World Hopping 2013: A year in pictures

It’s 2014, and I’m looking forward to some downtime before traveling again. New places and new experiences are great, but there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed!

While going over some pictures, I saw just how amazing 2013 was for me. Last year, I traveled to nine different countries on three different continents. I got to see my mother in Vancouver, celebrated my grandmother’s 80th birthday in Shanghai, and moved to the Middle East to be with the love of my life. I turned 26 in Hong Kong, spent Christmas in Thailand and rang in the new year in Bali with friends. Life was good. Life IS good.

20 different airports later, and it’s 2014. I will always remember this year as the year I realized that I am a traveler. I love traveling. I want to travel, and I will always keep traveling. Hope you’lll all be around to share with!

January 2014

DC January 2013

 Counting down in DC!

February 2013

Photo Feb 11, 4 51 44 PM

Spending Chinese New Year (and freezing my ass off!) with my grandmother in Suzhou

Photo Feb 14, 2 17 25 PM

Meeting the newest member of the family, Doudou in Shanghai(豆豆,meaning “little bean” in Chinese)

March 2013

Photo Mar 09, 1 55 42 PM

Grandma’s 80th birthday in Shanghai! This is called a birthday peach (寿桃, shoutao), and symbolizes longevity

Photo Mar 09, 2 59 11 PM

Inside is 99 little peaches; 9 in Chinese sounds like “long” and symbolizes long life.

Photo Mar 21, 7 16 06 AM

Scaling the Great Wall after a snowstorm…not the greatest idea.

Photo Mar 16, 7 16 27 PM Photo Mar 16, 7 15 17 PM

My good-bye party. Byebye Beijing!

April 2013

Photo Apr 01, 3 44 23 PM

Celebrating Easter with my bunny in Abu Dhabi!

Photo Apr 18, 4 59 21 PMPhoto Apr 06, 3 04 14 PM

 Adjusting to pink limos and the forbidden pork…

May 2013

Photo May 04, 7 32 20 PM Photo May 05, 11 47 38 AM

Fell in love with Istanbul

Photo May 08, 5 28 26 AM Photo May 17, 12 15 31 PM

 Enjoying the thermal pools at Pammukkale

Photo May 06, 4 58 59 PM

Taking a dip in Cleopatra’s Pool

June 2013

Photo Jun 15, 4 08 18 PM

Amazing meal at Armani Ristorante in Dubai

Photo Jun 15, 4 08 00 PM Photo Jun 15, 9 46 54 AM

 On top of the world at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

July 2013

Photo Jul 16, 4 03 42 AM

First henna experience at the Central Souk in Abu Dhabi

Photo Jul 10, 12 37 20 AM Photo Aug 01, 4 39 32 AM

July 2013: Visiting my mom in Vancouver, my hometown.

Photo Jul 31, 2 44 27 AM

Isn’t Vancouver beautiful?

Photo Jul 28, 4 18 04 AM Photo Jul 28, 4 15 56 AM

Visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge with Tim!

August 2013

Photo Aug 10, 5 32 55 PM

Taking a walk on Lanikai Beach in Hawaii

Photo Aug 06, 5 52 27 PM

View from Pali Lookout in Oahu.

September 2013

Photo Aug 30, 5 29 19 PM

Ok, I admit, the most exciting thing that happened to me this month was that Magnolia Bakery opened in my city

October 2013

Photo Oct 11, 5 54 07 PM Photo Oct 12, 4 44 32 PM

Throughly enjoying my first foray into Europe, Prague!

Photo Oct 13, 4 58 11 PM

Beautiful view of the Charles Bridge

Photo Oct 14, 1 50 15 PM

Posing in a panda hat that somehow makes Czech women look sexy, and me look immature…

Photo Oct 15, 9 18 51 PM

Learning about Princess Sisi in Vienna

Photo Oct 15, 5 04 01 PM

Ferris wheel that survived WWII

November 2013

Photo Nov 01, 10 48 38 PM

Celebrating our two year anniversary in Abu Dhabi

Photo Nov 11, 2 55 24 PM Photo Nov 11, 3 29 49 PM

Celebrating my birthday by myself (*sniff) in Hong Kong…but don’t feel too sorry for me, my birthday dinner was at the most amazing Cantonese restaurant!

Photo Nov 15, 11 17 31 AM

The Water Cube in Beijing. Remember Michael Phelps in 2008?

Photo Nov 15, 11 42 31 AM

I lived in Beijing for three years, and this is the first time I’ve ever visited the Bird’s Nest

Photo Nov 15, 11 52 08 AM

Wonder if it’s been full since the Olympics?

December 2013

Photo Dec 02, 8 43 28 PM

Celebrating my little sister’s eight birthday in Shanghai

 

Photo Dec 05, 5 59 36 AM

Staying at a beautiful hotel on the bund…too bad it was too smoggy to actually see the bund…

Photo Dec 05, 10 52 38 AM

Starbucks, Chinese-style!

Photo Dec 05, 2 11 42 PM

Taking a walk by the Shanghai bund

Photo Dec 07, 6 09 03 AM Photo Dec 07, 6 36 34 AM

Pigeon Slangin’ in Chengdu

Photo Dec 10, 3 26 19 PM Photo Dec 10, 5 12 07 PM

Celebrating Paris’ 27th at ABC cooking studio in Beijing

Photo Dec 10, 12 55 37 PM

I made this!

Photo Dec 22, 1 37 40 PM

Petting tigers at Tiger Kingdom in Phuket

Photo Dec 23, 7 21 09 AM

Feeding elephants in Phuket

Photo Dec 22, 7 51 36 PM

Posing with men prettier than me…

Photo Dec 24, 1 17 59 PM Photo Dec 24, 1 17 34 PM

Standing in the aquamarine waters of Ko Phi Phi

Photo Dec 25, 2 44 34 PM Photo Dec 25, 2 50 21 PM

Celebrating Christmas in Bangkok…stuffed Christmas tree anyone?

Photo Jan 01, 8 58 58 PM  IMG_0885

Chasing sunsets in Bali

Photo Dec 31, 6 57 53 PM

Welcoming the new year with friends in Bali!

And that was my year! Fingers-crossed that this year will be better than the last ^_^

 

 

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