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 …
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 🙂
Vivid; adjective strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc. full of life; lively It is fun to dress up when exploring new places. And the strong and rich Balinese culture makes me want to do just that. This island with over 4 million population (according to 2014 census on Wikipedia) is definitely a place where one should return after their first visit. P/S oh! and the little girl in my featured image, she’s my niece 🙂
I am currently updating from Manohara Hotel, Borobudur. Today is my second visit to Borobudur. My first was in 2010. Because it is the weekend, the temple gets very crowded. Also, there will be Buddhist procession. Minus the crowd, it is great to finally meet Candi Borobudur again. And my stay at Manohara is pleasant. But how did I get here is another story. I haven’t been having enough sleep so I am going to bed. This is just an update 🙂
Yesterday, I flew to Sandakan – the second largest and developed town in Sabah, after Kota Kinabalu. I was flown here with my two colleagues to cover a kidnapping incident, which occurred at Sandakan’s well-known seafood eatery, Ocean King Seafood Restaurant. While in Sandakan, we took the opportunity to revisit Puu Jih Shih Temple – one of the finer Chinese temples in Sabah, according to Lonely Planet. We went there so my colleague, who is a photographer, could take an overall view of the restaurant overlooking the sea. It was a beautiful view.