About 关于 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.

小编 The GPS Gal (抱歉,想不到如何把名字翻译得最好,所以还是不译了😅)是名土生土长的新加坡女生。已经不记得从何时何地开始爱旅行了。但她还记得在网上初次留下笔迹的那一刻。2005年6月,是她第一次正式独自出走到异地,在韩国首尔当了约3个月的穷学生,修读韩语。😀为了方便与众多家人朋友同时联系,她决定把在异地的生活点滴记录在网上日记里。

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.

4年后,由于想把个人旅游体验记录下来,以便日后方便查寻,她在2009年9月成立了一个简单的旅游部落格。她从没想过要以经营生意的方式管理部落格来赚大钱,或是要成为网络红人。对 The GPS Gal 而言,奖励可以有很多形式,而酬金并非她最终的目标。其实,她觉得最大的奖励来自于读者们的鼓励、赞许,甚至感谢,因为这反而能激励她继续分享旅游经验,把旅游贴文写得更精彩。

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

– John Portman

“人因成就而得以贡献,而贡献是人生最大的回报。

– 约翰·波特曼”

Previously blogging under the moniker “Travelpenchant“, she was itching to do something different, probably due to the “7-year itch (七年之痒)”. [the blog was 7 years 5 months old when the thought to re-brand came about in 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)

成立部落格的头7年,她使用的笔名是 “Travelpenchant”,就是对旅游钟情的意思。或许是七年之痒吧,在2017年2月,她决定易名为 The GPS Gal。为什么?大家应该都晓得“GPS”是全球定位系统的英文缩写吧?刚好,这也是小编原名的英文缩写。既然她是女生,就叫 The GPS Gal 咯!😄

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? 😉

在某种程度上,她必须感谢父母的“远见”,为她取这个名字(当然是指原名啦!)。在现今社会里,旅人到一个陌生的国度里,十之八九都会使用全球定位系统去寻访心仪的景点吧?所以这个笔名对小编来说应该是超贴切的!😜

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

以下是10个关于 The GPS Gal 鲜为人知的小秘密(现在写出来就不是秘密了😄):

1. Her favourite months for leisure travelling seem to be June (7 personal overseas trips), followed by March & May (6 personal overseas trips each).

1. 小编最爱的旅游月份(不包括出差)是6月(7次),3月与5月(各6次)。

2. On the other hand, she has never travelled abroad in February. Day trips to Johor Bahru (JB) not counted as going to JB is like going to Sentosa or Pulau Ubin!

2. 小编从来未在2月份出国旅行,除了到柔佛新山一日游此类的“跨海活动”。不过,去柔佛新山对小编而言,就好像去新加坡的圣淘沙或乌敏岛一样,不算!😛

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).

3. 4个最能吸引小编到该处探访的理由:撩人的自然风景,世界教科文组织文化遗产,野生动物以及美食 (小编不愧是道地的新加坡人!)。

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

4. 小编从来没有尝试过背包旅游的滋味(她想这辈子应该也不会背包旅行了)。

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).

5. 小编也从未住过背包宿舍。最简朴的一次住宿体验应该是在瑞士坐落在阿尔卑斯山脉一条壮观的贯通谷中的小镇 – 劳特布龙嫩里。那次她与同伴在小镇里的假日营,租了一台大篷车留宿一晚,是个难忘的体验。😊

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 September 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!

6. 除了自己的祖国新加坡,小编在国外最长的逗留时间就是韩国,总计17个星期(截至2018年3月)。虽然马来西亚就毗邻新加坡,但她都没在那儿那么长时间!

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!

7. 虽然小编已在国外体验了四季的变化,但可惜的是,她从未有机会亲眼看到白雪纷飞的景象。而且,可笑的是,她看过的雪景并非在冬季。

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

excited to see snow mountain for Switzerland trip in Apr ’07 (spring)
2007年4月的瑞士之旅(春天)让她首次亲睹雪山

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)
2007年9月新西兰春天之旅难忘的弗朗兹·约瑟夫冰川体验

8. In the past, she was often stumped by the question of where her favourite destination was, because there was no single favourite destination haha. & NO, please stop thinking Korea is THE place just cos she’s been there 5x & stayed the longest. Her list of favourite destinations includes (up to April 2018): Taiwan, Switzerland, Tasmania, USA & Canada. Now, she probably has the answer to that “favourite destination” question, because she is so mesmerized by Taitung County in Taiwan, she often thinks about when is her next trip “back to her second home”. 😉

8. 以前,她常常不知如何回答“最爱的旅游地点”这道问题,因为她有太多喜爱的地方了。😅 虽然她在韩国逗留过的时间最久,又造访了5次,但请不要再说韩国肯定是她的最爱。目前为止(2018年4月),小编对台湾、瑞士、塔斯马尼亚、美国以及加拿大,都念念不忘。不过,现在,她应该有答案了,应该就是台湾的台东县了。😁因为她常常都在想,几时可以再回去那纯朴温暖的“家”。😉

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.

9. 在新加坡,她尽量避免与动物接触,但一踏出国门,看到野生动物就兴奋不已。她也不解为何如此,但抚摸小绵羊和树熊,让野生企鹅闻她的鞋子,出海赏鲸等等都是令她雀跃万分的体验。

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!
1996年6月,第一次抱起可爱的小绵羊,真痛快!

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.

10. 以前,小编无法理解独自旅行的乐趣。不过,她现在越来越喜欢独自旅行的体验,因为她觉得是绝对利多于弊的一件事。

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

跟随人群的女生通常不会走的比人群远。独自出走的女生更有可能发现自己出现在其他人从未到过的地方。

– 艾尔伯特爱因斯坦

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

2009年成立部落格后,小编旅行过的地方如下:

2009

Hong Kong 香港

2010

Hong Kong 香港 & Macau 澳门

2011

Seoul, South Korea 首尔,韩国

ScandinaviaDenmark 丹麦, Norway 挪威, Sweden 瑞典 & Finland 芬兰

2012

Penang, Malaysia 槟城,马来西亚

Tokyo, Japan 东京,日本

Taiwan 台湾 – Chiayi 嘉义, Nantou 南投, Taichung 台中 & Taipei 台北

2013

Taipei, Taiwan 台北,台湾

Eastern USA & Canada 美国东部及加拿大

Hong Kong 香港

2014

Australia 澳大利亚 – Tasmania 塔斯马尼亚 & Melbourne 墨尔本

Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China 张家界,湖南省,中国

2015

Bangkok, Thailand 曼谷,泰国

Johor Bahru, Malaysia 柔佛新山,马来西亚

Indonesia 印度尼西亚 – Bali 巴厘岛 & Lombok 龙目岛

2016

Penang, Malaysia 槟城,马来西亚

Korea 韩国 – Seoul 首尔, Andong & Gyeongju 庆州, Busan 釜山 & Gyeonggi-do
京畿道

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 胡志明市,越南

2017

Johor Bahru, Malaysia 柔佛新山,马来西亚

Taiwan 台湾Pingtung 屏东, Taitung 台东, Hualien 花莲 & Taipei 台北

Kuching, Malaysia 古晋,马来西亚

Thailand 泰国 – Koh Samui 苏梅岛, Chiang Mai 清迈 & Chiang Rai 清莱

2018

Taiwan 台湾Taichung 台中, Tainan 台南, Kaohsiung 高雄Pingtung 屏东, Taitung 台东Hualien 花莲 & Taipei 台北

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! 🙂

The GPS Gal 希望通过分享自己旅行的点点滴滴,可以让想旅行的朋友更快地规划及安排行程,甚至吸引大家到较冷门的景点探访。有什么意见或想法,请在这里留言,让小编也能认识你吧! 🙂

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