21 Things I'll Do Since I'll be 21

Inspired by Ate Chyng’s “A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish” list, I started off 2011 by writing down 11 random things that I have to accomplish within the year. The legit goal is to completely finish everything on the list by 11:59 pm December 31, 2011. The list went like this.

○ Learn Photoshop – PARTIAL SUCCESS! My sister downloaded Adobe Photoshop CS5 a few months ago but I just started to use it last month. I started with basic, Tumblr-worthy stuffs. In fairness, I’m quite satisfied with the outcomes but I know I can do better. So practice, practice, practice. Next project: a new blog banner.

○ Grab my second license – SUCCESS! Passing the test really means a lot to me. I’m not just satisfied with my score. Ewww, ang baba lang. I kind of deserved it though. Anyway, I got another license this year – DOH-HEMS Basic Life Support Health Care Provider. Bongga!

○ Get a job – PARTIAL SUCCESS! I won’t go into detail anymore, I know you’re just too sick of that story. Me too! Lol, I’m so bitter.

○ Give Mom a decent gift on her birthday – FAIL! I was broke then. I gave my mom a grocery spree last Christmas but I think it didn’t count.

○ Watch 20 movies in theaters – FAIL! I managed to watch only four movies this year, 2 local (No Other Woman & Praybeyt Benjamin) and 2 foreign (X-Men: First Class and Real Steel). Still, 2009 is my best “movie-watching” year.

○ Get a phone – SUCCESS! It’s not a high-end phone but it’s definitely thousand miles better than my old one. My former phone was so overused and outdated, I used to refer it as the “jurassic phone”, that I’ve wanted to get rid of that phone (without feeling guilty) since 2010. So just imagine my delight when I accidentally lost my phone on a bus. That’s a valid reason for Tita O to buy me a new one.

○ Buy a DSLR – PARTIAL SUCCESS! Tita A bought a Nikon D3100 as a reward to me for passing the NLE. The thing is, she has yet to ship it from Dubai. Sheeze. And the LBC people are charging her too much. Double sheeze!

○ Learn Bisaya – NO PROGRESS! I can only manage to speak a few phrases. I didn’t expect that learning Bisaya would be so damn hard. And it’s so hard to find free Bisaya tutorials online. Lol. Walang basagan ng trip, kuripot ako. Thank God, I have Bisaya friends who are ready to help me out. The only problem is I’m not a fast learner. :P

○ Corregidor & Calaguas/Caramoan – DOUBLE EPIC FAIL! But then, I haven’t travelled as much as I have this year. In a year, I went spelunking with friends in Hoyop-Hoyopan cave, enjoyed a beach in Cebu, climb Mt. Mayon, attend the Penafrancia Festival in Cam Sur and splurged with the family in a 5-star hotel. I even experienced my first airplane ride ever to Cebu City!

○ Invest in a good pair of shoes – SUCCESS! I bought a pair of black MFG shoes last September. The first time I saw it on the racks, I just HAD to buy it. I knew it was a good find. And true enough, it’s worth the money I paid for. And the 10% off was a bonus.

See? I messed up big time this year. It was barely completed, it’s pathetic really. It’s heartbreaking that I had all this time in the world to do these stuffs but I made a terrible job out of it. This year, ‘cos I still believe wholeheartedly in the power of telling the universe of what I hope for, I’m starting over. I will put those failed/partial success goals on the list for 2012, again, with a note to myself to try harder. I’m also gonna add 21 new, random things to do. I know some of the stuffs that I have in my list are too common for others and embarrassingly it may sound but I haven’t done them before.

# 1 Gain at least 20 pounds. I really, really have to do this year. I’m planning to enroll myself in a gym class (please refrain yourself from laughing); but I still have to study and choose the best program. And in connection with this, I really have to work on my discipline. Masyado akong tamad!

# 2 Read at least one book per month. My only problem is that I tend to read a lot of books at the same time and it takes me forever to finish one.

# 3 Purchase DVD of “FRIENDS”. Yes, the complete 10 season. Shikes! That would cost me a lot, like thousand bucks but I don’t care. This is for Phoebe and her smelly cat. :>

# 4 Seriously start with my savings program. I have to think of the future ‘cos I’m not getting any younger. I’m 20 for crying out loud and still, I’m broke. I have 3 ATM cards but only one has funds (if you call a few bucks a fund). Shikes! I also need to be more frugal whatever that word means. I’m a compulsive shopper, just so you know, and I’m not proud.

# 5 Be published in a magazine. I never really thought about this but after a friend asked me to write for their college magazine, I gave it some thoughts. But because I’m ambisyoso, I want to write for a widely-published magazine. Hello Garage Mag, I’m here!

# 6 Meet a blogger. I’ve been blogging since junior high but I’ve never met even a single blogger’s soul. Shame on me. So I’m really looking forward to meet my blogger buddies. Really.

# 7 Write for a cause. I’ve been writing loads and loads of nonsense stuffs in my blog. I think it’s high time for me to incorporate my passion to write in supporting NGO’s. #TheAwesomeGivesBack

# 8 Take part in a charity event. In college, I’ve been involved in a lot of outreach programs and charity works. I really miss that. Nothing beats being a help to others. #TheAwesomeGivesBack

# 9 Learn how to use a DSLR. I have to start with these, I’m thinking of three; one, buy photography books (pricey); two, enroll myself in a photography class (again, pricey); three, talk to a travel photographer (afford!).

# 10 Go to Manila Ocean Park. Don’t you know that I’m a fan of underwater creatures? I want to go and see the wonders of the Tubbataha. But for a broke man like me, this is the closest thing I can get. I hope to bring my family with me.

# 11 Join a fun run/marathon. Trust me, I’ve been wanting to take part in the Milo Marathon since 2010 but to no avail. I really admire their advocacy.

# 12 Watch an Azkals’ game live. If you’ve been following/stalking me for a while now then you prolly know that I’m an Azkals’ fan. But I’ve never been to one of their games. Shame on me, again.

# 13 Refresh my wardrobe. My current wardrobe is rather monochromatic. My clothes aren’t colorful. I try to minimize my look and I’m boring like that. I hope to add, at least, some colors in my classic black-and-white (+ gray) wardrobe.

# 14 Get a Blackberry/Samsung Galaxy S. *drools* Honestly, I don’t know how to get one of these. (I’m broke nga, di’ba? Paulit-ulit, paulit-ulit? UNLI?!) Maybe I just need to be a good boy. Di’ba Tita A?

# 15 Go back to my birthplace and see the Hot-Air Balloon Fest. We used to go to Clark to watch hot air balloons when I was a kiddo but since the time we settled here in Bicol, we never got the chance to see the huge balloons again. *sigh*

# 16 Write for another blog. I want to get out of my comfort zone and write in someone else’s blog. I think it’s pretty cool. Besides, it’s also one way of promoting me. Lols. Who wants to be my host?

# 17 Try lone backpacking. Because, hell, why not? I love doing things alone. I often go to the movies or shop alone. So, why not travel alone? I would like to go somewhere I have never been to before like Batanes, Batad or Palawan. This is where the saving program is badly needed.

# 18 Learn how to cook, at least, 3 dishes. If you think that I’m the typical lazy teenager who doesn’t know how to cook, then you’re right. But I don’t want to be a cliché anymore *with full conviction*. And someone told me that “a way to girl’s heart is through her stomach”. I agree.

# 19 Go out on a date with an old friend. We’ve been planning this since October but, for some reason (my fault actually), it didn't push through. I don't want to call this a date before 'cos I have a girlfriend then, but now it's really a date. (Newsflash: we both had a crush on each other in 6th grade. Aww.) Let’s see how this goes.

# 20 Go ziplining somewhere. Thank God, I'm not afraid of heights! And besides, ziplining fees in the country are quite cheap.

# 21 Decide on my future. This is maybe the hardest thing to do. Honestly, I’m pretty clueless now. I don’t know if I’ll pursue a master’s degree, change careers or just enter showbiz. HEEEELP!

This is a longer list compared with last year. For real, I’m going to take a serious whack at it this year to make up for my pathetic attempt last year. I’ll give myself until 11:59pm December 31, 2012. The ultimate goal, though, is to have fun!


Hoobert the Awesome said...

I can feel that this will kick 2005's ass as my best year evaaar.

2012, bring it on!

Kerby Rosanes | Sketchy Stories said...

nice list Jub! Like sa savings program and to be published in a Magazine...alam ko kaya mo yang matupad.,.duda lang ako ng konti sa number 1..haha..Best of Luck!

..buti ka pa tapos mo na and to-do list mo for 2012..ako on process pa..still skimming from a hundred of things I wanna do for this year. :)

juneosidabenitez said...

you reminds me of a fellow blogger from manila..kakatawa din..know what, you have lots of thing to do. that's good at least you'll be busy the whole year round and perhaps you'll forget that you're broke.

Markable said...

Loooong list!But I managed to read everything. Wow, you've got lots of plans for your birthday. I'm turning 21 also this 2012 and I believe it's about time to take things seriously now.

You sure you haven't met any bloggers? like ever!!?

I want a DSLR, I want to save money and I also want to go to Manila Ocean Park.

rob said...

.. good luck on your list poot! happy new year! :D

Batang Lakwatsero said...

goodluck sa goals mo..
lalo na dyan sa #1 at #17..

the green breaker said...

1, 2, 12, 14, 17, 19!

i hope for the success of meeting this post by December 21. :)

happy new year!

kg said...

nice list! :)

i'm with you on the saving thing...but not on the gaining 20 pounds item! on the opposite end, i want to lose 20 pounds! hehe!

as for meeting a blogger...meet tayo! ;)

CNA said...

You have great plans for your life. Keep it up. Since you will be turning 21, you should take care of yourself more.. :)

marxtermind said...

# 1 is my ultimate goal ever! Sigh. We can do this! =)

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Napa-lol naman ako dun Kerby. You're such a friend. HAHAHA. Pero in fairness, mahihirapan talaga ako nito. May pagka-tamad pa naman ako. & *hush* ningas kugon. :) Well, let's see.

Hundred things talaga? Ako, nahirapan pa ma-kumpleto ang list. Ganun siguro talaga ako ka-boring. Hohoho.

Good luck din sayo Kerby!

Hoobert the Awesome said...

I don't know June pero napapa-smile ako when people tells me na nakakatawa ako. HAHAHA. I believe that I really have this great sense of humor. No kidding. But admittedly, I can be as boring as hell sometimes.

Baka nga. Ako lang naman kasi nagpapa-alala sa sarili ko na broke man ako. :)

Nice meeting you!

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yeah Mark, it's really a loooong list. It took me some time to figure out what would be part of the list. I did some erasures but here it is.

Yeah like never ever. I have friends who happens to be bloggers but I think that doesn't count. :) Apir!

Hoobert the Awesome said...

HAHAHA Kuya Rob! At natandaan mo pa ang ex-asinine name ko. Chalamat, nakakatuwa.

Good luck din kuya sa 10 things mo. :D

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yay, yay Lakwatsero. You're back! Ikaw nakapag-lone backpacking na? I remembered yung Sagada trip mo was supposed to be a lone trip pero may mga sumama. HAHAHA. Sayang. For the record na sana. :)

Good luck talaga sakin sa # 1!

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Bakit naman December 21 Green Breaker? Or typo error lang? :D Oh ayan, na-pressure tuloy ako na ma-complete 'cos may mga nag-aabang. Hahaha.

Good news at walang gunawan ng mundo na magaganap sa December 21 - source: NASA. Pero who knows? God only.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

I'm dying to meet you Ate Grace. I mean, remember when you sent me the prize that I got from your raffle thingy? Di pa ako nakapagpasalamat in person. & that's almost two years ago. Hehe. Or is it?

Tapyasin mo na lang yung excess weight mo then bigay mo sakin. Hahaha. Wishful thinking. *sigh* I wish we could do that. :|

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yeah CNA. I think so, too. I'm not feeling really healthy. And that's scary.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Nabasa ko nga yung FB stat mo Marx. Natawa ako. 28 lang waistline ko. Hahaha. Anpayat. Ewan ngayon. Binge eating kasi drama ko this 2012.

Good luck satin. :)

Sey said...

hmm what you had accomplished on the first list isn't too bad and you have more time.

Corregidor&Calaguas/Caramoan were on our list too but Double epic fail for me too. Hopefully this year, fate would be kind enough and bestow me with enough energy and of course penny to make my dream come true.

Good luck to your new list! #15- okay - (pause my heart beats faster), we're from the same place I always travel back and forth home but never got the chance to see the festival.

blissfulguro said...

apir sa reading books dahil ganyan din plano ko pero plano pa rin.. haha...

goodluck sa mga plans mo! :)

McRICH said...

dont sweat it coz you still have a long, long way to go! just enjoy your journeys :)

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yun nga din ang problem ko Ate Sey, MONEY. Hahaha. Hirap mag-travel kapag walang laman bank account. Naman.

& talagang bumilis ang tibok ng puso mo? Hahaha. Ako din balik-balik dun pero di ma-timing na February. Di na lang kasi gawing summer.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Ang nakakainis kapag ang mga plano, plano pa rin. #fail

Diba BlissfulGuro?

Hoobert the Awesome said...

I will McRich! Thanks for that. Minsan kasi talaga may tendency ako na mag-apura. Yung parang laging nagmamadali. Hahaha. & I don't like that. I need to change that attitude of mine asap. Like now.

Anonymous said...

congratulations on the successes you had and good luck on the ones you plan to accomplish. have fun!

hana banana said...

haha...i dont understand y u have to learn visaya? ...
me here is a pure cebuana so u can ask me and i'll teach u how to douggie ^^ tehee...

ur goals are all easy but gaining weight?? forget it... mahirap talaga mag pataba ;(

2012 will be good to u coz i think u are nice ;) charot!

Jhen said...

Hoobert! gusto mo mag guest blog sakin? for the super accomplishment of your #16 :)

I had fun reading your post!!! perfect!

ziplining meron sa embarcadero de legazpi and sa lignon hill.

and with your #21 hmmm best to think of what you love doing :) have a short term goal first since your plans for the future may change ;)

Batang Lakwatsero said...

oh yes.. I've done solo backpacking last April sa Marinduque for the Moriones Festival.. it's fun and addictive.. by February lalarga ulit ako sa pagsosolo..

Hiyono said...

Tinatamad din ako mag gym. Tsaka natatakot ako. Sabi kasi nila pag nag gym ka, you can never stop - once you stop, lalo ka tataba. Waaah!

Wala na ako nababasang libro ngayon. Dapat na siguro magsimulang bumasa muli.

OI! Game ako sa meeting a blogger. Haha. :P

I don't think you write nonsense stuff in here Hoobert. This entry actually inspired me to have my own list of things to do. Ayaw mo nun? You didn't compile your ideas for others but you still get to inspire them! Haha.

I think they have video tutorials on how to use a dSLR. You have your manual for that, right? :3 Self-teach is usually better.

MANILA OCEAN PARK IS GREAT. You should go there and try the fish spa. ;)

I don't think I can travel alone... I'd always think of my special ones and would wish they were with me that I wouldn't enjoy at all!

AND YEAH. :D The ultimate goal is to have fun. Hindi mo man magawa lahat yan, at least you had fun trying. SANA LANG SUBUKAN MO GAWIN LAHAT. Haha. One at a time, dude! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

wow goodluck! sa no.1 mo kung ikaw kailangan mag-gain ako kailangan kong magbawas! rehas tayo sa no,2 (goodluck naman sa akin, ung eat pray and love one year ko na binabasa di ko pa rin tapos),at yung savings kasama din sa listahan ko yan.
Goodluck sa atin!

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yay, a royalty is here! :D Thank you Your Majesty for the visit.


Hoobert the Awesome said...

LOL Hana at talagang diniscourage ako sa weight-gain program ko. Hahaha. Pero I'll admit, hirap talaga! :)

Bisaya kasi is so romantic for me. & kahit san ako pumunta sa Visayas and Mindanao at least magkaka-intindihan kami. Hehe.

Opo nice po ako. HAHAHA.

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Sure sure Jhen. Pag-usapan natin ang details. Lol. Medyo busy pa kasi now. Hahaha. Dami pang nakapila. Lols. Hinde jk, pero busy pa.

Bicolano ka din? Yay. Hello! *sabay kaway*


Hoobert the Awesome said...

Really Ivan? Nakakainspire naman. Good luck sa trip mo. Saan ba? Sana this year magawa ko din yan! :)

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Yun naman ang gusto ko Hiyono. Mag-ggym ako tapos biglang hinto. Ayun, boom! Instant taba everywhere. Lols. Pero siyempre gusto ko din naman healthy-looking pa din.

Sure sure. I-schedule natin yan 'pag pumunta ako sa Manila. Yay!

Hahaha! Naks naman. Thank you. Ang sarap pala sa feeling na nakaka-inspire ako ng iba. It's very fulfilling. Mas nakakaganang magsulat.

Anyway, thanks for accepting my friend request kulit. :)

Hoobert the Awesome said...

Hahaha. Well Jowyow, di ko alam kung ano ang mas mahirap gawin: ang magpataba o magpa-payat. Pero I think it depends din sa tao. Ako may pagka-tamad kaya isang malaking good luck sakin. :)


Aaron Dave Francisco said...

Cool list, bro. =)

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