy how in Quebec most of things happen in houses and how people will invite you to their home instead of going out most of the times.

What I think is the hardest is how much I encounter people who are racist, homophobe, who have no interest in the environment, in culture, in design, who do not vote on election day. I am sorry to say that but  sat least once a week I witness a behavior or comments of some sort that keeps the Quebec clichés alive. THAT I profoundly dislike.

Finally, thank you for spending 2016 with me here on the blog. It has been a joy and a great creative outlet for me. In 2017 I’d like to post more often, more regularly, write more portraits and post more of my music 🙂

Cheers to 2017 and see you NEVER 2016!



I love old people and I wish I had more time to spend more time with them. I really do. This video made me tear up. Evelyn fought for herself and proved people wrong #badasswomen


I have been looking from time to time to Laura Miller’s video. I was inspired by her recipes even though I don’t eat raw. She has started this new series ”Talking in circles” which I enjoy A LOT. This is the kind of content I want to watch on the internet, the kind of conversations I wish I had around me. Go check it out + how pretty is she?


How can we do more to help the ones that were here before us and that basically save our ancestor’s lives? I don’t know the answer yet but I am so grateful to see that people in their own community are keeping their traditions, languages etc. alive. Keep on fighting.


This is for my french speaking readers. Who doesn’t love Koriass? I enjoy his music, his texts, his opinions. I admire his honesty, how he speaks his truth, how involved he is in his community and his creativity. This documentary is brilliant and in French. Click HERE to watch the video.


You MUST watch this documentary. The content of this is crucial, informative. It serves its purpose very well. Let’s all take actions to keep our planet, our home and mother earth healthy.



I have met Steven where I use to work in Montreal. We have spend 4 years, 5 days a week together and boy did we have fun! Steven is full out, very funny, creative and endearing. I has taught me a lot (like walking in heels and many more) and inspired me quite a bit. I have a lot of admiration for him as to how he’s following his dreams and staying true to who he is.He is the Snapchat king fo sure. Favorite activity together : definitively singing. We owned karaoke night and sang for hours in our office. I miss his presence and am found of our memories together. Check out his work on his Facebook or Instagram !

Name/ Steven Cabeleira
City of residence/ Montreal
Astrological sign/ Taurus
I’m often perceived as \ people tell me I’m/ Steven wanted me to answer this question. I’d say true to himself
Job/ Makeup Artist

What is your dream job and what have you been doing career wise in the past few years?
My dream job is to work on movie sets and create different makeup looks inspired by the movie. Before being into makeup I was an accountant and I also danced.

What is the question you wish people asked you and what is the answer?
Why do I love makeup so much.

Some might think that makeup is superficial and that people shouldn’t hide their imperfections and shouldn’t be hiding behind cosmetics. I don’t.

I will say that: In my opinion makeup can be really useful. Yes if I have a pimple I will cover it up. Yes if I feel that my bags under my eyes are too deep I will cover them but why? Because I love to look flawless. I like to look in the mirror and be like YASSS my skin looks flawless. When I remove my makeup do I feel ugly?! No, because I love myself before anything. Makeup boosts self-confidence for some and I don’t think it’s a bad thing.


You have been in L.A for the past 6 months. Tell us what you were doing there and what did your day or week looked like?
For the past 6 months I was at Cinema’s Makeup School in Los Angeles where I learned about beauty, makeup, hair, airbrush, characters (scars, wounds, blood) and prosthetics application. I had school from Monday to Friday like a full time job. My day at school started by lectures from the teachers of what we were about to learn, then a demo of the makeup and in the afternoon pratice of that specific makeup. We had an exam at the end of each unit. Each day was something different so Ineeded to be really focused and to practice home so my technique was on fleek. It was a nice experience for me and it allowed me to gain so much confidence in my work.

Do you have any tips on makeup for us?
Always use a makeup primer or at least a moisturizer before any makeup application.

What is a personal objectives for you in the coming year?
I really want to work on movie sets and enter this world.

What would be a good reading suggestion?

If you like makeup and you want to know more about trends and history of makeup, there’s a good book called Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez.

What are your favorite beauty products?
Fondations and eyeshadows: Makeup Forever
Lips: Mac or Anastasia Beverlyhills

Do you miss dancing?
I danced for a long time in my life but I think that life sometimes make you choose a different path. I still dance for fun with my friends but I wouldn’t go back to my dancing life like before because makeup takes a lot of my time now.

You come from a close knitted portuguese family : what do you cherish the most in your portuguese heritage?
Family Values : My family and I are so close and its important to always share our experiences and feelings between us. It is something I want to teach my kids too.




I don’t know where I’d use it but I stumbled upon the Marble Collection from Murals Wallpaper and I am adding it to my wallpaper WishList.


I love rings and I’ve been looking for quality jewelry lately. One of the answer would be Bing Bang NYC.

No. is Romy Northover and I have no words. Her work is absolutely stunning and I am DREAMING of those cups. Check out her Instagram.


For once, YouTube proposed a video that I actually really liked. I have been watching all of Garance Dore‘s videos and I find them so inspiring. I love the women she is chatting with, the subjects, the visual, bref everything!


I’m a little bit late but on September 16th was the Harvest Moon. Because I’ve decided to call my blog after that astronomical phenomenon, why not talk about it here. The Harvest Moon is ” to astronomers, the full moon closest to the September equinox, and full moon comes at the instant when the moon is 180o from the sun in ecliptic – or celestial – longitude.” Here’s a time lapse shared by 12 News


Forestry Wool  – I want every single product they have.

mineraltherapyrosequartzbyashleyneese1Stumbled upon the Nylon’s Guide to Essential Crystals. Lately, I’ve been really interested in crystals and have been reading on the matter. There is a great blog post over on ashleeyneese / Mineral Therapy


windowrings3_01f4ab52-fdb7-42ab-920d-06ab4930c3fb_1024x1024I want this Stefanies heeh an designs’ ring so bad (and so many more).

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His voice.


I have gathered for you what I’ve been listening to on repeat since September as begun. Some of those songs, I know I’ll get tired of in the next few days, some are here to stay. You’ll find classics, a multitude of genres and a few jazz songs that I’m obsessed with. I want to release a jazz/folk EP this year, so I’m on the hunt for amazing standards to sing and musicians. I wanted to add Purple Rain on the playlist, as I’ve been listening to this masterpiece on repeat, but it ain’t available. I hope you enjoy!

Treh LaMonte – #onrepeatbigtime
Bon Iver – #unexpected
Gabrielle Shonk – #finallyreleasedthebestsingleever #proudfriend
Celine Dion – #sawherlivethissummer #mindblowing
Les B.B – #trowback #firstlove
Sylvan Esso – #newmusic #yay
Frank Ocean – #lovehisvoice