2016, Year-ender Letter

Yesterday’s sunset. Thank you 2016. Maraming Salamat!

Though I know every year has its own way to be memorable,  but let me say this again, ‘This year, by far, has been the greatest as I experienced a lot that will most likely affect my life’s course forever.’   2016 passed by so quickly and yet, I know words are not enough to contain all that I’ve felt, learned and appreciated.

I’ve had a fair share of victories and failures learnings;
I’ve experienced 
appreciations and rejections acceptance;
I’ve learned to choose what to hold and let go prioritize.  

 

Time’s worth

I’ve enjoyed moments with my family and loved ones.  And with how I celebrated my birthday, I’ve shared what I could’ve shared to other people.  Time has always been the priceless resources we have.  And allotting it to the people that I love has always been rewarding.  These are the collection of moments I wouldn’t trade. Ever.  Although, I may never know if I’ve given enough and whether they’ve appreciated our time together, their given time to me is very much appreciated

 

Maximized Opportunities

The work and travel opportunities I had are few of the many blessings. The people I met and the new experiences I gained have contributed to making me a better person.

Work hard, Continuously Learn

As I strived hard to reach my goals and dreams, life pushed me thru my limits.  In the middle of this year, I decided to take another certification for personal and career growth.  The whole journey from reviewing to accomplishing exams has been an ‘ego booster’ that I know ‘I can be what I want to be’.  It is truly a humbling experience at the same time, I still have a lot to learn.

 

Let me reiterate what I pointed out in my 2015 year-ender blog, ‘Everything happens for a reason’.  Another year passed and in whatever genre of our lives, maybe there are things that didn’t end well.  May it serve as a fuel for us to better ourselves; become more motivated and persistent that ‘we will not settle for less for we only deserve the best’.  May the successful ones be an added weight in our anchor to be more humble and pile-up our lists to be ‘obsessively grateful’.  For the cliffhanger stories, may we be more patient and persevering and of course, hopeful.

 

Now that 2016 closes, choose the stories you want to continue to carry on in 2017.  May all the experiences and learning you had in this year, made you wiser, stronger and more courageous.

This is what I wrote few weeks ago in sky lantern during my vacation in Taiwan. (11 Dec 2016)

The New Year will be full of surprises, opportunities and learnings.  Stretch your heart and mind.  Give a space to welcome new things, people and experiences.  A lot is waiting for you! Now, are you ready to jump? 

 

Every year keeps on getting better and better‘, right?  So are we. Let’s be always grateful for all these years that had passed and to those that are coming.

 

P.S.  Last Year, I said 2016 will be magical.  Indeed, it was.  For 2017, how about ‘astonishing’? Mindset and Heartset READY!  

 

The Most Loved Month, December

Tis the season to be jolly and more grateful, fa lalala la lalala la!

The Nativity at the church

This Christmas season is passing by so quickly.  One thing, I’m planning for a trip and then next I’m in a rush to buy gifts.  Christmas lights in the street, laughter with the loved ones, and reunion of longing hearts – they are everywhere.  As much as I want to extend this season. I know I can’t.  All I can do is to seize every moment.

Let’s stop for a while and appreciate all the things offered especially for this season.

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Greetings from view in KFC

Take time to feel the cool breeze at night.  Hear the Christmas carols of the kids in the street.  Sing along with Jose Mari Chan in the malls while you are shopping for gifts.  Savor every bite of ‘Putu Bumbong‘ and ‘Bibingka‘.  Enjoy the catch-up over meals with friends and family moments on ‘Noche Buena‘.  Fight the sleepiness just to attend ‘Simbang Gabi‘.  Greet people a ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!‘ or ‘Happy Holidays!‘.  And lastly, feel all the love, appreciation and happiness of all the people around you.

My Dear, let’s make the most of this season. Shall we?

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Got an early Christmas gift from these cutie little Santas in Taiwan 🙂 They came into the store and gave this to me.  What a lovely random act of kindness!  Xie xie! 🙂

For December 2016, I’ll always be grateful.
Sending all the happiness I got!  Lots of … 🙂

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Lotte

 

P.S.  I want to grab this opportunity to greet everyone ‘MALIGAYANG PASKO!‘ Mahal ko kayong lahat! 🙂
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Random pictures attached are from PH and recent travel in Taiwan.  Anything that reminded me of this season!

‘Send postcards from Travel abroad’ crossed off my bucket list ;)- Taiwan Post Office in Ximending.
Sent fr PH with all love and happiness I got!

 

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Don’t forget, this is a season of…. 🙂

A Year of Writing

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One more month to go 2016!

Cliché as it may sound, “Time flies so fast!

Who would’ve thought that I would be able to keep on blogging for a year?  So to make this ‘achievement‘ more memorable, let me share with you these life thoughts that were emphasized as I engaged myself in writing.

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Mt. Pulag, November 2015

Frustration, Appreciation, Encouragement

When I made a wordpress account sometime November last year, I was clueless with what would be my first blog and when will it be posted.  There was no pressure but I was just sure back then that I would write one.  Then, there came the desperation we experienced during our climb in Mt. Pulag.  We didn’t reach the peak due to bad weather.  It was really frustrating. But when we saw the view of ‘sea of clouds’ at the base camp, I knew that we were still blessed.  That was when life realization kicked in ‘We should savor what’s in front of us, we should appreciate what we have.  When I got back to Manila, I was so full of emotions when I was telling the story to my friend.  She then advised me to write it down so that I would be able to reread it and remember what I felt.  That was when I made my first blog on December 1, 2015, ‘I Left My Heart in Mt. Pulag‘.  If not for that frustration, who knows when I would start writing or if I would ever have the courage to write one.  Have you ever had that experience that changes your life? Something that ignites within you and makes you appreciate life more? 

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Samal Island, Davao, April 2016

Reflect and be reminded.

The primary reason why I’m writing is because I want to capture the emotions, experiences, moments and perspectives I had at one point in my life.  It’s my outlet and my ‘time capsule‘.  We are all changing.  Our views and beliefs, due to change in circumstance, may not be the same as what we used to have.  Isn’t it nice to reflect and look back, at what we used to be, how we reacted on things, and how we see the world? 

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Palawan, May 2016

Be humbled and inspired.

We write our own life story.  And same with life, that we have different ways to live it, we have different genre, structures and styles of writing.  Reading other blogs and connecting with other writers humbled me and inspired me at the same time.  I’m in awe with how their writings can be so interesting and beneficial to people, and how concise and well written their thoughts are.  My admiration for them motivates me to do my best.  I know I still have a lot to learn.

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26th Birthday Celebration at Elsie Gaches, Manila, July 2016

Share what you can share.

Inspire and be inspired.  We always have something to give.  May it be time, presence, love, respect, support or in any way we could be of any help.  If sharing my writings, the life realizations and learnings I gained along the way, can move other people, then that’s a ‘bonus’.  Yes, a bonus because not everyone will have an interest with what you are sharing.  Don’t be too hard on yourself, whether you have or you don’t have readers, if writing is helping you, keep doing it.  You as a reader of your writings are enough.

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Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Batangas, October 2016

Better yourself.

I’ve gained a lot from writing, more of personal growth.  Aside from enhancing my English, this is helping me boost my confidence, improve my thought process, reinforce my values of commitment, consistency and prioritization.  I’m not competing nor am I trying to prove something to anyone.  If there’s one person I should surpass that’s my old self. 

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Where it all started, my ‘Sea of Clouds’

As I write all these down, it still overwhelms me.  As I reread my previous entries, it still surprise me that, ‘I CAN WRITE?!’ that I have something to offer.  To more sentences to construct, thoughts to express and words to be written!, I’m writing a part of my story and thank you for being part of it.  To everyone, thank you.  For everything, I’ll always be grateful.

I want to thank my supportive friends/‘editors’, Karla and Melis, for taking time and effort to share their insights on my blogs before I published it.  

Much love, support and respect.

P.S. Pictures are taken from my travels this year 2016 which were posted in my blogs too.