My 2016 year of travel

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Hafa adai from Guam, USA!

As you all know, I can never sit still. Not only do I move around at least once a month because of medical school, but I also have the bad case of the travel bug.

2016 has taken me to many new places, places I never thought I’d ever be able to see. Places I never had even imagined, meeting new friends for a lifetime and making of course unforgettable memories. I thought 2015 was going to be hard to beat, but 2016 raised the bar even higher. 2017, where will you take me this year?

Click here to see My 2015 year of travel.

All photos are from my Instagram.

1. Ended 2015 singing for the Pope at the Vatican, and so began 2016

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2. Exploring the cold, cold Chicago with my newly-met relatives

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3. Started my new life in a new medical school in a new city, Linköping, Sweden

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4. Weekend escapade with friends to Tallinn, Estonia

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5. As usual, I always seem to come back to Hong Kong

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6. Explored the country of my birth Philippines solo for the first time in my life

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7. Oh, and I also learned how to surf in Baler, Philippines

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8. …and celebrated 20+ years of friendship with my childhood best friend Chy in Bohol, Philippines 🙂

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9. Celebrated my sister’s 25th birthday in Iceland

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10. Met the Pope together with 2 million other Catholic youths during the World Youth Days in Krakow, Poland

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11. …and met the Pope again during the Swedish Papal visit in Malmö

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12. Getting lost in translation in Tokyo, Japan

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13. Living the tropical paradise dream in Guam, USA

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14. Where I really did make memories and connections worth a lifetime

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I knew 2015 was going to be hard to beat, but 2016 delivered. But now comes 2017, my final year in medical school (if all goes as planned). Even though I know I’ll have a tough final year ahead, I have a feeling I’ll still end up getting lost in translation in a new city or on another beach in another tropical paradise. Or well, I hope so anyway.

To kickstart my 2017 year of travel, New York, see you in less than two weeks! 😀

TRAVEL VLOG: Iceland 2016

I’ve realised that the best way for people to join me on my travels, is by showing how it really was for me there. What better way than through a video – so I have decided to start travel vlogging! Much easier to show than to describe through writing 🙂

This is a glimpse of our trip to Iceland July 18-22, 2016. Iceland, you have been amazing but we haven’t had enough of you. Until next time! For now, thank you for the adventure 🙂

Here are the places included in the video in order of appearance:
Harpa, Reykjavik harbour, the Sun voyager, Þufa, Perlan, Hallgrimskirkja, Fridheimar farm, Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park (where we snorkeled in Silfra!), the Bridge Between Two Continents in Sandvik and last but not least, Blue Lagoon.

All footage taken by me or my mom/sister, edited in iMovie by me and background music produced in GrageBand by me. Cameras used: Nikon D3100, iPhone 6s, iCreation action camera and Nikon AW 110.