Saturday, July 19, 2008

things i've learned while travelling...

here are some things I have learnt over the past 3 years while shooting documentaries...

1 - you do not need to know how to speak english properly at all! it's actually better if you speak broken english cause it will be easier for people to understand you....be good at communicating with sign language..

2 - cash is king! especially US dollars...

3 - always have small notes...

4 - bring some snacks with you from home that you are familiar with and enjoy eating to help you out when you're hungry and can't find food that you are comfortable eating..

5 - bring nice room spray to spray in your hotel room to make it feel more homely...

6 - girls, ladies, and women.... when you travel, it can cause havoc to your cycle. bring everything you need just in case you get it even if it's not due..you know what I mean... :)

7 - learn how to interpret signboards...

8 - if you get lost while walking around, don't panic. just ask for a landmark you can remember seeing and always, always remember the name of the hotel you are staying in....

9 - bring all the medication you could possibly need from home. if you suddenly get sick, you don't want to be trying to communicate in sign language asking for the right medication. something is sure to get lost in translation...

10 - bring comfortable walking shoes!

11 - stay in contact with family or a close friend while you are travelling just so that someone knows where you are and how to contact you in case of an emergency...

12 - even if something bad happens, try and see the humour in the situation and remember that it will be a great story to tell when you get back..

6 comments:

nanafarhanna said...

yup i totally agree with no. 1.. especially when english is the second language..

chuck bass said...

yes totaly.. globe trotters should get their tution from u sasha..

katak_78 said...

sasha..thanks again for your auto pic..i have published in my blog..I wan to ask u a question..i would like to know whether you have any fav teachers during your school days? Me,as a teacher really want to know!!!

Sue said...

Hi,
Sorry...Nothing to do with your entry here, but well..I just recsued a cat and her six kittens last week - they are SOOO cute!!!- but I don;t think I can take care of them, no time and I like cats just OK, but I'm asthmatic u see, so i don;t dare take the risk of caring for them for too long. Any suggestion what to do?Otherwise maybe you know of people out there who'd like to adopt the cats? Thanks:)

zero said...

hi, thanks for all the tips. really useful. I will be going to the land of 4seasons end of this year, thus requiring me packing all those heavy coats and whatnots. Need your suggestion on what to wear;
- on the way there (in the airplane)
- while I'm there (down coats? Wool coats? Layers? How to look fashionable under all the layers/coats?

Thanks Sasha!

runiz_zul said...

I totally agree especially with number 1 and number 12. when everything not according to plan, just stay calm, make jokes out of it...everyhting will be all right. its happen to me when I was travelling to Philipine...
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