I’ve been thanking the past years since 2016 (Thank you, 2016! Thank you, 2017!) just because, and I thought what’s not to thank about 2018? I was going to use the same title this year but I want to pay a little homage to my favourite 2018 Ariana Grande song, so… thank u, 2018… next! 🙂
I’m very thankful I had so much time in my hands this holiday season for me to be able to write my year-end blog as part of my tradition since Multiply days. Last year, I wasn’t able to write much, and this is the only blog I wrote this year. So for 2019, I’m hoping I could go back to blogosphere just like before. 🙂
I started my year meeting my idol friends, Wani and Jerome. Although we talk everyday via FB messenger, we rarely meet in person because of our schedules. This was actually a huge achievement for us three. Haha
Went back to my alma mater early this year also, to run some errands. It felt like my soul was replenished. Letran Calamba is still as pretty as I left it 10 years ago. 😀
Attended a free conference about data science and storytelling with my office friends from Deltek. It was a 3-hour long event with speakers from the industry. Learned so much about Data Science and Storytelling that I can use in the future.
Saw the first musical for 2018! Glad that I found a musical buddy in Jhenna, now I don’t have to watch my favourite shows alone. Haha! And at long last, Kinky Boots had a run again this year. They had a run last year but alas, I missed it. I’m a super fan of the show but since I still couldn’t go to New York, I’ve been asking the universe to bring them back here in the Philippines and my prayers were answered. Haha
This was probably my most eventful birth month. A lot happened! See the pictures below. 😀 For the first week, I spent it with my best friends in Boracay finally for the first time. Also to celebrate our (Lexie and I) birthdays. Just in time before the island closes down for its rehab.
The week after, I went to La Union and Ilocos with another set of friends (my beach friends haha). It was a week of just touring, beaching, chilling, eating, and drinking. I had too much Ilocos Empanada. I swear there was not a single grain of regret from it, Ilocos Empanada was the bomb!
Visited the Sand Dunes for the first time. I was a bit scared for my back because I no longer go to my chiropractor (for obvious reasons haha), and it started to hurt again, but I still did it anyway. 😀 Fortunately, I didn’t hurt my back, and there were no injuries after the activity. I even tried sandboarding. 😀
For the third week, I finally saw The Lion King Musical, this time with Jhenna and my sister Nancy. This is probably an unpopular opinion but the show was amazing but it wasn’t really for my taste. Haha, it was too pambata for my humour. 😀 But it was definitely worth it. The reviews you’ll see on the internet are true. 😉
And for the last week of April, I attended my first ever TED talk, TEDxADMU. There were so many inspirational speakers and I really felt empowered from the talks they did. It will definitely not be my last TED talk. I also loved the freebies. Haha
Reunited with my Kiki! Visiting to a lot of beaches in the Philippines totally made up for being away for a while with one of my high school close friends, Karen. It was a whole month of beaching around! Haha ❤
Went back to Coron after two years. Coron was the first place I went to, alone. And going back there with a friend was just as fun!
Made this pose a thing but it didn’t fly. Hahaha
A heartbreaking event happened to me when I got back home from Coron. My baby girl, Maja passed on from an unknown disease. She already lost her appetite before I left for Coron but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take care of her since I was away, and there was nobody at home to focus on her. She couldn’t wait for me and died a few minutes before I got home. </3 She was the sweetest. I miss her pretty face everyday.
I also went back to Baler, this time with 3 different people: Karen, her brother Eric, and their cousin Gabriella. ❤ I loved the Paco salad! I didn’t have a chance to try it when I went there the first time so I hoarded a lot but unfortunately I left it inside Karen’s car. Hahaha
Went back to Manila for a Bruno Mars concert. He was uh-may-zing.
Reunited with my favourite people from my previous job and spent it on Cagbalete Island. With no sleep from work, it was a very relaxed staycation by the beach. Travelling to Cagbalete was such a pain in the ass, literally, because we had to be on the bus for 8 hours.
On the way home from Cagbalete, I received a text from my sister that my baby boy Bibo is sick. I had him brought to the vet to check and found out the he has been infected by parvovirus. It was the most difficult and longest 8 hour trip from an island back home because of the anticipation of my boy, passing away. Just a month ago, his mother, Maja died. Here’s a photo of Bibo when he was sick and while recovering from it.
Thank goodness we saved him! I really thought he was going to die, because I went home to him literally dying. 😦 My sister and I did everything we can to save Bibo, I made sure I’m always beside him so I had to work from home for more than a week to give him meds and just let him know I will never leave his side. Bibo now is a huge and spoiled dog. ❤ #FuckParvo
The month of June is also the usual month when me and my friends from Deltek go out of town, and this year, we went to Dumaguete. We did a lot of water activities and it was surprisingly fun. A very much needed vacation from all the emotional stress Bibo gave me in the past weeks. Haha
It was time for the annual Deltek Makati Marketing Team team building. We had it in a secluded place somewhere in Rizal. There was no signal there so making IG stories was a challenge. Haha! My group won the challenge. 😉
Reunited with Les after 2 years. We were together in El Nido summer of 2016 and she finally came home this year to have R&R with her family and friends. Saw UDD again this year. Haha ❤
Reunited with my PSP peeps too over dinner. We tried to plan the next trip but realised that when planning a trip, it doesn’t push through, so we just ended up not planning it. Hahaha, typical PSP peeps.
Me and my MFF (Musical Friend Forever) Jhenna watched our thirdmusical this year, which is the Ang Huling El Bimbo. I didn’t expect the show to be so political and heavy. It was a roller-coaster of emotions. I think they will have another run in 2019, if you missed it, I still recommend to see it. Prior to this, we were planning to see RAK of Aegis (for the second time for me, and first time for Jhenna) but we missed it. I hope there’s another one next year. It is a really good show.
I finally started my MBA program in Ateneo. This was a very long overdue, I started to plan to have it in 2011, but never got back on track because of life. Haha, and thankfully, I was able to start it this year. I got admitted last April but didn’t start the program right away because of a lot of things (and travels) I need to finish before I put all of my time and attention in school. It has been a decade since I graduated from college, so I knew it would be a challenge for me; but the going-back-to-school was surprisingly easy. It was one of my biggest accomplishments this year. Kudos, self!
Last out-of-town trip with my loves for 2018 and it was our first time on Siargao Island!
I was blessed again with another project this year, and this time, it’s a promotional ad for 2GO. 🙂
My last Deltek Year-End Party. It was a little anti-climactic because I can’t drink too much due to my acid reflux and wasn’t able to join the YEP after party party too, because I was being a lolo. Hahaha
And the last musical for this year was my favourite, Waitress. I have been waiting for them to have a run here in the Philippines (please, bring Dear Evan Hansen here next); I’ve been a fan of the show since. I was holding my tears while watching Joana Ampil perform She Used To Be Mine because I don’t want to be the big guy ugly crying in the theater. Haha! Bituin Escalante was of course, a force to be reckon with, not that it’s a surprise. 🙂
Reunited with my EndlessRise peeps at Elise’s wedding. It was nice catching up with the Awesome Nerds again after, how many years? Five? Haha
And of course, the MIGS Year-End Party. Lexie being a pussy at pictures because she doesn’t want the world to know she had her dental braces back. Haha
It was my last two weeks at Deltek and these people didn’t make it easy for me to leave. But as my “normal” self, I didn’t show it. Haha, I will definitely miss seeing their faces everyday.
Last hoorah for the fam this year. We just had a simple staycation at the Canyon Cove that has a terrible, terrible customer service and very unfriendly facilities for old-people. Haha, I’m never going back there.
And lastly, I was welcomed by my new family from my new work, DST. This is the biggest leap I took this year since I already established a stable job and amazing everythingships with people from Deltek; this move was so totally uncertain. I just trusted my guts and their judgment on me being fit to the team in terms of chemistry, and I’m glad to say I made the right decision. I didn’t feel I was the new guy on my first day, it was as if I was just remembering a familiar energy and felt that I was the last piece of the puzzle to complete the whole picture. 🙂
There are just too many amazing things to be thankful for in 2018. Yes there were ups and downs, losses and gains, but these things make us. And here’s for an even more fruitful 2019. I’m not expecting the incoming year to be so great, and I didn’t even have any booked out-of-town trips because I want to spend my money and time to gradschool, but I’m still hoping for good plot twists. I’ll definitely go back in shape this year, I gained so much in 2018 — it’s actually my biggest and heaviest, so I promised myself to get back on track and be fit again. I know I’m just using my back problems as an excuse to be lazy so, here’s to officially removing it from my system. Haha!
So thank u, 2018, for the amazing year. I’m ready for what’s next!
Happy New Year!