2016: An Eagle's View

Monday, January 02, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

Today, I reflected about how 2016 went. It was challenging. I worked hard twice. I cried some tears. I laughed a whole lot. But yesterday, it marked the start of the New Year. New me. New you. New us.

2016 may have ended but the memories and experience I had will never cease in my mind. I have a lot of things I have to be thankful and wept for. It would be a very long list if I have to enumerate them all so I had to compress them into few specific categories.


Would you believe that 2016 have been the most productive year I had for travel? Yes, it is. Just imagine going to different places. After the school started, we became a whole lot busier, but that didn't stopped us.

Here's a rundown of the areas I have been to.

  • Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriguez, Rizal - The first mountain I climbed. I went here with my circle and it was really fun. I wrote a post about my first mountain climbing experience at Mt. Pamitinan a while back.
  • Binan, Laguna - This was where I had my on-the-job training together with Joy, Mark, and Win. It was quite the two months of my life. I also experienced long distance friendship and quite enjoyed it. Stories were twice entertaining. (Say 'hi' Erin)
  • Calauan, Laguna - Part of my OJT gave us the priviledge to visit some of the site location being handled by the company we were at. I was quite disheartened with the situation in the area we visited. That's why my conviction for my program became stronger after this visit.
  • Baguio City (May, December) - I went to Baguio City for the first time in May to attend a convention. it was exciting and I was able to bring home the bacon on the contest I participated. Too bad I only stayed there for one night, and a day, then went home the following night to make it in time for the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban. Fortunately, I was able to come back this time with my family last December. 
  • Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon - Imagine an 8 hour drive from Baguio City to Cubao, then another 5 hours to Lucban. It was not cool. And I had to walk for like 2-3 hours because the traffic to Lucban was the worst during that time. But hey, it was an awesome experience.
  • Mt. Binacayan in Rodriguez, Rizal - Our second hike. It was awesome. I realized something during this hike which I hope to bury deep down in a pit somewhere. But yeah, awesome. I got over that.
  • Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rodriguez, Rizal - Our third hike. Remember that second hike was never the same as the third hike. And it was worth knowing.
That was the gist of my most important travel experience. I hope to share more about them but it's kind of a mess right now to do so.


I had the best circle in the college for crying out loud!

Let me be more specific and detailed about it briefly. We are six (6) in the group. Joy, Erin, Mark, Win, Lyn, and I. We were always together. As in most of the time in school. We did most overnights together for our projects or random stuffs. Celebrated many events together. And traveled through heights together.

Like any other friendship, we had differences. Well, we're not really the same. We do not have the same hobbies, likes and dislikes but we met each other and we clique sometime around. And so, our friendship started. We had a few bumps last semester, but we became closer somewhere.

Four of us are graduating this semester (Lyn, Win, Mark and I). I hope we would all stay connected after this. I love these guys a lot. I do think my love for them have grown unconditionally.


Yey! I'm doing better in study. After laying low for many semesters, I think I'm going back. It's a rough transition especially that I am handling an organization and graduating this semester.

But yes, I had to say, it was a really challenging year. I wept. I cried. I have to say I learned that I hate Plumbing and doing drafts. I had to endure sleepless nights mostly because of it. It was cruel. Out of all the areas in my program, I have to say I know one--I don't like Plumbing the most.


I am trying to become a stronger person, and yes, I think I achieved it. But apart from all the things I acquired, there are still times when I felt vulnerable.

I met a lot of awesome people, and learned to love my inner self more. But truth is, I started to loath the idea that one of these days, these people will not going to be with me anymore. And I feel sad just thinking about it. I can sometimes cry for it.

This is one of the reason why I preferred having no label in relationship. Like I can be your friend but I can not be called your best friend. I don't have that kind of relationship with anyone. I only have closer friends. And these guys I have right now, they're the closest I have. I hate to see them all disperse at one point.

The most important thing though is, 2016 has been the best so far. By growing old, I learned a lot of things. A year older. A year wiser. I can never trade it for anything. I do hope 2017 will be better. Fingers crossed!

Mary is the blogger behind Remakestyle. She is an environmentalist, freelance writer and future engineer working towards a sustainable future.