Nov 20: Safety first

Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.

I can remember two things right now. I like travelling by myself and while I enjoy it, there are times when I did feel unsafe. Maybe it was just my paranoia but honestly, when you are a woman, this is a normal feeling.

The first one is during my trip in Bali. I talked about this on Facebook after I came back. I walked a lot during my trip and I was alone most times and I met the kindest and most helpful people during this trip. I did feel safe walking around the streets even at 11 at night, except for this one time on my last night. I met my friends for dinner and we decided to eat somewhere that is closer to their hotel. I decided to walk since I saw that it wasn’t that far. I guess, I was braver when I left because it was still early but when I was on my way back to the hotel, it has later in the night. I kind of freaked out, not because of a local but this old white guy who was calling after me and following me. Good thing, he stopped at some point. I almost ran back to the hotel because I felt scared for my life.

Another time was in Melaka. Just like any other trip, I also walked a lot in Penang and relied heavily on Google Maps. When I came back from Dataran Pahlawan Mall, I couldn’t take the shortcut anymore in the A Famosa area because they close it after a certain hour. I had to walk a longer route to get to Dutch Square. I was quite scared, good thing, I was texting with a friend the entire time. It just got really scary when there was nobody else but me that’s walking, as well as when I passed by the Dutch Graveyard. I just kept walking faster and counting down the meters on Google Maps. I was finally relieved when I saw Dutch Square and there were lights and people. What a total relief seeing that sight. It was after 10pm at the time so I felt scared and unsafe. I think I am fine walking by myself as long as there are other people around, but once I’m the only one there, that just gets me super paranoid.

Inspired by this ebook, “365 Days of Writing Prompts” posted here.

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