One of my yearly rituals is to look back at the year that was, see how many places I've been and goals I've accomplished. Then I start writing on a fresh piece of paper what I look forward to in the year ahead. Here are some 2014 flashbacks to start with:

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Elephant encounter in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2014 started off in a big way! I got to meet the magnificent creatures at the Elephant Nature Park, Thailand. It's amazing to see elephants in their natural habitat without having to beg or perform tricks.

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It was a moving experience to go up close with this herd without being feared or feeling afraid. Not only that, I had the chance to hang out with the inspiring founder, Lek Chailert and her husband Darrick who are just passionate people who have genuine love for animals. I'm happy to witness the magic of this place- truly a safe haven for animals and people alike.

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Surprise Proposal in Bali, Indonesia

I never really saw myself as the marrying kind. But in March of 2014, my surf buddy and travel partner Ben brought me to a cove in Uluwatu. Before the sun sank completely, he smiled this boyish smile of his, took my hand and showed me a beautiful dolphin ring. He asked me to be his wife.

And just like that, I said "Oui".

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Giving Birth in Manila, Philippines

In August, we welcomed the most beautiful girl into our lives. We named her Sinaya, after the Philippine goddess of the sea. Parenthood is the most unexpected, challenging and magical adventure I've ever had to embark on!

Moving to Europe

And with just 3 pieces of luggage, one for each, we packed our lives and moved to Europe. It's been very challenging to give up a few comforts- sunshine, warm weather and 24 hour convenience  stores just to name a few. But I've always felt at home in the unfamiliar.

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Getting Hitched in France 

In October, Ben and I embraced a life together with only a handful of his closest family and friends in an intimate ceremony at the Versailles city hall. After more than a year of traveling together in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, we finally made it official in France!

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Snowboarding in the French Alps

And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with some snow? We took a road trip to the French Alps and enjoyed the cold weather, mountain view and snowboarding of course. It's only been my second time to snowboard since I've tried it 2 years ago in Korea and it's been a wild ride! I won't exchange it for surfing yet, but it's definitely a lot of fun.

What's Coming Up in 2015?


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Old Passions and New Hobbies

After more than a year of inactivity, I can't wait to get moving again. So as soon as we're close to a beach, I'm definitely going back to surfing. But I will have to get used to the cold water and surfing in a wet suit. I'm also transitioning to my new life so I've picked up a few things. I'm currently learning to speak French, paint watercolors and- wait for it- cook! Wish me luck!

Adventures in Publishing

I've always wanted to to be an author. Now if only there wasn't any writing involved... But I finally pushed myself to finish a Travel Art Book on Southeast Asia and have partnered with a talented young artist to create the graphics and design. We're launching it in the coming months and I can't wait to share the details with you very soon!

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Explore Europe

One of our favorite things to do is to go on a road trip, stop in small towns, enjoy the local food and discover new places! And that's exactly our plan for 2015. We're starting it off in Spain and Portugal next month just to test the waters. Then, the possibilities are limitless!

What about you? What are you looking forward to in 2015? Please share in the comments section!

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Excited for the New Year,
Sole Sister Lois


Lois has traveled extensively and has called the Philippines, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand and France, home in various stages of her life. She just recently got married and now has a baby girl. She is currently based in Europe trying to find a home base for her family. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of We Are Sole Sisters.


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4 Responses so far.

  1. Wishing you a wonderful year filled with love and travel, Lois :-)

  2. Eunice C says:

    It's been a while since I checked back your site. Wow! Never imagined carrying you a tot Lois! Congratulations! Good luck on your new adventure!

  3. Thanks so much Faith! i wish the same for you!

  4. Thanks for dropping by Eunice. I never imagined it myself. But it's true and I couldn't be happier!

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