Escaping into the embrace of the eagle

L.A.N.G.K.A.W.I. Ahh, the island of the giant eagle. Guess which lucky girl’s going there?! I repeated this mantra to myself for the past week. I am going to Langkawi. I am going to Langkawi. I am going to Langkawi. Counting down to Langkawi under my breath when something frustrating happened is basically what kept me alive for the week. You have no idea how stressed I was. Yet, like every dirt poor backpacker, I decide to subject myself…

Archaic beauty- Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm main temple Fascination with stones and trees is just not something you would imagine yourself doing until you’ve been to Ta Prohm. The long scenic route Get your Angkor Pass ready and you’re good to go! A short walk down dirt path lined with willow trees and Cambodian instrumental music and there’s Ta Prohm!When I got to Ta Prohm, I had to choose between the short express route and the long scenic route. Truth be told,…

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…

Temple Run

7 September 2015Siem Reap Ugh.  In the short 10 minutes I’m awake, I’ve deduced my 2 fatal mistakes.  #1, I shouldn’t have chosen the top bunk.  #2, I shouldn’t have drank so much last night.  On the bright side, at least I didn’t get a hangover. I stumbled out of bed, nearly fell to my death or at least bodily injury and took a shower. Then I scaled up the ladder again like a three-legged cat and frantically…

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…

Riel issues: Money matters in Cambodia

Today I’m going to talk about money. I used a total of $366.85 for 12 days (11 in Cambodia, 1 in Vietnam) all in except for airfare. That means, on average, I spent about $30.57 per day. I got my round trip tickets for 5 nights in Siem Reap for RM150 but realized that I wanted more days, so I booked another flight home from Ho Chi Minh for RM200, bringing my total air tickets expenditure to RM350…

Siem Reap: First taste of adrenaline, freedom and impending alcoholism.

-6th September 2015- I embarked on a spiritual journey; one that would allow me to examine my thoughts and discover myself.  I went on my first official solo trip.  My flight was at 1pm. I remember waking up nervous and jittery but boy, was I raring to go. I went to the airport, kissed everyone goodbye and rushed out of the car. I went on search mode for my departure gate with a resting bitch face (because what…

Day 1, I came and I was mesmerized; Day 5, I fell in love; Day 12, I can’t wait to come back again.

As I was waiting not-very-patiently for my flight home at Ho Chi Minh City, I was overwhelmed by a sudden surge of sadness. So this is it huh? A fitting end to my first solo travel trip: alone in a foreign airport, frantically scribbling on my soaked diary, trying to preserve any memory that I have made here.  Good start to my adventure! It started a little like the end for me. I strode purposefully across the hallways…

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…