2015 Recap

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

Read about our trip to Krabi here

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.

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Yaya with baby me on the left and Gabby on the far right in the Philippines

Peter and I also visited family in Manila in the Philippines and my friend Ariel came to Hong Kong for a visit from Europe.

Hong Kong


I made my first trip to Vietnam starting in Hanoi and making my way down to Hue and Hoi An.

Travel Guide to Hanoi
Travel Guide to Hue
Travel Guide to Hoi An

Along the way, Peter proposed and it officially became my last full year as Pristine Remolona 

Our Engagement
Video – Hanoi to Hoi An

Hanoi train tracks communityHue, VietnamHoi AnVietnam destination proposal


My first trip to beautiful Japan — visiting Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara

Video: Japan – Osaka, Kyoto, Nara
One Day Guide to Osaka
Travel Guide to Kyoto
Travel Guide to Nara

Peter and I also ate our way through Penang in Malaysia

Foodie Guide to Penang
Travel Guide to Penang

Nara Park deerOsaka Castle Kyoto JapanTravel Guide Penang - Where to stay, how to get around, and what to see in Part II of our guide to Penang, Malaysia Foodie Guide to Penang - Tai Tong Dim Sum


My first time visiting Peter’s family as a future member of the family

California – Big Sur
California – Cayucos
California – Napa and Sonoma

Cayucos, California Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coastSolbar - Exploring Napa and Sonoma - a one day guide to making the most out of your trip to Napa and Sonoma counties in California


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

Mactan Island Cebu
Cebu – Island Hopping

Island Hopping in Cebu - Snorkeling and island hopping tour near Mactan Island, 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.

Dhungkharka: DEFT Community
The Road to Dhungkharka
My Nepalese Home
Nepalese Chai
Children in Dhungkharka

My Nepalese Home - Life in the rural village of Dhungkharka, Nepal where the local school and community center is being rebuilt by DEFT Community

Later that month I also tagged along to Taipei where Peter’s design firm DEFT was showcasing their work.

Taipei, Taiwan


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.

My Bridal Shower
Saying Yes to the Dress

bridal shower in Texas bridal shower in Texas

Wedding Dress Shopping in Texas


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!

Scuba Diving in El Nido
PADI Open Water
Review El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
El Nido – Back to Paradise

Review El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island - a detailed review of our stay in El Nido, Palawan, the PhilippinesGuide and recommendations for taking the PADI Open Water Course and scuba diving in El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines


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.