Monday, January 21, 2013

New Year, New Life in 2013

2012 I can say has been the best year so far. I travelled to six countries, five of which are first time visits. I was able to meet new people, take on new roles and responsibilities, partied like I never had before. On top of that, I got married to my 6-year partner Nikko. 

last October (copyright Metrophoto)
Temple of Heaven, Beijing
Tanah Lot, Bali
The Louvre, Paris
Parque del Retiro, Madrid
Parc Guell, Barcelona
Islas Balearas, Ibiza
Work has been the focal point of my life, being in the same company for the past six years. There had been days when it would be a work-sleep combo for days on end. Coffee would fuel my days, going up to three cups per day. Every night, I will have three to four hours of personal time that I can use for myself, one of which is for traveling. I spend this for working out, going to the spa, or having a quick coffee with some people in the area. This is the reason why I came up with the title "Everyday Sunday" for this blog, to find pockets of relaxation or whim within the week, within the few hours I have between work, sleep and travel time. I believed that nothing could tear me away from work.

Late November of last year, after our three-week honeymoon, we found out that we have conceived. It was bad at first because when we came back, I was ill and had pharyngitis and fever. Doctor's orders required me to take two more weeks of rest to recover from my illness. Over that weekend, I did some thorough thinking regarding my then-present condition.

I knew that my job and being pregnant will not work well together. Being alone in Manila allows me to be open to temptations, cheap meal alternatives, sleep whenever I felt like it, wander around however I wanted. Moreover, I couldn't be both half-tired and sleepy then be setting a meeting with my team. I had to decide.

Well, it actually was easy. It was the easiest decision I have ever made. I guess carrying a then-embryo, now-a-baby changes everything. I was overwhelmed by the changes, but that didn't make deciding any harder. I surprised myself to have not suffered from any withdrawals or separation anxieties from the things I used to do. My habit of stocking boxes of tea variants and consuming them per meal (I would always have tea in my bag), my coffee and caffeine addiction, my vice of getting a massage at least once a week and other things I'd rather not mention.. Were easy let-go's. It's amazing how I didn't plan nor foresee my future as a pregnant mom. I cannot tell as of the moment how I will handle it when he/she arrives. All I can say is that, somehow, no matter how crazy the decisions I sometimes make, I know that by the end of the day and on the most important matters, I will end up choosing the right path.

I'm excited to see what 2013 has in store for me.


  1. Wow! 6 countries in a year. :D

    I stumbled on your blog from GT. Will read your other entries. :)

  2. Yeah, it was a real blessing. Thanks for dropping by Kat :)