Something inside me changes every time I travel. A new experience makes me appreciate life’s beauty and I feel so lucky given the chance to experience a new culture. The curiosity in me is satisfied when I learn about the history of the place and how the people coped up with the challenges thrown their way. We may come from different countries, different religions, different beliefs and cultures but we are all the same in a way – trying to find that one thing that makes our world a better place.
The year 2012 was pretty exciting for me. I was able to finish my master’s degree, find work abroad and still get to squeeze in a bit of travel time. I had fun reminiscing on all the things that happened in my life for the past 12 months and choosing the pictures that best represent each month.
Here’s my 2012 in pictures. Enjoy!
January: Revisited Bangkok and when to the floating market.
February: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Clark.
March: Trekked to Osmena Peak with friends.
April: Beach time at Malapascua
May: After finishing my masters degree, I revisited the beautiful Angkor Wat to celebrate.
June: Visited the Sahara Desert for the first time!
July: I moved to another country and this is my temporary home while I look for an apartment.
August: I miss the beach so much. I went to Samet to unwind.
September: I went to Samui to dip my toes on the beach.
October: Visited the Plain of Jars in Laos.
November: Visited the Long Karen tribe in Chiang Mai.
December: Back to home base to celebrate Christmas with the family.
I have been lazing off this holiday season. Blame it on everything that involves the holidays – shopping, gift wrapping, online games, parties, food and booze. I am still in the middle of my holiday and enjoying it immensely. I hope everybody is enjoying their holiday as well. Happy Holidays everybody!
12.12.12 This will be the last day of my entire life when the day, month and year are the same. I chose to post this photo for today to thank the universe for the opportunity to travel and to attract more travel opportunities. 😊 I have been thinking about my travel plans for 2013 and I am still in a limbo where to go. Not that I can’t think of a place to go but because there are a lot of places to explore! I hope the universe will conspire with me and make my travel dreams come true! ❤
Photoblog is a form of sharing pictures using the format of a blog. I initially didn’t plan to do a daily photoblog on my website. My plan then was to blog about my travels and the photos that comes with it. I still have the same goal as of this writing. However, it was pretty challenging to me to come up with a whole article in one sitting so I ended up only posting a couple of blogs per month. I am that slow in organizing the write-ups even when I have tons of idea in my mind.
A Turn of Events
After I posted My Sahara Desert Experience, inspired me to be more creative because I got motivated when fellow bloggers would liked my post and leave a comment. Then a brilliant idea hit me. I can continue blogging without stressing myself too much by posting a photo daily in my website. It started the ball rolling!
Challenges Along The Way
I didn’t say it was too easy. There missed posting on some days because I was traveling (I don’t have wifi all the time). There are days that I don’t know which photo to post. Or that it takes me a long time to decide which one to post. And a much longer time to come up with the story that comes with the photo. But it did work and I still continue to photoblog up until this day (hurrah!). Comments and likes from fellow bloggers still makes me smile and I feel lucky that I belong to the WordPress blogging community. 🙂
Upping the Ante
Now, I am challenging myself to post an article weekly to stir up my creativity. This week I joined the Weekly Writing Challenge for inspiration on what to write (yey!) and I’ll think of something creative for next week. Cheers!
Happy. It is the one thing that everybody wants to achieve. It is something that I also want in my life – to be happy. These are the stuff that makes me happy – photography, traveling, exploring new places and cultures, food, the beach, flowers and soda or cola. Using the new gallery format, here are my photos for this challenge. Enjoy!