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Why isn’t travel inspiring me anymore?

Why isn’t travel inspiring me anymore? It’s been approximately three months since I’ve hit the road. Whenever I video call my friends and family, I don’t know what to say about my journey. I felt like nothing interesting happened to me. I don’t feel the same joy I did when I was travelling Thailand or Cambodia or even freaking Singapore, which in my opinion, is one of the most boring places there is to visit. What’s freaking wrong…

Saying goodbye: Budapest edition

It took me a while to write and fully acknowledge this: my month-long stint in Budapest came to an end.  It’s the big highlight of my Eurotrip– the reason how all this started. I’m going to be certified as a teacher, and I’m going to teach in Europe if it’s the last thing I do.  It had been an amazing roller coaster ride.  Time and time again, I’m astounded by people’s capacity to be kind. When I said…

How has hiking alone made me a better person

Photo credits: stayhealthyla.com I was struck by inspiration mid-morning. Why don’t I hike? It was a sweltering day. It would be poetic– I naively reasoned– since I would be using nature to counter nature itself. There forth begins my journey to Laem Thian, and my first solo hike anywhere. A quick Google search brought me to two conclusions. One, I would practically have the whole beach to myself. Two, it would be a just challenging enough hike. I left my phone to…

Finding life amid new friends.

8 Sept 2015Siem Reap I was thoroughly burnt out by the temples yesterday and wanted a break. At this point of life, I was appalled at the prospect of seeing another temple. When I got to the common room, an odd ensemble of people sat on the mat on the floor. A middle aged Indian man formed a circle with a bunch of Asian girls. I didn’t know what to do, so I smiled and nodded politely and…

To my fellow dreamers.

You can’t do it. It’s dangerous. Come on, be realistic, do you really want to travel till you die? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? More often than not, these people are your family, people you love. It’s extremely difficult to fight the people you love. You know they have your best interests at heart. You know that their fear of waking up to news of your death in a foreign land. You know they’ve read the horror stories and…

Useless 2016 resolutions.

Happy New Years!  I’m starting 2016 with a clean slate. In 2016, I’ll be a single fresh graduate, with no prospect for a job and is expected to be financially independent. It scares to me hell and back. I have to be prepared for so many different things that will undoubtly shake my world. It’s been a while since I felt that way. I don’t get shaken that easily.  I’m a firm believer of new years resolutions. New…

The art of procrastination: How does a break turn into a hiatus?

Procrastination (noun): The act of delaying or postponing something.  You know the thing you tell yourself you’ve absolutely got to do, but didn’t really find time to do it at the end? That’s procrastination.  Like the skirmish little fiend it is, procrastination seeps into your resolution. You won’t really know what happened until it had happened. One moment, you tell yourself “Oh, I’ll do that later.”, “I have loads of time.”, and bam! The day ended. And you…

A traveller’s tribute to Malaysia

I love my country, but the recent scandals and negativity makes it really hard to appreciate my country. On Merdeka’s eve, I had to walk the streets with hundreds of thousands of others to fight for a free and fair election. On September 16, ironically our Malaysia day, people clad in red walked the streets under the guise of protecting a trampled dignity, but in reality, broadcasting their racism. It doesn’t help that our ministers kept silent or…

Off to an adventure!

Photo credits: www.rome2rio.com Woots! I can’t believe time flies so fast. It’s 5th September already! Tomorrow I’ll be embarking on a journey to Cambodia through AirAsia.  This will be my first overseas solo travelling trip (phew, that’s a mouthful) and I’m so nervous and excited at the same time! As I’m typing this, my heart is pounding so quickly! I can’t believe time goes by so fast that it’s almost time to go already. I mean, I’m not…

Are you passionate about your life?

People always say that stress from working is different from studying. People also always say that being a student is very relaxing. Yeah, if the student don’t have to worry about anything except assignments (which is never that way, by the way). My final goal in life is to write for a living. And I love travelling (click here to find out why), so I wanted to be a travel writer. But first, to fulfill the criteria of travel,…