There are good days

and then there are bad. 

Leaving Cassis was difficult to say the least – I mean how does a girl leave a place she’d only ever believed existed in her dreams. But I persevered and moved forward.

OMG, BIG MISTAKE. 

I found myself in the historic city of Montpellier – a beautiful city I might add, but it was quite the strangest situation I’d ever been in. Keep reading for this story: Continue reading

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Of seaside towns and sunsets

After five days in Avignon, I journeyed on to find myself in the beautiful seaside village of Cassis – a twenty minute train ride outside of Marseilles. Honestly, the only reason I went there or even knew about this place was because my mother got lost there on her previous trip to France. A funny story led me here but I was absolutely blown away by how incredibly beautiful this village is.

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I dreamed of the Provence

I finally made it and I am obsessed!

Words would never be sufficient for me to express how wonderful, how beautiful and how entirely life-changing the south of France has been for me. It was the breath of fresh air I needed after spending so many weeks of my life in busy cities. I finally got to slow down and smell the lavender! If I had to break down my days here, it would probably just include drinking lots of rosè, eating lots of apricots and cheese, and going on long walks by the water. Truly the stuff of legends. It was the best week of my life and it’ll be my happy place for a little while.

To be perfectly honest, this part of my trip didn’t involve a ton of sight-seeing. While I did do some, a larger part of this adventure involved more exploring and experiencing the lifestyle as well as the incredible culinary creations the Provence offered. I also made some incredible friends while I was there and had an amazing experience just being with other solo travellers.

But anyway, I know you want to hear about what actually transpired in the Provence so here’s a breakdown of everything I saw and did while in Avignon: Continue reading

Take a whiff of Paris

“Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.”

John Berger

And ain’t that the truth! Paris is an incredibly special place. Just being there takes me to a different era in time where smoking was a fad and showing your ankles was seductive. A week in Paris really does bring out the hopeless romantic in me but I found my week there to be a soul-searching journey. Paris, while incredibly beautiful, can be a very harsh city to be alone in. The unfriendly sidewalk glances and sheer refusal to participate in conversations in broken French/English makes the city a lonely one for non-French-speaking solo travellers. At least, that’s just my opinion. Continue reading

A weekend in Brussels

Doe-doei Amsterdam and bonjour, Bruxelles.

I have to say, I was less than impressed when I first arrived. The city was very much over-exaggerated by my family and some friends that had previously visited so I was feeling rather letdown by my expectations. Perhaps, that was my own fault. With the weather just clearing up from a rainy day, I decided to take off on my own into the city in search of Sunday brunch and a visit to the Unesco Heritage site, Grote Markt. Maybe this is just me but it was almost impossible to appreciate the beauty of this site with the hundreds of people in the square at 3pm in the afternoon. I will admit that it is beautiful because I had the opportunity to see it three other times when it wasn’t quite so crowded. I can finally understand what my family was talking about. Continue reading

When the sun sets on Amsterdam…

Hey everyone,

I apologize about my absence; my access to wi-fi has been spotty to say the least and to be completely honest, I’ve been having way too much fun! Amsterdam was an absolute delight. I think I could live there forever; the city vibes and the people there makes me want to pack everything I own and move. But for now, I think I shall just enjoy the rest of my trip.

There’s so much I want to share but that’ll take far too long to read so I’ll do my best to share the highlights of my trip through the beautiful Dutch city. On the tail end of my trip, I made an effort to visit every inch of Amsterdam possible including the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam-Noord and of course, Vondelpark. Continue reading

It’s only the beginning

Hello sweet people of the universe,

Or as the Dutch say it, Hallo! I’m reporting back to you straight from the beautiful city of Amsterdam. My adventure only started a few days ago and I am absolutely falling in love with this city. The people here are incredible – some of the friendliest I’ve ever met and definitely some of the most attractive. They definitely have to share whatever it is they’re hiding because clearly it’s working. 😛

Unfortunately for me, I’ve been quite ill for these past few days but thankfully, I am recovering quite well. This just means I’ve had to make some minor adjustments to my plans. I am absolutely loving the fact that I am traveling alone. I haven’t needed to worry about keeping up with someone else’s schedule and that now, I have complete freedom of time to take care of myself and work with my own wants/needs. I guess that’s truly the difference between vacationing and traveling. Either way, Amsterdam has accepted me with open arms and I am delighted to be here.

Now, let me tell you about everything I’ve seen so far. You might want to sit down for this because even though I’m out of shape, it’s an extensive list. Continue reading

Let’s talk about sex, baby

(But not really, it’s about gender but hey, I got you to read it, didn’t I?) 😉

Hello again everyone,

I apologize about being out of touch for the past couple of weeks, it’s been crazy busy out here between preparing for my upcoming trip and living it up. While I’m pumped about the start of my trip tomorrow, I have been wanting to address a topic that close to heart.

Rape culture – gender discrimination – whatever you want to call it.

I’m here to talk about the way Malaysian culture perpetuates it. I know this topic is insanely controversial to bring up, hence, such a delay in posting but I think it’s important to discuss. Asian culture has always perpetuated a mindset of patriarchal dominance in a household and in society, generally. In today’s day and age, it’s created an ugly society that evokes a huge divide between men and women in Malaysia. I find it so unfortunate because I believe men and women are equally capable of doing anything they choose to do.

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E.T., Phone Home?

Today has been a pretty nostalgic day for me. *insert some obscure acoustic music here* (haha)

I’ve spent the past hour or so going through old pictures of friends, family and loved ones lost and I’m reminded of the love I have for the people in my life. The same people I’m not willing to risk losing because to me, it would be a devastating loss. I think everyone has those types of people in their lives that they wouldn’t trade for anything whether they’re still in touch or not. There are people in my life that I haven’t spoken to in years that I would be there for in a heartbeat, if they asked me to. My freshman college roommate, my childhood best friend that moved away… you name it. Continue reading