My 2012 in review

2012 has been full of adventures so far. I met a lot of new people and made new friends online and offline. I’ve also embarked on a soul searching journey and learned a lot of things that has been staring at my face with a stern expression for quite some time now.

Since I’ve survived the Mayans’ apocalypse prediction, I’m going to share to you the highlights and lowlights of my 2012:

January – For the first time of my life, at 12:01am New Year’s eve, I was at the hotel with colleagues, friends and Follies de Mwah. I greeted and thanked every guest (media friends and hotel guests) a happy new year. Every time I hear the “Auld Lang Syne” song being played, I will remember the Club Mwah and Follies de Mwah performers. They’re gorgeous for gays. 
February – Our Baguio trip finally happened. After the northern escape, we spent the remaining free days in Manila. By the time we were back from the City of Pines, we celebrated Valentine’s Day at Showtime. I ticked off one task from my Bucket List, that is, to be part of a live studio audience in a variety show. We got our three-hour shot of fame dancing the jingle and arranging our facial expressions in TV show-worthy smiles.
March and April – At the height of the butanding (whale shark) frenzy, I tried to make plans with Kayrone and Apollo to visit Oslob for the whale sharks but said plans were never realized. We are bad vacation planners, considering we kept postponing (which leads to cancelling) for two months. Or maybe we just don’t want to make an effort to see one of nature’s magnificent giants. Hopefully, when we make plans in the future, at least one of them gets accomplished.
May – Summer’s almost over and I have to go to the beach, otherwise I will go crazy. It is a mortal sin not to visit the beach during summer. It’s funny because I work in a resort and the beach is literally outside our office yet I am not tempted to swim. Why? Because it feels like work. No work-related beaches for me, please. So yeah, I have to invite myself to Dyvonee’s family weekend get-together at Bunzie’s Cove. One of my impulsive things I’ve done this year.  Dyvonee and I capped off our summer by almost drowning. In the process, I accidentally learned how to float. I guess if you’re in stuck in a life-threatening situation, your survival instinct kicks in. 
Sigh. How I miss Mommy Dyvonee. Here’s my photo blog how she cooked up a storm for me and her family when we were in Sogod.
Attended LifeDance 2012 with friends. Joanna convinced me to be part of the first LifeDance in the history of Cebu. So, I got VIP tickets from a media friend and sortof enjoyed the outdoor party. I was kinda disappointed at Chicane though. Everybody’s looking forward to him but people started going home when he began spinning. Guess expectations were not met.
June – Rumors were confirmed that Movenpick Resort and Spa Cebu will undergo major renovation. People started planning what to do within the five months of closure. The trending question is #WhereToNext.
July – Movenpick Cebu was closed for renovation. Press releases and official statements were issued–thanks to the area office. And I left the hotel. 
Scored tickets online and went to the David Cook concert in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino with Chumz. I used to cheer and root for David Cook when he was still a contestant in American Idol, so I went to see him while he’s still in the city.
August – My hotel colleagues got the opportunity to work as APEC volunteers in Vladivostok, Russia. Envy mode here. As of this writing, I want to see Dyvonee to catch up and get my Russian pasalubong.
September – Bought an Xperia phone as a birthday gift for myself. I’m a huge Sony Ericsson fan, so I got myself an Xperia phone after months of research and comparison to Samsung phones. I’m not a fan of iPhone, mind you.
I’ve decided to embark on a soul searching journey during my sabbatical–a la Elizabeth Gilbert in her “Eat Pray Love” book. Unlike Liz, I didn’t stuff myself with food. Instead, I decided to look for other “food category” options other than eating a lot (I stopped going to the gym and I was afraid of getting fat). For my first leg, “Eat” category, I attended a cooking demo of Chefs Roland and Jackie Laudico with Food Blogger friend, Red Yumang of Cookmygarden.com. Sorry, I don’t have photos of me and the chefs. It’s with Red and he still have to edit it before posting it online. 
October – Hurrah for Filipinos and Cebuanos. We have our second Filipino saint canonized in Rome this month. Prior to the trip to the Vatican City, the image of Saint Pedro Calungsod was scheduled to pass the streets of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu City. We’re lucky enough to have the motorcade passed our way–the perks of living close to the national road.
November – I crossed off the second part (which is a visit to somewhere holy) for my “Pray” category. If you’re looking for the post, I still need to publish it. Stay tuned.
Johnn of FocalGlass.com invited me to his Cebu Blog Camp. I made new friends with my group, TriFinity.  Speaking of Cebu Blog Camp and my team TriFinity, I still have to make a post, watch out for it.
A good friend of mine finally arrived in Cebu. She was in Japan for 6 years. We’re planning to put up a retail sideline business soon, hopefully we get to do that next year.
I also got another Xperia phone as a gift from my aunt’s boss for picking up the phone and telling him he got the wrong number. As silly as it sounds, but that is the reason why I got another Xperia phone.
December – My favorite time of the year because I get to shop and buy gifts for my family and friends. Looking back, I accomplished my goal to lose weight. Yes, I lost a few pounds (even though I stopped going to the gym) and I have my trainer and Nestle Fitnesse cereal to thank for. 
This month, something happened which opened my eyes and leads me to wrap up the last portion of my soul searching journey. I’ve always wanted to change the last section of my “Eat Pray Love” quest. Instead of “Love”, I’m going to finish my story and call it “Realize”. I will blog about it next year. Check it out soon.

Oh and the world’s going to end on December 21, 2012. I was expecting zombies to walk the earth or an epic battle between good and evil to commence. Thankfully, the world survived from the ancient doomsday that the Mayans’ predicted to fall on the said date. Yay!

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Year 2012 have been good to me so far. Blessings and new friends abound. I’ve also accomplished a few 2012 goals on my list. I may have not mentioned any lowlights, but I had my fair share of dark moments. I thought I’d never lift my chin high, look back and laugh at those hard times. Positive attitude and prayers helped me get through my difficult period this year. In a way, I’ve grown stronger this year. Big thanks to the Big Boss above and the support group of  family, friends and colleagues who believes in me. 
I suppose this is our second life. I hope for another good year ahead. Let’s pray for more years to come and that Earth will still serve as our home (we won’t get shipped to Mars or other planets to live) and that zombies don’t eat us alive. Cheers to a happy 2013!
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