Friday, 18 March 2016

Chanzie's Backpack iPod travels #3 - Sepang


So as you can see I am gradually getting back into my blogging but this time with no rules! I do it because I love it and not for the views or comments or pressure. So lets get to the second half of my Malaysia trip. 

Here are the previous posts #1 and #2 if you need a refresher...

Okay so we left off with me being stranded for a bit in Malaysia's version of 'Pit Sonder Water' and I had to catch another train to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). From there I caught a taxi to the hotel. It cost me about 25 Ringett - Holy Smokes.... I checked into City View Hotel into a backpacker room and chilled out for a while. I tried to call one of my buds Buzz but the wifi connection wasn't strong enough. If there was anyone in the world that would have wanted to be there with me, it would have been him!

After resting for a bit I headed downstairs to get something to eat at the restaurant next door when it started to pour with rain! When I say pour... I mean like buckets and buckets and super hard.  I was contemplating heading down to the track but had just missed the Qualifying anyway so I headed back up to my room and napped. 

Later I decided to venture out and explore this one horse town and finally found a little pub type shop to have a beer. I managed to catch up with Alenka and John, where we had quite a few more beers and a very interesting conversation with some random Aussies. I called it a night at about 11pm and had the worst night ever!!!!! Two Indonesian peeps were so inconsiderate and spoke on the top of their voices until about 3 am. Initially some peeps thought I was the mean one because they walked in while I was asking them to be quiet. After I had asked them to be a bit quieter they ended up swearing at me and speaking louder. I just ignored them the best I could. They were up again at about 5 am. Guess staying in a backpacker room will always be a gamble. 

I was up early and grabbed a bite to eat with A&J before we headed down to the track. We went our separate ways at the main entrance and I headed to the C2 section. I had not even made it to the grass section where a group of KL Malays decided to adopt me.

We watched MotoGP 3, the one time I didn't want a corner, the rider I was supporting came off his bike! The energy and excitement definitely goes up with every race. it increased for MotoGP 2 and that was an entire new level of racing compared to MotoGP3.

I had so many Malay dudes try and be my personal escort and bodyguard! Eish... I thought Thai peeps were possessive and Malay's were chilled... Opposite!

Wow... The main MotoGP race was awesome. I distanced myself from the welcoming yet a little possessive group and watched the main race on my own on the side of the hill. It was a bit cooler and had a breeze. By the time the main race started I was totally team Marquez and by the end I was totally team Honda. Rossi did a shitty move which took Marquez out of the race which sucked but I continued to support Pedrosa! I loved every minute of this day.
After the race I ended up walking back to the main gate to find Alenka and John... I went right and this seemed to be the long way around...see I should have gone left! 

We made our way back to the hotels where I took a much much much needed shower, before heading out to dinner with A&J. I spoke to the front desk and asked if I could change rooms as those two ladies were so inconsiderate that I could not do another night with them. Luckily they had checked out and I was actually the only on in the entire dorm for that night. 

Since I was up to an early start to head back to Penang, I called it an earlyish night. There is only so much you can do in a one horse town. 

Life is good and I am happy ☆ this was an awesome last minute adventure!!!!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

My Life According to Taylor Swift - Musical Challenge

This is an interesting musical challenge I saw on one of my favourite blogs called 'Your Daily Dose' who found it on The Doglady's Den who found it on Facebook, with an open invitation to anyone who wants to play along:
Using only song names from ONE ARTIST OR BAND, answer the following questions. Try not to use the band I used, or repeat a song title. (It’s a lot harder than you think!)  Publish as “My Life According to (BAND NAME)” and add your link to the list below. Please leave me a comment as well and link back to this post. Have fun!

Now to be honest this is a tough one for me, I love so many artists and so many songs resonate with my soul. It was between Taylor and Rihanna. Maybe I will do it again with Rihanna at a later stage!!

Pick your artist:
Taylor Swift

Q and A


Are you a male or female?
American Girl 

(Well South African, but I should have been American)
Describe yourself:
A Perfectly Good Heart
How do you feel?:

Describe where you currently live:
A Place in this World
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Your favorite form of transportation:

(Ha ha ha #LoveIt)
Your best friend is:
A Girl at Home
Your favorite color is:
What’s the weather like?
Come in with the Rain
Favorite time of day:
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?
Sweeter than Fiction
What is life to you?
Blank Space

Your relationships:
Everything has changed
Your fear:
What is the best advice you have to give?
If you could change your name, you would change it to:
Thought for the day:
Stay Beautiful
How you would like to die:
Safe and Sound

Your soul’s present condition:
Out of the Woods
Your motto:
Shake it Off

This was so much fun!


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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

MWYA Random Ramblings - Friends

Hello lovelies

So it might seem like such a trivial thing and we have heard it so many times before but really..... appreciate every friendship and the moments you spend together!

No matter how a friendship turns out and any challenges you over come, you don't realise you making memories at the time. You also never know if that will be the last time you will see that person. 

I got an unexpected job offer and was out of the country within a week. I didn't realise that, that would be the last time I would see:
- Tiyo walking round the block
- Anouska at an impromtu braai
- Jean & Delmari having coffee
- Jackie & Amy on my trip to Jeffreys Bay

As much we try fit everything in before you leave, people have lives and there is only so much time. On the flip side, the exciting thing is that you never know when you will get an unexpected visit from someone you might not have seen in years or meet up somewhere along your adventurous road. 

In the past year I have met some amazing people and I really hope I will bump into them somewhere in the world again. In the next few months I really hope to see someone I haven't seen in many many years. 

Life changes. We all move on. Live for now and love the ones you are with.

All my love 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Book Review: Unforgiven (Fallen #5) by Lauren Kate

Series: Fallen #5
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 10 November 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased (Take-A-Lot)
Format: Soft Cover
Length: 386 Pages

High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . there’s a special place in Hell just for him.


YouTube Book trailer

My Review:

I have so much love for this book!! This is the book that got me back into the reading world and made me fall into love all over again.. I went from reading 80 books in 2014 to not even finishing a book in 2015. Lauren Kate is one of my all time favourite authors and she is on my auto-buy list!!! When I saw she was releasing Cam's story.. trust me it went straight into my calendar. 

I have to add in... in 2013 I emailed Lauren on goodreads and she responded to me!!! I have so much love for this author. She is on my top to-meet list for sure!!

Characters & Storyline: 5/5
The characters are as colourful as always. Deep, meaningful, funny and developed. I was quite happy and excited to get to know Cam and unravel his mysterious past. The story line keeps you on your toes, even though I knew how it was going to end, the way it happened was still a surprise. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5  
The plot is exciting, the pace is perfect as always. I took my time reading Unforgiven but it was worth it. 

I love Lauren Kate's writing style.. what can I say!!

Cover talk: 5/5
I adore the cover. It keeps to the Fallen feeling and fits perfectly (especially on my bookshelf). 

Final Thoughts:
An amazing book that makes me want to go and re-read the entire series all over again. 

My Rating:

Books in the series :

Author Bio:
Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. 
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf. 

Author Links: Goodreads l Website



MWYA Random Rambles * Finding your place in the world

Dear Friends

So this is a topic I have thought about time and time again. It's a topic that has my heart split in two. Finding your place in the world can be quite a road to travel. 

Travelling itself is a double edged sword. The good parts are the adventures, discoveries, places and the people you meet. There is nothing like it and nothing that compares to it. The other part is you will always miss someone somewhere in the world. Whether it be friends or family. 

My soul yearns to travel and go on adventures yet it also yearns for love and stability. I have no desire to live in SA yet I miss my best friends and family more than I can describe. Its so vast and contrast. I am lucky I found people in the world that love me for me. That miss me whether I am 5 kms away or 500 000 kms away. They understand me and never judge. They laugh with me and at me. We have a kinship like no other. Yet they have each other too. A balance. I am still trying to figure out the balance of self. Its a tough one. I have grown a lot over the past year and a half and found the real me. Yeah we all have stuff we need to work on. This journey never ends.

So what do I do. The balance between responsibility and saying screw it - lets go, is life. Most days I am happy and grateful. I'd say probably 95% of my days. But the other 5% is hard.

There are 3 important areas in my life, Family/Love, Friends and Work. Right now I love my work which is why I don't mind putting in the overtime. The students are fun and funny which brings a different joy to my life, I have not ever experienced before. I knew my friends back home were special and appreciated every moment we have had together, yet I didn't realise it at the same time if that makes sense. 

I have about 3 close friends here in Thailand that keep me sane and are close to my heart yet we are all in different parts of our lives. 

This may seem like a sad post, but it is not. I am just sharing some thoughts.

We all have our happy days where we feel on top of the world and then we have the days when we want to crawl under the covers and just hide out. I think as we get older we truly find out what is important to us. When we younger we really do think we know it all and that is a beautiful innocence all on its own. 

When you have that down day, don't worry! A good day is coming which is worth it. 

Hold on. There is always light along the way. 

Much love