2013 in review: MEH, will do better this new year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The One Person You Never Really Get Over

“You have to accept that this person will never give you the answers you want them to.”

Thought Catalog

There will always be that one person you’ll never really get over. I know, I know, Connie Chung delivering groundbreaking news over here, but it’s true. Sure, you can go days, weeks, months, years without thinking of them but the second you see their face or their name gets mentioned in passing, your stomach drops and you feel like you could puke. You’ve lost control and all of these feelings suddenly rise to the surface to say, “Sup? Have you missed us?’ You’ll hate yourself for this, for all of it. You won’t be able to recognize why this one person can still garner this type of reaction. Why is your mind punking you? It almost feels like a betrayal. You want to give your emotions a stern talking to and say, “Um, hi. I thought we were over this? So why am I getting super nervous and spazzy at…

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2012 in review

I’m disappointed with the 11 new posts in 2012, I’ve really got to commit more if I want to keep this blog up. But it’s funny how my most viewed posts are about my “choice hotties” maybe I should really get back into posting more of these stuff. 😛 Anyways, I’m still grateful I started this blogging site and hopefully, I get more active this 2013. Happy New Year To All! Below is WordPress’s 2012 annual report for What’s In Between My Ears 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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Happy Hunger Games!

I am stoked! As you can see, I reserved tickets already for Friday night to watch THE movie event of the year, The Hunger Games. Indeed, the world will be watching. I erased certain parts coz you know, someone might claim it before I do (LOL). I can’t contain the excitement I’m feeling now and I am ecstatic about the 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (15 reviews) which really says a lot. But to anyone who will be able to watch earlier, since the movie will start screening Wednesday night (21st), I can’t tell you how jealous I am. Still, it’s great I was able to get reservations coz they are selling like hotcakes!

If you search my blog, you will know I am a huge fan of the novels having read the first book around August of 2010 and then gobbled the series soon after. When the trailer first came out, I can’t explain it. You know that feeling when a novel you loved is turned into a visual piece and they exceeded what you’ve imagined it would be? That’s exactly how I felt. I wanna see Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Prim, all the tributes, Cinna, Effie in big screen action! I wanna see the Capitol, Districts, the food, muttations, jabberjays, tracker jackers and most of all, the blood! (hehe)

With that I leave you with this countdown – goosebumps!

2011 in WIBME

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Year 3: Still Alive

And still standing posting, haha. It’s just that never in a million years would I have thought that I’m going to be doing this for a month so to say that I have been blogging for 3 years is a feat for me. 🙂 I love how time flies! And it’s so funny that every year I get surprised to learn as it dawns on me that August is WIBME’s anniversary. Heck, I started this when Friendster was still a thing! And look after 3 years Facebook (shameless plug: please like my page) and Twitter rule the social media universe, I’m on WordPress and on Tumblr by the way – it’s called Open-minded (same posts basically, go follow me). I think I’ll be doing this for a loooong time, don’t you think so?

I feel proud that I can officially say: “Happy 3rd Anniversary WIBME!” 🙂

In search of my Personal Legend

And when I say “in search of” I really mean “I don’t know what is”. Reading ‘The Alchemist’ enlightened me but didn’t necessarily bring me out the dark. This novel gave me answers but more importantly it left me with questions too. Now this “treasure” that I’m supposed to follow, Paulo Coelho said, should come to you early on life. But what if it doesn’t? Or maybe you didn’t realize that that was destiny giving you a heads up. “Maktub” as said in the book – it is written but not everyone possesses an Urim and Thummim to help them along the way. Or do they? How does one read omens, more so, interpret them? I want to believe that “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” But what if you want the wrong things? It’s all so inspiring and seems simple but of course like anything in life, it’s not. I may be deemed cynical for this but I do believe there is such a thing as a purpose in life, a personal legend. The problem is, I’m already turning 25 this year and yet I know I’m nowhere near figuring out what mine is let alone actually fulfilling it. Did I really miss the signs? Or was I just not looking hard enough? I’m as clueless as ever. Maybe the omens got tired already. Moving on, what I’m taking away from all of this is the four obstacles Coelho talked about. I agree with all of them and learning them now makes you feel prepared for battle, if you know what I mean. Here are the four:

As a child, we are told that everything we want to do is impossible. Some people call it being rational and it affects our mindset. This is true especially as we grow older and reality sets in. The innocence is lost and we discover that life is not fair.

We are afraid to hurt the ones we love by pursuing our personal legend. I understood when Coelho said that “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you have found was only a moment of life, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.” It’s like your true love will be there to support you not hinder you.

The fear of failure, in my humble opinion, is the hardest obstacle. Because we gave up everything to follow our dream we can’t fathom the idea of losing. And this fear is the greatest; it’s do or die. The difficulties and trials will always be there so we must persevere.

Lastly, there is the fear of realizing the dream. Ironic but true. Some people, after working so hard, do falter once they discover that the goal is close at hand whether because they feel unworthy or that somehow that the dream would not be what they thought it would be. Sometimes just because others weren’t able to fulfill theirs, we feel undeserving as well.

Two statements from the story also stuck with me: “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

And, “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

What’s in between my ears? Apparently not much lately…

Okay, so I’ve been trying to write this other post since last week and I can’t even get past the first paragraph. I’m not sure if it’s because of what I’m writing about or I just don’t have any motivation to “put pen to paper” – I’m even taking time to draft this one. Writers call it writer’s block but for me I guess it’s more of a brain fart. If things went according to plan I should have added four more posts in my blog by now. It’s frustrating because I know if I delay this any longer I’m not going to post altogether. As cliché as it may sound, I need inspiration! Anyone got thoughts? What inspires you?

The Year That Was

Wow. How do I put in to one post the highlights of the past year?

Let’s start on the other side of the world, shall we? Particularly where its all glitz and glamour, not. We’ve had our fair share of crazy in 2010, from the late night feud at NBC (Team Conan!) to Mel Gibson’s racist rants. And how could you forget the douche who cheated on Sandra Bullock? Yes, I’m talking about you Jesse James. I can’t even decide which Lilo controversy to put here. Is it the jail time? Or the back to rehab stint? Or better yet, why not the bong video from Miley recently. No wait, wasn’t Paris busted with coke in her purse? Which apparently wasn’t hers and it wasn’t coke but gum. Ya right. A few couples headed to splitsville in 2010: David and Courtney, Eva and Tony, Christina and Jordan, Ryan and ScarJo. Let’s not forget Zanessa too.

On the more positive side of things, Avatar became the biggest film in history raking in $3 billion overthrowing Titanic at the top spot. Nothing lost here since both films were by James Cameron. Simon Cowell and Ellen left AI, soon enough J.Lo and Steven Tyler were asked to fill in. Bristol Palin almost won DWTS. (whew!) Then there’s that Prince William and Kate Middleton engagement. In music, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream probably came true this year, plus she got hitched! She did face some fierce competition like Ke$ha, Taylor, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, JB, Usher and Eminem.

In the local scene, halfway through the year PNoy became the 15th President of the Philippines and although I did not vote for him, he’s really not the worst among the candidates running for office, trust me. This was the first year the automated voting system was implemented and it was my first time to vote ever (I was 23 then), I’m a bit ashamed of that fact. Everyone especially the youth should vote as soon as the law grants that right. Moving on, Manny Pacquiao fought his way to his 8th boxing title, Maria Venus Raj brought major, major pride for our country and Charice signed on a recurring role with my most favorite show on the planet. Oh, Regine and Ogie finally exchanged their vows.

Personally, It was my most challenging year yet – career wise. I’ve never dreaded ‘April 15’ so much in my entire life. When it came, it left an impression on me that by August I wanted out, hehe. Flipside, I also got to travel to places I’ve only read about or seen in pictures before. I’ve been to Bohol, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Boracay and Bolinao all during the year. I’m hoping to continue the streak next year, abroad perhaps?

Yup, those were the 2010 moments. It could be a lot worse you know. 🙂 Toast to a new year, a better year!

Overheard at My Own Funeral

“You’re a fly on the wall at your own funeral. What are people saying about you?”

That’s creepy. But before I answer this question, could I be like something else instead of a fly? I’ll be damned if I get reincarnated as an insect!!! Back to the point, I think people would probably talk about how timid and shy I was as a kid coz I think that’s how our neighbors knew me even though I’m the far opposite. And finally I guess the million-dollar question about my sexuality (how overrated!) would get answered. And by the way, I better see some familiar faces down there when this happens! I’ll be haunting those who aren’t! 🙂

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If I Could Relive Any Day of My Life

If you could go back and relive one day of your life, which one would it be? And why? 

School bus 

Ah, the classic question. Funny cause I recently caught the movie 17 Again on HBO, anyways, I’ve done a lot of thinking on this and I’d probably choose a day when i was in early middle school, around grade 1 to 3. No day in particular. I’ve always reminisced those childhood days and how I would only remember very little portions. I wish I could see how I was as a kid even for a day only and how was everyone else back when I was still a child whether at home or at school. I’m thinking its always nice to remember the innocence and carefree attitude we had as kids… 🙂 

What book could you read over and over?

The Twilight Saga

You’ll probably think this is a lame answer but I’ll say it anyways: Twilight. Yes, the overrated, overhyped movie phenomenon. But as much as the movies were successes, I can say the movies don’t really define the books. If you think the movies were awesome, then you’re totally missing out on the books. If you say the movies suck, then i’d say try the books instead. That’s how I love them. 🙂 It’s such an easy read plus it’s nice falling in love with the characters all over again. That’s why I chose the first one. All the nice lines, the giddy moments. If you’re asking, I read the book twice already, the last time I think was before the movie came out. Anyways, I can definitely read it again even as punishment over and over! 🙂

Its the last day of middle school… will you sign my yearbook?

In our case, the yearbook doesn’t really come out until after the end of school year so we don’t really get to sign each other’s yearbooks. But we do have a thing called ‘slambook’; no it’s not anything close to the ‘burnbook’ on Mean Girls, its sort of a fun collection of contacts and friends where we answer questions about personal interests and about ourselves like our favorite color, first kiss, ‘who’s your crush?’. I know it’s a little lame but its middle school! 🙂 For the question though, I’m not sure if that’s the right thing to ask for me since I’m not one of the popular kids at school. Its more of “will you let me sign in your yearbook?” hehe.. I was the geek who hangs out with girls, oh you get the point!

What I Like Most About My Job

Hehe.. this is really interesting just because my job is all i’ve been doing for the past 3 years. It has taken over my social calendar – not that i have a lot going on, and personal life so I have recently decided to resign. Took long enough, right? I’m an auditor BTW in one of the big accounting firms in the world (won’t say what it is). Anyways to answer the question, I guess, I like the prestige and the sense of being a professional. Being respected and to just work with colleagues makes me feel relevant, most importantly, like i belonged. It may be all extremes but it definitely brought out the best in me and showed me what i’m capable of…