Top 19 for 2019

I have so many ideas on how to do this year-end post. I thought of doing a per month summary or a top 19 things that happened this 2019. I'm writing this December 30th, and I still haven't decided.

I'll look at Google Photos and see what happened each month and see if I can present it in a better way. Let's do this!

Update on December 31: I started a monthly summary and picked the top 19 events that happened this year. Disclaimer: I didn't include birthdays. This list is arranged chronologically.

Number 1. Staycation at Pan Pacific Hotel

We welcomed 2019 by staying overnight at Pan Pacific Hotel (you can read the details here). The primary reason for our stay is to watch the Vancouver New Year fireworks.

View from our hotel room

Our beautiful room (and yes, that's the view from the window)

Number 2. Vancouver Aquarium at night

Jomar's workplace has organized a winter party at the Vancouver Aquarium. There were lots of food, great music, and watching the fishes and sea creatures at night is just a different experience.

Fishes at night

Number 3. Wedding preparation trip to Manila

We spent a week back in Manila. Meeting with family, friends, and suppliers. It was too short.

Wedding Preparation

Number 4. Jomar joins Vancouver Sun Run

Jomar joins his first-ever fun run in Vancouver. It was the total Canadian experience when it hailed in the middle of the run. This is the moment I knew Jomar is adjusting well and is happy in Canada.

Number 5. Therese's graduation

Congratulations Therese! She graduated from the University of British Columbia, and we're so proud of her.

Celebrating with the family

Number 6. Crossing Burrard and Cambie Bridge

Jomar and I love walking, so crossing both Burrard and Cambie bridges for the first time this year definitely belongs in this list.

View from Burrard Bridge

Number 7. Main Street Car Free Festival

It was an unplanned visit to the Main Street Car Free Festival. They closed Main Street from traffic between 33rd up to Broadway. There were lots of food and pop-up stores. It was amazing!

The Crowd

Number 8. Hovey's graduation

Congratulations Hovey! He graduated from Vancouver Community College, and we're so proud of him.

Celebration in the Philippines

Number 9. Watching the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club

It's our first time to watch a baseball game ever. Moreover, there's free food (which is the primary reason we went). Thanks, Jomar's workplace, for sponsoring!

Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium

Number 10. Catholic Wedding in Manila

This is the goal for 2019. I have no idea how we managed to organize and pay for this wedding, but all I know is that if it's in God's will, it will happen. It's nice to see all our family and friends in one place. Thank you, everyone, who helped in making this possible. You're God's angels sent to us.

Surrounded by family and friends.

Number 11. Honda's Celebration of Lights

Fireworks to continue the beautiful summer in Vancouver.


Number 12. A Day Trip to Whistler

Real vacation (the February and July visit to the Philippines is really work for the wedding) to Whistler, a day-trip to explore more of our beautiful British Columbia.

Us in Whistler

Number 13. Pinoy Fiesta in Vancouver

In our search for Filipino food and before summer ends, we joined fellow Filipinos in Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver!


Number 14. Taiwanfest

During the Labour Day weekend, we went to Taiwanfest and enjoyed the performances and food.




Number 15. Watching the Vancouver Whitecaps FC

We watched Vancouver Whitecaps FC twice this year. Hoping for great things from the team next year.

Let's go, Whitecaps!

Number 16. VanDusen Glow in the Garden

For Halloween, we went to VanDusen Glow in the Garden and enjoyed the mysterious, beautiful lights.


Number 17. Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we went to the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant. It was beautiful.

One of the views from the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Number 18. Santa Claus Parade

This is the third year we kicked off our holidays with the Santa Claus Parade!


Number 19. Vancouver Christmas Market

It's our first time in the Vancouver Christmas Market, and I loved it. Hopefully, it becomes part of our annual tradition.


Other things to note:

  • This year is the first time I've been to Taiwan (just the airport in February). We had our layover in Japan (in July), and I was able to eat Japanese Curry in Japan.

Thank you for the many beautiful memories in 2019! Praying for more blessings this coming 2020.

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