Looking Back on 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2019 has been a whirlwind. It saw us knock off trips to 9 different countries!

We rode hot air balloons in Myanmar

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Almost got blown off the summit of Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong

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Went to the largest water gun fight in the world at Songkran Water Festival in Bangkok

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Our friends pulled off the greatest surprise of all time in Bali

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Pulled off ANOTHER epic mala birthday surprise for babel

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Got to dress in traditional garb with other bffs in Korea

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AND got to see old friends tie the knot in Seoul – PLUS I CAUGHT THE BOUQUET

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Finally made it to Kuala Lumpur

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Went on our first introductory scuba dive and had the beach to ourselves in the most beautiful water ever on Perhentian Islands

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Had an amazing birthday with lots of friends, lots of disco, lots of pizza, lots of clubbing, and lots of karaoke

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Went to Krabi with Romy!!

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Had 4 After Hours art events – which hit my goal of one per quarter for 2019!

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and ended it all relaxing on the beach watching sunsets and sipping coconuts in Gili Islands.

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Throughout it all we’ve made new friends, eaten LOTS of different foods, flown for a total of ~66 hours, gotten sunburned, hosted countless adventurous friends and fam from NYC, learned a little bit of Mandarin (and even more Singlish), and fell even more in love with this entirely-too-hot small SE Asian country.

We’re still sweating constantly but every day is the best adventure.

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Thank you to everyone at home who still loves us, supports us, and tries to stay in touch as best as one can when we are so far away. We miss and love you all very much! Come to visit – it’s fun, we promise! And to all of our new friends, thank you for making Singy feel so much like home.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY NEW DECADE!! Let’s get after it!

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Xx

Emily and Tim

 

PS – I promise one of my new years resolutions is to be better at keeping up with these posts! Get ready for more in 2020! 

17 thoughts on “Looking Back on 2019

  1. Went to Krabi with “Romy”??????? Surely, niece of mine, you knew this would require some explanation. Pray tell.

    Totally love your writing style and summary of your past year and such wonderful adventures. Your words and pictures draw me in and make me feel like I’m right there with you. Happy New Year to you and Time!!!!

      1. I don’t think you ever told me that you have a friend named Romy. There are so few of us. I think (at least I hope) I would have remembered such a coincidence.

        1. yes, she worked with me in New York and came to visit in October! People named ROMY are the best!!! 🙂 Love and miss you!

  2. So glad you and Tim are having the time of your lives—and so wonderful to hear your voice through your words. Have to say, your mention of Romy gave me pause too (hey Romy!).

    Wishing you guys a 2020 that exceeds all expectations!

  3. So glad the Babels are back for a recap! I’ve missed you! What a great year! Wishing you and Tim all the best for 2020 and the new decade ahead. And caught the bouquet, really? Hmmm.

    1. HAPPY NEW YEAR DEBBY!!! 2020 is off to a great start! I am really going to try to do a better job at keeping up with this. I love writing the posts so much! Wishing you all the best in the new year,. Maybe you gals can plan a ladies trip to India/Japan/Singapore to see all the children! 🙂

  4. Love your adventures kids😲
    Living your best life and I love following you’re adventures. Such Amazing travels. You sure make the most of every day.. weekend and vacation. Keep having a blast and loving each other. We love you both and can’t wait to visit!! ❤️Mom and Tom

    1. THANK YOU SANDIE! And thanks for always following along with us! Lots to come in 2020 and can’t wait to see you guys soon! Xx

  5. So excited to continue travelling along on all your adventures, Babels!!! Yay, the Babel Travels blog is back and better than ever!!!! Keep the entries coming!!!!

      1. Dear Emily and Tim,
        I wish you another exiting year. 2020 should bring you more great adventures, discoveries that would inspire you to keep writing and sharing your experiences with all of us on your blog.
        I truly like reading your blog that makes me want to travel more to SE Asia.
        Love,
        Magdi

  6. Dear Emily,
    I wish you and Tim another exiting year, full of great, new adventures, discoveries, that would inspire you to keep writing and sharing your experiences with other people.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog, that makes me wanting to travel more in SE Asia.
    Sending love to you both,
    Magdi

  7. Dear Emily,
    I wish you and Tim another exiting year. 2020 should bring you more great adventures, discoveries that would inspire you to keep writing and share your experiences with all of us on your blog.
    I truly like reading your blog that makes me want to travel more to SE Asia.
    Love,
    Magdi

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