Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dreaming of Home

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Sunset from my Hometown
Despite enjoying my life here in US, blessed with a very supportive husband and living in a city where I can enjoy the beauty of nature within an earshot, yet, I could not deny the feelings of missing the home I first knew and grew up in. Despite the many blazing sunsets here in San Diego, I still miss sitting in our bay and watching the sunset there. I am missing the laughters and hugs of my family and friends. I am missing the atmosphere of my first "home sweet home".

However, going home is not easy, I wish it is. One thing that I dislike the most is the travel time, it is just too long!!!! Thus, I am planning that the next time I visit home, I will make the most of my travel time by stopping by in nearby countries so that I do not have to make several very long flights for it. Goodness, I do not know how long do I need for this type of vacation, but maybe I can do two or three Asian countries each time I visit my hometown. Of course, I wanted to go to Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Japan, India, okay......to cut it short, I wanted to experience most of Asian countries. Each time we travel, I always make my own itinerary, and I do not go with package tours despite it may be cheaper! Why? Because I love to travel at our own pace, and I really wanted to experience the place the way I wanted it. I am very much detailed in every vacation planning, from places, to activities, to hotels.

Though I have been to Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, but that was almost 20 years ago when I was fresh out from college and was sent by my employer for a training there. The places I been to where the places determined by my employer for us to see and explore. I wanted to go back and do it my way, of course, without attending lectures and seminars anymore, but just simply enjoying what each places has to offer. Thankfully, looking for hotels in Bangkok and other cities is a lot easier now with all information we can gather from the internet. Well, we can get travel coupons even if we just spend time to really look for the best deals.

Of course, another country I would love to visit but I do not know when since I wanted also to see the Australian Open, the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific at the same time when I go there. The schedule of Australian Open just do not match our school year :( . But maybe I can just go there some other time and just dream about watching Federer vs Nadal in a championship match at Melbourne Park :) and then watching the amazinng Mebourne skyline at night from one of the best hotels in Melbourne.  Then, visiting the National Parks near and around Melbourne the next day such as: Churchill National Park, Dandenong Ragnes National Park and Organ Pipes National Park.

Oh well, am so glad for the internet, for while these travels do not happen yet, I can just do virtual travel, surf for pictures, close my eyes, and dream I am there :)
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15 comments:

  1. Even though I have never lived in another country I can relate. I grew up in NY, and now live in Florida. You would not think there would be much difference besides the weather, oh but it is like a whole different culture. Amazing but true. I to miss my childhood home, friends, and family. The trip is not as long but expensive enough, that we are limited.

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  2. Wow, what a gorgeous sunset! I would love to travel to all of those places you mentioned. Like you, I would want to explore at my own pace. There is so much to see and do!

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  3. Oh Betchai... I am dreaming of home even if I am awake. This photo is really gorgeous... who wouldn't feel homesick every time we see this kind of sunset. It always left me in awe.

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  4. You've forgotten Singapore betchai :) please stop by when you got time.

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  5. gosh, that photo is sooooo amazing wonderwoman! i am dreaming of seeing you when you come home...love yah!

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  6. I can relate to this too...well...not that I have been to a foreign country before but I have been to KL to further my study...it was so much difference compared to my hometown. :/

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  7. I too agree with Mei Teng, 'There's no place like home' :)

    Fantastic sunset picture!!

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  8. love that sunset betchai, so red and intense...!! you must be missing home to post this entry :-)

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  9. You are talking about my home town. Melbourne is a great place for food, shopping and The Sporting Capital of Australia. The Open brings another dimension to the city in January / our summer.

    The Dandenongs are very beautiful but if you ever do get here make time to get down to the Great Ocean Road.It is a must of anyone. The Coast line is spectacular and there is a walking trail that stretches 91 kilometres from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

    Also the High Country is wonderful in summer.

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  10. i think thru visiting my blog u know more of Sarawak than most other Sarawakians :)

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  11. I hope one day soon, you'll get to live that dream vacation, betchai! Sounds absolutely wonderful..

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  12. I can relate to this. I miss our sunsets!

    P.S. I will talk to you about photomerge.....

    Tapos na ang lunch break ko....

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  13. I think you're right about traveling at your own pace. If you can do it, it's great to take time and really enjoy where you travel to. Have you been to Vietnam yet?

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  14. I hope you are able to get there soon. I have found for Asia, check out Asiarooms.com or Agoda.com for the best rates and info as far as reviews etc... I can only image how extraordinary your photos will be after travelling in Asia, I can't wait.

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