Thank you, 2016!

Happy New Year! This is a year-ender post so, it’s quite long. 😅

I ended 2015 with new relationships with the amazing people I met at my new job and with the folks I went with when climbing the picturesque mountains of Laguna and Batangas; with a lot of travels locally with some of my favorite people; with new experiences from every quarter of it; with memories — both good and not so good; and with lessons that left indelible marks in my heart. I was one of those hopefuls; hoping that 2016 will be a better year. But my 2016 was not a better year, it was my most AMAZING YEAR, yet! 😍

I haven’t done a year-ender post in a while (last time was 2011), and similar to my previous year-enders, I will highlight the best moments of every month of my 2016. So here it goes!

January

I never knew I would start my year with my first ever paid modeling project! There was a time in my life that I attended auditions and did VTRs hoping to land an acting project or a TVC and print ad project that would pay me a fortune but to no avail, and then I got tired and stopped and focused on more important things. And then Grab happened. It didn’t pay much but I was happy the fire inside me rekindled.

Grab Philippines’ Website
Grab PH Facebook Ad

It was also the first time I got to travel outside Laguna with my favorite people from college.

February

Got my baby! 🤗🤗🤗


March

Back at Enchanted Kingdom with the new people I met on that day. And remained friends since!

April

Every year, I go to a place that I have never been to, alone… on my birthday. This year, I finally got to visit Coron.

Celebrated my third decade alone on one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines! I only realised one thing after this, traveling alone is addictive!

May

Back at attending go-sees and VTRs, and fortunately, the one I attended this month landed me a series of modelling gigs that lasted until November. Such a humbling experience; I met a lot of cool people, too!


June

Visited Sagada at last! I have always wanted to visit this place long before That Thing Called Tadhana, and wanted to go even more after seeing the movie. I had the real Sagada experience with my favorite people from work. Got so great memories from that trip! ❤️


July

El Nido! One of my best friends Leslie went home after forever!


August

Another solo travel for me and this time I went to Boracay, after several years. I first visited Boracay last 2009 with friends from college. Ever since I remained in love with the island. If you have been there, you know why.

I went there alone and came back home with new friends I met from PubCrawl!

With the amazing people I met at PubCrawl Boracay. Photo credit: Pinky Veloso

 

September

Japan! Enough said. 😍

October

Went back to Boracay with Dhang! It was our first time riding a ferry to Caticlan. It was a 12-hour ride from Batangas. Dhang liked it but me not so much. Haha

November

Deltek’s 2016 Year End Party! We joined DelteKinetics last year, it’s an annual dance competition in Deltek and we placed second.

This year, we kept the place. Consistency is key people! 😂😂😂

Deltek Dance Crew

 

Deltek Dance Crew during awarding.

December

JENESYS 2016 Batch 5: Economics. I have so much to tell about this and I’m putting up a page on my blog about my experience. Hopefully I get to finish it before January ends.

JENESYS was one of the highlights of my 2016! I learned so much about Japan and the rich culture of the ASEAN countries! I can’t wait to share it to you!

I did not expect 2016 to be this wonderful! I just hoped for the best and I had the most amazing year I have had, yet! Although this year has been cruel to the world particularly in politics (need I say more? Haha), show business (for taking our favorite Hollywood artists from us), and with everything in general, I would say 2016 has been so kind to me and it treated me so well. I’m not expecting for 2017 to top that but I promise to work hard and bring it!

Thank you so much, 2016! 😊

N

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Thank you, 2016!

Cebu

Some time in the middle of 2011, my friends and I organized our first trip for 2012 and that is to visit and stay for a week in Cebu to witness Sinulog Festival for the first time. But before the scheduled flight, plans changed. It’s going to be more fun if we explore the city for a few days and then go somewhere that has white sand and exceptional view of sunset instead. 😀 We then decided to spend the first day in Cebu and the rest of the days in Bohol. 🙂

On the first day of our long vacation (after leaving our things in SM Cebu Travelers’ Lounge), we hurriedly went to CnT Lechon to have lunch. The three of us were excited to finally devour Cebu’s famous sinful delicacy and compare it to normal lechons in NCR. I did not like it, it’s too salty for me. Aside from that, I ended up hating myself because of the guilt that almost killed me for eating pork.

Cebu Lechon

CnT Cebu Lechon taken by Nelson Caparas

After the tasteful lunch at CnT, we all agreed to check out one of the temples in Cebu, the Philippine Taoist Temple. Because unlike Phu Sian Temple, the Taoist temple is open to the worshipers and non-worshipers. Devotees have this ritual where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. I didn’t try it though, I am focused on taking pictures and resting because reaching the top of the temple is no joke.

The Philippine Taoist Temple

The Philippine Taoist Temple taken by Nelson Caparas

This is the view from the top of the Taoist Temple.

The view from the Taoist Temple taken by Nelson Caparas

We left the temple at around 12:00 noon, we still have 2 hours til check-in time so we just went back to SM City Cebu to shop, eat, and explore. After all of the time killing, we just slept in the hotel and wait til the clock hits 6:00PM for our Sky Experience Adventure.

Located on the top of Crown Regency Hotels and Towers are Skywalk Extreme, Edge Coaster, etc. Before we hit Sparkz and stuff ourselves with different kinds of food, we experienced Edge Coaster which is a bit disappointing because it’s only a 2-minute ride on the edge of the building. 😀 The view is breathtaking though and I admit, it is way more exciting than just walking on a wide glass ledge wearing a terrible orange jumpsuit (I’m talking about Skywalk Extreme). Good thing I survived that ride in one piece.

Sky Experience Adventure - Edge Coaster

I was so happy in the picture because I know, I get to eat all gourmet food I can from different countries after the ride. 😀

The downside of having laid back friends like mine, we are all so lazy to go out and explore. 😀

Second day:

Right after having breakfast in Jollibee, we spent our second and last day in Cebu buying pasalubongs (at Tabo-an market). We were able to check out Magellan’s Cross too which is just right beside Basilica Del Sto. Niño.

Magellan’s Cross taken by Joy Marie Lapuz

Magellan's Cross taken by Joy Marie Lapuz
Basilica Del Sto. Niño

Basilica Del Sto. Nino, Cebu taken by Nelson Caparas

That’s pretty much it. At exactly 12:00 noon, we were already at Cebu Port waiting for SuperCat bound for Tagbilaran. All of us were very excited for the beach. Ha! Here’s a collage of the photos I took from our Cebu trip. Just click on the image to view a slideshow of pictures.

Cebu Collage by Photovisi

🙂

I really appreciate the cab drivers’ honesty. They were indeed way better and nicer than cab drivers in Manila. 😉
I ❤ Cebu.

Cebu