2009: A year of change, travel, and adventure

One of my greatest interests in life is to travel, experience, and learn more about other cultures. There’s nothing like soaking up all that a new country has to offer. I feel immensely thankful that my career allows us to travel extensively (always wish it could be more but don’t want to be greedy).

2009 was a year of drastic, yet positive changes with our move from Indonesia to Philippines. Change is what defined this year.

2010 should be more stable, but still allow plenty of travel – perhaps even more if we return to the States for 8 weeks this summer (tentatively planning a trip to the American West).

How about you? What were some of your major trips this year? How did 2009 turn out for you? How is your outlook for 2010?

A quick list of our main travels for 2009:

February – Manila, Philippines – 4 days
March – Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia – 9 days
April: Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia – 4 days
May: Thousand Islands, Indonesia – 5 days
June/July – Ubud / Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia – 3 weeks
July – Manila, Philippines (uh, still here)
September – Hong Kong – 4 days
October – Boracay, Philippines – 9 days
November – Batangas, Philippines – 3 days
December – Banaue, Philippines – 5 days
December – Singapore – 2 weeks

And a visual summary of 2009. (oldest to most recent) Enjoy.

Solar eclipse as seen from Jakarta

Solar eclipse as seen from Jakarta

Our pimped out ride

Dinner delivery

Azure seas and Javanese fisherman

Our new apartment - living room

Our new apartment - cafe corner

Manila flooding Sept 26, 2009

Beauty of Boracay

Trinity

The dreams of man, pervading nature's womb.

Banaue boy

Elders of Banaue, Philippines

  • J

    January – Accra and Elmina, Ghana
    March – Ouidah, Benin
    April – Monrovia, Liberia
    May – Bwindi and Jinja, Uganda
    May – Kruger, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, S. Africa
    June – Washington DC, Chicago
    August – Chicago
    September – Washington DC
    November – Chicago
    December – Chicago

    2010 plans — Pacific NW USA, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Chicago, et al.

    • javajive

      Wow – that's some serious frequent flyer miles. 😉

  • It's been a while since I last dropped by. Once again, stunning imagery. I'm always in for a treat whenever I visit Java Jive. Best wishes for 2010 and happy travels!

    • javajive

      Thank you, Carrie. I appreciate you still dropping by. Happy 2010 for you as well. Cheers.

  • Gorgeous pictures!

    • javajive

      Hi Nadia! How's life? Were you sick recently? Hope all is well now.

  • javajive

    Wow – that's some serious frequent flyer miles. 😉

  • javajive

    Thank you, Carrie. I appreciate you still dropping by. Happy 2010 for you as well. Cheers.

  • javajive

    Hi Nadia! How's life? Were you sick recently? Hope all is well now.