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It’s Eid! Guess it takes more than a pandemic to take us down cos Eid seems normal here in Kuala Lumpur. How’s everyone doing in other parts of the World? Hit me in the comments!

Nasi Hujan Air Panas (nasi ke hujan ni ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Thank you Teaffani Catering for the delish food! Didn’t get to take photos of the rest of the Eid spread cos the tummy works faster than the mobile phone on Eid ๐Ÿ˜…

And thank you De’ Wan for the Buka Puasa Delivery ๐Ÿšš Love the ketupat daun palas and rendang. Didnt get to taste the bahulu and rempeyek cos Mom hijacked it ๐Ÿ˜‚

How was your Eid?

March 2020

It’s only Q1 of 2020 but I really feel like this year should end already. So much has happened not only at home but in Australia, Philippines, Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ, Korea, Japan.

We lost animals, people lost their homes, Australia lost 12 million acres of land to the bushfire . Either Mother Nature is angry or we did something really, really wrong to piss the Gods.

And then there’s the COVID-19 we know nothing about except that its deadly. A piece of advice though, touch nothing not even yourself, drink up your vitamin C and always make sure you have enough food at home in case you need to be self-quarantined. And here’s a guide on How to know if you need to stay away from people :

With all that’s going on, focus on yourself, give yourself a bath and always find time for a shut eye- Alex, 6 years old Tabby Cat adopted from Paws Malaysia in 2014

Sapporo ๐ŸŒŸ

‘sssuuppppp Sapporo ๐Ÿคญ

The last time I was here, i did not do any of the touristy thigamajig in the city.

This time, we got to do the Sapporo Beer Museum and the Genghis Khan Buffet ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

There’ s the all-you-can-drink buffet

and the all-you-can-eat buffet.

We had the all-you-can-drink buffet cos there’s just so much you can eat ๐Ÿ˜Š

It’s RM 300.00 for 2pax and also you can choose from an extensive menu of drinks from alcohol to non-alcoholic. I recommend the ginger ale ๐Ÿบ

Everything happens for a reason

Everything really does happen for a reason. We all know this but if something was written to be yours, a grade, a job, a relationship, a trip, it will always be yours and nothing in this world can prevent it from being yours except God’s will. If you werenโ€™t meant to get something, you wonโ€™t get it. Regardless of anything. Because it just wasnโ€™t written. That being said, All you have to do is keep your intentions straight, keep doing your best, keep being the best you can be and keep trusting in the fact that God’s provisions are always for our best interest. Something good always comes of something that may seem initially disappointing or bad. So donโ€™t worry. Keep that trust, do your thing, if you donโ€™t get what you wanted, keep moving, keep going. Youโ€™ll get something better or make it somewhere more worthwhile.

2018

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus since my last solo trip and it was tough to write on other things other than travels. But here I am recapping 2018 in non-chronological order.

1. Loss of two pets

Sigh

Lost my 9yo Grey (in August) and 4yo Fluffy (a week ago). They say

the love of a cat is immeasurable and so is the love left behind – Anon

Haven’t really moved on from Grey and then Fluffy happened.

2. My only indoor plant died ๐ŸŒฟ

Don’t know how this happened but it survived four months without water.

3. No luck with brown chocolate man

This hunk of a model left me. I have better luck with donuts and chocolate sprinkles.

4. Had one chocolate donut from the famous Camden Market ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

when you have achievements less than ordinary, this is a valid achievement. not only was it not an ordinary sized donut but i was also on a low-sugar diet. ๐Ÿ˜Œ Yolo.

5. Got all crazy with Konmari and The Minimalist lifestyle

Got carried away and sold (and gaveaway) half of my wardrobe and also some of my possessions. I have a roomy room now but there’s still room for improvement in the organisation bit.

6. Visited three new countries

Celebrated Eid in Sri Lanka and Maldives in June 2018. Also prolly the highlight of the year. And London, Brighton and Bath in October 2018. I would probably do Bath again since i’m archaic and I enjoy history walks.

7. Yoga

Finally decided to take up yoga and work on my anger management. Committing to Jaime’s Janzfitness classes and hopefully master that handstand I’ve always wanted to do.

5:48 a.m. Need to get out of bed and feed Alex. My furry furmate. Cat.

How I travelled Sri Lanka solo

Sri Lanka is predominantly a Buddhist country and safe for women travelling alone. For me, I’ll always dress appropriately and conservatively while traveling cos you do not want unnecessary attention.

Most solo travelers will prefer hostels than hotels but since my trips are usually short (and quick) , I’ll usually book rooms in three star hotels.

1. Places to visit in Kandy

Bahirawakanda Temple

The Big Buddha statue on top of the scenic Kandy Hill is worth a visit. I’ve seen numerous Buddha temples and stupas but nothing quite like this.

Temple of The Tooth Relic
When you visit Sri Lanka you should definitely pay a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Its’ heritage listed buildings reflect in the Kandy Lake.

Ceylon Tea Museum

You wouldnt want to miss out on the tea plantations here in Kandy.

I learned so much about tea and James Taylor.

2. Accommodation in Kandy

You can find all types of accommodation in Sri Lanka from beach huts and tree houses to villas. As I wanted to stay in the centre, I picked the 160-year old Queen’s Hotel in Kandy ๐Ÿ˜…

The hotel ๐Ÿฉ gave me a room on the second floor and gave me a bunch of keys to choose from and that’s when I knew I was the only patron on that floor.

Didnt want to take a chance of waking up to someone else next to me in a 160-year old hotel and requested for a room on the first floor. They were reluctant at first but finally gave in. Thank you Queen’s Hotel ๐Ÿฉ

While you’re here, check out the Chinese restaurant buffet. (it was late and I didn’t feel like going out) and always, always check with the hotel reception for recommendations.

And don’t forget to take photos of the hotel from across the lake. Enjoy the view! ๐Ÿ˜˜

4. How to get to Kandy from Colombo Airport

Almost missed out on how to get there.

As my travel plans are always ad-hoc, I missed out the chance to get better seats on the Kandy train as it was the Ramzan New Year.

What I did manage to get was the second class seats (roughed this one out) and slept for four hours on the bumpy ride and bumped my head (and got bruises but hey, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger ๐Ÿ˜) So if youre planning to get to Kandy, please book your tickets early from https://www.visitsrilankatours.co.uk/train-tickets-1.html

How To Travel Maldives Solo

Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป is definitely the place to be-solo!

Here’s how to go solo in Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป :-

1. Hotel

There are a lot of hotels you can choose from. Spend some time browsing to get the best deals. I booked a room in a private resort inititally (which would have cost me a bomb!) but landed a deal 48 hours before my departure.

Kaani Grand Seaview in Maafushi offers rooms with a balcony and the bed is soo fluffy! Slept so much while I was here ๐Ÿ˜Š

When I was bored sleeping, I would then laze on the beach. There’s a no-bikini restriction on the island but the hotel and beachfront of the hotel is an exception.

2. Snorkeling excursion

As soon as you check in, you can start planning your daze in Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป

The hotel will list down some recommendations couples usually go for ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ but you’re solo so you get double the fun.

The water’s sooo blueeeeee

So I decided on the full day snorkeling excursion in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The sea ๐ŸŒŠ is sooo blueee.

Was on the boat most of the time as I got seasick and the drug store ran out of seasick pills ๐Ÿคข

And then we saw dolphins ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ

Taken by this super nice couple ๐Ÿ‘ซ from Taiwan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ

After two hours of snorkeling (which I did for ten mins), we landed on this pretty unnamed island ๐Ÿ for lunch ๐Ÿฅ˜

Lunch was sooo good, it was Maldivian sweet and sour-ish chicken (which tastes like Ayam Masak Merah) with cucumber salad served with rice. Didnt get to take food photos as my tummy worked faster than my Huawei 20Pro ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here’s a video of me gasping for air in the Indian Ocean with my trusted GoPro Hero 5 ๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธ

And I passed out after an aspirin on the boat.

Maldives is one of the prettiest islands I’ve been to and the whole country is 1192 islands surrounded by beautiful beaches. I will definitely come again but only after I’ve done other Asian countries in my bucket lost list. โœ”๏ธ

If you’ve been wanting to go on a solo trip but you are clueless on what to do, how to do it, message me here and I will try my very best to help.

I’m also on Instagram @zalyazid

Go Solo like Han Solo!