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2016 in Review

Who would have thought that 2016 will be a great year for me? I had a lot of personal achievements and a lot of emotional stress, unfortunately. But this year I can say, it settled my goals and true happiness in life. Let’s do a run down.

  • Early this year, I suffered stress from different channels. But it eventually faded and all that’s left are lessons learned. I learned that I shouldn’t drop my identity and pride for a worthless person. That taking risks should also have limitations. I learned that people change, and I should not expect them not to.
  • I’m on my way on mastering the “I don’t give a damn” attitude. Seriously!
  • Come March, I finally scratch off another item on my bucket list. Plus! I did it solo. TRAVEL to PORT BARTON PALAWAN. Read here.
  •  For all of my life, this thing only shows in my dreams and I didn’t expect to finally have it. Until now I still haven’t absorbed this – “I got a CAR”. Still an achievement right? With this, I learned a lot as a driver and I experience a lot already – apprehended, rear-ended, scratched by a public vehicle. What more?
  • This year I think is dedicated for my binge-watching! I watched and re-watched a lot of different shows, old and new, anime and series, and I’m happy to list them down.
    • Game of Thrones – though I’m really following this, I finished season 6 after it was broadcast.
    • The Office Series – I’m happy I watched this.
    • A lot of Hollywood movies including animated ones!!!
    • Ranma ½ (Anime)
    • Tangled, Mirai Nikki, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle (Anime) – re-watched
    • Your Name (Anime Movie)
  • This year is K-drama year for me. I watched around 8 dramas (Korea, Taiwan, Japan) series this year and it’s really fulfilling! HAHAHA. Now I’m planning to go to Korea.
          a.      Meteor Garden I (Taiwan)
          b.      Princess Hours
          c.      Coffee Prince
          d.      My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
          e.      Oh My Venus!
          f.       Oh My Ghost!
          g.      Good Morning Call! (Japanese) - Netflix
          h.      Love in the Moonlight
          i.       W - Two Worlds
  • This year I gave a shot on exercise and healthy food. I tried subscribing (and paying) to KFIT and attended some Zumba/Hip Hop sessions and Aerial Silk. I also tried a Diet Food Delivery service, added vegetables and yoghurt (I don’t like this before) on my healthy diet and drank a couple of Go Salad shakes. I’m not promoting. I just become health conscious – in a way. And this is related to the next item.
  • I learned that I really need to exercise for my hiking goals. This year I experienced the downside of not being prepared. Read my experience here.
  • I had to make this a separate item, because I really am into “Fairy Tail” manga right now. Can you imagine? I started last November with the anime series and after I finished it I went to the manga, and there you go, I’m now up to date. Chapter 515. HAHAHA First time in my life that I’ve been up to date with something.
  • I'm starting to like books and I hoard everytime I get the chance. I'm actually staying away from it right now since I still had a lot of books to read.
  • This year is also about strengthening relationships. I went out with my friends and stayed updated.
  • To top all of them I learned what things really make me happy and that’s a secret. :D

As you can see, all of them are personal achievements, and I’m proud it is. This year has been a great ride for me! No dependencies, no other factors. My happiness depends on me!

This year runs so fast I still have the memory of last year’s Christmas, and it’s still fresh for me. I’m a little afraid to grow fast right now because I feel like I still have a lot of things to do. That’s why even if I stayed up all night just for something, I do it. We’ll never know when our time will come. So far so good! This year certainly rocked!

Happy New Year Everyone! 


Glens is a full time Systems Developer and part time wanderer. On weekends she's mostly at home watching series, anime or anything of her interest. Sometimes, she can be seen backpacking or hiking. But she can ditch that over comfort food and bed weather.

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