10.10.14

Dai Nam 616 Death Adventures

After much talking to the locals on where to get the bus to Dai Nam Themepark. And by talking, i meant 'Chicken and Duck' sign language and repeated words that i know kind of conversation. Bus 616 gave us such a luck.

We are up in the bus, no one came to us. I meant the bus conductor. The 3 of us sitting on the left hand side of the bus. I am the odd one out. Suddenly, a lady covered in body socks started to shout and point her fingers at us. She was babbling in Vietnamese to the bus conductor and as i hand my money to him, the lady kept staring at my pouch. Apparently, she is trying to informed the bus conductor whom totally forget about us to make us pay up. Chill woman, we know we have to pay!

I thought that was the end of it all....a few distances later, a couple with a baby entered the bus. The husband tap on my shoulder, told me to get up and sit in front of the "Scary woman". I had to move to give them the seat. The whole time, i was feeling really paranoid as i could hear the sounds of penknife at the back of my seat. This 'Scary woman' is accompanied with an elderly man whom kept leaning to the front as if looking at me. Well, if you are paranoid all sorts of things came to mind right? The bus to bloody Dai Nam was not half an hr, 1 hour or 2 hours...its almost 3hours! Its so far out of the city and the lady only get down at the last few distances. Imagined me trying to act cool and wanting to pee while thinking about my death on the hands of this woman?!

Once we reached Dai Nam, i was greeted with breath taking views of this place which reminds me of The Great Wall Of China! First of all, i have a newspaper cutting given by the bus driver telling me how much time to spent on each place. The theme park actually have 4 sections. Waterpark, Zoo, Amusement park and Magic House. It was kind of him but we went straight to the amusement park.

Of course after 3hours of sitting in the bus, feeling sweaty and scared....i had to take a pee. To my horror.....

5.10.14

The Chaos Of Saigon : The Beginning

Ah Vietnam! Entering Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. I love to reference Vietnam as the Dragon due to the shape it has on the map. I can truly marvel in the country's river tributaries from the sky. Since i'm in Southern Vietnam, that means i'm at the Dragon's tail. Oh well, i'm ready to embark in this journey filled with scams, grumpy faces and also tears and laughter. Its not that bad actually.
So here i am in Ho Chi Minh City as i queued at the immigration quite long enough and observing my surroundings. I saw a bunch of Malaysians filling up the queues really fast and start to wonder why are there so many of them!? After about 15 minutes or so i came face to face a not so friendly man stamping my passport.

"Lie-yeh-na" the man in green called to me.
"It's Lee-yah-na" I tried to correct the way he pronounced my name.
He gave me a blank face. Okay....

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. 

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