Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 Resolutions


When I was more serious about blogging, I would do a post about my New Year's resolutions at the start of every single year! I felt that if I publicly announced my resolutions online for all my friends and followers to see, I would have a better chance at staying true to my resolutions throughout the year! However, this year, I want to try something a little different!

Recently, a very popular YouTube Tag has been floating around the internet. The tag is called "Mimei's End of the Year Tag!" and it was first created by Mimei, an extremely popular YouTuber in Japan. After watching several of my friends' video responses to Mimei's Tag last month, I decided that I wanted to participate in the tag as well! So for my annual resolution's post this year, I want to share my answers to the five questions mentioned in Mimei's End of the Year Tag!

① 今年の一番よかったことは何ですか?
What was the best thing that happened to you this year?

Hands down, the best thing that happened to me in 2013 was the opportunity to live and work at a Japanese university for six months! Although there were times that were really difficult and disappointing for me, and in some ways my time at the university could even be considered as my worst/most challenging moment of 2013... but looking back now, I realize that the good times outweigh the bad times, and if I could go back in time I wouldn't change a thing. I learned so much about teaching, about Japanese culture, and about myself. I made friendships that will last a lifetime!

② 今年の一番悪かったことは何ですか?
What was the worst/most challenging thing that happened to you this year?

The most challenging thing that happened to me this year was going to the Philippines in November, and witnessing the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) and the 4.8 magnatude earthquake of Bohol first hand.

To give you guys an idea of why this was my "worst/most challenging thing" from 2013, here's an excerpt from a Tumblr post I wrote while I was in Cebu:
Yesterday, I went to the northside of Cebu with my neighbors. We witnessed some of the damage from the earthquake/typhoon, and we passed out some food to the hungry kids that were begging on the side of the roads. We probably visited 5 different towns, and there were begging children in every single town. Adults waited in long lines, waiting for a truck with relief goods and their daily meal (juice and sandwiches) to arrive. The further north we went, things kept getting worse. I saw houses that had the roof ripped off, with the walls completely crumbled apart―and yet, you could still see the family still inside, sitting together at the kitchen table. I saw women scavenging though waste that was once a house; completely destroyed. Guys, it’s really bad here.
I think this trip really opened my eyes. In the past, I was involved in several relief charities for Japan's Tohoku disaster in 2011, but I never saw anything up close and personal like this.

This one hit home, literally.

③ 今年の一番好きだったゲーム、アニメ、アプリ、曲などを紹介してください!
Tell us about your favourite game, TV show, app, song, etc. of 2013!

Favorite Games: Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Pokemon X.

TV Shows: When I was living at the university, me and my coworkers would to extremely lengths so that we could meet up one night every week and watch the new episodes of Game of Thrones' season 3! However, GoT has been my favorite since 2012, hasn't it? My favorite TV Show discovered in 2013 is Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人), and I am OBSESSED with it. I've read the manga, and marathoned the episodes 3-4 times already... and I only first discovered this show in December. This is such a big deal because I don't usually like anime, or manga. Someone recommended watching Attack on Titan when I needed to get my mind off things, and I decided to give it a try! I finished all the episodes, one after another rapid-fire, in one sitting! Such an amazing, thought-provoking series.

Because I don't have a favorite App, I want to mention my favorite movies of 2013 instead!

Favorite Movies: Warm Bodies, The Wolverine (Samurai), From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から), Ender's Game, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaog, and Disney's Frozen!

Favorite Songs: This is really hard for me because I've never really had favorite songs. Recently, I've been replaying "Daft Punk" by Pentatonix, and several songs from Rebecca Ferguson, though. Does that count? Oh, I know! "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, and "Blurred Lines" from Robin Thicke, are probably the two most memorable songs from 2013 so maybe I should pick those?

④ 今年買ってよかったもの三つ紹介してください!
Show us the 3 best things you bought this year!

Working at the university last year was my very first job, and I would get a fairly large paycheck every other week. Naturally, I used most of it on food and necessities, but sometimes I would splurge and get myself something nice! It's a really nice feeling to buy things for yourself, and not have to rely on parents or family members to lend you money.

I got myself a new laptop (with an external monitor and keyboard), the new Animal Crossing game, and the DVD box sets for Game of Thrones seasons one and two! (Actually, season two was a gift from my dad after leaving the hospital though. Whoops, thanks dad!)


⑤ 新年の抱負はありますか?
What's your New Year's Resolution?

My resolution for 2014 is to become more healthy, to update my blog more often, and to finally move to Tokyo! I've had so many hospital scares this year, and developed one too many unhealthy habits along the way... these are things that I don't want to bring to Japan with me!

I just want to reach a point were I am content with everything in my life, and learn to accept the things that I can't change! Whether that be something personal, or something about the country I'm living in!

Short and sweet, that's my resolution for 2014. I need to stay true to it!

タグする人はだれですか?I tag: Jade from Marikkuma, Hana from Visual Barbie, my best friend Cristy, and everyone who reads this! Please post your links in the comments below if you do the tag!

What are YOUR favorite moments from 2013, and your resolutions for 2014? Please let me know!


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