What Happened in 2008: A Year-End Survey

What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

Resign from my job.

Travel to Bacolod.

Move to Cebu.

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t make new year’s resolutions. But I did promise to go to the gym more regularly. And I also promised to stay in touch and see my girlfriends more often. I pretty much accomplished both.

As I am getting older and wiser, instead of resolutions, I made a list of goals for 2009 which covers all aspects such as personal, career, financial, fitness and spiritual.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

My high school and grade school friends, Cathy to Ysabel and Tammy to Diego. My small group friend Malou gave birth last December 30 to Kristoffer Isaiah.

Did anyone close to you die?

A colleague from work, Patrick, died.

What countries did you visit?

Singapore for Food & Hotel Asia 2008 and the ASEAN Agri-Food Team Meeting in April.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

More time to manage the household. More time to work out at the gym.

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

December 5: my last day at work

December 12: the day I moved to Cebu

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Put my family first by supporting my husband and following him to Cebu. I also survived three months away from Jed when I had to stay in Manila and him in Cebu.

Jed and I also started tithing this year. I joined a small group and learned a lot from the weekly meetings.

What was your biggest failure?

I should have saved more and shopped less.

Did you suffer illness or injury?


What was the best thing you bought?

My NIV Women’s Devotional Bible and Christian books from OMF.

My gadgets: an iPod classic and a Canon digital camera

Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband – for not giving up on me when I would feel most discouraged about our move and also for being the son that he is to his parents.

My mother and siblings – for encouraging me to move to Cebu when I know deep down that it would be difficult to be a plane ride away from me.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I’ll keep you guessing. They come from all over – family, relatives, work, friends, etc.

Where did most of your money go?

Food, dining out, travel to Cebu, and clothes.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Starting 2008 with a husband. The thought of a new boss. Resigning from work. A new life in Cebu.

What song(s) will always remind you of 2008?

David Cook’s version of Always Be My Baby

Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

Sadder. I’m still adjusting to this new life and I’m still missing my family and close friends, and the life in Manila.

ii. thinner or fatter?

Fatter! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!

iii. richer or poorer?

Richer. In a way, we’re better off than when we started last year.

What do you wish you'd done more?

Be more adventurous. Tried out more new things.

What do you wish you'd done less of?

Sulked. I was mostly a pessimist which did not do me any good.

How many one-night stands?


What was your favorite TV program?

I closely follow these shows: Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers & Sisters.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

Hate is a strong word. I’m trying to be more forgiving and not hate anyone or anything.

What was the best book you read?

My Christian books: Joel Osteens’ Become A Better You and Elizabeth George’s Loving God with All Your Mind. I also enjoy The Nest Newlywed Handbook.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

David Cook

What did you want and get?


What was your favorite film of this year?

The Dark Knight

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32 last November. Jed came over from Cebu and we stayed at Makati Shangri-la. We had a quiet dinner in Restaurant Verbana in Tagaytay.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Travelled to a country I have never been to.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Neyza and I fell in love with dresses which we shopped more of. I was fond of clothes from Zara and Gap as the cuts are more classic and the style is more forgiving which concealed flaws very well. Towards the end of the year, I purchased more dresses and sandals to prepare me for resort life in Cebu.

What kept you sane?

My girlfriends.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Barack Obama

What political issue stirred you the most?

The US Presidential election more than the financial turmoil and global economic crisis.

Who did you miss?

For the Christmas holidays, I missed my family and friends back home.

Who was the best new person you met?

My small group buddies: Malou (even if I’ve met her in 2007, I’ve gotten close to her this year), LJ and Lynn.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:

Keep on obeying God, and He will reward your obedience.

What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself:

I bring warmth and joy to people.

What was the most touching experience you've had this year?

Ending a chapter in my life made me realize how much the people I have worked with value me and what I have done to them.

What did you like most about yourself this year?

I was eager to know more about God.

What did you hate most about yourself this year?

I allowed myself to be weak, and think disturbing thoughts.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

"Manila, Manila. I keep coming back to Manila."

Was 2008 a good year for you?

Yes, it was. It was a year of challenges and changes but I surpassed them all.

What was your favorite moment of the year?

Seeing the happiness and excitement in Jed’s eyes whenever I would visit him in Cebu.

What was your least favorite moment of the year?

Bidding my friends goodbye.

Where were you when 2008 began?

At our first home in Dansalan Gardens in Mandaluyong City.

Who were you with?

My husband

Where will you be when 2008 ends?

In Shangri-la Mactan

Who will you be with when 2008 ends?

Nobody else but my husband

Do you have a new years resolution for 2009?

Not resolutions but goals.

What was your favorite month of 2008?

November. I have always loved my birthday month.

Did you lose anybody close to you in 2008?


Did you miss anybody in the past year?

Sam and Rob who had to go to the US

What was your favorite record from 2008?

There’s none I could think of.

How many concerts did you see in 2008?

Ding, Neyza and I listened to the Chris Brown – Rihanna concert at the Fort.

Did you drink a lot of alchohol in 2008?

Occasionally. I’m not much of drinker now as I was in the past.

Did you do a lot of drugs in 2008?

I have never done drugs in my life.

Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

I do not believe in regrets. And I know everything happens for a reason.

How much money did you spend in 2008?

A lot on food, clothes, gadgets, pampering.

What was your proudest moment of 2008?

When Jed and I started tithing.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2008?

I do not remember such unpleasant things.

If you could go back in time to any moment of 2008 and change something, what would it be? The time I felt weak, and I gave in my craving to smoke cigarettes. Thankfully, I’m no longer addicted to nicotine.

What are your plans for 2009?

To settle and adjust well here in Cebu.

To buy a car.

To be the best wife for Jed.

To have a baby.

To find my passion and make money out of it.

To continue getting to know my Lord.

How are you different now that the year has ended?

I am wiser. The experiences of 2008 made me a stronger and better person.

What are your wishes for the new year?

Despite the grim forecasts, may this new year be a better one for the world that we all come out wiser and stronger at the end of the year.

Off to the Movie House: My Movie List for 2008

I love movies, as much as I love books. Well, I painstakingly kept track of all movies I've seen for this year. Jed and I are big movie fans. We make it a point to watch a movie every week.

Not all movies I've seen were great. A number were totally awful. The movie ticket was a waste of money.

I have highlighted (in bold) those that I love.

Movies I've Seen in 2008

Page Turners for 2008

I cannot remember the first time I read a book. But I've been reading since then. I do have a collection of fiction and non-fiction.

For year 2008, here's the list of what I've read. The list is definitely longer than the previous years. I've read most books in the last quarter when I had more time to read as Jed was in Cebu and I had so much idle time I resorted to reading.

Books I've Read in 2008

Disturbing Christmas Message

I am behind in my entries. I'm not sure how I would keep up. One at a time... That had been my motto this month.

I should be writing about my last day at work, last week in Manila, our first wedding anniversary, my first two weeks in Cebu, and so on. But that has to wait until our DSL gets connected.

My husband and I spent Christmas differently this year. It was quiet and stress-free. While it may have been lonely that we had no family reunions to go to, we cherished every minute together. I insisted on eating lunch at Cyma which just opened in Ayala Center Cebu's The Terraces.

For this year, I sent out Christmas greetings to most people in my phone's address book. I received a very disturbing reply from one person which thanked me for my Christmas message but it also states how I wronged the person for which will not be forgiven and forgotten.

Ouch! I had no idea I offended this person. Apparently, the spirit of the Christmas season is lost.

That message bothered me the entire day. It was disturbing. I kept on reminding myself that I will let this person take away my joy. I honestly was fuming mad, and I felt like getting back to the person with a hurtful message. Thank God, the Lord spoke to me, and made me realize how I should be a better person.

I admit I was very affected, and I also felt sad for the person for holding that grudge against me. It pains me that the timing sucked, of all the days, I found out on Christmas day.

So what do I need to do to appease this person? I pulled out my notes from my small group meeting when we discussed "Overcoming Offense." And I read a few verses on forgiveness. The Lord repeatedly reminds us that in order to be forgiven from our sins, we should be ready to forgive to who have wronged us.

I, more or less, know what I need to do. But I need to wait out a few days as the person apparently is very angry. How can a person hold that so much grudge, when I honestly could not remember what I did?? What was not important to me was of value to the one I offended.

Let me tell you, how humbling this experience would be after I reach out to the person. I will pray about it as to what God wants me to share with the person. It is also a learning experience for me how I should forgive those who offended me, how I should forget their offenses, and to stop keeping grudges. Being told by this person how I will not be forgiven really hurts. It is unbelievable as my own mother does not this much grudge towards me, and I have failed her so many times in the past.

An Encounter with the Bathroom Scale

I shouldn't even had done it.

Weigh myself.

And what I saw was devastating.

I gained 10 freaking pounds. What the....

I blame it on this whole move to Cebu. And why's that?

There's non-stop eating. Friends and family want to see me before I move so I get invited to lunches, coffee/dessert, and dinners. I have a standing invitation for brunch on my last day on the 12th. And I am absolutely sure my family will go somewhere to eat before they drop me off at the airport.

And I couldn't resist the food I will miss in Cebu. How many times have I dined in Abe?!? And those wonderful desserts that won't be sold in Cebu. I have this rule of dining preferably in restaurants that don't have branches in Cebu. OMG, that's a lot of restaurants.

Gym time has become non-existent. I suddenly don't have time for the gym.

It's actually worse than the holiday season.

I cannot possibly get pregnant with this much weight.

I am horrified.
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