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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Athens, Greece 2008 - The Greek Getaway...

"Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most..."

(14 - 17 March 2008)

(The hearts in town)

Two hearts are beating, strong and true
The sound grows louder, waiting is through
Two hearts are beating, within one another
Searching is over, they have found that lover
'Two hearts are beating, they grow and grow
Together forever, never wanting to go
Two hearts are beating, as the sun goes down
A love true, a love strong, both are bound

(Visiting the Acropolis)
(A painting on the wall of the hotel)
(The ferry for islands hopping)
(One of the three islands)
(Fishing boats at The Marina)
(At the Acropolis)

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Tunisia 2008 - Tracing the Berber Trails...

"The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself..." - Mary L Bean

(13 - 19 March 2008)'

We boarded the Eurostar Salerno ferry around 7.30 p.m. It was nearly a 11-hr journey across the ocean from Palermo to Tunis. We slept on the reclining seats in a room filled with Tunisian and tourist. Dinner and breakfast were served at the dining hall.

(On board of the Eurostar Salerno Ferry)

We took a train to Tunis town and checked in Calrton Hotel where we stayed a night. The next day we rented a car and started our journey around Tunisia.

(Carthage Museum)
(Sousse Water Front)
(Sunset at El-Jem Amphitheater)
(The Medina at Sfax)
(The spice souk)
(Berber dwelling at Matmata)
(A beautiful beach at Gabes)
(An interesting mural on the wall)

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Palermo, Sicily 2008 - Mafia City Secret Rendezvous..

"The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection..."

(6 - 8 March 2008)

(The capital of Sicily Island)
(Arriving in Palermo by train)
(Ready to explore Palermo on foot)
(Quattro  Canti crossroads at the old city)
(Palermo Cathedral Arab-Norman architecture)
(Marble statues at the cathedral)
(Paintngs on the wall)
(Narrow cobble-stoned alley)
(Palermo city sight seeing)
(Exploring more of Palermo by bus)
(Saint Dominic Church)
(One of the many famous statues)
(A stop at the port for ferry tickets to Tunis)
(Taking the 12-hour ferry ride to Tunisia)

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Vatican City 2008 - Home to the Pope...

“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way...” - Walter Hagen 

(5 March 2008)

(Iconic art and architecture of world's smallest state)
(The huge and tall Roman columns)
(St. Peter's Basillica)
(House the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum)
(A back door to the Sistine Chapel)

Rome 2008 - The Roman Renaissance Revisited...

"Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher..."

Rome, Italy: 5 & 17 March 2008

(One of the ancient wonders of the world)
(Roman Gladiatorial Arena)
(Three-tiered Roman amphitheater)
(Exploring the Colosseum)
(Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater)
(An ancient arch at the Roman ruins)
(A horse carriage to tour around the Colosseum)
(Undamaged statue around the ruins)
(Sculptures on top of Capitoline Hill)
(Ruins damaged by earthquakes)
(The Roman Forum of Rome)
(Beware of the notorious gypsies)

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Pisa, Italy 2008 - The Panoramic Leaning Tower...

"Success is not permanent and failure is not fatal..." - Mike Ditka

(4 March 2008)

(The tower has not fallen yet!)

Train travel in Italy is a convenient and usually the best option for visiting cities, where driving is nerve-wrecking and parking is scarce and expensive. In major cities, the train station is usually in the city center or right on the perimeter. 

We booked an early train from Genoa to Rome and enjoyed an idyllic countryside view out the train window. As we would be passing Pisa en route to Rome, we decided to disembark in Pisa Centrale. There's a lot more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower and walking from the train station, across the river, and through Pisa town is an excellent and a worthwhile exploration. We walked a distance of 2 km to the famous leaning tower and spent some time touring the area around the tower. 

We took a different route on the way back to Pisa Centrale Station and boarded the next train to Rome.

(A short walk from the train station)
(56m white-marble cylinder)
(Already tilting when it was completed in 1372)
(The bell tower of the Romanesque)
(Piazza dei Miracoli)
(Crossing the Arno River to Pisa Centrale)