At the beginning of every new year, I like to look back on the previous year and see all that I have experienced and learned. I feel it is important for us to do this not only to appreciate what we have gone through but to also glean from what experiences we have had and improve ourselves for the future. I am a true believer that we never stop growing as people. Every day gives us a new opportunity to teach ourselves something new. The day we stop learning is the day we stop growing. I also try to not take anything for granted and try to be grateful for whatever I am given. There are times that I am discouraged and life does get me down. I have my moments too. However, I am someone who gets back on my feet again right away as I tend to have a very positive attitude towards life. Nothing can bring me down too long.
I have been told I have great inner strength and that I deal with the ups and downs of life very well. Many of my friends often run to me for a shoulder to cry on or for advice. While I may be good at giving it, I am not so good at applying it to my own life. I have a good capacity to stand back and really take a good look at my life and at myself. I read a lot of self-help books in hopes of understanding who I am today and who I can be tomorrow. The conclusion? I still have a long way to go before I can truly say I have become the person I want to be and to be proud of who I am. But I am working towards it bit by bit.
So without further ado, here are some of my experiences for 2012 through a series of photographs. These photographs will depict family and friends, places I have gone, food I have eaten and cooked, things I have learned, people I have met, and also a lot on my bucket list was achieved this year.
New Places I Visited This Year
Grand Cayman was a dream come true
Would love to return to this paradise someday
Visited Montreal in the midst of student protests all over the city
Moncton, New Brunswick
Crossing the longest bridge to Prince Edward Island
Long awaited moment – Capri, Italy. Wanted to visit for years and finally made it
Capri is a place I definitely would like to revisit many times in my life. So much more I still haven’t seen of this gorgeous island
I absolutely loved Positano
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Laos – definitely want to spend more time here exploring some day as I only crossed the Thai border to visit for a few hours
Crab Claw Topped with Caviar
The most beautiful Chirashi bowl I have ever eaten
Mixed Conch and Crab Stuffed in a Shell
Best Ovaltine drink everrrrrrrrrr
I don’t typically like fish but look at this!
Chestnut Creme Brûlée Dessert
Noodles on the go. So tasty
Chiu Chow Fried Noodles Eaten with Sugar and Vinegar
Taiwanese Shaved Ice with Green Bean, Red Bean, Jelly, Mango and Boba
Found this, had it once, and just like that it was gone. Cannot find this anywhere now
Seared Ahi Tuna Burger
Korean Kalbi Tacos
Fried Stinky Tofu
People I Have Met In 2012
YES! I met Anthony Bourdain. Definite highlight of the year!!!
Also got to meet Eric Ripert that same day. I was so stoked. But wait…there is more…
Richard Blais and I
José Andrés…what a funny and nice guy
Things I Have Checked Off My Bucket List In 2012
Petting a Tiger
Holding a Baby Monkey
Lying on a Railroad
Going Inside an Igloo
Visiting The Golden Triangle
Lobstering Like a True Fisherman
Filming a TV show