The Tudung Traveller
/ðə tuːdʌŋ trævələ/
1. Muslim female, of Malay ethnic origins, who travels.
a) Currently based in Singapore but often times can be found dreaming about/physically in other places.
b) Believes the world is meant to be discovered, one amazing place at a time.
c) A life enthusiast; someone with lots of love to give.
d) Otherwise known as AtikahAmalina.
* Tudung (noun)- Malay word for the veil/headscarf, donned by Muslim females to cover their hair and chest.
I have had people sitting down with me and asking me upfront, “Why do you write? Why do you showcase your vulnerability, your thoughts and feelings to the world? Why do you share so much?”
I knew then that it’s because I’ve been through enough rough patches in life to know that everyone needs someone to tell them, “It’s ok, we’re all in this together. We’re going to be alright.”
Writing, to me, is a way to give back to the world. Some people share fashion, some people share fitness tips… I share basic human spiritual ideas. We are all going through our own battles in life, it always helps to know that we’re not alone.
I wish to write the story of the human spirit – flawed, constantly full of hope and strengthened by faith. My travel stories are not only about the what and where, but also of the how and why. They aren’t just about the places I’ve been to, but the journey of faith and growth that has taken place along the way.
If anything, I wish to show that life is meant to be lived, that paradigms are made to be broken, that any form of adventure is the necessary ingredient for every soul to feel alive. Being unapologetically human and living a life of no regrets are ultimately the best gifts one can give to the world.
In other news, I am a graduate from National University of Singapore and am currently doing my part shaping young lives and hearts in Singapore. I have had the blessed opportunity to study abroad twice, once in the esteemed Australian National University and another in the University of Manchester. I am a trained facilitator/trainer with two amazing companies, both having a focus on lifeskills programmes. I am also a volunteer with various organisations, filling up my life with my love for children and youth character development.
Most of my posts have been and will be about this amazing life journey, about spirituality and about growth. Occasionally, I’d get excited and share other things that I am passionate about but hey, that keeps this interesting! Through it all, I strive to be as honest as possible because, sometimes, that’s all we need.
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Harold Whitman
If you ever need to ask a question or find out more about the things I’ve blogged about, feel free to drop a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!