Looking Back: Year 2012

goodbye 2012As the year is about to close, I can’t help but look back to what 2012 gave to me. There were ups and downs, tears and smiles, opportunities grabbed and missed, people met and lost – all these made 2012 a memorable time of my existence. Together, let’s recount what happened to me this year.

January – It was my first time to be entitled for incentive leave. I was six months employed in my first job after graduating and all was doing well.

해솔 (Hae Sol) infrequently contacted me which struck me as odd. In our more than a year relationship, he couldn’t let a day pass without at least three calls and tons of messages.

February – Got my first bang hairstyle ever. The stylist insisted on that when I only availed a hair color treatment.

I attended the 2012 Philippine International PyroMusical Competition held in Mall of Asia. I watched the first event between South Korea and Malta. A week after, I watched Finland vs Portugal.

A day before Valentines’ Day, I lost one of the most important people in my life. Hae Sol decided to end everything between us. It was medically proven that our LDR was not healthy for him. A part of me died that day. What’s worse? I think it still dead.

March – A colleague “pestered” me in creating a blog to serve as an outlet of my thoughts and feelings. So on March 3, Impressions of a Princess was born. Now more than half a year later, I am proud to note that I have maintained writing here.

May – I took a few days off from work and went up North. Twelve hours from Manila, I travelled to Mountain Province with my friend and explored the life of the indigenous people of my country. I had fun hiking, caving and spelunking, trekking, swimming, etc. Life there was very much different from here in the city.

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June – On the first day of June, I celebrated by first anniversary in my first job of my life.

At the end of the month, my cousin was married to her first and only boyfriend. I was part of the entourage and had the misfortune of catching her bouquet. The groom’s cousin caught the garter. As that certain belief goes, those who caught both will be the next to face the altar. Funny, that. I don’t even have a boyfriend.

August – The country was hit by strong, torrential rains from a seasonal monsoon. The government was tested when the entire Philippines almost drowned in flood. Lots of people died and went missing while billions were lost in businesses. There were no typhoon signals so I didn’t worry when I went out of office that day around 7 PM. It was my first time to see parts of my city flooded chest-deep. Since no cars could brave the water, I was forced to ride a city dump/rescue truck.  Seven hours later, I arrived home crying and drenching wet.

September – I joined a company subsidized program for health and fitness. Together with my colleague and friend, Micah, I signed up for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lessons. Most of the students there were men, but that didn’t discourage us from participating. There I learned basic kickboxing, jujitsu, and grappling. There were also elements of capoeira and others, too.

November – I decided to have another drastic hairstyle change in the last week of this month. I have a natural wavy hair, but I always wear it salon-straight. That time, I wanted to see myself with curls, so I went to a salon I haven’t tried yet (my first error) and ordered for a hair perm treatment. After a few hours, my hip-length V-styled straight hair was straightly chopped to the shoulders. The worse thing? My hair didn’t bubble up and had big, bouncy curls. Instead, it had this small, electrocuted-like appearance.

December –Two days before Christmas, I finished my GoodReads 2012 Reading Challenge which I started last June 28. I haven’t created a post about it so I’ll end this now. Wait for my post!

After two years abroad, my Dad went back to Philippines and celebrated Christmas with my family. Of course, it’s so much better to celebrate the Yuletide Season with complete members of the house. Perhaps Dad will go back to Dubai in 2013 to continue his work, but at least he had the opportunity to extinguish that two-year long homesickness.

In this year, a lot of other things happened to me, too. I went to new places around and outside the Metro – searched and dined for more Korean and Japanese restaurants, mostly. I watched more movies this year than I had in 2011 which I also considered a feat.

Moreover, I met and dated(?) some people over the year. Some are worthy keeping as friends, while others proved to be jerks. Friends got worried about me and set me up for other dates, but there really wasn’t someone. Sure, I met a few who are promising, but I’m not sure if I’m ready for another commitment. Well, I’m only 22. I’m sure I still have a lot of time for that.

I also gained a lot of friends from all over the world thanks to this blog. There were those who always read my posts no matter how boring and redundant they are. Others were more accommodating to give me comments. A few even noticed me and send their recognitions via blogawards. Some even went to great lengths and contact me personally to offer advice, ask questions, and e-mail sympathies. My heart always swells with love whenever I see people liking what I share. It seems that even if a part of me died earlier this year, another one grew bigger each day. Before the year closes, I am glad to realize that I have found a new, addicting hobby and purpose – to write and blog.

welcome 2013

2012 brought both happy and sad memories to me. It made me weak at first, but it also awarded me with friends and new hobby which made me stronger. With the knowledge that I have survived the supposedly End of the World (which I never believed), I am brave to face 2013 and everything it has to offer. Like a clock, I do not have any other choice. Keep moving.

How’s 2012 for you?

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62 thoughts on “Looking Back: Year 2012

  1. What an amazing post, Nica! i actually got to know a bit more about you. Sorry your ex decided to end it right before Valentines Day.. What is LDR?. Man, that flood sounds nasty and I am sorry you had to go thru that… All in all, amazing post!

    1. As always, Naz! Yeah, it pretty sucked. I was too bitter when V-day came. A friend invited me for a date which I accepted and there I was wishing all those happy couples to break, too. LOL. LDR means Long Distance relationship.

      Being in Philippines, we must be tough for all those typhoons and flood!

  2. I’m intrigued by your electrocuted hairstyle, you don’t sound confident that you’ve set a new trend then?! Best wishes for good times and success in 2013 and if all else fails……Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea!!! x

  3. Wow, a year’s worth of impressions from the only Princess I know. Pretty Pretty cool! What fun to read. I wish my new granddaughter the happiest of New Years and may 2013 prove to be very special for you!

    1. Thank you, grandpa! I forgot to mention in my post that I was lucky enough to gain a new grandfather! Both of my grandpa already passed away so this is something very special to me. Continue writing and good luck in 2013!

  4. A fantastic year, give that pestering colleague a huge thank you for getting you to start up your blog. It will be great to spend the whole of next year with you and your blog. It’s going to be a great one, Happy new Year!!!

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m now following you and wish you a Happy Healthy and Peaceful 2013. I’ve enjoyed reading you rundown of the last year and looking forward to keeping up with what you get up to in 2013

  6. I’m glad you had a great year even though you had some ups and downs. I hope 2013 goes even better for you.

    Thanks for being my friend here in wordpress. happy New Year!

    Jade

    1. Life is like that – it would be boring if it is always okay, right? 🙂 I pray that we all have wonderful and blessed 2013.

      Thank you for being a friend here in WP. It is nice to have another Filipino friend. Happy New Year to you and your family, too!

  7. Wow Ate Monica! I admire you so much. Though I started blogging just 2 days ago, I happened to stop by your site and I fell in love with it.
    This post is very wonderful. You deserve the best!
    I hope I could write beautifully as much as you do. Hope to hear from you.

    With lots of love,
    Lyza <3 x

    1. Hi, Lyza! Thank you for saying such nice things to me and my blog. I am flattered by your words and I hope I can maintain your high regards for my writing. I have seen your site and it looks good. By your intro, I deduced that 1. I am older than you, and 2. You are a Filipino, too.

      Just continue writing and enjoy the experience of expressing your thoughts.

      Happy New Year!

      1. Yea, that’s why I’ve been calling you Ate.
        I do love to continue writing(english specifically) but there’s this part of me that feels so weak, and thinks that I am an awful writer. And yes I think I am. Hehe, feel ko nga loser ako ate. I hope to improve.

        1. Only by writing will you be able to improve yourself and your skill. Try watching the movie “Finding Forrester”. It was mentioned there that at first, write what’s in your heart. Don’t think; just write whatever you feel at the moment. Once done, use your objective and critical eye and correct your draft.

  8. That’s a really good summary of a year – I love how you manage to turn even the heartbreaking experiences into an overall positive experience. I wish you a 2013 filled with friends, laughter and positive adventures!

    1. I know it was difficult, and until now i can’t say I fully moved on. It’s almost a year. However, I can’t fill my life with sadness so there’s no choice but to be positive in life 🙂

      Thank you for your best wishes and I also hope you will have the same – and more writing and reading opportunities, too!

  9. This post is inspiring. I think I’ll write about my 2012 adventures too. BTW, thank you for liking my post. I’m a Korean drama addict and a fan of Lee Min Ho. Hahaha! 🙂

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