Take a Train.

Take a Train. T-Barn or MRT or LRT or U or S.
Anything.
From the station next door or the one across the road.
Transit to a Regional train in the direction of the Airport.
Board a flight to distant city. At least 100 miles way.
99 is not good, 101 is better.

Take a Train. T-Barn or MRT or LRT or U or S.
Anything.
From the Airport to the central station or the one before that.
Transit to a tram across the busy street.
You may walk. Your destination is 10 minutes away.
9 is not fun enough, 11 is better.

Take a Train. T-Barn or MRT or LRT or U or S.
Anything.
Towards the harbor from your hostel.
Transit to a bus. Blue or Red or Purple or Black.
You make take your hostel friends along. All of them.
There´s no number to the connections you make.

Take a Train. T-Barn or MRT or LRT or U or S.
Anything.
Explore the cruise line that can take you places.
Return ticket or multi-city ticket, both would do.
From here your possibilities are endless.
4,8,15,16,23,42…Endless.

So,
Take a Train. T-Barn or MRT or LRT or U or S.
Anything.
Because your journey is your destination.
And the next train departs in 6 minutes.

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A Reminder: To a best friend.

To make the most of my time
Keeping in mind the uncertainty of existence that follows
I shall schedule this post.

Being human I tend to follow what follows
I; ignore what matters the most to my kind
Not that I’m not highly under the influence of Johnnie’s Black right now
Not that I don’t feel the same when I’m me
NLDS, Tunde Kebab, Powai, Rickshaw Ride; all of that was a good idea
Those days of Google Chats and a stupid Nokia.

Hugs Ayu!

The Most Common Urban Story

It is one of the most common stories in the urban world, you travel; explore continents, countries, trails, country roads, deltas, quays, woods, borders and downtowns only to realize how different you are from others. Some of us are left with cultural signatures on our identity and the rest are simply happy to complete yet another destination on their list while they cherish their return home.

To some of us these journeys are the ‘Roads less travelled’ but with travel becoming more ‘touristic’, only some realize the true meaning of the ‘Road less Travelled’ and I might be simply over complicating the subject but till a year ago, the road less travelled to me was simply visiting a touristic city or backpack across the country or live/work in a foreign land or go to an exotic destination which most people won’t visit, but as 2015 dawns on me, my definition is changing.

And I don’t think I would really know the ‘Road less Travelled’ till I actually experience one. Not that all my 38 travels to 26 counties have not been unique, each of them were a rare experience and I will cherish them for life but I still don’t think I have my ‘Road less Travelled’ yet.

I hope you find your Road less travelled really soon.

I gotta feeling, i’ll find it soon.

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Dhoom Machale 2015 – Transcendence

This is not a random bollywood-inspired thought nor this is a stupid attempt to promote Abhishek Bachchan. Think of a framework that fosters non-stop motivation for the year ahead; beyond resolutions, beyond themes but a BHAG that breaks any critical or tipping points of any socio-economic expectations.

The innocent thought of doing the impossible; the idea of an idiotic heart taking the front seat while steering your choices to the extreme level of awesomeness – Dhoom.

As I prepare myself to endure the unpredictability and Everest like challenges of 2015, I am committing myself to a new Ninja way; endurance and fortitude were always there, and they will still be the very essence of my existence but this 2015 will require a transcendental action or a set of actions – Machale 

What are these actions?

I have my 30 before 30 ready – Essentially 30 things I want to do before I’m 30 | 2015 will be an amazing launchpad to the 2nd quarter of this quaint life.

But I wish that it won’t be just a checklist, I really hope it’s the everyday Dhoom that will make a difference.It’s an attempt to attain transcendence.

It’s 9:01PM in Singapore and 9:31PM in South Korea, that means you (and I) have less than 3 hours to plan your (our) Dhoom year. So what will it be? 

For now, take that shot of your favorite poison, raise your hands up in the year, hold the girl/boy on your right and forget everything else that matters to you in this world only to remember, It’s time for you to inspire yourself.

Steal every moment from now to 00:01 – 01.01.2015. 

Aaj tu sab kuchh bula ke jhoom
Dhoom Macha le…

PS: Now that I think of it, this is a bollywood inspired blog post. Bollywood is awesome!

Miles, Diaries, Currencies, Chargers, ID Cards, Check-In – Travel – Khalbali in K #2

Packing; a quintessential element of a successful travel. Not that it’s the most joyful element but it still is a unique experience. Like today I spent more than 5 hours just packing and I’m not finished yet.

The Essence: 

To me the packing begins with reading through the travel journal of the year (Or Last year), is there something I wrote as a ‘lesson’ from my past travels, is there something I want to do in my next travel and of course this brings in the joyful experience of traversing through the amazing moments one has already experienced. Next up was setting up or unpacking the diary for next year. Travel 2015.
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The Items:

Then comes the standard, location based selection of items. My selection of items is mostly based on travel experiences but sometimes if I’m stuck I do refer to Lonely Planet, Travel Adviser or even http://upl.codeq.info/. Skincare, Sanitary, Medication and Hair care are always there with a top priority. It also really depends on the luggage status: CheckIn Or Hand baggage only. Moreover, the travel style will determine the quantity element: Backpacking Or Pleasure Comfort Leisure. 
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The Bag:

It’s important to define and select the correct size, type and quantity of bags. Again this comes with experience but personally I prefer a combination of small bags (2) when on a pleasure comfort leisure travel and one backpack (heavy or light) for backpacking.

The Tools:

Your chargers, cameras, GoPro and any other tool that you would need while you’re traveling. It’s also a must to cover the dependencies or prerequisites like you need to carry a ‘multi-pin’ plug to even use a hair trimmer and this multi-pin might be different from the standard ones.

The Money: 

To me this is super fun. To simply budget yourself and manage the cash-flow for a week or two on cash, credit, transfer or foreign currency is simply enchanting. Like, I today I spent 20mins just sorting the number currencies I will be taking to Korea. Now these currencies were lying with me from my previous travel so depending on the currency rate, I will exchange them into KWON. I’m taking a debit card with me(I hate credit), this debit card is not my ‘usual’ bank account card, so just in case I lose it, I won’t be helpless when i’m back — of course this one has enough credit 😉

The IDs – Other Cards:

Well, I always carry multiple IDs or copies of IDs when I travel. A student card (even though I’m not a student :P), my driving license (copy), Airline Membership card, Insurance Card, Regus Business World membership card, an empty debit card which my family or friends can transfer money to in a case of emergency.
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Check-In, Printing and Miles: 

Check-In too is a part of packing for me as I would complete the necessary printing of maps, boarding passes, emergency contact (Embassy), insurance docs, hotel booking confirmation or any other important doc that needs to be printed. Of course, ensuring my Frequent Flyer number is most obviously important 😉

Closure: 

Once you’re all packed, you should ideally lock-up everything and run scenarios of what you might be requiring and it what order. Ensure that the right things are in the right bag. Example: You do not want your medicine box to be in the check-in luggage or your moisturizer in your hand baggage. I always pack a day before and run scenarios the next day so I know what needs to altered.

A book, the music: 

Always carry a book when traveling. It’s a must. Update your playlists.

Organize your room: 

Packing as a process does make a mess of your room, at least in my case, one should assemble everything properly in a ‘as-is’ condition. You never know, your sexy hat get left behind under the towel.

Sleep Well (a night before):

Don’t be a stupid blogger and write blogs posts at 3:00AM in the night. Just sleep well.

Hope these will help fellow travelers 😀

Cheers!