This is it: Year end post of 2013

013. Ah, before it ends tonight, let’s all reminisce what happened this past few months. I remember this very moment a year ago, I promised myself this is going to be it. This year will be mine and I will rule the world. Haha. Kidding about the ruling the world part. But this time last year was the moment I said 2013 will be my year and nothing’s going to stop me. And fuck that shit, 2013 was not my year. Not even close to being my year. When I said nothing’s going to stop me, turned out, I stopped myself from making this year great.

This year, I learned that karma is real. Every time something good happens to me, I have to expect that something bad will happen soon. And that just sucks. It has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me this year. Literally a lot of ups and downs. But mostly, downs.
Last 2012, I did a lot of changing and growing up. This year, I did a lot of forgiving. I made amends with some people this year and not only I felt great about it, I also checked off something from my bucketlist.
Here’s a recap of Erika’s 2013:
January: Spent the last 4 hours of 2012, listening to “All This Time” by One Republic. The Haylor kiss at Times Square. Haylor. More Haylor until the 8th day when the Kiss You music video was released and Taylor and Harry split. Yeyeyey. January was the month, I danced with the guy I liked for 3 years and okay I thought it was amazing but nah I was wrong because fast forward to….
February: Ah, smelled the roses I wasn’t going to receive for Valentines but I didn’t smell that one rose I’ll be having. HA HA HA. Back to the dance thing, I danced with this boy in my class who I hate for no apparent reason but every time I touched his hand I felt butterflies and shit I’m crying. February was also the month of prom. 2 of my guy friends danced with me and it was fine heh
March: The only thing I recall from March was the Rad lunch and the oh so emotional last day of acads where I got my first ever hug from the boy who made me feel feels I shouldn’t.
April: Start of summer. Start of my diet.
May: End of summer. End of my diet.
June: It was shitty. My iPod got stolen, sections got rearranged and I was sad the whole month.
July: Season 15 of my life. Thesis huhuhu.
August: My last sportsfest. The Conjuring. Suspended classes.
September: My grandfather passed away when I was watch This Is Us. Season premieres everywhere.
October: It was okay. Really. Except for the part I got sick whereas I was supposed to go to Subic. I started hating Jenna Hamilton.
November: NOVEMBER WENT BY REALLY FAST LIKE IT LASTED FOR 5 SECONDS. I DON’T REALLY REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MONTH EXCEPT MIDNIGHT MEMORIES AND SURVIVAL CAMP.
December: The highlight of the year arrived the first week a.k.a my Instax camera. Heheheh. Last Cantata, and everything went okay for the rest of the month.
Now, let’s begin with what 2013 taught me. 2013 taught me how to forgive people. Really. Along with my Instax camera, I guess forgiving people was one of the highlights of 2013. I finally forgave my friend. I forgave the boys who treated me well but I hated them. I got rid of the all the hatred and bitterness. I actually regret hating them. I hated the wrong people. There were people who I should’ve hated for obvious reasons but I didn’t. I just practically labeled people so yeah. Note to self: Don’t do that this coming year. It’s never too late to let people in your life and give them a second chance.
2013 taught me how to accept things in life. When you can’t do anything about something, the best thing to do is accept. Accept what you have and what you can’t have. Accept that it was never meant to be or accept that’s just how life works.
2013 taught me to love your loved ones before it’s too late. Tell them you love them. Visit them. Idk. Just do something to see them or to talk to them. Make an effort.
2013 taught me how lucky I am. I may not have an iPhone, iPod, etc. But after what happened to Visayas after typhoon Yolanda, that’s when I realized how I’m truly blessed I am. With just having food on my plate 3 times a day plus a home to go home to, I really am lucky and blessed.
2013 taught me if it’s not meant to be, then it’s not. Stop making it happen because it won’t and probably never will. There are other good things in life, there are better people out there. You just have to wait for them to come in your life.
2013 made me realize I’m holding on to something that didn’t exist anymore. The person I missed didn’t exist anymore. People change. The things we like and dislike change.
2013 taught me that you will drift away from your friends. It’s part of growing up. Plus it’s okay to walk away from someone if you think you don’t fit in their life anymore. Aaaand I’d rather have one true friend than one thousand fake ones.
2013 taught me grades doesn’t matter. School measures how well you memorize terms but it does not measure your intelligence and what you are worth. Another thing, what you built for the 4 years of highschool will be gone the minute you leave it on graduation day. Some will remember it, but keep in mind, you won’t be seeing half of the people you’re with right now once you start college. Plus cool kids in highschool end up being the lamest and no jobs.
Okay, so 2013 generally taught me a lot of things in life. And even though 2013 was a tough year for me, this year gave me things to be thankful for.
2013 made me thankful for my family and friends. I would literally give up everything for them because I just love them with all of my heart.
2013 made me thankful for my batch. Yeah, we’re not the most perfect batch and everyone hates us, but we love each other. Or at least try to. But yeah. We don’t care what people say when we’re all togetherrr (LOL SEE WHAT I DID THERE HAH) (IF U DIDN’T GET IT THEN SUX FOR U) (KIDDING IT’S FROM HAPPILY BY ONE DIRECTION)
I’m thankful for One Direction, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Gabrielle Aplin, Mcfly for existing. Yes. Thank you for making me survive another crappy year.
I’ve been through a lot of shit this year. But I thank 2013 for teaching me all these lessons. I could say I’ve gotten stronger this year. Even though this was a crappy year, I had a lot of memories that will make a good story someday.
I’ll be ending this post by a quote from the movie “New Year’s Eve” and something from HIMYM.
“And as you all can see, the ball has stopped half way to its perch. it’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the new year, to stop, and reflect on the year that has gone by, to remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken, the times we opened ourselves up to great adventures… or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt, because that’s what new year’s all about: Getting another chance, a chance to forgive. o do better, To do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if… and start embracing what will be. so when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.”
“…And that’s the magic of new year’s. When that clock strikes midnight, we all get a fresh start. and I don’t know about you, but I could really use one.”
2014, you better be a better one. Be a memorable one. Be the one I’ll be remembering forever. Please just please. That’s all I want.
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Last beat for ’13

2014

It was a crappy year, indeed. But it was a good year for music and everyone can agree on that. Haha. I planned on putting this on 8tracks but due to schedule conflict (Naks kunyari artista), I didn’t finish it. Believe it or not, it wasn’t because of laziness [cue For The First Time by The Script]

Some songs are from 2011/2012, but most are from this year. Here we gooo. Most of it are like mainstream songs because like what I said, this was supposed to be put on 8tracks.

Pass Me By by R5

Royals by Lorde

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (Wow this used to be a good song until radio stations played it 24/7)

Roar by Katy Perry

Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys (crAWLING BACK TO U umhm)

Chocolate by The 1975

Sex by The 1975

Sweater Weather by The Neighborhood

Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran

We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus

Seasons Of Love by Glee Cast

Mirrors by Justin Timberlake (Just like Blurred Lines, this was a good song just overplayed ugh)

Wings by Birdy 

A Little More Of You by Before You Exit

Ever Enough by A Rocket To The Moon

Teen Idle by Marina and the Diamonds

Sad Songs by The Maine

Let Her Go by Passenger

Naked Kids by Grouplove

Diane Young by Vampire Weekend 

Through The Dark by One Direction 

Angels by The XX

Pretty Brown Eyes by Cody Simpson

Say Something by Austin Mahone

Say Something by A Great Big World

Please Don’t Say You Love Me by Gabrielle Aplin 

Past Lives by Ke$ha 

We Own The Night by The Wanted

Counting Stars by One Republic

Happily by One Direction

If I’m Gonna Fall In Love by ARTTM

Popular Song by Mika ft. Ariana Grande

Beside you by 5SOS

Ya Hey by Vampire Weekend

How To Say Goodbye by Paul Tiernan

Gone, Gone, Gone by Phil Philips 

Story of My Life by One Direction

The Fault In Our Stars by Troye Sivan

Boomerang by The Summer Set

Wherever You are by 5SOS

Animal by Neon Trees

Chances by Five For Fighting 

Dragonflies and Waterfalls by Nova and the Experience

Almost Said It by Carly Rae Jepsen

Darling I Do by Landon Pigg

Toyang by Eraserheads (this is a super old song and I wasn’t born yet when this was released but my obsession with the Eraserheads is back okay)

Next Year by Two Door Cinema Club

Poet by Bastille 

CAN I JUST SAY THE WHOLE SOUNDTRACK OF FOR THE FIRST TIME, PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, THE ART OF GETTING BY, FROZEN, TEEN WOLF TOO OKAY JUST WOW 

Beautiful World by The Chevin 

aaaand

Auld Lang Syne by Lea Michele 

I’ll be back later for the more emotional year end post. Hahaha. x

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I live for glitter, not you

So before I start with the series of end of the year posts, I’d like to make an update of what I’ve been doing with my life after Christmas. This will be the last “Keeping Up With Erika” for 2013 huhu okay so I guess this is the first of many end of the year posts?

• I just finished The Realm of Possibility. Like wowowow okay it’s so so good. It does have a story but it’s like up to you to understand it because it’s poetry. But damn it gave me Larry feels while reading it.

• Does anyone know where to buy mint green nail polish?

• I’m cryin bc I suddenly want a 5c huhu. Like I’ve been good throughout 2013… I deserve a new phone.

• I’m crying bc I’m not yet done with my 365 project which failed and I’m having a hard time recalling what happened this November and I just sigh.

• Another reason I’m crying because I’m done with the 2013 tracklist but I’m not yet doing the mix itself (oops did I just drop my end of the year surprise, I think I just did)

• NIALL HAS EMOJI WHAT A REBEL

•  Today is the last Sunday of 2013 wOW

• My Eraserheads obsession has made it’s comeback, mofos. It is back. And I’ve been an emotional wreck for the past few days because I downloaded Ultramagneticpop and Cutterpillow (a.k.a my fave albums). Every time I hear Pare Ko a nostalgic vein pops, I just… wow.

• Already done with my New Year Eve texts I’ll be sending to my remaining friends. Hah. So if you receive one on the 31st, be thankful because you’re still my homie. (ano daw)

• I want to watch Pagpag so bad huhu

• I HAVE GLOW STICKS and since firecrackers are no longer allowed here in the city where I live… Guess who’ll be buying lots of glowsticks for New Year

•My mom’s friend went home from the States and gave her some goodies including Bath and Body Works lotions. But idk she gave it to me. Heh yeyey. It’s White Citrus and Be Enchanted. White Citrus is just so good. So is Be Enchanted but I like the other one more because I just like it.

• End Of The Year episodes and posts are all over the place I’m just not ready for 2014 yet I want 2013 to end because it has been a crappy year. Admit it, guys. 2013 was the most wtf year ever. Even wtf-er than 2012. I’m really just hoping 2014 will be a good year. 

• Time to buy 10389395 lucky charms so 2014 will be a good year for me.

• I’m going out tomorrow to buy  my niece+nephew a gift because I’m just a nice aunt okay

• I guess that’s all. Wowowow. I can’t believe this is the last update of my life before 2014. Aaahhh.

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Erika’s top 5: Christmas movies

Yeyey. Okay here are some movies I like to watch during Christmas 🙂

#5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

I watched this movie when I was 6, I think? And rewatched it when I had this black and white films are dabomb phase. I haven’t watched the 1994 version though.

#4. Polar Express

This is the movie where my feelings for Josh Hutcherson started. Watching this movie makes me feel all Christmas-y inside.

#3. Frozen

I just watched this a few days ago. Like oh my god Disney you have done it again. My heart still hurts from this film because it’s just so good. DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAAAAN

#2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

THE GRINCH IS MY FAVORITE OKAY?! And in this movie not only you could see Jim Carrey covered in green shit, you could also see young Taylor Momsen with no make up.

#1. A Christmas Carol (2009) or the Muppets version of it

I COULD STILL VIVIDLY RECALL SCREAMING IN THE CINEMA DURING ONE SCENE WHEN THE GHOST APPEARED.

u r a tru 90’s kid if u watched the muppets version of a christmas carol in vhs hell yea

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying your Noche Buena heh ☺ xx

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I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT YOU’RE NOT 22. N OPE 

And 22 years ago, my first born was brought to this world (HAHAHAHA WAT) Happy birthday Louis Tomlinson! Aw love you so so much bby! 😦  Thank you so much for everything, for making me kilig and making me laugh. Thank you for not making corny jokes like your boyfriend. Idk. You mean the world to me, Louis. You just make me so happy ajsfbasdgs. 

And since you’re 22 (nope you’re not i’m sTILL IN DENIAL). Here are 22 reasons why I love you Louis William Tomlinson:

1) You’re just so adorbs

2) YOU’RE SMILE IS MAGICAL. LIKE WHENEVER YOU SMILE, THE WHOLE WORLD STOPS AND STARES FOR AWHILE BECAUSE A NEW BABY UNICORN IS BORN

3) You dyed your hair red for charity. Even though media didn’t notice, I did and loved you even more for it.

4) U DA SWAG MASTA FROM DONCASTA

5) The way you hug fans >>> (Can I have a hug someday)

6) YOU’RE PRETTIER THAN ME IM CRYIN

7) You defend us

8) YOU TURN ME ON WHENEVER YOU SAY OR TWEET THE WORD ‘FUCKING’ IAKFGNSG #sorrynotsorry

9) You’re beautiful inside and out 

10) Your fetus selfies r da bomb

11) You always give back and help charities. 

12) YOU ARE SUCH A DORK

13) Your love for football

14)  Those video diaries you made

15) Your version of The Fray’s Look After You

16) You’re just so sincere. You’re so honest and you’re not afraid to tell people how you feel.

17) YOU WERE BORN ON CHRISTMAS EVE BECAUSE YOU ARE MEANT TO BE A GIFT TO THIS WORLD

18) Your ability to make everyone smile. You are literally sunshine. My sunshine (yihee)

19) You have no idea, but you have saved lives.

20) YOUR TATTOOS

21)  YOU’RE REALLY GOOD WITH KIDS AND I KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE A GOOD FATHER SOMEDAY 

22) Fame didn’t change you.

I could literally go on forever because there are a lot more reasons why I love you.

Agaaaain, happy happy birthday, Louis! I love you so so much, it hurts. I was here since you were at the bottom of the stairs. I was here when you started climbing to reach the top of the world. I’m still here now that you’re on top and I’ll still be here when you step down that stage one day. Don’t you ever grow up. Enjoy being twenteen-two xx

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It’s time, it’s time, it’s TIMEEE

Okay now that I’m over with the fact that I failed UPCAT and have brought once again dishonor to my family, I will now start the new portion of my blog just for the holidays. *drum rolls*

QUEENERIKA’S TOP 5: CHRISTMAS EDITION

I couldn’t think of a better title, okay? Haha. As you all know I am not a big fan of Christmas but I will try to be one this year because to be honest, I have forgotten what it’s like to be excited for the 24th andd 25th of December. Let’s start wiiiith:

ERIKA’S TOP 5: CHRISTMAS FOOD

‘Tis the season to forget your diet. Falalaalayou’regoingtogetfatter.

❄ #5. Puto Bumbong ❄

Ah yes, the purple sticky rice with the brown thing, sugar, butter and coconut. Puto Bumbong is like Beyonce. No one hates her (it) haha.

❄ #4. Bibingka ❄

Is it just me or is Bibingka tastes better around December? Oh and I like Bibingkas with the egg. Yea yea

❄ #3. Gingerbread cookies 

Like when I was younger, gingerbread cookies were shaped like gingerbread men. Now that I’m a bit older, they’re boring af. No shape at all just plain circle and not that ginger-y. What. Oh and if you eat gingerbread cookies, be sure to eat the legs first so the don’t run away. Hah.

❄ #2. Cinnamon buns 

These are the shit I live and breathe for during this time of the year.

❄ #1. Ham 

Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without this. Sigh ham. Like pizza, ham will never hurt you. Ham will never judge you. Haha waaat.

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Do you wanna build a snowman?

no bc i didn’t pass up but that’s okay bc i wasn’t meant to be a fighting maroon (?) i hope God is looking down on me right now and saying “i’m saving this girl for la salle… or ust depends” idek heh and it’s okay that i didnt pass because up isn’t my dream school so yea anyway congrats to those who passed

 

 

but i have cookie butter gelato so who’s the real winner now #bitternotbitter

I tried so very hard not to lose it

WEEK FULL OF LASTS. LAST WEEK IN SCHOOL FOR 2013. LAST CANTATA. LAST WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS. LAST STRAW…  WHAT.

FOUND OUT ON THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF

KEEPING UP WITH ERIKA

☃ So yeah, did I mention we had dinner at O’ Mai Khan last Sunday for my mom’s advance birthday celebration? Uh yeah. Calamansi Pie is dabomb.com. Plus I had 4 rounds of Mongolian and 2 rounds of chocolate milkshake.

☃I already used my Hello Kitty film. Well, not all of it. I still have 3 left. I’m using it for Christmas Eve? Idk. Haha. OR when I come back to CJH.

☃ Because I had 2 rounds of chocolate milkshake that Sunday and drank Cream soda flavored rootbeer that same night, I didn’t go to school the next day because I was running a fever and I had cough… Plus it was my mom’s birthday.

☃I went to school the next day. And I was marked unexcused HA H #udontalwaysneedtogotoadoctorifuhaveafever #biogesticlangtol #hashtag

☃ Wednesday was bad day for me.

☃ Did you know I only had lunch with Kyla and yeah we’re used to being sabay every lunch ever since freshman year but jezus it was only the two of us. How fun right? Hahaha kidding. Okay I made it fun for opening up what 2013 was like for me and what I want 2014 to be.

☃But Wednesday afternoon was okay? We were dismissed early and some of my REAL friends and I went to SM after to eat and just hang.

☃ One thing I learned last Wednesday: never ever forget your mom’s phone number. Ever.

☃I finally have a studded beanie (waahhh)

☃Thursday was such an annoying day for me. I went out to go to the bank and withdraw my savings and close my account there because idk I wanted to buy myself Christmas presents to make me happy?! (Note: That bank account was my secret. I have an active account in another bank. My mom doesn’t really know about it. Well obviously now she does okay.)

☃ I had to go home and change because I spilled gravy on my skirt.

☃ I was sort of late. The call time was 3:00 and I still had to go to Jolibee because I thought they won’t be giving away snacks. So I arrived at the gym like 3:20 HAHA.

☃Before going back to the gym, I HAD A PERIOD STAIN ON MY SKIRT IM SAD OKAY

☃We got transferred at the back okay?! Because if we stayed in front, we were going to be hit by the projector. The first night of Cantata was sad bc I didn’t have someone to talk to because my seatmate was so pissed off because she wanted to still sit in front.

☃ I didn’t bring my phone so I had to make my friends wait because I was nakitext hahaha.

☃ My mom picked me up like 7:30 and she forgot to bring my jacket so I was like oh my god um yeah we had dinner at Vizco’s with my cousin… who ate slowly.

☃Friday was an okay day??? Nah. The calltime was 3:00 and I arrived at school almost an hour late. Hahaha. Plus I didn’t get a burger because idk so I end up buying gummy pizza, mentos and M&M’s.

☃ I was seated next to Kyla yesterday hahaha. And we were laughing before the show started because I offered mentos and she was like okay and when she started chewing it she said it felt like gum. And I was like wtf no and I started chewing it then oOoOhhH mentos has gum now when i was a kid they only had mint and grape and no gum. So she was like shit wat do we do now and I was like throw it and put it under the chair. hahaha. (No. She didn’t do that. I had tissue okay)

☃ I wanted to sing my heart out during Susanina but didn’t. I ended up coughing the whole song 😦

☃ Last Hallelujah was amazeballs. 😦 I can’t believe I’ll be singing along with the songs in the audience next year (hopefully)

☃ I was a bit emotional but I didn’t let anyone see it.

☃Dinner at David’s. Hellz yea for chinese food

☃ Went around SM last night and bought 2 new shirts. WOOOOO. One is this cool Wonderland shirt a.k.a my new favorite shirt meaning I’ll be using it all the time next year (if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the picture I tweeted) and a shirt that says ‘Meow’ on it. heh 🙂 Happy happyyy. It’s my reward for surviving the 2013 part of the school year.

☃THERE’S ArMY NAVY AT SM

☃I really have to start fixing my room and updating my 365 project.

☃ GREEN TEA AND HAZELNUT GELATOS ARE DABOMB.

☃ THE AWKWARD SEASON FINALE MADE ME CRY LIKE WOW THE LAST SCENE AND JENNA’S PAPER AKSDNGDFG IDEK

☃Last night I had a dream and Niall was in it and we were together then we were being cute and shit plus he called me beautiful. Why can’t I be Niall’s princess in real lyf… why.

☃I’m working on my holiday posts that will start tomorrow until probably the 31st? Yea heh.

Anywayyy, that is aaall. I hope you guys enjoy the Christmas break!

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Surviving Holidaze 2013

As you all know, Christmas is literally just around the corner. Like in 10 days, we’ll be smelling the gifts under the tree. So here are some tips in surviving this cray holiday, or in short; the HOLICRAZE (noun.) Happens weeks before Christmas itself and it also happens a few days before Christmas. see also; last minute shopping

Tip #1. Never ever buy your gift hours before Christmas or the party. Who the f does that?!
Tip #2. Search for a one of a kind gift. No, no. Not love or friendship. If ever you see something that catches your eye and it’s the only one left, grab it before someone else does and you’ll end up regretting being too slow.
Tip #3. If you are short in money and you want to buy your friend a really nice give though it’s expensive, find another friend who you can split with. Not only you can save and pay half the price, but the receiver of the gift would be thrilled.
Tip #4. Don’t shop with your parents. I swear you’ll just end up feeling like shit after because of something hurtful they said while shopping and they think they know more about your friends than you do.
Tip #5. Be thankful with what you have received. Remember you’re lucky because you have gifts this year even though it isn’t that great.
Tip #6. Be nice to people this holiday season. Especially to people working in malls, restaurants, just everywhere. Because instead of spending time with their families, they’re there working really hard to serve you and make your lives easier.
Tip #7. Don’t push people. Just don’t.
Tip #8. In buying gifts, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. Buy things that are practical and useful.
Tip #9. If you’re going to a Christmas party, don’t be too early but don’t be too late either.
Tip #10. Know what party to go to. If the party you’re invited to sounds pretty fun, go. If it doesn’t, still go. Remember that food is always present in parties. Go for the food haha 🙂
Tip #11. When you’re at the mall, walk fast. There are people behind you who are rushing. 😛
That is aaall x
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