The first time I’ve heard about Vipassana meditation was about two years ago and since then it was on my bucket list. I always wanted to do something mentally challenging and this sounded like one of those things that will either ‘make you or break you’. Vipassana is a 10 day silent meditation course which promises to free you from all your past negative experiences or as they say to ‘purify your mind’. We all have some emotional baggage and 10 days of my life didn’t sound like a huge sacrifice in exchange for a ‘peace of mind’. Well…
So I have something shameful to admit. And I never thought this sentence will leave my mouth. Ever. But… I’m tired of travelling.
You say, whattttt?
A lot of people tried to scare me before I went to Asia. They told me stories of tropical illnesses, food poisoning, diarrhoea, travel sickness, you name it. However, I wasn’t really scared of anything. I guess I am pretty naïve. The only thing I said before I left was ‘as long as I’ll be safe and healthy, I’ll be fine.’ Well, I failed. I failed to take a good care of myself and it was scary.
I will have to admit that Cameron Highlands was probably the highlight of the 3 weeks I spent in Malaysia. I always thought I am a city girl, however the older I get the more I start appreciating the nature and all its beauty. Cameron Highlands definitely blew my mind and if you get a chance to stop there whilst backpacking through South East Asia, make sure you do the following.
Kuala Lumpur – home of the famous Petronas Twin Towers. Some love this city, some hate it. If you are starting your South East Asian trip in Singapore and then travelling to KL, be prepared to ‘step back in time by at least 20 years’ (these are not my words but the tourist guide’s from KL Tourist centre).
In theory, Kuala Lumpur has loads to offer and I personally extended my stay there, simply because I kept giving the city second chances to impress me. I knew that there must be so much more to do in KL than just see the Petronas Towers!
So it’s been almost a month since I started my solo backpacking trip around South East Asia and the other day me and my travel buddy Mel have been walking down the street in Langkawi and went ‘Oh my goodness this street doesn’t smell like sh*t’. And we suddenly realised how many little things we started appreciating which we used to take for granted. Things like…