Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012

If 2010 was a roller coaster ride, I welcomed 2011 with new hope and bigger smile.  2011 just passed by too fast. It was a year that was full of unexpected pleasant and unpleasant surprises.

Just as I thought I'd be grounded most of time (well, I was), I still managed to sneak out and give in to that wanderlust:
  • Quick trip to see Mt. Mayon once again as we shrugged off backpacking tours and gave in to the luxurious playground at Misibis Bay.
  • I had to cancel a trip to Japan after its nuclear catastrophe.  Instead, I got to explore different cities of Vietnam:  Ho Chi Minh, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay in March.
  • I'm supposed to be grounded for work but free trips courtesy of HSBC are undeniably irresistible.  Travelling solo to United Kingdom was one for the books.  From here on, I'm loving the idea of spontaneous trips.
  • Being grounded in Cebu isn't all that bad, I had the chance to revisit Cebu's hidden treasures: Olango Bird Sanctuary.
  • I said I'll not dive again, but I cannot refuse an invitation to see the whalesharks in Leyte in the ber months.
  • Apparently, I need not go very far, whalesharks are found in Cebu!
The year may not be all glorious, but unexpected moments kept my spirit up:
  • Partying in Manila for the first time with unfamiliar people at the Black Eyed Peas concert at MOA grounds was definitely a good good night.
  • It was a year of finding and losing old and new flames, just a kick out of the monotony of my life.  There's hope for my love life, an aspect of my life that I took for granted for sometime.  A simple hello even on your inbox does make a difference.
  • Lost a friend from a careless remark, the painful part was, it was a necessary evil and I don't find remorse in my heart.
  • Priorities need to be set, I declined a trip to La Union and Hong Kong without the feeling of missing out on something, at the end of the day, I just can't have it all.
  • May it be weeknights or weekends, bar hopping isn't my thing but this year, stress has taken over, unwinding over alcohol has become a welcome break.  Caipiroska at the Blu Bar, Mojitos and Patron Tequila at Maya are new discoveries and graduated from a single shot to three shots of JQ tequilla at private parties and still standing.
  • Burning the seat for ten hours a day at work, only meant ten pounds on my belly is a reminder that numbers don't lie.
Now, what does 2012 bring me?  I'm expecting unexpected moments. :)

4 comments:

Ethan Ow said...

Hi there,

I was looking for information about backpacking in Japan and I found your blog.

I'm going to do a 10-days trip flying in to Osaka and off from Tokyo. Was wondering how did you go about your trip?

Would you mind sharing?

Cheers
Ethan

P/S: I'm a diver too!

freeze said...

hi ethan, check out the link below, it practically sums up our whole trip. hope it helps! if you have more specific inquiries, i'd be happy to help.

http://freeze-mythoughts.blogspot.com/2011/01/backpacking-japan-going-around-japan-on.html

Ethan Ow said...

So you travelled from Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo as well?

Do you think 10 days is enough or is it too much? And how much was the transport if you had any idea at all. Did you get the JR pass?

freeze said...

yes, we went in via osaka to kyoto to kawaguchiko to tokyo to osaka. It took us 10 days for this trip.

We didn't get the JR pass. We took the overnight buses instead to save on hotel and expensive bullet train and just bought unlimited day use pass on the subway around the city. If you will take the shinkansen, the JR pass may be beneficial for you.

Please see the link of my blog on japan, it is detailed there.

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