Talking travel with Malaysian national artistic gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.
Known for her stellar routines, powerful acrobatics, and all-round graceful moves, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi continues her victory streak by being an esteemed role-model for many Malaysians, including young girls. Lithe and poised, Farah showed her passion in the sport at the tender age of three, and since then has gone on to represent Malaysia on the international stage. In fact, the seven-times champion of women’s gymnastics at the South-East Asian (SEA) Games is not resting on her laurels as she currently undergoes training in preparation for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, tentatively to be held in July 2021.
When she’s not on a strict training schedule, Farah loves to broaden her horizon by travelling to new places and meeting new faces. Here’s what she has to say about her proudest achievements and also her go-to favourite destinations in the world.
I think one of the things that I’m looking forward to is being able to travel safely again. For me, obviously, the biggest thing I look forward to is to actually compete at the Olympic games. Hopefully, my parents will be there with me at the competition once all of this is over.
I really want to dive in Pulau Sipadan, Sabah as I have not been there yet. Next on my bucket list is to embark on a European backpacking trip, exploring places like Venice and France. Finally, I’d love to explore Tokyo.
KLIA is actually the first airport that I was at when I went for my first competition, so it holds a very special place in my heart. Every time I arrive from competition from overseas, KLIA always reminds me of that feeling of being home. This is different from other airports in some countries where you basically just fly in and then you fly out.
I do think KLIA and klia2 are among the best airports in the world. KLIA is very beautiful and there are a lot of things for you to do, and you have that little bit of nature and greenery. When at klia2, you get to do a little bit of shopping, have a little bit of food and there are even comfortable waiting areas for when you find yourself on a layover. To be honest, I really like taking the train between the terminals. It’s like going on a little adventure.
One of my travel quirks is I always overpack, especially when I go for competitions. I would rather have everything that I need rather than needing something that I didn’t pack. My bags are usually under the limit but usually one of the heaviest!
After sharing about her travels, Farah Ann also took the time to record a quick-fire round of 10 questions about herself with us. Learn more about her in the video below.
Interview by Izzat Nizar.
Video editing by Khalid Amir Hamzah.
Main photo courtesy of Corum Watches Malaysia.