Monday, September 26, 2011

Tube Travel Tuesday: Probably Not The Last

This is the final installment of a three-part series (parts one and two here and here), but there's a probability that Tube Travel Tuesday will make a comeback sometime in the near future (cause hey, there are heaps of flicks out there that made/will make us suddenly pack our bags and head out).

The idea of compiling travel related movies struck me one frigorific Sydney winter morning when I was uber lazy to hit the road. I needed something, anything to jump start my sense of adventure, that sort of waned because of the nippy temperature outdoors which I am totally not a fan of. The posts turned out to be avenues for people to exchange awesome movie lists, much thanks to the travel bloggers who have contributed.

And so here's the last, but definitely not the least, batch.

Lost In Translation

Graciel of Pinay On The Move:

"I have to say that my favorite travel film is Lost in Translation. It came around the same time as when I was living in Tokyo ( . In the film, an aging actor named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a recent college graduate named Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) develop a unique closeness after a chance meeting in a grand Tokyo hotel. The movie explores themes of loneliness, alienation, insomnia, and culture shock against the backdrop of a modern Japanese cityscape. I could totally relate to ScarJo’s feeling of isolation and culture shock. But despite these challenges what I loved about her character is the relentless curiosity for exploring such an interesting culture. It really inspired and motivated me to go around the city even though I was pretty much by myself. I didn’t have a lot of friends the first few months in Tokyo but somehow I still manage to have a lot of fun."

Motorcycle Diaries

Marky of Nomadic Experiences:

"It is a biopic based on the journal of a young Che Guevarra. It recounts his 1952 journey across South America riding his motorcycle along with a friend. From initially what seems like a youthful exuberance, the journey uncovers a realization for the young Che Guevarra that eventually catapults his consciousness to the overall social and economical picture of Latin America.

It inspired me to travel and go beyond the borders of home. As the trip helped morphed Che Guevarra into an eventual legendary figure, by opening his eyes to the realities of the world around him. I would like to find that realization as well through traveling. On the road, you find yourself and your true calling.

The world is a big place it is impossible to learn it through written accounts, that one must be able to see it with their own eyes, feel it with their own senses and talk their way inside the hearts of the people along the way. Doing that, you immersed yourself with the world around you and with open mind and wandering eyes, you get to know more about yourself and the rest of the world. In every step comes a promise of a new discovery."

Under The Tuscan Sun

Eileen of Possibly Pinay:

"Before there was “Eat Pray Love,” there was “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes. It’s the story of a newly-divorced American writer who, while on a tour group throughout Italy, decides to ditch the group and buy an Italian villa in Tuscany.

In this movie, you are spontaneously and dramatically whisked away to Rome, Positano and the entire Tuscan countryside. It was this movie that really made me fall in love with Italy. I have made the conscious decision to make a month long trip (at least!) around Italy and to make extra effort to stay, at least a week, in Positano. And it’s because of this movie that I want to share that experience with my little girl, who I’m waiting to grow up so we can do this thing!

This movie is so representative of the things people are too scared to do like travel, live abroad, learn a language or buy a house. Sometimes, you just have to do it and think about the consequences later. For some, it’ll be enough to live it through the movie and for some, like me, it’ll be an inspiration to finally just to do it, whatever it is. After watching the movie, I always end up feeling empowered and romanticized at the same time."


Angel of Lakwatsero:

"Kadin is goat in Ivatan dialect. Shot entirely in one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines - Batanes. The film is about an Ivatan boy and his sister, in search for their missing goat. The two embarked on a journey around the island, a journey that teaches them a lot of lessons in life in the backdrop of Batanes' stunning landscape.

The movie made me appreciate Batanes even if I haven't been there yet. When I saw the movie, the place almost always visits me in my dreams for months. I promised my self that I will go there soon, very soon. But unfortunately, the odds were all against me, the place seems so elusive. But apart from the film's beautiful setting, it is also about simplicity, innocence, pure love and sacrifice, a story of finding and losing, of coming and going, of kindness and cruelty, and a story that reminds us that nothing in this world is permanent."

Forever And A Day

Jerik of Pinoy Boy Journals:

"Forever and a Day is about a person’s journey and adventure to the many facets of life. Set in the picturesque provinces of Cagayan De Oro and Bukidnon in the Philippines, the story unfolds as one career-driven man meets a fragile woman whose will to survive is challenged by the many adversities of her life. With a wealth of adventure in the Southern part of the country as the setting, the movie’s theme is about winning and losing, about triumphs and defeats, and about living and leaving.

Nowadays, we live in a world where we seldom think about the simple joys of life. We are quick to pursue our own demons and push forward for success, taking for granted what really makes each and every one of us happy. As the plot unfolds, little by little we see ourselves, either to one or both of the protagonists. Its bittersweet ending has taught us so much more than aiming for that one big adventure and conquering our greatest fears. Yes! These are unforgettable milestones in our life. But as memories fade, we realize more and more the real miracles of life. It is knowing that in everything we do, we don’t always win every battle we pursue. But, what’s nice about all of these is that there’s still time for us to manage our losses. As the sun sets, at least we still have another day to win again."

Mica of Senyorita:

"Half of the movie was shot in some parts of Mindanao and it made me appreciate its beautiful tourist spots. Unfortunately though, some tourists are scared to explore the area due to the negative media hype. Through the movie, I also realized that Your Job is NOT your Life. Don't be afraid to try new things. Step out of your comfort zone! Just last week, I enjoyed my Mindanao trip and i am encouraging everyone to drop by especially if you're an adventurous person. Life is like a zipline ride - it's fast and exciting!"

Until the next Tube Travel Tuesday... Whenever that would be.


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Ed said...
September 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

awesome compilation tong series mo gay!

really brings out the personality of every travel blogger din di ba? you can see their character on why they also chose those movies.

galing galing! :D

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

That is so true Ed! I'm actually overwhelmed by the response of the bloggers who contributed. I definitely learned a lot from them.

darwin said...
September 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM

awts, i'll download all this saving all the travel-related movies that I've researched, "INTO THE WILD" about Mccandless played by Emile Hirsche is great!

Grace said...
September 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Kadin sounds really interesting. I'm checking netflix if they have it.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Grace, thanks for sharing yours :)

Micamyx|Senyorita said...
September 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Pareho pala kami ni Jerik hehe :D Yep, your Job is NOT your life. Talagang ine-emphasize eh :))

AJ said...
September 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Strong list. Particularly loved Lost in Translation so I expected bonggang bonggang language barrier in Tokyo. Surprisingly, many of the Tokyoites I asked directions from spoke English.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 27, 2011 at 9:23 PM

AJ, I am sooo hoping to visit Japan within the next 3 years. Hopefully during cherry blossoms season!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Mica, "Yep, your Job is NOT your life" is so true :)

Anonymous said...
September 28, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Lost in Translation is perhaps the funniest travel themed movie there is. The "Lip it" scene is hilarious. I'd also love to see Japan beyond the airport.

Ian | Going Places said...
September 28, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Have you watched When Love Begins (2008) it has nice romantic story set in Boracay that has good lessons about romance, and how to love survives in complicated problems we may faced in the journey. Boracay was a great setting of the film.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 28, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Drew, same here! I've only experienced Japan through Narita Airport :( Someday soon I hope we could visit.

Anonymous said...
September 28, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Yea, oh Japan, so near yet so far. My growing-up years were spent watching those mini documentaries on Japanese life as well as all those Sentai series. Japan's definitely one for the bucket list.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Ian, oh I know that film! But have not watched it :(

Lawstude said...
September 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I gotta watch some of these films. Looking back on this 3-part post, i gotta say that i am missing a lot of good travel films. Sayang wala ng dvd sa quiapo haha. :) Download na lang ako.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Drew, I grew up watching Oh Tokyo! LOL.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Oman, I didn't know na wala nang DVDs sa Quiapo!

Mitch said...
September 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Will try to get a copy of these all. I have watched the one with KC during my Batangas visit. Hindi ko nga lang natapos. Short trip lang kc. I like yung nasa C.D.O sila..Thanks for this list.

kara said...
September 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Hi Gay. This is a cool series you're doing! I can relate to Marky's Motorcycle Diaries entry. I'd love to contribute my favorite movie that's inspired me to travel, Amelie, if you're doing another post like this :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Yey! Yours will be included on the next list :)

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...
October 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM

I love Lost in Translation!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...
October 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

wow, ma download nga mga toh. hehe thanks for this very informative post Gay. dito ata nakuha ni Darwin ang "into the Wild" at pinanood nya saken, ayun super na-inspire ako lalo mag-travel. hehe kaya thanks sis!

sorry again. i should get a lesson in time management. busy busyhan kase. hehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 9, 2011 at 5:52 PM

No worries, Gael. Enjoy watching all the awesome movies!

Anonymous said...
October 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Letters to Juliet :) fell in love with Italy in that movie

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