In one word, I would describe my 2015 as purposeful . I had my fair share of bumps and as beauty queen-ish as this sounds, I used them to get myself to move out of my comfort zone. It made taking risks easier. I remember telling myself several times this year, "If not now, when?" Tough, grown-up calls made sense. I was taking on greater responsibilities, both at work and in the family. I had no trouble at all with the former. It's the latter that I found emotionally draining but I took on whatever it was being put on my plate.
On days when I felt like bitchin' out ( we all have these moments, right? ) and giving up, purpose always made me tread on. In the process, it has taught me to be selfless. It does a huge difference when you have self-discipline and when you put the interest of others first before yours. Telling myself A LITTLE BIT MORE always went a long way — I am beyond grateful that 2015 brought me opportunities that changed my perspective in a lot of things and at the same time, this year made me a more tenacious yet a more compassionate version of myself.
Let's timehop a bit and see how 2015 has been for me.
Wishing and hoping that we're in Japan. We did go back to Japan - 10 mos. after this.
Celebrated my 23rd birthday ( again ) in KL
My grandmother joined her Creator in March,
but it gave the family some time to re-connect.
Taking on bigger roles at work
One of my super good friends, B starts his journey to forever
And we got another wedding here ...
Did a lot of new projects and firsts with these two.
I tell you guys, it's good to get out of your comfort zone.
Made new friends co-organizing my first-ever 4 x 4 off-road challenge
I dunno how long it has been since she was last here in Manila
but it's great how we just picked up from where we left off,
as if we just saw each other the other day — the only diff now
is that she now has a kid and is enjoying every minute of it.
Got extremely lucky to have been allowed to have some days off
to travel ( again ) to one of my favorite countries — JAPAN.
Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara took my breath away. Can't wait to be back!
See photos from my trip in my VSCO page.
Food is an integral part of any culture and it goes hand-in-hand with travel. The last time I was in Singapore, I only stayed for a few days and didn't get to do much BUT I did discover the BEST KAYA which is in Bugis. I would love to visit again so I can have my Kaya, enjoy local gastro-adventures, and share this Singapore experience with fellow foodies slash travel junkies, @sobarney and his wife PLUS my favorite travel buddy who needs to get out of his comfort zone of Spam, bacon, and hotdogs. 😀 We've been making plans for trips but they never push through, so probably this time, it will happen. A reunion and food trip sound like fun.Ü #SingaporeInvites #Philippines
I joined an international photo contest for the first time.
Read about it here.
If we're friends in Facebook, you'd remember the caption to this happy photo. It said, #34;The crown is back to where it belongs." This night was epic. The feeling of winning is indescribable. Being champs ( again ) was one of the highlights of my year – a shared joy with my #Moldex family 💜💙💜 #Christmas2015 #HappyHolidays #YuletideCheer #Champions #MoldexRealty
Ended the year on a very happy note. Good times.
To YOU ( the person reading this post ), I am happy that we counted another year of being virtually together. I genuinely hope to meet you in person in one of my future travels. From my blog to yours, may you have a blessed, peaceful, and love-filled 2016 ahead. Happy blogging in 2016 and keep on smiling! ☮ Peace + ❥ Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.