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.

Casa San Pablo 051
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.

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 –

Aside from the trophy (and the trip to Malaysia), we also got cameras from Olympus, the XZ-1. AirAsia X gave a special prize for the winner in my category as well: round trip tickets to Osaka, Japan. That made the win all the more delicious.

After writing all that, I’m not in a bad mood anymore. I guess 2011 wasn’t so bad after all.

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33 Responses to Goodbye 2011, hello 2012

  1. Dyanie says:

    Happy New Year teh!!! :) Wow Japan!!! :D Wish ko sayo sa 2012 ay = LOVELIFE. Pak! :)

  2. Chris says:

    Congrats! happy new year and more kwento about your morocco trips and Osaka ka na next

  3. indeed a fruitful year! Congrats Nina! Cheers!!!

    Happy New Year! :)

  4. 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. :) Happy New Year!

  5. suki says:

    Congratulations! :) That’s awesome.

  6. chyng says:

    bongga na taon! siguro yung not so good yung paghandle mo ng finances kaya just like that you hired an accountant. hehe

    see you soonest!

  7. Micamyx says:

    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 :D

  8. aileen says:

    Congrats Nina! I’m a fan of your excel sheets! :) – @me_myself_ai

  9. Badet says:

    Happy new year roomie! Too bad I have to go home early, I hope to meet you again for some kwento and food trips :)

  10. congrats on bagging the travel blog of the year nina! buti na lang pala di ako sumali hehe kundi umuwi ako luhaan dahil kasali ka pala :P

  11. ajay says:

    Congrats Nina! Yay for Osaka <3 :)

  12. Anji says:

    Congratulations!! It takes a lot of good content and dedicatation to be nominated and win the best travel blog! Hope you have a great 2012!

  13. Bongga talaga ang 2011 mo haha! Hope you have a great 2012 ahead!

  14. Freeze says:

    Wow, congrats and happy new year nina! :)

    Launching my new blog, hope you’d come and visit :)

  15. Jill says:

    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.

  16. kate says:

    Congratulations, Nina :) Wishing you more travel destinations in 2012!

  17. flipnomad says:

    happy 2012 Nina. congratulations again :-)

  18. Travel_Junkie says:

    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 (

  19. IamJoyceee says:

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

    Happy new year (well, chinese new year, in Singlish speak). :)

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