Friday, November 27, 2015

Historian Junkee

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal

When I was in high school, I can only remember that I am very good with two things and those is History and extra curricular activities. I was never really fond of learning other subjects but as someone who aspired to become useful in the future. I had to at least to get an average grade to make it. I had good memorization skills back then which is why I can recall most of the lessons about Philippines, Asian and World History, all of which I learned in high school. I never really took it seriously though but as soon as I get to travel around Asia, I could recall most of the things I learned back in high school.

As of now, I have traveled mostly in Asia and I have seen many things that I can remember well during my Asian history class. As boring as it may sound to talk about what I can remember about Asian history, when you get to travel and see the places you learned, it kind of gives a sense of wisdom for being able to see those actual things, identify it and learn about the people who build those civilizations which still stands for our generation to see. From India to South Korea and from Nepal to Laos and Indonesia. There are so many places to see and several heritage places that really made me want to know more about the lives of people back then.

Among all the places I have visited, I am always amused with old buildings that I have seen. There are just several of them which stands out like the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, George Town in Penang, the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila, the old Bank Mandiri in Kota Tua, Jakarta, Jalan Braga in Bandung, Tiong Bahru houses in Singapore, the French quarter in Hanoi, the old town of Vientiane, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, the stunning Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India and Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square in Nepal.

With all the places I have seen in Asia, I could imagine how over whelming it would be when I get to see places in Europe. I am mostly looking forward to see Spain, Italy and United Kingdom. I hope that next year would be an opportunity to go further places and realize those historic places I can only see in pictures and recall from my World history class.


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