I spent the last night of the old year and the first morning of the new year with the family in Bulacan, then back to work. After work, I spent the first night of the new year with Jaykie’s family. Extended, as it was – when we arrived there were uncles and family friends, and cousins whose names Jaykie couldn’t even remember. Haha. Well. Food, and then a game of – wait for it – Pinoy Henyo. More like Reverse Pinoy Henyo. A category is stuck on the person’s forehead, other person gives details regarding the category, person tries to guess. That sort of thing.
We won, HEY!
(I was the one with the thing stuck on my forehead.)
Eliza: Breakfast? Fiber? Diet?
Jake: Crema de fruta.
Eliza: @_@ Er, dairy product?
Jake (to his sister): Bawal sabihin ‘yung actual word ‘no? (Sister says no.) Ayun. Cereal.
Jake: Um, cereal? @_@
Eliza: Mga pagkaing nilalagyan ng gatas?
Everyone else: AHOOOOOOOOOOOOY. ^___^
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His sister gave me brownies and cookies (Whee) and his mother handed me this bag before I left. (I still have work, see, so I can’t get smashed. Boo.)
Thank you, all. That was really fun. :)
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In the e-mail, from Gig Book: “The ten winning stories are now in different stages of book production.”
So maybe, if everything goes well, I’ll have a book published this year?
But first, this year’s (personal) highlights. :D (Events that happened in the same month may be listed here in un-chronological order, because I’m lazy and I get confused. LOL.)
Cebu – Bohol – Cebu trip with high school friends
Laiya, Batangas with high school friends
Philippine Speculative Fiction IV launch
I meet the lovely Lizzy via Rissa and I experience the joys of Cubao ukay (yay, dresses! ♥)
I move to Makati
Read Then We Came to the End, I mean OMG
I move to actual unit in Makati
First publication in an international market (notification)
Publication in Philippines Graphic (notification)
I almost win a free book
Publication in Elimae (notification)
A mention in Locus Magazine
I try to apply as Lit teacher; school sort of fucks me over. Meh.
Discovered Big Bang Theory yay! Special thanks to Princess, hehe.
Publication in The Farthest Shore (notification)
Publication in The Houston Literary Review (notification)
I buy me a netbook!
Cory Aquino, 76
A letter from the Palanca Foundation arrives and *brainsplode*
I am made to wear glasses; Philippines Free Press Awards
Publication in Cantaraville (notification)
The Palanca Awarding Ceremony
I win in a children’s lit contest whyyy lol
Gig Book photoshoot, met with friend Ace
Manila International Book Fair
The Transmetropolitan mindfuck
Cyma dinner with high school friends
First Research Night, christening of friend Joan’s son, Johan
I turn 23
First month, and cheesiness (CHOS)
Second publication in Expanded Horizons
Publication in PSF V (notification)
I win in the Pinoy Story Writing Contest (Horror/Crime & Suspense Category)
I get to attend the Lantern Parade
Ruin and Resolve charity antho
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Not included in this list are the other books and films I’ve devoured. And maybe other stuff – I’m not really sure.
But what a year, eh. What a year.
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So pa’no? 2010 naman? Orayt.
So I went home to Bulacan last night, right. When I woke up this morning (before seven) I really just wanted to take a picture of the sky, but then I thought, Hey, is that the sun?
So of course I stood on a chair and waited.
First sunrise of the new year. Lovely, isn’t it? :)
Here’s to a kinder 2010.
The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.