Tuesday, December 31

2013

2013 is a grand year for me.  Why? It was my year to finally write off several exotic places in my travel bucket list.  I did not get to travel as often as in 2012.  But this decision was proven worthwhile as I have gone to Palawan, explored the islands and even went as far as to the very exotic country which is India.


Meeting New Friends


Again, just like in 2012, the most precious gift a traveler can have while on the road is to meet new friends.  Friendships forged with the same love for traveling is often lasting.  The exhiliration of meeting and planning my trips with these people are beyond words.  Now, I already consider a two week travel super short. Thanks to them.


These guys made my second visit to Calaguas more memorable
And I finally traveled again with Marx and met the legendary Josiah Sicad! 
Peace Josiah!  I know you might hate me! lol

This trip definitely opened my eyes about the past and the future

2013 Travel Highlights

1. Tiptoeing in Tingloy Island - I am a beach babe. A visit to this almost unexplored island near the metro was a post-2012 Christmas gift for me!

Mindoro Island can be seen clearly from the here


2. My Liw Liwa Love Story.  - My love for sea was born seven years ago.  For those close to me.  You may know the story behind it.  If not yet, feel free to read back my 20 Hours With Him


Re-uniting with the waves!

3. The Enchanting Enchantment of El Nido - Do I need to say more? This is El Nido baby!

I was greatly charmed by El Nido!

4. The Magnanimous Santa Rosa: A Glimpse to Her Colorful Past - I have since discovered the wonderful history of my present hometown.  She is not just all about Enchanted Kingdom.

Our local hero's ancestral home

5.  India Travel Series - I did not realize that I have already set afoot on the amazing India.  There were apprehensions at first specially since starting at the end part of 2012, horrible stories against women happened and were spread by media like wildfire.  Female visitors significantly dropped.  I had my fair share of not-so-good- experiences when I visited India but that did not taint the love I have developed for this awesome country.  I will visit her once more. Of this I am sure. 

I so love this shot!
India is truly incredible and amazing!


2013 for me was also year of hope, of dreams realized and of bonded, lasting friendships. It was also a year of not being afraid to try new things. To have gone out of my shelter and comfort zone and being not afraid of loving once again. 

I am looking forward to a another year God has given me.  2014 will be another blessed year for me.  I hope I will also get blessed in the <3 department.  Who knows, right?  Maybe he is just lurking there somewhere.  That someone with whom I can share my numerous sunrise and endless sunsets. 

Happy and safe traveling to all! 

God Bless and cheers to a fruitful new year!

Love,  Pondering Paodaolei





 http://langyaw.com/pinoy-travel-bloggerss-blog-carnival/ This is a Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival entry for December 2013. "The Pinoy Travel Bloggers Closing the Curtains on 2013: Love, Learn and Living" as hosted by Brenna Bustamante of The Philippine Travelogue.


33 comments:

  1. Nako! Lurking there somewhere baka mumu yun or holdaper haha peace and more adventures for you in 2014

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    1. Oo nga Joshua baka Ghost na siya! hehehe! More travels for you too come next year! God Bless! :-)

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  2. I have high hopes that you'll be receiving more blessings in the coming year, especially in the love department! :) Also, I would like to take this opportunity to say "thanks for coming into my life." You're one awesome friend! I'm glad that I finally met you before 2013 ended! :) Here's to traveling together soon! :) <3

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    1. I do believe that there will be more to come for me. GOD is never selfish right? :-)

      I am happy to have met you too. Here's to a lifetime of friendship. Hope we can hang out again soon! :-)

      Love,
      Paula

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    2. For sure, Pau!!! See you soon ah!!! Miss you and our talks! <3

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  3. you had beautiful journeys in 2013!
    glad to finally meet familiar faces from your photos.

    may the Lord bless all of us more in 2014 and beyond!
    happy new year! :)

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    1. Yes DocGelo I did! See you on the road soon too? :-)

      God bless you too!

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  4. Viet-Lao-Thai on 2014! Yey! *high-five*

    And of course, that someone you can watch sunrises and sunsets with will come at the perfect time. ;-)

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    1. Of course that will the highlight of my 2014!

      And yes, I hope that person will come up to me and say hi soon. :-)

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  5. Enjoyed your recollection of special travel stories, Paula, especially the series (about India).

    The pictures alone can do the job.

    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you yobynos! the last one was my most favorite too! :-)

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  6. Enjoyed your recollection of special travel stories, Paula, especially the series (about India).

    The pictures alone can do the job.

    Cheers!

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  7. Palawan and India..darn! Wish I can visit these places one day. :(

    Good job for you Paula. More Travels, more fun. Let's look forward the 2014. :)

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    1. Thanks Arnie! mapupuntahan mo rin yan! :-)

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  8. Beautiful 2013! Cheeers Pau! <3 Happy new year again sayo.

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    1. Thanks Shugah! hope you will be part of my 2014 year-end post. :-)

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  9. Awesome 2013 po, India is one of my biggest dream travel. More to come this 2014!

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    1. Thanks Christine! Hope you'd get to visit India soon too! :-)

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  10. Pao sana mksama ako sa mga lakad mo sa 2014!

    Hapi new year pao!

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    1. Oo nga Kulapitot! Sa summer hopefully we'd meet na! :-)

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  11. India was the highlight of my travels last year, too. It's really beautiful there. Hope someday to go back, I haven't been to Udaipur and other places in the south that you've been to.

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    1. Hello Aleah! Me too, India and El Nido are my top travel destinations last year as well. Need to finish then my India travel series soon!

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  12. Awesome 2013. Wow India.. I hope to visit India someday.

    Cheers and more travel for you in 2014.
    and hopefull <3 department.. ayiiiiiiiiiiii

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    1. Thanks Riz! Hope more travels for you this year as well! :-)

      Sana nga maging succesful na rin sa L<3 department.

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  13. congrats sa taong 2013 ang daming gala.. sana makasama din ako ng 2014 sa iyong gala :)

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    1. oo nga Mina, maybe one summer hike we can finally travel together! :-)

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  14. Beautiful shot in India! Cheers and Happy new Year! :)

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    1. Thank you Kara! In deed, this is my most favorite travel shot. :-) Happy new year too!

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  15. Hey Paula! MY favorite here ay yung mga meet-up! Ang saya kaya ng ganun! And 'yung India! Ganda! Happy New Year Paula!

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    1. Always happy pag may meet-up. YES, favorite ko yang India na yan! ^^

      Happy new year too ED! :-)

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  16. What a year for you Pau! Daming international travels! Dagdag mo pa yung na meet mo ko! hahaha Joke ;) I wanna go to Tingloy! See you soon ;)

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    1. Ayun na nga sa Calaguas tayo unang nagka-daupang palad di ba! :-) hehehe

      Isa lang naman ang international travel ko last year - MLY-India-Thailand. :-)

      heheh! see you soon, mwah!

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