It turned out different than what I thought it would be. A plenty of things happened, mostly unexpected. Some I want to never end, and one in which I wish it never happened.
This was the year I enrolled in a Japanese class. For around two months, I’m lurking around the Oblation’s home to study for three hours every Saturday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to continue studying for the next modules. It wasn’t in vain though; I managed to pass the course and knew how to write Hiragana, Katakana and some Kanji.
K-Pop bugged me for the first half of the year. I’ve been swooning over CNBLUE and SNSD most of the time. I even bought tickets for the CNBLUE concert last June (but in the end sold them because of fandom reasons). K-Pop brought life to our shop, A! Shop last year, but this year I guess not. Our first convention of the year didn’t meet our expectation of awesome sales. It’s okay, there were other conventions but realized that we need to plan things up a bit.
Healthy living was one of the pegs I had this year. I was a fitness junkie for two months, yes I should be pretty specific with that, when our office offered gym membership at Gold’s Gym. I greeted Zumba and the treadmill like they were family and counted every goddamn calories. I reached my goal but like they say, it should be a lifestyle not a temporary endeavor. Sad to say that my lifestyle includes sugar. Everything.. sugar.
There were a couple of travels this year. My family and relatives from my mother’s side and Ray went to Laiya for summer. Yippee! I was happy to get everyone together and enjoy the heat in the beach. Also, I managed to go to Davao because of my bestfriend, Meg and her family. They’ve been my second family since I can remember and I’m really happy they included me in their trip to Davao. We went to Crocodile Park where I fell in love with the Brahminy Kite eagle. Before the year ended, I was able to go to Baguio with Ray and his cousins, as well as my BlastAsia colleagues, for a wedding. Even if it’s a weekend escapade, we were still able to stroll along Burnham Park, Mines View Park and the Lourdes Grotto. Of course who would forget strawberries!
As the song says, “when people grow, they sometimes grow apart..”, I decided to leave BlastAsia. I know it was where I started my career. Being absorbed to employment during internship is a rare opportunity. For two and a half years, I’ve enjoyed the ride, learned what I needed to and established relationships I never thought I could. If it wasn’t for this company, I wouldn’t have known Ray, played table tennis or started A! Shop. I am really grateful for it.
During my almost-a-month break from work, I couldn’t believe I am once again the girl I was 15 years ago. I’m sooo back in the arms of anime. Almost everyday, I am on series marathon or reading manga. Then on one fateful day, I met Pauline, my twin sister (in fandom). I know we’ve talked way back Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun days because of our common love for Yamaken but when she came across my Free! post, she sent me a message saying I should watch Brothers Conflict too and “bleed with her”. I was like “What even?” and watched and.. bled. There were too many bishounens and I should say a fangirl was born. Not an ordinary fangirl, but a fujoshi too when she made me read Love Stage, my first yaoi. I can’t believe she made me do such things! So we met up at Best of Anime then Octocon then OzineFest Figure Special doing our stuff. I influenced her with a couple of stuff too you know. Hahaha.
In every end is a beginning. My journey with BAI may have ended, but it was also when I decided to take another with Towers Watson Philippines in Taguig. It was weird that my first day started on a stormy day, but it didn’t last on the succeeding days. I now belong to a big team of awesome and talented engineers. My travel time to go to work maybe hell but it was all worth it as soon as I set my foot at the office to work with these people and face the everyday challenges. That’s how much I love being here. So far, so good.
But everyday isn’t rainbows and butterflies. This October, my father fell ill. It was very unlikely for him since he’s the strongest man in my eyes. But sickness can hit on anyone. It was very hard for us to accept but with all our faith for the Lord and my dad, I know he will soon recover. It changed me a lot. I am now living alone. My family moved to Batangas for my father to have a better ambiance for recovery. I’m wishing well for him, my mom, my sister and Cogie (our dog) to whom I see only during weekends because of work. I am the breadwinner of the family now. I am ready to give my all for my family just like how my father sacrificed everything for us.
I can’t believe (really can’t) that Ray and I celebrated our second year together! Weee~ cheesy. Lol. Because of the unexpected turn of events, we just decided to have our anniversary at a cafe in Ortigas instead of a fancy restaurant in BGC. So even if we’re only in our shirts, jeans and rubber shoes and backpacks, we ate the night away amidst the business-attired people. Awesome. I am grateful that he is there and he accepts the fangirl in me. Sorry (not sorry) for greeting Tattsun for his birthday before our anniversary. Yep, Tattsun’s birthday is the same as our anniversary. What up!
Speaking of Tattsun (Suzuki Tatsuhisa), I’m proud to say that I love him. I was engrossed with his voice being the seiyuu of Free!’s Tachibana Makoto. He is also the vocalist of the J-Rock band OLDCODEX. Because of him I discovered other seiyuus and started following them. It gave birth to my fondness of drama cds and character songs. Because of him, I STARTED WATCHING KUROKO NO BASUKE. I know I’m not into it last year (I really hate it) but things change guys. Things change. Hahahaha!
Despite the ups and downs of 2013, I’m still blessed. Even if we spent the holidays at the hospital, I’m still happy we’re together. Even if I left my previous work, I found a new opportunity to be the best I can be. Even if I’m financially challenged, I’m still blessed with chances to travel, have fun and meet people who understands who I really am.
This is my 2013. I lived it with no regrets but with faith that the next year will be awesome.