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Farewell 2016. Hello 2017.

2016 in Pictures

2016 was a well-rounded year full of dramas, achievements, happy and sad moments.

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It’s hard to sum up such an eventful year in merely 12 pictures. It was really a great year.

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My father returned to the Philippines following his medical treatment back home in Germany.

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Girlfriend celebrated her 24th birthday, with the second ever bouquet I’ve given to someone (and yes, she was also the first one to receive a bouquet from me.)

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We went to Jacksridge and hung out with some of her friends (before they buried us in their memory some time May, but that’s another story).

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we’ve also had frequent trips to Samal early into 2016, again with friends who would bury is about a month later in their memories. :p

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May was rather eventful. My half-sister from Cebu came over and had her vacation in Davao City, of course Semarfe and I accommodated her. Other happenings in this month: my mother got confined and I lost my iPhone 5c.

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Yannah Claire gets enrolled at the Ateneo de Davao University – Nursery. Also in this month: I return to class for one last school year. Got elected as Supreme Student Council Officer. Celebrated my birthday on June 13.

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In July I scored my first ever competitive victory, joining and winning my first Extemporaneous Competition – not just locally, but on a national level.

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In August, Pokemon Go came and conquered – and just as quickly went away again. Also in this month, I got chosen as the Outstanding Information Technology Student for School Year 2016-2017 thanks to my aforementioned extemporaneous competition win in July. Other things in this month: Semarfe and I had fun celebrating Kadayawan. Late into the month, my mother got hospitalized. Again.

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My mother got hospitalized again, this time on a slightly serious note. Also in this month, I got elected as Officer of the Davao Digital Influencers. We had our official launching as #teamDDI, and not to forget was our Economics paper defense where I have laid eyes on our paper THE FIRST TIME just as I was about to defend it. LOL.

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In October, Semarfe had some of her classmates come over to our village to prepare and act-out a play required for their class.

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In November I did badly in a city-wide extemporaneous contest only to become First Runner Up in a controversial National Extemporaneous Competition in Baguio City. It was a great experience that I’ve had with fellow students and our dearest OSA head. Thank you so much for the inspiration, words of wisdom and encouragements!

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In December, of course, we prepared for the Christmas season. I spent new year’s at my girlfriends place (half asleep because I was fcking drunk) all in all, it was a great month to cap off 2016 which one of the better years that I have had in the Philippines. Here’s to more great experiences in 2017!

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1 Year of Coffee

We write the 6th of December; the day that this relationship of mine with Semarfe Dela Cruz is turning 1 year old. I wrote earlier about this new girl that I have in my life. And here I am, months later, still together with that same person.

It’s been a while again since I last blogged. I know, it’s become habitual of me to commit to this problem. There isn’t much that I can say here, aside from just writing that we’ve reached our first anniversary of hopefully many more to come.

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A love that has changed my ways

My dearest Coffee could potentially be the first girl that I will bring to two family fiestas. Usually, I’d either be without a girlfriend in January or bring a new girl every year to the fiesta. This love has truly changed me in many ways. It changed how I think about love. It made me more mature. It made me appreciate the small things in life.

We started out on a very rocky path. The first couple of months, I was uncertain whether the relationship would last or not. I’m glad I decided to stick around. I’m glad that she decided to stick around. Looking back at the first year of our relationship, it was well worth it. All the struggles, all the fights, all the heartaches and problems cannot match the joyful moments that we have shared in these first set of 365 days.

I’m looking forward to our second year together. And yes, I’ll say it again, I’m looking forward to maybe blog more frequently here too.

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If I were to write about my girlfriend

Usually, writing about whoever I’m in a relationship with at any given time doesn’t end well. That’s why, generally, I’ve steered clear from writing anything about my current relationship (and the one prior that). It makes me wonder… what would I write here, if I were to write about my girlfriend?

I mean, what harm could it bring? It’s my personal blog after all. It’s a tiny little measly blog that merely makes any traffic. It’s a blog that sees as many visitors in a month that it used to see on a single morning. That sucks. Nonetheless though, let’s not get too far away from the point… what if I were to write about my girlfriend?

Maybe I’d start off emphasizing how happy I am in my current relationship. It sounds cliche and shit, but really, I’ve never been this happy in a relationship. It’s simply great. At first, of course, it was a rather rocky and roller coaster ride (which it still occasionally is) but there’s none of the freak shit happening anymore. Of course, I won’t delve deeper into that stuff.

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At any rate, if I were to write about my girlfriend, I’d probably write about how beautiful she is. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Seriously though, she isn’t only pretty on the outside, but deep within, beyond the thick skin full of emotionless BS, there lies a pure soul, a pure heart that really cares and loves. She often has her guard up high, but slowly, I’ve managed to dig beyond that thick skin of hers and get deep down into her heart and soul. She’s an amazing woman. I never expected that we would be the kind of couple that we are right now. We fully trust each other, we fight ridiculously about some lousy shit, but we always find a way back — almost immediately.

If I were to write about my girlfriend, I’d point out some of the trademark qualities that our relationship is built on. For one, there’s trust of course, second, loyalty… yet something that not all relationship gets to have (well, at least the bad ones) is that friendship comes first. We find a way to not only be a boyfriend and girlfriend towards each other, but a good friend who knows how to listen and who knows how to dish out advice and some hilarious insults (in a friendly way of course) at times. Things that usually only people within a barkada would do. It’s great to have a girlfriend and bestfriend girl-friend in one.

If I were to write about my girlfriend, I’d let you in, one of our secrets. The secret that she hasn’t even remotely considered me as an ideal partner back then. Of course, love has found a way, and like I said, I managed to get under her skin and closer to her heart. According to her, I’m even closer to her heart and even more loved than she has loved any other guy before. That’s some huge statement. That’s heavy. If it’s true, that I cannot tell. I’m not Semarfe Dela Cruz to answer that. I’m Georg Kevin Paquet. My mission isn’t to find out every little thought roaming her mind, but making sure that she’s well taken care of and loved that one day… I’d get to change her last name.

If I were to write about my girlfriend… One thing is for sure… I could go on and on and still miss the point. So, let’s not miss the point… Okay?

If I were to write about her, one thing I’d tell you is… I really love this girl. We’ve been traveling around. We’ve been creating a lot of beautiful memories together. We spend time together making each other better and not wearing each other down. There’s mutual understanding going on. Our relationship has become so beautiful and everything about “us” is so great that I’m slowly starting to worry what could happen if she exits my life. It would be so fucking hard to move on from. 🙁 Yet of course, it doesn’t ever have to come to that, right?

I love this girl. I love her so much. That… That’s what I would tell you, if I were to write about my girlfriend.