Twenty-one? 21.

2016 was a mixture of rocky roads and smooth highways. It was a hectic roller coaster ride that went by too fast. A lot of people have left and a lot more are going to leave, but the new arrivals are welcome to stay for as long as they like.

I have a lot of things to be thankful for which all happened in the past year – our thesis, graduation, the backpacking trip, employment, a new family, and more time to go back to my hobbies. Being 20 has made me busier than ever!

This year is the strangest one so far. I don’t have concrete travel plans this year. Or next year. I don’t have solid long-term plans at all except for going back to art, music, writing, and more sports. And that’s a bit scary because I’ve never been a spontaneous person.

Even the people at home aren’t used to having me around for the first week of January. In 2014, I went to El Nido. In 2015, Kuala Lumpur. In 2016, Ormoc. And this year? In a half-arsed effort not to break my tradition of going out of Cebu, I went to Lapu-Lapu (the joke is that I work there anyway) and came home with string-marked fingers and paint-streaked hair.

For the past years, I’ve always had my months set out for me. There was always school to think about – making it through another grading period in Grade School, another semester in High School, another set of deadlines in College…

From 2012 to 2016, “rest” days meant spending more than 15 hours studying or making papers. Almost every day was a school day. Ingesting coffee and wracking my head for words and numbers became a norm. Suddenly I’m out of that system and into the corporate world – which leaves me with more free time on my hands than I know what to do with.

Now what?

Chinatown, 2016. Always a place to love.

I’m turning 21 in 5 days. A new set of goals is in order. A work-life balance is long overdue. Since I crossed off 12 items on my “20 goals on my 20th” list, I owe myself 6 Silvanas pieces and 12 sour tapes. This year, 1 goal = 1 pen/paintbrush.

In random order, here are my goals for my 21st year of beating the energy gap.

  1. Snorkel
  2. Surf
  3. Run in a marathon
  4. Finish blogging about the backpacking trip
  5. Create travel album
  6. Climb a mountain
  7. Buy a new backpack!
  8. and a digital baggage weighing scale!
  9. Less yagit, more OOTD
  10. Sort map collection
  11. Thailand
  12. Singapore
  13. Burn more incense sticks
  14. Get a new shalwar kameez
  15. Cook own pad thai
  16. Paint travel photos
  17. Bind Coron album
  18. Plan a new major trip for 2018
  19. Create financial travel plan
  20. Davao
  21. Read books on Cambodia and Vietnam

All I want this year is for my problems to be as short(-lived) as my hair and for my blessings to be as numerous as the positions I have to fill. This list of goals is only going to make 2017 extra challenging.

So if you’re looking for a job and you just happened to come across my blog, go visit 🙂


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