I honestly think that it has become a thing for Singaporeans to make traveling essential. I mean, most locals here are workaholics living in an overcrowded country and holidays seem to be the only thing that keeps them sane while living the routine life - me included. Hafiz and I have made a pact to travel at least once every two month (no matter near or far) just to get a breather. It sure doesn't help seeing how we're working in the tourism industry. I get jealous of everyone I meet everyday just because they are tourists. I miss being on foreign ground.
What made you start traveling?
I worked as an outdoor educator for almost eight years, so most of my life was spent bringing students out to be in the outdoors and gaining experience. I also played soccer competitively so there were times where we had overseas competitions or training trips to neighboring countries. Overseas camps and soccer trips were mostly free but obviously, there were always restrictions, since it's technically a job. Now that I'm (a little bit) older, I wish to continue exploring.
Where was your first plane ride to?
I was fourteen and my school had planned an overseas study trip to Beijing, China. I remembered how expensive it was to fly with Singapore Airlines but I kept pestering my mum and eventually she gave me the permission to go. I remembered it being a long and draggy eight hour flight, I hated the high pitch tone in my ears, I hated the frequent turbulence and I almost ran out of movies to watch - but I received a free spongebob pencil case from one of the stewards. He must have seen me sulking, haha!
Where have you travelled to that you would love to visit again?
I'm still really young and haven't had the chance to travel much (I have only been to countries in Asia) but if I have the chance to visit a country that I have traveled to, it would definitely be Thailand. I've been there trice but there's still so much of that beautiful country that I have yet to see and experience.
What are 3 of your must have travel items?
Damn, it's really hard to narrow it down to just three but for the sake of this question, it would have to be 1. My Phone - It has everything that I need cramped into a four inch device. Google Maps, music, instagram, internet browser and a reasonably good back up camera. 2. Canon DSLR - I'm the type to record almost everything I see because I believe that pictures and videos are the best form of keepsakes, they can't ever change no matter how much the place or the people do. 3. Travel Wallet - This one's pretty straight forward. Passport, important cards, cash, flight tickets and things of that sort. Obviously, I need more than just three must-haves. Teehee.
Window, isle or middle seat?
Window seat! I will always pick the window seat because I hate having pushcarts beside me and people trying to squeeze or use my headrest as arm support while they walk up and down the isle. Also because I admit to be one of those annoying passengers who will always attempt to secretly take a video of the plane taking off despite you reminding us to keep all electronics. If you are a flight attendant and reading this - I'm really, really sorry.
What place is on your 'places to visit next' list?
My friends and I are looking to go for diving trip early next year, probably Thailand again or Pulau Tioman in Malaysia. Other countries that I wish to visit would be Canada and Alaska. The outdoor life there.... simply amazing. And of course, it would be a dream to visit places like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, hopefully even go on my pilgrimage!
Where would you travel just for the weather?
Seeing how Singapore is sunny all year round, my choice would definitely be somewhere with autumn and winter! Korea seems like a really pretty place to visit during these seasons. Alaska would be next in line, I have always wanted to visit them for their creepy forest trails and snow tipped mountains.
Do you have an interesting 'I'm lost' story?
From our most recent trip to Phuket, Hafiz and I actually got lost while trying to find one of the viewpoints. While making a right turn uphill on the motorbike, we got into an accident trying to avoid another vehicle. You can read about it here. I wouldn't say it was interesting but it definitely was.. something.
Where would you travel to just to eat the food?
I try my best to consume only Halal products, so Indonesia and Saudi Arabia would definitely be interesting. I remember my mum telling me stories of her pilgrimage and how she spent most of her spare change on yummy snacks from Halal food carts on the streets. I'd love that!
Is there a place you would never go again?
I don't think I would ever regret going to a place. Good or bad, it's still experience.
If you could take one person with you to travel who would it be?
How do you pass the time on the airplane?
If the airline that I'm on has on air entertainment then I would take advantage of that, probably watch some movies or Nat Geo documentaries. If it doesn't then you can probably catch me with my eyes glued on the screen of my laptop trying to transfer photos and videos. Either that or sleeping.
Are there other people whom you think would do this?
- The Tudung Traveller because her travel stories are to die for, I'm telling you.
- Hello Khronicles because she's super spontaneous and funny!
- Mannyjon because she hiked to EBC alone, such an inspiration to me!
- And anyone else who wishes to join in the fun! Tag me if you do though, so I could read all about it :)