What If… 2014 Wasn’t My Best Year?

Episode 264 – Sunday, January 20th, 2019 (8055)

In the past few days of 2019, I might be still waiting for some miracles happen in my life. I have a new job in Ortigas where I’ve been working for almost two months, and I stay for my own freedom at a small, capsule-size bedspace nearby. But there are still something missing in my life right now. Social life, leisure (or travel to far places), having a healthy and happy family, and love life are remained absent in my current situation. My life can’t be complete without these good things. Unlike 5 years ago, in 2014, my life was absolutely complete in one whole package. I had a great participation at The Feast. I had a happy and healthy family at home. I had a nice and better job after months of being jobless. And of course, I had a happy, long distance love relationship as well as my long travel to my girlfriend’s place every quarterly. These made me so wonderful, so that’s why 2014 was considered for me as the best year ever.

Gosh! It has been already 5 years since I had my best year ever happened in my whole life. (Insert “Crying Jordan” hehehe!) That year was really the best since the year 1997, and the period of winning streak (up to June 2015) was the most memorable times since my wonderful life in the United States back in 2004-2005. But I’m just wondering why I made the year 2014 the best year ever. And I’m thinking what if… that year didn’t become my best year? What if… the winning streak didn’t happen in 2014? And how would affect my life during that time? Continue reading “What If… 2014 Wasn’t My Best Year?”

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What Happened… 5-10-15-20-25 Years Ago (for 1st Half of 2019)

Episode 263 – Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 (8050)

The year 2019, as I really wish, will be the start of another recovery from the troubles and darkest moments that I had in the last two years. However, I’ve never thought that it has been five years ago when my life was started to have a winning streak because of having a complete life – career, love life, service with God, and happiness, in which the year 2014 was considered as my best and brightest year ever. But it has been also 10 years ago when I had the worst moments when troubles came into my life because of somewhat non-sense controversy. Will this 2019 turn so good and memorable like 5 years ago? Or will this become so bad and awful like 10 years ago (or still the worst like in the last two years)? Hmmm…

At this moment, I’m going back in time to flashback the past memories that I had in 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years ago from this day. Continue reading “What Happened… 5-10-15-20-25 Years Ago (for 1st Half of 2019)”

Is The Number ‘9’ in Years Jinx for Me?

Episode 262 – Saturday, January 5th, 2019 (8040)

Hi there again. It has been days passing by in 2019. It’s a new year. And it’s a new beginning of our lives within 365 days (or less). Months ago, I read some articles, particularly in an entertainment section of a tabloid newspaper, that some celebrities don’t celebrate their birthdays or anniversaries within the number ‘9’ of the last digit, but instead they skip it and celebrate their succeeding years in advance. For example, one old-time celebrity celebrated her 80th birthday although she actually turned 79 on that year. Another example is a longest-running noontime show where last year they celebrated their 40th anniversary rather than their 39th. I noticed they didn’t celebrate the years ending with ‘9’ because it was considered as “unlucky”. Really? So, if this applies in our lives, we will skip celebrating birthdays or anniversaries on year 19 or 29 or 39 and instead we will make it 20 or 30 or 40 in advance. Hmmm…?

I thought the number ‘9’ is one of the lucky numbers (like a playing card called ‘Lucky 9’) and the highest of a single digit number (0-9). I don’t know why this is considered as unlucky. But until I realize that the years with the number ‘9’ on the last digit were not so good to me. Really? Since I was born in this world more than 30 years ago, I had already passed the years with the number ‘9’ on their last digit – 1989, 1999, and 2009. Continue reading “Is The Number ‘9’ in Years Jinx for Me?”

My Life in the Past Decade

Episode 261 – Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 (8036)

Happy New Year! And it’s already 2019. I hope this year will be better for me to have nice moments throughout my life. But I can’t imagine that this has been the final year of the decade 2010s. Next year will be 2020. And as what I’ve mentioned before, the future will be so scary yet exciting! Woah!

Also I can’t realize that the time is forwarding so fast. Entering the new decade of 2010s, I was still a college student back then, and my future after college was uncertain. But almost a decade later, here I am right now – a gentleman living in the adulthood stage. Although I have been struggling in the past few years especially in my career, my finances, and even my love life, my life has been far different from what I was back in 2010. But I’m remaining still the same.

For now, I’m discussing about my life and my experience in the past decade. From the recovery from the worst incident in my life up to the best years in my life. Then the heartbroken came but still remain happiness in my life until it went dim into the worst episodes of my life. Continue reading “My Life in the Past Decade”

My 2018 Yearend Review: The Best and The Worst

Episode 260 – Sunday, December 30th, 2018 (8034)

Every year, just before the year ends, I have created a yearend review about the experiences and happenings in my life throughout the year. The Best and The Worst has been traditional as early as 2004 – the time when I was in the United States. In 2007, I’ve made this in digital format thru Microsoft Word instead of handwriting on my notes. And since 2015, I’ve published this publicly for the first time in my Journal. I’ve been doing this to share my best and my worst happenings in the past 12 months. And for this year, I create my yearend report about these wonderful and sad moments around my life. I’m doing this for the 15th consecutive year.

The categories listed here are based on my experience, emotions, observation, and satisfaction that might make me happy, sad, disgrace, or trouble. These are the list that I’ve chosen to be the best and the worst, the winners and the losers of the year 2018. For now, as my yearender special for this coming New Year, I just want to share these good and bad events happened this year: Continue reading “My 2018 Yearend Review: The Best and The Worst”

My 2018 Yearend Review – My Career Life

Episode 259 – Friday, December 28th, 2018 (8032)

Ohhh… this has been the final working day of 2018 (if you’re working in a regular Monday-Friday schedule), and I’ve done another whole day in my new job in Ortigas where I’ve been trained for a new job position as a “book designer”. Well, I have been working in a graphic designing industry (or rather a publishing industry) for 8 years. 8 years is quite long, isn’t it? But where am I right now? Am I already in progress going to be a successful career person? To be honest, this has been my only beginning of my new journey in my career life after failures, distractions, and job dissatisfactions in the past few years. These didn’t grow my career as well as my finances into a prosperous life and future.

This year was my second consecutive time that I became jobless, and this was also my second consecutive year that I’ve worked in three different companies which one of these was just a short-lived. In this episode, I’ll discuss about my career life in 2018 where there was a kind of the downfall and the “resurrection” that revived my career. Let’s flashback the good and bad happenings in the past 12 months of 2018. Continue reading “My 2018 Yearend Review – My Career Life”

My 2018 Yearend Review – The Feast

Episode 257 – Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 (8030)

The year 2018 will be over within few days, and in the past 12 months, my life has been just a sort of mediocre and happiness throughout the year most especially my participation at The Feast – the only bright side of my life right now. It’s so amazing for me that I’ve been still attending and serving with God in the past 5 long years. 5 years is quite so long, longer than my long distance relationship or even my longest tenure at work. And it has been three years that I’ve been a part of Feast SM Santa Rosa since the relocation from formerly known Feast Central Mall Biñan in June 2015.

But just before the year 2018 ends, I will discuss my wonderful experience at The Feast in the whole year where there were times that I eagerly attended and served, and there were also the times that I couldn’t be able to attend due of personal reasons. Let’s review this as a part of my 2018 yearend review. Continue reading “My 2018 Yearend Review – The Feast”