Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here we go again. 'Tis the time of the year to post a summary of what happened to my not-so-interesting life of the year that's about to end.

2013 was a year full of learnings and wisdom. This year, I was able to experience a lot of major first times and hell yeah, pain, sorrows and tears filled my year but I'm still thankful for all of them.
Most of those experiences may be unpleasant, but hey I'm still alive and stronger than ever and I'm ready to close this memorable chapter. I'm proud to say that I'm still a happy person inside and out despite emotional disasters, and I have to give the credits for that to my family and friends who are always there for me through good and bad. :*

If you might ask, I don't want to enumerate all of the major things that happened to me this year one by one but instead, I wanna share to you my future plans for a better year ahead.

Blogging. I find it therapeutic to read my previous blog posts so I really would want to have at least one blog entry per month next year. This year, I've been very lazy even if I had a lot of vacant time.

Traveling. This year, I was able to go to other countries for the first time in my whole life and it was really memorable and enjoyable and it was really crazy like I already miss Hongkong and Macau right now!!! huhuhu. But after that trip, it was like I had major financial struggles and it was kinda traumatic so I think, I'm going to pass with all the trips next year. Therefore, traveling is not a priority in 2014. :)

Savings. This is one of the struggles that I have not yet survived. I really want to save a lot this year and invest for my future. I'm not getting any younger so I have to be careful with my decisions about money in a more mature way. I think that being stable financially is one of the keys for a better future so I gotta work on this a little bit harder.

Career. Next year,  my contract with the company I am working with right now will soon end and after that, I really really really don't know if I would stay or go. Stay or go? Stay or go? Aaargggh! Opportunities may come like a burning fire so I am like in a real dilemma right now. A mediocre-paying job here in the Philippines or a greener pasture abroad? Or should I pursue my budding singing career? bahahaha. :))

Family. Who do you live for? Well right now, my answer to that question is my family. Although I didn't get to spend a lot of time with them this year, they're still the reason why I continue to be the best person that I am right now because it is with them that I can get unconditional love.

Friends. I have all the best friends in life and I could not ask for more. This year, I've been very actively spending a lot of time with them, to the point that I'm really attaching myself to them. I just realized that friends really do come and go, and maybe it would be very hard and painful for me to separate ways especially if I have attached myself to them. Next year, a lot of close friends are making a big step of their lives and maybe me too, and that could come as a surprise so...

Happiness. This year was a tough year for me in pursuit of true happiness. I realized that in everything I do, happiness should be the basis and even though sometimes, the search for true happiness is tough, and I'm led to the wrong path, I'll still look for happiness and contentment for all of my life. After all, life is not about being rich or poor, good-looking or ugly, intelligent or dull, it's just all about happiness. :)

Love. I really don't talk about this in public, only to a chosen few. But hey, I'm 24 and I'm not an abnormal person. It's normal to love and yes I have loved a person that much that I kinda' lost myself. Now I'm back on the right track and  fortunately, I was able to save our friendship. Now we're really good friends and that's what's important. I'm ready to close that chapter now and yeah I just wanna love myself more this time. :)

#newme2014. This will be my driving force and official mantra for 2014. Do you have yours?

So, why did I call this year an awesome year amidst the physical, emotional, psychological (name it !) disasters? Simple. Because life is awesome. It may be a topsy turvy year for me but it's awesome that I got to taste the best of both worlds right? haha. Cheers for a more beautiful and happy life this year! Love lots, Ryan. :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hollaaaaah! It's already May - one of my most favourite month.
Now, since this month is special to me, I want to make it more special
by capturing every precious, memorable and remarkable moments through
my "May Photo Challenge"!

You may have heard this before, or you may know some people who do this,
but my mechanics would be, take a picture everyday, write something about it
and post it on Facebook. Easy. So it's 31 pictures for this month!

Right now, I have a lot of themes running in my mind already, like something blue, green or
red, or something happy, something sad, something delicious, something creative,
something funny, something sexy, something wild or something innocent... hahaha
Jeeeez! I'm really laughing right now!
But everything will be random of course!
The picture will depend on the happenings on that particular day of May.
Note that the picture need not to be of the highest quality like I can use Bruno, ryPhone, ryPad or any other gadgets to capture that elusive moment.
The photo should be posted not later than 11:59:59pm of that day or else,
I'll be eternally damned for this epic fail challenge.

Oh yeah, I'm excited for this one! So, let's keep this rollin'! :D

Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's a lazy Sunday. I woke up with the neighbor's annoying radio playing the usual bisaya songs played every Sunday. So I grabbed ryTouch and played the album length Babel by Mumford and Sons. That made me feel better. And it came over me, oh it's already February! One month down for 2013 and I don't even have a single blog post. I think it's not too late to post a blog for January though. Let me list hmm... maybe 5 memorable things that happened the previous month.

5. JLPT Results
This was epic fail. The results for December 2012 exam was posted online last January 31 but a password is needed for me to view my test results. Guess what, I didn't put any password on my voucher during application! Dafuq! Now my agony of waiting is prolonged since I can only view my score card via snail mail which will arrive probably on the first week of March. I'm still on the process of accepting the soon-to-be-sad reality: I'm never gonna ever pass JLPT. I'll just have to accept that fact. :'(
Gone were the days when nihongo is served for my breakfast.

4. Booted Out

I'm booted out from my current project B because my Java skill is needed for another upcoming project. B Project is the best project I've ever had. Everything is perfect, from the project itself, to my project leader and to my co-team member but yeah it's time to say goodbye. 6 months of vacation is already enough. It's time to wake up and face again the harshness of this industry. That's rather sad. :(
But hell yeah, I'm excited for another milestone in my career! This better be good. :)

3. Nihongo Speech Contest

Two of my closest friends participated in the 11th Annual Nihongo Speech contest. It doesn't matter if they win or lose, they are still the champions in our hearts. #tsarlots.

General rehearsal at the Nihongo room.

Vhenjo, Karlo, Wittzu and Hino Sensei during the 11th Annual Nihongo Speech Contest.
The ever supporting friends. :)

2. New Year's Day
New Year's Day is no doubt my most favourite holiday of all because during this day, all I ever think of is happiness, celebration, food, prosperity, cheerfulness, liveliness, energy, vivacity (name it!) to start the year right off.

Me, Maming and Inday before eating Media Noche.
Would you believe if I'd say I cooked all of these?

1. Sinulog 2013

This was one of my best Sinulog ever! Spending the festivities with my closest friends made this Sinulog a real blast! As a bonus,  I was able to complete the 9 novenas for Sto. NiƱo although in 8 out of 9 masses, I was late hahaha! But I was able to arrive during Gozos so I think it's already counted. Hahaha. We did a lot of crazy stuffs like having uniform Sinulog tshirt, having our faces painted by Accenture (competitor company), staying at our boarding house during the weekend and a whole lot more. Just check out some of our best pictures:

Squatting in the streets. That's Sinulog!

My favourite float during the mardi gras.

One of the Sinulog Free Interpretation contingent.

Best in Uniform eh?

Based on the happenings the previous month, I can say that I'm off to a good year.
I hope this would be consistent until December. Thanks January for being good to me.
More happiness to come! :)