A few weeks ago, while I was fixing the wedding site of my friend, Van, I got to reread what she wrote about me on her ‘bridal party’ page:
I met Joni 3 years ago through Jeff’s friend Deej, Joni’s boyfriend. At first, we usually saw each other whenever there were surf trips and I came to know Joni as soft-spoken, intelligent and someone who I can have great conversations with. A photographer and blogger, our trips were well-documented…
Upon reading the last line in the quote above, I felt disappointed in myself. Where did the “photographer” (just a hobbyist, really) and the “blogger” in me go? Whatever happened to the “trips well-documented”?
More importantly, will I ever win my blogging mojo back?
So for the sake of looking back on my 2011 travels that I may share them here as we start the year 2012 –since I don’t really have the energy to go through and document them one by one– let me just give the summary:
In January, our boss invited Deej and me to join him in a Sqwishland event in Hong Kong. Out of the three times I’ve been to Hong Kong, I consider the trip last year the best one, weather-wise! (I would say December-February is the best time to visit Hong Kong.) And of course, I will never ever get enough of Disneyland Hong Kong. <3
Cebu and Bohol
In February, I planned a trip to Cebu and Bohol for me and some friends from the office—from booking the flights and hotel, to preparing the itinerary. The new thing I did on this trip was to try out the zip line at the Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park. My second time in Bohol and fourth in Cebu, I have once again proven the phrase “the more the merrier!”
The only summer beach trip I went to in March last year was to Nagsasa Cove with girlfriends. I extremely enjoyed basking in the beauty of nature and bonding with friends, but I can’t say the same for our camping site which was frog-invested! Eek.
In September, Sarj and I mustered enough courage to cross out one item from our Bucket List: becoming a certified scuba diver! Our checkout dives at Dive & Trek in Bauan, Batangas almost caused me to develop thalassophobia (I had to look up the exact term for Fear of Open Water, LOL). However, when we moved on to our “fun dives”, I realized how enjoyable and relaxing diving really is! The last 3 dives we did was, for lack of a better term, nakakakilig. It’s too bad my dive buddy is not here in the Philippines. I can’t just go on a diving trip by myself anytime I want. :(
They say a trip has to be spontaneous if you want it to push through… and I couldn’t agree more! During one of our Skype chats last year, Bheng and I spontaneously booked return tickets to Singapore for October. We realized it’s been a while since the three of us spent some quality time together that we took Sarj’s invitation for us to come visit her too seriously. And of course, CebuPacific’s 50% Seat Sale only but hastened our decision.
Thoroughly enjoyed my third time in Singapore with these lovely ladies!
No doubt the best place I’ve been to last year is Seoul! Saw it in its lovely autumn state in November and felt the coldest weather I have yet to experience. Thanks to Jep and Vanny’s dedication to come up with a comprehensive itinerary, the Korea trip was a complete success. How apt would it have been if I was also into Koreanovelas or K-Pop! But the place itself is enough to make a tourist like me fall in love with it.
They say it’s lovelier there in Spring – I must go back. :)
Well I must give myself a pat in the back for successfully writing and finishing this post… after such a long, long time! *Crossing my fingers* that I may keep up this blogging thing. For trips this 2012, let’s see if I can get them well-documented.
Happy New Year!