Today is Christmas Day! So before everything else, I want to greet everyone a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays! Where ever you are in the world or whatever your belief is I'm wishing you all a season full of love, peace and prosperity, also that you are spending this holiday season with your loved ones!
So I wasn't able to write the Volume 7 of my TSC series last Sunday because I attended our team's Christmas party in a hotel in Makati City which lasted until 6:00 in the morning. It was super fun and we got pretty drunk but definitely twas an event one for the books! And the following day, which was a Sunday, I woke up at noon, ate a quick late lunch and left my apartment to meet up with someone. I spent the rest of my Sunday and half of my Monday with that someone before that someone head back to that someone's home country. I was in mixed emotions, but in that moment that I got to spend that time with that someone, I know I am happy. That someone is one of the best things that happened to me this 2016. It was short but sweet and I am grateful.
On Christmas Eve, I still had to work, my officemates and I had our Christmas lunch at our office pantry eating our potlucks complete with Christmas songs playing in the background. At 3:00 pm in the afternoon our shift ended and we all got to go home and celebrate Christmas with our families. I spent my Christmas eve at my mum's place. And today is Christmas day, I was supposed to go to Tagaytay with my officemates but that got cancelled because everyone got lazy hahaha! So I just spent this day at my mum's house and in my apartment, answering and sending Christmas greetings via SMS, Viber, FB messenger and IG DM, sleeping and eating in between.
Not reading anything at the moment. Tomorrow I have another gathering to attend but on the 27th I still don't have work so I might read one of the books I have here at home that I haven't read yet.
This TSC entry and my year-end blog post. I only started a year end blog post last year and I want to continue writing one every year. I will publish it at exactly a few minutes before 2017.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Nora Sagal. This is the version used in the movie Monuments Men. Besides Frank Sinatra's version this is another version that I like so much. It gives you all the feels. I cried during the scene where this was played. You can check out this song in this scene in this Youtube clip, and if this doesn't get to you while watching it, then you probably have the coldest heart! Just kidding!
About what I'm going to write in my journal for my 2017 goals and how to achieve them. Also what are the things that I'm grateful for 2016 and the things and people I need to let go of before 2017 rings in. The new year is coming and almost everything in my life should be brand new or at least my perspective should be, right?
The coffee I'm drinking and the chocolate cake I'm eating. Yes it's evening and I'm drinking a cup of warm coffee and eating chocolate cake, because who said I can't? And it's Christmas day for heaven's sake.
That I could have spent more or longer time with that someone. It was only a few months that I sort of "dated" or have been going out with that someone, but I was happy everytime I am with that someone. People around me kept telling I am having this unexplainable glow in me since I started seeing that someone. Maybe that's what happens when you feel so good about something. Well, no one knows what the future holds, and our paths may cross again... or maybe not... but I want to thank that someone for making (and ending) my 2016 on a happy note. I'm ready for you 2017, so bring it on!
That I can travel more next year, both locally and internationally. I want to go to Bangkok, Cambodia and Vietnam next year. For domestic destinations I'm planning to go back to Siargao, visit El Nido, Bantayan, Kalanggaman and Batanes. Gotta start saving for those trips as early as now.
Shorts and tank top, I'm home so...
That I got to eat a super duper great home-cooked Lechon Paksiw! I ate more than I should of that dish but I'm not feeling the slightest guilt, at all! Lechon Paksiw is a stew made from the left overs of the roasted pig that my family and our neighbors grilled last night. Then my sister cooked it in vinegar, pepper, dried laurel leaves and soy sauce. I've been eating too much fast food and pantry food these past couple of months and they're not the best foods I've been stuffing myself with. So it was really awesome to finally eat something so hearty. It's the holiday season so it's cheat day 'til the New Year's eve celebration.
To go the beach so desperately. I was chatting with one of my best friends who lives in Nashville earlier this morning. She said that it's so cold back in the States that all she can think of is going back to Siargao (we went there in 2015). I told her that I am also thinking of the same thing! I will likely plan a trip to the beach one weekend in January, because I can't take it anymore! I need some sand, sea and sun in my life or I will go crazy.
A lot of discipline, motivation and doing things in moderation.
Relaxed. I have no work for 3 days! Yassss! Woot! So I will probably meet with friends and if I'm home, sleep a lot to make up for all the lack of sleep and rest I've been having since the holiday season begun.