Thank you, 2017!

Happy almost new year! Another year is coming, so another year-end blog post is served. As usual, I just highlighted the memorable (for me) events happened on each month and as always, the purpose of this year-end is for me to have something to look at whenever I feel like it. 😉

So here it is…

January

I was lucky enough to start my 2017 just like how I started my 2016: a modelling gig. It was the last leg for my BoardWalk Silversaya project. It was one of the highlights of my 2016 and I’m thankful it lasted until January of 2017. I met a lot of Filipino celebrities and cool people through this project.

01 Jan- BW Gig

I was reunited with Yzelle and Ish, and finally met their partners Brian and Geno. It was also kind of a pre-wedding meeting (for Yzelle and Brian) of college friends. 🙂

01 Jan- Reunited

My first 2017 travel was to Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. I enjoyed this trip although it wasn’t the easiest, it was the cheapest — the cheapest accommodation, cheapest food, cheapest pasalubong, etc. I posted a short blog about this trip and you can find it here.

February

This month and year was the first time I traveled outside the Philippines alone and it was Taiwan that I visited. It was very liberating, fun, and addictive — addictive for someone who enjoys being alone. Haha! Luckily, I was able to blog about this trip too and you can find it here.

March

I finally saw Wicked! I remember Wicked having a run in the Philippines sometime in 2015 or 2016 but for some reason, I wasn’t aware about it until its final show day. I missed it that year and promised to not miss it again when they return for another run. Fortunately, they did in 2017 and bought my ticket 2 months early to make sure I don’t forget. Haha! The show was amazing. I can’t wait to watch it again!

03 Mar- Wicked

April

Spent the holyweek with friends and “staycation-ed” eating, playing board games, and drinking. It was a low-key reunion because I’ve never seen these people in a while.

04 Apr- Holyweek Staycation

Reunited with my college friends at Yzelle and Brian’s wedding by the beach. That night was crazy, haha. Dang and I drank too much we were throwing up everywhere. XD

May

First time to visit Bacolod for my high school friend Toffer’s wedding and witnessed the beauty of The Ruins (not the wedding venue) in the evening. The place was so romantic, too bad I was alone. Haha

05 May- Bacolod Ruins

It was time for the Deltek Makati Marketing Team team building. Super chill night with food and booze that we spent somewhere in Tagaytay. I must say, I got closer with some of my office friends that night and grew a deeper friendship. 😀

Another staycation with my favorite people from home. Haha, celebrated my sister’s birthday with our mother bonding over local tv shows, food, and non-stop kwentuhan. With our busy schedule at work, we can’t do something like this at home that much.

05 May- Staycation Sis Mom

June

I remember myself at the end of 2016 promising to take care of myself more this year and start to focus on my back problems. So I started with having my spine checked; I did therapy, too but to no avail. So I resorted to chiropractor which was very effective and made me feel so much better. Unfortunately, it was so expensive that I can only purchase 36 sessions, although I needed a lifetime maintenance.

06 Jun- Chiro

The annual Deltek Bowl-a-thon!

July

First time to travel with this crazy bunch to Boracay! It was so foreign for me to go to Boracay with so much friends. I usually go there alone or with just a few of my close friends. It was a total madness! 😀

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Finally watched Up Dharma Down live!

07 Jul- UDD 03

August

Celebration of our mother’s 67th birthday. Just another day in the year that my family get to see each other for a simple celebration. 🙂

September

Rai and Lem finally got hitched! Attended my favorite loveteam’s wedding! ❤ I have always been the 3rd wheel for this couple for a while, and I must say this is just as timely. I’m so happy to see them tie the knot. 🙂

09 Sep- LemRai Wedding

More from my Deltek friends. The annual Deltek Employee Appreciation week! 🙂

October

First (and last) fun run with my Deltek friends. Haha, we all ran 10km for the last leg of the RunRio event.

November

Went back to Japan at last! I explored the Kansai area this time. Spending 10 days alone made me realised so many things about my plans for the next year. And I finally tried onsen (public bath) on this visit – it was so liberating; all inhibitions will be thrown out the window. Everybody who goes to Japan must do it.

December

Deltek Makati Marketing Team Christmas Party! This is my 3rd christmas party with my Deltek family and they never disappoint. Another crazy party with these crazy people. Haha, Happy Holidays guys!

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This year wasn’t as good as 2016, but it wasn’t bad either. I’m still thankful I was able to go to places I’ve never been before, met amazing people I’ve never met before, and experienced things I’ve never done before. 2017 was the year of 3 Fs for me: Family, Friends and a lot of Firsts, and hopefully we all get a better year in 2018!

Happy New Year!

N

 

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Thank you, 2017!

Taipei, Taiwan

Ni hao! Here’s a summary video of my 4-day stay in Taiwan. 🙂

This trip was extra special to me from my previous out of the country trips because this was my first ever solo travel outside the Philippines. Haha!

It was so much fun and liberating! Well, I really like to travel alone so I already expected that I would enjoy this trip. Haha! But what I was super excited about before going to Taipei were the food I’m going to nibble on, the places I am going to visit, and the amazing weather! It’s the last week of February so it’s still chilly but not so much and it was perfect.

Below are some of the photos I took from the places I went to and a few of the food I tried while I’m there.

 

Lungshan Temple of Manka

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A typical street in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market

 

Squirrels and the lovely view in 228 Peace Park

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I was also lucky to see Sakura trees started blooming! So if you want to witness sakura blossoms in Taipei, it is perfect to visit sometime between last week of February and first week of March. 🙂

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Raohe Street Night Market

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Subway to Taipei Main Station

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The most famous skyscraper in Taiwan, the Taipei 101. I took this from the peak of the Elephant Mountain. It’s a steep hike but the view from up there is worth the sweat! Also, a few minutes of trek won’t hurt so much.

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That’s me and Taipei 101. See how wet my shirt is? Haha! For a very unprepared and unfit person like me, it was a challenge. But it didn’t kill me so, I would still recommend to do this. You can relax on the top after, it was amazing.

 

Taipei Zoo

 

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The vastness of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is amazing! It’s also a great place to relax, take photographs, picnic, and whatever decent. Haha! There are sakura trees around, too. 😉

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That’s me again, with the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Hehe

I also tried the famous Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending on my last day. The food is served in a bowl that looks like toilet. It’s cute, and very instragrammable. The price of the meals are a bit high from the usual prices of food in Taipei but it’s okay. Taste is OK too. I only had chicken curry, and I love chicken and curry so my comment about it is kind of bias… and yes, I loved it. The complimentary poop-shaped chocolate ice cream is so-so though. I would still recommend it for first time visitors for experience. The place is cozy, and homy so you will absolutely like it. 😉

 

Modern Toilet Restaurant

There are places I wasn’t able to go to because of oversleeping. Haha! Like Yehliu Geopark up north, the Sanxia District, Jiufen Old Street, and a lot more. I think it’s okay, then I have a reason to go back.

Taiwan, I’ll see you again! ❤

~ N

Taipei, Taiwan