2009: The Year That Was

29 December 2009

I've said this before, and I will say it again: 2009 is one of the BEST years for me, ever! This year has been really awesome for me, and through this survey (I also answered this on 2006 and 2007) I would like to tell you why. Ü

What did you do in 2009 that you've never done before?
This year, on February 21, I attended a cosplay event with the theme Victorian Valentine.

this is what I wore

Michelle, me, Ryan and Recks

It was my first time to attend one and I had lots of fun putting my costume together. It was also amazing to see the costumes of other cosplayers who are really passionate with this craft.

And can you believe it, this is also my first time to go to a beach with friends! My first memory of going to a beach was when I was eight years old, and I hated it! After that it was all pools for me. It all changed though, when I had a Super Summer Escape  with my college friends on April 18 - 20 :D

like a kid frolicking in the sand :D

look at those waves!

sun + sand + sea + friendsss = Super Summer Escape

Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I listed my resolutions for 2009 here. I made good on the pampering and rediscovering my passion for writing parts, and thanks to Facebook I was able to get in touch with my old friends. My newly-discovered passion is the passion for watching TV shows (does it count? I think it does, seeing that I was not a fan of the TV before) and I was able to visit some places I have never been to before. I just don't think I was able to manage my finances wisely though XD

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes. Dianne - one of my best girl friends since high school - gave birth to Kaylee Brent. Ü

my godchild who is as cute as a button

Did anyone close to you die?
No. But I was really affected by the deaths of Francis Magalona, former President Corazon Aquino and Michael Jackson. I don't know about you, but for me, a famous person dying really brings a different perspective to life and death. The Man in Manila -  Francis M. - looked on his way to recovery from leukemia and was even set to perform at the Eraserheads' reunion concert two days after he suddenly surrendered to his sickness. The Man in the Mirror - MJ - on the other hand, was due to perform to a sold out concert. I watched This Is It! and was awed by how he can still perform at that age. He didn't look frail nor weak at those rehearsals, and then suddenly, boom, he was gone.  I had the privilege of meeting Tita Cory personally when I represented my university for the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Learning Center when I was in college and she is one of the most warm and charming  persons I have ever met. She has been battling with cancer for a couple of years befoe she died but it still came as a shock when she succumbed to her illness. I stayed in line for two hours with my friend and officemate Justin just so I can offer my respects  to her on her public viewing.  And I am a witness to the number of people who love and respect her, judging by the number of people who came.

It was shocking and disorienting, like having a rug pulled out from under you. Now, I know this sounds morbid and all, but if I suddenly die, I have a backup plan. I gave someone special to me instructions when I die to post here in my blog when and how I died. Just so you won't think I suddenly abandoned you.

What countries did you visit?
None this year. In my 19 23 years of living, I've only been to one other country and that is Singapore five years ago. It was an amazing experience and it started to open my eyes to the beauty and joys of traveling. You see, I was not a big fan of traveling before. My Singapore experience in 2004 changed me though, and now I would like to see more stamps in my passport! :)

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A credit card :D

What date from 2009 will remain in your memory, and why?
February 6. It was the day Dane and I reconciled. :)

we became friends again this day :)

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Celebrating my first year of independence! And my pet dragonfins Yin and Yang not dying on me, after five other species of fishes stayed with me for only a maximum of a week. :) And  finishing my 30-Day Blog Challenge, of course! :)

What was your biggest failure?
I am happy with my job, yes, especially as I am with the best officemates a girl who's on her first job can wish for, but somehow I still feel like a failure for still not having enough courage to really go after my dreams.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing serious, just the occasional heartburn, hyper acidity, and  terrible bouts with menstrual cramps. I had a skin infection that lasted almost a year though, and it caused three ugly scars in my legs =[ Thank God the scars are fading now and the infection is gone, taking at least a fourth of my half-a-month's salary.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida's! People like him make me proud to be a Filipino. :) On a more personal level. it would have to be Dane. He certainly earned my forgiveness, friendship, trust and affections again. :)

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre. It sickens me until now how other people can have no conscience and commit this inhumane act.

What songs will remind you of 2009?
Fireflies by Owl City  (such a happy, happy song)
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift (uhh, Kanye West incident, hello?)
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon (I blame Good Times with Mo! This song was played every single day for at least two months! :D)
No Boundaries - Kris Allen (another great season for American Idol. Shame about Paula Abdul leaving, though.)
Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Ang Huling El Bimbo - Eraserheads (This song might have been released when I was 12 years old, but seeing the Eraserheads perform this live on their last and never-to-be-repeated reunion concert? Definitely Song of the Year-material.)

What do you wish you'd done more?
Meet-ups with friends. I miss them! I am happy though because this year I was able to get together with the following people after months/ years of not seeing them:

January 10

my batchmates from High School!

my best friend Jerome

February 5

Ate Cess, one of the best people I met through Seventeen Sigaw

February 14
Ed, my sunshine and serenade-in-a-box

May 2

Recks, my best friend from college

November 2
Niel, Prex, Third, Mane, Jella, Mela, Ric (not in photo is Dianne)
they are my best friends from Elementary and High School

November 15
my Sinister Sister Jinna

Joner, my flamboyantly gay friend from college, also made his presence felt by forcing himself unto Dane and me when we watched Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. He also attended our Family Day at the office. :D

Life is short! So to all of my friends I don't see anymore, we should meet up again soon! :D

What do you wish you'd done less of?
I wish I did not spend too many lazy afternoons just lounging around the apartment or sitting in my lazy ass  just surfing the web and abusing my unlimited Internet.

What was your favorite tv program?
Oooh I had lots! This year is the year I watched the full six seasons of Sex and the City and also the year I discovered awesome shows How I Met Your Mother and Glee! Of course, oldies but goodies Survivor (Tocantins and Samoa were shown this year), American Idol and Ugly Betty also belong in the list of my favorite shows. :)

What was the best book you read?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I also liked Para Kay B. by Ricky Lee, 12 by Manix Abrera, and the Every Girl's Guide series by Marla Miniano.

What did you want and get?
A netbook! I got one in white, and I named her Lady Fabrize. If you are a new reader,  let me introduce her to you. Click here. :)

What things did you like?
Gladiator sandals. Curls. Facebook apps, most especially Pet Society. Nail art. Lucky Me Mac & Cheez. DVDs. Mineral makeup.

What was your favorite film of the year?
500 Days of Summer. I am seriously in love with this movie. My review (and a little bit more) can be found here. My next favorite is Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I celebrated my 19th 23rd birthday this year! I had a Pink Positive Party (I looove alliterations) in our old apartment attended by awesome people.

This is what I wore for my birthday soiree :)

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I think I will keep my answer to this question a secret. :)

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Clothes are an extension of myself. What I am wearing reflect my personality and mood on a specific day. I also like putting my personal stamp on my outfit for the day. There are days I feel lazy so I just wear a simple jeans-top-flats getup but most days I really make the effort to dress up. I am a girly girl and I love wearing skirts and dresses. :)

What kept you sane?
Blogging! And my friends, who are always there for me no matter how insane I get. :)

What political issue stirred you the most?
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announcing she will run in Pampanga. Political analysts stipulated that through this way she can finally rally for the change in Constitution and take the position of  a Prime Minister. How greedy for power and money can you get? Enough with the megalomania already!!

Who did you miss?
My ex-boyfriend Athan. We used to be really good friends.

Who was the best person you met?
I met lots of awesome people in the blogosphere this year, and I am grateful I did! I met Ms Mariel, Marj, Jessica, Nikolett, Kym, Manju, Shirley, Rick, Tiara, Nashe^, Abby, Annie Marie, Leah, and a lot of other bloggers who made my blogging life more colorful. I want to take this opportunity to present to you this:

Thank You For Blogging award

I know most of you have already received this award as well but I still want to present my token of appreciation. This was given to me by the sweetest Andhari (who I met last year). I would also want to give her the award as well. And to Meream. Thank you all, for sharing your stories with me. ♥♥

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
This is an excerpt from the blog post I wrote when Dane and I reconciled:

It was a big risk I took. I soared. I crashed. I got burned. It was indeed a horrible thing he did to me. I thought I would never be able to forgive him. Months passed, animosity grew. But during the last few days I realized reconciliation was inevitable and felt it was coming. I realized that what we had was beautiful and our friendship is important. Whatever he (or I) did (or did not do), it was now a part of the past and there's nothing we can do to change that. The only thing left to do is to look forward. Time has healed the wounds. I might have scars, but they are beautiful scars because they tell beautiful stories.
Let me share a quote by Marla Miniano's Every Girl's Guide to Boys:
"People hurt you, and lie to you, and take you for granted, and treat you badly, but eventually you learn to forgive. You learn to forgive because you have your own shortcomings and imperfections. You learn to forgive because life is too short to be bitter and angry. You learn to forgive because it is the only way you can move forward."
And so now I am moving forward.

It was a beautiful disaster. And I am glad I went through that. The fairy tale might have ended, but friendship does not have to.

The most touching experience you've had this year?
Seeing the Filipinos help one another during the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy. :)

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
This is not a song lyric, but a quote.

I have always loved this quote ever since I received it via text from my good friend Ed.  You may notice that the text has stayed in my sidebar for more than a year now. Last month, notebookdoodles gave the followers of her blog a chance to have their very own quote transformed into a doodle. I have always been fascinated by her talent  so I jumped at the chance, and here is my quote transformed into a notebook doodle. :) You may see the rest of the 99 other doodles here

Was 2009 a good year for you?
YES! It is one of the best years for me. :)

What was your favorite moment of the year?
Oh gosh, this is tough as I have lots!

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
During the Typhoon Ondoy. We were stuck in the office and were required to take calls until 8:30 in the evening (our shift starts at 6am and ends at 3pm) because the people for the night shift were not able to go to work. But that's nothing as compared to what other people went through. Lives, houses and properties were lost. It was a terrible disaster for us Filipinos and it is something I wish will never happen again. But if anything, this catastrophe only proved that we are a resilient and nothing can bring us down.

Where were you when 2009 began? Who were you with?
My whole family and I were in my grandparents' house as per our tradition. I had work the next day so what I did was I slept the whole afternoon and then woke up at 10pm - just in time for Media Noche and fireworks. :) And then, after work on January 1, my friends/ officemates and I went to Ruther's house in the island of Babatnin, Bulacan for a spontaneous road trip. :)

Where will you be when 2009 ends? Who will you be with?
The same as how 2008 ended. With my family. :) See my answer above this question. :)

Do you have a new year's resolution for 2010?
This deserves another blog entry. :)

What was your favorite month of 2009?

Can I have three? April, May and November. :)

Did you lose anyone close to you in 2009?


How many concerts did you see in 2009?

Two and a half. I saw  

February 14

 a mall tour by Boyce Avenue with Dane, Ed, Mich and Jonas

 March 9

Eraserheads Live! The Final Set with Ana and my brother Ken

May 16

Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2009?

One of the reasons why 2009 is a milestone year for me is because it is the first time I got drunk. Yep, I'm goody two-shoes in that I don't drink and I don't smoke. But I wanted to know how it feels to get drunk so on February 24 I invited my friends/ teammates to share this experience with me.

After 7 shots of Red Horse Beer...

this is the first and only time I've ever been drunk

You may lose all respect for me after seeing that photo. Can't say I blame you :D

Did anything you are ashamed of this year?
I can't remember anything I did I should be ashamed of. I have been a good girl all year. :)

How much money did you spend in 2009?

I don't even want to know XD

If you could go back in time to change one moment in 2009 what would it be?
I don't think I would want to change anything. I have a No Regrets policy 'round here. :)

What are your plans for 2010?
This deserves another blog entry. But in a gist, I want to be more healthy, more financially-savvy, and finally pursue my dreams of being a writer. :)

What are your wishes for the new year?

Good health, good life, spontaneity, laughter and MORE memories and experiences. :)

Feel free to answer the survey as well! ♥♥


  1. Ooo... sweetness! Glad to know that 2009 is such a good year to you, for me, it's moving so fast! Haha... and yeah, this year... is the year I drunk first too, haha... not 7 shots though, only two :d

    ah, it's almost magical how fast time flies...

  2. Wow, this survey's interesting. And I'm one of the best people you met this year? Awww, that's so sweet. Same here, krissy! I'm so happy to have come across your blog! Happy New year! :)

  3. i was just about to look for surveys to helps me summarize my 2009 so yay to you for providing it to me. btw, i LOVE LOVE your outfit that you wore for victorian valentine. red & black - zexay!!! :D

  4. Love this survey Krissy... got to know a lot about the inner you. My conclusion: you are such a kind-hearted soul and you love life.

    I love your cosplay costume, I'm appalled that it was your first time to go to the beach, I'm surprised that you don't have a credit card yet given that you work in a bank, I'm genuinely thankful for considering me in your blogging award.

    You are a sweet girl Krissy... 2010 will be another awesome year for you.

  5. Me, Rick? I don't belong in the same sentence with the wonderful people you mentioned. But I'm going to pretend it's me because it's such a great compliment! =)

    You look so sophisticated in the cosplay photos and so playful at the beach! I'm glad 2009 was such a good year for you and hope it's just the beginning of many great years.

  6. Okay hold up.

    #1, you went to Singapore? ONCE? No no you can't do that!!

    #2, you've never been to the beach with friends?

    I'm sorry, but this is really weord for me!

    Glad it was a great year. It was a horrible one for me.

  7. it was a good year!!! :)
    thanks sis for the "Huling El Bimbo" experience! yun writing workshops natin was last year??? :D ang bilis!
    i cant wait for 2010!
    in your words, Pink Positive for what the new year will bring!!!!!! :D
    Cheers to this entry!

  8. I'm happy that 2009 was a great year for you, though 2010 will probably be even better!

    secret: I've never been to a concert, while I'm a huge music lover... *shame*


  9. i'm reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower too right now and i'm loving it so far. Krissy i'm so glad i met you on blogger as well, you're the wonderful one :D
    and you look so sexy cosplaying ;)
    2010 is gonna be even more awesome, wait for it! ^_^
    happy new year darling *hugs*

  10. hey krissy sorry if there is no back links here but yea i also want to answer your survey it sounds interesting... hopefully i will be able to remember all the things i did during the-year-that-was hehe.

  11. hey krissy its me again if you still cant click on my name just go here http://rafa80love.blogspot.com/2009/12/2009-year-that-was.html

    thanks.and i hope you wont mind me answering my survey

  12. Hopping over from that girl, who sleeps in stilettos ;)

    Awesome pics and a nice summary. All the best in 2010! Happy blogging :)

  13. Krissy!

    Happy nye!

    You are featured on my latest post:


  14. Looks like your 2009 was a LOT of fun! :) Happy New Year!

    BTW, I have a contest running in my blog right now :) Hope you could join, dear.

  15. @ Tiara: Time really does fly so fast! I can't believe I am turning 20 - oops, 24 - in four months! :D

    @ Jessica: Me too! Thanks for sharing your 2009 with me Jess! :)

    @ Ejanzz: Thank you! Those are the two colors I thought of when I learned of the theme hehe. Thanks for answering the survey! :)

    @ Leah: Thank you Leah, you are the sweetest. :)

    @ Rick: Of course you deserve it! Thank you for sharing your stories with us Rick. :)

    @ Nashe^: I really do hope 2010 will be a helluva lot better for you! :)

    @ Anagon: Hay, that night is FOREVER etched in my memory :) Thanks for sharing your 2009 with me sis! :)

    @ Toothfairy: You should go see a concert soon! It's fun! And thank you so much for including me in your list, I'm STOKED! :)

    @ Manju: I hope you like the book :) Thank you so much Manju, I hope the coming year will be awesome for all of us :D

    @ Annie Marie: Thank you for answering the survey! And you are one of the best people I've met this year :)

    @ MKL: Aww thanks so much! Happy new year!! :)

    @ Teeyah: Thanks so much! Happy new year to you, too, and yes, I am definitely joining your contest! :)


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