2013 Wrap Up2013 was a great year. A lot of things happened, some changed for the better, some, not so much. I got close to many new people but I also 'lost' some friends. Not really lost but I just don't talk to them as often.
I love new years. They symbolize a new beginning. It always brings me hope that no matter how sad or great the past year was, it will only get better.
Before we welcome 2014, I would like to take this chance to celebrate 2013, the year that it was, by recounting all the major happenings during my past 12 months. So here's my 2013, in a nutshell.
I turned 19 on the first day of February. I celebrated it with my friends since it was a school night.
This Valentines' Day was the most fun one yet. I didn't have a date or anything but me and my friend just bought all of these balloons for ourselves. Haha. Imagine the faces of people walking by us, thinking that we've got all these stuff from admirers. The College of Engineering and Technology won 1st place for the University Week 2013. During February also, we did a whole lot of field surveying, civil engineering stuff. I would always have a gear on(hoodie and a cap), so I don't get burnt by the sun.
Then it was my favorite nephew's first ever birthday. Happy Birthday Coby! We held a party, of course.
I was awarded a medal during my school's annual 'Parangalan'. It was for being the Top 3 student for the College of Engineering and Technology. My whole family stood in support. :)
It was time the end of the school year. We said goodbye to teachers who were just teaching part-time, like our Mechanical Engineering teacher(see above). It was also however, the start of summer vacation, so parties and traveling.
We attended my sister's bestfriend's wedding. Haha. Coby and I kept our outfits close to the motif which was turquoise. I always try my best to respect motifs.
A few friends and I visited my bestfriend in Davao during her birthday. Don't I just have the most pretty friends?
I can't believe this is my whole month of May. I just stay home during vacation. I kind of hibernate, I guess. I worked for a local shop as an usher when they opened up a branch. My sister was the marketing manager, she needed people, and her sister happens to be lying lazily at home. One of my friends also left to go to the Philippine National Police Academy. This was sad because it meant months of zero communication.
Like every year, I became a TNT again. This meant that I was one of the people who welcomed freshmen to the university. The experience is always tiring but fun. The semester started a few days after the orientation. My schedule was not ideal. I had to go to school at exactly 7:30 am, everyday. Not to mention all my first period classes are on the top-most floor. It sucked.
During the first meeting of our Materials Testing class, our teacher asked us to 'DEFINE ENGINEERING.' I, along with my 4 classmates, just sat there wide-eyed, not expecting the question yet not knowing the answer as well. Seriously, we didn't know what engineering was. I mean we do know, but we just can't put it into words.
I attended a seminar for Civil Engineering Students. The speaker asked us a very important question: Why do you want to be a Civil Engineer? I didn't know what to answer. I initially didn't want to enroll in this course, but I did. So, I just quietly wrote 'because I CAN.' I'm not sure if it's an acceptable answer, but I think it is.
June was quite a stressful month. We had to prepare for the Acquaintance Party, which I enjoy.
It was a very successful Acquaintance Party. I haven't heard a bad feedback about it, until now. Well done. :)
There was also this quiz bowl that I just got pulled to join. I have not prepared for it because I didn't intend to join. I was too afraid to because I already had this image that I was one of the smart people and if I joined and didn't even reach the top 10, shame! I even entered the room without a freaking calculator. Seriously, I was not ready. Everyone else had theirs. I was sad. But then again, the results came and I was on top of the list. I myself was shocked. I received P500.00 for this. HAHA.
I also cut my hair. It was pretty long at this point.
Bonded with my friends. Since we had different courses, during the first semester we didn't have any more classes together. We didn't even have the same break periods.
We went to Cebu for a random trip. I was so lucky I didn't get to miss classes because of back to back holidays.
When I came back from Cebu, one of my friends was put through brain surgery. It was the hardest part of my 2013. He didn't wake up after the surgery. But we hoped. We visited him almost everyday after school and just stared at him through the glass of the ICU. I, however, would always cry. So I avoided visiting because I was in pain every time I left. Days after, the doctor said that he was now 'Brain Dead', which I knew basically means hopeless. But still, all my logic went away and prayed hard that he'd still wake up. He never did. I miss him. He was such a good guy. The nicest guy I've ever met. He's better off now.
September was a good month. First, it was my mom's 50th birthday. So we had a party. Found my dress at an ukay-ukay shop. (HAHA) It was pretty cool, she danced with roses and had candles and everything. Just like a traditional Filipino debut. I joined Campus Patrol. We knew we were going to lose, so I ensured that I looked pretty. :P After the Intramurals, it was time for Civil Engineering Day. We met up with Civil Engineering students from other schools in the city. We were declared as the champions for the event although we were the most small in terms of number of students.
It was the end of the semester again. It was such a stressful time. Hardest subjects we've ever had so far. We were glad it's over. I got picked again for being one of the students appearing on the university brochure. The above photo was the best I could do. It happened to be the time that I was struggling with my acne. Pimples just grew and grew. I didn't know what to do because I never had that problem before. :|
We went to Tagum this year for All Souls Day instead of our usual cemetery visits. It was an experience. When I got back home, school started. ERRR. My schedule and teachers are killing me. I can totally feel the pressure now. An addition would be my responsibilities as the Vice Chairperson of our College and as a blogger. I hardly have any time to finish all my requirements. So, I'm sorry if I've been quite inactive. There was also this project that we had to do. Everything was thrown to us during the first few weeks and it was just the first few weeks! What more would come when the semester settles in? I'll find out.
This month was not only bad for me, it was bad for the country as well. Yolanda had to unleash its wrath and ended up killing around 5000 people. The silver lining though, we get to see the Filipinos unite.
I attended a debut party of my friend and co-officer, Hannah. It was a fun night.
Well, there you have it. I haven't realized this was turning out to be such a lengthy post. I don't mind if you don't really read through it, but I hope you do!
How about you? How did 2013 treat you?