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Holiday Destinations To Visit In A Lifetime


2016 has been one hell of a ride. And just when I thought I’m through with it, I found myself fighting for my life instead. Last week, my blood count, especially my platelets, dropped to a critical level, which could have seriously put my life in danger have I not known it right away. After the doctor told me all the possibilities that could happen, I couldn’t help but realize I am not ready yet. Sure, there were times when I want to quit life, but there are still a lot of things I want to do and places I want to go.

Yes, life is unpredictable. You won’t know when your time will come. But isn’t it too sad to think when your life is cut short?

So while I’m trying to get better, allow me to daydream about all the places I want to go this holiday. The places that I’ve been aching to see for so long.

First on the list is Batanes

This is the closest place I want to be at this very moment. It is right within my country, but I heard a lot of people say it’s unlike any places I’ve ever been. Looking at the photos, it’s like the perfect place for soul-searching. My spirit is dying, but coming into a place like this could probably revive it.

Next on the list is the lavender field

Lavender Field
Kai Stachowiak

I have always been dreaming to see this place. It doesn’t matter whether it is in Japan or France, all lavender fields are stunning. They bring some kind of unexplainable happiness in my heart that makes me appreciate life more. Lavender is love, and that’s all I want to feel right now.

Third, an underwater hotel


I saw the photos first on social media. The view underwater is amazing. But for someone who doesn’t know how to swim nor dive, seeing this kind of beauty might remain a wish. Until I saw those photos of underwater hotels that allow people to get a glimpse of the beauty below the ocean from the comfort of their rooms. Water is life, and all I want to do right now is experience it.

Fourth, tea house on a mountain top

Ever heard of a teahouse that sits atop a mountain in China? The path is long and dangerous, so you can say going there is like risking your life for a cup of tea. But I’d rather have that than dying on my bed. Life is a constant risk, anyway. There’s nothing more frightening than knowing you can die anytime and you haven’t seen the world and tasted the best tea yet.

And lastly, the Aurora Borealis


Which is your favourite shade of the Aurora? #NoOrdinary #Lapland Photo by @markuskiili A photo posted by Only In Lapland (@onlyinlapland) on

Oh that ultimate wish to experience the mystery and beauty of the universe. They say people have a very small chance of seeing it, which makes me want to see it more fondly. The aurora, for me, is like a mirror that allows us to reflect who we are. It’s proving us that we are only indeed a small speck of dust riding the ebb of life in this vast planet. And unless we do things that matter to others, then we don’t matter.

But, of course, visiting all these places would not be complete without a good camera to capture every moment and scenery. Moments pass but memories remain. And how good a memory could be with beautiful photos. A handy-dandy camera-centric phone like the OPPO F1s would definitely be my best companion on this escape from reality. With its 5.5-inch IPS display that produces rich colors and maximum brightness level, I am sure to have beautiful photographs to share with others that could possibly outlive even my own existence.

Oppo f1s

Somehow, my blood count has normalized, and the doctor is decreasing the dose of my steroid intake. My condition is being observed whether or not my platelets will drop again after I completely stopped my medication. I am praying everything will be fine and get back to normal. I don’t want any more needles, ultrasound, or any other lab tests. I want to be healthy, wild and free again.

So while others are now planning their holiday trips, I’ll stay here and be patient with the slow process of healing. After all, there’s a time for everything. And yes, life is indeed worth living.

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