“People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou
The same goes for the places we visit. In years to come I may forget some of the things I did and the things I talked about, but I will always remember how I felt when I was there.
During my time in Asia there were people who looked after me and showed me the best time possible. It is the effort from these people and sharing my experiences with them that made it so wonderful.
After 6 nights in Singapore, we caught the bus over to Malaysia and spent the last few days and nights of my Asia Adventure in Malacca, with new friends – Mimi, Noh and Jeremy.
Malaysia on the left, Singapore on the right
Road Trip to the beach
On Saturday we drove to the nearest beach and played there. We decided to use this as a good opportunity to say thanks to those who made this trip possible.
Trying Durian fruit ice cream, not fun!
In the evening we headed back to Malaysia and celebrated the last night of the Big Blog Exchange with two buckets of Asahi beers and a tower of coke. Fab!
There is something very unique about travelling and during this trip there have been moments when I’ve felt like I was in film. Almost as though I’m reflecting on myself being there, living that moment. I feel it at times when I am most relaxed and immersed in the country. I felt it when we were in Raffles Hotel drinking Singapore Slings or when having a great conversation with someone I’d only just met, as though we’d known each other for years.
Perhaps I get this feeling because parts of Singapore have only become developed in the last 30-40 years, you can still feel the history and authenticity behind them. You can imagine the wheeling and dealing, the hustle and bustle of a thriving port that went on there long before there were expats in suits drinking beer. You can imagine it how it was in the old films about Asia. The ones I used to watch as a kid when I would marvel at the richness of life, the colours and traditions. I think it’s also the fact that there have been moments during this trip when I’ve been with someone and no one else in the whole world knows where I was. Even if I called my 50 closest friends and family and told them where I was, they wouldn’t know the place.
Modern Day Exploring
There’s something very liberating about that. It’s modern day exploration. How often in our lives do we have the opportunity to feel this way, to go somewhere completely new on our own and make new friends? For me, travel is the epitome of freedom. Having the opportunity and ability to explore the world and learn from it is something I do not take lightly and very much appreciate.
Thank you to the sponsors of the Big Blog Exchange, Hostel International, along with my host National Association, HI-Malaysia and HI Singapore
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Today I moved back to mainland Singapore and decided to practice my photography skills by noticing all the small details of Singapore. I want to try and help my readers feel as though they are in these moments with me. Please let me know if I managed to achieve this in some way: firstname.lastname@example.org