I can’t believe the year is coming to a close, it honestly felt like a blink as it went by really fast. The quick ride was full of ups and downs but I personally think that it wasn’t so bad for me after all. The year that was fulfilled milestones and every action was a learning experience. And yes, this would be my 2013 Year-Ender entry.
There had been a lot of things to remember that happened this year (may they had brought good or bad outcomes) and I’d like to give attention to each as they all had been part of what I want to achieve and how my mind does its thinking today. You know, the fish today is different from the fish 12 months ago.
■ USANA – Okay don’t judge me, but yes I did. To those who might be wondering, USANA is a multilevel marketing company (in other words networking). It’s a big part of my year, really. Although I never really spent a lot of time in there but I did spend a lot of money there – which I think is the reason why today I’m still broke. Haha! I don’t know what spell I was under that I did not hesitate to splurge that amount when I have always been a believer of hard work. For lack of a better word, it was disgusting because my logic that has always worked all right didn’t. It was my worst financial failure and I swear next time I would think more than twice before pulling out even merely a centavo. I am not a rich kid and every amount that I spend is a product of my hard work and now that I am 23 I know that I must not neglect all the sweat and blood that I put into everything that I do to earn.
■ Tweak Magazine July 2013 – I am a frustrated writer and I would do everything to fulfill that dream. I know I would someday but I didn’t think that that someday would be so soon. It was such a blessing to have met MJ Esteban and without her my dream would still be probably a dream by now. Words would never be enough to express my gratitude, but you must know I’ll always be thankful for helping me achieve this. I’ve said seeing my face on that page was awkward (yes it was), but seeing my name and my work printed on those pages will always be one of the things that will remind me that – I can do it.
■ Japan 2013 – What a great experience it was that I had at the Land of the Rising Sun not only because it was my first trip out of the country but also because Japan always felt like a second homeland to me. My father lived there for over half a decade which is why me and my siblings are exposed to a lot of Japanese stuff. It was surreal when we landed at Narita and even more when I saw Mt. Fuji and Hachiko. I would always treasure the moment when my friends were saying that I got lost in Shibuya but I didn’t, I just felt like walking alone on the streets of a foreign country. I never hid the truth about me that alone times are gems for me. It was also memorable because I got reunited with my relatives who have been living there ever since I could remember and it felt good to reconnect.
■ Mt. Batulao Summit – I never dreamt of climbing a mountain because I know in my heart that I suck at anything sporty. I’ve always been the water girl in class and I never really joined any sport during the intramurals days until this year. It was such an unforgettable experience because it was an unplanned decision and we weren’t even prepared. My sister, cousin and I only held onto our uncle and his girlfriend while climbing and we thought we would never reach the summit but we did!
■ Five years with Ian – I am always left in awe every time I realized that it had been this long because it really doesn’t feel like it. Plus, all those rough times that we went through during the beginning never gave any sense of security. In addition, I have the most strict parents (sorry Pops I just made it collective) in the world. I honestly did not think we would even last a year! LOL, but looking at us now I say everything that’s about to come will be just a walk in the park! 2013 made us more fat but who cares we’re certified foodies you know! Haha! Here’s to more cafès to raid (oh I almost forgot we both agreed to jog religiously and take cycling seriously), more sunsets to watch and more photos to upload on Instagram! Meh.
■ Irresponsible Drinking – I know I have the option to keep this to myself but I feel like scolding myself (in public) is necessary. If you can recall I had been open that I like to YOLO a lot lately and maybe this is a part of it. All I wanted was to feel some kind of liberty and nothing more. I guess I have put in my head that I’m the queen of juggle and balance (just don’t ask me to balance equations lol) that I have gone overboard. Just recently, I went to the very last party of 2013 and it was so fun at the same time a disaster. Alcohol was flowing and I got too high that I experienced a total blackout. Yes, that’s the blackout I’ve been talking about on Twitter. I could not remember anything. I can laugh about it if that was the only thing but I made my mom worried. Worst is that I never got the chance to go home (first time ever, in the history of my adolescence). Recalling the feeling when my consciousness got back is a nightmare. All the guilt and shame makes me want to fast forward to 2014 already. I will never do that again.
■ Put A Tiger In Your Tank – To have a site of my own (without subdomains) has always been one of my short term goals and I am glad that this year, it was also fufilled. It might not be really much of a deal to some but for me, it is. I am also glad that I am slowly starting to rebrand the blog and I want to thank my readers who are trying to withstand my weirdness and all. In return, I will try my best to produce better and more interesting content in the future. This has always been my passion and even if I am the only one who reads my blog I would still be probably doing this in the coming years. But thank you for giving me these numbers, you are all making my stay in the cyberworld (eight good years!!) more worthwhile. To more randomness in 2014!
■ Typhoon Yolanda Relief Operations – Our country was struck by a very strong catastrophe and it’s probably the strongest in history. Many have lost their homes, their livelihood and their loved ones. It was too sad that as days go by, the situation never got better, it got worse. Help was really needed and being able to provide even just a little was one of the most fulfilling tasks that I did. I hope that today, everyone affected have found new reasons to smile and to live forward to the upcoming 2014.
To the people of my year, thank you for being with me because it would not be one hell of a ride if not for your good company.
I love you all and I know we have so much more memories to make! Year of the Wooden Horse, I am ready for you!
Happy New Year!!