Travel: Dream 2011 Travel Destinations

I have multiple tabs open in my laptop, all of which are budget airline websites. For the past 1.5 hrs, I’m staring blankly at my computer, trying different flight combination and checking which among those is the cheapest. I’m thinking of having a solo get away trip (sequel to my quirky alone Phuket adventure) and attempting to pull a Julia Roberts stint ala Eat,Pray,Love.

I’m torn between “The Cheap Destination” vs “The Dream Destination”. There are many budget friendly places within Asia to consider. Yet, I’m confused because I also want to go to some dream destinations which I can cross out from my “Bucket List”.

So here are the places I’m targeting for next year (in makatotohanan order).

  • Angkor Wat (Cambodia) – I want to go to this place because it’s exotic, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and not the common place people would go to. Plus, Angelina Jolie set foot here during the Tomb Raider days. Cool!

Angkor Wat

  • Ayutthaya and Bangkok (Thailand) - I’m always fascinated with the sight of temples. So if there’s any other place within Asia which has lots of temples in it, I’m rooting for Thailand. I also want to go to Bangkok, particularly in Khao San Road to see what the fuss is all about (This is where Leonardo di Caprio stayed in the movie “The Beach”, my all time favorite travel movie) =)

Leo and the Reclining Buddha 

Ayutthaya

  • Bali (Indonesia) - I learned of Bali after watching the hit Korean series “Memories of Bali”. And now, after watching Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat Pray Love”, my eagerness to go to Bali increased by threefold. Waaaaahh! Another beach getaway next to Phuket. I don’t mind eating ABC Mee Goreng Pancit everyday as long as I can visit this place soon.

Island Of Thousands Temples, Bali

  • Taj Mahal (India) – Why? It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I saw it in the movies “The Bucket List” and “Slumdog Millionaire”. My heart and mind is set to go to this place if not only for the budget. Yeah, I need to have at least a thousand++ SGD to make this dream come true. Haaaayyysss makataya sana sa lotto para mapanalunan ko ang 450M pesosesoses!!!

Taj Mahal

These places are my top choices for next year’s getaway. Pangarap ko din mag Japan para makita ang cherry blossoms at ang South Korea para makita ang KPop stars. I need to save a little more, magpa alila sa night shift, kumain ng once a day and I’m ready to go. As a personal promise, kelangan ko muna maubos ang Asian countries bago mag level up sa ibang continents. hehehe! Syeeet wala pa nananalo sa 450M sa lotto, ako na lang ata inaantay tumaya. (“,)

Book: Eat, Pray, Love

Yehey! I’ve seen the movie already. I’m on night shift this week so got the chance to watch it yesterday before going to work. Another feel good movie especially for ladies out there. I’m still not done with the book (still on Italy part) but I’m enjoying every part of it. It’s been a long time since I read and finish a book so I promise to myself to finish this soon rather than spending my precious idle time doing Facebook and surfing PEP. :)

The book is a memoir written by a lady who has just gotten out of divorce and in order to find and discover herself again, she goes out to the world and spent her time traveling and exploring the things she wants in her life. She traveled to Italy to enjoy the food (Eat), then she went to India to do meditation for her spirituality (Pray) and finally to Bali, Indonesia to find the balance in her life and that’s also where she met her new found love (Love) – thus Eat, Pray, Love.

Eat, Pray, Love

Most women of my age can relate to the book because it’s all about finding oneself and doing things that will make you happy. It’s candid and funny so you’ll never get bored with it. Plus, I also love to eat and travel just like the author. After watching the movie, all I can think of right now is “I badly want to go on a spiritual JOURNEY too!” *hahaha* –Just finding some excuse to go on travel ;) Oh, I also think that Julia Roberts is a perfect fit for the role. (Bias here – I just love her since that Pretty Woman flick!)

Julia Roberts as Liz

I’m thinking of going to India next year to see the Taj Mahal (which is one of my ultimate personal travel goals next to seeing Phuket). Good thing, I have some Indian colleagues who gladly gave me some tips as well as offers to accompany me in my next dream journey. I’m still doing some accounting on how much the trip will cost me, hopefully I’ll get a good deal package so I can start planning already.

Taj Mahal

Anyways, I just love the book, that’s it. I started to appreciate anything Italian. The book gave a new color to spaghetti, gelato and pizza na dating so-so lang (Wow! Ito lang talaga naalala ko yung pagkain part *hahaha*). Plus, I’ve learned some Italian phrases, one of which is now my new favorite “la dolce far niente”. (Oooohhhhh…did I just mention earlier about not wasting time? :) )

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