Will travelling change your life?

My travels last year didn’t really change me much. I’m still pretty aloof and anti-social, but I like to think that travelling solo made me believe more in myself. Maybe one day, after a longer trip, I can have a “success” story like these people.

“I was freaked out before my first trip, too. On the plane ride over I kept thinking, “Why am I going to India?” I ended up having the time of my life and returned two years later. The key is to just go with the flow. Actually, don’t just go with the flow — embrace the flow.”

Read more about their stories over at Fodor’s.

Oh, Viktor!

I initially planned on bringing Viktor, my trusty Victorinox backpack, with me here in Melbourne. However, I never thought that I would have an opportunity to use it, so I left him in Manila.

And now, I’m contemplating having it mailed to me, but doing that would cost me as much as the cute cabin trolley I’ve been eyeing.

It’d be quite silly backpacking with a suitcase. Then again, do I really need another cabin trolley (though it’s mighty cute)? Besides, who said you can’t go backpacking with a suitcase?

What to do, what to do?

Mee Goreng

Mee goreng with sunny side up

Sometimes, when travelling, you get a longing for something that reminds you of home; something akin to a comfort zone to ease the pangs of homesickness.

Like craving for the feel of denim on your legs after weeks of wearing travel pants, or a taste of cuisine close to your mother’s cooking.

So it is while in the middle of a city that offers you cuisine as diverse as its population, that I get a craving for, yep, instant noodles. Nothing like a bowl of [tag]Mee Goreng[/tag] to get you through your day. Next time, I’m buying me some instant ramen.

Happy Australia Day!

January 26th marks the foundation of Australia by Captain Arthur Phillip of the British Navy. It’s a time “where the people of Australia come together to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.” (Source: Australia Day)



To celebrate, we headed southwest out to Geelong, 73 kilometers from Melbourne. Everybody seemed to have the same idea, since the freeway had long lines of cars and when we were nearing the Geelong exit, we slowed to a crawl. My first Australian traffic jam!
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