Now this is a late post. I just got a copy of the photos from my good friend, Iggy, and I thought it would be a good post as reminder on what I did to welcome my last year in the 20’s. The weekend after my birthday, friends came over for a BBQ at our place. Me and Andrew were at Myall Lakes camping on the weekend of my birthday (need to post something about that!). I love having home bbq’s/dinners with friends. It’s more comfortable than eating out, no one has to get crazy making (and changing) reservations, no exact time schedule for people to come and eat. It’s more economical too. People can bring their own drink (that were bought cheaper than when bought in a pub), and everyone can have unlimited food! I can’t really remember most of it now, but thanks to the photos, I kinda had a flashback. So this was the menu.
Another year, another chance to be a good blogger.
But it’s sooo hard! When so many things are happening, I won’t have time to blog. And during slow weeks, I don’t have anything to write about. But I know I should blog. Mainly for myself- days pass by so quickly (it gets quicker as you age), and I couldn’t even recall what I did for this and that (recalling things is related to age too, I guess). Another reason is when a friend ask me tips for travel on places that I’ve been too, I couldn’t tell a lot because I forgot.
As for the past year, it was a mix of everything..
Some travels – 1 month in Asia with Andrew (with 1 week in Manila), climbed Mt Kosciuszko on Easter with Lilian, June long weekend at Katoomba, October long weekend at Kangaroo Valley and Alice Springs-Uluru trip with Monde, Tim and Jenny. Ok, I had to check my facebook photos to remember where I went last year. I had a feeling that it was a slow year for travel but it wasn’t so bad!
Moved units TWICE – from Rhodes to Ashfield and to a better unit in Ashfield towards the end of the year.
Conflicts between people around me.. (I hate confilcts)
Joined a new client company, my first non-telco project!
I joined bootcamp, which I was able to reach the fittest stage of my life. Ever. LOL
Finished my advanced diving course – which I really don’t want to remember.
Andrew finished uni!!! Yey!!!
And i think I’ve cranked up my cooking to another level 🙂
For 2014, I don’t know yet. I’m just sure I’m going for a 2 month holiday to South America (April-May).
That’s all in my mind for now. Haha
Oh, and we scored cheap flights to KL so we’re spending the Australia day long weekend there. It should be good to catch up with RA and Mei.
It should be a good year to blog about places, food, friends and myself. Haha!
I feel like I’ve just released a new version of myself.
After 8 weeks of staying away from the food I like most and sticking to doing exercise almost everyday, I can now proudly say that I’ve achieved amazing results. Thanks to the 8 Weeks To Wow program of Original Bootcamp, and of course, the bootcamp sessions as well, I never thought I can be as fit as this. Check my previous post here on how I’ve always been “fat”.
“The squeaky wheel gets the oil!”
That was my boyfriend’s status in Facebook. I understand each word but I wasn’t really sure what it means. Thanks to ever dependable google, apparently it means “People who complain the most will get attention or what they want.” Then I remembered he had an appointment today at uni about his complaint. Oohh.. ok, so that was it. Why didn’t he just post that – People who complain the most will get attention – then I could’ve got it right away!
It’s just one of the several instances when we couldn’t get each other-right away. Coming from different backgrounds, I know words that he doesn’t know (duh! Tagalog, obviously!) and he knows words that I don’t know. Though sometimes, I understand all the words but they have a different meaning when put altogether.
“Bee in my bonnet”
“Really!?! And I didn’t know you wear a bonnet!”
I replied on his tweet. I was surprised that a bee could get stuck on a bonnet, and he was in Newcastle that day for uni and I know he’s not into wearing caps/bonnets.
Apparently, he meant he’s so annoyed with something. Doh. “Bee in my bonnet” can also mean really obsessed with with an idea.
Ok, so the lazy me did not renew my domain last April. I’ve received dozen of email reminders from WordPress to renew it but I was just lazy. And I was thinking that I won’t be posting anyway so maybe I can delay my renewal for a month.
So the domain expired.
And when I tried to renew it, I couldn’t! Apparently, all the un-renewed domains will go to a pool and no can have it for a certain period. Which make sense. You wouldn’t want to visit something.com and be surprised that the content has changed from your recent site visit. So I tried again tonight and seems my domain is available again. Yay! I already paid but it’s taking time for it be configured.
Anyhow, I want to blog again. This time I want to blog for myself. Days go by so quickly, and I want to have my blog to remind me of of important things that happen in my life. Reading my old posts makes me realize how things change, how people change and how I’ve changed. Old blog posts can be a good baseline to track the changes.
And because I just paid for my domain, I’ll be posting often for the next couple of weeks.
2012 is over but I’m still in this phase where I’m trying to catch my breath.
It has been a challenging year..
From finishing off my essay for EA
To a holiday accident
To fighting back with my previous employer.
To having a less pay on the new job
To my visa application
To failed exams
To failed appeals
To acceptance that I’ll just get my current company to sponsor me
and I’ll be stuck with them for 4 years
To all money spent on exams and application.
I wouldn’t say that “oh, it’s all worth it!” Fuck no.
I feel like my whole year was just spent(I didn’t want to use “wasted”) into that. It’s not one of those challenges that you’ll linger and remind
yourself of the lessons you learned from it. It’s something that you just want to forget and be grateful that it’s all over now.
But I am grateful. 2012 was a challenging year but the universe took care of me.
Spent the first week at Gold Coast with good friends.
An 8-day tasmania trip.
And survived the van accident without a single bruise.
Our family welcomed baby George, my niece. I know she brought new happiness to my parents.
I got a permanent job offer before my previous contract expired.
Spent my birthday long weekend in Port Stephens.
My visa got approved!
Bushwalk, beach and camping weekends.
Great friends who are like my family here in Sydney.
Good health for me and my family and friends.
And for a chance of love. Love despite our differences.
So thank you, universe.
For 2013, I don’t have big targets.
Just the same goals as everyone else.
Lose all the weight I gained in 2012.
Take more photos, organize my photos.
Travel more, keep my weekends busy again.
Cook new dishes.
Post more on this blog.
Get into jewelry making. I think I have a talent. haha!
Save more for the Canada-NY trip at the end of the year.
I know I have to have career-related targets. I just couldn’t think about it now. Maybe we I get back from my 4-week Asia trip, I can think
And I’ll just continue to live with my mantra –
Do good, always. And the universe will take care of you.
Ever since I discovered hair relaxing and rebonding, I’ve been sporting a long hair. I think the last time I cut my hair short was 2008. I’m trying to look for a photo but it seems that I was still in Friendster that time. And my mother would always have to remind me that my hair was too long already, and I look like a manang (old lady).