Connect The Dots
Connect The Dots is about connecting all the different 'dots' or experiences we have throughout our lives. Sometimes connecting those 'dots' is smooth sailing and sometimes it's not. It's not always easy to decide what our next steps in life are. Self development has never been more 'in' then now and that's why we travel to another continent with Connect The Dots to find ourselves.
Through our journey we focussed on the personal growth of the individuals who came with us on this journey abroad. We organised open circle nights where we took a look at the different challenges everybody faces in life and how we can take on these challenges head on. In group and as individuals.
We had conversations with locals about all sorts of topics to get a better look at the different perspectives on life people in different cultures have. We did this so that we can all learn from each other's experiences and really boost our personal growth, confidence and energy.
Our first stop was the capitol of Malaysia. The city has a population of almost 1,8 million people and is known for its huge diversity in cultures and religions. Fun fact: the famous Petronas Towers are the highest of the whole city.
About 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur are the Cameron Highlands. This is one of the cooler places in Malaysia as it is approximately 1500 metres above the sea level. It's mostly known for all the tea plantations that you can find there.
Taman Negara is the largest and oldest rain forest of Malaysia. It encompasses 3 states: Terangganu, Kelantan and Pahang. It's also one of the few rain forest that's still in its original state, because there hasn't been any deforestation. We stayed 2 nights and 2 days in a hostel with a dozen other backpackers here.
After a couple of challenging days in the rain forest we took to the beach to catch our breath and relax. These islands are known for their gorgeous white beaches. This is the place to be for all the backpackers who want to rest and enjoy the sun.
Penang is a large island in the North West of Malaysia and has a population of 1,7 million people. With Georgetown as a capitol and more than half of the population being Chinese, it truly is a great city. It's known for its street art and street food, Penang has a whole other vibe than all the other island we visited on our adventure.
Next up we visited the island of Langkawi which borders to Thailand. The island is known for its beautiful white beaches and the symbol of an eagle. This is also where the name Langkawi stems from. In Malay 'eagle' means 'helang' (in short: lang).
The last stop on our adventure was Singapore, a city and island state in South-East Asia. Singapore used to be a part of Malaysia, but became independent in 1965. Fun fact: did you know that chewing gum is not allowed in Singapore? It became illegal in 1992 because it has the highest maintenance cost.
Connect the dots, that was the name of our adventure.
The message we take with us from this adventure is different for everybody. Connect The Dots was about personal development. Everybody grows in their own way. This adventure taught us to be more present in life. We hope that the lessons and wisdom we took with us from Malaysia will have an impact on your own society here in Flanders.