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2014 Year In Review, Part I

I came across this blog entry a few weeks ago when I was looking for posts to write on introspect and retrospect about how my 2014 went. I feel like it went by too quick that I needed to write down things I felt, things I experienced and memories that came with it. Into-Mind is such a great blog as well, I’ve been following its points on minimalism and how to simplify life bit by bit and just being conscious with my approach.

I’m going to divide this series into 3 entries. This is Part I, then another set of 20 questions for Part II, and finally the last 10 questions that I will answer about how I want my 2015 to be. I’m looking forward to it.

1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
I’m going to tell my grandchildren that I grew up with the best possible group of friends and that it is possible to maintain great friendships for up to 20 years! Also, that I got to swim with whale sharks for the 3rd time in my life.

2. If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?
Fast. Awesome. Memorable.

3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
I discovered that I was (still am) able to say no to things I didn’t want to do and that’s definitely okay.

4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
Knowing what I want (or what I don’t) and sticking to that decision.

5. What was the best news you received?
My Jakarta best friends visiting Cebu for my birthday weekend actually happening, and my mom being cancer free for another year (that’s the 6th year in a row now!).

6. What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?
I was just glad to be in Cebu; with my family complete, my best friends, people who made my year. Jakarta also takes a spot and it was such a bittersweet visit with the whole time vs memories thing. I also visited quite a few beautiful places last year that involves a lot of Vitamin Sea.

7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
The positive front that I put out. I feel like it actually yields favorable results.

8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
My sister Jana. Despite our differences (and similarities), she is always there for me. ALWAYS.

9. Which new skills did you learn?
I learned the whole app submission thing! I learned the basics of app development for Android and iOS and learned how to submit an app to Play Store and iTunes Connect. It was actually a very fun and rewarding experience.

10. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
I am most thankful to my parents for always understanding and supporting me all throughout. Cliche, I know.. but it’s true.

11. If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
Funny, I’d like for it to be an autobiography or self-help; based on some “issues” I struggle with.

12. What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?
If people love you, they will pull through for you.

13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
I did a blog challenge last year, which re-kindled my love for writing and sort of “cured” my being at a loss for words most of the time when it came to blogging.

14. What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
This is too difficult to narrow down so I’ll make it into a group.

Work – Mich, Miming 🙂
Chill/Party – Matt, Juna, #TeamYolo, #TeamSpntns
Shopping – Noemi, Jana

That totals to about more than 20 people, if you think of it.

15. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
I have yet to find out.

16. How did your relationship to your family evolve?
Better. It’s something I can never complain about because it’s so good. Although there has been underlying pressure from them to settle down that’s been coming up quite a few times recently.

17. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
I would say Haruki Murakami’s Tsukuru Tazaki. It was simply written with a beautiful story and a lot of symbolism.

18. What was your favourite compliment that you received this year?
Classy. I don’t really see myself as a classy person.

19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
Catching up with my favorite Korean variety shows, because I feel like I never get the time to anymore!

20. What cool things did you create this year?
I created friendships with fun people who made my year colorful. This being my 3rd year in Cebu and starting from scratch on the social front, I was really grateful that 2014 was the year I forged friendships.

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