It takes a formidable spirit to endure 2013. From the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, earthquake and armed conflict in our country, The Philippines, to my personal adversities, we could either dwell on tragedy and misery or choose to rise, become better, and move on. The results will always depend on our decisions.
Yet in so many ways, I consider 2013 as one of my most blessed years. There are so much reasons to celebrate and be grateful for! I was privileged to set foot in few countries that brought me priceless memories and worthwhile experiences. I was fortunate to be invited to some of the luxurious hotels and restaurants in Malaysia, Singapore and Manila. The year was also kind in providing this blog, recognition, online features and citations.
With this photo-essay, allow me to relive and share once more, where my feet took me in 2013. Everything in 2013 reminded me that every moment counts, every step matters. I’m counting blessings.
JANUARY 2013 : CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
- Padaung / Long Neck Women & Other Hill Tribes in Thailand
- Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple
- Elephant Show, Elephant Ride, Ox-Cart Ride, Bamboo Raft Ride, Orchid Farm
- Chiang Mai Zoo : Pandas, Koalas And More!
- Beyond Boundaries : Penang-Hat Yai-Bangkok-Chiang Mai
- Anusarn Market, Tha Phae Gate Night Market and lots of Thai Food!
FEBRUARY 2013 : LANGKAWI, KEDAH & PENANG, MALAYSIA
LANGKAWI, KEDAH, MALAYSIA : Our Days in Cenang & Tengah Beaches, Langkawi
Also in February 2013, I was able to blog a Mini-Travel-Guide to George Town, Penang…
FEBRUARY 2013 : Mini Guide to George Town, Penang : A UNESCO World Heritage Site
MARCH 2013 : KUALA LUMPUR & PENANG, MALAYSIA
MARCH 2013 : Charity Work with Gabby & Malaysian Bloggers in 3 Orphanages in Penang
MARCH 2013 : 2013 Ministry of Tourism Malaysia’s Best Expat Blog Award Winner
APRIL 2013 : MALACCA, MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE
APRIL 2013 : Random Memories, Happy Thoughts from Melaka
MAY 2013 : SINGAPORE & PENANG, MALAYSIA
MAY 2013 : Singapore River Safari
MAY 2013 : River Safari, Night Safari & Singapore Flyer : Courtesy of iVenture Card, Singapore
MAY 2013 : Chowrasta Road & Market
JUNE 2013 : MALACCA, MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE
JUNE 2013 : Mods Cafe Melaka
JUNE 2013 : Singapore Night Safari
JUNE 2013 : Singapore Flyer & More
AUGUST 2013 : KATHMANDU, BHAKTAPUR, PATAN, NAGARKOT, NEPAL
*Nepal Blog Series includes :
- Our Unforgettable Journey From Malaysia to Nepal
- Incredibly Beautiful Bhaktapur
- Patan : The City of Fine Arts in Nepal
- Beneath Buddha’s Watchful Eyes : Boudhanath Stupa & Swayambhunath Stupa
- Nagarkot : Sleeping in Nepal’s 7000 feet
- Our Last Moments in Nepal : From Nagarkot to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
SEPTEMBER 2013 : MANILA, PHILIPPINES
SEPTEMBER 2013 : Back in Manila
OCTOBER 2013 : PENANG, MALAYSIA
OCTOBER 2013 : How Do You Say Goodbye To Malaysia
NOVEMBER 2013 : SINGAPORE
NOVEMBER 2013 : Gardens By The Bay Revisited Singapore
DECEMBER 2013 : MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES
DECEMBER : 2013 Grand Marian Procession, Intramuros, Manila
SPONSORED STAYCATIONS 2013 : PENANG, SINGAPORE, MALACCA, KUALA LUMPUR
I am also thankful to all people who invited me and my family to complimentary hotel accomodation in Malaysia and Singapore this year. I cannot be grateful enough! Many thanks to :
- Eastin Hotel Penang, Malaysia
- Ibis Hotel on Bencoolen, Singapore
- Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang, Malaysia
- Quayside Hotel & Halia Inc. Restaurant, Malacca, Malaysia
- The Elizabeth Hotel, Singapore
- Orchard Parade Hotel, Singapore
- Somerset Serviced Residences, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MARCH 2013 : Eastin Hotel Penang
MAY 2013 : Singapore : Ibis Hotel on Bencoolen
MAY 2013 : Heritage Wing of E&O Hotel Penang
MAY 2013 : Corner Suite, Victory Annexe Wing, E&O Hotel Penang
JUNE 2013 : Quayside Hotel & Halia Restaurant Coffee Bar, Malacca
OCTOBER 2013 : Elizabeth Hotel, Singapore
OCTOBER 2013 : Orchard Parade Hotel Singapore
OCTOBER 2013 : Somerset Serviced Residence, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
COMPLIMENTARY FOOD INDULGENCE : PENANG, SINGAPORE, MANILA
I’m also grateful to the people who sent invitations from restaurants and a few good friends in Penang, Singapore and Manila. Thank you very much to :
- Macalister Mansion, Penang
- Sarkies, Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang
- 1885, Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang
- Dinner Treat by Dennis in Hakumai & Omakase, Antoinette, Singapore.
- Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Penang
- Beringer Wines and Cirkulo Restaurant, Makati City
- Silk Thai Road, BGC, Taguig City
- Burger Company, Quezon City
- Dinner Treats from my Malaysian families in Penang – Mr. Michael & Jasmine, and Mr. Loh & family
- Lunch & Dinner Treat by great friends, Rob & LG
- Harina Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Quezon City
- Sentro 1771, Serendra, BGC, Taguig City
MARCH 2013 : Macalister Mansion : Tobreck Vertical Wine Dinner
MARCH 2013 : Sarkies’ Seafood Buffet Dinner Extravaganza, E&O Hotel Penang
MAY 2013 : 1885 : Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang’s Fine Dining Restaurant
MAY 2013 : Singapore : Hakumai Sushi & Omakase | Antoinette French Desserts
JULY 2013 : Wine & Dine Buffet Dinner at Sarkies, E&O Hotel, Penang
JULY 2013 : Ramadan Buffet at Eastin Hotel Penang
OCTOBER 2013 : Farewell Dinner at Sarkies,E&O Hotel Penang
NOVEMBER 2013 : Two Dinners Hosted by My Malaysian Families
NOVEMBER 2013 : Lunch & Dinner Treats from Great Friends of 20 Years & Counting
NOVEMBER 2013 : Beringer Wines at Cirkulo Restaurant, Makati City
NOVEMBER 2013 : Finest Thai Food at Silk Road, BGC
NOVEMBER 2013 : Burger Company, Quezon City
DECEMBER 2013 : Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe, Quezon City
DECEMBER 2013 : Sentro 1771 Serendra, BGC
- Special thanks goes out to Malaysia Airlines for sponsoring our family’s PEN-KUL-KTM roundtrip tickets!
Apart from the Best Expat Blog Award from Ministry of Tourism Malaysia for two consecutive years, 2013 also brought me a few more citations and priceless things that boost my self-esteem. Again, many thanks to those few people who believe in this blog.
- Featured in Expat Interviews : BlogExpat.Com
- Cited as One of Interesting Blogs About Kuala Lumpur/KL-Travel Guide
- Featured in ExpatFocus.Com
- Nomination from Singapore Blog Awards
- Membership in the prestigious Pinoy Travel Bloggers
And fortunately, for the second time, one of the photos I took in Chiang Mai, Thailand was published in 4 pages of the esteemed travel magazine, Lonely Planet Asia last July 2013.
JULY 2013 : My Travel Photo Published on 4 Pages of Lonely Planet Asia Magazine
Looking back, no superlatives will be appropriate to describe the places I’ve been to and the people I’ve met. No volume of photos will ever be enough to express the good and bad memories of the journeys I took. Everything and everyone provided me life lessons generously.
Twenty thirteen has been like no other, yet through it all, one thing remains the same. I opt not to dwell in negative things and be more hopeful for tomorrow. It’s incredibly ecstatic to wonder where my feet will take me in the coming years.
May we all have a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
*This is my entry to Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival
for the month of December 2013 entitled,
“The Pinoy Travel Bloggers Closing the Curtains on 2013: Love, Learn and Living”
hosted by Brenna Bustamante of
51 thoughts on “WHERE MY FEET BROUGHT ME IN 2013”
Grabe ka doc! From food to hotel to magazine! Not to mention the award! What a year for you doc…
By the way epic talaga yung pic ng girl sa Nepal just like all your pics!
More power sir and see you around 😉
God has been so good despite life’s challenges and trials, Jherson! All glory, honor, love and thanks to Him!
wow! what a round up Doc. Blessed year indeed!
Excellent Photos as always. Favorite ko ung Nepal!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Doc!
Here’s to more trips for 2014!
Safe Travels 🙂
hi riz, maligayang pasko din at manigong bagong taon!
saan ang lamyerda ngayong pasko dyan sa malaysia or out of the borders ka ulit?
hope to meet you when i get a chance to set foot again there in the near future 🙂
more travels and adventures to you too!
congratulations doc gelo 🙂 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂
merry christmas and a happy new year too!
Greetings of Peace of Mind and Joy of Heart this Christmas and through the coming New Year.
Your 2013 was jampacked with travels and eating. Here’s to more blessings in the coming year.
i need all those wishes and prayers.
thank you very much, maria!
may the good Lord bless us all!
Your feet brought you to so many wonderful places in 2013! If you continue to take good care of them, they’ll take you to many more places in 2014 and beyond. Keep shooting and traveling and don’t get tired sharing your adventures with us. Merry Christmas!
Thank you very much for your kind words, Sir Bert (allow me to call you, Sir, Christmas naman po, hehe!)
Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2014, Sir Bert! 🙂
Wow, it looks like it has been an awesome year Doc Gelo! Whatever adversaries you are experiencing right now, remember that you’ll only come out of it stronger than before. Merry Christmas Doc!
Hi Nina, I appreciate those words. Merry Christmas too! 🙂
What a year! You definitely had a great 2013, doc! Sending you my well and warm wishes that 2014 will be as fabulous or even greater than your 2013. God bless you! ❤
apparently i had one of my greatest years and experienced worst moments too. i’m not complaining, rather thankful for all the blessings! cest la vie!
maligayang pasko din at manigong bagoong taon sa ating lahat! 😀
Great photos! What a year it has been and you were blessed enough. It was nice meeting you Doc Gelo.
hey, Kenneth, salamat! see you around soon. happy holidays and a happy 2014 to you!
Wow! super blessed year indeed doc. Wish you more travel and adventure this 2014 and will look forward to see another great photo-essay.
thanks, christeen & welcome to my blog!
happy holidays and may we all have a better 2014! 🙂
you should do more portraits docgelo! can’t get over that “Monalisa” smile on that Nepalese girl. a happy and healthy new year to you docgelo!
thanks, jun! you might also meet that 14-year-old nepalese beauty, kareeshma in bhaktapur when you visit nepal next year. she lives within the vicinity of bhaktapur durbar square.
again, many thanks for the wishes! i know you had a blast with christmas celebration in singapore! have a wonderful and happier 2014 to all of us!
a promising 2014 for you doc gelo! cheers!
thank you so much! may we all have a more beautiful new year! God bless! 🙂
You had a great 2013, doc. More for you this 2013!
you mean this coming 2014? thank you! may we all receive abundance of blessings next year & beyond 🙂
So many blessings that comes along your way Doc this 2013, and wishes for an exciting and wonderful 2014. We’ll always include you on our prayers. Happy New Year!
happy new year to all of us!
So blessed 2013 is! And I really hope I get to meet you soon since we’re both in Pinas na 🙂 More travels for next year!
Hi Gay! I hope so too! But I want a photo-op with baby doll, Luna! hehehe!
2013 as mentioned in this post has been my toughest but I’d rather count blessings rather than disappointments and negative issues.
We’re all blessed in various ways! Cheers to more God’s blessings this new year & beyond! 🙂
I am in awe with your brilliant year-ender post, Doc Gelo! Truly enriching not just for travelers like me, but for everyone as well. Ang Galing! I wish I could get the chance to see all the places that you’ve been to real soon.
I’m also glad that I got to meet you in person, even for a brief moment. Next year longer hang out perhaps? 🙂
Happy New Year! 🙂
happy new year, mai! i seriously hit rock bottom this year but God empowers me to move on.
without our forgiving & merciful Lord, there’d be nothing.
so let’s keep our faith to a more blessed & happier 2014!
cheers to more travels & memories to cherish! 🙂
oh, and happy to meet you too with all our fellows!
Ang saya! Ang lalayo! Doc Gelo it was nice to finally meet you!
More travels, Happy new year and God bless you! 🙂
hi paula! happy to meet you and our other fellows!
may we have more memorable journeys to cherish this year! 🙂
You’ve travelled a lot Doc in 2013 Inggit ako hahaha.
Anyway, wishing all the happiness coz you truly deserve them. Thanks for the trust and friendship 🙂
Happy New Year!!!
I have to visit your blog more often!
thanks for everything! happy new year too! 🙂
“every moment counts, every step matters. I’m counting blessings.” –> I totally agree! The small things do matter.
Congrats on your 2013 and may you have a bright and adventure-filled 2014! =)
thanks, Claire! I’m keeping my hopes high & spirits up!
happy 2014 too! may the good Lord continue to bless us more this year & beyond.
happy new year, kuya! =)
salamat! happy 2014 too! 🙂
isang masaganang ang taong 2013 at magtuloy tuloy pa nitong 2014… congrats sir ang dami mo ng napuntahan at nagkaroon ka pa ng isang award 🙂
maraming salamat! we’re all blessed in various ways!
ikinagagalak ko po kayong makilala sampu ng ating mga kasamahan sa blogging!
happy new year! 😀
May the new year bring you more adventures, doc.
i pray and hope so too, midge!
may the days of 2014 keep us more hopeful and faithful!
happy new year! 🙂
Happy New Year to you and your family.
happy 2014, doc!
may God continue to pour His bountiful blessings this year and beyond. 🙂
cant take my eyes off all your lovely pictures! love them ❤ may 2014 brings more fortunes to you and your family 🙂
all the best docgelo!
it’s always a pleasure when my former students drop by here and leave comments on my humble (but long) blog posts! i really appreciate your words, hidayah!
kindly give my warm (i know it’s still winter there in ireland, or wherever you’re having your breaks) greetings to the rest of my beloved malaysian students! you guys never fail to make me proud!
please include me in your prayers!
terima kasih 🙂
Congrats sa mga achievements mo, Doc. Wishing you all the best this year. Happy New Year! 🙂
thanks, lito! happy 2014 too! 🙂
Congrats Doc, I’m proud of you! I hope you will continue to share your travels in the Philippines and hopefully US naman hehehe
thank you po! I miss your blogging too.
busy tayo sa instagram pareho, hehehe! 🙂