Hello Seoul! Good to be back after eleven (11) years! Here’s a blue bear we saw on our way to the Nine Tree Premier 2 Hotel in Myeongdong 🎄❤️
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 weren’t meant to get something, you won’t get it. Regardless of anything. Because it just wasn’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 don’t worry. Keep that trust, do your thing, if you don’t get what you wanted, keep moving, keep going. You’ll get something better or make it somewhere more worthwhile.
From that moment on, everything went downhill. But i’m glad it did cos I learned so much from my mistakes and what happened.
“Every cloud has a silver lining”
Things will eventually fall into place, all you have to do is trust in God.
.. but lock your doors
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
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 🌿
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 🇬🇧
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. 😌 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.
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.
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.
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
The hotel 🏩 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 🏩
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! 😘
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 😁) So if youre planning to get to Kandy, please book your tickets early from https://www.visitsrilankatours.co.uk/train-tickets-1.html
Maldives 🇲🇻 is definitely the place to be-solo!
Here’s how to go solo in Maldives 🇲🇻 :-
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 😊
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 🇲🇻
The hotel will list down some recommendations couples usually go for 🙄🙄 but you’re solo so you get double the fun.
So I decided on the full day snorkeling excursion in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The sea 🌊 is sooo blueee.
Was on the boat most of the time as I got seasick and the drug store ran out of seasick pills 🤢
After two hours of snorkeling (which I did for ten mins), we landed on this pretty unnamed island 🏝 for lunch 🥘
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 😋
Here’s a video of me gasping for air in the Indian Ocean with my trusted GoPro Hero 5 🛥️
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. ✔️
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!