The Year of Gaining Clarity

31 12 2013

They say in life, there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. It’s true. I am most fortunate and appreciative to have found my spot. Thank goodness for the wondrous pair of eyeglasses that 2013 handed me.

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I have recognized my God-given talent and skills, which thankfully complement my interests and the job I have. Some people don’t get to do what pleases them. Others don’t even have the slightest idea of what they really want. And I get paid for doing something I actually enjoy doing (writing and watching TV). I will forever be grateful for this. (Kapusong totoo! Naks!)

I have discerned which people in my life are in it for the long haul, willing to stick it out until the very end, and which ones I’m happy to show the exits to since their first instinct is to bail at the first whiff of smoke. (Akala siguro nila may sunog. Hindi nila alam, nag-iihaw lang ako ng barbecue para pagsaluhan namin. Eh gusto palang umalis, eh di go. Ipag-eempake ko pa sila.)

I have come to the terms with the fact that I am a very good friend. (Nakakatuwa nga raw kasi akong kasama. Pero hindi ako bitter, pramis. Haha!)

Disappointments will come. And yes, they will go, too. So don’t be afraid when moments of uncertainty and skepticism arise because they are just that –- moments. Even in times of slump and desperation, all is not lost. You will snap out of it because these are just phases everybody goes through. Learn to roll and learn your role. Only after you’ve accepted what is real will you gain closure. After closure comes clarity. And after clarity comes conviction.

Things around us will continue to change, and at times we will falter, but faith will keep us grounded. Steady. Firm. In order for us to bounce back and make a higher leap the next time. Just know in your heart that something good will come out of it. And don’t let that passion to succeed go.

That is what basically 2013 inculcated in me. So here I am now, 2014. Better than ever. Ready to take things a notch higher than usual and do them with flare in more ways than one.

They say in life, there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. I pray it comes true for you, too.

Have a JOLLY 2014, one and all! May the clarity and conviction be with us!

2013-2014





The 5th Annual Jolly Awards

31 12 2013

I’m proud and happy to be doing this for the fifth straight year. Here we go.

When my Internet is down, I forget that the rest of my computer still works Award (Most-Liked Website)

http://www.clipconverter.cc/ – Ito ang dahilan kung bakit nagkakaroon ng videos ang iPod Touch ko. At alam niyo naman, may kahirapang maghanap ng mga online app na compatible sa Apple products, kaya laking pasasalamat kong natagpuan ko ang website na ito. Haha.

I will follow you Award (Most-Liked Internet Personality)

Senyora Angelica ng Volleyball – Laugh trip ang hirit at mga meme niya sa mga volleyball player ng UAAP at iba pang liga. Pero mas patok ang pananabla niya sa mga fantard/alipin/bayawak na mapang-away (Yes, I’m looking at you, ALE fans). Team Hair Clips, Team Blush On, Team Water Jug, bentang-benta!

Dahil hater, inggit na agad? Hindi ba puwedeng ang lakas mo lang talagang maka-bad vibes? Award (Most-Disliked Internet Personalities/Accounts)

@ADMU_WVT – Kuryente ang mga balita nito. Ang hilig mag-hype, hindi naman napapanindigan. At hindi rin naman official page ng school na ginagamit niya. Higit sa lahat, patola.

Jamich – Strike two na sa akin ‘tong dalawang [insert expletives here] ‘to, eh. Last year, umepal sila nang mamatay si Dolphy. Ngayong taon, pinakinabangan pa nila ang nangyaring pananalasa ng bagyong Yolanda para sumikat. Thoughtless. Tasteless.

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Try nating ipag-trend Award (Most-Liked Hashtag)

#ilovemyjob – I do. Pramis. 🙂

#ALLCAPSPARAINTENSE – Mas may impact, eh.

#oinkoink – #alamna Haha!

#pagmaytime – Natutuwa talaga ako sa expression na ito. It’s a reminder, I think, that sometimes you have to exert a little more effort para magawa ang isang bagay. Seryoso. Hahaha!

I-share na yan Award (Most-Liked Memes/Random Images)

Homage to the artistry of Meryl Streep and the comedic genius of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Really funny and works on so many levels.

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Something the Bioman generation would understand and greatly appreciate.

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Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. You still have not answered this. What exactly are you doing there?

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Dumudugo na ang tenga ko pero hindi ko matigilang pakinggan Award (Most-Liked Songs)

Pink (feat. Nate Ruess)’s Just Give Me A Reason – “We’re not broken, just bent. And we can learn to love again.” True. Two dynamite vocalists collaborating. Just wow.

KZ Tandingan’s Scared To Death – “I’m scared to death
. Falling in love with you
, I’m scared to death. 
There’s nothing that I can’t do. 
I’m scared to death. 
What if you won’t be around anymore?” It’s that leap you are so afraid to take because of the uncertainty. Scary shit, indeed. And KZ Tandingan’s voice is just so haunting.

Zedd (feat. Foxes)’s Clarity – “If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?” “If you pull then I’ll push too deep and I’ll fall right back to you.” Just imagine. You’ll understand.

Sa kabila ng short attention span ko, nagawa kong pakinggan ang buong album Award (Most-Liked Albums)

Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2013 – This is actually a great selection of songs. 2013 was an excellent year for songwriting competitions. And I’m glad that mainstream OPM is making good noise again. Tracks to listen to: Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa, If You Ever Change Your Mind, Kahit Na, and Scared To Death

Lorde’s Pure Heroine – It’s fresh, it’s cozy, and it’s addictive. And she’s only 17. What the fuck was I doing when I was her age? Definitely not whipping out such an amazing CD. Tracks to listen to: 400 Lux, Royals, Team, and A World Alone

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Sana magka-DVDrip na sa Torrent Award (Most-Liked Movies)

On The Job – According to myself: “On The Job is as good as advertised. Gritty, gripping! Lakas makakabog ng dibdib. Astig si Joel Torre, pero MVP ko si Joey Marquez! Wuhooow!” Totoo yan. At paninindigan ko yan hanggang sa huling hininga ko. Wow. :))

Gravity – Sabi ko matapos ko itong mapanood: “Sa wakas, I got to see Gravity. How can a thriller like this have so much heart? Ang galing! And career-best performance from Sandra Bullock, hands down.” Totoo pa rin yan. Not sure about its Oscar chances yet, pero may laban naman ang pelikulang ito.

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May bagong pupuno ng external hard drive ko Award (Most-Liked New TV Shows)

The Following – Otherwise known as “The Cardiac Arrest,” it follows the life of former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (played by Kevin Bacon) and his attempts to recapture his nemesis — serial killer Joe Caroll (incredibly portrayed by James Purefoy). You’ve gotta love the surprising twists, the complex characters (most especially Carroll’s killer minions, headed by Emma/Denise), and the Edgar Allan Poe references. Episodes to watch: “Pilot” (Episode 1), “Chapter 2” (Episode 2), “The Siege” (Episode 5), “The Fall” (Episode 6), “Welcome Home (Episode 8), and “The End Is Near” (Episode 14).

The Goldbergs – It’s a huge throwback to the ’80s! A simple series about a  family depicted through the video recordings shot and collected by the youngest Goldberg, Adam (who happens to be the creator of the show). It never ceases to tug the right strings to tickle the heart. Episodes to watch: “The Circle Of Driving” (Episode 1), “Daddy Daughter Day” (Episode 2), “Mini Murray” (Episode 3), and “Call Me When You Get There” (Episode 7).

The Crazy Ones – The new CBS comedy about the dynamic world of advertising, features a talented  and likable ensemble lead by Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and James Wolk. It’s a David E. Kelley show, so expect those hints of pain covered beneath heartfelt speeches and declarations, popular guest stars, and a wonderful selection of music.  Episodes to watch: “Pilot” (Episode 1), “The Spectacular” (Episode 2), “Hugging The Now” (Episode 6), and “Sidney, Australia” (Episode 7).

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Hindi ka nanonood nito?! [Insert perplexed look here.]/Oo, nanonood pa rin ako nito./Season ___ na, pero humabol ka! Award (Most-Liked Returning TV Shows):

Veep – US Vice-President Selina Meyer and her crazy staff are back! For the second season, the show delves deeper into the veep’s personal life and we get to know more about the people working with her. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a comedy genius and she is surrounded by equally stellar supporting cast members. Episodes to watch: “Midterms” (Season 2 Episode 1), “Signals” (Season 2 Episode 2), “Running” (Season 2 Episode 9), and “DC” (Season 2 Episode 10)

The Good Wife – Now on its fifth year, this legal drama becomes a must-watch for me again. Just like Julianna Margulies’s Alicia Florrick, the show is kicking ass this season. Kudos also goes to the guest stars who make the show even more interesting to follow: Melissa George, Ben Rappaport, and Jason O’Mara. Episodes to watch: “Everything Is Ending” (Season 5 Episode 1), “Outside The Bubble” (Season 5 Episode 4), “Hitting The Fan” (Season 5 Episode 5), and “The Decision Tree” (Season 5 Episode 10)

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I’ll watch this over and over for sure Award (Most-Liked TV/Movie Specials/Events)

The Office series finale – While I still believe the show should have ended when Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left, seeing this hilarious mockumentary wrap it all up was still rather sad. Because as Michael puts it: “Goodbyes are a bitch.” And I will definitely miss these lovable looneys: Jim, Pam, Dwight, Angela, Stanley, Phyllis, Kevin, Meredith, Oscar, Erin, Ryan, Kelly, Creed, Darryl, Toby, Andy. And thank you for the nine wonderful years of employment, Dunder Mifflin, Inc.

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ol’ days before you’ve actually left them.” –Andy Bernard, The Office

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Other series finales: 30 RockDexter, The Big C, and Breaking Bad – Wow. I just realized I had to say goodbye to a lot of TV shows and characters this year.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the Golden Globes, Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, and Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tonys – They all nailed it. Thanks to them, three-hour award shows became a lot less tiresome. 2013 was a good year for hosts.

I-status/tweet na yan Award (Most-Liked TV/Movie Quotes)

“Just like our life; we appear and we disappear. And we are so important to some, but we are just passing through.” –Natalia, Before Midnight

“Still there. Still there. Still there. Gone.” –Celine, Before Midnight

“Taguan tayo! Taguan ng feelings!” –John Rae, It Takes A Man And A Woman

“Why is love so punishing?” –Joe Carroll, The Following

“Maybe the hardest prisons to break out of are the ones without locks.” –Abed, Community

“Screw waiting! I wanna be chosen.” –Emily Owens, Emily Owens, MD

Eksenador/a Award (Most-Liked TV/Movie Characters)

On The Job‘s Sgt. Joaquin Acosta (played by Joey Marquez) – The honest-to-goodness police officer who’ll try to take corruption down — despite the limitations of his clout and even if he had to do it on his own. PANALO ANG CAR-CHASE SCENE NIYA. DAPAT NINYONG MAPANOOD. Nagkaroon ako ng respeto kay Tsong bilang isang aktor.

Modern Family‘s Lily (played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) – She might look and sound monotonous but she delivers the best lines on Modern Family these days. A real scene stealer and a delight to watch.

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Walang basagan ng trip Award (Most-Liked Guilty Pleasures)

All these catchy TV commercials and jingles:

Pantene – “International moveeeeeeeeeeh!!!” by Erich Gonzales (Ano ba talaga itong international movie na ito??? Pakisagot na, please!!!)

Palmolive Naturals – “To the left, to the right, umikot nang sabay-sabay. Bye-bye, suklay. Do the Palmolive finger comb. To the left, to the right, umikot nang sabay-sabay. Bye-bye, suklay, with Palmolive Naturals.”

Surf – “Pinalaki nang pinalaki… Pinakamalaki!”

They could be quite annoying, but you have to admit, they ‘re effective. Hahaha! Lakas maka-LSS, diba?

Sakit  sa ulo pero ang sarap pagtawanan Award (Most-Liked Adik Personalities)

Willie Revillame – “You don’t do that to me!” Ayan, napa-retire ka tuloy nang wala sa oras, ‘no? Not that I’m complaining. :p Watch the meltdown here.

Claudine Barretto“Kuya Randy (Santiago), stop bullying me!” Ano na, Klaw-Klaw? Back-to-back ka na sa category na ito. Anong saga na naman ang papasukin mo next year?

Anne Curtis“I can buy you, your friends, and this club!” Sige, drugs juice pa, para lalong ma-cleanse!!!

Sakit sa ulo kaya ang sarap bangasan sa mukha Award (Most-Disliked Adik Personality)

Janet Lim-Napoles – Nagnakaw sa kaban ng bayan, kasabwat ang mga mandarambong na opisyal ng gobyerno. Nang mabuko, nagtago. Sumuko (di umano), pero ang daming kondisyon at nanghihingi ng special treatment (namimili  kung saan siya ibibilanggo at gusto pa yung may aircon). Nang ipatawag sa Senado, puro “I invoke” at “Hindi ko po alam” ang sagot. Nakuha pang magdemanda ng libel sa bloggers at journalists na nag-report tungkol sa lifestyle ng chaka niyang anak sa US.

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Will all due respect po, PAKYU. Hindi mapagtatakpan ng suot mong bullet-proof vest ang katigasan at kakapalan ng iyong mukha. Kung hindi mo rin lang ibabalik ang bilyun-bilyong piso mong ninakaw mula sa mga Pilipino, ipinapanalangin ko ang pagdurusa mo at ng iyong mga kasabwat sa kahit na anong paraan.

Seryosong nakakalungkot ito Award (Most-Disliked News)

Boston Marathon bombings (April) – Casualties: 5 dead, 280 injured. Such a senseless tragedy.

Bohol earthquake (October) – The deadliest earthquake to hit the Philippines in the last 23 years. Casualties: 222 dead, 8 missing, 976 injured.

Typhoon Yolanda (November) – The deadliest Philippine typhoon on record. Casualties: 6,155 dead, 1,785 missing, 28,626 injured.

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Yown, may good news din! (Most-Liked News)

The Green Archers capture the UAAP Men’s Basketball crown – Lasallians have waited for so long. Now the glory days are back. And it just feels awesome to be champions again. Animo La Salle!!!

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Sabeh?! Ikaw/Kayo na talaga! Award (Most-Liked Personalities)

Miss Supranational Mutya Datul, Miss World Megan Young, and Miss International Bea Rose Santiago – Dahil ang Pinoy, hindi lang pam-beauty contest…

Gilas Pilipinas, WBO International Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, and the Filipino athletes who represented the country in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar – Pang-isports pa! 😉

Eh di ako na! Award (Most-Liked Rexy Jolly Photo)

I took a leap of faith.

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And I’d love to do it again. 😉