Beyond Chasing Dreams 2016 Top 16 Highlights

The best is yet to come.

2016 has been a great year and in few hours, we’ll have to bid our goodbyes for this wonderful year and welcome 2017 with high hopes and with a smile.

But when we look and think of the bigger world around us, we cannot deny the chaos, natural calamities, political wars and many other nasty things and events that happened this year. It may be impossible to stop this all of a sudden but we can pray harder, start change from ourselves and contribute even in a smallest way to make this world a better place to live.

Below are my memorable experiences this year and I am sharing this highlighting the best ones to show that there are still many roads to be explored, beautiful experiences are just in the corner, great and kind people are everywhere and the world awaits us.




My 2016 Top 16 Highlights:

  • 1. Walking along tea plantations in Sri Lanka
  • 2. Hiking to the top of Sigiriya Rock and exploring the caves of Dambulla
  • 3. Giving bath to an elephant- comes with it a lesson not to ride elephants
  • 4. Conquering the fear of heights with Sarangani Paragliding Tandem


  • 5. Seeing colorful autumn foliage in Romania
  • 6. Riding Mocanita to a fairy-tale like train journey
  • 7. Entering a one-real palace with the grandiose Peles Castle
  • 8. Attending a service in an Orthodox Church in Romania
  • 9. Witnessing sea of clouds, snow-capped mountain and night trekking in Baiu Mountain


  • 10. Seeing from afar the bears, sheep, donkeys, peacocks and sheep dogs for the first time
  • 11. Exploring the surface and until 130-feet below the ground of the incredible Turda Salt Mine
  • 12. Losing a luggage and handed back to me by the most amazing person I’ve ever met in 2016
  • 13. Realizing that Guinness is a beer brand and not only a book of world records- it took me months though to realize and know it. And I’ve learned it an awkward way.
  • 14. Reaching the top of Wadi Naqab, Ghost Town in Ras Al Khaimah
  • 15. Changing diaper and giving bath to a newborn for the first time- This is maybe the most challenging I ever did or somebody has told me to do. I thank all the people who are willing to teach me everything whole-heartedly but there are really things that we are willing and not willing to do.


  • 16. Saying to the world, “Hey, I’m existing” through the social media. I am very grateful to all who have followed, connected and supported me in this aspect. I hope that I was able to inspire you and influenced you in a good way.

To all who were with me and helped me to experience and achieve these things, thank you very much.

Let us keep on chasing our dreams. 2017, we are ready.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to God be the glory.”

Louiela Ann

A dream chaser… Louiela is an OFW based in UAE…
A small town girl from Kiamba, Sarangani Province…
A Nurse by profession who injected herself with much wanderlust.
You can find her easily online.


  • Winnie Lo says:

    Hi Louiela,

    This is a lovely site! Keep building it. I am so glad to see you are enjoying life and exploring the world. There are so much out there to see, learn and experience.

    FYI – Guinness the stout was originated from Dublin, Ireland; also where you can find the Book of Kells.

    Wish you another year of new adventures and happiness! Happy 2017!!!

    • Louiela Ann Louiela Ann says:

      Hi,Ms Winnie… Thanks so much 🙂

      I’ve started this website few months after traveling solo to Georgia and thank you for allowing to take leave that time :)))

      I’d been hearing about Guinness before and realized its a drink in Salalah, Oman when Irish guys kept mentioning it..

      There are still many roads to take and be discovered… And I’m happy reading your comment here, from someone who has already explored beautiful and amazing places…

      Happy new year and wishing you more travels in 2017….

  • Looks like you have had an incredible year! I look forward to reading more about your 2017 adventures 🙂

  • Felicia Petrea says:

    Hello, Louiela!

    I am very thankful that I met you that cold evening. Even though, the context was not very pleasant for you.
    I am happy to see all you traveling and your energy and enthusiasm that you spread through social media is really inspiring for me. And I am very honest when saying that. You are one of those people whom posts I love to see on my news feed because they give me a different perspective over life through the small things they do.

    The same time, I am very very happy to see so many points in this article related to Romania. I am very happy that you liked the experience and discovered some of the beauties of my country (and you still have many others to see, if are ever to come back).

    Wish you a great new year! Keep the energy level continuously increasing and share it with us (with me) !!

    Big hugs, a lot off smiles and all the best wishes from Romania, Cluj Napoca!!
    Felicia Petrea

    • Louiela Ann Louiela Ann says:

      Thanks so much Felicia… I will always remember that night… It just happened maybe for a purpose, to meet you and maybe it doesn’t there… hope to meet you again or to travel with you…

      Romania taught me lots of lessons along the road and not only to explore places…What’s more important is to experience the culture (though for a short time) and mingle with the locals and other travelers…

      A blessed 2017 to all of us…

  • Megan Indoe says:

    Wow, you’ve had an eventful and amazing travel year! I love that you are sharing about not partaking in elephant riding. The more and more people who spread the word the less people will cause more harm to those poor creatures. Cheers to another amazing year!

  • Aaron says:

    I have read a few blogs. Ow about Romania. You sound like you had a blast there. Also you liked going into a mine? Did you see any rock bolts? I always wonder about he safety of those places. I worked in a mine fir a decade. Use to work 5200 feet underground. Hot like you wouldn’t believe.

  • Your year… wow!!! Besides that you could travel SO much (jealous here!) it’s great to see that you have so many tops and made so many awesome memories over those past 12 months. Especially despite all the things that are going wrong in the world, it’s so important to participate in making it a better place and I actually believe sharing beautiful pictures and showing what a great place earth can be – as well – and sharing the GOOD generally, is already making it better! All the best and many new adventures for 2017

  • James Smith says:

    I would love to know the awkward situation that you discovered that Guinness is a drink! You have visited some amazing places in 2016 and taken brilliant photos. I wish you a great 2017 and let’s hope the world is a safer place!

  • I couldn’t agree more, 2016 was an amazing year and there is no doubt 2017 will be as good! Have a good one!

  • Matt says:

    Sounds like a great year – any year involving Guinness is 😉
    Looks like you have an exciting year ahead if it is to match 2016. I’m hoping to visit Romania soon so I’ll be sure to have a good read of your blog before I do. Thanks for sharing!

  • Adriana says:

    I would’ve enjoyed most of the the things you experienced like the hiking, bathing a baby elephant, and exploring a place with little to no fear. Your year has been very exciting! I wonder what 2017 will be like for you!

  • Alice Cardy says:

    That is one very busy year ! It’s amazing everything you got to do and see! I bet the trainride has been an incredible journey !! Happy new year, hopefully 2017 will be at least as good for you!

  • Sheri says:

    Funny about the Guiness. Lol. I would love to have the chance to spend time with elephants. My favorite animals. Bathing one would be awesome! Enjoy 2017.

  • Anita says:

    It seems you have had a terrific travel year. Your experience makes me want to go to Romania even more. Thanks for sharing!

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