Reminiscin’ 2013

In one of my earlier posts for the year, I complained about how seemingly lackluster my 2013 was. Sure I didn’t travel or made this major investment for my future or furthered my education by taking post-graduate studies — things that people my age normally do these days.

But then I realized that I was looking at the wrong direction in my life. I was too busy looking for the things that I didn’t do that I failed to remember all the small but great things that I did. And so, let me give you a listicle of the 5 most important things that I did and experienced last 2013 (just so you know that I’m not, in any way, justifying my way of life last year. Haha!):

1. Starred in a Music Video

OK. ‘Star’ may be a big word given that I only appeared for less than 20 seconds in the video and at the very end of it, mind you. But hell! It was a fun experience especially since it is for one of my favorite bands, Your Imaginary Friends.

Was really stoked that I got that text from my friend and the band’s vocalist, Ahmad. He was looking for friends who are willing to be stupid with them for a day and be bribed with Amber’s spaghetti and pichi-pichi. Who can say no that? I didn’t mind the waiting, the hot spotlights, and the take after take after take during the shoot. YIF is a happy bunch even when they’re not on stage and they’re kakulitan is so contagious!

Don’t believe me? Check out this video for yourself. 😀

Baby, You’re Going to Hell is part of their second EP Your Silence is a Villain. You can still buy or stream the digital album via bandcamp. DO NOT resist the urge and SAY yes to pop!

2. Pixiefied

Getting a pixie has always been a recurring thought whenever I am due to have a haircut but I never went through with it. Given that, I really can’t say that it was a spontaneous decision. But how I came about to chopping 3/4 of my locks  WAS. I woke up early one September morning prepping for a friend’s wedding when I suddenly had the urge to go to the salon. On the way I told myself, “I am getting a pixie today. Nothing and no one can stop me.”

And so off I went to the cutter and showed him a picture of the pixie cut that I wanted. He looked at me and said, “Ang ikli nyan, Ma’am…” (“It’s too short, Ma’am”). I replied “I know” with a smile then went off mobile surfing, careful not to look him in the eye again. I was avoiding the derogatory statements that I know would come once we started with THE small talk. The one wherein he would tell me how it will not suite my heavyset face, how I would appear 5x fatter than my usual fattiness, and how it would make me look like a lesbian.

30 mins after, I breezed off the salon feeling like a load was lifted off my head and shoulders, walking with a certain bounce. It’s true what they say. It can be very liberating… a breathe of fresh air. My confidence sure did surged up a notch higher!

Yes, it is polarizing. Some love it and a lot more hate it; but I don’t mind. It’s high time that I stop thinking too much about what others think and think about what I think and what I want. I love this new ‘do and I’m going to keep it for a long time. 🙂

3. Smoking a Cold Turkey

Quit smoking — I finally did. For good! It was amazing how it happened actually. I was in the middle of my 4th or 5th stick of the day when I suddenly decided that I wanted to quit. Next thing I know, I was throwing the half-finished cig on the ground and crushing it with my toes — forever ending a nasty habit that I was battling to stop ever since I started.

To be honest, I had a single relapse several months after my supposed to be epiphany. It wasn’t a withdrawal. More of proving to the kabataan that I was having drinks with that I can still be a badass. I regretted it the morning after. BIG TIME. I told myself that quitting ain’t quitting if you’ll take the occasional puff whenever you feel like it. I was doing so well with my recovery only to have it in smokes by smoking. Pun intended. And really? Doing something to impress the kids? I’m too old for that shit. I would find this the hard way, as we were driving on our way home. You may call it resolution karma.

And so my second epiphany began. I went cold turkey on the habit ever since. I’m off of nicotine for 6 months now.. 12 if I’ll forget that single relapse but who am I kidding?

4. Cotton-versary with Mr. Polly

Yes, we turned two! Amazing how time flies… It was not too long ago when I met Christian whom I’ve always considered as one of the greatest blessings in my life. He came to me when I least expected it — just about the time when I was losing hope that I would meet an imperfect person who could be perfect with an equally imperfect person like me.

Last year was for paper, and so the scrapbook
This year’s for cotton, so here’s what I took
Cotton candies for two
Purple for me and blue for you. 

5. Nothing beats family!

I am really glad that we started and ended the year on a high note. My family has always been a tight bunch but it felt so much stronger this year. I cannot really pinpoint a big change. It was more on the small changes that we’ve embraced as a family. I became more open to my parents, whom we adorably refer to as The Masters; even about things that I usually shy from like my spiritual maturity. My brother and I hasn’t had a single fight in years and we can now talk about mature things as comfortably as when we talk about Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. My brother has sacrificed a lot of things for me and I owe him a lot for that. My sister and I have started to accept our differences and avoided our tempers to get in the way of healthy communication, making us learn how to listen to each other and to prove our points without raising our voices.

I love my family to death and I am determined to spend much more time with them this year. I am excited for our plans and I will make sure that we get to accomplish them one after another.

There you go!

I wasn’t really planning on sharing these publicly, much more write about it, but I’m glad I did. It helps to be reminded of the little blessings and accomplishments in your life from time to time. Only then can you be really thankful, persevere to do more, and be a better version of yourself year after year after year. 🙂

Definitely Not an MDI

I am a week late with the whole “New Year, New Me” thing, but what the heck. I wanted to type this thing on my mind.

I read somewhere that you should keep a little notebook to jot down your thoughts, no matter how seemingly stupid they are, because who knows? It might turn up as the next million dollar idea. Yes, I still kid myself from time to time. 😀 I really have no potential MDI (million dollar idea) right now, but what I do have is a cool picture that I took during NYE.


Lumos to the infinity power!

I recently bought a Fujifilm x20 — the first ever camera that made me swoon (no kidding!) — so naturally, I grabbed the opportunity to make use of the shutter speed while waving a sparkler around like a witch. My siblings and I spent almost an hour just sparkler doodling in the air. My mom even joined in on the fun but her doodles are so pathetically hilarious. It was cute of her. 🙂

So, anway… After the whole NYE tradition, it was but natural to go online and post the pictures. RIGHT AWAY. We do that, nowadays, don’t we? Logging into FB was a BAD idea. I was immediately bombarded by the all-typical-2013-recount posts. I wouldn’t normally be bothered except that it made me think that I didn’t have a 2013 that is as amazing, adventurous, ‘fruitful’, mind-boggling, illuminating, and extra special as theirs. I didn’t venture out to a new country, didn’t swim with the Butandings, defended a research paper in Germany, bought my own condo, or got so pissed drunk in a music festival somewhere and voicing out my regret by Tweeting about it.

In summary, I had a perfectly normal 2013.

This was my mindset last week that it made me all gaga into planning a superb year ahead. My mind was overflowing with places to visit, new hobbies to try, things to buy, food to eat, and movies to watch. It was a pandemonium of thoughts that it made me not fall asleep and just stare out there in the dark while all the other folks in the house are already snoring.

But now that I am away from all those posts and stories… now that I can really think clearly, I can count some amazing things that I did and experienced last year. Small things, yeah, but amazing nonetheless. If I will come up with a list, it would be short one for sure. Some would even think that they’re too simple to be blogged about, even thought of. But for me, they are great. I can count one or two in my head right now that I can even consider LIFE-CHANGING.

You might be getting annoyed that I’m ranting nonsense without really pointing a point. Forgive me. Let me put that list into writing first. 🙂

Summer Getaways

I used to be so excited about summer because it means beach trips, outdoor adventures, and plain fun under the sun. Never mind the heat. As long as I have a good bottle of sunblock and a lip balm, I’m game to do anything.

For the past 3 years, my summer has been jam packed with out of town trips. Because I don’t have any concrete plans this summer and my previous self-pity post (haha!), I will just reminisce on my best summer memories. Here are some of those:

April 2009: Beach (Despidida) Party in Boracay
Late March 2010: Nature appreciation in Sagada
April 2010: Back to Basics in Nagsasa and Anawangin, Zambales
March 2011: Surfing and Food Trippin’ in La Union
April 2011: Adrenaline Junkie in Cagayan de Oro (All of these happened in just one day!)
April 2011: Water Affair in Camiguin

Summer of 2012, it’s already late April. What do you have in store for me?