Personal Scribbles by Wandi Jama

Unedited moments in my life, using a personal ink to portray what lies beneath the picture.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What I've Learned From Travelling and Living In Asia

Disclaimer: This blog post was written 2 years ago.

I've been living in Malaysia for 2 years and it has been one hell of a roller coaster! However, there's something magical about living in a different country, being exposed to a different culture and interacting with different people from different walks of life.

Living in a totally different country comes with a whole lotta  adulting and a whole lotta wine bottles!  From contemplating on whether to pop into Monki to buy an outfit for a party or spending that money on things you actually need like groceries, or receiving your allowance late cause of the different time zones or even worse:when the money isn't reflecting in your account! Being an international student may seem fun but it surely isn't when you don't get to spend Christmas with family or when a hug from your mom is all you need to make you feel better. 

But, the fun part about living abroad is the exposure you gain in different aspects. Lets take a look at the few lessons I've learned from travelling and living in Asia:

  • Living in Malaysia has made me more open minded about the Malaysian culture. I wouldn't have known how much food is at your disposal had I not lived here, and how Malaysians take eating quite seriously.  Peep my Instagram to check out all my food posts. 
  • Pay no attention to people who judge you based on your skin colour, they're not worth your time and emotions. 
  • Asians get fascinated by African hair and hairstyles. It gets a little too much at times though.
  • Asians don't sleep! You can literally wake up from a nap at 8pm(yes, this is normal here) and decide to go out for dinner and you will encounter a traffic jam on your way. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating but you get what I mean!
  • Time is money and food! 

  • Travelling within Malaysia is quite affordable & exposes you to different ethnicities and cultures within the country. Read More
  • Being the minority in my class was a way of changing the narrative about Africa. No, we're not from small villages and huts! And yes, our english is quite impressive! 
  • Bargaining goes a long way when travelling. 
  • Always pack light when travelling, you'll definitely return with a full suitcase. 
  • Pop culture is big here! Don't ever feel weird about taking endless selfies or OOTD pictures in public,they get it! 

  • Cafe Culture is a thing here. Thats where you have your 'me time', finish off your assignments or see bloggers and influencers taking the perfect flatlay picture of their espresso. 
  • Some asians think every African is Nigerian cause majority of africans here are Nigerians. 
  • People will always stare. 
  • Be your own hype man-I have learned to trust in myself more,cheer for myself and not worry about the next person. It is after all your own journey. 
  • Never take your eyes off the prize.
  • Have responsible fun,be financially wise and take every hardship as a lesson. 
  • Everything happens for a reason. Had I not moved to Malaysia or travelled in Asia I wouldn't have met the people i've met and be presented with numerous opportunities.
  • Love is  a universal language. Give and show love wherever your go, it just makes living easier. 

I don't know how I would've gone through these past 2 years without God in my life, my family,  and friends. Travelling and living in Asia has been my masterclass and no amount of books or tutorials would've  taught me what I've learned and discovered thus far. 

"Travel is like an endless university. You never stop learning." ~Harvey Lloyd


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Espadrilles and Monki Dress

Dress: Monki.

Shoes: Edgars.

Monki cream dress

Monki Dress

Edgars Shoes

Love & Scribbles

Famcation in East London, South Africa.

 Festive season at home is about spending time with my loved ones, stuffing my face & going on a road trip with my family.

As the self- proclaimed 'travel agent' in my family I planned our December vac in quite a short amount of time due to my family members and I being indecisive.

We eventually decided on East London, South Africa. The small city is situated in the southeast coast of South Africa. Approximately 6 hours away from Bloemfontein and about 9 hours away from Johannesburg. It's famous for its beaches & surfing.  We definitely didn't do the latter.

A few tourist attractions I wanted to check out were: the Anne Bryant Art Gallery, Chocolate Factory Warehouse, and the Khaya la Bantu Cultural Village but unfortunately could only go to Nahoon beach, The City Hall,Nahoon Point Nature Reserve and Gonubie beach since most of the places were closed until January.

Nahoon Beach

Nahoon point nature reserve.

The bat's cave trail is the most popular walk at the reserve & leads down to a sandy beach. Walking along the boardwalk, overlooking the splendid view was definitely the highlight of my trip.

Boardwalk at Nahoon Point Nature Reserve


Boarderwalk Stroll

Sunset in East London

The perfect place to catch the sunset!

Gonubie beach

City Hall
The Victorian architectural inspired building is right in the city Centre. It was unfortunately closed and could only take pictures of the building from outside.
City Hall in East London, South Africa.

City Hall Door

City Hall in East London

East London famcation was a well-deserved break where we got to Eat. Sleep. Relax. Bond.

Hoping our next  trip will be Mozambique.
Love & Scribbles


Monday, December 5, 2016

The Modern Traditional Wedding Outfit

Tis' the season for weddings!

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Edgars.

Headwrap: Material Store in Bloemfontein.

Accessories: H&M, Monki and Downtown Bloemfontein. 

Traditional wedding deco

White turtle neck dress

African Print Headwrap
                                                              Love & Scribbles


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Series of Emotions

A Series of Emotions

Location: Damansara,Kuala Lumpur. 

Photographer: Sunky .

Model: Myself.

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