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Travelling with minor to Philippines

Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG). If I had known this, I would have prepared PHP5,240 for extra fixed expenses during my travel to the Philippines and not be shocked by the sudden big amount of pesos I had to spend upon arriving at the airport. In Ringgit Malaysia, that would be about 400! On Dec 13 last year, I flew to the Philippines with my two nieces – aged 10 then – and my mom. It was a relaxing aeroplane journey until we had to go through immigration at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It was 11.08pm then. Tired and couldn’t wait to go to our hotel. “Daughters?” asked the immigration officer as he skimmed through my passport and my nieces’ passport. “No. My nieces. I’m their aunt.” “Their parents, ma’am?” “Parents not travelling along. I have the authorisation letter.” The immigration officer took the letter and skimmed through. He then said something foreign. “Sorry? I don’t understand.” “Waiver…need to pay immigration, ma’am.” *** One important thing I learnt upon our arrival at NAIA: Non-Filipino …

Where have I travelled in the past two years?

In November 2015, I told myself I would put travel plans to rest because I needed to save money for Iceland in winter the following year. But Iceland never happened in 2016, for reason I couldn’t recall, and I remember telling myself I would make it happen the following year. After 16 months of not travelling, I flew to Luang Prabang – a city in north central Laos – for a short trip in April/May 2017. I lost my wallet (USD100, RM300, credit/debit cards, identity card, medical card etc) upon arriving Luang Prabang but survived on emergency stash and fell in love with the small town, the people, and the food…ah yes, the food. Le poisson grillé avec un bol de riz gluant et une bouteille de Beerloa by the Nam Khan river. It was vividly delicious. Then came December 2017. I travelled to Manila, Philippines with my mom and two nieces. Food was not so great but we had amazing experience touring Corregidor Island – second most bombarded island during the World War II and …

Towards minimalism

First of all, I fail at blogging often. And here I am, back with a new domain, after abandoning this for over a year. It is 2.40pm and according to my weather forecast, it’s 32 degree Celcius. Mostly cloudy. The office is, however, 23 degree Celcius cold. I feel sort of under the weather, today. Anyways, I am currently reading ‘Goodbye, things: On minimalist living’ by Fumio Sasaki. I have been trying to remove a lot of (useless) things from my room as of late but I am having hard time doing so simply because: 1) I am lazy; 2) I feel unmotivated; 3) I do not have the time; and 4) I am buying more stuff. I am on a journey towards a minimalist lifestyle and decluttering seems like a never ending process. I think I am very much like Fumio Sasaki (before he becomes a minimalist) – a maximalist. I tend to keep a lot of small things, even pieces of paper with unimportant note scribbled on it, and expensive things that only bring …

Movies that make you want to see the world

This year, I may or may not travel. But who knows, because based on last year’s adventures I learnt that I was capable of making an impromptu decision. Just like when I decided to purchase return tickets for my then 7-year-old nieces, five days prior to flying to Jakarta … just because I wanted companions and most of all, I wanted to expose them to a backpacking adventure. That was in May 2015 and boy, we had a blast. Then in June, I contemplated joining my mom on a tour group to Beijing but I shrugged off hesitation and four months later, I found myself scaling up the steep stairs of China’s great wall. And three weeks after our Beijing trip, I packed my suitcase and took my mom on a suprise trip to London. You see, most of us have a strong desire to see the world and often, we hesitate. To travel (far or near) is to just do it because if you don’t, you will just be sitting and dreaming about travelling. But I also …

Across the sky to English country

I haven’t been updating as often as I should have. Because, one … I got caught up in work. And two, I was just being lazy. Kota Kinabalu has been raining for the past three days and I am feeling a little under the weather lately. The worst thing to happen when travelling. But I am not travelling at the moment, so I should feel relief (despite the cold). Last month and after 26 years, I returned to England with my mother. It was an impromptu decision and I purchased our round-trip tickets four weeks prior to flying on Nov 13. Although I was born in the United Kingdom, my travel to this English country was my first. It was a lovely 10-degree celcius when we arrived. It was cold, it was raining, and it got dark as early as 4pm. But we were lucky not to catch a cold during our one week trip. Here are pictures taken on the first day we arrived (because I am too lazy to go through all the albums 🙂