My 2016 Adventures as Told on Instagram

2016 marked my first journey outside the corporate world. I left Dubai exactly the 17th of January 2016 and started this long affair to be a full-time traveler.

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To be honest, it didn't quite turn out to be as I thought it would have been. But I can't be thankful enough of how things unfolded.

With 1000++ photos posted on my Instagram it is pretty easy so say that this social media platform definitely chronicled this awesome journey. So I thought of summarizing 2016 through my Instagram posts.

Here it goes (warning, this is very lengthy).

JANUARY


Left my second home, Dubai and traveled to Australia


https://www.instagram.com/p/BAr2QMMNwFF/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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BRISBANE welcomed me with its very chill and laid-back lifestyle


https://www.instagram.com/p/BAvOyZJtwHx/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Spent some time with family in the GOLD COAST


https://www.instagram.com/p/BA4JZEWNwFp/?taken-by=kennethsurat


FEBRUARY


Got super artsy in MELBOURNE


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Looked for the 12 APOSTLES along the GREAT OCEAN ROAD with AAT Kings


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Spent Chinese New Year in SYDNEY


https://www.instagram.com/p/BBr8g3bNwLo/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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......spontaneously traveled and showered at the BLUE MOUNTAINS....


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....and attended church at HILLSONG


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Went to the PHILIPPINES for a few days and explored MANILA's Art Deco History...


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....and surfed in LA UNION


https://www.instagram.com/p/BCjauBcNwFd/?taken-by=kennethsurat

MARCH


OSLO welcomed me in the chillest possible way (literally)


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Caught up with friends in BERGEN, NORWAY


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Ate fermented shark in REYKJAVIK in ICELAND


https://www.instagram.com/p/BDfjzUFtwOr/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Jaw-dropped after exploring around SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA with Guide to Iceland


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Felt really small touring around the GOLDEN CIRCLE


https://www.instagram.com/p/BDJGyb6twHh/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Conquered driving around ICELAND'S RING ROAD


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....and finally saw the NORTHERN LIGHT dancing in HOFN


https://www.instagram.com/p/BDNTQSmtwNU/?taken-by=kennethsurat

APRIL


Lived in a university in WIESBADEN, GERMANY


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Gained a lot of weight in FRANKFURT (hello doner and sausages)


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Fell in love with PRAGUE


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...this city deserves 2-posts hahaha


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Got the creeps at KUTNA HORA, CZECH REPUBLIC


https://www.instagram.com/p/BD5761ytwLK/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Welcomed spring in a very festive way in BUDAPEST, HUNGARY


https://www.instagram.com/p/BD_ZAYJNwMv/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Got a bit scared in BRATISLAVA (for a very silly reason)


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Getting a cultural bargain in VIENNA


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Back in Germany and had a dose of Octoberfest action (well its spring counterpart) in MUNICH


https://www.instagram.com/p/BEVUnSWtwKj/?taken-by=kennethsurat

MAY


Staying true with my promise to come back over and over again in PARIS


https://www.instagram.com/p/BEe6K8ZtwKe/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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...and be reunited with 2 of my very first travel buddies in ASNIERES-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE


https://www.instagram.com/p/BE1k-9rNwMH/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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.....missing PARIS again and promised to comeback again


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Back in DUBAI for week of catching up


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...and made @SURATJOURNALS


https://www.instagram.com/p/BFPZDz8twFT/?taken-by=kennethsurat

JUNE


Back in the PHILIPPINES and got a bit of beach action at CALAGUAS ISLAND


https://www.instagram.com/p/BGCS7vwNwBg/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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...and practiced a bit of my architectural skills....


https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUI43ltwAu/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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...for 2 projects


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Explored the world under in ANILAO


https://www.instagram.com/p/BGQwdr1NwAi/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Reached the summit at TARAK RIDGE, BATAAN


https://www.instagram.com/p/BG0VN-RtwPf/?taken-by=kennethsurat

JULY


Flying off again, this time in South East Asia....


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...with #TRIPOFWONDERS as an invitation from the INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF TOURISM


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Explored 4 cities with other South East Asian bloggers, MAKASSAR, LOMBOK, BANYUWANGI and BANDUNG


https://www.instagram.com/p/BIhap6_grTC/?taken-by=kennethsurat

AUGUST


Back solo traveling and had a little reflection in BALI


https://www.instagram.com/p/BIv6k3ZAZlL/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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...and promised that I will be a good surfer when I come back at FRII BALI ECHO BEACH in CANGGU


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Island hopped in EL NIDO with SEALAND VENTURE


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Tasted the best Halo-Halo in PUERTO PRINCESA


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..and enjoyed the superb hospitality of MICROTEL PUERTO PRINCESA


https://www.instagram.com/p/BJXuzqygvHX/?taken-by=kennethsurat

SEPTEMBER


Ticked a bucket list in SAIPAN, NORTHERN MARIANAS


https://www.instagram.com/p/BKa9ycih24e/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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...and became a human drone in MANAGAHA ISLAND, SAIPAN with #MyMarianasPH


https://www.instagram.com/p/BKiPkxYhRNz/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Food tripp'n in BINONDO, MANILA


https://www.instagram.com/p/BKpo8KDB4H_/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Became a stew in ANTIQUE


https://www.instagram.com/p/BLPl7NFB3FB/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Walked around ROXAS CITY, CAPIZ...


https://www.instagram.com/p/BLNB-BYhEia/?taken-by=kennethsurat
OCTOBER

...and got awestruck at the GIGANTES GROUP OF ISLAND, ILOILO with Las Islas Travel and Tours


https://www.instagram.com/p/BLINK6chK8g/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Got super pampered in BOHOL at Henann Resort


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Attended TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Manila


https://www.instagram.com/p/BLjQ_53hbBB/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Got white washed in CAGAYAN DE ORO


https://www.instagram.com/p/BLwE5ZZBJ60/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Celebrated with BELMONT HOTEL as it turned one


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Saw the other side of MANILA


https://www.instagram.com/p/BL--4O4Bs21/?taken-by=kennethsurat

NOVEMBER


Back working as an INTERIOR DESIGNER to help a friend


https://www.instagram.com/p/BNLgzyzg03B/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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Flew 8 hours to visit my 2nd HOME,  DUBAI (again!!)


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...where I got to explore a new DESERT attraction (MLEIHA)


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...watched the dramatic SUNSET


https://www.instagram.com/p/BOICZh8BI4B/?taken-by=kennethsurat

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...the magical fog engulfing its SKYSCRAPERS


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DECEMBER


...and its beautiful PEOPLE


https://www.instagram.com/p/BOFDGplh1XG/?taken-by=kennethsurat
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Became on of the 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf


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Got introduced to HONG KONG busy city lifestyle...


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...and its calm countryside


https://www.instagram.com/p/BOOYryOhTCs/?taken-by=kennethsurat




Whew! Going through all of what I did for the past year got me tired already haha. Can't believe I was able to squeeze all of these in just 1 year.

2 months = 13 countries/territories and almost 35 major cities around the world and 12 destinations in the Philippines. Crazy!!!

To the people I met along the way!! You made 2016 the best year so far! Thought of tagging everyone but you guys are too many hahaha. you know who you are! LOVE YOU ALL!

Oh 2016. I will surely miss you. I learned and experienced a lot that will prepare me for the new year. A lot of things to be thankful for which deserve a separate blog haha.

So cheers for another wonderful year full of adventures and love! Watch out for my 2016 recap vlog also (I am editing currently in video-edit mode).

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2 comments

  1. Whoa, man! You had a lot of trips and adventures in 2016! Happy new year to you and your family! Cheers to more trips and adventures in 2017!

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  2. Thanks Gian and Sheila! Sa inyo rin :)

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