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

Bangkok nights

Bangkok nights

Bangkok, Thailand

I’m heading off to the west coast of Java, to Anyer for the weekend. Unfortunately, this is a trip for work, not pleasure. But, I can’t complain I suppose, being able to hold meetings on the beach.

The rice walk

I’ve done this many times, but last summer I managed to fall into quite a deep pit of mud. Let me tell you – it’s not fun. Half a mile from home, your sandals full of muck; muck that’s not just dirt if you manage to catch a whiff, with the locals laughing it up. I had a choice – save my camera but take a dive in the muck, or risk my camera falling but saving myself. Those of you that know me will inevitably know the answer to that one.

Taken today from the top of a small hot spring mountain, Ciseeng, made of (sulfur?) deposits. Not your average Sunday.

Canon 5D || 70-200mm @200 || f/10 || 1/160 || iso400 || handheld

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