Fantasy Friday – Pan Pan

Welcome to Malaysia!

Such a fun name for a lost kingdom, if I may say so.

I have heard of Pan Pan before, and in popped into my head as I decided what to declare as my travel daydream today.

Let’s take it to the modern day ‘Pan Pan’ as a destination.

It’s called Terengganu today, and WOW does it ever look inciting!

And as per usual, I like to focus on the natural and cultural aspect to my travels.

Nature

Vibrant, wild, and uniquely exciting, Terengganu promises to astound you with an amalgam of wonders. The islands, beaches, marine lives, wetlands, lakes, waterfalls and rivers are among the nature’s best kept secret. Its treasure trove is home to some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world, including 130 million-year-old rainforest and Lake Kenyir, the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia.

Culture

It isn’t only the bounties of nature that will dazzle you while on a visit to Terengganu. The state is also rich in tradition as apparent by the wealth of dances that you will witness performed gracefully by our culture troupe. Traditional games and pastime are still kept alive and played during weekend traditional performance, cultural festivals as well as during official functions. Be fascinated by kite-flying skills as well as the spinning of giant gasing (tops), among others.

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Conclusion: The Lost Girls

Last week, I mentioned that I was currently reading a travel novel called The Lost Girls. It was a great break from all the murder mysteries I have been reading lately, that’s for sure!

Overall, it was such an entertaining book. It left me giggling, reflecting, jealous, but mostly, it left me drooling.

Three good friends quit their jobs and spend an entire year traveling around the globe. They completed, “60,000 miles around the world, from the mountains and jungles of South America to the beaches of Australia, passing through Kenya, India, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand”.

Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner

The book was able to keep my interest and actually make me laugh out loud, which is a hard thing to do when by myself. It was divided into different sections for each lag of their trip, and by chapter, with the three girls rotating writing tasks.

My favorite of the three, or should I say – most relatable, was Holly. She always found a way to analyze her surroundings and get a real feel for the culture. Holly really seemed to appreciate each person she encountered and tried her best to enjoy every experience. I cannot believe she made it through a month at a somewhat suspect ashram in India. Really, I have never heard anything that great about these places. Her patience and peace-keeping personality very much sounded like myself.

Not to take away anything from the other girls. They both had unique personalities on their travels. Jen (adventure/thrill-seeking) and Amanda (dedicated/out-going/fun-loving) would be people I would love to travel with. They were full of energy and loved to dance. I must say, as I mentioned above about being jealous…it was mostly due to their night of dancing to reggaeton music in South America.

The danger with reading this book, the only negative aspect, one warning for anyone reading……

You will have the strongest desire to pick up everything and LEAVE to your nearest airport.

The Lost Girls

Since I have completed two Jo Nesbo books in a row (think mystery, murder, depressing), and am waiting for the next two to be delivered, I decided to lighten up my read with something a bit more entertaining and happy.

The Lost Girls, by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner is a story about three friends who all decide to quit their jobs, leave their boyfriends, and apartments in New York City and set out for the unknown. True story! And it’s divided by one of the authors per chapter, all with a different outlook on their adventure.

The book caught my eye in Chapters after the holidays, sitting on display in the travel literature section (my fav!). First thing I did was giggle, since the title reminded me of my friend Katie and myself getting lost on every second street all over Italy 2 summers ago.

I have currently finished the first 2 chapters as the girls catch me up on how their lives were back in NYC, working hard and feeling restless. Can’t wait to read on!

The website for these three girls looks amazing. They have a blog, photos of their trip, and even guest writers describing their own adventures of traveling around the world.

I’ll get back to you with my review of the book, when I can complete it. So far so good and I can’t wait to hear about their adventures in Australia, passing through Kenya, India, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand.