Mem­o­ries that last a life­time

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SENIOR -

DE­SPITE hav­ing trav­elled ex­ten­sively to Bri­tain, Hol­land, France, Nor­way, Fin­land, Rus­sia, Poland, Hun­gry, Cze­choslo­vakia, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Bel­gium, Greece, Turkey, Monaco, Aus­tralia, the United States, Canada, Egypt, In­dia, Tai­wan, South Korea, Ja­pan, South­East Asia, South Amer­ica and South Africa, Tan Beng Theam and An­nie Cheah Suan Nee didn’t need to pon­der long when asked for their top picks.

Both agree that New Zealand, Switzer­land and Aus­tria are beau­ti­ful but Tan cites some “spe­cial at­trac­tions” where he’s left bits of his heart.

“I have fond mem­o­ries of the Cana­dian Rock­ies, Ger­many’s Rhine Re­gion, the Scot­tish High­lands, Nor­we­gian Fjords, St Lawrence Wa­ter­way, Grand Canyon, Isle of Capri, Rio de Janeiro and the ex­tra­or­di­nary Huang Shan in China.

“No pho­to­graph in the world can ever do jus­tice to the Blue Grotto in Venice where the wa­ter sparkles like di­a­monds,” he says.

“You hear and read so much about a place and when you visit it, all that geog­ra­phy les­son just comes to life – the multi-di­men­sional ef­fect on all your senses is such an amaz­ing feel­ing.

“Truly, we live in such a won­der­ful world.”

Cities and mon­u­ments also in­trigue him with the pyra­mids of Egypt, Taj Ma­hal, Great Wall of China, Em­pire State Build­ing and Statue of Lib­erty get­ting spe­cial men­tion.

“These mon­u­men­tal struc­tures re­flect the great cre­ative power of man,” he shares.

Cheah says she al­ways looks out for the cul­ture, peo­ple, scenery and his­tory of places they visit.

“Some may con­sider trav­el­ling a waste of money be­cause it is in­tan­gi­ble, but I dis­agree be­cause we have snap­shots of our mem­o­ries – these are very real and tan­gi­ble.

“I know peo­ple who spend a lot on ex­pen­sive meals but af­ter a while, you for­get the taste of the food. With travel, the mem­o­ries last a life­time,” Tan adds. Se­nior is a fort­nightly page ded­i­cated to se­nior cit­i­zens. We wel­come real-life sto­ries – happy, sad, in­spir­ing, heart-warm­ing – from read­ers who are 55 and above. E-mail them to startwo@thes­ Con­tri­bu­tions which are pub­lished will be paid. Please in­clude your full name, IC num­ber, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber.

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