2014, whoa! What a year!
This has perhaps been one of the most memorable year of my life so far. I have celebrated my 30th birthday earlier last year and an abundance of travels both here and abroad graced their presence in my life. I would admit, it hasn't been pleasant all throughout but I had my fair share of awesome things as well. There's too many to be thankful for in 2014. I had a fantastic year at work, my family is healthy, I got to travel more than I used to travel compared to past years. Everything seems splendid!
Now let me share with you my best moments in the year 2014.
I have spent my 30th birthday in Vietnam, this time in the city of Hanoi. I love Vietnam, and I always will. The food, the people and most specially how affordable everything is makes this country at the top of my to-go list. My time in Vietnam was filled with memories that I will cherish forever. I spent my birthday mid air , inside the plane going to Hanoi as the clock strikes 12, I saw the beautiful Halong Bay, ate sumptuous Vietnamese food once again, and mostly, spent wonderful time with fantastic friends that made the trip worthwhile
|A delicious cup of Ca Phe Trung in Hanoi|
|With a new found friend David and his birthday surprise for me!|
|A floating village in Halong Bay|
We celebrated my mom's 60th birthday in Cebu and we had such a good time! This is my way of saying thanks to both mom and dad for everything they have done for me. I remember visiting Cebu with the whole family many years ago and was not able to go back anymore. Thank God for giving me a chance to treat mom and dad for a short vacation such as this. :)
I love the fact that Cebu is a bustling city one moment and a quiet fishing town the next. The food is also amazing! I would go back again and again for the lechon and fresh seafoods. We also had a grand time in a boutique hotel in the heart of Cebu City. Splendid service!
|Mama, celebrating her 60th birthday in Cebu|
|Wellcome Hotel in the heart of Cebu city|
|Delicious Palanganita of Shrimps in STK Ta Bay!, Cebu City|
|We had a great stay at Be Resorts Mactan|
I had an amazing time with my friend Gladys during this trip. I have long been wanting to visit Iloilo and I think that she was the perfect companion for that trip. We both love to eat and Iloilo is a great place to sample traditional local cuisine. Batchoy, Kansi, fresh sea foods, what more can you ask for? It's a foodie paradise!
|Iloilo's Famous La Paz Batchoy at Netong's|
|Great seafood meal at Breakthrough Restaurant|
|Corned Beef Kansi at Punot|
|The majestic Miag-ao Church, a UNESCO World Heritage site|
Finally, the beautiful island of Guimaras where you will find breathtaking scenery and delicious mangoes. The highlight of my trip there would be our visit to Guisi Lighthouse. It was such a beauty! I also enjoyed the surprisingly good Mango Pizza from The Pitsop restaurant.
|Ruins in front of Guisi Lighthouse. |
Yes, I just have to strike a pose even if I don't usually like having my photo taken.
|The star of the Turtle Island!|
|Breathtaking view of Guimaras|
|The Mango Pizza from The Pitstop Restaurant in Guimaras is surprisingly good!|
Tremendous year of food and travels! I can sense that 2015 will bring me more fun and adventure, so bring it on, 2015! Happy New Year everyone!