I cannot believe I have not posted a single blog for the entire year 2015 except for this one. I usually do my random musings online. And it got me to realize how much of my life I had suspended because of the many changes that happened especially at work.
The thing with the changes that happened at work is this: it’s not just the line of work but just the whole dynamics of my life. The major change at work had me physically disengaged with many of my friends, who had to move on and pursue other things. The workload has also increased a thousand-fold. But what I like about this year-end exercise that I had been doing since 2007 is that it allows me to see the bigger picture and be grateful for the many wonderful things that happened, despite the stress, despite gaining weight, and despite all the craziness.
So here we go….
WHAT DID YOU DO IN 2015 THAT YOU’D NEVER DONE BEFORE?
* Travelled alone, without a group tour planned
* Commuted by train across countries
* Achieved 46,000 steps in just one day
* Went inside an ice-cave
DID YOU KEEP YOUR NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS, AND WILL YOU MAKE MORE FOR NEXT YEAR?
I still was not able to do the health thing. I exercised more, but I also ate more. Next year, I will need to find that balance. I travelled to Europe and I did get to see the Pope when he was here.
DID ANYONE CLOSE TO YOU GIVE BIRTH?
Yes. My sister gave birth to my one and only first-degree Niece!!!!
DID ANYONE CLOSE TO YOU DIE?
some relatives and relatives of friends.
WHAT COUNTRIES DID YOU VISIT?
Thailand, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria
WHAT DATE FROM 2015 WILL REMAIN ETCHED UPON YOUR MEMORY, AND WHY?
January 15-19, 2015: when the Pope visited the Philipines and I got to see him when I waited for his Popemobile to pass by Malacanang. Also September 11 was the day my sister gave birth.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR?
Placing at the top 150 ‘steppers’ in the global steps challenge, and purchasing something I’ve always dreamt of buying since I was little.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST FAILURE?
Not getting on board on the changes fast enough.
DID YOU SUFFER ILLNESS OR INJURY?
I gained major weight.
WHAT WAS THE BEST THING YOU BOUGHT?
A watch. Also probably m plane ticket to Europe.
WHOSE BEHAVIOR MERITED CELEBRATION?
The PHBisdak United Team. We placed 16th overall in the team category globally, and no. 1 in the PH Region.
WHOSE BEHAVIOR MADE YOU APPALLED AND DEPRESSED?
Some people in leadership positions, including some national government officials.
WHERE DID MOST OF YOUR MONEY GO?
Travel, my watch, vinyl records.
WHAT DID YOU GET REALLY, REALLY, REALLY EXCITED ABOUT?
The Pope’s visit to the Philippines.
WHAT SONG(S) WILL ALWAYS REMIND YOU OF 2015?
LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO was always on repeat as well as many of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s songs
COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR, ARE YOU:
- happier or sadder? Just a bit sadder
- thinner or fatter? Much, much fatter
iii. richer or poorer? About the same
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D DONE MORE?
▪ Took my annual physical exam
▪ Ate less and exercised more
▪ Did more new things
▪ Travelled more
▪ Blogged more
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D DONE LESS OF?
▪ Unhealthy eating and drinking beer
▪ Self-doubt and self-pity
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TV PROGRAM?
- Orange is the New Black
- On the Wings of Love
- You’re My Home
DO YOU HATE ANYONE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HATE THIS TIME LAST YEAR?
Yes. I’ll end at that.
WHAT WAS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ?
*I haven’t done much reading this year.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST MUSICAL DISCOVERY?
I was listening to a lot of Spotify this year while running and also trying to rediscover my love for OPM. So I have a lot of musical discoveries: Ariana Grande (yes she’s been here a while but I’ve only learned to appreciate her this year), Charlie Putt, Ellie Goulding – as well as OPM discoveries like Donna Bartolome, Glaiza de Castro, and James Reid and Nadine Lustre (in fairness had a lot of catchy tracks). It was also my first time to catch KZ Tandingan live. She is amazing. Would love to catch her next concert.
WHAT DID YOU WANT AND GET?
- I got to see the Pope
- Long vacation to Europe
- The watch that I wanted
- Miss Philippines won Miss Universe – although that had nothing to do with me, save for some of the online votes I got to cast
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE FILM OF THIS YEAR?
Hunger Games (Mockingjay Part 2)
Inside Out = surprisingly loved this film
WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Went to church with my grandfolks and spent time with family, met my cute little Niece, Kayla.
WHAT ONE THING WOULD HAVE MADE YOUR YEAR IMMEASURABLY MORE SATISFYING?
My same wish from last year, drama in the workplace…
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL FASHION CONCEPT IN 2015?
I was very basic this year. At the office, I liked tailored stuff. And then at the gym, I was matchy-matchy.
WHAT KEPT YOU SANE?
Prayers. Family. Friends. Food.
WHAT POLITICAL ISSUE STIRRED YOU THE MOST?
The #DuterteSerye == if he would run or not.
And I’m not sure if the Miss Universe 2015 crowning moment qualifies as a ‘political issue’
WHO WAS THE BEST NEW PERSON YOU MET?
The Pope. Hehehehe….
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MONTH OF 2015?
January = the Pope was here and my friends were still physically at the office with me
August-September = when I went to Europe
December = a lot of family reunions and friend reunions. It was a great way to cap the year – reconnecting with people who knew me the most.
HOW MANY CONCERTS DID YOU SEE IN 2015?
I didn’t get to see a lot of concerts, but of course, Kyla’s 15th Year Anniversary concert was a special treat because it was also a reunion of sorts.
DID YOU DRINK A LOT OF ALCOHOL IN 2015?
Yes, a whole lot.
DID YOU DO ANYTHING YOU ARE ASHAMED OF THIS YEAR?
Nothing majorly shameful, but I wished I had a more positive outlook in life.
HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND IN 2015?
A lot! I think I overspent on my one time big time vacation.
WHAT WAS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT OF 2015?
Standing up for myself, without regard of possible political consequences… and winning the Steps Challenge. Hahaha…
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT OF 2015?
I don’t remember any embarrassing moment.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME TO ANY MOMENT OF 2015 AND CHANGE SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Each and every moment I was not able to resist the temptation to eat even if it’s already late at night.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT NOW THAT THE YEAR HAS ENDED?
I feel so much better, so much more hopeful, so much more in control. I think things are slowly unfolding before me now. I am now more ready for the challenges and excitement ahead. And I think I have a better attitude. This year was almost rock-bottom – I know I say this every year, but 2015 has really been something else.
TELL US A VALUABLE LIFE LESSON YOU LEARNED IN 2015:
HUMILITY — this year has been very humbling – the realization earlier on that nothing is ever in my control and that I needed to kneel and yield to the power, the wisdom, the strength and protection of God. Being with friends and looking at what they have achieved in life, made me realize that I can still dream and need to dream. Even the whole Miss Universe Philippines win has made me realize that sometimes HUMILITY is the best manifestation of what it is to be Confidently Beautiful – and that grace and humility can be very sustainably attractive and to some extent, sexy.
QUOTE A SONG LYRIC THAT SUMS UP YOUR YEAR:
Kung wala ka nang maintindihan
Kung wala ka nang makapitan
Kapit ka sa akin
Di kita Bibitawan
(Wag Kang Umiyak – KZ Tandingan)
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2015? (in leiu of a new year’s resolution. I’ll try to keep this simple so that it’s actionable)
1.Recycled: Get a full executive check-up
- Balance exercise with food intake
- Frequent travels (kahit short lang)
- Blog, Insta more – joint plans to with friends
- Find that new dream within Quarter 1 and achieve it before the year ends
WHAT ARE YOUR WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR?
- Deserving leaders to get elected in 2016
- Catch the Olympic Games Live (Asa!!!!)
- Visit another place I’ve never been to before
- Love, Faith and Happiness – and PEACE…for myself and for everyone I care about…