June 2016 Recap

June was full of  work and other random stuff and also a few weekends of me doing nothing, sitting around binge watching House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, as well as one quick trip to Krabi.

Destinations Visited: 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Krabi, Thailand

Highlights:

Krabi was beautiful and relaxing. Nothing like laying on the beach and enjoying warm water to make the month a little more relaxing. Check out the good and the bad in my post Day 2 in Krabi, 7 Island Tour

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The month of Ramadan always makes me feel a little more reflective in my actions and beliefs and living in a Muslim country made it more so this year. I fasted for a day and felt more grateful for all of the luxuries I have in my life. It was also interesting seeing how big of a deal Ramadan is compared to the U.S. It was truly an eye opening and cultural experience. More on this later!

The Bosses were in town this month for work. Their passion and confidence always seems to rub off on everyone at work, simultaneously scaring us and building up our morale.

Challenges:

Krabi was also a challenge. It was just generally hard to meet other travelers and wasn’t as great as my expectations led me to believe.

My computer is officially annoying me. I think it has some sort of virus and I every other day I end up wanting to throw it out the window! Ah!

Blog Posts from this month:

How I Live Abroad with $100,000 in Student Loans

I didn’t blog much last month; I’m trying to change that this month though!

Most Popular Photo on Instagram:

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When I was in Hanoi someone told me that I had to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum at night because it is all lit up. I showed up around sunset and the photos turned out beautifully. The purple sky with the red lighting is just amazing.

What I read this month:

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World, Rita Gelman: After her divorce Rita travels to South America to find out what she wants in life. At 60 years old, she’s still travelling the globe, learning how to cook in Thai villages. Her travels are amazing to follow, especially her years living in Indonesia. It’s a great book about someone integrating with locals rather than travelling as a tourist.

The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan: Marina Keegan, an aspiring writer, was killed in a car accident a few days after graduating from Yale. Her family compiled her writings, including her non-fiction essays and fictional stories. Her writing is amazing; she probably would have become a famous novelist if her life wasn’t cut short. Her stories bounce between subjects but overall each one is engaging and an interesting read.  Her essay, The Opposite of Loneliness, printed in the Yale Daily News, has now been read by over a million people.  Below is a section of that essay and you can read the full essay here.

 We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.

When we came to Yale, there was this sense of possibility. This immense and indefinable potential energy – and it’s easy to feel like that’s slipped away. We never had to choose and suddenly we’ve had to. Some of us have focused ourselves. Some of us know exactly what we want and are on the path to get it; already going to med school, working at the perfect NGO, doing research. To you I say both congratulations and you suck.

For most of us, however, we’re somewhat lost in this sea of liberal arts. Not quite sure what road we’re on and whether we should have taken it. If only I had majored in biology…if only I’d gotten involved in journalism as a freshman…if only I’d thought to apply for this or for that…

What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.

What I watched this month:

House of Cards. And Orange is the New Black, OMG those last few episodes though!

Where I ate this month (in KL):

Something that is awesome about Ramadan is that random Iftar (the word for when you break your fast) markets appear through the city. A friend and I got to check out a few and bought a TON of delicious food! Yumm!

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Reflection on Goals for Last Month:

Lets see, I did meet over 3 new people. I didn’t continue to workout, boo. And I didn’t end up taking any of the cats home. 2 out of 3 goals meet isn’t bad!

Goals for this month:

Workout! I stole my brothers DailyBurn account. So we’ll see how that goes!

Blog! I sucked at it last month, time to get back into it.

Go outside! I’ve been hiding on the weekends.

Sign up for a language class (either Malay or Mandarin)

In July:

No trips planned. But I really need to start planning my September and November trips. Yay!

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Megan is from sunny California and is currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She funds her travels by teaching students with learning challenges and students applying to U.S. universities. She loves traveling like a local, eating amazing food and is always up for an adventure. Check out her about me section to learn more!

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