Meeting travel writer, Sandra Scott

I had the pleasure of meeting Sandra Scott and her husband, John, who have been traveling and writing about travel since the 1980s.

It was two days ago when I attended a media luncheon with Hyatt Regency Hotel Kota Kinabalu. About 10 of us (media rep), sat on a round table to do "Yee Sang", a tradition appetizer to raise 'good luck'every Chinese New Year.

Sandra was very excited to know more about the ingredients in the Yee Sang and wrote a few things on her folded A4 paper. Looking at Sandra and John in that age, traveling the world and write about food, culture, hotels and places has taught me to take risks and travel when I get the opportunity.

I will be 29 this year, I still have at least 40 years to live in this world and be like her and John. I didn't ask their age but they should be 60 plus.

According to Sandra, she taught Social Studies to seventh-graders in Mexico, New York, for 25 years and was director of the children's theater for 17 years. Sandra's articles have appeared in magazines worldwide.

She was the travel columnist for the Post Standard in Syracuse, New York, and now writes a weekly travel column for the Palladium Times in Oswego, New York, and a syndicated roundup on Senior Wire Service as well as destination columns for several food-and-beverage websites.

In an effort to develop "an interest in the world within the minds and hearts of students," in 2001 the Scotts created the Annie and Blue cultural awareness project whereby with their alter egos they visit schools throughout the world and share their experiences with students. Then, as Annie and Blue, they write about the visits and send the articles to a number of schools. She is an unbelievable inspiration.

As for me, I need my job to pay my bills, so I won't quit. But at least, I must visit one new country every year. I'm gonna do it! I have to do it!

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