Wow! I know this is always said around this time of year, but I can’t believe how quickly this year went by. I’m even more surprised by how much happened in just one year.
Peter and I got engaged. We are officially travel buddies for life.
Yaya passed away.
My third niece was born.
I went on twelve overseas trips (obscene, I know).
It really does just go to show that you just never know what is coming ahead in life– good or bad (or great!). Take advantage of every opportunity you have to try/visit/eat/cook something new.
I also want to say Thank You and Happy New Year to everyone who reads, follows and shares my blog. It’s been wonderful having so many supportive friends, family and readers for this little project of mine! I have lots of exciting ideas and plans for 2016 that I can’t wait to share with you.
Until then–here is my 2015 recap with some of my favorite memories
Peter and I celebrated the new year with a motorcycle ride to Sha Tin Pass to watch the fireworks over Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong
My 25th Birthday – I turned 25 (eek!) and celebrated in Krabi, Thailand
Yaya passed away leaving a big gap in our family. She is missed every day and I always think of her when I cook.
Peter and I also visited family in Manila in the Philippines and my friend Ariel came to Hong Kong for a visit from Europe.
I made my first trip to Vietnam starting in Hanoi and making my way down to Hue and Hoi An.
Along the way, Peter proposed and it officially became my last full year as Pristine Remolona
My first trip to beautiful Japan — visiting Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara
Peter and I also ate our way through Penang in Malaysia
My first time visiting Peter’s family as a future member of the family
Peter and I moved in to a new apartment and hosted our first housewarming party on the 4th of July
Craving some vacation time again– we went off to sunny Cebu
I’ve been helping Peter and his business partners with their nonprofit organization, DEFT Community. We traveled to Dhungkharka, Nepal where we are rebuilding a local school and community centre.
Later that month I also tagged along to Taipei where Peter’s design firm DEFT was showcasing their work.
At the end of September till early October, Peter and I visited my family and friends back in Texas. My wonderful maid of honor and bridesmaid hosted a bridal shower for me and it was my first time seeing my sister, nieces, and my friends in Texas since I got engaged.
PARADISE– Peter and I were treated to a very special trip back to El Nido in Palawan in the Philippines. The only thing that could have made it better is if my future mum and dad, Carol and Colin, could have joined us as we had originally planned.
We loved relaxing in paradise and becoming certified scuba divers!
My last trip of the year was to Vietnam. Peter and I flew in to Hanoi and then took the overnight train to Sapa. I have lots of photos and details and recipes to share with you in the new year. If you’d like a teaser– check out my instagram at https://www.instagram.com/premolona/ for a few photos.