2010 in Pictures

JANUARY- The girls headed north for a memorable trip to Ilocos. Left Manila with mom a day after I arrived from Taiwan.
FEBRUARY: Auntie Emi went home for her yearly visit and took her to Cebu and Bohol. Went back to Taipei for another semester and bid goodbye to the bestfriends I had during my first six months. I took some of the good courses offered by other departments. Gender Politics rocked, and also Communication Psychology and Human Communication. Best semester ever.
MARCH: When you say goodbye to some friends, new ones will come. I signed up for a Chinese class and met three girls whom I shared the best friendship with, that is over Vietnamese noodles and Sichuan foods.

MAY: I went on a solo flight to Singapore for some RnR. I realized I like traveling alone.
JUNE: Finished all four term papers just in time for mom and Auntie Yollie's arrival. They visited me, showed my old and new place. Mom finally saw my life in Taiwan and I think she's happy that I'm living well. Got good grades too from this semester!
JULY: I brought my friends I met in Taiwan and toured them around my favorite places and restaurants. I hope they found the Philippines beautiful despite the disheartening economic situation.
AUGUST: This picture was taken a day before EJ was rushed to the hospital. Two days after, he left the world and became an angel, watching over us.
SEPTEMBER: Left again for my second to the last semester in graduate school. Moved in to my new place which I can now confidently call as "home," not dorm. I also started meeting and working with a wonderful thesis adviser who motivates me each time to do well.
OCTOBER: No crying unlike last year. Judy, my classmate, gave me a surprise in our Chinese class. Turning 22 wasn't a big thing but someone reminded me to not let age pass you by. There must be something memorable in every birthday and age you celebrate.
NOVEMBER: The start of the I-feel-like-dying-because-of-thesis moments. Thanks to my bestfriend Monica who came for a visit, I regained my sanity. She's one of the few close friends I have who truly believes in me. I don't believe in my capacity, my close friends do, and also my adviser. I need to be pushed, most of the time.

DECEMBER: I got the approval of my thesis adviser and successfully defended my proposal in front of the two demigods of qualitative research, one is the author of my thesis bible. Thankful of the grade they gave me, hence the after-defense celebration with friends, for lunch and noisy chit chats. Taiwan journey is about meeting people and saying goodbye after, so Judy and Shawn, my classmates from Chinese class organized a small get together for everyone before leaving Taiwan.
Even if I'm so preoccupied with a lot of life's issues, this note from my English tutoring group student melted my heart. It made me think of the possibility of me becoming a teacher someday. Should I consider? Hmmm... 

So that's my year in review. It was quite a ride, but I enjoyed it :)

1 comment

Anonymous said...

so many great things going for you sis. THat was one productive 2010 for you :)