I can say that 2012 was still a very good year. Everyone experiences joy and sadness, but my year was full of great memories and experiences with family and friends. It was year of great opportunities and challenges.
Let’s look back!
JANUARY. Looking back in to old photos (well, not too old) I found out I started my 2012 with a new hairstyle. It was a risky hairstyle because I’m not so sure if it’s allowed in the University. I really can’t remember where I got the idea of getting a Mohawk but everyone liked it.
When we came back to school after our Christmas Vacation, we started doing our capstone and system analysis and design projects. Our group actually had only one overnight session for those. I don’t know how Kamile, Hervey, MJ, and me did it.
FEBRUARY. My relatives from Canada came for vacation and stayed with us. The entire family came and I’m wondering how did we able to fit in our house. Most of their vacation was spent in Manila but they’re balik-bayans so, we had out-of-town trips like in Laguna. A first time for me was Antipolo Church but not all of us went there because most of them went back to Canada already.
Some time in February as well, I can’t believe it myself too but I was part of a quiz bee team. That wasn’t planned. We got eliminated too because of our college dean’s middle initial.
One great memory for this month was when we had a trip to Laguna. Our batch had a plant tour in companies like Coca-cola, Gardenia, Nissin-Monde, etc. At the end of our tour, we went to Enchanted Kingdom (probably the main reason we all join the tour) but there were alot of students! Peak Season Level! The line going in was crazy and it pretty much like Divisoria on a Christmas Rush because you really have to move fast and you should be good in getting through a wall of crowd. Even if we’re running out of time we still fell in line to the Space Shuttle and we’re so young and free. LOL.
MARCH. March went pretty fast for us. We have nothing to do but prepare for our capstone and systems analysis and design defense and pass the course. Also, school year’s ending so we took our Final Examinations and thank God, I passed everything.
APRIL. It’s was a second year on joining the Visita Iglesia with my relatives. Aside from living a Filipino tradition and strengthening faith, I’m able to explore Manila’s wonderful churches and sweat alot. This 2012′s Visita was different from the first one because I was able to carry a crucifix like what other faithfuls do and there was a re-routing because the Manila Cathedral was closed for renovation.
On April, I started my internship but before having one was topsy-turvy. I got in UST’s Santo Tomas E-service Providers with Marvin and some friends taking up IT and CS. It seriously felt like going to school everyday or having summer classes because I’m in my academic uniform and we stay in a computer laboratory-like office.
MAY. My May was pretty boring because of our internship. It’s always home-school days and think it’s the month where I ate McDonald’s everyday. But there was a time that the family went to Laguna for a quick summer vacation. It’s a yearly thing and because my mom celebrates her birthday on May.
On our enrollment day,Marvin and I met up with Jown to have pizza at Sbarro. I don’t know why it’s memorable to me. Maybe it’s because that May didn’t have too much significant activities.
JUNE. Another not so special month because we’re back on having classes. I’m pressured as well because I’m not yet done with my first internship hours but I already have a new load starting June. Good thing our supervisor allowed us to just continue the working hours until we finish everything.
Also, me and my intern friends experienced being student assistants because we were hired to take ID pictures from late freshmen enrollees. It was pretty fun because we get to wear other college uniforms. LOL. (We got paid for that.)
JULY. July’s an interesting month. We’re really excited to have our retreat in Caleruega in Batangas. It was a very moving and fun experience with the whole class, especially with the rumored ghost stories. We had alot of activities and reflections that made us all know each other more. During our stay, the weather was rainy and we all thought nothing’s bad. But we received news that classes in Manila were already and that the terrible Habagat was starting to wreck Luzon.
We’re all wondering if we will still go home on time but thank goodness the weather started to get okay. Instead of the tourist bus we use going there, the UST Varsity bus fetched us from Calerguega. At the back of my head, I might be seating on the exact seat were a Growling Tiger sat on. LOL.
On the same month, UST – Information Systems Society had its Team Building Activity (the last one I think was during my first year in college.) I was the host during the seminars and a facilitator during the outdoor activities. Another fun day in school!
Also, I got my glasses this month and everyone thinks they’re fake.
AUGUST. Another month that went so fast because of the Preliminary examinations and preparations for our capstone and software engineering project. I moved groups for our software engineering project actually, but having two different groups for two different projects didn’t give a a very hard time.
In the middle of our stressful month, we watched a UST Game in the Mall of Asia Arena. It was my first time in the Arena at it was my first and last time to watch a basketball game of the season.
Another unforgettable event was the Habagat. Huge portion of Luzon was flooded and our classes were suspended for a week so our exams were rescheduled. Our street got flooded, good thing it didn’t enter the house.
SEPTEMBER. This was a glorious month because after sleepless months, our capstone defense went pretty well. There were few misunderstandings between us but we’re all managed to get through and get a higher grade.
OCTOBER. We had our graduation photos taken on October and it pretty feels like a bonding moment with us because we almost had an entire day talking and laughing and eating. Also, we had our capstone project printed and submitted. It really feels great when your paperwork are bound already. During the final examinations week, I really go to church and pray for ours before my exam starts. I really prayed hard for my grades that semester. I believe San Pedro Calungsod helped me.
The UST Growling Tigers manage to reach the Finals facing the Blue Eagles. A public viewing was arranged at the Plaza Mayor to watch the game but since we couldn’t find a spot, we just went to Edgar’s house and watch there.
Before October ends, we attended a surprise birthday party for Edgar at McDonald’s. We felt like kids again!
NOVEMBER. After our semester break, Marvin and I treated our friends at Shakey’s for our birthday and few weeks after, Aaron, Frances, Jown, Charles and I went to the Burger Project for the first time and I really want to go back but I’m poor. LOL. November was truly a No-Diet Month.
Even if we (the graduating batch) have a scheduled trip to Cebu and Bohol on December, I still went there with the family. I was thinking that on our December Trip I’ll keep on saying, “Been there. Done that.” to everyone. I really have to mention this because I bought a Salakot there.
DECEMBER. December was jam-packed! Our (the graduating batch now) Cebu and Bohol trip was fun-filled, full of memories, and really, really crazy. You can refer to my previous blog entries (1, 2, 3, 4) to know more.
My relatives from California were also here in early December so we went to places too. We had a day at Tagaytay Picnic Grove which was a first time for me. I unfortunately missed my cousin’s wedding because I was in Cebu that time. But we all went to their home and hand a good time.
Before the Christmas Break, we had our class Christmas Party in our room. Right after that, we had fun with the rest of the Thomasian community at Paskuhan 2012.
The usual Christmas celebration happens with the family. We’re full of stories, laughter, and food. More of our Christmas here.
Despite the ups and down of 2012, there are still things to be thankful for. I actually think that 2012 turned out to be very nice. I’ve been to many places, I’ve known my friends even better, and I’ve spent more time with the family.
And now, as 2012 bids farewell and 2013 approaches, I’m hoping to have another fruitful year for myself, my family and friends, and for everyone else as well. Challenges are inevitable but it is up to us how to deal with it. Let’s keep our faith and move forward for 2013!
There’s so much to be thankful for. Happy New Year! Cheers!