Weekend Trek in Miri, Sarawak

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I feel it strange how some people claim to be bored living in Singapore. The fact that we have travel freedom and situated in a place where we can travel literally anywhere easily, there's no way you can be bored!
Ps : Singapore is the highest-ranking Asian nations on the 2016 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, as our passport  can travel to 173 countries without needing visa

Enough ranting! Ok, so as someone who thrives for adventures; an ideal weekend break would involve experiences that empower me to reconnect with myself, heart-centered, mind, body. Buckets of sunsets, a sea of good vibes and random dancing.


=Gaya and I both enjoy trekking/hiking in nature. One random day, we booked a weekend trip to Miri, Sawarak. The purpose was to trek Lambir Hills & Stargaze. 

Tickets: Return flight to Miri cost us just SGD$100 so it wasn't burning a hole in our pocket at all! (We spend $100 easily on Friday Nights. )
Hotel: Pullman Miri Waterfront, 5* Hotel
Transport: Use Uber at all times as it is cheaper than taxi
Allowance: We changed only SGD$150

My Shockingly Wonderful Experience                    

Miri exceeded my expectations the moment we arrived at the beautifully located hotel. The check in at Pullman's Waterfront is smooth and fast. Sherlyn who assisted us surprised us with an upgrade to their suite! 
such a wonderful stay in pullman miri sarawak
The sleek designed suite with the calming colours of turquoise & sandy brown. 

It even has a dining area with a mini kitchen. The best part was, they even include yoga mats & weights for you fit people! 

The first day in Miri was all about relaxing and food! 
We tried the famous place for lunch called Ming Cafe but it was disappointing. 
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It was hot in Miri so lounging at the Infinity Pool was a good idea. We brought Tyler the Flamingo along, some drinks, good music and a spectacular view of Miri. 

Pullman Miri is also known for their food buffet and so we had their buffet dinner that night. It should be good because I had 3 rounds of full course. Damn. Seafood, Asian and Western Cuisine for a price of about SGD$30. 

We met with a couple of cool couch surfers in Miri, where they took us to Tanjong Beach to stargaze. We shared travel stories under the blanket of stars with the waves crashing. it was beautiful 

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Day 2: TREKKING AT LAMBIR HILLS

TIPS!
Before you trek the Lambir Hills, be sure you have your insect repellant stickers on. And a word of advice, don't forget to bring a swimsuit. 
Ticket Price: If you are a tourist for a weird reason, you have to pay more. So I claimed to be local and got a local price. 
The entrance of the trekking grounds
We got there around 745am which was pretty late to trek but nonetheless, the weather was good as it wasn't too hot at all. 

which trail to take at lambir hills miri
There are different tracks for you to chose from. They are coloured trails ranging from white, yellow, red etc. White being the easiest. But our goal was to see the waterfalls. So we followed what it seems to be a Waterfall Route which is a mixed of the yellow and white trail. Most of Lambir’s trails are interconnected. PS: The Latak Waterfall Trail is the shortest, easiest and most popular

Ours was about 10km long and we took about 4 hours. Please note that the trek consists mainly of uphills so it requires a lot of physical strength! and because it's almost untouched, it can be challenging when it comes to the downhill. Thankfully, at the end of every challenging climb is a 
beautiful waterfall waiting.
The first waterfall. It was a pretty easy effortless climb for this one
Latak Waterfall, the biggest one & easiest. Soon after this picture was taken, there were other trekkers who came  & swam 


At the 3rd one,  cooling down at Nibung Waterfall. Tough uphill but as the trees have all fallen down, it wasnt a nice sight. 

at my favourite waterfall! the last one and we stayed here for an hour, enjoying the cooling fresh water


I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves to hike! Come with your family or friends. It's really nice to get close to nature and away from everything. Its more than just whole-body-exercise, as we physically stretch our limits while hiking, we discovered each other’s fitness quotient & I must admit that it was pretty awesome. 
Oh going back to the city centre was a NIGHTMARE! there were no taxi, no uber, the buses had long intervals. Thank goodness the staff was just simply AMAZING! wendy & her friend actually went out of their way to drive us back to our hotel! They actually closed their counter and were so kind to us! Im forever grateful!


We were determined to catch the sunset at Tusan Beach before we return home. Admittedly we wanted to take a nice picture with the famous horse head there as well! 

Whats pretty wonderful about this simple beach is the wide sunset, the unique natural rock formation that looks like a horse head and the sand crabs. We had coconut juice, dance to the sunset and stalking the tiny sandy crab just to see their amazing sand art!
These spectacular sculptures were created by dozens of sand bubbler crabs as they tunnel into the sand on a beach 

Every sunset is a happy sadness. Miri exceeded my expectations. The amiable people who went out their way to help us (Sherlyn for the free upgrade, Wendy who closed her counter & drove us back to the hotel because we couldn't find any transport after hiking , Ashraf our Uber driver who waited 2 hours for us , not forgetting Alec,Jenny & Thibault for stargazing session at Tanjong beach) Thank you life!


Been to Miri? Share your beautiful experience with me!
Inspired to visit Miri? I'll be glad to answer or give additional tips to you!

xx

In loving memories of love itself - Autumn in Rouen & Paris


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There's always that one city, that one country you love & would be your "escape" plan whenever life gets tough. I never thought I'd be back in France this soon. After I came back from Italy in July, I started a new job. Only 4 months to it & I knew it was something I didn't want to pursue. It was a hard decision to quit knowing the market is bad, but I did it anyway. Fast forward, I knew I had to get out of town to breathe and think; and to be honest my long-distance relationship at that point was a blur as well. So I checked the price to Paris & surprisingly it was very cheap. I knew that was my cue to book it despite everyone telling me how I should just look for another job instead. I ended up booking a SGD$650 with Saudia to Paris return ticket. Super good deal!

Looking back, I didn't regret going back to France. Rouen and Paris was so beautiful during Autumn. This trip has made me realising something - A "wrong-turn" lead me to a field of golden fallen leaves, Misty Sunrise, Sparkling Christmas Markets and suddenly I'm second guessing every "wrong-turn" in my life. Every "wrong-turn" had led me to where I am currently & I'm happy as hell, not jaded, so were they really wrong turns? If I never made that "mistake" of trying to be a professional recruiter, I wouldn't have known it was something I didn't want to pursue, I wouldn't have taken a pause & book a trip to France & experience all this moments in life that I'll never forget. "We give everything, everything just to feel alive."
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The other thing I've learnt after this France escapade is that we shouldn't be impatient, sure some of your close friends are getting married, some have reached their desired profession but you feel like you are not moving, just tangled up. Don't get frustrated, don't start yanking on things or meddle with nature before its ready to come. You'll just have to be patient and trust in the timing of your life.


Matt fetched me from Paris airport and we drove about an hour and the half to the city of Rouen. Rouen is the capital of Normandy and its a city near the river. Located in a rather hilly environment, one must be ready to climb uphill at all times. When we first met each other, it felt pretty weird. We had our first real fight and this trip was so impromptu , we didn't even talk that much.

Anyway,I would recommend a 2 day visit here. As Matt is studying here, 2 weeks was a little too much to stay in Rouen, so I went back to Paris for a few nights and we did a road trip to Mont Saint Michel.

What I did in Rouen

It was November, the month of crimson fallen leaves , when the light is sweet & heavy
Subtle christmas decoration slowly covered the whole town
I guess the old architecture is what makes Rouen so delightful
CAFE HOPPING of  Hot Coffee , Books & Thoughts : They have amazing cafes & bars that serve relatively cheap hot beverages to combat the chilly misty autumn. I was usually alone out exploring the town as Matt was in school. Most of the time, I find myself in another cosy cafe with a hot coffee just lost in thoughts. There's something about watching the leaves falling ...


Walk around the Rue Du Gros-Harloge: This road consist mainly of historical areas including the golden clock. Alongside with hidden bars and fleur shops, its a nice stroll. You will sense how old this whole city is.


Indulge in the French Cuisine: One of the reason why I love France so much is because of their food! They take pride in presentation and quality no matter how "cheap" your dining experience is. The various quality and type of cheese, the fresh meat, the wines and oh, the desserts - that one is divine! I swear I ALWAYS gained at least 3 kg after leaving France!


Free Museum: A trip to the Museum is the great idea especially when its a rainy weather and you cant explore the town while its wet and freezing! Free and surprisingly huge, this museum in Rouen is actually impressive
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The Beautiful Christmas Market in Rouen: Since it was my first time actually in a Christmas Market, It was all so unreal to me. Everything looks magical and It was a pleasant experience soaking up the festive mood. When France welcomes the festive season, it is definitely the merriest! 

Although the Christmas Market in Rouen is not as big as Paris, it definitely feels more authentic. They were selling traditional chocolate marshmallows, rolls of ham, mulled wine, crispy churros. I enjoyed every time I went there and thats like every night!

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Look how beautiful this is!
Mulled wine perfect for the weather. I thought it tasted very sweet but comforting.
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One of our favourite things to do is to go on a Roadtrip. Since we both enjoy travelling so much, exploring new cities is a perfect date for us. Singing in the car, talking about anything as we passed by odd towns, watching him drive, watching the trees. We have only been together for 1 year but we have been to more than 8 cities including 4 road trips! He is an amazing travel partner 

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We drove about 2 hours to Mont Saint Michel from Rouen passing by beautiful town and stopped by Le Vilage Cancalais to have some fresh oysters. Cancale is known for their fresh oysters and eating it by the beach.

Christmas Magical Market in Paris

Saving the best for the last is the Christmas Market in Paris. Wow, I never thought I would have experience its magic this soon. We decided to spend a day exploring the christmas market by Champ Elysee which is absolutely filled with joyful spirit!

About 45 minutes train ride from Rouen back to Paris. I went over twice for this trip because Paris is my most favourite city in the world & because Rouen is pretty boring after a week.
Do things you love, visit the city you love, do whatever it takes to smile and be happy inside out
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I think I visited the Eiffel Tower more than 6 times in just 2 years & I don't think i'll ever get bored of it. It has capture my soul and may I always be in love.
but I never thought that I will be visiting Paris with someone I love. The first time I visited paris in May 2015, I wish that I would someday visit this place with someone I truly love & I never thought it would be this soon. 
So after the eiffel tower & lunch; we made our way to Champ Elysee where the Christmas Market was. With all the hyped about it , I was overexcited! It is definitely huge and filled with people, food, entertainment. I just love it!
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The Christmas Market in Paris is just so huge its pretty impossible to visit it in a few hours. But I note a rather repetitive stores and I think my favourite section is the food market!
After that, we made our way to ice skating.

We fell in love, despite our differences in race/ culture and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has only happened once, and that's why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I'll never forget a single moment of it. Paris being my favourite city and to  ice-skate here, a sport I enjoy doing- its just too fond.
By the time I published this post to my blog, Matt & I are history. We are nothing but beautiful memories, a phase in life. It is what it is but I will ALWAYS remember this Paris. To all that come to this happy place, welcome. Know that it holds such magical memories for many.

I guess its one of the reason why I love Paris so much, despite its superficial front painted by others.. its a place where you feel both the distance of precious memory  and blurred present. We are not together anymore due to a simple but strong fact - life. Life happened. You know like when the both of you come to the end of a road and there are two ways. I don't know if we will ever meet again but in spite of our tragic ending, I still do feel lucky and blessed to have met someone I can actually love so deeply. I never felt a love so pure, never felt so connected. But everything belongs to GOD, and I know that Matt may not be mine to keep forever. Thank you Mathias for loving and saving me.. for allowing me to receive such otherworldly moments.


I will always remember this trip for its the last time we ever get to hold each other. 

xx