The year 2011 has been very good to me. 🙂 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. 🙂
1) February – we moved to our 1st brand new house. 🙂
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. 🙂
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
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! 🙂
Ok, so enough business for now. hehe… If you need my assistance, please email me through my business address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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.
John and me at Banteay Srei. 🙂
Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam:
6. October – Kapatagan for a day. 🙂
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
It has been a busy year for me. 🙂 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. 🙂
Here’s to a wonderful new year for all of us. May God continue to bless us as we face the coming year.
Lea C. Walker