Waking up to a clear head on the weekend means it is time to have some exploratory fun! Heading down to the special spot I like to go to. As we approached there appeared a faint smell which grew ever pervasive as we approached closer. The multitude of powerful odoriferous smells wafted from the Pupu festival as if by magic to our noses. We almost ran as not to miss one moment of the selection of the winner and a sampling of pupu’s once through the door.
Many of the chefs decided to use Ulu or otherwise known as breadfruit for their fare. There were a variety of dishes made from Ulu, my favorite was the cod soaked baked Ulu, it tasted just like fish and was delightful!
We headed over to the table that had won two previous years and her pulled pork nachos were INTENSE! She added a special sauce that had a kick to it and the combination of flavors was amazing. She won again this year not a surprise, she deserved it!
After the Pupu winner was announced we headed to the clothing optional pool for some frivolities and relaxation. Diving into the cool water was refreshing and striking up conversations with people from all over the world is always fun.
This special place hosts many who are seeking and finding things that are well, amazing spiritually. There is no one right way to do anything, especially when it comes to seeking your inner spirit, if someone tells you their way is best well you know that’s just not how spiritual growth occurs..
We seek it out ourselves and the path we choose is what we are drawn too. The amazing part of being in this special place is that everyone here understands that, they are enlightened to the fact that each has his/her own path and they force nothing on you especially judgment which is something only lessor minds care to play games with.
I marvel at the skill this Thai man has with carving fruit and other edibles, what an amazing thing is the care someone takes in their art, the magic one must feel when they find that one “thing” that they are fantastic at. I believe everyone has something special a talent, a gift, we just need to explore to find it!
After swimming a walk around the grounds is in order, time for some reflection clearing the way to the path before us. Beautiful statues adorn the property a perfect place for chanting and reflection or simply sitting quietly with a friend under the warm sun.
There are many beautiful varieties of plants, flowers, as well as trees covering the path in front of us and of course the people all open and embracing and full of warmth and light. Sharing a smile here is easy as the people are friendly loving and they hold no judgements of others, an enlightened group to be with!
Sitting at a table chatting with someone from Ireland, someone from California and a host of other places is fun. A beautiful older women pulls out a deck of playing cards adorned with 1970′s nude female models and starts a cribbage match with an elegant older gentleman, they both have a quick smirk as she deals the cards.
These are people who are very comfortable with who they are, they do not pass judgement on others and they expect reciprocation of an enlightened intelligent mind.
I’m trying not to stare as she folds the deck and shuffles, I hope to age as gracefully as this beauty.. I wonder what she is thinking as she smirks at him?
The konk shell blows!! It is time for dinner to be served on the main patio. Lovely graceful people softly walk from all around the property to the main patio for their exotica organic cuisine. I here someone mention the special chef this evening and how she has created a starfruit and pumpkin seed salad, as well as a host of other organic delights all grown from this land.
Everyone is smiling like they have a secret and I smile back, yes I have a secret too. The food was fantastic a little rich with sauce but amazing. My favorite was the Lilikoi tea which tasted like it had a hint of rosemary as well!
The soft hum of people eating and sharing conversation krept over all of the tables in a relaxing stammer. Content of this and of this day I sat back and listened to the hum of them. More Lilikoi tea? I thought to myself. Or perhaps another walk around, or a lovely dip back in the pool? Too cold for the pool I decided, time to take a walk around.
I spot another beautiful Buddha statue, who is to say which statue is the best or the most perfected? I think all art is beautiful and if there is one admirer then let it stand as it may. I see all of the trinkets and offerings laid on this statues lap and marvel at the trust people have with their wishes in the hands of those who might pass by them. I sneak closer and see a lovely ball of rose quartz, not a small offering! I’ll remember to bring something memorable next time as an offering and will check to see how long it is held in trust – on the lap – of the statue in the middle of the ocean.
Darkness comes slowly, like a slow moving warning to hustle to the car (We don’t have flashlights and it was a long walk back!) walking off the organic dinner was helpful as it was very filling (All that FIBER!)
The next day it is a full on farmers market marathon and I HAD to share with you this AMAZING Italian glass bottle I picked up for a mere $20 USD… I took a picture of it on the table of someone who is quickly becoming a good friend who sells me amazing oils and essences from around the world..
Enjoy your weekends…