Thursday, August 6, 2009

Places you must visit before you die

The world is so big. We have but a short 60 years to live. Oh when can I see the whole of this world? When can I walk together with that lion in Africa? When can I sail down the Suez Canal? I am but one in 6 billion. I live in a culture that is among thousands of other cultures. I want to see them all.
Can I, at least before I die?

1st - The safaris and national parks of South Africa! Soak in the sun the whole day, in an old bumpy jeep together with lions, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests and witness amazing hunting scenes!

2nd - The Northern Lights in Alaska, also known as Aurora Borealis. These amazing lights are only visible in countries in the Northern Hemisphere such as Canada and Alaska. The lights are a result of the interaction between the earth's magnetic field and solar winds. Ancient people have always thought the lights to be something spiritual! A must-see before you die!

3rd - What is a list of interesting places in the world without the world's talles building? Taipei 101! DO NOT forget to explore the streets of Taipei. See all its beautiful people, make a trip to the TV studios to watch LIVE Taiwanese variety shows! I call Taipei "Hollywood of the East"!

4th - The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, famous for its nightlife and yellow top taxis! Do not just see New York City on TV and American shows! Visit it and get a taste of this busy and amazing city!

5th - I bet you know what is a microscope but Micronesia? These islands are one of the smallest in the world and altogether, they form the Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean. I must go there before I die. I cannot see them on the map so I MUST GO there personally to take a look!

6th - Spend a night at Sahara Desert, with camels and a tentage and get ready to radio your helicopter to bring you out the next day! Sahara Desert is almost as big as the USA and it covers almost all of Northern Africa! And I do hope I would not encounter sand dunes that can go up to 180 metres in height. The Sahara Desert's age could be up to 3 million years!

7th - Jerusalem, home to the 3 monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Beautiful temples, mosques and churches everywhere. Take a walk to the Wailing Wall where Jews pray and literally cry out to God. Go up the hill and see where Jesus was crucified and do the traditional kiss on the spot where his cross was erected. Or cover yourselves and enter the Dome of the Rock, the third holiest site for Muslims! A must-visit before we die!

8th - The Grand Canyon is situated in Arizona and its age might be in the millions. The Canyon is 466km long and 1.83km deep.

9th - The Amazon Jungles is also a must-visit! It covers a big part of South America and is home to 2.5 million species of insects, tens of thousands of plants, 2000 species of birds and mammals, and many other fishes, amphibians etc. Rich in biodiversity, this forest is actually dying at the hands of us human beings and many species of creatures are at risk of extinction because of us.

10th - Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand. The architecture of this temple is amazing. It is built using seashells and bits of porcelain. It is the most beautiful when the sun rises and the light reflects upon the surfaces of the temple, giving it its name "Temple of the Dawn".

11th - Kranji War Memorial gives visitors a very surreal yet peaceful experience. Walking through the rows and rows of graves of the second world war's dead, you imagine yourself to be talking to the dead soldiers, navymen and air pilots, asking them how it was like when they fought for Singapore and other South-east Asian nations. Somehow, you feel honoured just being in that place with the bold and courageous of history!

12th - The world's largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer! Take a ride on the Flyer and have a breath-taking view of the city skyline of this little island nation!

Yea. Because National Day is coming up, so I decided to feature 2 Singaporean places.

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