I recently decided to try something new on my blog! Given my love of lists, I've decided to make a "Friday Five" feature on my blog. Every Friday, I'll be sharing five things based on a theme. It might be a top five, it might be a worst five, about Japan, New Zealand, or anything or anywhere else! You'll just have to keep checking back every Friday to find out. ;)
After thinking about this for the last couple of weeks, there couldn't have been a more perfect time to be tagged by the Adventures Around Asia blog in her "5 Places I Need to Revisit" post. This post is part of the booked.net Go There Promotion. Thank you so much, Richelle! I loved reading about her 5, as she's been to a lot of places in Asia which are on my list (South Korea, I'm especially looking at you) and it was great so see that she deemed a lot of them revisit-worthy! Now, I don't think I can quite match her when it comes to exploring Asia, but I've still been a few fun places in my own adventures, so without further ado, here are my own top 5 places I need to revisit.
Oh Rarotonga, Where do I begin? I've been to Rarotonga, the most populous of the Cook Islands, twice. The most recent time was in 2013, for one of my best friend's weddings. Rarotonga is an easy 4 hour flight from Auckland, New Zealand.
|Me doing what I did most of the time - taking every chance I got to snorkel in the crystal clear water.|
|1,600 pandas. Just chillin' in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.|
Okay, so technically...I've only had a layover here. But it was a long layover! Surely that counts? I'm always wanting to explore more of Asia, and seeing as it's about smack bang in the middle of Japan and New Zealand, my two homes, it seems like the perfect place to stop in again - for a much longer stay, I hope. I researched Malaysia a little recently, and there's tonnes of things I'd love to do. Based on my time in Rarotonga, you can guess I'd be all over the snorkeling opportunities. But there's also shipwrecks to explore, tea plantations to wander, night markets to devour, and...Hello Kitty Town (!!!).
|The breathtaking Petronas Towers would be my first stop!|
Hawaii was a huge trip for me in a lot of ways. It was my first time travelling to the northern hemisphere, for one. It's the only part of the United States I've ever been to, and for a young Kiwi girl, it was amazing! I went inside Tiffany's (in my high school hoodie, no less), found myself obsessed with Betsey Johnson, and bought a pair of Michael Kors heels - which should be inducted into some kind of shoe hall of fame for all the wonderful nights they accompanied me on.
|Obama had just recently become president, so Hawaii was very festive! |
(I wasn't kidding about wearing that hoodie into Tiffany's.)
There could be no other number one for this question. I admit it - I'm dying to visit China again!
|The Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China - can you believe no one else ruined my shot?|
Thanks again to Richelle for the tag, and don't forget to check out this promotion yourself.
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To pass on this fun challenge, and invite others to enter the competition, I'm tagging 5 other bloggers:
Ginger in Japan, Japan and Knitting, Kim Dao Blog, Memoirs of a Gaijin, and last but not least, Semi Japanese. I suggest you check out all these blogs for some interesting reading, too!
Have you ever visited these countries? What were your impressions? And the biggest question of all - which countries would make your "five places I need to revisit" list? Let me know in the comments below!