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Thank You 2013!

“Dear old world', she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” 
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Much as I wished that this would be the year that I get to finally shout gleefully to the heavens for striking a romantic connection with a man who gushes at the sound of my name, this year turned out to be a time for slowing down and pursuing other adventures for which I am extremely thankful. 

I focused my energy on pursuing goals that I’ve set aside, tried new things and traveled to places I wondered about. It’s also been a truly wonderful year pursuing writing and working with brands that I respect. 

Here’s a list of my favourite adventures this year. Please click on the title links to read my post about it. :) 




3. First trip in Boracay - Ariel's Point + Top Fave Places to Dine in Boracay (link leads to my food blog)




Photo taken by my friend Arisse



Our group together with one of the owners, Dr. Cuanang












Photo from Berghaus PH
16. Accompanied  friends for their training run weekend in Baguio  (haven't written about this though). On the first day, we ran 9.6 KM at the Yellow Trail at Camp John Hay and on the following day, we had a long Slow Distance  (LSD) run from Panagbenga Park to the top of Mt. Cabuyao, a total of 19. 7 KM of road. Whew! I don't really like running but it's an awesome exercise. Spending a weekend running is not exactly my idea of fun but I was with great company so I had a blast. :) 
Photo taken at Camp John Hay's Yellow Trail
2014, see you in a bit. ;) 

This entry is part of  the Pinoy Travel Bloggers Carnival for December with the theme, Closing the Curtains on 2013 : Love, learn and living hosted by The Philippine Travelogue. View the rest of the entries here (Carnival post will be live in a few hours).


To check out the rest of the previous blog carnival entries, visit Langyaw.











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