Every time I return home (as in, where I was born and raised), a truckload of people say that I am not just lucky, but privileged, and more often than not, there is one person who would conveniently pass me a remark that I am ‘one of those people’ who are living it up overseas while people back home are only capable of making ends meet.
Before someone else repeats that statement, this is what I have to say:
A few years ago, I first heard of this unassuming place from friends who wouldn’t stop raving about how beautiful it was. I guess, you could say that I had unknowingly fallen in love with this place ever since, even without having physically been there before.
After having been there myself, I can tell you that no picture has done enough justice to showcase the beauty of this quiet town in the South Island.
This week’s #RoadTrip series in New Zealand brings us to the southeast coast of the Wairarapa, a region I had never explored previously even though it’s only a two hour drive from where I live.
It was a splendid day to be out and about, with us taking a drive through the valley along the winding coastal road, making stops at a couple of places whose landscape made perfect postcard material.
Oh, we also found ourselves a large seal colony!
The spontaneous decision to climb up Mount Taranaki over the weekend turned out to be nearly a day’s worth of a challenging adventure, but the euphoria you get while standing at the top and looking at the view beyond?
It was so worth it!
A great summer activity that you could do in New Zealand is to be outdoors taking a hike, literally. There’s plenty of bush walks or tracks to explore if you drive a short distance out of town, but one of the more popular ones up at North Island is the Tongariro Crossing.
Out of the two occasions I’ve walked this trail, I’ve been extremely lucky both times to get cloudless, sunny weather that showcased just how beautiful the surrounding scenery the walk has to offer.
It taught me to hang on less tightly to my attachments.
The feeling of being attached is a funny thing, really –
I am sometimes ashamed when I tell fellow Malaysians that up till last week, I have been to Penang only once in my life.
If you’re also a Malaysian, I know. Please, don’t start.
It’s nice to have friends from overseas visiting Malaysia. This means that I get a chance to play tour guide and bring them to local attractions that I’ve always heard of, but never took the time to visit when I’m back home.
One of the main places that people are very interested in is Batu Caves; I have been there quite a few times in the recent years, so if you need a tour guide, you know who to look for!
As I relive this experience in my head in attempts to document it down, I cannot describe to you how surreal it felt to be on top of Adam’s Peak; one of the most renowned pilgrimage sites in the world. If you ever make Sri Lanka as one of your future destinations, I would absolutely recommend that you add this into your list of adventure!
I’ll admit, I was this (read: very) close to ending the 2nd of December completely forgetting that it’s my father’s birthday.