Aya’s Past Travels

Hello again, it’s Aya (:
So, about my past travels. Luckily I was born to a family where my mother LOVES to travel and having a big family, my relatives live around the world. I guess this was one of the things that allowed me to travel quite a lot as well. Here comes my list:

Japan, Taiwan, France, Guam, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, China and Macau.

No…I have NEVER been to the US…crazy eh? I’m still planning to add more to this list, and the US will definitely be in there soon. I get to intern twice in university and I’m considering somewhere around New York or Boston. But from this list so far, my most memorable¬†journeys¬†were France and Guam.

France

Ever since I was born to until middle school, I visited my Grandmother in France every summer and maybe even spring if I was lucky. When I was small, it had become a sort of tradition to go to France in the summer and then either Taiwan or Hong Kong in the Winter. I used to stay in France for about 2 months each year and I can see that it has influenced my life a lot. By loving France, it made me love Europe and I guess this was one of the factors that influenced me to choose my university.

Tower Eiffel

I used to play around in the garden with my baby brother for most of the day or went to pool parties with my friends there. She lives just outside Paris, so for most evenings we went out to get dinner there. I have several places I love in France and one would definitely be Tower Eiffel. After sunset every day, at each hour Tower Eiffel Sparkles for 5 minutes and as a girl who loved and still loves sparkly and glittery things, I found it the most beautiful moment on earth.

Other places I love are…

Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny
Every time I visit this place, I can feel how his paintings are alive and its also fun to have some pictures of his paintings and search for the places he actually painted them from.

Monet Garden

Disneyland Paris
I have  confession to make. I absolutely love, love, LOVE, Disneyland. I just love it so much and Disneyland Paris is my favourite out of the all because their castle is pink. Well, I do have more reasons but the castle takes up most of it. Heres my mini fact: The castle in Disneyland Paris is pink because it belongs to Sleeping beauty while the castles in the US and Japan are white because they belong to Cinderella. Pretty right?

Disneyland Paris

France Miniature
France is full of beautiful historical sites and castles but it would be impossible to cover all of them in one trip. But in this amusement park, you can see most of France in a 1/30 scale.

France Miniature

Palace of Versailles
I loved nearly every princess in every Disney movie as a child but having a mother who loves history as well, I was fascinated by real life princesses in history such as Marie Antoinette and Princess Sissi (Empress Elisabeth of Austria). I loved the detailed art and the large gardens. My favourite place in the palace was definitely the hall of mirrors from all the sparkly chandeliers.

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

Louvre Museum
As an art student, this is a place you definitely have to visit when you go to France. Although its way too huge to go through in one day, the art there is amazing and the food court as well.

Pyramid at Louvre Museum

Guam

I’ve only gone to Guam twice in my life, but it never fails to¬†fascinate¬†me. It was the first place I visited that had a clear ocean, and ocean that was literally see through and you could just see the fishes swimming in there. The first time I went there, I spent every single day just playing around at the beach and snorkeling and the second time, mostly shopping.

Hilton Guam

I’d say the best way to spend your time there is stay at the beach until sunset, go shopping in the afternoon if you feel like it and then go for midnight pizza and supermarket shopping at K Mart. I just love K Mart.

Two Lovers Point

Two Lovers Point
This is the only place I went sightseeing in Guam and it was definitely worth the drive. “The Two Lovers Point is a¬†cliffline¬†in Northern Guam and is the site of an ancient Chamorro legend. The legend tells of two lovers who, forbidden from being together in life, leaped to their deaths from the cliffside so they could be together in eternity.” There are all these locks left by couples as a memory and its quite fun to just read some of the promises the couples made (:

Locks

This place is also a famous wedding venue since this cliffline is known as the symbol of eternal love (: A great place to have a wedding for people who love the sea and ancient history!

Beach Wedding Ring

I’d like to write more about my past travels sometime soon but this it for now (: Please feel free to follow our blog and to leave any comments or feedback!

Lots of love,
Aya

Yuka’s Past Travels

Yuka here. I would like to dedicate this blog post on past travels I have done. Before I start, I would like to first list places I’ve traveled!

Japan, Korea, Hawaii/USA, Cambodia and the UK. Since the USA is big, the states I’ve been to are, MA, CT, NY, CA, and IL.

Out of the places I’ve travelled to, I would have to say my most memorable journey was to Cambodia and Okinawa, Japan. I am not saying that I had the best experiences at these two places, as every journey provided me with different wonders and excitement, but out of all the places I’ve been to, my journey to Cambodia and Okinawa, Japan helped me change as a person, in a good way.

Cambodia

I traveled to Cambodia to go help build a school in a rural area of Cambodia called Pursat. It was an amazing experience which I will never ever forget. I was able to see with my bare eyes with what a third world country was like and to understand how they lived and what they really needed in their lives. The children from Pursat Province came to help us build a school and I have never felt so welcomed in my life before. Even if I were a complete stranger to them, they would grab my hand and would hug me and would make headbands out of flowers for me to wear. They were really sweet and the local people other than the children were also so welcoming and nice. If I were to choose a place right now to visit, I would choose to visit Pursat, Cambodia to meet them all again.

Plus…Cambodia is a country full of rich culture. The Angkor Wat was amazing. Who knew people back in the year 1125 could build such an amazing, immense temple?

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If you are to travel to Cambodia, I request you to study their history. Especially the time when Cambodia was under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. I think it was a civil war that was never meant to happen. Many lives were lost (brutally in many cases) because of the rules made by the Communist Party of Kampuchea…such as to kill people who were educated (like doctors) so that a classless society would be formed where no rich people existed. I recommend a book called “First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung. Loung Ung was still very young when the civil war was happening and this book illustrates the civil war with great detail to understand the situation of the war better.

Okinawa, Japan

I just love Okinawa, and when I say Okinawa, I specifically mean the island of Miyako-Jima Why that island? let me explain below…

Miyakojima:
It’s a very small island (you can go around the island in about an hour by car) and it has the best ocean ever.

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Other than the transparent ocean with many colorful ¬†sea creatures moving around, I love the Shimojishima Airport they have there. It’s an airport where they train pilots and when the plane departs or lands for training, there is a place where you (tourists) can stand underneath the plane….and the view is amazing. For those of you who did not understand what I meant, here is a picture….

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See? the plane flies right above your head! The moment I saw the plane flying over my head, I knew I wanted a job that was somehow related to aircrafts. I could stay there for hours and would still be amazed every time I saw a plane fly over head. Yes, airplanes are cool.

Otherwise, I loved Taketomijima Island. Why? Because they only have one traffic light on their island. How cool is that?

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Yuka