And, just like that…

And, just like that, the first half of my 2014 is already (quite) full! :)

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I “carpe diem”-ed 2013.

If 2012 was about recreating myself and my life, 2013 was a year of taking things on.  Despite and perhaps because of my commitment issues and fear of making mistakes, at the onset, I was intentional in making 2013 a banner year for my newly-recreated life.  And, truth be told, I enjoyed every bit of it.  :)

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Sultan’s Palace

Our trip to the Sultan’s Palace was an interesting one.  We got to learn about their culture and take a peek at the lives of the royal family in Java.

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Life’s a beach! – Camiguin Island

After a week of training on working with USAID, I was looking forward to a weekend getaway to Camiguin!  Here’s our sort of itinerary. :)

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Let’s take a break! – Camiguin weekend getaway

I have been too preoccupied with work.  And, for someone who’s been a pseudo-bum for a year and a half, a weekend getaway to wherever would definitely be welcome.  So, when my friend, Angge, asked if I wanted to meet her in Cagayan de Oro for a three-day-two-night weekend getaway, I instantly said yes.

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Mt. Merapi

Because I was so exhausted and I felt like we already had a full day, I was already half-wishing that our next stop would be our hotel.  But, Herman thought that it would be good for us to do a jeep trek in Mt. Merapi, which literally means Fire Mountain in Indonesian or Javanese.  It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and its most recent biggest eruption happened in 2006.  And, although I was surprised and I was sure that if I had told my loved ones that we were going to visit an active volcano, they would’ve given it to me, I was still grateful that Herman brought us there to experience the place.

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Candi Mendut

Candi Mendut is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Mendut in Central Java, Indonesia.  Herman brought us to the temple after we visited Candi Borobudur, which is about 3 kilometers away, and after we had a sumptuous lunch of nasi goreng (or, rice in Indonesia) with kambing (or, lamb in Indonesia) – it was so tasty Angge who’s off of rice for a few months now just had to break her diet.

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