#10DBC [Day 8] – Choosing Your Adventure
The 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge.
The 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge is about taking small actions and moving forward on a path that to building the momentum towards living life on my own terms. In other words, a more focused path, taking small steps toward a bigger goal.
In the seventh day post, I wrote about taking two imperfect moments that tend to make me feel overwhelm. Despite it being my two daily favorite things, I realized how having a busy schedule resulted in me procrastinating on those tasks. “Read #10DBC [Day7] – Beating Procrastination & Overwhelm “.
In this post, Natalie gave us a break from the challenge by letting us go on an adventure today and writing about it. If this was a few days ago, I’d have plenty of things to mention or write about. It’s okay. I see everyday as an adventure and today was absolutely different from other days.
Spending the last day in Kuala Lumpur.
Woke up with a heavy heart that I will be leaving the city that I grew up in today. This week was the break I needed from Phnom Penh. Part of me didn’t want to go back yet the other part said it was also home. But it was time and for my departure, my mum ordered my favorite food which is nasi lemak with sambal sotong (squid), roti jala with beef curry. It was so so good by the way. Check out the food spread below.
My mum had ordered two boxes of brownies for me to bring back home. I usually bring something back for colleagues or friends whenever I’m away or out of town. This time it was these delicious (I kid you not!) brownies which were super moist and not too sweet. I had this the first time during Hari Raya and couldn’t stop eating them!
Once it was to leave, I said goodbye to my mum and left with my dad. He loves to drive on small roads or short cuts, going through housing areas, shops, schools and then back to the main road again. To him it’s an adventure having to go in and out of these roads, seeing different things, discovering new shops or eateries.
Along the way, I caught site of the Twin Towers above us all. This icon is home for me as I grew up watching it being built as everything around us progressed. It was to for me at the time and even now, a symbol of our future, of how far we have come. I try to capture the towers from different roads whenever I’m in Kuala Lumpur.
I flew back first while Bart flew an hour later. My flight was delayed slightly and I was glad I brought along my comfy scarf to keep me warm in the lounge. The flight was bumpy along the way and I prayed happily when it landed on the tarmac. It made me dizzy and I had to take something sweet to drown it down.
Ahhh back in Phnom Penh airport where I could hear the familiar language and weather. A lot of travelers were arriving in the city just like me, and they were in large groups, possibly here for a tour. They relocated the tuk tuk stations which are now outside the airport. I got the ticket there and the driver took close to an hour to reach the house.
It was a bittersweet arrival home. I feel relieved though that at least there is a plan in place and I can work out the rest of the plan in a few months time. For the time being, I’ll be exercising a lot of patience, commitment to gain independence from financial burden and enjoying more travel time. It’s the least that I can conclude for this three year stay in Cambodia.
It’s okay to not go far away just to seek a new adventure. Sometimes a new experience takes place in our very own backyard. This reminds of the my childhood where, as kids we would make a fort using the sofa cushions or turned our swing into a club house. This exercise allowed me to stay in the moment and cherish it for it shall not return. With that in mind, I am looking forward to the next two final blog challenge to complete this whole session!
“This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.