2014 Year In Review

I have been a bad blogger the past year and so to keep me sane (creatively), I made this video to document my 2014 adventures. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do better blogging-wise this year.

How be your 2014s, y’all? 🙂

Happy Blerghday!

Guess who just celebrated her silver anniversary on earth? NOT ME, nuh-uh. *shakes head*

Well, okay, fine. It was me. (Lawl!) Man. I honestly still can’t believe I can legitimately claim quarter-life crisis now. At the same time, I know this is one age I’m never going to forget ’cause it’s a multiple of 5. (I like multiples of 5 ’cause I’m an obsessive-compulsive freak, okay.)

So, Abby, anything exciting happen on your special day? Nope. None at all, TBQH. It actually came to a point that I was sending thank you replies to greeters on Facebook literally SECONDS after they posted them. My parents weren’t home for majority of the day, my brothers don’t live here anymore, and all my friends have jobs. I guess this comes with the territory (and being an introvert bum)? I don’t know. All I know is that I actually had to force myself to get out of the house to go clothes shopping and buy myself birthday ice cream. It was seriously pitiful.

My mom arrived from Guam in the afternoon and reminded me to attend mass. I actually forgot about hearing mass. What a bad child. I wouldn’t even live this long if it weren’t for Him.

Anyway, the priest’s homily that day was so timely. He said something about people who were going through depression and how they felt like they weren’t loved, when in fact God has never ceased to love them. I had tears in my eyes prior to hearing that ’cause I already felt miserable, but as usual, God sent me another wake up call. It’s honestly so amazing how He won’t let a day pass without showing me that life is beautiful and worth living. Hay, Lord, you make me so kilig. Thank You! <3

But yeah. Then and there, I realized, why am I sad? A few hundred people took 5 seconds of their time to greet me a happy birthday! They could have chosen not to, but they did, anyway, because (I’d like to think) they felt I was worth greeting. A few (a.k.a. my best girlfriends ever) even did more than that and actually composed a whole paragraph. This one from R made me cry:

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DIFFICULT. WAIT. Take note. LOL.

Something funny also happened that afternoon. My oldest brother greeted me a happy birthday for the first time in 25 years! He has never done that (obviously); it’s like an inside joke between us (sibling love at its finest), so you can only imagine my shock when he passed by the house and said, “Eww, happy birthday.” LOL.

I am blessed with the most wonderful support system ever, so I honestly have no reason to be so emo! I realized when I got home from mass that the feeling I had was probably more sorrow over being such a failure than anything. You see, I kind of imagined myself getting my dream job already before reaching this age. I guess the fact that I still hadn’t, and that everyone else was too busy, just made things all blerghy for me. Regrets like if I hadn’t slacked off came hopping through my mind.

But all was well before the day ended. I watched The Lightning Thief (again) for good vibes so… yeah. Still a pretty good birthday. Heh.

I think June 1 was actually my birthday-birthday ’cause that’s when I got to see my friends. I met up with R at MoA. I was supposed to meet the other goosies as well but they apparently had schedule problems. So anyway, R gave me something I will show you later on… In the evening, my PKFC friends went to my house for Pirate Night. We had spaghetti and pizza (c/o my favorite cousin who also came by with little S), and played 2 rounds of Monopoly Deal while pirating (lolwhut). T slept over and we did an impromptu acapella recording:

LOLZ at the dogs howling in the background. We didn’t want to redo it anymore ’cause our vocal chords wanted to go sleepy time already. LOL.

Anyway, now’s the part where I reiterate yet again just how awesome my friends are and how they have a penchant for making people happy. Last year, they surprised me with a birthday harana and good vibes gifts. This year, they actually had a theme in mind: Abby The Traveling Grammar Nazi. Or at least I THINK that was the theme. LOL. But, no, their gifts just proved how much they knew me and that just made me go awwwww. <3

R told me the goose tokens came in 4 parts. Part 1 of 4, from R, was a bag of travel goodies I so adored!

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The First Quarter Blur

Can you believe we’re three months into 2013 already? I sure can’t! Man, has time gone by so fast! Since the start of the year, I’ve only “written” five entries. FIVE. Someone’s obviously been a bad blogger. But anyway, I’ve been trying to get my life back on track recently, so I’m hoping to get more posts out soon. *fingers crossed*

So… the past two months have been cray. Extremely cray, but fun. If I were to categorize the events that have happened, I’d say they were a whirlwind of the following:

OPPORTUNITIES

At the start of the year, I was commissioned by M to sing for a wedding, along with him, his mom, and his friend, K. It was fun! We rehearsed at the CCP so I felt extremely legit. HAHAHA!

The Wedding Singers

That wedding made me fall in love with Christina Perri’s Thousand Years, despite my aversion to anything Twilight. Hee. This was us rehearsing the song (emphasis on REHEARSING).

Aside from this wedding gig, I’ve also been blessed to work on some web design projects. Hopefully, I would be given more in the future. 🙂 I should probably redo my portfolio soon. Bah.

ART

February has got to be my most favorite month; not because of love, but because of ART (hello, bitter statement! HAHAHA!).

Art

Since February is Arts Month in the Philippines, I made sure to participate in a couple artsy things:

PASINAYA – Which was even more fabulous this time around (although, not necessarily in general), since I was assigned to head one registration booth. Last year, I was the girl who fussed over people walking by and touching artwork they weren’t supposed to touch. This year, my job was way more chill and was practically done in 5 hours tops. The rest of the time, I just went around watching performances by the UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers, and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. So hurray! Can’t wait for next year’s Pasinaya. I hope they’ll be bringing in another festival soon ’cause last year’s was kinda fun. 🙂

COLOR IT LOVE – aka DLSZ Chorale’s concert for this year. The alumni sang Maroon 5’s Payphone. It was a really great arrangement. Hopefully we can do another pop song next year. :3

THE MAGIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS – Hogwarts Philippines was approached to participate in ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s re-staging of their John Williams concert. It was absolutely fantastic! I gots so much chillzzz. They’re the second Philippine orchestra I’ve heard do Hedwig’s Theme with such crazy precision, so you can only imagine how my heart was doing cartwheels. And the Imperial March? Man, that’s my jam. :))

 

T and I also met Karylle. She sang Can You Read My Mind in this concert. We stalked her backstage to ask her for a birthday message for J. She was incredibly nice. In return, I helped her fly. LOL.

PPO’S CONCERT – Okay, I’m cheating, this happened last January, not Feb. Watched with T and J. PPO had Dino Decena as guest musician; he was friggin’ amazing!!! He played Astor Piazzolla’s Ave Maria as encore and I basically just sat there, crying. So that’s that. Haha.

LOVE

Fine. I can’t really escape it, even if I wanted to. The past two months (yes, not just February) were also months for love, platonic and non-platonic alike.

Love

For the platonic part, there were the usual suspects: Pops, the Gansa Girls, and PKFC. 😀

Pops – We’ve started rehearsing again, for something big happening in a few months’ time. 😀 I also got to see the Christians (Christian and Christian Julia) again! We haven’t hung out in over a year, so that was definitely a big thing for me. 🙂

VDay – VDay was spent with T, E, M, and R… and a bit of P and A. LOLWHUT. We had dinner at the Early Bird Breakfast Club in BGC. I might blog about this separately but omg the food was amazing and the interior was to die for. Best VDay ever? Definitely!

Gansa – February was P’s birthday month. For the second weekend of Feb, we had a sleepover at her condo in McKinley. SHE SURPRISED US WITH SO MUCH CUTE STUFF WTH. She basically pimped out the condo with inspirational quotes and rainbows and junk food we could munch on while sharing about our, ehem, love lives, and watching Silver Linings Playbook and Girls. She called it her “You’re Just Awesome” Party. Well, P, you do know you’re the awesomest, right? Haha.

The week after was her actual birthday, and we decided to surprise her by leading her to R’s condo when the clock struck 12, and showering her with silly gifts and rainbow cupcakes and balloons. HA! GOT YOU BACK!

PKFC – We held a Pirate Night at my house last Feb. 1. We basically just dressed up like pirates and exchanged movies and music and random intellectual stories. I LOVE MY FRIENDS. :)) M was also back in town, so we hung out after one rehearsal day. 🙂

PHP – This also falls under this category just because I got to hang out with the nerdy folks of Hogwarts Philippines again. Where else can you find people willing to dress up as characters from the best novel ever? And not just willing, but PROUD? :))

Sponge Cola – I love Sponge Cola, you all know that. Har. And I got to see my friend Y again when they had a gig at a mall in the south. His girlfriend came by to watch as well. Small world story: this was the same weekend as ABS-CBN’s concert. I got to see a certain person practically the whole weekend, without really meaning to. Go figure. :))

Sooooo… what’s left to talk about? Non-platonic love? Oh right… Hmm…

What’s there to tell?

Oh, I got a haircut. So that happened. LOL.

New hair, new me!

How’s 2013 been treating you so far? Good, I hope?

Till the next entry! Au revoir!

24 Finds Me

Dahil ako’y nasasabik sa muli mong pagdampi sa aking labi. Pagkat ngayo’y hinahanap-hanap pa rin ang iyong tamis sa tuwi-tuwina… [x]

“Twenty-three, why don’t you come clean? Please don’t be mean. Growing up is hard on me!” [x]

Ay, joke lang, 24 na pala ako. Haha! So I searched for 24 on Google and this popped up. I think it’s pretty apt, given that this year is when I started seriously strengthening my relationship with God. So yeah, I think I’ll go with this. 😀

Here is my birthday post, 11 days too late.

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Journeys

My friends and I visited 14 different churches in the south today for Bisita Iglesia. It felt extra meaningful to me because 1) we were doing it together and 2) we were doing it together FOR THE LORD. It’s nice to see how we’ve matured through the years, not just physically and emotionally, but also spiritually. God really never fails to surprise. 🙂

Excuse the failed attempt at a collage.

We discussed something while we were on the road this morning, which pushed me to write this entry you’re currently reading. I’m not really going to say much about it, just that it reminded me of a question I was asked recently about what I would like to change if I were to be given a chance to go back to the past. I’d obviously stand by my “I wouldn’t change a thing ’cause I wouldn’t be who I am today blahblahblah” cliché answer but sometimes I find myself wondering what my life would be like if I hadn’t let go of some things. Or if I let go of this one thing that was obviously bad for me. Sometimes I find myself wishing I was mature enough then, or had the courage to give chances, experiment, etc. But I guess God knew I wasn’t ready. I’m actually not sure if I already am at present. Probably not. Either that or the “perfect” opportunity still hasn’t presented itself.

Actually, there are currently no presentations happening. Lelz. Or meron pero wala rin. Hassle. :))

Hey!
Can we start over?
Maybe if you asked…
Are you ever going to say hi?
I’m sorry.
How are you?
Hmm.

 

How’s your Holy Week so far? I’m breaking my no internet rule by posting this but eh. I needed to release.

New Year’s Eve & Beyond

First post for 2012! Finally! Woohootzwoot! Took me a while ’cause I honestly didn’t have the inspiration to start. Yeah. But anyway, a lot of things have gone down since my last post. The first one would have to be, well, a few hours after my last entry — New Year’s Eve!

We usually spend New Year’s Eve at home, since we don’t really like going out and being exposed to all the firework smoke. This year was a bit different, though, ’cause my mom and Kuya Jan weren’t around (mom had a flight to Los Angeles and Kuya was with his wife’s family). Father dearest took charge of media noche. Funny stuff. He was so into the whole thing, he bought so much kakanin – following the superstition: “Eat a native delicacy made from sticky rice to make good fortune stick in the new year.” Cray. Needless to say, when my mom arrived from LA and saw all the leftover kakanin, she was all, “Dad, that belief is sooo yesterday.” LOL.

Anyway, it was still fun. We (me, Papa, Kuya Alvin, and Ate Cindy) ate smoked fish and barbecued chicken while watching GMA’s lame New Year’s countdown on TV. When the clock struck twelve, we went out to enjoy the fireworks (shouting “TEN THOUSAND PESOS!” whenever pretty fireworks appeared, haha). We then went next door (to my aunt’s place) to celebrate with the father’s side of the fambam.

TAMI’S BACK! (leopard print girl, hee)

Guess what, you guise?! Tami came back to Manila (from Singapore) for the New Year’s weekend! I missed her sooooo much! We (PKFC) went out New Year’s Day and watched a movie together. It was still MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) week so we ended up watching Manila Kingpin. I have to admit, for a Filipino movie, it was pretty good (not that I’m saying our movies aren’t nice, but you have to admit that the commercial ones are usually lacking in depth and delivery). Anyhoo, the cinematography was nice and the action scenes weren’t as cheesy. Although there were also some scenes that made me go, “Huh, WTF was that for?” And WTH, Jorge Estregan with Carla Abellana. Ehh. But yeah, anyway, aside from those, it was still pretty cool.

My completely unrecognizable Navi Planner. XD LEFT: front cover design (zoom top & bottom) RIGHT: back design

The days leading to today were pretty productive as well. Been designing stuff (hello planner and new blog layout), enrolling to arts courses (WOOH!), meeting up with friends left and right and cooking up new stuff with them (check out one of our projects: Culture Crays, mine and Trish‘s culture/arts/lifestyle blog!). I’m so excited for the future! 🙂

Oh, and the world’s not ending. Let Charlie McDonnell break it down for you:

How has your 2012 been so far? Leave me a comment below (even just to say hi, hee)!

November Rain

I’m not even going to be a poser and say I know that Guns N’ Roses song — because I don’t. In fact, I Googled “November rain” just so I know I wasn’t using a title that was a reference to something inappropriate. LOL. I’m such a dork.

Anyway, it’s November and it’s currently raining outside and I’m here to talk about what I’ve been doing the past few days and what I think November should be like for me.

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