28/09/2015 § Leave a comment
I stumbled across this gem of a website dedicated for aspiring writers. It’s a place where they can share their creative minds to the entire world. And here I was, a fan of reading who knows her limits yet opt to settle for the worst end of the stick, and decides to deal with whatever consequences she came across later. Yep, I read until I lack sleep.
Archive of Our Own is basically a site for fan-fiction of various stuff. Mostly fiction based on another fiction of the original creator. Yeah, how does the world of fiction even get to have an alternate universe, right? Well, because we all have creative minds. And the site contains several talented writers too. I was into the site for about a month now and I only read stories based on Shingeki no Kyojin/ Attack on Titan, and man, did I read a lot already. The problem with me is that I get too hooked, addicted and obsess over things that suddenly ticked my interest. And it was in a bad way. Recently, I tend to sleep in the morning, getting just a couple hours sleep, not even more than four, all because of a stimulated brain caused by intensive reading. Who am I to blame? No one but myself.
It will go on until my interest slowly died down. And I feel like I am getting there soon, unless I came across an effin’ awesome writer who tickled my fancy of course. Well, that would be another story then. I was in the same situation when I discovered Wattpad before. And back then, it was real bad as compared to now. How? I do not stop reading, even at work since it was still plausible then, when riding the bus which probably worsen my eyesight, and I do nothing but fiddle on my phone and read. Heck, I even knew that I looked like a creep while holding back a laughter or a squeal then. It was oh so bad I was surprised i did not end up in some kind of accident back then. It was the same when I got too hooked with LM Montgomery’s Anne Series. I read all five books continuously in less than two weeks, and I was working then too.
Eventually though I regained my lost rationality and stopped being the dumb fangirl that I sometimes am. Well, I’m sorry for extremely valuing my interests, and leisure time. Even now, I still haven’t gotten over all the overtime I did because if I could claim all those hours back, I could probably take a month off from work now. Oh well, money’s gonna be making its way to my pocket in a few days. My boss just gotta make sure I was happy with those figures. I still owed number two a cup of coffee though.
I’ll be at Ho Chi Minh City on 4th October. So far, the city is the first that I will be revisiting. Being there for barely ten hours for my first visit doesn’t really count as enjoying the city right? I’ll only be there for a 3D2N holiday though, but of course I’m gonna be making the most out of it. I arranged meeting there with a friend a month or two ago but I did not make any bookings until the other day. Bottom line, it was yet another random whim of mine. And I have no plans at all besides cafe hopping and visiting rooftop bars. I’ll definitely see more of the city at night too, given that it actually has pretty good infrastructural sights to offer. At least, I’m pretty sure that I would be spending less than what I would have if I stayed in Singapore and went shopping on random. I need to save up every cent I could for my Japan Trip two months from now. And I still need a Visa.
That’s it. Ciao!
22/09/2015 § Leave a comment
My travel plans for the last quarter of the year just got busted.
No, it’s not because of my manager cancelling my leave. Nor was it because an emergency matter suddenly popped up that needed immediate attention. I’m afraid the reason is not as complicated as that. It was simply because the friend I was supposed to be travelling with decided that he would postpone his travel plans to summer of 2016. And I came to know of it when I asked earlier today.
I was planning to go to Japan sometime between November and December. I had saved up all my paid leave just so I could stay in Japan for as much as I could. I could spend two full weeks in Japan if my manager would permit my leave to last that long. My friend has relatives living there so our accommodation would have been taken care of, and all I needed to spend on would be for my personal incidentals. I was extremely excited about this trip, I even call it my travel plan of the year. Because, c’mon! It’s Japan! Should there be any other reason not to be excited about the very idea of going there?
I had loved everything Japanese, besides Wasabi, ever since I can remember. And when I started travelling, I swear that once I get the chance to go to the Land of the Rising Sun, I’d pull no stop at anything. Splurge if need be, so long as my account would permit. I’d visit as many places as I could, so much that I would probably not sleep at all. Get my camera in top condition and take photos non-stop that Japan itself would probably get tired of me. There were a lot of things I could think of doing, and would definitely do. I am extremely excited about the whole thing even though there had been no set plan yet. And suddenly, everything went down the drain.
My dream to experience Japan crumbled within a matter of minutes from just a single sentence.
Long story short, due to my friend’s circumstances, he couldn’t go to Japan as we had planned to, not that there were any plans to begin with. He would still go, but not within this year. And now, I’m torn and lost. Should I proceed with my Japan trip all by myself, hotel expenses alone would probably already exceed my budget, even if I cut down my tour to a full week instead. Secondly, it wouldn’t be as fun if I’m by myself. Sure, I travel alone, which is much to my preference, but I just can’t see myself travelling to Japan and enjoying the country by myself. It’s just, I don’t know, sad? Though I could give it a shot. I am, after all, a wanderer.
Again, this is just a rant. An outlet where I can let out some steam. I’m not angry at anyone, nor I am frustrated about the whole thing. I just hadn’t come into terms with myself as to what to do with the paid leave that I still need to consume towards the end of the year. I had already asked my other friend if they were thinking of any travel plans around the same time I had applied for my leave. Australia would be a nice alternative. I think it would be summer then though. But I still need visa to enter the country.
For now, I just need to clear my mind, and think about my best course of action, which is honestly hard when you just finished a series of night shift and trying to keep yourself up until this early evening. I need to do research about other travel destination, and yes, I’m still going to try and find out how to travel to Japan the cheap way.
I’d be updating my Flickr account later with photos of my Malaysia and Vietnam escapade back in July.