Monday, December 30, 2013

2013: Travel Inventory

2013 has been a good year to me. I traveled a lot (more than I expected, actually), met new friends, and ate a lot of food as well. Just like last year, I will try to summarize my year of travel with this blog post.

I've been to Bontoc, Mountain Province for the first time this year and I went there twice! It was my first time in Indonesia and Malaysia. I even went to Malaysia twice (once in Kuala Lumpur and once in Kota Kinabalu)! I've been to the Bicol Region (Legazpi City and Naga City), Misamis Region (Cagayan de Oro City and Ozamiz City), Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte for the first time! I came back to Pangasinan before the year ends and enjoyed the food there as well. I went to Baguio City and Cebu City four times this year!

This year I saw both Mayon Volcano and the Banaue Rice Terraces which I have always dreamt of visiting. I tasted the authentic Vigan Empanada in Vigan and was transported back in time by walking in Calle Crisologo in Ilocos Sur. I tried food I never thought existed like the Pinakbet Pizza and Laing Pizza. I visited a lot of Churches, Museums, and Historical Places this year and each time I thank God for the chance to be there.

All this travel won't be possible without the help and trust of Mama +Chelle (for supporting our GDG events and travel), +Janet and +Jerome (for faith that I could actually do Google Apps training), +Vince and +Reymart (for being the best host ever whenever we're in Baguio), +Ruben (for inviting us to Cebu and being a gracious host), and of course, +Jomar (for being the best travel boyfriend a girl could have, naks!)

To end the year, my family just left for Canada and I've spent the Holidays without them. I am trying this living alone kind of thing and as my boss said, "leaving your parents for another place is easier than being left behind." People will have no idea how weird, sad, and weird it is to be away from them by force but I am hopeful that I would see them soon! Now, now, 2014 be a great year for career, travel, and family life!

Cheers to the amazing 2013 and another round of glass for the coming 2014.