This year was our Dora, The Explorer Year; it’s because 2012 has given us opportunities to travel and fulfill a long time dream to start writing. Not only that there was a lot of first time for the both of us, a lot of conquered fear and a major event that made one of our worlds to end.
Chinese New Year in Binondo, Manila
“This is actually my first time to roam around the streets of Binondo. And it was perfect pa kasi we decided to go there during the Chinese New Year! Eng Bee Tin is full of people, lots of dragon dancers and cutie patotie chinese kids. It was surreal of having a chance to eat authentic noodles, fried siopao and the likes. YUM!” – Kaiye
Ilocos Heritage Tour
“My favorite destination since college is the Ilocos region; this year I have returned in the area for the 5th time. Though the places remain the same it feels like the first time. The long hours of travel by bus worth it because of the places that is worth seeing. The food in Ilocos is a must-try. My visit to Ilocos is like visiting old friends to catch up on stories that have happened since the last time you saw them.” – Endette
17th Hot Air Balloon Festival, Clark Field Pampanga
“Waking up around 3:00 am, driving to Clark by 4:00 am whew! A big sacrifice going to this event! But it was worth it, watching those hot air balloons up in the air…” – Kaiye
“I didn’t expect that this could happen so quickly. My world literally turned upside down when I heard the news. Knees weaken, tears falling in my eyes, hugs from different kinds of people is the only thing I want. This incident made me realize that I didn’t want to be home always. It just make me miss my mom even more. So I decided to go out and find myself, try to think, have some fresh air on how I’ll survive without the only person I love.” – Kaiye
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
“A month after my lost, I still have my commitment to go to Sabah. And I thought that this is will be a great escape for me… Though I still have a lot of an unfinished business there but hey! Maybe next year who knows I might go back and climb Mt. Kinabalu!” – Kaiye
Palawan / The birth of our blog
“Come rain or shine, this trip will push through” this was my statement when we we’re deciding if this trip will go on. The Palawan Trip was my first time to go on a long trip without the responsibility of taking care students. This was also a first for it was my first plane ride, please don’t act surprised. I have traveled north and south of the Philippines and yes, it’s either by bus or by ferry but never on a plane. -Endette
The Palawan expedition was a springboard to fulfill my long time dream to blog and to share my thoughts to the rest of the world. The blog that Kaiye and I created was also published on Air Asia’s web magazine.
People always ask if we’ve been to Boracay and no is always the answer; 2012 and our favorite airline has given me another chance to travel. Boracay allowed me to do activities that I only dreamed of like Parasailing, Paraw Sailing and cliff jumping. – Endette
Intramuros Day Tour
“I know being a tour guide is one of my dream job but I didn’t see this one coming. I was so tired for the last 3 days and yet we still able to pull off this mini-gala! Haha though there was no pressure being with these guys ‘cos I actually enjoyed my day with them! :)” – Kaiye
Home-Stay in Batangas
Before the Christmas Holidays; a friend invited us to stay with them for a couple of days in Tanauan City, Batangas. The trip allowed me to see the sights of Taal Volcano, Basilica of Taal Batangas and Tanauan City’s beauty. It was also my first time to live in a home during a travel which was a real joy for I got to meet Leanne’s family our host during the trip. – Endette
The best part of our trips this year was the experience of meeting people and the joy of learning something from them. That from a nod and a “hello” can start a conversation that can help you survive delayed flights. That people are kind and they are willing to go out of their way to help someone in need.
This year we also got to meet brilliant travel bloggers (you know who are!) whom are very willing to share their experiences and tips to “newbies” like us.
Now we’re ready to face 2013! Cheers to more (meaningful) travels and (deathifying) adventures!
This is our first ever entry (lahvet!!!) for the Pinoy Travel Bloggers Blog Carnival with Gay Mitra-Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie and Regine Camille Garcia of Between Coordinates as hosts of this month’s 2012: This Year in Travel.