Finally, a brand new year called 2019! Gone are the days under the year 2018, meaning a new beginning and new opportunities and new chances to continue on with the past goals we didn’t get to complete.
To be honest, I haven’t really thought about what goals I need to accomplish for 2019 and they’ll mostly be recycled from the goals I didn’t get to complete back in 2018. And also, while many write yearly recaps, I simply do my own recaps by reading my past blogs or just do some self-reflect without writing about it. Maybe because I don’t want to really remember many of the events that happened, but I do want to remember the best memories that I had that took place in 2018.
Here are the good things that happened in 2018… in reverse order.
- 2nd – My very first GDI (San Francisco & Oakland) Holiday Fundraiser Party! I was able to meet and greet many awesome people who are already in the industry and those who are trying to get into tech. I was so excited for 2019 for GDI Oakland, however, controversies had to float up and had no choice but to put our 2019 plans and the chapter on hiatus. I still have faith in GDI’s mission statement, but I do hope that new faces and fresh ideas would come about to end this disappointing issue.
- 20th – This little one came to my life. 1 When he came to existence, everything that’s happened as mentioned in this post faded away and was forgotten. After all, it’s been some 13 years since my cousin’s son (who’s now… 13-years-old…) was born, meaning it’s been 13 years since I’ve held and taken care of a baby. His name is Robert Myles. Cute little man, isn’t he? 😊
- 31st – I’ve already set up my resolutions for 2019, but the first one on my list was already crossed out on this day. Recalling from my last post, the solution was already taken care of. My parents decided to sell the now 10-yr-old navy blue SUV 2 to me for the cost of the claim check I received from my now non-existent car. The SUV was supposed to be my mom’s, but she hardly drove the thing, even if it was just going to the groceries. When she would go shopping, Dad would be driving her anyway. Dad still insisted they’d get another SUV for Mom, but I don’t know. I cried inside because of this. What a way to end 2018!
- 28th-29th – I attended my very first WordPress course taught by the awesome chapter leaders of GDI Oakland. Although I was the only one in there who owned a Windows PC, I was also on an advanced level when it came to WordPress and was able to help out fellow students who were having trouble setting up their installations locally, Mac users or not. It shows that I was ready to be a full-pledged TA (teaching assistant) in hopes of becoming a GDI instructor one day.
- 3rd – The (re-)launching of GDI Oakland! I was super-excited that I can finally be part of a local community that supports women in tech, not just for networking or to learn new things in web development/software development, but to be able to show what I’ve learned with others like me as well.
- 8th – Met and hung out for lunch with Carmen of Ongaku Discover. Although I discovered MADKID on my own for the first time, it was her who actually introduced me literally 3 to the group. We got to know each other personally and not just talk about MADKID or their brother groups like IVVY, SELLOUT, etc. She gave me the entire MADKID CD collection (both versions too!), as well as some IVVY and SELLOUT too, and I was indeed a very happy lady. It’s definitely safe to say that we’re now friends in real life and we look forward to hanging out again sometime this year.
- 13th – I haven’t been to Japan since the college years. That was what… 20-ish years ago? Ever since I became a MADKID fan, I wanted to watch one of their live perfs, whether if it’s a one-man live or one of their collaborated lives like SWISH, TOKYO TRAX, etc. Right on midnight PDT, SWISH decided to livestream their Autumn Edition live because it was sold out fast in Japan, and I finally got my first taste on being with the audience— across the interwebs. I get to see MADKID again on another SWISH live this coming Friday night PST because the stage will be livestreamed again.
- I’ve been a fan of quite a number of artists/groups for years now, but I’ve never actually sent a gift to a celebrity, be it a solo artist or a member of a dance and vocal group. I started sending fan mail to my previous favorite J-Pop boy group ARASHI, specifically my favorite member then, Sho Sakurai. On the last two weeks of September, I decided to send my favorite MADKID member, Shin, a simple birthday gift after learning that we can send MADKID fan gifts. 4 I sent it two weeks before his birthday (October 2nd) because I hoped that he’d be able to receive it before his birthday. And I’m glad he did and loved it.
Hm…. nothing much happened… but as a MADKID fan, a lot of things happened. I’ll just move on…
- I received my very first MADKID CD for their second major single, Summer Time.
- 27th – I built my very first J-Pop boy group fansite and blog after some 7 years, dedicated to MADKID, of course. The name – AXCEL STYLE.
- Participated in the #100DaysOfCode challenge on Twitter. I was really bad at documenting all my activities, but I did study and build projects a lot. One of my resolutions for 2019 was to find a good way to make a habit on documenting them. I’m at Round 2 now.
- 1st – Became a new MADKID fan and met new friends who are MADKID fans. In particular, MADKID’s most “veteran” global fan named Karu-chan/Carmen, who also happens to be a local.
- 2nd or 3rd week of April 2018 – Met three of the five MADKID members (Shin, Kazuki, Yuki) for the first time through a livestream app called 17 (now known as LiveAF). I followed Shin on a new app called Pococha after he decided to use a new app instead.
March 2018 – January 2018
- I admit, I was a complete slacker with my coding journeys and my job hunting. I was so deep with Final Fantasy XV, especially Comrades, that I was even writing an (obviously unfinished) fanfic of it that merged both. What on earth was I doing then?
- Not just that, I was also deep in Mystic Messenger too…
2019 Goals and Resolutions
Lastly, I’ve finally set up my goals and resolutions for the year 2019…
Buy a new car.
- Change my diet to probably Paleo or Keto diet, or rather, eat lesser carbs and focus more on the good carbs (fiber).
- Make exercise/working out at home a habit after arriving from work.
- Take 20-minute afternoon power naps instead of 2-3 hr naps.
- Re-launch Symmetry to add my health progress and write more about skincare.
- Rewrite my resume.
- Build my portfolio/profile site.
- Attend more GDI (?) and other inclusive tech-related meetups.
- Enroll in a coding bootcamp and/or finish my progress in FreeCodeCamp and/or any one of the Udemy full-stack bootcamp courses.
- Find a new full-time remote job.
- Continue to pay off debts.
- Should a miracle happen with anything above, 5 visit Japan to see/meet MADKID.
- ” ” ” ” ” ” “, visit the Philippines to see/meet relatives, old and new.
I’m pretty sure that’s not all of it, but somewhere along the line, I’ll find another goal to add.
Here it is, my very first post for the year 2019. Till next time!
On the sidenote . . .
- My brother’s son, my first nephew.
- 2009 Honda CRV
- Being able to meet and getting to know three of the five members of MADKID through livestreams… is it safe to say I became friends with them, too?
- The J-Pop industry is quite strict, and each agency has their own regulations as well. Johnny’s, in which ARASHI was managed by, doesn’t allow any fan gifts. SJP, MADKID’s agency, are quite open and lenient.
- specifically item #9…