This year has been a really amazing year for me as a lot of things happened in 2013 that are so overwhelming, I couldn't believe that I did all that myself. I thought I'll be having a tough one because I welcomed it with a bad start. But then, I thought to myself that I should just be the bigger person and should not let the bad things consume me to the point that I should just wish this year would end. So I bounced back, burned the bridges and let it just light my way to happiness which I am currently experiencing now. :)
So in summary, I've nursed a heartbreak, lost my job, lost a lot of weight, bounced back, got a new job, learned my 4th language, got a new car, made my business grew, met new people, traveled a lot, lot, and just traveled a whole lot more. Did I mention that enough? :)
Everyone knew that I just found bliss in traveling and I always say that becoming a traveler is my new found self which I intend to keep for the rest of my life. I've gone places this year and I'm always longing to see more. I've become fascinated with going somewhere, meeting new people, experiencing adventure to a whole new level and learning new things along the way. There's been a lot of firsts for me and I can't say I've seen it all, but I'm super happy with all the places I've been in!
So in review, I'd like to look back at what happened this year:
1. I've visited 7 beaches this year. One beach is definitely different from another and it's with the experience and the people you're with.
Sunset at Anawangin Cove, Zambales.
Quezon Island, Alaminos, Pangasinan
Sunset at Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas.
Alubijod Cove, Guimaras Island. First pristine beach I've seen.
Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon, where we got stranded for two days. LOL.
Pink Beach, Great Sta. Cruz Island. My dream beach!
White Beach, Malamawi Island, Basilan
2. I'm no mountaineer, but I managed to climb 4 mountains this year!
Mt. Pundaquit, Zambales
Mt. Natib in Orani, Bataan. The most challenging mountain I've ever climbed!
Mt. Manalmon, Sitio Madlum, San Miguel, Bulacan
Mt. Pulag, Bokod, Benguet. The highlight of my travels this year! I finally saw the sea of clouds!!!
3. I love waterfalls and seeing 11 of it this year is such an amazing experience!
Pasukulan Falls, Mt. Natib, Orani, Bataan. Oh you gave me the most epic cramps ever, but you're so beautiful, I didn't mind anyway.
7 Falls at Mambukal Resort, Bacolod
Merloquet Falls, Sibulao, Zamboanga City.
Cabunbata Falls, Isabela, Basilan
Tabiawan Falls, Isabela, Basilan
4. Just some random things here, for the first time in my llife, I...
...let go of my long locks and rocked a pixie haircut! I didn't know it was bagay for me, LOL.
..learned how to pitch a tent, then got drunk and sleep on the beach under the stars
..went caving at the Madlum Cave, where I learned there's a level of difficulty in each cave.
..crossed a monkey bridge at the Madlum River
..River crossing. I like the feeling of that cold rush of water.
..gone rock climbing (Mt. Natib.. this! I'd never imagined myself climbing that 80 degree rock assault!)
..explored Iloilo City and Guimaras all by myself.
..wore a bikini (cheers to summer! XD)
..rode a habal-habal ride
..learned how to surf
...seen the MassKara festival in Bacolod and danced like crazy kids in a street party.
..met strangers on Instagram and eventually became my best travel buddies! I'm glad I took the chance! :D
..and many other firsts that I've experienced this year! I feel super happy, blessed and thankful that He's always guiding me towards making everything happen this year. I am also thankful to all the new people I met this year, especially my travel buddies whom I just met on Instagram. Without them, all this wouldn't be possible or probably wouldn't be as fun as this. I also learned that it's never too late to get out of your comfort zone and start living your dream and besides, it's been fun and I intend to do it again next year! ;)