Gratitude Journal: Thank you, 2014!

Dear Travel Buddies,

How do I thank thee? Let me count the ways…

Firstly, I am thankful for always inviting me to your trips. Some I wasn’t able to respond with a hearty yes, but those that we visited together were among the most memorable trips I had in 2014.

From the post-birthday celebration slash nature trip in Bulusan Lake, to the first-time out-of-the country trips in Singapore and Malaysia, to the year-end trip to Mindanao— all of them I’ll cherish forever.


Highschool classmates turned travel buddies and friends at MRT Singapore.
Highschool classmates turned travel buddies and friends at MRT Singapore.


Secondly, thank you for your support in my pursuit for travel writing. Be it in allowing me to use your photos, or in collecting information (and giving it to me later to use as reference when writing stories), or in simply giving me space to observe during our travels – all those things mean a lot to me.

I may have not expressed my gratitude before, but I noticed it. Honestly, it gives me a warm feeling every time I think of those little but important gestures of yours.

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Thirdly, I equally appreciate your encouragement when I needed it. Like the time when I had to jump from a platform (attached to a cliff) into the water to complete a caving experience.

As a fellow traveler whom I met through a common friend said, “to jump from a cliff that is 10 feet high is quite a feat for a first-timer.” Indeed, it was.

P.S. I was more than glad that we did a dry run prior to the cliff-diving challenge at Magkukuob Cave.

We had our dry run for water jumping here at Tiktikan Lake, one of the places we visited before the main attractions in Bucas Grande Island.

Lastly, thank you for “bailing me out.” You know what I mean (I hope). God, I was like a fish thrown out of the water when we had to charter trips not only once but several times to get to our target destinations in Surigao and Siargao. Likewise, thank you for doing the same Beth and Thie during our trip to Singapore. Thank you also sisters Sarah and Thel, aunt Avi and May for extending help despite the very short notice.

Of course, I am also thankful for my friends, families and relatives I had traveled with before. We may not have traveled together in 2014, but your continued support have been there (e.g. editorial support, travel-related gift from Cath). The birthday treats from my travel buddies Dos, Ely, Chie and Beth also made me feel special.

Thank you also dear readers and constant likers of my posts. Blogging could make you feel isolated; and I admit, a like to my post, or honest words of appreciation, could make a difference.

Happy New Year! Cheers to 2015!



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