Showing posts with label Autumn Season. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Autumn Season. Show all posts

Monday, September 13, 2021

Autumn or Fall: Why does this season have two different names?

September 13, 2021 0

Autumn. The loveliest season of the year. It's where the environment turns brilliant and romantic, with foliage bursting into fiery red and burnt tangerine.

But why it does have to different names? And what should be the real term for the season, is it autumn or fall?

The answer is that, it's the same.

Origin of the term

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, both autumn and fall originated in Great Britain but fall is primarily used in the United States.

Autumn in Japan

Autumn is the older word among the two, it came to the English in 1300. It came from the Latin word, autumnus, it's unsure though where this Latin word originated.

The common term used for this season prior to autumn was harvest because harvesting of the crops happened during autumn.

Poets continued to be fascinated with the autumn season because of the changing of the color of the leaves, which also the season where falling of the leaves happened.

Autumn in South Korea

In 1600s, writers and poets began using other term in relation to the falling of the leaves - "fall". By then, the English language was expanding and it soon reached North America. Until most of the New World spoke English.

Overtime, the English language spoken in North America became diverse and it thoroughly evolved beginning with the independence of the United States. English terms spoken and used caught in the identity crisis, and fall was one of them.

Fall is widely used in America

After the American revolution where Britain was defeated, in an attempt to create their own identity, the United States developed the American English distinct from the British English. 

Autumn in Taiwan

Some of the words originated from Britain where discarded in favor of terms that were thoroughly American, one of the terms was fall.

By mid 1800s, fall was considered entirely American. Thus, today, fall, and not autumn, is the term widely used in America to describe this season.

Today, both terms, autumn and fall, are used in Europe, but autumn is considered authentic English term, and more commonly used by poets, artists and writers to describe the beauty of the season.

Now, let's set the record straight. Both autumn and fall are correct terms to describe this season. It depends on the person's mindset and taste which term to use.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

10 Most Stunning Places in Asia to Experience the Best of Autumn

August 24, 2021 0

Autumn, no doubt, is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. As what William Cullen Bryant puts it, "It's the year's last loveliest smile".

And it is.

The environment is extra poetic and charming as gorgeous foliage and warm hues form a canopy in the roadside. 

Landscapes are swathed in brilliant shades of deep red and golden yellow, like a golden sunrise. Mother nature is at its prettiest and the cool weather is perfect for long walks

Brilliant foliage of autumn season

Autumn Travel in Asia

When it comes to Autumn travel, the most popular destinations for travelers are usually Europe, Tuscany and The Netherlands in particular, and USA, most notably the New England region of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Japan is Asia's premier autumn destination

However, Asia has also some fair share of natural wonders comes Fall season. China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are Asia's best destinations to see the stunning autumn foliage, where the environment is soaked in brilliant colors of deep yellows, burnt tangerines and fiery reds. 

Here are 10 of the most beautiful Asian destinations to experience a rustic Fall moment:

10. Xitou Nature Education Area, Nantou County, Taiwan

According to Taiwan news, Xitou Nature Education Area is the must-visit place in Taiwan comes autumn season. It is popular for its scenic beauty of nature and houses exciting attractions like Sun Moon lake and Qinjing farm.

Xitou Nature Education Area

This area is also remarkably breathtaking during autumn due to Gingko and Maple trees along the mountain trail. And these trees release brilliant foliage in autumn from late October to early December.

9. Kurobe Gorge, Tomaya prefecture

The most ideal country to visit in Asia comes autumn season is Japan. The country is blessed with spectacular scenery and stunning natural wonders through its sweeping vistas, wooded parks and prefectures and breathtaking trees and blooms.

Kurobe Gorge

Japan is popular for cherry blossoms travel in spring but it is also a great choice for an autumn trip due to its lush golden foliage. 

Kurobe Gorge in Tomaya prefecture is just one of its amazing autumn destinations. It's an ideal place for mountain hikers, intrepid adventurers and nature lovers.

The thick vegetation and wooded areas along the cliffsides of the towering bridges. With the scenic Kurobe river below and mountain peaks above, Kurobe Gorge is a perfect destination for thrill seekers and autumn aficionados.

8. Metasequoia Namiki Avenue, Shiga

A stunning prefectural road in Shiga, Japan soaked with more than 500 metasequioa trees, Namiki avenue is a dreamy place to visit comes autumn season.

Namili avenue soaked in Metasequioa trees

Due to its beautiful roadside scenery, it has been chosen as one of Japan's top 100 roadside sceneries. Namiki avenue offers varying wonders in every season but lovelier during Fall.

This 2.4 long avenue offers a beautiful scenery straight from the movie. Its metasequioa trees lined up on each side of the road neatly and its leaves form a canopy that makes the atmosphere a lot poetic and dreamy.

7. Asan Gingko Tree Road, Seoul

Gingko trees create a spectacular atmosphere during autumn. Not only these trees have beautiful foliage, its towering heights make the view more amazing.

Along the Asan road in Seoul, South Korea, stood the imposing Gingko trees overlooking a river. According to other bloggers who have visited this place, it's just about 2.5 hours from the downtown Seoul.

It's one of a must-visit place in South Korea during autumn so do not miss out including it in your travel bucket list!

6. Fushoushan Farm, Taichung, Taiwan

Dubbed as the Switzerland of Taiwan, Fushoushan farm nestled by the mountain ranges Hehuansan and Xueshan. As the greenery turns warm yellow and fiery red, this farm becomes a picture of loveliness. 

Beautiful autumn scenery in Fushoushan farm

Visitors are also treated to a fruit-picking during autumn. Due to its high elevated location, it is a great place to do sunrise and sunset viewing. 

The farm offers dining, accommodation  and guiding services and has a strolling avenue for hikers. It has a Pine house and a tea factory.

5. Fragrant Hills Park, Beijing, China

Known also as Xiangshan park, Fragrant Hills park is a public park in the eastern part of Western Hills, Haidian district in Beijing. It is a former imperial garden during the Qing dynasty and formerly known as Jingyi garden.

Autumn scenery in Fragrant Hills Park, Beijing

It covers almost 400 acres of land, surrounded with pine-cypress forest, hills with Maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees. It is a huge park with lots of oriental vibe gushing around the area. Cultural relics, natural sceneries, lakes and pavilions.

During autumn, the deep red leaves of the smoke trees blanket the entire mountain, creating a picturesque scenery around Fragrant Hills Park.

4. Naejangsan National Park, Jeolla-do

This is one of South Korea's most spectacular destinations during autumn season. And it's easy to see why. 

With scenic vista, hills, waterfalls, and mountains covering the landscape, and a placid lake below. No wonder this national park is so beautiful comes autumn season.

It is touted to be South Korea's most stunning autumn destination. It offers an quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of a city life. It is located on the border of North Jeolla and South Jeolla

3. Nami Island, Chuncheon, South Korea

K-drama fans are familiar with Nami island. It is a popular fixture among Korean drama series as a filming location. My Love From the Stars, Secret Garden and Winter Sonata are among the island's best endorsers. 

Autumn canopy in Nami island

Over the years, travelers who flocked to South Korea, never missed out Nami island. In fact, it has become a novelty among K-drama fanatics.

Namiseom or Nami island looks like a half-moon shaped located in Chuncheon, Gangwon province, South Korea. Best period to visit Nami island for a spectacular foliage viewing is between late September and early November.

2. Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is more popular as a winter destination, especially Sapporo, but it is also a great place to visit during autumn. It is pack with lush scenery, warm hues and brilliant surrounding during Fall season.

Futami suspension bridge in Jozankei Onsen

Hokkaido is located in the Northern part of the country making it the Japanese place to see autumn  earliest than other locations in Japan. 

Best recommended places in Hokkaido to view autumn foliage are Hokkaido University Gingko Tree Avenue, Nakajima Park, and Jozankei Onsen. 

Hokkaido really is one of the best autumn destinations in Asia because fall colors will peak in September when everyone is in the mood for a change of season.

1. Kyoto, Japan

Oh yes, Kyoto! When it comes to Autumn travel in Asia, nothing does it better than Kyoto. It's one of the oldest and loveliest cities in Japan, where atmosphere is so stunning and picturesque.

Daigoji temple, a world site heritage in Kyoto

It is one of the many places on Earth acknowledged by most travel researchers and reviewers as a must-visit. 

With its natural charm, beautiful scenery of nature, great food and historic environment, Kyoto is truly a picture of loveliness.

Autumn season makes it even lovelier and gorgeous. Everywhere is blanketed with Maple trees, and forested mountains hang in the background, making Kyoto a charming Japanese city to experience the best of autumn travel.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What's The Best Destination in Asia: South Korea or Japan?

February 18, 2018 0

Updated: January 30, 2021. 

So where to go next for an out-of-the country trip? South Korea or Japan? 

These two charming countries are some of the loveliest Asian destinations that offer a dazzling experience of adventure with its fabulous culture, spectacular scenery, great food and breathtaking landmarks.

It's been three years since my last out-of-the country travel and I'm longing to have another one this year. Hopefully. 

Plans have been in the table though.

Autumn in Nami island, South Korea

Together with my former colleagues in the university we are planning for a South Korean trip this autumn. 

I always believe that autumn or fall is the most romantic season of the year. And the most calm. 

The environment turns colorful due to brilliant foliage when autumn season comes. Japan and South Korea are known to have the most charming scenery in Asia comes Fall.

Korea is not my original choice. It has always been Japan. The countryside of Japan (my favorite is Kyoto) is so awesome during autumn season. 

Magnificent. Magical. Breathtaking. But my friends chose South Korea because it's less expensive. So I conformed.

Autumn in South Korea


South Korea offers a dazzling experience of wonders and amazement to travelers. It's the country of great contrasts. Ultra modern but retains its spectacular landscape in the countryside. 

With its thriving economy and beautiful infrastructure, the country is never short of things to excite travelers.

Korea is very popular in the Philippines due to the K-pop wave and the rise of Korean soap opera in Philippine television. Lots of Filipinos are enamored to Korean celebrities. 

Seoul during autumn

This fascination towards the K-pop culture has extended to Korean products. Korean brands have also invaded the cosmetics industry in the Philippines. 

So the plan has been finalized and our Korean travel is set this September in time for the autumn season. 

I'm yet to create a travel itinerary plan, I'm still checking for the best spots to visit in South Korea. 

I've learned also that for Philippine passport holders, Korean visa is free as long as the visit won't go beyond 59 days.  We're planning to visit this beautiful nation for five days only. 


However, I'm still longing for a Japan getaway. Though this Asian country is so amazing during spring season due to cherry blossoms, I would prefer an autumn travel to the land of the rising sun. 

Japan during autumn season

Kyoto and Osaka are my favorites. These places offer the best of Japan travel experience according to travelers. 

Osaka is home to the best authentic Japanese cuisine, while Kyoto amazes visitors with its scenic landscape, age-old tradition lifestyle and buildings, cultural wonder and magnificent countryside scenery, especially during autumn when trees turned brighter and poetic.

Autumn in Hokkaido, Japan

ANYWAY, I will just go wherever the tide of life takes me. Regardless of destination, it's the idea of adventure that excites me most. 

But I hope I can visit both Japan and South Korea during autumn season.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Travel Healing Feature: Autumn Trip to the New England Region, USA

August 05, 2015 0
Autumn in Maine

Travel Your Way to Healing

It’s been a while since my last travel blog entry. I could not think of anything good to write, even travel features. There's nothing sentimental but it just came to a point where I looked at myself totally in a mess. 

Well, I guess it's normal. Feeling low and messy at times, is part of personal growth and being human. I'm still alive and interacting in my surroundings, the feeling of inadequacies and desolation is often the result of these interactions and pressure.

Life is a process and a work in progress. We need to experience all patterns of emotions to discover our strength, figure out where we're heading, what awaits in our journey and what's best for us. 

One healing process that really best works for everyone is traveling. Nothing beats the journey to healing than see the world around us, explore nature and breathe life on the scenic road. 

Exploring the wonders of the universe even by just scanning the colorful pages of a travel book or magazine is a great diversion from anxiety and torment. 

So I scanned several pages of my old books and magazines to divert my focus and ease the feeling of failure and undesirability that warped my whole system for the past months.

Until I stumbled on the section of a travel magazine called “Travel your way to healing”. Wow! 😍 

For a passionate writer like me this is completely strange because I don’t usually need gooey articles to revive my keenness in writing and definitely, slushy sentiments don’t normally drive me to escape somewhere. But at this trying time, I know this is all what I needed to restore my self-confidence.

Massachusetts Fascination 

Travel your way to healing reminded me of Kris Aquino's trip to Boston, Massachusetts in 2010.  She brought her two sons to visit her childhood home, a red-brick, two-storey house in Newton, Massachusetts, at a time when her soul needed a boost. 

Massachusetts is one state in America that fascinated my childhood. The hit song of the Beegees, with the same title, might have something to do with it, but it's more on the state's vibrant landscape, historical buildings, and of course, Harvard University. 

Then the entire New England region. Because it's a former British colony before the American Revolution. 

Seeing the old family pictures of Kris Aquino during the self-exile of her father in Boston, then opposition leader, Senator Ninoy Aquino, brought some vigor in my worn-out system.

Boston during Autumn 

That's when I realized the value of traveling as a healing journey. That indeed, taking a trip somewhere else is a delightful way to heal our disgruntled spirit. Escaping to another place is a great way to reinvigorate our inner self and breathe.

Discovering Maine

Apart from Boston, the magazine also featured a family photo of the Aquinos taken in Maine, another New England state. 

The Aquinos in Maine

It was taken during Autumn season. And the backdrop of the photo, where brilliant foliage dangled in trees like frills of eternal happiness, enticed me more to dream an autumn travel. 

It began my interest to discover Maine. And learned that among the states in the New England region, it's Maine where travelers can truly experience the best Autumn travel. 🍁🍂

Autumn Travel Dream 

Though I have not experienced an autumn season in my life, Philippines has only two seasons, dry and wet, and I have never been to a country that has autumn season, I always thought it's the most beautiful, dramatic, and romantic season of the year.

It's where the brilliant colors of nature start spreading its loveliness and where the environment turned poetic in every drop of the leaves. It's so warm and charming. Brilliant foliage looks like natural backdrop of a world where life is timeless. 

It feels like a perfect healing scene for a wounded soul, for a tired mind and body. Autumn season is where an inner peace can be transcended to life in harmony. The brilliant hues make the environment so dreamy and relaxing. 

Autumn, indeed, is the year's last loveliest smile according to William Cullen Bryant.

Autumn travel is in my bucket list.

I started browsing the web where in the world one can experience the best autumn travel. 

Most of my search result pointed me to the New England region in the United States!

New England Dream 

New England, which is composed of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island, is a popular region in the United States renowned for its breathtaking beauty during autumn season.

The region's brilliant canopies of trees can be attributed to Northern Hardwood forest that runs through the six NE states down to Quebec in Canada.  

Best Places in NE During Autumn 

According to website, "of all the places on earth, fall in the New England is the prettiest. The region is totally made for autumn season".

The best destinations in the New England to enjoy autumn season are the following:

1. Stowe, Waterbury and Burlington, Vermont - are gorgeous villages where the prettiest autumn foliage releases its magical mist. These places are surrounded with Vermont's Green mountains where brilliant colors spread wonders in mid-September to October. 

2. Acadia National Park, Maine - best destination for hikers and adventure seekers, Acadia offers the exhilirating view of the wilderness and sweeping valleys. And it's lovelier during autumn season.

3. Salem, Massachusetts - a quaint town near Boston that offers a great autumn getaway comes October, the peak foliage time. It's also a great destination for Halloween event with activities being celebrated around the town. 

4. White Mountains, New Hampshire - the rugged mountains that come alive and colorful during autumn provide a relaxing healing journey for hikers and travelers who seek the thrill of adventure in the valleys. 

5. Providence, Rhode Islands - Classic homes, impressive landscape and classic architecture, Providence has plenty of relaxing scenes to offer that heal troubled mind for travelers seeking calmness in an autumn travel. Just like most villages and towns in the New England region, the best time to travel is during October.

There you go! Traveling our way to healing. A great way to channel our inner peace.

Hold on to hope and never give up dreaming. One day, this dream will come true. Autumn Travel for personal healing, relaxation, calmness, amusement, and fun. 🍁🍂


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