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I know I’m about to end your first day, but I think I have to say goodbye to 2012 first before I can fully move on to appreciate you and what you have to offer for me.

2012, you’ve been quite an adventure. Looking back at my post to saying goodbye to 2011, you were just as crazy as last year. Just when I thought things could get nuts, you had to surprise me. You did live up to my expectation though — you were epic. Not exactly the way I thought it would have been back in 2011, but you were epic just the same.

So, let’s run down your highlights –

1. BARE 2012 — This was definitely one of the best productions I’ve ever been in. Although LSOH still takes number one, you are definitely a close second. The friendships I forged in this production, as well as the amazing opportunity to play Nadia again, made this whole experience two thumbs up. Thank you for giving me a second chance.

2. Graduation — I mean, what’s not epic about this? I’m the first in my family to graduate from college. And I graduated a dean’s lister! It was a pleasure to experience my last semester of college surviving thesis, writing a play and half a novel, saying goodbye or see you later to my coursemates and just ending a chapter of my life with a bang.

3. Boracay 2012 — Oh my god, where to begin. It was the first time for me to truly experience Boracay going out every night with friends and dragging myself out in the morning to enjoy the beach. Although I lost my slippers (and I’m never going to truly get over it), I loved spending time with my friends in one of my favorite places on the planet. I really hope that we get to do it again this year!

4. Law School — I went through a roller-coaster of a semester at UP College of Law. From meeting my blockmates, to reciting for the first time, to crazy as hell midterms and finally experiencing even crazier finals, I am proud to say I survived a semester of it. As for the second semester, well — I don’t know.

5. USA 2012 — Finally, my cousin Chily and I went on our first adventure! Our parents let us go to California (although they did go with us to Moraga) and New York during our sembreak. It was my first time in New York City, and I loved every bit of it! The city was beautiful, from the people bustling along the streets to the crowded bars, to slightly secluded pathways in Central Park, to weed-smelling McDonald’s. Everything about it was amazing, and Wicked was the cherry on top of the icing! It was there that I realized that theatre will always be my first love. ๐Ÿ™‚ The US was amazing; I cannot wait to go back!

6. SOL 2013 — This is a work in progress, but hey, it’s my co-directorial debut with Georgia! Once they told me that I would be co-directing Stages of Love, I was ecstatic. I’ve done musical directing before, but not directing. I hope that this experience will help me not only in terms of my skills, but also with the life lessons that I’ll be learning along the way. I’m so happy and privileged to be working with an awesome co-director, artistic team and cast. I hope you guys can catch it in 2013. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, 2012, it’s been amazing. But I’m happy to say goodbye to you. And 2013? I’m ready to kick your ass. Hard.

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