Ten years ago I clearly remember we were all praying and wishing to own the coolest Blackberry phone. It was the time when lifestyle magazine editors were the arbiters of taste telling readers what to see, shop and do. Now our lives are ruled by the social media influencers!
me 10 long years ago inside our budget hotel in casablanca
Ten years ago, Alexa, Bixby and Siri may just be the names of your neighbor’s pets. Now they are your reliable artificial intelligence who can help you with your missions and commissions. It was also the time when watches were simply used to tell time and you have to manually count the number of steps you had for the day and need to go to the doctor to monitor your calorie intake. Now these 3 aspects are just minor features of your smart watch!
In fact this blog, ten years ago was still being powered under Friendster Blogging site prior to my switching to WordPress! I switched/transferred Nengkoy blog to WordPress in 2011.
Ten years ago was my first long haul adventure out of the country. Ten years ago was my Morocco adventure! Though I spent my Morocco exploits with Australian friends, this was my first solo airplane long haul experience! This I guess gave birth to my loving going solo on travels abroad.
me with joesel, the travel-savant
sahara dessert adventure!
inside a tannery in fes
And can you just imagine how backward technology was during that time? So solo travel then was more difficult and more challenging. Internet info then was a bit limited. I can still remember the countless times I personally called Qatar Airways to inquire and ensure that there is no transit visa needed during my lay over in Doha.
I have no idea about the existence of mobile wifi then! Though internet was existing already, I clearly remember that me, Joesel and Charles had to go the nearest internet shop inside a medina so as to connect online and message love ones from other parts of the world.
My cellphone was okay then but the camera I was using then was the compact digital camera type! Chinese has not invented selfie sticks and gorilla pods during that time so can you just imagine how we take turns in taking our photos and smiling on camera multiple times so as to get the best selfie angle?
a rest day at merzouga
Ten years ago, my Morocco experience was the start of the expansion of my viewpoints of the world. My learnings of the world were no longer just sourced from the pages of the book I read. It was the time when my comfort zone was ultimately tested. It was the adventure that made me realize that I can actually do and accomplish things I never imagine I could do. It was the start of my different way of growing.
Wow! It was actually ten years ago and no way will I forget my Morocco adventure!