~ MamakTalk ~: Muhammad Adib Mohamad Ali

2015年12月23日 星期三

Muhammad Adib Mohamad Ali



A passion for action and adventure inspired Muhammad Adib Mohamad Ali to set off on the Journey to Homeland Project, a cycling expedition from the UK to Malaysia, traversing 21 countries and over 20,000 kilometres. The 26-year old shares with travel 3Sixty° the challenges and highlights of his trip and what propelled him and his teammates to the finish line.

Compiled by: Chitra Santhinathan

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Muhammad Adib takes a break along the Karakoram Highway with the Karakoram range in the background.

WHAT INSPIRED THE JOURNEY?
The project was inspired by my love for travelling and meeting people. It really doesn’t matter where I am or which country I’m in, I learn more about the world and myself on every journey. When I embarked on this project, it wasn’t to set a record; I just wanted to explore the world, meet people and learn about their culture and way of life.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL BY BICYCLE?
Firstly, I’m a cycling enthusiast and secondly, a bicycle is an eco-friendly mode of transport that is much cheaper than alternatives such as a motorcycle or car. Cycling is an easy way to see the world at your own pace; you can stop anywhere you like. I also love the challenge of cycling uphill and the amazing thrill of going downhill.

WHAT WAS THE AIM OF THE JOURNEY?
It really was a journey of discovery. We embarked on this expedition in August 2014 and crossed more than two dozen nations, traversing deserts and snowy mountain roads, and met people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. It was as much a learning experience for us as it was for the people we encountered who were just as curious to learn about our journey and country.

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The cyclist strikes a pose in Cappadocia, Turkey, at the site of the Fairy Chimneys rock formation

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO PLAN THE JOURNEY?
The trip took almost a year to plan; I had to plot our routes, plan our schedule and raise funds to make the dream possible. I’m very grateful for the support we received from AirAsia who contributed funds, sponsored our cycling kits and flew our families to meet us upon our arrival in Ho Chi Minh City; after months on the road, it was a particularly sweet reunion. I remember being worried at the start because I had little money to embark on an adventure of this scale; all I had was a dream, and I’m grateful that with drive, passion and a little help from friends and sponsors, it came true.

HOW MANY KILOMETRES HAVE YOU LOGGED?
We covered approximately 29,000 kilometres through Europe, and Central and Southeast Asia.

WHERE DID YOUR JOURNEY BEGIN?
Our journey began in the UK. Instead of travelling overland (as many do) from Asia to Europe, we decided to do the reverse and travel from the UK to Malaysia. From the UK, we crossed into France via ferry and cycled through Belgium, Luxembourg, the north of Germany and several other European nations before making our way into Central and finally, Southeast Asia. It has been an eye-opening adventure; we’ve journeyed across treacherous mountain trails and stunning seaside routes, endured soaring heat, as well as winter chills, and visited countries as diverse as Albania and Vietnam.

DID YOU EVER FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?
There were occasions, especially suffering the effects of extreme weather conditions, when I wondered if my decision to embark on this trip had been a wise one. But those moments and challenges passed quickly, and now, I look back at them as priceless experiences.

 

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Muhammad Adib and his teammates Mohd Azrulhan Mohd Shaful (centre) and Amirul Alis Ali (right) decked out in their AirAsia cycling kits, arrive in Ho Chi Minh City.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO KEEP GOING?
The support and encouragement of my family, and friends, as well as Facebook and Instagram fans who motivated me throughout. Though I encountered challenging moments, my belief in myself and the journey propelled me forward.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE?
There have been many precious memories so far but I’d have to say an encounter with a dog in Macedonia is my favourite. On our first morning in Macedonia, we awoke to find a dog, Orhid, near our campsite. He trailed behind us for several days, keeping up with our pace, but never barking – our companion and a sort of guardian. Eventually, we had to leave him behind but I still look back fondly when I think about our four-legged pal.

WHICH WAS YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION ALONG THE JOURNEY?
Every country was special in its own way but my favourite destination was the Balkans. The stunning landscape of craggy mountains against the blue sea was simply breathtaking.

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In front of HCMC’s Ben Thanh market

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THIS TRIP?
This adventure was life changing. Who would have thought that a regular guy like me could achieve something that seemed on paper, almost impossible? Every challenge I encountered, every sacrifice I made, was worth it. The road was my classroom, and my experiences were lessons that have enriched my life.

WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN?
Yes, definitely!

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNGSTERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO EMBARK ON A SIMILAR JOURNEY?
You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. Your experiences will be worth the investment. Don’t just be a tourist; go out there and experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure and compassion. Dream, explore and discover.


“We have always been a big fan of those who dare to dream the impossible. We were impressed with their determination to complete the mission of cycling across 21 countries, waving the Malaysian flag while spreading a healthy and positive message and demonstrating both physical and mental stability. These are values that are close to our heart and we are happy to lend our support.” ~ Aireen Omar, CEO of Malaysia AirAsia

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