Starting 2008 right

How did the first hours of 2008 find you? Were you out partying with half the nation, or tucked safely at home with your family? I spent it being silly with two of my closest friends at the Manila Pavilion. This was my second year to spend New Year’s Eve away from the house I grew up in. This was the first time I spent it with friends, who are practically family.

You can't stay at the Pavilion and not take a photo at the corridor...
Hmmm, so does this mean we’ll be silly the whole year round?


The start of a new year brings to mind making resolutions. I’ve long since stopped believing in making new year’s resolutions; you can make positive changes in your life any day of the year. Instead, I started listing my goals for the year. Last 2006, I set my goal to travel to two domestic destinations and two international destinations. I accomplished that by traveling to Cebu, Bohol and Bacolod, and jetting off to Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

I didn’t make any specific goals for 2007; I started the year overseas and my bills were piling up in Manila. I already knew then that I will be coming back to Australia, so that stopped me from making too many plans. Besides, I was broke!

For 2008, my goal is to focus on seeing more of the Philippines. Hearing other travelers talk about traveling to places in my home country which I haven’t been to has been quite an eye-opener. I need to explore the Philippines.

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I have no idea how many places I can go to this year. Seeing as I follow the American holidays, my long weekends are very limited. This need some careful planning and budgeting.

Nina’s travel destinations for 2008:

1. Donsol, Legaspi. I actually already have something more or less set for this; I just need to buy my plane tickets. I will be going with a group and will be in Legaspi to watch for whale sharks, and discover what Legaspi has to offer while we’re there. This trip is scheduled on February 23 – 25 (People Power anniversary holiday). If you’re interested to join, drop me a line in the comment box or email me and I’ll fill you in on the details.

2. Tagaytay. Just because I haven’t been there yet. -_-

3. Bauan, Batangas. Owen made a snorkelling day trip at Dive n Trek and spent less than Php 2,000. How can I not try that?

4. Corregidor, Bataan. I’ve been to Corregidor before, but I couldn’t really remember much of it anymore, except that I got a terrible sunburn. I’m torn between being cheap and going on a daytrip and splurging for a tour with Carlos Celdran.

5. Camarines sur. The watersport complex, to be specific.

6. Palawan, Dumaguete or Davao. Because I haven’t been to those places yet.

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I’m aiming to get at least 4 out of 6. How about you? Where do you plan to go this 2008?

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 10 Comments
  1. dyanie says:

    hi nina! so wow philippines pla ang target mo this year! my friend also said that to me. sabi nya bago ko ikuting ang mundo eh dapat daw nalibot ko na pilipinas! sabi ko naman, “mas mahal pa pag sa pilipinas eh!” hehehehe ;)

    my friends will be going to palawan and im still thinking if sasama ako. sabi kc ng doctor ko, marami daw lamok sa palawan. since nagka dengue na ko, mas lapitin tlaga ko compared sa mga taong di pa nagkakaron.


    SG and KL – never been there! gusto ko i try dun! ;)

  2. davidd (aka puuikibeach) says:

    Whale sharks? Snorkeling? Watersport complex? JustWandering is turning into a Dive Blog! THAT IS SO COOL!

    Corregidor? That place must be covered with ruins and wreckage from the war. You must take, and post, TONS AND TONS of photos!

    And list prices, and places to stay, and how to get there, and all those pesky little details.

    I’m way more excited about your upcoming travel year than I am about mine.

    Safe travels… and Happy 2008!

  3. Ferdz says:

    What a way to start the year. Being fun and silly! hehe.

    Nice destinations. I haven’t been to corregidor as well. Even if it’s near, it’s way too expensive. Oh well. Maybe if I have some extra bucks with me. hehe

  4. estan says:

    wow! seems it will be a busy year of hopping within the country.

    Donsol is really good, as far as the whale sharks are concerned. A different kind of adrenalin as one gazes or swims with one.

    Tagaytay? You haven’t been there yet? So close yet so far away. :)

    Corrigedor, well, in the almost 10 that I’ve been living in Metro Manila, di ko pa talaga napuntahan ito. Lapit lang sana.

    Bauan, hmmm, I prefer the old churches but just gone there in passing.

    Camarines Sur, not really a water person but still, I prefer the old churches.

    Palawan, Dumaguete and Davao are equally wonderful places basta not the usual tourist traps and malls lang.

    As for me, I plan to stamp out the white spaces in my Lakbayan map :p

  5. nina says:

    Actually, one of the reasons I’m sticking to domestic destinations kasi relatively cheaper sya thank traveling overseas again. XD Singapore is one of my favorite places in Asia. I’m sure mag enjoy ka rin dun, Dyanie. It’s not as exotic as other parts of Southeast Asia, but it sure has its charms.

    Dive blog? I don’t think so, David. I have to get over my issues with drowning. That and my terrible ear pressure problem. Pfft, my travels aren’t nearly as exciting as yours.

    What better way to start the year di ba, Ferdz? Actually, I purposely made my list short and easy para mas madali ma-achieve XD

    The white spaces in your Lakbayan map, Estan? Parang ang onti nalang nun ah. Talagang churches mga gusto mong puntahan no? No wonder you’re the photographer they got for Facades! P.s. Kelan nga ba book signing mo sa Manila? ;)

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  8. Manny says:

    Hi Nina. I hope you get to travel to all of your destinations. I’m going to the Philippines next week. My wife is already there and is staying in Tagum, near Davao City, to take care of her mother. I will spend a few days with them in Davao. Have you been to the US yet? Maybe you will make travel plans for there someday.

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