366/366: A 2016 WRAP UP

January 2, 2017

I think most of us can agree that 2016 was such a major shit fest. Of course there were a few really good things that has happened but the majority of events are just meh. I thought this year could’ve gone better but I’d take 2015 back in a heartbeat. But I won’t wish for it, I’m just looking forward to a new (and hopefully better!) year ahead. Here, I write the highlights of my year (both the good and the bad) in various aspects: academics, blogging, family, relationships, and my personal journey.


My GPA fell .06 short for me to be able to graduate Magna Cum Laude; my industrial internship sucked because I did not get to learn as much as I should; and my Humanities class was so difficult — I cried over it much more than I cried over my thesis. But I forgive 2016 because…

It was the year that I got to finish college and it was the highlight of my year. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me, yet. It feels so good to see how proud I made my parents by my side as we’re walking on the stage, me wearing my coveted red toga, receiving my diploma and my medal. I swear, we haven’t even gone up on the stage yet and my mother is already about to cry. HAHA. If I could replay that day, I would. Over and over.

It was also the year that I got to finish my undergraduate thesis alone which is also a huge achievement for me! I am so proud that I did it and managed to get the highest grade for it too. Nothing could ever compare to the feeling that I felt as I emerged from the defense room all bright and beaming because I was able to nail it. (Also because I was scheduled last to defend my paper so everyone were in a rush, lol) I also managed to survive my Humanities class and even got exempted to take the final exam! It just feels so good to have passed a class with the most terror professor, ever.

I took a gap year and did not head straight to med school. I took my qualifying exam (NMAT) and I got a pretty decent percentile. Not what I was expecting but it was enough. I also managed to pass organic chemistry at the University of Santo Tomas. I took extra units of chemistry to prepare for med school and I am so happy that I finished it alive! It was a tough subject but I’m so thankful that we were given very kind professors.


After 7 years if blogging, I finally got my own domain name this year! Also because I have more free time, I’m able to blog religiously and produce substantial content. Lol. I ventured out on reviewing skincare, writing my travel diaries (with tips, too! Omg), and starting out on fashion blogging too. I’ve been receiving e-mails for blog affiliations and collaborations!

It also makes me so happy to read all of your comments! It’s so heartwarming to know that people actually read my blog, and that you guys take the time out to leave a comment. So, so thankful. I believe this blog is yet to reach its full potential but I know it’s going to take some time and some more effort but I’m willing to give my best.

I don’t know if I will ever make it big in the blogging industry but it feels good enough to know that I write much better now than I used to, and that a few people recognize it.


My dad had a major gout attack in March and up until now, he’s having difficulty in using his right arm because it still hurts; lola was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in April; and lolo was hospitalized again. But I am choosing to forgive 2016 because…

We are all still together. My grandparents’ health are deteriorating due to old age but I’m still so very thankful that they’re still here with us. It’s so difficult for me to see my lola looking uncomfortable due to so much pain with her chemo, and my lolo losing weight due to him being hospitalized again, but I’ll take what I can get. They still got to celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with us and it’s better than not having them around.

We had the best Noche Buena in 2016 because we were all seated around the dining table and everyone was just having a good time. It was the most fun that I can remember, and I’m hoping 2017 would give us an even better Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

This was also the year that my family took two trips! One during the summer in Baguio (because it’s an annual thing for us to take a summer trip), and the one is a day trip to Bataan. We took the latter because one of our aunts came home from Canada after being there for almost three years. We’ve missed her so much and it’s been real good to have her back home even if she has to go back in January.

This year has been good for my mother’s career though, this has been the happiest that I have seen her while working, and it makes me so happy to see my mother enjoying what she does. My brother and I have much more bond now, maybe because we lived away from home for the first part of the year but also because he opens up to me more now. As for my sister, well I rarely see her because she’s always with her boyfriend. *sigh*


This was the year that I stopped seeking other people for validation — that I just quit thinking what other people would say. I also started to cut off the people who do nothing but make me feel bad about myself. I also learned that I cannot trust anyone because not everyone listens to help — some are just in it for the juicy gossip. It made me regret opening up to some people but at least I learned.

It was also a fun year for me and my friends because I attended my first ever graduation ball with my closest college friends and had the most amazing after party. Also co-hosted my first halloween party with my high school best friends for my high school classmates. And has the best post-Christmas, pre-year ender staycation with my favorite high school people. It was amazing and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Also, I finally said “yes” to Tim! It was on the 7th of December in 2013 when he first said that he is going to court me. I didn’t say yes right away because my parents didn’t want me to just yet, they told me to wait until I graduated from college. AND WE DID WAIT. But it’s not so much of a surprise anyway because everyone saw it coming — that we were literally just waiting to get our diploma until we can officially be boyfriend and girlfriend. HAHA.


This year has been a learning year for me. I went through so much (because this year was such a bad word fest) but I also learned a lot. So much of what this year taught me are the things that I can use to make the next year even better. I honestly could not wait for what the next year has in store for me, and I am more than ready to forget the shittiness of 2016.

I believe though that I am now a much better person compared to who I was a year before. I am still bound to make mistakes but I know now how to stand up. I am determined to make 2017 my year, and I sure hope the universe cooperate with me on this one. So to start 2017 on a good note, I forgive the bad wordfest that was 2016 because it has given me the best memories and achievements. If I made it through last year, I’m pretty sure I can make it through anything else this year has to offer.

How was your year? 🙂

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  • Reply PinaySkattebasse January 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    It seems to me, you have had many achievements last year that overweighed the shitty ones. 🙂 Wishing you the best this 2017! 🙂

    • Reply Pia January 2, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you, Angela! <3 Wishing you a good year ahead. 🙂

  • Reply Da Dominguez January 3, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Agree with 2016 being a sh*tfest (and with a lot of your other shenanigans in this post, I actually felt like we share a lot of sentiments together so I wrote my 2016 recap on my blog, too). Haha! But thank God for keeping us sane after everything. Wishing you all the best this 2017! <3

    • Reply Pia January 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Actually really thankful that I managed to stay alive this year, or that I didn’t decide to just become a hermit. Haha. Hope your 2017 gets to be better, Da! <3

  • Reply Richel V. January 9, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Congrats on graduating!! Haha. I remembered when I graduated, my dad was #shookt and ended up putting my medal on my mom. And it was all caught on tape! Good times. Your good times certainly outweigh the bad ones and I’m glad I get to discover your blog last year! Here’s to 2017!

    xo, Richel V. | Richel Goes Places

    • Reply Pia January 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Thank you, Richel! I think parents have the funniest moments during graduations because of happiness. Haha! I’m so glad I got to discover yours too!! <3

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