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.

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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!

For someone who did not grow up in New Zealand, I along with the rest of the world have probably heard the occasional mention of how scenic this country is, but really, it was the filming of the Lord of The Rings that propelled many of us to bookmark this place as a must-travel destination.

The Hobbiton Movie Set in North Island is one of the most iconic landmarks for the filming of the famous trilogy, and as an avid fan myself, I absolutely had a ball of a time visiting this place!

At the busiest and possibly most frazzled time of my life, I spared a moment to write a few paragraphs for the displeasure of my future self to read, thinking that perhaps in a less overwhelmed state of mind, I am able to look back and fully appreciate the course of events that took up all of my time this year.

Half a year later, today, when I have finally reached a stage where life seems to be slowing down again, I found the luxury of time to revisit this draft and this is what I told myself: