First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you’re one of those extremely politically correctness-conscious people, I’ll do you all a favor. Happy Hoildays (even many of my non-Christians or non-Christmas-celebrating friends think the greeting is just ridiculous).
Next, got a few things to babble about as we close this year— finally. Personally I look forward to leaving 2009 behind as I would define this year as the worst year I’ve ever had in my life. Few reasons why:
- Unemployment for the first half of the year.
- Financial problems due to said statement before.
- Seems I made more enemies than friends this year.
- Lack of creativity with everything due to the said statements above.
- Current events and inspirational and the passing of legendary and inspirational individuals that influenced the world altogether if not the every single individual.
- … life in the 2000s decade sucked? As one issue of Time had the headline: Decade from Hell.
Rest In Peace to those whom I spent my childhood growing up with and those who I find inspiring…
- Corazon Aquino – I lived through the People Power/Philippine Revolution at age 9 and she was the inspiration that brought the spirits of the people who felt they had enough of the long-time dictatorship of former late president Ferdinand Marcos. My dad participated in those demonstrations and was also a member of NAMFREL. After former President Aquino finally took office, my family and I left the Philippines for the U.S. My father’s immigration Visa finally approved just weeks after the revolution ended. Still though, she was a prominent figure in my childhood.
- Michael Jackson – When his phenomenally legendary album Thriller released, I was only 8-years-old. Many— no, all— of the songs from that album got my attention, though my older cousins were already fans of him through Jackson 5. He still shaped my musical tastes as I grew older and moved to the country, “closer” to where he was. It was a true shock to me that he had to pass away this year. Somehow, even until this moment, I’m still in shock.
- Farrah Fawcett – Mom loved her in Charlie’s Angels. Dad and majority of the males in my family thought she was a goddess. I was too young to know or even get familiar with her, but I also did admit she was a true beauty.
- Patrick Swayze – Aside from Mom having temporary crushes on him back then, he was also one of my favorite actors in my own list. Loved him in Red Dawn, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and other movies I can’t remember. I was also in shock when he also passed (though not quite as shocked as Michael Jackson…).
- Ed McMahon – He was in the Tonight Show and was also the host of Star Search (for all of y’all non-80s kids, Star Search was the very first “American Idol”/”(country name)’s Got Talent”-type of show when the popularity somewhat died down in the ’90s), plus he was also a recognized figure for the National Clearinghouse million dollar sweepstakes. Still a legend to me even after death.
- Ted Kennedy – When parents informed us when we were little how awesome the Kennedys were (parents were teenagers when JFK was assassinated and in college when RFK got assassinated) when they were somewhat dominating American politics in the ’60s. And then there’s Ted Kennedy, probably the last Kennedy brother to survive until this year. Though he represented his home state (Massachusetts), he was an inspiration to all and one of the prominent figures in the Democratic Party. Though I registered myself as a “middle of the road”, somehow my state beliefs leaned Democratic though I was raised in values and customs that conservatives/Republicans would be deeply devoted to. Aside from being a Kennedy, a strong voice in the government, he was also one of the few American political figures who was a Roman Catholic. Today, aside from the current governor Arnie, the only other Roman Catholic political figure I know of is our current vice president, Joe Biden. You will be missed, Sen. Kennedy.
- Walter Cronkite – Though I was born too late when Walter Cronkite was active in television journalism, I did watch videos and wrote reports in college involving this prominent journalist. Somehow there was something in his reporting style that made me pay attention to him. Before I discovered the internet and web design in college, I was on my way to becoming some sort of journalist all because of this man. Maybe I should’ve stuck on with journalism in collaboration with the internet and use the internet as a new journalism medium along with TV, radio, and print. I salute thee, Mr. C!
I know there are a lot more figures, but I’m at work at the moment and I can’t really contemplate too much to find other people who passed this year. Other than that…
Some website plans that I plan to work on for 2010:
- Redoing ADRIATASTIC! New layout & features. Not sure how it’d look like yet.
- Redoing AMNOS.net. It’s no longer going to be an Arashi fansite anymore. I just don’t have time & inspiration on continuing it, plus I’m still way far behind with Arashi news and such. I’ve got like 3 years to catch up to them. And with no help from anyone, it’s no point for me to keep it open. Instead I’ll convert it in to a general J-pop/idols portal where I host any form of site related to general J-ent sites. There may be preferences…
- Redoing my portfolio. Not sure if I’m still going to keep the BLUEDETTE domain name or not. I might “go green” and probably have my portfolio as a subdmoain. Still unsure which domain I’m going to host it under yet.
- Redoing CAMBRIBUS MAGISTER. Actually I haven’t done anything yet.
- Redo and rewrite my novel project. I abandoned it because of the AMNOS.net revival, which sorta didn’t give me any type of benefit at all. I should’ve stuck with continuing on with the novel.
- Letting team-lyokoNET domain expire since I don’t want anything to do w/ CL anymore. I may conserve and use the five-sectorsNET domain instead to host CL-related sites should I ever get around to doing it.
- Possibly more new sites unrelated to anything mentioned above.
But my prior goal for next year, for sure, is:
- Find a full-time job. Hopefully the economy and the job opportunities would be better in 2010. I’m already dying big time here.
So, for Christmas Eve today, I’m working half-day (going home early afternoon). Then I sleep for an hour or more and wake up before 6pm. Then family and I gather together at my uncle’s place for our Christmas Party. Then at 10:30 pm I have to be in church for choir rehearsal again before Midnight Mass. After that, we open gifts, have noche buena refreshments.
Christmas Day, probably stay home and do nothing haha! Actually we may even go on a trip somewhere since my sister’s classmate’s folks from Japan are here. We gotta take them out somewhere. The parents already been to San Francisco yesterday. They want to see the mighty Pacific from the American end (as their town already borders Pacific Ocean back in Japan). Best place to go as far as I know would be Santa Cruz or Monterey. Ah, I want to go to Santa Cruz and Monterey and hang out at the beaches. If that particular “someone” would have come along with the friend’s parents, we may even surf the waves like a “typical” coastal Californian. Haha!
I’m just finishing some stuff at work right now and my superiors are… out of town or country right now, so I’m pretty much by myself here. I’m almost done with our department calendar and just waiting for the superiors to pick the pictures to place in the calendar before publication. Once accomplished, this small piece of desktop publishing would be a good addition to my portfolio.
Okay, signing off now. Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season! :)