2011 was a truly rockin’ eventful year! Here’s my pick of my 11 moments of 2011. I don’t like ranking stuff so I decided to post them chronologically. (I’ve also added a link to my blog post about said event, if available, just to not be redundant :D)
1. 初の雪 First Snow
If you’re a child of the tropics like me, it surely had been a dream of yours to one day see snow falling from the skies. A White Christmas would be asking too much, and since it rarely happens in Tokyo, I was pretty much content with just seeing snow.
I am also very weak when it comes to extreme temperatures (like horrible, I tell you) so winter in Japan pretty much spelled “indoors” for me, haha. But the moment the snow fell outside, I donned my thickest winter coats and frolicked outdoors (even though I was the only one haha). Thanks Japan for making a tropical girl’s dream come true! I also managed to see more snow (until I was sick of it) in Hakone and Oze. Too bad I didn’t have enough money for skiing!
How awesome was this! This completed my trip to Japan, in my opinion. And I still stand by with what I said in my old blog about it: if you’re going to Japan, I suggest you visit the Kansai area rather than the urban jungle that is Tokyo. You would really get to know the heart of the country.
As for me, travelling has always been a dream of mine. But I realized that I prefer to do it with a bit more money to spend, haha. It’s just a big killjoy to be on a tight budget because you can’t eat the famous delicacies (like our fail Kobe Beef hunt), and tend to skip those places with entrance fees! Will save more money for my next trip, I swear!
3. March 11
For some people it’s just a random day, but for me, and a country, it will be marked forever in history.
I’ve always known Japan as an earthquake-ridden nation, but I never thought I would be there when a huge one would take place. Yes, as I have said, I wasn’t in the Northern areas so I didn’t feel it, but boy I did feel it. I felt the pain of a nation, how they started healing, and how they suffered from the effects of it. I feel somehow blessed as well that I managed to see with my own eyes how resilient the Japanese people are; and I will always admire them for their very culture, their very heart as a nation.
I may have failed and missed several on my Japan To-Do List, but I sure am happy I got to participate in not one, but two homestay programs! It gave me great insight on the daily lives of normal Japanese families- something I will not experience on my daily dorm life in modern and urban Tokyo :) I also got to know some great people and cuteeeee children!
It’s any child’s dream to step into Disneyland! Happy to know I went to the two parks in Japan- Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea! It was really a dream come true, tears really come on their own, hahaha.
Unlike the last few events, this didn’t entitle me to spend my savings or travel long distances.. No, it was just a one hour-ish subway ride to Nerima where the nearest iMax theater.
HARRY POTTER! I’ve been in love with this series since 11– that’s almost half of my entire life- and to finally see the series end on the big screen is such a milestone for me. FYI, I watched this movie a staggering THREE times on theater. I don’t rate it that high film making-wise, but the thought that it would be the last time I would ever see these kids on screen– people I grew up with! Heck I even wrote about it in my Japanese class, haha.
Fandoms come and go in my (pathetic) life, but Harry, you shall always be in my heart. And I would always get a little tickle inside me when I hear, and I will definitely be reading the books again in the future.
One of the biggest milestones of 2011 was me finally joining the CFC SFC community- first in Tokyo, Japan, and now even here in Antipolo! And contrary to what many of my friends think, I didn’t join because of my boyfriend (geez), it was a journey that had always been knocking on my door, and I guess it took a few culture shock-moments to get me to answer it. :D
I was even lucky to be able to attend ICon, it was my very first conference~ And I assure you, it will be the first of many! Nothing can compare to the rush, the fun, and of course the many things you will learn about yourself and your faith than these conferences.
I am really thankful to the whole CFC community in Tokyo, Japan for welcoming me and making the last few months I had in Japan really memorable. And for my SFC family now here in Antipolo who had welcomed me in such a short while and I am so looking forward to more journeys with all of you. :D All for God!
Special mention to my boyfriend’s Central A YFC Family too. xD
I do not know what event would better represent my life in TUFS so I decided to just log in my whole stay as one. Thanks, Gaidai! I realized so much about myself, and I learned so many things (some 日本語 too!) And most of all, despite my socially-inept self, I was able to meet some great friends- my dorm mates, my Japanese class-mates, people from the Filipino department, Japanese people I met at parties and at class, and even random ones I just met on campus!
It was my second-to-the-last week in Japan and God was so good that He decided to give me just one last hurrah before leaving! I really enjoyed my one week stint as an English camp instructor, but more than anything, I am really happy to have made friends, who have given me so much love and where, I realized just how awesome Japanese people are! Love love love! I am happy because until this day I don’t lose contact with these people.
I don’t fangirl K-Pop much anymore nowadays but the pinnacle of my short life in K-Pop was reached when I attended SM Town Live in Tokyo! Almost all of my fave groups in one concert! I was awed to finally be seeing Tohoshinki live as well. :)
I haven’t fangirled much after this. Is my K-Pop life ever? No. I will always be a fan of those cute kids I loved to death, but as for new additions to the fandom, that’s just not possible right now. :P
11. Filipino Christmas
Definitely something I missed while I was away :’) I enjoyed what could be my last Lantern Parade as a UP student– even scoring several TV appearances as I participated in UP Tomo-Kai’s parade. I had fun hanging out with my friends at several Christmas parties and reunions. Special mention to TK’s Rock ‘n Roll Party and my SFC family party~! What made it even better was that I get to see my old high school friends and even my Tokyo friends!
But best of all, I get to spend it at home, with all those glorious home-cooked meals that I have missed so much. An extra bonus? Spending it with my boyfriend! <3
The saying’s true, there really is nothing like Christmas here in the Philippines! I know we’ve had a huge disaster for our friends down south, but the way I see it, it actually helped us realize the true meaning of Christmas. I’ve never seen so many people thankful and appreciative of life and more than eager to do their part to help.
So that is my highlight of 2011. What’s yours?
I am really thankful for such a year. It would probably be one of the most unforgettable ones, and probably THE year where I learned so many things. I have a lot of hopes and prayers for 2012. I am going to do my best and make it as awesome as possible!
Thank you Lord God for giving me such a great year, I feel so blessed! And thanks to YOU, and all the amazing friends and people that I’ve met and spent time with this 2011! From my the comforts of my room, I send you love and wish you a happy new year 2012! ♥♥♥