We have a new section called 8 Questions with any one of our GuideGecko team members. See it as a great way to get to know more about our fellow members.
We have expanded our team and welcome Nabilah Husna, a Mass Communication graduate from one of Singapore’s top tertiary, Temasek Polytechnic. Now, she is part of our Editorial team. A scarf tied around the head and those striking blue highlights are her signature style. This girl will go all the way to see her favorite acts and that’s probably a smart way to see the world too! We get down to ask some questions with Nabilah.
What or who made you want to travel?
It’s probably a collective effort from the universe. (Putting the blame on one person for all my travel-rooted financial woes might be a bit unfair, I think!). The first time I traveled independently, sans-family at least, was for a music festival, and I got hit by wanderlust pretty bad after that. The quote “I was not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land” springs to mind. My first foray into living this probably started when I was when I knew that traveling would only be a ‘distant future plan’ if I didn’t just do it while I could!!
Where is the best destination you have ever been?
It’s a toss-up between Wellington and London. I probably treasure the experience of Wellington more because the people I met there, through Couchsurfing, but London summoned my Harry-Potter-fangirl side far too much to not enjoy.
Where would you love to go?
Iceland – and I’m not even sure why. Something about its glacier-ridden environment (coupled with the lack of people) fascinates me. Living in an Icelandic turf house would be awesome.
Tell us the top 5 things you must bring whenever you travel.
My iPod Touch; the wackiest, most out-there clothes in my wardrobe; antiseptic wipes; ramen packets for days when I feel poor; boots.
Since you are a fan of gigs, which best/wildest music festival have you been?
I queued up for 9 hours for a barricade spot and almost broke my neck by a kicking crowdsurfer at the Green Day gig (worth it!), but I think the most obsessive thing I’ve done was fly to Japan and Australia for gigs. The Lostprophets gig during SINGfest 2008 was pretty mad too!
Name us your favorite band/singer.
I would only spend ridiculous amounts of money for My Chemical Romance and Motion City Soundtrack (and I have). Right now my iPod’s going through a The Wombats and The Libertines phase. Can’t go wrong with British music.
Tell us the wackiest thing you have ever done at a music festival.
The Japanese show crowds are quite unlike normal crowds – raucous and loud during songs, but between them, after a round of polite applause, they calmly (and very quietly) wait for the next song. Classical music concert or heavy metal show, they’d be just as silent you can hear a pin drop. The girls I met before the shows, both American, and I were not used to this so we yelled out random stuff (“CHICKEN!!”) and got far too happy when it echoed through the entire arena. Cheap thrills.
What would you like to accomplish by end 2011?
Go back to London, join a volunteer programme, go for more gigs abroad and meet more awesome people!
Thank you, Nabilah. Check out this week’s featured article written by her.