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. 🙂 

Try not to fall in love while travelling. I said TRY.

P/s: I didn’t want to write this but somehow I found myself writing this while waiting for my flight out of Manila. Feelings and emotions are two crazy things that can get out of hands, especially when you travel. This is is my account of “falling in love”, yeah dude, it’s “rare” but Rayyan Haries do tend to fall in love…with many people. I suck at this. Read on….

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Falling in love while travelling
Trust me, just stick on to travelling. It is just less heartbreaking then trying to find love. Which I failed miserably at.

Firstly, I want to acknowledge the fact that from the end of January to middle of February, I felt unhappy, hurt and I wanted to change that. I am a happy person (this is a result from being through a rough 22 years of my life) and want nothing but to be happy, forever and ever.

But I realized as a human being, I cannot run from feeling rundown, from feeling hurt or simply giving up. No matter how strong you think you are or how strong youthink you can be, there will be moments in your life that will drags you down.

BUT always know that, every storm clouds will pass, so are your problems or hurtful feelings.I’m in the process of healing and I have to be honest that it has not been an easy journey, partially because am healing the bigger picture of myself. True, I was hurt because of a person (or two) and the incidents that follows but in the bigger picture, I discover a bigger problem that lies within myself.

In January, I met someone (so I thought I met someone) . Things get on way too quickly; without me realizing, we were cooking breakfast for each other every morning, sharing food box, doing laundry together, shopping and watching drama together. We did a lot of things together. Every morning I was eager to catch this person by the sink so that we can brush teeth together, seeing that beautiful smile and asking if this person had a good sleep before going up to the kitchen together to make breakfast. I was so eager trying to make different kind of eggs every morning, and look forward to the tea and oatmeal. The moments I had, meant something to me or maybe I was dumb to think that way but hey I am a human being and as much as crazy independent I am, it’s nice to have someone to share moments and time together closely.

Little that I know, I started to fall for liking for this person. Gheez, I wish I didn’t feel that way and didn’t get too close and comfortable. I like this person and for the first time in my life I honestly thought “Wow, someone actually liking me for who I am” or so I thought. My judgment is always wrong most of the time. …. The close “friendship” quickly went to a downfall. We turned from two close human beings to two distance being, like the wrong pole of magnets. I spent the rest of the week trying to mend it but it went from bad to awry. It didn’t help that we worked and lived in the same compound and have to see each other every single day.

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Or you can just eat and fall in love with food. Trust me, food will always love you back. Fooodd for love!

I tried my utmost best to make things less awkward then it already is. Nothing changed. We were still two bitter friends who couldn’t accept the fact that things happened and ruined our friendship. I took the blow pretty hard because I cared a lot about things. I wish I didn’t but that’s not who I am.

If one thing I wished that I could change is that, we both have a talk. A proper, no-name-calling, no awkwardness talk – just like how we talked the very first day we both met in Patio Victoria. I wish you had pulled me aside before I leave the other day and say “lets put this behind us and forget about it. Friends again?” Instead throughout out this episode, I apologized twice. If I was (am) really your friend, you would have come and talk to me, no? You know what, I am a lot better now. I’m glad it happened because I learned a lot about myself, and caring for others.

I am a better person because of that. Have a happy life. You have a wonderful dog and that’s the only way that I want to remember you and nothing else my friend. 🙂

The best Travel Insurance for Malaysian – AIG Travel Assist!

I was introduced to travel insurance when I started volunteering for All Hands Volunteers in the Philippines in 2013 where I was required to have a travel insurance to cover my work in the post disaster zones. Being a frequent traveller, now I understand how important it is to have a travel insurance (It is a life saver when you fall sick in a REALLY REALLY EXPENSIVE country!).

A lot of Malaysians rarely get travel insurance thinking that their at home insurance covers it but in most cases they don’t. It is always best to check with your insurance provider if they cover you while you are abroad and how much the coverage for. AIG Travel Assist travel insurance is great for Malaysians wanting to go travel abroad and domestically in Malaysia.

The coverage area for AIG Travel Assist and testimonials!
The coverage area for AIG Travel Assist and testimonials!

Before I left for Malaysia for India, I knew I have to get a long-term travel insurance so that I don’t have to buy them every time I go to different country. That is when I was introduced to my awesome AIG Insurance Agent – Andy Marvin George! My travel plans have always been almost adhoc and spontaneous most of the time so when I wanted to get my Travel Insurance, Andy was in Korea. He was so efficient that he got it done while he was waiting to board his flight from Incheon Airport, talk about dedication!

The price range for AIG Travel Assist for Malaysian.
The price range for AIG Travel Assist for Malaysian.

I realized how important travel insurance is for Malaysians after being trapped in the Nepal Earthquake myself. I needed to get out from Nepal because I had a flight from India to Japan and everything I owe was in the school in India. Everything was kinda shut down after the earthquake and we had so many dangerous aftershocks. So when Andy first saw my update from Nepal saying that I am okay after the big Nepal Earthquake, he immediately asked if I needed any assistance. Since the phone was down and all I had was internet (thankfully!) so we talked a lot on Facebook and all. When the phone line was restored, he got AIG Travel Assist call centre to call me and help me through. He even called me personally to make sure am alright.

I still remember when I heard their voices “Hello Mr Rayyan, firstly I am glad to hear your voice. Are you alright? Are you injured? Where are you?” That were some of many questions they asked and they were genuinely concerned about my well being! I was so relieved to hear their voices. It did help me to calm down for a bit. They did everything they can to help me out. It was really helpful to have someone think about the best options for you when you have no access to stuff from the ground. AIG Travel Assist is really there to assist!

Our relieved faces after finally being able to return to India!
Our relieved faces after finally being able to return to India!

I still thinks that Andy is a different kind of agent, he really cares about you even after he sells you insurance so you can rest assure that he will take care of you! I definitely recommend AIG Travel Assist for Malaysians looking for travel insurance. If you are interested to get your own travel insurance for Malaysian, you can contact Andy by emailing him at  andymervingeorge@gmail.com or just inbox him on facebook!

I changed my mind. TRY to fall in love while travelling.

Yesterday I posted a blogpost about my experience falling in love while travelling. Little that I know that people were actually reading it; they were reading and commenting. Some thinks that it’s cute that I fall in love, some asked me to man up and be strong and a lot of other comments that tickles me! But what inspired me to write this is because I also posted the story  on a group that I usually look up to for travelling inspiration as well as advices and it became an amazing thread.

A lot of people shared their experiences falling in love on the road. While many share their heartbroken stories but many..when I said many, there are a lot people who ended up with each other. It was such a heart-warming conversation. I wish I can share it all here.

Here are some of the love stories from other travellers that I have the privilege to know:

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Dominik followed her instinct and now she is with someone that she loves to pieces. Her advice; GO DO IT, follow your instincts!
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Daan shared that he met someone who he kept in touch until now. Whereas Alex thinks that we shouldn’t regret our encounters (I AGREE!) and who knows, great friendships might formed! Babeth fell in love and now she is with him for the past 7 months.


At the end of the day, it is all about finding the love for yourself first. Once you learn how to love yourself ultimately, the universe will know that you are ready to love another person. Something I need to work on myself. I know I love myself but do I love myself enough? 

Love is a very subjective thing isn’t it? It can last a couple of minutes to a lifetime. If you feel that he/she is the right one, even they are 8 hours train away, GO take the train and discover it. Again, you will never know if it is going to work if you never go right? I know some of you out there have taken that flight, train, buses or run to get back to the person you like.

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Laura took her chance and now she has been with him for almost a year and madly in love. Take your chances. I know I did (though mine ended up pretty badly…but point it that I took my chances!)

It’s true that you cannot go out there with the mission to find love but to let it find you. If you come across one, don’t be afraid to get into one because you will never know where it will lead you. If it turned out bad and awful, you learned something at least, right? If this turned out to be your ultimate life partner, bravo!

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ABrianna, Holly and Jia had heartbroken episodes but they are determined not to let their experiences bring them down but they rejoice with it. Whereas Greg met his wife during Euro 2012 and now happily married for 2 years and still thinks that he is dreaming!

 

p/s:I thought I wanted to let go by writing my previous post but I realized that I’ve gained so many from writing it down. It has helped me see love in different perspective, to just do it and never regret it. Keep on travelling and loving (eventually finding that special someone eh? 😛 )