Goodbye 2011, hello 2012

I had to restrain myself from saying good riddance, 2011. It was a great year, travel wise, but in other aspects of my life, it hasn’t been all that good. Still, I have to look past all the crap I’ve felt and realize that life really isn’t that bad.

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Love this relaxing weekend with the dollie friend at Casa San Pablo

First, there were the trips I never blogged about. This year, I never really traveled alone, except for a couple of days in KL earlier this month. My first trip for 2011 was to Hong Kong with Cla, where she said the statement that started it all: “I want to go to Morocco.” We went to a couple more trips with other friends, to Casa San Pablo and Casa Ibiza, and that’s when I started to try to just enjoy the place and the company and not mentally blog it.

There are a lot of things I did not blog about this year. I never told anybody this, except for a couple of friends, but I gave four other talks aside from the one I did for the Sole Sister’s From Glampacking to Poorpacking series. One was for tourism students at UP Asian Institute of Tourism, two for two different session for students of De La Salle University (Blogger’s Congress was one of them) and also for Belle de Jour’s Summer Rendezvous. Public speaking is one thing I never thought I would willingly do, and I surprised myself by accepting the challenge and actually giving a talk. I can safely conclude I am not good at it.

Go Team Philippines! With Erwan, Jenni, Camie, Badet, Laureen, Camille, Helga, Kring, Tipsy and Ponggo

Still, it prepped me up for another big thing that required me to talk in front of an audience of 500: my acceptance speech at this year’s Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards. Completely unexpected, but I feel so honored to be given this recognition, specially since I was up against one of my blogging idols, Kenny Sia. It was a big night for the Philippines as well, since we brought home four of the heavy glass trophy.

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Others who brought home the bacon, as my friends have been fondly calling it were:

Best Photography Blog –
Best Geek Blog –
Best Food Blog –
Best Fashion Blog –
Most Original Blog Design –
Best Parenting Blog –
Best Travel Blog –
Best Entertainment Blog –
Best Lifestyle Blog –
Hidden Gem –
Best Micro Blog –
Most Influential blog –
Region’s Best blog –

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Nina Fuentes

Nina started traveling in 2006, after realizing that her life is going nowhere. Now, she's trying to go everywhere. Read more...

33 thoughts on “Goodbye 2011, hello 2012”

  1. Hey Nina, congrats on winning Best Travel Blog and all your adventures this year. Glad to have met you and other bloggers during Lakbay Norte, or I probably would have never started my own blog. šŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  2. Pareho pala tayo na mala-rollercoaster ang 2011 haha i’m just glad na nakapag-travel ako or else :)) congrats again for winning the Best Travel Blog sa NN! Sana makapag-Boracay tayo ulit – tipong 1 week stay hehe šŸ˜€

  3. Congratulations on your win! I’ve just found your blog and am excited to check out all of your budgeting posts! That’s something I could definitely improve upon.

  4. A good place to visit in 2012 is Melbourne. All you need is a list of the top visited places in the area ( and to book a taxi using iPhone (

  5. Wow nins, it’s been a long time since I last visited your site! Congrats on the win! šŸ™‚ So proud that I am a reader of your blog. ha ha

    Happy new year (well, chinese new year, in Singlish speak). šŸ™‚

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