2012 recap (aka a list for the end of the world)

Photo by IKMF Philippines

Photo by IKMF Philippines

The world is supposedly ending in half an hour, so I might as well write my annual recap blog post early! Like every end-of-year post, I’m limiting my list to 20 bullets. Here, in a mad dash to midnight, was my 2012:

2012 was an awesome year, but I still have a lot of things left on my bucket list. Here’s hoping the Mayans were wrong!

My list for 2011 is here.


Yoga at home

I used to take yoga classes at Fitness First, but due to schedule and expense I canceled my gym membership almost a year ago. Since then, I’ve been finding other ways to amuse myself, such as running or doing crunches. I missed doing yoga with a class – I didn’t really talk to anybody then, but having a teacher around to help explain (or correct) your poses, and having a quiet, supportive environment, really made the class more fulfilling.

Over the holidays I have been overeating (just like any Pinoy!), so I decided to go back to yoga. Armed with an old yoga DVD, I unrolled my mat and started doing the video again. The problem is, I’ve had this DVD for so long that I’ve memorized it! And though I still enjoy the flow and the peace it gives me, I was, quite frankly, bored.

Shoulderstand - from YogaJournalSo this morning I decided to try yoga podcasting. I found a site called Yogamazing that offers instructional video podcasts based on a certain theme: e.g. Yoga for Strength, Yoga for Colds, Yoga for Runners, etc. The host, Chaz Rough, is a bit peppy; he makes lively conversation at the start of each video, which I’m not a big fan of (I like my yoga quiet) – but once he got into the actual asanas, I found myself enjoying it. He was doing poses that I hadn’t done in a loooong time! In fact I was quite embarrassed, because the podcast I tried asked for a Shoulderstand pose, which I had had no trouble doing last year in class – but I just COULDN’T lift myself up now. (No, not because of my weight 😐 I’m out of practice, is all!) By the end of the 20 minutes I was sweating profusely. It was fun trying to keep up with Chaz as he went from pose to pose, and also hearing his suggestions for correct alignment.

People make New Year’s resolutions for exercise all the time, but my return to yoga isn’t a resolution, just more of an alignment with my current needs. The focus, introspection, and challenge that yoga gives me offsets the stressors I’ve had of late, and it really feels like coming home to a good place – something that running, which is all about escape, doesn’t give me. All I have to do now is to figure out the logistics of doing yoga at home: clear out bigger floor space, set up speakers so I can hear the podcast better, find a good angle for my LCD monitor so I can see the poses even from the floor, buy tea light candle holders to surround my mat with candles, etc. I’ll be staying tuned to Yogamazing, and also look for other video podcasts on the Web. Here’s to a healthier and more peaceful new year!

Heaven knows it’s got to be this time

My band StereoLalas has its second gig this Saturday @ Saguijo, for New Order/Joy Division night. We’re playing Ceremony, Crystal, Regret, and possibly Temptation. We had our first real meeting yesterday and discussed where we wanted the band to go; we all feel good about each other and we’re excited to start writing songs. Watch our gig this Sat if you can – we’re gonna rock your socks!

At work, the game I’ve been producing/co-designing just went Alpha last week. We’re not out of the woods yet, but there’s nothing like seeing your ideas come to interactive life, even if it means you lose days’ worth of sleep over it 🙂

Today I had several surreal moments, like during my morning run when a dog started running beside me, with the owner yelling frantically after it; or when I was in the elevator and there was a blackout, turning the elevator off and sending us into pitch blackness. The woman behind me started freaking out, while I calmly turned on the flashlight feature in my cellphone. You have to love Sony Ericsson.

2008 is going to be a big year, and much of it is unknown to me. I don’t like not being able to see what lies ahead, but thankfully I’m surrounded by people who are guiding me through it. Hello to all my awesome friends 🙂


xkcd remains to be my favorite webcomic.

Starbucks Madrigal is now open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and they have started their Christmas fever with my favorite peppermint mocha, giving me no excuse not to finish my novel. I’ve only written 6,450 words, and juggling this with my game design class is proving harder than expected. However, I’ve survived this before, so I’m sure to survive it again.

In other news, I’ve started running, and it’s much more fun than walking, though it’s harder too, of course 😉