Birthdays

I’m big on birthdays.

Birthday vouchers, birthday cakes, birthday trips. You name it.

Every year, I will go on a birthday trip for a few days to a week, away from my family and friends. (sometimes I do it during Eid but that’s another story). My solo travels are usually to reflect on life and shizz.

In 2010, I set off on my first solo birthday trip.

To Siem Reap.

Floating Village of Tonle Sap Lake

The view (back) of one of the huts

Floating Village of the Fisherman's Village, Tonle Sap Lake

The frontal view of one of the floating huts from the Floating Village of Tonle Sap

Crocs are made of these

Crocodiles are not alligators

Another tourist attraction on Tonle Sap Lake, The Crocodile Farm. Just look at the size of that thing. The crocodiles are reared for the handbag and shoe Industry. Funny how it’s sought after the rich. Reptiles are meant to be in the Wild, not on men or women.

Domino's

Domino’s back in the day. Not the pizza, the game.

Next, I find myself in Angkor Thom, here’s a structure of the floors of the Angkor (temple). The steps going up the top was pretty steep too.

Angkor Thom

Went up the stairs to watch the sunset. Not really sure why but I love sunsets back then. More now.

Some parts of the Angkor was under works. Went around the Angkor for a bit and walked a couple of metres out to the other temples.

Probably the gundiks

Or the Guardians of the Temple

I’m so glad I did Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the other Angkors before they revised the tourist rate for entry (USD 20).

Solo trips are fun when you’ve built an itinerary but it is also fun if you just wing some parts of your adventure. It can be from waking up to see the sunset to cycling the city/town and having croissants at the favourite local cafe. I didn’t do any of that in Siem Reap. I wanted to ‘be safe‘ and stuck to the trusted Air Asia Go (lol).

Speaking of birthdays…

Happy birthday rockstar ❤

Hope you have a dreamy birthday as dreamy as you ❤

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“Travel brings power and love back into your life” – Rumi 

Times Up

TIME’S UP is a call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.

No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse.

TIME’S UP.

On Sundays, we wear black ⚫️

Things to do in 2011/2012

Did some early spring cleaning today and found my travel journal from 2011.

I’ve been to 4/5. Challenge accepted travel journal of 2011, maybe Italy 🇮🇹 is not a bad idea after all. All I need is a trust fund and maybe a bank while we’re at it.

There were some notes I scribbled from the India trip. Emails from a group of boys; one of them took maybe a bit of a liking for me and followed me and the girls everywhere🙄 (He’s now married to a nice Indian Jaipurean chick so all good 😂)

Some notes from Old Goa:

We went to Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Basilica of Bom Jesus ( God bless his Soul).

Maybe I should write a proper post of India 🇮🇳 2011.

Dirt from all the travels

Seasonal

“Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone you walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.”

Best of 2017

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

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 💥