The year is about to end so what better way to bookend it than a list of great, wonderful things I experienced this year. I may have had setbacks which I took really seriously but overall, it’s a very blessed year for yours truly.
Best Event: Turning 30. It’s just a number, yes, but it’s a big one for me. I threw the imaginary blueprint I formed in my twenties and created a new one in my head. It didn’t feel much differently, save for new emotional depths I now have (I swear, hahaha).
Best Work-Related Event: More stability within my team, compounded by the addition of a new member. I suffered a great loss toward the end of 2011 but five months later, I knew I made the right choice, considering all aspects surrounding the dynamics of my immediate workplace. Ah, basta.
Most Wasted Opportunity: I wasn’t able to sustain my social media volunteer work with Visayan Forum Foundation. I thought it’s going to be breezy and handy but it didn’t come easy. Maybe it’s the subject matter; maybe I chose an advocacy that while very timely and worthy, isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. Sayang. But now I know, and I can cross it off my list.
Best Azkals/Local Football Moments: (1) Advancing to the semi-finals of the Suzuki Cup (2) Global FC’s UFL championship game vs. Loyola Meralco Sparks last June — oh, my emotions that night, (3) winning the Peace Cup.
Terrible Football Moments: (1) Loss to Singapore in the semi-finals stage of Suzuki Cup. If we were trampled early on, it would have been easier to accept. But I know everyone did everything they can. (2) The sexual harassment case against Angel Guirado and Lexton Moy. Come on, I’m a woman who will fight you to the death if you offend me, but I can also see what’s overreaction when I see one. Enough said., (3) Global FC’s loss to Stallion FC in the United Football Cup championship.
Best Outcome of Football Fangirling: My football core group. We dearly call ourselves Fandesals, the meaning of which will be kept to ourselves. 🙂 I love the friendship we formed that transcended football (o, Rach, transcend!). I love all the games we watched together but the better part of it is our “debriefing” sessions. I love you all, guys.
Best TV show discovery: The Newsroom. Consider this: Aaron Sorkin. News. I don’t need to say more. Runners up : Suits, seasons 1 and 2. The Walking Dead season 3, after a crapfest called season 2.
Best (and Worst!) Physical Activity I Participated In: Merrell Trail Run on June 2, 2012. I thought my Corregidor experience was it but no! For this one, we braved 10 kilometers of extremely muddy, mountainous trail in Timberland Heights. For four freakin’ hours. It’s like a military bootcamp. Immediately after that, I can barely feel my lower extremities. When I got home after the event, I slept for 14 hours straight. But the best part? The experience with my friends. I will do it again, if the chance presents itself. Seriously.
Best Out of Town Trip: Bacolod, last June. Sure, it was for football, but it was also a chance to explore that interesting city. We had an amazing host who brought us to most of the worthy spots. The best part was the food trip. I think I gained the size of a toddler after that trip. Runner Up : Baguio in March with my Mom. We stayed inside the Embassy compound. The fact that Baguio is my second favorite city in the Philippines is why it’s great to begin with. No ghosts, contrary to rumors, so it’s cool.
Best It’s-Long-Overdue Action: I had glasses fitted. I no longer squint just to read all my correspondence!
Best Charity Work Out of Just Using My Big Mouth: Sending five scholars to UP from the proceeds of our The Avengers screening. I just sold tickets to a movie people wanted to watch anyway. I’m so proud of my book club, Ex Libris Philippines, for staging this project. Next year ulit!
Best Achievement: Successfully going through a six-month book-buying ban. I’m so proud of myself. I didn’t die! However…
Tiny Bibliophile-Related Setback: I was allowed to buy books on July 1 so between that time and this writing, I amassed 77 books already. That number excludes the books generously given to me by my former boss, I won on giveaways, and given by friends as gifts. I don’t know what to say. This is my eternal love, in case you just met me today.
Worst Losses: Deaths of an uncle and an aunt who loved me dearly. My familial setup is not your boring and conventional kind so growing up, having people who care for you genuinely is one of the best coping mechanisms. One of my bestfriends also lost her mother and as I said, this kind of loss for us is a different league of its own. My mentor’s husband, with whom I shared the same birthday and never failed to make me remember it, also passed on. A consolation in my heart is that I know, they are with my father now in heaven. They can swap stories up there.
Worst Abandonment Experience: Denoy leaving for a new job over at the other compound — five kilometers away. I know, abandonment is over the top, but what do you want me to use? I was left behind? Okay, that will do. Seriously, when he left in July, I thought it’s going to be easy. My friend got a job he actually wanted to do! But hey, it wasn’t easy. Imagine losing the most constant, everyday fixture in your life for five years. It helped that I avoided going to the 2nd floor since he moved. For a time I was at a loss, even if I know he’s just a phone call away. It sounds corny, but even if we annoy each other most of the time, he’s like a gum under my shoe that just won’t go away. I still miss him especially when there’s something — serious or shallow — I want to tell, a guy problem I want his opinion on…and then I’ll realize he’s not there anymore, available by 11:30 a.m. I have other male friends but they can never replace him. Anyway, lately, I think I have accepted it fully.
Best Full-Size Aortic Pump Moment: I have moved on from SG. After a year. He’s not coming back and even if he does, it’s better this way. I never regretted the last seven years (especially since not every single day of those seven years was just about him — I had diversions, LOL). But seriously, it’s fine now. I know that the lines will always be open, and he constantly proved that to me, so I take comfort in that and I’m ready to face the other direction. Time to find a new one. Pwede na. Bigyan nyo na ako ng listahan ng pagpipilian.🙂 I have short-listed names. Hahaha.
Super Duper Bestest Part of 2012: I’M STILL ALIVE. Healthy, employed, loved. Nothing can beat that.
So, how’s your 2012?