WWConversations: The Maiden Voyage

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“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

On the 8th of November, beside the flea market (see previous post), we had our maiden intimate WWConversations series with a group of beautiful souls.

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The first WWConversation was all about what we’re passionate about – travel and positive empowerment.

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It was cozy, relaxed and intimate (though we bet a bit of air-conditioning would have helped!) as we shared more about our experiences and tips on how make the best of our travels. We discussed how to uncover deeper aspects of ourselves, shed fear and limitations, and many more.

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We understand the importance of having a support system that is nonjudgmental and fair, so we were really glad we kept the group small!

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We even had a live packing tutorial – how to travel in style, with just a backpack! Oh man, now we truly miss backpacking!

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We had an amazing spread of goodies for the WWConversations participants – sponsored by the good people of Dainty Candy and Shubby Sweets Parlour!

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At the end of it all, we were really glad that everything came together beautifully, with an abundance of joy, laughter and love. We gained so much from the entire experience: new friendships, more insights in travel and the human condition, and a whole lot of positive vibes.

We hope all our participants gained something meaningful from the time spent together. We know we sure did!

Perhaps, it is true after all – we don’t need a perfect life, all we need is to be happy with what we’re giving back to the world.

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To many more grand adventures ahead!

Credits: All pictures taken of the event and used in this post were taken by a dear old friend, Sufiana(you may email her at sufianaithinain@gmail.com for any enquiries about event photography!). Thank you, love!

 

WW Flea Market

On the 8th of November 2014, we had our very first WW Conversations – a leap of faith, if you’d ask us. Or a crazy gamble, however you’d like to see it.

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What started out with the intention of building a family – a community of like-minded people who are passionate about living their best lives, culminated into a beautiful day of two concurrent events: a flea market and our inaugural WWConversations.

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We had a flea market where 21 (yup, twenty-one!) Instagram/online business owners set up stalls selling a wide range of products – from bakes, to crafts, to clothes, to beauty services!

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We had such an overwhelming response, there were several times we got concerned if the space could accommodate to everyone!
Lesson learnt: Get a bigger space for the next event! 

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Despite the logistical constraints, we felt so heartened going around and seeing the interaction amongst people – all the smiles, laughter and trade happening in one space felt unreal!

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Plus we couldn’t really save our wallets from damage that day. Any effort to practice self-control was terribly futile. :P

I mean, c’mon, look at the things on sale!

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Now, a couple of months after, it’s still pretty unbelievable that the event came together the way it did. We couldn’t have been any happier or humbled by the support and faith from so many dear souls.

Special shout out to the WW Family!

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We are so glad we met each and every single business owner before the event. <3

Name of Company Instagram/Website
Apparels
1 Add to Cart @addto.cart
2 Cloud 9 Studio @cloud9studio
3 Nuegee Collections @nuegee_collections
4 Nushee Nurra @nusheenurra
5 Princess Manjahan @princessmanjahan
6 Syhalista @syhalista
7 SQEEN Collections @sqeen_collections
8 Style by Mono @stylebymono
Bakes
9 Cream 180 @cream180
10 Hearts Desire @heartsdesiredawg
11 Hipster Bakes @hipsterbakes
12 Pretty Awkward Pastry @prettyawkwardpastry
Beauty
13 Beaute Facial Treatment Singapore @veewee2
14 Living Beauty @sharon_pow
15 Sarah’s Henna Art @sarahhennaart
16 Vibrant Skin Sanctuary @SimplyLina
Crafts
17 The SPINK Studio* @thespinkstudio
18 Mr Booth* @mrbooth.sg
19 Cak Cak Kutti @cakcakkuti
20 Pink Peony Party @pinkpeonypartysg
21 Sweet Little Garden @sweetlittlegarden

 

We are definitely looking forward to gathering everyone together very soon for another event! To our pleasant surprise, the event was covered by Berita Harian as well as Gaya Magazine!

Thanks Mochi for being such a great model. :P

Thank you to one of our dearest friends, Juliana, for including us in Gaya’s December issue! If you’ve not joined the Gaya bandwagon – what are you waiting for?

Credits: All pictures taken of the event and used in this post were taken by a dear old friend, Sufiana (you may email her at sufianaithinain@gmail.com for any enquiries about event photography!). Thank you, love!

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We are alive and kickin’!

Did you miss us?

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We sure missed us.

We know it’s been a little quiet around here. We’re currently transitioning into different phases of our lives and, well, let’s say it has been quite a ride.

As we take on the day-to-day challenges and learn to manage different demands and people, a voice at the back of our heads keeps reminding us of greater things – our hopes, dreams and aspirations.

And of Wandering Wonderers.

Ah, it’s easy to get caught up with the little things and forget what truly matters, isn’t it?

We’re down but we’re definitely not out.

We have something up our sleeves? :)

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What’s next?

So our very first WWConversations came together beautifully last Saturday, and we cannot be more humbled by all the support, kind words, compliments and constructive feedback we have received!

Berita Harian Singapore did a wonderful coverage of the event, and oh boy, never did we once think we would ever make it to the Ekoniaga (Business) section of a newspaper!

We have so many people we would like to thank, especially our main sponsors: Mr Booth & The SPINK Studio. Our WW crew, all participants, entrepreneurs and customers who came on that day as well. We promise we’ll be back with a proper update on the event! :D What we’re really excited for now is our next event (and a personal favourite!) which will be happening on 22-23 November!

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What is this about?

RainbowsforBatam is a self-initiated project executed by individuals with lots of love to give and lots of willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn.

Like previous trips, this year we will be visiting Nujumul Huda Children Home/Orphanage with the intention to build ukhuwwah (relationships) with the children and guardians, to learn from these beautiful souls and to share the few things that we know and have with them.

To view previous trips, click here or visit TheTudungTraveller.com.

This year we will be taking RainbowsforBatam a step further by collaborating with them to revamp two of the children’s bedrooms!

So where do I come in?

This project involves painting of the rooms and coming up with decorations such as wall frames, hanging pom-poms and even storage boxes on the first day, and a fun interactive day filled with games on the second day.

If you love interacting with children, would seize any opportunity to do go and give back to the world, get to know other like-minded souls and reconnect with the things that truly matter, then this is the chance for you to join us!

What do I need to know as a volunteer?

1) Event details
Date: 22-23 November 2014
Venue: Panti Asuhan Nujumul Huda  

2) What will be provided?
A return ferry ticket, a one-night stay in a twin-sharing hotel room, breakfast and lunch for both days, local transportation and project materials.
Dinner, personal expenses and travel insurance are not included.

3) What is the fee? Y
ou only need to pay $150 to be a part of this project!

4) Can I choose to stay only one day or request to go back to Singapore early?
Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints, we will not be able to accommodate to special requests for early departure back to Singapore. Volunteers will have to stay for the whole two days to ensure the smooth execution of the project.

5) Is there an age limit?
Due to the demands of this project, only volunteers between the age of 18 and 35 years old are requested to take part. Children below the age of 13 are seriously discouraged to attend due to safety concerns.

6) Besides the room revamp and the interaction session with the orphans, is there anything else that will be done?
YES! We will be doing a donation drive for used laptops.

The children increasingly require computers and Internet to do their schoolwork, and the staff has expressed safety concerns over the frequency of the children’s visits to the Internet café. These visits are usually unsupervised and run into the evening, as the home is understaffed and do not have the facilities to match their schoolwork needs.

We will also be running a donation drive to collect monetary donations for the home. This is to aid us in purchasing mattresses and fans for the children.

For a more detailed donations wishlist, click HERE.

If you’d love to come on board, hey we’d love to have you join us!

Click HERE to register. Registration will be open up till Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 12pm.

Registration form link

Lots of love,
Atikah & Asha

Directions to WWConversations

Hello everyone!

WWConversations will be happening TOMORROW!

OMG SERIOUSLY?!

We are beyond excited for both the closed-door discussion sessions and the flea market!

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In case you’re still not quite sure where it will be held, here is a video showing how to get to the venue from ZamZam Restaurant (opposite Sultan Mosque).

For all the juicy details on who will be there at our flea market, click HERE.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Lots of love,
Atikah & Asha

WW Family at the Flea Market!

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It started with two individuals crazy enough to believe in a vision, and now… it’s an expanding family!

Over the past 2 weeks, we have met more than 21 (yes, TWENTY-ONE) inspiring individuals who are running their own businesses. Each and every person we met has so much positivity, aspirations and knowledge to share to others. We are so humbled and pleased to introduce our new Wandering Wonderers Family members!

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We have people selling apparels, bakes and crafts! Yup, the ABCs!

These beautiful people will all be setting up stalls at our very first WWConversations Flea Market!

The best thing is?

ALL OF THEM ARE ON INSTAGRAM!

(And so are we! Follow us at @thetudungtraveller and @ashaadn!)

Check them out:

Name of Company Instagram/Website
Apparels
1 Add to Cart @addto.cart
2 Cloud 9 Studio @cloud9studio
3 Nuegee Collections @nuegee_collections
4 Nushee Nurra @nusheenurra
5 Princess Manjahan @princessmanjahan
6 Syhalista @syhalista
7 SQEEN Collections @sqeen_collections
8 Style by Mono @stylebymono
Bakes
9 Cream 180 @cream180
10 Hearts Desire @heartsdesiredawg
11 Hipster Bakes @hipsterbakes
12 Pretty Awkward Pastry @prettyawkwardpastry
Beauty
13 Beaute Facial Treatment Singapore @veewee2
14 Living Beauty @sharon_pow
15 Sarah’s Henna Art @sarahhennaart
16 Vibrant Skin Sanctuary @SimplyLina
Crafts
17 The SPINK Studio* @thespinkstudio
18 Mr Booth* @mrbooth.sg
19 Cak Cak Kutti @cakcakkuti
20 Pink Peony Party @pinkpeonypartysg
21 Sweet Little Garden @sweetlittlegarden

The flea market will be happening this Saturday, 8 November, at 737A North Bridge Road.

Mr Booth will be sponsoring our photobooth (yes, you are allowed to have lots of fun at the flea market) and The SPINK Studio will be making the goodie bags for our WW Conversations participants!

Check out the hashtag #WWConversations on Instagram too. It’s coming aliveeeee!

It’s going to be so amazing y’guys! We are beyond excited.

See you there? :)

Lots of love,
Atikah & Asha

7 Lessons I Learnt Travelling Solo as a Hijabi

As much as I am not a big fan of the term ‘hijabi’, I cannot deny the fact that in a highly visual world, what I wear plays a big part in how people perceive me.

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Women (solo) travellers aren’t rare nor hard to find. Women hold an equal stake in the solo travelling/backpacking community today.

A hijab-ed solo traveller though is a whole different matter.

I have often been asked: “Isn’t it hard to be a solo traveller with the hijab?” and “Don’t you face any challenges while travelling around, especially in the West?”

My answer has always been the same: Not really.

Perhaps I’ve not really given it much thought prior to this. Truth be told, I’ve never seen myself as any different from the other women travellers I meet on my travels. But you know what?

I AM different.

It took a while for me to appreciate the situation I’m in and the unique learning opportunities I’ve had.

So here are 7 lessons I’ve learnt from travelling solo as a hijabi.

1. The way other people treat you depends a lot on how you show up.

People will naturally mirror your actions. I have learnt that if you are open, friendly and genuine, then other people will treat you the same way. I don’t make my hijab an issue, so they don’t make it an issue. Most of the time, the travellers I meet on the road barely bat an eyelid about my hijab. To them, I am what I am – a fellow traveller, trying to figure things out as I go along.

I have learnt that I need to teach people how to treat me, by doing exactly how I would like to be treated.

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When you greet others with a smile, with an open posture and with a glint in your eyes, you invite others to treat you the same way.

When you close yourself off to others, well, people are too caught up in their own lives to bother prying their way in.

2. The world isn’t the terribly scary place it’s portrayed to be.

Perhaps it’s the traveller mentality – we’re all in this together, so let me help you as much as I can because God knows I might need the same kind of help in the future – that makes it so easy and a lot less scary.

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I have been treated with so much kindness throughout my journey. When I was lost upon arriving in Sevilla late one night, a fellow traveller from South Africa offered to navigate and accompany me to my hostel, and he insisted on nothing in return. In Vienna, I shared a room with a Romanian traveller who would always share with me her bread and jam. In Bali, a female traveller who was in her late forties sat down with me and imparted to me such wise words about life and love when she realised I was struggling internally.

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My faith in humanity constantly gets restored when I travel solo. The world is filled with beautiful souls. All we have to do is to keep our eyes and heart open to them.

3. Other people are genuinely curious about Islam and it is up to us Muslims to be open about sharing our faith.

The hijab is a very real symbol of my faith, and people often get curious. Especially in today’s media-saturated world, it is not surprising how little people actually know about what Islam truly stand for.

Instead of being a hindrance, my hijab has led to many wonderful conversations about faith, religion and humanity.

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In the common spaces of hostels, I have shared about Islam with people from different walks of life and of different faiths. Each time, I walk away with a renewed conviction of my faith and a stronger desire to keep learning about it. It has also made me realise the importance of open dialogue. We are, after all, all humans to begin with.

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I have had many women travellers ask me to teach them how to wear the hijab, and I’d gladly oblige. The wonder in their eyes the very first time they try on the hijab is something I will always hold dear to my heart.

4. The Muslim sisterhood (& brotherhood) is real.

The hijab is like a sorority ring – it’s a physical symbol that screams “Hey, we’re family! Whaddup girl!”

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Whenever I meet a fellow Muslim sister on the street, the smile is instant. If we pass by each other, the salaam will be said.

My travels have been made a lot easier because of fellow Muslims, male and female, who are so giving of their help when they know I am travelling alone.

I have had heavily discounted (if not free) meals at sit-down restaurants given to me without my asking, random shopkeepers would hand me snacks as I pass their stalls, and I have been shown to my hostels many a times by kind Muslim sisters whom I meet while navigating my way from the bus or train stations.

A shopkeeper once told me, “Being allowed to help a traveller, what more a Muslim traveller, is God’s way of answering my prayers.” <3

5. The hijab protects the woman, and is a reminder that Allah is always close.

Often, other female travellers will share stories of how they sometimes get harassed on the streets and by other male travellers. My interactions with the men I meet while travelling have overwhelmingly been respectful. Some occasionally get cheeky but, hey, I appreciate that’s all done in good fun with no malicious intent.

Wearing the hijab means that I don’t get persuaded to engage in activities I may otherwise regret. I steer away from activities such as pub crawling or having a night out in the streets that could lead to undesirable consequences. It sends out a clear signal to others that I’m not to be messed with. :P

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The hijab also acts as a subconscious reminder to me that I am never alone. In moments of despair, of doubt and also in moments of joy, I’ve realised that I will touch my hijab to reassure myself that Allah is always, always close. It keeps me centred. It keeps my vision clear.

Allah is always with me.

6. We are not defined by our circumstances, but how we act within the circumstances.

Admittedly it’s not all rainbows and butterflies on the road. I have had occurrences when ignorant people scoff at me about my hijab.

In Sevilla, an elderly man came up to me while I was walking alone in the national park. He spoke in Spanish, pointed to my hijab and gestured to me to take it off. Taken aback, I quickly recovered and smiled at him. I shook my head, tried to smile as genuinely as possible and walked away.

I was riled up about it initially, and kept harping on the incident as I continued my walk. I started to doubt the journey and my capacity as a Muslim. Should I have fought back? Should I have said something?

But I quickly realised that I shouldn’t make that one incident affect my entire trip or my opinion of people. I shrugged it off, said a prayer for the man, and decided that I was going to enjoy my trip to the fullest anyway. A couple of minutes later, while exploring a fair that was happening nearby, another man gestured to me, held out his hand, gave me a handful of caramelised nuts and then waved me away with the kindest of smiles.

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These back to back incidents were a powerful reminder – you cannot control how things end or how others treat you, but you can sure control how you treat yourself and how you react in the face of undesirable situations.

7. I am more than my hijab. 

Lastly, and a lesson very close to my heart.

I have learnt and embraced the fact that I am a person, with my own quirks and interests, with a mind and a personality to live for.

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My hijab is my obligation to God and an ode to my faith, something I do so willingly from the heart, but it by no means strips me of my person and my ability to give back to the world.

The hijab has added value and dimensions to my identity, not drown it.

Travelling solo allowed me to learn so much about myself. It has opened up doors of insight that had me appreciate the complex being that I am, as I navigate through this world.

I may not know exactly where I’m going, but I’m exactly at where I’m meant to be.

Lots of love,
Atikah Amalina
@thetudungtraveller

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Feel free to share this with your friends if you found this helpful, or if you know anyone out there who could use the push! :)

P.s.: Travel doesn’t necessarily have to be done alone for it to be impactful – it can be done with friends too! Have you always wanted to travel the world? Are you looking for other like-minded individuals who love to travel too? Are you more interested to travel and learn about the world, instead of just checking off a holiday list?

We would love you to join us at WW Conversations, where you will meet other kindred spirits, and have the opportunity to be a part of intimate and cozy sharing sessions with us as we talk about travel, personal empowerment and food.

Female or male, Muslim or non-Muslim, Singaporean or not – it doesn’t matter. We’re all about building a family of beautiful souls.