19 September 2011

13.


My first UN Christmas -- just a little less than five months since I arrived in Manila from Cebu.
I just turned 26 in this picture. I was 30 pounds lighter. I had big dreams.
And no, I can't remember why I was the only one who looked very happy in this picture. Haha.
Here with colleagues Masako, Dr Vic, Adam, and Angela.


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It has been 13 years since I left Cebu to work here in Manila.

Those who know me long enough know I celebrate my anniversary every year. This year, I totally forgot! It was only last week when I remembered. So last weekend, J and I celebrated with an unhealthy meal at Chili's -- it was already a month and a few days late.

My journey has not been very easy, that is why I celebrate every year. I celebrate in gratitude for the all the blessings, experiences, lessons learned, adventures, misadventures, and friends I met along the way.

Last year, I wrote this and I feel more grateful now for everything.

Happy Anniversary, Self.

And THANK YOU to everyone who witnessed my beginnings and loved me since.


Took a leap of faith about five years ago and pursued what I always loved -- photography.
That's me taking pictures during our Bali trip. Thank you, Rissa, for this!
:D

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I am very hopeful about the future.

While I have plans, I am also open to serendipity. I am allowing life to surprise me. I am utterly excited about the next 13, 14, 15 years.

I have also been ticking off items in my Life List and I know that I will be ticking off more items as I go on with my journey. I know there will be more adventures, more learning, more friends, more blessings, more worlds to conquer, more memories to keep.

THANK YOU, Universe.

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Cindy September 20, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

I know you will Ai... keep the dreams alive, and thank you for the inspiration...

Congratulations on your 13th year!

Aileen September 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

Cindy said...
I know you will Ai... keep the dreams alive, and thank you for the inspiration...

Congratulations on your 13th year!

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Thank you, Cinds! I'm grateful for your friendship. :)

kookooforcocopuffs September 20, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

your life has been an open book and because it is, you have been an inspiration since day 1..

I love that photo of you in your christmas party;-) yes, you were the only one who was so happy. because you are;-)

13!! that is a lucky number here in the UK;-)

i wish you continued success, more ticked off lists, and a healthier you;-)

Aileen September 20, 2011 at 7:31 PM  

kookooforcocopuffs said...
your life has been an open book and because it is, you have been an inspiration since day 1..

I love that photo of you in your christmas party;-) yes, you were the only one who was so happy. because you are;-)

13!! that is a lucky number here in the UK;-)

i wish you continued success, more ticked off lists, and a healthier you;-)

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Oh, thank you, Chel! You've loved me since Day 1 and I will always be grateful. :)

Maybe, this 13th year, I'd be lucky enough to visit the UK! :D

Thank you for the wonderful wishes, Chel. I appreciate that a lot. :)

Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

Happy 13th Anniversary to you and Manila! Hehehe. Everything you've put your heart into, you've been successful. I wish you nothing but the best in the next 13 years!:-) ~Liza

Aileen September 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

Anonymous said...
Happy 13th Anniversary to you and Manila! Hehehe. Everything you've put your heart into, you've been successful. I wish you nothing but the best in the next 13 years!:-) ~Liza

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Thank you, Liz! And thank you for being part of my first 13! :)

Mimi September 22, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

happy 13th, leen! keep inspiring us and a lot of people.

Aileen September 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM  

Mimi said...
happy 13th, leen! keep inspiring us and a lot of people.

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Thanks, Mi! Be well! :)

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