7.9.14

A Letter To My Future Self

Hey Liya,

When you look back, this was probably 3-5 years down the road maybe? You will probably be 25/28. Are you surprised you came across this? I know you will be more than interested to have a flashback. Things like these always seems cool for you, like time travel. 

Did you finally graduated from that government diploma cert?You know i hate lamenting about how i screwed up my education when i was a teenager. Don't you worry because I am so happy that i got a conditional placement in the school, i'm just waiting for my Bridging course results to determine whether i can proceed with the course right now. Actually, to tell you the truth now, i feel like laying out my admission to the school or never continue at all. I know, i'm so fickle. I'm sorry in advanced if its gonna make you regret now. 

That aside, i have been sleeping in many beds and pillows....with lots of windows (Emile Sande's Mountains song reference right there) NOT SLEEPING AROUND! I meant about my travels. This was the year i get to officially use my passport and get out of the island. I have seen Johor Bahru, Batam, Southern Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur. I fall in love with different people in different places. I'm pretty fond of Vietnam and i am planning another trip there. Maybe 2 or 3 times more. Its magical. I love how they speak about their dreams, their courage and their pride. Do you still love Vietnam or have you fallen out of love and chose another place? 
I am making plans to visit London, Cambodia and Australia for 2015. Did you managed to see The Shard, Angkor Wat and Queensland? Did you get to meet the friends you have made from all over the world? I can see you smile, its a good sign i guess.

Are you maybe married with kids and totally rocking it already? I have someone in mind but i'm never quite sure how things are looking up for me. As usual, fickle and always choosing. (They say i shouldn't be picky!) but if things don't go as it should... you know that it's okay. Life is planned for by God, remember life goes on. Ah, 2018 hold so much meaning for me....if it already is, did that dream happen? I am so curious about you now. I don't wish to see you hurt and crying reading this part of the passage. Please let it be good news or better news! I currently have seven sunflowers, you know the plushy ones? Are you still keeping it?

Have you stop doing stupid things to your hair. Remember that time when you were 18, using a hairdryer for the first time and got your hair twisted inside!? I bet you remember that video neatly stash somewhere in the archives.Or that time you bleach your hair 3 different occasions and letting it all fall out and not giving a care. I'm still stressing out about it and that chubby cheeks....its growing like an apple! Ha! Did you collect more scars on  yourself, each has a story to tell. I'm still trying to get rid of the one that i had when i fell on a busy road. that accident happen years back but its annoying to be reminded of it.

 I wish you all the happiness and bliss in this world and hereafter. Always remember, you may hurt but you will heal - and there's beauty in your scars.

Take Care,
Liya [22]

2.8.14

10 Signs That You Are Feeling Wanderlust



Wanderlust, a great desire to travel and rove about. Its like a disease that keeps putting you in a repetitive loop. Let me lay it all out for you right here....all the signs that you are feeling wanderlust. If its true, then you got it!
You constantly keep in check whether the airfares to your next destination are getting cheaper. Not just every month/week but almost every day you could possibly keep track of from SkyScanner to Expedia. Hoping there's a slight glint of hope that you could buy it in discounted price.
You keep going to deals site like Groupon or Deals to check out that latest beach getaway promotion with all in fares or that dream Maldives trip away! Sometimes you get luckier when there's a discount on travel gears!
You have a DreamDays widget on your phone that lets you stare at it every hour hoping the days goes faster for your awaited getaway but Going Home is not one of it.
All you ever talk about is the number of XX days to your next road trip or anything travel related that its getting to your head.
You go to all the social media that you know, Pinterest/Tumblr/Instagram and you search for hashtags like these: #Wanderlust #Adventure #Travel #InsertCountryYouWantToVisit, Just to fill up your time......24/7.
You have a map. Yes, pasted in your wardrobe, a wallpaper on your laptop and home screen or on your wall. Then you began to plot places you want to visit.
Its ridiculous when you can't even save a cent the last time but now you are saving every penny just to travel. And you feel really proud of yourself.
You want to be inspired and you want to inspire.You post millions of travel quotes on your social stream like a mad woman. And people start to wonder what you actually do for a living.
You get insanely jealous with travel bloggers whom make a living out of travel but also thankful that you can have tips to the places you wanted to visit listed in one of their blog post. And the millions of wander-lusting photos they post keeps you more hype up.
You watch travel videos, all day err day! Its an addiction, you try to get familiar of your surroundings through other's lens. There is no stop to it because once you finish watching this video....the list of related videos that shows up will make you thirst for more.

After reading this, you realized you do have the bug. Safe travels x


23.7.14

Batam's own Hollywood Sign

My last stop is one of the most interesting place i actually see in Batam. Get ready for it!

Batam has its own 'Hollywood Sign'! How cool is that! I thought that we could trek up there and take a photo on it but unfortunately the driver told me its a jungle and i cannot go up there. Well...that's sad but he brought us to a very vast concrete area with constructions going on....right in front of the "Welcome to Batam" sign.
Oh, hi, just a jumpshot of me in my swimming pants...trying to look really cool while little stones are hurting my feet. Anyway, the area was really big, bigger than a football field and the building in front of it reminds me of scene in a shooting game. 
Its a great place to take photos when you reach here as its about 15 minutes walk from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal just right behind the mega mall. The irony that this was the last place i visit....so much for "Welcome to Batam"! A little not that late i guess.
I apologized for that sleepy smelly face, its about time we head for dinner at the mega mall! Super cheap pizzas are waiting for us! Here is the last vlog of my Batam adventures: Barbie is not a dinosaur!
Stay tuned for my final thoughts on Batam x

19.7.14

Batam Spa Villa Sights

Batam Spa Villa was not what we actually planned for and it was recommended by our taxi driver to soak in the sights, since we left early from Queens Garden Water boom, we agreed on this filler sights before we head back to the ferry terminal.  We were greeted by a gigantic Buddha Statue and a scenic view of the ocean from the village style resort
I was thoroughly enjoying the sights in this resort. We actually weren't able to get inside but our taxi driver told the security that we stayed here so it was pretty cool that we are able to access the area. Found a swing  at the play area and also enjoyed eating ice cream by the sea and seeing a spectacular view of a swimming area which is enjoined to the sea. Real salt water.
This is a great place to chill and relax to fill up your day! To watch the vlog i made in Batam Spa Villa and enjoy the view with me click here: Spa Villa Trip
Stay tuned for my last few tales of Backpacking Batam stories x

Queens Garden Waterboom


Everyone was pretty excited for some water adventures in Queen Garden Waterboom Themepark located in Bengkong. We were greeted with a beautiful vast landscape facing a beautiful river. I noticed that the area was quite empty but i guess we will find out once we enter the park.

Here is a mandatory photo of the entrance. There were 2 separate admission fees (regulars get a discounted price) and i remembered paying 55000 IDR per person. As we entered a small entrance, a guard came to us and briefly orientate the area. If we wanted to used the floaters, we had to rent it. We headed to the toilet, surprisingly very clean and well maintained, change to our swimming attire and headed towards a hut.There were some table and chairs including a small cafe so we put our belongings there and went to the lazy river.
There were some interesting slides which wasn't used by anyone. It seems that it was blocked off. Some small baby pool that has been drained off and also a deep pool for adults. The deep pool was pretty small and dangerous. My friend went it and got an incised cut on her toe! It was gruesome, apparently there was some metal at the corner of the wall in the pool which is sharp. To make matter worst, the pool smelt of strong chlorine. I hope they remove the sharp metal for the safety of others and clean up the pool. 
It started to drizzle and all we did was stay in the lazy river and take failed underwater shots. There were some good ones, i couldn't find it! The water was too cloudy and it hurt our eyes.
 A photo of some cute kids on the floater being pushed by a lady. The kids were so adorable, they were singing on top of the floater and were having little squabbles with each other. 
Our visit ended quite abruptly as we got pretty bored and headed to our next destination. To watch my vlog of the trip to Go Karting and Waterboom here: Go Karting & Waterboom Fun

Stay tuned for more Backpacking Batam stories x