Saturday, November 28, 2009

Travelling Light

Trivial Pursuit, Weekender, 28th November 2009

Long before there was ever a Navel Gazer column, travel stories were my stock-in trade.

Fresh out of corporate hell, my feet were itchy to explore the uncharted universe beyond my tiny factory cubicle.

Kuching - or to be exact, Ran, the charming town I got my first taste of longhouse living - ignited my wanderlust.

Then came Turkey, IMHO the most beautiful country on earth.

The mother of all vacations was my seven whopping weeks in California of course.

I got to know my mum better.

And most of all, I learnt that you didn't always need a fortune to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

My most memorable meal in the US (though don't tell my aunt that!) was the USD2-3 chicken nuggets MUm & I ate at a Popeyes outlet. The cashier peered at our identitiy card with curiosity. "Oh, Malaysia ...I've heard of it.. but not too sure where it is though," she laughed sheepishly.

Uh huh. Looks like our tourism folks still have some distance to cover, when it comes to putting our country on the world map. ;)

I've always had wanderlust.

My first major overseas trip was to a town in Southern Thailand called Yala, where I stayed with a Thai family for two weeks. I wolfed down lots of spicy local food, went round helmet-free on on my hostess' scooter and ate towering sundaes in the town's biggest hotel. Pure bliss :)

Writing this article - a light, breezy change from my usual introspective stock-in-trade - reminded me just how much I miss travelling, and writing about my travels.

Keep your fingers crossed.

If all the planets and stars align, there should be some major globe-trotting on the cards in 2010 ;)

Oh btw peeps, in case you're wondering, here are some crude shots of my "Umbrella bag" and "Adidas kampung" :)


WP said...

Oh, thanks for the pics...I was curious!

anne said...

Thanks for the shot on the Adidas kampung. Been meaning to find out where to get a pair for my 2nd trip to Mulu. I saw our orang asli guides wearing them on the 1st trip to Mulu this year and man, they were practically bouncing up the track to the Pinnacles and I was in a pair of Vasque, literally hoping the grip will hold! Gotta find them Adidas kampung!;) Thanks again!

Ruey said...

Reading that bit on adidas kampung reminded me of my Mt KK trip. I was slipping and sliding all over the peak's rock face in my columbia boots (not cool when it's pitch black 2 in the morning!) whereas our guide was cool as a cucumber mountain goat in his selipar jepun. -_-"


Alexandra Wong said...

Hear, hear, belilah barangan buatan Malaysia :)

langkau said...

i'm a sarawakian and i swear by what we here call Adidas paya' (the swamp Adidas). i hiked with it everywhere i go in Malaysia. really cheap and easy to find! :-)

my next hike in two weeks' time takes me from one village settlement in Sarawak to Kalimantan and into Sarawak again. a 2-3 days journey.

Joanna said...

Ah the umbrella bag! I've seen loads of those with really interesting designs everywhere. Maybe it's about time I invested in one. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

You can find the adidas kampung in rural towns with rubber tapper plantations. I found mine in Bentong.They have superb grip in mud and any slippery surface. Absolutely love them!

Royalshoppingarcade said...

hahahha..memang kampung habis!hahha..but I tell you, the rubber shoes we make here really lasts. Shows you how good our rubber really am. Yeay!

AudMraz said...

adidas kampung are the best footwear for trekking. Wore mine in Bario recently :)

I got bitten by the bug too, here's to a-travelling in 2010! *fingers crossed on both hands*

Alexandra Wong said...


Tak sangka this jaguh kampung has legs!

Now I'm really curious.

If anybody has any idea as to where it is made, how it is made, etc, drop me a line at, can ah?

Who knows. This might just lead to another story ;)

AporN said...

As a matter of a fact, when i was a young boy in Kelantan some 20-25yrs ago, I do called this boot, Adidas...

bazlina said...

need those adidas kampung!!

Alexandra Wong said...

Aporn & Bazlina:
I found one pair in Ipoh Bercham market, so I guess they're not as rare as I thought earlier.
The other day, my friend reported he found a pair in Butterworth that cost RM6.90.
Go, jaguh kampung, go!

Lucy said...

anyone knows where i can get the kampung adidas in KL/Selangor?

Alex said...

Sorry for the late reply. Your best bets are neighbourhood sundry shops, or the market! :)


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