2007 Year-end survey, Part 2

This is the second year-end survey that I have been doing since 2003, except for 2004, which I probably missed because of me being in Saipan. I’d post the answers in the previous years just for kicks, but some of them are kind of too long. Heh. 2006 answers can be found here. :)

What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Get myself a truck bed liner. Haha, no, just kidding. Resign from my old job. Join a sportsfest team (Bowling!). Go boxing. Watch Switchfoot. Go to Singapore and Naga. Become a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo. Buy a MacBook and actually paying for it with my own money. Pay for my website hosting with my own money (after three years!).

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Agh. Maybe only 2? I did not make proper resolutions this year for some reason. I can’t even remember them now. As for next year…I will probably make some, but they’ll most probably be similar with the previous ones.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin’s wife gave birth, as well as my nephew’s wife. Haven’t seen the babies though. I saw my nephew’s baby (my…grand-niece? :-o) yesterday.

Did anyone close to you die?
Like I mentioned in the first survey, Erwin passed away last year but I only found out about him early this year. :(

What countries did you visit?

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Better prayer life (once again), more confidence in my driving, possibly even higher salary (heh), and more willpower to actually lose weight. Heh. Better time management skills and more assertiveness. Oh, and a 250GB external hard disk drive for Aslan.

What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 15, 2007 – the day I took the walk-in exam to where I work
June 22, 2007 – resigning from my old work
July 2, 2oo7 – my first day at my new work
September 10, 2007 – Switchfoot in Manila
November 4, 2007 – Getting Aslan

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting into where I am working right now (yay), joining a sports team, getting that award at work, and being able to budget my money some kind of wisely. :D Oh, and the entire NaNoWriMo things and events for November — those were just fun. :D

What was your biggest failure?
Opening my big mouth. Not praying. :(

Did you suffer illness or injury?
The usual sore throat, colds and sometimes asthma.

What was the best thing you bought?
Captain Tal (Nokia 6233), Triskal (30GB Black iPod Video) and Aslan (Black MacBook). :D Oooh, all gadgets!

Whose behavior merited celebration?
The PinoyWrimo folks. I have never met such an inspiring group of people. :)

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
An old officemate who kept on bugging me on love problems. I’m sorry, I was just being impatient. ^^; The problems ARE kind of petty. O_o

Where did most of your money go?
Gadgets, credit card bills, gifts and Sydney fund.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Starting my new job, Switchfoot concert.

What song(s) will always remind you of 2007?
The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? definitely happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter. =/
iii. richer or poorer? richer, I guess?

What do you wish you’d done more?
Same answer as 2006: Pray before anything else.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Same answer as 2006: Talk and do things without praying.

What was your favorite TV program?
Heroes, CSI:NY, Chuck, Joan of Arcadia.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t like hating people.

What was the best book you read?
Ah. Hmm. Flashbang by Mark Steele and Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. For fiction, Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice. I promise to really make a dent in my reading list this 2008.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Brooke Fraser, Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes.

What did you want and get?
A new cellphone and a new laptop. :)

What was your favorite film of this year?
Transformers, Meet the Robinsons and Enchanted ♥

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21 this year. The day before my birthday was spent at work, where I took a half-day leave and then hit the gym and went to the SFC Chapter Gathering to ask for prayers for my birthday. I spent the first hour of my birthday in prayer, asking God for guidance for my “Year of Great Adventure”. My entire birthday was spent cooking and preparing for the party I hosted at home.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Still the same, I guess. I am starting to change the way I dress, though.

What kept you sane?
Prayer, writing, music and good friends. :)

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Switchfoot, I guess.

What political issue stirred you the most?
The second coup attempt in Makati.

Who did you miss?

Who was the best new person you met?
My teammates and the PinoyWrimo people.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
Life is a great adventure. :) God’s will is your heart’s deepest desire. :)

What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself:
Ack, I hardly take note of these things! Seriously. A client recently emailed my bosses a commendation for the team with a special mention to me for handling her really long requests. :”> One of the best Christmas presents I’ve had since I started working. :D

The most touching experience you’ve had this year?
Being given career advices by my former boss when I resigned? Heh. Oh. Being taken cared of again by people at work, especially in my new work, how everyone’s concerned about our security and work-life balance.

What did you like most about yourself this year?
I’m starting to take more risks and try new things. :)

What did you hate most about yourself this year?
Being too talkative.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure.

The Great Adventure, by Steven Curtis Chapman

Was 2007 a good year for you?
Good and difficult. I remember starting this year very afraid, because I feel like it’s going to be full of challenges that I don’t know if I’m ready for yet. Turns out I am…kind of. :) God is faithful.

What was your favorite moment of the year?
Switchfoot concert. :)

What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Finding a new job times. Internal conflict all the waaay.

Where were you when 2007 began?
At home.

Who were you with?
With my family, praying the rosary. :)

Where will you be when 2007 ends?
Still at home.

Who will you be with when 2007 ends?
With my entire family. :)

Do you have a new years resolution for 2008?
I plan to have some, which I haven’t really figured out just yet. It involves me trying new things though. I’m thinking of calling 2008 as the year of “Big, Fun and Scary/Exciting things”, much thanks to the NaNoWriMo folks for the term. :)

What was your favorite month of 2007?
July and September.

Did you lose anybody close to you in 2007?
Hmm…no, not really.

Did you miss anybody in the past year?
A lot, most specifically my college friends.

What was your favorite record from 2007?
What to do with Daylight by Brooke Fraser, Brother, Bring the Sun by Dave Barnes, Today & Tomorrow by Matt Wertz, Learning to Breathe and The Beautiful Letdown by Switchfoot

How many concerts did you see in 2007?
Just one – Switchfoot in Manila.

Did you drink a lot of alchohol in 2007?
Just a few sips of gin-tonic from Mike. :))

Do a lot of drugs in 2007?

You do anything you are ashamed of this year?
Nothing I can recall.

How much money did you spend in 2007?
More than 2006 because I earned a lot more in the latter part of 2007. Plus I got my credit card soooo….

What was your proudest moment of 2007?
Closing this old project at my old work, being one of the Identical Blue Men. :)) Winning an award at work after four months of being employed.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2007?
I hardly remember these things either. I’m pretty sure it involves my big mouth, though.

If you could go back in time to any moment of 2007 and change something, what would it be?
Nothing. :)

What are your plans for 2008?
Drive (this time I mean it). Lose weight (this too). Clean my room again (heh). Go to Sydney. :)

How are you different now that the year has ended?
When the year started, I was very scared of whatever difficulties I know I am bound to experience. Now that 2007 is ending, I am not regretting everything I’ve been through, even if at some point, it was very difficult. But I wouldn’t be who I am now if I did not go through them. :) I guess I am friendlier, more interested and willing trying new things, and I think I am kind of mastering the art of budgeting. Hah.

What are your wishes for the new year?
That I can finally overcome my fear of driving, that I can stick to my lose-weight resolution, that I learn to love myself as well as others more than I loved this year. And finally, that I re-build and strengthen my relationship my God again (I miss You!). Okay, and fine, an interesting love life would be nice, but I’m not counting on it. LOL. :)

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