Best of 2013

2013?  Ahh. I can’t remember how many times I’ve said “2013 is such a bitch” or “I want to die” this year. This has been the toughest year ever. I think the main reason for this is all the stress and pressure I get from school since I only have a few terms left before I finally graduate college. Requirements,  paperwork, activities, deadlines everywhere. I think I also forgot the definitions of fun and sleep, or what it feels like. I’m not even exaggerating. I almost broke down a couple of times this year. I have been way too exhausted, stressed, and depressed. In short, 2013 is definitely not my year.

But then, while I was finalizing one of my final requirements this term, I decided to scroll down my Facebook profile (Well, I needed a short break). Then I realized, 2013 is not that terrible at all (But it’s still bad). I saw photos from months ago and remembered some of the good things that happened this year. Then I decided to compile the photos and summarize them ’cause I think it’s a good idea, not only for this blog, but also to remind myself of the good things also. So here goes.

1. 19th Birthday

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bday5My college best friends surprised me on my 19th birthday. They caught me off guard. We had an amazing time at the rooftop of our condo. They got me amazing gifts and 2 Jordan standees. Loved the pool and board games that we played. The food that my parents bought were also some of my favorites. Sbarro pizza & baked ziti and Mary Grace Mango Bene cake. (My dad is not in the photo ’cause he’s the one who took it) And I also got sweet birthday tweets from some of my fave band dudes AND I got enough points to score a signed Chris Wallace CD! (Link to my birthday blog)

2. DLSU University Week

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Our university celebrates its university week every February. Although I kinda have fun every university week (mostly ’cause of the school bazaar lol), I think this is the first time that I really enjoyed it! I mean look at our school, it’s like a carnival! And the concert was awesome! As far as I remember I stayed in school until like midnight.

3. Demi Lovato – Live in Manila

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I still can’t believe that I saw my hero to flesh. She was stunning on stage. Such an amazing performer. She hit the high notes perfectly (especially that of her song Heart Attack). And I love how she told the bouncers “Yo, what are you doing? My fans can stand up if they want to.” More info here

4. APO110 Graduation Ball

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I have to admit that this wasn’t the best party but because of the company of my college best friends, I still enjoyed the night.

5. So Undercover

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Watched the movie of one of my idols with two of my favorite fangirls, Iza and Katty! Really enjoyed watching this not only because the movie was great but also we get the inside jokes in the movie haha.

6. Summer 2013

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7. Circuit Fest

cffffThis is one of the best concerts ever. The line up was perfect. And I never thought I’d still get the chance to see one of my all time fave, Allstar Weekend, before they breakup and start a new band. (Concert blogpost)

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Meet & Greet photo with Allstar Weekend; with my new friend Francine. Taken backstage while We Are The In Crowd was playing during the show. (L-R: Brent Schneiders, Dillon Anderson, Zach Porter, Michael Martinez, Cameron Quiseng)

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Meet & Greet photo with Before You Exit. Taken a day before the show at Greenbelt Park. Some of the other bands – Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, This Century – were also here. The rest were at Market Market. (L-R: Toby McDonough, Riley McDonough, Connor McDonough)

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With 4/5 of We Are The In Crowd at the hotel lobby (Taylor Jardine, Mike Ferri, Cameron Hurley, Jordan Eckes).

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With Thomas Silvers and Braiden Wood of Before You Exit (above), and Sean Mackin of Yellowcard at the hotel lobby. We also saw Cameron Leahy and his bandmates from The Downtown Fiction but we weren’t able to take photos with them because of the bodyguards.

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With 3/5 of Mayday Parade after their presscon. (Alex Garcia, Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts)

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With Brent and Mikey of Allstar Weekend. Photos taken during Yellowcard’s set.

Some more photos of the show:

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8. Really cool professors

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This year also, I had 2 really cool professors that I really really love! On the left is Dr. Brian Gozun, my professor in Operations Management. The time that he was my prof, he was also the Dean of the College of Business. On the right is Sir Steve Chow, my professor in Entrepreneurial Psychology.

9. Entrepreneurship

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The practicum groups under DLSU’s Entrepreneurship program had their Product Launching (followed by Market Testing) in their BUSPLA2 (Business Planning 2) course. Our group went through a lot of shizz but it paid off 🙂

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While busy with the product launching, we had to revise our business plan and that was very very exhausting. But I’m glad ’cause we got the highest (or was it second highest) score!

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Our group also won “Best Practicum Group” in terms of peso sales. We were able to sell a lot during the market testing. Unbelievable.

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Here’s a picture of our group with Sir Jyro Triviño (above) who was supposedly our practicum adviser, and with Dr. Emilina Sarreal who was our prof from BUSOPP2 to BUSPLA2 and is not our practicum adviser

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This is me and Lea after our defense

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Hardbound copy of our revised and final business plan. Finally!

10. Supply Chain Management class

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I also enjoyed my SUPPMAN class. We went to different offices and manufacturing plants of different companies and we learned lots of things!

11. JPIA: FAME

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12. Baguio with Fam

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Fetched my big brother from the airport! Gonna be with him for one month after not seeing him for more than a year!

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Family photo at Meralco Summer Houses in Baguio City. We stayed here with the family of my bro’s new wife (our cousins and other family visited also) during my very short term break.

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Also, got to spend time with this fangirl, Mariel, who’s like a sister to me!

13. Shane Filan (former Westlife) – Live in Manila

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12. DLSU Champions / Animo Night

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The DLSU Green Archers won the championship!!

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Animo Night at the Henry Sy Grounds!

13. Tahanan Outreach Project & Services

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As part of our practicum group’s CSR activity, we visited TOPS in Sta. Ana(?) and had some activities with these wonderful kids!

14. Lighting of the Lasallian Christmas Tree

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15. Goodbye, 2nd term

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Sleep-deprived Entrep students celebrating temporary freedom

16. Temporary escape from reality

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Spend a few days in La Union (San Fernando and Bauang). It’s not really the Christmas getaway that I wanted but I’m just so happy to be away from Manila and away from reality for just a while.

17. Bonding with my fave relatives at Baby AC’s Christening

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Some photos at the church and at the resort.

Goodbye, 2013

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About Thea Gertrude

Fangirl who loves to travel

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