Best of 2017

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Not entirely a bad year so here’s one of my best videos of 2017.

 

I’ve always wanted to stand up paddle-board. I read that Stand Up paddling is the most chilled out sport of all board sports. Boy, were they wrong! Nothing chilled about this sport.

The board looks light but it’s actually heavy and I struggled to carry it into the water.

..but I did eventually. (As you can see in the muted video cos I sound very annoying when i’m panicky🤮)

I think if I learn how to paddle with the right technique, I might get the hang of it. So here’s my #1 resolution for this year (and in writing)

1. To take up SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding)

The writer is not WUI. (writing under-influence) She will make this happen.

Welcoming 2018

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2017 has given me so much life lessons; falling into depression (tho not clinically diagnosed), falling out of love/like, failing at friendship and so on but then again it’s just another year, and I am grateful and blessed because I am still alive and breathing after all of the bullshit that the year brought me.

There were days when I dealt with hangovers. With headaches. With post-surgery trauma. With unanswered texts and canceled plans. With broken hearts.

But you know what they say,

“What doesn’t hurt you only makes you stronger.”

 

And you will continue to grow.

Going into 2018, I know what kind of toxic people I should keep far away from. I’ve learned so much about myself; what I like and don’t like, who I’d spend my time with, what I want in life and how bad I want abs. (I mean abs are good but dayumn, donuts 🍩).

I’ve also realised if I don’t take a major leap next year, I’d die of the ‘stagnant syndrome’.

So here’s to 2018.

Hope you have a safe New Year’s Eve celebration and if you’re drinking tonight, Uber home.

Start 2018 with a bang 💥

Bagan exploring

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Feels surreal that I’m in Bagan again. This time, at a so much better hotel with a pool💕 here’s a view of the hotel front when i arrived. The room wasn’t ready so i decided to go exploring with my trusted bike I named Sebastian 🚲

This girl’s Dad owns the bike and ebike business opposite the hotel. Little girl has Thanaka on her face. Thanaka powder is used for women and men in Myanmar to get rid of excess oil and for sunburn.

first stop: My Friends Restaurant and Cafe. About ten minutes ride from the hotel. Ordered the hot and sour fish soup but got myself prison food instead. Not recommended❌

Got back to the hotel and got my race kit. Thank you Nini for the photo with me. Thank you Sunsilk for the sponsorship. You are gold 🔱

What came in the race kit was a book on life changing adventures of the five major marathons organised by Albatros Adventure.a tshirt for the run.

 

Someone said to me I should write more on Bagan and how Bagan makes me feel. I was in Bagan in February 2016, I was heartbroken and I just needed to leave the country. But this time, it was different.

It’s liberating!

I say I don’t have time or I’m too busy with work but I feel that I’m happiest when I’m traveling, solo or with friends.


There are so many things we wish to do but we can’t, for multiple reasons. When you travel alone, you could be that someone you always wished for.

 

God won’t give you nothing you can’t handle..even after an oophorectomy.

Sunsilk Malaysia

they say if you want your life to change, run a marathon. And they were right.

The day started off just right with me getting locked out of the airport cos apparently domestic airports (and International airports) of some third World countries has this weird policy that passengers arent allowed into the airport two hours before the first flight out. So weird🤔

So here we are.. arrived at the hotel at 9:00 am. Lovin the hotel and the pool views be like! Thank you Sunsilk, lovin the hotel location and the food is so yums and went everywhere with the e-bike and bicycle.

I must have done something right cos out of the forty people or so who stayed in the hotel, I was the lucky few to get a pool view room🧘🏼‍♀️ so much zen in me (at that moment) slept the whole afternoon.

Got a room with twin beds but i needed just one bed anyway but just couldn’t figure out the distance between the bed and the TV. my eyesight just couldnt see that far.

Pool views be like♥️

The room looked nothing like this after the second day 😂

I guess you get some and you win some. Sometimes life does not work like you wish it would but then you #zalyazidwin and everything just fits right into place and you meet the right company.

Next post, the race kit collection.

journey to my favourite ancient town 🏜

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Just read an inspiring story by a Malaysian celebrity trekking the Everest Base Camp ⛺️ not even close to what I’m attempting to do but Bagan Temple Marathon has always been close to my heart since I was in Bagan in February 2016.

 
Golden Myanmar Airlines direct flight from Yangon to Bagan takes two hours and thirty minutes.< img src=”https://zalyazid.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_2805-1.jpg&#8221; class=”wp-image-100 size-thumbnail” height=”3024″ alt=”Yangon Domestic Departure Hall is meh. There’s Gloria Jeans, a Duty Free Shop selling local goods (i think) and the toilet fits one of me. Not impressed” width=”4032″>< img src=”https://zalyazid.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_2808.jpg&#8221; class=”wp-image-101 size-thumbnail” height=”1136″ alt=”Not impressed but impressed face. ” width=”638″> Put on my cycling jersey before I got to Bagan. That material feels like being in a sauna. Wrong airplane ootd.

Finally, what seemed like an eternity! We took off at 6:45a.m. Got the window seat this time. Got to see the cotton candy clouds while having a light snack by Golden Myanmar Airlines 🍱

One more sleep/shut eye before I get to my favourite ancient town after Hue🏯

My-anmar , thank you Sunsilk Malaysia <3

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Dear Sunsilk,

A year ago, I wouldn’t have thought going to Yangon & Bagan on an all-expenses paid trip  but Sunsilk, you are gold ❤

Flew on Malaysia Airlines (not Business but still as good) and watched two movies cos flight was delayed by an hour and we were on board.

That didn’t matter cos as soon as I checked into Park Royal Yangon, the room was ah-mazing and the bed was as comfy as my Ugg boots. Thank you Park Royal Yangon ❤

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Park Royal Yangon is located  in the heart of the city set amidst the country’s rich cultural heritage. Went for a walk to the cafe about seven (7) minutes walk from the hotel.

Babett, Yangon A quiet cafe about seven (7) minutes from Park Royal Yangon. It was a hot and humid day and all i needed was latte and maybe a light snack.

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if you’re in Yangon, I highly recommend Babette Eater & Bar.

..and of course i decided to go exploring and got lost at the tracks.

I think it was a train station but couldnt tell cos there wasn’t a ticket counter. Maybe this was the hidden gem 💎 travellers kept on talking about.

Next stop, Bagan! Can’t wait 😍

Sheraton Four Points Seminyak and 🥥 ice cream cake ♥️

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Here we are at Seminyak Four Points Sheraton Bali.

Took one good photo of .. the bed. Ta-da! ☺️

here’s a photo of the room with a bed, a sofa to make out on and a big-ass balcony for smoking. The tub was ah-mazing too. Too bad I didn’t take any photos of the bathroom though.

But here’s what we had for dinner.

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here’s what I had for dinner. the Grilled Chicken a 7 1/2 🌟

I would also recommend the coconut and vanilla ice cream sandwich. It’s delish! 🥥

Details about the restaurant:-

Barbacoa Jalan Petitenget No. 14

of stand up paddling and avocado smoothie 🥑

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Here we are in Bali. Wrote a long post earlier but went missing cos i’m still a noob at this.

Anyway, here are some photos from Bali!

when we arrived 😳 didn’t know you could get that shade of green and blue in a photodayumn.

on the way down to Sundays Beach 🏖 Club

Ladies and gentlemen, your noob at Go Pro Hero 5 photos (Go Pro Hero 6 is out FYI)

just had to do it (with doctor’s advice- this was a month after surgery🤔 maybe less) I know it’s called stand up paddling but I sat down 90% of the time cos i suck at it 😔

semabu hills hotel, nusa penida

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view from semabu hills hotel, nusa penida.

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it was a morning just like today. the Sun was out, the sky was bright as my neon dress and the calming sound of the ebbing waves.

i love that semabu hills hotel puts the intricate details of the exterior decor and landscaping of the hotel.

nusa penida is fifteen minutes (15) away from nusa lembongan. you can get a boat for 30,000 rupiah (USD 2) from the yellow bridge (iconic landmark in nusa lembongan).

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how else would you have hot latte in semabu hills hotel? 😎

Badung Strait separates Nusa Penida from the Bali Island. On a good day, you can see Mount Agung from Nusa Penida. (it’s Day 8 from the first volcanic ash hiccup of Mount Agung🙁)

While waiting for your room to be ready, you can also opt to immerse yourself in a good book at the cafe. There are big colourful settes in the lounge/cafe area. But watch out for flies if you order snacks! There’s a serious case of flies around. Waste management is not really prioritised here on the island.

img_1938 after what seemed like ten tortoise years later, we finally got the keys to our room. And it’s the best room in the Hotel 😍 (you be the judge 👩🏻‍⚖️)

img_1949-1img_1961-1 it was raining the whole afternoon when we arrived. finished a book while i was there (checkout my reads on Instagram #zalyazidreads) ♥️

and then there’s the pool 😍img_1972-1 off to the next island.. Bali