A Lookback on My 2016..

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I last updated my blog. A few even messaged me on the lack of blog posts these past few months. I guess that I just had too many things going on in my life at that moment that sometimes I just need to Β STOP. PAUSE and LOOK BACK on my goals and check if I was on track with everything. I usually write based on my emotions.

I can say that most of the time when I write my emotions are at it’s peak or when I’m melancholic I tend to express my feelings and just put everything out in writing.Β 

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Looking back on my 2016, the year that was filled with ups and downs but then again as I turn a new page in my book I would have to recount all the pertinent lessons that 2016 brought to me. Good bye 2016 and hello 2017! πŸ™‚ I’m ready for you! πŸ™‚Β 

Generally 2016 was the year that had gone by so quickly. I could not just compress into one blogpost everything that had transpired so I’ll just brush up on the highlights of my 2016 for every passing month.

It had truly been an eye opening year for me taking me through the highs and lows of life. From being in a relationship to being single, to changing my blog name to taking more risks, going out of my comfort zone, making new friends, rekindling old relationships, finding out your true passion and loving yourself more. Β πŸ™‚ So with that said let me take you on a quick tour on my 2016 journey.

I firmly believe that the reason of our existence here in this world is to find our true passion and help others to the best of our abilities by honing our God given talents to make this world a better place. You have to get LOST sometimes in order to be found and no one can find yourself better than YOU. So join me and my monthly journey as I slowly discover what’s real from what’s not and as I enjoy things that really matter to me.

January 2016

January had been a good start since I was tasked to host our Orsem (Orientation Seminar) for the new MBA students in Ateneo. Thank you to Aly (Our VP in our Student Council) for getting me to host this event.

Feb 2016

It was the birthday of my Mom and we celebrated with the whole family. I learned that in life there are no shortcuts and everything isn’t handed to you on a silver platter .

What is better and more fulfilling is the hard work and effort you put into reaching your goals and carving out your own niche in this crowded world and making your mark in other people’s lives. You know people will always forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel. A lot of bonding moments with my friends from MBA also happened here. Since my classes were scheduled on Saturdays Β we would usually have dinners after class whether it maybe at the Fort or in Rockwell it was always a great time with these guys.

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Me and my beautiful Mom who just turned a year older but like wine she grows more fine with each passing year.Β 
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My classmates last Saturday who came with me to the event πŸ™‚ Β Thanks for coming with me guys πŸ™‚ In return we all enjoyed walking along the grounds of BGC while eating out after at The Halal Guys Food Stall

March – April 2016

Time to hit the beach this summer was our motto for these months. March and April were spent hitting the beaches and camping out in the mountains. I went out of my comfort zone and joined in on a group of total strangers and one blogger friend to camp out and watch an indie music festival while stargazing and traipsing the hills of Quezon. We rode a bus from Cubao all the way to Laguna and then we boarded a jeepney at around 11pm cause the trip was quite long and agonizing that’s why it took us so long to reach our destination. Not even sleeping pills could put me off to sleep, guess I was kind of jittery and fidgety since it was my first time to go with a different group but hey there’s always something new to discover and learn right? Especially with a diverse group of people coming in from all walks of life. You’ll never know, life might just surprise you. πŸ™‚

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Forlorn in solitude, these words recapitulate my existence was the theme of this pose.Β 
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Check out our tents. Photo was taken at around 630am in the morning where I decided to go for a walk after waking up to embrace the beauty of nature.Β 
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Looking forward to greater things ahead under the sun. This photo was taken a couple of months back during my trip to the pristine beaches of Palawan. Another destination ticked off my bucketlist! πŸ™‚ (March 2016)Β 

May -June 2016

These two months were filled with adventures and fun filled activities like trying out the Flying Trapeze in BGC. I was scared out of my wits since I wasn’t really a fan of falling from high skyscrapers or climbing up too high and end up falling. I guess I wasn’t much of an adrenaline junkie with these kinds of things but sometimes you just got to get out there and just trust that someone or something will catch you right? If you fall hard and fast and get bruised or wounded in the process then maybe you should learn your lessons the right way but most importantly what this experience taught me was that I should never quit trying. I should try and try until I get the result that I want.. These adventures wouldn’t be possible without my friend Eco who tagged me along in this awesome ventures.

June was also my birthday month, aside from me having the time of my life in the Hanging Gardens of Antipolo and basking in the well wishes of my friends and family. It was also the month where my sister and cousin both graduated from college. Congrats to our future Doctor and to my SPED Teacher sister. πŸ™‚

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Checking our this beautiful respite in the midst of the bustling city. This is where I spent my birthday last June. Awesome place overlooking the mountains and the lush green valleys.Β 
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Me with one of their trainers in the trapeze. Thank you for teaching me how to not be scared of letting go and just trust that the net will catch me as I fall.Β 
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Me being like a kid once again trying out this neat place called “Jumpyard” wherein I jumped in this pit full of foamy colored squares with no abandon. I even made a video out of this experience.Β 
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Celebrating my birthday in the hills of Antipolo in this place called “Lujetta Gardens” It was definitely an experience that I will truly treasure.Β 
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Me and my Mom attending my sister’s college graduation in UST.Β 

July 2016

July was one of the most eventful months of this year because I was finally able to try out Scuba Diving which I had been putting off for the longest time. I was able to bask and see the aquatic wonders of the beaches that Anilao had in store. It was no wonder why a lot of people are enthusiats in this sport because it transports you to a different world down there and it can also be therapeutic since all you hear is the sound of your breathing and your heartbeat.

TBH, I didn’t think that I would be able to wake up and try this sport since I was quite lacking in sleep the night before due to my friends who went all spontaneous on me and drove all the way to Tagaytay which landed us all home at 3am in the morning and I had to wake up at 6am in order to prepare for the long travel ahead. Thanks to A for accompanying me and to Rykiel for entertaining and briefing us about this sport.

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Under the sea. πŸ™‚Β 
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Thank you for accomodating us Rykiel πŸ™‚Β 

This was also the month wherein I was tasked to oversee the Corporate Video shoot of our company and I must say that I enjoyed the whole experience especially with the turnout of the final product.

August 2016

The highlight of this month was perhaps going to Singapore with my friend Kat πŸ™‚ It was my first time to go out of the country with my friend and since we were both left to our own devices. We had to do our research on which places we would prioritize to visit since we had limited resources like time.

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Our trip to the USS was definitely the most enjoyable stop for me since I got to try out the various rides in this place. Never mind the long queues, I was there to have fun and indeed I did πŸ™‚Β 
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Me and Kat striking a pose with one of my childhood cartoon favorites πŸ™‚Β 

September- October 2016

These two months were also filled to the brim with blogging events, work duties and our uphill trek to the Majayjay Falls and also to the windmills of Rizal with my officemates.

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Us checking out the windmills in Rizal πŸ™‚Β 

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Group photo with my officemates at the Phinma Rockwell Fundraising event. We even played Jengga and had fun exchanging stories with one of the founding fathers of our company.Β 

I was also tasked by Rue Bourbon to do a quality check on their establishments pretending to be a “Mystery Diner”. I rated their service, staff and food based on their checklist. I got to dine in on all their establishments driving all the way from the North to the South. πŸ™‚ Thanks to those who accompanied me while I was doing my food reviews.

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Me and my friend Via at the Dearberry Launch.Β 

I was also invited to a lot of blogging functions like the product launch of Dearberry at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas and a couple of other events which got me running around like a headless chicken trying to balance everything out. πŸ™‚ I also landed a gig in a Corporate event wherein Me and Saskia served as usherettes for their annual awarding ceremony.

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Raket buddies

November- December 2016

A lot of food ventures were done in these two months and being the food enthusiat that I was, I always made sure to document everything on camera. My sister also passed the boards just a couple of weeks back and we couldn’t be any more prouder of her. Congrats Sis! πŸ™‚

Me and my Mom also joined in on a fun run and were treated off to a sumptuous buffet breakfast spread right after the run. So much for losing all those calories and unwanted pounds. πŸ™‚

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Fun Runs with the Mother

Christenings, Weddings and Halloween parties were also in the pipeline in these past 2 months. I attended 2 christenings in these two months. One was the baby of my officemate Mar and the other one was the baby of my former officemtae Sam who coincidentally were also born in the same month. Both babies were baptized on their 6th month.

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Striking a pose with Sam’s baby πŸ™‚Β 
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Posing with this cute baby Mia πŸ™‚Β 
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Are we all in character? Thank you Ginger for inviting us to your Halloween party πŸ™‚Β 

Good byes and New Beginnings were also in the line up of events in these past two months. A lot of my office friends resigned to pursue greener pastures and begin anew or maybe they just needed to prioritize their pressing priorities ATM like me πŸ™‚

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Berto’s last day at the office.Β 

I also attended the wedding of Tricia Duque since I was the plus one of KD held at the posh halls of Edsa Shangrila and their church rituals were done at the Sanctuario in GH. It was a lovely wedding full of marital bliss and promise. Best wishes to the newly weds πŸ™‚

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Posing by the Candy Themed Tree of Edsa Shangrila πŸ™‚Β 
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Me striking a pose at the front door of the Church after the wedding ceremony
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Christmas with the fambam! πŸ™‚Β 

A lot of other adventures, food trips and noteworthy happenings also transpired but basically these are the major highlights of my 2016. Thank you 2016, you have been great! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to more new beginings and happy moments this 2017. I hope that in the near future I would be able to tick off everything in my bucketlist for the next years to come but that’s for another story. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

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