I can't believe we only have two days left for 2019. This year has been a another roller coaster ride but it is more of a happy year for me because I got to travel more this year! Yayy! πŸ˜„

It is already my fourth entry for my Year In Review. Ang bilis ng panahon! Looking back at my past entries, I feel like I already matured to the point that I know I am still lost and have problems but IDGAF anymore πŸ˜‚ I guess that's when adulting hits you hard. Haha!

I've seen so many friends, acquaintances, and relatives got married and have a family of their own this year. I couldn't be more happy for them! πŸ‘ͺ Though, I am now asking myself if I already reached the age for marriage and having a family. I feel like I'm still young for it though I know I am not! Haha. I'm already 25 but I still look like 20 or even younger πŸ˜‚

Joseph and I are on our second year of LDR. I can't believe two years has already passed since they went to US. We still talk every day via video call and chat. It has been two years but I feel like nothing has changed between us. 😍

For the first three months of 2019, I got busy with my work because I was hired full-time by a client and I had another part-time job along with it. I already made a blog post about it regarding my freelance work. Most of the details are there. It is one of the things I am thankful for. I got to save money for my travels.

In summer, I went to Davao with my friends and Boracay with my family. It was the best summer ever! Haha. I finally get to experience the white sand and the clear beaches.

In June, my family and I went to Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Palawan. We were so happy because it is our first time to travel together.

I started my diet in July. I was supposed to donate blood at the blood letting activity near my area but I just got back from Palawan so I was deferred. During the process they took my weight and I was so shocked to know that I am already 66.1 kg. That was my heaviest weight ever! I was only 55 kg back in college. Haha!

I finally got back on my senses and started my diet. I learned that you can really do it, you just have to set your mind to it

After more than 3 months, I almost lost 10 kg. I look preggo on the left photo. I know! Haha. πŸ˜‚ I "paused" my diet in November though! Being on a diet is really pricey. I swear! I buy chia seeds, almond milk, yogurt, meat, etc daily and those are not cheap ya'll. I will start again in January. Hoping to loose 5 more kilos.

During my diet, I cooked most of my meals so I can really watch what am eating. I was so concious about my diet to the point I really count my daily calorie intake. Haha! Also, I don't really cook much before so my Mama is so happy that I am preparing most of our meals now. Haha! I am not sure if I'll write a blog post about my weight loss though. Let me know if you're interested on that!

2019 is also my year of food adventures and events! I got to meet new blogger friends and my SaanSaPH family. Yes, I went to fmu's and events even I was on a diet. Haha! I also started to establish my Youtube channel this year. I just upload my travels before but now I also make contents for it too. Not on a weekly basis though! Haha. Hoping for more improved contents on this blog and on my vlogs next year!

In October, Sachi, Gen and I founded Tagaytay Bloggers, a community of bloggers based in Tagaytay and nearby areas (Silang, Amadeo, Mendez, etc).

Karissa and I went to Macau last November. It is my last travel for this year and it is my first out of the country. That trip was life changing and definitely a memorable one!

I am kinda on hiatus this December because I want to spend time with my family. Maybe I will just resume posting next year. My family and I celebrated Christmas in a very simple way, just like we usually do and it will probably be the same this New Year's Eve. I guess this will also be my last blog post for this year. To more contents in 2020! 😊

I am thankful for all the blessings, new friendships, old friends who stayed, life lessons, and travels this year. Thank you, Papa God! πŸ™ I am also thankful to the brands and companies I collaborated with this year. And of course, I am thankful for all the love and support you give to this blog. We'll have more food adventures, events, and travels together next year! May we all have a blessed New Year full of success, good health, and love!πŸ’–

Looking forward for the next year and what the future holds. I'm ready for you 2020! Bring it!

πŸ“  Zushi Me Lake View, Grand View Complex, Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City

We decided to try this Japanese restaurant yesterday which is just across the rotonda. I really haven't noticed this until LifewithZG told me. I think it's pretty new too.

On our third day in Macau, we were looking for something different to eat and good thing we found this European (Italian) Cafe. It is just a few blocks away from our hotel which is Hou Kong Hotel but the nearest hotel to this cafe is really Hotel S. This is also less than a kilomoter away from Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul's.

πŸ“ MS Blossom Cafe, 1 PraΓ§a de Ponte e Horta, Macao

I like how they decorated the restaurant. It is not overwhelming and the ambiance is really just perfect. When we were sitting there, it feels good to be in a European place like this and when you look outside, it is like a different world. Haha! If you're looking for a money changer, there's one just across the cafe.

The ambiance of the restaurant is so perfect especially for mornings and coffee. They serve all-day breakfast. I just found out that they are one of the best restaurants here in Macau. They have high ratings on Facebook and Tripadvisor.

My bestfriend, Karissa, ordered this simple breakfast. I forgot what it called but it's just basically ham, egg, bread and coffee. I think it's like 35MOP for all of these.

Lyndon ordered this burger πŸ” and a coffee ☕. It costs 35MOP something. That burger looks good!

And this is what I ordered. Meal B from their Morning Time Special Price. It's smoked salmon, poached egg, and arugular toast and it costs 48MOP. I'm not a coffee person anymore (acid reflux sucks) and I'm glad they have other options. I ordered hot almond oat milk (additional 7MOP) instead. Really love this healthy breakfast!

I can only review the food that I ordered because that's just what I ate. Haha! The food is good and the price is not that bad. If this is in PH, this would costs more. πŸ˜‚ Love the hot almond oat milk! I was surprised that it's this big. Haha! I am really not a fan of raw salmon, but this one is an exception. I'm not sure how but it tastes edible to me unlike the ones I tasted in the past. Hindi nakakaduwak. Haha! The salad has a mango salsa but I can barely taste it. I just hope they added more of it.

It looks very simple outside to be honest. Good thing the windows are big enough for us to see what's inside. The service is also great. Will definitely go back here if I'll be in Macau again. Would love to try their lunch and other foods! If you're a foreigner or if you're looking for something European in Macau, I recommend MS Blossom Cafe. You have to try it πŸ˜‰

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When I was a kid, one of my dream is to travel. I grew up with a family who doesn't prioritize travel. But don't get me wrong, I do understand my Mom and I believe that we all have our own timeline. And my dream finally happened this year! ✈

I first rode an airplane back in Summer of 2018 and that was my first travel. This year, I got to travel more. I went first went to Davao and Boracay in Summer. In June, I went to Palawan with my family. In November, I went to Macau and it was my first time to travel abroad. I got to travel with different people and in different places. Every trip was memorable and I learned so much from it.

1. I feel like I'm a different person every time I am back from a trip. I meant it in a good way. I'm like a more matured and better version of me. Haha! I've learned so much from life, cultures, meetings new people and exploring new places. I feel like this year triggered / awakened my inner self and maybe, I'm really a traveler after all. I like watching other people's way of life and their stories. I don't know but sometimes it amazes me.

2. Get out of my comfort zone. I was never an adventurous kind of person but that changed when I first traveled. I was excited to try new things and that includes a few extreme ones. Haha! I tried parasailing alone in Boracay. Haha! It was so worth it! I also tried traveling to Boracay solo, though I met my family there. Both of my eyes have the grade of 800 but I tried snorkeling in El Nido for the first time and it was awesome! I wore my contact lenses ofc. Haha! I was afraid that the sea water might get through the snorkeling gear but heck, that was El Nido! I had to do it! Haha. With the experiences, I guess I am not afraid to travel solo and I wanna do it. Maybe next year? 😊

3. You can save money for your travels. πŸ’Έ Traveling is definitely NOT just for the rich. Some of my relatives think that I'm already earning so much just because I travel. Well, I wish! Haha. It just so happen that I got to save enough money for my travels earlier this year. I didn't plan for my travels overnight. I always plan ahead of time so I can save money for that trip. For example, we booked our Macau plane tickets in March but the actual trip is in November. I had 8 months to save money for our hotel, activities and pocket money. If you really want to travel, then go save for it. Traveling also doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money. I'm always on a budget whenever I travel. It's okay to set a limit.

4. Plan your travel. Get to know the place. Make your itinerary. πŸ“š Do some research. Know the place you're going. Yeah, you can be spontaneous but I'd still recommend that you do your research so you will know where to go and how to find/commute to that place. Having an itinerary makes traveling so much easier. You'll also know how much you will be needing for that trip and such. It's also better to be knowledgeable than to be ignorant. If you know what I mean? Uhm? Haha. Thailand, for example, have temples and they have dress codes.

5. It's okay to get lost sometimes. I mean, literally! Haha. Make it part of the adventure. Don't be shy to ask around with the locals. Don't let it get on your nerves. Just be positive and everything will be fine. πŸ˜‰

6. Always try to make new friends and meet new people. I guess it's part of the adventure. We've met a lot of people during our trip in Macau but didn't get to ask their socials. Haha! I really like meeting new people from my travels. #MissCongeniality But of course, always be careful too! Don't let your guard down.

7. Go and take that photo/video. πŸ“Έ If you think that there are people who'll judge you for taking that "tourist-y" photo, so what? Let them be and do your thing! Well, I was once like that and I regret it every damn time. Don't be like me! πŸ˜†

8. Pack light. πŸ§³ Haha! I can still remember when I was packing for Davao. My luggage weigh 12 kgs and we'll just be there for like 4 days? Haha! I always reason out that my luggage alone is already more than 2 kgs, but it was just me over-packing. Haha! I didn't even get to wear half of the clothes I brought. The truth is, we tend to over-pack when we don't have ootd plans in mind. You just throw clothes into your luggage and bahala na si batmanPlan your OOTD days before your trip, so there's no room for cramming and you won't have to bring other clothes that you don't actually need. It is better if you also try them on to really know if the ootd suits your liking. I've actually seen it in Camille Co's vlog and it really helped me during my last trip. And I guess, that's another lesson learned. It is so damn hard to be a traveler and a fashionista. I mean, how could they bring clothes around and change outfits? Haha! Just bringing my gorillpod/tripod already exhaust me. Lol!

9. Each city is unique and has a story to tell. Appreciate. πŸ§‘ Do not believe to those people who says that "this country" is so ordinary, not worth it, no good places to go to, and so on. I actually appreciate every places I went to. Every place has a story to tell and every trip is a memorable one for me. Learn to see good in every country and don't just hate, can we?

10. Be humble, always. Learn to adapt and be open minded. During my first travel abroad, I realized how every nationality differs and we should respect that. We have different cultures and languages. It's nice to learn a few of them. Do no discriminate anyone just because they don't speak English. Be resourceful. We have Google translate ya know. Aside from that, each place also has different laws that we should follow even we are just tourists. I am really amazed how other people in other countries stop at the pedestrian when you're crossing the street. It's different here in the Philippines! Haha. I first experienced it in Davao and I keep wishing that it would be like that all over the country. I hope people who travels keep the discipline even though they are back here in the country already.

To more travel in the future! πŸ›ͺ