30 Day Writing Challenge: DAY 5

List 5 Places You Want To Visit

Easy enough, there’s New York, Greece, Japan, Norway/Finland and Batanes. That’s 6, but not really, I’ll explain this later!

1) NEW YORK – This is obviously my top 1. It’s my favorite place on earth, yet I haven’t been there, sadly. What I want do in New York is explore every street and alley there is, and discover something artsy and just have the time of my life! I feel like it’s the place where I want to live in and work in and have a family of my own and all that. It feels like a perfect place to live in, especially for a girl like me who loves people-watching and being amazed and just being in a busy place all the time (because quiet places sometimes freak me out). I know, I sometimes wish I could live in the country too, preferably near a beach, but more often that not, I feel so much more comfortable in the city.

What made me fall in love with NY: The movie “Serendipity” and this movie on my to-see list, “Broken English“, shows like “FRIENDS” and “Gossip Girl“, the art museums, Serendipity Cafe, That ice skating rink in central park and the list goes on!

2) GREECE – I have decided once in my life to just work as a waitress in Greece. I love the beach and seeing Santorini was like seeing your soulmate the first time, without having met him/her, ever. The background would all be just a blur and in slow motion and your eyes both focused on that little island in all its blue and white goodness. I could wear shorts and dresses all day all the time and I’d never get tired of it.

What made me fall in love with Greece: the movie “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” 🙂

3) JAPAN – I’m not a big fan of their language or any foreign language other than English just because I won’t ever have the patience to learn them all. What I love to see in Japan though are the cherry blossoms, that snow-capped Mt. Fuji, the temples, HARRY POTTER theme park, eat authentic Japanese food like Ramen, Sashimi and Sushi and of course, hoard FILM CAMERAS AND FILMS!!!!!!!!!!

What made me fall in love with Japan: Japan Camera Hunter and this store that sells FILMS (I won’t die without ever stepping into that store, I swear!)

4) NORWAY/FINLAND – I’ve always been mesmerized and not to mention, intrigued by the northern lights and what better way to see them than right out of your window, and where would that be? In either of these places. There’s this site that listed the 5 best places to see the northern lights and I know that Norway’s one of them, but I didn’t know that there are these glass igloos in Finland you can rent and stay in to see the northern lights above you. Pretty amazing!

What made me fall in love with Norway/Finland: the northern lights, snow and the glass igloos and colorful settlement area of Longyearbyen.

5) BATANES – I swear there was one tv show that braved Batanes long before people started flocking to it. I fell in love with the whole place the moment I saw it. It looked like it was not a part of this country. It’s probably one place in the country that I can live in even without cell service.

What made me fall in love with Batanes: This establishment they call the “honesty store”, biking around Batanes and the gorgeous cliffs just beside the sea 🙂

I’m breaking the rules here, but I got to put this on to the list too (just in case someone wants to sponsor my travel fund someday, you’ll know where to take me)

BONUS COUNTRY: IRELAND!!!! I’ve written an entry about this here, just to prove how much I’d love to go to this country someday, mostly because I want to hear more of the Irish accent and to see the beautiful cliffs they have there. Pretty shallow, I know, but when you’re there, you wouldn’t even think I’m shallow.

What made me fall in love with Ireland: Like what I said on that entry, the movies, “P.S., I Love You” and “Leap Year” made me fall in love with it 🙂

Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!

As much as I want to post a depressing rant about my life right now and cry to let it out once and for all, I just couldn’t, for both! I couldn’t write something negative (although, I know it is therapeutic for me and I just love backreading my own blog and reliving moments) for now. As for the crying, I think, for some reason, my lacrimal glands have gone short on salt water just when I needed it most.

Good thing is, I discovered another photographer and mind you, I have dozens of other photographers, film photography enthusiasts even that I’ve been wanting to blog about for months now, but there’s something about this one’s photos that struck me BIG TIME——her Scotland trip!

I’ve listed about 4 or 5 places that I’ve wanted to visit 1st for the longest time and it never ever occurred to me to go see Scotland too! Now, thanks to Nancy, I’m putting Scotland on my first-places-to-visit list too! You could just scroll through her blog and feel how exactly the weather was there when she took those photos. That’s how good her photos are! They’re so amazing, I couldn’t help but go through her whole bunch of Scottish sceneries and mind blowing landscapes! But I could only imagine how much more beautiful it is when you’re actually there! Plus, she didn’t even hold back on a few historical stories that made the place even more magical than it already is, visual wise!

Oh Scotland! I never thought I’d be in love with you like this! Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye, which is Scottish for, whatever’s meant to happen will happen! (dorky me even looked for a Scottish saying to use as my title!). I’m officially obsessed! While I was there, I also learned that Is the cat deid? (which I swear I heard bloody Gerard Butler used once in a movie) and the good old Speak o’ the Devil! were both originally Scottish sayings! Although after further research I found out that the latter originated in England, but who cares? I’m sticking to my current obsession! hahaha

Wow! Didn’t even think I could laugh again, at least not for a couple of hours, let alone type it this post. I woke up feeling like I could drown myself in a bucket of boiling water and then suddenly poof! All my sadness disappeared all thanks to this photoblogger and her perfect portrayal of Scotland!

Anyway, I’ve seen movies like “P.S. I Love You” and “Leap Year” parts of both shot in Ireland, which incredibly looks a lot like Scotland with all the never-ending lavender fields, gorgeous mountains and jaw-dropping cliffs and stone houses. They really are twins of places if you ask me, but what do I know? I’ve only seen them online or in movies! Despite these, I don’t think I fell in love with Ireland as much as I did with Scotland. There’s so much story in Scotland which I’ve got to hear for myself when I go there someday! Maybe it’s that scary/sad feeling that I felt when I was reading Nancy’s entries about the Old Man of Hoy and Rackwick. There wouldn’t happen to be an abandoned village in Ireland too, would there? Because that’s what’s more interesting about Scotland that I want to go see for myself.

P.S. As I was describing Scotland according to the photos taken by this photographer (whose blog link I posted above), I realized that it sounds a lot like BATANES  (which comes 4th on that list I was talking about by the way!) minus of course, the lavender fields, but still. DROOOOOL MUCH!?!? Please bring me there already! I’m claiming this no matter how broke and depressed I am right now! Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye right?! After all, this was supposed to be a sad entry, but it turned the other way around. I simply just can’t seem to be the overly dramatic type, can I?

Again, it is amazing how that one moment I was feeling so down, I could shut everyone out, could suddenly change into a moment of me feeling hopeful again. In line with this, I’d like to end this post with a quote (which suddenly just popped out of the blue):

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves” 

James Matthew Barrie – yes he created Peter Pan and yes, he is Scottish!

I know a lot could relate to this and I know right, God works in mysterious ways! 🙂