Saturday, December 31, 2011

When the year 2011 started, I thought that it will be just like one of those years - boring. But as early as January, it was already awesome (and wild) and it progressed until the last month of the year.
What made it awesome? I hope I can spit it out here but nah, it's way too complicated (pa mysterious effect kunuhay). hehe.

This year is so far the BEST in my 22 years of existence in this world!
It was like I was never been happier all my life.
There were a lot of happenings, adventures, first times, conflicts, and major life-changing events. 
Of course, these are all not ups, but downs as well (it's inevitable in this world you know) but the ups are overwhelming. This year is full of new experiences, new friends, new toys, new adventures, new challenges and new learnings that made it the most exciting year ever!

Gadgets
When I see all my toys, I feel very happy and satisfied. Although I haven't saved a single penny in the bank, I still feel that I have invested something from my hard-earned money since I got to enjoy my gadgets (and maybe I can sell or trade them in the future). I promised myself last year that I will buy all the gadgets that I want (and can afford) and so I did! Let's just say it's my form of rewarding myself from great stress.

Adventures
Recalling all my relentless adventures this year was an exciting one. I never thought that this year would be full of travels to various beautiful places. I'm so proud to say that I already conquered the Philippines by visiting Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. I hope I can conquer Asia next year, and the whole world after. These trips may be costly but money can't buy the precious memories and the happiness, excitement, thrill and adrenaline rush you  feel during the experience.

Career
Honestly, I don't think that this year is a good one for my career. I've been a bad ass at work because I felt that I was working too much but unappreciated. So I was literally a pain in the ass to my boss (sorry for that). hehe. He then returned the pleasure by giving me a very low evaluation at the end of the year and I'm not happy about it either. Well, that doesn't kill me, that only makes me stronger. I will just take that as a learning experience and try my best next time to impress my future bosses. Next year, I shall redeem myself and do something for this friggin' career to flourish .

Health
I have gained a lot of weight this year, especially for my baby tummy. I always had lechon, liempo, or pochero at lunch. I guess it got to the point where my belly reached 35 inches! Later this year, I realized that I already had enough of fats and I badly need a workout. So, last November I started hitting the gym and I kinda lost some weight but this Christmas season, I easily regained the tummy and made it double than the original size. I guess I'll have to live in the gym more often next year. Hahayz... :/

Friends
I can say that I'm more than lucky for having a lot of friends. I may have lost some but I gained more than what is lost. My latest addition to my growing circle of friends are my Ganesha teammates. I spent most of my happy hours with them this year. Have I told you that they're the best teammates ever? They're the primary reason why I still love to go to work even if it's stressful out there. Thank you guys for painting a smile on my face everyday at work. :)
I also want to thank my highschool classmates and college chakaz all stars because they are still there for me. I'm happy that we never lost communication and still got to hangout once in a while.
Finally, there are really friends that I think are the closest to me. They are the ones who know how to handle my odd personality and yes, they know most of my goddamn secrets. I'm comfortable being with them like I can tell them everything I want to say without any reservations: Jellie, Bryan, Brian, Tim2x and Ceilo - Thank you so much for the friendship <3. Nyahaha! :D


I cannot thank the Lord enough for all the countless blessings He has showered me this year.
Thank you to all the people who made my 2011 a blast, especially to the ones who really made it a blast!
You all know who you are. <3

It's so hard to say goodbye to an incredible year. But yeah, it's time that I move forward, and just look back at the memories this year with a big smile on my face.
2011 has been crappy great, I pray that 2012 will be more than crappy great too!


皆さん, 明けましておめでとうございます!
Happy New Year everyone!!! Cheers for more blessings next year!!!


Friday, December 30, 2011


Do you remember this goal-setting post at the beginning of this year?
I actually set all my goals for this year in that post .
Now, that the year is about to end, let me check if I really achieved my goals this year or was I a total failure and loser?

Here's an excerpt of my goals in blue text:

TO DO:
  1. Exercise: jogging and badminton  -  PASSED. Although I only actually played badminton once, hitting the gym starting last November proves that I worked out a lot to burn my fats.
  2. Eat healthy, stay healthy, live healthy! -  FAILED. Lechon, Liempo, Rellenong Bangus... All my guilty pleasures! Sucked it all in my tummy.
  3. Don’t spend on food (buhbye fancy restaurants) -  PASSED. Only went to fancy restaurants like once a month and that's really a major cut in my expenses.
  4. Be a parasite to friends (doin’ this already every snacks… asking for alms...alms…) -  PASSED. I'm really good at this... you know, being a parasite. hehe
  5. No friggin IMAX (except Harry Potter, Transformers, Breaking Dawn and Pirates of the Carribean. Toinks!) -  PASSED. I only watched Harry Potter, Transformers and Pirates of the Carribean in IMAX. Watched other movies at regular cinemas.
  6. Save for my friggin future (if I have one) -  FAILED. Not a single penny in the bank.
  7. No hubog hubog sessions (buhbye redhorse), just coffee sessions (hello coffee cat!) -  PASSED. Minimized alcohol and I can't remember a time this year where I went home drunk. Yes!
  8. Learn the art of Photography (I’ll join Sinulog photocontest next year. Excited for this one.) -  FAILED. Will not join Sinulog Photocontest because I'm not yet ready. For my skills, it's not that I haven't developed a little but there's really no major improvement.
  9. Nihongo (huhu how should I improve this skill? I’m a hopeless case.) -  FAILED. Was a bit pre-occupied at work and was busy with my travels so there's no really allotted time for studying Nihongo. 
  10. Enliven the spirit of geekiness in me. -  FAILED. Totally got rid of that geeky personality.
  11. Be a good person. Lels! -  PASSED. I'm not being biased here but I can feel it - I'm really a good person! haha! :P
  12. Refrain from backbitingLels again! -  FAILED. Don't blame me because that what keeps most of our my conversations going. Aw! In short, sige ratag rakog panlibak. haha. Just kidding!
TO BUY:
  1. MacBook Pro (this is a must this year! I’d kill for this! O_O) -  FAILED. Bought a Sony Vaio instead. Killed mosquitoes, cockroaches and all other pests for this. hehe.
  2. UV Filter, Neutral Density Filter, and Polarizing Filter (for my camera) -  PASSED. Bought only UV Filter but I think it's already enough. Right Bruno?
  3. Tripod (I have shaky hands don’t know why. Haha) -  PASSED. Bought a Benro tripod last May.
  4. Telephoto lens (Ambisyoso!) -  FAILED. Not a single lens investment this year. Sorry Bruno. :(
  5. Nice headset (I love Beats by Dr.Dre headphone but it’s not practical, costs 13K huhuhu) -  PASSED. Although my Dr. Dre headphones are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), they work just great like the pricey ones at the mall.
  6. Egg speaker (because it's handy) -  PASSED. Bought X-Mini speakers last May.
  7. iPad or an Android tab (I’m a gadget freak you know.) -  FAILED. Bought an appliance showcase instead.
  8. iTouch 4 (I don’t know why I wanna buy this.) -  PASSED. Bought an iTouch 4th Gen last August.
  9. Scooter (I wanna drive mehself to work. A car is just an impossible dream at this moment, so I just opted for this. I think I’d look funny driving a Scooter. Haha.) -  FAILED. Way too impossible and my mother said, If I want to die sooner, I'll buy myself a scooter. So I was like, okay, forget it!
  10. Locker for my gadgets. -  FAILED. Already looked for cabinets with lock but can't find something that suits my taste until I ran out of budget.
  11. Am I being realistic? -  Yeah!
  12. No you’re not freak! -  Ah huh, you're a freak!
  13. Oh, my bad! So erase erase… -  Duh!
  14. Erase #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, and #4… (MacBook is a bit expensive already so it would mean “buwad ug ginamos” everyday if I would insist on buying the other things.) -  Duh again! haha
TO GO:
  1. Bantayan Island (I’ll just take a shot of the beautiful sea. No swimming. Sayang ang gluta ug papaya harhar) -  PASSED. Went there last February.
  2. Cagayan de Oro – Bukidnon – Camiguin (I smell adventure!) -  PASSED. Went there last July.
  3. Bohol again and again and again! (this is a perk you’d hate when you’re from this beautiful place. Still finding convincing alibis for this trip to be cancelled. Harhar >:D) -  PASSED. Invited my officemates during our annual fiesta.

So, let me count:
PASSED - 14
FAILED - 11

Oh yeah! Looks like I'm successful this year of achieving most of my goals!
Well, this calls for a celebration. Congratulations to me! :)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The year 2011 has been a blast of relentless trips and adventures for me. In my travels this year, I spent it with Chakaz All Stars, my highschool classmates, my family and most of them, with my Ganesha teammates.
Join me as I take a glimpse of the beautiful places where these adventures took place:

January

Sinulog, Cebu City
February


Virgin Island, Bantayan Cebu
Sugar Beach, Bantayan Island Cebu

March


Maasin City, Southern Leyte
Damian's Lake, Maasin Southern Leyte
April 

Tambuli Beach Resort, Cebu
May


Chocolate Hills, Carmen Bohol
Tarsier, Loboc Bohol 
Man Made Forest, Bilar Bohol
Panglao Beach, Panglao Bohol
June


Dapitan City
Dakak Beach Resort, Dapitan
Gloria Fantasy Land, Dapitan City
Parola, Liloan Cebu
Family Park, Talamban Cebu
July


Kawasan Falls, Badian Cebu
 Little Boracay, Lambog Badian Cebu
Mt. Hibok Hibok, Camiguin
Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin
Cagayan de Oro river, Cagayan de Oro
Dahilayan Park, Bukidnon
Pineapple Plantation, Bukidnon
August


Barakuda Beach, Talibon Bohol
September


Tingko Beach, Alcoy Cebu
Dalaguete Spring, Dalaguete Cebu
Tagaytay City
Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, Tagaytay City
Lion's Head, Kennon Road Baguio
View Deck, Baguio City
Fog at Camp John Hay, Baguio City
October


Mangudlong Beach, Camotes Island Cebu
The Ruins, Bacolod City
The Lagoon, Bacolod City
Mambukal Falls, Mambukal Resort Bacolod
Mambukal Resort, Bacolod
Samboan Beach, Cebu
Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City
The Mansion, Baguio City 
Burnham Park, Baguio City
Mall of Asia, Manila

Manila Baywalk, Manila
November


Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island Cebu
Malapascua Island, Cebu
Davao International Airport, Davao City
Abreeza Mall, Davao City
Downtown Area, Tagum City
December


Beverly View, Beverly Hills Cebu
Blessed Trinity Cathedral, Talibon Bohol

Woah that was so mad! I mean, looking back at the pictures, I still can't believe that I went to those places in just a span of one year. That's really cool and awesome!

Well now, am I ready to conquer the world next year? Maybe NOT. Besides, I still have to go to Palawan and Boracay, and then after, I think that's the time to conquer the world. :)

This year has been an overwhelming one!
Thanks to the overtime pay for financing my travels and making all of these possible.
Thanks to my credit card for booking all my flights.
Thanks Cebu Pacific Airlines and Air Philippines for the promo fares.
Thanks to my travel buddy, Bruno for capturing all the precious moments.
Thanks to the people that I have shared these precious memories with.
Thanks to my maming for avidly investigating my secret trips and for scolding me after finding out that I went to a certain place and didn't ask permission. hehe.
Above all, a million thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to experience these exciting adventures and for keeping me safe everytime I travel.

Let's bring it on again next year guys! :)

Around 6:00 P.M. today, someTHING has just turned 1 year old and that's no other than...
My BFF, BRUUUUNNNNOOOOOO!!! <3
Weeeeeeeee parteeeee parteeeee!!!

I never thought that I already spent 1 year with my Bruno. It was like I just bought him the other day. Hehehe. As a tribute to my beloved camera, I listed his top 5 best shots (according to my taste) since the day he was born:

5. Bacolod Smile

On my way to Bacolod City, there's this interesting child that called my attention.
I didn't get him at first, but I think he wants me to take a picture of him. And so,
I took one shot and voila, it was perfect and cute.


4. Inocenti De Ti


Taken during our recent trip in Malapascua Island, this picture of a child symbolizes innocence.
This child was all messed up and dirty when I saw him at the sidewalk playing with a little kitten.
I immediately took a shot and the child just stared at Bruno like saying, "what is this thing doing to me?"
I think that this picture is epic. (weh?)
3. Battle in the Heavens


This awesome battle was taken at my trip in Dapitan City.
It was like the battle of the good and the evil forces at the heavens above.
 I love this picture! hehe... (Gotta love your own eh?)

2. Too Much Drama


Too much love can kill you, but too much drama can't. Hahaha.
Tagaytay is a very very nice place which makes it a perfect place to make-emote2x and drama2x... Hahaha!


1. Epic Sunset


This sunset was taken at Samboan Beach, Cebu.
While trying hard to take an epic picture of the sunset, this child came suddenly into the picture and threw a rock at the sea like he's wishing for something - just perfect for an epic sunset picture. :)

Thank you Bruno for accompanying me in my exciting adventures and trips this year.
Thanks for keeping and preserving those exciting, sad, happy and memorable moments. 
I promise I will buy you something from your wishlist next year since I was a bit short this year. Hehe.
I'm looking forward for more fun, exciting, sweet and memorable shots with you... <3