The thing about being in a relationship..

I know, guys, I know.

I somehow always relate my posts about my being in a relationship.

It’s just that professionally, (furiously knocking on all the wood there is around me) I’ve got it under control.

 

In the great words of Casey Neistat,

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Andy Spade said that Working Family is a great name for a business

“..because if you can figure out work and family you will be happy in life. For me, and likely for you, work and family is basically all there is.”

 

This is family. We’re chill.

 

And for the past 9 months..

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This is family too.

 

And the unchartered waters that came along with the new family, namely this strange entirety that is a 29 year old opinionated, short tempered and extremely cranky man..

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Befuddling how he went from someone who once threatened to throw Moomers away, to the love of my life guys.

 

Man. He’s just hard to figure out.

Gimme 100 of these sweaty smelly gremlins I still can

 

But this one big baby

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Uh huh

So, I suck at this guys 😦

sorry kitten

 

Of course after some time, I learn to decipher some of his little nuances..

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Like see that nose flaring and lips curling? Oh boy, THE warning sign.

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When in doubt, always offer seafood.
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Best time to discuss those Chanel bags.. *ehem* My birthday is in 2 months okay?

The thing about relationships..

It’s the few elements in life (like staying on a budget and getting a bikini wax without screaming bloody murder) I can’t seem to get a hold of. 

I find myself helplessly sifting through my Uni modules regarding communications and people management to unearth the answers to the mysteries of being a couple.

Like for example Prof Huang from Coms Management taught me about the left-hand and right-hand column..

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And there will be a third arrow using the left hand column as a yardstrick, to reflect and figure out objectively why and how I got to these feelings and there’s a whole series of strategies to prevent miscommunication in the corporate world. I got an A+ for this module.

I mean, Prof Huang should stuff his theories up his ass. 

University teaches you nothing.

So these days, in order to figure out this discombobulating web of relationships, I’m taking a lesson from one of the greatest literature of our generation..

Thought Catalog

Tragic. I know.

Okay, but there are some really great articles and one was even referred to me by my foreign entirety. 

First order of business guys, is always, always, research the enemy subject matter.

In order to get more clarity about this foreign entirety(FE), I investigated the thought catalog article he gave me.

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Tell me more Brianna Wiest..

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Okay.. This I agree. FE is as low maintenance as they come. But oh boy, there’s a Line guys drawn so thick and NO! pretty much means no. I’ll hear about it loud and clear.

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FE is all about this. Read above.

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You cannot fake happy.

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And all I feel is happy whenever I’m with him.

Maybe this relationship has no finishing line and the journey is the destination and the obstacles are just detours along the way.

Maybe like bikini waxes and staying within budget, I just got to take it one day (or strip) at a time because the journey lasts a lifetime (of course the former changes with his preference 😉 )

We’re probably gonna face more challenges along the way. It’s just that we are disagreeing at a staggering rate these days and it’s never been this way.

But I know deeeeep down, he still loves me guys.

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If you are reading this, I know I don’t say it enough too..

But thank you for everything ok? ❤

Okay, now to learn how to live within budget. HAHAHAHA.

Yeah. I just heard my wallet laugh too.

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The Accident in Bali and 5 Things I Learn To Do In An Emergency

I had planned on doing a guide to Europe on a shoe string budget. I’ll get back to that SOONEST, guys. Promise. 

But I need to write about this.

5 things you need to do when met with an accident in Bali. 

Some context.

I left for Bali on the 1st of December. It was a drop-everything-and-just GO kinda trip. I feel like I’m prefacing this to every trip but it’s true.

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Flight confirmation at 1.58am. Just in time to check in on-line and leave.

 

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I had to encounter the wrath of my Ibu (Mom). Mom: Why are you leaving out of a sudden? Do you have any problems? Bali is not very safe. Me: Haha, well I’m going with 3 other people Mom: Next time when you are married and you behave this way, your marriage will crumble. What wonderful behaviour, telling me this just before you leave.

Of course I felt bad. And I came clean to her when I came back.

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Result: Guys, I reek of sambal belacan, onions and garlic everyday because I’m doomed to kitchen slave duty for the rest of the year. I’m bleeding chilli paste and beef stock.

But the absolute worse is coming clean to Fazal. I’ll spare you guys the gory details but man I think getting a spear through my heart might hurt less. I’d rather be hogtied and licked on the toes by cats.

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Shots fired. Can someone say ouch?

Okay, but I digress.

The weapon

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See that puny little black bike stand there?

I was at the beach front of Ku De Ta with Sophie, my new found Belgian friend, when we decided that we had enough of the crashing waves. Surfing conditions were pissed poor and I thought we would have better luck in Kuta.

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Me and Sopz. Something like this. But of course much, much, easier on the eyes. *bats eyelashes*

But time was a ticking,

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4.15pm. Peak hour traffic to Kuta, 4.45pm. Losing our way, 5.15pm. 45mins surfing plus sunset. Ok can. HURRY, HURRY, HURRY

 

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Mad dash to the scooter

And then this happened..

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I hit a small rock while kicking out to kick up my scooter stand. And my nail just decided to tear itself away from my skin.

Hullo nail, what just happened?! It was gory.

So finally, here’s the 5 things you should do if such events happened to you. 

  1. Do NOT panic.

 

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Sopz was washing her board when I came up to her..

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Unfortunately, minus the surfer dude. (stolen from her fb)

“Uh oh Sopz. Change of plans.”

“You don’t bloody say”

2. Assess the situation and ask for help.

The scooter was parked right next to the life guard post and without even asking, a couple of these life guards just came to the rescue.

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These guys are wonderful. Incredibly helpful. Look for Red and Yellow. You can’t miss them on the beach.

They poured alcohol solution on my wound and.. (shivers up my spine, guys. i s.c.r.e.a.m.e.d. So.Much.Tears.and.Snot.) I gripped on Sopz real tight and begged them to not pour anymore.

They wrapped up my toe neatly and I was off.

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3. Go back to your hostel/hotel to get ID

Of course for me, right at this very moment, Fazal decided to break his silent treatment

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I swear this guy, he’s a bloodhound. He sniffs me out the exact moment I get into trouble.

4. You can choose to go to the hospital or any of the pharmacies around the area. Every pharmacy has an in-house doctor to deal with all your ouchies.

I chose (well, more like me and Sopz stumble into) the Kimia Farma Apotek just 2 minutes out of the hostel. They are a chain and you can find them everywhere in Bali. They are so gentle and kind, they really take care of you, guys.

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Hospitality takes time.

 That-means-if-you-have-a-severe-injury-please-get -the-heck-out because-you-might-just-die-waiting-in-line. A chef came after me with a severed thumb and his thumb was literally blue and he was moaning in pain but nope, the doctor was still inside tending to some sprain ankle -_-

5) Take lousy amount of selfies to distract you from the pain

 

Because the pain, it’s gonna hurt real bad. Real bad. 

The doctor had to use anaesthesia to remove the nail from the skin. And anaesthesia (4 brutal jabs) on incredibly sensitive toe full of nerve endings?

Wouldn’t wish it on my worse enemy. Or maybe just that one bitch.. I KID.

Aftermath

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Hullo toe nail.
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Doc took this for us after the procedure. HAHA. How sweet. Sorry if you lost your thumb waiting for us.

Then I went back to the hostel to shower and eat my meds. Pain killers come come, come to mama

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Mama bear Sopz

Then I went to bed

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“Moomers, I bwoken”

Couldn’t find my receipt but..

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SO. EXPENSIVE. It should slightly more expensive at the hospital (according to Pak Tio, the hostel manager at least).

Then I went back home to my best friend

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HEH.

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😦

In all honesty,

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Sundae scale of pain

Seriously guys, you can be the toughest buff lord but breaking your heart hurts no amount of painkillers can fix.

It’s true what they say. You just got to find someone worth the pain.

Me and Fazal, we are tentatively trying to fix us tentatively fixed us and how we deal with things.

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But he’s worth it, guys.

SGD2,000 for my 1 month EU/UK trip (include flights)

I spend a month traveling around Europe and UK the summer of 2015. It was a drop-everything-and-see-how-it-goes trip and all I can say was, “Wow.”. I lived for hashtags like #livin’onmom’sprayers because at times, it was true. More on that later.

 

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Lisboa. What people think backpacking looks like.
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What backpacking actually looks like.

I started my journey in Paris, and went to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid). Dropped by Lisbon, Portugal before heading back to Spain’s Andalucia and Malaga. From there I headed to Cote d Azur, France then Venice, Italy. I ended up in Brussels, Belgium somehow before missing the bus to Amsterdam and thus headed to London. Left for Manchester and then to Cardiff, Wales before making it back to Paris and then home. I did all this by bus (+ 1 train ride but whose counting). 

my journey

 

It was pretty much a whirlwind of travelling; of missing buses and not finding the eurolines offices and NOT knowing how to do the online booking until my FINAL days, lol. I’m not a fussy traveller and I recommend that anyone who wants to try a trip like this to pretty much have strong back and thick face. Then you’re set. I promise.

Or to at least have enough money to get 3G on their phones.

Or to not break their phones and the maps along with it.

Or to have the charger that is not BROKEN for your back up phone.

Or AT THE VERY LEAST, when you’re blind as a bat, to remember to bring your spectacles.

Or at scraping bottom of the VERY least pile, not to lose your spectacles on the way to the airport at the very start of your trip.

Needless to say, to quote the greatest YouTuber alive Casey Neistat, my trip was off to a very irresponsible start. HEH.

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In the Louvre with all my barang barang. I entered for free and got a really nice tour from this French student, Bijay (from Nepal), working there because I told him that my sister Mel was marrying a Nepali. Or maybe because my tits were hanging out :/ You choose.

 

Here is a breakdown of my expenditure

Flights: $869.

I always use Zuji to look at prices of flights before cross-referencing to the airline website itself. The time old adage is true, when you see a price you are comfortable enough paying, JUST BOOK, don’t think of whether the prices will decrease because lo and behold, it might just increase.

I used my MH miles to get myself upgraded to Business on my outgoing flight, but was back in cattle class enroute home (I could have sneaked my way to an upgrade if I went for a later flight, but Fazal would have killed me. Boyfriend>Comfort *ehem* anyday *ehem*)

Anyway, I got myself a full flat bed coming home too, on the floor that is (I ain’t no germaphobe yo, I sleep wherever)

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Picture taken from the internet. I met a French girl that was high. Throughout the flight she was just complaining that she needed a cigg pronto. At one point, she was sucking her toes. Umm. She told me to get in touch with her when I’m in Paris, but needless, “Ok…aaay. Nevermind”.

And enroute back..

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Something like this.  Without the mystical grey tinted lens. It was uh-g(l)ey.

Transport

  1. Eurolines 15 days youth pass 195 euros = $300. It should be 210 euros but I got it on a sale. VERY important because this was my SOLE mode of travelling around Europe. Single city passes could have cost more that 60-70euros in June, so this was a very good deal.

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2) Megabus

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This got me from London to Manchester, Cardiff back to London and then to Paris. A whopping 31.50 pounds (S$61.30) guys (including booking fees). .

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Buses are a great way to travel, guys. It allows you to interact with fellow travellers and you’ll never know who you meet, even if you can’t speak their language. I’ve met the best people on the buses and some I spend the entire days (s) following our bus ride to find our way in the city. To the mothers and grandmother whom fed me in these buses, I’m eternally grateful.

3) Train

13.57 pounds = S$28.60

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Trains are a tonne more comfortable, albeit slightly more expensive mode of travelling. I got these tickets online and it was much much cheaper than purchasing on site!

Accommodation

Out of the 29 nights of travelling, I stayed in 6 hostels and for 7 nights in total. The rest were either in buses en route somewhere, in public places or in some kind soul’s home. (Sorry ibu ayah, Fazal)

83.95 euros + 29 pounds = S$129 + S$61

= S$190

la flor de gaudi

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2nd night in Barcelona. I highly recommend this hostel. You get curtains over your bunk bed, power plugs in the bed and a really good size locker (bring your own padlock) underneath it. I met Dans on Eurolines from Paris and we travelled around Barcelona, sleeping on the beach and all. 

 

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He is exactly my height, guys.
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Okay, maybe just slightly taller.

 

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1 night in Lisbon. Pretty hostel. Really nice big lounges to hang out in but I remembered having to scoured the place to charge my blackberry. I met Achyata on Eurolines too. Her sister is Miss Nepal 2013. Gorgeousness oozes out of her soul, this one. 

 

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Of course I lost our photos. But I took this one, and hey LOOKIE, that’s my bag and scarf.
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The route up to the hostel is made of tricky limestone pavements and it gets really slippery especially after rain. Of course I slipped, fell, dropped Fazal’s HTC One, which I used specifically for navigation, into the longkang. YEP. I took so many photos of Lisbon and Cascais that day. Some shots I even risked my life for *wails*

 

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1 night in Granada. This was an alright hostel. You get a real bed here, but the vibe (I felt) was not young and friendly. The owners come into the room to check if you put your bags on the bed -_- Nevertheless it was really clean and I travelled with a Korean around the city. My heart was not in it due an unexpected devastating event.
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Selfie stick does wonders
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Al Hambra :’)

villa nice

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Yikes. I’d rather sleep on the beach. Springy bunk beds, drunk dwellers and by far the most disgusting. But I made a really nice friend staying upstairs, Emilliano (Italian mix Brazillian who is playing football in Switzerland). I would have attached his picture but I lost them along with my Blackberry

 

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Emilliano was judging me the entire time but it was SO HOT guys. I offered to share the umbrella (stole from USS) but he was all I’m-too-macho-for-this.
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*shoves my BB in his face* “Take my picture Emilliano” “Aren’t you gonna open your eyes?” “Nope, I want a calm zen photo HURRY HURRY I’M HUNGRY”
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My first (and last) 20 euro restaurant meal. Pic stolen from the internet but you guys get it.  Nice was EXPENSIVE! Emilliano left halfway to catch his flight. On my way back to the hostel I was asked harassed by a tricycle driver that promised sex beyond my wildest dream HEH. Some smooth talker he was. Needless to say, I HOOFED it up to the hostel. All those sprints finally had a practical purpose. He was harmney (Harmless but Horney).

brussels

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By far the most modern chic hostel but LOOK at the price. I can almost stay for 3 nights in Lisbon for this. Cheapest room too, and one of the cheaper hostels.

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Same spot different days. Why same spot? Well, behind me there’s a Starbucks = Free WIFI. ‘Nuff said.
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Funny story. So I was at the main square, Grand Place (pronounced with a froggy French accent), minding my own business with my lecherous smart WIFI stealing behaviour when I was approached by an American (originally from Jamaica) traveller named Tim asking to borrow my map. I took him under my wings and showed him what Brussels had to offer (1 day old, so I was a PRO at this point. ) We passed this Hotel Amigo where there was a throng of girls screaming and singing 1Direction songs. Turns out the band was staying in the hotel for their concert later that week and the girls were waiting for their arrival. Of course, since I know that my Mendaki girls love 1D, I would make greatest teacher in history if I took home a photo. I stayed, and the surging crowd caused me to drop my phone and the camera broke. I asked Tim to take the photos, and two hours later (he was really funny and we shared many stories), when 1D actually came, he snapped a photo of me. Then we went our separate ways and I forgot to ask him for his number/facebook account. So I have no photos of 1D AND a broken camera phone.

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Beds as shit as at Nice but clean(ish) and has a nice communal area. I met great people here who brought me to eat fish and chips. It was popular amongst the younger crowd. I met Mika and Greg here.
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Mika and Greg bringing me to the Odd bar to get their free cotton candy and popcorn. Can you tell why I like them so much?!

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The Sabah/Brunei crew I met at Manchester. Really a bunch of amazing students from Sheffield!

So there you have it. 6 hostels, 7 nights.

Grand total: S$ 1, 448.90

The rest were spend on food, inner city trains and buses and on my last day in Paris, I shopped a tiny bit to bring souvenirs back home.

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I’m not saying that everything was rainbows and unicorns because it definitely wasn’t.

When I couldn’t find a place to stay, it was mostly like this.

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Illegally hiding under benches to sleep when the train station closed in Venice
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Or this.

But when you wake up, go to the public wash room, wash your face, brush your teeth and..

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SMILE.
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Because no one owes you a living and you’re on an adventure of a lifetime so wtf are you whining for.

I lived mostly off..

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Supermarket food
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Free hostel food
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People’s kindness. Mostly the grandmothers owning bakeries that are closing for the day.

Ramadhan started the last 9 days of my trip so I was mostly writhing in bed by 7pm during the 19 hours of fasting

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The. Clock. Must. Be. Broken.

On lucky days, I met nice strangers turn friends like Elodie who offered me a place to stay..

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On luckier days,

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silk sheets and stunning views.

The people I’ve met and all the adventures of running after buses and figuring out the way around town, the Olas, Obrigadas, Bonjours and Mercis and trying to make myself understood in a foreign land with no GPS.

Oh and not forgetting the animals too..

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Yeah, guys, this is my bird Percy. I’m so cool, I’m the bird whisperer.
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WTF IS HE PLOTTING??! GET THIS EVIL THING OFF ME!!
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Chips are good for you, ya. See a lot of fibre, no la, where got leading cause of obesity.

I wouldn’t change it for the world, guys.

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Then I came home, to my best friend.

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The First Meow

Meow Meow

Words hold a thousand meanings and for me “Meow” ranges from a simple “Hello” to a “Hey, I love you”.

So Meow Meow everyone. I hope to use this platform to document thoughts and travels. A permanent scroll I can look back at when I’m grey and wonky.

 

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Picture taken outside Venice train station where I spend the night (illegally). Eyebags were complimentary from Eurolines which decided to close its offices earlier and I couldn’t get to Budapest in time. 

Welcome to my humble abode.

Stay, put your feet up, have a cup of coffee (or tea) and biscuits on me.

 

Meow,

Nur Hafizah