A SUMMER FLING IN SABAH, MALAYSIA

As I’m learning how to trust the road ahead and so far it's going quite well but then again, time is another factor I'm having difficulty coping with. There is not enough time to do all the nothing I want to do.

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Sometimes I wish I could ask Doraemon to bring me the "pause" time machine so that I can treasure the moment right in front of me a little longer and linger a little more with the glee and joy. Too bad, there is no such thing. Even sadder when Doraemon doesn't even exist! 

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MANY OF US SPEND OUR LIVES LIKE AS IF WE HAD ANOTHER ONE IN THE BANK

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As my birthday just passed. I took my time to reflect and mirror myself in the past year. Overall it was a good year. It was the year of getting things done and have it all into place. I did also manage to compartmentalize my complex thoughts, short term goals and the longer ones. - all the way to my retirement plans. Even I know for a fact that most times things don't go as we planned, still, I think it's better than not having a plan at all.  

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Looking back, I used to be that guy who threw a big birthday party to myself, inviting even "hi-and-bye" friends. More people, more fun. Looking now, I find those birthday parties are not meaningful. So, no party this year.

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Instead, I called my grandfather and mother who raised me up (and I wish my grandmother is there too). I thanked them for making me "me", making me who I am today. I did also tell them everything else I should be telling them.

This is the best birthday gift I've ever given to myself. My heart goes boom.

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"TIME IS A GIFT THAT MOST OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED"

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Yes, I often take time for granted, believing there will always be "time". I admit it, I am the king of procrastinating. I pushed things back because I think there's always be tomorrow. At this point in life, as I considered myself in the stage of mid-adulthood. I finally realized that the concept of "there will be tomorrow" is wrong. There are so many other things I wanted to do, many places I wanted to visit, many chances and opportunities I have missed and a lot of words unsaid. I have lived a life of "almosts" and "could-haves" for the longest time. And sure enough, if I discipline myself a little more and learn to respect time - my life should and would be much more meaningful. 

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"TOMORROW IS NOT PROMISED"

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And that's exactly why I put myself on the road again. What would be a better idea than going to the beach in summer time. I find myself in a Sabah island, part of Kinabalu city in Malaysia. This trip is a 3D3N journey. Although I wish I could vacay a little longer but this is all the time I have. At least it is better than I stay put and not traveling at all.

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Just because you are busy and don't have luxury of time, doesn't mean that you can't go out there and see the world. The only person that can stop you from traveling is yourself. I never let that happen. Back then I traveled low-cost, short trips, connecting flights, budget friendly hotels, unhygienic hostels, local buses or even shared a room with stranger. I've tried it all. And when I shake and blend those experiences altogether - "Hi, my name is Raj and yes I've been to that beach you just talked about too!"

Indelible marks. Period. 

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"TIME" & "SILENCE" ARE THE MOST LUXURIOUS THINGS TODAY.

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We are now live in the world where we're connected to pretty much everything except ourselves.  So I withdrew and disconnected myself from people and find myself sitting unaccompanied by the seaside in the remote island writing this travelogue and I intentionally named it "A Summer Fling". 

I tried to avoid using this word in my everyday life as I somewhat personally feel that there's a sadness lie within the word "fling" itself. Although the original meaning stated "a short period of enjoyment".  Visiting Sabah 3D3N is indeed too "fling". The moment I can pronounce "Selamat" (Malaysian greetings) accurately, I find myself packing and getting ready to go to the airport. 

Although the trip was "gone-too-soon" but I have nothing to regret.  Not a single bit of it. 

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BEFORE YOU KNOW IT - THIS SUMMER WILL BE GONE...

Without knowing it, the cold air will kick in and the tree leaves recoloring itself. From green-to-yellow and in the wink of an eye, it will eventually turn red. So for the rest of the summertime that we all have. Set yourself free like a bird and let's do something you would never think of doing. Like going on that roller coaster or that water slide; the one that you've always been scared to go on. Before this summer ends, act crazy and not care what anyone thinks. Before this summer ends, live each day like it's your last. Live each day like it's your final summer because before you know it, it'll be over. Make this summer the best and live it without regrets. 

Before this summer ends, I challenge you to go somewhere. With family, friends or even a solo trip,  near or far, mountain or sea. We travel to disconnect and only to find that "there's so much more to life". 

 

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