Monday, May 11, 2015

BKK



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mandatory cliched travel photo | home for three days | I could eat this forever | call me the ‘crazy bag lady’ | god of strength | endless supply of mangoes | view from the train | the sponsor of this trip | florals are no matter what country you are in | vegetables wrapped in egg | satay on water | fish on sticks | soup noodles | prawns for brunch | 'cockles burn’ | chicken rice at the night market | love everything in this picture | his view

I have been talking about going to Bangkok for the past four years or so. Every time I'll be like "next year I'll go!" and plans (or the lack thereof) get washed down the drain year after year. This trip was quite spontaneous, like the many things we do. He called me up, told me he booked us a trip (on him) and we just went with it. Anniversary trip, he said. Mental high five.

And the trip did not disappoint. As usual, we avoided most of the touristy places and did a lot of walking around, seeing things differently. I honestly have never walked so much in my life and I'm not even complaining. How many people who visited Bangkok can actually say that they went to Ram Kam Haeng for street food and cheap shopping, twice in one trip? We dug it so much the first night we actually returned to the street the next night, following a less-than-exciting trip to the Platinum Fashion Mall (bought nothing there, way overhyped). Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must, and lots and lots of local food. We also YOLO'd our way to the nearest floating market at Taling Chan (open only on weekends and still has that rustic feel) for fresh juicy grilled prawns and squid. For brunch. Can I get a YUM YUM? I lost count of the number of iced Thai milk tea I had throughout the trip. Oh and the red, thirst-quenching pomegranate juices? 40baht a bottle is so worth it.

You'll never go hungry there because food (together with massage parlours) is literally everywhere. We can be full after a heavy lunch and get hungry within an hour due to all the walking. Again, not complaining because the lost calories means we could replace it with more food!

We were already planning about our next trip back there on our flight back to KL. The next time, it will be temples, water taxis, the train market and of course, more food please (kar pau gai!!).

Monday, April 6, 2015

What Do You Know?

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Why do we judge when half the time we don't even know what we're doing?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Temporary

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Call me crazy but there's this fear that I've always held on to for a long time. The fear of losing something that I hold dear to my heart. It always sits at the back of my mind in most situations because I am well aware that everything we have in life is temporary. Everything can go away just like that, especially the things we are fond of. That fear keeps me in check and in line to not take things for granted. I've always clung on to that fear, it is almost comforting. But lately, that fear has been put under a pile of happiness and feelings of content.

I feel it is time to shed light on that feeling again.

To remind myself that everything is temporary.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

First Cave Experience

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Gua Tempurung, Gopeng, Perak.

Planned to climb a mountain but somehow ended up in a cave. It was raining that day so our plans to go mountain climbing was hashed and we went to Ipoh breakfast breakfast instead. Such contrast, I know. On the car ride back to KL, I fell asleep but was pleasantly awoken to the news that we were at Gua Tempurung and that we would be exploring the insides of the cave. Although I felt that it was ridiculous to have to pay for tickets to look at nature, it was good to see the stairs in the cave in fairly good condition as we climbed up the hundreds of steps. There was a part of the cave where it was sort of like a hollow tunnel and cool wind blew through it just like air-conditioning. The dark cave was dotted with yellow spotlight so it was not as dark as one thought that a cave should be. Don't even get me started on the natural rays of light shooting in from the spaces of cave. That, topped off with some running/dancing in the drizzle when we got to the foot of the cave, it was a good day. Life should always be like this, expected yet pleasant.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I've Already Said Too Much

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Once in a while I find myself reflecting upon the things I did, I said, I am doing. And of late, a change is needed on the way I think and feel.
The more I think about it, the more I feel that I have somewhat veered off track from my personal mantra: reflect and stay humble. More of daydreaming and lesser on malicious and snarkiness from here on out.
Also, note to self: feel, but do not be. I tend to over-think and over-feel things so I need to organise my thoughts and feelings so that both don't mix. I should constantly remind myself that feelings will always be there but it doesn't necessarily mean that I am what I feel and that feeling should not determine the way I act.

It's time to get back on track. Back to basics.

#reflectandstayhumble