It is so great that I finally got more time to write in my blog after the hectic March and April. I was very busy handling over my work to my successor after I submitted my resignation, and at the same time, I needed to make final preparation for my long trip, and also to pack up all my things in Singapore to bring back to Malaysia. On top of that, I did not want to miss out my yoga practice. I was rather restless in every single day.
There were many goodbyes I did not make before I left Singapore. I guess I am still the one who does not like to take first step to contact friend by friend for that (my apologies to my many friends in Singapore that I never change a bit).
Almost 11 years I stayed in Singapore (or I shall say I lived in Singapore, 11 years is long enough for someone to settle down in a country for long). I built some good friendships in this country, some that I would call friends for life, I never thought it would happen because I am not an easy person to be approached by or got close with, so I am glad my good friends made efforts to accept me as I am and together we build strong bonds. Nevertheless, friendships are the most precious thing I got from the last 10 years living in Singapore, no doubt on that. I wonder what else I could bring with me when I leave Singapore, I realised instantly when I was packing my stuff, there are no a single thing which I packed had a significant meaning or that I could not live with without it. Memories I made in this country is the only thing that matters.
I was hesitating to tell my plan to all my friends every time I meet them (I guess it is just me being me again), but yes, I am leaving Singapore for long. My intention is to get back to Malaysia to be close to my family. I had this thought for long but I was never making the move, I guess there were reason, but this thought got stronger and stronger, so I believe NOW should be the time, and I am more ready now to make this move.
But I knew I would never forgive myself if I did not go for a holiday before I go back hometown for good. I planned my trip since a year ago, secretly. I did not tell anyone but only very close friends of mine because I was not confident I would be able to make it happen. But it is happening now. Though the trip just began, I am so glad it started. It makes me believe that things happen as long as I am determined to make them happen. A little step each day is still considered a step and it will bring me to the destination.
I knew I am not a hardcore traveller who will want to achieve many corners in many countries. I have few missions I hope to do during my travel.
- To keep practising yoga, and to complete a Yoga teacher training
- To improve my Japanese language skill, to live in Japan for some time
- To travel with my friends, and to be able to really relax myself in a quiet place
So I have planned a month long stay in New Zealand, which is by far my favourite country for a good relaxation. A 3 months long in India so that I could complete my teacher training and to learn more in the origin country of Yoga. Also, a 3 months stay in Japan so I could improve my language skill, and at the same time to meet my friends there. I have also planned a short trip to Sydney, Australia so that I could meet the friends I made during the student exchange program in Japan.
The total travel time is about 8 months. It is by far the longest trip I ever planned. There are mixed feelings before I started my trip, but I know I am just overwhelmed by the start of my journey, and it is a good feeling.
*Writing this post at ‘Wake Up! Sydney Central’