30 Day Writing Challenge Day 5: Travel Bucket List

Hey guys!

Today’s topic for the 30 Day Writing Challenge is “Places You’d Like To Visit”.

If I could, I’d happily join the throng of ‘digital nomads’ out there travelling around the globe, doing remote work like digital marketing, writing (my strong suit? lol), or just whatever digital nomads do to eke out a living.

Unfortunately, I don’t live a carefree existence where I can just drop everything and hop off to travel the world. Coming from a traditional Asian family, and being a girl to boot, my parents are pretty strict about solo travel. They didn’t even allow me to stay on my own outside during my college days – which meant that I had to commute for four hours (in total) every day to get to school … wtf how did I even manage I don’t even :’D

The first time I decided to travel solo (at the age of 22) to visit my best friend in Singapore, the Moo and I got into a row because she didn’t understand why I’d want to travel anywhere alone. To be fair, they weren’t averse to the idea of travelling – it was just that they felt like someone should accompany me, for safety reasons. I understand, because the world isn’t exactly a safe place, especially for women. But since I got into journalism + travel/lifestyle writing, I’ve been blessed to have been to a fair bit of places, and the fam has accepted (somewhat grudgingly, lol) that I have a head on my shoulders.

That being said, I appreciate travelling with the fam a whole lot more these days, because they’re nearing retirement age, and I want to spend as much time as possible creating good memories with them. But back to the topic at hand, there are some places that they won’t be able to go with me, because of logistics and their health, and I’ve listed five that I’d like to visit someday:

Greece 

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Growing up, my parents fed me a steady diet of books and encyclopedias for kids, and I filled my head with tales of Greek mythology and magnificent, ancient temples dedicated to the Gods. My name, Eris, is actually adapted from the Greek goddess of Strife and Discord.

Which is why I hope to travel to Athens – the heart of it all – someday, and walk through the ruins of Acropolis. There’s something extremely powerful about going to a historical place – all the stories that have unfolded, the lives that have lived within, and how you’re only separated by time and not space. And of course, I’d love to visit the island of Crete – where the legend of the Minotaur was born.

UK 

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I spent a summer semester in Sheffield as part of my university degree, and it was one of the best times of my life. The uni mates and I visited many places over the weekends, but it always felt too short. I’d love to go back again and explore them – extensively, this time.

When the weather isn’t cold and grey, the English countryside is absolutely breathtaking. I remember my first bus ride from the Manchester Airport to my uni in Sheffield: we drove through country roads, everything was bursting with colour, the rolling hills were a verdant green dotted with fluffy sheep, and we passed by a beautiful lake that was such a brilliant hue of sapphire blue it looked unreal.

Egypt 

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My primary reason for wanting to go to Egypt is to see the Great Pyramids of Giza. I am aware that tourism there is over commercialised and not the mysterious, exotic experience most people expect, but I still wouldn’t pass up the chance to see the world’s last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.

Philippines 

Closer to home, and possibly the most doable at this point in time, is the Philippines. Now I’ve been to the Phils several times since 2016 because the Boy is there, but it’s always to Manila. I’d like to explore more of the country’s natural beauty, especially in places like Cebu, Batanes and the Mindanao region. I mean, have you even seen how breathtaking the Hinatuan Enchanted River is!?

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These are just several places I can think off the top of my head right now, and is by no means comprehensive.

If possible, I hope that one day it would be peaceful enough for people to travel anywhere they’d want to in the world. 🙂

 

Review: Cor Blimey, SS15 Subang – The Best British Fish N Chips In Town!

Cor Blimey!

That’s a British expression to express surprise – and an apt name for this fantastic chippy in Subang. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the place, and finally decided to drop by for lunch with N over the weekend.

Forget about generic fish and chip joints in the malls, where they serve you soggy, reheated chips, and the fish taste like they’ve been in the freezer for years.

This, my friends, is the real deal. 

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The decor is, no surprise, British-themed: vintage black and white posters, signboards with the names of cities in the UK, warm and cosy wooden decor, tiny Union Jack flags hanging from the ceiling. They even have Mr.Bean cartoons playing on the TV screen.

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The menu is limited, but why would you even come here if you’re not looking to satisfy your fish and chip cravings?

First, choose from four types of fish (Dory, Snapper, Atlantic Cod or Haddock), then a batter (plain, lemon and herb, onion and garlic, chilli lemon) and finally a side (minted mushy peas, baked beans and coleslaw). You can also opt for dipping sauces such as onion gravy, thousand island and chip shop curry sauce.

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The kitchen prepares each dish to order, so expect some waiting, especially during peak hours.

While waiting for my Lilian Gish and Jockeys Whips, there was this interesting survival guide on Cockney slang to keep me occupied.

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Our orders arrived, and we were both impressed by the generous portions – a gigantic piece of fried fish sitting atop a bed of crispy chips. It also came with a huge dollop of tartare sauce.

N had Dory fish with lemon herb batter and a lemon butter sauce.

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My order of dory fish in onion garlic batter, served with a side of baked beans.

I was extremely excited when I saw that they had onion gravy and curry dipping sauce, which I absolutely love. Back in the good ol’ days when I was a student in Sheffield, my housemates and I would always walk out from our dorms to the chippy for supper, and I always drenched each piece with curry dipping sauce. There’s something about it that is so different from the usual Indian curry you get locally – it’s sweeter and creamier, for one. Also less spicy.

Sadly, when I got back to Malaysia, I’ve never seen it served at any fish and chip restaurant. Now I know where to get my fix!

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Did not disappoint! It was just fresh, hot, good food. Gordon would have been proud.

Fish was fried to crispy perfection and did not feel greasy at all; was moist and juicy on the inside. Same went for the thick cut chips. Beans were good, curry sauce was on point. Only thing that could do with improvement was the onion gravy, which was a tad too sweet for me, but all in all, still decent.

Our meal for 2 came up to about RM50+, which is reasonable given their hefty portions. 10/10 would recommend.

Ambience: 8/10 – rustic and cosy

Service: 9/10 – efficient and attentive

FISH N CHIPS: 10/10 BEST BRITISH FISH N CHIPS IN TOWN

COR BLIMEY (SS15 BRANCH)

No. 23, Jalan SS15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 12-3PM, 6-11PM. Closed Mondays.

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