Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Long Bucket list

My own favourite quote is - We only live once and life is just a journey for us to shape it the meaningful way we wish. I have been inspired by both my late parents for doing charity all their lives for the handicapped spastics children and old folks home in Penang. That's besides their passion to travel to many countries and exotic places, lesser known to travelers. They had taken the overnight train that floated on the ferry across the seas to reach Norway to watch the midnight sun, trekking through deep icy caves in the Swiss Alps, stayed at real Hamburg castles in Germany and also being invited as diplomatic guests of the Royal Thai Embassy in Moscow to watch the famous Leningrad Ballet performance in Russia. My late mother's favourite countries were Monte Carlo, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich and Athens. I am wondering how on earth I ever could follow their trails? So I just leave that to my own fate to decide.

The first time I boarded a plane was at the age of 9 years old. It was the most exciting & sleepless nights I had before taking the MAS flight for the first time. It was just from Penang to Ipoh and that was a mere 15 minutes flight! I remembered clearly how silly this kiddo I was.




That's me and my siblings at the old Ipoh airport. 
It had to rain because the skies must be laughing 
at the 15 minutes flight!! Wakakaka



The longest flight I ever took was a total 36 hours from Penang all the way to Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA. It was a terrible nightmare as I was just a nerd student and simply booked the cheapest available flights to save money. That means I had to change many connecting flights which transited at Singapore - Hong Kong - San Francisco - Chicago - Pittsburgh. Oh God, I was so damn exhausted and sleepy that I slept like a drunkard pig and snored so loudly on the planes. The air stewardess on board United Airlines over the San Francisco air space had to wake me up as the passengers behind, thought a wild boar was hiding between the aisle. Wakakakaka



That was me as a student by the Lake Erie
which borders in between USA & Canada.


Today I could boast that I have learnt from many trial and painful errors after traveling around a bit. I learnt to become a smart traveler which means I could save money in booking cheap flights, hotels and not waste unnecessary precious time. My last overseas vacation was in February when I visited the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido. I have not made any holiday plans yet, due to many reasons on my work timing and wife's commitment at University Malaya. I looked into my bucket lists and it seems to get longer every year. I really wonder where on earth I could find so much money and time to fulfil my visits to all these exotic places. I think it is no harm & healthy to make dreams which costs nothing by day dreaming. We should draw up some plans so that we have directions in life.

MY BUCKET LIST:
1) Charity - Lifetime
2) World Cruise (108 days) - Peace Boat Destinations
2) Kelantan & Terengganu - To complete 13 states visit (Malaysia)
3) Wutai Mountains - Pilgrimage Hike (China)
4) Shikoku Island - Pilgrimage Hike (Japan)
5) Jiuhua Mountains - Pilgrimage Hike (China)
6) London / Prague / Copenhagen - Sightseeing & Cycling (Europe)
7) Melbourne - Holiday (Australia)
8) Seoul - Reunion of friends (South Korea)
9) Nepal - Hike Pilgrimage (Nepal)
10) Taipei to Kaoshiung - Cycling (Taiwan)
11) Luang Prabang - Relax (Laos)
12) New York City - Visiting (USA)
13) Everest Base Camp - Hike (Himalaya)
14) Aurora Borealis - Experience (Norway)
15) Jaipur - Maharajah's Palaces (India)
16) Potala Palace - Pilgrimage Visit (Tibet)
17) Paris, Rome, Barcelona & Athens - Holiday (Europe)


This is the World's Cruise on board Japan's Peace Boat which my good friend has booked for September 2018. The fee is around RM40,000 per pax for 108 days and covers the most exotic places like Europe to see the Aurora Borealis which is like a magical & heavenly sighting to me.  The giant ship would sail from Yokohama and head to Xiamen (China), Singapore, Maldives, Italy, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Panama, Morocco, Cuba, Hawaii, New York City, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and back to Yokohama in Japan. That's like 22 countries and over 25 different ports for 108 days is the greatest travel for my bucket list. I know this is rather impossible now as I don't have 108 days annual leave and the sum of RM40K X 2 persons = RM80,000!! I think plus shopping money would hit RM100,000. I guess I will just dream, dream & dream on.

I better be practical and live within my own means. Let me start locally first as I really want to visit Kelantan and Terengganu so badly. That would allow me to blow my trumpet that I have visited all the 13 states in Malaysia. The best thing I discovered the article of Wishful Thinking... For A Staycation from blogger Lina's post recently where she shared about this TRAVELOKA website. I clicked into it and was surprised to see that they offer much more and different services than my other 3 favourite websites that I have been using for the last 10 years! I have decided to check into this famous & impressive Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort which won waves of good reviews for their large rooms, facilities and beautiful scenic lake view. This unique resort is like a hidden private island which is beautifully perched in between a huge lake and the big ocean which commands the panoramic view of the unique lake! I plan to stay there for 3 nights and visit all the attractions in Kelantan and Terengganu. Could someone please give me advice on this Tok Aman's hotel and all the good places I should visit?



 This is the well hidden magnificent jewel of Kelantan -
Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort.




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43 comments:

  1. Hope you will clear your bucket list!

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    1. Yes nothing is impossible and dreams are free to make them. I hope I can achieve them even if I have to sell off my home.

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    1. Thank you. Thank you!
      Please pray for me yeah.

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  3. that is a long bucket list!!! yea, having a companion to travel along (like ur late parents) could be fun & fulfilling. Matta fair coming soon, maybe can have a look on some offers there.

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    1. Yeah we just need a companion or spouse to tango & travel happily. My friend who signed up for the world cruise is a bachelor so he needs a companion. You wanna sign up?

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  4. I repeat NuxV - what a long list! you can go with your wife when both of you have retired and use your huge epf funds.

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    1. My huge EPF?? That's a joke lah. I think I will get peanuts if I ever could withdraw them when it's due. I worry about they way they have misused them. Sobs!

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  5. Your bucket list is fully loaded and I hope that you can tick off each item one by one. Why don't you kick off with Kelantan and Terengganu first since these are the nearest. Though I am not an adventurous person, I would like to see some parts of the world too. That cruise seems interesting. Can lah I think, from your savings and hop on with your wifey once you are retired. I pun want to save for a cruise like that hah..hah..

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    1. That's what I said exactly that I will visit Kelantan and Trengganu. Besides going to say Hello yo your parents and admired your childhood photos from them, what else could I see in the State of Trengganu??
      You will enjoy the cruise as the all day free dining will serve you all the most delicious dishes by their expert culinary chefs.

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  6. Agree with what you said that we must have some plans so that we have directions and motivations in life.

    Go with your wifey when both of you retired and I hope that your bucket list will be cleared, all the best!

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    1. That's what i have been doing over the years. I started off with a very short bucket list witj China & Japan and it just grew into a longer list. So what is your bucket list?

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    2. My bucket list would be mostly Asia countries as I love to eat and shop only and Asian food would be suitable for me, hee hee, I don't mind going Thailand many times as it has many temples which I love to visit

      Europe would be too far and expensive for me

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    3. However, there is an exception, the only city I would love to visit in Europe would be Prague, my ex-colleague been there before and the scenery is so picturesque

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    4. So you are going to Bangkok soon! I agree that going to Europe is expensive and too far. Our weak currency is even more difficult for us.

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  7. Ah, it's good to have a bucket list. For an avid traveller like you, your bucket list is obviously made up of places you want to visit. Since I like to eat, maybe I should draw up a bucket list of the food I want to try...wuahahahaha! :D I see there are lots of pilgrimage visits and also a lot of hiking and cycling, so that means you have to do lots of work outs (from now on) to stay fit (to keep up with your wife) for these trips...wakakakaka! ;D

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    1. I also love to eat a lot of locals and walk into the small lanes as I traveled Free & Easy. If we follow tour packages, they won't allow you to eat from the street hawkers and take subway trains.

      Yes I need to keep my knees and bones intact in order to cycle around Luxembourg. Friend told me it is the best place to cycle in Europe as it is such a tiny country that could finish in a day on bicycle to admire castles and country side.
      I have been a weekly regular to the gyms to maintain my shape! Aha!

      Those mountains in China are the famous 4 sacred Buddhist Mountains. Have you been there?

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  8. My whole family used Traveloka many times. Truly reliable, good and reasonable priced.

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing! I will definitely benefit from Traveloka.

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  9. I was hesitant about using Traveloka - new to me and since I don't travel often, I didn't want to risk it..hahaha. But after reading the above, I will give it a shot!

    Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort looks like a beautiful place to relax. Never heard of it before. I look forward to reading your post if you are going there.

    So happening lah your bucket list! I hope you achieve it. You have inspired me to list mine down too. Gambatte me! ^.^

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    1. I was inspired by other seniors who used to have bucket lists and they all seemed to be able to achieve by looking at the paper. Those who never had a list, just lived day to day with no plans and directions.

      I hope you will make some comparisons on your own to see the advantages that Traveloka offers esp when they still allowed free cancellation with free breakfasts at the same rate as others who didn't allow free cancellation.

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  10. your parents set an inspiring example for you! hopefully you'll be able to slowly tick off your terrific bucket list in the years ahead :) the state i haven't been to is perlis ... i guess i haven't found a reason to go there ... but maybe i should! :)

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    1. Perlis is very small and boring but you can cross the town easily on the way to Padang Besar or Sadao at the Thai border.

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  11. You are lucky to be flying at the early age of 9. I only got to fly when I was 21.

    Nice bucket list you have there esp the World Cruise. For RM40K to be able to cover so many countries is very worth it. Go, go, go. I believe you'll achieve it one day.

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    1. I believe your 2 sons have flown even younger and before 9 years old.
      Well I will work hard to find RM100K and take this cruise for once. I do agree that it is cheap and worthwhile as it covers so many continents! No way we could fly to over 22 countries at that price.

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  12. TM, it is really a bucket... hahahaa.. Hope you achieve them all! I do not really have one.. play by ear.. as long as I have the time, good health and enough money, I will pack up and go. Meanwhile I will be a good girl first.. Money not enough as yet. hahahaa

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    1. I know. I know mine is a huge bucket like tong sampah! LOLOL

      You are kidding me that money not enough! No one is ever contented with the money they have. Even tycoons are still finding more wells to dig.

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  13. That’s a big list and I could only wish your dreams come true! Really great reading your parents passion for travel and the train on ferry is something first time I hear about. The number of stops you took to US is exhaust to read even... looks u all happy about the first flight in photo. I don't have dreams of taking flight overseas perhaps traveling with modified wheelchair is not easy. First i really want to cover the roadways and my own state fully.

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    1. Thanks for your kind wishes and I hope my dreams would come true. Many people with special needs are able to fly now as the airlines do provide special wheelchairs to bring the passenger to the designated seats.

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  14. Didn't expect Anay wrote about my Traveloka post in his bucket list post. Haha

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    1. Oh well, your post inspired me and really captured my attention. I went to check right away to make comparison notes and was amazed!

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  15. I read your list in awe, Anay!

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    1. Saje tulis la. I just hope that someday when I am old & nyanyuk, I will read back this post to see what I have covered from my bucket list.

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  16. Seeing Aurora is certainly in my bucket list too. May both of our dreams come true soon, Tan!

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    1. I had a friend whose family went on cruise and had to visit several countries before that one night when Aurora Lights appeared unexpectedly. It was like heavens had opened up!

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  17. Your bucket list make me think that I should have one too. For now mine is to get PPL license then expert in 5 instruments at least. Of course traveling is part of it too, but mostly US and Europe countries that I want to visit.

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    1. Wow!!!! I am surprised to hear that you wish to be an expert in 5 instruments. That is not easy but you still have time as you are so young. I also wish to visit the whole US and Europe.

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  18. What an inspiring post.... definitely everyone should have a bucket list... to me its a motivation for us to carry on with our stressful daily life.

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    1. It is true that it motivates me and gives me hopes too.
      Life is so fragile and time flies too swiftly.

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  19. you should visit Bhutan too..:) you wont regret..:)

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    1. Yes I will visit Bhutan and look for you. Will you show me around???

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  20. What about Bhutan and Egypt? Haha. I think I should come out with my bucket list too.

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    1. I know how to write your bucket list...
      1) Thailand
      2) TCRS
      3) Repeat 1 & 2

      I wish to visit Bhutan but their visa fees are crazy and expensive. I have seen camels in Gobi Desert and they are better than Egyptian camels. So I omitted Egypt out! LOLOL

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