2011 Recap :)

The year 2011 has been very good to me. πŸ™‚ I’ve had a lot of firsts which for me were very memorable and fun. So let me share with you all these blessings as I leave this year with thanksgiving in my heart. πŸ™‚

1) February – we moved to our 1st brand new house. πŸ™‚ 

We’ve bought several units over the years but it’s always for re-sale. Never for us. But our lessor kept on raising the rental price. So both John and me, thought of buying a new one to save us some money.

Tip: buying a house is a dead investment. But of course, since it’s a basic necessity , we don’t have a choice but acquire one right? So make sure that when you do invest, consider the following:
     a) location  – with the weather getting crazy these days, buy on a higher ground. That way, the risk
                          of being flooded is nil. Plus of course, it’s cooler when you’re on top. That’s why when
                          it rains for days, I see some fogs in our neighborhood sometimes. πŸ™‚ 
                          Being in a gated subdivision helps. Security wise. No peddlers too so it’s quiet . (This
                          means though that you need to stock up your groceries because there’s no sari sari
                          store nearby.)
                          In terms of ROI – (return of investment). Incase you need to sell in the future,
                          it  may take quite sometime, but it will sell at a higher  price. Err.. this goes without
                          saying that your house has been well-maintained, of course! πŸ™‚
Ok, so enough business for now. hehe… If you need my assistance, please email me through my business address: lea@davaoproperties.com .
2) April – Trip to the East Coast.
I grew up in Davao Oriental. But the farthest I’ve been to was a trip to Bangaga. πŸ™‚ So this year, we travelled all the way from Davao City to the East Coast. We passed through the towns of Lupon, Mati, Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Bangaga, Cateel , Boston, Lingig and ended up in Mangagoy. haha.. Yes I know , we’re a crazy bunch.. lol But it was fun! πŸ™‚ Specially the side trip to Tinuy-An Falls. Ahh… that was one beautiful place I will never forget. It’s the Niagara Falls of the Philippines, after all!
3. May – Santos Land Development Corporation gave me a free trip to Singapore and Malaysia.
It’s my second time to visit Singapore. John and I went there for a vacation years ago.
But my first time to go to Malaysia. πŸ™‚   I loved the experience at Batu Cave. It was my first time to be in a cave too, so it was an exciting one for me. The trip to Genting Highlands was exhilirating. I will never forget what I felt when we were in the cable car for a 3 kilometer ride going there. Gee, that made me swear that I will never, ever ride in a cable car again. hehe…
4.  July – My fist time in Bohol.
To say that I was excited was an understatement! Despite the very long travel ( you’ll understand when you read the links), it was a memorable trip for me and my family. πŸ™‚ So it was all worth it…
5. August – Our South East Asian Trip.
Never in my wildest dreams that I’d be able to visit Thailand , Cambodia and Vietnam. But God, in His goodness, made it possible for me and John this year. We planned this trip for a year so we were prepared, except for that terrible experience at the border of Thailand and Cambodia. Wow, that was tiring! But our Angkor  experience.. was amazing. I have no words for it. Grabe!
Bangkok , Thailand:
You know, I just realized that I still have not posted anything on Angkor Wat itself. So with the other temples. 😦 So here are some photos I took then.

                                                          Angkor Wat

                                                         John and me at Banteay Srei. πŸ™‚      
Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam:
6. October – Kapatagan for a day. πŸ™‚
I love this place! It was a difficult trip but it was worth it. Wow, Mt. Apo is a beauty to behold… 
                          Courtesy of my sister , Pearlie. πŸ™‚
7. November – Surfing in Davao Oriental.
No, I didn’t surf. hehe.. I wish! But I was able to get several shots of the Amihan Boys in Dahican , Mati. Amazing kids! πŸ™‚
It has been a busy year for me. πŸ™‚ And I am looking forward to the year 2012.
As the year ends, I would like to thank God for a life filled with blessings. And I would like to thank also the people who have been with me in this year’s journey. To my family, friends and valued clients, thank you. πŸ™‚
Here’s to a wonderful new year for all of us. May God continue to bless us as we face the coming year.
Cheers everyone!
                                                               Lea C. Walker

About leawalkerblog

Businesswoman. Realtor. Photographer. Traveler. Blogger.
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