Dreams do come true: 4 weeks in Europe

It has always been my dream to visit Europe, however far-fetched it seemed to be.  I thought it was too big of a dream – visas, expenses, and all.  I was eyeing to do it this year so that I would have ample time to prepare.  I also thought that I would’ve been eligible for my sabbatical by then so I would have enough time to go around Europe.

But, the universe had a different plan.  March last year, I received news from my manager that our company would like me to visit our office in Amsterdam.  I was ecstatic!  I didn’t expect for things to happen this quickly.  At the same time, I was also a bit worried because I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to prepare financially.  We were eyeing to meet end of May and so I only had two months to prepare.  I wanted so badly to make it happen but I also thought that, if indeed I wouldn’t be able to find a way to come up with a good enough budget, I would still be super happy to just stay in Amsterdam and enjoy my time with the team.  So, I didn’t worry about it too much.  Either way, I know I’ll enjoy my first visit in Europe.

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Journeying North Luzon: Microtel by Wyndham – Baguio, Benguet

Baguio holds a special place in my heart. Learning that this was one of the places we’d visit ultimately made me decide to join this tour.  Its cool breeze, the memories of one day trips I would have with my family when I was younger, the eventual refuge it would provide every time things get loud, and it generally being a space of love and discovery – all these make me want to come back for more.  Like a drug that I have grown addicted to and cannot get out of my system.   Much like the person that caused that.  But, more on that in this post, only if you’re interested. :)

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Journeying North Luzon: Microtel by Wyndham – Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija

Arriving in Cabanatuan gave me the chills.  Having visited Nueva Ecija countless times before, it’s like stepping onto an all-too-familiar place that you’ve never seen for a long time.

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Journeying North Luzon: Microtel by Wyndham – Luisita, Tarlac

I found it difficult to write this post. Not for lack of things to say but more because I don’t know where to start. It has been overwhelmingly fun and enriching – the kind that made me cry early this morning. I was engulfed with gratefulness and fond memories, and the realization that I am indeed blessed to be gifted with the opportunity to meet and spend time with loving and generous people. Life is short and I choose to make every moment count.

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First ever meet-up: Chilling out in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

My Indonesia journey still is not done.  I had planned on extending my stay for two more days to visit Sanur.  Rob and Chimeg joined and we stayed in one hostel.  That got me to appreciate Rob more.  She and Chimeg could’ve stayed somewhere else but I saw that he wanted to be closer to his team. That says a lot about his character and how down to earth he is :)

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First ever meet-up: Old friends, new acquaintances in Bali

This write-up is long overdue.  Having been caught up with work and other adulting stuff, I have finally created time to write about experiences.  As my backlog dates back to 2016, let me start from there.  It is apt, too, ‘cos this was the first ever meet-up with my old friends and new acquaintances in Bali.  And, I might be seeing some of them again quite soon. :)

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I’m back :)

Hello, it has been a while. :)

I apologize for not writing sooner. Life had been a bit of a whirl wind since 2016 started. A meet up with my colleagues in Bali in January 2016. Preparing for the roll out and implementing the items discussed during the Bali trip for the rest of the year. Preparing for the almost month-long Bangkok-Myanmar trip in October-November. Catching up with missed work after that, together with additional responsibilities almost as soon as I came back from vacation.  I promise I am going to write in more detail about the trips I took and the reflections I had out of those experiences. :)

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