Solivaganting Singapore

The first time I went to Singapore was 6 years ago (Wow…it has been that long?!).

Since then, I have been back for a few more times: for a Conference in 2009, on a Company trip in 2011 and I once spent 10 hours on transit at Changi International Airport in 2014.

That said, I never planned nor expected to be in Singapore (or any other country for that matter) ON MY OWN.

Nor had I ever expected to be in Singapore FOR WORK!

And that’s the beauty of life…it’s full of unexpected surprises…

Well, the past few days being in Singapore by myself has really made me appreciate solo travel.

Getting confused at the airport…

figuring out the public transport…

figuring out how to get from point A to point B, C and D…

trying out apps like Train Maps and Grabtaxi…

and the adrenaline rush of every escapade out and about…

I had always wanted to backpack across the world (on my own if need be) but just never got the guts to do it.

Could this be the trigger that set me on the path to my solivaganting adventures?

While I cannot definitely answer that question yet, I am looking forward to my next solivaganting experience in a few weeks.

Until then,

Signing off from Changi…


Note: Solivagant is a word which can either be a noun which means “solitary adventurer” or an adjective which defines someone who wanders or travels alone without company.

#31NoRiceDays Challenge

It is the 1st of October.

The challenge begins today – and ends on 31st of October.

Self-explanatorily titled “#31NoRiceDays” the challenge is to NOT eat rice during these 31 days (ie. the whole month of October).

WHY? you ask…

Well, I have noticed that I personally can go without rice (unitentionally) for 2 to 3 days BUT by the end of that period, I start to feel weak and crave for rice. The explanation is simple. “Asians have 2 stomachs; 1 for rice and the other for ‘everything else'” – so for as long as you don’t have rice, you will always “feel hungry”.

One reason I am doing the #31NoRiceDays is to prove to myself that I CAN go without rice for a whole month.

My mom flipped when I told her what I intended to do. (BACKGROUND: We are a rice-eating family. We have rice everyday for lunch and dinner. Plus, Mom always insisted that only rice can truly “fill” us.) She immediately asked what then I would be eating instead of rice and she assumed it to be noodles. However, noodles are less healthier than rice (I heard) so that’s definitely not the plan.

So WHAT will I be eating?

I did some research online. Normally, when people give up rice, they also give up noodles, breads and grains, dairy and sugar etc. but I decided early on that #31NoRiceDays was NOT a low-carb diet. It simply is just 31 days without rice, thus, noodles, breads etc are still allowed. That said however, I want to stay as healthy as possible during this challenge, so I shall try my best to reduce their intake (especially noodles) and increase on the healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables.

WHO would be crazy enough to do this?

I am actually inspired by a dear friend of mine. She loves rice more than me. She even has it for breakfast! And a few years ago, she gave up rice for Lent! That is 40 days. More than a month. I told myself I could never survive….Time to prove myself wrong.

Lately, a few friends of Facebook have also given up rice and lost considerable amounts of weight DAILY. To good to be true it sounds. But that motivated me to try it myself.

Lastly, was chatting with some colleagues last month (over our heavy rice lunches) and it somehow came to me blurting: “Let’s not eat rice for a whole month!”….and the rest is history.

While it’s nice to know they are doing the challenge with me, the more the merrier right?

So, feel free to join me in the #31NoRiceDays Challenge, if you’re up for it.

And journey with me using the #31NoRiceDays hashtag on instagram as I will be posting pics of my non-Rice meals there.

P.S. I may update my blog occassionally during the challenge and definitely with the results when it is over. Stay tuned! :)


Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo, is a bustling, diverse city of old colonial buildings and modern towers – and it will come alive in 10 days with HashtagLive Kuching!

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Happening on 12 & 13 September 2015, HashtagLive Kuching is a social media festival which will focus on the good use of social media.

Unfortunately for me, I would not be able to make it. (I swear, Kuching got a lot more hyper after I left!)

But for those of you who are in Kuching (or can make it there) you can anticipate to get to know local and up-coming youtube artist (Sarawakians and really talented!), watch and play games/egames, visit a booth by your favourite online shop and check out indie brands at the LiveMarket! And you will get to do real social media stuff at the first of a kind social media area! There are also lucky draws, contest and more happening during the event.

Nothing better to do on that weekend? (It’s a long weekend too since 12th is a public holiday) Grab the opportunity to be part of this historical event! For more info on the event, and for official merchandise like this:


Check out the official website here:

I got the blues

My last post (last month) was also the last time I had my family by my side, and as much as I thought I wouldn’t get homesick so fast, I guess I kind of currently am?

I am doing fine here and I am enjoying new adventures and experiences, don’t get me wrong. Work has kept me busy and new friends have kept me mostly occupied, but, still there is a longing for the farmiliar past. (I think the foreign exchange rate of my homeland dipping has indirectly dipped my spirits a little too)

Hopefully things get better in the coming weeks. The currency I mean. I KNOW my blues will pass too. But while I got the blues, I just wanted to say that I’m missing you…

Good things come in “2”s

2 months ago (approx.), I embarked on a new adventure.

I packed my bags and moved across international borders, having landed a new job in a new town in a different country (from where I moved from).

For the first month, I stayed at an Inn which made the move feel temporary – as if I was just “away on business trip” instead of “working at a new job”. But since moving into my own place at the beginning of this month (2nd month here), my after-work hours have been quite occupied in turning the house into a home.

It’s a newly-made single storey unit with a livingroom-bedroom area, attached with its own kitchen and toilet; furnished with a carpet, TV, chairs, table, bed and mattress, wardrobe, refrigerator, stove, gas, movable clothes-rack and water heater. I have been slowly equipping the operational areas like the kitchen and toilet and making the livingroom-bedroom area as comfortable and stylish as possible while consciously not making any major purchases/additions to the furniture and fittings.

And tonight, I shall officially be unveiling my home to the public – with a house-blessing (house warming) get together with family and friends.

Key dates to this new chapter of my life (A Story of “2”s)

12 May 2015: My birthday

25 May 2015: Moved to a new country/town (staying at an Inn) where there is no family members and the number of friends I could count on one hand

26 May 2015: Started at a new job

12 June 2015: Paid the 2 months’ rental deposit for my own place

22 July 2015: House-blessing (House Warming) Get-Together

Within the 2 months (approx.) I have been here, I can only say I am so thankful and blessed that what worries me (presently) is that I do not have enough chairs for my guests tonight! :)

I left/came Home

More than a decade and a half ago, I left Brunei Darussalam for my studies but I returned and stayed there for quite a number of years after that. And now, it’s been a little more than a week since I left again – this time for work.

Although Sarawakian, I spent most of my life in Brunei so leaving and going back to Malaysia was, in a way, awkward?

I felt like I left home (Brunei) but then again, I came home (Malaysia)?

Currently, I am 5 hours away from Brunei by land. That means I could always drive back on long weekends and my friends and family in Brunei could visit me here. So it’s not too bad. (When I was away for studies, I was even further!)

With barely a full week at work yet (last week was my first week but I started on a Tuesday) and earlier this week was still the Gawai holidays (ie. public holiday) there’s really nothing much to say yet except I quite enjoy the work environment so far. Everyone is friendly and already I am in the whatsapp group. LOL!

Being able to go back to my village during Gawai was an obvious plus now that I am working in Sarawak. Had I still been in Brunei, that would have required me to take leave off work, but not here. It was a nice reunion with the grandparents and uncles/aunties and cousins after so long.

Another thing I appreciate here is that I am able to speak Bahasa Melayu Sarawak again (and I was fairly impressed how it isn’t rusty at all in spite of not using it for years hehe) and yet still converse in English. Best of both worlds really.

Living accomodation is a work-in-progress though as I am currently living the “suite life” in the local Inns while looking for a place to call home here. Have contacted a few people and have a few prospects but nothing confirmed as yet.

In the meantime though, the past week and so since I left has felt more like a vacation than a relocation – especially since my family is currently still with me since Day 1. They will be returning to Brunei in the next few hours though so maybe then the full reality will sink in.

Anyways, I do hope to actively blog again, at least to update on how things are happening this side of Borneo, so yeah, follow my blog to be notified on future posts! :)

Blogging on WordPress – A Willingness To Share

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

The blogosphere is as connected as you want it to be. You are as connected to it as you wish to be as well. There isn’t an “online community” here on WordPress. There are thousands of communities, groups, and support groups here doing our own thing. We all contribute to the noise that is the blogosphere though and that is what binds us even if we don’t care for one another or one another’s views.

1) I am a blogger. I support bloggers because that is part of what blogging is about. At least to me. The reason people seem to care so much about what I say is for two reasons. I help a lot of people daily. You may consider a “reblog” or a share of a post a small thing and that is your right to an opinion. But let me ask you this unnamed blogger. Have…

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