Happy New Year to All! Everyone has been busy busy busy but one thing is for certain is that we never stopped travelling. Travelling to us is a break from the daily grind. Discovering a new place or even rediscovering visited places is a feeling that I don’t think will ever get old. It’s not the destination but the journey that makes it worthwhile. For each of my trips last year they had different reasons for it. Whether just to get a breath of fresh air in Banaue or to experience the thrill of the longest zipline in Asia or even just to get away from it all to think (nerd alert!) I guess each trip served it purpose because when I got back I felt energized and ready to take over – I mean take on the world (true purpose is coming out).
Looking back at this blog, its last update was Panagbenga 2011 and I’m hopeful that this will be updated more often in 2012. 2011 was a pretty long and rough year personally but there is so much more to look forward to in 2012. Of all things I’m excited for is the “Its More Fun in the Philippines” DOT Campaign. In my little spare time the past couple of weeks I put together a few takes on the campaign. We will make these into postcards that we will send out thru postcrossing.com as promoting tourism is something we can actually do to help our country as well as build Pinoy Pride amongst Filipinos. To all the haters (and checking the news articles as well as the comments pages on them there are quite a lot), whatever the issue they tackled I say: it’s a campaign not a cure-it-all solution. Yes, the infrastructure needs work. Yes, there is corruption and politicking. But get on with the program. Our country is beautiful and quite smartly highlighted that its FUN. Tourism in my opinion is the one business that benefits both the big players and small entrepreneurs which enables the nation to keep moving forward as a whole (Meet the Robinson’s plugin complete). Big moving industries (taxis, planes, busses and trains) to small moving industries (jeeps, tricycles, pedicabs and even boats) all benefit. Big hotels and restaurants to small inns, lodges, markets and yes homestays all benefit. Thats not even mentioning tour agencies all the way down to the individual guides, drivers, porters and agents. Everyone gets a piece of the pie.
Quite a lot of trips planned (and in mind) for 2012, destinations new and old. I’m very excited to go back to Taiwan but this time we will check out the cherry blossoms. Banaue will always be on the list even if just a quick get-away for some fresh air. Maybe visit a new village as I want to visit each one (ok maybe not Pula unless I get into shape). Swimming with the whale sharks in Donsol is on the list for this year. I really want to try the Plunge in Danao this year. Every year I try to make a Batanes trip that never ever pushes thru for any reason. I promised my friends that this year we will push thru with the Chico River rafting in Kalinga because last year didn’t push thru due to work getting in the way of real life. Calayan Islands set to be discovered this year with Team Kain Tulog. And so much more in store.
So we raise our tapuey, here’s to the New Year full of New Hopes and New Destinations! See you in 2012!