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Inspired by many travelers around the globe, their braveness and their awesome journey discoveri...
Inspired by many travelers around the globe, their braveness and their awesome journey discovering parts unknown all by them self, just inspired me and you ! I myself enjoy traveling solo and encounter many ups and downs through my solo walk try to see the world. Here are the things that I have learned and discover within myself as a person from my solo trip.
In this context,"book smart" simply means you are the best person in class when it comes to reading and calculate and suck at human relation. No matter how much details and well planned you are before your trip or anything, there always be something that required more than being smart in class, that is LIFE SKILL. I lost for few hours during my recent trip, try to find my accommodation and worse, my HP out of battery and the only thing that I know, knocking people house for direction, ask strangers,find best water supply at the empty road at middle of nowhere,luckily, I manage to find it. While sitting on my porch, it just struck me that, no matter how well I planned it, how well I prepare for it, bad things happened and the only thing that will hopefully get you out from trouble is your LIFE SKILL, your braveness to talk to stranger, your wildest imagination will count, your quick decision making will make a difference.
YOU WIIL MISS BEING AT HOME
I love to travel and love being out there to experience new places and foods, cultures and so forth. Even when we at our home, we love to go out with friends and occasionally stay at home but when you travel alone, you start to missing it. The smell of your bed, the same toilet bowl , the same old cup of your coffee, the laughter of your friends , you start to missing it. Really, because I did. You get so tired of chasing plane,queuing up for tickets, spending too much time on the road and so forth. There is always a time somewhere, we start to missing home. It is fun to visit other places but deep inside, as much you don't want your trip to be over, at the same time, you can't wait to go back. Always.
YOU ADDICTED TO BEING ALONE AND IT'S OK
People are afraid of being alone. "I don't want people to see me lonely, got no friends" and it's totally normal. But, what I have learned that being alone for 4 to 5 days or a week, give you, "you" time. No stress and just do whatever you like. Remember once told me "You are the one that in-charge on your own happiness, no else" (suddenly emo). But,it is true. The beauty of being alone is that you can refresh your mind, recharge , relax and talk to yourself. You got so comfortable with not following what others are doing and often we're surrounded by other people and we're spending to much time follow them, try to make them happy and we forget "when it will be all about me'?. I love the freedom to do what make you happy. Well, not entirely being alone all the time.
YOU ARE INDEPENDENT PERSON THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE
Once you love to be alone, you will gain confident in your ability to actually be alone and will eventually lead to feeling more independent. Everything from A to Z decided by you and no need to apologize to anybody if anything went wrong.
YOU LEARNT TO LOWER YOUR EXPECTATION
Before my trip, based on the review given by other travelers and blogger and based on the photos of the product and services, I put high expectation that it will be the same as it should be. Well, of all of my trip, so far 60 % meet the expectation. That is B-. For example, before I went on my recent trip to far west of Peninsular, I've booked this amazing sport activity online and paid it accordingly, as I afraid of the term " FIRST COME FIRST SERVE" basis. So, I book it and pay it. Done and I am so excited to do it since from the video and the ads, wow ! But, the activity not that fun and totally waste of money,not worth it. So, from there, I will always lower my expectations on mostly everything, no one get hurt real bad at the end, at least.
My friends like, back and forth from KK to Penang and I was like, what he actually doing ooo.....
Gorgeous, Amazing,Spectacular and absolutely breathtaking view ! That's what I think would be ...
Tips : Be here before 10.00 am to get the best viewa nd less people !
Langkawi Island has many types of accommodations for different types of travelers, from backpack...
How was the room?
The room is quite big for one person. Rooms have two categories, Seaview, and Garden View. Of course, the Seaview room is more expensive than Garden View, but I tell you, it's worth it. The view is spectacular. Room equipped with towels, mineral water, coffee making, air-conditioner, fan and reading lamp but no compartment to store your stuff. I put all my belongings under the bed. Rooms painted in different colors and the front yard is amazing !
At Tubotel, you have to share bathroom and shower room with others. But the bathroom is large and comfortable. Equipped with hot shower and soap/shampoo (but better use your own).So, that's why,Tubotel suitable for backpackers, minimalist traveler, and solo traveler or to non-diva person, otherwise, you will complain. ..a lot. To me, as long I don't have to shower at the ocean, good enough. -)
My room comes with breakfast. It's not a buffet. You have to order and they will cook for you. Most of it are the American breakfast menu. It was ok.
Not that big. I guess, Tubotel area used to be a restaurant area. I can see the layout as it's fit the sea view restaurant layout , maybe. The front porch has the amazing cabana bed and swing. The view is spectacular. You just relax while listening to slow motivating music played by the staff. Tubotel has a little mini shop where you can buy snacks and drinks. They provide free wifi as well. It also has decent size parking area. From Cenang Town center, Tubotel just located 10 minutes drive & 5 minutes drive to Meritus Pelangi Resort.
1. You must have transport so that you can commute to Cenang Town easily as Tubotel located far from the main road.
2. Suggest you to buy a lot of snacks before come here.
3. Enjoy to the fullest !
Overall,my stay was good. You pay what you get. Give yourself a treat ! Stay for one night, I suggest. That's good enough and prepare yourself for shared bathroom concept. ! Travel differently. Let me know if you have any questions at the comment section below and I will try to answer your questions. Sharing is caring. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bag , bring your love one and stay here !
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Ok, we all have heard and sure you did hear many kinds of different stories, the struggle...
The journey will start at Timpohon Gate and it will take 5-6 hours before reach to Laban Rata. Along the way, you will start to experience thin air. You will saw a spectacular view from 3500m above sea level. There is a small little forest with small mountain plants & flowers. At Laban Rata, you will stay at dorm style accommodation equipped with shower, heater, and other basic amenities. Take a good rest as the second part, probably the coldest and the dangerous will start at 2.00 am early in the morning! Make sure you wear thick clothes, warmer, double socks, double gloves, undies (maybe) as the temperature can reach below 10-degree Celcius. The journey to the Low's Peak will take around 4 hours through slippery 45-degree rocks, man-made ladder, and bridge. After that painful journey, when you reach the top, you will cry. (I did)
Here I want to share some very important tips for all those who wish to conquer Mt. Kinabalu. Remember, this is not a professional advice, this is just my humble advice, tips & experience. So, if I can do it, you can do it, even better and faster!
1. Light as possible
I just pack one sweater/warmer (tick), one t-shirt, one tick long pant, 2 socks, 2 hand gloves, 1 snow cape. Choose the lightest shoes. Water (untreated) available fresh along the way. You will not be taking a shower (because I'm not able to shower too at rest house- Laban Rata, too cold !). I don't care how I smell as everyone smell the same. The choice of bag is very important. Choose water resistant and lightest jungle trekking bag can find (yet fashionable because it will in the photos).Everything should be water resistant and easy to dry if you can.
Look at my picture below, see...like I went to a shopping mall with all the foods, plastic bag, and stuff.
2.Training ? Yes.
Well, you have to, whether you like it or not. At least run or hiking a month before. But don't be like an athlete. What you need to do is just normal jogging routine to keep your stamina at top notch. Try to use the staircase or hiking. Training will keep your stamina on point and you will look fit and slim while you taking photos at the top of mount Kinabalu! That will get 100 likes!
Facilities like toilets, as per my experience, not that friendly and taking a toilet break, wasting your time. (Maybe that's why she arrive at 10.00 pm) . What I did, just eat the foods that contain a lot of fiber like oatmeal, so you will not feel hungry. Breakfast should be light and include energy bars, eggs, banana but not too much and please avoid those foods that contribute to bloating. There will 99 % you will farting while climbing.
4. Don't try to beat time/compete with others climbers.
These are your enemies. Don't try to catch up other climbers. When your friends or boyfriend motivate you to speed up, don't bother. Follow your own pace and enjoy the scenery and take a short rest if you feel like to but don't stop too much & rest too long. You will get tired and lazy to continue. When you reach to every kilometer sign, then you can rest for a while. 5 minutes? Your partner, by the way, if he loves you, he will stay! and stand by you! (Rachel Platten in my head singing) Eat chocolate. Never ever force yourself as we have different fitness level. If you are alone in the wood (God only know what is in there), be it. But, don't slow too much.
5. Listen & Obey
Probably, I think, you should listen and obey any rules, advice given by the local guides and others experience climbers. Regardless, how fit you are or how prepared you are if you don't listen to any rules, tips, do's & don't, your journey will not be smooth. Really. Thier advice is like your climbing stick. Hold on to it till you reach the top.
6. Prepare some medications.
It is mandatory, I think for safety & emergency reason. During my last trip, I forgot to bring this thing and its suck. You might get a headache or nausea along the way. Some bandage, paracetamol, Muscle Spray would be helpful. Just don't bring the entire First Aid Box. I was vomited so badly after coming down from the peak and the night before climbing to the top, I had a mild headache, which is so bad at this kind of harsh environment. I am not a scientist or anything genius but seems like taking paracetamol like 6 hours before climbing will boost your energy. -).
Read here for the explanation .
I am not a professional climber, I 'm just a real climber facing real experience. It was tough, fun, tiring, fascinating view and worth to climb for the second time. You always can ask others who has successfully conquered Mount Kinabalu, they will definately give good advice and wild story! If you have any others tips, please share below at comment sections for benefits of others. Sharing is caring. Right? So, good luck!
P/S: Good luck a day after you return from Mount Kinabalu climbing, you will be scared of the stairs)
Labuan (for my international readers) is a federal territory of Malaysia off the coast of Borneo...
Labuan (for my international readers) is a federal territory of Malaysia off the coast of Borneo in East Malaysia. It's located off the coast of the state of Sabah. Labuan's capital is Victoria and is best known as an offshore financial centre offering international financial and business services as well as being an offshore support hub for deepwater oil and gas activities in the region. and chocolate & alcohol paradise!
Labuan is accessible via air & sea.
1. Direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Labuan.
The flight will normally take around 2 hours and 20 minutes, operated by Malaysia Airlines, which depart from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Sometimes, there will be only one flight direct from Kuala Lumpur to Labuan, usually morning time. The rest of the flights, you will have to transit at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Miri & Brunei.
2..By Air (MASwings - expensive but super fast)
If you are from Kota Kinabalu City, depart from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Labuan. The flight normally will take around 30 minutes.
Which has two stations and one crazy ride:
a)First Station: Travel by Ferry from Kota Kinabalu City (Jesselton Point Terminal) - to Labuan.This trip will take around 3 hours.
Click here for ferry schedule & fare for your reference.
b)Second Station: Drive from Kota Kinabalu City to Menumbok Town (approximately around 2 hours) and then depart from Menumbok Ferry Terminal to Labuan Island by Car ferry. This journey will take around 2 hours or less (depend on the weather, tide). The ferry will depart approximately around 6.00 am, 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Inside the ferry, they also sell snacks & foods. You can watch TV or just enjoy the ride & breeze on the top of the ferry! Nice & relaxing!
So, what options that I would recommend to you? I would say option, B. You know why? Driving to Menumbok gives you the opportunity to experience panorama along the way. Stop by at little shops along the road. buy some snacks, coconut and stuffs. Travel by Car Ferry from Menumbok Ferry Terminal (http://labuanisland.net/getting-to-labuan-ft/menumbok-labuanft-vehicle/), would be a good choice if you are not in a hurry. Like us, we depart from KK City at 2.00 am and arrive at Menumbok Ferry Terminal at 4.00 am, Sleep in the car, drink my tea while chatting with others drivers and travellers who already been there from 2.00 am! All fighting to be board on the first ferry, as they say, the sunrise is beautiful!