In a race to tick off six provinces from my 80 before 30 list, I'll be on a five-day adventure around Northern Luzon in a few days. It's going to be a long road trip, and I know exactly what my friend and I would need as the countryside beauty up north seduces our very eyes -- a lot of cotton candies for our ears!
These two are buddies -- travel and music.
Music is one thing that I couldn't travel without. It goes where ever I go. It puts me to sleep while trying to bay out boredom in a slow boat ride, or calms me down while waiting for a delayed flight, or keeps me up while on a long bus ride.
I'm sharing with you some of my favorite travel songs. These are the songs that make me want to run away at least for a little while, make me imagine speeding off on a long highway on a beautiful sunset, inspire me to live in the moment and catch the breathtaking views of each place I go, or cast the spell of good vibes of an otherwise gloomy day, and songs that simply make me look forward to going back to a familiar place -- that which I call my home.
Hit the play button! Hit the road!
(Disclaimer: I do not own any of the videos used in this blog. Credit goes to the owners.)
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
"And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I'm safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me."
John Mayer - 3x5s
"And I want to wake up with the rain
Didn't have a camera by my side this time
Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
Maybe I will tell you all about it
When I'm in the mood to lose my way but let me say."
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
"You've got a fast car
Is it fast enough so we can fly away?
We gotta make a decision
Leave tonight or live and die this way."
Jason Mraz -93 Million Miles
"Just know, that wherever you go,
no you’re never alone, you will always get back home."
Dido - Life for Rent
"I've always thought
that I would love to live by the sea
To travel the world alone
and live more simply
I have no idea what's happened to that dream
Cos there's really nothing left here to stop me."
Jack Jackson - Better Together
"With only two
Just me and you
Not so many things we got to do
Or places we got to be
We'll sit beneath the mango tree now
Yeah, it's always better when we're together."
"Will you stay with me, my love
For another day?
'Cause I don't want to be alone
When I'm in this state
Will you stay with me, my love
'Till we're old and gray?
I don't want to be alone
When these bones decay
Run, run, run."
Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
"Good morning and good night
I wake up at twilight
It's gonna be alright
We don't even have to try
It's always a good time."
The Corrs - Runaway
"Say it's true, there's nothing like me and you
Not alone, tell me you feel it too
And I would runaway
I would runaway, yeah
I would runaway
I would runaway with you.
Up Dharma Down - Pag-Agos
"Isang umaga muling aahon
At sisikat sa mga panahon
Na tayong pang dalawa
"Hindi mo na kailangan ng
hindi mo na kailangan ang
humanap ng iba
kalimutan na muna
ang lahat ng problema
huminga ka ng malalim at tayo'y lalarga na
handa na ba'ng gumala?
ang daming bawal sa mundo
sinasakal nila tayo
buksan ang puso at isipan
paliparin ang kamalayan."
Rascal Flatts - Fast Cars and Freedom
"I see a dust trail following an old red Nova
Baby blue eyes, your head on my shoulder
You don't look a day over Fast Cars and Freedom
That sunset river bank first time feeling."
Sitti - Para sa Akin
"Kung ika’y magiging akin
Di ka na muling luluha pa
Pangakong di ka lolokohin
Ng puso kong nagmamahal
Kung ako ay papalarin
Na ako’y iyong mahal na rin
Pangakong ikaw lang ang iibigin
Lisa Hannigan -Ocean and a Rock
"Thoughts of you, warm my bones, I'm on the way, I'm nearly home,
Lets get lost, me and you an ocean and a rock is nothing to me."
"Oh, well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
I'm going home."
Passenger - Caravan
"And you follow the blackbird home, through the early winter snow.
Your footprints track you through the grass.
And you ache just to smell her clothes, and her cooking down on the stove.
You see her face in everyone you pass."
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
"If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?"
The Weepies - Gotta Have You
"No amount of coffee, no amount of crying
No amount of whiskey, no amount of wine
No, no, no, no, no,
nothing else will do
I've gotta have you, I've gotta have you."
Kelly Clarkson -Breakaway
"Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get onboard a fast train
Travel on a jet plane, far away
Enya - Sail Away
"Let me sail, let me sail,
Let me crash upon your shore,
Let me reach, let me beach
Far beyond the Yellow Sea."
Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
"Take me away, a secret place
A sweet escape, take me away
Take me away to better days
Take me away, a hiding place."
"Sa akin mo isabit
ang pangarap mo
Gus Teja - Hero