It’s time for the customary year-end survey. In the pretext of regular blog postings. Haha. And also for posterity, past ponderings, and proof of life..
What did you do in 2021 that you’d never done before? Contract Covid. It finally caught up with us. So got swabbed, quarantined, and all that jazz that comes with having Corona. Otherwise, 2021 was just a protracted 2020. Although I re-discovered playing the piano and learning the Korean language, but they do not really qualify as something “new” since I have been at them for years.
Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year, I asked for “Strength”–strength of body, mind, spirit to just go through life and get out of this pandemic unscathed. But apparently, RESILIENCY IS A FARCE! I needed grit. Yeah, that will probably be my word for 2022.
Did anyone close to you…
Get married? Annalyn and Wyndell
Give birth? Anna to baby boy Andreu
Passed away? Rodel. Also, a colleague’s husband, and a chef acquaintance.
What would you like to have in 2022 that you lacked in 2021? Grit. Defined as passion and perseverance toward a goal despite being confronted by significant obstacles and distractions.
What date(s) from 2021 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? No noteworthy dates. 2021 just passed me by, the days melding into each other.
What was your biggest achievement of the year? Living through 2021. -_-
What was your biggest failure? Barely living through it.
Did you suffer illness or injury? Covid.
What was the best thing you bought? Emma sleep mattress. I first learned about this product on a friend‘s blog. I’ve been looking for a good mattress to support my bad back, but shipping is always pricey. Availed of the Father’s Day promo plus influencer add-on, to warrant a very reasonable discount–essentially offsetting my shipping expenses It arrived on our birth month, but didn’t get to unbox it until after our Covid ordeal. My radiculopathy hasn’t acted up ever since. Thought I wish it would also help my sleep. I have very bad sleeping habits!!!!
Whose behavior merited celebration? My husband.
Where did most of your money go? Healthcare. And online shopping!
What did you get really, really, really excited about? Was actually looking forward to Hospital Playlist Season 2. And while it’s still good, I preferred Season 1. With no third season in the foreseeable future, they had to tie up all the loose ends, esp the couples’ arcs, so it felt rushed. Ah, but Hometown Cha Cha Cha was such a delight! And gave me something to look forward to during weekend nights.
What song(s) will always remind you of 2021? Shalalalalalalalala Romantic Sunday…. Hometown Cha Cha Cha’s OST.
Compared to this time last year, are you…
Happier or sadder? Sadder.
Thinner or fatter? Thinner. I lost 3 kg during our Covid illness, though gained the 2 kg back. Still, that’s a net loss of 1 kg. What I wasn’t able to achieve through proper diet and exercise , took FORCE MAJEUR to achieve!
Richer or poorer? Poorer, in wealth and spirit.
What do you wish you’d done more of? Hope. Pray. Love.
What do you wish you’d done less of? Mindless Internet scrolling.
How did you spend Christmas? Early noche buena at home, with family.
What was your favorite TV program? Hometown Cha Cha Cha!!!! Hospital Playlist Season 2, Vincenzo. And Move to Heaven!
What was the best book you read? Talk to Me in Korean
What were your greatest musical discoveries? Hometown Cha Cha Cha OST
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2021? White Coat Manila scrubs and pink Native shoes were my uniforms. Saved a lot of time and energy on deciding what to wear. Hindi naman pwedeng mag-dress/skirt when you have to don a PPE.
What did you want and get? Emma sleep mattress, Coza Home bed sheets, Backjoy, and weight loss.
What did you want and not get? Good health. Hope. Joy.
What was your favorite film of this year? None.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Got swabbed.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Passion? Hope? Joy? I was just plodding through 2021, getting through each day, doing perfunctory tasks.
What kept you sane? K-dramas!!!! And God’s daily mercies.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Kim Seon Ho
What political issue stirred you the most? Kim Seon Ho’s scandal
Who was the best new person you met? Lee Je Hoon of Move to Heaven fame. Didn’t get to meet a lot of actual people.
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2021. God alone is our safe place.