Year End Wrap Up: 12 Highlights of 2013

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Year End Wrap Up: 12 Highlights of 2013

Time to tick the Automatic Out-of-Office replies for next week. Finally. I’m hearing the Singapore National Anthem playing in my head right now – seems like SG is excited to get rid of my workaholic ego out of here. Lol. Heading back to a different reality. Packing stuffs, eating grubs, and meeting the old and the favorite people back home. But before we hit the sack, it’s probably a fitful time to do a year ender wrap up on all the favorite awesome things that’s happened this 2013.

This year has been double the awesome, both for the expat life and travel. Lots of level ups and unlimited road widening on so many aspects. From first time traveling alone in one of the least travel friendly places in Asia, to traveling to the most idealistic cities on Earth; interesting year, indeed. Hope you had a lot of fun checking this space from time to time. You’re the best bunch of readers. Appreciate it! I pledge to share lots of fun stuff for next year and I can’t wait to share them to you folks real soon.  

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Are You Still There?

Expat life is hard, and just like the rest, all is still ongoing. All should be well. All will be well. That’s a guarantee. Still doing this, expect new changes and more life honeymoons. I’ll still be here for that – will you?

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First Time Traveling Alone

Now I understand why it is written in bucket lists and all those must-do things; it’s life-changing to say the least. Difficult to put into words; better felt than said. You unearth a different side of you, either an aspect or a whole new person out of the experience. It takes a whole lot of life out of you, but at the same time, it brings more of life to you.

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One Kampong Bahru Treats

It’s at a corner street, where main roads and quaint streets collide; it’s a place where it’s not too obvious but it actually could be, if you know where to find it. It’s a compact and contemporary place, mixing bottles and books, good food and intimate ambiance.

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Two Blur Guys

If there’s anything I don’t quite like about burgers is that it always gives you that temporary pleasure after eating one. Pleasure, yes. Temporary, BIG YES. To get a lasting exhilaration out of great burgers is almost next to impossible, given the amount of fat and ungodliness it often portrays. But, there are always a few exceptions.

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The Great Singapore Haze

It’s not the typical city smoke from cars and buses. Singapore has pre-Armageddon skylines and post-war fog effects from every corner. Every person bids each one with gloomy stares and unanimous smoky smell. Everything seems unreal but they actually are.

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Blog Got Featured

I got featured in some of the most extensive and busiest travel sites I’ve ever seen. Knowing that this bunch caters to all things budget and inexpensive, without compromising quality and awesomeness of course, is just absolutely great. Thank you to everyone who read, have reread or have mistakenly clicked these things.

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5 Must Try Filipino Foods in Singapore

Now, to cut the long story short, I have a guest post in their awesome site, which is a Travel & Lifestyle portal with over 1,000,000 unique Singaporean visitors yearly. They’re currently the biggest online Travel & Lifestyle website in Singapore.
  
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The Best Things in Zurich, Switzerland

Filled with a complete course of airplane food, and a whole lot of time-zone induced catnap, braced ourselves for some Zürich adventure. Here’s a wrap up of some of the best things - the best must do, must go, must try, must experience things - you should experience in the Land of the Alps.

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Singapore Photo Essay: First Month as a Singapore Expat

I find myself traveling back in time and tracing all the steps I did when I moved here in Singapore. Time flies! Sharing a few pictures of the first month of chronicles and discovery around the red dot. Pictures around the Red line – from Yew Tee, which has been the best transition place for Filipinos, because of the chicken adobo and beef caldereta just below the MRT station. 

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Thailand Photo Essay: Phuket Downpour

It was one of those spontaneous trips. A result of some human miscalculation. And by miscalculation, I mean, we forgot to get a travel visa for Dhaka. Who’s the retard who forgot all about that? You may ask. Can you see me raising my retarded right arm? Lol.

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Philippines Photo Essay: Few Days in Manila

Manila is always all fun in a “riot” kind of way. So much chaos, corruption, and insurgence. But, these things are, more often than not, breathing grounds for character building. And, the successful ones are either really excellent, or really riot-ready. I don’t know if it’s because of the calamity, traffic, people, and really good food that gave me a refreshed perspective of the Phils.

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Europe: Travel to the Other Side

No amount of budget travel and an experienced travel mindset will be enough to not appreciate and enjoy Europe. I’ve been traveling throughout Asia to know that this continent is incomparably beautiful. But Europe, incomparable, period. Dang it, it sure was costly but, it sure is priceless too. Guaranteed, wanderlust certainly won’t ever be whole without Europe, and certainly would have a different kind of wholeness once you experience this other side.








Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

For invites, reviews, or collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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