Monday, January 01, 2007

Best of 2006

It was a year of transition, a year of revelation, a year of reminiscence, a year of transcendence, and a year of serial blind dating (a.k.a. my endless string of kaisiaos). And like my blind dates, 2006 had its fair share of hilarious, boring, surprising, disappointing, pleasant, painful, memorable, forgettable, defining moments: Hanks spent 5 months in Beijing, leaving me roomie-less; my Fyrinx graduated from ICA and went off to college; TRAK was born; I vacationed in Singapore and Malaysia with my friends; the Mall of Asia finally opened; my family was infected with American Idol mania and World Cup fever; Amah passed away; the Ateneo Blue Eagles made it to the UAAP Finals only to lose to the UST Tigers; Guakong underwent brain surgery; my anti-plagiarism crusade led to a teaching job offer from the Ateneo JGSOM; Pau gave birth to AP-Annex’s first baby, and Vina gave birth to the Family’s first barkada baby; and the Go clan celebrated Guama’s 80th birthday along with her and Guakong’s 60th wedding anniversary.

It wasn’t the best of years, but it was certainly remarkable, for many hilarious, boring, surprising, disappointing, pleasant, painful, memorable, forgettable reasons.

Here are some more things that stood out in 2006:

Best day: January 20 (my Openness babies always know how to make my day =D)
Best life-altering decision: resolving to return to teaching someday
Best family vacation: Hong Kong
Best traveling companion: Abi
Best long-distance relationship: Mini-me ;p
Best wedding date: Shereen
Best second date: Fara :)
Best surprise: Openness early morning birthday ambush
Best gift received: LOTR DVD box set from Abeth (woohoo!)
Best gift given: a scrapbook for Auntie Nene’s 50th birthday
Best party: AP-Annex Xmas Xtravaganza Year 2
Best family affair: Guama and Guakong’s 60th wedding anniversary party
Best luxury item purchased: Coach Legacy stripe top pouch
Best TV show: House (His Snarkiness rules!)
Best sitcom to share with shobe: Frasier
Best reality show result: Taylor Hicks winning American Idol
Best movie: Brokeback Mountain
Best movie trailer: Happy Feet
Best actor: Jake Gyllenhaal
Best actress: Meryl Streep
Best book: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire
Best author: Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket)
Best CD: Continuum, John Mayer
Best song: Original of the Species, U2
Best LSS (last song syndrome): Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen
Best band: still U2 (when Bono sings, I get chills)
Best radio program: KLITE 103.5’s now-defunct Morning Brew (I miss Vito :( )
Best local object of lust: Marc Nelson
Best imported object of lust: Jake Gyllenhaal
Best pedophiliac fixation: Freddie Highmore
Best inspirational figure (and weirdest fixation): Odysseus
Best miracle moment: Doug Kramer’s buzzer-beating shot in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals
Best fashion trend: city shorts
Best fashion staple: jackets
Best caffeine fix: Starbucks almond soy latte
Best sweet tooth craving: Holy Kettle Corn
Best cookie: Brent & Sam’s Raspberry Chocolate Chip (highly recommended to all cookie monsters out there!)
Best (or worst?) addiction: Grey’s Anatomy
Best vicarious achievement: the Fyrinx graduating from ICA
Best quasi-teacher activity: serving as a panelist for Ateneo OpMan defenses
Best healthy pasttime: um… ok, so 2006 wasn’t a very health-conscious year for me
Best unhealthy pasttime: Yahoo Messenger
Best new online preoccupation: Multiply
Best blog post: I’ll let the fans decide this one :)


At Tuesday, January 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to pick out one of the posts on your panelist stint at the Ateneo -- particularly something that raised the plagiarism issue -- but it's difficult to resist your apology to Doug Kramer. Kramer's shot was probably one of the most unexpected moments of the year, and it surprised a lot of people who thought of him as one of the team's goats. Your post was representative of thousands of people whose opinions shifted overnight, only it was written in a style that made it unconditionally entertaining. So I'll cite that as your best post of the year, and hope that people agree. :)

At Tuesday, January 02, 2007, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Funny, I was also leaning toward that Doug Kramer post, if only for it being unintentionally hilarious. :)

At Monday, January 08, 2007, Anonymous rocky said...

mas gusto ko kettle korn kesa holy kettle korn. mas maalat kasi kettle korn kesa holy kettle korn which is a little bland for my taste. besides, have you actually read what's written at the back of the holy kettle korn bag? hehe.

i'm still trying to find out though how the two are related. hehe.

At Monday, January 08, 2007, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

ARE they related at all? :p

I've tried Kettle Corn, I find it too sweet. Ditto with Chef Tony's. HKC pa rin. =D

At Thursday, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aileee, thank u for that distinction! :) wait till you hear my plan for march 2007.

U and me and ake and whoever else interested. In your favorite city! Free accommodation. Yamcha in the morning. Ukay ukay in the afternoon. High tea at sundown. Followed by a seafood dinner, done in style. Then an all nighter night out. A weekend of fun!

HAHA, i'd better start saving now. right now i am just nicking money left and right (asking ake to buy HKC, then forgetting about it as soon as the bag is empty. loose change disappearing from the car suddenly hehe)!

anyway, cheap thrills lang. i HOPE i wont be that poor as to not be able to afford HK via TIGER AIR!!! :)


At Thursday, January 11, 2007, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

Free accommodations in HK?? Far out! Count me in! =D (As long as it's not the weekend of the 18th though-- a cousin on my dad's side is getting married.) However, the prospect of traveling with you AND Kev seems scary. I may have to keep on separating the 2 of you before you inflict bodily harm on each other. Haha.


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