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sophiesmonde 2013 edition

Tuesday, June 26, 2012



Monday, August 1, 2011

No news is good news


I know you're angry and you have every right to be. I broke a big blogosphere rule. I realize my disappearance not only makes you question your loyalty towards, it also makes me seem unreliable, which is exactly what I have been lately. You see, the last five weeks of my life I have had no deadlines, no tests, no assignments to turn in --- I have literally been living a care-free - dare I say - unreliable life, which is actually a lot of responsibility for someone with no experience with that sort of lifestyle. I'm not saying I have sweat and toiled my way through my seventeen years, my life thus far has been quite fortunate but before this summer, I have yet to realize how to fully appreciate it. How to fully appreciate good people, good food, and good --- life.

Dear reader, I genuinely hope you share my definition of appreciation and can take it to justify the reason of my disappearance. During my disappearance, I discovered a whole new monde, which made sophiesmonde seem even smaller. Whether it's finding a new place or a new you, it's thanks to these summer discoveries that allow us to re-evaluate who we've been and what we've been doing during the snow-plowing and flower-planting seasons. Summer is the only season which allows us to make these discoveries, for it's also the season with the biggest deadline. Somewhere between the blistering heat waves and ocean breezes, you realize that the season you've been waiting for and counting on ever since snow plowing your pavement from december's first snow fall, is winding down right in front of you. Besides life, summer is the biggest deadline. Whether your traveling abroad, moving somewhere new or even just staying exactly where you are, you know that once the heat waves fade and ocean breezes pass, the deadline will be right around the corner. My time in Bali had a deadline and with that deadline in mind, I made the most of my time. I had some of the best times of my life but like all good things, they reach their deadline - which was clearly written on my non-refundable boarding pass back home - and come to an end.






Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BACK & BETTER: Under Construction

sophiesmonde is UNDER CONSTRUCTION

I'm sorry. I really, really am.

Yes, I will admit, I have been avoiding you. When you're in a place as beautiful as Bali, being on a computer feels like a crime. I do not think an apology will suffice my prolonged absence from the blogosphere. I owe you an explanation. Hopefully the many posts I'm working on at the moment will clarify the reason blogging hasn't exactly been my top priority. Don't get me wrong, I feel awful when I just disappear like this, but as you probably know, sometimes it's nice just to.....well, just to live and not have to think about catchy titles or punny captions.

While sophiesmonde is under renovation, check out

I'm An Angel, which is the charity I have been interning for. As you probably have guessed from the photographs on the website, poverty has been recently re-defined for me. This re-definition has put more than I could have ever imagined in perspective for me.

Friday, July 1, 2011

M.I.A. and much to say


I know I have been completely M.I.A. but I have much to say.

My time here in Bali has been BUSY. You wouldn't believe the things I'm doing, people I'm meeting and places I'm going. But I'm not boasting. Over the past week I have seen some of the poorest people --- perhaps, the poorest people I have ever seen in my entire life. After spending time volunteering to the best of my abilities (not nearly good enough) and merely witnessing the ways of life of a whole new level of poverty, it's difficult to face my computer and pretend that my life revolves around shopping and what I'm wearing. Perhaps the guilt of years of taking everyday things for granted is catching up to me or perhaps I'm just guilty. I cannot ignore what I have seen over the past couple of days but I know I am in no position to explain to you the difficulties in balancing a life of giving and getting. It is a challenge we neglect to face everyday. As you can tell, my mixed emotions are leading to me to questions that are simply un-answerable. I'll be back in a bit, but for now I'm letting myself get lost in this monde (world).

Monday, June 27, 2011

On the job, DAY 2: Business Casual Wear in Bali

As soon as I arrived in Bali, my internship began, literally. Like I told you, within an hour of arriving on the paradise island I was whisked to a dinner with around twenty of Bali’s most powerful. On one side of me sat the wife of the state regent and on the other, sat the host of the dinner as well as the owner of the art gallery the dinner was held in (!). I am going to blame fatigue for my lack of conversation that night, I also didn’t exactly realize whom I had the honor of having dinner with until my boss explained how the powerful guests were to her surprise as much as mine. The next day my mentor informed me I was going to be shadowing her at an International AIDS awareness conference held by the university. Of course my beach themed dress code, was not exactly seminar-friendly. I threw on what I thought was appropriate for a conference held on this postcard island, and to my surprise (not), because we are in Bali, the conference was held in an ocean-front auditorium sponsored by the government. This was my business-casual outfit, Bali version:

Outfit Details

J.CREW button down shirt

J.CREW yellow shorts

DVF sequin sandals (i'm obsessed)

MARC BY MARC JACOBS cross body bag

Below are a couple photographs from the conference. I felt pretty professional because I was given a nametag (and a goodie bag!) The seminar was comprised of a series of presentations by an International group of doctors, researchers and policy makers. Each presentation exhibited a different perspective on how policy and research are the foundations to finding a cure and how cooperation and linkage is important now more than ever. I’m not going to talk much about the conference but at least you can tell by my sudden usage of big words, I learned a little something – something! Enjoy the photographs and notice the different definition of what a conference is here in Bali. I’m realizing that more and more things are different here, and I’m loving it even more.

#NoBigDeal Just a conference on the beach

I found my nail color! MANGO!

My boss, the only non-doctor/policy maker/researcher presented her charity and showed them how it’s done


Just wait until I tell you what I did next! Here's a preview:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

First night in Bali, first dinner as an intern: OOTD

I literally just got off the plane when I was asked by my boss to get ready for a dinner we had been invited to. Completely unaware of who was going to be at the dinner and with no dress code idea in mind, this is the outfit I threw on in the mere two minutes I had.

Outfit Details
H&M top
Topshop dip-dye skirt
Sam Edelman sandals
Marc By Marc Jacobs Watch

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