1) DRINKING BUDDY OF THE YEAR
Roomie!!! Where’s the wine?! Lol.
2) LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD (longest friend/s)
Default. Same answer as last year! (Hi Zan, Ivan, Nik, Yshio, Kim, Cris, Gandara, and Melai!)- Fifteen years this 2016.
3) NEWCOMER AWARD - COOLEST NEW FRIEND/s?
My Gymboree Saturday co-teachers, my housemates, and the “aunties” of UM! :)
4) HIGH POINT OF THE YEAR?
Riding Cylon a day before I turned 29! You might say I’m kind of taking this literally (haha) but it’s a symbolic act for me. I have been to USS a couple of times already before I finally decided to ride this attraction. I used to have this notion of ‘reserved’ things to do; ‘reserved’ meaning to do only with a significant other. Riding Cylon was one of them.
Whenever I ride Human, I always ask the person sitting next to me if we can hold hands – not because I like them or what haha but because I get really nervous and panicky. I squirm on my seat and my heart starts to go on overdrive. Holding someone’s hand gives me comfort. And Human is like gentler than Cylon. I always thought “No way am I gonna ride Cylon. I would need someone who completely makes me feel safe before I’d try that.” Thus, the reserved status. Looking back, my reasoning sounds twisted and shallow to me now. :P
So on my last day as a 28th year old, I decided to abolish the reserved rule. I would be missing out on a lot of things if I followed it. And there was a sense of accomplishment (proud moment!) I felt after that Cylon ride. J
5) LOW POINT OF THE YEAR?
I wouldn’t really say ‘low’ point, maybe just bumpy. The first three or four months here in Singapore was kind of lonely. I was struggling at work and I missed my family a lot. I used to cry in hawker centers while having lunch, missing my mom and dad and the thought that I could be sharing this meal with them back home was heartbreaking. But, as time passed and as I got accustomed to the local media scene, things got better. I also realized that home is not that far away – only less than four hours away – and mom is always online on Facebook so I could just do video call and instantly see her, dad, Gian, and my cats! J
6) BEST HOLIDAY?
When Yshio came to visit! Not really a holiday – just one weekend! To be honest, the past two years were trying times in our friendship. It’s nice to finally be able to start over again and to renew the ties that bind.
7) YOUR SONG FOR 2015?
Need a Little Sunshine - Augustana
8) MOVIE FOR 2015?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – because it’s the first ever Star Wars film I watched and it made me realize how come I never watched Star Wars before.
9) WHO DID YOU SPEND VALENTINE'S WITH AND WHERE?
With Teej at Susi. Was Vegan for a night!
10) WHAT WERE YOU FOR HALLOWEEN?
Errr…nothing! No Halloween party this year.
11) RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR?
Fabulous Baker Boy! J
12) KISS OF THE YEAR?
13) BEST DECISION MADE THIS YEAR?
Be an OFW. It has its lonely and problematic moments- from getting lost on a regular basis to bouts of severe homesickness and questioning your self-worth- but you learn a lot. You learn a lot about yourself and it is such a humbling experience that makes you realize there is always room for improvement.
14) WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2016?
Be a first-rate version of me.
15) MOST STUPID IDEA WHEN DRUNK?
Not really that stupid but funny nevertheless – sit on an empty sidewalk on a busy street while waiting for the cab to arrive. Oh and we booked two cabs and ignored one of the drivers when they tried to call.
16) TV SHOW/s OF THE YEAR?
Pangako Sa’Yo – although, lost interest halfway through.
17) MOST LOYAL FRIEND(s)?
Helloooo Patrick Alonsagay and Jonnalee Tuazon! Labyu! :*
18) BIGGEST CHANGE OF THE YEAR?
Moved to Singapore.
19) NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?
Save money! :p