Year In Review: The 17 Highlights of our 2017

2017 was a year spent with family – holidays, events, birthdays, reunion. We may not have been to more new destinations, we were still grateful for the fellowship. Here are the 17 highlights of our 2017.


17. First family cruise

This was our first time going on a cruise and we were very happy with the experience. We went on a 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line stopping over in Roatan, Honduras / Harvest Caye, Belize / Costa Maya, Mexico, and Cozumel, Mexico. We are already looking forward to our next cruise!

family cruise


16. Visiting the Hobbiton

Handel visited the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour in Auckland, New Zealand…

The Hobbiton


15. R&R in Phuket, Thailand

There are times when we just want to unwind, relax and have a break from our busy lives. So we decided to go to Phuket and stayed at Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach. It is near the airport, kid-friendly and has a beach! What more can we ask for!


14. First time in Bangalore

Handel went to Bangalore, India and stayed at Movenpick Hotel & Spa.


13. Carmen’s 29th birthday

Carmen celebrated her 29th birthday with family and friends in Doha, Qatar. It was nothing extravagant, but it was sweet and special.

carmen's 29th birthday


12. First time in Cape Town

Handel visited the Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the New 7 Wonder of Nature.


11. Charles in Singapore

Traveling to Qatar from the Philippines, we decided to stop over in Singapore for 3 nights. Singapore Changi Airport has been our favorite transit airport due to its family-friendly facilities. So, this is Charles first time getting out of the airport, and we were excited! We took him to some family tourist spots like Universal Studios and Singapore Zoo.

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10. Wright Family Reunion in Jamaica

We attended the Wright family reunion and we got to meet most of Han’s relatives. It was held at Riu Hotel in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Ocho Rios - travel with kids


9. Family in Phuket

I can’t remember how many times we have been to Phuket! This is the second time for this year. This time, we went with Han’s brother and family. We went island hopping and elephant riding.



8. A350 Business Class

Whenever we travel as a couple, we usually fly business class. This is the first time we fly in an A350 Business Class. I should say we always prefer Boeing. Nonetheless, it was definitely a good experience. We were traveling to Miami.

airbus 350 business class


7. Organization of Black Aerospace Professional

We attended the 41st Organization of Black Aerospace Professional (OBAP) Annual Convention & Career Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

OBAP 2017


6. Charles celebrates his 3rd birthday

Charles celebrated his 3rd Birthday with his classmates at the Nursery in Doha, Qatar.


5. Halloween

Charles first time celebrating Halloween in Kindercare, Miami. He was dressed as a fireman.


4. Miami Zoo

Charles was fascinated with the tiger in Miami Zoo, Florida.

Miami zoo - travel with kids


3. Thanksgiving

We usually spend Thanksgiving with relatives in New Jersey. This year, we were in Miami and Charles spent it with his classmates in Kindercare. Happy Thanksgiving!


2. Last trip for 2017

The last trip for 2017 was also Cataleya’s first-ever trip. We went to Atlanta for a day to check the house that we were going to buy. 


1. New Addition to the family!

The number 1 highlight of our 2017 is Carmen giving birth to our daughter! Welcome to the world, Cataleya!

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Warm Wishes for A Bright and A Prosperous New Year!



How was your 2017? Where did you go? Leave us a message in the comments below!

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