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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Getting Inspired



Has it ever happened to you? You didn't know someone but had an instant affection towards her by just reading her work or about her. Oh yea, it just happened to A.S. It was like an 'Aha' moment. She's got an instant fan in A.S.  Well this charming lady is none other than Janice Waugh. You may not know her like you know Oprah Winfrey but I'm sure they are both awesome in their own ways. Janice started the SoloTravelerBlog in 2009 and since then has garnered a wide readership. 

What does A.S like about her? Firstly, her distinct somewhat signature look. That white hair on a youthful face is just so uniquely Janice. The charming smile and you should watch the video below to see how poise and composed, the way she speaks, such a warm and friendly lady. 

Secondly, anyone who does solo travelling, especially a lady, is already A,S's instant friend. There's so much we can talk about and share... if only we met. She seems to have been to many places A.S aspires to go and being someone her age, (of which many travel with tour groups) but she, on her own, is just superbly inspiring to A.S.

Thirdly, she ran a successful conference, trade show and publishing company with her husband before the business was sold and became a writer/ speaker as she travels solo discovering this planet earth where we live in. Compared to her, what A.S did in 2010 was nothing. In one of her blogpost, Janice wrote 'Solo travel is an experience like none other. It allows you to enjoy a place on your own terms – without the distractions or schedule of others. It gives you time for contemplation and personal growth."

Affection requires first getting to know. Whether it is a 1 minute read or a 2 hours meeting, that's still a process, of getting to know. Do not fret, but instead reach out for you 'll never know who you'll read, meet and greet. 











*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sat/ Jan 18th, 2014


-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.


A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

NZ: Top 5 Ways Of Experiencing Queenstown (Not Your Usual Guide)


Here's the shortest and most casual guide ever following the path of A.S.
Warning! Your happiness is not guaranteed, but you're sure to see Queenstown deeper from underwater to the woods and up the hill. Last but not least, you'll leave this town a lot fitter, and also, more blisters. Here goes:-


1.       Make new friends as you enjoy the spectacular road trip from Wanaka.

2.       Hang out at the happening lake front or find yourself a secluded place to take a dip and listen to the sound of breeze and water.

3.       Hike up Queenstown Hill for yet another perspective of the lake and surrounding mountains as you take a bite, snooze and listen to ….. silence.

4.       With more energy, hike up Skyline Trail leading to the theme park on another hill. Alternatively, there’s a Gondola Ride for you.

5.       Enjoy fun rides or simply get excited watching others.


Here for more experiences…

Here to see more of what the Skyline at Queenstown has to offer…





                   Come get excited for over 5 minutes.


This refers to point no. 5




*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Thu/ Dec 26th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


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4. If you are a fellow blogger, link to her blog with the HTML code provided.


Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)





Sunday, November 10, 2013

NZ: Hiking in Wanaka


Dear blog, here’s A.S long delayed trip report back in Wanaka, NZ.
It may be short and hopefully, it is sweet, too.

Jan 22nd, 2012
2nd day in Wanaka
  • Met new friends over breakfast at the hostel and joined them for a hike at Mount Aspiring National Park
  • The objective was to get a closer look at the glacier.
  • It wasn’t a pleasant ride to get to the starting point of the National Park.
  • Imagine a bumpy ride for 10 km maneuvering narrow stony unpaved road but the landscape and encounter with deers and sheep was superb.
  • Followed the track but glacier didn’t seem to get any closer after 1 hour’s walk.
  • View was however picturesque and there were sheep grazing on the slopes.
  • Some streams crossing required without any bridges.



Jan 23rd, 2012
3rd day in Wanaka
  • Met a friend again who stayed at the same hostel in Hokitika a week earlier.
  • Joined him to Mount Ithmus overlooking Lake Hawea.
  • Awesome hike, awesome solitary getaway, awesome landscape. If you wonder about the sound, pure  “…..”.  Blissful, absolutely blissful.
  • So peaceful that A.S and mate stole a nap for 30 minutes.
  • That evening, A.S and mate separated and A.S continued her journey to yet another spectacular city, Queenstown.




Next up...
The touristy town - Queenstown


On the 16km bumpy ride...
Finally arriived



Let's go

We're not alone

Perfect spot for a bite

and a snap

Liking the colours

A different set of colours
The glacier, our unaccomplished mission

--- The end of Mount Aspiring National Park ---


---The beginning of hike at Mount Ithmus ---


OUCH. nah, not painful but tedious job.

Ignore them first.

Here and there

Mate busy sharing his photos.
Simply lovely

Mission accomplished









*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sun/ Nov 10th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


Be a fan today to get instant updates the soonest the next post is published!

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2. Read her up-to-date posts at your MyYahoo, Google, etc. homepage by subscribing thru the links.

3. Read her up-to-date posts on your Facebook wall by 'Like'-ing the fan page A.S created specially for this blog (Scroll down page to search right-most column)

4. If you are a fellow blogger, link to her blog with the HTML code provided.


Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)







Sunday, June 9, 2013

NZ Road Trip: Fox Glacier to Wanaka


This was  indeed no ordinary road trip.
One which struck you with awe and wonderment.
Amazing, truly AMAZING!!
As you can see, no words can really describe this experience in Jan 2012.













*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sun/ Jun 9th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


Be a fan today to get instant updates the soonest the next post is published!

It's EASY. At the right-most column of this page, you may either choose to:-

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2. Read her up-to-date posts at your MyYahoo, Google, etc. homepage by subscribing thru the links.

3. Read her up-to-date posts on your Facebook wall by 'Like'-ing the fan page A.S created specially for this blog (Scroll down page to search right-most column)

4. If you are a fellow blogger, link to her blog with the HTML code provided.


Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)





Saturday, April 27, 2013

NZ: Hokitika in South Island

Ask anyone, they would all say, if you could, skip Greymouth. A.S has to agree on this. "It's exactly like the name given to this town. You'll feel like you're entering a grey town as dark clouds loom over you,." shared a Danish traveller at the hostel in Arthur's Pass. "Stop at Hokitika, instead," she added. Having said that, A.S was invited for a special meeting in Greymouth when she hitched a ride. A local Toastmasters meeting for both Greymouth and Hokitka. What a rare chance!

Let these pictures do the talking for Hokitika.



Local kiwi jades

So, you don't find jades only in China.

White jades, really?




Stony beach and these stones sure look precious, no?

A.S is a millionaire, wahahahhah!

The moment when you knew you've chosen the right place for the night.

Upon learning that there's a dairy plant in town.

Finally, it's not another Fonterra's milk tanker.



                                             For a better feel of Hokitika.






*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sat/ Apr 27th, 2013

-A.S has been back in KL, Malaysia since Aug 16th, 2012 from a total of 3 months in Spain and then, Austria. Burdened with lots of thoughts, plans and to-dos, she'll still try her very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you so much for keeping up with her delays.

A.S appreciates you as an audience to her blog. It keeps her contented knowing she's not writing for herself. She welcomes you to drop in more often, share your thoughts and interact with her here at cyberspace. The posts may be a little behind but she promises to close the gap as much as she can, as she gets limited internet access and the time to update.


Be a fan today to get instant updates the soonest the next post is published!

It's EASY. At the right-most column of this page, you may either choose to:-

1. Receive blog updates by mail

2. Read her up-to-date posts at your MyYahoo, Google, etc. homepage by subscribing thru the links.

3. Read her up-to-date posts on your Facebook wall by 'Like'-ing the fan page A.S created specially for this blog (Scroll down page to search right-most column)

4. If you are a fellow blogger, link to her blog with the HTML code provided.


Thank you very much and A.S hopes you enjoy your stay here. ;)





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