It’s funny how life seems to move so slowly until you pause for a year end review. Looking back over 2017, I can see a lot happened!
Boracay In January
It’s a great place to stay because a lot of the water activities are based right off of its back beach patio.
There’s a semi-shallow swimming area nearby as well that’s roped off with floats for safety.
Of course, there are tons of food places and little beach bars all over that end of Station 1 as well.
Bohol In April
We stayed for two days on Alona Beach, Panglao Island at the Lost Horizon Beach Dive Resort. It was a nice stay and the food was good at Lost Horizon.
We moved over to Tagbilaran for one day before leaving and stayed at the Metrocentre Hotel & Convention Center. That’s a really nice hotel!
Hong Kong Phooey
The food in Hong Kong was outstanding. We ate our fill of dim sum and sushi but the Italian food we had on my birthday was pretty boring. I guess we learned not to go to a Chinese-dominant country for Italian food!
Hong Kong is super modern. I love the Airport Express train! It runs by itself and is really convenient. Included with it is a free bus shuttle from your station to certain hotels, so it’s perfect.
The only thing I didn’t like about Hong Kong was its complete commercialization. Neon is everywhere. Every mall is huge but seems to have the same upscale stores. Bargains are not what they used to be in Hong Kong.
Still, we bought two Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablets for a really good price at one of the computer centers. My old tablet had died and my wife’s was on its last legs so we were happy to get a good deal.
In the end, five days was too long to spend in Hong Kong for us. All there really is to do is shop.
By far, the best purchase I made all year was my Samsung J7 Prime cellphone. It’s with me every minute of the day! It has a fast chip and lots of memory. Two cameras, a 13MP in the rear and an 8MP in the front keep me snapping pics. The 3300 mAh battery lasts a long, long time and it has Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). At under ₱12,000.00, it’s a LOT of phone for the money.
If you want Samsung quality, power and affordability, I recommend the Galaxy J7 Prime.
We have one sow that we rent out to a local man. He “pays” us rent on her by giving us a couple of piglets when she has them.
It’s worked out really well! Our mouse problem has disappeared and we have two new little buddies around the house!
The funniest thing is that Star, the smallest kitten in the photo here, is now bigger than Lipstick and neither one is a baby anymore!
One of them was Grace, our long-time helper. I’m still not sure what happened to make her leave us but it still hurts that she’s gone. She was with us from the very beginning while we were living in a rental in a nearby housing development.
She was funny and shy and a lot of fun to tease in a “little sister” way. I still miss her.
Some people you lose without ever really knowing them. There was a lady who helped people get taxis at our local Savemore who is gone now. She was so nice and worked very hard, helping people load their groceries in all kinds of weather. We gave her a bottle of sparkling wine for New Year’s last year and now I’m really glad we did.
That about does it for my year-end look back. It seems like a lot to me but maybe it’s all just boring to you. I hope not! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!