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As part of the campaign Millican, it took creativity to create a story within our own country here in Malaysia during Covid had happened in the year 2020. Here is a journey captured in photos and written as an article for Millican. It was published on their website and social media platform.

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Everyday Adventure at home in Malaysia with Lydia & Atiqah

A movement control order has been implemented again, after the daily counts of Covid-19 cases keep increasing after an event in Sabah, Malaysia. I currently feel like I am not getting myself back, as frustration overwhelms me over the current pandemic, hitting worldwide.

I have always been an adventure seeker; be it doughty forest hiking, diving into the deep ocean, climbing rocky mountains, or just cycling around the city. The covid-19 pandemic is hitting us for almost a year now and it has been looming down the tourism industry. However, this does not stop me from venture my own country which is full of off-the-beaten treasures. Despite Peninsular Malaysia is not as huge as America or Europe, I could have a chance to explore our unique tropical forest with the vast diversity of flora and fauna. It feels like a little mini National Geographic adventure to continue fulfilling my desire to travel again.

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation over dinner with my friend Atiqah, who is also an adventure-seeking person like me. We revolved our free time by planning a mini touring cycle to the East Coast of Malaysia with other woman cyclists. Little did I know, that random conversation brought a cherishable memory for us. With only a group of 5 ladies, we cycled along the East Coast — experience the beauty of the South China Sea beaches and enjoy the delicate local fusion, Nasi Dagang.

However, as the second Movement Control Order was implanted again in Malaysia, the cross-border state was not allowed and we barely have a chance to do another bike tour again. But as I learned, as the order would last rather than another long time, I decided that I need another random impromptu trip to happen. At the nick of the moment, I had to call Atiqah for another short bike tour plan. We decided we would take a trip to Tanjung Malim, a small town in Perak District. It was 75 kilometres train ride from Kuala Lumpur. This approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes train ride from Kuala Lumpur to Tanjung Malim serves as a doorstep wonder and wander to our little adventure.

As we just hopped on the train, we meandered through several small cities, passing in between the block of humongous steel and an array of glass windows that had created a border from the wondrous world.
Our friend, Nik Ahmad Fahmi joined our impromptu bike tour by bringing us cycling through his backyard forest for 20 kilometres distance. We headed off to our remote campsite with the backpacks we had prepared. We were cycling through the meadow of woods, in between the narrow, twisted route under the canopy of bushes and tropical trees. The sound of a gushing river running on our right side while riding gave me lush serendipity. As we passed through a small village where the houses were made of a remnant of tree leaves and woods, we noticed the vibrant little kids playing on the street, while the older villagers just hanging out on the balcony gave us a sight of tranquillity.

A contradictory feeling from my accustomed routine of living in the urban city of Kuala Lumpur. The feeling of frustration and barely fulfilling soul over the view of enormous skyscrapers, accompanied by the polluting sound of vehicles. The feeling of a constant hunger to fulfil the peace of the mind. Time passed by and as we began to realize the wind started to blow stronger through our hair, the white fluffy clouds turned grey within the tropical forest perimeter; we accelerated our pace to reach the campsite before the rain began pouring down. Despite the mischiefs and struggled through crossing the river under the rain, we finally reach our campsite.

As I flashback through all these mini-adventure that do not require any aeroplane ticket or a valid passport, I begin to appreciate it is an underrated privilege to travel just across the district or state within a small country of Malaysia — specifically Peninsular Malaysia. Although the tropical forest is densely populated with bushes and plants which makes trails harder to mark or neither rocky mountains covered with icy-white caps nor huge pine trees along the well-marked trails - Malaysia forest is still encapsulated with the smells of woods, melodious birds still chirping, and the complete zen of the river flow.

Peninsular Malaysia is full of undiscovered uniqueness, diversity, and mystery of the deep forest. A beauty that even a local like me would have forgotten to cherish and value the God-made treasure. To enjoy a cup of coffee by the tent, cycling through the thick, muddy soil while lifting our bicycle on our shoulders just to cross the river is something I should be gratified to have an adventure on the land I called home.

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