2010 in general, has been a blast for me. Although there were times where I got lost figuratively, it’s always nice to look back at the positive things that happened. This has actually been my mantra every time the year ends.
I can’t remember everything but what I do to recall memories is browse through photos in my hard drive that are neatly arranged. Putting them all in this entry would just be too much. Hence I’ll just list a few points that made the whole year worthwhile.
Apo Island in Negros Oriental, Boljoon in Cebu, Adventure Café in Balamban, Wordcamp in Manila, Nalusuan Island in Mactan, Alona Beach in Bohol, Shopping in Hong Kong, Bungy in Macau, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Seair and Microtel Tour in Boracay, Blog Summit in Iloilo, Island Tour in Guimaras — I think this rounds up my trips this year.
I had my first trip outside the country! It took me a year to prepare it but I was really hyped up when it did happen! Considering that the prices for the round fare tickets were really cheap (1200 Php from Cebu to Hong Kong and 850 Php from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur), I was able to save a lot of money while getting my first stamps on my passport!
I also bungy jumped from the world’s highest platform during this trip which made the whole event really worthwhile. That alone is already an experience to remember.
I’ve a number of freelance jobs that I’ve been thankful for which had helped pay for my trips. Let’s face it, you still have to spend money when you travel. So I’m really grateful knowing that I’ve found other means to earn extra income aside from blogging alone. Copy writing, article marketing, website creation, audio transcription, being a gigolo (kidding!) – all of which have occupied my time outside my day job. Just the thought of having something outside the confines of an office desk makes me realize that I don’t have to limit myself from a 9 to 5 shift.
I’ve been more active this year in the blogging community. Not that I’ve been volunteering here and there, but I’ve attended a number of events like the Cebu Blog Camp 2010, WordCamp 2010, Visayas Blog Summit and the Philippine Blog Awards 2010 – Visayas Leg. I still need to practice my social skills but being able to interact with other bloggers is already a start.
I’ve won some contests such as a trip to Boracay because of my crazy entry here – I’ve been to Different Places, But I’ve Never Been Boracay.
I also became a finalist for the Travel Category of the Philippine Blog Awards 2010. The category alone is already a prestigious one and to be recognized is such a wonderful feeling. Congrats to Nina for winning this year as well as the rest of the nominated!
Pinoy Travel Bloggers
The group of Pinoy Travel Bloggers is what I look forward to whenever I open FaceBook. I am inspired to travel to places that other people have gone to. It’s great because of how this group share stories and especially tips. At least I know now where to turn to for quick opinions on future adventures. I hope to meet more travel bloggers soon.
I was covering an event for a friend when somebody asked if I was the one who posted links on a local forum (istorya.net). These were URLs that linked to my blog articles about my recent trip to Hong Kong.
“Hi, are you Edblogs? Thanks a lot for your articles in your blog. I used your write-ups to create our itinerary during our recent trip to Hong Kong.”
That made it for me. It’s nice to help out people in your own little way. I’m really glad that somebody was able to use my entries as guides to their own trips. It’s part of my mission to give back and pay it forward. When somebody says that they use my blog as a reference, they inspire me to hone my skills in order to improve on blogging. That’s why when I look back at my entries from the start of this year until the present, I can say that it has evolved into something better.
I’m ashamed to say this but I finally started to READ other blogs. Before, I’d just drop by a site and only read a little and then move on. Now that I’m more serious with blogging, I’ve been able to interact with other bloggers and have gotten to know the persons behind these blogs which are a actually great bunch of personalities. I aim to learn more about them even better.
So in true blue soloflightEd style, here’s another crazy shot to lighten the mood of this blog entry. This was another stunt I pulled during a visit in a zoo in Cebu courtesy of EJ. Blog entry here – Close Encounter with an Albino Python in Crocolandia.
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soloflightEd.com is a travel blog by Edcel Suyo. He enjoys performing headstands and crazy stunts during his trips in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and working to earn a living, he takes time to enjoy the city and travel during weekends.
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