I actually don’t remember if I ever wrote a birthday post for last year because that particular year was a year that I actually regret, so to speak. Focused more on work and that online MMORPG game1 and nothing else, I felt completely detached from my real goals and with my true loves outside the computer screen. Blogging just happened to be one of them. But anyway…
October is such an amazing month for me. It’s not because it’s the month in which I was born, but because there are a lot of worthy commemorations that occur on this month. To name a few:
- Breast Cancer Month – It should just be Women’s Cancer Month or something so we can also commemorate the women who battled other types of cancer aside from breast cancer. Nevertheless, I think of my mom, my aunt, a few of my girl friends near and far, and my friend who recently passed away a few weeks ago…
- Filipino American History Month – I may not be born here in the States, but I am a proud Filipino-American all in all. I’m currently reading my dad’s condensed non-fiction book about Philippine history that he purchased during his trip back in the Philippines. Lots of connections with this country and this continent altogether. Recommended reading.
ColumbusNative Americans’ Day – Christopher Columbus set sail and accidentally discovered the other side of this planet. I say accidental because India and the “Spice Islands” were his original destination. Apparently he landed in the “new world” instead. However, he was not the one who called the new continent “America.” The name “America” was named after another not-so-known explorer decades after Columbus who went by the name of Amerigo Vespucci. Because of Columbus’ rather atrocious history dealing with the natives of the new world, the indigenous peoples of our country, as well as many other Americans, decided to reclaim that particular day and honor the indigenous peoples instead.
- Ada Lovelace Day – We now live in a decade of advanced technology, from computers to the world wide web and all other types of gadgets that we are now adapting in to our everyday lives. Though most of the world still lives under “male domination,” the concept of early computing and computer programming was first introduced (?) by a British lady of nobility who went by the name of Ada Lovelace. Lady Lovelace came up with an early version of a computer program that can be read by a machine, along those lines. More recognizable names in technology, two who go by Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton, followed Lady Lovelace’s legacy in discovering, nurturing, and advancing the concept of computers and programming.2 In short, even though most people who work in the technology field are men, it was actually the women who brought the world of computers, computer engineering and development, in to our lives. Another great day of a great month for women!
- Halloween – Well, you know about this.
This month was also chosen to hold my hometown’s very first arts and wine festival. This was one free public event for my fellow town folks to discover the untapped talent that are being cultivated here and for artisans, business owners, and representatives to promote their products, projects, and art to the small masses. The event took place in my neighborhood park so it was a very quick less than a minute walk from my house. Not only that I discovered so many local products and businesses I wasn’t aware of, but I also got together with my old friends from middle school and high school, who were also local artisans and small business owners. Lastly, because the Bay Area is also known for its world-famous Wine Country, we also have representatives from all the vineyards around the Bay Area (Livermore Valley to be specific) to give us a sampling of their fine wines. Great times, great ambiance, home-sweet-home feeling!
One of my biggest birthday wishes now has got something to do with my future career goals. Let 2016 be the year of homebody independence while making money and making a difference to the community for me. My late friend, I admit, has made quite an impact on me and how I should view life in general. Today is my birthday. Let today be my “new year’s day.”