Happy New Year 2019!!!
I’m really happy that 2018 is now behind us and I’m looking forward to what this new year lies ahead of me. I got plans this year and there will be changes along the way. I will get to that in a bit.
First, I’d like to say that the Year 2018 was a roller coaster ride. Sounds very cliché but hear me out. I had a lot of ups and downs during that period. I wasn’t happy. I lost my job of five years and I scrambled to find another. Also, living in Panglao Island doesn’t appeal to me anymore. I moved apartments twice. Two of my closest friends left the island and moved on with their lives. I hung out with different crowd and partied quite a bit.
But the biggest change was that my relationship with this one person suddenly dwindled down. We’re still friends, don’t get me wrong, but the way I now interact with this guy is now is totally different. We chose different paths and finally, we never looked back.
There’s a “silver lining” to everything. Once I closed my chapter with the “ex” whom I spent time with for the last three years, I met someone else. You might think this is all dramatic (and if you’re not into sappy stories, skip this part), but this amazing man came in when I least expected it. Of all the things that happened last year, he was a blessing to me.
When I had a motorcycle accident back in Thailand, he helped me in so many ways. He willingly let me borrowed money to pay for my hospital bills and hostel accommodation. He picked me up in Cebu when I arrived back home and assisted me when I had mobility problems. He cooked for me, mended my wounds, and made sure I was comfortable. Soon, we moved in together and made things easier for both of us.
It was because of him that my plans have changed drastically. We traveled here and there. He met my family and a few relatives from my dad’s side. He chose to spend the Christmas holidays with my family in Cagayan de Oro and then New Years Eve with friends in the island. It was our first holidays together and we made the most of out of it.
So what am I getting at here?
I lived in Panglao Island for three years. I forged lasting friendships with people I met here along the way. Panglao also became my second home. But on the flip side, there’s no more reason for me to stick around anymore. My boyfriend is on the same page with me. Panglao isn’t what it used to be. While I’m all for the development of the island and boost its economy, it’s starting to lose it’s magic. Before it gets too chaotic, I would like to get out and see the next Boracay happening in front of my eyes.
After traveling with my boyfriend for months and checking out some spots, we both came to a decision to move somewhere and start afresh. To where? It’s a secret for now. A few of my closest friends knew already but for my readers out there (if there’s any, haha), I cannot divulge anything yet. We have tons of stuff to do, plan, organize, and it will take many months before we settle in. So I ask for your patience and understanding.
I also have a few blogs that I’ll be sharing very soon. They are a bit overdue. I admit, I’ve been slacking with blogging so I hope this piece will appease you all.
I wish you all a lovely New Year and keep that traveling spirit for 2019 alive!!!