I have always dreamed of traveling to the United States, particularly New York, ever since my aunt moved there more than twenty years ago. I don’t know why it’s the United States among all other countries in my mind that time, maybe it has something to do with her moving there. And so despite all of the challenging experiences (click this link for more info) I have still kept the dream of traveling alive.
I have traveled to a few places within my home country. Bohol, Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Camotes Island. But the most significant so far for me is when I stayed in Boracay for four months during my mid-20s. That was the turning point for me to do all the things I want to do.
About five years later, en route to New Zealand in 2011, I was in Singapore only intending to stay for the night so I can go on a connecting flight. Unfortunately, Jetstar had to cancel the flight for several days due to the volcanic ash from South America polluting the skies. Fortunately for me, although I was going back and forth from and to the airport to check if Jetstar will really be flying, I was able to stay in Singapore for five days. I watched the fireworks and lights display on the harbor, walked from the train station which I forgot what the name was to Marina Bay Sands (only to realize later I could’ve stopped at the Marina Bay train station itself for convenience instead of having to endure pain from walking too much, but that was still fun actually to see the surroundings of the hotel, which was breathtaking!), and many others. Here’s my Facebook album of all the photos I took during my stay in Singapore.
For New Zealand, I have been to Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Tongariro/Mt. Ruapehu in the North Island, and Queenstown (two times already but can’t get enough of), Wanaka, Arrowtown, Dunedin in South Island.
So far, I have read a few of the posts from these travel bloggers:
Now I have something interesting to share with you. Many, many people have asked me for years after introducing myself or asking me my name, “Wow it’s so unique! What does it mean?” For all those years, I’ve told them that it’s the combination of my parents’ names, it so happened that that’s the only name they can think of. However, after meeting my Sri Lankan colleague of mine at work, one day she told me, “Your name is Charica, right? This is interesting, but in the Sinhalese language of my home country, there is a word similar to your name, but is spelled ‘charika.'” “What does it mean?” I asked her. “Travel, trip, adventure,” was all she said. I was like, “Hhmm, now I have something to say when people ask me what my name really means. And so I requested for her to write it down for me so I can put it on my office desk at home. I had to request this a few more times as I lost the piece of paper every time.
|My name in the Sinhalese language of Sri Lanka, meaning “trip, travel, adventure”|
Looks like my fate has been sealed by God and the Universe indeed, years ago. Wow! Never thought I am indeed meant to travel around the world and have the most wonderful adventures and trips of my life. Although it would take me visualizing and taking action towards manifesting those dreams and goals to reality, I am very hopeful that they will all come true.Why travel, you ask? Well, apart from the proven benefit of expanding your own horizons, meeting and making friends with people from other cultures, exploring different cuisines gaining a better understanding of the world, you can also feel a sense of spiritual and personal growth when traveling. Some bloggers and travelers have spent time volunteering in some countries they visited, and that has led to many other initiatives. So in a sense, traveling can also benefit the country you’re visiting too.
Now this is only the beginning of my travel wanderlust. I have so many things planned and are about to come true, so watch this space for more awesome stuff coming!
In the meantime, feel free to share any experiences you or your friends have about the definition of their names.