Welcome AWESOME 2013!

January 1st showed up again today, as loyal as ever (the Mayans proved to be wrong). 2012 turned to 2013. With the thought that I recently turned a ripe age of 27 and, as much as I’m not thrilled to be inching toward thirty, I have to be completely honest and unabashedly cheesy with you, I could not be more grateful for the place that I am at in life right now.

Galwin at Shangri-la Harbin

First off, I’d say the many facets of my career are great. I am happy with my day job (yes, I still have my day job – I know most people don’t realize that), so many exciting things are happening for my travel blog IntrepidWanderer.com (more partners and advertisers), and my new project looks promising (2013 you be good to me). Oh, and have you heard of PrivatePool.PH I made that site for our pool business when my family decided to re-open it June of last year and I am proud to say that after more than a year of hosting and more than a million pesos earned, we’re expecting more clients this coming year. Internet marketing works and it rocks! Want to know how I do it? Visit my site: ITSolutions.PH.

I traveled (learned) more this year and I’m still not done yet (not until the 30th). I experienced the hot springs in Camiguin, saw the Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers in Bohol with my family, went to the pristine beaches in Jomalig Island and Moalboal, walked up to the higher peak of the Great Wall of China, did island hopping in El Nido with college friends, hiked up to the summit of Mount Batulao with office mates, and will cap it off by island hopping in Quezon with Couch Surfers.

Talking about the tough times I mentioned above. After five years and six months (and I’d say I thought things were getting pretty serious), Marikon and I decided to just pull the trigger last month. I always believed she’s the one but I guess that’s just how life is.

Then there’s my family. I am proud of what my mom (63) and dad (68) has achieved and still working to achieve. Though I know they’re doing it for our sake (I am very grateful for that, and for having them), I wish they turn the notch down and be less workaholic and enjoy more of what they have. They’re like machines working 24/7. I am happy to see my sister and brothers working their way in life. And then there’s my lola (89) who is staying with us. I am happy she’s living a long life but deep down, it saddens me to see her that way (getting weaker by the day).

So much has happened over the past twelve months. So much has changed, but, in many ways, so much of the good in my life has remained. The past year has taught me a great deal about myself and about the world around me. Every day I’m learning more and more about the person I am and the person I want to be. Every day I’m striving to live a life that is both positive and present. It isn’t always easy, but I know every effort I make is worth it. Thank you all for continuing to read the posts I write and for following me as I embark on another year of my life (and travels!). I’m not sure how or why, but I somehow already know that this coming year will be an even more amazing one!

If you’re reading this, a big thank you for being part of my 2012!

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