Here comes 2015. The year that I am hoping will change the tide for me. So far, it’s good. So far, I haven’t done much for the change to come. It’s okay. What’s not quite on track, is the poem that I’m about to publish. It’s entitled Indifferent. I wrote Indifferent on the 23rd of January, 2015.
Dinalian lang ni. Started at 10:30PM of December 31. Finished quite close to midnight. LOL
My 2014 was a rather passive one. It had its moments of joy. It had its moments of sorrow. If 2014 was an episode in a TV series, one could consider this to be a filler episode either preparing for something grand to come or just simply being a filler. In recent memory, of course, have been 2013 and 2012. 2013 served as the start of yours truly taking responsibility and delving into the world of work. It was then when I started having that kind of relationship in which, for a moment, I thought this could be it. Of course, I found out the hard way mid 2014 that it wasn’t the case. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though.
[tabs slidertype=”top tabs”] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]2013[/tabtext] [tabtext]2012[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Again, 2013 was the year wherein I started taking more responsibility and started exercising semi-independence from my parents. It’s due time that I do so, since I’m 23. My parents are somewhat clingy though which is understandable since I’m their only kiddo. It served as the start of something big – did it get anywhere? [/tab] [tab]Let’s flashback a little more. Yep. 2012. In 2012, my little daughter Yannah Claire was born. The relationship that I had with her mother was doomed for failure. It just didn’t want to work out. Our beliefs, outlook and ideals in life just wouldn’t align. It was a true mismatch, and despite all that, I’m thankful to have had Yannah Claire after all. [/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]
[box type=”info”] How does all these stuff relate to 2014? Well, 2012 had its major event in the birth of Yannah Claire, 2013 served as the year where I took a bit more responsibility in the family and started becoming more independent… In 2014… Oh well… In 2014…[/box]
[learn_more caption=”2014″] The year started out bright. I was in love. I was in a great relationship. Everything was just perfect. As the saying goes, however, all good things must come to an end. Our relationship has reached a rock bottom just before our first year anniversary and despite efforts of salvaging what was left, it ended up to be an unfixable mess. I’m not mad about it. I’m thankful. Thankful that I had someone nurture me for over a year. Someone who built me up. Someone who sticked around until it was just not plausible anymore. The best kind of boyfriend/girlfriend are the ones who teach you how to live without them — and she did. Of course, I cried a river of tears after our breakup… but it was rather inevitable. 2014 was the year where I just had to experience a major setback and fight myself back alone. Equipped with all the lessons that I’ve learned, the confidence that was rebuilt in me, and of course, with my newfound friends in #3J, it felt like anything was possible. Again, I’m getting ahead of myself. [/learn_more]
[tabs slidertype=”top tabs”] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]MARCH[/tabtext] [tabtext]June[/tabtext] [tabtext]July[/tabtext] [tabtext]August[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]
I received my second Postpaid Plan. A 50/50 agreement with me and my mother. My first (and still active) Postpaid plan is with Globe, a Load Tipid 500 plan. The second plan that I’ve got is with Smart however. After the messy stricter implementation of Globe’s data-capping affecting Postpaid subscribers, I decided to make the #SmartChoice over to the other network… and it was the best choice Iv’e ever made. I’m sporting the Smart LTE Unlisurf 1500 Plan (iPhone 5C) and it’s the best kind of Internet experience that I’ve had. Oh, and it’s truly unlimited too.
For the second time in my measly life, I’ve received a cake that did not come from my parents. It was awesome. But hey, let’s fast forward on that now, shall we?
In June, I decided to go back to school. I told myself, I want to finish my course ASAP and I had a really well start into my first trimester back at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao’s IT Department. Aside from taking my classes serious (with lots of 1s) I was also re-elected as officer of the I.T Community, le Vice President!
I celebrated my anniversary with my ex in this month yadayadayada…
Fuck. Midway July, that perfect relationship ended. A lot of factors led to the breakup… I don’t want to talk about it anymore. Enough with the finger pointing and with the blame game. It’s done, and I’m glad that it happened so. Even though I was somewhat dying inside at that time, I managed to get over it within a month. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I guess.
One thing that amazed me even more about this is the fact that I did not lose interest in attending classes. I continued with my classes and finished with good remarks. Cheers for that.
GERMANY FUCKED THE BRAINS OUT OF BRAZIL, BEATING THEM AT HOME, AT THE BELA HORIZONTE 7:1 IN ONE OF THE MOST HISTORIC AND EPIC FOOTBALL GAMES OF OUR GENERATION. OF COURSE, IT WAS ONLY LOGICAL FOR THEM TO WIN THE WORLD CUP AS WELL. 🙂 #GG
[/tab] [tab]#3J – after the said breakup, I was able to socialize more with people that were off limits to me before. A fling here and there… but more importantly, the coming together of #3J. We started out in the weirdest way possible. The three of us started becoming friends because I had a crush on Alyssa’s friend and thus befriended her… then came Jonas.. and poof, it became #3J. [/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]
[box type=”warning”] Oh Coffee. I could go on and on and on and on about this girl. I’ll keep it short here though, since it’s already quite a long flashback. Coffee is my current girlfriend. I love her. I don’t want to be too cheesy about her here publicly letting the world know about how much I love her. Let’s leave it at that, I love her a lot… and next year’s flashback will be full of our memories, moments and escapades! <3[/box]
To sum it up, 2014 has been a decent year. It wasn’t notably EPIC but it wasn’t bad either. I had worse years. I’m thankful because I’ve become more socially active. I’ve started removing my antisocial attitude. I have a supportive girlfriend now who really pours lot of vacant time unto me when possible. I have made great friends in Jonas and Alyssa. What else could I ask for? 2015 will be a big year. I call dibs on 2015 being my year at last.
WORST MOMENTS OF 2014:
- Bayern Munich getting routed by Real Madrid 4:0
- The Worst Breakup Ever – it was close to the middle of the night. I came over to the apartment where we lived. My things were all ready and packed. We hugged. We said our goodbyes and I rushed out of the apartment carrying all my clothes and things and leaving behind all the good and bad memories with mere 20 pesos in hand.
- Frequent Fights at Home – My Parents have fought quite a lot this year… right up to the end of 2014.
EPIC MOMENTS OF 2014:
- Going back to school
- Germany routing Brazil 7:1 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi Finals
- #SAS beating Miami
- Germany winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a goal by Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Götze against Argentina
- My first LTE Plan by SMART
- My only Christmas gift this year (make that the second Christmas gift since I also got a jacket from Coffee): Bracelet from #3J Alyssa – first time that I got something aside from a girlfriend. LOL. (Heck even my parents don’t have something for me)
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! LET’S HOPE FOR A BETTER AND BRIGHTER 2015!
The Annual PWC Leadership Training initiated by our school’s Office of Student Affairs was the first Leadership Training that I’ve ever attended. It was a truly remarkable experience for me, it was truly a first of its kind. I’m still quite overwhelmed by all the good vibes I’ve brought home with me from the said event.
At first, I thought that I was quite out of place. I’ve only returned to study this school year, and even though I was blessed to be the Vice President of the PWC IT Club, it still seemed like I didn’t quite fit into the picture. Everything has changed.
Finally, I’ve connected with fellow student (leaders) of my High School Alma Mater and my current College.
Editors Note: The place was quite nostalgic. This was were we had our Fourth Year High School Retreat when I studied at PWC.
Day 1 started off just how you’d expect a first day to start, it wasn’t quite significant as the following day, it did, however, serve as a good starting point for the next days activities. During the first day, we learned more about ourselves and about each other. It’s pivotal that you learn more about yourself first in order to become a more efficient and effective leader, whilst it’s of course, also important to get to know your fellow colleagues and as well as constituents more. Despite some tearjerking stories of my fellow group mates, we still managed to end our quite intimate sharing of our lives on a high note. We laughed, we had fun. It almost felt like we’ve known each other for some time. Well, one of my group mates has been my classmate during my Junior and Senior High School Years at PWC.
The Epic Day 2
Day 2 started with most of us being quite groggy and still offbeat. We had loads of discussion and sharing after our sessions with the facilitators back in our rooms before we went to bed. Logically, we didn’t quite get up on the right foot on day 2.
Our Facilitators, most notably Geber, the facilitator assigned to our team, Team Natural have really hyped the second day to be the most exciting, enjoy and yet exhausting and physically taxing one. Jeez, they were spot on with that.
The second activity has really pushed some of my teammates’ patience to its limits. The task may sounds simple, but we barely made it. We had to bring a Hula-Hoop down with the use of just two fingers apiece without detaching our fingers from the Hula Hoop. It was a tough call, really, and while some started to get upset, it was really understandable. All of us wanted to finish the activity on a high note. Nobody wanted to give in. Even though the odds did not seem in our favor in that particular activity, it was great how everyone was still so cooperative, positive and energetic.
When managing a team, you really need to have a lot of patience. You need to have good communication with your fellow officers/leaders and of course, with your constituents. Let’s not forget also, that no man is an island. Everyone has to do his or her part.
The Race to 100
There was one activity wherein everyone has really shown their competitive side. Well, almost everyone. Save for one who has really thought it through. Our group was actually leading in the game, where we had to haul the most number of balls as possible — or that’s what we thought. We were merely one round away from walking away as champions when one of the other groups approached us. A girl from another group, in particular, was wondering whether we’ve all got the mechanics of the game right. For her, the instructions, although rather vague, had a little twist. All of us, together, had to cooperate, and instead of rumbling for the most number of balls, place our Hula-Hoops over the place where all 100 balls were stacked. She justified that the instructions merely said that we should all get, if possible, 100 balls… and the only way to achieve this would be by everyone cooperating.
Kudos to my teammates and the other teams who were still in contention to win first place if the smash and rumble had gone on for the fifth and final round. Kudos because, even though it had a slight hint of being a trick, everyone agreed to it. No more students got wounded, or scratched or kicked in the hyper competitive rumble in the middle of the pitch. Instead, all of us have won. I find it awesome that we didn’t realize the true instructions right away, because in this way, groups who were leading have shown that despite their competitiveness, they’re willing to give it up for the greater good of everyone else.
I could go on and talk about the other activities we’ve had, like the Nuclear Wall (where one of our teammates got injured when she fell) or the Mysterious Maze, however, the lesson of these activities are still very similar to the learnings of the previous one. So, let me go straight ahead to the most epic activity which also concluded our Leadership Training.
The Epic Finale
If you think about it, the instructions for our finale were quite simple.
All we had to do was pass along a few balls using half-cut pipes and have them safely delivered to the other end – without dropping them. Acting out the instructions was anything but easy. In no time, we’ve already dropped two balls that have somewhat upset our facilitators. It was only with the third and fourth ball that we really got our game together.
I didn’t quite follow how the third ball fared because I was more focused on the fourth ball of ours. Our setup was simple, Whoever was carrying the ball on his or her pipe had to have people on both sides to support him or her if in case the ball moves towards either side. To go on with the game, the ball had to proceed to our right. Yet, there was one moment when our fourth ball, and thus the third of five balls, had almost fallen down to the ground. The incident happened at one of the short corners near an elevated platform. The support of the next one carrying the ball has already left to prepare the line ahead of us. Unfortunately, it also meant that no one was there to support the next one. While the one carrying the ball didn’t pay attention to the ball, and instead glanced over to her right to check the position of the next pipe, the ball exited the leftmost exit of her pipe… jeeez, and that’s when my contribution came in. I was about to head towards the head of the line because I have already finished my job near the tail a few pipes earlier. Luckily, I didn’t leave the scene and managed to catch the falling ball with my pipe. It was so clutch. Sorry for the word, but it was really so fucking clutch. It felt good. It felt good because I have finally felt being needed and because I have finally done my important contribution. Of course, everybody has contributed in his or her own way, but it wasn’t until this moment that I really got involved with it all. It was epic.
Once again, like how I’ve done a handful of times on Facebook already, I’d like to thank and congratulate everyone involved with the Leadership Training of PWC. From the Office of Student Affairs, down to the instructors present, to the facilitators, to our very own Geber, to my fellow teammates and of course to all the other leaders who were part of this epic event.
Here I’m hoping that everyone took home some good vibes, some good learnings, some new friends and more. 🙂
PS: Team Natural, let’s not forget ha, Geber invited us over to her place some time. Adto ta pag kanang gutom ta? hahaha!