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Natural Born Traveler?

Written By: jipp - May• 01•11

I’d like to think that I was probably a natural born traveler. The passion or at least the intention of traveling was always there way before I could even afford to travel anywhere outside of my own hometown.

You see, I bought this for my own 12th birthday promising to myself that I would one day come to the place and sit right from where the picture in the postcard was taken.

True enough, in May 2009; I took my first flight out of the country to see how the dream of 12-years-old kid would finally be fulfilled.

And there I was, sitting on the side of Thames River in London to witness the wish that I made 19 years ago finally turned into reality.

It felt like a big part of my life had just been completed. Heh.

Then I knew my love for traveling wouldn’t just end there.

IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.  And I was right. I never stopped.

The world is SO BIG and I want to see as much of it as possible.

I don’t know when I would ever stop.

IF EVER.

For now, I just want to keep doing it.

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14 Comments

  1. Arnoldo Maloy says:

    Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!

    • Ed Norton says:

      I sat for 20 hours in the Bali airport having been refused entry. During those hours I read all the dirt on the Bali airport and at my ripe age became wiser.
      1. I arrived at peak afternoon wide-body time. And I’m not talking about wide-body Aussies–the ugly Americans of down south.
      2. It was a mad house. At least 1000 people moving en masse towards some unforeseeable immigration stands. Absolutely no hint of formal lines of any kind. My readings indicate that this occurrence is rare. Nonetheless, there are still dozens of immigration officials standing around doing absolutely nothing and certainly nothing to ameliorate the situation.
      Absolutely no hint of formal lines of any kind.
      3. The only formal lines are the lines of corruption. If you want to avoid all of this, you pay 25 USD or AUS for the VIP pickup. Who knew? I had 5 USD left over from the 25 visa and flashed it several times. The frogs who perform the miracles of side-skirting immigration looked hurt or insulted. I didn’t have a clue. I’ve never had to pay extortion to bypass immigration.
      4. Immigration decided to make an example of minuscule me. On the technicality that my passport was nearly full, they stamped me refused. Held me for 22 hours in the airport and put me back on the plane.
      5. I had asked for a room with a bed. They said fine. I’m still waiting for said room and said bed. I had to pay 60 USD to sit in a lounge which closed from 1AM to 5AM. During those 4 hours they let me sleep on a hard floor in their prayer room. The lights were kept on the entire 20 hours and if you knew my age and health conditions…
      6. Immigration appointed JAS Airport Aviation Security to guard me. 4 young guys on 6 hour shifts. Just before boarding they demanded 400 USD–100 USD for each of the young guys who often would up and disappear for a couple hours at a time. I told them they took my 2 week vacation, my plane fare and my 14 nights paid hotel rentals and now all they want is a 400 USD tip? Animals!

      Bali Airport officials are so corrupt that they outdo Mexico 30 years ago, which is saying a lot!!

  2. George says:

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  5. alus says:

    Hey u..hello..
    So which part of Keningau ur from? My kampung is in Binaong.Eventho i dont grow up there but still its my kampung 🙂

    its a great blog u have here…thanks for droping by at my blog..
    anything email me..

    cheers

  6. You have good traveled in Bali (Ubud). And also that is my favorite traveling. But I do by on foot (in our walking tours). In some day I hope you will join us for more exploring Bali.or you can come to our web ; http://www.balioffcourse.com.
    Looking forwards to welcoming you….

  7. Sharifah Azwan says:

    Read your blog for first time when I entered ” visiting Kota Bharu Kelantan”. My husband and I are in an NGO started just 3years ago that is trying to promote tourism in Kelantan.
    Your article is most encouraging and your photographs most vivid. Yes there are alot more places to see and PLENTY of local foods to try. There are more than 100 recipes of rice! Why not put a mark in your calendar to visit Kota Bharu again from 1-4th May 2013 as there will be the annual carnival called WALK WITH ME 2013 where the ruler, the Sultan of Kelantan will walk alongside his subjects and visitors. The walk last year exceeded 20,000. At the carnival there will be a competition of the NASI SERATUS. Kelantan welcomes you to this annual event coordinated by our NGO – Pertubuhan Kerabat D’Raja Kelantan.

    • jipp says:

      Hi Sharifah. Thank you for dropping by. It was my very first visit to Kelantan and I didn’t really know what to expect. I heard a lot of contradicting stories about it. But when I arrived there, I fell in love with Kelantan almost right away. The foods are so great and I didn’t know there were so many interesting places to visit there. The did expect I’d see plenty of beautiful mosques there but I didn’t know there were beautiful temples as well. The people are most friendly and welcoming. I was brought by a newly-found friend to his home where his Sarawakian wife served us with the most wonderful meal. I really love Kelantan that I’ve been eyeing for a chance to go there again and guess what? I’m going there again next week so I’m so excited. 🙂

      Thank you very much for telling me about WALK WITH ME 2013. To tell the truth, I’ve never heard of it but that makes Kelantan so unique. There are always things that we’d somehow find out about it that we’ll be pleasantly surprised. Too bad I won’t be able to make it this year because I have to go back to Sabah during that time. I hope I can come for it next year. Thanks again. 🙂

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  9. Sejon Ding says:

    Hi Jipp,
    I stumbled upon your Website yesterday while looking for information on Sibu, then ended up spending a couple of hours reading about your thoughts in the stories you told. I want to thank you for them as I enjoyed much of them.

    I am writing because I plan to visit East Malaysia for the first time ever later this year. I was born and grew up in idyllic Sitiawan, Perak but left after high school to attend college in the US, and have lived in Los Angeles (my Paradise) for many years. I am thinking it would be great if I can gain some knowledge about EM from you to optimize the experience of my trip – and I noticed the US is on your bucket list so we may both gain from the exchange.

    Hoping to hear from you.

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