This Year I Am Thankful For

Thursday, December 31, 2015


I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2015 and I’m sitting here in front of my computer, typing another year-end post. It seems like it was only yesterday that I published The Best of 2014 in a Playlist and yet here I am again. Cliche line, yes, but the feeling is very real. 
Oh c’est la vie! There’s nothing much we can do about it. Time is on full speed. And having known this, we focus too much on things like submitting an assignment, passing a subject, getting a degree, or getting a job with good pay. We oftentimes forget to sit down, take a tip through memory lane, and realize how amazing and beautiful this life is. 
This is one of those times. 
As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve rounded up a few things that I am grateful for this year. And gosh, most of it made me realize how much “growing up” I did.
This year, I am thankful for...

Friends who became like family

My senior year in college has been bearable and it’s all because of the people in my batch that I’ve grown close with. From internship blues to worrying about thesis and passing our major subjects  — we’ve lived through all the obstacles we faced so far. And we’ll definitely get through the ones coming to us when school resumes. 
I never really thought I’d be close with these girls. Then I got to know them and realized that they’re as weird as I am. Each one of us is crazy and strange in our own way, which I think somehow it keeps everyone sane. 
Thank you, squids, for the bond that we made this year. I wish it will stay strong as time passes by. More coffee time and road trips please! :)

The Internship

Team Cebu in our first apartment
Speaking of internship, I am beyond grateful for the experiences (both the good and the bad) I had last summer. It made me realize the unbelievable hard work that journalists do for informing people. Their career isn’t glamorous most of the time and yet they still stick with it. Indeed, journalism isn’t a mere job. It requires a lot of passion and determination. 
Also, the internship helped me get to know myself better. I learned that good things really does come to people who are brave and strong enough to go through difficulties. Damn. That was one incredible summer and I’ll be forever grateful for it. 

First Times

Swam with the gentle giants in Oslob,Cebu this year
Aside from living away from home for the first time, one of my favorite first times this year was when I swam with whale sharks during the labor day weekend with my fellow interns. 
It was everyone’s first time to head to the southern part of Cebu. The experience was totally worth the long trip and the money that we spent. The whale sharks were huge and harmless. It was also cool that the guides were very friendly and took quite a lot of underwater photographs of us. 
After swimming with the whale sharks, we enjoyed South Cebu’s beaches with white powdery sand. It was indeed paradise. Recalling how great that weekend was makes me wish I was typing this entry in the beach right now. 

Road Trip

All smiles in Lake Apo, Valencia City
Another one of my favorite first times this 2015 was the long weekend road trip that my college friends had last July. We didn’t do a lot of planning and we only talked about it two weeks before our departure. It rained cats and dogs on our first day and we got lost a little, which made the entire trip an unforgettable experience. 
My favorite part of the trip was when we visited Lake Apo in Valencia City. It felt so surreal. It was like stepping into a location that I’ve only seen in Hollywood movies. The place was utterly beautiful. No doubt about it because the One who made it is the Ultimate Artist ;)

Opportunities

This year, I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities not only in blogging but also in photography. Though school has been taking up so much of time, I’m still grateful that I had the time to spend in bettering myself. I’ve written, made photographs, struggled to learn the basics of lettering and water coloring, and volunteered in a Mind Museum event this year. 
Thank you, Universe!

Old Friends

My high school girl friends have been such a big part of my life since I’ve met them (almost) eight years ago. The different responsibilities we had to deal with this year (graduation, board exams, getting a job, etc), we didn’t get to hang out as often as we would like to. Nevertheless, my heart is still fat with so much gratitude for the time we spent together this year no matter how brief it was. 
I hope in 2016 all of us in the group will go on more adventures. Complete dapat ha! :D  
Concerts
Watching and singing along to Franco live was definitely one of this year’s highlights
This year, I’m thankful to have witnessed two awesome Pinoy rock bands play live in the city. It was my first time to see Franco and I appreciate the passion they put into their music. The bar was filled with so much energy and I loved basking in it. There’s something about the energy in rock concerts that puts me in such a good mood. 
Aside from Franco, I’ve seen Kamikazee play live for probably the very last time. After 14 crazy years in the music industry, they have decided to close that chapter in their lives and focus more on their families. I grew up listening to their music because of the influence of my brother so that night was quite emotional for me. 
I still think nothing beats Pinoy rock concerts like the ones I’ve attended this year. I hope in 2016, I’d see UDD and all other Pinoy bands play live. 
School
Journ peeps during our city tour
Okay maybe school doesn’t suck so much. I realized this when I listened to stories from people I know who have graduated last March. Most of them wished they were still in school and advised me to be present in every moment. 
So okay, I’m grateful for both the crazy lows and highs this school year has brought. From the thesis to the community radio broadcasting and all the other school activities —  these things were bloody but it all made me realize tons of things not only about the people I’m surrounded with but also myself. 

2015 was, as what I’ve always said in the previous year end posts, one heck of a crazy ride. So many things were learned and unlearned. So many people have come and gone. So many first times and last times. All the bad and the good have come together to make this year amazing. 
So for the next year that is coming in about a few more hours, I’d like to share Neil Gaiman’s words to wish all of you another great year:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Well done everyone! I’m giving out a cyber hug to each one of you for living through 2015. Cheers!

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