Traveling helps me grow and thrive

Traveling helps me grow and thrive

Sitting in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur, listening to the thunder outside the window, and I can tell a storm is rolling in. Rainy days tend to make me sentimental, or maybe I can just blame it on boredom. Thus I decide to take a moment to update my blog before heading out to dine with friends who I haven't seen for a while.

I had been exploring Japan for the past two weeks before flying into KL to catch up with old friends. People often relate travel opportunities to a luxury lifestyle when they see social influencers portray it on social media, but to me, my travel is often planned according to family events. I admit I do love Japan and will take every opportunity I get to visit this wonderland. However, due to my mom's newly developed illness, it was hard for me to get too excited as the worry has been hanging over my shoulder.

During the two weeks traveling in Japan with my friend Mitch, we got to see the famous cherry blossoms, visited some unique places, and I also got to catch up with my high school friend, Ooi Kock who is currently living in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It was my third visit to Japan, and I still loved it deeply and surprised by all the beautiful things and scenery presented to me. Overall, it was a great explore in Tokyo and Hokkaido, and you will see more photos on my gallery page once I edited them.

Coming back to KL is always weird to me. The mix of familiarity and unfamiliarity sparks unsettling emotions that are deeply rooted somewhere in my heart. Sometimes it makes me uncomfortable, and I am not even sure how I should put it. The feeling of drifting after migrating to a foreign country, wondering where I can call home.

After all these mumblings, I do still appreciate the opportunity to travel. It allows me to explore, to be challenged, and to feel uncomfortable sometimes. Comfort is something I try to be more aware of because it keeps me from growing and thriving. Things I see on trips excite me, and they make me want to break through whatever struggle I have in life. 

Challenges and suggestions for flying on long trips

Challenges and suggestions for flying on long trips

Shooting beyond reach with the 600mm zoom on Sony RX10 III

Shooting beyond reach with the 600mm zoom on Sony RX10 III