Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The best of 2011



It's that time of the year when I wind down and really take time to reassess my life and where's heading. That's why there hasn't been a blog entry in a while -- because I needed to think more than to write.

This week has been unusually busy in spite of the expected lull between Christmas and New Year, with not many spare moments to myself. But nevertheless I've had a few spare moments to remember the year that was and to better prepare for the year that will be.

Re-reading my old blog entries has certainly helped me put my life in perspective and made me smile reading about places, events, experiences and people I've forgotten in the course of daily life. It's also made me realize again how enjoyable my year has been and how lucky I am to be living the kind of life I truly want to live. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to a most fulfilling year for myself and for all of us at Travelife Magazine.

Here are my favorite blog entries for 2011:


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April 2011
The best memories of traveling with
only myself as company


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February 2011
The very first of many enjoyable meals with the notorious J,
who has kept me company and kept my spirits up
in a very technological way this year.
So many people still want to know who he is.


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July 2011
Memories of a very enjoyable trip to the Middle East.
We can't wait to go back and hit the souks.


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March 2011
This was literally the day before the Great Earthquake in Japan.
How little I realized then how my life would change.

KARE-KARE WITH A CHATEAU PALMER 1999
There's nothing so special about this entry.
But when I read it, I could taste the kare-kare
and still remember the wine.


WATERMELON COCKTAILS AND FROGS IN THE JACUZZI
April 2011
This was a really enjoyable trip that helped lift a heavy burden.

REMAINS OF A SMOKED SALMON
October 2011
The messages on that day really made me laugh.
It helped, of course, that I was staying in one of
the most beautiful resorts in the world.

LIVE EACH DAY LIKE IT'S YOUR LAST
March 2011
The great earthquake of Japan was life-changing.

PORK BARRELS OF MEMORIES
Remembering Sunday night dinners at home
and all over the world.


THE TWO-HOUR ART TRADE
June 2011
It was such fun to trade paintings,
and I was amazed that my friend got a buyer in two hours flat.

Another travel story
from a life lived always on the edge.

TRAVELIFE IS #1
It should be fairly obvious why this one's a favorite.


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