A New Year Has Come

It’s kinda new to me. i’ll be spending the new year here in land. Yes, at land. for the past three years, I spent the new year (also Christmas) onboard ship. This year I was so blessed to stay longer in my vacation.

Spending holidays at land is very different from sea. Usually at sea, December 31 is already considered holiday because of the preparations officers and crew will have to make for the media noche. Or unless you’re a watchkeeper wherein you have no holidays. Folks will prepare the ingredients for the foods, sometimes roasting the whole pig to make lechon; some others will make parlor games (which i totally love) and drinks like beer, brandy and the like will flood. Although the mood is happy, you can feel the longing of each and everyone to be with their families. We have no choice; it’s pat of our job. Anyways, every crewmate is your family. Your brother away from home.

Chillax moments during one of our Media Noche onboard. Wiper Dandan, me and Oiler Ferds.
Chillax moments during one of our Media Noche onboard. Wiper Dandan, me and Oiler Ferds.

At home, it’s different of course. Your family is in your side. Sharing the media noche, partying and sometimes drinking. hehe =) Whether you have foods or not, the important thing is that you’re with your family, friends and loved ones.

Having light moments with my Chief Mate in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Intl Airport while waiting for our flight back to Manila, last 07 September.
Having light moments with my Chief Mate in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Intl Airport while waiting for our flight back to Manila, last 07 September.
One of the things i missed here- to play keyboard. Here, I played keyboard while singing "Sayo" by Silent Sanctuary.
One of the things i missed here- to play keyboard. Here, I played keyboard while singing “Sayo” by Silent Sanctuary.

2014 has been a rough year for me. I turned 26 this year, so you can say that I’m quite mature now. Even I, had noticed that there are some things happened to me that I’ve never experienced before. I became more aggressive and independent. Decision making is a big thing to me, wherein I made difficult choices. Maybe I’ll post some of the experiences I’ve had on my future articles. But despite of everything, I am still proud of myself. For the success, failures, good and bad choices, mishaps, I survived it all. And I thank God for keeping me alive for each morning that I wake up.

one of the most "controversial" posts made in Facebook.
one of the most “controversial” posts made in Facebook.

I really never believe in New Year’s resolution, but every year, I am making notes to look upon as I go along my life. For this year, here are sme of the things I’ll look upon:

1. Finish the board exams in MARINA this January, so that my license will be upgraded from Officer in Charge of Naviational Watch (OIC-NW) to Chief Mate. God willing. hehe

2. to be a stone cold b*tch.

3. Good boy image no more. This may be a reason why I’m always cheated.

4. I’ll never leave the Philippines for work without having an auto. It was almost delayed for 2 years.

5. To be more intelligent and mature in terms of love and decision making, even though it will hurt many people.

There are still many to mention, but 2015 will be more challenging year to me. With the help from our God, i know all things are possible.

One of the memorable moments this year- to experience polar vortex in Baltimore, MD USA last January.
One of the memorable moments this year- to experience polar vortex in Baltimore, MD USA last January.
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