March 9, 2017

To the Year of Many Firsts

photo by Luca Bravo

Hate would be an understatement to encompass my sentiments for the year that was 2016. It was a very confusing time for me. I was lost and angry. It was a series of unfortunate events, I would say. But as I was backtracking on the past year, and now that I have started anew, I realized that it wasn't such a shitty year after all.

After all, it was a year of many firsts.

Bum Loife
Towards the end of 2015, I kept telling myself that 2016 will be my year. I was already so sick of the routine I had been enduring for the past three years. Without a plan and barely any savings, I quit my job and earned the admiration (and jealousy) of a lot of people. Some were confused -- but no one will really understand what works for you. Just want to make it clear though, that my kinda bumming is defined as not tied to an 8-5. I kept myself busy doing other non-Engineering things (which you'll see as the list progresses), and just wasn't binging on series in my room. Haha!

The Wonders of Social Media
Despite my hatred for the negative impacts social media has brought into our lives, one thing I'm grateful for is being constantly being updated with my LDRs via the wonders of internet. Plenty of my close friends and relatives have been living abroad and have had babies I've witnessed growing up since they left the womb and last year, I got to kiss them and hold them and my takeaway, is that social media has made the distance more bearable and made me feel like it was just yesterday that I last saw them. At this point, I am very much thankful for the existence of social media.

Being Professional
Ok. the only reason this is significant is cause a lot of my batchmates havent been using their licenses ever since oathtaking. I'm proud to say that I have been a practicing Structural Engineer and that I have been using my license for plans. Uh-huh!

The Good Citizen
First of all, I have no faith in the Philippine politics and especially have no care in whoever the president is cause I literally  believe that Filipinos cannot be disciplined no matter who the leader is. But I had to do my obligation and practice my right to vote, nevertheless. Who I was rooting for? You'll never know. 

I wrote about this amazing experience here.

I went to work in Boracay for a good 3 months, which means I tried my hand at living alone and site work. This definitely deserves a separate long-ass post, because there's just too much to say about this incredible learning experience.

Our home-based pastry biz that was kick-started by my chef of a brother and his lovely girlfriend. Since a lot of their friends and clients had been looking for my well-known cookies, we decided to put our heads together to create this lovely brand and it's been going well ever since. We've joined various bazaars and dealt with the numerous challenges of entrepreneurship. We're growing and learning by the day and it's been a good ride so far!

Senor Cocktus
I didn't realize I'd burn bridges over this. But the thing is, a friend asked for a favor, which was to paint a mural for her food stall pro-bono. Long story short -- it was a sad case of theft and she is now displaying my work of art without any recognition whatsoever. Bummer. It was big of me to have had the strength to just let it go and let the universe deal with them (those who know me can attest to this) Last I heard they were planning to move to a different location cause they're not earning. Moral of the story: It's Karma, Biatch. You can check out snippets of my work here.

When a PR guy approached me and asked if I wanted to be an "influencer" for a hair removal brand, I was beyond thrilled! I mean, how can you say no to that? It's definitely one of the best things I got out of my premature writing career . I always post about this, but with the sponsorship aside, I must say I really love this salon.

OMG. There are no words. Beautiful country with my beautiful family. Wait for the post!

I could say this was definitely one of the worst things I could have ever done to myself. I worked as a PA for an international journalist and it was everything I had never imagined it to be. It was a love-hate relationship. First of all, it was my first time being under the wing of a female. Given my Engineering degree, I have been used to male dominance. Being under her was really a test of patience and character. Don't get me wrong, I adore her! She's brilliant and definitely attractive. Kinda reminds me of myself, actually. Haha! Would I do it again? Perhaps.

She's amazing. When I was under her, she was working on a film, published a children's book, and was working on several other articles. I'd love to work with her again in the future if given the chance. 

Going Green
After my year of travel in 2015, the raw exposure to nature urged me to take the first steps towards a greener life and minimize my ecological footprint. I decided to minimize if not eliminate plastic in my life, I opted for organic cosmetics, and plenty of other greener lifestyle changes that I will elaborate on in my future posts. 

There's so much to say. Hahahaha! I can't summarize all my experiences in this entry but I'll be writing about the major ones in separate entires in the future so stay tuned.