Highlight of the month: celebrating parents' wedding anniversary at the restaurant where they had their wedding reception in 1978 - Little Quiapo. Well, this wasn't the exact location of the restaurant (they relocated some years ago), but revisiting something from the past (even if daddy's no longer around) made us all feel nostalgic.
First time to watch the Panagbenga Festival (Baguio City) with my sister. After the festival, we traveled to La Union and stayed there 'til dad's death anniversary.
Early week of the month, my sister and I went to Pangasinan one day, then trekked to the Tangadan Falls in La Union the next day, then went back to Baguio the next day. Such a hectic, hectic week for us, but even if we are on the heavy side, we really do have the stamina and strength to roam around and see the world. Before we traveled back to Manila, sister and I went to Vigan City - my favorite place!
Not much of happenings, but one event to remember was the food trip my sister, my friend Andrew and I had at Felicity in Don Antonio, Quezon City. I received an invitation from the owners of the food place if I could try out their dishes (and they gave me the permission to tag along friends). So many dishes tried that day (all great), and the three of us were so full!
First time to travel to Quezon Province to take part of the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban and Mayohan Festival in Tayabas! Both were such fun events that sister and I now plan to make this part of our annual travel.
One of the best moments of my year was trekking to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo! It was such a difficult trek, but very very fulfilling; something that I want to go through again! I don't travel that much, but this moment will always be one of my best travels.
This was the month that turned my life around. Realizing how big and heavy I am, I booked a ticket to "Weight Loss Express."
I flew solo!
Mom and I - together with her close friends at work traveled to Cebu and Bohol, and I experienced Sky Walking in Cebu and Sea Walking in Bohol! The stay in Cebu was short, but I was able to enter the house of Birhen sa Simala (Lindogon) that made me cry bucket loads! In Bohol, I was also able to sea real dolphins - not as up close, but fact is, I got to see real ones!
Quite a depressing month for me - having to gain back the 6lbs I lost from last month, but this month I enjoyed the many blog events I was invited to be part in.
Decided to got back to losing weight and I was happy to have people around me support my endeavors.
Biggest blessing this month would be Mr. Pipoy. He didn't just help me stay on the road to fitness, he also loved the whole of me - bulges and excess weight included. He's not just my fitness buddy, he's also my best friend, my lover, my confidant, my wind beneath my wings.
With the help of people around me and my own inner strength, I lost 24lbs in the last three months. Getting to wear smaller clothes and look good in it has been a wonderful gift any person could give his/herself; I am happy I could give myself that gift for Christmas.
525,000 moments so dear
How do you measure... measure a year?
Summing up 2011 - I have met lots of awesome people, experienced so many wonderful moments, learned a whole lot of lessons. It may not be the best year, but I am so thankful for everything that has happened to me.