Monday, November 24, 2014

What happened to my enthusiasm to blog?

"What happened to you, Jard? You used to blog a lot." Asked a once loyal blog reader of mine. I inhaled the polluted fumes of the big city... and let out a long sigh. I have some ideas but don't know how to put them into words. Hehe. When I was vigorously blogging back in 2010/2011, I had a DSLR, a desktop PC and was forever engaged in blogging related events.

I had pictures with Lisa Surihani, Fahrin Ahmad, Chef Wan, blah.. blah.. to name a few. I had movie invites, product launches invites and even food reviews to many hotels around Klang Valley (surprisingly, mostly during Ramadan month. Alhamdulillah. :P)

I even received a FREE HTC smartphone and won a Sony home entertainment theater system which costed RM3,500 from a blogging contest.

An event with fahrin Ahmad.
A Garnier event with Lisa Surihani.
Food reviews with other bloggers.
And I was even part of  one Garnier online commercial. Muahahaha! 
Nowadays, after selling my DSLR and the PC to fund my ever increasing desire to travel, my desire to blog has dissipated to almost a speck of dust. I began to decline the rewarding invites. Stopped going to blogger events and stopped blogging about them altogether. And now invitations cease to exist altogether in my email account. I recently received an email from a famous online shop in return for RM150 of online credit to shop on their site for a blogpost but was also declined. Haha. (Though the Converse shoes on their site for RM130 was highly tempting!) I always had my head wrapped around the idea of quitting my job, earn money from my blog, win lots of free gadgets, live an active social blogging life... and then probably get married and support my family.

But what happened? Why did I stop blogging actively?

For some reason all I want to do is travel, eat new food, meet new people, and "fall in love a million times". :P

I fell in love....

with this.......
Sunrise in Bromo during my first backpacking trip to Indonesia, in particularly, climbing Bromo, changed what I wanted. 

Fell in love with the idea of random trips with new people I met.
Fell in love with the idea of trying out new foods like fried grasshoppers with a local in Thailand. Haha.

Fell in love with the idea that traveling the world to visit exquisite spots is now POSSIBLE! 
I would never gain all of these spontaneous, random, exciting experiences if I stayed home blogging, attending meaningless events and joining free sponsored trips by some agents. And since traveling has taken almost most of my energy and time, so when I'm back at work, I'll be so engrossed with it. that I seldom find time to blog! As the saying goes... work hard, play harder!

Traveling in a way has taught me to be thankful that I have a career in Malaysia. It also taught me to cherish my colleagues, friends and family more. I have become more thankful and after each overseas endeavor, I would always be happy to come back home with my "new eyes" and a thousand memories.

During my blogging expeditions, I took for granted the job I had. Having at times, escaping my office to attend the events which were held during weekdays. It was an unethical behavior on my behalf and also self destructive. Many of my blogging friends, after obviously escaping their routine 8-to-5 day jobs to attend events have already took the leap of faith and become full-time bloggers. But I didn't.

I learnt blogging life is not sustainable. So is travel-blogging full time. Hehehe

I want to be close to home when my family needs me.

I want to grow old, have a sense of belonging and in the end die here.

Oh but glob-trotting the world is surely a tantalizing adventure! But why give up everything and chase a selfish dream to travel round the world? For how long? I can still travel the world without giving up anything except maybe going through some months without salary (read : unpaid leave). :)

For now.. all I need is to find my blogging ardor back as tons of traveling mementos are flooding my head.  So watch out.. the spark might come back! :P


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

To Moscow With Love

We have 24 hours per day and still people complain that they don't have enough time. But for me, I'll always find time to travel.But it gets annoying sometimes when people say it's because I have a lot of money when the reality is far from that.

All you have to do to travel are cutting costs and SAVE, SAVE and SAVE!

So it just happens.. that on the historic day, 21st of April 2014, which miraculously coincides with me receiving my salary and also "tunggakan dari Januari" for the increment in salary, that there was a Vietnam Airlines Sale on all international flights. There were flights to Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Moscow.. etc for rates under RM2,000!!

Say what?? Return flight tickets to Moscow for RM1,948.00??!!! I almost screamed in delirium. And many finger-tapping-on-keyboard moments later, I secured the tickets.

One month salary....swooooshhhh! Down the drain. Just like that! Days after the thoughtless purchase  resulted in me going out less and going hungry most of the time. I even resorted in borrowing my sister's scholarship money just to buy some much needed home essentials. Hahaha!

***fast forward to 26th September 2014***

My backpack was packed and ready to go. I printed all my train, bus, cruise, and flight tickets and would be heading to the airport right after work. It was just two weeks earlier that I was discharged from the hospital for acute eczema, and on that traveling day, without healing properly, I was going to be traveling again. My fingers and feet were wrapped with medicated bandages but I was determined to fly by hook or by crook. All those months of planning wasn't going to waste just like that. So Moscow here I come, sick girl goes traveling!

Praise to god, weather in Moscow has been good to me!  
OK... managed to write only a few paragraphs to update my pathetic blog. Hehe. Will try to update more, especially that part where I had to sleep at Hanoi's airport and waking up all alone in the departure hall!!

Till then, happy traveling! :)