2012: AdventuRoj Year of Firsts!

So, I’ve got to be honest: it’s REALLY surreal to be writing this year ender special to you guys. I can’t believe it’s already December, and that 2012 is coming to a close! What a year it’s been!

Looking back at 2012 is a little strange, actually. Strange, because it was such an amazing year, where so many of my dreams came true—so many, in fact, that it still doesn’t feel quite real.

I could still remember that one cold New Year Morning in January 2012 when I’ve pondered to create AdventuRoj.com, thinking it might be good to start the year with a New Blog for a New Year.

Some days, it feels like it happened to someone else, or that it was just the very best dream I ever had in my life, and I’ll wake up one morning and none of it will have happened. But 2012 DID happen. And so many of those dreams came true because of YOU GUYS.

So to give back to all that had happened, I’ve made a special year ender for all of you. So sit back, relax and together let’s reminisce the Adventure we’ve had for 2012!

2012 Adventuroj Year-Ender Video Special

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January 2012: Celebrating New Beginnings

It was my first outdoor far away trip on my birthday month. Drove all the way to Bukidnon  and had a blastin’ adventure there!

January 2012

January 2012

Festive February 2012

Come February, and a lot of travel adventures in line. We’ve come flying all the way to Clark for a weekend of everything that flies. Then went roaming around on Subic. The following weekend, me and my travel buddy had a Palawan get away to celebrate her big day. And the adventure didn’t end there, after that, coming back home to join GenSan’s Colorful Kalilangan Festival.

From the Skies to the Grounds and into the Deep

From the Skies to the Grounds and into the Deep

A Sunny Side of March

After trekking a bit of Luzon, let’s now head south at Zamboanga City this Month of March. Coupled with my closest friends, we’ve challenged ourselves to a Zamboanga City 3D/2N: 1,000 Peso Travel Challenge. Wondering if we did it? Find out! Who says that exploring the Pink Island of Zamboanga, the historic sites, and the colorful musically gyrating fountains can be luxurious?!

March 2012: Marching All the Way at Zamboanga City

March 2012: Marching All the Way at Zamboanga City

A Peaceful Month of April

After a series of outdoor adventures, AdventuRoj went home to spend some quality time with her family. A trip at my grandparent’s homeplace in Maitum, Sarangani Province, and a quick Dinosaurs Alive getaway in GenSan. Apart from that, the month of April had been lined of blogposts focusing on the essence of Holy Week [my Wholly Week Special series of posts], enabling one to reflect in silent peace and harmony.

April 2012: Enjoying Some Quality Time Back Home

April 2012: Enjoying Some Quality Time Back Home

An Adventurous May

On the month of May, I was once again back at Clark and in Subic. This time together with my family and friends, we’ve ventured out the life in the wild, heading to the Jungle Zoobic Safari, and a water adventure at the Ocean Adventure park at Subic.

May 2012: Back at Subic to Enjoy the Marine and Jungle Life

May 2012: Back at Subic to Enjoy the Marine and Jungle Life

A Grandiose & Vibrant June

Come my most awaited month, perhaps my most favorite-estestest! Haha. Featuring Adventuroj’ first out of the country trip this year, off to Hong Kong! Not just that but also the chance to witness my greatest admired singer and song writer, Jason Mraz Live in Concert.

June 2012: A Trip to Hong Kong, feat. Jason Mraz Live

June 2012: A Trip to Hong Kong, feat. Jason Mraz Live

Watch Jason Mraz Live in Hong Kong Video

A Jovial and Joyful July 2012

The merriment’s not yet over, this July we’ve had a feast of colors in vibrant costumes paired with joyous beats of the drums in celebrating my home province’s South Cotabato‘s T’Nalak Festival!

Tnalak Festival in South Cotabato: A Parade of Colors

Tnalak Festival in South Cotabato: A Parade of Colors

Not just that, this month was also extra special because Adventuroj won its first Major Blog Award being hailed as the winner of Tnalak 2012 Blog Writing Contest. For everyone who supported me during my endeavor, my heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Celebrating Differences: Tnalak Festival Amo na ya!

Celebrating Differences: Tnalak Festival Amo na ya!

Click Here to Read my Winning Entry

An Adventuresome August

During this month of August, we’ve ventured out all the way from Lake Agco in Kidapawan City, to dancing to the beats of Kadayawan Festival in Davao, and enjoyed a Surfing adventure @ Siargao.

Adventure at Lake Agco Kidapawan City

Adventure at Lake Agco Kidapawan City

August 2012: Surf's Up in Siargao

August 2012: Surf’s Up in Siargao

Kadayawan Festival 2012 in Davao City

Kadayawan Festival 2012 in Davao City

Life’s a Beach in September

This month of September, we’ve gone Beachin’ fun in Cebu & Bohol with my barkada with only a 3k budget.  Then the week after I’m off to Boracay-Guimaras-Iloilo to celebrate my dad’s birthday along with the whole family.

Beachin From Cebu-Bohol to Boracay-Guimaras-Iloilo

Beachin From Cebu-Bohol to Boracay-Guimaras-Iloilo

October 2012 Birthday Fest

This month of October, Adventuroj arranged a trip to take my Family for my Mom’s Big Day at Palawan. A once in a life time experience trailing the ever popular Underground River and a taste of another exotic food, ‘Tamilok’. Have you tasted one?

October 2012: Taking my Family for my Mom's Big Day at Palawan

October 2012: Taking my Family for my Mom’s Big Day at Palawan

A Nostalgic November 2012

For the month of November, we’ve gone back in time as we journeyed the heritage sites of Vigan and old Churches in Laoag. Then followed with an off road 4×4 adventure sand boarding at La Paz Sand Dunes and a Pagudpud Scenuic Tour.

November 2012: A Journey Back in Time in Ilocos - Vigan - Pagudpud

November 2012: A Journey Back in Time in Ilocos – Vigan – Pagudpud

An End of the World Year Ender in December

And to end the year this December, a grand Visayas Backpacking in Cebu – Siquijor – Negros – Bacolod – and Iloilo.

Backpacking in Cebu-Siquijor-Negros-Bacolod-Iloilo

Backpacking in Cebu-Siquijor-Negros-Bacolod-Iloilo

Fast isn’t it? I hope you guys have an amazing holiday season, and that, no matter what your dreams might be, they come true, too.

Thank you again—from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you to everyone who read my blog, and encouraged me to keep on posting.

Thank you to the wonderful friends and family I have who helped made my 2012 a success!

Some of you have wondered if I am going to post more travelogues, adventures, and misadventures. The answer is an unequivocal: YES! 🙂

Writing to help make our world a better place, as I have found, is highly addictive.

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to you all, as the case may be. Wishing you a wonderful and festive time with those you love.

Looking forward to many more adventures, discussion, and friendship with you all in the year to come!

Adventuroj Travel Quote

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blogcarnival3001This is my First entry to Pinoy Travel Blogger’s Blog Carnival for December 2012,with the theme: “2012: This Year In Travel”.Hosted by Gay Mitra-Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie and Regine Camille Garcia of Between Coordinates

9 thoughts on “2012: AdventuRoj Year of Firsts!

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