About The GPS Gal

Born and bred in the sunny tropical island of Singapore, The GPS Gal has forgotten when & exactly how she caught the travel bug. But she can trace back her online presence to more than a decade ago in 2005. Then, she kept a simple online journal of her one-and-only overseas summer study stint in Seoul, so that family and friends could be kept updated of daily happenings.

4 years later, in September 2009, because of the simple reason to document personal travel experiences for future easy reference, she started travel blogging. There was neither an intention to “make it big”, nor use it as an income-generating avenue. Reward comes in many forms to The GPS Gal, and monetary form was certainly not at the top of her mind. In fact, when she receives compliments or positive feedback from travel enthusiasts around the world like YOU who find her posts helpful in their travel planning, that’s when she finds it rewarding & more motivated to write to improve her writing skills.

It is through accomplishment that man makes his contribution and contribution is life’s greatest reward.

– John Portman

Previously blogging under the moniker “Travelpenchant“, she is itching to do something different, probably due to the “7-year itch (七年之痒)”. [Yes the blog is 7 years & 5 months old as of February 2017!] So, one of the changes for the blog is to re-brand herself as The GPS Gal. 🙂 Why? Because “GPS” = the initials of her real name, and she is a gal!~ (Haha I hope you already know by now :P)

To a certain extent, she is grateful to her parents for having foresight in giving her this name, because it seems befitting a gal who loves to travel. After all, nowadays, who doesn’t rely on GPS in one way or another when navigating their way around in foreign land? 😉

Here’re 10 little-known facts about The GPS Gal:

1. Her favourite months for leisure travelling seems to be May & June (6 personal overseas trips each), with December following closely behind (5 personal overseas trips).

2. On the other hand, she has never travelled abroad in February. 1 exception was a day trip to Johor Bahru (JB) in February 2006, but not counted as going to JB is like going to Sentosa or Pulau Ubin!

3. Top things that attract her to a destination: mind-blowing natural scenery, UNESCO Heritage Sites, wildlife & yummylicious food (of course! She’s a true blue Singaporean).

4. She has never been on backpacker travel (& doesn’t think she will ever go on one in future).

5. She has never stayed in a hostel/dorm as well. The closest back-to-basics accommodation she ever stayed in was a memorable overnight experience in a caravan at the Camping Jungfrau Holiday Park (Lauterbrunnen in the picturesque Swiss Alps).

lauterbrunnen-caravan

6. Other than her own homeland Singapore, Korea is the other country where The GPS Gal has spent the longest time in (17 weeks to be exact, as of February 2017). Although Malaysia is Singapore’s closest neighbour, she has not spent so much time there as compared to the Land of the Morning Calm!

7. Although she has travelled abroad to experience all 4 different seasons, she regrets that she has never seen actual snow falling right in front of her eyes. 😦 Ironically, the only snow she ever saw were not during winter!

excited to see snow mountain for Switzerland trip in Apr '07

excited to see snow mountain for Switzerland trip in Apr ’07 (spring)

Fascinating experience seeing snow at Franz Josef Glacier during NZ trip in Sep'07

Fascinating experience seeing snow at Franz Josef Glacier during NZ trip in Sep’07 (spring)

8. Often, she is stumped by the question of where her favourite destination is, because there is no single favourite destination haha. & NO, please stop thinking Korea is THE place just cos she’s been there 5x & stayed the longest. Destinations she loves (up to now – Feb 2017) include Switzerland, Tasmania, USA & Canada, all of which were memorable holidays. She has no idea when she’ll be able to return to these destinations though…

9. She avoids direct contact with animals in her own homeland, but squeals with delight when she gets up close with wildlife abroad. E.g. hugging lamb & koala, letting wild fairy penguins smell her shoes, chasing after dolphins and whales out at sea.

First time carrying a cute lamb during an AU family trip in Jun'96!

First time carrying a cute lamb during an AU family trip in Jun’96!

10. She couldn’t understand the joys of travelling alone in the past. But now, she is increasingly in love with solo travelling. as she feels the benefits are far more than its drawbacks.

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. – Albert Einstein

Below is a summary (with relevant links) of the overseas trips she has written about:

 

2009
Hong Kong
2010
Hong Kong & Macau
2011
Seoul, South Korea
ScandinaviaDenmark, Norway, Sweden & Finland
2012
Penang, Malaysia
Tokyo, Japan
TaiwanChiayi, Nantou, Taichung & Taipei
2013
Taipei, Taiwan
Eastern USA & Canada
Hong Kong
2014
AustraliaTasmania & Melbourne
Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China
2015
Bangkok, Thailand
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
IndonesiaBali & Lombok
2016
Penang, Malaysia
KoreaSeoul, Andong & Gyeongju, Busan & Gyeonggi-do
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The GPS Gal hopes that sharing her navigations around the world through this blogging platform will help other fellow travellers in their travel planning. Feel free to leave a comment here so that she can get to know you as well! 🙂