This is a tradition I’ve started last 2010.  I’ve done a recap of the year that has passed.  A trip down the memory lane, read on bitches!

1.  What did you do in 2013 that you’ve never done before?

  • I have dyed my hair and everybody loved it. Was able to ran about 10-km on a regular basis.

2.  Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

  • I’m not a fan of resolutions what I’m planning to do this 2013 is to be spiritually upright and active.  Hopefully I can achieve this so I could be a better person. ß This is what I wrote at the start of the year, I think I failed.

3.  Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • Joy one of my closest friends from college.  It is her second son.

4.  Did anyone close to you die?

  • Luckily none.

5.  What country did you visit?

  • Finally I was able to go back to the US after three long years.

6.  What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

  • I’m quite happy with my 2013 despite major challenges at work. I think what I really lacked in 2013 is a normal and not-too-stressful work that I’d kill to have this year.

7.  What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • January – Started to get constant communication with someone.
  • March 7-9 – Celebrated my birthday in Boracay and luckily my friend Edrick was there, too.  Got to meet his good friends.
  • April 27 – Finally met this amazing person in the flesh.  After months of being in constant communication with him.  A whole day of fun. One of my personal favorites for 2013.
  • April 29 – Got crazy and went to Alabang to meet this person for the last time before I leave for the US.  Had an amazing dinner and tea that night.  Funny thing, we accidentally bumped into my brother so he got to meet him and my mom.
  • April 30 to May 21 – Took my long awaited 3-wk absence from work.  Got to spend weeks of wonderful fun road trips with my sister and family. Got to meet my high school friends, Pipi and Thea, several times.
  • June – finished all the bank financing requirements and in less than a month of preparing for it, my loan got approved.
  • June or sometime in July – I have realized that this special person changed. It was sudden though the communication was still there but the warmth diminished. It was one of the trying times but I remained strong.
  • August – I have discovered the reason for the change and I had to pick up my pieces. I decided to let go.
  • September – a wizard left at the middle of projects.  Personally it was frustrating for me.
  • November – met someone new but he just couldn’t replace the hope I have for the other person.  But I began to date him consistently.
  • Early December – the plot thickens.  I have discovered a different character.  This time, there was no choice but to let go entirely. 
  • December – families from other countries went home for the holidays.  Finally after so many years we were complete.

8.  What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • I was able to keep a special friendship with someone I have met personally midway the relationship.

9.  What was your biggest failure?

  • I’ve pushed someone to resign from his post.  I was kind of hoping that I could change his mind set being his mentor.

10.  Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • I just went back to the pain rehabilitation due to persistent back problems.  Later on, I’ve found out that my spines’ degree of curve progressed.

11.  What was/were the best thing/s you bought?

  • The airline ticket to the US and the very beautiful convertible dining table from IKEA.

12.  Where did most of your money go?

  • Amortization of my property and living allowance like food and transportation.

13.  What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • Meeting someone for the first time and my 3-wk vacation.

14.  What songs will always remind you of 2013?

  • Just say yes by Snow Patrol, Original Soundtrack from the play The Last Five Years

15.  Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder? I’m definitely happy but I couldn’t say that I am happier.
  • Thinner or fatter? I think I am fatter.  I have targeted to maintain a certain range of weight.
  • Richer or poorer? I’d say just the same.  I was lucky enough that I didn’t have to beg for money.

16.  What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Things that I’ve wished in the past years like learning how to cook, reading books and writing blogs.

17.  What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Hoping that he’d love me back.  I should have let go when I still had control over my feelings.

18.  How did you be spend the holidays?

  • Spent it with my family at home.  New Year’s Eve rocked.

19.  Did you fall in love in 2013?

  • Yes I did.

20.  How many one-night stands?

  • Oh, I can’t say. I’m not telling.

21.  What were your favorite TV programs this year?

  • Old –  Supernatural,  The Amazing Race and Survivor, Revenge, Parenthood, Person of Interest, Game of Thrones
  • New –  Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes

22.  Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • Yes that ugly thing that blocked me on twitter because it got jealous.

23.  What was the best book you read?

  • Started to read Game of Thrones but I wasn’t able to finish unfortunately.

24.  What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • I can’t exactly remember if there was any.

25.  What did you want and got?

  • The 3-wk vacation.

26.  What were your favorite films of this year?

  • Watching movies is one of the things that I miss the most.  The only movie I can think of is the Trilogy – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight.  Iron Man 3 because this is the only movie I’ve watched in the cinema. And the local film, Four Sisters and a Wedding because it made me cry.

27.  What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • I went to Boracay and luckily my friend Edrick was there, too so I’ve met him and his friends.  As a tradition, I would be welcoming the day on the shore while eating cheesecake and I did that.  I was alone but I was accompanied virtually by someone and I really find it sweet.  I turned 34 and I was sick from the afternoon until night.

28.  What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • If the un-thinkable happened.  If he just broke away and took that risk with me.

29.  What kept you sane?

  • Knowing and being close to someone.  He really brightened up most of my days. 

30.  What political issue stirred you the most?

  • I don’t listen to the news at all.  I don’t give a damn about national issue and how it is being sensationalized in the television.

31.  Who did you miss?

  • Him. He changed towards the remainder of the year.  It was such a bummer.

32.  Who was the best new person you met?

  • Drix – though he should not be qualified under this category because I have known him for years but I finally got to really know him and I am really thankful because he such a sweet guy.
  • Lhen – didn’t expect that this bully would be someone I could be close with.  Our friendship started over twitter then to whatsapp then everything clicked.  Such a sweet friend.
  • Erwin – this person I really didn’t expect I’d get close to. I remember I really tried my hardest to let him feel that I really wanted to know him as a friend.  He was a snob but sometime towards the end of the year we’ve found ourselves talking more and more.  I think we are lot alike and our wavelengths met.
  • Jay – probably the best discovery of the year.  Well, technically we started talking the last day of 2012 but I’d still categorize him under 2013.  The constant communication, all modes regardless of time zones.  I’ve never imagined that I’d find someone like him.  We’d talk about everything and anything.  It was something that I am very thankful of.  I could honestly say that he was the biggest reason why 2013 was memorable to me. 

33.  Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:

  • Some people are real, some people are good, some people are fake and some people are good at being fake.
  • The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything.
  • One should never hold back, love is not a trick of the mind when you feel it, go for it and don’t turn back just because you are too afraid to get hurt.

 

 

 

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This is a tradition I’ve started last 2010.  I’ve done a recap of the year that has passed.  A trip down the memory lane, read on bitches!

1.  What did you do in 2012 that you’ve never done before?

  • I’ve performed a spontaneous improvisation theatre with an American cast from Beijing last June 30 during the Manila festival.  I surprisingly enjoyed it despite the fact that I had to perform using a foreign language.

2.  Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

  • I’m not a fan of resolutions but I tried to do a “101 things in 1001 days” but I failed big time.  What I’m planning to do this 2013 is to be spiritually upright and active.  Hopefully I can achieve this so I could be a better person.

3.  Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • Yes my high school best buddy, Annie.

4.  Did anyone close to you die?

  • My dear colleague Edwin.  It was a surprise.  Too bad we didn’t know that he’s been sick for months. 

5.  What country did you visit?

  • None! Stop asking about things that I wished I’ve done last year.

6.  What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

  • I’m really satisfied with 2012 and I couldn’t ask for more.  Gazillion of blessings were received and I think it is the best year so far but just to answer the question, I guess I would have to say, like last year I’d like to have someone to spend the best day with.

7.  What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • January – I was surprised when my ex-boss called me in her work station and gave me a letter of upgrade.  I was ecstatic for days because I wasn’t expecting that after years of waiting I finally got a job grade change.  Something that I am thankful for until today.
  • 3rd week of January – Traveled to Boracay with my siblings.  This travel is one of the best having spent the week end with them in an island like Boracay is a memory that I won’t forget.  The water sports experience is hilarious.
  • February 29 – Will always be etched in my memory.  It was the day when our CFO called me in her office and announced that I will be assigned on a special project and it will be an open-ended one.  Guess what that special assignment ended up as a permanent one.
  • March 7-10 – Celebrated my birthday in Bohol for the 2nd straight year but this time I was able to convince my friends to come join me welcome my birthday!  It was an experience that I won’t forget.  Had so much fun in the sun plus I was able to go snorkeling on my actual birthday. 
  • March – April – It was one of the most challenging months being just new in the assigned role and the company has shifted to a new system and platform I had no choice but to quickly understand and keep up with the project.  It was fulfilling when the cut-over activities was done.
  • Sometime May – I’ve openly discussed with my manager my fear and frustration with the work situation and the unnecessary anxiety and the battle between going back to the old work assignment and new challenge.
  • July 2nd week – Got a surprise message from someone.  He opened up and shared something personal that I didn’t expect at all.  That day started a relationship that I’m totally thankful for.  It may not be the relationship that I had hoped for but it’s something that worth treasuring.
  • August – My first time to be awake at work for 30 straight hours.  It was all the fault of an incompetent and egoistic manager in the company. 
  • Sometime August – September – It was made known that my boss’ application for my promotion was approved and I just have to fill up several documents to support the pending papers.
  • September 8 – Started a friendly conversation with someone in twitter that ended up becoming a friendship in the long run.  Regular text messages and calls were made.  Having someone around to talk to is very comforting.
  • October 6 – A wedding wizard event shared with my best buddy Pipi.  Her cousin got married and it was a fun experience to share an experience with someone you grew up with and seeing you in an action. It’s like opening another side of me to someone who’ve I known for a long time.
  • October 12-15 – Got the chance to travel with my best buddies, May, Jett and Benson.  I was able to conquer my fear from the 4×4 truck ride at Paoay Sand Dunes.  We traveled far north and enjoyed every minute of it.
  • Mid-November – After 7 years and 2nd good news of the year, I got promoted.  My transfer was made official coupled with a gift.  A blessing that I am most grateful for.
  • November 9 – 12 – Wedding wizards’ first out-of-Luzon event.  This activity wasn’t just an event for us; it was our time to bond and took some time off our busy schedules.
  • December 14 – After realizing that I really missed dancing and doing an activity out-of-the-box I joined our company’s dance group and competed in the annual Christmas party.  It was a very fun experience.  Met lot of new faces and friends along the way.

8.  What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • I was too lucky to be both upgraded and promoted at work in the same year.  A truly blessed year.

9.  What was your biggest failure?

  • I wasn’t able to continue and complete my 101 things to do in 1001 days.  It started very promising but ended up as a big failure.  I also stopped from blogging due to the work requirements.

10.  Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • No major illnesses and injuries.  I was treated at the emergency room for a mistake I’ve made while cleaning our comfort room in the apartment.  A very stupid mistake.

11.  What was/were the best thing/s you bought?

  • An iPhone.  It complemented my iPad.  Calendars and schedules were made easy to organize.

12.  Where did most of your money go?

  • Amortization of my property and living allowance like food and transportation.

13.  What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • My promotion.  It was unexpected because the first feedback I’ve heard was the top management didn’t allow it but surprisingly my boss pursued and went thru her ways.

14.  What songs will always remind you of 2012?

  • Terrified by Katharine McPhee and Zachary Levi and Bright Lights and Cityscapes by Sara Bareilles

15.  Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder? I’m definitely happy and contented.  Happier maybe because my career at work has climbed another level.
  • Thinner or fatter? Definitely THINNER!!! Work stress is the main reason. 
  • Richer or poorer? I’d say RICHER with all the blessings I’ve received last 2012.

16.  What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Learning how to cook, reading books and writing blogs.

17.  What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Worrying about work and being stressed out but I can’t help it work just sucks sometimes.

18.  How did you be spend the holidays?

  • Spent it at home with my parents and Philippine-based siblings.  A traditional feast was shared with the family.

19.  Did you fall in love in 2012?

  • No, I didn’t.  What is love anyway? Borrowing the song from the 80s. Ha-ha!

20.  How many one-night stands?

  • Oh, I’m not telling this year.

21.  What were your favorite TV programs this year?

  • Old –  Supernatural,  The Amazing Race and Survivor, Revenge, Parenthood
  • New –  Person of Interest and Castle

22.  Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • I’m happy to say none this year. 

23.  What was the best book you read?

  • Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish a single book.  Hopefully I’ll get to finish one this 2013.

24.  What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • I guess Phillip Phillips the American Idol winner.  I wasn’t able to love and like a new artist last 2012.

25.  What did you want and got?

  • An iPhone and promotion at work.

26.  What were your favorite films of this year?

  • I didn’t watch a single movie in the cinema so I can’t recall much but top of mind would be The Dark Knight Rises, 7 pounds and The Iron Lady.

27.  What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • I went to Bohol with my good friends The Wedding Wizards and this is my 2nd straight year to celebrate it there.  It’s my 33rd birthday and we went snorkeling and spent the rest of the day worshipping the sun. 

28.  What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • Same with last year’s – If I were able to go out of the country and explored a new country.  I’m wanderlust!

29.  What kept you sane?

  • Probably the support of friends around me.  Nothing else would keep me sane.

30.  What political issue stirred you the most?

  • I don’t listen to the news at all.  I don’t give a damn about national issue and how it is being sensationalized in the television.

31.  Who did you miss?

  • My sister.  Being away from her is very hard but good thing technology helps with keeping our communication line open and strong.

32.  Who was the best new person you met?

  • Florence – she’s my boss and I’m really thankful for having an opportunity to work with her.  I think I’ll learn from her a lot.
  • Cathy –she’s a former seat mate at work.  I’m really happy that I was able to be seated beside her that paved the way for me to be close my officemates today.
  • Leah – she’s really fun to be with.  We can talk about everything.  I’m really honored that she has shared personal
  • Ron, Oline and Sarah – my small support group.  I’m so happy and proud of my team.
  • Glen aka Khiko Monster – from a twitter follower to a constant person I exchange messages with and person that I get to talk with for at least once a week

33.  Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:

  • One has to learn how to accept new challenges in life and take everything you’ve learned from the past and make it as a guide to be successful
  • Life is about going out-of-the-box, out-of-the-ordinary and out-of-the-comfort zone.  Life is about taking risks and making things happen.

1.  What did you do in 2011 that you’ve never done before?

  • I’ve bought a property or should I say, I’m paying for the down payment of my future property.

2.  Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

  • I’m not doing new years’ resolutions since 2009 but I’m doing 101 things to do in 1001 days that will end July 28, 2012.  I really need to update this since the last update I’ve made about this was 2010 I think.

3.  Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • Yes my sister-in-law, Joy.

4.  Did anyone close to you die?

  • My dog Tracy died last November 25.  It was a very hard day.  Today, I still think of her from time to time.

5.  What country did you visit?

  • Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go out of the country this year.  I had to forego my travel since I’m paying for something.

6.  What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

  • I’m quite happy with what I have.  I guess the answer would be a special someone.  I would really love to have someone by my side.  Someone who’d stuck with me despite of my imperfections.

7.  What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • January 5 – learned how to “unlove” someone I love.  It’s a risk that I had to take; I had to break a friendship.  It was hard and I ended up breaking my own heart but it was also liberating.
  • January 22 – I have created an enemy on twitter and “it” never stopped on sending hate tweets and random “parinigs”.  It is funny because it is pathetic.  And I’m using “it” because something as ugly as it can’t be considered as human. Ha-ha!
  • March 5-8 – traveled alone in Cebu and took the local mode of transportation went to Bohol the next day to celebrate my birthday.  Continued my birthday tradition which is to eat a blueberry cheesecake since 1999 and travel out of town since 2008.
  • May 1 – went to Baguio with the Rushers for 2D1N despite the short span of the trip it was memorable because of company
  • June 11-13 – woke up late and didn’t make it to my flight, I had to buy a new plane ticket just to go to Boracay.  Again, I was alone in this travel.
  • July29-31 – went to Camotes Island in Cebu with my friend Trina.  This was memorable because we’ve been sisters of the traveling pants and it was our reunion trip together after almost of 2 years of not traveling together.
  • August 19 – 22 – went to Dumaguete and Siquijor with Aissa one of my closest friend and we have so much fun.  Apo Island is the best snorkeling site I’ve been to. We went home soaking wet and we’re like crazy kids!
  • August 31 – my parents home coming!
  • September 15 – I accidentally made a reservation for a condominium unit.
  • September 17 – birth of Vin Seth, my nephew
  • November 22 -24 – first time to travel with high school friends.  We went to Palawan and it was fun.  I fell in love with the firefly watching and with the cute tour guide, too.
  • December 27 – my sister and her family’s homecoming!

8.  What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • I was able to put a deposit and started paying for the down payment of a property.  I never really thought that I would be doing this in my life.

9.  What was your biggest failure?

  • I can’t actually think of something that I can consider as a failure maybe one and it is I wasn’t serious in achieving and completing my 101 things to do in 1001 days. 

10.  Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • No major illness and injury but I was finally diagnosed with scoliosis.  I underwent several PT sessions throughout the year.

11.  What was/were the best thing/s you bought?

  • Airplane tickets, iPad2 and my soon-to-be condominium

12.  Where did most of your money go?

  • Travel, food, savings and gadgets

13.  What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • My sister’s coming home and my biggest investment so far

14.  What songs will always remind you of 2011?

  • What Doesn’t Kill You  (Stronger), Fall In Love, Someone Like You, Turning Tables, One and Only, So Gone

15.  Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder? I’m always happy.  I don’t do sadness anymore.  I’ve let go of those people who make me sad. So again, I’m happier.
  • Thinner or fatter? I guess this would be THINNER, I had to go on a strict diet because my blood test showed bad results then I was successful with not eating pork and lessened my rice in-take.  I’ve lost 10 lbs. in 1 and ½ months.
  • Richer or poorer? I’d say RICHER, thanks to the annual salary increase and the unexpected 16th month bonus.  Plus this year I was really forced to save up.

16.  What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Saving up and my last year’s “more of” list – reading books, solving jigsaw puzzles and studying how to bake and cook.

17.  What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Procrastinating and bitching around – not really, just procrastinating. Ha-ha!

18.  How did you be spend the holidays?

  • Parents are here for the holidays. We did the usual Noche Buena and drank beer and wine.  Media Noche was more fun because my sister was here.  We celebrated the holidays at home.

19.  Did you fall in love in 2011?

  • No, I didn’t.

20.  How many one-night stands?

  • Oh, I didn’t count. I actually did let’s just say that it increased 400% this year. I’m such a slut.

21.  What were your favorite TV programs this year?

  • Old –  Supernatural,  The Amazing Race and Survivor
  • New –  Australia’s Junior Master chef, Revenge, Californication and Cougar Town

22.  Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • Yes, the fat bitch with a pea-sized brain who threatened to kill us because she didn’t get the context of the joke.  Apparently, (I didn’t know) that stupid people can actually kill you because they’re stupid.

23.  What was the best book you read?

  • I really fell in love with Coraline, it is the only book that I was able to finish but I started The Game of Thrones last month of the year and still reading it to date.

24.  What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • I really had a hard time answering this question because I didn’t get to like a new artist but I liked Javier Colon and Dia Frampton from The Voice.

25.  What did you want and got?

  • iPad2 – I don’t actually want it that much but I really needed it for the wedding coordination.

26.  What were your favorite films of this year?

  • Zombadings, I even watched it twice.  The Green Hornet, Kung Fu Panda2

27.  What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • I went to Cebu for a day then on the eve of my birthday I was in Bohol.  Underneath the stars, I ate blueberry cheesecake.  I celebrated my 32nd birthday alone and listened to the One Republic’s Good Life because I believe that I have a good life and blessed. 

28.  What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • If I were able to go out of the country and explored a new country.  I’m wanderlust!

29.  What kept you sane?

  • And who said I was sane?  Well good friends like the Wedding Wizards and we were busy with our wedding coordination business.  We had a total of 8 clients for 2011.  The usual travel with friends helped me, too.

30.  What political issue stirred you the most?

  • I don’t usually listen to politics but to answer this I think the anti-planking bill is a big joke.

31.  Who did you miss?

  • My dog, Tracy because she died last November 25, my sister and  mom and UST friends because I don’t get to see them as often as before and my friend, Stephen but everything’s different now.

32.  Who was the best new person you met?

  • Alan Agrao – he’s really smart and witty and funny unfortunately I didn’t get to attend his wedding and meet him.
  • Jon Litiatco – he actually followed me on twitter then unfollowed then I looked and checked his twitter and thought he looked interesting.  Then I followed him then he followed back.  Had few conversations until I asked for his email then we had been exchanging emails regularly.  He introduced Californication to me and I loved it.
  • Chantel – she’s my elevator classmate in the office.  She’s jolly and smart that’s why I love talking to her.

33.  Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011:

  • There are things that you don’t want to continue but you’re afraid to end and in the end you still have to choose what’s best for you even if it hurts.
  • Letting go is hard.  Forgiving someone who doesn’t even know how to ask for forgiveness is harder. 
  • If you have a strong self-control and discipline you can achieve anything and everything.

 

1.  What did you do in 2010 that you’ve never done before?

  • Lost it to the three letter word and indoor skydiving.

2.  Did you keep your new years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?

  • I’m not doing new years’ resolutions since last year since I’m doing 101 things to do in 1001 days that will end July 28, 2012.  I guess I have to update that post after this.

3.  Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • Yes my friend Joy.

4.  Did anyone close to you die?

  • My granny die last November though we weren’t that close but still.

5.  What country did you visit?

  • I was able to visit Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia last February then US last May.

6.  What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

  • Job satisfaction, new environment.  Maybe a car of my own.

7.  What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • January 8 -9 – despedida for Kuya Joe at our house, we went to Tagaytay the next day for lunch and watch Ne-Yo concert with my then cookie monster
  • February 6-9 – Kota Kinabalu trip with my kambal Helki
  • March 8 – celebrated my birthday in Boracay and went back in Manila heartbroken
  • May 1st – Kelly Clarkson concert
  • May 21 to June 12 – family reunion in the US, met with high school buddies
  • August 14 – when someone special bade goodbye and I found myself crying for the longest time while talking to him and fell asleep crying that morning.
  • October 10 – joined the Run for Pasig and had a wedding event in the evening, it was a very productive night with the Wedding Wizards
  • October 16 to 18 – Bohol trip with the riot boys

8.  What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • Started with the wedding coordinator/planner business with the Wedding Wizards.  We had 3 clients for the year 2010 and I finally tried to do a wardrobe make-over.

9.  What was your biggest failure?

  • I wasn’t serious in achieving and completing tasks in my 101 things to do in 1001 days, and probably this but I won’t say that it’s a failure but my biggest disappointment was being heartbroken.  I thought it was it.

10.  Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • No major illness and injury just had allergic reaction and some signs of aging.

11.  What was/were the best thing/s you bought?

  • Airplane tickets, iPod Touch, Nike + iPod sports kit

12.  Where did most of your money go?

  • Travel, food, clothes and gadgets

13.  What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • My travels, family reunion in the US, friends getting married

14.  What songs will always remind you of 2010?

  • Get to you, All I Ever Wanted, For the First Time, Good Life, Marry Me, I’m yours

15.  Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder? There may be sad days but it has always been out numbered by my happy days so I’d say HAPPIER of course!
  • Thinner or fatter? Sadly, I have to say FATTER.  I have added 6 pounds to my weight and additional inches in my pants size.  Went on diet towards the last 2 months of the year.
  • Richer or poorer? I’d say RICHER, thanks to the tender offer of our company stocks and the annual salary increase and the unexpected 16th month bonus.

16.  What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Reading books, solving jigsaw puzzles and studying how to bake and cook.

17.  What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Picking a fight with my father, being jealous and needy, procrastinating.

18.  How did you be spend the holidays?

  • Stayed at home with my siblings.  It was a simple dinner, had the chance to chat with brothers.

19.  Did you fall in love in 2010?

  • Yes, I did.

20.  How many one-night stands?

  • I didn’t count but there was at least one.

21.  What were your favorite TV programs this year?

  • Old –  Supernatural, Brothers and Sisters, The Amazing Race and Survivor
  • New –  Hellcats

22.  Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • Yes, the re-offender.

23.  What was the best book you read?

  • Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read one. Too bad.  I’ll have a more balanced-life on 2011 I promise.

24.  What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • The Script, James Morrison

25.  What did you want and got?

  • 3-week vacation to see my family, new gadgets – Nike+iPod sports kit and iPod touch

26.  What were your favorite films of this year?

  • Hachiko, The Inception, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Despicable Me, Julie & Julia, Toy Story 3, Karate Kid

27.  What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • I went to Boracay for 3 days with my then cookie monster, we stayed on the beach on the eve of my birthday and waited for the clock to strike 12 o’clock, ate cheesecake as part of my birthday tradition.  Before going back to Manila, we talked about us and I went home heartbroken but relieved that we separated amicably.

28.  What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • If I were able to start my plans of traveling around the world.  I’m wanderlust!

29.  What kept you sane?

  • Meeting new friends, travels, music, movies and love from all over the world.

30.  What political issue stirred you the most?

  • I don’t usually listen to politics, I find it very annoying but I think the May 2010 elections and the presidential candidates, I guess.

31.  Who did you miss?

  • My mother, my sister, my nieces and nephews.

32.  Who was the best new person you met?

  • Jay-R/Targrod – a very witty, funny friend, he’s highly analytical, very objective, one of the best persons I can talk to about everything.
  • Eliad – met him last year from the Rushers’ Christmas EB, we became friends thru chatting.  We’d talk endlessly thru chat on week ends.  He’s very talented and we both love friends and music.
  • Eleapot – glad that we became friends thru twitter because I have a crush on her friend, she’s my twin sister, we almost believe on the same things and want the same things. We have a lot of similarities

33.  Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

  • People always leave but it doesn’t have to take the best out of you.
  • It isn’t easy to forgive someone you’ve loved and hurt you but it is possible.
  • Job satisfaction is different from getting a high paying job.
  • You can always be happy and positive about things in life.  The negativity won’t do you any good.  Whining isn’t a good hobby.

1.  What did you do in 2009 that you’ve never done before?

  • Be an active member of the TMR forum and RX activities, go to the US and ask someone out on a date.

2.  Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

  • I don’t usually do new years’ resolutions but I’m doing 101 things to do in 1001 days that will end July 28, 2012.  So far, I have achieved 3 out of the 101 in the list.

3.  Did anyone close to you give birth?

  • My friends Thea and Agnes.

4.  Did anyone close to you die?

  • Luckily none.

5.  What country did you visit?

  • I was able to visit US last February

6.  What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

  • A romantic relationship with someone.

7.  What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  • February 23 to March 20 – took a month of vacation in the US
  • September 26 – my 1st Rusher’s EB and experienced Ondoy
  • October 21 and December 28 – 1st and last dinner with my cookie monster for the year 2009

8.  What was your biggest achievement of the year?

  • Going back to the dating scene and finding someone to love

9.  What was your biggest failure?

  • Wasn’t able to transfer to a new work or change career

10.  Did you suffer illness or injury?

  • No major illness and injury just had allergic reaction and some signs of aging.

11.  What was/were the best thing/s you bought?

  • Airplane tickets, new phone, net book and 3 pairs of shoes

12.  Where did most of your money go?

  • Travel, food, shoes and gadgets

13.  What did you get really, really, really excited about?

  • Travel to the US, monthly Rusher’s EB and love life

14.  What songs will always remind you of 2009?

  • I’ve got a feeling, Already Gone, Cry, Knock Knock and Ready

15.  Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or sadder? Happier of course! ‘Coz happiness is a choice!
  • Thinner or fatter? Fatter and 2 more lbs. to target (140 lbs.)
  • Richer or poorer? Not so sure but perhaps I can say Richer!

16.  What do you wish you’d done more of?

  • Being patient – (I’ve got a lot of bitchy moments), and attendance in the monthly Rusher’s EB

17.  What do you wish you’d done less of?

  • Being bitchy and brat

18.  How did you be spend the holidays?

  • With just my siblings, simple dinner and chat with beer session

19.  Did you fall in love in 2009?

  • Yes, I think so.

20.  How many one-night stands?

  • I don’t do this

21.  What were your favorite TV programs this year?

  • Old –  Supernatural, Brothers and Sisters and American Idol
  • New –  NCIS, True Blood

22.  Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

  • Luckily none.

23.  What was the best book you read?

  • I’ve just read 3 books this year and I liked Milan Kundera’s “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting”

24.  What was your greatest musical discovery?

  • Lenka

25.  What did you want and got?

  • Travel the US and got the chance to spend a month vacation

26.  What were your favorite films of this year?

  • Avatar, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

27.  What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

  • It was a 2-day celebration with my high school barkada Elmer, Thea and Pi-Anne.  We went to San Francisco partied at Castro’s, went to the city and roamed around.  Bought tons of CDs at Rasputin Records, dined at Olive Gardens and tasted the best Cheesecake I’ve ever tasted.
  • 2nd day was with my family, went to the Golden Gate and dined at the Pier.
  • By the way, I turned 30.

28.  What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

  • If I were able to enter into a romantic relationship, I guess.

29.  What kept you sane?

  • Overflowing love from new friends, the Rushers of course!

30.  What political issue stirred you the most?

  • I don’t usually listen to politics, I find it very annoying but I think the upcoming May 2010 elections and the presidential candidates, I guess.

31.  Who did you miss?

  • My good friends from UST Ruth, Amy and Lanie this year was really different.

32.  Who was the best new person you met?

  • Joe – who introduced me to the Rushers.  I owe him the happiness that I have right now.
  • Helki – my kambal and partner in crime
  • Dru – my love doctor, brother and the fashion diva
  • Stephen – my kontrabida and like a brother
  • Noel – big brother, the very supportive friend
  • Oscar – the famous ODH, the nicest person I’ve ever met
  • Ron – moja bro, the very objective friend
  • And Jobert – Jason, the kyutlit and hopefully the cookie monster of my life

33.  Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:

  • Just say yes especially to love.
  • Don’t be afraid on taking chances.
  • Don’t give up; give others the chance, nobody’s perfect.
  • Happiness is a choice.