First of all, I would like to wish all the Muslims around the world a Happy Eid Mubarak! Alhamdulillah, I feel enormously grateful to have been able to spend this year’s Ramadhan and Syawal with my family and friends in Brunei that it’s almost overwhelming.
As usual, the festive season is filled with open house invitations, ‘green’ packets that come in beautiful and colourful designs for children, and delectable traditional cakes, pastries and snacks that I can’t stop wolfing down from one house to another.
On another note, I have some good news! Although it won’t even be two months yet since I returned to the hot and wet Brunei, I’m already bound for Bangkok on 1st August. I remember mentioning that as one of my summer bucketlist, I wanted to visit at least one Southeast Asian country besides Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and I was rooting for either Thailand or Vietnam.
Thankfully, I was selected by Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as part of the 6-member Bruneian team bound for Bangkok to attend their annual ASEAN Youth Exchange Program. The applicants were open to first-year to fourth year students in higher education and they were required to write a 500-words essay describing ASEAN’s ‘one identity’. The best 6 writers from each ASEAN country would get chosen for the program where the successful applicants will be discussing social, political and economic issues. This is such an exciting opportunity, so I’m beyond stoked to meet fellow youth delegates from other ASEAN countries.
I’m also excited to travel and roam around Bangkok. I might even extend my stay in Bangkok for another day or two just so that I can visit coffee shops such as Roots Coffee Bar and, not to mention, vintage stores and perhaps even learn a bit of the creative scene in Thailand.
Now that I think about it, I’ll be leaving next Saturday! I should start packing soon. I’m really not good with last minute packing!
All right then. Have a good week ahead, everyone!
5 Replies to “Eid Greetings and Good News!”
Enjoy your trip to Thailand! I’m looking forward for your posts relating to the cafés you are going to visit 😄
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Thanks, my dear! Will hopefully be able to go to all of the cafes on my bucketlist heheh xx
Salam eid! I’m so excited for your trip and also your participation in the program. Always wanted to join one of those but I personally don’t think I’m the person up for the job haha. Nice knowing your bucket list for this summer is going well!! Enjoy Bangkok! 😀
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Salam Eid Mubarak to you as well! Hahah, you never know unless you try! Who knows you might just be cut out for it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get chosen but I submitted my essay anyway in spite of my uncertainty. Then, alhamdulillah, there was rezeki of opportunity and time from Him. Hope you have a great summer and Eid! Let’s meet up soon!
Alhamdulillah indeed! Maybe I’ll try my luck if I do have time after next semester.
Ohh I would love to meet! If I have the teensiest of free time next Saturday I might send you off for your trip to Bangkok, otherwise I’ll clear off my schedule for a cuppa when you get back 😉 would seriously love to hear your experiences back in Thailand and of course your year in Essex.