TELL IT LIKE IT IS, TINA
Meet my girl, T, all the way from Malta. I found out she went to the London School of Fashion in the first few days and immediately knew we had some common ground. I think we got even more comfortable after we decided to show our booties at the Bali swings. Oops. It’s terrifying enough to swing out over the jungle 78 meters below, while worrying about flashing all your new friends as your dress decides to go on a ride behind you. We had a fun morning of Instagrammable photos and then ventured over to a tour into the jungle to try the infamous Luwak coffee. That coffee was whack by the way!
I always thought I didn’t have much of a filter and then I met Tina. She speaks nothing but honesty with no filter and no shame. I like it when you don’t have to read between the lines with someone who just tells it like it is. She is a location scout where the men are hottt, the tequila is being poured, and there are no kids because kids are shit. Hahah! Ain’t nobody trying to bring their kids on vacay while we are seeking rest and relaxation.
I think I’ve mentioned before one of my favorite experiences of the trip were the family dinners on Monday nights. They were always so magical and Tina did not disappoint. She cooks for her friends and family consistently which consists of about 40 people! That takes a crazy amount of confidence in the kitchen. The food that night was heavenly. I tried dates for the first time and they were deliciousness wrapped in bacon. I was nearly full on appetizers before the next course came out and dear God, am I glad I saved room for dessert! It may have been one of the best desserts I’ve ever had in my life. It was so good, she ended up making a second one for everybody before the trip ended. She generously poured love into our lives with this beautifully thought out evening. We walked up to a candle lit dinner decorated with beautiful gift boxes at each seat, marigolds, and a fun game to keep us entertained. O! and she is VEGAN so she made all this goodness she couldn’t even eat just for us. That is love.
And just when you think this girl is so hardcore, I got to see a side of her which showed vulnerability and transparency and I admired her even more. As we sat in a circle in the common area while Meesh gave her workshop on mental health, Tina was in tears right there with the rest of us that night. She shared part of her story that moved me. I was in complete awe of her trust in us. She is by far one of the strongest people I have ever met. After sharing this experience with her, I know she will be an anchor in my life and I know she holds that same weight with others.
Tina, I admire your bravery and your culinary skills, your fashion sense and your friendship. Cheers to you. (Tequila shooters in hand)