Nothing happier than traveling around the world, and meeting people and friends, while sharing my journeys and joyousness through my blog.
When I was still a kid in primary school, my friends asked me “What do you want to do when you grow up?”.
My standard answer to them was always “Cycle around the world.”
They would then ask “Why must you cycle? Why can’t you take a normal public transport?”
I would then rant “Because I am banned from my parents to own a bicycle! This is the only dream vehicle that I want to get my ass onto!”
Yeah, very pathetic. I used to be a protected kid that cycling in the street was strictly prohibited from my parents. So I never owned a bicycle when most of my friends had at least a bicycle at home. Seeing the world has been my lifelong dream since kid. Cycling is just to satisfy my childhood’s desire.
When I was a kid, I always day dreamed in the class looking out the window hoping a gigantic monster would appear from the mountain to attack my school. I used to spend few hours pondered about how the earth was created and who actually operated the earth. I almost convinced myself that far far away, there was another galaxy where the kids in a school in a planet of that galaxy were given a project to create a planet in our galaxy. Earth is one of the projects/creations from a school kid. UFOs, ghosts, mermaids, Egypt Pyramids and etc were all the continuous reflections during my leisure time.
There was once my friend asked me “If there was a new found planet where no human has landed there before and the government would like to send the first batch of experimenters to the planet, would you volunteer yourself?”
I thought for a while and said “Yes.”
Then my friend was like “You shouldn’t take the risk like this, you should let others to experiment the planet before you go. What if there were a lot of monsters in the planet?”
Me “Hmm… true also…”
Ok, all these grandmother’s stories indicate that I was a very curious kid who had a million of questions about the earth and wanted to see the world so much that I eventually grow up to be a passionate travel lover. When I was in my early 20s, fresh graduated from college with pathetic savings in my bank account and the biscuit tin under my bed, I drained my savings and took my Malaysian Ringgit (no currency value!) to the money exchange counter to exchange my Ringgit notes to Euro notes so that I could hop on to the plane to fly to Italy. That was a very expensive trip for my financial situation during my early 20s. And the bloody Euro was so strong few years back that it was RM1 = Euro 5+! But it was my best trip ever and I never regret it. Italy is just so beautiful that it worths every single cent that I spent.
What Do I Do Now to Satisfy my Travel Desire
I do travel every year but it doesn’t really satisfy me. I want more than just a short holiday so that I can actually spend a longer time in a place and to simply blend into the local culture. I have spent almost a year to hypnotize myself to quit my great job that paid well as an IT Auditor in Ernst & Young into believing that only travel can complete my life. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to abandon my family and forever roaming in foreign countries. I just need a good one year to experience a traveling life, a life that has no more 9 to 5 routine rat race, a life that you can completely free yourself to enjoy the colors of the world.
After a year of studying and researching blogging techniques and reading many inspiring travel blogs, I finally took the courage to quit my job to bet for a better future. My new life has just begun and I’m looking forward to see some achievements in my baby, my lovely Travel & Living Bliss website.
To escape from the rat race is my goal, to travel freely is my dream, to attract loyal readers to my travel blog is my inspiration. I’m setting up this blog as an initiative to move towards my dreams. Your visits, your comments and your contributions are essential to bring me closer to my dreams.
Where Have I Been
Malaysia – My own country. I’m planning to visit all possible places in west Malaysia by June 2010.
Europe – Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, Vatican, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Australia – Sydney and Melbourne. I miss the little penguins in Phillips Island so so so much!
Singapore – Hotels there are way too expensive.
Bangkok – Have been there a few times and still want to visit it again if I have a chance.
Jakarta – For business.
Laos – Love the nature, tranquility and spirituality of the country.
Sri Lanka – An exotic island with colorful history and beautiful beaches.
Bali Island – Love the beautiful culture.
Phuket Island – Love the sunshine and the crowds.
Sipadan Island – Diving Paradise! You should look at my diving photos and videos in the blog.
China – Shanghai, Hang Zhou, Su Zhou, Nan Jing, Jiu Zhai Gou.
What I love about Malaysia
Malaysia is rich in culture, heritage, and tropical rainforests. It’s a great place for those who love outdoor adventures. I have spent my weekends on all sorts of outdoor activities like hiking and trekking. I have conquered Tabur Hill, Broga Hill, Mount Datuk, Gasing Hill and several hills in west Malaysia. I have been to several parks just to explore the waterfalls. Cave exploration can be as fun as well, like Batu Caves, Gua Tempurung and so on.
There are a lot of beautiful beaches in Malaysia for those who love sunbathing and diving. I’ve been to Redang Island, Langkawi Island, Sipadan Island, Perhentian Island, and many more that are yet to be posted in my blog. It’s sad if I don’t complete my journeys in Malaysia before discovering the rest of the world.
What is my Next Big Plan
To visit central Europe where my brother is staying now, and to visit Taiwan where my cousin is staying now.
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