2016 in a Nutshell

2016 is a crazy ride, and whoever disagrees might be a bit loco. 2016 was honestly just a mix of ‘!!!’ and ‘!!!!!!!!’ for me. I personally didn’t have anything bad that happened to me this year but the politics around the world just drove me crazy all year-round. I don’t even want to expound on that since I am on a good mood today.

2016 is a year of travel for me. I’ve taken three major trips and a few minor ones – and I also watched my bank account depleting every time. Lol. I’ve got lost for more than an hour in Hong Kong with my friends, got cornered by a guy in a 7-Eleven branch, visited a place covered in fog for the very first time, went on a foodtrip around Singapore, finally gotten to ride the roller coaster at USS, hoarded lots of clothes at Cotton On, tried surfing, travelled solo (!!!), ate spicy food willingly, experienced autumn, run after the last train at Seoul, had the best barbeque meal ever, rode the world’s second steepest wooden roller coaster, and a whole lot more!

2016 has been insane, to sum it up. Here’s how my 2016 in a nutshell, friends.

2016 in Snapshots


2016 in Months

January: Celebrated my first year at the job. Other than that, not that eventful.

February: First out of the country trip with my friends. It was loads of fun in Hong Kong and I can’t wait to come back – hopefully on my birthday this 2017! Also took a trip with my officemates to Baguio.

March: Became a total homebody, kind of burned out from all the travelling the previous months. The 1975 released an album and Leo won an Oscar! Won a ShopCouponxLazada contest.

April: Spent 9 days in Singapore and visited places that I haven’t visited in my four previous trips. Singapore is my home away from home. Finally gotten to ride Battlestar Galactica at USS, too!

May: Went on a vocal rest since I somehow made my vocal chords really, really sore. 🙁 Took a few days off from work and caught up on movies and series.

June: Went to Puerto Galera for Independence Day long-weekend. Was without any internet for two days, and I loved hanging out with my family with no internet in between. Also my first time to snorkel.

July: Nothing much has happened this month but I’ve been in a reading frenzy and have read over 30 books in just this month.

August: I saw Panic! At The Disco perform live for the first time!!! And The 1975 for the third time!! Fun times!!

September: I can finally go inside a casino. Hehehe. Also went to Baler, Aurora with the fambam and tried out surfing. Spoiler alert: I sucked.

October: Autumn in Korea and my first solo travel experience!! The food in Korea in just superb. And everyone looks to be so fashionable – teach me your ways, guys!

November: We booked a trip for Taiwan for next year, because we are officially the we-go-wherever-discounted-plane-tickets-are-headed-to kind of traveler. Also attended my first #Blogapalooza wherein I met some of my blogger friends in person for the first time!

December: I got promoted at work!!! Also volunteered for an #HourOfCode. It’s basically just teaching/introducing people (mostly kids) to the joy of computer science and coding – no sarcasm there. 😉

Goals for this Year and How I Did

  • Explore the Philippines more. I didn’t manage to visit as many places as I had hoped. I’ve give this 7/10.
  • Spend less time on the internet. HAHHAHA. As if. Never having this goal again.
  • Print out more pictures. Photobooks count, right? I finished my Korea and Hong Kong photobook and I’m just waiting to receive it in the mail.
  • Make travel videos. I’ve made three – I was expecting to not accomplish this goal at all! I made one for Singapore, Ilocos, and Puerto Galera travels. <3
  • Learn how to drive and cook. Moving this to my 2017 goals. Especially the driving bit.
  • Read more books, watch more movies. I was able to finish my Goodreads reading challenge – 100 books, y’all! But I failed on the movie front. I think I only watched around 20 this year.
  • Enjoy the year being myself. Done, and done. I’ve been more comfortable in my own skin for the past years and I love it. Learned a lot and grew a lot in this year.

Places I’ve Been To This Year

Hong Kong | Singapore | South Korea | Baguio | Baler, Aurora | Puerto Galera | Batangas

Concerts I’ve Been To

In The Mix – just one, but it’s hella fun. I think I’m getting old for concerts tho, sadly.

Top Blog Posts for this Year

4D3N Hong Kong Itinerary and How to Do it in Under 20K | Photo Diary: Snorkeling in Puerto GaleraI Gave Myself a $25 Budget for a Week |Singapore Haul |  How To Really Know Someone

That’s a wrap, 2016! I’m already claiming that 2017 will be better. You can also check my 2015 in a nutshell post here.

How was 2016 for you?

xoxo, Richel V.

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  • Reply
    January 13, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    I know it’s late but, Happy New Year, Ate Richel! I’ve seen a lot of your achievements last year especially your travel to Korea. I love Korea, ya know? I hope I could go there too! Despite the shits 2016 had thrown us, I’m glad we survived that year. We’re claiming 2017 as our year!

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      Richel Vergara
      January 13, 2017 at 11:43 AM

      Happy new year, Kai! Korea’s just a few hours from Japan! Make the trip! Haha. 2017 will certainly be ours if we work hard enough for it. 😉

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    Lady Auradelle
    January 12, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    It was so nice to finally meet you, Rich. You’re one of my faves! 🙂
    Happy 2017 and I hope to meet you again this year 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      January 12, 2017 at 1:07 PM

      Hope to see you in another blogger event or a meet-up or even a company event! Hahaha!

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    Augustin Ra
    January 11, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    Omg, your 2016 was indeed an eventful year for you. Major goals especially with all the travelling you did. Yay! 🙂 Congratulations on the promotion, Ate Richel! 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      January 12, 2017 at 12:09 PM

      Thanks, Augustin! I’m working on making 2017 way better than my 2016 now. <3

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    January 11, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Hope 2017 is even better! Sounds like last year was pretty crazy for you : )

    xx, Amy

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      Richel Vergara
      January 11, 2017 at 11:21 AM

      Last year was pretty crazy, hard to follow up. Happy new year, Amy!

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    January 10, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    Politically, this year has been crazy – totally agree! Though i’m glad to hear 2016 was a good year for you personally, and filed with plenty of travel! 🙂 Hope 2017 is an even better year for you.


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      Richel Vergara
      January 11, 2017 at 11:22 AM

      Thanks, Gabrielle! I couldn’t imagine coping if my personal life would be just as much of a mess as the political happenings last year. Ick. Don’t even want to think about it. Hope 2017 treats you well, too!

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    January 10, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    What a year! I wish you the best for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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      Richel Vergara
      January 11, 2017 at 10:36 AM

      It was a crazy, fun year! Thanks, Jessica! I’m excited for what 2017 will bring.

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    Kai Darul
    January 10, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    wow. you went to a lot of places last year. i hope i can visit hongkong as well. <3

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      Richel Vergara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:51 AM

      Hong Kong was amazing. Still my favorite country so far! <3

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    January 10, 2017 at 6:26 AM

    This is such a great roundup of 2016. Nice photos.
    Nina’s Style Blog

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      Richel Vergara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:06 AM

      Thanks, Nina! Happy 2017!

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    January 10, 2017 at 1:57 AM

    Sounds like you had a fantastic year! You went to some amazing places, so I guess all that saving up was worth it! Hope you have a great 2017, and good luck on learning to drive this year haha. 😉

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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      Richel Vergara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:58 AM

      It was worth it. But now I’m back to saving up. Thanks! Driving is probably the hardest goal I’ll work on for this year!

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    January 9, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    Yes, 2016 was such a rollercoaster! I´m so glad you didn´t have anything negative happen to you though! And I´m super jealous of your travel list!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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      Richel Vergara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM

      I did have some personal falls during 2016, but compare to the good things that happened to me, it seems pretty minor! We all needed to at least focus on the good things that happened on 2016 or else we’d lose it, haha. Happy 2017, Lisa!

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    January 9, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Woah what a year that was! Also, that promotion is quite a cool Christmas surprise. How timely!

    annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

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      Richel Vergara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:12 AM

      I know! It was a great way to end a happy year for me. <3

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    January 9, 2017 at 9:11 PM

    Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Camille xo


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      Richel Vergara
      January 10, 2017 at 11:04 AM

      Thanks, Camille! Happy 2017!

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    January 9, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    You’ve travelled a lot last year! I hope I can do the same this year! If I just have all the time, money, and vacation leaves! Haha.

    Regarding the Photobook, I saw yours on Twitter, and I decided to buy coupons from Metrodeal, too! I just need to stop being lazy so I can create one for my Japan trip! Thanks for the idea! <3

    Happy New Year, Richel! Hope you'll have a good and eventful year!

    By the way, I have posted my giveaway already. Hope you can join! 🙂

    – Clarisa, helloclarisa.com

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 4:54 PM

      Now I’m broke so I can’t travel much, hahaha!

      Yes! Just tried it out to see if it the print will turn out okay and it is! I still have four more vouchers so hopefully I get to make more before it expires. Haha.

      Happy new year, Clarisa!

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    Mercy F
    January 9, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    You’ve got a great travel year behind you, new experiences are something you can keep forever. I’m also into Photobooks as it’s better than printing and collecting the photos myself. I like how you sum up your 2016, hoping for a happy 2017 for you as well.


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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 1:10 PM

      Yeah, I love photobooks too. Since I would probably suck at organizing photo albums. I’m loving the new experiences 2016 bought me and am so excited for 2017. Hope you have a blast at 2017!

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    January 9, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Hi Richel!!! 🙂 It’s been months since I last went here – got too busy with work and stuff. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to sustain my personal site and visiting new blogs. Haha. Actually it was your blog who motivate me to write something again in my page and I thank you for that! Here’s to wishing you a fruitful 2017 and may you achieve all your goals! 🙂

    Karen | lovesmilerepeat.com

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 11:04 AM

      Hi Karen! Understandable, I was also away from my blog for a few months. Real life called. Glad I motivated you! I was also just motivated from all the year-ender posts on my twitter timeline. Hahaha!

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    January 8, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    You’re right, politics in 2016 was crazy.

    You surely had a great 2016, Richel. Let’s look forward to a better 2017.

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 9:52 AM

      Hoping 2017 would be a calmer one than last year. Happy 2017, Clint!

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    La Coco Noire
    January 8, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Lovely photos. My 2016 was full of travel too which was nice..hoping for the same in 2017!

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 9:53 AM

      Cool! Where have you been? I’m personally aiming to save up this year, but I won’t turn down travelling if it’s my path. Happy 2017!

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    January 8, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    You really had an amazing 2016 and I am so envy that you really made a such a long post here! I am too lazy to summarize mine tho but hopefully you are excited to what this year in store for us! Have a nice day!

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      It took me days to finish this post! Got lazy as well, haha. But I’m trying to do it as an annual thing so… Happy 2017, Elisha!

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    engineerxephh Hipolito
    January 8, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    I envy your photo book, Richel! I think I should start making some too. And I am also jelly of the fact that you travel a lot. Your blog helps me, tho. It helps me visit countries through your photos.

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      You should! It’s a long of fun making a photobook and you’ll be transported to the time you did whatever was in the photos. It’s time-consuming, tho. Which countries would you love to visit the most, Xeph? 🙂

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        Xeph Hipolito
        January 15, 2017 at 2:02 PM

        I’ll give it a try! Hihi. I am thinking that Japan would be great. I know lots of people who traveled a lot and pay Japan visit over and over again. The list goes on and on, tho!

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          Richel Vergara
          January 16, 2017 at 11:04 AM

          I’ve been dying to visit Japan since forever!!!

          …mahal lang talaga. Hahaha!

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    January 8, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Spend less time on the internet – this will never be part of my goal. Hahaha. I remember when I realized I no longer have an unlimited data, I panicked! And it was really tough for me to use only 1GB per week (more like 5 days, because I’m home on weekends and we have wifi there).

    Your photobook is great, btw! I hope 2017 will be more awesome, and more travels! Good luck on the driving part! Please don’t be like me. LOL. I’m only comfortable in driving if I have a company.

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 11:01 AM

      Yeah, I just realized how stupid that goal was. But I was able to go three days with no phone or internet – because there is no signal in Puerto Galera, but I consider that a win. Haha! wow! I only have 3GB per month. I’m planning to upgrade though since I spend more than that.

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    January 7, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    I love love Korea too! It’s a really beautiful place 🙂 Definitely explore more of the Philippines. So many islands to choose from. Wish I still live there!

    Christine loves to travel

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 10:19 AM

      What season did you travel Korea? 🙂

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    January 6, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Ooh that’s awesome! Napiga mo ang 2016 for travels, that’s a dream for most people but it was your reality. Haha ang saya! Medyo hassle yung aftermath ng travel pero worth it naman… (I know the feeling, coming back from Japan and preparing my photos for the blog, LOL) Plus it’s good you kept track of your 2016 goals, and it’s fine if you have to move them to 2017. I have to move my major goal to 2018 as I’m keeping it under wraps and I need to really prepare for it lol. Cheers to 2017 x


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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 10:55 AM

      True! Medyo nakakaburn-out din pala ang travels in between short period of rest. Haha. Plus I have a loooot of backlogs to do. Still working on my major goal for 2017, but it’s probably to save money since I acted like I was rich last year. lol. Happy 2017!

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    January 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    You went to so much places last year, omg! Hoping for more for you this year, Richel. <3 Also went to HK with my friends this year and yeah, it's a lot of fun talaga! Hoping to travel solo for next year to get over my fear of traveling alone. Haha.


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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 10:53 AM

      Hoping I get to come back to Hong Kong this year! It turned out to be my favorite country yet. Also hoping I can do some solo travel one more time this year. Here’s to us! Haha.

      xx, Richel V. | Richel Goes Places

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    January 6, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    This is an awesome way to summarize your 2016! 😀 Glad that year brought so many travels for you, and success in your career too! Hope I can go solo travel this year. I want to do so many firsts! 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      January 9, 2017 at 10:59 AM

      I did so many firsts last year! Hoping to cross off more first in this year! *fingers crossed*

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    Flora Fallue
    January 6, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    a great recap! Wish you all the best for 2017!

    Love, Janine

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      Richel Vergara
      January 6, 2017 at 10:08 PM

      Thank you, Flora! Happy 2017!

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    January 6, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    It makes me a little jelly because you had so many travels! Total goals! I’m excited for your photobooks!! Please do blog about it hihi. Good luck on your goals for this year! Happiest new year again, Richel! :>

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      Richel Vergara
      January 6, 2017 at 1:01 PM

      I hope I can travel just as much for this year, but my savings account (and my parents) are telling me no, haha! My Korea photobook just arrived at home so I can’t wait to go home and see it! I’ll make a blog post about it if it turned out good! Happy new year, Loi! <3

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    January 6, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    You’ve had a very good year! My only goal this year is to spend less time on the internet and “less Netflix, more books”. Good luck with me, though! Hahaha. Have a good 2017, Rich! 🙂
    XX Nikaia

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      Richel Vergara
      January 6, 2017 at 1:06 PM

      My main goal for this year is to simply “stop spending and start saving”! Hahaha. Good luck to us. Happy 2017, Nika!

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    The Nerdy Me
    January 6, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    Sounds like you had very exciting and fantastic year!!! Congratulations on that. I wish I could see The 1975 and PATD live too. They are incredible!! Wishing only the best for you in 2017. Make this year even better than 2016 🙂 x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel Vergara
      January 6, 2017 at 1:05 PM

      I didn’t realize how crazy of a year I had until I made this wrap-up post. Haha! Definitely worth it to see them live! I’ve seen The 1975 thrice. Tickets are getting pricier everything, but I just can’t miss it. They’re a m a z i n g. And Brendon’s voice is just superb. Have no words for it.

      Happy 2017, Leta!

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    January 5, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    You’ve had a lot going last year, Richel! It was a nice mix of travel, quality work (congrats on the promotion), reading, me time and quality time – I love it! May you have more accomplishments and adventures this year. 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      January 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM

      Thanks, Melai! It has been a crazy year. I’m planning to slow down a bit this year – if discounted plane tickets stop tempting me! Happy 2017! 🙂

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    January 5, 2017 at 6:02 AM

    It sounds like 2016 was a really good year for you, well done on getting promoted at work! It’s amazing how much you read and travelled, I really hope I can do the same this year. So far I’ve read 2 books and well at least I travelled back to London after the Christmas break – I realise that doesn’t really count haha. I’d love to visit Korea, that’s on my list for ages. xx


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      Richel Vergara
      January 5, 2017 at 12:58 PM

      2016 was a great year to me – not giving account to what’s happening with politics around the world and stuff. I’m trying to travel less this year, and to focus more on saving up. *fingers crossed* Any plans to visit Korea soon, Mira?

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    Da Dominguez
    January 4, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Yes, 2016 (especially in terms of politics and terrorism) sucked big time!! But personally, I do have to agree that there were ups, too. I just hope this coming year would be a better one. My goal this 2017 is to explore the Philippines more, and to travel solo (definitely on my bucket list!!!).

    Will come back later for your 2016 in snapshots. Haha! Wishing you all the best this year, Richel! ✨

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      Richel Vergara
      January 5, 2017 at 12:59 PM

      My goal for this year is to travel less and save more. Haha! All the travels last year gave big hits to my bank account. I can’t imagine how it’s turn out if 2017 turns out worse than last year. Fingers crossed that it won’t.

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    January 4, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Wow for all the travels! 2015 was my year of travel, then for 2016, Gerald and I decided to slow down a bit coz we’re saving up for 2017, since we’re planning to settle down this year. Haha

    I started a photo album last year, di ko rin natuloy wahaha I hope I’ll be able to finish them this year. And hassle kasi mag-edit ng pictures at ang hirap mamili parang gusto ko ilagay nalang lahat hahaha

    It’s okay if you move some of your goals to 2017. I’ve had those moments too hehe if you learn new dishes, share them ha! I started learning to cook last year and hopefully mas madami ako matutunan this year haha

    Wishing you a better 2017 ahead! 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      January 5, 2017 at 1:03 PM

      I’m slowing down this year because I wasn’t able to save at all last year, hahaha! More on making sure my financial life is striving this year.

      I wanted to just print photos, but yeah, it’ll be a hassle to put them together so I just made a photobook lol.

      So many specific, but small goals going for 2017. Still compiling them, but hopefully, I can do a majority of them. Happy 2017, Mei!

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