This year has been a year of growing up – not so much physically, though. I’m only 21 which really is not old, considering the fact that a lot of people are already in their 50’s or 80’s, but I feel as though I’ve aged a lot over the course of 12 months. I guess time is just an illusion after all. Because no matter how many days we count or birthdays we have, growing up and being mature cannot be quantified. You may be 30 but you still act like a kid or 15 but already wiser and thinks of the future ahead.
Anyways, here’s a look at my year. All of the music, books and films I consumed in the past year. All of the places and people that make up the great experiences I’ve had. All of the learnings and realizations (and “stuff” hahahaha Kylie Jenner).
- Moose Blood’s dicography especially their 2016 release “Blush”
- Mat Kerekes – Luna and the Wild, Blue Everything
- Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music is for Escapism
- Pinegrove – Cardinal
- Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
- State Champs – Around the World and Back
- Sing Street’s official movie soundtrack
- Begin Again official movie soundtrack
- Submarine official movie soundtrack
Special mentions: (albums that I come back to when things get tough)
- Real Friends – Put Yourself Back Together
- The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation
I’ve also come to like the pre-made playlists on Spotify so here are links to those that I come back to listen throughout the year:
Aside from my alternative scene choices, I’ve learned to like pop music. Some standouts are Hailee Steinfield’s Starving and Rock Bottom, Mike Posner’s I Took a Pill in Ibiza (the stripped-down version), and Little Mix’s singles. My K-Pop self has been on the down low this year so I only really listened to mid-2000’s group’s releases or come back to early SNSD songs.
I also have this Spotify playlist that I constantly update so if you’re really curious about what I’m currently listening to, just drop by here:
Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Moana, Don’t Breathe, almost every big movie released this year. I’m not a movie person, and definitely not a movie-goer but this year I’ve watched a lot of movies inside a cinema. This is totally due to the fact that we do movie team nights in our company.
I’ve also been making an effort to finish through my growing list of to-watch movies before it overwhelms me (I’ve listed a lot of movies and I think I’m not even halfway done). Some of the movies I ticked off my list are the best movies I’ve ever seen/ experienced. I liked Submarine and Moonrise Kingdom but honestly, Sing Street is just great. The light-heartedness of the movie, the soundtrack, the actors. That movie is one of the best for 2016.
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I also fell in love with the Korean drama Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. I love the story, the aesthetic and the characters in the series. Please do watch it (if you don’t do it voluntarily, I’ll bug you until you do).
- Falling into Place – Amy Zhang
- The Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan
- Happy Again – Jennifer Smith
- Spinster Trilogy – Holly Bourne
- The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan
- Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes
- Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
- Thirty-eight Series – Len Webster
- November 9 – Colleen Hoover
- Summer Days and Summer Nights – Stephanie Perkins, et. al.
- Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan (so funny!)
I’ve mostly read YA and self-help/ learning books. Yes, I know they are not really the “classics” or “greatest literary pieces of all time” but I enjoy most of the books I’ve read. Also, I FINALLY got a copy of Charles Bukowski’s You Get so Alone Sometimes… book for my birthday. Got it in Davao, Fully Booked Abreeza on my birthday week. Yay!
One standout that I recommend from the young adult genre is Holly Bourne’s Spinster Trilogy: Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, and What’s a Girl Got To Do?. I don’t want to spoil you guys so I’ll move on to the other parts of this post before I start typing out specifics about the books. Read and know for yourself! 🙂
I’ve not really finished a lot of self-help books. I’m halfway done with the New One Minute Manager so that would be the first one I’ll finish reading from cover to cover.
Places with people
I can honestly say that this year is the year I went to a lot of places and be friends with new faces. I got a new set of people in my life, “work friends” and honestly, all of them are good company.
- Osmeña Peak, Dalaguete
- UP Diliman – tour around campus with Dara
- SM North EDSA Skydome, Manila – Neck Deep concert in the PH with Wes
- Sumilon Island – Holy Week trip with tita Jossan and Gegen
- Tubigon/ Bohol – reunion with the fam on Mother’s side
- Davao City – work roadtrip
- Samal Island
- La Chevrerie Resort and Spa, Batangas – EQ Ph bootcamp
- Bantayan Island – finally visited it after being in Cebu for 5 years!
- Shercon Resort and Ecology Park, Batangas – EQ Ph Christmas Party!
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This year, I got to experience many things but some experiences are better than others. These are the adventures I’ve had that stayed with me and made 2016 a great year.
NECK DEEP concert in the Philippines. Come on, if you know me, you’d expect this already. This is the first legit concert I’ve been to and it’s honestly one of the best things that happened in my existence. I got to see one of my favorite bands perform their songs and it was there that I realized that watching from a screen was nothing compared to seeing them live. I even got to meet the band (minus Fil) up close and give West a locally-made bracelet. Still gives me the feels, this experience.
Getting promoted. I’ve never worked so hard in my entire “adult life” than during this time and seeing it pay off was fulfilling. It made all the body aches and mental challenges go away for a long time.
Asian History class trip. I’ve been out of the university for almost a year now. Luckily, the history class by Pep was opening slots for non-students to join in the tour so I grabbed one. Learning once again about Asian religions and their philosophies made me appreciate the diversity of our region.
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Chicken Pox. The disease that I have dreaded to catch had finally come to pay his visit. I can say that I was disappointed (which really, I shouldn’t be) because I feel like I did not get the entire spectacle. I was curious since most of the stories I heard about people getting chicken pox paint a gloomy picture – constant itching, fever, loss of appetite, etc. I got close to none of those, not so much itching (only the first two or three days) and that was it. It sucked that I couldn’t eat chicken and recipes with it as an ingredient, though.
One day tour of Cebu city. I did this as a treat to one of my work friends. Stephen and I went to the Taoist temple in Lahug, Museo Sugbu and Magellan’s Cross before going to work the p.m. shift. It was a hot day and we were both sweaty from all the jeepney rides and walking but for me, the experience was one that I have always wanted to do so I was happy to tick that off my bucket list.
Sugbu Mercado and introvert times. The times I go to the weekly Sugbu Mercado is always with friends and I do love their company. Food, music and friends always make for a good time. On the other hand, my introvert self is always in need of some alone time to recover energy and those times spent alone in coffee shops or Jelly Citea are so worth it.
EQ Ph ganaps: Bootcamp and Year-end Party. Work events are always great. The company always manages to incorporate business with fun. I get to learn new things and reinforce old learnings to be better. Also, just seeing and interacting with new and old work friends is a blast.
Honestly, I’m still an in-betweener. I believe that I have more growing up to do and XP points to earn before I become a full-fledged adult; but I also believe that those days of throwing emotional tantrums out of nowhere, answering my parents in a “pilosopo” way, etc. are almost behind me.
Adulting is hard. You need to learn life skills AND apply them. Don’t be afraid to do it and always expect to make mistakes. I always believe that it’s better to make mistakes early on in the journey so that when you encounter them again, you already know what to do.