|"Our eulogies are always about the other stuff: what we gave, how we connected, how much we meant to our family and friends, small kindnesses, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh. So why do we spend so much of our limited time on this earth focusing on all the things our eulogy will never cover?" -- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder|
|I read A LOT of self-help/memoir-type books this year and I didn't get to finish Yes, Please in time for the New Year but I'm definitely going to make it the first book of 2015. This year was also the year of Mindy Kaling -- I finally read her book after getting obsessed with her TV show (more on that later). Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In really made me want to do better at work, though it was a little too late to save my flagging drive.|
It was also the year of YA. It's no use denying I love me some YA and I tried to read as many as I could. Next year, I think I'm going to read even more. I loved Stephanie Perkins's ending to her series with Isla and the Happily Ever After and We Were Liars was a definite surprise/such an easy read (I finished it in an afternoon!). I hope to read more romance next year, too. Nora Roberts, where you at???
|There were too many wonderful movies this year and it took me a really long time to narrow it down to the 12, but I definitely looked forward to The Fault In Our Stars most and it paid off. Shailene Woodley is another big star of my year with Divergent coming out, too. I have yet to watch White Bird in a Blizzard but that should be something. |
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow (I'm obviously crushing on Emily Blunt now -- and she was amazing in The Young Victoria which didn't come out this year but it was one of my favourites) and The Maze Runner which made me really tired but it was wonderful.
|It was a pretty good year for music -- at least for me. Taylor Swift may have been majority of what I listened to for the latter part of the year, but there were actually other people who came out with music that I absolutely adored. From Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud and Tenerife Sea to Tinashe's 2 On and Pretend, there are so many more albums that didn't quite make the cut. |
Watching Jason Mraz live was breathtaking -- every single time. Even if he didn't perform Best Friend, his entire concert was spectacular. And I'm just happy that Four is superior to Midnight Memories, so at least the One Direction tour next year will be A+. So many other albums that didn't make it but it was a great year for music, for me, at least.
|The show of the year almost didn't happen since I wasn't supposed to watch Jane the Virgin but I'm glad that I did, because it is EVERYTHING. The entire cast of that show is just A+. And though I'm late to it, The Mindy Project definitely was worth catching up, too. Between these two shows, I'm all loved up.|
But I'm also glad I rekindled my love for Homeland -- thanks to Rupert Friend and his awesome turn in The Young Victoria (again). Obviously, Outlander wowed me and made me want to read the books (I haven't started, but I want to) and I'm happy to have gotten in on The Musketeers. I can't resist a period piece.
|My brother Pietro was here in January and it was really nice to have him back. Being based in LA, I barely get to see him, and have to make do with Skype and email, so it was nice to have him around for a bit. We went to my uncle's wedding all the way in Dagupan, which is something we haven't done in a while -- both the wedding and the road trip. |
The end of January also brought me to Batanes for the first time ever -- my first domestic flight! And it's breathtaking. Despite having no signal for four days and no internet, it was nice to disconnect and recharge. Plus, we made new friends via my cousin's college friends!
I turned 27 in February and felt very old, but it's alright. every year, I seem to turn a year older no matter what I do. And I went to the office, so it was nice to have presents from awesome officemates and have a lunch out and be on time to my own birthday dinner, unlike last year.
I also went to Singapore for the sixth (???) time to visit my siblings and sort of had the realisation that I need to go and try to work there at least for a bit. I caught The National while I was there with Jenny and Lex and they were phenomenal. Just wow.
One of my closest friends at work, Risa resigned and had her last day in March and I was really bummed. Though I got to Summit before her, and stayed after she left, I just felt really sad and alone for a bit. Of course, there were still friends at work, but it was different, for sure.
But I was luckily distracted by the sheer amount of fandom happening in March with the release of Divergent and the Veronica Mars Movie which pretty much consumed me. Thank goodness for the wonderful fluff that can distract us so much. Still, looking back on journal entries, it was a tough time for me and I'm glad I mdd it through.
|I'd been putting off going back to my short hair for AGES and though i wanted to do it after I had resigned (tentatively set for the third quarter of the year, but nothing was settled yet), I decide to just go for it and had it whacked off in April. It felt really good and suddenly can't remember how I managed long hair.|
My dad also had a semi-health scare in April and it freaked us out because my mom was in the US and I was the eldest kid left and my dad was so nonchalant about it -- but you could tell he was also worried. And so it was a lot of praying and Skyping and waiting for test results from the hospital and thankfully, he's okay. I realise that health is so important. My parents are getting older and it's not a joking matter.
In May, I experienced my first event for work. Technically, I'd been at work for almost four years but this was my first time to experience handling a event (given that my first three years, I was handling a digital brand without much budget) and so I was stressed and really nervous but somehow it all worked out. It had a TON of kinks but it was over and I was glad.
When my boss got back from her vacation, I couldn't keep it in and I tendered resignation and I felt so much better. Sure, it would be the longest turn over ever but I was glad to have said what I needed to say and could finally get back to focusing on work instead of having this hover over me.
The first weekend of June was nuts with The Fault In Our Stars coming out, Taylor Swift com in over and gracing us with the BEST CONCERT EVER and one of my office mate's Bianca getting married. Needless to say, after that weekend, I was pretty fried but totally happy.
And because I was totally burnt out, I figure, why not take a vacation in the MIDDLE of strat planning season. Yes, I totally advanced worked all my presentations so I could take a week off and go with my brother and parents to Baguio. Technically, I was still working in Baguio and technically the presentations were moved, but I was pretty much resolved in going and I'm glad I did. I can never get sick of Baguio.
|Sometimes, the job has awesome perks and I felt it especially when I was able to interview Stephanie Perkins for Candy. it was glorious. She was everything I thought she'd be and more. She was wonderfully nice (even if she was sick) and she was so easy to talk to and considering it was my first interview with a legit author, she made me feel really good. I swear I wanted to just be BFFs with her.|
My dad also turned 60! And my mom and i did this elaborate (but actually really simple) surprise birthday party for him (as requested). The best part? He really was surprised so all the sneaking around and planning and worrying was worth it. I don't want to plan another one soon, thanks very much but it was pretty good.
I started August with a trip to Baler with Koko and Rica (where we bumped into Teeff!!!) and it was a really wonderful 2.5 days away from the city and away from work. I didn't bring my laptop and didn't answer my Blackberry (it helps I was with the boss) and it was glorious.
But, it wasn't all vacation, we had our big presentations and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The hard work and late nights and stressing and tears paid off. It would be my last sales con and I was going to make it worth their while and I'd like to think I did. Not a bad way to go.
September was another jam-packed month for work and play. It was Nikki's wedding and I'm glad I was able to reach the reception (I had a family thing in the afternoon) and the wedding was beautiful. I realise I'm already in the friends-are-marrying age and though I'm no rush to get hitched, it's all becoming very real.
I also witnessed the fruition of my first (and last) #CandyFair2014. This is our big event for the brand every year and this time, the boss was in town to see it happen and it felt so much better to know someone had my back. I'd like to think it was a success and I'm glad I stuck around to see it happen. Best. Day. Ever.
|October was pretty much a blur to me between my resignation and everything else, but I'm glad I waited till October to let go because it was pretty much the end of Candy's year. What was sweeter was that my boss threw me a surprise going away party. And our big big boss came around and wished me well. Tears all around for me.|
I also did my two week trip to Japan which was pretty much the most EPIC THING EVER. Other than loving Japan so much, there were also a couple firsts to remember. Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo will forever own my heart now. I swear, this country is just the BEST. I don't mind going back, at all.
If that wasn't enough, I went to Boracay for the first time ever in November. Whereas high school kids usually do this trip for graduation, i waited ten years after high school to make the trek and it was worth it. My friend Aimee was marrying Carlo and it was a really beautiful affair. I'm definitely a convert to this beach.
I also shaved the side of my head. why? Just because. I don't know how to style my very short hair and to just shake things up, I thought I would have the side of my head shaved. And the guy doing my hair was a little scared for me and wanted to know if my parents knew I was doing this (he also does my mom's hair) and after reassurances all around, I did it. It's not as bad as I thought it would be.
December saw a lot of hospital runs for me. Being unemployed has its perks, I can run to the hospital and sit with patients like my grandma and my cousin, Miguel. I swear, I'm not a big fan of hospitals so I'm glad we have doctor relatives to make sure we understand what the hell is going on.
Finally, the holidays came around and gave me weird feelings but I'll chalk it up to getting older. I was able to catch up on my magazines and clean the room and just generally not worry too much -- except about my unemployment status -- but in general, I was pretty chill which can't be said about the rest of the year. And for that, I am grateful.
And so ends 2014. Thank you everyone for putting up with all the craziness this LJ has experienced. I definitely had a rekindling of my love for my flist and even if there isn't as much activity as before, I'm glad I've stuck around (10 years last April!). See you all in 2015. I'm sure it will be a kick-ass year.