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Spending the holidays away from home, in Phuket

The rather ubiquitous architecture in Phuket is the shophous

The rather ubiquitous architecture in Phuket is the shophous

I was staring forlornly at my piece of tortilla pizza while comfortably ensconced at the chair at Tom N Toms Coffee at the Limelight branch in Phuket Town. It was New Years Eve and while the new year was earlier celebrated back in the home country, it was still a few minutes more in Thailand. I’m having my own media noche as it’s just another day in a predominantly Buddhist country.

I should be in Thailand before 2015 ends.

That was my resolve and it had to happen. At midnight of 23 December, I arrived at Phuket International Airport, contemplating of booking hotels in Phuket just near the airport or change my Airbnb booking. But still with mixed feelings as to what I am embarking on. Work, primarily as a photographer and I’ve been toying about this idea ever since I extended my stay in Bangkok last October to shoot.


I’m actually okay here but from time to time, adjusting of being in a foreign country not as a full time tourist but as travel blogger, working photographer and tourist. And being a Filipino during the holidays away from home, kind of discomforting. And that’s how I can now understand how OFWs feel when their not home for Christmas. Or when pangs of craving for Cebu lechon hit me. Of all places.

It’s the first day of 2016 and I will be here for a few more weeks before heading to another country and back home again in February.

A beautifully lit tree at a park in Old town #phuket #thailand

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Colorful #shophouses at the neighborhood where I'm staying. #phuket #thailand #design #architecture

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    January 1, 2016 @ 21:53

    Spending the holidays away from home, in Phuket: The rather ubiquitous architecture in Phuket is the shophous
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