Where Should I Go Next?

Let me show you a copy of the world map, personally scribbled upon and Β vandalized by yours truly.

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The green star is where home is, the Peninsula side of Malaysia.


The yellow stars are places that I have been to. Let me quickly list them all down because this thing never fails to make me feel incredibly awesome.

Asia

  • Borneo – Kuching
  • Singapore
  • Thailand – Hatyai
  • China – Beijing, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing, Foshan
  • Japan – Tokyo, Fukushima
  • UAE – Dubai

Europe

  • United Kingdom – Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Blackpool, Newcastle, Bath, Stonehenge, SCOTLAND
  • France – Paris
  • Belgium – Brussels
  • Netherlands – Amsterdam
  • Germany – Cologne, Heidelberg, Munich
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland – Bern, Lucerne, Engelberg, Mount Titlis
  • Austria – Innsbruck
  • Italy – Rome, Pisa, Florence, Milan
  • Turkey – Istanbul
  • Spain – Barcelona

Okay, the italics are all part of a 14 days Europe Tour, but still… πŸ™„

North America

  • US of A – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver,Β Colorado

The red circles… are places of intrigue that I have yet to set foot into. I guess I’ll briefly elaborate why they intrigue me, in order of priority.

  1. Australia and New Zealand – These are English speaking countries in the Oceania. From the pictures, they are absolutely stunning in terms of landscape and scenery. Also, all of my friends who went there and came back were all in love. Some of them even migrated there! I HAVE TOΒ go see these places for myself, simple as that!
  2. South America – Assuming I’ve made it to Australia and/or New Zealand and back, I’d have set foot on places in four different continents. Time to go for a fifth. I’m not a particularly adventurous person, so I’d probably stick to Rio de Janeiro instead of embarking on an Indiana Jones-esque Amazon adventure.
  3. Canada – Another country with wonderful landscape and sightseeing opportunities. Well. okay, I’ll be honest. The only reason this country makes it into my list is because I’ve seen pictures of Calgary, taken by my American work colleagues. The national park is insanely breathtaking!
  4. Russia – Blame those stupid Hollywood movies for painting Russia in negative light. Nowadays when I think of Russia, I think of KGB. And secret double crossing spies.Scares the shit out of me. I know I shouldn’t though. Moscow and St Petersburg have some absolutely stunning buildings to boot. And Russian girls are hot. Like, really hot! I should go and see for myself, right?
  5. Africa – I’m sorry to say I’m not a huge fan of Africa. I probably would not visit this continent in my life, although we never know what the future holds for us. No, this has got nothing to do with being scared shit of black people or random Timbuktu princes or what. No… the soleΒ reasonΒ I’m not a huge fan of Africa is because I DO NOT want to visit anywhere hotter than Malaysia. I feel like a roasted pig already at 32Β°C, I sure as hell would not want to imagine spending any amount of time in 38Β°C or even 45Β°C temperature. No deserts for me. Sorry.
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Banff National Park, Calgary

So, yeah… Australia first, hopefully together with New Zealand… then Rio… then Calgary… then Russia… then… I don’t even know how many I could cover, if at all. Let’s not get ahead of myself… πŸ™„

46 Comments

  1. A Chiang Mai local passed by.

    To see Thailand – Hatyai in the list makes me really wonder. What you did there? Since you said for yourself Malaysians only come here for some reasons.

    …Actually, I am rather perplexed reading that most Caucasian travelers can’t seem to get enough of Bangkok and the southern Thai islands. I’m not surprised by your experience. For most of us in Malaysia, Thailand is basically just a place where you go to get cheap wholesale clothes to sell back home, or to go get some hassle free sex and watch lady-boy shows. Mostly that anyway.
    You might want to try northern Thailand though, in places like Chiang Mai. It is more peaceful there…

    My parents always taught me that if you don’t like somebody or some places, don’t bother with them. You might not like them but you should do nothing. Leave them on their own way. You don’t like somebody you hate to mess with your life, so don’t do that to others.

    May be what you were taught might be different.

    • I was in Hatyai as a kid, many many years ago. I was with my dad and his friends in an old people’s tour. It was a 3 days 2 nights tour, and kind of boring for me actually, Chinese food for meals, EVERY meals, and then it was temple hopping in the day and… the other “uncles” go for “massages” in the evening while me and my dad strolled along the streets and did nothing much else.

      Well, it’s the islands and the big city pull. Most white people, if they spend a long time somewhere, they would prefer it to be where they can get access to familiar things easily: import grocery, fancy restaurants, etc. Also, don’t call them Caucasian, some of them get offended with that term because Caucasian means Middle East/Arabs to them. (Not like they prefer “white people” any more than Caucasian though, they prefer if you can identify them as Americans/British/French/Italian etc, tough)…

      What did I do/not do to others here, may I ask? I’m not being deliberately nasty and telling people DON’T GO THERE!, no… I’m just pointing out why I may or may not prefer to visit somewhere first when I have the money. It’s my money, and more importantly, my blog. I am supposed to be allowed to state my personal preferences in my personal blog.

      I would think most people would be taught similarly. Freedom of expression, but don’t be nasty. πŸ™„

  2. I don’t want to sound too offensive but don’t go to Russia…I mean I never enjoyed it there as it is pretty much as negative as the news make it out to be. Oh and yeah, I am part Russian and have tons of relatives still living there who will agree with me :p

    In case you visit Europe again, try the Scandinavian countries during summer, especially mid summer when the sun won’t be setting for a few weeks to months πŸ™‚ (just avoid those pidgeon sized mosquitos…)

    • I do feel intrigued with Scandinavia. Just that, everyone says it is freakin’ expensive to vacation in that region. Maybe when my financial abilities change, my priority list will change too. πŸ™„

  3. Seems like from your own analysis, you already know where you want to go :). I wouldn’t cross off Africa though. My friends have been to South Africa before and said it’s like a perfect 72 degrees (which is like 22C?) Africa is a HUGE wishlist destination for me. It’s my dream to go out on a safari. And I agree with other people that there are better places than Rio to go to in South America, like Peru or Patagonia or Galapagos Island!

    And really, I don’t think Malaysia is that hot, haha. Taipei felt way way way hotter, and even when I was in Europe over the summer (both summers) I thought it was hotter.

    • No, I’m not crossing Africa off, I’m putting it in my fifth priority as you can see. I won’t go so far as to declare: I will never go to Africa! πŸ˜›

      You’re not making accurate comparison since you’re mostly indoors here LOL! I, on the other hand, am. I’ve spent a summer in England and I could walk 2 miles in the British summer, no problems. I can’t do that in Malaysia! Here, 2 miles = driving distance. πŸ™„

  4. Argentina! hee..hee… Maybe start with the nearest, Australia. I have so many relatives who have visited Australia and they say that it is nice.

  5. Australia – yes!! Best country in the world I reckon – not biased one little bit πŸ˜‰
    South America —- yes!! But not Rio… oh my there are so many interesting spots to visit. How about Peru? Seriously the best food in the entire world – and then there’s Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca. Or… Argentina – Iguazu Falls and El Calafate for starters… Andale! But I suggest a little bit of Spanish instruction first.

    • Yeah, it is precisely the language that makes me not feel too adventurous in non English speaking country. My recent trip to Istanbul and Barcelona pointed that out to me. I only feel comfortable when I am somewhere where I can communicate with people effectively. And I prefer to travel comfortably. I’m not someone who looks forward to getting out of my comfort zone too much. πŸ™„

  6. You seem to have been bitten by the travel bug! πŸ˜‰ So, looks like your next destination is Australia/NZ. I’ve only been to one city in Canada and that’s Toronto (as part of my USA tour).

    • I have always had the travel bug I suppose. Just not the type that would prompt me to give everything up and go fly around the world teaching English. I guess you could say my travel bug is tampered down by my liking of a routine. πŸ™„

  7. Lei jau song la.. Still can show us the big map, and choose where to go and what-not.. Me? Stay home got la.. And AEON (for grocery shopping), in laws place and my parents’ place.. *pathetic*

    • You don’t compare now only lah, my list is since I was a small kid until now. When I get married and have kid(s), I will stuck just like you. πŸ™„

  8. Australia. It is so easy to go about in Australia as they speak the same language though it may be shocking to be greeted with a “Go DIE mate” every time you meet somebody @_@

    • It won’t be shocking, because I know all about their slang already hahaha! Actually you just listen to Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) speak then you will get used to it in no time. πŸ˜›

  9. There are some pretty cool places in Africa.

    My South African friend keeps bugging me to go and do an iconic run there. Hihi

    • Then you should go. And come back and write about it. Give me some pointers whether that place is nice or not. πŸ˜›

  10. Wah you have been to quite a lot of places!! *envious*

    For me, I always wanted to visit Greece. And hopefully can revisit Japan πŸ˜‰

    • I’m not too looking forward to Greece after reading that all the famous places are overcrowded. The breathtaking and peaceful Santorini scene that you see in pictures is supposed to be an illusion.

  11. I have never been to Australia and NZL, but I had been to Canada and yes Canada has beautiful landscape and scenery, maybe can consider visit Whistler Mountain for skiing

    • Whistler Mountain. I will try to remember to take note of this place IF and WHEN I go to Canada.

  12. You have certainly seen the world. Good for you!

    Russian girls are particularly favored in certain parts of Turkey. I have asked young Turks why some of them prefer Russian girls. I couldn’t get an effective answer from them.

  13. some parts of Africa is not that hot in fact it is much cooler than M’sia! I almost about to go to Kenya & Senegal for a project but the project called-off, so tak jadi πŸ™
    I would prefer venturing places that is less explored, countries in the central Asia, coz of their colourful cultures and cuisines.

    • I don’t think you would like Central Asia cuisine. And I am sure you will not like African cuisine. I remember your comment on my Ethiopian restaurant post. πŸ˜›

      • yea, African food is not in my list, but I tink Central Asia has some ‘charm’ which I tink worth exploring, that place and everything is just so mysterious, haha! I never try central asia cuisine before (though they looks good) which makes me even more curious.

        • Okay, you should go there so that I can read about them in your blog. I’ll write about Australia and Rio for you in return. πŸ˜‰

  14. Wahhh… you blessed guy! So young and yet you have covered so many countries liow.. much way off than this old auntie here. She has many places not visited as yet! NZ, I am longing to go too..

    • You got so much free time now, go go go! I think you not that far behind me leh. Maybe even ahead of me. Europe and US, you checked those boxes too!

  15. Yay! Aussieland next πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ But it’s a big country and you will be very broke ass if you go to every state including Tassie (Tasmania).

    “…came back were all in love” In love with the Australia country (nature, lifestyle etc.) or romantic? If the latter, I cannot vouch for that because, well, look at this lazy girl πŸ™„

    I haven’t visited the world very much. Some day *dreams*

    • Of course I can’t go to every state. Unless if I get rich then I will go to every state. In fact if I get rich, I will buy a car and drive all around Australia. And across the US. And around Europe. And… let’s not get ahead of ourselves… πŸ™„

      Well, they all mention the word “feel”. Which is very vague. That’s why I need to go “feel” it myself. πŸ˜›

      • Well, you never know if you will come into some inheritance. It could be never, or it can be tomorrow or next year. Who knows but let’s all be realistic and don’t disappoint ourselves with false hope πŸ™„

        “feel”. Yes, come, come. Feel the Aussie air, feel the people Let me know if you are in town πŸ˜€

        • Thanks to your comment, that’s exactly what happened in my dream last night. In my dream I was the Count of Monte Cristo, and a briefcase full of diamonds was my grottoes of Monte Cristo. It just materialized in front of me with no specific reason. I was driving the Ferrari 599 (very fast sports car) and living on an island off Sydney. Strangely, in my dream, the KLCC was right next to the Sydney Opera House. Weird… πŸ™„

          • At first I thought Monte Cristo referred to the popular haunted place in NSW (bit of a drive from Syndey). Then I googled “COunt of Monte Cristo”…oh, rich guy in history.

            Maybe one day you will get to live in both KL and Oz on and off. Some of my dreams of late have actually come true, so there is hope that yours will πŸ™„

            • Yeah, that’s one of my dreams when I was a kid. I guess it still is now. If I am rich, I would probably own houses in the US, Australia, England and Malaysia. And I would spend no longer than 3 months in every house of mine every year. πŸ™„

  16. When you go to Australia, please do cover Tasmania and New Zealand too because definitely no point flying again in that direction again because of the long hours. I can’t believe that going to Melbourne takes about 8 to 9 hours one way.

    Ya, was just assuming you meant Melbourne when you said Australia or do you plan to go to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast – those are the common places M’sians go to in Australia. I seldom hear people go for vacation to Canberra or Adelaide.

    You have been to Dubai or UAE, right? Just a transit or something? How come no mention of it?

    • Tassie? Probably no. New Zealand, probably yes. But the thing is if I do take leave, I’ll only get 1 or 2 weeks at a time. That is only enough for Australia OR New Zealand. I probably have to split to 2 trips. Not because I’m so rich but because I have to work. πŸ™„

      I was thinking Melbourne (short), Sydney, Alice Springs and Darwin. No Perth, there’s too many Asians especially Malaysians and Singaporeans there…

      Oh I missed Dubai! I highlighted it in the map but not in words!

  17. Ehm… there are places in Africa where it’s not desert and it’s not hot in winter! What about South Africa?

    I think in South America I would rather go to Chile, Argentina, Peru or Bolivia (google image Salar de Uyuni!). But number 1 in my To Go list is Myanmar!

    • Yeah, if I do visit Africa, it would probably be South Africa LOL!

      That salt flat? It is like… so out of the ways and you spend a big chunk of money to go there only to see… the salt flat. I don’t think I will do it. The pictures from internet are good enough I think. Unless of course if I become rich, I will go everywhere. EVERYWHERE!

  18. I’m guessing that you’re visiting Melbourne (if you end up coming to Australia)? I don’t have any vendetta against the city; it’s just that every time friends or acquaintances tell me that they want to visit Australia, they always mean Melbourne.

    • I would probably end up in Melbourne, but not because of sightseeing but because I have friends there who I might want to meet. I’m more interested in Sydney (that 3 famous structures) and Darwin (because… Australia, that Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman movie), and maybe Alice Springs (because… A Town Like Alice). πŸ™„

      • It’s of no worries. If you ask me, I’d say choose either Perth or Brisbane for sight-seeing. More fun over there. πŸ˜‰ Speaking of Sydney and Melbourne, don’t even visit those two places during winter – unless you’re ready to be chilled by the winds. If Alice Springs, visit Ayers Rock too. πŸ˜‰

        Don’t forget to cover your travels in Australia too!

        • I don’t even know when I will go. Maybe five or ten years down the road. Remind me by then. Now I’m saving for a big ticket purchase. πŸ™„

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