Good evening, tumblr. It’s the first night of 2014! And yes, here I am again with all the 'first whatever of the year!' shiznits.
My sister just finished using my laptop for her daily blog entries and status updates, and since I don’t use tumblr on my phone, I only get to use it now, minutes before January 1st ends.
Went out with the family today to celebrate the New Year, and we’re spending the night here at the Makati condo. Pretty much everyone’s asleep except for me and my sister. Some things just didn’t change over the years.
Had mass this afternoon over at Resorts World, and did a bit of shopping after dinner. Food was really good, and I had to forget my diet project for the year for a while. Starting tomorrow, I’m on a less sweets diet (boohoo) and I’m hoping I actually get to keep that up during the year.
Post processing photos, and I just really really wish that I get to update the blog with all the December events and photos plus the events of New Year’s eve before classes resume. Aaaah.
That said, hope everyone started the year right! (At least as right as you feel like it is.)
December 18, 2013, Wednesday.
Ah, the official last day of classes for the year 2013, and finally, Christmas break for us! (Which is about to end in week’s time as I am typing this entry, boo.)
The block had one class for the day, and it was even a quiz day at that. But we weren’t that stressed since it was a lighter course, and well, we’re just really excited for the Christmas party on the latter part of the day and Christmas break in general. After the quiz, our professor even got me and my two blockmates to sing Christmas carols individually and together in front of the class. Everyone was already in the mood for the break!
After that, the block dispersed to prepare for the party that night over at our blockmate’s place. It was pot luck so we had to prepare food, as well as gifts, and of course, ourselves - it was still a party after all and we needed to be in dresses.
Everything else is best explained in photos, and perhaps, short captions. Kudos to boyfriend, since he held on Kon-chan for the rest of the night and took photos of almost everything that happened.
Ah, it was an amazing night with the block!
Some of my close circle of friends! Our study group has this collaboration with another study group, and together we call ourselves “Dictator.” It’s a long story, but really, we’re just two close groups of friends who always go together when it comes to hanging out and just basically spending life outside law school.
Even with our own set and circle of friends and study groups, in general, the block is tight and close. Who else is there to share and understanding your suffering in law school other than your blockmate, right? We’re all in this together.
We did our exchange gift after dinner, and of course, after a few shots (both camera and alcohol). Got those photos over in Facebook since there were lots.
I have to note here though how the person who picked me got me the book I asked for - Kazuo Ishiguro’s Artist of the Floating World! I’m still very happy about it, and I have yet to touch the book, but I’m looking forward to reading it!
More photos of the crazy night. The others went for a swim too. Our blockmate’s place is crazy.
The rest of the night went on, and we got home late already. Some of my friends decided to stay over the condo for the night, too.
The next day started off our Christmas break, and actually, that very night, my close friends and I met up and went to a comedy bar for some laughs. Ended the day at karaoke and we went home morning already. Way to start the break!
December 17, 2013. Tuesday.
A day before our official Christmas break, the College of Law held its annual Malcolm Madness where students of the college from different years compete with each other in presentations where they imitate the Law professors. As freshmen students, it was our first time to participation in the tradition, and of course, we were more than excited for the event (to be honest, we all just wanted to see how the students would portray our professors, haha!).
But the event wasn’t until that night, and as for the day, my study group/friends - we call ourselves M.A.L.C.O.L.M, initials of our surnames - and I had another small event planned for us. It was 'revelation day' for our Secret Santa, plus an early dinner with them.
Short moment - I’m really really happy to have these people as my study group. We started more as a close group of friends from the block rather than a legit study group, but since the second semester started, we started organizing ourselves as a study group and assigning tasks to each other for each course. So far, it’s been working just fine, and it brought even closer as friends, even as family. I’m just really blessed to have them with me in this whole endeavor.
I was right with my guesses on who picked who - we’ve been giving small gifts to our baby for the past two weeks, and couldn’t help guessing. Hee.
Gave each other our personal presents as well, and the others opened theirs over dinner while we wait for the event of the evening.
Backstage before the main event of the night. Boyfriend was part of the main cast, and I was the supportive girlfriend, haha!
And the show begins.
I only got to take shots of the presentations of our year, and the second year, since I decided to just put down Kon-chan, and enjoy the rest of the night.
As expected every year, the Seniors took the crown, and we weren’t surprised about it - though we did win an award for best production, I think? Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable night of laughter for everyone, and I don’t mind attending this again.
Let me take this space to introduce another bear, two bears actually, to add in my family of “stuffies given to me by important people in my life” - Linc and Laiza.
Our sweet friend Evan gave boyfriend and I the ideal soft cuddly bears. They’re even named after our second names! Boyfriend got “Laiza” from my second name Elaiza and I got “Linc” from his second name Lincoln. Blue and Green colors, since we’re from enemy schools, Evan said, haha.
Anyway, I’ve been sleeping with the bear since the break started, and the cute thing’s really cuddly, even our dog likes it! Heehee.
Everyone’s gifts were amazing, and they’re all very relevant to my needs and interests too, so I’m very grateful. Thank you!
A break from the December Photo entries!
So today, I finally found the time to do my nails after resting it for about two weeks. Was glad to find that my mom bought new colors, and as much as I wanted to try everything out, I really can’t have it all at once, can I.
Just the right amount of pop and shimmer in time for the new year.
Ready to great the new year! (Okay, maybe not yet. At least my nails are.)
December 8, 2013, Sunday.
Special day for my father and I; it’s our birthday! It hit on a Sunday too, which is a good thing. Parents were back in the province that day while the rest of us were in Manila, and we met up to for dinner to celebrate.
We were supposed to celebrate over a variety of sushi in this restaurant, but the branch we went to already closed down. Good thing we had a plan B, and plan B was actually better in the end, haha - Vikings!
I particularly love Vikings for its sushi, sashimi, and various choices for desserts, but everything else is just as good. It just sometimes gets harder to choose since there are tons of food, and my stomach can’t just take in everything, unfortunately.
The birthday performance, plus the small cute cake, was something else too, if not funny!
Father and I were lucky since our meals were for free - birthday benefits! My sister paid for everyone else (Mom, Sam, Boyfriend), which sort of surprised me since she rarely treats us out, but whatever, lucky day!
I didn’t really expect my 21st birthday to be something special, especially since it’s this year - 2013 has been really unpredictable for many reasons - but thank goodness the heavens blessed my father and I a happy birthday. Brother up in heaven would’ve gobbled up the meat at the buffet stand and laughed at how ridiculous I looked with the Vikings helmet, haha.
This was a memorable one, definitely.
This is the first part of a series of entries I’ll be posting of the last month of the year, and perhaps photos of the events of the past few months saved on my phone. I’ve been taking photos of a lot of special times during the year, hoping I could blog about it before the actual year ends, so spare the spam of entries!
December 7, 2013, Saturday.
It was a particularly special day for me especially since I had a dinner date with my close friends, the CTMJTAers I’ve been blogging about back in undergrad. It has been nine whole months since we all managed to get together for one decent dinner with out favorite professor slash close friend, plus our adopted JTA blockmates.
Anyway, Boyfriend picked me up over McDo where I first met up with my friend from the lower batch in Ateneo who gave me a call earlier that day. She gave me Rilakkuma dolls for my birthday, and it’s so adorable!
Afterwards, Boyfriend and I came to school, and everyone in the block greeted me an advanced happy birthday with a gift from my Secret Santa (my close circle of friends had a daily Secret Santa thing going on and it was ‘something reminiscent of childhood’ that day) on my table. Class started when our professor came in the room and it was particularly funny, and I had to say this, that I was first called for recitation. Woop, birthday girl!
My Saturday class ends at six in the evening, so I planned to rush to the restaurant to meet up with them at around 6:30. But, my close circle of friends slash study group had other plans for me right after Crim class, and didn’t plan on letting me go just yet. Boyfriend had to come up with some kind of excuse to take me out of the classroom just so that the block could finish writing their messages in a card and could set up the cakes and the balloons in the room.
Didn’t expect this at all, not even one bit!
They sang me a birthday song too, and then of course, photos. I’m so glad I brought Kon-chan with me that day since I was planning to go straight to the reunion after class.
Long story short, friends got me a huge birthday card with messages from everyone in the block, a delicious cake, balloons, and gifts. I ran late for my reunion with CTMJTAers partly because of this, and partly because traffic in Katipunan that time was terrible. But I wasn’t the last one to arrive though, and the reunion went on for the rest of the night anyway.
It was so funny and so amazing how everyone hardly changed at all, and it felt like we were all back in undergrad, except that everyone, excluding me of course, told stories about work and their experience in the real world, while I tell them about stress in law school.
And of course, we wouldn’t be the known CTMJTAers without the obligatory vanity shots and group photos. Though, we were probably more known for being such a noisy bunch. Which we wouldn’t really deny, since it’s true. I remember one kid crying out loud in the restaurant during one of our noisy group shots, and we’re most probably the reason for the crying. Heh.
The night went out with great food, and even more great stories and conversations with friends I felt like I haven’t seen for years, and it was incredible. Had to go home a bit earlier than the other though since I still had tons of readings that day waiting for me, and it was my birthday the next day, so I didn’t have much time to study.
This was one of the memorable days of December. Though, now that I think about, this month of the year has been quite eventful, for a freshman law school student like me. I’m grateful.
It’s 12:07 midnight, December 21, 2013.
So far, the past three days of Christmas break has been more than fun.
Been staying out late night for the past two days since the official school break for Christmas, and tonight was supposed to be no exception, but I decided to just go home early since I’m going back to the province tomorrow.
It’s amazing how it’s just three days, and I already got to spend it with some of the important friends I have, old and new. I was with my law school block on the 18th, and we partied over at one of our blockmate’s place till past midnight. On the 19th, I was out with my closest friends in law school and we went out to destress ourselves over a comedy bar, and then karaoke after. It was already morning by the time we got home. And tonight, I met up with my pseudo-blockmates back when I was a Freshman in undergrad. Was supposed to go with them on a sleepover, but I decided to just pass since I’ve been out so late two nights in a row already and I’m going home to the province after more than a month tomorrow.
I’m quite excited to go home and spend the Christmas back in the province, and then give myself some time to relax, but I also have a lot of things I’m planning to do over the break.
Things have been well with life, while it is still very stressful, more specifically with law studies. But it’s been really worthwhile. I hope this continues.