Fabulous Champs Olympic 2016 @ Rio

Assalammualaikum & hi to all readers. I’m back!!

Nothing much to say about travelling, but i will have some intimate adventurous exploration in 3 islands end of this month. InsyaAllah i will solo travelling up to north Malaysia and be an islanders. Celebrating Merdeka probably with strangers..hehe. One of my favorite things to do while travel – meet the stranger. Some good foods, gonna put up my weight!

Todays thought is soaring for our champions. Its the happiest moments in August 2016 for Malaysia. Although we gonna celebrate Independence Day on 31 August, but we also cheering for the Olympic CHAMPIONS! start with women doubles swimmers, Keirin bicycle, badminton and hopefully lots more!

Alhamdulillah..long journey for them to have this fabulous and successful career as an athlete. Thank you, made us proud more in future!
~ angels notes, thank you for reading this.

‘Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum’ Eid Mubarak 1437H

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Salam Aidilfitri kepada semua sahabat handai taulan dan seluruh keluarga. Alhamdulillah bersyukur ke hadrat Illahi, Allah mengizinkan kita semua meraikan hari Raya Aidilfitri 1437H. Setelah selesai menunaikan kewajipan berpuasa di bulan Ramadhan yang lalu, di hari ini kita meraikan hari kemenangan dan mensyukuri nikmat Allah berikan sepanjang kehidupan kita. Walaupun dirasakan kesedihan lambaian Ramadhan kerana kita tidak pasti adakah kita akan menemui lagi Ramadhan di tahun akan datang? Semoga segala ibadah, doa, amal jariah, penyesalan dosa, penghijrahan kita diterima Allah SWT hendaknya.

Aidilfitri yang mulia ini sentiasa mengingatkan daku atas kelahiran ku di pagi hening 1 Syawal; nama ku juga diambil oleh arwah Dad sempena gabungan Hari Raya Aidilfitri (sebab tu takde makna..hehehe). Genap 6 tahun Dad meninggalkan kami, sambutan Aidilfitri berjalan seperti biasa. As usual kami sekeluarga meraikan Syawal secara ala kadar, tapi tahun ini disebabkan seluruh adik beradik dan ipar duai berkumpul, abang ipar setuju untuk menyediakan Burasak (orang Bugis tau) dan ketupat. I done my 3 Raya cookies with nephews – Semperit, Oat Almond & conflakes Madu. Tahun 2016 ni kami takde bergambar Raya bersama-sama disebabkan rumah diziarahi adik beradik arwah Dad di awal pagi. Cuma video raya je la ya.. (sorry tak dapat share kat sini).

Sebagai manusia, saya jua tidak terlepas dari melakukan dosa. Ampun dan maaf dipinta, halalkan segala-galanya. Usah disimpan di dalam hati, nanti menanah dan sakit hati..hehe. Perbanyakkan berdoa, semoga kita semua hidup kekal aman bahagia di bumi yang tercinta Malaysia, dilimpahi rezeki berlipat ganda, kerjaya yang konsisten, kesihatan yang lebih baik. InsyaAllah…

~ Catatan si pari-pari, Terima kasih baca entri ini.

‘Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum’ Salam Eid Mubarak

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Ramadhan 1437H

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Salam Ramadhan Mubarak. Alhamdulillah.. Terima kasih Allah kerana dipertemukan lagi Ramadhan kali ini di tahun 2016 #syukurselalu. Hari ni yang ke 8 hari umat islam di Malaaysia menjalani ibadah puasa. Rasanya sudah terlalu lama tidak update blog travel ni. Mohon maaf. Ada kesibukan tugas, kadangkala keadaan badan yang tidak mengizinkan (kurang sihat). Bila lama tak update ni barulah teringat, gambar2 pergi Koh Lipe dah transfer, external hard disk mana? Macam-macam hal berlaku, paling sedih ada gambar2 travel me hilang dari radar. Transfer pc baru, ada data yang hilang. Kalut seketika, redha je la apa yang dah berlaku. Semua log travel dan folder program climbing me hilang begitu saja. Sabarlah hati…dugaan besar betul. Sebab tu la aku benci betul nak tukar pc baru. Paisey!

Sempena Ramadhan ni, aku ambil peluang untuk menghabiskan masa di rumah dan masjid2 di sekitar. Ada jemputan majlis berbuka puasa, ada juga plan dengan kawan-kawan. Syawal sebulan pasti banyak open house setiap hujung minggu. So, selama 2 bulan ni memang tiada jadual perjalanan travel jauh kecuali KL (acara wajib). Ada juga teringin nak ke Geylang Serai, Singapura tetapi memandangkan duit Dollar Singapura agak tinggi, maka ku batalkan niatku itu. Baik simpan duitnya untuk ke Perth Nov 2016 nanti..hehehe.

Di kesempatan ini, harap tak terlewat mengucapkan Ramadhan Mubarak dan Mohon Maaf Zahir Batin andai ada kesilapan dalam tutur kata di blog ini. Semoga apa yang dikongsi bersama, memberi manfaat kepada semua. Selamat menambah beribadah dan bersedekah di samping anda bermusafir mengembara di muka bumi ini. Walau apa jua yang kita buat, betulkan niat, insyaAllah Allah akan memudahkan segala urusan kehidupan kita di dunia dan akhirat. Doa semoga dilimpahi kesihatan yang terbaik, Allah murahkan rezeki dan bahagia selalu.

Spread love, no violence and no hate at all.

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~ catatan si pari-pari, teima kasih baca entri ini

Cheeky memoir @ Koh Lipe 2016

Bukan sengaja tetapi benar belaka. Baru sekarang nak up itinerari dan aktiviti kami @ Koh Lipe, Satun Thailand. Easy Breezy Andaman Sea @  Lipe, seriously memang best! Baik korang pergi selagi hidup ni..

​Sharing dengan u olz, 6 gegurls trip BBM (Backpackers Buddies Msia) kami share sama-sama kos perjalanan & makanan sepanjang kat sana. Inilah itinerari selepas beberapa perkara tak dijangka berlaku, doa & syukur kami jumpa orang-orang yang baik sepanjang trip.  Cuaca sangat baik, cuma hujan 1 malam je. Siang tottaly takde hujan, clear water, view sangat superb! Wajib explore Pattaya beach, Sunset beach & Sunrise beach.

☆itinerari untuk panduan semua☆

¤28 April 2016

– Kul-Hatyai via AA (flight AA tukar dari pagi ke 4.05ptg) rm69 *decide last minit stay Satun sbb risau kes bombing.

– 1 jam lebih via VAN frm airport Hatyai to La Nga Satun (stay Farmsuk Residence, price rm65 per nite via Booking.com ) van ala2 disko price THB23000 *cuaca baru lepas hujan lebat, driver maintain cool je.

– Lepas maghrib keluar pekan La Nga & Dinner @ seafood restoren nearby Park Bara pier. Price THB1200, share. Owner Farmsuk hntr via Hilux *No charges
¤29 April 2016

– 7.30am ke Pak Bara pier via Hilux owner Farmsuk *no charges. Breakfast nasi kuning & nasi kerabu @ restoren berdekatan pier.

–  9.30am boat Pak Bara to Koh Lipe (price return lupa). Beli pakej island hopping untuk esok THB450.

– hampir jam 11.00am tiba. Standby THB200 kena bayar once enter National Park.

– check in 2 bilik @ Shanti hostel (4 org) price tak pasti & 1 bilik @ NT House Resort  rm96/nite (2 org) booked 2 weeks earlier, ada masalah aircond Expedia tukar 1 room ke NT Hse without xtra charges..woohoo! Jumpa kt meeting point, 7 mins walk je🙂. [stay hotel @ Lipe mesti ada aircond, cuaca panas lain mcm. Kipas pun tak terasa]

– Lunch. Jalan kaki ramai2 ke Sunset Beach, layan sunset, mandi. Balik naik taxi ride, price brapa tah..THB20 kot sorang.

– Malam: Happening @ walking street, makan2 & beli souvenirs

– Lepak Pattaya Beach

¤30 April 2016:

– 7.00am: breakfast @ Mina restoren, no choice sebab restoren ni je buka.

– 8.30am: islands hopping, snorkeling + lunch (price THB450 @ 500)

– Hampir 4.00pm: back to the room. Rest & keluar jalan-jalan @ Pattaya & Sunrise beach.

– Malam: makan2 & beli souvenirs @ walking street

¤1 Mei 2016:

– 8.30am: bot dari Lipe ke Pak Bara

– 11am: Van dari Pak Bara ke KTM Padang Besar. Singgah Wang Kelian shopping. (Lunch siap2 tapau nasi kuning kt pier). Beli makanan, hammock, beras wangi, tshirt di Wang Kelian..huhu. Lepak kat KTMB Padang Besar, bentang kain pario me. Buat tak tau je siapa-siapa lalu lalang, seat semua penuh. Mungkin cuti agaknya.

– 4.30pm: ETS Pdg Besar-KL Sentral (beli awal sebulan sebab 1 mei tiket habis cpt. Dapat seat tak sama, sebelah gerabak je. price rm80 return).

– 10.45pm: tiba KL Sentral. Saya stay Tune Hotel KL 1 nite, lain2 balik Seremban via komuter.

Kos rabak saya total: rm800 sebab dari JB, stay KL 1 nite + banyak makan2 & shopping..hahaha. Kawan-kawan lain rm500-600 je kot. Sekian, semoga dpt membantu kpd yg nak pergi Koh Lipe. Njoy ya! 👆😁

~ catatan si pari-pari. Terima kasih baca entri ini.

Andaman Sea, Here I Come!

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Where to start? Story begins when i start to strangle down by a bunch of friends in Backpackers Buddies Malaysia (BBM) fb. We’re group of 6 single ladies had made an ohsem trip to Koh Lipe, Thailand on 29 Aril – 1st May 2016.

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{Our 1st met! ~ Frm left: Faya, Fara, Zati, me, Fira & Ummu @ KLIA2}

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Flight to Hatyai

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Re-Blog: 5 Ways to Find Story Ideas for Your (Travel) Write-ups

by Milta M. Andika R.

How do you find story ideas for your travel write-ups? How to write about a place from another angle instead of reporting about what you do on a day-to-day basis? I’ve been asked this question quite often in various occasions, so I thought I could share about it through this post:

prose1. Follow your curiosity

You are not a cat, so hopefully, you won’t get killed (and even cats have 9 lives!). Have you ever looked at something, heard something, or read about something, and felt curious about a certain thing afterwards? Curiosity is human. We like to ‘sniff around’. We want to know what is happening, we want to know more, we want to know what will happen next. Our mind is full of chatters and questions–even about the most trivial things. The next time you are curious about something, follow it like a detective.

There was this one time around 3 years ago when I watched a TV series, Miss Advised. One of the characters used Craigslist–a listing site, to find herself a date. I was curious whether there were also people posting dating profiles on Craigslist in Indonesia. So I went in. And there were loads of people looking for ‘dates’ on Craigslist, in Jakarta–even just reading their ‘creative’ ads had given me a few hours of uninterrupted fun. Then I asked myself, do people really answer these ads? Does it really work? And so I replied to one of the ads and set myself up for a blind date. The story of the blind date–I’ll keep that for another time!

Stories that may come up: stories about exploration, about your effort in following ‘clues’, about uncovering something, about the challenges in getting the information you need, etc.

2. Keep asking ‘why’ and talk to people

When we travel, there may be many occasions when we realised that we know nothing about something: the way people dress, how they treat each other, their eating habit, the way they treat guests, their local beliefs, about why it seemed like every students in Kazakhstan were always asking me about how many languages do I speak, or about why we would see some old people in Paris walking down the street or sitting in front of a restaurant–talking to themselves.

Of course, we can always shrug our shoulders and let these things pass; or we can always try to understand these ‘unfamiliar’ things by asking people. I talked to a guy working in a villa in Bali, and it turns into this.

Stories that may come up: a feature story about someone you meet/talk to, a conversation with this person, the way he/she left some memories or give valuable life-lessons that are relevant to you, a story about that person and his/her life experience, etc.

3. Observe keenly

Did you still remember the things you see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and think from one of your traveling journeys? Maybe we remember what we saw–more or less, because we took pictures, but most of the times, we forgot the rest. But these small details are like seeds. When we plant, water, and nurture them, when they are ripe, they can burst into stories. To keep a journal on the things you see, hear, smell, taste, feel, and think on your journeys is a great way to keep these seeds. For instance, what is the headline of the local newspaper at the day of your visit?

I overheard a conversation at Musee d’Orsay one time, between a father and his son, and it made its way into this post. I played around with a memory of a city in this post. I wrote down the things I felt as I walked around the small alleys of Santorini, and it became this. I’m not saying they are good stories–but they are short drafts and snippets of what can actually come up from keen observations.

Stories that may come up: a reflection on life based on an overhead dialogue, how a dialogue you overheard reminds you of something–or enlightened you about something, about capturing a spirit of a city or an environment through the local’s conversations, etc.

4. Break your habit

If you’re always staying at a hostel, try a nice hotel when you have enough money. If you’re always staying in a hotel, try an Airbnb space. If you are always following a map, try ditching it. If you are always traveling with friends, try traveling alone. If you’ve never bought souvenirs, buy one. If you’ve always bought souvenirs, buy none. Try to do new things when you travel and break your usual habit. It will feel odd and uncomfortable–two sure signs that you’re about to experience something new. And when we experience something new, we are being introduced to a new story.

From trying out Tinder, having a picnic date with a stranger, dancing with a bunch of policemen, staying with a transgender host, hopping on into a stranger’s car at 4 am in the morning, eating horse meat, to hanging out with a bunch of high school students, each one is a story in itself!

Stories that may come up: challenges you need to face when you’re dealing with unfamiliar territories, the internal conflict of doing things you are unsure about, the way you see a place differently because you change your habit, etc.

5. Try to see things from a neutral ‘place’

Are you opposing arranged marriage? Do you think couples should get married because they love each other–not because of their compatibility towards one another? Do you think it’s shallow for a girl to not want to go to college–and opt for an arranged marriage instead? When we travel, we may see, hear, or experience things that are not in-line with our beliefs or our views of the world. It is easy for us to pass judgement instantly; but things are not always what it seems.

I always thought bitterly about India and its arranged marriage tradition; until I tried to be more open about this and started chatting with an Indian woman–who happily chose an arranged marriage rather than a college life; and with a car-rental driver–who said confidently, that of course–he would choose a compatible husband for her daughter through an arranged marriage! I may still disagree to some extent, but opening up myself to see things from a neutral ‘place’ made me able to understand the underlying reasons behind; and to accept the fact that there are couples who really fall in love after their arranged marriage!

Stories that may come up: unveiling the reasons behind why people act or think a certain way, background about a city/country’s cultural or political history that affects the way they interact or behave with each other, busting myths or breaking the stereotypes about a certain place, etc.

So, are you ready to find your (story) ideas?

My Journey To No Where

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Clishe sangat; bertepatan dengan hari ini 2 April 2016. A journey to remember ~ JOURNEY TO NO WHERE. Dramatik betul la, macam drama radio KoolFMmy #TerimaKasihEX 😄😆. Doa yang baik-baik je la. Moga pengakhirannya nanti bahagia. Bak lirik lagu:
🎶Andainya ada di antara kita nanti
Berubah hala serta memungkiri janji
Jangan ada benci🎶

Sekarang di KLIA2, tak mengelamun. Lebih banyak tersenyum🙂. Sambil susun itinerary Trip Koh Lipe, 26 days more to go..kebabom!!

~ Catatan Si Pari-pari; Terima Kasih Baca Entri ini

Its March 2016 – Lets Travel Again

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Please be good to me… even though so unwell, but spirit travel tetap ada. 1 day more more to go #TransJavaYD2016. Destinas ke mana? Doakan saya.

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Weekeng Getaway – Mom & Dotter bonding time

~ Catatan si pari-pari, terima kasih baca entri ini