Sunday, December 29, 2013

Yearender: It Comes and She Goes

"Even though I took a step back from things that the metropolitan world would describe as success, I could say that it is one of the best years of my life. It is the year when I discovered my love for the mountains, my affection for the waters and most importantly, my passion for traveling." - Paulakwatsera in Baler, December 2013 

My first job (2009 - 2010) allowed me to become a Mabuhay Miles elite member and be up in the air almost every week but even though I constantly travel during that time, I had the littlest appreciation of the places that I'd been to. Going back home is the first thing that I have in mind the moment I set foot on a new place back then. 

But 2013 is the year when I have discovered a comfort in dislocation. This is the year when I started to enjoy traveling solo, the year when I conquered my first summit, the year when I fell in and out of love in a week, the year when I almost died doing the thing that I love, the year that I experienced my highest highs and my lowest lows, and the year when I developed my love for travel blogging. 

My first self induced solo trip in Magalawa Island, Zambales - March
The beautiful Bulusan Lake - April
My first mountain, Mt. Maculot - June

That magical place called El Nido - June
 
The day when I learned that the mountains could either be your best friend or your worst enemy, Pico de Loro - July

Being a little less introvert in La Union - September

Realizing that not every battle fought well can be won, Mt. Cristobal - September

Chasing happiness in South Korea - September
 
Seeking serenity and finding wisdom in The Cordilleras - November

Coming of age and celebrating life in Baler - December

2014

The areas of improvement on my year-end performance review indicates that I should face my fears and get out of my comfort zone. This 2014, I am going to do just that. I am going to bring out my inner Harvey Specter and make things happen for my goal to be location independent, or at least have a passport that will allow me to visit greater destinations.

2014 is the year that I will live life as a 27 year-old and just thinking about it send chills up my spine. I am getting old. And even though my family and half of my friends are starting to worry because I still do not have a partner, what I worry about is that I might not have enough time to see the world.

Maybe on 2014 I should strategize on how to find my dream guy, that is 6 feet or above and doesn't wear white socks, that will provide me my dream wedding. Well when I was younger I did that but now I am older and definitely wiser. To be in love and be married is a beautiful thing. There are those who found that one person that they will spend the rest of their lives with and there are those who are destined to do other things. 


Until then, I will move forward to my journey towards everywhere.


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