December 31, 2013

Year-End Update III: 2013 in Pictures (mostly of my face)

And now, for the visual part of my year-end report. Most of the pictures here aren't artistic enough to be featured in my photoblog, and since Facebook has the tendency to over... words fail me... make tabon the past entries, might as well put some of the more significant photos of 2013 here in my blog. While I'm still masipag enough to blog.


Started the year with a walking tour of Luneta with my two best friends. The tour guide was Carlos Celdran, which I was only able to experience that one time. The touring group was HUGE, but we were still able to absorb a bit of the knowledge he imparted to us (I think).


First major happening for that month was Paramore's return concert. It was actually a last-minute decision, and we didn't purchase seats close to the stage. But I was able to *smuggle* in my DSLR's zoom lens, so I was able to get close-ish photos.

Next was the Baguio-La Trinidad weekend trip, where I was able to experience strawberry picking for the first time. I swear, freshly-picked strawberries taste the best.



That month was 2PM's first concert here in the Philippines. Initially, our seats were the same as Paramore's concert, but for some reason not all tickets were sold, so we were ushered into a closer section. That, plus my smuggled zoom lens =  BAM! Close shots. I swear, some shots look like they were actually looking straight at my camera. Heee~


At the start of the month, Ge and I went for an out-of-the-country trip to Japan. We've been wanting to see cherry blossoms in real life, and during our first Japan trip we were a bit too early. Good thing that this time, we were right on time.


During our trip to Japan, we were also able to meet up with friends... some are also in the country for the holidays, others were living/ working there.

Year-End Update II: Year-End Meme [2013]

I've been doing this sort of thing since my Tabulas days, and I think memes like this (I'm not even sure if I'm using the correct term... is it "meme" or should it be "tag"? Whatevs) is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed.

2013, I have to say that you flew by so fast.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you've never done before?
- DIY-ed an out of country trip. This year, I travelled to Japan, sans Travel Factor.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- I started a To Do for 2013, and I completed 7 out of 10 which isn't bad. Yeah, maybe I'll make another one next year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
- Someone close? No, not really. I don't recall. If someone I knew gave birth, but I can't remember who, then we're probably not that close.

[EDIT] I'm so sorry. Terribly sorry.  I was thinking WAAAY back earlier this year. I totally forgot that one of my best friends gave birth THIS YEAR!!! Kung anu-ano pa ang isinulat ko tuloyNasa Singapore kasi that's why it didn't cross my mind. Patawad Rosa huhuhu. :( [/EDIT]

4. Did anyone close to you die?
- Nope, none as I can remember.

5. What country did you visit?
- Japan and Hong Kong. Japan was my favorite for this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
- A new family (if you know what I mean).

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
- I'm not sure of the exact date, but it was Tokyo 2013 Day 2. That was when I got engaged (ayiiii~).

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- I don't know. I've been coasting pretty much for the whole year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
- Same as 8. I really can't remember anything worth tagging as a personal milestone.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
- Does acne vulgaris count?

Year-End Update I: To Do Entry ID 2013

With four hours to go before the year ends, I've come into terms that I will not be able to complete my To Do list for 2013.

BUT just to appease my defensive side, my reasons for not being able to cross out the remaining items in the list are as such:

  • #3 - Capture the Milky Way in a photo, viewing in Caliraya: It was already past the dry season when I realized that I was not able to do this; needless to say the number of typhoons that visited our country this year made it rather inconvenient to pursue this item.
  • #9 - Finish reading A Feast for Crows, so I can finally move on to A Dance with Dragons -- I THINK that I am now past the halfway mark, and judging from the thickness of the Appendix section (you know, the one with the genealogy), I think that I'm near the end sooner than expected. But I accept that I won't be able to finish the book because it is TOO DAMN BORING!!! Honestly, after the Red Wedding and Jeoffrey's bleep, the story is becoming a major snoozefest.
  • #10 - Either get Rosie (my dog) pregnant, or have her spayed -- Rosie has been getting this annoying tick infestation recently, and the vet doesn't want to do any surgery of her on account of her being pale because of the loss of blood. That, and I realized that my dog is already nearing ten years old, and that's pretty old in dog years even though she still looks like a puppy. Either options might be too risky for her already.

In fairness, I think I was able to cross out my more significant goals for this year. I can still continue my To Do next year, and probably add a few more items in the list. That's totally doable naman, diba?