And now the time has come to make ‘that kind of blog post’. It’s the end of the year and it’s time to reflect on the events gone by for 2013.
I did a similar post last year, and if you want to see, this was how 2012 unfolded for me. I did say that 2012 was a year that’s been very kind to me.
2013 seemed to be the cooler sister of the kind and gentle 2012. Both have been very good years for me, and this is how 2013 rolled out for me:
It feels like we only just welcomed 2013, bright-eyed and excited.
We met the New Year with a dinner at The Star in Sydney, and finished the night watching fireworks. I was so excited (just how I am every start of the new year) to face 2013. And with good reason to! 2013 has been a very cool year for me 🙂
The shortest month of the year always feels action packed. I watched Linkin Park and competed in a dragon boat race.
March is my birthday month and I turned 32 in 2013 🙂 This sounds strange but I’ve yet to meet someone else who feels so happy to grow older. I always look forward to growing a year older because it means I’m wiser than I was a year ago. And the older you get, the more possible it is to have your cake and eat it too. The wizened ones will agree with me on this 🙂
And we got to see Russell Peters live too!! Such an awesome experience that had both Zombie and I feeling ‘ real bad hurt in our tummies’ from laughing.
It was a chilled out April for me, did a photoshoot around Sydney with Dexter Uy Photography.
We flew to the Philippines on my quest to find the perfect island, (if you want to know Yes, I did find it, or close to my definition of perfection anyway). I re-visited Boracay to asses if it really is the world’s best island? Climbed an active volcano, and fell in love with Coron, Palawan.
Whatever fitness I gained from all the activities done in the Philippines was promptly un-done by a massive food trip in Malaysia.
7.) JULY and 8.) AUGUST
I have good reason to couple up 2 months together. It was an extremely busy month for us. Like running here and there kind of busy. And the 4-hour sleep days kind of busy.
But the end result of all that, is – we finally moved out of the city, bought our own place and now live closer to the beach. (And MALL! 🙂 )
We flew to Singapore end of September for a quick lay over stay. Staying at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore made it really challenging for this trip to be just under 24 hours!
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October proved to be another busy month for travel. It needs to be divided into 3 segments.
We flew to Dublin for TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Conference, which was also our very first travel blogging conference. This definitely won’t be our last travel or travel blogging related conference to attend. Learned a lot of things, met a lot of interesting and fun bloggers too! ( Ann of Travel Turtle, Alex and Bell from Wanderlust Marriage, Jessica and Hai of Notes of Nomads, Shane of The Travel Camel, Amber of With Husband in Tow, and Eugene of Traverse in Converse just among many wonderful others)
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Oh, and let’s not forget our short stint in Copenhagen too!
2nd , Iceland
We flew to Reykjavik after Dublin. And this was one crazily action-packed trip to Iceland, and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
I experienced Iceland as the very cool adventure capital of Europe as I scuba dived in freezing temperature, snowmobiled and climbed a glacier, dipped into the famous Blue Lagoon, tried caving at night, and went dog-sledding, just to name a few!
After all the action in Iceland, we headed to Paris for some much needed pampering. Here we reviewed some of the city’s top luxury hotels, and were not disappointed at all.
Paris is by far the most beautiful capital city I’ve been to. Every street you turn into not only looks grand but has several hundred years’ worth of history beneath it.
I suddenly found myself back in Europe in November (happy-crazy 2 months its been!)
This time I travelled alone, and I explored Europe by train. Went to London (my favourite city in Europe so far), Brussels (chocolates are amazing!), Stuttgart (hello, Mercedes Benz!) and Paris once again 🙂 I also got to try business class on the A380, which I have to say is a whole new level of comfort and design.
I’m spending Christmas in Sydney, and for my ultimate LAST travel for the year 2013, Zombie and I are flying to Brisbane for New Years.
WHEW! What a wonderful, busy and blessed 2013 was for me. No year goes without its downtimes too but I choose to recall the good times- which far outweigh the not-so-good times anyway!
Here’s to more happiness and travels for 2014. Bring it on!! 🙂
How was the year 2013 for you?