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2015 August

August 15 – September 8 – Family Time

Well, I took a break from my travels to come back to Orlando for my cousins’ b’nai mitzvah. Aside from the requisite (and quite fun!) family time, I had a fairly productive few weeks in the States.

Checked off:
1) Wrote and submitted all my business school applications (6 schools)
2) Applied and was admitted to Dev Bootcamp (wahoo!!!)
3) Got into (really into) crossfit
4) Checked off all my doctors’ appointments (including more vaccines yay!)
5) Unpacked and repacked a much smaller suitcase for travels

A few pics from my time home:

Luf1 Luf 2
Fam 1 Fam 2
HP1 HP 2
BMitz Keno 1
Keno 2 Keno 3

Next up: XOXO in Portland! Then off to Japan 🙂

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August 2 – August 9 – Kuala Lumpur

Let me start by saying Kuala Lumpur is amazing.

A few caveats:

  • We began our stay with my friend Ravi who has a pretty amazing apartment in the heart of KL and a driver (Razmi!) who offered to take us around
  • AC is EVERYWHERE
  • I have not seen one mosquito or ant. I worry my newfound love of spiders and lizards (the pests that actually eat the mosquitos and ants) may quickly disappear

Still … what. a. place. A few of the KL highlights:

Petronas Towers

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Pet3
Pet4 Pet5
Pet6 Pet7

Crazy foods (how big is that watermelon?? and that cinnamon!)

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Food2 Food6
Food4 Food5

Nearby historical colonial town of Malacca / Melaka

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Mel2 Mel3

Batu Caves

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Islamic Art Museum

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IAM3 IAM4
IAM5 IAM6

August 10 – August 14 – Shah Alam

I left Ravi’s very wonderful company to visit the family of my friend Arif!

Aside from dealing with the onset of a cold (I think all this travel is finally catching up with me!), my stay was immensely wonderful. Arif’s family is incredibly kind and generous! They took me around to see more of Malaysia (Shah Alam, Putrajaya, One City). A few highlights in pictures below (sorry I forgot to take as many this time!):

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Raz3 Mosque1
Mosque2 Mosque4
Mosque5 Mosque6
Mosque7 Prime Minister
Court
Me in Mosque!

Tonight I will be heading back to Orlando for my cousins’ B’nai Mitzvah! After I will be off to Japan, then Shanghai (officially booked!), then Ko Lanta in Thailand (also officially booked!!!!).

July 22 – August 1 – Last week in Bali!

Well, our time in Bali is about to end. Tis bittersweet …

I am excited to explore more of Asia, but I learned a lot about myself in Bali and I will always be grateful, particularly to the community in Ubud, for incubating the changes in myself I’ve experienced over my 2+ months here.

In the spirit of reflection, here are some ways I’ve really grown since coming to Bali:

  • I will never have a life without balance again. I know I’ve said this before, but now I truly understand what not having balance can cost you. I sleep a full night every night (most days not even setting an alarm). I exercise regularly. I eat because I am hungry (not because I am stressed). And, speaking of stress, I’ve learned to control it rather than letting it control me
  • I will continue to travel. Honestly, I was a bit nervous to travel across the globe, but, guess what everyone?, traveling is not so hard. AND it really opens your mind to how big and diverse our planet is (and even how similar we all are). You can find a community anywhere. Don’t wait (seriously DO NOT WAIT). Travel while you’re young. You’ll make mistakes, you’ll sometimes spend too much, you’ll not always be comfortable, but you will grow. I guarantee it.
  • I am an introvert. I know I seem extroverted and am often times yeah-yeah’d every time I say otherwise, but this is who I am. And, you know what? I am okay with that. No! More than okay with it. I get my energy from time spent with myself and I cannot build a life without this space.
  • I want to learn how to code. And I will. I am planning to cut my travels short in winter and go to a developer bootcamp (I’ll apply to a couple and see what sticks). I don’t want to always be advising or helping someone work towards their vision. I want to build. I want to serve my own passions. I’ll learn how to code to do this.
  • I’ll stop apologizing, asking permission, and saying what I don’t exactly mean. It’s time I stopped being the scared little girl trying to fit in with the big bad boys. I am going to learn how to be confident in my own abilities and project this in my behavior. I think business school may be a way for me to work on this more, but I certainly plan to try to develop these habits on my own.

Thank you everyone who has supported my move to Bali! Next we are off to Malaysia (where I’ll be staying with Ravi and Arif’s family — Wahoo!!!! SO excited!!).

Now for the images from our last week in Bali ….

Amazing dragonfruit (get it, cut it, scoop it, go to fruit heaven):

Dragonfruit

My one true love, crepes, and the magical restaurant in Bali that made them for me (with only a dash of judgement!):

Crepes

Final Galungan parade:

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The newest in internet cafes:

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A hip new restaurant owned and run by a single man (Restaurant Abels):

Abels

AND, hands-down, the BEST RESTAURANT IN BALI (Locavore — seriously at the same level as Lazy Bear in San Francisco — this place had innovative, stylish, surprising courses for half the price of any place in NYC or SF at the same level. A seven course tasting menu amounted to literally more than 15 actual courses —- best are NOT pictured below unfortunately, because I ate them too quickly. Reserve a month in advance):

Tomato Sorbet Salad?
Shrimp Salad Fish
Mashed Potatoes Steak Tartare
Pork Mackeral
Icecream Chocolate
Donuts Chocolate
Cookies

Well — we’re off. Will let y’all know how Malaysia is!