Hello, 2016

Hello, 2016

I don’t even know where to start. What I know is, I finally got the 2015 review posts out of the way! I promised myself last year that I wouldn’t resume blogging unless I filled that out. I know everything in this blog since the year started has been long overdue considering today’s date but I would like to at least redeem myself for my 2 month absence. Here’s a little recap of how my 2016 has been so far..

For the whole of January I was only “home” for less than a week. As soon as I got back from New York, I had a few days to unpack and breathe for a bit before heading off to another Singapore work trip. That was a really packed week where I did lots of alignment with my bosses, meeting clients, and working with various teams on achieving projects, not to mention team outings and just generally catching up with colleagues I work with every day but don’t see. Ahhh, the wonders of being a digital nomad.

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2015 Year In Review, Part I

Hello there! Happy Valentines Day and welcome to my very first entry of the year. Before I go through what’s been happening, I’d like to do another set of Year In Review entries again, like what I did last year (here). I remember having a really good introspective moment while doing that entry and while I feel like so much happened last year, I can’t believe it’s been more than one whole year since I did that. Ah, time.

1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
If you feel like the decision is right for yourself no matter how scary, make it.

2. If you had to describe your 2015 in 3 words, what would they be?
Full. Of. Surprises.

3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
I can actually fall in love.

4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
Making decisions for myself despite what people around me think.

5. What was the best news you received?
Oh, I had my fair share of good news (and bad) last year. I guess one that would have to take the cake is getting to travel to New York.

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The Sunday Currently, v16

Can you believe it’s already almost halfway through November? Time sure is running on the fast lane.

FEELING
Sleepy! I stayed up last night catching up on Jimmy Fallon interviews then watched Trainwreck after. I didn’t know the movie was 2 hours long (I loved it!) and when I was done it was almost 5am this morning. Eeeeek. Had to wake up pretty early for church and brunch so now I’m trying not to fall asleep so I don’t end up missing the whole of Sunday night.

WATCHING
Justin Timberlake’s performance of Drink You Away during last week’s CMAs with Chris Stapleton. This song is from JT’s 20/20 album and also one of my buried favorites. I’m not familiar with Chris Stapleton because of my lack of country music knowledge but I am love-love-loving this performance. It must have been so great to be a part of the audience that watched this live. I love the whole soul x country marriage of talent!

Here’s another performance of Stapleton’s song this time, Tennessee Whiskey, which is equally great.

THINKING
Mostly about my upcoming trip to Hong Kong at the end of this month! How to budget, what to shop for, places to see, things to eat. HK isn’t really my comfort zone unlike SG so there’s a bit of a nervouscited-ness (ya, I made that up) feeling coming over me. The last time I was in Hong Kong was I think the year 2006, save for airport transits after that. Disneyland had just opened then and this month is now its 10 year anniversary! I’m super excited for all the Disney festivities I’ll be encountering.

WISHING
I had more money for everything! I thought I was going to be able to buy an iPhone this HK trip but I have 2 more International trips before the year ends so I had to re-allocate my money for other priorities. “Adulting” is so challenging sometimes, especially when it comes to financial discipline.

SMELLING
Roasted chicken. Gotta love Sunday dinners at home.

NEEDING
To make sure I have enough energy, vitamins, money, strength, and stamina to get through the rest of the year.

WEARING
Gym shorts and an old Nudie Jeans white tee that has a huge stain the middle even after countless washes.

LOVING
These 2 playlists from Buzzfeed’s 2 articles last week:

I just want to say: ALL these songs were my life growing up that I could have written the whole article myself and curated the playlists. The happiness of finding playlists like these two totally made my week that it caused me stop listening to Justin Bieber’s Sorry for a while.

Friday’s 10 Happy Things, v8

    1. Singapore business trip (literally just got home from the airport). I was there for the whole week for work, meeting clients, getting the hang of how our Singapore HQ does stuff and just being exposed to it all. I admit it was pretty overwhelming to me because SG has always been a country where I would relax and unwind but it was the total opposite this time. It was lots of work and no shopping and sightseeing this time but don’t get me wrong, I LOVED IT!
    2. Less haze. The weekend during my arrival, the haze hit an all-time high. When I got out of the apartment on Monday morning, it was still damn hazy and really bothered my throat. I even had a fever during my first day of work! Good thing it gradually reduced and the PSI went way below 100 the past few days. Hope it continues!
    3. Sephora Black Card. They finally upgraded me because I kind of hoarded during my visit last April. I had it delivered to my cousin’s so I didn’t get to see it until last night.
    4. Boost. Why don’t we have Boost in the Philippines? I don’t even like Jamba Juice all that much. Boost is the shit. I had the Skinny Dip which was so good. Now I’m craving for one.
    5. Getting a few hang hours. My trip mostly consisted of work, eating, a little bit of sleep and super limited time up with family and cousins while I was there. Despite the limitations, glad I got to make it work a little!
    6. All the food trips. My bosses and SG girls (co-workers who I have come to really love in such a short span of time) made sure I was well fed and eating all the food didn’t really matter, I would walk it all off anyway. Vietnamese, to the famous chicken rice, all the kaya toasts, and yummy food prepared by my boss’ house help. So good.
    7. THAT ONE HOUR OF SHOPPING. I had to run like mad buying the things I had to buy. It wasn’t really a happy thing when I was panting around Orchard last night but in retrospect it meant that I only had time to buy things I really needed thus totally saving me a good couple of hundred bucks. YAY.
    8. Starbucks SG x Moleskine Planner 2016. My co-worker it to me and I couldn’t be happier. It’s more of a notebook than a planner but it’s so pretty. It’s supposed to be 2016 but I’ve already written so much because of all the client meetings I attended which had a lot of notes.
    9. First-world internet speed. How could I let this slide? It’s self-explanatory.
    10. Body on Me by Rita Ora x Chris Brown. This song has been on repeat non-stop the last week. Won’t even hide it anymore!!!!

Friday’s 10 Happy Things, v7

It’s only almost been a month since my last F10HT entry and boy, so much has happened since then. Back at the hospital for a crazy 5 days, lots of anxiety all around, leaving my old job, finally going full-time at my current job but let’s elaborate that on this entry, shall we?

  1. We finally got our US visas and will travel to New York this Christmas! I’m looking forward to it, but not looking forward to the cold. Brrrr. I wish I had the energy to blog about the whole ordeal but I’ll leave the good news here and the stress I’ve had to deal with the past couple of months in the back-burner.
  2. New (old) job, new life! After 3 years and 8 months, I finally left my longest office job for good and took on a part-time remote work since January and turned it into a full-time gig. I’m still at a very anxious stage where everything feels so transitional. I’m just about trying to get used to not going to an office every day. After working in an office/workplace setting for a good 5 years, everything feels strange to me and I’m still trying to figure it all out, but I will prevail.
  3. My makeup wishlist being out-of-stock. Yes, this is a happy thing. A very happy thing. Last weekend I went to the mall and wanted to buy something from Stila that I’ve been eyeing for a while, and a couple of lipsticks from the NARS and MAC counter; and everything, I mean EVERYTHING that I wanted was out of stock. I saw that as a sign to totally halt any purchase plans because I need to save. For the new iPhone, for my upcoming trips, and in case my 4-year-old MacBook goes bust. God forbid. No more makeup! For now. I wish money grew on plants, then I’d water it every damn hour.
  4. Speaking of money, this totally made my day, thus deserves a spot on this list:
  5. The return of fall TV. Shows are coming back! Starting with You’re the Worst and Mindy (now on Hulu), I am glad I have shows to look forward to each week again.
  6. On the Wings of Love. Working from home and having normal working hours now allows me to catch up with primetime Filipino tv shows. As much as I am a third-world kid, I have always been exposed to Philippine entertainment and there’s a different joy in feeling kilig over a local soap that’s pretty well made, in my opinion.
  7. iOS 9’s San Francisco font. I love, love, love it! It always makes me want to look at my phone and randomly send messages to people.
  8. Blog redesign. Funny how I haven’t been posting lately but have had time to do a bit of a redesign. Tinkering with themes is always a therapeutic activity for me. It’s reminiscent of an old theme but still within my style of always having a lot of whitespace. Nothing that new, just a slight change.
  9. DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean. Aside from it’s super unique song title, it’s a jam I’ve been totally jamming to ever since it came out. I admit I am supporting it more because it’s a Joe Jonas venture, but in all fairness to my fangirling it really is a very catchy song. I hope it does well.
  10. Last, but certainly not the least.. a great staycation with my best friends. We stayed at The Henry Hotel last night and I actually just arrived home from a two day pool binge because after our stay at The Henry we went to Westown to do more swimming, but I digress. Henry was such a great time. It was a much needed rest, relax, and away from the perils of the real world for a good 24 hours, and with the people I am most comfortable with. The best part was, we got upgraded to the best and largest room. Cheers to better days?