Saturday, December 31, 2011

Movies I Watched In 2011

This list isn't all of it (this one is) but these are the movies that were released this year which I've seen. I'm actually a couple movies shy of last year's record but at least I got to tidy up my room just before the year ends. That's a better alternative goal, right? Haha. ;)

  1. Bulong (Local Film)
  2. The Green Hornet
  3. I Am Number Four
  4. Beastly
  5. The Roommate
  6. Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
  7. No Strings Attached
  8. Just Go With It
  9. Red Riding Hood
  10. Kung Fu Panda 2
  11. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  13. Jane Eyre (2011 Adaptation)
  14. Arthur
  15. Bad Teacher
  16. Gnomeo & Juliet
  17. Crazy Stupid Love
  18. The Smurfs
  19. Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
  20. Something Borrowed
  21. Hop
  22. Water For Elephants
  23. Source Code
  24. Captain America: The First Avenger
  25. Horrible Bosses
  26. The Adjustment Bureau
  27. Cars 2
  28. Green Lantern
  29. Bridesmaids
  30. Super 8
  31. One Day
  32. No Other Woman (Local Film)
  33. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
  34. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
  35. The Change-Up
  36. I Don't Know How She Does It

Planning to do a "Movies To Watch Out For In 2012" post soon so stay tuned for that!

The Year That Was

So it's been another year... But 2011 really wasn't just another year for me. This year has brought a lot of new experiences, new friendships, and new discoveries, albeit little, about myself.

I started 2011 thinking I was soon to embark on my last year of college and how I wanted it to be somehow a memorable last year in UST. Looking back, I can say my senior year has been more than I bargained for, and the great thing is, it isn't totally over yet. Before my days as a senior started though, I had to finish my internship for the summer. Having to wake up early to travel to Makati and stay at the office for 8 hours easily became a routine but it wasn't all bad. I made new friends in two of my batchmates who worked with me in the same company. One time we even made plans to meet with some of our other batchmates who were also working in the area and had time to share stories with some of whom we don't normally have a proper conversation with at school.

Then it was back to attending classes at school. I guess we are just really blessed that all of us in class have bonded, and thank God it happened during our last year together. From our retreat in Caleruega to going to Cebu and Bohol with the whole batch (which I'm going to talk about more a little later) and to having an all-nighter Christmas party, it has been one heck of an enjoyable semester with my lovely classmates and friends. One thing I learned this year is that even though it's hard for me to change my mind about people, it helps a lot when it's them who try to show you that other side of them you might like. Like they say, it takes two to tango.

Monday, December 26, 2011

When Christmas Comes

It's after Christmas but I'm still stuck on my Christmas playlist. Here's a new addition to my holiday music favorites: From the queen of Christmas pop songs, MC feat. the amazing John Legend, "When Christmas Comes."
And me and you gonna have ourselves a holiday
And we don't need nobody else to celebrate
And we're gon' kiss our worries and our cares away
I can't wait...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Early Merry Christmas

Ever since I found out that my eldest brother and his family who are based in the US will be spending Christmas here in the Philippines this year, I don't think I've ever really felt sad. The last time we were all together prior to this was in 2005. So I was really excited about them being with us for the holidays, and so were all of my family.

Yesterday was the last day that we were all going to be together before my brother and his family go back to California so we had an early celebration of Christmas eve dinner (Noche Buena). I thought it was just going to be a normal dinner but we ended up starting late because we had to wait for my other sister-in-law who flew in from Singapore, and so we still got to open presents at midnight, although it was a day early.

Speaking of presents, here are some of the things I got:

A shiranian (shih-tzu pomeranian) dog,
I named him Barkley
Harry Potter merch
"Rihanna Navy" shirt
(Excuse my weird face)
I gotta say, getting material gifts is nice (more than nice, if I'm totally honest) but nothing really beats having your family by your side during this special occasion. The best present is that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you share precious moments with family. :)
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
--Burton Hillis

So I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas! May we all keep in our hearts the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ!