This crazy adventure started 5 months ago when I decided to go on exchange in Singapore. I chose Singapore of all places for two reasons. First, I could attend a university that had a great communications program (Wee Kim Wee School of Information and Communication)! Second, and this is the REAL reason I chose Singapore…it is a great hub to travel in and out of, given the fact that it is so close to so many amazing countries!
I decided to go on this journey alongside one of my really good friends because I wanted to “go and experience the world” (whatever that meant… and at the beginning of this experience I wasn’t really sure), but what I did know was that I was craving adventure…. the reality is I always crave adventure… I get a high off spontaneity and frivolity, experiencing new cultures and new things.
Going abroad to Singapore was one of the best decisions I have made for myself and I am so fortunate and thankful to have had the opportunity to experience such an adventure. That being said it was difficult leaving! I am so deeply connected to my friends and family, and I was leaving everyone behind and venturing out in the world by myself, for the first time, ever! I was nervous… not going to lie! I got on the plane and I did venture confidently knowing that I had a loving support system back home that was cheering me on and vicariously living through all my experiences and stories. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to visit 7 countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Philippines) this semester…I did get ‘some’ work done in between all the travel…which will be reflected in my grades when I get back?!
So how did this all come about, how does this relate, and why Gypsea Diaries?
My mom was a huge advocate for my going abroad at some point during university. Before I had even entered university, my mom and I had several conversations about me going abroad for a semester because we both love travelling and exploring. That also meant that at the end of the semester, wherever in the world I decided to venture, she would meet me and we were going to travel for a month.
A few months before exchange I received a note from my mom after she landed in Hong Kong with the “intro” to a book idea she had called Gypsea Diaries. Needless to say I fell in love with the idea. All those near and dear to us know that my mom and I don’t have a “normal relationship”…I don’t think either of us know what “normal” is and we are the first to say that we are “fucking nuts”. But that’s what we love…because if we are going to be honest, “normal” is boring. Since I was little my mom and I have been inseparable. She has always told me how people used to joke and say that she should have been a kangaroo…that way she could just keep me in her pouch and take me with her everywhere she went. My mom and I are attached mentally, emotionally, and physically and it’s a deep love and connection that we are going to try to put into words throughout our journey. What makes this journey unique is that we are both at critical points in our lives,
Me – just about to enter my last year of university and trying to figure out “who I want to be when I grow up”. And with that I am figuring out my dreams and desires, the legacy I want to leave behind, and the people I want to surround myself with.
Mom – still probably trying to figure out who she wants to be when she grows up. She has already achieved a ton but put some hopes and dreams aside and now at this point in her life she is revisiting them and is just trying to figure out the correct way to go about making them happen. And as part of this process, she has decided to take a new path and is in the process of completely re-designing her life.
So here it is… our story…two women…holding hands…ready to savor, marvel, and steal moments, memories, and breaths!
…. ready to “take on the world”