Saturday, January 25, 2014

My late 2013 wrap-up

For days I've been struggling to conjure up a blog post. Since the last week of 2013, actually, to wrap up the year that was. There is so much to tell for a lot really has happened, but I just couldn't get anything out. Maybe it's writer's block. Or the pressure that I should write something really substantial since I haven't done that in a while. But I've just had a couple of drinks and I really don't care much for coherence right now, or even the fact that I've already used the word "really" thrice in this paragraph alone (four times if you count that last one). So fuck, let's write.

Me with my usual partners-in-crimemountaineering, Andrew and Cams.

2013 was very eventful for me. Probably the highlight of my entire life so far. The pinnacle was, well, reaching the top of Mount Apo, the highest Philippine mountain. Thanks to my friends Cams and Andrew for influencing me with their love for the great outdoors. Together with other dear friends we've climbed four other mountains aside from Apo: Mount Tagapo in Rizal, Mount Maculot in Batangas, Mount Romelo in Laguna and Mount Pulag in Benguet. What great fun we've had during all those trips! The aching muscles, the tanned skin and chapped lips, the smell of sulfur that seemed to linger in our noses, the voluntary separation from all the comforts I'm usually accustomed to—they are all part of my newfound love of mountaineering...and therefore all worth it.

Me atop one of the seven peaks of Mt. Apo, Davao.

I don't really like blogging about work, mainly because I cannot seem to put into writing what I do for a living without it all sounding so boring. The bits and pieces I've shared in one or two of my past posts should suffice. What I can definitely say now, however, is that I work with a fantastic team, I have cool bosses, and I'm doing something I love. I feel very blessed for everything that I have career-wise.

Over the years I have developed unlikely friendships with a handful of people, most of them loud and crazy but all of whom I love very much. I have traveled, watched musicals and movies, stuffed my face with food like there's no tomorrow, done almost illegal things with these people, and I'm pretty sure I can count on more of the same from them in the future.

Whatever intoxication this cheap gin ("inexpensive," someone might teasingly correct me, but "cheap" is shorter) has caused is slowly wearing off as I'm already getting the urge to proofread this blog post, so I'm just gonna stop now and publish this.

Thank you, God, for all the blessings, most especially this seemingly permanent chill in the air. Bring it on, 2014. Good morning, world.

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