I’d love to break it to you that Hundred Islands has 123-124 islands by the tally and an island must have at least one tree for it to be counted as one. And yes, they’re all beautiful up close and from a distance... with a few of ‘em seen at my back at from where I stand.
Her frequency of leaving the country is irrelevant to her being a constant. It’s not all the time that siblings turn into the best friends, but I’m blessed my mom inculcated this to us and glad it’s true in our case.
Letting my skin breathe a lot because I’ve been looking like wood for days. And obviously, it escalated so quick as now I can say I camouflaged in the woods. Taking “mukhang kahoy” in a whole ‘nother level. Thanks, dermatitis.
Among the four seasons, I’ve experienced winter way many times at various countries. The most freezing one was -3°F (-19°C) with a windchill of -25°F (-32°C), which happens to be from my first international trip that I embarked on my own... that later on transcended this tropical girl’s tolerance to cold.
My love for the icy atmosphere is inversely proportional to the number of layers I put on. I don’t own any heattechs and to give credit where it’s due, the winter stockings my aunt gave to me plus the gloves and coats we own are the best investments that I carry with me.
Loosely put, the cold (not so much the windchill) doesn’t bother me anyway.
1 14723 January, 2020
Skied and sledded at Moerenuma Park. The weather was fairly cooperative the entire time we were there. The sun was shining, the snow was falling, and the wind was acceptable. The moment we left, the sky turned gray, the snowfall shied, and the wind was brrrrrrrrreezing.
Skiing definitely requires a skill which I have yet to work on. Sledding, on the other hand, is more on the fun side... so fun that I hiked up the peak of Moerenuma not so much for the view but just to go down the entire slope.
It was fun though quite reckless of me not to have anything to protect my eyes from the snow shavings hitting my face and blocking my vision, and for taking a video selfie, which then made my phone sled on its own and blew my fluffy fur beret away.
PASSION AND DREAMS IN 2019: This year reminded me to look back and forward: to check my progress and move towards my goals.
From reuniting with Sir Glyn Hughes who introduced me to his mentor Sir Ron Hurley at IATA World Cargo Symposium to meeting (the great) Todd Owyoung in New York, this year exemplified the importance of mentorship and motivation, passion and purpose (i.e. asking the “why”), and going after what you want while respecting your pace.
I can say that I’m ending the decade strongly to have accomplished a six-year dream of meeting Todd and taking photos of him —- idk where I took the guts to ask but my soul is so happy albeit quite equally anxious then... pretty apparent by posting this photo I took. I am revived to be (perpetually) inspired by him who manifests that success is not indifferent to humility.
FAMILY IN 2019: I’ve been blessed to have traveled across two continents with my main crew this year: from Europe’s winter breeze to America’s scorching summer... and for all other things I’d rather keep undisclosed.