I fell in love while travelling but it’s not what you will expect.

Hello Blogsphere, it has been a while since I log in here and write something. But today, in between hand washing my laundry, and reading the world news my heart tells me to write and share this with all of you.

Over the last four years since I left Malaysia and set on a journey that I never expected to last this long. I never planned to go on this long nor did I planned to do what I do nowadays. But that’s the path the universe has set me on. While the journey has been thoroughly meaningful, I also learned a great deal of lessons through my obstacles, challenges and heartbreaks in these journey. Those moments has helped me grow as person, help me mature and discover the meaning of life; well at least the meaning of life to me personally.

Out of all the things I have experienced over these years calling the world my home, the most prominent experience that has impacted me the most is how I fell in love with so many people and places. I have also fallen out of love but I take that as a jumping stone for me to continue finding love and loving others more.

All my life, I have always equate the idea of me “falling in love” is to me finding my right partner, i.e being in a relationship. But I realized of lately that the idea of falling in love for me has changed significantly. The idea of “Falling in Love” is a lot broader than its traditional romantic connotation. It’s a whole new level of experiences I would say.

Best to say that I have “fallen in love” with so many people.

I have fallen in love with the people I met on my journey, I’ve fallen in love with their love stories and their journey.

I have fallen in love, smitten with their courage to continue living despite the challenges they have to overcome.

I have fallen in love with these people who welcomes me into their circle of friends, their communities and the most precious one, into their families. 

I have fallen in love with people who decides that life is a lot more than just their office cubicles.

I have fallen in love with those who challenges the norm and go above and beyond to make those changes.

Ultimately I have fallen with those kind souls who give everything they have in life for the betterment of others.

My experiences falling in love with these people, it just change the way I see how the world revolves. It redefines my understanding of love, of success and of LIFE.

While my heart still seeks for another person to love me monogamously, I think am at that point of life where I am able to see “falling in love” beyond that traditional concept. Nowadays looking at others’ opportunity at love and affection, it inspires me to keep loving others and myself more and more.

Have you fallen in love lately? 😉

4 Great Cuisines to Taste in Langkawi.

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Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is a very strategic tourist destination located in the Andaman Sea, around 30 KMs North West from mainland Malaysia. There are many things that make people come to Langkawi: the beautiful beaches, the awe-inspiring rainforest, and its status as a duty-free area (meaning you won’t have to pay local taxes or duties when shopping). All of that greatness are also complemented by the tasty local foods served in Langkawi.

Of course, the most important question is: what are the best local foods you can find in Langkawi? Here are some formidable candidates:

  1. Tomato Nasi Kandar

Tomato Nasi Kandar is a very popular restaurant in Langkawi, located in Cenang Beach. Serving both Indian and Malay food, Tomato Nasi Kandar is people’s favorite because of it offers great taste for its reasonable price. Most of the dishes here are sold at around 10-15 RM. Their mainstay dish is, as the name suggest, the Tomato Rice so you should definitely try that. Be sure to come early so you won’t have to wait too long though, as the place is always full and crowded.

  1. Artisans Pizza

Artisans Pizza serves the good old pizza you love with the usual topping like pepperoni. They also serve pizzas with interesting twist though: pizza with local toppings like satay or sambal. Those are the ones you should try as they offers a unique taste you can’t find elsewhere. The best thing about Artisans Pizza is that they also offers delivery service so you can order it from your hotel or beach.

  1. Hole in the Wall Floating Restaurant and Fish Farm

Hole in the Wall (HitW) offers two things: a fine traditional Malay dishes and a great panorama to accompany you while you’re eating. Floating on top of Killim River, HitW offers the traditional Malay food like freshly cooked fishes, prawns, and lobsters. The atmosphere here are super relaxing, so it is an ideal place to lay low and have a casual chat with your family.

  1. Casa del Mar

Casa del Mar (Spanish, literally: Home by the Sea) is a classy fine dining restaurant that offers a great dining experience and tasty meals. The main dishes here are mostly modern Western and Asian Cuisines, coupled with a vast variety of wines to choose from. There’s also many good cocktail if wine’s not your drink. There’s also usually an ambient live music played here to make your experience perfect!

All of those food sound yummy to you? Are you tempted to go to Langkawi now? Don’t worry, as a tourist destination, Langkawi is very easy to reach. You can get to Langkawi via their international airport or by boat from Malaysia or Thailand.

Another good news is that there are a lot of cheap Langkawi hotels for you to stay. For example, favehotel Cenang Beach offers a great and cozy room alongside of a bar, laundry service, and Jacuzzi. Another example, Bella Vista Waterfront Resort & Spa provides a good and quiet room with breakfast, touring service, and laundry service. If you want more another options of hotel, you can simply click here!

So, what are you waiting for? Go visit Langkawi and have fun now!

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Paris is SO DANGEROUS. Just don’t visit it!

It’s true when they say Paris is so dangerous,  I was a victim of their heinous crimes too. Now that I think of it, I shouldn’t have even have the thoughts of coming to Paris.

Parisians are RUDE.

 

Oh they are sooo rude that they stopped drinking their coffee to help this poor traveller looking for Eiffel Tower. They also “rudely” give away a perfect stranger their wifi password for him to contact his friend! How rude is that, right?!

See, rude people exist everywhere, not only Paris. I’ve seen some rude racist people in Japan (yes, a country known for it’s politeness). Also remember that politeness and respect is a two way street, if you expect them you gotta give them.

People will pickpocket and rob yo! 

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They will pickpocket your heart and emotions with their gorgeous, handsome looks.  They will rob your views away from the historical building! My advice, just look down and don’t look anywhere else!

It might be true that Paris has its fair share of pickpockets and petty crimes but so does other big cities. The key here is to always be vigilant with your stuff. 🙂 

They will scam you, dry! 

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They will scam away all your Euros from you, believe me, they do it with their pastries. You think one is just enough but you kept wanting more and more! The moment you bite into your croissants and pan au chocolate, you willingly give away all your Euros!

To be honest, I did saw one of these scams at the airport today. Ignore, do the  “talk to the hand” gesture and walk away like a diva. Always work. 😛

It smells so BAD! 

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It does! Everytime I walked past by a Boulangerie Patisserie, I have to cover my nose because the delicious butterry-sweet-smell of freshly baked pastries and bread will distract me from my really intention! Paris, you should do something about this very very “horrible smell”!

Pee smell is NOT everywhere, you will get more pastries smell though. 

I had a great time in Paris. Maybe I need to give it more to time to truly understand the real Paris but my four days in France was nothing short of amazing. I hope you all read it with a light heart and laugh it out with me.

Thank you Malaysia Airlines for flying me via Paris for me to connect to Greece for The Volunteer Cook Greece. 🙂