Travel: Sydney, Australia
The Parramatta River Walk alone left me stunned. It was a 1-minute walk from where I lived, and the route I took everyday to work. This river had benches where you could just chill the day away and there was one particular bench I essentially claimed as my own. I'd read books and just have a snack on this bench while admiring the peace and serenity nature offered. The first few days in Parramatta, I just wanted to get lost - I always found this the best way to greet new places, wherever I was. I even discovered there was a free shuttle (The Loop) to take me around Parramatta! What a relief when I had to do groceries and carry my loot home. Little did I know that this river walk was just the beginning of my appreciation for Sydney, for Australia.
Other than my aunt and her family (Tita Maritess, Uncle Michael, and Martin), a few of my friends were also there in Sydney: Lui, Gops, Jenny, Christel, Chef Ixi, Kuya Third and his family, and even Carlo's family - Tita Lorna and Tito Edwin, and their beautiful girls Sam, Andrea, and Laura. Our friend, Mara, also visited us for a couple of days. But one of the highlights was when Carlo visited me. We spent our 5th year anniversary long distance and relied on Skype to have a meal together. I was overjoyed when he visited and we made every minute count visiting all the places and creating memories. We even got to fly out to visit The Gold Coast (I'll save this for another blog entry). He was only supposed to visit for 2 weeks in September but ended up staying for a little less than a month because of typhoon Ondoy (in the Philippines, so the planes couldn't land).