Forgive the silence… would you believe that I ushered in the New Year with colds and fever? But that didn’t stop me from having friends over for the count down. No. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
Credits: Quickpage from JSprague’s 4ever kit, created by Brenda Neuberger
2012 has been good to me. Even with much less travels this year, I’ve managed a few unforgettable firsts. Here they are; some I have not even posted but will pre-empt:
1. The Bus Ride to Vang Vieng
A 4-hour bus ride from Vientaine on a sleeper bus made for petite Laotians. Worst was the bunks were meant for (yes) 2 petite Laotians. We’re definitely far from petite. So imagine the trip.
2. First time on a Hot Air Balloon
Soaring high in Vang Vieng, watching the town wake up. You get the best view in town, if you ask me.
3. The Boat Ride to Y’ami
An idea that came to fruition had us journeying to the northernmost island of the Philippines on a grueling 3-hour boat ride off Itbayat Island in Batanes. Why? I ask the same question many times over. An experience hard to topple.
4. A Night in Siayan
We had to break the grueling boat ride and stay overnight in an island about 1 hour away from Itbayat (the farthest inhabited island of Batanes) because the waters along the Bashi Channel can be treacherous particularly in the late afternoon. Getting to the island, beautiful as it is, is an adventure in its self.
5. Hiking Up to Cape Engaño
Beautiful sight, up there. That’s all I will say for now. Watch out for my post – coming soon.
6. Enjoying an Onsen Bath
While it snowed too. A totally exhilarating and liberating experience, I dipped in those pools two nights in a row. Awesomeness.
As for 2013, I’ve got some exciting plans already in the pipeline. I’ve been working hard to get that to fruition over the holidays, truth to tell. It is going to be an exciting year. I feel it in the air. How is your 2013 looking so far?