Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tube Travel Tuesday: My List Exactly

Last week, five awesome Pinoy travel bloggers shared their favorite flicks which inspired them to live their dreams and travel the world. Today's list from six other equally awesome bloggers is special because the movies cited here are my personal faves. If you have not seen any/some of them, I suggest you find copies now. Read on to find out what you've been missing. Warning, may contain spoilers.

The Bucket List

James of Journeying James:

"It's a movie about 2 old and terminally ill guys, portrayed by Jack Nicholson and
Morgan Freeman who lists all the things they want to do before they die. And one by one ticking off the list like sky-diving, going to Taj Mahal, The Great Wall and the Pyramids.

How did it inspire you?
"I guess it inspired me to do my own bucket list and not wait until I'm terminally ill to do the things I really want to do. It also showed me that money (or lack of) is never a hindrance to travel."

The Beach

Flip of Flip Nomad:

"One of my fave movies that inspired me to travel is The Beach... The movie is filmed in Thailand and revolves around the life of a backpacker in search of that "perfect beach" which later on got him to a lot of trouble and of course to an awesome life-changing adventure. This movie inspired me to travel abroad and see the "beach" itself. Phuket and Koh Phi Phi were part of my first overseas adventure which led me to realized that travelling is my passion. Funny though that as I'm writing down my response to this short feature, I'm back in Phuket and made me remember my first trip. There's a lot to say about the film but above everything else I've learned that the world is a beautiful place and I'd like to see a lot of places and experience different cultures before I die."


Jules of The Trail Running Mistress:

"UP is a movie about the promise Carl gave to his wife Ellie about going to Angel Falls in South America. After Ellie passed away, an accident forces Carl to go to a retirement home. Before they can take him to the home, Carl and his house flies away. Along with young stowaway, Russell, and a rare bird named Kevin, Carl fulfills his promise to Ellie.

I watched this movie with younger cousins thinking it would just another run-of-the-mill feel good animation movie. But at the start of the movie when young Ellie shouts “Adventure is out there!” I got hooked. I was able to relate to the movie because I am in love with the beautiful tepuis (flat-topped mountains) of South America where Angel Falls can be found. ‘Up’ made me want to go after my dreams which includes traveling to all 80 provinces of the Philippines, visit our ASEAN neighbors and take a serious shot at the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon which is dubbed as “The World’s Toughest Mountain Race.” But more importantly, the movie made me realize that every single day is an adventure to be cherished whether I’m just doing a dance-off with my baby niece and nephew or I’m skyrunning at the country’s roof top."

127 Hours

Ed of Soloflight Ed:

"127 Hours is a film based on a mountain climber, Aron Ralston, and his story of being trapped for 5 days by a boulder while canyoning in Utah. His arm got stuck and he had to amputate it in order to break free and survive."

How did it inspire you?
"Despite having only one arm, he still continues to do what he loves to do. Seeing the character still pursuing his passion for climbing was very motivating."

What lessons have you learned from it?
"Aside from making sure that you let people know where you're headed, the importance of understanding basic survival skills is also a big factor to consider when you're out on a trip."

First aid, lighting a fire, etc. - these are things I learned from my scouting years and yet at the present, I don't even know how to tie a square knot anymore. It is important to instill these skills to help us during our adventures and not only when we become stuck between a rock and a hard place."

Into The Wild

Ron of Flip Travels:

"A lot of running, road shots, Pale face-big hair guy, Krysten Stewart in her half drunk-retarded acting and no it's not a teenybopper vampire flick--INTO THE WILD is the true story of Christopher McCandless (aka. Alexander Supertramp). Freshly off the bounds of college with a promising future ahead, Chris instead walked out of a privileged life and into the wild for his ultimate adventure. It is a story of life on the road and the people a wanderer meets along the way. A story of a traveler and a fearless risk-taker who lived the simple life and took the unorthodox high way.

This movie is a backpacking textbook in motion. The raw sense of adventure is so palpable that you can actually feel the dirt on your soles while watching it. The juxtaposition of sanity and aberration of a backpacker's life were delivered in a very convincing way that it made me want to start writing my resignation letter to my boss.

The beauty of McCandless' words and how he came in an abstract full circle is simply spellbinding. The heartwarming stories of his relationship with the people he stumbled upon ratifies my believe that "kindness is innate among strangers;" That every once in a while, there will be stray souls that will pass into our lives, and if we allow them to leave footprints in our hearts, we will never be the same."

Dong of Escape Islands:

"Christopher McCandles embarked on a journey to discover more of himself through solo adventure. Gave up his savings for charity and escaped from a complicated life with his parents. Met people along the way as he crossed from US to Mexico and finally to Alaska.

The best lesson I got from this movie was the point that he started with a mind-set of doing solo adventure yet in the end he realized that "Happiness is only real when shared".

I could relate to this movie as I myself find solo travel exciting. The adventure of backpacking and immersion to isolated communities (meeting people) remains a passion."

Stay tuned for the next Tube Travel Tuesday, interesting choices lined up for next week!


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flipnomad said...
September 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

gusto ko rin yang "Up!" naalala ko yung nakasulat sa scrapbook at the end... "Go get your new adventure" :-)

Markyramone said...
September 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM

submit ako for next week, had one in mind na City of Ghosts (not to be mistaken from City of Gods - which is also an awesome movie) I was inspired to go to Cambodia upon seeing that movie, more than the tomb raider hehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Flip, yeah! That film made me sob!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Marky, I actually didn't know Angkor Wat existed when I first watched Tomb Raider. I thought the temple's just some mean CG.

Micamyx|Senyorita said...
September 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I remember when I saw the movie 127 hours in a small movie house in London, a lady puked when the amputation scene was shown

I want to watch Into The Wild and The Beach. Must rent these movies and watch it with friends!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Oohh... Mica, 'The Beach' will make you run to the beach!

Mitch said...
September 21, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Hello, I just drop by to say I gave you an Award..Here, you can view it..http://mitchlists.blogspot.com/2011/09/ang-first-ever-kong-award-at-pitong-ako.html. Cheers!

Supertikoy said...
September 21, 2011 at 6:34 PM

napraning ako sa scene na bumaha sa 127 Hours tapos joke lang pala yun lol

sa the beach ko na realize dapat makita ko pa ang beaches sa pinas!

ang saya!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Haha! Me too Jerome, delusional na pala sya.

RON | fliptravels.com said...
September 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

thanks gay! we should do a movie marathon soon!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Ron, I remember "127 minutes". Hahaha! Movie marathon? Totally! Ugh, I wonder when do we see each other?!

lakwatsera de primera said...
September 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I love all these movies especially Into the Wild :)

Dee Quixotic said...
September 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I knew Aron Ralston story many years ago when he was featured in People's Mag. I was inspired by him kahit noon pa.... good story, good acting, superb adventure! fail yung amputation.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Superb adventure indeed, I got mixed feelings about James Franco's acting on this one though. Can't put my finger on it.

Absurd Traveler said...
September 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Cool movies. Into the wild was really moving I thought.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Hi Kris, "Into The Wild" has got a kickass sountrack :)

AJ said...
September 21, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Into the Wild! Now that's the sh*t. That movie stayed in my head weeks after I saw it.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM

AJ, that flick's in my heart forever! #naks

Ed said...
September 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

thanks for the feature gay!
Into The Wild is still in my hard drive. naghahanap pa ng tiempo hehe.

hope to interview you one of these days! hehe.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

No worries Ed. Oh my gosh, hiya ako pa-nterview! Hahaha!

dong ho said...
September 22, 2011 at 7:49 PM

thanks for sharing Gay! i actually like all the movies listed here. i wonder if we have nice local movies where the majority of the setting is in an island or on a beach.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Hi Dong, Ploning is one. Dunno of you like Juday though or not. Hihi. Thanks for sharing your fave flick!

Anonymous said...
September 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM

The Beach is so underrated. Slammed by critics at hindi kumita. Ang ganda kaya. Trivia: si Ewan McGregor dapat and gaganap na Richard kaso mas bankable daw si Leo. Nice post!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Me thinks The Beach is a guilty pleasure amongst backpackers. Oh, I totally love the soundtrack! Parang bagay na rin kay Leo ang role. Kasi Ewan looks like a pro backpacker. Leo's got this all American boy charm who seems to be trying to figure himself out, hence his trip in Southeast Asia :) Thanks for dropping by Drew!

Anonymous said...
September 22, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Great soundtrack yes! Pure shores by All Saints! The only girl band song that I genuinely liked. Yea Leo fits the role. I can't really imagine anyone else. Kahit na sa book e British si Richard. Rumour is that Ewan hasn't spoken to Danny Boyle since he lost this role.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM

They should have shot in the Philippines, where the book was conceptualized :) Hihi. And oh, Tilda Swinton's a perfect fit, I reckon.

Seair said...
September 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I loved UP and i also loved how it encouraged viewers to travel the world and how important it is to actually live out ones dream!

Anonymous said...
September 23, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I agree! What were they thinking adding CGI to Ko Phi Phi's landscape just so it would like a closed beach? That's definitely something that they can find around Palawan. Pero good na din kase they ended-up steamrolling Ko Phi Phi's shore to level it. It apparently caused damaged.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...
September 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM

"Into The Wild" is one I really can't take off my mind. It's so visceral and yet remains poetic in its attempt of portraying a young man's lonely search for happiness.

Angge said...
September 24, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I love all the movies especially Into the Wild. Memorable ng mga lines na 'The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.' and 'Happiness is only real when shared.' Basta great movie. :) No surprise though since it was produced by Sean Penn.

Steven said...
October 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I watched all this movie we can actually learn something about IT memorable movie of the year LoL

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