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!
Counting down in DC!
Spending Chinese New Year (and freezing my ass off!) with my grandmother in Suzhou
Meeting the newest member of the family, Doudou in Shanghai（豆豆，meaning “little bean” in Chinese)
Inside is 99 little peaches; 9 in Chinese sounds like “long” and symbolizes long life.
Scaling the Great Wall after a snowstorm…not the greatest idea.
My good-bye party. Byebye Beijing!
Celebrating Easter with my bunny in Abu Dhabi!
Adjusting to pink limos and the forbidden pork…
Fell in love with Istanbul
Enjoying the thermal pools at Pammukkale
Taking a dip in Cleopatra’s Pool
Amazing meal at Armani Ristorante in Dubai
On top of the world at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai
First henna experience at the Central Souk in Abu Dhabi
July 2013: Visiting my mom in Vancouver, my hometown.
Isn’t Vancouver beautiful?
Visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge with Tim!
Taking a walk on Lanikai Beach in Hawaii
View from Pali Lookout in Oahu.
Ok, I admit, the most exciting thing that happened to me this month was that Magnolia Bakery opened in my city
Throughly enjoying my first foray into Europe, Prague!
Beautiful view of the Charles Bridge
Posing in a panda hat that somehow makes Czech women look sexy, and me look immature…
Learning about Princess Sisi in Vienna
Ferris wheel that survived WWII
Celebrating our two year anniversary in Abu Dhabi
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!
The Water Cube in Beijing. Remember Michael Phelps in 2008?
I lived in Beijing for three years, and this is the first time I’ve ever visited the Bird’s Nest
Wonder if it’s been full since the Olympics?
Celebrating my little sister’s eight birthday in Shanghai
Staying at a beautiful hotel on the bund…too bad it was too smoggy to actually see the bund…
Taking a walk by the Shanghai bund
Pigeon Slangin’ in Chengdu
Celebrating Paris’ 27th at ABC cooking studio in Beijing
I made this!
Petting tigers at Tiger Kingdom in Phuket
Feeding elephants in Phuket
Posing with men prettier than me…
Standing in the aquamarine waters of Ko Phi Phi
Celebrating Christmas in Bangkok…stuffed Christmas tree anyone?
Chasing sunsets in Bali
Welcoming the new year with friends in Bali!
And that was my year! Fingers-crossed that this year will be better than the last ^_^