13. Going to my first gig night alone
12. Bazooka Rocks Fest
11. Facing the month long anxiety and sending out applications
If there's anything I've learned this year, it's that sometimes in order to get the things that you want, all you have to do is ask. Nicely. But the thing is, sometimes, asking, and putting my work out there terrifies me more than killer bees do. Yet that feeling weeks after finally facing my fears, I realize things aren't so bad. Maybe I'll give it another shot next month/year. With a lot less anxiety.
10. People showing up at the first big event I've co-organized
9. Seeing Fall Out Boy after six years
8. Stephen Christian of Anberlin loving a photo I took at their set in Manila
7. Metric in Manila
6. Seeing my photo in Meg magazine
5. Going to a music festival alone
4. My first writing gig for Pindie Music
I've never really seen myself as the writer type. So it does make me all mushy on the inside to meet people who think I can write. And my first writing gig for them involves meeting Apl.de.Ap and his team for The Voice of the Philippines. It was awesome meeting the contestants, and Apl himself who was very down to earth and curious about the underground music scene. I do hope he gets to swing by B-Side and see one of those flip top battles (is that what they're called?) himself, and check out indie bands at SaGuijo which is just a cartwheel away, sometime in the near future.
3. The annual birthday cake
I stopped making a huge deal of birthdays since grade school. It seemed to be that day of the year where I used to think I deserved some extra kindness yet get sorely disappointed. Since then, I've always been pleasantly surprised with all the little yet awesome things that come. Like cake. I'd never say no to cake. With a candle to blow. I think it's super sweet that my close friends from college give me cake every year. Always makes me warm inside.
2. When a piece of me makes it to Japan in an art exhibit
1. Waking up to my parents singing Happy Birthday to me at 6 in the morning
If there's anything that was constant with this year, it was my regular duel with my anxiety, and my appreciation for the little things. I think working at home has made me even more anxious about many many things that didn't bother me as much before. What I've taken out of reading the book The Art Of Non-Conformity was investing and appreciating the things that you can't exactly put in a box. Like moments, and dreams, and a bunch of little things. Perhaps I've taken the "invest in memories" part to heart way to much, because I've seen A LOT of bands this year. From music festivals, to concerts, to gigs. And this is bound to escalate come 2014! Anyway, there was much to be thankful for in this roller-coaster of a year that it honestly makes me excited on what the new year brings.
Here's to spending everything on seeing bands, and fun times in 2014!