We are still on a high from the Pope’s visit and since it’s still the start of the year for us, here I am sharing you a throwback of the year that was, 2014 and a little bit of deets for 2015. Generally, 2014 was a fair year for me. There had been some low points, in fact very low points. However, I consider them more as lessons learned in my life now and ways to look forward to the brighter side of life. There were also highs that are keeping me at pace and inspired to keep going too. People, relationships and faith mattered and will matter some more this 2015…
Last 2013, I shared my influential folks. For 2014, allow me to share this time what stuff contributed and symbolized the year that was…
1. make up kit
Ohhhh yes!!! Friends who grew up with me for years would definitely attest that I’m a low maintenance kind of person when we talk about vanity or physical features. Mainly because I’d rather waste my time and money for more relevant stuff and I’ve had that mentality of “better-be-seen-appreciated-loved-of-my-natural-looks”. But thru time, I’ve come to open myself to the reality that sometimes, we have to look good, stand out and make ourselves prep up especially for social events like parties and weddings. Thanks to my mom and sister who never gave up in pushing me, I have invested late 2013 to buy key pieces for make-up as a Christmas gift for myself. And last 2014, they somehow helped me in various events I attended to, especially during a fellow fangirl’s wedding — Kreng and her hubby, Robbi. May of the said year, it was Davao 2.0 for me but this time with my fellow fangirls for Kreng’s wedding. I must say, my make-up kit helped cause I didn’t have to go thru the hands of a make-up artist, not failing to forget to thank my fellow choir member who gave our choirmates a make-up tutorial session. Somehow, before I said my slight toodles to chorale singing, I learned how to do the basics on my own.
2. tank tops and printed pants
Let me simplify this — I am more into prints! Well, I am versatile when it comes to outfits. I also have plain colored outfits, but definitely, my closet has a bunch of prints, which includes printed pants and skirts. Hmmm…I don’t follow trends and usually, I just go with my instincts, what will make me not so common and not too overboard. Overall, I’m more into looking and feeling good enough — not sacrificing comfort and how you should look for the occasion. These outfits symbolize my way of embracing life’s uniqueness for each other and so for me too. Prints allow me to see life minus boredom, a little crazy in a positive way. In addition, these kind of clothing is my constant reminder not to stop my passions and my travel pursuits (they’re light and don’t make me travel with an overweight luggage…hehe).
from one of my posts: Skybridge at the 41st floor (damnnn…just covering up the fear *nailbites* hehe)
3. juice cleanse bottle
I must admit, turning on your 30’s makes you conscious on the health aspect. After all the partying and I-dont-care-what-I-eat-and-drink during the teens and 20’s, it is just right to get make my body breathe or exhale the not-so-good stuff and intake what my body needs. There have been a lot of diets and physical activities in the market to keep you fit, but one of those that a bunch of Filipinos have gotten into last 2014 was the juicing diet. So many brands are out there in the social networks, selling them either just for one bottle consumption or for a day / few days cleansing. 2014 was my partial health conscious year. From doing a few exercises with colleagues or solo at home to eating at restos serving healthy good food, I just really had a different perspective on my health. Adding to it was making my friends and family join in the idea or fun sometimes. Sad to say, I didn’t shed pounds to achieve my target weight, but getting less sickly and no hospitalization for myself last 2014 is already an achievement. I hope I could target it this time, let’s see how much it’ll take me…hehe
4. MH / plane tickets
Being an occasional wanderer (call it weird, I don’t care), airports and plane tickets bring heaps of joy to my heart. I am sure (and hope) that many of us by now realize and experience that you don’t have to be a millionaire to travel. I’ve had road trips and two plane trips last 2014. Due to some personal and family circumstances, it wasn’t like how much my friends or acquaintances have had, but to me they were all life changing and worth while.
via instagram — @therandompinay
However, last 2014 was also the year of a few mishaps and disappointments in the aviation industry — plane accidents and unsystematic bookings and flight schedule issues (this last one is especially here in PH). 2014 was saddening for me especially for what happened to two Malaysian Airlines planes during the mid of the year and a sudden plane crash of Air Asia before the New Year’s 2015. Just to share, I had the experience of flying to Malaysia via Malaysia Airlines with my mom years ago, so there was a piece of us (me and my mom) that was heartbroken when we found out of those news. But amidst the mishaps, I won’t stop flying to destinations where I might be heading. It may be creepy and scary to die in a plane crash, but as what we always say, we only live once, so I’m not gonna take out the wanderlust in me. Hopefully, 2015 will spring better heights for the aviation industry — perhaps, new discoveries and technologies to minimize such incidents and better systems to minimize complaints and headaches of passengers (paging Cebu Pacific and PAL!!!).
Umbrellas remind me more of the rain than the unbearable heat. No one can compare the massive typhoon Yolanda so far, but 2014 was a year of unexpected rainfalls and storms in the country. Some places unexpectedly felt the floods or landslides even. We know that it’s due to the climate change, but somehow, we can still pacify Mother Earth by doing our own little shares to make this world still conducive for our future kids. It also is symbolical for protection so one can still go on walking while raining. Hardships and disappointments will be there in life, but sometimes, we just have to allow a little protection (or a little help) but still head on.
6. MRT card
Ok!!! I rarely ride the MRT now, thanks to shuttle vehicles (vehicles that can bring you from one point to another) and that my working area is near my home now. But it would be hypocrisy to say that MRT ain’t beneficial. This transit for me is a mix of good and not so good hits for me. I don’t ride the MRT daily, but last 2014, it became an essential transit for me to the happiest place on earth venue that opened up myself to realities and the goodness of life — The Feast PICC. For me to be able to attend there and get on time, I would need to ride the transit rather than riding the bus that’ll take me…forever. Beneficial in a way, indeed, but that ain’t always the case especially last 2014 when MRT was put on hot waters. Consistently there were delays on trips, due to the dysfunctional trains at times and even some suicidal attempts (ain’t funny though I know). The worst so far happened last 2014 when one of the trains smashed the barrier in the end station of MRT, even hitting vehicles and causing injuries to the passengers. MRT was even audited and got a failing mark last year.
On a little upside (that many see as a downside), they are currently doing little changes including a fare increase (like WTF after x # of years guys! for the longest time, the government subsidized the costs). I hope in the next few months we could feel better changes in their system and trains. We deserve what we pay for…but let’s do our share — adjust our costs and our discipline too ha (wag pasaway!!!).
Being a traveler for years, one of those I learned to love in the process is traveling solo. How come? You’ll find out soon. But before one of the dilemmas of solo travelers is having a picture of himself with the scenery without looking like a pop-out head only or without so much arms…
Thanks to what is being sold out in the market called the “selfie stick” (also known as monopods), solo traveling is made a little bit convenient just like my trip last year to Malaysia. After a 6 year hiatus and a few years of promises to revisit, I finally made it in time even for a holiday they call Merdeka. Though I was accompanied by my very good and gracious friends, Mia and Lina, it won’t be nice for me if all the photos are just solo. The monopod was a life saver. Though some were giving the looks (like jagger? haha) of what is she seriously doing for that stick and camera, well, we didn’t care at all. Being a citizen of a country that is soooo hyped with social media and posing for pictures, I guess it is a good investment for me who travels once in a while (and alone even sometimes). Besides, I’m not the only one who did selfies ‘ayt? Celebrities were also in the hype for selfies, posted in their social networks (eg. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
As what I said in one of my photos in FB, “I don’t know who exactly invented the monopod, but he is definitely one selfie addict…” :p
8. coloring materials and crafts stuff
Arts and crafts wouldn’t have flourished if life wasn’t introduced in colors. Just like music, colors add zest to one’s life and lead to symbolize one’s personality. 2014 was the year when crafts and lettering by hand (via calligraphy) flourished especially here in the metro. The ignored calligraphy pens, sign pens and drawing pads in supplies’ stores or bookstores were now given much attention by people (young and old, men and women). You can see of their works on Instagram and Pinterest and some even offer workshops to enhance your love for the arts or make you discover new hobbies and skills.
In my case, coloring materials and other crafts stuff lead me to two effects: rebuilding my love for crafts and made me move on from the heartache last year. College years when I started doing crafts or artsy fartsy stuff, so it’s refreshing for me to see I’m not alone in the journey that many find it weird or waste of time years back. As for the heartache, don’t get me wrong. It was my way to move on from so much stress I had during the last months of the year, when my dad was hospitalized. While he was on his road to recovery physically, I was also doing my own ways to recover — apart from being with friends and officemates, books and crafts became my avenue to get away with the pain.
9. smart phone (mobile phone)
Who wouldn’t live without it, once you have it? Maybe we’ll get a rare count. Surprisingly, there have been random days I forget my mobile phone at home and yesss…I am able to survive those days without it. I am not sure though if I can live without it for a few straight days or weeks. Somehow, this new piece of technology is indeed helpful — in times of emergencies and stress, in times of communicating in between distances, in times we need to be informed. For so many times, I have been saved by this little piece of stuff — during work, during my travels, during emergencies.
At the end of the day, I hope and pray we all don’t get engulfed by the little gadget and still value the real stuff — interrelationships with other people, face to face, communicating with God. Regardless of brand, let’s have the thought — less on materials and more on people.
I never leave the house without one in my bag or purse. Not because I want to brag about the topic on religion (cause I’d rather embrace all kinds of beliefs every person in this world has…no to hate ^_^), but because this is my constant companion and reminder that the Lord is always with me and of the power of prayers.
2014 was a year for me of rekindling my life to God. I can’t exactly say I turned away and became a rebel of sorts. What I mean in saying this was the past few years were my weak moments. I pray, I attend Mass but because they were obligations, not because I do it for loving God and believing in His power and grace for me, my family and other people. It was this year that I was hit to realize prayers can move, not just mountains, moreover, ourselves. It even came to points where I know I am praying the rosary, but I can’t say the words…I just end up crying…No words, the tears were my prayers…
via instagram — @therandompinay
Everything that happened in 2014 not only made me learn, but made me change my perspectives….These and other thoughts are what’s making me motivated to head on 2015, little by little, to a better plight.
Here are just a few highlights of what transpired last 2014 (aside from the barest and common essentials…hehe):
1. Introduced and attending the Feast PICC
2. Trips here and there: Zambales (with colleagues); Rizal (teambuilding with colleagues) Davao (with fangirls) and Malaysia (s0lo trip)
3. weddings: The Rocket Weds (Robbi and Kricket) in Davao
4. contests: won via Instagram — #BeautyBeforeIDo (c/o Bianca Gonzalez-Intal and Facial Care); L’Indochine x Marie Lozano
5. seminars / conferences: Proj Management (at work); iCon2014 (with Marvin Germo, Randell Tiongson, et al); Stock Market Basics (c/o COL Financial and Bro Bo Sanchez)
And as for my #movingforward2015, allow me to share a few thoughts I have in mind to reset or to start with:
1. Health: a decent med check-up; reset to have a fitness activity; get some proper zzZZz; no rice for dinner (YIKES!!! let’s see if I can keep it up for long…lol) and no softdrinks -__-
2. Finance: not just the basics, this time literate :) ; spend wisely *ISANG MALAKING EHEMMMM* ; more rakets (ATTENTION TO THIS GUYS, cause I would be needing some folks for this soon (FINALLY!)
3. Relationships: ample time with family; rekindling time with friends; meet new folks in circles; join a group or club; continue to keep the faith and live it *PUSH DAPAT ‘TO*
4. Career: — zipping my lips for this — posted just for a reminder…haha
5. Travels: local — 2 islands please; out of Pinas — one in SEA (not yet visited) and Seoul (na sana finally mapush na ^_^)
6. Self: learn new skills; revisit a craft or two to do; loving / appreciating self and learning to accept love from others…and lastly, a sum-up of things to do or work on, which I would rather call #therevampproject — FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN MY TAG THIS ON MY SOCIAL NETWORKS, updates soon ^_^
And with that, I hope your year 2014 has been a memorable and learning curve to a better year ahead. Hope your 2015 is starting well and on track…
To all my family and friends who became blessings and lessons in my 2014, thank you so much and I look forward to have 2015 spent with you…To all my readers and followers (especially those I don’t have very close encounters with), thank you so much for your support in my passions and my tinkered posts and I look forward this time around to hear or see some of your thoughts too…To God, beyond words, thank you so much for everything…I look forward and open myself to the boundless and limitless blessings and I pray that your guidance to strengthen me to attain a better life for myself, my family and for my future…