Wednesday, October 11, 2017

No easy love

"How many times can we pick up the same fight?
Can we keep screaming all night
And make up until it's light?
That's when I say that you're right
And feel your body on mine
Oh maybe that's why I stay

I could be somewhere
Chillin' on the beach
I could be with someone
Makin' me happy
But that would be too easy, love
And I don't want no easy love"

Ice and Fire

It's been a month since my Iceland trip, and by far it's the best trip I've had! So much of the nature and places in Iceland that you think you can only see in movies. Half the place look straight out of the Earth and it really makes you marvel in the power of the Creator.

Six days, and I wanted more!

I've posted tons of photos on social media and one whole album on Facebook just for the trip. Coz we took way too much photos, of basically everything.

Itinerary- wise, we opted for the Ring road, starting from Reykjavik, moving east and making one whole round back to Reykjavik by the end of day 6.

Transport was a 4x4 with a tent attached on top, which is the best as it allows us more flexibility in terms of where to call it a night, especially after long drives. All we needed to do was search for a campsite to park and bathe and cook and sleep before starting afresh the next day.

Awesome ride! It comes with GPS for navigation, and all the gears are loaded inside the car, so you can have a little picnic here and there. How cool is that?

Flight arrangement: Dubai to Frankfurt (Emirates), Frankfurt to Keflavik (Lufthansa)
                                 Keflavik to Amsterdam (Icelandair), Amsterdam to Rome (KLM), Rome to                                           Dubai ( Emirates)

As you can see, the flight return was a bit messed up as  our connecting flight back to Dubai was full, so we had to make a different connection back to Dubai. Hahahaha, perks of being on a standby ticket I guess.

Day 1: The Golden Circle

Keflavik arrival was just after midnight, and the car rental pickup was at 7 am. So we slept at the airport! Hahahaha, never felt so homeless before, but sleeping on a cold hard floor definitely gives you the feels for it.

We decided to go for the Golden circle, which is a short day trip going to the southern part and coming back to Reykjavik for the night. But of course, we could only plan, right?

After groceries, we headed for the Laxness Horse Farm before making our way to Thingvellir National Park. It was sort of dipping our feet in the pool to test the waters, for Iceland I guess. We were so excited when we started the drive because everywhere you look is a photo opportunity!

Getting acquainted with the Icelandic horse.

Standing in between the separated tectonic plates, at Thingvellir. Oh?
Finishing off the Golden circle was two places that's close to each other, the Geysir, and our first of many Iceland waterfalls, the Gullfoss.

Where the exploding geysers are the game in town

Sun setting over Gullfoss. Perfect end to the first day.

Day 1 ended with us camping near Geysir as we were too tired to drive back to Reykjavik. Flexibility is key!

Day 2: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

We wanted to just explore Reykjavik itself and relax at the Blue Lagoon, and so we did. Weather was cloudy, which was perfect for the Blue Lagoon, otherwise we'd be sunburnt already.

The water was warm, which was perfect for dipping in the cold 12 degrees weather. And the package we took came with nice silica and algae mask,plus free drinks!

This time around, we drove to camp two hours away so that we can wake up to the Seljalandfoss. We pushed for it even when we were so tired from our long day. Half way driving we decided to take a nap at a petrol station. And that's when the magic happens..

We saw a shooting star with aurora at the same time! I've never seen a shooting star in my whole entire life, so it was the perfect birthday present for me. It's so beautiful I've never seen anything like it... Now you're wondering why there's no photo. I was just enjoying the moment, duhhhh. 

Day 3: Strong Fosses, THAT plane and The Black Sand Beach

My birthday kicked off with two of the most famous waterfalls, located next to each other. The Seljalandfoss, famed for breath-taking sunrise and also Skogafoss, where double rainbows makes it look like the gate to another world.

I know. This place doesn't look real.

Then off to the walk, that changes our lives. Oh no, really. 

A DC-3 plane wreckage sits in Solheimasandur Beach, which is where it's been since it's crash in 1973. Interesting for me as I've never been IN a plane wreck before. The only thing was the walk to the site, which is one hour each way. 

Look how blue the sky is! 

Cool eh? Imagine where the seats are, on my left and right.

Reynisfjara Beach is a different story. Pebbles for sand, black as coal, this beach is definitely unique and have that alien feel to it.

It was featured in the film Noah and Star Wars: Rogue One. Mr Google told me that. Hehe.

Day 4: Ice, Ice Baby!

We began the day slightly earlier this time, going to Fjadrargljufur a very high canyon which is 100m deep and runs about 2km long. Well, looking down from the top definitely made my tummy turns inside out. 

Then, the glacier lagoon awaits! Jokulsarlon is a cool cool place to hang out at, literally. The ice from glaciers wash up ashore, and you can see big, pretty-looking blue ice rocks floating everywhere. As it goes deeper and deeper into winter, more seals will come and stay. And, my oh my, such cute beings them seals are. 

Look at how deep the crack is!

Pretty eh? I love how the blue ice reflects the color of the skies.

Then began our long 6 hours drive crossing the Eastern Fjords to the thermal town, Myvatn.

Day 5: Thermal Town

This town is unique because it's high in volcanic activity. So you'll see openings on the ground here and there where steam escapes. We went to Lake Myvatn, visited the boiling mud pits in Hverir, and wandered inside the hidden water bath at Grjotagja.

I think we can steam an egg here. Smelled like rotten eggs too. 

Blup, blup, the boiling mud goes.

Magical cave, where I wish no one was there, so I can soak in it on my own. Oh, how lovely.

Then off we go, to the most magnificent waterfall I've seen so far... Godafoss.

I'd say it's made for the Gods.

Day 6: Akureyri, I Don't Want to go Home

We explored this second most populated town in Iceland and had a relaxing day just going around and finally splurged on lunch in their local restaurant. Then, we drove another long 5 hours back to Reykjavik where we camp for our final night before leaving for the airport in the wee morning hours.

I was sick of lamb after this meal though. Hahaha, I guess Icelandic food is not for me.

That concludes my 6 days in Iceland! On to more adventures, because I'm hungry for more!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Are you ready for it?

The birthday month is here! Hahaha I'm always excited when September comes around. Yes, coz EVERYDAY in September is my birthday. I'm blessed with this job, so this year another birthday trip awaits! I'm especially excited for it because it's a destination I've always wanted to explore, and to finally be able to go is a dream come true.

Someone asked me, why do you always obsess yourself with birthdays?

Well, to be honest, I don't actually know since when I've been obsessing about birthdays. But the gist of it all is, isn't it a good thing to celebrate yourself living, and reminiscing your rise and falls throughout the years? If you are unhappy this year, make the change so that by the time you look back next year, there's something to be happy about. Besides, who else but you, can genuinely celebrate yourself?

There's beauty in birthdays in a sense that it gives me that reminder to never stop loving myself. And a lot can come from that. Self loving goes a long way for a better, happier you!


Anyways...Five more days to the trip, I could hardly wait.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

There's someplace I'd rather be


It's very frustrating for me to not be able to swap my flight to go home, especially to be missing my family trip and the upcoming Eid. I saw photos and I'm like green all the way with envy, because I wanted to be there too! I wanna play sandcastles with my nieces by the beach, and take cute photos for them at the 3D museum, and and and take them on a cable car ride. Oh, how nice.

Instead here I am sitting at home contemplating on where to spend my family time next. That will be all the way in December! It feels so far away.. Three more months of me missing my little angels. 

Looks like they're having fun without me.. sobs.

And since when my little babies become such posers anyway? 

See you not so very soon my loves. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Put in a little effort

The thing I hate most about growing up is, how the perception of everything falling into place doesn't apply. Waiting for things to happen is just not in the books anymore. A lot of things needed chasing, be it dream, job, time with family and friends. Everything needed a little bit more of extra effort. I didn't realize I was putting effort when I was younger as things come and fall into place with time. Maybe it didn't feel as if I was putting effort into it because I have so much time and energy and positivity in facing the world.

It is not like that these days isn't it?

Like it or not, as we grow up, we grow to be different as well. Better, I hope. But still different than the person we used to be. And as the years passes, our friends becomes less and less. Like I said, with so many commitments in adulthood, it becomes difficult to maintain the same level of friendship as say, in college. This time it takes some effort to keep in touch in between busy days, scheduling for meet ups, or even to say hi.

As for effort-wise, I think it goes both ways. I could be throwing in efforts all I want, but if the other party just would not try to do the same, or think that friendship doesn't require nurturing, then it's a little bit too optimistic on his / her part. Because at the end of the day, how could you expect one person to be there for you at the end of it all when you haven't been there all along to begin with?

Same goes with a lot of things in life. Putting in a little effort goes a long way. If you need something to happen, try to make it happen. TRY. And if you fail, well, at least you've tried, right?

That's it. The next time I complain about things not going my way, it's probably a good idea to think back whether I've put in any effort in it in the first place. ☺

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The bean

I came back from one of the ultra-long flights yesterday and thought of this, "Oh how I've aged so much just from that 14 hours in the metal tube". And there it was. The reality of a very demanding job, staring back at me in the mirror. Accompanied by the tiredness that seems like it won't go away no matter how much I rested.  

Just to give some insight on what I do on a 14 hour flight:

It might sound simple, like how much time will I need to prepare before a flight? Well, A WHOLE lot time. I would start off by getting a good sleep, at least 7 hours to be precise. Then, I'll wake up to get ready for work, which is normally four hours prior to any flight departure. Say if the flight departs at 10 am, I'll wake up at 6 am.. You get the drift. And then I'll go through that 14 hour flight, in which I'll have a break of 3-4 hours depending on the service flow, land, and by the time I reach my hotel, I would've been awake for 20 hours or more! That is, if we don't get any delays on ground, any diversion, and God knows whatever thing that could go wrong on a flight. See, that's why it's important to be well-rested before the flight. But even with proper planning of sleeping time and conditions, one can't escape those days where you JUST.CAN'T.SLEEP. 

When you thought that everything ends after you land, you still sometimes struggle to sleep because of the time difference. JETLAG is real! 

Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoy what I do for a living, but it is a very draining job. It requires a lot out of you, to still be you at the end of it all. I find myself being a zombie half the time. Hehehe. ☺

On the bright side, I crossed Chicago off the list, this time around! 

 Just you and me, beanie. 

I'd love to spend more of my summer days by the water. So nice!

I am really getting paid to travel, heh? I guess the jetlag and fatigue will just have to come with it as a package. 

lil miss whiny

Monday, August 14, 2017

As you think, so shall you become

I relate to this expression very much. Especially now, when I'm sitting here in the living room wondering again, how did life pass me by? It is a month before my 26th birthday, and I very much am the same girl at the age 18 wondering where life would take me. The thing about the expression is, it ponders about what you spend time thinking.. What are your thoughts? What do you spend most of your energy on every day? What goes on in your mind?

Some people wake up every day thinking of making themselves better. Thinking of achieving something, anything. Thinking of making more money or making the world a better place. The more they think about it, the more ways will seem possible, the more paths will suddenly become clear. I, on the other hand, gave so much power, so much capacity of my mind on a person that it is no wonder at the end of the day, I actually believed that my happiness depends on my being with this person alone.

I decided that I am indeed on an obsessed level, when every kid I find adorable I will relate to this person. In my head I would always picture how he would be a great dad, and how perfect our little family will be, and how I really want a mini me with both my features and his. Yeah, I know right? So it is bad enough to occupy my every waking moment on thoughts of him, and to picture something impossible? That takes it to a whole new level.

Admitting this means that I am trying to do something about it. I am trying to consciously choose what goes on in my mind. To redirect my energy on something, anything, that involves me and me alone. There are a lot of things that I want in life, and I know for a fact that I've never wanted an ordinary life to begin with. Sure, society dictates that I should be worried about getting married and having someone to settle down with, and having kids blah blah blah but am I even ready for that?

I'm beginning to think that the reason I long for it so much is because it's easy. Having someone to go through life with you come what may, sounds easy. It takes away your fear of uncertainty a little bit. It makes getting older and losing people you love over the years sounds bearable because you have someone to lean on, and this person will become your family and you will have a family of your own for you to pour all your love to. It sounds ideal. It sounds like a perfect little fairytale. Typical.

What I needed to realize is that nothing comes easy. It takes a lot of work on my part to take my life in the right direction. I need to take charge and be responsible for my own life and how I decide to live it. Most importantly, I need to take charge of what I spend my thoughts on.

Because as I think, so shall I become.