Coachella Weekend 1 Wrap Up

Hat: Qilo /Sunglasses: Kenneth Cole/ Shirt: Vans/ Shorts: Uniqlo/ Shoes: Toms/ Laces: Hickies/ Bracelet: Coach + Philip Crangi 

I haven’t wanted to admit this since Monday morning, but as weekend 2 of Coachella kicks off it’s time I come to terms with Coachella being over for me (at least until next year). On Sunday, I decided to take it extremely easy and enjoy Lacoste’s pool party for the second day in a row, but this time actually get in the pool. I wore yet another floral situation, because I’m a flower child. I’ll leave the aztec prints and florals to my girlfriends. 

As The day came to a close it was a bittersweet feeling to three sensational days that flew by like a blink of an eye. Filled with camping, partying, dancing, and sweating. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of friends to make while camping. Together we experienced some of the best performances by Martin Garrix, Zedd, MGMT, Lorde, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, and my favorite Disclosure.

Weekend 2 goers, have a f*king AMAZING time!! 

photographer: Natalie

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Ko Lanta, Thailand Photo Journal 

After a quick 24 hours in Bangkok, I headed down to the south of Thailand to visit Krabi. This day was long, hot, and completely different from anything I expected.

Activities: 

  1. Visited a traditional Thai village to view ancient coffee preparation
  2. Visited Sala Dan District for lunch
  3. Visited Tobalieu Community (a fishing village on the beach)
  4. Kayaked out to plant sea grass in Thung Yi Pheng for bio-diversity
  5. Long-tail boat back to Thung Yi Pier

If you’re an outdoors kind of guy, this portion of my trip is for you. Otherwise, look forward to my next post in Thailand. This is more for the leisurely type, like me. ;)

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Transitional Coachella Attire

Shirt: Guess/ Tank: Vans/ Shorts: French Connection/ Shoes: Sperry’s/ Bracelet: Coach + Philip CrangiBracelet: Men in Cities/ Cuff: George Frost / Sunglasses: Warby Parker/ Watch: 1 Face

After my first day at Coachella on Friday, I learned first hand that the field is a desert in true form. Going from extreme heats during the day, to really cold lows during the night, which is not acceptable for shorts and tank-top weather (I froze the entire walk back to my campsite). Planning for day two, I knew better and decided to work on layers that would be easy to take on and off. Which is where my button down came into play, perfect to protect from the sun, easy enough to take off when got hot and wrap around my waist, and then great to keep me warm when I got cold a night. Because honestly, functionality is key to surviving Coachella for the long haul! 

As for the music, Saturday was so much fun! I saw Skrillex and Zedd perform live in the Sahara tent. Hands down my favorite tent at Coachella; the lights, the music, the experience! You don’t wanna miss this tent for house music if you’ve never been! Though there was a dust storm on Saturday, I was luckily prepared with a handy bandana (not photographed), which is also another great accessory to have for soacking in ice cold water and wrapping around your neck or face when the heat becomes too much. Now if only I was going back for weekend two!

photographer: Anoop

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How to Make the Most out of Bangkok, Thailand in One Day 

Location: Bangkok, Thailand - Mandarin Oriental 

From April 1st - 9th, I had the pleasure of traveling to Asia for my first time with the tourism board of Thailand. My first stop was in Bangkok where my accommodation was located at the Mandarin Oriental, centrally located in the bustling center of the city. I was only given one day and two nights here, but even with such little time I was able to achieve seeing a small but insightful portion of this multi-cultural city. 

First, if you’re ambitious like me and arrive at night, but are eager to see the gay night life. I would highly recommend visiting DJ Station in Soi 2 (known for all of the fun dance clubs) and Telephone Pub in Soi 4 (a more outdoor bar scene fun for pre-gaming and meeting locals). I ventured to each of these places on a Tuesday evening around 11pm and stayed out till 4am. Online they say close at 2am, but one thing I quickly learned in Bangkok, there aren’t many rules there that are actually followed. Though, do be extremely cautionary of people who pickpocket when going out. 

Second, for daytime activities this doesn’t necessary require you to stay at the Mandarin Oriental, but if you want the full experience I highly recommend staying there. This way you can live the day as I did, starting with a 7am yoga across the river at their gym (which you get to take their really cool water boat across). Then you can have a delicious outdoor breakfast back across the river at the hotel before taking your very own Thai cooking class at, The Oriental Thai Cooking School. This is also apart of the hotels property. There are many class options, but to do it in one day I did the four course option. Where I learned how to make Sweet Potato in Coconut Sauce, Soup with Cucumbers Stuffed with Minced Pork, Fried Prawns Coated in Herb Flakes, and Rice Vermicelli with Coconut Cream Sauce (ingredients can be found below). After a quick cooking session, you are then able to eat the delicious meal you have made, and believe me your taste buds are in for a real treat. (For those of you who wanted to know my favorite dish, hands down Rice Vermicelli with Coconut Cream Sauce)

Third stop, after lunch you can schedule a long tail boat to pick you up directly at the hotel’s river dock to get an experience how the locals used to get around the city plus take the river down to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) for historic sights. This is a must!

Fourth, not mandatory, but definitely rewarding stop would be to visit Mandarin Oriental’s new spa for an hour long treatment that’ll prepare your face for the many sweat toxins that you’ll encounter while visiting Thailand, because believe me, it is hot! This was a real treat on my trip, but I would’ve loved to have had it last so I could’ve knocked out directly afterwards. Though that was not the case for me.

Fifth, and definitely not least is visiting the delicious street food at Yaowarat district near China Town. Half of my experience in Thailand was trying all of their delicious food. So make sure not to cut corners when it comes to trying their authentic delights. 

Lastly, if you’re on the fence to visit Bangkok or Thailand in general, just do it! The country is beautiful and the people are some of the nicest I’ve met. Anything you expected, it will surpass and give you a welcoming surprise. 

So 1 day and 5 activities:

  1. Gay night life
  2. Thai Cooking School
  3. Long-tail boat river tour (must)
  4. Facial spa treatment
  5. Yaowarat Thai street food (must)

Food ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato in Coconut Sauce: 300 grams sweet potato, peales soaked in water lime as needed; 30 grams granulated sugar; 30 grams palm sugar; 2 grams salt; 400 grams coconut milk; 150 grams coconut cream. 
  • Soup with Cucumbers Stuffed with Minced Pork: 4-6 cucumbers; 2 grams white peppercorns; 4 grams coriander roots, finely chopped; 10 grams garlic finely chopped; 150 grams pork; 14 grams soy sauce; 25 grams fish sauce; 600 grams stock; 9 grams coriander
  • Fried Prawns Coated in Herb Flakes: 80 g fish sauce; 200 g palm sugar; 165 tamarind pulp; 150 prawns; 25 grams; `120 palm oil; 25 g wheat flour; 15 g lemon grass; 20 g shallots; 10 g sun dried birds eye chillies; 10 g cashew nuts
  • Rice Vermicelli with Coconut Cream Sauce: 300 g coconut cream; 100 g chicken minced; 40 g shallots; 40 g firm tofu; 30 g preserved soybean; 6 g salt; 40 g palm sugar; 35 g tamarind pulp; 3 g chili flakes; 20 g chili oil (if you’d like any preparation tips, don’t hesitate to leave in the comment section)

I know this a lot from me and completely different from my usual style posts, but my goal for 2014 is to incorporate more travel and lifestyle (this is just the first of 3 more in Thailand and many more to come from Europe). I’d love to hear feedback!

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Festal Attire: Florals at Coachella 

Shirt: Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply/ Shorts: Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply/ Shoes: Vans/ Watch: Casio

I can’t believe how fast this weekend flew by, only just what felt like yesterday was I arriving to Coachella’s camp grounds. Now it’s Monday afternoon, and I’m back in LA with a bittersweet feeling of nostalgia (can’t you be infinite Coachella?). This weekend Coachella became my home, filled with many new friends and memories that will last me a lifetime embracing my first Coachella experience. From kicking my first night off with Martin Garrix, to actually camping for my first time in a least 10 years. I can go on and on why this weekend was sensational, but I’ll add more detail over the course of this weeks posts.

Luckily I saved a few refreshing pieces to pull me through Coachella after Thailand, because the weather wasn’t any cooler! When they say it’s in a desert, it is in a desert with high heat and cool evenings. I knew that I needed to wear something refreshing to stay cool during the day, but quickly learned on my first night that a jacket is necessary to stay warm unless you don’t mind freezing. So pro tip for your first Coachella, pack a light jacket and a beanie for the nighttime shows.

I’ll be hanging out in LA for the next two days, then headed up to San Francisco to visit a great friend at Sanford and a new Coachella friend in the mission district. The real treat will be taking the Pacific Coast Highway for my first time. Some say it’s the drive of a lifetime. 

photographer: Anoop

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