Monday, September 04, 2006

Travelling Light

Watching one of my colleagues gleefully plan her trip to Manila today had me gritting my teeth in serious envy - especially since I've been effectively grounded by various unavoidable circumstances. Was all I could do not to squash myself into her suitcase and beg her to bring me along.

It's been a long while since my last trip abroad - well, a long time since I went anywhere further afield than Bangkok. What can I say? It's always wonderful thinking of going someplace new, just seeing new places, meeting new people, trying new tastes - and also enjoying new men, altough I don't think Charming Calvin would appreciate knowing that :)

Have always had itchy feet - and I think I might have come by that peculiar trait quite honestly since my mother and my brother have done their share of travelling too. Although my brother has started cutting down on his wild rambles ever since he now has some precious baggage ( my little niece! ) in tow. My mom's quite the opposite since now with more frequent breathers at work, she has had time to start planning her next spectacular sojourn again.

Although that desperate wanderlust has always been there, I've tried to tamp it down - not only for various financial reasons ( since I now have various material responsibilities - a house and car to pay for ) but recently, also because of some blind misplaced hope that I might possibly spend the time better by mugging my medical journals instead :) Exams coming perilously close and I think backpacking around the verdant fields of Tuscany certainly wouldn't endear me to the unforgiving examiners. A little difficult to concentrate on books now of course when I'm dreaming of Moroccan lamps and Japanese dolls - and Spanish men :P All places I haven't been to by the way!

Travelling light!
I couldn't help it! The guitar and the boots were a helluva bargain from an old lady in a caravan!

Then again, it never pays to underestimate me. Always been a crazy creature of impulse and perhaps next you hear from me, I might be writing from a little internet kiosk in the deserts of Tajikistan with several bargain-price ethnic ornaments strapped to my back. Yeah, leave nothing but footprints - but hell, I grab everything I can on the way back :P

22 comments:

Pete said...

Meanwhile you can read of my trip to Japan on my blog ;)

Las montaƱas said...

you are still the age to do some backpacking.

If not, then off to a pampered holiday.. hot springs in Japan. Turkish Baths in Turkey.

Shigeki said...

Are you referring to Japanese dolls as me? :-) I cna be a doll. yeah. I think you are a travel-holic, too. :-) enjoy creating your itinerary for the next trip. :-) That's a good part, isn't it?

nyonyapenang said...

tell me about it. it's been ages since i last had my passport stamped. now that you mentioned, i thot i felt a slight itch somewhere down there...on the left foot la. LOL

Jemima said...

I need a trip too... not for business, not for shopping, somewhere I can enjoy peace & tranquility - have enough of the hustle & bustle of city life.

NeiLDC said...

Manila was a nice choice,ite been a while that i havent been in my hometown. Bt anyway hope you will enjoy your trip plan here in spain down to morroco....the spanish men are waiting for you!

ikanbilis said...

i just can't wait to go backpacking with my friend this holiday after SPM! too bad there's no space for nice culture gifts.. i remember i bought this huge bronze lantern in Khan el Khalili bazaar in Egypt and 2 sheesha and that filled in my whole rucksack. oh how i wish travelling could be much more easier..

life cafez said...

Doc, you should planned for a short vacation after your exams by end of year... At least rewards you something for your hard work all these while :P

Holiday~~holiday~~holiday.. I am planning for a short vacation at the year end too, soon after my exams, maybe a christmas vacation :o)

charm.calvin said...

Just don't suddenly go on a cruise without telling me, and I shall forgive all the other sins of yours.

hrugaar said...

Not sure if you'd like Tuscany ... they close the shops in the afternoon, heh. ;oP

But hey, it's not that long ago you went to Turkey, even if it might feel like it.

savante said...

Read it already, pete.

Done the Turkish bath thing already, las montanas. Keeping the Japanese springs for later.

Yeah, you are a doll, shigeki!

Let's go travel, nyonya.

For peace and tranquility, you can just go around nearby, jemima! Lots of lovely islands.

yummy spanish men, neil!

You'll enjoy yourself, ikan bilis - and I'll be dead jealous :)

Am actually plannign a trip actually.. well sort of. It's all in my head life cafez. No definite plans yet.

No worries, calvin. You're already in my backpack :P

paul

savante said...

It's actually almost a year since I was in turkey, ru. So long! I used to travel every quarterly!

Not so Single Guy said...

I live to travel mate...seriously...

suituapui said...

Thailand's still best when it comes to food (other things, I'm sure, you know better....ya? Even though I'm sure Calvin doesn't approve! ha ha). I love the Philippines for the music...;in just ONE hotel, u can find so many entertainment outlets and they're all so good!!! If u think u can find people looking like those in the Filipino series/movies on TV, forget it! Or maybe I didn't know where to go...???

Annie said...

I just spent the weekend shopping with my favorite 30yo sister in law and she suggested we go to Italy and Switzerland in three years! Give us 3 years to raise the funds. I think along with the destination choices, one especially important point is to share the experience with someone you'd love to be with.

asm@di said...

tell me about the envy. my friends are going to phuket and bali end of this year with their SO's and here i am with nobody for company for my travel getaway. have yet to muster enough courage to travel alone. maybe one of these days.

i want to go to bali! (ok, now i just sound whiney)

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envy said...

Everyone is talking about envy now...Just that i have the same guitar and the same boots...Nice photo...kisses and come here:)

envy

Xavier said...

and paintings and carvings and doors...

u need to charted a small ship to carry ur stuffs back :p

g_c said...

ahhh the joys of travelling and shopping overseas!!!the only problem though,is how to bring all these goodies back without going totally overweight in the luggage area!for my trip back from the uk i had two suitcases,they totalled to 50 kgs and one of them contained only shoes...yes im bad!!!

savante said...

So do I, single guy!

Hey, usually go to Thailand every few months actually :) Will definitely drag Calvin along one day, suituapui.

I'm still reading the word shopping, annieneineiei :)

You can go by yourself, asmadi - or even better get me a ticket :)

Hi, anon.

You have those amazing boots, envy! i want them!

I have done all that lugging stuff before, xavier. Not a problem. Hire a container.

Flirt with the stewards and get them to offload the weight. Don't tell anyone I told you this, g_c :P

Paul

Stephen said...

Travelling's so addictive. I can understand why people end up going to ever more off-the-beaten-track places to see something more and more different to home - like Bhutan (my travel bragging highlight to date), North Korea (a colleague of mine has been) and Tajikistan of course!

I don't think there are any deserts in Tajikistan, it seems to be mostly mountains. I haven't been, but I've seen the mountain peaks from Samarkand. There probably isn't much you can (legally) buy, but the scenery appears to be quite beautiful. As is the male scenery (I saw a lot of Tajiks in Samarkand, I saw rather a lot of one in particular in Bukhara).