Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Chanzie's Backpack ipod Adventures #2 - The big KL

Hello lovelies... 

Wow I don't even know if this is still relevant but I figured I would post it anyway! Here is part two of my awesome backpack adventure to Malaysia. 

Here is a recap for part 1 in case you need a refresh

So I arrived in KL and had no idea where to go, and no wifi to get directions. All I had was a photo of a guesthouse that a dude I met the night before (Jakob) said he was staying at... no address either. So I got off the bus and saw the Indian-Peru dude who had way to much luggage to handle in his own, so I offered to help him carry his stuff to where ever he was staying and then figured I would venture to find the elusive Agosto Inn. He was most grateful and it turns out he is an artisan and his name was Carlos. He offered to help me find my hostel, since he was a little familiar with the Chinatown area. After about an hour of up and down a few streets we found it! I bid him farewell and 2 mins later Jakob walked in! Good timing me thinks. We ended up staying in the same dormitory and headed out to find some food and a beer.

We ate at some local restaurant type place in Chinatown - I had some beef and prawn noodles... Weird combo I know!!! Then we ventured off further into Chinatown and found another place that had what seemed to some Tiger Beer special... Beer is beer! So Jakob and I sat there drinking beer and talking about life for the rest of the night before heading to the KK mart to buy something sweet and then back to the dormitory.

I slept in until about 8 which ended up sucking because I missed the rider signing for the MotoGP but we will get to that. So I got up and got ready and we headed out for a quick bite to eat before going our separate ways. I must say I am not used to having noodles and prawns for breakfast hey.... #WhenInAsia. 

So first I needed to find a money exchanger - I found one but thought he was expensive left to go to another one. Only to find out it only opened much later so I was too far from place number one and time was ticking. I went and checked out of Agosto Inn and headed towards the train station. I caught a train to KLCC only to realise I was heading in completely the wrong direction! I found the MotoGP shop and bought a general ticket. I had the option of main Grandstand but at 200 Ringett or General for 40. If it was F1 I would have gone main stand for sure but since it was more novelty than anything else, General would do since I couldn't get a ticket with Alenka and John.

After a bit of missioning I found another money exchange but they were ridiculous in their rates so I figured I would catch the train back to KL Sentral and figure out my life from there.

So I exchanged some moola, still not as cheap as the first dude - sigh, and found a Starbucks to get some free wifi. I took a screenshot of the address and prayed that I could find my way to a decent guesthouse closer to Sepang.

It felt and seemed like an uneventful and waste of a day but hey this is how you learn for next time. Riding the trains felt a bit like London! It felt like the true art of winging it. I am amazed at the interesting people I have met. One guy is cycling through asia. Another is touring and playing golf. From there I found a dude who recommended I catch a train to Salak Tinggi and from there catch a taxi to the next alleged guest house. Eish... this is a crazy adventure but I will have a memory and story for a lifetime.

So I missed the rider signing which truly sucks but now I know!! Bring on the March F1 race in Sepang!!

Oh my goodness... so I get off at Salak Tinggi... and its in the middle of freaking nowhere.... there are no taxi's close by, I cant call from my phone, there is no wifi and the only payphone. ... is broken!!! What the hell!!!!

So I head back to the ticket counter. These poor people. So I am like Mr KL Sentral gave me bad advice!!! I paid 12 Ringett to go to the middle of nowhere. .. my best option was to catch the train to the next stop, catch a taxi from there... and now I had to pay another 3.40 Ringett to get to the next stop! But it turns out I actually saved because if I had gone from KL Sentral straight to KLIA I would have had to pay 35 Ringett so maybe it was a guided blessing that it all happened as it did. 15 vs 35 ringett - Thank you Angels ☆

So a 20 minute wait with me, my back pack and my ipod. What an adventure this is turning out to be. So what... I am going to the MotoGP on my own.... I have one life and my aim this year was to live one to remember!

I am not dependent on people, yeah I like to do this with people but never challenge me and make me out to be something I am not. I care about people and have a soft heart. I am loyal friend right up until the point where you flip my switch. Once that has happened I will always forgive but know better for the future. 

A great friend said 'You know Chene, it's okay to still trust and believe in people.' I miss you girl, you know who you are ☆ 

So the one thing I always under budget for transport costs! #LearnThisLessonFast

...To be continued...

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Soundtrack of My Life ~ Waves by Mr Probz

Hello Beauties!!!

So I know it has been like a  million days since I actually posted one of these posts which I do totally love but you know how life it... it literally runs away sometimes and before you know it.... months have passed. Life in Thailand has been interesting to say the least. 

I hope you are ready for another Soundtrack of my life post! This isn't a blog hop but feel free to join in and visit the very awesome blog of Robin @ Your Daily Dose
These are posts where I write about a song and the story linked to it. 

Waves by Mr Probz

In 2014 I felt like I had no control over my life. Like I was floating along with the current and life was just happening to me and I was sort of numb in a lot of ways. I made promises I didn't know how to keep and they were silently drowning me. I felt like I was really hard to love. I was literally just flowing wave after wave slowly drifting. 

At the same time my cousin was going through a similar life situation and we both fell in love with this song and it bonded us even more, if that was even possible! 

The truth was that I didn't love myself enough and unfortunately no one can actually fill that gap for you. Eventually I reached a breaking point where something had to give and had to change and somewhere in the stream I found the strength to break the cycle. 

Okay, so this post might sound a little depressing but it's more about hope for me. Sometimes you can have one song that literally carries you through a moment in your life and that is okay!!

Here are some of the lyrics that seemed to speak straight to my heart.

My face above the water
My feet can't touch the ground,
Touch the ground, and it feels like
I can see the sands on the horizon
Everytime you are not around

I'm slowly drifting away (drifting away)
Wave after wave, wave after wave
I'm slowly drifting (drifting away)
And it feels like I'm drowning
Pulling against the stream
Pulling against the stream

I wish I could make it easy
Easy to love me, love me
But still I reach
To find a way
I'm stuck here in between
I'm looking for the right words to say

No matter where you are in your life remember this: 

the good news is: nothing lasts forever, the bad news: nothing lasts forever. 

Appreciate each moment for what it is. 

Do you have a song that carried you through some tough times in your life? 

Peace out


Cherdo on the Flipside 

Holli's Hoots and Hollers 


Your Daily Dose

Monday, 8 February 2016

The first step towards my happy center

Hello lovelies

Time and time again I find myself in a space that I didn't even realise I stepped into. I lost track of things and found myself at a low point again. Life feels overwhelming, it feels negative on every angle and I feel like I lost the spring in my step. 

Yeah it sucks. Life is just a series of highs and lows. 
So it's good news and bad news. I like to think of myself as a pretty positive person and that I always bounce. I have been taking some strain over the past month or so and have found it very difficult to 'bounce back' to my normal happy self. My glow is gone and I just feel bleh. I generally don't hate anyone and find a way to let go of whatever negative emotions I have fairly quickly. 

So I find myself in a few sticky situations.... my work environment is quite a bit toxic at the moment and some people's insecurities are getting me a bit down. It feels like I am in one of those spaces where I really just cannot win or do anything right at this point in time. This morning I was ready to just give up and throw in the towel. Cut my loses and well just melt in a puddle and sulk. But that is not me either. My last bit of fighter in me is hanging on for dear life and only just just. 

So there are always a few go to techniques I go to which help me find my centre again. Now let me just add at this point I am not in the mood to really give it anymore but I know once I start things are bound to get better and this is my first step in the direction on my dreams again to that happy version of who I enjoy being. Just as quickly as things fall apart, you can sew them back together. The feeling on my heart is very unpleasant at the moment and I want  it gone gone gone.... 

So whats my secret.... Gratitude. Finding things to be grateful even in the darkest of places. 

Right now and right here I will list a few: 

1 - I am grateful for my students because they fill my heart with a different type of love.  
They make me laugh. They make me cry. They drive me crazy - but I wouldn't have it any other way. All they want is some of my time and attention and that doesn't cost a cent. 

2 - I am grateful for my job at DNR because I love everything about that School
I was in boarding school so I understand what a lot of the kids feel. I love the students and I have some super awesome fellow teachers that make me laugh on a daily basis. 

3 - I am grateful for the great friends I have made along the way all over the world
Sure I miss my besties with a sore heart but I have met some amazing people on my travels and they have crawled into my heart and mean so much to me. 

4 - I am grateful that I have the opportunity to live the beautiful Thailand
What an amazing country, with beautiful land, beautiful people, amazing food and awesome weather. 

5 - I am grateful that I get to ride my scooter every day because it gives me freedom and independence. Now this is not something I ever though I would do and I really proud that I managed to conquer that fear with the help of a very patient friend. 

So there you are... just 5 things and I can already feel a shift. Fair enough I need to dig a little deeper to deal with an issue or two but that is not really for public display - sorry! 

Somehow, somewhere along the way I hope this helps somewhere along the way as so many stories have helped me and made me think again and never give up hope. Most times what you have been working for and dreaming about is just around the corner. 

All My Love