Here are the highlights of my 2013 and the things I'm thankful for!
I also saw EXO and Girls Generation. At that time, I was not into EXO at all. But I was glad I saw them. The girls are so pretty in person, so I was glad to see them, too!
Got featured on a small section of Sparkling Magazine's Winter 2013 issue
Whenever I upload K-pop nail art tutorials, I press the UPLOAD button with one eye closed. I am aware that not everyone is into K-pop, least appreciate the music and the people. That's why when Sparkling featured my blog, all thanks to Marge, I was really thankful. At least I know some people actually like those kinds of videos I make! Plus it's a known K-pop magazine, so that's a plus point!
My 27th Birthday
I'm not the type of person to make the whole world celebrate on my day. In fact, the last I can remember when people actually made a big fuss out of my birthday was when I was young and my mom threw parties for me. Now that I'm older, I often celebrate my day the simple way. No extravagant parties or lavish gifts. The day I turned 27, my office mates decorated my work station with notes and ribbons. They also added a photo of me and Sunggyu. Such nice friends I have! :)
Graduated my Korean class at KCC as the top 3 in class
Oh, I also passed the TOPIK (Test Of Proficiency In Korean) exam level 1! It was difficult, all right, but I passed it! Yay!
Draw my Life
Bloggers would probably agree with me that sharing your personal life on the internet is probably one of the scariest things. There are nice people, yet there are the trolls. And when you share too much information, you are risking a part of your life called privacy. And not to mention, risking yourself to getting hate... So it was such a big thing for me when I finally decided to do the Draw My Life tag on YouTube. I thought my life was difficult enough, but when I watched other stories like Michelle Phan's and Bubzbeauty's and NigaHiga's, I became so motivated. Successful people like them have also been through a lot. If they did it, I thought, I can also do it. :)
Nail Art Tutorial Collaboration with DramaFever.com.
DramaFever.com is an online video site that distributes international televised content, most especially Korean shows. They stream the best movies, documentaries and TV shows with free English Subtitles. They contacted me to do a nail art tutorial inspired by one of the episodes of Nail Shop Paris, Kara Gyuri's drama.
Trip to Korea + Visa + Plane Tickets
Make-up and Personality-Development Seminar at Informatics College
I used to be an insecure kid back in my student days so who would ever thought that I'd be invited to speak in front of students? Least, to talk to them regarding personality development? I guess starting from rock-bottom is good somehow, since you get to experience a lot and also learn a lot.
Blog Contributor on MyKoreanBoyfriend.com
MyKoreanBoyfriend used to be one of my favorites blogs... (I say used because Kring doesn't update it a lot these days) Collaborating with one of your favorites is such a good thing, right? I read a quote somewhere saying "Work so hard that one day, your idol becomes your opponent." No, I won't ever dare to be Kring's opponent. lol! I'm just saying I look up to her and it would be nice if one day, my name would also be relevant in the K-pop world. :)
EXO and SHINee Kpop Republic
How lucky can I get? I won a Press Conference pass to the Kpop Republic to see SHINee and EXO in person. The other prize was an SVIP concert ticket. But press conference pass is not a bad prize, is it? As I said, I'm not really into EXO. (But these days, I'm liking Chanyeol, which is such a shame since I saw him twice and didn't have too much reaction and emotion then.) When I went to the press con, I was looking forward to seeing SHINee more. I used to really like them and my favorite was Minho. But, Minho why you no come to the concert?!
Featured on The Philippines Star Newspaper's Magazine
Got featured along with Keren, a really pretty, sweet and down-to-earth beauty Guru from the Philippines as well. The article was published locally on a magazine called The Freeman. It was such a huge blessing to be featured on print media for the second time this year!
70,000 YouTube Subscribers
I always tell you guys how I felt the first time I hit 50 subscribers, right? Who would have thought we will reach 70,000? That's just crazy! Still can't believe that people actually like my videos? But I'm thankful you do! Will work harder to produce better videos in 2014! :)
Infinite One Great Step Manila Concert
Can I just be biased and say that this is the highlight and most important event of my 2013? But non-Kpop fans might cringe at how much of a fan-girl I am, so okay, I won't say that! lol
Back in January, I wish and prayed for a solo Infinite concert. God is so awesome and good and cool and everything that He granted my wish just the same year! Seeing the boys again and hearing them sing in front of me for 3 hours was just amazing! 8765.81 hours in 1 year but those 3 hours were the best hours! lol. I really am a huge fan-girl, aren't I?
Also took a photo with the parents of one of the members, Dongwoo's parents! 정말 정말 많이 감사합니다~~
First TV appearance on GMA News TV's MARS
The best time of the year
Though Philippines has also gone through a LOT this year, we are known as strong people and we WILL make it through. It's such a relief to see people are still able to smile and celebrate the Christmas despite everything.
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And that's everything that happened to me this year! May be simply and lame if you compare to other people... but let me share to you one of my favorites quotes from Desiderata : If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater or lesser person than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
I am thankful for everything and looking forward to a more blessed and fruitful 2014!
How about you? What are you thankful for this year?