Video Diary: England To Malaysia, Tears & Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik
The Tarik: A sugary, milky tea sold all over Malaysia. I was mad for it upon arrival, but had to watch the pennies (£1000 with no plan!)

This post was published pretty much 24 hours after arriving in Malaysia, earmarking the inception of my first-ever successful Man vs Clock challenge, which was me starting all over again…

After 12 months; I had done it. I’d left home on a one-way ticket, with a dream to completely turn my life around and I was high on life in Kuala Lumpur.

Sadly, the video diary that I recorded of me leaving Durham and then arriving in KL has gone missing. I have emailed Youtube, to no avail, but I am still working on it.

As much as I cringe at my fashion sense and other insecurities about the way I speak, there is some solid nostalgic value in recording the most significant chapter of my life.

It’s been a decade since I published this. I still absolutely love Malaysia and I managed to successfully leave home forever, travelling all over the world before hanging my hat in northern Thailand.

I’m going to keep these shit pictures up as a museum of that beautiful day I decided to take a risk on myself.

Cooking tall food, Malaysia
I was captivated by the making of this food…
Tall food, Malaysia
…I still am, in all honesty.
Little brother
My cousin with my little brother trying on my cheap old backpack.
The family
The big goodbye: My brother, stepdad, Mam, me (in gloves, it was November in Durham) and my sister.

Hello Malaysia…

Hello Malaysia...
Sitting in wonder with nerves and excitement on another level.

So there you go, no beautiful photos of scenery, wildlife or beaches. Just a couple of shit photos that don’t mean that much to anyone, but they’re my shit photos and they mean the world to me.

Anthony Middleton

A former loser who took a risk. I now live in Chiang Mai, Thailand after visiting over 100 countries. Stay tuned for the next challenge against that clock!
Ultra runner walking in desert

Hi, I'm Anthony!

In November of 2010, I took on a mammoth challenge against the clock in a quest to upgrade my miserable life. I went out of my comfort zone and turned it all around. Ten years later, I’m completely location independent…

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