BeachHopAsia2016. Trip of Wonders. Cruisin’. Bia Hanoi. Taiwan Beer. The Maldives. Beach. More beach. Suntan. Dry fuzzy hair. I don’t care. And yes, I'm still a public school teacher.
2016 was a great year in terms of travel. Me and my buddy started to travel slow and specifically stayed on one place for a minimum of three nights (we are really getting older, Haha). We chose not to hurry and enjoyed doing nothing for days. But we got to feel the vibe of a place more and interacted with the locals that made the trip more remarkable. ‘Coz let’s face it, what’s the rush? So if you’re younger, try to explore more and do whatever you feel like doing without anybody dictating you. Just enjoy and let the happy vibe flow.
"Happiness [is] only real when shared." Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild. When you're tired and cranky, and you have to sleep at the airport's cold floor, and yet somehow, he still manages to make you laugh. You know then that you've found the perfect travel buddy. Ending our #BeachHopAsia2016 series with a grateful heart. Can't wait to meet my new students on Monday :) Thanks @panzitbeehon for the photo ;)
109 posts. 1,559,759 page views. 348 subscribed rss readers.12,889 Instagram followers (woohoo!) and 522 Twitter followers. This year, it’s been a year of no rush. Here comes old age, I know. So here’s a rundown of my Top 5 memorable moments on the road.
We sat down on a low chair on a pavement along a crossroad and enjoyed our afternoon beer session. The roads converged on a crazy midpoint where cars, motorbikes, peddlers and people meet. We watched the pandemonium for minutes and were exhausted as we were entertained with raging vehicles and whatnots. But we enjoyed the scene as we chugged more Bia Saigon. We had five more hours to go before our flight back to Manila but we chose to be there, our favorite spot in Hanoi.
Singapore-Penang-Langkawi Cruise Holiday via Star Cruises
"Why do people put off travel until retirement? What are they saving it for? I understand that people want to be financially secure first, and pay off pension plans, but why consign the most active years of your life to drudgery?" - Jessica Zafra (Twisted Travels) Thank you @starcruisesasia for fulfilling one of my dreams. It was great spending four days onboard the gorgeous SuperStar Gemini with a crazy bunch of people. I wouldn't mind doing this over and over again. #MyTimeToCruise #StarCruises #SuperStarGemini Photo by @lakadpilipinas
It was a dream come true as I got to experience a cruise holiday for the very first time, a thing that was formerly regarded as a retiree’s ultimate vacation. With a bunch of crazy friends, we explored the vastness of SuperStar Gemini and enjoyed partying on the outdoor pool at noon, restaurant-hopping and shore excursions. It was when the Entertainment team asked the guests to participate on a Lip Sync Battle in front of an audience when I truly felt a star. I got to experience the celebrity life, complete with wardrobe and make-up transformation, and belted out Beyonce’s Listen. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment, both the singing and the cruise holiday experience.
Ella, Sri Lanka
That moment when you’re enjoying the first hour of a ten-hour local train ride across tea plantations of Sri Lanka when a kid sat on your lap and shared that moment with you. As the train entered into misty hills, we sat there quietly not knowing who he was and who’s he with. After some time, I met his mom and he started sharing stories (in Sinhalese - Sri Lankan language) and I listened eagerly without having any inkling on anything he said. He cried, while looking at me, when they had to leave. Such a very touching moment.
Trip of Wonders, Indonesia
I never imagined myself being on a trip for twelve days with 40+ warm bodies that I need to deal with every day. I’m not snob, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I usually am not the most sociable person you’d know. I could get by with one or two new characters in my life but 40? Haha. The Trip of Wonders 2016 by Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism proved me wrong as I explored the gems of the country with other travel bloggers around Southeast Asia for almost two weeks. It was totally fun as we all clicked together as we travel to different key destinations in Indonesia. A truly memorable one, and I would definitely do it again given the chance.
Maldives is for honeymooners with fat bank accounts, well, that isn’t true. My friends and I did a backpacking trip on some of the thousand islands and sandbars of the Maldives for almost two weeks with meager budget, and we survived. It was fun sharing its beauty with some of the favorite people in my life. I couldn’t imagine the trip without them, ‘coz experience and happiness are meant to be shared, right? Oh, by the way, it’s on my next cue for posting. Err, gotta swallow more of that productive pill for writing soon. Haha.
I am so looking forward to more treasured moments this coming year.
Happy 2017 y'all
Here's a rundown on my 2016 posts.