2015: A Year of Gratitude

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I don’t do year in review posts because… let’s just say I’m lazy compiling everything and summarize every aspect of a year together. I go with the flow and I just bunch of a lot of stuff and say Thanks to God.

But this year’s different. I was practically thrown inside a hurricane, circulating like mad inside a vortex filled with debris banging me up. It was whirlwind of year because of health. Ironic how I toasted for good health on my birthday this year but then God decided otherwise. He probably said that I had to get through this to become better and after talking to friends and reading great books, I’ve come to terms that there’s no easy way learning things. Somethings you have to wade into the mud of life to come out clean. As they say,

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People have been doing Happiness Projects, writing things to be grateful for everyday and I realized that thinking about blessings and concentrating on the positive energies is better than wasting it on the bad. This is what I was talking about in my last post. I want to write the good things in 2015. There were tons of amazing things that happened and I just couldn’t ignore them. I thank God for giving me the grace of living through a meaningful year. Thank you also to have become a part of it.

Things I’m grateful for this 2015:
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1. My dad and I were able to visit my brother in Lisbon, Portugal last January 2015.

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Portugal is famous for its seafood. OH GOD I LOVE THIS PLACE

My brother has lived in Portugal for almost 6 years already and the thing is, we only got to visit him this year. It was quite emotional for me because it’s been too long since I traveled somewhere with both my dad and brother so this was a very special trip. I fell in love with Lisbon and we kinda ate TONS. Such a sensory trip! There was no holding back in enjoying this city. We also visited Paris and I loved going back there again. Brother helped open my eyes to new places I’ve never seen in Paris before as well.

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2. I met one of my closest blogger friends early this year! KYMMMM! She and I go waay back 2005 or something and I was so happy that I got to see her even for a minute when she visited the Philippines. I hope to visit you in Canada someday dear! :)

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3. Ed Sheeran concert. AMAZING.

If you love me come on get involved. Feel it rushing through you from your head to toe.

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4. God gave me strength to conquer a mountain. Sure it might be just a Grade 3 mountain but it’s the hardest one I’ve climbed. This challenged me physically and mentally.

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5. “Cosplayed” a bit. Haha! Twas fun dressing up. I used to dress up all the time when I was a kid.

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6. Met this crazy #BAYPER group. Who knew that entering a Funko Pop collecting group led me to meeting these awesome people? Never stop joining activities and meeting new people!

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7. NEW PETS! We got a Corgi boarder! My mom’s turned our house into a dog boarding house and one of our boarders was this adorable Corgi. <3 So cute! We also got a new Short-haired persian called Shaun Shaun. I <3 him as well. Capture

8. I appeared on Television and was interviewed on Radio! I got to show Snapsacks to the world. This was definitely an incredible experience and it has always been my hidden dream to be interviewed… haha!

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9. As for other speaking engagements, I also got to fulfill another hidden dream of mine, become a voice actress! Well I attended a class and am now “certified”. I still have to practice though. I believe 2016 will be that year for me.

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10. Traveled to Malaysia and hot to explore another part of the Philippines with friends. My forever travel besties <3 Capture

11. Permed my hair after years of straightening it. More than 12 years of rebonding and straightening mind you!! I have always had natural kinky curly hair and I want to go back to my roots. 2016 will also be a time for me to fully go back to curls.

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12. 2015 was filled with physical activities. I finally got to lose weight through yoga and diet. Shot my first real bullet and also practiced more archery (and won in a competition!). I also lost 9 pounds! Most I’ve ever lost in recent years. Let’s build muscle and have abs in 2016 next!

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13. Another hidden dream half fulfilled. I’ve always dreamt of working for Pixar and when I got the chance to listen to Inside Out’s co-director, Ronnie Del Carmen, for free, I jumped at the chance! It was awe-inspiring just listening to him talk how the story developed. Sad that Pete Docter wasn’t there but it was still huge!

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14. Caught up some reading and read 20 books this year. 2014 was abysmal and I hardly picked up a book. That will change in 2016. I am planning to go back to reading 50 a year! Watch out for my future post on my book meme.

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15. Experienced a Comic Con in Manila!! It’s the first in Asia and it’s definitely a class apart from the Toycons and Anime conventions that we have here. I got to meet celebrities (COLTON HAYNES PEOPLE!) and watched the exclusive Civil War trailer. It’s every Geek’s paradise. It’s a sneak peek to San Diego Comic Con and maybe a precursor to a future trip there. I really want to go to SDCC in 2016 because… Lord, have you seen the latest images of Doctor Strange? BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH I NEED TO SEE YOU <3 Capture

16. I FRIGGING WON A TRIP TO FRANCE! HOLY SHIZNIT. And it isn’t just a 3-day trip or a shopping splurge. It was an actual culture trip where I had to attend a 2-week French class and culinary class as well. I won’t focus on me not being able to go but WINNING it was ginormous. It was an Oscar moment for me because it happened in a Soiree and I had to say a speech after. I was speechless! I have never won anything before. They did tell me that I was waitlisted for next year but I will never forget this moment. Maaan!

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17. I went on my first international trip as a Snapsacks Ambasadress. I attended Anime Festival Asia in Singapore with a couple of my friends and exhibited there. It was such a huge learning experience for me because it was my first out of the country convention and I had little to zero clue on how to manage this kind of thing. There were a couple of road blocks but I was able to overcome them. Thank God for my dad and friends! :) Happy to say that the event was a success!

Wow, I never knew that a lot things happened in 2015 and creating a gratitude post was just what I needed. Man, life is just filled with countless possibilities and every year is a potential to be great. Never lose hope that every year will get better. This year had been dark but it had so much light in it as well.

2015, you are one hell of a crazy year! :) I hope to continue this personal heroine’s journey of mine.

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  • Having a good health is challenging at times, but we all have to do our best to make our health as good as possible. It sounds like you got a lot of sightseeing done in 2015! The seafood looks delicious! Especially with being able to eat food out of the crab’s shell!! So cool X’D.

    It’s cool to meet bloggers in person! I’ve only met one, but hope to meet more later on :). Congratulations on climbing up the mountain. It’s a great challenge to be able to accomplish.

    Congratulations on winning that France trip! It must’ve been amazing to be able to learn about the culture! Hope 2016 will be a great year for you~

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    jynxypandaNo Gravatar Reply:

    Yes! Good health is definitely challenging but am trying to make better choices. Hoping to meet more bloggers as well πŸ˜€

    Thank you!! πŸ˜€ Happy 2016 as well to you~!

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  • It sounds as though you’ve had an awesome year! It’s always good to keep up on your health and I am glad that you were able to climb that mountain, despite it being a challenge. That’s what makes it a great accomplishment, right?

    Don’t worry, every year has its ups, downs, and dark moments. Though, every year seems to be a bit different too. I am sure that 2016 will be awesome for you and hopefully you can do voice overs. That’s awesome that you were certified to become a voice over actress. I am still waiting on my certificate for web development.

    That must have been a big surprise and a shock towards you when you opened that envelope and found you had won a trip to France. I don’t normally win things myself, but when I do I usually end up forgetting about entering the contest, until I am told later that I have won. That actually happened to me not to long ago. I believe a year ago? I entered this one contest for a signed paperback book by author Liz Coley. I received an email from the person who was doing the giveaway, and it said that I had won. I completely forgot that I had even entered, I guess I thought that I would never win these things and I did! Liz Coley and I remained friends after that.

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    jynxypandaNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks Jamie! Yep every year has its dark moments but I reckon my darkest ones were in 2015. It was a really crazy year but it has taught me so much. Kinda grateful for those dark times.

    I’ll definitely put an update when I get to do real VO work! I’m so excited to pursue this. Good luck for your web dev cert! Maybe you can help mine! hahahaha

    That is amazing that you’re now close with an author. That is sooo cool!!! I would love to meet my fave authors huhu…

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  • I admire you Tiff – I know that they’ve been some bad times during the year but you’ve been really strong and mostlyrics grateful for everything and this post shows it :’) I’m glad you got to do so many great things over the past year. Your Cosplay looks awesome by the way – I’ve never done an official Cosplay before unless dressing up is Cosplay? I always get those two terms mixed up but they seem different to me πŸ˜›

    Have a fantastic year ahead!

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    jynxypandaNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi Pauline! :’) Thank you really for this message. Those dark times really taught me a lot.

    Actually I think you just put on a costume and role play haha! That’s cosplaying. Guess you dress up and just “act” it out a bit. haha! Cosplaying needs a bit of acting. Hope to see more of your photos on your blog if you really do want to cosplay.

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  • You had some awesome achievements Tiff! *huge hugs* :) I think it’s always good to stay positive even though the road can be tough.

    Congratulations on winning a trip to France – that must have been amazing! And for being on television too and for something that you love, not just in the background for a few seconds of fame haha. I am really happy for all your achievements and the travelling you did.

    I like your hair both ways, but it’s nice to see you going back to your roots! I was thinking of stopping colouring my hair for a while to let my natural hair colour show, but it’s very hard to resist the red hair dye LOL.

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    jynxypandaNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks Georgie!! Coming from you, your words mean a lot since I have admired your posts for a long time! Yeah it was insanely crazy winning that. Couldn’t stop shaking haha. Let’s do more traveling this 2016!! πŸ˜€ Also to more moolah to fund them hahaha

    Oh gosh it took an effort to go back to my roots because I also love color on my hair. I’ll see halfway through the year if I still like it haha!!

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  • I love all the traveling you were able to do in 2015. Especially your visit to your brother with your dad! That must have been amazing being able to spend time together, again!

    Yes! Embrace the curls! I used to straighten my hair every morning years ago, and then I decided I was just going to let it be the way it is. I love not having to spend as much time on it (though it’s usually quite messy at times). Your hair looks so pretty curly!

    What a great year 2015 was for you, and what a way to stay positive and grateful for everything that you did, because you did so much! I hope 2016 is even better for you. :)

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    jynxypandaNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks Becca!! Yes I finally got to see my brother and his love for Portugal. Really such a great city.

    I’m so happy to meet another curly haired person! Need more tips if I want to go back to my roots. haha! What I love about it is you don’t really have to comb your hair. haha

    Cheers to a cool 2016! πŸ˜€

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