Anglaagan just turned two last March 6, 2012, after another full year of good food and great destinations. The year opened and closed on a high, starting with a trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and ending with a least expected but most enjoyed journey to London. We also spent a few days in Seoul half-way through the year, exploring what is perhaps the most “photogenic” city I have been to in Asia. Locally, we also had the chance to visit other parts of the Philippines, including a weekend in Ilo-ilo and Guimaras, as well as several trips to my hometown in Davao.
Writing about my journeys and taking people with me through the words that I type and pictures that I take has given me immense satisfaction over the last couple of years. From being a simple venue to share my own photos and stories, it has become an advocacy of sorts, to show people the world as I’ve seen it in my own eyes, and to let my experiences rest not just in my memory but in my readers as well.
What do I get out of all this, and why do I do it? I have been asked a few times. For the first question, I get pride, self respect, and that’s pretty much it. For the second, I really don’t have a good answer either. I just do it because it feels like it’s the right thing for me to do. Steve Jobs once said, on a speech in Stanford, that you cannot connect dots looking forward, you can only do so looking backward. And with that I hope that some time in the future, I will look back at all this and realize why I was doing it, why I was given the privilege to see places, and the gift to put what I saw and felt into writing. Someday when I look back, I hope to see what this was all about.
Here are the photos of my journeys and experiences in Anglaagan’s second year. I hope you’ve enjoyed travelling with me, and I look forward to taking you to more places in Anglaagan’s third.