FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Year That Has Been

Are we really halfway done with January already? Cliche, but it seems only yesterday when we welcomed 2015. Oh well, before this month go by completely without me even noticing it, let me look back to the whirlwind year that was 2014.


I took part on an important event for my previous company. After weeks of preparation, all our hard work paid off when we achieved our goal. I got to bond with my colleagues after and we had a good laugh after all the bustle.

Experienced desert safari on Valentines day with our friends. The desert sands and sunset combo topped the list of why we loved the experience.

March and April
Chat and I set off on our second busabos adventure (outside Philippines and UAE) in Bali, Indonesia. We fell in love with the place and seemed to have booked affordable yet fabulous hotels. The bonus part? I got to tick an item off of my bucket list – I surfed the famous, beginner-friendly waves of Bali! It is still my most memorable experience to date and I can see ourselves returning sometime soon. Also, Balinese massage is the bomb!

May, June and July
Spent these months counting the days until freedom. After years of contemplating on a career change, I finally took the risk and quit my job. It wasn’t easy, it maybe stupid but it was so liberating. I didn’t have a fallback and relied on my faith to decide my fate. It was the start of the hard days ahead and I would like to think that I am still paying for the consequences of that choice made. Nevertheless, I had and have no regrets. It was a risk that I had the courage to take. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I turned 28. Two more years to adulthood. Haha!

Chat’s lucky stars brought us tickets to a party night with Zedd on the night of her birthday. We were joined by our friends which just made the night more epic. The next day, we drove to Fujairah and stayed overnight in a hotel courtesy of Ate Rica and Meme. The sound of waves and salty breeze were the perfect rewards after long hours on the road.

October and November
These were the hardest months. Funds depleted. No job. Excessive weight gain. Three weeks in Kish island. You get the picture.

Finally, a light at the end of a dark tunnel. After four (What?!) months of unemployment, I was back in Dubai with a renewed hope. I started on my new job and though others may think that I would be wasting my skills and experience on this one, I couldn’t be more grateful for my new environment. I still get home tired from work yet still eager to tell stories of what my day was like.  I can’t say that it is less challenging but what I can say is that it is definitely not less fulfilling.

If you were to ask me a few weeks ago how my 2014 went, I would say that it was so bad I was on a brink of a breakdown. That I just want to pack my bags and seek the comforts of my simple home. But after looking back, I was left realizing that the past year wasn’t at all bad. I may have reached the bottom of the surface but I didn’t stay there for long and I was able to climb back up. I was still blessed with occasional fix me uppers in the likes of mini getaways, coffee breaks and of course, dear ones that stood by and watched me figure out what I have done and will do with my life. There are a lot of things to be grateful for that I may have overlooked because I was too busy blaming myself for being stupid. I forgot that I was gifted with things more than my heart desired and that I was born strong. My judgment was clouded and now that my year ended on a hopeful note, I forgive myself. I wasn’t stupid. I did not make wrong choices. I had a good year and I have a blessed life. Rock on, 2014! Thank you for being wonderful. xx

2 thoughts on “FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Year That Has Been

  1. If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

    The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.

    If this sounds too mystical, refer again to the body. Every significant vital sign—body temperature, heart rate, oxygen consumption, hormone level, brain activity, and so on—alters the moment you decide to do anything… decisions are signals telling your body, mind, and environment to move in a certain direction.

    Nabasa ko to mam nung mga panahon na pakiramdam ko kelangan lahat ng decisions ko tama. Na-realize ko na walang right or wrong decision. Good and bad lang. But then life goes on from there no matter what you decide on. Nice post mam 😀


  2. Thanks, RT! I super appreciate this. Tama, no such thing as right or wrong choices. It was one of the life lessons I've learned last year and the lesson I will continue to live by forever. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts at may paramdam pang bonus hehe. Makes me reassure myself na hindi ako baliw na nakikipagusap lang sa sarili haha. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Hinihintay ka na ng book munch 😉


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