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Sketch of the day no 1085 in my moleskine art journal: KTM 250 exc-f six days. 

The need for speed. The adventure never ends…KTM 250 exc-f six days

The need for speed. The adventure never ends… 

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a KTM 250 exc-f six days enduro bike. 

#sketch of the day no 548 in my #moleskine #artjournal: the humble refuge prefab cabin. A tibute to courage and resilience.


Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is the humble refuge prefab cabin by architect Giovanni Pesamosca commissioned by the Vuerich family. It is a tribute to their son,  Italian mountainaneer Luca Vuerich who displayed courage and resilience. This cabin is free for anyone who to seek refuge and was completed prefabricated and flown there by helicopter. It is located on the ceria merlone trail in the Julian Alps, Italy about 2500m above sea level on the Foronon del Buinz Mountain.
I read this article in the malaysian airlines inflight magazine and was deeply moved by it.

My first train ride on the new funicular train down Penang Hill. It is awesome!

This is the first time I’ve been on the new train down Penang Hill. Normally I walk up and down but my friend wanted to go on the train where her car was parked and I have never been so I followed her. The ride takes 4 mins. I have sped up the video.

Enjoy the ride and the view x

A must watch if you have never experienced Penang Hill train ride. The ride down in fast forward is like a rollercoaster.

The ride time:  4.5 mins

Length 1.997 KM : Longest in Asia
Tunnel Gradient 27.9 Degrees : Steepest tunnel in the world
Operational since 1923 but upgraded in 2010

Operational hours: 6.30am – 9pm daily

The view is spectacular and the timing is impeccable as another train is seen crossing.
If you are visiting Penang, go check it out out!


Paradise found Day 4


An adventure on a fishing boat to Koh rok. A 2 1/2 hour boat ride in choppy sea conditions.
There were 20 tourists on this little boat and the waves were quite big. The first stop was koh rok snorkeling point where we were given an hour to snorkel before lunch. The sea looked rough and the current seemed strong. I didnt fancy going in but I thought I’d rather be in the water than on a rolling boat. I jumped in and swam towards the shore with my mask and snorkel. There were a lot of fish and some damaged corals but the visibilty wasnt that great from the churning waters that kicked up a lot of sediments. I used to dive a lot decades ago but I stopped cos looking at damaged corals upset me. Earlier on the boat I gave a polish couple a lecture about swimming with fins near the corals because the fins will break off corals and people have a tendency to step on them when wearing fins. A lecture which should have been given by the boatman. One cannot expect tourists to know how to treat corals if they have never been taught. Corals are fragile living things not rocks.
As I neared the shore I decided to turn back to the boat. I had had enough of snorkeling.  I took off my mask and started swimming back to the boat. It was quite a track and im a strong swimmer. About 50m before I reached the boat I heard a cry for help. The polish lady was in trouble.  I hesitated. I was tired. I discovered something about myself today. I didnt want to be the hero to save her. I scanned the waters and there were 2 people with life jackets nearer to her than I was. I hoped they would turn to help her. They were oblivious.  I looked at the boat and saw the boatman finally noticed the polish woman. They started to get ready to jump in to get her but they were further away than I was to her. I had no choice.  I swam to her whilst shouting stay calm. I am coming to you. I did my life saving course almost 30 years ago and I have never had to use it until today. I turned her on her back and I secured her under the arm across her chest. Relax. I have you. I swam with all my life towards the boat. She stayed calm and relaxed. Im not sure how long i swam with her but i was exhausted. My mistake was I changed my grip on her and she panicked.  She grabbed my throat and started pushing me down. I had to release her grip whilst fighting to stay afloat in the rough sea but I managed to. Got her back into official tow position. At that moment. I could see the boat man was about 3 metres from me. Only a few strokes away. I swam as fast as I could towards them. Made sure they had a hold on her and released my grip. I caught my breath and swam back to the boat. I struggled. I was shaken. I did what I do best. I curled into my corner and stayed there. Not too long after she reached the boat with the boatman. She looked pale but relieved. She went to squat next to the railings and hurled over the edge of the boat. I felt sorry for her.  Where was her husband. He was nowhere around. Oblivious to the saga. He appeared later without much care nor concern about her.
The boatman came to thank me. He said I am strong. Second thing I learnt about myself. Yes I am. I am strong and I am a survivor. Am I lazy? Yes absolutely but when push comes to shove I will buckle up like a soldier and march on.
With this thought, I went to sleep until lunch time.



The rest of the day was uneventful.  Life went back to normal on my island paradise. …

Happy new year 2015!


Wishing you all a Happy New Year from Thailand. I can feel that it’s going to be an incredible year ahead.
Peace and love my friends xoxo

Happy new year!


Wishing you all a Happy New Year from Thailand. I can feel that it’s going to be an incredible year ahead.
Peace and love my friends xoxo

Sketch of the day no 272: Elsa the espadrilles “Follow you dreams”

Elsa the espadrilles
Elsa the espadrilles

I love to travel and I believe in following my dreams rather than living someone else’s. I found this article a few days ago on huffington post and it scarily sounds like me. The photo even looks like me from the back. Spooky. Click here for the article

Don’t date a girl who travels

“She’s the one with the messy, unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.

Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She won’t party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.

Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher. She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. But she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.

Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty. She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing.

Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind.
She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.

She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.

So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go.”

Visit Adi’s blog for over 20 translated versions of this post, and more writing like this.

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P.S thank you Dr Linda from Better endings for sharing my artwork on your blog post!

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