Thursday 13: Wrapping Up 2009

2009 has been an eventful year for me. There were so many things that I’d rather not remember and there are things that should be noted for happening in this crazy, whirlwind life of mine. In less than 2 hours, 2010 will be kicking in and I just would like to write about some random things that happened in 2009 that made it special or otherwise.

01. I’ve been very sickly during the first 8 months of the year. It’s not a good thing to be hospitalized for bronchitis then get allergy attacks almost every month and then I had amoebiasis. Of course, I lost my voice on several occasions. I’m just glad that the last 4 months of the year went quite well in the area of health and I hope this will continue to be the trend until next year.

02. Our house was broken into back in October. Luckily, nothing was taken and no one was hurt. It became a reminder that even if you’re living in a guarded and gated area, things like this can still happen. You just have to be careful and

03. Someone made me smile again. And that there is still a chance that I’ll get to be happy on a personal level. Enough said.

04. Flowers on my birthday. Enough said again.

05. Basti’s been on the class honors’ list for 2 consecutive grading periods already. I’m really one proud Mommy!

06. I’m still financially unstable but I’m getting there. Hopefully 2010 will be a much better year for me in terms of finances.

07. I saw Rene and Muna again after 3 years. Another brother, Gian, is back in town too. It’s always great to see siblings you haven’t seen for quite some time.

08. I still have a love-hate relationship with my Mom. I haven’t spoken to her for the past month but I always think about her and keep her in my prayers.

09. I am 9 weeks into my no-rice diet and I have successfully lost 5 pounds during that period. It’s a good start considering that I’m looking forward to a healthier me this 2010.

10. I have consumed alcohol again. I had occasional margaritas and cosmopolitans since October. But one thing’s certain, I’m not going back to binge drinking. I think I am more of a responsible drinker now than when I was back in those days.

11. I appreciate my work better than before.

12. I was reminded of a previous lesson about making friends and keeping them.

13. I was once again reminded that life is all about taking chances.

Happy New Year! Stay safe and enjoy the celebration with your family and friends.

2 more days

There are 2 more days into the new year and I have asked this question to myself: What’s there to look forward to in 2010?

There’s so much to look forward to in 2010!!!

I had a melancholic Christmas and I promised myself that I should usher in the new year with a smile and with a very hopeful disposition and thought that 2010 would be a better year for me.

All I need to do now is BELIEVE that the coming year would indeed be a better one for me and DS.


Some recent events have reaffirmed the fact that change is the only permanent thing in this world.

No matter how much I fear change, it has been happening all of a sudden to me for different reasons. Somehow these changes have rattled me as I am more a creature of habit than someone who just goes with the flow and accepts change as they happen. I normally question the changes I see and if I don’t get the answers, I become impatient and in some instances, I freak out.

I did get answers to some of the questions running in my mind but somehow I am not convinced that things would remain as they are. I can only hope for the best. And although I know that no matter how much I prepare for the worst, getting hurt would be inevitable and it is something I would have to deal with sensibly and with an open heart.

Sunday Stealing: The Final Week of 2009 Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Nik Dirga at the blog Spatula Forum. Nik is an American journalist who now lives in New Zealand with his kiwi wife and son. He does not say where he found the meme. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft’s thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
** I was able to go to Enchanted Kingdom.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
** Not all. I guess I’ll just carry over the next year those I wasn’t able to do.

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
** Probably just with family at home.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
** Not really close but he was part of Papa’s immediate family.

5. What countries did you visit?
** None – which is really a bummer.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
** More money (Don’t we all wish for that? LOL!) and probably someone whom I can really call an S.O.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
** There are 2 dates: October 8 and November 19. These were the dates when I realized that I’m capable of being happy again.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
** Somehow I was able to get back to smiling and be happy again.

9. What was your biggest failure?
** Failing to get the quarterly bonuses for 3 quarters because I was sickly.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
** Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
** I think it was my E71.

12. Where did most of your money go?
** Paying debts and having Victoria fixed.

13. What song will always remind you of 2009?
** Nobody by the Wonder Girls. LOL!

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
** Spend more time with DS.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
** Work.

16. What was your favourite TV program?
** None. But I was able to finish watching Sex and the City and Ally McBeal on DVD.

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
** No.

18. What was the best book you read?
** The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
** Lady Gaga

20. What was your favorite film of this year?
** Night at the Museum 2

21. What did you do on your birthday?
** I celebrated it at the office with my friends and co-workers.

22. What kept you sane?
** Playing games on Facebook and going out with friends.

23. Who did you miss?
** DS

24. Who was the best new person you met?
** The person who made me smile again.

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
** True friends are still really hard to find.

Weekly Wrap-Up: Perspective

How do you know when you need a dose of perspective and what do you do to get it?

** I need a dose of perspective when complex questions start brewing and I can’t seem to find the answers. I talk to my most sensible, level-headed and trusted friends to find the perspective I need. More often than not, I am successful and I’m able to put sense and perspective back into my system for decisions I need to make.

Friday Fill-Ins

1. My boots are my best pair to date.

2. Eventful and memorable are two of the words I can use to describe this century.

3. Imitation is still the best form of flattery.

4. Would you like to see me and talk?

5. I’d like to know what’s going on in your mind right now.

6. Can I get over it?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep, tomorrow my plans include spending some ME time and Sunday, I want to rest as I still have to work on Monday!

The Day Before Christmas

I have never felt so sad and down for the longest time until today. I woke up with this heavy feeling in my heart that I couldn’t seem to explain. A number of factors contributed to this but I guess it would be best at this point not to write everything in detail.

I cried buckets of tears, felt that I was going to have a break down and I felt so alone. But God is good. He sent me one life saver to save me from all these negative things that happened. And if not for this person, I have probably gone nuts.

I would like to believe that God allowed this to happen for a reason. It became the perfect time to re-think, reflect and re-prioritize things in my life again – but this time, I’ll have to trust His will more than mine.

This year’s Christmas was one of the worse ones I’ve had over the years. But for whatever it’s worth, the realizations came in at a perfect time. The bad things probably had to happen to serve as a prelude to the more beautiful things that are bound to happen to me in the future. If only for that, I now have something to look forward to this coming new year.