Adieu 2011

"If you think back, and replay your year - if it doesn't bring you tears of joy or sadness, consider the year wasted." -John, Ally McBeal

2011 was all about laughing, crying, dreams, frustrations, and realizations.  It was about traveling and discovering what the world has to offer.  It was about taking risks.  It was about waking up, not knowing if you have been making the right decisions.  But more than that, it was about embracing your choices whatever the consequence so long as they're yours.

It was about discovering my inadequacies and appreciating my strength.  It was about asking questions and discovering unexpected answers.  It was about endings and beginnings.

It was about friendship and betrayal, trust and forgiveness.

It was about family.

What 2012 will be about, I honestly have no idea.  But I do hope it will involve bigger dreams, higher leaps and grander adventures.  I hope to discover myself some more and learn new things about the world we know.  I want to be surprised, swept off my feet either by love or by dreams beyond my imagination.  I want exhilaration.

A good friend once told me, "Moving forward is scary.  But scarier is standing still."

So adieu, 2011. And thank you.  You have simply been AMAZING.

Namsangol Hanok Village, Seoul, South Korea--My last out of the country adventure for 2011.
(Photo taken by Ket Zaide)

Seoul cafes

One thing I love about Seoul are the local cafes.

I found it impressive that while there are a couple of Starbucks franchises scattered across the city, both Koreans and tourists flock to the more unique and charming local cafes.

We made it a point to visit some of them :)

The CNN Cafe

"Managed by YBM, Korea's largest English education company in conjunction with Turner Asia Pacific, CNN Café opened at the Jongro branch of Young Poong Bookstore this week. 
It aims to attract the growing number of the self-employed seeking a coffice (cafe-office) and students who use coffeeshops as a place to study or hang out. As well as a study-distracting CNN ticker, the café offers free Wi-Fi, computers and printing services."

Months before the trip, I was aimlessly Googling through the net when I came across an article about the CNN Cafe in Seoul.  Being a media practitioner, it definitely spiked my interest so, of course, I made sure it was part of our itinerary.

There was nothing spectacular about the coffee nor the food.  I just found the idea that there's this cafe dedicated for news-mongers totally cool ;)

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