Travel Diaries #6: Medan, Indonesia

This post is long overdue but I’d like to share my recent trip to Medan as part of a ‘do-good programme’, in collaboration with AirAsia Foundation and APE Malaysia. It was a four-day trip, in which we volunteered to help build enrichments for Sumatran orangutans in captivity. I’d say our group was a diverse bunch. There were people from Thailand, India, Macao, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and more — all from different departments of our company. Despite the language barriers, it’s awesome to have met such lovely people during my time there, some of them I’m glad to call friends :)

The trip was great — I managed to do heavy work (for me it is lah haha) such as carrying around used fire hoses, drilling and screwing them together (they’re really thick so it was tough to do that). I think we managed to make all 4 hammocks (each team has to make 4 hammocks) in about 5 hours.

My team and our first hammock!
My team and our first hammock! (Photo credit: APE Malaysia)
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How I got out of a reading slump

I grew up reading the Harry Potter series, and ultimately that got me into reading. But over the years, I found myself in a deep reading slump. I just haven’t been able to finish a book, or continue my reading streak and I always blame it on not having the time to read (which wasn’t always true).

For the past few years, I told myself I was going to read at least 5 books by the end of the year — a sad amount, but it’s huge for someone who has been in a reading slump for about 5-7 years. Fortunately, it’s July and I’m proud to say I have surpassed the 5-book reading challenge by reading 7 books! Yey! So… what helped me out of my reading slump?

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