Category: End of Year Post

Year of 2016

Year 2016 must be the year where the stars are aligned in the most unfortunate way. I didn’t think it was a such a bad year until towards the end of the year where everything felt like it was falling apart. With that said though, It was actually not a horrible year for me personally.

January: I spent most of my January of 2016 playing MapleStory. I was a NEET, Not in Education, Employment, or Training, I was just home playing games living off my limit savings. I stressed out wondering when I can start on my next chapter of my life. We had plans on moving, but there wasn’t a set date as to when. Although I was stress as to when to move, I was guilty for enjoying my NEET lifestyle: pigging out of fast food, gaming all day, sleeping when ever I want, waking up when ever I want. Though I was also sad with all the ups and down in my relationship. I was probably in my lowest point in my life since high school at this moment. I gained so much weight, I felt like I’ve lost all my friends, I look at myself and all I see is a useless and boring person

February: The time to move has finally come. I was scared to move forward but at the same time I was excited to go back home in Washington State. I visit San Francisco one last time and also hung out with my good friend Jin. I really wish we could hang out more often because it’s so much fun talking to him. He has a very interesting insight on things but I don’t talk to him so well via text and stuff so we just Snap each other occasionally. Oh well, it’s good to know I have a friend. By now, I also realize that there are still people out there who find me entertaining enough to befriends with. I call these people my Toronto friends(since their entire friend group lives in Toronto.) I originally met them through Victoria, a girl I met on Maple. Life was at a low point but I started to see a ray of hope. Moving plans did not go as expected, it was pushed to March.

March: March rolled by and this time for sure, we packed out bags and stuffed it in the 2001 Honda Prelude. I was feeling kinda shy to move back home but the fact that 2 of my other siblings were also unemployed(by choice) at the time, I wasn’t as embarrassed to go home. I started to feel that moving to CA was a mistake in my life. Looking back at it now though, I’ve learn a lot, grown a lot and all in all, I matured since then so it was not a mistake at all. The 13 hour drive was long, but I did not mind it at all

April: April was the mark of an end of a period of my life. I was contemplating for a long time what I want to do in my life but it all settled in April. I decided to ride the flow and just see where life takes me. My main goal was to find a job and rebuild myself as a person. I lost all my unique hobbies and almost got assimilated into the general mass. NO! Resistance is not fertile. I will not join the Borgs. Anyways, I was done with trying new stuff and my goal is to make a living for now. So I went job hunting I applied for anything and I was happy enough to get any interview…I was okay with being a salary man… as long as I don’t forget who I am on my free time. Your job is not what makes you; you are who you make yourself to be.

May: After job hunting for the entire April, I finally landed a job offer! For the first time in my life I landed a full time job on my very own willpower and ability. I had to force myself outside of my comfort zone and used any reference possibly and it was worth it. I landed my current job and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

June – August: By the time I reached July, I felt a lot more comfortable with my work. I started making plans for Hawaii since Arthur’s aunt is getting married there in October. Not only that I got to reconnect with my friends, I also reconnected with myself. I didn’t even realize I lost myself until I found myself doing more stuff that I used to do (eg. watching anime, listening to music, writing blogs, taking random trips on the bus) these stuff seem insignificant but they’re actually a big part that makes me.

Septermber: This was a very slow month for work. All my Hawaii plans for October has been set so I spend my down time at work reading Wikipedia. Then I ran into the saddest news: SMAP will be disbanding at the end of this year. This news got my heart sinking. If you all follow my blog since 2008 or so, you know how much I love SMAP. To Americans, they probably just look like overage ‘boyband’ but to me they were my hero. Ever since SMAP has come into my life I had the courage to be myself and love who I am. I said my farewells, and maybe one day I’ll see them again.

October: Yay! I spend the first week of October in Hawaii. It’s my first time taking Vacation since I got my job at The Q. Hawaii was great, you can read my blog posts about it under the Travel tag. A week after my Hawaii trip I woke up the morning of Oct 13 with sad news, The King of Thailand has passed away.

King Bhulmibol’s passing was something that was somewhat expected, yet at the same time it was an extremely strange feeling. He’s been there all my life, heck, he was a living legend. He has his portrait on all forms of Thai currency, he has a holiday after him, songs about him, documentaries, history books, you name it. When I got the news that our king has passed away I felt grief and uneasyness. No one in our generation knows what it’s like to have a new king. In our history books, a new king was like a new era- everything changes. Of course in modern day Thailand it’s probably much different because the king is no longer someone who rules that country.

I had great respect for King Bhumibol. In fact, he was my topic for my public speaking speech while I was in college. Little did I realize that speech is probably considered “controversial” in Thailand but bleh, what isn’t controversial in Thailand anymore.

November & DecemberI was pretty hyped about the Elections this year but results of the general election got me very down. I finally got my mind all sorted out regarding this matter by December, but I still have to live with it for the next 4 years. All I can do is hope for the best. Christmas was great this year, I got to fly down to Sacramento without taking days off because we got a long weekend anyways. I love it.

In conclusion, 2016 was personally not that bad for me. I moved back to Washington, got a new job, rediscovered myself, went to Hawaii for the first time, reconnected with many people I neglected in the past, ETC. Although it wasn’t the best, it felt like a stepping stone towards a great year. So I hope 2017 would be a marvelous one.

Year of 2008

I wish I had my old blog entries so I can review this year with more detailed… or even read my end of the year entry last year. But too bad it isn’t possible anymore. For sure this blog entry will still be, eh, pretty long. So sorry! There is no need for you to read it all. But personally I really want to keep these memories.

2008 huh…. so much has happen this year. It went by pretty fast. Isn’t it amazing how time can just past by fast like that? This year started out with me sitting in front of the TV watching the Seattle fireworks. This year’s fireworks had a malfunction, it didn’t sync with the music.

Returned to school on Jan 3rd which is my friend, Soliya’s, birthday. Hmmm… I remembered his birthday because I couldn’t get him anything this year. We we’re pretty close. Well, we still are. Are we? On this year we went on an orchestra field trip. I had a great time. However… after this field trip my friends started to drift away. A gap between the normal class student and the IB student started to form. Finally I became the outcast.

January 25th, 2008 my sweet 16th birthday. Today was the day that I’m obviously forgotten by my supposedly best friend back then, Sachiko. Around the end of the day Sachiko finally ask “Oh, it’s your birthday today right?” Thanks a bunch Princess, I don’t mind not getting a party, gifts or anything. One thing that makes me the most happy on my birthday is hearing the words “Happy Birthday!”.

Around February 10th, 2008 the gate of a new obsession has opened. Welcome SMAP to Hondai’s world. Hahaha After becoming a huge huge huge SMAP fan I started opening myself to become friends with Mei-chan. Around this time Mei-chan me and Johnny boy became the ultimate Trio. For the first time in 5 years, I felt like I had real friends.

Because that gate was open, Ampy and I started watching Dramas. For a Japanese project I did a presentation on Japanese Pop music. I started collecting more and more Japanese music. My Music library grew from around 400 songs it jumped now to 1700+ songs. I discovered J-pop Asia and that became the update of recent Japanese music for me. Around early May I got curious about the group name NEWS. PhotobucketLooking them up on J-pop Asia I found their latest single that is to be release soon at that timeSummer Time!. Funny thing is the pv was shining like “Buy me! Buy me!”falling into the PV trap, I clicked pre-order this CD. Haahh~ Such a fool.

I fell in love with the group NEWS because they are rather entertaining. Funny thing I realized later that that one guy with the smile that always catch my eye in NEWS is the same guy with the guy that catch my eye in Tegomass. Oh oops! Their the same person! Tegoshi Yuya has entered Hondai’s world.

From Feb. to the end of the school year, July. Johnny, me, and Mei-chan along with Ampy were forest friends. We laugh and go crazy during lunch time. We got obsess with the Chopstick love compatibility game and even play the chopsticks “What number are we…” game. Haha our favorite topic NEWS. Screaming when I got #2 when it was Tegoshi. Laughing at Johnny when I got #1 for Ryo. Those days were so much fun I can remember it like yesterday.

March, April, May, June, July went by super fast. Because I became Photobucketfriends with Mei-chan and Johnny, all the darkness that happened in 2007 washed away. Everyday became fun again. I became optimistic again. With Mei-chan we start talking about futures, dreams, and thing like that.

Summer 2008 was the best so far. Went to work the usual Sundays. Go to random places with Ampy. Stopping by Mei-chan’s >house. Exchanging our Sakko diaries. The weather was great to. It felt like summer. Not to mention I had “This is the summer time” going around my head all the time. By the time it’s summer, Hondai has become a Tegoshi Fangirl. (Grr Tego is evil!)

College life started in September. Rainy season has started once again. College classes are fun, but I really miss my friends at highschool. With all my SMAP and NEWS power I made all the friends I could last year. They were forest friends too. But this school year I can’t see them anymore. September-November became lonely again.

This month, December we were hit by a snow storm. Crazy seasons this year. Winter break hasn’t been going well, I got to experience the stress of a working adult. Thinking of house rent, working payments and all those stuff. I start to think more deeply about things. I became more passionate about finding a job I would enjoy. Creating a good future.

Though these past months were a little dull in my memory, I feel like I can make 2008 a brighter place again. With all my will power, I’ll stick to my old friends and make new friends. I can’t wait until Spring and Summer once again.

2008 was a year that made me remember how to smile for my self again. 

Highlights of the Year: Athrun Zala, SMAP, NEWS, Tegoshi Yuya, SUMMER TIME, Deviant Art,, J-Drama, J-pop, College, Johnny’s Entertainment, snow accident, Kiss~Kaerimichi no love song~. Wnk-Up!

🙂 I thank everyone who made this possible. And thank everyone who tried reading this entry. Hahaha

Tomorrow possibly my rankings for 2008 with Ampy. Fweee!!