This is the first time I am posting about my highlights for the year. I thought it appropriate since I did 2 travel trips this year and for my US trip, I really didn't finish all my NYC posts except for where I ate. Lol! Why is that so predictable of me?
So what where my highlights? Well, work kept me very busy this year and there were highs and lows during the year but it ended on a high note when I got a promotion just before the year end shut down. It will be interesting to see how 2014 turns out. There will be more responsibilities and I doubt my hours will lessen. But I have a 'wait and see' view of all things work related!
My personal highlights would be the travel I did this year. Firstly, my trip to Queenstown was such a treat! It was a combination of pamper, shopping, sight seeing, wine tasting and great food. What more can a foodie who loves pampering want? I even think I had one of the best burgers ever when I was in Queenstown! Yes, seriously!!
|A view from one of the vineyards in Central Otago|
|The view from Trump Soho on one night's sunset (NYC)|
|Seriously good scallops at DC Coast|
|A map of the NYC subway right in Soho!|
|Believe it or not! These are for dogs, not for kids..only in the US of A!|
In NYC, this being my 3rd trip, I was a little more blasé but very quickly lost it when I realised how little I knew about NYC every time I am there. This time I stayed in Soho, fell in love with Soho, the Greenwich Village and got to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. And this time, I incorporated as much food experience as possible and enjoyed my trip all the more because of it. My non food highlights would be witnessing a marriage proposal in Grand Central terminal, listening to some fantastic buskers as I walked along Soho, having yoga in Central Park, visiting Chelsea Markets for the first time, walking along The High Line, visiting roof top bars and enjoying the splendid views of NYC. And of course the Brooklyn Bridge was a highlight too!
|The newly engaged couple in Grand Central Terminal|
|Getting ready for yoga in Central Park|
|Buskers livening up the streets of Soho|
There were so many dining experiences I had this year in Sydney. Too many to list but all memorable in their own right. And a lot more places I have to check out. Instead of listing where I have been I would like to focus on where I would like to dine at for next year. Mr Wong (I know!!! How slow am I?), Ippudo, Brewtown Newtown, Kepos Street Kitchen, Three Williams are some of the names I can think of as at the top of my list. And who knows what new hot place is just around the corner!
But most of all, it would be the friendships that I fostered with so many of the ladies of the NYC group that I hope will grow over time! And I am grateful to my friends who have supported me this year, your constant presence in my life is appreciated. You should all get an award for tolerating me! :)
It has been a good year and I am grateful for all the opportunities I had to travel, enjoy the most out of all my precious moments and I can only look forward to 2014!
Thank you to all my regular visitors for your continued support. I am grateful that you take time out to read my posts, some of you leave comments which is something I delight in reading. I can only hope I will have more interesting posts to put up in 2014!
Cheers to everyone! Happy New Year!!
A Foodie's Joy xx
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