A few years ago, I took Hi 16: Asian History, a class taught by Ms. Isabel Nazareno. I chose to learn about history that is about countries that are geographically near. Aside from the geographical location, I also considered the fact that early interactions with other Asians gave birth to what we now know as the Filipino culture. I had my apprehensions when I took the class — the names are difficult to remember and I just hated memorization in general!
Please do not ask me about the details I learned about the Chinese Dynasties, Shoguns in Japan and Indian civilization. I have forgotten most of them after the exams. (Hahaha! I only got a B in that class.) But what my professor was able to do is spark my curiosity to explore the Asia and learn more through travelling.
The last part of the course covered Southeast Asia as a general topic. We didn’t have the time to delve into the history and culture of each country. This is the reason I choose to add to my bucket list:
“Travel to all ASEAN countries.”
What do you think? Want to explore Asia with me? Or perhaps, add this to your own bucket list?
I am not in a hurry to complete this now but I do home I get to explore Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in next few years. But I do not limit myself to travelling around Asia. I would love to travel around Europe as well. 🙂