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!
16. Visiting the Hobbiton
Handel visited the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour in Auckland, New Zealand…
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Organization of Black Aerospace Professional
We attended the 41st Organization of Black Aerospace Professional (OBAP) Annual Convention & Career Exposition in Orlando, Florida.
6. Charles celebrates his 3rd birthday
Charles celebrated his 3rd Birthday with his classmates at the Nursery in Doha, Qatar.
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.
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!
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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