Hello again blog!

We are 11 days into 2014, but I feel there is still time to wish everyone a happy and hopeful new year!

Has it really been a year since my last post. WOW. I’m not sure whether to feel ashamed or amazed at how time flies . Maybe both. Yep, definitely both.

There is really no excuse. But truth is, 2013 has been a rather difficult year for me personally and professionally. I have traveled somewhat through the year, but time constraint prevented me from recording them in here. But most of the year I spent sorting myself out, and now I have emerged (hopefully) better and more optimistic, and I’m ready to return to my writing.

There are several plans that I’m looking forward to in 2014, and I have learned that travelling is not necessarily hopping onto a plane to go to other countries. It is what you make of it, be it 10,000 miles away from home or just your backyard.

So this year I pledge to write a lot and travel even more. Before that, I am changing the name from ‘The Sapphire Suitcase’ to ‘The Blue Jacket Adventures’. A lot of my sweaters and jackets and coats seems to be in the colour blue, so that seemed like an appropriate name.

So, that is that. Let’s see what happens this year shall we?
2014, please be good.

First Post!

Whoa. This is something new.

Well then, um, hi. My name is… (why am I sounding like I’m on the first day of kindergarten?)

Anyways, moving on to the subject at hand. This is my first post. Mainly I will write about books and travelling, most travelling hence the name of the blog. Yes, I do love travelling. I’ve been doing a little bit of travelling when I was a child, and then after a very long time started doing it again after graduating from university. I suppose anyone can say I’d like to incorporate travelling into my life and perhaps even my career (cough*nationalgeographic*cough).

So far I’ve been to 11 places- London, Paris, Madrid, Wales, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Venice, Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok, Sumatera. Oh, but Makkah and Madinah doesn’t quite count, as they were more of religious pilgrimage than sightseeing. These travels were made with my family in tow. I have yet to graduate to the carefree semi-crazy trip with friends or merely on my own. But I would love to. An idea would be taking a gap year or two and just live off my backpack while cruising the world- a friend is merely an option. But I’ve yet to put that idea out to my parents (I can just envision my father’s bulging eyes once he hears my “crazy and dangerous plans”).

At the moment I am living in my family home and in the process of finding an office job. But as anyone can probably guess, my true love lies with exploring the world and telling people about it. Hence the blog.

So while I am waiting for that big pile of case to fall from heaven, here is my attempt to become an amateur travel writer. Let’s see how this goes. Who knows? Maybe one day I might get that national geographic job after all. 😀