Travel wise, 2010 has been a great year for me. Chance, fate and opportunity presented me with these travel experiences that I never would have imagine happening, even in my wildest dream,in just a span of a year.
April 16-18, 2010
Palawan was one of my dream places to visit. That is why when our school planned an outing/outreach activity there last summer, I signed up for it right a way. It was everything I imagined it to be and more. I simply love the place–the fantastic beaches, the many wonders of nature that you can see around and the locals living there who are just so passionate and protective about their hometown. I will never forget our island hopping adventure along Honda Bay, a place that can be describe as marine biodiversity at its finest and our visit to the Underground River which left us awestruck by the sheer beauty of the captivating stalagmite and stalactite formations (see my related post here). I was a half-hearted environmental warrior before Palawan, but after the trip, I throw myself wholeheartedly into the fight for a clean and green environment.
October 14-17, 2010
Since I was chosen last October as one of the winners of a blog writing contest sponsored by Cebu Pacific, my husband and I also had the opportunity to stay at Badian Island Resort and Spa in Cebu for three glorious days (see my related post here). It was my first time to travel to Cebu, so you can just imagine how thrilled speechless I was especially after seeing the place where my husband and I were to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary. Badian Island Resort and Spa is simply paradise. I am a beach freak so I had a great time kayaking, sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. I particularly like the romantic lunch in Coral Garden arranged by the resort, where we also had the most humbling snorkeling experience. It was my first time to see up close huge, colorful and beautiful corals and starfish swaying in harmony with the other sea creatures. It made me realize how truly blessed we are for having all of these wonderful natural treasures right here in our country. Of course, trip to Cebu will not be complete without doing the extreme Skywalk and Edge Coaster adventure in Crown Regency, which I absolutely love, love, love. It provided the perfect opportunity for me to overcome my fear of heights. Indeed, Cebu is one of the best local places to be, if you are out looking for varied outdoor activities.
April 30 – May 11, 2010
I never planned on going back to Singapore too soon after having been there just the previous summer (2009) but because my sister, who is based there for some years now, extended an invitation too good to resist, I found myself in my favorite tiger city once again last May. Just in time for the soft opening of Universal Studios Singapore (see my related post here). Who would have thought that two crazy adults would love Universal Studios! My sister and I were literally giddy the whole time we were there. We were like children on the loose. It was like reliving all of our fondest childhood memories. Since I stayed there for almost two weeks, I also had the chance to explore the places I didn’t get to visit before such as the Chinese and Indian temples and China Town, the one place I often frequented when I was there. I just loved how it gave me that culture-high and how the place just hustles and bustles. Since I traveled on my own for this particular trip (read: without my husband and kid), I did my own version of Eat, Pray, Love in Singapore. It was liberating in away, learning so much about the culture and getting the feel of a foreign place. It left me warmheartedly full.
2010, I was riding high with all these travel experiences that life presented me. It made me realized that once you start travelling, the wanderlust feeling seem to stay. I have a few places in my mind that I would like to visit this year, though I doubt if I will ever get to be that lucky again in the travel department like last year. But the way I see it, you don’t really need luck and chance that much when planning your travels, all you need are a good travel agency and an online classified ads website who can provide you with the best travel deals and leads such as Trajet Tours and Travel and Sulit.com.ph and you will surely be all set and ready to go in no time.:)
As of this writing, I already booked a flight Southeast and is dreaming of Hong Kong. (sigh!)
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