Sunday, January 19, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Three

Sunrise at Alona Beach
It would be our last day at the Bohol Coco Farm, but we had booked an early morning tour to go dolphin watching and see some islands. Early in the morning, we met the group, Jackie, myself, two girls, the nice man who booked it for us, and his daughter, and piled into the van. The tour took off from Alona Beach.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day Two

A nice hidden beach in Panglao
The next day, we woke up and went to the restaurant at our "hotel" for breakfast. It took some time to get it, but while we waited, we chatted up the staff and some of the other travelers. We were given ube to eat before our food arrived. Ube is a purple root that tastes great by itself. I loved it.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Philippines Vacation: Day One

Sunset at Dumaluan Beach

For the New Year's break, we had a week. Last year we had gone to see family in the United States, but this year we wanted to explore more of Asia. We had heard great things about the Philippines, so we decided to go there. The planning for this trip was pretty easy. After we had our flights in order, I researched a few places to stay and booked those. You don't even need to get a visa beforehand if you are American. Super easy.

We settled on going to Panglao, an island south of Bohol.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ten Best Things to Happen in My Life This Year

Hanok Village in Seoul

It's the time of year when people begin realizing their resolutions are probably not going to work out (or perhaps they are finding out they can do it!), but I want to focus more on what went right last year. I have made many improvements in my life over the last couple of years. And last year was a big step in becoming a better person. Hopefully, some of the things I write about can help you a little. At the very least, I can turn you on to some cool apps, tv shows, or music. Hello, 2014!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas Fun in 2013

Oh, come on. That tree wouldn't fit in my apartment even if we laid it down.
Christmas can be a hard time for people, especially when you move away from all of your family and most of your friends. I always used to spend the holidays with family, so it is a stark change to now not see them for the second year in a row. Last Christmas, Jackie and I stayed in and opened presents at her apartment, nothing fancy. (I wrote about it a bit near the end of an old blog post)

This year I wanted to do something a little different. I'll get to that later, but first, we had to prepare for Christmas.