A Look Back at 2012

A LOOK BACK AT 2012

What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
.:: Anti-Gravity Yoga
.:: become a teacher
.:: ran a 10k race

Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
.:: As much as possible, I did, though I lost track of some along the year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
.:: Not in my close circle though but a lot of people from the office and my friend Shierlly got pregnant

Did anyone close to you die?
.:: Thankfully again no-one too close.

What countries did you visit?
.:: Seoul, South Korea

What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
.:: A Boyfriend

What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory?
.:: Nov 5-8 – AGY Teacher Training

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
.:: AGY Teacher Training
.:: Bida Kapamilya

What was your biggest failure?
.:: gaining a lot of weight
.:: not completing my blog entries and Year in photos project

Did you suffer illness or injury?
.:: Thankfully nothing major

What was the best thing you bought?
.:: patron tickets to Maroon 5
.:: my trolley

.:: all those AGY memberships

Whose behavior merited celebration?
.:: Myself.
.:: My family and friends!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
.:: Myself still in a lot of aspects

Where did most of your money go?
.:: Yoga – and anything related
.:: the condo
.:: Cotton on

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
.:: Anti-Gravity Yoga Teacher Training
.:: all my trips
.:: spending time with friends and loved ones

What songs will always remind you of 2012?
.:: Oppa Gangnam Style
Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? – happier
ii. thinner or fatter? – fatter
iii. richer or poorer? – poorer

What do you wish you’d done more?
.:: explored more possibilities with work
.:: read books
.:: kept in touch with friends

What do you wish you’d done less of?
.:: smoking

How did you spend Christmas?
.:: Christmas Eve at Home, Christmas Day with the Calingo’s and Ramirez’s

How many one-night stands?
.:: None

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
.:: None

What was the best book you read?
.:: Hunger Games

What were your greatest musical discoveries?
.:: Muse
.:: The XX

What did you want and get?
.:: Fitter Body
.:: New places to travel

.:: New Hobby/Passion

What was your favorite film of this year?
.:: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Pitch Perfect, The Dark Knight, Argo

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
.:: 29. Series of birthday celebrations with different groups.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
.:: A BOYFRIEND

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
.:: a little bit more dressed down. With my new found passion for yoga, I was more into leggings and pants

What kept you sane?
.:: Family and friends
.:: My travels
.:: My blogs/journals
.:: Yoga

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
.:: Adam Levine

What political issue stirred you the most?

.:: In truth, I really can’t remember a lot of things political this year

Who did you miss?

.:: a lot of people whom I haven’t been in touch with lately

Who was the best new person you met?
.:: My AGY Teachers and Tropang Macho/Secret Ange;s

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012
.:: Presence.
.:: You Only Live Once

Did you fall in love in 2012?

.:: Of course, with life!

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Standing in the hall of fame

And the world’s gonna know your name

Cause you burn with the brightest flame

And the world’s gonna know your name

And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

~Hall of Fame, The Script

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The Year That Was 2012

As with tradition, I always like spending the last day of the year recapping the year that was. And this year is no different.

The year 2012 has been one amazing year. Its probably due to the belief the world was supposed to end last December 21, 2012 according to the ancient Mayans, that has driven me (and perhaps a lot of other people) to “party like its the end of the world”. The slogan “You Only Live Once” has been a main mantra for the year thus resulting to one helluva rollercoaster ride.

FLY HIGH

The one highlight for me this 2012 was probably that this is the year when I took flight. Last April 2012, I discovered a love for flying and being suspended in the air. This was the time I discovered Anti-Gravity Yoga. Our love affair began during the end of April where I wanted to try out something new in line with losing weight and focusing on my health. I fell in love with it right away and have not looked back since.

What began as a weekly exercise, has led me into enrolling into teacher training in November where I spent 7 weeks training and teaching this exercise. My journey also led me to meeting the most amazing friends and mentors you can ever ask for.

IN FITNESS AND IN HEALTH

This discovery has been in line with pursuit of having my health and fitness as one of my top priorities for the year. I was at my heaviest this year, bordering 150lbs and already considered obese.

I enrolled in a health program called the TRA for 60 days where they taught me proper nutrition and eating habits and my life has changed since. Now as I write this, I have already lost about 10lbs already (give or take a good day, since its the holidays) and looking forward to losing more next year.

I am also at my fittest body yet. With my training with yoga, anti-gravity yoga and participations in races, my body has become stronger and flexible. I can do a lot of yoga poses already, including a handstand (but still needs a lot of work) and have starting running 10k races with improved scores every time. My mind in turn also benefitted from it as well as I am not too anxious anymore.

BIDA BEST

This year marks my 7th year with the company I have been with since I graduated from college and my second year in the Kids’ platform, making it the longest stint I’ve had since I’ve started. This year, the platform has already been established and made a name for itself with the launch of the Bida Best Kid, this station’s kiddie campaign. This led to major projects from some of our top advertisers.

NEW DISCOVERIES AND REVISITS

It has also been a good year for travel, but most of the traveling I did was local and a lot were for work. I did a lot of revisiting local places in the Philippines I’ve already been to like Cebu, Davao, Palawan and Cagayan De Oro.

And also discovered new places to love such as surfing in La Union and enjoying the sights and culture of South Korea!

LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL

This is probably the year where I’ve seen the most concerts ever. 2012 was just teeming with artists flying over here and a lot of them are really big names at that like Elton John, Sting and Jennifer Lopez. But the ones I’ve went to this year were: Katy Perry, Sergio Mendez, Lady Gaga, NKOTBSB and Maroon 5.

NKTOBSB and Maroon 5 were so far my favorites for the year as I really enjoyed dancing and singing to these two acts and so worth the money spent!

DESIGN OF A DECADE

2012 also marks the end of my twenties. And with it came a decade of amazing and fulfilling self-discoveries. It has been a decade of growth, adventure, learnings and awakenings.

I never expected that I would be here where I am today. To be working for a dream company, to be a teacher, own my own car and my own home.

The journey wasn’t easy, many tears, blood and sweat have been shed in this journey to discover myself.

TO THE FUTURE

The journey doesn’t end here. Like what the Mayans have predicted, it is not the end of the world.  A new day has dawn and a new year is coming.

Next year I will be venturing off to a new age and a new decade, I devote more time to further discover myself and this time, to expand my world in involving others. These involves changes like moving away from home and taking on responsibilities, accepting a mentoring role such as a supervisory position at work and further pursuing a teaching career. And also finally stepping into new relationships, wether its with a partner, or even my own family.

The future shines bright for 2013 and I look forward to spending it with all of you.

A blessed New Year to everyone! Thank you for the wonderful experience of 2012 and thank you for being who you are to me!

2012 in review from Word Press :)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Project 365: August 2012 Recap

On my 8th month already and still going strong!

Here are my photos for August:

June Photo A Day Challenge List

For those who are interested in joining in the fun of taking a themed photograph every day, here is the June Photo Day Challenge list from @fatmumslim:

Please tag #photoadaymay on twitter or on instagram. For instructions, please see this link from FMS herself.

May Photo A Day Challenge List

For those who are interested in joining in the fun of taking a themed photograph every day, here is the May Photo A Day Challenge list from @fatmumslim:

Please tag #photoadaymay on twitter or on instagram. Click on the picture or to the link below for instructions on how to play from FMS herself 🙂

Happy Leap Year Day!

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that’s the time
When February’s Days are twenty-nine

As this famous nursery rhyme goes, this 2012, we are celebrating a leap year, where in one extra day is added in February every four years.

I think its wonderful to have something like this because its like an extra day to celebrate being alive 🙂