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The Travel Issue

Obscured

The Travel Issue

Syafiq Rafid

The world sometimes seems so small. Especially when you’ve been stuck in the same place for a long time. People and places might tend to look the same. Everyday might just be what every day often is: commonplace.

Don't let me dissuade you from the wonders of everyday though, there is still very much left for us to experience outside your doorstep if you open your mind enough. Open your eyes enough. I still marvel at my own skies when I look up. 

Yet the world isn’t small. Sometimes I believe the world is infinite. Recently, I was lucky enough to be on a sand dune, in the desert on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, one of the larger cities in the United Arab Emirates. I stood there, in awe (I could hardly help myself), thinking about how so much space was possible.

Coming from Singapore, it isn’t something I was used to. The world isn’t small. Any one lifetime wouldn't be enough to experience our earth and maybe, while I sitting in the relative comfort of my couch at home, feeling very content after a delightful dinner, perhaps it is.

Travel allows us a sense of ourselves that we cannot have at home. It gives us a different lens, a different mirror to look at ourselves with, to gauge our beings upon. Just as an unexamined life is a life not lived, a life at home and only home might prove to be unlived. Wanderlust – a word thrown about more often nowadays (more than it should I believe, it's beginning to lose its meaning), is something not everyone might have, no matter how trendy it is. I admit, I am a homebody myself. I enjoy my own bed, my home, my own skies, but it does a body well to move and see beyond our own horizons. 

The artists, designers, photographers and all the other amazing people we have in this issue all have an element of travel in them. They channel their experiences into their craft to create something that is both local and international. We have also received many wonderful submissions during our Open Call. It was a joy curating the submissions that ranged widely in terms of genre. We hope you, gentle reader, enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. 

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