Volunteering Went Wrong With Coast23-M’Pai Bay

I carried the same expectations on this particular host, Coast23-M’Pai Bay on Koh Rong Sanloem before arrival as I had amazing hosts from previous workaway experiences. On 16th June, I’ve arrived at the island from Sihanoukville. Upon arriving at the hostel, they put me to work right away. This never happened to me before as my previous hosts often allowed me to start off the next day of arrival so that I could rest and settle down from the commute hassle. On the arrival day, I met the manager, Ayat. She, too is a volunteer, for 3-4 months to-date.

I asked her if I have any off days, she said no. I have to work 1 shift per day, either 8am-2pm or 2pm- bar close. The work consists of reception, taking breakfast orders and preparing breakfast orders, cleaning the hostel, housekeeping tasks, laundry by hands for the bedsheets, towels and blankets, and lastly, bar tasks.

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Pre-Travel Struggles

It’s been a week since I’ve left Malaysia to begin my travel in Asia. Things have been great so far and I still hardly believe that I made this life-changing decision.

Last October, I’ve decided to quit my corporate job to travel and served my notice till December. I lived in Kuala Lumpur for 8-9 years since I started studying in University. Making the decision to quit my job wasn’t that bad for me as I had gone through travel bug since I came back from Taiwan and Japan. I do not feel motivated with my job, I was partly unhappy with certain things. The thoughts of me spending my younger days to work in a confined office environment frustrated me a lot.

Since I am originally from Sabah (East Malaysia), I do not own any property in Kuala Lumpur. After 8-9 years, I’ve spent a lot of money on unnecessary items and of course, hoarding them. I have to get rid of all my stuff and finding a new tenant replacement for my room – that’s the most difficult thing for me to do.

Back to Kuala Lumpur after visiting my family at home in February, I’ve wasted a lot of time. I wanted to spend quality time with someone before we transitioned into a long distance relationship. 2 weeks before my travel, our relationship ended. In these short period, I realised that I could had gotten my stuff sorted out instead of spending the time with him.

I stored some of my belongings with a new startup storage company called Storage Bloc that charges RM18/per storage box monthly. This company is real awesome because they would deliver the storage boxes to you and you could pack your stuff within 14 days, once you are ready, they would collect the boxes from you. Most awesome part, there’s no delivery fees for me! They have been really efficient and helpful so far.

More than half of my belongings went to Budimas Charitable Foundations. In such short period, I could not deliver my stuff to them, also because I don’t drive. They agreed to collect the items, which is great for me. For those of you that would get rid of your belongings, please do not throw them, donate to them. Budimas accepts items like clothing, books and stationaries, any items suitable for the children and as for unsuitable items, they will be selling them for fundraising to provide meals for the children.

I had to rely on few reliable and trusted amazing friends to store some of my belongings and, to help me deal with the selling and donation tasks. I am really grateful to have them 🙂

This whole process made me realized that I do not actually need all these items. Waste of money and a lot of inconveniences by the end of the day. Letting go some of my belongings was not easy at all, especially when you’re a hoarder lol.

I will be posting daily travel posts under a new Instagram account and Facebook page. If you’re curious, stay tune.
Blog post will be updated once a week as well! (No promises but I’ll do my best with it)

 

 

It does not matter how much you are worth.

In modern society, there’s so much going on, so much that one is constantly distracted by something. We tend to compare ourselves with others or simply judging others, we do this every single day without realizing how toxic it could be, how much it could do harm to hurt ourselves day by day.

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Simple Act of Kindness

candies

A simple act of kindness could make someone’s day.

Today, I was feeling a little down, I just reached the airport and in the bus, on the way to the city center.

An Korean granny sat beside me. She gave me a candy and gave me another 2 more candies. She smiled at me and said “It’s from Korea”. I gladly accepted her kindness.

She reminds me of my grandma because of her smell, probably the lotion. I would imagine my grandma to give me some candies to cheer me up and giving me a warmth smile. Maybe it’s the angel she sent for me from heaven.

Strangers had been kind to me, I’m truly grateful for all the encounters I had with each person that offer their kindness to me.

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