Good Things Were Made To Last A Lifetime.
As we usher in the new year, I would like to thank my family and friends for the support in this addictive passion. Never would I imagine having many special moments, the good and the bad throughout 2013. There were some regrets but those were soon outnumbered with many new learnings and positivism. To sum it all up, it was a year of letting go and moving forward. Without it, I would have been stuck in an unhappy state of mind but luckily there were many hands and hearts (including my own) to pull me through it. Traveling does make one open up to new things and to be more courageous. And for that I’ve listed down some top moments that would keep me moving in 2014.
Spent New Years’ in a cosy apartment in Singapore with good friends and a friendship of 7 years.
Pledged to be braver for the entire 2013 failing which I will stop travelling for a year. This was pasted in my Executive Creative Directors’ room together with the rest of the pledges. It was Creativity or Nothing.
Changed my wake up routine to 630am so that I get to watch the sunrise while driving to work.
Went into fitness mode in the beginning of the year with a motivating coach. Last weekend was our last session as I have decided to work out on my own. I’ll also get to discipline myself.
Finally made it to Myanmar to walk streets of Yangon, watch sunset in Bagan and sunrise on Inle Lake. We took a flight, an overnight train, two busses, a ferry and walked with the locals during the entire travel journey. I can now rough it when I travel.
For the first, my family and I had submitted a video for a travel contest by JetStar which won us a trip to Auckland, New Zealand. It was for all 7 of us with an apartment, allowance money and we did a road trip exploring the North Island. It was our first time after more than 15 years travelling as a family. It was epic.
Joined Dian and made new friends at the Enrichment Tree Planting Programme in FRIM. We planted tree saplings for the future generation to enjoy.
I am no longer nervous about being a stranger in any social events.
Due to a hectic work schedule, travel trips were changed and I spent more time with road trips in Malaysia. We took to the road and drove to Kelantan, Penang, Ipoh, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, explored Selangor and Kota Kinabalu. I love how the planning ends once we’re on the road because everything on those journey were very much unpredictable.
Won an AirAsia Instagram contest which got me to explore Sydney on foot and public transportation. Watched massive fireworks from the hotel room and touched a koala.
Returned to Bangkok and ate my way through the various Thai spicy dishes. The tummy aches was worth it.
Watched the sunset from the top of a helipad with Sin Sin, Li Li, Rozie and Bart. It was 30 stories high with no railings around the seating area. It always nice to share new places with good friends.
Did Muay Thai in Phuket during our Company Trip this year. It was the scariest experience ever because once you’re in the ring, your adrenaline and fighting instincts kick in and you have to learn to strike back or faint.
Starting writing for AsiaRooms.com which supports the travel blogging community. Who knows there might be more published writings this year?
Invited to be a panelist for social media in Asian Women Empowerment Conference or AWE13 which involved international speakers and audiences. The stories and experiences shared were truly inspiring.
Went into full passion mode for local community travel blogging group, Malaysian Travel Bloggers and aim to have some good things happen in 2014.
I can’t wait for new projects and collaborations to happen. For the first time in my travel years, I have no travel plans in 2014 and I intend to keep it this way. I intend to tap into a few exciting possibilities and be more confident in my writing. Either way, I’m ready of what may come! Here’s to a brand new year and a brand new adventure!
About Yafieda Jamil
Yafieda Jamil (fienuts) is a travel blogger from Kuala Lumpur and now makes a living in The Kingdom of Wonder (Cambodia). Her blog, The Travel Chameleon is about the journey of a Malaysian girl who loves a good road trip and blending in with the locals wherever she goes. When she’s not on the road, she's at the beach with her sunglasses and flip flops, instagramming the world.