I'm gonna be over you.
Oh that was quite a worthwhile 366-day journey filled with such great personal realizations, memories, euphorias and nostalgias that will constitute a better living experience for the next year.
This year had been one of the greatest I've ever had apart from the year I was born to see the world. Indeed, I can say that THIS IS MY YEAR. Everything just got into its own place, maybe. Hahaha. Just sayin', humans may and will never have that fulfillment as young as 19 years old I may say since a long long way to life is just about to open for them. But for me, a simple hombre dreaming to be a vampire belonging to the Cullen Coven, I am fulfilled with who I am today, what I have today and where I am today. You may not believe me, but trust me, the only thing I am just waiting on the sideline is the moment I can affix that Eng'r. before my name. Apart from that, I'm already happy with all these overflowing abundance of opportunities I had before my eyes and hands. Come what may, I am happy. I think that's a perk of being a happy-go-lucky person wanting to be surprised by whatever life will hand him down. Going back, lemme share the highlights of my 2012 that made me go crazy crazy 'til I can see the sun. Ooopsie!
Lez start with January 2012.
*INSERT ENGINEERING MEMORIES HERE*
Animolympics 2012 (the Sporsfest of University of St. La Salle) was indeed a blast as champions were unleashed. Every year, I am looking forward for this time when colleges fight for their own color in sports and dance. Having participated in the Opening Cheerleading competition, this year was a paradigm shift for the College of Engineering Tigers who used to be just "participants" rather than "competitors". Dancing Narutos and Dragon Balls protectors came tumbling out unexpected and what used to be fun performance remained on stage. We may not be the winner but the cheers of the people inside the coliseum, no matter what color they bleed, perfected the moment of victory for us. And even in the over-all ranking, engineers played well with numbers and over-all sports achievements. That was a wrap I must say for the opening of the year. Nothing more, nothing less.
With love, February 2012.
Just in time for the Love Month, I have found love in a hopeless place and hope in a loveless place. Hahaha. Love was then faster than a bullet and shot the soul out of me. I've met someone I just used to pass by the corner, never even saying cliche "hi and hellos", just staring blankly at each other's eyes -- who I never thought would be my kryptonite, my heavy dose of inspiration. I enjoyed much being suspended in a galaxy of constellated love. But too bad, it lasted also as fast as that bullet shot through me. Never seen I was bleeding already. But hey! This is how things should be. Goodbye short-lived love. I never thought I would be singing "The One That Got Away" by Katy P after that. Nothing more, nothing less.
Marching on March 2012.
Most of my dear upperclassmen friends in college graduated already. Bidding goodbye's with the hope of seeing them again sometime in the future. My one and only cousin in my mother side had graduated too. A great reason for celebration which brought families closer together. She was more than a cousin but a sister to me, a bestfriend and a shock absorber most of the time. Hahaha. I was never more proud of her than seeing her lift her arm with the piece of paper she worked hard to finally grasp it in her palm. This also marks a prelude to the long-waited summer break for everyone. Yaaaaay! Water splash and tanned skin on beach side. Nothing more, nothing less.
Fools on April 2012.
I was never been blessed than to travel outside the Philippines again after 2010 when I went out for USA. Such a pretty amazing memory. I applied to this JENESYS Programme last 2010 and was supposed to fly to Japan already on the summer of 2011 but an unexpected tsunami and devastation stroke the totality of the Land of the Rising Sun. It was postponed to 2012, and finally it did came true. A dream while I was wide-awake. "Please wake me up!" I was already in Japan but my heart and mind would always say the latter. We were there for about 15 days as Goodwill Ambassadors of the Philippines to the tsunami-stricken areas. It was more than a trip but a life-changing experience to make people who experienced immeasurable degree of loneliness smile even just for a while, to make them whole again and make them feel that they are not alone. Even more, helping them was a gift for our soul. It was really really a different experience. Tears would just come out of your eyes but you need to keep it for yourself so that they will not burst out of the grief they've experienced that none can ever handle. Celebrating my 19th birthday with my Japanese foster Okkasan (mother) and Ottosan (father) was heart whelming and genuine. I am blessed to have all these. Nothing more, nothing less.
Come what May 2012 to November 2012.
*INSERT ENGINEERING LIFE STRUGGLES HERE*
Starting May up to November, stress here and there and everywhere. Hahaha. A lot of balancing regarding my studies and me being a student leader is top of the line. Sometime I would just do face palm and shout inside me all my frustrations and hurts. I thank my USLS USG Executive Family, which brought out the best of me too in serving the students with a strong heart and mind. It was never that easy to be in these shoes but I know this where I want to be and I must take all what the world throws back at me. Lezgetiton ingeniero! As I have stepped into the third year of my Engineering Life, I have faced more adjustments and more "line of 7's" in my grade grid. If you know what I mean. HAHAHA. I could just laugh about it but I never forget to learn and earn from it. Yeah. Tougher than tough but that just calls me to be stronger than strong too. This tested my inner self. What I was before, was not enough. I need to grow up to combat these changes too. And that made me even stronger that what I thought. A more responsible engineer in the making. Reeeeaaaaally? I was able to let go of my weaknesses and be strong enough instead. It's me against the world, eh? Hahaha. I may have failed but that didn't made me less of a man but instead more of it. To summarize the months I have struggled to keep up my life as a student and as a student leader: I LEARNED AND EARNED. Nothing more, nothing less.
Dedicated December 2012.
Who would have thought that this hombre would leave the country twice this year, for free? HAHAHA. I am blessed to have myself as my ticket to the world. There's no such thing as a free lunch but there are still free trips abroad. Jakarta, Indonesia -- I fell in love with you as in like seriously. Haha. The first U.S. ASEAN Young Leaders Summit with more than 130 participants from the ASEAN countries converged in Jakarta for 5 days with smiles and grins even unfamiliar faces flooded their sights. Who would have thought that people from different walks of life, different cultures and different principles would call and treat each other as brothers and sisters? And from an unfamiliar face, "Hey bro, how are you?" would just come candid and would sound like music? Hahaha. Magic isn't it? Magic that everyone would as if knew every soul in the room and you would start treating them as your own big family. Truly ASEAN. It was more than meeting people from other countries, more than enjoying Royal Kuningan Hotel, more than just raiding Jakarta for stuffs and more than just saying "Hi and Hello's" -- it was more of an inexplicable short-lived life-changing 5 days but seems to last a lifetime. A beautiful part of each one of us that time can never erase. The connections and rainbows of friendships built over a short period of time will over come the test of distance and time. Inseparable. Nothing compares. Nothing more, nothing less.
One more thing, I celebrated Christmas and will be welcoming the New Year with spots for luck. Hahaha. Guess what? Yeah. I did have chicken pox. Such a pretty cool part of my 2012. Hahaha. :)
What more can this hombre ask for ? Hmmmm. Come what may Good Lord. You have blessed me a lot. Oh, before I forget, I believe everyone who stayed with me through 2012 amidst the ups and downs, deserves a round of thundering applause. You were the best part of it. Without you, my 2012 would just be another "end of the world" without a thrill. Things may pass away but the people who shared their laughter, their tears and their lives with me are far better than all the riches in the world. Thanks and cheers for the company you gave me. It gives me chills. Whoa! Happy New Year to all the loves that bring us to life. :)
Don't forget to include yourself when you count the good things that ever existed!