Let me present in the blog my year in words [since I haven't posted much of them in the recent months].
Beware: It is one lengthy post. I'll try as much as possible to summarize the events per month so please do stick till the end :D
So here's what happened in 2013:
|Back after 13 Years|
We went there in time for the Dinagyang Festival 2013. On 01.26.13, we arrived in Iloilo then stayed for Guimaras for a day to enjoy the beach there. It was not my first time to go there since I was part of my school's delegation to the 2nd Paulinian Summer Leadership Seminar held in SPUI back in 2000.
On 01.27.13, we went back to Downtown Iloilo to witness the festival itself. Here's some of the vids that I took in line with the event:
Thou I didn't able to go with my officemates to Boracay as I had to leave that night for Manila [it was, after all, my Mom's birthday], I had so much fun. It turned out that this was just the beginning of the many bondings that our team will be having for this year.
The highlight of this month really was my birthday but since I do nothing about it [just some simple celebration], the other occasions happened during this month became the highlight.
|Just some of the Rushers Present|
Next up was the suddent [shotgun] wedding of my cousin Badeth in Paniqui, Tarlac which coincided with the 18th Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark Air Base in Pampanga. I was able to attend both but I only got to stay on the latter event for just an hour or so.
Here's a photo of me with the Bride:
She was, I think, 3 years younger than me but she was the first one [bet the two of us] to marry hahaha. Also, I serve as her godparent [towhich I am still puzzled till now].
I did serve as the Maid-of-Honor of the wedding [since I was still single and too young to be part of the Sponsors (((( ;°Д°))))]. Look at how beautiful I was. Hahaha :P
Here's a video of my quick trip to the Hot Air Balloon Festival:
For this month, the highlight was my first Cosplay Group Photoshoot that I had with my group, Cosplay Le Familia. It was also my first time to attend a photoshoot outside conventions. I was nervous at first but then after some clicks and some warm-ups, I got confident with them.
|This is the Family that I love hanging-out every otaku conventions and events|
|We're going moe and kawaii yet Chico stays kowaii hahaha|
This month, various events happened. There was The RX Summer Stick-on [happened just outside my office here in Eastwood], Ozine Fest [thou I didn't stay too long], then my office Summer Party, then also another cosplay group photoshoot happened in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Let me share to you some pics from there events:
|The Monster Van as seen from my office|
|Cool Booth Set-up in Ozine Fest|
|Some of the pics in IBM Mobility Neon Nite [I'm the one with the wig on]|
|The Epic Cosplayers and Photographers of Cosplay Le Familia|
Nothing much happened during May, aside from the Birthday Party for DJ Andre of RX and the One Piece Movie Z showing in SM Cinemas.
|The Weeners, listeners of the [now defunct] RX Afterhours|
|Andre with my Rillakuma gift|
|movie date with fellow Rusher and otaku, Ron|
This month's highlight is my First Anniversary as a Cosplayer. I already posted about it sometime this year so let me just share to you some of my pics during that event. (´∀｀)♡
|Credits to Raymond Sison|
|Credits to Chuck and Christian [again and again]|
This month's highlight was that of my Okaasan's hospitalization. Only a few knew about this [not even our relatives knew about it] since we want my Mom to avoid unnecessary stress. She had Hysterectomy, after finding out the real reason of her bleeding for months. No pics will be shared here since it was a private affair. Hope you understand.
During this month, I got sick, really really sick, for the first time due to overworking, overfatigue, and stress at work. I thought I'll get hospitalized too, if my temperature didn't go down on the third day.
Also, another highlight was the Fantasy Quest 3 held annually in Fernwoods Garden. It was my second time attending FQ but what made it more special was the people I was with: my CLF. I had a chance to wear a full furisode kimono thanks to Kuya Archie. (∩_∩) We even stayed in one of the member's place after the event so we had a house party!
What made my September one of my busiest months was the fact that I had to go to the province in So. Leyte with my Otousan then had to return to Manila after just spending some hours there at the same time attend a convention since I had to meet some people there.
Here are some pics from that tiring yet fulfilling trip:
|I'm very much weak to any body form of water|
|Doing the #Shundere pose hehehe|
Highlight of this month was the Cosmania 2013 wherein we got to do a first group cos [by the form of Sket Dance] and got to meet and greet Reika. Also, met some cosplayers which in turn became my new friends.
|Reika and [the close-eyed] I|
|Group Cos with CLF|
|Poor Sket Dance, being bullied by The Student Council|
|My Cosplay for Cosmania 2013 Day 2|
This month also left a mark to me due to the sudden demise of one of my Aunts from Okaasan's side, which was so close to me. Tita Flor, I'm missing you so much. We all miss you.
This was the most-awaited month of the year due to two things: First, it was the 10th Anniversary Dance Concert of Mapua Makati DanceCom, the dance group that I belong to back in college; second it was the trip that my team and Apple's team had come up. We booked a flight to Cagayan de Oro during our Thanksgiving holidays [since we're all in US Account so we follow their holidays]. Guess what, we all enjoyed the trip so much! So much that we wanted to set another trip with the teams involved! We tried the White River Rafting and the Ziplines in CDO and Bukidnon respectively.
Here's some of the pics and vids that we had during our trip:
Well, nothing much happened during this month, except for the endless parties and get-together that we had, left-and-right.
And oh, I attended the Christmas Toycon and the Ozine Year-ender Con and had fun with some old friends, met new ones, and err, just basically had fun.
Some pics with some people during this month:
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My 2013 is indeed a roller coaster ride, with full of ups and downs. Four hours and 45 minutes to go, I'll be saying goodbye to the year that was.
I just want to extend my gratitude to the people that I got to be with for the past 365 days, be it everyday, during otaku-related events only, be it once a month or just once this year. You just made my 2013 a colorful one and I hope you won't get tired of this girl, err, lady, err, whatever you thinks of me! Hahaha
Let me end this post by a simple prayer:
Lord, I thank you for the wonderful life that you have given me
You've given me a good family thou there are some conflicts at times
You've given me wonderful friends from different walks and paths of life
You've given me a good shelter to live on
You've given me something to earn a living
You've given me countless blessings that I myself cannot fathom anymore
I thank you for the endless opportunities
For the never-ending travels and tours that you allow me to be in
For the hundred todays and thousand tomorrows
Lord, I ask you to guide my family and friends
To teach them hope and faith
Tell them to forgive one another as we have forgiven them
Tell them to let go of the past to be able to embrace today
and to welcome tomorrow
This we ask, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
☆*･゜ﾟ･*\(^O^)/*･゜ﾟ･*☆HAPPY NEW YEAR MINNA! ☆*･゜ﾟ･*\(^O^)/*･゜ﾟ･*☆